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letterfrompublisher “Creation is a drug I can’t do without.” ~Cecil B. DeMille


reative expression is vital to our individual and collective wellbeing. Yet, how often do we hear someone say, “I’m just not creative.” The fact is that, by our very nature, everyone is creative; some just don’t give themselves opportunities to express it, while others may not recognize their activities as creative endeavors, perhaps because they come so naturally. Neuroscientists have studied how doing creative work with our hands affects our brain chemistry. I wonder if the “drug” DeMille opined about is actually the calming serotonin hormone released by the brain when we do something that feeds our wellbeing. Judith Fertig explores the phenomenon in “Creative Therapy” on page 21. I love that children rarely doubt their creative nature. They simply dive into the process, and we can do the same. A few years ago, I participated in a yoga retreat where one of the meditations involved silently coloring in a design template with pastel pencils. The point of the activity was to provide a focus. Yet, what kept this group of adults focused was the creative process. It was fun to see how we each produced such artfully different works solely through our choice of colors. There was no sense of competition. It was a lovely way to end the day. No doubt we were all benefiting from a boost of serotonin production that day. Southeast Louisiana has long been a Mecca for artists, writers, musicians, chefs and craft folks. Now, it’s attracting a new breed of social artists. Check them out at “Green Inspirations: Local Artists and Crafters Create Sustainably,” on page 19. From furniture to clothing and accessories, these entrepreneurs demonstrate the rewarding possibilities in reusing and repurposing materials to produce appealing high quality goods that enable them to make a living doing what they love. Did you know that Yoga Journal recently ranked New Orleans among the top 10 yoga-friendly cities in the country? Sweet! In “On the Mat in the Big Easy,” on page 17, Linda Michurski highlights some local yoga offerings. You’ll also find a list of local yoga studios on page 16. Beginner yogis and yoginis as well as more advanced practitioners will appreciate Natural Awakenings’ Yoga Guide, which explains the variety of yoga styles and traditions (page 14). We hope that these resources help you find the best fit for you and that you give one a try. We’re also a big fan of the 2012 Water Challenge sponsored by The Idea Village and the Greater New Orleans Foundation, aimed to grow local entrepreneurs involved in developing water management solutions that work for our state and beyond. As much as any place on the planet, southeast Louisiana knows the ravages of too much and too little water. Winning applicants could be awarded up to $50,000. So get those creative juices going. Steve Picou, LSU AgCenter’s agent for sustainable housing shares the skinny on the contest on page 12. Here’s to joy in creative work and play,

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n Sept. 17, Wild Lotus Yoga will be hosting an informational meeting about the upcoming Soul School, a sevenmonth, 200-hour interdisciplinary teacher training program guided by Sean Johnson and Mitchel Bleier. The meeting will takeDowntown - 2372 St Claude Ave place from 2 p.m to.3:30 p.m. at the studio’sNew newOrleans downtown space at the New Orleans Healing Center Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Soul School is designed for committed yoga Uptown - 4842 Perrier Street students interested in deepening their study of yoga and spirituality, aspiring yoga 504 899-0047 teachers, and current teachers seeking to bring more depth to their practice. The program will explore the connections between art, mythology, poetry, Become a fan yoga, on Facebook! music, philosophy, and the world’s spiritual traditions with a strong emphasis on Wide Variety Of Classes, Bhakti, Tantra, and Vinyasa yoga. For more info visit or

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hilip Soulet, a horticulturist and urban farmer will speak at Parkway Partners Greenhouse, 1137 Baronne the second Saturday program on September 10. The topic this month will be “Back to the Vegetable Garden. Soulet will cover soil preparation, tools and techniques for getting the most out of garden space, including espalier and vertical gardening. Plants are for sale at the greenhouse and free seeds are available for the taking. The green house is open 9 a.m. to noon. Philip Soulet will talk at 10 a.m.


tarting Aug. 27, Sankofa Farmers Market will be located at the Holy Angels Complex at 3500 St Claude Avenue, at the corner of St Claude Avenue and Gallier Street. The market, which runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday, offers an array of fresh foods and other local products. On Sept. 10, the tradition of Second Saturday at the Market will resume as a Grand Opening of the new location. The special event will also feature live music from New Orleans funk band Yojimbo, health screenings with Daughters of Charity Health Center’s Mobile Unit, nutritional cooking demonstrations and tastings with LSU Ag Center, children’s art activities, and information on a variety of community services. For more information, visit or call 504-875-4268.

In October Russell Harris will talk about urban beekeeping.

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n September 27, Dr. Gary Arnold will offer a one-day intensive workshop for professionals and practitioners who want to maximize their career potential and earnings using the internet. In this workshop, Arnold says participants will ”learn how to create, market and monetize dynamic audio and video blogs,You Tube, info products and video email” to achieve the same type of success the top 1% of speakers, coaches, sales executives and energy workers achieve using these tools. Arnold is the CEO of Windhorse Corporation, an event and internet marketing company with one of the largest ecommerce databank and delivery systems in the world. He leads workshops all over the world for executives of large corporations. The workshop will be held at Four Points Sheraton, 6401 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie. The cost of the workshop is $87 with advanced registration and $125 at the door the day of the event. Lunch is included in the fee. Seating will be limited, so early registration is recommended. To register call 800-472-1320.

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tarting Thursday, Sept. 8, AVIVA Massage & Well-Being Center in Mandeville will resume its weekly meditation group lead by Linda Strickland. The six-week program, which starts at 6:30 p.m. and lasts for approx. 45 minutes, costs $25 or $5 a week. Beginners are welcome, but space is limited, so interested individuals must call and participate in a short phone assessment. On Wednesday, Sept. 28, AVIVA will restart its Well-Being Wednesdays for the fall season. A free Reiki class lasts from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at the Center. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch, but are required to call to reserve a spot. AVIVA is located at 601 Lafitte St. in Mandeville. For more information, to apply for the meditation group or to reserve your spot for Well-Being Wednesdays, call 985-727-9665. See ad on page 27.

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ecky Gelatt at Yoga School, LLC in Covington and a team of yoga therapists in training will be offering yoga therapy to individuals suffering from Parkinson’s, beginning in September 2011. Intentional movement as practiced in yoga has been found to have the most dramatic effect on muscle control and increased range of movement. Supportive postures are used to help control the symptoms of Parkinson’s and to minimize the side effects of medications. Family members and supportive friends are encouraged to join the individual in the sessions. A donation of $5 is appreciated, but not required. Gelatt has been trained in yoga therapy through Duke University School of Medicine and the American Viniyoga Institute. She has recently been approved for licensing by the state to offer certification in yoga therapy to yoga teachers in training. Yoga School is located at 603 S. Tyler, Covington. For more details on eligibility requirements, dates and times, call 985893-8834. See ad on page 13.

Why Structural Integration?


ohn Calhoun, a licensed massage therapist and certified Structural Integration practitioner, will explain this specialized form of bodywork in a free presentation entitled “Why Structural Integration?” on Thursday, September 22 at the Street University of the New Orleans Healing Center at 7:30 p.m.. The center is located at 2372 St. Claude Ave. in the Bywater. Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that works with the connective tissue to bring the body into structural alignment. Calhoun, who recently opened an office in Mid-City, trained at the Guild for Structural Integration on the island of Kauai after working for several years as a practicing massage therapist. Instead of fighting symptoms, Structural Integration is a practice meant to bring greater order into the body, and therefore deep and lasting change. Clients who have suffered from back and neck pain, sciatica, headaches, and joint problems implement Structural Integration so they can live a life of greater ease and joy. Please visit for more information. See ad on page 7.


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est Jefferson Fitness Fitness Center staff trainer, Denise Hoffman, will present “Wellness: Interconnected Pieces of the Whole Puzzle,” on September 7 from noon to one p.m. Focusing on stress management, weight management, restorative sleep, mindful eating, a healthy attitude, and generosity, the program is targeted to people interested in cultivating mindfulness in their life and a “whole-istic,” healthier lifestyle. Hoffman holds a B.S. and a M.S. in Health and Wellness and has authored two books on adoption and reunion, as well as articles based on intuitive healing. Th e p r o g ra m i s f r e e , b u t participants are encouraged to bring canned goods for the food bank. West Jefferson Fitness Center is located at 1121 Medical Center Blvd. in Marrero. For more information, email Ms. Hoffman at

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recent study published in the online edition of The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry reveals that more than 2 million people age 65 and older suffer from depression, including 50 percent of nursing home residents. In seeking an alternative to aggressive drug treatments, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), turned to a gentle, westernized version of Tai chi, a 2,000-year-old Chinese martial art. During the study, 112 adults age 60 or older that had been diagnosed with major depression were treated with a standard antidepressant drug for four weeks. The 73 adults that showed only partial improvement continued to receive the medication, but were also assigned to 10 weeks of either Tai chi or health education classes. The group practicing Tai chi experienced greater improvement in their levels of depression, as well as an enhanced quality of life, better cognition and more overall energy than the nonpracticing group. Dr. Helen Lavretsky, the study’s first author and a UCLA professor-in-residence of psychiatry, says, “This study shows that adding a mind-body exercise like Tai chi, that is widely available in the community, can improve the outcomes of treating depression in older adults that may also have other, coexisting medical conditions or cognitive impairment. With Tai chi, we may be able to treat these conditions without exposing them to additional medications.”

Living Abroad Boosts Creativity


tudents that have lived abroad appear to be more creative than peers that haven’t had such an experience, according to a study in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Enhanced creativity was linked directly to the students’ open-minded approach in adapting to a new culture in another country. Results indicated that multicultural learning is a critical component of the adaptation process, which acts as a catalyst for creativity.

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ANANDA: A form of gentle Hatha yoga with an emphasis on meditation. Ananda combines classic yoga postures with breathing and silent affirmations to attune with higher levels of body sense, energy and silent inner awareness. As an inner-directed practice, it has less appeal to those desiring a more athletic or aerobic experience. ANUSARA: Anusara means “go with the flow,” and blends spirituality with inner/ outer alignment and balanced energetic actions. Developed by John Friend in 1997, this style urges students to think of poses as artistic expressions of the heart. Individual abilities and limitations are deeply respected and honored, so Anusara yoga can be helpful for everyone and is good for beginners.


oga, a holistic art and practice that originated some 5,000 years ago in India, aims to integrate mind, body and spirit. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning to yoke or unite, and refers to the joining of body with mind and mind with soul to achieve health, balance, tranquility and enlightenment. Individuals of every age and physical condition can benefit from the regular practice of yoga, which has been proved to enhance flexibility, strength, stamina and concentration. Using a combination of asanas, or postures, and breathing techniques, yoga works to induce deep

relaxation and reduce stress, tone the body and organs, increase vitality and improve circulation and energy flow. Uplifting and meditative, yoga can be applied as a spiritual practice, as well. Although many schools, or styles, of yoga exist, most differences derive from the primary focus of the practitioner’s attention: precise alignment of the body; holding of the asanas; flow between the postures; breath and movement coordination; or inner awareness and meditation. No particular style is better than another, and many students practice more than one.

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ASHTANGA: A physically demanding style that is light on meditation, Ashtanga yoga employs a fast-paced series of flowing poses to build strength, flexibility and stamina. Developed by Indian yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga’s progressively difficult postures are synchronized with a loud breath (called Ujyaii breath in Sanskrit) and are designed to produce intense internal heat and purifying sweat in order to detoxify muscles and organs. The room is usually heated to warm muscles and increase flexibility. Preferred by many athletes, this style is too intense and demanding for most beginners. BIKRAM: A strenuous style, designed to make students sweat, taught in rooms heated to a minimum of 105º Fahrenheit, with about 40 percent humidity. The superheated rooms facilitate stretching and allow the body to release toxins through perspiration. Former national India yoga champion Bikram Choudhury developed the style, whose 26 demanding poses are performed in a specific order, to promote optimal health and proper function of every bodily system. Bikram yoga is a good choice for highly fit individuals and seasoned students seeking a challenge. HATHA: Hatha yoga is the foundational discipline on which nearly all other styles are based. In Sanskrit, ha represents the sun and tha, the moon—hence, the practice is designed to bring the yin and yang, light and dark, masculine and feminine aspects and polarities into balance. Essentially, Hatha yoga brings all aspects of life together. A class described as hatha will likely include slow-paced stretching, asanas, or postures, that are not too difficult, simple breathing exercises and perhaps, seated meditation. Hatha yoga classes provide a good starting point for beginners, who can learn basic poses and relaxation techniques. INTEGRAL: A gentle style of yoga brought to this country in 1966 by Sri Swami Satchidananda. Classes are structured to balance physical effort with relaxation and include breathing practices, chanting and both guided and silent meditation. Integral yoga is suitable for beginners and helpful for more advanced students who wish to deepen their physical and spiritual awareness. INTEGRATIVE YOGA THERAPY: Gentle postures, guided imagery, assisted stretching and breathwork help to make this style a useful one for rehab centers and hospitals. Joseph LePage began this therapy in the early 1990s to help promote healing and well-being for individuals facing heart disease, cancer, AIDS and psychiatric disorders. IYENGAR: Noted for precise alignment and symmetry of postures, the development of balance, and the use of props such as blocks, balls and belts. The Iyengar style of yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, based on an exceptional understanding of how the body works. Poses are held longer than usual. Iyengar is a good style for beginners, but can challenge seasoned practitioners, as well. KRIPALU: An integrated practice that emphasizes breathing and alignment and coordinates the breath with movement. Kripalu, also called the yoga of consciousness, was developed by Amrit Desai, a long time student of Kundalini yoga master Swami Kripaluvananda. This style incorporates three stages of development, beginning

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ew Orleans is known for beignets, etouffee, po’boys, and now yoga? That’s right. New Orleans was recently named one of the top ten yoga-friendly towns in the country by Yoga Journal magazine. Amidst the streetcars, the music, and the festivals, a place to quiet the mind can be found in one of the many unique yoga studios in the Greater New Orleans area. Yoga studios flourish from Uptown to Downtown, to the North and South shores of Lake Pontchartrain, offering a smorgasboard of yoga styles ranging from the very spiritual to more physical based approaches. New Orleans is all about community these days. In fact, many studios offer ‘community’ classes, meaning classes by donation. Swan River Yoga, started 13 years ago in co-owner Michele Baker’s living room and now in four locations around the area, offers classes at the studio in Arabi totally on a donation basis. As Baker expressed it, the primary goal of a yogi is serving the community. Baker describes her own style of teaching as Anasara inspired influenced by a Jivamukti flow, a safe flowing movement emphasizing proper alignment. Her classes typically include a spiritual lesson combined with asanas

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(poses), chanting and meditation. Jessica Blanchard and Cheryl Golich, co-owners of Balance Yoga opened their studio in Mid-City this past January. Classes vary from beginning to intermediate, and pre-natal to restorative. Ayurvedic consultations are available with Blanchard. Golich says there is a reason that New Orleans was recently voted one of the friendliest places to do yoga. There isn’t competition among studios here. They all work together and support one another. Her own yoga philosophy is about challenging one’s self in a mindful, conscious manner; realizing what life has given you right now and asking yourself, “What you are going to do with it?” Yoga is about “nourishing your soul,” she says, “changing your life in a positive way.” Balance Yoga offers private yoga therapy and massage as well as a beginner’s

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he thoroughly enjoys teaching beginning students. In Covington, Becky Gelatt is synonymous with yoga; known as a seasoned and respected yoga teacher of over 30 years, and the founder of the 21 year old Yoga School LLC. While Yoga School offers some public classes in the evenings, Gelatt is primarily occupied with yoga teacher training as well as private and small therapeutic yoga classes.

Trained in both the Iyengar tradition and Viniyoga, she believes that combining the two makes the practice easier to adapt to each unique individual. When asked about her philosophy she explained that yoga is about “Growing older with grace, dignity, enthusiasm and excitement.” A lot of her students are seniors. One 88 year old student has been one of her students for over 25 years. Gelatt integrates adaptive therapeutic yoga into her teacher training program. Several of her graduates are currently working at hospitals where they introduce yoga to people living with cancer. In September, Yoga School is offering a class for people with Parkinson’s disease. Gelatt was recently approved to offer a Yoga Therapy certification course. Wild Lotus Yoga, founded by Sean Johnson, is located in uptown and the new downtown location at the New Orleans Healing Center. Wild Lotus is a family of teachers trained in a wide variety of yoga traditions, committed to sharing yoga that “opens the heart, awakening physical, emotional, mental and spiritual awareness.” The atmosphere is warm and welcoming avoiding dogma and self-righteousness. Music is one of Johnson’s greatest passions, so it’s no surprise his classes include kirtan chanting with music, meditation, poetry and a gentle vinyasa

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flow. He is most interested in how “yoga practice can help inspire and motivate the way we live our lives off the mat.” Classes have a strong emphasis on savasana, the deeply rejuvenating period of rest at the end of each class. Soul School, Wild Lotus Yoga’s Teacher Training Program, includes a line-up of intriguing topics such as: spiritual practice, selfexploration, mantra and chanting, music and dance, mythology, poetry, Buddhism, and Tantra, just to name a few. Yogini Elizabeth Eckman holds daily morning community classes 364 days out of the year at Divine Kundalini Yoga Studio in Central City. Following a New Orleans tradition, she is closed one very important day, Mardi Gras. Eckman’s classes are casual and welcoming. In class she emphasizes therapeutic yoga while informing students of the benefits of each pose as they are doing them. After class students are often treated to Eckman’s fresh homemade bread and lemon water. Recent Divine Kundalini school graduate Twila Hoyle, defines the kundalini practice as a science; working from the seven chakras through breath, asanas, chanting and meditation. Kundalini yoga involves holding poses for long periods of time. It’s about patience and stillness. Twila exclaims, “People don’t spend enough time being still. It helps you get in touch with your inner consciousness.” Divine Kundalini offers teaching trainings, and recently opened up a second studio just around the corner with beautiful hardwood floors and lots of natural light infused through the room. September is national yoga month, so get out of the house, out of the office and on to the mat. Don’t forget to breathe. Linda Michurski is a registered yoga teacher, a self-taught health food guru, and vegetarian/raw foods chef living in New Orleans. She may be reached at

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allory Whitfield has always had a passion for two things: crafts and the environment. As a child she organized the kids in her neighborhood into an environmental group. She learned how to sew in high school and never turned back. Now, naturally, she uses recycled materials and turns them into clothes – and promotes others that do similar work.

Otherwise known as Miss Malaprop, the Gulfport native has found her niche in New Orleans – one that fits this quirky city well. In fact, this entrepreneurial enclave has offered many creative souls a shot at doing what they love for a living. For some that means making furniture from salvaged wood, creating light fixtures from Mardi Gras beads, or designing clothes from coffee sacks and FEMA tarps.

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Whitfield, who is self-taught in sewing and design claims the materials inspire her work. She has won awards for her FEMA tarp dress and a madcap creation that came out of a trash bag for a contest honoring Mardi Gras Indians. She recalls endless sequins painstakingly hand-sewed for that piece. Another creative crafter, Traci Claussen, transitioned from radio to repurposing after she moved into a loft in New Orleans’ Central Business District, which she proceeded to reconstruct with salvaged and found materials. After that masterpiece, one day while at a coffee shop, it dawned on her that coffee bags must be a dime a dozen, food grade and durable. The beach/ grocery tote, finished with belts from Bridge house, a thrift store benefitting the homeless, soon morphed into duffle bags, backpacks and the “weekender” popularized by Country Living magazine. Her new makeup bags, made with the canvas used by Mardi Gras Indians, are emblazoned with the motto “Be cool; do good.” Repurposing NOLA, Claussen’s company, also offers garments – bamboo-embossed drapes tossed out by the Hilton Hotel are now pants, and remnants from Hancock Fabrics


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have become James Bond-style dresses. “I try not to waste anything,” she said. “Everything I make is one of a kind, and there is a little bit of New Orleans in each one.” Kendra Morris of Bonga Chop Designs transforms old bed sheets into dresses and other garments, including baby clothes. She has her creations at the art markets and in several shops, but most of her work is custom, since word has spread that she reincarnates the Rainbow Bright or Smurf sheets hidden in the closet into something usable and fun. In her three and a half years of sewing she has also worked with almost every kind of fabric, including antique tablecloths, doilies and curtains. “My customers have nostalgia…and I spend time making [the products] really high quality. If people make a change to buy things higher in quality, then they are more special to them. People that buy all of these throw away items don’t understand how much work goes into them.” Morris muses “There has been a turn in society to be more eco-friendly – I


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Heather Macfarlane of Unique Products (UP) has always been a “crafty person and a recycler,” and when she met Mark Kirk, they stepped it up a notch. “We started doing lighting out of melted Mardi Gras beads or detergent bottles – anything we could shove a bulb into,” she said. They opened their store in 1999, upstairs from a vintage clothing store, and they now do custom work in bars and restaurants. “Living in New Orleans is very inspirational,” she said of the materials they find, such as discarded Jazz Fest banners she just received. Dumpster diving and treasure hunting has garnered them materials that would make archeologists squeal. “There is always plenty of trash to dig through … a treasure trove of costumes and beads.” Macfarlane teaches her art to others at workshops and art camps for kids.

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third is to open up—figure out how to create something unique. “To deploy these capabilities, the brain needs to process visual, aural, tactile and language-symbol information simultaneously,” says Sennett. Working pleasurably with the hands also helps to enhance brain chemistry according to author Kelly Lambert, Ph.D., a psychology professor and lead researcher with the Lambert Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory at Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, Virginia. Lambert, author of Lifting Depression: A Neuroscientist’s Approach to Activating Your Brain’s Healing Power, makes the case for hands-on crafts like gardening, cooking and knitting as antidotes to depression. In a “Reconsidering Crafts” segment on Wisconsin Public Radio, she remarked: “We’re still carrying around a brain

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ew Orleans Food Co-op (NOFC) is a community-owned cooperative that sells affordable, fresh, healthy, local, and sustainable foods. The grocery, opening this summer at the New Orleans Healing Center, has offerings for omnivore, vegan, and gluten-free eaters alike, said Lori Burge, NOFC’s general manager. Th e o r g a n i z a t i o n i s a l s o democratically controlled, she said, with a mission to make a difference in the community. The co-op strives to provide access to healthy food at a fair price, be a center of community activity, promote

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lobal Green is the American arm of Green Cross International (GCI), which was founded by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to focus on reconnecting humans with the environment. GCI started working on reducing weapons of mass destruction and clean drinking water, but recently it has been combating global warming through sustainable residential development. Global Green’s New Orleans office and Green Building Resource Center was founded after Hurricane Katrina “to create something positive after the disaster,” Program and Operations Director Linda Stone said. “The idea was to help build capacity in the area of green building.” The staff advocates, educates and facilitates energy efficiency projects, Stone said, conducting energy assessments and weatherization of homes, among other

services. Clients seeking to reduce their utility bills get technical assistance free of charge. The new NOLA Wise program offers low interest loans to qualified residents for energy efficient upgrades. It was natural for Global Green to sign up for Green Games, she said, and it helped to support Life City as it creates a standard for sustainable businesses. “It helps to further our mission by reaching out to community and to be more efficient at the same time,” she said. “It is a great deal.”

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he New Orleans Chamber of Commerce is a young organization, only four years old. But despite Hurricane Katrina, the membership is up to 550 now, President and CEO Ben Johnson said, partly because the monthly evening events and quarterly luncheons offer networking opportunities and speakers on critical topics. The Chamber’s five new committees include a Green Committee focused on sustainable economic development, which Johnson said is predicted to add 90,000 jobs in Southeast Louisiana in the next 10 years. “ We wa n t t o c o m m e rc i a l i z e sustainable rebuilding,” Johnson said. “We want to brand the New Orleans region as a place that … values best practices related to environmental sensitivity and using green products.” New Orleans is rated second in the country for relocating businesses, first for graduating college students, and has become a place where sustainable businesses can make a profit, Johnson said. The Chamber can help promote that: “We can lead by example.”

Participating in the Green Games was a response to the membership’s overwhelming interest, Johnson said, noting that 200 people came to a recent “green” themed event. “This movement is going at lightning speed,” he said about jumping on board. “It also sounded like a lot of fun!”

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Eco-Fashionista Summer Rayne Oakes Models the Future by Kristin J. Bender

Fashion model Summer Rayne Oakes has created a growing platform for taking eco-fashion mainstream. She’s seen firsthand how a more sustainable lifestyle can start with something as simple as choosing certified organic lip balm or a pair of shoes made from organic cotton and recycled rubber.


ecause of her close ties to environmental causes, Oakes is known as “The eco-model.” The title seems to fit her well: She has put her name behind many cause-related programs, including a skincare company that uses active natural ingredients and a maker of recycled eyewear that plants a tree for every pair of frames sold. She didn’t set out to be the eco-fashionista. Oakes, whose first name derived from being born, she states, on a “rainy summer day,” was raised amid Pennsylvania farmlands north of Scranton and developed a love of nature from an early age. By 13, she was the youngest member of her hometown’s environmental advisory council and after high school, went off to Cornell University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in natural resources and entomology. While researching toxins in sewage sludge and identifying aquatic insects, the 5-foot, 10inch, willowy brunette also began modeling while at college, and 24

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BhaktImmersion – Time TBA (9/2-9/5). 4 day intensive includes Bhakti yoga, Kirtan training, and soul celebration with Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band. Wild Lotus Yoga, 2372 Saint Claude Ave, NOLA. Info/register: 504-899-0047. Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 1:15 & 2:45pm. (Also 9/7, 9/14, 9/26, 9/21, 9/28 & 9/30). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focusing on a specific problem area. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. By appointment only. $30. 504-293-0972. Kirtan Concert Downtown – 8-10pm. Mantras merge with rock, world, funk, & trance groves with the New Orleans world music trio Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band. Wild Lotus Yoga - Downtown - 2372 Saint Claude Ave., NOLA (2nd floor). 504-899-0047.


NOLA Botanical Garden Plant Sale – 9am-noon. Pelican Greenhouse, City Park, off Henry Thomas Dr, just south of I-610 underpass. Checks/cash accepted. Info: 504-483-9464. E-Waste Drop/Uptown – 10am-2pm. Drop off old paint and electronic waste (computers only) to the Arabella Station Whole Foods Market, first Saturday of every month. The Green Project’s tent will be at the corner of Magazine & Joseph Streets in good weather, and inside near the massage table in bad weather. Freret Market – noon-5pm. 90 vendors with food, art, music, flea market, children’s play area and pet adoption. 4400 block of Freret S, NOLA. Info: 504-638-2589.


The Reiki Home Project – 7pm. Visiting Shaman Phil Morgan shares info about establishing a “home” as a foundation for the practice of Reiki. Open to all levels and traditions of Reiki students. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Donations appreciated. Info: 504-376-8518. Free Tai Chi & Chi Gong Class – 9:30-10:30am. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of life at Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St., Uptown. Reserve space: 504-866-2241.


Wellness: Interconnected Pieces of the Whole Puzzle – 12-1pm. Topics include stress management, weight management, restorative sleep, mindful eating, healthy attitude and generosity. Presented by Denise Hoffman, staff trainer. West Jefferson Fitness Center, 1121 Medical Center Blvd, Marrero. Free. Info:


Art and Wine Walk – 5-8pm. Showcase of art and local cuisine in St.Bernard, sponsored by St. Bernard Seafood and Farmers Market. Second Thursday monthly. 490 Aycock St, Arabi. Meditation Group – 6:30pm w/Linda Strickland. Beginners welcome. 6 week commitment; possible continuation. $5 or $25/pre-paid series. Space limited; must register. AVIVA Massage & Well-Being Center, 601 Lafitte St., Mandevile. Info/reg: 985727-9665. Free Tai Chi & Chi Gong Class – 9:30-10:25am. Reduce stress; relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of life at Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St., Uptown. Reserve space: 504-866-2241.


Surfing the Breath Yoga Workshops – Time TBD (9/9-9/11) w/Dylan Bernstein. Explore how the breath draws awareness internally, developing all yogic practices in a set of integrated workshops. Balance Yoga, 120 S. Cortez St., NOLA. Early bird - $60/3 workshops paid by 9/2. or 504-309-9618. Shamanism Vision & The Mayan Calendar: Final Days – 7:30pm. Phil Morgan talks about the end of the Mayan Tun calendar on Oct 28 this year; what it means and how to ready for it. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St., NOLA. $15. Info: 504-376-8518. Swedish Massage Clinic – 1:15 & 2:45pm (Also 9/23). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation & increasing flexibility. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. $30. By appointment only. 504-293-0972.


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Introduction to Men’s Soul Work – 7-8:30pm. Twice a year for 20 years, men of the New Orleans Men’s Center have met in retreat discovering a path to freedom, healing and joy. Come learn about the male journey towards a soul satisfying life. Parker Memorial United Methodist, NOLA. Info: 504-390-0460.


Back to the Vegetable Garden – 9am-noon. Philip Soulet, horticulturist and urban farmer talk at 10am; soils, tools and techniques for getting the most for space, including using espalier and vertical gardening. Parkway Partners Greenhouse, 1137 Baronne Street, NOLA. Free. 504-620-2224. Super Saturday Work Day – 9am-noon. Volunteers are invited to the monthly clean up of City Park to help with pruning, raking, cutting grass, trash pick up, and planting. Bring gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent, yard tools, food and drink. Volunteer Center on Harrison Ave, City Park. Info: 504-483-9459. Gretna Art Walk – 9am-3pm. Art walk returns for fall season with more than 80 artists and craft vendors. 6th St at Huey P. Long Ave, downtown Gretna. Saturday Morning Massage Clinic – 9:15 & 10:45am (Also 9/24). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish (9/10), neuromuscular therapy (9/24). Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall across from food court, Metairie. $30. By appointment only. 504-293-0972. Sankofa Farmers Market Grand Opening– 10am2pm. Celebrating a new location during it’s usual 2nd Saturday at the Market with live music, children’s art activities, healthy cooking demos, free health screenings, and community and cultural organizations in addition to local produce, seafood, and baked goods. 3500 St. Claude Ave on corner of Gallier St. OCH Art Market/Wellness Market – 10am-3pm. Presentations, workshops, demos on products and services that promote health, including yoga, reiki, raw food, aromatherapy, reflexology, many more. Also bike repair workshop. Fresh jucies and raw foods from Surrey’s. 1618 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, Central City, NOLA. The Madisonville Art Market – 10am-4pm. Art market featuring painting, photography, wood working, pottery, and jewelry along the Tchefuncta River on Water Street in Old Madisonville, near LA Hwy 22. Free. Info: 985-624-7216. Fall Fleur-De-Lis Fest Mandeville – 10am-5pm (9/10 & 9/11). Arts and crafts fair, Castine Center in Pelican Park, 63350 Pelican Dr, Mandeville. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (9/10-9/11) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing and balance of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for the self and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-388-2356.


The Messages in Pain – 1-4pm w/Annick Jeanfreau. Understanding pain, physical or otherwise, can transform life in unimaginable ways. Join in for an afternoon to rise above the pain that was once experienced. Hands Help Heal, Mid-City. $38. 504250-7477; Conscious Connected Breathing Workshop – 2:305pm. Relieve stress and anxiety naturally with Jack Fontana and Conscious Connected Breathing, a technique that facilities letting go. Wild Lotus Yoga, 2372 Saint Claude Ave., NOLA (2nd floor). 504-899-0047.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Playmakers Theater Auditions – 7pm. (9/12 & 9/13). Auditions for The Woman in Black. Need man in 20-30’s, a middle-aged man, and a tall thin woman. Runs Nov 4-20. 19106 Playmakers Rd (off Lee Rd), Covington. Contact: Ellen 985-626-3392.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents The Ideal Protein weight loss program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy. at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000. Jung Society Film Night – 6pm. “The King’s Speech” followed by a discussion on the significance of relationships led by analysts Marilyn Marshall and Karen Gibson. 2 CEUs. 6pm screening, 8:15pm: discussion. Members free/non-members $10. Parker Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave, NOLA. Historic House Workshop – 6-7:30pm. Learn to rehab a historic home using tax credits. Preservation Resource Center, 923 Tchoupitoulas St, NOLA. Free. Info: 504-636-3399. New Orleans Raw Potluck – 7pm. Enjoy great food, new friends, and conversations. Bring any raw plant food dish. Second Tuesday of each month. Fair Grinds Coffee House, 3133 Ponce de Leon. Free. Clay: 504-231-9127.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Tree Mendous Seminar – 9am-12:30pm. Learn the care and preservation of trees in the urban landscape. Sponsored by St. Tammany Master Gardeners and LSU AgCenter. Southeast LA National Wildlife Refuge, 61389 Hwy 434, Lacombe. $15 by 9/7. Info at 985-875-2635. Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Metairie – 6:30-7:30pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health and Healing, Inc. Mary Frost speaks on Energy Medicine/Energy Healing. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd. Free and open to the public. Inquiries:


Soul School Info Meeting – 2-3:30pm. Come and find out more about training, meet Sean, Mitchel, other Soul School graduates, & pick up an application. Wild Lotus Yoga, 2372 Saint Claude Ave, NOLA (2nd floor) 504-899-0047. Free the Hips – 2:30-5:30pm w/Beverly Morris. Hipopening flows with sustained postures to increase flexibility in the hips. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St., NOLA. 504-899-0047. Developing Psychic Abilities Through Hypnosis – 12-3pm. Deep Peace Hypnosis LLC conducts this workshop. Explore aura readings, psychometry, psychic sensitivity, precognition and retro-cognition. $30. Held at Unity Church of Metairie, 3939 – 2A Veterans Blvd, Metairie. Info: 504-885-7575.


Zumbathon Fundraiser for Humane Society – 6-7:15pm. Latin-inspired dance fitness class to benefit homeless dogs and cats of the St. Tammany Humane Society. Mandeville Sports Complex, 23052 Hwy 1088, Mandeville. $10/drop-in. 985-892-7387.


Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents The Ideal Protein weight loss program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000. Free Men & Women’s Self Defense Seminar – 6-7pm. Learn quick, effective and safe methods to take control of self-safety. Tamashii Karate & Tai chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Call to reserve space: 504-866-2241.


Sustainable Design Series Panel – 5:30pm. Global Green USA; AIA, New Orleans Chapter; and USGBC, LA Chapter partner to present a monthly panel series on issues of sustainability and environmental responsibility. September panel hosted by USGBC. 5:30pm/light refreshments; 6pm/panel. Info: 504525-2121.


Free Tai Chi & Chi Gong Class – 9:30-10:25am. Reduce stress; relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of life at Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown. Reserve space: 504-866-2241.

Why Structural Integration? – 7:30pm w/John Calhoun. Learn how this therapy aligns and balances the body for greater ease of movement and more energy. Free presentation at New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., (Street University, 2nd floor). More info:



Sunset at the Landing Concert – 6-9pm. Come out and enjoy a free concert at the Columbia Street Landing, Covington.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Edible Gardening Symposium – 8:30am-2pm. Master Gardeners of Greater N.O. and LSU AgCenter host this symposium. Topic: “How to grow and prepare vegetables and herbs harvested from the backyard”. Dana Student Center, St. Charles Rm, Loyola Univ, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Register by 9/8. $10/lunch included. 504-736-6519. Paint & E-waste Drop-Off – 10am-2pm. Drop off old paint and electronic waste (computers only) to the Hollygrove Market & Farm, 8301 Olive St, NOLA and pick up a $25 box filled with locallygrown, fresh produce while there. Basic Shamanic Journeying Workshop – 10am-5pm (9/17 & 9/18) w/Phil Morgan. A tool for transformation, a shamanic journeying workshop. RSVP: Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin: 504-376-8518.

The Art of Living w/Nothing & No One Against You – 7-9pm & (9/24 9am-4pm). An interactive workshop using most recent brain research, quantum science with profound spiritual wisdom to help craft the life desired. Unity Church, 3939 Veterans Hwy. Entrance and parking in rear. Info: 504-885-7575.


The Speakers, Coaches Workshop – One day intensive presented by Dr. Gary Arnold. Learn how the top 1% of speakers, coaches, sales execs and energy workers earn $100K/year using the internet. $87 in advance/$125 at the door. Seating limited. Location: Four Points Sheraton, 6401 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. Register: 800-472-1320. Yoga con Queso – Time TBD (9/24-9/26) w/author & yoga teacher Neal Pollack. Invigorating and fun asana workshops mixed with a little meditation, yoga philosophy and humor. Balance Yoga, 120 S. Cortez St., NOLA. Early bird - $60/3 workshops paid by 9/19. Info/reg: 504-309-9618 or

Exquisite Self Care – 9am-4pm w/Peggy Scott. Caring for the self in order to care for others. Bodywork therapists & others: take time to reconnect and integrate an action plan to prevent burn out. 6 state & national CEUs for LMTs, Lakeview. Mary Catherine: 903-263-8684. Pet Loss Grief Support – 9:30am. Monthly pet grief support group meets the last Saturday of each month. Location changes as the weather changes. Free. Call Pastor Bonnie at 985-373-2321. Insulation 101/A Green-It-Yourself Workshop – 11am-1pm. Come to this free workshop and learn how to choose and install the best insulation for the home. Holy Cross Project, 405 Andry St., NOLA. 504-525-2121. Theosophical Society – 2-4pm. Covington Lodge, 2101 N. Hwy. 190, Covington. Study: At the Feet of the Master, by J. Krishnamurti. Tea Tasting/Bodhisattva Tea Spa – 7pm. The public is invited to taste the teas at this new tea boutique and spa, offering whole leaf teas, herbs and tea accessories as well as massage therapy, infrared sauna and esthetics. Fourth Friday monthly. Free. 3515 Melvil Dewey, Metairie. Info: 504-309-4424. Painting with ‘Paw’casso – 7-10pm. Benefit for St. Tammany Humane Society hosted by New Orleans Paint’N Party. $40 registration includes non-alcoholic beverage and art materials. 101 River Road, Ste. 201, NOLA. Reservations: 504-833-1070.


The Tao of Ethics – 9am-4pm w/Peggy Scott. Bodywork therapists: review code of ethics & national standards and guidelines through thought provoking and lively discussions. 6 state and national CEUs for LMTs. Lakeview. Mary Catherine: 903-263-8684.


Microdermabrasion Party – 10am-4pm. Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical procedure that targets the surface of the skin for a gentle abrasion that reveals newer, healthier, younger looking skin. $40/party; also 30 min. head, neck, shoulder $30. Esthetique Facial Spa, 5702 Magazine St. By appointment only: 504-896-1006.


The Energetics of Reiki – 11:30am-1pm. AVIVA Massage & Well-Being Center, 601 Lafitte St., Mandeville. Bring lunch if desired. Free. Reservations required: 985-727-9665.


Columbia Street Block Party/Street Festival – 6:309:30pm. A free family event with classic car display at 200 through 500 block of Columbia St, Covington.


Tai Chi and Qi Gong Basics A 6 month course Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Courses begin October 2011 and January 2012 with long time practitioner and teacher Marilyn Yank Course cost: $250 (payment plans available)

To enroll call 504-610-3672

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ongoingevents Note: All Calendar events must be received via email by September 10 for the October issue. $10/Event Calendar or Ongoing Calendar listing. Free community wide events are listed for free as space is available. Items may be up to 50 words in length. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls please.

sunday Beginners Yoga Class – 9:30-10:45am. Focus is on key themes of the practice and introductory poses. Assumes little or no yoga experience. Great for beginners and those needing to refresh basics. $15 drop in/$10 students. Freret Street Yoga, 4608 Freret St, NOLA. Info: 504-899-1142 or Spiritual, but not religious? – 11am. If you like what Wayne Dyer and Maryann Williamson have to say, you will love Unity Church of Practical Christianity in Metairie. We encourage the transformation of your life through practical spiritual principles. 3939–2A, Veterans Blvd, Metairie (2 blocks west of Cleary, rear of building). For more info call 504-885-7575. All Levels Yoga – noon-12:50pm. Taught by Teachers in Training. Donation based. Swan River Community Center Arabi, 7011 St Claude Ave, #213, Arabi. Contact: 985-218-0724 Transmission Meditation – 6:30pm. Want to help the world and build a stronger connection with your own spiritual nature? Transmission Meditation is the simplest way to do both at the same time says Benjamin Creme. Free. Jefferson Hwy at Clearview. For info: call Alan 504-606-8512.

Eyebrow Threading – noon-5pm. Special rate of $10, normally $15; full face threading, $35; normally $50. Esthetique Facial Spa, 5702 Magazine St. (next to Whole Foods), NOLA. 504-896-1006. Hollygrove Market & Farm – noon-6pm. NOLA’s only CSA-style market selling each week assorted fresh local and organic fruit and vegetables from LA, MS & AL. 8301 Olive St, NOLA (across from Carrollton Boosters). Yoga on the NorthShore – 5:30-7pm. Gentle postures, breath work, tai chi movements; beginners welcome. $10 per session or $48 for six. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St., Covington. Info: 985276-8599 Insight Meditation Group – 7:30-9pm. Practice and discussion. 2134 Magazine St., 3rd fl., New Orleans. Info: or call Larry at 504-343-8378. HypnoBirthing Childbirth Education Classes – Registration for group or private couple classes for a calm, confident and more comfortable birthing experience. 5 classes - info and registration: Bonnie Miller @Methodist Hypnotherapy Services, Slidell, 985-726-9333/118,



Covington Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Offering fresh produce, fresh baked breads, prepared foods and plants. Located at The Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire, Covington.

Daily Kundalini yoga – 9am. Kundalini yoga class offered daily by donation. Devine Kundalini Yoga, 1223 Baronne St., New Orleans. 866-989-3626.

MasterMind/Meditation – 2pm. Spiritual support for realizing your dreams and goals. Unity Church of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, entrance & Parking in rear. Info: 504-885-7575.

Northshore Yoga for All – 6-7:30pm. Blending two practices to promote muscle-health, balance/ movement, needed relaxation in a stress-free environment. Fun w/respect to levels. Mats & props provided. $10.00/class w/free 1st class. Yoga School, 603 South Tyler Street, Covington. Info: (985)502-7576

tuesday Daily Kundalini yoga – 9am. Kundalini yoga class offered daily by donation. Devine Kundalini Yoga, 1223 Baronne St., New Orleans. 866-989-3626. Crescent City Farmers Market – 9am-1pm. Open air market with fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and pies, bedding plants, dairy products, freshly cut flowers. Located in the parking lot of Uptown Square. Order Vintage Garden Soups – Order by noon Tuesday for delivery on Wednesday. Fresh delicious savory soups developed by our chef. Options for special diets. Free delivery with $15 min or $3 delivery fee. Also pick up at two locations. Visit website on ad for soups of the week or call 504-620-2495.


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German Coast Farmers Market – West Bank – 3-6:30pm. Open-air market offering fresh produce, rotisserie & fresh meats, fresh pastries/breads, sausage, kettle corn, cracklins, prepared foods, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions. Arts and crafts 4th Wed. Located at 12715 Highway 90, St. Charles Plaza Shopping Center, Site of the old K-mart building, Luling, LA All Levels Hatha Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Beginners welcome and appropriate for intermediate and experienced practitioners. Asana, pranayama mantra, mudra, maybe some Sanskrit and more. $10/class or $48/6. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Info: 985-892-4170 or Vipassana Meditation – 6-7pm. Vipassana means to see things as they truly are. Learn the simple art of self-transformation through self-observation. No experience necessary. Donations graciously appreciated. Divine Yoga 1228 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans. Contact Clifton Beary at or 415-308-5459. Wednesdays on the Point Concert – 6-9pm. Free concert at the Algiers Ferry Landing, 200 Morgan St., Algiers. Info: 504-339-2899.

A Course in Miracles – 6:30-8pm. Offered by Dr. Gary Arnold continuously in New Orleans since 1988. Free and open to the public. Location: Unity Church of Metairie, 3303 Richland, Ste. 2A, Metairie, LA 70002 Meditation & Study Group – 7-8:30pm. 45 min meditation, refreshments, then 45 min. book discussion group. Donations. 621 Opelousas Ave, Algiers Point (gate locked 7pm sharp!). Info: 504-905-4090 or LASPCA Wellness Wednesdays – Ensure your pet’s health with annual vaccinations and a wellness check-up. Basic wellness exam $20, low-cost spaying and neutering available. By appt.only. 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd, New Orleans. Call 504-368-5191. Self Esteem Workshop – Fine tune your attitudes and beliefs and discover the real you while letting go of the past baggage. Info and registration: Bonnie Miller @ Methodist Hypnotherapy Services, Slidell, 985-726-9333/118,,

thursday Daily Kundalini yoga – 9am. Kundalini yoga class offered daily by donation. Devine Kundalini Yoga, 1223 Baronne St., New Orleans. 866-989-3626. Crescent City Farmers Market – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave, American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine. TriYoga Classes MidCity – 6-8 pm. Stretch your body and calm your mind in a gentle, flowing TriYoga Basics class with Karen. TriYoga NOLA, 4436 Toulouse. Info: 504-220-5325. All Levels Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Taught by teachers in training. Donation based. Swan River community Center Arabi, 7011 St. Claude Ave, #213, Arabi, LA. 985-218-0724 or Self Hypnosis Classes – All ages. For your health and happiness rediscover your most powerful resource – your mind! Take control, manage stress and make your goals a reality. 3 classes $105. Info and Registration: Bonnie Miller @ Methodist Hypnotherapy Services, Slidell, 985-726-9333/118, Northshore Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Beginning to intermediate class focusing on breathe, stretching and a variety of yoga poses to strengthen muscles, achieve balance, self-awareness, and general fitness. $10/class or $48/6 classes. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler, Covington. Info: 985-892-5575.

friday Daily Kundalini yoga – 9am. Kundalini yoga class offered daily by donation. Devine Kundalini Yoga, 1223 Baronne St., New Orleans. 866-989-3626.

saturday Vietnamese Farmers Market – 6-9am. Over 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.

Crescent City Farmers Market – 8am-noon. Open-air market with great selection of fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and freshly made pies, bedding plants, dairy products, fresh flowers. Cooking demos by some of the city’s most acclaimed chefs. Located at 700 Magazine, corner of Girod, New Orleans.

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German Coast Farmers Market - East Bank – 8amnoon. 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 2nd Sat. Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Rd., Destrehan. For info call 985-359-0190.

In the energetic structure of our bodies, a disease is held in place by energies from blocks, core issues, belief systems and/or negative patterns.

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Camellia City Farmers Market – 8am.-1pm. Featuring yard eggs, Mediterranean foods, herbs, produce, baked goods, coffee and iced tea, local musicians, tastings and cooking demos. Griffith Park, 333 Erlanger and Second St, Olde Towne, Slidell. Info: 985-640-8291. 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 and 4th streets, Gretna. Info: 504-362-8661.

Covington Farmers Market – 9am-1pm. Offering fresh produce, fresh baked breads, prepared foods and plants. Located at Covington City Hall, 609 N Columbia St., Covington.

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Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market – 8:30am12:30pm. Open year round, rain or shine. Free parking. Featuring fresh produce, seafood, bakery items, dairy, plants, prepared foods & hand-crafted items. Plus live music & kids activities. 484 Sala Ave, corner of 4th St., Westwego. Contact 504-341-3424, x 209. Daily Kundalini yoga – 9am. Kundalini yoga class offered daily by donation. Devine Kundalini Yoga, 1223 Baronne St., New Orleans. 866-989-3626.



Reconnective Healing

Help your friends & clients achieve relaxation & healing in our fun, educational workshops! Open to anyone with an interest in the healing arts. CEUs available for LMTs.

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Cranio-Sacral Therapy

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Advanced Practitioner & Registered Instructor • 20 years experience PeggyScottLMt@yahoo.coM – 504-352-0039 – PureenergyBodywork.coM

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. For vendor/entertainment info: Donna Beakley 985-845-4515. Beginners Yoga Class – 9:30-10:45am. Focus is on key themes of the practice and introductory poses. Assumes little or no yoga experience. Great for beginners and those needing to refresh basics. $15 drop in/$10 students. Freret Street Yoga, 4608 Freret St, NOLA. Info: 504899-1142 or Hollygrove Market & Farm – 10am-2pm. NOLA’s only CSA-style market selling each week assorted fresh local and organic fruit and vegetables from LA, MS & AL. 8301 Olive St, NOLA (across from Carrollton Boosters). Sankofa Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Weekly market offering fresh produce and seafood from local farmers and fishermen. 5500 St. Claude Ave, corner of Caffin Ave. Friends of the New Orleans Public Library Book Sale – 10am-2pm. Lots of fiction, non-fiction, local & rare books, CDs, DVDs, videos & records plus children’s books. Help rebuild the New Orleans Public Libraries. Book donations appreciated! At the Carriage House behind the Latter Branch Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans Meditation Group – 2:30-3:30pm. Fairgrinds Coffee House. Sponsored by Art of Living Foundation. 3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans. For info contact Allen 504-247-6692.

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acupuncture KELLY KIVIKO, ACA

Louisiana Lic.# ACA.200012 530 E. Rutland St., Covington 985-869-3299 Acupuncture Works! It is a safe, drug-free approach to managing many common health concerns. Specializing in herbal medicine, pain, stress, women’s health, and more.


Louisiana Lic.# ACA.200032 4710 Canal St & 3618 Magazine St 504-224-1069 Acupuncture is gentle and effective. Tonya offers Acupuncture and Oriental medicine in a relaxing environment. She is experienced in the treatment of pain, stress and allergies, plus many more conditions. Call to schedule an appointment.

St. Tammany Humane Society – Help foster pets, many tasks for fundraising, help with animal socializing, many more. Call for wish list. Contact: 985-892-7387, x 106. The An urban agriculture nonprofit committed to promote responses to food, farm and nutrition needs gardening and food pantry volunteers. Call 504-333-3611 or


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Dora Ochoa, L.M.T. 1800 W. Causeway Approach., Ste. 122 Mandeville, 985-626-5538 Unique, painless & permanent hair removal, specializing in Brazilian bikini lines. Home of the “Slimmer You” body wrap and cellulite massage. Instant gift certificates on our website.


Mel Borne, LMT #4158 Northshore Area 985-869-2087 Relax with personalized in-home sessions. Specializing in Shiatsu, Swedish and Deep tissue. Customized blending of techniques are incorporated into sessions. Essential oils are used to maximize the healing benefits of your massage. See ad page 27.

breathing animal holistic medicine JANICE E. POSEY, DVM

985-898-3623/504-466-9129 315 Lee Lane, #104 Covington, LA 70433 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 page 20.

volunteer opportunities The Humane Society of Louisiana needs volunteers. To find out how you can help contact Jeff Dorson at 901-268-4432 or StopCruelty11@



Linda L. Strickland, BA, CHt, RM, LMT 601 Lafitte St., Mandeville 985-727-9665 Discover the difference & feel the peace through massage/bodywork, select spa services & energy work. Integrative, intuitive, customized approach. Aromatherapy at all sessions. LA 1479;E2445. See ad page 27.


Breathing Coach 3200 Lake Villa Dr., Metairie 504-453-9161 Let me guide you through a breathing experience that can release stress, fear, suppression, anxiety and create a space of healing, acceptance and physical and emotional well being. Come Breathe, Relax and Let Go!

chiropractic/wellness CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH CENTER

Dr. Debbi Hannan 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline, Metairie 504-454-2000 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 10.


colon hydrotherapy ALORACLEANSE

1131 S. Tyler St, Covington 985-809-3133 Colon Hydrotherapy removes stagnant fecal matter and toxic bacteria along with cellular debris. Get relief of unhealthy digestive symptoms and achieve greater immunity, enhanced energy, clearer skin, improved mental clarity, and a general elevation in mood.


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Certified Green Builder 1-888-660-0123 Custom construction and renovation specializing in energy efficiency and indoor air quality. Certified by National Assoc. of Homebuilders as a Green Builder. Locally owned, 20 years experience, over 3000 homes built.



Jodi Brown 504-616-7171 Tired of your doctor and nutritionist TELLING you what to do and wish someone would just come to your house and SHOW you how to make it all work? Here I am. I offer full-day food makeovers & healthy cooking classes. Take back your life! Feel ALIVE again.

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4401 Veterans Blvd, Ste 200 psychotherapy 504-885-8800 ANDREA SCHEELE, LCSW, LMFT A Colonics, Wellness, “You too can move away from the past andAttachment towards Psychotherapy Weight Loss Spa,relationships.” a life of vitality, wholeness andDay fulfilling 1303 Amelia St., New Orleans Colon Hydrotherapy, 504-899-2686 massage therapy, actiIndividual, Couples When you experience loss, illvated oxygen sauna, ion foot bath, reflexol& Family Therapy ness, depression, stress or are ogy, integrated medicine, and other natural going through major life transiAttachment Psychotherapy / EMDRMall /spa offerings. Across from Clearview tions Attachment Psychotherapy Scheele, LCSW, in the major Andrea business area of LMFT Metairie. See 1303 Amelia Street will benefit you. Individual, couad page 11. New Orleans, LA 70115 ples, family, parent/child and (504) 899-2686 small group therapy. See ad on page 18. VIVACITY WELLNESS SPA 3333 Kingman St, Ste 102, Metairie GINA L. ORIHUELA, 504-885-8355 LCSW-BACS, ND, CTN Holistic Psychotherapy & Counseling Reclaim health and vitality by 3213 Florida Ave, Ste D, Kenner eliminating toxins in the 504-466-2266 body. We offer Open System Psychotherapist and Naturopath. Colon Hydrotherapy, Far InA unique holistic approach to frared Sauna with Ozone, Ion assist you in coping with loss, Foot Detox and Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamillness, stress, depression, or ber Therapy. Certified Colon Hydrotherapist other life transitions. Individual, and member of I-ACT. See ad page 10. family and/or group therapy clients. Children, adolescents, and adults. construction See ad page 23.


638 Seguin St., NOLA 70114 504-251-7820/504-722-0877 Mandala Therapy Center provides counseling for stress, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, anger management, relationship issues, career decisions, personal growth and creative blocks. Our therapists serve adolescents, adults and couples on an affordable sliding scale basis.


5002 Prytania, NOLA, 70115 504-813-9130 Licensed Professional Counselor. Holistic Psychotherapy for personal growth, stress, transition, etc. Individual and Group MindBody Skills Training (guided imagery, meditation, breathing, relaxation, tapping, etc). Evening and Saturday appointments available.


1101 Robert Blvd, Ste A, Slidell, LA 70458 985-641-8058 Offering a holistic and patientcentered approach to dentistry, because we believe the health of the mouth and overall health cannot be separated. We help those we serve make decisions that are in their best interests, based on their values and goals, by providing state of the art information within a trusting relationship. See ad page 25.

dynamic meditation JUSTINE A.MIS

Certified Silva Method Instructor & Life Coach 340-690-6900 World’s premiere mind development and self-improvement program. Practical techniques for managing stress, health, creative problem solving. Learn Dynamic Meditation and Cognitive Control to create remarkable changes in your life. Classes and personal life coach services.

educational kinesiology BRAIN GYM

Tanya Simmons BA Ed. Licensed Brain Gym Practitioner/Consultant. New Orleans 504-309-0002/710-2622 Teaching Brain Gym in Education, In-service and individually to help any learning difficulties, AD(H)D, reading, writing, attention, memory, performance, success for goals, and the joy and ease of learning. Available for teachers, parents, children and adults. See website for upcoming trainings/seminars.

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feng shui


Feng Shui practitioner 504-861-3370 Offering Feng shui consultations for homes and businesses Find balance and serenity within your home .Make intentional changes in your dwellings and you will alter your life in positive wide ranging ways. Your environment will begin to assist you and you will uncover solutions to your day to day issues and life will improve. See ad page 33.

504-228-9004 Deep Peace Hypnosis offers hypnotherapy services to help people Improve Test Scores, Quit Smoking, Lose Weight and much more. We conduct individual and group therapy sessions and we also have Custom-Made Hypnosis CD’s for sale.

nally. See ad on page 33.

Programs. Hypnosis Works!


een r g n o t Ac HYPNOTHERAPY s pMETHODIST i t g SERVICES n i v holistic/energylihealing Bonnie Miller, Clinical Director 985-726-9333 ext 118 n e CENTER FOR ENLIGHTENED e r reen g g r r o o f f TRANSFORMATION k k o o Lo Lo n Cindy B. Daigle i Hypnosis is not magic…it is a s e es in powerful s s s s e e n n i i 504-931-6494 s s tool to transform your u u b b North shore and New Orleans area life, heal your body, empower l l a a atur ngs’ your mind, and revive your Natur ings’ N spirit. Stress, Pain, Anxiety, i Cindy utilizes powerful enern n e e k Fear, Birthing, Forensic, PLR, Awak er Awto ashift getic healing methods er IBS, FMS, Habits, Disorders, and balance the auric field, b o t c Octob . O Motivation, etc. You must take the first step chakras and the cells of our . n n towards your good health and happiness. o o i i body. Health, Joy, and Balance t t i Individual, Group edi edexterand Corporate Wellness within, attracts the same POWER PATH CENTER

Mike Wittenbrink, MBA, C.Ht. 504-339-0594 Remove your pain and the blocks that are holding you back. Empower-ize Your Self. Turn your stress into your power! Find the Path to your Power, and your Purpose in Life! Learn to heal yourself and create the life you were meant to live! See ad on page 5.


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5216 Lapalco Blvd. Marrero, LA 70072 504-309-4948 HBOT(R), oxygen under pressure acts as a drug. Oxygen is the cleanest medicine in the world. Noninvasive & painless treatment for wounds, TBI, autism, stroke, ADHD, dementia, multiple sclerosis and many other neurological disorders. See ad page 11.


Mark Correa, Agent 504-908-3200 Supplemental Insurance: Accident, Disability, Life , Health.

integrative medicine IRENE SEBASTIAN, M.D., Ph.D

401 Veterans Blvd, Suite 203 Metairie, LA 70005 504-838-9804 Offering a holistic approach to healthcare: Integrative Medicine, Homeopathy, Functional Medicine, Herbal Therapy, and Nutrition. See ad page 9.

Dr. Kathleen Posey, M.D.

377 Hwy 21, Ste 101, Madisonville 985-845-4111 Our mission is to improve health and reverse chronic disease through hormonal and energetic balancing and nutrition. A practice of preventive medicine and wellness with a holistic approach to women’s gynecological and overall health. We offer a healthy medically supervised weight loss program. See ad on page 7.


723 Hillary St, New Orleans 70118 H 504-861-3011 * C 815-520-2891 With a holistic approach, Osteopathic Medicine effectively treats pain without the use of drugs. We treat fibromyalgia, cancer pain, birth trauma, arthritis, chronic head, neck, back, pelvic, and abdominal pain. Other modalities: Reiki, Bodytalk, Supplement Consultation.

integrative psycHiatry JOSÉ CALDERÓN-ABBO, M.D.

3439 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70115 504-891-8808 Integrating biomedicine, psychotherapy, and mind-body medicine including mindfulness stress reduction to treat psychiatric conditions, addictions, and to promote wellness. Mindful Psychiatry offers: Individual and group psychotherapy; medication management, including Subuxone; Wellness and Stress Reduction groups through the Mindful Living Program©, corporate wellness consultations, and educational and professional training workshops. English and Spanish. See ad page 15.

WENDYLYNN BERGERON Certified Life Empowerment Coach 504-421-0567 Having a Life you Love to LIVE starts when you Choose to CREATE it. I would Love to empower you to create the changes that you Desire and Deserve! Emotional Empowerment Coaching for Teens and Adults.

Certified Professional Life Coach Corporate & Life Coaching Services 7121 Walmsley Ave, Ste D, NOLA 70125 504-259-7726 Elite athletes and executives have coaches. Imagine how much more productive and fulfilling your life would be if you had your own Life Coach. You don’t have to imagine anymore, contact Charly today.

3939-2A Veterans Blvd, Metairie 504-885-7575 Daily Prayer Line 504-885-7056 Breaking boundaries through transformative thought. A Christian church celebrating the Love of Spirit while honoring all paths. (2 blocks off Cleary, entrance/parking in rear of bldg). Sunday service 11am.

martial arts TAI CHI-QI GONG

Shifu King Lam 8132 Willow St, Uptown 504-866-2241 Asian Arts to improve health, fitness, personal safety, rejuvenate energy. Achieve a better mind, body and spirit. Serving New Orleans community for 35 years. See ad page 26 and calendar for classes.

massage schools BLUE CLIFF COLLEGE

Clearview Mall Metairie, LA. 70006 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!



natural baby & child ZUKABABY

2124 Magazine St., NOLA 504-596-6540 ZukaBaby is a new shop specializing in cloth diapering, babywearing and handmade children’s items. Cloth diapering classes every Saturday. See calendar for other events. See ad page 25.

naturopathic doctor DR. LISA MARIE CHAMBERS, ND

Northshore Office 1305 West Causeway Approach Mandeville, 70471 985-624-2295 Accurate Clinic 2401 Vets Blvd, Ste 16, Kenner 504-472-6130 Dr. Chambers works in partnership with her patients to discover, understand and address the root cause of their illness. By treating the whole person, she also offers preventive care before serious illness occurs.

nutritionist ministry/spirituality REV. BONNIE POIRIER

985-373-2321 Holistic, metaphysical Christian minister, ordained 1994. Ministering to people and pets including pet grief and memorials, Reiki, pet blessings and naming, labyrinth walks and pet sitting. Also for people: weddings, funerals, divorce ceremonies, baptisms, communion, and blessings.


3618 Magazine St, New Orleans 70115 504-889-8771 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 page 16.

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Joffrion Mitts, M. ED. Alternative Health Consultant 504-897-9670 Stress, poor circulation, headaches, back pain, insomnia, depression, stroke, asthma, weight loss? You name it! Oxygen heals! Free one week inhome trial!


Dorian Bennett Sotheby’s Int. Realty 2340 Dauphine St, NOLA 70117 (c) 504-638-7441 (o) 504-944-3605 Upbeat creative problem solver with an easy going New Orleanian style helping individuals to find their dream home!

reconnective healing® Free


Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner 504-388-2356 Offering 21 years experience in Usui Shiki Ryoho, upholding the highest standards in Reiki classes and Reiki sessions. Practitioner and Teacher of Australian Bush Flower Essence. Also providing Astra-Lite massage & Reiki tables – lightweight and easy to transport. See ad page 26 and calendar for classes.


Usui, Karuna & Rainbow Reiki Master 504-909-3723 Certified & experienced Master Teacher offering sessions & classes to the Greater N.O. Area. Healing Touch, Pranic Healing, Crystal Healing, Reiki Drumming and Animal Reiki practitioner. Visit our website for full information. See ad page 17.


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1223 Baronne St. Kundalini Yoga is considered to be the most comprehensive of yogas, combining meditation, physical practice and breathing exercises. All levels of experience are welcome to all classes. See ad page 13 and calendar for events/classes.


4842 Perrier St. New Orleans, LA 70115 504-899-0047 Gambit’s ”Best Place to Take a Yoga Class” eight years in a row. Over 40 ongoing classes per week for beginners and experienced taught by skilled teachers in a peaceful, positive atmosphere. Offering courses, workshops, retreats and concerts. See ad page 13 and calendar for events/classes.

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MARYLOU SMITH the gentle process 6312 Argonne Blvd. memories, SupportNew what Orleans, is LA 70124 our life’s504-723-2899 purpose.



603 S. Tyler St., Covington, LA 70433 985-893-8834 Offering Yoga Alliance registered teacher training with certification at the 200 hour and 500 hour levels. Also a state licensed Yoga Therapy training program. Visit website for more information. See Ad page 13.

Reconnective Healing® is a powerful new level of healing that accesses a more comprehensive spectrum of frequencies. It heals on many levels while connecting us more fully to ourselves, others, the earth, and the universe. Also offering The Reconnection™ and PSYCH-K. See ad page 33.


Reconnective Healing® & The Reconnection™ 504-352-6418 This new bandwidth of healing is genuinely real as it provides reconnecting health balance, a sense of unity, and evolutionary acceleration for all people! This allows you to become wholesome and progress with ease! 38

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2605 Ridgelake Dr. Metairie, LA 70002 504-529-SUN9 100% locally owned and operated, South Coast Solar is Louisiana’s largest solar energy company. Call or visit our website to set up a free estimate. See ad page 21.

yoga therapy AMY ARCHINAL, RYT, PRYT

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy 504-899-6167 Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy combines meditation, assisted yoga postures, breathwork and client-centered dialogue to promote self-awareness. Discover the wisdom of your body. See ad page 13.

Casso’s Wellness Store & Gym

Jerry “Michael” Casso, P.D., C.N.

Water Purification & Filtration Installation and Service Since 1984

Nutritional & Pharmaceutical Consultant

Complimentary Counseling on pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals by a registered pharmacist and clinical nutritionist. • High Quality Nutritional Products • Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Natural Hormones • Natural Hormone Balancing Consultation • Alkaline Water available • Patient pH testing • Hypnotherapy by Delerno Hypnotherapy, who has 50 yrs experience • So Much More...

Phone: 504-888-3077

Get pure water for your home or business The Wellness Water Company is dedicated to providing the highest quality of water for consumption and use for our customers to aid their immune systems by the removal of toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, micro-organisms, and carcinogens that are present in the Southeast Louisiana water supply.

Fax: 504-888-0782

3308 Cleary Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana 70002 Only three things always come up: The Sun, The Moon & The Truth

Mention this ad for a Complimentary Professional Water Analysis

Wellness Water Company 3308 Cleary Avenue Metairie, Louisiana 70002 (504) 888-3933

• Alleviate pain • Detoxify the body • Strengthen cardiovascular system

Take your health to the next level with the New Photon Genius.

• Devitalize and clear pathogens, fungus, mold, bacteria, germs, etc. • Regenerate tissue & bone • Improve symptoms of most diseases • Reflow nerve pathways • Empower body’s immune system • Promote weight loss (30 minute session burns over 700 calories) • Call for an appointment • Sessions available: 15min/$27, 20 min/$36 & 25 min/$45

Casso’s Wellness Store & Gym

3308 Cleary Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana

Ph: 504-888-3077

This information is for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or substitute the advice and/or services of a physician or other health care professional. It is not our intention to prescribe or make specific health claims for any of our technologies or products. Any attempt to diagnose and treat illness should come under the direction and supervision of your health care practitioner.

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