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The Gifts of Citrus

Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes

MAKING PEACE Handling Conflicts

in a Healthy and Transformative Way

Go Green Retro-Style

12 Tips For Truly Happy Holidays

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Green Sweeps now offers residential home cleaning service to Baldwin County residents. Owner Heather Winkel uses only eco-friendly products that are safe for allergen-sensitive individuals, pets and children. She provides the cleaning supplies and is available for weekly, every other week and monthly cleanings, plus move-in and move-out services as well. Winkel is bonded, licensed and insured and offers free estimates and competitive rates. She recently relocated from Seattle to Fairhope to be closer to her parents and says, “I am working hard to re-establish my cleaning business so I can demonstrate how reliable, fast, efficient and detail-oriented I am.” References can be provided upon request. General cleaning service includes vacuuming, mopping, dusting, cleaning of bathrooms and kitchens (including mirrors, microwave and oven range) and patio doors, plus taking out the trash. Additional detail duties can include cleaning the interior of refrigerators and stoves; changing linens and doing laundry; cleaning floor boards, inside windows and kitchen cabinets; washing dishes; watering of plants; plus organizational projects. Heather Winkel “I can do anything you need done when you don’t have the time to do it,” says Winkel. “I even offer dog walking and pet-sitting services.” For more information, text or call 703-216-1875 or email

Dr. Mary Sabal Offers Probiotic Air Purifiers At Family Care Naturally, in Gulf Shores, Mary Sabal, D.C., R.N. provides a range of affordable and uncomplicated services—plus, she is a distributor for the Better Air Probiotic Purifier. Natural Awakenings readers receive $50 off whole-room purifier units. As the world’s first probiotic air, surface and object purification system, Better Air units release billions of environmental probiotics into the air via micro-misting. The whisper-quiet and energy-efficient units are low maintenance, affordable, compact and easy to install. They control allergens, harmful bacteria, pet dander and dust mites; eliminate airborne irritants and improve air quality; destroy mold, mildew and fungus naturally; and reduce odors; plus inside air ducts and air conditioning components are continuously cleaned. Sabal’s wellness approach promotes preventative, holistic and natural lifestyles. Services available at Family Care Naturally include acupuncture (needle or non-needle), hyperbaric oxygen therapy for mental clarity, muscle recovery and to ward off dangerous microorganisms; chiropractic adjustments (by hand or by instrument) to align bones and joints; massage for therapeutic applications and relaxation; and hair tissue mineral analysis to reveal metabolic type so food and supplement recommendations are more effective.

Nuance, in Midtown Mobile, is offering a 20 percent discount on their peppermint soaps, candles and bath bombs. Gift boxes and baskets are also available. Owners Dahlia and Daniel Day make their products at the store using the healthiest and most environmentally-friendly ingredients they can find. “We only use organic oils and organic essential oils because harsh chemical and petroleum-based products are destructive to the land and your skin. We all deserve better,” says Dahlia. The Days view their work as a service to the local community and to humanity. By providing high quality handcrafted soaps, hair and body butters, candles, bath bombs and essential oil diffusers, and treating each customer with kindness and respect, they are working to uplift the neighborhood and draw out the nobility of humanity. Daniel notes that we can all do our part to inspire humanity, saying, “If each one of us works to produce the finest quality products we can, while caring for the environment and serving our customers and neighbors with a joyous and courteous disposition, we can all be uplifted to higher levels.” Location: 2200 Government St., Mobile, AL. For more information, call 251-304-9797 or email Dahlia@ See ad, page 21.

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newsbriefs Fairhope Massage Therapist Offers December Specials Fairhope massage therapist Tammy S. Anderson is offering two specials in December: $5 off any massage or buy three regularly priced massages, get one free. In addition to Swedish, deep tissue and hot rock massage, she offers MediCupping and magnet therapies to balance inflamed tissue; neuromuscular therapy or trigger point therapy for pain management; and orthopedic massage for shoulder and hip joints. Anderson has an extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology from 19 years of working as a radiologic technologist and diagnostic medical sonographer. She has been a massage therapist for 17 years and enjoys continuing education opportunities for therapies that can promote the health of her clients. She’s worked on clients of all ages (from preschoolers to nonagenarians) and stays connected to several physical and occupational therapists and chiropractors that refer individuals to each other for the wellbeing of their clients. “My goal as a massage therapist is to help folks heal and live in their bodies comfortably,” Anderson says. “I encourage them to pay attention to their bodies and together we can come up with solutions.” Rates are $70 per hour or $40 per half hour, by appointment, Monday through Friday. For more information, call 251-510-1415 or email Woodlands01@hotmail. com. See ad, page 21.

Free Supplements for Optimal Health Lori Windham, Independent Distributor of Pruvit Ventures, is offering free trial packets of ketone supplements while supplies last. Pruvit’s proprietary formula has been researched, tested and doctor-approved and is the first natural consumer product on the market to provide elevated blood ketone levels to the body. “I am new to the Fairhope area and look forward to sharing this technology with the community,” Windham says. Interested individuals will learn how to make the body operate at its highest potential by achieving a state of ketosis where the body is burning fat for fuel instead of sugar. “If you have ever tried to do a low-carb lifestyle, you were attempting to put your body into a natural state of ketosis. However, for many of us that state is hard to achieve and maintain,” Windham explains. “We can help you acquire the benefits of ketosis through supplementation.” In addition to burning fat and preserving muscle, nutritional ketosis can improve cognitive function, energy levels, sleep, mood and digestion. Pruvit was founded with a very simple philosophy: make people better. Based on this core belief, the company set out to tackle the supplement world by creating the world’s first consumer-based ketone supplement drink. Their evidence-based products help optimize human potential. For more information, call/text 601-323-1005 or visit KetoAtTheBeach.ExperienceKeto. com. See ad, page 13. 8

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Hydrate for a Long and Healthy Life During this busy time of year, Jeff Sheldon, The Health Hut owner and author of Short Book for a Long Life, emphasizes the importance of proper water intake. “Simply stated, most of us do not drink enough water,” says Sheldon, who hears on a daily basis about customer and client ailments that can be solved or improved by better hydration. The traditional 64 ounces daily or “eight by eight” recommendation is outdated. Instead, individuals should divide their weight by two, and then add 10 ounces to that number for their daily minimum water intake (in ounces). “That method works best for most people as a baseline, but you should add from there if you exercise. It sounds like a lot but if you do this, your physical health will improve in just seven days, and by 30 days, your physical appearance can even change—just from adding more water,” Sheldon explains. Proper hydration can contribute to a longer, healthier life by allowing organs to function efficiently, improving skin quality, burning fat efficiently and increasing strength. Sheldon also points out how water consumption affects blood pressure. He notes, “Blood is 92 percent water. A dehydrated body has thicker blood; thicker blood is harder to push through the blood vessels. Think about it.” The Health Hut is located at 680 S. Schillinger Rd. (251-633-0485) and 2032 Airport Blvd., Ste. D (251473-0277), in Mobile, and at 6845 US Hwy. 90, in Daphne (251-6211865). For more information, visit See ad, page 20.

Exploring Dreams for Clues to Spirituality Dreamwork sessions are being held on December 6 and 13 (and on most Wednesdays in the new year) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at From the Center, in Fairhope. These workshops are for anyone who wonders what their dreams mean— the reoccurring ones, the nightmares and the big dreams that seem unforgettable. Dream Facilitator Mary Michael helps attendees understand their own dream symbols and themes, improve their dream recall and nurture their creative impulse. “The characters in our dreams are representative of an aspect of ourselves,” she explains. “Dream symbols help identify areas we are concerned about and can be used to help us heal ourselves spiritually and physically.” Michael, a spiritual director and dreamwork facilitator, has invested more than 35 years in the study of dreams. She is a graduate of the Haden Institute where she completed post graduate studies in Jungian dreamwork and spiritual direction, and has taught at numerous conferences, colleges and worshiping communities. “People used to honor their dreams as a way of hearing from God, but in the modern world of provable science, we’ve lost touch with the messages of our subconscious, dreaming selves,” Michael says. “Exploring one’s dreams can help people to be optimistic and faithful.” Cost: $20 per session or $60 for 4. Location: 22787 U.S. Hwy. 98, Bldg. C, Ste. 1, Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-929-4634.

Expo and Workshops Focus on Body, Mind and Spirit The New Horizon’s Navarre Psychic and Healing Arts Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., January 13, at Days Inn & Suites Navarre Conference Center. This educational body, mind and spirit fair focuses on alternative healing therapies and the diverse spiritual community of Pensacola, while offering a range of opportunities to experience intuitive guidance. Some of the topics being covered on the extensive workshop schedule include the spirit-body-mind connection, ThetaHealing, Earth-centered religions, communicating with animals, sound healing, inter-dimensional communication and essential oils. Between workshops, attendees can visit with healers, practitioners, life coaches, aura photographers and intuitive readers and learn about healthy products, yoga, massage, fitness, metaphysics and healing arts. “ We are looking forward to promoting spiritual and personal empowerment with this event,” says organizer Ericka Boussarhane, “Most look forward to a psychic reading and getting their aura photograph taken. I can’t wait to look at the crystals and gemstone jewelry.”

Organic Salon Moves to Daphne TMAC’s organic holistic salon now has locations in Midtown Mobile and the Eastern Shore. Owner Tara McAdams was eager to take advantage of an opportunity to move her salon on Old Shell Rd. to a prime location in Daphne, where some of her clients already live. This eco-friendly business cares for clients’ hair, skin and overall health. Their Organic Way professional products are made organically with green chemistry, using natural, biodynamic and fair trade ingredients. They’re bottled in glass instead of plastic and common toxic ingredients are replaced with blends of essential oils, phytoproteins and nourishing butters. “We take a farm-to-chair approach and provide sustainable luxury,” says McAdams, who has a passion for authentic, clean, efficient and environmentally friendly choices. “We offer our clients quality, consistency, transparency and enthusiasm,” she says. TMAC’s menu of hair services includes hair loss treatments, scalp treatments, organic perms and smoothing treatments, plus spa services such as facials, massage and spray tans. Because their approach encompasses the whole body, the salon also sells health supplements such as hemp derived cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Locations: 2101 Highway 98, Ste. E, Daphne, AL (251-725-4334) and 1861 Old Government St., Mobile, AL (251607-6666). For more information, visit See ad, page 15.

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New Location for Gulfport Food Store Organic Farm Hosts Outdoor Concert Series Health Coast Health & Nutrition, in Gulfport, Griffin House will perform at the next Blueberry Sessions concert, December 7, at Weeks Bay Plantation in Fairhope. This is the last of an intimate, three-part concert series featuring live musical performances from world-class Southern singers and songwriters. Doors will open at 5 p.m. so ticket holders can enjoy Gulf Coast delicacies from local restaurants before the music starts at 7 p.m. With House’s upcoming album, “So On and So Forth”, it is clear the artist digs deep and offers up his narrative after much reflection. Recording and performing for over a decade, Nashvillebased House has toured with Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Mat Kearney and The Cranberries. His songs have been featured in countless films and television shows such as One Tree Hill, Army Wives and Brothers and Sisters. House has released 10 albums and continues to headline his own national tours. Tickets ($20) are available online and at The Fairhope Store and Dr. Music Records, in downtown Fairhope. The event will be held rain or shine and attendees should bring a blanket or low-back chair for first come, first served seating.

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kudos Dana Garrett, co-owner of Synergy Yoga & Pilates in Mobile, recently completed the MELT Method Level 2 Instructor training in Portland, Oregon. Synergy offers MELT method group classes as well as private sessions to help improve performance and live a pain-free life. The MELT Method was created by New York Citybased manual therapist and connective tissue specialist Sue Hitzmann, who studied groundbreaking neurofascial science and hands-on therapies. Classes teach students how to become their own bodyworker and be in control of their own health. It is complementary with other treatments, practices and workouts and has been reviewed by internationally respected doctors, neuroscientists and connective tissue researchers. For more information, call 251-473-1104 or visit Synergyoga. net. See ad, page 2.


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Approximately a third of those older than 65 and half of elders at least 85 live alone, as do many people with illnesses and mental disorders. All can suffer from feelings of profound loneliness. Emerging virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies provide avenues to alleviate such isolation, instilling contentment, peace of mind, enrichment, fun, a sense of companionship and contributing to physical and mental health. Instead of passively watching TV, seniors can travel virtually to World Heritage sites, revisit old haunts or even attend family events they would otherwise miss. In terms of benefits attained, VR is predicted to measurably improve seniors’ quality of life. Healthcare applications of AI and telemedicine include reminders to eat, be active or take medications, perhaps assisted by a robotic companion that can share information with practitioners, children, caregivers and emergency personnel. Social applications include helping to form and maintain social connections. It may also serve as a personal concierge by reminding seniors of appointments, playing games with them and initiating dialogue to spark outward engagement.

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During the gift-giving season, Natural Awakenings always encourages the practice of conscious consumerism with an annual guide to healthy and eco-friendly gifts. This year, we’re diving deeper into the concept of conscious giving by highlighting thoughtful gift ideas that also give back to causes and communities. With 13 types of minerals in its filter, Peak Alkalinity's Hydro2Go water bottle can convert tap water into alkaline ionized water in less than 10 minutes. Alkaline water helps raise the body’s pH level so that it can function efficiently. Giving back: 10 percent of all Peak Alkalinity proceeds are donated to a different charity each month. In December, donations will benefit the PKD Foundation for polycystic kidney disease research. The store also offers free refills of alkaline water to cancer patients. $59 at Peak Alkalinity in Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-270-7200 or visit See ad, page 17.

All of The Little Tree Project’s baked goods are vegan and gluten-, wheat-, dairy-, egg-, soy- and nut-free. Order chocolate chip cookies, brownies, dark chocolate cake, blueberry oat squares, biscuits, banana bread or vanilla cake to brighten a teacher, neighbor or co-worker’s day. Delivery is available in the South Alabama area. Giving back: The Little Tree Project’s mission is to bring victims of human trafficking to freedom by raising awareness and funds for this unspoken reality in local communities. $5 to $12.50 from The Little Tree Project in Daphne, AL. For more information, email or visit


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Organic Way’s Tratto Fabric and Lingerie Spray is an ultra-luxurious linens spray crafted from farm-grown biodynamicorganic essential oils and zero synthetic ingredients. Linens and fabrics stay fresh with the aromas of organic Mediterranean citrus orchards, biodynamic lavender and jasmine and rose fields. Giving back: In addition to only using 100 percent recyclable and reusable glass and aluminum containers for all of their products, Organic Way supports Ocean Cleanup with donations and promotions. This non-profit organization’s passive drifting systems utilize ocean currents and are estimated to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years’ time. $29.90 kit and $69 spray at TMAC Hair Studio, in Mobile and Daphne, AL. For more information, call 251-607-6666 or visit TMACsHairStudio. com. See ad, page 15.

The yoga-inspired apparel company, Spiritual Gangster is a movement designed to join ancient wisdoms with modern culture. These “Don’t Hate, Meditate” and “Grateful” tops reflect their mission to inspire positivity, generosity, kindness and connectedness. Giving back: Spiritual Gangster donates a meal to Feeding America for each item sold and has donated more than 10 million meals to date. Proceeds also support Cambodian Children’s Fund, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Make a Wish. $58 to $98 at Soul Shine Yoga, in Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-2254597 or visit See ad, page 2.

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Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.

Call to Action

Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed in local milieus of families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces and public places where strangers gather.

Activating Answers

While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a counter-movement is convening constructive conversations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation and compromise among local factions that disagree on how to deal with everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated models of conflict resolution a facelift. In The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, Sarah Van 22

Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greensboro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something African-American activist and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.

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“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way look like?”

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queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig, executive director of Commonomics USA, an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commonsbased economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful

and productive conversations leading to constructive civic engagement. Breese remarks, “We’re open to working with anyone interested in learning processes that can help bridge divides. We also like sharing stories about what is working.”

The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue ( beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl. com/ManualForConversationCafe); and the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Project ( “To date, we’ve had at least 800 librarians participate in free NCDD webinars,” Breese notes. CC is a simple tool useful in exploring difficult topics and provides a safe space to process different perspectives. “Initial agreement on basic rules includes suspending judgment while listening and seeking to understand others, refraining from persuading or converting and talking only from personal experience,” explains Breese. One new network member, J. Scott Wagner, author of The Liberal’s Guide to Conservatives, speaks about the importance of using neutral language in dialogue. “I learned from him how words can be emotional triggers and signal one-sided perspectives, leaving some group members feeling angry or excluded because they feel the speaker won’t be open to hearing their perspective,” says Breese. After three tours of the U.S. and hundreds of interviews with conservative individuals, Wagner, founder of the nonprofit Reach the Right, was inspired to use his knowledge of five arenas—neurology/ cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity and morality—to help progressives understand conservatives that are not only their political leaders, but also their relatives, partners, friends and managers. He offers a simple explanation for anyone drenched in inaccurate biases. “We inherit unconscious genetic personality characteristics that lead us to develop our ideology, with which we construct our world and align with others that are in agreement. Differences in our

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Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying—even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we

need to do,” observes Kahane. Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.


orld Café-style conversations used in Conversation Cafés to discuss issues that matter offer a powerful social technology to engage people in meaningful and constructive dialog in corporate, government and community settings. Understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business and organizational life, it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership. Embracing a combination of these guiding principles can foster collaborative exchanges, active engagement and helpful possibilities for action. n Clarify the Purpose n Create a Hospitable Space n Explore Questions that Matter n Encourage Everyone’s Contribution n Connect Diverse Perspectives n Listen for Insights and Share Discoveries Source: Principles

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Motivated to Act

Jonathan Bender, founder of The Performance of Your Life, a public speaking and personal development business, has been on a lifelong quest of fostering personal growth and societal transformation. His therapeutic classes and workshops demonstrate how to connect, honor and deeply resonate with others, even if they have different worldviews, and how to listen and hear in the same way we want to be heard. Acknowledging the adrenalin rush that’s a common response to fear of con-

flict, Bender says, “When we learn to be mindful and speak from our entire body, rather than just from our head, we notice that the voice resonates and originates from a much bigger place. This teaches us to cultivate greater awareness of our emotions and how we express them. “Begin by acknowledging an emotion, and then reduce its intensity through slow, deep breaths, paying attention to the correlating physical sensation. Shifting our focus back to the heart allows us to recognize parts of ourselves in the stories of others and come to understand that our personal history is the filter through which

Intense emotions can become sources of invincible energy with the collective power to build the world we want. we ‘enemyfy’,” says Bender, who speaks and presents publicly, educating audiences and clients about the universally challenging performances of everyday life. According to Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, today’s rugged individualism amid conflicts comprises a crisis of consciousness. “No longer can we settle only on seeing things in opposition to one another; we need to shift our consciousness to be able to see the parts coming together in a new whole. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting world peace.” His observation fits with what Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, believes is the call of our time: “As planetary citizens, we are being called to wake up together.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at 24

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n his book Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg offers a powerful tool for peacefully resolving differences at personal, professional and political levels. He guides us to reframe how we express ourselves and hear others. Instead of “habitual, automatic reactions,” he writes, “our words become conscious responses based firmly on an awareness of what we are perceiving, feeling, and wanting. We are led to express ourselves with honesty and clarity, while simultaneously paying others a respectful and empathic attention.” Nonviolent communication (NVC) aims to change patterns of blaming, judging and criticizing others to focus instead on what is being observed, felt and needed. When we spotlight our own perceptions, we mitigate resistance, defensiveness and violence. Using the four components of NVC, we learn to see clearly our own behavior, rather than point the finger at someone else. They are: n n n n

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Your compassionate communication might sound like this: “When I see your dog pooping on my lawn (observation), I feel upset (feeling). We have kids who play here and I want the yard to be a safe, clean space for them (needs). Would you be willing to use this plastic bag to remove it? (request) In his book, Rosenberg also explores anger expression, the cost of unexpressed feelings and internal conflict resolution. While the work is not necessarily easy because it is a consciousness shift from the conditioned ways we express ourselves, it is worth the effort to allow compassion to blossom, enriching your life and those around you. Terry Chriswell publishes Mile High Natural Awakenings in Denver, Colorado and can be reached at


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eelings of comfort and joy can seem elusive when the holiday to-do list looms or runs amok. The season can seem more like an endless burden than a parade of cheerful events and glad tidings. Amidst celebratory chaos, these simple rules will help restore inner peace and create greater happiness.


Eschew Perfection Guests are much more interested in filling their stomachs with great food than judging the scuff marks and wall dings. The perfection of the season is found in the special moments when families and friends sit down together.


Pay Attention to the Smiles The approaching holidays encourage more shared smiles, kind words and thoughtful gestures. While out and about, look for the grins and well wishes. Hold the door open for others and offer a friendly greeting to store clerks. We’ll find ourselves smiling even more, because thoughtfulness is contagious.


Do Nothing for 15 Minutes It’s amazing how refreshed we feel when we take a few minutes to sit in a comfortable chair and simply experience a moment of stillness. Inner quiet allows the mind to relax and reinvest energy in the body, so we can return to holiday activities with renewed zest.

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Take a Holiday Binge Day Designate a day with no limits and no self-judgment. For anyone that mentally monitors their calories or sweets, claim a binge day out loud with permission for total holiday munching freedom. The next day, we can reinstate discipline.


Sing While We Work Nothing makes meal preparation tasks go faster than crooning along to our favorite carols. Turn up Susan Boyle’s O Holy Night and soon your lungs will be full of air, your heart filled with sentiment, and the turkey stuffed with seasonal goodness will be ready to go into the oven.


Express Feelings in a Healthy Way Family gatherings can sometimes test our boundaries and patience. Avoid repressing feelings by finding a way to speak a personal truth in the moment, in a calm and healthy fashion. It’s better than returning home stewing about what we wish we could or should have said.

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Express Gratitude at the Table Loving feelings can never be expressed enough, so use the holiday as an opportunity to tell others how important they are to you. Create a heartfelt moment at the table by sharing at least one thing that you’re truly grateful for, and ask everyone else to do the same.


Go Outside for Fun in Nature Hiking in a nearby forest preserve, skating, sledding or building a snow fort with the kids not only burns energy, but is emotionally exhilarating for the whole family. Pick an outdoor activity, don appropriate togs, and share in the laughter and serenity of a sparkling winter day. Dianne Bischoff James is a life transformation coach, actor, business consultant and author of The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now. She specializes in facilitating the midlife reboot and lives in Boston, MA.


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inter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts. Winter citrus is full of health benefits, just when we need them most: during the busy holiday season. To start, they help bolster our immune system, guarding against colds or helping us recover faster. Their high vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, content is water soluble. According to a comprehensive study by

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the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a daily intake of 400 milligrams of vitamin C can halve the incidence of colds in adults and cut their duration by 14 percent. The flavonoid hesperidin in citrus helps boost “good” HDL cholesterol and lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, report researchers in the Journal of Nutrition. In a new study in Nutritional Neuroscience, hesperidin in citrus also was found to ameliorate brain deterioration found in Alzheimer’s patients. Other studies further show that the grapefruit diet wasn’t wrong; eating half a fresh grapefruit before each meal can help us lose weight. In a study conducted at the Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, California, and published in the Journal of Me-

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dicinal Food, researchers put overweight volunteers on an exercise plan for 12 weeks and asked them to eat either half a fresh grapefruit or drink apple juice and pop a placebo pill before each meal. The grapefruit group dropped an average of three-and-a-half pounds, compared to only one-half pound for the apple group. Limonoids, an antioxidant found in most citrus, may help guard against stomach, lung, breast and skin cancer, according to the U.S. Agricultural Research Service. Animal and human cell studies found that limonoids—especially those in fresh oranges—harbor potential as anticancer compounds. Another study in Nutritional Neuroscience showed that the volatile compound limonene, found in the rind of a lemon, can enhance memory. As nights grow colder and longer, winter citrus “adds a little sunshine to every meal,” says Jamie Schler, author of the recently released cookbook Orange Appeal: Savory & Sweet. Schler grew up in Florida, surrounded by citrus groves between the Atlantic Coast and Indian River. “Winters meant Dad’s workbench in the garage groaning under the weight of brown paper grocery bags filled to bursting with navels, tangerines, grapefruits, Valencias and tangelos,” writes Schler. “I fondly recall trips in the old green station wagon to the groves on chilly weekend mornings where we could pick them ourselves.” Today, Schler and her husband own and operate the boutique Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, where life’s a feast— especially during citrus season. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes, adding more oil if needed.

Moroccan Spiced Orange Slices with Orange Blossom Water

Add ¼ cup orange juice and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until the juice evaporates and the mushrooms are very tender and glazed. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside.

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Add the remaining butter and oil to the skillet and return to the heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat until softened, transparent and just starting to turn golden.

Peel the oranges and cut away all of the white pith and outer membrane. Slice each orange across the core into ¼-inch slices, six per orange, reserving any juice that runs off. Push out and discard any spongy white core. Fan the slices in concentric circles, slightly overlapping the fruit, on a large round serving platter. Drizzle the orange blossom water and any reserved runoff juice over the fruit. Using a fine sieve, lightly and evenly dust with cinnamon and a generous drizzle of honey. Chill the oranges for at least 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator before serving. When ready to serve, sprinkle the pomegranate seeds, pistachios and mint leaves evenly over the top.

Shiitake Mushroom and Pea Risotto with Orange Yields: 6 servings as side dish or starter or 4 as main dish 2 Tbsp butter or margarine, divided 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided, plus more as needed 8.8 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced into ¼- to ½-inch strips Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Zest of 1 orange 2 large oranges, juiced, about 1 cup, divided 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped 9 oz Arborio rice 4 cups warm chicken or vegetable stock or broth 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp dried; or 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp dried 1½ cups young, tiny sweet peas, fresh or frozen Heat 1 tablespoon each of the butter and oil in a large skillet over mediumlow heat until sizzling starts.


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Add the rice and zest and toss with the onions until all the grains are coated in oil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, stirring, until the rice becomes translucent. Add 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock and cook, stirring constantly and gently, until the liquid is almost absorbed. If using fresh peas, add them with the first addition of stock. Stir in the fresh or dried herbs at the same time. Continue cooking the risotto over medium heat, adding 2 more ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock at a time, stirring constantly, allowing each addition of liquid to be almost absorbed before adding more broth. When the rice has cooked for 10 minutes in this manner, add all the remaining juice and cook until it’s absorbed.

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5 medium to large navel or large blood oranges 3 Tbsp orange blossom water 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp honey or date sugar ½ pomegranate, seeded 1½ to 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios 8 to 10 mint leaves, chopped or torn, for garnish

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Yields: 4 to 5 servings

Continue cooking the rice, stirring, adding 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of broth at a time until the liquid is absorbed, about another 10 minutes. When the rice has cooked for a total of 20 minutes, if using frozen peas, stir in the peas, as well as the mushrooms.

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Add any remaining stock and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender and creamy. Total cooking time should be 20 to 25 minutes from the moment the rice is added to the skillet. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed.

Yields: 4 servings Charry Lime Vinaigrette: Zest of 2 limes Juice from the grilled limes 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp sorghum or maple syrup ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Vegetables: 4 oz baby radishes 4 oz baby carrots, with some of the green top 4 oz baby leeks, trimmed 4 oz baby yellow pattypan squash 2 oz microgreens

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For the Charry Lime Vinaigrette, squeeze the juice of the grilled lime halves into a bowl. Whisk in the reserved lime zest, rice wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sorghum and olive oil together until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.


Arrange the vegetables on salad plates and garnish with microgreens. Spoon the vinaigrette over all and serve. Adapted lemon and lime recipes are from Red, White, and ’Que: Farm Fresh Foods for the American Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, permission of Running Press. Adapted orange recipes are from Orange Appeal, by Jamie Schler, permission of Gibbs Smith.

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Can you summarize the results of your experiments of healing through collective intentions? We’ve done hundreds of experiments using small and large groups; 30 were tightly controlled scientific studies conducted in conjunction with researchers at institutions such as the University of Arizona, University of California and Penn State University. The experiments have involved all kinds of intentions, ranging from the relatively simple to the impossibly complex. The large-scale intention experiments involved upwards of 25,000 participants remotely logging onto a website to view photos of the targets, sometimes 8,000 miles away, and sending them a well-defined intention, like changing the pH balance

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of water or healing a war veteran of posttraumatic stress disorder. To date, 26 of those 30 experiments resulted in positive, measurable, mainly scientifically significant effects. We’ve seen the pH of water change by a full pH number and seen seeds grow twice as much as control seeds. We also conducted three peace intention experiments with interesting

results: After our eight-day intention for Sri Lanka during its civil war, violence levels fell; the government had won several decisive battles that week; and within a few months that 25-year war was over. We can’t say with certainty that we had a hand in this, but our other peace experiments showed similar results. If it happens a few more times, that becomes compelling.

What conditions were the most conducive to manifesting positive results? Was it intention, the power of the group or altruism? I think it’s a little of all of these. We’ve found that larger groups do not have a larger effect, which brought about the “power of eight” concept. I’ve discovered all that’s needed is a group, whether it’s eight or 8,000. In a group, we seem to lose our sense of individuality and separation from the world. We experience an overwhelming sense of oneness with the other intenders, which may be why our influence then becomes more powerful.

How did the act of sending positive intentions affect the senders? I was most surprised by the rebound effects reported by participants, whom I started surveying after the Sri Lankan peace experiment. Thousands of extraordinary comments related not only how participants felt during the activity, but also afterwards; they were experiencing major shifts in their relationships, health, careers and well-being. All they had done was sit individually in front of their computer holding an intention, yet they experienced the altered and mystical states of consciousness described by psychologist Abraham Maslow as “peak experiences”. Life University, a large chiropractic university in Atlanta, worked with us to study the brainwaves of participants in six “power of eight” groups and found that senders had decreased activity in their frontal and parietal lobes, which govern the sense of self. It was like the boundaries between participants were dissolving into a state of oneness. To me, this partly explained the sense of oneness, compassion and love they experienced.

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se it up, wear it out, make do or do without,” was the motto of past generations. Today, it’s recycle, repurpose and reinvent. Nostalgia is making a comeback. It’s tempting to revert to successful old-fashioned ways; it’s even better to update the howto of natural eco-living.

Preserve Food “There are tradeoffs between convenience and environmental impact,” says Kathleen Hanover, executive creative director at Imagine That Creative Marketing Services, in Dayton, Ohio. “I’d love to freeze all of our family’s produce, but after two power outages, I can veggies, too. Steam canners for jams, jellies, tomatoes and high-acid foods use three inches of water and 10 minutes of energy.” Shel Horowitz, a consultant for Green and Profitable and co-author of 34

Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World, joined a food co-op in the 1970s. Today, it has 9,000 members. “I dehydrate veggies for soup, pasta, stir-fry dishes or as tomato or zucchini chips,” he says. “Onions, shallots, garlic, leeks, celery, kale, hot peppers, tomatillos and fruit were successful; eggplant, cucumbers and rhubarb were not.”

Use It All The Traditional Line menu devised by executive chef Mark Russell, of Great Performances, a sustainability-oriented high-end catering and food service company in New York City, remarks, “Food trends have changed,” noting preserving, freezing, pickling and canning remain sound. He salutes thrifty Depression-era practices. “My grandparents picked dandelion greens to fry in bacon fat,” he says. “A salad with olive oil and fresh tomato is

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Containers ease gardening, especially for tomatoes. Hanover repurposes plastic cat litter buckets. “They’re sturdy and hold up in cold weather,” she says. “Alpaca poop fertilizer supplied by a neighbor doesn’t smell and plants thrive.” Ocala, Florida, reiki master and teacher Debi Goldben employs nature’s bounty at home. “Downspouts collect rainwater for the garden, and it’s much better than chemically treated city water,” she says. Some municipalities, including in Colorado, regulate rainwater collection, mandating the size and number of barrels per property “for outdoor use only”.

Sew Up Repairs Anca Gooje, owner of Chid Kala, a natural ingredient lotion maker in Scarborough, Maine, uses colorful patches to repair tears and update the look of her two children’s clothing. She also recompressed their sofa’s inner springs to their original shape by encasing them in fabric. “It was timeconsuming, but only cost a few dollars for fabric,” she relates. “Updating avoided creating more landfill. For a fresh look, I made a new cover.”

Multipurpose a Cook Pot “My mother believed pressure cookers would explode, so I bought an Instant Pot and changed the way I cook,” says Sue Ann Jaffarian, a Los Angeles paralegal and mystery writer. “I have a demanding day job and writing deadlines. I toss in healthy

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Make Holiday Décor “Retro-style repurposing is smart, fun and easy,” says upstate New York lifestyle writer and cookbook author Cynthia O’Connor O’Hara. “I glued together assorted cups, saucers and plates with glass-specific glue to create tiered servers that double as a centerpiece. Check your house to find dishware that will look nice together.” It’s satisfying to combine experiences with updated technology, save time and support a healthier planet, both during the holidays and year-round. Connect with the freelance writer via

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INSPIRED LIVING Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle by Kelly Martinsen nspiration may strike anywhere, at any time. The trick is nurturing the process to appear on demand when we need it most. Often, an inspiration is sparked when we perceive someone being selfless, courageous, physically extraordinary or deliciously creative. However, we don’t need to wait for outside stimulus when we can discover internal stirrings by invoking any of these selfinspiring tips. Just Do It – The Nike slogan has never been more appropriate. We all have something we’ve thought about doing or trying. Whether traveling to a new location, trying a different sport, joining a new-to-us group or club, or making more friends, don’t put it off—just do it. Defeat allodoxaphobia – It’s the fear of others’ negative opinions. Everyone suffers from this to some extent, and it can hinder us from living our best life. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt remarked, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” Volunteer – A common excuse for not volunteering is, “I don’t have the time.” Next year, make the time. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship

between volunteering and happiness in a large group of American adults, they found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Journal – People often journal as a way to reflect upon their lives. This can be helpfully revealing, but rather than looking back, look forward, using a journal as a blueprint to manifest the most inspired year yet. Write out plans and dreams with the steps needed to achieve them. Gratitude – This is the big one. One way to be and stay inspired is by starting off each day in a state of gratitude. Every morning before getting out of bed, think of at least three things to be grateful for. By doing this, we recognize the blessings we have and greet the day in a positive frame of mind. It’s a perfect way to end each day, too. When someone routinely inquires, “How are you?” answer, “I am grateful.” Our time on Earth is not infinite. With only so many days promised, let’s vow to live them inspired. Kelly Martinsen is publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island and author of the new book A Year of Inspired Living (

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Philip Stein is a Leader in Wearable Sleep Technology by Linda Sechrist


rom computers, cell phones, smart TVs, DVR players and programmable appliances to a seemingly endless list of other electronic gadgets, we are in constant contact with unnatural electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) generated by technology. In today’s 24/7 society, invisible EMFs are inescapable; they permeate our working and living spaces. What we may not know is how they negatively impact our body’s natural sleep-wake cycle: suppressing melatonin, the hormone that controls the natural circadian rhythm, disturbing slumber and even affecting weight gain, according to University of Tel Aviv research. On the brighter side, some new technological products promise to restore balance to the body, including deeper and more restful sleep. From the Philip Stein sleep bracelet, sleep number beds and portable sleep trackers to sleep-related

apps, devices and applications, user-friendly innovations are addressing America’s sleep deprivation problem. “Philip Stein lifestyle accessories such as the sleep bracelet are designed to contribute to a better quality of life. The unique technology inside each one channels beneficial natural frequencies in the environment into your body,” says Will Stein, co-founder and president of the Philip Stein Group. “The result is to help the individual feel centered, balanced, grounded and more easily able to maintain a sense of well-being.” The company defines optimal well-being as a state of harmony achieved through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual alignment. Although natural-frequency technology was developed earlier by a group of engineers and scientists exploring various frequencies’ influence on water, the initial discovery has been attributed to ancient sages in India that intuited them. For example, 7.83 Hz, the frequency of “om”, happens to be Mother Earth’s natural heartbeat rhythm, now known as the Schumann Resonance. Aligned with the brain’s alpha and theta states, this technology of resonating frequencies has been carefully tuned and tested by Philip Stein researchers, technicians and sleep experts. Today, it is at the core of all Philip Stein products. Philip Stein’s tuning technology picks up and channels the beneficial natural frequencies that have always surrounded human beings. “We believe that all organisms have evolved or grown accustomed to these natural frequencies, and our systems are tuned to operate best with them, rather than with the increasing number of manmade frequencies we experience in the modern world,” explains Stein. For more information, visit

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VOLUNTEER OPPS AZALEA CITY CAT COALITION – Volunteers needed in any capacity. Contact Susan Young: 251-648-7582. SusanYoung@

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Discounts on Supplements – Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-928-0644) and Virginia's Health Foods (251479-3952). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL and 3055-A Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Waterway Village Farmers Maket – 9am-2pm. Adjacent to Tacky Jacks. Farm grown produce, seafood, breads and pastries, homemade fruit pies, local honey, fresh salsa, seafood dips, fresh milk, cream and ice cream, bath products, artists and artisans. 251-752-0194. Waterway Village, 101 E 24th Ave, Gulf Shores, AL. WaterwayVillageFarmersMaket@ A Course in Miracles Study Group – 9:1510:15am. ACIM Discussion Group. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad, Gulfport, MS 39501. 228 871-7004. Center for Spiritual Living Service – 10am. Make every step, every choice, every word, a conscious one. Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar, Mobile, AL. 251-343-0777. Open Table Worship Service (United Church of Christ) – 10:30am. Weekly progressive Christian worship. Gathering in the chapel at All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 S Ann St, Mobile, AL. 251-545-1011. Unity Church of Gulfport Sunday Service and Celebration – 10:30-11:30am. Please join us every Sunday for uplifting music, meditation and message. A community of friends in an atmosphere of love and acceptance. 1700 E Railroad, Gulfport, MS 39501. 228-871-7004. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. Unity Christ Church Sunday Service – 11am. Tune in, turn on, tap into the loving presence of the Divine at Unity Christ Church. If you desire a nonjudgmental, open, supportive and loving spiritual community, Unity Christ Church of Mobile is here to inspire, uplift and celebrate the Divine. 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440. Facebook. com/unityofmobile. Baha'i's of Fairhope Diversity Devotions – 3-5pm. Every 4th Sunday. Join us in the coming together of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate our unity and strengthen the spiritual health of the community. Refreshments served immediately following the shared devotional program. 81 Magnolia Ave, Fairhope, AL. BahaisOfFairhope@

Hot Power Yoga – 8am. Mon-Fri. A faster paced power vinyasa flow builds strength, increases flexibility, strengthens your core and transforms your body and mind. Find your groove, shine your light and practice at your own level. Heated. $15 drop in; packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@ Group Reformer with Adrienne – 12-1pm. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Adrienne during your day for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned and be both leaner and stronger. Also Wednesdays at noon. Log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Doggie Happy Hour – 5-7pm. 1st Mon. A rescue networking event hosted by My Happy Dog 123. Bring your dog for drinks and live music while raising money for a local rescue foundation. Q&A with local vets. Free grain-free dog treats. Raffle prizes. Puppy photo booth. Free. OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Viviane Hentschel: myhappydog123. Law of Attraction Study Group – 6-8pm. Great discussion group. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad, Gulfport, MS 39501. 228-871-7004. Responsible Parenting Class – 6-8pm. Free course for parents, together or separate, that covers co-parenting issues, positive parenting methods, money management and economic stability. Open to parents of children 18 and under. Also taught on Wednesday mornings. Family Center Baldwin County, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700.


tuesday 10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-2094090. Sunrise Yoga with Linda – 6-7am. The days are finally shorter, so greet the sunrise with Linda Csaszar and take pleasure in some revitalizing morning yoga. Charge the body, ease stress and focus the mind as you begin the day. Find joy in the movement! Also on Thursdays w/ Chris G. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

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Positive Parenting Classes – 9-11:30am. 8-week course focused on parenting techniques that work without using corporal punishment. Taught in our Baldwin County office as well as Mobile on Thursdays 9-11:30 am. The Family Center, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700. Kids101@

Qigong Tai Chi – 9-10:15am or 6:30-7:30pm. Explore the gentle art of the moving meditation. Includes a 15 min Intro to Meditation session. $10. Beginner-friendly. Ashbury Hotel, 600 West 65 Service Rd S, Mobile, AL. 251-207-0007. Jude@ La Leche League Mobile Bay Area – 10:30am. Open to all women with an interest in learning about and supporting breastfeeding. Babies/children are welcome. Free. 251-689-2085. For location information or breastfeeding help contact AmandaLLLMobile@ or

Grief Recovery Meeting – 1-2:30pm. This is a Christian-based grief recovery program for all losses. Experienced, professional and compassionate staff members support you through the grief process with the goal of transitioning into a renewed life of purpose and fulfillment. Ascension Funerals & Cremations, 1016 Hillcrest Rd, Mobile, AL. 251634-8055. Farmers Market – 2-6pm, Tues. 9am-2pm, Sat. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Know your farmer. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469.

Green Drinks Fairhope – 5-7pm. Every 2nd Tues. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks. Brief speaker at 6pm at most meetings. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Food from Sunflower Cafe and produce from local farmers. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251279-7517.

TOPS – 5:30pm. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Open to anyone who wishes to lose weight. We weigh in every Tues and then have a short program by one of our members. Try it for free. Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church, Spanish Fort, AL. 251-625-6888. AHA PM Yoga – 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. (closed Dec 17-Jan 2) This calming and centering tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251-377-8940 for Tues; 251-382-7895 for Thurs. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Ashtanga Yoga with RYT Manja Podratz – 5:457pm. This dynamic method of sequenced postures links with your breath and concentration techniques. This new class introduces the Ashtanga series in an accessible manner to beginners as well as intermediate students. A great way to finish off your Tuesday. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Outstretched Christ-Centered Yoga Class – 5:45pm. Also at 8:15am on Wed. Each week Pneuma offers two donation-only yoga classes open to the public. Classes are appropriate for all levels and include a Christ-centered devotion. Donation only. 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. See website for more info: Book Study and Discussion Group – 6-8pm. At present, studying Doreen Virtue's Earth Angel Realms. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004. Admin@ Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL.

Introduction to Meditation – 7:45-8:30pm. Perfect for beginners to explore types of meditation. Training and practice. $5 Ashbury Hotel, 600 W 65 Service Rd (Airport Bvld), Mobile, AL. 251-207-0007.

wednesday 10% Off Waxing – Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Wednesdays and receive 10% off of any waxing when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090. AHA AM Chair Yoga – 9:30am. (closed Dec 17-Jan 2) This class utilizes the aid of a chair, when needed, to improve posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Call/text 251-753-2037 to register. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

Qigong Tai Chi – 10am. Explore the gentle art of the moving meditation. Includes a 15 min Intro to Meditation session. $10. Beginner-friendly. Fowl River Community House, 5401 Fowl River Rd, Theodore, AL. 251-207-0007. Free Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis – 10:30am. This chair yoga class is free to participants with MS and funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Build strength and flexibility while improving balance and circulation. Fairhope, AL. Thrive@ThriveFairhope. com. 251-379-4493.

Gentle Chair Yoga – 11am-12pm. Accessible to individuals that are unable to stand unsupported for long periods of time, including seniors and anyone suffering from chronic pain, injuries, movement disorders or limited balance. Also Mon in Fairhope. $5. Pneuma Yoga/Movement Studio, 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. 251-610-3151.

Dreamwork Sessions – 11:30am-12:30pm. Dec 6 and 13. Discover the meaning and messages hidden in your dreams. Led by Mary Michael. Dreamwork sessions teach how to understand your own dream symbols and themes. You will improve dream recall and nurture your creative impulse. $20. From the Center, 22787 US Hwy 98, Bldg C-1, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4634.


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Green Drinks Mobile – 5-7pm. 3rd Wed (no December event). Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and monthly speaker at most meetings. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S Joachim St, Mobile, AL. Facebook. com/MobileBayGreenDrinks.

Eastern Shore MS Support Group – 5:30pm. 2nd Wed. Eastern Shore MS Support Group meets each month at Ruby Tuesday in Fairhope, AL. Family, friends and caregivers are always welcome. Weezer: 251-928-7606. Near Death (NDEs) and Related Experiences – 6pm. 2nd Wed. Mobile affiliate group of IANDS. All are welcome to share experiences and support. Free. West Regional Branch, Mobile Public Library, Grelot Rd (near University Blvd), Mobile, AL. 251340-8565.

thursday 10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays & Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090.

Yoga with Dana – 10-11:15am. Looming holiday stress driving you crazy? Take a morning break and let breath and body move in sync as Dana's seamless style transforms the body, relieves stress and relaxes the mind. Leave on top of the world and really enjoy the glory of the day. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Gentle Yoga with Virginia – 12-1pm. A stressful morning as the holidays loom? Synergy can fix that. Join Virginia Keene in the land of "ahhhhs" for a relaxing hour long gentle yoga class to sooth the spirit, calm the mind and replenish the soul. Leave class refreshed and focused. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

MELT Method Class – 12-1pm. MELT is a simple self-treatment that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Regardless of age or fitness level, MELT can improve your longevity through self-treatment. Log on to reserve your spot. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. AHA Gentle Yoga – 5:45pm. (closed Dec 17-Jan 2) Connect body-mind-spirit through movement, presence and breath. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Call/text 251-382-7895 to register. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Movie Night – 6-8pm. Showing a different thoughtprovoking movie each week. Seating is limited; please reserve your seat by calling 228-831-1785. Free. Coast Health & Nutrition, 12100 Hwy 49, Ste 730, Gulfport, MS.

Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting – 6:30-7:45pm, 3rd Thursdays. Please join us for our monthly chapter meeting. Enjoy a lively night of connecting with others. Bring your passion, your personal experiences and recommendations for future meetings. Free. Daphne Public Library, 2607 US Hwy 98, Daphne, AL.

Personal Wellness and Self-Discovery Classes – 6:30pm. Every last Thurs. Monthly classes designed to empower oneself to heal, uplift and detoxify the body, mind and spirit. $5 donation for food pantry. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail. com.

friday FES Bike to School Days – Every first Friday. Grab your helmet and an adult and bike to school on first Fridays. It's the fun way to travel! Participating students will receive a spoke bead for their bike at each event. Check Facebook for additional giveaways. Fairhope Elementary School, Fairhope, AL.

AHA Morning Yoga – 9am. (closed Dec 17-Jan 2) Energize, align, strengthen, center and de-stress through movement, body-mind awareness and breath. Beginner-friendly, props provided. Call/text 646-220-8561 to register. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

Energy Flow Yoga with Chelle Davis – 11am12pm. Energy Flow is a practice for all levels of student, offering multiple options for a pose while still flowing with the breath. The focus will continue to be on the breath and alignment while in the flow. This is a class for everyone to enjoy. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

saturday Saturday Morning Yoga with Augusta – 7:308:45am. All levels. The movements will challenge you to stay mindful and your mindfulness will allow you to honor your limits without judging yourself. $15 drop-in. $10 students and instructors. Creative Outlet, 66 1/2 S Section St, Fairhope, AL. 251-9285363. Farmers Market – 9am-2pm, Sat. 2-6pm, Tues. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. FoleyMarketMgr@gmail. com.

Saturday Morning Yoga at Simply Life – 9:3010:45am. We welcome you to an open flow yoga class appropriate for all levels of practice. Drop-in $10/class. Simply Life Learning Center, 2065 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-473-8040. Facebook. com/SimplyLifeLearningCenter. Gallery/Salon Group Readings – 6:30-8:30pm. Psychic Medium Ericka Boussarhane uses her mediumship to help others find closure and insight in their lives. As a medium she is able to connect with loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. $20. Wishful Treasures New Age Gift Store, 4622 Saufley Field Rd, Pensacola, FL. 850-941-4321.

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105 Lottie Lane, Suite A, Fairhope, AL 251-990-0535 • Hearing loss affects everyone uniquely which is why we solve hearing problems one individual at a time. We have the knowledge and technology to guide you on a journey to better hearing. See ad, page 25.


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A salon offering organic products and services SALON including hair color and shampoo. Make a difference today in your hair, your life and the Earth. Visit us for a free hair exam today and go organic! See ad, page 3.


81 Magnolia Avenue, Fairhope, AL 251-928-5692 Join our gathering of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate unity and support the spiritual health of the community. Meeting every fourth Sunday. Contact us to learn more.


1700 East Railroad Street, Gulfport, MS 228-871-7004 A positive path for spiritual living. Unity teachings and communities are places of spiritual healing. If you’re drawn to individuals like Oprah, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, you’ll love Unity of Gulfport. See ad, page 12.



2200 Government Street Mobile, AL 36606 251-304-9797 • Enjoy soaps made from certified organic oils and essential oils. We also have organic candles, diffusers and hair products plus original art from local artists.  See ad, page 21.


1861 Old Government, Mobile: 251-607-6666 2534 2101 Highway 98, Daphne: 251-725-4334


(Located inside Path To Wellness) 240 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-597-8787 • A cutting edge approach to brain disorders that is drugfree, non-invasive and proven effective. Treating dementia, depression, memory loss, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury and more. See ad, page 5.

A relaxing salon environment that is free of harmful chemicals, impurities and fragrance. Offering hair services, facials, spray tans and massage with 100% organic products. See ad, page 15.


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IAOMT Protocol 225 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Offering ozone; laser (nosuture) gum surgery; testing for compatible materials and cavity-causing bacteria; examine for gum disease and bacteria; laser cavity diagnoses; saliva pH check; oral galvanic screening; no fluoride. See ad, page 33.


Healing Acres, Robertsdale, AL 205-283-2743 Offering therapeutic massages, oil treatments, Zyto scans and classes with doTERRA essential oils for healthy living. 20+ years of essential oil knowledge. 17 years of massage therapy experience. See ad, page 12.

LAURIE AZZARELLA YL #327923 Daphne, AL • 850-380-4943

Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of authentic, genuine therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal Zyto Wellness readings and wholesale privileges. Wellness classes on last Thursday of the month at Prodisee Pantry. See ad, page 31.


Meryl Hyderally, Feng Shui Design Consultant 251-463-1862 •

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12100 Highway 49, Suite 730, Gulfport, MS 228-831-1785 Local health food store and wellness center to support your healthy lifestyle: natural and organic options for food, supplements, cleaning supplies and skincare. See ad, page 31.


3055 A Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 251-479-3952 • Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 40 years. Extensive supplement selection; organic groceries, produce and meats; bath and body products; bulk spices and herbs; pet supplies; baby products and more. Monthly product specials. See ad, page 3.


280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center 251-928-0644 • Café: 251-929-0055 Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 40 years. Extensive supplement selection; organic groceries, produce and meats; bath and body products; bulk spices and herbs; pet supplies; baby products and more. Monthly product specials. See ad, page 3.


Lori Windham Independent Distributor Pruvit Ventures Call/Text: 601-323-1005 World’s first natural consumer based ketone supplement drink. Experience all the benefits of nutritional ketosis: burn fat and preserve muscle; improve cognitive function, energy levels, sleep, mood and digestion. Learn more: KetoAtTheBeach.ExperienceKeto. com. See ad, page 13.


Reiki Practitioner From the Center, Fairhope, AL 601-421-0277 • Make time for your special self! Reiki sessions for antianxiety, empowerment and balance.  “I offer care and kindness to my clients—it’s the sweet work.”

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2032 Airport, Midtown Mobile: 251-473-0277 680 S. Schillinger, Mobile, AL: 251-633-0485 6845 Hwy 90, Daphne, AL: 251-621-1865

Licensed Professional Counselor From the Center, Fairhope, AL 251-929-4634 •

For 30 years The Health Hut has been the go-to place for high quality, whole-food vitamins, herbs and sport supplements at great prices. Service-oriented, knowledgeable staff. See ad, page 20.

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22787 U.S. 98, Suite D-5, Montrose, AL 251-616-4201 • Intuitive integrative massage techniques are used to facilitate the body into a state of healing without the "no pain no gain" mentality. Over 15 years experience in the bodywork and natural wellness field. See ad, page 11.


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721 Cowan Road, Gulfport, MS 1-800-824-0194 • Offering affordable, effective and convenient evidence-based nutrition. Lab work provides reliable information to monitor health and accessible doctors provide individualized guidance. Extensive selection of therapeutic-grade supplements available in store and online. See ad, page 4.



8871 Rand Avenue, Ste. B Daphne, AL 36526 251-210-1496 State-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy facility. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe medical treatment delivering 100% oxygen while in a pressurized chamber. Reduces inflammation, promotes healing, repairs cells and heals wounds. See ad, page 33.

333 Greeno Road S., Unit 2B, Fairhope, AL 251-210-6955 • A 7-minute session, once a week provides a natural solution for healthy joints, strong bones and muscles, better balance and flexibility and pain reduction. Accessible to all ages; non-invasive; nonpharmaceutical. See ad, page 11.

ROLFING EASTERN SHORE ROLFING Pam Reaves, Certified Rolfer® 151 Fly Creek Avenue, Suite 411 Fairhope, AL • 251-990-8383

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A We l l n e s s S p a specializing in oncology skincare. Also offering digital skin analysis, facials, waxing and microdermabrasion. Wellness coaching available. Everything you need to know to accomplish good health, skincare and wellness. See ad, page 31.


8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 251-210-1632 A comprehensive facility offering extensive therapies and services to patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and many other diagnoses. See ad, page 13.


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