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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

18 healthbriefs 20 globalbriefs 22 community

New England School of Acupuncture


30 healingways 34 healthykids


37 inspiration

44 community

resource guide

22 Community spotlight

by Kim Childs


26 HEALTHY ESCAPES Unplugged Getaways Rebalance Our Lives by Judith Fertig

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Natural Ways to Boost Vitality by James Occhiogrosso

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37 BORN TO EXPLORE by Joe Robinson natural awakenings

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letterfrompublisher “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ~Neale Donald Walsch


rowing up in our household of seven siblings, finding any time alone meant that you were probably in the basement doing laundry. Up to five females sharing one bathroom meant the males were harried in and out of the facilities and chances were slim that any of the rest of us would get a shower without someone else in there doing her hair. Our comfort zone was the social environs of family and friends. If one really wanted to be alone, there had to be something wrong in our world that day. This is how it was for me until this year… when my journey shifted. Growing up, whenever I’d see people vacationing alone, I’d feel a twinge of sadness, thinking about how they hadn’t anyone to share this special time with them. It never occurred to me that some people might choose to live, travel and be alone. But now I understand why. This past March, I realized I had just two weeks to take advantage of an airline voucher good for a round-trip anywhere in the country. So, with a single click of my mouse, I leapt further out of my comfort zone than ever before. I had spent an hour passing through Sedona, Arizona,15 years ago during a family road trip and fondly remember pulling up to Bell Rock just in time to catch a truly majestic sunset. As I opened the car door and set my feet on the ground, a sense of peace and calm flowed through my being on all levels. Although religiously raised, the feeling experienced that moment proved a more soulshaking spiritual connection than anything I’d ever encountered. From that instant, I knew I would be back. Through the ensuing years, a return visit to the Red Rocks of Sedona has often been mentioned but never realized. I believe it’s because this special spot was being held in reserve as my first healthy escape retreat. The first few days that I spent meditating and hiking alone through breathtaking scenery provided the opportunity to connect with my Source in a way I had only read about. Today, the feeling returns whenever I become still, close my eyes and recall sitting cross-legged on a ledge overlooking the canyon, taking deep relaxing breaths and feeling the sun’s gentle warmth enveloping my senses. Ahh... My solo journey has awakened me to the value of aloneness—all-oneness— which is a far cry from loneliness. I’ve learned that we are never really alone because, as the adage notes, “Wherever you go, there you are.” If we allow it, we might find that we’re pretty good company. Inspire your own muse by following through on an idea or two offered in Judith Fertig’s delicious article, “Healthy Escapes, Unplugged Getaways Rebalance Our Lives.” Whether you decide to go it alone or enjoy the time with buds, you’re sure to return home with something wonderful to remember. Embrace the journey!

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newsbriefs Free Soil Analysis for Healthier Lawns


ure Lawns, Inc., an organic lawn-management company based in Newton, is offering free soil testing and analysis to those who want a healthy lawn without pesticides this summer. Pure Lawns is run by a dedicated team of professionals who are accredited by the Northeast Organic Farming Association and committed to using completely organic products and techniques. “Most people are still not aware of what’s in the chemicals that are being applied to their lawns,” says Pure Lawns Owner Peter DiClemente. “Pesticides don’t solve pest problems; if they did, we wouldn’t need to apply them every year. Our philosophy is to create a dense, healthy turf by feeding the soil to make it naturally resistant to pests and disease.” DiClemente says that while many people may have a good perspective on their personal health, they should be just as concerned about what is happening in their immediate surroundings. “Lawn chemicals are extremely unhealthy to people, pets and the environment, which is why we offer organic lawn care programs that work,” he says. For more information, call Pure Lawns at 617-276-7877 or visit See ad on page 16.

Summer Classes and Coaching for Small Business Owners


hyllis Wilson, owner of Wise Woman Small Business Services, will offer three learning and coaching opportunities this summer for business owners and owners-to-be. They include a four-week online course called Clients, Colleagues and Community for Life that begins on June 20. The course presents simple practices, tools and resources for revitalizing the relationships that are crucial to business success. Wilson’s seven-day Wisdom Intensive involves private or semi-private coaching to assess the unique Phyllis Wilson needs of a business and begin to create what owners envision. Her third offering is Dream It, Create It, Live It, a four-week, in-person class for dabblers, hobbyists and anyone interested in exploring the idea of creating a business. Using elements of dream work, artistic expression, reflection and discussion, participants will discover their unique gifts and find new ways to use them. “Summer is often a slow time for small business owners and practitioners in the healing arts,” says Wilson. “That makes it an ideal time for people to reorganize and refocus their energies, intentions and passions for the rest of the year.” For more information, including pricing and location options, call Woman Small Business Services at 781-883-2282 or visit See ad on page 29 and Resource Guide on page 44.

Grant Funds Expansion of Brainwave Optimization Research


2011 grant from the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation will launch a study of the effectiveness of Brainwave Optimization in treating migraine headaches. Brainwave Optimization is a non-invasive technology that helps the brain to achieve balance and is used to treat a variety of conditions, says Diana Fay White, owner of Boston Brain Works, in Peabody. “The grant will allow researchers to conduct the migraine study as well as additional research on Brainwave Optimization for insomnia, mild cognitive impairment and traumatic brain injury,” she says. During the Brainwave Optimization process, sensors are affixed to a person’s scalp and connected to a computer, which detects the wave frequencies of various brain lobes. The computer then reflects the brain’s own balanced wave patterns back to itself. As the brain resonates with the transmitted sounds, changes occur in the neural network. “Researchers are learning how the brain can balance itself,” says White. “And, while we’ve had anecdotal reports of benefits with Brainwave Optimization, we hope these new clinical trials will show that this technology can provide effective, non-invasive, non-drug solutions for the management or prevention of clinical brain disorders.” Boston Brain Works is located at 194 Newbury St., Ste. 5, Peabody. For more information, call 978-854-5214 or visit See ad on page 31, and Resource Guide on page 44.

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newsbriefs Free Antioxidant Scans in Newton

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Workshop Combines Alexander Technique and Thai Yoga


ecile Raynor, of Mind and Body Stress Management, in Brookline, will present a workshop combining the Alexander Technique and Thai yoga, from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 23. Raynor, who is trained in both modalities, says the workshop will help people prepare for summer’s physical activities. “They can enjoy activities without injury by learning the wisdom of mind/ body awareness and activating postural reflexes for effortless and light motion,” says Raynor. “Most people tend to misuse or overuse their body muscles and joints, but postural muscle activation reduces wear and tear on the body.” Raynor says the Alexander Technique teaches people to use their bodies in ways that reduce excess tension as they go about daily activities, while a Thai yoga session delivers all the healing benefits of a yoga practice. “Thai yoga eases muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts immunity and balances energy, but it’s the therapist who does all the work,” she says. The cost of the workshop is $50.         Mind and Body Stress Management Techniques is located at 33A Harvard St., Brookline. For more information, call 617-359-7841 or visit See ad on page 41, and Resource Guide on page 45.


ewton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre is offering free antioxidant scans throughout the month of June. The scans give people a way to determine the effectiveness of their diet and supplements in boosting antioxidant levels. “The importance of antioxidants in preventing disease is something that everyone should be aware of,” says Dr. Julie Burke, of Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre. “They prevent free-radical damage, a problem that Dr. Julie Burke is of particular concern in our hectic city and suburban lifestyles.” Burke says that many people take supplements in an effort to compensate for poor nutrition and counteract environmental toxins in the air, water and food supply. “The question remains, how effective are these measures in combating free-radical damage?” she notes. “Our goal is to help people become aware of their antioxidant levels so they can make the necessary lifestyle changes to correct a bad score or reinforce a good one.” Burke says the antioxidant levels are measured in a simple, non-invasive way with a state-of-the-art biophotonic scanner. Newton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre is located at 345 Boylston St., Ste. 300, Newton Centre. For more information, call 617-964-3332 or visit See ad on page 9, and Resource Guide on page 44.

Networking Night for Healthy Living/ Healthy Planet Practitioners and Businesses


aisie Raftery, publisher of Natural Awakenings of Boston magazine, and Phyllis Wilson, owner of Wise Woman Small Business Services, will present a networking night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 18 at the Theosophical Society, in Arlington. The event is open to Boston-area practitioners and business owners who support healthy living and a healthy planet. The gathering will offer people the opportunity to make new connections and learn, in a relaxed setting, what Natural Awakenings and Wise Woman have to offer. “Maisie and I really believe in the power of a relationship-focused approach to building a successful business,” Wilson says. “People may be surprised to hear what a difference some simple strategies can make.” The idea for the networking event came from Natural Awakenings readers and contributors, Raftery reports. “I’ve heard from so many people who would love to meet other local practitioners and business owners who are supporting healthy living and a healthy planet,” she says. “Our mission is to connect green, sustainable businesses and holistic practitioners with like-minded readers for the benefit of all.” The evening will begin with light refreshments and socializing at 6:30 p.m., followed by brief presentations and an informal question-and-answer session with Raftery and Wilson. As space is limited, those interested should call 781-883-2282 or email to reserve a place by June 11. The Theosophical Society is located at 21 Maple St., Arlington. For more information about Wise Woman Small Business Services, visit See ad on page 29, and Resource Guide on page 44.

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newsbriefs All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream at 2012 Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl


he 30th annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl will take place at Boston’s City Hall Plaza from noon to 8 p.m. on June 5, 6 and 7. The event, which will be held rain or shine, features more than 35 flavors of popular ice cream and other frozen treats at the nation’s largest all-you-caneat ice cream festival. All proceeds support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “It’s a fun summer event to benefit the Jimmy Fund and a real treat for ice cream fanatics,” says Cathleen Genova, senior media specialist at Dana-Farber/The Jimmy Fund. Since its inception in 1983, the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl has raised more than $3.2 million for this cause. Scooper Bowl general admission is $10; $5 for children ages 3 to 9. Children under 3 are free. A three-day Scooper pass for ambitious ice cream fans is $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 617632-5655 or visit

Location: Boston’s City Hall Plaza, One City Hall Square, downtown Boston. For more information, visit

Boston Local Food Festival Welcomes Vendors


he Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Greater Boston has opened vendor registration for its third annual Boston Local Food Festival. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 7 in the wharf area parks on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston. Voted “Best of the New” event in 2010 by The Boston Globe Magazine, the Boston Local Food Festival attracts more than 30,000 people each year. “This event allows local farmers, restaurants, chefs, specialty food producers and related nonprofits and service providers to showcase their local culinary creations and programs in a lively, outdoor festival setting,” says SBN Membership Director Katrina Kazda. “This year’s theme is ‘Healthy Local Food for All’ and it connects New England eaters of all backgrounds with the abundance of fresh, nutritious local food all around them.” SBN is now accepting applications from local food vendors to participate in the fall festival. For more information and to apply, visit For more information about the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston, visit For more information about the Boston Local Food Festival, is natural awakenings

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New Book Explores How Thoughts Affect Weight


r. Irina Koles, of Boston, is excited to announce the release of her new book, Taste of Thoughts: Improve Your Health and Whole Life. In the book, Koles explores how what people think can affect their weight. “Despite the large availability of diet plans, fitness centers, nutritional information and healthy food, people are still overweight and obese,” says Koles. “I think it’s because weight problems often originate from a person’s mindset.” Koles says that many people who successfully lose weight with diet and exercise programs end up gaining the weight back, indicating that the problem needs to be addressed on a much deeper level. “First we’ll look at what’s in someone’s mind, then we’ll look at what’s on their plate,” she says. “The proven way to successful weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to determine someone’s eating blueprint and reprogram their mind.” Formerly a primary care physician, Koles now works as a weight-loss and life coach. She is also a motivational speaker who founded the workshops Journey to Your Destiny and Choose Your Weight. Taste of Thoughts is not a nutrition guide, Koles notes, but a selection of strategies for living a healthier and happier life. For more information, email or visit


newsbriefs Newton Wellness Center is Now Move Well Chiropractic


r. David Oliver, formerly of Newton Wellness Center, is pleased to announce a new name for his practice: Move Well Chiropractic. To celebrate the name change, Oliver will be giving away three 30-minute massages during the month of June. Anyone who “likes” his Facebook page at movewellchiropractic will be entered to win. “I’m excited about our name change and everything that goes along with it,” says Oliver. “I feel it better represents what we do here, which is to provide our patients with the education and instruction they desire to become less dependent on us.” By evaluating the way patients move, Oliver says he is able to tailor specific treatments that are much more effective. He adds that Move Well Chiropractic goes beyond traditional adjustments by adding exercise-based treatments to traditional chiropractic care. “This combination has been proven to be far more effective at correcting underlying problems than simply adjusting patients’ spines,” he says. Move Well Chiropractic is located at 1280 Centre St., Ste. 210, Newton. For more information, call 617-641-9999 or visit See ad on page 27, and Resource Guide on page 44.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Courses in Westwood


atricia Howard, a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 2003, will lead two summer programs on MBSR at the Center at Westwoods, in Westwood. The eight-week programs run from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays or from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning July 15. Howard is offering free program orientations at the center on July 8 and July 12. Howard says that MBSR students will practice Patricia Howard cultivating an inner awareness, experiencing each moment anew and turning fear-based reactions into skillful responses. “When we do not know how to unhook from our reactions, we can live in what seems like a permanent state of reactivity,” she says. “This affects our health, quality of life and relationships.” The MBSR program was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at The Center for Mindfulness at The University of Massachusetts. Howard says the immediate benefit of MBSR is the ability to tap inner resources and stop seeking happiness in the external world. “Happiness is an internal space that’s always available to us,” she adds. “Knowing this, we have less need to control external situations or people and we’re more curious about staying with our experience in the moment.”  The Center at Westwoods is located at 590 Gay St., Westwood. For more information, call 617-524-7628 or visit

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“We discover in ourselves what others hide from us and we recognize in others what we hide from ourselves.� - Vauvenargues

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Summer’s Here! Make the most of healthy outdoor fun. We have marvelous ways to celebrate.

newsbriefs Healthful, All-Natural Dog Food Comes to Area Farmers’ Markets


he Well Fed Dog company, of Newton Highlands, will sample and sell its all-natural, grain-free and slow-cooked dog food at the SoWa Open Market in South Boston this summer, beginning on June 17. “We’re the first dog-food company to be exhibiting at SoWa, representing a rising interest among pet owners in feeding their dogs higher quality food,” says John Edwards, founder of The Well Fed Dog. “We’ll also be John Edwards at several other farmers’ markets, including Belmont, Natick and Wayland.” Edwards says that shoppers who are passionate about buying and eating local food can feel good about his product, which is created with local farmers’ market produce, fresh salmon from Boston, and local lamb, human-grade beef, low-glycemic sweet potatoes, antioxidant-rich blueberries and flaxseed. “People need to be more discerning than ever about what they are feeding their pets because of widespread recalls, the pet obesity epidemic and ingredients that are increasingly being sourced from China,” says Edwards. “Summer is an ideal time to make a dog food switch for more energy during the warmer weather. Our customers are often amazed by the increased energy and improved appearance they see in dogs that start eating our food.”

The SoWa Open Market is located at 500 Harrison Avenue in Boston. For more information about The Well Fed Dog, call 617-519-1738 or visit

Cambridge River Festival is the Place to “Bee” this Year


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he Cambridge Arts Council presents the 33rd annual Cambridge River Festival, from noon to 6 p.m. on June 2. The free music and arts celebration will take place on a mile-long stretch of Memorial Drive, between JFK Street and Western Avenue, on the banks of the Charles River. The Cambridge River Festival showcases hundreds of renowned folk, roots and world-music performers on multiple stages. It also features an arts bazaar with handmade goods and organic health and beauty products, as well as interactive dance, theater, storytelling and poetry performances. “It’s a chance to celebrate the arts and the Charles River,” says Julie Barry, director of community arts for the Cambridge Arts Council. “There’ll be family entertainment and art-making activities for all ages, and opportunities to buy crafts, artwork and natural products from local artists and fair trade vendors.” This year’s festival includes a performance of To Bee or Not To Bee by the Piti Theatre Co., with educational outreach by the Boston Beekeepers group and sponsorship by the Cambridge store Follow the Honey. Visitors can learn about the importance of honeybees and sample a variety of natural bee-based health products.

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Celebrity Cooking Event Raises Thousands for Families Fighting Cancer


t was a night of celebrity chefs, gourmet cuisine and fundraising for a charitable cause at the First Annual Cooking Live with Chef Ming Tsai and Friends, on May 1. The event benefitted the Family Reach Foundation, which provides financial relief and heartfelt support to families fighting cancer. Friends of the foundation joined world-renowned celebrity chefs at the Ritz-Carlton Boston, where a crowd of 100 people were treated to a six-course dinner prepared by Todd English, Jasper White, Michael Schlow, Joanne Chang, Ritz Executive Chef Andrew Yeo and host Tsai. “We are so blessed to have Ming Tsai supporting the mission of Family Reach Foundation,” says Carla Tardif, executive director of Family Reach. “The event was a huge success, thanks to our supporters as well as Ming and the chefs who donated their time, talent and personalities to this great cause.” Tardif says that the event raised more than $105,000 during a memorable evening that honored five families who were assisted by the foundation while dealing with the difficult realities of having a child with cancer. For more information, call 413-222-6559 or visit

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Dragon Boats Celebrate Chinese Culture on the Charles


he Boston–Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will come to the Cambridge side of the Charles River on June 9 and 10. This free event is the longest-running dragon boat race in North America, with more than 50 teams competing and rowers that range from novice to expert. Trials will take place on Saturday and the races will be held on Sunday, when the festival will also include Asian arts, crafts, food, martial arts and dance performances throughout the afternoon. Races start early in the morning and cultural activities begin at noon. The Western Avenue Bridge and Weeks Footbridge along the Charles River are good places to view the Dragon Boat races, which feature 39-foot-long, Hong Kong-style fiberglass boats with dragon heads and tails. In addition to the races, drumming, yo-yo performances, music and lion dances are expected to draw thousands of spectators, making this one of the largest Chinese cultural events in Boston. Dragon boat races began more than 2,000 years ago as a ceremony to commemorate the life and death of Chinese poet and political leader Qu Yuan. Today the races take place around the world and showcase Chinese culture. The Boston event attracts racers from Florida to Canada, making it the biggest dragon boat race in the United States. Teams represent area clubs, businesses, schools and communities. For more information, visit BostonDragon


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eventspotlights Six-Day Health and Wellness Program Offered in Northern Catskills

N Open House for Those Interested in Studying and Using Homeopathy


n June 9, Teleosis Homeopathic School, in Newton, will host an open house to educate people about the benefits of homeopathy. Community members and prospective homeopathy students are welcome to come and learn how homeopathic cell salts are safely and effectively used for the resolution of many common health complaints. “Cell salts are homeopathic remedies made from minerals that are essential to life and vitality,” says Teleosis core faculty member Tanya Renner. “They’ve been widely used since the late 1800s to maintain health, stimulate fast healing responses and correct mineral deficiencies that contribute to such ailments as spring allergies, headaches, muscle cramps, digestive and skin conditions and colds or flu.” Visitors to the open house are invited to attend a free two-hour class on the use of cell salts, followed by a brief questionand-answer period and a tour of the school. The morning class and tour will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and the afternoon session will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Prospective students interested in the one-year first aid/acute care program or the three-year professional program are invited to sit in on Teleosis classes after the tour. Reservations are required for the June open house. To reserve a place, call 617564-0321 or email TeleosisSchool@gmail. com. Visit to learn more about the school’s programs or schedule a visit, and view their events calendar to learn about other educational events that are held throughout the year.

ew York-based wellness, nutritional and fitness expert Linda R. Asta, RN, BSN, has created a medically supervised six-day program in the Northern Catskill Mountains, through Wellness Retreats NY. The program will provide participants with exercise guidelines, nutritional education and therapeutic modalities to lose weight and create healthier lifestyles in six separate editions Linda Asta this year from July 8 to 13, July 22 to 27, August 12 to 17, August 26 to 31, September 9 to 14 and October 7 to 12. Medical supervision and instruction will be provided by Asta, Jacqueline Mairer, M.D., Kari E. Hoyt, LMT, and other experts. The program will address specific chronic conditions and how proper diet and exercise can decrease and even eliminate symptoms of many diseases and ailments, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and certain autoimmune disorders. Participants will learn how to create a wellness program that works for them in their daily lives. This is an ultimate holistic approach, combining medical, physical and emotional issues incorporating both Eastern and Western approaches to healing. The evening sessions conducted by Asta and Mairer will focus on the benefits of a plant-based diet and its correlation to health, longevity and prevention of disease. Hoyt and other experts will lead lectures on the benefits of massage, meditation, yoga and other therapeutic modalities and how they can reduce stress and pain plus make the body more youthful and healthier. Asta supplements the program by providing ongoing support to help participants meet and maintain their goals. “If we are healthy, we will live a happier life. Learning how to nurture ourselves and restoring our hearts and souls will allow us to make a difference in the world and make this planet a better place to live,” she says.    Cost for each six-day program: $1,500. Hotel accommodations must be made separately. For more information on the retreats and/or coaching, call 888843-3334 or visit See ad on page 27.

The Teleosis Homeopathic School is located at 150 California St., 3rd floor, in Newton. For more information, visit Homeo See ad on page 19. natural awakenings

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ecotip Mow, Mow, Mow Your Lawn… Or Mow Less, Sustainably by Paul Tukey For some, mowing is the bane of summer; a choking, chugging chore to abhor. For others, it’s an artistic expression—the chance to maintain and admire a property’s carefully crafted aesthetic look while logging some laps around the lawn. Whether we enjoy it or prefer leaving the task to someone else, several considerations can make the experience less laborious, less polluting and even lighter on the budget as fuel prices rise. Start high and stay high. Resist the temptation to mow the family lawn to resemble a closely shaved golf green. Far better results are achieved by adjusting the machine’s blade to the top setting and leaving it there until after Labor Day. Taller grass in the spring shades the surface of the soil, so that crabgrass and other weed seeds can’t sprout as much. High levels in the summer conserve moisture and encourage deep root growth, so that the lawn becomes more droughttolerant. The fastest way to harm a lawn is by mowing too low— less than three inches for most grass species. Exceptions are Bermuda grass or seashore paspalum in the South, or bent grass in the North, all of which do best when mowed at one to two inches high. Fertilize naturally. Organic fertilizers derived from plant or animal byproducts work with the soil’s biology to feed the lawn slowly and evenly. Leave the grass clippings on the lawn, which quickly biodegrade to provide more free, natural lawn food. The natural approach to nourishing a lawn requires less frequent mowing and makes it more adaptable to long dry spells. Synthetic chemical fertilizers, which are formulated to stimulate a lot of growth quickly, are designed to demand more mowing and watering. Get grass off of gas. If a lawn is a third of an acre (15,000 square feet) or less, consider this: Today’s “push” or motorless mowers are not our grandfathers’ heavy wood and steel models. Manufactured from high-grade plastics, lightweight metals and precision blades that rarely need sharpening, the modern mowers cut grass cleanly and are a breeze to use. They are the healthiest choice for people, lawn and planet. For larger acreage, new models powered by propane burn cleaner than gasoline-run engines. Paul Tukey is author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual and Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games. Find more tips at 16

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Sailing the Reach Richard De Wolfe The Thousand Islands region of Ontario, Canada, fostered a childhood filled with adventure for Richard De Wolfe, who still identifies strongly with rural life. The forests, fields and mighty St. Lawrence River made the wonders of nature come alive for him. A self-taught, professional freelance artist who works in both illustration and fine art, De Wolfe produced his first one-man show at 18. It sold out, and he went on to spend 25 years as an illustrator for corporations such as General Motors, Pepsi-Cola, Sears, Labatt and Sony. Art connects us, acknowledges De Wolfe, adding, “The important thing is to help people see what I see and feel what I feel about a subject. What you paint is far less important than how you paint it.” Sailing the Reach was commissioned as a retirement gift for a friend’s husband. “It is their sailboat, loaded with their children and grandchildren,” explains De Wolfe. “They have spent every summer on this boat since the children were young. The boat is still considered an important member of the family, even as they enjoy retirement.” View the artist’s portfolio at natural awakenings

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Can Canned BPA


hink twice before sipping soda or soup that comes in a can. A recent study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers discovered people that ate one serving of canned food daily for five days had significantly elevated levels of bisphenol-A (BPA), an endocrine disrupter sometimes found in plastic bottles, that also lines most food and drink cans. Studies have linked high urine levels of BPA to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other health conditions. The spike in BPA levels recorded by the Harvard researchers was one of the highest seen in any study. Source: Journal of the American Medical Association


Juggling Bumps Up Brainpower


an rhythmically tossing and catching balls in the air help grow the brain? Researchers from the Universität Regensburg, in Germany, after studying two dozen people using brain scans, say yes. Half were asked to learn to juggle; the others were given no special instructions. After three months, the brains of the jugglers had grown by 3 to 4 percent in the areas that process visual and motor information; the more skilled the jugglers became, the greater the brain growth. No change occurred in the non-juggling group. The research team says the study proves that new stimuli can alter the brain’s structure, not just its function. Source:

Spuds Lower Blood Pressure


Red Meat Raises Diabetes Risk


study by the University of Glasgow, in Scotland, shows that men are at greater risk than women for Type 2 diabetes, because they tend to develop it at a lower body mass index. Furthermore, red meat, a favorite food among many men, is a suspected risk agent. Harvard School of Public Health researchers have found a strong association between the regular consumption of red meat—particularly processed options like bacon and hot dogs—and a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Their study notes that replacing red meat with healthier proteins, such as low-fat dairy, nuts or whole grains, can significantly lower the risk. 18

he potato’s rep as a fattening food is getting a much-deserved revision. In a recent report in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists note that two small servings of purple potatoes a day reduce blood pressure by about 4 percent—nearly as much as oatmeal—without causing weight gain. The researchers say that decrease may potentially reduce the risk of some forms of heart disease. In the study, 18 volunteers that were overweight or obese with high blood pressure ate six to eight golf ball-sized purple majesty potatoes, with skins, twice a day for a month. The researchers used purple potatoes because the pigment in darker fruits and vegetables is especially rich in beneficial phytochemicals. They monitored participants’ blood pressure, both systolic (the first number in a blood pressure reading, such as 120/80) and diastolic, and found that the average diastolic pressure dropped by 4.3 percent, while the systolic pressure decreased by 3.5 percent. None of the volunteers gained weight. Although they aren’t yet certain, the researchers believe that red- and whiteskinned potatoes may offer similar benefits. Pass on the butter or sour cream, though, and don’t even consider French fries—the study’s potatoes were cooked without oil.

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ncreasing lean muscle mass— known to be a key in fighting frailty associated with aging (a condition called sarcopenia)—may also help protect against diabetes. A new study reports that every additional 10 percent of skeletal muscle mass is associated with reductions of 11 percent in insulin resistance and 12 percent in prediabetes or diabetes. Dr. Preethi Srikanthan, of the University of California, Los Angeles, and her colleagues recently evaluated the data on 13,644 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III, from 1988 to 1994, and discovered the connection. After adjusting for other contributing factors for diabetes, including generalized and abdominal obesity, they found that individuals with the greatest muscle mass were 63 percent less prone to the disease. “Our findings suggest that beyond focusing on losing weight to improve metabolic health, there may be a role for maintaining fitness and building muscle mass,” says Srikanthan. “This is a welcome message for overweight patients that experience difficulty in achieving weight loss, as any effort to get moving and keep fit should be seen as contributing to metabolic change.” Source: Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter natural awakenings

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‘Living’ Buildings Might Inhale Urban Carbon Emissions Dr. Rachel Armstrong, a senior TED fellow and co-director of Avatar, a research group exploring advanced technologies in architecture, is promoting the development of buildings with “lungs” that could absorb carbon emissions and convert them into something useful and “skin” that could control interior temperatures without radiators or air-conditioning. She projects that, “Over the next 40 years, these ‘living’ buildings, biologically programmed to extract carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, could fill our cities.” It’s an application of synthetic biology, a new science devoted to the manufacture of lifelike matter from synthesized chemicals that engineers create to behave like organic microorganisms, with the added benefit that they can be manipulated to do things nature can’t. Armstrong calls them protocells. She explains, “A protocell could be mixed with wall paint and programmed to produce limestone when exposed to carbon [emissions] on the surface of a building. Then you’ve got a paint that can actually eat carbon and change it into a shell-like substance.” As an added feature, protocells could naturally heal micro-fractures in walls, channeling through tiny breaks and helping to extend the life of the structure. Plus, says Armstrong, “The thickness of the limestone will grow over time, creating insulation and allowing the building to retain more heat or [else] sheltering it from heating up underneath the sun.” Source:

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Public Demands GMO Food Labeling A campaign by Just Label It (, a national coalition of 500 diverse organizations dedicated to the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) or modified organism (GMO) foods, has united 1 million Americans of all political affiliations to demand that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require the practice. “Pink slime, deadly melons, tainted turkeys and BPA in our soup have put us all on notice that what we eat and feed our families is critically important,” says Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group. “Americans overwhelmingly demand safety, transparency and labeling of genetically engineered foods. It’s time for the FDA to come clean and restore public confidence in our food system.” According to a political opinion survey conducted by The Mellman Group, pollster Mark Mellman explains, “Few topics other than motherhood and apple pie can muster over 90 percent support, but labeling of GE foods is one of those few views that are held almost unanimously.” Colorado author Robyn O’Brien, founder of the AllergyKids Foundation, remarks, “Americans want more information for their families. Like allergen labeling, GE food labels would provide essential and possibly life-saving information for anyone with a food allergy.”

Auto Immune Toxicity Report on New Car Interiors

The consumer watchdog Ecology Center’s, a product test results website, points out that there is more to green vehicles than fuel economy. That new-car smell can include a toxic mix of chemicals carried over from the manufacturing of seats, steering wheels, dashboards and armrests. The group’s fourth annual report on more than 200 model year 2011 and 2012 vehicles gave the Honda Civic and CR-Z and the Toyota Prius top marks for the least interior pollution, while the Kia Soul, Chrysler 200 SC and Mitsubishi Outlander ranked as the worst. The researchers tested for toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury, and cancer-causing chemicals like benzene and brominated flame retardants. “Automobiles function as chemical reactors, creating one of the most hazardous environments we spend time in,” says Jeff Gearhart, research director of the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based nonprofit. No mandatory testing or regulation of the chemicals used in vehicle manufacturing exists, so consumers face a lack of helpful information. The use of some chemicals has voluntarily declined since 2006, but many cars continue to contain chemical levels that consumer advocates consider unsafe. The biggest decrease has been in the use of plastics made with the highly toxic polyvinyl chloride (PVC), as well as bromine, chromium leather dyes and lead. View the full list of cars in the report at


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Dr. Iveta Iontcheva-Barehmi DMD, MS, D.Sc. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants. She has a firm belief that our bodies are very intelligent. All the body organs and systems are interconnected and related to each other (the teeth and the mouth are part of and related to the whole body). Our bodies are perfect self-sustainable systems, capable of self-healing and self-regeneration. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi has expertise in the areas of Biological, Physiological Dentistry and Integrative Periodontal Medicine and Implants, Lasers and Energy Medicine. Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) and and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) are used to treat Dental Distress Syndrome. Your teeth and jaws are an extension of your brain and spinal cord. Any imbalances caused by improper alignment of the jaw can play a major role in pain syndromes and chronic diseases.

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Head and Neck Pain Management Scenar, a non-invasive treatment device, is the only real time biofeedback device that will find what is wrong with your body and stimulate self-healing through electro stimulation and “conversation” with the control systems of the body (CNS Integrative Periodontal Medicine-Periodontal Spa The majority of the dental and periodontal procedures in Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’s office are laser assisted. She has Biolase MD, the most versatile laser, which can be utilized to work with the gums and the teeth, implants and root canals. The discomfort is minimal to none and the healing is speededup. The procedures are often combined with a low level laser and Scenar, which give additional boost to the healing and removing discomfort.

Vitamin C electrophoreses is a unique method used in Europe to prevent recession, boost collagen synthesis, support and increase the blood circulation leading to firming the gingiva and discontinuing the signs of aging and bleeding. It is part of the integrative protocol for treatment and prophylaxes of periodontitis. Zirconia Solution to Titanium Implant If you are allergic or sensitive to other metals Bio-ceramic (zirconia) implants might be an option for you. Dr. IontchevaBarehmi is certified to place zirconia implants, you don’t need to travel to Europe anymore. Ozone Treatment Ozone is a powerful oxidizer and kills effectively bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. Oxygen ozone therapy can be applied as an adjunctive therapy in treatment of periodontitis (periodontal disease), in arresting and reversing carious lesions in initial stage, reversal of initial pulp inflammation in deep carious lesions, treatment of dentinal hypersensitivity. The methods applied are efficacious with no toxicity or side effects. Perio-Protect Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is certified to use the Perio-protect methodone of the best prophylactic methods for periodontal disease, and subsequently for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some other conditions. Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry Your amalgam fillings contain not only poisonous mercury but they cause cracks in your tooth structure and can lead to tooth loss. Defective amalgam fillings are removed safely following the IAOMT protocol, Including spa treatments for detoxification and the newest form of noninjectable Vitamin C with comparable absorption. Anxiety and dental phobias are rarely experienced in the Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’ s practice. Meditation, breathing techniques, homeopathy, EFT technique, hypnotherapy are all used, so you can be comfortable and love coming to your dentist. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile call:


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he New England School of Acupuncture (NESA), in Newton, opened its doors in 1975 to become the first acupuncture school in the nation. Today NESA awards master’s degrees in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, conducts research with local and national institutions and runs teaching clinics that serve a wide variety of patients throughout greater Boston. Natural Awakenings sat down with Amy Hull, director of program development at NESA, to learn more about who’s enrolling at the school these days and who’s seeking treatments from NESA’s acupuncturists-in-training.

New England School of Acupuncture: Meeting a Rising Demand for an Ancient Healing Art by Kim Childs

What kinds of clients are using your teaching clinics? Our patient population is quite varied. In addition to our teaching clinic at the school, we have seven satellite clinics in hospitals and community-based settings throughout the Boston area. We cast our treatment net very wide now, serving a socioeconomically diverse population from Roxbury to the North Shore. Our interns provide more than 20,000 treatments a year, and some of them are free of charge to indigent patients. Things have really shifted. We used to approach hospitals and community health centers, asking them to help us provide educational experiences for our students and community care through these clinics. Now they approach us. We have a commitment to making acupuncture and Oriental medicine accessible to the public, and we’re really doing that. To what do you attribute this shift? I think it’s because people can earn a master’s degree in acupuncture, plus the fact that acupuncturists are licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. Those two things, combined with all the research that’s been done on the efficacy of acupuncture, has made Western medicine much more receptive to it. Many hospitals in the Boston area have at least one acupuncturist on staff now. Patient demand 22

Japanese Acupuncture Styles Department Chair Joseph Kay, and student Meagan Smith.

has grown, too. I think that people are tired of reaching for a pill to treat a symptom that only returns. People are more interested in taking care of their health in more natural ways that work with the body and help to resolve problems, rather than mask them with medication.

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How has your student population changed over the years? In the mid-1990s we were awarded master’s degree-granting authority from the state, which allowed our students to get financial aid. We then added a day program, and our enrollment doubled overnight. It’s remained steady

since then, and many of our students are career-changers. We have attorneys, physicians, nurses, physical therapists, computer programmers and massage therapists coming to study acupuncture, which has always been the case, but the diversity of backgrounds has grown enormously. Even more interesting is that we’ve seen quite a jump in the last several years in the number of students coming right out of college. These are people who have grown up with acupuncture. They’ve seen and experienced the benefits and they’re making it a career choice. What role does your research department play in bringing people to acupuncture? NESA is known for its leadership in research. We collaborate with medical and research institutes in Boston, such as Harvard and Tufts Universities and Massachusetts General Hospital, on a number of studies and we’ve been awarded more than $4 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health. We’re currently conducting research on the effects of acupuncture on Gulf War Illness through a $1.2-million grant from the Department of Defense. We’re still recruiting Gulf War veterans to participate in the study, and veterans who served in that war can call 617-5581788, extension 269, or see our research page at to learn more about it. Additionally, we’ve been involved in researching the effectiveness of acupuncture on such things as pelvic pain from endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension and neutropenia caused by chemotherapy. Research has also shown acupuncture to be effective for musculoskeletal conditions, osteoarthritis and dental surgery pain. In Massachusetts, research led to the creation of workman’s compensation coverage for acupuncture among people who develop carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of a work-related injury. Personal injury protection in the state also covers acupuncture now if you are injured in a car accident. The New England School of Acupuncture is located at 150 California St., Newton. For more information, call 617-558-1788 or visit See ad on page 3, and Resource Guide on page 44. natural awakenings

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FARMERS’ mARKET gUIDE The Boston area is surrounded by an abundance of local, naturally grown produce. Here is a listing of some of the markets available. Please check the day and time, as they may change without notice.


North Harvard St. & Western Ave. 617-495-8052 Fridays, 3-7pm June 15 - October 26

ALLSTON VILLAGE 500 Cambridge St. 978-604-4384 Saturdays, 11am-3pm May 12 - October 27

COLD SPRING PARK 1200 Beacon St. 617-796-1525 Tuesdays, 1:30-6pm July 3 - October 30


617-997-8669 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30am-6:30pm, 6pm after November 4 May 24 - November 20


Day & Herbert St. 781-893-8222 Wednesdays, 12-6pm, 12-5pm after November 4 May 23 - November 21


Russell Common parking lot, Massachusetts Ave. & Pleasant St. 781-858-8629 Wednesdays, 2-6:30pm June 6 - October 24






Belmont Center parking lot, Cross St. & Channing Rd. 617-484-0170 Thursdays, 2-6:30pm thru Labor Day, then 2-6pm June 14 - October 25

CAMBRIDGE CENTRAL SQUARE Bishop Allen Dr. & Norfolk St. 781-893-8222 Mondays, 12-6pm May 21 - November 19


Morse School parking area, Memorial Dr. & Magazine St. 617-864-2942 Saturdays, 10am-2pm June 2 - October 27, except October 20


Charles Plaza, Bennett St. at Eliot St. 617-864-2942 Sundays, 10am-3pm, Fridays, 12-6pm May 20 - November 18


Bennington St. & Meridian St. 617-568-4028 Thursdays, 3:30-6:30pm July 5 - October 18

139 St. James Ave. 781-893-8222 Tuesdays & Fridays, 11am-6pm May 15 - November 20

BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER 840 Harrison Ave. 617-414-4542 Fridays, 11:30am-2:30pm June 22 - October 19

BOSTON PRUDENTIAL CENTER 800 Boylston St. 978-448-6499 Thursdays, 11am-6pm May 17 - October 25


1 City Hall Square 617-997-8669 Mondays & Wednesdays, 11am-6pm, 5pm after November 4 May 21 - November 21, except holidays

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500 Harrison Ave. 800-403-8305 Sundays, 10am-4pm May 6 - October 28 775 Commonwealth 617-358-5551 Thursdays, 12-4pm September 6 - October 25


Centre St., West Parking Lot 617-730-2000 Thursdays, 1:30-dusk June 14 - October 25

HARVARD UNIVERSITY 26 Oxford St. 617-495-8052 Tue, 12-6pm June 19-Oct 30


Blue Hills Bank parking lot, 1196 River St. 617-361-6964 Saturdays, 2-5pm July 14 - October 6


677 Centre St. 508-867-7193 Tuesdays, 12-5pm (starting June 19), Saturdays, 12-3pm May 15 - December 25

500 Kendall St. 617-225-2440 Thursdays, 11am-2pm June 7 - September 6


Lexington Center, Massachusetts & Fletcher Ave. 781-860-0729 Tuesdays, 2-6:30pm May 29 - October 23


12 South St 508-867-7193 Thursdays, 12pm-dusk May 31 - October 25

NEWTON AMERICAN LEGION POST 440 295 California St. 617-796-1525 Fridays, 12-5pm July 6 - October 5


446 West Broadway 617-464-5858 Mondays, 12-6pm, except holidays May 7 - November 19


On the plaza, Washington & Prospect St. 781-893-8222 Thursdays, 5-8pm June 14 - November 20


On the plaza, Washington & Prospect St. 781-893-8222 Saturdays, 9am-1pm June 2 - November 17


Sovereign Bank parking lot, Main & Moody St. 781-899-6230 Saturdays, 9:30am-2:30pm June 16 - November 10



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more attention we pay to the moment, the less time and energy we have to expend to place it in some larger context.” We can just simply be. Healthy vacation escapes help us do just that. We regenerate, reconnect with ourselves and others and re-imagine our lives in a more satisfying context.

Personal Growth: The Mind

HEALTHY ESCAPES Unplugged Getaways Rebalance Our Lives by Judith Fertig


hen Jeanna Freeman vacationed at Earthshine Mountain Lodge, in Lake Toxaway, North Carolina, she wasn’t sure what to expect. Touted as a “techno-amenityfree property,” it specializes in off-thegrid getaways (, meaning no in-room TV and a chance to digitally detox. Guests are encouraged to ditch their cell phones and laptops in favor of a zip line adventure through the Smoky Mountains forest canopy and laid back log cabin informality. “Honestly, it was exhilarating being away from my cell phone,” admits Freeman, an interior designer from Collierville, Tennessee. “I hadn’t felt that good and ‘connected’ in a long time. I didn’t realize how much I needed that.” Her experience highlights the new buzzwords and phrases in vacation travel: unplug, reconnect, digital detox 26

and healthy escape. What is it about unplugging that seems so refreshing and like an ideal vacation? Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, explains that, “Using the Internet pushes us to a skimming and scanning form of thinking.” He occasionally unplugs to recover his attention span, noting, “A lot of our deepest thoughts only emerge when we’re able to pay attention to one thing.” For memoirist Pico Iyer, author of The Man Within My Head, “The urgency of slowing down—to find the time and space to think—is nothing new.” What is new is figuring out workable definitions of stillness and movement when we spend a lot of our time physically still, but mentally in motion. A noted travel writer for 20 years, Iyer likes to stay at monasteries around the world. He concludes, “Wiser souls have always reminded us that the

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MJ Goff was on a magazine writing assignment the first time she visited the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, New York ( As a student of New Age theories and a potential yoga teacher, Goff says she welcomed the opportunity to learn more. Once she attended the women’s retreat she was researching, she was hooked. “Every year since, I find myself being drawn to Omega for its promotion of meditation and overall encouragement of ‘staying in the present,’” she says. “All the programs stem from one mission: to keep us on the right path.” Talks by internationally known speakers such as Joan Borysenko, Eckhart Tolle, Harville Hendrix and Daniel Amen are complemented by sessions in nurturing creativity, holistic health, and yoga practice. “People smile, but also keep to themselves,” explains Goff. “It’s a place for quieting your mind.” For shorter getaways, Hay House, headquartered in Carlsbad, California, sponsors weekend I Can Do It! seminars in various cities ( Speakers such as Louise Hay, Gregg Braden, Wayne Dyer and Caroline Myss help attendees nudge closer to making milestone transformations, consciousness shifts and progress on their healing journeys. Sometimes, personal growth simply involves sufficient quiet time to walk, contemplate and reconnect with our muse. “The real meaning of the word ‘retreat’ in the spiritual sense,” says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, “is stepping back. When one steps back, one gets a better view of the world, others and our deepest self.” Iyer finds solace at New Camaldoli Heritage, a Benedictine community amidst the rugged terrain of Big Sur, California ( More than 2,000 monasteries and other

spiritual communities throughout North America offer off-the-beaten-path retreats at reasonable prices and generally welcome guests of all religions and spiritual practices. The one requirement is that guests not disturb others. At Ghost Ranch, in the high desert of Abiquiu, New Mexico, “The scenery alone is spiritual and healing,” relates Nancy Early, a New York film producer. Under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church, activities encourage individual and social transformation ( Early says the best part is, “There’s one pay phone, and cell phones don’t work here; no TV or radio. You walk away from everything that controls your life.”

Optimal Wellness: Mind/Body

Sometimes the healthy escape we seek can be found at a destination spa, which combines enough structure to slowly wean us from daily busyness with sufficient soothing, quiet spaces and physical nurturing. For Debbie Phillips—who spends part of the year in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and the other part in Naples, Florida—one visit to a spa was all it took. As an executive and life coach, Phillips founded Women on Fire in 2003 to connect her “on fire” clients with each other via regional meetings and a free online newsletter, and discovered that the condition sometimes crosses the line into overwork. “My first visit to a spa more than 20 years ago was when I first learned about the life-changing benefits of taking better care of myself. In addition to the soothing amenities, the peace, calm and quiet usually found at a spa—space to think, nap, read a book or gaze into the sky—often results in ‘less’ becoming ‘more’ in your life,” Phillips says. “I have returned home feeling lighter and brighter and even more excited for what is next. The experience gave me just the boost I needed to keep going.” Recently, Phillips discovered simple techniques to nurture herself all year long by attending a breathing and meditation class at the Lake Austin Spa, in Texas. “Now I start each day with long, deep breaths before I even get out of bed,” she says. “It is so natural awakenings

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Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! ~Audrey Hepburn

simple, so calming and establishes my day with peace.” Virginia Nelson, a San Diego, California, attorney, likewise revels in her twice-yearly visits to Canyon Ranch, in Tucson, Arizona. “The pace in southern California is like running a marathon every day. My visits serve as respites that have allowed me to keep up with it this long. “I first went in 1991 and saw a place to go and cocoon,” recounts Nelson, “but I also discovered incredible fitness and education classes.” The spa is essentially a reset button for her. “It’s rest, rejuvenation and reinvention.” Canyon Ranch has several U.S. locations ( Some facilities feature niche mind/body experiences, such as the psychic massage or chakra balancing at Mii Amo Spa, in Sedona, Arizona ( Others specialize in holistic wellness. Tucson’s Miraval Resort, in Arizona, offers an integrative wellness program guided by Dr. Andrew Weil (Tinyurl. com/6p2l237). Chill-out spa services like a hot stone massage are often balanced by breath walking, qigong or desert tightrope walking.

Active Adventure: The Body

Finding a clear stillpoint of one’s soul can also occur while moving and challenging our bodies. Exercise helps us break through not only physical boundaries, but emotional and spiritual barriers, as well. 28

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Barbara Bartocci, a long-distance cycler and author of Meditation in Motion, maintains that moving keeps both our brains and bodies healthier. “Research at The University of Arizona found that regular exercise appears to preserve key parts of the brain involved in attention and memory,” she notes. “It is well known that exercise helps to reduce anxiety, allay depression and generally improve mood, by prompting our bodies to release more endorphins.” Bartocci has experienced the power of these connections firsthand. “Active vacations are truly transformative,” she says emphatically. “When I bicycled across Iowa on RAGBRAI [The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa], we cycled 76 miles one day on hills with a constant 20-mile-per-hour headwind. It was a tough day, but I made it! My divorce was becoming final that summer, and completing that day gave me the encouraging inner message: ‘If I can cycle Iowa on the toughest day, I can re-cycle my life after divorce.’” She’s still moving along. Recently, she joined 500 other cyclists doing 60 miles a day for a week in Wisconsin. Bill Murphy, of Annapolis, Maryland, made his breakthrough at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School ( “While I wanted an adventure and to put myself out there, I also wanted to know that I was in good hands,” he says about why he

chose a guided trip. Murphy was already in good shape, having competed in a local Ironman event. Following an initial fitness assessment that involved testing his heart rate after running at high altitude, he was deemed fit to take part in an outdoor survival experience in Utah’s desert country. With a knife, wool jacket, cap, gloves, long underwear and suitable shoes—but no tent, sleeping bag or food—his group learned to live off the land with the assistance of three instructors in an initial phase of the program. “After two days we were given our backpack with the critical blanket, poncho and food rations. I have never been so happy to hear the words ‘1,500 calories’ in my life, and though I have eaten at some wonderful restaurants, the soups we made with those rations tasted better than anything I have eaten in my life,” he says. Murphy learned how to purify water, make a tent from his poncho, start a fire with minimal tools and bed down in the cold without a sleeping bag or blanket. A crucial part of the survival training was the need to go even further when the group thought their adventure had ended. “We didn’t know whether that would be in 10 miles or 30,” he recalls. His ability to physically push past the mentally established timeframe led Murphy to see that he could also move beyond his either/or boundaries: either family or business; either business or adventure. “I realized that I don’t have to choose one over the other. I feel a better sense of balance now.” In other parts of the country, Outward Bound Adult Renewal also offers new experiences that test physical limits and present breakthrough opportunities ( It’s also known for programs that help teens get a better handle on life. Participants often rock climb the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia or sea kayak along the Pacific Northwest or North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Options for growth and renewal appear endless. Nearby or far away, for a few days or longer, a healthy escape can be truly restorative. Judith Fertig regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings. natural awakenings

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Hormone Help for Guys Natural Ways to Boost Vitality by James Occhiogrosso


ithout hormones, the body’s chemical messengers affecting every human biological system, nothing works correctly. Testosterone, in particular, is critically important for male development, starting in the embryo, through puberty and into old age. After reaching peak levels in a man during his mid-to-late-20s, his testosterone level begins a slow decline. From the age of about 35, it drops by about 10 percent per decade for the rest of his life, accompanied by a slight increase in estrogen levels. While women experience physical markers when they enter menopause, there is no specific point at which men typically enter andropause, the less extreme male version of the change of life due to low hormone production. Related changes usually cause minor problems at first and then tend to become more severe. Medical studies from Seattle’s Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System, the University of Washington and Harvard University show that testosterone deficiency contributes to reduced muscle and bone mass, male breast enlargement, depression, atherosclerosis, anemia and diabetes.

Test First Hormones travel the bloodstream in bound and unbound (free) forms; only the free ones activate various body functions. When evaluating a man, a doctor will typically order a blood test for total testosterone, combining 30

both forms. Older men often can show a normal total testosterone level, but have a low level of free testosterone. A saliva test brings clarity, because saliva only contains free hormones. Fifty-plus-year-old men with low free testosterone that show signs of hormone imbalance should consider natural supplementation, even when total testosterone is normal. It’s best to test before starting a rebalancing program and to retest after a few months. Establishing a record over time allows a man to monitor and adjust progress.

Hormone Help Starts Here Taking supportive steps in nutrition and lifestyle choices can make a big difference. Diet. Proper nutrition, embracing a full complement of vitamins and minerals, is essential. Eliminate red

“When a man with low testosterone restores his level back to its biological norm—he feels like a man again!” ~ Dr. Eugene R. Shippen

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meat, cheese, fast food and processed snack foods, which can increase estrogen levels. Herbal supplements such as Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris), or puncture vine; ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), Korean red ginseng (Panex ginseng) and maca (Lepidium meyenii or Lepidium peruvianum) can help by increasing testosterone levels, sexual libido or erectile function. Some influence testosterone levels directly; others help enhance function by indirectly providing nutrients to improve circulation and general sexual health. Weight control. Excess fat, particularly around the abdomen, stores and produces estrogen. Reducing fat tissue can help both lower estrogen and enhance testosterone. Environmental exposure. Endocrine disruptors, called xenoestrogens, from everyday exposure to toxic estrogenic industrial chemicals, can mimic the effects of estrogen in a man’s body. These routinely appear in petrochemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, dairy products, meats, canned foods, personal care products and plastics. Bisphenol-A (BPA) in the lining of metal food

cans is particularly dangerous. Avoid microwaving foods in plastic containers, even when they are labeled as microwave-safe. Research medications. Dr. Eugene R. Shippen, co-author of The Testosterone Syndrome, states, “High-dose statin drugs used to lower cholesterol definitely lower testosterone levels and are high on the list of causes of erectile dysfunction.” Exercise. Physically inactive people lose up to 5 percent of their total muscle mass per decade. Exercise helps to lower estrogen levels and enhance testosterone levels.

Testosterone Supplements Past incorrect beliefs that testosterone replacement therapy causes prostate cancer left many medical practitioners reluctant to prescribe it. The latest scientific research shows that a healthy man does not increase the risk by raising his testosterone level to the normal biological range for his age. Renowned medical oncologist and prostate cancer researcher and survivor, Dr. Charles “Snuffy” Myers, has stated, “There is absolutely no hint that testosterone at high levels correlates with prostate

To find a local compounding pharmacy for natural bioidentical testosterone skin cream, as prescribed by a medical practitioner, visit cancer.” He founded the American Institute for Diseases of the Prostate, near Charlottesville, Virginia. Natural bioidentical testosterone cream labeled USP, for United States Pharmacopeia standard, is available at compounding pharmacies. Bioidentical means that a substance has the same chemical form as that produced by the human body. Other forms of testosterone therapy, including biweekly injections, skin patches and pills, typically employ synthetic chemicals that are similar, but not identical, to natural testosterone. Thus, such products are not completely recognizable by the body. About 15 years ago, bestselling author and hormone balancing expert Dr. John R. Lee published his startling conclusion that synthetic hormones

can cause serious side effects, including an increased risk of stroke, cancer and liver damage. His findings were subsequently confirmed by the Women’s Health Initiative study. Injections, skin patches and pills subject the body to unnatural fluctuations in testosterone and estrogen. In contrast, skin creams permit precise daily or periodic dosing as prescribed by a qualified health care practitioner. As they age, some men strongly feel the effects of a cumulative decline in testosterone levels and experience significant symptoms, while others barely notice it. Restoring testosterone to its biological norm can be rewarding. Remember that hormones are powerful and a little can go a long way. Beyond a prescribed amount, more is not better and can reverse benefits. James Occhiogrosso, a natural health practitioner and master herbalist, specializes in salivary hormone testing and natural hormone balancing for men and women. For a phone consultation, call 239-498-1547, email DrJim@ or visit

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ormonal balance in both men and women depends largely on healthy cellular function. Cells function best when nutrients are properly assimilated at the tissue and cellular levels, and when metabolic by-products are effectively eliminated. These crucial metabolic processes are well supported by the 12 homeopathic cell salt remedies. While other homeopathic remedies are made from minerals, plants and animal sources, homeopathic cell salts represent the essential macro-minerals found in tissue, such as sodium chloride (Nat mur) and Calcium phosphate (Calc phos). Europeans and others around the world have been using these mineral preparations for more than a century to optimize nutrient balance and maintain healthy metabolic function. Cell salts help to balance essential minerals in the body. An imbalance of these minerals can lead to a wide range of complaints such as headaches, heartburn, neuralgia, anxiety and brain fatigue. When mineral imbalances are corrected through homeopathic cell salt supplementation, people often experience quick and lasting relief from emotional, mental and physical symptoms. Homeopathic cell salt remedies are readily available, easy to use, and complementary to other healing strategies. In men at midlife, beneficial cell salts include the following: Sexual Function Issues: prostration - Calc phos 6x, Nat phos 6x, Kali phos 6x change in desire - Kali phos 6x, Mag phos 6x, Nat mur 6x, Nat phos 6x Prostate Complaints: enlargement - Calc fluor 6x, Kali mur 6x, Nat sulph 6x, Mag phos 6x Inflammation - Ferr phos 6x, Silica 6x Muscular Conditions: cramping, twitching, restless legs - Mag phos 6x Weakness - Kali phos 6x Nervous Tension: Biochemic phosphates mix, which is a combination of Calc phos 6x, Kali phos


Cell Salts Homeopathic Remedies for Male Concerns by Tanya Renner

6x, Nat phos 6x, Ferr phos 6x and Mag phos 6x Mental exhaustion: Kali phos 6x Information about cell salts is readily available on line, and the National Center for Homeopathy website ( is an excellent resource. Homeopathic pharmacies and study groups, as well as health food stores, also offer more information about the use of homeopathic remedies for a variety of issues. While some conditions are easily handled at home, others require

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professional consultation. For complex complaints, it’s best to consult with a qualified homeopathic professional to learn what will work best for specific concerns and individual needs. Always consult a medical practitioner if there are additional concerns about a particular condition or ongoing complaints. Tanya Renner, RSHom (NA), CCH, is a core faculty member of the Teleosis Homeopathic Collaborative, LLC, in Newton. For more information visit or call 603-564-0321.

Injury-Proof Your Golf Game this Summer by David Oliver


he National Golf Foundation reports that there are more than 26 million amateur golfers in the United States. Many of them are non-athletes who spend most of the week sitting behind a desk. On weekends these aficionados take in as many rounds of golf as possible, not realizing that they aren’t in the proper physical shape to meet the demands of this sport. Amateur golfers suffer countless injuries as a result, the most common of which is low back pain. While golf is often thought of as an easy and low intensity sport, it’s actually quite the opposite. Studies show that when amateur golfers are driving a ball off the tee they achieve approximately 90 percent of their peak muscle activity. This is equivalent to lifting a heavy weight that can only be raised about four times. When golfers in poor physical shape repeat this driving motion for several holes, they are likely to incur injuries. To better condition themselves for the golf course, people should take long brisk walks, do some light resistance training and avoid prolonged sitting throughout the week. Golf is a unilateral sport, meaning that the body only moves in one direction when a person is swinging the club. The average golfer swings his or her club well over 100 times each round, which involves contracting one set of muscles while stretching the opposite ones. By performing this unilateral motion multiple times, golfers are setting up muscle imbalances, which can lead to injuries over time. One way to counteract the problem is to take light practice swings in the opposite direction before each hole. For example, a right-handed golfer would take five gentle practice swings in a left-handed manner. It may feel awkward at first, but it will help to correct this muscle imbalance. The constant twisting motion in golf requires players to have sufficient range of motion in their spines. If not, they will try to make up for any limitations by excessively moving other parts of their bodies. Golfers who increase their spinal range of motion are better able to tolerate repeated swings and produce more fluid swings with better power. This, in turn, can improve their driving distance and overall accuracy. Golfers can improve their spinal rotation through stretching, special rotational exercises, and chiropractic adjustments that restore and maintain spinal mobility. Chiropractors who specialize in sports injuries and movement dysfunction can also help golfers to address and, more importantly, prevent musculoskeletal problems related to this sport. David Oliver, DC practices at Move Well Chiropractic, 1280 Centre St., Ste. 210, in Newton Centre. For more information, call 617-6419999 or visit See ad on page 27. natural awakenings

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DAD’S GOLDEN STORY HOUR Kids Listen with their Entire Being by Clint Kelly


oon, the brave little tailor and the beautiful Princess Minnie were happily married. And to think it all began with seven dead flies.” So ends The Brave Little Tailor, starring Mickey Mouse. Whenever I concluded reading with those words and attempted to close the well-worn book, I was inevitably hit with a chorus of, “Aw, Dad,” as they yearned for more. Why had my offspring narrowed the book selections to so few predictable favorites? Although the kids loved it, the constant repetition got to me. I rather empathized with the darker side of the original Brothers Grimm version of the tale. It’s not that I was opposed to pulling story duty. Children take comfort in the familiarity and lasting values of classic storylines. But at reading time, temptation whispered, “What they want is your time. It doesn’t matter what you read; just read…” A brief motor racing vignette in Road & Track, perhaps, or the latest major league baseball trade analyses from Sports Illustrated? My mind would wander. They’d scold me.


“Dad! You just said the little tailor caught seven flies in a row. It’s, ‘Seven flies at one blow,’ Dad.” Busted. Sadly, it wasn’t long before I was caught yet again. “Dad! It was Chicken Little who thought the sky was falling and The Little Red Hen who worked to bake the bread her lazy friends wouldn’t lift a finger to make. You always get them mixed up.” Verbal slips aside, the kids crowded closer. They jockeyed for position against my chest, listening to the whoosh of my heart, the cadence of the words and the conviction of my voice reverberating into their inner ears, down along their spinal columns and deep into their souls. Still, given the choice between Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle or the daily stock quotations, I’m afraid that Wall Street often muscled the good woman aside. My wife urged me to persist. “The children have me all day. If only for a half-hour every night, you’ve got a solid grip on the children. Don’t let them slip away.” Okay, I thought. Just as Mrs. PiggleWiggle had her magical cures for neverwant-to-go-to-bedders, surely I could find a cure for my reading ennui. In fact,

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taking a page from the Little Tailor’s playbook, I found seven. First, I sometimes invited a “guest” reader. A Grover hand puppet and a gravelly voice kept me alert, delighted the kids and gave those stories a fresh new lease. The second remedy was to turn off the TV, ignore the phone and read by a lone lamplight that ringed me and my audience in a cozy glow. Third, for variety, we’d sometimes read in a “secret” place. Goldilocks acquires a new dimension when read under the kitchen table. My fourth remedy was to introduce dinner readings. “For the first course,” I’d say, “a heaping helping of Hansel and Gretel.” Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches lend themselves nicely to this departure from standard fare. Fifth, I’d occasionally take a break by playing a talking book episode. It made old standbys like Tom Sawyer fresh again. As a sixth solution, when I assigned the kids parts in a story the plot took on a dimension that would often make us giggle. Even very young children that haven’t learned to read are able to memorize well-loved passages and recite lines verbatim. The seventh remedy was to spin original tales. When I was a boy, my mother created an entire forest world populated by clever animals: Fox, the sly one; Owl, the fusty Winston Churchill; and Beetle Boy, the action hero. I took what she began and created Further Adventures from the Deep, Dark Wood. While I didn’t feel every inch the polished spinner of tales early on, neither did I abdicate the richly fulfilling role of chief reader for our little tribe. The more interest I showed their beloved classics, the closer they snuggled. Remedies in hand, my attitude improved. I relaxed and became less attached to my “other” reading material. At story time, I soaked up the hugs, the laughter and the love. Truth be told, I came to like having the most luxurious—and requested—lap around. Clint Kelly, a communications specialist for Seattle Pacific University, in Washington, authors tales for children and adults on topics ranging from dinosaurs to child rearing. Connect at ClintKelly

Dads Booked as Heroes by Jeremy Adam Smith


athers show up comparatively rarely in children’s books. According to a review of 200 children’s books by David Anderson, Ph.D., and Mykol Hamilton, Ph.D., fathers appeared about half as often as mothers. Mothers were 10 times more likely to be depicted taking care of babies than fathers and twice as likely to be seen nurturing older children. Of course, moms are still most likely to be taking care of kids. But how does that help nontraditional families and other parents embrace broader caring role models? They can choose from this list of books that depict dads as co-parents and primary caregivers.

Banks, pictures by Tomek Bogacki (Farrar Straus Giroux, ages 3-6) n Daddy Calls Me Man, by Angela Johnson, paintings by Rhonda Mitchell (Orchard Books, ages 3-6) n Papa, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee (Chronicle Books, ages 3-6) n Tell Me One Thing, Dad, by Tom Pow, illustrated by Ian Andrew (Candlewick Press, ages 3-7) n Horton Hatches the Egg, by Dr. Seuss (Random House, ages 3-7) n And Tango Makes Three, by Peter

Parnell and Justin Richardson, illustrated by Henry Cole (Simon & Schuster, ages 3-7) n A Father Like That, by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (HarperCollins, ages 3-7) n Danny, Champion of the World, by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake (Knopf, ages 8-12) Jeremy Adam Smith is the author of The Daddy Shift and co-editor of Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood. Connect at

n Mama’s Home!, by Paul Vos Benkowski, illustrated by Jennifer Herbert (Chronicle Books, ages 1-3) n Kisses for Daddy, by Frances Watts and David Legge (Little Hare Books, ages 1-5) n The Bunny Book (also published as When Bunny Grows Up), by Patricia M. and Richard Scarry (Golden Books, ages 1-5) n The Complete Adventures of Curious George, by Margret and H.A. Rey (Houghton Mifflin, ages 1-5) n Daddy’s Lullaby, by Tony Bradman, illustrated by Jason Cockcroft (Margaret K. McElderry Books, ages 2-5) n My Dad, by Anthony Browne (Macmillan, ages 2-5) n Daddy’s Home!, by Rosanne D. Parry, illustrated by David Leonard (Candy Cane Press, ages 2-5) n My Daddy and I, by P.K. Hallinan, author and illustrator (Candy Cane Press, ages 2-5) n Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (sequel is Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity), by Mo Willems (Hyperion, ages 2-6) n Mama’s Coming Home, by Kate

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Creating a

Happier, Healthier, Home

for a Better Life by Daniel Sharp


magine a life free of mental, emotional, and physical clutter. Imagine waking up each morning and returning home each night surrounded by physical affirmations of health, vitality, abundance and joy. Such are the goals of Soul Coaching, which takes ideas that are steeped in ancient tradition and applies them to the challenges of modern life. The process involves such techniques as daily affirmations, guided meditations, and the ancient art of feng shui, which addresses the energy of the home. There are three main rooms in the home that often have the strongest effect on a person’s health and happiness. Take an honest look at the following areas and assess their energetic qualities: Bedroom - Does the bedroom exude exquisite peace and calm? Once inside, do the cares of the day melt away? Kitchen - Is the kitchen a physical representation of energy and abundance? Is it a room that nurtures the body, mind, and spirit with thoughts of good nutrition? Bathroom - Does the bathroom purify and uplift? Does it pulse with feelings of cleanliness and rejuvenation? 36

If the answer to any of the above questions is “No,” the questions then become, “How can more positive feelings be brought into this room?” and “What can be done right now to change the feel of this space?” Ideas include changing wall colors, hanging artwork, bringing in fresh flowers or rearranging the furniture. Even simple changes can yield profound results. A home that feels abundant will create more abundance and a home that feels loving will generate even more love. Likewise, a healthy feeling home will manifest even more vitality. If clutter is an issue, daily affirmations can be very helpful when paired with physical clutter clearing. Affirmations focus on the positive and encourage the mind and body to work

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as if the desired effect were already achieved. Clearing toxic mental clutter is important, as self-destructive thoughts can sabotage even the best efforts. Try repeating the phrase, “All my needs are met above and beyond my greatest expectations,” as often as possible. Finally, adding a “Joy Journal” to the mix can nurture true gratitude and open the doors to abundance. The journal is a place to record moments of bliss and things that evoke a sense of joy throughout the day. Such journal processes have been shown to improve states of depression, calm the mind and even increase immunity. To learn more about Soul Coaching with Daniel Sharp, call 781-763-7685 or visit




by Joe Robinson

t happens to all of us. We wake up one day and realize that we have been here before—just like yesterday and the day before that. Today is destined to be the same as all the others: safe, comfortable… and boring. Often, we need to engage in new experiences to be more vital and happy. Research from psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Gregory Berns, Ph.D., author of Satisfaction, shows that our brains benefit from new experiences so much so that the process releases the feel-good chemical dopamine. According to a study published in the journal Neuron, it is even triggered by the mere expectation of a new experience. Researchers call this the “exploration bonus.” We are born to explore. Dr. Norman

Doidge, author of The Brain that Changes Itself, maintains that connections between brain neurons, called dendrites, develop in response to new experiences, and they shrink or vanish altogether if they’re not stimulated with new information. To keep our brains happy, we have to keep moving forward into the new. If novelty feels so good and does good things for us, why do we usually stick with what we know? The answer lies deep in the emotional center of the brain, called the amygdala, which perceives the unknown as potentially threatening. As a result, we often overestimate the potential risk inherent in a new experience and underestimate the consequences of playing it safe. The good news is that we can over-

ride this default. Here are some practical ways to build the necessary life skills—our venture aptitude—to pursue new experiences and really start living. Do it to do it. When you approach an experience with this attitude, there is no harm to your self-worth because your objective isn’t the result, but the experience; the pursuit of knowledge, challenge or enjoyment—and that’s egoless. Advance into the fear. You inflame fear by running from it, and you reduce it with every step that you take facing straight at it. Make the unknown more knowable. Knowledge trumps irrational fears. Talk to others that have participated in experiences you wish to engage in. Do research. Don’t look at the mountaintop. Break down big goals (running a race, acting in a neighborhood play) into small, incremental goals (running around the block, taking a beginner’s voice class) to build competence and confidence. Dabble. Sample the offerings. Try several different classes or events to see which ones excite you the most. Judge your life by how much you try, not by the results. That removes the fear and alibis, and puts you squarely in the center of the place where you are at your happiest—absorbed in life-affirming experiences. Joe Robinson is a work-life-balance trainer and coach, and author of Don’t Miss Your Life. He shares motivational essays at

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1 Theosophical Society Community Potluck Dinner – 6-7:30pm. Get acquainted with our growing community. Bring some food to share. Learn about what’s going on at the TS as we enter into the summer months and look ahead to the Fall season. Short business meeting before the program. Donations accepted. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155. Eckart Tolle: Stillness Amidst the World Part 1 DVD – 7:30-9:30pm. Presented by Dennis Blejer. Tolle explores the concept of stillness and how to achieve it. Only through stillness can transformation occur. A doorway into the now and to true personal enlightenment. $10. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Chinese Self-Care Exercises for Health and Longevity – 10am-6pm. Learn simple Chinese exercises to build health and longevity by increasing the openness and functionality of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, the spine, internal organs, glands, and meridian pathways. Some of the exercises focus on a specific part of the body, while others influence the entire body at once. $195/day, $350/weekend. New England School of Acupuncture, 150 California St, 3rd Fl, Newton. 617-558-1788 x 112. Charles River Festival – 12-6pm. Enjoy the sunshine and lots of food, Latin, jazz and world music performances, dances, art exhibits and family-oriented craft activities at this huge festival celebrating the arts. Free. Cambridge side of the Charles River, between JFK St & Western Ave.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 Low Back Pain Assessment and Treatment – 9am-4pm. Understand the different types of low back pain and how to differentiate them through palpation of the low back. Learn specific treatment protocols and Acupressure points for treatment. Apply theory learned in class with partner participation. $120. Cortiva Institute, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-668-2000. Taiji Circling Hands – 10am-6pm. Learn a single-movement qigong which effectively releases tension from the spine and nervous system, producing a calm focused awareness while relieving various joint and spine aches. Instruction in Daoist Natural Breathing is included. $195/day, $350/weekend. New England School of Acupuncture, 150 California St, 3rd Fl, Newton. 617-558-1788 x 112.

MONDAY, JUNE 4 The Artist’s Way at the Armory – 7-9pm. Explore dreams and creative projects with Kim Childs at a three-part workshop based on The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.

No artistic experience required. Class meets June 4, 11 & 25. $90. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 617-640-3813. Register:

TUESDAY, JUNE 5 Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl Ice Cream Fest – June 5-7. 12-8pm. A three-day fundraiser to benefit cancer research at Dana-Farber. Eat all you want of the ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet donated by the nation’s top frozen dessert companies and vote for your favorite flavor. $8/ age 10+, $4/ages 3-9, free/under 3. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

River. Pan Gu Shengong, Moving Form – 10am12pm. The Moving Form is the basis of Pan Gu Shengong and takes about 20 minutes to complete. This exercise is designed to promote health, vitality, balance and well-being. Learn the basic principles, how to practice and how and why it is beneficial. $120. New England School of Acupuncture, 150 California St, 3rd fl, Newton. 617-558-1788 x 112. How to Teach an Effect Prenatal Class Certification – 10am-2pm. Also Jun 10. A class for Yoga Teachers, Yoga Teachers in training, Bodyworkers, Doulas and Midwives, those pregnant or planning on getting pregnant and anyone involved with pregnant women who want to teach a safe and effective ongoing prenatal yoga class. $125/before Jun 1, $140/after Jun 1. Shiva Shakti Yoga Center, 315 Moody St, Waltham. 520247-1915.

Laughter Yoga for Health and Relaxation – 7:30-8:45pm. With Sandra Daitch. Join this fun, health-supporting class which incorporates interactive laughter exercises with breathing, stretching, and self massage. $10. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155.


Detox Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. A workshop discussion about detox with herbalist Katja Swift. Learn the things you should know to make the process safer, more effective, and longer-lasting. $15. MZ Skin Care, 1160 Boylston St, 2nd Fl, Chestnut Hill. Manifesting – 7:30-9:30pm. With Selina Maitreya. Being able to manifest the perfect job, holy relations, good health, weight loss, and money are desires that many hold. Learn how and why this is possible for you. $15. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 The Essence of Buddhism: Cultivating Inner and Outer Harmony – 7:30-9pm. With Wendy Garling. Session will examine ways Buddhism’s ancient wisdom remains relevant in understanding ourselves and today’s complicated world. $10. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Annual Teleosis Homeopathic Collaborative, LLC Open House – 9am-4pm. A free program in homeopathic mineral salts. Explore programs to introduce you to homeopathy, including the One-Year First Aid/Acute Program and the 3-Year Professional Program. Learn how to use natural remedies for yourself or as a professional. Newton. 617-564-0321. Reservations required, RSVP: Dragon Boat Festival – June 9-10. 9am-5pm. Rain or shine. Entertainment and food start at noon on Jun 10 only. The largest running dragon boat race in North America with over 50 teams competing. Enjoy these spectacular boats. Trials Sat, races Sun. Free. Cambridge side of Charles

Herbstalk – 11am-6pm. A grassroots event devoted to educating and inspiring our community about the common and safe use of medicinal herbs. Learn how to use herbs in your everyday life for wellness and preventative care. Features educational talks given by local herbalists, holistic nutritionists, naturopathic doctors and natural health counselors on a variety of topics geared towards herbal enthusiasts of all ages. $5 suggested donation. Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 617-504-1714. Pan Gu Shengong, Healing Skill Course – 2-4pm. In this course, Master Ou will guide you through pathways of healing with Qi and teach basic healing methods. Includes an opportunity to provide Qi healing sessions to others. $120. New England School of Acupuncture, 150 California St, 3rd Floor, Newton. 617-558-1788 x 112.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10 Shiatsu Element Courses Metal – 9am-6pm. Six courses which will each go through two Meridians, a Yin and Yang pair. Learn about the accompanying Element, how to position the client and work on the Meridians. An introduction to traditional Eastern theory behind the Healing Art of Shiatsu. $160. Cortiva Institute, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-668-2000. Reiki 2 Certification Class – 10am-6pm. Learn how to send long-distance healing to your loved ones, situation and the Earth. Obtain increased healing capability with three sacred symbols and their associated healing techniques. Pre-requisite: Reiki I Certification Training. $300. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. Battle of Bunker Hill Day Parade – 12:30pm. Join the National Park Service at the Bunker Hill Monument to commemorate the 236th

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Happy Father’s Day Anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill and enjoy the parade as marchers head down Bunker Hill St. Free. Bunker Hill St, Charlestown.

MONDAY, JUNE 11 Dream Council – 6:30-9pm. With Ramsay Raymond, MA, MHC. Dream Council provides a safe place to explore the meaning and dynamic energies of our dreams within a group setting. Bring a dream, a friend, and a listening heart. $10-$20. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 Success Team – 6:15-8:15pm. A coaching/ support group for healing professionals. Focus on career transition, building your practice, mutual emotional and professional support. Facilitated by life coach, psychotherapist and Reiki Master, Ulrike Dettling, LMFT. $35. Health insurance accepted. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. Herbs for Pets – 7-9pm. Class includes therapies for behavior problems, infestations, injuries, illnesses. Learn to care for your furry friends with safe and effective herbal medicines and native nutrition. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617750-5274.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 Tina and Her Pony: Live in Concert – 7pm. Soulful and sassy Appalachian folk-inspired music with fresh sounds of banjo and cello and story-song lyrics. One night in Boston only. $10. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 Eckart Tolle: Stillness Amidst the World Part 2 DVD – 7-9:30pm. With Dennis Blejer, meditation and movie. Tolle explains the concept of stillness and how to achieve it. Dennis will explain the compulsions that drive people’s thoughts as they analyze, interpret, and label every conscious experience they have. $10. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155.

SATURDAY, JUNE 16 South End Garden Tour – 10am-4pm. Rain or shine. Tour the area bounded by Tremont St, Berkeley St, Albany St and East/West Newton St, with numerous gardens open for this self-


guided tour. Select South End artists will be in the tour gardens creating works of art which can be purchased at a reception immediately after the tour. $20/advance purchase, $25/day of. Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston. Core Myofascial Pathways in Gait, Movement & Posture Workshop – 10am-5:30pm. Also see Jun 17 session. For practitioners. Learn the myofascial tissue routes that core movement “vector” pathways travel to therapeutically improve gait, correct hip, spine, leg and foot alignment in walking. Learn the best known form and essential exercises to sustain good walking. $270 for both/ practitioners. BodyMind Integration Center, 118 Main St, Ste 1B, Watertown. 978-461-0221. Yoga Workshop: Journey through the Chakras – 12:30-2:30pm. Be guided on a journey through the sacred energy centers in your body. Each chakra corresponds to a particular energy/ emotion/mental function. Find out where you’re stuck and create open channels for energy to flow. $25/pre-registration, $30/at door. Third Life Studio, 33 Union Sq, Somerville. Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest – 3-10pm. Come indulge, explore, and socialize with more than 20 brewers and food artisans. Enjoy 3 hours of tasting craft beer, wine, cider and mead accompanied by live music at this love-fest of all things good and local. $30/person/session. The Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 203-9279946.

SUNDAY, JUNE 17 Core Myofascial Pathways in Gait, Movement & Posture Workshop – 10am-4:30pm. For practitioners as well as non-practitioners. Will combine the core movement pathways integration method with the successful walking form of the Maasai peoples of Tanzania. Learn the form, organizing, supporting lengthening, stretching and strengthening exercises that will serve you for life, and longevity, help you resolve foot, leg, knee, hip and back problems. $130/clients, $140/ non-clients. Watertown Healing Arts Center, 22 Mount Auburn St, Ste 10, Watertown.

MONDAY, JUNE 18 Leader in Training Summer Camp – Jun 1822. 9am-3pm. Also Jun 25-29. A camp offering the opportunity for preteens and teens to practice their wilderness skills as well as learn how to peer mentor by leading younger campers to conclusions through the art of questioning. $235-

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$310 sliding scale. Conway. 413-522-0338. For more info: Free Concert: The Pointer Sisters – 7pm. Sponsored by radio station WODS. A great way to spend a summer evening. A free concert at the Hatch Shell, Explanade. Boston-Discovery-Guide. com.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Balancing Physical, Mental and Financial Wellness – 6-8pm. Learn how to successfully juggle your schedules and balance work with life with simple solutions to keep your life in order. Free. Park Plaza Hotel, Boston. 617-823-0464.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 June Yoga Weekend – Jun 22-24. Also Jun 29Jul 1. 7-9pm, Fri; 9am-12pm & 4-6pm, Sat & Sun. Ocean, sky, rocks, yoga and creativity. Join in on either of these two weekends at a rustic dance camp which is a 10-minute walk from the ocean. Delicious ayurvedic vegetarian food. $325. Windhover Center for Performing Arts, 257(R) Granite St, Rockport. Summer Solstice Ritual – 7:30-8:30pm. With Janet Kessenich. Join in, as summer begins, for an evening of celebration and ritual honoring solstice and enriching our conscious connection with our planet’s seasonal changes. Free. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 Maximize Summer’s Activities with the Alexander Technique – 5-7pm. During the summer people spend more time outside walking, running, swimming, kayaking, gardening, taking up new or seasonal activities. Learn to use one’s mind to improve body-efficient functioning to insure safe movements. $50/one, $80/two. Brookline Village, 33A Harvard St, Ste 302, Brookline. 617-325-0114. Shamanic Journeying 101 – 6-8pm. Learn the ancient art of shamanic journeying in a supportive group environment. Includes the basics of shamanic philosophy and journeying. Journey for answers to personal life questions, connect with your personal power animal, spirit teacher and more. $35. 1 Harvard St, Brookline. 617-4355202.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24 10K Race Through Back Bay – 8am. Starts and finishes at Boston Common, with a race course through Back Bay. $55 registration fee. Chinatown Main Street Festival – 10am-5pm. Enjoy colorful Chinese folk dances, lion dances, martial arts performances, Chinese opera and vendor booths in this mid-summer festival in Chinatown. Free. Harrison Ave & surrounding streets.

MONDAY, JUNE 25 Art, Body & Soul Workshop – Jun 25-29. Artist Johnny Lapham will be leading a four-day experience from noon, Mon, June 25 thru Fri morning, June 29. Participants will be led through a series of movement, imagination, are-making,

guided visualization, poetic writing and group performance exercises . $440. Windhover Center for Performing Arts, 257(R) Granite St, Rockport.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 Herbs for Dental Health – 7-9pm. Take care of your teeth with effective, homemade herbal preparations. Learn to make tooth powder, mouthwash and more. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 Boston Harborfest – Jun 28-July 4. Festivities take place in central Boston neighborhoods including Historic Downtown, the Downtown Waterfront, Boston Common, Charlestown, the South Boston Waterfront, the North End and Boston Harbor Islands National Park. For details:

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Life in the Extreme Deep Exhibit – Thru June. 9am-5pm. A photographic exhibit which showcases stunning deep-sea photographs by scientists. $9/seniors, $7/students, $6/ages 3-18, free/under 3. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St, Cambridge. 617-495-3045. HMNH.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29 Fundamentals of Brennan Healing Science Lecture – 7-9pm. A lecture on health and illness in terms of flow or blocks in energy bodies that will eventually show up in our physical body. Gain a sense of the practice of Brennan Healing Science. $20. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617-524-7628. CenterAtWestwoods. com. Radiant Summertime Health Through the Essence of Ayurveda – 7:30-9pm. With Jonathan Glass. Learn about the four foundational principles of Ayurveda and the cause of all disease according to the ayurvedic masters. Dietary, herbal, nutritional, lifestyle and meditative practices you can apply to your life. $10. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30 Fundamentals of Brennan Healing Science Weekend Workshop – Jun 30 & Jul 1. 9am-4pm. Take this opportunity to experience the fullness of your energy field. From this grounded place of open heart and spiritual bliss, learn the basic healing technique in the Brennan model and how to experience your own divine essence, create sacred space for your clients and make beautiful healing connections with your fellow students. $250/by Jun 1, $275/after Jun 1. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617 524 7628.

Yoga Class – 11am-12:15pm. Join a great group for an all-level yoga class in a cozy and spiritual studio. $17. Pipal Leaf Yoga, 945 Great Plain Ave, Needham. Glassblowing Family Experience – 1-2pm. Enjoy a glassblowing demonstration with the family. A truly unique experience. $15/person. Make pendants for only $10 more per person. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617442-7444. Restorative Yoga – 4-6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Sun. Intended for individuals who have been experiencing stress, fatigue, sickness, insomnia, injuries, recent surgery and anyone wanting a quiet, centering respite. A gentle entry into yoga for beginners as well. $35. Art & Soul, 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge. Pre-registration required: 617-395-4227.

Men’s Redcord Class – 6:30-7am. A doublesuspension training system using the instability of the cords to condition the entire body. A great and intense workout. $20/drop-in, $90/5 classes, $170/10 classes. Every Body Pilates, 50 Leonard St, Ste 2A, Belmont. 617-484-3311. Circuit Class – 9-9:45am. Enjoy a great all-over body workout for all fitness levels in a small group fitness class. Incorporates strength and CV work. Call or email to book a space at least two days in advance. $12/class. 6A Cragmore Rd, Newton. 617-610-9551. Vicki@Room2Improve. us. Gentle Therapeutic Yoga – 12:30pm. Be immersed in healing, community and ease with the anusara principles of alignment. $17. Majestic Yoga Studio, 223 Concord Ave, Cambridge. Core Fundamentals – 12:30-1:30pm. Also Wed, 12:30-1:30pm. Learn how to effectively use free weights, your body weight, resistance tubing and cable exercises to unleash your body’s natural confidence and power. $20/first class. Vitality Personal Fitness, 118 Needham St, Newton. 617620-3585. Pilates Group Equipment Classes – 6:307:30pm. Also Wed & Fri. Enjoy a comprehensive Pilates workout using the traditional Reformer apparatus and transform your mind, body and spirit. First class free. Shawn’s Studio, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-393-3535.

Community Acupuncture – Thru Dec 31. Also Wed & Fri. By appointment. Affordable care for a healthy community. Acupuncture in a shared space, rather than private rooms enabling lower cost. Sliding scale, $35-$55/initial visit, $20-$40/ follow-up visits. Green Tea Yoga, 10 Colonial Rd, Salem. 781-269-2287.

Revolution Rising Radio Show – 7-8pm. A fun and entertaining Internet radio show which focuses on cutting-edge health topics such as nutrition, alternative medicine, vaccination and spirituality. Free. WNTN Radio, 143 Rumford Ave, Newton. 617-780-1754. or Jam’n Cardio Kix – 7:15-8:15pm. Also Wed, 7:30pm. A martial arts fitness class that puts several musical patterns together in to routines performed continuously to develop cardiovascular fitness, agility and quickness. $100/10 classes, $60/5 classes, $15/drop-in. Corpbasics Fitness &

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Training Club, 73 Bow St, Somerville. 617-6288400.

25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

Hatha Yoga at Gallery 263 – 7:15-8:30pm. Increase flexibility, strength and balance. Relax and recharge mind and spirit. Intelligent sequencing and attention to alignment which will challenge all levels. Emphasizes correct alignment within a flowing sequence that will leave you feeling strengthened and energized. $10. 263 Pearl St, Cambridgeport. 617-459-9817.

Zumba Dance – 6:15-7:15pm. Benefit mentally, emotionally and physically from the dance workout that has caused such a sensation all over the world. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in. Dance Union, 16 Bow St, Somerville. 617-968-1695.

MoneyMoves TeleConnections – 8-9pm. 2nd Mon. Discussions which will dive deeply into many facets of financial fitness from a practical as well as reflective perspective encouraging growth in money-savvy and self-awareness. Free. For details:

Practitioners Breakfast – 7:30-9am. 3rd Tues. All health care practitioners are welcome to share breakfast and knowledge. Features monthly guest speakers and presentations and working together with passion and enthusiasm to increase the overall wellness of the community. Groton Wellness Medical Center, 493-495 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919. Yoga Flow Anusara Style – 9:30-11am. Using the anusara-inspired method, Diana CullumDugan leads a class through yoga poses that open the heart. Explore a deeper experience by way of balanced energy and optimal alignment. $18/ drop-in, $14/student, senior. Samadhi Integral Yoga Center, 796 Beacon St, Newton. 617-3932200. Kettlebell 101 – 2-3pm. Also Fri, 6-7am. Learn how to use the latest workout rage. Learn the proper technique for kettlebell exercises such as the Turkish get up, the swing, the clean, the windmill, the clean and press, the snatch and more. $20/first class. Vitality Personal Fitness, 118 Needham St, Newton. 617-620-3585. Restorative Exercise Classes – 6-7pm. Also Wed, 12:30-1:30pm. No-sweat movement and alignment classes to help resolve back pain, joint troubles and more. Low-impact stretching and body awareness practices. Drop-ins welcome. $15. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine,

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Zumba Dance Yourself Fit – 7-8pm. A fitness program that combines high energy and motivating music with fun, effective and easy-tofollow moves. Open to all fitness levels. $12/dropin, $90/10 classes. Waltham Zumba, 8 Common St, Waltham. 978-761-2769. Eckhart Tolle A New Earth Study Group – 7:30-9pm. Every other Tues. A chapter by chapter study and discussion group on this life transforming work. $10. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155.

Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Both beginners and experienced meditators welcome; instruction provided for those who need it. Refreshments provided. Suggested donation $15. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. Women’s Self-Care Working Group – 7-9pm. 1st Wed. Women often assume the role of caretaker, but who takes care of them? We must learn to take time to care for ourselves. This supportive and inventive group offers insight and inspiration for the overworked and undernourished. $25/suggested fee. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274. Dance Freedom – 7:30-10:30pm. The oldest continually running weekly barefoot dance in the world. Live DJ music, a great workout, lots of fun and lots of interesting people to meet. Recharge and renew in a joyous, positive, drugand alcohol-free environment. $10-$20 sliding scale. First Congregational Church, 11 Garden St, Cambridge, MA. 617-312-3039. DanceFreedom. com. Online Radio Meditation Music and Yoga Chats – 9-10pm. New, free meditation music radio show on-line streaming at 504-235-1558.

Anusara Inspired Yoga – Thru Sept 13. 9:3011am. Explore Anusara’s Universal Principles of Alignment to awaken, align, and move into an uplifted state of being. See rates on website. Samadhi Yoga Studio, 796 Beacon St, Newton Center. 617-243-0034. Reiki Healing Circle for Women on a Healing Journey with Cancer – 4-6pm. Once a month. Women trained in Reiki and at various stages in their healing journey come together to support each other. Uplifting, life affirming and healing. $35. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334.

Boston | Zumba Toning – 6-7pm. Benefit mentally, emotionally and physically from the dance workout that has caused such a sensation all over the world. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in. Dance Union, 16 Bow St, Somerville. 617-968-1695. Dental Secrets – A Lifetime of Health – 7-8pm. 1st Thurs. Learn the basics of holistic dentistry, how your teeth can affect the health of your entire body, the dangers of mercury amalgams and root canals, and what to eat to prevent tooth and gum problems. Free. Groton Wellness, 493 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919. Hatha Yoga Class – 7-8pm. Suitable for all levels; beginners welcome. Bring a towel and water and a mat if have one. Mats available for use if needed. $15/drop-in, $104/8 wks. A Pilates Fitness and Yoga Studio, 681 Main St, Ste 339, Waltham. 617-750-8599. Nia with Maria Skinner – 7-8pm. Nia is the first cardio workout to combine martial arts, dance, and healing arts. An evolutionary approach to fitness and self-healing in a body. An acclaimed practice for over 25 years which is based on the science of the body. A fun, creative pathway to health and wellbeing, regardless of age or physical condition. $16/drop-in, $60/5 consecutive classes. Groton Wellness Medical Center, 493-495 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919. Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-4957461.

The Family Walking Program – 9:30am. Take a healthy walk through the mall in a safe, climatecontrolled environment for both parent and child. Spend time with other parents while your children make new friends and learn the benefits of regular exercise. Meet near Carter’s. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as: nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617926-4968. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. Free blood pressure screenings on the 1st Fri each month in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617926-4968. Free Basic Beading Class – 1-2pm. A great opportunity to get started in beading. Learn the difference between different beads, stringing materials and findings. Free. Life’s A Bead, 404 Trapelo Rd, Belmont. 617-489-7222. LifesABead. com. Second Fridays Free – 5-8pm. Free evening at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and

see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. Jam’n Java Open Mic and Coffeehouse – 6:309pm. 1st Fri. Sign up to play, or come and listen to talented local performers. Free. Jam’n Java, 594 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. ArlOpenMic. Friday Night Cooking Series – 6:30-9:30pm. Join us for a night of conversation, anecdotes and fun, and a detailed cooking demonstration. See website for specifics by week. $61. Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St, Cambridge. Glass Beadmaking – 6:30-9:30pm. An evening of glass, friends and wine. Spend 3 hrs in one of our studios to experience an introductory taste of working with hot glass in glassblowing and bead making. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. Meditation Evening – 7-9pm. 2nd Fri. Let the week go and prepare for a work free weekend. Practice mindful meditation, chakra movement and awareness and perhaps read from The Power of Now. $20. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. Confirm attendance: 617-524-7628 or Free Friday Flicks at the Esplanade – June 17late Sept. At sundown. The perfect way to spend a Friday night in the summer. Spread a blanket under the stars and watch a movie at the Hatch Shell by the Charles River. Games, giveaways and free food samples starting at 6pm so come early and relax. Free.

Saturday Morning Yoga – 7-8:30am. Gentle beginner level yoga class held in a sunlit room in a lovely historic house led by trained instructor, Keith Herndon. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. Yoga Class – 7:30-8:45am. Stop by for a slowpaced, conscious flow through a morning yoga series. Afterwards, walk around the studio to see the events and offerings within this community. $18. Samadhi Integral Studio, 796 Beacon St, Newton Centre. Tai Chi – 8-9am. A complete physical conditioner, a healthy and regenerative exercise, a way to longevity, a self-defense art and a philosophical way of life that brings harmony and balance. $120/8 consecutive, $20/drop-in. Groton Wellness Medical Center, 493-495 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919. Yoga with Billie Jo Joy – 8:30-9:30am. For students with at least two years experience in yoga. $18/drop-in. Art & Soul, 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge. 617-395-4227. Broga II Power – 10-10:45am. High energy, Broga flow class. Good for those ready for a great workout. Familiarity with Broga or yoga recommended, but not required. $100/10 classes, $15/drop-in. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 617-207-9374.

Yoga for All Levels with Billie Jo Joy – 1011:30am. Asana and pranayama in the lyengar/ Kripalu tradition. Integrates somatic experiencing exercises, poetry, yogic philosophy, ancient news and current events. $18/drop-in. Art & Soul, 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge. 617-395-4227. Broga I Chill – 12-12:45pm. Energetic, fun, challenging, but set to a chill, accessible pace. Perfect for Broga or yoga newbies or those interested in focusing on fundamentals. $100/10 classes, $15/drop-in. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 617-2079374. Action Theater Improvisation – 12:30-5:30pm. 1st Sat. A unique form of improvisational theater in which one practices the art of presence, cultivating awareness, expression and relationship. $95. Art & Soul, 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge. 617-395-4227.

classifieds employment opportunities AD SALES REP – Natural Awakenings is now accepting resumes for full-commission experienced Ad Sales Reps in Southeastern Middlesex County including: Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Belmont, Watertown, Waltham, Lexington, Brookline, Boston and Newton. Strong organizational and people skills, computer/database experience necessary. Must be a self-starter. We’re positive people looking for positive associates who are focused on healthy living and a healthy planet to reach like-minded practitioners and businesses, and help grow their client base. Flexible schedule with great earning potential, only you set the limit on your potential. Email cover letter and resume to: Publisher@Natural Awakenings SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE. SOLLIEVO MASSAGE AND BODYWORK – Is looking for a front desk person part-time. Candidate must have good interpersonal skills, computer skills, and be able to multi-task. Please send inquiries to Rose@

“If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you.” -- Louise Hay

FOR RENT/lease SEMINAR ROOM – Perfect location for your wellness seminar or training class. Seated classroom for 30-50 people or massage table classroom for 10-12 tables. Friday, Saturday, or Sunday only. Free parking or walk from Watertown Square. New England School of Acupuncture. Call Steve: 617-558-1788 x 375. TWO ROOMS FOR RENT OR LEASE – In a holistic therapy practice located within Sollievo Massage & Bodywork, North Cambridge. 617-354-3082.


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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit.


150 California St, Newton MA 02458 617-558-1788 NESA is the first school of acupuncture in the U.S. and provides a rigorous acupuncture education along with affordable health care to the community. See ad page 3.


978-854-5214 Our clients understand that their brain controls their life. A balanced brain allows them to experience liberating self-regulation. Love life again. Join us. See ad page 31.


170 Worcester St (Rte 9), Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333


978-877-6122 Build your own health and wellness business. As a successful entrepreneur, I’ll teach you how to manifest success and achieve your personal and professional dreams. See ad page 23.

Acupuncturists at Visions HealthCare are able to provide relief for a variety of concerns including but not limited to insomnia, allergies, digestion, pain, fatigue, etc. See ad on the back cover.

ALLERGY SYMPTOM RELIEF MASS ALLERGY RELIEF CENTER Colleen Chausse, BS, RN, LMT 594 Marrett Rd, Ste 17, Lexington, MA 02421 781-274-7700

Allergies/sensitivities are an error in the body. We correct the error in a holistic, non-invasive way. Experience long-term allergy symptom relief. See ad page 25.


Successful relationships create successful businesses. Offering client communications, Web and creative services, and organizational strategies for holistic health and personal growth practitioners. See ad page 29.

chiropract0r move well chiropractic

Dr. David Oliver, DC 1280 Centre St, Ste 210, Newton Centre 617-641-9999 Specializing in spinal manipulation, trigger point therapy and chiropractic rehab; providing our patients with long-term results. Therapeutic massage also available. All major insurances accepted. See ad page 27.


We are an integrative holistic wellness center. Our caring team consists of chiropractors specializing in Network Spinal Analysis, massage therapists and Shiatsu and Reiki practitioners. See ad page 9.


170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 Patient-centered, evidence-based spinal care and soft tissue work to decrease pain and improve mobility. Accepts major health insurances. Weekend and evening hours available. See ad on the back cover.


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compounding & wellness pharmacy JOHNSON COMPOUNDING AND WELLNESS CENTER Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 Fax: 781-899-1172

JCWC is the only sterile and non-sterile PCAB-accredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad page 2.

creative Living THE ARTIST’S WAY Kim Childs 617-640-3813

Kim coaches people in the life-changing practices and principles of The Artist’s Way and The Prosperous Heart by Julia Cameron. No artistic experience required, just a desire to live a rich and more fully expressed life. Workshops offered each spring and fall.



493-495 Main St Groton, Ma 01450 978-449-9919


Our specialization, healthfocused dentistry, enables us to consider you, our patient, as a whole person, not merely a “dental case.” Therefore, we have the unique opportunity to evaluate every patient, and develop every treatment, procedure and protocol, from an individualized holistic standpoint. We will make recommendations to improve not only your dental health, but your overall health as well. See ad page 16.

DR. IVETA IONTCHEVA-BAREHMI DMD, MS, D.SC. 1842 Beacon St, Ste 302, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516

Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants with a holistic approach to medicine and dentistry. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile, call: 617-868-1516. See ad page 21.

Personalized, comprehensive consultations with experienced herbalists. Whether it’s the flu or a chronic illness, or simply to build greater vitality, herbal medicine can help. See ad page 43.


120 Arlington Rd, Woburn, MA 01801 781-572-4454


19 Chestnut St, Arlington, MA 02474 781-643-2344 Fax: 781-641-3483 Our practice centers on your comfort, your convenience, and on dental excellence, always. We believe everything we do here should enhance your lifestyle and your health. See ad page 4.

Our Academy is focused on the art and science of plant based medicine, from a holistic perspective. All herbalists are welcome, mentors and students See ad page 23.

holistic bodywork BARBARA GOSSELIN, PT

393 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 781-507-4226



Katja Swift & Ryn Midura 25 Saint Mary’s Court, Brookline, MA 617-750-5274

Nancy Anderson 617-501-9241

As a wellness service of Canis major Herbals, we now offer dog walking in the Davis Sq, Somerville area. Visit Experienced. Responsible. Insured.


A Green America Gold Certified Business. We clean your home or small business without hazardous chemicals, fumes or hassle. Call us for first-rate carpet, furniture or ceramic floor tile cleaning.

I’m a Physical Therapist with 20+ years experience helping people recover from pain using gentle, effective Bodywork techniques including Craniosacral Therapy and Fascial Mobilization. See ad page 13.


Cecile Raynor Certified Alexander Technique Teacher; Certified Thai Yoga Therapist 617-359-7841 Learn to relieve body tension and manage the stress in your life. Improve your posture without any holding. Learn mind/body tools for personal growth. See ad page 41.

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Lexington, MA 781-862-8000 Tamar Myers, in practice since 1992, offers comprehensive bodywork. Her expertise in a wide variety of modalities allows her to design sessions unique to each individual’s needs.

holistic health coach NINA MANOLSON, MA, LMT, CHC Certified Health Coach Smokin’ Hot Mom Mentor & Family Wellness Expert 617-771-5121

Nina helps busy moms prioritize themselves so that they look and feel their very best. She also teaches families how to make the shift to healthier eating habits. Free get-acquainted session available. See ad page 19.


Mimi Rhys, LMT 617-413-7174 Experience what gentle, integrated therapies can do to help you lose your pain. Mimi Rhys offers craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, and lymphatic joint release work. See ad page 35.


170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333


Board Certified in Family Medicine and trained in Functional Medicine, Dr. Kumar is also a practicing Reiki Master. Accepting new patients and most major insurances. See ad on the back cover.

126 Prospect St, Cambridge MA 781-412-4325 Experience a deep sense of Self and true healing from the heart. Daniel offers Reiki and Infant Massage classes, Crystal Healing, Reiki treatments, and massage.

SOLLIEVO MASSAGE & BODYWORK 2285 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02140 617-354-3082

A therapeutic massage and acupuncture practice specializing in chronic pain, injuries and stress reduction. We are a group of seasoned therapists with combined expertise in various bodywork treatments and approaches. Visit our website for pricing and promotions. Blue Cross & Aetna discounts available. See ad page 19.

MASH MAIN ST ANIMAL SERVICES OF HOPKINTON Margo Roman, DVM 72 W Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-4077

A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and modalities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad page 29.

physical therapy CAMBRIDGE PHYSICAL THERAPY & SPORTS MEDICINE 1000A Cambridge St. Cambridge, 02141 617-492-6600

Specializing in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation and treatment of sports, dance and work injuries. We also treat computer/musician overuse injuries, carpal tunnel, and injuries from motor vehicle accidents. See ad page 28.

ROWE PHYSICAL THERAPY KARL LIEBERMANN, DO 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333

Accepting new patients for Primary Care, Sports Medicine, and Osteopathic Treatment. Practices with Functional Medicine approach. Accepting most major health insurances. See ad on the back cover.

integrative therapy BODYMIND RESOURCING

Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 393 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release body-mind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad page 29.


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1400 Centre St, Ste 104, Newton Centre 617-244-4462

Rowe Physical Therapy is a team of competent PTs and OTs with many years of expertise in Manual Therapy. As holistic practitioners, they treat body, mind and spirit. See ad page 15.


Kate Genovese has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years and is a Reiki Master. Reiki is a gentle form of handson healing that benefits people of any age. Sessions available in the comfort of your home or at Kate’s office.

CHRISTABETH INGOLD, RP, CHC 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

Experience the healing energy Reiki offers physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Christabeth also offers holistic health coaching, guiding you on a wellness journey exploring your relationship with life and food.


170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333

300 Wildwood Ave, Woburn, MA 01801 781-935-3344

We offer the finest education and training in skin care and spa therapy as well as affordable skin-care treatments to the public. See ad page 13.



Dr. Judy Brasier provides primary care, sports medicine, as well as osteopathic treatment. Her goal is to keep you active and well. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.




Katrina Piehler, CWC, LCMT, MEd 617-833-3035

Empowering, action-oriented coaching that helps busy women transform and love their lives. Fully individualized one-onone coaching or powerful small group support for your journey of healthy, vibrant, balanced living. Free initial consultation available.


Vicki Loberman 617-610-9551

Attach to faucet. Make alkaline, anti-oxidant, purified, super-hydrating water. Select 7 pH levels for: Drinking. Cooking, cleaning, moisturizing, pets, plants, degreasing, disinfecting and healing.

We partner with clients to identify and overcome barriers to living a healthy lifestyle. Services include wellness coaching, professional organizing, personal training and stress management.

1160 Boylston St (Rte 9), 2nd Fl, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 617-739-6010 Customized facials and treatments for all skin types using an exclusive food-grade organic, wild-crafted, chemical-, paraben- and cruelty-free skin care line. See ad page 43.

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Natural Awakenings Boston June 2012  

Natural Awakenings Magazine is Boston's healthy living magazine. We're your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. Our mission is to prov...

Natural Awakenings Boston June 2012  

Natural Awakenings Magazine is Boston's healthy living magazine. We're your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. Our mission is to prov...