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remember listening to a radio interview with the zany movie critic Gene Shalit, now retired from NBC’s Today Show, when he said that every morning he awoke feeling he just couldn’t wait to get to work—he loved his job that much. Anyone watching his TV segments could believe it. Shalit was exuberance personified, with big wild hair, a handlebar mustache and colorful bow ties. At that moment, I remember thinking, “Wow. I’ve never felt that way.” I liked what I was doing well enough… but where was the passion? Two careers later, I still didn’t have the answer; I just knew I wanted to be an instrument for helping to improve the health of people and the planet. That’s when the Universe stepped in and a friend recommended I look at Natural Awakenings, then publishing in 60 communities (now 83). My own awakening didn’t happen overnight. It took some soul searching and due diligence to seriously consider trying something new. But in the end, a leap of faith brought this wonderful magazine to Southeast Louisiana as a local natural health resource for living well and sustainably. Now I can honestly say that I wake up each morning looking forward to what the day will bring. You can imagine why so many readers are resonating with Lisa Marshall’s feature article, “Fashion a Passion-Driving Life: Realize Your Purpose and Feed Your Soul” (page 16). Why not join in giving even more life and breath and movement to your own passions? What haven’t you yet dared explore? Get a jumpstart with Janet Attwood’s “Passion Test,” on page 19. There’s nothing better than feeling fully engaged in your life, both at work and play. Jack Canfield, best known as co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, shares his latest success tips for overcoming obstacles and achieving the life we aim for, on page 25. So often we let rational argument stay us from a divinely directed next step custom made to accelerate our progress. It’s possible that something as simple as a combination of positive thinking and tapping therapy might help us get over the hump. See what Canfield has to say, then access more news on Emotional Freedom Techniques via page 11. We can also take inspiration from Frank Jude Boccio, the author of Mindfulness Yoga, who thoughtfully proffers fresh perspective on gratitude just in time for Thanksgiving. Taking this new view to heart promises to infuse each day with more appreciation and love. Wishing you the joy of a grateful life steeped in purpose and passion,

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uperfood Bar is now offering their healthy raw creations at a satellite bar inside Mardi Gras Zone at 2706 Royal St. in the Marigny. Superfood will be there from Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. This is in an addition to their location at 4113 Magazine Street in Uptown New Orleans. Mardi Gras Zone is a grocery store that sells many local and organic products as well as Healthforce nutritionals that Superfood uses in its creations and also sells Uptown. “It was a natural fit,” says Joseph Stone, a Superfood co-owner. Stone explains that the new location is an experiment and if it pays off, they will expand their original Magazine St. location for seating. Superfood Bar offers fresh juice made to order everyday, as well as smoothies, teas and a variety of raw vegan prepared foods at the Uptown location. Chef Havens has expanded her raw pick-up menu as well. Superfood Bar is New Orleans only all raw vegan food bar. For inquiries call 504-891-7733 or email See ad on page 29.

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Readnower represents what some see as the silver lining in these challenging economic times. At a time of high unemployment, when some can’t find a job and others are working grueling hours to compensate for laid-off co-workers, many Americans are stepping off the corporate hamster wheel and sincerely asking themselves: “What is my purpose here, and how can I realize it?”

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hree years ago, Cindy Readnower felt as if work was swallowing her life. As a single mom with two sons to support and two franchise restaurants to run in Sarasota, Florida, she routinely would get up at 4 a.m. and go to bed after midnight. She didn’t see enough of her boys. “I never had a free moment to just shut down and think about what I really wanted,” she recalls. Then the economy collapsed, forcing her to shutter her businesses, file for bankruptcy and consult with a career counselor to plan her next steps. Today, at 57, she’s working as a life coach and business consultant and as she sees it, living the life she is meant to live. “When you hit hard times and say, ‘My worst fears have come true; what am I going to do now?’ It makes you realize you will only find true success when you follow your passion,” she says.

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According to a recent study by the nonprofit, which helps older Americans pursue more meaningful careers, as many as 9 million people ages 44 to 70 have already transitioned into encore careers that combine purpose, passion and a paycheck. Another 31 million would like to. Meanwhile, surveys show that new college grads are increasingly gravitating toward nonprofit and public sector jobs that feed their souls more than their bank accounts. Off-the-clock volunteerism is soaring. Due to working and earning less, people are also consuming less, cooking, sewing and gardening more, rediscovering forgotten passions and relationships and finding new ones in the process. “When the economy tanked, it prompted a real moment of spiritual awakening for all of us,” observes Sue Frederick, of Boulder, Colorado, a nationally renowned career counselor who also applies her intuitive skills in helping clients like Readnower find their muse. “We are no longer able to hide out behind jobs and benefits that might not have been a good fit for us to begin with. People are remembering their soul’s mission and waking up to the true work they are intended to do.” At the leading edge of the purposedriven career movement is the millennial generation, now in their 20s through early 30s. Having come of age amidst the Enron Corporation scandal, 9/11, Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the 2008 economic collapse, they’re graduating from college with a more holistic perspective on what constitutes a good career. “The decade in which we have matured has been turbulent in almost every dimension,” says John Coleman, 31,

It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing, that matters. ~ Mother Teresa a recent graduate of Harvard Business School and co-author of Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders. “This generation is looking at a world that has so many problems and saying, ‘The old opportunities are not there anymore, so we have to create new ones.’ Many are actively seeking more meaning and purpose at work.” One 2010 survey of 500 MBA students found that when considering a long list of options for what they looked for in a career, they ranked “intellectual challenge” and “opportunity to impact the world” as their first and third priorities, bracketing “compensation” which ranked second. Another analysis by The New York Times found that in 2009, 11 percent more college graduates worked for nonprofits than in the previous year. Accordingly, Coleman’s book is packed with encouraging examples, from a Harvard MBA student and a U.S. Marine that co-founded a nonprofit addressing poverty in Kenya’s largest slum to a biomedical engineering grad that launched a web-based car-sharing service. This altruistic, purpose-driven career track seems a stark departure from that of the baby boomers, collectively referred to as the “me” generation for its materialistic ethos. Yet those that specialize in helping people find more meaningful lives say this group currently counts among their best and most focused customers. “We are at a time in the world when it is more socially acceptable to follow your passions,” says Janet Attwood, whose Passion Test workshops—established in 2004—are welcoming more people than ever. “In my day, my dad was so freaked out I’d end up homeless that he sent me to business school so I would learn how to type. Back then, parents never asked: ‘What turns you on?’” That’s a shame, remarks Frederick, because first hints at our purpose often bubble up in our youth. “I believe all of us know at some point what our gift is, but we often bury it and say, ‘I have to fit in and get a job with benefits and a good paycheck.’” There is an alternative.

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Attwood stresses that living in line with one’s passion isn’t just about work, noting, “It’s about your relationships and friends, your spirituality and health, what you consume and where you choose to live…” She asks clients to write down five life-defining passions (see sidebar) and use them as a guidepost. “Whenever you are faced with a choice, a decision or an opportunity, choose in favor of your passion,” she counsels. Attwood has observed firsthand how success often follows, because, “When you choose in favor of the things that have the greatest, deepest meaning for you, the universe supports you more than if you are just tepid and neutral about something.” For some, that has meant working fewer hours for less pay, natural awakenings

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in order to allow more time for clarifying meditation, family dinners, volunteering at a local shelter, taking a long-yearnedfor dance class or planning the next career shift. It has also led to willing trade-offs in buying less and doing more for oneself. According to the 2010 MetLife Study of the American Dream, 77 percent of Americans now say that achieving their big dream comprises improving the quality of their lives by strengthening personal relationships. As for millennials, 39 percent say they already have what they need. Also, those that feel growing pressure to buy more and better material possessions has dropped from 66 percent in 2006 to well below half today. “Plenty of people have already started down this path. They’re growing vegetables, raising chickens and keeping bees. They’re building their own homes, often with the help of friends and neighbors,” writes Boston University Sociology Professor Juliet Schor, Ph.D. In her groundbreaking book, Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, she argues that contrary to many economists’ assumptions, a shorter work

week and smaller economy is better for society as a whole. More, such a lifestyle, “allows people to build stronger social connections, maintain their physical and mental health and engage in activities that are more creative and meaningful.”

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Ever since childhood days of helping her mother make clothing for the family, Juliette Bastian has had a passion for fashion design. Her love of dancing dates back to watching American Bandstand. But when it came to choosing a career, “There was always this trigger that went off in my head that said, ‘You need to make money,’” she explains. By her mid-40s, this San Dimas, California, resident boasted a six-figure salary and a successful, but not terribly fulfilling career doing accounting and strategic business planning. To indulge her creative side, she created colorful spreadsheets, but it wasn’t enough. “At one point, I acknowledged, ‘I am not happy walking into work anymore,’”

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More Purposeful Life Tips Make time for a spiritual life. Whether it’s pausing to meditate in the morning or going to church or temple, allow time to reflect upon who you are and what you really want. “If you are not setting aside time to explore these questions, you won’t find the answers,” says John Coleman, author of Passion and Purpose. Don’t limit yourself to one purpose, such as a job. Decide who you want to be, rather than focus on what you are doing or want to do. Seek out mentors, young and old, that appear to be living a passionate life and ask them how they reached their life space. If you have the option of working less to pursue other passions, consider it. To save money, think about what you can make, grow or do, rather than pay for. In the process, you may rediscover an old passion.


Let your talents guide you. If you are good at something, the chances are you are passionate about it. Do more of it, and that doesn’t necessarily mean volunteering forever. Consider making a passion into a relevant career. “We are not here to give away our gifts for free and then go to a job we hate,” says career counselor Sue Frederick. Take baby steps. If you can’t quit your job to follow your passion quite yet, take baby steps. Write a business plan. Take a class. Start volunteering. Meanwhile, focus on activating passions in other areas of your life. What is one thing you should stop doing, and one thing you can start doing today? Additional sources: Janet Attwood, author of The Passion Test; Juliet Schor, author of Plenitude


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Take the Passion Test Make a list of your passions; the 10 or 15 things most critical to your happiness and well-being. Start each entry with, “When my life is ideal, I am … ” (living in a beautiful house in the mountains, working in a job that changes lives, spending plenty of time with my children, etc.) Don’t worry about how you’ll get there. Just write it down. You become whatever you are committed to. “People often write down a passion, but if they can’t immediately see how they can manifest it, they erase it and instead write something down that they can easily put their arms around. In other words, they play it safe,” says Janet Attwood, co-author of The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose. Instead, think big. Narrow the list to your top five passions. Write all five passions down on five index cards. Post passions in places you will routinely see them, such as on the bathroom mirror and refrigerator door; display them prominently on your computer. Create a vision board (a collage of representations of your passions). “It’s an easy way to keep your attention on the things you really want to grow stronger in your life,” notes Attwood. Use these priority passions as a guidepost. “Whenever you are faced with a choice, a decision or opportunity, choose in favor of your passions,” advises Attwood. Then run to the goal with purpose in every step. Take the test again every six months, because passions can change and evolve over time.

recalls Bastian, now 52. “I felt like a hamster on a wheel.” Seven years ago, she walked out, and with Attwood’s help, set out to find her true callings. “People always think you have to pick just one, but you have passions that run across every aspect of your life,” she says. “I now realize I am a dancer, fashion designer, family person and spiritual woman.” Bastian begins each week by making a color-coded “strategic plan of action,” making sure to include elements of each of her five passions: financial freedom, exceptional relationships, optimal health, successful business ventures and an alliance with God. That means she’s back in school studying fashion design, and now makes time for dancing, church, family and a part-time career-coaching business. She says that it has been financially rough at times. But the “sacrifices”—like fewer hair appointments, fancy clothes, meals out and expensive holiday gifts for friends—have been well worth it. “I now have the flexibility, freedom and joy of knowing I am living who Juliette truly is,” she says with a smile. “I know I’ll be taken care of as long as I honor what truly matters to me.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance writer n e a r B o u l d e r, C O . C o n n e c t a t

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Fracking for Fuel Solution or Pollution? by Colleen Morgan


he extraction of natural gas from shale in a process of hydraulic fracturing has been touted by many in the oil and gas industry and government as the solution to our need for cleaner and domestically produced energy. Hydraulic Fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking,” is a form of oil and gas production that has been in use for more than 65 years, but in recent years has come under fire by environmental advocates who say the technique contaminates drinking water. Those concerns fueled a protest by ten Louisiana environmental groups to a recent lease sale for fracking in Kisatchie National Forest, the only such forest in Louisiana and one of the largest pieces of natural landscape in the state, supporting a large number of rare plants and animal species. Citing the million-plus wells where fracking produces the fuels that move our vehicles and heat our homes, the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) President, Don Briggs, says there is no cause for alarm and no accusations of drinking water contamination have been linked to hydraulic fracking. He also touts this process as one that produces otherwise-trapped natural gas, which burns cleaner than oil, and reduces the country’s dependency on foreign imports. “There is no risk to groundwater in the process of fracking wells,” Briggs said. At a Sept. 13 lease sale, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a division of the Department of the Interior, offered to lease 31,891 acres of public land in Kisatchie. In a July 19 letter, the ten environmental groups protested the lease sale because “it will violate federal law and BLM policies.” Joining in the protest letter were 20

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Gulf Restoration Network, Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club, Louisiana Audubon Council, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper, Ouachita Riverkeeper, Rapides Wildlife Association, Louisiana Environmental Action Network, and Wild South. “BLM is required by law to look at the potential impacts to the air, soil, species in the area, and human health so that they understand the full implications of this before they go forward,” said Matthew McFeeley of NRDC in Washington, D.C., who drafted the letter on behalf of all of the protesting groups. He said the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is being disregarded: “BLM is illegally bypassing environmental analysis as well as the public input process and rushing to auction.” Another 21,232 acres is proposed for

lease in December, which brings the total acreage up for fracking to approximately one third of Kisatchie Forest since last year, McFeeley said. Hydraulic fracturing has been employed for oil and gas development on more than 430,000 acres of public land in the eastern United States since 2011. Amy Mall, a fracking expert with NRDC , explained that concerns about hydraulic fracturing began with a case out of Alabama in the early 1990s, where an environmental group sued the EPA for not enforcing the laws related to water pollution. That case forced the EPA to regulate fracking in that state until 2005, when Congress passed a law exempting the technique from the Safe Drinking Water Act. “One of reasons it needs to be regulated is because it is not predictable,” Mall said. “There is the risk of what happens underground, with the well

sand keeps the fractures open. “Once you fracture the shale, it wants to close up because of the weight of the Earth,” he explained. Early on, fracking did not produce enough to make it profitable. The relatively new technology of lateral drilling has allowed for more of the shale to be fractured, Briggs said. However, this more technologically advanced process means higher risks because it is much deeper, more technical, requires more equipment and people, and things could go wrong, he elaborated. In part due to these risks, hydraulic fracturing is a very expensive process – rigs in the Haynesville Shale in northwest Louisiana cost up to $12 million, The Fracking Process reported Briggs. More than a million wells employing Briggs explained in an interview how this technology have been drilled since hydraulic fracturing releases oil and gas 1997, with the oversight of “a multitude from geological structures where they are of federal and state agencies,” Briggs said. trapped, often in shale. First, the rig drills “There have been no cases where the vertically into the shale layer, and then process of hydraulic fracturing has been turns horizontally to drill parallel to the proven to contaminate drinking water surface – this is called lateral drilling. After supplies.” drilling is complete, after 3,000 to 4,000 Briggs argues that all of the accusations feet of shale has been punctured, a pipe is of drinking water contamination have been run the length of the hole and cemented investigated and studied by the EPA and into place, Briggs said. none of them have been proven to be The next step is called “perforating.” caused by hydraulic fracturing. In one A gun is used to shoot holes into the side recent case in Western U.S., Briggs noted, of the pipe, which causes fractures in the the EPA “had to back down” because shale formation. A solution of water and the offending water well was polluted by sand and “less than one-half of one percent of chemicals” is pushed through the bullet naturally occurring methane. Briggs linked the fracking concerns holes at very high pressure. The fractures are usually 60-80 feet in length and the with the current Administration, the

casing: a blow out can happen. Another risk is communication with an underground pathway, either one that is manmade, like an abandoned well, or natural fracture. There are also risks on the surface. They are generating a lot of waste that can be quite toxic, and they are transporting and storing that waste. Many people have reported changes in their drinking water either during or immediately after fracking [has taken place in the vicinity].” Mall said these reports are usually not followed up with an investigation, and if there is one, fracking is usually not implicated. “We don’t think they are asking the right questions,” she said.

“anti-oil and gas organizations”, and the solar and wind energy industry, which he said had a “much greater” environmental impact than fracking. “Hydraulic fracturing is changing the entire energy makeup of the United States and the world,” he said. “We are all so dependent on the Middle East – now we have a supply of natural gas so we do not have to be dependent on foreign oil.” Environmentalists and conservation organizations like the Sierra Club differ with Briggs’s on the risks of fracking. They point to thousands of incidents of health and pollution violations in the fracking industry, and the fact that, since 2005, fracking has been exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act. “If we drill for natural gas, we have to do it in a way that preserves our national treasures, protects our health, and conserves resources for the future. But our focus should be on developing clean energy like solar, wind, and geothermal. All fossil fuels are inherently dirty, dangerous, and in the end, finite. Solar and wind will be here for as long as the Earth exists,” responded Devin Martin, Conservation Coordinator of the Sierra Club Delta Chapter. For more information on fracking, go to,, or Colleen Morgan is a free-lance writer and environmental editor for Natural Awakenings. She may be reached at

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“If you think of getting energy from a cup of coffee or a candy bar, understand that it’s just a quick boost that doesn’t last long,” advises Gerbstadt, author of The Doctor’s Detox Diet. “The kind of energy you get from complex carbs and whole grains will stay with you.” Adding a little protein, like a piece of low-fat cheese or a dollop of peanut butter on a whole grain cracker, will keep energy steady for even longer, starting with breakfast. Gerbstadt further notes that a mid-afternoon energy drop may be due to a blood sugar dip. The carb/protein plan also works well at these times, or a cup of green tea might just hit the spot. “Green tea does deliver some caffeine, but it has literally hundreds of antioxidants, like epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), that boost metabolism and stoke the metabolic fires,” she says. Plus, because most people have less-than-perfect diets, certain supplements can help raise energy levels and enhance overall health. Gerbstadt recommends vitamin D for those that don’t spend much time in the sun, to enhance immune function; fish oil for non-fish eaters for heart and brain health; and all B-vitamins to support everyone’s natural energy production.

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using pictures. The emotional, subconscious mind is far more powerful than the rational, conscious mind. It controls about 95 percent of our thoughts and actions and is motivated by the pull of pleasurable rewards and the push of negative emotions. To understand the challenge of change, think of the emotional mind as an elephant and the rational mind as the rider. As long as the elephant doesn’t have a strong desire to move in a particular direction, the rider can control the elephant. However, if the direction that the elephant wants to go in is different than what the rider has in mind, the chance of forcing the elephant radically diminishes. The reason that so many people fail to achieve success is that the elephantine subconscious is innately averse to the new action that needs to be taken. To make tasks much easier, the elephant must be motivated to move in a certain direction or, at the very least, remain neutral and not resist the rider. By applying some newer, cutting-edge tools that support change, such as tapping points along the body’s energy meridians, the approach used in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), it is not only possible to get the elephant to cease resisting, but can also shave time off the journey to personal power and accomplishment. Tapping can transform the beliefs and emotions that cause self-doubt, self-sabotage, procrastination and other roadblocks. It is being used around the world to help people minimize or eliminate issues as varied as fears, phobias, posttraumatic stress disorder, food cravings and chronic pain.

What do you consider ultimate success? Many people report that after applying my 64 recommended success principles, they have achieved outstanding results in one area of their life, although they didn’t meet their expectations in another. Ultimate success isn’t about having only financial success, yet poor relationships; it’s about having success in all areas of your life. So, as practitioners like my co-author Pamela Bruner, a business success coach and EFT expert, teach the tapping technique, they verbally introduce a powerful success principle and note the resistance people might encounter when trying to implement that principle. This can be done in person or selfadministered, as demonstrated on the DVD included in our book, Tapping Into Ultimate Success.

How can we support our goals in everyday life? I’ve learned that few people actually study the principles of success as they relate to life. In college or business school, students are taught management skills that apply to business, but not the skill sets or mindsets needed for success in their personal lives. Students in educational institutions of any kind never learn that they control their life. We all need to understand that the books we read, the TV shows we watch and the social environment we choose to immerse ourselves in all either undermine our success or support it. For more information, visit Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazine. 26

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Businesses are already gearing up for the 2012-13 Gumbo Green Games sustainable business competition, which will officially launch at the monthly Green Drinks event taking place on November 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Icehouse, located at 2803 St. Phillip Street in New Orleans. Green Drinks events are open to all who are interested in creating a sustainable world.


he Gumbo Green Games, a partnership of Natural Awakenings magazine and LifeCity, is a competition among businesses who are seeking to improve their environmental performance. Businesses in the categories of retail, restaurant, office, nonprofit, or manufacturing can participate. LifeCity will conduct assessments to help the contestants develop sustainability goals, make recommendations, and provide resources to help them achieve their goals. As the contestants for the second year of Gumbo Green Games were lining up to the starting gate, Natural Awakenings got a chance to chat with a few about how they are gearing up for the Games. Here is what some of them had to say about it… C4 Tech and Design signed up for the Games because the business, which is a worker co-op, has a staff of “progressive and socially conscious folks” who want the company to be as environmentally sustainable as possible, said web designer Drew Stephan. “We want to be a good community member and a good member of the global community of businesses,” he said. In addition to recycling and using environmentally friendly office supplies, this computer repair and web design company encourages its clients to go paperless. He encourages other businesses to consider signing up for the Games also. “It’s a great idea to have a central organization that can prescribe a punch list of what to do. Visit C4Tech and Design at

Vance Levesque of the Arc of Greater New Orleans also stayed in the Games to connect with other participating businesses to learn new strategies. This nonprofit, more than 60 years old, serves intellectually disabled citizens with a variety of programs, including several enterprises that allow the clients to make a living wage. Levesque said last year’s Green Games gave the Arc the motivation to expand the Mardi Gras Bead Recycling Program. “We were able to initiate our “catch & release” bead recycling trailer-float after winning the Green the Gras competition from LifeCity, which won rave reviews from everyone,” he said. “It would not have been possible without that boost from the Green Games!” More on Arc’s programs at Rosalie Torres participated last year by helping to organize the Green Natties and was one of the first to sign up for round two. Her company, New Orleans Green LLC, creates

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all-natural flower arrangements, indoor and outdoor potted plants, accessories, gifts and household items crafted out of repurposed materials. Her goal is to have a “very small carbon footprint” by using recycled pots and packaging, locally-grown plants, composted soil, and harvested rain water. In addition to improving her business’ environmental performance and networking with “like-minded” business owners, Torres hopes to “contribute to the green economy in New Orleans and help raise local awareness about sustainability.” Visit New Orleans Green at Cake Café, a bakery and cafe in the Marigny, is a new participant in the Green Games. Steve Himelfarb, the head baker and owner, said he hopes the Games will help him find new ways to be green.

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House Happiness Small, Green and Paid For by Lindsey Blomberg


anda Urbanska’s dream home is more cottage than castle. Despite childhood yearnings for sprawling digs with a lavish pool, her concern for the planet’s welfare and a practical approach to finances has led her to a radically different fantasy: a home that is small, green and paid for. Owning a smaller home is a “triple hitter,” says the Harvard graduate and author of The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life. “With a smaller home, we can pay off the mortgage quicker, use less furniture and have less space to clean and maintain, heat and cool.” Also, less space effects less consumption—needed more than ever as dwellings have increasingly turned into what Urbanska refers to as suffocating,

“sinkholes of stuff, clogging the flow of energy and movement in our lives.” She predicts, “Once we’ve purged our systems of the excess, the focus will be on creating lives that are dynamic and streamlined, where the carbon cost of a thing is weighed along with its price tag, and where the focus is on usability, rather than ownership.” The rise of McMansions as part of a runaway “bigger is better” mentality saw the average American house size surge from 983 square feet in 1950 to 2,521 square feet in 2007, reports the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Due to the 2008 recession, many owners were left with upside-down mortgages, causing newer homes to be more modest in size. Like the notorious sports utility

vehicle (SUV) craze, now faded due to steep gas prices, the McMansion trend is quickly declining. “Today’s entry-level buyer seems to prefer a far simpler presentation than what had been popular with their parents,” observes Heather McCune, former editor-in-chief of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler. “I don’t think it would be out of line to characterize it as an anti-McMansion attitude.” Real estate website recently reported that slightly more than half of Americans say that 1,400 to 2,600 square feet would be their ideal home size. According to the NAHB, nine of 10 builders are planning or constructing smaller homes than in the past. In 2010, the average new home size dropped

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by $10 to $25 for every dollar saved on annual fuel bills. Coinciding with smaller singlefamily living quarters is a boom in multigenerational homes across the country. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, as of 2010, 4.4 million homes held three generations or more under one roof, a 15 percent increase from 3.8 millionplus homes just two years earlier. In multigenerational households, the need for expensive daycare is lessened, while grandparents and adult children can also contribute to household income by paying rent. Urbanska, who resides in North Carolina with her 90-year-old mother and 15-year-old son, says, “I’ve been able to save money on both child and elder care while staying close to Mother in her later years.” The rapid turn toward both financially and environmentally smarter habits looks like it’s here to stay, concludes Michelle Kaufmann, co-author of the acclaimed Prefab Green and a Sausalito, California, architect of eco-friendly homes. She says she is busier than ever, because these concepts are resonating widely. “It’s sad that it took a complete economic meltdown for people to appreciate smaller homes,” she observes, “but at least something good can come from it.”

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than premature euthanasia. Dr. Karri Miller, a veterinary oncologist with Veterinary Healthcare Associates, in Winter Haven, Florida, advises, “Cancer treatments for pets are not as harsh as they are for people and have fewer side effects. Before making a decision about treatment, consult a veterinary oncologist and ask a lot of questions. More pets today are living longer with a good quality of life.” Dr. Kathleen Cooney, owner of Home to Heaven veterinary services, in Loveland, Colorado, likes the team approach. “We teach people to partner with their pet on a day-to-day basis and help take away the fear by educating the family to recognize the stages of aging and illness, pain and crisis, manage nutrition and live like their pets do—in the moment, not in the future. Understanding brings peace.” When the end comes, compassionate euthanasia at home or on Cooney’s farm lends a comforting atmosphere at a difficult time.

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For aging or terminally ill pets, Dr. Mary Gardner, owner of Lap of Love, in Broward County, Florida, works with families through the end of the pet’s life. “As a veterinarian who solely practices in-home hospice and euthanasia, I have been given a unique privilege,” she says. “Hospice care supports both the pet and family. I make sure the family and I have a clearly defined goal—the comfort of the animal.” Similar to hospice care for humans, pets in hospice are given palliative care that can prolong life without suffering or pain. Accepting help from a hospice service is not about giving up, but simply recognizing that additional treatment will not cure the illness. It’s accepting that the quality of each day of life is more important than the number of days. It’s living fully, beginning to end, right up until the last breath. Sandra Murphy is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines.


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Grounded in Gratitude Embrace Every Gift Because Each Blessing Counts by Frank Jude Boccio


n counting our daily blessings, we find that even uneventful or difficult days possess precious gifts. Consider all the contributions that make it possible for family members to gather for the holidays—the workers that helped construct and maintain the vehicles that brought us here, the house where we come together and the trees that light the fireplace. Consider the food that nourishes us, thanks to the Sun’s energy, Earth’s minerals and rain and the labor of the farmers, processors, truckers, retailers and cooks. Whether or not the holidays fulfill our expectations, we have much for which to be grateful.

As the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh points out, every blessing is the gift of the whole universe. When we stop and really look, we see that we are supported continuously in countless ways. Author Roger L’Estrange noted in the 17th century how humans tended to “mistake the gratuitous blessings of heaven for the fruits of our own industry.” We awaken when the alarm goes off due to the skill of the technology’s engineers, designers, assembly workers, distributors and salespeople. We can turn on the light because power company workers are supplying the electricity. Our morning spiritual practice is the gift of generations

of teachers and writers that observed the truth and shared what they learned. It feels good to be bowled over by each moment of grace and the simplest act of kindness. Such gratitude flows when we break out of a petty point of view—with its selfcentered expectations and demands—to appreciate that through the labors, intentions and existence of an inconceivably large number of other people, life forms and elements, we have been given the miracle of life, with all its present goodness. This heightened awareness of our connection spontaneously fills us with a joy and gratitude that transforms our experience. Thankfully, gratitude can be cultivated. It simply takes practice in being present to what is being given. It helps to remain aware of some of the most pernicious obstacles to thankfulness, and one of the most obvious is the failure to notice what we have, including a roof over our head and someone to love. As Joni Mitchell sang, “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” So the first step is to start paying attention to gifts that have always been there, but until now went unnoticed and unappreciated. We are rich in what counts and never truly alone, because we are always supported by the universe. The 13thcentury mystic Meister Eckhart counseled, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.” Frank Jude Boccio is the author of Mindfulness Yoga (

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volunteer opportunities FLOWERING LOTUS MEDITATION AND RETREAT CENTER. Volunteers needed to live at meditation retreat center in Magnolia, MS which will include room and board in exchange for work. Must be a meditator interested in furthering meditation practice. Vegetarian facility. www. Dolores Watson at 504-905-4090. See ad on page 2. The Humane Society of Louisiana needs volunteers. To find out how you can help contact Jeff Dorson at 901-268-4432 or The An urban agriculture nonprofit committed to promote responses to food, farm and nutrition needs gardening and food pantry volunteers. Call 504-333-3611 or


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Holiday Helper –10am-1pm or 2-5pm. Make way for the holidays and get a head start with gift wrapping, greeting cards, decorations, getting organized and more! Professional organizer Stasia Cymes can reduce your seasonal stress level. Package deals and gift certificates are also available! Call 504-920-1800 or visit Ozanam Inn 32nd Annual Gala – 6pm. Ozanam Inn, men’s homeless shelter, special work of the Society of St. Vincent DePaul Gala held at Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Pre-Gala Reception with silent auction, gourmet steak dinner at 7pm. Reservation required. Tickets $125. Info: 504-523-1184. Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm (also 11/6, 11/13, 11/27). Help a student 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.


Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45pm & 2:15pm. (also 11/16) Help a student 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. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972


Thanksgiving Tai Chi-Chi Gong – 8:30-9:30am. Group class. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve self esteem. Reserve space by 11/2. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Nola. More Info: 504-866-2241. Giving Birth Naturally – 9-11am. 5-week class taught by Erin Majorie, CCBE, Doula. Saturdays, starting Nov 3 to Dec 8th (no class 11/24). Tulane Lakeside Hospital, 4720 I-10 Service Rd, Medical office Building, Ste #200. Info/Reg: 713-301-0882. Saturday Morning Massage Clinics – 9:15am & 10:30am (also 11/10, 11/17). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish: 11/3 & 11/10, NMT: 11/17. $30/by appointment. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Paint & E-Waste Drop-Off/Uptown – 10am-2pm. Drop off old paint and electronic waste (computers only) 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. 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.

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Yoga and Meditation Inspired Art Show – 4-6pm. Join artists Meredith Salvago and Amy Archinal at Balance Yoga and Wellness. Free/open to public. 120 S. Cortez, Nola. Info: 504-309-9618.


Community Donation Yoga Class – 10:00-11:15am. Donations given to Kiva loan recipient chosen by you. “Like” Transform NOLA on Facebook to vote for the person to receive the donation. Discover how intention to give can transform your practice. Yoga Teacher Training starts February 2013. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA. Info: 985-640-2648. New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 12:00pm Harmonization Ritual, 12:30pm Officers meeting, 1:30pm Chapter Convocation Rehearsal, 2pm Chapter Convocation Ritual, 3pm Discourse or Experiment Discussion. 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner. More Info: 504-472-5635.


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. La Leche League Meeting/New Orleans – 7-8pm. LLL of New Orleans has been reactivated. Meets first Tuesday each month. Open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Learn more, ask questions, and benefit from a community of breastfeeding mothers. Free. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. More Info: Courtney Landry,


Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 12:45pm & 2:15pm (also 11/9, 11/14). Help a student 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.

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La Leche League Meeting/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 Rm, Causeway & 17th St, Metairie. More Info: 504-952-3951 or New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 7-8pm. Open House /Open Forum (3). Located at 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner. More Info: 504-472-5635. Turn Stress to Bliss – 7:30-9pm (11/7-12/12). 6-Week Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Group with Amy Archinal. Transform your relationship to stress through yoga, meditation and group process. Includes all-day silent retreat 12/2. $200 ($150 if registered by 10/31). Balance Yoga and Wellness, 120 S. Cortez St, NOLA. Info: 504-400-5203.


Tai Chi Group Class – 9:30-10:20am. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of life. Offering an intro program of 3 classes, valued at $59. Reserve space by 11/7. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241. Monthly Sustainability Series – 5:30-7pm. Sponsored by Global Green, AIA and USGBC, a monthly panel presentation and discussion series on issues of sustainability and environmental responsibility. Location: AIA New Orleans, 1000 St. Charles Ave., NOLA. Info: 504-525-8320. Wine and Dine with Hospice – 6-9pm. Fundraiser to benefit Hospice Foundation of the South. Food from16 great restaurants, 200 wines plus spirits, live music, silent auction, Jim Henderson as MC. Sponsored by Aquistapace’s Covington. Fleur De Lis Center Mandeville. Tickets: $50. Contact: 985-643-5470. Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm (also 11/15, 11/29). Help a student 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. Dr. William Sears, “America’s Pediatrician” – 7pm. Sponsored by Juice Plus+. Dr. Sears shares health tips for all ages at this free seminar. Location: Residence Inn, 3 Galleria Blvd., Metairie. For info and seat reservations contact Jenna:


Gretna Art Walk – 8:30am-12:30pm. Art walk returns for fall season with more than 80 artists and craft vendors. 2nd Sat each month. 6th St. at Huey P. Long Ave., Downtown Gretna. Oneness Awakening Course – 9am-6pm. Learn to transfer the gift and process of awakening by becoming a Oneness Blessing Giver. Initiation includes a sacred processes to move beyond limitations of the mind. $195. Info: Best Trees for the Right Place – 10am. Rick Webb, Arborist will teach how to decide where to plant trees and how to properly maintain them. Available at the greenhouse: trees, blooming shrubs and cool season bedding plants. Open 9am-Noon. Parkway Partners Greenhouse, 1137 Baronne St, NOLA.


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OCH Art Market – 10am-3pm. This month a Recycled Art Market, repurposed furniture contest, home tour and more. 2nd Sat each month – different themes. 1618 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, Central City, NOLA. The Madisonville Art Market – 10am-4pm. Art market featuring painting, photography, wood working, pottery, and jewelry along the Tchefuncta River on Water St. in Old Madisonville. Free. Info: 985-624-7216.


Gluten-free Thanksgiving cooking class – 6-7:30pm. Enchanted Baker/ Owner Kelly Boffone of The PeaceBaker will be doing a gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts class. Space is limited. Contact to sign up. Location: Culinary Kids, 3441 East Causeway Approach, Mandeville.

Art In Motion – 10am-10pm. Indoor market featuring art, crafts and fashion made by local artists. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Info:

Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Covington – 7-8pm. Sponsored by the Holistic Center for Health and Healing Inc. Adrienne Ferguson, a nutritionist will speak on,”Traditional Foods and the Lost Art of Fermentation”, discussion follows. Free/open to public. Covington Council Chambers, 222 Kirkland St, Covington. Info: 985-630-2652.

First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (also 11/11). 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.

Second Degree Reiki Class - Inquire for further dates/time with 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 504-376-8518 or 504-388-2356 text.

Restorative Workshop with Tamar Starck – 1-3:30pm. Reduce holiday stress, lower the heart rate & blood pressure and stimulate the immune system. No prior yoga experience necessary. $25 if booked one week prior to workshop, $30 otherwise. Balance Yoga 120 S. Cortez St., NOLA. Info: 504-309-9618.


What Passions are you hiding behind your cravings? Workshop – 1-4pm. Find the passion you are suppressing behind your everyday cravings such as overeating, overworking, need to be in control, needing power over others, etc. Journey Into Wellness, 3939 Houma Blvd., Doctors Row, Bldg. 3, Ste 15, Metairie. Must RSVP by 11/9. Contact Vicky Dllmann: 504-442-6206 or Local Art Show – 6-10pm. Local artists Frank Aymami and Christopher Jeffery Gutherie will exhibit their artwork. Come and enjoy gluten free treats while supporting local artists. The PeaceBaker, 6601 Veterans Blvd Ste 1, Metairie.


New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 2pm (also 11/25). Open House /Council of Solace Ritual Members and Friends invited (2,5,8), 3pm Open Forum. 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner. More Info: 504-472-5635.


Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Metairie – 6:30-7:30pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health and Healing, Inc. Dr. Jess Tregle will speak about Inner Child, Forgiveness and Energy Healing. Free, open to the public. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd. Info: Tai Chi Group Class – 7-8pm.  Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of life. Offering an Intro program of 3 classes, valued at $59. Reserve space by 11/12. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241.


Harrison Avenue Marketplace – 5-8:30pm. Features 75 local vendors, food and music. Presented by the Beacon of Hope Resource Center. 801 Harrison Ave, parking lot of Lakeview Grocery.

C. G. Jung Society – 7:30 pm. “Jung’s Diagnosis and Treatment of Christianity” by Jerry Wright, D.Min., in a presentation that will lay groundwork for Saturday’s Workshop. 1.5 CE contact hours for LPCs. $10 (free for members). Parker Methodist, 1130 Nashville Ave, NOLA.


C. G. Jung Society Workshop – 10am-2pm. “Jungian Psychology: A Modern Spiritual Path” presented by Jerry Wright, D.Min. Explore the integration of spirituality and a path that can be described as “practical mysticism” 3.5 contact hrs for LPCs. $45 ($35 for members). Parker Methodist, 1130 Nashville Ave, NOLA. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (also 11/18). 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. Taste of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy – 2-4pm. A  body-based workshop on knowing and understanding the Self with Amy Archinal, Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. $35 (workshop free if book an individual session that day). Balance Yoga and Wellness, 120 S. Cortez St, NOLA. Info/ Register: 504-400-5203.


New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 11am TMO Home Oratory Study Group Meeting, 1pm Harmonization Ritual, 1:30pm Pronaos Convocation Rehearsal, 2pm Pronaos Convocation Ritual. 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner. More Info: 504-472-5635.


Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm. Help a student 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.


Holiday Gift Certificates Available – Give the gift of health, wellness and personal safety. Tamashii Karate Center, 8132 Willow St, Nola. More Info: 504-866-2241.


Candlelight Meditation & Restorative Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Get rid of holiday stress. Appropriate for all levels. Brief explanation of meditation techniques followed by a sitting meditation, then a restorative yoga practice. Yoga teacher training starts February 2013. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA. Info: 985-640-2648.


Awaken the Dragon: Spread Your Wings – 2-3:30pm. With Katrina Ariel author of “Yoga for Dragon Riders” this Align and Flow miniworkshop is all about seeking your highest truth through the harmony of three elements:  Power, Love and Wisdom. Book signing, discussion to follow. $20. Balance Yoga 120 S. Cortez, NOLA. Info: 504-309-9618.


Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm, 7:05-8:10pm, 8:15-9:30pm. New Session begins Nov 26th with Becky Bazile, 500 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


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.


Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 12:45pm & 2:15pm (also 11/30). Help a student 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. Chair Yoga & Gentle Flow – 5-6pm Chair Yoga & 6:30-7:30pm Gentle Flow Yoga with Becky Bazile, Certified Yoga Teacher. 6-week ongoing sessions. Studio space limited to 8 students, pre-registration required. Chair Yoga ($45/session for Senior Adult) $60/session or $12/walk-in. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave. NOLA. Info/Register: 504-782-4432 or


Restorative Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. Quiet, effortless style of yoga, poses held for several minutes, body supported with bolsters, blankets, blocks. Becky Bazile, Certified Yoga Teacher. 6-Week Ongoing Sessions. Studio 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

ongoingevents Note: All Calendar events must be received via email by November 10 for the December issue. $10/Event Calendar or Ongoing Calendar listing. $25/Upcoming Events, $59 MarkYourCalendar. Qualified free community wide events are listed for free as space is available. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls please.

sunday Daily Kundalini Yoga by Donation – 9am. Also daily 5am practice and 5pm meditation. Kundalini yoga is the yoga of awareness. Clear the obstacles that limit life and awaken to fullest potential. Free. Divine Yoga, 1223 Baronne St and 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Contact:   Powerpath Meditation & Healing Hour – 9-10am. Non-traditional guided meditation and energy healing for creating love and joy in your life. No dogma. Free. Led by Mike Wittenbrink, MBA. Unity Temple, 3722 St. Charles Ave, NOLA. Info: 504-339-0594. Holiday Helper – 10-1pm or 2-5pm. Make way for the holidays and get a head start with gift wrapping, greeting cards, decorations, getting organized and more! Professional organizer Stasia Cymes can reduce your seasonal stress level. Package deals and gift certificates are also available! Call 504- 920-1800. New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – Meetings held every Sunday and Wednesday at our 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner La 70062 Location. Call 504-472-5635 for times. Oneness Blessings – 7pm. (also Wed 7:30 and Thurs 6:30 – different locations). Experience a life changing sacred energy transfer for spiritual awakening called the Oneness Blessing beginning with a guided meditation. Donations accepted. Divine Yoga, 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Contact:

monday Early Bird Power Yoga & Pilates Mat. – 5:45am. (M-F) Private Pilates Reformer & yoga instruction available. $49/7 classes. Namaste of Metairie, 4413 Chastant St., Metairie. Info: 504-484-9579. 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. All Levels Hatha Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Beginners welcome and appropriate for intermediate and experienced practitioners. Asana, pranayama, mantra, mudra, maybe some Sanskrit and more. $10/class or $48/6. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Info: 985-892-4170 or

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 for Men – 6:15-7:15pm. $15. Namaste of Metairie, 5050 W. esplanade Ave., Ste D. Info: 504484-9579 or Hanna Somatics class – 7-8pm. Learn how to be more flexible and release pain and stiffness from muscles and joints. Bring mat & towel to Our Place Fitness, 338 N. Vermont in downtown Covington.  $20.  Call Danny Burke 504-915-7200 for more info. Yoga Diva in Harahan – 7-8pm. (also Wed 5:156:15pm). Stretch, flow, breathe and focus to awaken your inner goddess. $15 drop-in or $60/5 classes. All levels, beginners welcome. 5700 Citrus Blvd, upstairs in Curves of Elmwood. For info: Karen 504-220-5325.

tuesday Gentle Yoga for Injured, Limited & Seniors – 8am. (Tue & Thur) $25/5 classes. Namaste Of Metairie, 5050 W. esplanade Ave., Ste D. Info: 504-484-9579 or Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 9-10:15 am. Designed to open all the lines of the body, moving from simple to complex movements. You will leave feeling refreshed and renewed. Appropriate for all levels -- beginners welcome! Also held on Thursday. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St., 985-640-2648. 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. Northshore Yoga – 5:30-7pm. All levels welcome to come and explore Hatha Yoga offered by Wendy McKee ERYT. Opening the body to settle the mind and connect within. Mats & Props provided $10/ class or $48/6 classes. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St., Covington Contact: Wendy McKee 985-789-0793 or Meditation, Knowledge & Sharing – 6:30pm. Free guided meditation sponsored by Art of Living. The New Orleans Healing Center, 2732 St. Claude Ave (4th Floor). Info: Call Allen 504-247-6692. The Greatest Secret to Self-healing, Empowerment & Creativity – 7-9pm. Powerpath Academy course 101. Life-changing process. Take back your power, get out of emotional pain and create a happier life. Taught by Mike Wittenbrink, MBA, Powerpath Academy. Cost is love donation. Unity Temple, 3722 St. Charles Ave, NOLA. Info: 504-339-0594. Insight Meditation Group – 7:30-9pm. (also 7:308:30am Fridays) for practice, study and discussion. 2134 Magazine St., 3rd fl., New Orleans. Info: or call Larry at 504-343-8378.

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wednesday Better Bottoms Merchandise Sales – 9am-3pm. Open to the public every Wed. Cloth Diapering Moms on site for questions and advice. Call to arrange for other dates or times. 1500 Edwards Ave, Ste F, Harahan, 70123. 504-731-7500. Hanna Somatics Class – 2-3pm. Learn how to be more flexible and release pain and stiffness from muscles and joints.  Wear loose clothing that allows for movement. EJGH Wellness Center, 3726 Houma Blvd.  $10/nonmembers. Call Danny Burke 504-915-7200 for more info. German Coast Farmers Market/West Bank – 3-6:30pm. Open-air market offering fresh produce, rotisserie & fresh meats, fresh pastries/breads, sausage, kettle corn, cracklins, prepared foods, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions. Arts and crafts 4th Wed. Located at 12715 Highway 90, St. Charles Plaza Shopping Center, Site of the old K-mart building, Luling, LA Northshore Yoga – 5:30pm.  Gentle, challenging and relaxing classes focusing on breath and movement appropriate for beginners and seasoned students.  Pleasant, stress-free environment with mats/props provided. 90 minutes @$10/class or 6 classes/$48. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St., Covington. Info/ Mary Ann, 500 RYT.  985-630-7242 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,

Meditation & Discussion Group – 7-8:30pm. A Vipassana (Insight) meditation group. All interested in learning to meditate are welcome. Donation based. Sponsored by Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center. Offered at The N.O. Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave (corner St. Roch), 4th fl, Info: 504-905-4090 or

thursday Crescent City Farmers Market/Mid-City – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave, American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine. All Levels Hatha Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Beginners welcome and appropriate for intermediate and experienced practitioners. Asana, pranayama, mantra, mudra, maybe some Sanskrit and more. $10/class or $48/6. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Info: 985-892-4170 or TriYogaNOLA/Mid-City – 6-7pm. Release, renew, and realize with relaxing, flowing movements to release tension in the body and to calm the mind. All levels. $15/class. 4436 Toulouse. For info and to register: 504-220-5325. A Course in Miracles – 6:30-8pm. Offered by Dr. Gary Arnold continuously in New Orleans since 1988. Free and open to the public. Location: Unity Church of Metairie, 3303 Richland, Ste. 2A, Metairie. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. Designed to open all the lines of the body, moving from simple to complex movements. You will leave feeling refreshed and renewed. Appropriate for all levels -- beginners welcome! Yoga teacher training 2/2013! Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St., 985-640-2648.

friday BodyFusion Yoga Class – 8:15-9:15am. Simple Hatha style yoga, with a slow easy flow. $10/ class. Space limited. St. Philip’s Church, 3643 Aurora Drive, New Orleans. Register with Debbie at 504-495-1937 or Aikido of New Orleans – 7-8:15pm. The martial art of power and movement. Free introductory class for adults. 2134 Magazine St, 3d fl., New Orleans. Info: or 504-561-0123.

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.-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.

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Gretna Farmers Market – 8:30am-12:30pm. Featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, baked goods, dairy, native fruit wines and garden plants. Located in the old train depot, 300 Huey P. Long Ave, between 3rd 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 & handcrafted 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. (also 10am-2pm 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. Holiday Helper – 10-1pm or 2-5pm. Make way for the holidays and get a head start with gift wrapping, greeting cards, decorations, getting organized and more! Professional organizer Stasia Cymes can reduce your seasonal stress level. Package deals and gift certificates are also available! Call 504-920-1800. Hollygrove Market & Farm – 10am-2pm. (also 10am-2pm Sundays & noon-6pm Tues). NOLA’s only CSA-style market selling each week assorted fresh local and organic fruit and vegetables from LA, MS & AL. 8301 Olive St, NOLA (across from Carrollton Boosters). Sankofa Farmers Market - 10am-2pm. Weekly market 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: 504-872-9214 or Crossroads Arts Bazaar – 10am.-5pm. Indoor Art Market at the New Orleans Healing Center. Free. 2372 St. Claude Ave, NOLA. 504-940-1130. Indoor Art Market at the New Orleans Healing Center. Guided Meditation – 10:30am-noon. Meditation is an excellent way to directly connect with your true inner self and with all divine energy to receive self-healing! Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Call Dr. Jess Tregle: 504-352-6418. Gentle Yoga for Seniors and Adults – 11amnoon. Free and no registration required. R o s a F. K e l l e r L i b r a r y a n d C o m m u n i t y Center, 4300 S. Broad, NOLA. For more info: 6 for 6 Saturdays – 2-3pm. Buy 6 items and get 6 free. This is a great way to taste a wide variety of our items. All Gluten free and dairy free. The PeaceBaker, 6601 Veterans Blvd Ste 1, Metairie. Guided Meditation Group – 2:30-3:30pm. Free guided meditation sponsored by Art of Living. Fairgrinds Coffee House (upstairs), 3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans. Info: call Allen at 504-247-6692.

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ACUPUNCTURE IN NOLA COMMUNITY CLINIC 3624 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-224-1069


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 32.

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

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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.

RODAN + FIELDS DERMATOLOGISTS Holly Andre 985.502.8597

The creators of Proactive are changing skin and lives with their clinically proven products for wrinkles, sun damage, acne, and sensitive skin. Call or visit website to get free personalized consultation. Business opportunities available. See ad on page 37.


LA Lic.# ACA.200032 3624 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-224-1069

Acupuncture is gentle and effective. Tonya offers Acupuncture and Oriental medicine in a relaxing environment. She is experienced in the treatment of pain, stress and allergies, plus many more conditions. Call to schedule an appointment.

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TEINTE HAIR SALON & STUDIO 816 Hickory Ave., Ste A Harahan

A full service hair salon and makeup studio specializing in organic hair products, organic beauty & bath products. We are the exclusive retailer of Afterglow organic mineral cosmetics. Free 5 Minute Makeup Consultations available. See ad on page 25.

ADDICTION RECOVERY RESOURCES, INC. 4933 Wabash St., Metairie 504-780-2766

Louisiana ’s leading private addiction treatment facility, providing effective care for adults struggling with addictive disorders. Our individualized programs address the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of addictive disease, including co-occurring disorders. See ad on page 7.

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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 13.



Letrice Barber-Hayes, LA Lic#5335-01 Kimberly Burrell, LA Lic#5460-01 638 Papworth Ave, Ste. B, Metairie 504-267-4662

Our goal is to tailor the client’s experience based on initial interview information, overall experience – We offer a variety of massage: traditional Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue work, Hot Stone Massage, and Reflexology. See ad on page 25.

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 34.


Melissa K. Brocato, LMT, LA Lic#4861 8725 Oak St., New Orleans 504-388-1468

Can you imagine a life without pain? Clinical massage could be an addition to your pain management routine. Also offering group packages, prenatal and sports massage. Located inside Salon Alphonse on Oak Street. Outcalls available.


Dora Ochoa, L.M.T. 1800 W. Causeway Approach., Ste. 122 Mandeville 985-626-5538

Unique, painless & permanent hair removal, specializing in Brazilian bikini lines. Home of the “Slimmer You” body wrap and cellulite massage. Instant gift certificates on our website.


Danny Burke 504-915-7200

Somatics, an all natural way to eliminate pain, repair injury and improve sports performance through gentle, slow movements. Danny is a Somatic Educator trained in the tradition of Thomas Hanna. Northshore and Southshore appointments available. See ad on page 24.


Zev Attias, LA Lic. #6926 319-855-3799

We offer a variety of manual therapies in a luxurious and relaxing ambiance in our convenient Metairie location. See ad on page 29.

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Alternative Health Consultant 504-897-9670

Stress, poor circulation, headaches, back pain, insomnia, depression, stroke, asthma, weight loss? You name it! Oxygen heals! Free one week in- home trial! See ad on page 36




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UPTOWN THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Uptown Holistic Center LA Lic. # 389201 723 Hillary St., New Orleans 504-275-5923

Ken Leavitt, founder of the Uptown Holistic Center, has been studying Massage/Bodywork for over twenty years. Combining Asian,Eastern and Western modalities to provide lasting beneficial results. 90 minutes- $110.00. See ad on page 14.


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 non-surgical spinal decompression, cold laser, EB-Cellular Cleanser, Far Infra Red Sauna and the Ideal Protein Diet plan. See ad on page 11.


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 18.


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! Unique session for caregivers.


Jodi Brown 504-616-7171

I teach my clients how to Eat their way to better health quickly, easily and deliciously. Empower yourself with a food makeover, a corporate lunch and learn, or a weekend retreat. I can customize a class and demonstration for your organization or church.

counseling and psychotherapy ANDREA SCHEELE, LCSW, LMFT

ast andAttachment towards Psychotherapy ng 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 6.

day spa THE WOODHOUSE DAY SPA 4030 Canal St., New Orleans 504-482-NOLA (6652)

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 on page 2.


1101 Robert Blvd., Ste. A, Slidell 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 on page 35.

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 on page 6.

Fitness ALL INCLUSIVE HEALTH FITNESS STUDIO 4119 Magazine St. 504-715-0397

All In – a whole health fitness studio! Exercise: personal training, running plans, group exercise classes. Eat: get a nutrition plan from our fitness nutrition specialist or schedule a medical nutrition therapy session with our registered dietician. See ad on page 19.


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.

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f PSYCH-K Energy Psychology & the gentle processMediation Couples memories, 504-723-2899 what is our life’ purpose. A results oriented approach to growth mith






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& 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 16.

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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 8.

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gluten free THE PEACEBAKER

6601 Veterans Blvd, Ste. 1, Metairie 504-888-9094

A dedicated gluten-free bakery also offering dairy free and vegan items for walk in, catering and wholesale. Our mission: Give back to the community and provide awareness and partnerships with regards to food allergies. See ad on page 2.

HARMONIOUS YOU, LLC Holistic Therapy/PSYCH-K 504-669-1020

PSYCH-K is a fast, safe, non-invasive, extremely effective technique that combines psychology and kinesiology that works with the subconscious mind to change negative beliefs that hold us back from having the life we want. See ad on page 25.


holistic healing Centers AFFORDABLE HEALING ARTS A Community of Healers located inside the NOHC 985-467-0900

AHA! is a beautiful, comfortable space where practitioners and clients meet. Independent practitioners find affordable shared office space in a community environment. Clients find practitioners with their best interests in mind. See ad on page 13.

UPTOWN HOLISTIC CENTER 723 Hillary St., New Orleans 504-865-0966

A group of independent Holistic Practitioners committed to the highest level of Holistic Health Care. Emphasis on the whole person – body, mind & spirit – allows for a more complete process of healing and well-being.

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 19.


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Metaphysician 504-352-6418

Heal your body, mind & spirit! You will become more relaxed and peaceful and more happy, light, and uplifted! Release ALL forms of negativity from you such as stress, anger, anxiety/fear, sadness, and pain! Gain inner-peace and true freedom.


Learn “The Greatest Secret to SelfHealing, Empowerment, and Creativity” in our on-going Tuesday night class. Take back your power, release your emotional pain, solve your problems, and create a happier life. Open class: come once or every week. At Unity Temple. 3722 St. Charles, NOLA. For details, call or see web page.


Shamanic Practitioner Affordable Healing Arts LLC 2372 St. Claude Ave., Ste. 220, New Orleans 408-540-8627

Journey into the shamanic realms for self-discovery, retrieving soul-parts disassociated in trauma, clearing blocks and connecting with your essential self. Energy work, sound healing, movement integration. Workshops and individual sessions.

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.

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

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 21

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 10.


Dr. James Fambro 315 Robert Blvd., Ste. A, Slidell 985-288-5162

Give your body what it needs to be Self-Healing. Our services include Functional Medicine Evaluation, Nutrition Assisted Addiction Recovery, Intravenous Vitamin/Mineral Therapies, Food and Environmental Testing/Treatment, Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy. See ad on page 31.

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.


Certified Life Empowerment Coach 504-421-0567

Having a Life you Love to Live Starts When You Choose to Create it. I would Love to empower you to create the changes that you Desire and Deserve! Emotional Empowerment Coaching for Teens and Adults.

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Diaper Delivery 504-731-7500

Better Bottoms is an affordable cloth diaper service that has serviced hundreds of New Orleans Metro area babies!  Keep baby happy and healthy while keeping diapers out of landfills! Check our website for diaper options and accessories. See ad on page 37.

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 back cover.

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NATURE LOVERS HEALTH FOOD 3014 Cleary Ave., Metairie 504-887-4929


Since 1985. We are your independent health food store. Our goal is to provide the knowledge you need to take responsibility for your health. Our knowledgeable staff will help you find answers. Vitamins, herbs, gluten-free products.See ad on page 36.

1135 Press St. New Orleans 504-947-7554

The best kept secret in New Orleans for Indoor/Outdoor Plants. Our knowledgeable staff can assist you in selecting from hundreds of varieties for every garden need. Delivery is available. Our hours are Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. See ad on page 14.


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 28 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 22.



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

Plant Based PhytoBurst Chews have the same amount of vitamins and minerals as the food in this bountiful basket! Tasty Nutrition Chews help support our immune system, increased energy, & promote longevity. Free samples. Six-month money back guarantee.

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 5.

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Counselor*Natural Healer*Herbalist 504-330-8380

Discover Real Solutions to creating Your Better Life with even one session. Be inspired. Learn the tools to cope and heal. It can change your life. Meet Michele free every Wednesday @ EdibleCityGardens See ad on page 14.


Stasia Cymes Professional Organizer 504-920-1800

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Clear the Clutter guides you through the process of cleansing your home or office, creating new space & peace of mind. During times of transition or ready for a change. Schedule your complimentary consultation today! See ad on page 14.

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Your source for no salt, no chlorine pools. We offer monthly pool service, pool remodels, leak detection, pool resurfacing with 20 year warranty, eco pool filters, design & consultation for new pools. NSPF certified pool operators. See ad on page 5.

2605 Ridgelake Dr., Metairie 504-529-SUN9

100% locally owned and operated, South Coast Solar is Louisiana’s largest solar energy company. Call or visit our website to set up a free estimate. See ad on page 26.


Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner 504-388-2356

Offering 22 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 8 and calendar for classes.


Baton Rouge – 225-229-6107 Lafayette – 337-298-0113

Cutting edge technology for early disease detection. No radiation – no contact – painless. Specializing in full body imaging. Best detection for breast, heart, thyroid, gallbladder disorders, cancers, etc. See ad on page 8.


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 25.

WELLNESS CENTER JOURNEY INTO WELLNESS 3939 Houma Blvd., Bld. 3, Ste. 15 Doctors Row, Metairie 504-909-3723

A place of learning and complementary therapies and modalities are all available in our newly renovated medical complex. Treatment rooms and class space for practitioners are available to rent. Contact Tianne Lastra, Director. See ad on page 24.

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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 2 and ongoing calendar.

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5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Ste. D, Metairie 504-484-9579

Metairie’s premiere yoga, Pilates & movement studio is a cozy neighborhood community offering 25+ classes & workshops each week to bring balance, strength & clarity to your life and body. See ad on page 12.






1223 Baronne St.

Kundalini Yoga is considered to be the most comprehensive of yogas, combining meditation, physical practice and breathing exercises. All levels of experience are welcome to all classes. See ad on page 23 and calendar for events/ classes.

Mia Oramous, Owner 8422 Oak St., New Orleans 985-640-2648

Yoga, Pilates, Nia and TRX workout classes offered all week; private sessions also available. 200-hr yoga teacher training starts February 2013. Class schedule, descriptions and more on website! See ad page 14.


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

Gambit’s ”Best Place to Take a Yoga Class” eight years in a row. Over 40 ongoing classes per week for beginners and experienced taught by skilled teachers in a peaceful, positive atmosphere. Offering courses, workshops, retreats and concerts. See ad on page 23 and calendar for events/classes.

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

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

Offering Yoga Alliance registered teacher training with certification at the 200 hour and 500 hour levels. Also a state licensed Yoga Therapy training program. Visit website for more information. See ad on page 23.

yoga therapy AMY ARCHINAL, RYT, PRYT Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy 504-899-6167

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy combines meditation, assisted yoga postures, breathwork and client-centered dialogue to promote self-awareness. Discover the wisdom of your body. See ad page 23.

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Casso’s Cream Anti-Bacterial • Anti-Fungal Anti-Inflammatory

“No Medicine Cabinet Should Be Without It” CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY Casso’s Cream is a multi-specialty topical cream containing a proprietary compound of prescription pharmaceutical and OTC ingredients each of which has a specific targeted action. Casso’s Cream contains a broad spectrum antibacterial, highly effective in the treatment of primary and secondary bacterial infections of the skin. It also contains an anti-fungal agent, which is both fungicidal and fungistatic against a wide variety of yeast-like fungi and a weak concentration of a topical corticosteroid for the anti-inflammatory, anti-pruritic and vasoconstrictive actions. This product may treat infections that have not responded to other topical antibiotic agents. INDICATIONS AND USAGE Topical Primary Skin Infections: Impetigo contagiosa, superficial folliculitis, ecthyma, furunculosis, sycosis barbae, and pyoderma gangrenosum. Topical Secondary Skin Infections: Infectious eczematiod dermatitis, pustular acne, pustular psoriasis, infected seborrheic dermatitis, infected contact dermatitis (including poison ivy), infected excoriations, and bacterial superinfections of fungal or viral infections. It is useful in the treatment of infected skin cysts and certain other skin abscesses when preceded by incision and drainage to permit adequate contact between the antibiotic and

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