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Fun Ways to Get Outside This Summer, Be a Kid Again With Your Own Family

Natural Cleanse

Six Pointers for a Gentle Full-Body Detox

The Ocean’s Healthy Harvest Small-Boat Fishing is Good for the Community

A Global Adventure in Organic Farming

Local Couple Joins Sustainable Agriculture Movement

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Sampling of modalities include (not limited to): MBSR • Meditation • Massage • Qigong • Tai-Chi • Tapping • Biofeedback • Hypnotherapy Creativity • Personal Growth • Spiritual Development • Yoga • Laughter Yoga • Guided Imagery The Relaxation Response • Holistic Psychotherapy • Art Therapy • Music Therapy • Breathwork, etc.

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Feature Presentation of the 2017 Documentary HEAL Director Kelly Noonan Gores’ documentary takes us on a scientific and spiritual journey where we discover that our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions have a huge impact on our health and ability to heal. The latest science reveals that we are not victims of unchangeable genes, nor should we buy into a scary prognosis. The fact is we have more control over our health and life than we have been taught to believe. This film will empower you with a new understanding of the miraculous nature of the human body and the extraordinary healer within us all. Film features; Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson, Michael Beckwith, Gregg Braden, Anita Moorjani, Anthony William the Medical Medium, and more.

Join Adam Schomer, the films producer along with a panel of mind-body medicine experts for a discussion after the film.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 (details TBA)

Private vendor screening and Q&A with Adam Schomer (Film Producer) immediately following film presentation


Evening film screening followed by panel discussion with Adam Schomer (Film Producer) and experts in the field of Mind-Body Medicine. Moderated by Linda Sechrist (Editor/Senior Staff Writer, Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.)

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s I sit to write this note on the first day of summer, although rare of late, it happens to be an absolute picture-perfect morning. Not a cloud in the sky, the sun is shining brightly into the living room, there’s a sweet little puppy curled up beside me with his head blissfully resting over my leg, birds are chirping outside the window and all seems well in the world. It’s easy to appreciate all this when Mother Nature makes it effortless, and not quite as easy when she dishes up less appealing circumstances. Practicing appreciation for all things in life has become a focus for me lately that has helped create a more balanced life – both emotionally and spiritually. Growing up proved that practicing isn’t always the way I like to operate—with anything. My fallback was that if I wasn’t good at some activity right away I shied away from it instead of working to perfect my game. Historically I’ve generally chosen the path of least resistance, without giving it much thought. I don’t let myself off the hook quite so easily anymore when it comes to emotional and spiritual growth. It’s taken years to establish a morning routine that helps keep me grounded throughout most days. Keeping the flexibility to adjust that routine and allow it to evolve has become critical to my wellbeing. Actively taking steps that support my physical well-being has been more challenging. “Hiding out” behind my work is my default habit, which has resulted in weight gain incongruent with my intention and desire. Who can’t come up with a thousand excuses when there is so much to do and seemingly so little time? I can’t… not anymore anyway. I stumbled upon a blood analysis company called InsideTracker several years ago and although intrigued, wasn’t quite ready to learn the truth about what was going on inside my body. That changed a few weeks ago when I decided I’d had enough; it was time to get my act together. Shocking test results showed that my body’s internal age is a ghastly 14 years older than its chronological age, giving me a needed wakeup call. I’m thankful to have taken action to learn this invaluable information and am finding the platform extremely helpful to navigate the simple changes needed to correct reversible damage. It’s all reversible with the persistent practice of adding the specific healthy foods my body requires for optimal health. Full disclosure: Although there could be an incentive for sharing my experience with InsideTracker, that’s not why I share it with you. I sincerely believe it could be a life changer for others like me that need a kick in the butt to step up their game in supporting their health. I also need you to hold me accountable for being a better example. To feeling good from the inside out,

Maisie Raftery, Publisher

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

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OUTSIDE THIS SUMMER Be a Kid Again With Your Own Family by Sandra Murphy


Local Couple Joins Sustainable Agriculture Movement by Tom Valovic

28 EATING VEGAN ON THE ROAD Clever Ways to Eat Healthy Anywhere


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newsbriefs Enter Carbon Pricing Awareness Raffle for Chance to Win a Tesla


o raise awareness for Carbon Pricing as a solution to our urgent climate crisis, Climate XChange is raffling off six amazing prizes on July 4, at the Tesla Raffle Fourth of July Bash from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Old West Church, in Boston. There will be live music, drinks, food and games. The grand prize is a Tesla Model S Sedan or Model X SUV valued at $120,000, plus the $40,000 federal income tax is paid. Two additional prizes are help with purchasing an early Tesla Model 3, with a reservation, deposit, cash and a federal income tax payment. Three additional cash prizes will be awarded. Only 2,500 tickets will be sold. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly to the carbon pricing awareness campaign. In the 2017-18 session, two bills are being supported by a coalition of labor, businesses and grass root groups with more than 40 percent of the state legislators as cosponsors. The House bill is being championed by Chairwoman Jen Benson. Her bill spends 20 percent of the revenue on transportation, community resiliency and low income heating programs through a green infrastructure fund. The other 80 percent is rebated to households and businesses.  The senate bill is championed by Chairman Michael Barrett. The bill is almost the same as last session, is 100 percent revenue neutral and rebates the funds back to households and businesses.  “We stand committed to making Massachusetts a leader on climate action and refuse to stand idly by as progress gets derailed by the current administration,” says Michael Green, executive director of Climate XChange. “With lack of climate leadership in DC, we know all eyes are on states to drive the conversation.” Cost: Free to attend July 4 Bash/ $250 per raffle ticket. To purchase, visit Location: Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St., Boston. RSVP at

Free Fun Fridays


he Highland Street Foundation is offering visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts on Fridays this summer. This program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. Every Friday, from the end of June through the end of August, multiple sites are open for free. Some of the venues in Boston are the Children’s Museum, Arnold Arboretum, The Sport Museum, the Athenaeum, Franklin Park Zoo and the Freedom Trail, and many more. For full Free Fun Fridays schedule, visit


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Local Musician Releases Second Album and New England Tour Dates


hristina Holmes recently released her second album, Stand Up, a soundtrack of social injustice and change. Locally based in Narragansett, Rhode Island, Holmes travelled to Standing Rock, North Dakota, in October to deliver supplies and help the Sioux Tribe and others protect the waters of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Her album cover and title, as well as the first song on the album, reflect her experience there. The other nine tracks on Stand Up show a journey through her soul of happiness, social consciousness, spirituality and loss. Her music can be streamed on CoveHouseRecords.  Holmes will be touring in July with Australian artist Xiaver Rudd, whose music embodies spirituality, social change, self-consciousness and the beauty of the soul. This is Rudd’s North American tour which includes tour dates in Canada as well as in the New England region, including July 10, New York, New York; July 11, Brooklyn, New York; July 12, Boston, Massachusetts; July 22, Portland, Maine; and July 23, Fairfield, Connecticut.

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newsbriefs Ozone Therapy Offers Hope to Lyme Patients


n alternative health clinic, LifeWorks Wellness Center, is now routinely offering ozone therapy to Lyme disease patients as part of its treatment program. The clinic’s Medical Director, David Minkoff, M.D., is on the board of the American Academy of Ozonotherapy and is considered to be a pioneer in the use of ozone for Lyme disease. Minkoff states, “When someone is diagnosed with Lyme, it can be devastating as it can be such a debilitating disease. Most of the patients we see have tried numerous treatment programs but have seen little improvement. Their research leads them to read about the benefits of ozone and then to ultimately find our clinic.” Ozone therapy differs from other Lyme treatment programs as it can substantially increase the blood’s oxygen which, in turn, facilitates healing in many different ways. It can detoxify the liver, de-clog the blood cells, enhance the immune system and kill viruses and bacteria. Based in Clearwater, Florida, LifeWorks offers hope to Lyme patients from all over the country with its uniquely effective, multi-protocol program. For more information, call 727-466-6789 or visit Lifeworks See ad on page 12.

Learn Vinyasa Flow Yoga at Beginners Workshop


evolution Community Yoga, in Acton, will be offering a workshop, Yoga for Beginners, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., July 19. Instructors Amy Yapp and Jen Mast will guide participants in building their yoga practice from the ground up. Each posture will be taught in a way that allows individuals to develop a strong, healthy, safe and mindful yoga practice. Students will explore the basic postures of a vinyasa flow yoga, learn proper alignment and breathwork, and understand the basics of how yoga works. This workshop meets the body where it’s at and serves as a wonderful springboard to starting or restarting one’s yoga practice. It also serves as an excellent taste of what to expect in the studio’s regularly scheduled beginner-friendly classes and more comprehensive beginner series coming this fall. Cost: $30. Location: 537 Massachusetts Ave., Acton. For more information, call 978-274-5596 or visit


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newsbriefs Pollinate New England Program Set to Launch


ew England Wild Flower Society is now developing Pollinate New England, a multifaceted educational outreach program that includes building a network of model pollinator gardens throughout New England filled with diverse, systemic, pesticide-free native plants. The program, supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, aims to remedy the drastic, dangerous drop in pollinator populations and help gardeners fight through a storm of misinformation and false advertising to select native plant species that genuinely benefit pollinators. Over the next two years, the Society will design and deliver a suite of free educational programs, including an online course,12 pollinator garden workshops and installations across New England, and much more. To get involved, fill out questionnaire at

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


oadside Attraction’s new film Beatriz at Dinner starring Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Chloë Sevigny, David Warshofsky and John Early opened in Boston on Friday, June 16. Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same. This film explores a variety of worldly, as well as spiritual, themes such as integrity, compassion, materialism and greed. Beatriz has dedicated her life to a variety of healing practices, yet finds herself immensely challenged when confronted with the antithesis of all she holds dear. As a spiritual seeker, she strives to express the best of herself, yet feels herself brought to the brink of madness by the realities of modern life. For ticket information, visit

Help Raise Funds for Local Boy’s Medical Needs


edical Aesthetics of New England, in Acton, is raising funds to help pay for medical expenses, a wheelchair and a walker for 8-year-old Dylan Pugh who has undergone 81 surgeries since birth. Through July 31, anyone donating $20 to the cause will receive a 20 percent discount on any service or product. Practice Manager Jasmin Taliadouros says, “He is the sweetest boy you can imagine and with all that he has been Dylan Pugh through, he is always smiling. He loves life and has said, ‘If I grow up, I’d like to share my story with everyone.’” Dr. Gert Walter, Stephanie Liatsis, RN, and their entire staff are dedicated to bringing the very best therapeutic and aesthetic services and products to their clients. They are at the forefront of groundbreaking technologies, using state-of-the-art equipment and medical-strength skin care products to restore the skin and retard aging and sun damage. Additional services offered include teeth whitening, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), laser hair removal, hair restoration, vein removal treatment and hormone pellet therapy. Donations can be made at For more information about the practice, call 978263-1406 or visit See ad, page 35.

newsbriefs Workshop Introduces Heart-Centered Therapy


inda Marks, MSM, will be hosting an introductory workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., July 23, on Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy (EKP), a heart-centered, psychospiritual method of body psychotherapy that she developed Linda Marks in the 1980s. Using meditation, group sharing and EKP healing work in an emotionally safe space, participants will be provided an opportunity to turn inwards to listen to their body—a critical inner resource for self care and well-being— and translate body sensations, emotional feelings and deeper thoughts into important messages to guide one’s life. When physical, emotional and mental symptoms are suppressed, it is difficult to get to the root of what ails someone. Marks’ work allows individuals to translate “symptoms” into important emotional and physical information that can both help them get to the root of what ails them and discover what is needed in order to heal. Says Marks, “This form of mindbody psychotherapy can provide not only symptom relief, but deeper healing. By learning to listen to their bodies and follow their hearts, individuals can both feel better and healthier, and be more connected to their body’s information system to stay healthier and take better care of themselves going forward.” Cost: $25. Location: 3 Central Ave., Newton. For more information, call 617913-0683, email or visit Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Exhibitor and Presenter Applications Accepted for The Revolution of Consciousness


atural Awakenings Boston will host The Revolution of Consciousness, a conscious lifestyle event, on September 24, at the Reggie Lewis Center, in Roxbury Crossing. This day-long expo will include exhibitors, a Bodywork Oasis featuring a wide variety of hands-on body and energy workers, a diverse selection of workshops relating to mind-body medicine and higher consciousness, and a 24-foot, sevencircuit labyrinth. Following the expo is an evening screening of the groundbreaking 2017 documentary Heal, a film about the power of the mind and the body’s natural ability to heal. Natural Awakenings Boston Publisher Maisie Raftery says, “Heal is the most important film of our time.” The evening will wrap up with a panel discussion moderated by Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. Senior Editor Linda Sechrist. The panel will include the film’s producer, Adam Schomer, as well as experts in the field of mind-body medicine and patients that have combined allopathic medicine with mind-body approaches to achieve full recovery. Applications for sponsors, exhibitors, body workers and presenters are now being accepted. A reception and private viewing of the film with the producer will be held for all exhibitors and presenters on Thursday night, September 21.

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meta-study from Tufts University, in .Medford, Massachusetts, documents a revealing relationship between diet and food prices. The researchers found that taxation of unhealthy foods and price reductions of healthy foods help shift consumers to healthier purchases. They reviewed data from 11 studies on the impact of adding tariffs to unhealthy foods that lead to higher prices and 19 studies that examined the effects on the demand of reducing the prices of healthy foods. They discovered that consumers purchased 14 percent more fruits and vegetables when prices were reduced by 10 percent. Other healthy food price reductions produced similar results, with a 16 percent increase in consumption with each 10 percent price drop. The researchers examined the impact of increases in the price of sugary drinks and fast foods. Following 10 percent price hikes, consumption of these items decreased by 7 percent and 3 percent, respectively. “The global food system is exacting a staggering toll on human health, and this is very costly, both in terms of real healthcare expenses and lost productivity,” says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, senior author of the meta-study and dean of the university’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. “Our findings suggest that subsidies and taxes are a highly effective tool for normalizing the price of foods toward their true societal cost. This will both prevent disease and reduce spiraling healthcare costs, which are causing a tremendous strain on both private businesses and government budgets.”

Unique Inflamed Gut Linked to Type 1 Diabetes

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esearchers in Milan, Italy, have found that individuals with Type 1 diabetes display a unique inflammatory signature and microbiome in their digestive tract. The study examined biopsies from 54 patients that underwent endoscopies at the city’s San Raffaele Hospital between 2009 and 2015. The samples came from each patient’s duodenum, the upper part of the small intestine, and allowed scientists to directly assess the bacteria in the digestive tract, rather than relying on stool samples. The results of the samples were compared to gut bacteria from a control group of healthy individuals without Type 1 diabetes and others with celiac disease. Researchers found that the diabetes group showed more signs of gut inflammation than the other groups, and it was linked to 10 specific genes, also marking them as having a unique combination of bacteria. “By exploring this, we may be able to find new ways to treat the disease by targeting the unique gastrointestinal characteristics of individuals with Type 1 diabetes,” explains the study’s senior author, Dr. Lorenzo Piemonti, with the hospital’s Diabetes Research Institute.



Tax and Pricing Policies Spur Healthier Eating

Colicky Babies Respond to Acupuncture


esearch from Sweden has found that acupuncture helps reduce the crying of colicky babies. The study monitored 147 babies between the ages of 2 and 8 weeks with colic at four separate Swedish public child health centers. The babies were divided into three groups; each visited the clinic twice a week for two weeks. One group received “gold standard” care plus five minutes of minimal acupuncture, one group received standard care plus five minutes of acupuncture and one group received standard care only. After two weeks, both acupuncture groups showed a reduction in crying time by the second week and at a later follow-up. More babies dropped to less than three hours of crying per day in the acupuncture groups than the control group, removing them from the colic category altogether. No adverse effects were recorded.

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Coal Phase-Out Boosts Health he province of Ontario began a complete phase-out of its coal-fired power plants in 2005, with all of them having closed by 2015. While the costly measure was expected to produce minor air quality improvements, officials predicted that the resulting health benefits would accrue $3 billion in annual healthcare savings for the community. Realized savings can be seen in the drastic reduction of smog days in Ontario, down to just one since 2014. “Let’s compare that to 2005, when residents of the Greater Toronto Area suffered through 53 smog days while coal, with its toxic emissions, provided 19 percent of the province’s power,” says Vanessa Foran, president and CEO of The Asthma Society of Canada. “It’s obvious that shutting Ontario’s coal plants has helped clean the air; it’s also given a new lease on life to millions that suffer with asthma.” More proof of the medical benefits come from an assessment conducted by Toronto Public Health in 2014. It reported a 23 percent reduction in air pollution-related premature deaths in the city between 2000 and 2011, as well as a 41 percent reduction in related hospital admissions during the same period.


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globalbriefs Beverage Battle

Water Overtakes Sweet Sodas

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After decades of strong growth, bottled water consumption has outpaced carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in the United States. Michael Bellas, chairman and chief executive at Beverage Marketing Corp. says, “When Perrier first entered the country in the 1970s, few would have predicted the heights to which bottled water would eventually climb.” In 2015, U.S. bottled water consumption totaled 39.3 gallons per capita, while carbonated soft drinks fell to 38.5 gallons. Bad publicity about the health effects of sugary beverages is at the root of the trend, with some states considering making them off-limits to food stamp purchasers and cities voting for soda taxes to combat diet-related diseases like obesity and diabetes.

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GMO Studies Compromised by Conflicts of Interest An article published by the journal PLOS One reflects the opinion of researchers affiliated with France’s National Institute for Agricultural Research that a large portion of studies on genetically modified (GM/GMO) crops are rife with conflicts of interest. They state that many have been tainted because someone that worked on a study was also an employee of a company producing them. The study investigated direct financial conflicts of interest, but not other factors such as authors being members of advisory boards, co-holders of patents or consultants to GM companies. Out of 579 published studies analyzed, some 40 percent showed a possible conflict of interest. The authors noted that the suspect studies had a much higher likelihood of presenting a favorable outcome for GMOs compared to others. The majority of these studies (404) were American; 83 were Chinese.

Astonishing Agriculture

Food Grows Without Soil or Groundwater

Proponents of GMO (genetically modified) food may argue that the technique is necessary because the world is running out of resources. However, agricultural startup Sundrop Farms, with offices in the UK and Australia, has developed high-tech greenhouse facilities that apply solutions to grow crops with less reliance on finite natural resources than conventional greenhouse production. In 2010, Sundrop Farms opened a pilot facility in Port Augusta, South Australia, that is combining seawater and sunlight to grow food in the middle of the desert, unaffected by climate change, biotech land grabs, drought, floods and pestilence. They are using Floating Trash-Eaters Clean Up Baltimore Harbor coconut husks, 23,000 mirrors to reflect Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel, solar power and desalinated seawater the solar- and hydro-powered trash intercep- on a hydroponic farm of just under 50 acres to grow 17,000 metric tons of tors cleaning up Baltimore’s inner harbor, non-GMO food every year. have the ability to suck up plastic bags, Built at a reported cost of $200 Styrofoam containers, cigarette butts and million, the facility has a year-round other debris. The waste is burned to generate growing season. In winter, its greenelectricity, and plans exist to increase recyhouse operates with the help of 39 cling capabilities in the future. megawatts of clean energy from solar The brainchild of engineer John Kellett, power. Coles Supermarkets has signed a who gained the support of the Water Partnership of Baltimore, a nonprofit that 10-year contract for the exclusive right supports environmental legislation, the inventions are designed to make the area a to sell the company’s produce. green, safe and friendly destination for people and marine life.

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Coming Next Month Reframing Autism Plus: Rethinking Cancer

August articles include: Preparing Austic Children for Adulthood Preventing Cancer Natural Solutions to Sleep Apnea and so much more!

Floral Throughways

Garden Clubs Help Beautify Roads Displays of flowers populating highway meridians, road embankments and adjacent green spaces are often due to the efforts of garden clubs working with state departments of transportation (DOT). Some of these pioneers also inspire other clubs to pursue similar collaborations, often with public support. “The people of Texas have joined wholeheartedly in what Lady Bird Johnson started,” says Linda Love, roadside beautification chairperson of the Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. (, headquartered in Fort Worth. Their committee recognizes planting projects on state and county highways assisted by 320 local clubs encompassing about 10,000 members. She points to particularly attractive areas along highways 75 in Richardson, plus highways 45 and 35 extending south of Dallas, where concentrations of blue bonnets “look like lakes,” says Love. Other planted native flower patches include Indian paintbrush and gaillardia. She notes that the state prohibits mowing of blue bonnets until after they’ve bloomed and dropped their seeds; picking rules preserve their beauty. Gail Hill, chair of The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.’s ( roadside beautification committee, based in Winter Park, reports the Ella P. Wood Paths of Sunshine Award Program that partners with the Florida Wildflower Foundation ( recognizes the efforts of state DOT maintenance crews in establishing and maintaining roadside wildflowers. “The department has run a strong program for decades,” she says. Local clubs are encouraged to petition elected officials for new resolutions to develop roadside wildflower projects. “About half of Florida’s counties have passed resolutions, including most recently, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties,” says Hill. This year, the Raleigh-based The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. (, with more than 200 chapters, is working with the state DOT to commemorate the centennial of America’s entry into World War I by planting red poppies and bachelor buttons. Roadside Development Chairperson Pat Cashwell reports that about 1,500 acres of wildflowers, including cosmos, are planted annually on state and county highways each summer and fall, largely funded by the sale of special license plates, with awards to highway department crews. “We get letters from people after they drive through the state commenting on the floral beauty,” she enthuses. Many garden clubs also establish flowers in parks, schoolyards, church properties and other public locations.

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The Ocean’s Healthy Harvest Small-Boat Fishing is Good for the Community by Wendy Lewis


eafood is an often overlooked source of sustainable food that is as seasonal and natural as produce, says Jared Auerbach, founder of Boston-based seafood wholesaler Red’s Best. “And it’s also one of the few natural resources that can still be harvested by small businesses,” he says. “Small-boat fishing is, ecologically, the best way to harvest the ocean—it’s best for the ecology, best for the business community and best for the quality of the fish.” Auerbach grew up in the Boston area and started out in the fishing industry as a commercial fisherman. In the early 2000s, he saw that industrial technology was starting to challenge traditional fishing communities. He founded Red’s Best in 2006 to support small-boat fishermen in New England and bring the freshest local seafood to consumers. “Helping people make a living with the Earth, feeding and growing their families and being connected to their communities is such a beautiful, amazing thing,” he says. “Seafood is a fresh, abundant, clean and renewable resource. We just have to be smart about how, when and what we harvest. “This resource will always be there for us. What’s better than something that comes out of the fast-moving, cold currents of our ocean? There aren’t any chemicals and it’s

all-natural.” Auerbach says that he feels really good about harvesting fish naturally, and feeding his family and community with that fish. “Honestly, I’m shocked at how clean our oceans are, and how healthy and abundant the fish are, even right around Boston. In many areas, the supply actually outweighs the demand, so we’re under-fishing them.” Auerbach and his team help streamline fishermen’s daily tasks and adherence to regulations. They also developed proprietary web-based software that tracks the journey of each fish from ocean to table. Daily catches are logged from the time they are unloaded at Boston Harbor to refrigerated trucks, and to filleting and packaging. The seafood is then distributed to restaurants, retailers and other wholesalers and is also available directly to consumers at Red’s Best seafood market and online store. Labeling with special QR codes provides the story of each catch, including who caught the fish, where and how. But even the most sophisticated software can’t predict the catch of the day because fishing, like farming, has seasonal cycles. Auerbach says it can be a challenge to deliver the species restaurants may want for the next day’s menu. “But that’s just how nature works,” he says. “We have to honor what it gives us, and that’s actually the beauty of it.” The second week in August has been tabbed Local Seafood Week as part of the first annual Massachusetts Eat Local Month, and will kick off with a tour of Red’s Best on Monday, August 7. The campaign, running throughout August, has been organized by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) through grant funding from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and will feature a mouth-watering variety of activities each week, from contests and giveaways to “Meet the Farmer” nights, farm tours, a film screening and, of course, lots of opportunities to sample a wealth of foods, products and services local to Boston and its surrounding communities. The last week of August is Eat Local Week, when participating restaurants will offer special menus featuring locally sourced ingredients. To learn more about Red’s Best and its farmers’ market, visit Learn more about Eat Local Month at Restaurants interested in participating in Eat Local Week can apply at

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estled in a quiet corner of Connecticut, Solair Recreation League welcomes unclothed folks of all ages to its family-friendly nudist camping resort in Woodstock. Many Solair members find that nudism becomes happily entrenched as a generational family tradition, returning year after year to participate in safe, child-appropriate activities such as swimming, playing volleyball, hiking and sitting by a campfire with one another. Grandparents are seen gathering around the pool with their grandchildren, as they too grow up with this healthy and natural way of life, and except for a bunch of towels, no one spends much time doing laundry. Nudism, or naturism, is both a philosophy and a way of life that promotes daily activities clothes-free, in a non-sexual social setting such as a camp, resort, club or beach. People that enjoy social nudism reflect an economic, political and social cross-section of society. Nudists cite significant physical and psychological health benefits, especially for women and children, including body acceptance, personal confidence, and freedom from shame; a sense of freedom, relaxation and peace; a realistic view of diversity instead of

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supermodel depictions, and acceptance of ourselves and those around us regardless of size or shape; and the knowledge that nudity and sex are not synonymous. As one Solair member puts it, “As a woman who has always been ‘of size,’ becoming a nudist was the first time I could truly and thoroughly accept myself and feel comfortable in my own skin.” Just last year, the Journal of Happiness Studies published the first-ever full research study of the benefits of nudism. It demonstrated measurably that “individuals do experience increases in positive body-image, self-esteem and life satisfaction after participating in real naturist activities.” The key, it was found, is getting naked around strangers—social nudity. “People seem to be realizing that there’s enough horror in the world without needing to worry about the odd swimmer or bunch of naked people on a beach,” says Andrew Welch in his article “The Misunderstood World of Naturism,” in The Telegraph (UK). “The fact you’re all there with no clothes on brings you together; it’s a kind of understanding between human beings. I’m being me and they’re being them,” he observes.

Maureen Cary, publisher of Natural Awakenings Rhode Island, observes, “There is something about removing clothes that removes some masks, too.” Another regular visitor to Solair Recreation League says, “Going without clothes makes you feel alive and healthy.” More than a decade ago, a Roper poll found that one in four American adults report having skinny-dipped or sunbathed nude, and 74 percent of Americans approve of designated legal public nude beaches. The phenomenal recent growth of groups like Young Naturists of America (YNA) indicates increasingly more acceptance of nude living. YNA’s website even advocates nudism as a path toward tolerance, acceptance, positive body image, ending censorship and many other social causes. Despite the myriad benefits of nudism, our society is still suspicious of it. Many individuals keep their nudist life secret for fear of misunderstanding and even job loss. That’s why the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) maintains a stringent behavioral code, and nudist resorts like Solair uphold this code and respect its members’ and visitors’ anonymity. Sexual-offender and criminal background checks are performed on all visitors, who must present positive ID. Photography is never allowed. And anyone behaving inappropriately is immediately shown the gate. A quick Internet search will yield hundreds of AANR-affiliated clubs, campgrounds and resorts like Solair Recreation League. Those that come to nudism as adults, but wish they had learned about nudism when they were younger, can gift it—and its benefits—to their children and grandchildren. Research shows that children that are raised with nudism are confident, at ease with themselves and more accepting of differences. These are characteristics that build good citizens and democratic leaders. R.K. Roberts and his family are longtime members of Solair Recreation League, in Woodstock, CT. For more information, visit Solair is a member of AANR. See ad on page 12. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in natural awakenings

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to Cleanse Body & Mind

Take Toxins Out of Your Life by Meredith Montgomery


he term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from Egyptian hydrotherapy to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever—to rid our bodies of chemical overload and our minds of negative thinking. The Environmental Defense Fund has counted more than 100 chemicals produced in the U.S. that are present in everyday products and hazardous to humans and the environment. “Our body is a natural detoxifier, ridding itself of toxins through pooping, peeing, sweating and shedding skin. But in our current toxic overload situation, it’s not always an efficient process,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D., an author and functional nutritionist in Washington state. Some experts believe many commercial detoxification programs are unsafe, extreme and ineffective. “Psychologically, a short-term cleanse can act as a stepping stone if you’re eating fast food and donuts every day,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington, D.C., physician specializing in clinical nutrition and author of How Not to Die. “What matters more is long-term— what you’re eating a decade from now.


No quick fix is going to do it, it’s a lifestyle change.”

Feed Your Microbiome

When the microbiome becomes depleted, overall health is affected. Dr. Robynne Chutkan, a gastroenterologist at Georgetown University Hospital, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, in Washington, D.C., and author of Gutbliss and The Microbiome Solution, explains, “The GI tract is the body’s engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.” She recommends switching to a plant-filled diet to effectively repopulate the microbiome and be aware of how food is grown. “Much storebought produce, even organic options, is grown in depleted soil. Seek out biodynamic farmers that prioritize nutrient-rich soil to foster microbes,” Chutkan says. Even planting a couple of herbs or microgreens on the kitchen windowsill can make a difference. “Just picking those herbs and getting your hands in healthy dirt increases your exposure to health-promoting microbes.”

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“Health and wealth have become associated with cleanliness, yet the opposite is probably true,” assesses Chutkan. “Kids come in from the playground to use hand sanitizers and eat processed snacks. Instead, discard the microbiome-disrupting sanitizer and provide fresh vegetables for them to eat outside. We don’t want kids exposed to any serious pathogens, but getting a little dirty is essential.” Studies have found that children with pets are more likely to have fewer allergies and infections and take fewer antibiotics than those living in pet-free households (Clinical & Experimental Allergy and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland). Pets that venture outdoors bring healthy microbes inside; so does fresh air, which purifies poorer quality indoor air. Chutkan also warns of excessive bathing. “When we scrub ourselves, we rub off microbes and naturally occurring oils; unless we’re filthy, we just need to gently rinse.” Marketers convince consumers that products with toxic ingredients are necessities, but coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey can effectively replace many toiletries.


Natural Ways

Get Dirty

Burn Fat Cells

According to ayurveda, burning fat fuels detoxification because toxins from preservatives, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals are stored in our fat cells. When fat is metabolized and used as an energy source, the toxins are released, ready to be flushed out. “When we’re not burning fat, toxins can accumulate, cause congestion in the lymphatic channels, overwhelm the liver and ultimately be deposited back into fat cells or stored in the arteries, heart and brain,” comments Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Dr. John Douillard, of Boulder, Colorado. He’s the author of Eat Wheat and a former director of player development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.

Few Snacks, More Water

Work toward eating three meals a day—a light breakfast, big lunch and light and early dinner—without snacking in-between, and fasting for 13 hours each night. Douillard notes, “This regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a chance to use up its carbohydrates—its normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel— body fat.” Adapt the cleanse to avoid strain, because when under stress, the lymphatic system shuts down and the body stores fat and toxins. “If three meals a day with no snacks is not possible yet, have a nonfat high-protein snack and plan to eat more protein at your next

meal,” suggests Douillard. “Or start with four meals, and work your way down to three.” Aim to drink half your healthiest body weight in ounces of room-temperature water every day, while also sipping warm-to-hot water—believed to soften the intestinal tract, move the lymph and hydrate the cells more effectively than cold water—every 10 to 15 minutes for two weeks. Plain water has a hydrating effect that not even lemon water can replicate.

Emotional Release

“Toxins are best understood less as poisons than as barriers—obstacles to the life and health we truly want,” says Minich. As a functional medicine nutri-

5 Ways to Detox Every Day

Reboot with a Quick Cleanse

by Meredith Montgomery

To stimulate the body’s natural ability to burn fat, Douillard recommends a four-day, at-home detox cleanse. “The digestive system is responsible for delivering nutrients and escorting dangerous toxins out of your body; if you can’t digest well, you can’t detoxify well,” he says. Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutrients, he recommends stimulating fat metabolism with a cleanse that starts each morning with melted ghee followed by a simple nonfat diet throughout the day. According to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, ghee, a clarified butter, has been proven to remove environmental toxins by attaching to toxic fats. Kitchari, the staple of the meal plan, is a nourishing and easy-to-digest, porridge-like blend of beans, rice and Indian spices. “When you eat a mono diet of just kitchari, your body can transfer the energy that normally goes toward digestion into cleansing and healing other systems,” says Douillard. For those not ready to maintain such a limited diet, he recommends a polydiet with the option to add seasonal steamed vegetables, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.

As soon as we start eating healthier diets, our body is able to detoxify more efficiently and diseases begin to be reversed,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a physician and creator of Follow these tips to enhance the detoxification process at mealtimes. “

1 Eat broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables raw or chop them at least 40 min-

utes before cooking to maximize intake of the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which boosts detoxifying enzymes in the liver. For the time-crunched, Greger suggests adding a small amount of any type of raw cruciferous vegetables to the cooked ones.

2 Always choose colorful produce, with the exception of white mushrooms and cauliflower. “White foods are stripped of nutrition,” says Greger. Pigment indicates the richness of antioxidants that keep the body functioning efficiently. He likes adding shreds of economical and long-lasting red cabbage as an everyday garnish. 3 Follow the seasons, because nature provides the ideal harvest for each season—heavier, denser foods in winter, like wheat, dairy, roots, nuts and seeds; and cooling, high-energy fruits and vegetables in summer. Dr. John Douillard, creator of the 3-Season Diet Challenge, remarks that research suggests that gut microbes are meant to change with local seasonal foods to optimize digestion, mood and immunity. 4 Avoid plastics by limiting intake of foods stored or cooked in plastic, especially cling wrap, which is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a known carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer. Also avoid canned goods unless labeled bisphenol A (BPA)-free. “A lot of toxins enter our bodies through processed, overcooked and fried foods,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D. “As we replace these foods with nourishing options, we need to also minimize plastic packaging.” 5 Filter water because, “We are primarily made of water, so if we’re drinking and bathing in contaminated water, it impacts health,” says Minich who recommends using a national testing laboratory to assess home tap water. The results can then be coupled with the Environmental Working Group’s buying guide ( EWG-Buying-Guide) to determine the most appropriate water filter to deal with the contaminants that may be present.

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tionist, she believes that food as medicine is only one aspect of full-spectrum health. Her approach revolves around clusters of nutritional, anatomical, psychological and spiritual life issues that can be jointly detoxified, supported and healed. “Good eating alone will not necessarily solve our emotional woes or stop our limiting beliefs and toxic self-talk,” she explains in Whole Detox, a book based on a whole-life, whole-systems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that impede our growth. Limiting thoughts, as well as heavy metals and pesticides, are toxic barriers that weigh us down, sapping energy that might be used for better things.” Her 21-day program is designed to establish long-term lifestyle changes with simple habits. She recommends monitoring our emotions and tracking thoughts with daily writing exercises. “Look at

yourself like you’re examining a food label to get to the root of limiting patterns,” she says, encouraging questions such as, “Is this thought healthy for me?” or, “Do I want this thought in my being?” Be mindful of speech as well; swearing, exaggerating and interrupting can have deleterious effects, while uplifting affirmations can inspire positive actions. She attests that visualization can help prevent the creative self from shutting down, another aspect of toxicity. “Be intuitive and imaginative; allow creative expression to flow. Before you can manifest what you want in life, you have to envision it.” Minich wants patients to invite introspection by taking a few minutes each day to be in solitude and silence, allowing meaning and purpose to surface. Daily stress relief practices such as meditation, yoga, self-massage and mindful breathing can foster stress reduction. “Life shouldn’t feel like an

Exercise is Crucial

emergency. We need to navigate around stress so we’re not inundated by it,” counsels Douillard. By extracting toxins through sweat and circulating nutrients, physical activity is equally important for detoxification, but it’s also a form of self-love. “It expands your sense of possibilities, freeing you to go where you will and to carry burdens lightly,” Minich says. In this age of personalized medicine, Minich encourages patients to focus on the parts of a detox program that they need most, whether it’s diet, exercise, massage, emotional well-being or spirituality. She reminds us that the desire and need to cleanse is universal.“Detox is as old as humankind.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving

them out in the urine. This not only increases the opportunity to eliminate Increase Rate of Elimination to Improve Detox more waste from the body, the increased water intake that comes with thirst from by Keri Layton exercise dilutes toxins, making them less irritating to the bladder. hen animals experience a Here are five channels of detoxifi4) Stool. Exercise is great for regular near miss, they shake themcation that open with exercise: bowel elimination. The constipation selves, like a pet coming out 1) Lungs. The most obvious way exerof a bath. In contrast, when humans cise increases elimination is by increas- associated with inactivity results from low tone to the abdomen and the pelvic handle near misses, our first response is, ing the respiration rate. Moving more floor, and adhesions that can form. Ex“I’m okay,” and walk away calmly, as carbon dioxide out and more oxygen ercise not only trains the smooth muscle if nothing happened. Only when it is a in helps shift cellular metabolism and of the intestines to contract and release, very big near miss might we cry and find stops the hyperventilation that comes aiding elimination, the motion helps ourselves shaking uncontrollably, but our with anxiety. keeps the abdomen mobile. first instinct is to suppress. By doing so, 2) Sweat. Gentle exercise has an im5) Lymphatics. Not one for the treadwe miss a great opportunity to discharge portant place in aiding detoxification, mill? Try shaking and bouncing around stress hormones and risk locking that but mov ing enough to sweat helps trauma into our structure. move hormones and even heavy metals the house to stimulate the lymph system that lies over the muscles, gently mov Stress is the difference between out of the fat layer stored just beneath the demands put on a system and the the skin. Intervals of intense exercise ac- ing waste products towards the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract. These brief capacity of that system to meet the detually create more mitochondria in the moments of complex movements help muscle cells. Mitochondria, the power mands. Detox lets the body’s ability to house of the cell for energy production, scramble and discharge the waste prodeliminate environmental stress become greater than the toxins to which it is ex- are also the power house for detoxifica- ucts and excess hormones that accumulate, before they lock into muscles. tion. More mitochondria means more posed. capacity to repair damage to the cells When most people think of deKeri Layton, ND, has been helping peothat comes from exposure to environtoxing, they think of diet changes and ple improve their body’s resilience to mental toxins. supplements. These are both important daily stress since 2006. To learn more ways to restore the body’s optimal func- 3) Urine. Many toxins present in the about how she can assist with detoxitioning, but there is another step to take body are eliminated through the kidfication at her Back Bay practice, visit first. It is crucial to increase the body’s neys. As cells work to meet the energy See Resource Guide, rate of elimination, and exercise is the demands of exercise, they produce lots page 41. best at this job. of byproducts, and the body washes



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Camp in Style

Fun Ways to Get Outside This Summer

Be a Kid Again With Your Own Family by Sandra Murphy


ummer is calling and so is the great outdoors. Here are some super vacation sites, inviting activities and ideas to spark summer fun with your family.

Hike It

“Hiking teaches kids respect for the outdoors and animals,” says Branch Whitney, a Mount Charleston, Nevada, author of three books on hiking. “Near Las Vegas, in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, sandstone rock affords a rare sight—year-round running water and lush ferns.” Ralph Stover State Park, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, offers easy walking

trails and climbing rocks. When water levels are high, Tohickon Creek challenges paddlers and whitewater rafters.

Zip Lines and More

Holding the Guinness World Record for the longest and largest continuous eco zip line canopy tour in the world, historic Banning Mills, in Whitesburg, Georgia, will thrill tweens and teens. Enjoy a slower pace on the 12-mile Hike and Bike Trail, with nine suspension bridges, including the longest of its kind in North America. Stay in eco-friendly lodges, cabins and tree houses.

Family Week

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From July 30 to August 4, the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, New York, will host Family Week. Grownups attend workshops while kids participate in specialty camps; everyone convenes for meals, free time and evening entertainment. The campus relies on sustainable energy and local agriculture. Free tours are available at the environmental education center. 24

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If traditional camping isn’t on the table, try Tentrr. Campsites on the privately owned properties sleep four to 16 people in a family, pet-friendly atmosphere. A tent, fire pit, picnic table, water container, camp toilet, queen-size cot, grill, food storage and sun shower are provided. “Compared to other accommodations, each night at a Tentrr campsite saves 245 gallons of water and reduces CO2 output by 54 pounds per campsite,” estimates Michael D’Agostino, Tentrr’s founder and CEO. The secluded Lumberland, New York, campsite, along the Delaware River, sets its roomy tent on a wooden deck. Attractions include Adirondack chairs for unwinding and a nearby farmers’ market and restaurant. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, swimming and fishing. Tentrr provides required life jackets and a shuttle to meet paddlers at their destination for the return trip to camp. From its original 35 sites, the organization recently expanded to 250 campsites, predominantly from Pennsylvania to Maine. This fall, they’ll also open sites in the Pacific Northwest from Northern California to Washington state. 

Head for the Beach

At Natural Bridges State Park, in California, visitors relish viewing shorebirds, migrating whales, seals and playful otters. Moore Creek forms freshwater wetlands and a salt marsh. There’s also a Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. At Kama’ole Beach Park III, in Maui, Hawaii, the small waves are so clear that fish can be seen from the surface. Snorkeling gear rentals are available. Shaved ice stands keep everyone cool. Lakefront beaches like West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, on Lake Michigan’s southern tip, attract kids. They can earn beachcomber badges in the Junior Ranger program by

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finding three different-colored rocks or telling what plants they saw most often. In late August, Mayflower Beach, in Dennis, Massachusetts, hosts its annual local sand sculpture contest with divisions for kids and families creating the art together.

Go Farming

FarmWise, near Alpine Valley, in southeastern Wisconsin, gives children a personal peek into where their food comes from. They learn about life on a farm by tending livestock and farm pets, pruning fruit trees and weeding the garden. They also prepare snacks with the fruits of their day’s labor. The emphasis is on doing the work themselves, be it planting seeds or feeding pigs.

like it in the U.S.,” says staffer Jacqueline Murray. Learn more about this Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Platinum living classroom at

Staycation Ideas

Organic sidewalk chalk, fairy garden and birdhouse kits, and ideas for imaginatively using found items keep kids busy and happy; see BellaLuna Letterboxing combines a contemporary scavenger hunt, hike and mysterious clues; participants have fun locating hidden boxes and collecting stamp marks in personalized logbooks. Whether on a one- or two-week

vacation or a weekend away, a daytrip or backyard activity, there are plenty of nurturing outdoor options for kids of all ages to experience when the weather heats up. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

Experience Science

Science Saturdays at the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park, in San Francisco, are held every weekend with a focus on environmental education, park restoration, climate change science experiments, nature walks and citizen science excursions. “There are no other centers

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~Les Brown

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A Global Adventure in Organic Farming

Local Couple Joins Sustainable Agriculture Movement by Tom Valovic

Sometimes life offers a special opportunity to gather courage and take a plunge into a totally different way of living and being. Jason Hehlo and Emily Hill are life partners who have done just that. They quit their jobs, sold a house and set off on a fascinating adventure— working on organic farms all over the world.


ehlo, 43, had been working in project management and energy engineering for various high tech companies in central Massachusetts, and Hill, 33, a dental hygienist, felt they needed more in this life to provide a sense of personal happiness and fulfillment and yearned for new perspectives. Inspired by their shared commitment to healthy living and healthy eating, and more recently, their increasing interest in acquiring a deeper set of skills and learning about the best ways to grow food naturally, they decided in July 2015 to work with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). “We wanted to stop being victims of a food system that wasn’t looking out for our health and seemed to


only be interested in mass producing for profit,” says Hehlo. “The costs of over processed foods appear to be less at the register, but realizing the ‘true costs’ after potential malnutrition and avoidable medical costs now and later in life, we decided to take a proactive

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Emily Hill and Jason Hehlo

role in producing our own food.” WWOOF was started in 1971 and there are now an estimated 100,000 WWOOFers working with more than 15,000 hosts in 105 countries. The nonprofit helps people interested in organic farming to research and then interview with various prospective farms before committing to a program of travel. The farms typically offer a volunteer work exchange: 25 hours a week for a place to stay and a plentitude of fresh organic farm foods. It took the couple nine months to plan the details of a complicated trip and a brand new lifestyle, which included disengaging from the security of the 9 to 5 world of paychecks and corporate subsistence, and selling the house, three vehicles and many of their personal belongings. With everything finally in place, in March 2016, Hehlo and Hill began their unusual adventure. The first work locations were Greenleaf Farm and Olana Organic Farm on the islands of Maui and Kauai, in Hawaii, where they stayed for six months. The next stop was Baldrock Bungalow Farm and Thornleigh Farm on the north island of New Zealand. Hill and Hehlo continue to broaden their education in organic farming and have deepened their commitment to working on the sustainable agriculture movement which is gaining momentum worldwide. According to writer Jon Latham, “Food movements are rapidly growing across the world. In the U.S. alone, there have been surges of interest in heirloom seeds, in craft beers, in traditional bread and baking, in city garden plots, in organic food and in opposition to GMOs.” On a practical level, the couple has honed their skills in areas such as mulching, fruit and vegetable harvesting, poultry care, composting, landscaping, bed clearing, tray seed planting, bed planting and many other areas. “We’ve learned that we made the right decision and currently have no immediate plans to go back to our past work lives. Our skills and knowledge in organic

farming continue to grow,” says Hehlo. “Through the power of intention, good things present themselves,” notes Hill. “Prior to the journey, life was an endless cycle of just going through the motions. Now, with every day so unique and different, it’s truly up to us to create the future.” Finding the courage to move toward their dreams, Hill and Hehlo are now at the forefront of an exciting new life, while at the same time making a contribution to a critical planetary need. Tom Valovic is a writer, editor and futurist. He is the author of Digital Mythologies which discusses the relationship between spirituality, technology and science. Valovic also co-founded the Emergence Project, a nonprofit that researched indigenous traditions associated with the Great Turning. He can be reached at JazzBird@

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Eating Vegan on the Road Clever Ways to Eat Healthy Anywhere by Judith Fertig


raveling can be tricky for those trying to eat a plant-based diet, especially on long stretches of highway. More than 33 percent of Americans, or 100 million-plus people, are eating vegan/vegetarian meals more often, even if they do not adhere to a strict plant-based lifestyle, concluded a 2011 Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group. Here is what the discerning traveler can do when hunger strikes. Start by looking for vegan pit stops before you go. Identify a plant-friendly restaurant group, such as Dr. Andrew


Weil’s True Food Kitchen (now in 12 states), and then Google for their locations. Smartphone apps such as Finding Vegan and Happy Cow help point the way to vegan-friendly restaurants around the world. This month, Natural Awakenings asked three savvy travelers how they manage plant-based eating wherever they go. For Dustin Harder, eating well on the road is a matter of research and preparation. He is the New York City-based chef/host of the online program The Vegan Roadie, with 100

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U.S. restaurant visits and counting and now seeking crowdfunding for its third season, set in Italy. Harder has learned to investigate his dining options ahead of time, and always packs a travel-size, high-speed blender, lots of trail mix and his favorite condiments of sriracha (bottled hot sauce) and nutritional yeast. “You can locate great vegan restaurants in surprising places if you search online before you travel,” he says, listing Viva Vegeria and La Botanica, in San Antonio, Texas, and The Red Fern, in Rochester, New York, among his finds. Where vegan restaurants are scarce, he turns to plant-based options at Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread. His DIY hotel-room cuisine favorites are a Hotel Smoothie, Banushi (banana sushi) and Pizzadilla, a cross between a pizza and a quesadilla, “cooked” in aluminum foil using a hotel iron and ironing board. Matt Frazier, a runner and co-author of the No Meat Athlete Cookbook, recently went on the road for a self-funded book tour. Not only had he left his high-powered blender back home with his family in Asheville, North Carolina, he was on a tight budget. “The trick that has helped me not just survive, but thrive on the road is eating fresher, more whole and more raw,” he says. He recommends filling up on kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, nuts and seeds, berries, beans, onions and mushrooms. Lindsay S. Nixon, author of The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living and related cookbooks, has traveled from her home in Los Angeles across the country and around the world, finding plant-based foods wherever she goes. “Almost every city has a Thai or Italian restaurant where you should be able to find something on the menu or adapt a dish to stick with plants,” she says. “You might have to get a little creative. I once asked for salsa and a plain, baked potato; not a bad combo, as it turns out.” Wherever we find ourselves, we can still find healthy ways to eat. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at

Vegan DIY Room Service by Dustin Harder

Yields: 1 serving 1 cup filtered water or apple juice Handful or two of tender, baby greens, such as baby spinach or kale 1 banana, peeled, or another favorite soft, peeled fruit


Hotel Smoothie

Put the water, greens and banana in a high-speed, travelsized blender and blend until smooth.

Banushi Yields: 1 serving Nut butter of choice Bananas (not overripe; firm enough to hold toppings) Blueberries Pomegranate seeds or strawberries, cut into slivers Raw nuts of choice, crumbled, crushed or ground up Peel the banana. Spread with a layer of nut butter to look like a sushi roll. Place blueberries in a line down the middle lengthwise, about an inch apart. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds or strawberry slivers and top with raw nut crumble. Slice into pieces the size of sushi roll pieces. Recipes courtesy of

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Here are some basic steps toward cultivating a sense of awe:

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n Appreciate the passing nature of time and life. Even while doing something disagreeable, slowing down and affirming the preciousness of the moment can sometimes render alternative perspectives.

An Awesome Antidote to Polarization by Kirk J. Schneider


e live in polarized times. The current polarization of the American electorate and federal government is rooted in “the polarized mind”, a fixation by individuals on one point of view that excludes differing views and provokes intolerance. Complex issues become black and white, and those with differing views or lifestyles are demonized. Beyond politics, this is seen in gun violence and terrorism, corporate abuses of health and safety, and religious and ethnic strife—affecting major aspects of our

daily lives. An antidote to polarization is awe—the wonder of being alive; living life with hope, respect, humility, wonder and a deep reverence for the adventure of living. Psychology experiments at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, have shown those that practice awe are better able to see outside their own experiences and appreciate other points of view, which can transcend the tunnel vision and pettiness of a polarized atmosphere.

n Be open to discovery and surprise. This is especially helpful if we are constantly locked in by assumptions about people or things. Think how politicians might benefit by being open to the possibility of discovery or surprise during delicate negotiations. The same principle can hold true with family and friends. n Step outside the box of personal judgments and consider the bigger picture of life. Replace the prison of self-criticism often stemming from comparing ourselves with idealized media images with appreciation of the many facets of who we are and what we can become.   Psychologist Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D., is past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, president-elect of the Existential-Humanistic Institute and adjunct faculty at Saybrook and Columbia universities, in New York City. His books include Awakening to Awe, The Polarized Mind and The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution. Visit

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Ways to Detox Your Dog

by Patricia Jordan


purchased from a company that tests for heavy metals. Here are some preventive and remedial steps.


Heal leaky gut first. Like

humans, pets with leaky gut will have food allergies. Remove causes like vaccines and processed foods; support the liver; rebalance with prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes; replenish with a healthy whole foods diet, along with aloe, slippery elm and marshmallow root; and restore with homeopathic remedies. Follow up with fermented veggies as part of the diet. Consult a naturopathic veterinarian for treatment.

Boost nutrients. Nutrient deficien-

cies that can arise in conjunction with mercury poisoning include antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and vitamin D, plus the complex of B vitamins, zinc, magnesium and selenium. These also help treat potential post-vaccination immunity issues. Good nutrient sources to add to doggie meals include: Vitamin A: liver, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens, eggs Vitamin C: berries, citrus, red bell peppers (or berry powder supplements; one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds of weight) Vitamin E: grains, seeds and their oils, wheat germ oil Vitamin D: liver, eggs, oily fish like sardines, mackerel, salmon B vitamins: liver, venison (or moringa leaf powder supplement, one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds) Zinc: red meat, poultry Magnesium: dark leafy greens, seeds, fish Selenium: oily fish, grass-fed beef and beef liver, free-range chicken, egg Turmeric: a powerful supplement to help treat and prevent gene damage caused by heavy metals and glyphosate (one-eighth to one-quarter teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day, combined with a healthy fat like coconut oil and some freshly ground black pepper for better absorption).


Prevent and treat candida.

Avoid aggravating candida as it can release 60-plus toxic substances, including ethanols and the heavy metals it eats. Eliminate all carbs, sugar and grains from the dog’s diet.


Greens, minerals and herbs. The use of juvenile grasses is detoxifying and provides necessary magnesium during a detox. Sea vegetables can supply calcium, iodine and trace minerals. Herbs like curcumin, ginger and cayenne are potent antioxidants; ginger and turmeric help with DNA repair. Nutrients from green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli can enter cells and reduce


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Dogs Need Detoxing Too ou know that mercury is bad for people. John Moore, a prominent 20th-century mercury and dental health researcher, regarded mercury as a ubiquitous contaminant of everything from plastics to concrete and medicine. But what about your dog? Pets also routinely encounter mercury and other toxic metals like aluminum and lead. For humans, eating whole, organic and even biodynamic food has become imperative to avoid heavy metals. That’s also true for canines. A species-appropriate raw diet including veggies is often recommended. And any raw meaty bones should be the joints and not the long bones unless

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Provide clean, filtered water.

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healthy gut restores the body’s natural detoxification function, plus its ability to assimilate critical nutrients. Add a teaspoon or two for small dogs; one to three tablespoons for larger dogs.


Raw food for detox. Discard commercially pro-

cessed foods and chemical synthetic vitamins. Go for raw and whole foods, add fermented foods and supplement intelligently with whole food-based supplements. Organic sources, grass-fed animals and even biodynamic food sources are ideal.

inflammation; broccoli sprouts also apply, with the most effective delivery method via a concentrated powder. Blend or lightly steam veggies to enhance digestion, then add one tablespoon for smaller dogs, or three to four for larger dogs.

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No fake food or vitamins. Be wary of synthetic

vitamins. Whole foods may be properly supplemented with gentle chelators like open cell wall chlorella and super foods like spirulina.

Probiotics plus. Probiotics help restore healthy gut bacteria, repair genes, synthesize nutrients and help remove mercury from the body. Cultivating a gut garden of beneficial bugs boosts health. Add a teaspoon or two of kefir or fermented veggies to the dinner of small dogs, up to a tablespoon or two for larger animals. A high-quality refrigerated probiotic supplement is an option; if it’s made for animals, follow the package directions; for human products, assume the dose is for a 150-pound person and adjust for the dog’s weight. Amino acids, the primary building blocks of proteins, are integral to detoxification; feeding a dog a variety of meats, along with fish and eggs, will provide these. Digestive enzymes also support health; a supplement should include many kinds. Cellulase, a plant enzyme that helps digest plant material, also extracts mercury, which destroys naturally occurring enzymes.


Organ meats. A dog should have organ meats from clean animals at least once a week or as 10 percent of its diet.

As the body detoxifies, symptoms and discharges may occur. These are less common for dogs with raw, species-appropriate diets and minimal vaccinations. Visible results include old dogs displaying more energy and sharper cognitive function and awareness. Eyes are clearer. Fatty tissues shrink down, coats fill out and become shinier and skin becomes healthier. As the largest organ, skin reflects the state of the immune system as a whole. A concentrated detox to overturn health issues relies on doctor protocols and individualized treatment. An everyday gentle detox generally keeps pets healthier. Patricia Jordan is a naturopathic veterinarian in Cape Carteret, NC. Learn more at


Plan meals with prebiotics. Prebiotics occur naturally in common high-fiber foods including cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. Carrots, beets and spirulina also benefit the gut. Establishing a

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markyourcalendar Plant Spirits in Your Garden Come on a green journey into the realm of plant spirits for emotional healing and experience plants from a place of deep connection with Mother Earth.

Fri., June 30 - Sun., July 2 $350-$395. Raven Crest Farm, 842 Canaday Hill Rd, Berne, NY. 347-866-0447.

markyourcalendar “Yoga ME Happy” Women’s Retreat Relax, recharge, restore your inner happy in scenic Rockport, Massachusetts. Enjoy the ocean, nature, yoga, meditation, aromatherapy workshop, great food, new friends.

Fri., July 7 - Sun., July 9 $350 includes all meals, yoga and lodging. Limited to 24 amazing women. Windhover Performing Arts Center, 257 Granite St, Rockport. 508-990-6795. Nancy_RealLifeYoga@



Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Preview – 8-10pm, opens; 8:30pm, concert starts. Enjoy patriotic familiar favorites by the Boston Pops. No fireworks. Free. Hatch Shell, Boston Esplanade.

Acupuncture Relaxation Treatment Free – 9am1pm. Relax, find relief, and rest with community acupuncture in a quiet environment; group setting with affordable prices. For further treatment; take insurance, if covered. 18 plus yr experienced practitioner. Free. Joy Community Acupuncture, 335 Boylston St, Ste J3, Newton. 617-510-0559.

TUESDAY, JULY 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – 9am, opens; 8:30pm concert. Patriotic familiar favorites followed by a fireworks display over the Charles River. Free. Hatch Shell, Boston Esplanade.

FRIDAY, JULY 7 Embrace the Water: Heal Yourself, Heal the World – With Beryl Bender Birch & Bill Meier. Using yoga breathing and meditation techniques, you can learn lifesaving, liberating skills to help you face fear, overcome resistance, embrace water and enhance your life. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. Details:

markyourcalendar Songbird Retreat Love your voice and the many gifts that freeing it will bring to your life. Connect to your soul through the power of music.

7pm Fri., July 7 3pm Sun., July 9 $350-$395. Raven Crest Farm, 842 Canaday Hill Rd, Berne, NY. 845-538-9759.


SUNDAY, JULY 9 Reiki Clinic – 1:30-4:30pm. Experience a relaxing reiki treatment. Reiki is an ancient form of energy healing, relieving stress, facilitating personal and spiritual growth and alleviating pain. $15/clients, free/practitioners. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. Pre-registration required, Jean: 617-835-9963.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 Neurofeedback: Brain Training at its Best – 7-8:30pm. A free educational lecture by Dr. Jolene Ross concerning easy, effective, safe and durable brain training for executive functioning, ADHD, memory, attention, anxiety and depression as well as many other neurologically based disorders of the brain. Research will be presented. Free. Wayland Public Library, 5 Concord Rd, Wayland. 781-4449115.

THURSDAY, JULY 13 The Spa of Your Mind: Hypnosis Seminar – 6:30-8pm. Imagine if the mind had its own health resort full of specialists. Attendees visiting the hypnotic spa will find it interesting, insightful and change making. Benefit seminar. Donations accepted. The Tam Center for Healing, 15 Cottage Ave, 5th Fl, Quincy. 781-340-2146.

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SATURDAY, JULY 15 Release Your Inner Monster – 2-3:30pm. Reduce your stress and feel better. Matthew Carriker, Protestant Chaplain at Brandeis University and founder of the Agape Spiritual Community, will introduce a series of mindfulness and stress reduction techniques. Learn about tools to use going forward. Free. Waltham Public Library, 735 Main St, Waltham. 781-314-3429. Waltham.Lib.

SUNDAY, JULY 16 Reiki Level 1 Training & Certification – 9am7pm. Learn to care for yourself and others in a warm and professional setting. Learn reiki meditations, how to practice hands-on healing of self and others, the reiki principles, reiki history, and how reiki promotes mindfulness and wellness on all levels of your being. Comprehensive course manual. CEUs for nurses, social workers and LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

MONDAY, JULY 17 Qigong for Everyone – 7-8pm. With Maryellen LaBelle. Focus on a sequence to allow the free flow of qi, spark your spirit and open heart. Leave feeling energized, grounded and excited for summer. Space limited. $15. Better Life Acupuncture & Herbs, 238 Bedford St, Ste 5, Lexington. To register: 781-710-4325.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 Independents Party – 6-8:30pm. In celebration of local and independent businesses, Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is excited to host our Summer Independents Party. Rain date: July 26. $15/members, $25/nonmembers. Symphony Road Community Garden, Boston. Yoga for Beginners Workshop – 6:30pm. With Amy Yapp & Jen Mast. Whether you are just beginning your journey into yoga or looking to refresh your practice, this workshop is for you. $30. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596. Landmarks Concert – 7pm. Music from a Summer Evening. Selections from Vaughan Williams, Delius and more. Bring a blanket or low folding chairs. Free. Hatch Shell, Boston. Weather alerts & alternate locations in case of rain: 617987-2000.

FRIDAY, JULY 21 Tai Chi Alchemy: Yang Cheng Fu’s 13 Original Postures– July 21-23. With Rick Barrett. Learn how to access jin from the start and how to

inculcate that into each movement of a taijiquan form. A short, powerful, large-frame form that can be learned in a weekend. Video support is provided to assist continued practice. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. Details: Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach – July 21-23. 8am-8pm. Watch renowned master sculptors from across the U.S. and Canada work their magic with individual 12-ton allotments of sand. Also features music performances, food trucks and crafts activities. Fireworks display on the last night. Free. Revere Beach, Revere.

TUESDAY, JULY 25 The Incredible Dr. You Workshops – 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. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. RSVP: 617-964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 Landmarks Concert – 7pm. Mercury Orchestra. Wagner and Strauss with Channing Yu conducting. Bring a blanket or low folding chairs. Free. Hatch Shell, Boston. Weather alerts & alternate locations in case of rain: 617-987-2000.

SUNDAY, JULY 30 Reiki Level 2 Training & Certification – 9am7pm. Discover deeper teachings and practices within the system of reiki. Learn to practice with three symbols and mantras, as well as specific healing processes. CEUs for nurses, social workers and LMTs. Prerequisite: Reiki Level 1 Training. $300. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856. Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. An overview of reiki, an ancient hands-on healing method for reducing stress, relieving pain and facilitating personal and spiritual growth. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 781648-9334.


savethedate “Embrace Your Grace” Women’s Kundalini Yoga Retreat In scenic Rockport, Massachusetts. Learn to enjoy each moment as it with grace and brighten your inner soul.

Thurs., Aug 3. - Sun., Aug 6 $450 includes all meals, yoga and meditation. Windhover Performing Arts Center, 257 Granite St, Rockport. 508-990-6795. Nancy_

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required. Free. P-Knot Industries, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Rm 1217, Pawtucket. 401753-2099.

Quincy Market History Tour – 11am, daily; 6pm, Wed; 2pm, Sat. 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.

EasYoga – Thru July. 6-7:30pm. Also Tues & Thurs. Relax, re-energize and revitalize. Walkins welcome. First session free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-9231440.

Frog Pond Spray Pool – Thru Labor Day. 11am6pm. For 12 and under. Frog Pond turns into a spray pond for the summer. Lifeguards on duty during open hours. Free. Frog Pond at Boston Common. Restorative Yoga – 4-6:30pm. With Billie Jo Joy. Anyone needing to chill out and rest body, mind and spirit. Props used to support total relaxation, giving you a chance to catch up with yourself. Open to beginners and experienced yogis, people with injuries and other precautions. $40/session. Art & Soul, 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge. 617594-1794. For specific dates: Free Drop-In Summer Yoga on Boston Common – Thru Aug. 6-7:15pm. Instructors provide power vinyasa flow for students of all levels. Bring your own mat, blocks, towels and belt. Free. Frog Pond at Boston Common. Shakespeare on the Common – July 19-Aug 6. 8pm, Tue-Sat; 7pm, Sun. Bring a blanket or low folding chair, or rent a chair for $5 plus a $5 deposit (returned when you return the chair). Bring a picnic or purchase from vendors. Free. Boston Common, near the Parkman Bandstand.

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. Vinyl Sundays at Short Path Distillery – 1-6pm. Bring your favorite LP and we’d be happy to spin it on the tasting room stereo system, or choose from our selection. Free. Short Path Distillery, 71 Kelvin St, Unit 2, Everett.

monday Open P-Knotting at Noon – 12-12:45pm. Also Tues, Wed & Thurs. Individualized guided instruction on how to use the P-Knot. No P-Knot


Nia-Somatic Fitness Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Nia technique is a blend of dance martial arts and healing arts set to music to fit your personal experience. All levels welcome. Discount cards available. $15. Om Namo Center, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-620-7654.

tuesday 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. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st Tues. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. You are not alone in your experience, and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. 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.

wednesday Nia-Somatic Fitness Classes – 8:30-9:30am. Nia technique is a blend of dance martial arts and healing arts set to music to fit your personal experience. All levels welcome. Discount cards available. $15. Studio 550, 550 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4pm select Wed. Also 2pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behindthe-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. Boston Public Library Concerts in the Courtyard – Thru Aug 30. 6-7pm. Also Fri, 12:30-1:30pm. Various artists and groups give concerts throughout the summer. Free. Central Library in Copley Square, McKim Courtyard, 700

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Boylston St, Boston. 617-536-5400. Details: BPL. org/Programs/Concerts. Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – 6-9pm. An opportunity to sketch from live models and/or from objects in their collections. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. Active Stretch for EveryBODY – 6:30pm. Also Mon, 7:30am & Thurs, 9:30am. Everybody from elite athletes to couch potatoes welcomed. See “classes” on website. $12/drop-in, $100/10 classes with Budget Stretcher card. STAR Tech Healing and Learning Center, 14 Nason St, Ste 202, Maynard. 978-897-0110. 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. 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. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630.

thursday Boston Calling Thursday Block Parties – Thru Sept 14. 5-8pm. Live performances by a different group every week. Free. Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. BostonCallingBlockParties. Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. Assabet Valley Holistic Mom’s Group – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Thurs. A nonprofit organization that is gender neutral, open to the public. LGBT, singles, couples, marriages, teachers, professionals and individuals are welcome. Free. Maynard Public Library, 77 Nason St, Maynard. More info: 978-908-7870. 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. Shift from Dis-Ease to Ease – 7:30-9pm. 2nd Thurs. Cancer? Be supported in how to manage your anxiety and explore how the interactions of

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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS your beliefs and feelings can have profound effects on your health and well-being. Presented by, Sonny Rose, MA, Founding Director of The Healing Beyond Cancer. Bring pen and paper. Free. Roots and Wings Healing Center, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-369-7733. 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. CFA.

friday Belmont Youth Running Club – 7-7:30am. The goal of this free club is to show your passion for running and to help youth and beginner runners learn to enjoy the sport in a safe and fun environment. We will stretch, run, laugh and plank. Bring a bottle of water. Free. Belmont Reservoir, corner of Payson Rd & Oak St, Belmont. 617-4384467. Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. 1st Fri. Free blood pressure screenings in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. 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. Monthly Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Make an appointment for a 30-min reiki session. Appointment times are 7-7:30pm, 7:358:05pm & 8:10-8:40pm. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

saturday 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 lecturers. 719 Washington St, South Easton. 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. Prenatal Yoga Class – 11am-12:30pm. Relax, re-energize, revitalize. Gentle stretches to relieve tension. Walk-ins welcome. First session free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440. Greenway Open Market – Thru Oct. 11am-5pm. An eclectic mix of crafts, art, music and locally produced products from Boston. Gourmet food trucks. Different mix of vendors every week. Rose Kennedy Greenway, near Rings Fountain along the Wharf District parks. Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival – Thru Aug 26. 5pm, activities start; sundown, movie starts. Entertainment and children’s activities followed by a different movie every week. Free. Prudential Center, South Garden, Boston. Neutrality Night with Stephen Dupre – 8pm. Have some fun and learn simple techniques to get neutral to experience real-time energy shifts. Register online: First 10 will get issues addressed on the call. Free. Online event. 401-405-1669.

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617-610-0734 Looking for ways to better manage stress, improve health or lose weight? Want support in moving beyond old patterns that are holding you back? Health and Wellness Coaching and reiki can help. See ad, page 29.


Kim Childs 1025 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476 617-640-3813 Need help clarifying and manifesting your desires? Asking “What’s next?” or “What do I really, really want?” Kim is a certified life and career coach specializing in Positive Psychology, creativity, and spiritual living to help clients create more joyful and fulfilling lives. Consultations are free via phone/Skype or in person.


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, back page.

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 29.


Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 • Fax: 781-899-1172 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 ad, page 19.


1842 Beacon St, Ste 305, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516 Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants with a holistic approach to medicine and dentistry. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile, call: 617-868-1516. See ad, page 10.

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, back page.

NEWTON DENTAL WELLNESS 93 Union St, Ste 408 Newton Center, MA 617-244-4997

We are the healing dentist. We take a holistic approach to general and pediatric dentistry. We make it easy to see a dentist. New patients receive free comprehensive exam and full set of X-rays. Blog at

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.

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Irina Serebryakova, Holistic, NP 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919


12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319 We offer two Herbal Apprenticeship Programs, Advanced Training, Aromatherapy Certification and a series of Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon classes. Please visit our website. See ad, page 27.


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, back page.


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 32.



Integrative Healing Practitioner: Out of Ruts and onto Paths 366 Mass Ave, Ste 101 Arlington, MA 02474 339-707-0503 I see people separately for GYN care, for Access BARS, AccessFacelift and Body Processes sessions, and for visit packages to help organize your wellness through history taking, testing, treatment, sessions and appropriate referrals where necessary. 


Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the transformative healing process of hypnotherapy. Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 8.



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 6.


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.


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 27.


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 ad, page 7.

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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 27.


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 ad, page 19.

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


Whole Family Wellness, LLC 29 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02116 781-721-4585

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.

Naturopathic Medicine since 2006. Dr. Layton provide safe, effective complementary and alternative natural therapies to achieve vibrant health in people of all ages.

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


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, back page.


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 27.


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.

BRIANA PIAZZA, REIKI MASTER 228 Central St, Saugus, MA 01906 781-629-9659

Reiki Master healer and teacher offering healing treatment sessions and training at all levels. Call, email or visit to schedule your session.





Olivia Napoli Boston, MA 917-576-4078 OliviaNapoli.ccom

What if you could look and feel your best every single day? It’s possible. As an Integrative Nutrition Coach, I specialize in healthy eating and lifestyle, including one-on-one nutrition coaching, corporate wellness, group health programs, weight loss, cooking demos and more.


617-610-0734 Looking for ways to better manage stress, improve health or lose weight? Want support in moving beyond old patterns that are holding you back? Health and Wellness Coaching and reiki can help. See ad, page 29.


160 School St, Ste 1-1, Waltham, MA 508-335-3814 Healing for body, mind and spirit. Yoga, reiki, meditation, crystal healing and life coaching are used to activate your body’s natural healing response.

222 Newbury St, 3rd Fl, Boston 617-459-7474 What’s in your hair color? How does pharmaceutical-grade Certified Organic Aloe Vera sound? Call today to experience the difference certified organic ingredients make in your hair care products.

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98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 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 27.


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 12.



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.


SACRED TEMPLE ARTS Sacha L. Fossa, MA, ACTE 978-309-9399



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 11.

Looking for ways to better manage stress, improve health or lose weight? Want support in moving beyond old patterns that are holding you back? Health and Wellness Coaching and reiki can help. See ad, page 29.






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