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ill’s brother Ted has been visiting from New Zealand and is a vegetarian. He has motivated us to see what it would be like to eat that way. We had already been talking about it and trying to eat less meat with minimal success. It can be enough of a challenge figuring out what to eat most nights, so to add the extra layer of finding new recipes and trying different things using just vegetables felt daunting. For those of us who grew up in a world where nightly dinners consisted of meat or chicken, a vegetable or two and maybe a starch it does require a bit of a mind shift. Most dietitians agree that our diet should consist of 80% vegetables but when we look at our plates, we probably see about 30%. That seems worth fixing. Wanting Ted to be as comfortable as posMaureen Cary, Publisher sible led us to make the extra effort. It has been fun, trying new things and being creative with our cooking. It has now been 11 days without meat and I can’t say as we miss it all that much. While I don’t see as it ultimately being an all or nothing situation, I am grateful we have been giving vegetarianism this opportunity. Plus, there is the bonus of knowing how good it is for our physical health as well as the health of our planet! This month’s issue is packed with information about doing the right thing for our ecology. For instance, did you know that 70 percent of the human immune system resides in the lining of the gut? That’s just one critical piece of knowledge writer Melinda Hemmelgarn shares on page 22 in “Nutrition Upgrades: Five Strategies for Better Health”. Ditch the diet, eat for yourself and the planet, and learn about the care and feeding of that allimportant microbiome. And don’t miss “Healing from Genetically Altered Foods” on page 18 for cutting edge information about the dangers to our gut from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). With spring officially starting this month, seasonal allergies may not be far behind. You can learn some strategies for dealing with your body’s fight against allergens. On page 27, Dr. Chrysanthi Kazantzis lets us know about some natural remedies to help with the results of the changing season. There is certainly plenty to get riled up about these days over what has happened to our food supply and environment. Taking the initiative to be informed and make the best decisions possible is a prime way to nurture individual health, protect our collective food supply and vote with our dollars for a food system that works for everyone.

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New Cymatron Sound Table at It’s My Health

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or a limited time, Linda Nugent from It’s My Health in Cumberland, is offering a neuroacoustic sound table known as the Cymatron, a cellular tune-up that uses the principles of Cymantics to guide users into a more coherent wave pattern. Binaural beat frequencies are used to assist with concentration, aid sleep, enhance creative function and reduce anxiety. It is deeply relaxing and a fast-track to a deep meditative state. Those curious about reiki and energy work are highly encouraged to try this unique experience. During February, March and April, a special introductory three-session series will be available as well as individual sessions by appointment. Location: 1099 Mendon Rd., Cumberland. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 781-264-6929, email AquarianBW@iCloud.com, or visit AquarianBodyWork.com. See listing in the Community Resource Guide on page 42.

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otpoint Emporium, a thriving and creative artist cooperative in the heart of downtown Bristol, has launched an effort to raise the remainder of the costs to re-light the Hotpoint sign. This vintage enamel neon sign is desperate for repair and finally getting its chance to re-shine in its original glory. The building owners have graciously put up 50 percent of the costs related to the removal, restoration and re-installation of this sign, and Hotpoint Emporium is raising the remaining funds. Every contribution will help Hotpoint reach its goal of a bright, fully functioning sign. Donations will be received at The Hotpoint Emporium at 39 State Street and on GoFundMe. Location: 39 State St., Bristol. To make a donation online, visit GoFundMe.com/historic-landmark-restoration-hotpoint-sign. For more information, call 401-410-2985, email HotpointEmporium@gmail.com or visit HotPointEmporium.com.

Enjoy Tranquil Touch’s New Unique Therapy Experience

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ranquil Touch Aesthetics Boutique has partnered with Saltitude Himalayan Salt Cave, in Lincoln, to offer a unique therapy experience. Clients will enjoy a massage therapy session while listening to a relaxing 60-minute guided meditation inside the Saltitude Himalayan Salt Cave. Salt therapy is known to help with symptoms of allergies, asthma, breathing conditions, weakened immune systems, cystic fibrosis, migraines, eczema, psoriasis, snoring, stress, depression and more. The pink Himalayan salt on the ceiling, walls and floors enhances the experience by creating a calming and relaxing environment. Tranquil Touch 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. Recently added is its Pampered & Pinot ladies night in. Attendees bring the wine and Tranquil Touch provides the relaxation. Parties of four to 10 receive a mini-facial and mini-massage. Location: 901 Main St., East Greenwich. To book a massage or facial experience, call 401-429-3575 or visit TranquilTouchSkincare.vpweb.com/saltitude-massage. See ad on page 33. 8

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rovidence Perfume is offering an introductory perfume class from 12 to 2:15 p.m., March 30, and again on April 14. This class is intended for those with no background in perfumery that are interested in learning about the art of making chemicalfree perfumes. Attendees will take home a natural perfume of their creation as well as supplemental handouts. The class is taught by Charna Ethier, perfumer and founder of Providence Perfume Co., and held at the company’s perfumery in Providence.

Cost: $100. Location: 13 South Angell St., Providence. For more information, call 401-455-2325, email Info@Providence Perfume.com or visit ProvidencePerfume.com. See ad on page 11.

Healing with Cell Salts

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Find Your Natural Rhythm Through Working with the Moon Cycle

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athy Pagano is offering a three-month long workshop on regaining natural rhythms using the Moon cycles, journeying, astrology and dreams. During weekly in-person and online sessions, participants will learn how to work with the cycle of the moon. The four-fold lunar cycle establishes the archetypal pattern for all cycles and timing rhythms: the New Moon, 1st Quarter Moon, Full Moon and 3rd Quarter Moon. Each phase has its own energy and rhythm, purpose and meaning. The workshop begins with the Aries New Moon on Friday, April 5 and ends with the Gemini Moon cycle. Pagano is a Jungian-trained psychotherapist, astrologer and spiritual advisor with a practice in Wickford.

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he official free app for the DiscoverYou Wellness Expo, taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Warwick, is now live. Once attendees download the app, they can immediately begin creating their schedule for the expo, view information on each exhibitor and speaker, locate their place at the expo map, mark favorites, take notes, post to the activity feed (social media too), take surveys, win door prizes and much more. Additional information on exhibitors, speakers and sponsors, including websites, logos, attachments and more, will also be available on the app.

Cost: Free to download. Tickets for the expo are $15 advance, $20 at door. Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. For more information or to buy tickets, visit DiscoverYouEvents.com. See ad on back cover.

Learn More About the Navel Chakra

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everly Courville will be offering a class on the navel chakra from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in North Providence. The navel chakra (the 3rd chakra) is located above the sacral chakra, just above the belly button, but below the solar plexus, directly in the center of the body. This is where genetic birth is planted by mothers, which also shapes the subconscious mind. This chakra represents strength and balance both physically and emotionally and embodies a personal element that should be explored and emphasized. By including the navel Chakra in a course of study, it adjusts the major chakra numbers from seven to eight. The navel chakra is where the strongest sense of self is stored. At this position, all personal boundaries are established. It is the chakra of self-esteem and willpower. Signified by the fire element, individual growth and change stem from this chakra. Its main function is to scorch negative aspects of the past, transform thoughts and feelings from negative to positive while energizing and revitalizing both body and spirit. Through this chakra, one can expand the power to command and successfully control life’s direction. Cost: $125. Location: North Providence. For more information and to register, 401-231-8222 or bevreiki@cox.net. See listing in Community Resource Guide on page 42.

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reening the Sphere is hosting a volunteer recruitment night for their Be Fantastic, Pass on the Plastics campaign at 6 p.m., March 16, at the Happy Snail Tea Shop, in Warren. Greening the Sphere is currently brainstorming and planning out a campaign to address the single use plastic pollution problem in the state. They are in the research and development phase of a project and are looking for bright, inquisitive, Earth-loving volunteers that would like to participate. Their eventual goals are to find alternative solutions to replace or better repurpose single-use plastics within industries that serve the public; eliminate the waste from large events and festivals while creating a standard that can be used by others; teach new habits; offer alternative products; and find new ways to repurpose and recycle so that individuals can begin to create more sustainable lifestyles. The following skills are particularly needed for the project: environmental science, chemistry and plastics recycling science, data collection and analysis, grantwriting and website/social media. Location: 398 Main St., Warren. For more information about the project and volunteer opportunities, contact Shari Bitsis at 401-465-4249. See ad on page 31.

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Lemon Balm Lowers Blood Pressure, Reduces LDL Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a soothing herb from the mint family, can significantly improve the condition of patients with chronic stable angina, reports a recent study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine. Researchers at Iran’s Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences tested 80 patients with the condition, which involves chest pain linked to a lack of blood flow to the heart. The patients were given three one-gram doses a day of lemon balm powder or a placebo. After two months, the patients given the lemon balm had significant reductions of “bad” low-density cholesterol (LDL), both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and increased workout capacity, a measure of heart function. 12

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Benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH), a condition that affects half of men older than 60, is related to increased prostate gland size and a reduced flow of urine from the bladder. To test the effectiveness of the pine bark extract Pycnogenol on BPH, researchers from Italy’s D’Annuncio University divided 75 men with the condition into three groups: One was given 150 milligrams a day of Pycnogenol, another received standard non-drug management and the third was given conventional drug treatment. The researchers found that urination frequency, urgency, intermittency and nighttime occurrences significantly improved after 60 days of treatment among the pine bark extract group.

Rose Hip Reduces Cold Symptoms During the six months of Denmark’s frigid winter, 107 study volunteers took either two grams of liquid rose hip (marketed as Hyben Vital) or a placebo daily. University of Copenhagen researchers found that the rose hip group experienced 18 percent fewer colds, as well as significantly fewer symptoms such as coughing, headache, muscle stiffness and fatigue when they did get a cold.

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Meditating or listening to classical music altered biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults experiencing memory loss, according to a recent West Virginia University study. The 60 participants had subjective cognitive decline, including forgetting familiar names and losing objects, a condition that may be a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s. For 12 minutes a day, they either listened to instrumental classical music or did a kirtan kriya meditation involving chanting, visualization and finger poses. After three months, all subjects had increases in a key beta amyloid peptide protective from Alzheimer’s, as well as better memory, mood, sleep and quality of life, while the meditation group experienced significantly better improvements. Activity in two chromosomal markers of cellular aging—telomere length and telomerase activity—increased for both groups, especially among those that practiced more frequently or started with lower cognitive scores. The improved biomarkers were maintained or even strengthened three months after the study ended.

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Herbs Make Worthy Prebiotics Ginger, black pepper and holy basil, mainstays in traditional medicines as anti-inflammatories, also contain significant prebiotic potential that could help gut health, report researchers from India’s National Institute of Nutrition, in Hyderabad. Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) showed significantly higher prebiotic activity, especially of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, when compared to the well-known prebiotic fructooligosaccharide (FOS). Black pepper (Piper Nigrum) had prebiotic effects similar to FOS.

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One insect stands out in a bright light of its own: the fire fly. These little guys flitter around seemingly without purpose giving everyone who cares a free mini firework display each summer night. Years ago, thousands could be seen at night, but sadly, only a few are now seen. Why? Some has to do with a decrease in natural habitat, and they are much affected by the lights of urban sprawl. But, many animals—ants, birds of prey, bears and coyotes to name just a few— have managed to survive and even prosper. “It seems to me that the common denominator for the wholesale destruction of Monarch butterflies, bees, fire flies and so many other beneficial insects and others comes down to the rampant use of kill-on-contact pesticides with long residual activity. Mosquito killers bear the most responsibility because of the widespread use of lethal chemicals to indiscriminately kill everything in their paths,” says David Jones of Bio Tech Pest Controls. The California Monarch butterfly has declined 86 percent in the last two years. A severe winter could eradicate them entirely. Soon, fireflies could also become a thing of the past. For safe alternatives to control mosquitoes, call David Jones at Bio Tech Pest Controls for advice at 401-315-2400 or visit BioTechPestControls.com. See ad on page 33.

Solar power is cheap and plentiful, but there has been no way to store it efficiently. Scientists from Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenberg, Sweden, are developing a liquid molecule composed of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that when exposed to sunlight, rearranges the bonds between its atoms into an energized new isomer. In this way, energy from the sun is captured between the isomer’s strong chemical bonds and stays there even when the molecule cools down to room temperature. When the energy is needed, the fluid is drawn through a catalyst that returns the molecule to its original form, releasing energy as heat. “The energy in this isomer can now be stored for up to 18 years,” says Chalmers University nanomaterials scientist Kasper Moth-Poulsen. “And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase, which is greater than we dared hope for.” The hope is that this warmth can be used for domestic heating systems, powering a building’s water heater, dishwasher, clothes dryer and more. The scientists claim the fluid can now hold 250 watt-hours of energy per kilogram, double the energy capacity of Tesla’s Powerwall batteries. Moth-Poulsen believes the technology could be available for commercial use within 10 years.

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Increasing Environmental Literacy in Rhode Island Schools by Wendy Fachon

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he Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) has become a model for other states, with its collective of resources, its promotion of best practices in environmental education (EE) and its plan for measuring and expanding environmental literacy. Last spring, RIEEA conducted a survey of educators in order to gain an accurate understanding of the current state of EE in Rhode Island schools and to assess what educators need for success in implementation. Last month RIEEA posted its final report on the Inventory of Current Practices Survey, which was administered among teachers and administrators across Rhode Island. Respondents agreed that EE should be considered a K-12 priority. Survey findings revealed, however, that most teachers and administrators in the survey sample had not been exposed to EE at all during their teacher or administrator preparation, either as a standalone course or infused into methods or content courses. The principle barrier to teaching EE was identified as the difficulty fitting it into a curriculum that was already very crowded.

What is EE?

The Rhode State Environmental Literacy Plan states: “It is a process whereby students use inquiry and the scientific method to study both environmental problems, and associated social issues, to conclude and implement what they believe to be needed individual or collective actions to improve problems and/or resolve issues.” Academically, EE integrates social studies, science, math, literacy and technology, and it connects these core curriculum subject areas. What most teachers and administrators lack for teaching EE is the knowledge of certain practices that align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Students must be able to demonstrate the understanding of the ways that technology impacts the environment, they must demonstrate their understanding of 16

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ecological systems and they must design solutions for reducing the impacts of human activity. The Educator Resource Directory on RIEEA’s community website lists 81 organizations, eager to provide guidance, outdoor experiences and service learning opportunities. Many of these organizations offer EE resources, ready-made curricula, field trip venues and guest speakers. During the 2017-18 school year, RIEEA organizational members provided onsite programming for students and community members in Providence through an EPA grant. More than 600 students from preschool through high school participated in one or more modules, which were conducted at three properties owned and managed by Groundwork Rhode Island. RIEEA organizations can provide professional development by modeling in classrooms or through workshops for teachers and administrators to show how EE can be integrated across academic subject areas to meet NGSS and Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The Advocacy Committee

RIEEA’s Advocacy Committee is dedicated to promoting sound environmental education legislation on a state and federal level. This effort is focused on understanding the political and administrative context surrounding the implementation of EE practices and identifying areas for advancing adoption of EE strategies that can promote environmental literacy. Teachers and administrators are urged to advocate at the district and state level for a more flexible curriculum in which to implement environmental programming. In addition, RIEEA will be hosting a series of facilitated community forums, with the objective of collecting feedback and soliciting guidance on the development of the EE assessment project from six priority sectors—advocacy, agriculture, business, health, education and environment. Ultimately, environmental literacy will be measured by how well Rhode Islanders manage their streams, rivers, coastal shores and ocean waters, as well as the towns, cities, forests and fields bordering those waters. Director of Education for Norman Bird Sanctuary and President of RIEEA, Rachel Holbert states, “Our students will grow up to be voters and consumers who we’d like to be empowered to make choices that will benefit the environment, including waterways in the Ocean State, and our society as a whole.” RIEEA welcomes participation and insights from the greater Rhode Island community. The next open board meeting will be held Tuesday, May 14, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, in Middletown. RIEEA offers membership for both individuals and organizations. An individual annual membership, at $25, includes the monthly member newsletter with local and national updates on the field and exclusive member opportunities such as professional development opportunities. Learn more and support EE at rieea.org. Wendy Fachon is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine and an environmental educator. Visit her website at NetwalkRI.com, and follow her blog “Writing with Wendy” at WendyFachon.blog.

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What is BrainCore Therapy? by Sherry Morrissette

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rainCore Therapy is a form of quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) biofeedback (neurofeedback). It is a drugless approach to treating Neurological Dysregulation Sydrome (NDS) that may be associated with the symptoms of many brain-based conditions such as chronic Lyme disease, ADHD, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. By using a computerized electronencephalogram (EEG), electrical impulses known as brainwaves can be tracked and analyzed while the patient performs several tasks. Ideally, the brain should switch between different brainwave frequencies/speeds. If the brain cannot produce the needed brainwave it will use an alternate, less efficient wave to get the job done. It is like taking the long country road to get to the store instead of the highway. Effective, but not efficient.

Over time, this inefficient wave becomes dominant, causing changes in outward behavior. When individuals perform a task like making breakfast, they should produce fast brainwaves (beta waves) to stay focused and allow for quick communication within the brain. However, ADHD sufferers, for example, struggle to produce beta waves. Drugs like Ritalin elevate the fast brain waves for a short amount of time but have serious adverse health effects. The BrainCore Therapy training program teaches patients how to elevate the beta waves on their own, without harmful drugs. Simply put, it is exercise for the brain.

How does it work?

During a typical training session, sensors are placed on the scalp and brainwave activity is monitored by a computer as the patient relaxes and watches Netflix. If the correct brainwaves are produced the movie will play; if the mind wanders, the computer detects the changes and the movie will pause. This protocol is repeated with video games, puzzles and tactile stimulation. As the brain learns, it becomes “rewired”. This is called neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to adapt and open new neural pathways allowing for more efficient lines of communication to be created. Once the change takes place, the effects are permanent. And best of all, there are no drugs and no side effects. Dr. Sherry Morrissette is a BrainCore clinician located in West Greenwich. To learn more, call 401-397-9948 to set up a free consultation or visit BrainCoreTherapy.com. See ad on this page.

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Healing From Genetically Altered Foods Another Reason to Go Organic by Marlaina Donato

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wenty-five years As I dug deeper, I put tional breeding, GMOs ago, the first the pieces together of are created in a laboragenetically moditory, often incorporatthe relationship between ing DNA from other fied (GM) crop came to GMOs, gut health and species, such as bacteria market in the form of a tomato engineered for a subsequent diseases. and viruses. Researchlonger shelf life. Today, ing the potential health ~Michelle Perro, pediatrician, as much as 80 percent of effects “must be our author and executive director food in the U.S. contains number one priority, of GMO Science GMOs (as they are best because GMO techknown) and most of the world’s genetically nology is replacing nature,” says Jeffrey engineered crops are treated with glyphosate Smith, executive director of the Institute herbicides, primarily Monsanto’s Roundup. for Responsible Technology, in Fairfield, Unlike hybrids produced by convenIowa. “The altered genomes are passed on

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to future generations.” Although U.S. regulators generally regard these foods to be safe, the ubiquity of GMOs in the food chain and a lack of research on their long-term effect on human health have ignited controversy among scientists, consumers and even governments. Much of the research has been conducted in other countries—more than 60 have banned GMOs—and most studies have focused on the health effects of the glyphosate used on these crops, which the World Health Organization in 2015 declared a probable human carcinogen. “Glyphosate adversely affects the mitochondria, neurotransmitter production and hormones,” says Smith, whose recent documentary, Secret Ingredients, presents stories of people that overcame chronic illnesses by eliminating GMOs from their diets. Smith recently conducted a survey published in the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine in which 3,256 respondents reported improvement in a number of health problems after they switched to largely non-GMO and organic diets. “Many of the conditions that improved in the survey participants are similar to the health issues found in lab animals fed GMOs or the associated herbicide Roundup,” he wrote. More than 85 percent reported improvement from digestive disorders. It is possible that glyphosate, which is antibiotic in nature, may disrupt the delicate balance of the microbiome, a community of microbes that inhabit the gut.

Roundup and Gut Health

“Roundup can loosen the tight junctions between our cells,” explains Smith. “This can lead to leaky gut, which can contribute to inflammation and numerous diseases.” Dr. Akil Palanisamy, a Harvard-educated physician and author of The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease, concurs. “I do believe that the microbiome is crucial for health, and by switching to organic, we eliminate the potential microbiome-damaging effects of glyphosate.” Palanisamy, based in San Francisco, emphasizes glyphosate’s known ability to cause DNA damage and potentially induce cell death. “It may be a contributing factor

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to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, infertility and gastrointestinal disorders,” he says. “It is impossible in the U.S. to just eliminate GMO foods from the diet, so eating organic is the only way to guarantee avoiding GMO foods. This automatically also reduces pesticides from the diet.”

Anecdotal Evidence

Dr. Michelle Perro, a pediatrician, author and executive director of GMO Science, in San Rafael, California, became involved when she came across research by plant biologist Dr. Arpad Pusztai, one of the first scientists to raise concerns about the safety of genetically modified foods. “I was able to correlate his findings with the change in children’s health that I was beginning to notice in my own practice,” says Perro. “As I dug deeper, I put the pieces together of the relationship between GMOs, gut health and subsequent diseases.” Perro has seen improved health in her patients once a cleaner diet is introduced. “Parents have the ability to help reverse chronic disorders plaguing their children, including asthma, eczema, food allergies and neurocognitive disorders such as autism and ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].” Palanisamy has also seen significant changes in his patients’ health when they heed his advice and avoid GMOs. “Often, they report improvement in digestion, mood, brain fog and energy levels.” The body is designed with the innate ability to heal, says Pero. “Chronic diseases can be reversed when organic nutrition is the foundation.” The Hartman Group’s Organic & Natural 2018 report reveals that 46 percent of American shoppers now seek GMO-free food. “The tipping point here in the United States has begun,” says Smith.

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by Vandana Pitke

s building blocks of the body, minerals create our physical foundations. They are the cell functions, and absorption of all other nutrients are dependent on the right amount of minerals in the cells. In the 19th century, Dr. Wilheim Heinrich Schuessler, after many experiments with the ashes collected from graveyards, concluded that 12 essential minerals within our cells are important for the normal functioning of the body and help build the foundation of health and well-being. Schuessler’s theory had simple logic— that proper balance of 12 vital minerals was necessary for normal cell function and to maintain good health. When that balance is disturbed, diseases develop. By providing the body these minerals in an easy-toabsorb tissue salt form, normal balance can be re-established. Tissue salts are micro doses of these 12 minerals prepared by methods of potentization (same method used to make homeopathy medicines). This group of minerals should be present in the body for it to function optimally. Our unhealthy lifestyles, along with less nutrients in the soil and ultimately in foods, stress, fast lifestyles, lack of exercise, unhealthy food choices, environmental pollution, exposure to heavy metals, and too many medications may lead people to

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lose minerals. Depleted reserves cause a disruption in our homeostasis, resulting in disease. When cell chemistry is deficient, individuals are not able to absorb excessive levels of supplements, and the bulk of them are excreted without giving much benefit. The best part of tissue salts is they are highly bioavailable, as they are in minute forms so none of it is wasted. The 12 cell salts can be used to supplement the body and each one has a myriad of indications beyond what is mentioned here. Tissue salts can be fast-acting, and people have reported differences when they take them. There are no side effects and are safe to use with pregnant or breastfeeding women, young children or even babies. Cell salts can be used for acute or chronic disease, or to relieve discomfort in complicated diseases. They are a terrific detox, first aid remedy and are an easy way to treat minor conditions at home. Vandana Pitke is a certified classical homeopath. In her more than 12 years of experience, she has treated and cured many chronic cases, including chronic pain syndrome, with classical homeopathy. She incorporates ayurvedic nutrition and mudra meditation in her homeopathy practice. To learn more, visit OmHomeopathy.com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.


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pringtime brings a desire to clean up our diets and refresh our plates. Here are five worthy strategies for upgrading nutrition and greeting the season with a renewed sense of well-being. n Ditch dieting. According to the Boston Medical Center, an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend more than $30 billion annually on weight-loss products. Despite this hefty investment, restrictive diets don’t work, says Sandra Aamodt, a neuroscientist based in northern California. Aamodt co-presented the Neurobiology of Dieting: Evidence for Improving Mental Health With a Self-Care Approach session at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) annual meeting last October in Washington, D.C. “Diets are not harmless,” Aamodt explains. “They create stress, persistent hunger, 22

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trigger eating disorders such as binge eating and even make people fatter over time.” It’s better to take a kinder approach, says Rebecca Scritchfield, a Washington, D.C.-based registered dietitian and Aamodt’s co-presenter. Scritchfield is the author of Body Kindness: Transform Your Health From the Inside Out – and Never Say Diet Again. She teaches her clients to value their self-worth regardless of body size, practice mindful eating and focus on overall self-care: Think enjoyable physical activity, adequate sleep and positive self-talk. Mindful eating includes paying attention to thoughts and feelings that trigger eating such as hunger, but also stress, boredom and loneliness, says Californiabased registered dietitian Andrea Lieberstein, who wrote Well Nourished: Mindful Practices to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Feed Your Whole Self, and End Overeating. She encourages clients to identify voids in their lives and fill them

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n Learn how to cook and garden. The best

dietary upgrade starts in our own kitchens, where the cook controls the ingredients. Home cooking with fresh, whole foods is at the heart of feeding ourselves well. Processed food manufacturers would like us to equate cooking with drudgery or think that cooking takes too much time, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle, established a culinary medicine program that includes both cooking and gardening classes. Sethi says, “Eating is sacred; it’s our connection to the earth.” She also believes there is wisdom in the way food has been traditionally cooked. Sethi recommends a Mediterranean eating pattern for

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with healthy relationships and pleasurable activities, rather than food. The “health at any size” philosophy is accepted by a growing number of health and nutrition experts, including Annie Kay, a registered dietitian and registered yoga therapist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She’s the author of Every Bite is Divine: The Balanced Approach to Enjoying Eating, Feeling Healthy and Happy, and Getting to a Weight That’s Natural for You. Kay injects compassion into her work, promoting stress reduction, conscious eating and finding peace for individuals to reach their natural weight.


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its power to reduce depression and ward off chronic diseases. She also promotes the “herb and spice pharmacy” to reduce inflammation and treat and prevent disease. For example, she says, “Ginger and turmeric both act on the same biochemical pathways as antiinflammatory medicines.” Cooking and eating together as a family has multiple benefits, too, improving children’s nutrition, self-esteem and school performance. Best of all, says Sethi, “Family meals allow us to connect with the people we love.” Put away phones, turn off screens and truly tune in to each other. Connecting to the earth through gardening also improves our health, according to both Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, a registered dietitian and associate director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Diana Dyer, a Michigan-based organic farmer, registered dietitian and author of A Dietitian’s Cancer Story: Information & Inspiration for Recovery & Healing. They promote gardening as a way to interact with nature, reduce stress and improve quality of life. With just a small patch of soil, home and community gardens provide a ready source of affordable, fresh and nutritious vegetables and herbs. n Eat to protect our planet. According to the

American Public Health Association, climate change is a major threat to our population. Droughts, fires, storms and flooding create obvious challenges to growing crops, but new research also shows how increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere decreases the nutritional quality of food, leading to lower levels of protein and minerals. One solution is to change the way we farm and eat. For example, Jennifer Jay, Ph.D., a professor of environmental engineering in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California Los Angeles, calculated the carbon footprints and climate impacts of a variety of food choices. In general, she says, the fewer animal products in our diets, the lower the greenhouse gas impact. But meat and other animal products

Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut. ~Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle. need not be totally off the table. Simply choose smaller portions and when possible, purchase local pasture-raised products produced without antibiotics and hormones. Organic food production introduces less fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and greenhouse gases into our environment. So, what’s best for the planet is best for us. Jay provides easy, plant-based and planet-friendly recipes at Meals4Planet.org. n Support gut health. Around 400

B.C., Hippocrates said, “Bad digestion is the root of all evil.” Fast forward through the centuries to today, and one of the hottest areas of research in health, medicine and nutrition revolves around the microbiome; more specifically, the community of microorganisms living in the gut. “Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut,” explains Sethi, which is why she advises,“Feed the bacteria in your gut real food.” Similarly, Teresa

Martin, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator based in Bend, Oregon, emphasizes the value of unprocessed, highfiber, organic plant foods to nourish gut bacteria and maintain microbial balance. Speaking at the same recent meeting, Martin described multiple ways gut bacteria influence our physical and mental health, including nutrient absorption, body weight and blood sugar control, bone density, inflammation and mood. Microbes in the colon digest and ferment plant fibers into short-chain fatty acids, which help ensure a thick, healthy, intestinal mucus lining. Martin notes, “When we don’t eat enough plants, we can’t make enough short-chain fatty acids,” which are key to gut-brain crosstalk and control of appetite and mood. Martin recommends eating 35 to 50 grams of fiber per day from food, not supplements. She also warns against “microbial assassins” such as antibiotics, processed meats, high-fat diets, refined carbohydrates, added sugars and artificial sweeteners, plus the emulsifiers polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose, which are commonly added to foods like ice cream and baked goods to improve texture and extend shelf life. All contribute to microbial imbalance, the loss of microbial diversity and leaky gut—the inability to keep offending food compounds like gluten and intact milk protein out of the bloodstream—leading to food intolerance, inflammation and autoimmune disorders.

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n Try intermittent fasting and smart meal timing. Allowing

the body at least 12 hours without food intake benefits gut microbial diversity, says Martin. Intermittent fasting, or eating patterns in which no or few calories are consumed between 12 to 16 hours, can protect against a variety of metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, perhaps in part due to the effect on gut microbes. Dorothy Sears, associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, studied the effect of intermittent fasting, or “time-restricted feeding”, on the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In a study of more than 2,300 breast cancer survivors, Sears discovered the women that fasted for at least 13 hours a day reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent, regardless of other dietary factors. Putting this into practice, if the last meal of the day ends at 6 p.m., the first meal of the next day would not begin before 7 a.m. In addition to this “prolonged nightly fasting,” Sears says that when we eat affects the way our bodies handle calories. She recommends eating during the first half of the day, when the sun is up and our enzyme and hormone systems are best able to handle calories, control blood sugar and body weight. Spring forward with these five tips and enjoy better health. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “food sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at FoodSleuth@ gmail.com. Tune into Food Sleuth Radio through iTunes, Stitcher and KOPN.org. 24

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“Break Fast”

The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting by Chrysanthi Kazantzis

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e have been told for decades that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, for many people they are not feeling hungry in the morning or if they are eating, they are eating a sugary, carbohydrate rich breakfast. This is where intermittent fasting can play a role. Fasting is the oldest and most powerful dietary intervention. Fasting has been a practice throughout history. In ancient times, food was not readily available and humans evolved to function without food for extended periods of time. Now we spend most of our day in front of computers and eat all day long, even though our bodies are not adapted to this. Intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating that cycles eating time. There are no specific foods that need to be eaten, but rather focus on when eating takes place. This is a type of lifestyle that has incredible health benefits such as reduced blood pressure, increased energy, decreased inflammation, improved focus, increased lifespan and weight loss.

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There are different intermittent fasting methods: n 5:2 method. In this method you eat normally for 5 days and the other two days you eat 500-600 calories. n Eat-stop-eat: In this method, you restrict all food for 24 hours, once or twice a week. n 12/12, 14/10, 16/8 or 20/4. In these methods you eat all of your daily calories within a shortened period, four to 12 hours and fast the rest of the day. The most common and popular method is the 16/8 method. In this method, an

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release chemicals into the air. Install a rain showerhead to avoid water spray, and use a fast-drying hemp or organic cotton curtain. Opt for natural flooring; bamboo and cork are both sturdy and sustainable, but have a large carbon footprint due to shipping distances. Linoleum, updated and colorful, is available with marbled, stone-like, flecked and woodgrain patterns. Antistatic and antibacterial, it withstands kids and pets, requiring only a mild cleanser and damp mop to stay clean. Pets are often blamed when a child develops allergies. It’s actually their dander that causes the reaction. Rather than giving Sparky away, use pet-friendly wipes on fur and feet to remove dander and allergens carried in from outdoors. The Daily Shep offers tips at Tinyurl.com/TheDailyShepTips. Kids bring allergens into the house, too. Leave shoes outside the door, schedule an early bath and change to indoor garb for the evening. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will help clean the air. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at AveryMack@mindspring.com.

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Bees create honey from what is around their habitat. The honey contains trace amounts of pollen that could be aggravating symptoms. By eating one tablespoon of local raw honey per day it can reduce symptoms over time by decreasing the body’s reactivity to the pollen.

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The nasal passage is filled with nooks and crannies where dirt and pollen can be trapped easily. With a neti pot you can use saline to flush the nasal passages to relieve the symptoms of runny cough, sneezing and watery eyes. Be sure to only use distilled water. Do not use tap water. You can also use a nasal spray as an alternative.

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Exercise vs. Allergies All the Right Moves by Marlaina Donato

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Boosting heart rate through aerobic activities such as running, walking, jumping rope, treadmill routines, tennis and team sports like volleyball or basketball seems to offer anti-allergy benefits. Vitamin C can also help. Researchers from the Faculty of Sports Science at Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand, found that 70 percent of participants that took a vitamin C supplement and ran for half an hour experienced decreased nasal congestion and sneezing. “Exercising regularly creates a cumulative effect in the body, helps speed up metabolism and improves immunity, so you could find even less allergies occurring over time,” says Stephanie Mansour, fitness expert and former allergy sufferer from Chicago. “I used to get allergy shots for a runny nose and headaches during certain times of the year, but personally transformed my allergies through expanding my lungs and chest and balancing out my nervous system.” The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy recommends gentler forms of exercise, and cautions against vigorous workouts such as Crossfit or long runs that can be counterproductive and exacerbate allergy flare-ups. Mansour recommends yoga, Pilates, walking or weight training— especially when congestion is a factor.

Try Some Yoga Mansour, a certified yoga instructor, attests to the benefits of the practice. To ease the symptoms of allergies, she recommends yoga both for its physical effects and its breath benefits. “Yoga can also help bring equilibrium to the nervous system and help the body relax. When the body is in a healthy balance and relaxed, it’s more effective at warding off things like infection or allergies.” Registered nurse and yoga instructor Kristin Brien, of New York City, concurs. “A yoga practice trains and strengthens the vagal nerve, which activates the parasympathetic nervous system—rest and digest mode—and turns off the inflammatory response,” Brien says. “When we are under chronic stress, our nervous systems react as though our bodies are under constant

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Warm-Up No matter the type of exercise, warming up can play a key factor. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, stretching before activity and boosting heart rate helps to maximize exercise and its symptom-reducing effects.

Create a Healthy Space Lessening the body’s burden by making small changes in living or workout space can also optimize the benefits of exercise. Brien, an allergy sufferer and asthmatic, recommends using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to reduce circulating allergens and also wiping down all surfaces, including yoga mats, floors, window sills and vents. During drier, colder times of the year, Mansour recommends using a humidifier to add moisture to the air and improve breathing. Exercise may not cure seasonal allergies, but it can lessen related symptoms, along with effecting a more balanced nervous system and better overall health. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at AutumnEmberMusic.com.

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Saving a Drop to Drink Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis by Jim Motavalli

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lthough climate change gets most of the attention, the international water crisis looms just as large. The World Economic Forum has ranked water scarcity as the top long-term environmental risk globally for the next decade; the United Nations reports that 1.2 billion people—a fifth of the world’s burgeoning population—live in regions of water scarcity; and as many as 700 million around the globe are already suffering from water deprivation. The U.S. is not in a water crisis—yet— but serious problems loom on the horizon in places like Southern California and the desert Southwest. Los Angeles and San Diego rely on mountain snow in the north to melt and replenish rivers and lakes. But record high temperatures and a shortfall of winter storms—problems aggravated by climate change—have greatly reduced available water supplies. In the Southwest, Colorado River reservoirs were at record lows last summer. As the region continues to use more water than can be replaced by rain and snow, places like Phoenix may experience severe rationing, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Arizona’s Lake Mead, which supplies

water to 22 million people, could run dry by 2021, report researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California at San Diego.

Finding a Solution

“Fortunately, through conservation, more water-conscious consumption and smarter management of water, we can replenish and repair the water cycle. But we must make this a priority and pick up the pace,” says Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and author of Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity. Right now, we’re addressing a 21stcentury crisis with 20th-century tools. Leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty meters are responsible for the loss of 2.1 trillion gallons of water annually in the U.S., according to the American Water Works Association. And our lifestyles are extremely water-intensive. For instance, it takes 3,120 gallons of water to produce one smartphone; watering a 1,000-square-foot lawn even once uses 620 gallons of water. Here are some simple steps everyone can take. Doing them won’t crimp our lifestyles, but it will help us hold on to our finite and threatened fresh water supply:

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hilippe Cousteau Jr., the 39-yearold grandson of legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, is continuing a rich family legacy of sharing the wonders of the natural world with a global audience. A diver, conservationist and environmental activist, the younger Cousteau has also become an inspirational speaker, writer, social entrepreneur and producer of myriad television and film projects. Now in his fifth season of hosting the Emmy-nominated series Xploration Awesome Planet, which airs on a number of outlets, Cousteau and his wife, Ashlan, also co-host the popular Travel Channel series Caribbean Pirate Treasure, a waterborne odyssey that explores pirate legends, shipwrecks and the lore of lost treasures. His previous work has examined the fragile future of sharks, tigers, rhinos and other species nearing collapse, and their critical places in the natural order. Like his grandfather and

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How did your grandfather inspire you?

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How did covering the 2010 BP oil disaster for news organizations and being among the first to dive into the historic spill shape your world view?

It was a transformative experience for me, and for the country. It was a muchneeded reminder of the consequences of our addiction to oil. Seeing the spill firsthand was a horrific experience. While I was already engaged and committed to conservation, it really helped [me] to double down on the urgency that I feel on these issues, because I saw not only what it did to the environment, but what it did to the communities that rely on the environment—the fishermen, the tourism operators, other people. They were all shattered and devastated by that spill. It was a powerful reminder that when we talk about conservation, we are really talking about building a world where humans can thrive as much as nature.

What are your goals in reaching out to the next generation? A focus on environmental education is something we’ve always been doing. EarthEcho International has become one of the leading environmental education groups in the U.S. My grandfather always recognized that young people are key to building society’s ethos of environmental sustainability. We have to start with young people to grow constituencies of the older people to understand and be able to connect the dots and to care about it. Xploration Awesome Planet is targeted to the teen and tween audience, and we also have a lot of adults that watch it. It’s a great example of a program that’s


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They can treat their kids like the hearts and minds of these issues and recognize that they are more than vessels to be filled with information. We try to encourage them to be treated like they are agents of change, that they are creative, and give them the latitude, trust and empowerment to come up with their own ideas, to look at the world, be informed and inspired, so they can say, “Oh wow. This is an issue I really care about, and I am going to do something about it.” Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance writer and editor.

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First Friday Yin Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Only offered the first Friday of every month. This popular, restorative class offers seated, long held poses by candlelight to relax and refresh you. Bring mat. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com.

Vision Board – 1-4pm. Did you do your 2019 vision board? Now is a perfect opportunity to do it. We will have meditation preparing us for this fun event. Creativity at its finest. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.

Foster Perry Evening Talk – 7-9:30pm. Foster, a true wisdom teacher, will speak about ways of empowerment for 2019 through spirituality, magick and shamanism. $45. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. IslandHeron.com. More info: GoldenHummingBird.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 Woven Word: Activities for Kids at Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Creating a personal expressive piece of wall art. Written word combined with textiles make a powerful mixed media art worth display. All materials and instruction included. Drop-in event. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. TheEmpowermentFactory.org. Reach Your God Given Potential – Mar 2-3. 9am9:15pm, Saturday; 8-11:45am, Sunday. Featuring keynote speaker Salli Thompson. Learn simple, yet profound techniques to unlock the answers to life’s mysteries, one step at a time. See website or call for requested donation. Eckankar, at Wyndham Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-864-0414. Eckankar-RI.org/seminar. What is the Secret of True Freedom – 1011:30am. Free discussion event. Explore what adventures await you on our own journey to reach your God-Given potential. Free. Eckankar, at Wyndham Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-864-0414. Eckankar-RI.org/seminar. Meditation: Awakening to the Light – 12-1pm. Learn an ancient meditation practice that enables one to still the mind and open to the universal source of inner light, healing, and peace hidden deep within. Free. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Heatlh, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-7809. YogaAtSantosha.com.

Laughter Yoga – 2:45-3:45pm. 1st & 3rd Sunday. Laughter yoga is fun, easy and really good for you, Improves mood, oxygenates the body, releases endorphins, you name it, we got it. RSVP. Larry O’Brien. Donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-575-8002. oblarryob@gmail.com. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.

MONDAY, MARCH 4 Reiki Share – 7-9pm. Shares are a way for practitioners to practice on one another, to hone their skills and receive healing for themselves. $5. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, North Providence. RSVP: 401-231-8222 or BevReiki@cox.net.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 Meditation for Health and Wellness – 6:307:30pm. One way to an optimal level of wellness with no side effects is to meditate. This talk will share a simple and effective meditation technique, which has lasting benefits. Free. West Warwick Public Library, 1043 Main St, West Warwick. 401-828-3750.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7 PVD Adult Makers Night – 6-8pm. Makerspace isn’t just for kids, any age can make with us. Use our sewing machines, 3D printer, coding robots, and vinyl cutter and heat press to make designs on fabrics. Free. Washington Park Library, 1316 Broad St, Providence. 401-781-3136. ProvComLib.org/locations/washington-park-library.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

Holistic & Psychic Fair – 1-5pm. Have a reading, get some reiki, a massage, or schedule a foot bath. Check out the store and more. Free admission, but costs for services. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.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. BelovedAYogaPractice@gmail.com.

A Sound Healing Experience – 7-8:30pm. Eclectic ensemble of musicians and healers invites you to relax and empty your mind as they provide soothing and occasionally change-stimulating vibrations for improved health. $25. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave., Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com.

Women’s Self-Defense Class – 7-8:30pm. Empower yourself with some simple self-defense moves that could keep you or your loved ones safe. Dress comfortably and wear sneakers. $25. Light House: Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary, 1700 GAR Hwy (Rte 6), Somerset, MA. 774-243-2256. TheLightHouseWellness.com.

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Call Ahead 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. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9 Folded Memory Book (Origami and Glue): Activities for Kids at Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Creating a memory book with folded paper and glue. Display as public piece of art or keep private for your secrets. All materials and instruction included. Drop-in event. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401365-1010. TheEmpowermentFactory.org.

markyourcalendar Introduction to Marconics: The New Galactic Human – 9:30-11:30am. As we move into the higher Light vibrations of the New Age, many are struggling to assimilate these frequencies. Marconics helps people drop the density from their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies, by raising their energetic signature. Please join us. Free lecture; Samples $1/min. Intuitive Therapies, Marconics Teacher/Practitioners, 1300 Park Ave, 2nd Fl, Woonsocket. 203-533-9633. Marconics.com. Newbies on the Mat – 11am-1pm. Yoga for beginners. Learn the benefits of yoga, breathing techniques, the lingo, the basic poses and the different styles. Gain confidence to show up on the mat. $15. Light House: Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary, 1700 GAR Hwy (Rte 6), Somerset, MA. 774-243-2256. TheLightHouseWellness.com. Yin Yoga with Jin Shin Jyutsu – 2-4pm. Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) and yin yoga come together creating a unique experience. While in yin poses, JSJ points are held releasing prana effecting the physical and energetic body. With Mara Prentice and Nicole Downing. $30. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedAYogaPractice@gmail.com. Gong Bath & Drum Healing – 6:30-8pm. Experience sound healing with A. Michelle. The vibrational overtones promote healing, clarity, inspiration and creativity. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $15. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.

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Seven Proven Principles for Making Marriage Work – 6-8pm. Marriages can be made in heaven, yet can be hellish if we aren’t using these important guidelines. Preregistration required. $30/person, $40/couple. Debbie & Dr. Bary Fleet, 1069 Warwick Ave, Warwick. More info: 401- 660-0687.

Yin Yoga by Candlelight – 6-7:30pm. With Alicia Barry. Dynamic blend of modern meridian theory, floor poses held in quiet tranquility, and the contemplative teaching of a yin style form of meditation. $20/advance, $25/door. St Mary’s Church & The Sacred Center, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860965-9995. Info, Rev Shelley Dungan: YogiShelley@Sacred-Center.org. Tickets: Sacred-Center.org.

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. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.

Gong Bath: Healing With Sound – 6:30-8pm. Take a 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. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.

Spring Break Group Event Discount – Happy Spring Break! If you book a group event during the week of March 10 and mention this ad, you will receive 10% off the entire cost of your event. Cost varies. Launch Trampoline Park, 920 Bald Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-345-9520. Events@LaunchRI.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 IET Advanced Certification – 9:30am-5:30pm. Advanced level expands upon both the depth and the breadth of the previous 2 levels techniques through the Advanced Attunement. $225. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Spring Pop-Up Market – 10am-4pm. Vintage merchandise and handmade gifts from artisans and makers, original art. Live music, hot coffee and food trucks. Free. Providence Flea, Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence. ProvidenceFlea.com.

markyourcalendar DiscoverYou Wellness Expo – 10am-5pm. Fun and interactive event. Over 100 exhibitors, workshops, cooking demos, door prizes and much much more. Keynote speakers Roland Comtois and Dr Jon Porman. $15/advance, $20/at door. DiscoverYou Events at the Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick. Tickets: DiscoverYouEvents.com/purchase-tickets. Meditation & Near Death Experiences – 2:303:30pm. Humans have had near NDE since time immemorial. Learn about their experiences, transformations, and how spirituality and meditation emerge as the universal link at the DiscoverYou Expo. $15/advance, $20/at door. Crown Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick. DiscoverYouEvents.com.

MONDAY, MARCH 11 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. Certificate and manual included. $195. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, North Providence. RSVP: 401-231-8222 or BevReiki@cox.net. 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. HolisticHeartRI.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 Rattle Making Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Make your own rawhide rattle. This workshop is in 2 parts, Mar 13 sew your rattle; Mar 27 create your unique sound with shells, shark teeth, beads and embellish your rattle. With Katharine Rossi. $45. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, Ste 9, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com. Creating Through Spirit – 6:30-8:30pm. An all ages, fun, upbeat class to help awaken your creative freedom, joy, and spontaneity. We will use art, music, writing, journeying and visualizations. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Meditation for Health and Wellness – 7-8pm. One way to an optimal level of wellness with no side effects is to meditate. This talk will share a simple and effective meditation technique which has lasting benefit. Free. Clark Memorial Library, 7 Pinehurst Dr, Carolina. 401-364-6100. 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, 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich. 401-258-3952. Spirit.Of.Joy@verizon.net.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14 Adult Coloring Club for Relaxation – 6:307:30pm. Join us for our new monthly Coloring Club for Adults and discover the stress-relieving benefits of coloring. Materials provided. Drop-in anytime during the hour. Free. Washington Park Library, 1316 Broad St, Providence. 401-781-3136. ProvComLib.org/locations/washington-park-library.

Drumming Circle – 7:30-8:30pm. 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, MARCH 16 Finger Knitting Bracelets and Patches: Kids’ Activities at Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Using felt, yarn, buttons and other materials to create accessories. You are in charge of your own artistic expression. All materials and instruction included. Drop-in event. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. TheEmpowermentFactory.org. Vision Board Breakfast – 9:30-11am. Set your intentions for the coming months, and create a visual representation (a vision board) of the goals you want to achieve. Free. First Tabernacle Providence, 105 Dodge St, Providence. 401-484-8163. YearningForWisdom.blogspot.com. Reiki I Certification Course – 10-4am. 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. Yoga, Yoga, Yoga – 1:30-3pm. Come meet Gary and Wendy of Quonny Yoga, Charlestown and learn about the many styles of yoga offered today. Participate in some strengthening and stretching poses. Bring mat. Free. Kingstown Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Rd, South Kingstown. Preregister: 401-783-8254. quonnyyoga.com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

Cleansing & Clearing Yourself/Space – 6:308pm. Learn how to cleanse and clear yourself as well as your space. This is an interactive class and fun. Bring questions. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.

Spiritual Intuitive Development Circle – 4-5:15pm. 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.

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. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.

Honoring Loss – 6:30-9pm. Through yoga and guided meditation explore the effects grief has on your body and mind as well as the spiritual teachings loss brings. 2-part class Mar 14 & 21. $120, materials included. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedAYogaPractice@gmail.com.

Gallery Reading with Jean Mandeville – 6-7:30pm. Join Jean for this small intimate gathering of 8-10 for a gallery style reading from loved ones in spirit or guides. It is a great time out by yourself or with friends. $40. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 17 The Beauty of Backbends – 1-3pm. Jude Monteserrato is a 2,000-hr Purna Yoga Instructor & Certified Yoga Therapist. She teaches safe and effective ways to move into backbends to receive max benefits. $30 by Mar 2; $40 thereafter. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. IslandHeron.com.

MONDAY, MARCH 18 Breathe Into It Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. A yoga sequence for practicing stillness amidst the discomfort through self-inquiry and mindful movement. $15. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449. HolisticHeartRI.com. Angel Oak Shape-Shifting Meditation – 6:308pm. Angel Oak is a very old Southern live oak located on Johns Island near Charleston, SC. Using a drumbeat and guided imagery you will shapeshift into this mighty tree. With Colleen Kelley. $15. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, Ste 9, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.

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Women’s Circle – 7-8pm. A place for women to gather in a sacred space to share ideas, use their voices and be seen and heard. Come join in this group and share. By donation, suggested $5$10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding about yourself, your relationships and the world. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, Ste 9, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.

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markyourcalendar Open House at the BioMed Center NE – 4:306pm. Take a tour, speak with the BioMed Center Team, and learn more about bioregulatory medicine. Open to the public. Free. The BioMed Center, 111 Chestnut St, Ste 1, Providence. 833-824-6633. RSVP: Prego@TheBioMedCenterNE.com. BioMedNE.com. Meditation for Brain Health – 7-8pm. Meditation helps prevent many illnesses, reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Come learn this simple practice to improve your mental and emotional stability. Free. Coventry Public Library, 1672 Flat River Rd, Coventry. 401-822-9100.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 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. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.

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Guided Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Join Beverly in a special guided meditation that will incorporate the 12 chakras. Meditation is a great way to quiet the mind, reduce stress, relax and become centered. $10. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, North Providence. RSVP: 401-231-8222 or BevReiki@cox.net.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Mind/Body Connection Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Workshop offers an invitation to explore the connection between your physical and emotional health through discussion, mindful movement and guided meditation. $20. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449. HolisticHeartRI.com. Giving Up Guilt – 7-9:30pm. This class will assist in shifting how we perceive guilt and what its true purpose is. Walk away with tangible steps, shed what no longer belongs, and increase compassion. $40. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 508-951-9828. Intuitive-Therapy.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.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Mixed Media Tin Creations: Activities for Kids at Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Make your artistic vision come to life. Using a tin, recycled materials and your imagination you will create a treasure box. All materials and instruction included. Drop-in event. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. TheEmpowermentFactory.org. The 12-Chakra System – 9:30am-4:30pm. The 12-chakra system brings forth the vision of our connection to the entire universe. After a quick review of the 7 chakras, focus is on the remaining five introduced in the 12-chakra system. $125. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, North Providence. RSVP: 401-231-8222 or BevReiki@cox.net. Tarot Readings – 12-5pm. Sign up to have a reading with Winnie Antos. Her appointments book fast. Cost depends on length of reading. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. For apt: 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Crystal Class: The ABC’S – 1-3pm. Do crystals call out to you? Have you wondered what they can be used for, or why they are used? Learn about crystals, clearing, using, types, etc. Must register prior to Mar 21. $40. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. The Grief Cure Workshop – 1-3pm. This revolutionary way to heal from grief and loss was devised by Alyson Franz, author and counselor. The workshop is aimed at helping people move forward in their lives. $20, $15/Santosha members. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Spring Pop-Up Market – 10am-4pm. Vintage merchandise and handmade gifts from artisans and makers, original art. Live music, hot coffee, food trucks. Free. Providence Flea, Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence. ProvidenceFlea.com. Community Reiki: Free Mini-Session – 10:30am-12:30pm. Give reiki a try. Stop in for a 10-15-min session. Call ahead to set up a time. Reiki is a wonderful energy technique to reduce stress, relaxation, and more. Free though donations are accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Info – 2-3pm. Innerlight announces a 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training to begin March 2020.You are invited to a free class followed by Q&A to meet the directors and find out more. Free. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Reiki Share – 2-3:30pm. 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.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 Learn To Meditate Class Series – 5:30-7pm. Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. Focus the mind, open the heart, and reduce stress, experience peace. 4-class series on Wednesdays. $70 includes book. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Empath Group – 6-8pm. This group will focus on the discovery and development of your empathic self in a welcoming and supportive environment through an educational session and processing group. $20. 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 welcome. Balance Personal Fitness Studio, 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich. 401-258-3952. Spirit.Of.Joy@verizon.net.

Crystal Singing Bowls Healing Meditation – 4-5pm. With the vibrational sounds of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls will alter your individual energy footprint based on the healing that your soul needs. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.

THURSDAY, MARCH 28

Good Vibrations Sound Healing – 4-6pm. Sound therapy is a time-proven, effective modality using vibrational sound to reduce stress, alter consciousness, and create a sense of peace and well-being. $30. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 30

Gong Bath – 6:30-7:30pm. The sounds and vibrations of the gong create deep relaxation & a state of meditation, enabling us to access our deeper subconscious and super subconscious. Register early. $22. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Special Gong Bath Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Join Joy and A.Michelle for a gong event that will bring you to a state of deep peace, relaxation and healing with the resonance of the gongs and singing bowls. $25/advance. Bikram Yoga Falmouth, Driftwood Plaza, 180 Teaticket Hwy, East Falmouth, MA. 508-540-0089. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.

MONDAY, MARCH 25 Dream Circle – 7-9pm. What are your dreams showing you? Join us to explore dreams in a supportive and fun group setting. Reconnect with your dreams and awaken to a whole new world. With David Barr and Katharine Rossi. $20. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, Ste 9, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.

Hypnotism with John D’Angelo – 7-9pm. A 2-wk class learning all about hypnotism with John D’Angelo, a lecturer and teacher of hypnotism with over 30 yrs of experience. Class 2 held on Apr 4. $35/2 classes. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Fairy House Decorations: Activities for Kids at Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Using found, scavenged and recycled materials you will create a fairy or gnome shelter, and the tiny creature to live in that home. All materials and instruction included. Drop-in event. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. TheEmpowermentFactory.org. Yoga with Tunes by Journey – 10-11:15am. Step on your mat with open arms and practice with the tunes of Journey. This lighthearted, fun yoga practice will bring you joy on your mat. $20. Whispering Path Yoga at Chiropractic Care & Wellness Center, 1563 Fall River Ave, Rte 6 Ste 3, Seekonk, MA. 508-813-3638. WhisperingPath.Yoga. 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. Reiki Level 1 Training – 11am-5pm. With Reiki Master Jo-Ann Lemay. Reiki is a Japanese hands-on form of energy healing specializing in stress reduction, relaxation and balancing the mind, body and soul. $150, includes materials & lunch. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com.

Basics of Perfumery Class – 12-2:15pm. Learn more about the basics of perfumery and create a chemical free perfume that you make and take home. This fun introductory class is for you and your friends. $100. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. Register: 401-455-2325 or ProvidencePerfume.com. Yin Yoga Healing Workshop – 6-8pm. Join us to restore your mind, body and soul as we relax into a healing space with light, sound, essential oil aroma and energy healing. Bring mat. $15. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 401-213-5505. Details: BStellarum.com. Drumming Circle – 7:30-8:30pm. 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.

SUNDAY, MARCH 31 Qigong Information session – 1-2pm. What is qigong and why is it a great way to better your health. Come find out the answer and learn a few movements and why the Chinese make it a part of their lives. Free. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Whispering Path Yoga Lotus Tribe – 6-8pm. The Lotus Tribe provides you with support on your yoga journey. Each month we will gather to practice yoga, build community and learn how to build a home yoga practice. $40. Whispering Path Yoga at Quantum Health & Wellness, 549 Central Ave, Seekonk, MA. 508-813-3638. WhisperingPath.Yoga.

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 iRest Yoga Nidra (Guided Meditation) – 6:458pm. Come experience deep rest and self-inquiry. $20. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449. HolisticHeartRI.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 Benefit & Auction Spectacular! – 7-10pm. Funds raised through this event directly support Amenity Aid’s mission to provide essential hygiene products to those in need throughout Rhode Island. $40. Arcade Providence, 65 Weybosset St, Providence. AmenityAid.org.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16 Free Webinar: Bioregulatory Medicine – 121pm. The Cortisol, High Blood Sugar, Inflammation & Weight Gain Connection with Dr. Stephen Cabral. Free. BRMI, 202 Spring St, Marion, MA. 508-748-0800. Register: bit.ly/CabralWebinar. BRMI.online.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

markyourcalendar Open House at the BioMed Center NE – 4:306pm. Take a tour, speak with the BioMed Center Team, and learn more about bioregulatory medicine. Open to the public. Free. BioMed Center New England, 111 Chestnut St, Ste 1, Providence. 833-824-6633. RSVP: Prego@ TheBioMedCenterNE.com. BioMedNE.com.

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sunday 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. Music, chanting, meditation, uplifting talk, beautiful Festival of Light Ceremony, refreshments, fellowship and Joy Healing Prayer Circle 2nd Sunday monthly. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Sunday Celebration Service – 10:30am-12pm. Unity Healing Service every 1st Sunday of the month Please join us each Sunday for an inspirational lesson, beautiful music, meditation and fellowship. . Free. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708. UnityRadiantLight.org. Deep Stretch (for Everyone) – 10:45am-12pm. A fun, laid back stretch class. Develop flexibility, range of motion, alignment and more. Great for both men and women. Also held Thursdays, 4-5:15pm. With Dr. Wayne Clairborne. $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, and 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. Community Acupuncture – 4-7pm. With Jason Bergman, LAc. Drop-in for a 30-45-min healing treatment for physical, mental and spiritual issues. Pay what you can. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-523-3253. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Yoga Nidra – 6-7pm. With Kara. 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 BlueDragonflyRI.com.

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 BlueDragonflyRI.com. Building Bones & Balance – 12:30-1:45pm. Class is based on the poses in yoga for osteoporosis. Anyone interested in maintaining/building bone strength would benefit. 3 offerings per week. Monday, Tuesday, Friday. $18/drop-in or use class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Kripalu Yoga – 4:15-5:45pm. With Susan. 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: $55/5, $16/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. 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 are accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Tai Chi Easy – 6:30-7:30pm. 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.

All-Level Hatha Yoga – 6-7:15pm. An upbeat, joyful and energizing yoga class emphasizing breath and alignment. Mindful awareness of the body, breath and sensations will be emphasized. Experienced teachers. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. TheYogaStudioBRV.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. Stellar Spiritual Circle – 6-9pm. 1st Tuesday. Join us to discuss spiritual growth, truths, ascension, intentions and more. Come together to inspire and uplift one another. $10 donation. Boutique Stellarum, 1251 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-213-5505. Details: BStellarum.com.

wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:15am. 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. New location: Laughing Elephant Yoga, 816 Middle Rd, Unit 4, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. LaughingElephantYoga.com.

Flow with Reiki – 7:30-8:30pm. Give yourself the gift of Monday night yoga to energize, refocus and balance you for the week ahead. Begin with meditation and breathing and move to a vinyasa flow. $15. Whispering Path Yoga at Positive Space Yoga, 285 Winthrop St, Rehoboth, MA. 508-813-3638. WhisperingPath.Yoga.

Women’s Qigong – 9-10am. With Diane Cozine. Come and explore gentle and effective qigong practices that help promote women’s health by reducing stress, building strength and stamina and helping us to age with agility. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.

tuesday

Amrit/Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Amy. 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: $55/5, $16/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com.

Svaroopa® Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Janice. 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: $55/5, $21/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com.

~Elizabeth Kenny Rhode Island Edition

Qigong – 5:30-6:30pm. A Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. Class 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.

Taoist Qigong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Gentle movements and breath work to cultivate qi for health and peace of mind with Jason Bergman DAc. $10 suggested minimum donation; give what you can. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-523-3253. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.

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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 necessary. Special: $10/first class. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com.

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Guided Meditation: Shamanic – 10-11am. 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.


Life Coaching & Meditation – 10:30-11:15am. Every week we do a guided meditation and lifecoaching lesson. Empowering. $5-$20 donation; pay what you can. Rondeau’’s Kickboxing, 609 Killingly St, Johnston. 401-996-5425. Facebook. com/Soul-Fighter-319047468965895. Gentle Yoga with Reiki – 11am-12pm. Come relax your mind, reduce your stress and restore the balance in your life. Practice will include meditation, breathing and gentle vinyasa flow. $15. Whispering Path Yoga at Chiropractic Care & Wellness Center, 1563 Fall River Ave, Rte 6, Ste 3, Seekonk, MA. 508-813-3638. WhisperingPath.Yoga. Community Acupuncture – 5-8pm. With Jason Bergman, LAc. Drop-in for a 30-45-min healing treatment for physical, mental and spiritual issues. Pay what you can. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-523-3253. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. 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 necessary. Special: $10/first class. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Guided Meditation: Shamanic – 6:30-7:30pm. 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 BlueDragonflyRI.com. Tarot Class – 6:30-8:30pm. With Winnie Antos. Wanting to learn tarot? Lets begin with the Major Arcana. This class will be information and fun. Rider Waite Tarot deck is used for this class and is available at the shop. $30/class. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. org

thursday

Coffee Hour for Veterans (Cana Vets) – 10:30am-12pm. 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. Thirsty For Improvement Thursday – 6:158:30pm. Intermediate yoga flow and balances. Afterwards enjoy a Spiritual Social with light healthy refreshments with like-minded people. See $15. Boutique Stellarum, 1251 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-213-5505. Details: BStellarum.com.

The Art of the PAUSE Meditation for Beginners – 7-8pm. 4-part mindfulness meditation series with Kim Fuller. Learn how to slow down, become aware, shift and explore while in a meditation practice. $10/drop-in. St Mary’s Church & The Sacred Center, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860-965-9995. Sacred-Center.org.

friday Hatha Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. Class designed for those wanting to practice at lunch. 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. 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. Your Natural Rhythm & the Moon Cycle – 7-8:30pm. Tired of being tired? Get back in touch with your own natural rhythms using the moon cycles, journeying, astrology and dreams. Meeting weekly for 3 months, in person and online. $300/3 mos. Cathy Pagano, 1 Tower Hill Rd, North Kingstown. RSVP: 310-741-7013. Cathy@ImagineCoachingServices.com.

saturday

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. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Mindful Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Zandra. Gentle and mindful yoga involves simple postures and awareness called mindfulness, which can be defined as intentionally paying attention. No class on Mar 9. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Yoga with Mindful Awareness – 9:30-10:45am. Postures and yoga flows in the kripalu style emphasizing awareness of the sensations of body/breath/ energy. This class will energize you and bring you to your calm center. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/dropin. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Svaroopa® Yoga – 9:45-11:15am. With Suzanne. Enjoy a deeply relaxing class with blankets and props. Release stress and tension with easily adaptable poses. Find greater ease, strength and flexibility. Beginners welcome. New students: $55/5, $21/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. 4-Class Meditation Series – 10:30am-12pm. Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. Focus the mind, open the heart, reduce stress, experience peace. March 23, 30, April 6, 13. $70 includes book. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.

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 warm-up 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.

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 Mar 9. $12. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.

Community Yoga at Ananda – 9-10am. Gentle to moderate level poses, relaxation, meditation. Second Saturday 10:15-10:45am, Peace Circle. Chant, visualization, prayer, meditation. Suggested donation $5. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.

Prosperity Meditation & Vision Board – 2-5pm. Set intentions for manifestation with a prosperity meditation and a vision board creation social with light refreshments; all materials provided. Monthly. Sliding Scale. Boutique Stellarum, 1251 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-213-5505. Details: BStellarum.com.

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Guided Meditation: Shamanic – 6:30-7:30pm. 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 BlueDragonflyRI.com.

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ANGELS HEAVENLY HUGS

Gladys Ellen, Spiritual Advisor 410 North Broadway, East Providence, RI 401-935-8451 | gladys@heavenly-hugs.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 25.

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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.

HEALTH FOOD STORE NATURE’S GOODNESS

510 East Main Rd, Middletown, RI 401-847-7480 facebook.com/naturesgoodness NaturesGoodnessRI.com Since 1984 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 9:30-6:30, Sat 9:305:30, Sun 11-4.  View our web site and Facebook for upcoming events and educational information.

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

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

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.

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HOMEOPATHY VANDANA PITKE

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 5.

HYPNOSIS TRAINING GREATER RHODE ISLAND HYPNOSIS TRAINING

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

INTUITIVE TEACHER/COACH TRACY CALAPAI 35 East Ave Harrisville TracyCalapai.com

I am a Psychic, Medium, Spiritual Teacher, Certified Intuitive Life and Business Coach, Reiki Master Teacher, Integrated Energy Master Teacher, Magnified Healing Master Teacher, Certified Angel Card Reader, Tarot Reader, Star Rites Teacher, Munay - Ki Teacher, High Priestess, Ordained Minister, Author and Yoga Teacher in Training. I am very passionate about my teachings and services and am known to take it to the next level. See ad on page 4.

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

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 ProvidenceWholistic.com Over twenty years of private practice experience in holistic natural family healthcare - providing individualized diet, nutrition & lifestyle counseling, homeopathy, and herbal medicines towards optimizing one’s health and wellness. Naturopathic Physician - Classical Homeopath Bowenwork practitioner. See ad on page 25.

DR. CHRYSANTHI KAZANTZIS (DR. KAZ) ND, MS JACKIE VAN DUSEN, CCH

Acorn Cottage Wakefield 401-284-0363 Empowermentace.com

I love Hypnosis and I love helping others gain control of things that disturb them, emotionally, mentally or physically. Let’s get to work helping you! Contact me today to discuss hypnosis and your concerns.

INTERFAITH MINISTER INTERFAITH MINISTER

Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 • nathalia47@aol.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.

At Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 ProvidenceWholistic.com Licensed Naturopathic Physician, Clinical Nutritionist and Reiki practitioner. Specializes in digestive disorders, thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, Lyme disease, weight issues and chronic pain. Addressing these conditions by treating the underlying cause through herbal medicine, nutraceuticals, homeopathy, guided nutrition and lifestyle counseling. Book an appointment to start your journey to optimal health. See ad on page 25.

DR. M FEIBELMAN, ND

at Sage Healing Collaborative 201 Waterman Avenue East Providence, RI 02914 508-343-0580 SageHealingCollaborative.com/ practitioners/m-feibelman-nd

Licensed Naturopathic Doctor with a passion for energy work, counseling, and botanical medicine. Respectfully and compassionately meets you where you are at. Offers 5-point NADA certified ear acupuncture for addiction, anxiety, trauma, grounding, and more. Also, offers Craniosacral therapy. Queer and Trans friendly. 

LIFE COACH LIFE GUIDANCE, CERTIFIED LIFE COACH

Lisa Ashton RN Northern Lights Holistic LLC 204 Clock Tower Square Portsmouth, RI 02871 401-500-1908

Lisa is a Certified Life coach and Guidance Mentor. Get direction and guidance to live your highest and best life! Single session or packages of sessions available. Life and Spiritual guidance available, call today for appointment.

LIFE DESIGN COACHING WITH SUSAN DE LORENZO 508-736-8844 Susan@SusanDeLorenzo.com SusanDeLorenzo.com

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 28.

MEDIUMSHIP JUNE EDWARD

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

MEDIUM AND INTUITIVE PSYCHIC READER

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

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MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTR THE HOLISTIC HEART

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

NUTRITION RESPONSE TESTING NATURAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS

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

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PERIODONTICS PERIODONTICS INC

Scott Fertik DDS John Broderick DMD, MS 167 Gano St Providence, RI PeriodonticsRI.com periodonticsri@cox.net Integrative periodontal care by a compassionate dental team led 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 BEV’S HEALING SANCTUARY

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

ROCK STAR REIKI

Offering Organic hair, skincare, & cosmetic services. Fully stocked Apothecary with 2 Herbalists on staff, custom blends available. Reflexology, acupuncture, massages therapy available, connecting art and wellness. See ad on page 9.

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. See ad on page 5.

Michele Barchi, Reiki Master/Teacher/ Intuitive Crystal Healer East Providence/Riverside, RI RockStarReiki.com 401-314-0680 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, Angelic Healing sessions, Discounts available.

WHISPERING PATH YOGA & REIKI Tami Killam Yoga Instructor / Reiki Master 508-813-3638 Seekonk Office Hours whisperingpathyoga@gmail.com WhisperingPath.yoga

Make your self-care and wellness a priority by scheduling a Reiki Energy Session or One on One Yoga Coaching to relax, restore & nourish yourself. Come to a Group Yoga Class or Workshop to discover how Reiki & Yoga can touch your life and meet your wellness needs.

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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

FLIPP SALON AND APOTHECARY 38 Transit St, Providence 401-274-1981 FlippSalon.com

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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.

LINDA NUGENT, IT’S MY HEALTH 1099 Mendon Rd Cumberland RI 781-264-6929 AquarianBodyWork.com

February/March/April for a limited time try a Cymatron Experience. Sound healing Sessions offered at It’s My Health. Take a Mystical Journey using a sound table that surrounds you with vibration, bathes you in music to create peace and harmony. Start the year aligned and clear! Call for appointment.

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.


YOGA TIME FOR YOU YOGA

Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 Maria@TimeForYouYoga.com TimeForYouYoga.com

WELLNESS CENTER INTO THE LIGHT WELLNESS CENTER Kathy Bjorge Owner and Business Manager 2nd floor Sprout Coworking Warren 489 Main St. Warren, RI 508-971-1213  (cell) IntoTheLightWellnessCenter.com

Offering a co-working space providing community, support and a place to gather for artists’ groups, college student groups, and fitness/health groups. Classes and workshops, see website for details. See ad page 5.

IT’S MY HEALTH

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

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

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

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

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