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Meditative Breakthroughs


often hear friends and family relating that they can’t meditate. For many years I felt the same way, but sensed there had to be something to it and so kept at it, accepting there’s a reason that meditation is called a practice. As I practiced a traditional form of sitting and focusing on the breath, three counts in and then five counts out, over time the frustration of unwanted thoughts continually creeping in came to be expected. This in turn allowed me to gently acknowledge them and let them go by returning to the breath each time. Once I understood there’s no right or wrong way to meditate and that even skilled meditators encounter intrusive thoughts, it became exponentially easier to allow myself to release expectations and just get on with it. Recently, a whole new world of meditation opened up for me during an eight-week meditation class that enabled participants to explore a variety of styles including guided imagery, color and tone, breathing, writing, movement, mantra, chanting and big-mind meditation. Each week, a different participant was responsible for creating a meditation based on that week’s style, which added extra fun and variety to the exploration. I was surprised that even after all these years of being exposed to a broad scope of healing modalities through Natural Awakenings, I still have so much to learn. My understanding now is that almost anything we do can be considered a form of meditation through finding a point of focus and becoming lost in that singular focus. From driving to doing dishes to creating a piece of art to sitting in nature…anything we do with mindfulness benefits our well-being, whether we know it consciously or not. My absolute favorite week of training focused on chanting. We watched the documentary film, One Track Heart: the Story of Krishna Das, and ever since then I’ve been exploring as much of his work as can reasonably fit into my day, and now he’s coming to town! Krishna Das will be in Boston with a Kirtan event at Arlington Street Church on June 9 followed by a workshop with Sharon Salzberg and Lama Surya Das on June 10 at Newton South High School. Learn more at, or Another form of meditation I’ve learned about that’s coming to Boston this month is Evolutionary Mystic Meditation. It combines meditation and tapping for what its creator, Alan Davidson, terms a “full-on enlightening experience.” Read more on page 19 and join Davidson and transformational leader Lori Leyden as they co-facilitate a weekend workshop at the Warren Conference Center and Inn, in Ashland, Massachusetts, June 15 to 17. To quietude and a peaceful mind amid illusions of chaos.

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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. 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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Gut-Brain Axis: The Key to Overall Health and Happiness


mare Global will be hosting two information sessions on the links between nutrition, biochemistry and psychology, on June 2, in Newton, and on June 3, in Cambridge. The sessions will be led by Dr. Shawn Talbott who has been at the forefront of a scientific paradigm in the importance of optimal gut health and its impact on mental wellness. Many are familiar with the brain in their head, but few know that humans also have a second brain in the gut. These two brains talk to each other through a complex network of nerves, cells and bio-chemicals called the GutBrain Axis (GBX). The GBX also includes 100 trillion bacteria weighing between three and four pounds. These bacteria help modulate the immune system, emotions, behaviors, inflammatory response and many other aspects of mental and physical wellness. If the gut, brain and GBX are not functioning properly, mental well-being is compromised. The sessions will focus on the ways that both ancient traditions and modern scientific principles can be used to promote a healthy gut-brain connection. The cost is free and exact locations are to be announced. Cost: Free. Locations and times: TBA. For more information, call 978887-6122, email or visit See ad on page 7.

Amma Returns to New England


ata Amritanandamayi (Amma) will be hosting a two-day event on June 28 and 29, at the Best Western Royal Trade Center, in Marlboro. The event will include a meditation, Devi Bhava ceremony and a chance to experience Amma’s unique motherly embrace. Amma, who has hugged more than 36 million people worldwide, says, “In today’s world, people experience two types of poverty: the poverty caused by lack of food, clothing and shelter, and the poverty caused by lack of love and compassion. Of these two, the second type needs to be considered first because if we have love and compassion in our hearts, then we will wholeheartedly serve those who suffer from lack of food, clothing and shelter.” The event is free and guests should plan to arrive at least 90 minutes before the program to receive a free token to have Amma’s embrace. Tokens are limited by time constraints. Cost: Free. Location: 181 Boston Post Rd. W. (Rte. 20), Marlboro. For more information, call 716-226-6223, email AmmaNewEngland@ or visit See ad on page 9.

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Presidential Profiles Book Review in Cambridge


oin author Herb Pearce from 7 to 8 p.m., June 25, at Porter Square Books, in Cambridge, for a review of his new book, Presidential Profiles: Washington to Trump – Enneagram and Myers-Briggs Perspectives. The book, which is available at Amazon or Kindle, includes all 44 presidents with revealing stories of the lives, loves and losses, as well as successes and failures of each president from birth to death. The book reveals each Enneagram and Myers-Briggs type, the unique personality each had and why they were destined to be in the powerful position they ended up. Some dreamed of being president from childhood and others were pressured into it by wives or other politicians. The historical backdrop of each president’s time period is revealed in the sweep of American history.

Cost: Free. Location: 25 White St., Cambridge. For more information, call 617- 794-7213, email or visit See Resource Guide on page 37.

Free Fun Fridays


elebrating the 10th anniversary, Highland Street is partnering with 100 museums and cultural institutions this summer for Free Fun Fridays. From June 29 through August 31, every Friday will offer a list of 10 exciting and enriching no-cost admissions to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. This program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. For full schedule, visit Programs/Free-Fun-Fridays. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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Free Trial at BEMER Workshop


ewton Chiropractic & Wellness will be holding a free workshop at 7:15 p.m., June 12 and June 21, to learn about and try BEMER, one of the newest wellness tools now available in the U.S. Attendees will learn how the technology works and what it enhances, and also try an eight-minute session at the end of the workshop. BEMER is an FDA-approved, safe medical device, designed to improve circulation, thereby supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. The breakthrough medical technology enhances general blood flow, the body’s nutrient and oxygen supply, cellular waste disposal, cardiac function, physical fitness, strength and energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation, and sleep management. Cost: Free with required RSVP. Location: 383 Elliot St., Ste. 250, Newton Upper Falls. For more information and to RSVP, call 617964-3332 or visit See ad on page 3.

A Weekend Intensive of Kirtan and Spiritual Teachings


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n June 9 and 10, discover and celebrate the power of the heart at a weekend intensive of Kirtan and spiritual teaching with Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg and Lama Surya Das. The weekend will combine the complementary practices of Kirtan, loving-kindness meditation and the wisdom teachings of Dzogchen practice. Kirtan will take place at 7 p.m., June 9, at Arlington Street Church, and the workshop from 2 to 5:30 p.m., June 10, at Newton South High School.

Cost: Kirtan: $45 in advance/$50 door; workshop: $75 in advance/$85 door. Location: Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St., Boston; Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Rd., Newton. For more information, call 617-559-6999 or visit Newton

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Business Carbon Pricing Lobby Day


he Climate Action Business Association (CABA) is excited to announce a business lobby day in support of carbon pricing on June 6. The speaking program will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Individual meetings with legislators will be scheduled throughout the rest of the day between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. New supporters in the legislature will be identified and current supporters mobilized to take action during this critical period of the session. While CABA membership is not required to participate, the lobby day is primarily for business leaders. Direct inquiries to


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Preterm Births Down After Coal Plant Shutdown After a polluting coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania was shut down in 2014 by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory action, the chances of women living 30 miles downwind having a preterm birth fell by about 28 percent, report Lehigh University researchers. While the plant was operating, women in affluent New Jersey communities downwind had a 17 percent greater risk of having babies of very low birth weights—less than 5.5 pounds— than did women in other similar affluent areas. 10

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Those that sleep more than seven hours a night are likely to eat better the following day, according to researchers from King’s College London. In the study, 21 people known to typically sleep fewer than seven hours increased their sleep time by 47 minutes after receiving tips on sleep hygiene such as drinking less caffeine and going to bed neither too hungry nor too full. The following day, they consumed almost 10 fewer grams of sugar in food and drinks on average and also consumed less fat and fewer carbohydrates than a control group.

Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time When we’re feeling angry, stressed or overexcited, just 15 minutes of being alone without a device can put us into a more peaceful state, reports a University of Rochester study. Young adults, sitting in a comfortable chair away from their devices, were given something to read, told to think about something specific or not given any instruction. Some were asked to sit alone for 15 minutes a day for a week and keep a diary. In all cases, such solo time away from devices helped reduce intense emotions afterward.

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A spate of recent worldwide studies reveal several cholesterol-healthy alternatives to olive oil. Ingesting 15 milliliters a day of virgin coconut oil for eight weeks increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) “good cholesterol” levels in 32 young adults by an average of 5.72 milligrams/deciliter, researchers at Thailand’s Chiang Mai University found. Walnut oil slashed heart disease risk in 100 Type 2 diabetes patients that swallowed capsules containing a total of 15 milliliters of walnut oil a week— the amount of oil obtained from 4 to 5 servings of the nuts. They experienced significant drops in total cholesterol, low-density (LDL) “bad cholesterol” and triglycerides after 90 days, reported Iranian researchers at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Camelina oil from the Camelina sativa plant, also called false flax, lowered LDL levels in 79 men with prediabetic symptoms, whereas diets high in either high- or low-fatty fish did not, according to the University of Eastern Finland. The men consumed 30 milliliters of the oil for 90 days.

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Green Energy Reduces Utility Costs

Cincinnati has contracted with the energy company Dynegy to purchase 100 percent renewable energy to operate most of its municipal facilities through at least 2021. The green energy will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreation centers and most administrative buildings, including city hall. The city’s greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by more than 9 percent and its utility rates by more than $100,000 annually. The deal will bring the city closer to its goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

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Plastic Bags Get the Boot

Boston will join 59 other Massachusetts municipalities and hundreds of others across the nation, including Seattle, Washington, and Washington, D.C., in banning single-use plastic shopping bags by the end of this year. Instead, Boston shoppers must bring their own totes or pay store owners five cents or more for a thicker, compostable plastic bag or a larger paper bag with handles. “This new ordinance protects the health of our neighborhoods and environment, while at the same time easing the burden on taxpayers and saving local retailers millions,” says Kirstie Pecci, director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Zero Waste Project.

Mayors Worldwide Sign Climate Charter

At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December, more than 50 mayors from around the globe signed the Chicago Climate Charter, intended to guide cities toward reaching greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals similar to the Paris climate accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says each mayor will pursue a customized plan, noting, “We’re all going to get to the same destination in our own way.” President Trump’s intended exit from the Paris agreement has sparked an uproar from leaders worldwide, especially mayors in cities long committed to reducing emissions. Dozens of cities are committed to 100 percent clean and renewable energy goals and pledged to promote clean transit through using zero-emissions buses. Emanuel believes, “Climate change can be solved by human action.” Cities’ actions now may well pay off in the long run.

Click on a Campsite Website Opens Up Private Land to Campers

A Portland startup online at is expanding the share-economy Airbnb-model concept to private landowners and campers. People that want to camp or rent a cabin in a beautiful area can pay a private landowner for access. CEO Ven Gist says the move is in part a response to sometimes crowded public lands that often cannot be reserved. He says, “We’re basically collaborating with landowners to open up new wild spaces that people can find and book for truly secluded, unique outdoor experiences.” Prices average between $30 and $40 per night. Find an introductory video at Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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Summer Vacations with a Fun Twist

This summer, consider the convenience and relaxation of watching the world go by outside a panoramic side window instead of focusing on driving the road ahead. Train travel is also more cost-effective, affordable and eco-friendly than flying. highlights railroad discounts for children, seniors, students, AAA members, military personnel and other demographics. Additional advantages include accessible central city terminals, a generous luggage policy and less time waiting until departures. If a station has an unattended parking lot, arrange to be dropped off. Amtrak ( encompasses 300 daily trains on more than 21,000 miles of track to more than 500 destinations. Particularly scenic routes include the California Zephyr that winds through the Rocky and Sierra Nevada mountains between San Francisco and Chicago; and the Adirondack train between New York City and Montreal, Canada, offering spectacular views of both its namesake national park and the historic Hudson River Valley. Amtrak’s 75 vacation packages ( range from three days to two weeks. Sights include the Grand Canyon and Glacier, Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks. Most long-distance routes provide sleeping accommodations with passenger amenities for day and night. Advanced technology electric locomotives began enhancing Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor runs in 2016. Designed for maximum energy efficiency with a regenerative braking system that feeds back into the power grid, this innovation saves electricity and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Amtrak’s partnership with allows passengers to offset the carbon emissions footprint from their rail travel. Custom contributions can be made via the Rail Calculator or short- or long-distance traveler or Amtrak Trainiac preset options on Amtrak’s website. Many travelers also enjoy narrow-gauge, short-rail junkets. Popular options include Colorado’s Durango & Silverton Railroad (DurangoTrain. com), a nostalgic trip back to the mining days of the Old West; the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (, a 45-mile ride along the New Mexico/Colorado border; and the Conway Scenic Railroad (ConwayScenic. com) in New Hampshire, within two hours of both Portland, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts. Neighboring Canada affords many scenic trains including trips connecting Toronto with Vancouver and Calgary. Visit and

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Natural Supplementation for Warm Weather Allergies


by Raied Dinno and Saad Dinno

s the weather warms up, many New Englanders begin to suffer from warm weather allergies that bring on bouts of sneezing, congestion, itching, stinging and watery eyes. When there is heavy rain during the spring, as there has been this year, plants can grow more rapidly, leading to an increase in pollen output and causing allergy symptoms to last longer into the summer and even the fall months, creating discomfort for many. Preventing allergy symptoms before they hit is easier than dealing with symptoms that have already started. If we can get out ahead of problematic allergy symptoms, this will allow us to make the most of spring and summer so we can enjoy outdoor activities and leisure time spent with family and friends. By utilizing various supplements, including the ones listed below, as well as other natural remedies, individuals can further help prepare themselves for the allergy seasons to come. How do we defend ourselves from the allergy onslaught? All too often, it is with powerful drugs like antihistamines that are simply a stop-gap to dry sinuses rather than alleviate the condition in the first place. Warm weather allergies are triggered by the body’s chemical overreaction to pollen. When thinking naturally, it is important to consider supplements and vitamins to try and improve the body’s immune system and achieve a more healthy overall balance. Here are three things to consider for helping with seasonal allergies: • Quercetin, which is found in most supplements for seasonal allergies, may prevent the body’s immune system from producing histamines that directly result in common allergy symptoms like itching, sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes. A strong antioxidant that also may assist in decreasing overall damage to cells, Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that helps give plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables color. • Vitamin C may tamp down histamine activity more naturally over time; it also is believed to strengthen the overall immune system, which, as mentioned above, may be impactful in the long run in preventing seasonal allergies. Found in citrus fruits, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and strawberries, Vitamin C may be effective


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when taken throughout the day, but in small doses. • Bromelain is a warm weather supplement and allergy combatant that most are not familiar with. It is a combination of enzymes found in natural juices, as well as in the stems of pineapples. Bromelain’s special mixture of enzymes may help temper the immune system, to prevent allergic reactions. Supplementing with Bromelain during the warm weather months may reduce nasal swelling, thin out mucus and make it easier to breathe overall. It may actually help prevent allergies by addressing the root cause—a hyperactive, oversensitive immune system. This is not a complete list of potential supplements, natural products and other remedies utilized in easing symptoms of seasonal allergies. Remember to always consult a physician or a pharmacist before taking any new vitamin, supplement or natural remedy. When having these discussions, it is important to ensure that you are using the right therapy and taking the proper dosages at the right time. It may take a while to achieve the right balance and everyone’s body is different, but once the solution is found for seasonal allergies, the spring and summer months can be enjoyed to the fullest.

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Good for People and the Planet by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


any people define a livable city as one that is easy to get around in by foot, bike or public transportation. Many also prioritize ready access to fresh, local, organic food via farmers’ markets and community gardens. Others champion affordable housing and cost of living factors, safe neighborhoods with a diversity of people, careful stewardship of clean air and water, and plentiful amenities, including considerable open space and natural settings. Many work to preserve and enhance a sense of place suited to the locale. Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that renews and restores communities, maintains, “Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.” The American Association of Retired Persons considers livable communities as age-friendly for young and old alike. Along with economic opportunities, 16

a leading stimulus in moving to urban centers is, “More people are looking for a sociable environment where they can walk out of their door to the shops or transit and be among others they recognize who also recognize them,” observes Suzanne Lennard, director of the International Making Cities Livable Conferences, LLC, in Portland, Oregon.  “People who have traveled abroad, especially to Europe, and tasted the quality of life possible in a truly livable, walkable, beautiful and sociable city, often want to find such a place to live themselves.”   Following are a few examples of America’s many livable cities. More are transitioning and evolving as city planners, government officials, businesses and nonprofit community organizations strive to make their hometowns both people- and planet-friendly, often through public and private partnerships.  

Street-Scene Renaissance

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operated—into greenspace, bike lanes and other enticing and productive public areas. “Biking and our food scene have exploded,” says Chris Sandvig, director of policy with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, which advocates for equitable urban revitalization through their Vacant Property Working Group, helping communities access blighted areas for pennies on the dollar. “We’re now one of the top 10 bicycling commuter cities in the country. People also come here as food tourists due to vibrant local agricultural activity.”   “A related ideal is to create compact, human-scale, mixed-use urban centers in the suburbs that are less expensive to construct—and thus remain more affordable— while placing shops, schools, parks, services, workplaces and public transit within walking and biking distance,” Lennard notes. “This ensures a healthy, affordable and high quality of life for all; suburban, as well as urban.”   Fast-growing Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, is following suit. “After years of watching the suburbs sprawl into subdivisions with large lawns, privacy fences and cul-de-sacs, we created a vibrant central core with apartments, townhomes, condos and new options for smaller homes—all within walking distance or a short bike ride to new places to work, shop and dine,” explains Mayor James Brainard. The design efforts serve people instead of cars. “Carmel has spent the last 20-plus years building more than 900 miles of trails and multi-use pathways, enabling residents to commute by bicycle to work and enjoy easy access to a growing number of parks and recreational areas,” says Brainard. To facilitate traffic flow, some 100 roundabouts replaced stoplights and four-way stops. “Reducing traffic congestion has improved our air quality, and saved gasoline and lives.” A new, mixed-use downtown Arts and Design District includes a Center for the Performing Arts with a Center Green that hosts a farmers’ market in summer and an outdoor Christkindlmarkt and outdoor skating rink in winter.   “The old way of doing things in which cities and towns sat back and let the market dictate how a community should be grown must come to an end,” remarks Brainard, advocating the benefits of local governance.  

Smart City Advantages

Key elements of smart cities—sensors, cameras, data analytics and powerful networks that capture and relay vital information—help them become more energy-efficient or quicker to respond to environmental and residential issues. Such products highlighted the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Reducing traffic can also contribute to safer highways and shorter commutes with decreased greenhouse gas emissions. “Citizens are using apps to monitor issues and alert city managers, improving the livability of their communities,” explains Steve Koenig, senior director of market research with the Consumer Technology Association.   In Boston, the app BOS:311 allows residents to instantaneously notify government departments of pollution concerns, like blocked drains and other environmental or community needs, feeding the information directly into the city’s work order system via their mobile phone. This real-time collaboration results in a cleaner, safer and healthier city.   The Envision Charlotte project encompasses interactive kiosks in 64 businesses and government buildings citywide, gathering energy usage data for office buildings to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, energy consumption has dropped 19 percent, saving companies about $26 million. The program has strengthened economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.

Nature in the City Some cities have focused on the natural environment for improving local livability while mitigating contributions to climate change. Forested open spaces, wetlands and protected watersheds improve air quality, protect drinking water and buffer intense storms. Such areas also connect more people with nature and engage them in communal and healthy outdoor recreation. Portland, Oregon, boasts more than 10,000 acres of parks, plus an innovative Biketown sharing program that has facilitated 160,000 bike trips since its launch in 2016. The city’s Bike Bill requires all new streets to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians by design. Portland also embraces urban gardens and allows residents to raise chickens, bees, goats or rabbits in their backyards.  No one wants to live where pollution runs unchecked or water is unsafe to drink. Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program works to keep stormwater out of sewers and reduce rainwater runoff through decentralized soil-based and plant-based systems, including pervious pavement, green roofs and rain gardens. Begun in 2011, its goal is to reduce rainwater runoff by 85 percent by 2036. Rainwater has become a valuable community resource. The program is just one of many ways that the City of Brotherly Love is transforming itself into one of the greenest in the United States. Overseen by the city’s Office of Sustainability, Greenworks

MassWorks 2018 The Baker-Polito Administration is pleased to announce the opening of the 2018 round of the MassWorks Infrastructure Grants Program. MassWorks is available to all Massachusetts municipalities and public entities seeking support for public infrastructure improvement projects. The MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides funds for municipalities and other eligible public entities to support and accelerate housing and job growth in the Commonwealth. MassWorks prepares communities for long-term strength and sustainability, with particular emphasis on projects that support multi-family housing in walkable mixeduse districts, or that support economic development in weak or distressed areas. Interested parties may submit their proposal via an online portal at Mass.Gov/Service -Details/MassWorks. Completed applications will be accepted between July 30 and August 10. Additional guidelines and FAQs are posted on the website. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

Philadelphia devises long-term sustainability strategies that encompass eight facets, including clean and efficient energy, carbon-neutrality and zero waste. Preparations are already underway to cope with a hotter, wetter future.

Preserving a Sense of Place

Making communities livable goes beyond infrastructure. Actions usually involve preserving, protecting and enhancing what appeals to residents. Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one example of many where livability priorities are guided by the values of its residents and its sense of place. “From our historic public square and marketplaces to outdoor cafes, farmers’ markets and community festivals; from human-scale architecture and balanced transportation to pedestrian and bicycle networks, this place represents shared values,” says Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “Santa Fe is also full of public art. The city

LIVABLE COMMUNITIES TOOLBOX International Making Cities Livable hosts conferences in the U.S. and Europe. Consumer Technology Association’s Smart Cities, an overview of the latest technology in making cities more smart and livable. AARP Livable Communities fact sheets, helpful for communities looking to become more livable. AARP Livability Index, a livability rating of U.S. localities according to housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity. Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments, by Mark Roseland. The fourth edition offers a comprehensive guidebook for creating vibrant, healthy, equitable and economically viable places. June 2018


is designed to be safe, creative and inspiring for young and old, families of all kinds and everyone else that comes to see us.”

The Great Neighborhoods Campaign

Ultimately, making cities move livable for children can make them highly livable for all. “Children need the same things from a city that we all need, but their needs are greater than ours,” says Lennard. “The environment a child grows up in shapes their health and their mental and social development for the rest of their lives. Our modern, unwalkable suburban environments are contributing to childhood obesity, which has been widely linked to chronic diseases that in the past were only associated with old age.” She notes, “Children need the exercise of walking or biking to school. They need safe streets so they can become independent and explore their neighborhoods; sidewalks and other outdoor areas where they can play, meet friends and interact with adults in the community; easy access  to nature; beauty in their environment; and intriguing architecture, works of art and other places to stimulate their affection and imagination. As they become teenagers, they need access by foot or bike to a wide variety of resources to broaden their horizons. Don’t we all need these things?”   John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring, operate the Inn Serendipity, wholly powered by renewable energy, in Browntown, WI.

Over the last seven years, Massachusetts has gained 246,000 residents and 353,000 new jobs, but permitted just 81,000 units of new housing. Additionally, outdated development laws have not been improved since 1975 making the area’s housing crisis even worse and endangering existing open space. In response, local residents are needed to ask legislators to support zoning reform in 2018 that creates homes and curbs sprawl. The Great Neighborhoods campaign has momentum, but time is running out to make sure that the Legislature backs a comprehensive and balanced bill. Governor Baker has proposed a modest zoning bill, but House and Senate leaders need to be encouraged to continue working on a comprehensive and balanced solution (House Bill 2420, sponsored by Representatives Steve Kulik and Sarah Peake; Senate Bill 81, sponsored by Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler). The average single-family lot in Massachusetts is larger than a professional football field. Almost 40 percent of climate-damaging pollution comes from cars and trucks on the road because the state’s sprawl forces people to drive further and more often. The Great Neighborhood bills would do the following: • Ask all communities to contribute their fair share to solving the housing crisis

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• Create statewide rules for the accessory apartments that are so needed by our seniors and disabled population • Promote mediation and reduce frivolous court appeals • Make it easier to use tools like special permits, site plan review, variances, and inclusionary zoning • Encourage compact development to preserve forests and farmlands • Help communities master plan and get training for their board members By planning for future growth, neighborhoods can become more affordable, downtowns more prosperous, and communities more healthy and climate-friendly. Learn more about the campaign at

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n the core of our souls we are pure light; the eternal, mystic truth that we are shining brighter than 10,000 suns. Also within 3-D reality, humanity is on the cusp of an evolutionary spurt in spiritual growth and human development. At the core of our being, we are all Evolutionary Mystics, eternal truth converging within 13.8 billion years of time and space. Our soul’s number one priority is to embody infinite stillness, unconditional love, fierce compassion and spontaneous joy. Our soul’s number two priorby Alan Davidson ity is to surrender all the blocks—physical, emotional, mental, moral and spiritual—that hinder us from embodying stillness, love, In the old para In the old paradigm of tapping, or compassion and joy. digm of meditation, emotional freedom technique, we tapped Experiencing your we could sit on our on the acupressure points to reduce our Evolutionary Mystic is meditation cushions disturbing emotions and to heal our emojust a simple little shift and for hours, days, weeks, tional issues. Now, in our paradigm of easy once you know how. even months and only the Evolutionary Mystic, we tap to access We can easily wake up to pray and hope for an the fully enlightened voices, or parts, of our most fabulous, most enlightening experiourselves. We can tap to anchor the fully radiant, most enlightened ence, a glimpse of satoenlightened states of infinite stillness, self. It’s the realization of ri, or a taste of nirvana. unconditional love, fierce compassion human consciousness that Now, in our paradigm and spontaneous joy into our bodies and Alan Davidson the ancient mystics, saints of the Evolutionary nervous systems. and sages have taught us Mystic, we can expe Evolutionary Mystics dialogue and rience a full-on enlightening experience in about for more than 5,000 years. We can tap with the voices, or parts, of them30 to 40 minutes. Imagine finally shifting sense these infinite and eternal states of selves that make up our everyday conconsciousness through our whole-body and from our crazy-busy thinking mind into sciousness. This dialoguing and tapping infinite stillness, peace our whole-being, right here, right now. allows those contacted, and silence. About 94 percent of the world’s inparts to relax Imagine finally shifting suffering In the old paradigm habitants live in the confines of their feartheir grip on our 3-D of enlightenment, the based, ego-mind (that’s 7.8 billion souls). from our crazy-busy reality just enough for a ultimate realization was Only 6 percent of the world’s population shift; a shift that allows thinking mind into that our body, our world, can strategically shift into who they are at us to move into those this universe and this soul level or higher, with only 1 percent of already awakened mystiinfinite stillness, reality were all illusions, cal voices, or parts of us. humans evolved into their fully enlightpeace and silence. all tricks of the mind. As an Evolutionened, fully embodied mystical selves. Now, in our paradigm ary Mystic, we embody Einstein famously said, “We can’t of the Evolutionary Mystic, enlightenment our soul’s signature frequency of light, solve problems by using the same kind of is to realize that we are indeed infinite life and love like the unique colors of a thinking we used when we created them.” nothingness, eternal emptiness and vast rainbow. Our radiance uplifts everyone Embodying our Evolutionary Mystic is far spaciousness. We are indeed, beyond the that comes close to us. We are all Evoand above the frequency and mindset that lutionary Mystics. We are the future of beyond, and we also live in a world shaped created the crises that face our world. humanity. by billions of years of evolution. We are in When 10 percent of our people finite nothingness and we live in a body. We embody their Evolutionary Mystic, the Alan Davidson is the founder of Through are eternal emptiness and we live through up-leveling of spiritual frequency will and creator of Evolutionary ate a very different reality and future for all our hearts. We are vast spaciousness and Mystic Meditation. Davidson, with Lori we live with a fully functioning mind. Yes, the conscious beings on planet Earth. ToLeyden, is co-leading a workshop in Ashwe are the infinite stillness and we live via day we can easily experience the evolution land called Evolutionary Grace from June our seven embodied chakras pulsing in our of meditation, the evolution of enlighten15 to 17. See ad, back page. spiritual anatomy. ment and the evolution of tapping.

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acts the physical reactions of worry with movement. During exercise, the brain releases endorphins, the body’s pain killer, and being outside actually lowers stress hormones. Spending just a few minutes writing in a journal helps us to process difficult emotions and situations. Hugging a person or a pet releases oxytocin, a feel good brain chemical. Also try getting a massage.

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Natural Solutions for Stress by Alexia Taylor Eichman


nxiety and stress pervade our lives, and we often view our stress as a badge of honor and pride. But the effects of worry can be long term, as stress is related to disease, weakening of the immune system, causing high blood pressure or heart disease, and leading to unhealthy actions like overeating, smoking and alcohol overuse. There is an upside though—stress can be a good thing. We are biologically primed for stress and it can keep us balanced. The feeling of stress brings our attention to possible sources of threat and danger, but additionally, higher anxiety rates have been linked to better job performance and achievement. So don’t stress out about being stressed—it keeps us reaching for new goals and success. The trick is to shift perspectives and find ways to support ourselves in healthy ways when we begin to feel overwhelmed.

Adjust Mindsets

Meditation is both simple yet hard. It feels difficult to make time to sit quietly and do nothing for a few minutes each day, but it is the best way to give ourselves room to 20

breathe. Practicing mindfulness makes us more aware of the thoughts that can spin out of control and can lead to a feeling of distance from the crazed mental hamster-wheel running that is so much a part of stress and worry. Try the app Insight Timer for meditation guidance for all levels and types.

Check Expectations

Ask if the situation will matter in a years’ time. While everything feels really important all the time, there is actually very little that is truly life altering. Practice rating everything with an “ABCF” scale. An “A” is life changing. A “B” will still be remembered in a year. A “C” is something to keep an eye on but probably won’t matter in a year, and an “F” is everything else. Is it really worth getting upset over a situation that will have no real impact?

Coping Skills

Clean the living space, or throw something away. This act exercises control over our environment and is soothing for many. Exercise, preferably outside, counter-

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Keep internet use to a minimum. Try to put down the phone for an entire day, or check in at specific, pre-planned times with time limits. Try to notice how and when the phone gets used. Pause and ask if the time could be spent in a better, more pleasurable way. Caffeine adds to the jitters. Some people are genetically unable to process caffeine very well and no matter how well someone metabolizes caffeine, it is not going to help with relaxation.

Herbs and Supplements

CBD oil, the non-psychogenic part of the marijuana plant, is getting a lot of attention, although there is not a lot of research due to FDA/DEA restrictions. There is quite a bit of anecdotal evidence that CBD oil is useful for supporting healthy stress system response and promoting good sleep. Valerian and Lemon Balm, found in tablet or tea, are two herbs commonly recommended for anxiety. Lavender essential oil can be extraordinarily calming and is safe to apply directly to the skin. In one study, people who took 2.5 mg a day of omega-3 fish oil for 12 weeks had less anxiety before an exam than those that took a placebo. There is an increasing amount of research on supporting our mood with particular strains of good bacteria, named psychobiotics. Finding a specific mood probiotic is great, but a general high quality probiotic will be helpful too.

Eat Real Food

If worry starts in the brain, then it makes sense to have the brain working optimally. For many reasons, the brain needs the high quality nutrients that come from real food. Short circuit that craving for chocolate cake and reach for fruit and healthy fats in nuts/nut butters, avocado

and olives/olive oil. Shift the idea of comfort food to smoked salmon or apple with almond butter. A good response to stress is unique to every individual and every situation. If we approach our worry with an arsenal of tools we can change our stress from a negative into a positive. Transform that worry into an opportunity to learn more about ourselves, and use it as fire to go after that dream. Alexia Taylor Eichman is a health and wellness coach, trained in functional medicine health at ONU. She supports clients to maximize their mind-body connection and discover their personal plan for wellness. For more information, visit See ad on page 35. Medical disclaimer: Worry and anxiety can worsen into a mood disorder. Natural aids may not be enough to manage an anxiety disorder. It is most important to find a therapy that is successful for the individual, and drug therapy or working with a psychiatrist should not be stigmatized. It is the hope of the author that everyone finds their way to a healthy body and mind.

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DOING NOTHING Why Timeouts Matter by April Thompson


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n a harried world where our work is never done, it’s tough to take timeouts to do nothing. Yet, when we pump the brakes on Americans’ obsessive drive, we discover fresh productivity, creativity and contentment. “We’re socialized to pride ourselves on accomplishment and achievement, yet when you step back, you realize doing nothing produces a valuable currency, especially in enhanced mental health,” says Colleen Long, a Boston psychologist and author of Happiness in B.A.L.A.N.C.E: What We Know Now About Happiness. Italians call it la dolce far niente, or the sweetness of doing nothing, while the Dutch word niksen translates as “doing something without a purpose”. Here are a few tips to reclaim the art of be-ing over do-ing.

Create a “do nothing” ritual. Set

aside a special time and make it known. It can start the morning or wind down an evening. It may be meditating a few minutes or enjoying a bit of aromatherapy, wherever the heart leads.

Relax into the moment. Acknowl-

edge guilty feelings when they arise, but don’t heed them. It takes time to undo mental programming and learn to quiet the voice urging, “Don’t just stand there, do something!”

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Mindfully do nothing. It’s not about

vegging out with passive activities like watching TV or checking email. It’s a time to come alive to our senses and surroundings, whether listening to music or people-watching, free of distractions from phone calls or anxious thoughts.

Doing something is okay. The aim is

to let go of the compulsion to check off every item on our to-do list—but that doesn’t mean blankly staring off into space. These are purposeful moments without a specific purpose. Doodle in a sketchbook, wander around the neighborhood or lie in the grass and look at clouds. Spontaneously go with the flow.

There’s no one way or right way to do nothing. “Just by carving out

space, you’ll get a benefit even if it doesn’t feel like you’re doing it right or perfectly,” advises Long. It looks different for different people. “Before I had kids, my ‘nothing time’ might be just being out in nature or simply doing one thing mindfully at a time, like washing dishes. Now I incorporate the principle into family time. One day a week, I shut off the phone, get on the floor with my kids and just let life get messy.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

The Wise Way to Yoga An Emerging Movement


by Cecile Raynor

he wise way to yoga is the result of practicing yoga with awareness of how we use our body as a whole in every pose. This way, it is always in line with the innate and efficient functioning of our human design. It brings about the ability to perform at our best with optimal safety. The wise way to yoga does not focus on detailed anatomy knowledge. Instead, it embraces kinesthetic anatomy which we don’t need to learn as it has been part of us since we were born. As a result, we simply use mundane labeling of body parts so anyone can follow instructions easily. The wise way to yoga includes a willingness to not cast the perfection of poses in stone given that we all have different bodies and fitness level awareness. It helps us find the perfection within our imperfections. Wise yogis are a new brand of yogi. They know that strain is only delayed pain. They have outgrown the “no pain-no gain”

paradigm. They don’t disregard their body guidance simply to follow instructions. They use common sense, sensitivity and their whole-body guidance in their practice. They know how to gain maximum benefits from their practice without pain or strain. Wise yogis challenge their body as a whole for best performance. Wise yogis cooperate with their whole-body intelligence for optimal safety. They set themselves up for success by avoiding comparison with other yogis. They know that it is essential for the traditional cuing language to change for the constructive evolution of yoga practice. Active verbs tend to urge yogis to overdo. Lengthen your spine becomes a shortening of the spine due to the tensing happening when trying to lengthen. Upward motions like chest lifting end up starting in the mid-back instead of being an expansion of

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the whole body from the ground up. Wise yogis know the ideal form of a pose is a guide, not a goal. They focus on what works, rather than what doesn’t. They value the integrated functioning of their body rather than the perfection of a pose. This leads them to the best expression of any pose to fit their own body, in each moment. Wise yogis look inside themselves for answers. They are ready to discover and drop habits no longer serving them. They know how to access their inner guidance anywhere, anytime. They enjoy deep self-confidence not based on appearances. Wise yogis choose win/win scenarios based on cooperation. They choose compassion for themselves and others. And they become the change they want to see happen in the world. By allowing their body parts to work together harmoniously as good team players, they promote their relationships, communities and the world to also work in harmony towards peace. Cecile Raynor is a Body Intelligence Activation expert. She coaches yoga teachers, trainees and committed practitioners locally and online to gain their best performance with optimal safety regardless of their style of yoga. For the past 25 years, she has been teaching the BIA Process, her expression of the Alexander Technique. She is also a Thai yoga therapist and a reiki practitioner. Author of The Wise Way to Yoga, she has local events scheduled starting June 2, where she presents her book, give hands-on demonstrations and signs books. For more information about her work, her book events and raffle or to view the Manifesto of the Wise Yogi, go to See Resource Guide listing on page 39.

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etting enough sleep—or not—has a trickle-down effect. A study in the Journal of Obesity shows that good quality shut-eye helps us reduce stress, lose weight and function better. Research also shows that most Americans would be healthier, happier and safer going about their daily activities if they slept 60 to 90 more minutes each night, according to the American Psychological Association. A consistent sleep routine helps enable a good night’s rest, with activities like going to bed at the same time whenever possible; shutting down the Internet, email and text messaging at least an hour before bedtime; and limiting intake of caffeine and alcohol. Another best practice is eating foods that help us relax, fall and stay asleep. Four primary sleep-promoting vitamins and minerals naturally found in foods are tryptophan, magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6. Some of these help the body produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating the body’s sleep/wake patterns called circadian rhythms. Others enhance serotonin, which carries nerve signals and relays messages in the brain related to mood and sleep.

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Some foods are naturally packed with these essential vitamins and minerals, and eating certain foods at certain times can help us tip the scale towards a successful night of restful sleep.


Kiwi. Full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate, kiwi can help us sleep longer. In a study at Taipei Medical University, in Taiwan, researchers had participants eat two kiwifruits one hour before bedtime for four weeks. Total sleep time improved by 13.4 percent.


Soy. In a Japanese study published in the Nutrition Journal, researchers surveyed 1,076 participants between 20 and 78 on how often they ate soy products, which are rich in sleep-enhancing isoflavones. Those that ate the most soy foods enjoyed deeper, more sustained sleep. Researchers concluded that soy’s isoflavones help regulate the sleep/wake cycle.


Tart cherry juice. A study by the University of Rochester, in New York, found that older adults drinking two, eight-ounce servings of tart red cherry juice daily, one in the morning and one at night for two weeks, enjoyed moderate sleep improvement, comparable to taking the herb valerian and melatonin.


Fish. Salmon, halibut, mackerel and tuna help boost the production of vitamin B6, which helps make melatonin. A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania published in Scientific Reports found that eating more fish led both to better sleep and improved cognitive function in children.

Pineal Research found that men that ate two bananas at a time for a week had a rise in melatonin that reached a peak two hours later; pineapple juice and orange juice also raised those levels.


Walnuts. Eating a handful of walnuts an hour before bedtime provides fibersupporting, restorative, slow-wave sleep, concluded a study in the journal Nutrition. Plus, walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, which helps make serotonin and melatonin; University of Texas researchers also found that walnuts contain their own source of melatonin.



Dark leafy greens. Kale, spinach and collard greens are among the magnesium-rich greens that can help us de-stress and go to sleep, says Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a professor of pulmonary and sleep medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Fiber-rich foods. Choices such as chia seeds, nuts and whole grains help promote restorative “slow-wave” sleep, according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.


Calcium-fortified yogurt. According to Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician in Pasadena, California, and author of The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Rest for the Whole Family, “Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleep-inducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are some of the top sleep-inducing foods.”


Almonds and dates. Nerina Ramlakhan, Ph.D., a London sleep therapist and author of Fast Asleep but Wide Wake: Discover the Secrets of Restorative Sleep and Vibrant Energy, counsels her clients to start at breakfast by eating eight almonds and two dates. These two fiber-rich foods are able to slowly help produce melatonin for later in the day.


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All-Natural Beauty

Health Concerns Revolutionize the Cosmetics Industry by Marlaina Donato


rom red carpets to Teen Vogue magazine, the natural beauty trend has taken the industry by storm. Consumer whims may have sparked its beginnings more than a decade ago, but demand is now spiking profits into the billions. “Consumer need is influencing retailers to offer cleaner formulas reflecting firm eco-values,” says Karen Behnke, the pioneering entrepreneur who founded Juice Beauty, in San Rafael, California. Behnke aimed to create meaningful change in the industry when she assembled her dream team 13 years ago. The company now owns a trailblazing patent and sets the standard for clinical organics. “We’re excited that traditional department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Holt Renfrew are adding our products to their beauty departments,” says Behnke, who attributes Juice Beauty’s tremendous growth in recent years to a surge of interest in chemical-free, luxury alternatives.

Natural Replaces Toxic

A recent Green Beauty Barometer online survey revealed that more than half of women want their skincare products to be 26

all-natural, a result likely driven by the scientific information age (see pages/greenbeauty for details). Reputable scientific studies revealing parabens in breast cancer biopsies have demonstrated that everything applied to the skin also enters the bloodstream, hence the effectiveness of dermal nicotine and birth control patches. Thus, it can be alarming to realize that the average woman will unknowingly consume seven pounds of lipstick containing petroleum-based emollients, synthetic preservatives and artificial dyes during a lifetime, undoubtedly another reason consumers are switching to natural options. Katey Denno, a Los Angeles makeup artist to the stars, noticed cosmetic red flags early in her career. “The first time I turned over a palette that most makeup artists carry and saw specific colors that couldn’t be used on eyes or lips, I was confused; if something isn’t safe for lips or eyes, how can it be good for any part of us?” queries Denno, who switched from social work to makeup artistry 11 years ago. “The change in the industry has been substantial. Now green is mainstream, and most artists have included some green

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Women are fueling the natural beauty movement, yet more men than ever are also seeking healthy alternatives. Grooming products with unisex packaging and fragrances are among top sellers. Informed teen and 20-something buyers are inclined to choose people- and eco-friendly brands that are also cruelty-free. A wide selection of aluminum-free, natural, personal care products including underarm deodorants are showing up in supermarkets. Women are ditching toxic hair dyes and going silver to avoid thinning hair and allergies, and unwittingly, creating a new fashion statement. Plus, there’s growing interest in DIY cosmetics using everyday good-for-you ingredients found in the kitchen. Artisan perfumes are gaining popularity among women that want the mystery and allure of fragrance without the side effects of manmade, chemical-based brands. “Some new customers are frustrated by commercial products giving them headaches, while others say that they just don’t like perfume, when what they actually don’t like is synthetic fragrance chemicals,” says Ananda Wilson, a botanical perfumer and owner of Gather Perfume, in South Hadley, Massachusetts. “It’s inspiring when they smell real plant scents and see how their world lights up! The molecules in natural perfumes are active and interact with personal chemistry, so they unfold differently on each wearer, creating a unique signature and experience.” Wilson ventured into botanical blends when both awareness and supplies of appropriate ingredients were scarce. “Perfume history is largely rooted in natural materials, but until recently, there was a mass blackout of this precious lineage. When I started, there was barely anything


beauty brands in their kits.” Millennials continue to drive consumer demand for higher standards. “Retailers understand that the skincare/makeup landscape is changing,” advises Behnke. “Traditional brands are no longer attracting younger consumers that are demanding organic, clinically validated products.” Denno concurs, stating, “The spotlight on clean products comes from the growing acknowledgement that we can and must do all we can to lower our overall toxic load.”

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available, and only through a handful of aromatherapy companies,” she explains. Now, Wilson bases her products on botanical infusions from plants she’s grown or collected, including wild beach roses, clover and spring poplar buds. It only takes a whiff to dispel the myth that natural perfumes lack sophistication or tenacity. “Naturals have a breadth of possibilities—opulent white florals, fresh and clean, or dirty and smoky,” expounds Wilson. Eco-beauty is emerging from conscious lifestyle choices and creating the next era of cosmetics. “It’s fun to be called a pioneer in organic beauty,” muses Behnke. “Our products, employees and happy customers comprise an encouraging accomplishment.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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s of last year, 90 million dogs lived in American homes. Including cats, birds, fish, small animals and reptiles, the grand total is 393 million, reports the American Pet Products Association. Pets are considered family members by 95 percent of their people. Accordingly, pets are a key consideration in choosing a friendly place to live or visit. The personal finance website WalletHub analyzed the most pet-friendly U.S. cities encompassing criteria inclusive of access to veterinarians and cost, pet insurance rates, pet-friendly restaurants, pet-centric businesses, dog parks and animal shelters. SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, ranked cities by dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants and stores, walkability, weather and housing costs. Unsurprisingly, many high picks are in warmer climates.

What to Seek

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geles. “I hike off-leash in Runyon Canyon and we visit the Pawbar at Pussy & Pooch, a pet lifestyle boutique, to mingle and sample treats. Food is the fastest way to make a dog comfortable in just about any setting.” Irvine and Carlsbad, California, and Portland, Maine, are among the first cities to ban use of toxic pesticides in public areas and homes, following pressure from local groups. Being closer to the ground and smaller in size, pets suffer adverse reactions faster than humans. Contact local environmental groups to help ban harmful insecticides and herbicides in public areas. In Pasco County, Florida, Epperson Community homes exemplify eco- and pet-friendly planning, with open spaces and solar power-lit trails for jogging and walking. Birdhouses throughout the property welcome wild feathered friends. A centerpiece lagoon enhances scenic walks and uses less water and energy than a traditional pool or golf course. Separate paths allocated for bikes and driverless cars keep dog walkers safe. Colony Cove, in Ellenton, Florida, is a 55-plus retirement community that allows multiple pets, including some breeds banned elsewhere. It maintains a large dog

park, and at summer’s end, dogs are welcome to take a dip in the pool. Further, the association offers mobile groomers, photos with Santa and costume contests. All species are welcome at Rose Villa Senior Living, in Portland, Oregon, where residents’ request for an off-leash dog park play area was granted. One resident owns two dogs, two cats and an African gray parrot. The largest-ever Canadian residential project to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification, Calgary’s University District, embraces ecological conservation, habitat restoration and long-term conservation management principles. Designed for residents to age in place with their families, recreational fitness amenities include on- and off-leash dog parks, a pet-friendly activity space and paths leading to parks.

horse-drawn carriage from Doubletree Carriage Company, in Spring Valley. Dogs are welcome to watch or snooze through film showings at the Long Drive-In, in Long Prairie. Birgit and Jim Walker, authors of Keep Your Paws on the Road: A Practical Guide to Traveling with Dogs, travel by RV in summer with their three dogs to favorite stops like Tombstone, Arizona. “Some tourist areas don’t welcome dogs, but in Tombstone, dogs can go for stagecoach rides and down into a mine with you,” she says. Kim Salerno, president and founder of, in Wake Forest, North Carolina, recommends Kimpton or Aloft hotels. “Kimpton accepts any pet,

any size, weight, breed or species. Amenities include a bed, treats, a water bowl and toys with no additional pet fee,” she says. Salerno continues, “In Asheville, dogs are allowed on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate. The Ernest Hemingway House, in Key West, Florida, allows small, cat-friendly dogs. Boutiques, feed stores, wineries and art galleries may say yes to pets. Ask first and make sure your pet is well-behaved.” Whether at home or traveling, families can enjoy many opportunities to share new experiences with pets. Just be sure they mind their manners to have a good time. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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Sara Nick, chief content officer at Sidewalk Dog Media, in Minneapolis, suggests experiencing unique adventures. Dog paddling takes on new meaning via stand-up paddleboarding with a pooch at Minnesota’s Split Rock Lighthouse and Tettegouche state parks. Whatever the weather, equine-friendly pups can ride along in a

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1 Hypnosis Seminar: Daily Habits That Create Happiness and Health – 10:30am. Learn simple ways to enhance contributors to health: diet, exercise, sleep and stress management. Enjoy a group hypnosis session designed to support your self-care. Donation. Tam Center for Healing, 15 Cottage Ave, 5th Fl, Quincy Center. 781-340-2146. Community Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. Brenner Reiki Healing is partnering with LULAC Council #12153 for Esperanza de Amor (Hope for Love). Be part of the campaign to provide clean water to a primary school in a rural El Salvadoran village. Appt times: 7-7:30pm, 7:35-8:05pm, 8:108:40pm. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the project. Kindly make checks payable to LULAC Council #12153. Donation. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Auburndale. 617-2448856.


mark your calendar Solutions for Optimal Mental Wellness Mental wellness has been misunderstood for a long time. New science shows our levels of happiness vs. sadness, optimism vs pessimism, anxiety vs. comfort are not all in our head. A key contributor to mental wellness is determined by what’s happening in our second brain, our gut. Join Amare Global, The Mental Wellness Company, as we discuss the science behind the gut-brain connection and natural solutions for restoring physical energy, mental acuity and emotional well-being.

Sat., June 2 • 10am - 4pm

Meditation for People Who Don’t Meditate – 1-2:30pm. Alex Amorosi will take you through easy, accessible, and practical meditation techniques that you will be able to implement into your everyday routine. We will work with some of the major styles of meditation, from Buddhist, yogic and other more modern traditions. $30/pre-register, $40/day of. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Information – 3:30-5:30pm. Cindy Gittleman, Certified MBSR teacher and founder of Sunrise Mindfulness, leads a free information session about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Roots and Wings, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-657-7730.

MONDAY, JUNE 4 Free Outdoor Yoga at Mother’s Rest Park – 6:30-7:30pm. Led by Michelle Mendes. An all-levels class with a wonderful view and teacher. Free. Mother’s Rest Park 4 Corners, 410 Washington St, Dorchester. 617-506-0519.

TUESDAY, JUNE 5 Scooper Bowl – June 5-7. 12-8pm. Raises money for the Jimmy Fund to benefit cancer research at Dana-Farber. Eat all you want of the ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt and sorbet donated by the nation’s top frozen dessert companies. New for 2018: Scoop@Night 21+ on Thurs includes 2 adult beverage tickets. Advance: $10/ages 10 & up, $5/ages 3-9, free/under 3; Scoop @ Night, $30. City Hall Plaza, Boston.


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Meet Author Tui Sutherland – 10:30-11:30am. Join Wings of Fire author Tui Sutherland for a reading from her newest book and a discussion. Books available for purchase and signing. Free. Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St, Winchester. 781-721-7171. Calendar. Cambridge Arts River Festival – 11am-6pm. Features staged and roving performances, handson art making and more than 100 artists and food vendors with work for sale. Free. DCR Cambridge Pkwy & Lechmere Canal Park. More info:


This is a statement many of us hear daily, not just from our friends but from medical providers. However, age is usually not the (only) reason for the body breaking down. Lisa Vasile, NP of 4 Better Health Functional Medicine, in Hopkinton, MA, will delve into the 10 reasons our body has “aging symptoms” and easy ways to test for and treat them.

Wed., June 6 • 7-8pm

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THURSDAY, JUNE 7 The Healing Forces of Harmonic Sounds & Vibrations with Qigong – With “Magnetic Harmonic Vibrational Therapy,” Jay Emmanuel uses specific sounds/frequencies together with “Parthonic and Mind Energies” to establish harmonic frequency within the subtle energy fields of the chakras/auric energy-field and the etheric/ physical bodies. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Type 4: The Depth Seeker Workshop – 7:3010pm. Strengths, defenses, subtypes, growth and relationship dynamics. Perfect for 4s or anyone in relationship to 4 now or in the past. Sliding scale available if needed. $40. 77 Tanager St, Apt 2 (upstairs), Arlington. 178-648-3737.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Dragon Boat Festival – June 9-10. Boat races on Sat, boat races and cultural festival on Sun. Along the Charles River between Harvard Bridge and the Western Ave Bridge. Festival activities on the Cambridge side of the river. More info: Wellness Counseling – 9:30am-3:30pm. Register for your free Wellness Consult and get an individualized plan to achieve your wellness goals. Free. Virtual. 617-939-3113. To set up appt: Alexia@ Boston Pride Parade and Festival – 12-6pm. Celebrate Pride Week. Free. City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Sq, Boston. More info:

mark your calendar Power of a Loving Heart A weekend intensive of Kirtan and spiritual teachings with Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg and Lama Surya Das. Come together to discover and celebrate the power of the heart. We’ll combine the complementary practices of Kirtan, loving-kindness meditation, and the wisdom teachings of Dzogchen practice.

June 9 & 10 Sat. - 7pm • Sun. - 2-5:30pm Sat: $45/advance, $50/door; Sun: $75/advance, $85/door. Sat: Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St, Boston; Sun: Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton. 617-559-6999.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10 Reiki Level I Training & Certification – 9am7pm. Learn the traditional Japanese reiki meditations, how to practice hands-on healing of self and others, the reiki principles, reiki history, and how reiki promotes mindfulness and resilience on all levels of your being. Comprehensive course manual. CEUs for nurses, social workers, and LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Auburndale. 617-244-8856. Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Information – 6:30pm. Cindy Gittleman, Certified MBSR teacher and founder of Sunrise Mindfulness, leads a free information session about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Free. Roots and Wings, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-657-7730.

MONDAY, JUNE 11 Everything but the Kitchen Sink – 7:30-9:30pm. Join Jacqui Bonwell for a powerful evening as she teaches her signature Sacred Seeds Yoga Flow with elements of Balanced Athlete, meditation, chanting, pranayama, restorative yoga, yoga nidra and sound healing. $35. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596.

TUESDAY, JUNE 12 BEMER Workshop – 7:15-8:15pm. BEMER is designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. It enhances cardiac function, physical fitness, endurance, strength and energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation, and sleep management. Limited space, please RSVP. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

one by an adult. Free. Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St, Winchester. 781-721-7171.


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Fri., June 15 • 6:30pm $697. The Warren Conference Center & Inn, 529 Chestnut St, Ashland. 713-527-0209.

SATURDAY, JUNE 16 Acupuncture Relaxation – 9am-1pm. Relax, find relief and rest. Quiet environment, group setting with affordable prices. Taking insurance for further treatment, if covered. 18+ yrs’ experienced practitioner. Free first visit. Joy Community Acupuncture,

335 Boylston St, Ste J3, Newton Centre. 617-5100559. 4 Corners Yoga + Wellness Birthday Party – 8:45pm. Celebrate the many shared deep breaths, moments of quiet, healing, relaxation, friendships, cups of tea, learning and laughter that have happened this year in our new space. We are so grateful for such a wonderful start to this extraordinary community of wellbeing. Free. 4 Corners Yoga and Wellness, 336 Washington St, Dorchester. 617506-0519.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Type 8 Director Workshop – 7:30-10pm. Strengths, defenses, subtypes, growth and relationship dynamics. Perfect for 8s or anyone in relationship to 8 now or in the past. Sliding scale available if needed. $40. 77 Tanager St, Apt 2 (upstairs), Arlington. 617-794-7213.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 BEMER Workshop – 7:15-8:15pm. BEMER is designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. It enhances cardiac function, physical fitness, endurance, strength and energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation, and sleep management. Limited space, please RSVP. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332. Myers-Briggs 16 Types – 7:30-10pm. Learn about the 16 personality types of the Myers-Briggs; your

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 Neurofeedback: Brain Training at its Best! Psychological, Neurological, Cognitive Correction – 6-7:30pm. A free educational lecture by Dr. Jolene Ross concerning easy, effective, safe, and durable brain training for executive functioning, ADHD, memory, attention, anxiety, autism, and depression as well as many other neurologically based disorders of the brain. Research will be presented. Free. Sharon Public Library, 11 N Main St, Sharon. 784444-9115. Fertility Awareness Meetup – 6:30-7:30pm. A space where women can connect with peers to access information and pose questions about using natural birth control for pregnancy prevention or achievement. Free. The Women’s Center, 46 Pleasant St, Cambridge. 617-899-7624.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 Holistic Vision Improvement Workshop – 6-7:30pm. Learn how to improve your eyesight and insight naturally to prevent and reverse vision problems. Space limited to 15 people. Free. Public Library of Brookline, Brookline Village, 361 Washington St, Conference Rm, Brookline. 910859-1232. Register: Working with Fused-Glass – 7-8pm. Create your own fused-glass pendant or magnet. For adults and children 9+. Ages 9-12 must be supervised one-on-

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type, growth for each type and how to relate effectively to each type. Sliding scale available if needed. $40. 77 Tanager St, Apt 2 (upstairs), Arlington. 617-794-7213.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 Type 9 Peacemaker Workshop – 7:30-10pm. Strengths, defenses, subtypes, growth and relationship dynamics. Perfect for 9s or anyone in relationship to 9 now or in the past. Sliding scale available if needed. $40. 77 Tanager St, Apt 2 (upstairs), Arlington. 617-794-7213.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24 Reiki Level II Training & Certification – 9am7pm. Discover deeper teachings and practices within the traditional Japanese system of reiki. Learn to practice with three symbols and mantras, as well as specific healing processes. CEUs for nurses and social workers. Prerequisite: Reiki Level 1 Training. Inquire about tuition discounts for seniors, students, veterans. $300. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Auburndale. 617244-8856.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 Flying Phoenix Qigong II – June 27-July 1. Flying Phoenix is an extraordinarily powerful medical qigong system created over 400 yrs ago. Educated at Yale & Harvard, Master Dunn wrote the first medical protocol in American history on using qigong/tai chi to recover from surgery. He is also the first tai chi trainer for the NBA. Part 3: Sept 13-16. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139.


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June 28 & 29 10am - 12:30pm

Presidential Profiles: Washington to Trump – 7-8:15pm. Review of Herb Pearce’s book on U.S. Presidents and Enneagram and Myers-Briggs Types. Revealing stories of personal lives of U.S. Presidents. Free. Porter Square Books, 25 White St, Porter Square Mall, Cambridge. 617-794-7213.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26 The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 7:158:15pm. This first of two workshops breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis, the method of chiropractic used at Newton Chiropractic. Get more out of your adjustments and enlighten yourself on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Please RSVP. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29 Boston Harborfest – June 29-July 1. With hundreds of activities at Boston’s best landmarks, this family-friendly event is the country’s largest Fourth of July festival. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, boat tours, live entertainment and much more. Full schedule:


save the date July Vision Quest Retreat The purpose of a Vision Quest is to have time and space to pull away from the world and normal activities to know you more, connect to nature, the land and spiritual guides and teachers, and your highest self, to hear yourself speak, and call for a vision for the rest of your life. This beautiful private retreat space is perfect, and Janet is a loving guide..

Thurs., July 12 Sign up ASAP to prepare. $775. Private Farm, Catskill, NY. 973-647-2500. Details:


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Oct 6-7 Sat. 10am-1pm • Sun. 2-5pm Take full weekend or part. $200/full weekend, $60/class. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Fl, Cranston, RI. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga.

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Quincy Market History Tour – Learn about Quincy Market’s central and ever-evolving role in Boston’s history. Meet guide by Pulse Café on South Market St. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market, Boston. 617-523-1300. Available dates and times:

Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12:15pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $5 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155.

Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4:30pm select weekdays. Also 3:30pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behind-the-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390.

EasYoga – 6-7:30pm. Also Mon & Thurs. Relax, re-energize, revitalize. Walk-ins welcome. First class free. $15/session, $95/8 sessions. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617923-1440.

sunday Celebration Service – 10-11:15am. Meditation, 9:45am. Service followed by fellowship. Free. Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Boston, 50 Dudley St, Cambridge. 617-947-2743. SoWa Vintage Market – 10am-4pm. Designers, collectors, appreciators of the beautiful and unusual love this market. A cool, urban, vintage flea market featuring fresh vintage and designer finds every week. Free. SoWa Vintage Market, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston. Kirtan: The Music of Spirituality – Thru June 9. 7-9pm. 2nd Sun. Charlie Braun’s music is a creative outpouring of reflective melodies, sweet harmonies, in-the-groove rhythms and the space in between. Donation. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139.

monday Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 5:30pm. 1st Mon. A group designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can do more than sympathize with you, they can relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. Free Guided Meditation – 6:15-6:45pm. Experience different HypnoMeditations (pre-recorded by Richard Lanza) each week. HypnoMeditation takes you on a journey to states of expansive inner calm which allow for personal transformation and healing. Free. Open Doors, 395A Washington St, Braintree. 781-843-8224.

Support Group for Spouses and Family Members of Cancer Patients and Survivors – 6:307:30pm. Led by the husband of a cancer survivor. Free. Tri-Community YMCA, 43 Everett St, Southbridge. 508-987-3310. Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. A supportive environment with 45 mins of shamatha sitting. Appropriate for all levels with several breaks and a brief inspirational video. Free. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291. Reiki Healing Sessions – 7-9pm. Reiki and energy healers offer their services free of charge. To broaden the spirit of free care and community services to others, please make a donation in any amount for each healing you receive. Donations will be sent to a variety of local charitable causes. Free, donation suggested. Open Doors, 395 Washington St, Braintree. 781-843-8224. Mental Wellness: The Science & Solutions – 9-9:30pm. Also Mon. Join Amare Global for a live webinar as we discuss the science behind the gut-brain connection and natural solutions for addressing the mental wellness epidemic. Free. Pamela Pearson: 978-877-6122. For webinar details:

wednesday Tong Ren Healing Class – 9-10am. Release blockages to restore the body’s natural healing ability. Powerful distance healing method developed by Tom Tam, LAc, utilizing acupoints and the unconscious universal commonality. Donations accepted. Portal Crystal Gallery, 489 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington Center, Arlington. 857-928-0513. Restorative Yoga – 12-1pm. Restorative yoga for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families/ caregivers. Free for those listed. Saint Vincent Cancer & Wellness Center, 1 Eaton Pl, Worcester. 508-987-3310. Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – Free admission after 4pm. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300.


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Boston Public Library Concerts in the Courtyard – Thru Aug 30. 6-7pm. Also Fri, 12:301:30pm. Various artists and groups give concerts throughout the summer. See website for full listing. Free. Central Library in Copley Square, McKim Courtyard, 700 Boylston St, Boston. 617-5365400. Endometriosis Sommerville: An Endometriosis Support Group – 6-7pm. 1st Wed. New support group for endometriosis survivors to thrive in community. Free or donation. More info: Facebook. com/EndometriosisSommerville. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Weekly Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Free 12-step program for food addiction. There is a solution. Do you, or someone you know, struggle with issues with food, weight or body image? Weekly meetings open to anyone. Free. St. Brigid’s Parish Center, 1995 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 617-610-3748. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 7:308:30pm. 1st Wed. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society, 262 Chestnut St, Franklin. 508-660-2223. Natural Solutions for Mental Wellness – 8-8:30pm. Join Amare Global, The Mental Wellness Company, for a live webinar as we discuss the science behind the gut-brain connection and its impact on mental wellness. Free. Pamela Pearson: 978-877-6122. For webinar details: PamelaE Public Open Night at the Observatory – 8:30pm, Spring/Summer; 7:30pm, Fall/Winter. A chance to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things you otherwise might not get to see. Held most Wed evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Space limited, reservations recommended. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630.

thursday Mental Wellness: A Deep Dive with Q&A – 2:30pm. Join Amare Global’s live webinars and deep dive into mental wellness topics like stress, ADHD, brain fog, fatigue, low energy, sleep and more with Q&A. Free. Pamela Pearson: 978-8776122. For webinar details: PamelaEPearson@ Boston Calling Thursday Block Parties – Thru Sept 14. 5-8pm. Live performances by a different group every week. Free. Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Are you having trouble controlling what you eat? A 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Free. Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Johnson Conference Room, 170 Governor’s Ave, Medford. 617-583-2901. SRR Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s Bar, 171 Broadway, Somerville. 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. 617-495-7461.

friday Free Fun Fridays – Thru Aug. Each Fri various cultural venues throughout Boston will open their doors for free. More info & schedule: Highland Watertown Mall Walking Club – 9am. Meet the club leader near Carter’s. Start with stretching exercises followed by a walk through the mall. Occasional guest lectures. Free. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Summer in the City – 4:30pm, music; dusk, movie begins. Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. More info & movie titles: Second Fridays – 5-8pm. Free with admission 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. SoWa First Fridays – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Over 60 galleries south of Washington St and at the Artist’s Guild, nearby businesses and restaurants open their doors to give you a chance to experience the vibrant South End arts community. Free. Start at

450 Harrison Ave, follow gallery lights around the neighborhood. Free Friday Flicks at the Esplanade – Thru Aug. 6pm, activities; sundown, movie starts. Hatch Shell, Boston’s Esplanade. For movie schedule & weather cancellations: 617-787-7200. Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Receive a 30-min reiki session by appt. Appointments start at 7pm, 7:35 & 8:10pm. If you have been curious about reiki, schedule a session. $15. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St. Auburndale. 617244-8856.

saturday Restorative Yoga – 8:15-9:15am. Restorative yoga for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families/caregivers. Free. Oxford Community Center, 4 Maple Rd, Oxford. 508-987-3310. EasYoga – 9-10:30am. Also Thurs, 11am. Relax, re-energize, revitalize. Walk-ins welcome. First class free. $15/session, $95/8 sessions. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617923-1440. The Marketplace at Simpson Spring – 10am2pm. Includes farmers, bakers, artisans and local entrepreneurs. Stop in to browse or take in our featured entertainment, local authors, educational seminars and lectures. 719 Washington St, South Easton.

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Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 11am12pm. 2nd Sat. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-660-2223.

READY TO MEET THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE? – Dip into our pool of conscious, awake singles and meet someone that you would have never met without us! Free to join.

Greenway Open Market – Thru Oct. 11am-5pm. Every Sat, 1st & 3rd Sun. An eclectic mix of handmade art, music and locally produced products to Boston. Gourmet food trucks. Different mix of vendors each week. Free. Rose Kennedy Greenway, near Rings Fountain, High St & Atlantic Ave, Boston. visit-the-greenway.

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Achieve optimal health physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine uses a form of muscle response testing to identify and clear nervous system interference, facilitating optimal health.

COACHING A COMMON THREAD COACHING James Ashton, Certified Life Coach 646-262-3037


Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, postconcussion, peak performance and more. See ad, page 15.



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Coaching is a place where you can be truly heard and supported! Through deep listening and powerful questioning, I can assist you in moving towards a desired outcome in virtually any area of life. COMPLIMENTARY 45-minute “Gain Clarity” Session!


Katryn Miller, MEd, LMT, Colon Hydrotherapist 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Katryn has always held a deep desire to learn about the body and how it works. After many years of running her own business, Katryn joined Groton Wellness to help others with Colon Hydrotherapy. She holds a training certificate on the Libbe Colon Hydrotherapy Device. See ad, page 2.


Liz Marcano-Pucillo 150 Wood Rd, Ste 403, Braintree, MA 02184 781-228-6915 Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the industry. See ad, page 35.



Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 • Fax: 781-899-1172


978-378-3048 City Compost provides home composting services and custom solutions for events and organizations. All compostables including meat, dairy and paper products are accepted. 100% of the independently processed compost goes to grow more fresh food and subscribers can receive top quality, tested, compost with service. See ad, page 27.

JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited 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 ads, pages 13 and 18.


1842 Beacon St, Ste 305, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516


401 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492 781-449-0550 Familyowned and -operated since 1960, we have evolved from a traditional pharmacy to a worldwide compounding and nutritional resource. Our unique one-on-one patient consultations produce a full understanding of your health needs. You, your physician, and one of our compounding pharmacists work as partners to ensure that you will receive the best care possible.


Acton Pharmacy 563 Massachusetts Ave, Acton, MA 01721 978-263-3901 Keyes Drug 2090 Commonwealth Ave Newton, MA 02466 617-244-2794 West Concord Pharmacy 1212 Main St, Concord, MA 01742 978-369-3100 For more than a quarter of a century, Dinno Health has been a trusted provider of pharmacy services and is committed to providing the highest quality of individualized care for each customer. At our three independent pharmacies we offer prescriptions, compounded medications, medical supplies, homeopathic remedies, vitamins and vaccines. See ad, page 14.


512 Main St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 Call now to receive Divine healing energy to release pain from your heart, soul, body and allow for love and joy to enter your life. See ad, page 8.




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 6.

GROTON WELLNESS – FAMILY DENTISTRY & ORTHODONTICS, MEDICAL, SPA, CAFÉ 493-495 Main St (Off Rte 119) Groton, MA 01450 978-449-9919

Groton Wellness is a vibrant center for health and healing consisting of Holistic Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, an Integrative Medical Practice, a therapeutic detoxification spa, and a clean food, farm-to-table café—all working together to provide exceptional community health care. We also offer exciting talks, cleanses, classes and events, many of which are free to the community. Groton Wellness uses IV therapy, nutrition management, herbal medicine, bio-identical hormone balancing, EAV testing, colon hydrotherapy, acupuncture and many other holistic therapies to treat patients from head-to-toe. We have enormous success treating chronic health issues such as Lyme disease, cancer, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, mold, internal toxicity and more. See ad, page 2.

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98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Through a mutli-modatlity approach, Peter’s practice utilizes the wisdom of ancient knowledge with the science of modern day. Addressing the person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs that will support the client’s health or return to health. See ad, page 18.


Tim Grantham, Certified NIASZIIH Healer 745 High St, Westwood, MA 339-203-1726 Hands-on, Earth-based, energy healing, where the healer assists the client to alleviate illness, pain and dis-ease by tracking it’s aspects through all layers of the body in order to locate and shift the source.


Psychotherapist and Enneagram expert Herb Pearce with 38 years’ experience, works with individuals, couples and families to clarify differences and practice personalized, effective communication. Enneagram team building workshops for groups and organizations. Author of 6 books.

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HEALTH COACH YOUR WELLNESS SCOUT Kirsten Wright-Cirit 919-593-2943

Your Wellness Scout provides coaching, resources, and tips to set wellness goals and integrate sustainable solutions and practices without tipping the work, life, family balance.



Irina Serebryakova, Holistic, NP 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Irina is trained in holistic modalities such as weight management, whole body detoxification, nutraceuticals, essential oils, spiritual medical intuition and kinesiology. Irina’s training extends to endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, depression, anxiety and sex hormone deficiencies. She also practices holistic gynecology, bio-identical hormone restoration, neurotherapy, endocrine disorders and ozone therapy. See ad, page 2.



Alexia Taylor 617-939-3113 An individualized approach to health. Using Functional Medicine, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness to support your path to happiness. Specializing in transforming stress, sleep problems, developing an eating plan that works for you. Live fully, well, now. See ad, page 35.


Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 Are you trying to change and frustrated with yourself because you can’t? Filled with stress, unable to change behaviors or attain goals, call Thought Alchemy for the change you desire. See ad on page 15.


HORMONE BALANCING BELLA NATURAL HEALTH Dawna Jones, MD, FACOG 99 Longwater Cir, Ste 100 Norwell, MA 02061 781-829-0930

Board-certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal health. See ad, page 9.


Services include: (John of God) Crystal Bed Healing with Crystal Singing Bowls; Sound Healing; Sound Healing with Reiki; Reiki. Release stress, reduce pain, boost your immune system, lower blood pressure, more energy, clarity of thought. sessions and appropriate referrals where necessary.


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


98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Lyme requires a mutli-dimensional approach. With the use of Quantum Reflex Analysis, Zyto, and nutritional support we can identify the Lyme, its supporting bacteria and remediate them. Returning the person to one’s health. See ad, page 18.


Deep-tissue, medical, sports, Swedish and therapeutic massage, shiatsu, reiki & hydromassage in a full-service Wellness Center also featuring chiropractic, acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation, Facelift Acupuncture and detox footbath. See ads, pages 3 and 7.


Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of bodycentered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release bodymind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad, page 21.


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1371 Beacon St, Ste 304-305 Brookline, MA 02446 617-232-2435 Ext 0


Boston Behavioral Medicine promotes a holistic view of health using integrative mind-body psychotherapy, stress management, and nutritional services, and strives for the balance of mental, physical, social and spiritual well-being.


Grace Ramsey-Coolidge, LMHC 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919

34 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands 617-633-3654 Are you stressed from the pressure of your job, home life, kids or an illness? Do you want to feel calm and relaxed? Experience reiki. Certified Reiki Master/Teacher with over 20 years’ experience in energy medicine providing pure Usui Reiki healing/relaxation sessions.


Grace Ramsey-Coolidge is a Heart-and Energy-Based Psychotherapist who practices process-oriented care that focuses on the interactions between the mind, body and spirit to target the root cause of issues using kinesiology and energetic medicine. A Reiki Master, she teaches meditation techniques, energetic medicine classes and chakra seminars. See ad, page 2.


324 Central St, Newton 02466 617-244-8856 Providing you with reiki healing sessions, reiki meditation, and reiki training to support you in reaching your goals of mind-body-spirit wellness and wholeness.



98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101

Johnson Compounding and Wellness 781-893-3870 Dr. Gary Kracoff provides guidance and in-depth consultative services to find the “why” to what is happening physically and mentally, working with individuals to restore balance in the body. Specializes in customizing medications to meet individualized needs of patients, and he suggests nutritional supplements, natural products and homeopathic remedies to aid in faster healing and recovery See ads, pages 13 and 18.


Whole Family Wellness, LLC 29 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02116 781-721-4585 Naturopathic Medicine since 2006. Dr. Layton provide safe, effective, complementary and alternative natural therapies to achieve vibrant health in people of all ages.

Peter offers every 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening meditation at 7pm. Once a month Peter offers sweat lodge. Both are for those who seek to find awareness for the heart and soul. See ad, page 18.


Susan Shaw Saari, Lic.Ac., CCT, MEd, MAOM, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 781-899-2121, A clinical imaging technique that records thermal patterns of the body to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of the body. See ad, page 24.


Acton Pharmacy Keyes Drug West Concord Pharmacy 508-259-7851 Certified lifestyle educator and the director of health and wellness at Acton Pharmacy, Keyes Drug and West Concord Pharmacy. Beth Gardner works one-on-one with patients to help create ways to improve diet and overall health as a means for disease and illness prevention. See ad, page 14.

SOUL BEING An expanding technology platform that connects health seekers with wellness professionals. Representing 40+ therapies in health and wellness. Online tools to manage your holistic lifestyle. See ad, page 27.


Ready to radically improve your sex and love life, with or without a partner? Cutting-edge holistic sex, relationship and intimacy coaching, energy and bodywork for your sexual healing and empowerment. In person and/or Skype. See ad, page 31.

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Certified Alexander Technique Teacher; Certified Thai Yoga Therapist 33A Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 617-359-7841 Your yoga can release or create tension depending on the quality of your daily movements. Learn to let your postural mechanism work for you and notice excess body tension ease away on-and-off the mat.

June 2018


Evolutionary Grace Live In Boston with Alan Davidson and Lori Leyden

What is Evolutionary Grace Boston ? A two-day & an evening Experiential Retreat where you will sense and feel the freedom and liberation of pure Grace and Enlightenment.

Who is Evolutionary Grace For ? Any seekers who long for a real full-on experience of The Infinite Divine. Anyone still chipping away at the long list of judgements and grievances to forgive. Meditators of all levels - Beginners welcome.

When is it ? June 15th thru 17th, 2018 Where is it ? The Warren Conference Center and Inn | Ashland, MA 01721

Alan Davidson

Lori Leyden, PhD, MBA

Alan Davidson is the creator of Evolutionary Mystic Meditation and the founder of ThroughYour He’s the author of Body Brilliance: Mastering Your Five Vital Intelligences, a #1 best-selling health and wellness book and winner of two national Book of the Year awards. Alan has taught massage, meditation, energy medicine, movement and human transformation since 1990.

Lori Leyden, PhD, MBA is the Founder of the Grace Process and facilitates healing work with The Grace Process, a spiritual practice for heart-centered living. With more than 30 years experience in the fields of psychotherapy, business, and spiritual growth, Lori is a uniquely qualified author, workshop leader, business consultant, and humanitarian

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Natural Awakenings Boston June 2018  

Boston's premiere healthy living, healthy planet magazine

Natural Awakenings Boston June 2018  

Boston's premiere healthy living, healthy planet magazine