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n a recent visit home, my grown son’s girlfriend noted that she wasn’t thrilled with the thought of her upcoming birthday because she viewed being 26 on the verge of qualifying as “overthe-hill.” Funny, I remember feeling the same way about my 26th birthday decades ago. America’s youth worshiping culture daily feeds on our fears of growing older while losing our value to others and facing a shorter time to accomplish our dreams. I ask: What’s wrong with aging? It’s a natural seasoning process that brings wisdom, unparalleled contributions and needed perspective. In some cultures elders still command the respect and reverence shown in enlightened ancestral traditions with good reason. Yet the Western outlook fed by unrealistic media images continues to focus on physical appearances over anything else. Preventing aging and dying seems the primary goals instead of creating deeply satisfying lives lived to the fullest every day. Thank goodness informed voices of hope offer encouraging alternatives. Marianne Williamson is one, serving up fresh perspective in her bestselling book, The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife. In her article based on her book (page 35), she asks “How would we live, were we not afraid of death? How would we live if we gave ourselves permission to give to life everything we’ve got?” Referencing Lydia Brontë’s observation in The Longevity Factor that we have added 15 years to our lives—in the middle, not at the end—Williamson concludes that we are never “over the hill.” We are simply removing the hill. Because the spirit within never ages, midlife can be a time of rebirth. The choice is always ours, at any age, to give life all we’ve got. The process of reinventing ourselves typically begins with honest self-examination. Bess J.M. Hochstein’s feature article, “Fast Track to Personal Growth,” (page 18) presents just some of the enabling options available to help us secure the skills, tools and support we need to manage daily challenges as well as life’s bigger transitions. Sometimes getting away from routine and our usual surroundings, joining with like-minded seekers and asking the right questions, is a great way to jump start a new and satisfying path in our journey. A few days before we went to press, the Natural Awakenings publishing family lost a dear and important member, John R. Voell, a visionary co-founder of the company and an inspiration and mentor to many local publishers, including me. His life exemplified the possibilities that flow from simply removing the hill in order to keep on going and growing. He’s one of the most positive, compassionate and spirited people I’ve known and will be greatly missed. His niece commented this week that wherever he is, John is likely creating something to help others. He’s known around here for saying, “I don’t know what your spiritual beliefs are, but I believe that when I leave this world, I’m going to somehow measure my success by those I’ve helped along the way.” Those who knew and worked with him would say that he more than succeeded, he soared. In gratitude and love,

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newsbriefs Expo Highlighted Natural Health and Green Living


n October 12, the first NOLA Healthy Living & Sustainability Expo took place at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. It was the first expo of it’s kind with a combined platform of healthy and sustainable living. Ninety-five exhibitors and 20 speakers provided information and hands-on demonstrations in many cases. Attendees were able to learn and get answers from local experts on a variety of green living topics, such energy efficiency, water management, sustainable business practices, socially responsible investing, solar installations and much more. In the area of healthy living, attendees were able to try out or observe demonstrations of many therapies and practices that are found in the editorial pages of Natural Awakenings every month. Many natural personal care products, health foods and supplements were available for sale as were locally made art and craft items. The keynote speaker, James Gordon, M.D. spoke on the new medicine and the importance of self-care as a key component to real healthcare.


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“Amazing job on the EXPO this weekend! I truly enjoyed it and we obtained a few new Chamber members from it. Well done….Congratulations!!” ~ S.L., New Orleans Chamber “Such engaged attendees, they were very interested in what we had to offer!!” ~ C.W., The Nutrition Company “Great day, we have so many leads to follow up with.” ~ L.B., Elite Skin Suite “This was such a great event, let’s do it again next year.” ~ J.T., Wellness Water Co. “I learned a LOT about green living and I want to learn more.” ~ M.F., Covington “A beautiful experience for all of us, thanks for putting this all together.” ~ T.L., Journey Into Wellness “I just loved it, count me in for 2 booths next year.” ~ T.B., GOES LLC “This was amazing. The speakers and exhibitors were really top quality.” ~ M.L., New Orleans “Natural Awakening’s first annual Healthy Living Expo was a tremendous experience for both attendees and those providing services and information. There was a great deal of interaction between all parties involved due to the welcoming atmosphere and generosity of spirit of the organizers. I believe much was learned and important connections made that will lead to new business for vendors, improved health and welfare for participants.” ~ L.S., Global Green Editor’s Note: Natural Awakenings thanks all who participated to create an amazing day of connection, learning and healing. Special thanks to our sponsors: Wells Fargo Advisors, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, The Green Project, CORE USA, PMA Medical & Wellness Center of Louisiana, Global Green, LifeCity and Phoenix Recycling. 6

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OLA Wise has now officially joined with EnergySmart, bringing together the best features of the City of New Orleans’ two energy efficiency programs to make the process of retrofitting residents’ homes even easier. The low interest NOLA Wise loan for energy efficiency improvements and solar energy is still available if the savings on a retrofit project reach at least 15%. The special loan helps to lower the up-front cost of a retrofit. Coupled with EnergySmart incentives, offered in Orleans parish, residents have opportunities to make an investment that will keep their homes more comfortable and save money over time. Global Green’s NOLA wise staff are still available to answer questions about energy and water efficiency at 504-523-9473 or nolawise@ In addition, Global Green’s NOLA Wise team is creating an in-school pilot program for middle school students, who will one day be New Orleans leaders, so that they have the education and tools to address energy use at home. Global Green hosts events that cover a wide range of topics related to energy and green building, such as homeowner showcases and a monthly sustainability series held in coordination with the local American Instititute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council of Louisiana. For information on events go to facebook. com/nolawise and @NOLAwise on Twitter.

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lue Cliff College (BCC) – Metairie C a m p u s ’s m a s s a g e t h e ra py students are active in the community throughout the year as their program requires them to complete a minimum of 20 hours within their diploma curriculum. The requirement was established to provide all students with opportunities to interact with the public in community event settings. The college annually partners with the Susan G. Komen New Orleans Race for the Cure, Voodoo Music Festival, Mardi Gras Marathon and Bayou Boogaloo among others. They were present at the NOLA Healthy Living & Sustainability Expo October 12. Campus Director Doug Robertson is a passionate believer in supporting and giving back to the community and instills this commitment in his staff and students. Recently, the college staff members visited retired New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason, who retired from the NFL in 2008 after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gleason’s Team Gleason Foundation helps people with ALS live productive lives by providing access to life-affirming events and assistive technology. BCC donated a new massage table to the Team Gleason Foundation during the visit. Robertson says he is very much looking forward to more opportunities to partner with the Team Gleason Foundation, because he is also an enthusiastic Saints fan. More about Blue Cliff College programs can be found at Metairie.shtml. See ad on page 2.

A Cautionary Tale – MRGO Documentary


documentary outlining the chilling tale of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet – MRGOing, Going, Gone? – has been released and is webstreamed at The story of environmental destruction and political wrangling is the result of 10 years of research, toil and trouble, in which more than 30 experts were interviewed and the filmmakers make the point that such a travesty cannot be repeated. The documentary of the 76-mile shipping canal, dredged in 1963 as a short-cut for ships to travel from New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico, was the work of Dr. Bob Thomas of Loyola Center for Environmental Communication and Kevin McCaffrey, the executive producer of e/Prime Media. The team shot more than 120 hours of footage starting in 2003, therefore including perspectives of the MRGO before and after Hurricane Katrina. Interviews reveal that the primary reward anticipated by the canal was economic boom, but instead it proved to be of little value. Moreover, it served as the “linchpin to the demise of our coast,” said former Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation director Carlton Dufrechou in the film. “The main lesson is very simple— communities have got to think critically when they make plans, because otherwise they can develop something that can almost function like a suicidal instrument,” Thomas said. The project began with the assistance of former Loyola students Ryan Pastorek and Caroline Taylor. For more information on the documentary, contact Mikel Pak at Loyola at mlpak@ or at 504-861-5888.

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nnovators have found yet another way to help us keep our lifestyle while we shed fossil fuels. Underground energy storage tanks, filled with sand and hooked up to solar panels, have been heating a home in Virginia since 2010. Between the panels and a solar hot water heater used as a backup heating system, the house is carbon-free. A sunny day’s barefoot walk on a beach is a good indicator of how well sand can store heat. Used in conjunction with radiant floor heating systems, the passive energy source makes a building not only remarkably energy efficient but much more affordable, according to the Virginia Sierra Club’s Old Dominion Sierran newsletter. Seasonal Thermal Energy Storage (STES) is the name for this type of system; Virginia Heatstore is the name of it according to the designers of the system at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Richmond BySolar. Although it is more expensive than traditional heating systems, the Virginia Heatstore requires no fuel – no operating cost and no emissions. So far the system has outperformed the energy modeling predictions. The system is slated to heat a VCU dormitory and a house designed for the Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon, which is to be built in Hampton, Virginia.

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Our capacity for self-examination distinguishes us from other animals. We feel compelled to ask: “Who am I? What am I here for? How can I attain my full potential?” The quest for answers has engaged humans for millennia.


opular books that have helped people on this journey span centuries, from Wallace Wattles’ The Science of Getting Rich (1910), Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich (1937), Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People (1937), Abraham Maslow’s Motivation and Personality (1954) and Dr. Thomas Anthony Harris’ I’m OK, You’re OK (1967) to Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret (2006). The personal growth genre is a cornerstone of the publishing industry.


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and now view the world through a completely different lens.” As examples, she cites neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander, who recounts his neardeath experience in his bestselling book, Proof of Heaven, and neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, author of the bestselling memoir My Stroke of Insight. Taylor’s 2008 TED talk was ranked the nonprofit’s second most-watched for the past two years. Both of these cutting-edge thinkers have given presentations at Omega, which, like at Esalen and Kripalu, helps bring ideas and practices that once seemed on the fringe—from yoga and meditation to complementary medicine and sustainability—into mainstream consciousness. Particularly innovative initiatives include helping military veterans heal from post-traumatic stress disorder; the women’s leadership center; the center for sustainable living; and pioneering programs on mindfulness in the workplace, education system and at-risk urban youth communities. “We recognize that because we live in an interconnected world; the behavior of one can contribute to creating changes that benefit the whole,” says Donahoe. “Doing both the inner and outer work can awaken the best in the human spirit, and so provide hope and healing to individuals

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and society.” For those unable to travel great distances for a holistic immersion experience in community with likeminded seekers, Wanderlust Festivals may offer an answer. Four-day regional summits, primarily held at ski resorts during the off-season, feature teachers like Shiva Rea, Elena Brower and Gurmukh; stimulating discussions; yoga; music and adventure, amidst stunning vistas. Wanderlust co-founders Sean Hoess and Jeff Krasno strive to create an expansive space for personal growth and mindful living. One common element at every gathering—now including urban and exotic locales—is Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling’s Off the Mat program, mobilizing yoga students toward activating social change. The Shift Network is dedicated to creating an online community that shares the tools of self-actualization, empowering a global movement of people creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that leads to a more enlightened society, built on principles of sustainability, peace, health and prosperity. This new model for the human potential movement has roots in the grandfather of retreat centers; The Shift Network’s founder, Stephen Dinan, both worked at Esalen and contributed to Esalen’s Center for Theory & Research. Dinan explains that at a meditation retreat, he received a detailed vision of “a large global transformation network that would be helping to usher in a shift to the new era.” The Shift Network now offers free teleseminars and online summits on subjects ranging from meditation and parenting with presence to enlightened business practices and cultivating peace. “We started with The Sacred Awakening Series—40 days with 40 spiritual leaders—and 30,000 people signed up in 21 days,” says Dinan. The Inspiring Women Summit attracted 25,000 participants. Since 2010, more than 400,000 people from 160 countries have participated in free teleseminars; 18,000 have paid for online courses such as Barbara Marx Hubbard’s Agents of Conscious Evolution, Andrew Harvey’s Christ Path and Thomas Hüebl’s Authentic Awakening. The Shift Network has already reached profitability and donated more than $50,000 to nonprofits. Dinan’s


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Growing self-awareness enables an individual to live a life by design, instead of one marred by feelings of mediocrity, discontent or being a victim of circumstance. When elevated awareness becomes one’s modus operandi, it brings infinite spiritual riches to life.


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you aren’t so preoccupied with trying to be okay, you will be free to sit inside and quietly love, serve and honor whatever naturally unfolds in front of you. When you reach this point, you are no longer living for yourself. You are interacting with life, but not for the purpose of being okay.


Realize that the process of defining how the outside needs to be is not going to make you okay. You must seriously look at this process of trying to be okay. You’ve been at it your entire life—you’ve just tried different things at different times. While it’s true that sometimes you manage to make it better for short periods of time, you know that you’ve never even come close to reaching a state of permanent peace. Watch very closely how you react to the things your mind has preferences about. You will see that if your mind gets what it wants, you feel joy; if it doesn’t get what it wants, you feel disturbance. Likewise, when your mind experiences what it doesn’t want, you feel disturbance, and when it avoids what it doesn’t want, you feel relief. You will never be okay playing this game because the world will never match the conceptual model your mind has made up. Eventually, you will come to see that struggling to be okay does not work. At some point, you will try to find a different way to be okay in there.






Learn to not participate in the mind’s struggle to be okay. This step is about learning to sit in as the witness, the part of you that notices the inner urges to be okay. You must become comfortable with sitting in there and not participating in the inner energies. You learn to relax in the midst of them. You come to see that there is a habitual process in which the moment you feel inner disturbance, you are drawn into doing something about it. You must learn to sit inside and not participate in this process. If you truly understand that going outside to try to be okay inside doesn’t work, then you’ll be willing to sit inside and simply allow the disturbance to pass through. It is not difficult. If you can do this, all disturbance will cease by itself. Go about your life just like everyone else, except that nothing you do is for the purpose of trying to be okay. If

As you sincerely let go of the inner energies you are watching, you begin to feel a deeper energy come in from behind. Up to this point, everything you were watching inside was in front of you. But now that you are no longer being drawn into those personal energies, you’ll realize that your inner universe is actually very expansive. You will begin to feel Spirit flow in from behind. It lifts you and brings you great love and joy.


Your inner experience becomes so beautiful that you fall in love with the energy flow, and you develop a very deep and personal relationship with it. It will become completely clear to you that there is a direct trade-off between your personal energies and the amount of Spirit that you feel. The more you get drawn into your personal energies, the less Spirit you feel; the less you participate in your personal energies, the more Spirit you feel. You now have a direct relationship with the spiritual energy, and you will find yourself constantly longing to experience it. You begin to feel the energy pulling you up into it, and your entire path becomes letting go of yourself in order to merge. Will is no longer needed. Now your path is strictly about releasing yourself into the pull of the higher energy. You must surrender deeply enough to be

able to overcome the fear of losing your connection to the personal self. You must to be willing to die to be reborn.


Once you get far enough back into the energy, you realize that your personal life can go on without you, leaving you free to become immersed in Spirit. This is the greatest miracle: You’ve surrendered and your entire life is about Spirit, yet people, places and things continue to interact with you. The difference is that these interactions require none of your energy. They happen naturally, by themselves, leaving you at peace and absorbed in Spirit.


Now you are truly okay and nothing inside or outside of you can cause disturbance—you have come to be at peace with it all. Because you are now completely okay, you don’t need anything. Things just are what they are. At this point, you know yourself as Self. The world, mind and heart cannot disturb you. You’ve transcended them all. What is more, instead of feeling drawn into Spirit, you now actually experience yourself as Spirit. You have no boundaries in time or space. You have always existed and you will always exist. You have no form, shape, gender or body. You simply are, have always been and will always be—Infinite Spirit. Michael A. Singer is the author of The New York Times bestselling book, The Untethered Soul – The Journey Beyond Yourself (, which is the basis for this article. He is the founder of the Temple of the Universe, a yoga and meditation center established in 1975 in Alachua, FL.

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Kundalini Yoga – 5-6am. Taught by Elizabeth Eckman. Clear the obstacles that limit life and awaken to fullest potential. Morning meditation follows from 6-8:30am. Free. Divine Yoga Center, 1223 Baronne St, NOLA Contact:

Crescent City Farmers Market/Uptown – 9am-1pm. Open air market with fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and pies, bedding plants, dairy products, freshly cut flowers. Located in the parking lot of Uptown Square.

New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – Meetings held on Sundays and Wednesdays as listed in event calendar. 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner Location. Call 504-472-5635 for times and more information.

Northshore Chair Yoga – 10am-11am. A therapeutic combination of gentle and challenging yoga poses modified in a chair. Appropriate for beginners, seasoned students and those with limited mobility. Peaceful environment with mats/chairs/props provided. 60 minutes at $5/class. 200 RYT teacher. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St., Covington. Erin: 985-705-4110 or

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monday Body Meditation – 1:30-2:30pm. (Also Fri 7pm). A series of poses designed to strengthen and create flexibility with plenty of savasanas (corpse pose), helps to achieve a meditative state in both body and mind. Appropriate for all skill levels. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St., NOLA. 985-640-2648. Yoga Classes – 4:30-5:30pm Chair Yoga, 6-7pm Gentle Yoga, 7:15-8:15pm Gentle Yoga or 8:30-9:45pm Yoga, Breathing & Meditation. Becky Bazile, 500 RYT, certified yoga teacher. 6-Week Ongoing Sessions. Space limited to 8 students, pre-registration required. $60/ session or $12/walk-in. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave. NOLA. Info/Register: 504-782-4432 or Guided Meditation – 5-6:30pm. Strengthen your overall health as you are guided through meditation. Great for beginners and those experienced. Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Dr. Jess Tregle 504-352-6418. Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:15pm. Practice a martial art of peace for every body whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class is free. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes suggested. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St., Suite 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861, Yoga Diva/Harahan – 6:30-7:30pm. (Also Wed 5:156:15) Relax the body, focus the mind, deepen selfawareness. Learn to navigate through postures and flow by gaging flexibility, strength, concentration, breath and range of motion. All levels. Props/mats provided. Certified teacher. $60/month-4classes. 5700 Citrus Blvd, Upstairs in Curves. Call before coming: 504-220-5325. Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism – 7-8:15pm. Learn how to activate your greatest potential, increase your compassion and achieve absolute happiness. Free. SGI-USA Buddhist Center, 1331 Prytania St, NOLA. Info: 504-310-2011.


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Yoga Groove – 1:15-2:15pm. (Also Thurs 1:15pm) A Hatha yoga style foundation with a cardio flare. Moving through poses fluidly encourages upper body and core strength as well as awakens and challenges endurance. Leave refreshed and ready to take on the world. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St., NOLA. 985-640-2648. Northshore Hatha Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Balancing combination of gentle and challenging yoga poses to rejuvenate and relax the body. Beginners to advanced students. Peaceful environment with mats/props provided. $10/90 minute class or $48/6 classes. 200 RYT teacher. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St., Covington. Erin 985-705-4110 or Emotional Intelligence (EQ) & Peacebuilding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. No experience necessary. Bring unlined journal/sketch pad. $10/class or $80/10 classes. Call to RSVP and location: 504-669-1020 or DayaNaef@ N.O. Insight Meditation Group – 7:30-9pm. This is a peer led group that meets for practice, study and discussion. No experience necessary. Location: 2134 Magazine St, 3d fl, NOLA. Info: call Larry at 504-343-8378.

Northshore Yoga – 5:30pm. Gentle, challenging and relaxing classes focusing on breath and movement. Appropriate for beginners and seasoned students. Pleasant, stress-free environment. Mats/props provided. $10/90 minute class or $48/6 classes. 500 RYT /CYT teacher. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Info/Mary Ann: 985-630-7242. Yoga Classes – 6-7pm Gentle/Moderate Yoga and 7:308:30pm Restorative Yoga with Sally Meredith, 200 RYT, certified yoga teacher. 6-Week Ongoing Sessions. Studio space limited to 8 students, pre-registration required. $60/session or $12/walk-in. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave. NOLA. Info/Register: 504-782-4432 or Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:15pm. Practice a martial art of peace for every body whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class is free. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes suggested. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St., Suite 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861, Tai Chi/QiGong Therapeutic Exercise – 6:30-7:45pm. Rhythmic stretching exercises followed by mindfulness meditation. Lubricates joints, builds stamina with ease, and energizes the spirit. $40/month paid in advance. $12 drop-in. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, Abita Springs. Contact Suzanne Harper: 985-789-9321 or Wednesday Night Class – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of month. Topic: Universal Laws. Open to the public. By donation. Journey into Wellness Ctr, 3939 Houma Blvd 3, ste 15, Metairie. Call Cindy Daigle for details 504-931-6494. Get All Wrapped Up – 6:30pm. Every 3rd Wed. Chance to try a wrap treatment that firms and tightens skin and decreases cellulite in as little as 45 minutes. $25 per section. Elite Skin Suite (inside Premier Fitness Ladies Lounge). Ask for Lessie. More Info: 504-452-6964.

thursday Crescent City Farmers Market/Mid-City – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave, American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine. Northshore Yoga – 6:15-7:45pm. Explore the benefits of yoga and unwind with a blend of yoga postures, breath and relaxation. All levels welcome. Mats and props provided. $10/90 minute class or $48/6 classes. 200 RYT teacher. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Contact Erin: 985-705-4110 or Shirley: 985-264-9252.



Happy Healthy Homeschoolers – 10-11am. With Lisa Guillot and Sally Dunn explore each week different ways to incorporate healthy & fun activities such as meditation, mandala drawing, yoga, hula hooping and nutrition through cooking and smoothie making. $40/4 week series. Bayou DeZaire Healing Arts Studio, 149 Hwy 1077, Madisonville. Info/reg: 985-792-0003.

Aikido of New Orleans – 7-8:15pm. The martial art of power and movement. Free introductory class for adults. 2134 Magazine St, 3d fl, NOLA. Info: dojo@ or 504-561-0123.

German Coast Farmers Market/West Bank – 2:306pm. 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

saturday Vietnamese Farmers Market – 6-9am. Over 20 vendors set up shop on blankets spread with produce, beyond the courtyards are shops selling Vietnamese baked goods and imported groceries. 14401 Alcee Fortier Blvd, New Orleans East.

Crescent City Farmers Market/Downtown – 8amnoon. Open-air market with great selection of fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and freshly made pies, bedding plants, dairy products, fresh flowers. Cooking demos by some of the city’s most acclaimed chefs. Located at 700 Magazine, corner of Girod, New Orleans. German Coast Farmers Market/East Bank – 8amnoon. Open-air market offering fresh produce, rotisserie meats, fresh meats, fresh pastries/breads, sausages, kettle corn, cracklins, prepared foods, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions. Arts and crafts 2nd Sat. Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Rd., Destrehan. For info call 985-359-0190. Camellia City Farmers Market – 8am.-noon. Featuring baked goods, herbs, vegetables, honey, jams, poultry, crafts, flowers, eggs, plants, soap, trees. 155 Robert St. (City Parking Lot), 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. Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market – 8:30am12:30pm. Open year round, rain or shine. Free parking. Featuring fresh produce, seafood, bakery items, dairy, plants, prepared foods & hand-crafted items. Plus live music & kids activities. 484 Sala Ave, corner of 4th St., Westwego. Contact 504-341-3424, x 209. Covington Farmers Market – 8am-noon. (also 10am2pm Wed) 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. Sitting Meditation Group – 10-11am. Come practice zazen (sitting meditation) as well as walking meditation. Instruction and discussion also available. 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: contact Brian by email at or call 504-644-7351. Sankofa Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Weekly market in the Ninth Ward offering fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, and plants from local farmers and fishermen. New location at 3819 St. Claude Ave. Info: 504872-9214 or Hollygrove Market & Farm – 10am-7pm Mon-Fri & 10-5pm Sat/Sun. CSA-style market selling each week assorted fresh local and organic fruit and vegetables. $25 boxes of selected seasonal produce available. 8301 Olive St, NOLA (across from Carrollton Boosters). Instore Tasting Series – 1-3-pm. Stop by for a World of Taste at Oil & Vinegar. Taste samples from salad dressing combinations to risotto to simple appetizers. Oil & Vinegar, Colonial Pinnacle Shopping Center, 6111 Pinnacle Pkwy, Covington (between Hobby Lobby & Kohl’s). Contact: or call 985-809-1693. Do You Have Too Much Stuff? Free 20 min consultation by professional organizer, Stasia Cymes. If you’re open to the process of change, you can reclaim your space & peace of mind. 3 hr sessions available. Call 504-920-1800 for appt.

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Advancing Compassion in Organizations – 8am11:30pm. A conversation about promising compassionate practices in organizations. Inspired by the Dalai Lama’s visit. Sponsor: Tulane Univ. School of Social Work, Institute for Women and Ethnic Studies, and Clearwater Sanctuary. Free (2.75 CEUs for social workers $10). Tulane University Qatar Ballroom. Register


Healthy Baby/Healthy Planet – 9am-noon. Cosponsored by LifeCity, LLC and ZukaBaby. Fun and informative – how to decrease baby’s environmental footprint. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. 504-596-6540. Covington Art Market – 9am-1pm. Featuring original art by local and regional artists. 419 N New Hampshire, Covington. Info: 985-892-8650 Raphael Academy Open House – 10am-Noon. For middle, high school, and young adult students with autism spectrum disorder & other learning disabilities. Parents and caregivers only please. 517 Soraparu Street, Suite 202, NOLA. Call 504-598-3227 for more info. RSVP:

VEGETARIAN MEETUP GROUP meets at least once a month for a veggie meal. See calendar of events at members/7165804/

Paint Drop-Off/Uptown – 10am-2pm. Drop off old paint to Arabella Station Whole Foods Market. The Green Project’s tent is at the corner of Magazine & Joseph St in good weather and inside near the massage table in bad weather.

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Conscious Connected Breathing – 12-2:30pm. Jack Fontana will lead participants through this breathing technique that facilitates releasing stress, anxiety and stored suppression leading to profound relaxation, improved breathing and self- acceptance. $54. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA. Info/Reg: 985-640-2648.

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. Th e Hu man e S ociety of Lou is ia n a n eed s volunteers. To find out how you can help c o n t a c t J e ff D o r s o n a t 9 0 1 - 2 6 8 - 4 4 3 2 o r


Freret Market – Noon-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. Second Degree Reiki Class – (also 11/15). With Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Oku Den (The Deeper Knowledge) is available for Reiki Students with 6 months experience in Usui Shiki Ryoho. Times determined with student input. For private classes and residential retreat information call 504-376-8518 or 504-388-2356 text.


New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 12:30pm – TMO Home Oratory Discussion Group; 2pm – Chapter Convocation Rehearsal; 2:30pm – Chapter Convocation Ritual/ Open Forum. 2801 Loyola Drive, Suite 4, Kenner. For info call 504-472-5635.


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The Art of Breast-Feeding – 7-9pm. A series of 2 classes (also 11/18). Parents will learn how to confidently and successfully establish a breast-feeding routine. Free. St Tammany Parish Hospital, 1202 S. Tyler St, Covington.


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. Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15 &7:45pm. (also 11/12 & 21). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep Tissue is muscle specific and really works out the kinks. $30/by appointment. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. C. G. Jung Society Explores Couples – 7:30pm. “Dancing the Dance Together: Insights on Couples Work Based on Jungian Psychology.” Presenter: David Schoen, LCSW, MSSW. CEUs for social workers and LPCs. $15/free to members. Parker UMC, 1130 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans.


Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 12:45-2:15pm. Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep Tissue is muscle specific and really works out the kinks. $30/by appointment. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. No Mess No Stress Office Organizing Bootcamp – 6-8pm. Nadine McCoy of Organized Impressions presents setting up an efficient, easy to maintain filing system. Bring paperwork and the rest is taken care of. $45. Bluebag Showroom, 651 Richard St, NOLA. Limited space-pre-registration required. Call 504-4212539 or La Leche League/Jefferson – 6:30-7:30pm. LLL of Jefferson meets first Wednesday each month. Open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Learn more, ask questions and benefit from a community of breastfeeding mothers. Free. Destination Maternity meeting room, Causeway & 17th St, Metairie. Info: 504-952-3951 or Wednesday Night Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Topic: Universal Laws. Open to the public. Cost: by donation. Journey into Wellness Center. 3939 Houma Blvd. Bldg 3, Ste 15, Metairie. Call Cindy Daigle for details: 504-931-6494


Grandmother’s Group – 12:30 - 2:30pm. Enjoy wise woman teachings from Native American and other indigenous cultures and traditions. Talking circle, song, movement, ceremony and silence. Women 50+ welcome. Free. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. Contact Mary Ann McClellan and Mary Frost 228-342-1519

La Leche League/New Orleans – 6pm. Monthly meetings. (also 11/20 @ 9am). Open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Chance to learn more, receive help and meet other breastfeeding mothers. Led by trained and accredited La Leche League leaders. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. Contact: Courtney Landry

Ladies Night Out – 6:30-8:30pm. An opportunity to network and support female owned businesses with a new theme every month. November is LNO - Animal Lovers! Hosted by Canal Street Vet and sponsored by Clear the Clutter. $10 suggested donation, wine and appetizers included. 4022 Canal St, Mid-City, RSVP 504-920-1800.

Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 11/19). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation & increasing flexibility. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972.


Galactivation Co-creation Station – 7-8:30pm. Integration of the Divine energies of will, wisdom, love, joy, abundance, peace and freedom throughout one’s self by way of guided meditation tailored to the group. $10. New Orleans Healing Center, Ste 220, 2372 St. Claude Ave, NOLA. Details call David at Akashic Reiki: 504-233-8555.


Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45-2:15pm. (also 11/22). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation & increasing flexibility. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972.


Happy Trees in the Home Landscape – 9am-noon. Presentation by Rene Schmit includes proper nutrition and fertilizer application, mulching, compaction and stress reduction for trees (10am). Free talk. For sale: bedding plants, veggie starts, shrubs and trees – tree planting season starts in November. Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St, NOLA. Saturday Morning Massage Clinics − 9:15 & 10:45am. Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. NMT: 11/2; Deep Tissue: 11/9; Swedish: 11/16. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. 2013 School of Cloth – 10am. (also 11/16 & 23). Free cloth diaper classes throughout November. Attendees receive certificates and chance in a drawing for a cloth diapering package and will choose a charity to receive matching prize. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. Call to register: 504-596-6540.

Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. (also 11/15 & 20). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focused on a specific problem area. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucians – 7-8pm. Open House/Open Forum also Monthly Traveling Radius Presentation Week. 2801 Loyola Drive, Suite 4, Kenner. For more information call 504-472-5635.


Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focused on a specific problem area. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Nutrition for Moms – 6:30-7:30pm. Topic: Toddler foods. Transitioning from baby purees to finger foods. Taught by Erin Reho Pelias, certified holistic health counselor, mother, dancer, food enthusiast and community gardener. Free, but registration required. Call 504-596-6540. Light Body Activation – 7-8:30pm– Participants will learn how to be transported to where they want to be in life and live more from love peace and joy. A powerful breathwork meditation. $10. New Orleans Healing Center, Ste 220, 2372 St Claude Ave, NOLA. Call David at Akashic Reiki: 504-233-8555 Happy, Healthy Holidays for Children – 9-11am. With Sally Dunn and Lisa Guillot learn fun and healthy ways to develop good and healthy habits for holidays with hula hooping, guided meditation, kundalini yoga, mandala drawing and healthy snack making. $40. Bayou DeZaire, 149 Hwy 1077, Madisonville, LA. Info/Reg: 985-792-0003.

OCH Art Market – 10am-3pm. Local artists, food and music. 2nd Sat each month with different monthly themes. 1618 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, Central City, NOLA. Info: 985-250-0278. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day – 11/9 & 10 also 11/16 & 17) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356.

Happy, Healthy Holidays for Adults – 11:30am2:30pm. With Sally Dunn and Lisa Guillot reprogram the mind with fun and healthy ways to navigate the holidays and avoid weight gain. Hula hooping, guided meditation, kundalini yoga, mandala drawing and nutrition. $50. Bayou DeZaire, 149 Hwy 1077, Madisonville, LA. Info/Reg: 985-792-0003.



Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Metairie − 6:307:30pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health & Healing, Inc. Speaker: Tony Martin, Healing through DNA Energy – Multi-dimensional Transformation. Discussion follows. Free/open to public. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd. Info: 504-812-1332.

Smart Growth Summit – 11/18 through 20. Focuse on creating and maintaining sustainable communities. $75 by 11/4, $110 after. Limited number of scholarships. Location: The Manship theatre at the Center for the Arts. Register online or call 222-267-6300.


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. Empowerment Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Participants will learn to work with their own energy field to de-stress and overcome what disempowers them and prevents them from taking action toward what they want. $15. Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary St, New Orleans. RSVP to Donna Accardo: 504-234-1388 or


Om Chanting Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Om chanting is a powerful and beneficial form of meditation, leaving one with a sense of balance, peace and clarity. $10. New Orleans Healing Center, Ste 220, 2372 St Claude Ave, NOLA. Call David at Akashic Reiki: 504-233-8555.


First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day – 11/23 & 24) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356.



Herbs for Health Series – 10-11:30am. Class 5 of 7 Urinary System. Presented by Sharon Murphy, herbalist. Learn how herbs help improve some of the common problems in our urinary system. $15. Space Limited. Holistic Life Approach, 107 N Theard St, Covington. Reserve space: 985-276-4673

Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000.


New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucians – 11am – Open House Discussion Group; 1pm – Council of Solace; 2pm – Pronaos Convocation Rehearsal; 2:30pm – Pronaos Convocation Ritual. 2801 Loyola Drive Suite 4, Kenner. For more information call 504-472-5635. SoulPourri Healing Arts Sampler – 1-5:30pm. A sampling of workshops: Reiki, Reconnective Healing®, breathwork and more. $20/2 mini-workshops, $40/4 includes refreshments. Scholarships for women in need. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation in Abita Springs. Pre-reg: 985-892-8111.

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First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day – 11/30 & 12/1) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356.

markyourcalendar New Years Retreat Meditation,Journaling, Breathwork,Yoga

St. Joseph Abbey, Covington Mon Dec 30th 10am to Wed Jan 1st 3pm $450 all inclusive $200 non-refundable deposit by Nov 30th After Dec 11th cost will be $465 and subject to availability

Facilitators: Jack Fontana & Paulette Lucas.

Call 504-453-9161 November 2013


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Erin Kenning, MSOM, Dipl.OM, LAc, LA Lic.# ACA.200039, NAET specialist 9531 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 504-715-2317

Experience a Pain-free body, a Peaceful mind, and a Greater overall vitality. Take the first step to a life of ultimate wellness. Visit us on the web or call for more information. See ad on page 14.

PANGEA ORGANICS Rachelle 520-907-5314 Cynthia 985-768-0691

Your Beauty Ecologists! Our organic and eco-friendly skin care products are free from GMO’s, Gluten, Sulfates and Synthetic Ingredients. What goes on your body is as important as what goes in. See ad page 7.

LA Lic.# ACA.200012 530 E. Rutland St., Covington 985-869-3299

animal holistic medicine JANICE E. POSEY, DVM

315 Lee Ln., Ste. 104, Covington 985-898-3623/504-466-9129

Offering a holistic, integrative approach to healing your beloved pet through acupuncture, herbal medicine/nutritional supplements, and food therapy. We treat the patient, not the symptoms. See ad on page 36.

Beauty & SkinCare ELITE SKIN SUITE

1909 Airline Dr. (Inside Premier Fitness) Metairie, LA 70001 504.452.6964

Holistic approach to skincare using certified organic products. Customized sessions that will address and correct your skin conditions and concerns in a relaxed atmosphere. Holistic approach to skincare using certified organic products. See ad on page 19.


New Orleans

Karen Boudreaux, LMT#5214, CHHC 985-276-8119

We offer a “Whole Person” Approach to Health, Wellness, Stress Reduction and Balance. Personalized massage modalities support you in Nurturing Yourself. We add result-oriented health and diet coaching, to help you reach your Goals! See ad page 16.

breathwork JACK ANTHONY FONTANA Breathing Coach 3200 Lake Villa Dr., Metairie 504-453-9161

Let me guide you through a breathing experience that can release stress, fear, suppression, anxiety and create a space of healing, acceptance and physical and emotional well being. Come Breathe, Relax and Let Go!


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.



Linda L. Strickland, BA, CHt, RM, LMT 601 Lafitte St., Mandeville 985-727-9665

Discover the difference & feel the peace through massage/bodywork, select spa services & energy work. Integrative, intuitive, customized approach. Aromatherapy at all sessions. LA 1479/E2445. See ad on page 27.



1515 Poydras St, Ste 1010, NOLA 70112 (504) 799-4260

The New Orleans Chamber supports local business development and growth through educational seminars and networking opportunities and more. In 2011 a Green Committee was formed to foster sustainable business development in the Greater New Orleans area. Check the website for the Chamber’s next networking event.

Corey Schoff, LMT #7384 CH 504-232-3322

Intuitive Healer, Massage Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Breathwork and Intuitive Counselor – assisting you with increasing your self-awareness, breaking limiting patterns and releasing “stuck” energy in a caring, effective way to bring new life to your world.

ELLEN LA ROCCA, LMT#0107 200 Mariner’s Plaza, Suite 209 Mandeville, Louisiana, 70448 985-373-6089

We offer therapeutic massage (integrating many modalities of massage), aromatherapy, meditation classes, wellness lectures, and a resource for Macrobiotics and Ayurvedics. You’ll receive the highest quality care and service – soothing your mind, body and soul. See ad on page 7.


Upscale Home Décor Boutique at economical prices. Large & small furniture, home, décor & accessories, jewelry, handbags and home party products. Shop exclusively online. Shipping available for an additional fee. Local pickup available. See ad page 14.


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4030 Canal St., New Orleans 504-482-NOLA (6652)

chiropractic/wellness CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH CENTER

Dr. Debbi Hannan 101 Clearview Pkwy. at Airline, Metairie 504-454-2000 Experience the difference! We offer total wellness care: Chiropractic, detoxification, nutrition, endermologie, DRX-9000 nonsurgical spinal decompression, cold laser, EB-Cellular Cleanser, Far Infra Red Sauna and the Ideal Protein Diet plan. See ad page 16.


128 W. Harrison Ave., New Orleans 504-488-1800

Rebuild, repair and renew your body today! Family wellness consultant, Dr. Joshua Rilette, helps alleviate aches and pains through specific chiropractic care and offers weight loss plans, cold laser therapy, nutrition, body cleansing, detoxification and orthopedics. See ad on page 37.

counseling and psychotherapy ANDREA SCHEELE, LCSW, LMFT

past andAttachment towards Psychotherapy ing relationships.� 1303 Amelia St., New Orleans


Relational Well-Being: in individuals and couples. Trauma Resolution (EMDR): loss, childhood neglect and abuse & other traumatic events. Alleviate Anxiety and Depression. Emotional Support for a Healthy Lifestyle: weight loss. See ad on page 10.

From beginning to end, our dedicated spa teams ensure your journey enhances your well-being and enlivens your spirit. Over 70 massage, facial, body and nail treatment options. Special packages and group events also available. See ad page 32.


2313 Metairie Rd., Metairie 504-338-4268

Quaint oasis in the heart of Old Metairie, with a massage therapist with over 10 years experience. Physician, Dr.Edmond Wood combines western medicine with eastern philosophy. Other services offered: Massage, Facials, Body wraps, botanical peels, Weight loss, B-12. See ad page 9.

dentist CYPRESS DENTAL, INC. 3138 McIlhenny Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70809 225-248-8400

Offering services including cosmetic dentistry, full mouth rehabilitation, minimally invasive dentistry, mercury safe environment, non-titanium implants, laser dentistry and treatment for complex conditions; obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, head, neck and facial pain and TMJ dysfunction. See ad on page 3.

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1101 Robert Blvd., Ste. A, Slidell 985-641-8058

Offering a holistic and patientcentered approach to dentistry, because we believe the health of the mouth and overall health cannot be separated. We help those we serve make decisions that are in their best interests, based on their values and goals, by providing state of the art information within a trusting relationship. See ad on page 31.

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energy psychology GAIL GILLESPIE, PH.D

Child and Adolescent Psychologist The Healing Center 2372 St. Claude 504-442-8762

Traditional approaches are combined with powerful yet gentle acupressure point stimulation (Emotional Freedom Technique) to efficiently and effectively reduce or eliminate physical and emotional pain. Family-centered and holistic treatment for mind/body/spirit healing.


PSYCH-K & Mediation 504-723-2899

A results oriented approach to growth & healing that is designed to restore balance & harmony to body, mind and emotions. Marylou also guides couples in conflict to peace through the gentle process of sacred mediation. See ad on page 12.


HOLISTIC LIFE APPROACH, LLC Karen Boudreaux, LMT#5214, CHHC 985-276-8119

We offer a “Whole Person” Approach – customized to fit YOU, Your Lifestyle! One-on-One Support, Kitchen Raids, Grocery Field Trips. We support you in reaching YOUR Goals of Health, Wellness, and Balance. See ad on page 16. 1.herbal

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GREEN OAKS APOTHECARY 2259 Carey St. Slidell, La 985-285-9215 Find us on Facebook

Handmade in Olde Towne Slidell, we offer aromatherapy and herbal remedies for the body and home that are made from organic/organically raised earth origin ingredients: absolutely NO petro-chemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, formaldehyde, or any other junk! See ad page 9.


A woman’s time is short, health a priority. BodyFusion brings training -Cardio, Strength, Flexibility -conveniently to your home. BodyFusion works within Your crowded schedule. To reserve a free individual fitness analysis call Debbie today.


Australian Bush Practitioner & Teacher 504-388-2356

Practitioner and teacher of Australian Bush Flower Essences. Many custom blended essences available, including: Detox, Calm & Clear, Stress Relief, Confidence, Cognis, Woman, Travel Ease, Adolescence, Yoga. National LMT/CEU classes available. See ad on page 48.

Health Coach EARTH GIRL HEALTH Lisa Guillot 985-231-8006

Together, we will discover the food and lifestyle choices that best support you. Making gradual, lifelong changes enables you to reach your current and future health goals. Schedule a free one-hour health consultation. See ad on page 30.


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in The Women’s Center for Healing Suzanne Harper, LMT, MHealthEd 985-892-9322 Virginia Davis, BSRN, LMT 985-400-8933

Massage Therapy, Chi Nei Tsang, Tai Chi, Continuing Ed. for LMT’s, Qigong classes & workshops. Food for Longevity & Healing workshops. Integrative Health Coaching, Mind-Body Skills Groups. Refer to Women’s Center ad on page 8.

holistic/energy healing CENTER FOR ENLIGHTENED TRANSFORMATION 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 10.


Natural Healing Specialist 504-352-6418

holistic healing Centers AFFORDABLE HEALING ARTS 2372 St. Claude Ave. 2nd Floor Upper, Ste. 220 985-467-0900

AHA! is a Community of Healing Arts Practitioners in a Healing Arts Center for the Professional Practice of Alternative, Complementary, Integrative, and Indigenous healing arts by independent practitioners in a shared space environment. See our website, contact a practitioner, make your appointment today! See ad on page 2.

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

Non-profit center with events, classes, support groups and on-site professional appointments for women, by women. Massage, health and fitness coaching, holistic and body-based psychotherapy, spiritual consultations, and more. Large room rental for women’s workshops. See ad on page 8.

Dr. Jess specializes in a type of natural healing that makes you feel more relaxed, very peaceful, and much lighter! Release anxiety, sadness, anger, guilt, pain, and all other negative feelings! Gain your inner-freedom back!


Donna Accardo 504-234-1388

Donna Accardo is a facilitator using energetic field tools and selfawareness practices to clear obstacles to your heart’s intention. Live your life with more authenticity, peace, and joy. Build the life you have been wanting. See ad page 11.

STEP’S HOLISTIC INFORMATION & REFERRAL SERVICES L.E. “Step” Stepteaux, Jr., C.Ht. 504-236-4687

Connecting People With People and Information Around The World. I enjoy helping people to reach their goals, from around the country to around the world via the Telephone & the Internet.


Coach/ Peacebuilder 504-669-1020

Works with groups and one-on-one to promote progress and peace using whole-brain processes working to prevent/resolve conflicts creatively, use emotional intelligence (EQ) skills and leadership and meditation for stress relief. See ad page 11.


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

2706 Royal St, NOLA 504-947-8787

401 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 203, Metairie 504-838-9804 Experience the difference that Homeopathic Medicine and Functional Medicine can bring to your health. The safe alternative— Less need for prescription drugs— Stimulation of your innate healing force. See ad on page 24.

Dr. Kathleen Posey, M.D. 377 Hwy 21, Ste. 101, Madisonville 985-845-4111

Our mission is to improve health and reverse chronic disease through hormonal and energetic balancing and nutrition. A practice of preventive medicine and wellness with a holistic approach to women’s gynecological and overall health. We offer a healthy medically supervised weight loss program. See ad on page 23.

PMA MEDICAL TREATMENT AND WELLNESS CENTER OF LOUISIANA Kenner and Metairie Locations 504-441-5555 PMAWellness.US

Multidisciplinary, Integrative approach to healthcare, including primary care, weight loss management, food intolerance testing, allergy testing, hormone balancing (in-house laboratory) and a vast array of aesthetic services. See ad page 11.

life coach APRIL STOLF MNLP, RYT 504-982-9642

Life, Yoga, Fashion. A unique combination of services from an NLP Master Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, and Fashion Expert to support you in becoming your best Self. Overcome obstacles, regain enthusiasm, build confidence, improve overall health, and discover your personal style. See ad on page 48.

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martial arts TAI CHI-QI GONG

Shifu King Lam 8132 Willow St., Uptown 504-866-2241

Asian Arts to improve health, fitness, personal safety, rejuvenate energy. Achieve a better mind, body and spirit. Serving New Orleans community for 35 years. See ad on page 48 and calendar for classes.

massage schools BLUE CLIFF COLLEGE Clearview Mall, Metairie 504-293-0972

Train for an exciting, new career as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Earn an Associates degree upon completion of advanced massage training. Inquire about financial aid. See calendar for information about our $30-student massage clinic. Visit our retail shop for massage supplies: Biotone & Therapro Cremes & Oils, aromatherapy products, books & more. Monthly specials! See ad on page 2.

natural baby & child ZUKABABY

2122 Magazine St., NOLA 504-596-6540

ZukaBaby specializes in cloth diapers, breastfeeding supplies, baby carriers, natural toys and locally made baby items. Hosting monthly community events: La Leche League, Babywearers Meetup, nutrition classes and Wee Hands baby sign language. See ad on page 27.

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Original supermarket offering a great selection of organic and vegetarian healthy foods, natural pet supplies, and wellness products. Sustainably integrated, providing fresh and pickled produce, free-range eggs, and aged beef fresh from the 100%™ farm. See ad page 15.

THE NUTRITION COMPANY 4350 Hwy 22, Ste H, Mandeville 985-727-3482

“Where Healthy Tastes Good.” Featuring organic juices, wheatgrass, all natural, sugar free smoothies, full service organic coffee bar. Also freshly prepared organic salads, soups, chilis, free range burgers and grilled sandwiches, wraps, paninis, vegetarian & vegan specialities. Delicious Swerve baked goods! Dine-in/take-out. Catering available. Open Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5, closed Sun. See ad on page 29.


Jeanie Leclere 504-888-4464/504-319-3665

Nourish your body with all natural, food-sourced vitamins, minerals, glyconutrients and antioxidants. Simply mix with food or beverage without affect taste. Enjoy the benefits of energy boosting with immune system-supporting nutrition


6111 Pinnacle Pkwy., Covington 985-809- 1693

An interactive gourmet specialty shop packed with international food and cooking products in alluring, Mediterranean-style surroundings. See, Smell and Taste the many flavors while enjoying an un-matched shopping experience with an international flair. See ad on page 32.

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3308 Cleary Ave., Metairie 504-888-3077

Pharmaceutical quality nutritional products, vitamins, minerals, herbs and natural hormones. Natural hormone balancing consultations. Counseling on pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals by a registered pharmacist and clinical nutritionist. Alkaline water available as well as sessions with Photon Genius. See ad on page 34.

naturopathic doctor DR. CATHERINE WILBERT, ND Phone: 985-727-3482

Nationally recognized weight loss & wellness expert, author of the book, Mending Your Metabolism. Stop treating symptoms and start getting well! Diabetes, blood sugar control, weight management, women’s health, detox, performance nutrition and more. Ask about out 12-week “Set on Success” Weight Loss to Wellness Program. End dieting forever!

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nutritionist DANIELLE PACIERA, LDN, RD, CCN 5002 Prytania St., New Orleans 504-889-8771

Cutting edge holistic nutrition services. Specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, therapeutic uses of foods, supplementation, vegetarian nutrition, women’s health, sports performance, eating disorders, depression, addiction, and more. See ad on page 22.

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KARIN NIELSEN, ND 225-229-6107

Offering non-invasive health assessments, Total Thermography, Lymphatic Therapy and many detox therapies. We have a high success rate using Homeopathic and Functional Medicine for men, women and children. Specializing in Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue. See ad on page 13.

Kelsey Foreman

All natural, vegan soaps, skin care, and other thoughtful gifts made by hand and packaged in cute and quirky designed packaging, printed on tree-less paper. Born and bred in Louisiana, based in New Orleans. See ad on page 22.

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Ann Galloway, Cert. Enneagram Teacher 985-773-2307

The Enneagram is a personality typology combining psychology and spirituality. The purpose of the Enneagram is to help us become more present, awake, and connected. Workshops/ Groups/Individual Coaching. Northshore/Southshore. See website!

professional organizer CLEAR THE CLUTTER Stasia Cymes 504-920-1800

Guiding you through the process of decluttering, downsizing & getting your home organized. This Grade A business on Angie’s List offers 3 hour sessions & free consultations. Removal of recycling & donations included! See ad on page 20.

ORGANIZED IMPRESSIONS, LLC Nadine McCoy 504-421.2569

Boost productivity and work more efficiently. Easy to maintain office organizing systems. Customize your office space with hands on approach & support designed to manage your time and paperwork. Hourly sessions & package rates available. See ad on page 22.


Reiki Master, PSYCH-K Facilitator 504-233-8555

Offering healing support for relief from mental, emotional, and physical issues; especially anxiety, depression, stress, and physical pain. Reaching for peace on all levels. Working with universal will, wisdom, love, joy, wholeness, peace, and freedom. See ad on page 48.



Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner 504-388-2356

Offering 23 years experience in Reiki – Usui Shiki Ryoho, upholding the highest standards in Reiki classes and Reiki sessions. Reiki can be a personal tool for healing and growth, a way to give energy to family and friends, or a gentle complementary therapy in holistic medicine. See ad on page 48 and calendar for classes.

FIVE DIRECTIONS WELLNESS Geryll Robinson-Dr. G. Love, DN Naprapath,Reiki Master, Shamanic Practitioner New Orleans 917-881-8507

Enter our r/Evolutionary healing space and connect to your birthright as a Universal Energetic Be-ing! We offer Usui Reiki Attunements, Community Supported Continuing Education, Spiritual/Emotional Healing, Spinal Alignment, Food/ Lifestyle Counseling, and Cross-cultural Shamanic Apprenticeships.


Usui, Karuna & Rainbow Reiki Master 3939 Houma Blvd., Bld. 3, Ste. 15 Metairie 504-909-3723

Certified & experienced Master Teacher offering sessions & classes to the Greater N.O. Area. Healing Touch, Pranic Healing, Crystal Healing, Reiki Drumming and Animal Reiki practitioner. Visit our website for full information. See ad on page 7.

retreat center DOLORES WATSON

621 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans 504-905-4090

Elegant, donation based retreat center in quaint, quiet Magnolia, MS just 1 1/2 hours from New Orleans, Baton Rouge or Jackson. Ongoing retreats in meditation and yoga. Ongoing meditation group in New Orleans. Vegetarian. Available for rental. Capacity for 40 people. See ad on page 30 and ongoing calendar.


1228 Baronne St.


2605 Ridgelake Dr., Metairie 504-529-SUN9

Since 2007, South Coast Solar has helped more than 500 clients start saving money with solar energy using best-in-class products and installation practices. 100% locally owned and operated. See ad on page 19.



The Avatar® Course is a series of experiential exercises that empowers a person to spiritually awaken as a source being. Free mini-courses on forgiveness and belief management are offered by appointment. Two-day workshops also available. Peggy Verret & Michele Beisler Licensed Avatar Masters.


Kundalini Yoga is considered to be the most comprehensive of yogas, combining meditation, physical practice and breathing exercises. All levels of experience are welcome to all classes. See ad on page 9 and calendar for events/classes.


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

Yoga, Nia and TRX workout classes offered all week; private sessions also available. 200-hr yoga teacher training starts March 2014. Sign up on our email list and receive “7 Yoga Poses for Strength” ebook FREE! See ad on page 11.


4842 Perrier St., New Orleans 504-899-0047

Gambit’s ”Best Place to Take a Yoga Class” ten years in a row. Over 40 ongoing classes per week for beginners and experienced taught by skilled teachers in a peaceful, positive atmosphere. Offering courses, workshops, retreats and concerts. See ad on page 32 and calendar for events/classes.

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

Offering full body Thermography, detects abnormalities in the earliest stages, to find underlying causes of disease as it looks at the entire body’s BEHAVIOR after being stressed. Consultations/ follow up care are offered as well. See ad on page 13.


Sue McCann, LPC-S, LMFT, LAC, RYT 504-832-4096

Insights of New Orleans, your easily accessible wellness center collaborating with each client to rejuvenate, restore, and inspire with offerings of compassionate holistic healing modalities. Metairie location.Visit our website for list of modalities. See ad on page 23.

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yoga teacher training YOGA SCHOOL, L.L.C.

603 S. Tyler St., Covington 985-893-8834 YogaSchoolCovingtonLA

Offering Yoga Alliance registered teacher training with certification at the 200 hour and 500 hour levels. Also a state licensed Yoga Therapy training program. Visit website for more information. See ad on page 25.

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