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t’s no secret how painful these last few years have been for our collective mental, physical and emotional wellness. According to a recent poll from the American Psychological Association, there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of both children and adults currently seeking treatment for chronic stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and burnout. These issues can impact anyone—no matter their background—but since Father’s Day is right around the corner, we want to turn our attention to the mental health stigma which continues to prevent men from discussing their trauma and taking steps to heal. So join us in this issue as we unpack the intricate, complex dimensions of emotional trauma and societal gender roles, as well as how to overcome barriers that stand in the way of holistic well-being. We’ll lead off this important conversation with our feature article, “The Healing of the Modern Man: How Men Redefine their Emotional Power.” For generations, men in Western society have inherited the cultural expectation to always be tough and in control. Male vulnerability has been misrepresented as weakness, causing amplified stress levels and higher rates of addiction or even suicide. However, in recent years, more men have begun to reject these social norms, embrace emotional sensitivity, and access mental health resources to take ownership of their healing. As a result, the stereotypical “tough guy” persona has started to lose its foothold. Next on the docket, our “Healing Ways” article explores how innovative emergent therapies offer a new resurgence of hope in trauma recovery. Data shows that two in three Americans have been traumatized at some point in their lives from abuse, illness, accidents, violence, and other forms of personal or societal crisis. Trauma repercussions can be debilitating, but experimental alternative modalities are now being used to successfully restore the fractured sense of self that a traumatic event will often cause. These therapeutic methods treat the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual effects of trauma to nurture wholeness from the inside out. Finally, as we celebrate the father figures in our lives this month, it’s crucial to shine a light on the role that fathers, mothers, caregivers and other adult role models have in the mental health and emotional intelligence of our future generations. This month’s “Healthy Kids” article is all about raising children with empathy and compassion. When children are taught to care deeply for others, as well as to be kind to themselves, studies show they will be less prone to bullying and more suited to collaborative, prosocial, healthy relationships. They will also be more likely to thrive in both academic and professional settings. When we instill compassion in our kids, we plant the seeds to make this world a more beautiful, loving place. As usual, I want to thank you for the continued investment and participation in our Natural Awakenings community. Your support means the world to us, and we hope that you find a wealth of nourishment for your mind, soul and body within these pages. For more interactive fun, be sure to take part in our monthly crossword puzzle challenge as well. The clues are in each article, and I’ll post the answers on NASRQ.com—I invite you to play along!

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Experience a Springtime Transformation at The OM Shoppe & Spa


pring is in full bloom—and so is The OM Shoppe & Spa! In the last month, we have transformed our showroom to provide a more personal and interactive experience for our customers. Our new displays encourage you to shake it up with Pala bracelets, ankle bells, Kenari chimes and maracas. You might also feel inspired to strike a cord with a suede, silicone or gemstone striker for your singing bowls. Speaking of singing bowls, we invite you to see, hear and experience our house set of crystal singing bowls. This set is played at special events including our monthly Sound Baths (second Wednesday of each month), Sound Journeys (fourth Sunday of each month) and Crystal Singing Bowls for Personal Wellness Series. You can register for these or other events by calling us or visiting our website. If you aren’t able to join us at one an events, come visit us during our business hours and let us tune up your happiness. The OM Shoppe & Spa is here to support your transformations. For more information, call 941-706-3257 or visit TheOMShoppeAndSpa.com.

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Experience a Psychic Sundays Tour of Sarasota


iscover Sarasota Tours offers Psychic Sundays Tours, 1–2:45 p.m. Upcoming dates are June 12 and 26, July 10 and 24, and August 7 and 21. This 105-minute tour is led by local evidentiary psychic and tarot reader Michael Newton-Brown. Tourgoers browse the Trolley Cottage Gift Shop for a range of metaphysical books, candles and gifts while they wait to board. On the tour itself, they will learn about Sarasota’s robust metaphysical community while they visit Pixie Dust Metaphysical Boutique on Main Street, experience a Sound Healing immersive experience with Kaylene McCaw at the Crocker Memorial Church, then walk the labyrinth at a local church. Guests will also visit a spirit gallery where Newton-Brown channels spirits, then provides a personal mini tarot reading. The ticket includes pineapple or orange mimosas as well as free parking. Location: 1826 4th St., Sarasota. Cost: $44.99 + taxes and fees. A limited number of tarot readings are also available after the tour for an extra $30. To purchase tour tickets, visit DiscoverSarasotaTours.com, then email Info@DiscoverSarasotaTours.com to reserve a reading spot. For more information, call 941-260-9818.

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“Finding and Freeing Your Voice” Sessions with Jennifer Loftus


ennifer Loftus has worked with students of all ages on many different aspects of the voice for over 35 years. Perhaps you want to work on developing a healthy, free, expressive and reliable speaking voice to communicate with ease in daily life. Perhaps you are a teacher and want to deliver your message with vocal clarity and projection in the classroom. Perhaps you love to sing and want to be able to carry a tune or flourish even more as a singer. Perhaps you have an upcoming audition and want some extra help with your songs. Whatever your own personal reason is for working on your voice, Loftus will cater each session to work with your specific intention. Together, you will create a safe environment so you can explore and express your voice, utilizing many different techniques. Loftus has her Bachelors and Masters Degree in music from Michigan State University. She has coached speakers and singers from Michigan to Chicago to Maui to Northport, Florida, where she now resides. Loftus also operates her own studio, where she teaches private voice and piano, in addition to offering both private and duo sound baths. For more information and to schedule a session, visit MusicMovesTheSoul.com.

Resonance Holistic Wellness Offers Conscious Dying Coaching


onscious Dying Coaching (CDC) services are available at Resonance Holistic Wellness. CDC is a specialized coaching method that emphasizes the quality of death and creating a sense of peace in those who are nearing death. Some refer to it as death with dignity. In the most ideal cases, CDC is initiated as soon as one receives a terminal diagnosis. This allows the coach time to work through various aspects of life and the process of death—not only with the client, but with those supporting the client as well. CDC is separate from, but adjunctive to, hospice care. Both services intertwine to merge clinical oversight, supportive modalities and a systematic process to address the complexities of life and death. Often, the shock of an unexpected terminal diagnosis causes a flood of emotions that disables one from being able to think thoroughly and seek closure. CDC gently addresses the various aspects of life including the physical (How do I want to die? What does this look like?), emotional (How do I feel about dying? What do I want others to know about these feelings?) and spiritual (Where do I find strength in the midst of this process?) components. The nurses of Resonance have 37 years of experience to help you navigate the uncertainties of death. If you, or someone you know, could benefit from CDC, reach out to Resonance Holistic Wellness. It’s so important to have agency and authenticity—not just in a life of dignity, but also in a death of dignity. Location: 3148 Southgate Cir., Suite 8, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-312-4334. 12

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Stress vs. Anxiety: And How to Address them Both


hile the terms “stress” and “anxiety” are often used interchangeably, these two states are quite different in reality. Stress is a primal, physical response to danger, whether real or perceived. It activates the release of “fight or flight” hormones which carry blood to the extremities, so the body will be fueled to take action. Anxiety, on the other hand, is a mental response activated by stress which manifests as worry or fear. Anxiety is completely normal, but it becomes problematic when it sticks around long after the stressful situation ends. Here at Professional Supplement Center, we are committed to helping you find relief from this residual anxiety. Anxie-T™ by Life Seasons helps the body feel calmer and more relaxed, both mentally and physically. It nourishes the nervous system to provide a sense of well-being and relaxation. It also supports the body’s natural abilities to deal with common symptoms of stress including nervousness, exhaustion, muscle tension, fearfulness and anxiety-related sleep issues. In addition, Professional Supplement Center offers a wide range of supplements to meet your overall health needs including Neuroscience, Wiley’s Finest Fish Oil, Life Seasons, Standard Process, Pure Encapsulations, Designs For Health, Xymogen, Apex Energetics, Ortho Molecular and Douglas Labs, to name just a few. In conjunction with a synergistic supplement that supports the body’s response to stress, there are several wellness practices you can utilize to promote balance and help the mind find peace as well. Deep breathing techniques, walking in nature and writing down what you’re grateful for can help reframe negative emotions or sensations. Location: 5525 Palmer Crossing Cir., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-487-5990 or visit ProfessionalSupplementCenter.com.

Anti-Aging Seminars on Zoom with Dr. Anna


r. Anna Baker, DOM. invites you to join her interactive anti-aging seminars via Zoom on June 8 and 24, 1:30 p.m. She will showcase her Faces by Dr. Anna acupuncture facelift and her muscle retightening Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna. Please contact the Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store to access the meeting ID number. Dr. Anna performs a unique type of acupuncture facelift that she invented. The muscles of the face and neck are progressively retightened to retrace the steps that aging took. An initial package of 10 treatments is required, and the results last for 18 months before a one-treatment touchup is required to maintain the lift. COVID-19 safety protocols include treatment rooms with special air filtration systems that pull patients’ breath droplets out the window. In this seminar, Dr. Anna will show photographed results on people of all ages. In addition she will discuss her proprietary Pearl Cream by Dr Anna which offers the same muscle retightening as her acupuncture facelift in a slower, more gradual process. This anti-aging serum is made from real pearls and Chinese herbs without any preservatives. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna is also available as a muscle tightening body lotion, men’s anti-aging line and sports performance line. In addition, June is our anniversary month, so we will be celebrating with specials all month. Call us or come into our store to learn more. Location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Temporary COVID-19 store hours are Monday–Friday. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To access the meeting ID, call 941-921-2662. For more information, visit FacesByDrAnna. com and PearlCreamByDrAnna.com.

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ryoskin works by using sub-zero temperatures to eliminate body fat. We utilize this science to provide slimming, skin tightening, toning, cellulite and facial treatments with non-invasive results. Cryoskin slimming helps our customers lose inches off their stomach, love-handles, thighs, bra-fat and other areas. Toning sessions help to diminish cellulite, tone the body and tighten the skin. Toning is effective on the face, neck and cleavage areas because it tightens the skin. iCoone is the latest technology from Italy. Once available only in exotic, luxury spas, this revolutionary device is now available in Sarasota for the first time. iCoone treatments offer a quick, non-invasive solution for a number of therapeutic and esthetic problems without the risk of side-effects. These treatments support increased blood and lymph circulation, which nourishes and oxygenates tissues. It stimulates fibroblasts to synthesize collagen and elastin, which are responsible for skin elasticity, and its multidimensional stimulation results in the breakdown of the fat stored in the cells (lipolysis). Our treatments are not painful. Sessions average about 50 minutes, and there is no downtime, so you can even come in during a lunch break and before or after a workout. Why should you choose Cryo Studio Sarasota? We use the latest non-invasive technology, and we create special protocols with various data-backed devices based on each client’s skin and body type, needs and goals to achieve the best results possible. We are the only location in the Eastern United States that has Master Elite Certified trainers on staff. This means you will not find another studio with more knowledge and experience for your treatments than Cryo Studio Sarasota. Over the past four years, we have performed over 4000 non invasive treatments with incredible results. Visit our website and read the reviews. We are so confident you will love these results that we want to give you a no-cost consultation, plus $100 off the first body treatment or $50 off a facial just for coming in to learn more and trying one of our treatments. Location: 2100 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-241-7358 or visit CryoStudioSarasota.com.


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his month, we welcome two new offerings to our Wild Ginger community. To begin with, one-on-one Past Life Regression sessions are now available on select Fridays with our meditation instructor Julia Brown. If you are unfamiliar, Past Life Regression is a gentle form of hypnotherapy which takes you back in time to previous lives or incarnations by accessing memories and experiences normally hidden in the subconscious mind. A session guides you out of the noise and into a deeply quiet, peaceful state where it’s easier to locate these memories. Past Life Regression can help you in the following areas: • • • • • •

Reconnect with past life experiences. Help you understand why you feel a deep connection with certain places. Explore your past life and current Soulmate experiences. Identify ailments which could be remnants of past life experiences. Explore unresolved emotions carried into this lifetime, creating fears or beliefs which you have been unable to explain. Acknowledge and embrace the key lessons from past lives.

Our instructor Julia Brown has worked with Tarot, Oracles, Angels and intuitive channeling. She is an empath, and has developed the Five Clair Senses which she integrates into her work. Brown believes the subconscious mind can unlock blockages and challenges that you face in the present by exploring the past in a safe setting. She will offer these sessions at Wild Ginger Apothecary on June 10 and 24, noon to 4 p.m. Akashic Record Readings are our second latest offerings at WGA, with our new instructor Akasha Jen Smith, Ph.D(c). The Akashic Records is a cosmic databank where all infinite truth is stored. Smith is a multidimensional channel who can hear, see, feel and know the intuitive information that comes through to support the people she works with. She is also the founder of School of Awakened Living which trains and certifies professional intuitives and healers. She is available for readings on June 17 and 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can check out our full class and event schedule to book appointments on our website or stop by in person. Location: 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota. Hours: Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit WildGingerApothecary.com.

The Sarasota Mystic Faire Returns

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n July 23, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and July 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium will host the largest metaphysical event of the year. Back for its tenth anniversary, the auditorium will brim with talented psychics, mediums and energy healers. Numerous vendors will be onsite to offer crystal bowls, healing tools, crystals, books, jewelry, photography, clothing and more. Enjoy free lectures all weekend from experts in their fields. This event features a unique mix of people committed to serving others. Explore fascinating concepts and modalities, while browsing the items for sale, all in one comfortable and convenient location. Location: 801 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 239-949-3387 or email Canbria@aol.com.

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Cut Back on Booze to Protect the Brain

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It is widely known that heavy drinking harms the brain, but even drinking as little as a few beers or glasses of wine per week will reduce brain volume, according to a new study of 36,000 adults. Researchers led by a University of Pennsylvania team reported in Nature Communications that alcohol consumption even at modest levels may carry risks to the brain, shrinking it in ways similar to the aging process. The study was conducted using the UK Biobank, a dataset from 500,000 British middle-aged and older adults that includes genetic and medical information, including white and gray matter volume in different regions of the brain. The researchers found that the more alcohol people consumed on average, the greater the brain damage. Going from zero to a daily average of one alcohol unit (half a beer or half a glass of wine) is linked with the equivalent of a half a year of aging in 50-year-olds. Drinking an average of two units a day (a pint of beer or glass of wine) produces changes in the brain equivalent to aging two years. The difference between zero and four units (two beers or glasses of wine) was equal to more than 10 years of aging. “It’s not linear,” says study co-author Remi Daviet. “It gets worse the more you drink. There is some evidence that the effect of drinking on the brain is exponential. That means that cutting back on that final drink of the night might have a big effect in terms of brain aging.”

For the one in three Americans that are sleep-deprived, working out with resistance exercises to strengthen muscles may produce longer and deeper shuteye than aerobics, new research from the American Heart Association shows. In a 12-month study, researchers randomly assigned 386 inactive, overweight adults with high blood pressure to one of several groups that worked out for an hour three times a week. A resistance exercise group did three sets of eight to 16 repetitions on 12 machines; the aerobics group used treadmills, bicycles or elliptical machines; a combo group used both; and a control group did no supervised exercise. Among the 42 percent of participants that were not getting at least seven hours of sleep at the study’s start, sleep duration increased by an average of 40 minutes for the resistance exercise group compared to an increase of about 23 minutes in the aerobic exercise group and about 17 minutes in the combined exercise group. “If your sleep has gotten noticeably worse over the past two stressful years, consider incorporating two or more resistance exercise training sessions into your regular exercise routine to improve your general muscle and bone health, as well as your sleep,” says study author Angelique Brellenthin, assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University, in Ames.









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Access Denied Don’t Fence Me In

A group of biologists in the northern Rockies published a paper in 2018, “A fence runs through it: A call for greater attention to the influence of fences on wildlife and ecosystems.” In 2020, a meta-analysis in BioScience looked at all the studies of the effects of fences and found that their profound impacts are often ignored or greatly underestimated. The impacts extend far beyond blocking animal migration routes and include furthering disease transmission by concentrating animals, altering the hunting practices of predators and impeding access to key areas of water and forage. Fences are going up rapidly as border barriers and livestock farming increase. In the case of the U.S./Mexico border wall intended to prevent illegal immigration, “The main threat ... is the landscape-level impacts of curtailing or completely precluding wildlife movement and eliminating landscape connectivity at large scales,” says Aaron Flesch, a wildlife biologist at the University of Arizona, who has studied the wall’s impacts. Bighorn sheep and jaguars are cut off from their kind on the other side of the border. That means that the genetic interaction needed to keep small populations of jaguars or ocelots healthy may be affected. It also means bighorn sheep in Mexico may not be able to migrate north to escape a hotter and drier climate.




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A Secret Source of Pain by Eric Winder, D.C.


cars are visible reminders of past injuries. Sometimes they also cause problems long after the initial trauma, even if we don’t realize it. Pain from scar tissue is often missed because the scar itself might not hurt. Instead, scars can cause pain by distorting the sheet-like connective tissue in our bodies called fascia. This can lead to muscle imbalance and joint instability, which could then cause pain in nearby muscles and joints. Fortunately, releasing internal restrictions in scars can provide relief by restoring normal movement to affected fascia. New Scar, New Pain A patient, whom I will refer to as Terry, is a cello player who asked me to help with a new pain and tension around the right shoulder blade. The pain started after healing from a skin biopsy in the right shoulder blade area, and was constantly irritated by the shoulder movements with her bow while playing. Terry was sure the new scar was the source of pain and tension, but massages on the scar and pain-relief lotion applications had not helped the pain at all. The discomfort increased each week and soon become prohibitive to her playing. Upon examining Terry’s scar, I noticed a hard, restricted feeling, compared to the skin around it. Some muscles between the spine and shoulder blade were abnormally tight, and pressing on them caused Terry to feel sharp discomfort. When I tested


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the muscles for strength, they were, in fact, quite weak. After stimulating the scar with precise pressure, I noticed the tight muscles were more relaxed and became much less tender to pressure. This confirmed the scar was a source of pain and tension. After about five minutes of precise manual therapy designed to soften the scar, the muscle tension melted. Retesting the weak muscles helped restore their solid, normal strength. Terry practiced bowing movements as if playing the cello, and was relieved to experience a free, easy motion in her shoulder once again. Now she is able to play pain-free. Old Scar, New Pain Another patient, whom I will refer to as Samantha, came into my office for relief from hip pain that started after she used her thighs to help lift a heavy box. She thought the pain was from a muscle strain from the lifting, but weeks later, she still experienced weakness and difficulty walking. My practice focuses on restrictions in connective tissue (especially fascia) that cause muscular imbalance and joint misalignment, so I examined her for fascia restrictions. Aside from mild inflammation in the hip area, there were no significant restrictions. However, Samantha’s issue seemed to be a loss of muscle tone and weakness in her left abdominal muscles. Searching for the source of this weakness, I found a line of fascia tension in her left rib cage, which


she informed me was the line of a surgical scar. At age two, she had an enormous incision made in the left side of her chest to allow for heart surgery. The scar had remained painful her entire life, and was extremely tender to even light pressure. Testing the scar, I stimulated it with light pressure while retesting the strength of her abdominal muscles. They were much stronger, and movement at her left hip became less painful. The scar was large and, therefore, could not be completely released in just one treatment, but the partial release of the first treatment offered her enormous relief from the left hip pain. Further treatments resolved her pain entirely. It never occurred to Samantha that a scar from her early childhood could still affect her decades later. Unbeknownst to her, the scar had been creating a weakness in her abdominal muscles that made it difficult to rebound from a minor injury. She had strained some muscles with her heavy lifting, but the restricted fascia from this old scar caused continuing stress in the strained area and was not allowing her to heal properly. Referred Pain Samantha’s story illustrates another potential aspect of pain that can be caused by scars. The pain can “refer” to somewhere distant from the scar, making it hard to discern where exactly the pain comes from. I see many cases where scars from abdom-

inal surgeries, such as c-sections or appendectomies, cause distortions in the body’s web of fascia and result in hip muscle weakness. This, in turn, can cause sciatica or knee pain and, ultimately, become prohibitive to accomplishing even routine daily tasks. Sometimes scars can also cause pain to cross over to the other side of the body. One example would be an abdominal scar on one side of the body that causes weakness and activates a twisting of the pelvis. This, in turn, can lead to misalignment or binding of the joints on the opposite side, which results in low back pain or sciatica. This is why I assess all patients, from head to toe, and take an extensive history of their past injuries and surgeries. It is entirely possible—and even common—for restrictions in fascia to have absolutely no pain of their own, while causing pain and dysfunction somewhere else in the body. Easy Does It Restriction in scar tissue is often painful to pressure, but effective fascia release can be gentle. The stiffening of a scar often responds to just ounces of hands-on pressure, restoring the normal softness and pliability to the tissue that allows for restored muscle tone, balance and joint stability. Scars that have been hard and dense for years can often be softened in just one treatment, then completely restored to near-normal pliability in two or three visits. The scars most likely to trigger pain (even when the scar itself is not painful) are those from the following surgeries: hysterectomy, c-section, hernia repair, hip or knee replacement, spinal fusion or any operation involving the implantation of hardware. I highly recommend an evaluation for scar tissue restrictions in any case of unexplained chronic pain where there is significant scar tissue not far from the pain area. For many people, releasing scar tissue offers the relief they could not find anywhere else. Dr. Eric Winder has been practicing chiropractic for 25 years, with a focus on fascial treatment and soft tissue therapies for the past 22 years. Dr. Winder’s practice focuses on relieving pain and restoring alignment and motion through gentle soft tissue therapies. For more information, call 941-957-8390 or visit GentleBay.com.

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PATIENT AND PRACTITIONER SPOTLIGHT: Q&A WITH SARASOTA UPPER CERVICAL CHIROPRACTIC by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer Natural Awakenings: Can you describe the physical condition that you were experiencing when your came into Dr. Hall’s office in search of relief? Julie Lock: I found Dr. Hall by accident. My physical conditions before seeing him were consistent back and neck pain, daily migraines and nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, blurred vision, inability to drive, hearing loss in my left ear and buzzing sounds in both ears.


or this month’s Community Spotlight, I had a unique opportunity to deviate from our usual format and speak, not only with a local alternative medicine practitioner, but with an actual recipient of the modality as well. Let me introduce you to Julie Lock, who has experienced what she calls “miraculous” healing after 10 months of chronic, debilitating health issues. I am honored that she has entrusted her story to the Natural Awakenings community. I am also inspired by her resilience to continue seeking answers and advocating for her own recovery. So...what was the answer Julie Lock ultimately found in her search for alternative medicine solutions? Enter: Dr. Drew Hall, the lead practitioner of Sarasota Upper Cervical Chiropractic. Dr. Hall specializes in a modality known as the Blair Upper Cervical technique, which restores functionality to misalignments in the spinal cord, as well as related interferences to the central nervous system. In doing so, he is able to treat the root cause of various conditions with longterm success—as in Julie’s case. These two were kind enough to share their experience of working in tandem to achieve a beautifully restorative outcome. And on that note, I will turn the floor over to Julie Lock and Dr. Drew Hall for a Patient and Practitioner Q&A.


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Dr. Drew Hall: Medically speaking, Julie suffered from chronic photophobia (intolerance to lights), hyperacusis (sensitivity to sounds), severe vertigo, bilateral eustachian tube dysfunction (both middle ear tubes were closed, which caused hearing loss), tinnitus (constant ringing in the ears), insomnia, blurred vision and migraine headaches. NA: What treatment protocol were used to treat these health conditions, and can you walk me through what the whole process entailed? Lock: In my initial consultation with Dr. Hall, we charted the entire history of my personal health status. He explained how the Blair Upper Cervical technique works, then performed a leg balance test to determine if one leg was shorter than the other. He told me this would alert him to any interferences in the nervous system. The next test he performed was called Infrared Thermography which evaluated my blood flow to make sure it was at the right temperature, and that no irritation in the upper cervical part of the neck existed. Finally, he took a series of precision x-rays to determine whether my vertebrae had become misaligned. The entire treatment is based on each unique person, as everyone has different problems at various degrees—some more complex than others. My own treatment sessions lasted between an 1 ½–2 hours. Dr. Hall: When any patient comes into


our office, we review their health history, run them through a battery of neurological tests that show us whether they have an upper cervical spine misalignment—and, if so, where it’s located. Then, we use precision three-dimensional CBCT imaging (cone beam computed tomography) to view the joints of the misaligned vertebrae. The imaging tells us the direction of misalignment, as well as the angle and magnitude (number of millimeters) of the joint misalignment. We collect all of this information to perform a custom tailored spinal correction without any twisting, pulling or other invasive manipulations. I perform this correction with finesse and precision—not force. The patient lies on their side, then measurements gleaned from the CBCT imaging are used to do a quick and precise correction to restore the misaligned joint to healthy function and motion. When there is any spinal misalignment in the upper neck (atlas and axis), it causes interference to the central nervous system—specifically in the brainstem, the seat of control for all autonomic (automatic) processes in the body. This includes heart function, blood pressure regulation, postural muscle tone and organ function, as well as all other internal systems that humans do not consciously control. Once this spinal correction is finished, the patient will then rest in a bed for 20 minutes, so the body can relax and re-center the corrected vertebrae. Thereafter, each patient will be monitored on regular visits to ensure the misaligned vertebrae remains its normal position. The goal is to maintain this normal position for as long as possible, so the soft tissue can heal without continuing to disrupt the central nervous system. This allows the body to return to optimal function and recover from potential chronic health issues in the process. There’s an extensive laundry list of conditions that respond favorably to our work. The 10 we see most often include vertigo; Meniere’s Disease (tinnitus, eustachian tube dysfunction, hearing deficits, brain fog, severe vertigo); Post-Concussion Syndrome; TMJ or TMD (chronic jaw pain or restriction); insomnia; migraines; chronic lower back, neck, hip, shoulder or arm pain; sinus problems; Fibromyalgia;

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; and Trigeminal, Occipital or Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia (cranial or facial nerve dysfunction). We’re able to treat these issues effectively with the Blair Upper Cervical technique because when an underlying structural issue is corrected at its source, the body’s potential to heal and repair itself will ultimately improve. NA: How successful was this modality for alleviating your symptoms, as well as healing the root cause of these health conditions? Lock: On April 20, 2022, Dr. Hall performed an adjustment behind my left ear, as well as in the middle of my neck. The next morning, I noticed the hearing loss in my left ear was completely restored. By the end of April, most of my other symptoms were gone too. As far as my scale of improvement, I went from a 4 to a 9. The result is miraculous—it changed my life. Dr. Hall: Julie has now been under our care for 21 days, and she reports that 75 percent of her health issues have either improved or healed entirely. Her vertigo is gone. Her hearing has returned to normal. Her sensitivity to sound and light is much better. She drove her car to our office on the third visit, which is notable, since she was previously unable to drive as a result of chronic vertigo and cognitive issues. The only issue that has not yet been resolved is her insomnia. This is unusual, but we always educate our patients about complete recovery. We are thrilled that Julie is doing so much better. She has experienced tremendous relief, which has changed her life and restored her hope. But it does take time for the underlying soft tissue and ligament injuries to heal. Symptoms can change rapidly, but complete structural recovery can take months. With that being said, we educate our patients beyond just the initial relief of “feeling better.” Complete recovery is the long-term objective. Because healing is a slow, incremental process, we monitor how long a patient’s correction stays where it belongs. This dictates the frequency of their care. Our goal, once the patient is well, is to check them every few months to maintain their health gains and overall recovery.

The Blair Upper Cervical technique is not a cure-all, but our main objective is to find the root cause of a problem, rather than just treating the symptoms. Because the central nervous system is the underlying master control center for every cellular function, it makes sense to ensure this system does not experience any irritations or interference—regardless of whether or not a person feels chronically sick. NA: Is there anything else you want our readers to know about your particular experience, as well as this treatment method as a whole? Lock: My life now is nothing short of a miracle. I have been in search of answers for 10 months, and I’m so grateful to Dr. Drew Hall for helping to restore my health and overall quality of life. If you are sick and starting to lose hope that you can live normally again, please never quit on yourself. Sometimes you just need to look outside of what you have been told by the traditional healthcare system to find the right solutions.

Be your own advocate, seek out others with a similar condition who have achieved healing, then learn about the actions they took for themselves. There is a wealth of knowledge out there, and recovery is possible. Sometimes healing requires several different avenues and combinations of natural health disciplines to experience long-term results. If you have a chronic illness and have not yet seen an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, do not wait any longer—make an appointment and reclaim your life! Dr. Drew Hall has been successfully performing the Blair Upper Cervical technique for 20 years. His practice, Sarasota Upper Cervical Chiropractic, is located at 3920 Bee Ridge Road, Building D, Suite 101, Sarasota. His office hours are Tuesday–Wednesday, noon to 5:30 p.m., and Friday–Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hall, call 941-2591891 or visit SarasotaUpperCervical.com.

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Living with Afflictions


by Randy Kambic

ne day in late 2017, Frank Bruni, a writer for more than 25 years for The New York Times—including as a White House correspondent, op-ed columnist, Rome bureau chief and restaurant critic—woke up with partial loss of sight in his right eye. He found out that his condition was non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy caused by loss of blood flow to the optic nerve. While he began treatment, he started writing a memoir to document how he was dealing with his setback and to present the stories of family, close friends, previous interviewees and others that have also encountered and dealt with medical challenges. His new book, The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found, is a wise, inspiring and moving account that displays human perseverance and optimism in navigating trauma and afflictions. Some of the people he describes are his mother, who battled uterine cancer; a college friend that has

Parkinson’s disease; Cyrus Habib, a blind Rhodes scholar who became the lieutenant governor of the state of Washington; Nebraska senator and wounded Vietnam War veteran Bob Kerrey; and Juan Jose, a Mexican diplomat dealing with retinitis pigmentosa, which causes progressive vision loss. Bruni, author of three previous bestsellers, is now a full-time professor at Duke University, teaching media-oriented classes in the Sanford School of Public Policy. He continues to write a weekly newsletter and occasional essays for The New York Times.

How is your eyesight now? Did writing The Beauty of Dusk help you better cope with your condition?

My eyesight is stable, but compromised. I have to read and type more slowly in larger fonts. Writing the book helped me cope in

many ways including by showing me that with the proper adjustments, I could very much continue with my writing career.

How can we implement “taking deliberate, concrete steps to move beyond sadness” with our afflictions in practical terms?

The first step I think is recognizing how many people confront or live with affliction. That helps dilute the self-pity part of sadness. But another crucial step is realizing that what’s gone is gone, what’s lost is lost and you only compound your sadness by dwelling emotionally on what’s unchangeable versus embracing what you still have.

Can you explain how a “sandwich-board theory of life” can be helpful? If each of us walked around wearing a list of the pain we carry or the struggles we have survived, struggles that are usually invisible, then few of us would ask, “Why me?” We’d ask, “Why not me?” And that’s the truer, healthier question.

Can terming a health struggle as an experience, not an ordeal, be applied to our lives? Oh, absolutely. Not with the most extreme hardships, but with some of them, many of them, I think, you can become a student of your hardship. You can at least try to view that what you are going through is a test and you can allow yourself a full measure of pride in passing that test.

Is there one person out of so many depicted in your book that stands out the most to you?

I’m always thinking about David Tatel, a distinguished longtime judge, including with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, who retired last year, who never let his blindness impede him. And he once said to me of the human capacity for adjusting and adapting, “Starfish can grow new limbs, but that’s nothing compared to what people can do.” I hold tight to his words and to his example.


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Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, Florida.

Vitamin K2:



eople often think of “vitamin K” as the clotting vitamin. Many medical doctors ask their patients to avoid taking vitamin K when prescribed a blood thinner, as it might decrease the effectiveness of these medications. This is vitamin K1, found abundantly in dark green, leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach. K1 is required for healthy blood coagulation or clotting. However, there is another vitamin K, confused with K1 (Phylloquinone), and that is vitamin K2 (Menaquinone). While they are often used interchangeably, it’s crucial to know they are different. Unlike vitamin K1, vitamin K2 does not affect blood coagulation but primarily works synergistically with vitamin D3 to build stronger bones and teeth, as well as to prevent plaque formation in arteriole walls. While vitamin D3 helps with the absorption of calcium, vitamin K2 aids in the correct deposition of calcium. I liken vitamin K2 to a crossroad patrol, directing the calcium where it should travel—into the bones—and away from where it shouldn’t, like the arteries, joints and other soft tissues. Adequate levels of vitamin K2 is necessary to produce osteocalcin, a bone building protein that works with osteoblasts to build healthy bone tissue. Inadequate K2 levels reduce the flow of calcium into bones, causing a lower bone density and potential osteoporosis. Vitamin K2 also works to prevent atherosclerosis. When arteries are damaged as a result of oxidative stress from our food, environment or unresolved stress, the body produces inflammation that creates deposits of calcium rich plaques, known as atherosclerosis. Vitamin K2 works to activate a substance called Matrix Gla Protein (MGP). This protein is a powerful inhibitor of soft tissue calcification, and is known to protect from—or possibly reverse the development of—atherosclerosis. A 10-year Rotterdam study on 7,983 men and women over 55 years old showed that people, who consumed the highest amounts of vitamin K2, had a 50% reduction in arterial calcification and death from heart disease than people, who consumed the lowest amount of K2. Even when calcium intake is high or adequate, but vitamin K2 intake is low or sub-optimal, calcium will be inappropriately directed to deposit in arteries (as plaques), joints (as spurs), or in other soft tissues (as stones), rather than into the bones. This can

result in lower bone mass and osteoporosis or fracture. Vitamin K2 can be produced in the body, but is dependent on a vibrant gut flora or the consumption of fermented foods, such as natto from fermented soybeans. The average American has a poor diversification of gut microflora due to overuse of antibiotics, processed or GMO foods and artificial sweeteners, which hinders the production of vitamin K2. Other sources of vitamin K2 include butter or raw cheese— especially Gouda and Brie Cheese from 100% grass-fed cows or goats—and egg yolks from pasture raised chickens. Truly fermented sauerkraut and kimchi also contain K2 to a lesser amount. Certain medications can deplete vitamin K2 or reduce its absorption. These include statins, broad spectrum antibiotics, Cholestyramine and Orlistat, a weight-loss medication that reduces fat soluble vitamins, such as vitamin K. I recommend taking a vitamin D3K2 combination supplement to ensure adequate amounts of these vital nutrients are onboard to work synergistically. Probiotic supplements might be necessary if fermented foods are not frequently consumed and should be purchased from a reputable health food store to ensure better quality. Blood testing is necessary to know individual needs for vitamin D3, and optimal test levels should be between 60-80 ng/ ml. Vitamin K2 dosage recommendations have not been established but appear to be between 45-120 mcg/day. These can be taken at higher doses for people who have symptoms of deficiency. Remember that most conversations around vitamin K are talking about K1 and its role in blood clotting. Many people use K1 and K2 interchangeably because they are unaware of vitamin K2’s unique and separate health benefits. Vitamin K2 can strengthen bones, clear arteries, and prevent calcium deposits in joints and soft tissues. Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of how vitamin K2 works and how the body can benefit from its use. Dr. Laura Korman, DC, DACBN, is the lead practitioner of Korman Relief and Wellness Center, located at 16954 Toledo Blade Blvd., Port Charlotte. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-629-6700 or visit DrLauraKorman.com.

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The Healing of the Modern Man Men Redefine Their Emotional Power


by Marlaina Donato


or generations immemorial, men have been builders of culture, solid providers and inspired adventurers, but gender roles and sometimes-conflicting cultural expectations have taken a heavy toll on both the individual and community. The pervasive “tough guy” paradigm has denied half the human race its full emotional expression, resulting in amplified stress levels, compromised physical health, toxic aggression, broken families and a higher risk for addiction. According to research published in the American Journal of Men’s Health in 2020, death by suicide among men is almost four times higher than that of women and is partly attributed to the stigma of seeking treatment for depression. African American men carry the additional burden of racial and economic inequality, and their depressive symptoms are often more persistent and incapacitating. Contrary to common myth, men are deeply emotional and


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responsive beings by nature. Centuries overdue, restrictive cultural definitions are slowly shifting to a broader psychosocial view of authentic manhood. Thanks to guy-friendly mental health resources, virtual and in-person support communities and diverse options in the alternative health field, more men are taking responsibility for their well-being and learning how to embody emotional freedom. They are stepping up to the plate as strong, sensitive leaders, something our world needs now more than ever.

Breaking the Chains and Choosing Authenticity The masculine expectation and requirement have been for most boys to “buck up and tough it out” during childhood and adolescence, and this overt or sometimes very subtle conditioning can promote disproportionate power plays, homophobia and resistance

to emotional intimacy well into adulthood. “Every society has ‘feeling rules’ that govern how emotions can be expressed publicly,” says psychologist Michael Reichert, executive director of the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives at the University of Pennsylvania and author of How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men. “Research tells us that boys are born as emotionally expressive as girls, but in a short time receive constant messages from their loved ones, schoolmates and TV shows that only certain emotions are okay for boys.” Such emotional restrictiveness has a profoundly negative impact on male development, he says. For Todd Adams in Elmhurst, Illinois, cofounder of MenLiving. org and a Tony Robbins-certified life coach, recognizing societal trappings is key. “The first step is to have the awareness that we have been lied to for as long as we can remember about what it means to be a man. We have been conditioned to stay in the ‘man box’, which means if we show any type of vulnerability, our value from the outside, as well as from the inside, plummets.” Reichert concurs. “My belief is that tragic outcomes—addictions, violence, suicide and premature mortality—are a reflection of how men’s human natures are thwarted by cultural norms. Being confined to a man box is hazardous. We humans, including men, are built to express our hearts in close connections to others we love and who love us.” The notion of going the distance solo is discouraged by Adams, whose organization helps men from all walks of life find support and connection through online meetings and adventure outings. “Once the awareness is there, I would invite family, partners, et cetera, to invite us to show up in a more authentic and human way,” he says.

Stress and the Physiology of Feelings For many men, emotions—other than “socially acceptable” anger and irritation—rarely see the light of day and instead morph into physical maladies such as digestive trouble, headaches, chest pain and high blood pressure. Unmanaged stress can also zap any zing in the bedroom. “I’m certainly not a doctor, but I’m sure there is a correlation for some about their emotional/mental/financial

well-being being related to erectile dysfunction. The men that I work with often have a habit of not taking good care of themselves, and that lack of self-care ripples into other parts of their life, including their sexual life,” observes Adams. In spite of the fact that many others are struggling with the same condition, out of shame, it is often kept in the shadows. “My advice is that men find safe spaces to discuss these challenges with others. My hope is that men can discuss sexuality and intimacy as openly as women do.” Josh Beharry, project coordinator of HeadsUpGuys.org, in Vancouver, Canada, an online resource hub for men battling depression, has spearheaded online stress assessment tests for more than 26,000 men over the age of 18 and found surprising consistency. “The results suggest that the two most common stressors faced by the men are a lack of meaning and feelings of loneliness, followed by financial strain, relationship difficulties and problems at work,” he says. According to data gathered by Tulane University, human connection boosts immunity and wards off cardiovascular disease, anxiety, depression and cognitive impairment. For men especially, social bonds are critical in coping with life stresses. Forging new alliances and maintaining old ones can be challenging with or without a pandemic, but online communities offer additional support, camaraderie and nonjudgmental sharing, which can be especially helpful for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction and depression.

Beyond Talk Therapy Male depression can be hidden in plain sight, disguised as hitting the bottle to “relax”, or by working compulsively, engaging in highrisk behaviors or easily flying off the handle at loved ones. Beharry knows firsthand how insidious the disease can be and why seeking help sooner than later is vital. After miraculously surviving a horrific suicide attempt, he unexpectedly found hope and the will to live through walking, breathwork and human connection. Being honest with others, as well as himself, was a turning point in his recovery. “For a lot of men, talking about dealing with depression feels like an admission of weakness or something to feel guilty about,” he says. “Try to think of emotional pain like phys-

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ical pain. If you get cut, you bleed; that’s part of being human. Then you do something to treat the wound. Or if it’s deeper, you go to a doctor or a hospital. Denying painful emotions is like trying not to bleed when you get cut or trying to pretend

you’re not bleeding.” For family members or friends concerned about a man’s mental health, he advises, “Vague assertions like, ‘You seem depressed,’ can make a guy feel attacked or put on the spot. Instead, it’s helpful to start by pointing out specific observations you’ve had about changes to his mood or behavior, such as, ‘You seem stressed out,’ or, ‘You haven’t been eating much,’ or, ‘You’ve been isolating yourself from friends or turning down plans more than usual.’” It is estimated that 4 percent of men suffer from the physical and psychological consequences of trauma, and PTSD is certainly not reserved for combat veterans. While traditional therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy are excellent for treating depression, other modalities offer light at the end of the tunnel for men plagued by traumatic overwhelm. Somatic Experiencing, developed by PTSD psychologist Peter Levine during the last 50 years, targets trauma stored in the nervous system and gently helps a person to increase their tolerance for difficult physical sensations and buried emotions. It is also highly useful in addiction recovery. Therapeutic massage, yoga and regular exercise are all allies for men to combat stress, anchor into their bodies and access unconscious feelings. In the end, little things add up to a whole lot of change for a man. “You are not alone. Take your responsibility in how you experience life. Empower yourself with resources—podcasts, books, therapy, coaching—whatever support might look like for you,” advises Adams. There is no better time than now for the masculine to rise to a new level of greatness. “There is ample evidence that we are in a paradigm-shifting moment in the history of manhood,” says Reichert. “When I speak with parents, I say that there has never been a better time in all of human history to raise a son.” Marlaina Donato is an author and multimedia artist. Connect at WildflowerLady.com. 26

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Let’s Talk About...Erectile Dysfunction by Dr. Fred Harvey, MD


his month, for the topic of men’s health, I want to talk about something of a rather sensitive nature: erectile dysfunction (ED). It can be uncomfortable to discuss, but the issue is common and nothing to be embarrassed about. There is a massive global industry focused on resolving ED. However, it focuses on material satisfaction that profits from suffering—an industry which ignores the fact that human sexuality is related to spirituality. After all, it’s through sexual intercourse that life is created. To ensure our sexual physiology operates as it should for both function and pleasure, we need our bodies, minds and spirits to be clear. Large amounts of money have been spent on clinical research to explore ED and its causes. Many believe that testosterone is the key to erectile function or dysfunction. It is related to the function of male genitalia, but it is not the only agent responsible for an erection. Many clinical studies point us in a different direction. For example, a 2008 “Health in Men Study” from the International Journal of Epidemiology studied 41,000 men in Western Australia. It revealed that a history of diabetes, cardiovascular events,

elevated c-reactive protein, triglycerides and homocysteine levels were associated with lower free testosterone levels. Other medical issues including sleep apnea and lower testosterone also directly contribute to ED, according to a more recent study from the PLOS One Journal in 2018. More research shows that, while testosterone plays a role in the development of healthy genital anatomy, it is not solely responsible for ED. Male-to-female transgender folks on androgen deprivation therapy still have sexual erections. Testosterone is essential for libido or sexual desire, but testosterone replacement therapy is not required for erectile function. Nocturnal erection or “morning wood” is testosterone dependent, whereas sexually induced erections are not, the International Journal of Impotence Research found. It has also been proven that higher testosterone levels do not have a significant impact on erectile function; thus, the “anti-aging” approach to hormones is possibly both excessive and unnecessary, points out the American Journal of Medicine.

inflammation. So there could be more to discover and more to uncover in the world of men’s health. Before committing to a lifetime of hormone injections, it would be wise to consider a comprehensive evaluation to look for the root cause of ED, rather than simply treating the effect with a shot of testosterone.

The functional medicine approach to ED and testosterone replacement is to identify the root cause of ED. In my clinical experience, what occurs in the mind is the primary determiner of erections. So if you feel stressed out, for example, you could be more susceptible to low testosterone and ED as a result. On the other hand, there are some medical conditions that contribute massively to ED as well. Inflammation causes low testosterone. Arthritis, phlebitis, myocarditis, iritis, rhinitis and dermatitis cause

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Healing Trauma

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efugee children with tear-stained faces, the frail elderly being wheeled away from floods or fires, the sobbing families of gunshot victims— the faces of trauma are seen in every heartbreaking newscast. And the faces are even closer to us than that, walking down the street: a woman that recoils from touch, a child that has withdrawn into himself, a man with incoherent bursts of anger. The trauma of death, cruelty and destruction has always been part of the human experience. In the U.S., surveys show that as many as 60 to 70 percent of people report being traumatized by sexual assault, accidents, violence, war combat or other causes, and as many as one in 11 may be diagnosed in their lifetime with the more severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The encouraging news is that in the last few decades, a revolution has occurred in the recognition of how widespread trauma is and how deeply embedded it can be, not only in our behaviors but in our


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bodies. That, in turn, has led to effective and ever-evolving approaches to heal what’s been broken. “Although trauma and PTSD are visible in the culture everywhere now, from films to popular literature and from legal to mental health fields, until 1980 the topic was virtually non-existent,” says San Francisco psychologist, PTSD researcher and author Harvey Schwartz, Ph.D., who has treated trauma clients in clinical practice for 35 years. “After it became a legitimate diagnosis in 1980, long-overdue research and development of clinical protocols occurred, and today, almost every tradition and subculture within the mental health field has its own model of how to treat trauma.” Shaping the ongoing dialogue has been the research of Boston psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, whose 2014 book, The Body Keeps the Score, has occupied the top rung of The New York Times bestseller list for three years. In magnetic imaging studies, he found that when a person is thrust into a terrorizing incident, the cognitive functions in the brain’s temporal lobe shut down and activity shifts to the self-defense mode of the amygdala. When the person responds by fighting, fleeing or freezing, physiological reactions kick in, which armor the body and trap emotions and thinking in that fraught moment, distorting future perceptions and experiences. He argues that any true healing of trauma must include “bottom-up” modalities focusing on the body rather than only mental “top-down” insights. He also insists that no single treatment alone is likely enough and no combination of treatments will be the same for every person. Christine Songco, a Los Angeles dental hygienist and wellness coach, used cognitive therapy, journaling and meditation


to relieve the trauma of a grueling bout with cancer, but hearing loud and angry voices still made her panic. What ultimately proved healing was an hour-long session of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), in which she followed a therapist’s prompt to move her eyes back and forth while memories surfaced. “It got to the root of my fear and anxiety and the source of my trauma without hours of therapy talking sessions, but I do think the other work I did set the stage for EMDR to be effective for me,” she says. Schwartz says that two major approaches to treating PTSD have emerged: cognitive and experiential. Cognitive, or “talk therapies”, supported by academic research and insurance companies, emphasize mentally processing painful memories to manage such symptoms as nightmares, flashbacks and explosive anger, often using anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications. They can include such strategies as narrative recall, slowly increasing exposure to the traumatic material, mindfulness training and deep breathing exercises. “Cognitive approaches help survivors learn how to become an expert of themselves so that they can respond to their trauma in a healthier way,” says psychologist Sabina Mauro, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, author of The Mindfulness Workbook for PTSD. This type of therapy can take months to years and effectively treats about half of PTSD sufferers. Experiential approaches, which have been researched less, but have engendered substantial therapist enthusiasm, do a “deep dive” to work through traumatic patterning embedded in a person’s mind, body and psyche. “They



The Gift of an Imperfect Father

Health writer Ronica O’Hara can be contacted at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.

by Marlaina Donato


or many of us, Dad was the first person to throw us a ball, take us fishing or treat us to ice cream after a game. If we were fortunate, he was the one who made a bad day better, was a strong protector who kept the metaphorical wolves from the door and, by example, secured our place in the world. Fathers give us many “firsts”, and for some of us, that also means a broken heart. Parents, like all human beings, are fallible, learning as they go, never quite getting it right, but doing the best that they can. Sometimes their “best” is tangled in a net of unresolved personal trauma, addiction or mental illness, and we learn to bear the bitter with the sweet. “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift,” wrote poet Mary Oliver, and her words can be a beacon as we journey through healing the father wound. Once we come out the other side of childhood, it might be difficult to love someone that destroyed our trust and


help people restore not only their nervous systems, but their capacity for self-trust and self-forgiveness and their capacity for connection to their bodies and others,” says Schwartz. These modalities mostly focus, at least at first, on physical sensations rather than intellectual comprehension. For example, Somatic Experiencing defuses deeply held, fear-based contractions in the body by integrating those sensations with peaceful alternatives. EMDR, once an outlier but now practiced globally and endorsed by the World Health Organization, uses eye movements to lower the emotional charge of a traumatic memory. Internal Family Systems repairs a wounded psyche by relating a person’s deeply felt, damaged “child parts” to their essential goodness. To re-inhabit parts of the body frozen in the past by trauma, patients may be encouraged to use somatic meditations, trauma-informed yoga, acupuncture, massage and martial arts, as well as art, music, dance and other forms of expression. Psychedelics, which if used carefully can open a trauma sufferer to a larger sense of purpose, may become a legal option in a few years. In a recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved Phase 3 clinical trial on MDMA (previously called ecstasy), 67 percent of participants no longer met the criteria for PTSD after three therapist-guided sessions. Says Schwartz, “It can feel like a supermarket of options out there, so people need to read, become informed consumers and combine treatments at times. We have to think of the mind, the body and the spiritual as all needing attention and integration.”

even more difficult to love ourselves. This “gift” might take decades for us to unwrap. Children of difficult dads sometimes blossom like lotuses into more compassionate beings from the mud of absence, cruelty or indifference. Perhaps with a shift in perspective, we may realize how their weaknesses might have given us survival tools and resilience. Flipping the coin to examine what they have done right and giving credit where it is deserved can also help us to open that dead-bolted door to forgiveness. Taking inventory, both positive and negative, can encourage us to become a different kind of parent. In a black-and-white world, the heart’s gray areas can teach us how to lean into our own healing. We inherit a lot from our wounded fathers, including an energetic opportunity to change the familial emotional code, and it can be beautiful. Marlaina Donato is an author, composer and painter. Connect at WildflowerLady.com. June 2022


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by Sheila Julson


martphones come in handy for emergencies or checking directions while traveling, but a brief glance at a website or social media can quickly turn into a lengthy scroll session, distracting us from why we go on vacation in the first place. For those that want to truly unplug, unique off-grid, eco-options beckon.

Remote and Quirky Camping The National Park Service has many affordable campgrounds at parks, forests and lakeshores with little to no cell connectivity, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in nature. Listings of wilderness/backcountry camping sites, as well as front-country sites easily accessible by vehicles, can be found at nps.gov/subjects/camping/campground.htm. State parks offer closer-to-home refuge from the digital world. California’s Hendy Woods State Park, in Philo, is brimming with old-growth redwoods. “A lot of people head way up north to Sequoia National Forest to see old-growth redwoods, but there are also redwood forests closer to Sonoma and Mendocino counties, and similarly along the coast,” says Milwaukee-based travel writer Kristine Hansen, contributor to Fodors.com, NationalGeographic.com and other travel outlets. “Standing beneath these towering trees, you can’t help but feel like a small part of this large and wild world.” Hendy Woods’ proximity to wine country allows explorers to drop by a winery or creamery and put together a quick picnic, she notes.


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Locally owned campgrounds can offer an escape to a pre-cellphone era. Camp Wandawega, in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, has a storied past of hosting both sinners and saints, opening in 1928 as a speakeasy and later becoming a Catholic youth camp. The historic charm remains intact. “Spending a night here is like dialing it back to the 1950s. Think The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s upstate New York summer camp,” Hansen says. “You can climb into a treehouse or a glamping tent to completely unplug.”

Immersive Getaways River rafting tours provide an escape from the virtual world, says John O’Brien, a scientist and environmental advocate who, with his wife, Kellie, owns Fairbanks Trails and Rivers Tour Company, in Fairbanks,


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Alaska. “The moment that we shove off from the shore, we’re immediately on what we call ‘river time.’ It’s best at that point to put your phone and camera in airplane mode. We’re often in areas where there is no cell coverage,” he says. “There’s something to be said about just unplugging and being in the moment.” Eco-activities such as river rafting might conjure up images of young, physically fit adventurers in rafts slapped by wild waves, but O’Brien notes river rafting is suitable for all ages and abilities. In tours with frame-style rafts, the guide does all the rowing. “If you are able to stand, walk and climb into and out of a raft, even with some assistance, you can go river rafting,” he says. Trekking is another proven eco-trip strategy. Sometimes confused with hiking, it involves a long journey across a large swath of land that often requires participants to pare down to the absolute basics, which means ditching the cell phone and charger. There’s often little to no service in these remote stretches. North American treks include Canada’s the Long Range Traverse, a 22-mile, unmarked, backcountry trail in Newfoundland with moose, bears and caribou. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a 2,100-mile stretch that takes explorers through 14 states. Stretching from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine, the trail passes through the diverse terrain of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Hikers of all levels can take advantage of day hikes or longer treks.

For an immersive nature experience that also does good, the American Hiking Society offers the Volunteer Vacations program, in which people join in public land stewardship projects. Working in small crews of six to 15 people, volunteers handle a variety of land conservation and trail maintenance needs. Project access ranges from backpacking to day-hiking, and accommodations vary from primitive campsites to bunkhouses or cabins. “Some of our Volunteer Vacations are remote backcountry trips that are only

accessible via foot, and some are offered at local, state and national parks as well,” says program manager Ellie Place. “There is a Volunteer Vacation for everyone, whether you want to sleep in a cozy cabin with amenities or sleep under the stars miles away from it all.” The American Hiking Society has more than 35 Volunteer Vacations planned this year; more information can be found at AmericanHiking.org. Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.

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conic food and beverage magazines such as Bon Appetit and Food & Wine affirm that sustainable and socially responsible wines and spirits are becoming a major force in the market, yet consumers wanting to pour an Earth-conscious tipple need a sobering amount of research to sort through what’s truly eco-friendly. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require wine makers to list ingredients on labels or regulate the use of terms such as “natural” and “sustainably grown”. “There are more than 70 additives that are allowed in wine that don’t have to be disclosed on the label,” explains Brad Kruse, who with his wife, Allie, owns Nonfiction Natural Wines, a Milwaukee-based specialty wine retailer. “The only real requirement relating to additives is the declaration of sulfites, which makes it trickier, because even wines with no added sulfites have to have the warning on the label because some naturally occur in the wine.” Some wine labels tout that they’re made with organic grapes or


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grapes that are farmed sustainably. “But those may still have a host of other additives or lots of added sulfites,” says Kruse. Certifications can act as a shortcut to locate eco-friendly wines. Demeter USA, for example, certifies vineyards that follow strict biodynamic rules for how the wine is farmed and processed, including limiting sulfites. But many small producers that operate naturally don’t bother obtaining certification. Independent wine shops with knowledgeable employees can help consumers choose wisely. Kruse recommends looking for the name of the importer on the back label, saying, “If you learn a handful of importers that focus on naturally made wines, such as Louis/Dressner, Zev Rovine or Jenny & Francois, it can be a quick way to find a good option.”

Sustainability in the Vineyards Rudy Marchesi, the former chairman of Demeter USA, practices biodynamic farming at his vineyard, Montinore Estate, in Forest

Grove, Oregon. “We view our farm as one whole organism, below and above the ground,” he says. Biodynamic farming, founded by philosopher Rudolf Steiner a century ago, requires using nutritionally rich compost teeming with microbiology of fungi and bacteria, as well as synchronizing specific farming practices with the seasons. These practices help the vineyards buffer droughts and weather swings, resulting in a consistent product that reflects the region. “Wine connoisseurs and collectors look for wines that have a sense of place and tell the story of where they’re from,” Marchesi says.

Distillers Move Toward Sustainable Practices Alcohol is an agricultural product, so producing a sustainable spirit starts with the grain itself, says Herman C. Mihalich, founder and distiller of Mountain Laurel Spirits, in New Hope, Pennsylvania. “Rye is a much less resource-intensive grain to grow compared to crops like corn,” he says. The recipe for the company’s signature Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey calls for malted barley and rye, but no corn. “Rye doesn’t need much fertilizer and few, if any, pesticides. It’s easy to grow and it preserves soil because it’s a fall planting crop that helps prevent erosion,” he says. Their grains are sourced from a nearby farmer, and they save water by capturing cooling water from the still’s condenser and storing it in a tank, then using it to clean tanks and make spent mash that can be used for livestock feed. The bottles are made locally by Stoelzle Glass, in Monaca, Pennsylvania. When seeking sustainably produced spirits, customers have to do their due diligence, Mihalich says. “It requires a little digging and asking the right questions: What grains are you using and from where? How are you using water?” When Extreme Chef host Marsh Mokhtari and his wife, Jan, founded Gray Whale Gin, they rotated proprietorship with two existing distilleries instead of using land and resources to build a new one. A vacation in Big Sur inspired the couple to “capture California in a glass” and make a product with ingredients found along the gray whale migratory route between the Baja Peninsula and Oregon. They hired a professional forager to collect juniper berries along the coast. “Juniper for most gin is sourced from Italy or Macedonia,” says Mokhtari. “We predominantly use juniper berries from California, which are light purple and larger, with a cedar component.” They also source mint and limes from sustainable farms in California. Gray Whale Gin gives back through a partnership with the environmental nonprofits Oceana and 1% for the Planet. They recently joined with Oceana and former California governor Jerry Brown to support responsible swordfishing practices off the California coast. Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.t

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How to Raise Empathetic Kids SIMPLE WAYS PARENTS CAN CULTIVATE COMPASSION by Carrie Jackson

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mpathy is the foundation of a caring society. While we are all born with a certain amount, cultivating it is a skill that can be strengthened with practice, and it is critical that the learning process start early, say childhood educators. An empathetic child can better manage their own emotional responses and understand how someone else might be feeling. Studies show that children that practice empathy are less likely to bully and better suited to collaborative environments, setting them up for academic and professional success. According to educator Traci Baxley, of Boca Raton, Florida, empathy in children is developed over time and with repetition. “The earlier we begin to model empathy with our children, the more they will mimic the characteristics associated with the awareness and care of others. Teaching and modeling empathy early supports children’s emotion regulation development and contributes to creating safe spaces in our homes for children to feel nurtured, valued and cared for,” she says. As a speaker, coach and author of Social Justice Parenting: How to Raise Compassionate, Anti-Racist, Justice-Minded Kids in an Unjust World, Baxley uses empathy as a tool for fostering civic-minded awareness. “Empathy is foundational to achieving social justice and creating a world where everyone has a fair chance to live a full, productive life. Social justice requires us to see each other’s perspectives, circumstances and lived experiences through the lens of empathy and compassion. It’s the only

Empathy often starts with listening. way to live in the space of active hope that we can create a world free from inequities and injustices,” she says. One innovative program, Toronto-based Roots of Empathy, began in 1996 after a mother brought her baby into a kindergarten classroom for children to relate to. With the aid of an instructor, they were encouraged to understand the baby’s needs and feelings, and to take the baby’s perspective. So successfully did the interaction reduce bullying behavior that the program has since spread globally, reaching 1 million children in K-8 classes. “In school, students are taught to read, but if we don’t teach them to relate, then we can expect failed societies,” says founder Mary Gordon. “By interpreting the feelings of the tiny baby and sharing when they had the same feelings, the students develop emotional literacy and awareness. This enables them to build connections and healthy relationships, which leads to inclusion and integration.” By parents modeling empathy and vulnerability around their children, the foundation is laid for open conversations, she says. “At the dinner table, say, ‘Today I felt embarrassed when I was called on at work and felt unprepared.’ Identifying and normalizing feelings is the best way to show them it’s something you value and encourage their natural instincts. Kids learn best through observation rather than instruction.” At The Children’s Museum, in Oak Lawn, an Illinois nonprofit, play is an essential part of childhood development. Executive Director Adam Woodworth says the institution focuses on kindness and gratitude to build a foundation of empathy. “Helping children find their empathy for others develops strong friendships built on trust and understanding. Parents can incorporate empathy into explanations for everyday interactions such as sharing toys. Instead of focusing on the negative of giving up their toy for someone else, talk about how happy the other child would feel,” he suggests. Empathy often starts with listening. “Teaching children how to listen for context is a skill that is developed over time. Parents can help by asking open-ended questions while reading, such as, ‘Why do you think Frog didn’t want to invite Snake to the party?’ This helps cultivate both understanding and empathy, acknowledges their feelings as real and validates them in a way that they know we care,” he says. Baxley stresses that it is imperative for parents to model the behaviors they want to cultivate in front of their children. “The way we show up for our children is how they will show up for others,” she says. “We have to pour these habits of empathy and compassion into our children in the privacy of our homes if we expect them to know how to show up for others in that way out in the world.” Carrie Jackson is a Chicago-based freelance writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at CarrieJacksonWrites.com.

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The Exercise Power of E-Bikes GET A WORKOUT ON AN EASIER RIDE


he familiar adage, “No pain, no gain,” doesn’t really apply to e-bikes. Although a pedal-assist electric bicycle is zippier and easier to ride than a conventional model, researchers are finding that as long as we’re pedaling, we’re still getting our heart pumping, building stamina and experiencing some of that cardio magic. That’s good news for those of us that like to work smarter, not harder. What’s more, that battery-enabled oomph supplies riders with the enjoyment, motivation and self-confidence to venture out more frequently and for longer periods of time, give hills and inclines a try and even pedal to work for an active, eco-friendly commute. It’s a win-win-win. In 2018, researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU), in Provo, Utah, sought to quantify just how good a workout was possible on an e-bike, and they discovered that the average heart rate was only 6.21 beats per minute lower than on a conventional cycle. “The e-bike and conventional bike averages both fell within that 50 to 70 percent maximum-heart rate threshold which is indicative of moderate-intensity cardiovascular activity, so there seems to be a similar amount of benefit for heart health when riding an e-bike, despite the fact that the perceived exertion was significantly lower than on a conventional bike,” says Taylor Hoj, lead author of the study published in the journal JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. The college-aged men and women that participated in the study rode the same 10-mile trail on each type of bike, so it was easy to compare how much faster the e-bikes were.


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Cyclists averaged 12 miles per hour (mph) on the conventional bike and 16 mph on the e-bike, reaching top speeds of 22 mph and 27 mph, respectively. On average, the same route took 54 minutes to complete on the conventional bike and only 39 minutes on the e-bike—a 30 to 40 percent time savings. For people considering using an e-bike to commute to work, that reduction might make it easier to give it a shot. Using questionnaires given before and after each ride, the BYU researchers found,

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“In general, participants agreed that they could ride an e-bike on most days, in the cold, when they were tired or dressed in formal attire, while carrying groceries or books, or on hilly terrain,” says Hoj, a health equity epidemiologist at the Utah Department of Health and adjunct faculty member at the BYU College of Life Sciences. Notably absent from the study were e-bikes with throttles, which with a twist of the handle or the push of a button, provide a boost even when the rider isn’t pedaling. These bikes would probably not provide the same level of exercise benefits. In 2019, the same BYU researchers conducted a similar study with experienced mountain bikers, published in the JMIR Formative Research Journal. “Our results in that study supported the idea that using a pedal-assist electric mountain bike (EMTB) retained the cardiovascular benefit and that the participants overwhelmingly perceived the potential of EMTB use to be positive,” Hoj says. “Some of them said an EMTB could help get them out on the trails more or perhaps get them to ride longer and go further, and also would allow older, injured, disabled or less-fit riders to enjoy mountain biking on dirt trails, whereas maybe their age, injuries or fitness levels limited their capability on a conventional mountain bike.” According to Hoj, e-bikes offer a great set of benefits for fitness buffs. “Even if you’re a very serious athlete and in training programs, there are days where maybe you’re recovering from a more intense ride and your muscles are really sore, but you still want to continue to train your heart and that aerobic side of things, and an e-bike could be a great use for a more laid back aerobic day while the legs are recovering,” he says. “And if someone is wanting to get into mountain biking but doesn’t feel like they have the fitness to get there or doesn’t know how to start, that pedal assist could remove that initial barrier.” Ultimately, the decision to buy an e-bike— good ones start at $1,000—may come down to emotional considerations. “They’re a lot of fun to ride,” Hoj says.



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Misbehaving Dog Walks WAYS HUMANS GET IT WRONG


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ne of the primary activities we do with canine family members is to take walks because they love them and benefit from them. But just as some dogs, for a variety of reasons, are difficult to walk, some people are less-thanideal dog walkers. When we’re teaching our canine BFFs how to behave at the end of a leash, most of us aren’t nearly as concerned with our own behavior during these outings. We assume we’re doing everything right, and it’s our furry sidekicks that need correcting. But believe it or not, we’re just as capable of bad behavior during walks as the other way around. Here are a few reasons why.

NOT ALLOWING SNIFF TIME. A dog’s most acute sense is that of smell. She explores and experiences the world through her nose. Smell is a dog’s “first sense”, much as sight is ours. Just as we depend on our eyes to inform us of the world around us, dogs depend on their noses. If we can imagine how it would feel to take walks with our eyes half-closed, then we can empathize with how it feels to our dog to be prevented from stopping to sniff things. It’s unnatural, slightly intimidating and, ultimately, boring. Dogs need lots of outdoor sniffing opportunities to 38

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help them learn about the world around them and stimulate their minds. For a change of pace, instead of a normal walk, try taking the dog on a “sniffari”, letting him take the lead. Allow him to sniff whatever he pleases and make all the navigational and investigational decisions. IGNORING THE DOG. Unfortunately, there are pet parents that do everything but pay attention to their dogs during walks. The daily activity becomes so routine that they do it without giving much thought to the furry fellow at the other end of the leash. This is a bad habit primarily for the danger it can pose to the dog that is often busy looking for dead or possibly deadly things to pick up in his mouth or interesting places to lift his leg (like a car door). There is also the potential on walks for unexpected things to happen, like an unfriendly dog appearing seemingly out of nowhere or a car swerving dangerously close. Staying focused on our dog and our immediate environment affords the opportunity to react quickly when necessary, keeping both owner and pet out of harm’s way. If boredom prevents being fully present on a walk, change the scenery. Instead of heading outside in the same old direction,


buckle the dog in and drive a few blocks away or to a neighborhood park or nearby hiking trail. Everyone will find new things to see, smell and experience. CHOOSING THE WRONG TYPE OF COLLAR, HARNESS OR LEASH. Many pet parents don’t realize the importance of choosing the right type of collar, harness and leash for their dog. Certain dogs should wear a harness and should never be leashed or even handled by the collar. These include dogs that pull or lunge while on a leash, those prone to tracheal collapse or a seizure disorder, and dogs with chiropractic issues involving the neck or back. Choke collars and other outdated training devices can cause pain and injury to a dog’s neck and in extreme cases, strangulation. They should be replaced with safer alternatives. For walks, training sessions and whenever the dog will be on leash, use either a head collar or no-pull harness. Be wary of retractable leashes, which have the potential to injure both dogs and their owners. Flat leashes should be no longer than six feet. MULTITASKING. This almost always involves a cell phone. If we have a phone to our ear while walking, we have only one hand available for our dog. And even if earbuds are being used and the phone is in a pocket, it’s impossible to be present for both the pet and the person on the other end of the line. The dog will inevitably be the loser in this deal. And if texting, searching the internet or even listening to a podcast or audiobook while walking, our attention is not on the dog. One of the most important gifts that can be given to our dog whenever we interact with him, including on walks, is our undivided attention. Put down the phone and other distractions and let him know through our focus how much he means to us. Veterinarian Karen Shaw Becker has spent her career empowering animal guardians to make knowledgeable decisions to extend the life and well-being of their animals. Visit DrKarenBecker.com.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3 Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums 7-8:30pm. On this night a number of our advanced student mediums will present a Spirit Messages Gallery, supported by two CMF Certified Mediums. Each attendee will have the opportunity to receive information from their spirit loved ones or guides, by the different styles of each student. Come and enjoy this informative evening. $10 donation is requested. No reservations needed. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota. org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5 Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Tara Anne Muir, “Seeking a Deeper Connection” Could you imagine a world where the light of each soul shines brightly? Looking for the light in the heart of humanity. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota and on Zoom: Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 / Passcode: RTI2021. RisingTideInternational.org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 Ascension Workshop - 7-9pm. Join Billy Smiech to understand the concept of Ascension, and what it can mean for you. Topics covered will be the presenters background and experiences as well as the teachings by Ronna Vezane, channeler and “sacred scribe” of Archangel Michael for over 30 years. Publisher of seven books on this topic. This Divine wisdom is geared toward Self Mastery through the Ascension process for those ready to claim it. The nuts and bolts as well as some of the tools will be discussed. The format is geared toward being an informative launching pad for the quest of and for, accessing higher realms of spiritual enlightenment during this age of Aquarius. Come and bring a friend to explore this interesting and helpful information for improving your life. $15 donation requested. Reservations call or text 941-225-0760. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota.org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota. Sound Bath - 7pm. OM Singing Bowl Sound Baths help you reach a deepened state of meditation more easily, while being nurtured in a group energy that is rooted in unconditional love. Besides the enhanced meditation effects, your body will also absorb the beautiful, powerful crystalline vibrations of crystal singing bowls & other gentle sound therapy instruments, rich in harmonic overtones. With a professionally facilitated sound meditation by certified sound therapy practitioners, your mood can be lifted, and your ability to stay centered and at peace can improve! With renewed confidence, the day-to-day stresses can decrease, and your emotional weight can be lightened. The OM Shoppe, 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota, 941-706-3257, TheOmShoppeandSpa.com.

THURSDAY, JUNE 9 Light Language Healing Circle - 7-9pm. At first you may not understand what is being said, but soon your heart will. Join Reiki Master and certified Reconnective Healer JoAnn Cooke to learn what this is all about, and


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how to activate this powerful energy. Light Language is the universal language of love, communicated via spoken word, song, dance, written symbol and other actions. It bypasses the logical brain, and is interpreted through the heart. Whether you are familiar with Light Language or this is new to you, this healing circle will benefit all. Each one will experience a light language healing communication. Come with an open heart and be prepared for a powerful transmission of healing to assist you where most needed. $20 donation requested. Attendance is limited, so reservations please 509-5200377. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota.org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11 Sip-N-Scents - 1-3pm. Come experience the expertise of our Certified Aromatherapist & enjoy a glass of wine while you create two personal oil blends to take home! Options include healing bath soaks, personal inhalers, diffusible blends, room sprays, or roll-on. Cost $35/pp. Call 941-312-4334 to secure your reservation today! Resonance Holistic Wellness, 3148 Southgate Circle - Lotus Room, Sarasota. ResonanceSRQ.com. Double Pyramid Activation Workshop with Robert Austin - 7-9pm. This is an interactive workshop where individuals will be laying under a 7 and 9-foot Copper Pyramid infused with large Healing Stones, Selenite, Crystals and the Rods of Isis. Individuals will experience the Sacred Geometry and amazing Energy of the Pyramids. Experiences have been of a release, healing, deep relaxation and or traveling! Others will be sharing their observations of what is occurring within the Pyramid. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com.

THURSDAY, JUNE 16 Zenful Conversations Via Zoom - 6:30pm. Guest speaker Peter Russell – free. We will be discussing Peter’s new book, Letting Go of Nothing Relax Your Mind and Discover the Wonder of Your True Nature with Foreword by Eckart Tolle. He is an author, speaker, and leading thinker on consciousness and contemporary spirituality. Peter believes the critical challenge today is freeing human thinking from the limited beliefs and attitudes that lie behind many of our problems: personal, social, and global. His mission is to distill the essential wisdom on human consciousness found in the world’s various spiritual traditions and to disseminate it in contemporary and compelling ways. Russell earned a first-class honors degree in theoretical physics and psychology, as well as a master’s degree in computer science at the University of Cambridge, England. He also studied meditation and Eastern philosophy in India. He coined the term global brain with his 1980s bestseller by the same name in which he predicted the internet and the impact it would have on humanity. These conversations are via Zoom, no charge, and open to the public, sign up for these no charge conversations at ZenfulConversations.com (Replay available). For more info call 941-830-3040. Manifesting Beyond Limitations - 7pm. With Jim Toole. Learn and put into practice a powerful union of spiritual and practical principles that eliminate limits AND exponentially manifest your inner and worldly desires. Discover how to align your hearts and souls true longings with the flow of universal creation and create a life of fulfillment and freedom. $15, presented online on Zoom. Register at SpiritofLifeInternational.org or contact Jim at SpiritofLifeInternational@gmail.com or 941-8091104 with questions.



Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Kismet Weeber, “Seeing the Spirit of God Behind All Things.” We will talk about how we see this Light Divine in all things, recognizing it also within ourselves. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota and on Zoom: Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 / Passcode: RTI2021. RisingTideInternational.org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

Floating Crystal Bowl Concert with Robert Austin - 6:30-7:30pm. Stimulate and restore the harmony between the physical and spiritual planes of the body, while suspended in an Aerial Hammock. Crystal Bowl Energy healing through harmonic sounds and crystals resonates with the body balancing the chakras and re-energize the auric field. The powerful vibrations of sound penetrates the body which consists of approximately 70% water and gives a gentle internal massage to all your cells. Let the positive vibrations of the bowls integrate into your body and let your spirit soar! $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com.

MONDAY, JUNE 13 Meet the Angels of The Energy Field, Experiential Workshop - 11am-6pm. How do you live in peace when chaos is all around you? Come and learn how to open to the Angelic Realm and allow the Angel’s loving support to fill you with peace, joy and comfort. “Meet the Healing Angels of the Energy Field” is a workshop where we will connect with 9 Healing Angels through meditation. Often those who have never meditated before and think they cannot do this because they cannot see, feel or sense energy in any way, have very powerful connections with the Healing Angels. Angels are always around us but we need to invite them to help, guide, support and communicate with us as they cannot interfere with our own free will. Everyone from angel novice to expert can benefit from this class. Each student will receive a workbook to record their experience, or they can bring a journal if they prefer. Students should also bring a lunch that does not require heating up. The OM Shoppe, 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota, 941-706-3257, TheOmShoppeandSpa.com


Spirit Speaks with Sally - 7-9pm. Join Sally Barrows, a long-time Sarasota resident, Metaphysician and very well-developed Spirit Medium, certified by CMF. She is able to make strong connections with your spirit loved ones and guides, to bring you clearly understandable and helpful information. The evening promises to be a joyful way to end your week, and to gain useful information. So come and enjoy! $25 donation requested. Reservations please by calling or texting 941-266-9250. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota.org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18 Yin Yoga with Crystal Bowls with Cheridan Smith and Robert Austin - 1-2:30pm. Enjoy the long, deep holds of Yin Yoga to relax and restore joints, muscles and fascia while absorbing the transformative sounds of live played crystal and tibetan bowls. Rejuvenating and healing. All levels are welcome. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com. Honoring Father’s and Our Masculine Energy - 4:30-6pm. With Bethany Taulbee and Ed Russell. Join us for a sound bath and a gentle/restorative blend yoga class as we honor fathers and the masculine energy within all of us. $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com.

SUNDAY, JUNE 19 Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Rev. Zan Benham, “Blinders, and Orthodoxy.” Orthodoxy coupled with the human’s desire for “rightness,” too often blinds or blocks us from further spiritual expansion. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota and on Zoom: Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 / Passcode: RTI2021. RisingTideInternational.org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.

TUESDAY, JUNE 21 Summer Solstice Ceremony and Celebration - 7pm. With Rev. Zan Benham and Faerie Elaine Silver, at the labyrinth behind Unity of Sarasota. Bring folding chairs, drums, rattle and bug spray. Dress for joy and ceremony. Donation. Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26 Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Parvati, Karen Miki, “Inspiration.” Breath and life become our inspirations. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota and on Zoom: Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 / Passcode: RTI2021. RisingTideInternational.org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. Sound Journey - 3pm. Besides having a guided imagery and hypnosis induction (performed by our certified clinical hypnotherapist), Sound Journeys at the OM are very intentionally composed to take you deep into an exploration of your inner world. A group of experienced sound therapy practitioners and professional musicians use various rhythmic and melodic elements designed to lower your brainwaves into a theta state and keep you in a light trance. Their musical expertise inspires a whole voyage of imagery and invites resolution as they bring you back to conscious waking reality. Each composition is based on ancient shamanic techniques that have been used for centuries and updated with the latest in mind-body and neuroscience research. With the powerful intention of unconditional love, guided imagery, and waves of sonic channeling, you will be gently entrained into a state of deep calm, setting the tone for the expansion of consciousness, and triggering the body’s relaxation response and self-healing capacity. The OM Shoppe, 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota, 941-706-3257, TheOmShoppeandSpa.com

MONDAY, JUNE 27 Singing Crystal Bowls for Personal Wellness Series - 3-5pm. During each two-hour class you will

receive instruction for 45 minutes and enjoy a deeply relaxing sound bath experience for the additional 20 minutes. This allows your subconscious mind to process all that you are learning and makes memory retention easier. You will receive teaching materials with each class and The OM Shoppe provides you the use of a Quartz Crystal Singing Bowl. You simply bring yourself and the rest is taken care of for you. We ask that you do not bring your personal singing bowl, this is so we can ensure a harmonic experience when practicing at The OM Shoppe. 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota, 941-706-3257, TheOmShoppeandSpa.com

USA.” The USA is a melting pot of all kinds of people from all over the world with many religions, and spiritual beliefs. We celebrate these this Sunday through patriotic songs and stories with American Troubadour Bill Schustik. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. In person at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota and on Zoom: Meeting ID: 830 1791 6524 / Passcode: RTI2021. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. RisingTideInternational.org. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839.



Crystal Bowl and Tuning Fork Healings - 7-9pm. By Caleb Snyder and James Holmes. While first relaxing in the group setting, the room is filled with healing energy and the calming sound waves from a Crystal Bowl. Then one by one, individual healings will be focused on each participant with the tones from a tuning fork. Come to relax, and to be rejuvenated for the balance of your week. $15 donation is requested. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Reservations please with call or text to 941499-6246 or 813-850-4596. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota.org, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota

Floating Crystal Bowl Concert with Robert Austin - 6:30-7:30pm. Stimulate and restore the harmony between the physical and spiritual planes of the body, while suspended in an Aerial Hammock. Crystal Bowl Energy healing through harmonic sounds and crystals resonates with the body balancing the chakras and re-energize the auric field. The powerful vibrations of sound penetrates the body which consists of approximately 70% water and gives a gentle internal massage to all your cells. Let the positive vibrations of the bowls integrate into your body and let your spirit soar! $25/pp. Palm Studio and Boutique, 441 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 941-208-5568, PalmStudioEnglewood.com.

THURSDAY, JUNE 30 Finding Faith in a Troubled World - 7pm. With Jim Toole. Discover pathways to your deepest inspiration and personal truth that sets you free to BE who you truly are in your life and in the world, no matter what is happening around you. Learn to shift your truth to inner knowing to an unshakable faith that creates profound peace and grace. $15, presented online on Zoom. Register at SpiritofLifeInternational.org or contact Jim at SpiritofLifeInternational@ gmail.com or 941-809-1104 with questions..

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SATURDAY, JULY 23 Sarasota Mystic Faire - 10:30am-6pm, and July 24, 11am-5pm, the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium will host the largest metaphysical event of the year. Back for its tenth anniversary, the auditorium will brim with talented psychics, mediums and energy healers. Numerous vendors will be onsite to offer crystal bowls, healing tools, crystals, books, jewelry, photography, clothing and more. Enjoy free lectures all weekend from experts in their fields. This event features a unique mix of people committed to serving others. Explore fascinating concepts and modalities, while browsing the items for sale, all in one comfortable and convenient location. At the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more info, call 239-949-3387 or email Canbria@aol.com.

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sunday OM Shamanic Sound Journeys with Resonance - 4th Sunday of every month. Sold out for over 2 years! You will experience a blend of, shamanic drumming, rhythm, crystal singing bowls, rattles, tuning forks, vocal toning, electric violin and more in a coordinated and orchestrated fashion to help improve participants well-being. Clinical Hypnotherapist Beth A Snyder begins your journey by gently inducing a hypnotic state. Then your journey into sound begins. Consider your intention now. Tickets: TheOmShoppeandSpa.com or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota. Christian Spiritualist Sunday Morning Services - 10am. Old time camp meet style service, guided meditation, healing, presentation of truth and mini spirit message for each person. Private or group readings available daily by appointment. Contact Rev Shari. Church of Light, 2408 43rd Ave. West, Bradenton, 941-751-5683. Sunday Service at CMF - 10:30am. At each Sunday morning service, we are offering spiritual healing, an inspirational talk, messages from spirit, special music and an ever-important environment of fellowship. Leave refreshed and inspired to start the new week. We feature a variety of speakers and spirit message bearers throughout the year. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-2668435, CMFsarasota.org, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota. Sunday Sabbath Services - 10:30am. In person and on Zoom. Join our rotation of reverends every Sunday as we connect with our Family of Light. 1st Sunday - Open Heart Divine Healing Service with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth (Baba Sharone). Through the Divine Names of God and conscious intention we create the Sacred Space to connect to the Healing Power of the Divine. Expect MIRACLES! 2nd Sunday - A Channeling of Dimensions of Love with Rev. Nancy Robinson. She will Uplift, Guide, Inspire, Heal and help promote Peace and Harmony in the Heart. 3rd Sunday - with Rev. Robin Richardson who will bring little known wisdom and answers from her vast knowledge of Ancient Wisdom from Ancient writings from all over the world. A new topic each Sunday. 4th Sunday - Ecstatic Kabbalah with Rev. Annie Eng - Anchored in Kabbalah Tree of Life Ceremony and Wisdom. This Service helps you align with the Higher Wisdom and Blessing that is available to all of us. Love Donation. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com. Unity of Sarasota - 10:30am Sunday Celebration Service, meditation 10-10:15am. We are meeting in person and livestream at UnityofSarasota.org under the services tab. The Sunday Celebration service includes a message and lively music, 10:3011:45am. Youth Ministry Program, 10:30-11:30am. 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org.


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Universal Service - 10:30am. Each Sunday with a rotation of Reverends. This is a weekly egalitarian service which celebrates all of humanity’s religions together on a single altar. It is a place where East meets West, offering opportunities for spiritual growth and sharing. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/81220 8049 Password: RTI2020.. RisingTideInternational. org, for info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. Sunday Morning Celebration Service, Zoom Live - 11am. Join us as we come together as a spiritual family and community, sharing our love and light for ourselves, for each other, and the world. Be a part of sharing the energy and illumination of our hearts and souls together through conversation, music, meditation, a talk and an affirmation. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-492-2977, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com. Psychic Sundays Tours - 1-2:45pm, June 12 & 26. This 105-minute Psychic Sundays Tour is led by local evidentiary psychic and tarot reader Michael Newton-Brown. Tourgoers will learn about Sarasota’s robust metaphysical community while they visit Pixie Dust Metaphysical Boutique, experience a Sound Healing immersive experience with Kaylene McCaw, and walk the labyrinth at a local church. During the tour, guests enjoy a spirit gallery where Michael channels spirits for the people on the tour and then provides a personal mini tarot reading. Pineapple or orange mimosas are included in your ticket, as is FREE parking. Tickets: $44.99 + tax/fees (and any add-ons). Limited private tarot readings are also available with Michael after the tour (a $30 add-on). Book tour tickets first at DiscoverSarasotaTours.com, then email Info@DiscoverSarasotaTours.com to reserve a reading spot. All tours depart from the DST Trolley Cottage located at 1826 4th Street. Discover Sarasota Tours, 1826 4th Street, Sarasota, 941-260-9818. Book online at DiscoverSarasotaTours.com. Lightness of Walking - 5-7pm, June 5 & 12. Online! Join Bonnie Kissam M.A., Feldenkrais® Practitioner for her 6-week Lightness of Walking Program. During this class, you learn how to re-design your ABCs for walking. Past attendees have reported pure amazement at how much lighter and more efficient their balance and walk can be when they use the Lightness of Walking tools to realign, re-balance, and re-coordinate. Registration, receive your free E-Book and more info at LightnessOfWalking.com, 941-360-2248. Unhealed Trauma Zaps Your Energy...and Makes You Sick, Fatigued, Foggy-Brained and Look Much Older! - 5-6pm. Virtual event. Einstein: God is Love and Love is God. Master Sio’s worldwide practice includes Zoom events where you can actually feel a huge positive uplift in your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual existence. He combines traditional Medical Qi Gong and Love infusions of the ancient Hawaiian Kahuna Healing protocols. Aloha. $50/pp. 424-744-6439, Mastersio.com.


monday “Health & Nutrition” - 10-11am. With Fred Harvey, MD of The Harvey Center for Integrative Medicine. Health & nutrition is a live call-in or email “Ask the Doc” health show from 10-11 on WMNF 88.5FM public radio Tampa. Email questions to DJ@WMNF.org Tai Chi - 1pm. With Reuben Fernandez. The main principle of tai chi is internal relaxation. Tai Chi is known as an internal martial art. The power and energy do not depend on muscle power, strength or speed, rather power comes from internal relaxation and release of Chi. In this class we will focus on developing a tai chi body, the basic warm up exercises, the Chen form, as well as Chi Gung for its health benefits. In person, $10/class. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com. Pub Theology - 6:30-8pm, the 2nd Mon. of the month. With Rev. Amy Zehe. Bring your Spiritual questions. We are meeting at the Olive Garden in the Landings. 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Anchoring Light Transmission Meditation - 6:45pm. With Baba Sharone. A call to all Lightworkers. The Anchoring Light Transmission Channeled Meditation has been a gathering point for Lightworkers and Planetary World Servers to come together and assist in the Ascension of our Planet and all Her life in cooperation with our expanded Family of Light. As Anchors of Light, we take our important role in the Spiritual Hierarchy to manifest the Divine Plan of Love, Light, Peace and Oneness to our planet. Participants who serve in anchoring this Celestial Radiant Light Energy from the Ascended Realms benefit from the wisdom, guidance and grace that flows from it which brings forth healing, peace and Accelerated Spiritual Growth. In Person and Online. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com. Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7-9pm. Join Susan Houliston and/or experienced guest instructors every Monday & Tuesday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills while exploring various modalities. $15 donation is requested. Please refer to the CMF website CMFSarasota.org for the description of the programs offered for each weekly class. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Reservations needed, so call or text Susan at 941-266-1696. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota.

tuesday Divine Feminine Dance™ - 12-1pm. With Jennifer Loftus. Using conscious guided movement, you’ll quickly begin to experience more joy, freedom, and power in your body. By getting out of your head and surrendering to the dance, you’ll return to greater flow, balance and grace. No experience is necessary as the movements are designed for all levels. $15/

class, $50/5 classes. Location: Punta Gorda Woman’s Club, 118 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. More info, 808-283-3774 or JenniferLoftusLLC@gmail.com, MusicMovesTheSoul.com. Meditation, Healing and Spiritual Liberty Class - meditation, 6pm, healing 7-7:15 pm (ends 9/13/2022), spiritual liberty class, 7:30-8:30pm. With Zaid Smith for June, at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota. Zoom link:https://us02web.zoom. us/j/88572385090?pwd=SmFPZmRqNjczQ3FxeExwUmE0eCthUT09 Meeting ID: 885 7238 5090/.. Passcode: RTI2021 Free Reiki Healing & Meditation Circle - 6:158:15pm. Join us at for an unforgettable Inspirational Meditative & Healing experience with 2 Reiki Masters: Victoria & Lorald (­40+ yrs of combined pro experience). Release stress & walk away energized. You’ll be glad you did! Love Offerings accepted. Must RSVP, text preferred: 702-482-3719.

wednesday Intuitive Tarot Reader Skye Samuel - 11am4pm, Wed thru Sat. Skye is a fourth generation Tarot Reader with over 35 years of practice. As an intuitive and clairvoyant reader, she opens the cards and gently guides people on their paths. She specializes in direct question answering for all matters of love, health, money and life. $30/60 min. Book at WildGingerApothecary.com Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630. Lightness of Walking – 1-3pm, June 8-July 13. Online! Join Bonnie Kissam M.A., Feldenkrais® Practitioner for her 6-week Lightness of Walking Program. During this class, you learn how to re-design your ABCs for walking. Past attendees have reported pure amazement at how much lighter and more efficient their balance and walk can be when they use the Lightness of Walking tools to realign, re-balance, and re-coordinate. Registration, receive your free E-Book and more info at LightnessOfWalking.com, 941-360-2248. Enoch Study Group - 7pm. With Kim Converse. Join Enoch Study Group facilitator Kim Converse for the study of “Key 405 - We Are The Family” written by Dr. James Hurtak. With this teaching we begin to understand how we are part of a greater cosmic family that is multi-dimensional in reality and function. The book also speaks about how each soul is part of the family of God and we are now being introduced to our cosmic brothers and sisters as well as our inheritance as we realize planet earth is but a mere steppingstone to eternal life in the greater universe. Online Zoom only, $5/class. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com. Intuitive Practice Circle - 7pm.Come join our new weekly group for those interested in deepening their psychic abilities, healing gifts and are looking for practice space. Topics may include Card Divination/ Tarot/Oracle, Pendulums, Chakras, Clair Senses, Dreams, Astral Traveling, Numerology, Psychometry, Channeling, Past Lives, Guardian Angels, Auto-writing, and more. You must pre-register at WildGingerApothecary.com to attend. Visit us at

Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630. OM Crystalline Vibrational Immersion - 7pm, every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Join us for this beautiful form of deepened relaxation! The OM Shoppe professional Sound Therapy Practitioners bring you these beautiful multi-instrumental sound baths to guide you into a deepened place of stillness and peace. Discover the magical way that sound can help ease you into a meditative state, and heightened mind-body awareness! Tickets: TheOmShoppeandSpa.com or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota. Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Music and inspiration in person and Livestream at UnityofSarasota.org under the services tab. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Healing, Intention and Meditation Zoom Live 7:30pm (new time). Join us for a time of healing, connection and meditation. Let us all come together and experience the energy and inspiration that can make such a powerful difference in our individual lives. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-492-2977, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.

thursday A Course in Miracles (ACIM) - 6-7:30pm. Caroline and George Robertie. To register email Caroline. Scammel@Comcast.net. 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941-955-3301, UnityofSarasota.org. Gentle Flow Yoga - 6:45pm. With Stephanie Jarvis. Join Stefanie RYT 200 for a Gentle Flow Yoga class geared specifically for those new to yoga or those who are interested in a gentle practice. This class incorporates simple flowing sequences to warm up the body, as well as slower paced movements focusing on alignment, strength, balance, and flexibility. Breathing techniques and meditation is also integrated. Each class will end with an extended period of relaxation. No experience or flexibility required. In Person, $10/class. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. With Rev Nancy Robinson. A Course in Miracles, scribed by Dr Helen Schucman with Dr Bill Thetford in the 1970s. It is a study program of spiritual psychotherapy designed to awaken in us the truth of our oneness with God and Love. Through the course one learns how the practice of forgiveness assists in releasing elements of the past with a willingness to follow higher guidance, cultivating a miracle-mindedness. Schucman is said to have received the material through ‘inner dictation’ from Christ. Online Zoom only, $10.Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows - Bldg G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com. Angel Healing Meditation - 7pm. Come experience this unique, relaxing meditation infused with grounding, visualization techniques, and connecting with the Seraphim and Archangel energy. This ancient, high vibrational energy amplifies your meditation experience and is deeply soothing. Biweekly, $20/pp. You must pre-register

at WildGingerApothecary.com to attend. Visit us at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630. Bentley’s House Pet Loss Support Group - 7-8pm, third Thurs of the month. Meeting in person at Fellowship Hall. Facilitated by Rev. Amy Zehe. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301. UnityofSarasota.org Zikr/Chanting - 7:30-8:30pm (ends 9/15/2022). At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota and on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87556106107?pwd=UjhjYk43S2lBU1QrWDh0RTk4aWdXdz09. Meeting ID: 875 5610 6107/..Passcode: RTI2021. Donation, RisingTideInternational.org. Info Rev. Zan, 941922-7839.

friday Gentle Yoga at CMF - 10-11am. Lead by Ellen Duff, this class is open to all ages and levels, and will focus on present moment awareness. Classes begin with a short meditation and transition into a conscious and gentle movement that take us to different postures. As a deeper connection with your inner nature is established, relaxation, flexibility, and strength develop. Trained and certified by the world-renowned White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA, Ellen has been teaching practical methods of relaxation, breathing and raising the awareness of mind, body, and spirit relationship for 25-years. Join Ellen to relax and receive your inner guidance. Donation of $15. Please bring a yoga mat. Reservations please 630-303-0779. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204, 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota.org Facebook: CMF of Sarasota. First Friday Nights - Kirtan with Cheryl Chaffee 7-8:30pm, First Friday of the month at Fellowship Hall. Facilitated by Cheryl and Tim Chaffee. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301. UnityofSarasota.org.

saturday Sarasota Farmers Market - 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Established in 1979, the market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans. They currently have a full market that includes 70 vendors and 5,000 sq ft of produce and plants. 1 N Lemon Ave., Sarasota, SarasotaFarmersMarket.org. Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 9am-2pm. Over thirty-five vendors offering locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the local artists, craftspeople and musicians. 400 12th St., W. Bradenton, 941-301-8445. Sound Healing Meditation with Ed Russell - 5pm, 1st Saturday of every month. Sound bowls have a centuries-old tradition throughout Asia to awaken and refresh those in sacred spaces. You will feel the vibrations move throughout your body, allowing conscious and unconscious information to come to you. $20. Book at WildGingerApothecary.com Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630.

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6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630 WildGingerApothecary.com

Community for health + wellness. Offering hemp CBD, health remedies, metaphysical gifts and tools, crystals, cards, essential oils, jewelry and more! Classes and drop-in tarot and psychic readers daily. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, closed Sun.


Board Certified Acupuncture Physician The Integrated Path, P.A. 2801 Fruitville Rd.Suite 135, Sarasota 941-924-8833 • IntegratedPath.com

The Integrated Path to Health and Wellness for the whole family utilizing Traditional Chinese Medicine,Acupuncture, Energetic Medicine, Bloodwork Analysis,Clinical Nutrition Assessments and ZYTO Elite to restore balance. Over 30 years of clinical experience!


Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM Nationally Board Certified Dipl.Ac Complimentary Meet & Greet The Medical Complex 2650 Bahia Vista Street, Suite 101, Sarasota, 941-951-1119 •FamilyHealingCenter.com

Family Healing Center, an integrative wellness practice. Addressing all health issues we will find the key to unlock your highest level of health and wellness. Complimentary Meet & Greet


Anna L. Baker, D.O.M. Nationally Board Certified Acupuncture Physician 941-924-2723 • FacesByDrAnna.com

Unique muscle-tightening acupuncture facelift and necklift done with 12 hair-thin needles, none of which are on the face. Results documented photographically. Only one maintenance treatment needed every 18 months. Free consultation includes facial analysis. Monthly seminars, call for schedule.


Residual Strain Therapy Eric Winder DC Offices in Sarasota and Venice, FL 941-957-8390 • eric.winder.dc@gmail.com

Professional care with a personal focus. Feel better through proper alignment, and get back to work and play! See our website for more information.


Fusion Therapy 7069 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-921-7900 • FusionTherapySarasota.com

Terry Schibler has 30 years experience in advanced bodywork. He has a singular ability to trace, recognize and treat complex pain patterns through numerous modalities such as CranioSacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral and Fascial manipulation. Terry’s hands-on work is effective for a wide range of problems associated with pain and dysfunction such as Migraines, Chronic neck/back pain, Concussions, TMJ, Post-surgical dysfunction...and more.


HEALING ROOM, ENERGY HEALING, BIOFEEDBACK STRESS MANAGEMENT, PEMF Treatments to balance over a thousand conditions! Infrared Inversion, Sound Immersion with the Singing Bowls 718-791-3797 • PureFieldForce@gmail.com

Energy Healing helps the body with a long list of conditions, aches, pains and imbalances. Biofeedback Scanning locates the imbalances and it also corrects them. PEMF (Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy) re-energizes damaged cells, it is a powerful tool to MANAGE PAIN! 941-586-9539, Facebook.com/CreateBalanceandHealing


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RESONANCE HOLISTIC WELLNESS 3148 Southgate Circle, Suite 8, Sarasota 941-312-4334 ResonanceSRQ.com

37 years of combined experience in Holistic Wellness. Specializing in Research-Based Energy modalities, comprehensive sessions & focalized services, using FDA approved devices. 20 modalities to choose. PEMF, VibroAcoustics, Voice Analysis, Scalar Wave Therapy, Brainwave Entrainment, etc.


Lessons for Children (ABM), Adults, Classes, Prof Seminars Bonnie Kissam, M.A., Feldenkrais® Practitioner, LMT, CE Provider 941-360-2248 Bonnie@FeldenkraisInSarasota.com FeldenkraisInSarasota.com

The Feldenkrais® Approach , ‘Movement with Attention’, helps one ‘sense easier, improved posture and ways of moving. Clients optimize their musical, athletic or everyday activities through heightened ‘awareness’. They find unique ways to recover from injury, surgeries or illness. Call for appointments, classes or for weekend TOUCH TO INFORM seminars 941-360-2248 , Bonnie@FeldenkraisInSarasota.com.


Laurie Pawli, Director, Certified Red Ribbon Consultant CreateTheFeeling.com TheFengShuiSchoolOfChicago.com TheFengShuiSchoolOfFlorida.com 630-279-8870

The Feng Shui School of Chicago & Florida is recognized as a Gold Level School, the highest standard established by the International Feng Shui Guild. Basic classes through Professional Certified Consultant Training Programs are taught. Classes are based on the front door of the space with a combination of Virtual and In Person Classes. Laurie was Certified as a Feng Shui Consultant in 2001 and is a student of Grand Master Professor Thomas Lin Yun.

FUNCTIONAL & LIFESTYLE WELLNESS KORMAN RELIEF & WELLNESS CENTER Laura Korman, DC, DACBN Chiropractor, Diplomate in Nutrition 16954 Toledo Blade Blvd, Port Charlotte 941-629-6700 • DrLauraKorman.com

Dr. Korman specializes in helping peri-menopausal women eliminate pain, fatigue and unwanted belly fat through functional medicine, lifestyle strategies and regenerative therapies so they can reclaim their vitality and stay engaged in the life they love. We offer PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy), Class IV Deep Tissue Laser, Near & Far Infrared Sauna, Decompression Therapies, Whole Body Vibration and carry a professional line of supplementation.


Caroline Crawford Messages from the spirit world with clarity and compassion. 941-402-9595 • CarolineCrawford.org CarolineCrawfordorg@gmail.com

Highly gifted British Medium and Master Healer, Caroline channels messages of healing to comfort, inspire and empower you from your loved ones and her team of Angelic beings. Receive guidance & insight into your life now and your future career, relationships, health and spiritual path with renewed confidence and optimism. Touching hearts for over four decades, Caroline is currently based in Sarasota. By appointment only, in person, by phone or zoom.


801 S Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, FL 941-412-4334 • CafeEvergreen.net

Cafe Evergreen is a natural, organic restaurant. Our menu consists of many organic recipes designed to not only taste delicious, but also enhance your health. Open 7 days a week 11am-9pm.

ORGANIC SALON HAIR & EARTH ORGANIC SALON 200 Central Ave, Suite 18, Sarasota 941-284-9563 HairandEarth.SalonsByJC.com


Dr. David Cifra, DC Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist Office: 941-358-2224 • Cell: 315-345-7390 DrCifra@SarasotaDiscCenter.com www.SarasotaDiscCenter.com

Medical Breakthrough Technology! Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist, Dr.David Cifra,DC. Advanced procedure for patients who have back and neck pain and want to avoid narcotics, epidural injections, and unnecessary surgeries. Over 90% effective. No pain, No drugs, No surgery, NO Injections. Call today 941-358-2224. FREE CONSULTATION.

classifieds HOUSECLEANING. Enjoy your free time and let us do what we do best: Housecleaning to your healthy satisfaction. Call Paula for a free estimate 941-320-4052. ADVANCED CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY. Advanced Clinical Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy is available in Sarasota. Specializing in healing trauma and coping with life transitions. La-Alza.com. MEDICAL ADVOCATE. Retired RN will help you or your family member navigate doctor visits, prescriptions, insurance companies, coordination of services, or any other details of medical care administration. More info, call 941-723-0274. SELL YOUR CAR! Fast, safe, easy – we come to you. Call or text now for instant CASH, 941270-4400, HoHoBuysCars.com


at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630 WildGingerApothecary.com

Fourth-generation Psychic Intuitive Tarot Reader, Skye Samuel, is now available full time for readings Tuesday-Saturday at metaphysical and health boutique, Wild Ginger Apothecary. Skye has over 35 years’ experience and specializes in direct question answering for all matters of love, health, money, and life. In-person, virtual video or phone available. Book online or drop-in Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM. Numerous other readers also available throughout week.


Spiritual counselor, shamanic practitioner, Reiki healing, breath, and energy work, hypnosis, soul retrieval, past life regression all to empower and help you move into the Divine flow of the joy and power within you.


Natural & Holistic Premium Pet Foods 3558 Webber Street, Sarasota 941-925-4376 PetSupplyCenter@gmail.com PetSupplyCenterSarasota.com

Offering full lines of veterinary diets, raw and frozen diets, dog, cat and bird supplies. Huge selection of toys, treats, flea and tick products, collars and more. Certified veterinary nutritional consultant on staff. We ship and pets always welcome!

Erinn offers Sarasota excellence in conscious haircare. Cuts, color, highlights, smoothing treatments and more. Metaphysical gifts too! Kevin Murphy color line as well as retail products available. Comfortable, private space for calm, creative collaboration. Call or text Erinn Earth for an appointment or consultation. Or schedule online at: HairandEarth.SalonsByJC.com

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The Divine Chapel of Love offers a place for weddings, renewal of vows and ceremonies for couples who wish to commemorate their special occasion in a beautiful surrounding to form lasting memories where Love is All That Matters.


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WILD GINGER APOTHECARY 6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630 WildGingerApothecary.com

Community for health + wellness. Offering hemp CBD, bulk herbs, remedies, sage, gifts, cards, metaphysical tools, essential oils, jewelry and more! Classes and drop-in psychic readers daily. Open MonSat 10am-5pm, closed Sun.


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