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mong the many things I love about Natural Awakenings, is our commitment to the choices, and options that exist. The respect that we are all individuals, and there is no one school, medical treatment or way of thinking that works for everyone. Each month we present these different views and ways of looking at things to awaken our minds and our hearts to so many different possibilities. The way we do things often evolves over the years to a place where it’s done simply because it’s always been done that way. This is true in business, in our personal lives, and in our school system. Interesting read by Lisa Marshall on page 20 in her article Democracy in Action on how our public school system has evolved and continues to, out of a growing discontent over the standardization of traditional school systems. Fortunately, some forward thinking parents and officials have worked to develop alternatives. With at least 11 Public Charter Schools and 9 Alternative Schools in Rhode Island there are plenty of options available. It’s interesting to see that the ‘lottery’ system must be employed for enrollment in these unique schools due to the large volume of parents wanting their children to attend. With the Rhode Island school system so often under fire, it’s not surprising that these parents want something different for their children. Education for our children is so critical to their future but just as critical is making sure our kids are safe and healthy. We must keep them protected. Valerie Cookson-Botto on page 24 tells us about keeping our children safe. In her article Protecting Children From Hidden Household Hazards, she warns about the dangers of the toxic chemicals that they are surrounded with. Although we have conquered so many of the life threatening diseases that nature has sent our way, it seems we are countering our success with life threatening environmental hazards. With 80 percent of diseases due to these hazards, we need to strive to minimize exposure to them whenever possible, for both our children and ourselves. I hope you enjoy this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings. This August marks our 24th issue of the Rhode Island edition. As our following has grown, so has my love for our community. There is much that Rhode Island has to offer, especially in the summer. So bring a copy of the magazine along with you and consider taking the kids to the beach, the park, or camping. When I was young, my family went camping most every weekend. Camping back in the 60’s and 70’s was a little different than today in a pop up trailer before campsites had running water and electricity. As an adult, I asked my mother how it was a vacation for her, having to heat up the water to wash the dishes on a Coleman stove, using a block of ice in the cooler to keep food cold. Wouldn’t that be more work? She answered that my brother and I were happy off swimming and playing and my dad was napping and she was quite content with all her family happy, safe and together. Isn’t that enough?

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newsbriefs Five-Day Yoga Intensive at Motion Center


otion Center is offering a series of classes designed to help individuals go deeper with the daily practice of ashtanga yoga. The class will be held for five days, from Monday, August 15 through Friday, August 20, from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Enrollment is limited to eight students, and it is not necessary to have an already established ashtanga yoga practice. Cost is $108. Jill Manning will be the instructor for the class, which will use the Mysore style yoga practice method wherein each student practices the same sequence of poses at their own pace. Over five days, a relationship develops between teacher, student and the practice. “The method provides time for observation, assessment and direction,” explains Manning. “And, the effects will encourage and inspire you.” Jill Manning has studied and practiced yoga since 1998. In June 2000 she received her initial certification from Integral Yoga Institute in New York City and has since gone on to study with many of the world’s most revered living yoga masters, including Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, (with whom she spent fourteen weeks at his yoga shala in 2006, 2007, and 2008 trips to Mysore, India). She continues to travel to India yearly, study Sanskrit and teach workshops and Intensives nationally Motion Center, located within Chestnut Street Wellness Center, offers yoga and dance classes as well as therapeutic massage, Rolfing, Thai yoga massage, pre/ postnatal massage and private yoga sessions Motion Center is located at 111 Chestnut Street in Providence’s Historic Jewelry District. For information call 401.654.6650 or visit


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he New England Holistic Chamber of Commerce (NEHCC) will celebrate its four-year anniversary with a special celebration on August 17 beginning at 6 p.m. The event will be held at Chelo’s on the Waterfront in Warwick. Admission is free, and all are welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring items to raffle, and a 50/50 cash raffle will be held. NEHCC is an organization for business people of all professions who are committed to a holistic approach to business and life. The mission of the group is to create a community that uses its synergy to increase the business opportunities and mainstream acceptance of the holistic community in the New England region. For information call 401-427-2233 or visit Chelo’s on the Waterfront is located at 1 Masthead Drive in Warwick.

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newsbriefs Pre-Natal and Post Natal Yoga at Shri Studio


hri Studio, Rhode Island’s largest yoga studio, is introducing pre-natal and post-natal yoga classes starting in August. The classes signify the launch of Shri Studio’s new family wellness program, led by family yoga program director, Vanessa Weiner. The pre-natal yoga will focus on gentle stretches and safe yoga postures to relieve some of the physical discomforts of pregnancy, as well as effective labor positions and paincoping strategies to use during birthing. Benefits of pre-natal yoga can include increased energy, a general sense of wellbeing, and alleviation of typical discomforts during pregnancy. Classes are open to women of all fitness levels and yoga backgrounds. Post-natal yoga classes focus on the months after birth. During these one-hour classes, Weiner will help new mothers transition into their new life role by facilitating greater bonding with newborn babies. Yoga postures to help strengthen the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles will be taught, in addition to energizing breathing techniques. Classes are open to women of all fitness levels and their infants up to pre-crawling. Both classes will include time for facilitated discussion with other moms about topics relevant to each individual’s current status. This brand new studio features all-new equipment in a stunning space, as well as some of the most affordable classes in RI with the purchase of class cards and shri sets. Pre-natal classes begin on August 11 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., with a second session beginning in September from 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Post-Natal classes also begin August 11 from 10:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. All classes will be held on Wednesdays. Shri Studio is located at 21 Broad Street in Pawtucket. For information email or visit Shri-Studio. com. See ad on page 36.

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Mark Ashley Moves to New Location


ark Ashley Hypnosis Health and Wellness has moved to The Life Breath Institute in East Greenwich. Mark D. Ashley is a consulting hypnotist, coach and motivator with more than 18 years of personal and business consulting experience. According to Ashley, a consulting hypnotist is one who does motiMark Ashley vational coaching by means of hypnotism, not psychotherapy or health care. Ashley consults with adults, teenagers and couples with issues such as weight loss, exercise, stress, problems sleeping, lack of motivation and more. “If you are dealing with anxiety attacks, compulsive behaviors, compulsive thoughts, fear of public speaking, fear of flying or other phobias, or just feeling down and depressed, I can help.”

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newsbriefs Chance of a Lifetime for Local Chef


hris Oliveri (known as Chef Chris), owner of World’s Fare Chef, was recently afforded a rare opportunity to make a real change. On a Friday afternoon in June, over 500 chefs from 37 states, including Chef Chris, stormed the White House to attend the launch of the First Lady’s “Chefs Move to Schools” initiative. The initiative is part of her “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation. The Chefs Move to Schools initiative will pair chefs with “adopted” schools, to work with teachers, parents, administrators and school nutrition professionals to help educate kids about food and nutrition. The day began at the JW Marriott for the Share Our Strength (SOS) symposium: Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids. SOS is a non-profit organization committed to ending childhood hunger by 2015. The symposium featured U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, SOS founder and executive director, Billy Shore, and White House Assistant Chef, Sam Kass. From there, the chefs moved on to the White House for a tour of Michelle Obama’s south lawn garden. “As expected, it was an immaculate array of vegetables ready for harvest and to be transformed into presidential repast,” says Chef Chris. After being seated, the First Lady disseminated the goals of the initiative and “Chef Chris,” Chris Oliveri gave helpful hints to go about the small, incremental changes necessary to achieve these goals. “It is a daunting task and a lot of work,” explains Chef Chris. “Those words were mentioned many times throughout this historic and unforgettable day, but nothing of this scope and impact is ever easy.” Chef Chris has more than 20 years of experience in the food industry. Through is personal chef service, World’s Fare Chef, he offers small event catering, cooking classes, interactive cooking classes and dinner parties. For information call 401-742-2044, email or visit See ad on page 11.

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orma Young of Second Wind Coaching is offering a free, 45-minute introductory coaching session. In August, a small group session will be formed. Most of the coaching is done via phone, therefore it is open to all locations. The coaching sessions are designed to help individuals gain a fresh perspective and move forward toward creating the life he or she wants. “We can all improve our lives with the right support,” says Young. Young, who is also a Reiki master teacher, is a graduate of Coach U and specializes in coaching people in major life transitions, such as divorce, a job change, moving, etc. “The best support comes from a smart, caring, compassionate and experienced coach who will help you get your ‘Second Wind’ and reach your goals,” she explains. “That is who I am.” Second Wind Coaching is located in Cranston. For information call 401-943-4143. See ad on page 6.


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Serenity Holistics Offers New Service


erenity Holistics is nearing their oneyear anniversary and are kicking off their next year by offering a new service to customers. Donna Madden will be offering craniosacral therapy, a gentle holistic therapy involving the manipulation of the bones in the skull. Using a soft touch, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, thereby helping to relieve pain and a variety of other ailments. Serenity Holisitics owner and certified Reiki master, Kim Bishop, says the addition of the therapy is a natural progression for Serenity. “We offer Reiki services as well as Reiki classes for those wishing to become certified.” In addition, the retail location offers artwork painted by Bishop and her mother. Most of the artwork is oil, and incorporates healing stones. Other products available include handmade jewelry, incense, herbal teas, soy candles, salt lamps and more. Serenity Holistics is located at 1635 Warwick Avenue in Warwick. For information call 401-732-7772. See ad on page 27.

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Sunscreens Still Fall Short on Safety The nonprofit Environmental Working Group has reported some success in its campaign to improve sunscreens. As of last year, 70 percent of sunscreens contained strong UVA filters, compared with 29 percent the year before, and 19 percent fewer sunscreens contained oxybenzone, which government data has linked to hormone disruption. Still, EWG scientists can recommend only 39 of 500 beach and sport sunscreens on the market this summer. That’s just 8 percent that earn a green light both for protecting skin against sun damage and excluding hazardous chemicals in favor of UV-blocking minerals, with zinc a better choice than titanium. A new problem is that one in six sunscreens promotes exaggerated SPF claims of greater than 50, which may give a false sense of protection and encourage overexposure to direct sunlight. Another is the presence of a vitamin A compound named retinyl palmitate, found in 41 percent of sunscreens and linked to skin tumors and lesions in government research. “Many sunscreens available in the United States may be the equivalent of modern-day snake oil,” concludes Jane Houlihan, EWG’s senior vice president for research. EWG continues to recommend that people resort to hats, clothing and shade for primary protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Look up ratings for sunscreens, moisturizers and lip balms at ewg. org/2010sunscreen.

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Microwave Popcorn Toxicity Study


opcorn is one of the add-ons that rarely fails to make watching a movie more fun, but the modern way of preparing this popular snack may harbor an unhappy secret. Research by the U.S. government now reports that microwave popcorn may contain chemicals that can cause health problems. At issue is that commercial popcorn companies often coat their microwave popcorn bags with a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) which has been found to cause both cancer and lung disease in laboratory animals. Making matters worse, the butter substitute that generally accompanies microwavable popcorn contains a chemical called diacetyl, a common food-flavoring agent that, according to health scientists, is responsible for bronchiolitis obliterans, a serious, debilitating lung disease. For an easy and fun healthy alternative, nutritionists suggest that we pop our own popcorn. All that’s needed is a large, high pot, about four tablespoons of peanut or canola oil and a small handful of organic popcorn kernels. When the kernels start popping, shake the pot to let the steam escape and to let the unpopped kernels fall to the bottom. As soon as the popping slows down, remove the pot from the stove, pour the popcorn into a bowl, season with a small amount of real butter or olive oil and natural salt or brewer’s yeast to taste, et voilà, happy eating.

Natural Sleep Aids for Kids


arious factors may cause a child’s sleeplessness, so before reaching for conventional drugs and sleep medications, parents may want to first consider changing a child’s bedtime routine. For example, try turning off the television and computer a couple of hours before bedtime to avoid overstimulation. It also helps to keep the child’s bedroom as calm and stress-free as possible; aromatherapy-scented pillows, soaps and lotions that work best include lavender, sage and chamomile. Homeopathic remedies are another option; practitioners advise that such gentler medications are usually well tolerated by children. Choices include Kali phosphoricum for overstimulation, Magnesium phosphoricum to calm a child and to relieve colic, and Passiflora incarnata for a child who is too tired to go to sleep. Another natural sleep aid is drinking an herbal tea made from chamomile, passion flower and valerian an hour before bedtime. Before implementing any herbal remedy for a good night’s sleep, parents should consult a certified herbalist to ensure they are administering it correctly for the child’s age and weight. Sources:,,


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inspiration If the roof collapses, your business shouldn’t do the same. Matthew J. Andrews

Four Ways to Light(en) Up Your Life by Isha Judd


n an increasingly unpredictable world where anxiety and insecurity abound, where can we turn to find peace and happiness? The simple answer is: within ourselves. Here’s how.

1. Get present When you find yourself in the midst of a worrisome situation, stop. Go inward, and ask yourself, “What is wrong in this moment?” Usually, nothing is wrong at that time. It is when we stray off into past regrets and future concerns that anxiety kicks in; don’t deny the problems that you are facing, but don’t get lost in them, either. Being in the present will bring you greater alertness and inner security, allowing you to face challenges more objectively and with greater calm. 2. Laugh at yourself When you realize that you are obsessing over a concern or a worry, laugh at yourself. Just look up at the sky and think, “Oh! I’m doing it again.” When you don’t take yourself so seriously, you immediately disarm the worry and anxiety of the human intellect. This will help you take stock of the situation and reassess things more clearly. 3. Go with the flow As adults, we lose the ability to flow. We cling to the idea of what we want

and fight against the current of life, because we think that securing what we want is what is going to make us happy. But that’s not the truth; our happiness depends upon the wisdom of the choices we make in each moment. Ask yourself, “Am I choosing to be happy, or am I fighting for what I want? Am I attached to an idea or am I willing to flow?”

4. Take responsibility for your own happiness “If only he or she wasn’t so… then, I could be happy.” Does this sound familiar? We are so dependent on the behaviors of others that whenever they aren’t doing what we want them to, we suffer. If your happiness depends upon others, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. People continually change and things are never exactly the way we expect them to be. Stop trying to change others so that you can be happy. Instead, focus on praising and appreciating the people around you.

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Smacking Good Snacks NATURALLY HEALTHY CHOICES KIDS CRAVE by Judith Fertig


dults may think in terms of three meals a day, but kids are natural grazers, enjoying small portions of lots of different foods throughout the day. So it makes sense for parents to expand the notion of snack time and to have healthy foods ready when hunger strikes at a moment’s notice. If kids can understand that a snack simply means a smaller portion of a good-for-us food instead of a processed item with empty calories, the rest is easy. More, when kids can help prepare the snack and are more invested in the process, they’re also more likely to eat it, advises Marina Ganter, a former researcher with Bon Appétit and Gourmet and the mother of daughters Zoe and Charlotte, ages 9 and 7. The following ideas for premade, easy-to prepare snacks will curb hunger

and deliciously nourish children. It’s easy to keep several options on hand and form good eating habits early. Naturally Sweet ~ “One way for your kids to enjoy healthy snacks is to get them started on naturally sweet foods,” says Christine Steendahl, of and, which sell menus and shopping lists to parents looking for guidance in meal preparation. “Since most kids crave sweets… naturally sweet foods such as fruits are perfect.” Real bananas, oranges, apples, cherries, strawberries and other fruits are popular with most kids. She suggests, “You can mix in yogurt or even make a fruit smoothie with some milk and a drop of chocolate or other natural flavors.” Or cut a firm, ripe banana (a good source of potassium) in half horizontally and insert a frozen treat stick in the cut end. Then, roll or brush the banana in antioxidant-rich, melted chocolate chips. Kids like these fresh or frozen; if frozen, let the chocolate-coated bananas cool, then wrap and freeze them for up to a month. Frozen Yogurt ~ Jessica Seinfeld, author of Deceptively Delicious (, is the mother of Sascha, 9, Julian, 7, and Shepherd, 4, and the wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld. She makes frozen yogurt “lollies” (frozen lollipops) by puréeing a 16-ounce carton of plain yogurt with two or more cups of fresh or frozen berries in a blender or food processor. She then pours the mixture into frozen treat molds. “Your kids think they’re just getting a treat,” she smiles, “but these


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lollies are a great low-calorie, low-fat alternative to high-fat ice cream.” Little Plates ~ Ganter celebrates her family’s French/Greek heritage with mezedes, or “meze”—little plates of lots of things—which her daughters adore. “These vary constantly at our house,” she notes, “depending on what’s fresh at the market and what’s in my fridge. The great thing about small plates is that children are free to take as much or as little as they want and can sample several things at once.” The variety might include hummus, cucumbers, roasted red peppers, feta cheese, pita bread, Kalamata olives and steamed spinach, flavored with garlic and olive oil. From the Garden ~ When children pick their own foods from a garden, they are more likely to eat the resulting dish, especially fresh vegetables. Tatjana

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Dog lovers with a pet that trembles, whines or rushes to the door in anticipation of being left alone know that the problem can interfere with work, school or travel days and make life difficult for you and your companion. In severe cases, a vet may even prescribe a sedative or antidepressant drug for an animal, a practice that seldom reaches the root causes of separation anxiety, and may lead to serious, longterm health problems.

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To start, it is important to understand that virtually every domestic dog lives in a confusing world. Improperly socialized or mistreated, abused or abandoned dogs, as well as those that live with a nervous, angry or depressed person, may be more prone to separation anxiety. The breed and physical requirements of your dog may contribute to anxiety, as well. Dogs are social animals. They need to feel part of a pack, with a sense of rank. In the course of domesticating dogs, humans have become pack leaders in the minds of household canines, so the behavior and habits of the primary caregiver largely influences a dog’s behavior. While it may seem like a good idea to add another animal to the household to keep your companion company, this can actually make matters worse, by confusing its sense



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orky the dog so dislikes being left alone that he has ripped up car upholstery and jumped through windows in an attempt to rejoin his humans when they leave the house for school, work or errands. Shay, on the other hand, watches calmly out the window when her humans leave each day.

of pack hierarchy and creating a state of continuous competition. It may be a better idea to provide substitute leadership in the form of another human. Dog walkers, friends, neighbors or relatives could come by and spend time with the dog when you’re away, acting as a surrogate, temporary pack mate. You could consider a good doggie daycare provider, but there is no permanent substitute for the human alpha leader, who must be a strong, controlling presence whenever you are together. From the beginning of your relationship, a dog will gain trust and faith in your leadership, avoiding costly dog-sitting bills later on. Once puppyhood is past, you can keep a dog from becoming bored and tearing the house apart when you’re out by employing the following tips and tricks. n Leave the television on, tuned to a nature show channel. Human voices can provide reassurance that humans still exist during your absence.


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calmer and stopped tearing apart the furniture after just a few weeks of using the herbs. Other animals become anxious in the vicinity of loud noises, whether or not the caregiver is at home. Many caregivers have found a melatonin supplement helpful in these instances. Whatever the reason, it’s hard to leave a companion behind when you know they suffer in your absence. With a bit of knowledge and care, you can help make the periods of separation much easier.

n Leave talk radio on. Soothing music also tames the savage beast, and in many cases it will help a lonely, confused pooch to relax. n A toy filled with peanut butter or dog treats might keep him busy. Upon returning home, give the dog the treats that were in the toy and take the toy away. n Ignore the dog for several minutes before leaving the house and when you return. Do not shower him with hugs and kisses as you are leaving, as this may add to his anxiety. n Begin by leaving for short periods of time, and then increase it over a few weeks. Each time you return, have the dog sit, and praise and reward him with a treat when he is calm. n When in doubt, work with a recommended animal behaviorist. Also, consider any physical problems that may be causing the anxiety disorder.

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unworkable in our present society, where education funding is increasingly tied to student academic performance. But 40 years after the birth of The Free School, and the 1960s “democratic education” movement that inspired it, the nearly defunct philosophy appears to be making a comeback. In May, a group of educators founded the Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA), which, Students practice hands-on through town meetings, learning outside of classroom walls. social networking and online education, aims to help teachers infuse more crucial point,” says Jerry student choice into what they see Mintz, who founded as an autocratic K-12 public school AERO in 1989. “Everysystem. Meanwhile, new, private body knows there is democratic schools have opened in something wrong with Seattle, Portland, Denver, New York the current educational City and elsewhere, bringing the system, and people are number to 85, according to the nonnow starting to realize profit Alternative Education Resource they have choices.” Organization (AERO). In all, its online directory has swelled to 12,000 opOld Factory tions, including those affiliated with Model of Montessori, Waldorf, Democratic and Schooling other methods which, while they differ When parents step into in curriculum, all share a dedication many public school to a learner-centered approach. classrooms today, they By contrast, according to the U.S. find neat rows of desks Department of Education, the number occupied by children, of kids enrolled in an assigned public school dipped from 80 percent in 1993 while a teacher in the front of the room presents to 73 percent in 2007. “We are at a



sk Isaac Graves what seventh grade was like at The Free School in Albany, New York, and he paints a picture that would seem like a dream to many conventional middle schoolers—and a nightmare to their administrators. There were no tests, no homework and almost no schedules. On a typical day, students of all ages would scatter around the refurbished inner-city tenement at will, some spontaneously engaging in a game of Dungeons and Dragons in one room, while others planned a trip to Puerto Rico, learned Spanish from a fellow student, or designed a literary magazine on the computer. At weekly, democratic, all-school meetings, they voted on everything from what optional classes the school should offer to what color to paint the walls; not once were they asked to fill in small circles with a number 2 pencil to prove they were learning something. “We were, at a very young age, in control of our education,” recalls Graves, a remarkably astute 23-year-old who now lives in Oregon and works as an event planner. “I had to figure out what I liked, what my passions were, and how to access information in a variety of ways. I had to interact with adults in a real way—not just as authority figures. I had to learn how to learn.” To many, the notion of a school without schedules where kids and adults have equal say and “test” is almost a dirty word seems utterly


Is a more democratic model of schooling the answer to today’s education crisis?

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mom named Mary Leue opened The Free School in Albany (Albany FreeSchool. com). By the 1970s, as many as 800 democratic schools were in operation. While pioneering models like Sudbury Valley and The Free School have survived and flourished, Miller says the larger movement became usurped by the 1980s trend toward more standardization, with most democratic schools shutting their doors. Now, growing discontent over standardization has inspired a revival. “The public school system tends to operate under the paradigm that kids are naturally lazy and must be forced to learn, so they need homework and testing to be motivated,” says Mintz. “Advocates of democratic education and other learner-centered approaches believe that children have a natural passion for learning and are good judges of what they need to learn. Our job as educators is to provide them resources.”

a lesson. When the bell rings, students file into another room, where the same scene plays out again. That structure, according to education historians, is no accident. With the Industrial Revolution underway in the 1800s and waves of families moving from rural settings (where life followed a seasonal rhythm) to cities, education pioneers faced a formidable task. “Civic leaders realized that people were not well prepared for this new lifestyle of working in a factory,” explains Ron Miller, Ph.D., a widely published education historian. “Public education was designed with the idea that people had to learn how to follow a set schedule, follow orders and come up with a product in the end. The day was broken up into time periods with a bell, because that was what factory work entailed.” Miller observes that the system served its purpose well. “The U.S. became a tremendously productive industrial society.” But by the 1960s, some critics began to point to what they saw as a glaring hypocrisy: America claimed to be a democratic society, yet our youngest citizens were given no voice. In 1968, a group of parents in Sudbury, Massachusetts, founded the Sudbury Valley School, a K-12 learning center where adults were literally prohibited from initiating activities, while kids chose what to do, where and when (SudVal. org). One year later, a homeschooling

Renewed Democracy in Action Rebirth of the democratic school movement can be credited in part to Alan Berger, an idealistic New York teacher who, after reading an article about the 1960s Free School movement in 2002, was inspired to open The Brooklyn Free School in the basement of a small church. Today, the school is thriving, with a diverse student body of 60, a new five-story brownstone to call home, and a sliding fee scale that lets children of all economic backgrounds participate in an education they largely create themselves. On a typical morning, students gather in the music room for impromptu Beatles jam sessions, do yoga in the

“Montessori really is a ‘no child left behind’ teaching philosophy. If you are ready to keep moving, you keep moving. If you aren’t, you can stay on task until you get it.” ~ Tanya Stutzman, whose six children have attended Montessori schools in Sarasota, Florida

“The reading, writing and academics all came out eventually, as day-to-day living required that they learned them.” ~ Wonshe, who “unschooled” both of her sons in rural Virginia

“Waldorf understands that there are many ways for a child to express oneself— not just through words and academics, but also through creativity.” ~ Patrice Maynerd, who enrolled her son in Waldorf education at age 3

hallway, scrawl art across a designated wall or curl up with a book in the wellstocked library. Some attend optional math and writing classes. For others, the year’s lesson plan evolves more organically out of a larger goal. For example, in preparation for a school trip to Tanzania, some students studied Swahili, African cuisine and the region’s history. “There are just so many things that I love here,” raves student Erin Huang Schaffer in a new documentary about the school called The Good, The True and The Beautiful. “I love making art and drawing, and I’ve started making stories… I’m just finding out so much about the world.” Thousands of miles away, at a new democratic preschool called The Patchwork School, in Louisville, Colorado,

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Ph.D., surveyed 431 alumni from the democratic Jefferson County Open School in Denver (one of the oldest public alternative schools in the country) and found that 91 percent went to college, 85 percent completed degreed programs and 25 percent earned graduate degrees. Many lauded their K-12 education there: “Because of the school, I am much less influenced by the need to conform and I’m not afraid to take risks,” said Adelle, a 1986 graduate who went on to become a project manager for an entertainment company. Other comments were less glowing: “I found that I had to scramble to catch up with my peers; the school failed to provide me with even the most basic mathematical skills,” said Mary, a 1991 graduate. Kristin, from the class of 1997 added, “When I was applying to colleges, I wished that I had some documentation other than self-assessment; I think this hurt me.” But still other democratic alumni contend that the struggle is only temporary and—in hindsight—well worth it. Meghan Carrico, 47, attended a democratic school in North Vancouver from age 8 to 13. She told Natural Awakenings she did fine academically when she transitioned to a mainstream public high school, but found it “boring and socially barren,” with teachers who didn’t appreciate her tendency to question author-

the same principles apply to even the youngest learners. On a recent day, a group of 5-year-olds held a vote and elected to spend the morning crafting miniature cardboard cities. Then their instructor, a precocious 5-yearold named Evan, led the way to the workroom, passing out paints, scissors, Popsicle sticks and glue as an adult watched quietly nearby. “Everyone here has a voice,” affirms Patchwork co-founder Elizabeth Baker, who was homeschooled in a democratic fashion herself. “If we can validate who they are as people now, they can go out into the world with confidence that their thoughts and opinions count.” But, will they be prepared for that world?

Good Questions Will children, given the freedom, choose to learn basic skills like reading and math? What will this revolutionary breed of students have to show a college entrance board if they have no test scores? And how will kids schooled with little structure and no hierarchy thrive in a professional world with so much of both? Skeptics abound, and they have pounced on such questions. Meanwhile, informal surveys of democratic school graduates have yielded mixed answers. For his new book, Lives of Passion; School of Hope, Rick Posner,


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ity and venture beyond the status quo. She dropped out in 11th grade, then dropped out of a community college for many of the same reasons. “If I contradicted the professor, I got a bad grade,” she recalls. Ultimately, Carrico made her way to the highly progressive Antioch College in Ohio (one of 815 colleges now willing to consider students with no high school test scores), where she ended up with a master’s degree in leadership and training. She also landed a job that she loves, teaching in a democratic school. While Carrico relates that her own early schooling may not have prepared her to fit in at a mainstream classroom or top-down workplace, it absolutely prepared her for a changing world in which factory jobs are dwindling and people must think outside the box. “People who are really successful in the world today are not waiting around to be told what to do,” she comments. Instead, “they are actively creating social networks and seeking out knowledge on their own; these are the very things they learn from kindergarten on in democratic schools.” College success and career paths aside, Miller believes the best way to determine if democratic education is working is to pay a visit to a school and ask the question: “Are the kids excited about school or not?” On a recent May afternoon at Colorado’s Jefferson County Open School, students lounged on puffy couches or sat on the steps with their principal, whom they casually called Wendy. The school year was officially over and warm weather beckoned, but they were in no rush to leave. To Anna Reihmann, 17, a graduating senior who has attended there since pre-school, excelled academically and is headed to college next year, it was a particularly bittersweet day. “I have learned so much about who I am as a person here. It has always felt like home,” she said that day. Then she uttered the three words that many parents and teachers say that they don’t hear often enough from students these days: “I love school.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance writer in Lyons, CO. Contact her at Lisa

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Alternative Education Approaches MONTESSORI Today, the United States is home to 10,000 Montessori schools. More than 60 percent are for children under 6, with an increasing number extending through high school; kids are grouped in three-year age spans. Classrooms for the youngest children come stocked with miniature furniture and kitchens, which enables them to make their own snacks and lunches. Independence and order are key, as students are free to move around the room, selecting from neatly arranged materials, like strings of beads that represent numbers or wooden blocks symbolizing letters. Find details at WALDORF The Waldorf movement began in 1919, when Austrian scientist Rudolf Steiner established a school for children of employees of the Waldorf Astoria cigarette factory in Stuttgart, Germany. According to his philosophy, children evolve through three, seven-year stages, first absorbing the world through the senses in early childhood, and later through fantasy and imagination. Only after puberty comes the rational, abstract power of the intellect. Consequently, Waldorf’s lower-grade educators emphasize free play and fantasy and discourage exposure to media. Most schools allow no computers in the classroom until middle school, and reading is not formally taught until second grade. Teachers follow their classes through the first eight grades, so that one child may have the same instructor for their entire experience. There are 165 Waldorf Schools in North America. A Waldorf-sponsored survey of 526 graduates found that 94 percent attended college, and 90 percent are highly satisfied with their careers.

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PROTECTING CHILDREN From Hidden Household Hazards

As parents we strive to make our home a safe haven for our children. When they are toddlers, we invest in gates to prevent falls down the stairs and plugs to keep fingers out of electrical outlets. These are visual hazards we are all well aware of, but our attention to the stealth environmental hazards of modern household products is recently gaining greater attention. The latest research indicates that many common household products are made with toxic chemicals that are capable of harming our children’s health and well-being. There is a direct relationship between our environment and our health. These health effects include birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders which emerge later in life. Hazardous chemicals are making their way into babies before they are even born. A study by the Environmental Working Group tested the umbilical cord blood from 10 American babies for 300 chemicals. An average of 200 chemicals and pollutants were found, including known carcinogens, neurotoxins and hormone disruptors linked to birth defects. Imagine if the blood was tested for the 80,000 chemicals used today in manufacturing consumer products. What would have been found then? Parents often assume that if a product is available on a store shelf for consumers, it has been tested and proven safe for our families. Unfortunately, the outdated Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 has allowed manufacturers to self-regulate their products for consumer use. In its 34-year history, the TSCA has resulted in safety assessment of only 200 chemicals out of the 80,000 chemicals used to date. Additionally, safety guidelines are based on toxicity levels for a 155-pound man and don’t consider the lower tolerance


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levels of children and unborn babies. This is a concern. Children are biologically and behaviorally more vulnerable to household toxins. They ingest three times more food and drink seven times more liquid than adults do in proportion to their body size. Their organs and blood brain barrier are not fully developed, leaving their bodies with limited defenses against chemical hazards. Children also spend a great deal of time on the floor, where shoes may track in pesticides. They place a variety of household items from toys to shoes in their mouths. A new law, the Safe Chemicals Act, is attempting to reform our chemical laws to better protect children.

Parents often assume that if a product is available on a store shelf for consumers, it has been tested and proven safe for our families. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 80 percent of diseases are due to environmental hazards. By making changes in our home environment, we can lessen our overall body burden of harmful chemicals. Since children spend more hours a day in the home than most adults do,

simple changes can have significant benefits. Start by taking a look at the most common ways toxins enter the body–through what we eat, what we put on our skin and the air we breathe. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help parents though this process.


What we eat and drink

Certified organic and natural foods provide the highest concentration of nutrients with the lowest exposure to pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Research has found that organically grown foods have up to 30 percent more nutritional value than conventionally grown versions. Choosing organic foods from “The Dirty Dozen” list of most contaminated fruits and vegetables can eliminate up to 80 percent of the pesticides ingested by food. Filtering water with activated carbon systems will remove most organic carcinogens, neurotoxins, hormone disruptors and many other contaminants that our municipal water purification centers were never designed to remove. Choosing safer cooking methods like stainless steel pans rather than non-stick and microwaving with glass rather than plastic can also help eliminate chemicals and compounds from invading our foods.


What we use on our skin

A chemical used on the skin can end up in the blood three times faster than if it was ingested. Our skin is not only the largest organ our body uses to eliminate toxins, but also a highly absorbent membrane that allows chemicals an open path to our blood, organs and fat cells. Children’s skin is more

permeable than adults with a larger surface area per pound of body weight. Personal care products utilize over 10,000 chemicals and only 200 have undergone any type of safety testing. For safer alternatives, look for personal care products that are certified organic to food grade standards and display a government organic seal such as the USDA.


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EPA studies have found that indoor air quality is worse than outdoor air quality, no matter where you live. Fragrances from air fresheners, soaps, perfumes, fabric softeners and other household products place a wide range of chemicals into the air. Ingredients in fragrances do not have to be disclosed because they are considered a “trade secret.” Hormone disrupting phthalates, which have been banned by the EU since 2003, are still prevalent in perfumes and fragrances here in the U.S. Products such as plywood cabinetry, plastics, paints and upholstery foam release chemicals into the air as they “out-gas” in our homes. To reduce the levels of indoor air contaminants, choose certified organic or fragrance free, look for no-VOC products, open the windows as often as possible and add living plants to your home. There are many helpful websites with additional way reduce your exposure to household environmental hazards. Visit,,, or A free seminar will be held September 22 in East Greenwich on reducing children’s exposure to household chemicals. Request priority registration at Valerie Cookson-Botto is a lecturer on the subject of non-toxic living and is an organic personal care specialist. She shares healthy, organic options with people through her business, Better Choices. Better Choices offers seminars, organic spa parties and private home changeovers. For more information call 410954-8551, email BetterChoices@ymail. com, or visit

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oung people who listen to personal music players for several hours a day at high volume could be putting their hearing at risk, warns a study published online in the British Medical Journal. Researchers found that devices such as MP3 players can generate levels of sound directed at the ear in excess of 120 decibels, similar in intensity to a jet engine, especially when used with earphones inserted into the ear canal. Use of music devices has grown faster than health experts’ ability to assess potential health consequences such as long-term hearing loss, as well as their interference with concentration and performance, especially when driving. Such findings point out that today’s ubiquitous acceptance of technology in our lives must be accompanied by vigorous efforts to understand its impacts on our health and well-being, especially among youth.

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What’s Best for Baby’s Bottom CLOTH MAKES A COMEBACK by Barb Amrhein

ings. According to the Sierra Club, most parents who opt for home laundering will spend a total of between $400 and $1,700 for diapers, laundry supplies, water and electricity to get baby from birth through toilet training; disposables can run up to $2,500. (Click on the Cloth Diaper Resources link at for a helpful cost comparison guide.) Organic cotton diapers, the ultimate green choice because they help reduce pesticide use, are also more expensive than conventional cotton diapers, which is why budget-minded parents often elect to buy gently used diapers. Conventional cotton is considered an environmentally wasteful crop to grow (though its effluents are far less hazardous than those from the plastic, pulp and paper industries), so green diapers are frequently made of hemp or bamboo, natural fabrics that feel soft against baby’s skin.

Best for Mother Earth and Baby Saving dollars is a key concern for most families, but caring parents’ need to both protect baby’s health and preserve the quality of the planet for their children are of equal importance. Yet, according to the National Geographic Society’s Green Guide, 95 percent of U.S. families still use disposables, which get sent to municipal landfills


illions of new parents in the 1960s thought they had found the answer to their prayers in the mess-free convenience of disposable diapers. Sales of Pampers, Huggies and other brands continued to soar during the following decades. Sadly, so did a host of related problems: tons of soiled plastic diapers that could potentially contaminate groundwater packed the nation’s landfills; infant health concerns surfaced, including rashes, allergies and new respiratory and immune system worries; and delayed toilet training became an issue. In more recent years, a growing number of parents have determined that the greenest, healthiest and most economical way to cover baby’s bottom is with cloth, and new products are truly innovative.


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Not Your Nana’s Nappies Today’s “smart cloth” reusable diapers sport snaps, buttons and Velcro, rather than pins, and include a naturally absorbent liner (often made of organic cotton or hemp fleece) under the cover. Much preferred over the rubber overpants of older products, these leaner, greener nappies use water-resistant covers of merino wool, nylon or polyurethane laminate that don’t leak, sag or smell (admittedly, even the use of smaller amounts of manufactured fabrics still isn’t perfect). Some diapers combine the liner and cover into one washable unit. Cloth diapers cost more upfront than disposables—they range from $6 to $18 each—but offer long-term sav-


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in the amount of 3.5 million tons per year. Along with the diapers goes the untreated sewage, creating potential health risks. In addition, dioxin, a toxic byproduct of pulp and paper bleaching used in making most disposables, is a concern. More, disposables consume virgin pulp from an estimated 250,000 trees every year—also going straight from babies’ bottoms into landfills. The toxic stew smoldering underground isn’t the only uncomfortable problem—the Green Guide notes that aboveground, animal studies have linked emissions from disposable diapers’ fragrances and plastics with infant respiratory problems and symptoms of asthma. The biocide tributyltin, which can be absorbed through the skin and lead to immune system damage and disrupted hormone function, has been detected in disposables, and diapers are not routinely tested for the substance.

The greening of baby diapers has not yet translated to adult diapers, although longer-lasting brands available online cut down on the volume of trash (see Japan’s answer is to convert used adult diapers into an alternative heating fuel. Most disposable diapers also contain polyacrylate crystals, or super absorbent polymers (SAP), that absorb up to 800 times their weight in liquid, turning into gel when wet and keeping baby dry and protected from diaper rash. If the diaper breaks open, though, the gel may end up on skin or in baby’s mouth, leading to skin or gastrointestinal irritation. Plus, because SAP allows diapers to retain lots of liquid while keeping baby’s bottom dry, the child may have a harder time recognizing when he or she is wet, and thus take longer to potty train than an infant wearing cloth.

Newest Innovations New hybrid diapers now feature cloth outer pants that are free of latex, chlorine and fragrance, and smaller, disposable inserts made of absorbent wood pulp and polyacrylate (still a potential concern). The inserts can absorb up to 100 times their weight in liquid. Because they don’t contain plastic, many can be composted, thrown in the trash or even flushed, although not in septic systems. Hybrids can be useful for traveling and are accepted at some day care centers that don’t have the resources to deal with cloth diapers. Companies that sell cloth diapers have reported sales increases of 25 to 50 percent over the past few years as ecosavvy parents convert from disposables. These new green moms and dads are determined to ensure an Earth- and baby-friendly “bottom” line. Barb Amrhein is an editor with Natural Awakenings.

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KIDS’ VITAMIN GUIDE by Carlotta Mast


ost kids are more likely to grab a French fry than a broccoli floret. Fortunately, a children’s-specific, high-quality multivitamin can help provide crucial, missing nutrients, as well as build an early shield against diabetes, heart disease and childhood cancers, according to the writings of Shari Lieberman, Ph.D., a clinical nutritionist often cited for her bestselling The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book. But do children need additional supplements, and how do parents know which ones to choose? The natural health experts we tapped pinpoint the nutrients kids need and what to look for on a label. CALCIUM With just 20-100 milligrams (mg) of calcium, most children’s multis don’t come close to packing in the required amount they need daily (800 mg for ages 4 to 8; 1,300 mg for kids over 9). If children don’t drink organic dairy or enriched soy milk, which contain 300 mg per cup, consider supplementing with two daily doses. IRON Many multis don’t contain iron because it can be harmful if taken in high doses, but youngsters still need it.


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A child can get the recommended 10 mg by eating meat, spinach or fortified cereals, advises Marilyn Tanner, a registered and pediatric dietitian at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She notes that menstruating girls, who need 15 mg daily, are a possible exception. FOLIC ACID Essential for growth and the production of red blood cells (as well as healthy gums, skin and hair), folic acid supports nervous system function and repairs DNA damaged by toxins. It also may help protect against leukemia and other types of cancer. A typical kids’ dose is 75-150 micrograms (mcg) daily. OMEGA 3 Fish oil is not a food that tykes typically go for, but buy a fruit-flavored product and your little one will gulp it down. Packed with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), Lieberman notes that the omega3s in fish oil help boost brain and eye development and decrease the risk of aggression, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read labels to ensure that the fish oil has been tested for mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

PROBIOTICS Adults aren’t the only ones who need healthy gut flora—supplying children’s digestive system with probiotics (good bacteria) may boost their immunity by maintaining a healthy balance within the gastrointestinal tract, says Tara Skye Goldin, a naturopathic doctor in Boulder, Colorado. In a 2005 study, people who took daily probiotics supplements for at least three months experienced shorter and less severe colds. Chewable probiotics are now made specifically for kids. Aim for 5 to 10 billion live microorganisms daily, or serve Lactobacillus acidophilus-rich yogurt. VITAMIN A Although vitamin A aids immunity and healthy vision, taking too much can be toxic to the liver and can leave bones prone to fracture, advises

Vitamin Rules of Thumb Real Labels Carefully ~ Choose a complete multivitamin especially formulated for children that contains 100 percent of the dietary reference intake (DRI) of folic acid and D, E, C and B vitamins. Also consider a separate supplement that provides essential minerals, such as magnesium, selenium and calcium, which are too bulky to fit into a multivitamin capsule. Go Natural ~ Avoid artificial flavors, preservatives and colors, especially dyes red 40 and yellow 6, which Lieberman reports have been linked to cancer in animal studies. Lock up Vitamins ~ Pick a vitamin sweetened with honey, fruit juice concentrate or molasses, rather than high-fructose corn syrup. Then, keep them out of reach so that kids can’t eat more than the recommended daily dosage.

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s a non-denominational celebrant, one of my greatest joys is helping parents create a meaningful blessing ceremony for their child. Weddings are always a celebration. Two people who mindfully commit to one another is a beautiful thing indeed. The joyous energy around a pregnancy is a delight, but the event is still couple centered. When a child comes into the picture, there is a definite shift of energy that needs to be acknowledged in a mindful manner. Bringing a child into the world can be a sobering experience. The primary relationship of husband and wife is subtly realigned, as are the sometimes more complicated intra-family relationships. If we are welcoming an additional child into a family, the feelings of siblings need to be considered. The role of a celebrant is to mesh these multiple layers of emotional adjustment into a truly joyous welcome for the new soul through words and ceremony that is heartfelt and mindful. This ceremony is known as a baby blessing or welcoming ceremony. These gatherings may take the place of a specific religious ceremony or be offered in combination, or as an addendum to, a similar celebration. They are considered “spiritual,” as they often mix traditional metaphors in a way that allows participants to express their own personal beliefs. The ceremony can take place anywhere, but are commonly held in a setting that has special significance to the family. Usually it is outdoors, expressing the increasing need to

acknowledge the interconnectedness of all things. Welcoming ceremonies, no matter the denomination, are a reminder to both parents and the community (friends, family, siblings) that raising a child successfully is a joint effort. We do indeed form the proverbial “village” where a child is assured love, care and guidance. Parents are reminded that the gift of a child is just that, a gift, and that they are stewards of a soul’s development. Grandparents are reminded that it is their duty to support and not control the development of their darling grandchild and that, as the parents willingly accept new responsibility into their lives, it is the role of the grandparents to help guide but not intrude on that familial dynamic. Friends, especially “Godparents,” have a role to play as well, beyond providing the best toys at holidays. They are a willing peer support for the parents as the couple develops their skills and walk the path of juggling their personal lives and desires with the responsibilities of parenthood. A baby blessing reminds us of the fragile miracle we participate in and brings into conscious awareness our part in stewarding individuals who grow in grace and beauty and reach their true potential in our future world, thus completing the circle of life. Christine McCullough has been a non-denominational celebrant since 1995 offering weddings, welcoming ceremonies, memorial services and recognition of life’s transitions.

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s parents, we search for ways to help our children feel happy and be healthy. We want to make their hurts “better”, but sometimes it isn’t that simple. Some children are painfully shy or sensitive, or lack courage and confidence to try something new. Some are fearful or resistant at bedtime and have nightmares. Others have recurring outbursts of anger or difficulty being attentive at school. How may we assist our children when they are struggling with a particular emotion or behavioral pattern? One safe, all natural way that we can aid our children in times of emotional need and imbalance is with flower essences. It is common knowledge that the roots and leaves of particular plants can have a healing effect on the body, but not so well-known is the fact that the flowers of particular plants and trees can have a healing effect on our emotions. Edward Bach, M.D., first created flower essences, also called flower remedies, in England in the 1930’s. Bach Flower Remedies have been used for decades in Europe and various parts of the world. In this country, they are available in many health food stores. Bach’s remedies have been joined by hundreds more flower essences, most notably those made in California by Flower Essence Services. Flower remedies can be administered orally, topically or in spray form, and work subtly to affect profound change. Flower essences are a valuable addition to any parent’s first aid kit. A few drops in water, directly under the tongue or rubbed into pulse points (and repeated as necessary) can help children during stressful times.


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For example: Reach for Star of Bethlehem anytime your child has received a physical or emotional shock to help release trauma and restore a sense of security. Rock Rose is helpful for acute fright (after a nightmare, or after witnessing a scary event, story or movie) to help restore courage. White Chestnut helps to bring a sense of inner stillness to mental chatter and can aid the child who has difficulty falling asleep. Larch helps to impart confidence and steadfastness to the child who fears failure. Bach’s Rescue Remedy, or FES’s Five Flower Formula, is the ultimate first aid flower remedy to help children and adolescents feel a better sense of calm and well-being in highly stressful situations.

Dr. Bach created his 38 flower remedies to be self-administered. Parents can choose one or two flower remedies that specifically describe their child’s challenges, however, the effectiveness of flower essences is dependent upon the ability to accurately choose the proper remedy. Given this fact, finding the correct flower remedy out of the hundreds of individual flower essences that are available can be a daunting task and result in trial and error. In addition, children often require one or more combinations of flower essences to address their situation.

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Patricia Raskin Positive Living News – 12-2pm. Sandy Guarnotta, Life Path Guidance and Expert Medium, Psychic Absolute Fitness, Staying Fit and Healthy Larry Tobin, Changing your Habits in 40 Days Richard and Evan Saltzman, Success from a RI Business. Free. Patricia Raskin Positive Living News, 630 AM WPRO, 99.7 FM. Homeopathic Remedies for Allergies and Sinuses – 5:30-6:30pm Leave your tissue box behind & join Cynthia Lategan, doctor of homeopathy, to learn about single & combination homeopathic remedies that will help your colds, allergies and coughs. Free. Alternative Food Co-op, 357 Main St, Wakefield. 401-789-2240.

Blackstone Valley Culinaria – Secret Ingredient Food Tour – 6-8pm. Tour the new kitchen area and savor a meal of Guatemalan churrasco (marinated steak with Spanish salsa) white rice, beans, avocado, and sweet plantains. $19.50. Tierra Restaurant, 15 Exchange St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2200.

Crystals 101– 7-9pm. Bring in your favorite crystal or choose one (free) from our selection. You will learn: how to choose, program and use crystals in healing and in your life. No prior knowledge of crystals is needed for this fun class. $33. Keys for Intuitive Living, 101 Higginson Ave, Suite 105, Lincoln. 401-305-6888.

Friday, August 6

Yoga at the Beach – 5:30-7pm. East Matunuck Beach near the bathhouse. Nourish body, mind, and spirit with basic hatha yoga asanas and pranayama. Build strength and grace. Discover your source of calm. Kripalu Certified Instructor. Enjoy potluck afterwards. Free. Dr. Lynda J. Wells, Wellspring Integrated Health Care, 260B Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-789-5185.

Saturday, August 7

Pug Meetup Group – 2-4pm. The Pug Meet-ups are a great opportunity for pugs & pug parents to interact & socialize. It’s quite exciting and humorous to have so many pugs in one place yet each one is so unique. $5. Sandra Sophia Allen & Alexandra Morgan, 84 Cutler St Apt. #7, Warren. Alexandra@ 401-434-3687.

Sunday, August 8

Patricia Raskin Positive Living News – 12-2pm. Keri Layton, ND, Health from a Natural Path Perspective, Rick Ingrasci, CEO of Hoffman Institute, Healing from Negative Love, Daryn Kagan, Creator and Host of Ellen Sucov, How Families Become Estranged and Reconcile. Free. Patricia Raskin Positive Living News, 630 AM WPRO, 99.7 FM.

Shamanic Journey Practice Group – 7-8:45pm. Build and maintain your journey practice to access inner guidance. Knowledge of how to journey is required. Bring a journal. If you would like to learn how to journey, private sessions are available. Kindly register. $10. Katharine Rossi, 578 Wood St, Bristol. 401-245-0398. Blackstone Valley Culinaria – Secret Ingredient Food Tour – 6-8pm. Learn how to prepare a meal of chicken spanokopia (grilled chicken breast) and enjoy a meal of chicken spanokopia with sauteed mushrooms, spinach and spinach artichoke dip. $19.50. Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Harrisville, 401-724-2200.

Thursday, August 12

How to Connect with Angels, Spirit Guides and Guardian Angels – 7-9pm Learn who your guides are and participate in a guided journey to meet your spirit guide and/or Guardian Angels. $25. Keys for Intuitive Living, 101 Higginson Ave, Suite 105, Lincoln. 401-305-6888.

Friday, August 13

Guided Meditation for Mother Earth – 7-8:30pm. Join us as we gather together to celebrate our Love for Mother Earth. “There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” ~ Marshall McLuhan. All learning levels welcome. $10. Gladys Alicea, Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Saturday, August 14

Tour Your Own Backyard Series – Rhode Island Myths and Mysteries – 9am-5pm. This completely narrated, guided day tour will give you the shivers – even in August! Features include: * Nine Men’s Misery * Historic Cemeteries * Ramtail Factory site * Hannah Franke Story * Lunch Tavern. $39. Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, I-295 Visitor Center (Northbound), Lincoln. 401-724-2200.

Tribal-Style Belly Dance – 10:30am-1:30pm. Workshop covers the basic steps to dancing as a tribal troupe. Includes video of performances, handouts, and an opportunity to work with veils. $50. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. The Law of Attraction: Create Your Hearts Desire – 12-2:30pm. In this experiential class you will learn about the law of attraction, how to manifest what you truly desire into your life, learn how to remove self-limiting beliefs and change your thoughts to change your life. $33. Keys for Intuitive Living, 101 Higginson Ave, Suite 105, Lincoln. 401-305-6888.

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Parent and Teen Yoga (Ages 12-18) – 12:302:30pm. This class will get you to connect with your little adult. Give your teen a place to alleviate stress, encourage focus and love their body & mind. The adult doesn’t have to be a parent; you can be a grandparent, mentor, etc. $30/per pair. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Sunday, August 15

Heart-Centered Yoga for Stress Reduction – 9am12pm. Learn deep relaxation techniques, visualization, breath work, meditation, and modified classic yoga postures. Explore ancient yoga techniques, philosophy, and a lifestyle-altering regimen to create a personalized program with the power to rejuvenate and heal. $35. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Reiki Level I Certification – 10:30am-4pm. Manual and certificate included. Reiki is great to use on people and pets. This gentle healing modality can help you find balance in your life and also the ability to help others. $130. Keys for Intuitive Living, 101 Higginson Ave, Suite 105, Lincoln. 401-305-6888. Health and Wellness Event – 1-5pm. Meet our Wellness Advisor/Holistic Coach, and enjoy a mini session in Massage, Psychic Reading, Reflexology, Reiki, Tarot or Vortex Healing; doors open at 12:30pm for sign ups. Refreshments. $10/10 minutes mini sessions. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Suite 3, Wakefield. 401-742-2354. Celiac Support Group of Southeast New England – 4-6:30pm. Gluten free buffet. Reservations and payment in advance required. Reservation deadline is August 7th. NO Walk-ins will be accepted. Call for more information or to make a reservation. $14.50 per person. Kathi Thiboutot, China Lake Restaurant, 2732 County St, Somerset, MA. 401-624-8888.

Tuesday, August 17

New England Holistic Chamber Anniversary Party – 6-8pm. Come and celebrate our 4th anniversary! All are welcome and encouraged. Bring an item to raffle. A 50/50 cash raffle will be held. Free. New England Chamber of Commerce, Chelo’s on the Water, 1 Masthead Dr, Warwick. 401-427-2233. Color Meditation with Angels of the Seven Rays – 7-8pm. A rainbow tonic to determine which color ray you are most in need of to bring balance. $10. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave., Johnston. 401-490-1732.

Wednesday, August 18

Blackstone Valley Culinaria – Secret Ingredient Food Tour – 6-8pm. Observe how to prepare authentic homemade Faial sauce followed by a choice of Portuguese soup or New England Clam Chowder and an authentic Portuguese buffet. $19.50. Faial Restaurant, 970 Douglas Pike, Smithfield. 401-724-2200.

Friday, August 20

Yoga at the Beach – 5:30-7pm. See August 6 for details. Free. Dr. Lynda J. Wells, Wellspring Integrated Health Care, 260B Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-789-5185.

Saturday, August 21

A HEALTHY Family is a HAPPY Family! – 11am-12pm. Community Health Education Lecture. Learn practical tips and tools on how your family can live a healthier lifestyle. This will be an hour well spent. Free but must call to register by August 20th. Greenville Library, 573 Putnam Pike, Greenville 401-640-3969.

Sunday, August 22

Patricia Raskin Positive Living News – 12-2pm. Paula Marshall, Success in Business, Dr. Tad Sztykowski, DA, founder of the Center for Prevention Medicine, Wellness with Chinese Medicine. Free. Patricia Raskin Positive Living News, 630 AM WPRO, 99.7 FM. Open House at Changing Lives ~ – 1-4pm. Bring your family & friends to our informative social event. Joining us will be Pat Hastings~Author, Ned Arvidson ~guided meditation, Tanya Palazzo ~ organic products & Paula ~ yoga instructor. Door prizes & hand reflexology offered. Free. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 490-1732.

Monday, August 23

Mind-Body Strategies for Pain Relief – 6-9pm. Practice these proven techniques for creating an internal mind/body environment that immediately begins to promote and support healing. Recover the ability to deeply relax your body, regulate your stress response, increase resiliency to life challenges. $55. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Tuesday, August 24

SNAP Your Space Into Shape – 6-8pm. Dana Duellman’s quick Feng Shui to SNAP up your space. Make immediate changes to see positive results. $35/Includes materials. Inner Wellness, 450 Chauncy, Mansfield, MA. 401-323-0043. The Mood Cure – 7-8pm. Whether you are under a dark cloud, overwhelmed by stress, too sensitive to life’s pain, or chronically suffer from the blahs, there are natural, effective ways to correct the underlying malfunctions in brain biochemistry. $14. Dr. Lynda J. Wells, Wellspring Integrated Health Care, 260B Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-789-5185.

Wednesday, August 25

Blackstone Valley Culinaria – Secret Ingredient Food Tour – 6-8pm. View a demonstration of how to prepare a Greek style lasagna followed by a meal of lasagna, Greek salad and bread. $19.50. European Cafe & Restaurant, 645 Douglas Pike, Smithfield. 401-724-2200.

Ron Monroe-Guest Medium and Speaker – 7-8:30pm. At service for the First Spiritualist Church of Brockton located in Rehoboth. Free. At The Anawan Grange, Intersections of Rt44 & Rt118, Rehoboth, MA.


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A HEALTHY Family is a HAPPY Family! – 6:307:30pm. See August 21st for details. Free but must call to register by August 24th. Greenville Library, 573 Putnam Pike, Greenville 401-640-3969.

Reiki Share – 7-9pm. A gathering of all practitioners who would like to practice and share their gift of healing. We will be learning the technique of Healing with Crystals & Chakra Energies. Join us for a fun evening. $5 donation for the Tomorrow Fund.. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 401-533-2860.

Thursday, August 26

Satsang ~ An Evening of Inspiration – 6:30-9pm. A Satsang Gathering brings us back to the Truth of ourselves & affirms the practice of looking within. Join us as we gather together to bring this awareness into our daily lives. Bring a journal & your favorite inspirational quote. $10. Gladys Alicea, Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Voices from Heaven – 6:30-9pm. Has anyone one that you love died? Maria is a medium and will be the mediator to communicate with your love one and the voices from Heaven. Please call to reserve. $45. Healing Hearts, 1542 Main St, West Warwick. 401-615-2423.

Saturday, August 28

Rhode Island Chinese Dragonboat Races and Taiwan Day Festival – A Pawtucket Arts Festival Event – 8am-5pm. Dragon boat races for professional and amateur teams, along with many artistic and other events aimed at adults and children. With the emphasis on competition and fun, the event makes an entertaining day for the entire family. Free. Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, Festival Pier, School St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2200.

Healthy Kids – 10am-1pm. Make good food choices and plan meals for even the pickiest eaters. Food tasting, recipes, other printed information, and a tour of the local health food market are included. $40. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Sunday, August 29

Patricia Raskin Positive Living News – 12-2pm. Hani Sabbour, MD, Cardiologist, Cardiology Associates Inc,Heart Health Horizon Bay Retirement Communities. Free. Patricia Raskin Positive Living News, 630 AM WPRO, 99.7 FM. Will the Real YOU Please Stand Up: – 1-5pm. Love the one person that really counts: YOU. Discover and change the limiting beliefs you have that keep you stuck in unhealthy relationships and careers. Learn to recognize and tame the “Not Good Enough Voice” within and learn how to love and appreciate yourself. $60. Pat Hastings, Private Home, Narragansett. 401-521-6783.

Saturday, September 4

Introduction to the Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training – 1-3pm. Interested in teaching Yoga? Want professional training offering you skills to teach a variety of populations? Learn more at this free informational seminar. 11 month program starts in RI 9/26 & residential in Mexico 1/23/11. No fee. Ellen Schaeffer, One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642.

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EveryBody’s Yoga – 9-10:15am. This all-levels class focuses on postures, breathing techniques and abdominal/core work to stretch and strengthen your body and relieve overall tension. Postures are modified according to student’s abilities. $48/6 classes, $10/walk in. Burrillville Community Recreation Center, (Beckwith-Bruckshaw Lodge), 50 Lodge Rd, Pascoag. 401-578-4162.

Kripalu Yoga – 10-10:45am. A community class emphasizing body and breath awareness. Gentle yoga postures, breathing and relaxation. Certified Instructor: Liz Marsis. Free. Mediator, 50 Rounds Ave, Providence. 401-941-3070. Gentle Yoga For Beginners and Advanced – 1011am. This class includes breathing, (Pranayama), gentle to more vigorous postures, and rejuvenation, (Savasana). Enjoy the benefits of yoga in a cozy atmosphere in the home studio of Yoga Spirit. Amrit trained and certified. $10. Yoga Spirit, Mohan, 95 Bay View Ave, Cranston. 401-965-8074.


Monday Morning Yoga – 9-10am. Enjoy easy asanas (positions) and relaxation (savasana) with learned instructor Lori Mitre. Walk ins welcomed. Open to the Public. Beginners; please bring a mat. $5. The Edward King House, 35 King St, Newport. 401-846-7426.

Pilates Flex, Stretch and Tone – 9-10am. Full body movement class set to music for all levels especially the mature adult looking to increase or maintain flexibility, muscle tone and balance. Pilates core work, yoga stretches and balance work will kick start your day. $15. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St., East Greenwich.

Yoga Basics – 9-10:15am. Effortlessly strengthen and tone the body: increase joint flexibility and suppleness. Great for beginners, this class explores foundational postures through attention to body alignment. $14/Class $96/Package 8. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348. Anusara Yoga – 9-10:30am. Anusara Alignment based Yoga taught by Certified teacher Sara Davidson. A heart opening and highly therapeutic style, all levels class. $15. Yoga Connect, 1226 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-5007. Moderate Warm Yoga with Childcare – 9:3011am. Yoga can help caregivers of children find an island of quiet bliss, while getting stronger, more limber, and more centered. Registration is required by the Sunday before the class. Children up to 10 years welcome. $15/drop-in + $5/for childcare. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

All Level Yoga for Women – 10-11:15am. Yoga in the Zen Center. Running 10 + years. Gentle warmups & moderately paced flowing Yoga (Vinyasa) to energize, tone & strengthen the body, & boost the immune system. End with deep relaxation. $96/8 classes, $14/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

RI Natural Awakenings magazine. $20/advance, $25/at the door. Sheraton Airport Hotel, Winds of Change, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-497-0778.

Wellness Concierge Centers Of Natural Health & Healing – 10am-5pm. Check our website for classes, workshops and events. Call us today for an appointment. Offering Acupuncture, Reiki,Massage Therapy, Thermography,CranioSacral, Kinesiology, HypnoTherapy, Asyra Testing, Nutritional Counseling & more. By Appointment. Dr. Jackie Campisi and Jamie Lee, Wellness Concierge Centers, 23 Clara Dr (across from Mystic Aquarium), Mystic, CT. 860-572-4805. Zumba Class – 4:15-5:15pm. Taught by Zumba certified instructor Christina Seggs. The Latin inspired, easy to follow, calorie burning, feel it to the core fitness party. $12. RI Pilates Studio, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Anusara Yoga – 4:45-5:45pm. Heart-oriented, spiritually inspiring method that is grounded in a set of Universal Principles of Alignment for both the inner and outer body. $99/11 classes, $45/5 classes or $10/ Drop in. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. Beginners Yoga Class – 5:15-6:30pm. Introduces the new student to basic postures and a vinyasa flow; teaches proper alignment and movement with the breath. Small classes with a lot of individual attention. $10/6 classes, $12/drop in. Renee Katz, Healthi Directions, 11 Kenyon Ave, Wakefield. 401-864-0947. Strength Training & Yoga – 5:30-6:15pm. Energize your body, mind and spirit. This invigorating class features a unique blend of strength training and yoga postures, to help you develop a lean, fit body, increase flexibility and balance, and reduce stress. $16/drop in or purchase a class pass. Jen Meyer, Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 401-849-3200. Breathing Meditation – 5:30-7:30pm. Focuses on the Full Wave Breath technique, to restore your breathing mechanism to its natural open state. $20/1st class $15/additional. The Life Breath Institute, 378 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-258-6537. Cardio Gypsy/Creative -Core Fusion – 6-7pm. Combination of pilates, belly dance, and free movement. $20/ or $12/ for half. The Spot on Thayer, 286 Thayer St, Providence. Belly Dancing with Mahdia – 6-7:15pm. Get in shape and have fun while exploring the ancient art of Middle Eastern Folk & Cabaret Style Belly DanceRaks Sharqi. $60/Series of 6 $13/drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. VillageWellnessCenter@ Mixed Level Amrit Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Class designed for students of all levels of experience. Will be tailored to suit the students present. $60/ Series of 6 or $14/drop in. Sunsalutations Yoga Studio, 840 Smithfield Ave, Lincoln. 401-632-7254. Shift Monthly – 6:30-9pm. 3rd Monday. Authentic networking and workshops that help you create balance and harmony in your career, relationships, health, and finances. Learn to reduce stress, and become grounded and centered in your work and personal life in ways that allow you to be truly focused, engaged and approachable. Sponsored by Winds of Change, Discover You Events and

Beginners Yoga School – 7-8:30pm. Introduce the new student to the essential elements of Yoga practice. Study foundational poses & modifications for special needs, breath work & meditation/relaxation techniques for alleviating stress. $50/4 classes. One Yoga Center, 142A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642.

Mellow Vinyasa – 7-8:30pm. A flowing investigation of postures, breathing techniques, and energy. Learn how to move with grace, intelligence, and ease. Includes pranayama, chanting, and meditation. $16/drop in or purchase a class pass. Santina Horowitz, Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 401-849-3200. Women’s Spirituality/Intention Group – 7-9pm. 2nd Monday. Dynamic and powerful group of women coming together to share intentions and dreams. Open to all on the spiritual path who are seeking a deeper connection. $15. Pat Hastings, Providence. 401-521-6783.


Outdoor Yoga at Sweet Berry Farm – 7-8:15am. Drink in the early morning light sparkling on the grass. Breathe the fresh air. Practice yoga in community. Please bring a mat and towel to wipe away the dew. $16/ drop in or purchase a class pass. Sarah Mermin, 915 Mitchell’s Lane, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Full Wave Yoga Class – 7-8:30am. A combination of gyrokinesis (spiraling spinal body movements), Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Strengthening and Balancing Postures, connected with powerful breathing exercise. 15 minutes of relaxation/breath meditation at the end of each class to rejuvenate. $15/drop in, $12/series. The Life Breath Institute, 378 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-258-6537.

Yoga for Golfers & Recreational Athletes – 8-9:15am. Cross training for golf, racket/paddle sports, surfing and running. Improve your game and prevent injury through developing flexibility, strength, breathing practices and focus. $16/drop in or purchase a class pass. Aggie Perkins, Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Vinyasa with Bryna Rene – 9:30-11am. Bryna is a dedicated Rhode Island yogini and yoga instructor. She combines a physically challenging practice with creative visualization and mental gymnastics to create a transformational experience for class participants. $15/per class, $120/10 class card. The Yoga Loft, 16 Cutler St, Warren. 401-245-0881. Aquatic Program – 12-1pm. Aquatic classes are held in our therapeutic 88-degree indoor pool, and feature gentle, joint-safe exercises developed specifically to help relieve stiffness, decrease arthritis pain, and improve strength and balance. $55/6 weeks. Atria Lincoln Place, 612 George Washington Highway, Lincoln. 401-334-1686.

Yoga & Meditation Hour – 12:30-1:30pm. The perfect way to spend your lunch hour. We use pranayama, asana and meditation to create the tools needed to further our inner journey. $16/drop in or purchase a class pass. Barbara Gee, Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

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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. Zumba – 4-5pm. One-of-a-kind explosive combination of Latin dance and aerobic exercise. Zumba puts the “fun” into fitness with its high-energy hip shaking classes. Merengue, Belly Dance, Samba, HipHop, ChaCha and more! Call to regtister. $10. Melissa Sischo, 1639 Warwick Ave., Warwick. 401-732-2899. Svaroopa Yoga classes – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, yet deep and restorative style of yoga. Focus on releasing all the muscles along the spinal column. Space is limited – pre-registration is necessary. $112/ series of 8, $17/drop in. 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. Life affirming, heartopening alignment based style of Hatha Yoga with some vinyasa elements taught by Certified Anusara teacher Sara Davidson. $15/Drop in. Yoga Connect, 1226 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-5007. Vinyasa Yoga Deliciously Challenging – 5-6:30pm. Detoxify and strengthen your body while uplifting your heart and spirit. See website for full schedule. $45/6 classes new student special. Ellen Schaeffer, One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. Gentle Yoga Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Offers a wide range of postures: focuses on mind-body awareness, posture and alignment, and proper breathing techniques. Modifications will be given. Beginner’s welcome. $12/drop-in or $60/6 weeks. Maureen Mitchell, CYT, 2077 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-734-9355. Gentle Yoga For Beginners and Advanced – 5:30-6:30pm. See Sunday at 10 am for details. $10. Yoga Spirit, Mohan, 95 Bay View Ave, Cranston. 401-965-8074. Basic Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. With Carla Joyce. Mixed levels, beginners welcome. Ask about new student specials. $72/6 classes, $14/drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Beginning Level Yoga – 5:45-7pm. Yoga in the The Zen Center. Learn basic alignment & breathing techniques. Learn how to safely hold postures, build core strength and move with the breath for an enjoyable practice!. $96/8 classes, $14/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Zumba – 6-7pm. Mixes body sculpting movements with easy-to-follow dance steps derived from Latin music. Feature aerobic interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms to tone and sculpt the body. $12/or $80/Package 8. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348.


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It’s Easy! Yoga at Changing Lives – 6-7pm. Paula, a gifted yoga instructor will lead us through a centering of the mind ~ body & spirit through the beauty of yoga. What yoga does is harmonize the mind with the body and this results in real quantum benefits. Join us! $10. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 401-490-1732. Relaxing Yoga in the Park ~ Gentle & Simple! – 6-7pm. Unite body, breath, mind & spirit under the trees. No power or vigorous yoga here! No flexibility needed – yoga creates flexibility. Beginners welcome. We meet on the Hope St. side of Lippitt Park. Look for the sign. $6/minimum donation. Chris Belanger, RYT, Kripalu Trained, Lippitt Park – Hope & Blackstone, Providence. Urban Bhakti Groove – 6:45-8pm. An up-beat powerful vinyasa flow class, set to an ever changing mix of pop and rock music, complete with meditative chanting and deep relaxation. $15/drop in, $5 of which is goes towards a city based charity. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. RI Sierra Club Monthly Meeting – 7-8pm. 2nd Tuesday. Learn how to get involved with the Sierra Club in Rhode Island. Covers grassroots conservation activities across the state. All are welcome. Free. Sierra Club, 17 Gordon Ave, Suite 208, Providence. 401-855-2103. Guided Meditation for Stress Relief and Relaxation – 7-8pm. Feeling stressed? Drop in for a one hour guided meditation for stress relief and relaxation. A different guided meditation each week. Receive helpful handouts to continue the relaxation and de-stressing process at home. $10. Keys for Intuitive Living, 101 Higginson Ave, Suite 105, Lincoln. 401-305-6888. 4-6 Week Metabolic Type Program – 7-8:30pm. Program includes: A Metabolic Type Test, a complete understanding of your individual nutrient, how to choose them, and how to combine them to improve your health, create new menus and share ideas. $395. Aubrey Thompson, 464 Maple Ave, Barrington. 401-524-0242. Neo-Pagan Study Group – 7-8:30pm. How do you know the information abut Wicca and Witchcraft you’re reading is correct or even helpful? This discussion group is about the Craft and how to learn more. Free. The Silver Willow, 54 Fall River Ave, Rehoboth, MA. 508-336-8813. ACIM Study Group – 7-8:30pm. What It Says: “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” We are a group of dedicated practitioners exploring true forgiveness as a way of practice in our everyday lives. Come join us. Little by little we see. Donation. John, 95 Bay View Ave, Cranston. 401-965-8074.

Yoga for Everybody – 7-8:30pm. No worries about your size or shape or level of fitness. Our teachers will ensure that you feel at home and offer a class accessible to you. See web for full schedule. $45/6 classes new student special. Ellen Schaeffer,, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. 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.

Medieval Arts & Music Night – 7-10pm. Open workshop of The Society for Creative Anachronism. Anyone is welcome to bring a project, song or just a curiosity for the study of medieval arts and music. Free. The Artists Exchange, 50 Rolfe Sq, Cranston. 401-490-9475.

Weight Loss Program with EFT – 7:15-8pm. 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Release the negative emotions that are sabotaging your goal weight. Learn to make better food choices and eat mindfully with Diane Stacy. $20. Greenville Family Counseling, 3 Austin Ave, Greenville. 401-949-2917. Beginner Amrit Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. Integrates joyful inner stillness with effortless outer action in the world. Class is open to beginners and more experienced students who would like to refine their practice. $18/2 classes. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave., Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Community Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. Ann-Marie McGee and Kate Guilbault lead this slow paced easygoing class designed to introduce students to Vini yoga and provide physical benefits and relaxing down time. Classes are adapted to meet the needs of students. $5. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. Hula Hoop Dance Class – 8-9pm. Teaches the basics of hula-hoop dancing. Hoops provided. With instructor Sasha Gaulin. $12.. The Spot on Thayer, 286 Thayer St, Providence.


Zumba – 9-10am. See Tuesday at 4 pm for details. $10. B.I.A Fitness, Anya Randall, 1639 Warwick Ave., Warwick. 401-732-2899. Chair Massage – 10am-12pm. Jenny Rebecca Pendergast will offer chair massage. The Coop has a great selection of healthy baked goods, tea, coffee plus vegetarian lunches. $1/per minute. The Food Coop, 357 Main St, Wakefield. Heated Vinyasa – Shiva Rae/Prana Flow Style – 10:30am-12pm. Challenging yet accessible to all, this class will leave you feeling energized and cleansed. Consistent practitioners of this flow find that their flexibility, strength, and endurance improve quickly and dramatically. $16/drop in or purchase a class pass. Nancy Escher, Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 401-849-3200. Postnatal Yoga – 10:45-11:45am. With Vanessa Weiner. These classes will offer lots of individual attention for new moms in a studio that has all new props and equipment. Shri Studio offers the most affordable classes in the state with Shri Sets. $99/11 classes, $45/5 classes or $10/Drop in. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket.

Prenatal Yoga – 11:30am-1pm. Ease your way through pregnancy. Strengthen pelvic abdominal tone, ease back aches, improve sleep, learn vital relaxation skills and have a quiet opportunity to connect with your changing body and growing baby. $15/drop-in, $96 or $200 packages. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. Zumba – 4-5pm. See Tuesday at 4pm for details. $10. Melissa Sischo, 1639 Warwick Ave., Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Whole Foods Waterman St Neighborhood Night – 4:30-6:30pm. Have a taste of something special from every department, with a new theme every week. Free. Whole Foods, 261 Waterman St, Providence. 401-272-1690. Strong Flow Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Join Joan Corey for this fun flow class without the heat. This class is certain to strengthen body, mind and spirit. Appropriate for new and ongoing students who enjoy a bit of safe and healthy challenge. Great studio, good A/C! First class free, Special $45/6 classes. Joan Corey, One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642.

Anusara Yoga Level1 – 5-6:30pm. Anusara Alignment Based Yoga taught by Certified Anusara teacher Sara Davidson. Learn the Universal Principles of Alignment for your optimal expression in heart and body. $15/drop in. Yoga Connect, 1226 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-5007.

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. Prenatal Yoga – 5:45-7:15pm. Wednesday eves, gentle prenatal practice. $15/walk in, packages available. with Kavita, Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 780-9809.

Men’s Yoga – 6-7pm. With Chris Belanger. Gentle & Relaxing. Beginners welcome. Ask about new student specials. $72/6 classes, $14/drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Cardio Gypsy/Creative Core Fusion – 6-7pm. See Monday at 6pm for details. $20/or half for $12. The Spot on Thayer, 286 Thayer St, Providence.

Body Sculpt Class – 6-7pm. Build strength and tone with light weights and low impact, shock the metabolism in a supportive atmosphere without the gym membership. Drop-in welcome. $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839. Basic Vinyasa – 6-7:15pm. Connecting breath with each movement in a flowing sequence of poses. Focusing on the principles of alignment while straightening the core, mind, body and spirit. Explore self-healing and find the strength within. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Road~lower level, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Svaroopa Yoga classes – 6-7:30pm. See Tuesday at 4 for details. $112/series of 8, $17/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020.

Full Wave Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. See Tuesday at 7am for details. $15/drop in, $12/series. The Life Breath Institute, 378 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-258-6537.

Painting Mandalas for Healing & Self-Expression – 6-8pm. Come explore how creating a Mandala can bring calmness, peace and tranquility to your mind, body & spirit. Class materials included to make one painted canvas Mandala. Please call to register so enough materials are available. $15-$20 depends on choice of materials. Dottie, Under The Sun Meditation Ctr & Bookstore, 31B Bridge Street, Newport. 401-339-6092.

Family Science Night – 6:30-7:30pm. Last Wednesday. Parents & kids perform 3 simple but fun & engaging science experiments. All materials are supplied. Ages 4-12. Pre registration is required. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Pow! Science!, 192 Wayland Sq, Providence. 401-432-7040.

Yoga at Changing Lives – 6:30-7:30pm. Paula, a gifted yoga instructor, will lead us through a centering of the mind ~ body & spirit through the beauty of yoga. Yoga harmonize the mind with the body and this results in real quantum benefits. Join us!. $10. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave., Johnston.

Beginners Yoga – 6:30-8pm. With Dr. Lakshyan Schanzer who has re-opened his office. Visit website for program description. $100/series of 7, $20/Drop in. Body Mind RI, 1215 Reservoir Ave, Garden City, Cranston. 401-369-8115. Northern RI Conservation District Monthly Meeting – 7-8pm. 1st Wednesday. Regular monthly board meetings are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Call for directions/scheduled date or location changes. Free. NRICD Office, 17 Smith Ave, Greenville.

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.

Prenatal Yoga Class – 7-8:15pm. With Vanessa Weiner. These classes will offer lots of individual attention for new moms in a studio that has all new props and equipment. Shri Studio offers the most affordable classes in the state with Shri Sets. $99/11 classes, $45/5 classes or $10/Drop in. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. Meditation – 7-9pm. Weekly Meditation Group with Guided Imagery for relaxation and focus. Open enrollment at any time. Please call for more information. New location. $10. Sharon McMahon, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-742-2354.

Vinyasa Yoga – 7:15-8:30pm. Power and Flow (heated class) – Combination of Power yoga and Vinyasa flair, challenging both mind and body. Focusing on proper alignment, complex poses and rapid movements. Prepare to sweat and detox the body with Parker. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd – lower level, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Meditation for Beginners – 7:30-8:30pm. Every other Wednesday, learn to meditate in a supportive & comfortable group setting. Experience relaxation, guided and silent meditation. Call to register. $15. Kathy Black, Ferncrest Center for Yoga & Health, 90 Warwick Ave, Cranston. 401-286-5259. Prenatal Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. Stretch, breathe, and do gentle yoga postures together in community with other pregnant women. Eases you into the physi-

cal and emotional adjustments of pregnancy and motherhood. No previous experience necessary. $16/class or $50/5 classes. Sarah Mermin, Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Introduction to Meditation & Christian Mysticism – 7:30-9:30pm. This is a powerful 6-week introductory course designed for modern mystics. Classes will include teachings on: the Inner Spiritual Path, Meditation, Soul, Light, Prayer and Blessing. Free. Rev Michaela Walters, Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Lower Level, Providence. 857-231-1920.


Gentle Yoga For Beginners and Advanced – 7-8am. See Sunday at 10 am for details. $10. Yoga Spirit, Mohan, 95 Bay View Ave, Cranston. 401-965-8074. Sunrise Vinyasa – 7-8:15am. Join Tara as she guides you through a Vinyasa flow fusion to awaken your breath, body, and creative spirit. Start your day with an energetic meditation in motion, setting your intention for a healthier more present life. $13 Drop in students. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston.

Vinyasa Yoga – 9-10am. With Usha Bilotta. Ask about new student specials. $72/6 classes, $14/drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Anusara All Levels – 9-10:30am. Taught by Nationally Certified Anusara teacher Sara Davidson. Flow with Grace in this life affirming and open hearted style. $15/drop-in. Yoga Connect, 1226 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-5007.

Mixed Level Yoga with Anita – 9:30-11am. This class is easy to challenging and is adapted for attendees with modification and variations offered for any level of practice. Expect a slow to moderate pace with flowing movements and deeper holds. First Class Free. One Yoga Studio, 142A Danielson Pike (2nd Floor), Foster. 401-578-4162. Svaroopa Yoga classes – 9:45-11:15am. See Tuesday at 4pm for details. $112/series of 8, $17/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020.

Barre and Ball Class – 10am-11pm. This class is 30 min of ballet barre, and 30 min of Pilates on the stability ball. Learn some basic ballet barre exercises and Pilates moves that help to lengthen and tone the muscles. No experience necessary. $12/drop in, $150/ 15 classes. RI Pilates Studio, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.COM. Gentle Pilates for 55 + – 12-1pm. Includes classical Pilates exercises emphasizing body alignment, breathing, use of core muscles and humor. 4 classes $35/members, $40/non members. The Edward King House, 35 King St, Newport. 401-846-7429. Aquatic Program – 12-1pm. See Tuesday at 12 for details. $55/6 weeks. Atria Lincoln Place, 612 George Washington Highway, Lincoln. 401-334-1686.

FREE Lunch Hour Yoga on Kennedy Plaza – 12:15-1pm. Take a mid-day break to relax the mind & refresh the body under the trees of Burnside Park. Come as you are! Classes are designed to be open

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to everyone. All shapes, sizes, ages and ability levels are welcome! Simple & easy!. Free. Chris Belanger, RYT, Kennedy Plaza ~ Burnside Park, Between the fountain & Washington St., Providence.

Farmer’s Markets Monday

Johnston Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. July 19 - Oct 25. Memorial Park 1583 Hartford Avenue East Greenwich Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm. June 21 - Oct 25. Academy Field - Church Street and Rector Street Whole Foods - University Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm. June 7 – Oct 25. 601 North Main St Providence


Blackstone River State Park Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. July 20 to Oct 26. Visitor Center Route 295 North in Lincoln Marina Park Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. May 4– Oct 26. Marina Park, South County Hospital exit off Rt. 1. 2 Salt Pond Rd Wakefield Providence / Wickenden Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm. June 15 – Oct 26. Parking Lot of Doyle Realty. Brook St and Alves Way Providence. Whole Foods - Garden City Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm. June1 – Oct 26. 151 Sockanosset Cross Road Cranston Woonsocket Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. July 6 – Oct 26. St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center 82 Cumberland St Woonsocket


Brown University Farmers’ Market–11am-2pm. Sept 8-Oct 27. Wriston Quad at the corner of Thayer and George Streets Providence Haines State Park Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. May 5 – Oct 27. Haines Memorial State Park Haines Park Road Barrington Aquidneck Grower’ Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. June 9-Oct 27. Along the shaded walk, Memorial Blvd and Chapel St, Newport Barrington Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm. June 16-Oct 27. Ace Hardware 156 Country Road Exeter Farmers’ Market – 3:30-6:30pm. June 2-Oct 27. Exeter Public Library, 773 Ten Rod Road West Warwick Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. June 16Sept 22. Arctic Village Center 20 Washington St, West Warwick


Westerly-Pawcatuck Farmers’ Market – 10-2pm. June 17-Oct 21. Up River Café parking lot 37Main St. Westerly Providence / Capital Hill Farmers’ Market – 11am2pm. July 23 – Sept 23. RI State House Lawn, Gaspee St & Francis St Providence North Kingstown Farmers’ Market – 1-5pm. June 3-Oct 28. Smith Castle 55 Richard Smith Drive Middletown/Aquidneck Grange Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm – June 3-Oct 28. Aquidneck Grange 499 East Main Road Middletown Providence/ Armory Farmers’ Market– 3-7pm. June 3 – Oct 28. Cranston Armory. Parade St and Hudson St Providence 863-6509.

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Goddard State Park Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. May 7 – Oct 29. Goddard State Park 345 Ives Rd Warwick. Pastore Complex Farmers’ Market – 10am-2:30pm. July 23 – Sept 24. RI Department of Labor and Training 1511 Pontiac Ave Cranston Providence/Downtown Farmers’ Market– 11am-2pm. June 4 – Oct 29. by Kennedy Plaza and Burnside Park. Kennedy Plaza & Exchange Terrace Providence Colt State Park Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. May 7 – Oct 29. Colt State Park. Hope St and Asylum Rd Bristol Providence/RIC Farmers’ Market – 3:30-6pm. Aug 20Oct 15. RIC, Mount Pleasant avenue and College Road


South Kingstown / URI Farmers’ Market – 8:30am – 12:30pm. May 1-Oct 30. URI East Farm 2095 Kingstown Rd. South Kingstown Providence/Broad St Farmers’ Market – 9am – noon. July 10 – Oct 30. Algonquin House 807 Broad St Providence Coastal Growers Farmers’ Market – 9am-noon. May 15 – Oct 30. Casey Farm 2325 Boston Neck Road Saunderstown Barrington Farmers’ Market – 9-noon. June 12-Oct 30. Barrington Congregational Church, UCC, 461 County Rd. Scituate Farmers’ Market – 9am-noon. May 8 – Oct 2. Village Green, Scituate Art Festival Grounds West Greenville Rd And Silk Lane North Scituate Pawtuxet Village Farmers’ Market – 9am-noon. May 15 to Nov 20. Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Parking Lot 60 Rhodes Pl Cranston Burrillville Farmers’ Market – 9am-noon. May 15 – Oct 9. Levy School 135 Harrisville Main St Harrisville Providence/Hope Street Farmers’ Market – 9:30am12: 30pm. June 5 – Oct 30. Lippitt Park, Hope Street and Blackstone Blvd. Richmond Farmers’ Market – 9am-12:30pm. May 15 – Oct 30. Richmond Town Hall, Route 138 at Route 12, Richmond Sakonnet Growers’ Market – 9 – 1pm. June 19 – Oct 2. Pardon Gray Preserve Rt. 77 And Lafayette Rd Tiverton Aquidneck Growers’ Farmers’ Market – 9-1pm. June 5-Oct 30. Newport Vineyards and Winery 909 East Main Road Middletown


Fishermen’s Memorial State Park Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. May 2 – Oct 31. Fishermen’s Memorial State Park 1011 Point Judith Road Narragansett Harmony Farmers’ Market – 9-1pm – June-Oct 31. Grange 347 Snake Hill Road Glocester Providence/Elmhurst Farmers’ Market – 11-2pm. July 11-Oct 31. Davis Park Chalkstone Ave and Oakland Ave Pawtucket Farmers’ Market – 12-3pm. July 11 – Oct 31. Slater Mill 67 Roosevelt Avenue Pawtucket

Yin Yoga – 4-5pm. Think gentle yoga; yin is a quiet practice that uses floor postures to stretch and stimulate energetic centers deep inside the body; postures are held between 3-5 minutes, making this suitable for the beginner yogi and the advanced. $99/11 classes, $45/5 classes or $10/Drop in. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket.

Kids Yoga Club – 5-6pm. Children ages 5-12 will enjoy a fun filled class, emphasizing breath, postures and meditation. Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. (Younger kids or siblings are welcome if accompanied by and adult) $10. The Yoga Loft, 16 Cutler St, Warren. 401-245-0881. Gallery Night – 5-9pm. Free, fun filled introduction to Rhode Island exciting art scene. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two-dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. Free. Gallery Night. 401-490-2042.

Open Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Suited to the needs of the students. Expect a challenge while covering the basics in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. All levels. $10/Drop in, $42/6 weeks. 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/drop in, $14/student. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650.

Beginner’s Yoga Class – 6-7pm. Basic/Gentle Yoga which offer a wide range of postures with focus on mind-body awareness, posture and alignment, and proper breathing techniques. Modifications will be given. $12/per class, $60/series of 6. Maureen Mitchell, CYT, 2077 West Shore Road, Warwick. 401-734-9355. Vinyasa Yoga Deliciously Challenging! – 6-7:45pm. Deep, flowing practice. Detoxify and strengthen your body while uplifting your heart and spirit. . See web site for full schedule. $45/6 classes new student special. Ellen Schaeffer,, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642.

Combination Class: Deep Stretch (Yin Yoga)/ Vinyasa Flow – 6-8pm. Begin with Yin Yoga, a deep and relaxing stretch to unwind from the day. At 7:00 pm, we transition to a moderately paced vinyasa flow. Take the Yin Yoga or the Vinyasa class alone, or as a combined class. $96/ 8 classes, $14/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, The Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Drop-in Clay Class – 6-9pm. Students of all levels make works in clay. Assignments will be given to those who want them but independent work is also encouraged. Clay can be purchased for $1/lb, which includes glazes and firings. $15/Drop-in, $50/4 visits. Mudstone Studios, 30 Cutler St, Warren. Zumba – 6:15-7:15pm. See Tuesday at 4pm for details. $10. Melissa Sischo, 1639 Warwick Ave., Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Pilates w/Props – 6:30-7:30pm. Pilates mat exercises with small props such as light dumb bells, magic circles, therabands, balls, etc. Promotes deeper awareness, concentration, stability and control. Instructor is Katie Evans. $15/per class or purchase a pass. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St, Bdg D, East Greenwich. 401-261-4137. EveryBody’s Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. See Sunday at 9am for details. $48/6 classes, $10/walk in. Burrillville Community Recreation Center, (Beckwith-Bruckshaw Lodge), 50 Lodge Rd, Pascoag. 401-578-4162.

Hatha Yoga Psychology – 6:30-9pm. This course uses beginners to intermediate yoga practice and integrates theory and techniques of wholism as an approach to physical and emotional self-healing. Beginners welcome. With Dr. Lakshyan Schanzer who has re-opened his office. $125/course, $40/drop in. Body Mind RI, 1215 Reservoir Ave, Garden City, Cranston. 401-369-8115. Basic Yoga – 7-8:15pm. See Tuesday at 5:45pm for details. $72/6 classes, $14/drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310.

Mixed Level Amrit Yoga – 7-8:30pm. See Monday at 6:30pm for details. $60/Series of 6, $14/drop in. Sunsalutations Yoga Studio, 840 Smithfield Ave, Lincoln. 401-632-7254.

Energy Worker/Reiki Share – 7-9pm. 3rd Thursday. Energy Workers, Reiki Practitioners and anyone interested in these modalites gather to share and learn about healing and wellness. Contact Debi Chalko 401-263-1107. Donation. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Suite 3, Wakefield. 401-742-2354.

Be Authentic, Be Strong, Be You! – 7-9pm. Together we will create a safe space which fosters intuitive self discovery. Tools of Experiential Transformation are: Journaling, Drumming, Self Expression, Co-Listening, Drawing and more. Manifest your natural gifts! $15. Ned Arvidson, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston, RI. 401-533-2860. Sacred Belly/ Tribal Fusion – 7:30-pm. Classic American belly dance and ancient and modern dance fused. $20/or half for $12. The Spot on Thayer, 286 Thayer St, Providence.

Meditation for Everyone – 7:30-8:15pm. Open Meditaion w/Sara Davidson. Join us in a peaceful, supportive and relaxing environment. This practice is therapeutic for your nervous system and calming for your body and mind. Don’t miss the experience. No experience needed. By Donation. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Meditation Nights (Free event) – 7:30-9pm. Every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday. Meditate and then watch a “movie”, promoting personal growth and well-being, or meditation followed by a gong bath or spiritual leaders and teachers from the community and beyond sharing their insights and wisdom. Free. West Shore Wellness, 2077 West Shore Rd, Unit 3, Warwick. 401-734-9355.


Pilates Mat Class – 9-10am. This is a classical Pilates mat class using small props such as the magic circle, small weights and stability ball. It is open to all levels. This class will strengthen and lengthen your muscles while working your core. $12/drop in, $150/15 class-

es. RI Pilates Studio, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.Com. Anusara Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. See Monday at 4:45 pm for details. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. Gentle Yoga For Beginners and Advanced – 4-5pm. See Sunday at 10 am for details. $10. Yoga Spirit, Mohan, 95 Bay View Ave, Cranston. 401-965-8074. Gentle/Restorative Yoga Class – 5-6:30pm. This class combines the elements of gentle/mid level Yoga with restorative poses, to promote passive muscular release and deep relaxation. Helps you unwind from your week and prepare for a relaxing weekend. First Class Free. One Yoga Studio, 142A Danielson Pike (2nd Floor), Foster. 401-578-4162. ZUMBA – 5:30-6:30pm. Latin-inspired, easy-tofollow, calorie-burning, dance fitness-party. Feel the music and let loose. Wear comfortable support sneakers, bring a water bottle and towel. $15. The Yoga Loft, 16 Cutler Street, Warren. 401-245-0881. Dance Fusion – 6-7pm. Open and flow with your innate joy, based on Body Energy Chakras. Transform yourself to Music and Movement that will Energize and Integrate your Body, Mind and Spirit. Let Your Body Dance!! Suitable of all ages and fitness levels. $8/class. Newman YMCA, 472 Taunton Ave, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-7103. Women’s Spirituality/Intention Group – 7-9pm. 2nd Friday. See Monday at 7pm for details. $15. Pat Hastings, Providence. 401-521-6783. Hawaiian Hula for Exercise – 7:30-8:30pm. An ancient tradition, interpreted for the mainstream. No experience necessary, but those familiar with hula can learn a style rarely seen on the Mainland and work on technique. $18/2 classes. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave., Cranston. 401-780-9809.


Outdoor Yoga at the Aquidneck Grower’s Market – 8-9am. Rise and shine for market time! This all levels class is held in the vineyard beyond the market stalls. Bring a mat and a water bottle. Located next to Chaves Garden Center. $16/drop in or purchase a class pass. Innerlight Yoga, Denise Madden, 909 East Main Rd., Middletown. 401-849-3200. Full Wave Yoga Class – 8-9:30am. See Tuesday at 7am for details. $15/drop in or $12/series. The Life Breath Institute, 378 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-258-6537. Yoga at First Beach – 8:30-9:30am. Join us in front of the Pavillion to awaken body, mind and spirit amidst sea, sky and sand! An hour long yoga experience designed for all- no previous experience is necessary. Bring a towel and a water bottle. $12/drop in or you may use class card. Patti Doyle or Courtnay Meletta, Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 401-849-3200. Beyond Basics Class – 9-10:15am. Deepen your practice with a vinyasa flow, sun salutations and more advanced postures to connect your body, spirit and mind. Small classes emphasize proper alignment and moving with the breath. $10/6 classes or $12/drop in. Renee Katz, Healthi Directions, 11 Kenyon Ave, Wakefield. 401-864-0947.

Yoga Basics – 9-10:15am. See Monday at 9am for details. $14/Class $96/Package 8. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348. Deliciously Meditative Yoga Class – 9-10:30am. This class is time to replenish and de-stress. Through movement, breath & a deep internal focus you will shed the challenges of the week and step into your weekend – joyful and centered. A moderate class appropriate for all levels. New students free. Ellen Schaeffer, 142A Danielson Pike, Foster. 401-368-9642. Citizens Bank Free Family Fun Day – 9am-5pm. 1st Saturday. The Environmental Education Center is open free to the public. Join us for crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more. Free. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope St, Bristol. 401-949-5454. Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Chris Belanger. Mixed levels, beginners welcome. Ask about new student specials. $72/6 classes, $14/drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Cardio Kick – 9:30-10:30am. A high energy, fun, interactive class! Includes kickboxing, intense cardio workout, and more! Call to register. $10. Melissa Sischo, 1639 Warwick Ave., Warwick. 401-732-2899. Hatha/Yin Yoga Blend (All Level) – 9:30-10:45am. Yoga in the the Zen Center. Join us for our most popular class running 10+ years. A blend of posture flows to music & deep floor work to tone, strengthen, release tension, and energize!. $96/8 classes, $14/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Beginners Yoga – 9:30-11am. See Wednesday at 6:30 pm for details. $100/series of 7, $20/Drop in. Body Mind RI, 1215 Reservoir Ave, Garden City, Cranston. 401-369-8115. Beginners Yoga – 10-11am. Developing confidence in yoga basics, postures, breathing, body science and meditation. Focus is on a strong foundation for a regular practice. $60/Series of 6, $14/drop in. Sunsalutations Yoga Studio, 840 Smithfield Ave, Lincoln. 401-632-7254. Free Tour of Alternative Food Co-op – 10-11am. Lower your food bill, eat organic, whole foods and conserve natural resources all at the same time. Tour of the Co-op and cooking demo on how to cook a whole grain. Sample grain topped with simple dressing and go home with recipe. Free. Alternative Food Co-op, 357 Main St, Wakefield. 401-789-2240. Full Wave Yoga Class – 10-11:15am. See Tuesday at 7am for details. $15/drop in, $12/series. The Life Breath Institute, 378 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-258-6537. Metabolic Type Nutrition Classes – 10am11:30pm. Achieve and maintain your ideal weight, eliminate sugar cravings, enjoy sustained energy and endurance, conquer indigestion, fatigue, and allergies, bolster your immune system, overcome anxiety, depression, and mood swings, Pre-requisite required to join weekly class. $20. Aubrey Thompson, 464 Maple Ave, Barrington.

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Gentle Prenatal – 10:15-11:15am. Learn how to relax into your transforming body, and deepen your relationship with your baby through breathing and comfortable yoga poses. No experience necessary. $10/Drop in, $42/6 weeks. Yoga School of South County, 1058 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 401-782-9511. Nia Class – 10:30-11:30am. A fitness technique that replaces the idea of punishment with pleasure. Adaptable to every level offitness, every age and every body type. $3/members, $6/non members. Sandra Fontana, Johnston Community Center, 1291 Hartford Ave, Johnston. 401-487-6977. Prenatal Yoga – 10:45am-12pm. Explore changes and prepare for childbirth in a supportive atmosphere. $16/drop-in, $104/8 week series. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. NIA – 11am-12pm. Fusion fitness movement class that blends rhythmic music with easy to follow choreographed moves inspired by dance, varied forms of the martial arts and the healing arts including yoga. $12. The Spot on Thayer, 286 Thayer St, Providence. 401-383-7133. 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. Meet the Great Council of the Grandmothers: the Grandmothers Empowerment Group. Based on the book A Call to Power: The Grandmothers Speak: finding balance in a chaotic world, by Sharon McErlane. Donation. The Healing Circle, Providence. 508-292-2798. Vitamin Smart Diet Therapy & Dietary Supplements – 1:30-7pm. Confused over what supplements to take? We specialize in personalized meal plans, supplement prescriptions, herbal medicine, naturopathic care, weight loss, chronic health conditions, medical nutrition, menopause, wellness, antiaging and more. Health Insurance accepted. Vitamin Smart, Marcie Millar, RD, LDN, 40 Charles Street Unit C, Wakefield. 401-782-6800. Group Meditation – 2-3:30pm. Although not a cure itself, meditation helps manage stress, create inner peace, reduce anxiety, improve sleep, awaken intuition & connect to spirit using techniques such as breath control, creative light visualization & sound. $12 Call to register. Robert Arnold, Under The Sun Meditation Ctr, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. 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. Skyscrapers conducts Public Night viewings through a variety of telescopes every clear Saturday Night, weather permitting. The public is invited to attend. For more information see web site. Free. Skyscrapers, 47 Peep Toad Rd, North Scituate.


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at the first annual Holiday Health & Wellness Expo. Saturday, November 20 - 10am-5pm Hyatt Regency Newport Goat Island, RI

Business categories include: Health, Wellness, Fitness, Lifestyle, Nutrition, and Green Living. Presented By: Raskin Resources Productions, Inc and Marketing & Events, Inc in association with Discover You Holistic and Wellness Expo. For further information Contact: 401-847-7666 or 401-398-8114

BODYWORK/MASSAGE Rolf Structural Integration, Traditional Thai Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork offered in a quiet, country setting. 860-617-1234.

For rent Beautiful wellness center in downtown Westerly, with storefront, has space available for rent by the day or half day for natural therapy. Call Carol at 401-596-5700.

Johnston, AA Plaza, 622 Killingly St. Prime Location, office, store, retail, coffee shop, yoga or massage studio. High traffic and visibility. $600. 401-421-3782.

Launching New Wellness Collaborative! - Clinical psychologist and holistic counselor seeking licensed professional in complementary integrative therapy to complete an interdisciplinary team of professionals. Looking to lease a part of a newly remodeled suite located in beautiful downtown East Greenwich, RI. Please email or call 401-529-2020 for more details.

Sunny bright newly renovated office space. 1st or 2nd floor unit, multiple workspaces, storage, parking. Prime location - Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. $1400/month plus utilities. 401-231-0099.

For sale “Camelot” Love Wand – 8” glass wand charged with etheric energy to energize the heart chakra. Exudes healing, balance, sensuality and love. Experience True Romantic Love! Call 401-742-0512.

GREEN SERVICES/PRODUCTS Custom GREEN Home Builder. Let us custom design and build your new Green dream home. New Green Homes Available. Mike Hill, (401) 619-5707

health products Do you want to lose weight with an all natural system created by “The Father of Metabolism”, Dr. Donald Layman? Improve your health and increase your energy naturally? Qivana may be your answer. Call 401-497-0778 for more information.

help wanted Aflac - We are looking for enthusiastic, careerminded, self-motivated individuals to work in a professional business-to-business sales environment. Prior sales experience is welcome, but not necessary. Call 921-1773

DISTRIBUTORS – Become an Acaiberri distributor. Health and nutrition interests preferred, but not required. Selling is also a plus. Potential distributors can contact Angelo at 401-497-0740, or email Visit for more information.

Join the Body By Vi Challenge & Lose All the Weight You Need for FREE 507-726-3700. Promote the Challenge and Drive a Free BMW

Opportunities Organic Spa Party Planners Looking for moms with a passion for wellness and organic beauty. Join an award winning team as a MiSpa consultant with the world’s first certified organic skincare, baby, hair, and cosmetic products. Flexible hours, work from home, training available. Call Valerie Cookson-Botto: 401-954-8551. CURRENTLY PUBLISHING NATURAL AWAKENINGS MAGAZINES - For sale in Birmingham/ Huntsville AL, Boulder CO, Morris County NJ, Southwestern VA, and Ventura, CA. Call for details 239-530-1377. Distribution Site – Offer your patrons the opportunity to pick up their monthly copy of Natural Awakenings magazine at your business location, and promote your events for free with 2 calendars listings a month. Contact

Does increasing your income by helping others lose weight and improve their health sound inviting to you? Are you looking for an additional revenue stream from highly researched and superior quality health systems that stabilize, vitalize and optimize the body? Qivana may be your answer. Call 401-497-0778 for more information.

Volunteer Opportunity FAMILIES FIRST Volunteer one hour a week to visit a new mom in her home to provide emotional support and guidance, and share your hard-earned wisdom in raising a family. 383-9933.


energy healing The Fountain of Youth RI/USA

AYURVEDA/MASSAGE Jan Goldstein, NCLMT Newport, RI • 401-847-1371

Prepare to be well cared for as you reach a state of calm balance. I offer traditional ayurvedic body treatments including abhyanga, marma, shirodhara and more. Also available is therapeutic and relaxation massage including deep muscle, hot stones, reflexology and more. See ad page 5.

bookstore THE GRATEFUL HEART 17 West Main Street Wickford, RI 02852 401-294-3981

Books on Spirituality, Metaphysics, Psychology, Shamanism, Alternative Healing, Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking. Kirlian Aura Photos. Meaningful jewelry with crystals and gemstones, Angels, Buddhas, Tibetan Singing bowls, Native American sacred herbs, dreamcatchers. Candles, incense, cards and beautiful music on CD. Psychic and Tarot Readings - Call for appointment. See ad, page 6.

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 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 17.

Terry Wildemann, EFT Coach, CPCC, CEC Winds of Change Success and Wellness Coaching/Training 401-849-5900

Do you want to feel good again? Are you feeling under pressure and overstressed? Does fear hold you back? Do you want to improve your selfimage? Did any of these questions make you stop and think? If so, contact me today and begin to shift your life.

Find Your Eternal Youth & Beauty 401-742-0512

Innovative Energy Work At Its Finest. There are no office visits. Cleanse and nourish your body, mind and spirit. Transform your life with positive energy. Remove mental and physical tensions. Find tranquility and inner peace. Offering healing waters, tachyon wands, energized jewelry, ascension wear and more…Home of the * Camelot * Love Wand. Secondary income stream for Energy Workers. Create More Zen In 2010


My Perfect Space Dana T. Duellman 401-323-0043

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 29.

Create a divine space that supports your well-being, balance and life-intentions through Feng Shui. Dana is a Certified Practitioner of Interior Alignment Feng Shui. The goal is to bring you and your space into balance quickly so you can create the life you desire. Local and long distance consultations available.

Designs by Dragonfly Design in Feng Shui 401-383-2674

Have a Feng Shui house party of 6 and get your class free lots of fun and creativity. July special: 25.00 off Feng Shui business appointments. Increase your blessings!


fitness & wellness forever

Katharine A. Rossi 401-245-0398

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 training Solid K9 Training

Jeff Gellman 401-527-6354 Jeff Gellman, a nationally recognized dog trainer and whisperer, will show you the 4 most important things to get you the most out of your relationship with your dog using his own system of obedience training, behavior modification, household management and exercise. Jeff is a real world at home dog trainer who does not use treats, clickers, choke chains, head halters, punishment or bribery. Based in Providence and traveling nationwide. See ad page 19.

Personal Training in Your Own Home Nel Poisson, A.F.A.A. Certified/Insured Personal Trainer 401-480-0614

Create the body you’ve been dreaming of or need, all in the privacy of your home!!! I incorporate a full body workout utilizing your body weight, Kettle bells, Bosu and Thera Balls and agility drills for a balanced strength and conditioning regimen, regardless of age. See ad page 19.

hearing services Glass Audiology, servicing RI

Dr. Jodi Glass 401-575-9951 • Dr Jodi Glass is an Audiologist with over 30 years of experience testing the hearing of newborns through seniors. She has a reputation of compassion, professionalism and reliability. Now, she is available statewide, to come to YOU for all your hearing and hearing aid needs, and would be honored to hear from you.

natural awakenings

August 2010




holistic bodywork Holistic Body Rejuvenation

Tarah, NRMT and Certified Cosmetician Exit 30, Pawtucket RI 401-475-3321 Have A Spa Experience Without Spa Prices. Located in my residence. All visits by appointment “ only “. No walk ins. Body Rubs, Facials, Foot Care, Aroma Therapy, Body Scrubs & Wash’s, Mineral & Bubble Baths! Please see my website prior to calling.

Children On La Jolla Shores by Steve Hanks Award-winning artist Steve Hanks paints much more than endearing images of children. His fine watercolors, conveyed with the same exquisite finish as oils, touch viewers in a way that gently prompts us to explore our own emotions and memories. “All art is an escape to somewhere you want to be or a feeling you want to have,” Hanks says. He often conjures treasured moments of familial joy when children are small. Water is a favorite setting. Hanks grew up around Albuquerque, New Mexico, and sold his first painting to an art teacher attending his first oneman show in high school. He later enrolled in commercial art classes, but it was life drawing that captured his interest. He went on to study at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, earning a Fine Arts degree before moving back to New Mexico in search of a home art gallery. Hanks has been recognized as one of the Arts for the Parks’ top 100 artists since 1989 and one of U.S. Art magazine’s top 10 American artists since 1993. He regularly wins national awards and is a member of the U.S. Art Hall of Fame. To view more of Steve Hanks' portfolio, visit


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holistic guidance

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. See ad page 17.


Angel Whispers Rhode Island

739 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 401-374-1890

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 10.

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.

interfaith minister Christine McCullough, MA


Newport, RI 401-847-6551 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.

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.

Searching for a New Careeer? Would you enjoy a job that coincides with your healthy lifestyle? Natural Awakenings Rhode Island is seeking an Ad Sales Professional for a Part Time, Commissioned Position with proven upside potential!

Experienced preferred, but we will train the right candidate!

Please email your resumé to: or call 401-709-2473


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.


Sheila M. Frodermann, MA, ND, FHANP 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 25.

nutrition Dr Eva Ligeri

1196 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI 02907 401-261-8999 Chiropractic Physician and graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, with 25+ years experience in natural health care, whole food nutrition and herbal medicine. Offering holistic health consultation, nutrition education, cooking instruction, spinal manipulation, laser acupuncture for health and well-being. Dance Flow class Fri 6-7 PM, Newman Y, Seekonk.

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! 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.

Reconnective Healing Divinely Touched

Mary DiSano, C.R.P. 1542 Main St • West Warwick, RI Utilizing Reconnective Healing & The Reconnection®. A new form of energy-based healing, Mary has studied with Dr. Eric Pearl, author of The Reconnection, published by HayHouse, who has use Reconnective therapy to cure disorders such as; cancer, AIDS, MS, & chronic pain (results may vary from patient to patient).

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 10.


Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 • 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 31.

wellness Keys for Intuitive Living Holistic Healing Arts & Wellness Center 101 Higginson Avenue, Suite 10 Lincoln, RI 02865 401-305-6888 • 401-286-1852


Amanda de Rezendes 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.

Takey Sum Reiki Adonya Wong 401-632-4892

Certified as a Reiki Master in Usui, Kundalini, and Imara traditions, Adonya offers private sessions in your home or business. Her goal is to assist you in bringing more wellness and balance into your life. Services are free of charge for military personnel (active, retired, & veteran), shelters/day centers, nonprofit organizations, and medical facilities.

Do your healing and wellness choices reflect who you are? We offer personalized sessions for your healing needs. Offering classes, workshops, metaphysical gifts, and more! See ad, page 27.

yoga Chris Belanger, RYT

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 34.


315 Main Street • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 • 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 34.

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