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letterfrompublisher “When you choose organics, you are voting with your fork for a planet with fewer pesticides, richer soil, and cleaner water supplies. When you choose locally grown produce, you are voting for conservation of fuel resources and the economic viability of local communities, along with freshness and better taste.” ~ Marion Nestle, What to Eat Every day we make choices that affect the environment, access to resources and our local and national economies. While “economy” is on everyone’s radar these days, the operative word in Nestle’s quote is “choose”. We can either default to the status quo or jumpstart the kind of world we want. Granted, the choice isn’t always clear-cut, nor is the result perfect. Is it greener to eat organic food grown thousands of miles away or locally produced foods grown with toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers? The ideal would be to purchase locally grown organic food. But in most communities, finding foods that are organic and local is a challenge. Louisiana has only 15 organic farms. Oregon and Vermont, in contrast, boast hundreds. So what can Louisianians do? We need to encourage our local farmers to raise more food organically and humanely and support their progress, understanding that there are healthful steps on the way to official certification. Repeatedly let every supplier know that you are shopping for organic choices. It’s a good long-term move for them too, because organic and humanely raised food is the fastest growing sector in the industry, according to the 2010 Organic Industry Survey conducted by the Organic Trade Association. Sales of food and non-food organic products have grown from $1 billion in 1990 to $26.6 billion in 2009, increasing 5.3 percent in the last year despite the current economic situation. Local Chef John Besh, who graces our cover this month, has been voting for local organic food with his fork and purchasing power for years. To assure its availability for his restaurants, Besh became a biodynamic farmer in Lacombe, Louisiana; it’s still one of only a few in the state. Besh tirelessly works to increase our community’s access to local, sustainably grown foods. To that end, his foundation is backing micro-loans to existing organic and humane farms and start-ups. Colleen Morgan visited the farm to report on the concept in “Return of the Local Family Farm”, on page 28. As part of this month’s focus on Personal & Local Economy, we discovered a whole new way of looking at how our country can work in “Economics of Happiness: The New Economy – Changing the Rules to Benefit America’s People” (page 16). Instead of enslaving ourselves to terms dictated by gross domestic product (GDP), more enlightened economists recommend that we include happiness in any measure of economic health. They suggest ways to retool perceptions of material things we think we need to focus more on the key intangibles that lead to true happiness. Here and elsewhere, it is clear the people are fed up with flawed systems of politicized government and business as usual. Thousands are rising up to state that they don’t like much about the way things are. The Occupy Wall Street is just one recent manifestation. We all need to start making choices that will bring about the positive change we want; perhaps one good place to start is by joining forces with a Meditation Mob (see page 10).


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rain Works Academy of Covington offers neurofeedback or brain-training to treat clients of all ages with disorders such as ADHD, insomnia, autism and anxiety. Neurofeedback is a safe and non-invasive therapy that has successfully helped clients worldwide for over 30 years. It is gaining in popularity since research has demonstrated that neurofeedback can lead to long-term improvement in treating ADHD and related disorders. Neurofeedback trains the brain to selfregulate by using a learning process that strengthens synaptic connections in the brain. A non-invasive diagnostic test maps the brain to determine areas that would benefit from neurofeedback training. During the actual training, sensors placed on the scalp in the specified areas allows the practitioner to view the brain waves and composite data. Sessions last about 45 minutes. Brain Works Academy is located at 5001 Highway 190 E Service Rd. in Covington. To schedule an appointment or ask questions call 985-809-7077. For more information about the technique, visit See ad on page 12.

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workshop led by Master Shaman Hamilton Souther will introduce multiple facets of the discipline of Modern Shamanism on November 18 and 19 at the Hilton St. Charles. Souther, who serves as co-founder of Modern Shamanism and author of the Modern Shamanism course, is a traditionally trained master Amazonian shaman who carries the titles of ayahausca (ayahuasquero), palero, sanaguero, perfumero and exorcista. He is versed in all tree medicines and is a master of sanango, perfume and performs exorcisms. In 2001, Souther entered the Peruvian Amazon, where he trained with locally renowned master shamans Julio Llerena Pinedo and Alberto Torres Davila in a traditional apprenticeship. Coupling cultural anthropology and traditional shamanic practices, he sought to help solve the spiritual, mental and personal dilemmas of Westerners seeking shamanism as a solution to the lack of enchantment found in their daily lives. The result of that quest is Modern Shamanism. The local event takes participants on a mystical journey, applying insights from personal experience to course theory. The aim is to offer a life-changing experience and the tools necessary to continue the individual evolutionary process launched at the event. The discipline trains students to become modern shamans, so that they can seamlessly integrate practices learned through modern life themes into their daily lives.

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he Building Block is hosting the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce’s “Chamber After 5” event on December 8, with a focus on green and sustainable businesses. The event is to showcase the Chamber’s recently created Green Committee. In the next 10 years sustainable development will supply 90,000 jobs in Louisiana, Chamber President and CEO Ben Johnson said, and the Chamber wants those jobs to be in New Orleans. “We want to commercialize sustainable rebuilding,” he said. “We want to brand the New Orleans region as a place that values best practices related to environmental sensitivity and using green products.” The Chamber After 5 event will be held at the Building Block on the third floor of The New Orleans Healing Center at 2372 St. Claude Ave. on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wine and tapas will be served. The event is free for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. For more information about the Chamber or the Green Committee, call 504-799-4260 or visit

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ina Orihuela, a licensed clinical social worker and doctor of naturopathy opened her new office in Kenner in 2011, called GLO Therapeutics. Orihuela offers to clients a unique set of skills and knowledge in combining psychotherapy with naturopathy. Holding a masters degree in social work from Tulane University and having completed the doctor of naturopathy program at Clayton College of Natural Health, she notes that research has proven that naturopathic methods, like nutrition and lifestyle modifications have a basis in and positive effect on mental health, making them very appropriate for the inclusion in the psychotherapeutic process. “Humans naturally possess the ability to self-heal, when given optimal conditions,” Orihuela states. “Naturopathy can balance and correct some of the underlying dysfunction that our bodies and minds endure in the modern world. At GLO Therapeutics, Orihuela offers individual, family and group counseling for all ages, among other services. For more information visit the website at, call 504-466-2266 or email See ad on page 24.

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he long-awaited opening of the N.O. Food Co-op is here, and the doors are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Although some departments are still in the works, the produce section is bursting with local, seasonal vegetables. The Grand Opening of the Coop is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The celebration, called “Harvest” will include local food, live music, farmers and food producers with samples, raffle prizes and kids activities. The Co-op, located inside The Healing Center at 2372 St Claude Avenue, encourages customers to bring their own (clean) containers from home to use for bulk purchases, which helps keep costs down. For more information, call the Co-op at 504-264-5579 or visit

he English Tea Room, owned by Jan and Tim Lantrip, is located in a charming cottage in Old Covington, yet once inside a visitor could imagine they have just stepped into a tea room in the Cotswolds in England. The tables are set up with fine china, delicate lace, fresh flowers and white linen napkins. There is much more than just high tea going on at this cottage. With around 100 varieties of tea available, the selection of loose teas is arguably the largest in the South. All the teas are premium and carefully chosen by the Lantrips from sources that are fair trade and where sustainable farming is practiced. Jan Lantrip is a licensed pharmacist with an interest in all things tea, but in particular in tea’s health promoting qualities. Each week in November she will offer a class on some aspect of tea, which will include tea tastings. On November 1, the topic is “Health Benefits of Tea and Tea Tasting”; on November 8, “Rooibos – South African Awareness”; and on November 15, “Chai Me! Chai Tea Tasting.” Classes will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. and cost $15 per class. Every Thursday in November, except on Thanksgiving, harpist Jessica Meltz will play at the tea room from 12:30-2:30 p.m. On November 26th, 28th, 29th, and 30th, the Tea Room will hold an open house – Christmas in the Country when there will be storewide specials, discount shopping and refreshments from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Besides tea, tea sets and accessories, pantry items and more are available for purchase. The food menu, of course includes high tea as well as a variety of English inspired dishes. The full menu is available all day. Vegetarian and vegan options are now on the menu and more are in the plans. The English Tea Room is located at 734 Rutland St., Covington. For more information call 985-898-3988 or visit: See ad on page 11.

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anice E. Posey, a doctor of veterinary medicine, will discuss the basics of Chinese medicine as it relates to the healthcare of animals and will also give a demonstration of acupuncture on a dog with degenerative joint disease at Good Dog Naturally in Covington on Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m. Acupuncture commonly treats musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis and disc disease; neurologic conditions such as seizures; and gastrointestinal problems such as inflammatory bowel disease. This treatment also strengthens the immune system and can help with dermatologic and endocrine diseases. Dr. Posey offers integrative veterinary care at her clinic,Veterinary Holistic Healing, where she provides acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, food therapy, nutritional supplements and trigger point therapy in a pet friendly and compassionate environment.

OLA Paddleboards, a new company bringing paddleboarding to the Crescent City and the Northshore, now also offers on-the-water fitness and yoga classes. Paddleboarding, which originated in Hawaii and is spreading across the globe, is now available on Bayou St. John and the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville. The sport is a full body workout that requires minimal instruction and gear but all the benefits of being on the water. Paddleboarding uses every muscle in the body and burns 800 calories an hour because of the work required by the core, leg and upper body muscles. The new “Liquid Vitality” fitness classes intensify the workout with “on-the-water” calisthenics; the Yoga Class combines paddleboarding and yoga to achieve a powerful mind and body experience. The company’s owner, Jeff Lakey, is a Metairie native who mastered the sport during his years in San Diego and Destin, FL. His mission, in addition to keeping the waterways clean, is to “bring together the community in an active, fun, eco-friendly way.”


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he La Leche League of Jefferson, which has offered breastfeeding information and support to nursing mothers for many years, has a new meeting place, Destination Maternity, at the corner of N. Causeway and 17th St. in Metairie. The monthly meetings provide opportunity for nursing mothers to meet up with others to share experiences and support. Children are welcome to the meetings, which take place on the second Tuesday of each month. The November meeting is November 15th from 10-11 a.m. The meetings are free and new moms or pregnant women who attend will receive a free multilingual DVD of “Breastfeeding: You Can Do It!”. For more information text to 504-487-7574 or email Rachelle at or Susan at Check out

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ne of the joys of heading home for the holidays is the anticipation of gathering around the table with loved ones and enjoying delicious foods. But we do well to indulge in the homecooked meal experience on non-holidays, as well. Foods prepared away from home, including fast food eaten at home and store-prepared food eaten away from home, tend to fuel an increase in total calorie intake. Conversely, eating at home is linked with healthier choices. According to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, both the eating location and food source significantly impact the daily calorie intake of school-age children and may be linked to rising rates of childhood obesity. The study found that the percentage of calories eaten away from home increased from 23.4 to 33.9 percent from 1977 to 2006. A new study from McGill University, based on data from 160 women, further suggests that a home-cooked meal can prompt people to make healthier and more nutritional food choices. The women in the study tended to reach more for the greens, rather than high-calorie desserts. Reporting in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the researchers suggest that when we eat at home, emotionally rewarding factors like contentedness may help override our wired-in preference for high-fat, sugary foods. The findings point to factors that may encourage healthy eating such as interpersonal communication, home design and atmospheric cues, including pleasing music, dining landscape and kitchen equipment; all have all been found to induce positive emotions.



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he Occupy Wall Street movement has succeeded in spotlighting the growing economic gap between sectors of the American populace, yet the grassroots protest is also being criticized for its lack of clear demands and goals. A more focused approach, grounded in more positive intention, is being led by the New York Meditation Mob. From June to August this year, the group held daily meditations in front of the New York Stock Exchange, creating a patch of calmness and peace along an otherwise busy sidewalk. Organizer Anthony Finno says, “Our intention was for [embracing] conscious prosperity, and to practice acceptance and tolerance on Wall Street.� A week into the Occupy Wall Street movement, New York Med Mob organizers remobilized for a meditation flash mob at the park where the occupation was taking place. Meditations continue to take place there twice a week. The Med Mob movement facilitates meditation flash mobs in public places around the world. Their mission is to foster an environment in which people from all religions, worldviews and experience levels unite in meditation. A global meditation flash mob is scheduled for November 11 (Tinyurl. com/44jrp8x). Communities around the world are encouraged to participate; events already are planned in Austin, Texas; Los Angeles; New York City; Orlando; and Paris. For more information, visit or


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A local currency movement is again emerging as a way to focus business capital, especially consumer spending, on community economies. BerkShares illustrate the phenomenon. First issued in 2006 in the southern Berkshires region of Massachusetts, more than 2 million of these paper notes are currently in circulation. One hundred BerkShares can be purchased for $95 at one of five local banks and exchanged at participating merchants with the same purchasing value as U.S. dollars. The program provides consumers an incentive to keep the notes active and shop and dine locally in the 400 neighborhood businesses that accept them. “At the moment, we’re a very sophisticated ‘buy local’ program,” says Susan Witt, co-founder and administrator of BerkShares, Inc., “but the potential to move to an independent currency is built in.” Networking is key. Some local currency success stories include New York’s Ithaca Hours, North Carolina’s Plenty and Wisconsin’s Madison Hours, but others have not survived, despite sometimes extensive marketing support. BerkShares continue to represent a relatively small part of the region’s local economy. Witt says: “In the short term, it’s about educating people about local economies. In the long term, it’s transforming the institution of money. We’re not there yet. But everyone knows what BerkShares are.”

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oday, Americans can tap into one of the best bargains around by voting to support our local and regional economies. By shifting our shopping to locally owned and operated retailers and service providers, we help create and retain area jobs, support community commerce and build valuable relationships and social connections within our community. With every local purchase, we leave the store enriched, having deepened both community social capital and genuine wealth. Imagine the joy of knowing that your

purchase contributes to the dentist supplying braces for the local grocer’s kids, the local insurance agent’s mortgage payment, the local banker’s roof repair and the local roofer’s dinner— all of them friends and neighbors. The list of benefits— from shoring up local home values to ensuring access to local

produce—keeps expanding as your dollars continue to circulate within the community. Yet, finding a fuller range of locally made items at locally owned stores will continue to be challenging until shoppers demand it. One way to begin aligning purchases with your values is by patronizing stores that offer socially responsible and fair trade items. Shaktari Belew, author of Honoring All Life: A Practical Guide to Exploring a New Reality, explains how purchasing goods and services can actually create local community wealth for all if they are specifically designed for that outcome. “When items are designed to be created and sold locally, everyone involved benefits, from the suppliers that obtain the raw materials through those that manufacture, sell and buy the finished item. Even the environment benefits.” Belew encourages our learning as much as possible about purchases. “Once people are aware of the two vital concepts of localization and design, they will be better able to scrutinize purchases,” advises this designer and whole-systems thinker who focuses on resilient community design. As a Transition workshop leader and one of the primary designers of the Community Engagement Process for Unified Field Corporation’s whole-systems/quadruple bottom line financial model, this Oregon resident tries to follow her own advice.

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Most Americans are facing their most significant economic challenges in generations. From the hardships of unemployment to the perils of mounting debt, worry about the health of a national economy that depends on consumerism and market success dominates our conversation. But have we asked what the economy is really for?


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less in real income than in 2001, even though they spend more hours working and commuting than previous generations. We’ve had enough of the official mantra: Work more, enjoy less, pollute more, eat toxic foods and suffer illnesses, all for the sake of increasing the gross domestic product. Why not learn ways to work less and enjoy it more; spend more time with our friends and families;

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An Economy Based on Quality of Life Although an economy based on a high quality of life that makes people happy may sound revolutionary, Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president, enshrined the pursuit of happiness as a human right when he drafted our Declaration of Independence. Jefferson emphasized that America’s government was, “to secure the greatest degree of happiness possible for the general mass of those associated under it.” Likewise, the Constitution of the United States declares that government is to promote, among other things, the general welfare of the people. Americans are able to achieve a better life, as we’ve proved many times in the past, benefiting mightily as a result of forward steps ranging from democracy, women’s suffrage and civil rights to inventive technological leadership. Although history shows that this has been accomplished primarily by changing national policies, any new economy delivering improved well-being is first brought about largely by active citizens that choose to invest more time in building a nation that reflects increasingly enlightened values. Everyone’s quality of life—from today’s parents to future generations of great-grandchildren—depends upon individuals collectively working to build a new economy based on the concept of genuine wealth. In his award-winning book, Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, ecological economist Mark Anielski explains this new and practical approach grounded in what people value most, which he states is: “Love, meaningful relationships, happiness, joy, freedom, sufficiency, justice and peace”—qualities of life far more vital than blind economic growth and material possessions.

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To determine whether our economy promotes the greatest good or the happiness of the American people, we

need to understand what makes us happy and how economic policies enhance or thwart our pursuit of happiness; we also need a better instrument of economic measurement than the gross domestic product (GDP). The GDP counts remedial and defensive expenditures for pollution, accidents, war, crime and sickness as positives, rather than deducting these costs. GDP also discounts the value of contributions such as natural resources and ecosystem services, improvement in quality of life, unpaid domestic work, volunteer work, good health and social connection. Anielski, in concert with economic experts such as Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics, Hazel Henderson, author of Ethical Markets, and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, recommends that economic policies aim to boost societal welfare, rather than GDP. All agree that a new indicator of well-being, such as the U.S. Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), could be used to more accurately measure economic progress.

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A respected “science of happiness,” pioneered by University of Illinois positive psychologist Edward Diener, Ph.D., dubbed Dr. Happiness, and other researchers, has existed for more than a decade. The study of what makes people happy and life fulfilling repeatedly demonstrates that the economic route to happiness does not consist of endlessly widening the superhighway of accumulation. Rather, it resides in a host of personal values that are closer to our hearts, as illustrated by the Himalayan nation of Bhutan (population: about 700,000). For many years, Bhutan has measured its general well-being—as the people themselves subjectively report it—using a Gross National Happiness (GNH) index. Its government bases policy decisions on how they might effect the kind of happiness associated with contentment, family, community, spirituality, education, compatibility with nature and good physical health. After years of primary research, the Bhutanese have identified nine domains for assessing happiness: psychological well-being, physical health, time use (work-life balance), community vitality and social connection, education, cultural

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Measuring Americans’ Life Satisfaction Seattle, Washington, the first U.S. city to implement a measurement of life satisfaction, is parlaying Bhutan’s indicators—psychological well-being, physical health, work/time balance, education and capacity building, cultural vitality and access to arts and culture, environmental quality and access to nature, apt governance and material well-being—as part of its own Sustainable Seattle Happiness Initiative. Spearheaded by Sustainable Seattle Executive Director Laura Musikanski and her team with encouragement by City Council President Richard Conlin, it may become America’s first GNH city. Initial survey results, intended to spark conversations that matter, will be discussed at future town meetings in Seattle neighborhoods and used to

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To improve our own well-being within any economy, we need to attend to our security, social connections and the way we balance our time. Choosing to live with less stuff and lighter debt supports a better life with less income but more time, lower stress and better health. As individuals, we can: n Focus more on matters of family and community and on building trust. n Devote less attention to maximizing incomes and more attention to acts of generosity. n Ask our employers for more time off instead of higher pay. In our local communities, we can find ways to design more relationshipfriendly places such as farmers’ markets, where shoppers tend to engage in many more conversations than in supermarket aisles (Worldwatch Institute). In cities, we can call for public and private spaces that

facilitate social connection, instead of discouraging it via urban sprawl. Ecological economist Dave Batker, co-author of What’s the Economy for Anyway? (film clip at, believes that moving forward requires greater citizen involvement in the shaping of democracy, laws and our collective future. By ditching pundits and talking with neighbors, city by city and town by town, citizens throughout the United States are moving to do this using newly learned techniques such as those offered by Open Space Technology, World Café, Transition Towns, Sustainable Cities, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ Worldview Literacy Project. In St. Petersburg, Florida, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and other places, citizens are cultivating a stronger sense of community with real discussions about local issues and economic goals. They

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oga School in Covington has achieved many firsts in its 20 plus years of existence, including being the first yoga studio and school to sign up for the Gumbo Green Games. That would not surprise those who know Yoga School’s founder, Becky Gelatt. Gelatt has been a community activist for many years in the Covington area with regard to environment and preservation of the natural resources of St. Tammany Parish. She was instrumental in bringing Keep America Beautiful to Covington and in the adoption of the town’s tree ordinance which protects trees during construction projects and requires a permit to remove a tree. Yoga School was one of the first Louisiana yoga schools to adopt the standards set forth by the Yoga Alliance for training yoga teachers to a professional level. In addition to offering teacher training, most recently the school has become licensed by the state to offer certification for yoga therapy, a relatively new but growing area in integrative health care. “Yoga therapy requires a different set of skills from those needed to teach general yoga classes to the public,” Gelatt explains. Of the school’s mission, she says, “Our intention is to offer an integrated curriculum that provides a comprehensive program for training professional yoga teachers prepared to teach different populations in a variety of settings, safely, successfully and compassionately.” Gelatt saw joining the Green Games as a way to further align the school with commitment to a sustainable community.


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otsalot Pottery manufactures handmade pottery for retail and wholesale. The shop on Magazine Street sells pottery created by the owners, Cindy and Alexander Williams, as well as the pottery made by their friends and apprentices. The products are made at the heart of their operation and then sold all over the South. “The pots we make are inventive, earthy, solid, functional, beautiful, affordable, custom (sometimes), and new,” Mr. Williams said. “We are always evolving and improving our work, and we are fun to meet. That’s why folks buy from us.” The owners, both sculpture majors at Loyola University, opened their shop in 1993, a year after graduation and three months before getting married. Almost a decade later, Williams was considering going green when Lizzy Shephard from Life City walked into the shop promoting the Green Games. “It was just time to line up our consumption and output to make a more minimal impact,” he said. “Eventually, we will save more money.” It is an incremental process, he explained, but joining the games has helped him “mentally,” to make the commitment. As they start to make changes, they will tell more people and see how it helps promote business.



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ids today are no strangers to stress. In a media-saturated world, children face scary stuff every day, from wars and natural disasters to divorce and peer pressure. In addition to the mental toll, anxiety affects kids’ bodies, too: A study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity found that family stress directly compromises immune function and increases the likelihood of illness in children. As a parent, how can we help? First, take a deep breath. “Childhood anxiety is not a new problem in our society,” says Dr. Anandhi Narasimhan, a Los Angeles physician specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. She notes that all children go through stages of normal fears and worries, and anxieties can show up as stomach aches, headaches, potty accidents, aggression and sleep problems.

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Examine yourself

For many school-age kids, performance anxiety becomes an overriding constant. Unfortunately, parents often play a role by projecting their own ambitions onto their kids, notes Geary. Carl Honoré, author of Under Pressure, cites parents’ good intentions, but blames modern

forces—including a perfectionist culture, a volatile and hypercompetitive economy and older, first-time parents that bring a workplace ethos to child rearing—for conspiring to pressure kids. “What we’re squeezing out is the simple, soaring human pleasure and joy of being a child,” says Honoré. So find ways to lighten up on expectations.

Consider help

“Children are expected to visit a pediatrician for preventive health, and we should adopt the same principle for mental health,” counsels Narasimhan. “If anxiety is impacting a child’s functioning—such as causing him to want to avoid school or public places, showing extreme difficulty separating from caretakers, or complaining of frequent pains for which the pediatrician doesn’t see a medical explanation—take the child to a therapist or psychiatrist [to screen for anxiety].”

When appropriate, Narasimhan recommends cognitive behavioral therapy, in which a therapist teaches the child strategies to combat fears and address certain feelings and behaviors. “This may include deep-breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation and alternative coping thoughts,” she says. A meta-analysis of clinical trials first published in School Psychology Review concludes that such therapy can play a key role in alleviating childhood anxiety.


Speed breeds stress. “Don’t be in such a rush,” advises Geary. “Whatever you can take out of the day, take out.” Work out a looser schedule, whether that means limiting kids to one musical instrument or sport or instituting a weekly day of rest, when playtime replaces all homework and chores. Says Geary, “I see a lot of kids coming in with stomach pains or school issues, or they’re hitting others. Nine times out of 10, I feel like saying to the parents, ‘Just take your kids to the playground, sit in the park with them and get really dirty digging in the mud.’ If they did that for a month, they’d be fine.”

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“If blood sugar drops, it’s a very anxietyand irritability-producing sensation,” observes Geary. “Try to feed children snacks that provide slow-release nutrition, meaning they’re not getting a jolt of hard-to-digest fat, protein or sugar.” Her favored choices include low-fat cheese and hummus, or whole-grain bread, spread with nut butter, an easyto-digest protein.


Children often reflect their parents’ moods, so create calm. “Massage,

maybe with calendula oil or something that smells nice for the child, is wonderful,” says Geary. The key is the interaction of the touch and the stillness. Just before bedtime, enjoy a cup of herbal tea together. “It’s more the ritual of sharing a warm drink at the end of the day than actually what you’re drinking,” she says. “They will absorb the fact that you’re spending time with them.” Elisa Bosley is a senior editor at Delicious Living magazine.

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If It’s Local It’s Fresh A growing interest in fresh, local food has spawned a multitude of farmers markets, where family farms in the city environs are able to sell their produce directly to customers. At the same time, New Orleans’ urban farming movement is booming, with backyard farmers and community gardens blossoming. The question is, will there be enough to meet the growing demand? Chef John Besh has been among those leading the charge to provide the best fresh local food to the area. At Besh’s restaurants, he strives to use only ingredients from nearby farms and fishermen. That is, the fruits, vegetables and meats he uses at his six New Orleans restaurants are not only fresh and part of this region’s ecosystem, but they are also connected to the local economy. In order to increase availability of local fresh foods in the community, Chef Besh has created a new micro-loan program for local farmers that is meant to support sustainable farming and, therefore, the local economy, while providing better, fresher, and healthier food to more people more often. “The more people who get involved by growing, buying and eating local food, the more people won’t have to pay extra for it,” said Chef Erick Loos of Besh’s restaurant, La Provence. “Chef Besh being a big brother to the little farmers means there will be more for everyone. And it is food that is good for you; it will help you live longer and be happier.”

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and restaurants. He and Chef Loos, Chef de Cuisine Chef Besh at La Provence in Lacombe, know from experience that the farmers who come to the city’s markets provide the best tomatoes, or the best squash, but they are struggling to survive and never seem to have enough capital to do more. Recently, the Chef John Besh Foundation awarded its first loan to Kenny and Jamie Mauthe of Progress Dairy Farm in McComb, Miss., to help the couple recover from their Hurricane Katrina losses, rebuild their herd so they can start making butter, and sell more by going to more farmers markets. This farm, which sells pasteurized (but not homogenized milk) in glass bottles and the beloved Creole Cream Cheese, is the first to receive funds from the chef’s new low-interest loan program. “I know how difficult capital is to come by these days,” Besh said in an Associated Press article on the program. “We’ve been successful with the restaurants, but finding the money I need can be difficult at times. This is a way to make an impactful change and generate more small farmers.” The Mauthes received a $20,000 loan through the program, the maximum amount available, but loans range from $1,000 to $20,000. Any farmer within 200 miles of New Orleans is encouraged to apply, including those in southern Mississippi and Alabama as well as Louisiana, and Chef Besh hopes to fund as many as possible, according to the report. “There has been a huge resurgence in small and urban farming,” Besh said. “It’s where we get so much of our wonderful

product today. But much of it is struggling. The issue a lot of times for these folks has been that they have not been able to find traditional funding.” Currently, several members of the Mauthe family have other jobs besides the work on the farm, which makes it difficult to expand much less keep up with the increasing demand in the market. “We want to earn enough money to support ourselves and for our daughters to support themselves,” Jamie Mauthe said in the AP report. “And I would like to get a new cheese maker so we can expand our product.” The Hope Credit Union reviews the applications and works with the farmers to determine an appropriate repayment plan. The foundation guarantees the loan with cash in a protected account.

La Provence farm to table operation Besh’s restaurant, modeled on the French countryside of its namesake, is set on four acres in Lacombe, Louisiana – halfway between Slidell and Mandeville. Behind the restaurant is the heart of the operation, starting just behind the kitchen with the oyster shell-packed rain garden that drains the water from the roof to the rows of raised beds popping with mint, Arugula and Gulf Fritillary butterflies. A spacious coop offers room to roam for a dozen varieties of chickens, and a large, two-stall pen houses two playful goats and a handful of curious, happy hogs. The hogs are Mangalitsa pigs, a heritage breed originally from Hungary that is famous for their marbled meat, known for their culinary desirability. They thrive on the scraps from the four-star restaurant thrown into their troughs. “The pigs snack every night,” Loos said, explaining that the small farm represents a closed loop: what is not fed to the hogs goes into the compost, which eventually feeds the healthy and fertile garden beds. “They know where their food comes from,” he said of the cooks and the diners, who constantly ask for tours of the farm. They are told about how the hogs are hormone-free and the herbs are not sprayed with pesticides. “It gives you a sense of respect, to see it grow.” The small Besh farm supplies four

restaurants – La Provence, August, Luke and Domenica – with primarily pork products, but it takes many more farms to feed the hungry palettes of all the restaurants’ patrons. Chef Besh also gets grass-fed beef from Two Run Farms and others, and was an integral part of the founding of Covey Rise Farm, a three-yearold, 25-acre outcropping of the 400-acre hunting lodge of the same name in Husser, Louisiana., West of Franklinton. From the outset, that farm has produced vegetables specifically called for in Besh menus, a mutually beneficial agreement because the restaurants can count on stable menu products, Loos said, and the farm can have a guaranteed income. The farm has been so successful that the operation now sells to six other restaurant groups in the city in addition to other clients.

Chef Besh and his protégé The 27 year old Chef Loos hails from Moreno Valley, California, where he learned to cook at home and in professional kitchens before he attended culinary school, which brought him to Restaurant August for his externship after Hurricane Katrina. It took him only three years to be promoted to sous chef, during which time he dedicated his energies to rebuilding the city’s restaurant community. Since that promotion, he spent his summers at Château de Montcaud in Provence, where he was embedded in the culture of provençal cooking along with the other up and coming Besh chefs. Since he was installed as the Chef de Cuisine at La Provence in early 2009, he has kept the traditions of the founder Chris Kerageorgiou and built upon the

sustainable farming model that is the restaurant’s backyard. Previous to his win at the Cochon 555 national competition, he assisted Chef Besh in the final round of the Iron Chef competition, and has earned La Provence a host of other titles. Chef Loos, who has the task among the cooks to feed the pigs, is proud to be following in Chef Besh’s footsteps, especially since he has worked hard to get to where he is now. He beams as he talks about Chef’s dedication to supporting the region’s farmers, calling them a “dying breed.” Chef John Besh has been a celebrity for close to a decade, winning awards and accolades from local diners as well as national magazines and other discerning palettes. He is a frequent guest chef on the NBC Today Show and has appeared on several other network food shows. He is a favorite among professional and novice cooks across the country, but his dedication to related, social pursuits has created a lasting impression on the hearts of Americans. In addition to his support of the local economy through supporting farmers, the former U.S. Marine partnered with a local emergency response firm to create high quality meals for emergency response teams around the world. His contributions to South Louisiana and the globe earned him the title of Restaurateur of the Year in 2008 from the Louisiana Restaurant Association. Colleen Morgan is a free lance writer and environmental editor for Natural Awakenings living in New Orleans. She may be reached at colleen.nolahealthyliving@

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Eating Out? EAT GREEN Eco-Friendly Restaurants Serve Up Sustainability by Sandra Murphy

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ating green isn’t limited to salads. It means that sustainable thinking goes into a meal at every stage, from the use of local ingredients and energy savings to recycling and composting waste. Delicious food, served thoughtfully, is the goal of today’s environmentally conscious restaurant. Look first to local mom-and-pop eateries that are doing it right, but there are some chains worth considering, as well. With more than 25 million cups of wake-up java sold each day, coffee shops have a perfect opportunity to start a good day by example. Californiabased Green Café Network consults with owners and baristas to reduce the environmental impact of member shops. Efficient equipment, biodegradable cups and renewable products for flooring and tables make the coffee house experience more sustainable, especially when buyers select shade-grown, organic, free-trade beans. Starbucks Corporation has taken it all a step further by designing a pre-certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) prototype store. It features recycled floor tiles, reduced lighting and lower water usage and air conditioning set three degrees higher than usual. Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes offers fresh-tossed salads, made-fromscratch soups and hot or cold desserts in their 120 restaurants, where vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items are offered daily. Reclaimed recyclables

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“The environment is the basis of our business; we try to be green in everything,” explains Mike Vroman, a store manager in the St. Louis area. So, for example, “Most of the beef we serve in this area is either from Missouri or Kansas. Even our uniforms are 100 percent organic cotton.” Because restaurants draw their highest levels of electricity when community demand peaks, Chipotle installed solar panels on 75 of its Texas restaurants, while a wind turbine provides electricity at the Gurnee, Illinois site, reducing midday drain on the grid. The Gurnee site is the first restaurant ever to receive the superior Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating. Is it possible to operate a restaurant without a dishwasher, range, hood or oven? Yes, if bowls, straws, cutlery, chopsticks and cups are made from corn or potato starch. Freshii meals are created in biodegradable, all natural, food-safe bags. Custom made, the bags leave a carbon footprint five to seven times smaller than the most energyefficient dishwasher. Everything taken from the store will readily biodegrade or is easy to recycle. Even store size is a factor. Freshii founder Matthew Corrin notes, “As we grow, our stores are built smaller, to use less materials, to use greener materials, to consume less energy, to take less from this Earth.” Some Freshii stores are superefficient, encompassing just 150 square feet. If a burger, fries and shake dinner evokes guilty pleasure, EVOS removes both the guilt and grease, leaving only pleasurable flavor. The restaurant’s

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Bad form. Correct form is your safety net. Once you compromise the way you do a move, you’re no longer getting the greatest benefits from the exercise, and you’re seriously increasing your risk of getting hurt. Even if it means, for example, lightening up the amount of resistance, follow the correct form for the best results.


Over-training. Don’t expect that you are going to dive right in and pound your body into its

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best shape ever overnight. Not only will this all-or-nothing approach cause burnout, but you also risk injury and will give up on yourself, because this is an unreasonable expectation. Instead, you need to gradually build up your muscles so they get the most effective and efficient workout possible. More doesn’t always mean better, faster results. Remember, rest is good for the body. Take days off between training to repair and rebuild or if you’re training daily, don’t work the same muscle groups back-to-back.


Under-training. Once you’re dressed and ready to sweat, commit to giving it your all for the next 30 to 60 minutes. Just going through the motions doesn’t do much for the body and makes it easy for boredom to creep in. You owe this time to yourself—you deserve it—so make sure you give it your all.


Daydreaming. You can develop a laser-sharp focus by actively involving your mind in every pose, set, rep and step—thinking about how your body moves, how the muscles engage, which muscle or muscles you’re using and correct form. Mindfulness adds up to a better workout and faster results. So forget about the laundry, the kids’ schedules and that

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Staying with a few exercises you know. Your muscles love being challenged, so if you just stick to the same routine, they’ll eventually adapt and won’t have to work as hard to do the same moves. But if you change the exercises and even the order you do them in, you ensure that muscles don’t get too efficient with any single routine. Not only is this better for toning, but it also helps your mind stay focused and engaged.

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Holding your breath. Regular steady breathing has many benefits: Proper inhalations and exhalations can help you power through moves, keep lactic acid (a byproduct that builds up in the muscles during exertion) at bay and help maintain a steady heart rate. A full breath delivers the maximum amount of oxygen to the blood, which in turn delivers more energy to the working muscles.

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Dogs love to learn and live to please at every age. Teaching a pet good manners, social skills and YouTube-worthy tricks are great ways to build a bond and have fun, too.


hen a fearful or shy dog associates a new situation with good things, the dog blooms. I love to see it,” says Victoria Stilwell, of Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog. “It’s the basis for positive reinforcement training.” Stilwell explains that her method, known as Positive Dog Training, is all about spotting and rewarding the behavior you like as it happens. “Thus, the good behavior is likely to repeat, encouraging the dog to learn to live in a human world successfully.” Each dog has his own idea of the best reward—some favor toys, some work for food, others simply want approval. Training doesn’t have to be timeconsuming, repetitive homework. Once you and your dog learn the basics, you can do short sessions.

The Clicker Method

A click of a small noisemaker used in training lets the dog know when he’s just done the right thing. As soon as we

see the behavior, we’ll click faster than our brains can tell our mouths to say, “Good dog!” For example, to train “Watch me,” sit down with your dog, the clicker and some tiny treats. If he focuses on the treats or looks away, do nothing. If he glances at you, click and toss him a treat. A few click/treats later, your dog will figure out he did something to make the reward happen. Be prepared, because that thought will be followed by a very deliberate look at your face. After that, training will move at high speed. “Work on the basics first,” counsels psychologist Linda Michaels, owner of Wholistic Dog Training, in San Diego. “Four commands—sit, down, wait and come—will get you started. You can do mini-training sessions throughout the day, such as ‘sit’ for breakfast or dinner, ‘come’ when called, ‘wait’ before going out the door, and ‘down’ during television programs. Continue practicing during commercials.”

“For me, a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog.” ~ Roger Caras, president emeritus, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals “How my service dog, Hunter, figured out what I needed and how to help me, I don’t know, but I have great respect for the intellectual abilities of dogs. Training is a way of opening communication; just like with a human, you can never be sure where the conversation will take you,” remarks M. Shirley Chong, a professional clicker trainer in Grinnell, Iowa. “Positive training lets a dog be your friend, not a boot camp soldier obeying orders,” advises Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a certified applied animal behaviorist in Black Earth, Wisconsin, and author of multiple titles, including The Other End of the Leash. “When he exhibits new behaviors, capture them, add a cue and give them a cute name. Always, the basis of the best tricks happens when the dog offers his own ideas.” Pat Miller, of Peaceable Paws, in Fairplay, Maryland, also respects an animal as a thinking partner, “You get to see them figure out how things work,” she says. Miller, who serves as the training editor for Whole Dog Journal, has trained dogs, cats, horses and a pot-bellied pig. She’s particularly pleased to have transformed a terrier, previously deemed unadoptable by a shelter because of his biting, into a happy, stable patron of New York’s Central Park. Positive dog training literally saved his life.

Retraining/Renaming Bad Behaviors

With patience and know-how, jumping up on people can turn into dancing the conga. Grumbly growling noises can turn into “Whisper,” or “Tell me a secret.” Excessive barking can be interpreted as bored whining: “There’s nothing to do!” Or, your pet could be answering another dog that you can’t hear. Changes in weather also can make a dog anxious and vocal. Of course, he may just want attention. If you find the reason, it’s easier to find the cure. Is a dog shy or fearful? “Don’t put him in a situation beyond his comfort zone,” counsels Cara Shannon, an expert in curbing aggressive dog behavior in Austin, Texas. “Let him observe from a safe distance, but not interact, perhaps watching his surroundings with you from inside the car.” She also relates the story of a fearful foster dog that learned nose work (scent discrimination) and can find a small

vial of essential oil hidden in a room. “The praise she receives gives her confidence to try other new things,” observes Shannon. Stilwell remarks, “Learning to cope with newness is a huge benefit for any animal.” Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ Connect with positive trainers: Victoria Stilwell, Positively. com; Linda Michaels,; Pat Miller,; M. Shirley Chong,; Patricia McConnell,; Cara Shannon,

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conscious dining northshore GOOD EARTH MARKET & CAFÉ 821 Girod St. Old Mandeville 985-674-4329

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100 S. Tyler St., 10-B Covington, 70433 985-249-6431 Old world Mediterranean dishes prepared with all natural and organic ingredients (as available). Soup, Salads, Appetizers, Sandwiches, Barbeque, and Daily Specials, seasonal veggie dishes. Catering available. Open 11 am. to 4 pm. Tues through Fri. See ad on page 11.


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3515 Melvil Dewey, Metairie 504-309-4424 A unique tea boutique and spa with a natural approach to health and well-being. Offering a variety of whole leaf teas, herbs and tea accessories. Spa services include Massage Therapy, Infrared Sauna and Esthetics (Facials, Body Treatments and Waxing), Usui Reiki and Qi Gong. Call and schedule an appt. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun by appt only.


3903 Canal St., N.O. 70119 504-561-6585 Catering and to go orders available. Sustainably operated. SalSoups, Panini’s, and Bistro ads, Hot Plates, and more with fresh all natural ingredients. Vegetarian/vegan options, organic wines, organic Coffee Bar, Full Juice Bar. Tapas Fri & Sat 6-10pm. Breakfast Mon-Fri 8- 11:30 and 8-2:30 Sat/Sun. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-3 and Sat/Sun noon -2:30pm.

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HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM 8301 Olive St., NOLA 504-483-7037

An urban organic farm and CSA-style co“Home of the $25 Local Produce Box” operative and retail market in the heart of Tuesday 12pm-6pm & Saturday 10am-2pm theOpen city offering local and seasonal produce as well as local dairy and meat products. Weekly CSA produce boxes available for $25 every Sat 10am-2pm and Wed 12pm6pm at main location in Carrollton. Pick-up at satellite locations available. See ad on page 25. 8301 Olive St.

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5606 Canal Blvd., NOLA 504-483-7001 A locals favorite! Unique atmosphere with great food & great people! Two outside patios. Healthy veggie selections, gourmet salads, soups, sandwiches, full breakfast, in-house bakery, & more! Open Mon-Sat 7am-9pm & Sun 7am-3pm. See ad on page 31.


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Health Benefits of Tea & Tea Tasting – 3-4pm. Pharmacist Owner Jan Lantrip, PhD, discusses the newest research on health and tea. Refreshments served; call to reserve seating. $15. The English Tea Room, 735 Rutland St., Covington. 985-898-3988. 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. Latino Farmers Coop Cheesecake Sale. Benefits the Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana social services and hunger relief efforts. Cheesecakes delivered week of Thanksgiving. 12 amazing flavors as well as sugar free. Cost: $25-26 each. To order call 504-333-3611 or email


Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 12:45pm & 2:15pm (Also 11/9 & 11/11). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep Tissue is muscle specific and really works out the kinks. Blue Cliff College (in Clearview Mall) across from food court. Metairie. Appointment only. $30. 504-293-0972. Milk Party – 7-9pm. Mother to mother breastfeeding support. Certified International Lactation consultant, Julie Holcomb answers questions from establishing a first latch to child-led weaning. Breast feeding babies and toddlers welcome. No registration required. ZukaBaby, 2124 Magazine St., NOLA. Contact: 504-596-6540.


Live Harp Music – 12:30-2:30pm (Also 11/10 & 11/17) w/Harpist Jessica Meltz. The English Tea Room, 735 Rutland St., Covington. Free. 985-898-3988. Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45pm & 2:15pm (Also 11/4, 11/10, 11/17 & 11/18). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation & increasing flexibility. Blue Cliff College (in Clearview Mall) across from food court. Metairie. Appointment only. $30. 504-293-0972. Surviving Holiday Foods – 6:30-8pm. ( Also 11/17) Food coach Jodi Brown will teach you how to squeeze a bunch of healthy foods (and desserts) in between all the junk that the holidays throw into your path. Get on the road to better health quickly, easily and deliciously! $35. Call 504-616-7171 to register.


Meditation in Motion Retreat – 3:30pm (11/4) to noon (11/6). An integrated movement philosophy that uses Tai Chi, Chi Gung, Yoga and other gentle martial arts techniques to strengthen connection between mind and body. By donation. Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center, Magnolia, MS. To register call Dolores at 504-905-4090.

Medical Lecture on Bruno Groening – 7-9pm. Spiritual healing through the teachings of Bruno Groening. Two medical doctors will present healings that are medically verifiable and discuss their personal experiences with healing on the spiritual path. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5212 S. Claiborne Ave., NOLA. Info: C. G. Jung Society of New Orleans – 7:30pm. “The Trauma Body,” a lecture by Frances Slocumb, includes stories that can bring understanding of individual and collective, inner and outer, psyche/ body effects of trauma and terror. C.G. Jung Society of New Orleans. Parker Methodist, 1130 Nashville Ave., NOLA. 2 CEUs. Free or $10/non-members.


Reiki Level I and II – (11/5 & 11/6). Two-day intensive course taught by Tianne Lastra. Learn to give reiki to self and others, send reiki long distance, learn the 3 pillars of reiki, learn legal aspects of the practice of reiki, and reiki for animals. Cost: $350. Metairie location. To register call 504-909-3723. Cloth 101 – 9am (Also 11/19). Learn about modern cloth diapers, how to care for them, the pros and cons, hands on demonstrations and handouts to take home. Zuka Baby, 2124 Magazine St, NOLA. $20/2 family members. Registration required: 504-596-6540. Saturday Morning Massage Clinics – 9:15am & 10:45am (Also 11/12 & 11/19). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish-11/5; Deep Tissue-11/12; NMT-11/19. Blue Cliff College (Clearview Mall) across from the food court. Metairie. Appointment only. $30. 504-293- 0972. Freret Market – 12noon-5pm. 90 vendors with food, art, music, flea market, children’s play area and pet adoption. 4400 block of Freret St., NOLA. Info: 504-638-2589. The Trauma Body Workshop – 1-4pm. Continuing the Friday lecture in an experiential format, various approaches to releasing deeply embedded remnants of trauma, including those beyond the reach of words, will be addressed. C. G. Jung Society of New Orleans. 3 CEUs. Parker Methodist, 1130 Nashville Ave., NOLA. $35/ members, $45/non-members. Farm to Table Harvest Dinner – 3pm. Enjoy a tour with farmer Jim, craft cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, wine, local brew and a four course meal highlightling the food grown at Mizell Farms. Featuring local and seasonal ingredients. Reservations required. Cost: $100/ticket. Mizell Farm, Folsom, Louisiana. Contact: or Cassandra: 504-905-4999.


New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 12:30pm: officers meeting; 1:30pm: chapter convocation rehearsal; 2pm: chapter convocation ritual; 3pm: meditation/open forum. 2801 Loyola Ave., Ste. 4, Kenner. More info: 504-472-5635.

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture for Animals – 2pm. Dr. Janice E. Posey, a doctor of veterinary medicine will introduce these ancient arts as they apply to animals and give a live demonstration of an acupuncture treatment on a dog with degenerative joint disease. Good Dog Naturally, 1250 Business 190, Covington. For info: 985-898-3623.


First Degree Reiki Class – Time TBA (11/7-11/10) 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.


Rooibos/South Africa Tea Awareness – 3-4pm. Red Bush Herbal Tisane tasting and lecture about this amazing natural tea and health findings. Refreshments served; call to reserve seating. $15. The English Tea Room, 735 Rutland St., Covington. 985-898-3988. Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm (Also 11/22 & 11/29). 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. Appointment only. $30. 504-293-0972. Healthy Desserts? Really – 6:30-8pm. Chocolate is king in this class where food coach Jodi Brown will help you get familiar with using raw and nutrient dense superfoods to transform delicious desserts into nutritional powerhouses that will blow your mind. $35. Call 504-616-7171. Free Tai Chi Class – 7-8 pm. Tamashii Karate and Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St., NOLA. 504-866-2241. Intro to Yoga Course – 7:45-9:30pm. This is a 6-week class emphasizing strength, flexibility, and balance with instructor Tamarin Hennebury. Wild Lotus Yoga/Uptown, 4842 Perrier St., NOLA. 504-899-0047.


Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 12:45pm, 2:15pm, 6:15pm & 7:45pm (Also 11/16, 11/23 & 11/30. 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. Appointment only. $30. 504-293-0972. Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Metairie – 6:30-7:30pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health and Healing, Inc., features Cari Roy on Awakening Intuition. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd. Free/open to the public. Inquiries: Intro to Yoga Course – 7:45-9:30pm. This is a 6-week class emphasizing stress relief, relaxation, and meditation with instructor Cissy Burson. Wild Lotus Yoga/Uptown, 4842 Perrier St., NOLA. 504-899-0047.


Free Tai Chi Class –9:30-10:30am. Tamashii Karate and Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St., NOLA. 504-866-2241.

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Sustainable Design Series Panel – 5:30pm. Global Green USA; AIA, New Orleans chapter; and USGBC, LA chapters partner for this month’s panel to discuss NOLA Wise; the exciting new program that helps homeowners lower their utility bills, conserve natural resources, and make their homes more comfortable. Light refreshments at 5:30pm; panel at 6pm. 504-525-2121.


Planning a Cottage Garden – 9am-12noon w/Tammany Baumgarten. Plan a cottage garden that is over-flowing with color, wildlife and cutting flowers. Fall colors to begin a cottage garden include mums, foxglove, and more; vegetable plants will also be available. Parkway Partners Greenhouse, 1137 Baronne St., NOLA. TriYoga All Levels Retreat – 9:30am (11/12) 1:30pm (11/13). An invitation to participate in yoga asana, integrated with learning, sharing, art, dining, and social and meditative time. Beginners and yogis practicing other forms of yoga are welcome. Three Rivers Retreat Center, Covington. Info/ registration: Laura 504 -450-1699. OCH Art Market – 10am-3pm. Local arts & crafts, food, fresh juices and raw foods from Surrey’s; even a bike repair workshop! 1618 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., Central City, NOLA. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (11/12 & 11/13) 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. Movie Matinee “The Shadow Effect” – 2pm. Located at Unity Church, 3939 Veterans Hwy., Metairie. Entrance and parking in rear. Love offering. 504-885-7575. Yoga Adjustments Workshop – 2-4pm. Explore the Asana w/Meredith Salvago. Meredith guides a short flow class to build tapas (heat) then focus on asanas and their paired adjustments. All levels. Balance Yoga, 120 S. Cortez St., NOLA. $20 by 11/5 or $25. 504-309-9618. Unleashed! Bash on the Bayou – 7-11pm. Benefits St. Tammany Humane Society. Evening includes food from Acme Oyster House, Copeland’s and more. Enjoy ice cold beer and wine and cocktails along with great music, and silent auction; an upscale Cajun themed benefit. Tickets: $75/advance; $100/door. Pelican Park, Castine Center, Mandeville. 985-892-7387.


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Interactive Music Workshop – 12:30pm w/nationally known musician Jack Fowler from Unity Nashville. Unity Church, 3939 Veterans Hwy., Metairie. Entrance and parking in rear. $15/suggested love offering. No one turned away for temporary lack of funds. 504-885-7575. New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 2pm: open house; 3pm: harmonization ritual. Located at 2801 Loyola Ave., Ste. 4, Kenner. More info: 504-472-5635.


Intro to Yoga Course – 7:45-9:15pm. This is a 6-week class emphasizing stress relief, relaxation, and meditation with instructor Beverly. Wild Lotus Yoga/Downtown, 2372 St. Claude Ave. (at St. Roch), NOLA. 504-899-0047.


Modern Shamanism – 9am-6pm. Visiting shaman, Hamilton Souther, brings theory into practice, emphasizing through personal experience the value of Modern Shamanism as a foundation for daily life. $150(adv) $160 (door). Hilton, 333 St. Charles Ave., Tickets & info: 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. 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, and shoulder: $30. 15% off products for party goers. Esthetique Facial Spa, 5702 Magazine St. By appointment only: 504-896-1006.

La Leche League of Jefferson – 10am. 3rd Tues. each month. New location! Meet with other breastfeeding mothers and their babies. No charge to attend or to contact a leader with questions. Now meeting at Destination Maternity, corner of N Causeway and 17th St., Metairie. Info:

First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (11/19 & 11/20) 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.

Chai Tea Tasting – 3-4pm. Take a journey to India to taste and learn about the history and understanding of Chai. Refreshments served; call to reserve seating. $15. The English Tea Room, 735 Rutland St., Covington. 985-898-3988.

Kundalini Workshops w/ Bill Savage – 2-5pm (11/19) & 12:30-3:30pm (11/20). Autumn harvest and giving thanks Kundalini class as taught by Yogi Bhajan. $60/both ($70 after 11/12) or $30/one day ($40 after 11/12). Balance Yoga, 120 S. Cortez St., NOLA. 504.309.9618.

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.


Karate/Tai Chi Registration – Registration opens; give the gift of health and safety with tai chi and karate gift packages. New classes forming in January. Tamashii Karate and Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St., NOLA. 504-866-2241.


Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Covington – 7pm. Sponsored by the Holistic Center for Health and Healing, Inc. Speaker: Rick Gutierrez: Insight into the mystic George Gurdjieff. Discussion follows. Covington Council Chambers, 222 Kirkland St., Covington. Free/open to public. 985-898-0016.


Kirtan Concert w/Sean Johnson & Wild Lotus Band – 8pm. Mantras merge with rock, world, funk, and trance grooves. Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band. Wild Lotus Yoga/Downtown, 2372 St. Claude Ave. (at St. Roch), NOLA. 504-899-0047. Modern Shamanism – 7-10pm. Visiting shaman, Hamilton Souther, trained by Peruvian Amazon shamans, will give an overview of Modern Shamanism, discussion of how it works in daily life. $20 (adv) $25 (door). Hilton, 333 St. Charles Ave, Tickets & info:


Ortho-Bionomy: Isometrics – 9am-4pm. 2-day workshop. Learn a gentle technique for working with stiff joints and underdeveloped muscle tone through the use of restrained movement. State & national CEUs for LMTs. Instructor Peggy Scott. Lakeview. For more info: Mary Catherine at 903-263-8684.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 1pm: Council of solace; 1:30pm: Pronaos convocation rehearsal; 2pm: Pronaos convocation ritual; 3pm: TMO home oratory. 2801 Loyola Ave., Ste. 4, Kenner. More info: 504-472-5635. Breathwork thru Ancient Music Workshop – Time TBA w/Phil Jones who travels the country teaching breathwork through ancient music. Didgeridoos provided during workshop. Unity Church, 3939 Veterans Hwy., Metairie. Entrance and parking in rear. $20/suggested. 504-885-7575.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Milk Party – 9-10am. Mother to mother breastfeeding support. Certified International Lactation consultant, Julie Holcomb answers questions from establishing a first latch to child-led weaning. Breast feeding babies and toddlers welcome. No registration required. ZukaBaby, 2124 Magazine St, NOLA. Contact: 504-596-6540. Turkey Tea at Longue Vue – 1-3pm. Children and parents are invited to celebrate Thanksgiving Longue Vue-style with songs, stories, games, and a fall craft. Toast the holiday with a complimentary glass of champagne, served with hot chocolate, cookies, sandwiches, and tea. $15/members; $18/ non-members in advance. Contact Lydia Vaughn at 504-293-4722.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Karate/Tai Chi Registration – Registration opens; give the gift of health and safety with tai chi and karate gift packages. New classes forming in January. Tamashii Karate and Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St., NOLA. 504-866-2241.

Healthy Desserts? Really – 6:30-8pm. Chocolate is king in this class where food coach Jodi Brown will help you get familiar with using raw and nutrient dense superfoods to transform delicious desserts into nutritional powerhouses that will blow your mind. $35. Call 504-616-7171.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Christmas in the Country – 9am-6pm (Through 11/30-not open Sunday). Open house with refreshments, storewide specials and discount shopping. The English Tea Room, 734 Rutland St., Covington. 985-898-3988. Tea Tasting/Bodhisattva Tea Spa – 7-11pm. 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, yoga and reiki. Free. 3515 Melvil Dewey, Metairie. Info: 504-309-4424.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 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. Floating Through the Holidays – 1-3:30pm. Restorative Yoga Workshop w/Tamar Starck. The restful and rejuvenating qualities of restorative yoga can help face holiday joys and challenges with new perspective and better balance. Space limited. Balance Yoga, 120 S. Cortez St., NOLA. $30. 504.309.9618.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 From Dreams to Destiny/Creating One’s Reality Workshop – 11:30am-5pm. Set an intention for the New Year and create a reality wanted. Workshop includes dream board, energy work, yoga, and meditation. Mid-City. $55 ($82.50/2 persons by 11/18). Contact Annick at 504-250-7477. New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 2pm: open house; 3pm: harmonization ritual. Located at 2801 Loyola Ave., Ste. #4, Kenner. More info: 504-472-5635.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Holistic Medicine Education Meeting – 7-9pm. Potluck and network time 6:30-7pm. Different speaker each month. House of Broel, 2220 St. Charles Ave., NOLA. Free. Contact: Bonnie Broel 504-494-2220.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Tea 101 – 3-4pm. Learn about the basics of Tea with tea expert, Jan Lantrip, Pharmacist. The English Tea Room, 734 Rutland St., Covington. 985-898-3988. A Green-It-Yourself Workshop – 6-8pm. Come to this free workshop on winterizing the home and learn how to keep the home warm and dry and utility bills low as the temperature drops. Green Building Resource Center, 841 Carondelet St., NOLA. 504-525-2121.

ongoingevents sunday tuesday Daily Kundalini Yoga by Donation – 9am. Kundalini yoga is the yoga of awareness. Clear the obstacles that limit life and awaken to fullest potential. Beautiful community Space. Divine Yoga, 1223 Baronne St. and 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Contact: 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. 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.

monday Metairie Tri Yoga Class – 1-2pm. All levels. Led by Karen Scott. Relax, renew, realize in gentle flowing yoga class that accommodates your strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Provance Chiropractic Clinic. 2007 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie. Contact: 504-220-5325. Guided Meditation – 5-6:30pm. Strengthen your overall health as you are guided through meditation. Great for beginners and those experienced. Nov. 28th—off. Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Jess Tregle 504-352-6418. Northshore Yoga – 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 No class Nov 21.Yoga School, 603 South Tyler St., Covington. Info: 985-502-7576 Candlelight Kundalini w/ Odile – 7:30-9:00pm. By donation! Come relax into the yoga of pure awareness. Expand into your self and set intention for the week. Divine Yoga Center: 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Contact:

Order Vintage Garden Soups – Order by noon Tuesday for delivery on wedneday. Fresh delicious savory soups developed by our chef. Options for special diets. Visit website on ad for soups of the week and delivery/pick-up options. Call 504-620-2495. Sivananda Yoga w/ Becca Hebert – 11am-12:30pm. Tuesday and Thursday. By donation. Enjoy the beautiful new space, Divine Yoga Center , 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Check website in ad for more donation classes. Eyebrow Threading – noon-5pm. Special rate of $10, normally. Esthetique Facial Spa, every week on tuesdays Eyebrow threading is $10, 5702 Magazine St., 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). Beginners Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Donation based. Swan River Community Center, Arabi, 7011 St. Claude Ave., Ste. 213, Arabi, LA. 985-218-0724 or 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: 985-276-8599 Breathing & Meditation – 7-7:50pm. Donation Based. Swan River Community Center, Arabi, 7011 St. Claude Ave., Ste. 213, Arabi, LA. 985-218-0724 or Insight Meditation Group – 7:30-9pm. Meditaton practice and discussion. 2134 Magazine St., 3rd fl., New Orleans. Info: or call Larry at 504-343-8378. B-boy / B-girl Jam – 7:30-9:30pm. With Monica and Jeff get your break dance on, by donation. Enjoy the beautiful new space, Divine Yoga Center, 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Check website in ad for more donation classes. 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,


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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.

Advent Celebration – For the special needs community, children up to 14 years of age are invited to partake in this traditional festival at Raphael Academy. Space is limited. Call for time and more details: 504-598-3227.

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.

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Guided Meditation – 10:30am-noon. Meditation is an excellent way to directly connect with your true inner self and with all divine energy to receive self-healing! Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Call Dr. Jess Tregle: 504-352-6418.

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,,

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

thursday Crescent City Farmers Market – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave., American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine.

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. 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. Meditation & Discussion Group – 7-8:30pm. Vipassana Meditation oriented, but all practitioners welcome. Meditation followed by lively discussion and refreshments. Donations appreciated. 621 Opelousas Ave., Algiers Point (gate locked 7pm sharp!). Info: 504-905-4090 or

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friday Level 1 & 2 Yoga – 9:15-10:30am. Modifications and variations on sun salutations and standing poses are taught so that everyone can practice in a way that feels challenging but not overwhelming. Teacher: Lindsay. $15/ drop in; $10 students. Freret Street Yoga, 4608 Freret St., New Orleans. Contact: or 504-899-1142.

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.

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. Joy Roussel: 985-892-5575. Vinyasa – All Levels –7-8:15pm. Donation based. Swan River Community Center, Arabi, 7011 St. Claude Ave, #213, Arabi, LA. 985-218-0724 or

FOR RENT - COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE – MID-CITY AND MARIGNY. Virtual, Private or Share floor space in a triple bottom-line atmosphere. Competitive/below market rent for your growing business. Full amenities including WiFi/ conference room/office equip plus value added services provided! or call 504-561-7525. PERFECT SPACE for licensed massage therapist or other quiet holistic provider. 462 sf includes large 14 x 17 treatment room, closet, office/kitchen and waiting room. $500/mo (includes utilities) with annual lease. 3200 Lake Villa Ave, Ste 208, Metairie. 504-535-9771.

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German Coast Farmers Market - East Bank – 8am-noon. 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.

Crescent City Farmers Market – 8am-noon. Openair 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.

SERVICES PET SITTER – Greater N.O. area EB & WB. $15/visit includes walk & feeding. Discounts for regular business & referrals. Military base access. Pet First Aid Certified. Contact Michelle 504-298-PETS, or

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

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 Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market – 8:30am12:30pm. Open year round, rain or shine. Free and Oriental medicine in a reparking. Featuring fresh produce, seafood, bakery laxing environment. She is exitems, dairy, plants, prepared foods & handperienced in the treatment of crafted items. Plus live music & kids activities. 484 pain, stress and allergies, plus Sala Ave., corner of 4th St., Westwego. Contact many more conditions. Call to 504-341-3424, x 209. schedule an appointment. 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. 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: 504-899-1142 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).


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 11.


Dr. Kevin Le Blanc, ND, MMP, LMT # LA2487 504-535-9771 Greater New Orleans + Pacific NW We are a result-oriented practice incorporating different modalities specific to each Client and Session. Find your Joy in Living with relief from pain and stress. Discover your Source of energy, clarity, flexibility, and vibrant health. See ad page 26.


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 7.



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.


Linda L. Strickland, BA, CHt, RM, LMT Sankofa Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Weekly 601 Lafitte St., Mandeville market in the Ninth Ward offering fresh produce, 985-727-9665 seafood, baked goods, and plants from local Discover the difference & farmers and fishermen. 3500 St.Claude Ave., corner feel the peace through masof Gallier St. sage/bodywork, select spa services & energy work. Meditation Group – 2:30-3:30pm. Fairgrinds CofIntegrative, intuitive, cusfee House. Sponsored by Art of Living Foundation. tomized approach. Aromatherapy at all ses3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans. For info contact sions. LA 1479;E2445. See ad page 26. Allen 504-247-6692.

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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4401 Veterans Blvd, Ste 200 504-885-8800 A Colonics, Wellness, Weight Loss Day Spa, Colon Hydrotherapy, massage therapy, activated oxygen sauna, ion foot bath, reflexology, integrated medicine, and other natural /spa offerings. Across from Clearview Mall in the major business area of Metairie. See ad page 28.


3333 Kingman St, Ste 102, Metairie 504-885-8355 Reclaim health and vitality by eliminating toxins in the body. We offer Open System Colon Hydrotherapy, Far Infrared Sauna with Ozone, Ion Foot Detox and Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Therapy. Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and member of I-ACT. See ad page 25.



Holistic Psychotherapy & Counseling 3213 Florida Ave, Ste D, Kenner 504-466-2266 Psychotherapist and Naturopath. A unique holistic approach to assist you in coping with loss, illness, stress, depression, or other life transitions. Individual, family and/or group therapy clients. Children, adolescents, and adults. See ad page 24.



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.

5002 Prytania, NOLA, 70115 504-813-9130 Licensed Professional Counselor. ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY Psychotherapy forofperwith theHolistic transformational power PSYCH-K sonal growth, stress, transition, Experience your unlimited and power through the gentle process MARYLOU SMITH etc. Individual Group Mind. FreeSkills yourself from traumatic memories, of PSYCH-K Advanced PSYCH-K Facilitator Body Training (guided limiting thoughts and addictive behavior. Support504-723-2899 what is imagery, meditation, breathing, most meaningful in the journey of living your life’s purpose. relaxation, tapping, etc). Evening and Satur- day appointments available. Marylou Smith Engage the power of mind to Advanced PSYCH-K Facilitator create rapid change and experiPrivate Sessions ence the life you choose. The MANDALA THERAPY CENTER process of PSYCH-K® is a simUptown Holistic Center • 723 Hillary St, NOLA • 504.723.2899 638 Seguin St., NOLA 70114 COOKING INSTRUCTION • • ple & effective way to release 504-251-7820/504-722-0877 Mandala Therapy Center pro- the past and consciously design your present THE ULTIMATE KITCHEN vides counseling for stress, anxi- and future. See ad on page 35. COMMANDO ety, depression, grief, trauma, Jodi Brown anger management, relationship 504-616-7171 issues, career decisions, personal growth and creative blocks. Our therapists Tired of your doctor and nutri- serve adolescents, adults and couples on an tionist TELLING you what to affordable sliding scale basis. do and wish someone would just come to your house and SHOW you how to make it all work? FENG SHUI Here I am. I offer full-day food makeovers & healthy cooking classes. Take JOAN MARSHALL, M.Ed. back your life! Feel ALIVE again. 504-812-8676 COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY Eco-therapy for you and your environANDREA SCHEELE, LCSW, LMFT ment. Holistic health ast andAttachment towards Psychotherapy counseling and feng shui consultations for ng relationships.” 1303 Amelia St., New Orleans individuals and businesses throughout DENTIST 504-899-2686 GNO. Specialities include design consulting, career counseling, and stress manageWhen you experience loss, illment. Design your space - Design your life. ness, depression, stress or are MIKE ROBICHAUX, DDS going through major life transi- 1101 Robert Blvd, Ste A, Slidell, LA LIVE, LOVE AND FENG SHUI tions Attachment Psychotherapy 70458 Eveline Hoffmann will benefit you. Individual, cou- 985-641-8058 Feng Shui practitioner ples, family, parent/child and small group therapy. See ad on page 8. Offering a holistic and patient- 504-861-3370 centered approach to dentistry, because we believe the health of Offering Feng shui consultations for homes the mouth and overall health and businesses Find balance and serenity cannot be separated. We help within your home .Make intentional changes those we serve make decisions in your dwellings and you will alter your that are in their best interests, based on their life in positive wide ranging ways. Your envalues and goals, by providing state of the vironment will begin to assist you and you art information within a trusting relation- will uncover solutions to your day to day issues and life will improve. See ad page 35. ship. See ad page 18. 44

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Cindy B. Daigle 504-931-6494 North shore and New Orleans area Cindy utilizes powerful energetic healing methods to shift and balance the auric field, chakras and the cells of our body. Health, Joy, and Balance within, attracts the same externally. See ad on page 29.


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!


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 8.




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


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 6.


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 5.

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.


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.


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 37 and calendar for classes.


Bonnie Miller, Clinical Director 985-726-9333 ext 118 Hypnosis is not magic…it is a powerful tool to transform your life, heal your body, empower your mind, and revive your spirit. Stress, Pain, Anxiety, Fear, Birthing, Forensic, PLR, IBS, FMS, Habits, Disorders, Motivation, etc. You must take the first step towards your good health and happiness. Individual, Group and Corporate Wellness Programs. Hypnosis Works!


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 34.


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!

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Slidell and Covington Campuses 985-892-6651 We offer the finest of career training for in-demand careers, including therapeutic massage, dental assistant, practical nursing (LPN), medical assistant, and medical office assistant. Also job placement assistance, and certification opportunities in many majors. See ad on page 11.


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.


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.


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.


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Cheryl Schoenberger, RRT 985-809-7077 Neurofeedback is a safe, non-drug therapy that gently balances the brainwaves by exercising the neural pathways. If you’ve been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, autism, depression, or other disorders, please contact us for a free consultation. See ad on page 12.



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!


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