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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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letterfromtheeditor Never doubt that a small group of

thoughtful, committed citizens has the power to change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead

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ue to my deep love of wise local government and citizen’s rights, Mead’s quote has accompanied me throughout my life. I have always believed that I could do anything I wanted and often take action on an idea right away. Just last week I enjoyed a tour of the local zoo where the guide spoke to us about myriad efforts underway to sustain the health and wellness of the animals, plants, pollinating insects and ecosystems Coco Kunstman & Melissa Burbank to keep them from extinction. Zoo staffers are Earth-worthy environmentalists. I walked straight home to my computer and submitted my name as a volunteer. Volunteering at the zoo is something I’ve always wanted to be a part of and I didn’t want to wait another minute. If I had not taken action then, I think I might have whiled away the rest of my Saturday in one entertaining pursuit or another, forgetting all about the excitement and admiration I felt for this endeavor. I would have missed out on something extraordinary. Yes, I’m only one person volunteering to support a good cause. But consider the renowned butterfly effect that may ripple outward from my moving forward. Given my enthusiasm at the prospect, what might the actual experience garner? Contemplating this, I find myself engaged in a reverie of potentially great opportunities on the horizon. Volunteering is just one way of Working Together, this month’s theme, which affords limitless possibilities. My business partner, Melissa Burbank, and I always call each other to share new thoughts, ideas, motivations and endeavors. This day we started discussing volunteering in general. Melissa volunteers at a number of New Orleans nonprofit organizations including Boy Hope Girls Hope, Girls on the Run and Youth Run NOLA. She says she almost feels selfish volunteering because she gets so much happiness out of it. It’s a phenomenon John Lennon captured in a misquoted Beatles' song lyric as “the love you get is equal to the love you give.” In discussing other avenues for making a difference, Melissa commented, “We start out wise and end wise. We just get a little lost in the middle.” It’s a beautiful way of looking at the cycle of life. How do we successfully ground our self in what is really important? Spending time with animals, children and seniors give us some clues… living by what is fundamental to life is natural for them and a helpful classroom for us in learning and remembering what really matters. Why not sign up and get ready to experience the rush of sharing warm hearts and instant smiles?

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indy Daigle, an energetic healer specializing in DNA activation, is currently growing wildflowers she uses to create an etheric shifting line for her plant apothecary company, NOLA Botanics. The products are expected to be available next month and the formulas are available online. In addition, NOLA Botanics offers formulas for physical maladies, including Liver/Gallbladder, Lymph Formula, Pause, Be Well and Anti-Parasite. The store also offers essential oil blends for spiritual uplifting and a natural cosmetic blend containing herbs and essential oils. All of Daigle’s formulas bring pranic light into the body to activate and balance the etheric DNA and bring the body into alignment with the original etheric blueprint, shifting the body to health and well-being. For more information or to place an order, call 504-931-6494 or visit nolaBotanics.com. See ad on page 9.

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he 2015 Dream Caravan, connecting dreamers of all kinds, will take place from 1 to 7:30 p.m., November 7, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 8, at the New Orleans Healing Center. The first day features an intensive dream workshop and a Divine Dream Ceremony to welcome sweet and heartopening dreams. The November 8 session offers a full-day, conference-style event. Participants can choose from more than 10 workshops and presentations focused on dreams and dreaming. Highlights include an exclusive lecture by awardwinning scholar Alexis Gumbs on the dream journals of Audre Lorde and a Shamanic Journeying workshop offered by Druid Priestess Mary Kay Kasper. Other workshop topics include integrating art and dreams, poetry and dreams, qigong and dreams, and more. A poetry reading and Night Shift, an art show, will be held in conjunction with this event. Cost: $35 per day, $65 both days. Location: 2372 St. Claude Ave. For more information or to register, email KeziaVida.K@gmail. com or visit DreamCaravan.Strikingly.com. See ad on page 15.

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2015 study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has found that more than half of American children are dehydrated. The research analyzed data from the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for children 6 to 19 years old. The study also found that boys have a 76 percent greater likelihood of being dehydrated, and African-Americans were 34 percent more likely to not drink enough water compared with U.S. Caucasians. “Dehydration accounts for hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations each year due to a number of illnesses that can lead to depletion of fluids and electrolytes from the body,” says Dr. Daniel Rauch, associate professor of pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. It can be difficult for parents to gauge the level of hydration in children. Researchers from the University of Arkansas have determined that urine color provides a reliable indicator of hydration levels, with darker urine indicating increasing levels of dehydration.

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ew research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found the color of the fruits and vegetables we eat may affect our weight and heart health differently. The study followed 1,272 people over a three-year period, beginning in 2006 and 2008. The researchers compared their respective diets over both periods with levels of cholesterol, weight and waist circumference—all measures of obesity. The research grouped fruits and vegetables into red/purple, yellow, green, orange or white. Among women, greater consumption of red/purple fruits and vegetables was related to lower weight and abdominal fat, lower blood sugar and reduced total cholesterol. Meanwhile, greater consumption of yellow fruits and vegetables was linked to weight gain over the same period. Among men, the researchers found those that ate more red/purple fruits and vegetables had reduced weight and waists compared to those that ate other-colored foods over the three-year period by an average of 13 and 14 percent, respectively. Greater yellow fruit consumption was linked to lower total cholesterol levels. Green and white fruits and vegetables were associated with reduced abdominal fat gain over the three-year period.


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Smell-Based Pheromones Offer Pesticide-Free Bug Control Semios, a Vancouver, Canada, provider of real-time agricultural information and precision pest management tools, has been given U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval for the first aerosol pheromone-scent products shown effective in disrupting the mating of the codling moth and oriental fruit moth by attracting males to the females’ scent in spots devoid of mates. Pheromones are natural chemicals that many animals use to communicate within their species. Unlike pesticides that kill a wide variety of insects, each pheromone targets a single pest species, leaving beneficial pollinators like bees and predators such as ladybugs unconfused and unharmed. One dispenser is hung in each acre and nothing is sprayed directly on the fruit. Pheromones don’t affect any other organisms, including humans, and can be used by both organic and conventional growers. David Knight, owner of Knight’s Appleden Fruit, Ltd., in Colborne, Ontario, has used the Semios system for two seasons as part of a regulatory trial. He says, “I could see this technology becoming completely mainstream in our industry in the next five or six years.” Traditional insecticides are expensive to buy and time-consuming and laborintensive to apply. Because they’re toxic, workers can’t enter the orchard for a specified number of days after spraying. Knight adds that fruit growers that rely heavily on pollinators to produce their fruit are also keenly aware of the environmental risk posed by pesticides and welcome a natural and less costly alternative; only tiny amounts are needed. Kirk Hillier, Ph.D., a biologist at Canada’s Acadia University, in Nova Scotia, who studies how insects communicate with pheromones, confirms that such scents have also been shown to be effective in both controlling a wider variety of agricultural and household pests and monitoring insects destructive to forests. Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company

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Farmers Sue GMO-Maker Over Lost Revenue Swiss biotech giant Syngenta AG may have destroyed much of the corn export business that U.S. farmers count on. China has rejected huge shipments of U.S.-grown corn, largely because Syngenta released a GMO (genetically modified organism) version before it was approved. Consequently, $1 billion in class action suits are being brought in federal court by farmers in three states. The MIR162 strain of GM corn comprises only about 3 percent of U.S. crops, but it cannot be contained due to cross-breeding. The National Grain and Feed Association estimates that the Chinese refusal of U.S. corn has reduced corn prices by 11 cents per bushel, and it has asked Syngenta to stop selling the GM corn seed varieties. Syngenta was formed in 2000 by the merger of Novartis Agribusiness and Zeneca Agrochemicals. Source: Tinyurl.com/SyngentaLawsuit 10

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Wildlife Thrives in Dead and Fallen Trees Gathering winter firewood or felling dead trees may be a necessary chore, but it’s best to avoid fallen or snag trees (still upright and decomposing naturally) because they are home to woodland and backyard wildlife. Many types of birds, including woodpeckers, chickadees, bluebirds, nuthatches, owls, wrens and tree swallows and small mammals like raccoons, squirrels, opossums and porcupines use the cavities and crevices for shelter, food (in some cases, dining on congregating invertebrates like millipedes, beetles, spiders, worms and ants), mating, nesting and resting. The U.S. Forest Service says that some 1,200 forms of flora, including mosses, lichens and fungi, rely on dead, dying or rotted-hollow trees and serve to refresh habitat by returning vital nutrients to the soil via the nitrogen cycle. Decaying logs on the forest floor also act as “nurse logs” for new seedlings. Likewise, it’s good to respect brush piles of mainly fallen limbs and sticks. “These are wonderful hiding places for squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks,” reports Woodrow Nelson, a vice president with the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation (Arbor Day.org), in Lincoln, Nebraska, which serves to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. It’s best to identify existing and future snags prior to gathering firewood or timber to spare their accidental destruction. Long-dead trees are fairly easy to spot, with their bony limbs bereft of leaves. Snags-to-be require more review. Look for signs of disease or misshapen form: bracket fungi, rotting branch stubs, beetles, carpenter ants or broken main limbs. Nelson further advises, “Proper pruning can turn around a tree’s health.” He encourages consulting with a local certified arborist or the foundation’s Backyard Woods program. Keeping one or more snags in a yard can create wildlife refuges. According to the National Wildlife Federation (nwf.org), hardwood trees tend to make better nesting habitats, while softer woods are more suited for food foraging. As long as the wood is kept a reasonable distance from a home, termites and other pests won’t find their way between the two dwellings.

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n the spirit of citizen-led activism, the Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA) developed the Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center (AWC) out of the need for affordable fitness and fine arts classes in the Broadmoor community—a neighborhood badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It is the newest addition to the Broadmoor Education Corridor, joining the Rosa F. Keller Library and the Andrew H. Wilson Charter School. The AWC is located in the former St. Matthias Catholic School, which was vacant before the hurricane struck. The redevelopment of this building represents the largest blight removal project in Broadmoor. The center is the latest endeavor of the BIA, originally formed in the 1930s as the Broadmoor Civic Improvement Association to address the needs of the developing neighborhood. In 1970, the group reorganized as the BIA to stop racist real estate tactics known as “blockbusting”, a practice by which real estate agents and developers introduce African-American homeowners into previously all-white neighborhoods in order to spark rapid white flight and housing price decline. BIA’s first challenge of the 21st century was rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. Through determination and resilience, Broadmoor neighborhood citizens have transformed the vacant school into an affordable community space. AWC features a 780-square-foot movement room for community dance, fitness classes, theater rehearsals and performances; two counseling offices with a waiting area available for rent

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AWAKENING THE GLOBAL HEART

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When hundreds of participants in Pachamama’s Awakening the Dreamer symposium, held in cities throughout the U.S., kept asking “What’s next?” Tigueros facilitated the creation of Game Changers, which explores present challenges and possibilities and ways to create a new future. He says, “We wanted to help them in awakening to their personal qualities and strengths before setting out to change the world. While engaging with others and creating a global society for all beings to flourish is a goal to strive for, we came to recognize that it takes a collective and collaborative approach within a community of practice to keep the message alive and implement what’s learned in the 12-week training.” A love for social justice prompted Tigueros to recognize the corporate capture of America’s democracy. “Suggesting that symposium participants work with Move to Amend and Citizens’ Climate Lobby made sense,” he explains. One is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals seeking to end corporate personhood and demand true democracy; the other empowers individuals to exercise their political power.

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It takes love to inspire the youth of GenY, Generation We and the Digital Generation, all names for the Millenials, to create a new story and transform their lives and communities. Gorman is counting on his peers to help make it happen. “We’re writing a different story than the worn-out one we’ve been led to believe is inevitable,” he says. Some of Generation Waking Up’s young leaders have formed local communities of practice that campaign to get big money out of politics, pressure universities to divest fossil fuel investments, build local and just food systems, end mass incarceration, enroll residents to go solar and inspire everyday citizens to live in more just, sustainable ways. “Young people have a leadership role in spearheading the change our world is calling for. Ultimately, it will only come about with every generation working together,” observes Gorman, who operates from Oakland, California. He’s encouraged when Generation Waking Up members say they want to learn from older adults that spent decades struggling for positive social change. A deep love for the potential of civic engagement prompted Gladstone, New Jersey, resident Kleitsch’s Walking Civics initiative. The intergenerational nonprofit, endorsed by the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, trains military veterans and students as young as 16 as poll workers. “I want to inspire future voters by letting them learn how to do the job competently and with integrity, and lead them to participate in democracy’s most cherished act of voting,” advises Kleitsch. It’s currently active in several jurisdictions across the country and will scale up for 2016 and beyond.

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This small sampling of individuals whose actions are affirming their heart’s directives is not random and signals a larger movement. It represents author Anodea Judith’s explanation for the evolution of our human journey, captured in the title and essence of her book Waking the Global Heart: Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love. Ja m e s O ’ D e a , a u t h o r o f T h e Conscious Activist, says, “As we evolve, we recognize that it’s the heart which holds the great key to our collective healing, to real civility, the courage to face our own shadow and true progress.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout We.com for the recorded interviews. natural awakenings

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An integrative approach that emphasizes physical activity and a meditation or other spiritual practice can be highly effective in treating all levels of depression, according to Gordon. “It’s a way to get unstuck, to help us move through and beyond depression and other difficulties in our lives,” he says. Exercise triggers rises in mood at least equal to those generated by antidepressant prescription drugs, according to new Duke University research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. People that are depressed often don’t want to move, Gordon comments. “Start with what you can do. Walking a couple of blocks a day is a good beginning.” He notes, “I teach specific meditation techniques such as slow, deep, soft-belly breathing and mindful walking and eating. All have been shown to decrease levels of anxiety and stress, enhance mood and optimism, and promote greater emotional stability and more reliable judgment.” A healthful diet emphasizing vegetables, fruit and healthy fats; strong support from friends and family; creative activities; and connecting with a higher power comprise Gordon’s integrative prescription for a happy life. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at KathleenBarnes. com. natural awakenings

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AFLAC – is the largest provider of supplemental insurance in the world and is now hiring Benefits Consultants. If you are interested in providing financial piece of mind for others when they need it most and would enjoy a professional position with a flexible schedule and unlimited income, please send your resume to Melissa_Burbank@us.Aflac.com. YOUNG LAVENDER BUDS – is a company dedicated to teaching the public about the power of essential oils and how to incorporate them into their daily lives. If you are interested in becoming a distributor and educator please contact Coco Kunstman 504-344-7320, Coco@YoungLavenderBuds.com or visit us at YoungLavenderBuds.com.

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VEGETARIAN MEETUP GROUP – meets at least once a month for a veggie meal. See calendar of events at Meetup.com/ Vegetarian-515/ Members/7165804/

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES BOYS HOPE GIRLS HOPE – By providing children with arms-around care, safe homes and environments, a first-class education, opportunities to learn more about themselves and the world, and academic, financial, and spiritual support through college, Boys Hope Girls Hope empowers children to realize the potential that is within them. Volunteer or donate at BoysHopeGirlsHope.org. GIRLS ON THE RUN – We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. To become involved, visit GOTRNola.org. YOUTH RUN NOLA – creates and empowers a community of healthy, young leaders through running. For more information about volunteering as a coach, running buddy, or other one of the many other opportunities, visit YouthRunNOLA.org or email Denali@ YouthRunNOLA.com.


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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

Advanced Practitioner Certification in the Akashic Records – 9am-4pm. Gain experience using the Akashic Records for energy healing, exploring past lives and understanding ancestral patterns. Open to students who completed a beginner certification class through the Gretna Center or a teacher certified with the Linda Howe Center for Akashic Studies. Center for Akashic Studies & Meditation, 1581 Carol Sue Ave, Ste 211, Gretna. 504-392-3498. AkashicLight.org. CAC’s Art for Arts’ Sake – 5-8pm.Created by the Contemporary Arts Center in 1980, this annual rite of fall has become one of the hottest events of the year for art lovers in and around New Orleans. Free admission. Cacno.org.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4

Advanced Practitioner Certification in the Akashic Records – 9am-4pm. See Oct 3 listing. Center for Akashic Studies and Meditation, 1581 Carol Sue Ave, Ste 211, Gretna. 504-392-3498. AkashicLight.org.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6

Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 1:45pm. Help students with education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation and increasing flexibility. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. RSVP: 504-293-0972. BlueCliffCollege.com. Ideal Protein Weight-Loss Program – 5:30pm. Presented by Dr. Debbi Hannan. Free. Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504-454-2000. HannanWellness.com. Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. Help students with education at the student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and helps work out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. RSVP: 504-293-0972. BlueCliffCollege.com. Northshore Meditation Group – 6:30-8:30pm. With Cindy Daigle. Deep theta relaxation. All are welcome, no experience necessary. $10/energy exchange. Mandeville. CindyDaigle.org. Voices of Unity Class/Discussion – 7pm. Facilitated by Paul Martinez and Brenda Aranda. An open discussion on spirituality, life and other topics. Explore and learn from other’s experiences as the group discusses and searches for the answer. $5/suggested donation. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7

Deep Tissue Massage Clinic– 12:45 & 2:15pm. Help students with education at the student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and helps work out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. Appointment only. 504-293-0972. BlueCliffCollege.com.

Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. Help students with education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation and increasing flexibility. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. RSVP: 504-293-0972. BlueCliffCollege.com. Southshore Meditation Group – 6:30-8:30pm. Use the power and resonance of group consciousness to bring in the “I am” presence. No experience necessary, all welcome. $15/energy exchange. Journey into Wellness Center, 3939 Houma Blvd, Bldg 3, Ste 15 Cindy: 504-931-6494. JourneyIntoWellness.net.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8

Neuro-Muscular Therapy Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. Help students with education at the student massage clinic. Neuro-muscular therapy focuses directly on a specific problem area, such as low back or neck. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. Appointment only. 504-293-0972. BlueCliffCollege.com. Intro to NIRA – 6:30-8pm. Dr. Sitesh Roy, Reiki grandmaster, presents NIRA spirituality, a nonprofit wisdom school for healing and self-transformation based in Mumbai, India. NIRA focuses on healing the body through healing the mind with an emphasis on diet. $10/drop-in. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. 985-892-8111. Info@WomensCenterForHealing.org.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 1:45pm. Help students with education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation and increasing flexibility. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. RSVP: 504-293-0972. BlueCliffCollege.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

Meditation 4 Life Workshop - 1pm-3pm, $25. This workshop will bring you knowledge of meditations customized to your needs and guide you into meditation for self discovery. A group discussion will allow you the opportunity to share what you are looking for and guidance to gain relief, attain peace, and be more stable in the world will be provided. Using backgrounds in multiple areas and genres of meditation, Matthew will open energy levels to allowing light to shine on your path. Meditation is for life. Join us and grow toward your potential in an easy to learn manner. Open to all levels, beginners to advanced. Freret Street Yoga, 4608 Freret St. (504) 899-1142. www.matthewancira.com

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13

Ideal Protein Weight-Loss Program – 12:30pm. Presented by Dr. Debbi Hannan. Free. Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504-454-2000. HannanWellness.com.

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Blue Cliff College Massage Dept. Continuing Education October 17 & 18 Seasons of Shiatsu: Late Summer & Autumn Carlene Banister, AOBTA October 23-25 Ortho-Bionomy: The Use of Presence- aka Phase 6 Richard Valasek, RN November 13-15 Basics of Cranio-Sacral Peggy Scott Certified Somatic Therapist November 21-23 Massage Cupping Intro & Certification Annie Garic, ACE Educator December 5 & 6 Synergetic Myofascial Strategies December 12 & 13 Magnus Eklund, CSI December 12 & 13 Reiki I & II Sunny Robichaux, Reiki Master January 23 & 24 Seasons of Shiatsu: Winter Carlene Banister, AOBTA

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504-293-0972 PeggyS@BlueCliffCollege.com Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. Help students with education at the student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and helps work out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. RSVP: 504-293-0972. BlueCliffCollege.com. Holistic Education Monthly Meeting – 6:307:30pm. With Peggy Scott, LMT, Certified Somatic Therapist. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health and Healing Inc. Lecture on The Basics of Craniosacral. Free. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd, Metairie. 504-812-1332. UnityOfMetairie.com. Root Chakra Class – 7pm. Facilitated by Paul Martinez and Brenda Aranda. The first in a series of monthly classes focused on an individual chakra. Examine, reflect on and work with the root chakra. Wear something red, the color of the root chakra. $10/suggested donation. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

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Gene Keys Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Everyone is born with a unique geometry embedded within their being. This is the Holographic Profile, the original blueprint that tells what gifts one brings to the world and above all the mystery of one’s destiny. Learn to work with Gene Keys by working with individual sequences. $15/energy exchange. Journey into Wellness Center, 3939 Houma Blvd, Bldg 3, Ste 15, Mandeville. Cindy; 504-931-6494. JourneyIntoWellness.net. CindyDaigle.org.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17

Southshore Meditation Group – 6:30-8:30pm. Use the power and resonance of group consciousness to bring in the “I am” presence. No experience necessary, all are welcome. $15/energy exchange. Journey into Wellness Center, 3939 Houma Blvd, Bldg 3, Ste 15, Mandeville. Cindy: 504-931-6494. JourneyIntoWellness.net.

Deep Tissue Massage Clinic– 12:45 & 2:15pm. Help students with education at the student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and helps work out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. RSVP: 504-293-0972. BlueCliffCollege.com.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15

Women’s Depth Journey Weekend – Oct 15-18. Facilitators: Patricia Stout, LCSW, and Carolyn Burns, LMFT. Integrative Breathwork, or the Eupsychia Process, helps participants discover a non-ordinary state of consciousness where patterns may be illuminated and healed and inner wisdom accessed. $380; or financial arrangement. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. 985-892-8111. Breathwork@Bellsouth.net. Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. Help students with education at the student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and helps work out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. RSVP: 504-293-0972. BlueCliffCollege.com. Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. Help students with education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation and increasing flexibility. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. RSVP: 504-293-0972. BlueCliffCollege.com.

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Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. Help students with education at the student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and helps work out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. RSVP: 504-293-0972. BlueCliffCollege.com. Bike the Big Easy – 5-7am. Packet Pick Up. Join fellow NOLA bikers for a 20- or 40-mile bike ride through the big easy. You can bike for yourself or a cause. 504-454-6561. BikeTheBigEasy.com. Saturday Morning Massage Clinic – 9:15 & 10:45am. Help students with education at the student massage clinic. September 5 & 12- Swedish; 19thNMT. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. By appointment only. $30. 504-293-0972, 504-293-0972. Divine Breath: Music As Meditation – 10am-12pm. Reverend Jack Fowler, from Unity of Metairie, will host a unique and inspiring event of music and meditation. Experience how the powerful vibration of music can lead you into your sacred center. Sponsored by The School For Contemplative Living. $20/suggested donation. Parker United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave, at Perrier, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com. Seasons of Shiatsu Series: Late Summer – 10am5pm. Instructor Carlene Banister, AOBTA. Learn foods, stretches and how to work meridians to balance the Earth element.6 CE credits with LaBMT (LCEU1200). Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. CE coordinator: Peggy Scott: 504-352-0039. BlueCliffCollege.com.

The Art of Presence (Ortho-Bionomy Phase 6) – 6-9pm, Fri; 9am-4pm, Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun. With Richard Valasek, advanced instructor of Ortho-Bionomy. Bring awareness to your bodywork practice. The focus will be interaction with client’s field and its interface with the physical body. 16 CE credits with SOBI and LaBMT. (LCEU1196). Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. CE coordinator, Peggy Scott; 504352-0039. BlueCliffCollege.com.

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Seasons of Shiatsu Series: Autumn – 10am-5pm. Instructor Carlene Banister, AOBTA. Learn foods, stretches and how to work meridians to balance the metal element. 6 CE credits with LaBMT (LCEU1201). Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. CE coordinator: Peggy Scott: 504-352-0039. BlueCliffCollege.com.

Northshore Meditation Group – 6:30-8:30pm. With Cindy Daigle. Deep theta relaxation. All are welcomed, no experience necessary. $10/energy exchange. Mandeville.Cindy; 504-931-6494. CindyDaigle.org.

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Beginner Certification Class in the Akashic Records – 9am-4pm. For those on the path to personal transformation and self-development, this workshop is 9 hours of instruction, lecture and experiential practice. Learn how to productively read the Akashic Records for self and others. $175. Center for Akashic Studies & Meditation, 1581 Carol Sue Ave, Ste 211, Gretna. 504-392-3498. AkashicLight.org.

Metaphysical Fair – 12-6pm. Mediums, psychics, healers, astrology readings, aura photography, rune readings, crystals, new arrivals, essential oils, jewelry and more. Free admission. Metaphysical Resource Center, 1708 Lake Ave, Metairie. 504-7088353. MetaphysicalResourceCenter.com.

Ideal Protein Weight-Loss Program – 5:30pm. Presented by Dr. Debbi Hannan. Free. Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504-454-2000. HannanWellness.com.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

Spiritual Cinema: A Chorus In Miracles – 7pm. Celebrate the premiere of the new feature film and the 50th anniversary of the spiritual classic A Course In Miracles. This spiritual path has brought peace and healing to millions of people since its introduction to the world in 1975. A night of fun, fellowship, inspiration and popcorn. $10. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie. 504-8857575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

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Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. Help students with education at the student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and helps work out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. RSVP: 504-293-0972. BlueCliffCollege.com.

Voices of Unity Class/Discussion – 7pm. Facilitated by Paul Martinez and Brenda Aranda. An open discussion on spirituality, life and other topics. Explore and learn from other’s experiences as the group discusses and searches for the answers. $5/suggested donation. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

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Beginner Certification Class in the Akashic Records – 9am-4pm. For those on the path to personal transformation and self-development, this workshop is 9 hours of instruction, lecture and experiential practice. Learn how to productively read the Akashic Records for self and others. $175. Center for Akashic Studies & Meditation, 1581 Carol Sue Ave, Ste 211, Gretna. 504-392-3498. AkashicLight.org. Metaphysical Fair – 12-6pm. Mediums, psychics, healers, astrology readings, aura photography, rune readings, crystals, new arrivals, essential oils, jewelry & more. Free admission. Metaphysical Resource Center, 1708 Lake Ave, Metairie. 504-708-8353. MetaphysicalResourceCenter.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

Family Fall Festival – 1pm. After the Sunday Celebration at 11am, enjoy a community celebration of music, laughter, pumpkin carving and lots of joy. Enter the Halloween costume fashion show (kids and adults welcome) and annual “Fun-Raiser”. Love Offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27

Ideal Protein Weight-Loss Program – 12:30pm. Presented by Dr. Debbi Hannan. Free. Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504-454-2000. HannanWellness.com.


Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. Help students with education at the student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and helps work out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. RSVP: 504-293-0972. BlueCliffCollege.com. The Four Agreements Class – 7pm. Facilitated by Brenda Aranda and Paul Martinez. In the bestselling book, The Four Agreements, Miguel Ruiz gives four principles to practice in order to create love and happiness in life. This class will review the agreements and discuss their implication in life. (Reading the book is not necessary). $10/suggested donation. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28

Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and helps work out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. RSVP: 504-293-0972. BlueCliffCollege.com.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29

Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. Help students with education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation and increasing flexibility. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. RSVP: 504-293-0972. BlueCliffCollege.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30

Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 1:45pm. Help students with education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation and increasing flexibility. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. RSVP: 504-293-0972. BlueCliffCollege.com. Women’s Full Moon Drum Circle – 7-8:30pm. Arrive at 6:30pm for free djembe drum lesson. Celebrate the energy of the full moon. Find the rhythm that connects us to each other, our bodies and natural rhythms for de-stressing and re-creation. For women and older girls. No experience needed. Donation. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. 985-892-8111. Info@WomensCenterForHealing.org.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31

Jazz Half Marathon & 5K – 7am. Dedicated to benefiting the Cancer Program at Children’s Hospital New Orleans the Jazz Half Marathon & 5k is quickly becoming a New Orleans tradition. Music, customes, and even the Mardi Gras Indians. Join in the fight against children’s cancer. JazzHalf.com. Halloween Carnival – Noon-midnight. Prizes, surprises, private readings, aura photos, Halloween ceremonies, séances, table tipping and more. Metaphysical Resource Center, 1708 Lake Ave, Metairie. 504-708-8353. MetaphysicalResourceCenter.com.

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daily Hollygrove Market and Farm – 10am-7pm, MonFri; 10-5pm, Sat/Sun. CSA-style market selling assorted fresh, local and organic fruit and vegetables each week. $25 boxes of selected seasonal produce available. 8301 Olive St, New Orleans. 504-4837037. HollyGroveMarket.com.

sunday Peace and Healing Services – 9am. Facilitated by Mike Wittenbrink. Unity Temple of New Orleans, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com. Sunday School Classes – 9:30am. Offering Sunday morning classes prior to the Sunday service: A Course in Miracles and Science of the Mind. Unity Temple of New Orleans, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityTempleNewOrleans.com. Sunday Celebration Service – 11am. With Jack Fowler, Spiritual Director. Contemporary service with music and heartfelt talks to celebrate the divine presence in all of life. Love offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com. Unity of New Orleans Sunday Service – 11am. A loving family of spiritual seekers who honor all paths to God. Unity Temple of New Orleans, 3722 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityTempleNewOrleans.com. Breath and Flow – 2pm. This vinyasa class incorporates elements of music and breathwork (pranayama) to deepen one’s practice, the stillness that connects the poses. All levels. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, New Orleans. 985-640-2648. TransformNOLA.com.

Fountain of Youth Yoga Class – 6pm. No flexibility required, gain more strength and endurance without straining. Free. Metaphysical Resource Center, 1708 Lake Ave, Metairie. Info/Register: 504-507-0765. HolisticPersonalTraining.org. Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:15pm. Benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community and fun. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103 in Mid-City New Orleans. 504-208-4861. Info@NOLAAikido.com. TriYoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Kali Ray. Navigate through postures and flow, growing flexibility, strength, concentration, breath and range of motion. $15/drop-in; $65/8 classes per month. Yoga Diva, 5700 Citrus Blvd, upstairs in Curves, Harahan. Karen: 504-220-5325. YogaDivaHarahan.vpewb.com. Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism – 7-8:15pm. Learn how to activate your greatest potential, increase compassion and achieve absolute happiness. Free. SGI-USA Buddhist Center, 1331 Prytania St, New Orleans. 504-310-2011.

tuesday Crescent City Farmers’ Market/Uptown – 9am-1pm. Open-air market with fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and pies, bedding plants, dairy products, freshly cut flowers. 200 Broadway street, parking lot of Uptown Sq, New Orleans. 504-861-4488. CrescentCityFarmersMarket.org. Qigong/Dao-In – 12-12:45pm. With Debra Howard. Qigong translates as qi cultivation through skillful practice; dao-in is self-care. Experience myriad ways to balance one’s qi and life. Bring a mat. $5/class. New Orleans Healing Center, 372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, 4th Fl. 985-467-0900. DC@AffordableHealingArts.com.

monday Yoga – 1:30pm. With Gwendel Booth. Incorporates asanas (positions), breathing techniques and chakra meditation. $15. Pay as able. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. 985-892-8111. WomensCenterForHealing.org. Stronger, Leaner, Longer – 5:15pm. A Pilates-based strength class that builds muscle and tones without bulk, improves posture, protects joints and keeps the spine safe. Group class screening required. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, New Orleans. 985-640-2648. TransformNOLA.com.

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Qi-Gym (Chi-Gym) – 6-7pm. Flowing movements to unwind and revitalize at the end of the day whilst rewiring the brain through Qigong and Brain Gym. Crescent Lotus Dance Studio, 3143 Calhoun St, uptown New Orleans. Tanya Simmons: 504-7102622. BrainHeartBalance.com. Secrets to Ultimate Success – 6:30pm. Facilitated by Mike Wittenbrink. Unity Temple of New Orleans, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityTempleNewOrleans.com. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Class – 7-8pm. Learn EFT, or “tapping”, a gentle, self-administered acupressure technique for diminishing or clearing physical and/or emotional pain. Affordable Healing Arts in the NOHC, 2372 St Claude Ave, Ste 220, New Orleans. RSVP: Gail Gillespie: 504-442-8762.

wednesday Prayer and Healing – 11am. Facilitated by Harriet Stafford. Unity Temple of New Orleans, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityTempleNewOrleans.com. Align and Flow – 12:30pm. Pranayama (breathwork) and intention are woven throughout class as the poses connect mind, body and soul. Suitable for beginner- to intermediate- level students. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, New Orleans. 985-640-2648. TransformNOLA.com. Crescent City Farmers’ Market/French Quarter – 2-6pm. Fresh produce, pastured meats, seafood, dairy, breads and baked goods. Live music. 1235 N Peters St, New Orleans. 504-861-4488. CrescentCityFarmersMarket.org. German Coast Farmers’ Market/West Bank – 2:30-6pm. Open-air market offering fresh produce, rotisserie and fresh meats, fresh pastries/breads, sausage, kettle corn, cracklings, prepared foods, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions. Arts and crafts fourth Wed. St Charles Plaza Shopping Center, 12715 Highway 90, Luling. GermanCoastFarmersMarket.org. Embrace the Emptiness: Community Meditation – 6pm. With Jack Fowler, Spiritual Director. Ride the wavelengths of music, beautiful images and affirmative prayer into the sacred inner self for healing and transformation. Love offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie. 504-8857575. UnityOfMetairie.com. Complimentary Fountain of Youth Yoga Class – 6pm. The secret to feeling younger and living longer. No flexibility required, more strength and endurance without straining. Registration required: 504-5070765. HolisticPersonalTraining.org. Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:15pm. Benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community and fun. First class/free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103, in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504-208-4861. Info@NOLAAikido.com.

$15/drop-in; $65/8 classes within month. Yoga Diva, 5700 Citrus Blvd, upstairs in Curves, Harahan. Karen: 504-220-5325. YogaDivaHarahan.vpweb.com. A Course in Miracles, “Disappearance of the Universe” – 7pm. With Jack Fowler, Spiritual Director. A journey into spiritual concepts which guide attendees to see the world with love instead of fear. Love Offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

thursday Yoga – 9-10am. All levels. Bliss Body Nola, 5717 Crawford St, Harahan. 504-262-8860. Register: BlissBodyNola.com.

Camellia City Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Featuring baked goods, herbs, vegetables, honey, jams, poultry, crafts, flowers, eggs, plants, soap and trees. 1808 Front St (Hwy 11) Chamber of Commerce parking lot. 985-640-7112. CamelliaCityMarket.org.

Mat Pilates – 10:15-11:15am. With Mary Mang. Bliss Body Nola, 5717 Crawford St, Harahan. 504262-8860. Register: BlissBodyNola.com. Qigong/Dao-In – 12-12:45pm. With Debra Howard. Qigong translates as qi cultivation through skillful practice; dao-in is self-care. Experience myriad ways to balance one’s qi and life. Bring a mat. $5/class. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, 4th Fl. 985-467-0900. DC@AffordableHealingArts.com.

Crescent City Farmers’ Market/Downtown – 8am12pm. Open-air market offering fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and freshly made pies, bedding plants, dairy products and fresh flowers. Cooking demos by local chefs, 700 Magazine, corner of Girod, New Orleans. 504-861-4488. CrescentCityFarmersMarket.org.

Crescent City Farmers’ Market/Mid-City – 3-7pm. Rain or shine. Farmers Market, American Can Co. Bldg, 3700 Orleans Ave, New Orleans.

German Coast Farmers’ Market/East Bank – 8am-12pm. Open-air market offering fresh produce, rotisserie meats, fresh meats, fresh pastries/breads, sausages, kettle corn, cracklins, prepared foods, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions. Arts and crafts second Sat. Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Rd, Destrehan. 985-359-0190. GermanCoastFarmersMarket.org.

Intro to Aerial Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. With Master Laura Ates. Bliss Body Nola, 5717 Crawford St, Harahan. 504-262-8860. Register: BlissBodyNola.com. Group Energy Event – 6-8pm. David Redbord leads a different group energy event every Thursday. Affordable Healing Arts in NOHC, 2372 St Claude Ave, Ste 220, New Orleans. 504-233-8555.

friday Pilates Reformer Class – 10:15-11:15am. With Mary Mang. Bliss Body Nola, 5717 Crawford St, Harahan. 504-262-8860. BlissBodyNola.com. NIA Gentle – 10:30am. With Carolyn Burns. Same upbeat, spirit-lifting, body-rejoicing workout as regular NIA dance but slower. $10/drop-in; $60/8 classes. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, AbitaSprings. 985-8928111. WomensCenterForHealing.org. Yoga – 3-4pm. With Master Laura Ates. All levels. Bliss Body Nola, 5717 Crawford St, Harahan. 504262-8860. BlissBodyNola.com. TriYoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Kali Ray. Navigate through postures and flow, growing flexibility, strength, concentration, breath and range of motion. $15/drop-in; $60/8 classes per month. Yoga Diva, 5700 Citrus Blvd, upstairs in Curves, Harahan. Karen: 504-220-5325. YogaDivaHarahan.vpweb.com.

TriYoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Kali Ray. Navigate through postures and flow, growing flexibility, strength, concentration, breath and range of motion.

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Vietnamese Farmers’ Market – 6-9am. More than 20 vendors set up shop on blankets spread with produce; beyond the courtyards are shops selling Vietnamese baked goods and imported groceries. 14401 Alcee Fortier Blvd, New Orleans East. GoGreenNola.org/farmersmarkets.

Covington Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Offering fresh produce, fresh baked breads, prepared foods and plants. Covington City Hall, 609 N Columbia St, Covington. 985-966-1786. CovingtonFarmersMarket.org.

A Course in Miracles – 6:30pm. Facilitated by Mary Beth Ellis. Unity Temple of New Orleans, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityTempleNewOrleans.com.

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Gretna Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-12:30pm. Featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, baked goods, dairy, native fruit wines and garden plants. Located in the old train depot, 300 Huey P Long Ave, between 3rd St & 4th St, Gretna. 504-362-8661. GretnaFarmersMarket.com. Westwego Farmers’ and Fisheries Market – 8:30am-12:30pm. Open year round, rain or shine. Featuring fresh produce, seafood, bakery items, dairy, plants, prepared foods and handcrafted items. Plus live music and kids activities. Free parking. 484 Sala Ave, corner of 4th St, Westwego. 504-341-3424 Ext 209. Mandeville Trailhead Community Market – 9am1pm. Fifty-plus vendors weekly: gourmet foods, art, produce and plants. Tai Chi at 9:30am. Parking lot of the Mandeville Trailhead on the St. Tammany Trace, off LA59, Mandeville. 985-845-4515. Sitting Meditation Group – 10-11am. Practice zazen (sitting meditation) as well as walking meditation. Instruction and discussion also available. 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103, in Mid-City, New Orleans. Brian: Xernaut2@gmail.com. 504-644-7351. Past Life Research Group – 3-5pm. Thru Oct 24. With Susan Newton. Research group peering into possibility of reincarnation. Discussion of “readings” of Edgar Cayce, use of Michael Talbot’s work to uncover past life memories. $75/series. Pay as able. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. 985-8928111. WomensCenterForHealing.org.


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conditions, then maybe we are a fit for you!including fibromyalgia, headaches, low back pain and www.mikerobichauxdds.com 985-641-8058 arthritis.

ANIMAL HOLISTIC MEDICINE JANICE E. POSEY, DVM

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Offering a holistic, integrative approach to healing your beloved pet through acupuncture, herbal medicine/nutritional supplements, and food therapy. We treat the patient, not the symptoms. See ad on page 10.

CHIROPRACTIC/WELLNESS CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH CENTER & HOLISTIC WELLNESS SERVICES

Dr. Debbi Hannan 101 Clearview Pkwy. at Airline, Metairie 504-454-2000 HannanWellness.com Experience the difference! We offer total wellness care: Chiropractic, detoxification, nutrition, endermologie, DRX-9000 nonsurgical spinal decompression, cold laser, EB-Cellular Cleanser, Far Infra Red Sauna and the Ideal Protein Diet plan. See ad page 6.

ESSENTIAL OILS

YOUNG LAVENDER BUDS

Coco Kunstman Independent Distributor Young Living #1491684 504-344-7320 Coco@YoungLavenderBuds.com YoungLavenderBuds.com

Learn the basics of essential oils and how to live a clean and natural life. This is your first step towards a chemical free and healthy lifestyle. Learn the basics and set yourself on a path to healthy living. All classes are always free. See our class schedule in the calendar section. See ads on pages 19 and back cover.

YOUNG LAVENDER BUDS

Melissa Burbank Independent Distributor Young Living #2946391 504-975-0344 Melissa@YoungLavenderBuds.com YoungLavenderBuds.com

Learn the basics of essential oils and how to live a clean and natural life. This is your first step towards a chemical free and healthy lifestyle. Learn the basics and set yourself on a path to healthy living. All classes are always free. See our class schedule in the calendar section. See ads on pages 19 and back cover.

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FITNESS DR. IINA ESTER

Health and Fitness Coach 504-758-9192 LiveFreeLaughHardFitness.com

Exercise scientist specializing in fitness and nutrition interventions. I specialize in private outdoor and in-home training, designing a program based on your interests, goals, and barriers to being active. For group programs, see calendar section. See ad page 12.

BLISS BODY

5717 Crawford Street New Orleans, LA 70123 504-262-8860 BlissBodyNola.com

Yoga- Aerial, Prenatal, Ball, Meditation, Workshops and Programs with Master Instructor Laura Ates. Mat Pilates, Reformer and Chair Pilates, Barre and TRX with expert Mary Mang. Facials and massages too!

HOLISTIC PERSONAL TRAINING & LONGEVITY

RICHIE SANTUCCI, RD CDE, CPT, YOGA Elm. Fitness Ctr, MRC 504-507-0765 RichieHPT@gmail.com HolisticPersonalTraining.org

Would you like to learn the secret to feeling younger & living longer? After a near death experience, Former MMA Fighter Richie Santucci found the secret from India to stop premature aging! Specializing in Longevity, Back Pain, Fatigue, Weight Loss & Sleep Apnea. As a Reg Dietitian, Diabetes Educator, Personal Trainer & Yoga Instr. NOLA Has a Health Guru & He's Here 4 You! Email 4 FREE Consult, Corp Wellness & Public Speaking.

HOLISTIC HEALING CENTERS AFFORDABLE HEALING ARTS 2372 St. Claude Ave. 2nd Floor Upper, Ste. 220 985-467-0900 AffordableHealingArts.com

AHA! is a Community of Healing Arts Practitioners in a Healing Arts Center for the Professional Practice of Alternative, Complementary, Integrative, and Indigenous healing arts by independent practitioners in a shared space environment. See our website, contact a practitioner, make your appointment today! See ad on page 6.

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HOLISTIC HEALING CENTERS WOMEN’S CENTER FOR HEALING & TRANSFORMATION 71667 Leveson St., Abita Springs 985-892-8111 WomensCenterForHealing.org

Beautiful nonprofit center for women’s spirituality, ecopsychology and community building. Workshops, speakers, events, healing circles, support groups, and on-site professional mind/body/spirit services, for women, by women. Rent space for your workshop or office. See ad on page 15.

HOLISTIC/ENERGY HEALING MATTHEW ANCIRA - MATTEO Energy Healer / Teacher 504-457-1717 MatthewAncira.com

Feel better about yourself and find freedom from depression, insomnia, anxiety, life stresses, and relationship issues with a natural approach to healing. Improve your focus and take charge of your life using spiritual cleanses, daily rituals and meditation, energy cultivation and healing, psychosomatic counseling, and spiritual guidance each offered as a holistic approach to balancing your life.

DR. JESS TREGLE

Natural Healing Specialist 504-352-6418 ReconnectingLife.com

Feel much lighter and relaxed with Natural Healing! Get rid of anxiety, sadness, anger, pain, and all other heaviness! Gain your inner-freedom back! Healing Workshops and Classes are also provided!

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE IRENE SEBASTIAN, M.D., Ph.D

401 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 203, Metairie 504-838-9804 IreneSebastianMD.com

Experience the difference that Homeopathic Medicine and Functional Medicine can bring to your health. Most conditions can be treated using these safe, natural approaches. Safe, less drugs, stimulates innate healing. See ad on page 16.

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INTEGRATED PAIN AND NEUROSCIENCE 504-300-9020 PainIsAPuzzle.com

Eric Royster, MD, and Aaron Friedman, MD, offer the most comprehensive treatment experience for patients suffering from chronic pain, from acupuncture to more invasive techniques offered exclusively at IPN. New Orleans, Chalmette, Westbank and Slidell locations. See ad on page 22.

KEVIN F. DARR, M.D.

Covington Orthopedic Sports Medicine Institute 985-892-5117 CovingtonOrtho.com

Comprehensive orthopedic care, including today’s most innovative and best practices to achieve optimal orthopedic function and performance. Traditional orthopedic treatments and surgery, plus minimally invasive alternatives using state of art technology and integrative orthobiologic therapies.Currently taking patients for Cell Therapy study. See ad on page 5.

INTUITIVE CONSULTANT FRANK A. TRUPIANO, LCSW Certified Akashic Teacher 504-392-3498 AkashicLight.org

Experience the power of Akashic Guided Psychotherapy. Individual and couple-therapy sessions. Monthly meditation groups and classes. Integrating the Akashic Records with traditional psychotherapy, I’ve had great success helping clients resolve problems that couldn’t have been resolved with traditional counseling methods alone. See ad on page 14.

MASSAGE SCHOOLS BLUE CLIFF COLLEGE Clearview Mall, Metairie 504-293-0972

Train for an exciting, new career as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Earn an Associates degree upon completion of advanced massage training. Inquire about financial aid. See calendar for information about our $30-student massage clinic. Visit our retail shop for massage supplies: Biotone & Therapro Cremes & Oils, aromatherapy products, books & more. Monthly specials! See ad on page 16.

NATURAL FOODS & SUPPLEMENTS NUTRIVERUS POWDER Jeanie Leclere 504-888-4464

Boost your immune system and increase energy levels with a whole-food supplement that combines a matrix of glyconutrients with organic plant- and food-sourced vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. An amazing product. Call for free sample.

NATURAL PHARMACY CASSO’S WELLNESS STORE & GYM

3308 Cleary Ave., Metairie 504-888-3077 TheWellnessStore.com

Pharmaceutical quality nutritional products, vitamins, minerals, herbs and natural hormones. Natural hormone balancing consultations. Counseling on pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals by a registered pharmacist and clinical nutritionist. Alkaline water available as well as sessions with Photon Genius. See ad on page 21.

MARTIAL ARTS TAI CHI-QI GONG

Shifu King Lam 8132 Willow St., Uptown 504-866-2241 KingLam1199@gmail.com

Asian Arts to improve health, fitness, personal safety, rejuvenate energy. Achieve a better mind, body and spirit. Serving New Orleans community for 43 years. KingLamtaichi-karate.com. See ad on page 6 and calendar for classes.

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NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR KARIN NIELSEN, ND 225-229-6107 WellnessCentreBR.com

Offering non-invasive health assessments, Total Thermography, Lymphatic Therapy and many detox therapies. We have a high success rate using Homeopathic and Functional Medicine for men, women and children. Specializing in Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue. See ad on page 7.


NUTRITIONIST DANIELLE PACIERA, LDN, RD, CCN 5002 Prytania St., New Orleans 504-889-8771 Danielle@365Vitality.com

Cutting-edge holistic nutrition services. Specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, therapeutic uses of foods, supplementation, vegetarian nutrition, women’s health, sports performance, eating disorders, depression, addiction, and more. See ad on page 12.

RETREAT CENTER DOLORES WATSON

621 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans 504-905-4090 Evolved812@aol.com FloweringLotusMeditation.org

Elegant, donation-based center in quaint, quiet Magnolia, MS, just 1 1/2 hours from New Orleans, Baton Rouge or Jackson. Ongoing retreats in meditation and yoga. Ongoing meditation group in New Orleans. Vegetarian. Available for rental. Capacity for 40 people. See ad on page 8 and ongoing calendar.

SOLAR SOUTH COAST SOLAR

2605 Ridgelake Dr., Metairie 504-529-SUN9 SouthCoastSolar.com

Since 2007, South Coast Solar has helped more than 500 clients start saving money with solar energy using best-in-class products and installation practices. 100% locally owned and operated. See ad on page 11.

UNITY TEMPLE OF NEW ORLEANS

3722 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans UnityOfNewOrleans.com

The New Orleans home of practical Christianity. We honor all paths to God and welcome all who seek love, peace, and wisdom. Services on Sun & Wed 11 am; A Course in Miracles class Wed 6:30pm. See ad on page 22.

THERMOGRAPHY THE WELLNESS CENTRE OF BR Dr. Karin Nielsen, ND, CCT 1528 Delplaza Dr., Ste B Baton Rouge, LA 70815 225-229-6107 WellnessCentreBR.com

Offering full-body Thermography, detects abnormalities in the earliest stages, to find underlying causes of disease as it looks at the entire body’s BEHAVIOR after being stressed. Consultations and follow up care are offered as well. See ad on page 7.

YOGA WILD LOTUS YOGA

4842 Perrier St, Uptown 2372 St Claude Ave, Downtown 504-899-0047 WildLotusYoga.com

Voted Best Yoga Studio 11 years. Intro Offer: 30 Days Of Yoga For $33 (first time local residents), Intro To Yoga Courses + Over 60 classes a week including Prenatal, Kids, Tweens & Teen classes. See ad page 10.

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SPIRITUAL CENTERS UNITY OF METAIRIE

Jack Fowler, Spiritual Director 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie 504-885-7575 (behind Parran’s) UnityOfMetairie.com

Loving, energetic spiritual family honoring all religions, paths and lifestyles! Do you like what Marianne Williamson, Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer have to say? You’ll love Unity of Metairie. Relevant Spirituality for Everyday Life! Join us Sundays 11am. See ad on page 19.

Natural Abundance

Mia Oramous, E-RYT 500/ACE PT 8422 Oak St, New Orleans 985-640-2648 TransformNOLA.com

200-hour yoga teacher training begins February 2016; Yoga Alliance-certified and affiliated with Rolf Gates Yoga. Private sessions available. Yoga and TRX workout classes offered throughout the week. Sign up on our email list and receive 7 Yoga Poses for Strength ebook FREE!

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