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ild Ginger Apothecary has recently started carrying the Sarasotabased Mindful Medicinals hempderived CBD products. In-stock now, customers can find CBD tincture, oil, tablets, capsules, gummies and topical pain-relief products. Discover the benefits for yourself or join us for a CBD informational class in the lounge, taking place every fourth Thursday of the month, 6 p.m. The first session will be on July 27, and the topic of discussion will be “What You Want to Know About CBD.” Recently, people have begun to understand the wellness properties of cannabis. CBD is one of more than 100 active cannabinoid chemicals in the marijuana plant. Unlike the main psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana THC, CBD does not produce euphoria or intoxication. There is also growing evidence that CBD can provide the following benefits: • Anti-Depressant • Anti-Inflammatory • Anti-Psychotic • Anti-Anxiety • Anti-Seizure • Anticonvulsant • Antioxidant • Neuroprotective Properties • Analgesic Effects • Nausea Relief The Mindful Medicinals CBD line is available now at Wild Ginger Apothecary and WildGingerApothecary. com. Cost for informational class: $15 (includes a CBD product sample). Space is limited, use PayPal to reserve your spot via MindfulMedicinalsLLC@ gmail.com. Wild Ginger Apothecary and Mindful Medicinals are members of the Florida Cannabis Coalition.

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his yoga series for brand new beginners will teach standard yoga postures, emphasize body awareness and safety, and prepare those who are just discovering this practice for the first time to join an ongoing yoga class. This series will be offered on Wednesday evenings, September 3, 13, 20 and 27, 6–7 p.m. “This is the perfect opportunity for a newcomer to yoga to take a class with other beginners and learn the basics. In four classes, you can learn everything you need to know to feel comfortable joining an ongoing class,” explains class instructor Gary Halperin. “You will learn that anyone can do yoga. You do not need to be fit or flexible to begin a class. Yoga will help you to become stronger, more flexible, and more aware of your own body and breath.” Cost: $40. Register with payment by August 25 at FeelBetterNowYoga.com or mail a check to Gary Halperin at 2916 Marshall Dr., Sarasota 34239.

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tarting on August 24, 6:30–8 p.m., Pub 32 Irish Gastropub will host Sarasota’s Pub Theology discussion group. Come pull up a chair and bring your questions and curiosity. The format is simple––beer, wine or a soft drink, and conversations about issues of faith. Be ready to engage with people or varying religious traditions, philosophical perspectives and life experiences. You are invited share your own thoughts, while learning from others as well. The Pub Theology group will meet on the last Thursday of each month for the remainder of this year on the following dates: August 24, September 28, October 26 and November 30. Location: 8383 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call Unity of Sarasota at 941-955-3301 or Pub 32 Irish Gastropub at 941-952-3070.

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he International Grand Convention of Young Living Essential Oils wrapped up last month with more than 30,000 people in attendance. Every convention features new products, and this year did not disappoint. Along with new individual products, two full lines of products were unveiled. Young Living introduced a new “Savvy Minerals” makeup line. These mineral-based beauty products were developed with an unwavering standard of purity and quality, without cheap fillers or synthetics. For your smallest family members, the new “Seedlings” line offers expertly created, essential oil-infused baby products that have been safely diluted for babies’ sensitive skin. Free from harmful ingredients, these gentle, plant-based formulas have been specially crafted to soothe infants and give parents peace of mind. Two of the most popular Seedlings products are Seedlings Baby Wash & Shampoo, and Seedlings Baby Lotion. Both are “calming” products that use a special blend of lavender and other essential oils. The Wash and Shampoo includes only purest ingredients and essential oils for babies. The sulfate-free, non-drying formula is also tear-free. Other Seedlings products include baby wipes, diaper rash cream, calming oils and calming linen spray. All are made with baby-safe essential oil blends.

recent study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B suggest that our nighttime sleep patterns as we age could simply be a matter of evolution. The study focused on a group of modern hunter-gatherers in northern Tanzania. Based on findings from the study, it is believed that age-related differences in sleep patterns could be a survival tool to ensure at least one person is awake during the night. Our ancestors would have benefited from this evolutionary tool to help protect the group against nighttime predators or dangers. The groups in the study live a similar lifestyle to that of our hunting and gathering past, sleeping on the ground with no synthetic lighting and following natural day/night cycles. Rather than posting guards to keep watch at night, the groups individual differences in sleep patterns and more restless sleep among older members ensures as least one guard is on watch at any given time throughout the night. Although some previous studies have observed these findings in birds and other mammals, this is the first study to indicate these sleep patterns could be evolutionary in nature in humans. Perhaps this is some consolation to those of us who are older and find ourselves waking up earlier, or finding our nighttime rest more elusive. It could be our evolution taking over instead of an ailment to concern us. The good news is that studies have also shown that one short daytime nap can be beneficial for older adults. So. rest up and don’t worry if you’re feeling a little more restless ––it could just be a matter of evolution.

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Esoteric Healing and Teaching Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna Comes to Sarasota Anti-Aging Seminar

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huck Pisa, Esoteric Healer, massage therapist and teacher, has just moved to Sarasota from the mountains of western North Carolina. Pisa is now offering energy healing and massage at Full Spectrum Health, as well as classes on the Ageless Wisdoms, Esoteric Astrology, and healing or lifestyle changes. A nationally certified Esoteric Healer and licensed massage therapist for over 10 years, he is available for both in-person and distant healing sessions. Esoteric Healing is an advanced form of energy healing, based on the works of Alice Bailey, and affects the deepest layers of the human body and being in order to help transform an individual’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual journeys. Location: 2106 Bispham Rd., Sarasota. Hours: Wednesday– Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 941-952-1200 or 941-504-0546 and visit ChuckPisa.com.

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n August 18, 1 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM, will give a seminar on 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, when not exposed to chemicals or preservatives, retighten the muscles and slowly return the face to its younger look with daily use. 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. 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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newsbriefs Suncoast Singles Speed Dating Event

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n August 10, Suncoast Singles will be hosting a speed dating party at Thai Spice in Bradenton, 7–9 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include appetizers, drink specials, prizes and giveaways, as well as multiple “mini dates.” Thai Spice is a favorite meeting place for many of Suncoast Single’s clients. Not only do they love the food, but also the relaxing and romantic atmosphere. If you have never tried speed dating, now is the time to participate. This fun and festive event will introduce you to new friends and maybe even a romantic love interest.  

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he Zensense self-extinguishing incense burner uses an innovative sliding block feature to control the perfect amount of incense fragrance without having to extinguish the stick manually before its ember reaches the bamboo core many stick incense brands are constructed around. “After creating such a pleasant atmosphere—to end with the smell of burnt bamboo was an ongoing frustration,” says John Carlile who invented Zensense, along with Rae Randall. By adding a sliding block with a metal grommet to an incense tray, Carlile and Randall conquered their dilemma and created a new way to burn the perfect amount of fragrance for any size room. Incense as a form of air freshening and aromatherapy is still popular, perhaps because of the immemorial roots we share in human spirituality. Incense has been found in fossil records of civilizations dating back to 3300 BCE. Sandalwood, frankincense, lavender and patchouli are blended and constructed today as they were in ancient Egypt, yet only recently has someone figured out how to control when it extinguishes. Zensense incense burners are handmade by Zenburner Enterprises in West Palm Beach, Florida. Burner trays come in a variety of hardwood species including mahogany, walnut, white oak, cypress, red cedar, North Carolina poplar, American cherry and 100% recycled burners garnered from the remnants of boats, barns, homes and floor boards. For more information and product details, visit ZenBurner.com. 14

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Dr. Anna Baker Presents Acupuncture Facelift and Necklift Seminar

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n August 16, 2 p.m., Anna Baker, DOM and founder of Faces by Dr. Anna, will present a seminar on her muscle-tightening acupuncture facelift and necklift procedure. She will show pictures from her database of over 500 patients and discuss details of the procedure. She will also highlight how her procedure can retighten surgical facelifts that have drooped and correct problems experienced with Botox and fillers. A nationally board-certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Anna Baker 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’s work has been nationally televised, and she has been voted Sarasota’s favorite antiaging practitioner. To make seminar reservations or to schedule a free consultation, call 941-924-2723. For more information, visit FacesByDrAnna.com.


Learn Eight Finger Going Beyond the Surface Mudras for Daily at 360 Wellness embarking on a healing journey, it is Stress Relief When sometimes important to look beyond physical

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udras are dynamic finger and hand poses that have been used since ancient times as powerful tools to harmonize the flow of life energy in the body and to shift consciousness. On August 19, you can immerse yourself in a journey through eight finger mudras that are the birth of the hands-on healing art, Jin Shin Jyutsu. Jiro Murai dramatically revived this ancient wisdom in 1912 in Japan when he cleared himself of a “terminal” illness while holding these finger poses. In this casual lecture and fun self-care playshop, you will learn how to hold each of the eight finger poses, understand the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual applications, identify which poses are most beneficial for you, experience a dynamic, profound guided practice of the eight mudras, receive helpful handouts and worksheets. Michelle Giambra, LMT, Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Instructor and Practitioner facilitates this class. Giambra is the only trained practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu in the Sarasota area. She has nearly 20 years of experience with Jin Shin Jyutsu. Her services include private energy harmonizing sessions, self-care classes, and consultations for individuals, families and groups. The Mudra Class takes place on August 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Space is limited. Early Birdy discount is available if you secure a spot with payment by August 9. The final day to register with payment is August 16.  Location: 810 Central Avenue, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-2282972, email Michelle@SuncoastJSJ.com or visit SuncoastJSJ.com.

symptoms into the realm of the mind and emotions. At these times, it is important to take stock of past actions, reactions or beliefs and to reframe them within the context of our present-day awareness. Often, when confronted with a shock or trauma, many people retreat into a stoic state, or overly intellectualize their feelings. This provides a temporary respite from the onslaught of emotion, allowing a person to cope in the moment. However, with time and distance, life has a way of righting itself, and the tendency to remain disconnected from uncomfortable feelings becomes more of a hindrance than a help. Unresolved emotional energies can exist at the root of chronic pain, anxiety and injuries which fail to fully heal. The practitioners at 360 Wellness are trained to look beyond the surface of the complaints presented in the clinic. Acupuncturist Sean Leonard is also the creator of Quantum Potentials Intuitive Healing System, and has worked with hundreds of people to look beyond the obvious symptoms into the roots of imbalance to achieve lasting results. In addition, homeopath Jeni Clark uses her strong intuition and listening skills to divine the right remedy and help her clients bring resolution to chronic, lifelong problems. At 360 Wellness, compassion, growth and awareness are always at the root of the healing intention, and patient empowerment is the number one goal. For more information, call 941-525-3752, email Aware122@gmail.com or visit 360DegreeWellness.com.

An Animal’s Eyes Have the Power to Speak a Great Language

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ouldn’t you love to look in your pet’s eyes and know exactly what they’re thinking, to learn how to physically feel what they experience in their own bodies and feel their emotions? Since childhood, Barbara Goodfriend has been able to perceive the inner world of animals. She teaches animal communication classes to help people make positive shifts for an animal’s well-being. She will be teaching “Animal Communication” on September 9–10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at The Spirit University. In the first session, “Experience the Language of the Animal Kingdom,” we will explore our telepathic and empathic abilities. The focus will be on recognizing responses and information located in our multi-dimensional field, while exchanging information and emotions with animals. We will incorporate the ethics of inter-species communication to become more attuned to the animals’ perspective. The second session, “Merge with an Animal’s Consciousness,” will be an experiential class on the processes and awareness needed to facilitate communication. We will telepathically intertwine our fields of consciousness to gain information through love, intelligence and empathy. We will navigate communications concerning behavioral issues, then we will magnetize and process all gathered information to become more comfortable connecting with the truths that animals bring us. Location: 373 Braden Ave., Sarasota. Cost: $129 (both days), $69 (one day). For more information, visit TheSpiritUniversity.com/Events. natural awakenings

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Finding Your Business Success

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o you want to become a successful entrepreneur but don’t know where to begin? Is your mind filled with a million ideas about starting a new business, but you can’t seem to take the first step? You’ve got an education, skills and a fantastic idea, but you have no idea how to build a successful marketing campaign. If this sounds like you, then join Victoria Ackerman on August 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for her much-anticipated workshop “Finding Your Business Success.” She will demystify the secrets of a successful business in this fast-paced workshop that includes an interactive kit to ensure your own personal success. Ackerman is the founder of The Spirit University, a Sarasotabased educational center devoted to spiritual exploration. Launched in 2011, it has grown to offer numerous classes from psychic development, mediumship and Reiki to Qi Gong, laughter yoga and automatic spirit writing. Ackerman is also an evidential medium who offers readings, gives lectures, and helps others discover their own gifts and skills. During this workshop, you will learn powerful strategies to market your business on a limited budget, drive more sales, increase consumer awareness, build a compelling brand and develop a loyal customer base. Reserve your spot now. Location: 373 Braden Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-544-5874 or visit TheSpiritU.com.

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Sufficient Sleep Supports Immunity

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study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”

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esearchers from Capital Medical University, in Beijing, China, tested the effectiveness of Cordyceps sinensis, a traditional Chinese medicine derived from fungi, on the treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe asthma. They followed 120 subjects, divided into two groups of 60. One group received a capsule containing 1,200 milligrams of Cordyceps sinensis three times daily for three months. The control group was treated with conventional medications. Health-related quality of life was measured, along with the incidence of asthma exacerbation, pulmonary function and inflammation indicators in both groups. The Cordyceps sinesis group reported reduced asthma symptoms, improved lung function, a better inflammatory profile and an overall better quality of life when compared to the conventional treatment group.

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Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation

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NATURAL SOUNDS SOOTHE THE BRAIN Sussex University researchers in the UK tested the brain activity of 17 healthy subjects as they listened to a series of soundscapes from either natural or artificial environments. Brain scans and questionnaires found that natural sounds led to relaxation and positive feedback, while artificial sounds activated stress and anxiety-related brain activity.

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Researchers from the University of Rhode Island have discovered that pure maple syrup contains inulin, a complex carbohydrate that serves as a prebiotic. It encourages growth of beneficial gut bacteria and extends the lengthy list of beneficial vitamins and minerals contained in this natural sweet. Consume it in moderation, limited to a few times a week.

cientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resort’s meditation program. Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response. One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise.

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Tiny Robots Seen as Tech Fix for Reduced Bee Population Harvard University researchers led by engineering professor Robert Wood have introduced the first RoboBees—bee-sized robots that can ascend and hover in midair while tethered to a power supply. The project is a breakthrough in the field of micro-aerial vehicles. It has previously been impossible to pack all the components onto such a tiny workable robot framework and keep it lightweight enough to fly. The researchers believe that within 10 years, RoboBees could artificially pollinate a field of crops, a critical development if the commercial pollination industry cannot recover from the severe bee losses of the past decade.

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Waterways Granted Personhood This year, the Whanganui River, in New Zealand, became the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. Equally vital, a court in northern India has given the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers, as well as several glaciers, the legal status of “living human entities” to help in the preservation and conservation of the country’s highly polluted waterways, thus allowing polluters to be sued. These decisions are variants of “rights of nature” measures that date back to the 1970s. More than three dozen U.S. localities have ordinances ascribing varying types of rights to nature or to specific natural objects. In America, rights of nature activism usually takes the form of ballot initiatives that emerge to contest the power of corporations wherever local natural resources are seen as being threatened. The first such ordinance was passed in 2006, when Tamaqua Borough, in Pennsylvania, sought to protect the town’s drinking water from the nearby dumping of sewage sludge. More recently, an ordinance from the Boulder (Colorado) County Protectors, with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, asserting the “right to a healthy climate,” was recognized as a federal constitutional right by Judge Ann Aiken, of the U.S. District Court in Oregon. Source: BBC

Citizen Scientists Needed for Carbon Storage Experiment Australian scientists have launched a project to bury tens of thousands of teabags in wetlands around the world to discover how efficient different kinds of wetlands are at capturing and storing carbon dioxide. Already, more than 500 citizen scientists are involved on every continent but Antarctica. The bags will be monitored over a three-year period, and then dug up and measured at intervals of three months, six months and each year after that. Wetlands are important for carbon capture and storage, a process known as carbon sequestration, holding up to 50 times as much carbon as a comparable area in a rainforest; some are better than others. There are hundreds of thousands of wetlands around the world, and a standardized technique for monitoring the carbon sink is needed for accurate comparison—but monitoring devices can be expensive to install. Faster decay of the tea inside the bag means more carbon is being released into the atmosphere, while a slower rate means the soil is holding the carbon. Once researchers can establish which wetlands are most effective at carbon sequestration, work can begin on protecting and restoring them, and ensuring they are not disrupted. Volunteers that contact BlueCarbonLab. org will receive a kit containing teabags and information on how to bury them.

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Early American developers of Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Georgia, strived to recreate the plans of European cities that offered plenty of public squares and parks. Subsequent high-rise apartments in most other U.S. cities that followed lacked certain elements of neighborhood cohesion, as documented in Zane Miller’s book The Urbanization of Modern America. In Boston, Baltimore, New York City and elsewhere, waterfront revitalizations launched in the 1980s helped improve conditions, making use of nature-oriented ideas that are still trending upward. Urban Hub describes how regions like Silicon Valley, in California, and Boston’s Route 128 corridor continue to enjoy mutually beneficial relationships with Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. The concept promotes pedestrianization programs and incentives that increase bike-friendliness, multimodal public transportation such as people-mover sidewalks and car sharing, plus off-hour, no-driving and park-and-ride policies. Join the social media conversation at Urban-Hub.com. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released updated standards on how state agencies should measure mass transit, biking and walking volumes (EverybodyWalk.org). States will assess impacts on carbon emissions by tracking walkers, bikers and transit users instead of just comparing rush-hour travel times to free-flowing traffic conditions, which favors highway spending alone. The Big Jump Project at PeopleForBikes.org rates areas for bike friendliness and taps ideas aimed to increase biking networks. To date, they cover Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Fort Collins, Colorado; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; New York City; Providence, Rhode Island; Portland, Oregon; and Tucson. The nonprofit Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (sbnPhiladelphia.org), encompassing 400 businesses and organizations, is pioneering a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) retrofit program. The city water department is collaborating on Green City Clean Water’s plan to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean water regulations and foster rain gardens, green roofs and porous pavements. “We help engineer nature back into cities,” says Anna Shipp, interim executive director and GSI manager. “Socially responsible, replicable and environmentally conscious initiatives and policies catalyze local economies and benefit water, air, aesthetics and people’s emotions.”

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So You Have Cancer: Now What? by Rene Ng, AP, L.Ac.

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ancer is the one disease dreaded by everyone on this planet. And for those who are cancer survivors, that ordeal is something they absolutely do not want to experience again...ever!

What is Cancer?

According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, this disease is “the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancer develops when the body’s normal control mechanism stops working. Old cells do not die and instead grow out of control, forming new abnormal cells. These extra cells can form a mass of tissue called a tumor.” Cancer cells exist in all of our bodies. Fortunately, for most of us, these cancer cells either remain suppressed by our immune system or are destroyed before they can wreak any havoc with our health. But a growing number individuals are stricken with cancer which is life-altering and often fatal. For those who have been diagnosed with the illness, what options are available? One path that integrates both Eastern and Western Medicines is what I call “The ABC Approach to Cancer Care.”

The ABC Approach to Cancer Care

This is an integrative approach, combining the best of Eastern and Western Medicines to address cancer, both reactively and proactively. This method has been found effective in not only helping the individual win their battle against cancer, but also to speed up their recovery during remission and lower the risk of the disease’s recurrence. “ABC” refers to the three major phases in battling cancer, and is identified by the following steps: • A à The Announcement Phase • B à The Battle Phase • C à The Clean-Up Phase

A: The Announcement Phase

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tion and despair are common. High stress prevails which is both demoralizing and can make the cancer condition worse. During this phase, attention needs to focus on managing these stress levels and mitigating emotional anxiety. Stress can weaken the body which can result in the disease worsening. These suggestions can help: • Physical Activity: Calming exercises like Yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi can help to reduce the physical stress and energetic turmoil. They can also help to facilitate overall circulation and oxygen intake, both of which are crucial in supporting the body’s natural ability to fight off the disease. • Meditation: This practice can help to settle the mind, promote sleep, reduce anxiety levels, and keep the mind positive and healthy. Maintaining an optimistic, survivallike attitude is vital, and meditation can help achieve this. • Laughter: Surround yourself with uplifting people and engage in laughter. This not only directs the mind toward positive thoughts, but also reinforces the body with healing energy. The expression “laughter is the best medicine” can be accurate and beneficial in the treatment of cancer. • Good Nutrition: Cancer cells are living organisms, and living organisms need food to survive. Cut off the food supply to these cells by reducing the intake of foods that help cancer cells thrive like sugar, high fat, dairy and alcohol. Moderate your consumption of coffee and acidic foods in order to keep the body as alkalinic as possible. Eating cooked vegetables and foods high in antioxidants will help. • Bowel Movements: Make sure to have regular bowel movements. This process is how the body excretes toxins which essential in the battle against cancer. • Sun Avoidance: Heat from the sun causes the body to be in constant stress. It can also impair the circulatory system which causes dryness, dehydration and a weakened immune system. It would be prudent to avoid the sun and hot facilities like the sauna or steam room. • Personal Counselling: Seeking psychological guidance can help to release anxiety and stress. This will provide much-needed emotional stability and as you and your loved ones come to realization about what is happening and begin to plan for the road ahead. • Spiritual Strengthening: Maintaining socio-emotional health can increase the odds of winning your uphill cancer battle. Turning towards religion or spirituality can offer positive reinforcements to strengthen the psych. Spiritual support can include prayer, faith-based counselling, worship services and various classes. • Body Conditioning: You are about to engage in a physical fight against this disease. Depending on the type of cancer, this could extend over a long period of time filled with fatigue, side-effects, emotional distress, weight loss, an unhealthy complexion and more. Therefore, you need to get adequate rest and strengthen the body to prepare for this ordeal.

B: The Battle Phase

This is the most difficult and enduring of the three


phases. This is where the individual goes through one or more types of treatments to fight against the invading cancer with the goal of killing it off. Mainstream medicine treatments, which include radiation and chemotherapy, target the cancer cells in an attempt to destroy them. Unfortunately, these methods often cannot distinguish between cancer cells and healthy cells, resulting in damage to both. Side-effects that accompany these treatments are often debilitating, demoralizing, painful and energy-sapping. They include skin and mouth sores, throat discomfort, extreme fatigue, hair loss, jaundice, insomnia, immobility, malnutrition, peripheral neuropathy, nausea, headaches, lack of balance, kidney and liver damage, and hot flashes, among others. A common feedback from cancer patients is that chemotherapy does not kill a person, but the side-effects eventually could. This is especially true if the psyche is so severely affected and the person is demoralized, losing the will to live. Aside from these mainstream treatments, there are also more holistic, gentler and easier to tolerate with fewer sideeffects. These treatments focus more on the environment of the cancer cells, rather than directly towards the cells themselves. Such treatments include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, essential oils, supplements, western herbs, anti-cancer nutrition and light therapy. In a successful battle, you will see a drop in the tumor markers, a remission of the tumor and cancer cells, and ultimately, no more traces of the cancer. This would be the most ideal and desirable outcome. • The Natural and Holistic Battle: As previously mentioned, this approach focuses on the individual’s body, immune system and overall mind-bodyspirit health. The goal is to attack the cancer cells’ environment, cut off the food chain for these cells and make the body uninhabitable for them. This is a less invasive approach than the ones taken by mainstream medicine, and also has fewer side-effects. However, this approach is also slower because it conditions the body to fight cancer cells which will take time. • This needs to be taken into serious consideration because many individuals can either be at a late stage in the disease or suffering from a particularly aggressive form. Both are situations in which they might not have the time needed for the body to respond to these treatment methods. For those

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individuals, sole reliance on natural and holistic options is not realistic. Mainstream Medicine Treatments: Chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, immunotherapy and hormone therapy are among those commonly used in Western Medicine to treat cancers. They target the cancer cells in an attempt to either destroy them or remove them from the body. These treatments usually are stopped when the individual is either too ill to continue treatment and hospice needs to be called, a break is needed for the individual to recover from the side-effects before continuing another round, the individual decides to discontinue the treatments, regardless of what the current cancer state is, or the cancer enters a remission stage. Often, chemotherapy and radiation are administered even after remission in an attempt to reduce the risk of future recurrence. However, these forms of treatments usually present with undesirable and debilitating side-effects. The Integrative Approach: This is the ideal method of battling cancer. The Western methods directly target cancer cells, while the natural and holistic methods (especially Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture) target the individual’s body and the cancer cell’s environment. The natural methods can also address the side-effects and calm them down, making the chemotherapy and radiation treatments easier to tolerate, speed up the recovery from surgeries and increase the overall chances of success. Nutritional, Spiritual and Psychological Counselling: It is important to continue these forms of counseling in order to keep the mind-body-spirit strong, confident and determined. They will also help mitigate issues that could arise within the family during this treatment process. Maintaining proper nutrition will not only starve the cancer cells, but help the body recover faster from the side-effects and foster a healthy state of mind.

C: The Clean-Up Phase

This is the phase when you receive the news that either the cancer is gone, or the cancer is in remission. Basically, what this means is that you just received a new lease on life. So you want to take advantage of this and embrace life to the fullest. But you should also focus on reducing the risk of the cancer’s recurrence. • Detoxifying the Body: Even after the battle with cancer, your body will retain some harmful residue from the chemotherapy, radiation and other drugs. In my clinic, have seen patients who present with symptoms that originated from chemotherapy treatments they had over ten years ago. Not to mention, your spouse or partner with whom you share a physical relationship should also undergo a detoxification because that person is likely to be affected by the toxic energy you emitted while going through treatments. • Investigate the Cancer Source: In almost every case, the cancer did not happen overnight but over the course of time. Treatments, both Western and Eastern, focus on targeting the enemy cells. Once they have been eliminated, it is time to address the individual’s life history including medical, nutritional, hereditary, fitness level, work condi24

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tions and other unusual happenings that might have contributed to the cancer’s formation and growth. Without this being identified, you will have resolved the current symptom––the cancer––but you have not addressed the root cause. This means that, as long as the cause exists, the chance of a recurrence also exists. This is why one often hears an oncologist mention the likelihood of recurrence even if the cancer has entered remission or been healed entirely. One of the main strengths of Chinese Medicine is identifying the cause of diseases and exposing the factors behind illnesses that an individual suffers from over time. This can help the individual figure out the likely cause of cancer to address it and reduce the chances of a recurrence. Nutrition and Diet: According to Cancer Centers of America, one in two patients have nutritional deficit at the time of their cancer diagnosis. Nutritional habits can either keep a person healthy or in chronic state of illness. Ann Wigmore, a famous pioneer in holistic nutrition, once said, “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form or medicine or the slowest form of poison.” So, include supplements, whole foods and certain drinks rich in antioxidants and anti-cancer nutrients in your diet. These include, but are not limited to the following: Reishi Mushroom, Tumeric , Raw Ginger, White Tea, Bananas, Strawberries, Onions, Garlic, Astragalus, Artemisia, Reduce Dairy, Broccoli, Avoid Excessive sugars, Avoid Fatty Foods, Avoid Fried Foods Take Walks and Breathe: Cancer cells hate oxygen, so one of the healthiest practices you can engage in is taking frequent walks outside. Walk slowly and breathe deeply. You can also practice Qi Gong and Tai Chi to promote balance and optimal, smooth circulation throughout your body. This will also help to reduce the amount of stress building in your body.

Conclusion

Cancer is a dreaded disease, and it’s a frightening realization that each of us have cancer cells growing inside us at some point in time. The most successful strategy is not just to attack the cancer, but to identify the health risks in our daily lives that could ultimately result in a cancer diagnosis. Talk to your holistic health practitioner––especially a board-certified, licensed acupuncturist––who can address your medical history and identify potential trouble hotspots to bring you back into balance and health homeostasis. Don’t wait to do something...you never know when it is too late. Rene Ng, AP, L.Ac., is a board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist in Sarasota. He is also a four-time winner of Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” award. Cancer care is one of his specialties, and he has been able to help many cancer patients through Chinese Medicine. Ng was instrumental in developing a successful Chinese Medicine program option at San Diego’s largest cancer treatment center that combined with Western Medicine to provide a fully integrated approach to cancer treatment. For more information, call 941773-5156, email RNG@ChineseMedicalSolutions.com or visit ChineseMedicalSolutions.com.


LIVE CANCER-FREE Natural Ways to Prevent and Heal Cancer by Linda Sechrist

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ictorious warriors against cancer are speaking to other patients about their journeys of recovery and healing. Two who regularly speak to physicians, as well, are Glenn Sabin, author of n of 1: One Man’s Harvarddocumented Remission of Incurable Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, and Kathy Mydlach-Bero, author of EAT: An Unconventional Decade in the Life of a Cancer Patient. Their stories demonstrate the healing effectiveness of healthy lifestyle measures still widely categorized as prevention.

Whole Life Triumphs

Determined to become free of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia that had defined his life for 20 years, Sabin, who lives near Washington, D.C., appointed himself the subject of his own research experiment. He subsequently became a poster child for the remedial synergy of biological individuality, a whole systems approach to integrative oncology and self-induced healing through lifestyle and supplement interventions. Sabin now

dedicates his business development firm, FON Consulting, to advancing integrative medicine as the new standard of care. His mission is to open minds to the idea that knowledge, empowerment and self-efficacy are our best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis, and we can do much to help the healing process. Writing to Joe Biden regarding the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, he candidly describes America’s present cancer-friendly environment. “The public has become conditioned to existing in a broken food chain that remains in disrepair due to misguided farming subsidies [and] untested or otherwise questionable chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that are present in the water we drink, the air we breathe, food we consume and products we use. Current therapies or those in the drug pipeline won’t improve the 50/50 odds of developing cancer. What will have the greatest impact are consumer education toward powerful lifestyle changes and access to the building blocks of basic health.”

combat harmful growth of new blood cells, and the benefits of growing and eating foods containing angiogenesisinhibiting compounds that oppose such growth and so work to prevent, improve and avert recurrences of chronic disease. “Cancer hijacks the angiogenesis process triggered by inflammation and keeps it permanently activated to ensure that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply,” explains Mydlach-Bero. For three years, she largely consumed only items from the list of angiogenesis-inhibiting foods now posted at KathyMydlachBero.com/food-research. These include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, red tart cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, purple potatoes, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. In 2008, she completely replaced both the drugs to combat the side effects of chemo and radiation and a long-term medication for preventing recurrence with healthful foods. Her physicians were admittedly uncomfortable with her decision to combine chemotherapy and radiation treatments with “food as medicine”,

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Mydlach-Bero made her remarkable recovery from rare and unrelated aggressive Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and a high-grade tumor in her head and neck. To tell her story, the resident of Delafield, Wisconsin, relied on her 18 journals as a surrogate memory to chronicle a 10-year journey of courageous exploration, self-evolution, self-advocacy and self-transformation that connected her with her healing potential. Then the mother of two young daughters, Mydlach-Bero rejected a 21-month prognosis in 2005, along with the notion that disease and medicine would determine her fate. Defying the odds, she applied what she learned from research regarding Avastin, a pharmaceutical created to


reiki, prayer, meditation, mindfulness and supplement intervention. But that didn’t deter her. To awaken others to the practicality of food as medicine, she founded NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, a nonprofit modeled after her home practice.

Prevention is Paramount

Pioneering physicians and researchers agree with Sabin and Myldach-Bero that comprehensive prevention, the key to solving the cancer epidemic, is missing from conventional medicine. Leading voices include Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona (AzCIM), in Tucson; Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, founder of Utopia Wellness, near Tampa, Florida; advocate Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of BeatCancer.org, in Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center’s Research Institute, in Dallas. Weil pioneered the earliest efforts to develop a comprehensive curriculum

in evidence-based integrative medicine and the field of integrative oncology. “We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Since 2012 scientific evidence has proven that a healthy lifestyle and an anti-inflammatory diet can influence various cancers,” says Weil. His curriculum for health professionals and the general public was the first to cite the role of a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet in cancer prevention and treatment. “Health professionals graduate armed with a better understanding of the complex interactions between cancer, gut microbiome and nutrition,” advises Weil, whose paradigm inspires his chain of True Food Kitchen restaurants. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of whole or cracked grains, al dente pasta, healthy fats and plant-based proteins from legumes, nuts and seafood as well as poultry and lean, antibiotic-free grassfed meats, cheese and eggs. Plus, he likes white, green and oolong teas, fresh herbs and spices, up to two glasses of red wine a day (less for women;

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possibly none for those at high-risk for breast cancer), and dark chocolate for antioxidant polyphenols. Integrative Oncology, authored by Weil and Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist, is mandatory reading for AzCIM students that learn to use complementary interventions in prevention and conventional cancer care. Subjects such as antioxidants, cannabinoids, energy medicine, mindbody medicine, music and expressive art therapies are covered, as well as naturopathic oncology, plus the roles that community and spirituality play in prevention and treatment. Goel’s 20-year career in cancer prevention research has produced a wealth of related articles. Among his findings, he advises, “Curcumin, a yellow compound extracted from turmeric, has become a gold standard for prevention and the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. It targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication, triggers cancer cell death and helps to prevent cancerous mutations to cells. It’s also been shown to improve the efficacy


of conventional treatments including fewer adverse effects.” He recommends only taking turmeric products with BCM-95 percent active curcuminoids.

Customized Protocols

Considering each individual’s biological individuality as a Petri dish, Garcia’s studies help achieve an anti-cancer life. He advises, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ medical protocol box for cancer treatment. Customized modifications to lifestyle and diet are required because food nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. The right nutrition can reverse a compromised immune system, which research shows is a major contributor to the development of cancer.” Whether for improvement or prevention, Garcia’s patient protocols always begin with a comprehensive evaluation appointment to learn about the individual he is treating. For cancer patients, his two-phase, eight-week program involves immune-enhancing therapies followed by immunotherapy aimed to de-cloak the camouflaged protein coating of wily cancer cells so the body’s immune system can identify and destroy them.

Mind/Body Detox

To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it

of dead proteins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system. “Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s requirement for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of a cancer as well as recurrence.” She has observed that when an individual’s healing process has stalled despite their doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regarding preventing cancer and its recurrence at medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment research is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in lifestyle training for medical professionals,” she says. Silberstein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping

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Results of the Human Genome Project, as well as the work of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, and other epigenetic researchers support the point that “environmental signals” that directly affect our DNA expression include our thoughts, emotions, belief system, exposure to sunlight, exercise and everything we put into our body. Such new science shatters the idea that we are victims of our genes and environment. It shines light on the fact that we have tremendous power to shape and direct our own physical health. Our entire lifestyle is pivotal. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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o many, hiking means long-distance treks through forests or backpacking remote terrain. “In reality, it’s more about getting out into green areas close to home,” says Wesley Trimble, of the American Hiking Society. “It’s about immersion in nature.” Day hiking can be easily tailored to personal preferences and interests. “Excellent apps and websites list and describe trails in your area or community. We have a database on our site that’s helpful,” says Trimble (AmericanHiking.org). He’s personally high on old rail lines that have been converted to wide, accessible paths (RailsToTrails.us).

A Trail for Everyone Whatever our location, age or fitness level, a hike can provide opportunities for calming solitude or connecting with people we care about. Individuals with disabilities can also get outdoors at accommodating trails such as those at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, in Delaware. There’s always something to be learned in identifying wildlife and plants. “Families can enjoy time walking outdoors together in ways impossible in other settings,” observes Verna Gates, founder of Fresh Air Family, a Birmingham, Alabama, outdoor activities educational foundation. “Nature aids in well-being in many ways.” She points to studies cited at NatureAndForest Therapy.org/the-science.html that reveal how trees emit enzymes into the air that help improve our emotional and physical health. “When I lost a child, the only place I found solace was in nature. Sitting in a patch of wildflowers truly brought me back to living,” recalls Gates. 28

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Following a lovely trail, much like inspired cooking, is as intriguing and delightful as we wish it to be. From wildflower paths to wine country trails, the great outdoors invites exploration of woodlands, glens, forests, mountain valleys, coastal areas, bayous, deserts and other terrain. Experienced daytrippers recommend revisiting favorite trails in specific seasons. “I love being in the natural world, be it New Jersey, Florida or Alaska. Every trail offers surprises,” marvels distance hiker Craig Romano (CraigRomano.com). As the author of several day hike guidebooks, he’s seen firsthand how, “Every part of the country offers different perspectives and forms of beauty. The greatest biological diversity in our country is found in the Great Smoky Mountains, where the rhododendrons are breathtaking in spring.” The world’s largest mapped cave system is in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park. Hiking to observe other subterranean wonders in Indiana or Virginia’s Natural Bridge Caverns is no less exhilarating than walking Alabama’s covered bridge trail or painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch country, in New Mexico. The Appalachian Trail, running between Maine and Georgia, attracts thousands of adventurous long-distance trekkers, but such trails also offer sections ideal for day hikes. Geomagnetic points in Arizona’s vortex region or America’s Stonehenge, in New Hampshire, afford unusual destinations. The wonders of California’s Sonoma County include Planet Walk, a scale model path that illustrates our solar system. The Crater of Diamonds State Park, in Arkansas, is the only place in the world where hikers can dig for diamonds and keep what they find, although quartz diamond sites (semiprecious stones less hard than diamonds) can be accessed at other U.S. locales. Coastal walks lead to discovering sea glass and shells. Arboretums in urban areas offer trails flush with local flora. Joining or starting a hiking club based on common interests is one way to go. “One of our guidebook series encourages outdoor enthusiasts to explore the natural world in their immediate backyards. This approach especially appeals to families, first-time trail users and athletes looking for a quick nature fix after work,” offers Helen Cherullo, publisher of Mountaineers Books (MountaineersBooks.org), a nonprofit committed to conservation and sustainable lifestyles. Wherever we venture, take nothing but pictures and leave nature untouched. Cherullo reminds us, “Connecting people to treasured natural landscapes leads to active engagement to preserve these places for future generations. The future of public lands—owned by every American citizen—is literally in our hands.” They deserve our vote. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.

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4 Be prepared for weather, stay alert, plan ahead and have a trail map so you know what to expect. 4 Inform others where you will be and what time you plan to be back. Set a deadline to turn around and head back well before sundown. 4 Plan on not having cell phone reception. 4 Wear proper footwear and clothing. 4 Take a compass and a flashlight. 4 Bring water, in plastic-free bottles, and well-sealed snacks. 4 Apply natural, reliable sunscreen (such as Think Sport) 4 Use DEET-free insect and tick repellant. (For an easy home recipe, add 15 drops of geranium and eucalyptus essential oils to a two-ounce spray bottle filled with distilled water. Shake well before each use.) 4 Consider a natural first-aid kit. (DIY guidelines for creating alternative kits are found at Tinyurl.com/Natural RemediesTravelKit and Tinyurl.com/ AnHerbalFirstAidKit.)

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Our body does not store vitamin C, so we need at least 2,000 milligrams daily to maintain good health. A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that vitamin C can reduce damage caused by sleep apnea. High-content foods include bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi fruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas and papayas.

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n estimated 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep apnea. From the Greek expression for “want of breath,” sleep apnea causes cessation of breathing during the night. Bouts usually last from 10 to 30 seconds and can occur from just a few times to several hundred. The main cause is the throat muscles becoming too relaxed during sleep and constricting the airway. Two out of four people with the condition do not even realize they are sleep deprived due to apnea, and thus are at greater risk of suffering from both short-term ailments such as migraines or extreme fatigue, and long-term effects that include stroke and heart disease.

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Lose Weight via Diet and Exercise Most people find the problem clears up or is greatly improved when they lose weight. One of the easiest and healthiest ways is eating only fruit from morning until noon, and then eating healthy, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner. Avoid processed, sugar-laden and deep-fried foods. Exercise at least four times a week. Doing moderate exercise for just 40 minutes has been shown to significantly reduce sleep apnea (Sleep journal). Use a 30

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Vitamins D and C Almost everyone is deficient in vitamin D, even many in sunny regions, reports Dr. Joseph Mercola in his report, The Amazing Wonder Nutrient. Wisely managed sun exposure supplies vitamin D—no more than 20 minutes a day, 10 minutes on each side—without suntan lotion. Alternatively, a high-dose of a quality vitamin D supplement measuring 5,000 international units is adequate, but always take it along with vitamin K2, which helps the body process calcium properly to avoid overdose problems.

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Magnesium, the Master Mineral From 70 to 80 percent of mankind is deficient in magnesium, which has been connected with prevention of degenerative diseases and mental health and is often the missing mineral in an individual’s wellness equation, according to Enviromedica’s Ancient Minerals. It also regulates muscle function, including those in the upper throat involved with apnea. Organic foods and farmers’ market offerings may have higher levels of magnesium, especially those packed with green chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll is available in most health stores. Start by drinking one glass (250 milliliters) per day for a week, and then take two tablespoons daily. Spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, kefir, almonds, black beans, avocados, figs, bananas and dark chocolate (avoid brands with white sugar) are good sources.

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Helpful Natural Medicines n Just before bedtime, consume one teaspoon of olive oil (or organic honey) combined with three drops of lavender essential oil. n Supplement with serotonin precursor 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), which complements magnesium. n One of the best pure sources of omega-3—a top remedy for sleep apnea by protecting cells from stress—is krill oil (Alternative Medicine Review). Sleep apnea causes long-term oxidative stress and puts severe demands on the body, which is thought to deplete omega-3 levels. Lloyd Jenkins is a certified naturopath native to Canada and owner of the Budwig Cancer Clinic, in Malaga, Spain. He’s the author of seven books and many articles on treating common diseases using natural therapies.


oils and structure. Latex pillows can be occasionally hand-washed with mild detergent and air-dried flat. Don’t wash buckwheat pillows—if the hulls get wet, pour them into a fine mesh bag and air-dry them in the sun.

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he right natural pillow is a key component to restful sleep. In fact, pillow comfort and support are as critical to good sleep as the proper mattress. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) (SleepFoundation.org), 91 percent of Americans say that a good pillow is key to their sleep quality. Investing in a high-quality, supportive pillow can be transformative, both personally and professionally. The RAND Corporation calculates that poor sleep among U.S. workers annually costs the U.S. economy some $411 billion. Replace old, worn-out pillows. Pillows can harbor dust mites and their excrement, dead skin cells and bacteria that can exacerbate allergy symptoms. If a pillow is clumping, losing support or yellowing, replace it, says Michelle Fishberg, co-founder of sleep wellness company Slumbr (Slumbr.com). “Quality, properly sourced, down and feather pillows can be comfortable for those that like classic, soft pillows. Buckwheat and natural latex pillows each have unique qualities promoting better sleep. Buckwheat is therapeutic for back pain, all-natural and hypoaller-

genic, and reduces snoring for some,” advises Fishberg. Pillow care. The NSF suggests using pillow as well as mattress protectors; PureCare mattress (PureCare.com) is their official source including a range of down pillows and its MiteTight protector. Organic cotton covers are kind to people and the planet. Slumbr.com likewise advises using a protective cover to extend pillow life. Don’t dry clean pillows, because chemicals and heat can do damage. A down pillow can be washed, but it’s best to have it professionally cleaned by a down specialist every three to four years. Or wash them at home no more than twice a year on the delicate cycle, alone in a large or commercial washing machine, to avoid breaking down the down’s natural

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he flip side of enjoying farm to table is taking the table to the farm. Socalled “pop-up feasts” are booming at farms throughout the country during growing and harvest seasons. While the format varies, dinners are typically hosted on working rural or urban farms, last about three hours and include aperitifs and a tour before the meal. Wine pairings or beer tastings and live music may be among the enticing activities offered. Gabriele Marewski, owner of Paradise Farms, near Miami, Florida, was a pioneering forerunner of the trend. For 10 years prior to retirement, she hosted more than 50 chefs, served thousands of guests an organic Dinner in Paradise and raised more than $50,000 for area charities. Periodic onsite dinners continue (ParadiseFarms.net). “Many chefs are active in farm-totable dinners on the West Coast. We also see participation among wineries, orchards, cheese makers and breweries,” says A.K. Crump, CEO of TasteTV, in San Francisco, which also supervises PopUpRestaurants.com. “People like to meet the meal maker and know more about the origin of what they eat.” 32

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“I started Dinner on the Farm nine years ago to create unique experiences that connect people to the places their food is grown and the people that grow them,” says Monica Walch, whose popup dinners are served picnic-style for friends and families that bring their own tableware. Her company’s Midwest events, usually offered on Minnesota and Wisconsin farms, always feature local chefs, food ingredients and breweries (DinnerOnTheFarm.com). “There’s nothing like being comfortably seated in the field where your food is growing and having the opportunity to enjoy it just hours after it’s been picked. Then, add in one-on-one conversations with your chef, brewer and farmer, as well as like-minded community members,” observes Walch, who grew up on an organic dairy farm in Minnesota. Setting the bar for high-end, white tablecloth, adults-only communal events, Outstanding in the Field tours the country to offer a taste of fresh, local cuisine prepared by top regional chefs. They’re known for serving meals on long tables set up in fields on

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prairie ranches, in olive groves or fruit orchards, as well as at urban rooftop farms or near vegetable row crops. “Our mission is to get folks out to the farm and honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table,” says organization founder and chef/artist Jim Denevan. More than 90, five-hour events that include appetizers and a guided farm tour are being held all the way through November in more than a dozen states (see OutstandingInTheField.com). “Some of our most popular events feature farmers of the sea, and are set alongside the ocean or other bodies of water,” adds Lisa Supple, publicist for the company. “They feature local fisher people and oyster and abalone farmers.” “Epicurean San Diego offers popup farm dinner events at Dickinson Farm, in National City, California,” explains owner Stephanie Parker (Epicurean SanDiego.com). “We strive to completely source our produce from the farm.” The veteran-owned, certified organic Dickinson Farm features heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs grown on a large city lot. “We have focused on urban farms to

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MooGrass Band performance at Dinner on the Farm event at Sandhill Family Farms, in Brodhead, Wisconsin. inspire more people to grow their own food and to show that you don’t have to live on a huge piece of property in the countryside,” Parker notes. Some pop-up feasts are managed directly by local farmers in partnership with lead chefs. Others serve as annual fundraising events, like The Foodshed Alliance’s Farm to Fork Dinner and Wine Tasting, now in its seventh year (Tinyurl. com/Foodshed-AllianceFarm2Fork). It’s held at the Alba Vineyard, in Milford, New Jersey, which practices renewable viticulture. “We already have eight chefs lined up to prepare an eight-course, locally sourced, wine-pairing dinner served among the vines,” explains Kendrya Close, executive director of the alliance. Expert winemakers select each course’s pairing. “We’re proud to be the hardworking roadies that set the stage for America’s rock star farmers,” says Denevan.

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or 40 years, Social Psychologist Ellen Langer has conducted pioneering research on the power of our minds to shape health and well-being. Langer’s work demonstrates that changing what we think and believe can transform not only our experiences, but also our bodies— a once-radical idea now common among neuroscientists. Her unconventional experiments often involve mind tricks: taking elders’ subjective thoughts back 20 years to reverse objective metrics of aging; fostering weight loss in a group of hotel maids by simply suggesting that their jobs qualify as exercise; and even changing blood sugar levels in diabetics by speeding up or slowing down perceived time during a video game session. Affectionately dubbed the “Mother

of Mindfulness”, Langer was the first female professor to earn tenure in Harvard University’s psychology department. A prolific writer and scientist, she has authored more than 200 related articles and 11 books, including Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Langer lives, paints, works and observes the world from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more at EllenLanger.com.

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What techniques, with or without meditation, can we adopt to change our mindset and mental habits to reduce stress and increase health and happiness? Most mindlessness occurs by default, rather than design. If we all realized that through mindfulness we could look better, feel better, be better received and do better things—all claims that are supported by scientific research—it wouldn’t be hard to choose. Meditation is essentially a tool to lead you to the simple act of intentional noticing, but many routes lead to that destination. One way to learn mindfully is to learn conditionally; to see the world as “it would seem that” and “could be”, which is very different than “it is.” If we recognized that evaluations occur in our heads rather than the external world, much of our stress would dissipate. Negativity and stress are typically a result of mindless ruminations about negative things we think are inevitable. If we simply ask ourselves why the dreaded event might not occur, we’d be less stressed. Next,

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How do the mental constructs we attach to our experiences affect outcomes of health and well-being? Mental constructs are positions we consider as accepted certainties. When a physician makes a diagnosis, most people take it as a certainty and behave accordingly. Assuming that pain, decline or failure is inevitable can cause an individual to give up hope of complete recovery. But science only suggests probabilities, and if we understand this, we’ll go to work on a solution. We have a tremendous amount of control over our health that goes untapped. Placebos are today’s strongest medications demonstrating this fact. Initially, placebos were frowned upon by the pharmaceutical industry because a drug couldn’t be brought to market if a placebo was just as effective. When someone gives you a pill and you get better not because of the pill, but because of your beliefs about it, you realize that what stands in the way of healing is your own mindset.

How have you seen these principles play out in your own life? My fascination with the ability of our mind to change our health began when my mother’s diagnosed metastasized breast cancer disappeared, a fact the medical world could not explain. Since then, my own prognosis related to a smashed ankle from a Beth Israel teaching hospital physician with the Harvard Medical School, stating that I would always walk with a limp and never play tennis again, has been completely overturned. My mission coming out of these two experiences is to determine how we can apply our mental capacities to increase control of our health and well-being. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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Set Out a Welcome Mat for a Soulmate by Arielle Ford

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new paradigm shift regarding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) centers on evolving beliefs about the possibilities for those living with autism, as well as the unimagined brilliance they possess and their need for supportive help. Everyone can benefit from the results of hands-on research and experience by parents and caregivers that are finding nontraditional ways to help special needs children deal with issues related to emotional and cognitive detachment and isolation. Momentum for this major shift in perspective is fueled by young adults that are telling their encouraging stories online and in books such as Carly Fleishman’s Carly’s Voice. Parents of the one in 45 children

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diagnosed with ASD know that their lifetime commitment requires extraordinary courage, perseverance, patience, determination, emotional strength, outside-the-box thinking and unconditional love. These parental characteristics are most cited by those that have mastered related developmental disorders, which they now regard as gifts, because they are thriving. Dr. Andrea Libutti, author of Awakened by Autism: Embracing Autism, Self, and Hope for a New World, offers her insights for understanding the multifaceted nature of autism and the need for a personalized plan for healing. Janice Vedrode, a special needs coach, consultant and child advocate in Saginaw, Michigan, founded Spectrum Speaks

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and writes at JaniceVedrode.com/blog to inform parents about numerous issues regarding ASD. “Because I live in a town that didn’t have an existing support group for parents with ASD children, I took it upon myself to get the ball rolling and advise parents that they need to build a dream team—doctors, therapists, special needs teachers, spiritual community, friends and family—that will make sure their child succeeds and lives a happy and successful life,” says Vedrode. Wanting to help both their own two sons with developmental disabilities and others, Boaz and Minerva Santiago, residents of Pembroke Pines, Florida, became early trailblazers ushering in the self-employment movement for special needs individuals. Their Picasso Einstein online educational platform at SelfEmploy.org has launched the #JobCreators Bootcamp Training for parents and professionals and the #JobCreators Integration Program that collaborates with organizations, financial institutions and government agencies. “If you focus on pursuing a business for your child for the sake of their independence, you won’t get caught up in only the business and money aspects. Self-employment allows even greatly impaired individuals the maximum opportunity to experience independence, not just in the present, but for the rest of their lives,” explains Boaz. He cites an example of a young boy with an avid interest in folding clothing. His parents learned how


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ou have most likely noticed them on the body, especially on the arms and legs––those small, round dark circles called “age spots.” In Chinese Medicine, they are consideered symptoms of a slow circulatory system due to the liver organ not functioning at a optimum level, primariy resulting from natural aging processes of the body and the organ system. And for many people, as they grow older, so does the number of their age spots. One mode of addressing and removing them which the Chinese use is fresh lemon. On a daily basis, cut out a small piece of lemon and rub it on the age spots. Do this at least three times per day. The sour acidity from the lemon has a therapeutic effect on the liver, and the juice can help diminish or eliminate the age spots in most cases. Give this method a shot. You have nothing to lose––except those age spots. Rene Ng, AP, L.Ac., is a board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist in Sarasota. He is a four-time winner of Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” award, and has also been voted the area’s “Favorite Anti-Aging Practitioner.” For more information, call 941-773-5156 or email RNG@ChineseMedicalSolutions.com. 40

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eeing lost, injured or orphaned animals is heartbreaking, but unless a wild animal is in immediate danger from prey or traffic, it’s best to wait and observe. Mothers forage for food and return to the babies intermittently. If in doubt, call a wildlife rehabber for advice. “Rehabilitators are trained, tested, licensed, take continuing education courses and file annual reports. All care provided must meet government standards,” explains wildlife rehabilitator Regina Whitman, of Queen Creek, Arizona, via her Desert Cry Wildlife website. She rehabs rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, baby javelina and coyote pups. The Dan & Dianne May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Lee’s-McRae College, in Banner Elk, North Carolina, is the only college program in the U.S. that allows students to work hands-on with

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veterinarians in the rehab center. “We see native species of reptiles, raptors, songbirds and mammals like eastern gray squirrels,” says Jenna Glaski, a program senior mentor. “When fawns and bobcats are orphaned, it’s usually because the mother has been hit by a car or shot.” In the Georgetown area, South Carolina Coastal Animal Rescue and Educational Sanctuary (SC-CARES) rehabbers care for injured wildlife and other animals. Miss Belle—a doe that was trapped in fencing and temporarily paralyzed trying to get free—received physical therapy and is expected to make a full recovery. Founded in 2004 by Kevin Barton and Linda Schrader, the Wildlife Center of Venice, serves Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Its five acres offers hutches, barns, habitats for squirrels and raccoons, an aviary and a pond for waterfowl. In 2015, volunteers rescued eight

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striped skunks. Because these mammals are slow and have poor eyesight, wide roads are especially hazardous as they move through diminishing habitat. Skunks eat insects, grubs, rodents, moles and snakes. Paul and Gloria Halesworth specialize in hummingbirds at Wild Wing Rehab Hummers & Songbirds, in Ahwatukee, Arizona. “Hummingbird babies require a special formula we import from Europe. A body temperature of 105 degrees causes casual rescuers to think they’re overheated. They pant like dogs if too hot; otherwise, they’re okay,” Paul says. If a nest is found on the ground, reaffix it in a tree. “Duct tape works,” he notes. “Mom will find them.” Released birds are taken to the Desert Botanical Garden, in Phoenix. Rehabbing owls costs significantly more, up to $800 from hatchling to release. The Halesworths refer owls to another rehabber that annually cares for about 500 owls. In Fort Gratiot, Michigan, Back 2 the Wild Rehab rescues all kinds of wild animals. In February, two geese were stuck in a frozen river. Firefighters freed the birds and rehabbers checked them for frostbite. One goose died, but

“We see native species of reptiles, raptors, songbirds and mammals like eastern gray squirrels,” says Jenna Glaski, a program senior mentor. “When fawns and bobcats are orphaned, it’s usually because the mother has been hit by a car or shot.” the other was released after the next storm passed through. The Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary, near McCall, Idaho, accepts orphaned bear cubs. Tapping into three decades of research reported by program supervisor Jeff Rohlman, they are vetted and put into a two-acre enclosure to learn to live in the wild until they are old enough for release. Most arrive undernourished and dehydrated; if separated from their mother, they don’t know how to feed themselves or when to hibernate. Dreamcatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary, in Ravendale, California, doesn’t release rehabbed guests—it provides a lifetime home to roam 1,000 acres in family packs to find their own food and water. Public lands are leased to ranchers for grazing, compelling competition for food between livestock and wild animals, so this is a safer

option; the sanctuary also advocates protection of resident mountain lions, badgers, coyotes, hawks and eagles. Barry and Maureen Genzlinger, founders of the Vermont Bat Center, in Milton, have rescued and released more than 125 bats since Barry became a licensed bat rehabilitator for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department in 2013. “We have one bat that lost 95 percent of the skin on a wing,” he says. “After three months, most of it has grown back. In two more months, it should be fine, just in time to hibernate.” Bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour. While some are considered a nuisance, each rescued animal has a place in the overall eco-system. Following the good Samaritan rule allows casual rescuers to keep an animal only long enough to safely transport it to a rehabilitator. Rescue operations always need volunteers to donate time or money to help the cause. For creatures, staying with a healing friend can help but there’s no place like home. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.

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Comforting Companions A 7-year-old hound and canine-style Houdini named Gumby was adopted seven times, surrendered to the shelter eight times and thrice became a stray. An unprecedented 11 return trips to the Charleston Animal Society, in South Carolina, convinced the staff he prefers shelter life. Now his selfappointed job is comforting and helping new arrivals adjust to their temporary home. Dentist April Patterson owns Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and Spa, in Fort Lauderdale. After attending a local Humane Society fashion show, she returned to her office with Oliver, a four-pound Pomeranian mix of undetermined age. This cutie’s job is to steady nervous patients. “It wasn’t planned,” says Patterson. “Oliver will bark nonstop when left alone, but being one of the staff makes him happy. Meeting Oliver is part of our hiring process.” Dory, a yellow Labrador certified therapy dog, is approved by the San Diego district attorney’s office to offer aid in court when a victim or witness testifies in front of the defendant. “Dory was the first court support dog in California and the city’s first of five dog and handler teams,” says Kathleen Lam, a retired attorney and dog handler. “The dogs


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Mas, a water-loving Newfoundland, redefines “rescue dog”. The Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio, or Italian School of Rescue Dogs, is the largest national organization in Italy to train dogs and handlers for water rescue. Helicopters can often reach a swimmer in distress more quickly Public Ambassadors than a boat. The dog jumps out to circle Deemed “too large to sell,” Bert, a the victim until they can grab her harness chocolate Pomeranian, wound up in before swimming to shore or a human an Oklahoma shelter. Kathy Grayson, partner. Mas, the first certified water rescue owner of The Hole, a New York City art operative recognized by Italy, France and gallery, saw his photo on Petfinder.com Switzerland port authorities and coast and fell in love. She immediately traveled guards, went on to train her successors. to adopt him. Bert, whom she characterBloodhounds are renowned for their izes as quiet, refined and perfectly suited super sniffers. Lou, a nine-year K9 veteran, Dory, the first court support to the art world, loves being at the gallery on Pennsylvania’s West York Borough dog in California. and has attended art fairs in major U.S. Police Department force, ultimately applied cities. Follow Bert’s adventures via for retirement, passing the harness to Instagram.com/bertiebertthepom. Prince, a 3-month-old bloodhound. Prince was sworn in “Edie, a boxer mix puppy, started training as an assisby District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy in her Spring Garden tance dog, but her personality proved better suited to the Township courtroom. The ceremony emphasizes a K9’s status hospitality industry,” says Julie Abramovic Kunes, public in the community and within law enforcement. Paired with relations manager for the Fairmont Hotel, in Berkeley, Officer Scott Musselman for eight months of training, the duo California. Kunes’ Edie was hired by the Fairmont Pittsburgh will work with the Missing Child Task Force. Hotel in 2011, before making the career move west with her in 2017. A former shelter dog, Edie greets visitors as a Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at community ambassador. StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.

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The Anchoring Light Meditation Looks Back on 10 Years of Unconditional Love by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer

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ince its inception on July 16, 2007, the Anchoring Light Meditation community has joined together, without fail, each week on Monday evenings for the past decade. In the midst of unpredictable weather, natural phenomena or personal challenges, this dedicated and faithful tribe has never been deterred from meeting with one another in service to their sacred light and unconditional love which benefits all of humanity. Last month, the Anchoring Light Meditation commemorated its tenth anniversary, prompting reflections on where this group originated from and how it has evolved in the process. Reverend Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James, founder of the Anchoring Light Meditation, recalls sensing an extraordinary telepathic impression that urged her to assemble a community of people who would be compelled to assist both the earth and its beings on a trajectory of spiritual ascension. These individuals are known as Lightworkers, and their purpose is to anchor the subtle vibrations from a higher energetic realm onto the physical plane in order to access the frequencies of love and light through conscious channel meditation. Within this all-embracing network, there is no specific faith or dogma that members must subscribe to. In fact, Reverend Sharon-Elizabeth enumerates that her vision for the Anchoring Light Meditation is a broad acceptance and compassion for all different paths in life. Just like the Ascended Masters themselves––such as Jesus, Buddha or Abraham from the Christian, Buddhist and Jewish traditions respectively––who looked past religion to find the common ground in this human experience, so these Lightworkers also respect the uniqueness and diversity of each other’s belief systems. This inclusion has resonated with likeminded people across the entire globe, transforming what started as a membership of three or four into an international movement that reaches over 100 countries through Facebook Live. Now, 10 years later, thousands have been exposed to the Anchoring Light Meditation, with an average of 30 attendees on a given week. In addition, two permanent meeting locations have been established––one in Sarasota and the other, most recently, in Port Charlotte. This growth also influenced the Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light to form which has since become the Anchoring Light Meditation’s homebase for the last five years. As this community enhances its breadth and bandwidth, so its mission of higher consciousness also manifests in profound channels. Reverend Sharon-Elizabeth describes this in terms of a “grand entanglement” which forges

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connection between people from both traditional and metaphysical backgrounds, making collective strides toward the same objective expressed through different means. The relationships created in the process intersect oceans and continents, touching foreign locales such as Thailand, Singapore and Australia. Another mode of expansion is the Anchoring Light Sacred Journey initiative which organizes trips to sacred, meaningful sites around the world. For instance, Reverend Sharon-Elizabeth and a group of Lightworkers once traveled to Lake Titicaca in Peru which is the highest body of freshwater on earth. During this pilgrimage, she remembers interacting with travelers from all corners of the globe who had come for the same purpose. “We could not speak each other’s language, but we had the same reason for being there, and we all understood this,” she explains. In that synchronistic moment, words were not required to communicate––the spiritual activation of geography, unified with humanity, was enough to facilitate a transcendent, harmonious bond. But these experiences do not just unfold on exotic landscapes. They often occur right here in the Southwest Florida region. The Gulf of Mexico is home to an energetic vortex which attracts those from the alternative healing community who recognize its supernatural charge, drawing them toward the Anchoring Light Meditation. In fact, like Sedona and Glastonbury––areas both renowned for their mysticism–– Sarasota has become a “pillar of light,” bringing together likeminded souls with a shared intention to empower and liberate the human race. This inclusive undertaking does not answer to one particular creed, but works in a communal fashion behindthe-scenes to help the inhabitants of planet earth reach a cosmic dimension of being. That endeavor is the crux of why the Anchoring Light Meditation continues to thrive with no signs of losing momentum in the decades to come. As Reverend Sharon-Elizabeth points out, “we are confirmation and affirmation that goodness still exists in the universe.” Reverend Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James founded the Anchoring Light Meditation and currently serves as pastor for the Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light. She is passionate about helping others tap into their own divinity and ability to co-create with the source. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light is located at 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Bldg. G-2, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-371-9333, email CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com or visit CCOSL.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.


Fascia can be thought of as a fabric covering and connecting all tissues. As it provides constant feedback to the nervous system about the position and motion of all of the parts of the body, fascia makes coordinated movement possible.

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oordination is one of the key lynchpins to good health and quality of life, although we rarely give much thought to it. Even if you are not a ballerina or a star athlete, you are still coordinated as a human being. Just the acts of getting out of bed, walking around or brushing your teeth require an amazing level of coordinated contraction, tension and relaxation of the muscles that move your bones and joints.  This muscle orchestration isn’t just about movement. The muscles need to maintain proper joint alignment and stability as you move in order to protect you from injury. Even the simplest movements require very finely-tuned control. But what happens when there is a glitch in this control system? Even a small problem with stability or alignment while moving can result in injury and pain over time. The source of many such problems can be found in a key element of coordination ––the tissue called fascia. Embedded in this fibrous connective tissue are millions of nerve endings for position sense. This position-sense information comes from the fascia of the muscles, bones,

joints and other tissues of the body. If the information coming from fascia is confused, painful problems can result. For example, I recently treated an active, athletic young lady with shoulder pain. More than two years prior, she had torn her rotator cuff, but it had healed and was pain-free until about one month before she came into my office. An exam showed restrictions in the fascia at three points around her shoulder joint and between her shoulder blade and spine. She also showed weakness in two important stabilizing muscles of the shoulder, and these became strong immediately on treatment of the fascia restrictions. As a result, reaching above her head or behind her back became much easier with less pain, and with further treatment, she was pain-free. Fascia can be thought of as a fabric covering and connecting all tissues. As it provides constant feedback to the nervous system about the position and motion of all of the parts of the body, fascia makes coordinated movement possible. But if there is restriction and distortion in this “fabric,” then problems in coordination can result. If

position-sense feedback is distorted or confused, joint alignment and stability could suffer, resulting in shoulder pain, or knee arthritis, hip bursitis or other painful situations. Restoring proper pliability and tension to restricted fascia can restore lost joint alignment and stability. This can help all kinds of pain in the body through gentle hands-on treatment. While there are multiple forms of myofascial therapy, treatment at my clinic focuses on finding the critical restrictions that are disturbing positionsense and causing pain. To ensure proper treatment success, we measure progress in muscle tone and strength, joint stability and alignment, and range-of-motion and orthopedic testing. These tests usually show improvement immediately with treatment and give evidence of successful treatment that will bring pain relief. I invite you to attend an evening program August 30, where you can learn in-depth about fascia, why it is important, and how to solve fascia problems when they create pain. I will discuss case examples, provide a treatment demonstration and hold a Q&A session following the presentation. Attendees are invited to arrive at 6:45 p.m. for refreshments, and the program itself will take place from 7–8 p.m.   This event is located at 3131 S Tamiami Trail, #102, Sarasota. To register, call 941-957-8390.  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 focuses on relieving pain and restoring alignment and motion through soft tissue therapies without forceful manipulation. For more information, visit GentleBay.com.   

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Living Well with Cancer by Nancy Saum

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ancer is a profoundly stressful disease. The emotional distress of a cancer diagnosis and the persistent sideeffects of treatment can significantly compromise one’s quality of life. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), approximately 40% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes. Since the prognosis associated with a cancer diagnosis has markedly improved, the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. increased to nearly 14.5 million people in 2014, with a prediction of almost 19 million cancer survivors by 2024. Still, we can all expect to be touched by cancer at some point in our lives. When it comes to cancer, there isn’t one specific answer for every case. Decisions for care are personal with multiple factors to consider—type, location and progression of the cancer, genetic make-up of the patient, resources available, and the person’s health and spiritual beliefs. For some, medicine might provide a cure. However, even without a specific cure, more is known today about managing the cancer and still thriving with a chronic disease. The common wisdom for achieving wellness in our daily lives suggests that we exercise, rest adequately, eat nutritiously, manage stress, connect with others, and find purpose and meaning in our lives. Making a commitment to these lifestyle choices is even more important in the face of cancer—and more challenging because of the symptoms and side-effects of both the illness and its treatment.

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with daily life. With such fatigue, how can one be expected to exercise, even while knowing that exercise is beneficial to overall health? A simple place to start is with gentle movement that you already enjoy—for example, walking, gardening, bicycling or swimming. If you want to explore mind-body options, consider yoga, qigong and tai chi. Qigong (less well known) uses gentle physical movement, breath and meditation to harmonize the body, mind and spirit. The slow moving, moderate-intensity and energy-conserving features of qigong make it an appropriate exercise for cancer patients. In a study reported in the Annals of Oncology (Oh, 2010), 162 patients with a range of cancers were randomly assigned to either a 10-week qigong intervention or to usual care. The qigong group showed significant improvement over the usual care group in all outcomes measured––overall quality of life, cancer-related fatigue, mood state (specifically anxiety and depression) and inflammation. There were no adverse side-effects. The authors concluded that qigong is both safe and effective for cancer patients. Whatever exercise you choose will be helpful—as long as you actually participate. With short and regular practice, you accrue the benefits, while pacing yourself to conserve energy. Not to mention, daytime activity encourages a much-needed improved night’s sleep.

Nourish Your Body to Promote Healing Paying attention to nutrition is especially important if you have cancer because both the illness and its treatment can affect your appetite and the body’s ability to tolerate certain foods or absorb nutrients. Malnutrition can occur if you are eating less than your body needs, if you are eating the wrong kinds of foods, or if your body is unable to digest and absorb your food. Depending on the type of cancer, the prevalence of malnutrition ranges between 15% and 80%, and can contribute to fatigue, diminished quality of life, interruption in treatment and complications after surgery. Consult a professional who is qualified to guide you—for example, Dietitians, Doctors of Oriental Medicine or Naturopaths. The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) website describes many potential cancer-fighting foods. They offer this general advice: Eat a varied diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans. Favor brightly colored or strongly flavored vegetables and fruits which are often the


best sources of phytochemicals. Stick to food sources––phytochemicals in supplement form might not be as easily absorbed––and avoid processed foods. In this era of targeted cancer treatment strategies, researchers are studying the effects of manipulating the diet to exploit the inherent differences between normal and cancer cells. Some studies are finding that diets high in fat and low in protein and carbohydrates deprive cancer cells of glucose, making them more easily found and killed by both radiation and chemotherapy.

Manage Stress through Healthy Outlets The fight-or-flight stress response has evolved as our survival mechanism. When we encounter a life-threatening situation, a surge of stress hormones prepares us to fight or flee. All those surging stress hormones take a toll on the body–– increased inflammation (which provides an attractive environment for tumor growth), shortened telomeres (which accelerate aging at the cellular level) and a weakened immune system (less able to defend against tumors and their spread). We can counteract these damaging effects of the fight-or-flight response by learning to elicit the “relaxation response” (RR). One hypothesis is that mind-body practices (mindfulness, yoga, tai chi, qigong, relaxation, breath regulation) reverse the expression of genes related to stress-induced inflammatory reactions. Frontiers in Immunology published a review of 18 studies which indicates that mind-body practices are associated with a down regulation of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB) genes. This is the opposite of the effects that chronic stress has on gene expression and suggests that mind-body interventions can lead to a reduced risk of inflammation-related diseases (Buric, 2017). All of these mind-body practices share two basic components. The first is focusing attention through repetition (a word, prayer, phrase, physical activity, breath or sensation in the body). The second is kindly returning to the focus whenever a distraction has drawn the attention away. The common denominator these methods is they interrupt the train of everyday mindless thoughts, disengaging the stress response. No single method works for everyone,

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and it might take some exploration and practice before you find the method that feels right for you. Consider exploring this meditation website which contains guided mindfulness meditations on Kindness, Awareness, Rest, and Allowing (KARA), specifically for people who are touched by cancer: ThisIsKARA.com. For opportunities to learn mindfulness meditation locally, the Sarasota Mindfulness Institute offers weekly meditation sessions, introductory classes and the nationally recognized Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) eight-week training program.

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The need for friends in our lives is as essential to our well-being as healthy sources of air, water, food and physical activity. Without relationships, we cannot experience a wholly fulfilled life. A 2001 Duke University study suggested the magnitude of the health risk associated with social isolation is comparable with that of cigarette smoking. Social isolation has been clinically linked to chronic illnesses such as heart disease and shown to have a significant impact on the likelihood of experiencing illness in general. It has also been shown to have a dramatic impact on the process of recovery from either illness or injury. As social animals, perhaps the reason we suffer illness as a result of social isolation is because feeling isolated causes us to experience chronic stress. For ideas on how to create and nurture positive social connections, visit SocialWellness. wordpress.com. Might it be this stress—and the harmful hormones associated with stress—that weakens our immune systems and make us sick? A place to begin increasing our connection and social wellness might be to thankfully accept the generous help offered by others. Take small steps toward creating and nurturing positive social connections. Live each moment fully and with purpose. You might find that one small step leads to another. Nancy Saum is a certified holistic nurse, teaching Qigong, Tai Chi Easy and Mindfulness Meditation in Sarasota. For information, visit SarasotaMindfulness.com.


What the Family of an Autistic Child Should Know About Practicing Yoga by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer This is the second article in a two-part series, detailing how a consistent yoga practice is beneficial for relieving challenges associated with chronic, terminal or developmental conditions.

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hether in the context of home, school or community, those responsible for the care and support of an autistic child are faced with a unique fusion of challenges and rewards. The Center for Disease Control estimates that one in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the United States alone. These children express difficulty with social interaction, verbal communication, sensory reception and emotional integration. Because of this tendency to struggle with a basic grasp on developmental cues, therapeutic techniques are often used to teach an autistic child the fundamentals of speech, behavior and fine motor skills. Yoga is one such mode that can successfully address socio-emotional interventions, while reducing compulsive, anxious, aggressive or self-stimulatory habits. Liana Bryant, director of Rosemary Court Yoga in downtown Sarasota, elaborates on how this ancient holistic modality could offer supplemental benefits to the growth of children with autism. “A yoga class itself provides a supportive social environment. Students closely watch the instructor and replicate the poses with their own bodies which also engages the students’ attention spans. Yoga improves focus and concentration, promotes a sense of calm, and decreases frustration or anxiety through mindful breathing and relaxing postures. In addition, yoga enhances body awareness, strength, balance and coordination, both through movement and directional cues. All of these assets encourage a positive attitude, conduct, mood and self-esteem,” she explains. This gentle, soothing practice is a secure and nonthreatening outlet for autistic children to access their range of emotions constructively within appropriate, controlled and reassuring parameters. Yoga as a coping mechanism can also normalize their hyperactive amounts of energy or intensity since ASD obstructs the brain’s neuro-processes, often causing erratic responses to external stimuli. In fact, research published in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy suggests that autistic children who practice yoga over a consistent 16-week duration are more prone to regulate their

own mental, emotional and physical reactions. For the parent or caregiver of a child with ASD, there are certain yoga classes to be aware of, customized to the unique specifications that autism presents. Bryant clarifies, “A therapeutic yoga sequence, designed with special needs in mind, would be the most beneficial starting point. Rosemary Court Yoga coordinates both private and group sessions for various special needs. For instance, right now, a ‘Mom and Baby’ class is on our weekly schedule, and older kids’ classes can be privately arranged through an email request.” Perhaps the most worthwhile aspect of yoga as an adjunct for autism intervention is watching those children discover a healthy sense of self. Learning to execute complicated poses and listen to their innate mind-body-spirit connection empowers them to feel accomplished, successful and validated––often for the first time. Liana Bryant is an E-RYT-500 certified instructor through the Yoga Alliance and the director of Rosemary Court Yoga, located at 810 Central Avenue, Sarasota. To view the entire class schedule, visit RosemaryCourt.com/classes. For more information, call 941-952-5280 or email RosemaryCourt@ yahoo.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.

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Silent Call of the Wildlife by Juliette Jones, in collaboration with Kevin Barton he Wildlife Center of Venice (WCV) is committed to the preservation, rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in our local community. They service all of Sarasota and West Charlotte Counties, working consistently to uphold these values. In support of their tireless efforts, the WCV needs your assistance with their noble cause. Years ago, I moved from Southeast Florida to Sarasota County to enjoy a more intimate relationship with nature and a lifestyle that was less fast-paced. Over the past decade, I have watched development rapidly eliminate much of the quiet beauty and mystery of nature that once drew me to this area. Moreover, this commercial development has been profoundly unhealthy to our wildlife population.

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Authentic spiritual practice is connected with how deeply we know ourselves. How we relate to nature and her wild creatures speaks to the depth of our personal spiritual evolution. To be brief, the natural world emerges directly from the sacred void of the cosmos. Unfortunately, much of modern

culture fails to realize our kinship with all of life, and has largely detached from identification with nature. This worldview has borne disastrous consequences, and is the source of unnecessary destruction and suffering. People with a heart for nature realize this but often feel helpless in the face of losses happening all around us. More animal species have become extinct on our watch than during any other time in recorded history. In the face of such enormous sadness, there is the danger of becoming apathetic. But there are tangible and important strides we can make to overcome apathy such as supporting the quietly heroic people on the front-lines of animal welfare––people who are motivated by a desire to reduce suffering, save every life they can and make a difference on our planet. This is a heroic spiritual mission, and we need not look any further than the Wildlife Center of Venice to find a source of inspiration. “The animals in our area are consistently impacted by sprawl and human activity. Helping these displaced and injured Floridians is our goal.”       ––Wildlife Center of Venice The Wildlife Center of Venice was “born” on January 1, 2004. It was the long-time joint dream of founders Kevin Barton and Linda Schrader which soon became an official non-profit agency, possessing all state and federal permits to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned animals. The heart of this center is presently located on five acres of land in west Venice. Several wildlife hutches, animal barns, squirrel habitats, a songbird aviary and a raccoon habitat comprise the main facility. A pond serves as a waterfowl rehabilitation area. The secluded location has been ideal for wildlife rehabilitation.  A year-and-a-half ago, the WCV launched a campaign to purchase the property where it was founded at a cost of $485,000 over a five-year period. Unfortunately, after raising $85,000, the property owner decided to renege on the purchase agreement. Now the center hopes to buy a property in the immediate vicinity which is geographically functional to serve our area. The real challenge is to make sure that our community’s imperiled wildlife does not suffer a break in service, either in rescue or professional care and rehabilitation. This is not an easy prospect, considering the WCV

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patient load last year included nearly 4,400 sick, injured or orphaned animals. This breaks down into approximately 2,000 birds, 2,000 mammals and 400 reptiles. WCV is scouting out parcels of property between five and 20 acres, preferably near their current location, to support a new wildlife habitat. 

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Not to be forgotten, the center is here for our community’s atrisk animals, and the WCV is currently navigating through the second half of the summer––otherwise known as “baby season.” They need donations, not just monetarily, but also supplies and volunteer hours. Last week, the WCV received a call from Sarasota County Animal Services to rescue a young animal with a treble hook pierced through his nose and lip, and attached to a black plastic construction fence barrier. Kevin Barton and rescue partner Mark Martell cut the struggling animal free, eventually removed the hook and took him into rehabilitation.  This happened to be a raccoon, but Barton tells me the same issue happens to birds on a regular basis. WCV was especially thankful to Sarasota County Animal Services and the resident caller who reported the incident, thus sparing the animal from what would have probably led to torturous death. Many elements of care and service are necessary to a rescue and rehabilitation operation, and volunteers are essential to the success of such communities. Not everyone knows that volunteers who perform field rescue work are mandated to have preventative rabies vaccinations. There is a cost of nearly $900 for a series of three shots. Often the volunteers, who undergo treatment, pay for the cost of the shots from their own pockets. Sometimes volunteers come in the form of retired animal service officers, people with degrees in biology or those, who have been employed in foreign countries and have already taken these shots. Love is a pale word for the level of service that is provided to our animal friends by the WCV team.  Having witnessed some of what they accomplish daily, I am truly humbled.  “A man of kindness to the beast is kind. But brutal actions show a brutal mind; Remember, He who made the made the brute, Who gave thee speech and reason made them mute; He can’t complain, but God’s omniscient eye Beholds thy cruelty––He hears their cry! He was designed thy servant, not thy drudge, But know––That his Creator is thy judge.” ––Shaker Home   The Wildlife Center of Venice, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) Florida non-profit corporation. The center is located at 3252 Border Rd., Venice. For more information, call 941-484-9657 (daytime), 941-416-4967 (after-hours), visit WildlifeCenterOfVenice.org or “like” The Wildlife Center of Venice on Facebook. 

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What Cancer Patients & Survivors Should Know

About Practicing Yoga by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer This is the first article in a two-part series, detailing how a consistent yoga practice is beneficial for relieving challenges associated with chronic, terminal or developmental conditions.

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ancer patients know firsthand the most debilitating aspect of this ordeal is not necessarily the disease itself, but often the aftershocks of radiation or chemotherapy such as nausea, weakness, fatigue and other symptoms that can interfere with even the most routine activities. These physical challenges can also impact one’s emotional, spiritual and psychological equilibrium, causing issues with poor self-esteem, depression, anxiety or strain on relationships. In order to combat these side-effects, an increasing number of cancer patients have discovered relief through alternative methods, and one option that has been found acutely beneficial is yoga. This ancient healing practice is a gentle, therapeutic outlet for reconditioning the body’s range-

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of-motion, while sustaining balance within the mind and spirit. When utilized as a holistic adjunct to Western oncology, this Eastern discipline can significantly enhance a person’s wellbeing throughout the entire course of treatment. Each unique asana, the yogic term for posture, is designed to engage muscle and joint mobility, increase circulation, arouse deep breathing and stimulate lymphatic drainage. These processes work together to facilitate purification of the toxins that often result from harsh medications, surgeries or procedures. “Yoga encourages the practitioners to relax, reconnect and gain a compassionate level of appreciation for their own bodies, while restoring both strength and flexibility,” enumerates Liana Bryant, the director of Rosemary Court Yoga in downtown Sarasota. “This calming sequence brings people into a more nurtured space, urging them to slow down, tune inward, and release negative thoughts or fears. Yoga is also effective for reducing stress or anxiety which enhances one’s mental state and improves their quality of life throughout challenging times.” Stress management is foundational to a treatment regimen because pent-up tension stifles immune function which can inhibit the body’s natural disease-fighting properties. In fact, researchers at UCLA have found a linkage between cancer recovery rates and decreased stress due to a consistent yoga practice. Enthusiasts of the ancient modality often refer to this healing benefit as the “internal anchor of calm.” In addition, cancer patients can experience a heightened social connection through awareness of a unified, harmonious bond that exists within the broader community of practitioners. “This provides a comforting support system in the midst of rigorous treatment,” Bryant explains. For those currently facing the disease or recovering from its impact on the mind, body and spirit, Bryant recommends a Gentle Yoga sequence. “We offer a number of these classes during the week, and our full schedule can be found online,” she continues. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to alleviating cancer related pain or discomfort, prioritizing yoga in conjunction with mainstream medical care promotes a sense of wellness, mindfulness and vitality. These attributes could make all the difference to someone who is ultimately fighting for their life. Liana Bryant is an E-RYT-500 certified instructor through the Yoga Alliance and the director of Rosemary Court Yoga, located at 810 Central Avenue, Sarasota. To view the entire class schedule, visit RosemaryCourt.com/classes. For more information, call 941-952-5280 or email RosemaryCourt@ yahoo.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.


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Better Sleep for Your Health by Rebekah Greer

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here’s nothing better for your health than a full night of sleep. Not only does sleep “recharge” our batteries, but it plays a vital role in our physical well-being, from weight loss to disease prevention to skin clarity. Considering that we sleep, on average, for one-third of our lives, it’s easy to understand what a difference getting enough sleep each night can make. There are a number of ways you can perfect your nighttime routine and create a relaxing, rest-inducing sleep environment, starting with your mattress and bedding.

What’s in a Mattress? Your mattress is the foundation for quality rest. If your current mattress is over eight years old, it could be time for a replacement. The right mattress can make a tremendous difference in the quality of your sleep, especially if you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort while sleeping. Mattress choices can be overwhelming, so when shopping for a new mattress, remember to take your time and find the right feel for your body. A mattress that’s too firm can aggravate pressure points, while one that is too soft won’t offer enough support. Seek out the most comfortable mattress possible. This will encourage a deeper, more quality sleep. Visit a sleep center with knowledgeable and friendly staff, and take your time perusing the options. Don’t be afraid to bring your pillow from home and take 15-20 minutes testing out each potential new mattress. If you’re looking for a mattress to accommodate your body and ideal comfort level, a customizable mattress might be a good option. It’s important, when considering a new mattress, to look closely at not just how it feels, but the materials it contains. Traditional mattresses often contain petroleum-based foams and glues that can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs can cause respiratory problems and skin irritation. They also might contain formaldehyde, used to make adhesives and known to cause asthma, allergies, and lung, nose or throat cancers. Mattresses could also have pesticides in the cotton and flame-retardant chemicals as well. No one is entirely sure which chemicals are used in 54

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traditional mattresses to pass flame retardant tests, as large manufacturers will not divulge their flame-retardant formulas which are considered trade secrets. Class action law suits have been filed against some of these manufacturers, claiming they mislead consumers about the smell of these mattresses being considered “harmless.” The good news is there are safer, healthier alternatives. If you have a history of headaches, thyroid or hormonal issues, or specific sensitivities or allergies, it might be worth considering healthier mattress and bedding options. Companies that specialize in more natural and organic sleep solutions have found that a layer of natural wool provides the same fire protection without the chemicals. More consumers are seeking out mattresses made of natural latex, organic cotton batting and organic wool in order to sleep better and create an overall healthier sleeping environment.

Pillows and Bedding Once you’ve addressed the “foundation” for sleep, don’t overlook your bedding. We might not immediately think of pillows and sheets impacting our health, but they can certainly affect how restful and regenerating our sleep is each night. When choosing a pillow, consider the material that’s in the pillow, as well as your sleeping position. There are a multitude of material choices including various down alternatives like cotton, kapok (shredded latex) and solid pillow choices made of natural latex. When considering a pillow for your sleeping position, back sleepers need medium support to cradle the natural curvature of the upper spine. Side sleepers will do best with a firm pillow that contours the head, neck and shoulders to ensure spinal alignment. If you sleep on your stomach, choose a soft, plump pillow that cushions the head and neck without unnatural turning to either side. If your sheets are hot or scratchy, this can also make for a restless night of sleep. Consider sheets made from natural materials for a cooler, softer sleep. If you’re concerned about exposure to residues, dyes or chemicals, consider organic cotton sheets which become softer with every wash. If you suffer from allergies or sensitive skin, a mattress encasement or protector can be an important part of your bedding too. Not only will it protect your mattress from body oils and spills, but it can help prevent dust mite and pet dander buildup, and even provide a barrier from some of the chemicals that reside in traditional mattresses.

Bedroom Furniture Beyond your mattress, the wood furniture in your bedroom could have toxic stains or finishes which emit harmful VOCs. If your furniture contains particle board, MDF or toxic glues, the chemicals could be even worse. You can breathe easy, however, by choosing platform beds and bedroom furniture options that feature low or no-VOC and water-based stains and finishes. For eco-friendly options, look for furniture built from solid wood in the U.S. with North American hardwoods. It doesn’t get more natural than that!

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are a number of steps you can take to getting a better night’s sleep. When the quality of your sleep increases, you feel better and look better, but more importantly you become healthier! At Sleep Organics, we only offer products that are certified for your health. All of our mattresses and bedding are free of flame retardants and any toxic chemicals that could off-gas. Our mattresses are made of materials like organic cotton, organic wool, organic latex, organic kapok or even buckwheat. All of our mattresses feature a cover constructed of organic cotton with organic wool batting which acts as a natural flame barrier––no chemicals needed. Not only are these mattresses better for your breathing space in the bedroom, but they can also help with health problems like chronic aches and pains.  Many of our mattresses at Sleep Organics are completely customizable, allowing you to mix and match firmness layers and even further customize each side of your mattress if you partner needs a firmer or softer feel. Your bedroom should be your sanctuary, the place where you retreat and recharge.  So, why not make it the most natural place in your home, without any negative chemistry that could be affecting your by Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA health or your sleep? We’re confident in our natural and organic products at Sleep Organics and know they can bring a hat is Qi and why do we need to know a quotient more natural balance to your bedroom, resulting in a better related to it? Pronounced “chee” phonetically, this rested and healthier you. is your prana, life source, vitality and energy. Qi is what produces the sparkle in your eyes, the spring in your step and Rebekah Greer is the owner of Sleep Organics, a specialty sleep the luster of your complexion. Knowing your Qi Quotient™ store in Sarasota. For more information or to schedule a free sleep can potentially help you avoid body states that support the consultation, call 941-312-5906 or visit Sleep-Organics.com. development of cancer. Both complete models of traditional eastern medicine have references to Qi. Ayurvedic and Oriental medicines use the concept of Qi to balance and harmonize the body. In Oriental medicine, the Qi travels through pathways named meridians. Each meridian is connected to a primary organ of the body. Each organ is nourished by the Qi flowing smoothly and freely. Difficulties arise when there is not enough Qi, or its flow through the meridians has been obstructed. These are the same meridians that have acupuncture points mapped on them. By utilizing this Eastern concept of Qi, I have developed a model that represents a range of “aliveness” for individual human bodies. The range itself is created from survey analysis for each individual. This scale of “aliveness and vitality is called the “Qi Quotient.” The Qi Quotient itself takes into account the constitution of a person, history of dis-ease and current experience of health. The analysis of this information allows a prognosis to be made for that person’s health span and provides a relative value for level of aliveness or vitality, thus a “Qi Quotient.” To have a high Qi Quotient is to be full of vitality and health. The higher the quotient, the longer the health span is projected. Remember, health span is what we work to improve. Who really wants a long lifespan if it must be lived without health or happiness? Once a Qi Quotient is determined, one of two paths are initiated. The first path would be the path of maintenance and prevention for those individuals whose Qi Quotient is high. The second is that of repair and restoration for those

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whose Qi Quotient is low or needs adjustment. Making the decision to begin the path of repair and restoration is to take on a sometimes difficult journey that can seem arduous and stressful. The end result, however, is the absolute return to health, harmony and balance which is needed to have an optimal health span, rather than a sickly and unhealthy lifespan. To be powerfully in control of your health, to be at cause for all the health or dis-ease experiences you have, to know it is always your choice, either to be healthful or not––this is the final result. Once you have an awareness of what is imbalanced and what the underlying causes of the imbalances are, then you can begin the path of repair and restoration. This path will eventually lead to balance on all levels. We can utilize diagnostic testing to determine specifically what could be the cause of your dis-ease, or we can treat symptomatically. We first rule out any major issue that might require conventional intervention, then we move forward. Some types of diagnostic testing, should you choose that route, might be laboratory hair, blood, saliva, urine or stool analysis to determine heavy metal toxicity, as well as nutritional deficiencies and other imbalances. You definitely do not need to use all of these tests to get started, and in some cases, you will never need to be tested. The treatment model to enable this movement toward health includes, but is not limited to, specific treatment modality, acupuncture, nutrition, exercise, meditation, detoxification and feng shui. This plan might seem simple, but the implementation of this plan is not so simple and requires both personal responsibility, as well as the discipline to recover and raise your Qi Quotient. Don’t you want to know what your Qi Quotient is?   To take the Qi Quotient™ test, visit FamilyHealingCenter.com. Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA, is the lead practitioner at Family Healing Center, located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941951-1119 or email Dr_Captain@ FamilyHealingCenter.com. 58

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Have You Discovered Yourself Struggling with the Effects of an Overloaded Lifestyle? by Shana Rosenthal, Certified Consulting Hypnotist

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ou aren’t being theatrical or melodramatic by voicing the words, “I am stressed.” We all buckle under the strains and difficulties of daily life once in a while. This world gets busier every day, all of us being forced from education into a pressurized and often daunting life. For anyone who is in higher management, you also have the pressures of the company itself to contend with. For those lower down the pecking order, there are the pressures of management and sales. Even if you don’t work, you probably still experience the impact of stress––whether through health-related problems, family commitments or financial worries. For those fortunate enough to change their lifestyles, they can often improve their symptoms; however, the majority of people struggle to fully escape stress. But there is a method you can utilize to escape this problem with the help of hypnosis which is often used to combat stress. If hypnosis is so effective, why doesn’t every stressed individual gravitate towards the closest hypnotist? Money is a key concern. Many people would prefer to spend those extra pennies on the latest gadget or seasonal bargain than on their emotional well-being. However, it’s worth taking into consideration the physical effects of stress, should they stay untreated. It’s possible to suffer from heart palpitations, premature skin aging, overeating and weight gain, undereating and poor nutrition, exhaustion, disturbed sleep, headaches, brain fog, and muscle pain or tension. These are just a few physical manifestations of stress on your body. The mental strain can have just detrimental an impact on your daily life. It can even deteriorate relationships, leaving behind just a shell of a person. If you identify with these symptoms, consider seeking assistance. We presume we are being selfish when we focus on ourselves, but

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we are only cheating our own wellbeing if we do not. Anxiety is another reason people avoid hypnosis. Some worry this approach is a scam or sham. However, this concern is an outmoded and mistaken perception. Modern hypnosis is a researchbacked profession. Of course, there are charlatans and crooks in every field, but these people are among the minority, and clients that have realized this are making the most of results from a qualified and certified hypnotist. For example, one of my clients wrote the following about her experience: “Shana was an absolute pleasure to work with! I came to her for stress management issues. I had a wonderful experience during our sessions and left with significantly reduced stress levels. More importantly, she provided me with helpful tools to use on my own when the stresses of everyday life come calling.” There is so much activity happening in our lives––who needs extra strain? Hypnosis can remove stress from the picture. Wherever you are on the stress scale, hypnosis allows you to work with your own mind to find and target the root of the problem and empower you to make favorable changes. So what are you hesitating for? Why not place your wellbeing first? It could be the best gift you give to yourself. Shana Rosenthal is a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner and Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner. She is also Stress Management Certified and operates her caring, friendly clinic at Four Pillars, guiding clients to make profound improvements in their lives. She teaches powerful tools that enable her clients 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 941-3733955, email Info@FourPillarsFlorida. com or visit FourPillarsFlorida.com.

Improve Digestion for a Stronger Cancer Recovery by Josh Zimmer, Licensed Acupuncturist at Four Pillars t’s hard to feel healthy when one’s appetite is low, and whatever food does make it to the stomach causes nausea. But those are two common symptoms that cancer patients experience while they’re undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Sometimes, they linger even after sessions come to a close, further impeding recovery. As more of the cancer community turns to acupuncture, a primary focus can be improved digestion. A well-functioning digestive system is critical for everyone and cancer patients, in particular. Modern research highlights the role of diet and nutrient absorption in supporting general vitality, mental focus and immunity. Traditional Chinese Medicine is no different. For millennia, in fact, practitioners have emphasized those same issues. We call it strengthening Qi and nourishing blood. In the cases of poor appetite and nausea, we’re target the spleen and stomach channels, using points that reregulate Qi flow in those areas of the body. From a modern physiological standpoint, the spleen’s role mirrors the blood sugar-balancing, enzymatic and anti-inflammatory actions of the liver, pancreas and small intestine. The spleen is in charge of absorption and transportation of nutrients after food and drink have been “rottened and ripened” by the stomach. Specific acupuncture points, mostly on the abdomen and leg, stimulate healthy function such as appetite. The desire to eat is one telltale sign of an optimal digestive system. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the spleen also governs taste which, in many cancer patients, is damaged or destroyed. This is another way that acupuncture treatments, especially when complemented by Chinese herbal formulas, can help. But nausea doesn’t make it easier to look at a plate of food, does it? Acupuncture to the rescue! When what is supposed to go down instead flows upward, we see opportunity. For us, nausea is a basic case of Qi reversal, or “counterflow.” Gently needled acupuncture points, mostly located above the bellybutton and near the wrist, help restore the downward flow of Qi so that food enters the spleen (small intestine) instead of running back up the esophagus. A peaceful digestive system eludes many cancer patients just when they need it the most. Nausea and poor appetite are two of the biggest obstacles, yet they’re ones that acupuncture can help overcome––without those often debilitating drugs. Because a healthy digestive system provides multiple benefits, these patients often experience better sense of taste, more saliva, greater energy, normal bowel movements and improved mental focus.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle With Rev. Molly Friedenfeld – 7-9 pm. 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. $15. Contact Molly with questions at 612384-7903, Molly@VioletWisdom.com.Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Keys of Enoch Study Group – 7-9pm. With Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James. We will explore how The Keys of Enoch works directly with the spiritual truths of our past, present and future. Through music, sacred expressions, higher education and prayer, we will develop a deeper understanding of our cosmic birthright and our ability to co-participate with our spiritual counterparts connected with the Divine. $7. If you are new to the Keys of Enoch please call for information. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3 Yoga With Pauline Dimitry – 9am. Accepting New Students. Awakening for the Heart-BodyMind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. $10. 941-822-0263, Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Guest Reader, Deborah Chadwick - 10:30am– 5:30pm. Using a deck of regular playing cards, Deborah is able to communicate with her guides and angels, quickly receiving very specific information for her clients. Throughout her readings, Deborah brings forth humor and healing to aid her clients in achieving a higher level of understanding and focus. 15mins/$30, 30mins/$60, 45mins/$80. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Third Intuitive Healing Sessions – 11am–6pm. With Adam “Way” Wawrzyniak, an intuitive healer, Reiki master, minister of Universal Ministries with a healing modality strongly connected to his heart. Energy touch in contact with your internal multi-dimensional structure which directly affects your physical body, emotions, mind balance, connection with your inner child, heart opening, connection with your higher self, and adjustment to new multi-dimensional collective consciousness. In his work, Adam uses knowledge of sacred geometry and multi-dimensional holographic consciousness. Call for an Appointment. $80. Adam at 941-929-5148,Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Easing Cancer Treatment Side Effects with Acupuncture - 7-9 pm. It’s hard to feel healthy when appetite is low and the food that does make it to one’s stomach causes nausea. But those are two

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very common symptoms that cancer patients experience while they’re undergoing chemotherapy and/ or radiation treatments. Learn how acupuncture can ease side effects of cancer treatment and help create a peaceful digestive system. And because a healthy digestive system does so many things, patients often experience better sense of taste, more saliva, greater energy, normal bowel movements and improved mental focus. A dynamic workshop for cancer patients and caregivers alike. Led by Josh Zimmer. $15. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Prayer Circle (New) With Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7-8pm. 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. Life After Death and Reincarnation With Rev. Mary Linn Clarke – 7-9pm.How the soul returns to the earth plane. What takes place before the entry into the new body? Do we choose our parents? Identity-what do we mean by soul recognition? Purpose of reincarnation. Cost $20. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 Tao Workshop For Healing and Rejuvenation of The Five Elements With Geho Gold– Aug 4th & 5th. Honor $73/advance, $104/at the door. For reservation contact BeHealedWithin.com OR Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. 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. 15mins/$40, 30mins/$75, 60mins/$125. *Deep Trance Channel Sessions, 50mins/$175. *Deep Trance Channel sessions, in which Sherry allows Namara, a group of non-physical beings of pure love & light, to speak through her, are 50 minutes and charged at a higher rate. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Therapeutic Healing Class With Rev. Mary Linn Clarke - 7pm. Earn your certification as a Spiritual Healer using Therapeutic Touch. Learn how to connect with your Spiritual Doctors on the other side of life. Study the different kinds of Spiritual Healing. Four week course. $20/per class. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5: Psychic Saturday Readings and Healings (Pet Heal-

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ings too!) – 10:30am-1pm. 15 minute readings/$20, vibrational healing/love donation. Gift certificates available. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.

MONDAY, AUGUST 7 Group Meditation -11:30am – 12:30pm. Peace Through Meditation in Turbulent Times with Rosario Mazer. Feeling overwhelmed by today’s constant barrage of stress and fears? If your answer is YES. Are you ready to experience greater health, deep inner peace and real happiness? Join us to learn the art of meditation, and create a space of relaxation and expansion. Experience being in silence briefly away from the stress of life and the noise of your mind.  Connect deeply to your inner self and shift your angsts into peace. Experience a state of grace and energy of stillness and transformation. Meditation moves us into a deep state of inner peace, stress reduction and mental clarity. You will be exposed to a variety of meditations styles and acquire new insights into how to improve your bond with life, nature and the eternal knowledge of the universe. $15. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 Group Sound Healing - 12-1 pm. Balance Your Life with Mindfulness, Meditation, and Sound. Led by Pavitra Ciavardone, CPCC, SHAPE Magazine expert coach, leadership and mindfulness specialist. Participants will discover the healing benefits of relaxation and be lead through a deeply relaxing sound healing with crystal bowls. $20. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 6-7 pm. Come share and/or learn about spiritual experiences such as coincidences, guidance from departed ones or angels, dreams, past lives, soul travel. These topics come from the Spiritual Experiences Guidebook which will be given as a gift to attendees. Free, Gulf Gate Library, Conf. Rm, 7112 Curtiss Ave, Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Monthly Anchoring Light Channeled Meditation Charlotte County - 6:45pm. With Rev.SharonElizabeth James. 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. Wheels of Light – Understanding Your Chakras - 7-9 pm. In this class, we will learn about the history of the subtle energy field that flows through our bodies. We will discover how the chakras interact with the body’s endocrine system and how they are effected by our emotions.  We will discuss the benefits of balanced and flowing chakras, meditation and relaxation techniques, and which essential oils, crystals, and yoga poses are best for opening and balancing the chakras.  At the end, we will pendulum test your chakras and hear how reiki and healthy thinking can keep them open and balanced. Led by Cheri Christiansen, Reiki Practitioner and Life Coach. $15. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 New Thought Book Study with Ellen Fiorilo 10am. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org.


Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle With Rev. Molly Friedenfeld – 7-9 pm. 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. $15. Contact Molly with questions at 612384-7903, Molly@VioletWisdom.com.Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. THETA Healing Group Meditation Circle – 7-8:15 pm. Interested in learning how to enter the quantum field of light and connect deeply with the divine? Then join this circle! Through guided meditation and exercises, we help you enhance your connection with your own divine source, higher self and guardian angels. Everyone will learn how to develop their theta brain wave state and thereby enter the quantum field of light where everything is possible, in a safe and caring environment. With Indira. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 Yoga With Pauline Dimitry – 9am. Accepting New Students. Awakening for the Heart-BodyMind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. $10. 941-822-0263, Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Intuitive Healing Sessions – 11am–6pm. With Adam “Way” Wawrzyniak, an intuitive healer, Reiki master, minister of Universal Ministries with a healing modality strongly connected to his heart. Energy touch in contact with your internal multidimensional structure which directly affects your physical body, emotions, mind balance, connection with your inner child, heart opening, connection with your higher self, and adjustment to new multidimensional collective consciousness. In his work, Adam uses knowledge of sacred geometry and multi-dimensional holographic consciousness. Call for an Appointment. $80. Adam at 941-929-5148, Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Author Spotlight Series: The ABC’s of Writing and Publishing a Book - 7-9pm. Have you ever dreamed of writing and publishing a book? In this event workshop series, International Bestselling Author and Writing/Publishing coach, D.D. Scott will guide you through detailed steps of everything from Writing Craft, Cover Design, Formatting,

Promotion and Marketing, Your Writing Style and Space, Plotting Tips, Who are your readers, Day One Page One, and much more. Each class includes fun, entertaining stories from her own journey and expertise. $10. (D.D.’s book “The ABC’s of Writing and Publishing a Book” will be available for purchase.) Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Prayer Circle (New) With Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7-8pm. 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, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Suncoast Singles will be hosting a Speed Dating party at Thai Spice – 7-9pm. Tickets include appetizers, drink specials, prizes and give aways, PLUS a whole lot of “mini” dates that will last 2-3 minutes. Pre-registration for this event is required. $25. Call Christy. 941-713-1000, Thai Spice, 6233 14th St W, Bradenton.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 Guided Jin Shin Jyutsu (Hands-On Self-Healing 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, August 11. Cash or check. $18/class, $60/5 classes prepay. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Michelle, 941-2282972, Michelle@Suncoastjsj.com, Suncoastjsj.com. An Evening of Spirit Messages – 7-9pm. Medium Karin Strauss will connect with your loved ones who have passed into spirit, to bring uplifting, heart-healing messages of validation that they are free of any pain and bring helpful information for you on your path of life. Reservations please, $20 donation. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota. 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota.org. Therapeutic Healing Class With Rev. Mary Linn Clarke (week 2)- 7pm. Earn your certification as a Spiritual Healer using Therapeutic Touch. Learn how to connect with your Spiritual Doctors on the other side of life. Study the different kinds of Spiritual Healing. Four week course. $20/per class. 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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SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 Music and Messages - 7pm. Enjoy an evening of music performed by a wonderful, local musician, Mike Markaverichand. Spirit Messages offered by Mediums between musical selections. Sarasota Center of Light Sanctuary. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.

MONDAY, AUGUST 14 Group Guided Self-Hypnosis -11:30am-12:30 pm. With 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 2x a month at Four Pillars and is enhanced with Aromatherapy. $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. Powerful Therapy to Health and Wholeness With Intuitive Biomagnetist – With Ralph Serrano, a registered nurse. His true healing power comes from his ability to communicate with Spirit

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REIKI 3 MASTER CERTIFICATION – 10am2pm. 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. With Barbara Harrison. $118/advance, $138/at the door, plus $18 manual. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

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Guides, in helping his people find their true illness and through the process of Biomagnetic Pair Therapy, a new revolutionary, scientific and therapeutic approach to help people heal. It is free of side effects, compatible with traditional or alternative practices. Other times are available. $100/ new clients, $75/follow-up. Call/email to schedule appt., Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 Author Spotlight Series: I Am Good Enough with D.D. Scott, International Bestselling Author - 7-9 pm. In this event workshop series, D.D. Scott will help guide you through your own spiritual awakening in a fun, light-hearted way. She will share with you her coaching expertise and spiritual concepts. She believes every single time you are looking for a certain piece of information, it appears; presented in many cases by modern spiritual teachers living according to the lessons taught by ancient, ultrawise gurus who walked the earth centuries before us. In her wholehearted approach to life, she shares the lessons that have been practiced successfully for thousands and thousands of years across all cultures, continents and cosmic realms; one guru at a time. It’s all about living from Love, Forgiveness and Gratitude so that you can Create the Space for Miracles and Sweet Synchronicities to occur in your life on a daily basis. Leave this event with an open heart and mind ready to receive all the miracles around you! $10 (Her book “I Am Good Enough” will be available for purchase.) Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Keys of Enoch Study Group – 7-9pm. With Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James. We will explore how The Keys of Enoch works directly with the spiritual truths of our past, present and future. Through music, sacred expressions, higher education and prayer, we will develop a deeper understanding of our cosmic birthright and our ability to co-participate with our spiritual counterparts connected with the Divine. $7. If you are new to the Keys of Enoch please call for information. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, 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. At the Enlightenment Center at Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd. Sarasota. Rev. Zan Benham, 941-922-7839, Zan@Woman-Spirit.com, Woman-Spirit.com.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 Yoga With Pauline Dimitry – 9am. Accepting New Students. Awakening for the Heart-BodyMind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. $10. 941-822-0263, Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Intuitive Healing Sessions – 11am–6pm. With Adam “Way” Wawrzyniak, an intuitive healer, Reiki master, minister of Universal Ministries with a healing modality strongly connected to his heart. Energy touch in contact with your internal multidimensional structure which directly affects your physical body, emotions, mind balance, connection with your inner child, heart opening, connec-

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tion with your higher self, and adjustment to new multi-dimensional collective consciousness. In his work, Adam uses knowledge of sacred geometry and multi-dimensional holographic consciousness. Call for an Appointment. $80. Adam at 941-929-5148, Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Prayer Circle (New) With Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7-8pm. 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, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

FRIDAY. AUGUST 18 Therapeutic Healing Class With Rev. Mary Linn Clarke (week 3)- 7pm. Earn your certification as a Spiritual Healer using Therapeutic Touch. Learn how to connect with your Spiritual Doctors on the other side of life. Study the different kinds of Spiritual Healing. Four week course. $20/per class. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Shamanic Dreamwork Monthly Journey Circle With Mira Lash - 7pm. Learn to be a healer and divine and alight! Learn how Shamans see and how they perform miracles. Learn all modalities of healing and experience life changing healings. We will be creating sacred space and getting to know one another. We will do some protection and opening of the energy fields and mind. Please bring a rattle, blanket and or yoga mat to sit on, an eye cover, a journal to write in and a pencil. Bring some questions along with a drum and/or rattle. Suggested donation $25.Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 Shiatsu Appreciation Day - 10am–5pm. Four Pillars Shiatsu Appreciation Day is an opportunity to learn and experience how Shiatsu relates to the very same lines of energy or Qi that run through our body and has similar benefits to Acupuncture. Derek Wexler, LMT will help with gentle relaxation, deep therapeutic relief, or something in between. 5 Element Shiatsu is a wholesome modality that combines rhythmic stretching with acupressure techniques to enhance your physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Try a stress-reducing massage to balance and improve the flow of Qi. First time clients only. Wear loose comfortable clothes. Limited spots available. 45 minutes/$45. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Mudras for Daily Tension/Stress Release – 11am2pm. Learn & practice dynamic Jin Shin Jyutsu self-care finger poses. Discover physical, mental & emotional applications. Identify poses most beneficial for your personal well-being. Pay by August 9 for Early Bird Rate of $54; $60 after August 9. Last day to register is August 16. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Michelle, 941-228-2972, Michelle@Suncoastjsj.com, Suncoastjsj.com.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 Community HU Chant – 10-11am. Come experience for yourself, with others, how your days can be enhanced by chanting the word ‘HU’ for 20 minutes from your heart to God. You can also do this on your own at any time. It is for everyone of any background or religious beliefs. You are welcome to stay for light refreshments that follow and meet others who love to sing HU. Free, La Quinta Inn, Rm A, 5931 Commercial Way (W of I-75), Sarasota, 941358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21 Group Meditation - 11:30am–12:30pm. Peace Through Meditation in Turbulent Times with Rosario Mazer. Feeling overwhelmed by today’s constant barrage of stress and fears? If your answer is YES. Are you ready to experience greater health, deep inner peace and real happiness? Join us to learn the art of meditation, and create a space of relaxation and expansion. Experience being in silence briefly away from the stress of life and the noise of your mind.  Connect deeply to your inner self and shift your angsts into peace. Experience a state of grace and energy of stillness and transformation. Meditation moves us into a deep state of inner peace, stress reduction and mental clarity. You will be exposed to a variety of meditations styles and acquire new insights into how to improve your bond with life, nature and the eternal knowledge of the universe. $15. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Monthly Anchoring Light Channeled Meditation Charlotte County - 6:45pm. With Rev.SharonElizabeth James. 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.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 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. She has been traveling there for over 10 years and was told by him on her first tour to bring a crystal light bed back to the U.S. to help other. 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. For appointment contact 828-423-1482, Michele@crystalhealingbed.com. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle With Rev. Molly Friedenfeld – 7-9 pm. 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. $15. Contact Molly with questions at 612384-7903, Molly@VioletWisdom.com. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Daily Wellness with Essential Oils - 7-8:30pm. Come learn about safer more affordable and natural solutions for your health. Discover tangible therapeutic benefits of essential oils to manage stress, pain and other common ailments. This class will introduce you to how you can easily incorporate


essential oils into your daily life. Laurel James is a National Interior Designer and author of Interiorology. In addition, she is an Essential Oil Wellness Guide and a Kundalini Yoga Instructor (as taught by Yogi Bhajan). Laurel is dedicated to guiding people toward wellness and conscious living. Donations accepted. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 Yoga With Pauline Dimitry – 9am. Accepting New Students. Awakening for the Heart-BodyMind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. $10. 941-822-0263, Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Intuitive Healing Sessions – 11am–6pm. With Adam “Way” Wawrzyniak, an intuitive healer, Reiki master, minister of Universal Ministries with a healing modality strongly connected to his heart. Energy touch in contact with your internal multi-dimensional structure which directly affects your physical body, emotions, mind balance, connection with your inner child, heart opening, connection with your higher self, and adjustment to new multi-dimensional collective consciousness. In his work, Adam uses knowledge of sacred geometry and multi-dimensional holographic consciousness. Call for an Appointment. $80. Adam at 941-929-5148, Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Life After Death and Reincarnation With Rev. Mary Linn Clarke – 7-9pm. How the soul returns to the earth plane. What takes place before the entry into the new body? Do we choose our parents? Identity-what do we mean by soul recognition? Purpose of reincarnation. Cost $20. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Prayer Circle (New) With Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7-8pm. 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, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

30mins/$50, 45mins/$70, 60mins/$90. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl,, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Therapeutic Healing Class With Rev. Mary Linn Clarke (week 4)- 7pm. Earn your certification as a Spiritual Healer using Therapeutic Touch. Learn how to connect with your Spiritual Doctors on the other side of life. Study the different kinds of Spiritual Healing. Four week course. $20/per class. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Siddha Yoga Meditation Program – 9:45am. Live Audio Stream Course. (Free Orientation for Newcomers – 9:15am). $15. Siddha Yoga Meditation Center in Sarasota, 941-926-5435, SiddhaYoga.org Finding Your Business Success - 10am-2pm. The heart of your business success lies in its marketing, which is a process by which a product or service is introduced and promoted to potential customers. Every business can benefit from the increased sales and heightened brand awareness that a great marketing campaign can offer. Together we will demystify the marketing strategy and develop your own unique strategy. This course will teach ways to market your business on a limited budget and make more sales. You discover how to develop lifetime consumers and build a compelling brand. With Victoria Ackerman. $79 includes full, interactive kit. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com Our Famous Monthly Saturday Intuitive and Healing Arts Faire with Readings, Healings and More – 11am-4pm. A monthly event with Intuitive and Mediumistic Readings, Spirit Artist, Human Design readings, Astrology and Numerology Reports, Tarot, various card readings, Reiki energy healings, Emotional Polarity Healing and others. Something for everyone. Call to schedule your favorite Reader or Healer. Walk-Ins Welcome. $20/15 minute reading, $40/30 minute healing session. 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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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES TREATMENT ROOM FOR RENT. Beautiful, elegant room in tranquil setting. Ideal for herbal nutrionist or massage therapist. Close to downtown, Deposit required. $600 per month, Utilities included. Call Cherylyn at 941-9243104, Star@Starflower.com THREE ROOMS FOR RENT at a special rate discounted rate at The Cosmic Center for Health and Wellness. Rental $200-$250 per month with a year lease. For information call 941-371-9333.

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS AIKIDO PRACTICE A Healing Therapy for Internal Development.Dynamic Zen Center, 2902 Hyde Park St, Sarasota. Visit Us at AikidoPractice.com. DID YOU EVER WANT TO TRY YOGA BUT FELT INTIMIDATED? Learn easy yoga that anyone can do designed for stress reduction, relaxation, and balance. 941-952-0960, FeelBetterNowYoga.com

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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. READINGS AND HEALINGS - August 5, 10:30am-1pm. 15 minute readings/$20, Vibrational Healing/Love Donation. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com.

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Nutrients Essential for Health - 7-9 pm. In today’s society we seldom really contemplate what we are eating. Most people don’t take into factor their macronutrient intake requirements. A proper balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are essential to nutritional health and well-being. Micro-nutrients are vitamins and minerals. They are needed in much smaller quantities and are essential for proper metabolization, growth, mental, and physical well-being. Those that are aware of these needs still face the uphill battle of getting a viable source of them. Different nutrients require different methods of preparation. In our workshop, we will go over the best viable sources of macro and micro nutrients, how to find them and how to prepare them. Nutrition Consultants Christal Borg and James Jones. $15. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com.

Group Guided Self-Hypnosis -11:30am-12:30pm. With 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 at Four Pillars and is enhanced with Aromatherapy. $20. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s

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.

Workshop - “Filled With Light: How to Open the Spiritual Eye” – 1-3 pm.The journey to higher realities begins at the Spiritual Eye. Gain techniques to awaken your Spiritual Eye and see things in a true light. Fruitville Library, Meeting rm, 100 Coburn Rd, off of Fruitville Rd (E of I-75), Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota.

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An Evening with Tina Malia - 9pm. A visionary musical artist. Her sonic creations span sacred chant, world, dream pop and folk music genres. With her are master musicians Gonzalo Paniagua on charango, ngoni, and vocals. Didac Luiz Lazaro on percussion and vocals. Purchase tickets 941955-3301, OceanOfSound.org. Guest Reader, Joanne Leo - 10:30am–5:30pm. Join us in welcoming back our popular guest reader, Joanne Leo, who has more than 30 years’ experience as a psychic reader and life coach. Combining psychic-channeled numerology and astrology with her tarot card readings, Joanne is able to provide detailed insights about your life based on your birth date and birth name. Her candid “Readings with a Heart” provide a unique and profound guide to all aspects of your life. 15mins/$30,

ECK Light and Sound Service – 10-11am. “I Can Imagine, Therefore I Can Be More”. Imagination that develops along spiritual lines is of a higher, finer nature than anything the mind can produce. La Quinta Inn, 5931 Commercial Way (W of I-75), rm A, Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30 Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle With Rev. Molly Friedenfeld – 7-9 pm. 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. $15. Contact Molly with questions at 612384-7903, Molly@VioletWisdom.com.Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Fascia, Movement, and Pain - 7-8 pm. Fascia connects all tissues in your body, and is the culprit in many kinds of pain. Learn about fascia problems and treatment, with example cases and treatment demo, with Dr. Eric Winder. RSVP only. Free. 3131 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-957-8390. THETA Healing Group Meditation Circle – 78:15 pm. Interested in learning how to enter the quantum field of light and connect deeply with the divine? Then join this circle! Through guided meditation and exercises, we help you enhance your connection with your own divine source, higher self and guardian angels. Everyone will learn how to develop their theta brain wave state and thereby enter the quantum field of light where everything is possible, in a safe and caring environment. With Indira. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31 Yoga With Pauline Dimitry – 9am. Accepting New Students. Awakening for the Heart-BodyMind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. $10. 941-822-0263, Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Guest Reader, Deborah Chadwick - 10:30am– 5:30pm. Using a deck of regular playing cards, Deborah is able to communicate with her guides and angels, quickly receiving very specific information for her clients. Throughout her readings, Deborah brings forth humor and healing to aid her clients in achieving a higher level of understanding and focus. 15mins/$30, 30mins/$60, 45mins/$80. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl,, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com.

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Intuitive Healing Sessions – 11am–6pm. With Adam “Way” Wawrzyniak, an intuitive healer, Reiki master, minister of Universal Ministries with a healing modality strongly connected to his heart. Energy touch in contact with your internal multi-dimensional structure which directly affects your physical body, emotions, mind balance, connection with your inner child, heart opening, connection with your higher self, and adjustment to new multi-dimensional collective consciousness. In his work, Adam uses knowledge of sacred geometry and multi-dimensional holographic consciousness. Call for an Appointment. $80. Adam at 941-929-5148,Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Prayer Circle (New) With Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7-8pm. 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 of-

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fer 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, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Shaman Journey - 2-5:30pm. Similar to a guided meditation, enhanced by the heartbeat of the large mother drum. An evolving experience into a parallel reality of the wonderful world of the Shaman’s dream, where the seen and unseen, known and unknown open up for you for guidance and insights, healing, guidance and clarity. RSVP, $25. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota. Rev. Zan Benham aka Butterfly Deerwoman, 941-922-7839. Zan@ Woman-Spirit.com, Woman-Spirit.com.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Animal Communication Weekend - 10am-5pm. Day 1: Experience the Language of the Animal Kingdom. In this class, we will explore and experience our telepathic and empathic abilities. We will focus on recognizing responses and information located in our multi-dimensional field while exchanging information and emotions with animals. We will incorporate the ethics of inter-species communication in order to always be attentive to the animals’ perspective. We will spend the majority of the class in practical experience communicating with animals to illustrate the many techniques and benefits. With Barbara Goodfriend. $129, $69/ single day. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Animal Communication Weekend - 10am-5pm. Day 2: Merge with an Animal’s Consciousness. This experiential class will be a deep study of the processes and awareness needed to facilitate communication. We will telepathically intertwine our fields of consciousness to gain information through love, intelligence and empathy. We will specifically navigate communications concerning behavioral issues, pets who are missing and older animals or ones that have crossed over. We will magnetize and process all gathered information as you become comfortable connecting your core with the truths the animals bring us. Activate Your Ability to Communicate with Animals. With Barbara Goodfriend. $69 single day. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 Sacred Women’s Sleepover - October 21-22. Yoga, Esoteric Teachings, Nourishing Nutrition, Expressive Arts, Sacred Women’s Healing Circles, and more! Heartwood Retreat Center Bradenton, Divine-Badass.com

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Peace & Adventure Women’s Retreat - Siesta Key – November 8-12. Peace and Adventure retreats bring women together through yoga, adventure experiences, community and the sharing of nourishing meals to feed body and soul. Register by Aug 21 at RadiantSoulYogaWellness.com or on Facebook, Peace & Adventure Retreats


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sunday 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. Awakening Class with David Hawkins - 9-10am. Enrichment class with like-minded adults. Love offering. Unity of Sarasota, 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. 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. Sunday Worship Service – 10:30am. Start your week renewed and encouraged. Join the CMF for a morning of inspiration, spiritual healing, inspirational talk, special music and Spirit messages. Fellowship period follows the service. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd, Sarasota. 941-266-8435. cmfSarasota.org.

Universal New Thought Service – 11:30am2:30pm. An interfaith service focused on opening to the joyous Divine connection within. A fun, spiritual, educational and uplifting service, with songs and chants honoring the Oneness behind all peoples. Love offering. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota. Rev Zan Benham, 941-922-7839. Zan@Woman-Spirit.com. Woman-Spirit.com. 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 SharonElizabeth James. A spiritual discussion follows the service at 1:15. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333. ccosl.com. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute - 4-6pm. 2nd and 4th Sunday. SaraSangha Insight Meditation Group. Donation, Sarasangha.Weebly.com. 3-5pm. 3rd Sunday. Good Cause EcoSangha mindfulness approach to climate change. Donation, GoodCauseSangha.weebly.com. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, Unitarian Universalist Church Library, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. 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 No Nonsense Nutrition – 9-10am. With Eve Prang Plews, LNC, IFMCP. WSLR 96FM, wslr.org. 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.

Classical Pilates - 10:15am. With Maggie. Fundamentals of Pilates with alignment, breath, core strengthening, and stretch.  First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Introductory Reflexology Session – Noon5:30pm. One-hour session. $49. Heart and Sole Organics, 1435 S Osprey Ave, Ste 200, Sarasota. 941-228-9724. HeartAndSoleOrganics.com. Massage & Your Health -3-4pm, fourth Monday. Betty Bruer,LMT, CPT, MedMT, B.A.Ed. MA9980/33099 Port Charlotte, call for reservation 941-457-6999. 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. 941-3602248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Spirit Automatic Writing – 6pm. Our spirit loved ones and guides are ever ready to help each of us. Colleen Panebianco will work with you to learn how to open up and enjoy this effective communication method with your spirit helpers. The technique comes so very naturally with just a little coaching. $10 donation. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship 2044 Bispham Rd, Sarasota. 941-2668435. cmfSarasota.org. Psychic Development Class – 7-8:30 pm. Psychic and intuitive abilities, like the ability to give spiritual healing, should not be regarded as the gift of the few. These abilities are latent within us all. Intuition and psychic development can occur through spiritual practices, such as yoga breathing and mantra, and by various forms of service to others. Develop and strengthen your understanding of the different elements of spirituality and psychic development through discussion, exercises, and interaction with others. With Victoria Ackerman. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com TheSpiritUniversity.com. Sai Maa Satsang & Blessing – 7-8:30pm. 1st Monday. A spiritual gathering, meditation & blessing to strengthen connection to self, truth & healing. Uses Sai Maa teachings & transformational healing. Free. Central Sarasota location. 941-4877077, Sai-Maa.com. Monday Evening Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation – 7:45pm.  With 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.

Alternative Health – 10-11am. Alt Mondays. With Eve Prang Plews, LNC, IFMCP. WMNF 88SFM. Call-in line 813-239-9663, wmnf.org.

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tuesday Power Pilates Class – 8:30-9am. Strengthen your center in just 30 minutes. $5. Five Petal Holistic Healing Center, 830 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941315-6858. Five-Petal.com. Alchemy Tai Chi & Qigong - 9:30am. Gently Stretch the body, Strengthen the core, Center the Heart and Mind; Arlington Park, Sarasota. Contact for meeting details, 941-525-3752, aware122@ gmail.com, 360DegreeWellness.com. 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. Psychic Tu/W/F (12-3), Tarot/ Astrology Tu (3-5) and Th (12-3).  Also by appointment and special scheduled events! $20/15 minutes. Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Vinyasa Yoga with Stacey Steig - 6:30-8pm. March 7, 14, 21, 28. A vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heatbuilding sequence. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941-9525280, RosemaryCourt.com. Buti Yoga -7pm. 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. Psychic Practice – 7-8:30 pm. Come together with like-minded individuals to practice your psychic and mediumship skills. Develop and expand 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. Zen Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Tues & Thurs. Led by spiritual director, Rev Daito Zenei Thompson. Consists of two 20-min meditations, separated by a 5-min walking meditation. Ends with tea & conversation. Free. Sarasota Zen Center, 3947 Clark Rd, Ste A, Sarasota. 941-451-6988. SarasotaZen.org. The Greater Charlotte Harbor Group of the Sierra Club – 7-9pm. 3rd Tuesday monthly. Open to the public, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to discover what your local Sierra Club is all about. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Building, 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd, Port Charlotte. Info, 941-4232713, AllainHale@hotmail.com.

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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.

wednesday Alchemy Qigong Ground Practice- 9:30am. Ground techniques for hips and spine, Arlington Park, Sarasota. Contact for meeting details, 941525-3752, aware122@gmail.com, 360DegreeWellness.com. Hands-On Self-Healing Meditation – 1011:15am. Connect with the rejuvenating, harmonious flow of life energy in your body for deep relaxation, pain relief and more. Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Instructor, Michelle Giambra, guides you in sequences of hand placements to revitalize energy centers on your own body. Space is limited. Please preregister. $18/class or 5 classes for $60 (prepay). Cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact Michelle Giambra, 941-228-2972, Michelle@SuncoastJSJ.com, SuncoastJSJ.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. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute--6-7pm. Drop-in Sitting Meditation group, with instruction & discussion of reading, Donation. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota, SarasotaMindfulness.org/calendar.html. Pregnancy Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Experience the benefits of pregnancy yoga for improved posture, strength, flexibility, endurance, breathing & relaxation. Appropriate for all levels. $15; $50/5. Prana Yoga, 3840 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota. 941312-1898. 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. 941953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. Tarot Practice Circle – 7-8:30 pm. Tarot cards are a collection of symbols or archetypes that are meant to represent human experience. Some say

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they view them as a map of spirit, heart and soul. You lay them out so you can get a bird’s-eye view. This is a class for those who are interested in acquiring a deeper connection with spirit and their soul. Please bring your own Tarot Cards if you have them. With Barbara Harrison. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-5445874, 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. Facilitated by Kim Converse. $7. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, ccosl.com.

thursday Yoga Every Thursday – 9am. Join Pauline Dimitry for classical Hatha Yoga Classes. For a Life in Balance-a gentle, transforming practice. All ages and experience levels. $10. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, ccosl.com. Alchemy Tai Chi & Qigong - 9:30am. Gentle movements for mind-body health and healing. Arlington Park, Sarasota. Contact for meeting details, 941-525-3752, aware122@gmail.com, 360DegreeWellness.com. New Thought Book Study with Ellen Fiorilo10am. At Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota. 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute--10-11am, Dropin Qigong, $12 per single class or $10 per class when purchase a one-month pass. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, SarasotaMindfulness. org/calendar.html. 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 strength, flexibility and stamina. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. Knowledge of the Spiritual World – 7-8:30pm. A spiritual science study group for beginners based on Rudolf Steiner’s direct research into the spiritual world. Clvan64@gmail.com. Mediumship Development – 7-8:30 pm. Medium Victoria Ackerman teaches you to unlock your abilities and learn everything about the 6th sense. Explore how to use mediumship for your own spiritual benefit and help others as a professional intuitive, credible medium. She teaches easy Spirit contact techniques. These effective classes are conducted in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. You have natural psychic abilities just waiting to be tapped into and developed. Victoria provides quality instruction, and resources for people to find their own spiritual truth. Students are carefully guided during each exercise and practice with others. With Victoria Ackerman, through Aug 24. $10. The Spirit


University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Suncoast Reiki Share – 7-9pm. 4th Thursday monthly. Open to all, no experience needed. Come experience and share the wonderful gift of Reiki energy. This is also an open invitation to all Reiki practitioners to receive as well as share your healing gifts. Hornberger Wellness & Chiropractic Bldg, 2nd flr, 4001 Swift Rd, Sarasota. Info, 941-539-0346. Meetup.com/Suncoast-Reiki-Share-Meetup.

friday Mangrove School Little Clamshells Parent Child Program - For 0-3 year olds. Call to register 941-927-3711, MangroveSarasota.com. Alchemy Tai Chi & Qigong - 8:30am. Gentle movements for mind-body health and healing. Arlington Park, Sarasota. Contact for meeting details, 941-525-3752, aware122@gmail.com, 360DegreeWellness.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. 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. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute -12–1pm. Dropin Sitting Meditation group, with instruction & discussion of reading, Donation. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, SarasotaMindfulness.org/calendar.html. “Lunch Break” Yoga, all Levels, With Kelly – 12-12:45 pm. First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue, 941-312-5630, wildgingerapothecary.com. Divine Mommy Part One - 12-1:30pm A Loving 6-week Bootcamp for the Woman’s Soul Starts September 15. Prana Yoga Center, Sarasota. Divine-Badass.com. 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. Social Media Marketing for Holistic Practices - 8 pm. Sarasota-based Up Marketing Strategies presents classes on social media marketing for holistic and other small businesses on a regular schedule. Learn the basics of attraction marketing and online engagement to help your practice connect with and sign up more clients and customers. No matter what product you sell or service you

provide, people are looking for it on social media, and your business must be there, too! No matter your level of tech-skills, there’s a lot you can do to boost your business. For schedule information, call Bill, 941-315-7627, UpMarketingStrategies.com.

saturday Sarasota Farmers Market – 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Established in 1979, the market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans. They currently have a full market that includes 70 vendors and 5,000 sq ft of produce and plants. 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 Ave, Sarasota, 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. 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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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. Free Sleep Consultation at Sleep Organics – 10am-5pm or by appt. Find out how to remedy aches and pains and get better quality sleep. 650 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941-312-5906, Sleep-Organics.com. Sleep Consultation – Find out how you could be sleeping better at night with a free, no obligation consultation. Top Drawer Furniture, 1955 Northgate Blvd, Sarasota. 941-877-1381. TopDrawerFurnitureStore.com.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email publisher@nasrq.com to request our media kit. 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

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

DR. PAULA KOGER BSN.MA AP OMD

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!

Home office in Sarasota, Florida call 941 539 4232 www.wealthofhealthcenter.com

Combining integrative technology and techniques to bring you Dynamic results see www.wealthofhealthcenter.com Acupuncture, NES, Zyto, Homeopathy, Scalar

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

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.

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!

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

STARFLOWER ORGANIC SPATHECARY

415 Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, Fl 34236 941-554-4292 • Starflower.com

Starflower, makers of organic skincare has expanded its store to include a fully decked Apothecary including biodynamic/organic bulk medicinal herbs, oriental longevity herbs and roots, new medicinal tinctures, organic clothing, terry robes, silk eye pillows and an array of holistic lifestyle accessories, gifts and cards. Visit our boutique and Spathecary Wednesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm.

WILD GINGER APOTHECARY

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

Eco-friendly shop health +beauty. Strictly nontoxic natural, organic products.  Now offering hemp CBD!  Visitlearn Studio + Lounge for classes + events.  Open Tu-Fri 10-5 and move Sat 10-3.

6557 SUPERIOR AVENUE • SARASOTA, FL • 34231 {IN GULF GATE SHOPPING VILLAGE}

BEDDING SLEEP ORGANICS


941.312.5630 • WILDGINGERAPOTHECARY.COM

650 Central Ave, Suite 5, Sarasota (941) 312-5906
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Sarasota’s sleep specialists, featuring the west coast’s largest selection of natural and organic mattresses and bedding, all constructed with non-toxic materials such as organic cotton, wool, and latex.

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.

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COMPUTER HEALER BILL SKLODOWSKI WINDOWS/MAC

TECH + TRAINING SarasotaPCTechSupport.com 941-877-5501.

Summer Special: Get $10 off - just mention this listing. Our specialists come to your home or office - no need to carry that computer to the shop! Computer cleanup / tuneup / speedup. Virus and malware removal. Hardware and network setup. Full training for everything tech. For more info or to book your appointment online: SarasotaPCTechSupport.com or call 941-877-5501.

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.

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

HEART AND SOLE ORGANICS

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.

FACIALS/MASSAGE

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, Massage and 100% Organic Facials. Introductory Reflexology session $59. Monthly Specials, visit heartandsoleorganics.com.

CUPPING

FIRE AND GLASS CUPPING

FELDENKRAIS METHOD®

Ron Farkas LMT, BSW, ma 47783 941-303-2118 ReikiRonsCupping@Gmail.com

FELDENKRAIS METHOD®

The art of healing with Ancient Technique called, Fire and Glass Cupping, dates back to 1550 BC. With over a decade of experience, Ron Farkas brings this specialized Ancient skill to your home. Conditions as: Sciatica, Frozen Shoulder, Low back pain, Detox, are the most popular problem area resolved with cupping. In the comfort of your own home, one or two sessions can change your life. For free consultation, email / call, or visit You Tube “ Ron Farkas Cupping” for demo of the Ancient Healing Art of Fire and Glass Cupping. Sliding fee schedule based on Need / Respect/ Location. $60 base fee.

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.

FURNITURE TOP DRAWER FURNITURE

DENTISTRY RAY BEHM DDS

1955 Northgate Blvd, Sarasota (941) 877-1381
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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.

Local, family owned and operated furniture store specializing in solid wood, reclaimed wood, and FSC certified furniture. Also featuring natural and organic mattresses and bedding. For Your Home + For Your Health.

ENERGY HEALING

HYPNOTHERAPY

BETH A. SNYDER HYPNOSIS & MINDFUL COACHING

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
 PureFieldForce@gmail.com



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

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!

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MATCHMAKING

HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER

SUNCOAST SINGLES

FIVE PETAL HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER Angela Rauter AP, DOM, LMT 830 Central Ave, Sarasota 941-315-6858

Acupuncture, ATMAT®, Massage, Pilates, Meditation, Herbs, Essences, Supplements, classes and events.

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!



NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS SPECIAL NUTRITION DISCOUNT PRICES

1882 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota 941-929-0884 SpecialNutrition.net

Offering the largest selection of all major supplement brands and natural products in the Sarasota area at discount prices. Special orders are our pleasure.

STARFLOWER ORGANIC SPATHECARY JIN SHIN JYUTSU®

MINDFULNESS

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

SERENITY STATIONS

A Mindful Place 2020 Rose St Ste B, Sarasota SerenityStations.com

Our mission is to promote holistic practices that support self-care, self-awareness and personal growth in a conscious environment. We are creating a Hub of integrative coaches & consultants.

NATURAL FOOD

JUICE BAR

CAFE EVERGREEN

CROP JUICE BAR & CAFE

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.

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

Valerie Clows 713 Honore Ave, 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.

LYMPHATIC THERAPY SUNCOAST LYMPHEDEMA THERAPY CENTER

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

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

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



NUTRITION LICENSED NUTRITION COUNSELOR Eve Prang Plews, LIC NC333 Full Spectrum Health, Inc. 2106 Bispham Road Sarasota, FL 941-952-1200 • M-Fri 9-5, Sat10-2 FullSpectrumHealth.com

HOLISTIC HEALTH CLINIC & STORE. Superior Supplements by Xymogen and more. Professional Grade Homeopathics by Newton. Essential Oils by Oil Lady and Wind River Organic Skin Care by Éminence.

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415 Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, Fl 34236 941-554-4292 Starflower.com

Starflower Organic Spathecary offers an extensive line of superfoods and herbal medicinals with disease protocols. We offer a Holistic Wellness consultation for detoxification, which is a comprehensive multi-organ, total-body cleansing and natural detoxification program. It includes reducing toxin intake, enhancing toxin elimination, and using specific detoxification herbs and other supportive dietary supplements to strengthen and promote optimum function of the organs. Visit our boutique and Spathecary Wednesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm.

PEST CONTROL GOOD NEWS PEST SOLUTIONS Dean Burnside, President Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice 941-371-1311 GoodNewsPestSolutions.com

Go Green Plus 3 • Pest Control, Termite Control • Rodent Proofing and Trapping • Bat and Bird Exclusion • Mosquito and Mole Suppression • Bed Bug Control • Residential and Commercial.

A NATURAL PEST CONTROL, INC.

“Keeping Your Home Healthy & Pest Free” 941-926-1190 Contact@anaturalpestcontrol.com www.aNaturalPestControl.com

A Natural Pest Control Inc. proudly serving Sarasota and Manatee Counties since 1996. 
We are committed to the well-being of your family, pets and environment. The pest experts you can rely on.


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.

PSYCHIC MEDIUM REVEREND LOIS CHENEY

928-300-2030 Sarasota-Psychic-Medium.com RevLois@gmail.com

Contacts Guides, Angels, Loved Ones, Past Lives. Cord Removal, Healing with Sound & Color. Chakra Balancing. Home or Office Clearing. Clinical Hypnosis for Habit Change. Psychic Parties!

RESTAURANT VEG & GRILL

2164 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota
941-312-6424 www.vegsrq.com

Veg & Grill offers Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Vegetarian, vegan & gluten free menu available. Check out our website for sample of our menu- take out available.


SHAMANIC PRACTICES SPIRITUAL COUNSELOR, SHAMANIC AND REIKI PRACTICES 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.

SKIN CARE

STARFLOWER ORGANIC SPATHECARY

415 Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, Fl 34236 941-554-4292 Starflower.com

Fresh, food-grade, organic skin care made in small batches, including medicinal – grade essential oils. We specialize in anti-aging for mature skin, rosacea, and acne. Visit our boutique and Spathecary Wednesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm.

UNITY OF SARASOTA

SPA AND WELLNESS

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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 learn for every age/skill workshops level offered daily + weekly.  First move class with every teacher is only 6557 SUPERIOR AVENUE • SARASOTA, FL • 34231 $5!  Event space rental available.  {IN GULF GATE SHOPPING VILLAGE}

941.312.5630 • WILDGINGERAPOTHECARY.COM

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EVERGLADES UNIVERSITY 866.907.2262

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