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ay has such deep meaning for me and I rarely can find the words to express how it makes me feel. I’m already a “glass half full” person and then May comes and I am filled with joy. As many of you know, I spend time in both Rhode Island and Florida. New England can be especially stark with its season changes and though spring officially starts on March 21st, Rhode Islanders know that May is the month of transformation. The plants explode, the grass turns a rich green, there are those perfect days where the air is just right and all you want to do is sit outside to breath it all in. May is the month to appreciate! Even the animals know May is the month for romance as baby birds, rabbits and deer (or alligators in Florida!) begin to appear all around us.
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May kicks off our special summer season when we plant our gardens, make our plans, and celebrate a rebirth of sorts. We celebrate Mother’s Day in May recognizing how special the women in our lives are. In this month’s issue, you will also notice a number of spotlights as part of our “Salute to Women Business Owners” sprinkled throughout the magazine. I hope you’ll take a moment and read these short spotlights of some of the brave and special women in our community making a difference in our world one at a time. I am so fortunate to have so many wonderful women in my life. I’ve had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with my mother, my daughter and my sister-in-law recently. I am also blessed to have a wonderful team of women I work with at the magazine. From Suzzanne doing design and production, Nancy and Theresa editing, Wendy writing, and Lisa on marketing, we are a smoothly running team. I am so grateful for all of our advertisers, distribution sites, contributors and supporters. And of course, we couldn’t do it without our wonderful and loyal readers. As you read this issue, I have faith that you’ll feel a similar sense of hopeful gratitude for the many caring voices of support and healthful solutions available to women today. Happy May!
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peakers, Ralf Oettmeier, M.D., and Josef Vizkelety, M.D., DDS, of the Alpstein Clinic, in Switzerland, will give a comprehensive overview of the Alpstein Clinic concept from 6 to 8:30 p.m., May 22, at the Hotel Providence. This concept focuses on the most important pillars of whole-body medicine and dentistry: diagnosis of root causes, purification and release, regeneration and rejuvenation, and harmonization and awareness. In addition, the two will discuss key themes from their recent book, Say Yes to Life, which offers clarity, innovative treatment approaches and hope for those suffering from chronic illness and cancer. This will be an interactive discussion with questions from the audience being encouraged. Bioregulatory healthcare is an innovative approach to holistic healthcare that combines medical and dentistry expertise to provide whole body care for a patient that includes mind, body and spirit. For people with chronic illness and cancer, this is an approach that can offer them relief from symptoms as well as get to the root cause of their issues to better treat the disease from multiple angles, not just with medication or invasive therapies.
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ouse Bill H 5992, The Geoengineering Act, proposed to preserve Rhode Island’s atmosphere and environment, was introduced on April 11, and referred to the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Specifically, this act would establish a procedure and process to prohibit the intentional manipulation of the environment by means that are known as geoengineering and would require that a person seeking to engage in a geoengineering activity must meet health, safety and environmental requirements in order to procure a license from the director of the department of environmental management (DEM) for any such activity. The content of this 16-page bill is available for review at webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/ BillText/BillText19/HouseText19/H5992.pdf Citizens can engage in the legislative process by contacting their representatives. Contact information is available at RILegislature.gov/representatives.
Homeopathy and Cancer with Dr. Patkar
r. Mandar Patkar, M.D. in homeopathy, in coordination with the Rhode Island Holistic Healing Association, will be holding an information session at 6:30 p.m, May 6, at It’s My Health, in Cumberland. The event is meant to provide those interested with an opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in homeopathy as it relates to cancer treatment. Patkar is a renowned homeopathic doctor with more than twenty years of experience in classical homeopathy. He has both treated and cured many cases of cancer and other complicated disease conditions. As a gifted homeopath, his expertise is in deep pathological cases and their management with homeopathy. Attendees will learn how homeopathy can be used for different types and stages of cancers, the concepts of disease, health and cure in homeopathy, and its role as a holistic and individualistic approach of treatment. Cost: Free, donations accepted. Location: 1099 Mendon Rd., Cumberland. For more information, call 401-573-3757 or visit RIHHA.org. See ad on page 4.
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ocal singer-songwriter Christina Holmes has released a new single off her forthcoming third album, Everybody Knows, showcasing her new live sound and performance as she shows the world what she can do with multiple instruments. “Everybody Knows was inspired by my journey to Standing Rock and the people I met there,” shares Holmes. “It was the first time I had ever been in a situation where everyone (those who were peacefully protesting) was on the same page. Everyone was there for a greater purpose, for the people, the land, the children, the future generations.” Stream Everybody Knows on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play and YouTube or visit ChristinaHolmesMusic.com to listen.
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Founded 1977, Charlestown We are a family farm that specializes in making a high-quality, organic compost, as well as raising produce and cattle. Forty years ago, patriarch, Mike Merner, had the realization that healthy Jayne Merner soil grows healthy Senecal plants which raises healthy people. He began making a rich compost to revitalize the soils of Rhode Island. We continue his work today with the help of family and friends. When it comes to self-care, what do you tell your clients? The source of health comes from the soil. The micronutrients and naturally occurring probiotics in the soil that your food is grown in have a direct impact on the quality of the produce and ultimately your health. Why should our readers integrate your services into their lives? When planting a garden, an investment in the highest quality soil will save you time and energy, and grow more nutrient-dense produce. Our compost and compost products are full of micro and macro nutrients as well as a diverse range of probiotics. One handful of our Earth Care Farm compost has more probiotics than people on Earth.
obert Rockwood, owner and founder of Replenish Plus Facial Care products, will be hosting a free skin care demonstration from noon to 4 p.m., May 4, at Nature’s Goodness, in Middletown. Attendees will learn about the 100 percent organically derived skin care line that has quickly become an Aquidneck Island favorite. Additionally, attendees can enjoy a 20 percent discount during the demo and are encouraged to bring the current skin care products for analysis by Rockwood himself. While these products make for a great Mother’s Day gift, Replenish Plush products are formulated to accommodate the skin care needs of both men and women. Cost: Free. Location: 510 East Main Rd., Middletown. For more information call 401-847-7480 or visit NaturesGoodnessRI.com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.
Spring Detox Support Group
oin Chrysanthi Kazantzis, ND, from 6 to 7 p.m., May 8, at Providence Wholistic Healthcare to be part of a spring detox support group and take a step toward optimal health. Most people go through the winter months in storage mode, hide out and eat. Now that spring is here, it’s time to shed that winter coat. A spring detox is a perfect way to welcome the new weather and achieve a healthy start to the new season. The detox includes a six-day detox kit, recipe ideas, a one-hour group lecture on May 8 and a follow-up group session on May 15. During the first meeting, Kazantzis will be Chrysanthi Kazantzis discussing the benefits of a spring detox and will provide a guide and the tools needed to successfully bring participants through the six-day detox. After the detox program the follow-up session will provide a template to review the week, food reintroductions, the option to continue detox for the rest of the month, and detoxing one’s environment, all in a supportive group setting. Cost: $165. Location: 144 Waterman St., Ste. 3, Providence. For more information or to register, call 401-455-0546, email ProvidenceWholistic@gmail.com or visit ProvidenceWholistic.com. See ad on page 33.
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An Ancient Art for Modern Wellness Now in its Own Space
eflexology, an ancient practice thousands of years old, is now available at a fresh, new location in Warwick. Prana Reflexology, now at 3649 Post Road, in Warwick, will hold a free open house from noon to 2 p.m., May 4, and attendees can enter a drawing for a free 60-minute reflexology session. Founded by Wendy Lewis, a professional reflexologist nationally certified by the American Reflexology Certification Board—the highest level of reflexology certification—for 19 years, Lewis brings a wealth of knowledge to each session from a lifetime of varied holistic trainings and a lifelong passion for health, fitness, wellness and spirituality. “Usually, reflexology is offered as a secondary service at a spa,” says Lewis, “But here, it’s all I Wendy Lewis do. It’s my main focus and I love it.” She has studied clinical hypnotherapy, attained reiki mastership and studied and/or taught several styles of martial arts, yoga and dance. Lewis chose the name “Prana,” the Sanskrit word for “life force energy,” to acknowledge the circle of energy between client and reflexologist and the practitioner’s connection to life force energy. Prana Reflexology combines traditional reflexology— thumb, finger and hand techniques applied to foot zones and reflex areas—with stretches and special methods to promote flexibility and address individual concerns. Lewis says clients have reported improvement from varied issues, from acid reflux to plantar fasciitis. Her clientele ranges from young athletes to seniors. In addition to her 60-minute foot sessions, Lewis also offers a 90-minute session that includes techniques for the hands, wrists and lower arms. “People like restaurant servers, musicians and heavy computer users love it,” she says. All sessions include face relaxation and warm foot towel wraps. Learn more at PranaReflexology.com.
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Founded 2014, Richmond Fetch RI is a holistic pet boutique and supply store for dogs and cats. The boutique focuses on each animal and their individual needs to find solutions that will make them healthier and happier. Owned by a canine and feline Johnna nutritionist and Devereaux herbalist, Fetch RI is the go-to place to find all-natural remedies that support good health for pets. We carry a complete line of medicinal herbs for pets, quality natural supplements and remedies that work with the animal’s body rather than against it. When it comes to self-care, what do you tell your clients? We recommend that our customers invest in the wellness of their pets rather than their sickness. Why should our readers integrate your services into their lives? Animals are generally healthy by nature, but humans have interfered with this natural state of health. Feeding, treating and caring for our dogs and cats naturally is one of the best gifts we can bestow on them.
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Dancing Prevents Senior Decline Japanese researchers interviewed 1,003 Tokyo women over 70 years old about which of 16 types of exercise they did, including dancing, calisthenics, jogging, golf, ball games, hiking, yoga, bicycling and tai chi. In eight years of follow-up, those that danced were 73 percent less likely to be classified as impaired in any of the “activities of daily living” such as walking, cooking, dressing and bathing—a result not produced by the other physical activities. “Dancing requires not only balance, strength and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability: adaptability and concentration to move according to the music and partner; artistry for graceful and fluid motion; and memory for choreography,” writes lead author Yosuke Osuka, of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.
Prenatal Yoga Reduces Caesareans and Labor Pain First-time mothers that practiced yoga beginning in the 30th week of pregnancy had fewer caesareans, fewer lowweight newborns and milder and briefer labor pains. They were also less likely to require painkillers or labor inducement. The Mangalore, India, hospital study, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, included 150 women 20 to 35 years old that were pregnant for the first time and had no prior yoga experience. Half of the women did not do yoga, while the other half took 30-minute yoga classes once every week or two. Women in the yoga group were also more comfortable after giving birth.
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Mindfulness May Ease Menopausal Symptoms Women in menopause that are mindful and nonjudgmental of their thoughts are less irritable, anxious and depressed, reports a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Climacteric, the journal of the International Menopause Society. Researchers gave questionnaires to 1,744 menopausal patients 40 to 65 years old and found that those with higher mindfulness scores struggled less with common menopausal symptoms. Mindfulness didn’t lower hot flash and night sweat symptoms, however.
Men’s Prostate Health Linked to Oral Health Inflammatory diseases affecting the prostate can have a negative effect on men’s health. Many studies have been conducted to demonstrate the bi-directional relationship between oral health and systemic health. Much of the current research being conducted show there are important similarities between the presence of periodontal disease and its impact on systemic health. Oral bacteria associated with inflammation and gum disease has the ability to survive in the blood stream and be easily disseminated to distant sites and attach to other organs in the body, including the prostate gland. A study, recently published by Estemalik, J. et al. in the Journal of Periodontology, September 2017, isolated oral bacterial DNA found in plaque below the gumline from prostatic secretions in individuals with chronic inflammation of the prostate. Although the research is still ongoing, good oral self-care along with professional care to ensure gum health can help reduce overall systemic inflammation and help prostate health. Periodontics Inc., 167 Gano St., Providence. Learn more at PeriodonticsRI.com.
Fruits and Veggies Boost Moods Simply changing a diet to include more fruit and vegetables can boost mental well-being, say British researchers from Leeds and York universities. Examining health data of 40,000 people, they concluded those that eat more produce have a better psychological state, and that eating just one extra portion of fruits and vegetables a day could have a positive effect equivalent to around eight extra days of walking a month for at least 10 minutes at a time. A meta-analysis of 16 studies by the UK’s University of Manchester found the mood-boosting effect was particularly strong for women, and it worked with different types of diets, indicating a particular approach is not necessary. When dietary changes were combined with exercise, even greater improvements resulted.
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Holistic Health Rhode Island offers individualized East Asian Medical healthcare tailored to your needs in a welcoming and healing environJewel Sommerville ment. We offer acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle recommendations, as well as other East Asian medical modalities to address your health concerns. Quality time with clients and patients is our priority. By treating both the source of the problem, as well as the symptoms, we are able to return your body to its natural state of health. When it comes to self-care, what do you tell your clients? The basics work. Start your day with hot lemon water and stay hydrated with water throughout the day. Get enough sleep; eat freshly made meals with lots of veggies; exercise moderately and appropriately for your age; make time for fun. As Tony Horton would say, “Do your best and forget the rest.” Why should our readers integrate your services into their lives? East Asian Medicine treats the whole person. With almost 20 years of experience, treating a wide range of conditions, we can tailor a treatment plan to your needs. Whether you are focused on general wellness or have a specific concern, Holistic Health Rhode Island will facilitate your journey to health.
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Human Composting at the End of Life
Washington is poised to become the first state to make it legal to compost human remains. A bill allowing for the process, called natural organic reduction, as well as another called water cremation, has passed the state senate and is making its way to the house for a vote. Human composting involves placing a body in a tubular vessel and covering it with natural materials like wood chips and straw. Over several weeks, microbial activity breaks down the body into about a cubic yard of soil. Recompose, a company that wants to offer the practice as an alternative to traditional methods, worked with Washington State University to test its safety for environmental and human health. Six people donated their bodies for the study. The method alleviates much of the carbon footprint associated with both cremation and traditional casket burial.
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Climate-Challenged Polar Bears Invade Town
About 50 polar bears that usually hunt seals from ice floes have found new cuisine in the garbage dumps in the remote Russian island military town of Belushya Gubam, about 1,200 miles northeast of Moscow. Its 2,000 residents, long accustomed to the occasional bear strolling through, now call it a “mass invasion” as the curious bears peer into windows, stare down barking dogs and dig through trash. Russia’s environmental response agency has sent in a crisis team that is studying how to remove the bears without killing them. The Barents Sea that the bears inhabit is undergoing what a recent study called a “rapid climate shift” from Arctic Ocean temperatures to warmer Atlantic Ocean-like temperatures; the entire western side of the island is now ice-free year round.
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Avian Senior Citizen Astounds Again
Being at least 68 years old didn’t deter Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross, from recently hatching another chick. The world’s oldest known banded wild bird, which roosts at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, in Hawaii, has birthed and raised more than 30 chicks in her lifetime. She and her mate-for-life Akeakamai spent about two months incubating the new egg, and now they’ll raise the chick for five to six months before it flies out to sea. It is uncommon for albatross to return, lay and hatch an egg every single year, but the pair has produced a chick each year since 2006, say U.S Fish and Wildlife Service officials.
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It’s ant season again, and there will be just as many ants this year as last. Ants, just like most other life forms, are territorial and will protect their colony at all costs. When a colony is controlled or eliminated there is always another one ready to move in and that’s why seasonal baiting is a must to keep control. However, there are risks when toxic pesticides are used; they can get into well water, pools, drains, lakes and eventually the ocean. And, eventually pests can become used to chemicals, which is why it’s important to use borate-based products and to change the type of bait regularly. Borates affect the bacteria and enzyme mix in insects’ gut so they can’t become immune. Safe, natural, effective products are available that don’t risk the welfare of family members or kills bees and other useful insects. Don’t be fooled by the so-called eco-friendly companies; they are generally using the same old chemicals and driving trucks with green paint. Always ask to see the safety data sheets and when you’re told their products are EPA-registered, remind them so are cyanide, arsenic and dynamite. Call David Jones at Bio Tech Pest Controls for advice at 401-315-2400 or visit BioTechPestControls.com. See ad on page 37.
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Be Empowered by Social Nudism
Shed Old Attitudes with Your Clothes by Ronna E. Krozy and Nancy Greenhouse
What comes to mind when you think of personal empowerment? Do you think of someone who is open to new or even unconventional experiences? Who speaks her mind, even when others might disagree? Are you that person?
mpowerment allows us to be happy with who we are and to recognize the many strengths and resources that dwell within us. Able to defend our own rights, we also become able to advocate for others. When we feel empowered, we enjoy a sense of well-being. The first step toward empowerment is understanding that our power lives within. No one gives it to us. It’s something we already have, and the sooner we recognize it, the better. If our sense of empowerment needs a boost, we can start by examining our body image. Are we carrying old baggage in the form of selfjudgments? Do we worry that we are “too” something—fat, skinny, busty, flat, flabby, wrinkled, scarred or whatever? Fortunately, there is a proven path to personal empowerment right within our reach. It is social nudism, an experience— and, for many, a way of life—that helps individuals free themselves of body shame.
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Once that is done, we are free to harness our innate inner strength, build self-confidence and love our self just as we are. “As a woman who has always been ‘of size’, becoming a nudist was the first time I could truly and thoroughly accept myself and feel comfortable in my own skin,” attests one woman who is now a committed nudist. This sense of self-comfort has been echoed by many others, including men. Social nudism simply means being free of clothing in the company of other like-minded people, in a safe place, such as Solair Recreation League, in Woodstock, Connecticut, a family-friendly nudist resort in operation since 1934. Nudist resorts like Solair enforce strict codes of appropriate behavior where everyone, including children, are safe and comfortable. Such resorts are voluntarily regulated by the American Association for Nude Recreation, the largest and oldest organization for nudism advocacy in North America.
When individuals visit a nudist resort to participate in social nudism, along with their clothing, they have the chance to strip themselves of old burdens and restraints of attitude. From there, additional benefits include: n A sense of belonging—a social benefit. Social nudism promotes a community where men, women and children share a wholesome, healthy way of life. n Liberation from old thought patterns—an emotional benefit. Without clothing, everyone is equal, exposed and trusting. When you take off your clothes, you take a leap or “risk” you may never have anticipated. Yet you find yourself relaxed as never before—and even feeling courageous. This is empowerment. n You de-stress—a physical benefit. Those that participate in social nudism find that their blood pressure drops, and they absorb more vitamin D. Plus, scientific studies show that when people sleep naked, their skin temperature cools—a key ingredient for good rest. n You may also feel spiritual benefits such as a sense of harmony with nature, peacefulness and unity with a creator or greater power. Social nudism means freeing our self of old constraints and burdens. Perhaps they are vestiges of our upbringing. When we remove our clothing in a safe setting in the company of other accepting, like-minded people, we give our self permission to be our whole self. We drop our own notions of perfection that may be obsolete or limiting—and feel empowered.
Social nudism is all about empowerment and wellness, because each emphasizes personal choice, freedom and control. Personal empowerment means having the freedom and power to do what we want or to control what happens to us. It is a component of a healthy self-image. Wellness means living the best possible life we can, under our personal control, including creating the right environment for a healthier lifestyle. Social nudism, or naturism, is a chosen way of life to promote wellness, self-acceptance and freedom. Increasingly, scientific research confirms what naturists have always known. According to the Journal of Happiness Studies, one of an increasing number of studies about social nudism, “Individuals do experience increases in positive bodyimage, self-esteem and life satisfaction after participating in real naturist activities.” In addition, according to Nude Recreation from a Woman’s Perspective, social nudism’s greatest contributions to today’s woman are self-acceptance and total relaxation. “When my husband suggested we visit a nudist resort, I couldn’t imagine baring myself like that,” recalls one woman. “It was more than my body I was afraid of
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The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness.
Self-Care As Bedrock
HER SOUL IN BLOOM Self-Care for All Stages of Life by Marlaina Donato
o be female is to be Self-care does life coach and author of blessed with an innate not necessarily Expectation Hangover: Overgift for multitasking, coming Disappointment in have to involve Work, Love, and Life. but in our fast-paced, jamtime; it’s a way The San Diego-based packed world, daily life for most women is a juggling act motivational speaker views of being. that can come with a steep self-care to be as vital as edu~Christine Hassler price tag if self-care isn’t on cation. “Women are not taught the to-do list. Depression, anxiety and in high school and college how to take care feeling overwhelmed are all too common. of themselves. Prioritizing self-care is so According to the National Alliance on important. I see so many young women Mental Illness, one in eight women experiwith adrenal or thyroid burnout and eating ence depression during their lifetime— disorders. All of that comes down to stress, twice the rate of men. relationship to self and lack of self-care.” The personal interests of women in Seasons of a Woman’s Life their 30s and 40s trying to balance motherhood and career often get lost in the tangled Each decade poses unique challenges. For underbrush of daily logistics. There can women in their 20s and early 30s, combe a deep longing for identity well into the paring and finding one’s own path can be significant. “The feminist movement of our 50s, especially when children leave the nest. Fears of aging and loneliness often accommothers’ generation opened doors, but so pany women 60 and older. By passionately many 20- and 30-something women have and joyously taking care of body and spirit, interpreted that as, ‘I have to do everything women of any generation can find renewal. and be everything,’” says Christine Hassler, 18
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Women play vital roles in family and community, much like the foundation of a sound building, and if self-care is not the bedrock, all that is supported by it is likely to be compromised. “I believe we’ve taken the bait, the promise that if we arrange our life circumstances just so, we’ll feel ease and happiness. We’re getting to a place as a collective where we see a bankruptcy in that,” says Miami-based holistic women’s psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan, bestselling author of A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. Body-mind-spirit self-care is the heart of Brogan’s approach, and self-love is the lifeblood. “Self-love is quite elusive for most of us, perhaps because our selfesteem is contingent [upon it], and we only feel good about ourselves under certain circumstances. The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness,” says Brogan, who compares a ritualized system of daily self-care that comes first to putting on the proverbial oxygen mask before attempting to meet the needs of others. “Balancing self-love and caring for others starts with recognizing and accepting that it’s possible for you to effectively do both. Self-love at the soul level is the catalyst for healing on all levels, which in turn drives our level of self-worth,” concurs Teigan Draig, a spiritual life coach and busy home-schooling mom in Spencerville, Ohio. She reminds us that putting our needs above the wants of others is not being selfish, but is an emotional necessity that helps women get out of the loop of self-defeatism and self-sabotage. “The first step to finding your fire is learning to love yourself, all of yourself. Self-care and selflove are a total wellness package.”
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Benefits of Self-Nourishment
Many psychologists agree that self-care can help to improve concentration, promote relaxation, fortify relationships and boost productivity. Most women crave more metime, but don’t know how to implement change. “Without a premise of self-care, we react based on stress patterns. We react with more tension, irritability, guilt and obligation. We say, ‘Yes’ when we want to say, ‘No’. However, when we take stock in our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, we’re less reactive,” observes Hassler, who underscores self-care as an investment for life. “Most women have inner critics and a negative relationship with self. Self-care is essential so we can turn down the volume of the inner critic, stop peoplepleasing and make self-honoring choices.” Balancing motherhood and career or other obligations can leave many women running on empty and resentful. “We would never tell a loved one who desperately needed some TLC to get over it and just keep going. As busy women, when we don’t take the time to care for ourselves, the consequence is our children getting a mom who is preoccupied, anxious and disconnected,” says women’s life coach Veronica Paris, in San Diego. Catering to everyone’s desires and spreading ourselves too thin can backfire. Paris asks, “How do I want my kids to look back on me as a mother? By taking the time to self-care, we’re taking accountability for how we want to show up in our world rather than shapeshifting from one situation to the next. We can teach our children how to do the same.”
Our Emotions As Wellspring
For too many women, another common byproduct of self-neglect can be emotional numbing and feeling “flatlined”. A toxic or addictive relationship to food, alcohol or shopping can be a symptom of a deep need to nourish the self and give a voice to suppressed feelings. “One of our greatest challenges is that we’ve become disconnected from our deep seat of power, which is our capacity to feel,” says Brogan. “We’ve been enculturated to disregard our experience of feeling emotions, and because of this, it’s been reduced to a very narrow bandwidth.” Brogan believes that it is key for women to reestablish a connection to nature’s
Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. ~Teigan Draig rhythms and their own feminine, fluid energy, as well as giving up the need to control. “I think it’s the work of many women to understand that we’re not here to meet the needs of everyone on the planet—and with our loved ones, it disempowers them as much as we’re feeling disempowered. We’re here to meet our own needs and then offer compassion and caring in a way that comes from a more boundaried space.”
SIMPLE SELF-CARE STRATEGIES 4 Schedule me-time on the calendar. 4 Unplug from gadgets. 4 Spend lunch breaks in the park. 4 Rest before hitting the wall of exhaustion. 4 Take 10 minutes to stretch and breathe in the morning. 4 Meditate in the shower; choose a luxurious, natural, body wash. 4 Wear your favorite jewelry. 4 Designate a beautiful tea cup or coffee mug to use on hectic work days. 4 Buy yourself flowers; take yourself out to lunch or a museum. 4 Sprinkle lavender, rose geranium or ylang ylang essential oil on your sheets. 4 Opt for a gentle workout instead of a high-intensity session when tired. 4 Choose a healthy breakfast. 4 Play, be silly and be a kid again. 4 Designate 15 to 20 minutes after the workday to color, doodle or journal. 4 Listen to your favorite music during commuting or cleaning the house. 4 Abandon perfectionism. 4 Connect to a higher power, however you define it, even if it is inner peace.
Hassler affirms that when women are fully present, every aspect of life can be viewed through a clearer lens. “Self-care helps us tap into our super power, which is our intuition, and by doing that, we know what we need and act on that.”
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Beginning the day with self-care can be as simple as taking the time to meditate and breathe deeply for a minute or two before getting out of bed and opting for a healthier breakfast. Feeding our senses and feasting on what gives us joy can be a way of life. “Self-care does not necessarily have to involve time; it’s a way of being,” says Hassler. “The more time we spend on self-care tells the subconscious mind that we’re worth it.” Draig suggests setting personal boundaries, and part of this means reserving time for ourselves. “When I became a new mother, I was running on fumes. Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. Learn to schedule selfcare time in your calendar as you would anything else,” she says, noting, “My house was not always spotless, but it was a trade I was willing to make so I could take care of myself and be a better mother.” Being innovative can be an ally. “Ten minutes walking the dog or taking the baby out in a stroller can become 10 minutes spent saying positive self-affirmations,” suggests Paris. “That 15-minute drive can be spent deep breathing instead of listening to the news on the radio.” Blooming into our best possible self is returning to our essence. “It’s about taking off the masks, no longer living according to expectations and other people. It’s about radical self-acceptance,” says Hassler. Each decade poses an invitation to grow and commit to self-nourishment. “There will be days where you feel like you can’t get the hang of it, but you’ll arrive, and when you do, no matter what age you are, it can be magical,” Draig says. Marlaina Donato is a composer and author of several books in women’s spirituality and holistic health. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com. May 2019
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Breast Implant Warriors Unite by Linda Sechrist
he U.S. Surgeon General’s warning on cigarettes hasn’t prevented individuals from smoking, nor has the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) list of risks and complications associated with breast implants kept women from undergoing voluntary breast augmentation. Since 1997, the number of saline- and silicone-filled breast implant surgeries has tripled. According to the National Center for Health Research (NCHR), more than 400,000 women and teenagers undergo breast implant surgeries every year, with 75 percent for augmentation of healthy breasts and 25 percent for reconstruction after mastectomies. The marked increase in surgeries implanting these Class III “high risk” medical devices includes many women that undergo procedures to replace old implants that have broken or caused other problems. An estimated 40,000 U.S. women a year have the surgery to remove the implants entirely. These “explants” stem from a variety of issues, from rupture or delayed wound healing to broken implants that have caused breast pain, capsule contracture, spontaneous deflation, breast lesion, infection, wrinkling/scalloping and necrosis. Another reason for removal is the growing concern about the reported incidence of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a treatable T-cell lymphoma, and breast implant illness (BII) associated with both
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silicone and saline implants. The FDA first sounded the alarm about the rare lymphoma in 2011, linking it to implants with textured, Velcro-like outer shells. In February, the federal agency issued a letter to healthcare providers seeking to increase awareness “about an association between all breast implants, regardless of filling or texture,” and BIA-ALCL. On the issue of BII and other problems reported by women with implants, the FDA has remained largely silent, suggesting that “studies would need to be larger and longer than these conducted so far.” However, the number of women with implants reporting health problems has prompted the FDA to demand that two manufacturers of the devices conduct proper long-term health studies. The agency sent out letters in March warning of deficiencies in FDA-required research and the possibility that their products could be taken off the market. The move is considered to be a victory for patient activism. Facebook.com/groups/ HealingBreastImplantIllness has become a sanctuary for more than 68,000 women that report a range of symptoms associated with BII. Nicole Daruda, of Vancouver Island, Canada, says she created the group to support women that visited her website, HealingBreastImplantIllness.com, where she told her personal BII story that began with implant surgery in 2005. “I never anticipat-
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ed an avalanche of women’s stories about the symptoms that I endured before having my explant surgery in 2015.” After hearing from other women, Daruda felt affirmed in her suspicions that implants had caused her fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, headaches, joint and muscle pain, hair loss, recurring infections, swollen lymph nodes, rashes, irritable bowel syndrome and problems with thyroid and adrenal glands. “I believe that various doctors pigeonholed my symptoms into the category of autoimmune disorders because few general practitioners are aware of BII.” Diana Hoppe, M.D., a board-certified OB/GYN in Encinitas, California, never heard of BII until earlier this year. “Doctors rely on published, evidence-based study results, and while there are none linking connective tissue disorders and breast implants, I suspect that the outcomes of studies conducted by breast implant manufacturers are equally as suspicious as the outcomes of studies done by the manufacturers of cigarettes.” One longtime BII combatant says, “My body mounted an all-out war, in the form of a foreign body immune response.” She learned about BII from Tinyurl.com/ BreastImplantIllness, but is unable to afford the explant surgery that would remove the apparently toxic invaders. NCHR reports that at the time of explant surgery, approximately three out of five women have had implants and their unhealthy symptoms for 10 years or more. After explant surgery, 89 percent of the women report improvement. However, explant surgery is just the first step. Daruda used chelation and the protocols of Gerson Therapy, a natural treatment that activates the body’s ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and supplements. “It took me four years to recuperate,” she says. “It didn’t take that long to know the lesson I wanted to share with other women: Self-love and self-worth are more important than society’s false concepts of beauty. The essence of who we are is not tied to any body part.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.
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WHEN EMOTIONS ARE PHYSICAL
Bodywork for Trauma and Grief
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assage is often emotional distress, the Like a perfect associated body has one objective: dance partner, a with spa-like get us to safety. Yet, many skilled bodywork times, the amygdala—the pampering, yet it is also an effective therapy for reduc- practitioner follows part of the brain that ing physical and emotional the nervous system plays a key role in this pain. Bodywork can lower and helps the client process—becomes hyper blood pressure and reduce alert and falsely perceives access sources stress hormones, which in danger when there is none. of trauma. turn helps to balance blood Trauma becomes hardsugar and boost immunity. wired into the nervous ~Lissa Wheeler A surge of the feel-good system. Pain syndromes neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine and tension are common symptoms. is also a natural perk of rubdowns. No matter what the pattern for handling On the emotional level, massage thertrauma, it takes a lot of work for the body to apy can offer profound benefits for anyone repress emotions, and it will create tension experiencing acute grief or the effects of a in the form of “armoring” to defend against traumatic past. A Swedish study published unwanted feelings. “Trauma is a physiological in the Journal of Clinical Nursing shows that experience. Body tension that results from bereaved individuals that received 25-minunresolved trauma will not respond to only ute hand and/or foot massages once a week releasing muscle tension,” explains Lissa for eight weeks felt greater comfort and Wheeler, author of Engaging Resilience: Heal were more capable of coping with stress. the Physical Impact of Emotional Trauma: A Guide for Bodywork Practitioners. The Body’s Pain Language Wheeler’s Medford, Massachusetts, When the “fight-or-flight” stress response practice focuses on releasing emotional is activated in the presence of danger or patterns locked in tissue memory. “When
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the nervous system is frozen in a state of threat long after the actual threat is gone, all of the body’s activities of healthy regulation are challenged. This affects not only skeletal muscles, but also smooth muscle such as what’s found in the gastrointestinal tract. Sleep problems and teeth grinding can also result.”
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Swedish massage, Thai massage and shiatsu are all ideal treatments for chronic pain, grief and emotional imprints locked within the body’s cellular consciousness. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) offers a gentler alternative. “CranioSacral Therapy can unravel cellular stories and assist in freeing repressed or preverbal emotions from childhood,” says Seattle-based CST therapist Barbara Coon. “Experiences are held in the body. Stress and muscular tension activate the vagus nerve, and CST focuses on calming [it].” The vagus nerve facilitates communication between the brain and the heart, lungs and gut. Coon attests to the modality’s body-centered support for reducing anxiety, depression, panic attacks, memory loss, sleep disturbances and grief. “Some people respond well to deep tissue work, while others do better with the gentleness of CranioSacral Therapy,” says Wheeler. “Like a perfect dance partner, a skilled bodywork practitioner follows the nervous system and helps the client access sources of trauma.”
Clinical aromatherapy and therapeutic sound can also play a vital role in emotional healing, especially when combined with bodywork. Kelli Passeri, a massage therapist and owner of Sound and Stone Massage, in Pittsburg, Kansas, utilizes a subwoofer speaker beneath her massage table so clients can feel the vibrations of the music. “I play music recorded in specific frequencies that align with the body and the chakras or energy centers to help rebalance the energy body,” says Passeri, who also uses rose quartz crystals in her hot stone sessions. She relies on aromatherapy blends that promote
opening on both physical and emotional levels. Passeri has observed common pain patterns in her clients that often don’t have a physical cause. “The sacrum tends to hold on to lifelong traumatic emotions from childhood, and the shoulders tend to reflect more current emotional blockages and issues,” she says, adding, “I encourage my clients to open up or cry because it’s a healthy thing to do. There’s no need for embarrassment and is totally okay.” Healing on any level might take time, but allowing the body’s stories to be witnessed without judgement is key. “The good news is that when trauma is worked through, the whole body is much more resilient and has a greater capacity to live life fully,” Wheeler says. Marlaina Donato authored Multidimensional Aromatherapy and several other books. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.
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Mental-Emotional Health by Bridget Casey
Our experience of everyday life, particularly what we think and how we feel on an emotional level, really equates to life itself.
s humans, we experience a wide array of emotions on a regular basis. This variety of emotion adds color and depth to our experience. So while “positive” emotions, like joy or happiness, may be our preferred state, experiencing sadness, sorrow, anger or any of the more “negative” emotions is also just as valuable. Ideally, we want to be able to experience all the various emotions without becoming too attached to any one of them and becoming “stuck”. Mental health can be thought of as the ability to appreciate our emotions and experiences, without judgment and without attachment. For example, rather than identifying feeling of loneliness, sadness or loss as “I am depressed,” people can simply notice said feelings and appreciate them for what they are—a reaction to a situation or trigger. Often when individuals are suffering, they are not able to experience the full breadth of emotions, or move freely between them unattached. This suffering may look like (or have been diagnosed as) depression, anxiety or some combination thereof. When that stuck feeling pushes itself to the surface, or when repetitious patterns are noticed and we experience an inability to move beyond certain feelings, it is time to investigate further. Investigation should include looking deeper to identify triggers, patterns and contributing factors.
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For example, are feelings of anxiety noticed every time you get in the car to go to work? Perhaps physical symptoms, like neck tension and shallow breathing, or mental symptoms like repetitive and catastrophizing thinking takes place. Note the pattern and identify the probable trigger. In this case, work is the trigger. What is it about work that causes anxious feelings? Is this something that can be changed? Or can you change your mind set about the situation? For example, you may not be able to change who you work with, but perhaps you can change how you relate to or respond to them.
Reasons behind feelings
The reasons behind our feelings and mental state should make sense, given the situation. When identifying our feelings, ask whether they are relevant and do they serve us? If so, then maybe there’s nothing to be done. Perhaps this is a completely normal situation in which to feel anxious, depressed, etc. If not, something else might be at play. Perhaps old trauma or learned behaviors are resurfacing. It may be that physical issues need to be investigated and addressed. For example, nutrient deficiencies, chronic inflammation and gut dysbiosis can all have tremendous impacts on our mental and emotional health. Keep in mind that what is normal for one person, may not feel or be normal
for another person. In addition, we might have different goals or expectations for our mental health than others around us. It’s important to identify how you want to feel on a regular basis and what you want your experience of life to be. There is no “right” answer here—this is an individual thing, shaped by our past experiences and current situations. A holistic, naturopathic doctor will talk with patients about their experiences and the feelings surrounding them, identifying possible triggers or reasons for these feelings. The present, as well as the past, is explored to uncover the root cause of symptoms. Getting to the root cause of the issue(s) is extremely helpful in creating lasting and successful change. The following steps should provide some guidance and a starting point:
n Get clear on your current mental health situation. Writing about it can be helpful.
n What do you think are the reasons behind your current state?
n What are your goals moving forward?
These steps are an ideal start to creating a picture of mental health for oneself. Sharing this information with your providers and practitioners will also greatly enable them to better help you. Bridget Casey, ND, is the owner of Rhode Island Natural Medicine, LLC, located at 35 S. Angell St., Ste. #7, Providence. For more information, call 401-642-5855 or visit RINaturalMedicine.com. See ad on page 33.
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STRUCTURAL ENERGETIC THERAPY
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by Wendy Fachon
he medical establishment recognizes that structural imbalances are responsible for more than 90 percent of the pain held within the body. Structural Energetic Therapy (SET) is a full body treatment that addresses musculoskeletal problems with a combination of techniques: kinesiology (muscle testing), postural analysis, cranial/structural bodywork, directed myofascial unwinding, scar tissue and adhesion release, emotional energy release, trigger point work and other therapeutic bodywork techniques. Structural imbalances can be as minor as muscle strain and as major as herniated discs. SET begins by treating the core distortion. Identified and named by Don McCann, MA, LMT, LMHC, CSETT, the core distortion is present from fetal development. The distortion causes a rotation in the pelvis, a structural weight bearing weakness at the base of the spine, exaggerated spinal curvatures and compensating strain patterns in the body. Accidents, illness, stress, emotional challenges, injuries and other life activities cause the body to collapse further into this distortion, causing pain, limitation and dysfunction. SET protocols are designed to release the primary core (spiral) distortion and unwind soft tissue holding distortion sub-patterns and structure. The SET therapist begins by evaluating the patient through a postural examination and then uses applied and functional kinesiology to verify the distortion, conducting muscle testing from the cranium down to the feet, to identify imbalances and weaknesses. Over 39 years of develop-
ing SET, McCann evaluated the structural alignment of many clients from a standing posture, viewing their bodies from the anterior, posterior, left and right sides. He observed a consistent anterior rotation of the left ilium and posterior rotation of the right ilium, a consistent pattern from the head down the spine to the feet that showed a spiraling twist going around and through the body. He verified these core distortions using functional and applied kinesiology. Cranial/Structural Core Distortion Releases (CSCDR) incorporate a cranial motion, which releases structural imbalances throughout the body all the way to the feet and begins the process of unwinding. Additional SET techniques complement CSCDR process. The therapist guides the patient through breathwork to move emotional energy during the bodywork session and help clear out that unwanted negative mental mass that has accumulated and contributed to the tightening and thickening of muscle tissue. The ultimate goal of SET is to restore physical and emotional balance, strength and pain-free function in the body. McCann explains, “It is a more complete process of healing.” SET is available at the BioMed Center, 111 Chestnut St., Providence. Other therapists can be located on the Structural Energetic Therapy website. Learn more about SET and SET training at StructuralEnergeticTherapy.com. More about SET and SET training at StructuralEnergeticTherapy.com. May 2019
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One of the most popular benefits of yoga is relaxation, and relaxation is the most important skill a woman needs during labor, making it easy to see why prenatal yoga is a good choice during pregnancy, labor and the childbirth experience.
renatal yoga reduces stress, calms the mind and brings about emotional balance, which is exactly what Jeannine Parvati Baker, an author and activist, wanted for women in the early 70s, when she was a student of yoga master Baba Hari Dass. When she became pregnant while being mentored by him, he refused to teach her yoga, but she convinced him that prenatal yoga was indeed necessary to help women during pregnancy and birthing, pioneering the practice of certified prenatal yoga as we know it today. In prenatal yoga which is suitable for all trimesters of pregnancy, mothers learn various breathing techniques which promote the innate relaxation response that is inherent in every person. In each class, mothers stretch, tone and strengthen the body which not only promotes health and well-being, but prepares the body for the very arduous task of giving birth. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommended that it is learned from a certified prenatal instructor because there are specific modifications and avoidances that need to be adhered to by pregnant women. Pregnancy is an exciting, emotional time with many changes physically, mentally and emotionally. While pregnant, energy can be depleted because the baby takes
and gets all that they need from the woman carrying it. Moms-to-be need to pay special attention to self-care, and prenatal yoga addresses all the pleasantries and discomforts of being pregnant. Mindfulness is another invaluable tool that develops on its own with a yoga practice. This conscious awareness connects us to our innate selves making all our life experience more meaningful, connected and choiceful. Being less preoccupied makes for a much better mother-child bonding. An often overlooked benefit of prenatal yoga is the community fostered during those nine months. Comradery develops and creates a place where moms tell brief stories, both happy and sad, and network doctors, practitioners, skills and self-care ideas. There is a soul connection in pregnancy that women have shared since the beginning of time, and prenatal yoga helps to draw this out. Deborah DeMarino teaches prenatal yoga on Tuesday evenings from 6-7 p.m., at Blue Dragonfly Wellness, in North Kingstown. Download Mind Body app to register or call 401-741-5055. For more information on the dos and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ts of pregnancy, visit AmericanWeaveYoga.wordpress.com.
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Vision Quest Eat a Rainbow of Color for Healthy Eyes by Melinda Hemmelgarn
ne of the best ways to protect and preserve our precious eyesight is to focus on food. In general, the same plantbased, antioxidant-rich diets that defend against heart disease and cancer also contribute to eye health by reducing the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration—the two most common age-related causes of vision loss. However, two specific nutrients—lutein and zeaxanthin—deserve special attention. These compounds uniquely concentrate in the macula, the centrally located part of the retina responsible for visual acuity, and are most vulnerable to oxidative damage from light exposure. Both are members of the carotenoid family, a large group of powerful antioxidant nutrients found mostly in fruits and vegetables, especially those with dark green, deep yellow, red and orange pigments. According to the National Eye Institute and the American Optometric Association, lutein and zeaxanthin help absorb damaging ultraviolet light from the sun, as well as blue light from computer screens, digital devices and LEDs. “Think of lutein as a sort of sunblock,” says Elizabeth Johnson, research associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy at Tufts University, in Boston. Speaking at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting in Washington, D.C., last fall, Johnson described the yellow macular pigments—lutein and zeaxanthin—as “internal sunglasses” that protect the eyes’ photoreceptor cells. “Yellow pigment absorbs blue light,” Johnson explains. The greater our macular pigment density, the more protection we have against light damage, and the better our visual function. As a bonus, macular pigment density also aligns with improved academic performance and cognitive function across our lifespan, reports Naiman Khan, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and director at the Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Because lutein is actively transported into breast milk, Johnson suspects the 28
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compound is important to infant eye and brain health. Despite solid scientific evidence confirming the benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin, there is no official recommended daily allowance. Johnson explains that Americans typically consume less than two milligrams per day, falling short of levels needed to enhance visual and brain function and slow the progression of age-related eye diseases. Her advice: Eat foods that provide between six to 10 milligrams of lutein and two milligrams of zeaxanthin each day. Dark green leafy vegetables, including kale, spinach and collard greens, provide the highest amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, especially when cooked. For example, one cup of cooked kale or spinach delivers more than 20 milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin, whereas one cup of raw spinach contains just under four milligrams. Johnson explains that cooking breaks down plant cell walls, making the carotenoids more bio-available. Plus, because lutein and zeaxanthin are fat-soluble, lower amounts found in avocadoes (0.4 milligrams in one
medium fruit) are better absorbed. Further, simply adding an avocado or oil-based dressing to raw, dark leafy green salads will increase intestinal absorption. The same is true for egg yolks (0.2 milligrams per large egg). In a study of 33 older adults, published in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that consumption of one egg a day for five weeks significantly increased blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin without raising cholesterol levels. According to the National Eye Institute and their Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS), additional nutrients that benefit eye health include vitamins C and E, and omega-3 fatty acids. When it comes to eating for eye health, here’s some more insightful advice:
Eat the “rainbow”. Choose a variety of colorful, organic fruits and vegetables daily; they are rich in eye-protecting carotenoids, flavonoids and vitamin C. Whole grains, nuts and seeds provide vitamin E, and fatty, cold-water fish such
as sardines, salmon, tuna and mackerel are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Vegan sources of omega-3s include walnuts, ground flax, hemp and chia seeds, or microalgae supplements.
Become familiar with the best food sources of lutein and zeaxanthin: lpi.OregonState.edu/mic/dietary-factors/ phytochemicals/carotenoids.
Obtain a physician’s approval before taking eye health supplements, and compare their effectiveness, safety and cost at ConsumerLab.com.
Stay informed: National Eye Institute, nei.nih.gov; AREDS studies: nei.nih.gov/ areds2/patientfaq. 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.
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Gardening for Kids The Fun of Growing Their Own
by Ronica A. O’Hara
t’s May, and the temperature is rising, as is the sap and green shoots. It’s the perfect time to involve kids in growing their own garden that will get them outdoors, teach them planning and perseverance, and develop their motor, literacy and scientific skills. A South Korean study found that gardening provides both high- and moderateintensity exercise for kids. It builds good eating habits, too: A British study of 46 9- and 10-year-olds found that they ate 26 percent more vegetables and fruit after growing a school garden, and a University of Florida study of 1,351 college students showed them more likely to eat veggies if they had gardened as children. For the most gratifying results, give kids a sense of ownership. “Let them make the decisions and be in charge of the care of the garden as much as developmentally possible,” advises Sarah Pounders, senior education specialist at KidsGardening.org, in Burlington, Vermont.
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Order some seed catalogues, look online—or better yet, take a child to the local garden nursery. Let them decide what to grow. Their choices are as diverse as their interests. Veggies, flowers and plants that draw butterflies each have their own appeal. Some, like sunflowers, radishes and lettuce, are fast-growing, offering quick gratification. Or, they can choose a theme. “If your child likes Italian food, plant tomatoes and basil. If they enjoy Mexican food, then peppers and cilantro. For flowers—zinnias and cosmos—let them make flower arrangements from early summer into the fall,” suggests Susan Brandt, of Bristow, Virginia, co-founder of the gardening site BloomingSecrets.com. Visiting a plant nursery offers the perfect opportunity to put kids on the path to healthy living. Point out and discuss the differences between organic and nonorganic seeds and between chemical fertilizers containing Roundup—labeled “Keep Out
of Reach of Children”—and organic fertilizers containing fish, seaweed and other natural nutrients.
Choose the Spot
A three-foot-by-three-foot plot is an ideal size for a child’s garden, as long as it gets lots of sunshine. If living in an urban area, go with pots of soil in a sunny window.
Get the Right Tools
For young kids with short attention spans, small plastic spades, rakes and hoes might work. But older kids need hardier tools. Get them properly fitted garden gloves, plus sunhats and sunscreen.
Plant the Seeds
Help them read and interpret the seed package directions, if necessary, and use a ruler to measure proper spacing. “I always try to have a mix of plants that start from seed and from transplants, so that kids can have both immediate and delayed gratification,” says Pounders.
Water, Weed and Mulch
Show them how to use the watering can or hose properly, usually watering only when the soil is dry to a depth of one inch. They can mix their own non-toxic pesticide out of vinegar and salt, and spread such organic mulches as straw, newspaper, grass clippings and leaves to discourage weeds.
“They can look at the soil to see all the living creatures in it, which is especially fun
through a microscope,” says Dixie Sandborn, an extension specialist at Michigan State University. “They can learn about vermiculture by making a worm bin and feeding the worms their table scraps.” With a ruler, they can measure the growth of various plants and create a chart comparing rates. By taking photos or drawing pictures on a daily or weekly basis, they can compile an album, along with their commentary on weather patterns.
“Let them add personal touches like stepping stones, signs and other decorations that let them express their personality in their garden space,” says Pounders. Help them build a scarecrow, bird feeder, toad house, bird bath, sundial or a tent. Make a teepee or small enclosure and cover it with flowers, vines or climbing beans.
Harvest the Crop
After picking ripe vegetables, kids can find recipes and prepare snacks or a dish; arrange plucked flowers in vases and take photos; do craft activities with seeds, plants and flowers, like making potpourri or framing dried flowers; or throw a garden-themed party with favors that include herbs or seed packets. “You could have a ‘pa-jam-a’ party. Kids could wear their pajamas, pick berries, and make jam to take home,” suggests Sandborn. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.
More to Grow By
KidsGardening.org: Designed for schools and families, this site has a wealth of kid-friendly information on everything from seeds to pollinators to creating pirate gardens.
Build-your-own worm farm: See how at Tinyurl.com/KidsWormFarm. Youth Gardening Clubs: Many local chapters of garden clubs have these. Tinyurl.com/YouthGardeningPrograms.
4-H: Many state 4-H organizations conduct special gardening activities, which can
be found by Googling the name of a state along with “4-H gardening”.
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Discover Their Secret Language
by April Thompson
hile flowers are We underestimate by increasing defensive known to lean what plants can chemistry—things that make a plant distasteful or toward light, a do because their toxic to predators,” he says. growing body of research communication is Researchers noticed that is demonstrating plants control plants also seemed also respond to sounds and invisible to us. to respond to their neighscents—and then herald ~Heidi Appel bors being attacked. the news to their neighbors. Since then, Schultz, Far from being passive life Karban and other investigators have disforms, members of the plant kingdom are covered that plants emit complex profiles adept at interacting with their environof odors in the form of volatile compounds ments and with each other. that can be picked up by other plants, as “Plants don’t have specialized sense well as insects. Studying sagebrush in the organs, but like animals, plants are very Sierra Nevada mountains, Karban found capable of sensing their environment. They that plants under duress emit chemical perceive cues, weigh different alternatives and allocate resources in very sophisticated cues that trigger nearby plants to increase their defenses. ways,” says Richard Karban, professor of These odors vary with the type of entomology at the University of California threat and time, working to attract polat Davis and the author of Plant Sensing linators during the day and fending off enand Communication. emies at night, Schultz says. A plant being Better Living Through eaten by an insect may release a chemical that attracts predatory insects looking for Chemistry Early evidence of plant communication was herbivore prey. “There is a clear adaptive discovered by accident, according to Jack advantage in attracting the ‘enemy of your Schultz, senior executive director of research enemy’, who can act as a bodyguard for the development at the University of Toledo, plant being attacked.” in Ohio. “In the 1970s, researchers began Smells are just part of a plant’s multo notice plants under attack respond tisensory life, says Heidi Appel, a profes-
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sor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo and one of Schultz’s collaborators. Appel’s research with collaborator Rex Cocroft, at the University of Missouri, demonstrates they’re listening for threats, too. Her lab exposed plants from the mustard family to the sound of a caterpillar feeding, with control plants in silence or “listening” to a recording of the wind or other insects, and found that those vibrations didn’t effect the same defensive-priming response as that of the plant-munching caterpillar. “Plants have no special sense organs, so their sophisticated sense of hearing is very surprising,” says Appel.
Karban’s lab isolated plants to determine that their chemical signals were transmitted by air rather than soil or root systems. Yet researcher Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is digging into the underground connections, finding that trees are interacting with one another below the ground in complex ways. Trees have a symbiotic relationship with fungi that’s built on a mutually beneficial exchange of nutrients, says Simard. This underground network links root systems of trees together, enabling them to exchange carbon, water and other nutrients in a kind of natural balance sheet. Simard discovered these networks had hubs— typically older “mother trees”—that can connect to hundreds of saplings and send them excess carbon that can quadruple their survival rates. Simard also found that trees engage in “defense signaling” similar to plants, increasing their natural defenses in response to damage inflicted on their neighbors, but only if the mycorrhizal networks of fungi that aid in sending such messages are intact. Simard’s research seeks to understand how environmental threats like climate change and logging may further disrupt these communication networks. Recognizing all of the communication that exists between plants, we might wonder if human words of encouragement can help them grow. Perhaps, but not for the reasons one might hope, says Appel.
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Human-Plant Relations Movement
by Wendy Fachon
lant Pioneers are a group of plant lovers dedicated to raising awareness about plant consciousness and the inter-connected mutual relationships humans have with all living systems. This organization explores intelligent plant activity using an audio synthesizer that gives plants a voice, making their electrical frequencies audible to human ears through musical sounds. The audio interface is called Music of the Plants. Two wires from a pre-programmed synthesizer are connected to a plant, one onto the plant’s leaf, the other in the soil to complete the circuit. The synthesizer is similar to a biofeedback device and the sounds emitted by the synthesizer are generated by the plant’s own electrical impulses. Each impulse is assigned a specific musical note, and the harmonic tones are mesmerizing. This process of human-plant communication was developed by an international community of scientists living in the Damanhur, a federation of spiritual communities located in Italy. Damanhur has drawn the interest of scholars, educators and researchers in the fields of art, social sciences, spirituality, medicine and alternative health, economics and environmental sustainability. In addition to communicating with insects, plants appear to be responding to animals, humans and other environmental activities in ways that call for further investigation. Bonnie Kavanagh, a second-generation nurse and community herbalist with more than 35 years’ experience in health care, is a local educator for Plant Pioneers. She is a graduate of the Rosemary Gladstar Art and Science of Herbology Apprenticeship
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and teaches herbal and gardening classes at Seven Arrows Farm, in Seekonk, Massachusetts. Field and woodland explorations awaken the instinctual nature that is part of the human genetic blueprint. This blueprint holds the key for understanding nature’s subtle language. The sensory experiences of listening and feeling, taught by the Music of the Plants, enhance the sensory interactions traditionally associated with the study of herbs and healing—sight, touch, smell and taste. Observing Nature with all of the senses allows for the rediscovery of indigenous and ancient ways of interacting with the environment. Plant Pioneers are showing people how to open their channels to listening, how to become a participant in nature’s living landscape and how to do so with reciprocal dignity, integrity and respect. As stewards for the Earth’s whole system, Plant Pioneers are teaching people to treat plants and trees as sentient beings that have a rightful place in the grand scheme of the world. Plants have a lot to teach to humans. Kavanagh states this clearly, “Plants are the most benevolent of beings. We cannot survive without them and they require so little back from us. People, especially children, need to be connected to the peace and healing that nature offers.” Location: 346 Oakhill Ave., Seekonk, MA. Join the movement. Sponsor a Plant Pioneer event at a farm, organization, school or home. Experience the Music of the Plants at Seven Arrows Farm. For more information on workshops and presentations, call Bonnie Kavanaugh at 508-399-7860 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at PlantPioneers.org.
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CBD FOR PETS What We Need to Know by Kajsa Nickels
ith the explosion of cannabidiol (CBD) products on the human medical scene, many pet owners are looking into this hemp plant derivative as a natural means of medicating their fourlegged family members. A study conducted by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Ithaca, New York, found that CBD can be effective in treating some of the same ailments in pets as it does in humans. “I’ve used CBD on dogs and cats suffering from arthritis, anxiety and seizures,” says Angie Krause, DVM, a veterinarian with Boulder Holistic Vet, in Colorado. “I’ve even used CBD to treat cats with chronic respiratory infections.” Unlike CBD from marijuana, which in most cases is a Schedule I narcotic that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration considers highly subject to abuse, CBD from industrial hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of the psychoactive component THC. It is legal under federal law and can be sold nationwide, subject to state regulations. However, choosing the right CBD product is complicated by the number of confusing options. “There are so many products on the shelves with different concentrations and formulations,” says Krause, who considers the extraction method used during production to be one of the most important factors. She favors CO2 (carbon dioxide) extraction over solvent extraction methods: “CO2 leaves no residue behind that could harm the bodies of small animals such as dogs and cats.”
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Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. ~Cindy Hesse Stephen Cital, a veterinary technician in San Jose, California, co-founded the Facebook group Veterinary Cannabis Academy. He agrees that the purity of the extraction method is significant. He also notes that price is not necessarily an indicator of quality. “A 30-cc bottle of CBD could cost $70 at a concentration of 700 milligrams [7 mg per cc]. However, it’s possible to find the same volume at the same price at a concentration of 1,000 milligrams [10 mg per cc].” Some products don’t contain CBD at all, only hemp extract, Cital explains. “For people who don’t understand the labeling, this can be very misleading.” CBD is one of 104 cannabinoids found in both industrial hemp and marijuana plants. Full-spectrum hemp extracts contain the entire profile of cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC. Broad-spectrum hemp extracts contain everything but the THC. Cital says
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extreme anxiety to the point of destroying her metal crate, furniture and door frames. Reina’s vet put her on the antidepressant and antianxiety drugs Prozac and trazadone, but these only helped for a short period. After attending a CBD conference in Florida, her veterinarian decided to see if the compound might help the dog—his first patient to use CBD. The results, Hesse says, were amazing. “Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. I recommend CBD oil to everyone I know who has a pet with health issues.” When deciding whether to give CBD to a pet, Krause and Cital recommend working with a veterinarian to ensure the proper dosage. “People can certainly work with CBD on their own with their pets,” says Krause, “but it’s important to get the dosing and concentration right to make it worthwhile.” Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at fideleterna45@ gmail.com.
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his Mother’s Day, I want to tell you about a different way to think about your mother and about yourself—a way that is deeply true and liberating, no matter what is going on with your mother. On a soul level, we’re old friends with our mothers. And they signed up for assisting us on our souls’ journeys big time—by being willing to take on the role of our mother. And no matter how well they did or didn’t do that job, we have a job, too: to realize that though we might not have had the mother we wanted, we all got the mother our souls needed. What’s more, every single one of us can connect right now with the mother energy that made all of our bodies in the first place—the Earth herself. It has been said that when you lavish your attention on the Earth—on a flower, or a stream or any aspect of nature—that energy loves you right back. In the book series The Ringing Cedars, Anastasia refers to the land you live on and love as, “Love dissolved in
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space.” You can feel this when you travel to parks and gardens, farms and yards that have been loved by those who live there. This mothering energy is available to each of us from the Earth and from Mother Nature—no matter what has happened with your biological mother. So here is my prescription for a glorious Mother’s Day. Call your mother—in spirit, if she is no longer in a body—or if speaking with her directly is too painful. Here’s a special prayer: “With my Spirit, I send Divine Love to my mother’s Spirit.” That’s it. Just say this prayer. With your whole heart. And let go of the outcome. Happy Mother’s Day. Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. The full text of this excerpt, reprinted with permission, appears at DrNorthrup.com. © Christiane Northrup, Inc. All rights reserved.
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THURSDAY, MAY 2 New Patient Orientation Class – 11:30am12:30pm. All Medical Marijuana cardholders are welcome. However, this class is a great introduction for the newly licensed patient to learn about cannabis strains and health benefits. Free. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. 401-889-3990. SummitRI.org. History of Anointing with Oils – 6-8pm. Part of CARE’s 4-day NCBTMB (25 CE hr) authorized training in Raindrop, Vitaflex, History of Anointing Oils, Chemistry of Essential Oils and Emotional Release. $40. CARE Intensive Franklin, MA. Tonya: HealingWithin@cox.net. Herbal Sleep Pillow Workshop – 7:30-8:30pm. Learn about the powerful healing capabilities of herbs to relieve stress, anxiety and nervousness, and make your very own sleep pillow. Make your nights more snug & cozy. Free. Washington Park Library, 1316 Broad St, Providence. 401-781-3136.
FRIDAY, MAY 3 Oil Chemistry I/II & Vitaflex – 8:30am-8pm. Part of CARE’s 4-day NCBTMB (25 CE hr) authorized training in Raindrop, Vitaflex, History of Anointing Oils, Chemistry of Essential Oils and Emotional Release. $110/$140/$220. CARE Intensive Franklin, MA. Tonya: HealingWithin@cox.net. Understanding Court Cards – 6-8pm. The Court is a place of intrigue and wisdom. Who are these people in your reading? What are their strengths, weaknesses and elements and how do they affect You? $30. Northern Lights Holistic, 204b Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. SoulWisdomTarot.com.
SATURDAY, MAY 4 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 review of the 1-7 chakras, focus is on the remaining 5 introduced in the 12 chakra system. $125. Special New Moon session at 6:30pm for $5. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, North Providence. RSVP: 401-231-8222 or BevReiki@cox.net.
Mother/Daughter Yoga and Art – 1-4pm. Celebrate Mother’s Day by connecting, creating, celebrating and honoring your unique relationship through kundalini yoga and creative expression. All ages welcome. $85/pair. State of Grace Wellness, 104 E Hartford Ave, Uxbridge, MA. 508-278-2818. StateOfGraceWellness.com.
Boutique Stellarum at Psychic Fair – 10am4pm. Boutique Stellarum will be at the Holistic Psychic Fair in East Providence. Get a tarot reading with Michael or shop for aromatherapy, custom blends, art and more. Free admission. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 401-213-5505. BStellarum.com.
Revitalizing Prana, Our Life Energy – 1-4pm. With Aggie Stewart. Explore how you can use this powerful tool to manage your energy, support deeper states of meditation, and enjoy improved health and well-being. $40. Island Heron Yoga, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. IslandHeron.com.
Yoga Nidra Sound Journey – 4:30-6pm. A guided relaxation that will invite your body and mind to completely let go. While in this safe, sacred space, Jeremy and Nancy will create an immersive soundscape to guide you deeper. $25. Jala Studio: Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. Jala-Studio.com.
Holistic Psychic Fair – 10am-4pm. Mediums, tarot card readers, angel card readers, spiritual guidance, chair massage, reiki, crystal jewelry, vendors and more. Bring your friends. Free admission. First Spiritualist Church of RI 2, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Raindrop I & II – 10am-7:30pm. Part of CARE’s 4-day NCBTMB (25 CE hr) authorized training in Raindrop, Vitaflex, History of Anointing Oils, Chemistry of Essential Oils, and Emotional Release. $320. CARE Intensive Franklin, MA. Tonya: HealingWithin@cox.net.
SUNDAY, MAY 5 Emotional Release with Essential Oil – 8:30am1:30pm. Part of CARE’s 4-day NCBTMB (25 CE hr) authorized training in Raindrop, Vitaflex, History of Anointing Oils, Chemistry of Essential Oils and Emotional Release. $170. CARE Intensive Franklin, MA. Tonya: HealingWithin@cox.net.
Reflexology Open House – 12-2pm. Come see Prana Reflexology’s new location. Meet your reflexologist and enter to win a free 1-hr session. Enjoy light refreshments, new friends and smiles. Free. Prana Reflexology, Cowesett Office Park, 3649 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-626-4171. PranaReflexology.com.
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.
Replenish Plus Skin Care Demo – 12-4pm. Come and meet (or revist) with Robert Rockwood, owner and founder. All products are 100% pure/organic botanical. Formulated specifically for women’s demanding skin needs, yet still excellent for men. Free. Nature’s Goodness, 510 E Main Rd, Middletown. 401-847-7480. NaturesGoodnessRI.com.
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, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
DIY Foaming Soap and Bug Spray – 1-2:30pm. Mosquito time is approaching and what better way to protect yourself by making your own natural bug spray, as well as making your own foaming soap. $30/advance, $35/at door. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
Embody Your Anatomy: Organs Focus – 2-4:30pm. Seeking inside-out ease, balance, support? Experience your anatomy; education, visuals, gentle movement. May 5: liver, gall bladder, pancreas; June 2: heart & lungs. $30, $25/pre-registered. Soulistic Arts, Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-588-2762. Lisa@SoulisticArts.com.
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Crystal Singing Bowls Healing Meditation – 3-4pm. 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, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
Honoring Loss – May 9 & 16. 6:30-9pm. Through guided mediation and yoga explore the effects grief has on your body and mind as well as the spiritual teachings loss brings. With Nicole Downing and Katharine Rossi. $120, materials included. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedAYogaPractice@gmail.com.
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Cleansing & Clearing Yourself/Space – 7-8:30pm. There are a variety of ways to cleanse and clear yourself and the areas around you. Workshop will cover different kinds as well as showing you how. $25/advance, $30/at door. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
An Evening with Dr. Patkar – 6-9pm. Join us for this special event featuring Dr. Mandar Patkar direct from India. This presentation will focus on homeopathy and its relation to cancer treatment. Donation. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. rihha.org.
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Stellar Spiritual Circle – 7-9pm. Join us to discuss spiritual growth, truths, ascension, intentions and more. Come together to inspire and uplift one another. Meets monthly. $10 donation. Boutique Stellarum, 1251 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-213-5505. Details: BStellarum.com.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 Cayce Search for God Study Group – 2-4pm. 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.
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Spring Detox Support Group – 6-7pm. Join Dr Kaz to be part of a spring detox support group. Wk 1: discuss the benefits of spring detox, receive a guide and the tools needed to successfully bring you through the 6 day detox. Wk 2, May 15: receive the tools to continue detox for the rest of the month. $165. Providence Wholistic Heathcare, 144 Waterman St, Ste 3, Providence. Register: 401-455-0546 or ProvidenceWholistic.com. Meditation for Health and Wellness – 6:307:30pm. Meditation is being prescribed by many doctors and has been widely recognized as a means to enhance one’s health and reduce stress. Learn a simple technique of meditation. Free. North Providence Union Free Library, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-353-5600.
THURSDAY, MAY 9
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, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedAYogaPractice@gmail.com. The Alchemy of the Tarot – 6:30-8:30pm. How do you meld all the elements of tarot and your innate PSI power to give the best guidance possible? Learn to integrate oracle cards, numerology and astrology. $30. Northern Lights Holistic, 204b Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. SoulWisdomTarot.com. Ascended Master Teachings – 6:30-9:30pm. Join Athena Demetrios and learn about the Ascended Masters’ teachings. Ascended Masters are whole and perfect beings liberated from the wheel of reimbodiment. Donations. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 401-641-3516. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Drumming Circle – 7:30-8:30pm. Come experience a Shamanic Healing Drum Circle. Be guided in a peaceful meditative drum session which promotes overall healing. Bring rattles or drums if you have. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
SATURDAY, MAY 11 Usui/Holy Fire II Reiki Level II Certification Course – 9:30am-5pm. Learn how to draw and when to use the 3 Sacred Reiki Symbols and TAMA-RA-SHA to strengthen the energy and how to send reiki through time and space. $195. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, North Providence. RSVP: 401-231-8222 or BevReiki@cox.net
Shamanic Journey Circle – 1-2:45pm. Journey to a live drum, share insights and lively discussion as we connect with helping spirits to heal, grow and learn. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.
A Day with Dr. Peebles – 10am-4pm. Athena Demetrios channels the spiritual philosopher Dr. Peebles to share his wisdom from the other side of life. $95. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Registration required: 401-641-3516. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.
Sound Healing Gong Bath – 6:30-8pm. Take a stress break for a deeply relaxing experience of the gongs, singing bowls, drums and other sound healing instruments. $25. Balance Personal Fitness Studio, 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich. 401-258-3952. Spirit.Of.Joy@verizon.net.
Intro to Natural Lotion Making – 1-3pm. This hands-on workshop is for those who want to learn to customize and make their own natural lotions. Make 2 bottles of lotion. All materials provided. $45. Rhode Island Natural Soap Co, 5 Mechanic St, Hope Valley. 401-437-5666. RINaturalSoap.com.
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Happy Mother’s Day Spring Renewal: An Afternoon Retreat – 1-4pm. With Heidi Doyle. Using yin yoga, yang movement, meditation and sound therapy, cleanse your system and open up to new levels of energy, vitality and clarity. $40. Island Heron Yoga, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. IslandHeron.com.
New Patient Orientation Class – 11:30am12:30pm. All Medical Marijuana cardholders are welcome. However, this class is a great introduction for the newly licensed patient to learn about cannabis strains and health benefits. Free. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. 401-889-3990. SummitRI.org.
Prosperity Meditation & Vision Board – 1-5pm. 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.
RIHHA Meeting – 6:30-9pm. Features Fred Maerkle. Fred is a Usui Holy Fire II Reiki Master and Biofield Tuning & Sound Healing practitioner. Donation. Tamarisk RI, 3 Shalom Dr, Warwick. 401-732-0037. rihha.org.
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markyourcalendar Shop the Flea with Mom – 10am-4pm. Spend Mother’s Day shopping local on the beautiful Providence riverfront with Providence Flea. Succulents and fresh flowers, hand-poured candles, handcrafted jewelry, henna tattoos, vintage jean jackets, handmade pottery, original artwork, live music, fine street food and more. Free admission. Providence Flea, 345 Water St, Providence. ProvidenceFlea.com.
MONDAY, MAY 13 Working through Nightmares – 7-9pm. Learn techniques you can use with nightmares as we discuss why they occur, what to do about them, and how working through them can create powerful shifts in your life. With David Barr. $25. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, Ste 9, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.
TUESDAY, MAY 14 Wild Self Action Figures – 10am-12pm. Connect with your wild self, the part of you who deeply embodies nature, and create an action figure of your wild self in this fun and interactive workshop. With Katharine Rossi. $30 plus $8 material fee. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, Ste 9, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 Veterans’ Benefits Counseling – 12-1pm. All Medical marijuana cardholders welcome. Free. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. 401-889-3990. SummitRI.org. Intro to Natural Soap Making – 4-6:30pm. This fun, hands-on workshop teaches you everything you need to know to get started making your own soaps. Take home a 2-lb batch of soap you make in class. $55. Rhode Island Natural Soap Co, 204 Front St, Lincoln. 401-437-5666. RINaturalSoap.com.
Readings by Steven the Medium – 7-9pm. Receive a reading from an amazing local medium. Steven has been featured on numerous TV shows and hosts Through the Static on WARA 1320. A night you won’t forget. $25. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose Street, East Providence. 401-641-3516. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 17 Adult Coloring Night – 7-8:30pm. Introducing adult coloring night. Enjoy a night about you, for a calm and relaxing evening. Make time for yourself and allow your inner self to shine. Refreshments served. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Fourth Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. 3rd Friday this month. Come let the sounds 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, MAY 18 Reiki Share – 2:30-5pm. Join Beverly and other practitioners to channel positive energy to each other. Also since this is the evening of the full moon, a special session will be held after the reiki share. $5. Bev’s Healing Sanctuary, North Providence. RSVP: 401-231-8222 or BevReiki@cox.net. Spiritual Intuitive Development Circle – 4-5:30pm. Have you wanted to develop your mediumship abilities, as well as grow spiritually? This class is for you. Learn about billets, flame cards, psychometry and much more. $25, $100/5. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
THURSDAY, MAY 16
Gallery Reading with Jean Mandeville – 6:308pm. 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, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must 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, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.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. 401-641-3516. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.
SUNDAY, MAY 19 IET: Intermediate Certification – 9:30am-5pm. Continue the journey. Receive attunement to Intermediate Level Ray, which realigns and restructures 3rd and 4th of DNA. Learn pull out and release and more. $210. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Reiki I Certification Course – 10am-4pm. Learn about reiki history, ethics, hand positions, aura, chakras. Receive a manual, First Degree Usui Reiki attunement and practitioner certificate. 2 student limit. $150. Live It Love It Wellness, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 104, Warwick. 401-323-7199. LiveItLoveItWellness.com. 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Info – 2-4pm. Come meet the directors and learn about this dynamic, life changing program beginning March 2020. Free. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Details: InnerlightYoga.com. Drumming Circle – 3-4pm. Come experience a Shamanic Healing Drum Circle. Be guided in a peaceful meditative drum session which promotes overall healing. Bring rattles or drums if have them. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Special Gong Bath Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Join Joy & 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. Bikram Yoga Falmouth, Driftwood Plaza, 180 Teaticket Hwy, East Falmouth, MA. 508-540-0089. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.
TUESDAY, MAY 21 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. Free though donations are accepted. 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.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 Cayce Search for God Study Group – 2-4pm. 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. Total Healing Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Meditation can help with stress, boost immune function, help emotional and physical ailments as well as help us enhance our own innate healing power. Meditation included. Free. Greenville Library, 573 Putnam Pk, Greenville. 401-949-3630.
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FRIDAY, MAY 24 Partner Yoga – 6-7pm. With Shelley Dungan. Open to all kinds of partners: friends, family, spouse, date. A fun, basic class that explores the power of touch and connection with no yoga experience needed. $15 online/couple, $20/at door. The Sacred Center, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860-965-9995. Sacred-Center.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 25 Guided Meditation – 2-4pm. Join in a special guided meditation that will incorporated 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 Reiki Share with Potluck – 3-4:30pm. Feel free to bring small food to share. Practice and share reiki with other practitioners. A great way to learn and impart knowledge with others. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. 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, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Intro to Natural Lotion Making – 4-6pm. For anyone wanting to learn to make their own natural lotions and creams. Make 2 bottles. All materials provided. $45. Rhode Island Natural Soap Co, 204 Front St, Lincoln. 401-437-5666. RINaturalSoap.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. BStellarum.com.
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Community Reiki: Free Mini-Session – 10:30am-12:30pm. Give reiki a try. Stop in for a 10-15-min session. Reiki is a wonderful energy technique to reduce stress, relaxation and more. Free though donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Reiki Share – 2-3:30pm. Reiki shares are a way for practitioners to practice on one another to hone their skills and receive healing themselves. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
Intro to Natural Soap Making – 2-4:30pm. This fun, hands-on workshop will teach you everything you need to know to get started making your own soaps. Take home a 2-lb batch of soap made in class. $55. Rhode Island Natural Soap Co, 204 Front St, Lincoln. 401-437-5666. RINaturalSoap.com.
THURSDAY, MAY 30 Adult Coloring Club for Relaxation – 6:307:30pm. Discover the stress-relieving benefits of coloring. The library will provide soothing music, coloring books, markers, colored pencils and crayons. Free. Washington Park Library, 1316 Broad St, Providence. 401-781-3136. Provcomlib.org/locations/washington-park-library.
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markyourcalendar Peace and Power for Women – 4-8pm. Join yoga instructor Amy McPhee and life coach Susan De Lorenzo in the beautiful setting to experience grounding into peace through meditation and yoga, followed by focusing on self-empowerment by creating a vision for a life you’d love to experience and learning tools and mindsets to sustain you. $90, includes dinner. Seven Arrows Farm, 345 Oakhill Ave, Seekonk, MA. RSVP, text: 508-736-8844 or Susan@SusanDeLorenzo.com. SusanDeLorenzo.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15 Quononoquott Garden Club’s 70th Anniversary Garden Tour – 10am-3pm. Many private Jamestown gardens will be open to capture the beauty of the landscaping around them. $20/advance, $25/door. Guidebooks and tickets available at 141 Southwest Ave, Jamestown after 9:30am. For tickets & questions, Quononoquott Garden Club: 401-487-1789.
MONDAY, JUNE 24 Launch Summer Camp – 8am-4pm. Launch into summer at our Kid’s Camp. Ages 5-12, held Monday-Friday. 5 sessions. $125/child/week. Launch Trampoline Park, 920 Bald Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-828-5867. More info & to register: Events@LaunchRI.com.
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markyourcalendar Awakening to Your Sacred Sexuality: Divine Feminine Workshop – July 13 & 14. 9am4pm. Release trauma & abuse from your body to awaken your life force energy. If you haven’t addressed your sexual healing, you may not be experiencing financial abundance, healthy relationships and the ability to make an impact on the world and live your soul’s purpose. $250. Pat Hastings-Burns, W. Greenwich. 401-862-8859. SacredAwakeningAndHealing.
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sunday Fundamentals of Amrit Yoga – 9-10:30am. All levels. Practice the yoga postures to your own capabilities and experience how the postures manifest within. $15/drop-in, $30/30 days. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come, celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s program and child care. Teens meet last Sunday of the month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Sunday Joy – 10am-12pm. Peace, music, chanting, meditation, uplifting talk, beautiful Festival of Light Ceremony, potluck vegetarian lunch and fellowship. Healing Prayer Circle 2nd Sunday monthly. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rod, North Kingstown. 401524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Sunday Celebration Service – 10:30am-12pm. Please join us on Sunday mornings for an inspiring message, beautiful music, prayer and meditation and fellowship. URL is a place of light, welcoming all people. Free. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708. UnityRadiantLight.org. Sunday Celebration Service Center for Spiritual Living Southern RI – 11:30am-12:30pm. Doors open at 11:20am. We are a loving all-inclusive community welcoming people of all faiths, sexual orientations, Ethnic backgrounds from all walks of life. Love offering. Center for Spiritual Living Southern RI. Visit website for exact time and location. CSLSRI.com. Kundalini Maha Yoga – 1-2:30pm. With Jason Bergman. Yoga with a focus on asana (posture and stretching) pranayama (breathwork) and dhyan (meditation) from an authentic spiritual yoga lineage. $10 suggested minimum donation; give what can. Call to reserve. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-464-1634. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Community Acupuncture – 4-7pm. A 30-45-min healing treatment for physical, mental and spiritual issues with Jason Bergman, LAc. Pay what can. Call to reserve. 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 n dreaming, rejuvenate for optimal health. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
monday Tai Chi Easy – 9-10am. Learn Tai Chi Easy to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Blissful Back/Svaroopa – 1-2:15pm. Lengthen/ strengthen your back ad supporting muscles in this gentle, therapeutic class. We use props for support to deeply release/stretch muscles, which can soothe pain. $18/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Afternoon Yoga – 4-5:15pm. Enjoy David’s dynamic class of self-discovery through yoga postures, breathing techniques, introspection, relaxation and meditation. Leave relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. $12/drop-in, $8/seniors. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. 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. New students: $55/5, $16/series. Time for You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Autobiography of A Yogi Book Study – 6-7:15pm. Paramhansa Yogananda was the first yoga master of India whose mission was to live and teach in the West. Join us weekly in reading and discussing a chapter a week. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Drop-In Social Group for LGBTQQIA Youth – 6-7:30pm. 2nd & 4th Mondays. A drop-in social group for LGBTQQIA youth ages 13-18. Free. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, 27 North Rd, Peace Dale. 401-783-4170. For more info, Rev DL Helfer: firstname.lastname@example.org. Free Shamanic Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. Join Rodney in this Shamanic meditation. You will find this a great way to quiet the mind, relax, and become centered. Free though donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Tai Chi Easy – 7-8pm. Learn Tai Chi Easy to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
Chair Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. This yoga class delivers the benefits of gentle stretching and breathing exercises without the need for getting down onto or up from the floor. $15/drop-in, $30/30 days. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Preregistration necessary. Special: $10 first class. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Qigong – 5:30-6:30pm. A Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. This class will be taught while seated, and is fitting for all. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Yoga with Mindful Awareness – 6-7:15pm. Postures and yoga flows in the kripalu style emphasizing mindful awareness of sensations of body/ breath/energy. Class will energize you and bring you to your calm center. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Kundalini Yoga – 6-7:30pm. An ancient practice that targets the nervous and glandular systems for healing and empowerment. The yoga meets you where you are, so anyone can do it. $15/drop-in, $30/30 days. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.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. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 816 Middle Rd, Unit 4, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. LaughingElephantYoga.com. Women’s Qigong – 9-10am. With Diane Cozine. 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/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
Amrit/Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Amy. Enjoy breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, and meditation, allowing the body and heart to release and open. New students: $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 poses adapted to your body. Find greater ease, strength and flexibility. New students: $55/5, $21/series. Time for You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com.
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/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
sary. Special: $10 first class. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com.
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Flow Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Justine. A style of yoga where the practitioner moves gracefully from one pose. All levels. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
Guided Meditation: Shamanic – 7-8pm. Join Rodney in this Shamanic meditation. You will find this a great way to quiet the mind, relax, and become centered. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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Community Acupuncture – 5-8pm. A 30-45-min healing treatment for physical, mental and spiritual issues with Jason Bergman, LAc. Pay what can. Call to reserve. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-523-3253. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Men’s Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. For men of all ages who are interested to limber up. No yoga experience is needed and you certainly don’t need to be able to touch your toes. Not fast moving vinyasa. $15/drop-in, $36/3. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Intuitive Development – 5:45-6:45pm. Learn how to be your own light by cultivating your intuition. Connect with your heart-felt, authentic truth each week, and create a life of confidence. $15/ drop-in, $30/30 days. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Preregistration neces-
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Open Space for Individual Practice – 11:30am2pm. Come and practice your yoga, meditation, tai chi, qigong, in an open room. The room is open to the public Wed-Thurs, 11:30am-2pm and 4-6pm. Come alone or with a friend. $5/drop-in. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. org
Quonny Dance – 9-10am. A carefree cardio workout with easy steps to follow, time for finding your own movement style and upbeat music. $16/dropin; Dance card available. Quonochontaug Grange/ Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 860-881-3222. QuonnyYoga.com. Coffee Hour for Veterans (Cana Vets) – 10:30am12pm. 3rd Thursday. 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. Open Space for Individual Practice – 11:30am2pm. See Wed listing. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Thirsty For Improvement Thursday – 6:158:30pm. Intermediate yoga flow and balances. Afterwards enjoy a Spiritual Social with juicing demo and tasting with like-minded people. $15. Boutique Stellarum, 1251 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-213-5505. BStellarum.com. Guided Meditation: Shamanic – 7-8pm. Join Rodney in this Shamanic meditation. You will find this a great way to quiet the mind, relax, and become centered. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
friday Open Space for Ind. Practice – 11:30am-2pm. Come and practice your yoga, meditation, tai chi, qi gong, in an open room. The room is open to the public. Come alone or with a friend. $5/drop in. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. 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/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
saturday Sunrise Yoga – 6-7:15am. A series of hatha yoga poses will prepare you for a 15-min meditation. A great way to start your day. $16/drop-in or class card. Quonochontaug Grange/Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com. Beach Yoga Narragansett Town Beach – Begins May 25. 8-9am. All ages and levels welcome. $16. Park Free West Lot. Narragansett Town Beach, in the sand between chairs 3 & 4. More info, Natural Fitness: 401-783-9229 or NaturalFitnessYoga.com. Community Tai Chi for East Bay – 9-10am. Every other Saturday. Learn breathing, postures, stretching and healing from a practitioner of Emei and Wudang styles in a relaxed session. Classes include warmup and discussions on the art of tai chi and Daoist culture. Free. White Monkey Tai Chi & Qigong, at Bay Spring Community Center, 170 Narragansett St, Barrington. WhiteMonkeyTaiChi@live.com. 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/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 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 May 11. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 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 mindful awareness of sensations of body/breath/energy. Class will energize you and bring you to your calm center. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Svaroopa® Yoga – 9:45-11:15am. With Suzanne. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, restorative class with blankets and props. Release deep tension with poses adapted to your body. Find greater ease, strength and flexibility. New students: $55/5, $21/series. Time for You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.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 May 11. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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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.
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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.
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 4.
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.
INTERFAITH MINISTER INTERFAITH MINISTER
Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 • firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
INTUITIVE TAROT READER LORI TIBURCIO
Northern Lights Holistic Portsmouth 401-781-8133 401-293-5655 Tarot readings and healings have become an important tool in my life and those around me, providing guidance and healing. Answers questions about Love, good fortune, health, money and career. Phone readings available. See ad on page 11.
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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 33.
DR. CHRYSANTHI KAZANTZIS (DR. KAZ) ND, MS
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 33.
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. 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 21.
MEDITATION LIGHT MEGHAN GREER - LIGHT ATTENDANT Northern Lights Holistic 204 b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth 401-378-4234
LUCIA No3 a wide spectrum solid light with variable flickering white light, combined activates the pineal gland. Reported benefits include wonder, clarity, inner peace, relaxation and increased intuition. Provided music allows you to reconnect to your Divine radiance!
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 21.
ORGANIC SALON FLIPP SALON AND APOTHECARY 38 Transit St, Providence 401-274-1981 FlippSalon.com
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 13.
Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 ElayneOrganic@gmail.com
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.
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.
PERIODONTICS PERIODONTICS INC
Scott Fertik DDS John Broderick DMD, MS 167 Gano St Providence, RI PeriodonticsRI.com email@example.com 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.
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REIKI BEV’S HEALING SANCTUARY
Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher Usui Reiki Master Teacher North Providence, RI 401-231-8222 firstname.lastname@example.org
With 19+ years’ experience Beverly has helped many clients and instructed many students. Classes offered in Reiki Level 1, Holy Fire Reiki, Karuna Reiki® for Level I through Master and Teacher Levels. Private sessions in reiki, chakra balancing, distance healing, animal reiki and
ROCK STAR REIKI
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, Tarot Readings.
SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER ENERGY-N-ELEMENTS Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 Energy-N-Elements.com
Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval. “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today.
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YOGA PRENATAL YOGA BY DEB
CATHRYN MOSKOW, LCMT
Deborah DeMarino Certified prenatal instructor Blue Dragonfly Wellness 6828 Post Rd, North Kingston email@example.com 401-884-7202
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.
Learn relaxation skills, stretch, tone and strengthen you body with prenatal yoga. Prepare mind body and spirit for your childbirth experience. Prenatal yoga classes @ Blue Dragonfly Wellness..401-741-5055. Please visit Americanweaveyoga.wordpress.com for additional info. Thank you. See ad on page 35.
TIME FOR YOU YOGA
Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 Maria@TimeForYouYoga.com TimeForYouYoga.com
INTO THE LIGHT WELLNESS CENTER
Kathy Bjorge Owner and Business Manager The Warren Handkerchief Factory Building Suite #114 Warren, RI, 02885 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
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
Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • Its-My-Health.com
ANANDA MEDITATION AND YOGA CENTER
We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 4.
714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown, RI 401-524-4766 AnandaRhodeIsland.org
Find joy, love, and peace with Ananda through ancient and effective techniques of meditation, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, kirtan, Kriya Yoga and more. Deepen your own spiritual journey in the company of friends who support your inner growth. Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and was founded by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.
Joy Quinn Blum 401-258-3952 Joy@GongsOfJoy.com GongsOfJoy.com Sound therapy creates vibrational overtones to help relieve stress, pain, fatigue, fears or phobias, and promote an overall state of peace and deep relaxation. Gongmaster Joy plays gongs at yoga studios, healing centers and other venues. She also offers private gong healing sessions, sound workshops and more. Contact to find out how sacred sound therapy can help you overcome physical challenges and emotional stress.
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