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December 2010



Awakenings Finding the Sacred In Daily Living

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’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony…” No, I’m not promoting a cola product. I’ve just always liked the tune and the image of everyone in the world standing in lovely green spaces holding hands and singing, all working in perfect accord. What an incredible spiritual experience that would be. Nature is renowned for feeding the harmonious, spiritual side of us. Whether we’re tending a home garden, hiking mountains, strolling the beach or relaxing in a city park, when we’re out in nature, we feel an inescapable sense of being part of something greater. It’s a good feeling of connection. On days when I’m working at my computer for long stretches of time, I like to take little breaks. I might attend to a minor task in the garden or simply sit amidst the plants to absorb all the good energy that surrounds me there. The sights, smells and sounds help clear my mind and create calmness within. I also like to walk in the park in a walking meditation that also serves as exercise. Being in nature is where my heart and mind feel most strongly connected with Spirit. I know it’s an experience most everyone can relate to. In this month’s feature, “Everyday Spiritual Awakenings: Finding the Sacred in Daily Living,” on page 18, Lisa Marshall explores many more ways that people are experiencing spirit-infused serenity in natural settings. We discover that a host of faith leaders are providing their congregants fresh opportunities to sink into sacred moments, whether it’s through physical activity, food, gardening or selfless service. We have to ask why it is that The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life reports that the percentage of Americans who consider themselves “spiritual but not religious” is now higher than ever. Marshall notes that extremes of the spiritual spectrum in the spotlight in recent years are producing needlessly divisive dialogue. Yet, J. Pittman McGehee, a psychology professor and co-author of The Invisible Church: Finding Spirituality Where You Are, maintains that many moderate-minded people are looking for an alternative that is neither atheistic nor fundamentalist. The charge to take care of our planet is a spirit-based activity that we all share and benefit from. This month, as we plan and shop for the holidays, let us resolve to make our choices more sustainable. Shopping locally is a good place to start and can be both adventurous and fun. In “Troves of Treats and Treasures in Olde Towne Slidell,” on page 14, Madeline Vann takes us on a tour of a charming local spot where shopping for unique gifts becomes a day of exploration and good eating. Do-it-yourselfers will appreciate “Homemade Holidays: I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas,” by Brita Belli, on page 26. I love how inspirations for making homemade gifts can transform into cherished family activities and traditions. “Eco Toy Joys”, on page 21 is perfect for eco-savvy shoppers with little ones on their list. Whatever your form of celebration this month, I wish you all a song of peace, love and joy, sung in perfect harmony.

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he Green Light District (GLD), which includes businesses in the 2000 and 2100 blocks of Magazine Street will launch this new collaboration of green-minded businesses in the Lower Garden District with a holiday event on December 9. The event, to take place from 6-9 pm, will also seek to build community awareness of environmental issues and offer consumers a “green” shopping holiday alternative. All Green Light District Member businesses will be open late and each will be offering a unique eco-celebration for the community and its customers. The event will include live music, food and drink, recycling demos, special sales, door prizes, trunk shows, and a live Green Santa. Informational tables will feature local environmental organizations such as The Green Project, Phoenix Recycling, Gulf Restoration Network, Green Light New Orleans, Global Green, New Orleans Food Cooperative and others. For the younger crowd, GLD member ZukaBaby will have a Green Santa at the store from 3 to 9 p.m. Part of the proceeds from ZukaBaby’s sales that day will be donated to the New Orleans Food Cooperative.

Holiday Home Tour “Beds to Read Inn” Supports Literacy Alliance


ed and Breakfast Inns of New Orleans and The Literacy Alliance have teamed up to provide an afternoon holiday home tour Dec. 5 along Esplanade Ridge. The event begins at 2 pm at Ashton’s Bed & Breakfast at 2023 Esplanade Ave. The tour includes entrance to HOW MANY inns for HOW MUCH and costs $20. The Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans is a non-profit that offers literacy services for adults and families, providing educational opportunities for all residents and tools for parents to help their children succeed. The bed and breakfast association is supporting the nonprofit through this event, which showcases some of the city’s most historic, unique and quiet guest rooms. For more information on the Literacy Alliance, visit; to learn about the bed and breakfast association, the website is

New Digs for Balance Yoga & Wellness in Mid-City


alance Yoga will be holding an open house Dec. 11 at its new, expanded location at 120 Cortez St., just off Canal Street near Carrollton Avenue. The new center has two large yoga studios, space for massage and ayurveda, a community lounge, kitchen and a contemplative garden in the works. The owner, Jessica Blanchard, will be joined by experienced teacher Cheryl Golich when community and balance classes start Dec. 13. AdJessica Blanchard ditional classes will be offered starting in January. The open house, where discounted class packages will be available, starts at noon with a holiday potluck lunch. For more information, visit the website at, email or call 504-234-9165.

New Year Retreat at the Abbey


nce again breathworker Jack Anthony Fontana and Paulette Lucas will offer the opportunity to get away from it all and start the New Year at the beautiful Retreat Center of St. Joseph’s Abbey near Covington. Participants will celebrate the holiday through journaling, meditation, breathwork, movement, processes and self-reflection in a relaxed format. The retreat lasts from 9 a.m. Thursday, December 30 until 3p.m. Saturday, January 1. The fee for the retreat is $385, which includes the sessions, meals, and a private room and bath, must be paid by Dec. 17 and is non-refundable. Enrollment is limited. For more information or to register, call facilitators Paulette Lucas at 320203-7928 or Jack Fontana at 504-453-9161

Make Your Own Herbal Gifts


ocal herbalists will hold a workshop on making gifts from herbs on Dec. 18 at the Uptown Holistic Center at 723 Hillary St. Jen Stovall and Rachael Reeves will teach participants how to make bath salts, lip balms, and Warming Winter syrup. The cost is $50 and each participant will take home a few handmade treats to keep or to give as gifts. Georgia-born Stovall, who sells her medicines through Big River Botanicals, teams up with North Carolina native and Southern Folk herbalist Reeves to offer this workshop, the first in their Medicine Making Series on making teas, tinctures, infused oils, and salves as well as botany and herbal basics.

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he Vintage Garden Kitchen’s healthy soups are now delivered to most zip codes in New Orleans and can be set up to arrive regularly through their new Soupscriptions. The soups, prepared from fresh and local produce, much of it from the Vintage Garden Kitchen’s own organic garden, are particularly convenient for those who are homebound. Gift Soupscriptions are also available. Deliveries have been extended to Mid-City and Lakeview (zip codes 70119 and 70124) in addition to Metairie and Uptown (zip codes 70001, 70005, 70115 and 70118). In addition to delivery and pickup, Vintage Garden Kitchen soups are also available every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sankofa Farmers Market in the Lower 9th Ward. For more information or to order some soup, call 504-837-5105 or visit the website at

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Shanti Yoga Shala Opens with Free Yoga in Audubon Park


athalie Croix will offer a free yoga class December 12 to celebrate the grand opening of her new vinyasa yoga studio, Shanti Yoga Shala. The class will take place in Audubon Park, across from Tulane University, from 10 to 11 a.m. All levels are welcome. Nathalie Croix has been studying yoga since childhood. Formally trained as a dancer from a young age, later shifting her focus to yoga practice and healing arts. After earning a degree from the University of New Orleans in journalism and kinesiology, she moved to Los Angeles where she joined YogaWorks Nathalie Croix and gained experience in studio management as well as teaching. While there she completed several teacher trainings. She counts extensive world travels, including three trips to India to deepen her understanding of yoga as part of her teacher preparation. Croix, who has made New Orleans home again, has begun offering her classes in Shanti Yoga Shala, a Vinyasa Yoga Studio housed in The Yoga Room at 4905 Freret St. in New Orleans until her new studio is ready. In her studio students will be encouraged to practice yoga at their own level, with close and individual assistance. For class information call 310-435-6098 or visit

Holiday Art Sale at TriYoga


riYoga opens the doors of its new location at 4436 Toulouse on December 11 in Mid-City with a free yoga class followed by a holiday party and craft sale, Mid-City Art Dat. Local artisans will have unique handmade arts and crafts for special holiday gifts, and there will be craft activities for children. Free Yoga will be offered in City Park from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by Art Dat from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested artists should call the office. For more information visit the website at or call the office at 504-910-7445.

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BATON ROUGE, LA – On Wednesday, Nov. 10, the Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) voted to dismiss Sierra Club’s claim that Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) failed to comply with conditions set out by the PSC in connection with its approval of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for SWEPCO’s construction of the Turk Plant in Hempstead County, Arkansas. The SWEPCO Turk Plant, a 600 MW coal-fired power plant, under construction in southwest Arkansas, plans to sell power to Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, with 85 percent of the power leaving the state. According to a press release issued by the Sierra Club, the project has exceeded construction cost estimates by more than $250 million, and the Louisiana PSC approval allows SWEPCO to earn a return on those overruns from Louisiana customers before construction is complete. Due to the high cost overruns, the Sierra Club requested the PSC examine and investigate whether the circumstances relied upon for granting the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity changed so much that the decision to construct the Turk Plant to supply power to Louisiana ratepayers is no longer in the public interest. The Commission unanimously voted to dismiss the complaint and subsequent legal proceedings. The Sierra Club has 45 days to decide if it will appeal the decision at the state court in Baton Rouge.



Growing Herbs Workshop and Herbs for Sale


“How to Grow Herbs” workshop presented by Stephen Murphy, a horticulturalist and wholesale nursery owner, will be hosted by the Latino Farmers Cooperative at the Broad Flea Marketplace on December 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. Murphy will teach his top secret tips on how to grow, transplant and prune herbs. The Broad Flea Marketplace is located at the corner of Iberville and N. Broad, New Orleans. This event is free and open to the public. Culinary herbs will be offered for sale as well. Every Friday afternoon from 2-5 pm volunteers of the Latino Farmers Cooperative will also have herbs for sale at the Armstrong Park Marketplace on the sidewalk of on North Rampart Street in front of the park. The Marketplace, located in between three neighborhoods – Faubourg Marigny, the French Quarter, and Tremé, specializes in farmer’s market products, art, and handcrafted items. At least 24 types of herbs will be available, as well as four types of lettuce, chemical free and all $2 per pot. Contact the Latino Farmers Cooperative at 504-333-3611 or

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United States Updates Rules for Green Marketing Following three public hearings, a period for public comment on the proposed document that ended December 10 and 35 months of development, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission will publish a much anticipated update to its original Green Guides. First published in 1992, the last update appeared in 1998. The guides comprise a common sense set of rules defining required substantiation and disclaimers for the explosion of evolving green claims made by marketers. Like its predecessors, the new edition will represent a helpful, if low, bar, intended to eliminate outright misrepresentations and fabrications. “The new guidelines [still] don’t really keep up with the world of sustainable business practices,” comments Joel Makower, executive editor of GreenBiz. com. Rather, they address a fraction of what companies are doing—the behind-the-scenes innovations that reduce use of water, energy and materials. While a step in the right direction, they have yet to provide, for example, guidance on reduced packaging or use of the words “sustainable” and “green.” Plus, they don’t yet address the potent eco-claims of cradle-to-cradle, biomimicry and green chemistry. Makower observes that, instead of “greenwashing,” [making false claims or leveraging words like “natural” to intentionally mislead consumers], most companies today are engaging in random acts of greenness—tweaks to their products, facilities, policies or practices, rather than undergoing systemic change. While some are seriously changing their ways, for most companies and consumers, “going green,” notes Makower, means making a series of incremental changes that over time reduce their worst environmental impacts, while perhaps also garnering some PR points.


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Human Rights Day on December 10 honors local and global activities working to initiate, strengthen and sustain the civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights and freedoms enumerated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. Such principles are considered the bedrock of peaceful and just societies. President Jimmy Carter sums up the need: “We can choose to alleviate suffering. We can choose to work together for peace. We can make these changes—and we must.” The United Nations Human Rights Council, created in 2006, comprises 47 member states responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world. The protection of fundamental human rights was a cornerstone in the establishment of the United States and remains a central goal of U.S. foreign policy. This country understands that the existence of human rights helps to secure peace, deter aggression, promote rule of law, combat crime and corruption, strengthen democracies and prevent humanitarian crises. In 2048: Humanity’s Agreement to Live Together, author Kirk Boyd maintains that “Peace and prosperity can be attained through the realization of five basic fundamental freedoms for all people: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, freedom for the environment and freedom from fear.” These establish a framework within which other necessary rights can flourish. “That struggle,” declared Robert F. Kennedy, “…will be won by action, by those who commit their every resource of mind and body to the education and improvement and help of their fellow person.” Take action at, and

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America’s White House Goes Solar President Obama has announced the installation of solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the roof of his White House residence as part of a Department of Energy demonstration project. Interestingly, the move comes after Founder Bill McKibben carted solar panels to Washington, D.C., in October, as part of his grassroots movement’s 10/10/10 Global Work Party on curbing climate change. The Washington Post reports that the panels were some of the same ones that were donated to Unity College in the 1990s after President Reagan had them removed from the White House and let federal renewable energy subsidies expire. President Carter had the original solar equipment installed in 1979, saying “A generation from now, this solar heater [behind me] can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken, or it can be just a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people.” Remarks McKibben: “If it has anything like the effect of the White House garden, it could be a trigger for a wave of solar installations across the country and around the world.”

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he best gift of all can be as simple as an act of kindness, generosity and cooperation. Even better, we hope that our good acts may spread. Now, a study published in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides the first laboratory evidence that kind behavior is indeed contagious and that it spreads from person to person. In short, the researchers found that when just a few people benefit from kindness, they pay it forward by helping others who were not originally involved. This cascade of cooperation can influence many known and unknown participants in a broadening social network. Here’s how researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and Harvard University illustrated the principle: When one person gave money to help others in a public-goods game where people had the opportunity to cooperate, the recipients were more likely to give away their own money to other people in subsequent games. This type of behavior created a domino effect, in which one person’s generosity spread first to three people, then to nine and then to others in subsequent waves of the experiment. Better yet, the effect of being part of such a kindness circle persists, observes James Fowler, associate professor at UCSD, who co-led the study, observing, “You don’t go back to being your old selfish self.”





It’s true that as we go through life thinking heavy thoughts, thought particles tend to get caught between the ears and cause a condition called “truth decay.” So use mental floss twice a day, and when you’re tempted to practice “tantrum yoga,” remember what we teach in the Swami’s Absurdiveness Training Class: Don’t get even, get odd.

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Be a FUNdamentalist—make sure the Fun always comes before the Mental. Realize that life is a situation comedy that will never be canceled. A laugh track has been provided, and the reason we are put in the material world is to get more material. Have a good “laughsitive” twice a day to ensure regularhilarity.


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The most powerful tool on the planet today is Tell-a-Vision, in which I tell a vision to you and you tell a vision to me. That way, if we don’t like the programming we’re getting, we can change the channel.


Life is like photography—you use the negative to develop. No matter what adversity you face, be reassured: The Universe has us surrounded. Might as well surrender.

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December 2010


A Trove of Treasures and Treats in Olde Towne Slidell by Madeline Vann

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day of unique, tax-free shopping and savory eating awaits holiday shoppers just East of New Orleans across Lake Ponchartrain. Slidell’s quaint Olde Towne offers plenty of shopping, playing, and eating activities to kick off the holiday season. “People who come to Slidell for their holiday shopping are going to find a lot of personable service,” says Kim Bergeron, director of cultural and public affairs for the City of Slidell. “They’ll find lots of unique items that they won’t find anywhere else. And with Olde Towne Slidell being a Cultural District, original works of art are tax exempt.” Slidell received the Cultural District certification from the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism in 2008. That means that the fine art, hand made jewelry, pottery, garden and home décor, and other original works of art found throughout Olde Towne are tax-exempt. “What I love about Olde Towne is that every shop has many different types of items. It’s a nice alternative to things you buy at larger stores,” says Bergeron, who points out that there are items to fit every budget. Olde Towne Slidell may be best known for the antique street fairs held twice a year. However, mixed in with the antique stores, visitors to the city will find other intriguing shopping opportunities, such as Carolynn’s Wonderland, a

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One of Slidell’s treasured winter holiday customs is an annual miniature train display. Dubuisson Gallery, 300 Robert St. The gallery ( is hosting the city’s miniature train and village,” says Bergeron. The gallery will also be hosting workshops and classes for children throughout the season. Who Dat Shoppe, 311 Robert After a visit to the Dubuisson Gallery, purchase National Football League and college football gear and gifts at the Who Dat Shoppe. Palmetto’s, 1901 Bayou Lane Tacos & Beer, 2142 First Street KY’s Olde Towne Bicycle Shop, 2267 Carey Street Plan on dinner at Palmetto’s (www.palmettosonthebayou. net). Set back along the shady, beautiful banks of Bayou Bonfouca, this restaurant features Louisiana favorites like trout almondine and gumbo as well as chicken and steak. Tasty dinner (or lunch) alternatives can be found at Tacos & Beer or KY’s Olde Towne Bicycle Shop ( In the evening, enjoy Olde Towne as it lights up with Christmas lights strung on lampposts and trees.

Getting to Slidell Coming from New Orleans, take I10 East to Highway 11. Take the Highway 11 bridge over the lake. Stay on 11 to go right into Olde Towne Slidell. From Mandeville and Covington, take I12 East and get off at the Highway 11 exit. Take 11 to Olde Towne. Madeline Vann is a free-lance writer living in Slidell, Louisiana. She may be reached at

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ucked away in industrial Elmwood Park, along a row of cookie-cutter warehouses, shelves and hangers display former movie stars of a sort – they all plan to make a comeback one day. Thanks to Lonnie Schaffer, the owner of Strike It Green, all of these props, costumes and set pieces will have another chance to hit the big screen. She created a company that recycles film sets and props to keep them from crowding Louisiana’s landfills, but she recently found out that if movies rent their set pieces, they get a tax credit. So she is now in demand. The spunky native of London, who sports short curly locks and a skip in her step, showed off her wares on a recent afternoon, all the while recounting the behind the scenes stories the plush chairs, the rocking horse and the craps table brought to mind. It is an understatement to say she enjoys her work, which was just an idea in the spring of 2007 when she was hanging around the set of the movie in which her kids were extras, Robosapian. When she found out that the set was to be destroyed, she asked the producer if he would allow her to salvage all the metal and flats


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sunrise jog, a home-cooked meal with a friend, the smell of moist soil in a freshly tilled garden, a smile from a stranger on the subway… Most would agree that such Earthly experiences can give us something to look forward to or add a spark to an otherwise ordinary day. But to an increasing number of people these experiences are nothing short of spiritual opportunities—a chance to tap into the Divine, beyond the walls of any synagogue or cathedral. “For a long time, there was an idea that there was only one way to do ministry, and that was within the church walls,” says Barbara Brown Taylor, author of An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith. “But there is an explosion of spirit going on right now, and people are experimenting with other ways to serve and seek that go way beyond that definition.” Taylor, an Episcopal minister, left a


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who say they are not affiliated with 15-year stint as a parish preacher for life any particular faith has grown to 16.1 as an organic farmer and professor of spirituality at Columbia Theological Semi- percent, twice what it was 20 years ago. Among adults under age 30, one-quarter nary, in Decatur, Georgia. She is among say they are unaffiliated. Meanwhile, 92 a host of faith leaders who have moved beyond the confines of the altar to shine a percent of Americans believe in God or light on the sacred nature of the outdoors, a “universal spirit,” three-quarters pray physical activity, food, gardening and and two in five meditate. even mundane workaday tasks. With the recent publication of such The proliferation of such unconatheist tomes as Richard Dawkins’ The ventional sacred practices comes at God Delusion, and the meteoric rise a time when the number of Americans Looking for more energy... who identify with one religion is dwindling, focus...clarity? while those who consider themselves Non-Invasive Environmental & Food Sensitivity Screenings “spiritual, but not Hair, Saliva & Blood Spot Hormone Screenings Northshore Office Hours: religious” is at an allHerbal & Homeopathic Products with NO SIDE EFFECTS Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. time high. Southshore Office Hours: According to Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, After-hours appointments available. 504-347-0377 • 985-845-1703 the number of adults

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“We are rediscovering food as a link between us and God,” says L. Shannon Jung, professor at Saint Paul School of Theology… adding that many of his students have gone on to start congregation community gardening programs in churchyards.

For 58-year-old Warren Kay, Ph.D., a track coach and religious studies professor at Merrimack College, in Boston, the act of running represents a moveable sanctuary where mental clutter falls away and time seems to bend to allow him to connect with himself and his higher power. Kay, author of Running: The Sacred Art, believes that, “Running is the new yoga,” and notes that spiritual traditions have embraced running as a sacred vessel for centuries. In the village of Mount Hiei, Japan, members of a small Buddhist sect, known as the Marathon Monks, engage in a grueling, seven-year challenge in which seekers run as many as 50 miles a day in 100-day blocks in pursuit of enlightenment. In Tibet, the Lung-gom-pa runners use multi-day running journeys as their meditative practice. In Copper Canyon, Mexico, 50-mile barefoot races across the rugged desert comprise an integral part of the Tarahumara Indians’ spiritual fabric. For Kay’s sought-after class, The Spirituality of Running, students read scripture from the religious tradition of their choice, and then go for a run, using the time to reflect on what they read. Or, they run first, and then come back to journal their thoughts. Across the country, at the Shambhala Mountain Center, in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, 51-year-old Marty Kibiloski, an Ironman veteran, combines Buddhist teachings with trail runs during a three-day running meditation retreat. “What we are trying to show is that you can overlay the practice of meditation onto so many aspects of your life, not just sitting on a cushion,” says Kibiloski. He once lived what he called, “… a high achievement, low satisfaction life,” as a competitive marathoner, but has evolved a less competitive, more thoughtful pace in both his running and personal life. Whether running for miles or walking from the car to the grocery store, simply focusing on your cadence and your breath and being mindful of where your thoughts take you can illuminate great things, he says. “Once you start really paying attention, you will be amazed at all that you’ve been missing.”

Delicious and Divine L. Shannon Jung, a professor at Saint Paul School of Theology, in Kansas City, Missouri, says he sees the burgeoning local food movement and surge in backyard gardening as welcome signs that people are rediscovering the heavenly roots of Earthly bounty.


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“We are rediscovering food as a link between us and God,” he says, adding that many of his students have gone on to start congregational community gardening programs in churchyards. “When you watch a tiny green bud of spinach break through the surface of the soil, it really reminds you of our dependence upon things far beyond us.” Meanwhile, in Liverpool, England, members of the Somewhere Else “bread church” meet twice a week to bake bread and talk about life as they wait for it to rise, the comforting smell filling the kitchen. Half of the bread, the staff of life, feeds the homeless. To McGehee, the mere act of eating can be a reminder of what a divine wonder our own body is, as it stimulates every sense: the smell of an orange, the sound as we bite into it and its texture on our tongue. But when a meal is prepared lovingly and shared with a friend, it becomes even more sacred. “If you buy a sandwich at the drive-up, you are probably just fueling your body,” he comments. “But if you invite someone you care about to sit down with you for a sandwich, it can become a transcendent experience.”

Attend to Community Taylor, whose acclaimed book, Leaving Church, recounts her parting with parish ministry in 1996, finds that some of her greatest moments of spiritual connectedness now come while digging her hands into the soil to find potatoes, bringing water to her chickens or sowing seeds. But she still believes that the traditional, walled church plays an important role, in that it brings us together physically. “My worry is that in a culture that is individualistic and busy, if we aren’t careful, we might end up alone, with no one to talk to about the things that matter most to us,” says Taylor. She encourages everyone to make time for community—whether it is at church on Sunday, a running group, book club or something else—wherever one’s spiritual life resides. Most importantly, adds Korngold, pay attention to the moment: “The point that is often overlooked in the story of Moses and the burning bush is that he was busy tending his father-in-law’s flock, when he saw a bush out of the corner of his eye that was burning, but not consumed by flame. It was only when he stopped what he was doing, turned aside and paid attention that God spoke to him. “If that were to have happened today, Moses’ cell phone probably would have gone off and he may have missed it altogether.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance writer and mother of four whose spiritual life resides along the running trails of Colorado’s mountains. Connect at


Spotting Earth-Friendly Gift Ideas for Kids by Brita Belli

If we resist the urge to charge over to the nearest big-box store to load up on the latest plastic marketing ploys, we’ll likely find more satisfaction in picking toys that will create less of an environmental impact—and more of a personal one. It’s easy to look for the following five eco-friendly attributes. SOLAR POWERED. Nearly any toy with batteries and a motor can operate with simple sun power instead. Solar versions of traditional toys range from racing cars and quivering grasshoppers to bullet trains that kids build from snap-together parts (Google by type of toy). Solarpowered toys teach kids the benefits of renewable energy, which unlike those with batteries, require no additional cost and produce no battery waste. BUILT TO LAST. Many toys today are flimsy, cheaply made and even downright toxic. The organization behind tests thousands of products each year to help families steer clear of the worst toxins in many common toys—including lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury. High-quality toys don’t have to come from a toy store. Check out yard and tag sales, as well as local craft fairs, for well-constructed toys, from rocking horses and toy chests to bikes, dollhouses and kid collectibles. Or look

for new toys made from sustainable materials, like the handmade hardwood sleds, toboggans and wagons made by Mountain Boy Sledworks. DO-IT-YOURSELF. Craft kits allow a child to make a toy that incorporates his or her own creative vision, all the better when the parts are made of sustainable materials. Artterro offers a collection of eco-friendly craft kits, from jewelry and dolls to garden art and bubble wands. Materials include post-consumer waste paper from India; hand-dyed fabrics, wool felt and glass and wooden beads. The San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design sells a bird cafe that encourages kids to explore nature in their backyards once the craft is complete. Any of these is easily found online, searching by name. Of course, making our own craft kits can be as easy as cutting spare fabric, adding buttons, beads and other found mementos. Assemble all the pieces in a fun container and let kids’ imaginations fly. ALTERNATIVES TO PLASTIC. Plastic toys are everywhere, and when it comes to softer plastic toys like rubber duckies, teethers and bath books, they may actually pose a health hazard to growing kids. Such toys often contain phthalates, chemicals that studies

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We have good news for anyone in search of a nifty gift for a furry or feathered family member. Whether the occasion is a holiday, birthday or animal appreciation day, there is a “green” pet gift to celebrate it. The mantra of reduce, reuse and recycle is now present in the pet industry, providing many more eco-friendly options.


t this year’s 2010 Global Pet Expo, buyers attending the annual pet industry gathering were abuzz about a new exhibit area called Natural Pets. “Natural products are expanding the industry. When you have a new trend for humans, this appeals to the pet industry, as well,” observes Steven King, president of the Pet Industry Distributors Association. Just this year, Americans will have spent an estimated $47 billion on pet products and services, according to the American Pet Products Association.


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Categories include food, pet supplies, over-the-counter medicines and vet care services and products, many of them incorporating natural materials. The industry reports that, on average, pet owners annually spend $40 per dog and $19 per cat on toys alone. One more fur-raising fact: American Pet Association statistics reveal that of the nation’s 140 million household cats and dogs, 31 million dogs and 39 million cats will have presents waiting for them under the tree on Christmas morning. Also, people will celebrate the birthdays of as many as 13.5 million

The Humane Society of America believes that wise use of toys, combined with regular playtime, contributes to the health and happiness of cats of all ages. Play satisfies their instinctual hunting drive, develops mental and physical agility and provides bonding time with their humans. The society recommends cat toys that offer variety: one to carry, one to wrestle with, one to roll and one to “baby.” What is right for your cat? Pet store professionals know which products customers purchase and enjoy. As Castaneda remarks, “Cats are so creative and independent they can have fun with ping-pong balls, cardboard toilet paper rolls and plastic shower rings. Just make sure that what they play with cannot be eaten or harm them.” Of course, the whole family can enjoy creating original cat toys using a bit of imagination, along with organic cotton, natural ingredients and a needle and thread. Just follow the same rules of thumb for homemade playthings to keep the animals safe.

Canine Wisdom Dogs need toys to fight boredom when left alone for any length of time, according to the Humane Society. They also recommend four types of toys for

dogs: at least one to carry, one to shake, one to roll and one to “baby,” for play and to release stress. Many dog toys should be interactive, to increase time with people. By focusing on a specific task—such as repeatedly returning a ball or playing hide-and-seek with treats or toys—dogs can take advantage of the opportunity to expend pent-up mental and physical energy. Healthy and organic presents for pets are now widely available in neigh-

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HOLIDAYS I’m Dreaming of a GREEN Christmas…

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local nursery made a vivid impression on her as a child. “My parents would get the tree with the roots still very much alive in the burlap bag of dirt,” recalls Devine, who was raised in Connecticut. “We’d put the tree in a big galvanized tub and just wrap it with a white sheet; then, when Christmas was over, we’d plant the tree somewhere in the four-acre yard.” That appreciation for the vibrant details of the holidays lives on. Now, this mother of three takes a homemade, family-oriented approach to her young family’s annual celebration. Last year, they all wrapped recycled glass jars with colored tissue paper as tea lights and pencil holders for adults and made homemade play dough for the kids’ friends. They also baked together and made decorations for the house and tree. “It’s one thing to teach kids about being responsible adults and good stewards of this planet, but when we spend time together learning how to do it, it’s so much more meaningful,” Devine remarks. “When the kids enjoy learning about something and it involves love, it will become important to them.”

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to love: being with loved ones in the kitchen, measuring flour, rolling dough and cutting cookies; happily sitting around a table, pasting, stamping and glittering; decorating a tree that magically transforms with each addition; and the scents of cookies, candles and cinnamon-dotted wreaths.

Evergreen Centerpieced Elevating the holiday atmosphere starts with the tree—the centerpiece of holiday celebrations, which too often resembles a department store version these days. Erin Devine, of Portland, Oregon, remembers how her parents’ tradition of buying a living Christmas tree from a

Those who are not naturally crafty will find lots of resources for creating beautiful and personal Christmas keepsakes online, as well as on bookstore and library shelves. Many publications offer ideas for decorating the branches of your living—or not-so-living—tree, using household objects that would otherwise be discarded. Yoga teacher and holistic lifestyle expert Anna Getty went so far as to write I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas, a book that’s all about using less, spending less and enjoying family time more. She details a whole new perspective: how to turn recycled chandelier gems into Christmas tree icicles; eggshells and teabags into vintage-style ornaments; and old sweaters into festive wreaths.

Waste Not, Want Not Such simple pleasures can make a major environmental impact. During the holidays, household waste generally increases by 25 percent—an extra

1 million tons of garbage across the country—according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Holiday craft projects can transform much of this “waste” by making the most of its decorative potential. Shellie Wilson, the founder of Craftbits. com, a site that provides thousands of free, do-it-yourself craft ideas, says she and her mother Rita are craft hoarders. “We never throw anything out that we think can be turned into something wonderful,” comments Wilson. Her favorites include a T-shirt pillow that maintains the shirt’s shape and a nosew baby overalls purse, using glue in place of thread. is the kind of user-submitted, DIY, bake it, fix it and tweak it website that invites hours of surfing. Developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it has become a massive platform for idea sharing, including a page called “Have a DIY Christmas!” that organizes ideas by category. Options range from origami ball decorations and a homemade book clock to gift boxes and tags made from cereal boxes and junk mail. “With the state of the economy lately, people are looking for more ways to stretch their budgets and repurpose used objects,” remarks Sarah James, editor of Instructables’ Living and Food website sections. Along with the benefits of minimizing waste, spending less money and reclaiming quality time with loved ones, making our own gifts and decora-

tions is also fun. The process of discovering, attempting and creating can help unlock our inner artist at any age.

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Really Good Raw Desserts Over indulging in sweets during the winter festivities can produce unwanted weight gain and a general feeling of sluggishness—a notso-wonderful gift for anyone. But adding a raw food dessert to our holiday repertoire could introduce a new, healthier tradition to holiday occasions that’s welcomed by everyone. by Judith Fertig


raw dessert no longer means only a simple piece of fruit or a handful of nuts. While a traditional holiday story conjures sleeping children with “visions of sugarplums” dancing in their heads, the dreams of raw dessert chefs more likely spring from Medjool dates, cacao nibs and exotic fruits. That’s because raw desserts are made from uncooked, minimally processed and generally plant-based foods. Raw foods aficionados say they are usually first attracted to this type of food preparation because the recipes do not contain wheat, refined sugar, eggs or dairy products, which eliminates the need to work around food sensitivities. Plus, they feel better after they’ve eaten a raw foods dessert, which might feature nuts, fresh and dried fruits, agave nectar and/or chocolate. When these raw foods are ground or puréed in a food processor or blender, they contribute mightily to dessert crusts, fillings, sauces and frostings to grace tarts, cakes, cookies, puddings and ice creams—all of which can be made without cooking. Sometimes, dessert recipes call for using a dehydrator, a simple appliance that dries foods slowly at around 112° to 118° F, to avoid the enzyme changes that occur when foods are cooked at higher temperatures. The dehydrator yields a charac-


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teristic that raw foods enthusiast Nathalie Lussier describes as “...a warm, chewy, comfort food feeling, so that you can make cookies that come out slightly warm from the dehydrator.” With raw desserts, “You really can have your cake and eat it too, because the recipes are packed with nutrients and fiber,” advises raw desserts chef Heather Pace, the author of four raw dessert e-books, including Just Desserts and Raw Party Parfait. Most raw foods desserts, like most exceptional sweets, involve several steps to make each part. “While at first glance, a raw dessert might appear to be complicated and time-consuming,” notes Pace, “it’s really very simple. Each component can be thrown together quickly and easily and can be made ahead.” The benefits of raw desserts extend beyond the simply nutritional, affirm devoted adherents. Rose Lee Calabro, author of Living in the Raw and Living in the Raw Desserts, had experienced a host of personal health issues that virtually disappeared when she began to eat a mainly raw foods diet a decade ago. But more than that, she says, “Eating raw foods has contributed to a career change and a dramatic shift in my life.” According to eco-lifestylist and raw foods author Ani Phyo, “Eating more organic, fresh, whole foods helps us maintain an ideal weight, lowers cholesterol, boosts the immune system and helps us look and feel our best.” But for her, as well, raw foods are more than a diet. She remarks, “It affects the way I live and interact with planet Earth and all other living beings.” Phyo is the author of Ani’s Raw Food Essentials, Ani’s Raw Food Desserts and Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen. Lussier agrees all the way around. “I believe raw foods can heal you on a physical, emotional and spiritual level,” she comments, because like many others, “I’ve personally experienced it myself.” Judith Fertig is a freelance writer in Overland Park, KS; for more information visit

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Incredibly Decadent Chocolate Cake This recipe from Rose Lee Calabro’s Living in the Raw Desserts gets its body from almonds, its sweetness from dates and agave nectar, and its scrumptious chocolateyness from cacao nibs—all available at better grocery or health food stores. Plan ahead several days to allow time to soak and then dehydrate the almonds. Makes 8 to 10 servings For the cake: 2 cups almonds; soak for 12 to 48 hours, then dehydrate for 18 hours 2 cups pitted Medjool dates 1 /3 cup raw almond butter ¼ cup raw cacao nibs, ground super fine; or cacao powder ¼ cup agave nectar 2 tsp vanilla extract For the filling: 2 large ripe bananas, thinly sliced For the frosting: 1 ripe avocado 1 ripe banana 5 pitted Medjool dates ½ cup water 1 /3 cup pine nuts; soak in water 1 hour, then drain 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs, ground super fine; or cacao powder 1 tsp vanilla extract

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Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:30pm (Also 12/6, 12/8, 12/13, 12/15). 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, 3200 Cleary Ave., Metairie. $30. By appt. only: 504-456-3141, ext. 2248. Milk Party! – 7pm. Milk Party takes place first Wednesday each month for anyone nursing or interested in breastfeeding. Join for mother to mother support. No registration required, babies welcome. ZukaBaby, 2124 Magazine St, NOLA. Info 504596-6540 or


Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:30pm (Also 12/7, 12/9, 12/14, 12/16). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Neuromuscular Therapy is area specific and re-educates the body. Blue Cliff College, 3200 Cleary Ave., Metairie. $30. By appt. only: 504-4563141, ext. 2248.


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Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 9:15am/10:30am & 1:15pm (Also 12/10, 12/17, 12/22). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Neuromuscular Therapy is area specific and reeducates the body. Blue Cliff College, 3200 Cleary Ave., Metairie. $30. By appt. only: 504-456-3141, ext. 2248. Wild & Free Lotus Flow & Kirtan Benefit Class – 7-9pm w/Dana Flynn, founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga. Holy Angels Chapel, 3500 Saint Claude Ave., New Orleans. $20/suggested donation. 504-8990047;

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Thai Massage Classes – 9am-4pm (12/4 – 12/5) w/Kendra Benoit. Learn Traditional Thai Massage consisting of deep muscle compression, joint mobilization, energy work, acupressure and assisted gentle flowing movements similar to yoga. 12 CE credits for LMTs. $250. Info/registration: 504-723-3065. Intro to Cloth Diapering for Dad – 9am. This class covers all the basics of modern day cloth diapering, all the new styles of diapers, pros and cons and how to care for them. Taught by the owner of ZukaBaby and her husband and for this special Dad class. Registration is required: call 504-596-6540 or

Paint and E-waste Drop-Off – 10am-2pm. The Green Project will recycle old paint and electronic waste (computers only). Drop at Arabella Station, Whole Foods Market. The Green Project’s tent will be at the corner of Magazine & Joseph Streets in good weather, and inside near the massage table in bad weather. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (12/4 – 12/5) 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. Call for times. Day/night schedule available. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-388-2356;

Freret Street Market – 12noon-5pm. Lively market with over 90 vendors, great food items, dog adoption, children’s play area and music. 4400 Freret St., New Orleans. More info:

Lotus Flow Teacher Intensive – 2-7pm w/Dana Flynn, founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga. Dive deeper into creativity as Dana guides this ecstatic practice. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St., New Orleans. $75. 504-899-0047;


Lotus Flow Revival Yoga Workshop – 9-11am w/ Dana Flynn founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St., New Orleans. $25. For more info: 504-899-0047;

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Beds to Read Inn – 2pm. Enjoy an afternoon holiday tour of historic homes and support the great cause of literacy. Tour begins at Ashton’s Bed & Breakfast, 2023 Esplanade Ave. $20. For more info: Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans, 504-864-7077. Chanukah at Riverwalk – 4-6pm. The annual menorah lighting ceremony and celebration hosted by Chabad-Lubavitch of Louisiana at Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza featuring traditional Israeli music, food, and a 12-foot menorah lighting ceremony. 504-522-1555.

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First Degree Reiki Class – (12/7, 12/8, 12/9) 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. Call for times. Day/ night schedule available. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration/times: 504-388-2356; Tai Chi Class Registration – Give the gift of health and wellness; reduce stress, relieve pain and rejuvenate energy. New class starts January 11, 10:30-11:30am. King Lam’s Tamashii Karate and Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St., Uptown. $170/8 wks. 504-866-2241; kinglamtaichi-karate. com.

New Orleans Holiday History – 1:30-3:30pm w/ Author John Magill. Learn how New Orleanians celebrate the season with a unique joie de vivre! Enjoy a traditional tea, a glass of champagne, a selection of scones/pastries/homemade lemon curd, and finger sandwiches. Reservations required. Longvue House and Garden. $25/members; $30/ nonmembers.504-488-5488 ext. 333.

Healing Drumming Workshop – 7pm w/Michele Claiborne, Today’s Medicine Woman. This is not a drumming lesson but a healing experience. Bring a drum if you have one; extras available. Addison St., Old Jefferson. $10. 504-330-8380. Jung Society Christmas Party – 7:30pm. Come join in for fun and refreshments at the annual holiday party. Entertainment provided by Irish singer Mary Flynn. Sponsored by C. G. Jung Society of New Orleans. Parker Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave., New Orleans. $10; free for members.


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Free Community Yoga – 8-9pm. Yoga Sadhana w/ Nathalie Croix. Meditation & yoga sutras study. Free. Must Pre-register. Call 310-435-6098 or


Holiday Teas – 1:30-3:30pm (Also 12/14, 12/16, 12/21, 12/23, 12/28 & 12/30). Come celebrate the season, tour the house, toast the holidays w/complimentary glass of champagne, savor tea with friends, enjoy seasonal sounds, and find the perfect gift at The Shop at Longue Vue. Cost: $30/members; $35/ nonmembers.504-488-5488, ext. 339.

Green Santa at ZukaBaby – 3-9pm. For the Green Light District launch, Zukababy will have a “Green Santa” at the store. Bring the small ones to visit Santa. A portion of sales this day will be donated to the New Orleans Food Coop. 2124 Magazine St, NOLA. Info: 5-4596-6540. www. Green Light District Launch Event – 6-9pm. NOLA’s first Green Light District in the 20002100 blocks of Magazine St will host an evening of music, food and drink, recycling demos, special sales, door prizes, trunk showings and a live Green Santa. Shops will be open late for “green” shopping. Info: 504-920-2525.


Usui Reiki Classes-Level I & II – (12-10 & 1211). An intensive two-day class of Level I and II taught by Reiki Master Tianne D. Lastra. Learn Reiki for self, others and long distance, history of Reiki, ethics/legalitiesof practice and more. Metairie location. To register call 504-909-3723 or visit www. Christmas Under the Stars – 6-9pm (Also 12/11, 12/17 & 12/18). A magical holiday celebration featuring live entertainment from community groups, storytelling, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and

beautifully decorated community Christmas trees. Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Lane, Slidell. Free. 985-646-4375.


Intro to Cloth Diapering – 9am. (also 12/18). This class covers all the basics of modern day cloth diapering, all the new styles of diapers, pros and cons and how to care for them. Taught by the owner of ZukaBaby. 10% off cloth diapers on class day for attendees. Registration required: call 504-596-6540 or Free TriYoga Class – 9-10am. Preceeds holiday art sale at new TriYoga Center. Yoga takes place in City Park, New Orleans. 504-910-7445; www.

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MidCity Art Dat Holiday Art Sale – 10am-4pm. Local artisans bring their unique handmade arts and crafts for special holiday gifts, craft activity for kids. 4436 Toulouse St, NOLA. Info: 504-910-7445 or

Holiday Home Tour – 10am-4pm (12/11 & 12/12). Tour 7 stunning homes in the historic Garden District, plus the beautiful Opera Guild Home. Boutique from 9:30am-4:30pm and live music at each home. Sponsored by PRC of New Orleans. Tickets $40 day of/$35 in advance/$30 PRC members. 504-581-7032 or

Paint and E-waste Drop-Off at Broad Flea – 11am-4pm. The Green Project will recycle old paint and electronic waste (computers only). Drop off at North Broad and Bienville. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (12/11 – 12/12) 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. Call for times. Day/ night schedule available. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-388-2356; NoLaReiki. com.

Free How to Grow Herbs Workshop – 1-2pm. Latino Farmers Coop hosts workshop presented by Stephen Murphy. Learn to grow, transplant and prune herbs. Free to public. Latino Farmers Coop will be there selling a huge variety of fresh culinary herbs. Broad Flea Marketplace, corner Iberville and N. Broad. Info: 504-333-3611 or

Holiday Tea with Santa – 1:30-3:30pm. Families invited to celebrate the season at Longue Vue House and Gardens with songs, stories, crafts, and photos

with Santa. Toast the holiday with a complimentary glass of bubbly cheer, served with hot chocolate, cookies, sandwiches, and tea. Seating limited, reservations required. 504488-5488, ext. 333.

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Theosophical Society Covington Lodge – 2-4pm. Focus of study is Mabel Collins’, Light on the Path. Free. 2101 N. Hwy 190, Rm. 200, Covington.

5K Run & Yoga – 3pm w/ Kendall & Michelle. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St., New Orleans. $35 or $30/by 12/8. 504-899-0047; Treme Creole Gumbo Festival – 12/11 & 12/12. Food, music and holiday fun. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 North Rampart. Free and open to the public. For hours: tremegumbofest. com.


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Free Yoga Class/Grand Opening of Shanti Yoga Shala – 10-11am. Nathalie Croix celebrates the opening of Shanti Yoga Shala, her new vinyasa yoga studio. All levels welcome. Location is Audubon Park across from Tulane University. For class information call 310435-6098 or visit www.

Holiday Home Tour – 10am-4pm. (12/11 & 12/12) Tour 7 stunning homes in the historic Garden District, plus the beautiful Opera Guild Home. Learn history/architecture. Includes boutique from 9:30am-4:30pm and live music at each home. Sponsored by PRC of New Orleans. Tickets $40 day of/$35 in advance/$30 PRC members. Tickets at 504581-7032 or


Second Degree Reiki Class – Time TBA w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Oku Den (The Deeper Knowledge) is available for Reiki students with 6 months experience in Usui Shiki Ryoho. For private classes and residential retreat information call 504-388-2356 or

lygrove Market & Farm, 8301 Olive St. New Orleans. Pick up a $25 box filled with locally-grown, fresh produce while you are there!

Handmade Herbal Gifts – 2:30-5:30pm. Jen Stovall & Rachael Reeves teach about creating lovely herbal gifts. Each participant takes home lots of great gifts too! Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary St. $50. Register early/space limited. Info/ registration: 706-255-9607.


Christmas Concert – 5pm. Annual St. Louis Cathedral-Basilica Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert at St. Louis Cathedral, 615 Pere Antoine Alley. Free. Concert is followed by caroling in Jackson Square. Caroling in Jackson Square – 7pm (gates open 6:30pm). Sponsored by Patio Planters; a tradition since 1946. Free and open to public. Patioplanters. org.


Chi Kung Meditation/Breathing Workshop Registration – Develop new internal energy (Chi) to improve health and well-being. Create calm, centered and focused mental attitude to carry the self through any stressful situation. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown. Class held 1/15, 9:30-10:30am. Free. Reserve by 1/13. 504-866-2241


Chen Style Tai Chi Class Registration – Reduce stress, relieve pain and rejuvenate energy. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown. $170/8wks. Class starts January 11, 7-8pm. 504866-2241;

LaLeche League of Jefferson – 10-11am. Support and information for breastfeeding moms meets the third Tuesday of the month. East Jefferson General Hospital, 1st floor conference rooms – Dreyfous 2, Metairie. Breastfeeding information line: 504-4415554 or 504-431-8146.


New Year Retreat – (12/30 to 01/01) Annual New Year Retreat with Jack Fontana and Paulette Lucas as facilitators. Journaling, meditation, breathwork, movement, processes and self-reflection will be available in relaxed format. $385 non-refundable, must pay by 12/17. After that call for availability. Includes sessions, meals, private room w/bath at St. Joseph’s Abbey outside Covington. To register Paulette 320-203-7928 or Jack 504-453-9161.


New Year’s Eve Celebration – 9:30am-2:30pm. Make a countdown clock and noisemakers, learn “Happy New Year” in five languages, and anticipate the big balloon drop at noon. Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St. $8 per person. 504-5860725;


Paint and E-waste DropOff at Hollygrove Market – 10am-2pm. Drop off old paint and electronic waste (computers only) to the Hol-

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

sunday Daily Kundalini yoga – 9am. Kundalini yoga class offered daily by donation. Divine Kundalini Yoga, 1223 Baronne St., New Orleans. 866-989-3626. www. 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. Spiritual discussion group 12:30pm. Please join us for movie matinee on last Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. 3939–B Veterans Blvd, Metairie. Visit: unitychurchofmetairie. org or call 504-885-7575. Community Yoga Class – 4-5:15pm. Taught by Nathalie Croix- All Levels - every Sunday $5. Shanti Yoga Shala. Uptown New Orleans, 310-435-6098 or, Relax Deeply-Yoga Restoratives – 5:30-6:30pm. taught by Daria- All Levels - Every Sunday. $10 regular & $6 students. Shanti ShantiYogaShala,; 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. No fee. Uptown, NOLA. For info: www. or call Alan at 504-606-8512.

monday Daily Kundalini yoga – 9am. Kundalini Yoga class offered daily by donation. Devine Kundalini Yoga, 1223 Baronne St., New Orleans. 866-989-3626. www. Belly Dance Basics – 5:30-6:30pm. Learn basic belly dance technique, including proper posture and basic moves. $15 per class, $65 for 6 classes. Covington. Call for more information 985-807-4792. Northshore – Viniyoga – 5:30 5:30-7:00pm. Small classes with individual attention for beginners and those new to yoga. $10 per session/$48 per 6 sessions. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. 985-893-8834.

tuesday 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. Weekly Green Plate Special by area restaurant. Located in the parking lot of Uptown Square, 200 Broadway, New Orleans. Visit:


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Lunch Flows – noon-1pm. Taught by Nathalie CroixAll Levels - every Tuesday. $10 regular & $6 students. Shanti Yoga Shala 310-435-6098. shantiyoganola@; 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). More details: Order Vintage Garden Soups – Order by noon Tuesday for delivery on Wednesday. Fresh delicious savory soups developed by our chef. Options for special diets. Free delivery with $15 min or $3 delivery fee. Also pick up at two locations. Visit www.vintagegardenkitchen. org for soups of the week or call 504-620-2495. Belly Dance Basics – 6:30-7:30pm Learn basic belly dance technique, including proper posture and basic moves. $15 per class, $65 for 6 classes. Covington. Call for more information 985-807-4792. Vinyasa Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. Taught by Nathalie Croix- Level 2/3 - every Tuesday and Thursday. $10 regular & $6 students. Shanti Yoga Shala.;

wednesday “Dog Day at the Spa” – all day. The Peaceful Buddha Day Spa donates 10% of all profits to the ASPCA each Wednesday. Spa offers specialty facials, manicures, pedicures and customized massages. Visit: LASPCA Wellness Wednesdays – Ensure your pet’s health with annual vaccinations and a wellness checkup. Basic Wellness Exam $20, low-cost spaying and neutering available. By appt.only. 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd, New Orleans. Call 504-368-5191. Daily Kundalini yoga – 9am. Kundalini Yoga class offered daily by donation. Devine Kundalini Yoga, 1223 Baronne St., New Orleans. 866-989-3626. www. 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. Intro to Mystical Meditation – 10:30am- noon. Strengthen your entire being through a guided meditation. Experience the positive, uplifting transformation of your energy. Donations only. Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Contact: Jessica Tregle Intermediate Belly Dance – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn more advanced moves, combinations, and props. Previous belly dance experience required. $15 per class, $65 for 6 classes. Covington. Call for more information 985-807-4792. German Coast Farmers Market – West Bank – 3-7pm. 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 Meditation/Deeksha Blessing – 6:15 pm. Rev. David Florence will facilitate a meditation followed by the blessing. Healing Secrets of the Ages Class begins thereafter at 7pm. 3939 Veterans Blvd. (behind Parran’s PoBoys) Metairie. 504-885-7575.

Meditation & Study Group – 7-8:30pm. 45 min meditation, refreshments, then 45 min. book discussion group. Donations. 621 Opalousa Ave, Algiers Point (gate locked 7pm sharp!). Info: 504-905-4090 or

thursday Crescent City Farmers Market – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave, American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine. Bellynesian – 5:30-6:30pm. Learn the basics of polynesian dance combined with belly dance. $15 per class, $65 for 6 classes. Covington. Call for more information 985-807-4792. Northshore – Viniyoga – 6:00-7:30pm. Small classes with individual attention for beginners and those new to yoga. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. 985893-8834. $10 per session/$48 per 6 sessions. Course in Miracles – 6:30-8pm. Taught for 22 yrs. by Gary Arnold. Love Offering. Unity church of Metairie, 3939 Vets. Blvd (back parking lot entrance.) Call 504-885-7575.

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

saturday Vietnamese Farmers Market – 6-9am. Over 20 vendors set up shop on blankets spread with produce, beyond the courtyards are shops selling Vietnamese baked goods and imported groceries. 14401 Alcee Fortier Blvd, New Orleans East. Crescent City Farmers Market – 8am-noon. Open-air market with great selection of fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and freshly made pies, bedding plants, dairy products, fresh flowers. Cooking demos by some of the city’s most acclaimed chefs. Located at 700 Magazine, corner of Girod, New Orleans. Visit: German Coast Farmers Market - East Bank – 8amnoon. Open-air market offering fresh produce, rotisserie meats, fresh meats, fresh pastries/breads, sausages,

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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.-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 or 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 – 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. Eracism Meeting – 10-11:30am. Join a facilitatorlead focused conversation on various race-related topics and issues. All are welcome. Meetings held at J. Singleton School, 1924 Philip St, New Orleans, 70113. For more info call 504-866-1163 or visit www. The Green Project Workshops – 10am-noon. Informative and fun workshops on the many creative ways to recycle and reuse materials. Topics change weekly. $5 fee. Free to members. 2831 Marais St., New Orleans. For topics: or 504-945-0240.

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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.

VALERIE VIOSCA ACA,LMT,RYT 4710 Canal St. N.O. La 70119 504-717-5111

Acupuncture, Massage, & Yoga integrated therapies available. Moxa, Cupping, Shiatsu.Young Living essential oils, Chinese herbal patents, Private yoga lessons, CieAura transparent, holographic chips for restoring an energetic balance, and more. LMT #4119. By appointment only.

ANIMAL HOLISTIC MEDICINE JANICE E. POSEY, DVM 504-559-0141 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 6..

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). More details: Sankofa Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Local produce, seafood and baked goods. Chef demos, music and Project Ujamaa Youth Tentwhere kids learn healthy eating, arts and crafts. Every Saturday. 5500 St. Claude Ave, corner of Caffin Ave. or visit Logo design Friends of the New Orleans Public Library Book Sale – #2 10am-2pm. Lots of fiction, non-fiction, local & rare books, CDs, DVDs, videos & records plus children’s books. Help rebuild the New Orleans Public Libraries. Book donations appreciated! At the Carriage House behind the Latter Branch Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans


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

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.

CHANGE IN MOTION MASSAGE,LLC Mel Borne, LMT #4158 Northshore Area 985.869.2087

Relax with personalized in-home sessions. Specializing in Shiatsu, Swedish and Deep tissue. Customized blending of techniques are incorporated into sessions. Essential oils are used to maximize the healing benefits of your massage. See ad page 24.

THE PEACEFUL BUDDHA DAY SPA Carey Mischler, LMT 4303 Canal St., New Orleans 504-322-2482

Offering unique services that combine therapeutic massage and aesthetics in Mid-City. Discounts available to first responders. 10% of profits donated to ASPCA every Wednesday. See ad page 24.

BREATHING 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!


Business and Life Skills coaching is a strategic partnership in which the coach facilitates enhanced life satisfaction both personally and professionally, helping you to pinpoint what it is you want out of life and devising a plan to make it happen.

AVIVA Massage & Bodywork Spa

Discover the difference & feel the peace through massage/bodywork, select spa services & energy work. Integrative, intuitive, customized approach. Aromatherapy at all sessions. LA 1479;E2445. See ad page 24.

Vinyasa Flow – 11am-12:15pm. Taught by Nathalie/ Once again for this logo design, we used a circular motif. Circles are reminicent of the Daria - All Levels - Every Saturday. Shanti Yoga Shala. body and it's many curves. The AVIVA name stabilizes the central 'flora' figure, by means of the letter "i" as the stem or trunk of the 'flora'. The 'flora' invokes a natural sensation, Uptown New Orleans, 310-435-6098. shantiyoganola@ earthy and calm. The circluar text brings all the elements together and reiterates the BODY SUGARING AVIVA name as a total massage & bodywork spa.; Dora Ochoa, L.M.T. Meditation Group – 2:30-3:30pm. Fairgrinds Coffee House. Sponsored by Art of Living Foundation. 3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans. For info contact Allen 504-247-6692.


1800 W. Causeway Approach., Ste. 122 Mandeville, Ph: 985-626-5538



Holistic, metaphysical Christian minister, ordained in 1994. Ministries include: weddings, vow renewals, funerals, divorce ceremonies, baptisms, communion, dedications and naming ceremonies.

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CHI MACHINE Joffrion Mitts, M.Ed.

Alternative Health Consultant 504-897-9670

A form of oxygen therapy. Stress, poor circulation, headaches, backaches, insomnia, depression, asthma? You name it! Oxygen heals! Free one week in-home trial!


Experience the difference! We offer total wellness care: Chiropractic, detoxification, nutrition, endermologie, DRX-9000 non-surgical spinal decompression, cold laser, EB-Cellular Cleanser, Far Infra Red Sauna. See ad page 31.


1131 S. Tyler St, Covington 985-809-3133



1101 Robert Blvd, Ste A, Slidell, LA 70458 has a photo from Mike Robichaux ad 985-641-8058

SOUTHERN HOMES, LLC Custom construction and renovation specializing in energy efficiency and indoor air quality. Certified by National Assoc. of Homebuilders as a Green Builder. Locally owned, 20 years experience, over 3000 homes built. See ad page 30.

COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY ANDREA SCHEELE, LCSW, LMFT Attachment Psychotherapy 1303 Amelia St., New Orleans 504-899-2686

When you experience loss, illness, depression, stress or are going through major life transitions Attachment Psychotherapy will benefit you. Individual, couples, family, parent/child and small group therapy. See ad on page 13.

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 23.


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EDUCATIONAL KINESIOLOGY BRAIN GYM Tanya Simmons BA Ed. Licensed Brain Gym Practitioner/Consultant. New Orleans 504 309 0002/710 2622

Teaching Brain Gym in Education, In-service and individually to help any learning difficulties, AD(H)D, reading, writing, attention, memory, performance, success for goals, and the joy and ease of learning. Available for teachers, parents, children and adults. See website for upcoming trainings/seminars.


JENNIFER ENGEL, M.Ed, LPC withPrytania, the transformational 5002 NOLA, 70115 power of PSYCH-K


Experience your unlimited power through the gentle process 504-813-9130 MARYLOU SMITH . Free yourself fromCounselor. traumatic memories, of PSYCH-K Licensed Professional Uptown Holistic Center Holistic and Psychotherapy for personal limiting thoughts addictive behavior. Support what is 723 Hillary Street, New Orleans growth, in stress, transition, most meaningful the journey of etc. living your life’s purpose. 504-723-2899 Individual and Group Mind-Body TM

Marylou Skills Training (guided imagery,Smith Advanced PSYCH-K Facilitator meditation, breathing, relaxation, Private Sessions Colon Hydrotherapy removes tapping, etc). Evening and Saturday appointments available. stagnant fecal matter and toxic Uptown Holistic Center • 723 Hillary St, NOLA • 504.723.2899 • • bacteria along with cellular debris. Get relief of unhealthy digestive O’CONNOR AND FARRELL symptoms and achieve greater PSYCHOTHERAPY ASSOCIATES immunity, enhanced energy, clearer skin, improved Convenient Uptown Location 504-444-1056/504-430-1104 mental clarity, and a general elevation in mood. We offer individual, couples, and family psychotherapy to assist you in developing the HOLISTIC LIFE skills and tools needed to make your life more 4401 Veterans Blvd, Ste 200 meaningful and effective. Our goal is to provide 504-885-8800 guidance, support, and inspiration to assist you in A Colonics, Wellness, Weight gaining the ultimate benefits of therapy in a caring, Loss Day Spa, Colon Hydro- comfortable environment. therapy, massage therapy, activated oxygen sauna, ion foot bath, reflexology, integrated medicine, and DENTIST other natural /spa offerings. Across from Clearview Mall in the major business area of Metairie. See ad MIKE ROBICHAUX, DDS page 9.


Offering a whole person health-centered approach to enhance the patient’s overall health and wellness. Treating each person with respect as a partner in their own health care. See ad page 15.

Certified Green Builder 1-888-660-0123


1101 Robert Blvd, Ste A, Slidell, LA 70458 985-641-8058

Offering a holistic and patient-centered approach to dentistry, because we believe the health of the mouth and overall health cannot be separated. We help those we serve make decisions that are in their best interests, based on their values and goals, by providing state of the art information within a trusting relationship. See ad page 15.

PSYCH-K is a process that frees your mind of limiting and self-sabotaging beliefs and replaces them with life enhancing beliefs that lead to great joy, fulfillment and growth.See ad page 17.

FENG SHUI LIVE, LOVE AND FENG SHUI Eveline Hoffmann Feng Shui practitioner 504-861-3370

Offering Feng shui consultations for homes and businesses Find balance and serenity within your home .Make intentional changes in your dwellings and you will alter your life in positive wide ranging ways. Your environment will begin to assist you and you will uncover solutions to your day to day issues and life will improve. See ad page 17.


5012 West Esplanade Ave, Metairie 70006 504-456-5993

Gini Davis, Physical Therapist, Crescent City Physical Therapy (Uptown/Metairie Clinics), has specialized in treatment of foot, ankle and lower extremity problems for more than 35 years and now offers women’s and men’s shoes with style and comfort to support healthy,

pain-free feet. Gini can fabricate new orthotics, or fit your orthotics into new shoes. She and staff provide in-depth knowledge and customer service. See ad page 11.


4207 Dumaine St., New Orleans 504-484-7245

Need some pampering? We offer just that in our one on one sessions in hair, massage and aromatherapy. Patti Spring has 32 years of experience in helping clients to fulfill all their personal grooming and body maintenance goals. Come experience yourself as Live Art. See ad page 24.


Herbalist 504-347-0377

Offering Meridian Stress Assessments by appointment. Herbal and nutritional therapies to bring the body back into balance. Homeopathic remedies. See ad page 18.


Community Herbalist 504-872-9973

Providing holistic consultations to foster well-being and support healing using herbal medicine, nutrition, and lifestyle choices. Address acute issues and constitutional imbalances by creating a personal wellness plan that incorporates medicinal herbs into your life.


Dr. Roy Solomon, Metaphysician/Minister 671 Rosa Ave, Suite 214, Metairie 504-841-0188

Specializing in the healing of Mind, Body and Spirit. The Reconnection, Inner Child, Forgiveness, Meditation, FES, Monthly Education Classes, Teaching “You can if you will”.


Holistic Energy Healing 504-352-6418

Energy Healing is an effective therapy of alternative medicine and holistic health. One releases negativity and gains positive energy! Become more healthy, and thrive at an accelerated pace! Healing occurs physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually!

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE IRENE SEBASTIAN, M.D., Ph.D 401 Veterans Blvd, Suite 203 Metairie, LA 70005 504-838-9804

Offering a holistic approach to healthcare: Integrative Medicine, Homeopathy, Functional Medicine, Herbal Therapy, and Nutrition. See ad page 27.


Wellness Clinic 3749 N. Causeway, Metairie, LA 70002 504-834-1050

Integrative wellness clinic offering ayurveda consultation, cosmetic LASER procedures, bio-identical hormone therapy, non-surgical treatment for urinary incontinence, best natural supplements on the market, other medical spa services. See ad page 27.


232 Barry Ave, New Orleans, 70121 H 504-861-3011 * C 815-520-2891

With a holistic approach, Osteopathic Medicine effectively treats pain without the use of drugs. We treat fibromyalgia, cancer pain, birth trauma, arthritis, chronic head, neck, back, pelvic, and abdominal pain. Other modalities: Reiki, Bodytalk, Supplement Consultation. See ad page 14.

LIFE COACH Charly Borenstein-RegueiraC-

ertified 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.


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 28 and calendar for classes.

MASSAGE SCHOOLS BLUE CLIFF COLLEGE 3200 Cleary Ave. Metairie, LA. 70002 504-456-3141

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.


2124 Magazine St., NOLA 504-596-6540

ZukaBaby is a new shop specializing in cloth diapering, babywearing and handmade children’s items. Cloth diapering classes every Saturday. See calendar for other events. See ad page 19.


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 our 12 week “Set on Success” Weight Loss to Wellness Program. End dieting forever!

DR. LISA MARIE CHAMBERS, ND Center For Functional Medicine 723 N. Causeway Blvd, Mandeville 985-237-0277 Accurate Clinic 2401 Vets Blvd, Ste 16, Kenner 504-472-6130

Dr. Chambers works in partnership with her patients to discover, understand and address the root cause of their illness. By treating the whole person, she also offers preventive care before serious illness occurs.

NUTRITIONIST DANIELLE PACIERA, LDN, RD, CCN 3618 Magazine St, New Orleans 70115 504-889-8771 Danielle@365

Cutting edge holistic nutrition services. Specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, therapeutic uses of foods, supplementation, vegetarian nutrition, women’s health, sports performance, eating disorders, depression, addiction, and more. See ad page 9.

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REALTOR CHERYL GAUTIER, REALTOR, GREEN Dorian Bennet Sothebys Int Realty Cell 504-638-7441

Outgoing pet-friendly Realtor with a degree in fine art and a background in health food and natural remedies, caring for the needs of buyers, sellers and renters.

REIKI ELIZABETH OHMER PELLEGRIN, R.M.T. Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner 504-388-2356 •

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Gambit’s ”Best Place to Take a Yoga Yogafive for Class” years in a row. Over 40 Everybody! ongoing classes per week for beginners and experienced taught by skilled teachers in a peaceful, positive atmosphere. Offering courses, workshops, retreats and concerts. See ad page 25 and calendar for events/ classes. Voted “Best Place to Take a Yoga Class in New Orleans” 5 years in a row by Gambit Weekly readers! 4842 Perrier Street 504 899-0047


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