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HOW TO BUILD

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Transformative

TRAVEL Outer Adventures Inner Journeys

The Right CHIROPRACTOR How to Find the Best One for You

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

28 TRANSFORMATIVE TRAVEL

Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson

31 SOUL SHINE by Marianne Williamson

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32 BUILDING

BETTER BONES

Bouncing, Leaping and Lunging Our Way to Bone Health by Kathleen Barnes

34 CHOOSING A

CHIROPRACTOR How to Find

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by Marlaina Donato

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the Best One

38 FERMENTED

FOODS REVIVAL Rediscover Probiotic Rich Foods by Judith Fertig

44 SCHOOL

OM WORK

Kids Calm Themselves with Meditation by April Thompson

46 CREATING

COMMUNITY 15 Ways to Craft a Circle of Caring by Linda Buzzell

48 FELINE

WORKFORCE Why a Job is the Cat’s Meow by Sandra Murphy

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11 newsbriefs 10 healthbriefs

25 globalbriefs 26 ecotip 31 inspiration

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32 fitbody

34 healingways 38 consciouseating 44 healthykids

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46 greenliving

48 naturalpet

60 calendar 63 classifieds

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advertising & submissions HOW TO ADVERTISE To advertise with Natural Awakenings or request a media kit, please contact us at 941-564-0885 or email Publisher@ nasrq.com. Deadline for ads: the 15th of the month. EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS Email articles, news items and ideas to: Publisher@nasrq.com. Deadline for editorial: the 12th of the month. CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS Please submit all listings through nasrq.com. Deadline for calendar: the 12th of the month. REGIONAL MARKETS Advertise your products or services in multiple markets! Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. is a growing franchised family of locally owned magazines serving communities since 1994. To place your ad in other markets call 941-564-0885. For franchising opportunities call 239-530-1377 or visit NaturalAwakeningsMag.com.

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on’t be fooled by the weather outside––snowbirds are beginning to arrive from up north, pumpkin spice lattes are making their annual resurgence, and there’s a slight breeze rustling through the palm trees. That’s right, autumn is officially back here on the Suncoast, and this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings is full of inspiration to keep you feeling vibrant, renewed and healthy in the new season we’re entering into! Our feature article for October is all about “Transformative Travel,” and it’s a must-read for anyone who’s planning a vacation to slow down and de-stress before the holiday season approaches. This article points out the influence that experiencing different cultures and diverse ecologies can have on your well-being, and it even offers suggestions on how to take your mindfulness practice on the road. Speaking of mindfulness, this month’s “Healthy Kids” article discusses the benefits of meditation and spiritual awareness for children. Teaching young minds to pause the mental chatter and enter a state of deeper consciousness has a positive effect on their development and ability to self-regulate. The Sarasota area offers multiple youth-centered meditation programs to help your kids become more focused in school, committed in their activities and grounded in life. Finally, as we transition into cooler temperatures (by Florida standards, of course!), it’s important to make sure our bodies can adapt to the change. If you’re prone to cold or flu symptoms around this time of year, alternative modalities such as chiropractic treatments can help strengthen your nervous system which benefits immune function as well. Our “Healing Ways” article guides you through the process of choosing the right chiropractor and treatment regimen for optimal health maintenance––both during this season and all year-round. All these and more await you inside this month’s Natural Awakenings issue, and I hope you’ll be enlightened and entertained while flipping through the pages. As always, don’t hesitate to send comments, questions or feedback to Publisher@ NASRQ.com. Here’s hoping your autumn is delightful and your pumpkin spice lattes are delectable!

contact us Publisher Janet Lindsay Managing Editor Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer Contributing Writer Juliette Jones Design & Production Susan Jones Social Media Manager Amy Hass To contact Natural Awakenings Sarasota / Manatee Edition: 941-564-0885 publisher@nasrq.com © 2017 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback.

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Starflower Organic Spathecary Welcomes New Esthetician

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ast month, as Hurricane Irma rolled up the Florida peninsula, many people were given the opportunity to reevaluate their priorities. At times like this, it is easier to separate the distractions from the essentials within our lives. Under such circumstances, it becomes obvious that nothing matters more than the health and safety of friends and family. With this perspective, we are graced with the ability to see through the fleeting details of daily life and refine our connection and commitment to what matters most. Among the top of that list is the fundamental need to remain strong and healthy enough to protect those we care for. As parents, providers and keystones within our communities, it is incumbent on each of us to address and resolve the challenges that hinder us from becoming our best selves. The practitioners at 360 Wellness are here to help. Whether the challenges are physical, emotional or psychological, there are natural solutions within reach. Through acupuncture, homeopathy, qigong personal training, intuitive guidance, and lifestyle education, there are tools to help bring resolution to a wide range of life’s obstacles. 360 Wellness practitioners have a combined 40-plus years of experience and expertise to educate and empower those who are ready to make positive change within their lives. Location: 7053 S Tamiami Trail, Suite A, Sarasota. For more information and to request a free consultation, call 941525-372, email Aware122@gmail.com or visit 360DegreeWellness.com.

ovaLash certified lash artist Erika DaSilva is now offering services which include eyelash extensions, facials, makeup and waxing. She is an excellent addition to Starflower because of her love for everything organic and her diversity of services. DaSilva will also be offering customized organic facials, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, facial waxing, sugar waxing and make-up application. Starflower is open Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 9 p.m. to noon. Location: 415 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-554-4292, email Star@Starflower.com or visit Starflower.com.

Introducing Bell Lifestyle Products New Look Nationwide

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ith over 20 years of experience, Bell Lifestyle Products Inc., in South Haven, Michigan, is introducing a new look for its complete line of over 60 natural supplements across 13 health categories. Bell continues to expand its line of products, most recently launching a new, all-in-one bladder and urinary tract support formulation, and a new line of sports supplements. In addition to rolling out all-new, color-coded packaging to help navigate their product offering, Bell has updated their ecommerce website to allow visitors to more easily shop online or find their local Bell Lifestyle retailer. The Bell Lifestyle website is also host to an extensive library of health and wellness resources including the Bell Wellness Center. The Bell Wellness Center contains hundreds of recipes, infographics and articles on physical, mental, social and nutritional wellness from elected category experts. With new articles being posted weekly there is information for all ages and ailments. Bell Lifestyle Products offers a full money-back guarantee on more than 60 natural health products that are available in more than 7,000 health food stores and pharmacies worldwide. For more information, call 800-333-7995, email Info@BellLifestyle.com, or visit BellLifestyle.com and Bell-Wellness.com.

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he Creative Arts Association of Lakewood Ranch is hosting its fall art show and sale on November 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall. This event will feature the original work of 20 local artists in a variety of media including sculpture, ceramics, metal design, stained glass, painting, fiber, jewelry, wood turning and more.

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newsbriefs Elysian Fields Offers Two Exciting Events this Month

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n October 11, 7–9 p.m., astrologer Johnny Barnett leads an exploration of the “Spiritual Anatomy”––the chakra system––which paints a dynamic picture of how we are made and how Spirit moves through the body, informing and defining our lives with purpose. The corresponding symbolism of Astrology and Greek Mythology illustrate the simple yet profound dynamics that comprise us and help us understand our passions, conflicts and dreams as meaningful expressions of Spirit through the matter in our bodies. Barnett will also offer private readings at Elysian Fields on October 12, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. These readings will empower you to access your inner wisdom based on the planetary energies that have influenced you since birth and continue to act upon you in both the present and future. The practice of “Chakraology” is rooted in a realization that seven traditional planets correspond to the seven chakras and manifest within our bodies. On October 26, 7– 9 p.m., Csongor Daniel will reveal how to stop pain within minutes through simple hand moves in his class “Stop Pain Quickly and Naturally.” Learn how to see, feel and manipulate the energy field around your body to induce healing––often without even touching the body. This technique is believed to be the fastest and most powerful energy healing method ever developed. This class includes a free group healing. Location: 1273 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Cost per class: $25. Pre-registration required. For more information, call 941-3613006 or visit ElysianFieldsOnline.com.

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Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light Hosts Monthly Intuitive Faire

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n October 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., join us for an intuitive reading, energy healing or a free learning sessions. Our hand-picked practitioners are among the best in their field and bring creative, intimate and comprehensive experiences for you to sample and enjoy. Because we know your weekend time is valuable, you can now choose your practitioner and specific time slot when you register. This means no waiting at the actual event. Walk-ins are also welcome; however, we encourage you to register in advance if there is a specific practitioner you would like to see. Throughout the day, several practitioners will be offering free mini-lectures focused on their topics of expertise including astrology, numerology, readings, healings, tarot and palmistry. Location: 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Bldg. G-2, Sarasota. Cost: $20 for 15 minutes (readings), $40 for 30 minutes (healings). For more information and to register, call 941-3719333 or visit CCOSL.com.


CBD Oil Massage Offered Near Lakewood Ranch

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ad Science Massage is one of the first massage therapy offices to offer a CBDoil massage. This enhanced therapy is a deeply relaxing experience. CBD oil has been in the news lately, and is touted for its beneficial health qualities. Some studies show anti-spasmodic, anti-nausea, anti-seizure and pain-relieving qualities. Mad Science Massage pairs relaxation massage with an oil made from a full-spectrum hemp extract which is full of various cannabinoid properties including CBD. Sourced from hemp, this oil has little THC and no psychoactive benefits. In addition, it is legal in all 50 states.

n October 19, 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. Joining Dr. Anna will be Sifu Michael Stults, founder of the American Institute for Integral Healing Arts, which, for the last 30 years, had pioneered translating ancient Asiatic healing arts into a functional modern body wisdom tradition that has helped many reach higher levels of health and vitality. Stults is a classically trained Chuan master who has specialized in teaching radical self-care through various forms of moving meditation and classical Kung Fu. He will be talking about the nature of self-care as it relates to longevity, vitality and optimal performance. He will also introduce his new clinical practice, featuring the ancient arts chi gong healing practices called “Chi Na” that can radically change one’s state of wellbeing. These ancient arts were held as “secret” in ancient times and only taught after rigorous preparatory training. Their functionality improves the state of wellness and teaches nonverbal insights which lead to skillful action on the quest for better health, making them imperative for those seeking better health. Dr. Anna has appeared on ABC7’s Suncoast View discussing her antiaging creation and showing results of one of the hosts. The clip is posted on both her website and Facebook page.

Location: 7357 International Place, Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-7772997 or visit MadScienceMassage.com.

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 941-9212662 or visit PearlCreamByDrAnna.com.

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newsbriefs Mind-Body Nutrition Seminar at Angela’s Pure Salon & Spa

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n October 12, 6–9 p.m., Angela’s Pure Salon & Spa is hosting an event with Christy Rosen, certified health coach and award-winning author of Empowering the Sensitive Soul: Simple Wisdom to Improve Your Health, Cultivate Self-Acceptance and Let Go of What Is Holding You Back. Through mind-body nutrition, eating psychology and stress reduction, Rosen helps her clients learn to care deeply for themselves in order to thrive in this busy world. In addition, Beauty of Sprouts will cater this event with a diverse assortment of raw and live foods. Location: 3510 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-351-0670.

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Feldenkrais Classes Offered at Ionie’s in Sarasota

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oes your back hurt? Do you have trouble focusing your attention? Have you stopped participating in activities that you used to enjoy? The Feldenkrais Method helps you reconnect with your natural abilities to move, think and feel. The more you allow yourself to refine your movements the more you can help yourself find ways to improve your balance and mobility. Bonnie Kissam, M.A., Feldenkrais Practitioner®, has been teaching a Feldenkrais’ Awareness Through Movement® class at Ionie’s in downtown Sarasota every Monday evening and Wednesday morning for over 10 years. Feldenkrais› Awareness Through Movement® lessons are designed to support you through subtle attention to your movements that help to expand your thinking. In addition, starting in October, she will offer two classes on Wednesday morning. At 10 a.m., the Feldenkrais Essentials class is designed for those who need to learn the process of going slow in order to sense variations and refine their movements. At 11 a.m., the Ongoing Feldenkrais class is designed for those who are familiar with the process and ready for more challenging content. This class is also offered on Monday at 5:45 p.m.   For more information, call 941-360-2248 or visit FeldenkraisInSarasota.com/classes.


SRQDC Offers Expanded Services and Welcomes New Practitioners

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Mindfulness, Food and Body Image Workshop

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six-week Mindfulness, Food and Body Image workshop will be offered at Sarasota Mindfulness Institute starting October 16. This program is open to women who would like to explore their relationship with food and body image, using mindfulness to bring awareness to unhealthy eating habits and negative thoughts and emotions around body image. Mindfulness can help restore balance to the entire process of eating, as well as help you befriend and cultivate kindness towards yourself, and improve overall health and well-being. Each class includes time for mindfulness meditation instruction and practice related specifically to food and body image. There will also be time for discussion, questions and special topics such as pleasant and unpleasant eating experiences, family history, how you sabotage yourself, and how to nurture yourself around food and body image. The instructor Lily Myers, M.A., is a licensed mental health counselor and mindfulness meditation teacher with over 25 years’ experience leading groups in a variety of settings. She trained with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program in 1989, and received advanced teacher training at the Center for Mindfulness in 2001. She has a private practice in mindfulness-based psychotherapy in Sarasota. Pre-registration is required, and the class is limited to 12 participants. Location: 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. This series is offered on Mondays, 6–7:30pm, October 16 through November 20. Cost: $150. For more information or to register, call 603-924-2216, or visit SarasotaMindfulness.org/mindfuleating.html.

RQDC is expanding––not in the typical American physical-size kind of way, but in the we’ve-got-moreto-offer-Sarasota’s-natural-health-community way! Initially, SRQDC was just comprised of Dr. Bill Maecker who is still here, offering an affordable, familycentered and natural approach to health through chiropractic. But now, his practice has grown in the types of services and number of providers. We also have Dr. Kyle Doan who brings different chiropractic aspects to the location. The first is over 25 years of experience practicing in New York state. The second is participation and acceptance of most health insurances policies. If you have a health issue or a health insurance question regarding chiropractic, he’ll have your answer. SRQDC is also a licensed Massage Establishment (MM33713). This is where our favorite local Terry Ganus LMT NMT (MA74821), comes into the picture. Licensed for several years, Ganus is always expanding his education to help our community. This includes extra studies for Neuro-Muscular Therapy, a synergistic treatment with chiropractic care, as well as his current enrollment in the local acupuncture program. Speaking of Chinese Medicine, we now have Rick Jahn, AP, coming on-board too. Jahn brings over 15 years of experience in acupuncture, Chinese medicine, herbal treatment and a blending with functional nutrition supplements. He believes in truly affordable care and offers acupuncture treatments for $30 per session. He also has functional nutrition programs that even include free acupuncture care. Location: 7725 Holiday Dr., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-518-2247.

Transform Your Body the Healthy Way

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ith the holidays coming up in a few months (believe it or not!), many of us are feeling the desire to make some positive changes in our health, lifestyle and eating habits to increase our overall happiness. So, if you’re looking to transform your body, while calming your mind, check out this free event on October 12, 7 p.m. Rena Greenberg is hosting a webinar titled “The Fastest and Easiest Way to Remove Subconscious Obstacles to Weight Loss and Feel Better Fast.” In this webinar, you’ll learn how to stop the endless cycle of dieting by tapping into the wisdom of your subconscious, lose weight without feeling deprived by changing the way you subconsciously think about food, change your behavior and eliminate overeating, binging, snacking and emotional eating, adopt healthier habits with powerful selfhypnosis technology, Since 1990, Hay House author and celebrity hypnotherapist Greenberg has helped over 200,000 people worldwide lose weight and achieve optimal health. Her groundbreaking weight control program has been reviewed and sponsored in over 75 hospitals and in over 100 major corporations such as Disney World and AT&T. She is known for finding the fastest and easiest ways to help people release subconscious blocks to losing weight which can lead to lasting health, happiness and freedom. To sign up for this free event, visit EasyWillpowerWebinar.com. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Craniosacral Therapy Techniques Level I

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his 16 CE, NCBTMB approved, experiential course introduces Craniosacral Therapy through its history and philosophy, while emphasizing foundational anatomy and physiology of the craniosacral system and connective tissue fascia. The course will take place November 4–5, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This class will include easily understood lectures, demonstrations and practical techniques to rebalance bones, joints, connective tissue fascia and fluids. Techniques will utilize osteopathic principles pioneered by Dr. William Sutherland and introduced to therapists and lay people by Dr. John Upledger. In addition, this course teaches biodynamic exercises in mindful attention to discover original embryological patterns for growth, health and balance. The course is taught by Ken DiPersio, a 27-year experienced Licensed Massage Therapist and national CST instructor. He began CST training with Dr. Upledger in 1991, taught CST I for the Upledger Institute and went on to teach over 500 classes for The Upledger Institute, Cross Country Education and KJD Therapy. DiPersio currently practices at MindSpa in Sarasota. Therapists, students and individuals interested in their own health will learn about the following principles: • Bio-Mechanic and Bio-Dynamic Craniosacral Therapy • Anatomy and Physiology • Whole Body Evaluation • Body and Cranial Fascial Release Techniques • Fluid Release Techniques • Bio-Dynamic Principles for Healing • Embryonic Patterns for Maintaining Health • Self-Help Techniques

he Sarasota School of Massage Therapy is offering a “Hands of Light” workshop on December 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and December 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop will be facilitated by Joy Adler, Department Head of Advanced Studies for the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Learn skills as taught at this premier, world-class institution. Energy Mastery techniques are ideal for self-healing as an adjunct to other careers and for helping others. $250. Sarasota School of Massage Therapy. Cost: $250. For more information and to register, call 877-613-7768, email GoldenVoice@prodigy.net or visit SarasotaSchoolOfMassageTherapy.edu.

Location: 810 Central Ave., Sarasota. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-228-2972, email Michelle@SuncoastJSJ.com or visit SuncoastJSJ.com.

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uncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu now offers Biomat® treatments in their “Amethyst Room” at Rosemary Court Yoga. The Biomat® is a specially designed 17-layer pad that fits on a massage table. Included in the layers are amethyst and tourmaline crystals. Ancient cultures worldwide had a deep reverence for crystals, believing they were living beings that could aid healing and enhance physical, emotional and spiritual balance. Amethyst is nature’s super conductor that naturally produces healthy far infrared light waves. Far infrared light was discovered by NASA as the safest, most beneficial light wave. It penetrates into the innermost recesses of the body, reducing stress and fatigue. The user sets their desired level of heat from the control panel, and the Biomat’s unique combination of fabrics and crystals generate far infrared rays that are transferred to the body as heat. It also emits negative ions, which are known to clean the air and stimulate cell membranes of the body, helping the cells eliminate waste and toxins. Enjoy the many benefits of the far infrared waves and negative ions in your rejuvenating “Biomat® Nap”––what Michelle Giambra, owner of Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, calls the Biomat® treatment––a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with a private Jin Shin Jyutsu session. Michelle Giambra, LMT, is a Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner and Self-Help Instructor with nearly 20 years of experience. She has been voted “Favorite Local Energy Healer” and “Favorite Local Holistic Practitioner.” Giambra is also a Biomat® Distributor, and Biomats® can be purchased through her.

Location: Sarasota School of Massage Therapy, 5899 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota. Cost: $395 (ask about alumni discounts). For more information and to register, call 941-544-7293 or visit KJDTherapy.com.

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Release the Old and Renew Your Being Class

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elease the Old and Renew Your Being” is the fourth in the five-part series of self-help classes to help you thrive through the seasons. The natural rhythms and energy flow patterns in our bodies relate with the annual cycle of the seasons. Learn how to maintain a harmonious flow through each season. Each class focuses on the energy pathways in the body, the attitude, the element and more associated with the season. Enhance your selfawareness, gain personal insights and take home tools that you can use everyday for your well-being. Attend as many classes in the series as you choose. Autumn relates to the lung and large intestine organ function energy pathways and the element of air. This depth of energy is about “every ending is the seed of a new beginning.” It relates to processing emotions including grief, letting go of the past; breathing and respiratory health and more. This class is taught by Michelle Giambra, LMT, Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Instructor and Practitioner. Giambra has nearly 20 years of experience with Jin Shin Jyutsu, providing personal energy harmonizing sessions and teaching self-care classes. The “Release the Old and Renew Your Being” class takes place on October 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space is limited. To secure your space, payment must be received by October 19. An early bird discount is available if you pay by October 13. Location: 810 Central Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-2282972, email Michelle@SuncoastJSJ. com or visit SuncoastJSJ.com.

Dr. Anna’s Acupuncture Face and Necklift Seminar

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n October 18, 2 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM and founder of Faces by Dr. Anna, will present a seminar on facial rejuvenation at any stage in the aging process, using her muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift technique. Dr. Anna’s results are unique in that all muscles of the face and neck are retightened proportionally along the route that they aged. She will show photographed results on people of all different ages and face types from her database of over 500 people. A nationally board-certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Anna has been practicing in Sarasota since 1998. She has developed a specialty in a muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift without any 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 anti-aging practitioner. For more information, call 941-924-2723 or visit FacesbyDrAnna.com to make seminar reservations or to schedule a free consultation.

Empowered 2 Wellness Yoga Therapy Opens in Sarasota

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new personalized health and healing option for both the mind and body is now available in Sarasota. Empowered 2 Wellness Yoga Therapy announces the opening of its new office behind Michael’s on East at Midtown Medical Park, Building 1219, Suite 104, one block from Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The National Institutes of Health recognizes yoga and yoga therapy as a mind-body intervention and one of the top 10 complementary and integrated health approaches. NCCIH and NIH fund major research, exploring yoga’s therapeutic value for a variety of conditions including anxiety, arthritis, back pain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. Yoga Therapy’s mind-body programs target, adapt, integrate, educate and customize yoga practices to individual needs and allopathic conditions, so participants can actively manage their health symptoms and risk factors and contribute to the effectiveness of standard medicine. C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Paula Morris, is certified by IAYT.org and Integrative Yoga Therapy, and is a Yoga of the Heart® specialist for cardiac, cancer and chronic disease rehabilitation. Empowered 2 Wellness will offer introductory restorative sessions and an individual wellness survey at no charge while space allows. Programs developing mindfulness, meditation, respiration and fitness will be discounted to inspire community recovery after Hurricane Irma, manage challenging life transitions and proactively make strides against cancer, heart disease and all chronic conditions. The benefits of 15-minute private restoratives can be fit into busy schedules for the health imperative of stress-reduction, especially for those who spend their days caring for others. Free recovery classes continue for cancer and lymphedema Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at In the Pink Boutique. For more information and to register for these events, call 941-316-6893 or visit Empowered2Wellness.com. natural awakenings

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he pure tones of crystal bowls carry through physical objects quite well. Due to the crystalline nature of the human body and its ability to resonate with specific frequencies, we can benefit greatly from these pure tones. They gently move through the body balancing the chakras and re-energize the auric field. The vibrations stimulate and restore harmony between the physical and spiritual planes of the body. One reason the pure tones vibrate our bodies is that it has a natural affinity to quartz. The human body is composed of many crystalline substances, the bones, blood and DNA are crystalline in structure, as well as the liquid crystal-colloidal structure of the brain. Even on a molecular level, our cells contain silica which balances our electromagnetic energies, and this is the same substance found in quartz crystal. The Spirit University will be presenting sound healer Robert Austin, along with special guest Mom Jennie and Gong Artist Ed Russell for a Tibetan bowl concert with over 30 bowls and various sound instruments and several gongs. While attending one of Austin’s concerts, individual experiences can include physical relaxation reduced anxiety, mental clarity and emotional release. The concert will be held on November 9, 7–9 p.m. Seating is limited, so reservations are suggested. Location: 373 Braden Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-544-5874 and visit TheSpiritU.com. Cost: $20.

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n October 23, 7:15 p.m., The Spirit University will be presenting Old-Time Séance Techniques with Shanna Spalding St. Clair. Spirits continuously interact with our lives, as the séance techniques demonstrate time and time again. Event attendees will learn about and experience over 10 physical mediumship techniques which are often associated with “old-time” séances, including table-tipping, a form of spirit communication using special lightweight tables that rotate, float or levitate when spirits are present; psychometry, a form of extrasensory perception characterized by the ability to make relevant associations from an object of unknown history by making physical contact with that object; and flower messages, an incredibly symbolic and energetically charged spiritual language that conveys messages from passed loved ones to those in the physical world. Attendees will also learn techniques such as the pendulum, the medium’s trumpet, apports, billets, raps, direct voice and more. Space is limited, so please pre-register.

arasota Center of Light continues to offer opportunities for you to connect with your spirit within and with Spirit through mediumship. During October, classes will be offered in automatic writing and meditation.  As a result of the exciting response received, another night of Music and Messages is scheduled on October 7, 7 p.m., in the sanctuary of Sarasota Center of Light. Musical selections on the piano will be performed by local musician Mike Markaverich. In addition, mediums will offer Spirit messages to those in attendance between performances. A four-week class series will be presented by Doug Plaskett, teaching you how connect with family, friends, guides and others in Spirit through automatic (Spirit) writing. You will have the opportunity to learn how to connect with those on the “other side” by automatically writing what you experience and receive. Classes will Location: 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. be held on four consecutive Thursday evenings, beginning October 12, 7:30–9 p.m.  Cost: $15. Have you ever wanted to learn how to meditate? “Meditation: The Inner Journey” will be offered by Rev Jim Toole on October 24, 7:30–9 p.m.  Learn how to open up within, become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, and connect more clearly with your inner knowing.  Experience relief from stress, more balance, harmony and peace.  $15.00.  All are welcome. Join us for these and other events, classes, workshops, mediums and musical events scheduled throughout the year.   Location: 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Cost: $10 per class (automatic writing workshop), $15 (meditation workshop). For more information, call 941-953-6620, email ChurchOffice@SarasotaCenterofLight.com or visit SarasotaCenterofLight.com.

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verything seen in a hand can be analyzed. Hands are the servants of the human system, so all factors that affect the system affect the hands too. It has been long known and recognized that human hands can express as much by gesture and position as the lips can by speech. Hands ask, invoke, promise, dismiss, threaten, embrace, and express fear, pity, joy, grief or doubts. They mark time. Hands are truly mirrors of the soul. In palmistry, one learns to harness the unlimited powers of insight, creativity and spirituality. It allows the changing mindset to make the emotions––both positive and negative–– work. Palmistry can answer individual questions by unlocking the secrets. It can also help discover one’s hidden talents and abilities. Your task is to find out “who you are.” By participating in a palm reading session, you allow palmistry to open the door to excitement, romance and adventure. Palmistry revives old, forgotten memories, worth a thousand words.   On October 18, 7–9 p.m., Master Palmist Myrna Lou Goldbaum will teach a comprehensive session on the “Art of Palmistry.” Goldbaum has been a guest on radio and television programs nationally. She has corresponded with people in 93 countries for palm readings. By late 2015, Goldbaum says she has read an astounding 54,049 palms! Location: 373 Braden Ave., Sarasota. Cost: $39. For more information and to register, call 941-544-5874 or visit TheSpiritU.com.

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Resveratrol May Help Eye Health

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esveratrol is a natural substance found in grapes, peanuts, blueberries and other foods that’s known for its heartprotective nature. Researchers believe it may also help promote eye health, including prevention of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, but not much is known about its presence in the eyes. Scientists from Tongji Medical College, in China, set out to measure the concentration of trans-resveratrol in the eyes after oral supplementation. Three daily doses of Longevinex, an oral trans-resveratrol-based capsule supplement, was administered to 35 adults prior to eye surgery on one of their eyes, and tissue samples of the conjunctiva, aqueous humor and vitreous humor were taken. Researchers measured the tissues for resveratrol concentration to determine how much of the supplement penetrated the eyes. Resveratrol metabolites were detected in the conjunctiva of 25 of the eyes, indicating that the beneficial substance does pass through the brain.

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esearchers from the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, studied the impact of music therapy on 60 patients that had undergone spinal fusion surgery. Half received a 30-minute music therapy session, along with standard postoperative care, within 72 hours of surgery. The other half received only standard care. The scientists used the visual analog scale to measure pain before and after music therapy in both groups concurrently. The patients receiving music therapy experienced average pain level reductions from 6.2 to 5.09, while the control group averaged slight increases in pain, from 5.2 to 5.87. “The degree of change in the music group is notable for having been achieved by non-pharmacologic means, with little chance of adverse effects,” explains Center Director and study co-author Joanne Loewy. “Pain is subjective and personal, and warrants an individualized approach to care. Certified, licensed music therapists can tailor treatment to each patient’s musical preferences and address their pain level.”

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The easiest way to save money on airfare is by being flexible, because flying on certain days at certain times can be more affordable. Shopping among airports and carriers can also yield dividends, perhaps leaving from one airport and returning to another or combining airlines based on the lowest available rates for legs of the trip. Off hours for flying are very early in the morning or late at night; keep looking for deals right up to the deadline. Airlines send deals and special offers to those that sign up for email alerts. Stay updated on their social media platforms if they release special offers to online followers. To avoid incrementally increasing prices and falling victim to some packagers’ tactics of dynamic pricing and tracking computer searches, clear the browser’s cookies between searches. Try helpful Travel Apps for smartphones; not only are they mobile, they vary in service and scope to suit individual needs. Most are free.

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Wind Turbines Kill Winged Creatures Wind turbines make cleaner energy, but are dangerous to birds and bats. According to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, approximately 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed annually by wind turbines, which are providing increased wind power capacity nationwide. At one solar power plant in California, an estimated 3,500 birds died in just the plant’s first year of operation. What would help most is offshore turbines and knowledge about migration routes. The safest place for wind turbines is in the ocean, because songbirds and bats don’t migrate over such waters. On land, many songbirds fly at night and can’t see the wind turbines until it’s too late. Once they’ve discovered the unsafe area, they avoid it. Because migration routes are based on availability of food, water and resting areas, birds are forced to fly around the turbines, adding miles to their trip and the burning of more calories. Estimates of just how many bats are dying each year range from the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. Radar installations help to keep bats away from the deadly blades. Other remedies include slowing the blades at night to reduce collisions, which has proved to reduce overall wildlife deaths by 73 percent. In 2016 the American Wind Energy Association announced voluntary guidelines to halt turbines during low wind speeds, when bats are most active, to reduce bat fatalities by 30 percent. With two more industry changes, bat fatalities could drop 90 percent: feathering, or turning the blades parallel to the wind so the turbines don’t rotate; and higher cut-in speeds so they don’t rotate in light winds.

A collaborative study published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that toddlers under the age of 2 are more likely to eat French fries than vegetables on any given day; one in four 6-to-11-month-olds and one in five 1-year-olds consumed no vegetables at all. This concerning downward trend began more than a decade ago. The percentage of babies and toddlers eating canned or frozen fruits and vegetables declined by 10 percent between 2005 and 2012, and the consumption of dark, leafy greens among those under 2 has halved since 2005. Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup, an associate professor with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, says, “You often have to offer a new food to a toddler up to 10 times before they will eat it.”

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An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.

Declare Your Intentions

Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.

Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.

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Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.

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times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.

Do Less, Experience More If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau

Move Beyond Comfort

“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at

To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”

Journey Jump-Offs Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. n The blog at AyanaJourneys.com explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites.   n Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen EscapesIntl.com specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling.   n “The Travelers” podcast via Holocene.io/travelers features stories and advice from 200-plus changemakers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers.   n Muddy Shoe Adventures at MuddyShoeAdventures.com offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences.   n OuterTravelsInnerJourneys.com connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature.   n Phil Cousineau (PhilCousineau.net) hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites.   n Responsible Travel at Responsible Travel.com offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesserknown ports of call.   n Transformational Travel Council’s website Transformational.travel conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for changeseekers.                                                                                 n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (wwoof.net) links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.

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Lasting Travel Gifts

When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude

makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair

Close Encounters Eager for a transformative adventure without traveling afar? Here are some ideas for exploring cultures and connecting with others closer to home. 4 Attend festivals celebrating varied cultures in your local community. Every spring in Washington, D.C., embassies showcase the cuisine, art and history of 70 countries. Frackville, Pennsylvania’s 103-year-old Lithuanian Days is the oldest ethnic festival in the country. 4 Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via WarmShowers.org, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts. 4 Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service (nps.gov). Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. 4 Find a spiritual retreat center at RetreatFinder.com. 4 Overnight on an organic farm. Visit FarmStayUS.com to sample what’s in season in the region. 4 Meet and host individual travelers via CouchSurfing.com, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities.

had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.

Drive Home Transformation

Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an

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afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau. The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.”

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SOUL SHINE by Marianne Williamson

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ur deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. From A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson.

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Bouncing, Leaping and Lunging Our Way to Bone Health by Kathleen Barnes

Success in the quest for stronger bones is possible at any age.

Start and Stay Young

“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.

“Bone responds to exercise much like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recom-

Optimal Bone Exercises

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Best Bone Test The most common way of testing bone density is a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. The result is called a T-score and is one case where a zero is perfect. A score of +1.0 to -1.0 is considered normal. A score between -1.0 and -2.5 is considered osteopenia, or weakened bones. A score lower than -2.5 indicates some level of osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for women and men older than 65 and 70, respectively, and those that are petite, prone to breaking bones or have other risk factors. For more information, visit Tinyurl.com/BoneDensityTest.

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mended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s team published in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the 30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density.


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Yoga for Bones Yoga doesn’t involve bouncing or jumping for the most part, but it can be helpful in maintaining strong bones, says Sherri Betz, a Santa Cruz, California, physical therapist and Pilates and yoga instructor. “Poses, including the tree, chair, warrior, triangle, half moon and sun salute, need to be as dynamic as possible and focus on leg strengthening and spine extension.

women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies confirm that exercise of any kind keeps us healthy, but for bone health, the answer is to

Kathleen Barnes is a health writer and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.

Chiropractic Techniques Sampler

Activator Method – A small, handheld instrument is used to gently address targeted areas for many conditions, especially low back pain and specific types of headaches including migraine. It’s considered safe for children and patients with severe arthritis and Betz cautions against starting a jump- osteoporosis. ing program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness come Directional Non-Force first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises Technique – in a row, a full squat with good alignment This gentle method and a full lunge to ready the body for a stimulates reflex reacjumping program.” Such strengthening tions to determine safeguards against falling and injury. potential discrepancy in leg lengths and

Walking Isn’t It

start weight-bearing exercises early and sustain the practice for a lifetime.

corrective measures. It improves structural alignment and function and aids natural healing responses.

Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and Flexion-Distraction (Cox Method) – do other repetitive exercises for cardio- Mechanical and hands-on adjustment vascular health and general fitness. While aids in stretching of the back. This these might help maintain current bone method is especially beneficial for destrength, they won’t improve bone den- generative disc disease, herniated discs, sity.” Walking reduced the risk of hip frac- spinal stenosis, scoliosis, neck and back ture by 41 percent for postmenopausal pain and restricted spinal joints.

Graston Technique – Instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization helps reduce scar tissue and persistent pain from acute and old injuries, as well as resolve longstanding trigger points in muscles and joints. It promotes circulation in affected areas to reduce pain and inflammation. It also may allay non-systemic causes of fibromyalgia. Network Spinal Analysis (network chiropractic) – This low-force technique addresses the entire body to improve communication between the brain and nerves via points along the spine and is suited to all ages. Somato Respiratory Integration – Special exercises leverage the body-breath connection to assist stress management, tension release and whole body awareness. It employs focus, breath work, touch and movement. Compatible with other treatments, it can also be done at home.

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Choosing a Chiropractor How to Find the Best One by Marlaina Donato

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hiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individualized care and getting the most out of chiropractic.

Address Specific Needs

Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life. “Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of Your Wellness Connection and the educational DrMichelleRobin.com website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see more than one chiropractor, as each has their own strength.” Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. “Chiropractic care encompasses many 34

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styles, so one of the biggest variables is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, mid-back and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St.Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room to just observe and trusting our intuition is helpful before moving forward with a consultation.

Ask Questions

First, find out if a chiropractor has embraced either a conventional medical or holistic model, and then delve more deeply to find the right approach and level of care. “Ask how long a doctor

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has practiced and their governing philosophy. Do they treat the full spine or focus on the point of pain, and what range of techniques do they apply? You want them to know your spine before they adjust it; make sure they conduct a new patient exam,” suggests St.Cyr. An exam may include a thermography scan and X-rays. Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition. Because most chiropractic offices offer compatible treatments, also ask about complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, heat therapy, and interferential current therapy using minute electrical pulses for deep tissue pain relief.

Be Consistent

“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.

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Physical issues arise in the nervous system. In chiropractic, we refer to these as subluxations which alter information flow through the body. So, in receiving chiropractic care and removing these subluxations, the body resets its goals. Muscles become stronger and more flexible. Internal organs receive proper stimulation which results in enhanced breathing and digestion. Hormones can return to balance, and anything impacted by the nervous system––which is everything––can improve.

Beyond Just the Bones: Q&A Round-Up with Local Chiropractors by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer

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mericans are inundated with a “quick-fix” mentality. In fact, our culture is organized around this idea––and our healthcare system is too. Conventional medicine offers a prescription for just about every form of ailment or discomfort we might experience. Muscle tension? Joint stiffness? Migraine? There’s a pill for that! Neck spasm? Backache? A topical ointment should reduce the swelling. Within this fast-paced model, a brief jaunt to the pharmacy is often the antidote of choice. The drawback to that approach, however, is that it bandages the symptom, while masking a deeper-rooted issue beneath the surface. If the internal cause of external pain goes untreated, a permanent solution cannot be reached. And that’s where alternative medicine comes in. This holistic method focuses on the origin of pain to restore not just comfort, but well-being, throughout the body. Chiropractic is one such treatment grounded in the idea that long-term healing trumps a quick-fix, and to shed more insight on this modality, I spoke with three local practitioners––Dr. William Maecker, SRQDC; Dr. Eric Winder, GentleBay Chiropractic; and Dr. Michele Battaglia, Natural Health Improvement Center of Osprey. Below are the highlights from our conversation.

Dr. Eric Winder: I’m going to answer this from the perspective of soft-tissue focused care. Your fibrous soft-tissue, called fascia, contains millions of nerve endings. Many of these nerves are for position sense, and restricted fascia can disturb that position sense, causing joint misalignment and instability. Restrictions in fascia can also affect posture, coordination and balance. Chiropractic treatment that relieves fascial restrictions to restore joint stability and alignment makes sense when you realize how important these issues are and how many problems can be helped. Of course, some people choose preventive care to address these problems before they become painful. In addition, athletes often use chiropractic to optimize their abilities and prevent small “glitches” in joint motion or coordination that could affect their performance. Dr. Michele Battaglia: A chiropractic adjustment helps to align the spine and, therefore, alleviates nerve pressure. Irritation in the nerves might cause pain or contribute to other symptoms in the body. Organs, arms and legs are controlled by nerves, so getting adjusted regularly keeps the energy flowing in the nerves, so they can communicate with the brain. Our nervous systems allow us to breathe, digest, speak and more. People often tell me, “I am lucky that I haven’t needed to see a chiropractor.” But there might not be any noticeable symptoms from a misaligned spine. Overtime, our spinal vertebrae can begin to degenerate if they’re not in the right position. As a result, difficulty walking, turning, bending or standing could become apparent. The spine wants to be stable, and in order to achieve that, the body will fuse the bones together for stability. The stressors our bodies experience might be physical, emotional or chemical. We are constantly bombarded by toxins in our environment and in our food. These factors also contribute to stress on the spine.

Natural Awakenings: Why is chiropractic a beneficial adjunct to NA: What specific types of medical issues one’s healthcare plan? or concerns does this modality address? Dr. William Maecker: On a large scale, we have to look at two ideas from Western science: homeostasis, which describes the body’s need for internal balance, and the nervous system, which controls all other aspects of the body through information flow.

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soreness and limited range-of-motion. But this modality approaches them as biomechanical problems from a deeper root cause. Through chiropractic, the body achieves a state of natural realignment which can resolve these biomechanical problems. During the course of care, I’ve seen people express resolution of bladder problems, impaired vision, erectile dysfunction and other issues I never expected. Dr. Winder: Fascial restrictions can be anywhere in the body, so problems with stability and alignment can occur in any joint, from head to toe. Proper treatment of these issues can help a variety of conditions, from migraines and neck pain, to tennis elbow and hip bursitis, and finally to knee arthritis and heel pain. Lower back pain is, of course, among the most common problems successfully addressed with this kind of treatment. Irritable bowel, reflux and vertigo can also respond well to soft-tissue based chiropractic treatment, and we’ve had success in treating patients for unexplained chest or pelvic pain once the more serious medical issues are ruled out. Dr. Battaglia: In our office, we address not only neck pain, lower back pain and headaches, but we assess the body as a whole through Nutrition Response Testing. This involves muscle testing, or applied kinesiology, which allows us to find hidden sources of symptoms. We are then able to achieve the proper support for the body.

NA: What is the recommended frequency of receiving chiropractic treatments? Dr. Maecker: I am almost exclusively outside the insurance industry, so I have the ability to treat each person individually. Because every person is different, every person has different goals and responds differently to treatments. So, we work together to create a plan for those goals. For someone who presents with extreme lower back pain––just the symptom, no deeper issue––the pain usually disappears in three visits. But for someone who hasn’t received care before and wants to actually heal the root cause, then move into a state of health maintenance, that’s a longer process. We adjust the frequency based on how well the body responds to treatments. Overall though, I am conservative on the time between visits because I want the body to function as long as possible in the interim. Dr. Winder: The frequency of treatment depends on the specific problems being treated. Someone with acute lower back pain might need to be seen two or three times the first week. Someone with chronic neck pain, which is not severe, might only need one visit per week, along with home exercises and stretches to help their progress. I have patients with no pain who want to correct their posture, and we only see them every three to four weeks while they do home exercises between visits. We also have patients who come in for wellness care or athletic “tune-ups,” and that frequency varies from once every three weeks to twice a year. Each patient is unique, so there is no “cookie cutter” approach at our office. We give patients the care they need. 36

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Dr. Battaglia: This differs from person to person, depending on their needs and goals. Treatments are generally more frequent in the beginning of a care plan. I compare routine chiropractic adjustments to wearing a dental retainer which maintains the alignment of the teeth once braces are removed. In the same way, maintenance adjustments keep the spine in alignment once the initial care plan is completed. The frequency of chiropractic maintenance care depends on a person’s lifestyle and stress.

NA: Why does chiropractic tend to face skepticism, and how are you combatting this? Dr. Maecker: Chiropractic is a different view of health and healing than what most are familiar with. People often don’t understand the scope or power of the nervous system. Some chiropractors present a convoluted message of who we are and what we do. We still experience obstacles from the pre-1980 American Medical Association (AMA) policy that deemed it unethical for members to exchange patients with chiropractors. We live in a Western science-based world in which a one-to-one double-blind study outweighs 100,000 individual patient testimonials. In addition, we live in a world of instant gratification where people expect total healing after just one treatment, and they’re disappointed when those results aren’t immediately achieved. The key to combating this skepticism is through education. We need to explain where the misconceptions came from, what caused them to originate and the reason they’re inaccurate. For example, because we address the nervous system, Western science is finally catching up and proving that chiropractic ideas and concepts are valid. So, we must continue educating people through truth and clarity. Dr. Winder: I don’t encounter much skepticism about chiropractic to the degree it existed even 10 years ago. More and more studies demonstrate the value of chiropractic. For example, The Joint Commission, which accredits almost 90 percent of U.S. hospitals, recently recommended chiropractic as a means for hospitals to offer non-drug pain relief. Our military chiropractors are now giving 14,000 treatments to armed services members each month. While there are still pockets of skepticism, it is fading. I have medical doctors as patients, and I often receive referrals from them. In fact, most of my patients have been referred by trusted healthcare professionals, so skepticism is not much of an issue for our office. Dr. Battaglia: Skepticism mainly comes from misinformation. I provide free workshops in our office to educate the public. The schedule for these workshops can be found on our website under the “events” tab.

NA: Why did you decide to start practicing this form of alternative medicine in particular?


Dr. Maecker: Again, I am outside the norm here because I came from a medical upbringing and background. A few months after my divorce, my best friend’s marriage ended too, and we began discussing how to refocus our lives. His father was a chiropractor, so he suggested, “Let’s become doctors,” to which I responded, “Okay!” We both applied and were accepted into chiropractic school. He eventually took another path, but I pressed forward, and during that process, I learned that my understanding of chiropractic was wrong. Instead of those misconceptions, I found a view and attitude toward health that meshed with mine. I am exceptionally grateful for that revelation because, otherwise, I would still be existing in the parameters of a healthcare system I don’t agree with––a healthcare system that ignored my own physical issues. Dr. Winder: I am healthy now, but I was disabled at age 21 by severe chronic headaches. I visited about a dozen conventional medical doctors, including highly trained specialists, without success. Finally, a chiropractor named Dr. Jacqueline Paltis helped me start regaining my health. However, that’s not what caused me to enroll in chiropractic school––it was the dozens of patients I met in her waiting room who had found help nowhere else, but started to regain health under her care. I wanted to help others that same way. Dr. Battaglia: I had been seeking answers to my own health crisis for years. I suffered from eight migraines per month, fungal rashes, food allergies and fatigue. I couldn’t even keep my eyes open throughout the day. I have since become licensed and certified in all the techniques that helped me get better. Now people can’t believe I am 39 years old. I feel better now than I ever have before. My purpose is to help people look and feel better without the use of drugs and surgery.

NA: When choosing a chiropractor, what qualities should a patient look for? Dr. Maecker: Find a practitioner who resonates with you. For instance, I educate my patients, so they understand the reason we’re doing everything we do. I empathize with their pain because I’ve experienced almost everything they’re going through, and I’ve rehabbed from a number of issues. I adapt a combination of techniques to maximize their comfort, and I treat the whole body––down to fingers and toes. In addition, I’m always honest, so if I don’t think I can help, or I believe there are better treatment options, I’ll express that. A patient’s health is most important. Dr. Winder: You can check with the Florida Department of Health to make sure their license is in good standing, and if disciplinary actions have occurred. Beyond that, credentials don’t count as much to me as do results. I won’t make a referral to another doctor––whether chiropractor, medical doctor or another practitioner––until I am aware of their ability to make a correct diagnosis and give effective treatment. My advice is to ask around to get more insight on which practitioners have been helpful in addressing your type of

problem? Most people choose a doctor based on cost and convenience, both of which are important. But first of all, when inquiring about a doctor, ask the following questions: “Did they help you?” “Did the results last?” “Did they know where to refer you if they could not help?” Dr. Battaglia: All chiropractors must be licensed in order to practice. The Florida Department of Health provides a website to verify the licenses of all healthcare professionals (APPSMQA.doh.state.fl.us). The credentials of a chiropractor are Doctor of Chiropractic or Chiropractic Physician which are used interchangeably. In the state of Florida, all chiropractors must complete four years of undergraduate school and four years of graduate school for the Doctoral program. Many chiropractors then continue their education. They might choose to specialize in certain fields, which require further credentials. My primary focus is nutrition. Others might choose to specialize in sports rehab or pediatrics, for instance. There are a wide variety of holistic services a chiropractor can offer. Dr. William Maecker received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University, and is certified in Physiotherapy by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He is actively licensed in Florida, and his practice SRQDC is located at 7725 Holiday Drive, Sarasota. Dr. Maecker also provides nutritional and dietary consulting. His office is equipped with E-Stim ultrasound technology, and both a Licensed Massage Therapist and Licensed Acupuncture Physician are on-site for soft tissue bodywork. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-5182247 or visit SRQDC.com. Eric Winder, DC, has been practicing chiropractic for 20 years, having focused specifically on fascial treatment and soft tissue therapies for the past 17 years. His practice GentleBay Chiropractic is located at 3131 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Dr. Winder relieves pain and restores alignment with soft-tissue therapies which don’t involve forceful manipulation. For more information, call 941-957-8390 or visit GentleBay.com. Michele Battaglia, DC, focuses primarily on chiropractic from a nutrition standpoint. Her passion for natural wellness has led to specialized care in nutrition response testing, allergy elimination, weight loss, muscle/tendon work and whole food supplementation. Her practice Natural Health Improvement Center of Osprey is located at 664 S Tamiami Trail, Unit C-2, Osprey. For more information, call 941-2203950 or visit NaturalHealthOsprey.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. natural awakenings

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Fermented Foods Revival Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig

Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.

Grassroots Groundswell

“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut

that sparked my obsession. I also love eating cheese, beer, chocolate, coffee, yogurt and many other products of fermentation.” Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest,

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Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”. Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farmers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.

How Much Is Enough?

Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).


1 to 2 carrots 1 green apple, cored and quartered One 2-inch piece fresh ginger ½ cayenne chili ½ small purple or red onion One 2-inch piece fresh turmeric 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water

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ermented foods are well known for building gut health. Now a growing body of research shows that they improve immunity, brain and heart functions,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. The board-certified doctor of natural medicine, certified herbalist and author blogs from Vancouver, Canada. Get started with these simple, plant-based recipes from her latest book, The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.

Salvadoran Salsa Yields: about 1 quart This gingery and spicy salsa, also known as curtido, is a traditional Salvadoran food. The twist here is added

Use a food processor with a coarse grating blade to shred the cabbage, carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.) Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well.

turmeric and green apple. Serve on its own, as a condiment with chips, on sausages or over salad. Maybe mix a couple of heaping spoonfuls with freshly mashed avocado for a fresh take on guacamole. ½ green cabbage

In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the saltwater over the salsa mixture until all ingredients are submerged, leaving a couple of inches at the top for expansion. Place a snug-fitting plate inside the crock or bowl over the salsa-water mixture; then weigh it down with food-safe weights or a bowl or jar of water, so the

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vegetables remain submerged under the brine as they ferment. Cover with a lid or a cloth, and allow it to ferment five to seven days, checking periodically to ensure the salsa is still submerged below the water line. If any mold forms on the surface, simply scoop it out. It won’t spoil the salsa unless it gets deeper inside the crock. (It may form where the mixture meets the air, but it rarely forms deeper.) After one week, put the salsa in jars or a bowl, cover and place in the fridge, where it usually lasts up to a year.

Vegan Kefir Yields: about 1 quart Traditional kefir is made with cow’s milk, but can be made with plantbased milks like cashew, almond, sunflower seed or coconut. The sweetener feeds the kefir microbes, leaving minimal sugar in the end product. The grains will grow over time; only about one tablespoon of kefir grains is needed to keep the kefir going; remove

the extras to eat, give to friends or add to compost. 1 quart (or liter) filtered water ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews 1 tsp coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar 1 Tbsp kefir grains (a natural starter, available at health food stores and online) Mandarin sections for garnish (optional) Use a blender to blend the water, cashews and coconut sugar (or maple syrup or agave nectar) until it’s smooth and creamy. Pour the cashew milk into a 1½- to 2-quart glass jar, making sure it is less than two-thirds full. Add the kefir grains, stir and then place the cap on the jar. Leave the jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, gently shaking it periodically. The cashew milk will become somewhat bubbly, then will begin to coagu-

late and separate; shake it to remix the kefir or scoop out the thicker curds and use them like soft cheese or sour cream. Refrigerate up to one week. When ready to serve, pour the kefir into a glass and garnish the rim with mandarin orange sections, if desired.

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Fermented Chopped Salad Yields: about 6 cups Unlike other salads, this version stores for many months in the fridge. Serve on its own or toss it in vinaigrette and serve over brown rice for a quick and nutritious rice bowl dinner. 1 radish, finely chopped ½ small onion, finely chopped 1 turnip, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into ½-inch chunks 3 small apples, chopped into ½-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 rutabaga, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock. Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with food-safe weights or a jar or bowl of water. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months.

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cupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed annually on October 24, since its initial commemoration on October 24, 2002. This observance is part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a whole.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, a single modality in the complete medical model of Oriental Medicine, is considered to be between 4,000 and 6,000 years old. The World Health Organization recognizes over 43 common disorders that Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can effectively treat.

These include respiratory disorders such as asthma and allergies, musculoskeletal disorders such as joint pain and arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders such as acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome, gynecological disorders such as painful menstruation and menopausal symptoms, infertility, urinary disorders such as incontinence and sexual dysfunction, psychological disorders such as depression, skin disorders, endocrine disorders, and complimentary treatment to chemo and radiation therapies. This list only represents some of the disorders that can be effectively addressed with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

One aspect of Traditional Chinese Medical theory, on which acupuncture is based, is the theory of Qi (chi) and meridians. Qi is the vital substance that animates the human body to keep all of its systems and organs functioning properly. Qi must be in ample supply and must flow smoothly without obstruction through the meridians. Meridians are pathways that Qi flows through. Each meridian is connected to an organ and has several

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branches throughout the body. Imagine these meridians as streams off of a larger river, and that water flowing through the streams is actually the Qi flowing through the meridian pathways. Imagine that trees lining the banks of the streams fell and blocked the flow of the water through the stream. If we think of this image as the Qi being blocked, then we have a stagnation or stoppage of the flow of Qi. This stagnation of Qi translates into pain or organ system dysfunction. Acupuncture and herbs allow us to manipulate the flow of Qi in the body, thus relieving pain and restoring organ system dysfunction. For example, if you have an injury to your neck from a car accident, and it results in pain, then theoretically the Qi in your neck is blocked, and an acupuncture treatment should help to relieve the pain by restoring the smooth flow of Qi. A more scientific theory on acupuncture’s mechanism of action is based on a series of responses by the nervous, hormonal and vascular systems of the body. Common acupuncture effects include the secretion and regulation of neuro-hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, enkephalin and endorphins. The production of these substances creates a balance at the biochemical level of the body, and can imbue a feeling of peace and wellness. There are now several well-reviewed studies that support acupuncture’s efficacy in the treatment of low backpain, opioid addiction and chemotherapy induced neuropathy. In fact, Acupuncture works so well that Physical Therapists are trying to include it in their practices. It’s called dry needling (except it looks much like Acupuncture), and the current training consists of a weekend course. If you are concerned about the public safety of this, please write, call or visit your state legislator’s office to express your concern.

What Are the Credentials of Acupuncture Physicians?

In the state of Florida, Acupuncture physicians are required to complete a five academic year course of study after


meeting the mandatory prerequisites for acceptance, resulting in a Master’s degree. After completing the required didactic and clinical coursework, four National Board examination tests must be passed and malpractice insurance obtained before a license will be issued. Chapter 457 of the Florida code describes Acupuncture physicians as primary care practitioners who are able to order and utilize laboratory testing. Acupuncture physicians are regulated under the same federal laws and rules in regard to the healthcare privacy act. Specialization in the form of a Doctoral degree is now the terminal degree in the field. Individuals with a Doctoral degree utilize the initials DAOM.

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Who has Received Acupuncture?

Nearly one in 10 adults (approximately 20 million people) in the United States has received Acupuncture, and 60% indicate they would readily consider Acupuncture as a treatment option according to the findings of a national survey by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Nearly half (48%) of the individuals surveyed, who had received Acupuncture, reported they were either “extremely satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their treatment.

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The truth is that you miss all the shots you do not attempt to make. So, why not give Acupuncture a try? You have nothing to lose. Seek out qualified licensed practitioners and make complementary medicine part of your health maintenance regimen. NCCAOM.org is the national accrediting body for Acupuncture Physicians. Log onto their website to find a board-certified practitioner in your area. Dr. Christina Captain is nationally board-certified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at the Family Healing Center which she founded in 2000. She earned her Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Healing Arts, Sarasota. In 2014, she earned a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, CT, and holds a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with focus in integrative medicine and pain management from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Austin, TX. Prior to becoming a practitioner of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Captain earned a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and Communication Disorders from the University of Central Florida. She remains an actively licensed speech pathologist in the state of Florida. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans.

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Mindful Exercises This meditation exercise is recommended by the Holistic Life Foundation to help kids slow down, relax, de-stress or clear their heads:

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Sit comfortably with one hand on your belly, with your head, neck and spine in alignment. Breathe through your nose. As you inhale, feel your belly expand and pause for a second. Then, exhale and feel the belly fall. Repeat for 10 breaths.

This mindfulness instruction is excerpted from a starter lesson at MindfulSchools.org:

Mindfulness is noticing what is happening in the present moment. It can help calm us when we are angry, sad or frustrated. It can help us notice when we are happy or grateful and also to focus, whether in school or in sports. It’s important to let our bodies be very still. When that happens, it gets very quiet. When we have still and quiet bodies, that’s what we call our mindful bodies. Now, let’s close our eyes and just sit like this for one minute.

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stress, anger and other heightened emotions. Today, the organization is sowing the seeds of mindfulness with some 7,500 students a week across 18 Baltimore-area schools, usually beginning through daylong, school-wide interventions and afterschool programs supporting targeted populations. Frustrated kids cool off and center themselves through breathing exercises and meditation in the Mindful Moment Room in the HLF flagship Robert W. Coleman Elementary School. “Sometimes when I get mad, I just breathe deep. I picture being in a certain place I like and I just stop being mad… I think of being a bigger

person and doing something maybe a wise man would do,” advises one fifth-grade participant. “When we had to take a big test, before I took it and in the middle, I took deep breaths to stay calm and finish the test. When everybody around you is making a lot of noises, you just try to tune them out and be yourself, do your breathing,” says another fifth-grader. The training starts with educators learning mindfulness techniques both to help their students and also manage their own stress in the classroom. “The

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program was a fantastic experience,” says Lori Gustovson, a teacher at Baltimore’s Lincoln Elementary School. “We integrated the exercises into our daily schedules, helping many students and teachers focus their attention and regulate emotions such as anxiety, anger and frustration. We are a better school because of the time they spent in our classrooms teaching us the beauty of paying attention to breath, movement and each other,” she observes. Participating schools have reported fewer fights, better attendance and higher grades, among other benefits, according to Ali Smith, all results backed by independent research. Recent studies in schools from San Francisco to Columbus, Ohio, have shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can heighten attentiveness, self-control and empathy, while reducing stress, hyperactivity and depression, and improving academic performance. The kids also apply their newfound skills at home. “To take ownership of the practice and understand the benefits, you have to know how to explain it, so we use a reciprocal teaching model,” says Ali. “We teach the kids to say, ‘Mom, Dad, you look stressed; can you take a breather with me?’” Martin, a Lincoln Elementary student, was pleased to report, “I went to my house and taught my mom how to do all the things you guys taught us.” Virginia, another student, noted, “This morning I got mad at my dad, but then I remembered to breathe, and then I didn’t shout.” Other schools are following suit. Mindful Schools began in 2007 as a single-school program in Oakland, California, and then expanded to support online and in-person courses and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The David Lynch Foundation funds efforts to bring transcendental meditation to underserved kids in classrooms like the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, in Queens, New York; Wilson High School, in Portland, Oregon; and Wayzata West Middle School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, among others. Find easy instruction at Tinyurl.com/MindfulnessStarterLesson. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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solution. Consider using Robert’s Rules of Order or other guidelines for discussions that maintain civility, discourage competitiveness and peacefully resolve conflicts in order to reach consensus.

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Storytelling. Humans learn best when seeing and hearing stories. Facts don’t arouse us as much as narratives and full-body experiences do. Bombarding people with facts won’t create desired change. We must be inspired to act on the knowledge.

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n facing up to today’s often degrading environmental, economic, political, social and hyper-individualistic cultural conditions, we instinctively know that survival requires coming together to effect constructive change. Here are proven approaches to community building that work.

People that feel seen and known are more likely to stay involved.

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Provide food and drink. Traditional societies have always taken hospitality seriously. Having people bring items to add to the collective feast is better than catering.

Elders. Shared history, respect and affection are vital to belonging. Adults coping with a high-stress, industrialized culture might tend to find elders’ stories slow-moving and boring, but they are a critical resource for our collective survival. Beware of the “star from afar” syndrome that posits outsiders as experts, rather than honoring and developing our own community resources, which won’t disappear at the end of an event.

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Gifts and sharing. As we focus on creating a sharing society versus a gimme culture, it’s nice to give small gifts such as a plant or garden flower, organic seeds or regifted items to event attendees. It’s a simple way to help everyone feel valued, appreciated and welcomed. The key is keeping events local, simple and created by the community for the community. Many hands make light work, and some of the best community events cost the host little, while everyone involved brings their own chair or blanket, serving ware and potluck dish.

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Connect with nature and the seasons. Tying gatherings into what’s happening seasonally with all life forms is a traditionally effective way of fostering community. Welcome each person. Either designate greeters or go around the circle welcoming and acknowledging each participant before proceeding with the event’s main activity.

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Ceremony, ritual and the sacred. Deep in our collective human memory lie countless spring and harvest festivals, ceremonial or religious events, meals and celebrations that included a strong sense of passage, initiation and the sacredness of all life. Use one as a springboard to add meaning to a contemporary gathering.

Collective problem solving. People bond into a community when they participate in solving a real-world community problem, helping someone in need or addressing a situation that demands a community

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Shopping. People have been bonding through meeting others in the marketplace since ancient times. Sales or silent auctions are popular when the money paid becomes a gift to the community. A little excitement. Raffles and door prizes add fun as long as any money raised goes into the common coffers as a gift to all. Child care. Children provide a necessary source of untamed energy and entertainment for any gathering. Multigenerational exchanges also help form and


shape them through exposure to role models and life education, even if they might not feel engaged at the time.

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Transportation. Facilitating carpools and providing transportation for those without cars or unable to walk builds community even before the event starts. Dance and body movement. Modern society makes us sit a lot. Physical action connects us in a way nothing else can.

Beauty and music. Our eyes and ears are portals to the soul and spirit of the human psyche. Even a simple drum can bond individuals into a coherent group. Community singing can be powerful medicine, as places of worship ever demonstrate. A simple flower on the table or painting on the wall brings powerful archetypal energies to bear as we come together. An outdoor meeting brings nature’s magnificence to our senses, adding extraordinary power to events. The bottom line is that any community gathering, organization or event that engages body, mind and spirit has a far greater chance of surviving and thriving.

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“At 18, Cleo, my small, gray cat, retired from therapy visits and missed the attention,” says Michelle Cardosi, a retail clerk in Silt, Colorado. “Kids reading to her at the school library provided a solution that satisfied everyone.” In 2010, the public library in White Settlement, Texas, adopted Browser to remedy a rodent problem. Five years later, the city council cited pending renovations and a potential impact on allergies in backing a motion to oust Browser. Supporters, pointing out that the cat brought children through the doors, successfully petitioned to keep the four-legged employee.

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ome cats started their careers in barns with minimal job opportunities. With updated skills, they now boost office morale, encourage reading, promote products and provide therapy. Community cats even work in private security.

In the Office Millennials, now comprising a third of this country’s stressed-out labor force, according to the Pew Research Center and American Psychological Association, are among those that can benefit from having a cat around. Lowered blood pressure is one result, according to research by psychologist Karen Allen, Ph.D., conducted at the University at Buffalo. Even when comfort breaks are hard to schedule, insistent cats cannot be ignored. “Pompous Albert, a rejected show cat, works at SafeWise, in Salt Lake City,” relates Sage Singleton, who handles Albert’s Instagram account. “He boosts morale, reduces stress and provides entertainment.” Carlos, a former rescue kitten, greets employees at PetNovations, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, each morning. He’s the star of the corporate Instagram account and blog, and promotes the company’s eco-friendly Cat Genie litterless cat box. 48

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Therapists At the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, Duke Ellington Morris visits with patients while nurses check vital signs; he’s part of an animalassisted therapy program through the city’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. With the help of his humans, Jessica and Eric Hagan, of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Creek Township, Draven was certified through a local Love on a Leash chapter that qualifies pet-provided therapy animals. He showed My Cat From Hell host Jackson Galaxy his hospital routine for a segment called “My Cat From Heaven.” Draven regularly visits the Grove City Medical Center, in Pine Township, local nursing homes and service groups.

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Private Security Less socially developed feral felines can provide needed services. The Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats rescues such cats from Los Angeles shelters. Each is vetted, spayed/ neutered and microchipped. “When they’re adopted out in threes, community cats are more likely to stay on the job,” notes founder and headmistress Shawn Simons. “In Southern California, working cats are employed as assistants to brewmasters at the Monkish Brewery to protect the grain and hops and at Saluti Cellars as vintner support in charge of gopher population control,” says Simons. “More traditionally, cats at the Portuguese Bend Riding Club barn discourage mice and make friends with horses and riders.” The school’s Working Cat Program partners with area recycling centers, golf courses, warehouses and industrial parks that could otherwise lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually due to vermin-related structural damage, including gnawed wiring and other potential fire hazards. “Businesses get an all-natural, safe and effective way to control pests and cats live life naturally,” says Simons. Working cats of many stripes are becoming increasingly common. For a business, it’s a money-saver; for a cat, it’s a lifesaver. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.


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Eliminate Panic from Your Life by Shana Rosenthal, CCH

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ains in the chest and shortness of breath are common symptoms of panic or anxiety attacks. These physical responses are distressing for most people, as they could be a sign of something more serious. Anxiety attacks can have countless causes, and sometimes they are not obvious. Research shows that difficult situations or stressful life circumstances can increase stress levels and bring on these symptoms. Regretfully, people can suffer panic attacks suddenly and for no apparent reason. Everyone has a natural fight or flight response that activates the release of stress chemicals to the brain when found in conditions where danger is sensed. This response occurs in the same way––whether the threat is just a thought or a reality. Not only can the anxiety attack itself be distressing, it can also place constraints on how people function in their everyday routines. The unpredictability of when and where the next one will occur causes them to live in fear of an attack which is often is the cause of its onset––a vicious cycle that many can relate to. Maybe you find yourself avoiding going to certain locations that you fear might bring about a panic attack. Perhaps you avoid doing particular activities or evading specific situations. Possibly you feel ill-equipped to deal with stressful situations in fear of bringing on the dreaded symptoms of anxiety. If left untreated, these symptoms escalate, and people often become isolated. A loss of confidence and self-esteem is common for those who suffer the attacks which can lead to further stress and anxiety. A panic attack can be extremely

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frightening to anyone experiencing it––not to mention, upsetting for the other people around them as well. One in 10 people will endure a panic disorder in their lifetime. Having a panic attack on a regular basis naturally increases the belief that another one will occur soon, causing constant feelings of fear. Medical professionals can prescribe medication to assist with anxiety and stress. This helps with the signs and symptoms, but not the cause. Hypnosis is found to help calm and control the actual issues driving the cause by helping the subconscious mind to reframe thinking which results in behavioral changes that reduce the effects and, in some cases, remove them entirely. Shana Rosenthal, an experienced Certified Consulting Hypnotist at Four Pillars in Lakewood Ranch, explains, “Hypnosis trains the subconscious mind to respond more appropriately to circumstances that in the past might have caused stress, tension, worry and panic. During only a small number of sessions, my clients are taught powerful techniques and tools that will stay with them for life to instill a deep inner confidence that allows them to remain calm and confident in situations that would have otherwise caused them severe panic and stress. I just love watching my clients transform in such a short period of time.” Hypnosis is an option for people who would benefit from individual supportive sessions. Hypnosis is even more effective when combined with Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/Tapping) which helps the mind to think clearly, calmly and logically, alleviating feelings of fear and panic. Out of the shadow of continuous worry and fear, people can gain the confidence to lead fulfilling lives without constraints. The subconscious is amazingly powerful, and modifications made at this level are often long-lasting. Join Rosenthal at Four Pillars on October 5, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., for her powerful workshop “Eliminate Panic from Your Life,” during which she will share: • Powerful tools and strategies to help overcome panic • Effective methods for recognizing triggers and stopping them • Helpful information on how to deal with panic and numerous ways to achieve peace and calmness The cost to attend this workshop is $15. To register, call 941-373-3955. Shana Rosenthal is a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, Neuro Linguistic Practitioner, Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner and is Stress Management Certified and runs her clinic at Four Pillars, guiding her clients to make profound improvements in their lives. She teaches powerful tools that enable the recipient to overcome their issues, enabling self-empowerment, control and ultimately relief. Four Pillars is located at 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, email Info@FourPillasFlorida. com or visit FourPillarsFlorida.com.


them with whole foods that provide energy. We are more likely to turn off the stress response quicker and feel better about ourselves when we make the right selections. There are several nutritious snacks that will keep you feeling full and satisfy your cravings. I have included my top 10 below:

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ecently, after the occurrence of several threatening hurricanes, I have participated in several coaching calls related to stress eating and how to deal with falling off a committed healthy lifestyle routine. Although many people berate themselves, it’s important not to allow self-doubt to inhibit you from getting back on-track toward your fullest potential. It’s also important to understand how the brain and body collaborate in an attempt to deal with stress. When we experience stress, our brains tell our bodies to release more stress hormones such as cortisol. Cortisol is secreted by the adrenal glands (small endocrine glands above the kidneys) in higher levels during the body’s response to stress. Cortisol has many important roles in the body to help manage stress. However, when we are under prolonged periods of stress, our cortisol levels do not return to normal, and can result in increased visceral fat, high blood sugar and high blood pressure. On a daily basis, we can be stressed by jobs, relationships, raising children, finances and even weather. Preparation is key to being successful. Hurricane Irma, which just recently passed over many islands and the state of Florida continuing up the East Coast of the United States, caused serious destruction in its path and raised high levels of stress for countless people. I witnessed grocery stores wiped out of certain foods, but when I walked down the healthier aisles, I noticed there were still many options. It’s important to avoid sweets, fatty temptations and prepackaged foods. We help our bodies feel their best by fueling

• Celery with almond butter (dry roasted almonds as the only ingredient) • Unsalted nuts • Peppers and cucumbers with hummus • Veggie omelets • Homemade baked sweet potato fries with coconut oil and nutmeg • Roasted chickpeas • Granny Smith apples • Beanitos chips (gluten- and corn-free bean chips) with guacamole or salsa • Mixed berries • Protein balls (I use my own recipe packed with healthy seeds like chai, hemp and flax) Our daily nutritional intake plays a major role in how we feel throughout the day. Serotonin, a key mood neurotransmitter in the brain, also has a role in determining our mood states. If you’re stress eating in an attempt to regulate your emotions, shut the refrigerator door and utilize my top 10 methods for coping with stress and raising your serotonin levels: • Exercise • Sunlight • Yoga • Massage • Reading • Sleep • Reduced caffeine intake • Meditation • Coloring or painting • Sex The fact is that stress causes damage to our bodies. Chronic stress can alter blood sugar levels, worsen irritable bowel syndrome, decrease the body’s immune system response to infection, causes abdominal fat to accumulate, raise our blood pressure and more. We should be kind to ourselves and make time to take for self-care. Choose your food wisely. It’s only human to have a “treat day” once in a while, but remember why nutrition matters, then get back on-track. Most importantly, find time to live, laugh and love every single day. Christal Borg is a Health Coach, NASM Sports Nutrition Specialist and NASM Certified Personal Trainer. She is available for private consultations at Four Pillars, located at 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call 941-373-3955, email Info@FourPillasFlorida. com or visit FourPillarsFlorida.com. natural awakenings

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Interior Worlds Can You See Inside of Things?

by Juliette Jones

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here are those who come to think of imagination, not as though it was an ephemeral-seeming capacity, but rather as something “unreal.” Most of us have heard someone say, “That was just your imagination.” In this case, imagination is brushed aside as an illusion. On the other hand, imagination becomes an asset when employed by artists, inventors, healers and activities which require the ability to “venture inward” to bring forth what is then praised as a talent or gift. Imagination appears to emerge out of a certain receptive state of consciousness. It is also a powerful creative faculty that can be used for good or ill. In the case of the former, it also has the ability to trigger inspiration. “Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” ––Thomas Edison Thomas Edison created and patented over 1,000 inventions, and is best known for the bright idea of the incandescent electric light bulb. According to Edison, ideas are around “in the air,” and that if he had not received them, someone else would have done so. Needless to say, he was a devotee of practical application, having stated, “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are hard work, stick-toitiveness and common sense.” Albert Einstein left behind many clues as to the way he understood his powerful image receiving faculty. He is quoted as saying, “I think 99 times and get nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.” Einstein created “thought experiments” through which he imagined his own consciousness as experiencing the force, or idea that he was exploring. This led to revolutionary discoveries about time and space. “The spirit of the depths opened my eyes, and I caught a glimpse of the inner things––the world of the soul.” ––Carl Gustav Jung

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Children are profound creatures. They travel in a land still not entirely separate from the cosmic self. For as long as I can remember I was intrinsically fascinated by the phenomenon of consciousness and “looking within.” As a young child, my outer environment and family life was relaxed, loving and close to nature. I grew up in a world where reflection and imagination were not discouraged. As a result, I had confidence in my inner world, and there were often occasions when I observed or reflected upon the image-making faculty of mind. One particular “thought experiment” opened a door to dreaming, intuition and the potentials of inner revelation. At the time, I was an only child and spent much time alone or with adults. Like so many children, I resisted the bedtime hour which, in my opinion, should have been later than nine o’clock. No amount of wheedling or resistance would sway my parents to extend my “awake” time. My mother always did her best to make the bedtime hour pleasant, helping me with my pajamas, reading stories and reciting prayers, but her tender efforts were not always persuasive. One night, I determined that I didn’t have to fall unconscious, but could will myself into staying awake. I closed my eyes (so that my mom wouldn’t notice the effort) and stayed vigilant for any sign of sleep. Although my efforts were initially fruitless, I persisted for weeks with great resolve––a feature of the Scorpio archetype that is well-known to astrologers and parents alike. Then, one glorious night, something amazing happened. While I was still entirely “awake,” I broke free from my body and had the awesome sensation of flying at a great speed over the surface of a body of water. Eventually, I fell into what appeared to be something like a waterfall and slipped into unconsciousness. This blissful experience only intensified my efforts to continue the experiment. From that point forward, I had the sensation of “being awake” as an entirely different sort of expanded experience. I persisted in the hopes it would happen again, and it did on quite a few occasions, but the best was yet to come. One night, after going over the waterfall, I found myself abiding in the cosmos itself surrounded by stars. Off in the distance was a “hole” that was emanating light. I desired to approach it, and this desire propelled me towards the opening. As I got closer, I noticed that it looked like what I would now describe as the aperture of an old camera. Next, the opening enlarged and let me pass through. I found myself in a different body, noticing that my arms and legs were of a different color from the little body I had come to know in my short life on earth. To make a long and detailed story short, I had arrived in a scenario which I much later recognized as holding a powerful resemblance to ancient Egypt. Keep in mind, at the time of the dreaming, I was only about three years old, and hadn’t seen or known anything about ancient Egypt. This dream repeated with exactitude many times, and later gave me insight to what people were talking about as reincarnation. It might have been this experience that triggered my capacity for dreaming and certainly a great fascination with the potentials of the higher mind. I was left with an unend-


ing curiosity to explore the dimensions of who and what we really are or might be in relation to the cosmos.

Made in the Imagination of God? If you are in alignment with the realizations that have come forth regarding consciousness––as now seen by contemporary high priests of physics, and has always been acknowledged by the mystics of the ages who have use of the “inner eye”–– you have likely come to view consciousness as nothing less than a fundamental, invisible aspect of the nature of reality. Up until recently, the natural world, as seen by physicists, was painted as four forces: gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. Recently, a new color has been added––consciousness (or Consciousness, with a capital “C”) has turned out to be a missing link in the previous conception of the elemental forces of nature. Science, like spirituality, has always had to venture inward to the depths of the cosmos in our quest for deeper knowledge, inventiveness and healing. We are fortunate to live at the beginning of an era where we are beginning to breaking free from the limited paradigm of scientific materialism. “As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you that as a result of my research about the atoms, this much: There is no matter as such! All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particles of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Spirit. This Spirit is the matrix of all matter”. ––Max Plank, Nobel Laureate and acknowledged Father of Quantum Mechanics.

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The Art of Living Through the Seasons: Autumn Release & Renew

by Michelle Giambra The fourth in a series of five articles to help you thrive while journeying through the seasons.

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utumn invokes within me a sense of excitement, wonderment and anticipation. Perhaps this stems from my childhood in Ohio with the all the “newness” that accompanies the beginning of the school year––new clothes, new school supplies, new classes, new teachers and so on. As an adult living in Florida, the advent of autumn brings with it a sigh of “ahhhhhh,” as the season of high temperatures comes to a close, and more comfortable weather arrives. Autumn is like a breath of fresh air. In the northern states, leaves change color, and the air becomes crisp and alive with a scent of change. In the southern states, people enjoy more time outdoors, and households are revived with fresh air flowing through open windows. From exclamations of “ahhhhhh” triggered by the beauty of the fiery colors of leaves to the sighs of “ahhhhhh” triggered by the more tolerable temperatures, the changes experienced during this season are “ahhhhhh-mazing.” 54

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In Jin Shin Jyutsu philosophy, autumn is associated with the Second Depth Energy, lung and large intestine organ function energy pathways, and the element of air. We can support the flow of these pathways through a wonderful exhalation of “ahhhhh” and witness the newness of the breath that follows. One theme of this depth of energy is, “Every ending is the seed of a new beginning.” In harmony, there is a fluid flow of life force energy for the spirit, mind and body. However, internal and external disturbances can disrupt this flow and result in discomfort, pain or disease. Fortunately, there is ancient wisdom in Jin Shin Jyutsu to help restore and maintain harmony.

Harmonized Flow • Easy Flow of Breath: Full exhalations allow for deep, full-filling inhalations. • Common Sense: Balanced logical thinking flows through the mind. • Ability to “Let Go”: In tune with the cyclical nature of life, one is able to release, let go, say “goodbye” and prepare to receive the new.

Indicators of Disharmonized Flow • Hoarding: Clinging to possessions, people, thoughts or things begin to “own you.” • Suppressed Emotions: Bottled up grief, guilt, hurt feelings and emotions can lead to stagnation and accumulations in the body, mind and spirit. • Respiratory Issues: Bronchitis, asthma, coughing and allergies are some examples of disturbances in the flow of second depth energy.

Ways to Help Yourself • Hold Your Ring Finger: Simply wrap your right hand and fingers around your left ring finger. Relax and hold this position for two to 20 minutes. Then, reverse this position for your right ring finger. Practice every day for a minimum of 10 consecutive days. • 36 Conscious Breaths: Sit or lie down in a comfortable position.

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Let your shoulders and neck relax. Either close your eyes or keep them open. Bring your gentle, loving awareness to the flow of your breath. Exhale and count “one.” See how your inhalation arises in its own natural rhythm and there is no need to “take a breath.” Exhale and count “two.” Inhale. Continue until you have completed 36 full cycles (exhale and inhale) of breaths. • Affirmations: Repeat simple self-loving statements to yourself. Create your own or choose one of these: “I am emotionally balanced.” “I have common sense.” “I trust in the cyclical nature of life.” “I am sustained by the breath of life.” “I have all that I need.” The seasons of nature relate to the natural rhythms and energy flow patterns within our bodies. Maintaining a harmonious flow in each season can help us be happier and healthier. In autumn, be with the cycle of releasing the old and receive the new. Relax, let go and breathe, “ahhhh!”

Learn More Join Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu on October 21 for “Autumn Release & Renewal of Spirit, Mind & Body,” a Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help class. Gain personal insights. Receive practical experience using hands-on energy harmonizing that you can incorporate into your lifestyle every day. Space is limited. The last day to register with payment is October 19. Pay by October 13 to receive an early bird discount. Michelle Giambra, LMT, is a Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner & Self-Help Instructor with nearly 20 years of experience in the unique hands-on healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. She provides private sessions for individuals with health projects such as cancer, pain, anxiety, digestion, fatigue and more. She also teaches self-help classes and leads a monthly hands-on self-healing meditation. Her office, Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu is located in the Rosemary District of downtown Sarasota. For more information, call 941228-2972, email Michelle@SuncoastJSJ. com or visit SuncoastJSJ.com.


The Enchanted Season of Halloween

by Kathleen Dove   alloween’s origins come from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-een) which dates back over 2000 years in Ireland, The United Kingdom and France. After the Romans conquered the Celts in 43 AD, they appropriated the pagan rituals and adapted them to their own Christian celebrations to make them more Church friendly occasions. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as “All Saints Day,” assimilating some of the Celtic traditions of Samhain. The evening prior became known as “All Hallows Eve,” or Halloween. November 1 was the Celtic New Year, and the end of harvest time which marked the beginning of the cold, dark winter. The Celts believed on the night before each new year, the veil between the living and spirit world became thin. Samhain, October 31, was a night the departed could return

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to the world of the living. Their presence made it easier for the ancient Druids and Priests to see the future. They could help give comfort to people by communication with their departed loved ones. The prophecies of the Priests gave them hope and reassurance during the difficult winters. Halloween is a magical, enchanting and sometimes frightening holiday filled with mystery and superstitions. It is thought to be a time when the spirit world is closest to us. The Celts used to set places at their tables for loved ones who had recently passed so they could partake of a family meal together. They lit torches along the roads to help the spirits find their way home. Many of the ancient Halloween rituals focused on the living and predicting the future by connecting to the wisdom of the spirit realm. It was not about the terrifying monsters and creepy clowns that have become the staple of popular culture. Here at The Spirit University, our readers and mediums excel at connecting to the spirit realm. We are excited about Halloween and invite you to join us October 20–21, 7–10 p.m., for “The Haunted Castle of Enchantment.” This is the perfect opportunity for both young and old to experience some mysterious and mystifying phenomena. There will be at least 13 intuitive readers, each of them practicing a different ancient form of divination. If you’ve never experienced a psychic reading, now is your chance. They will be available at just $25 for 15 minutes. Choose from tea leaves, tarot, mediumship, aura, runes and palmistry to name a few. The event will also feature our own Victoria Ackerman demonstrating Flame Cards and the Energy Cabinet. Experience an actual healing séance, while a paranormal investigation takes place. Test your problem-solving skills with our escape room. There will even be ghost stories and sugar skull face-painting. In addition, don’t forget to wear a costume for the photo booth and contest. Finally, what Halloween Haunted Castle would be complete without vampires? We will be hosting a blood drive too, and The Suncoast Blood Mobile will be on-site during the event. Blood is urgently needed for victims of both hurricanes. We will be offering free admission for anyone who donates blood. This event is located at 373 Braden Ave., Sarasota. The cost of admission is $5, and readings are $25. For more information, call 941-544-5874 or visit TheSpiritU.com.

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Let’s Talk about Mercury Fillings by Dr. Martina Mallery, DDS

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ccording to the Environmental Protection Agency, dental offices are the main contributors of environmental mercury pollution. This problem has become so severe, there is now a mandate waiting approval that will require all dentists to equip their practices with a mercury scavenging system called an amalgam separator. This amalgam separator collects the material from the fillings for proper disposal. This begs a question: if the mercury fillings are considered a severe hazard for the health of our environment, would it be possible that these fillings could also have a negative impact on the health of the person having those fillings in their mouth? The American Dental Association maintains the amount of mercury released from amalgam fillings is too small to have any documented adverse effects on human health. However, in 2005 World Health Organization released the following statement: “Adverse health effects from mercury exposure can be tremors, impaired vision and hearing, paralysis, insomnia, emotional instability, developmental deficits during fetal development, and attention deficit and development delays during childhood…Recent studies

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suggest that mercury may have no threshold below which some adverse effects do not occur.” At White Sands Dentistry, we felt the need to consider both sides of the argument. After much research, we came across an organization called the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). Their researchers found that once a person has mercury fillings in their mouth, they are subject to measurable mercury vapors every time they eat, brush their teeth and receive a professional dental cleaning. The amount of mercury released grows exponentially when receiving dental restorative procedures that require placement or removal of this mercury amalgam. Moreover, further studies demonstrated that mercury is a possible cause or exacerbating factor in conditions such as allergies, thyroiditis, chronic fatigue syndrome, reproductive disorders, psychological disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. This is only a partial list, so we encourage readers to visit IAOMT.org and look up the article “2016 Fact Sheet on Human Health Risks from Dental Amalgam Mercury Fillings.” At White Sands Dentistry, we decided to take this scientific research seriously. We have been a mercury-free office, as we discontinued placement of mercury amalgam fillings many years ago. Recently, we decided to become a mercury-safe dental office as well, and we are proud to announce that we have completed certification by the S.M.A.R.T program developed by IAOMT. The acronym “SMART” stands for Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. This removal technique dramatically reduces the amount of mercury exposure. This was a significant investment for our dental practice, and we are excited to become responsible stewards of the health of our patients, our staff and last, but not least, our environment. Please feel free to contact our office and schedule a complimentary consultation if you are interested in safe removal of your dental mercury filling.


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ake the entrance to your home strong! The front door is considered the mouth of Qi. Keep an unobstructed, open flow of energy to the front door. This means there are no recycling bins, cracked old pots with dead cactus or any other items blocking the flow of Qi to your front door. Keep it clean, fresh and flowing––this is always the best Feng Shui. The most auspicious Feng Shui flow of energy to the front door is a smooth and meandering path that resembles water flow. Follow this tip, and abundant health will be yours.    Dr. Christina Captain is nationally boardcertified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at the Family Healing Center which she founded in 2000. She earned her Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Healing Arts, Sarasota. In 2014, she earned a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, CT, and holds a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with focus in integrative medicine and pain management from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Austin, TX.   Prior to becoming a practitioner of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Captain earned a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and Communication Disorders from the University of Central Florida. She remains an actively licensed speech pathologist in the state of Florida. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans.

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Biomagnetist and Spiritual Healer, Ralph Serrano - Ralph Serrano is an Intuitive Biomagnetist and Spiritual Healer. He helps people find their true illness and then helps them through the process of Biomagnetic Pair Therapy. A new revolutionary, scientific and therapeutic and is also a therapy free of side effects, perfectly compatible with any other traditional or alternative practice. Appointments only. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Group Meditation - 11:30am–12:30pm. Peace Through Meditation 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. 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. $20. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Light Lessons for Ascended Mastery, 9 week series with Teresa Blackburn & Rev. Mary Gemming, Ph.D. - 6:30-8pm. In this weekly class, learn how to: fill yourself with The Divine Light Rays, and the powers and blessings of each Ray; develop a personal relationship with the Celestial Beings of Light that deliver The Light of God, (the Elohim, the Archangels & Ascended Masters. Awaken and expand your telepathic communication and intuitive abilities; energize, empower and heal yourself and others, and feel more peace, joy and harmony. 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. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James July 16, since 2007. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Law of Attraction with Zan Benham - 7-9pm. 12-week class series teaches us to become powerful, present, and responsible co-creators in our lives. We will work with the 22 Processes contained in the book “Ask And it is Given” by Ester and Jerry Hicks. $10 per class. 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld -7-9pm. This group

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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. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@VioletWisdom.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, OCTOBER 5 Yoga Class – 9am. With Pauline Dimitry. Awakening for the Heart-Body-Mind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. Accepting New Students. $10. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-822-0263. Releasing Limited Beliefs to Living Your Truth - 6-7:30pm. Diane Raffoni will be teaching this sixweek class series based on her published currifulum. $15 per class or $75 for all six classes (paid at the first class). 941-955-3301 UnityOfSarasota.org. Eliminate Panic from Your Life - 7-9pm. Maybe you find yourself avoiding going to certain locations where you fear may bring about a panic attack? Perhaps you avoid doing particular activities or evading specific situations? Do you feel ill-equipped to deal with stressful situations in fear of bringing on the dreaded symptoms of anxiety? Join Shana Rosenthal for a powerful workshop where she will share: tools and strategies to help overcome panic, effective methods for recognizing triggers and stopping them, and helpful information on how to deal with panic and numerous ways to achieve peace and calmness. $20. 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, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 Therapeutic Healing Class with Rev. Mary Linn Clark – 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. 3 week course. $20 per class.Cosmic Center of Spiri-

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ers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. Fridays only by appointment, $90/1 hour, $45/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 Psychic Saturday – 10:30am-1pm. Readings and Healings (Pet Healings too!). Gift certificates available. 15-min readings/$20, Vibrational Healing/Love Donation. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave., 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 The Universal Worship Service -10:30am. This weekly egalitarian worship service will be officiated by Rev. Zan Benham. Services celebrate all of humanity’s religions and spiritual traditions on a single altar. Scriptures, songs, prayers, chants, and offerings from each religious tradition are accompanied with universalist prayers that honor all faiths as lights serving humanity’s unfoldment. Different officiates/Cherags rotate on leading the services each week. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, FL. RisingTideInternational.org. Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 Sierra Club Manatee Conservation Committee – 1:30-3:30pm. Please join us and help us to build sound environmental policy in Manatee County. Bradenton Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. Sandra Ripberger, 941-794-3878, SandraRip@yahoo.com or Judy Johnson/Stuart Smith, 941-7556110, Jedit79@gmail.com. Light Lessons for Ascended Mastery, 9 week series with Teresa Blackburn & Rev. Mary Gemming, Ph.D. - 6:30-8pm. In this weekly class, learn how to: fill yourself with The Divine Light Rays, and the powers and blessings of each Ray; develop a personal relationship with the Celestial Beings of Light that deliver The Light of God, (the Elohim, the Archangels & Ascended Masters. Awaken and expand your telepathic communication and intuitive abilities; energize, empower and heal yourself and others, and feel more peace, joy and harmony. 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. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James July 16, since 2007. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 Experience John of God, Crystal Light Bed Sessions – 9am-6pm. With Michele Denise. She is authorized by John of God, and offers crystal light bed sessions and tours to visit John of God in Brazil. The crystal light bed aligns the chakras leaving the person emotionally, physically and spiritually balanced. Available, blessed John of God Crystals and Jewelry. $35/half hour, $65/ per hour. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, for appointment, 828423-1482, Michele@crystalhealingbed.com. Spirit Connections Business Networking Group – 12-1pm. Increase your exposure to like-minded professionals, gain referrals from a spiritual network and sharpen your networking skills with exclusive member resources. Develop lasting relationships that allow you to grow personally and professionally. With Lena Mamone. $5. Gecko’s Grill and Pub, 351 N Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, 941544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.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. How to Connect You With Angels and Spirit Guides – 7-9pm. Travel with us through the planes of existence and meet heavenly beings—YOUR angels and spirit guides who are eager to assist and guide you. Learn how to communicate with them and understand their messages. Many people have experienced angels or spiritual beings interceding at pivotal moments in their lives. Indira will share her personal story of hearing her guardian angel as a young child and how heeding that guidance saved her from serious injury. With Indira. $25. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 Experience John of God, Crystal Light Bed Sessions – 9am-6pm. With Michele Denise. She is authorized by John of God, and offers crystal light bed sessions and tours to visit John of God in Brazil. The crystal light bed aligns the chakras leaving the person emotionally, physically and spiritually balanced. Available, blessed John of God Crystals and Jewelry. $35/half hour, $65/ per hour. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, for appointment: 828423-1482, Michele@crystalhealingbed.com.

“Chakras, Mythology and Astrological Symbolism” Class with Johnny Barnett – 7-9pm. Astrologer Johnny Barnett leads us on an exploration of the Spiritual Anatomy of the Chakra System, painting a dynamic picture of how we are put together and how Spirit moves through the body, informing and defining each of our lives with purpose. The corresponding symbolism of Astrology and Greek Mythology help to illustrate the simple yet profound dynamics that comprise each one of us, offering an understanding of our passions, conflicts, and dreams as meaningful expressions of Spirit through the matter of our bodies. Pre-registration is required, $25. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld -7-9pm. 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. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@VioletWisdom.com. My Story: Surviving Cancer - 7-9 pm. With Leslie Peterson and Karin Ireland (Survivors).Two cancer survivors share their very different paths to wellness. Leslie and Karin have explored options allopathic, complementary, and alternative, and will share what they’ve discovered with you. Leslie and Karin have lived with cancer for years. Both considers themselves proof that sometimes, when cancer won’t go away, you can live with it. Come hear their stories; learn which websites, books, and other materials they have found helpful and how you can work with your doctors to be well. Free. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 Yoga Class – 9am. With Pauline Dimitry. Awakening for the Heart-Body-Mind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. Accepting New Students. $10. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-822-0263. Guest Reader, Johnny Barnett - 10:30am– 5:30pm. Your reading will empower you to tap into your inner wisdom as Johnny describes the planetary energies that have influenced you since birth and continue to act upon you in the present and future. The practice of “Chakraology” is rooted in the realization that the 7 traditional planets correspond to the 7 chakras and thus the ancient Hermetic principle, “As Without, So Within,” comes to life in your reading as we see the planetary dynamics manifesting through your body via the chakras. 15mins/$30,

30mins/$60, 45mins/$70, 60mins/$90. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com Waning Moon Meditation & Sacred Women’s Circle - 6:30pm. Siesta Key Beach FREE Facebook.com/divinebadass, Divine-Badass.com. Engaging Cooperation - 7-9 pm. Do you wish you could wave a magic wand and your child would do as you say the FIRST time? Are your methods of getting your child to cooperate working? With the help of Certified Professional Coach and Parent Coach, Wendy Rudd, you will learn proven and effective ways to engage cooperation. You will walk away having a better understand of your children’s point of view and new tools to help you communicate better. Based on the bestselling book How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & How to Listen So Kids Will Talk  by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. $15. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Manatee-Sarasota Group Meeting – 7pm. Speaker, Frank Jackalone of Sierra Club’s Florida Chapter Director supervises Sierra Club’s campaigns to restore the Everglades and Florida’s springs; reduce red tide and algal blooms in Florida’s waters; protect Florida’s wildlife, habitat, and water resources from development, pollution, and over-consumption; stop open field sugar burning; and replace oil, coal, and natural gas with 100% renewable energy to power Florida’s buildings and motor vehicles. He will discuss the destructive policies of the Trump White-house and the Sierra Club’s conservation and clean energy work in Florida. Join us for this important meeting and bring a snack to share. Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. Of the Arts, SierraClub.org/Florida/ Manatee-Sarasota. 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.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 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

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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. Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. Fridays only by appointment, $90/1 hour, $45/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com. 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, October 13. $18/class, $60/5 classes, prepay. Cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-228-2972, Michelle@Suncoastjsj. com, Suncoastjsj.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Sierra Club Autumn Wildflowers Hike - 8 to 10 miles across prairies and flatwoods enjoying the fall blooming grasses and flowers. Group size limited. Suggested donation $5. Reserve with Bill Lewis. 941-355-2156. Learn Energetic Healing With Reiki I – 10am2pm. In this powerful one-day class you will learn Reiki healing along with other advanced techniques. Anyone with a compassionate heart and a commitment to learn can become a practitioner of energy healing. Access a life-changing gift by mastering simple techniques and obtaining a deeper understanding of what energy healing is. Workshop includes: Reiki 1 Certification and Attunement, Aura Clearing, Hand Positions, Self-Treatment, Healing Others, Body Scanning, Develop your Practice, Reiki in Hospitals. With Barbara Harrison. $118/$138 at the door, plus $18 manual. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Guest Reader, Margo Park - 10:30am–5:30pm. Margo Park is a warm and caring person who uses her psychic gifts to connect with your spirit guides for guidance and clearer vision in your life. She will often receive healing messages from loved ones that have crossed over to the other side. Margo is a Certified Voyager Tarot Consultant, Aromatherapist, Reiki Master and is gifted in working with animals.  She loves to find the answers that you seek and share her knowledge of how you can connect with your own intuition and spirit guides. 30 mins/$60. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 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

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meet others who love to sing HU. Free. La Quinta Inn, Rm A, 5931 Commercial Way (W of I-75), Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 Caring for your Skin and Slowing the Aging Process – 11am-12:30pm. Christa Andrews, our newest team member and aesthetician from London, will be sharing over 20 years of experience in the spa industry by leading a hands-on class in a treatment room to discuss which treatments and products really work and how to achieve the results you desire with professional and home care tips. She will explain the benefits of hydro facials and the relaxing European approach to skin care treatments. Free. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Light Lessons for Ascended Mastery, 9 week series with Teresa Blackburn & Rev. Mary Gemming, Ph.D. - 6:30-8pm. In this weekly class, learn how to: fill yourself with The Divine Light Rays, and the powers and blessings of each Ray; develop a personal relationship with the Celestial Beings of Light that deliver The Light of God, (the Elohim, the Archangels & Ascended Masters. Awaken and expand your telepathic communication and intuitive abilities; energize, empower and heal yourself and others, and feel more peace, joy and harmony. 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. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Dr. 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.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 Free Pain Elimination Seminar and Demonstration – 6-7pm. This technique will balance the energy in the body and delete the discomfort. Join Heidi for a powerful and rewarding experience with a with a non-invasive, no hands technique. Heidi will remove the pain caused by energetic blockages and improve the quality of life. At Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6553 Superior Ave. (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota. RSVP, for more info, 941-544-8388, Heidi@LifeBalance.life. Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld -7-9pm. 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. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@VioletWisdom.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

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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. Palmistry My Way – 7-9pm. In palmistry one learns to harness the unlimited powers of insight, creativity and spirituality. It allows changing mindset to make emotions, positive and negative, work. Palmistry can answer all your individual questions by unlocking the secrets. It can also help you discover your hidden talents and abilities. By participating in a palm reading session you allow palmistry to open the door to excitement, romance and adventure.  Palmistry revives old, forgotten memories, worth a thousand words. With Myrna Lou Goldbaum. $39. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com TheSpiritUniversity.com REIKI III Master Share – 7-9pm. A monthly gathering for practice, expansion and healing by Reiki III Masters of all lineages. Wear comfortable clothes. $5 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, OCTOBER 19 Yoga Class – 9am. With Pauline Dimitry. Awakening for the Heart-Body-Mind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. Accepting New Students. $10. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-822-0263. Facial Acupuncture – Build Collagen the Natural Way - 2-4 pm. Mei Zen - “beautiful look” - applies extra-fine needles to stimulate collagen production and blood flow around the eyes, nose, ears, mouth and cheekbones, reducing muscle tension and strengthening the underlying tissue. Over 10 treatments with Josh Zimmer, you’ll notice softer lines, more luster and an overall skin tightening. Come volunteer to experience a mini-session and explanation in a treatment room and learn more! Free. 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 blessingsbestowed upon is. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 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, 30mins/$50, 45mins/$70, 60mins/$90. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, 941-3613006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com.


Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. Fridays only by appointment, $90/1 hour, $45/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

Elysian Fields – Crystals & Stones Sale! 12pm– 5pm. Crystals & Stones are admired both for their natural beauty and metaphysical properties. Elysian Fields - one of the area’s first retailers to offer an extensive collection of beautiful, hand-selected pieces from around the world for all to enjoy locally - is pleased to offer their new and loyal customers a Crystals & Stones Sale. All crystals & stones will be 20% - 50% off storewide. (Not valid on jewelry or prior purchases.) Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com.

Haunted Castle of Enchantment – 7-10pm. Psychic Fair and Open House in 2 fun-filled nights! 13+ Intuitive Readers, Escape Room, Ghost Stories, Séance, Paranormal Investigation, Costume Contest, so much more! $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

Music and Messages - 7pm. Enjoy an evening of music performed by a wonderful, local musician, Mike Markaverich and Spirit Messages offered by mediums between musical selections. Sarasota Center of Light Sanctuary. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 Sacred Women’s Sleepover Heartwood Retreat Center - Yoga, self-love, esoteric teachings and more. Day passes available! Bradenton, Divine-Badass.com. Elysian Fields – Crystals & Stones Sale! 10am– 6pm. Crystals & Stones are admired both for their natural beauty and metaphysical properties. Elysian Fields - one of the area’s first retailers to offer an extensive collection of beautiful, hand-selected pieces from around the world for all to enjoy locally - is pleased to offer their new and loyal customers a Crystals & Stones Sale. All crystals & stones will be 20% - 50% off storewide. (Not valid on jewelry or prior purchases.) Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Release the Old & Renew Your Total Being - 11am-3pm.  Learn about how the energy pathways in your body, attitude, element, & more relate with autumn. Enhance your self-awareness. Gain personal insights. Practice & experience hands-on energy balancing to help you be in tune with the energetic flow of the season. Pay by October 13 $72/early bird; $80/after. Last day to register is October 19. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-228-2972, Michelle@Suncoastjsj.com, Suncoastjsj.com. Unity’s One World Bookstore Enrichment 11am-4pm. A great opportunity to sample personal readings with a diverse group of readers and healers. Local women specializing in Astrology, Tarot, Palmistry, Numerology, Psychism, and Healing will be available. 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Haunted Castle of Enchantment – 7-10pm. Psychic Fair and Open House in 2 fun-filled nights! 13+ Intuitive Readers, Escape Room, Ghost Stories, Séance, Paranormal Investigation, Costume Contest, so much more! $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 ECK Light and Sound Service – 10-11am. Animals Are Soul, too! Divine love doesn’t have the barriers that the human mind makes. God’s love is also shared between people and pets. La Quinta Inn, 5931 Commercial Way (W of I-75), rm A, Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23 Light Lessons for Ascended Mastery, 9 week series with Teresa Blackburn & Rev. Mary Gemming, Ph.D. - 6:30-8pm. In this weekly class, learn how to: fill yourself with The Divine Light Rays, and the powers and blessings of each Ray; develop a personal relationship with the Celestial Beings of Light that deliver The Light of God, (the Elohim, the Archangels & Ascended Masters. Awaken and expand your telepathic communication and intuitive abilities; energize, empower and heal yourself and others, and feel more peace, joy and harmony. 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. Old-Time Seance Techniques – 7:15-8:45 pm. Experience and try some of the physical mediumship techniques that are often associated with “oldtime” séances, such as table-tipping, the pendulum, psychometry, flower messages, and more. Learn about apports, billets, the medium’s trumpet, direct voice, and raps. Have you read Solitary Séance by Raymond Buckland? (available at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle). With Shanna Spalding St. Clair. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James July 16, since 2007. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 Meditation – The Inner Journey Rev Jim Toole – 7:30 – 9pm. Learn how to open up within, become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, and connect with your inner knowing. Experience stress relief, more balance, harmony and peace. $15. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 Fall into a Happy and Healthy You with Essential Oils - 6:30-8:00pm. 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 com-

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CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS MARTIAL FUSION® BUDO CROSS TRAINING -is a universal discipline that combines aikido, yoga, qigong, kickboxing and meditation for health, fitness and inner development. Visit us 2902 Hyde Park St, Sarasota, MartialFusion.com.

LIFE COACH ALL ASPECTS OF HELP from situations to every area of life. Call 941-377-8602. “Free” Consultation over the phone 24/7>lifecoachlindadunnigan.com/

OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE QUIET 750SQ’ OFFICE SUITE FOR LEASE $795. Light, bright, chemical free property. 3 offices plus reception, storage, kitchenette & bathroom. Large windows. Upstairs in quiet healing arts building. FREE move in days. Gulf Gate. Call 952-1200.

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. IN HOME PERSONAL TRAINING/MIND BODY FITNESS COACHING. Private, small group, and group sessions. FREE consultation. 732-610-6486. mon ailments. This class will introduce you to how you can easily incorporate essential oils into your daily life. * Extra bonus of class NEW doTERRA oils to share and experience. Led by, Laurel James, a National Interior Designer and author of Interiorology. Priceless. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld -7-9pm. 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. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@VioletWisdom.com.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 Yoga Class – 9am. With Pauline Dimitry. Awakening for the Heart-Body-Mind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. Accepting New Students. $10. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-822-0263. 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

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focus. 15mins/$30, 30mins/$60, 45mins/$80. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Advanced Fermentation -7-9 pm. The Advanced Fermentation Class will be on Sauerkraut and Mixed Fermented Vegetables. Jillian Ross, The Ferment Lady, will be back at Four Pillars! She will focus on the preparation of fermenting various types of cabbage into Sauerkraut, as well as an assortment of mixed brined vegetables. This will be a hands-on event; each participant will be able to go through the process themselves and be able to take home the ferments that they have made in class. Jillian will provide all of the items for the class (including the food); the only required item will be to bring your own kitchen knife to do the chopping. $20. 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, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com. “Stop Pain Quickly & Naturally” class with Csongor Daniel - 7–9pm. In this fascinating class, Csongor Daniel will reveal his secret on how to stop pain within minutes with simple hand moves. Learn how to see, feel, and manipulate the energy field around the body to induce healing – many times without even touching the body. This technique is believed to be the fastest and most powerful energy healing method ever developd. Class includes a free Group Healing. Csongor Daniel’s book, “Simple Techniques for Reducing Pain and Restoring Health Through Energetic Healing” is available at Elysian Fields. Pre-registration is required. $25. Class held at Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 Guest Reader, Margo Park - 10:30am–5:30pm. Margo Park is a warm and caring person who uses her psychic gifts to connect with your spirit guides for guidance and clearer vision in your life. She will often receive healing messages from loved ones that have crossed over to the other side. Margo is a Certified Voyager Tarot Consultant, Aromatherapist, Reiki Master and is gifted in working with animals. She loves to find the answers that you seek and share her knowledge of how you can connect with your own intuition and spirit guides. 30 mins/$60. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. Fridays only by appointment, $90/1 hour, $45/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

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Divine Mommy a Loving 6-week Continuation of Bootcamp for the Woman’s Soul – 121:30pm. Meets Fridays with Jamie Day. Prana Yoga studio, Sarasota, Divine-Mommy.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 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 min reading, $40/30 min 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.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 30 Group Meditation - 11:30am–12:30pm. Peace Through Meditation 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. 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. $20. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Light Lessons for Ascended Mastery, 9 week series with Teresa Blackburn & Rev. Mary Gemming, Ph.D. - 6:30-8pm. In this weekly class, learn how to: fill yourself with The Divine Light Rays, and the powers and blessings of each Ray; develop a personal relationship with the Celestial Beings of Light that deliver The Light of God, (the Elohim, the Archangels & Ascended Masters. Awaken and expand your telepathic communication and intuitive abilities; energize, empower and heal yourself and others, and feel more peace, joy and harmony. 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. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James July 16, since 2007. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 IANDS Near Death Experience Group – 7-8:30 pm. Near death study and support group of Sarasota. IANDS Affiliated Groups serve near-death experiences by providing understanding and information to those who have had such experiences. Groups also offer education and discussion of

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near-death and related experiences in a supportive setting. Meets first Thursday of every month. With Sue Lanier, Carol Vengroff. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Shaman Journey – 2-5:30pm. On the Full Moon following All Hallows the veils open to greet us in this incredible world of the Shaman’s dream. Similar to a guided meditation, enhanced by the heartbeat of the large mother drum we enter into a parallel reality where the seen and unseen, known and unknown open up with for us for guidance, clarity, insight and healing, RSVP. $25 in -advance or $30 at door. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, FL. Rev. Zan Benham aka Butterfly Deerwoman, 941-922-7839, Zan@ woman-spirit.com, Woman-Spirit.com.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Spiritual Arts Decoded – 7:15-8:45 pm. The Spiritual Arts are time-honored methods to connect to Spirit, higher consciousness, and the energy of the universe. They allow us to create pathways to greater possibilities. However, sorting out the Spiritual Arts, what they are and what they are for, can sometimes be confusing. The Spiritual Arts Decoded series identifies “what’s what” by providing an overview of the foundational information you need to move forward in your areas of interest with more confidence. With Shanna Spalding St. Clair. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Crystal Tibetan Bowl Concert – 7-9pm. Sound Healer Robert Austin, Special Guest Mom Jennie, and Gong Artist Ed Russell will perform with over 30 bowls and various sound instruments and several gongs. Limited seating, reservations requested. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Psychic Fair and Open House – 11am-4pm. Learn more about The Spirit University! Our Psychic Readers will use their intuitive abilities to assist you in making choices and in answers for personal growth. READINGS are 15 minutes, so you have time to sample different reader styles. If you’ve never had a reading, now is the time to give it a try! Only $25. We will also offer HEALINGS with our certified Reiki healers. Healings; 15 min/$25. Admission $3. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Reiki III Master Tune-Up – 11am-5pm. Revisit the teachings, breaths, meditations, symbols and Reiki practices you learned in your journey to becoming a Reiki III Master Healer. Review the attunement procedure and become re-attuned. Brush up on your sacred gifts. RSVP. $122. Location of Swift Rd Rev. Zan Benham aka Butterfly Deerwoman, 941-9227839. Zan@woman-spirit.com, Woman-Spirit.com.


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faiths as lights serving humanity’s unfoldment. These services are led by a Reverend/Cherag. All are welcome. For info, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational.org.

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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.

Morning Meditation at Garden of the Heart Yoga Center - 8:30-9:30am. Stephen Gillum will lead you through meditation practices including silent, guided, and walking meditation. Suggested Donation $12. Garden of the Heart Yoga Center, 2888 Ringling Blvd., GardenofTheHeartYoga.com. One from the Heart Healing Sessions – 9:3010:15am. Center of Spiritual Awareness healing practitioners offer 15-min sessions to bring a state of wholeness to body, mind, and spirit. Free. Fruitville Rd (Knights of Columbus Bldg), 941-926-7828. Sunday Services Cosmic Center – 10am. Handson 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.

Open Heart Divine Healing Service – 12:15pm. First Sunday monthly. Through the gathering of the faithful, experience and co-create the Anchoring of Powerful Divine Healing Energies within the Sacred Circle. Expect miracles! Rev Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James. A Spiritual Discussion follows the service at 1:15 with Rev Molly Friedenfeld. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941371-9333. ccosl.com. Recorder Players Quartet – 4-5pm. looking for especially a tenor recorder player but all welcome to join. Contact CL, 941-960-3041. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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 Service at CMF – 10:30am. Please join us each Sunday morning for spiritual healing, an inspirational talk, special music and messages from spirit.  Leave refreshed and inspired. Refreshments and fellowship period follows the service.  Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota. 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota.org. The Universal Worship Service -10:30am. This is an egalitarian worship service that celebrates all of humanity’s religions and spiritual traditions on a single altar. Scriptures, songs, prayers, chants, and offerings from each religious tradition are accompanied with universalist prayers that honor all

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.

Alternative Health – 10-11am. Alt Mondays. With Eve Prang Plews, LNC, IFMCP. WMNF 88SFM. Call-in line 813-239-9663, wmnf.org. 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. Group Guided Self-Hypnosis - 11:30am-12:30pm. Oct 9, Oct 23. 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, 941373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.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. 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 Melissa Schnirring. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. The Art of Evidential Mediumship II: Introduction to Platform/Gallery Performance – 7:158:45 pm. Platform/Gallery Mediumship is an art form, involving not only mediumship ability but also performance presentation, etiquette, and other public demonstration skills. This informational workshop offers an in-depth exploration of Platform/Gallery mediumship, providing time for demonstration and participation. This is a great oppor-

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tunity to develop and enrich your current mediumship repertoire. (Shanna has taught this workshop at Lily Dale several times under the title From the Front.) With Shanna Spalding St. Clair. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Monday Evening Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation – 7:45pm.  With Dr. Rev Sharon-Elizabeth James, serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light every Monday since July 16, 2007! Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, ccosl.com.

tuesday 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. Spirit Connections – Business Networking Group – 12-1pm. Connections Are Everything. Increase your exposure to like-minded professionals, gain referrals from a spiritual network and sharpen your networking skills with exclusive member resources. Develop lasting relationships that allow you to grow personally and professionally at this monthly restaurant meeting. Hosted by Lena Mamone. $5. The Spirit University, held at Geckos Grill & Pub 351 N Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.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. The Happy Birth Way – Childbirth Classes - 7-9 pm. Tuesdays, Oct 3, 10, 17. As a Certified, Happy Birth Way Childbirth Educator, Angela Campano will teach you and your partner Your New Birth the Happy Birth Way childbirth classes. These classes will prepare you for your upcoming labor journey. These childbirth classes are designed to help parents with the physical and emotional aspects of labor, positions and breathing for labor, using labor hormones to your advantage. This class also includes how to best support the mom-to-be in labor, and massage techniques. You will learn

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what happens after baby is born, breastfeeding techniques and more. This is a 5-class course (2 hours each). $150. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.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.

Law of Attraction Class Returns - 7-9pm. Class resumes Tuesdays starting Oct. 3. This class takes you to the leading edge of co-creation, working with the Principles of the Laws of Cause/Effect or Sow/ Reap. We are entering a study series of intension for living life as masterfully as we can, given our various quirks and preferences. We move forward in our understanding of the Law of  “if you ask it is given.” $10. At Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. Sarasota. Rev. Zan Benham, 941-922-7839, Zan@ woman-spirit.com, Woman-Spirit.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.

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. 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.

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Walking Wednesdays - Starts October 18th at 5:30pm. Walking, body weight exercises, stretching, & meditation. We will meet at Kissing Sailor Statue at the marina.  Please bring a Yoga mat. $15.00.  Space is limited. To register for this walk, call Vicky at You First - Mind Body Fitness Coach/ Trainer, 732- 610-6486. 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. Wednesday Candlelight Healing Service - 7pm. Wednesday evening is dedicated to healing. Receive a Vibrational Healing and join us in a guided meditation.  We share our energy and intentions together in our candlelit sanctuary in a peaceful and loving hour together. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-9536620, 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 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, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. The Keys of Enoch Study Group – 7-9pm. 1st and 3rd Weds. Known also as The Book of Knowledge, this is the study of the “code-book” or blueprint for spiritual consciousness with the reality of Divine Intelligence. KeysOfEnoch.com. Written by Dr J J Hurtak. Co-facilitated by Kim Converse and Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James. $7. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, ccosl.com.

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, 941-5253752, aware122@gmail.com, 360DegreeWellness.com. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute--10-11am, Drop-in 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. Rudolf Steiner, Agriculture Book Study 7-8:30pm. Biodynamic agriculture and it’s cosmology. 941-960-3041. Discover Your Power: Evidential Mediumship – 7-9pm. Through Oct. 19. Mediumship is a unique journey. This workshop focuses on you and the growth of your individual ability. Learn to attune to your energies and build a stronger link to the spirit world. This 6-session class is geared to group work as well as private sessions as we experiment and explore the joys of communicating with Spirit. Learn how to move into your own power and then the power of the spirit using proven mediumship methods. With Karen Rose Slember. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, 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. Automatic (Spirit) Writing – 7:30-9pm. A four week, Thursday night class series beginning October 12. Doug Plaskett will teach you how to connect with family, friends, guides and others on the “Other Side” by automatically writing what you experience and receive. $10/class. Sarasota Center of Light Ed Center. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-9536620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.

friday 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. 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. “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.

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.

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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.

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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. 941-9329440. RealizeBradenton.com/our_vendors. 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 – 10am5pm 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.

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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

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

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 Satmove 10-3.

Family Healing Center, an integra6557 SUPERIOR AVENUE • SARASOTA, FL • 34231 tive well{IN GULF GATE SHOPPING VILLAGE} ness practice. Addressing all health issues we will 941.312.5630 • WILDGINGERAPOTHECARY.COM BEDDING find the key to unlock your highest level of health and wellness. Complimentary Meet & Greet

ACUPUNCTURE FACELIFT

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!

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.

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.

ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER SARASOTA ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER


Anne Luther, DVM 3646 Birky St., Sarasota 34232
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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!”

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!

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Board Certified Acupuncture Physician The Integrated Path, P.A. 3148 Southgate Ci, Sarasota 941-924-8833 IntegratedPath.com

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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.

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.

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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.



WHITE SANDS DENTISTRY

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

Improving health in Sarasota, one person at a time.

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

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY ADVANCED CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY [WHOLE BODY]

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

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

CRYSTALS THE CRYSTAL CAVE

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

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

ELYSIAN FIELDS

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

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

DENTISTRY RAY BEHM DDS

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

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

FURNITURE TOP DRAWER FURNITURE

Martina Mallery 520 48th Street Court E. Bradenton 941-748-9393
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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

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BETH A. SNYDER HYPNOSIS & MINDFUL COACHING

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

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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!

FACIALS/MASSAGE

JIN SHIN JYUTSU®

HEART AND SOLE ORGANICS

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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SUNCOAST LYMPHEDEMA THERAPY CENTER

SERENITY STATIONS

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

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

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



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.

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STARFLOWER ORGANIC SPATHECARY

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.

PET SUPPLIES HOLISTIC FOR PETS

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

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

SHAMANIC PRACTICES SPIRITUAL COUNSELOR, SHAMANIC AND REIKI PRACTICES 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.

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

MATCHMAKING SUNCOAST SINGLES

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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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.

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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.


SPA AND WELLNESS FOUR PILLARS

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

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

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 OF SARASOTA

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

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

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!”

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Coming Next Month Diabetes Prevention & Reversal Plus: Silent Retreats

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.

November articles include: Lifestyle Changes for Diabetics Stretching Modalities The Benefits of Silent Retreats and so much more!

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 is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

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