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lipp Salon Apothecary will host a Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 9, at its location in Providence. Featuring various pop ups and local artisan vendors, gift bags and baskets, and some items from the makers at Hope and Main. Gift certificates are also available. Flipp will be offering beverages from its apothecary, including teas and cacao blends, along with small nibbles. Flipp has expanded its apothecary and remodeled the treatment room in preparation for the launch of a new line, Botanic Providence. Monthly Teatime will resume the first Sunday of December, where the apothecary will feature some adaptogenic herbs and cacao in a mix. This is a great opportunity to learn about some delicious blends that can help during the cold and flu season. Location: 38 Transit St., Providence. Learn more at, follow news on or on Instagram at Book appointment online or call 401-274-1981. See ad on page 7.

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lysia Bates will offer an Integrative Reflexology Certification program beginning February 8, 2019, at All That Matters Yoga + Holistic Health Center, in South Kingstown. Foot reflexology utilizes a variety of hands-on techniques to stimulate and energize all the body systems while activating its healing powers. Every part of the body is connected to a reflex on the foot. Stimulating these reflex points helps the body promote healing, reduce stress, open meridians and release and eliminate toxins from the body. Reflexology training is appropriate for aspiring reflexologists, nurses, estheticians, healthcare practitioners, energy workers, caregivers, massage therapists and anyone looking to further their education. This 300-hour professional certification in the art, history, science, philosophy and methodology of reflexology is based on a 10-week training, with anatomy and physiology taught in the morning session and hands-on training in the afternoon session. Ten weekend intensives will cover fundamental anatomy and physiology, kinesiology of the leg and foot, theory, practice, hands-on experience, documentation, ethics, business management, marketing and more. Tuition includes the Anatomy and Physiology Manual and Hands-On Training Manual. The certification schedule runs February 8 to June 16, 2019. Complete attendance at all weekend modules is mandatory. During the training, students complete written homework and quizzes, a practicum reflexology session on the instructor, and a final exam. All requirements must be fulfilled for certification. Cost: $3295 by Jan 4, $3495 after. Location: 315 Main St., Wakefield. For payment plan info, contact Use Promo Code:NA-RCP50 and receive $50 off. For more details and downloadable application, call 401-782-2126 or visit See ad on page 7.

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Nature’s Goodness Announces New Ownership


onna Levesque and Joe Neves are the proud new owners of Nature’s Goodness in Middletown, which offers natural food, organic and whole foods, nutritional products, body care, athletic supplements, natural pet care and health information in a fun, comfortable, clean and safe environment. Originally established in 1984 in Donna Levesque the Newport Mall on Connell Highway, Nature’s Goodness soon moved and doubled its size at the current location on East Main Road, in Middletown. Located in the heart of Aquidneck Island, Levesque, Neves and their son Jared look forward to serving the community and continuing the same high standards set forth over the past 34 years—quality, honesty, courtesy and knowledge. Shoppers can visit the store’s website to obtain recipes, nutrition and health information or to subscribe to the monthly newsletter and unadvertised store specials. Location: 510 E. Main Rd., Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-7480 or visit See listing in Community Resource Guide on page 40.

Channeled Messages from Loved Ones in the Afterlife


edium Gladys Ellen will be presenting from 6 to 9 p.m., December 8, at the Holistic Heart, in Warwick. Ellen takes a therapeutic approach to mediumship, acting as a translator between heaven and earth. She says, “Mediumship is a gift, one that can heal your heart and soul in profound ways.” Ellen specializes in supporting those that have lost loved ones by delivering authentic, healing messages Gladys Ellen for inner peace, comfort and spiritual growth. During this presentation, she will provide those in attendance an opportunity to receive a message from a departed loved one and witness the healing power of mediumship through the heartfelt messages that come to validate there is an afterlife. Cost: $60 single, $100 double. Location: 659 Sandy Ln., Warwick. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite. See Heavenly Hugs listing in Community Resource Guide on page 40.

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ranquil Touch Aesthetics Boutique is a unique day spa in the heart of East Greenwich, offering a wide variety of services in a beautiful outdoor-themed environment, without the chemical aromas of nail polish or the disturbing sounds of hair dryers. Attention to detail for the clients’ comfort is a priority and sets the spa apart, as does its “Give to Live” program. Every month the spa takes nominations from clients for friends or family members that are cancer patients, survivors, caregivers or people in grieving. Three nominees every month are chosen to receive a complimentary facial or massage of their choice. In addition, the program has partnered with KiKi’s Garden to accept donations to make Give to Live complimentary services on a weekly basis, so that Tranquil Touch Aesthetics Boutique clients can help give back to the community. Massage modalities include cupping, prenatal, Hawaiian lomi lomi, Thai table and Himalayan salt stone, as well as reflexology and reiki. Other services include facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, waxing, including Brazilian, and makeup application. The boutique is also offering a $25 credit with every $50 gift certificate bought by December 23. Location: 901 Main St., E. Greenwich. Call 401-429-3575 to make an appointment and mention this article for $25 off first service. See ad on page 29.

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Blue Light Raises Cancer Risk Blue light—a range of the visible light spectrum emitted by most white LEDs and most tablet and phone screens—could be hazardous to our health, a new study shows. Researchers from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health analyzed the blue light exposure and medical histories of 4,000 people throughout Spain, also utilizing nighttime images taken by astronauts in the International Space Station to assess exposure of residents of Barcelona and Madrid. They found that those exposed to more blue light at night had between 1.5 to two times the risk of prostate and breast cancer. “Given the ubiquity of artificial light at night, determining whether it increases or not the risk of cancer is a public health issue,” says lead author Ariadna García. 14

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Meditation Soothes Anxiety and Improves Focus Even a single mindfulness meditation session can significantly reduce anxiety and lower heart rates, Michigan Technological University research shows. Fourteen people with mild to moderate anxiety participated in a 20-minute introductory meditation, a 30-minute mindful scan of each body part seeking areas of stress and a 10-minute selfguided meditation. An hour later, the meditators showed both lower resting heart rates and anxiety levels. A week later, they continued to report less anxiety. Another study at Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland, uncovered an anatomical reason why breath-based meditation practices can enhance mental clarity and focus, as yogis have long claimed. The research focused on a small area in the brain called the locus coeruleus, which is responsible for producing an action hormone and neurotransmitter called noradrenaline. They found that this part of the brain is affected by our inhaling and exhaling patterns. “Put simply, this means that our attention is influenced by our breath, and that it rises and falls with the cycle of respiration,” says lead author Michael Melnychuk. “It is possible that by focusing on and regulating your breathing, you can optimize your attention level.”

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Dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao can have positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity, according to two new studies from Loma Linda University, in California. Ten participants ate a 48-gram bar of dark chocolate at the beginning of each study and then ate a piece of dark chocolate every two hours when they were awake for several days. Blood tests revealed the chocolate heightened sense perception and nervous system responsiveness and increased both antiinflammatory agents and infection-fighting cells. Gamma waves recorded by an electroencephalogram (EEG) suggested the treat could positively impact cognitive function and creativity even two hours after eating it.

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n Save energy in tree lighting. Today’s LEDs look good, use up to 75 percent less power and typically last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, reports the U.S. Department of Energy. Turn them off when not at home and overnight. n Consolidate shopping trips to reduce fuel emissions and buy gifts that support the community. Buy from independent, locally owned stores or galleries that showcase local artists, instead of from national retailers whose products are shipped from faraway places. Consider choosing gifts in the sustainable realm like solar-powered chargers for e-devices. Share gift certificates for holistic services or art classes. Use reusable tote bags when shopping. n Give of yourself. Play outside as a family. Gift a collect-on-delivery IOU for skills or assistance based on personal talents. The most meaningful gift of all may be writing an admiring letter from the heart. n According to, Americans generate 25 percent more waste during the holidays, much of it wrapping paper and cards. Don’t overdo it with tape when wrapping presents and then instruct everyone to carefully unwrap them so the paper can be stored and reused next year. Instead of buying and snail-mailing holiday cards, send emails with photo attachments of the family. air becomes a rare occurrence. If this is the case, it is wise to open all doors and windows occasionally. Potential problems can be identified with specialized laser equipment that can count the dust and mold spores. Bio Tech Pest Controls offers a free check up. Then they can address the problems with safe, non-reactive products that can be used even when the home is occupied. Using bleach to clean mold is never a good idea. If ammonia has been used previously, then one could literally set off a chlorine reaction, which would potentially be worse than the mold. This is why it’s a good idea to consult with a professional. David Jones works at Bio Tech Pest Controls, located at 18 Granite St., Westerly. For more information, call 401-315-2400 or 401-596-5800, email David@BioTech or visit See ad on page 33.

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I broke my arm snowboarding. Once out of the cast I had lost some mobility and my wrist was weak. Physical therapists suggested surgery; Mom suggested yoga. I always listen to Mom. Only problem, I didn’t see a mat that spoke to me and delivered on performance, so I made one. I started with the cork mat in the elephant design. The mat provides unparalleled support for the joints and is a rock star in heated classes, gripping better as you sweat.

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Snowboarders and surfers all use different boards for different situations. Sometimes it is about the technical details, other times it is about the look and feel. I think people like the feeling of unrolling their mat and turning a few heads, so we do limited print runs on each design. Technically speaking we offer three very different mat types,

Have you ever seen someone buy a $60 mat and then a $40 towel to throw over it? It made no sense to me, plus the towel gets crunched and shifts, distracting the user from their practice. I solved that by making a mat with the towel baked into a natural rubber base. It’s lightweight and easy to carry, and our most versatile mat. Late this year, I brought in the sticky mat, to meet the demand of the consumer for that ultra-sticky option. Although this mat is eco-friendly, it is made of polyurethane, which is not recommended to men or women who are trying for a child, nor to pregnant or nursing women. Other manufacturers don’t disclose that; I do. Designs are laser engraved and the mat is slightly larger and thicker than a standard mat.

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PARTY HEALTHY Tips from a Rock Star Doctor by April Thompson


he holidays can emulate a rock star’s life: a wearying travel schedule and social calendar, overindulging in rich food and drink, restless nights in unfamiliar beds. Fortunately, celebrity tips and tricks can help us through a hectic season, according to Gabrielle Francis, naturopath and author of The Rockstar Remedy: A Rock & Roll Doctor’s Prescription for Living a Long, Healthy Life. The New York City doctor has toured with some of the biggest rock acts in the world as their on-call naturopath, chiropractor, acupuncturist and massage therapist. “Health is the new rock-n-roll,” says Francis. “Today’s artists are more health and socially conscious. I believe you can ‘party’ and be healthy, and the stars I work

with are proving that.” She approaches clients’ lifestyles flexibly and openly, understanding where they are, instead of forcing big, sudden changes on them. “Life is a celebration. My philosophy is that what you do for your health must fit into your lifestyle and be enjoyable, rather than isolating or extreme,” says Francis. This can mean mitigating habits, not necessarily dropping them. For example, rather than force clients off coffee, which is acidic, Francis suggests adding spices like cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom or nutmeg that can help neutralize the acid. Many stars Francis has worked with maintain a stricter regimen off the road, knowing that touring is more about damage control and doing their utmost to stay

Knowledge is power, and so is planning ahead for travel away from healthy options at home. Francis arms clients with best choices for on-the-go foods and beverages at the airport, gas station or restaurant. Musician and actor Adrian Grenier, quoted in Francis’ book, developed a “food tripping” app available at to help travelers find alternatives to fast food on the road. Most airports are blessed with healthy options, says Francis, who suggests choosing wraps over sandwiches and easyto-carry energy bars delivering at least 10 grams of protein. She also likes coconut water, seltzer water and herbal teas. Spent wisely, time in airports can offer healthful opportunities. “Connecting to other people is one of the most important keys to our emotional well-being. Layovers are a great time to call and catch up with loved ones,” says Francis. “You can also get some points on your step tracker by taking the stairs rather than escalator and walking around or stretching rather than sitting in the airport.” Meditation is also recommended, whether in the airport or on the plane, she adds.

Small Adjustments For rock stars and holiday travelers alike, restful sleep can be one of the hardest habits to maintain. When changing time zones, Francis recommends staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol and taking melatonin before bed for three nights after landing in a new time zone to help reset the body’s circadian rhythms. “I know I’m not likely to get eight

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highly charged time. It’s doesn’t condone the behavior; however, it releases it with an understanding of what was going on behind the scene. Alternatively, one can jump right to understanding even when the backstory is not available. In this case, one imagines understanding and goes straight to forgiveness. This is a good one for offenders that cut others off in traffic or are otherwise inconsiderate in other places. There is no need to allow these infractions to dictate the day. Another means to forgiveness is through the will. This is especially useful when faced with forgiving the “unforgiveable.” There is a choice. Either the offender can be allowed to hurt again and again by continuing to replay the behavior in the head and the heart, or one can stop the replay, thus disallowing the offender to cause more pain. Executing forgiveness as a decision and nothing more, allows for freedom without betraying integrity or having to pull anything from the heart. Dutch writer Corrie Ten Boom put it this way, “Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” No matter how recent or how long it has been, it is possible and worth it to choose to forgive. It is gratifying to see people move beyond their pain and righteous anger to build a life that reflects their desires. Forgiveness breaks people free. Susan De Lorenzo is a certified transformational life coach, speaker and author of the upcoming book, Thank You, Cancer. For more information, visit See ad on page 23. December 2018


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he festive season might signal indulgence, but it also calls for simple, healthy recipes with easy cleanup. We might have friends that drop by, family staying for the weekend or lastminute guests. The simpler we can make meals, the better. Many chefs and home cooks have found the ideal method: the sheet pan supper. Simply arrange the protein and vegetables on a baking sheet and place it in

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Sheet pan entrées can serve up meals beyond just dinner, making them a big help during the holidays. Sarah Britton, the Toronto author of My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season, arranges blocks of feta cheese on a sheet pan, surrounds them with fresh bell pepper slices, quartered cherry tomatoes, black olives and preferred herbs. She drizzles it all with olive oil and then bakes at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, just until the cheese is soft. It can be served as an appetizer with whole grain crackers or as an entrée with crusty bread and a salad. The rest can be used as a sandwich filling the next day. Sheet pan meals can be a gift that keeps on giving. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Yields: 4 servings Olive oil cooking spray 1 bunch asparagus (about 1 lb total) ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 boneless fillets Arctic char (5 to 6 oz each) ½ medium red onion, sliced into ¼-inch thick half-moons ½ lemon, sliced into ¼-inch-thick rounds ½ cup cherry or grape tomatoes Grated zest of 1 lemon 1 clove garlic, minced ½ cup packed fresh, flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped ½ cup roasted, salted and shelled pistachios, roughly chopped Preheat the oven to 350° F with a rack in the center position. Mist a sheet pan with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.

In a very large bowl, combine the vinegar with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Add 2 pinches of salt and the shallot and whisk until the salt dissolves. Whisk in the remaining ¼ cup olive oil and taste for seasoning, adding more vinegar, oil, salt and pepper if needed. When ready to serve, add the lettuce to the bowl with the dressing and toss to mix. Divide the dressed lettuce between plates and top with the still warm vegetables, feta cheese and fresh herbs. Grind a little freshly ground black pepper over the top and dig in. Reprinted with permission from Carla Snyder’s One Pan: Whole Family from Chronicle Books.

Roasted Arctic Char and Asparagus with Pistachio Gremolata Pink-fleshed Arctic char is closely related to both salmon and lake trout, with a flavor somewhere between the two. Feel free to substitute with either fish.

Using both hands, gently bend one asparagus spear held between fingers and thumbs to snap off the bottom where it breaks easily. Line up the rest of the bunch and slice off the bottoms at the same distance from the tips. Place the trimmed asparagus on the prepared pan, drizzled with the olive oil, and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Toss to coat and spread the asparagus in an even layer. Place the Arctic char fillets on top of the asparagus, evenly spaced apart and sprinkle with an extra pinch of salt and pepper. Scatter the onion, lemon slices and cherry tomatoes around and on top of the char. Bake until the asparagus is crisp-tender and the char is almost opaque, 20 to 40 minutes. While the fish cooks, mix together the lemon zest, garlic, parsley and pistachios in a small bowl; this is the gremolata. Sprinkle it over the char and asparagus before serving warm. Recipe courtesy of Molly Gilbert, author of Sheet Pan Suppers. December 2018


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olidays promise joy and celebration, but the festivities can also lead to stress and anxiety for people and pets. It is important to remember that visiting strangers, a tree, shiny ornaments, gifts to sniff and food to beg for can pose danger for pets.

Maintain Calm

Christina Chambreau, a homeopathic veterinarian, author and educator in Sparks, Maryland, suggests that petting a dog or cat several times a day can lower stress levels and instill a sense of normalcy. “Flower essences like Bach’s Rescue Remedy help attain calm,” she says. Add it to a pet’s water bowl in the days before a party or drop it directly onto the tongue if unexpected guests arrive. All-natural ingredients make daily use safe for pets and humans.

Avoid Bad Foods

“Fatty dishes are a problem, from oily potato pancakes to rich gravies for the turkey,” says Ann Hohenhaus, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center, in New York City. “Spilled food, unguarded pans and forgotten eggnog or liquor put animals at risk for severe gastrointestinal upset.” Other common holiday fare can also pose a significant danger for pets: 28

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n Chocolate—especially dark chocolate and dry cocoa powder—can cause seizures and heart arrhythmia. n Onions, often used in dressing, can cause anemia in pets. n Raw, yeasty bread dough expands when ingested, potentially causing bloat, a deadly twisting of the stomach. n Raisins and grapes in desserts, cookies and fruitcakes can cause kidney failure in dogs. n Nutmeg is toxic for pets. The trash can itself contains numerous hazards for furry family members. The string that binds roasted meats is tempting and may require surgery to remove if ingested. Trimmed fat can mean pancreatitis. Swallowed bones pose a dire threat to the entire digestive tract.

Provide Good Foods

Naked foods are best. Pets don’t need brown sugar, marshmallows, butter, salt or gravy to appreciate a treat. “Unless there’s a special diet, share skinless turkey breast, sweet potatoes and green beans,” says Dana Humphrey, aka The Pet Lady, in New York City. “There’s always a friend or relative who thinks one taste won’t hurt. Turkey or sweet potato jerky and homemade treats let guests dole out risk-free bites.”

Preservatives that keep the evergreen tree fresh can turn tree water into a drinking hazard for pets. Mesh netting or screen wire allows the addition of fresh water, but prevents pets from quenching their thirst. Tinsel, garland and ribbon bits are easy to swallow, glass ornaments can cut and tree needles aren’t digestible. Small dreidels become choking hazards, so play while the dog sleeps and put toys away when done. For safety, add edibles to the stockings at the last minute. Keep light cords out of sight and unplug them when not in supervised use to preempt chewing. Carefully monitor lit candles: A wagging tail or leaping cat can knock them over and start a fire. Update holiday candles with rechargeable, batteryoperated versions for a pet-safe holiday glow. Pet parents everywhere employ creative strategies to ensure maximum mirth and safety during the holidays. Mystery writer Livia Washburn Reasoner opted for a tabletop tree in her Azle, Texas, home, “because our rescued Chihuahuas, Nora and Nicki, peed on the tree skirt.” In Festus, Missouri, retired school bus driver Darlene Drury suggests that a baby’s recycled playpen or a dog’s exercise pen can separate pets from holiday trees. Patricia Fry, author of the Klepto Cat mysteries, in Ojai, California, decorates the lower branches of her tree with unbreakable ornaments and puts more fragile ornaments out of her cats’ reach.

Other Options

If a large party is planned, a guest is allergic or many children will be present, consider boarding a pet. “Slipping out the door as guests arrive is a hazard,” says Veterinarian Carol Osborne, owner of the Chagrin Falls Pet Clinic, in Ohio. “If your pet is very young, very old, pregnant, aggressive and/ or suffers with a chronic disease, consider personal pet sitters, kennels, pet hotels and doggie spas to ensure a joyous holiday.” Pet-proof the house by getting down to the pet’s level and make a family schedule to take turns keeping track of fourfooted friends. Then the whole family, pets included, can enjoy the season worry-free. Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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A GLOBAL WAKE-UP CALL Collective Consciousness Nears Spiritual Tipping Point


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all it enlightenment, awakening, transcendence, self-realization or any of the myriad terms used to describe the ultimate higher state of consciousness. People have been seeking it for millennia, but beyond peak experiences of heightened awareness, only a few spiritual figures, Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha among them, are known to have lived in this exalted state. Yet, an unprecedented awakening has been underway since the 19th century.

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Humanity’s collective consciousness took an unexpected turn in 1968 after The Beatles captured the world stage. The iconic British group became agents of change in more ways than music when 30

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their search for answers to life’s big questions led them to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s spiritual center in Rishikesh, India. Their interest in Transcendental Meditation (TM) sparked a surge of interest in enlightenment and meditation, providing the West with a popular means of cultivating higher states of awareness. A movement to bring about global awakening has been growing ever since. Fresh impetus, in the form of quantum physics, the science of yoga and spiritual practices rooted in ancient cultures, disseminated by books, teachings by spiritual luminaries and websites such as Conscious. TV, has exposed millions to the concept of consciously participating in the evolution of humanity to bring about a world that works for all.

In 2000, Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, provided a ray of hope for the estimated 50 million individuals involved in the world enlightenment movement by introducing the concept of critical mass. This occurs when an unshakable belief is held by 10 percent of the population. Scientists that tested the phenomenon at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in upstate New York, discovered, “Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.” Mahesh predicted that only 1 percent of humanity is needed to create enough good vibrations to usher in world peace. While the figures required to reach this critical mass can be debated, it’s certain that the old ways no longer work, and we are quickly running out of time to adopt viable solutions to mounting global crises. Despite this sense of urgency, we have no clear idea of where we are on the scale of transformation. Yet leading voices point to promising signs of progress in a developing collective awareness that acknowledges life’s interconnectedness and embodies life-affirming beliefs and values.

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Deepak Chopra, a physician, pioneering author and co-founder of living in California and New York, believes that we may be in a phase of the necessary transformational shift, experiencing disruption along with the emergence of a new paradigm. “The ultimate goal with our community, a collective well-being project, is to build a critical mass of people that will create a more peaceful, just and harmonious inner and outer world,” says Chopra. It begins with personal transformation through yoga, meditation, pranayama breathing exercises, nutrition, sleep, personal growth and relationships that enhance awareness. “Evolution should be gradual and comfortable,” he says. Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Beverly Hills, believes humanity is in the midst of an emerging renaissance of kindness, love and compassion, with

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millions embracing the planet as a living being. “This isn’t making news because mainstream journalists are still reporting from an old worldview,” he says. Beckwith, a renowned minister and teacher for 40 years, leads a 9,000-strong trans-denominational spiritual community. He remarks, “Those of us focused on adding our energy to the global enlightenment movement see aspects of it emerging in changes such as health care rather than sick care, businesses adopting multiple bottom lines of people, planet and purpose—rather than only profit—and the shift from a me to we consciousness.” Dianne Collins, author of Do You QuantumThink?: New Thinking that Will Rock Your World, in Miami, suggests it’s time to wake up to the fact that we are living in a quantum age and still using thought and language shaped by the Industrial Age. She discovered a burgeoning underground culture that she calls the “consciousness crowd” while researching her book tour audience. “These individuals are using new thinking and recognizing the worldview of interconnectedness based on modern science. The media doesn’t recognize that thinkers such as these represent the new mainstream, and no one realizes the tipping point is already here,” she says. Cate Montana, author of The E-Word: Ego, Enlightenment and Other Essentials, in Hawaii, likewise is convinced the movement has reached critical mass and is hopeful the perceived tipping point is closer than we think. “Every moment we’re awake, we’re being conditioned to believe in our limited physical nature and separation from everyone and everything around us. This is why we must re-educate ourselves regarding our full nature,” she says. News headlines of global conflicts and ecological decimation make it appear that we are regressing, Montana says, but we are not going backwards. “The nature of life is growth, expansion and evolution. As one example, some among the medical community now accept the validity of energy practices such as acupuncture, tai chi, qigong and reiki. None of these words were even being bandied about in the U.S. 50 years ago.”

Coming Together

Today, an estimated 5 million people practice TM, which has been incorporated into some schools, universities, corporations and prison programs in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and India. “Those learning this meditation practice number as many as 30,000 to 40,000 a year, which significantly contributes a positive effect to the collective consciousness,” says John Hagelin, a leader of the TM movement in the U.S. Hagelin, president and professor of physics at the Maharishi University of Management, in Fairfield, Iowa, has been leading a scientific investigation into the foundations of human consciousness for 25 years. He’s one of the world’s preeminent researchers on the effects of meditation on brain development. “I think that we are much closer to a global spiritual tipping point than ever before,” he says.

Truth is what we are. It is our essential nature and Being. It is the pure Self, the limitless One, the ultimate reality—it is awareness itself. But we have become unaware of the magnificence of our true nature on account of our upbringing, conditioning and education, which paint a very different picture of who we are—and all of which we believe. ~Mooji

Ron Dalrymple, Ph.D., a quantum field psychologist practicing in Fort Myers, Florida, believes the threshold is close and that his quantum unified field theory explained in his film, The Endless Question, can win over skeptics. “I use mathematics, science and storytellers that have studied consciousness to explain in lay language my theory, which proposes that the mind is an energy field that extends beyond the brain, and its nucleus is the superconscious. Viewers are led to the undeniable reality of what we all are and to the need for creating a culture of enlightenment where we encourage and inspire one another to greatness,” says Dalrymple, author of Quantum Field Psychology: The Thoton Particle Theory. Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo, founders of the Science and Nonduality Conference (SAND), agree that individual awakening and the collective movement toward the understanding of our fundamental oneness is crucial to social transformation. Their nonprofit organization is designed to foster a new relationship with spirituality that is both based on timeless wisdom traditions and informed by cutting-edge science. For 10 years, biannual SAND conferences have energized the global enlightenment movement (ScienceAndNonduality. com). Early audiences of 300 individuals now number from 800 to 1,000, and often include business people and trainers developing programs for workplaces. “Understanding the new science that points to consciousness as all-pervasive and the fundamental building block of reality can change what it means to be human, as well as possibly make violence and economic, social and political crises things of the past,” says Zaya. Thus, the spread of awareness and the harmonic convergence of science, psychology and spiritual thought seem to be bringing humanity closer to the enlightenment that has been elusive for millennia. “Tremendous progress is being made, and I am confident that within a year or two, we’ll see a victory for the enlightened evolutionary forces already present on the planet,” says Hagelin. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at December 2018


Battery cars are best suited for people that drive locally and have a place to put a 240-volt charger. For those that make the occasional long trip, a plug-in hybrid is the better choice. Here are some models worth considering. All of them are eligible for federal tax credits, as well as some state incentives, though they’re lower for plug-in hybrids. All prices are 2018 manufacturer’s list, before rebates.

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hrough August in the U.S., automakers sold 36,380 battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars (PHEV), compared to 16,514 by the same time last year. Sales are booming, although it’s not reflected in fairly flat sales of green cars overall. The reason is that hybrid sales are being lost as consumers go fully electric. Americans are moving up from fuel-efficient gas/electric hybrids as their confidence grows in what batteries can do on their own, but they’re not yet making the vital eco-switch of giving up their gasguzzling SUVs in favor of full electrics. Rather, gas-burning SUV sales keep growing to the point where they dominate the overall auto market. To get up to speed on the terminology, a hybrid (think Toyota Prius) is powered by a small gas engine and uses an electric motor as a supplement; a PHEV (like the Chevrolet Volt) has an all-electric range of 15 to 50 miles, and then activates its gas engine for an additional 300 miles or more; a battery electric relies exclusively on electric power and runs out of “gas” when the battery power is depleted, but it also recaptures energy during braking to extend its range. 32

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Sam Abuelsamid, a senior analyst at Navigant Research, says, “There is absolutely a shift happening from hybrids to battery electrics and plug-in hybrids. Our forecast is for [sales of] hybrids to be relatively flat over the next decade, with electric growth mainly coming from plug-in hybrids.” With more consumers looking to buy a car with a plug, there are a number of options now available in an increasingly crowded field. Currently, there are 20 PHEV on the market, as well as 17 battery electrics—though not all of the latter models are available in all states. Meantime, the SUV itself is plugging in. Eric Evarts, editor of GreenCarReports. com, says, “Electric cars’ market share may look small now, but no fewer than 15 automakers are planning to introduce electric SUVs for 2019. SUVs are really what American car buyers want.” At the same time, regulatory changes mean electric cars will be available in more states, says Evarts. Projections call for rapid expansion of fast-charging networks like Tesla’s Superchargers to become more widespread for all kinds of electric cars in the next three to five years.

updated version of the popular Prius offers 25 miles of electric-only range, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) combined energy/fuel efficiency rating of 133 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), 54 mpg on gas only and 640 miles between either fillups or charges.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid ($39,995). The only available hybrid minivan, the Pacifica’s all-electric range is 33 miles, and the gas-only rating is 32 mpg, an MPGe rating of 84, with a combined range of 570 miles. Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

($24,950). It offers a battery-power range of 29 miles. On gas only, it delivers 52 mpg, with 119 MPGe.

Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid

($64,950). This luxury model offers an electric range of 18 miles, with a 62 MPGe and 27 mpg on gasoline. Other models to consider: Honda Clarity, Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac CT6, BMW X5 xDrive40e and Kia Niro.

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Chevrolet Bolt ($37,495). The Bolt beat Tesla to market with an electric car that offered more than 200 miles of range at a price below $40,000.

Tesla Model 3 ($49,000). The Model 3 is fast, stylish and ultra-modern—with most controls located on the central screen. It delivers a range of 220 miles. Jaguar I-Pace ($69,500). At a recent media launch event, the I-Pace electric crossover proved highly capable both on and off the road. Its range is 240 miles.

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5 Ways to Find Peace in Our Hearts to Build Peace in Our World by Angela McCann “If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors. If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home. If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.” — Lao-tse


n light of the current events, mass shootings, spotlight on sexual assault and hate speech, it is time we put some focus on how we each can find peace in our hearts which translates into peace in our world this holiday season. When we seek out peace in our hearts, we move out of fight or flight mode to rest and digest mode. By moving to rest and digest mode we reduce the amount of stress hormone we release. As a result we are able to better sleep and focus, be more energetic and maintain our hormone status—all needed to have peace in our hearts at the holidays. When in fight or flight mode, our adrenal glands pump out cortisol. When we do this for many weeks, months and years, our stores of cortisol become depleted which can lead to a subclinical condition called adrenal fatigue. It’s hard to uplift ourselves when physically exhausted. Stress can drain the hormone system as cortisol is a chemical, and the precursors to cortisol are progesterone and DHEA. These hormones get pulled out of the system to make cortisol when you are chronically stressed out. When these hormone levels drop, they can cause menopausal symptoms in women, 34

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and fatigue and lack of libido in men. Start doing these five things to boost the adrenals, reduce stress and increase energy to help find peace in your heart and get through this holiday season.


Breathe. Focus on peace within. When we are calm on the inside, it is easier to be present for all of the challenges the holiday season throws at us. There are many studies that show that meditation reduces cortisol. It’s as simple as taking three deep breaths to reset. If more time is available, listen to a guided mediation, or take a meditation class, which can help even more. But remember it begins with taking a few deep breaths when rising stress levels are noticed.


Exercise. For group exercise, try yoga, the YMCA or Cross Fit. If one’s choice is exercising independently, try ice skating this season, or take a winter hike or snowshoe in the local park. If you hate exercising or have no time at all, then park further away from the mall to get your holiday shopping done or shop locally and deliberately walk down the street of your town. When the hustle and bustle begins to cause stress, go back to #1.

Steer clear of refined sugars. When stressed out, our body is already high in blood sugar as cortisol forces the body to increase blood sugar to fight or flee. Eating lots of sugar increases levels more. When blood sugar is high, it forces the body to release insulin, and over the long term causes insulin resistance, also known as diabetes. Refined sugars include white sugar, soda, candy, sweets and treats. While these are hard to resist, it is worth it. Consider bringing a fruit basket to family gatherings rather than fudge; it will be better in the long run.


Take vitamin D. Vitamin D acts as a hormone in the body and can prevent fatigue. 1000IU or 25mcg of cholecalciferol or vitamin D3 is a safe place to start. I call this liquid sunshine. Because of our latitude from the equator, we get very little direct sun this time of year. In order to make vitamin D naturally, sun exposure is needed. There is a small amount of vitamin D in mushrooms and cod liver oil, if you prefer food as medicine. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that can store up in the body and too much can cause kidney stones, so consider having your levels checked at your next physical or check in with your local naturopath.


Try a gentle adrenal adaptogen. These are herbal medicines that help individuals better adapt to a stressful environment. As with all new herbs and teas, try it once and see how the body reacts; if allergy symptoms are noticed, then discontinue. A favorite herb is tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, which can gently help boost the adrenals. Tulsi tea can be found at most health food stores, medical herbalists or your local naturopath. Overall, when we have peace in our heart, we bring peace to the home, neighborhood and world at large. Try these tips for a calmer holiday season. Let’s build peace in our world one body at a time. Dr. Angela McCann is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist at Avena Integrative Medical Center, in Putnam, CT, just minutes from the border of RI. She is available for corporate and public education events. She can be reached at





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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Yoga Nidra 4-Week Peace Series – 6:30-8pm. An evidence-based, mind-body approach to relax deeply, release stress, increase resiliency, improve your relationships and cultivate greater mastery and control in your life. $75/4 wks. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 Community Yoga at Ananda – 9-10am. Weekly community yoga class. Gentle to moderate level poses, relaxation, meditation. Dec 8 Circle for World Peace-chanting, visualization, prayer, meditation. Suggested donation $5. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 Holiday Market – 10am-4pm. Holiday-themed merchandise and handmade gifts from artisans and makers, original art plus lots of hand-picked holiday and everyday vintage that make for one-of-a-kind giftgiving. Free. Providence Flea, Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence. 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. Holiday Fundraiser Auction – 12-2pm. Have fun and do some holiday shopping at the First Spiritualist Church of RI fundraiser auction. Money raised goes to help families in need during the holidays. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Monthly Community Drum Circle – 3-5pm. Santosha’s drum circle is a family oriented, relaxedatmosphere event, where all instruments, voices and dances fit in perfectly. $5 suggested donation. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. Restorative Yoga with Reiki – 6-7pm. Yoga with Brenda and Whispering Path Yoga offer a night of relaxation. Join us for a restorative yoga practice with reiki. $15. Yoga with Brenda, 50 Anne Ln, Pascoag. 508-813-3638. WhisperingPath.Yoga.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3 Class Availability – 9-10am. Monday: Pilates with Pros; Wednesday: Fascial Fitness; Friday: Pilates Mat + Foam Roller. $35/drop-in. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, 87 Warren Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977.

Foundations for a Good Life – 6-7:30pm. Workshop explores the first two of the eight limbs of yoga: the Yamas and Niyamas, and discuss ways to incorporate yoga philosophy into your every day life. $20. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449. Chakra Exploration: Heart Chakra – 7:30-9pm. Cultivate unconditional love, self-healing and joy in a vinyasa yoga practice where you become aware of what your heart chakra is trying to communicate to you. $20/drop-in. Positive Space Yoga, 285 Winthrop St, Rte 44, Rehoboth, MA. 508-813-3638. WhisperingPath.Yoga.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 Crystal Singing Bowls Healing Meditation – 1011am. 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. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person group format. 1464 Park Ave, Cranston. To register, Gloria: 401-944-4130 or

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 The Devil We Know Movie Screening – 6-8pm. The movie chronicles a group of West Virginians as they take on a powerful corporation that dumped PFASs into their drinking water supply. Followed by a panel discussion. Free. Biotechnology and Life Science, URI Kingston Campus CBLS Rm 100, 120 Flagg Rd, Kingston. 401-874-6212. Superfundsteep@

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 Me Time Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Workshop will provide an opportunity to explore your level of self-care through a variety of exercises to increase self-compassion, motivation and awareness of self. $20. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 The 12-Chakra System – 9:30am-4pm. The 12-chakra system brings forth the vision of our connection to the entire universe. After a quick review of the 7 chakras, you will begin to focus on the remaining five introduced in the 12 chakra system. $125. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, North Providence. Register by Dec 1: 401-231-8222 or

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Breath, Balance and the Bandhas – 10am12:30pm. Learn what the bandhas are and how they aid in breath control and balance in your yoga practice. This will be an informative, challenging class for all levels. $35. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Therapeutic Mediumship Group Reading – 6-9pm. Therapeutic Medium, Gladys Ellen, will provide an opportunity to receive a message from a departed loved one and witness the healing power of Mediumship. Seating limited. $60. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 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. Holiday Market – 10am-4pm. Holiday-themed merchandise and handmade gifts from artisans and makers, original art plus lots of hand-picked holiday and everyday vintage that make for one-of-a-kind giftgiving. Free. Providence Flea 2, Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence. Holiday Open House – 11am-5pm. Featuring various pop ups and vendors, there will be gift bags and baskets, featuring local artisans and some items from the makers at Hope and Main. Free. Flipp Salon Apothecary, 38 Transit St, Providence. 401-274-1981.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10 Expressive Arts Workshop – 6-7:30pm. 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. Exploring Spiritual Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Come explore the wonderful healing energies of Spirit. You can take part in the experience or just sit back and see what you feel. All are welcome to attend. Free; donations accepted. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Bioregulatory Medicine Webinar – 1-2pm. Ask your medical questions during this free webinar with renowned naturopathic doctor, Dr. Dick Thom from the American Center for Biological Medicine. The Marion Institute. 508-748-0816. Cleansing & Clearing Yourself/Space – 6:30-8pm. Unsure how to cleanse yourself or your space. Then this is the class for you. We will go over the basics and practice. An interactive class. $25/advance, $30/ at door. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Drumming Circle with Doug – 6:30-8:30pm. Join us and participate in a fun, powerful drumming circle. Let the sound vibrations cleanse your energy field. If you have your own drum bring it with you. $5. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.




Peace on Earth – 6-7pm. If you want peace, affirm peace. Send the healing vibrations of peace within you throughout the world. Join us in song, visualization, prayer, chanting and meditation. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766.

Usui/Holy Fire II Reiki Level II Certification Course – 9:30am-5pm. Learn how to use and draw the 3 Sacred Reiki Symbols + TAM-A-RA-SHA to strengthen the energy and how to send reiki through time and space. $195. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, North Providence. Register by Dec 11: 401-231-8222 or

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.

Holiday Market – 10am-4pm. Also Dec 16. Holiday-themed merchandise and handmade gifts from artisans and makers, original art plus lots of handpicked holiday and everyday vintage that make for one-of-a-kind gift-giving. Free. Providence Flea, Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence.

Story Circle – 6-8pm. Explore personal mythology, the dream world and the imaginal realm through exercises, story sharing, creative prompts and guided imagery to discover your truth. With Colleen Kelley. $15. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Cayce Search for God Study Group – 7-9pm. 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, 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich. 401-258-3952. Reiki Share – 7-9pm. Shares are a ways for practitioner to give and receive healing energy to each other. All levels of reiki practitioners are invited to hone their skills and receive healing energy. $5. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, North Providence. Register by Dec 4: 401-231-8222 or

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13 Shamanic Journey Circle – 1-2:45pm. Journey to a live drum, share insights and lively discussion as we connect with helping spirits to heal, grow and learn. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401-924-0567. Introduction to the Shamanic Journey – 7:308:45pm. Learn to identify and get to know your guides, or teachers, in “non-ordinary reality.” The shamanic journey offers a path to self-discovery and personal empowerment. $5-$10 donation. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 Gong Bath: Healing With Sound – 6:30-8pm. Take a holiday stress break and join Joy & A.Michelle for a deeply relaxing experience of the gongs, singing bowls, drums, flutes and other sound healing instruments. $25/advance, $30/at door. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Crystal Singing Bowls Healing Meditation – 7:308:30pm. 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. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

In the Bear Cave – 1:30-3pm. A restorative shape shifting meditation will bring you into the Great Mother’s Cave to sit with the Bear Clan where you will receive teachings and dreamlike messages. With Colleen Kelley. $15. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 Qigong Information session – 4-5pm. 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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 Crystal Singing Bowls Healing Meditation – 1011am. 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. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding about yourself, your relationships and the world. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19 Book Share – 6:30-7:30pm. Share a 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. 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.

Solstice Journey with Gongs – 6:30-7:45pm. Judith Blacquier studied meditation, shamanism, kundalini, hermetics and kabbalah with healers and teachers of wisdom tradition throughout S. America, Europe, Hawaii and U.S. $25. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28 Pendulum 101 – 7:15-8:15pm. Wondering how to use a pendulum? Then this class is for you. You will learn the basics in choosing, clearing programming and using a pendulum. Bring your own or use ours. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29 Crystal Singing Bowls Healing Meditation – 7:308:30pm. 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. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30 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. Donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Reiki Share – 2-3:30pm. 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

plan ahead SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 Realign with what Matters the Most – 1011:30am. Certified Professional Co-active Coach, Marie Mechtaly will take you on a journey of exploration back to your best and truest self. Space limited. Free. East Providence Public Library/ Weaver, 41 Grove Ave, East Providence. Register: 401-434-2453.


markyourcalendar Integrative Mental Health Conference – Feb 16 & 17. 9am-5pm. This 2-day conference will prepare mental health professionals to advise their patients about integrative methods to enhance mental well-being. Register before 12/15 for the Early Bird Special. $299. DiscoverYou Events, Canonicus Conference Center, Exeter. 401-919-4944. 

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sunday Qiqong – 9-10am. A Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. Class taught while seated or standing. Great for anyone. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or 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. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Music, chanting, meditation, uplifting talk, beautiful Festival of Light Ceremony, refreshments, fellowship and joy. Healing Prayer Circle 2nd Sunday monthly. Donation appreciated. Ananda Rhode Island, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. Sunday Celebration Service – 10:30am-12pm. Please join us for uplifting messages, beautiful music, meditation and fellowship. Want better health, prosperity, peace, joy and love? Come to Unity Radiant Light. Free. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708. Deep Stretch (for Everyone) – 10:45am-12pm. A fun, laid back stretch class. Develop flexibility, range of motion, alignment and more. Great for both men and women. Also held Thursdays, 4-5:15pm. 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. Yoga Nidra with Kara – 6-7pm. Experience the many benefits of yoga nidra; conscious deep relaxation. Lay down, rest and be guided to the place between waking and dreaming, rejuvenate for optimal health. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

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. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Monday Morning Yoga – 9-11am. Awaken body, mind and spirit. Invigorating flow of postures, higher awareness and energy. Multi-level class includes 1/2-hr meditation (10:30-11am) for those who want to stay. $12/drop-in, $8/Senior. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. Beginner Amrit Yoga – 4:15-5:30pm. Class designed to bring attention to each part of one’s experience. When attention is given to body, mind and spirit, healing can be discovered. $15/dropin. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. Kripalu Yoga with Susan – 4:15-5:45pm. Enjoy breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the body and heart to release and open. Beginners welcome. New students: $50/5 classes, $16/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Free Shamanic Guided Meditation – 5:30-6:30pm. Join Rodney in this Shamanic meditation. You will find this a great way to quiet the mind, relax, and become centered. No class Dec 24 or 31. Free though donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or 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. No class Dec 24 or 31. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

tuesday Svaroopa® Yoga with Janice – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, restorative class with blankets and props. Release deep tension with no strain. Find greater ease, strength and flexibility. Beginners welcome. New students: $50/5 classes, $21/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Joyful Yoga: All Levels – 6-7:15pm. Join Mary Shiel-L’Esperance for an upbeat, joyful evening of yoga. Emphasis on alignment and breath, will transport you beyond your hectic day into a restful night. $12-$13 Flex Pass; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Yoga Flow with Crystals – 6-7:15pm. The beautiful sounds of crystals bowls will begin and end your vinyasa yoga practice. On your mat you will move through meditation, pranayama and asana with reiki. $15/drop in. Quantum Health & Wellness, 549 Central Ave, Seekonk, MA. 508-813-3638. WhisperingPath.Yoga. 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. Meditation Basics – 7:30-8:45pm. Class begins with instruction on how to meditate, followed by a short sit and a group discussion. Suited for beginner and experienced meditators alike. $15/ drop-in. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Dropin. Donations to Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Amrit/Kripalu Yoga with Amy – 9:30-11am. Enjoy breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, and meditation, allowing the body and heart to release and open. New students: $50/5 classes, $16/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Guided Meditation: Shamanic – 10-11am & 6:307:30pm. 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 org


Coffee Hour for Veterans (Cana Vets) – 10:30am12pm. 3rd Thursday. Coffee hour for veterans to share a cup of coffee, a donuts and comradery. Please join us and hear what else we may have to offer. Must be a RI Medical Marijuana patient. Limited seating. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. To register: 401-889-3990. Quonny Yoga II – 5:30-7pm. This hatha-based practice focuses on pranayama (breath work) and alignment. Adaptations for poses offered so that all levels may benefit. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187.

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friday Guided Meditation: Shamanic – 9:30-10:30am. 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 Hatha Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. Hatha yoga class designed for those wanting to practice at lunch. Great for all levels, from those just learning to those who practice yoga. $15, $72/6 classes Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or Ananta Jyoti Gentle Yoga with Lisa – 3-4pm. Gentle yoga appropriate for all levels of fitness/ experience including beginners. Class is also on Monday, 3pm. Please reserve your space prior to class on website. $13. Ananta Jyoti Yoga and Reiki, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, USA Karate Studio, Smithfield. 774-987-9007. 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 Flow & Restore Yoga with Crystal Bowls – 6-7:15pm. Ground yourself with the sounds of crystal bowls and move through 1/2 vinyasa, 1/2 restorative yoga practice. Reiki will be offered during restorative poses. $15/drop-in. Quantum Health & Wellness, 549 Central Ave, Seekonk, MA. 508-813-3638. WhisperingPath.Yoga.

saturday Community Tai Chi for East Bay – 9-10am. Every other Saturday. Learn breathing, postures, stretching and healing from a practitioner of Emei and Wudang styles in a relaxed session. Classes include warmup and discussions on the art of Tai Chi and Daoist culture. Free. White Monkey Tai Chi & Qigong, Bay Spring Community Center, 170 Narragansett St, Barrington.

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Family Tai Chi – 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 Dec 8. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

Svaroopa® Yoga with Suzanne – 9:45-11:15am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, restorative class with blankets and props. Release deep tension with no strain. Find greater ease, strength and flexibility. Beginners Welcome. New students: $50/5 classes, $21/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

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Kids Glow Yoga 5 + with Ms. Zandra – 11am12pm. Great way for kids to exercise and have fun using black lights and glow bracelets. Yoga helps in meditation, strengthening and balancing among others. $12. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or

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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.

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


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

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

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


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


Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor - Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 13.

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

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



Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher Usui Reiki Master Teacher North Providence, RI 401-231-8222 • 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.

Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 21.


Marg Tudino, Reiki Master/ Teacher of the Usui/Tibetan Linage Scituate, RI 401-822-3153 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.


Michele Barchi, Reiki Master/Teacher/ Intuitive Crystal Healer East Providence/Riverside, RI 401-314-0680


Scott Fertik DDS John Broderick DMD, MS 167 Gano St Providence, RI 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.


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

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

ENERGY-N-ELEMENTS Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500

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.


Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 •


Tami Killam Yoga Instructor / Reiki Master 508-813-3638 Seekonk Office Hours

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.


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

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.


6 Wilkins Dr, Suite 203 Plainville, MA 02762 508-298-4378 I have over 30 years experience as a National Board Certified Massage Therapist. I am also a certified personal trainer and licensed as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.  As a Third Degree Reiki Master I will tailor your therapy by combining medical and Holistic modalities.

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ThetaHealing® Practitioner/ Instructor 401-480-2626

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.



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




Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 39.


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