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HEALTHY

LIVING

The Blessings of Going Barefoot

Grounding Has Profound Healing Effects

Natural Remedies How Animals Self-Medicate

HEALTHY

PLANET

Healthy House

Easy Ways to Green It Up

A Guide to ClimateFriendly Foods

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Revolution 2018 Experience 3-Days Profound ENERGY for $149

Largest Qigong Event in USA

Qi Revolution is a 3-day event designed to help unlock your healing power and create your best life. Teachings give ENERGY using the most effective Breathing Techniques, Qigong and Food-Healing secrets that activate your body’s strength. National Event is our biggest production and creates sacred space for 1000 people.

Featuring Guest Master of Chi

Sifu Michael Stults Sarasota native and Energy Arts practitioner, Michael Stults has taught diligently 30+ years. He is an eloquent speaker presenting “Chi Tao” meridian healing system. Beyond just exercise, Michael humbly challenges us to be healthier. stronger and more tolerant human beings.

Bradenton, FL $149 All 3-Days. Sarasota/Manatee Edition

JULY 28th-30th

Unique Once in a Lifetime Event. Limited to 1000 people.

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ACUPUNCTURE FACELIFT & NECKLIFT Dr. Anna L. Baker is a Board Certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine

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The Facts about Craniosacral Therapy & Why It’s Foundational to Your Health Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer, Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota–Manatee

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experienced a Craniosacral Therapy session with Terrence Grywinski of Advanced Craniosacral Therapy and realized just how restorative and beneficial this mode of treatment is for physical, mental, emotional or even spiritual well-being. Pioneered and developed by Dr John Upledger, this gentle approach to bodywork which addresses connective tissue called fascia that bonds together an entire network of muscles, organs, bones, joints with brain and spinal cord. When injuries or dysfunctions occur, that fascia becomes restricted and reduces the energy-flow our bodies need to function at optimum level. Restricted fascia is responsible for conditions like acute and chronic pain, fatigue, limited mobility, TMJ and is related to neurological issues such as foggy brain, fibromyalgia, senile dementia, strokes, concussions and Parkinson’s Disease. During the first couple minutes of my session with local practitioner Terrence Grywinski, who has performed Craniosacral Therapy for over two decades, I learned that shortened fascia in my shoulder had compromised the range-of-motion in my pelvis, caused a difference in leg length, contributed to pressure along my neck and spine, constricted the airflow of my diaphragm and created barriers in multiple chakras (energy centers). But as our first session unfolded, I was astonished at the immediate results achieved through his subtle, precise and relaxing touch. As Grywinski manipulated the fascia encasing my shoulder in both deliberate and delicate movements, my breathing deepened. The released fascia in my shoulder restored range-of-motion in my pelvis and restored symmetry to my legs. As a dedicated runner and fitness enthusiast whose body is accustomed to strain and exertion, I’ve since noticed how fluid my running stride has become now that each leg is back in alignment, and those hipbones are no longer askew. In addition, my lung volume has increased, allowing for a more even and natural pattern of breath. Before the introduction to Craniosacral Therapy, I didn’t even recognize how much tension and dysfunction existed inside this body of mine. I considered “wellness” a benchmark I had already attained. But now, having gleaned firsthand knowledge of the impact that Craniosacral Therapy can deliver on muscles, bones, joints, organs and chakras. I’ve scheduled with Grywinski to continue this healing trajectory.

Relief Beginning with the First Session: Chronic Pain: Sciatic, Back, Neck and TMJ Migraines, Foggy Brain and Lack of Concentration Asthma, Bronchitis, Breathing Problems Digestive, Constipation and Fatigue Issues Concussions, Brain and Spinal Cord Health Mobility Issues for Seniors T. Grywinski specializes in difficult issues with great success Treats Babies to Seniors

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Contemporary Holistic Wellness Our foundation is built on providing the best natural healthcare to promote optimal body functioning. Dr. Sera, the founder of Point Lumineux, has created a team of skillful practitioners who offer specialized techniques that work to increase the light flow in your body. Point Lumineux is located in the heart of South Sarasota, providing clients a local source for contemporary holistic wellness.

Services We Offer

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Contents

The Integrated Path RELIEVE STRESS Let us guide your mind and body to

RESTORE BALANCE Dedicated to helping you and your family achieve health Our Services Include:

• Acupuncture • Oriental Medicine • Energetic Emotional Release • Bloodwork Analysis • Clinical Nutrition Assessments • Weight Management • Reiki Master • Occupational Therapy • ZYTO Elite

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30 HEALTHY CLIMATE, HEALTHY PEOPLE

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Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health

34 PAUL HAWKEN Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming

36 CHANGING OUR DIET TO COOL THE CLIMATE Good Food Choices Enable Global Health

38 TOUCHING

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THE EARTH

The Healing Powers of Going Barefoot

40 GARDENING ASANAS

Yoga Poses to Stay Pain-Free

44 NATURE’S REMEDIES

How Animals Self-Medicate

46 INTO THE WOODS Nature Helps Kids Build Skills and Character

48 HEALTHY HOUSE Easy Ways to Green It Up

DEPARTMENTS 12 news briefs 24 health briefs 34 wise words 35 inspiration 36 conscious

eating 38 healing ways 40 fit body 44 natural pet

35 46 healthy kids 48 green living 60 calendar 68 resource guide 71 classifieds


Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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he weather is sunnier, the temperature is warmer, and here in Florida, we all know what this means—beach season is in full swing! But as we spend more time outside, how often are we stopping to consider our impact on the natural habitats around us? Are we being conscious and compassionate stewards of this earth, or could we unintentionally be causing it harm? To answer that question, this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings is all about becoming more aware of how our actions or lifestyles can affect the environment, and how we can work together as a community to make the world a safer, cleaner, healthier place. To kick-off this conversation, check out our April feature article “Healthier Climate Means Healthier People” which explores the connection between our personal well-being and the state of our planet. This also underscores why the “go green” initiative is more than just a trend, but an essential practice that we all can benefit from in our daily routines. One of those routines is how we fuel our bodies and the types of food sources we choose. This month’s “Conscious Eating” article focuses on climate-friendly food and why the production value matters just as much as the nutritional content. Ideally, we should be choosing natural and organic foods when possible in order to reduce the greenhouse gas emission that results from mass-production. In fact, many local farmers and restaurants here in Sarasota are already making these positive, conscious strides! Taking care of the environment goes beyond how we interact with the great outdoors—it also means being mindful of how we behave inside our homes. This issue’s “Green Living” article discusses the importance of healthy household tips like conserving water, cleaning with non-toxic products and reducing the amount of waste. Even these basic initiatives will create a more livable home and a more sustainable world. Finally, it’s crucial to teach the next generation how they can also contribute to a healthier planet since it will be theirs to protect in the future. Our “Wilderness Awareness” article points out how exposing children to responsible wilderness skills can foster in them a lifelong respect, kindness and appreciation toward the environment. The more exposure kids have to nature, the more they’ll understand the role they have in caring for it. As usual, this is just a small taste of everything you’ll find in our April issue. I hope the information and insights are beneficial to you, and please don’t hesitate to join the conversation! Any comments, questions or feedback can be sent to Publisher@NASRQ. com. Let’s continue this dialogue on how we can all work together for a brighter tomorrow here on earth!

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Burrowing Owl Stephen Blancett

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over artist Stephen Blancett has been making art since childhood, but his style and subjects are ever-evolving. Animals are a new favorite subject of the artist, who typically paints both abstracts and figures portrayed realistically in form, but in bold, unreal colors. “I’ve always had a love for animals,” says Blancett, a resident of Alva, Florida. “I see a lot more wildlife now that I live near a river, especially fish, manatees and alligators, which inspires me to paint them.” Burrowing Owl was commissioned for a fundraiser for Abuse Counseling & Treatment (ACT), an organization that assists victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. “It’s a great reward to know that my art benefits another person in some way,” says Blancett, a longtime supporter of ACT. A former creative director in the advertising and publishing fields with a degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Blancett serves as national art director for Natural Awakenings. His work has been featured in numerous publications and galleries around the world, including recent exhibitions in Miami, London, Vienna and Strasbourg. Visit the artist’s portfolio at Blancett.gallery.

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news briefs

Qi Revolution Comes to Southwest Florida

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i Revolution is a threeday event designed to help unlock your healing power and create your best life. Teachings give energy, using the most effective breathing techniques, Qigong and food-healing secrets that activate your body’s strength. This national event, taking place July 28–30, is our biggest production and creates sacred space for 1000 people. Sarasota native and Energy Arts practitioner Sifu Michael Stults has taught diligently for over 30 years. He is an eloquent speaker who will be presenting the “Chi Tao” meridian healing system. Beyond just exercise, Sifu Michael humbly challenges people to be healthier, stronger and more tolerant human beings. This unique, once in a lifetime event will be held at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, and space is limited to the first 1000 people who register. Location: Bradenton, Fl Convention Center Cost: $149/3 days. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 800-298-8970 or visit QiRevolution.com.

The Helix Haircut: The Cut that Curls

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f you want more body and volume in your hair, you have a choice of a chemical perm or a helix cut. The helix cut uses NO chemicals and is done with a special scissor that is beveled and torqued to cut a conical c-shape into the hair strands, and when all of the “c’s” are blended and connected it makes a wave which works best on fine hair. First, I cut the style and shape, then perform the helix cut, and the two haircuts take about one hour for shorter hair. The cost depends on the length and fullness of the hair which costs about what it would be for a chemical perm. With the helix cut, some get curls and some get waves, but everyone gets more body and volume. I am the only certified helix designer on the West Coast of Florida, and I’ve been successful in doing the helix technique for 16 years. In addition, I also offer balayage highlights and foils. European Hair Designer: Location: 701 JC Center Ct., Unit 10, Port Charlotte. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-629-0074.

Don’t Like How You Feel? Retrain Your Brain & Enjoy Life! Without drugs and using nationally recognized brain mapping techniques, we develop non-invasive Neurofeedback training programs customized to you. Re-training unhealthy brainwave patterns often eliminates or improves symptoms of: ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma/PTSD, and more.

“Neurofeedback has worked so well for our adopted child that suffers from childhood traumas that both my husband and I have started using the training as well.” -Sue C.

Neurofeedback focuses on building new neural pathways, strengthening the brain, rather than patching up symptoms.

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Join CitySide Apartments for “The Science of Meditation” Wellness Seminar

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itySide Apartments, located in the historic Rosemary District, brings balance to urban life with complimentary yoga, Zumba and tai chi classes. Cityside also continues its monthly series of expert wellness seminars, available both to residents and the community. Join expert of Four Pillars Clinic Shana Rosenthal, Certified Consulting Hypnotist and Neuro Linguistic Practitioner on May 8, 6–7 p.m., for a hands-on introduction to meditation practice. Rosenthal teaches powerful tools that enable the recipient to overcome their issues which enables self-empowerment, control and ultimately relief. Location: 700 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota. Cost: complimentary for residents, $15 for non-residents. RSVP required. To register, email RCarroll@CitySideSRQ.com.

The $300 Facelift Seminar

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n April 13, 1 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM, will give a seminar on how to get a $300 facelift using Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna, her revolutionary anti-aging serum made from real pearls and Chinese herbs without any preservatives. Pearls contain amino acids that retighten muscles and slowly return the face to its younger look with daily use. These amino acids are sensitive and destroyed by chemical preservatives which is why other commercially available pearl creams don’t offer these same results. Dr. Anna will show photographed results on people of all different ages. Pearl Cream by Dr, Anna is also available as a muscle tightening body lotion, men’s anti-aging line and sports performance line. Joining Dr. Anna will be Chi Na Master Sifu Michael Stults who has brought his clinical practice to the Pearl Cream store. Chi Na is a secret healing art only taught to highly advanced martial arts practitioners. Sifu Michael has pioneered translating ancient Asiatic healing arts into a functional modern body wisdom tradition that helps people reach higher levels of health and vitality. He will also be talking about the nature of self-care as it relates to longevity, vitality and optimal performance. Location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Hours: Monday­–Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 941-921-2662 or visit PearlCreamByDrAnna.com.

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Please join us for an Anti-Aging and Chi Na Healing Seminar with Dr. Anna Baker, D.O.M. and Sifu Michael Stults, Chi Na Master

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news briefs

Get Organized to Get Healthy

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o you want an edge on achieving your weight and health goals? Then, get organized! Yes, it’s true—how you organize your home can impact your health. Here are five compelling benefits of organization: 1. Better Food Choices: Organizing your kitchen, so you can identify nutritious food options increases positive behavior. In addition, keeping your preparation area clutter-free lowers the stress hormone cortisol, making you more likely to choose fresh fruit over a candy bar. 2. Productivity: It’s great that you’ve purchased a cornucopia of vegetables and own variety of cooking utensils, but if you have no idea where these items are stored, this can slow you down, lead to frustration and throw you off-track. 3. Enhanced Mood State: Being surrounded by clutter in your home can provoke you to feel overwhelmed and even depressed, making it more difficult to engage in healthy habits. 4. Social Connections: When you feel comfortable entertaining in your home, your relationships can be strengthened. Social connections are considered to be one of the top factors in living a happy and healthy life. 5. Sleep Patterns: The only thought that should be on your mind when you sleep is sleep. Keep your bedroom a well-organized oasis—even the simple act of making your bed has been connected with a significant improvement in sleep. Living in an organized home influences not just the ability to achieve your health goals, but also the ability to maintain those goals after you achieve them. Bonni London is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and holds a Master’s in Clinical Nutrition from NYU. For more information, call 941-685-8074 or visit LondonWellness.net.

Explore Crystals, Spirituality and Mediumship at Sarasota Center of Light

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pringtime reflects the awakening of nature and new growth all around us. Sarasota Center of Light is offering classes and workshops during April to experience your own awakening and spiritual growth. Introduction classes to crystals, spirituality and new thought, as well as a series on basic mediumship, will be presented. Gerry Grieg will present “Introduction to Spirituality and New Thought” on April 14, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Grieg brings his extensive knowledge and inspirational teaching approach to topics such as Source, universe, infinite oneness, affirmative prayer, spiritual principles and more. This will be an experiential and interactive workshop. Cost is $20. On April 16, 6–8 p.m., Susan Moen from The Crystal Cave will offer the “Crystal Healing,” an introduction to crystals for spiritual healing, protection, intentions and meditation. We will use pendulums, so bring one or borrow one. Cost is $25. Basic Mediumship, an eight class series for beginner’s, will begin April 12, 7:30–9 p.m. In these classes, you will practice techniques and exercises to discover a connection to Spirit. Learn to be aware of those in Spirit and receive information from them. Cost is $15 per class. In addition, Rev. Drew Vogt returns May 1, sharing his mediumship, knowledge and inspiration through readings, services and workshops. Please check the calendar for details of these events. Join us for our services, extensive education programs, events, other visiting mediums and musical events throughout the year. Location: 852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota. Cost: For more information, call 941-953-6620, email ChurchOffice@SarasotaCenterofLight.com or visit SarasotaCenterofLight.com 14

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Keep the Energy Flowing at Heart and Sole Organics

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here is “vital energy” in the human body that helps to keep it functioning properly. When there is a congestion of energy in the body, this can cause bodily inefficiencies which lead to illness. Reflexology helps keep the energy flowing. Often this energy is referred to as “Qi.” There are reflexes in the hands and feet that correspond to every organ, gland and body part down to a cellular level. These reflexes are like a circuit switch. A trained Reflexologist will utilize a particular technique by applying pressure with the thumbs and fingers to certain reflexes in the feet and hands that address specific body organs and glands to clear energy blockages. Reflexology is beneficial in helping bodily ailments and improving overall health. There are 10 specific zones in the feet and hands that correspond to the whole body. These zones run longitudinal all through the body. A Reflexologist can address certain reflexes in the feet that correspond directly to a certain organ or part of the body. If there is a blockage of energy flow in that particular area, there will also be a positive effect on all other parts of that particular zone. Many clients have stated they feel a warming or tingling sensation traveling through various zones when they experience a therapeutic foot reflexology session. Reflexologists are trained to help balance the mind and body, sustaining a natural equilibrium, or “homeostasis,” that promotes relaxation, health and well-being. Cindy Heard, Certified Reflexologist, LMT, LE and owner of Heart and Sole Organics, has helped many clients feel better through reflexology. Other services offered are organic facial treatments and therapeutic bodywork massage. Location: 1435 S Osprey Ave., Suite 200, Sarasota. Hours: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information and to schedule and appointment, call 941-228-9724, email Cindy@HeartAndSoleOrganics.com or visit HeartAndSoleOrganics.com.


Acupuncture Facelift Seminar with Dr. Anna

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n April 18, 2 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM and founder of Faces by Dr. Anna, will present a free seminar on changing the course of facial aging with her muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift. Her technique reverses the look of aging in the muscles of the face and neck, returning more youthful features. Dr. Anna has a database of over 600 people, and she will show photographed results for all different ages and face types. A nationally board-certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Anna has been practicing in Sarasota since 1998. She has developed her specialty in a muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift with no needles used on the face. Up to three treatments can be done in one day with a 10-treatment minimum. After treatments are completed, a one or two treatment touch-up is suggested every 18 months to maintain the lift. Dr. Anna was voted Sarasota’s favorite anti-aging practitioner, and her work has been nationally televised.

Food is just the beginning! Do you have health or weight goals? Let’s discuss how a customized plan can transform your dreams to reality!

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Location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. To make seminar reservations or to schedule a free consultation, call 941-921-2662 or visit FacesByDrAnna.com.

Cutting-Edge Neurofeedback Research

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t the Brain Wave Center, we study neurofeedback research carefully. According to The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) there are 1,447 peer reviewed journal articles cited in the National Library of Medicine relating to the efficacy of neurofeedback. These articles detail the potential effectiveness of neurofeedback for various symptoms including ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, brain fog, stress, memory, focus and more. Neurofeedback is effective on its own, but research indicates that neurofeedback is frequently used as an adjunct to traditional treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation and pharmaceuticals. In addition, clinical evidence shows that when neurofeedback is added to other therapies, the outcomes are typically superior. This leads to one of our favorite sayings at The Brain Wave Center: “neurofeedback plays well with others!” Without drugs and using nationally recognized brain mapping techniques, we develop neurofeedback programs customized to each individual to overcome a multiple issues and experience long-lasting results. Neurofeedback focuses on building new neural pathways to strengthen the brain, rather than just treating symptoms. It’s like a personal training session that challenges and retrains the brain to function in a more optimal state. When we discuss your challenges and goals during a session, we can inform you of the neurofeedback research related to your condition. Our website contains relevant studies for different symptoms. We want to make sure you have the all the information to make an informed decision which is the reason we provide a free consultation before the treatment protocol. For more information, call 941-552-4500 or visit BrainwaveSarasota.com.

Elizabeth Harrison Expert Organizer Achieve goals with less effort. Have a system for organizing tailored for you. Finally, have surroundings support your goals.

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Let’s Talk! 941-685-8074 Bonni London MS, RDN, LDN Registered Dietitian Nutritionist • Accredited and licensed dietitian since 1999 • Master’s in Clinical Nutrition from NYU • Speaker, writer, perennial student

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CROP Juice Introduces New Smoothie Bowls

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utritious and delicious made-to-order acai smoothie bowls have arrived at the CROP Juice location in Gulf Gate. CROP brings the same level of all organic, high-quality produce to these new treats as they do with their world-class juices. All products are organic, vegan and gluten-free. You’ll love these tasty indulgences as a meal replacement or a nutritious special treat. The first two superfood bowls will be Purple Rain and Pure Decadence. Purple Rain has a base of vanilla almond milk, acai, mixed berries, mango and banana with toppings like granola, banana, coconut chips, seasonal fruit, chia seed and bee-free honey drizzle. Pure Decadence has a base of vanilla almond milk, acai, peanut butter, cacao and banana with toppings like chocolate chips, banana, crumbled peanut butter CROPbites and peanut butter drizzle. Both flavors have been greeted with a tremendous response from customers at the CROP University location. CROP believes that every meal and snack is an opportunity to invest in your wellness. Good health starts with the foods you put in your body. CROP makes it simple to eat nutritiously and deliciously. These new items will be coming to the Downtown location soon as well, so come try these new tasty treats and sample organic cold-pressed juices at all our CROP stores. Location: 2320 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-923-8640 or visit CROPJuiceSRQ.com.

Spring into Better Health

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he Florida spring season is in full effect. With the return to longer days comes an increase in natures intrinsic vitality. As the weather warms, and pollen blooms fill the air, it’s also a time when allergies flare. Spring is an ideal opportunity to cleanse the body, tame inflammation, temper the digestive system and come back into healthy living. The holiday blur, and early-year rush are now over, so make time to care for the body and revitalize the mind. The practitioners at 360 Degree Wellness specialize in a full-spectrum approach to healing. With fitness and nutrition programs, as well as acupuncture, herbal and homeopathic medicines in their toolkit, the 360 Wellness team is equipped to assist in achieving mind-body wellness. Optimal health reflects as more energy, efficient digestion, regulated metabolism, a pain-free body and a positive outlook. If life starts feeling like a hardship, this is a reflection of imbalance. Integrated medicine considers all factors when tailoring treatment plans, recommending lab tests and providing lifestyle advice. Empowerment, transformation, and renewed vitality are not as far off as they might seem. Contact the practitioners at 360 Degree Wellness and schedule a free consultation. Receive a personalized treatment plan including dietary and lifestyle advise, access to movement classes and a comprehensive treatment schedule. For more information, visit 360DegreeWellness.com. 16

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Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe

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e are a warm, welcoming boutique that offers unique and beautiful merchandise including handmade jewelry, incense, candles, crystals, salt lamps, greeting cards, journals, tarot cards, runes, books, crystal singing bowls, Finch Berry Soaps, all-natural personal care products and more. We also offer services that support those on a spiritual journey inward.  Our current services are Psychic Readings, Astrology Consultations, Palm Readings and Goddess Healings. Susan Milligan is a Physician’s Assistant who has been in practice since 1993. She also became a Reiki Master in 2003 and graduated from the Barbara Brennan School of healing in 2008. Her style of energy healing is geared towards those who are looking for an alternative complement to western medicine healing, and are ready to deepen contact with their essence. Goddess Healings offer an opportunity be held in a safe space and explore areas longing to be seen, heard, felt, acknowledged and healed. Healings also facilitate the release of inconvenient emotions, as well as enhance the experience of joy, passion and freedom to live how you were meant to. Experience an increase energy levels and create harmony and balance, so you can realize your full potential. Location: 6283 Lake Osprey Dr., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-822-8056 or “like” InquireWithinGoddessShoppe on Facebook.


Tree Fair to Feature Trees and Fairies

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ree Fair 2018, sponsored by People for Trees, Inc., will take place on April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the North Port Community Education Center. People for Trees is a non-profit native tree advocacy group. The annual Tree Fair is the longest running event in North Port sponsored by the same group. The Tree Fair will offer hundreds of three-gallon native tree for $15 each. Choose from Florida Sweetgum, American Elm, Bald Cypress, Slash Pine, Southern Red Cedar, Dahoon Holly and Pignut Hickory. The native shrubs of Walter’s Viburnum and Wax Myrtle will also be available. You can learn how to plant and maintain them by attending a free indoor workshop at 11:30 a.m. that will include a slideshow presentation and handouts. There will be a “Fairy Gathering” at 11 a.m., facilitated by “Rev. Faerie” Elaine Silver who will also provide the musical entertainment. Children are invited to wear their best fairy attire. Rev. Faerie is an accomplished singer, songwriter, touring and recording artist. There will also be a “Fairy House” exhibit with ribbons and prizes awarded at 1:30 p.m. including “Best of Show” Adult Entry ($50 prize) and “Best of Show” Child Entry ($50 prize). A Fairy House is a small structure where fairies live in harmony with nature. Children of all ages are invited to submit a Fairy House between 9–10 a.m. Judging will take place at 1 p.m. with awards at 1:30. Houses will be supplied to children at no cost while supplies last, and for adults, there will be a $2 donation. This event is sponsored also by Natural Awakenings. Location: 4940 Pan Am Blvd., North Port. For more information, call 941-426-9752 or visit PeopleForTrees.com.

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Understanding the Benefits of CBD

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n recent years, there has been increased talk of a new “miracle cure” called CBD. With this in mind, Point Lumineux is here to answer some frequently asked questions to help you determine if CBD is right for you.

What Is CBD? CBD (Cannabidiol) is a Cannabis compound, but does not cause the psychoactive effects of its Cannabis counterpart THC. Hundreds of scientific and clinical research studies have emphasized CBD’s neuroprotective and neurogenic effects. Products formed with CBD have the ability to treat a wide range of conditions like arthritis, migraines, anxiety, nausea, chronic pain, depression, PTSD and epilepsy.

Why Does CBD Help the Body? The body is equipped with an endocannabinoid system (ECS), a transmitter system with receptors throughout the body that control and modulate various brain, immune and gut functions. CBD activates the ECS to stimulate whole body health benefits.

How Can CBD Improve Your Health? When cannabidiol enters your body, it immediately stimulates and strengthens your natural immune response to fight inflammatory proteins hurting your body and causing illness. Elaborate studies have shown that CBD possesses analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-ischemic, anti-convulsant, anti-anxiolytic and neuroprotective properties. CBD can be used strategically to help prevent, treat and alleviate Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Sclerosis, PTSD, asthma, hypertension, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, testicular cancer, prostate cancer and more. CBD can also help prevent and alleviate migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, fibromyalgia, depression, epilepsy, breast cancer, Crohn’s Disease, IBS and menstrual cramps. Point Lumineux offers consultations to gauge if CBD is an ideal treatment for you or if we’d recommend a Medicinal Cannabis consultation. To schedule a consultation, call 941-2176828.

Serenity Stations Grand Opening

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erenity Stations is pleased to offer the services of Lucia Light Florida and Opt for Light LLC. On April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., come out and enjoy a beautiful spring Saturday, exploring the benefits of light therapy from two different perspectives. Lucia Light Florida and Opt for Light will be offering free mini sessions. Lucia Light offers a meditative trip to activate your pineal gland with transformational light, while Opt for Light provides relief from physical and emotional traumas with LED and EFT therapies. Other complimentary services and light refreshments will be available too.

Location: 2020 Rose St., Suite B, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-539-6729 or visit SerenityStations.com. 18

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A Woman of Passion and Purpose

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ve Plews opened her clinic, Full Spectrum Health, 30 years ago this April to educate, empower and assist clients as part of their health care team. Faced with personal health challenges at an early age, and a prognosis that would require ongoing drug therapies and surgeries, Eve’s passion for learning about health was ignited. She learned everything she could about her condition from western medicine and many other healing modalities. As she improved, she continued to seek answers for herself and others. What went wrong? What can be done about it? Can it be prevented in others? This became her life purpose. Staying on the forefront of medical science and clinical research, focusing on the underlying causes of illness, in order to alleviate her clients suffering and improve their condition. Eve’s live call-in public radio show, Health & Nutrition, has been picked up by NPR Podcast! Congratulations, Eve! Every other Monday at 10am on WMNF 88.5FM Eve captivates and educates her listeners one Q&A at a time. Licensed as Nutrition Counselor by the Florida Board of Medicine, Eve was one of first practitioners to earn the prestigious title IFMCP (Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner) in 2013. As a practitioner, Eve listens carefully to each client’s unique health history for underlying causes of dis-ease and offers recommendations to reduce pain, improve function and increase energy. As a speaker, Eve synthesizes current scientific and medical research into key points for implementing healthier lifestyle choices for you and the earth. For more information on Eve Plews, call 941-952-1200 or email Info@FullSpectrumHealth.com. Located at Full Spectrum Health, 2106 Bispham Road, Sarasota.


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1. Why do I need this medicine? 2. Are there other options that will address my pain? An over-the-counter pain reliever, physical therapy or chiropractic care might offer the same results. 3. How long should I take this? Extended opioid use can increase the risk of dependence. 4. Does this medicine align with current medical guidelines? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published specific guidelines, directing doctors to prescribe the lowest dose for the shortest length of time.  5. What are my risks of addiction? A report published by the CDC suggests the risk of chronic opioid use increases with each additional day after the third day, with an even steeper rise after the fifth day. 6. How does this medicine mix with other prescriptions I’m taking? Opioids can be deadly when combined with other drugs, especially those taken for treatment of anxiety, sleeping disorders and seizures. It’s also a dangerous to mix alcohol with an opioid.

For more information, Newsroom.UHC. com/Opioids.html. Dr. Sam Ho is chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare, UnitedHealth Group’s health benefits division, and is responsible for the clinical, cost and experience outcomes of 50 million UnitedHealthcare members in commercial, Medicare, Medicaid and military health plans. 

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Sleep and Vitality Finding Love is Fun with Suncoast Singles Workshop

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ou are never too old to find love, suggest the matchmakers at Suncoast Singles. Their oldest client currently is 89 years old and confirms he hasn’t felt this great in ages! That’s because he is having fun. He has been going out, trying new restaurants and dancing so much that he claims his mouth hurts from smiling. When asked if it makes him feel strange that out of hundreds of clients he is the very oldest, he just laughs and says, “Someone has to do it!”  William Tosh, manager of Suncoast Singles, points out that is a proven fact that people in love tend to have more fun. “You have someone to try new things with, someone to laugh with, someone to explore with,” adds Tosh.  If you are single and looking to add more enjoyment into your life, contact Suncoast Singles today. Start your journey toward finding someone special to love and have fun with. For more information, call 941-713-1000 or visit SuncoastSingles.com.

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DOLORES CANNON’S QHHT REGRESSION WITH AMBER DUONNOLO

Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT) Group Regression Experience Friday - April 20th, 2018 – 7:00 – 9:00PM Please join Amber Duonnolo QHHT Practitioner, for a QHHT Group Regression Experience. This is a FUN and great way to experience QHHT for the first time in a group setting. For more information go to www.ccosl.com or call Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light 941-371-9333

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t is well documented how important a good night’s sleep is for overall health and vitality. Many people struggle with the effects from lack of sleep. If you’re looking for ways to help yourself sleep well, hands-on energy harmonizing could be the answer. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu is hosting a sleep and vitality workshop on April 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will learn, practice and experience ways to help themselves with the ancient wisdom of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Each participant will be guided through assessing which energy harmonizing practices would be most beneficial for their personal sleep projects, and will receive their customized sleep and vitality self-help program. Widely known more than 3,000 years ago, Jin Shin Jyutsu was dramatically revived by Japanese Master Jiro Murai in 1912 after clearing himself of a “terminal” illness. Jin Shin Jyutsu enhances the awareness of the body-mind-spirit connection, and it provides tools to maintain and restore the harmonious flow of life energy with gentle touch. This workshop is facilitated by Michelle Giambra, LMT, Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Instructor and Practitioner. Giambra has 20 years of experience with Jin Shin Jyutsu, providing personal energy harmonizing sessions and teaching selfhelp classes. Participants of this workshop can receive an additional discount on already discounted prepaid packages of private energy harmonizing sessions. Space is limited. To secure your space, payment must be received by April 18. An early bird discount is available if you provide the payment by April 13. Location: 810 Central Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-228-2972, email Michelle@SuncoastJSJ.com or visit SuncoastJSJ.com.


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My Florida Green Expands Florida Medical Marijuana Certification Platform

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y Florida Green has announced expansions across the state for a medical marijuana certification platform. My Florida Green has helped more than 3,000 patients through an elite physician network and an HIPAA-compliant certification platform. My Florida Green serves patients in Naples, Palm Bay, Davie, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa. Orlando and Pensacola are set to open this year, and statewide expansions are projected for 2018 and beyond. My Florida Green is one of the first companies to help patients navigate Florida’s medical marijuana process with a secure patient management platform. Patients register online, complete medical intake forms and schedule a physician’s visit. During the medical evaluation, the physician determines whether the patient qualifies and, if approved, enters the information into the state registry. My Florida Green handles all matters related to compliance and record-keeping for an initial $99 registration fee, followed by a $199 fee for the doctor’s visit. Once patients are approved by the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use, which requires approximately two to four weeks from the time of the visit, they can purchase medicine by visiting or scheduling delivery from one of Florida’s licensed medical cannabis dispensaries. My Florida Green is committed to education and thought leadership through a free online community forum where patients can access research, seek support, host a personal webpage, create and join Florida-based medical marijuana groups, manage friend requests, upload photos or videos, and more. For more information, call 239-307-5307 or visit MyFloridaGreen.com.


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The Phone from the Great Beyond is Ringing. Will You Answer?

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hat could be a better way to spend a Friday night than quality time with friends and loved ones? What about spending time with loved ones who have passed onto the other side of life?  “Dial 1-800-Afterlife” is not a phone service—it’s a live mediumship gallery where a dedicated team of local psychics and mediums will bring members of the audience messages from those we cherish in the great beyond.   Psychic medium Victoria Ackerman, along with other talented readers, will share unique styles of communication with Spirit.  Just because we cannot see our loved ones on the other side, that does not mean they are gone. This fun and fascinating gallery will give you the chance to hear what those in Spirit want to share with you.   You might be surprised who reaches out. Messages brought from Spirit can carry meaning and bring connection or closure to those who receive them. Whether that means grandma is coming through to remind you where to find her pie recipe for the holiday season, Elvis wants to share the lyrics from a song that he never released, or a family member is offering an apology for a misunderstanding in life, every message will be given with love and light. Join us for this enthralling event on Friday, April 27th at the Florida Studio Theatre. Come for dinner at 6:30 p.m. or just for the show from 7:30–9:30 p.m.

n April 20, 7–9 p.m., join Amber Duonnolo, Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT) practitioner, for a QHHT Group Regression Experience. This is a fun way to experience QHHT for the first time in a casual setting. The entire group will experience: a past life, meeting their guide or guardian angel, traversing into the future (100, 200 or 300 years). QHHT was developed by Dolores Cannon whose career as a hypnotherapist, specializing in past life regression, spanned almost 50 years and took her on an incredible journey to countless fascinating destinations.  Over the course of her work, this technique has proven to be effective on thousands of people all over the world regardless of their age, gender, personality, physical symptoms, religious beliefs or cultural backgrounds. The subconscious gave her and other practitioners of QHHT® access into past lives and the ability to perform instantaneous healings when appropriate.

Location: 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota. Cost: $19–$36. For more information, call 941-544-5874 or TheSpiritU.com. To purchase Tickets. FloridaStudioTheatre.org.

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Whole Grains Help Us Eat Less DeryaDraws /Shutterstock.com

When overweight adults exchange refined grain products such as white bread and pasta for whole-grain equivalents, they tend to feel full sooner, eat less, lose weight and experience a reduction in inflammation, the journal Gut reports. Researchers from Denmark’s National Food Institute and the University of Copenhagen studying 50 adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease found that test volunteers realized these benefits by eating whole grains, and rye in particular.

Ingesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in a recent Australian study of 122 women published in Phytotherapy Research. The herbs were Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort), Paeonia lactiflora (peony) and Tribulus terrestris (tribulus). Menstrual cycles returned to normal duration for 55 percent of the women, and significant improvements occurred in body mass index, pregnancy rates, hormones, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. Subjects also exhibited less depression, anxiety and stress.

High-Fat Diet Risks Multiple Sclerosis Relapse A high-fat diet increases the risk of relapse of multiple sclerosis in children by as much as 56 percent, reports The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. A multi-university study of 219 children also found that each 10 percent increase in saturated fat as a share of total calories tripled the risk of relapse. Inversely, each additional cup of vegetables per week cut the risk of the disease by 50 percent.

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Herbs Ease Polycystic Ovary Symptoms

A Harvard study of 325 women undergoing fertility treatments found that those consuming the most produce high in pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach and grapes, were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth compared to women eating the least amount of pesticide-laden produce. Study co-author Dr. Jorge Chavarro suggests that women trying to conceive should eat organic produce or low-pesticide choices like avocados, onions and oranges. 24

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Less REM-Stage Sleep Linked to Dementia Risk

People that get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a new study published in Neurology. Following 321 people over age 60 for 12 years, Australian researchers found that those that developed dementia spent an average of 17 percent of their sleep time in REM sleep, compared to 20 percent for others. It also took them longer to get to that dreamgenerating stage. cafe-ad5.pdf

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Four Pillars of Health,

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earn. Relax. Energize. Reinvent. If there was ever a place to experience the truest and deepest meaning of those words, it would be Four Pillars. Tucked inside an enticingly intimate corner of the San Marco Plaza in Lakewood Ranch, this therapeutic retreat is carving out a niche for itself among Sarasota’s wellness community. And the result is a holistic, personalized, transformative emphasis on self-care—which all too often goes neglected and depreciated in today’s overcharged culture. “Our mission is to provide wellness services, educational experiences and social activities that nurture the four pillars of health: mind, body, spirit and social connection,” explains founder Cheri Christiansen. “We’ve created a self-discovery tool to guide people toward determining which of their four pillars could be off-balance and identifying their priorities for self-care. We also have a talented, educated and compassionate team who can assist with each person’s indivualized needs. As our name suggests, we’re seeking to become a pillar of health and wellness in this vibrant community.” The origin of Four Pillars is a story of revelation which steered Christiansen away from the comfort of a stable career and safe relationship into the uncharted terrain of inner passion and purpose. While immersing herself in this spiritual awakening, Christiansen began to envision a setting where people could reconnect with an intrinsic sense of wholeness. This desire to help other human beings foundationally strengthen each of these four pillars is the impetus behind everything Christiansen does. “I have brought together multiple enrichment activities under one roof to foster a space where people

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can find their balance, grow on their journeys and celebrate their success,” she elaborates. “We have 27 wellness practitioners who offer a comprehensive menu of services and classes for healing in the mind, body and spirit. Our clients often remark on how the energy at Four Pillars feels both calming and caring. One of the latest initiatives furthering this mission is a newly opened and renovated studio just four doors down from the main Four Pillars suite, featuring a diverse assortment of fitness and yoga classes. “Inside our new studio, we offer vinyasa, restorative, slow flow and lymphatic yoga, in addition to qi gong, tai chi, kung fu, body sculpting, pilates and interval training. “Four Pillars is an environment of zero judgment. We invite you to come just as you are, and our instructors will meet you right there. In fact, our yoga classes are designed with ‘non-yogis’ in mind, so all experience levels are welcome to participate. During each session, you will learn more techniques to build on, and you’ll be surprised how strong and flexible the body can become over time,” assures Christiansen.    Movement and physicality are just a couple of the modes through which Four Pillars is making health a more accessible commodity in the Sarasota area. From massage and facials to acupuncture and cupping to homeopathy and nutrition to sound healing and chakra balancing to hypnosis and life coaching, among other integrative modalities, the Four Pillars team is committed to enhancing wellness for everyone—not in theory, but in practice. And with this pursuit at the helm, Four Pillars is not about to lose momentum. Christiansen adds, “We have plans to build a complete wellness center with treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor yoga, meditation gardens, a covered pavilion, a firepit and an organic café, all situated on a lake and nature preserve in Lakewood Ranch. In addition, we leased the second space in San Marco Plaza with an additional treatment room and studio to expand both our services and classes, as well as grow into our building.  “We’re eager for these growth opportunities coming down the pipeline. There is a remarkable energy which has created each of us. I’m excited to build a place where we all come together and facilitate a positive change in our world.” Cheri Christiansen is a certified life coach, Reiki master and the owner of Four Pillars, located at 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. The newly opened yoga studio is located in Suite 203. Four Pillars offers a wide range of holistic and integrative modalities, provided by leading experts in the wellness industry. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-373-3955 or visit FourPillarsFlorida.com. Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota–Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer based in Southwest Florida. Her personal blog HealthBeAHippie.Wordpress.com features practical tips for embracing an active, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.


CHINESE HEALTH GEM OF THE MONTH:

Bone Broth for Enhancing Vitality and Immune System by Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac.

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one-based soups are a common dish seen at dinner tables in most households in China. Soup and daily nutrition have been used, along with herbs, as the primary source for maintaining wellness and addressing health issues for thousands of years. A majority of all soups used to tonify the body contain some form of bones as part of the ingredient. In Chinese medicine, the kidney system is integral to healthy development, as well as maintaining strong bones. The Chinese believe that animals with strong,

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tough bones contain the nutritional substances that allow them to maintain a tough bone density as well. So when these bones are used as stock for a soup base, the nourishing substances are cooked into the soup, and whoever drinks the soup will benefit from their absorption. This results in stronger bones and kidney system which boosts the circulatory blood flow and improves the immune system. Here is a recipe for a bone-based soup that will strongly boost the immune system and increase overall vitality: Ingredients: Ox tail Carrots Broccoli Flower Onions Cabbage Scallions Celery Raw Ginger Slices Preparation: Combine all ingredients into a soup pot. Add water and cook for an hour-and-a-half

to two hours. Add the following a dash of salt or red cooking wine as needed to enhance the taste. Note: You might be wondering why there are no quantities indicated for these ingredients. The reason is that you add as needed per your own desired taste. This is typically how soups—and foods in general—are cooked in China. Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac., is a boardcertified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist in Sarasota. In 2014, he was voted Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” for a second year in a row and was also the area’s “Favorite Anti-Aging Practitioner.” Ng can be reached at 941-773-5156 or via email: RNG@ ChineseMedicalSolutions.com. In addition, Ng will be presenting a seminar on Chinese Food Therapy at the Four Pillars Wellness Center in Lakewood Ranch on April 30, 7 p.m. Seating is limited, so make reservations early, and call 941-373-3955 to sign up.

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Tai Chi and Kung Fu: Balancing of the Mind, Body and Spirit

by Rene Ng, AP, L.Ac.

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hen you take a stroll through a park lined with trees and permeated with fresh air during the early morning hours in China—and also those located in major U.S. cities—you will notice people, the elderly in particular, practicing the ancient art of Tai Chi. The moves are smooth and gentle-flowing, radiating a sense of peace and tranquility. When you observe the practitioners of this beautiful exercise and how flexible and mobile they seem, you pause in amazement upon realizing the majority of these people are in their 70s, 80s and 90s. The flexibility and muscular endurance they exhibit belies their age.

Tai Chi So what is Tai Chi? First of all, this practice is a martial art. In olden days China, Tai Chi was one of the most feared forms of martial arts, and its origin can be traced
back to Taoist priests. Its creation is attributed to an
individual named Cheung San Feng, a famous martial artist in his own right. Tai Chi is
considered a soft, internal practice which does not utilize
physical force, but rather uses an opponent’s energy and strength against themselves. It is famous for its
ability to condition an individual’s internal energy, and
over the years, it has grown to become more of an art known for its healing rather than its fighting efficacy. Tai Chi is considered a form of moving Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese art famous for its breathing exercises and in ability to optimizes the flow of the life force Qi throughout the body. The optimal and smooth flow of Qi leads to optimal health and an abundance of energy which, in turn, leads to an excellent quality of life. Tai Chi is all about Qi Gong, but it incorporates slow movements into its sequences. These slow movements require the use of each joint in the body, especially those in the feet and toes. In most human beings, some of our joints are not used as often as others, and these underused joints can stiffen up over time and even become arthritic. Tai Chi forces a balanced usage of every joint when done correctly. It also keeps the back straight, increases lung capacity, improves oxygen supply through optimal breathing, keeps the muscles relaxed, calms the mind, and improves both circulation and immune function. It is also low-impact and not stressful on the body, making it a popular exercise among people of all ages in China.

Wing Chun Wing Chun is undoubtedly one of the most popular kung fu styles in the world. This is because it was the style the legendary 28

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late kung fu actor Bruce Lee was trained in and made famous in his movies. Wing Chun is a soft kung fu art just like Tai Chi, and is extremely effective in confrontations. It is also a relatively young art—only about three hundred
years old—and traces its lineage back to the Shaolin Temple in China. It
too utilizes the opponent’s energy against themselves instead of
relying on physical force. It was developed by a woman named Yim Wing
Chun, making it an effective art for women and
people who are smaller in size. Wing Chun is also extremely wellknown
for its internal conditioning, endurance building and mind relaxing. In
fact, the first sequence taught in Wing Chun, called “Siu Lim Tao”
(translated to “Little Idea”) is a Qi Gong based form which enables a
person to optimize breathing, relax the muscles and calm the mind.
 More recently, a series of hit kung fu movies were released in Hong Kong, showcasing Ip Man, who was Bruce Lee’s teacher. These films explain the development of Wing Chun, and its effectiveness in fighting. Ip Man incidentally was also the teacher of my own Wing Chun teacher Master Ho Kam Ming. What makes Wing Chun unique and different from other martial arts styles is the individual develops their skills in a similar method as they might when learning a new language instead of memorizing techniques and moves. This is one of the most sought-after kung fu styles across the globe.

Mind, Body, Spirit The human body is an amazing machine and a miraculous work of art. The three major body components of mind, body and spirit help to dictate the wellness and vigor of the body. When these three are healthy and in harmony, the body is also healthy. But when they are imbalanced, the body is also imbalanced. An ideal approach to keeping these components in balance is through the martial arts of Tai Chi and Wing Chun. As a result of these practices, circulation becomes optimized which helps to keep the mind alert, active, engaged and healthy. This builds an individual’s psyche and spirit up, and their lifestyle becomes full and active. So if you feel down in the doldrums and want to experience a change for the better, consider adding something to enhance these wellness components—especially your body. Rene Ng, AP, L.Ac., is a board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist in Sarasota. He is a multiple-time winner of Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” and “Favorite Anti-Aging Practitioner” awards. Ng is also an internationally recognized Wing Chun kung fu master and Tai Chi/Qi Gong practitioner. He has been teaching these martial arts in both China and the USA for nearly 40 years. For more information, call 941-773-5156, email RNG@ChineseMedicalSolutions.com or visit ChineseMedicalSolutions.com.


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Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health by Lisa Marshall

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amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced grade-schooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family. But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots. 30

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“I was aware that the weather had changed a lot since I was kid. But it really didn’t hit home until that day that climate change could affect my health and the health of my children personally,” recalls Ahdoot. “I realized it would be a betrayal of my duty as a pediatrician to sit back and do nothing about it.”

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Ahdoot, now a vocal climate change activist, is among a growing number of healthcare professionals that have begun to reframe climate change not as a concern for elsewhere or the future, but as a pressing U.S. public

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health issue today. In one recent survey of 1,200 allergists, 48 percent said climate change is already affecting their patients a “great deal” or a “moderate amount.” In another survey of lung specialists, 77 percent said they were seeing patient symptoms grow more severe due to worsening climate-related air quality. In a sweeping review published last October in The Lancet medical journal, a team of healthcare professionals proclaimed that the human symptoms of climate change are “unequivocal and potentially irreversible,” noting that since 2000, the number of people in the United States exposed to heat waves annually has risen by about 14.5 million, and the number of natural disasters annually has increased 46 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also begun to weigh in with a Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative to help local health departments brace for everything from the hazardous air quality associated with more forest fires to the spread of vector-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile as the range and season of mosquitoes and ticks expands. Meanwhile, groups like the newly formed and expansive Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, to which Ahdoot belongs, are being proactive. Its doctors are greening their offices, swapping cars for bikes, buses or carpooling, lobbying lawmakers and encouraging their patients to undertake measures to prevent the problem from worsening. In the process, they say, they might even improve their own health. “We want the public to understand that climate change is not just about polar bears or receding glaciers in the Arctic, but also about our children and our health here and now,” says Ahdoot.


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Flora and Fauna Issues

During the past century, average temperatures have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with annual increases accelerating in recent years as 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 all set records for ambient heat. Such rising temperatures, combined with increased rain and record-high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, can have a significant impact on plants— both those that irritate or nourish us, says Howard Frumkin, a medical doctor who co-authored the Lancet report and teaches environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Wild, allergy-inducing plants like ragweed and poison ivy are flourishing. Poison ivy is growing faster, larger and more toxic as excess carbon prompts it to produce more of its rash-inducing compound, urushiol. “We are seeing the season for ragweed productivity expanding, with pollen levels rising higher and earlier and lasting longer by several weeks,” advises Frumkin. In 2016, residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, endured a ragweed season that was 21 days longer than in 1990. Other, desirable crops, like grains, do worse in hotter carbonrich climes, producing less protein and other nutrients, Frumkin notes. Meanwhile, bugs are thriving, with longer seasons and wider ranges in which to reproduce. Mosquitoes’ capacity to transmit dengue fever— the world’s fastest-growing mosquitoborne illness—has risen by 11 percent since 1950, more than half of that just since 1990, according to the Lancet report. Further, the tick that carries Lyme disease is now present in 46 percent of U.S. counties, up from 30 percent in 1998. “My physician colleagues used to treat two or three cases a month during tick season,” says Dr. Nitin Damle, a physician at South County Internal Medicine, in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

Five Steps to Take Today

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Swap tailpipes for pedals: Bike or walk instead of driving, especially for distances of less than two miles, which comprise 40 percent of all car trips. A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that if everyone did this in just 11 cities in the Midwest, not only would carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fall, but it would extend 1,300 lives and save $8 billion in healthcare costs due to better air quality and less sedentary lifestyles.

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Eat less red meat: Producing

red meat results in five times more climate-warming emissions per calorie than chicken, pork, dairy or eggs, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It also creates 11 times more emissions than the production of potatoes, wheat or rice. Eating less red meat can also decrease an individual’s risk of certain cancers.

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Encourage hospitals and doctors’ offices to go green:

The healthcare system is responsible

“Now each of us sees 40 to 50 new cases each season.”

Heat Pollution

Rising heat can also aggravate lung conditions because it promotes the production of ozone, a major lung irritant. With prolonged heat often come wildfires. When one burned for three months in North Carolina in a recent summer, researchers discovered that residents of counties affected by the smoke plume showed a 50 percent increase in emergency trips due to respiratory illness. Like Isaac, more kids are ending up in hospitals due to soaring temperatures, with U.S. emergency room visits for heat illnesses up by 133 percent between 1997 and 2006. Ahdoot recalls a young football player from Arkansas that showed signs of weakness and fatigue during practice, but wasn’t treated right away. He ended

for about 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut. Boston-area hospitals recently slashed their overall emissions by 29 percent in five years.

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Plant more trees: As they grow, trees remove carbon dioxide from the air. Being around green space has also been shown to boost mental and cognitive health.

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Show compassion: Americans,

per capita, emit six times more CO2 than the global average, according to research by Jonathan Patz, a medical doctor who directs the Global Health Institute at the University of WisconsinMadison. In a TED Talk, he observed that U.S. lower-income populations and those in developing countries are often hit hardest by gaseous emissions. “Those most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change are often the least responsible,” he says. “Doing something about this is a matter of compassion.”

up with heat stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary edema and ultimately required kidney dialysis. “Every summer now, I see the impacts of increasing temperatures and heat waves on kids,” she says. Climate change can also impact mental health, according to a recent review by the American Psychological Association. Exposure to natural disasters can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Plus, according to research institutions including the University of California, San Diego, and Iowa State University, chronic heat, especially at night, can interfere with sleep and even lead to aggressive behavior. Then there’s the worry about what to do about it, and whether it will be enough. “When you talk with people about what is affecting them, climate is definitely one of the things stressing them out,” says Thomas Doherty, Psy.D., a psychologist April 2018

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Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on imminent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their patients about climate change to mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the real-time benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to urge lawmakers to pass climate-friendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assisting the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.


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Paul Hawken Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming by Linda Sechrist

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or author Paul Hawken, a leading environmental entrepreneur working with a coalition of research fellows, advisors and expert reviewers, the climate goal is drawdown, or reversing global warming—the point in atmospheric time when the concentration of greenhouse gases peaks and begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Hawken edited Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, a compendium of the 100 most substantive solutions that already exist.

Are you optimistic about achieving the goal?

Why is drawdown the goal? If we don’t name the goal, we are unlikely to achieve it. To date, language like mitigation, stabilization and reduction has been used to address climate change. These goals are not particularly ambitious and will do little to preserve civilization. Those verbs are about slowing the amount of released gases, but do not reverse them. If you are going the wrong way down a road which heads straight over a cliff, slowing down is not a helpful goal. We need to turn around, and that is what drawdown research is all about.

Why and how did you do the research? We wanted to know if it was game over with respect to global warming, or could we reverse the buildup of greenhouse gases with techniques and practices already underway? We gathered a qualified and diverse group of 70 researchers from around the world to identify, research and model the 100 most substantive existing solutions. They modeled the impact the solutions will have if they continue to scale in a rigorous, but reasonable way, and what the cost and profits would be. All carbon data was based on peer-reviewed science. Economic data came from respected international institutions like the World Bank. The goal of the 34

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tion is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth. Ranked seventh, family planning, particularly in low-income countries, impacts world population. For women to have children by choice rather than chance and to plan their family size and spacing is a matter of autonomy and dignity. Together, these two solutions would account for significant reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. The United Nations estimates a difference between the high and median population projections in 2050 of 10.8 billion versus 9.7 billion. The difference is almost entirely determined by availability of family planning.

book was to present the findings and describe the solutions in ways that fascinated and informed, accompanied by images that enlivened and inspired.

What are the top 10 solutions? The top 10 solutions, in order, are: refrigerant management, wind turbines, reduced food waste, plant-rich diet, tropical forests protection, educating girls, family planning, solar farms, silvopasture—the intentional combination of trees, forage plants and livestock as an integrated, intensively managed system— and rooftop solar. All 100 are listed at Drawdown.org/solutions-summary-by-rank.

Did any of the solutions surprise you? None of the solutions surprised us, but their rankings did. For example, educating girls, number six, has a dramatic bearing on global warming. Women with more years of education have fewer, healthier, children and actively manage their reproductive health. Educated females realize higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to economic growth. Educa-

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Drawdown is not about optimism, hope or pessimism. It is a reality project. The science on climate change is amazing, if not stunning. It is the best problem statement humanity has ever created, which I see as a gift, not a curse. Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere. The Earth is a system, and any system that does not incorporate feedback fails. It holds true for our body, ecosystems, social systems and economic systems. The knowledge of global warming and its potential impacts is creating huge breakthroughs in energy, transport, agriculture, housing, urbanization and materials. If it wasn’t for the science of climate change, we would be destroying our planet faster than we already are. Focusing repeatedly on the problem does not solve the problem. Diagnosis is not prognosis unless we give up. The science of what will happen if we do not act has been here for a long time. What Drawdown points out is that humanity is on the case. The plan we refer to in the book’s subtitle is not our plan; we found a plan being activated by the collective intelligence of humanity. This is a different story than one of gloom and doom. It is a story of innovation, creativity and generosity—that is who we are. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.


unity, there is strength. Each of us has an important part to play in the circle of life to sustain precious relationships among people, Earth and spirit for ourselves, our children and future generations.

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Power of Healing

INDIGENOUS WISDOM Elders Urge Us to Reimagine Life

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irst, 27 indigenous elders from 23 North American tribes, two African tribes, a Tibetan Buddhist and a Sami from Finland gathered at Turtle Mountain, in Dunseith, North Dakota, in 1994. Recently, 13 elders from 10 tribes from Russia, Columbia, South Africa and the U.S. gathered in Kauai, Hawaii. Other such gatherings, too, are participating in a shared prophecy supporting world salvation. They offer humanity four sacred gifts of wisdom rooted in their life experiences. This is our invitation to receive them.

Power to Forgive the Unforgivable

Forgiveness is releasing ourselves from the prison of pain, hurt or mistreatment. It takes courage and self-love to do this. The reward of this act is freedom to use our energy to create what is life-giving to our self and the lives of those we touch.

Power of Unity

This is a time for us all to become and remain united and steadfast, repairing the world from the misuse of power and greed. When we choose to stand in the circle of

Indigenous elders tailor their healing practices to the whole human being, using good medicine, defined as anything or anyone that brings into positive alignment the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels. Healing can take many forms, based on tradition, the healer, patient and nature, yet four basic elements or practices are consistent: listening, supportive relationships, unconditional love and committing to creative, positive action.

Power of Hope

Hope springs from the choice to tap into an infinite energy source. It may not be understood by modern science, but indigenous wisdom keepers behold an inner certainty of something bigger than us all. When we open ourselves to hope, it is possible to release the pressure and desire to try to know something about everything, and instead free our imagination to create expansive possibilities. Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., is a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, coach and author of the new book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, from which this was adapted. For videos and a song, visit FourSacredGifts.com.

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hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a 2017 study published in the journal Climatic Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. National annual health care costs could drop from $93 billion to $77 billion. Direct greenhouse gas emissions could annually drop 489 to 1,821 pounds per person. Such an approach involves considering the related water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint—the energy required to cultivate, harvest and

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transport food—plus processing associated food waste. Here are some top choices.  

Foods that Go Easy on Water Hydroponic greens are hands-down winners. The Shelton Family Farm, near Whittier, North Carolina, weekly produces 10,000 to 12,000 heads of hydroponically grown Bibb lettuce. The controlled environment and carefully engineered nutrient delivery systems maximize all resources. “It’s an enclosed system that runs 24/7, and it’s highly efficient from a waterusage standpoint because we recycle the water,” says William Shelton Jr., a fourthgeneration family farmer. “The only water that’s actually consumed is what’s taken up and transpired through the plants.” In a moderate climate, energy costs to recycle the water and keep the plants at an even temperature are moderate, as well. Dry-tilled heirloom tomatoes, okra, melons and quinoa are drought-tolerant and only use available rainfall.   

Foods that Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases

Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all


manmade greenhouse gas emissions,” says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like mid-season draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.”   Root crops such as carrots, radishes, potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily.

Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (SustainableTable.org).

Hopeful Developments

New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets. The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain proven

to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat—sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and creator of the film Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline—eat as locally as possible. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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Reduction of chronic inflammation “Inflammation is intimately linked to most chronic and aging-related diseases,” says Gaétan Chevalier, Ph.D., a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego, who has conducted multiple grounding studies. “Grounding seems to be nature’s way to reduce inflammation.”

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Touching the Earth The Healing Powers of Going Barefoot

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elanie Monteith, of San Diego, California, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 24 and plagued by symptoms for 14 years. Simple daily tasks became challenging. She relied on walking aids and walls to keep from falling. Eventually, she quit her job. Every day tested her survival skills. Then, in late 2017, Monteith tried grounding and it changed her life. Grounding, also called Earthing, refers to the discovery of major health benefits from sustained contact with the Earth’s natural and subtle electric charge. Recent research published in the Journal of Inflammation, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Neonatology and Health indicates that grounding stabilizes the physiology in many ways, drains the body of inflammation, pain and stress, and generates greater well-being.   Grounding can be as simple as going barefoot in nature, including the backyard, for 30 to 60 minutes once or twice a day on surfaces like grass, soil, gravel, stone and

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sand. If this isn’t practical, special grounding mats and pads are available online for convenient indoor use while sitting or sleeping; people with compromised health often benefit from more time being grounded. The activity restores a primordial electric connection with the Earth that has been lost with modern lifestyles. We wear shoes with insulating, synthetic soles and live and work elevated above the ground. These overlooked lifestyle factors may contribute to increasing global rates of chronic illnesses. Grounding revitalizes us, akin to charging a weak battery, because our bodies operate electrically and our movements and thoughts are based on electrical signals. We are bioelectric beings. Eighteen years of grounding research in a variety of indoor settings, plus grassroots feedback from around the world, clearly show that our bodies operate more effectively when grounded. We sleep better, have less pain, more energy and even look better. Here are some of the documented benefits.

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Thick, sludgy blood is a common feature of diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. Several grounding studies have demonstrated a significant decrease in blood viscosity and enhanced blood flow. “Grounding represents a potent circulation booster; a simple, yet profound preventive and therapeutic strategy,” says integrative cardiologist Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, of Manchester, Connecticut, co-author of the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!

Decreased stress Tracy Latz, a medical doctor and integrative psychiatrist in Mooresville, North Carolina, has found, “Patients with anxiety issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and depression, often benefit from grounding.”

Improved vagus nerve function The vagus nerve connects with and regulates key organs, including the lungs, heart and intestines. In one study, doctors at the Penn State Children’s Hospital, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, grounded hospitalized premature infants and documented improved vagal function that could potentially boost resilience and reduce complications. “These babies have a lot of health challenges,” observes Dr. Charles Palmer, former chief of the center’s division of newborn medicine. “It seems that they are more relaxed when grounded.” More research is needed. Within a few months of grounding both day and night, Monteith’s disease symptoms receded dramatically. Her balance and stability improved when standing


and walking. She sleeps more deeply and has more energy. An eye issue for which there is no drug subsided. She says her health continues to improve and she looks forward to living each day. Troy Baker, a recovery consultant for special populations and chief program officer of the nonprofit Adapt Functional Movement Center, in Carlsbad, California, who has been overseeing Monteith’s exercise training schedule, has observed a reduction in the effects of multiple sclerosis since she started grounding. “Her body is more fluid, not as stiff. She moves much better, with increased energy and stamina.”     For more information on grounding, visit EarthingInstitute.net. Martin Zucker, a former Associated Press correspondent, has written about alternative medicine for 40 years and is co-author of the book Earthing.

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ardening is good for body and soul, but long hours and repetitive movements can negatively impact even the fittest body. While stiffness and pain patterns might manifest in the lower back, shoulders, legs and hands, performing a few yoga poses can lessen pain, increase flexibility, boost stamina and prevent injury. “Every action needs a counter action for structural balance to be maintained. Repetitive movements can tighten fascia, restrict movement and compromise nerve impulses,” explains Asheville, North Carolina, yoga teacher and back care specialist Lillah Schwartz, author of Healing Our Backs with Yoga: An Essential Guide to Back Pain Relief. “What goes into spasm tends to remain in spasm,” observes Schwartz, who has helped many people overcome back pain and other chronic structural issues. Practicing yoga before, during or after spending time outside also promotes mind-body awareness which helps us tune into our body’s natural rhythms and prevent physical problems in the first place. Here are some basics to consider when working in the garden.

Be Aware

Great agility and strong muscles cannot compensate for being in one position too long, over-reaching or fatigue. “Listen to your body’s messages such as, ‘It’s time for a rest,’ or, ‘That’s too heavy,’” recommends Schwartz. Remember to take regular breaks to rest, stretch and drink water.


4. Standing Scissor Twist (Parivrtta Hasta Padasana) standing close to and bracing against a wall or fence 5. Locust pose (Salabhasana) 6. Squat Pull Spinal Traction (Ardha Malasana in traction)

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Take a Breath

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“Conscious breathing involves both the body and the mind. Long, slow inhalations and exhalations help us tune into our body,” says Schwartz. “Using long breaths when stretching in the garden can help muscles find relief.” To reduce pain:

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n Stop and breathe. Take slow, deep breaths with a pause (inhalation retention) between inhalation and exhalation.

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n Don’t resist the pain or allow self-judgment. n Wait for a release.

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Bringing mindfulness to garden work not only helps prevent injury, but helps make it a more enjoyable experience. Here are a few more tips.

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Strike a Pose

Doing yoga regularly will condition the body, but incorporating asanas, or poses, while gardening can be both a fun and practical way to avoid overstressing certain muscle groups and keep the spine and hamstrings supple. Using props in the garden environment such as fences, a wall or a chair can provide convenient support. Feel free to perform all poses before or after gardening, and all except numbers one and five in the garden.

n If rising early, begin time in the garden with a Warrior 1 pose while facing east.

1. Downward Facing Dog pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) with

n Stop to drink some water and take pleasure in the garden’s beauty and bounty.

feet placed against a support

2. Warrior 1 pose (Virabhadrasana I) 3. Straddle Forward Fold pose (Prasarita Padottanasana)

n Be mindful of feeling the breeze when it brushes the skin and pause to breathe deeply. n Notice the music of the birds or other pleasing sounds in the surrounding environment.

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rom birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of self-medication is called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal, pharma for drug and cognosy for knowing). At home, a dog or cat that eats grass is practicing it to eliminate parasites or hairballs. Donald Brightsmith, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University, directs the Tambopata Macaw Project in the lowlands of southeastern Peru, studying the many macaws and other parrots that gather clay to eat as a supplement. First thought to help remove toxins from their bodies, clay adds needed sodium to their diet, researchers now believe. A pregnant elephant in Kenya’s Tsavo Park was observed by ecologist Holly 44

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Dublin, Ph.D., to travel miles to find a tree not normally eaten. Four days later, the elephant gave birth. Dublin discovered that Kenyan women make a drink from the same leaves and bark to induce labor. While studying Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Sabangau peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, primatologist Helen MorroghBernard, Ph.D., of the University of Exeter, UK, observed an orangutan chew the leaves of a plant that were not part of its usual diet until it formed a lather. The orangutan spit out the leaves and used the lather much like humans apply a topical pain reliever. While animals have been known to eat certain plants when ill, hers may be the first sighting of an animal creating a salve. Nearby villagers grind the leaves to make

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a balm for sore muscles and inflammation. Morrogh-Bernard believes humans learned this topical application from apes and passed it down through the generations. In the Red Sea, bottlenose dolphins rub against bush-like gorgonian corals covered by an outer layer of antimicrobial mucus that may protect them from infection, according to dolphin researcher Angela Ziltener, of the University of Zürich, Switzerland. “It’s amazing how much we’ve learned, but forgotten,” says Ira Pastor, CEO at Bioquark Inc., in Philadelphia, a life sciences company developing biologic products to regenerate and repair human organs and tissues. “We live with other organisms which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than humans. No other species tries to cure with any single solution. Nature employs multiple options. We’re not appropriately imitating nature yet. We need to do more.” Cindy Engel, Ph.D., of Suffolk, England, author of Wild Health: Lessons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom, says, “Animals rely on plants to provide them with the essentials of life, making their health intimately dependent on plant chemistry to provide everything they need to grow, repair damage and reproduce.” She continues, “Wild animals carry diseases that affect livestock and humans. It’s sensible to explore why they’re successful in fending off the worst effects in order to find ways to improve our own health, instead of just trying to eradicate the disease. We can learn from behavioral self-help strategies animals employ.” Accomplishing this is more difficult than ever, she believes, because today’s severely shrinking habitat makes it hard to find truly wild animals and plants. “Over the last 100 years, we’ve done a horrible disservice to all life by destroying habitat and exploring only a small percentage of what nature has to offer,” agrees Pastor. “As patents expire, pharma has


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of the outdoors and increase awareness, confidence and self-reliance, while having fun, positive experiences,” says Dave Scott, founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School (EarthNativeSchool.com), in Bastrop, Texas. They often go on to enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about natural flora and fauna with their families.

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Youth engaged with organizations like this one enjoy gaining nature-oriented survival skills, such as making bows, baskets, shelters and fire. “By making a bow out of a particular type of tree, children discover what type of habitat the tree prefers and how to harvest it sustainably. Indigenous skills like animal tracking also help them relate to wildlife and develop empathy for animals,” says Scott. “When you learn to trust rather than fear nature, you’re more likely to take care of it,” adds Rick Berry, founder of 4 Elements Earth Education (4eee.org), a Nevada City, California, nonprofit that helps kids and adults connect with planet Earth via immersion in nature. Leaving room for spontaneity and improvisation is important.

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While infusing indigenous knowledge into their curriculum, wilderness programs emphasize universal principles such as deep understanding of local environments and life’s interconnectedness. “Fire making is for everybody. Shelter making is for everybody. We are all caretakers of the land,” says Berry. Physical and other challenges, such as walking blindfolded through the woods, heighten sensory perception while building confidence. “The landscape is a great teacher with its uneven ground and obstacles, posing an opportunity to learn agility, practice balance and ultimately, expand awareness,” says Simon Abramson, associate director of Wild Earth (WildEarth.org), in High Falls, New York. Nature-immersion programs like Wild Earth’s further help kids sharpen their observation skills through activities like learning to identify birdsongs and trees. During a popular activity called “sit spot”, children learn to sit quietly, listen and observe from a specific location they may revisit over the course of a day or year to witness nature’s varied beauty. Another time, they may try “foxwalking”, creeping silently and slowly, or test their “owl vision”, using peripheral vision. For younger kids, instructors may incorporate such skills into a game like “coyote or rabbit,” where by staying still, they can avoid detection by a predator. Kids learn to listen both to nature and their own inner voice, which can be challenging in the midst of dominating peers and authority figures. “We build on the tradition of vision quest, in taking time to get quiet in nature and hear what the heart is saying,” says Berry. Activities may be patterned after natural cycles of the seasons, the four directions and diurnal rhythms. On a bright morning, emphasis is on high-energy, outward-facing activities; day’s end brings a pause to reflect, glean and share what participants have made and learned.

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Mother Nature’s lessons can be hardearned, but the outdoor trials that kids experience are often their most honored and memorable moments. Whether youths try out a wilderness program for a season or stay on for years, Earth-based learning


can have an enduring impact. They help foster healthy relationships not only with the Earth, but with other people, according to Samuel Bowman, a program coordinator with the Wilderness Awareness School (Wilderness Awareness.org), in Duvall, Washington. Team-driven activities like building a communal shelter can help kids learn how to work through conflict, listen to others and appreciate differences. “The kids that have come through our programs prove to be creative problemsolvers prepared to handle just about anything. They have focus and commitment, and tend to be service oriented,” observes Abramson, noting that 60 percent of their instructors are alumni. “Thinking back on kids we’ve worked with, you can often see their wilderness journey reflected in their paths as adults, how they are making choices with their heart and pursuing their passions,” concludes Berry. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

More Wilderness Resources The Tracker School (TrackerSchool.com), founded by wilderness expert Tom Brown in 1978, offers 75 classes on wilderness survival skills and a list of tracker clubs and affiliates across North America and beyond. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children is another respected resource.

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Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature (CoyotesGuide.com) is an inspirational publication for teachers, mentors and parents based on ancient worldwide cultural wisdom, including mythic animal stories, nature-based ceremonies and survival tools.

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Run the dishwasher when full and at night. Off-peak hours won’t cut the electric bill, but are more efficient for the power plant, reducing its energy footprint. Skip the garbage disposal to save water and energy. Use food waste for plantnurturing compost. Plastics numbered 1, 3, 6 or 7 are prone to leaching into food or drinks. Recycle or repurpose those already on hand to store craft items, small toys or office supplies.

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In the Kitchen Defrosting trays have been available for a while, and although they aren’t a miracle solution, they are eco-friendly and easy to clean; thawing most meats, seafood and vegetables usually takes just 30 to 60 minutes. It’s one way to avoid using the microwave. Most cutting boards of sustainable bamboo or cork originate in China, creating a big carbon footprint. Glass boards are breakable and hard on knives. Consider planet-friendly boards made of recycled cardboard and food-grade plastic combined with flax husks. A countertop convection oven set about 25 degrees lower circulates heated

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Sarasota’s Solutionary Health Festival has helped raise awareness for Sarasota Veg Fest and the need for similar educational events in this community. Our team has no doubt that Sarasota Veg Fest will be a success in terms of its educational mission, and we have solid plans for it to continue as an annual event.

NA: What kinds of entertainment will the attendees get to experience at Sarasota Veg Fest?

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m I proactively contributing to solutions for this world, or am I unconsciously adding to its problems? This is a valid question that’s been coming to the forefront of more and more conversations as our society absorbs the impact and responsibility we have on earth. It’s also a question that local organization Solutionary Events is hoping to answer through its inaugural Sarasota Veg Fest next month. Promoting a conscientious and compassionate mindset toward humans, animals and the planet, Sarasota Veg Fest is part of a larger initiative to spark community engagement in making the world a kinder, safer, healthier and more sustainable home for all beings. As this festival approaches its eagerly awaited launch date, I spoke with event coordinator Jenna Bardoff for a glimpse into what attendees can expect at this first of many Veg Fests to come.

Natural Awakenings: How long has the planning process for this event been in the works?

Bardoff: The planning process for Sarasota Veg Fest began in March 2017 when we selected the date, May 5, and venue, Sarasota Fairgrounds. Originally, the event was going to be held at Oscar Scherer State Park, but after learning the park had a maximum capacity of 3000 visitors, we realized a larger space was needed for an event like this. We still wanted to partner with Oscar Scherer though, so on November 25, the Solutionary Events team coordinated Sarasota’s Solutionary Health Festival, the first of many local plant-based festivals geared toward inspiring our community to make healthy choices that benefit people, animals and the environment. 50

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Bardoff: Sarasota Veg Fest is unique because it welcomes a diverse range of vendors, activities and entertainers, but everyone is united in the like-mindedness of making our world a better place. There will be health-oriented vendors including wellness centers, plant-based physicians and dietitians, massage therapists, acupuncturists, yoga studios and chiropractors. There will be a raw zone with whole food plant-based meals from restaurants such as Old Earth and other local favorites. Educational food demonstrations will include both raw and cooked healthy meals which are simple to recreate at home. In addition, free plant-based food sampling will be offered all day. There will be an animal rescue zone with local and state-wide rescue groups and sanctuaries. Some rescues are even bringing animals for adoption. In addition, this event will feature an eco zone and animal rights zone with non-profit organizations committed to creating a more compassionate world for animals and an ecofriendly world for everyone. There will be a total of seven speakers and two film discussions, one of which features John Corry, the producer of Forks Over Knives and PlantPure Nation. Our youngest speaker VeganEvan is just seven years old, and has a heavily followed YouTube channel. Food vendors will offer a variety of plant-based dishes, desserts, snacks and beverages. Vendors are using compostable cutlery, plates and cups, so we can succeed in our goal to create a zero-waste event. While snacking on delicious foods, visitors can enjoy live music from talented bands such as Hatley, MJ Baker, Raspberry Pie, Mwiza, Tyler Costanzo and The Fickle Souls. Dance performances will occur between the music sets. We also anticipate yoga being an integral part of Sarasota Veg Fest, and classes will be taught by several different instructors. While parents are engaged in these offerings, we are also excited for kids to be entertained with their own activities at the veggie kids zone which includes eco-friendly paint making, story readings, ongoing veggie workshops and rock climbing. In addition, we are introducing The Factory Farm Experience, a museum-style exhibit that immerses visitors in what it’s like for animals being raised on a factory farm. This activity is appropriate for all ages. The activities listed are just a few examples of all that’s taking place at Sarasota Veg Fest. This event features an endless stream


of opportunities for learning, community engagement and lifechanging experiences.

NA: Which causes will Sarasota Veg Fest raise awareness for, and why does education matter?

This planet is shared by all living beings, and we have just one Earth—we are all connected. It’s important to make connections between health, compassion and sustainability in order to be equipped to create effective solutions for people, animals and the environment. Sarasota Veg Fest will raise awareness for many of these solutions to problems such as deforestation, water depletion, climate change, pollution, animal cruelty, preventable illnesses and social injustices. Education and advocacy are the most powerful tools to enact positive, long-term and meaningful change. Instead of considering what might happen if we don’t grasp the magnitude of protecting our planet now, we believe in considering what might happen if we created a regenerative world by making healthy lifestyle choices.

NA: What does it mean to be solutionary, and how are you working to spread that message?

A solution is the opposite of a problem, just like solutionary is the opposite of problematic. Being a solutionary means choosing to take part in the world’s solutions instead of its problems. Solutionaries are individuals, groups or organizations who are empowered to make conscientious decisions on a daily basis. Some of these include being zero-waste, adopting a vegan lifestyle, and understanding the connection between people, animals and the environment. Those of us who consider ourselves solutionaries are not perfect—because nobody is—but we strive to continuously do better, both for ourselves and the planet. The team at Solutionary Events believes that humans have an opportunity and responsibility to transition from being known as a problematic species and become a solutionary species instead. Our team spreads this message by coordinating socially responsible festivals, races and walks, film screenings, beach and park cleanups, workshops, school programs and other educational outreaches, both in the state of Florida and beyond. Sarasota Veg Fest is taking place on May 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Sarasota Fairgrounds located at 3000 Ringling Blvd. Admission and parking are free, but donations are appreciated as this event is hosted by Solutionary Events, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, call 941-730-4745, visit SarasotaVegFest. org or SolutionaryEvents.com, and like “Solutionary Events” on Facebook. Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota–Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer based in Southwest Florida. Her personal blog HealthBeAHippie.Wordpress.com features practical tips for embracing an active, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.

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10 Reasons to Use Hypnosis by Shana Rosenthal 1. You will feel thoroughly relaxed. Hypnosis is a completely natural state of relaxation. It is a fact that we all go into a trance-like state at many times throughout a given day, so the sensation induced through hypnosis feels natural, leaving you in an energized and optimal state. 2. Approximately 70 million Americans suffer from sleep problems according to the Center for Disease Control. Lying awake at night unable to shut off racing thoughts is incredibly common. Hypnosis can help manage that stress and train your mind to drift gently back into a deep and nourishing sleep. Disruptive sleep affects your performance because your mind and body need a restful sleep pattern in order to function optimally. 3. One reason that diets only work for a limited amount of time, and many people actually gain more weight than before they started dieting is because they never dealt with the root cause of weight gain. Hypnosis can help you lose unwanted pounds forever. Weight loss does not have to be difficult, and it’s possible to achieve a healthier body composition through hypnosis.

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4. More people fear public speaking or performing in front of a crowd than dying. Hypnosis can help you release this common fear, so you can confidently look forward to the next speaking engagement without a trace of nervousness. 5. According to the American Psychological Association, 75% of adults reported experiencing moderate to high levels of stress in the past month, and nearly half reported their stress has increased in the past year. People are faced with stress every day, regardless of what the triggers are, but hypnosis can help you change how your mind interprets tense situations. This enables you to relax and feel in control during times when you would normally feel stressed. 6. How many times have you tried to quit smoking? Too many, right? Smoking is just a habit like any other, and hypnosis can alleviate that urge to smoke and release the cravings, leaving you free to make that decision to quit forever. 7. Do you often feel angry? Anger can be an intensely damaging emotion to your overall health if not dealt with properly. What if you could process that anger in a positive channel and release it calmly? With the benefit of hypnosis, you can learn to experience anger in healthy doses without allowing it to overtake you. 8. Have you been caught in a deep-rooted fear? Perhaps it’s a fear of airplanes, spiders, heights or snakes. Whatever the cause, do you feel helpless when faced with it? Hypnosis can help you regain control of this crippling emotion, empowering you overcome the fear. 9. Procrastination is often said to be a major block to achieving success in life. If you can push beyond procrastination, then you can accomplish all kinds of goals. Powerful suggestion work is used in hypnosis to bring a lasting change to your thoughts and behavior which will shift you into a “take action” mindset. 10. A lack of self-confidence can make life both difficult and painful. You miss opportunities or avoid situations because you don’t believe in your own capabilities. Hypnosis can help remove these unhelpful beliefs and negative self-talk, so you can focus on developing new and exciting beliefs. You were born with confidence. Life experiences can knock it down, but hypnosis helps you re-learn how to feel confident and positive once again. Shana Rosenthal is a certified consulting hypnotist, neuro linguistic practitioner, emotional freedom technique practitioner and certified stress management professional. She runs her clinic at Four Pillars, guiding her clients to make profound improvements in their lives. She teaches powerful tools that enable the recipient to overcome their issues, enabling self-empowerment, control and ultimately relief. Four Pillars is located at 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call 941-373-3955, email Info@FourPillasFlorida.com or visit FourPillarsFlorida.com.


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Alzheimer’s and Our Future:

Where there Is No Cure, Prevention Is Key

by Beata Molnar lose to five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s today, and this number is expected to rise to 15 million by 2030. These numbers and statistics are staggering, and in some capacity, soon everyone will be affected. As of today, there seems to be no cure for the illness, so it’s crucial to emphasize prevention and slowing of the actual symptoms.  Alzheimer’s damage can take root in the brain 15–20 years before clinical symptoms appear, so it’s imperative to be aware of what is happening inside the skull when we still posses our cognitive functions. One of the leading figures in this field is Dr. Amen whose work resulted in the development of SPECT scanning. SPECT is a single photon emission computed tomography that shows how blood flows to tissues and organs. It appears this test might be more sensitive to brain injury than MRI and CT because it can detect reduced blood-flow to injured sites.  Apart from assessing the brain to look for damages, it’s also important to know the possible causes and factors which might raise the chances of the disease’s onset. According to research conducted over the years, these following factors are considered ma-

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jor culprits in the development of Alzheimer’s: blood sugar issues, circadian rhythm disturbances, emotional trauma, environmental factors, genetic disposition, heavy metals, brain injury, poor quality of life and stagnated learning can contribute to Alzheimer’s. In order to avoid cognitive decline, these are the many preventative measures we can take during our younger years. In addition to SPECT scanning, which is often expensive, another option is to undergo a biofeedback scan that picks up energetic markers which are visible before a physical symptom actually develops. You can contact the Healing Room here in Sarasota to receive this type of scanning. They have a specialized Alzheimer’s Panel which is the diligent work of Dr. Ariel Policano. This scan pinpoints warning signs and also provides energetic solutions, as well as take-home data customized for each individual client.  The Healing Room has just moved into a new location in the Tuttle Wellness Center. In this center, there are numerous practitioners serving the community with the most cutting-edge technologies. For example, the complex includes Blufit Recovery and Nutrition next door to The Healing Room which offers cryotherapy, infrared sauna, compression therapy and more. The Healing Room itself features energy healing, biofeedback evaluation, stress management, PEMF therapy and sound healing.  The Healing Room and the entire Tuttle Wellness Center is located at 3525 South Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. For more information and to schedule an appointment with energy practitioner Beata Molnar, call 941-586-9539.


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with the truth of death, which can bring profound grief and psycho-spiritual suffering, could shatter the limit of what we feel the ego can endure and bring us face-toface with the transitory nature of the purely human experience. Yet if we are willing to be open to this unacceptable state of affairs, it is possible that we can be shown something beyond what the ego perceives as the limits of reality.

Profound Mysteries at the Edge of the World by Juliette Jones “Love and death are the great gifts given us. Mostly they are passed unopened.” —Ranier Maria Rilke

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ach of us must find a way to live with the certainty of physical death and to be with the idea of dying. In the modern world, where our Western culture has largely lost touch with the mysteries of super nature and our cosmological roots, death is portrayed almost exclusively as the Grim Reaper. In the past thirty years, the hospice movement has made positive strides to bring the subject of death into the open and to promote a more enlightened view of death and dying. Still, the material cultural archetype remains such that many people wish to avoid the subject of death and find even the idea of death threatening or frightening. The repression of death awareness is unhealthy and robs people of real life and the opportunity for human growth and spiritual development which, in turn, paves the way for many forms of social pathology. Denial, while it clearly serves as a protective mechanism for what the ego is not ready to face, requires a tremendous expenditure of energy which might have purpose in other ways. Spiritual genius has always encouraged the pursuit of truth as a path to wisdom and spiritual insight. Sooner or later, most of us will encounter the death of something or someone we love. A willingness to be 56

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“We have no idea how deep the connection between us and reality goes.” —Gregg Braden For those willing to walk this path, death can open the gate to a part of us that is not transitory—to a greater reality of self hidden behind space-time and form—and reveal an illumined vision of who and what we are which inevitably awakens us to a new view of our earthly sojourn. My first encounter with physical death took place early in life when I came upon the death of a deeply loved pet. When I reached out to touch her soft fur, I found the shell of her body had turned hard and cold. In despair, I called out for my father, who rushed to my side, and immediately assessed what had happened. “Where is she?” I begged to know. His eyes were soft but penetrating, as he responded, “I don’t know.” Although I didn’t realize it at the time, what took place was an authentic “Buddha Moment,” as it set the stage for an integral part of my course in life. I was shocked to hear that my father, who clearly knew the answers to many important questions, could not answer the most important question that I sensed I would ever ask. I found myself making a vow that I would someday come to know the answer to this mystery. My childhood was filled with lucid dreams, paranormal events and numinous transpersonal experiences, all of which contributed to the foundation of my spiritual view. It was my great fortune to have a mother who realized the nature of such experiences, as she came from a family line where second-sight and other varieties of supernatural insight was commonplace and accepted as a natural part of the physical life. Through her, I came to understand the value of having someone with gnosis to assist in processing and integrating transpersonal experience.

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Anthropologist, Hank Wesselman believes that each of us has a biologicalenergetic “program” on our DNA—on our genetic “hard-drive,” so to speak—and when this program is “double-clicked,” higher functions coded into the personal mind-body matrix can be awakened. When this happens, conscious awareness expands dramatically in response, allowing us to experience that direct personal connection with the sacred realms that define the mystic. According to Dr. Wesselman, there are a variety of ways this “program” might be triggered which include the following: Congenital ability (present from birth) Transcendent experiences (e.g. NDE) Life crisis, serious illness or trauma Lucid dreams Visitations Fasting Sleep deprivation Hyperventilation Temperature extremes (e.g. sweat lodge, fever) Intensely physical experiences Sacred sex Entheogenic experiences “A willingness to approach edges, to live on the edge, will increase the probability that a person will approach a spiritual edge—the intersection point between the world of matter and the world of spirit where extraordinary breakthroughs in consciousness can occur.” —Thom Hartmann Four decades after making my childhood vow, I found myself in the employ of hospice as a clinical spiritual counselor. By that time, I had spent most of my adult life reading, studying and traveling as a spiritual seeker. At the onset of my career with hospice, I didn’t realize that the people I was destined to serve would become some of my greatest teachers. The bedside of the dying is a sacred intersection at the edge of the world. It’s a place where the dimension of time shortens, then disappears—a place where the veil between this world and higher dimensional reality waxes, often opening and closing before the final curtain. Staged in this humble setting, remarkable experiences take place. Angels deliver messages (literally), powerful mind-rock-


ing synchronicities shatter weak explanations of “coincidence,” and visions reveal information the dying individual could not possibly know which can be objectively corroborated. This and much more occurs. IANDS has published a PDF brochure titled NDE’s and Nearing Death Awareness (NDA) in the Terminally Ill which gives a solid clinical description of what is called Nearing Death Awareness (Callahan and Kelley, 1992). I think there should be a clearer distinction between the phrase “Nearing Death Awareness” and the experience that precedes the permanent cessation of physical life. I realize there is clearly overlap, but some of this experience could be better differentiated by use of the phrase “Before Death Experience,” or BDE. A BDE would almost universally include the manifestation of a deceased relative or a sacred being, either in a lucid dream or a fully conscious etheric vision. The figure beckons the individual to come forth into the next world. This might be through a gesture, telepathic message or strong transmission of profound love. This experience is extremely common, and if you ask any hospice nurse, she (or he) will tell you that she has heard this many times. “The mention of angels is inclusive in Scripture. Depending on the Bible translation searched, these celestial beings are referred to from 294 to 305 times in the Bible. References to angels occur at least 116 times in the Old Testament and 175 times in the New Testament.”—Bible.org

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Near-Death & Transformative Experiences The purpose of IANDS Sarasota is to offer information, sharing, and support for those interested in Spiritually Transformative Experiences and their After Effects. This group offers education and discussion of near-death and related experiences in a supportive setting. Welcome: Experiencers, Veterans, Health Care Professionals, Educators, Interested Guests. April’s Guest Speaker: Juliette Jones

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BDE’s and other types of transpersonal experience, once integrated, are likely to mediate grief or the fear of death. Recent surveys have shown that as many as one in two of us has encountered an involutionary transpersonal experience at some point in our lives. As the conscious Transformational Community grows, the life-limiting superstition of materialism will consequently lose ground. “Once I experienced that (transpersonal experience), it started to profoundly change the nature of my life, and after that of who I thought I was, because up until then I had identified with that which dies, and as long as you identify with that which dies there is always fear of death because it’s the fear of cessation of existence. I realize now that although I didn’t know the form that I would take after death; I knew that there was something about the essence of my awareness that was outside of death.” —Ram Dass

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idea far and wide. Despite this, no research to date exists to suggest this is true.

“Knotty” Fascia

The Evolution of Fascial Therapy The “Mother” of Fascial Therapy

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ascial therapy can be a key to fixing “kinks and dents” in the human body that don’t go away just from stretching and moving. With rapid growth in research in this field, fascial therapies have become consistently more effective and gentler than ever before. A glimpse at the history of fascial treatment can help us understand why it is becoming more well known and in demand. 

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The idea of helping people through fascial therapy, or working with the fascia, started with Ida Rolf. She was a chemist who also studied mathematics and atomic physics. Rolf was a student of yoga in the 1920’s before most had even heard of it. She developed a treatment method called Structural Integration which was better known by its nickname “Rolfing.” The main concept behind this therapy was that you could stretch or lengthen fascia.  The idea of lengthening fascia has been disproven, as fascia turns out to be too tough for stretching without badly injuring a person. While Rolf ’s methods were sometimes known to be quite painful, many people experienced relief from her treatments, and they became popular around the world. Many other practitioners went on to develop similar treatment methods.  One of the reasons fascial therapy worked was due to the sensation of restricted tissue softening after treatment. Rolf proposed that chemicals in the tissue were changing from a stiff gel to a more slippery, fluid state. While she later admitted this was probably a nonsense explanation, others took it as a statement of fact and spread the

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More recently, some promoters of fascial therapies have said there are “adhesions” or “knots” in the fascia, and that treatment physically breaks apart fibers which are stuck together. Again, research shows the structure of fascia just doesn’t work that way. However, that does not mean therapists aren’t feeling something similar to a “knot” and the “melting” of that knot. Nor does it mean their treatments aren’t helpful.  It’s just what is happening is probably quite different.  Current research suggests that most of what occurs in successful fascial therapy is neurological. When a therapist stimulates an area of fascia that feels stiff or restricted, they are stimulating feedback between the nerve endings of that tissue and the central nervous system. The softening of the tissue is probably occurring because of a reaction in the nervous system which then stimulates chemical change in the affected area. Today, fascial therapists think less about treating mechanical “knots” and more about influencing the nervous system to make the fascia work better. As in many areas of healthcare, some ideas of the past have not panned out. However, those of us who work with fascia are indebted to pioneers like Ida Rolf.  She, in particular, started a whole field of therapy by looking at a tissue that everyone else had been ignoring.  As an outgrowth of her work, today we have powerful tools to work with fascia to relieve pain and suffering and improve the quality of people’s lives. Dr. Eric Winder has been practicing chiropractic for 20 years, with a focus on fascial treatment and soft tissue therapies for the past 17 years. Dr. Winder’s practice Gentlebay Chiropractic focuses on relieving pain and restoring alignment and motion through soft tissue therapies without forceful manipulation. Gentlebay is located at 3131 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-957-8390 or visit Gentlebay.com.


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Skin Care Consultations and Mini-Facials – April Only. Get a thorough consultation, detailed skin analysis, and mini-facial. $25(save $50). International Place Suite 101, Sarasota. To book: 941-676-3433, MadScienceMassage.com. ECK Light and Sound Service – 11am-noon. The Spiritual Purpose of Dreams. An ancient, universal tradition about the true nature of dreams holds that dreams are of divine origin, a portal to spiritual worlds, that dreams bear messages from heaven and prophetic insights. Free. Charlotte County Cultural Center, Rm A, 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte, 941358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota.

MONDAY, APRIL 2 Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth James July 16, since 2007. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 3 Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave, laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl. Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook, https://www. facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 Live Blood Analysis with Holly Behan- 9:30am to 4pm. See your cells live on screen and learn what key supplements your body might be deficient in and how to get some relief from Chronic Fatigue, Digestive Issues, Free Radicals and how to improve your overall health. $50. Super Value Nutrition, 5842 Bee Ridge Road, 941-342-1908, SuperValueSRQ@gmail.com. Violet Wisdom Conversation, Meditation and Healing Circle with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld 7-9pm, every Wednesday. This group will discuss a new spiritual topic each week. We practice an energy healing tool of light each week – Qigong, Reiki IET, etc. Please invite your friends also. $15, pkg of 5/$50. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@VioletWisdom.com. Keys of Enoch Study Group -7-9pm. With Kim Converse and Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James. Known as the “The Book of Knowledge” this riveting book upon which the class is based, is a blueprint or code-book designed to bring us in touch with the reality of Divine Intelligence. Please call Kim Converse for information and to join the class, 919-267-5922. $7. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

THURDAY, APRIL 5 Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister

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Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave, laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl. Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook, https://www. facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota. IANDS Near-Death and Transformative Experiences – 7-8:30pm. Meets first Thursday of every month. The purpose of IANDS Sarasota is to offer information, sharing, and support for those interested in Spiritually Transformative Experiences and their After Effects. This group offers education and discussion of near-death and related experiences in a supportive setting. Welcome: Experiencers, Veterans, Health Care Professionals, Educators, Interested Guests. April’s Guest Speaker: Juliette Jones. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue, Sarasota, 941-544-5874. Yoga Class – 9am. With Pauline Dimitry. Awakening for the Heart-Body-Mind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. Accepting New Students. $10. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-822-0263. Beginning Mediumship Class- 6 Week Course – 6:30-8:30pm. With Rev. Mary Linn Clarke. Class two of six. Every Thursday, with one hour of theory and one hour of meditations. 1 class/$15, 3 classes/$40 (save $5), 6 classes/$75 (save $15). Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Arbonne Nutrition - 7-8:30pm. Led by Mari Burleson. Join Mari for a fun and informative Healthy Happy Hour with Arbonne Essentials vegan and gluten-free certified products developed with premium blends of vitamins, minerals, botanicals, antioxidants, enzymes, prebiotics, and probiotics for maximum product effectiveness. Quality and Delicious! Smoothie tasting, refreshing energy drinks, soothing detox tea. Let’s get ready for summer! Free. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Prayer Circle with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7:30-8pm. Join Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon every Thursday for an hour of gratitude, praise and prayer to the Living God, the God of Gods and the King of Kings. Using a myriad names of God, we will offer up prayers of gratitude for the grace and blessings bestowed upon is. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Awakening to the True Nature of Your Life Journey, Presented by Sufi Teacher, Himayat Inayati - April 6th - April 8th. Topics include the Path of Illumination, Spiritual Awakening and the Stages of Light in your Spiritual Journey. 3 days/$250, 2 days/$180, 1 day/$75, Young Adults/$150 or $33/per day. Rising Tide International, 5102 Swift Road, Sarasota. More information/assistance: Tajali Burge, BrooklynGranny63@aol.com. Registration: https://RisingTideInternational.org/Event/ Pilgrimage-Into-Light-With-Himayat-Inayati/. Consciousness Awakening in a New Paradigm Workshop - 7–9 pm Fri., 10 am–1 pm Sat. Mindfulness and meditation teacher Stephen Gillum will discuss how we can rapidly expand our consciousness on the journey of self-realization, or what Carl Jung called the Individuation Process. Learn easy

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techniques to plumb the depths of the unconscious. $25/$15 members Fri only, $65/$55 Fri & Sat. Purchase tickets online CGJungSarasota.org. Presented by the C. G. Jung Society of Sarasota. Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. Guest Reader, Sherry Lord - 10:30am–5:30pm. Sherry is a Reiki Master, Ordained Reverend, Teacher, Psychic Intuitive and Deeper Trance Channel. She can see angels, guides, and auras, as well as, channel loved ones who have crossed over. Sherry is a versatile channel who can answer your questions, both business and personal, and help you on your spiritual path. Pre-registration required. 15mins/$40, 30mins/$75, 60mins/$125 *Deep Trance Channel Sessions - 50mins/$175. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. $60/1 hour, $30/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

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Advanced Reiki /Reiki Mastery - Day 1 of 3. Advanced techniques and Usui/Tibetan Reiki master symbols taught using lecture, discussion, and experience. Complete class with confidence in giving attunements to others. Certificates provided. Space is limited-RSVP required. Sacred Pathways Sarasota, 2831 Ringling Blvd. B-108, text/call 941322-7284, StarLightworker.com. Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Exploration Lecture - 2–4 pm. Marcia Bender will discuss the symbolism of the Tarot alongside Carl Jung’s concept of the archetypes, those universal, archaic patterns and images that originate from the collective unconscious. $25/$15 for members. Purchase tickets online at CGJungSarasota.org. Presented by the C. G. Jung Society of Sarasota. Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. Akashic Records Workshop - 10am-2:30pm. The Akasha are a set of universal records that contain all things past and present; our thoughts, emotions, desires, energetic patterns, blocks and past lives. The Akasha can bring healing and insight where other methods have failed. Pam Jacob, is a seasoned intuitive and has been trained in teaching groups large and small. You will learn how to access the Records and use hands-on exercises to work with the records appropriately. Please bring a pen, a note book or journal, a bag lunch and beverages for the day. $40 donation requested. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota. Reservations please, 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota.org. Psychic Readings with Sheri Avera – 11am-7pm.  Sheri is a talented Psychic/Medium who offers readings using the glided tarot deck. Appointment Recommended, Walk-ins Welcome. $60/30 mins, $100/1 hr. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Dr, Sarasota, 941-822-8056, Facebook, InquireWithinGoddessShoppe. Find Your Voice - 1-4 pm. In this 3-hour interactive workshop, Pavitra Ciavardone, CPCC introduces her highly successful method, “Speak for Real™ - The 4 Cs of Authentic Communication” for the first time to the public. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to discover your authentic voice and unique speaking style, communicate from your heart, not your head, locate your personal “Power Zone”, feel more confident and relaxed, connect and engage with an audience of 1 or 1000, become more marketable, promotable, and profitable by conveying a clear and focused message. Pavitra@pausitiveliving.com


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for more info. Located at Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Energy Field Analysis - 3-5:30pm. Cristo Bowers will read the energy of each person present, answering your choice of either of the following questions: What would my Higher Self tell me at this time? or What do you see in my energy field? $50, limit 15 participants. Also, private healing session available Monday April 9 and Tuesday April 10. 1 hour/$150. Only 8 Sessions available, and pre-registration is required for group and private sessions. Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Dr. Ste 4, Sarasota, 941-217-6828, PointLumineux.com. Spiritual Alignment Meditation - 3-3:30pm. With over 20 years of meditation practice, Cristo Bowers knows that, in the right hands, meditation can be used as a tool of profound spiritual growth and transformation. Cristo has developed a meditation technique that results in immediate and clear perceptual awareness. Using his own meditation technique, developed as a result of 2 decades of meditation practice, Cristo will guide participants through the process of self-discovery, giving them a spontaneous and direct perception of the personal obstacles that are keeping him or her from complete spiritual alignment. For anyone who wants a deeper, more fulfilling spiritual relationship with Source. $20, limit 30 participants. Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Dr. Ste 4, Sarasota, 941-217-6828, PointLumineux.com. Gift from The Higher Self - 3:30–5pm. In this special, limited attendance workshop, Cristo Bowers will invoke your higher self to give you a gift of healing and transformation. During Cristo’s public and private meditations with clients, the higher selves or Augoeides of clients have spontaneously appeared and delivered special messages of healing and transformation.  These messages are unique to each person and carry with them significant healing potential in the form of advanced energy work. Cristo will invoke the Augoeides of each person in attendance to deliver an orb of healing and transformation and reveal the special content of each message. $60, limit 15 participants. Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Dr. Ste 4, Sarasota, 941-2176828, PointLumineux.com. Psychic Saturday – 10:30am-1pm. Readings and Healings. 15-minute readings $20. Vibrational Healing, Love Donation. Gift certificates available. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 The Archetypal Matrix of the Personality, Lecture and Demo – 3-5pm, April 8th and 9th. With Cristo Bowers. This lecture is from Cristo’s long-awaited Anatomy of the Human Energy Field series. This lecture is an in-depth examination of the 8th and 9th Chakras, including the location, inner structure, function, color, activity level, and size of the 8th and 9th Chakras. He will draw comparisons between the 8th and 9th Chakras and the Freudian Unconscious. Taking the Archetypal Matrix as the Freudian Unconscious, Cristo will illustrate the appearance of the repression of archetypal forces arising out of the 8th and 9th Chakras. Included in this lecture will be a brief discussion of archetypes, beliefs, and the 10th Chakra. Live demonstrations of 8th and 9th Chakra archetypes provided via volunteer participants. $50, limit 30 participants. Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Dr. Ste 4, Sarasota, 941-217-6828, PointLumineux.com.

MONDAY, APRIL 9 Group Guided Self-Hypnosis -11:30am-12:30 pm. Led by Shana Rosenthal, Certified Consulting Hypnotist. Come and relax like you have never felt before; power your intentions deep into your subconscious mind and set yourself up for an amazing week. This group session is offered twice a month and is

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enhanced with Aromatherapy. $20. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Sound for Balance and Well-Being - 6:30-7:30pm. Led by Pavitra Ciavardone. Betsy Anderson teaches a phenomenal slow flow yoga on Monday nights from 5:30-6:30. After that class we will extend the sav asana with a 30-minute sound bowl meditation. If you can attend both events that would be ideal. If you would like to just come for the sound meditation that will begin at 6:30. Afterwards Pavitra will explain how and why sound calms and sooths the body and allows for a deep meditation. Experience the healing quality of sound to relieve stress, promote well-being, and restore the rhythm to your life. $18. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth James July 16, since 2007. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave, laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl. Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook, https://www. facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 6-7 pm. Come share and learn more about spiritual experiences such as coincidences, guidance from departed ones or angels, dreams, past lives, and soul travel. These topics come from the Spiritual Experiences Guidebook which will be given as a gift to attendees. Lucky’s Market, Community Rm, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail #403, Westfield Mall, Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Monthly Anchoring Light Channeled Meditation Charlotte County – 6:45 pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light every Monday since July 16, 2007! Love Offering. Port Charlotte Beach Park, Room A, Port Charlotte. Discover ThetaHealing - 7-9pm. Join us for an introductory talk and hands-on experience of ThetaHealing - a powerful, yet easy-to-learn healing modality based on entering a deep theta brain wave state and connecting with the energy of “all that is,” or Universal Source Energy. Facilitated by Indira. $25. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874. Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. “Get Out of Pain Now”-Heidi Korsch, Energy Integrator and Reiki Master -7-9pm. Balance the energy in your body, find blockages, and delete your pain in a matter of minutes. $15. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Road, 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Kundalini Yoga & Essential Oils - 12-1pm. Led by Laurel James. Take time to unwind from your daily life. Discover balance and well-being through soft yoga, breath practice, and the beautiful aromas of natural oils. Learn which essential oils and simple

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kundalini body movements and mantras benefit each chakra in the class. Laurel is bringing her gong for a meditation you will not want to miss during sav asana. Followed by an explanation of oils for each chakra. $20. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Sound Healer Don Reed Simmons – 6:30-8:30pm. In this unique and one of a kind workshop world renowned sound healer Don Reed Simmons will take you on a journey of learning and discovering how Crystal Singing Bowls help us heal. This class is a deeper dive into the science and magic behind Crystal Singing Bowls. $45/seating limited. Call to reserve your space 941-706-3257, TheOmShoppeandSpa.com. Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld - 7-9pm, every Wednesday. This group will discuss a new spiritual topic each week. We practice an energy healing tool of light each week – Qigong, Reiki IET, etc. Dropins to the group are welcome. Please invite your friends also. $10. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@ VioletWisdom.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave, laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl. Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook, https://www. facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota. Yoga Class – 9am. With Pauline Dimitry. Awakening for the Heart-Body-Mind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. Accepting New Students. $10. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-822-0263. Reflexology & Essential Oils - 6:30-8pm. Led by Laurel James & Debi Kleer. Reflexology is a holistic healing method that involves pressure and massage of the reflex points found on the feet and/ or the hands. Reflexology teaches that one’s vital energy circulates between the organs of the body, permeating every living cell and tissue. If the energy becomes blocked or congested the part of the body relating to the blockage is affected. Through stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems, and by encouraging the release of toxins. Reflexology supports the entire body in healing itself. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Singles Seeking Soulmates - 7-8pm. Master palmist, soul mate specialist and author, Myrna Lou Goldbaum will guide you to find the right path for your highest good in love. Myrna Lou will be presenting an informational talk on soul mate connections. Donations accepted, please pre-register. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Drive, Sarasota, 941-822-8056, Facebook, InquireWithinGoddessShoppe. Sierra Club General Meeting - 7pm. Sarasota Garden Club. Sean Sellers, volunteer chair of the newly formed Sarasota Climate Justice Coalition which is comprised of 16 community, faith and student groups working together to foster resiliency and promote a just and equitable transition to a low-carbon society. Free. 1131 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota. 941-474-4712.


Basic Mediumship – 7:30-9pm, Thursdays April 12 – May 31. In this 8-class series for beginners, you will learn and practice techniques that allow for you to discover your connection within and to Spirit. Develop your own abilities to be aware of those in Spirit and receive information from them. Classes are held in a safe and sacred environment. $15 per class. Sarasota Center of Light, 941-9536620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. Prayer Circle with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7:30. Join Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon every Thursday for an hour of gratitude, praise and prayer to the Living God, the God of Gods and the King of Kings. Using a myriad names of God, we will offer up prayers of gratitude for the grace and blessings bestowed upon is. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

Park Blvd, Venice, 941-358-0325. Eckankarblog. org/sound-of-soul/Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota Myrna Lou Goldbaum – 11am-4pm. A master palmist who will be offering palm readings. Life, like a stream, moves in an endless cycle of experience; the rites of passage must be endured by everyone. A Palm Reader can listen and advise. There are many lessons to be learned. Every line on the human hand has a meaning with numerous possibilities connected to it. A person might move in several different directions during their lifetime; the trick is to find the right combination and make the correct moves at the proper time in love, work and play.” Excerpt from Myrna Lou’s book, May I see Your Hand? Palm Reading for Fun and Profit. Appointment Recommended, Walk-ins Welcome. $60/30 minutes, $100/ hour. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Drive,Sarasota, 941-822-8056, Facebook, InquireWithinGoddessShoppe.

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Free Demonstration and Q&A Session of ModVellum Clinical Skin Care Products and Treatments – 10am. FREE Gift. Door prizes. Mad Science Massage & Spa, 7357 International Place, Suite 101, Sarasota. Please RSVP 941-676-3433. Guest Reader, Margo Park - 10:30am – 5:30pm. Margo Park is a warm and caring person who uses her psychic gifts to connect with your spirit guides for guidance and clearer vision in your life. She will often receive healing messages from loved ones that have crossed over to the other side. Margo is a Certified Voyager Tarot Consultant, Aromatherapist, Reiki Master and is gifted in working with animals. She loves to find the answers that you seek and share her knowledge of how you can connect with your own intuition and spirit guides.30 mins/$60. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. $60/1 hour, $30/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

Eckankar invites you to experience HU, the Sound of Soul – 10am-11am. Chanting HU can help bring peace, calm, and harmony into your life, regardless of your religion, culture, or walk of life. There will be 15-20 minutes of chanting followed by 2-5 minutes of quiet contemplation, then a discussion and light refreshments. Free. La Quinta Inn, Rm A, 5931 Commercial Way (W of I-75), Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Eckankarblog.org/ sound-of-soul/Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Introduction to Spirituality and New Thought – 9:30am-12:30pm. With Gerry Greig. In this interactive workshop you will become familiar with the basic tenants of spirituality and new thought, including topics such as God, Source, Universe, Infinite Oneness, affirmative prayer, spiritual principles and much more. $20. Sarasota Center of Light, 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. REIKI 3 Master Certification - 10am-2pm. The joys of becoming a Reiki Master are many and you don’t necessarily have to teach in order for the Master training to be useful. The additional attunement, symbols, techniques and knowledge will add value to your healing abilities. The fact that you can pass Reiki on to friends and family is also a definite plus. To becoming a Reiki Master you must have first completed Reiki I and II. Facilitated by Barbara Harrison. $118, plus $18 manual. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Eckankar invites you to experience HU, the Sound of Soul – 11am-noon. Chanting HU can help bring peace, calm, and harmony into your life, regardless of your religion, culture, or walk of life. There will be 15-20 minutes of chanting followed by 2-5 minutes of quiet contemplation, then a discussion and light refreshments. Free. Jacaranda Library, Children’s Activity Rm, 4143 Woodmere

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SarasotaLearningProject.com Pot-Luck – 10am2pm. Come to celebrate an amazing semester. Please bring a dish to share w/ fellow home-school friends. We welcome everyone, even if you have not been to our co-op and you just want to check out what great camaraderie we have. Located at Colonial Oaks Park. More info, 941-677-2571, SarasotaLearningProject.com. Crystal Healing – 6-8pm. With Susan Moen from The Crystal Cave. An introduction to crystals for spiritual healing, protection, intentions, and meditation. We will use pendulums so bring one or borrow one. $25. Sarasota Center of Light, 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. Good Sleep = Good Health - 6:30–8 pm. Led by Laurel James. Come discover how essential oils support a good night sleep for you and your family!  Learn how to create a relaxing environment that will nurture you. Playfully practice simple breathing techniques that can help you through your day and night. Free. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth James July 16, since 2007. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 17 Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave, laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl. Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook, https://www. facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota.

Life Balance with Heidi Korsch -7-8 pm. Get out of Pain Now! Heidi Korsch is a certified Energy Integrator, Reiki Master, speaker, business consultant and Life Coach. She was born and raised in Germany. Heidi is leading an educational lecture on how we create our blockages that lead to illness. Heidi will also demonstrate on a few people that attend the lecture her Energy Method right there! Are you tired of struggling with pain? Shoulder, Back, Joint Pain, Arthritis, Anxiety or Stress? Or does Chronic Pain drain you? This is your chance to try the Get out of Pain method by Heidi. $20. Located at Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. For more info: LifeBalance.Life.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 Reiki for Seniors - 10:30am-2pm, April 18th & 25th. We are A-L-I-V-E with E-N-E-R-G-Y, so let’s learn how to use it! A 2-part class that will show Seniors the basics of tapping into their intuition and learning to use the energy that surrounds us through Reiki attunements. Reiki is a hands-on/off healing energy that supports us on all levels: Mind/Body/ Spirit. It can be used to alleviate stress from physical and emotional causes and for personal balance/ relaxation. Anyone can do it - it is a simple approach to make it easy to navigate your days in comfort and with ease & grace. 2 days/breaks $75. $20 deposit (non-refundable, covers cost of book); balance due by April 17. Contact Cheryl Valdebenito to register, 469-999-1094, Cheryl.Valdebenito@gmail.com. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 6:307:30 pm. Come share and learn more about spiritual experiences such as coincidences, guidance from departed ones or angels, dreams, past lives, and soul travel. These topics come from the Spiritual Experiences Guidebook which will be given as a gift to attendees. Elsie Quirk Library, Conference Rm, 100 West Dearborn St., Englewood. 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld - 7-9pm, every Wednesday. This group will discuss a new spiritual topic each week. We practice an energy healing tool of light each week – Qigong, Reiki IET, etc. Dropins to the group are welcome. Please invite your friends also. $10. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@ VioletWisdom.com. Intro to Reiki -7-8pm. What is Reiki? Experience and learn about the Japanese Healing technique called Reiki. Kelly provides a safe, nurturing, and comfortable atmosphere to ask questions. Everyone will have the opportunity to experience Reiki as a group. $5 suggested donation, RSVP requested. Sacred Pathways Sarasota, 2831 Ringling Blvd. B-108, text/call 941-322-7284, StarLightworker.com. Keys of Enoch Study Group -7-9pm. With Kim Converse and Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James. Known as the “The Book of Knowledge” this riveting book upon which the class is based, is a blueprint or code-book designed to bring us in touch with the reality of Divine Intelligence. Please call Kim Converse for information and to join the class, 919-267-5922. $7. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com. REIKI III Master Share – 7-9pm. Masters of all lineages to come together to share, expand, enhance and brush up on their Reiki. Wear comfortable clothes. $5 Suggested Donation. The Enlightenment Center at Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd. Sarasota. Rev. Zan Benham. 941-922-7839, Zan@womanspirit.com, Woman-Spirit.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living oils,

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including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave, laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl.Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook,  www.facebook. com/LightandLifeEnergy/. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota. Yoga Class – 9am. With Pauline Dimitry. Awakening for the Heart-Body-Mind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. Accepting New Students. $10. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-822-0263. Prayer Circle with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7:30. Join Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon every Thursday for an hour of gratitude, praise and prayer to the Living God, the God of Gods and the King of Kings. Using a myriad names of God, we will offer up prayers of gratitude for the grace and blessings bestowed upon is. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. $60/1 hour, $30/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Guided Energy Harmonizing Meditation 6-7:15pm. Be renewed as you are guided through dynamic hands-on energy balancing exercises you apply to your own body. Profound relaxation, pain relief, and more. Register by 4pm, April 20. $18/ class, $60/5 classes prepay. Cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-2282972, Michelle@Suncoastjsj.com, Suncoastjsj.com. Dolores Cannon’s QHHT Regression with Amber Duonnolo - 7-9pm. Join this Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT) Group Regression Experience with Amber Duonnolo, QHHT Practitioner. This is a FUN and great way to experience QHHT for the first time in a group setting. The group regression has three parts. The entire group will experience: a past life, meeting their guide or guardian angel, being taken into the future (100, 200 or 300 years). Be sure to bring some paper/pen, as you will be able to write about your experience. $20, all group regression participants will receive a $20 credit toward a private QHHT session. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Reiki 1 Class - Saturday ($88) followed by Reiki 2 on Sunday ($135). Learn the Usui/Tibetan style Reiki for yourself, others, and our planet. Classes are a combination of lecture, discussion and experience. Standards taught alongside opportunities to explore intuitive techniques. The symbols are taught in Reiki 2. Certificates provided. Sacred Pathways Sarasota, 2831 Ringling Blvd. B-108, Space is limited-RSVP required, text/call 941-322-7284, StarLightworker.com. Grand Opening! - 10am-2pm. Free sessions! LuciaLightFlorida.com activates pineal gland w/ transformational light. Opt for Light relief from

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traumas w/ LED & EFT therapies. Experience Scalar by EESystem.com Win Door & Raffle Prizes. Enjoy Refreshments. Serenity Stations, 2020 B Rose St., Sarasota, 941-539-6729, SerenityStations.com The Code of Empath - 10am-2pm. Addressing the special needs of an empath, defining the different types of empaths, reviewing the higher senses. First half of workshop is lecture and second half will be experiential. There will be interactive time to teach and demonstrate empath survival tools, which is inclusive of creating healthy energetic boundaries. Facilitated by Carolyn Green, RN “The Energy Nurse.” $49/advance, $54/at the door. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874. Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Sleep & Vitality Self-Help Workshop -10am1pm. If you’re looking for ways to help yourself sleep well, hands-on energy harmonizing could be what you’ve been looking for. Workshop includes: personal assessment to id the energy harmonizing practices that would be most beneficial for your sleep project(s); a customized sleep & vitality selfhelp protocol; and, practicing energy harmonizing on your own body. Pay by April 13 for Early Bird Rate/$50, $60/ after April 13. Last day to register April 18. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-228-2972, Michelle@Suncoastjsj. com, Suncoastjsj.com. Intuitive Arts Fair - 10:30am–5:30pm. Elysian Fields has been offering this long-standing Intuitive Arts Fair for over 2 decades! Come try one of our professional and seasoned readers for an intuitive reading, featuring: Catherine, Christine, Deborah, and Laura. No appointments made by phone. First come, first served. 30mins/$35. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Investments of Power – 11am-1pm. With Cristo Bowers. Each person is, in the words of Caroline Myss, leaking energy. Cristo has spent time investigating and perfecting his ability to perceive the aspect of a person’s life wherein he or she has made his or her greatest negative energetic investment. This information is important, as it indicates the situation that causes a person to leak energy. The creative energy that is subsumed in this largely unconscious process is not available for other creative endeavors. The energy, caught in a continuous loop, continues to re-create the situation in which the investment was unconsciously made. Knowing your greatest energetic investment can help you resolve the significant loss of energy associated with it so you can use it for other creative purposes.  During this workshop, Cristo will identify each participant’s greatest loss of life force. $80, limit 20 participants. Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Dr. Ste 4, Sarasota, 941-217-6828, PointLumineux.com. CMF Words of Wisdom Psychic Fair - 11am-4pm. Come and relax in this spiritual oasis. Experienced mediums available for your 15-minute reading for a $20 donation.  We will also have crystal bowl healer/ reader, numerologist, card readers and healers. Pendulums, Lotions, Essential oils, Crystals and other beautiful hand-made Gifts for sale.  For more info, Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota.org. Psychic Readings with Sheri Avera – 11am-7pm. Sheri is a talented Psychic/Medium who offers readings using the glided tarot deck. Appointment Recommended, Walk-ins Welcome. $60/30 minutes, $100/1 hour. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Drive,Sarasota, 941-822-8056, Facebook, InquireWithinGoddessShoppe. Mechanics of Intuition - 1-3pm. Cristo Bowers will elaborate how the structure and organization of the chakras impact the receipt of clear and definite information. Cristo will illustrate the manner in which the chakras function as organs of perception. In addition, he will talk about the Central Channel,

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aka Sushumna or Fohat, and its role in cognition as it relates to the chakras. Cristo will also discuss the process through which chakras normally open and become functional. Finally, Cristo will talk about the problem of premature or spontaneous opening of the chakras through drug use, spiritual practice, or accident, and their role in what Caroline Myss refers to as Divine Madness. $80, limit 20 participants. Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Dr. Ste 4, Sarasota, 941-217-6828, PointLumineux.com. Yoga Rehab Workshop - 1-4pm. Led by Kim Burns, OT. Yoga Rehab is a one of a kind workshop. Most yoga injuries develop gradually over years of consistent over-stretching and misalignment. In this workshop, the participant will learn how spinal alignment can influence blood and lymph circulation to keep your body strong and your joints stable to improve well-being. We will explore variations/modifications for best poses and sequence influencing the immune system. We will learn to utilize props and other exercise tools for spinal and joint health. 3 credit hours for YA. $75. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Spiritual Exploration Discussion – 3-4 pm. Soul Travel: Voyages into the Higher Worlds. Discuss Out-of-body and Near-death experiences; Dreams of flying; Spiritual Light and Sound; and the Presence of the Divine. Receive a CD with special techniques - given as a gift to all attendees. Free. North Port Library, Juliano Rm, 13800 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 ECK Light and Sound Service – 10-11am. Coincidence, Choice, or Spirit? Sometimes life has a plan for individuals to be together, a mate or a certain pet. We may call them coincidences but as Soul, we’ve had an unconscious glimpse of what was coming and made preparations for what would happen. Free. La Quinta Inn, 5931 Commercial Way (W of I-75), Rm A, Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Reiki Level 1 Training -10am-5pm. Led by Pat Crawford, RN, Reiki Master/Teacher. Reiki is Japanese healing energy work that promotes deep relaxation, releases stress and anxiety, reduces pain, improves sleep, and increases energy-empowering you to be your own healer. Enroll in a Reiki Level 1 training, and learn how to use Reiki to balance body, mind and spirit-for yourself and your family/ friends. Class size is limited, so register early! $140 (includes full sized textbook) Level II will follow. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. The Universal Worship Service -10:30am. This weekly egalitarian worship service will be officiated by Rev. Zan Benham with a celebration of Earth Day and our Earth. UW Services celebrates all of humanity’s religions and spiritual traditions on a single altar. Scriptures, songs, prayers, chants, and offerings from each religious tradition are accompanied with universalist prayers that honor all faiths as lights serving humanity’s unfoldment. Different officiates/Cherags rotate on leading the services each week. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839, RisingTideInternational.org.

MONDAY, APRIL 23 Biomagnetist and Spiritual Healer - Ralph Serrano - Appointments Only. Ralph Serrano is an Intuitive Biomagnetist and Spiritual Healer. He helps people find their true illness and then helps them through the process of Biomagnetic Pair Therapy. A new revolutionary, scientific and therapeutic approach to healing that differs from Traditional Medicine, Homeopathy, Herbs and Naturism. It is also a Therapy free of side effects, perfectly compatible with any other traditional or


alternative practice. To schedule an appointment and to get further information, Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth James July 16, since 2007. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Group Guided Self-Hypnosis -11:30am-12:30 pm. Led by Shana Rosenthal, Certified Consulting Hypnotist. Come and relax like you have never felt before; power your intentions deep into your subconscious mind and set yourself up for an amazing week. This group session is offered twice a month and is enhanced with Aromatherapy. $20. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Self-Lymphatic Massage - 7-9 pm. Led by Kim Burns, OT. Through self-lymphatic massage and daily techniques to support your lymphatic system, you will be providing your body with natural techniques that move fluid through use of breath and movement as your body does naturally to detox and improve blood circulation. You will have more energy and less inflammation. Dress in shorts and a tank top for best application of manual lymph drainage. $35. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave, laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl. Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook, https://www. facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota. Experience John of God, Crystal Light Bed Sessions – 9am-6pm. With Michele Denise. She is authorized by John of God and offers crystal light bed sessions and tours to visit John of God in Brazil. The crystal light bed aligns the chakras leaving the person emotionally, physically and spiritually balanced. Available, blessed John of God Crystals and Jewelry. $35/half hour, $65/ per hour. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, for appointment, 828-4231482, Michele@crystalhealingbed.com. “How to Connect” Class with Indira – 7-9p.m. We will get up close and personal with the Higher Self. Some believe that one of the Higher Self’s functions is to acquire virtues so that the soul can learn, expand, and grow. Your Higher Self is your best heavenly friend and can help you gain greater clarity and connection to Source, assisting you in all areas of your life, both spiritual and practical. Indira will lead a beautiful, deep meditation straight into the highest Plane of Existence, allowing you to connect with your Higher Self and receive a timely and personal message. Pre-registration required. Cost $25. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Diane Raffoni, Chaplain-”Living in Your Truth”7-9pm. 6 weeks starting April 24. Begin a transformation of knowing who you were before the world told you who you should be. Love offering, $15/

class, 6 for $75. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Road, 941-955-3301. UnityOfSarasota.org.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 Experience John of God, Crystal Light Bed Sessions – 9am-6pm. With Michele Denise. She is authorized by John of God and offers crystal light bed sessions and tours to visit John of God in Brazil. The crystal light bed aligns the chakras leaving the person emotionally, physically and spiritually balanced. Available, blessed John of God Crystals and Jewelry. $35/half hour, $65/ per hour. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, for appointment, 828-4231482, Michele@crystalhealingbed.com. Reiki For Seniors - 10:30am-2pm, April 18th & 25th. We are A-L-I-V-E with E-N-E-R-G-Y, so let’s learn how to use it! A 2-part class that will show Seniors the basics of tapping into their intuition and learning to use the energy that surrounds us through Reiki attunements. Reiki is a hands-on/off healing energy that supports us on all levels: Mind/Body/ Spirit. It can be used to alleviate stress from physical and emotional causes and for personal balance/ relaxation. Anyone can do it - it is a simple approach to make it easy to navigate your days in comfort and with ease & grace. 2 days/breaks $75. $20 deposit (non-refundable, covers cost of book); balance due by April 17. Contact Cheryl Valdebenito to register, 469-999-1094, Cheryl.Valdebenito@gmail.com. Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld - 7-9pm, every Wednesday. This group will discuss a new spiritual topic each week. We practice an energy healing tool of light each week – Qigong, Reiki IET, etc. Drop-ins to the group are welcome. Please invite your friends also. $10. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@VioletWisdom.com. Monthly Anchoring Light Channeled Meditation, Venice/Nokomis – 7pm. With Rev. Dr. SharonElizabeth James. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light every Monday since July 16, 2007! Love Offering. Villa Terra Mar, 218 Pocono Trail East, Nokomis.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26 Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave, laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl. Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook, https://www. facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota. Yoga Class – 9am. With Pauline Dimitry. Awakening for the Heart-Body-Mind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. Accepting New Students. $10. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-822-0263. Learn How to Meditate - 6:30–8:30 pm. Led by Shana Rosenthal. My mind won’t switch off, I have too many thoughts, my nose itches, I can’t get comfortable, I just don’t have time! I promise, you are not alone. It’s so easy to give up and believe that you will never master the art of meditation, but let me put your mind at rest, you don’t have to fold yourself into a Lotus pose at sunrise to reap the amazing benefits of this wonderful practice. During this workshop, Shana Rosenthal, Certified Hypnotist will present the science of meditation and explain the benefits so that it makes sense to you. Following that, we will all experience some different meditation styles, I am sure everyone will

connect with at least one. Time will be left for Q&A. $20. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Removing Subconscious Blocks – 7-9pm. In this fun and interactive workshop, we’ll explore the difference between the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious mind, what subconscious and unconscious beliefs are, how they develop, how you can recognize them and how they impact your choices in ways you may not realize. We’ll explore 2 specific healing modalities that are relatively easy to learn, which can help you gain better control of your thoughts, feelings and ultimately your life. Facilitated by Indira. $25. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874. Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Prayer Circle with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7:30-8pm. Join Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon every Thursday for an hour of gratitude, praise and prayer to the Living God, the God of Gods and the King of Kings. Using a myriad names of God, we will offer up prayers of gratitude for the grace and blessings bestowed upon is. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. $60/1 hour, $30/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Advanced Numerology Class – 7-9pm. This ongoing class trains students by using their personal numbers in calculations to explain and forecast their multifaceted lives. Come join Kathy Skeens and have fun learning how to understand the science of numerology to embrace your authentic self.  $20 donation requested.  Reservations please. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota. 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota.org. A Mini Shaman Journey – 7-8:30pm. This event will take place at the Women’s Bi-Monthly Meditation at Rising Tide. A Shaman Journey is like a guided meditation to the heart beat of the Mother Drum. Participants may bring drums. 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839, RisingTideInternational.org. Dial 1-800-Afterlife - 7:30-9:30pm. Don’t just call, stop by for a fascinating, fun-filled mediumship gallery, where you may connect with those on the “other side” of life in order to bring healing messages, of love, hope, and happy memories. Psychic medium Victoria Ackerman, along with other talented local readers, will each share their own style of communication with Spirit. Facilitated by Victoria Ackerman. $19-$36. Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Essential Oils 101 – 10am-noon. Learn how to kick toxic chemicals out of your home w/ easy, simple, affordable tactics. Class is totally FREE and will blow your mind! Complimentary NinXia Red shots to boost your energy. All attendees receive a diffuser necklace! Serenity Stations, 2020 B Rose St., Sarasota, 941-539-6729, SerenityStations.com. Guest Reader, Margo Park - 10:30am–5:30pm. Margo Park is a warm and caring intuitive who uses her psychic gifts to connect with your spirit guides for guidance and clearer vision in your life. She will often receive healing messages from loved ones

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that have crossed over to the other side. Margo is a Certified Voyager Tarot Consultant, aromatherapist, Reiki Master and is gifted in working with animals. She loves to find the answers that you seek and share her knowledge of how you can connect with your own intuition and spirit guides. Pre-registration is required. $60 for 30 mins. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Psychic Readings with Tammy Shea - 11am-7pm. Tammy is a talented intuitive, oracle card reader, lightworker, spiritual medium and psychic. Appointment Recommended, Walk-ins Welcome. $60/30 minutes, $100/1 hour. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Drive,Sarasota, 941822-8056, Facebook, InquireWithinGoddessShoppe. Sound of Soul – Eckankar invites you to experience HU, the Sound of Soul – 11am-noon. Chanting HU can help bring peace, calm, and harmony into your life, regardless of your religion, culture, or walk of life. There will be 15-20 minutes of chanting followed by 2-5 minutes of quiet contemplation, then a discussion and light refreshments. Free. Mid-County Regional Library, Meeting Room B, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, 941-3580325, Eckankarblog.org/sound-of-soul/Meetup. com/EckankarInSarasota.

8:30pm. Learn about one of the most powerful tools to navigate this world of illusion available today: The Mayan Tzolkin Calendar. Sign up by May 6th to get a personalized Mayan Birthday horoscope, so make sure to leave us your birthday. $35/seating limited. Call to reserve you space today. The Om Shoppe, 941-706-3257, TheOmShoppeandSpa.com.

Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 11amnoon. Come share and learn more about spiritual experiences such as coincidences, guidance from departed ones or angels, dreams, past lives, and soul travel. These topics come from the Spiritual Experiences Guidebook which will be given as a gift to attendees. Free. Nokomis Community Park Art Room, 234 Nippino Tr., Nokomis. 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Essential Oils 101 – 6-8pm. Learn how to kick toxic chemicals out of your home w/ easy, simple, affordable tactics. Class is totally FREE and will blow your mind! Complimentary NinXia Red shots to boost your energy. All attendees receive a diffuser necklace! Serenity Stations, 2020 B Rose St., Sarasota, 941-539-6729, SerenityStations.com.

MONDAY, APRIL 30 Chinese Food Therapy - 7–8:30 pm. Led by Dr. Rene Ng. Did you know that in China, food is the NUMBER ONE means used by the Chinese for health maintenance and addressing illnesses? Over thousands of years, the energies of food have been exploited for keeping the body in optimal health and in battling the elements. In this seminar, you will learn how this time-tested, ancient Chinese system of nutrition for health works, how to put together a meal menu to address your immediate wellness needs, and you too will be able to use this for both your personal health as well as that of your family and loved ones. Dr Rene Ng was born and raised in China. He is a licensed acupuncturist in Sarasota. He has a natural passion for wellness and helping people. He shares his knowledge abundantly. $20. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth James July 16, since 2007. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 Beatriz Orive Shaman, Author and Founder of Mystery School, Awakening the Soul - 6:30-

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SATURDAY, MAY 12 Compost-A-Thon Celebration - 12-2pm. Sign-up and learn how to compost for one week during International Compost Awareness Week (May 6-12) followed by end-of-week celebration on at Robert L.Taylor Community Complex. FREE event but registration REQUIRED at SunshineCommunityCompost.org.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19-21 Summer Solstice 3-Day Retreat - Immerse yourself in an intensive, transformative experience during this auspicious time of the solar year. Daily activities include Energy Healing, Kundalini Yoga, extended meditations, journaling, art, and music. Healthy snacks provided-bring a light lunch. $180/3 days, $62/one day, space is limited-RSVP required. Sacred Pathways Sarasota, 2831 Ringling Blvd. B-108, text/ call 941-322-7284, SacredPathwaysSarasota.com.

sunday Kai is Soulful and Fun Dance Movement Led by Kelly Atkins - 10:30-11:30am. All ages. $15 drop in. Soul Studios, 3303 Bahia Vista Ave., KaiMoves.com. Morning Meditation at Garden of the Heart Yoga Center - 8:30-9:30am. Stephen Gillum will lead you through meditation practices including silent, guided, and walking meditation. Suggested Donation $12. Garden of the Heart Yoga Center, 2888 Ringling Blvd., GardenofTheHeartYoga.com. One from the Heart Healing Sessions – 9:3010:15am. Center of Spiritual Awareness healing practitioners offer 15-min sessions to bring a state of wholeness to body, mind, and spirit. Free. Fruitville Rd (Knights of Columbus Bldg), 941-926-7828. Sunday Services Cosmic Center – 10am. Hands-on Spiritual Healing. 10:30am Open Arms Metaphysical Spiritualist Service: Inspirational lectures and messages from your loved ones and friends on “The Other Side”. Reverends Thomas & Mary Linn Clarke. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333. ccosl.com. Hatha Yoga with Jamie Coffey – 10-11:30am. A creative blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background. The class helps to build strength and increase flexibility. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-9525280, RosemaryCourt.com. Nia - 10am. With Becky. Say yes to living well with Nia: a blend of the dance, martial, and healing arts.  Also Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am.  First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Unity of Sarasota-10:30am. Celebration Service. We honor the Christ Spirit in all. Music: Rob Satori. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-350-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Sarasota Center of Light Sunday Morning Celebration Service - 10:30am. We celebrate life in a morning church service that features Vibrational Healing followed by singing, music, a guided meditation, a greeting of the community and an inspirational talk by our Pastor, Rev. Jim Toole.  Feel the energy of the Sanctuary and this Community. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.

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Sunday Service at CMF – 10:30am. Please join us each Sunday morning for spiritual healing, an inspirational talk, special music and messages from spirit.  Leave refreshed and inspired. Refreshments and fellowship period follows the service.  Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota. 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota.org. The Universal Worship Service -10:30am. This weekly egalitarian worship service celebrates all of humanity’s religions and spiritual traditions on a single altar. Scriptures, songs, prayers, chants, and offerings from each religious tradition are accompanied with universalist prayers that honor all faiths as lights serving humanity’s unfoldment. Different officiates/Cherags rotate on leading the services each week. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839, RisingTideInternational.org. Cosmic In-Service Gathering of Lightworkers – 12:15pm. A call to Planetary World Servers to Anchor Light and work with our Family of Light to bridge Heaven and Earth. Rev Molly Friedenfeld. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdws, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, ccosl.com. Open Heart Divine Healing Service – 12:15pm. First Sunday monthly. Through the gathering of the faithful, experience and co-create the Anchoring of Powerful Divine Healing Energies within the Sacred Circle. Expect miracles! Rev Dr. SharonElizabeth James. A Spiritual Discussion follows the service at 1:15 with Rev Molly Friedenfeld. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333. ccosl.com. Sarasota Center of Light Sunday Evening Celebration Service – 7pm. Our evening service is special for the Spirit communication offered by our Pastor, Rev. Jim Toole, one of our mediums, or a guest medium.  Experience the inspiration and joy as we come together for an inspirational talk, singing, music, prayer and celebrating life. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.

monday Intermediate/Advanced Level Yoga Class – 9am. Led by Gillian Whatmore at Garden of the Heart. Vinyasa and poses that will progress your yoga practice, including inversions like handstand and forearm balance. $18. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, GardenofTheHeartYoga.com. Yoga Classes at Rosemary Court Yoga – 9:3011am and 11:15am-12:45pm. Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole features a blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background and helps to build strength and increase flexibility. 11:15am Ashtanga Yoga with Liana Sheintal Bryant is a physically demanding practice synchronizing breath with movement through a set series of progressive postures to build strength, flexibility and stamina. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. Buti Yoga -10:30am, Tuesday 7pm, Thursday 7pm, Saturday 9am. With Leila, yoga, tribal dance, and body sculpting class. Also Wednesday at 7pm and Saturday at 9am. First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Introductory Reflexology Session – Noon-5:30pm. One-hour session. $49. Heart and Sole Organics, 1435 S Osprey Ave, Ste 200, Sarasota. 941-2289724. HeartAndSoleOrganics.com. Transitions Support Group – 5-6:30pm. A support group that helps cope with the reality of traumatic changes. Discover resources & chart strategies to achieve priority goals. Six sessions are recommended. Free. Transition Church, 2215 Sunset Dr, Ste E1, Bradenton. 941-739-7103. RevDCT@Verizon.net. Feldenkrais with Bonnie K – 5:45pm. Ongoing


Awareness Through Movement lessons. Improve posture, body/mind connection, self-reliance. $15. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Intuitive Development 7-8:30pm. Meet and greet, an instructor-led talk, a grounding meditation, and “hands on” exercises to help you hone your natural-born intuition. Topics: Spirit Guides, chakras, angels, psychic phenomena, the Clairs, the Akashic Records, and more! Pam Jacob is a trained, psychic medium and teacher. $10 donation. Barnes and Noble Café, 4010 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-315-7974. Psychic Development Class – 7-8:30pm. Awaken your psychic and intuitive abilities, like the ability to give spiritual healing, should not be regarded as the gift of the few – they are the birthright of everyone on Earth.  Open to all those who seek to expand their knowledge of the spirit world.  Develop and strengthen your understanding of the different elements of spirituality and psychic development through discussion, entertaining exercises, interaction with others and personal application. Facilitated by Divya Melissa Schnirring. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Monday Evening Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation – 7:45pm. With Dr. Rev Sharon-Elizabeth James, serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light every Monday since July 16, 2007! Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, ccosl.com.

given.” $10. At Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. Sarasota. Rev. Zan Benham, 941-922-7839. Zan@ woman-spirit.com, Woman-Spirit.com. Psychic Practice Circle – 7-9pm. Come together with likeminded individuals to practice your intuitive abilities in a supportive and caring atmosphere.  This is not a class, but rather an opportunity to advance and share your sacred gifts in friendly environment.  Each session will be preceded by a brief meditation and blessing.  Open to all regardless of experience.  Join us for one, any, or all weeks!  Facilitated by Dawn Freeman. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Intermediate Level Yoga Class – 7:30pm. Led by Cindy Turner at Garden of the Heart Yoga. Work toward a challenging “peak” pose each month, all classes include inversion preps. $18. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, GardenofTheHeartYoga.com. Healing Certification Classes – 7:30–9pm. Beginning January 9. This healing program offers a focused, well-rounded curriculum and practicum. Students may complete the curriculum for certification or attend individual classes. $15. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. Anchoring Light Channeled Meditation Charlotte County – 6:45pm. 2nd Tuesday monthly. Reverend Sharon-Elizabeth James. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light since July 2007. Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com

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Kai is Soulful and Fun Dance Movement Led by Kelly Atkins – 9:30-10:30am. All ages $15 drop in. Soul Studios, 3303 Bahia Vista Ave., KaiMoves.com. Pilates on the Roller with Weights with Kelly Atkins – 10:30-11:30am. $15 beg/interm, no experience needed. Soul Studios, 3303 Bahia Vista Ave., KaiMoves.com. Alchemy TaiChi and Qigong - 8:30am. Exercise the mind, body, and spirit in this energy-based movement practice. By donation. Outside @ Arlington Park, 941 525 3752, aware122@gmail.com, 360DegreeWellness.com. Yoga at Siesta Key Chapel - 9:30-11am. All levels welcomed. Chair yoga 11-12pm. $10. 4615 Gleason Ave. 34242. 941-349-1166. Yoga Classes at Rosemary Court Yoga - 1011:30am, 12-1:15pm, and 6:30-8pm. 10am Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole is a blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background and helps to build strength and flexibility. 12pm Yin Yoga with Stephanie Cole is a passive yoga practice that stretches connective tissue in the body and provides time to remain in the poses for longer periods which increases flexibility. 6:30pm Vinyasa Yoga with Stacey Steig is a vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heat-building sequence. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. Drop-In Psychic Intuitive, Tarot, and Astrology - 12-3pm, Tues through Sat. Psychic, Tarot/ Astrology. Also by appointment and special scheduled events! $20/15 minutes. Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Law of Attraction Class - 7-9pm. This class takes you to the leading edge of co-creation, working with the Principles of the Laws of Cause/Effect or Sow/ Reap. We are entering a study series of intension for living life as masterfully as we can, given our various quirks and preferences. We move forward in our understanding of the Law of “if you ask it is

9:30-10:30am Authentic Movement Dance freestyle movement facilitated by Kelly Atkins – 9:30-10:30am. Move how you like, great music. $15. Soul Studios, 3303 Bahia Vista Ave., KaiMoves.com. Feldenkrais with Bonnie K – 10:45am. Awareness Through Movement classes improve posture, balance, and body awareness. Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. $15. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Vinyasa Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 11:30am1pm. A vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heat-building sequence. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. Free Healing Clinic – 4-6:30pm. Our Masters tap into the Divine Source of energy to balance and heal your being. Relax and enjoy this renewing and enlightening experience. Love Donation Appreciated. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995, revpat@ angelministriesfl.org, angelministriesfl.org. Your Mid-Week Break at CMF – 4:30-6pm. Walk in at your own convenience first come first serve. Indulge yourself in Healing Energy. Susan Houliston and Andrea Blood will be available to give you the choice of Reiki healing or putting your feet in a crystal bowl for vibrational healing, possibly receiving a short message. 15 min. of relaxing healing/$20. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota. 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota.org. Automatic Writing – 6-7pm. Automatic writing is a method of communicating with those that have passed on. No experience necessary, just the intention to learn. We teach easy techniques to give you a firsthand experience in being a pen-pal with those who are now in spirit. Facilitated by Barbara Harrison. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue

Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Freestyle Latin Dance Classes - 6:45-7:45pm. Variations of Salsa, Cha Cha, Merengue..., $10. Soul Studios, 3303 Bahia Vista, Sarasota, Contact Allison, 941-544-2788. Monthly Anchoring Light Channeled Meditation Venice/Nokomis – 7pm. 4nd Wednesday of every month. With Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James - Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. Love Offering. Villa Terra Mar - 218 Pocono Trail East, Nokomis, 941-371-9333, ccosl.com. Prayer/Meditation -7-8pm. Respite of Positive Prayer/Music/Silence. Love offering. Unity of Sarasota.org, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota 941-955-3301. Wednesday Candlelight Healing Service - 7pm. Wednesday evening is dedicated to healing. Receive a Vibrational Healing and join us in a guided meditation.  We share our energy and intentions together in our candlelit sanctuary in a peaceful and loving hour together. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. Prayer/Meditation - 7-8pm. Respite of Positive Prayer/Music/Silence. Love offering. Unity of Sarasota.org, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota, 941-955-3301 Tarot Practice Circle – 7-8:30pm. The Tarot is a wonderful tool that can cultivate your intuition. We will find together unique ways to play with some of the meanings to strengthen one’s knowledge of most of the symbols and other pictograms within each deck of cards. This workshop will offer a bit of education, advice and practice to further your knowledge of the Tarot. Come with your favorite deck of Tarot cards! Facilitated by Barbara Harrison. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. The Keys of Enoch Study Group – 7-9pm. 1st and 3rd Weds. Known also as The Book of Knowledge, this is the study of the “code-book” or blueprint for spiritual consciousness with the reality of Divine Intelligence. KeysOfEnoch.com. Written by Dr J J Hurtak. Co-facilitated by Kim Converse and Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James. $7. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, ccosl.com. Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7:30-9pm. Join Susan Houliston and guest instructors every Wednesday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills, and each class will end with healings by the “WE” for all those attending. Discussion and refreshments follow. $10 donation is requested. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd., Sarasota. For more information or for description of the program offered for a given date, call Susan at 941-266-1696, CMFsarasota.org.

thursday Alchemy TaiChi and Qigong - 8:30am. Exercise the mind, body, and spirit in this energy-based movement practice. By donation. Outside @ Arlington Park, 941 525 3752, aware122@gmail.com, 360DegreeWellness.com. Yoga at Siesta Key Chapel - 9:30-11am. All levels welcomed. Chair yoga 11-12pm. $10. 4615 Gleason Ave. 34242. 941-349-1166. Yoga Classes with Liana Sheintal Bryant - 1010:45am and 11:15am-12:30pm. 10am Mom + Baby Yoga class is designed for babies 6 weeks to 3 years (but all are welcome!) and offers benefits for both moms and their babies. 11:15am Ashtanga Yoga with Liana Sheintal Bryant is a physically demanding practice synchronizing breath with movement through a set series of progressive postures to build

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strength, flexibility and stamina. $14 or 5/$50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class - 6-7:30pm. Small class limited to about half a dozen souls; emphasis on meditation, not physical yoga. Light yoga warmups, then between 26 and 62 minutes of meditation. No experience necessary; you can sit in a chair if needed. This is traditional Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. $11/class. RSVP requested. Sacred Pathways Sarasota, 2831 Ringling Blvd., Suite B-108, SacredPathwaysSarasota.com, 407-227-4111.

friday Kai is Soulful and Fun Dance Movement Led by Kelly Atkins – 9:30-10:30am. All ages. $15 drop in. Soul Studios, 3303 Bahia Vista Ave., KaiMoves.com. Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 9:30-11am and 11:30am-1pm. A creative blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background. The class helps to build strength and flexibility. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. Energize and Revitalize with a John of God, Crystal Light Bed Session - 10am-6pm. With Diane Oliva, authorized by John of God. Feel relaxed, restored and renewed as negative energy is transformed and your mind, body and spirit comes back into balance. You can experience less stress, clearer thinking, better sleep, increased energy, a sense of peace and so much more, as each experience is unique to you. Take one step closer to becoming your best self. All natural. Non-invasive. By appointment. $45/40 minutes, $65/hour. Essential Acupuncture and Wellness, 3150 Southgate Circle, Sarasota, 941-313-6123. Feldenkrais Class – 11:30am-1pm. Deepen your awareness of how you move to improve balance, flexibility and posture. Pay as you wish. Longevity Wellness Clinic. SRQ, 941-923-9355. Developing Consciousness with Rev Jim Toole - 6pm. Enjoy a time of connection, checking in with each other, discussing spiritual topics and joining in a channeled meditation. All are welcome Love offering. Sarasota Center of Light Ed Center 852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, 941-330-5031, RevJimSCOL@gmail.com. Restorative Thai Yoga - 7pm with Angi.  Restorative Yoga with personalized Thai Yoga adjustments.  First class is only $5!  Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue, 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Traditional “Home Circle” – Evidential Mediumship – 7-8:30pm. Spiritualists have sat in home circles since their very beginnings. It was the way they developed their relationship with spirit, refined their spirit within. Today, we know that everyone has the potential to develop; many a developing (as well as well developed) medium still sits in circle. Sitting in circle increases our spiritual abilities and offers the developing and well-developed medium alike the opportunity to continue increasing their spiritual potential. Facilitated by Sharon Hill. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

currently have a full market that includes 70 vendors and 5,000 sq ft of produce and plants. 1592 Main St from Lemon Ave to Selby Five Points Park, Downtown Sarasota. Central Sarasota Year-Round Farmers Market – 8am-1pm, rain or shine. Every agriculture vendor at the market (fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, etc.) is a grower or farmer, not just a reseller. The Florida House, 4454 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota. CentralSarasotaFamersMarket.com. Mixed level Yoga Class – 9am. Led by Amanda Hansell at Garden of the Heart Yoga. Learn a variety of poses everyone can do, including inversion preps and advanced variations on poses. $18. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, GardenofTheHeartYoga.com. Vinyasa Yoga with Rebecca Harp - 9-10:15am. A vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heat-building sequence. $14/ class, 5/$50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central

ACUPUNCTURE/ CHINESE MEDICINE CARYN L. YOUNG, DOM, AP, OTR

Board Certified Acupuncture Physician The Integrated Path, P.A. 3148 Southgate Ci, 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!

Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market – 9am2pm. Features a special activity including guest chefs, raffles, arts & crafts vendors, children’s activities. Old Main St, Downtown parking/free on weekends. Dogs on leashes welcome. 941-744-7484. Psychic Fair – 10am-3pm. 2nd & 4th Sat. Are you searching, questioning and seeking answers? Choose from some of the best Intuitive Artists in the area. See what your future holds. Complimentary refreshments. Private Readings $1/Min. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trail, Venice. Rev Donna L. Galloway, 561-346-6296, AngelMinistriesfl.org.

FAMILY HEALING CENTER, PA

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

DONNA THORSEN, AP, DOM, BA.

Constitution Square 2100 Constitution Blvd. Suite 114, Sarasota, Across from Phillipi Estate Park ( just 1/2 mile north of Stickney Point Rd. ) 941-350-8554  DonnaThorsen@comcast.net.

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, Massage, B-12 Shots (Energy and Metabolism), Ionic detox foot-bath, Homeopathic Pain Management, Nutritional Consultation.Discount Packages and Gift Certificates Available!! Practicing in Sarasota over 23 years! Contact Donna Thorsen, AP, DOM @ Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine. See me on Facebook!

360 DEGREE WELLNESS

Sean M Leonard, AP, MAcOM Acupuncture Herbal Medicine Qigong Personal Training 7053 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite A, Sarasota 941-525-3752 aware122@gmail.com

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

Sarasota/Manatee Edition

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 s of local artists, craftspeople and musicians. 1005 1st Ave W, Bradenton. 941-932-9440. RealizeBradenton.com/our_vendors.

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Ave, Sarasota, 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com.

www.nasrq.com

Advanced Acupuncture treatments for acute and chronic conditions. Layered protocols work to address both the root cause and symptoms, bringing you back into balance.

ACUPUNCTURE FACELIFT FACES BY DR ANNA

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.

ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER SARASOTA ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER


Anne Luther, DVM 3646 Birky St., Sarasota 34232
 941-954-4771
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Dr. Anne Luther has over 25 years experience in conventional medicine and alternative therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy. “We treat your pet like our own!”


APOTHECARY

WILD GINGER APOTHECARY

6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630 WildGingerApothecary.com Strictly shopnontoxic, natural, organic health + beauty . Now offering hemp CBD, sage, gifts, learn cards, metaphysical tools, essential oils, jewelry, and more! move Visit Studio + Lounge for classes 6557 SUPERIOR AVENUE • SARASOTA, FL • 34231 + events.  Open Tu-Fri 10-5 and {IN GULF GATE SHOPPING VILLAGE} Sat. 10-3.

941.312.5630 • WILDGINGERAPOTHECARY.COM

BOOKSTORE/GIFT SHOPS ELYSIAN FIELDS

1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-361-3006 • ElysianFieldsOnline.com

Celebrating 25 wonderful years, this award-winning store for conscious livings offers a unique assortment of quality, hand-selected gifts: jewelry, crystals, books, greeting cards, clothing, candles, aromatherapy, incense, and more… Private intuitive readings offered daily by the most reputable readers in town. Engaging classes and events monthly. Open: Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY COLON THERAPY CLINIC

Alain Menard • Allaesia Menard 7733 Holiday Drive • Sarasota, Fl 34231 941-922-7744• ColonTherapyClinic.com

Cleansing for digestive disorders. Licensed 42 years. Developed gentle technique. Foot bath and ear candling.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY ADVANCED CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY [WHOLE BODY]

Terry Grywinksi, LMT MA6049 San Marco 205D, 1188 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota • 941-321-8757 www.ADVCST.com

Gifted healer Terry Grywinski with 19 years experience and advanced craniosacral training provides rapid relief from injury, pain, and muscle restrictions. Great success with auto/ sports injury, sciatic, neck and back pain, TMJ, migraines.

CRYSTALS THE CRYSTAL CAVE

1899B Fruitville Rd., Sarasota 941-346-6203 CrystalCave.me

Sellers of stones, crystals, mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, books, gifts, etc. Susan has over 25 years experience working with crystals and stones

ELYSIAN FIELDS

1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-361-3006 ElysianFieldsOnline.com

Celebrating 25 wonderful years, this award-winning store for conscious livings offers a unique assortment of quality, hand-selected gifts: jewelry, crystals, books, greeting cards, clothing, candles, aromatherapy, incense, and more… Private intuitive readings offered daily by the most reputable readers in town. Engaging classes and events monthly. Open: Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm.

DENTISTRY FLORIDA INTEGRATIVE DENTISTRY

CHIROPRACTORS GENTLEBAY SARASOTA CHIROPRACTIC

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.


SRQDC

Dr. William J Maecker 7725 Holiday Dr, Sarasota 941-518-2247 SRQDC.com

Improving health in Sarasota, one person at a time.

Dick Chapman 2401 University Pkwy # 204, Sarasota 941-893-5968 DickChapmanDDS1@gmail.com


Our Holistic practice is committed to achieving optimal health using the highest standards in professional care and safety working together with our integrative modalities. Our approach to dentistry is based on honesty, integrity and respect.

WHITE SANDS DENTISTRY

Martina Mallery 520 48th Street Court E. Bradenton 941-748-9393
 WSDentalManager@gmail.com
 WhiteSandsDentistry.com




Dr. Mallery combines conservative dental treatment with holistic principles while emphasizing prevention and healthy nutrition. We practice mercury free, fluoride free and use SMART Technology.

ENERGY HEALING HEALING ROOMBLUE LIGHT ENERGY HEALING

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
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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

FACIALS/REFLEXOLOGY

HEART AND SOLE ORGANICS

Cindy Heard, LMT, LE, MA65765 Certified IIR Reflexologist 1435 S. Osprey Ave., Suite 200, Sarasota 941-228-9724 HeartandSoleOrganics.com

Offering therapeutic treatments in Reflexology, Organic Facials and Massage bodywork. New clients receive $10 off any one 60 minute service. Open Mon-Fri 11am-6pm. By appointment only.

RAY BEHM DDS

127 N Garden Ave.Clearwater, FL SaveYourTeeth.com 727-446-6747

Save your teeth with safe natural holistic dentistry. We offer general dental services such as cleanings, checkups and emergencies. Safe appropriate amalgam removal. Metal-free crowns, bridges and dentures.Non-surgical gum treatment. Holistic extractions.

FELDENKRAIS METHOD® FELDENKRAIS METHOD®

Children (ABM) and Adults Classes, Individual Lessons, Workshops Bonnie Kissam, MA, LMT, CE Provider 941-360-2248 www.FeldenkrasInSarasota.com

The Feldenkrais® Approach improves posture and creates more efficient ways of moving through ‘Movement with Attention’. Clients optimize their musical, athletic or everyday movements, and improve abilities after injury, illness and trauma. Available in Sarasota, St. Pete & Orlando. Call Bonnie at email Bonnie@ FeldenkraisInSarasota.com or 941-360-2248.

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HYPNOTHERAPY

CROP JUICE BAR & CAFE

BETH A. SNYDER HYPNOSIS & MINDFUL COACHING Beth A. Snyder, CCHT 941-228-8020 bethsnyderhypnosis@gmail.com

Looking for a new and empowering way to create the positive change in your life you desire? Have you suffered enough, struggling with habits, sadness, anxious feelings or stress? Discover within you a new and happier way to be in the day to day. Hypnosis is a safe, simple and successful way to empower yourself. You are unique and deserve a compassionate customized approach to achieving your goals. I invite you to learn more, enjoy free resources, and schedule a complimentary compassionate consultation at bethsnyderhypnosis.com or call 941.228.8020. Feel better now!

ELITEHEALTH MEDICAL CENTER

1281 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 4125-2 S. Tamiami Trail S., Venice 941-549-8455 SarasotaActivityCenter@Elitehealth.com EliteHealth.com Come experience the Elite difference Primary Care & Community Wellness Center Advanced Diagnostics all under one roof

Dr. Nema Runyan is a board certified Internist, with 35 years of experience. Micronutrient Testing, Allergy immunotherapy, IV Vitamin Therapy, Wellness Center offering workshops at low to no cost, VIP Wellness Programs. Accepting new patients and most insurance.

JIN SHIN JYUTSU® SUNCOAST JIN SHIN JYUTSU

Michelle Giambra, Certified Practitioner at Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave 941-228-2972 SuncoastJSJ.com

Michelle shares this ancient, hands-on art of balancing life energy in the body with individuals addressing acute, chronic and serious health projects along with those interested in maintaining wellness. MA42460

Sarasota/Manatee Edition

2320 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota and 4057 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota (inside LA Fitness) (941) 923-8640 cropjuicesrq.com

At CROP, we hand craft our juices daily by using the highest ORGANIC JUICE BAR & CAFE quality organic vegetables, mix the appropriate amounts of organic fruits for a burst of flavor, and package our juice in glass to ensure the freshest, highest quality juice available anywhere. We invite you to try a CROP juice today and compare the ingredients on our label to any other juice on the market.  You will then understand why we believe no other juice even comes close.

LYMPHATIC THERAPY SUNCOAST LYMPHEDEMA THERAPY CENTER

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Center and Perfect Blend Acupuncture Diana Hebert, AP, DOM, RN, CLT 941-321-7171 dianahebertrn@gmail.com

Specializing in removing toxins naturally, promoting wellness and treating abnormal swelling due to lymphedema, trauma, surgery, or cancer with Manual Lymph Drainage. 



MATCHMAKING SUNCOAST SINGLES

Christy Tromp Matchmaking Speed Dating Events Parties
• 941-713-1000 SuncoastSingles.com
 Christy@SuncoastSingles.com



I have been helping people find meaningful relationships for over 20 years. Give us a call for a free consultation. LIFE IS BETTER WHEN SHARED!



NATURAL FOOD CAFE EVERGREEN

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.

NATURAL PET FOOD HOLISTIC FOR PETS

MASSAGE THERAPY

Valerie Clows 713 Honore Ave, Sarasota, 941-378-4367 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd, East Bradenton, 753-7297 • HolisticForPets.com

Bich Mai Massage BICH MAI MASSAGE

Specializing in Hypo-allergenic Foods, Frozen Natural Raw Foods, Herbal & HoMA 0025928 Will meet or beat all competitor pricing. meopathic Remedies, Deter1219 East Ave, Suite 202, Sarasota New Client Special gent & Soap Free Shampoo, 941-724-9992 Natural Flee Preventatives Skin Care Products, 3 Massages for $100 (regular price $65-75) each Customized massage to fit your needs. Healthy treats, Toys and gifts. Specializing inMassage sports massage. Avail• Customized to Fit Your Needs able evenings & weekends. New cli• Specializing in Sports Massage NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS ent special 3 massages for $100. • Works on-all levels of athletics to alleviate pain

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and prevent injury • Medical Insurance Accepted

SPECIAL NUTRITION DISCOUNT PRICES

1882 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota 941-724-9992 1219 East Ave, Suite 202, Sarasota,941-929-0884 FL 34239 SpecialNutrition.net MAD SCIENCE MASSAGE Offering the largest selection of Lizz Pugh, LMT (MA40424) all major supplement brands and 7357 International Place #101, Sarasota natural products in the Sarasota 941-777-2997 area at discount prices. Special MadScienceMassage.com orders are our pleasure. CBD Oil Massage, Vitamin Infused Massage, and other unique treatments. Our muscle mechanics take some insurances for medical massage including Sarasota and Manatee County

Licensed Massage Therapist MA 0025928

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SUPER VALUE NUTRITION

2163 Siesta Drive Sarasota, 941-366-1997 5842 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, 941-342-190 SuperValueNutition.com SuperValueNutrition@gmail.com

Family owned since 1977! Best prices, largest election and highly trained staff. We carry quality vitamins, sports nutrition, herbs, aromatherapy, CBD and more! If you don’t see what you are looking for we can order it, including professional brand supplements.

PET SUPPLIES HOLISTIC FOR PETS

Valerie Clows 5411 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, 941-378-4367 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd. East Bradenton, 753-7297 HolisticForPets.com

Specializing in Hypo-allergenic Foods, Frozen Natural Raw Foods, Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies, Detergent & Soap Free Shampoo, Natural Flee Preventatives Skin Care Products, Healthy treats, Toys and gifts.

SHAMANIC PRACTICES SPIRITUAL COUNSELOR, SHAMANIC AND REIKI PRACTICES

THE OM SHOPPE

4801 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-706-3257 www.theomshoppe.com, www.theomshoppeandspa.com

Unique and one of a kind gifts, products, and spa services. The luxury spa includes services such as Sound Wave AttunementTM, Crystal Alchemy Energy AttunementTM , and massages that incorporate the ancient healing sounds of singing bowls & crystal gridding. We offer an array of healthful and personally empowering products. Enjoy a visit to our showroom and discover the largest selection of crystal singing bowls in Florida. We invite you to stop in and mention code Natural10 to receive 10% off any single item.

SPIRITUAL CENTERS COSMIC CENTER OF SPIRITUAL LIGHT

5041 Ringwood Meadow, G2, Sarasota 941-371-9333 CosmicCenterOfSpiritualLight.com

Embracing the New Paradigms of our Awakening Consciousness. A place of Knowledge,Wisdom, Healing and Comfort. Please visit our website at CCOSL.com for more information.

SPA AND WELLNESS FOUR PILLARS

San Marco Plaza 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221 Lakewood Ranch, Fl 941-373-3955 FourPillarsFlorida.com

Four Pillars is a positive and healthy place to learn, relax, energize, and reinvent. Our services include massage, facials, acupuncture, reiki, hypnosis, wellness and life coaching, educational and social workshops. Our retail shop offers books, crystals, t-shirts, jewelry, skin care, and essential oils. You’ll find just what you need to balance your mind, body, spirit, home and social connections. Open Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 10-5 and evenings by appointment. See our website or social media for events.

SERVICES 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.

VETERINARIAN ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER

3646 Birky Street, Sarasota 941-954-4771 SRQVet.com

Dr. Anne Luther has over 25 years experience in conventional medicine and alternative therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy. “We treat your pet like our own!”

YOGA ROSEMARY COURT YOGA

810 Central Ave, Sarasota 941-952-5280 RosemaryCourt.com

Rosemary Court Yoga in downtown Sarasota offers all styles & levels of yoga classes including Beginner, Hatha, Pre & Postnatal, Iyengar, Restorative, Vinyasa, Power, Senior, Kundalini, Kripalu, and more. Come visit our welcoming and tranquil space.

GARDEN OF THE HEART YOGA

Rev. Zan Benham, BSL, BD, CHT 941-922-7839

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.

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SARASOTA CENTER OF LIGHT 852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota 941-953-6620 sarasotacenteroflight.com

Experience the peaceful energy, love and light of our metaphysical spiritual community. Join us for the inspiration, healing and connection to Spirit in our services, classes and social gatherings.



UNITY OF SARASOTA

Rev. Elizabeth Thompson 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota 941-955-3301 • UnityOfSarasota.com

Unity is an extremely positive approach to life, seeking to accept the good in people and all of life. God is seen as having many attributes, but most important that God is LOVE.

2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota. Near Tuttle 941-341-9781 GardenOfTheHeartYoga.com

Alignment-based hatha yoga for all ages and abilities. Classes are taught progressively, building from one week to the next each month, so you can access more poses with ease, according you your level. Gentle Yoga, Meditation, Vinyasa, Mixed Levels, Kirtan, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Workshops, and Teacher Training. Open 7 days a week. Drop-ins welcome.

WILD GINGER APOTHECARY: STUDIO + LOUNGE

6553 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630 WildGingerApothecary.com

Community shop for health + wellness offering Yoga, Pilates, Nia, Buti Yoga, and more. Classes and learnfor every interest/age/ workshops skill level, offered daily + weekly.  move First class with every teacher is 6557 SUPERIOR AVENUE • SARASOTA, FL • 34231 only $5! Daily Psychic Intuitive + {IN GULF GATE SHOPPING VILLAGE} Tarot Readers.  Event space rental available.

941.312.5630 • WILDGINGERAPOTHECARY.COM

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April 2018 Natural Awakenings Sarasota  

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April 2018 Natural Awakenings Sarasota  

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