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hile working on this month’s issue, I was blown away by stories of locals volunteering their time to work on initiatives such as pedestrian safety, civic engagement, community gardens and gun control legislation. What makes these tenacious individuals particularly impressive is their age. They are all students in intermediate school, high school or college. Annabelle Vestal was in kindergarten when she started convincing multiple levels of government that a sidewalk was needed to connect her neighborhood to downtown Fairhope. It took 5 years to get that sidewalk built, and a year after its installation she still advocates for its upkeep. Just last month, she requested that the crosswalk be repainted, citing research on how to make it more visible to drivers. At the age of 16, Chloe Duren spearheaded the March for Our Lives event in Mobile. With 500 people in attendance, she captivated the crowd with an inspiring speech and continues to take action when she sees a problem or someone in need. As a kid, I was not meeting with the Mayor or leading marches—I was too shy to even raise my hand in class! The first time I remember taking the lead on an issue that mattered to me was after college. I started a small recycling program at my job by putting out boxes and signage around the office. I then took what was collected to my own curbside pick-up containers. This was a simple program but it was well-received by many co-workers and it was satisfying to know more materials were being recycled as a result of our efforts. I facilitated similar programs at other jobs and enlisted professional recycling companies when resources allowed. In recent years I’ve used my voice to advocate for a more bike- and pedestrian-friendly Fairhope. What started as a few calls to Public Works about inadequate sidewalks has led me to my current position as co-chair of the city’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, where our most recent accomplishments include the installation of new bike racks around town. Annabelle started meeting with city officials when she was 5 and I started when I was 35. We are never too young or too old to take action. What issue resonates with you and how can you get involved? If you’re uncomfortable taking the lead, consider offering support to those who are. Keep in mind that our actions don’t have to be big and loud to impart lasting effects. Read about how refusing straws can reduce plastic pollution in “Last Straw” and be inspired to favor an omnivorous diet in “Less Meat Goes Mainstream”. Switching to a silicone straw and favoring plant-based foods once a week may not seem as impactful as leading a march or constructing a community garden, but these seemingly small, behind-the-scenes actions add up. Whether you’re young or old, introverted or extroverted, a born leader or an eager supporter, don’t underestimate yourself. We can all be game changers. Onward and upward,

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Free Personal Training Session at Mobtown Grind For the month of October, Dori Dodich, owner of Mobtown Grind, is offering a free personal training session to new clients. She wants to help individuals with the process of getting in shape, building confidence in a gym setting and educating them on what they need to do to achieve their fitness goals. Dodich knows that there are many excuses not to exercise—lack of time, money and motivation are common, but embarrassment is another. Gyms can be intimidating. “I hear from people that sign up for a gym membership online but then they’re terrified of walking in,” she says. “Others are totally out of shape because of their sedentary career. They’ve joined a gym and want to get into shape Dori Dodich but the equipment looks like a sea of metal and they have no idea how things work or what they are for.” The journey to getting in shape at Mobtown Grind starts with an assessment, measurements and a conversation about the individual’s health conditions, personal limitations, goals and expectations. Then Dodich teaches her clients how to make lifestyle changes and maintain the positive results in a realistic and manageable way. “I'm a trainer who is passionate about a healthy way of living that you can maintain,” Dodich says. “This process isn’t an instant gratification. We will work together and constantly be adapting things which will trigger lasting change and progress.” Location: 171 E. I-65 Service Rd., Mobile, AL. For more information, call 251-308-6764, email or visit See ad, page 11.

Heal-O-Ween Family Fun Celebrate the season and meet local health experts at the Heal-O-Ween fall festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 27, at Healing Acres Wellness Retreat in Robertsdale, Alabama. This family-friendly event will feature hay rides, trick-or-treating, drumming and dancing while holistic healers educate attendees about herbs, essential oils, shamanism, massage, reiki, aura photography, crystal healing, intuited readings and more. Vendors will be on site with authentic handmade items and the Santa Rosa Creek Indian Tribe will have a Native American heritage display. Parking is $5 per vehicle or the donation of canned food. Admission is free. Location: 22355 Price Grubbs Rd., Robertsdale, AL. For more information, email HealingAcres38@ or visit healing.a.robertsdaleal. See ad, page 26.

New Human Growth Hormone Product Available Coast Health & Nutrition, in Gulfport, now offers a homeopathic gel that is the only transdermal, FDA-registered human growth hormone (HGH) product available without a prescription. The gel product has been available in California for 14 years and also provides homeopathic thyroid and adrenal support, with 18 additional botanicals. HGH is a single-chain peptide hormone produced from the pituitary gland, the master gland in the body. “This is the hormone that helps you grow throughout childhood, hence the word ‘growth’,” says Don Keyser, owner of Coast Health & Nutrition. “Around the age of 20, HGH is at its peak, and then plummets starting at around the age of 25. This is when the dreadful aging process begins, as this hormone slowly declines for the rest of your life.” Experts believe that by elevating the growth hormone at older ages, and restoring levels to what they used to be, many benefits can result. Testimonies have shown improvements in sleep, muscle tone, bone density, hair growth, mood, memory, fat loss, joint mobility, libido, hair, skin and nails. Longterm use shows that some experience improvements in heart rate, immunity, skin elasticity, cellulite and blood pressure, and wounds heal more quickly. While available at retail prices, consumers can save on this product by becoming a member or by starting their own home-based business.

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news briefs The Baha’i’s of Fairhope recently took time to consider their personal roles in “adopting freedom from racial prejudice, in any of its forms” as a watchword for their daily interactions. This discussion of individual and collective efforts was prompted by their international governing body, The Universal House of Justice. Based on the foundational principle of the Baha’i Faith that mankind is one, Baha’is throughout the world continually seek to promote unity within their families, their circle of friends and their communities. As a group, the Fairhope Baha’i community is a part of the Hope Community (a group of local citizens committed to fostering community service, social action and bonds of friendship amongst diverse people) and supports other events with similar race unity goals. Additionally, the Baha’i’s monthly devotional gathering encourages people from diverse backgrounds to come together for prayer, meditation and fellowship. Individual Baha’is strive for freedom from prejudice through their deeds such as inviting new friends over, performing random acts of kindness and supporting children with leadership camps. Lynda Godwin, one of the local believers, states, “I’ve had regrets in my lifetime, but never have I regretted being kind.” All are welcome to join local Baha’is in supporting unity through their own acts of kindness and by attending Baha’i monthly devotional gatherings at 3 p.m., every fourth Sunday of the month, at 81 Magnolia, in Fairhope. For more information, call 251-928-5692 or email See listing, page 36.

Bike Share Makes Sustainable Transportation Accessible LimeBike deployed 500 bright green bicycles in Mobile last month to launch a self-serve, app-based bike share program. The service provides sustainable, accessible and affordable transportation to residents, students and visitors, at no cost to the city. LimeBike is the nation’s largest dockless bike share program. To use a bike, consumers use an app to scan a code on the back wheel base to unlock it. Because there are no docking stations, bikes can go wherever a rider wants. Bike rides are $1 for every 30 minutes or 50 cents for South Alabama students. Discounted memberships are available to low-income individuals Mayor Stimpson through the company’s community impact program. The cutting-edge smart-bicycles have three gears, a bell, an adjustable seat, a front light and a rear reflector. They are enabled with active GPS, wireless technology and a self-activating lock. By making bikes widely accessible, the program reduces traffic congestion and carbon emissions, improves connectivity and promotes healthy living. “There is a strong demand in the City of Mobile for more transportation options. Bike sharing will connect our neighborhoods and businesses and move us forward on the path to becoming One Mobile,” says Mayor Sandy Stimpson. “This is the future of transportation.” For more information, visit 8

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Pet Loss Support Group for a Different Kind of Grief A new support group for pet loss grief meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., every first Tuesday of the month, at the Ocean Springs Library. The meetings offer a safe and confidential setting to feel support from others who have experienced similar grief. Millions of Americans lose a beloved pet every day. “It can feel like the death of a child, cherished friend or family member,” says organizer Dr. Lynne Lohmeier. “Unrecognized by society, we grieve in silence—few people understand. The hardest part of losing an animal you love isn’t having to say goodbye. It’s the way your entire world changes without them and the emptiness that’s left in your heart when they go.” For those unable to attend the group meetings, free phone support sessions are available with Lohmeier. Location: 525 Dewey Ave., Ocean Springs, MS. For more information, call 228-4971394.

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MediCupping Offered in Fairhope Fairhope massage therapist Tammy S. Anderson offers a list of therapeutic services including MediCupping. Common in Chinese medicine, MediCupping is derived from ancient cupping techniques that originated in Egypt. Cups are moved over the skin using gliding, shaking, popping and rotating techniques while lifting the cup. The suction reaches deep into the soft tissue and muscle attachments and can also have a sedating effect on the nervous system. The technique can increase blood and lymphatic flow to the soft tissues as well as remove toxins and inflammation. Scar tissue healing has been proven as well. There are many new applications that may utilize glass, plastic, silicone, manual or machine vacuum techniques. Cups with magnets can also be used to balance the soft tissue charges and have resulted in reduced swelling for arthritic areas, healing of bone fractures and increased range of motion in joints. With 17 years of experience as a massage therapist, Anderson offers Swedish, deep tissue and hot rock massage, plus neuromuscular therapy or trigger point therapy for pain management; and orthopedic massage for shoulder and hip joints. She also has extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology from 19 years of working as a radiologic technologist and diagnostic medical sonographer. Rates are $70 per hour or $40 per half hour, by appointment, Monday through Friday. For more information, call 251-510-1415 or email See ad, page 29.

Dr. Mary Sabal Offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Numerous Benefits At Family Care Naturally, in Gulf Shores, Mary Sabal, D.C., R.N. provides a range of affordable services and offers 25 percent off hyperbaric oxygen therapy to Natural Awakenings readers on their first visit. “All chronic pain, suffering and diseases are caused from a lack of oxygen at the cell level,” says Arthur C. Guyton, M.D., in the Textbook of Medical Physiology. When cells have abundant sources of oxygen, the body recovers more quickly and the individual has less pain and more energy, stamina and mental alertness. The air we breathe usually provides enough oxygen for normal metabolism and damaged tissue repair, but hyperbaric therapy enhances the body’s natural healing processes. As a patient relaxes in a total body chamber, he or she breathes oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressures, which increases the absorption of oxygen. This stimulates greater function of all body fluids, cells, tissues and organs—even those with blocked or reduced flow. Sabal’s wellness approach promotes preventative, holistic and natural lifestyles. She also offers acupuncture (needle or non-needle) to reduce pain and anxiety; 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).

Fall Market in the Park Returns The city of Mobile’s Market in the Park— a marketplace for fresh, locally produced foods and goods—is open from 7:30 a.m. to noon, Saturdays from October 13 to November 17, downtown in Cathedral Square. This certified Alabama Farmers’ Market features live music and supports local merchants and farmers. At this time of year, they will be offering fall vegetables such as greens and late season squash, seafood, flowers, baked breads, pasta, casseroles, pies, soaps, lotions, handcrafted goods and more. For more information, call 251-208-1550, visit or Facebook. com/MarketsInMobile. See ad, page 25.

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Family-Friendly Animal Communication Class A parent-child Animal Communication Class will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., November 10, at Dragonfly Pond Farm in Bay Minette, Alabama. School-age children accompanied by an adult are invited to learn telepathic animal communication together from professional animal communicator Babette de Jongh. In this fun and interactive workshop, parents and children will pair up to learn what telepathic animal communication is, how it works and how it feels to receive and send information telepathically. Short classroom segments will be complemented with excursions on the farm so participants will have the opportunity to communicate with dogs, cats, chickens, parrots, horses, donkeys, goats and more. Attendees should bring photos of their animal companions, plus a sack lunch and water. Telepathic animal communication can be a powerful tool to strengthen relationships and resolve behavioral issues in a multi-species household. “I feel it is my mission in life to give animals a voice and to help humankind understand the deep connection we share with other species,” de Jongh says. “All species on this Earth are connected. What happens to one of us happens to us all.” Cost is $150 for each parent/child team. For more information or to register, email Babette@BabettedeJongh or visit See ad, page 29.

Hemp Extract for Cancer

In Hemp Health Revolution, Sherrill Sellman explores the latest research on hemp extracts, also known as cannabidiol (CBD). Sellman shows that CBD use is an effective modality that can help to prevent cancer as well as assist in its treatment. Hemp extract impacts cancer cells through a mechanism of programmed cell suicide or apoptosis (death of cells). Research suggests that CBD inhibits the development of new blood cells which would supply cancer cells with nutrients; it fights cancer by reducing the cells’ ability to migrate and invade tissue (metastasis); it reduces inflammation; and it reduces the ability of some tumor cells to reproduce. David’s Gallery, in Gulf Shores, offers numerous hemp extract products including sublingual drops, vape pens, pain salves, topical creams and edibles. The edibles include homemade brownies, suckers, gummies, honey and cotton candy. Prices range from $2.95 to $199.95 and samples are available for customers ages 18 and older. “Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear the word cancer,” says Carolyn Hall, owner of David’s Gallery. “Most families have been affected by this health challenge and we are pleased to know that more people are using CBD as a natural therapy for cancer treatment and prevention.”

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Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have found that receiving music therapy can significantly lessen a patient’s need for opioids and other painkillers after invasive surgery. The researchers tested 161 patients; 49 in the music group and 112 in a control group. After their surgery, both groups were offered painkillers intravenously at doses requested by the patient. Of those engaged in music therapy, 86 percent avoided the painkillers, compared to only 26 percent of the control group.

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Music Lessons Make Kids Smarter Structured music lessons significantly enhance children’s cognitive abilities, including language-based reasoning, short-term memory and planning, while reducing inhibition, leading to improved academic performance, report researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In the study, 147 Dutch 6-year-olds were divided into music, visual arts and control groups, and monitored for two-and-a-half years. The children in the music group sang, listened to music and played an instrument of their choice one to two hours a week during regular classroom time. Compared to the control group, they demonstrated improved verbal IQ and reasoning skills, and a greater ability to plan, organize and complete tasks, as well as improved academic achievement. Children given structured visual arts lessons showed improvements in visual and spatial memory compared to the control group.


Knitting can alleviate the blues, slow the onset of dementia and distract from chronic pain, according to a survey published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy. Eighty-one percent of respondents described feeling happier after a session of needlework. In another study, researchers at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital found that the act of knitting lowers heart rates by an average of 11 beats per minute, eliciting a state of relaxation similar to that of yoga. A Mayo Clinic study found that crafts like knitting and crocheting also reduce the chance of developing mild cognitive impairment by 28 percent. In a University of British Columbia study, 74 percent of 38 women with the eating disorder anorexia reported that it lessened the intensity of their fears and thoughts and cleared their minds of eating disorder preoccupations. In a survey of 1,000 members of the British group Knit for Peace, one in five respondents reported that knitting reduced their arthritic pain.

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McDonald’s plans to reduce greenhouse emissions from their restaurants, corporate offices and supply chain by more than 30 percent by 2030. They’re the first restaurant chain with goals backed by the Science Based Targets initiative. The company expects to decrease its total emissions by more than 150 million tons. AB InBev, the parent company of Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser beer, has ambitious plans to purchase electricity only from renewable sources for its worldwide operations in seven years. The first step includes Bud Light. The goal is for all operations in the company’s 12 Budweiser breweries across the U.S. to be powered by renewable energy. Budweiser plants outside the U.S. will also switch to all-renewable energy, with all products planned to transition by 2025. The new status will be denoted by the label “100% Renewable Energy”.

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Serious concerns have surfaced about food transparency, and people are asking questions. Documentaries like Rotten urge consumers to think twice about the origins and ingredients of their food, but answers are not always readily available. In addition to environmental concerns like long-distance transportation, people are worried about food recalls and safety. FoodLogiQ’s software solution creates “farm to fork traceability”, welcoming companies across the industry to participate, with approximately 7,000 having registered so far in some 100 countries—including Whole Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Carl’s Jr., Subway, Buffalo Wild Wings and the Panda Restaurant Group. Information provides useful details such as where the food was harvested, whether pesticides were used, where the food traveled and how it was processed. FoodLogiQ Chief Marketing Officer Katy Jones suggests this is an important moment of change in the food industry, saying, “Food companies are embracing global standards to increase efficiencies and build a foundation for traceability and supply chain visibility.”


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At Versova Beach, in the Indian coastal city of Mumbai, local volunteers have stepped up to finally clean up a shore covered in ankledeep trash and waste. The United Nations described the transformation as the world’s largest beach cleanup project ever, and the work has been rewarded with serious environmental progress. For the first time in 20 years, Olive Ridley sea turtles have hatched at Versova. The turtle is currently classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature because of environmental pollution. They’re the smallest and most common sea turtle, but all species are threatened by human encroachment and pollution. Lawyer and conservationist Afroz Shah says, “I had tears in my eyes when I saw them walking towards the ocean.” Local ecologists say it’s possible the Olive Ridley turtles have been nesting on the beach without anyone noticing, but capturing this momentous occasion is a huge boon to the volunteers, which have encountered some resistance via harassment and bureaucracy.

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portant than ever to use your voice, no matter who you are, where you live and whatever you identify as,” says Jiang.

Running for Governor

Ethan Sonneborn, 13, has a comprehensive policy platform and a spot on the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary ballot in Vermont. In an early campaign speech, the Bristol resident and Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School student smiled at the crowd’s applause for his message: “To every-

Youths Step Up to the Global Challenge Fresh Hope for a Troubled Planet by Linda Sechrist


ecognizing that it might be too late by the time they are older, many young people are already acting collectively and across partisan aisles on everything from climate change and the environment to gun control, gender equality, social justice, education and politics. Initiatives include creating solutions for the global water crisis, serving as global ambassadors, training for public speaking and leadership, organizing youth summits, marching for causes, planting a trillion trees, participating in United Nations (UN) programs, inventing a new educational system, lobbying legislators and seeking political office. 16

Girl Up! Angie Jiang, a 2018 graduate of Madison West High School, in Wisconsin, is a first-year student at Columbia University, in New York. Deploying her social impact and debating skills, this Chinese-American woman articulates her opinions on sustainability, environmental awareness, immigration and gender issues in public radio interviews and lobbies for policy changes in Washington, D.C. She’s one of 80,000 girls in some 100 countries that have been trained by the UN Foundation’s Girl Up initiative to help lead the movement for gender equality; Jiang currently serves as its 2017-2018 teen advisor. “Within our current political climate, it is more im-

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one here today, know this. We are America’s future… So let’s not be afraid to shape it… We must be the voices of a generation, leaders for others and advocates for ourselves. Why shouldn’t we be the ones to end worldwide hunger, to make a breakthrough in medical science, to protect world peace or to put people on another planet? We are the generation that will do all these things. Why not start now?” In addressing environmental issues, Sonneborn supports a tax on carbon emissions, Vermont’s commitment to uphold the standards of the Paris climate agreement and renewable energy incentives. In Kansas, where six teenagers are running for governor, Tyler Ruzich’s campaign theme is, “A Republican for the Next Generation.” This Shawnee Mission North High School senior has

serious concerns and ideas to make his state a better place to live, learn and work. A well-prepared orator committed to public service, Ruzich is reaching younger voters on issues of voter registration, school funding, taxation, guns, immigration, agriculture, equal rights and job growth. On the Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien syndicated TV show, Ruzich said he believes his campaign is stimulating 18-to-25-year-olds to get involved in mid-term elections, which typically draw fewer voters.

Zero Waste

Brandi Kneip’s family in Stuart, Florida, didn’t object when the 18-year-old decided to spend her college savings establishing a JAR dry goods store that fosters reusing and recycling materials to decrease or eliminate trash. Customers can buy what they need by dispensing pasta, herbs, spices, flour and other products into their own reusable jars or purchase glass containers to take home. JAR also carries eco-friendly household items. “I want my impact on this Earth to be like footprints in the sand. For a second, the Earth knows you are there, and when you move along, the waves wash them out or the wind blows them away. I’m so thankful for this big, green-blue planet, and I’ll strive every day to make more people notice the beauty it holds,” says Kneip.

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s a kindergartener, Annabelle Vestal asked the Mayor of Fairhope if a sidewalk could be built to connect her neighborhood to the city’s sidewalk system. “I wanted to walk to the pier and to my Opa’s house,” Vestal recalls. When the Mayor explained the process of city planning and budgeting, the response did not deter the 5-year-old—it gave her a plan of action. Upon learning that her neighborhood falls under the county’s jurisdiction, Vestal met with the Baldwin County Commissioners to request a cost analysis for the .2-mile sidewalk that would connect Meadowbrook neighborhood to the sidewalk at the intersection of Gayfer Road Extension and Bishop Road. When she was told that it would cost $75,000 and that funding was not available, she began documenting traffic patterns and initiated a petition, garnering 65 signatures in support of the sidewalk. Armed with research and citizen support, Vestal asked Fairhope to partner with the county to fund the project. The Mayor then suggested that she present her proposal to the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Policy Board. Moved by the student’s confidence and passion, the board unanimously agreed to earmark funds in the 2016 budget. In 2017, after 5 years of hard work—which included the baking of lots of cookies for local officials—Vestal finally got her sidewalk. She was also the first recipient of the Baldwin County Trailblazer’s Giraffe Award—an award for individuals who stick their neck out to make a difference in their community. Walking on the sidewalk almost daily to Fairhope Intermediate School, she remains an ambassador for the walkway and advocates for its upkeep. “I am proof that every voice, no matter how small, matters,” Vestal says. “Even kids can make big and little differences just by doing the things that make us, us.”

Leading Peaceful Activism CHLOE DUREN, Mobile, AL


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ollowing the announcement of a national student-led march for tighter gun control earlier this year, Murphy High School student Chloe Duren, 16, spearheaded the planning of Mobile’s March for Our Lives event. With the help of her peers, she reserved Public Safety Memorial Park, created publicity, enlisted speakers and carried out other logistical tasks. She also gave one of the most moving speeches of the day. “I’ve practiced lockdowns and active shooter drills for as long as I can remember,” she said to the crowd of 500. “The first thing I think when I walk into a room is ‘Where am I going to hide?’” Duren called for attendees to register to vote and to vote out politicians who stand in the way of gun control. With permission of school administration, Duren also organized a walk-out in solidarity with the Parkland students, which culminated in the reading of the names of the students killed in the school shooting. A few months later, she assisted Ellen Sims, pastor of Open Table Community of Faith, in a prayer vigil for local immigrants and community members concerned about families being separated at the Mexican border. The gathering offered an opportunity for prayer, sharing of stories and the spreading of awareness in support of immigrant children and parents. Most recently, Duren was helping a local animal shelter place dogs in homes in advance of Tropical Storm Gordon. “This young woman is poised, bright, passionate and delightful,” says Sims, who has known her since she was 7. “I’ve been privileged to watch her grow up and live out a commitment to social justice and peace.” October 2018


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ast year while visiting Fairhope High School, Fairhope Mayor Karin Wilson shared her vision for a Junior City Council, and junior Mimi Tran was immediately intrigued. She followed up with the mayor to express her passion for public service and her desire to pursue a career in urban studies and sustainable community development. Wilson and Tran met to discuss their ideas and the collaborative result is the Fairhope Junior City Council (FJCC)—a liaison between Fairhope youth and the city. “We need to listen to the leaders of our future and it’s important that they take an active role from an early age,” says Wilson. “We had 40 applications for the Junior Council. Students want to be active members of their community and it is because of Mimi’s follow-up and tenacity that we are finally starting this opportunity.” As a senior this year, Tran will serve as the President and student coordinator to help jumpstart the FJCC, which is composed of 10 dedicated and innovative students from Fairhope High School and Bayside Academy. They will strive to engage more youth in local politics and be a catalyst to student-led community development. In addition to having their own meetings, FJCC members will attend council meetings, director round table meetings and city committee meetings, and will be tasked with keeping peers apprised of city government happenings. “This regular interaction will serve as both a learning experience for FJCC members and as a way for us to communicate our ideas to local leaders,” Tran explains. “I want this group of students to instill between themselves and others the power of their voices. We are empowered with voices that matter—we just have to speak up.”

Arati Patel was just 24 when she began serving as an intern with Earth Child Institute (ECI), a nonprofit that empowers global youth to engage with sustainability issues. Today, the New Jersey resident serves as its president, and is passionate about why investing in the education of children is significant. As just one example, “Amazonian children are teaching their parents about how deforestation impacts climate change,” says Patel. A degree in environmental law and policy at Vermont Law School, in South Royalton, and expertise in environmental education, curriculum development, field research and community outreach has helped Patel to assist in developing lesson plans for ECI Water Schools. Community groups and schools are mobilized to evaluate the health of rivers and provide basic training in good health habits. 18

A Revolution in Education


Felix Finkbeiner, a German student, started Plant-for-the-Planet in 2007, when he was only 9. “It’s an amazing organization run by young people,” says Patel. Inspired by the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, Finkbeiner expanded Maathai’s original concept of a billion plantings to the Trillion Tree

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Campaign. To date, it’s seen 15 billion new trees in 190 countries under the guidance of the U.N. Environment Programme. Speaking at an Environmental Systems Research Institute Conference, Finkbeiner said that beyond planting trees, children involved in the initiative have delivered presentations in schools and rotary clubs, and engineered sit-down meetings with mayors, local government officials and even presidents of countries. Several have spoken before the UN General Assembly and national parliaments, urging them to address the climate crisis.

After graduating from Beijing University Affiliated High School, Jason Wang, 18, postponed college for a year and visited the U.S. and Europe looking for the best practices in education. When he returned, he was in no hurry to enter college, but rather to develop the curriculum for Beijing’s Moonshot Academy, which opened in January with 30 students from 14 to 16 years old. Turning traditional methods of education on its ear, Moonshot Academy students are accepted based on their learning ability, independent thinking skills and capacity to turn ideas into action, rather than standardized test scores. Students learn through personalized experiences that enable them to practice and demonstrate core competencies to face the challenges of the future. “Research shows that by the age of 39, today’s average high school graduate will have had nine different jobs, half of which have not been invented yet. Artificial intelligence has changed the playing field. We

can’t keep educating kids in the same way,” says Nancy Riehle, executive director of the Creative Academic Network Scholastic Foundation that supports the academy.

Inspired by the January 2017 Women’s March, Jamie Margolin, a 16-year-old student at Seattle’s Holy Names Academy, launched Zero Hour, a movement for youth rights and action on climate change. Margolin and her teammates have formed a nationwide coalition that inspires and mobilizes students throughout the U.S. and in London, England. They took to the streets on July 21 to march for environmental justice as social justice. Zero Hour activities supporting the Washington, D.C., march included meeting with nearly 40 federal lawmakers and presenting a manifesto of demands. It calls for governments and companies to take action on all climate change and environmental issues, including divesting from fossil fuels; increasing investment in renewable energy; legislating strict carbon reduction targets; encouraging plant-based lifestyles; schooling youth on the importance of reducing our carbon footprint;

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Time’s Up

If not us, then who; if not me and you Right now, it’s time for us to do something. ~Do Something by Matthew West, singer/songwriter reducing excessive use of single-use plastic; ending rainforest deforestation; halting all animal cruelty; and preventing loss of biodiversity and species extinctions. Margolin and other Zero Hour members agree, including Nadia Nazar, 16, an art director from Baltimore, Mary-

land; Zanagee Artis, 18, a logistics director from Clinton, Connecticut; and Kibiriti Majuto, 20, of Charlottesville, Virginia, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They jointly developed the organization’s platform. “It’s our generation that is going to be impacted the most by the effects of accelerated climate change that we are causing. This march is a launch. We’re not done,” says Margolin. At a pivotal time in which many theorize that our nation lacks the ability to coalesce around a great enterprise to solve existing problems, it appears that those doing the calculating have not factored in the millions of motivated young people as critical decision makers. It may be that their imagination, energetic drive, passionate selfconfidence and “no borders” cooperation paves the way to a brighter future for all. Not waiting for the torch to be passed, young people are seizing it and acting now, no longer naively thinking that there will always be enough time tomorrow. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

Leading Sustainability On and Off Campus LOREN ROMAN-NUNEZ, Long Beach, MS


s an undergraduate studying environmental biology and the president of EcoEagles at University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Loren Roman-Nunez is invested in sustainability. “As humans, we have an obligation to be the best stewards we can be, and this cannot be achieved by any one person—it takes many hands,” she says. “Getting involved with EcoEagles has taught me that there are many people out there who care, but they need a means to congregate and share ideas.” EcoEagles is a student organization focused on outreach, community service and environmental stewardship to promote the social, economic and environmental tenants of sustainability. They collaborate with the school’s Office of Sustainability to promote the campus recycling initiative and encourage sustainable practices in day-to-day lives of students. The group was awarded a grant last year to construct a community garden on campus to demonstrate how to grow your own food in an environmentally friendly manner. With vegetables, herbs and native flowers growing, the students are encouraged to help maintain the garden as well as provide input on what to grow. EcoEagles fosters Roman-Nunez’s involvement in the community both on and off campus and she has made strides in connecting the university with other community sustainability initiatives. The group partners with Mississippi State University Extension Services for their beach cleanups and they participate in the Pearl Riverkeeper’s Clean Sweep, using kayaks to collect trash from the river. In association with Plastic Free Gulf Coast, EcoEagles also promotes the Office of Sustainability’s efforts to move the campus away from single-use plastics. Roman-Nunez says, “My hope is that future students will continue to engage with their peers and employers to push the limits on what we can do together to mitigate human impacts on the environment and make better choices in our daily lives.” October 2018


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How has your fashion style and philosophy changed over the course of your career?

For me, fashion has always been about “dressing and addressing.” It all started when the AIDS epidemic broke out in the late 1980s, and the fashion community came together to launch Seventh on Sale to raise funds and awareness for the disease that was taking the lives of so many talented designers. Now more than ever, we must address such issues.

The goal is to change the healthcare system by bringing care back into health care. Rather than just treat the disease, we need to treat patients, their loved ones and their caregivers ~Donna Karan

My philosophy and purpose has always been inspired by cultures, creators and artisans from all corners of the world, connecting past, present and future. I launched the nonprofit organization Urban Zen to create a community of change through philanthropy and commerce. I want consumers to be aware that their purchases provide the power to help others in need.

How is the UZIT program enhancing health and well-being?

UZIT came about after witnessing the ones I loved suffer and going through their experiences by their sides. Launched in partnership with yoga instructor Rodney Yee, the program has trained members of collaborating healthcare and yoga communities in the healing modalities of yoga therapy, reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition and contemplative care. The goal is to change the healthcare system by bringing care back into health care. Rather than just treat the disease, we

need to treat patients, their loved ones and their caregivers. We also must express care for the doctors and nurses that are part of the story; they need gentle care every bit as much. We are all on this journey together. Therapists at centers such as the University of California, Los Angeles, rehabilitation unit have seen results with patients suffering from stress, claustrophobia, headaches and back pain through these techniques. Many patients report feeling more relaxed, sleeping better and experiencing less pain and anxiety than they had ever experienced with medication.

Do you see some positive trends in fashion today? More people are paying attention to sustainability in fashion today than ever before, and more designers are using materials and fabrics that respect people and the planet; for example, by using quality materials that endure. Recycling fabrics and materials is one way to contribute to sustainability. We work with

the Apparent Project, which recycles cereal boxes to make beautiful necklaces, as well as with Paula Coles, who makes bags out of T-shirts.

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lant-based lifestyles, once considered by some as a fad that would fade, are on the rise worldwide. According to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, 6 million to 8 million Americans have completely eliminated meat, including seafood, from their plates. With a 600 percent increase of people going vegan domestically in the past three years and companies like Nestlé devising vegan-tailored product launches, plant-based eating is creating unprecedented demand. “I’ve definitely seen plant-based eating become more mainstream. Many restaurants now provide plant-based options to keep their customers happy, and more food startups are creating nut- and soy-based cheeses, milks and yogurts,” says Lisa Stollman, a plant-based nutritionist

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in New York City. Vegan lunch options are even making their way into the Los Angeles public school system.

Millennials Lead the Way

GlobalData, a data and analytics company, reports, “Seventy percent of the world population is either reducing meat consumption or leaving meat off the table altogether,” with Millennials at the forefront. “The environment has been the Millennial generation’s primary concern. Health is of less importance than interest in making the Earth a better place to live,” says Gene Stone, a plant-based diet expert in Hudson, New York, and author of the bestselling Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health. Stollman concurs, saying, “The majority of my vegan clients are in their 20s and 30s, and their concern for animal treatment relates

to sustainability. Sustainability helps to reduce methane emissions from industrial farms.” Wynnie Stein, co-owner of the iconic Moosewood Restaurant, in Ithaca, New York, and co-author of its groundbreaking spinoff vegetarian cookbooks, has witnessed monumental changes since the early 1970s. Younger cooks at Moosewood have also brought passionate innovations to the establishment. “Millennials are incredibly creative, especially with plant-based and gluten-free dishes. They’re committed to animal rights and issues that affect the health of the planet,” observes Stein.

Benefits All Ages

Since the American Medical Association’s recent suggestion that hospitals consider providing plant-based meals for patients, perceptions are shifting. Holistic Cardiologist Joel Kahn, in Ferndale, Michigan, began teaching plant-based diets to heart patients in 1990, and has subsequently seen hundreds of them avoid invasive and surgical procedures, as well as show less evidence of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and hypertension. “Many

of my patients have decreased or eliminated the otherwise lifelong ‘jail’ of prescription drugs. They learned that disease reversal, not management, is the goal,” says Kahn. Supermarkets across the country are stocking meatless products like plant-based burgers. Many athletes and bodybuilders that have switched away from eating meat attest to improved results by tapping into plant power. People of all walks of life, including seniors, have embraced this paradigm. “There is increased interest in health as Baby Boomers age and start to realize the benefits of a plant-based diet, much of it due to myriad new research,” says Stone. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, a diet rich in vegetables and fruits lowers blood pressure. The American Diabetes Association supports a nutrientdense vegetarian diet that can decrease the risk of certain diseases. For Stollman’s vegan clients aged 50 and older, “Health plays a strong role in their interest in plant-based eating. The science has become clear, and based on the evidence, I

continue to teach my clients the importance of including plant-based meals in their daily diets,” she says.

Looking Forward

The surge of people changing their diet has a multilevel impact. “I feel deeply grateful to have been able to help spread the word about plant-based diets. Health, the environment and animal protection are great concerns of mine,” says Stone. Stein appreciates how the positive change in diet benefiting people and the planet is coming full circle. “We’re still amazed and honored to know that our cookbooks have helped to create a sea change. Folks visiting from all over the world tell us how our recipes have influenced several generations of their families.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, multimedia artist and author of books in the spirituality and alternative health genres. Connect at


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an Buettner’s book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest launched a movement a decade ago. Sequels include The Blue Zones of Happiness, The Blue Zones Solution and Thrive. Many communities have embraced the principles of this “make healthy living easier” paradigm, resulting in the improved well-being of residents. “Add more years to your life and more life to your years,” says Nick Buettner, vice president at Blue Zones LLC, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the founder’s brother who spoke with us. “The people around you, the places where you work, live and play, and the social norms in your community have an impact on your health.” The original U.S. pilot project in 2009, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, is a prime example. Instead of widening a main thoroughfare and raising the speed limit, the city widened the sidewalk and created a path around nearby Fountain Lake, offering safe exercise for bikers, joggers and walkers. The Hy-Vee grocery increased its health market section from two to seven aisles, leading to a 130 percent rise in related sales, and added a Blue Zones checkout lane for healthy grab-and-go options. City workplaces now offer quiet rooms and fruit instead of candy; one business converted a garage to a pickleball court.

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The five original Blue Zones are Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Okinawa, Japan; and Sardinia, Italy.

Blue Zone Basics Move Naturally – Even at work, get up and move at least once every 20 minutes.

Reduce Stress – Take a nap, nature walk or meditate.

Act Intentionally – “People that feel

they have a reason to get out of bed in the morning tend to live seven years longer than those who just go through the motions,” says Buettner. A strong sense of purpose defines quality of life.

Eat Healthy – Enjoy the benefits of a plant-

based diet. One cup of beans a day adds three to four years in life expectancy. Plant a garden to grow fresher, pesticide-free food. Eat meat an average of five times a month and in smallportioned stir-fry, soups and pasta. Consume fewer calories. Drink wine in moderation. Check out

Maintain Relationships – “If you have

fewer than three friends, it’s the equivalent

of smoking for 20 years,” Buettner maintains. “Growing old in place and staying at home instead of a retirement or nursing home is easier to accomplish when you have a social network.” Meet regularly with friends.

Have Faith – A faith-based life taps into

a larger resource far greater than oneself and enhances a sense of purpose, social network and calm content.

Prioritize Family – Amid the busyness of life, make the most enjoyable family time and nurturing activities each day’s first choice.

“Over the last four years in Florida, our sponsor, NCH Healthcare System, has helped to build well-being infrastructure and sustainability for approximately 400,000 people; that swells to nearly 1.2 million during high season from January to April,” says Deb Logan, executive director of Blue Zones Project-SWFL (Southwest Florida). “We have 33 Blue Zone-approved restaurants that collectively make an additional 176 plant-based menu items available locally; the first half of this year, they sold 130,000 Blue Zonesinspired dishes.” The healthful community philosophy was vital in Hawaii, when the Kīlauea Volcano spewed lava, sulfur dioxide and acid rain. First-responders staffed checkpoint stations around the clock to protect the public from dangerous areas, exposing themselves to combined sun and volcanic heat. The Hawaiian Blue Zone team delivered smoothies, beverages and paletas—healthy popsicles made with real fruit—to help workers stay cooler. They also delivered them to volunteers and public service groups, including Hope Services Hawaii, which built tiny houses for families displaced by volcanic activity. “We don’t come into an area and say, ‘This is what you must do.’ We say, ‘This is what you can do.’ The readiness must come from the city level, businesses, schools and nonprofits,” Buettner says. “The right leadership must be committed and prepared to follow through on multiple years of initiatives.” He remarks, “In the end, my hope for the future lies in the fact that communities care about their health. Blue Zones isn’t about the quantity of years, but the quality of life, and often that adds years, too.” Connect with the freelance writer via


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California—Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach Iowa—Algona, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Fairfield, Harlan, Iowa City, Marion, Mason City, Muscatine, Oskaloosa, Sioux City, Spencer, Spirit Lake, Waterloo, Woodbine

Minnesota—Albert Lea Cities and other areas transforming to Blue Zone status

Hawaii—East/North/West Hawaii, Kapolei/Ewa, Koolaupoko, Manoa/Makiki/ McCully/Moiliili, Wahiawa, Wailuku/Kahului (aka Central Maui)

Oklahoma—Pottawatomie County Oregon—The Dalles, Grants Pass, Klamath Falls, Umpqua Southwest Florida—Ave Maria, Bonita Springs, Estero, Golden Gate, Immokalee, Naples/East Naples

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odern chiropractors are often seen primarily as pain specialists, yet their care can encompass much more. While the common focus is better health through spinal manipulation, the origins of chiropractic are manifold. Typical approaches for structural issues and injuries include spinal adjustments, therapeutic ultrasound and heat therapy, but some practitioners also embrace nutrition. Training requirements for chiropractors vary by state. “Here in Oregon, chiropractic physicians—both legally and through our training—are taught to be primary care physicians,” says Doctor of Chiropractic Michael Herb, of the Absolute Wellness Center, in Eugene, Oregon. “We must complete extensive training not only on the musculoskeletal system, but also on managing various internal medical pathologies such as those related to the cardiovascular system, genitourinary conditions, obstetrics and gynecology. We also learn to perform minor surgical procedures.”

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Chiropractor Tom Hyland Robertson, of Whole Chiropractic Healthcare, in Odenton, Maryland, notes, “To limit chiropractic to two categories of traditional and integrative isn’t accurate. There are almost as many specialists among doctors of chiropractic (DC) as among medical doctors (M.D.). There are chiropractors that specialize in pediatrics, veterinary, orthopedics, internal medicine, neurology, radiology and other areas. Integrative chiropractic uses as many tools as possible from the realm of each doctor’s training.”

Integrative Well-Being The world of chiropractic is diverse and growing to meet patient needs. Many chiropractors offer several healing modalities in-house that are geared to take whole-person care to an integrated harmonious level. “Research shows that patient outcomes are far better with a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare needs,” says


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Herb. “Offering a variety of specialties like physical therapy, sports medicine, nutrition and natural pain relief in my practice means patients receive the care and amount of time they need. They are not limited by what I personally can offer or have time to provide.” Many chiropractic facilities nationwide employ acupuncturists and therapeutic massage therapists, offering diverse treatment options like functional medicine and cryotherapy—ice therapy—versus traditional heat therapy. Robertson provides complementary treatments ranging from nutrition to physical therapy and yoga because he has found it is important to incorporate multiple treatment philosophies, examining the same problem from different angles, saying, “Chiropractic integrates many safe modalities found to be more effective than opioids, for instance.” He notes that early chiropractic was actually integrative, with its founder, Daniel David Palmer, promoting a healthy diet and calmer lifestyle a century ago.

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Collaborative Options Progressive chiropractic now includes innovative approaches to treat the nervous system. The cutting-edge field of functional (or chiropractic) neurology, which reactivates partially nonfunctional neural pathways, is employed in cases like concussions, vertigo, migraines, pain syndromes, neuropathy and attentiondeficit disorders. Massage modalities, combined with chiropractic, are widely recognized to significantly increase circulation and improve range of motion. Acupuncture, when used in conjunction with chiropractic treatment, enhances muscle relaxation and fosters easier adjustments. Chiropractor Kody R. Johnson, of the Johnson Chiropractic and Holistic Health Center, in Columbia, Missouri, is board certified in acupuncture and employs dry needling to target trigger points in tight muscles. He also specializes in functional medicine. Hormone balance, nutritional inadequacies, the presence of heavy metals and genetic markers for disease are all considered in determining a patient’s overall health. “Chiropractic treatment addresses results of physical stress. Functional medicine looks at emotional and biochemical stress,” says Johnson. “The chiropractic paradigm is based on the premise that the body has an inborn ability to heal itself. If the only method a provider has to offer is chiropractic adjustments, then they’ll have cases where the patient’s condition doesn’t fully improve because there might be other factors at play, including nutritional deficiencies, toxicities and emotional stress. When we address other relevant issues, we find that patients ‘hold’ their adjustments longer.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, multimedia artist and author of books in the spirituality and alternative health genres. She lives in Hawley, PA. Connect at

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Farewell to a Beloved Pet Earth’s Memorial to a Pet’s Passing by Sandra Murphy


he American Pet Products Association estimates Americans collectively spent $69.5 million on our 235 million mammal, avian and reptile pets, as well as 158 million pet fish, in 2017. It’s not surprising that end-of-life planning for a devoted family companion is a solemn endeavor. Burial in a box or blanket in the backyard used to be the predominant way to deal with pet remains. As people and pet populations have grown, many municipalities now have ordinances against the practice. Instead, good options exist that protect and preserve the planet these animals so enjoyed.

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Kay Winters, a blogger at, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, mothers a dog, Clover, and two cats, Chuckie and Mittens. “When they pass away, I plan to bury them in biodegradable mushroom bags,” she says. “It has mushroom and other organisms infused into it to help with natural decomposition, cleanse any environmental toxins in the body and nourish the nearby soil.”

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Another biodegradable container is a pod that contains nutrient-rich soil, a seed and the pet’s ashes to nourish the resulting plant, tree or shrub. It’s a lovely way to remember the pet and replenish Earth’s greenspace.

Aquamation or Cremation

Veterinary offices commonly arrange for the pet’s body to be sent to a crematorium, with ashes returned several days later. Using temperatures from 1,400 to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, these facilities impose a larger carbon footprint than other options. At-home euthanasia may be beneficial for terminal pets. The animal can remain calm in familiar surroundings with family present. The veterinarian allows time for goodbyes, and when the family is ready, removes the body. “We always place the pets on nice stretchers with a blanket over the body and encourage the family to place toys or flowers with their pet. There’s no handing out brochures with photos of urns or upselling. It’s respectful of the pet’s life,” says

Veterinarian Mary Gardner, of Yorba Linda, California, co-founder and chief technology officer at Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a national network of veterinarians dedicated to end-of-life care. Gardner is also building an aquamation (alkaline hydrolysis) facility in Boynton Beach, Florida. This alternative to cremation has a far smaller environmental impact because the resulting alkaline water is safe to drain, containing no chemicals or DNA. Elizabeth Fournier, author of The Green Burial Guidebook, owns and operates C or nerstone Funera l S er v ices and Cremation, in Boring, Oregon, where she periodically receives inquiries about pets. “I’ve received calls over the years for horses, donkeys, sheep and dogs. One family called me for their alpaca. I explained my funeral home was a humanonly funeral parlor, but I’d be more than happy to help with a referral,” Fournier says. She offered a choice of flame or water. “They liked the water method because Spunky the Alpaca loved the

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rain and could drink more water than most of her pasture mates,” she says. The family let all the other animals at home come by to give Spunky a sniff and a goodbye, and then took her body for bio-cremation. “They took her ashes home in a ceramic pig cookie jar,” says Fournier. “It’s my favorite story.” “The zero-emission aquamation process creates one-tenth the carbon footprint of traditional, flame-based cremation and enables 20 percent more ashes to be returned to the family, allowing for a lasting contribution to be made to the Earth in honor of a beloved pet,” says Christie Cornelius, the founding doctor of veterinary medicine at Last Wishes Compassionate Comfort Care for Pets, in Houston, Texas. Eternal Reefs, Inc., in Sarasota, Florida, mixes environmentally friendly concrete with cremains to form a gigantic reef ball, which is then placed on the ocean floor to replenish naturally diminishing reef systems and provide a permanent underwater memorial. Originally designed for human use, some owners have asked for pets to be included. To reduce costs, families are encouraged to hold their pet’s cremated remains for the appropriate time when they are memorializing a human loved one. Recorded GPS coordinates facilitate future visits to the area. Whether using earth, fire or water, there are many ways to honor a pet’s lifelong devotion and lessen its final carbon footprint to protect Earth’s natural health and beauty. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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Alabama Coastal BirdFest Conservation Expo – Free family friendly event. Coastal Alabama Community College, Fairhope, AL. 251-990-5004. Unity on the Eastern Shore’s Yard Sale – 8am12pm. Small furniture, kitchen items, books, clothing and more will be available for sale. Unity is a non-denominational Christian church, open to all. 101 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-990-8934.

Fairhope Green Drinks – 5-7pm. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks every second Tuesday. Speaker at 6pm. Food from Sunflower Café plus local farm vendors. Free to attend except cost of drinks. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251279-7517.

Psoas Workshop – 10am-12pm. Join Sybil Nance at Above and Beyond Yoga for this wonderful workshop designed to teach you the basics on how to effectively release, elongate and live with a painfree psoas. All workshops are $10 for current studio members and $15 for non members. Above and Beyond Yoga Center, 878 Hillcrest Rd Ste C, Mobile, AL. 251-639-9030.

Soul Shine Yoga Beginner Series – 5:30-6:30pm. New to yoga or need a refresher? In this 3-wk series, learn the principles of alignment for the most common yoga + basic breathing and meditation. Unheated. Meets on 3 consecutive Tuesdays. $49 includes unlimited yoga during series. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@


Kundalini Kriya Yoga Intensive – 1-4pm, Oct 6-7. Kundalini Kriyas are a sacred dance of breath, movement and meditation that work to activate kundalini energy. Come dive deep into the practice and experience profound shifts in consciousness that these movements invoke. $50 for Session I; $90 for Sessions I & II. Blue Sky Collective, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL.

Iridology Certification Class – Oct 12-14. Certification from IIPA identifies you as having attained the highest level of education in the field. Courses provide you with an education based on the European, American and other worldwide teachings, presented in an extremely easy to learn manner. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-257-1946.


Opening Day for Fall Market in the Park – 7:30am-12pm. Saturdays, Oct 13-Nov 17. Fall marketplace for fresh, locally produced foods and goods plus live music. Cathedral Square, Downtown Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550. MarketsInMobile.

Fairhope Unitarian Sunday Service – 11am12pm. This week’s topic/guest speaker: Auburn University Rural Studio Presenter: Pinky Bass. Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. FairhopeUnitarianFellowship@ Find Guidance in Your Dreams with Mary Michael – 1-3pm. Dreams have a long history of being regarded as divine messages in almost every spiritual tradition. Join Mary in this 4-wk series to explore how to understand your own dream symbols and themes, how to improve your dream recall, and how to nurture your creative impulse. Meets on 4 consecutive Sundays. $60 for series. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Trauma Sensitive Yoga – 1-3:30pm. Trauma impacts emotions, brain, communication and movement. Discover through lecture the latest advances in neurobiology, self-inquiry and trauma informed yoga. Learn how to release trauma’s hold on the nervous system and experience freedom. $30. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 Fairhope Unitarian Sunday Service – 11am12pm. This week’s topic/guest speaker: Bonhoeffer Life and Works Presenter: Ken Hudson. Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Mobile Green Drinks – 5-7pm. Join us for an engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and a monthly speaker every third Wednesday. Speaker at 6pm. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 South Joachim St, Mobile, AL.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 Don’t Let Emotions Spook You – 6:30-8:30pm. Understanding emotions, their messages and physical manifestations and how to use essential oils to influence them. Presented by Laurie Azzarella, LMT, CRR. Private residence, 26 Barkley Dr, Atmore, AL. 251-253-0010. Swartzen88@gmail. com.

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AHA Student Massage Clinic – School-supervised internship gives opportunity for student practitioners to work with clients in a professional setting and clients to receive quality, full-length healing treatments at a great value. Call 251-753-1937 to schedule appointments at 10:15, 11:30, 12:45. $25 for 50-min full-body student massage. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 Reflex-OIL-ogy™ of the Skeletal System – Oct 20-21. Learn how to naturally support bone and joint health using essential oils and reflex areas. Explore the effects emotions have on our movement and a simple way to release restrictive patterns. Presented by Laurie Azzarella, LMT, CRR, 8 CEUs. Office/ home, Bay Branch Estates, 28347 Turkey Branch Dr, Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 Animal Blessing Service – 11am-12:30pm. We will be having our annual Blessing of the Animals Service at Unity of Mobile. There will be goody bags for pets and we will also accept donations of pet food and supplies to benefit a local organization. Unity Christ Church, 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440. Fairhope Unitarian Sunday Service – 11am12pm. This week’s topic/guest speaker: The Power of Meditation Presenter: Nena Nimit, M.D. Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. The Power of Pranayama – 1-4pm, Oct 21-22. Breath creates the firm foundation for yoga asanas to arise. We will explore the philosophy, biomechanics and technique of pranayama. One session will cover restorative (yin) pranayama practices and one session will cover active (yang) pranayama techniques. $50 for one session; $90 for both. Blue Sky Collective, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22 Self-Care Practices for Health and Wellbeing – 12:30-2pm. Bob Maldonado leads this practical self-help healing approach that produces positive emotional, mental, physical and spiritual changes and brings more balance, joy and awareness into your life. Meditation, movement, breathing, healing and affirmation techniques. Meets on 4 consecutive Mondays. $60 for series. Blue Sky Collective, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@


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markyourcalendar Heal-O-Ween Fall Festival Family friendly event with hay rides, trick-or-treating, drumming/dancing, numerous holistic healers, vendors and a Native American heritage display. $5 parking or donation of canned food.

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Fairhope Film Festival – Nov 8-11. A film lover’s film festival of world-class award winning films in a unique, picturesque location over a four-day period. 251-990-7957.

Port City Craftsman Holiday Arts and Crafts Show – 9am-5pm, Nov 16-17. 11am-4pm, Nov 18. 46th Annual Show featuring artists from local area and beyond. Admission $3. $1 off with canned goods donation for Feeding the Gulf Coast. Abba Shrine Auditorium, 7701 Hitt Rd, Mobile, AL. For more info: Cheryl 251-490-2890 or Michelle 251508-7370.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Ascension Through the Chakras – 6:30-8pm. Experience deep peace, relaxation and an energetic shift with crystal singing bowls, aromatherapy and restorative yoga poses targeted to balance the chakras and refresh and harmonize your whole being. Be guided to release stagnant energy and allow an opening for vibrational alignment. Led by Rebecca Washburn and Kristen Kelly. $25. Blue Sky Collective, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28 Fairhope Unitarian Sunday Service – 11am12pm. This week’s topic/guest speaker: History and Implications of Adding a Citizenship Question to the U.S. Census Presenter: Freya Sonenstein. Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. Unity Christ Church Birthday Celebration – 11am-2pm. Unity of Mobile is joyously celebrating our 43rd birthday. There will be fun, food, music and door prizes. Free. Come celebrate with us! Unity Christ Church, 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Mindful Market Days at Thrive – 11am-4pm, Nov 3-4. Join our community in the pecan orchard around The Orchard Shops for our Mindful Market. We will have live music and raffles. 10% of the Mindful Market’s profit will be donated to charity. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@

markyourcalendar Parent-Child Animal Communication Class Bring your school-age child and learn telepathic animal communication together from professional animal communicator Babette de Jongh. This fun and interactive workshop will include short classroom segments and fun excursions on the farm to work with dogs, cats, chickens, parrots, horses, donkeys, goats and more! Bring photos of your animal companions and a lunch. $150/parent-child team.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 AHA Holiday Yoga Restorative Workshop – 9:30-11:30am. Break the cycle of holiday stress with a gentle yoga session to aid overworked muscles and let go of emotional stress and tensions. Followed by a series of mindful restorative postures to center the mind and body for the months ahead. $25 by Dec 1, $30 after. Angela Gray: 646-220-8561. 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

2019 SATURDAY, APRIL 6 AHA Yoga Teacher Training – Enrollment is open for t​he Spring 200-, 300- and 500-hour yoga teacher trainings. A​vailable for aspiring teachers or personal development. Iyengar-style instruction emphasizes the use of props to ensure safety and alignment. Graduates are eligible to become registered with Yoga Alliance. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

November 10 • 11am-3pm Dragonfly Pond Farm, Bay Minette, AL

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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. 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. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. Sunday Service at Unity Church of Gulfport – 10:30-11:45am. Join us for a spiritual message given by Rev. Judy Voght. Let her inspire your week ahead with uplifting, positive messages from the heart. Join us every third Sunday, after service, for fellowship potluck. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004. Unity Sunday Service and Celebration – 10:30am. Weekly service welcomes people of all races, cultures, lifestyles and creeds. Services followed by cake and coffee for birthdays on 1st Sundays, eating out together 2nd Sundays, potluck and fellowship 3rd Sundays, healing circle/pet blessing 4th Sundays, Q&A and eat out 5th Sundays. Unity on the Eastern Shore, 22979 US Hwy 98, Fairhope, AL. 251-990-8934. UnityEasternShore. Fairhope Unitarian Sunday Service – 11am-12pm. Our Sunday services feature a different guest speaker each week, either a member of our congregation or someone from the surrounding community. We address a variety of topics, from literature and history to religious thought and social issues. Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. Unity Church of Mobile Sunday Service – 11am. Unity offers a positive path for spiritual living. Join us on Sundays for a peace-filled experience, and joyous fellowship, with uplifting messages and music, and centering meditations. 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440. UnityOfMobileAL@ 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.

Quick Flow Lunchtime Yoga –12-1pm. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Downtown Yoga we offer lunchtime yoga! Take a break from your day to come move and breathe in Downtown Ocean Springs. Come prepared to flow. Downtown Yoga Ocean Springs, 1010 Porter Ave, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-327-4433. Ellen@DowntownYogaOceanSprings. com. Fresh Works CSA Pick-Up – 3:30-4:30pm. The Container Yard and Shipshape Urban Farms are partnering to bring you this weekly event featuring local food and co-working! Pick up some fresh veggies or your CSA subscription from Shipshape Urban Farms. Container Yard, 951 Government St B, Mobile, AL. 251-367-0160. 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. 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. 2900 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090. Slow Flow Vinyasa with Manja – 8-9am. Join Manja Podratz in this complete guided yoga practice to begin your morning with a smile. Come take a fresh breath on your Tuesday and leave class refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Positive Parenting Classes – 9-11:30am. 8-week course focused on parenting techniques that work without using corporal punishment. Also taught in our Baldwin County office as well as Mobile on Thursdays 9-11:30am. The Family Center, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700.

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Chair Assisted Yoga with Bren – 10:45-11:45am. Chair yoga is helpful for anyone who has difficulty with floor postures. Modifications to poses can always be made for optimal experience and benefit of each individual and not limited to those who can stand. You are welcome to come in a wheelchair. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ 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. 251-634-8055. 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 Fishermens 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. CSA and Sway – 4:30-7:30pm. Members of Shipshape’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program are invited to take a free yoga/barre class when you pick up your CSA subscriptions at Sway Downtown. 10 S Conception St, Mobile, AL. 251367-0160. 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. Yoga Fundamentals with Jill Frankel – 5:306:45pm. Explore basic yoga asanas with classes that focus on correct alignment. All are welcome as poses will be modified to enable each individual to experience the benefits of yoga - find your perfect position. Synergy’s only donation based class. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. AHA PM Yoga – 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. This 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. 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. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004.

Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL. Pet Loss Support Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Every 1st Tues. Support group for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet, a grief most people don’t recognize or understand. This is a free, confidential and safe group—all of us have been in your shoes. Unable to attend? Phone sessions available. Dr. Lynne Lohmeier: 228-497-1394. Ocean Springs Library, 525 Dewey Ave, Ocean Springs, MS. Easy Peasy Restore – 7-8pm. Restorative yoga is done with postures lying over an oblong pillow, called a bolster. This is a great practice for someone with a long work day. Learning to rest and restore is part of the yoga practice. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020.

wednesday MELT Method Class with Dana – 9-9:30am. Learn simple MELT self-treatments you can do to remain active, healthy and pain-free for life—eliminate “stuck” stress before it accumulates causing chronic aches, pains and unwanted signs of aging. Keep your whole body feeling great at any age. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. AHA AM Chair Yoga – 9:30am. 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. Restorative Yoga with Rebecca – 4-5pm. Been a long few days? No stresses or worries! RYT certified Rebecca Dunbar McLeod can lead you down a relaxing path with some restorative yoga. Be supported by all the right props as the poses plus gravity gently melt away the week’s anxieties. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Green Drinks Mobile – 5-7pm. 3rd Wed. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with likeminded 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. 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. Mississippi Sierra Club Meeting – 6:30-8pm. Join Sierra club members for a lively and informative meeting on all things environmental going on around us and to our community. Bring a dish to share, and your willingness to get involved. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 808-256-3177. Admin@

DAPHNE, AL JUBILEE HEALING ARTS Formerly Jen Adams, LMT in Montrose 28170 N. Main Street, Suite C 251-616-4201 • FAIRHOPE, AL CYNTHIA GALAS, LMT AL#1873 Spa Blue, 8 1/2 S Bancroft 205-746-6632 TAMMY S. ANDERSON, LMT AL#1087 Call/text for an appointment  251-510-1415 See ad, page 29. THRIVE YOGA & MASSAGE Billie Reinhart, RYT, LMT 21180 State Highway 181 251-929-4020 • See ad, page 34.

FOLEY, AL THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Charlene Rester, RN, LMT Historical Downtown 117 West Orange Avenue 251-550-0117 MOBILE, AL ALABAMA HEALING ARTS 6304 Cottage Hill Road 251-753-1937 See ad, page 34. ELEMENTS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 6920 Airport Boulevard, Suite 111 251-342-6415 See ad, page 15. ROBERTSDALE, AL HEALING ACRES Massage, Reflexology, Colonics, Reiki 22355 Price Grubbs Road 251-300-9052 See ad, page 26.

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thursday Stable Core and Happy Hips – 9:15-10:30am. Our strength and balance begins in the core. Our core is so much more than just our abdominal muscles. This gentle but challenging class will strengthen your abs and other areas of the body that aid and stabilize the core along with hip opening. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 State Hwy 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Gentle Yoga with Virginia – 12-1pm. A stressful morning? Synergy can fix that. Join Virginia Keene for a relaxing hour long gentle yoga class to soothe the spirit, calm the mind and replenish the soul. Leave class refreshed and focused! Also with Rebecca Dunbar McLeod Tuesdays at noon. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Gulf Coast Herb Society – 10am-12pm, 2nd Thursdays. Meetings explore herbalism, and in particular, native medicinal herbs. Speakers/topics vary each month. The Nourishing Place, 606 Tennessee St, Gulfport, MS. More info: Fairhope CSA Pick-Up and Market – 3-6pm. Shipshape Urban Farms will be set up for CSA pickups and fresh veggie sales at the Fairhope Farmers Market behind the Fairhope Public Library on the corner of Bancroft and Magnolia Ave. Downtown Fairhope, AL. 251-367-0160. AHA PM Yoga – 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. This centering tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength & 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. Group Reformer Class with Adrienne – 6-7pm. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Adrienne at the end of your day for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned and be both leaner and stronger. Leave class feeling great! Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Flow Slow and Explore – 6:30-7:30pm. While moving through the poses slowly with breath and awareness, learn how yoga works and heals using alignment principles, concentration and more helpful aspects of the practice of yoga. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 State Hwy 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ 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.

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friday Friday Morning Serial – 8-9am. A weekly public gathering and networking event featuring a 10-15 min speaker and group discussion. Topics, speakers and attendees are from diverse backgrounds and provide specialized insight. Free. Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, 769 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS. 228-436-4661. Raw vs Cooked CSA Pick-Up – 4:30-7:30pm. Fly Away Farm Foods and Shipshape Urban Farms are partnering on this weekly event featuring local food in both forms. Pick up your family’s next hot meal cooked by Fly Away, and raw, fresh market veggies or your CSA subscription from Shipshape Urban Farms. Fly Away Farm Foods (between Cactus Cantina and Another Broken Egg), 25908 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL. 251-367-0160. Sunset Yoga for Charity – 2nd and 4th Fri, Mar-Oct. 10th annual Sunset Yoga is a different yoga teacher for a different charity every 2nd and 4th Friday, March thru October. Start time depends on sunset time. Bring your mat, your donation and a friend. The Bluff (1 Beach Rd), Fairhope, AL. Rain site: Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Hwy 181. 251-929-4020. Thrive@

saturday Fall Market in the Park – 7:30am-12pm. Oct 13Nov 17. Fall marketplace for fresh, locally produced foods and goods plus live music. Cathedral Square, Downtown Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550. Facebook. com/MarketsInMobile. Mobile CSA Pick-Up and Market – 7:30am-12pm. Starting Oct 13, Shipshape Urban Farms will be set up for CSA pickups and fresh veggie sales at Market in the Park in Cathedral Square, Downtown Mobile, AL. 251-367-0160. 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 Fishermens 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.

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An urban container farm offering year-round produce baskets of pesticide-free, hydroponically-grown lettuces, herbs and seasonal vegetables. Serving Mobile, Fairhope, Foley, Gulf Shores, Biloxi and Pensacola. Homegrown by Heroes certified. See ad, page 23.

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Open year round Tuesdays (2-6pm) and Saturdays (9am-2pm). Local farms with seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, seafood, hand-crafted soaps and more. Follow us! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.


Joanie Stiff, Market Coordinator Cathedral Square, Mobile, AL 251-208-1550 • The downtown Fall market will be open Saturdays, Oct 13-Nov 17 from 7:30am to noon. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. See ad, page 25.


Natural Elder Products Lucedale, MS 601-791-0943 • 601-947-7692 Boost your immune system with natural elderberry products including syrup, hand sanitizer and bath products. Also offering arnica products for pain relief and seasonal produce. See ad, page 14.

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280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center Fairhope, AL • 251-928-0644 Comprehensive health food store featuring local products: organic produce, meat, eggs, honey, soap and more. See ad, page 4.


3055 A Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 251-479-3952 Comprehensive health food store featuring local products: organic produce, meat, eggs, honey, soap and more. See ad, page 4.


320 Eastern Shore Shopping Center Fairhope, AL • 251-929-0055 Organic cafe serving lunch Mon-Sat and Sunday brunch. We use locally-grown produce, herbs and meat. See our six-page menu online. See ad, page 4.


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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 11.



1861 Old Government, Mobile: 251-607-6666 2534 2101 Highway 98, Daphne: 251-725-4334 A relaxing salon environment that is free of harmful chemicals, impurities and fragrance. Offering hair services, facials and massage with 100% organic products. See ad, page 20.

Karen Watson, Founding Consultant Daphne, AL • 256-508-0389 A clean and effective line of skincare, anti-aging products and make-up that nurtures y o u r s k i n ’s n a t u r a l balance. Contact us for a complementary skincare and makeup consultation. See ad, page 20.

103A North Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-990-9934 • salon offering organic B-Butterfly Aproducts and services


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 5.


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, deoderant and hair products plus original art from local artists. See ad, page 15.


243 S Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 251-210-9114 • Offering Structural Integration—a method of bodywork which unbinds the body’s connective tissue (fascia) using a strategic, whole body approach to improve body movement and structural balance, reducing chronic pain. See ad, page 26.

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Welcoming people of any age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or cultural background. We seek truth and knowledge, care for the Earth and show kindness to others while creating an atmosphere of love.


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 22.

UNITY ON THE EASTERN SHORE 22979 U.S. Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 251-990-8934

Meeting Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Sharing positive energy, love and New Thought spirituality. Affirmative prayer, spiritual ideas and meditation bring us together. Come be lifted up in joy and peace of mind.


(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 27.

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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 5.

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 22.

IAOMT Protocol 225 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-943-2471 •


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 26.


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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 bins; pet supplies; baby products and more. See ad, page 4.


20733 Miflin Road (Co. Rd. 20), Foley, AL 251-709-4469 Open year round Tuesdays (2-6pm) and Saturdays (9am2pm). Local farms with seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, seafood, hand-crafted soaps and more. Follow us! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.

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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 29.

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Elevacity Distributor Fairhope, AL 601-323-1005 • Offering powerful nutritional products to elevate your health, wealth and happiness. N utr itio n al b ev er ag es, supplements and skin care. See ad, page 23.


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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 24.


Natural Elder Products, Lucedale, MS 601-791-0943 • 601-947-7692 Boost your immune system with natural Elderberry products including syrup, hand sanitizer and bath products. Also offering arnica products for pain relief and seasonal produce. See ad, page 14.


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Telepathic communication, counseling and healing for multi-species families. Healing with Body Talk, Reiki, Matrix Energetics and more. See ad, page 29.





Offering full spectrum hemp extract CBD (cannabidiol) that helps insomnia, inflammation, etc. Lotions, potions, extracts and edibles. Free samples (must be 18 and up). Open 7 days a week. Mail orders available. See ad, page 22.

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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.



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

Rolfing® is a holistic approach to manual therapy that seeks to improve your health and function by reestablishing the natural alignment and structural integration of the human body. More information at See ad, page 26.


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22355 Price Grubbs Road, Robertsdale, AL 251-300-9052 Experience wellness with massage, r e f l e x o l o g y, b o d y treatments, Reiki, colonics, essential oils, wellness classes and more. Our labyrinth is open to the public during daylight hours. See ad, page 26.

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