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HEALING OUR KIDS How to Reverse Compromised Health
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oday is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today. “ Ernest Hemingway I heard this quote recently and it really stayed with me. I love the knowledge that every moment of every day, we have an opportunity to make a better choice. That our actions and the choices we make every day are the basis for many outcomes and impacts for the future. In the big picture of life, decisions take on a different perspective. Decisions large and small matter. Something as small as choosing stairs instead of elevator or water instead of soda or choosing community service instead of television. It all matters to Maureen Cary, Publisher your personal well-being, our community, and our planet. We can be kind to ourselves and not beat ourselves up if mistakes or wrong paths are taken, or just self-care. We want to learn and grow from mistakes and rejuvenate from our busy lives in a balanced way and always keep moving forward one step at a time. In reading Linda Sechrist’s feature article, “Youths Step Up to the Global Challenge” we feel uplifted realizing the powerful ripple effect that is possible from even one person working to make our world a better place. Near and far, many young people are stepping up and acting collectively for social and environmental causes and it gives great hope for our future. It all brings to mind a famous quote by American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Right here in Rhode Island, our own Wendy Fachon tells us about what is happening in our communities. In “Young Voices for Education Equity” on page 26 we learn how low income youth are learning advocacy skills to speak out. And in “Youth Petition DEM to Mitigate Climate Change” Fachon talks about how Nature’s Trust RI has teamed up with adults and youth to challenge the public right to natural resources. More hope for our future, closer to home. As the season’s transition and the days grow shorter, today is a perfect time to take a look at where we are and strive to be better. My note today is what I take Hemmingway’s quote to mean. Striving to make better decisions, one at a time so that collectively our lives and the planet are a little better, every day. Be passionate about your conscience and your life among your fellow human beings. Please commit to participate in our future together. As November approaches, commit to vote and help others see that together, we make a difference. To inner peace and endless growth,
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egistered certified homeopath Vandana Pitke will offer classes in homeopathy at three locations in Rhode Island: It’s My Health, in Cumberland, Above All Holistic Health and Wellness, in Cranston, and Intuitive Therapy, in Woonsocket. Attendees will learn how homeopathy can help in acute as well as chronic diseases, and how to be confident to self-prescribe when it comes to first aid or many acute/self-limiting disease conditions. Pitke teaches an Introduction to Homeopathy basic course and Vandan Pitke other mini courses about how homeopathic medicines can be used to treat various disease conditions or for different seasonal conditions. She is a medical graduate of homeopathy from India and has 14 years of experience in homeopathy. For schedules of her courses/classes, visit OmHomeopathy.com. For more information or questions, call 401-573-3757. See ad on page 18.
The Chakras: An Inner Map to Personal Growth and Spiritual Transformation
nanda Meditation & Yoga Center is offering a three-class series based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda from 10:30 a.m. to noon, October 27, November 3 and November 10. According to India’s ancient sages, the key to spiritual awakening is located in the very center of our own being, in the astral spine and chakras (the body’s seven subtle energy centers). Through the yogic practices of chanting pranayama (breathing techniques) meditation and contemplation, and the use of sacred (bija) mantras which correspond to each chakra, one can begin to unlock, balance and guide the energy contained in these sacred centers, leading to spiritual transformation and higher consciousness. Those interested should register via email or phone. Attendees are also asked to bring a journal or notebook. Cost: $75 for the series. Location: 714 Ten Rod Rd., North Kingstown. For more information, call 401-524-4766, email AnandaRhodeIsland@gmail.com or visit AnandaRhodeIsland.org. See listing in the Community Resource Guide.
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Validating the Afterlife with Roland Comtois
oland Comtois will present his talk titled, Validating the Afterlife, at the Varnum Armory from 6 to 8:30 p.m., October 27. Proceeds will be donated to the Varnum Continentals for the preservation of the history housed at the armory. Comtois is an internationally acclaimed spiritual consultant who has touched millions of lives around the world with his channeled messages of love, light, healing and compassion. A compelling speaker, accomplished medium, inspirational teacher and author of And Then There was Heaven, A Journey of Hope and Love, Comtois has captivated audiences worldwide with his uncanny ability to connect with the spiritual realm.
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edium Roland Comtois will offer two special tours of the Varnum Memorial Armory, from 9 to 11 p.m., and midnight to 2 a.m., October 27 and 28. Attendees will take a walk through the alleged haunted hallways of the Varnum Memorial Armory and Museum which houses an impressive array of military artifacts, like the gloves soaked in the blood of Lt. Henry Prescott, who was mortally shot at the First Battle of Bull Run, muskets used to fight for freedom in 1776, the Springfield that fought Johnny Reb, or the 1860 Colt revolver that fired its way into history. Comtois will explore whether any of these incredible artifacts have a spiritual attachment. Proceeds will be donated to the Varnum Continentals for the preservation of the history housed at the armory. All participants must be 18 years of age and will be required to provide proper identification and sign a waiver of liability. Roland Comtois Cost: TBA. Location: 6 Main St., East Greenwich. For more information, visit RolandComtois.net. See ad on page 19.
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est Place Animal Sanctuary will host a comedy fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m., October 6, at the West Warwick Elks Lodge. The event will host New England’s best comedians, and include a raffle, a 50/50 drawing, and a silent and live auction. Cash bar and pub food will be available. This is an 18 and older event. West Place Animal Sanctuary is a nonprofit founded in 2007 by Executive Director, Wendy Taylor, to provide housing, food and medical care short-term and long-term for injured and orphaned wild waterfowl and wild game birds, as well as farm animals and elderly horses that are victims of cruelty and neglect. Those interested in advertising at the event can become a show sponsor. Businesses at a $100 level sponsorship will be featured on the show Facebook page, at the door, on all tables and on a banner behind the stage.
rovidence Perfume Co. has added a new Fougère & Chypre two-day formulations class on November 3 and 4. Chypre and Fougère styles of perfume are the most misunderstood, yet most lauded formulations. From Guerlain’s Mitsouko to Chanel No. 19, these predominantly green scents are sophisticated renditions reminiscent of the island of Cyprus, traced back to 1882 with the creation of Houbigant’s Fougere Royale. Attendees will create at least five perfumes over the weekend. This class is heavily focused on actual perfume blending and is hands-on with access to a wide variety of exquisite natural perfumery materials. This will likely be the final time Charna Ethier, Providence Perfume Co.’s owner and perfumer, will teach this class. Those interested in learning more about formulating these lovely styles of perfume are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Cost: $575. Location: 13 S. Angel St., Providence. For more information call, 401-455-2325, email Info@ProvidencePerfume.com or visit ProvidencePerfume.com. See ad on page 24.
Feeling Alright Health Fair and Unity Concert
he Rhode Island musicians’ health awareness program, Tune In & Tune Up, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, will present its second annual Feeling Alright Health Fair & Unity Concert from noon to 7 p.m., October 21, at the Music Hall of Fame museum at the Met. The free Health & Wellness Fair takes place from noon to 4 p.m., and the concert will run from 2 to 7 p.m. Now in its sixth year, the Tune In & Tune Up Rhode Island Musicians Health Awareness Program originated as a committee of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. 2018 marks the beginning of a new partnership with the State of Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) which tackles the addictive dangers of alcohol and drugs, including the opioid epidemic that is killing alarming numbers of people in Rhode Island and in the country at large. More than 30 exhibitors and presenters are expected, comprised of doctors, healthcare professionals, insurance companies, holistic health providers and wellness practitioners. Musical acts include John Cafferty, James Montgomery, Steve Smith, Michael “Tunes” Antunes, George McCann, Kim Trusty, Mark Cutler & Emerson Torrey, Neal Vitullo & Dave Howard, and Tyler Morris & Craig Rawding. Cost: Fair is free; concert tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. Location: Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St., Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-419-6748 or email email@example.com.
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Harvest Family Festival Fundraiser for Cranberry Sunset Farm
ranberry Sunset Farm, in Marstans Mill, Massachusetts, will host a Harvest Family Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 27. Proceeds from the fundraiser event will be used to help Cranberry Sunset Farm continue its work as a nonprofit horse rescue and provider of alternative therapy for children with handicaps. Activities will include a hay ride to the cranberry harvest, pumpkin carving, a spooky trail walk, a Wampanoag Indian fire demonstration, yoga and live music. The festival will also include a pottery station, nutritional consultants, purveyors of essential oils and vendors including Barnstable Brewery. Rain date is October 28. Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for 16 and under. Online pre-sale tickets are half-price. Location: 1964 Main St., Marstons Mills, MA. For more information, call 860-930-4301, email LeslieBallotti@hotmail.com or visit CranberrySunsetFarm.com.
Center for Resilience Annual Event: Keeping Kids Anchored
he Center for Resilience will host its annual fundraiser from 6 to 9:30 p.m., November 2, at the Providence Biltmore. Attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, dinner, silent auction and a raffle while hearing first-hand from an administrator, a teacher and a student about the power of keeping kids anchored when facing life’s challenges. All proceeds will fund youth resilience programs in local schools serving high-need urban populations. Those interested can RSVP online. Valet parking will be available. Cost: $95 each, $180 couple, $700 table. Location: 11 Dorrance St., Providence. For more information, call 401-400-1490, email Valerie@CenterForResilience.org or visit CenterForResilience.org.
Above All Holistic Health and Wellness Open House
o mark its second year in business, Above All Holistic Health and Wellness will host an open house from noon to 2 p.m., October 27, at its location in Cranston. It is also a chance for the public to meet Above All Holistic’s newest practitioners: Dr. Abby Jackson, a chiropractic specialist, Vandana Pitke, a registered and certified homeopath and Ashley Anthony, Reiki Practitioner. Special services booked and purchased gift certificates will be discounted on this day. Second Year in Business specials are also posted online. Cost: Free. Location: 245 Phenix Ave., rear entrance/2nd Fl., Cranston. For more information, call 401-474-3360, email ToniAnnLaprade@gmail.com or visit AAHHW.com. See ad on page 17.
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Reiki Spiraling at Bev’s Healing Sanctuary
everly Courville of Bev’s Healing Sanctuary will offer a new Reiki Spiraling class from 9:30 a.m. to noon, October 13. Spiraling enhances the positive reiki energy into the chakras during the reiki session. The Opening Spiral technique enhances the channeling of positive reiki energy by opening the client’s subtle energy system (chakras) prior to the session. The Closing Spiral seals the reiki energy into the client’s chakras to extend the healing benefits of the reiki energy prior to smoothing the client’s aura and completing the session. With more than 19 years in reiki, Courville has helped many clients and instructed many students to use reiki by believing in reiki’s principles. She is a gifted Usui Shiki Ryoho Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, and offers classes in Reiki Level I through master level certifications and spiraling. Cost: $75. Location: North Providence. For more information, call 401-231-8222 or email BevReiki@cox.net. See calendar of events for more classes. See listing in the Community Resource Guide. 12
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Finding Enchantment Retreat
ireseed: Center for Transformation will offer a retreat from October 26 to 28, at Spirit Fire Retreat Center, located on the eastern edge of the Berkshires, just outside of Greenfield, Massachusetts. “When did you lose connection with your childlike wonder?” asks Katharine Rossi, certified depth hypnosis and applied shamanic practitioner, and owner of Fireseed: Center for Transformation. This retreat is designed as a scavenger hunt for enchantment where attendees will cultivate their connection to wonder, be in conversation with nature to awaken delight, live and tell new stories, and participate in ceremony to open their hearts. Time is spent in group exercises along with personal time outside in nature. Discover how coming home to oneself and the world allows for amazement to take root in the everyday. Cost: $425, includes six meals, two nights lodging double occupancy, $375 for Circle the Sun Members. Location: 407 W. Leyden Rd., Leyden, MA. For more information, call 401-924-0567, email Info@FireseedCenter.com or visit FireseedCenter.com. See listing in the Community Resource Guide.
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Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have found that receiving music therapy can significantly lessen a patientâ€™s need for opioids and other painkillers after invasive surgery. The researchers tested 161 patients; 49 in the music group and 112 in a control group. After their surgery, both groups were offered painkillers intravenously at dosesÂ requested by the patient. Of those engaged in music therapy, 86 percent avoided the painkillers, compared to only 26 percent of the control group.
Knitting Releases the Blues Knitting can alleviate the blues, slow the onset of dementia and distract from chronic pain, according to a survey published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy. Eighty-one percent of respondents described feeling happier after a session of needlework. In another study, researchers at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital found that the act of knitting lowers heart rates by an average of 11 beats per minute, eliciting a state of relaxation similar to that of yoga. A Mayo Clinic study found that crafts like knitting and crocheting also reduce the chance of developing mild cognitive impairment by 28 percent. In a University of British Columbia study, 74 percent of 38 women with the eating disorder anorexia reported that it lessened the intensity of their fears and thoughts and cleared their minds of eating disorder preoccupations. In a survey of 1,000 members of the British group Knit for Peace, one in five respondents reported that knitting reduced their arthritic pain.
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Serious concerns have surfaced about food transparency, and people are asking questions. Documentaries like Rotten urge consumers to think twice about the origins and ingredients of their food, but answers are not always readily available. In addition to environmental concerns like long-distance transportation, people are worried about food recalls and safety. FoodLogiQ’s software solution creates “farm to fork traceability”, welcoming companies across the industry to participate, with approximately 7,000 having registered so far in some 100 countries—including Whole Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Carl’s Jr., Subway, Buffalo Wild Wings and the Panda Restaurant Group. Information provides useful details such as where the food was harvested, whether pesticides were used, where the food traveled and how it was processed. FoodLogiQ Chief Marketing Officer Katy Jones suggests this is an important moment of change in the food industry, saying, “Food companies are embracing global standards to increase efficiencies and build a foundation for traceability and supply chain visibility.”
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By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to hit 10 billion, and food production will need to increase by 70 percent. Traditional farming won’t be able to keep up. Lisa Dyson, who holds three degrees in physics, including a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Boston, knows the reason: ubiquitous carbon dioxide. This byproduct of burning fossil fuels is a known culprit in the pace of climate change. Dyson is revolutionizing the way protein is made. Several years ago, she and colleague John Reed came across NASA reports from the 1960s and ’70s that discussed using microbes to recycle carbon dioxide aboard spacecraft. “We were fascinated by their research. We wondered if we could develop a similar technology that would enable us to recycle carbon dioxide into valuable products here on Earth,” Dyson says. Their startup, Kiverdi, uses microbes to transform carbon into bio-based products in special bio-reactors similar to the giant urns used to brew beer. This year, they’re commercializing a new process to transform CO2 into protein powder. The end product, Planet+Protein, is packed with essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. 16
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McDonald’s plans to reduce greenhouse emissions from their restaurants, corporate offices and supply chain by more than 30 percent by 2030. They’re the first restaurant chain with goals backed by the Science Based Targets initiative. The company expects to decrease its total emissions by more than 150 million tons. AB InBev, the parent company of Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser beer, has ambitious plans to purchase electricity only from renewable sources for its worldwide operations in seven years. The first step includes Bud Light. The goal is for all operations in the company’s 12 Budweiser breweries across the U.S. to be powered by renewable energy. Budweiser plants outside the U.S. will also switch to all-renewable energy, with all products planned to transition by 2025. The new status will be denoted by the label “100% Renewable Energy”.
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Healing Our Kids Reversing a Rising Tide of Chronic Conditions by Ronica A. O’Hara
he statistics are startling—as many as a quarter to one half of American children now have a diagnosed chronic condition, according to studies that include one in Academic Pediatrics that includes obesity. Over the last few decades, the number of children with asthma has tripled to affect one in eight; those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have doubled to one in
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As scientists pinpoint the causes of conditions, parents, researchers and healthcare practitioners are discovering, Lambert says, that many of the youngsters’ chronic illnesses share a “perfect storm” of factors, including pharmaceutical overuse, toxic or nutritionally poor diets, exposure to toxins and other environmental stressors. “Many factors contribute to these chronic disorders; one size or one treatment doesn’t fit all,” says Dr. Kenneth Bock, of Red Hook, New York, an integrative medicine practitioner who has helped more than 3,000 chronically ill children and authored Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies. “But if children with one or more of the disorders are treated with a fully integrative medicine approach, the vast majority show some improvement, many significantly, and increasing numbers may recover to a point where they even lose their diagnosis.” Effective integrative applications often change the child’s diet to nutrient-dense, additive-free foods and supplements for gut and brain health; employ allergy testing and elimination, detoxification and behavioral and physical therapies; vet household contaminants; target medications like antifungals and anti-inflammatories; and use homeopathy and acupuncture.
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Maria O’Neil’s firstborn son, Connor, had a perfect Apgar score (newborn health status) at birth and appeared healthy to everyone until after immunization at 15 months, when he became withdrawn and vacant, with head-banging and hand-flapping. A pediatrician diagnosed moderately severe autism and advised, “Accept your new normal. Your son was born this way.” O’Neil exclaimed, “I will not let this disease take my child!” After she replaced processed foods, sugar, dairy and gluten with organics in his diet, he became calmer and “more here”. Tests by another pediatrician, Dr. Bob Sears, showed Connor had gut damage, mitochondrial issues, a high viral load, a low white cell count and a deficiency in basic vitamins and minerals. “Now I had a game plan,” says O’Neil, of Joshua Tree, California. Connor was given fish oil, B12 shots, juices, targeted herbs, Epsom salt baths, hyperbaric oxygen, a mitochondrial cocktail of nutraceuticals, medication with the antifungal fluconazole (Diflucan), the antiviral valacyclovir (Valtrex) and the immunity-enhancing naltrexone (Revia), plus acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic. Over time, Connor’s eyes brightened, his language “burst forth” and he became social and loving.
More Help for Healing EWG.org – the go-to website of the Environmental Working Group for information about toxicity in food, products and the environment Why It Matters – video accounts from doctors; parents and recovered children; DocumentingHope.com By age 5, educators took him off his individualized learning program because he had no relevant symptoms. Today, at 9, he’s a popular fourth-grade kid that loves swimming, soccer and art, and wants to become a scientist or engineer. “The future is limitless for Connor,” O’Neil reports. “He can do anything he sets his mind to.”
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additional integrative modalities to help prevent chronic illnesses now and in years to come,” explains family physician Madiha Saeed, of Naperville, Illinois, author of The Holistic Rx: Your Guide to Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease. The multipronged integrative approach is supported by studies that link poor gastrointestinal health to childhood diseases, notes Lambert. Italian researchers found a greater prevalence of “bad” gut bacteria in autistic children. In New Zealand, it was shown that those with ADHD have gut bacteria that reduces dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls the brain’s reward center. At EpidemicAnswers.org, medical professionals and parents have created a comprehensive database of resources, studies, strategies and health coaches to help realize a child’s full potential. It plans to follow 14 children with chronic conditions through 18 months of healing and recovery therapeutic services to be documented in a film titled Canary Kids. “We want to show parents that there’s hope—because then they can take the next step and move forward,” says Lambert. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.
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Youths Step Up to the Global Challenge Fresh Hope for a Troubled Planet by Linda Sechrist
ecognizing that it might be too late by the time they are older, many young people are already acting collectively and across partisan aisles on everything from climate change and the environment to gun control, gender equality, social justice, education and politics. Initiatives include creating solutions for the global water crisis, serving as global ambassadors, training for public speaking and leadership, organizing youth summits, marching for causes, planting a trillion trees, participating in United Nations (UN) programs, inventing a new educational system, lobbying legislators and seeking political office. 22
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Angie Jiang, a 2018 graduate of Madison West High School, in Wisconsin, is a first-year student at Columbia University, in New York. Deploying her social impact and debating skills, this Chinese-American woman articulates her opinions on sustainability, environmental awareness, immigration and gender issues in public radio interviews and lobbies for policy changes in Washington, D.C. She’s one of 80,000 girls in some 100 countries that have been trained by the UN Foundation’s Girl Up initiative to help lead the movement for gender equality; Jiang currently serves as its 2017-2018 teen advisor. “Within our current political climate, it is
“To everyone here today, know this. We are America’s future… So let’s not be afraid to shape it… We must be the voices of a generation, leaders for others and advocates for ourselves. Why shouldn’t we be the ones to end worldwide hunger, to make a breakthrough in medical science, to protect world peace or to put people on another planet? We are the generation that will do all these things. Why not start now?” In addressing environmental issues, Sonneborn supports a tax on carbon emissions, Vermont’s commitment to uphold the standards of the Paris climate agreement and renewable energy incentives. In Kansas, where six teenagers are running for governor, Tyler Ruzich’s campaign theme is, “A Republican for the Next Generation.” This Shawnee Mission North
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High School senior has serious concerns and ideas to make his state a better place to live, learn and work. A well-prepared orator committed to public service, Ruzich is reaching younger voters on issues of voter registration, school funding, taxation, guns, immigration, agriculture, equal rights and job growth. On the Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien syndicated TV show, Ruzich said he believes his campaign is stimulating 18-to-25-yearolds to get involved in mid-term elections, which typically draw fewer voters.
global youth to engage with sustainability issues. Today, the New Jersey resident serves as its president, and is passionate about why investing in the education of children is significant. As just one example, “Amazonian children are teaching their parents about how deforestation impacts climate change,” says Patel. A degree in environmental law and policy at Vermont Law School, in South Royalton, and expertise in environmental education, curriculum development, field research and community outreach has helped Patel to assist in developing lesson plans for ECI Water Schools. Community groups and schools are mobilized to evaluate the health of rivers and provide basic training in good health habits.
Brandi Kneip’s family in Stuart, Florida, didn’t object when the 18-year-old decided to spend her college savings establishing a JAR dry goods store that fosters reusing and recycling materials to decrease or eliminate trash. Customers can buy what they need by dispensing pasta, herbs, spices, flour and other products into their own reusable jars or purchase glass containers to take home. JAR also carries eco-friendly household items. “I want my impact on this Earth to be like footprints in the sand. For a second, the Earth knows you are there, and when you move along, the waves wash them out or the wind blows them away. I’m so thankful for this big, green-blue planet, and I’ll strive every day to make more people notice the beauty it holds,” says Kneip.
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Arati Patel was just 24 when she began serving as an intern with Earth Child Institute (ECI), a nonprofit that empowers
Felix Finkbeiner, a German student, started Plant-for-the-Planet in 2007, when he was only 9. “It’s an amazing organization run by young people,” says Patel. Inspired by the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, Finkbeiner expanded Maathai’s original concept of a billion plantings to the Trillion Tree Campaign. To date, it’s seen 15 billion new trees in 190 countries under the guidance of the U.N. Environment Programme. Speaking at an Environmental Systems Research Institute Conference, Finkbeiner said that beyond planting trees, children involved in the initiative have delivered presentations in schools and rotary clubs, and engineered sit-down meetings with mayors, local government officials and even presidents of countries. Several have spoken
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A Revolution in Education
After graduating from Beijing University Affiliated High School, Jason Wang, 18, postponed college for a year and visited the U.S. and Europe looking for the best practices in education. When he returned, he was in no hurry to enter college, but rather to develop the curriculum for Beijing’s Moonshot Academy, which opened in January with 30 students from 14 to 16 years old. Turning traditional methods of education on its ear, Moonshot Academy students are accepted based on their learning ability, independent thinking skills and capacity to turn ideas into action, rather than standardized test scores. Students learn through personalized experiences that enable them to practice and demonstrate core competencies to face the challenges of the future. “Research shows that by the age of 39, today’s average high school graduate will have had nine different jobs, half of which have not been invented yet. Artificial intelligence has changed the playing field. We can’t keep educating kids in the same way,” says Nancy Riehle, executive director of the Creative Academic Network Scholastic Foundation that supports the academy.
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youth rights and action on climate change. Margolin and her teammates have formed a nationwide coalition that inspires and mobilizes students throughout the U.S. and in London, England. They took to the streets on July 21 to march for environmental justice as social justice. Zero Hour activities supporting the Washington, D.C., march included meeting with nearly 40 federal lawmakers and presenting a manifesto of demands. It calls for governments and companies to take action on all climate change and environmental issues, including divesting from fossil fuels; increasing investment in renewable energy; legislating strict carbon reduction targets; encouraging plant-based lifestyles; schooling youth on the importance of reducing our carbon footprint; reducing excessive use of single-use plastic; ending rainforest deforestation; halting all animal cruelty; and preventing loss of biodiversity and species extinctions. Margolin and other Zero Hour members agree, including Nadia Nazar, 16, an art director from Baltimore,
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ronment, and I must hope that I am not silenced just as my father was stifled by the word ‘anecdotal’ 25 years ago.” The regulations that the petition asks DEM to put in place are based on the best available science. The petition also relies on duties contained in the state’s constitution to protect the public trust. Environmental justice is another core principle, one that is clearly violated by the proposed expansion of the LNG facility at Fields Point. Much of what climate scientists have predicted for the last 50 years is already happening, but actual developments have outpaced projections. In the presence of current reverse action at the federal level, it is clear that each state must act promptly and boldly to eliminate fossil fuel emissions and draw down those already wreaking havoc with our global weather system. Youth and families are encouraged to share personal stories and science-based evidence. The petition and more information can be found at NaturesTrustRI.org.
ature’s Trust Rhode Island, a youthdriven campaign for the legal right to a healthy climate, joined by Sisters of Mercy Ecology, initiated legal action to compel the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to step up and do its fair share to stop climate change. On September 5, the organization delivered a petition to the DEM and started a 30-day clock ticking. During that time, DEM is expected to either initiate a public process to consider and implement this proposal, or it will have to justify its inaction to the courts. Nature’s Trust RI was inspired by Mary Christina Wood, author of Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age. The book exposes the problems in environmental law and offers transformational change based on the public trust doctrine. The trust doctrine asserts public property rights to crucial resources. Its core logic compels government, as trustee, to protect natural inheritance such as air and water for all humanity. This approach empowers citizens worldwide to protect their inalienable ecological rights for generations to come. Adults support youth by composing the legal details of the petition, so the youth can focus on the advocacy work. The petition delivered to DEM shows that state agencies have not lived up to their obligations according to the Rhode Island Constitution. This neglect of duty has been on display in the agency’s role in issuing permits for major fossil fuel projects, such as the expansion of the compressor station in Burrillville, and the expansion of the
liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Fields Point. A freshman student at the University of Rhode Island who has lived all of his life in the coastal village of Snug Harbor. The warming and acidifying ocean has negatively impacted the fishing industry, so that his father can no longer make a living fishing. His father saw it coming 25 years ago, but DEM told him at the time that his evidence was merely anecdotal. The lesson the student learned is, “I must assert with utmost passion and sincerity that I believe the government of Rhode Island is not upholding their responsibility as a trustee of our envi-
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t Young Voices, a Rhode Island organization that provides lowincome youth with advocacy skills, students are helped in understanding an issue, thinking strategically, speaking out articulately and persuasively, and assuming roles of leadership. Young Voices has successfully replicated a model that supports students to work with adults in improving their schools. The best practices of this model have been refined and are available for sharing with partners in New England and across the country. At the school level, the organization has been supporting students to have an authentic voice in the redesign of their high schools. Student leaders survey a majority of their peers at their school and lead focus groups, asking them what should be done to increase graduation and attendance rates. They use this data to create policy recommendations to make their schools more student-centered, and they work closely with school leaders to refine and implement these policies. Concrete results have included new grading policies and an expansion of class options, including a program with hands-on exposure to the biotech industry. On a district level, Young Voices has guided students in working with the
Providence Public School District to revise its Code of Conduct and incorporate restorative justice practices, which support students to stay in school and succeed. The newly-introduced changes address student misbehavior with a focus on reparation rather than punishment. Students are only to be suspended for serious infractions— behavior that poses a threat to the safety of others. Otherwise, students with poor attendance and obedience issues need to be heard, understood and validated, so they can be redirected with compassion, reason and positivity, to work toward their own individual empowerment. With the new Code of Conduct in place, students want to assure full implementation at the ground level, in schools,
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In the process of healing the world around them, they become empowered in their own lives, able to advocate for the resources they need to reach their own individual dreams and aspirations. on a daily basis. This effort includes informing all students about the standards and protections in the code, so they can stand up for themselves in the case of improper implementation. At the state level, students testify at legislative hearings before the house committee on Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) in the state house. Youth share personal stories to demonstrate failings on the front line, present possible solutions and advocate for change. They are also pushing for common sense gun laws to keep their schools safe. Young Voices currently serves 200 youth and seven sites across the state, six being high schools. The Board of Directors is comprised of 11 youth and 10 adults. All students commit to the program two to three days per week throughout their high school years. Seniors receive oneon-one college assistance, which includes counseling, SAT prep, guidance through the application process and information on scholarships and financial aid. Karen Feldman, founder and executive director of Young Voices, speaks about the impact of the organization. “Youth can be extraordinarily effective at bringing about social change when they are trained to develop their leadership skills,” she says. “In the process of healing the world around them, they become empowered in their own lives, able to advocate for the resources they need to reach their own individual dreams and aspirations.” Feldman encourages students and adults interested in getting involved with supporting this work and this model to contact her at KarenFeldman1@gmail.com. Wendy Fachon is the creator of Storywalking.com, a regular contributor for Natural Awakenings and helps deliver youth enrichment curriculum for The Empowerment Factory.
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MULTIFACETED CHIROPRACTIC Integrative Approaches Enhance Healing by Marlaina Donato
odern chiropractors are often seen primarily as pain specialists, yet their care can encompass much more. While the common focus is better health through spinal manipulation, the origins of chiropractic are manifold. Typical approaches for structural issues and injuries include spinal adjustments, therapeutic ultrasound and heat therapy, but some practitioners also embrace nutrition. Training requirements for chiropractors vary by state. “Here in Oregon, chiropractic physicians—both legally and through our training—are taught to be primary care physicians,” says Doctor of Chiropractic Michael Herb, of the Absolute Wellness Center, in Eugene, Oregon. “We must complete extensive training not only on the musculoskeletal system, but also on managing various internal medical pathologies such as those related to the cardiovascular system, genitourinary conditions, obstetrics and gynecology. We also learn to perform minor surgical procedures.” Chiropractor Tom Hyland Robertson, of Whole Chiropractic Healthcare, in Odenton, Maryland, notes, “To limit chiropractic to two categories of traditional and integrative isn’t accurate. There are almost as many specialists among doctors of chiropractic (DC) as among medical doctors (M.D.). There are chiropractors that specialize in pediatrics, veterinary, orthopedics, internal medicine, neurology, radiology and other areas. Integrative chiropractic uses as many tools as possible from the realm of each doctor’s training.” 28
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The world of chiropractic is diverse and growing to meet patient needs. Many chiropractors offer several healing modalities in-house that are geared to take whole-person care to an integrated harmonious level. “Research shows that patient outcomes are far better with a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare needs,” says Herb. “Offering a variety of specialties like physical therapy, sports medicine, nutrition and natural pain relief in my practice means patients receive the care and amount of time they need. They are not limited by what I personally can offer or have time to provide.” Many chiropractic facilities nationwide employ acupuncturists and therapeutic massage therapists, offering diverse treatment options like functional medicine and cryotherapy—ice therapy— versus traditional heat therapy. Robertson provides complementary treatments ranging from nutrition to physical therapy and yoga because he has found it is important to incorporate multiple treatment philosophies, examining the same problem from different angles, saying, “Chiropractic integrates many safe modalities found to be more effective than opioids, for instance.” He notes that early chiropractic was actually integrative, with its founder, Daniel David Palmer, promoting a healthy diet and calmer lifestyle a century ago.
Collaborative Options Progressive chiropractic now includes innovative approaches to treat the nervous system. The cutting-edge field of functional (or chiropractic) neurology, which reactivates partially non-functional neural pathways, is employed in cases like concussions, vertigo, migraines, pain syndromes, neuropathy and attention-deficit disorders. Massage modalities, combined with chiropractic, are widely recognized to significantly increase circulation and improve range of motion. Acupuncture, when used in conjunction with chiropractic treatment, enhances muscle relaxation and fosters easier adjustments. Chiropractor Kody R. Johnson, of the Johnson Chiropractic and Holistic Health Center, in Columbia, Missouri, is board certified in acupuncture and employs dry needling to target trigger points in tight muscles. He also specializes in functional medicine. Hormone balance, nutritional inadequacies, the presence of heavy metals and genetic markers for disease are all considered in determining a patient’s overall health. “Chiropractic treatment addresses results of physical stress. Functional medicine looks at emotional and biochemical stress,” says Johnson. “The chiropractic paradigm is based on the premise that the body has an inborn ability to heal itself. If the only method a provider has to offer is chiropractic adjustments, then they’ll have cases where the patient’s condition doesn’t fully improve because there might be other factors at play, including nutritional deficiencies, toxicities and emotional stress. When we address other relevant issues, we find that patients ‘hold’ their adjustments longer.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, multimedia artist and author of books in the spirituality and alternative health genres. She lives in Hawley, PA. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.
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Exercise Rekindles Desire by Maya Whitman
ecause exercise delivers so many benefits, it’s not surprising that one of them is increased libido. A low sex drive can affect either gender at any age, and contributing factors include hormonal changes, daily stressors and certain prescription drugs. According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, short-duration bursts of exercise work to increase circulation and heart rate, thus amping up physiological arousal in women. Sexual performance is enhanced in men by exercising three to five times a week, according to a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. “Eating right and being committed to a daily exercise regimen that includes strength, cardiovascular and flexibility training is key to maintaining a great libido and continual excellence in sexual function,” affirms Dr. Jeffry Life, author of The Life Plan: How Any Man Can Achieve Lasting Health, Great Sex, and a Stronger, Leaner Body and owner of The Life Center for Healthy Aging, in Charleston, West Virginia.
Exercise increases testosterone, endorphins and adrenal hormones, all of which are essential to a satisfying sex life. Studies from the University of Texas at Austin show premenopausal women experience increased sexual response with exercise, including individuals with diminished sex drives due to the use of antidepressants. “Stress is one of the biggest libido-killers in women, and endorphins released during exercise can reduce stress, improve libido and increase arousal,” maintains Stephanie Mansour, fitness expert and CEO of Step It Up with Steph, in Chicago, Illinois. “Adding 30 minutes of exercise a few times a week can increase endorphins, blood flow and testosterone.” 30
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The inevitable hormonal changes of menopause and beyond can dampen a woman’s sex life, but it doesn’t have to become a way of life. “Women can experience side effects of shifting hormonal levels which cause libido to vanish and the vagina to become dry, making us feel anything but empowered,” explains Ellen Dolgen, the Coronado, California, author of Menopause Mondays: The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause. “Exercise, along with the guidance of a menopause specialist to help manage those hormonal changes, is a winning ticket. Life in our 40s, 50s and beyond can be wonderful!” Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a problem for many men, and can result from sedentary lifestyles, certain medications and cardiovascular issues. “ED is a huge problem worldwide, and vascular disease is one of the major causes,” says Life. “This can be avoided by eating properly and making exercise an essential part of everyday life, which can also reduce the need for prescription drugs that are another major cause of the problem.”
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Testosterone—a hormone that plays a significant role in lighting our “fire” and keeping it lit—can be enhanced by adding workouts with weights. “Strength training can boost testosterone, which may boost sex drive in both women and men. For men, I recommend lifting weights and doing push-ups. However, it’s important to note that too much intense exercise or strength training may have the opposite effect, and actually reduce the desire to have sex,” says Mansour. In addition to a daily exercise program that includes cardio and flexibility exercises, Life concurs, “Thirty to 60 minutes of strength training three to four times a week is ideal.” According to a review published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, yoga may increase both male endurance and female response. “Yoga turns off our sympathetic nervous system, the part that keeps us in ‘fight-or-flight’ response. Inversions like the shoulder stand help to harmonize hormones, supporting a wellbalanced sex drive,” explains Pam Medina, owner of The Yoga Lily, in Clifton Park, New York. “We need to feel attractive, and yoga can help us to accept the body as a sacred vehicle for the soul.” No matter the age or condition of the body, a more satisfying sex life and better self-image is possible through feeling fit. Life reminds us, “Check with your doctor before taking up an exercise regimen, and know that maintaining a healthy body can give us essential ingredients for a great sex life well into our 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.” Maya Whitman is certified in bodywork and clinical essential oil therapy.
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The Rise of Blue Zones in America Places that Encourage Healthy Living by Avery Mack
an Buettner’s book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest launched a movement a decade ago. Sequels include The Blue Zones of Happiness, The Blue Zones Solution and Thrive. Many communities have embraced the principles of this “make healthy living easier” paradigm, resulting in the improved well-being of residents. “Add more years to your life and more life to your years,” says Nick Buettner, vice president at Blue Zones LLC, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the founder’s brother who spoke with us. “The people around you, the places where you work, live and play, and the social norms in your community have an impact on your health.” The original U.S. pilot project in 2009, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, is a prime example. Instead of widening a main thoroughfare and raising the speed limit, the city widened the sidewalk and created a path around nearby Fountain Lake, offering safe exercise for bikers, joggers and walkers. The Hy-Vee grocery increased its health market section from two to seven aisles, leading to a 130 percent rise in related sales, and added a Blue Zones checkout lane for healthy grab-and-go options. City workplaces now offer quiet rooms and fruit instead of candy; one business converted a garage to a pickleball court. 32
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The five original Blue Zones are Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Okinawa, Japan; and Sardinia, Italy. Blue Zone Basics
Move Naturally – Even at work, get up and move at least once every 20 minutes. Reduce Stress – Take a nap, nature walk
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they have a reason to get out of bed in the morning tend to live seven years longer than those who just go through the motions,” says Buettner. A strong sense of purpose defines quality of life.
Eat Healthy – Enjoy the benefits of a plant-based diet. One cup of beans a day adds three to four years in life expectancy. Plant a garden to grow fresher, pesticidefree food. Eat meat an average of five times a month and in small-portioned stir-fry, soups and pasta. Consume fewer calories. Drink wine in moderation. Check out BlueZones.com/recipes. Maintain Relationships – “If you have fewer than three friends, it’s the equivalent of smoking for 20 years,” Buettner maintains.
“Growing old in place and staying at home instead of a retirement or nursing home is easier to accomplish when you have a social network.” Meet regularly with friends.
Have Faith – A faith-based life taps into a larger resource far greater than oneself and enhances a sense of purpose, social network and calm content.
Prioritize Family – Amid the busyness of life, make the most enjoyable family time and nurturing activities each day’s first choice. “Over the last four years in Florida, our sponsor, NCH Healthcare System, has helped to build well-being infrastructure and sustainability for approximately 400,000 people; that swells to nearly 1.2 million during high season from January to April,” says Deb Logan, executive director of Blue Zones Project-SWFL (Southwest Florida). “We have 33 Blue Zone-approved restaurants that collectively make an additional 176 plant-based menu items available locally; the first half of this year, they sold 130,000 Blue Zones-inspired dishes.” The healthful community philosophy was vital in Hawaii, when the Kīlauea Volcano spewed lava, sulfur dioxide and acid rain. First-responders staffed checkpoint stations around the clock to protect the public from dangerous areas, exposing themselves to combined sun and volcanic heat. The Hawaiian Blue Zone team delivered smoothies, beverages and paletas—healthy popsicles made with real fruit—to help workers stay cooler. They also delivered them to volunteers and public service groups, including Hope Services Hawaii, which built tiny houses for families displaced by volcanic activity. “We don’t come into an area and say, ‘This is what you must do.’ We say, ‘This is what you can do.’ The readiness must come from the city level, businesses, schools and nonprofits,” Buettner says. “The right leadership must be committed and prepared to follow through on multiple years of initiatives.” He remarks, “In the end, my hope for the future lies in the fact that communities care about their health. Blue Zones isn’t about the quantity of years, but the quality of life, and often that adds years, too.” Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.
Bees, Wasps and Hornets Can Sting by David Jones
Groups Work to Make U.S. Go Strawless
About 500 million plastic straws are discarded daily in America, reports the U.S. National Park Service. Plastic that reaches waterways is ingested by marine life and our food chain. Individuals and municipalities are taking action to support options, including going strawless. n The Last Plastic Straw (TheLastPlasticStraw.org), a project of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, has a worldwide map locator that pinpoints restaurants that have ceased using plastic straws. n Milo Cress, who launched the Be Straw Free (BeStrawFree.org) campaign in 2011 when he was 9, is again speaking to school students this fall, primarily via Skype. “It’s exciting to inspire them to know that they can do something in their community,” says the senior high school student in Shelburne, Vermont. n Strawfree.org, a Southern California volunteer-driven organization, offers kits that include bamboo straws, carrying holders and cleaning brushes. n McDonald’s has announced it will transition from plastic to paper straws in its U.S., UK and Ireland restaurants beginning this year, and subsequently expand the switch to other countries. n In May, New York City lawmakers introduced a bill banning plastic straws in all bars and restaurants in the Big Apple, and Seattle has banned the use of single-use plastic straws, thanks to the Strawless in Seattle movement. EcoCycle, Inc. (EcoCycle.org) and the Inland Ocean Coalition, both in Boulder, Colorado, are asking restaurants citywide not to use them. In July, Starbucks announced plans to eliminate straw use globally by 2020. n StrawlessOcean.org offers straw alternatives made of paper by Aardvark, steel and silicone by Klean Kanteen, metal by Steelys Drinkware and bamboo by StrawFree. n EcoWatch.com suggests, “Unlike metal or glass, soft and bendable silicone straws don’t clink your teeth, making them ideal for kids and straw-biters” and that such products made by Softy Straws work with hot drinks and withstand dishwashers. It also recommends wheat stems, corn bioplastic and bucatini pasta, a spaghetti-like noodle with a hole in the middle.
The season is coming to an end for many insects, with most of them slipping quietly into their next phase. However, wasps are infamous for going out with a bang (or many painful stings.) This time of year, bees slow down before dying after working hard to build a reserve of honey for the winter. Wasps and hornets die off, leaving impregnated queens to hide out until next spring, many of which will die of starvation. Wasps become very aggressive as the days shorten and will do their best to get as much food as possible, especially sweet things. They will readily sting over and over. Hornets will only become aggressive if their flight path is obstructed and often will attack noisy children, barking dogs or even lawnmowers. Bees are generally not considered aggressive unless they are threatened or their hive is under attack. Their stinger is barbed and often gets stuck in the skin and the bee dies. The first instinct when encountering these insects is to grab a can of toxic bug spray from under the kitchen sink and spray until they stop moving. But why put yourself, your family and pets, and the environment at risk just to get rid of some bugs? There are environmentally friendly solutions to eliminate all kinds of pests—including those hornets and wasps, but please try not to kill bees; they are beneficial but care must be taken to keep out of their flight path. For help and advice, contact David Jones at Bio Tech Pest Controls, located at 18 Granite St., Westerly. Call 401315-2400, email David@BioTechPestControls.com or visit BioTechPestControls.com. See ad on page 8. October 2018
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‘Less Meat’ Goes Mainstream
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lant-based lifestyles, once considered by some as a fad that would fade, are on the rise worldwide. According to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, 6 million to 8 million Americans have completely eliminated meat, including seafood, from their plates. With a 600 percent increase of people going vegan domestically in the past three years and companies like Nestlé devising vegan-tailored product launches, plant-based eating is creating unprecedented demand. “I’ve definitely seen plant-based eating become more mainstream. Many restaurants now provide plant-based options to keep their customers happy, and more food startups are creating nut- and soy-based cheeses, milks and yogurts,” says Lisa Stollman, a plant-based nutritionist in New York City. Vegan lunch options are even making their way into the Los Angeles public school system.
Millennials Lead the Way
GlobalData, a data and analytics company, reports, “Seventy percent of the world population is either reducing meat consumption or leaving meat off the table altogether,” with Millennials at the forefront. “The environment has been the Millennial generation’s primary concern. Health is of less importance than interest in making the Earth a better place to live,” says Gene Stone, a plant-based diet expert in Hudson, New York, and author of the bestselling Forks Over Knives: The PlantBased Way to Health. Stollman concurs, saying, “The majority of my vegan clients are in their 20s and 30s, and their concern for animal treatment relates to sustainability. Sustainability helps to reduce methane emissions from industrial farms.” Wynnie Stein, co-owner of the iconic Moosewood Restaurant, in Ithaca, New York, and co-author of its groundbreaking
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Since the American Medical Association’s recent suggestion that hospitals consider providing plant-based meals for patients, perceptions are shifting. Holistic Cardiologist Joel Kahn, in Ferndale, Michigan, began teaching plant-based diets to heart patients in 1990, and has subsequently seen hundreds of them avoid invasive and surgical procedures, as well as show less evidence of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and hypertension. “Many of my patients have decreased or eliminated the otherwise lifelong ‘jail’ of prescription drugs. They learned that disease reversal, not management, is the goal,” says Kahn. Supermarkets across the country are stocking meatless products like plant-based burgers. Many athletes and bodybuilders that have switched away from eating meat attest to improved results by tapping into plant power. People of all walks of life, including seniors, have embraced this paradigm. “There is increased interest in health as Baby Boomers age and start to realize the benefits of a plant-based diet, much of it due to myriad new research,” says Stone. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, a diet rich in vegetables and fruits lowers blood pressure. The American Diabetes Association supports a nutrientdense vegetarian diet that can decrease the risk of certain diseases. For Stollman’s vegan clients aged 50 and older, “Health plays a strong role in their interest in plant-based eating. The science has become clear, and based on the evidence, I continue to teach my clients the importance of including plant-based meals in their daily diets,” she says.
The surge of people changing their diet has
a multilevel impact. “I feel deeply grateful to have been able to help spread the word about plant-based diets. Health, the environment and animal protection are great concerns of mine,” says Stone. Stein appreciates how the positive change in diet benefiting people and the planet is coming full circle. “We’re still amazed and honored to know that our cookbooks have helped to create a sea change. Folks visiting from all over the world tell us how our recipes have influenced several generations of their families.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, multimedia artist and author of books in the spirituality and alternative health genres. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.
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Farewell to a Beloved Pet Earth’s Memorial to a Pet’s Passing by Sandra Murphy
he American Pet Products Association estimates Americans collectively spent $69.5 million on our 235 million mammal, avian and reptile pets, as well as 158 million pet fish, in 2017. It’s not surprising that end-of-life planning for a devoted family companion is a solemn endeavor. Burial in a box or blanket in the backyard used to be the predominant way to deal with pet remains. As people and pet populations have grown, many municipalities now have ordinances against the practice. Instead, good options exist that protect and preserve the planet these animals so enjoyed.
Kay Winters, a blogger at PawsAndPines. com, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, mothers a dog, Clover, and two cats, Chuckie and Mittens. “When they pass away, I plan to bury them in biodegradable mushroom bags,” she says. “It has mushroom and other organisms infused into it to help with natural decomposition, cleanse any environmental toxins in the body and nourish the nearby soil.” Another biodegradable container is a pod that contains nutrient-rich soil, a seed and the pet’s ashes to nourish the resulting plant, tree or shrub. It’s a lovely way to remember the pet and replenish Earth’s greenspace. 36
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Aquamation or Cremation
Veterinary offices commonly arrange for the pet’s body to be sent to a crematorium, with ashes returned several days later. Using temperatures from 1,400 to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, these facilities impose a larger carbon footprint than other options. At-home euthanasia may be beneficial for terminal pets. The animal can remain calm in familiar surroundings with family present. The veterinarian allows time for goodbyes, and when the family is ready, removes the body. “We always place the pets on nice stretchers with a blanket over the body and encourage the family to place toys or flowers with their pet. There’s no handing out brochures with photos of urns or upselling. It’s respectful of the pet’s life,” says Veterinarian Mary Gardner, of Yorba Linda, California, co-founder and chief technology officer at Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a national network of veterinarians dedicated to end-of-life care. Gardner is also building an aquamation (alkaline hydrolysis) facility in Boynton Beach, Florida. This alternative to cremation has a far smaller environmental impact because the resulting alkaline water is safe to drain, containing no chemicals or DNA. Elizabeth Fournier, author of The
Green Burial Guidebook, owns and operates Cornerstone Funeral Services and Cremation, in Boring, Oregon, where she periodically receives inquiries about pets. “I’ve received calls over the years for horses, donkeys, sheep and dogs. One family called me for their alpaca. I explained my funeral home was a humanonly funeral parlor, but I’d be more than happy to help with a referral,” Fournier says. She offered a choice of flame or water. “They liked the water method because Spunky the Alpaca loved the rain and could drink more water than most of her pasture mates,” she says. The family let all the other animals at home come by to give Spunky a sniff and a goodbye, and then took her body for bio-cremation. “They took her ashes home in a ceramic pig cookie jar,” says Fournier. “It’s my favorite story.” “The zero-emission aquamation process creates one-tenth the carbon footprint of traditional, flame-based cremation and enables 20 percent more ashes to be returned to the family, allowing for a lasting contribution to be made to the Earth in honor of a beloved pet,” says Christie Cornelius, the founding doctor of veterinary medicine at Last Wishes Compassionate Comfort Care for Pets, in Houston, Texas. Eternal Reefs, Inc., in Sarasota, Florida, mixes environmentally friendly concrete with cremains to form a gigantic reef ball, which is then placed on the ocean floor to replenish naturally diminishing reef systems and provide a permanent underwater memorial. Originally designed for human use, some owners have asked for pets to be included. To reduce costs, families are encouraged to hold their pet’s cremated remains for the appropriate time when they are memorializing a human loved one. Recorded GPS coordinates facilitate future visits to the area. Whether using earth, fire or water, there are many ways to honor a pet’s lifelong devotion and lessen its final carbon footprint to protect Earth’s natural health and beauty. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 6-9pm. This internationally acclaimed course will help deepen our capacity to be more present and work effectively with the stress and challenges in our lives. With Nancy Bennett. $365. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com.
Coloring Club for Relaxation – 5-6:30pm. There is a new growing trend of coloring for relaxation. Adults are rediscovering the stress-relieving benefits of coloring. Materials provided by the library. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. MansfieldLibraryMA.com.
Chakra Exploration: Root Chakra – 7:30-9pm. Let your vinyasa yoga practice ground you at your root chakra to nourish your stability, survival and basic needs. $20/drop-in. Positive Space Yoga, 285 Winthrop St, Rte 44, Rehoboth, MA. 508-813-3638. WhisperingPath.Yoga.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Hypnotherapy– 8am-7pm. With Toni-Ann. Hypnosis can help you gain control over undesired behaviors such as compulsive overeating, anxiety, stress, phobias, fears, etc. Available other days. Special price: $55/ session. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Entrance & Parking in Rear, Cranston. 401-474-1753. ToniAnnLaprade@gmail.com. aahhw.com. Ananda Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:45am. Yoga at a moderate, yet dynamic pace. Tune-in to yourself and improve flexibility, balance, strength, calmness through yoga postures, breath awareness and deep relaxation. $12, $8/seniors. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown, 02852. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. The Fool’s Journey: Tarot Major Arcana – 6:308:15pm. Do you have interest in learning about the tarot? Or do you feel you need more guidance or confirmation of what you already know? 4 wks of Major Arcana. $25/drop-in, $75/4 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Online Weekly Soul Readings – 6:30-7pm. Online weekly starting Oct 3. Soul Readings by Michelle OConnor. See me live on Facebook. Free. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org. Homeopathic Cell Salts: 2 Sessions – Oct 3 & 10. 6:30-8pm. Registered Certified Homeopath Vandana Pitke: be healthier using homeopathic cell salts. Basic info about using cell salts for first aid and other illnesses. $30. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. Intuitive-Therapy.com. Natural Methods to Detoxify the Body – 7-8:30pm. How to naturally detoxify and cleanse your body and how naturopathy works to establish good health and protect against the toxic causes of illness. Free webinar. Bioregulatory Medicine Institute: brmi.online/webinars.
All About Parapsychology – 7-9pm. Join John D’Angelo and begin to learn the mysteries of the Masters. This week we discuss the Enneagram, a powerful tool for self-discovery and transformation. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 Messages From the Universe – 6-7:30pm. Receive your Oct guidance with Messages From the Universe. Channeled specifically for your growth and spiritual healing. $30. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org. Self-Inquiry Weekend Retreat – 6-9pm. Also Oct 6, 9:30am-5:30pm. This 1.5-day weekend retreat promotes self-inquiry through the unique and intentional combination of yoga, meditation, psycho-education, expressive arts and group work. $149. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449. HolisticHeartRI.com. A Night on the Other Side– 6:30-9pm. With June Edward. Gallery-style reading. Have you ever wanted to talk to someone on the other side? June is a very powerful psychic medium. Tickets on Eventbrite; see website for details. $45/advance; $50/door. Elks Club, 4500 N Main St, Fall River, MA. 508-259-1231. JuneEdward.com. Drumming Circle – 7:30-9pm. Come experience a Shamanic healing drum circle. You will be guided in a peaceful meditative drum session which promotes overall healing. Bring rattles or drums if you have. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 Reiki Level II Certification Course – 9:30am5pm. Learn how to use and draw the 3 sacred reiki symbols to strengthen the energy and how to send reiki through time and space. Receive manual, comprehensive information package. Second Degree Reiki attunement and Certificate. $175. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, N Providence. To register: 401-231-8222 or BevReiki@cox.net. Weekend Yoga with Tias Little – 10am-5pm. Sign up now! Light on the Subtle Body Weekend Workshop. This weekend will be split into four classes. October 6-7. 10-1pm & 2-5pm. Take full weekend or part of. $220/full weekend, $60/class. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga.
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Gongs at Harvesting Wellness Fest – 12-4pm. Celebrate autumn with the season’s treats and traditions. Gong sound healing, yoga, wellness demos, spiritualism, reiki, gong bath in the yurt plus booth demos. $10 adult + 2 kids free. POTEGP Retreat Center & Gardens, 311 Sanford Rd, Westport, MA. 774-264-0786. Facebook.com/POTEGPGuidance.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 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. ProvidenceFlea.com.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 October New Moon – 7-9pm. Ceremony provides the opportunity to let go of obstacles and hindrances, heal illness and ease suffering, awaken your intuition. We make offerings, do healing rituals, talking circles. $20 suggested donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. RSVP, text: 401-464-1634. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 Akashic Record Reading & Healing – 6-8pm. Powerful past life reading and healing guidance to remove old blocks or contracts with grace and ease. Leave with lightness of body and soul. $35. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-287-2781. Creatigo.org. Qigong: Information session – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about qigong’s history, what it is, and how it can help you. Qigong is a great compliment to medical treatments. Also learn a few movements. Free. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 Yoga Workshop – 6-7:30pm. You’re stronger than you think you are. A slow flow yoga class with poses and mindful cues designed to create an embodied experience of personal strength and empowerment. $15. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449. HolisticHeartRI.com. Cayce Search for God Study Group – 7-9pm. This group meets bi-weekly to study the metaphysical readings of Edgar Cayce in the Search for God books in order to grow spiritually and to meditate together. Free, but donations appreciated. Balance Personal Fitness Studio, 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com. Reiki Share – 7-9pm. Shares are a way for practitioners to practice on one another, to hone their skills and receive healing for themselves. Free, donation appreciated. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, N Providence. To register: 401-231-8222 or BevReiki@cox.net
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 All About Parapsychology – 7-9pm. Join John D’Angelo and begin to learn the mysteries of the Masters. This week we discuss numerology and begin to understand the sacred meaning numbers contain. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 Provincetown Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Explore your future with Soul Wisdom Tarot, 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday at Provincetown’s Women’s Week. Author will also sign her book, Holistic Tarot. $30/25 mins. Sage Inn, 336 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA. 508-487-6424. SoulWisdomTarot.com. The Sacred Center One-Year Anniversary Celebration – 6-8:30pm. Journey Dance, 6-7pm with Jennifer Pedrick. Harmonic Sound Healing Journey, 7:15-8:30pm with Rosie Warburton. Tickets available at website. Come to either or both for $15. St Mary’s Church & The Sacred Center, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860-965-9995. Info, Rev Shelley Dungan: YogiShelley@Sacred-Center.org. Sacred-Center.org. Ready for Change? Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Explore your relationship with change through experiential exercises, psycho-education, supportive sharing discussion and mindful yoga. $20. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449. HolisticHeartRI.com. Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Drum healing restores balance and bring us into alignment with our true nature through removal of blocks, returning lost power and soul parts. Bring a mat and blanket. With Paul DiSegna and Katharine Rossi. $35. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedYogaRI.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 Opening and Closing Spirals – 9:30am-12pm. Spirals open and close the chakras to enhance the reiki using a 12-step process, which extends the healing benefits. $75. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, N Providence. Register by Oct 7: 401-231-8222 or BevReiki@cox.net. Yoga Tune-Up – 10am-12pm. Review the basic moves in hatha yoga; cobra, updog, squaring the hips, seated side stretches, standing poses and some backbends. This master class is for all levels. $35. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com. Weekend Natural Perfumery Intensive Course – 10:30am-8pm. October 14, 10am-2pm. Workshops: Introduction to natural perfumery, creating solid perfumes using exotic waxes and butters, marketing/ branding/sourcing/promotion. $850. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register: ProvidencePerfume.com. Fall Nature Walk Kids Class – 12:30-2pm. Learn how to ground yourself using the elements of nature. $10. Creatigo Holistic Development: 401-793-0097. Register for destination: Creatigo.org. 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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. DIY Foaming Soap and Lip Balm – 2-3:30pm. Learn to make your own foaming soap and lip balms using essential oils. The class will also cover basic essential oil and carrier oil information. Take home product. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
Needlefelting Fiber Art Workshop – 6-7:30pm. Artist Laura Taylor will lead this class; no experience needed. Open to all ages and abilities; all material included. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. TheEmpowermentFactory.org.
JourneyDance™ with Rosa – 10:30am-12pm. We usually dance barefoot, get wild and release heavy energy that has been weighing us down. Please join Rosa to share this transformational moving meditation. $15/preregistered, $20/at door. Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-297-9115. Sandywoods.org. Mindfulness Festival with Gong Bath – 1-5pm. Mindfulness/Wellness Festival involving topics related to healing. Joy will present a workshop on sound healing with gongs and singing bowls, followed by a gong bath. Contact for entrance fees. Proctor Mansion Inn, 36 Common St, Wrentham, MA. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 Feasting with Soups – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a cooking program with Liz Barbour. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of 2 recipes and samples for all to taste. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. Register: MansfieldLibraryMA.com.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 Expressive Arts Workshop – 5-6:30pm. This group will focus on the use of creativity and the expressive arts to facilitate self-discovery, increase self-esteem, and foster a sense of community and belonging. $25. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449. HolisticHeartRI.com. Women’s Homecoming Group – 6-8pm. This group is a place where women are supported to come home to themselves: access their skills and authenticity to be empowered to live their life. Feel safe and at home. $25. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org. The Fool’s Journey: Tarot Major Arcana – 6:308:15pm. Do you have interest in learning about the tarot? Or do you feel you need more guidance or confirmation of what you already know? 4 wks of Major Arcana. $25, $75/4 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding about yourself, your relationships and the world. $10. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com. Reiki Share – 7-9pm. Learn about reiki and how it can benefit you and your loved ones. All attendees will receive a short reiki session. Free. The Mystics Touch, 192 Pilgrim Ave, Coventry. Earth-Way-Studio.com.
Be The Change… – 6-7pm. …you want to see in the world! Join us in sending the healing vibrations of peace throughout the world through visualization, prayer, chanting, meditation and discussion. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.
Book Share – 6:30-7:30pm. Share a spiritual, philosophical, or metaphysical-style book that has felt transformative or meaningful to you and connect with other readers in this engaging group. Cash donation: $10 suggested. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449. HolisticHeartRI.com. Meditation & Near Death Experiences – 6:307:30pm. What is the mystical aspect of meditation and how does it relate to those that have had a NDE? Here’s an introduction to the connection of meditation and NDEs. Free. Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 35 Kingstown Rd, Narragansett. 401-789-9507.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 All About Parapsychology – 7-9pm. Join John D’Angelo and begin to learn the mysteries of the Masters. This week we discuss the greatest question people have, the truth about life after death. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 Women’s Retreat – 5-9pm. Re-Connect with Yourself: Proprioceptive Writing® & Yoga. An immersive, intimate experience designed to awaken you from the inside out. $370-$620 based on occupancy. White Gate Farm, 83 Upper Pattagansett Rd, East Lyme, CT. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Teaching Artist 101 – 5:30-7:30pm. Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Interested in becoming a teaching artist? Learn about the very basics of the field. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. TheEmpowermentFactory.org. Yin Yoga by Candlelight with Alicia Barry – 6-7:30pm. Dynamic blend of modern meridian theory, floor poses held in quiet tranquility, and the contemplative teaching of a yin style form of meditation. Tickets on website. $20/advance, $25/at door. St Mary’s Church & The Sacred Center, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860-965-9995. Info, Rev Shelley Dungan: YogiShelley@Sacred-Center.org. Sacred-Center.org. Advanced DNA ThetaHealing® Seminar – 6-9:30pm. Oct 20 & 21, 9am-5:30pm. Prerequisite; Basic DNA. Expands the information in the Basic Seminar to encompass an in-depth understanding of the Seven Planes of Existence that surround us. With Monique LaCroix. $400 plus $50 deposit. It’s My health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. To register, call/text: 401-480-2626 or HealingArts11@aol.com. MoniqueLaCroix.com.
Energize & Release Workshop – 7:30-9pm. Begin practice with meditation, pranayama and vinyasa flow. Then, enjoy the embodiment of restorative yoga poses with the option to receive reiki. $25/ drop-in. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 508-813-3638. WhisperingPath.Yoga.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 Rekik Level III (ART) Certification Course – 9am-5pm. Learn and use additional reiki symbols, perform reiki attunements, moving meditation to help release negative emotions and accomplish goals and much more. Attunement and certification, manual, comprehensive information package. $225. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, North Providence. To register: 401-231-8222 or BevReiki@cox.net. Reiki I Certification Course – 10am-4pm. Learn about reiki history, ethics, hand positions, aura, chakras. Receive a manual, First Degree Usui Reiki attunement, and practitioner certificate. 2 student limit. $150. Live It Love It Wellness, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 104, Warwick. 401-323-7199. LiveItLoveItWellness.com. Soul Entrainment Sample Class – 1-2:30pm. Your soul knows everything about you; the answers are within. Guided hypnosis to experience amazing soul connection and reveal your truths to healing, life guidance and blocks. $40. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org. Gong Meditation and Sound Bath – 6:30-8pm. Multi-instrumental sound meditation with gongs, singing bowls, flutes and channeled vocals. Let the sacred sound take you to your higher self. Relax, renew and restore. $20. First Spiritualist Church of Onset, MA, 17 Highland Ave, Onset, MA. 774-454-3985. Facebook.com/church1.org.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 Reiki Master Practitioner Training – 9:30am6pm. This 1-day intensive includes master attunement and symbol, manual, master level techniques for healing and more. Please see Facebook event for more details. $275. North Broadway, 410 N Broadway, Rumford. Facebook.com/BridgetReiki. 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. ProvidenceFlea.com. Community Reiki: Free Mini-Session – 10:30am12:30pm. Give reiki a try. Stop in for a 10-15-min session. Call ahead to set up a time. Reiki is a wonderful energy technique to reduce stress, relaxation and more. Free though donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Reiki Share – 3-4:30pm. Reiki shares are a way for practitioners to practice on one another a to hone their skills and receive healing themselves. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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Drawing the Light From Within – 7-9pm. Through the use of meditation and the creative process we will take time to reconnect to our own inner light and beauty. No art training necessary, supplies included. $45. Earthway Studio, at The Mystics Touch, 192 Pilgram Ave, Coventry. 401-822-3153. Earth-Way-Studio.com.
Finding Enchantment Retreat – 2.5-day retreat to immerse yourself in a world where trees tell stories and rivers sing. Learn to find enchantment in the everyday and connect with your enchanted self. With Katharine Rossi. $425. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, Spirit Fire Retreat Center, Leyden, MA. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.
Chakra Exploration: Sacral Chakra – 7:30-9pm. Your sacral chakra is about creativity and relationships so let your vinyasa practice shed light on this part of your life. $20/drop-in. Positive Space Yoga, 285 Winthrop St, Rte 44, Rehoboth, MA. 508-813-3638. WhisperingPath.Yoga.
Hallowmas Tarot Party – 6-8pm. Learn how tarot can foretell your future and bring you personal guidance from the Universe. Then get a sample reading with Master Reader Cris McCullough. Treats for all. $25. Northern Lights Holistic, 204B Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. SoulWisdomTarot.com.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23
Intro to Meditation – 6:30-8pm. New to meditation? Feel like you’re not sure how to meditate, or not “good” at it? This workshop is for you. Perfect for beginners. $20. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449. HolisticHeartRI.com.
Reiki Share – 7-9pm. Learn about reiki and how it can benefit you and your loved ones. All attendees will receive a short reiki session. Free. Trinity Church, 249 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. 401-822-3153. Earth-Way-Studio.com.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 Empath Group – 6-7:30pm. This group will focus on the discovery and development of your empathic self in a welcoming and supportive environment. $20. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449. HolisticHeartRI.com. Reducing Anxiety through Meditation – 6:307:30pm. Meditation helps cope with the stresses of life by replacing anxiety with joy, peace, and calmness that both affect us and the people in our surroundings. Free. Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-2552. Mindful Meditation and Creativity Workshop – 6:30-8pm. With Erika Scilipoti Nichols. No experience needed, come enjoy an evening of community and self-expression. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. TheEmpowermentFactory.org. A Night of Insight – 6:30-8:30pm. Join medium Kathy Archambault and learn to tap into your own spiritual energy. A fun way to learn about your innate spiritual gifts. Everyone who comes will get a reading. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Cayce Search for God Study Group – 7-9pm. This group meets bi-weekly to study the metaphysical readings of Edgar Cayce in the Search for God books in order to grow spiritually and to meditate together. Free, but donations welcome. Balance Personal Fitness Studio, 40 Devon Court, East Greenwich. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com. October 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, talking circles. $20 suggested donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. RSVP, text: 401-464-1634. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 Jin Shin Jyutsu: Self-Care Class – 11:30am-1pm. Mara Prentice, DC, will teach you Jin Shin Jyutsu, (a Japanese Harmonizing Art) self-care techniques that when used help bring balance, harmony and greater self awareness. $15. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedYogaRI.com.
Crystal Singing Bowls Healing Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. 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. $25, $100/5. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Fourth Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Joy and Shawn will immerse you in sound to clear, energize and balance each of your 7 energy centers through the deep vibration and resonance of the gongs and bowls. $25. Dean’s List Academy, 25 Esten Ave, Pawtucket. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com. Practitioner Reiki Share – 8-9:30pm. Welcome reiki practitioners of any level. Practice your skills in a safe and welcoming environment while sharing and supporting one another. $10. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. Intuitive-Therapy.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 Reiki II Certification Course – 10am-3pm. Learn Reiki II symbols, distance healing, clearing of spaces and crystals. Receive a manual, 2nd Degree Usui Reiki attunement, practitioner certificate. 2 student limit. $250. Live It Love It Wellness, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 104, Warwick. 401-323-7199. LiveItLoveItWellness.com. The Chakras: Energy Centers – 10:30am-12pm. First class in a 3-part series about our subtle energy centers; learn to channel that energy and more. Optional yoga class no extra charge. Visit website for added info. $75/series. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Open House “Second Year in Business” – 122pm. Come visit and meet our newest wellness practitioners. Discounts available for booked services on this day. More about specials on website. Free and open to the public. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Entrance & Parking in Rear, Cranston. 401-474-3360. ToniAnnLaprade@gmail.com. aahhw.com.
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SUPERFOODS SUPERSTORE - Explore adding a turnkey, natural food superstore to your practice.Learn more September 7th, call/text Michelle 401.578.3498.
Fougère & Chypre Formulation Weekend Session – 10:30am-5pm. Also Nov 4, 10:30am-2pm. Chypre and Fougère styles of perfume are the most misunderstood, yet most lauded formulations. Register online for this Intermediate/Advanced level class. $575. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. ProvidencePerfume.com.
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savethedate Natural Awakenings 10th Anniversary Networking – 5:30-7:30pm. Come celebrate 10 years of Rhode Island Natural Awakenings! Informal gathering with like-minded people for an evening of conversations, connections and good times. Free. RI Natural Awakenings, Flatbread Company, 161 Cushing St, Providence. 401-709-2473. RSVP: MCary@RINaturalAwakenings.com. RINaturalAwakenings.com.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Roland Comtois at Concordia – 6-8pm. Enjoy an evening with international author and spiritual medium Roland Comtois. He will share messages of peace, healing and love from those in the afterlife. Purchase tickets on website. $65. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com.
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Reiki Master Level III – 10am-4pm. Come join me at if you are a reiki level II who is ready to take the next step to Reiki Master Level III. Please call for requirements and details. $300. The Mystics Touch, 192 Pilgrim Ave, Coventry. 401-822-3153. Earth-Way-Studio.com.
Exploring Your Way of Being – Nov 2-Nov 4. 6:30pm, Fri-11:30am, Sun. Nourish your emotional self during this fall weekend. A unique process of self-reflection will be taught through 5 sessions with a deeply caring listening community. $195. Integral Schoolhouse for Self-Reflection, Matunuck. Details: IntegralSchoolhouse.net.
Halloween Psychic Fair – 11am-5pm. Plenty of vendors and readers. Blue Dragonfly wellness will have a variety of our wares for sale. Free admission. Purple Cat Winery, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 Mind, Body, Spirit Readings – 6:30-8pm. Multilevel reading gives you clarity in your life. Fun with healing results. Spaces limited. $20/30 mins. Creatigo, Agawam Mill 1454 Main St, West Warwick. For ticket, text/call Debbee: 401-793-0097. Debbee@Creatigo.org.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 Halloween JourneyDance™ with Rosa – 7-8:30pm. Wear costumes and have fun, dancing, releasing and renewing. A Sacred Sound Meditation will follow. And candy of course. $15/preregistered, $20/at door. Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-297-9115. Sandywoods.org.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Sound and Silence Meditation – 5:30-8am. 2nd Annual. Before the holidays, gather for a deep pre-dawn sound meditation. Participants are each surrounded by 9 singing bowls, and bathed in gong vibrations. $40. Renaissance Barn LLC, 64 Long Hwy, Little Compton. 401-954-4674. Facebook. com/renaissancebarn. Live Your Power Workshop – Nov 3 & 4. 9:30am5pm. 2-day experiential workshop to explore your relationship with power. Learn to align with authentic sources of power to live confident, grounded and strong. $150. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.
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“This Thing Called You” - 6-8pm. Four week intense study presented in bilingual fashion (Spanish/English). Book guides readers to learn the most important lesson of how they are on an immutable part of the flow of life. Learn the tools to apply in your life. $100. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 “Dig Deeper” ThetaHealing® Seminar – 9am5:30pm. Prerequisite needed to attend any further ThetaHealing Seminars. With the completion of this seminar, you will have proficient knowledge and experience to keep doing belief work on yourself and others. With Monique LaCroix. $400 plus $50 deposit. It’s My health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. To register, call/text: 401-480-2626 or HealingArts11@aol.com. MoniqueLaCroix.com.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5 Gong Academy at the Barn: Day 1 – 9:30am3:30pm. Intro to the art of the gong, history, philosophy and practice. Workshop limited to 6 participants. 50% lecture; 50% hands on with the gongs. 2-day training. Renaissance Barn LLC, 64 Long Hwy, Little Compton. 401-954-4674. Facebook.com/renaissancebarn.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 Gong Academy at the Barn: Day 2 – 10am-3pm. Participants incorporate and expand techniques from Day 1, learning the gong in the tradition of Gongmaster Don Conreaux and Yogi Bhajan. 50% philosophy; 50% practice. Renaissance Barn LLC, 64 Long Hwy, Little Compton. 401-954-4674. Facebook.com/renaissancebarn.
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sunday Qigong – 9-10am. A Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing, and movement exercises. This class will be taught while seated, and is fitting for all. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come, celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s program and child care. Teens meet last Sunday of the month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Peace, music, chanting, meditation, uplifting talk, beautiful Festival of Light Ceremony, refreshments and fellowship. Healing Prayer Circle on 2nd Sunday, 1-2pm. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Sunday Service – 10:30am-12pm. Please join us each week for an inspirational message, beautiful music, prayer, meditation and wonderful fellowship. A place of unconditional acceptance and love. Love offering. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708. UnityRadiantLight.org. Deep Stretch (for Everyone) – 10:45am-12pm. A fun, laid back stretch class. Develop flexibility, range of motion, alignment and more. Great for both men and women. Also held Thursdays, 4-5:15pm. Come try. With Dr. Wayne Clairborne. $40/5 classes 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. Love offering. Center for Spiritual Living Southern RI, at RI Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, South Kingston. cslsri.com.
monday Tai Chi Easy – 9-10am. Learn Tai Chi Easy to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality; improve blood pressure, etc. No class Oct 29. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
Dr. Abby Holistic Chiropractic Care – 2-6pm. Gentle and compassionate holistic chiropractic care. Discover more energy, less stress, and bigger, better life. Appointments also available on Wednesday mornings. Call for special pricing. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Entrance & Parking in Rear, Cranston. 401-379-8230. aahhw.com.
Reiki The Gentle Touch – 2-6pm. 1-hr Reiki session. Experience the many benefits of reiki’s healing energy. $75. Earthway Studio, 20 Ben Brown Ave, Hope. 401-822-3153. Earth-Way-Studio.com.
Reiki Private Sessions – 4-7pm. Individual 1-hr reiki session. Come see how reiki can benefit your life. $75. The Mystics Touch, 192 Pilgram Ave, Coventry. 401-822-3153. Earth-Way-Studio.com.
Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Preregistration is necessary. $148/series of 8 classes; $22/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com.
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. Beginner’s welcome. New student special $50/5; $16/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com.
Sisters in Sobriety – 6-7:30pm. Join hands, open hearts, we are here for each other. Maintaining sobriety can be a difficult and lonely journey. Our goal is to enlighten and lift each other up with helpful information and considerate sharing. Free. Cindy Jones, 750 East Ave, 1st Fl Wing F, Pawtucket. 401-419-4001.
Free Shamanic Guided Meditation – 5:306:30pm. Join Rodney in this Shamanic meditation. You will find this a great way to quiet the mind, relax and become centered. Free though donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
Forrest Yoga – 5:30-7pm. Breath work, advanced poses, including inversions will be explored. Yoga experience preferred. All levels welcome. Also on Wednesday. $15/drop-in. Evolve Yoga, 79 Myrtle Ave, Cranston. 401-266-1187. EvolveYoga.com. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 5:30-7pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Preregistration is necessary. $148/series of 8 classes; $22/dropin. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Tai Chi Easy – 7-8pm. Learn Tai Chi Easy to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
tuesday Svaroopa Yoga with Janice – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. With support from props, learn to release deep tensions with no strain. Find inner ease and calm. Beginners welcome. New students $50/5; $21/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com.
Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Drop-in. Donations to Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. LaughingElephantYoga.com. 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. New students $50/5; $16/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Guided Meditation: Shamanic – 10-11am. Come join Rodney in this Shamanic meditation. You will find this a great way to quiet the mind, relax, and become centered. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Preregistration is necessary. $148/series of 8 classes; $22/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com.
Intuitive Flow with Reiki – 11am-12pm. Intuitively flow through your vinyasa yoga practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meditation, pranayama and the option to receive reiki will be included in your practice. $17/drop-in. Every Body Yoga, 5 Coventry Shoppers Park, Ste 5, Coventry. 508-813-3638. WhisperingPath.Yoga.
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. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. Limited seating; register: 401-889-3990. SummitRI.org.
Hatha Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. This hatha yoga class is 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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
Kundalini Yoga Fusion – 2-3pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Kundalini yoga and some reiki at the end. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
Friday Night on the Rocks – 8-9pm. Oct 5: Smoky Quartz Wire Wraps; Oct 12: 7 Stone Chakra Earrings; Oct 19: Bead Cage Celtic Knot Leather Necklace; Oct 26: Paint A Rock. All are BYOB, stop by shop to purchase tickets or call. $15. Third Rock Emporium, 75 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-374-1585. ThirdRockEmporium.com.
Kids Glow Yoga: Ages 3-6 – 3:15-4:15pm. 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, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Kids Glow Yoga: Ages 6-13 – 4:30-5:15pm. 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, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Kundalini Yoga Fusion – 6-7pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Kundalini yoga and some reiki at the end. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Kripalu Flow Yoga: All Level – 6:30-7:45pm. A gentle to moderate flow of yoga postures to both energize you and bring you to your calm center. We offer friendly classes, a peaceful studio and experienced teachers. New students: $40/4 classes; $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com.
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Hatha Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. 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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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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. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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saturday Weight Loss with Denise – 8am-6pm. Nutrition consulting with optional Pilates or yoga packages available as a way to deliver clients mental and physical transformation. Appointments on other days also. $65 monthly plan. Other plans available. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Entrance & Parking in Rear, Cranston. 401-301-8041. aahhw.com. Community Tai Chi for East Bay – 9-10am. Every other Saturday. Learn breathing, postures, stretching and healing from a practitioner of Emei and Wudang styles in a relaxed session. Classes include warmup and discussions on the art of Tai Chi and Daoist culture. Free. White Monkey Tai-Chi & Qigong, at Bay Spring Community Center, 170 Narragansett St, Barrington. WhiteMonkeyTaiChi@live.com. Mindfulness-Based Yoga: All Level – 9:3010:45am. All level. Postures, breathwork and flows to both energize you and bring you to your calm center. We offer friendly classes, a peaceful studio and experienced teachers. New student: $40/4 classes; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Svaroopa Yoga with Suzanne – 9:45-11:15am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. With support from props, learn to release deep tensions with no strain. Find an inner ease and calm. Beginners welcome. New students 5/$50; $21/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Kids Rock Saturdays – 10-11am. Oct 6: Fossils (prizes and give a ways); Oct 13: 7 Stone Chakra Earrings; Oct 27: Paint A Rock. Stop by shop or call for tickets. $10. Third Rock Emporium, 75 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-374-1585. ThirdRockEmporium.com. Kids Glow Yoga 5 + – 11am-12pm. With Ms. Zandra. Great way for kids to exercise and have fun using black lights and glow bracelets. Yoga helps in meditation, strengthening and balancing among others. No class Oct 20. $12. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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Gladys Ellen, Spiritual Advisor 410 North Broadway, East Providence, RI 401-935-8451 | email@example.com GladysEllen.com Guided by Angels, these non-denominational intuitive sessions are empowering, uplifting, and life changing. Divine Guidance offers insight into life’s challenges and will enhance your spiritual journey. Now is the time to start living your best life. Book Online Anytime.
CHIROPRACTIC DR. RICHARD PICARD 342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967 DrRichardPicard.com
With 25 years of experience, Dr. Picard has helped thousands of patients recover from various health challenges with chiropractic care. Dr. Picard is unique; he looks at the body from a holistic perspective and focuses on wellness. He provides traditional nutrition and natural medicine to help heal the tissues of the body that are in need of repair. This in combination with chiropractic care creates a dynamic healing response within the body. Don’t deal with your pain and health challenges alone, call someone who cares.
NETWORK SPINAL ANALYSIS
Patricia Hogan-Casey, DC Wholistic Chiropractic Center 215 Cottage St, Pawtucket 401-725-4380 • DrPatOnTheBack.com Dr. Patricia Hogan-Casey, using Network Spinal Analysis, has witnessed profound effects on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels of her patients. The gentle precise touches to the spine initiate the removal of interference to the nervous system’s tension and function—essentially cueing the brain to develop new strategies to experience greater wellbeing. See ad on page 29.
COMMUNICATION CINDY JONES, LMHC
750 East Ave, Pawtucket, RI 401-419-4001 CJonesLMHC@aol.com I can help you learn effective communication skills so that your needs are met. I work effectively with a variety of other issues such as anxiety, depression and anger management. Most insurance plans accepted; private pay/sliding scale patients.
DEPTH HYPNOSIS FIRESEED CENTER FOR TRANSFORMATION
Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street Providence, RI 401-924-0567 • fireseedcenter.com Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access root causes of imbalance and shamanic techniques to connect you to your own power. Depth hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change. Office and phone sessions available.
EDEN ENERGY MEDICINE STARPOINT WELLNESS
510 East Main Rd, Middletown, RI 401-847-7480 facebook.com/naturesgoodness NaturesGoodnessRI.com For 33 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic Whole Foods including many Gluten Free products, Natural Body Care, Athletic Supplements & Protein Powders, Incense, Smudging Supplies and Candles made with Essential Oils, Natural Pet Care Food & Supplements and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment. Open Daily M-F 9:30-7, Sat 9:30-6, Sun 11-4. View our web site and Facebook for upcoming events and educational information.
Carmen Smith, EEMCP 204B Clock Tower Sq Portsmouth, RI 401-714-2429 Carmen@StarPointWellness.com NorthernLights.one Take charge of your health. Boost your vitality, strengthen your immune system and increase your joy and happiness. Eden Energy Medicine is a method of working directly with the body’s energy systems to help create health and wellness. Also offering Usui Reiki and Crystal Ball and Gemstone Reading.
ENERGY HEALING HEALING HANDS LLC
Kenneth Demers 204 Clock Tower Square Portsmouth RI 401-728-3559 NorthernLights.one Ken offers a spiritual healing that brings together a perfect balance of divine God force and earth mother healing energies, custom created for the person being healed. The benefits of a session with Ken for a migraine or TMJ are instantaneous; other ailments may take longer. Call for more information.
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38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • FlippSalon.com Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul. Offering hair, makeup, reflexology, acupuncture, massage and herbalism. See ad on page 18.
SOUL WISDOM READINGS WITH CHRIS Chris McCullough 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-662-6642 firstname.lastname@example.org SoulWisdomTarot.com
Readings in Person or by phone by appointment. Bring a little magic to your next Home Parties or Fundraiser. Cris is Author of “Holistic Tarot: Soul Wisdom for a New Paradigm”, her integrative approach to reading merges numerology, spiritual astrology and connection with Divine Source to help you solve the problems in your life. Classes in Goddessing, Tarot and Shamanism forming now. Go to SoulWisdomTarot.com or facebook.com/HolisticTarot for the latest news.
HOLISTIC LIFE COACH/ HYPNOTHERAPIST ABOVE ALL HOLISTIC HEALTH & WELLNESS
Toni-Ann Laprade - Women’s Holistic Life/ Health Coach 245 Phenix Avenue, Cranston, RI (Rear Entrance) 401-474-3360 ToniAnnLaprade@gmail.com AAHHW.com Everyone needs a little extra help sometimes! Toni-Ann can help you reach your goals making holistic lifestyle choices. She also offers Holistic Cancer Support. Toni-Ann is degreed in Holistic, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Psychology, and she is also a Board Certified Hypnotherapist. See ad on page 17.
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Om Homeopathy, It’s My Health, Cumberland Above All Holistic, Cranston 401-573-3757 • omhomeopathy.com With 12+ yrs experience in classical Homeopathy Vandana Pitke has helped many clients restore and achieve health. Vandana is a certified classical homeopath. She looks at the symptoms from a holistic perspective focusing on mind and body. She also incorporates ayurvedic nutrition and Mudra meditation in her practice, which makes healing faster, better and from within when combined with homeopathy. Go to omhomeopathy.com or join Facebook group My Holistic Health. See ad on page 18.
JOURNEYDANCE™ WITH ROSA
Sandywoods Center for the Arts 43 Muse Rd Tiverton, RI 401-297-9115 Call or Text Sandywoods.org meetup.com/Journey-DanceMeetup-SouthCoast-RI-and-MA/ We dance barefoot to connect to the energy of Mother Earth. We release heavy energy from our body and replace it with love and light. There are no steps to learn! I would be honored to share this amazing experience with Free First Class. $15 Preregister at above websites.
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Susan De Lorenzo is an inspirational speaker and life coach who helps clients leverage adversity to create a life they’d love. Author of the upcoming book, Thank You, Cancer and co-host of Life Design Radio with Susan De Lorenzo, please find details and invitations to work with Susan on her website. See ad on page 24.
MEDIUM AND INTUITIVE PSYCHIC READER
Lisa Ashton, R.N. Readings in person or by phone 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-500-1908 LisaAshtonMedium.com NorthernLights.one I specialize in mediumship readings, and connect to your loved ones, family and friends, that have passed. It brings such a sense of closure and peace to know they are safe and they are around you. You have the opportunity to speak to them as well. Meet your own guardian angels and speak to them about your career path, life, love, and future. I also do house harmonizations. Phone reading or in person.
SPIRITUAL TEACHER/PSYCHIC MEDIUM Debbie McBride 204 Clock Tower Square Portsmouth, RI 774-266-6199 debmcbride.net
Private Readings in Psychic/Mediumship, Angel Cards, Akashic Records & Energy Healing. I offer all levels of Mediumship Classes, Psychic Development Circles, Akashic Record (Soul) Reading and Table Tipping. Phone readings are welcomed.
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John Koenig, Certified Instructor 401-374-1890 John.Koenig.Hypnotist@live.com GreaterRhodeIslandHypnosisTraining.com Help people change and earn income as a Certified Hypnotist. 100 Hour National Guild of Hypnotists Certifications Course next class starts February 2019, get on the waiting list today. $400, early enrollment discount. Call today to see if this is the right course for you.
Blue Dragonfly Wellness Center 6828 Post Rd North Kingston, RI 02852 401-529-2020. BlueDragonflyRI.com SacredSoulJourns.com
Dr Porto, a retired clinical psychologist, artist, teacher, budding spiritual medium, energy medicine and sound healing practitioner has studied and practiced meditation since the late 1970’s. Join her meditation group to learn concentration and insight mediation and deepen your practice. Call for more information.
Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 • email@example.com GatheringGuide.com • OneVoiceCentral.com Create the Wedding ceremony of your heart’s desire with Rev. Natalia! Whether it be traditional or non-traditional or an Interfaith marriage. All types of love unions welcomed! Rev. Natalia co-creates ceremonies with you and enhances the beauty of your traditions: weddings, baby christenings and namings, seasonal healing rituals, memorials and funerals.
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MEDIUMSHIP JUNE EDWARD
Teacher/Psychic Medium Somerset Mass 508-259-1231 Juneedward.com Angel card, Destiny Card, Akashic record readings, energy healing. Connect to loved ones on the other side. I specialize in career and relationship issues, twin flames, clearing past lives, home clearing, working with Angels, Home parties and phone readings available. See ad on page 5.
659 Sandy Ln, Warwick RI 401-441-8449 HolisticHeartRI.com A whole-person approach to mental and emotional wellness through a unique combination of Holistic Counseling, Yoga, and Meditation to support mind, body, and spirit.
NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS SHEILA M. FRODERMANN, MS, ND, DHANP, CCH
Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 ProvidenceWholistic.com Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor - Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 11.
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DR. M FEIBELMAN, ND
Leaves of Change Natural Medicine at Sage Healing Collaborative 201 Waterman Street East Providence, RI 02914 508-343-0580 LeavesOfChangeMedicine.com
Holistic Medicine and individual patient care. Safe and effective natural solutions including nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and hydrotherapy. Supporting you on your journey to health.
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Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 • DrBomback.com Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 29.
ORGANIC HAIR COLOR ELAINE HEWITT
Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 ElayneOrganic@gmail.com Let your imagination go—naturally! A full service salon that’s Certified organic for hair color, straightening/relaxing, permanent wave. No Ammonia, parabens, plastics or Thioglycolates. Call today for an appointment! 50% Off all new clients only.
PET PSYCHIC BEWITCHED OF SCITUATE 180 183 Danielson Pike Scituate RI 401-300-9109 BewitchedofScituate.com
WHISPERING PATH YOGA & REIKI Tami Killam Yoga Instructor / Reiki Master 508-813-3638 Seekonk & Pawtucket Office Hours firstname.lastname@example.org WhisperingPath.yoga
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.
Make your self-care and wellness a priority by scheduling a private Reiki or Yoga session to relax, restore and nourish yourself. Come to a group yoga class or workshop to discover how Reiki and Yoga can touch your life and meet your wellness needs.
BEV’S HEALING SANCTUARY
Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher Usui Reiki Master Teacher North Providence, RI 401-231-8222 • email@example.com With 19+ years’ experience Beverly has helped many clients and instructed many students. She offers classes in Reiki Level I through Master Level Certifications and Spiraling. Private sessions in reiki, chakra balancing, distance healing, animal reiki and theta healing. See calendar of events for classes.
Marg Tudino, Reiki Master/ Teacher of the Usui/Tibetan Linage Scituate, RI 401-822-3153 Earth-way-studio.com Marg is a Reiki Master/Teacher sharing the many healing benefits of Reiki since 1998. Whether in a Reiki class or a private session, she creates a loving, nurturing environment for the balancing and healing of body, mind and spirit.
ENERGY-N-ELEMENTS Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 Energy-N-Elements.com
Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval. “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today.
SOUND HEALING GONGS OF JOY
Joy Quinn Blum 401-258-3952 Joy@GongsOfJoy.com GongsOfJoy.com Sound therapy creates vibrational overtones to help relieve stress, pain, fatigue, fears or phobias, and promote an overall state of peace and deep relaxation. Gongmaster Joy plays gongs at yoga studios, healing centers and other venues. She also offers private gong healing sessions, sound workshops and more. Contact to find out how sacred sound therapy can help you overcome physical challenges and emotional stress.
PERIODONTICS ROCK STAR REIKI
Scott Fertik DDS John Broderick DMD, MS 167 Gano St Providence, RI PeriodonticsRI.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Michele Barchi, Reiki Master/Teacher/ Intuitive Crystal Healer East Providence/Riverside, RI RockStarReiki.com 401-314-0680
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.
REIKI is a relaxing technique that reduces stress, helps manage pain, and promotes healing. Make your appointment today and leave feeling like a Rock Star! FREE crystal healing included. Animal Reiki healing, Reiki / Crystal Healing Classes and Discounts are also available,
THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE CATHRYN MOSKOW, LCMT
173 Waterman St, Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 catmoskow.massagetherapy.com Over 10,000+ hours of restorative muscular therapy. “Best of Boston.” Feel better, live happier – Enjoy pain relief, rehab/chronic issues, easier range of motion, age related issues, injury work + “aaaahhh”. Accurate, gentle Deep Tissue blended w/Swedish, Biodynamics + Reiki. “She’s like finding the owner’s manual.” By appointment. RI Lic #MT01664.
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Feeling stuck and ready for positive change in your life? The Life Coaching services I provide via Skype or Phone use my intuitive abilities and incorporate the ThetaHealing Technique, to facilitate healing of the Body, Mind and Spirit! Visit my website for more information and upcoming classes.
I offer private Svaroopa® yoga therapy sessions tailored to meet your needs. I am specially trained in treating pain - including back pain and neck and shoulder issues. Yoga Therapy is more powerful than weekly yoga classes and moves you more quickly toward health and well being. My students experience pain relief, greater mobility, improved sleep, easier breathing, deep relaxation, increased flexibility, and a deep sense of peace.
YOGA & MEDITATION ANANDA MEDITATION AND YOGA CENTER 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown, RI 401-524-4766 AnandaRhodeIsland.org
Find joy, love, and peace with Ananda through ancient and effective techniques of meditation, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, kirtan, Kriya Yoga and more. Deepen your own spiritual journey in the company of friends who support your inner growth. Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and was founded by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.
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