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s spring rushes in after a long, hard winter we see the leaves, grass, and gardens turning green, it’s an awakening. Green is a cool color and not just because of where it lies in the color spectrum. There’s no question, green is the color to be. For our health, for our planet, for our future generations, being aware of the dangers and toxins in our environment is essential. The food we eat, the products we use on our body and the air we breathe are all decisions that we make as a society every day. An awareness of the impact of these decisions is the first important step to making changes. These are a few of the changes we have implemented in the last year. Although my family has always been aware of our environment, there are many things we could do better. We believe that you do what you can and continue to strive for better. We’ve recently started composting our grain and vegetable scraps in a most rudimentary way with the intention of doing it properly in the spring. We are looking at a few different bin options, many of which you can make yourself from items like chicken wire, snow fencing, scrap wood or any other creative combination. Composting can be quite the science experiment, or you can easily do it in a bin with some minor maintenance. While I know it may result in a higher quality compost I’m just not sure I’m ok with adding worms to help the process but that’s just me. In our article Kids Dig Worm Composting on page 16, Jessica Iclisoy tells of her personal struggle with the wigglers. If you have kids around, this is a great way for them to witness recycling at its purest form – from nature. Since purchasing a Prius last year, we have become so much more aware of our gas usage. One of the display screens shows how many MPG (Miles Per Gallon) are being used with a particular tank of fuel. It then becomes a challenge to see how high you can get it. It also makes you aware of the behaviors that that impact that number that you can carry over when driving a non-hybrid. Check out our Eco Tips on page 30 for some easy practical tips. At the price of gas these days, we could all save some money at the pump! After hearing about ‘Free Home Energy Audits’ through the National Grid for a while, we finally made the call this year. The company came out for the assessment and spent a few hours going through the house. Turned out that our biggest issue was not at all what we thought it was, and with the 75% incentive from the National Grid we will be able to implement the suggested improvements for less than $250. A no brainer as far as we are concerned and we look forward to having a warmer house, and using fewer resources. It’s been said before and I’ll say it again, the things you do by yourself may have little impact on the world, the things we all do together have a huge impact. Do what you can, when you can and collectively we will make a difference. Happy Spring!

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newsbriefs Register for Walk MS


he 22nd Annual Walk MS will take place in Rhode Island on April 10. Walk MS is the signature fundraising event of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Over 250,000 people in more than 700 cities across the country participate in Walk MS each year. By participating, you can make a difference by raising essential funds for research and services for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Local MS Chapters will have Walk MS locations throughout the state, including Bristol, Narragansett and Providence. A variety of volunteer opportunities are also available at all of the Walk sites if you are unable to participate. Runners can lace up their sneakers and join the second annual Run MS 5K Rhode Race in Bristol. The race will also be held April 10 alongside the Walk MS. The Narragansett Chapter will be holding the MS 25 Quick Ride along with their MS Walk on April 10. There is a flat fee of $50. If you are also an MS 150 rider that money and any other pledges will be added into your MS 150 prize total. Friends, family and co-workers are encouraged to team up for Walk MS. Teams bring co-workers closer together, boost company spirit and demonstrate community involvement. For more information or to register, call 401-738-8383 or visit NationalMSSociety. org/chapters/RIR/index.aspx. Register to join the Natural Awakenings team by calling 401-709-2473, or send an email to


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half-day workshop, “Awakening the Dreamer/ Changing the Dream Symposium,” meant to inspire participants to reconnect with their deep concern for the world and inspire them to make a difference will take place on April 9 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Neighborhood Guild in Wakefield. Registration begins at 11:30 am and refreshments will be served. The Symposium will explore the current state of our planet and invites participants to connect to a powerful global movement that reclaims our future. Through dynamic group interactions and inspiring multimedia presentations, the event will introduce a bold vision of environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on Earth. In addition, the Symposium will explore four questions: Where are we? An examination of the state of environmental, social and personal well being; How did we get here? Tracing the root causes that lead to our current imbalance; What’s possible for the future? Discovering new ways of relating with each other and the Earth, and looking at emerging movements for change; and Where do we go from here? Considering the stand we want to be in the world and our personal and collective impact. Real estate broker and lifetime Rhode Island resident, Ron D’Amico of RIRealty is organizing the Symposium, which was created by The Pachamama Alliance. To pre-register, visit and click on Attend a Symposium, go to, or call Ron D’Amico at 401-486-3047. A $20 donation is requested but not required. The Neighborhood Guild is located at 325 Columbia Street in Wakefield.

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hanging Lives in Johnston is now offering detox foot spa treatments designed to balance and harmonize the body by sending signals up through the lymph glands to stimulate the detox process. According to co-owner, Joanne Salem, in just 30 minutes, the process of re-balancing the body’s bio-energy can begin. “The renewed re-balancing of the cells ensures re-hydration, resulting in optimum efficiency of their function to extract nutrients and dispose of unwanted waste,” she says. “The results will be renewed energy levels, both physical and mental, with a general feeling of well being.” Detox foot spa treatments can be used for common conditions including swollen legs, acne, aches and pains, psoriasis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, IBS, headaches and sinus problems. Cost is $30 for 30 minutes, or $20 when combined with a one hour Reiki, reflexology, or angel light guidance session. A special package featuring one half hour Reiki and detox can be purchased for $50.

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newsbriefs Truly Sustainable Architecture


he Charlestown coast is home to one of Rhode Island’s newest and most energy efficient and sustainable homes. Designed by Tom Weber, Associate AIA, LEED-AP and Principal of Human Element Design, LLC, in Kingston, the seaside home replaced a long loved 700sf cottage that had been in the owner’s family for several generations. Built on the same footprint as the original cottage, the new 2-bedroom cottage offers 1,500sf of living space on two floors and includes generous stacked decks that wrap around the South and West elevations and offer tremendous views of the Rhode Island coastline and the ocean beyond. Weber worked closely with the family to ensure the cottage fit within their budget and stayed true to their vision of a relaxed beach cottage. The house is built using structural insulated panels, engineered floor framing, closed cell insulation in the roof, and re-used and re-purposed wood and framing from the original cottage, thus diverting debris from the landfill. A solar thermal hot water system provides approximately 90% of the radiant floor heating needs for the cottage as well as the domestic hot-water requirements. Weber said he is currently working on a number of other sustainable and energy efficient homes and renovations in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts and welcomes the opportunity to collaborate on any size project. For more information, contact Human Element Design by calling 401-585-8446, or vising for more information. See ad page 12.

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ive close friends who graduated from Smithfield High in 2008 have formed an official corporation and have pledged to become farmers who use no fossil fuels, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers. Through their “Revive the Roots” Corp., they are hoping to persuade community leaders to lease them 19 acres of vacant, townowned land for their enterprise. The late Mary Mowry, a longtime community benefactor who loved gardening and the sight of open meadows and fields, willed the property they want to farm to the town. Municipal Probate Judge F. Monroe Allen, who is executor of Mowry’s estate, says Mowry would be delighted to see her land alive with crops, fruit and nut trees, berry patches, walking trails, a forest garden, and a plant nursery—which are all a part of the plan devised for the former classmates. Also in the plan is the vision to “ensure that our land, local as well as global, remains livable for humans and wildlife into the indefinite future.” The group also lists a variety of income-producing products including fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs, jams, pickles, and firewood. They also plan to start their own Smithfield farmers market and a Community-Supported Agriculture Program in which customers buy memberships and pick up produce according to what’s in season. They also envision the property, under their management, becoming a public sanctuary where visitors can tour gardens and orchards, picnic, and hold community gatherings, and where school groups and organizations can go to be more informed about agriculture and wildlife, and perhaps gain the same love of the land experienced by each of the friends. A wine and cheese fundraiser is being held on May 14th at 1 William J Hawkins Jr Trail at Deerfield Park in Smithfield. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 401-949-8056.


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Giving Back with Granola


ith its clever titles (Chocobanola) and unique recipes, it is hard not to love the Providence Granola Project (PGP). Throw in the small business’s mission to help new immigrants build lives in Rhode Island by teaching them how to make, produce, package and sell delicious granola, and it is impossible not to love them. Using mostly organic ingredients, the granola is locally made in the Amos House kitchen with the help of refugees from Burundi, Myanmar, and Iraq. Co-founders Keith Cooper and Geoff Gordon conceived Providence Granola Project as a way to give these refugees a boost toward employability, and to make a little money. PGP offers a Granola-of-the-Month club, which includes two 15-ounce bags of artisanal granola delivered to your door every month. Each delivery includes a bag of “Keith’s Originola” and a bag of that month’s unique, gourmet recipe. Club membership is available in three, six and 12-month subscriptions for $15.95 a month plus shipping and handling. The Granola can also be purchased at the Pawtucket Farmer’s Market at the Hope Artiste Village. For more information, call 401-316-1423, email or visit To purchase, visit

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or those women feeling the need to get away and recharge, Ellen Palmer Wellness is presenting The Best You Retreat For WomenTM. Designed to help women enjoy, experience and learn how to make themselves a priority, the retreat, the retreat takes place May 2022 in Newport. The Best You Retreat will offer women the opportunity to come together to learn practical tools and strategies for nourishing the body and soul for an overall sense of wellbeing. “When we take the time to understand who we are and what we need, we find true health and happiness to enjoy and share with others,” says Palmer. The weekend will feature receptions, meals, sunrise yoga, hiking, cooking demonstrations, pampering, gift bags, workshops, and female speakers who have dedicated themselves to supporting other women on their journey to health and happiness. Cost is $175 for Saturday only, $425 for the three-day retreat without lodging, and $695 for three-days with lodging. For details and registration, please visit or call 860-655-1382. See ad page 25.

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newsbriefs Healing The Earth With Spirit Of Agape


pirit of Agape, a holistic practice featuring integrative energy therapies, is introducing a new class called Healing the Earth. The class will be offered to adults on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Cost is $75, or $65 if registered by April 20. A special class designed for children with emphasis on visualization and play will be offered for ages 6-12 on Monday, April 18 from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $50, or $40 if registered by April 8. The class will integrate play and imaginative visualization, and will feature an introduction to energy principles and spiritual laws, how to connect energetically to the Earth and the angelic realm, a discussion of current theories about ascension and Earth changes as well as the application of methods from the class. Healing the Earth was created to empower individuals and to counteract the daily bombardment of alarming news reports about the state of the planet. “The Earth is a consciousness that responds to intentions of the heart,” says owner Shari Bitsis. “I have been guided to create a class that works with love and spiritual principles like the Law of Balancing Polarities and the Law of Attraction to offer empowering solutions for those who wish to find ways to restore balance and health to the Earth.” Spirit of Agape is located in Seekonk, MA. For more information or to register, contact Shari Bitsis at 401-465-4249 or See ad page 12.

Aermid Ayurveda Now Seeing Clients in RI


essica Albernaz of Aermid Ayurveda is now offering Ayurvedic health consultations for physical, mental, and emotional health to the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts areas. According to Albernaz, Ayurveda literally means knowledge of life. It is an ancient, natural system of healing which originated in India approximately 5,000 years ago. “The main principle behind the system is finding balance, both within your body and mind, and also between yourself and your environment.” Treatments include diet, lifestyle, yoga, and herbal remedies, all of which can harness the body’s own intelligence to help restore balance and resolve symptoms. Albernaz specializes in treatments for mental and emotional health, but also treats a variety of physical issues, recognizing the vital link between mind and body. She says Ayurveda treats individuals as a whole person, taking into account the full impact of mind, body, and spirit, and then translating this into individualized treatments that are tailored specifically to each person. It works well as a complement to traditional talk therapy, as well as a natural alternative to psychotropic medications. Albernaz is a graduate of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, and has studied under numerous gifted teachers. In addition, she completed further training in India, studying Vedic philosophy and psychology under Dr. Satya Narayana Dasa, director of the Jiva Institute. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 860-558-3988, email or visit See ad page 45.


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Middletown Yoga Studio Offering 40-Day Spring Detox


pring is a time of natural cleansing and renewal, therefore, Innerlight Studio for Yoga in Middletown is running a new 40-Day Program from April 1-May 5. The program is designed to support the body and mind with gentle Kim Chandler detoxifying practices and nutrition to help participants flush away winter’s heaviness and prime for a light, clear and energetic summer. It features lifestyle practices that will allow participants to feel their absolute best. Jeannette Bessinger These practices include yoga, healthy eating, meditation and self-reflection and how they can become a part of one’s daily life. Kim Chandler, owner and director at Innerlight and Jeannette Bessinger, a board certified health counselor and nutrition educator are co-directing. Cost for the 40-day program is $300, which includes unlimited yoga classes, a weekly program meeting, plus discounts on future yoga classes and private consultations with Bessinger. Innerlight Yoga Studio is located at 850 Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown. For more information, call 401-849-3200 or visit See ad page 21.

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newsbriefs Rhode Island Birth Network to Host Infant Sleep Workshop


uestions about infant sleep? Overwhelmed by all the contradictory information out there? Confused about what’s typical, what’s worrisome, or what to expect? The Rhode Island Birth Network, a non-profit statewide resource for all things pregnancy, birth, and parenting related, will present a workshop just for parents and parents-to-be that is designed to answer any and all questions about infant sleep. The workshop will take place Saturday, April 16 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Warwick Public Library, Room 101. The workshop will include a moderated panel discussion with experts on infant sleep and behavior focused on audience questions and followed by a question and answer session, providing attendees with useful, practical, and compassionate information for getting babies to sleep. Have a question for the panel? Submit your questions to by Sunday, April 10 for a chance to win one of several prizes. Warwick Public Library is located at 600 Sandy Lane. For more information, call 401-633-5230 or visit




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Honor Mother Earth with an Evening Celebration at Studio Exhale


tudio Exhale will be hosting an evening of Kirtan in observance of Earth Day, Friday April 22, from 7:309:30 p.m. It will be a night of call-andresponse chanting, with repetition of mantras to open the heart, move freely, and bring the mind to a state of calm. Devotional music will be ignited by Ravi, who leads Kirtan throughout the New England area, as well as drumming by local drummer, Josh Fonseca. Studio Exhale will provide “good eats and Earth Day treats” for those who attend. Everyone is welcome for this connective gathering of community! A $10-20 donation is requested. Studio Exhale is located at 1263 Oaklawn Avenue in Cranston. For more information, call 401-383-0839 or visit For information about Ravi, visit

Empowered Living Circle at Serenity Holistics


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eeking to do something positive in the community and find a way to get other young professionals involved, three Providence attorneys formed Style Up Inc., a non-profit organization that provides professional clothing to disadvantaged young adults who are actively employed or seeking employment. The goal of the organization is to provide individuals with appropriate professional attire, including an interview suit, separates and accessories, as well as related training regarding interview skills, proper professional dress and behavior and the importance of a positive first impression in today’s competitive job market. According to founding member, Heather Pierce, all services are offered to clients free-of-charge. Style Up’s clients are referred by area non-profit organizations that serve disadvantaged young adults—currently the Rhode Island Foster Parents Association and CCAP’s (Comprehensive Community Action Program) Learn to Earn Program. The group relies heavily on the generosity and support of the local community. Pierce says there are several ways people can help the organization including clothing drives, monetary donations and clothing donations. She says clothing drives can be held at a business, school, religious institution, or even just a group of family and friends. For those that just want to clean out their closet, Style Up accepts professional clothing for both men and women. The clothes must be in clean, readyto-wear condition. Items needed include suits, shirts; dresses/ skirts; slacks; ties; skirts; dress shoes; coats and accessories. Style Up’s wish list also includes new stockings, socks, nylons and undershirts, as well as non-clothing items such as briefcases, hangers, mirrors, storage bins and more. “This is a very exciting time for Style Up as we continue to meet with and provide clothing to clients,” says Pierce. “We are starting to think about moving into our own physical space, which would allow us to reach even more clients, and to expand our “training” piece by giving us a place to hold seminars and other training sessions focusing on proper professional dress.” To find out more, call 401-276-6400, email StyleUpRI@gmail. com or visit Cash contributions are tax deductible and can be sent to: Style Up, Inc., Attention: Nancy Van der Veer and Heather Pierce, 2800 Financial Plaza, Providence, RI 02903.


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n The best worms for composting are red wigglers. According to the Peaceful Valley company, one or two pounds of mature red worms can convert 3.5 to 7 pounds of food scraps into castings in one week. n Newspaper provides cover. Shred or tear old newspapers into strips and place a fluffy layer on top to cover food scraps and discourage flies. Also use paper on the bottom to provide bedding for the worms.

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our family loves to shop at area farmers’ markets, investigating greens and other veggies to make meals bursting with vitamins and minerals. Yet, it’s not always easy raising children who love to eat the fruits, veggies and salad makings you tote home. So consider mixing in a strategic science lesson—all you need are a few thousand wiggly worm friends to gobble up kitchen scraps; waste that would normally go into the trash and municipal landfill. For kids, worm composting gives food preparation a special mission: The worms must be fed! Worm composting, also known as vermiculture, produces nutrient-rich worm castings. In kid parlance, that’s “worm poop.” This organic matter provides the perfect soil conditioner and organic food for plants, indoors and

bin and inexpensive do-it-yourself worm bin kit at Or, find step-by-step instructions to build your own at the educational website,, which also lists reputable sources for worms (the pictures alone are enough to juice kids’ interest). Keep these tips in mind for successful composting, indoors or out:

out. It’s also easy to harvest the liquid (worm tea) from the compost and dilute it with water to sprinkle any garden with an extra dose of natural fertilizer. Both will promote strong, healthy plants that are resistant to disease. Our family has maintained a four-level worm bin just outside our kitchen door for five years, and for me, the hardest part of getting started was opening the box of wigglers. Now, we have more worm castings and worm tea than I can use, so I routinely pack up the castings into resealable plastic bags, pour the tea into bottles, and use both as much-welcomed gifts. A well-designed worm composter is opaque and has a secure lid and ventilation holes. Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply, in Grass Valley, California, offers both a deluxe

n Keep the worm bin moist. Periodic spritzing with a spray bottle or fine mist from the hose will keep wigglers moisturized and on the move. n Worms prefer a vegetarian diet; so don’t add cheese or meat scraps to the compost pile. Do feel free to toss in cereal, grains and rinsed, crushed eggshells. If possible, chop up all vegetable waste prior to adding it to your bin to speed up the composting process. Jessica Iclisoy, the founder of California Baby natural baby care products, writes about natural living and backyard organic gardening in Beverly Hills, CA. She also maintains two worm bins and three composters. Connect at Jessica@


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yoga: The Wish Fulfilling Tree by Shanthi Muthu


or those who practice yoga in the West, it is often used as a means to only one end – exercising the physical body.. Some use it to stretch before their workout or as a means of relaxation. Others use it as a means to show their flexibility level, or to work toward getting in shape. Because of this, very few truly utilize all its powers. Does yoga really have the power to fulfill all your wishes? Can it really be a Kalpataru (Kalpa=wishing, taru=tree), which is believed to magically fulfill the wishes of those sitting under it? It is important to first understand what individuals may be wishing. Some possibilities include: At the physical level, an individual may wish to be healthy; to heal from injuries or illness; to rid the body of disease; to look young and attractive; to have a shapely body in the right proportion; or to lose extra pounds. At the emotional level, individuals may wish to get rid of stress; to have inner peace and contentment in life; or to forget the past wounds and not have to worry about the future. At the mental / intellectual level, one may wish to be successful in their career or studies; to be smart and intelligent in order to succeed in the materialistic world; to have clarity of thinking, sharp brain and a long attention span; or to excel in areas such as sports, theatre, music, dance, painting or other hobbies. At the social level, many wish to have more friends; to have an enjoyable family life, and be in good terms with neighbors, colleagues, and bosses; and wish to have a life filled with love. At the spiritual level, if one can recognize it, individuals may wish to feel connected to some higher power; to understand the mysteries, the purpose and the goal of life.


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Now, how can yoga fulfill all such wishes? Yoga is a holistic practice from India that includes many tools and techniques such as postures, breathing, meditation, food choice, right attitudes, discipline and more. The goal of these is to help the participant find happiness in life by addressing wishes on one or more levels. The postures are held in a position as long as possible to work on internal organs and systems. The postures and breathing techniques work on the body and mind to bring healing from physical and mental wounds. The focusing on breath accompanying the postures works to improve awareness and focus. The food choices work toward a healthy body and have their influence on mind. We absorb the qualities of what we eat, therefore the saying, “you are what you eat.” These techniques help us to connect to our own inner self, wherein lies all the love, joy, happiness and peace we have been looking for in life all the time. This is simply one way to approach yoga. Yoga has many branches and is capable of being flexible to adapt to each person’s physical condition, schedule, place and availability. Yoga is for everyone, especially those who feel they are inflexible or out of shape. The most important factor is to look around and find a teacher who understands the fundamentals, philosophy, goal and purpose of yoga as it applies to your goals and your life. Shanthi Muthu has two certifications in yoga teaching and has practiced yoga and dance for 30 years. She teaches Indian Yoga from her studio in Pawtucket. For information call 401-305-5265 or visit

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MAKEOVER Saving Energy and Cutting Waste is a Family Affair by Brita Belli


d Begley, Jr., widely regarded as America’s most environmentally aware actor—the one by which other green celebrities are measured— has never tired of the years of effort he and his family have made in making their home as green as possible. But this past year, his wife, Rachelle Carson-Begley, had had enough. She isn’t fed up with turning off lights or relying on solar power—she’s just grown weary of the home’s tiny closets and sharing one small bathroom between two adults and a soon-to-beteenage daughter, 11-year-old Hayden. While Rachelle played the disgruntled foil to the over-achieving eco-cop Ed on their former television show, Living with Ed—which aired for three seasons, first on HGTV and then on Planet Green— her problems with their modest 1936


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home in Studio City, California, are those to which most homeowners can relate. For example, cramped rooms make entertaining difficult. The home’s 1,600 square feet of main living space (plus an additional 600-square-foot room above the garage) does not easily accommodate the fundraisers the Begleys regularly host; not to mention the camera crews that routinely invaded the family’s day-to-day lives to capture the couple’s good-natured squabbles over everything from composting to conserving water and energy. For seven years, the family even ran a nontoxic cleaning business—Begley’s Best—out of their garage, adding to the mêlée. “Even if it were designed differently, it would be better,” Rachelle explains. “It’s just that it’s a 1936 house. Yes, it’s

efficient, but it would be great to be able to incorporate everything that’s going on now in eco building and be a recipient of all the latest benefits—why not?” So, the Begleys are moving. After years of documenting how to retrofit an older house to maximize use of solar energy for electricity, heating, cooling and hot water, family recycling and rainwater catchment, they are planning to sell their modest abode and build a modern, 3,000-square-foot home a mile away. Ed emphasizes that the move is a major concession on his part. “I made it crystal clear when Rachelle and I were dating: ‘This is the home I plan to be buried in. I will never move.’ And I said it repeatedly from 1993 until about a year and a half ago; now I’m going against that.”

Although the Begleys are trading up, they will continue to set an example by building their new home to green building standards that few homeowners have achieved. They’re going for the platinum; that is, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standards, the highest rating possible for buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council ( This premier LEED designation requires an incredible environmental commitment in every aspect of the building process, from responsible site development, reduced water use and renewable energy utilities to the use of recycled and local materials and indoor air quality control. Of the more than 130 LEED Platinum building projects in California—the state that boasts the most such projects—only about 30 are private homes. Despite his initial protestations, Ed admits that he’s excited about the prospect. If there’s one thing he relishes, it’s a green challenge.

Life with Ed

It’s not easy to live up to Ed’s 30-yearstrong waste-nothing ethos. Although he first made a name for himself as an actor, initially as Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the 1980s TV show St. Elsewhere, followed by his recurring roles in the hit TV series Six Feet Under and Arrested Development, as well as a co-starring role in Woody Allen’s 2009 film Whatever Works, lately he’s become best known as Hollywood’s green guru. He’s the people’s go-to expert on green building and saving energy, authoring the how-to books, Living Like Ed and Ed Begley, Jr.’s Guide to Sustainable Living. Ed is often spotted around Hollywood riding his bike, his preferred mode of travel; on weekdays, he and his daughter ride together to her school, pedaling two miles each way. This down-to-earth, affable man is perhaps eco-conscious to a fault. The success of the show Living with Ed relied in great part on the watchdog antics of Ed catching his wife stuffing vegetable peelings down the garbage disposal, instead of in the compost bin, timing her long showers or opening a running dryer to discover Rachelle’s lone tank top inside.

In each case, the chastised Rachelle vowed to be more eco-conscious, with a raised eyebrow aimed at the camera. “I felt vindicated,” Rachelle says of her reality show adventures. “They [the viewers] were going to side with me.” If there’s any question that Ed’s needling occurs only when the cameras are on, his family members put those doubts to rest. Rachelle describes how her husband insists on keeping the temperature uncomfortably low on cold nights for the sake of saving energy; of turning off her curling iron while it’s warming up if she leaves the room; or switching off the TV if she’s listening to it while getting dressed down the hall. Daughter Hayden’s biggest gripe has to do with TV time. “I love to watch TV for hours on end,” she says. “My dad is very cautious about using power and we have to turn off several different things when we use the TV, like the DVR and its power switch.” But Ed insists that all these little energy-saving strategies add up. While he was willing to recently trade his obsolete 1992 TV set for an HDTV, he knows it’s a major energy hog—and not only when someone’s watching it. “The phantom power can be as high as 100 watts per hour,” he says—that’s the power the TV consumes simply by being plugged in. “But,” he notes, “ if you have put power strips everywhere in the house and you just walk around and click off a few of them, all of that phan-

tom power is turned off. Then, you can enjoy an appliance like that without using a tremendous amount of energy.” The sun may be an unlimited source of energy, but the solar power stored in their home’s batteries has limitations— and Ed is a vigilant watchdog. With rooftop solar panels providing most of the home’s power, the Begleys remain blissfully unaware when there’s a power outage in the neighborhood. “I only find out about it when I walk to the post office and see the signal flashing to show that power has been restored,” Ed comments. Ed manually switches over to the municipal power grid only when he senses that the stored power capacity in the home’s solar batteries is running low. He foresees that eventually that system will be automated, but for now, he’s happy to keep track. The solar power generated onsite is enough to operate the house and professional TV cameras; it also charges an electric car in the garage—an all-electric 2002 Toyota RAV4 that’s clocked 85,000 miles. For hot water, the family comfortably relies mostly on a simple solar thermal setup—a 4-by-10-foot panel on the roof of black anodized tubing behind a piece of glass. A pump activates when a sensor in the panel senses that it’s hotter than the temperature in the tank. Ed observes: “If you keep things simple, they work well.” Simplicity also keeps maintenance issues at bay. The upkeep required for his solar electric system is minor; he’s committed only to adding water to the batteries every nine months and occasionally getting up to the roof to clean the panels with a brush and a little water.

Embracing the Great Outdoors

One of Ed’s first acts when he purchased his current house in 1988 was to rip up the existing lawn and replace it with native California plants and a fruit and vegetable garden. Unless raising cows or running a golf course, he can’t imagine why anyone would need high-maintenance, water-wasting grass outside their home. But, as with many of Ed’s improvements, energy saving

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tends to trump aesthetics. That’s where Rachelle comes in. “A few years after Rachelle had moved in here, she was telling a friend to meet her at the house,” Ed recalls, “and she said ‘It’s the one on the corner that looks like the Addams Family yard.’ I thought: ‘Oooh, maybe that garden isn’t quite as nice-looking as it used to be.’ It was very drought-tolerant, but it didn’t look good.” With Rachelle’s help, a new landscaper joined the effort of turning the formerly bleak-looking yard into an attractive mix of native plants that includes fragrant rosemary and purpleflowering sage along with broccoli, artichoke, corn and lettuce. Plans for the new family home will allow Ed an expanded capability to harvest rainwater through a large catchment system with an underground tank, so that he can irrigate the gardens without drawing from the municipal water supply— which he characterizes as having, “… our straw dipped into someone else’s drink”—namely, Northern California’s water. “If you’re going to take water from someone else,” Ed advises, “the least you can do is to use it responsibly and not waste it on non-native species.”

Meeting in the Middle

Bringing Rachelle’s aesthetic influence to bear has entailed replacing outdated


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living room curtains with attractive and energy-efficient wooden shutters, and finding ways to recycle without having large bins in plain sight. She’s orchestrating the design and layout of the new house—allowing for both entertaining space and larger closets—while Ed focuses on its renewable energy systems—including more unshaded rooftop panels and orienting the building to make the most of natural light. “If we don’t go LEED Platinum, then who will?” Rachelle queries. “That alone is not easy; still, I want to make it look like other houses in the neighborhood. I don’t want a Jetsons’ house; super modern has never been my style. I‘d like to show people that you can have it all, and I’m praying that it’s true.” The Begleys got off to a good start in March by tearing down an existing home on the property they recently purchased—96 percent of which, from cabinets to pipes, will be recycled or reused through Habitat for Humanity. By March 2012, the new house should be finished. They want their LEED Platinum home to serve as a model for people who are building new residences, to show what is possible in achieving real energy efficiency and waste reduction without sacrificing style or comfort. Ed’s aim is to ensure the place produces more energy than it uses.

As before, the whole process will be documented. “I hope that I’ve shown what you can do with a retrofit,” Ed says. “Now I want to show people what you can do from the ground up in 2011 and beyond.” The family’s ongoing focus on green living has made a major impact on Hayden, who accepts environmental consciousness as the norm. “I learned everything from my dad, from composting to solar panels,” Hayden says. “I always teach my friends to turn off the lights more often, take shorter showers, stuff like that.” Her green awareness gives this tween maturity beyond her years. As Rachelle says, “She thinks about things outside of herself. She’s always been conscientious. She’s also really concerned about the planet and very compassionate.” Hayden is proof that a family’s day-to-day environmental commitments can leave a lasting impact that reaches far beyond the immediate family. Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine and the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Renewable Energy for Your Home. Her next book, due out this fall, explores the relationship of environmental toxins and autism.


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The power of permaculture rests in its easy-to-understand foundations. Understanding them and our relationship to Earth’s ecology is where the work begins.

THE POWER OF PERMACULTURE Care for People, Sustain the Planet, Share the Surplus by John D. Ivanko

Permaculture is often considered a societal revolution disguised as gardening. It shows up in urban hamlets, suburban neighborhoods and rural farmyards. Be they large or small, the diverse flora and fauna in these Gardens of Eden gush with life.


he ethics of permaculture are simple: Everything revolves around caring for people and the planet, while sharing the surplus. A term coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970s, permaculture melds the needs of human habitation and horticulture, creating viable integrated designs based on natural ecological systems, in which what’s produced by one element of the system becomes the input for another. “It’s about design and relationships,” explains Bill Wilson, co-founder of Midwest Permaculture, with his wife Becky. “Permaculture is larger than gardening. It’s a creative and artful way of living where people and nature are both preserved and enhanced by thoughtful planning and the careful use of resources. Practices mimic patterns found in nature. Principles reflect a respectful approach to life. Embraced, these attributes create an environment of diversity,


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n Take cues from nature: The goal of

permaculture is to mimic a natural landscape, and to make it more productive for human needs, as well. n Put up your own food; preserving

a garden’s harvest is like capturing sunlight. n Grow perennials that produce food;

plant an edible landscape, not a lawn. n Use less energy, feed the soil and har-

vest rainwater. On a finite planet, only renewable resources are sustainable. n Enable the surplus of one design

element to supply the need of another: Garden scraps feed chickens, which produce manure, which makes compost to nourish the garden. n Strive for self-reliance and resil-

stability and resilience, where all may thrive for untold generations.”

iency, not self-sufficiency, and engage with the community; permaculture is an integrated system.

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Permaculture is widely adaptable to suit local climates, soils and geographies, and can scale to any size location that can sustain life. Because nature fosters no waste, permaculture-inspired gardens recycle or reuse all nutrients and energy sources; this approach regenerates natural systems, while boosting the self-sufficiency of human settlements and reducing the need for industrial production systems that rely on polluting energy sources. Plants are selected and planted according to the way they help one another. Animals also play key roles in garden sustainability. Free-range chickens, for example, can help fertilize and work up the soil and control insect pests, while providing nutrient-packed

have unintended consequences; make the least change necessary and see if it works. As E.F. Schumacher famously stated: “Small is beautiful.” n There’s strength in diversity; value it by avoiding a monoculture of anything. n Remember that living on the edge

can be a very productive place; not all good ideas come from the mainstream. Source: Karl J. Schmidt, founder and owner of Glacial Lakes Permaculture, created this summary, adapted from the principles originated by permaculture pioneer David Holmgren, an ecological design engineer.

eggs; humans, meanwhile, provide shelter, security, a water source and supplemental food. Surplus produced in these gardens is freely shared. “Many permaculturists are concerned about their relationships with others—all others—and the planet,” continues Wilson. “We believe that it is possible to redesign our lives to provide an abundance of food, fiber, energy and shelter for every person on this planet, while dramatically improving overall quality of life.” He notes that only 20 percent of the permaculture process is about growing food. “Permaculture is the big picture,” agrees Heather Lanier, who has developed a plan for Hill of the Hawk Farm, in Big Sur, California. “It’s about how relationships are built and how these

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oing green—at least on our plates—has never been easier. Every season, it seems that more varieties of fresh greens are available at farmers’ markets and in selections of nursery plants or seeds for home gardeners. Not so long ago, Americans generally thought of salad as pale iceberg lettuce with high-fat bottled dressing or some mixture of veggies, bound together with mayonnaise. These days, we can choose from among a bounty of tender lettuces and exotic greens, topped with extra virgin olive oils and splashed with colorful creative counterpoints that add zest and yum. Salads today provide a culinary canvas for both the cook and the gardener. A signature salad generally comprises several key ingredients: cool, crisp, fresh and nutritious greens; a fresh-tasting, low-calorie dressing; and bite-sized fruits, nuts, vegetables or cheeses that add flavor, texture and interest. For the greens, tender leaf or Bibb lettuce, crisp Romaine or cabbage, sliced or finely chopped, make the besttasting salads. For the best-tasting dressings, cooks whisk ingredients together in a bowl minutes before serving. We can drizzle them over each salad, serve them in a small pitcher on the side or place the salad in a large bowl, and then toss to incorporate the dressing. Added accents have expanded to include everything from soft fruits such as strawberries and oranges; savory and salty crumbled feta or blue cheeses; or something crunchy, like toasted almonds or walnuts, in addition to ubiquitous garden-fresh vegetables, such as scallions or tomatoes. Adding a healthy hot or cold protein makes a salad even more of a main course. Altogether, in ever-evolving combinations, today’s wide-ranging healthful ingredients can work edible magic.

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When Minnesota’s Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm employees gather for a summer lunch, this crunchy cabbage-based slaw often graces their table. Serves 6 Slaw ½ lb Napa cabbage, cored ½ lb green cabbage, cored 1 bunch red radishes (about 12 medium to large), trimmed ½ lb broccoli, florets separated from stalks ½ bunch green onions, pale and green parts, sliced ¼-inch thick ½ lb green beans, ends trimmed, sliced ¼-inch thick Dressing 1 /3 cup extra virgin olive oil 2-½ Tbsp cider vinegar or more to taste 1 Tbsp honey ¼ tsp ground ginger Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1. Chop cabbages, radishes and broccoli florets into very small pieces. With a knife or vegetable peeler, pare the tough outer layer of the broccoli stalks to reveal the pale core. Chop the cores the same size as the other vegetables. 2. Put all the chopped vegetables in a large bowl and add the green onions and green beans. Toss to mix.

taste. Add the dressing to the slaw, using just enough to coat the vegetables nicely. Toss well. Let rest at room temperature for about an hour before serving, or cover and refrigerate. The slaw will remain crunchy for at least eight hours. Source: Adapted from Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America’s Farmers, by Sur La Table and Janet Fletcher (

Strawberry and Feta Salad with Honey-Yogurt Dressing

Gardening blogger Barbara Pleasant counts this as her favorite salad, one that changes with the season. In the spring, strawberries go well with feta. In the fall, pears pair with blue cheese. Serves 2 Honey-Yogurt Dressing 2 Tbsp plain yogurt 2 Tbsp mayonnaise or veggie mayo 1 tsp honey 1 tsp rice vinegar Salt and pepper to taste Salad 2 cups fresh salad greens 1 cup fresh sliced strawberries ½ cup crumbled feta cheese ¼ cup chopped, toasted almonds or walnuts 1. For the dressing, mix the yogurt, mayo, honey and rice vinegar together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 2. Arrange the greens on two salad plates and top with strawberries and feta. Drizzle with the dressing, sprinkle with chopped nuts and serve. Award-winning garden writer Barbara Pleasant blogs about growing and eating organic food at

Spinach and Avocado Salad

This fresh-tasting salad features a variety of colors, flavors and textures. Serves 4 1 large ripe avocado, diced 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice 4 cups baby spinach leaves ½ cup chopped green onions 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in halves 1 cup sliced radishes ½ cup bottled low-calorie Italian vinaigrette 1. In a small bowl, coat avocado with lime juice. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl, toss together spinach, green onions, tomatoes, radishes and vinaigrette. Divide evenly onto four plates. Top with avocado pieces. Source: Adapted from 350 Best Salads & Dressings, by George Geary © 2010 Robert Rose Inc. ( Excerpted with permission; all rights reserved.

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Eco-Driving Pays Big Subtle changes in driving habits can produce significant benefits, saving money at the gas pump and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Practicing moderate levels of eco-driving typically reduces fuel use by an average of 15 percent. (Maintaining properly inflated tires adds 3 percent more.) Here are best practices for green driving in honor of Earth Day, April 22. Avoid Rapid Starts and Stops – Jackrabbit starts and stops use more fuel. Gentle acceleration and smooth braking, especially around corners, can save $1 per gallon, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), improving fuel economy by up to 33 percent. Keep on Rolling – Slow-and-go is always better than stop-and-go, because maintaining a constant speed in congestion increases fuel economy; it can take 20 percent more fuel to accelerate from a full stop than from 5 miles per hour. Anticipate stops and coast when possible. Ride the Green Wave – Traffic lights are often synchronized so that a motorist driving at a specific speed will pass through many without needing to stop, delivering better fuel efficiency. Limit Air Conditioning – Air conditioning can reduce mileage by as much as 20 percent. When driving below

40 mph, opening windows is best. At over 40 mph, closing windows and using A/C is better, because it avoids aerodynamic drag on the vehicle. Also use the “recycle inside air” feature to capitalize on already cooled air.

Keep Your Cool – The interior of a vehicle can reach 120 to 130° F in 10 minutes in summer. Use a heat reflector or window shades to shield the interior from UV rays. Always roll down the windows to release hot air. It’s best to park in a garage or available shade.

Use Cruise Control – Tests conducted by found that using cruise control to maintain a steady speed during flat highway driving can provide an average of 7 percent in fuel savings (less in hilly terrain).

Obey the Check Engine Light – Today’s sophisticated onboard diagnostics systems continually monitor vehicle operation. When the alert light comes on, it may indicate that emissions have increased and fuel economy is going down, so always check it out.

Navigate to Reduce Carbon Dioxide – Planning driving trips, including errands, saves time and increases motor vehicle efficiency. Electronic navigation helps

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e all agree that we need to do a better job of conserving our planet’s limited resources, so why not try these simple suggestions to green your workout routine? These eco-friendly tweaks to what you already may do take little effort and save both time and cash. Curb consumerism. Buy less brandname active wear, expensive running shoes and faddish workout gizmos, which are not quick fixes for proper exercise and diet. Recycle water/sports bottles. Buy a reusable water bottle, which is far better for the Earth than any plastic, single-use beverage container (even if you recycle it). Outrageously overpriced sports drinks are unnecessary because you can obtain all the vitamins and minerals you need by eating a sensible diet and taking a daily multivitamin. Use biodegradable body products. Buy biodegradable body wash, shampoo, lotion and laundry detergent in large sizes to save money and decrease material use. Then, use them to fill smaller, travel-size, reusable bottles.

Buy used workout DVDs. Great quality, popular, used, home workout DVDs are available online and at some thrift facilities and used book stores, often for half-price or less. Core performance guru Linda LaRue is a registered nurse, athletic trainer and creator of Crunchless Abs, and the ecofriendly Core Transformer low-impact, 360° resistance workout. Visit

Patronize a workout center that’s within walking distance. You’ll not only boost your workouts, you’ll be supporting the local economy while reducing car emissions and potential parking fees. If the weather is fine, walk outside—it’s free. Did you know that of all motorized fitness equipment, treadmills use the most energy? Use towels made from organic cotton, bamboo or reclaimed fabric. Discount retailers often sell eco-friendly towels made from such natural materials. Bamboo towels are particularly soft, luxuriant and absorbent. Watch for store coupons. Buy recycled and/or natural fitness products. Fitness product manufacturers are beginning to make and promote items using recycled materials. Choose eco-friendly organic and/ or recycled active wear. Today, there seems to be an overabundance of green materials being made into clothing. Time will tell what materials consumers like best, due to price, performance, look and feel. Options include organic cotton and soy fiber blends, seaweed

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eter Laufer, Ph.D., is the James Wallace Chair in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications, a broadcaster and the author of 12 books. His latest, Forbidden Creatures, exposes the illegal network of hunters, traders, breeders and customers who are negatively impacting the lives of exotic animals, humans and the environment.

In Forbidden Creatures, as you explored people’s fascination with collecting exotic and forbidden animals, what did you find?

owned by celebrities, criminals and your neighbors. In fact, there are more captive-bred tigers in private homes in Texas than in the wild in India. I found a tiger in the back of a feed store in Idaho, a colony of chimpanzees in the countryside south of St. Louis and laundry bags full of pythons at a former missile base in the Everglades. There are legal auctions of exotic animals from aardvarks to zebras in Missouri, and sales of black market chimps on the Internet.

You have stated that illegal trading of wild and protected animals is growing exponenMany of us like to think that humans are tially; how profitable is this? the ultimate animal, and that we can tame the rest of nature. My research for the book introduced me to an engaging cast of characters, many of who fantasized not just about communing with exotic beasts, but controlling them. Such dreams can dissolve into nightmares in seconds and without warning. Exotic animals are collected and

Wild animal trafficking profits are estimated by Interpol to be $10 billion to $20 billion a year. It’s the third most lucrative illegal business in the world, trailing only drugs and weapons smuggling. It is easy to accomplish, the risks of capture are slim and penalties are minimal. Many amateurs also bring in animals for their

own pleasure, based on their personal fascination for the exotic. Legal trade in endangered animals also exists, along with trade that skirts the law. It is the illegal wildlife trade that further threatens already endangered species and creates a crisis for survival.

How many exotic animals are there in the United States? No one knows the answer, because there is no census of exotic pets and the legal enforcement issues differ from state to state and by locality. In fact, while we licensed dogs, we have no overarching law governing exotics, or even a national registry of owners. This remains a great frustration to many people and organizations working for the benefit of the animals.

What can animal lovers do? Education is needed to make conscious choices. Most of the people who collect exotics are ignorant of the long-term impact of owning these animals. The cute and cuddly tiger cub or baby chimp may look like an entertaining pet now, but what about the future? What will this animal be like in six months or six years? When animals reach their adolescence and full body weight, we must ask: How will they be cared for and what will their lives be like? Chimps and other great apes grow to be stronger than a man, are overtly dangerous and must be corralled. Pythons can grow to 20 feet, endangering other pets and humans. Often, people cannot keep up with the expenses of the food and care, and release the animals to sanctuaries or simply drop them off in the wild. This creates further repercussions for society and the environment. The reality is that exotic pets will

not live happily in confinement. There are many terrifying and heartbreaking stories of captive animals attacking and even killing their owners after years of mutual affection. No one knows what makes the wild side emerge to disastrous results.

What should buyers of exotic animals understand? I view our attempts at taming animals as little more than subjugation. That’s understandable if our own survival is at stake. But to subjugate other beings for our amusement diminishes our own self-worth. Animal smuggling exists because there is a market for it. Decisions to purchase or own an exotic animal cannot be made in isolation; every action has an impact upstream. We need to realize that there is an environmental impact of removing creatures from their habitats and teach the benefits of seeing animals in their natural environments. Wild animals do not need us. We should leave other animals alone, and they should remain forbidden creatures.

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What Hair Reveals About the Heart


esearchers at the University of Western Ontario are the first to use a biological marker in human hair to provide direct evidence that chronic stress plays an important role in causing heart attacks. In the past, chronic stressors such as job, marital and financial problems, have all been linked to an increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease and heart attack, but until now there hasn’t been a biological marker to measure the major risk factors. “Intuitively, we know stress is not good for you, but it’s not easy to measure,” explains Dr. Gideon Koren, who holds the Ivey Chair in Molecular Toxicology at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. “We know that on average, hair grows one centimeter a month, so if we take a hair sample six centimeters long, we can determine stress levels for six months by measuring the cortisol level in the hair.” Cortisol is widely considered to be the main stress hormone, because stress activates its secretion. Traditionally, it’s been measured in blood serum, urine and saliva, but that only monitors stress at the time of measurement, not over longer periods of time. In the study, hair samples three centimeters long, corresponding to about three months of hair growth, were collected from hospitalized patients who had suffered a heart attack, and then compared with hair samples from other patients. The heart attack patients were found to have significantly higher levels of cortisol in their hair, compared to the control group. This finding provides a new, non-invasive way of testing a patient’s risk.

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Friday, April 1

Energy Healing Clinic – 5:30-7pm. Reiki, IET, Quantum Touch, Shamanic Drumming, more. Various healers, 15 min sessions. $5/Requested donation. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Laughter Meditation w/Chris Belanger – 7-8:30pm. Create unity, healing energy & joy with a chuckle. A hilariously uplifting experience through mindfulness, deep breathing, seated guiding Laughter & Loving Kindness. $12. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave., Johnston. 490-1732.

SpiritDanceRI – 7-10pm. Monthly smoke- and alcohol-free barefoot boogie. Dance in community and fun with other movers and shakers. No partner or experience necessary. All profits go to charity. Sliding scale $8-12.

Saturday, April 2

Chakra Healing Workshop – 2:30-5:30pm. Yogic & shamanic techniques realign the vibratory frequency of the 7 chakras. A yoga nidra workshop, all levels of experience welcome. Free Munay-Ki info session at 5:30. $30. Santosha Yoga, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Sunday, April 3

Energy UP Event – 9-11am. Learn how Aromatherapy, clutter control & space clearing can add energy to your home that propels you toward more joy & abundance! Attendees get a free clarity essential! $30. Body-Wise Therapeutics, 575 East Main Rd, Middletown. 401-848-9825.

markyourcalendar DiscoverYou Holistic & Wellness Expo – 10am5pm. Discover the possibilities at the 3rd annual. Meet and learn from over 100 exhibitors. Attend over 25 speakers & demonstrations including Roland Comtois & Steve Maraboli. $12. Twin River Event Center, 100 Twin River Rd, Lincoln. Yoga One at Discover You Expo – 10am-5pm. Visit our booth at the Discover You Expo at Twin Rivers. Join us for our rockin’ Power Yoga demo at 4pm. $12/Expo Entry. Twin River Event Center, 100 Twin River Rd, Lincoln. 508-336-1300. YogaOneInc.Com. Isagenix at Discover You Expo – 10am-5pm. Visit us and learn about Nutritional Rebalancing and Cellular Cleansing. Sample our organic & delicious products. Feel the difference in just 4 days. Easy 9 Day Program. $12/Expo Entry. Twin River Event Center, 100 Twin River Rd, Lincoln. Laurie Kraus. 631-834-7786.


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Spring Cleanse ~ Ignite Your Heath – 11am-1pm. Energetic practice to shed the winter lethargy, open your energies to spring’s renewal. Creative flow set to music, connection to breath, hip-openers, twists, meditation. $25. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839. Herbal Class: Spring Cleaning – 1-3pm. Nutritional info for Spring Cleaning- foods and herbs to revitalize; identify wild foods in your own back yard & locally grown foods; and create a tea blend to take home. $25. Kim Falcone, Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-308-7779.

Connecting With Your Inner Divinity – 1-5pm. When you reconnect with the Divine inside of you, you will develop self – love, acceptance and you will learn how to face your fear and move through it. $65. Pat Hastings- All That Matters, 315 Main Street, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Monday, April 4

Simple & Fun Stress Reduction – 7-8:15pm. Join yoga teacher Chris Belanger for an eclectic mix of practical ways you can enhance your wellbeing right from your chair! Everybody welcome. Free. Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-739-5440 x223.

Wednesday, April 6

Shamanic Journey Practice Circle – 7-8:45pm. Work on a current issue utilizing the shamanic journey to access inner guidance and understanding. Knowledge of how to journey is required. Bring a journal and blanket. $10. Katharine Rossi, 578 Wood St, Bristol. 401-924-0567. Bag It – 7:30-9pm. Film Screening providing a moving, eye-opening look at how the choices we make can have a huge impact on our bodies, our economy and our environment. Free. Whole Foods Market, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket.

Friday, April 8

Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna will work with your guides, intentions and the vibrations of the drum to assist you in the healing process. $35/Kindly register. Leap of Faith and the Soul Purpose, 170 Arrowhead Rd, Dighton, MA. 774-264-1329.

Saturday, April 9

Spring into Alignment – 9am-12pm. Breakdown Baron Baptiste’s “Journey Into Power” flow & learn how the principles of “Right Alignment” support healthy growth on & off the mat. $40. High Street Yoga, 44 High St, Westerly. 860-501-8970.

Spend a Day With the Angels – 10am-3pm. Angels 101-An Introduction to the Messengers of light will run from 10am-noon. After lunch will begin Angels 301-A Continuation from 1-3pm. Angelic attunements included. $33/each, $55/both. Angel Whispers, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917A Warwick Ave, 2nd Floor, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Awakening the Dreamer Symposium – 11:30am4pm. Half-day workshop will inspire you to reconnect with your deep concern for our world and inspire participants to make a difference. Visit http:// $20 (No one will be turned away). The Neighborhood Guild, 325 Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-486-3047. Applied Anatomy for Flow – 12-5pm. Also 4/10, 11am-4pm. In depth experiential journey into the connection between yoga and anatomy and how to use yoga as a healing process. $150. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Power Yoga Alignment Workshop – 12:302:30pm. Join us for a thorough breakdown of the poses that make up our Power Yoga sequences. Learn correct form and modifications that make this practice accessible to everyone. $20. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300. YogaOneInc.Com. Embodied Writing – 1-3pm. Challenge yourself to approach writing as a wholeself, wholebody process. Release the language & stories in your body through yoga, meditation, visualization and writing. $35. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Yoga for Life Transitions – 1-4pm. Learn specific yoga sequences to nurture and support yourself through life transitions, engage creative mind, and gain a new perspective. No prior yoga experience needed. $35. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd., (@The Zen Center), Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Story Drumming – 3-4pm. We have a wild assortment of drums and other percussion instruments. Anybody can get into the rhythm and help create the music. Free/Open to All Ages. Main St Music, 4 King St, East Greenwich.

Sunday, April 10

Kung Fu Workshop – 10am-4pm. Emei Tiangang Quan Workshop presented by Master Wu at The Way of the Dragon; School for Health, Healing, and Martial Arts. Suitable for all experience levels. $125. Master Wu, Wen-Ching, 877 Waterman Ave., East Providence. 401-435-6502.

The Power of Qi-Gong – 2-4pm. Self healing, deeply relaxing, awaken mind, body and spirit. With Artie Crippin, Montauk, Native American. $30/Please RSVP. Innisfree Body Works, 18 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-461-3788.

Monday, April 11

The Miracle of Being in the Moment – 5:308:30pm. Balancing the inner sage & warrior personas and energies is our responsibility. This workshop will explore the Miracle of being this person in this Moment. With 3rd Generation Yogi Guru Singh. $50/by April 1, $65/After. Tenth Gate Yoga, 1016 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642.

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Tuesday, April 12

Reiki Share – 12-1pm. Reiki practitioners of all levels welcome to give and receive healing. A time to be supported as you support others. $5. Angel Whispers, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917A Warwick Ave, 2nd Floor, Warwick. 401-741-2278. How to Create Your Prosperity Map – 6:30-8pm. Dr.Ysabel V Reyes will explain how to create a map or vision board to start receiving the prosperity that you deserve in every aspect of your life. $15 or $10/ with a friend. Healing Hearts, 1542 Main St, West Warwick. 401-615-2423.

Isagenix Tasting – 7-8pm. Organic & dense foods are increasingly key for good health. Learn the issues: toxicity & nutritional deficiency. Delicious whole food products; feel WOW in just 4 days. Free. Laurie Kraus, 3 Haines Park Rd, Barrington. 631-834-7786.

Wednesday, April 13

The Power of Qi-Gong – 7-9pm. Self healing, deeply relaxing, awaken mind, body and spirit. With Artie Crippin, Montauk Native American. $30/Please RSVP. Innisfree Body Works, 18 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-461-3788. Planeat – 7:30-9pm. Film screening providing a moving, eye-opening look at how the choices we make can have a huge impact on our bodies, our economy and our environment. Free. Whole Foods Market, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket.

Thursday, April 14

Meditation Circle for Kids 6-12 – 6-7pm. Lessons in awareness, spiritual growth and the basics for relaxation and centering. Every child can benefit from learning and using these tools. Please call to register. $10. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-658-6637.



Laughter Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Laugh away your troubles with yoga instructor Chris Belanger. Learn yogic breathing, and playful exercises to enhance your health through laughter. Everybody welcome. Free. Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-739-5440 x223. An Evening of Blessings – 7-9pm. Be touched by the ‘Presence of Compassion’ through Laila del Monte. Experience a wonderfully powerful reconnection with the ‘Source’ as this presence.. Love Offering. Laila del Monte, Newport Congregational Church, 73 Pelham St, Newport. 401-419-6087.

Friday, April 15

Kundalini Yoga & The Ten Bodies – 6-9pm. An exploration in detail of our ten physical, three mental and six energetical bodies...through the use of Kundalini Yoga. With Guruatma Singh Khalsa Open to all levels. $65. Tenth Gate Yoga, 1016 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642. Guided Meditation Night – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a guided Angel meditation. Come BE with us in the glorious energy of the Divine. All learning levels welcome. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Saturday, April 16

Not Your Grandmother’s Meditation – 10am11:30pm. Explore new breathing techniques allowing optimal transformation-moving you/grounding you in Calm, Safety and Bliss quickly and more easily now. Pre-registration helpful. $20 donation. Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence.

Reiki I Certification Class – 12:30-5pm. Begin your journey with Reiki, a gentle hands-on energy balancing practice to enhance and heal your life.

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Includes all materials, Attunement and Certificate. $135. Sylvia Collins, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. Free Community Yoga ~ Intro to Yoga – 3-4pm. Gentle class. Learn basic yoga poses while using the breath to relax the body and calm the mind. Class will end with a guided meditation. Free. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Meditation, the Wellness Within You – 7-8:30pm. We all want to be healthy & happy. Wellness is a balance of body mind & spirit. Come learn a simple form of meditation and how it enhances your overall health. Free and open to all. Science of Spirituality, Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Rd, Kingston. 401-789-5365.

Sunday, April 17

Usui Reiki Training (1st Degree) – 10am-5pm. Learn the history of Reiki, hand positions for self & others, and practice giving Reiki to others. Includes 1st Attunement to help increase the flow of life force energy. $125 (register before 4/11). Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Discover the Art & Meaning of Dreams – 10:30am-12pm. Learn how Dreaming is both an art and a science, how to enhance your dream recall. Bonus: come for the event and get a free one-one 15 min dream coaching session. $30. Body-Wise Therapeutics, 575 East Main Rd, Middletown. 401848-9825.

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation for Men – 1-4pm. Workshop designed exclusively for men. Learn ancient techniques that help move you toward prosperity, happiness and good health. $35. Tenth Gate Yoga, Parmatma Singh, 1016 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642.

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Ayurvedic Cooking Class – 2-5pm. Join us for a fun, light hearted exploration of Ayurvedic Cooking at the beautiful Norman Bird Sanctuary. Hands on class. Meal shared. $50. Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 3rd Beach Rd, Middletown. 401-683-9642.

Vanishing of the Bees – 7:30-9pm. Film Screening providing a moving, eye-opening look at how the choices we make can have a huge impact on our bodies, our economy and our environment. Free. Whole Foods Market, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket.

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Thursday, April 21

Healing the Earth for Children – 1-4pm. A fun class that uses play, arts & crafts and intentions to promote healing & to build a loving relationship with the Earth. Ages 6-12 with parent or guardian. $50, $40/by 4/8. Spirit of Agape, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. Dancing for Birth 6 Week Series – 5:45-6:45pm. Learn dancing moves from around the world in a feelgood workout, while gaining valuable childbirth skills. Also great for postpartum toning and restoring of the body. $66/6 weeks. $60/before April 12. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. Shamanic Journey Practice Circle – 7-8:45pm. Build and maintain your journey practice to access inner guidance. Knowledge of how to journey is required. Bring a journal, blanket, and something to lie on. $10. Katharine Rossi, Mill at Shady Lea, Rm 204, N. Kingstown. katharine@sacredstream. org. 401-924-0567.

Tuesday, April 19

Rebalancing with Isagenix – 6:30-8pm. Environmental Toxicity reaks havoc on our cells and organs. Many foods lack the nutrition for healthy cell regeneration. Organic and dense foods are increasingly key. $5. Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 631-834-7786.

Wednesday, April 20

Reiki II Certification – 9am-4pm. Advanced techniques and healing through time/space are included. Certificate and level 2 attunement upon completion. Reiki II practitioners may collect $ for services. $250-iincludes lunch and materials. Angel Whispers, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917A Warwick Ave, 2nd Floor, Warwick. 401-741-2278. An Evening with the Archangels – 6:30-9pm. Join us as we gather together to bask in the Divine energy of the Archangels. Come enjoy a beautiful Archangel meditation & hear their personal messages for you. $25. Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

I Love Someone with Autism – 6-8pm. Open discussion. The best information and solutions come from US, the parents and Caregivers of an Autistic family member or friend. Please join us in this journey. Free. Healing Hearts, 1542 Main St, West Warwick. 401-615-2423.

Reiki Healer’s Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Practitioners of all levels are invited to join in giving & receiving Reiki. We will also use Reiki to send out to loved ones, difficult situations and the planet. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Introduction to Ayurveda – 7-8pm. Learn the history and philosophy behind this ancient Indian system of healing, de-mystify the terminology, and explore the many possibilities Ayurveda has to offer. Free. Aermid Ayurveda, Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 860-558-3988.

Saturday, April 23

It’s Not Your Granmothers Meditation – 10:30am12pm. De-stress with new breathing techniques allowing optimal transformation-to Calm, Safety and Bliss quickly. Discuss / explore shifting world patterns. Bring a journal. $15. Jackie VanDusen, Acorn Cottage, 102 Woodbine Rd., Wakefield. 401-284-0363. Reiki I Certification – 12-4pm. And Sun 12 -4. Both days required for certification. 8 CE Hours NCBTMB. Register with Julianne Eanniello, Reiki Master/Teacher, $150 + $15 for manual. Blissworks Yoga, 228 State St, New London, CT. 401-315-0254.

Yoga for 10-12 Year Old Girls – 1-2pm. Blending of poses, games, interactive activities. Parent must be present to register. $10. A New Day Yoga, 2374 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 508-596-2974.

Monday, April 25

Making Peace with Your Emotions and Your Life – 6:30-9pm. Identify and transform your painful emotions and destructive coping strategies into effective tools for leading an authentic life guided by your own inner wisdom. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

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Interactive Tourism Marketing – 8am-1pm. Educational opportunity focusing on digital marketing trends, building a compelling web presence, leading edge online marketing techniques. $45. Sustainable Tourism and Planning Laboratory, 175 Main St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2200. Skin Care and Makeup Clinic – 6-8:30pm. Care for your skin type, anti-aging, internal skin care, preventive care and more. Easy achievable looks, proper use of your current products, skin preparation and many more tips. $30/Please RSVP. Innisfree Body Works, 18 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-461-3788. Meditation Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Be in the moment. A night of meditation & intentions. Learn how to be still & focus on the peacefulness it brings. Meditation melts stress away. $12. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave., Johnston. 490-1732. Yoga for Back Care – 7:15-8:45pm. 12 week series. The only yoga class in RI that’s specifically designed for back care. Learn yoga practices that have been studied & endorsed by the National Institute of Health. $180/12 wks, $165/by 4/13, Registration required. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Floor, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. Urban Roots – 7:30-9pm. Film Screening providing a moving, eye-opening look at how the choices we make can have a huge impact on our bodies, our economy and our environment. Free. Whole Foods Market, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket.

Thursday, April 28

In-Lightened Child: Parenting the Next Generation – 6-7:30pm. A panel of six holistic practitioners will share insights into raising Crystal and Indigo children, and discuss the importance of energy, nature, nutrition, and creativity. Free. East Greenwich Library, 82 Pierce St, East Greenwich. Divine Guidance – 6:30-8:30pm. Is the Universe trying to tell you something? We all have the ability to connect with Angels & Loved Ones. Learn about the meaning of colors, numbers & divine guidance. $20. Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

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Wednesday, April 27


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Isagenix Tasting – 7-8pm. Organic & dense foods are increasingly key for good health. Learn the issues: toxicity & nutritional deficiency. Delicious whole food products; feel WOW in just 4 days. Free. Laurie Kraus, 3 Haines Park Rd, Barrington. 631-834-7786.

Friday, April 29

Radiant Child Yoga Teacher Training® – 12-6pm. Through 5/1 (Check website for complete schedule). Learn to teach Yoga to Children. All levels welcome. Teachers, parents, caregivers, yoga practitioners. $650. Tenth Gate Yoga, 1016 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642. Moving Toward Stillness – 5-8pm. Yogic Breathing and Meditation. Immersion class combing yoga poses, breath work and meditation to move you toward stillness and finding your true center. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-7822126. Reiki Gathering ~ – 7-8pm. This is an opened Reiki circle. Everyone is welcomed ~come join us for this amazing healing energy. Reiki promotes a sense of well being, peace and harmony. $15. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Living Realization Weekend – 7-9pm. Through 5/1. Weekend with Scott Kiloby, Enlightened Teacher and Author. Fri 7-9, Sat 10-12 & 1-3, Sun 10-12 & 1-3. Register with Julianne, 401-315-0254, $25/per, $100/weekend. The Dragon’s Egg, 401 Shewville Rd, Ledyard, CT. 401315-0254.

Saturday, April 30

Nia & Yoga – 9-11:30am. Nia Movement class, 9-10am, $10. Yoga for Stress Reduction, 1011:30am. No pre-registration required. $10/Nia, Free/Yoga. Quonnie Grange, 5662 Post Rd Rte. 1, Charlestown. 401-322-0810. Shake Your Soul/Yoga Dance – 9:30-10:30am. Blend of vibrant movements gives an opportunity to express one’s own inner dance. No complicated steps or difficult movements to learn. Relieve stress, rejuvenate. $15/Pre-registration required. A New Day Yoga, 2374 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 508-596-2974. Healing the Earth – 10am-2:30pm. A fun class offering tools & techniques to empower and connect with the Earth for the purpose of healing. Topics: energy principles, spiritual laws, angels & ascension. $75 / $65 by 4/20. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

markyourcalendar Reiki Level One Workshop - 11:15am-6pm. Learn this gentle, hands on healing system from a truly gifted Master/Teacher. Receive the Attunement, history, meditation, practice and certificate. All students will leave the class with the ability to heal themselves and others. $150. Michael Lyons, 101 Higginson Ave., Lincoln. 401-722-8400.

Reiki II Certification Class – 12:30-5pm. You will learn three powerful Reiki symbols to use and activate. Your healing energy will begin to flow at a higher vibration. Includes materials and Attunement. $150. Sylvia Collins, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. Introduction to Ayurveda – 1-2pm. Learn the history and philosophy behind this ancient Indian system of healing, de-mystify the terminology, and explore the many possibilities Ayurveda has to offer. Free. Aermid Ayurveda, Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 860-558-3988. Power Yoga Intensive – 2-5pm. Spring cleaning for your body, a vacation for the mind and nourishment for the Soul. With Alyssa Sullivan, Owner and

Director of Synergy Power Yoga in Barrington. $30/ by April 23, $35/after. Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Earth Day Labyrinth Walk – 4-6pm. Celebrate Earth Day and renew your connection to Divine Source in this meditative walk. Location TBA on Aquidneck Island. Pre-registration required call 401847-655. $10. Cris McCullough, Aquidneck Island. 401-847-6551.

Yoga Unveiled Film Screening – 4-6:30pm. Q&A with Co-Producer/Director Gita Desai. One-of-akind documentary that covers the most comprehensive overview of the yoga tradition. $10. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

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May Breakfast – 10:30am-12pm. Join us for our annual May breakfast -fruit, pancakes, eggs, bacon, toast – yummy! $10., 292 West Shore Rd., Warwick. 401-732-1552.

Wednesday, May 4

The Mood Cure: Take Charge of Your Emotions Today! – 6:30-8pm. Also May 11th. Learn what the best brain foods are for you, find and use the amino acid supplements that will jump start your emotional engines and keep them fired up. $35/both. Wellspring Integrated Health Care, Learning Connection, 201 Wayland Ave, Providence. 401-274-9330. Tong Ren Ginea Pig Class – 7-8pm. Energy therapy developed by Tom Tam that directs chi to blockage points by tapping on meridian points on a model thereby releasing blockages and restoring vitality. $10/requested donation. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. Guided Workshop – 7-8:30pm. If we shift ourselves, we will shift our planet. The change starts with you. Come experience what unconditional love can do for you. $20/Please RSVP. Healing Hearts, 1542 Main St, West Warwick. 401-5455295.

Thursday, May 5

Yoga for Runners 6 Week Series – 7:15-8:30pm. Class focus is strength, flexibility and recovery for all runners. Decrease muscle stiffness, increase range of motion and reduce the risk of injury. With Tara Comer RYT200, USAT Triathlon Coach. Open to all levels. $85/6 wks, $75/ by 4/28, $75/Tri NE members. Breathing Time Yoga,541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Floor, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Saturday, May 7

Shake Your Soul/Yoga Dance – 9:30-10:30am. Blend of vibrant movements gives an opportunity to express one’s own inner dance. No complicated steps or difficult movements to learn. Relieve stress, rejuvenate. $15/Pre-registration required. A New Day Yoga, 2374 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 508-596-2974. Angelic Connections – 1-5pm. Using creative, playful methods, come learn about the angels and how to connect with them in order to receive messages and guidance. $60 / $50 by 4/26. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, Seekonk, MA. shasongs@ 401-465-4249.

saturday, May 14

Wine and Cheese Fundraiser – 6-8:30pm. Join the Revive the Roots Foundation for a wine and cheese fundraiser, sponsored by Naragansett Creamery. Promoting localized sustainable agriculture in Smithfield. $25. Revive the Roots, 1 William J Hawkins, Jr Trail, Deerfield Park, Smithfield. 401-949-8056.

Saturday, June 11

Garden City Center Art Festival – 10am-5pm. The Art Festival features over 100 Contemporary American Art and Craft artists along with strolling entertainment, a Farmers Market, festive food and merriment. Free. Garden City Center, 100 Midway Rd, Cranston. 401-374-3899.

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ongoingcalendar Prayers for World Peace – 11am-12:30pm. We come together to deepen our understanding that without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. Includes clear teachings, meditations and prayers. $10. Kadampa Teacher, Angela Stewart, 339 Ives St, Providence. 401-286-9760. Reiki Clinic – 12-2:30pm. 2nd Sunday. Experience a session for a love offering donation to a local charity. Registration required. Donation. It’s My Health, 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-405-0819.


Hot Power Yoga – 8:30-10am. Rigorous, empowering flow. Challenge your body, free your mind and detoxify! Room is heated to 90-95 degrees. $14. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300. YogaOneInc.Com. Kripalu Yoga – 9-9:45am. Postures, breathing and core work to stretch, strengthen and relieve tension. Donations accepted. Church of the Mediator – a UU Fellowship, 50 Rounds Ave, Providence. 401-941-3070. Sunday Celebration Service – 9:15-10:30am. Concordia where hearts come together as one. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 732-1552. Gentle/Restorative Yoga – 10-11am. Gentle, restorative yoga for all levels. Held in our peaceful, seaside studio. Space is limited, please call in advance. $15. Waves of Healing Wellness Boutique, 124 Riverside Dr, Riverside. 401-437-6126. Shambhala Mindfulness Meditation – 10am12pm. Open community practice of basic mindfulness meditation, with chants (chanting participation optional). Instruction offered at 10am. Free/No Pre-registration. Providence Shambhala Meditation Center, 541 Pawtucket Ave. 2nd Floor, Pawtucket. 401-305-0762. Paramhansa Yoganda-Joy Is Within – 10am12pm. Sunday Satsang – meditation, chanting, talks, vegetarian potluck lunch. Healing Prayer Circle 2nd Sunday after lunch. Saturdays-workshops & retreats. Kriya Yoga. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Manisha’s GET FIT Initiative – 10am-12pm. Authentic Yogasana, Meditation, Pranayama, Stress relief tools, Dance, Cooking & Counseling to lose extra fat & get in shape by Indian raised in India. Also Tuesdays 7pm $20. Manisha Yoga Dance & Holistic Center, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket. 401-305-5265. Family Yoga – 10:45-11:30am. Adults and children 4-11 derive enormous benefits from yoga. Exercise, play and connect with your children. $18/1 adult,1 child. $4/ each additional. Simplify Yoga, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-419-1298.


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Bharatanatyam Dance Class From India – 12:302pm. Unique class combining Meditation, postures & Relaxation to enhance dance lessons. Complete body exercise. Improves focus & helps in Math, hand-leg coordination & rhythm. $20. Manisha Yoga, Dance & Holistic Center, 11 Bristol Ave,, Pawtucket. 401-305-5265. Urban Bhakti Groove – 3-4:30pm. On the Pawtucket/East Side line. Up-beat vinyasa flow class with meditative chanting and deep relaxation. $15, $5 to a city based charity. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600. Magnified Healing® Circle – 7-8:30pm. 1st Sunday. Magnified Healing® energy circle for self and healing of Earth. Magnified Healing Practitioners only. Call for more info. Donation. Debi Chalko, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-263-1107.


Pilates Flex, Stretch and Tone – 9-10am. All levels, full body movement class for flexibility, muscle tone and balance. $15. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St., East Greenwich. Shri Strech and Strengthen – 9-10:15am. Designed and taught by the studio director with the use of balls, bolsters and great music. Develop greater flexibility and core strength. Long seated meditation included. $15, $10/Pawtucket YMCA members,$45/5 classes. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600. Anusara Yoga – 9-10:30am. A heart opening, highly therapeutic style, all levels class. $15. Yoga Connect, 840 Smithfield Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-5007. All Levels Vinyasa Yoga – 9:15-10:30am. Series of postures that will strengthen, build flexibility and endurance while bringing you to a place of deep inner calm. Taught in a heated room. $14. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300. All Level Yoga (Vinyasa) – 10-11:15am. Moderately paced Yoga flow, with deep stretching, to energize, tone, and strengthen the body. In the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $96/8, $14/ drop-in. TheYogaStudio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Noon Time Heated Vinyasa – 12-1pm. Monday – Fridays, take a break from work, feel better all afternoon. Get into the flow in heated vinyasa class. $15, $12/$108,144/18. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. Meditation at Lunchtime – 12-1pm. Take a real break at lunchtime to rejuvenate yourself. It’s the best “Take Away” you could bring back to work. $8. Kadampa Teacher, Katherine Brown, 339 Ives St, Providence. 401-286-9760. Kundalini Yoga – 4-5:15pm. Bend of postures, pranayam, mantra, music, meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. $10. Hamilton House, 276 Angell St, Providence. 401-722-3230. Yoga for Returning Military – 4:15-5:30pm. This class is Free to all Military Personnel returning from deployment. Free. Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Zumba Class – 4:30-5:30pm. Latin inspired, easy to follow and calorie burning fitness party. $9/ with package, $14/drop in. RI Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Yoga for Teen Girls – 4:30-5:30pm. Weekly through May, except for 4/18. Fun and energetic class for ‘tween and teen girls explore standing and seated postures, arm balances, inversions, partner poses, breathing, and stress-reduction techniques. $12/per class. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Kettlebells – 5-6pm. Kettlebell is a great total body workout focusing on full body movements involving the core, improving flexibility, and overall strength and toning. $10/First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906. Anusara Yoga with Sara Davidson – 5-6:30pm. Heart-oriented, spiritually inspiring using Universal Principles of Alignment. $10, $99/11, $45/5. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600. Beginners Yoga – 5:15-6:30pm. Basic postures and vinyasa flow; alignment and movement with the breath. $12, $10/6. Renee Katz, Healthi Directions, 11 Kenyon Ave, Wakefield. 401-864-0947. Environment Council of RI Meeting – 5:307:30pm. 1st Monday. Check website for schedule changes. Free. Environment Council of RI, The Department of Administration Bldg, Conference Room B, One Capitol Hill, Providence. Aikido for Juniors – 6-7pm. Ages 7-12 Focus on balance, rolling techniques, practical escape techniques, Japanese Reiho incorporated for respect development. $60/Monthly. Kyoshi: George Kasper, 118 Littlefield St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2250. MartialArtsComplex.Com. Belly Dancing with Mahdia – 6-7:15pm. Get in shape and explore the Middle Eastern style-Raks Sharqi. $13, $60/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310.

Shaolin Kung Fu – 6-7:30pm. The Way of the Dragon Kung Fu classes for strengthening, physical fitness, self-defense, and greater self-awareness. Offered Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat. Open enrollment. $210/3months. Master Wu, Wen-Ching, 877 Waterman Ave., East Providence. 401-435-6502.

Learn Ho’oponopono – 6:30-8pm. Learn/practice the ancient Hawaiian art of Ho’oponopono. Release cleanse & heal in four easy steps. Bring peace within, without and among nature. Balance your life. $20/ call to register. Under The Sun Meditation Ctr & Bookstore, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. JUJUTSU – 7-8pm. Adult class in the fundamentals of self-defense. $60/Month. Kyoshi: George Kasper, 118 Littlefield St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2250. Women’s Spirituality/Intention Group – 7-9pm. 2nd Monday. Dynamic group to share intentions and dreams. Open to all seeking a deeper connection. $15. Pat Hastings, Providence. 401-521-6783.

Heated Vinyasa Yoga – 7:30-9pm. These classes lead you through a series of postures that will strengthen you, build endurance and flexibility while bringing you to a state of deep inner calm. $14. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300. YogaOneInc.Com.


30 Minute Training Express – 8-8:30am. Don’t miss this class! A bit of everything, free weights, cardio drills, machines, boxing & more in 30 minutes!. $5/call to register. B.I.A. Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Yoga & The Spirituality of 12 Steps – 8:309:45am. Weave together the common themes contained in both yoga and 12 Step Programs. Drop-ins are welcome. $16, or purchase a discount pass. Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Gentle/Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. See Sunday at 10am for details. $15. Waves of Healing Wellness Boutique, 124 Riverside Dr, Riverside. 401-437-6126. Chair Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. Flustered by injury, age, arthritis or balance, are you unsteady, slow & stiff? Join for a full yoga experience – gently working with the helpful chair as your partner!. $12, $10/wtih classcard. Eyes of the World Yoga Center, One Park Row, Providence. 401-295-5002. T’ai Chi – 1-2pm. Beginners classes in T’ai Chi, Short Form. Donations accepted. Dr. Michael Gottfried, 1272 West Main Rd., Middletown. 401-849-7011.

Svaroopa Yoga – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing. Focus is on releasing the muscles along the spinal column. Pre-registration is necessary. $17, $112/8. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. Herbal Education and Training Program (HEAT) – 4-8pm. Every other Tuesday The preparation methods of salves, tea blends, creams, lip balms, and more! $350-$400 sliding scale. Farmacy Herbs, 28 Cemetary St, Providence. 401-270-5223.

Anusara Yoga – 4:30-6pm. See Monday at 9 for details. $15. Yoga Connect, 840 Smithfield Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-5007.

Yoga for Everybody – 5-6:15pm. Less than 8 students per class. Clear instruction from caring, experienced instructor. Heal injuries, shape-up, get strong Call for more info. $25/3 new student special. Lora LoPiccolo, 1665 Hartford Ave, 2nd Floor, Johnston. 401-829-9148.

Vinyasa Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Detoxify and strengthen your body while uplifting your heart and spirit. See website for full schedule. $45/6, new student special. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. Beginner’s Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Strengthen and stretch with focus on alignment. $12, $60/6. West Shore Wellness, 1648 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-734-9355. Hatha Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. Mixed levels, beginners welcome. Ask about new student specials. $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310.

Zumba! – 6-7pm. detailsZumba is the Latininspired dance aerobic program that anyone can learn and have a good sweat, burn up to 750 calories while having a great time!. $12, $80/8. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348. Zumba – 6-7pm. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a oneof-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. $10/First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906.

Beginning Meditation Class – 6-7pm. Discover the joy of being still. In this down to earth, relaxed introduction, we will break down meditation to the basics & learn it is a practice truly accessible to all. $15. Waves of Healing Wellness Boutique, 124 Riverside Dr, Riverside. 401-437-6126.

All Level Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Combination class: Deep, yet gentle stretching (Yin Yoga) with a moderately-paced Vinyasa flow will leave you feeling renewed & energized. Class open to Beginners. $14, $96/8. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd., (@ The Zen Center), Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Zumba – 6:30-7:30pm. Latin inspired dance workout. Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Calypso, and more! Love to live, live to party with zumba!. $10. BIA Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Cardio Kickboxing – 6:30-7:30pm. Adults only beginner class. Integrated Yoga/Boxing/Kenpo/ Kung-Fu Kicking. $30/Monthly. Kyoshi: George Kasper, 118 Littlefield St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2250.

RI Sierra Club Monthly Meeting – 7-8pm. 2nd Tuesday. Get involved with grassroots conservation activities. Free. Sierra Club, 17 Gordon Ave, Suite 208, Providence. 401-855-2103. RhodeIsland.

Yoga for Athletes – 7-8:15pm. Enhance performance in sports/physical activity. Improve balance/focus while increasing core strengthen and flexibility. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd~lower level, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Meditation Nights – 7-8:30pm. 1st, and 3rd Tuesday. Deep breathing, relaxation, visualization, energization exercises, chanting and timetested meditation techniques of concentration. All are welcome. Donation. West Shore Wellness, 1648 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-734-9355.

Yoga for Everybody – 7-8:30pm. No worries about your size or shape or level of fitness. See web for full schedule. $45/6, new student special. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. Death & Dying: A Buddhist View – 7-8:30pm. We are alive, therefore we will die. This is the simplest truth of our existence, yet few of us come to terms with this fact. Learn to make life a positive experience. $10. Buddhist Nun, Kelsang Chokyi, 339 Ives St, Providence. 401-286-9760. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 7-9pm. Learn how to bring miracles into one’s life. Drop-in. $5. It’s My Health, 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-405-0819. Weight Loss Program with EFT – 7:15-8pm. 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Release negative emotions, make better food choices and eat mindfully. $20. Greenville Family Counseling, 3 Austin Ave, Greenville. 401-949-2917.

Beginner Amrit Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. Integrates joyful inner stillness with outer action. Open to beginners and experienced. $18/2 classes. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave., Cranston. 401-780-9809.


Meditation Support and Sitting Group – 8:309:15am. All levels are welcome to drop-in. All proceeds go to End Child Prostitution and TraffikingUSA. Donation only. Focus Yoga, Ann Porto, PsyD, 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich.

Mindfulness Yoga – 9-10:15am. Explore posture and meditation, mat and cushion, mindfully merging both. Work with the breath, following its movements through the body, being present in just this moment. $16 or purchase a 5 class pass. Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Nia Movement Class – 9:45-10:45am. Come get fit while experiencing the JOY of moving at your own fitness level.Great music, no shoes, bring water. $38 monthly. Wendy, Quonnie Grange, 5662 Post Road Rte. 1, Charlestown. 322-0810.

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Ideal Protein Free Workshop – 11:45am-1pm. Medically supervised, ideal protein weight loss method. Lose up to 3-7 lbs. per Week. Promote fat loss, maintain muscle mass, and naturally suppress appetite. Free. Integrated Medical Weight Loss, 1050 Main St, 2nd Fl Ste #18, East Greenwich. 401-886-9669. Wintertime Farmers Market – 4-7pm. A variety of locally produced goods--vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, gluten free breads, tortillas, chocolates, fair trade coffee hot or pound. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket.

Hour of Power Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. A rigorous 60 minute fun flow. Come challenge your body, free your mind and detoxify! $14. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300. Whole Foods Waterman St Neighborhood Night – 4:30-6:30pm. Taste something special from every department, new theme every week. Free. Whole Foods, 261 Waterman St, Providence. 401-272-1690. Young People’s Yoga – 5-5:45pm. Ages 6-11. Through movement & exploration & breath, we’ll build mental, emotional, & physical strength & have fun doing it!. $15. Waves of Healing Wellness Boutique, 124 Riverside Dr, Riverside. 401-437-6126. Aikido for Junios – 5-6pm. See Monday at 6pm for details. $60/Monthly. Kyoshi: George Kasper, 118 Littlefield St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2250.

Westerly Arts Night – 5-8pm. 1st Wednesday. Downtown galleries and studios open in unison to exhibit new works. Free. Artists Cooperative Gallery, 12 High St, Westerly. 401-596-2221. Anusara Yoga Level 1 – 5:15-6:30pm. See Monday at 9 for details. $15. Yoga Connect, 840 Smithfield Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-5007. Zumba Class – 5:30-6:30pm. See Monday at 4:30 for details. $9/with package, $14/drop in. RI Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Cardio Kickboxing – 6:00-7:00pm. A high energy aerobic workout designed to keep you moving and boost your fat-burning capabilities. Filled with dynamic intervals of punches, kicks and power. $10/ First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906.

Meditation Group – 5:30-7pm. Manage stress, awaken intuition & connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization & sound. Individual and group sessions also available by appointment. $20/ call to register. Under The Sun Meditation Ctr & Bookstore, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. Kundalini Yoga – 5:45-7pm. See Monday at 4pm for details. $10. Hamilton House, 276 Angell St, Providence. 401-722-3230.

Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. Mind-body awareness, posture and alignment and breathing techniques. Beginners welcome. $12, $60/6 weeks. West Shore Wellness, 1648 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-734-9355.

Physical Fusion Barre Tuff Class – 6-7pm. Create a lean body with light weights, ballet barre. Also 8:30am Sat. PhysicalFusion Lite (less tuff) 9:45am Th


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& 9:45am Sat. $15. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St., 2nd floor, East Greenwich. Svaroopa Yoga – 6-7:30pm. See Tuesday at 4 for details. $17, $112/8. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020.

Shambhala Mindfulness Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Open community practice of basic mindfulness meditation, with chants (chanting participation optional). Free/No Pre-registration. Providence Shambhala Meditation Center, 541 Pawtucket Ave. 2nd Floor, Pawtucket. 401-305-0762. Providence. Blackstone Culinaria Spring 2011 – 6-8pm. A stimulus program that feeds the body and the soul. Visit a different restaurant in the Blackstone Valley each week and savor the local flavors. $19.50. Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, 175 Main St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2200. Zumba – 6:15-7:15pm. See Tuesday at 6:30 for details. $10. BIA Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Free Zen Meditation Instruction – 6:15-7:15pm. Zen is Understanding Yourself. Learn zen meditation by attending a walk-in class. Arrive at 5:30pm & join us for a vegetarian dinner. No shoes indoors, socks suggested. Free/Charitable donations accepted. Providence Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-1464. Anusara All Levels – 6:45-8:15pm. See Monday at 9 for details. $15. Yoga Connect, 840 Smithfield Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-5007. Meditation Service – 7-8pm. Affirmative message and guided meditation, join us for a mid week spiritual lift. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Meditation & Christian Mysticism – 7-9pm. Prayer, Meditation, Blessing, Light, Soul are mystical topics that we cover. Free. Rev Michaela Walters, Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 857-231-1920. Guided Imagery Meditation – 7-9pm. 1st and 3rd Wednesday. For relaxation and focus, open enrollment. Please call for more information. $10. Sharon McMahon, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-742-2354.

Reiki/ Energy Share – 7-9pm. 2nd Wednesday. Practitioners and non practitioners interested in energy modalities welcome. Please call for more information. $5/donation. Debi Chalko, Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-263-1107. Hot Power Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. Challenging vinyasa class for everyBODY,athletes, golfers come to create balance and the highest level of energy, vitality and freedom in the body!Be prepared to sweat. $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Hot Vinyasa Yoga – 7:30-9pm. Enjoy a rigorous, empowering flow that will calm you. Come challenge your body, free your mind and detoxify! Room heated to 90-95 degrees. $14. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300.


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Intergalactic Star Healing. BrandNew Advanced Healing Available Now With Kelly Hampton, Nationally Renowned. Wow!. $1/2 Hr/$75 Or Star Healing/$350. Herbs & Angels, 1989A Plainfield Pike, Johnston. 401-383-2344. Mixed Level Yoga – 9:30-11am. Flowing movements and deeper holds. First Class Free. One Yoga Studio, 142A Danielson Pike (2nd Floor), Foster. 401-578-4162.

Svaroopa Yoga – 9:45-11:15am. See Tuesday at 4pm for details. $17, $112/8. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. Barre and Ball Class – 10-11am. Ballet barre (30 min) and Pilates on stability ball (30 min) moves to lengthen and tone muscles. $9/with package, $14/ drop in. RI Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

Chair Yoga – 3:30-4:30pm. See Tuesday at 11:30 for details. $12/drop-in, $10/with class card. Eyes of the World Yoga Center, One Park Row, Providence. 401-295-5002. Yin (Gentle) Yoga – 4-5pm. Quiet practice using floor postures to stretch and stimulate. All levels. $10, $45/5, $99/11. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600. Kids Yoga Club – 5-6pm. Fun filled class emphasizing breath, postures and meditation. Ages 5-12. (Younger kids or siblings are welcome if accompanied by an adult). $10. The Yoga Loft, 16 Cutler St, Warren. 401-245-0881.

Open Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Covering the basics in a relaxed atmosphere. All levels. $10, $42/6. Yoga School of South County, 1058 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 401-782-9511. Beginner Iyengar yoga – 5:30-7pm. Strengthen and stretch with focus on alignment. $5 off first class. $16, $14/student. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650.

Ananda Yoga – Paramhansa Yogananda – 5:30-7pm. Ananda’s integrated approach to Yoga explores the body’s subtle energies for physical wellness & spiritual growth. Posture-AffirmationsPranayam-Meditation. All Welcome! $10. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Yoga for Stress Reduction – 5:45-7pm. Learn Hatha yoga postures that reduce the effects of stress on the body. Suitable for all levels. $14, $96/8. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, @The Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. All Levels Pilates – 6-7pm. Focus on alignment and course ability. Total body workout that tones, strengthens, improves balance, mobility and agility. $12, packages available. Simplify Yoga, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-419-1298. Just Breathe – 6-7pm. Discover where to find happiness from a different source. Enjoy guided meditations that will lead you to mental clarity and inner peace. $8. Buddhist Nun, Kelsang Chokyi, 339 Ives St, Providence. 401-286-9760.

Zumba – 6-7pm. See Tuesday at 6pm for $12/ or 8/$80. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348.

Soul Chill – 6-7:15pm. Move like a gentle wave, opening with a restorative centering, warm-ups, moving into fluid posture and soulful movement. Explore new edges and settle into sweet awareness. $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839. Vinyasa Yoga – 6-7:45pm. See Tuesday at 5 for details. $45/6 classes, new student special. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642.

Hosting Ladies Night – 6-9pm. Trivia game, massage, skin care, demos, tarot cards, gift ideas from local artisans. Hosted by Waves of Healing. Free. Chiazza Trattoria, 308 County Rd, Barrington. Zumba Toning – 6:15-7:15pm. Join the party with a latin inspired dance workout! Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, and more. Zumba toning sticks are used with this class. $10 call to register. B.I.A. Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Pilates w/Props – 6:30-7:30pm. Promotes deeper awareness, concentration, stability and control. $15/ or purchase a pass. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St, Bdg D, East Greenwich. 401-261-4137.

Hatha Yoga – 7-8:15pm. See Tuesday at 5:45pm for details. $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Gentle Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Perfect class for those who are looking for a gentle and peaceful practice. Special focus on using the breathe to relax the body and mind. Mediation and Reiki. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Kundalini Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Postures, pranayam, mantra, music and meditation for relaxation, selfhealing. $12, $10/students,$100/10. St Martin’s Church, 50 Orchard Ave, Great Hall, Providence. 508-376-6206.

Gangaji Video Gathering – 7-9pm. 1st Thursday. Gangaji, an Awakened teacher, invites you to shift your allegiance from the activities of your mind to the eternal presence of your being. $5/ suggested donation. Julianne Eanniello, Westerly, Call for location and directions. 401-315-0254. Yin Yoga – 7:45-9pm. Weekly Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation class with Jenn Thomas. Slow, steady holding of postures to enhance natural healing systems of the body and mind. dropin rate $17. Eyes of the World Yoga Center, One Park Row, Providence. 401-295-5002.


30 Minute Training Express – 8-8:30am. See Tuesday at 8am for details. $5/call to register. B.I.A. Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Zumba Toning – 9-10am. See Thursday at 6:15pm for details. $10/call to register. B.I.A. Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Pilates Wunda Chair Class – 9am-9:30pm. Strengthen and lengthen muscles and improve balance. Class is limited to 6 students, call to reserve. $15, $60/5. RI Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Nia Class – 10:30-11:30am. Fusion fitness movement class that blends rhythmic music with easy to follow movements. $3/members, $4/non members. Swift Community Center, 121 Pierce St, East Greenwich.

Beginner Yoga Lunch Hour – 12-1pm. Practice yoga on your lunch hour at Beautiful Shri Studio! Relieve stress from your day and return to work refreshed. Located in downtown Pawtucket. $10. Samantha Lebeau, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. Imagination and creativity expand as bodies are s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d with yoga poses, breathing exercises, partner poses and yoga games in a playful, friendly format. $12, $40/4 weeks. One Yoga Center, 142A Danielson Pike #5, Foster. 401-368-9642.

Yoga for Everybody – 5-6:45pm. Start the weekend refreshed, present and energized. New Student $45 unlimited classes/month. One Yoga Center, 142A Danielson Pike #5, Foster. 401-368-9642.

Zumba – 5:30-6:30pm. Latin-inspired, easy-tofollow, calorie-burning, dance fitness-party. Wear comfortable support sneakers, bring a water bottle and towel. $15. The Yoga Loft, 16 Cutler St, Warren. 401-245-0881.

Ideal Protein Free Workshop – 5:30-7pm. See Wednesday at 11:45 for details. Free. Integrated Medical Weight Loss, 1050 Main St, 2nd Fl Ste #18, East Greenwich. 401-886-9669. TGIF Flow Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Flow class taught with the motivation of music. Let the beats and rhythm challenge you to go deeper into your flow. A great way to purge the stress of your work week. $14. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300.



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Free Hatha Yoga – 6:30-8pm. The benefits of Hatha Yoga are numerous – increased flexibility, relaxation, rejuvenation, quieting the mind to name a few. Come and get in touch with your soul. Free. Dr. Lynda Wells, 260B Columbia St, Wakefield. 789-5185.

Women’s Spirituality/Intention Group – 7-9pm. 2nd Friday. See Monday at 7pm for details. $15. Pat Hastings, Providence. 401-521-6783. SURUCHI Vegan/ Veg/ Indian Dining – 7:1510pm. Semi organic, non-violent, nutritious, wholesome, balanced meal with Indian music, delightful aromas, Positive energy & Pleasant conversation with friends. Reserve by Thusday. $22. Manisha Yoga Dance & Holistic Center, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket. 401-305-5265. Hawaiian Hula for Exercise – 7:30-8:30pm. An ancient tradition, interpreted for the mainstream. No experience necessary. $18/2. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave., Cranston. 401-780-9809.


Zumba – 8:30-9:30am. See Tuesday at 6:30 for details. $10. BIA Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Yoga Class – 9-10am. Practice yoga postures (asana), basic breathing (pranayama) and techniques to invoke relaxation and cultivate inner peace for a mind-body. $10/First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906. Yoga Basics – 9-10am. This class is designed to effortlessly strengthen and tone the body while increasing flexibility and suppleness of the joints. Great for beginners!. $12/ Package of 8 $80. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-2332348.

Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Mixed levels, beginners welcome. New student specials. $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. All Level Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. A blend of posture flows to music and deep floor work to tone, strengthen, release tension & energize! In the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $14, $96/8. TheYogaStudio of Blackstone RiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Free Tour of Alternative Food Co-op – 10-11am. Eat organic, whole foods and conserve natural resources. Cooking demo. Free. Alternative Food Co-op, 357 Main St, Wakefield. 401-789-2240. Wintertime Farmers Market – 10am-1pm. Variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, gluten free breads, tortillas, chocolates, fair trade coffee hot or by the pound. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. Gentle Prenatal – 10:15-11:15am. Deepen relationship with your baby through breathing and yoga poses. $10, $42/6. Yoga School of South County, 1058 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 401-782-9511. Kids Zumba (ZumbAtomic) – 10:45-11:30am. Crank it up, shake it up, and turn up the fun with Zumba! Kids will have fun with Hip Hop, Salsa, Calypso, Merengue, Cumbia, and more. $5/call to reserve. BIA Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Pre-natal Yoga – 10:45am-12pm. Explore changes and prepare for childbirth in a supportive atmosphere. $16, $104/8. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. Yoga Chair – 11:15am-12:30pm. For the mature yogi or for those individuals healing an injury. The chair is used for extra support and to help with balance. Deep relaxation and meditation. $11. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Rhode Island Orchid Society Monthly Meeting – 12:30-2pm. Last Saturday. Free. Rhode Island Orchid Society, Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Greenhouse entrance, Providence. 401-769-0369. Grandmother’s Empowerment Group – 1-3pm. Usually the 1st Saturday. Based on A Call to Power: The Grandmothers Speak: finding balance in a chaotic world. Donation. The Healing Circle, Providence. 508-292-2798. CPR Certification – 2-4pm. Learn how to save a life. Class will cover all you need to become proficient. Nationally recognized certification card will be issued upon successful completion. $50. It’s My Health, 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-405-0819. Seagrave Observatory Public Night – 8-10pm. Viewings through a variety of telescopes every clear Saturday Night, weather permitting. Free. Skyscrapers, 47 Peep Toad Rd, North Scituate.

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How to Live in Spiritual Power and Transform Your Life Pat Hastings, Spiritual Life Coach, Speaker, RadioTalk Show Host Do you want to live in Spiritual Power and transform your life? Pat’s story is about a woman who chose Love instead of fear and is now living her passion and dream. Her story will make you laugh and cry, give you hope, deepen your faith and prove without a shadow of a doubt that you are loved and never alone. Her book can be purchased at or

chiropractor Chiropractic Physician Dr. Michael Gottfried 1272 West Main Rd. Aquidneck Chiropractic Middletown, RI 02842 401-849-7011

My purpose is to support you by listening to you; providing you with gentle, low force chiropractic care coupled with stress management, nutrition, and exercise information to assist you to take action on your road back to health. With 30 years of experience doing what I love to do in a supportive environment, miracles can happen.


Guidance in Achieving Your Goals David Monson 181 Main Street, 2nd floor, Blackstone, MA 508-883-1007

Patrice Ruggieri

Well-Sense Health Coaching 866-349-0025 or 401-578-6588 Lose weight, lose stress and lose the guilt! Your simple, solution to divorce yourself from emotional eating, kill cravings, break the diet/binge cycle & lose weight for life! Get caring, confidential relief from emotional eating in our 12 week systematic program that guarantees your weight loss success. We coach anywhere with convenient one to one phone coaching & a private website membership filled with the tools you need to support your weight loss for life. See ad on page 43.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY Inner Health Colon Hydrotherapy

Lori DeLang, I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist 450 Chauncy St., Mansfield, MA at Rtes. 95, 495 & 106 508-261-1611 •

Cleanse your colon with privacy and dignity, using the premier Angel of Water system. The large intestine (colon) is cleansed by instilling purified water into the lower bowel through a disposable nozzle. The water initiates natural movement of the colon to eliminate waste.  You remain in control of the flow of water at all times. Remember: The Road to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad, page 25.

DEPTH HYPNOSIS Katharine A. Rossi 401-924-0567

Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access the root cause of imbalances and transform your relationship with others and self.  Depth Hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change.  Phone and office sessions available.

dog school

As a certified Life Coach, I have been coaching individuals and groups for many years in the areas of Successful Communication, Personal Relationships and Life Strategy Development. Men and women alike often wonder if they’re using their gifts effectively to contribute to themselves, those they love or others in their environment. We offer without obligation a complimentary consultation to determine if we can assist you in co-developing a focused path toward greater success, attainment of your dreams and a more fulfilled way of living. See ad page 13.

Alexandra Morgan’s Animal School 84 Cutler St, #7, Warren, RI 401-434-3687

Alexandra Morgan’s Animal School, located in the heart of Warren, RI, offers dog daycare, social boarding (play all day!), private lessons & group classes for puppies through advanced CGC. Rescued animals also available for adoption. Home made food, treats, and more! You love your dog. Your dog loves you. We’ll help you keep it that way.

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energy healing Body-Wise Therapeutics

Laura P. Clark, lcmt, cpia, cfr, cia 401-848-9825

Bodywork & Energy Shifting for Soulful Living. Laura uses an integrative holistic approach that helps you shift your energy, and allows your joy to shine through while working on the challenges of your life. Massage, Facial Reflexology, Feng Shui, Aromatherapy, Dream Coaching and more. See

ad, page 29.

light soul therapy

Jackie Van Dusen AM, RHP Wakefield, RI 401-284-0363


holistic guidance Angel Whispers Rhode Island

917 A Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 401-741-2278 Offering a variety of holistic energy therapies, which can be scheduled at Wellness Center at Gold Plaza in Warwick, private homes, businesses, hospitals, and nursing homes. Adriene also conducts Reiki certification courses and workshops on a variety of topics related the wellness. See ad, page 15.

Christine McCullough, MA Newport, RI 401-847-6551

Lose the Fear, Self-Doubt, Anger. Come back to center quickly. Transform dis-ease/dis-comfort. Return to JOY now. Guided meditation, energetic healing sessions, workshops, classes, ceremonies. Call for more information of visit my website.

Let me help you move through times of transition and transformation in your life. I offer integrative, holistic insights and solutions customized to your needs. Holistic Tarot, Spiritual Astrology, Energy Healing, Reiki II, Body Talk, Ear Coning, Life Coach, Non-denominational Celebrant.


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FAMILYTOPIA 401-300-9656 Helping parents nourish the soul of their family. Contact us for information about: Familytopia’s NEW Bullying E-Kit for Families: A downloadable e-kit filled with activities, quizzes and conversation starters that get kids and parents talking about: - Thinking from the heart - How to prevent bullying encounters. - Action steps for how to manage bullying encounters. - The power of the “Witness.”

feng shui Designs by Dragonfly Design in Feng Shui 1-401-383-2674

What was your New Year’s resolution? Lets make it together with feng shui!

fitness Margie Caldwell, AFPA Certified

Joanna Meriwether, BS, MSW

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interfaith minister INTERFAITH MINISTER Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316

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

Innisfree Body Works

Looking for someone who will listen deeply to your health concerns? Someone grounded in the sciences of health? Someone who has already done the research so you don’t have to? Using my training in physiology, psychology, and spirituality, I help people who are frustrated with their health, and want to use holistic options, find the best solution to help them feel well again. Email - call - read the blog to connect and learn more!

18 Post Rd Pawtuxet Village, Warwick 401-461-3788

Founder of Innisfree, David Walsh has been practicing massage therapy for more than 14 years. His hands speak multiple languages, and still he feels it all comes down to instinct and touch. His spiritual intentions and focus in deep tissue create a love for giving thorough treatments. Gift Certificates available. Call for yours today!



Sheila M. Frodermann, MA, ND, FHANP

Mark Ashley Hypnosis Health & Wellness

Consulting Hypnotist, Coach & Motivator 401-623-6709 • Motivation by means of hypnosis. Achieve amazing success with weight loss, fitness goals, stress management, insomnia, motivation, procrastination, anxiety, phobias, smoking and compulsive behaviors.

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St., Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • Holistic family health care: your comprehensive natural medicine clinic offering diet and nutritional counseling, herbal and homeopathic medicines, and acupuncture. Optimize health and wellness naturally! See ad page 9.

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Offering women’s personal training in a private home studio overlooking Narragansett Bay. Learn to love the body you’ve been given by applying the keys to proper strength training, effective cardio, and balanced nutrition.


Transformational hypnosis for lasting personal change. Smoking cessation. Weight loss. Stress. Pain. Relationships. Career issues. Sports. Goals. Habits. Fears. ADD issues. Confidence. Complementary medical hypnosis. Affordable. Fast. Effective. Free evaluation if desired. Visit website for free newsletter and information.


Holistic Health Education & Counseling 401-837-8870

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Keri Layton, N.D.

111 Chestnut St., Providence, RI Also at All That Matters, Wakefield, RI 401-536-4327 • Naturopathic medicine at its best. Diet and nutrient therapy, herbal medicine, NAET, homeopathy. Safe and effective treatments for men, women and children of all ages.

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

Dr Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy • North Smithfield RI 401-597-0477 • Whole-person health care for the entire family using safe and effective natural medicines. Meeting your health care needs with homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutrition and biotherapeutic drainage. Focus includes pediatrics and childhood developmental issues including autism and ADHD.

nutrition Samantha Lebeau – Health Coach

401-688-9181 As a health coach, Samantha will help you use the food you eat to combat stress, chronic fatigue, weight gain, depression, or a just a general lack of vibrancy. Learn how to fall in love with foods that serve your well-being! Specializing in counseling women. Call or email for a complementary health history consultation.


Valerie Cookson-Botto Miessence Independent Organics and Eco-Business Consultant 401-954-8551 World’s first comprehensive range of certified organic products certified to food grade standards. Call Valerie for a free consultation and experience unrivalled purity, potency and freshness in Miessence skin, hair, mineral cosmetics, baby, health and home care.  Flexible, ethical, eco-business available for people passionate about sustainability and organics.

physical therapy Charlestown Physical Therapy and Health Services Dr. Sara Michaud PT, DPT, ATC 3939 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, RI 02813 364-2020

At CPTHS we focus on retraining and restoring your body’s natural movement patterns to relieve pain and maximize performance. We do not use aides or assistants. All patients are treated with licensed professionals. Services are offered in rehabilitation, reconditioning, nutrition, fitness and massage. See ad page 5.


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Amanda de Rezendes

Reiki Master & Teacher Slatersville, RI Amanda is a certified Reiki Master available for sessions and training workshops. She brings a compassionate and intuitive understanding to her Reiki practice and works to empower her clients with the knowledge of their own ability for self-healing. Experience this ancient and non-invasive healing art to know your own energy, reduce stress and create balance.

Laurie Kraus

Barrington, RI 631-834-7786 Get support from Laurie Kraus, a result oriented Isagenix coach with much success behind her. Isagenix addresses two factors, which lead to excess weight and disease in a way that no other health and supplement company has: they are TOXICITY AND NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY. Isagenix products contain the highest quality natural botanicals, herbs, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, minerals and protein in the correct proportions to first cleanse on a cellular level, then deliver optimal nutrition. See ad page 6.

Sylvia Collins

Reiki Master & Teacher Warwick RI 401-921-4397


I would love to open your hands, your heart and your mind to the wonderful healing energy of Reiki. I am a Certified Reiki Master and Teacher, who would like to help you on your journey of personal growth through this safe, non-invasive healing modality. Because I have always had a deep connection with animals, I am also available to offer Reiki to your pet. Please contact me to learn more.


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 37.

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It’s Your Body’s Symphony

2051 Plainfield Pike • Johnston RI 02919 401-464-6100 • ITS ALL ABOUT YOU. You deserve the BEST The journey begins. Enter a new plateau @ ITS YOUR BODYS SYMPHONY We offer: A variety of massage therapies including La Stone, Cupping, Thai, Ultimate pumpkin & back facials, Reflexology… We look forward to your arrival. See ad page 15.

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

Marilyn Scallon RYT, CYT, Reiki Master 2374 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland RI 508 596-2974 Offering Weekly yoga classes, Shake Your Soul(R)/Yoga Dance, Private/Create Your Own Yoga Class, and vibrational sound healing. Our yoga classes are gentle as well as offering Hatha Yoga Flow. Teacher training also offered. Come and be inspired. See ad on page 21.

Chris Belanger, RYT

1648 Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 401-734-9355 Jane’s massage style incorporates relaxing Swedish strokes and deeper pressure as needed. Her techniques loosen tight muscles and bring about a sense of well being - mentally, emotionally, physically. Her work has helped those new to massage as well as those familiar with massage, including therapists and practitioners. New clients are encouraged to experience Jane’s warm, friendly approach and excellent results.

cathryn moskow, lcmt

401-261-7242 Offering Kripalu Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Yoga in the Park, Men’s Yoga, Gentle Yoga & Senior Yoga throughout RI – Classes are suitable for all levels. Explore your body, breath, mind & spirit. Chris is now offering Yoga for Vets - a program to thank vets for their service, while providing a valuable wellness tool for the mind & body. See ad on page 20.


315 Main Street • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 •

145 Waterman St., Providence (at Hope) 401-808-0837

Put your aches and pains into my hands… They’ve had 10,000 massages worth of experience. Since 1993. “Best of Boston”

Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 •

Choose from 45 yoga classes each week. Enjoy a variety of therapeutic health services. Experience workshops on yoga, meditation, self-care, self-discovery and the healing arts. See ad on page 19.

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Speaker & Demonstration Schedule

Speakers (Area B)

Demonstrations (Stage):

Speakers (Area A):

11:00am Elizabeth Desrochers, (Ancient Wisdom, LLC ) - “Ancient Wisdom”

10:15am Opening Ceremony with Gongs of Joy

11:30am Janet DeLeo – (FutureThink): “The Best Way to Predict Your Future is to CREATE it. “

11:00am Full Wave Yoga Demo by Linda Jaros - Life Breath Wellness Center & Studio

11:00am Donna Mac (DMac Voice Productions): “Listening: The Secret to Getting the Life you Desire” 11:30am Adriene Smith (Angel Whispers RI): “To Good Health - Healing with the Angels”

1:00pm White Swan, (White Swan’s Dream) – “Rose of the Heart Circle”

1:00pm Kelly Hampton (Author ): “Introducing Star Healing Intergalactic Energy”(RM)

1:30pm Holly Fleming, (The I in Life, LLC) and Lindsay Baker - “Weigh Less Stress - A non diet approach to weight loss and stress management”

1:30pm Tara Roth, CPC (Intuitive Coach): “Loving Who You See in the Mirror” 2:00pm Sue H. Singleton (The Way to Balance, LLC): “Medical Intuition: Find your ROOT CAUSE!” 2:30pm Jeffrey S. Deckman (Capability Accelerators): “The Emerging Role of Spirituality in Leadership” 3:00pm Sharon Welch (The Spirit Organization): “Coping With Change and Grief” 3:30pm Gladys Alicea (Heavenly Hugs): “Divine Guidance: Is the Universe trying to send you signs and signals?”

12:00pm Drumming Presentation with Rhythmic Journey Drumming 1:00pm Kettlebell Demo with Melissa Beliveau (Fitness with Bells) **2:00pm An Inspirational Talk with Roland Comtois

2:00pm Dr. Ravi Ratan (AromaTantra): “Chakra & Our Psychosomatic Health”

**3:00pm “Life, the Truth, and Being Free” Speaker and best-selling author Steve Maraboli

2:30pm Deborah Beauvais (Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network): “How To Turn Your Thoughts Into Divine Love!”

4:00pm “Shake Your Asana!” Power Yoga Demo by Kelly O’Connell (Yoga One Inc.)

3:00pm Jackie Van Dusen (Light Soul Therapy): “Awakening the Human Consciousness in 2011” 3:30pm Patricia Raskin (Patricia Raskin Positive Living): “Staying Positive in Challenging Times

4:30pm Closing Ceremony with Gongs of Joy **Guest Speakers To learn more visit

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