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LIVING

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WOMEN’S HEALTH EDITION

Healing the Hard Stuff Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses

Moving Through Menopause

Exercising Reduces Symptoms

Kelly Noonan-Gores on

HOW WE SHAPE OUR HEALTH Rules to Talk By

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

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

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Contents 30 HEALING THE HARD STUFF

Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses

32 KELLY

NOONAN-GORES

On How We Shape Our Health

34 PERSONALIZED HEALTH CARE

Functional Medicine Leads the Way

36 MOVING THROUGH

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MENOPAUSE

Exercising Reduces Symptoms

38 CRAZY-GOOD CONDIMENTS

DIY Versions Add Zest and Nutrients

40 PILLOW SELF-TALK Three Questions to Ponder Before Sleeping

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42 KID TALK

How to Communicate with a Child

46 FIVE REASONS TO LOVE A CAT

They Bring Health and Happiness Home

DEPARTMENTS 11 news briefs 24 health briefs 28 community

spotlight 32 wise words 34 healing ways 36 fit body 38 conscious eating

46 40 inspiration 43 healthy kids 46 natural pet 57 calendar 65 resource guide 67 classifieds


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

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cross the nation, May is recognized as Women’s Health Month, and this issue of Natural Awakenings is dedicated to raising the banner of wellness, vitality and empowerment for women of all ages. Whether your health goal is to become mindful of the foods you’re consuming, to exercise on a more consistent basis, to develop a stress management routine or to experience relief from a certain ailment, this month’s issue is loaded with insights on how natural healing, conscious living and intentional self-care make a tremendous difference in your quality of life. And this isn’t true for just the ladies—men can benefit from these wellness practices too! Our feature article for this month is “Choose Natural Care First” which focuses on how gentle alternative modalities should be our first line of defense to strengthen the body, instead of defaulting to invasive Western medicines that often leave our bodies drained and weakened. Along those same lines, our “Healing Ways” article is spotlighting a holistic trend known as personalized medicine. This approach to healing uses genotype testing to discover your unique DNA makeup and create an individualized treatment plan to align with your genetic profile. Next, if you’re a woman over the age of 45, it’s likely that you’ve started experiencing the changes and symptoms associated with menopause. These can be irritating and even painful, but exercise is a powerful method of counteracting the discomfort. This month’s “Fit Body” article explains how physical activity can ease menopause-related issues such as mood swings, hot flashes and weight gain, for instance. Some of the recommended exercises include walking, swimming, hiking, dancing, cycling, resistance training, or gentle forms of yoga and Pilates. Finally, a holistic emphasis on health is not complete without addressing our emotional and spiritual well-being too. Our article on “Pillow Self-Talk” examines three questions we should ask ourselves each night before drifting asleep. These questions can help to ground and center us in gratitude, compassion, encouragement and self-correction in order to sustain personal growth. After all, maintaining wellness isn’t just about our bodies—our minds and spirits need to be nourished as well. I hope this whets your appetite for all the inspiration and enlightenment you’ll find in the May issue of Natural Awakenings. As usual, if our content resonates with you, I’d love to know your thoughts on it. Please send any comments, questions or feedback to Publisher@NASRQ. And here’s to another month of wellness from the inside out!

EliteHealth Medical & Community Wellness Center Comes to Sarasota! All of Your Primary Needs - Plus Diagnostics, Labs, and Specialists Under The Same Roof! Accepting Most Insurance Essentrics Training with Anastasia Wirick: Increase strength, full body flexibility, improves posture, unlocks tight muscles & joints. Targets every muscle in the body, helps relieve pain and is an age-defying workout.

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Heart Centered Therapy Seminar Comes to Sarasota

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n August 2–5, Fusion Therapy is hosting Bruno Chikly, MD, DO, LMT, and Alaya Chikly for Heart Centered Therapy at the Holiday Inn on Lido Key. HCT is a loving approach to physical-emotional healing which uses dialogue inspired by the heart. This four-day seminar provides deep healing without reliving the trauma. Inside this safe and gentle process is a direct approach that goes straight to the core of an issue to release old patterns and restore our hearts and dreams.  HCT not only addresses present time issues, but also heals the trans-generational patterns that have designed our survival mechanisms and can perpetuate isolation and disconnect within the family linage. The heart has the power to orchestrate healing for everyone involved in this trauma. The process unfolds with forgiveness, compassion and love.  The mind can believe this is impossible, but the heart says it’s natural and has the capacity to guide each of us home. The depth of this work is met in a profound awakening of the heart’s wisdom. This work is open to both the public and healthcare professionals. We invite family, friends, and couples to experience the deepening of their love, communication and intimacy. Cost: $850, or $650 if registered 60 days in advance. For more information and to register, call 888-333-1055 or 480-999-0808, email Trainings@ChiklyInstitute.com or visit ChiklyInstitute.com. Contact Fusion Therapy at 941-921-7900 or Gena@FusionTherapy.net.

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Summer Solstice Retreat

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acred Pathways Sarasota celebrates its first Summer Solstice by offering a three-day retreat at its new location, close to downtown but still removed from daily concerns. Intensive and transformative experiences of healing and personal growth are available for those who attend. The retreat, led by co-creators Kelly and John Stewart, includes a comprehensive, integrated program of Energy Healing, Kundalini Yoga, extended meditations, ceremony, art and music. The days begin with a Kundalini Yoga set, followed by a Sodharshan Chakra Kriya meditation. John (a.k.a. Jiwan Shakti) received this meditation from Yogi Bhajan several years ago, and has practiced it extensively as the highest meditation in Kundalini Yoga. Jiwan Shakti recorded some of the healing mantras used throughout the day. They are a part of his sound current healing practice. Kelly (a.k.a. StarLightworker), an established energy healing practitioner and massage therapist in Sarasota, will lead group energy healing sessions and guided meditations. She will use art as a vehicle for exploring our inner journeys and healing. She will also transmit some of the nine Munay-Ki rites to those willing to receive them. These rites of initiation come from the lineage of Quero shamans of the high Andes and prepare for this time of change. This retreat concludes on the day of Solstice with a Despacho Ceremony used for healing, restoring right-relationship and

protection, followed by an optional group dinner where all can relax and continue the tribal vibes. John and Kelly hope you will join them for their first three-day event in this newly renovated spiritually healing space. Cost: $180 for three days, $62 for one day. Healthy snacks are provided. Bring a light lunch. Space is limited, and registration is required. To sign up, text or call 941-322-7284. For more information, visit SacredPathwaysSarasota.com or visit StarLightworker.com.

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

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

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

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Bentley’s House Reopens

$300 Pearl Cream Facelift Seminar

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entley’s House Pet Grief Support Group is resuming its meetings on the third Thursday of each month at Unity of Sarasota, beginning May 17, 7–8 p.m. We provide a safe place where everyone can share their unique stories about the loss they are experiencing. Whether a recent loss or one from years ago, we are here to help. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. We all handle grief differently, so we understand and empathize with all of ways we mourn. Bring pictures to share and stories near to your heart. There are no rules except compassion and acceptance. Location: 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-955-3301, ext. 123.

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n May 18, 1 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM, will give a seminar on her $300 facelift using Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna, her revolutionary anti-aging serum made from real pearls and Chinese herbs without any preservatives. Pearls contain amino acids that retighten muscles and slowly return the face to its younger look with daily use. Preservatives destroy this muscle tightening action, so Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna is the only pearl cream on the market that gives these results. Dr. Anna will talk about her new $300 facelift program which includes a six-month supply of the face cream and personal monitoring of the results with Dr. Anna. She will also show photographed results of people of all different ages. Pearl Cream by Dr, Anna is also available as a muscle tightening body lotion, men’s anti-aging line and sports performance line. Location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 941-921-2662 or visit PearlCreamByDrAnna.com.

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Forget Botox! Get an All Natural Facelift for $300 Buy 5 bottles of Pearl Cream Plus and get the 6th bottle FREE! Dr. Anna will personally review your results with you.

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Please join us for an Anti-Aging Seminar with Dr. Anna Baker, D.O.M. Friday, May 18th at 1:00 PM No Preservatives • ALL Natural

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news briefs

Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy

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ulsed Magnetic Field, or PEMF therapy, has been used for many years, especially in hospitals and doctor’s offices in Europe. More healing and medical practitioners are adopting this modality in the United States too. It is available in many holistic and alternative practices to heal or prevent numerous types of disease.  PEMF therapy is FDA approved, and its safe to use without any side-effects. The only warning is for people with serious toxicities, and in these cases, a slow introduction is advised for the quick detoxing process. For such cases, the assistance of a doctor, naturopath or nutritionist is advised.  Pulsed Magnetic Field therapy mimics the earth’s magnetic field through the process of grounding. The devices used in a session recreate this magnetic field with copper coils and electricity to energize the body’s cells. This stimulates cell function, while enhancing nutrition uptake, detoxification and oxygenation. These fields also have an effect on glucose metabolism in the brain which impacts anxiety and depression. Some of its other benefits include cell regeneration, wound and bone healing, pain relief, reduced inflammation, arthritis relief, blood circulation, nerve repair and diabetes care.  If you would like to experiment with PEMF therapy, contact the Healing Room in Sarasota. Beata Molnar, energy healer and biofeedback technician, uses a PEMF mat for all her sessions. This mat has frequency programs for over a thousand conditions. For more information, call 941-586-9539 or visit Facebook.com/CreateBalanceAndHealing.

The Divine Chapel of Love Celebrates Unity and Love for All Spiritual Paths

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he Divine Chapel of Love is truly a creation that was divinely inspired. We offer a beautifully decorated chapel that feels like heaven the moment you step through the door. This is a special place where you will experience a higher ambiance of spiritual blessings. The environment has a platinum hue as a symbol of the divine union for weddings, renewal of vows and commitment ceremonies. We also offer a variety of outdoor garden ceremonies, from enchanted fairy lights to sacred ancient tress, and we have a beautiful garden patio overlooking a picturesque lake. There are many photo opportunities to capture the memory of your special day on these beautiful mature grounds. We invite you to share in the joy of traditional and non-traditional ceremonies, regardless of your background religious or spiritual affiliations and sexual orientation. We customize each wedding uniquely to the desires and beliefs of the couple, from traditional and sacramental weddings to hand-fasting. All religious or spiritual paths can be incorporated with a range of affordable and elegant packages to choose from for day or evening events. Packages start at $650 which includes a fully decorated chapel, officiant, silk flowers, music, key moment photos, bridal suite and keepsake.  Location: 4945 Ringwood Meadow, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-320-1325 or visit DivineChapelOfLove.com. 14

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Organic Skincare Solutions at Suncoast Aesthetics

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uncoast Aesthetics is proud to present natural and organic body and skincare services to Southwest Florida. Our medical spa offers the natural healing of platelet rich plasma (PRP). We obtain PRP by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm into a sterile tube. This sample is centrifuged to separate your plasma, which we use for the treatment, from your red and white blood cells. Plasma contains high concentration of platelets, stem cells and growth factors. Platelets help your tissue heal and grow new cells. PRP is a natural rejuvenator of the face, neck and hands. This method also results in hair restoration in both men and women. In addition, PRP is also used in women for anorgasmia and urinary incontinence (O-shot), as well as in men for erectile dysfunction and increasing penis girth (P-shot). We are also proud to carry an organic award winning skincare line from Hungary called Ilike for our all natural peels and European facials. These peels can be enhanced with professional microneedling, a natural way to reduce lines and stimulate collagen and elastin production. For the “cool” method of lose weight loss, we offer two Coolsculpting machines for maximal therapy with reduced procedure times. Laser procedures are offered as well. To schedule a free consultation, call 941-PLASTIC. For more information, visit SCAesthetics.com.


Acupuncture Facelift Seminar

Food is just the beginning!

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n May 16, 2 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM and founder of Faces by Dr. Anna, will present a seminar on how facial muscles age and how they can be fixed with her muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift technique. Dr. Anna will explain how facial muscles age from the 30’s to the 80’s, and she will show photographed results of her treatments reversing that aging. Dr. Anna will describe how details on the face such as cheek fullness, eye width, nose length, lip shape and jawline firmness are key indicators when someone is trying to determine your age and how her treatments make those areas look younger. 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, which is unique in that no needles are 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.

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

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

Mother’s Day Offerings at Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe

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wise man once told me a story. There once was a dog whose human mother took care of him, fed him, played with him and loved him. When the dog saw how his mother loved him, he thought, “She must be a God!” There once was a cat whose human mother took care of him, fed him, played with him and loved him. When the cat saw how his mother loved him, he thought, “I must be a God!” This year, on Mother’s Day, adopt the attitude of the dog. Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring our mothers, our maternal bonds, and the influence these have in our lives. Treat the mothers and goddesses in your life to a beautiful treasure from our boutique. We offer handmade jewelry, incense, candles, crystals, salt lamps, greeting cards, journals, tarot cards, runes, books, crystal singing bowls, Finch Berry soaps, all natural personal care products and more. A gift of a psychic reading, astrology consultation or goddess/energy healing would also be a unique gift to celebrate this special occasion. We look forward to helping you create a memorable Mother’s Day. Location: 6283 Lake Osprey Dr., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-822-8056.

Art Emrich PHD, Head Coach Certified in Hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming Hypnotist of the year in 2014 Train your subconscious to: • • • • •

Get out of your own way Block distractions Increased confidence Reduced anxiety and stress Increased resilience and happiness

Achieve your vision! 941-685-8074

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

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Massage Experience on Siesta Key Offers Micro-Current Facials

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micro-current facial is a non-invasive and painless way to lift, tone and tighten muscles of the face, while stimulating collagen to leave your skin glowing and looking years younger. A micro-current facial includes deluxe deep-cleansing with the added benefit of the lift. This can be customized for your skin type and condition. The treatment is performed using Pevonia Botanica’s anti-aging Myoxi Caviar line to further enhance the results. There is no down time, and the results are visible after just one treatment. A series of five treatments is recommended, followed by tune-ups once a month to maintain the lift.   In addition, Massage Experience is hosting a Facial Rejuvenation Party of May 31, 4–7 p.m. During this event, Botox will cost $9.25 per unit, Xeomin will cost $8 per unit, Juvederm (either XC Ultra or Plus) will cost $490 per syringe, Juvederm Voluma will cost $750 per syringe, and Kybella will cost $600 per vial. This event is by appointment only. Location: 5138-A Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-350-7495 or visit MassageExperienceSK.com.

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Another Facet for Your Health at SRQDC

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RQDC is thrilled to have Dr. Rebecca Acosta, AP, DOM, working out of our location. She is a board-certified Acupuncturist with a loyal commitment to utilizing the ancient principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She combines this with customized clinical nutrition to provide optimal, safe, natural and effective wellness solutions in our modern society, empowering patients to transform their own health. She specializes in anti-aging through the use of genetic testing. Dr. Acosta is also certified in Biopuncture, a European technique that injects natural substances into acupuncture points. In addition, Dr. Rebecca currently serves on the Advisory Board of the MLD Institute located in West Palm Beach. Location: 7725 Holiday Dr., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-209-8105.

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CROP Juice Offers New Acai Bowl Flavors

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e are loving our new Cookies n’ Cold Brew açaí bowl here at CROP Juice! It’s a terrific way to get vitamins and nutrients into your body for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The base is made from Lelu cold brew, organic espresso, organic raw almond chocolate chip cookie dough butter, organic cocoa, organic banana and organic açaí. The toppings include CROP organic cookie dough bites, organic banana, organic sprouted gluten-free quinoa cacao granola, organic dark chocolate covered espresso beans, and a drizzle of almond chocolate chip cookie dough butter. Here at CROP, we aim to make “good mood food” to help you get servings of fruits, vegetables and proteins in the most organic and natural way possible. We also offer raw, organic vegan, gluten-free meals and snacks from the best local partners like Nutritious You, Slow Foods Kitchen and even Jacksonville’s Shakti Life Kitchen. When visiting CROP, you can enjoy a delicious vegan, raw, gluten-free and organic treat for every part of the day. The perfect gift for Mom this Mother’s Day is one of our CROP gift cards! Treat her to the gift of nutrition and let her know how much she’s appreciated. We also offer free juice sampling at all our locations, so discovering the right juice for her is never a problem. You can find a CROP location at Gulf Gate, University Parkway and Downtown Sarasota. For more information, visit CROPJuiceSRQ. com or connect with @CROPJuice on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


What Can Microcurrent Do For YOU? No down time. Painless, Relaxing and Visible Results After Just One Treatment! Series of 5 is recommended for the greatest results after that just once a month will maintain the lift.

Originally developed for treating facial palsy, microcurrent in the esthetic realm can: • Re-educate muscles • Increase blood and lymph circulation • Enhance the penetration of the active ingredients of skin care formulations • Increase the production of collagen and elastin Introductory offer for first time clients: $100 for one Microcurrent Facial ($25 savings). Massage Experience • Siesta Key 5138-A Ocean Boulevard • Siesta Key • 941.349.4833 HEART OF SIESTA VILLAGE • ESTABLISHED 1996 Boutique Day Spa – Therapeutic Massage • Hot Stone Aromatherapy • Reiki

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Addressing Habits and Addictions with Natural Medicine and Hypnosis

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ertified Hypnotist Shana Rosenthal of Four Pillars Wellness Center and board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician Rene Ng, AP, L.Ac., of Chinese Medical Solutions Acupuncture and Healing Center are joining forces to offer a seminar on addictive disorders and undesirable habits such as smoking, alcohol and overeating. In this seminar, you will learn how habits or addictions form and how they affect the body. You will also learn how Hypnosis, combined with Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, is a powerful ally in addressing and managing these disorders and habits. This class will be held at the Four Pillars Wellness Center on May 21, 7–8:30 p.m. Early registration is highly advised, and seating is limited, and spaces are expected to fill up quickly. Location: 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. For more information and to sign up, call 941-373-3955.

Natural Facial Rejuvenation Demonstration

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oin Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM, AP, for a complimentary demonstration of her unique blend of cosmetic acupuncture, homeopathic facial injections and nutrition for natural facial rejuvenation on May 2, 1 p.m. Dr. Captain is a premier bio-injection specialist, educator and cosmetic acupuncturist who strives to bring out the natural beauty in every individual, utilizing the least invasive techniques possible. These are results you can see, and they last. Visit her integrative center for an afternoon of learning and laughter you are sure to remember for a long while.

Location: 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information and to reserve your spot, call 941-951-1119. Complimentary one-on-one meet and greets are always available.

Wellness Classes Offered at Elite Health

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ssentrics training increases strength and full-body flexibility, improves posture, unlocks tight muscles and joints, targets every muscle in the body, helps relieve pain, and serves as an age-defying workout. This fitness regimen draws on the flowing movements of tai chi, which creates health and balance; strengthening theories behind ballet, which create long, lean, flexible muscles; and healing principles of physiotherapy, which create a pain-free body. Essentrics is offered at Elite Health on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m., and Fridays, 2:30 p.m. More classes will be added. Reservations are required as space is limited, but no membership is needed. In addition, Elite Health is offering “Learn for Meditate in Just Three Sessions” with Gary Halperin on May 21, 23 and 30, 6–7 p.m. If you have not been able to stick with a meditation practice this straightforward, practical approach to learning to meditate could be what you’ve been looking for. Class size is limited for this workshop series as well. Elite Health also offers yoga, tai chi and a variety of movement classes too. Cost of Essentrics: $3 per class. Cost of Meditation: $60 for all three sessions. For more information, call 941-549-8455, email AnastasiaW@EliteHealth.com or visit EliteHealth.com. 18

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A Comprehensive Approach to Hormone Therapy

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prah Winfrey brought the issue of hormone imbalance to national attention. While struggling with an “empty tank of hormones” and stating that her “life force is being slowly drained,” she soon started Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), Then in just three days, she exclaimed, “The sky was bluer, my brain was no longer fuzzy, and my memory was sharper!” Can you relate? If anxiety, fatigue, low-grade depression, lack of drive, weight gain, sleep problems, lack of mental clarity, osteoporosis, high cholesterol and other chronic illnesses have left you feeling drained of your life force, BHRT could be your answer. At Point Lumineux, we combine functional medicine with BHRT, creating a more comprehensive solution for your hormone imbalances.  We use only the highest quality laboratory testing and bioidentical plant-based hormones from the best compounding pharmacies in the country. In addition to traditional hormone testing, we look at hormone precursors, vitamins and minerals that affect hormones, as well as Vitamin D3, which is actually a hormone itself. This comprehensive testing strategy allows us to correct imbalances more upstream in the biochemical processes and earlier in the disease process. At Point Lumineux we provide the best holistic, natural care for your optimal health, and we are offering 20% off your BHRT consultation. Mention this offer when you call to schedule and receive 20% off your hormone replacement consultation, regularly priced at $150. Location: 2206 Jo Ann Dr., Suite 4, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-217-6828 or visit PointLumineux.com.


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hat does hypnosis have to do with health? The answer is based on the idea that we have both a conscious” and unconscious mind. The conscious mind is the one people are most familiar with because they are aware of using it to analyze options, consider alternatives and make decisions. The unconscious mind, however, is a mind of the body. It runs all systems—endocrine, respiratory, reproductive, circulatory and immune, to name a few. The unconscious mind operates these processes in the background without any conscious awareness or direction from us. If our conscious mind is the decider, then our unconscious mind is the implementer—once it has been engaged. Most of the time, we do not harness the power of this unconscious mind to produce the health we desire. The language of the unconscious is raw, sensory-based communication—our senses of hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling and tasting— not spoken language. So, if you want to engage the unconscious in implementing your health decisions, you need to make pictures, attach feelings to them, and use repetition to convince the unconscious that you expect results. Emerging and mounting research is proving the mind has q power to help heal the body. Techniques such as hypnosis can decrease feelings of pain and help recover from an acute illness or a chronic condition. The mind can be challenging to train, but hiring a trained clinician could be the key to achieving your desired results. Contact Art Emrich, Ph.D., Peak Performance Coach and owner of U-Solutions for a complimentary consultation. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-685-9622.

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Can Neurofeedback Help with Depression?

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hen experiencing depression, it’s essential to care for yourself first and foremost. Your feelings are real, and you can trust yourself to find a solution. It’s also important to ask for help. Depression was one of the earliest clinical applications of Neurofeedback. According to Dr. Corydon Hammond, University of Utah School of Medicine, when there is slow brainwave activity in the left frontal area, this part of the brain is inactive, and the right frontal area is more dominant. In this case, a person is predisposed to become depressed more easily, to exhibit behaviors of anxiety or to withdraw from other people. Neurofeedback is a method of brain training that enables the brain to function more effectively. It is non-invasive, uses no drugs, and can be expertly and easily performed in our Sarasota office. Neurofeedback treatments for depression appear promising not only in bringing relief from depression, but in modifying the underlying biological predisposition for becoming depressed in the first place. Neurofeedback focuses on retraining the brain, or in the case of depression as described above, reversing the frontal brainwave asymmetry with the goal of producing a sustainable change. Training for depression often requires about 20 sessions on average. Neurofeedback can be effective on its own. However, continued research has shown that when it is combined with traditional therapies such as medications, counselling or self-help techniques, the outcomes are typically superior. If you have any questions, we always provide a free consultation before we begin. For more information, call 941-552-4500 or visit BrainwaveSarasota.com.


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Survey Classes in The Ageless Wisdom and Practical Healing

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n May 12, 10 a.m. to noon, June 23, 10 a.m. to noon, July 21, 10 a.m. to noon, Chuck Pisa, certified energy healer (CPEH) and licensed LMT and LMBT, will be offering a series of survey classes on the Ageless Wisdom, Esoteric Psychology, Esoteric Astrology and the Science of the Seven Rays. These classes are designed to introduce the Ageless Wisdom concepts in a practical way to increase our awareness and mindfulness of our divine purpose and to ease our transition into a New Age. The first class will be an “Introduction to the Ageless Wisdoms.” What are they? How can they benefit us? Where do they come from? And how can we apply these teachings to our daily lives? In the second class, we’ll take a look at “Esoteric Psychology.” How does Esoteric Psychology differ from other psychologies? What are the Ten Basic Propositions? What are the Seven Creative Builders? Practical integration techniques will be offered. The third class on “The Nature of Healing” will define the difference between healing the body and healing the spirit. This will also encompass an introduction to the chakras and etheric bodies. What is the real cause of dis-ease? Practical healing techniques and tools for transformation will be offered. Handouts will be provided Cost: $25 per class, $61 for of three-class series. For more information and to register, call 941-952-1200, email FullSpectrumHealth@msn.com or visit FullSpectrumHealth.com.

My Florida Green Offers Medical Marijuana as a Natural Alternative

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y Florida Green expands into Sarasota with six medical marijuana certification centers open across the state. Because of this, thousands of patients now have access to medical marijuana. The Medical Marijuana certification process has been difficult for the past 18 months due to regulations and inexperienced doctors. Medical marijuana is not a prescription, so a physician can’t “prescribe: a federally illegal drug. If your medical marijuana physician is restricting you with milligrams and specific delivery methods, it might be time to find a new doctor.  My Florida Green physicians follow the same protocol with recommending the maximum dose with the ability to sample all delivery methods available. Each patient is different with individual digestive systems. We are all different and should titrate individually. Start low, go slow, and gradually increase as needed. Thankfully, no one has ever overdosed on marijuana in the thousands of years it’s been used as medicine. Google the death toll on the medications in your medicine cabinet, and you’ll be surprised by the statistics. For example, 88,000 alcohol related deaths occur annually, and 66,000 opiate overdose deaths were reported in 2016 alone. Marijuana, however, caused zero deaths to occur.  My Florida Green helps anyone looking to heal naturally. All patients are educated on the medicinal values of medical marijuana and how to administer it. They establish long-term relationships with their patients, as health, wellness and satisfaction are top priorities. “Medical marijuana made easy” is their credo, and they are thrilled to facilitate patient access to a natural healing alternative. For more information, visit MyFloridaGreen.com. 22

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Shaman Journey Experience

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n May 19, in the fullness of spring’s awakening and time of new beginnings, we seek out answers to our quests and questions in this wondrous time of our spiritual growth, innovations and intentions. We choose to be of the world but not in it. Spirit draws us closer to itself in our understanding. A shaman journey is similar to a guided meditation, enhanced by the heartbeat of the large mother drum. The journey will take us into the expansive dimensions of imagination where reality and dream-time interweave into a perfect tapestry based on our needs, rhythms, perceptions and frequencies. The seen and unseen, known and unknown, open before us for guidance, clarity, insight and healing. Through the reverberation of the drum, inner gateways to the sub-conscious and super-conscious open, helping us access guides, helpers and totems for healing and insight according to our individual needs. This is the place of the Shaman’s dream where connections and relationships magically unfold. Bring a mat, pillow or blanket (although Rising Tide has both), something with which to cover your eyes, a spirit stone or rock (Wotai), and paper to record your experience. The journey itself is 35 to 40 minutes, while the rest is preparation and processing. Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Advance registration is strongly advised. For more information and to sign up, call 941-922-7839 or email Zan@Woman-Spirit. com. Reserve your spot via PayPal at Woman-Spirit.com or mail cash or check made payable to Zan Benham to 2839 Trinidad St., Sarasota, FL 34231.


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Press On Qi with Jeff Primack: Part 1 of 2 interview conducted by Publisher Damon Damato

Damon Damato: Can you bring a Universal meaning to describe what is Qi?

Jeff Primack: “Qi” is the electric life presence that beats the human heart and charges the air we breathe. “Gong,” like Gong Fu, is a repeated action to activate higher energy. Qigong generates a powerful magnetic field in the hands, and this energy dilates arteries to heal what it touches. The effects of Qi are profound for increasing circulation and improving endocrine imbalances. Science will discover Qi is related to static electricity, and can be harnessed with hand postures.

Damato: Qi Revolution is coming to Bradenton, Florida, for your national event on July 28–30. What is your higher vision for sharing this kind of healing with a thousand people? Primack: I believe when more human beings develop “Qi Awareness,” human evolution will go higher. We hold our national event once a year and transform a convention center into sacred space. Our intention is to experience the authentic healing and stressdissolving practices of Qigong in a strong group energy field. Sound, light and Qi graphics are used to improve learning so everyone can feel what is going on without any previous experience. It’s rare that 1000 people all simultaneously inhale at the same second, while holding the same healing prayer. Many people who attend heal old injuries, and nearly everyone is strengthened by the energy. Our vision for this event is to uplift the group energy to the highest level to benefit all who attend.

Damato: Is there any significance to practicing Qigong in large groups?

Primack: From 1980–1999, the Chinese people gathered for Qigong events inside arenas and stadiums with tens of thousands of people. Dr. Yan Xin led this first wave of Qi awareness with integrity, but other fake masters misused Qigong to protest the government, and Qigong was banned in large group settings. Chinese people had discovered the secret of “Group Energy,” and it went beyond the roar of a rock concert or the cheers in a football game. Qigong was a weekly outing in China for two decades, and people viewed Qigong as an opportunity to be strengthened and healed, while enjoying fellowship with friends. Qi sensations and internal benefits reach into the scientific minds of truth seeking men and women. Where two or more practice Qigong, sincerely there exists a larger living field of energy, and I believe it’s stronger when more people practice. 26

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Damato: The breath work at the Qi Revolution is transformative. Since every person is connected to it, do you believe the answers to healing and overcoming negative emotions are found here?

Primack: Breathing is the most powerful skill humans can learn to attune with the spirit of life. Genesis 2:7 reveals, “God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” After teaching Qigong breathing to groups, both large and small, I would say there is a connection. People report euphoric vibrational experiences when they participate in our Breath Empowerment, even if they don’t believe that Qi exists. Breath work is the best Gong Fu—repeated deep breathes will break the veil of darkness and negative thoughts, eventually flooding the body with light energy.

Damato: Can an individual become more peaceful and increase awareness from the breath?

Primack: A surgeon Perrin Clark, MD, who attended our national event last year, frequently came home stressed out after telling five patients a day they had cancer. His job was to be the bearer of bad news, and consequently, Dr. Perrin held his breath a lot! He now reports that his stress has gone down dramatically since attending Qi Revolution and learning Qigong. As a result, he attended my advanced trainings, and was certified to share Qigong and Food Healing. He now tells cancer patients about eating asparagus, the highest source of glutathione for boosting phase two liver detoxification.

Damato: There are a number of healing routines within the Qi Revolution experience.
Do people need to be fit to participate? Can they receive healing attributes if they are out of shape or have physical impairments?

Primack: Those with injuries often experience pain relief doing Qigong in the first morning practices. We are fine with people practicing wherever their bodies are at, and we can provide modified postures for those who need special assistance. People of all ages can benefit from Qigong’s challenge.

Damato: I’ve seen a shift over the past few years where your focus has zeroed in on food healing, especially in regards to food science. Why do you feel this is so important in today’s world, and how does it relate to someone’s personal Qi? Primack: Food is the key to excellent health, especially natural foods made before the inventions of man. Kiwi for example, helps to reverse asthma in hundreds of students I’ve counseled. Moreover, prestigious medical journal Thorax indicates children who eat kiwi three to five times a week versus those who didn’t eat any have a much lower incidence of asthma. My theories have science to back them. The proof is really in whether or not God’s kiwi helps people breathe. Evidence shows kiwi should be suggested by allergists and breathing therapists to help children with this disease (“Kiwi’s Effect on Breathing,” Thorax J. Respiratory Medicine, 2004). Food effects our Qi by becoming our blood and the cells which carry oxygen to the brain. I teach that eating red foods


(high in carotenoids) is the best method to stop the oxidative processes responsible for heart disease and brain degeneration. We make smoothies and serve sweet red pepper paste to all attendees at Qi Revolution, so they can taste for themselves how delicious natural foods can be prepared.

Damato: You perform a Global Healing Circle that is legendary. How does it connect participants using the 9-Breath Method with an expanded process? Primack: The living electricity felt in the hands of the healing circle is unlike anything else we teach. After everyone is proficient in using the 9-Breath Method, our signature breathing technique, we hold hands while doing it many times. The feeling is like an electric current going through everyone’s legs, arms and hands. It feels so good—delicious I might even add. We focus our minds to God and ask for the healing of people we love, then send light to noble groups and nations worldwide.

Damato: You have vowed from the beginning to keep the cost of Qi Revolution in reach for all people, and have even gone as far as to of-

fer this healing for Veterans free of charge. You offer 24 CE’s for message therapists for an incredible value. Can you share the importance of putting people over profit?

Primack: Qigong is not only for those with material success. Qi Revolution is $149 for three days which has made it affordable to open the “Qi Door” for more people.

Massage Therapists love our training and earn 24 CE hours when they attend. We allow U.S. veterans to attend free, and each year, hundreds of veterans do attend. Many of them have become our best Qigong instructors. For more information and to register for this event, call 800-298-8970 or visit QiRevolution.com.

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REFRAMING MASSAGE: Not an Occasional Luxury, But a Wellness Necessity

by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer

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hen you hear the word “massage,” you might be inclined to associate it with an extravagance you don’t have enough time or space in your budget for. Images of chanting music, burning incense or kneading muscles come to mind, and the whole experience just seems too “indulgent” in a culture that glorifies busyness and productivity. What all too often goes unnoticed, however, is that a massage is holistically healing in the physical, mental and spiritual sense—there is a legitimate reason it’s called “massage therapy,” in fact. Designating even one hour each month in your schedule for a massage is not some frivolous expense or impractical waste of time. It’s an investment in your wellness, an invitation to unwind and recharge from the pace of this frenetic world that can otherwise leave you feeling consumed or depleted. Massage is not gratuitous—it’s foundational to health maintenance. “Massage offers numerous, far-reaching benefits for both the mind and body,” enumerates Eric Seace, owner-operator of the three Sarasota Massage Envy locations. “Our clients tend to enjoy the stress, tension and pain relief, increased flexibility, reduced blood pressure, enhanced sleep, 28

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improved focus and greater internal balance, so they can be more engaged as parents and spouses and more productive in their careers.” This restored feeling of harmony extends outside just the physical to create a positive impact on all facets of life, whether in a social context, family dynamic, work setting or personal growth area. But of course, this modality can do wonders for the strength, well-being and function of the body too—not to mention, there’s a diverse array of massage techniques to address all kinds of preferences or needs. Seace illustrates, “We offer a multitude of options, ranging from Swedish massages designed to melt away stress and encourage relaxation, to deep-penetrating sports massages aimed to relieve or prevent injuries, increase circulation and target flexibility. In total, we employ about 100 massage therapists, all with their own specialties, so when scheduling an appointment, we assist in pairing your desired massage style with the perfect therapist.” One regimen, in particular, is a new form of bodywork developed by Massage Envy in response to their clients’ increased levels of fitness. The more active

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a person’s lifestyle becomes, the more demand there is for tension release and injury avoidance which is exactly what this technique, called the Streto Method, strives for. “This premier, customizable assisted stretching service is designed to relax the mind as the body is stretched,” Seace explains. “Our total body stretch providers are trained to perform specific movements that deliver more results than you can achieve when stretching on your own. Regular assisted stretching increases flexibility which, in turn, improves mobility and leads to a better performance. Our favorite combination is the 30-minute stretch prior to a 60- or 90-minute massage. We call it ‘turbo charging’ your massage!” So we’ve established that massage is a keystone of health, rejuvenation and equilibrium—not some guilt-inducing luxury. But how frequently should it be integrated as an adjunct to your wellness or self-care routine? Seace weighs in, “Everyone is different, but at least twice a month seems to be an ideal balance, although we have many clients who come once a week!  “We have found that when our clients receive regular massages, even once a month for three to four consecutive months, they will rarely stop that momentum. Once they experience the benefits of consistent massage—not just once a year— they begin to understand just how important and rewarding this modality is.” And if you feel pampered or indulged in the process...well, that’s just an added bonus! Eric Seace and his partner Pete Kapinos own and operate the three Sarasota Massage Envy franchises. Loren Niswander owns and operated the Port Charlotte franchise. For more information and to schedule an appointment, visit MassageEnvy.com and search “Locations.” Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota– Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer based in Southwest Florida. Her personal blog HealthBeAHippie.Wordpress.com features practical tips for embracing an active, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.


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HEALING THE HARD STUFF Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses by Linda Sechrist

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lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional sciencebased medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects. 30

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Lack of Awareness

“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

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Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for lifethreatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their lastditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like Quackwatch. com and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and sometimes they

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don’t,” says Noonan-Gores, who intends to have her film awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.

“Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

website FloridaOilsRN.com that reaches hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

Resistance to Change

Quiet Role Models

Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring fulltime care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.”

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.

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fter Los Angeles native Kelly Noonan-Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera as an actress, she turned her talents to producing award-winning films like Tooken, Beneath and Take a Seat. She considers her latest, the documentary HEAL (HealDocumentary.com), to be her ultimate achievement. “I included as many inspiring stories of healing change as possible to expand viewers’ beliefs in what’s possible, to alter the narrative around mystery illnesses being incurable or cancer equaling death,” says Noonan-Gores. When she was prescribed Prilosec for acid reflux at age 28, Noonan-Gores decided she was too young and otherwise healthy to become dependent on it. By taking an integrative nutrition course, she realized the possibilities of alternative healing methods, catalyzing an ongoing exploration into optimizing life and health through the

powers of mind, body and spirit. “We are not the passive victims of faulty genes; our lifestyle choices, thoughts, and beliefs shape our health,” says Noonan-Gores, a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation. HEAL features uplifting interviews with the scientists, visionaries and healers that inspired her, including Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson and patients diagnosed with diverse ailments that sought different healing modalities to take their health into their own hands.

What are some common elements in the stories of patients featured in HEAL? One common thread revolves around our subconscious programming. From the time we’re born, we are downloading “programs” or belief systems from society, parents, teachers and whoever and whatever else

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is in our environment. Many have learned through their own healing journeys of negative belief systems running their lives; each one had to become aware of these beliefs in order to change. Another is that when events are too painful, we consciously suppress or unconsciously repress them, and that trauma stays in our cells and might manifest in disease. To move that stuck energy, we must heal that emotional trauma to allow physical ailments to transform. A third theme is understanding how stress affects our lives and immune systems, and doing things to manage or mitigate it through tools like meditation or breath work. Some of the patients worked with spiritual psychologists using Emotional Freedom Techniques to release past stress held in their body, shifting beliefs to a trusting, non-victim place. Dietary shifts also made a difference. In acute healing, we realize the effect of different foods which can reduce or exacerbate inflammation.

Which messages in how the body and mind collaborate to promote healing are audiences keying in on? Visualization is a powerful and widespread tool in healing; we can use imagination to reframe and tell a different story. Research has shown that visualizations can affect brain chemistry and lessen side effects. The mind is conditioned to go to the worst-case scenario; we can instead retrain it to focus on the best-case scenario, and what we want to happen, increasing the likelihood it will occur.

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What role do faith and belief systems play in the healing journey? It all comes down to what we believe. If you believe in and expect an effect, like what we see with a placebo, the brain will create and release natural chemicals that might be prompted by a targeted drug. Believing you are a victim of genes and circumstance induces stress, whereas having faith in a loving universe produces greater ease.

Healthy people require a healthy planet; how can we apply these same principles to bring our world back into balance?

and demand a different response, the paradigm will shift. Health care will have to change as we apply the power in our hearts and minds. Our bodies are a microcosm of the universe; the planet can heal itself and thrive as we remove the toxins and become fully aware of what we are putting in the air, water and soil.

The more conscious we become, the more we treat ourselves, others and our Earth with compassion. As more people awaken

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Historical Overview

New Standard of Care

During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systemsoriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.

One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when

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in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMInstitute.org) in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

Role of Genetics The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, maintains that an evolved approach to medicine starts with using an individual’s genetic profile to determine the best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle. None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny. “This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific needs and particular circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2 diabetes each had epigenetic variations that


triggered getting the condition, it would be unwise to treat them all the same; it’s far better to treat those factors that specifically led to the disease.” Addressing the concern that genetic test results might be used to deny someone health insurance, Bland notes, “This is a significant misunderstanding about genetic testing. Our genes don’t tell us how we are going to die. They tell us how we should live. Understanding how our genes can help us live to 100 is a model of enlightenment. Those that practice this systems biology approach are counting on functional personalized medicine becoming the updated standard of care.” Physicians often offer genetic testing services. At-home DNA testing can be done using a saliva collection kit mailed to a laboratory, offering both ancestry and health information that must be interpreted by an informed professional.

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ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.

Get Moving

Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony 36

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after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

Go Easy

While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the high-intensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some

forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

Lighten Up

Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.

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hile not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts. America’s previous king of condiments was ketchup. Today, according to a 2017 poll from TheDailyMeal.com, it stands behind mayonnaise and mustard with soy and hot sauce rounding out the top five (generic product ranking at Tinyurl.com/ Top20Condiments). We often take familiar condiments for granted, yet a look at their ingredients can be startling. Many prominently include processed corn syrup and other sugars, sodium, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and unpronounceable preservatives, according to Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian in Fairfield, Connecticut. Homemade versions of condiments provide a happy alternative. They not

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only taste great, but can be good for us. “Certain condiments add more to your meals than flavor—some actually improve your health,” says White. The potassium in homemade mustard is good for the digestive system through stimulating the flow of saliva, suggests a study in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. Homemade ketchup made with small cooked tomatoes is rich in lycopene, a nutrient that protects heart health, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. White’s fresh-made “THE Green Sauce,” full of vitamin-rich avocado and cilantro, is replete with antioxidants (Tinyurl.com/TheGreenSauceRecipe).

Better Basics Ketchup

Heather McClees, a plant-based nutritionist in South Carolina who blogs at One Green Planet, once loved commercial ketchup; then she read the labels. “Most ketchup is made of tomato concentrates, sugars, including high-fructose corn syrup, cane


sugar, agave nectar, coconut nectar/syrup, brown rice syrup, cane juice and cane crystals, vinegar, “spices” that is likely code for MSG, water and refined salt. All of this makes ketchup addicting,” she says. “While you could pay for pricey organic ketchup and condiments that come without added sugars, you can save money by spending five minutes in the kitchen to make your own.” Find a recipe at Tinyurl.com/HealthyKetchupRecipe.

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Serious Eats food writer Joshua Bousel uses only six ingredients to make a deliciously easy Grainy Mustard: yellow and brown mustard seeds, dry white wine, white wine vinegar, kosher salt and an optional pinch of brown sugar. Learn how at Tinyurl.com/ WholeGrainDijonRecipe.

Mayonnaise and Ranch Dressing

Eschewing eggs, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, of San Mateo, California, uses aquafaba, the starchy liquid in a can of chickpeas, for a plant-based twist on emulsified mayonnaise. Find it at Tinyurl.com/AquafabaMayoRecipe. In her Mebane, North Carolina, kitchen, Kim Campbell, author of The PlantPure Kitchen, makes a plant-based ranch dressing with tofu for body and nutritional yeast, herbs and lemon juice to achieve the characteristic flavor. Find it at Tinyurl.com/HealthyRanchDressing.

More Exotic Condiments Pomegranate Molasses

Sweet and tart pomegranate molasses can be used like vinegar in salad dressings, as a marinade ingredient or as syrup over pancakes and waffles. Angela Buchanan, aka Angela Cooks, a professor at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, who blogs at SeasonalAnd Savory.com, follows the Whole30 program, which bars sugar. Because she also likes Middle-Eastern food, Buchanan experimented and created her recipe for Pomegranate Molasses without added sugar (Tinyurl.com/PomegranateMolassesRecipe).

Superfood Popcorn Seasoning

Green popcorn is fun. With a spirulina powder, garlic powder, sea salt and cayenne pepper spice mix, even a movie snack can be healthy. “Spirulina is one of the most potent of all superfoods. Available in a powder form, it’s a blue-green algae that provides protein, B vitamins and iron. It’s used as a natural energizer, digestive aid and detoxifier,” says Tara Milhern, a holistic health coach in New York City. She also likes it sprinkled on baked potatoes or vegetables as a finishing flavor. See Tinyurl. com/HealthyPopcornSeasoning. Without preservatives, homemade healthy condiments don’t last as long as commercial versions. McClees advises, “I store mine in a glass mason jar for one week in the fridge. I choose a half-pintsize jar, since the less empty space there is at the top of the jar, the longer it keeps.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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Some nights we may find that given the chance, we wouldn’t have done one thing differently that day. More often we can identify something: a word spoken in impatience, spending too much time on the phone, being distracted from what’s important to us, procrastinating out of fear, or even forgetting to properly nourish ourselves. Instead of criticizing, the goal is to notice how we could better live fully aligned to our bigger goals and established values. Moment by moment, we can choose a growth mindset. We can learn to be as gentle with ourselves, as compassionate and forgiving, as we are with our children or spouse. We become aware that we get to choose who and how we want to be and that tomorrow is a new gift, a brand-new opportunity to more fully be our best self. Asking and answering these three purposeful questions may take five to 20 minutes. If we’re tempted to rush through it, remember that the resulting clarity and peace is worth the time invested. Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui is a holistic nutrition and joyful living educator. She writes at ALifeInProgress.ca, from which this was adapted.

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children are often mirrors of the surrounding moods and attitudes, so our example is paramount. “Children absorb our feelings and emotions,” says Melanie Hogin, a social worker who counsels foster families in greater Nashville.“‘Transference’ is its textbook term. Stay calm and clear when you are around children, and keep the lines of communication open.”

Be Consistent. Evenson maintains,

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udley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a certified professional life coach, musician and co-founder of the instrumental recording label Soundings of the Planet (Soundings.com), in Bellingham, Washington. “Then, in the early 1980s,

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I met Joshua Halpern, who wanted to include our perspectives and techniques in his book, Children of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family.” So she shared her way of cultivating kind, caring and empathetic youngsters that has worked for two generations of her family: “Our role is not to impose our beliefs on children and grandchildren, but to guide and help them develop their dreams, visions, paths and passions.” Other experts agree.

Stay Clear. Evenson contends that

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“Mom and Dad or the primary parental figures should try to establish a unified, mutually supportive program.” “Consistency is one of the cornerstones of effective parenting,” says Dana Cooley-Keith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire family, adding more confusion to a child’s life when the noncustodial parent allows something the custodial parent doesn’t.”

Be positive, honest, flexible, reasonable and understanding. “It

is key to explain things to children and to listen to them,” says Evenson’s daughter, Cristen Olsen, of Seattle, who raised her daughter using her family’s guiding principles, and now uses them as a nanny. “It helps them learn how to process situations and find their own resolutions to difficult problems.” Olsen says she becomes a mediator when the siblings she cares for don’t agree. “We solve the problem together by hearing all sides, talking through the issues and reaching for understanding. Many times, the kids come up with their own solutions.”


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Provide meaningful boundaries and restrictions. Kids typically push

to find their limits. “Establish limits and boundaries when children are young,” says Cooley-Keith. “They will be more accepting of rules if you establish them earlier, rather than later. Most often, boundaries provide security for kids.”

Accept their point of view. Evenson

always encouraged her children to voice their opinions. “This is a great point,” says Hogin. “For children to learn to have opinions and speak out, we must value what they say. We don’t have to agree with everything they say, but should listen and encourage them to find their voice and use their words.”

Trust children. “Believe in them,” affirms

Evenson. “Be on their side. Let them feel your support and love.”

Don’t nag. “We all want children to

develop their own sense of responsibility,” Olsen says. “I find making strong eye contact reinforces my words, so I don’t have to nag or repeat myself often.”

Be available, rather than putting kids on the spot in public. “If you

correct or redirect a child in front of others, they will probably be focused on being embarrassed and fail to understand the lesson or reasoning a parent is trying to project,” says Hogin. “Taking a step back and working out an issue one-on-one is usually more appropriate and effective.” Maintain good habits. Evenson emphasizes the character strength that comes from observing and practicing good habits and healthy lifestyles that avoids gossip and incorporates creative exploration of life. This includes “Doing everything in love,” she notes. Such all-encompassing love balances love for our own children with love for all children and respect for all life.

Be patient with yourself. “No one is

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by Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA Lucky Dragon says: se the following tips to enhance your health. Your personal space mirrors your inner self just as you mirror your surroundings. Your space can either create a harmonious body ecology or one that feels out of balance and unwell. This month, we will focus on increasing healing energy through these feng shui tips.

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Keep your space clean and free of clutter. Disorder represents stagnant, stuck chi. It is difficult to make decisions in a cluttered home or to make positive moves toward growth and personal development. Stuck chi creates a blocked flow of energy in your body which can lead to pain, dysfunctional systems and even depression. Keeping your space clean and free of clutter will help you heal ailments, relieve pain and find peace. • Remove your shoes before entering your home. When entering your home space, you should remove your shoes. This allows you to leave the stress of your daily grind (and dirt) outside and allows for peaceful energy to make its way inside.  Place a shoe rack just inside or outside your entryway and leave it all right there. • Surround yourself with natural light. Light is a super nutrient and required for optimal health. Be sure that your home has adequate natural light by allowing sunlight to come inside. Avoid bright lights an hour before bedtime. Yes, this means you must leave technology outside your bedroom. Viewing the bright lights of your phone at bedtime can be detrimental to a restful sleep. Avoid fluorescent lighting and utilize full-spectrum light whenever possible. • Make your bedroom a place for rest, relaxation and romance. Most of your life is probably spent in your work space and bedroom. By creating a safe and relaxing space to rest, you can truly rejuvenate and be ready for your next adventure.  Make sure your bed is in the optimal feng shui position and avoid watching television before you retire for the evening. Incorporate soothing earth tones, blues and lavenders into your wall color, bedding and artwork to promote a relaxing atmosphere. Creating a comfortable inviting, bedroom that you hate to leave will do wonders for your health. Follow these tips, and you will quickly feel a shift in your health and well-being! Does feng shui excite you? Stay tuned to this column for announcements about video blogs on how to feng shui your space for life.  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. 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. Family Healing Center is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119 or email Dr_Captain@FamilyHealingCenter.com.

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You + Nature = A Healthy Home by Laurel James

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y name is Laurel. My parents named me after an oak tree, and yes, I love trees! In my formative years, I had the privilege of growing up on Tampa Bay here in Florida and spending my summers at my grandparent’s farm in the mountains of North Carolina. As I became a young adult, I loved to study, create art and photograph nature, while hiking in the mountains. My mom would mention that, when I came back from the farm, all I did was take pictures of trees, flowers, waterfalls and an occasional black bear sighting. I was so immersed in nature that I felt at home there, connected and peaceful, filled with wonderment for the world. In my 30s, I didn’t get outdoors as much in my everyday world because I was busy guiding and supporting my clients as an interior designer. However, I remembered how nature and beauty had influenced me in the past.  Incorporating what my clients loved from the natural world was a key factor in the design process as they moved through a life change. After years of designing, I moved through a life transition of my own, so I took a deeper look at the universal principles I had helped my clients walk through in their home designs. I found there are certain tools which can help us move through this fast-paced, technologically advanced world. 

From these thoughts, came a book I titled Interiorology: How to Create a Living Space that Reflects the True You. It is a simple book to start the process of transforming your home in order to support who you are becoming as you transition through life. One of the principles from the book is how to connect and remember what you love in nature, then bring it into your home and lifestyle to flourish. There are two ways to support a healthy home in this regard. The first is to connect with the outdoors in your everyday life, as the mind, body and environment are all interconnected.  When we breathe fresh air, our thinking is clearer, and when we stretch or move, our minds and emotions feel lighter. My father in-law was an orthopedic surgeon, and he would often quip that “motion is lotion.”  Where are places you can go outside to move, breathe, walk, bike or practice yoga? Visit a park and walk under the trees. I heard recently that a new trend (backed by scientific and psychological studies) “taking a forest bath” can reduce stress and health issues. How about our beautiful beaches? Did you know that our heartbeats take on whatever sounds we hear? Imagine what positive effects the ocean waves must have on our emotions and bodies.   The second way to support a healthy home is by bringing nature into the living space.  What natural elements do you love? Think of your five senses and how you could bring them into your living space. For example, consider smell which is our first sense coming into any environment. What aromas can support your mood? How can you improve air quality? Live plants bring in oxygen and are a natural air filter. Pure therapeutic grade essential oils can support your mood and health. Consider the whole foods you enjoy eating and integrate them into every meal.  What colors or textures do you enjoy looking at from the outdoors, and how can you bring them into your living space? What do you love to touch? What kind of natural sounds invigorate or relax you? When we connect with nature in our lifestyles, we root ourselves to the earth that sustains us. It can maintain our physical, mental and emotional selves by provid-

ing the elements we need to thrive. Like the roots of a tree, our homes encourage us to grow with new possibilities when we incorporate what we love about outdoors into our lifestyles. Just as a flower needs the right environment to bloom, we need the right living space in which to flourish.    Laurel teaches monthly workshops at Four Pillars in Lakewood Ranch. On May 2, noon, she will lead an Aromatherapy Kundalini yoga class for the Chakras. On May14, 7 p.m., she will lead a Mixology night, featuring mixed drinks made with healthy essential oils. On May 17, she will lead her Interiology workshop, helping attendees discover how to clear and design their homes to bring in nature and reflect their true selves. Participants will learn how and why to choose the right colors and textures in a home environment. Laurel James is a National Interior Designer and author of Interiorology (mind, body and home wellness). She is an Essential Oil Wellness Advocate who loves to bring nature into living spaces to help her clients’ flourish in their environments and lives. In addition, she is a Kundalini Yoga Instructor (as taught by Yogi Bhajan). Four Pillars is located at 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call 941-373-3955, email Info@FourPillasFlorida.com or visit FourPillarsFlorida.com

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n China, high blood pressure is one of the major health issues, especially since it is tied not just to stress, but to the high fat content in many Chinese dishes. For example, in Shanghai, food is often served dripping with oil. This is because they believe oil makes the food taste better. Also, Chinese culture tends to be stress-centric, much like that in the United States. One of the most common folk remedies used to address high blood pressure is found in goldfish. People with high blood pressure often sit in front of a tank filled with goldfish and just spend time watching them swim. The smooth, silky and swaying movements of the goldfish calm down turbulent energy in individuals, especially those with high blood pressure. Soon, the biorhythm in the person staring at this tank will mirror that of the smooth swaying in the goldfish. But if you are to practice this folk remedy, make sure it is the fan-tail goldfish, not a tropical fish, koi fish or another domestic fish that makes quick, snappy movements. These days, due to to technology, we have the ease and luxury of software that produces extremely realistic goldfish aquariums, along with noise of the water. These software aquariums are incredibly real-looking—the HD versions, in particular—and can save the hassle of actually maintaining a live goldfish aquarium.

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s beloved and compatible pets, indoor cats provide emotional, mental and physical benefits.

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nature and make friends. At home, a cat’s hunting skill and human creativity ~Sigmund Freud can be tapped using do-ityourself treat dispensers and toys or inventive games.

Loneliness is never a problem with a cat around. “Cats need to be fed, have litter changed and be brushed,” says Lisa Bahar, a therapist and clinical counselor at Lisa Bahar Marriage and Family Therapy, in Newport Beach, California. “Being comforted by a cat helps with depression and isolation.” While at Indiana University Bloomington Media School, Jessica Gall Myrick, Ph.D., now associate professor at Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, discovered watching cat videos isn’t just fun, but a way to feel more energetic and positive. With some 94 million YouTube tales of cat adventures online, there’s no lack of available mood boosters.

Exercise Some cats enjoy leashed walks, presenting opportunities to mindfully enjoy

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Improved Health Talking to kitty can make a bad day better. A lap cat prompts enforced timeouts and excuses to nap. Petting reduces tension and stress. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, in Los Angeles, points to a study from Life Sciences Research Institute, in Pretoria, South Africa, showing, “Simply petting a cat can reduce stress-related cortisol, while increasing serotonin and oxytocin.” The Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study Mortality Follow-up concluded that having a cat lowers risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiovascular disease including strokes, making cats a novel path to a healthier heart. When researchers reporting in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America measured the purring sound of domestic


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I have lived with several Zen masters—all of them cats. ~Eckhart Tolle cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy.

Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

Cats are Low-Maintenance Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Self-cleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teenagers.

Cats live without constant oversight,” says jme Thomas, co-founder of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, in Redmond, Washington. “They’re good pets for busy people. Adopt two at the same time so they bond and aren’t lonely.”

Cats are Eco-Friendly A New Zealand study reports that cats have a lower carbon footprint than dogs, comparing dogs to a Hummer and cats to a Volkswagen Golf. Dogs eat more beef, incurring red meat’s huge footprint. “Because cats eat less than most dogs overall, it saves money, too,” says Gilbreath. Everyone needs someone to care for and love. With about 77 million cats living in U.S. households and more in shelters or rescues, there’s plenty of people- and planet-friendly love to be found. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouis FreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.

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They often are not willing to stop due to their fear of a remission. Oftentimes, they are unable to stop even if they wanted to. Ultimately, this cycle of behavior forms an addiction which is why addictions are almost impossible to eliminate. Habits are patterns of repetition that, over time, create an automatic behavioral routine in the brain, and these eventually become addictions. So the primary difference between a habit and addiction is that a person is in control of their habit, whereas an addiction is in control of the person.

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piates (heroin, opium and morphine), opioids (oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and vicodin), cocaine, nicotine or tobacco, and alcohol are the top five addictions suffered by many people here in the United States. These are formed over the years, and are usually difficult—if not, seemingly impossible—to break free of. In addition, all these addictions pose significant health hazards, and can lead to cancer, liver failure, heart disease or even death. Once the body develops a dependency on them, it is a monumental task to stop the addictive pattern. Medical drugs, counselling and rehabilitation treatments are the common courses of action, but these can be lengthy, painstaking and expensive. Not to mention, they can also take a toll on the body, and their effectiveness is often questionable or unsustainable. So what other options would an individual have to address these addictions?

Addiction and Habit

First, it’s crucial to understand how addictions are formed. It all begins when a need arises in the human body—whether due to a health or mental issue, stress, nutrition, emotional trauma or additional factor. This need directs an individual to start consuming a particular substance in order to self-medicate the symptoms caused by this need. Once this need is ameliorated, the body starts developing an “attraction” towards the substance. For example, the individual will tend towards an opioid to help reduce pain, or alcohol numb emotional turmoil, or tobacco to help ease stress, to name a few examples. After having taken this substance, the individual develops a habit and starts relying on it for the relief they crave. 50

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In order to be effective in treating addictive disorders or undesirable habits, one needs to address both the physiological and psycho-emotional dependencies on a substance the body has developed over time. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco and other substances taken internally form part of the nutritional needs the body has acclimated to and depended on over the years. Stopping the substance abruptly can cause issues—sometime dramatic—due to this dependency. An example is the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal when stopping coffee entirely all of a sudden. Therefore, a formulated plan to wean the individual off a substance is needed. This plan also needs to address the deficiencies that the body might encounter once this supply is cut off. The organs affected or other body imbalances can be detected in the symptoms that result once the intake of the substance is reduced or stopped. Herbs and acupuncture can identify and address these deficiencies, then help the body to regroup and regain balance. In addition, by reducing symptoms such as pain, and helping the body manage stress, anger, sadness and other emotions, the chance of successfully treating the addictive disorder increases. At the same time, the psycho-emotional aspects behind the undesirable habit also need to be addressed. Hidden or suppressed emotions are often the main underlying causes of addictive disorders, and these can overrule the will of an individual trying to stop the disorders. Counseling is often the remedy here, but among the most effective solutions is counseling combined with hypnosis. In hypnosis, the individual’s subconsciousness is also addressed and reinforced to help with overcoming the barriers blocking a desire to stop the disorder. Reinforcing suggestions are made to the brain during hypnosis that will help the individual face their hidden psycho-emotional issues head-on, gain confidence, and find the additional motivation and will-power needed to overcome the disorder.

Conclusion

In order for addictions or undesirable habits to be managed and controlled in an individual, both the physiological dependencies and psycho-emotional issues the individual possesses must be taken into account. If both are not addressed, the chances of successfully managing an addictive disorder is reduced—sometimes greatly—and the individual could succumb to a relapse as


hidden biological and emotional dependencies resurface, and the individual reverts to old habits. If you are suffering from addictive disorders and want to free yourself of them, it will be worthwhile to contact both a boardcertified, licensed Acupuncture Physician, along with a Hypnotist or Hypnotherapist, and develop an integrative, concurrent treatment plan with them. This could change your life forever, and you will be grateful that you made the effort. Rene Ng will be teaming up with well-known Hypnotist Shana Rosenthal to present a talk on understanding addictions or habits and how to treat them naturally on May 21, 7–8:30 p.m., at the Four Pillars Wellness Center, 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202.For more information and to register, call 941-373-3955. Rene Ng, AP, L.Ac., is a board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist in Sarasota. He is a four-time winner of Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” and “Favorite Anti-Aging Practitioner” awards. Cancer care, Multiple Sclerosis, addictions, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, asthma, injuries and pain management are among his specialties, and he has been able to help many patients suffering from these and other health issues with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Cupping, Gua Sha, and Moxibustion. For more information, call 941-773-5156, email RNG@ChineseMedicalSolutions.com or visit ChineseMedicalSolutions.com.

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A Balanced Lifestyle = Weight Loss, Naturally by Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA

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balanced life is something we all desire and think we strive for daily. If you’re like many women though, stressors, time scarcity, workload, finances and those demanding family needs can contribute to and even create imbalance in your life. But if you desire peace, happiness and a fulfilling life, you can achieve it. I say, “Just do it!” A balanced lifestyle is obtainable, and as you keep reading, you’ll learn how to achieve this goal. It requires constant at-

tention, but with effort and dedication, you can have it all, despite any current obstacles or doubts. Here is a classic scenario of a modern career woman and mother, and how the Western mindset can throw a person offbalance without even realizing it. Picture a 42-year-old professional woman. She has a high-stress job and works 75 hours a week. Her perception is that her employer doesn’t appreciate her efforts, so she feels she must work harder, do more and give more. Because she wants to succeed, her family doesn’t see her, and she misses dinners. To

save time, she grabs fast food, late-night take out, or even a candy bar and soda out of the vending machine which leads to the extra 35 pounds she is carrying. Between work and family, exercise and self-care are not priorities. A heavy workload, poor diet choices and lack of physical activity are major contributors to an imbalanced life where depression, physical ailments and hopelessness can take over. Physical symptoms might include heartburn, stomach upset, hot flashes, irritability and insomnia. She might feel it’s too late and have no idea how to find her way back to balance. This story is all too familiar for both men and women. This is typical Western mentality— we think we must keep going, accomplish more and produce more, believing we’ll reap the rewards of working hard. The problem with this mindset is that sometimes the end comes before we reach the enjoyment part. This mindset is detrimental to both our spirit and physical body. By continuing down this path, we risk not getting to our happy ending. In ancient Eastern traditions, balance of the mind, body and spirit are essential to longevity, nirvana and enlightenment. You simply cannot achieve a higher state of being without balance. So what does that mean and how do you find it? You are probably asking yourself, “Where do I even start?” There must be an adequate balance between work, rest and play. You must take time for you! Even if you work long or extended hours, there are still ways to find balance. 1. Take scheduled breaks, stand from the desk and move, stretch, or simply close your eyes and breathe deeply. This will break up the monotony and jumpstart your brain. 2. Pack your lunch, dinner and a snack. Your meals should have plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and proteins. 3. Where you eat is just as important as what you eat. Leave your desk and find a spot where you can enjoy the meal. Eastern philosophy dictates that you need space and time to nourish and replenish. This means don’t drive, watch TV or work while you’re eating. Enjoy your food without any distractions.

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4. Take a walk after you eat and allow the body time to digest. Even if it’s just a brisk walk around the building, your body will appreciate the movement. 5. Break the liquid stimulant habit (coffee or highly caffeinated drinks). Drink clean, filtered water from a glass or stainless steel container. 6. Finally if you can, reduce work hours to rekindle your home and family life. If you want appreciation, your family’s gratitude is most beneficial. Just being present will nourish you in ways beyond your imagination. Beyond work balance, here are eight key suggestions to live a balanced lifestyle:

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1. Adequate rest to replenish and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit 2. Good nutritional foundation—fresh whole foods and clean filtered water 3. Targeted quality nutritional supplements provided by a licensed healthcare practitioner (not just a multivitamin) 4. Exercise for a strong and energetic body—if you need motivation or direction, join a class or hire a trainer) 5. Meditation for peace and connecting to nature, people and the world—meditate outside, by touching the earth and communing with nature which automatically grounds you and invites peace into your life 6. Family time spent with the people who give your life meaning 7. Working with intention to make a difference—this is powerful and beneficial to your own balance and society at large 8. Play time which is just as important as work time You have the keys, now you just have to set your mind to make the changes and find the balance. And for the record, weight loss is a natural side-effect of getting your balance back. Good luck on the journey, and please remember, I am always here to help you. Having someone to guide you back toward a balanced lifestyle is a gift you deserve. I offer complimentary one-on-one meet and greets to discuss the ways in which I can help you regain balance. 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. 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. Family Healing Center is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941951-1119 or email Dr_Captain@FamilyHealingCenter.com. May 2018

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Healing the Pain of Trauma through a Lens of Self-Care by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer “Let go. Just let yourself go.” he yoga instructor leaned over my tense, rigid, obstinate body—her soothing cadence and disarming presence an invitation to release that guarded posture I carried around like an extra appendage. And those two words—let go—though simple and unassuming, comprised the sum of each experience which had brought me to this moment. A profound realization began to dawn. Maybe the power to heal is mine to choose, mine to reclaim. Maybe it starts with surrender and a connection to myself.

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painful reminders. So entering that yoga studio, with its faint background music and soft ambient glow, seemed like meandering into another dimension. And the gentle, restorative practice that unfolded soon after awakened something in myself I had forgotten how to feel—compassion...which inspired safety...which ignited empowerment. That same friend and I still make time in our schedules to practice yoga together, and I have since recognized that my transformational experience is not isolated. Mine is just one story of innumerable others, recounting how self-care mends a severed connection between the body, mind and spirit. The healing effects of any self-care—from physical movements to breathwork rituals to harmonizing energies—are universal. In fact, I think as more women continue expressing their own “Me Too” narratives, the patterns of systemic abuse and subsequent trauma ingrained in our culture will be no match for the renewed love, acceptance, strength and wholeness that come with taking the power back. To affirm this conviction, I spoke with two female self-care practitioners, Michelle Giambra of Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu and Liana Bryant of Rosemary Court Yoga, both located here in Sarasota. During our insightful discussion, these women share how the process of returning to one’s body can make all the difference in trauma healing. Natural Awakenings: How does getting in touch with her body again, help a woman feel safe and supported to move forward in her recovery? Michelle Giambra: Becoming attuned to her body’s messages will enhance a woman’s self-awareness to practice a more balanced life. This can help her to be present and mindful of new possibilities for herself and her future. Liana Bryant: By focusing on the physical, she is positioned to tune inward. This enables her to see more clearly which provides the strength to deal with difficult experiences. A body, mind and spirit connection allows her to embrace the moment and proceed with a sense of calm.


NA: What types of coping mechanisms can a woman learn through practicing a self-care ritual that engages her body, mind and spirit? Giambra: This kind of holistic practice will release any past tension or stress that has been stored in the body, while releasing new tension or stress as it occurs. Addressing this before it can move deeper into the body and psyche helps to reduce pain, discomfort and dis-ease. Bryant: A consistent yoga practice provides so much self-care. Yoga offers tools that can help a woman remain present by focusing on the physical alignment of each pose, following the rhythm and sound of her breath, and tuning her gaze inward. Being present is beneficial as a coping mechanism, as it forces the practitioner to be here and now, not thinking about the past or worrying about the future. NA: How does the manifestation of emotional trauma impact different areas of the body, and what techniques are ideal for alleviating that trauma? Giambra: A common reaction to fear and trauma is to hold one’s breath which can lead to stagnation in the flow of life energy throughout the body. This stagnation can present itself as pain in various regions including the neck, chest or back. It could also present as difficulty breathing, swallowing, digestion or sleeping. A conscious breathing practice is a simple but powerful way to release energetic tension and reset the flow of breath. In Jin Shin Jyutsu, we begin this conscious breathing practice with an exhale. The individual will start by either sitting or lying in a comfortable position. She will then exhale gently and slowly, counting to “one.” Next, she will observe her inhalation arise in its own natural rhythm, noticing that she doesn’t have to take a breath—the body knows how to respond. She will then exhale again, count to “two” and observe the next inhalation arise. This pattern will continue until she has completed 36 breaths. Holding the fingers, one at a time, is another simple and effective way to help restore the harmonious flow of life energy. Bryant: Trauma can develop into tension anywhere in the body, but a yoga practice helps mitigate the effects of tension in all

these areas. For instance, hip openers can decrease tension in the pelvic region, inversion poses can facilitate a new perspective, and backbends can open the throat, enabling a woman to find her voice and speak her mind. NA: What advice would you offer a woman who feels unsafe or vulnerable in her own body, but wants to integrate a healing practice into her life? Giambra: Locate a trained bodywork practitioner with whom you feel both safe and confident. Jin Shin Jyutsu® is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on modality that creates balance in the body, mind and spirit, while harmonizing the flow of life energy. A trained practitioner will offer customized sessions during which you will receive energy harmonizing in a supportive, therapeutic setting and learn practical self-help applications which can be used for daily maintenance to provide tension and stress relief. Bryant: I would encourage getting on the yoga mat each morning, even if briefly, and keep the focus on your breath while moving through the poses. This is an extremely comforting routine to start off each new day. NA: Does your studio teach any classes or workshops that might be geared toward the pursuit of trauma recovery from a holistic approach? Giambra: Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu offers a variety of self-help classes, workshops and guided energy harmonizing mediations that release the effects of tension and stress. We also book private classes for groups with specific interests such as trauma recovery. By its nature, Jin Shin Jyutsu encompasses all the levels of being—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Bryant: All yoga classes can support healing from trauma, so I encourage those in such a recovery process to contact our studio for assistance in finding a class that would be beneficial. NA: In your opinion, is the “Me Too Movement” a positive stride toward female empowerment, gender equality and the awareness of systemic exploitation? Giambra: The Me Too Movement has created a platform for many women to reclaim their voices and speak their truth

about hidden pain, trauma and shame. It has also helped them recognize they don’t need to suffer alone. I believe that speaking one’s truth and taking steps to liberate oneself from the harmful effects of trauma is incredibly empowering. Bryant: I think it’s always important to heal from the trauma a person is holding onto, as that growth leads to empowerment, and the Me Too Movement has certainly encouraged this. So in the words of an instructor who might never know the impact she once stirred within me, “Let go. Just let yourself go.” Accept the invitation to self-care. Extend the permission to heal. This one body—this one life—of yours is worth it. Michelle Giambra is a Jin Shin Jyutsu® Practitioner, Self Help Instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist with 20 years of experience in the study and practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Giambra’s passion for helping her clients find balance, harmony, wellness and enhanced quality of life is evident in her compassionate, heart-centered and intuitive approach. Giambra is the owner of Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, located at 810 Central Avenue, Sarasota, in the Rosemary Court Wellness Center. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-2282972 or visit SuncoastJSJ.com. Liana Bryant is a E-RYT 500 certified yoga instructor through the Yoga Alliance, and she is also the Director of Rosemary Court Yoga. After a successful career as the YogaWorks Studio Manager in New York City, she has returned to her hometown of Sarasota to bring the nurturing, healing practice of yoga to this community. Rosemary Court Yoga is located at 810 Central Avenue, Sarasota. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-952-5280, or visit RosemaryCourt.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. May 2018

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TUESDAY, MAY 1 Introducing Healer Beverly McCaw -Create a more harmonious life, experience greater physical well-being, reign in your light! With Rev. Beverly McCaw RN, BSN, CMLC, MCS. “I am here to hold a safe space for you to heal, shift, and feel the change on ALL levels, to love & accept yourself fully, to access more joy flowing free in who you are.” Offering high vibrational energy facilitation, master of crystal surgery, spiritual master life coach teacher, Reiki master teacher, transformation facilitator, matrix energetics, access consciousness bars, crystal grids, postural alignment therapy, Bemer Machine sessions; for scientific proven circulation facilitation. ReignbowLight.com, 727-282-4787. Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living Oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl. Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook, https://www. facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. What’s All the Buzz About Yoga? Is it Right for Me? - 7-8:30pm. Led by the Four Pillars Yoga Instructors. Come learn…what is yoga? How does it work? What are the benefits? Does it help you lose weight? Is it fun? I’m not flexible, can I do it? Am I too old? Is it religious? Come get all your questions answered and learn all about yoga. Social, drinks and healthy treats. Free event. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221 & Suite 203, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com.

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Live Blood Analysis - First Wednesday of every month at Super Value Nutrition. We are taking appointments for May 2nd and June 6th. Call 941342-1908 to make an appointment or for any other questions about Live Blood Analysis. Sessions/$50 for 30 minutes. Super Value Nutrition, 5842 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, 941-342-1908. Aroma Kundalini Yoga - 12-1pm. Led by Laurel James. Take time to unwind from your daily life. Discover balance and well-being through soft yoga, breath practice, and the beautiful aromas of natural oils. Learn which essential oils and simple kundalini body movements and mantras benefit each chakra in the class. Laurel is bringing her gong for a meditation you will not want to miss during savasana. Followed by an explanation of oils for each chakra. $20. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221 & Suite 203, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Conversations of Light & 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 welcome. Please invite your friends also. $10. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@ VioletWisdom.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 3 Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with

Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave, laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl. Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook, https://www. facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. 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. Akashic Records, Introductory Class with Pam Jacob - 7-8:30p.m. Learn to access your records toward gaining insight into your personal goals, your life path, and the spiritual dimension. All levels are welcome. $15 love offering. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota, 941-955-3301. Getting Spiritual Success Rev. Drew Vogt! – 7pm. What is Spiritual Success? How does one know when one has it? Rev. Drew presents answers, usable tips and techniques to excel with a thriving spiritual life. He shares wisdom through public speaking, teaching, writing, and counseling. His high-energy classes, workshops, coaching sessions, and Mediumistic Readings have helped hundreds of people attain peace of mind and strength to accomplish their dreams. $30, limit 30 people. Call to reserve your spot today! Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive Suite 4, Sarasota, 941-217-6828, PointLumineux.com. Prayer Circle with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7:30-8pm. Join Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon every Thursday for an hour of gratitude, praise and prayer to the Living God, the God of Gods and the King of Kings. Using a myriad names of God, we will offer up prayers of gratitude for the grace and blessings bestowed upon is. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 4 Guest Reader, Sherry Lord - 10:30am – 5:30pm. Sherry is a Reiki Master, Ordained Reverend, Teacher, Psychic Intuitive and Deeper Trance Channel. She can see angels, guides, and auras, as well as, channel loved ones who have crossed over. Sherry is a versatile channel who can answer your questions, both business and personal, and help you on your spiritual path. Pre-registration required. 15mins/$40, 30mins/$75, 60mins/$125 *Deep Trance Channel Sessions - 50mins/$175. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. $60/1 hour, $30/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Spanish Cooking and Sangria Night - 7-9:30pm. Led by Chef Fatima Soriano. Fatima is from Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain and *an outstanding Mediterranean chef. She operates a business called Tapas and Fun Catering where she comes to your home or business to teach you and your guests how to cook delicious recipes. You’ll learn about Mediterranean cooking. Then you get to eat what you have all prepared together. It is so much fun! She’s bringing her event to Four Pillars. We

will be making gazpacho, Mediterranean Salads, and Sangria! Perfect Couples or Singles night. $20 per person, food and drinks included! Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221 & Suite 203, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 5 Psychic Saturday – 10:30am-1pm. Readings and Healings. Vibrational Healing, Love Donation. Gift certificates available. 15-minute readings/$20. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave., 941953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 6 ECK Light and Sound Service – 11am-noon. The Blessings of Gratitude. If we stop to count our blessings, our heart is open to love and all the gifts that love brings, including the possibility of healing. Free. Charlotte County Cultural Center, Rm A, 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte, 941-358-0325, Meetup. com/EckankarInSarasota.

MONDAY, MAY 7 Healing from Within: Native Practices for SelfHealing – 7-9pm. With Joan Volpe. Following the shamanic teachings of the ancient Incas, participants will awaken their intuitive abilities for self-healing and learn techniques for clearing and releasing energy which continues to limit and inhibit. Awaken the consciousness of your core wound, heal perspectives based on the past, and expand your well-being and connection to Spirit. $20. Sarasota Center of Light, 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com. Strategies to Burn Visceral Fat - 7–8pm. Led by James Jones and Christal Borg. Visceral Fat is the active, illness-causing fat that surrounds the organs under the abdominal muscles. In this workshop you will learn about visceral fat and how to combat it. We will talk about cellular cleansing, healthy eating, and share nutrition tips with you to live a healthier lifestyle. Come meet this fantastic team and learn how to have the healthy and lean body that you desire and deserve. $15. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221 & Suite 203, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth James July 16, since 2007. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

TUESDAY, MAY 8 Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living Oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl. Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook, https://www. facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. Introducing Healer Beverly McCaw -Create a more harmonious life, experience greater physical well-being, reign in your light! With Rev. Beverly McCaw RN, BSN, CMLC, MCS. “I am here to hold a safe space for you to heal, shift, and feel the change on ALL levels, to love & accept yourself fully, to access more joy flowing free in who you are.” Offering high vibrational energy facilitation, master of crystal surgery, spiritual master life coach teacher, Reiki master teacher, transformation facili-

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 Guest Reader, Christine Caruso - 10:30am–5:30pm. Christine Caruso, Sacred Stone Reader, is a Healer and Intuitive and has spent the last twenty years dedicating her research and work to medicines and sustainable practices in different cultures and communities, whether that be through food, prayer, dance, meditation, herbs, or spiritual healing. A Sacred Stone Reader, in the tradition of the Q’ero people in the Highlands of Peru, Christine maintains a private practice in Intuitive Energy Medicine. Her studies with the Barbara Brennan School of Healing in Miami amplified her natural skills as a healer. Christine travels and teaches outside the US and will be visiting Sarasota in May. 30mins/$60, 60mins/$110. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Astrology/Human Design Discussion Class with Catherine Rosenbaum – 7-9pm. Join renowned Astrologist and Human Design expert, Catherine Rosenbaum, for another installment of her ongoing Astrology/Human Design Discussion Class. The night will begin with a Psychic Weather Report and Global Human Design update. In both systems, the evolutionary planets are lining up for lots of Earth and Water in the charts. After a year of Fire and Air, our emergence through these elements will be dramatically different from what we’ve been experiencing up to this point. In May, the last outer planet, Uranus, timeless awakener and shaker, will finish the New Year shift and move into Taurus. This will result in a revisiting of values with newly-found emphasis on money systems, love, and appreciation. Bring a sweater. All levels welcome. Pre-registration required. $25. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Conversations of Light & 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 welcome. Please invite your friends also. $10. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@ VioletWisdom.com. Having it All: Mastering Prosperity Through Metaphysics, Part I – 7pm-9pm.There is a powerful relationship between our thoughts, emotions

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and beliefs which forms the results that we experience. We live in an abundant universe. When we understand this concept throughout every fiber of our being – then we began to transform our view of money from that of materialistic to a spiritual form of Creative Energy prosperity. Mastering Prosperity thru metaphysics can be truly life-changing and once learned, the techniques can be applied throughout your life on any problem. With Divya Melissa Shirring. Part 2 is Wed, May 16. Come to either or both! $25, $39/ both days. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

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Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living Oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl. Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook, https://www. facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. 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. Pub Theology - 6:30-8:00. Beer, conversation and God. Bring your questions, your curiosity and pull up a chair. Be ready to engage with people of varying religious traditions, philosophical perspectives and life experiences. Pub 32 - Irish Gastropub, 8383 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Join Manatee Sarasota Sierra Club’s General Meeting – 7pm. Dr Jennifer Korn, Wildlife Biologist, will give a presentation on panthers and bears. For information call Gayle. Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts, 941-587-9797. Mother’s Day Bouquets - 7-9pm. Led by Alice’s Table & Agusta Raffo. Join Alice’s Table for a funfilled, Mother’s Day flower arranging workshop! At the end of the evening, take home your handcrafted beautiful arrangement. We will be making the Secret Garden Bouquet. Come to make one for yourself, your Mom, a special woman in your life, or bring your kids and make it together! Refreshments, wine, coffee or tea included! $75 per arrangement. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221 & Suite 203, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Prayer Circle with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7:30-8pm. Join Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon every Thursday for an hour of gratitude, praise and prayer to the Living God, the God of Gods and the King of Kings. Using a myriad names of God, we will offer up prayers of gratitude for the grace and blessings bestowed upon is. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 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.

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Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Astrology Consultations with Liz D’Aste – 11am-7pm. Astrology is a powerful tool for selfdevelopment and gaining self-knowledge. Working alongside the Law of Attraction, a birth chart can show where tension builds up, preventing our desires from manifesting. Your first consultation includes an hour reading and a color copy of your birth chart. Also included is either ‘The Sky Within’ report introducing you to your planets or some notes on the upcoming influences we will have discussed during our consultation (to be emailed to you) – your choice. First consultation/$140, $120/future updates. Appointments recommended. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Dr, Sarasota, 941-822-8056. Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. $60/1 hour, $30/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com. 2018 Anti-Aging Technologies Educational Hour – 1pm. If you are overwhelmed by ingredients, procedures, and treatment options for addressing signs of aging, we will help you make sense of it all. Free, RSVP. 7357 International Place Suite 101, Sarasota, 941-676-3433. Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums – 7-8:30pm. On this night, five of our advanced student mediums will present a Spirit Messages Gallery, supported by two of our certified Spirit Mediums. Each attendee will have the opportunity to receive information from their spirit loved ones or guides, by the different styles of each student. Come and enjoy this fun and informative evening. $5 donation. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota., 941-266-8435, CMFsarasota.org.

SATURDAY, MAY 12

Survey Classes in The Ageless Wisdom: Class #1 Introduction to the Ageless Wisdoms -What are the Ageless Wisdom teachings? Where do they come from? How can we apply these teachings to our lives? $25/class, $61/series of 3 classes. Full Spectrum, 2106 Bispham Rd, Sarasota 941-952-1200. Lucia Light Florida – 10am-5pm. Lucia will be offering transformational light journeys at the Day of Divine Feminine. Rising Tide International, 5012 Swift Rd., 512-585-9265, LuciaLightFlorida.com. Learn Energetic Healing with Reiki I – 10am2pm. In this fun and 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. Class size is limited, so preregistration required. Workshop includes: Reiki 1 Certification and Attunement, Aura Clearing, Hand Positions, Self-Treatment, Healing Others, Body Scanning, Develop your Practice, Reiki in Hospitals. Upon completion receive a Reiki 1 Certificate. 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, Kari Noren-Hoshal -10:30am– 5:30pm. Join Evolutionary Astrologer, Kari Noren-Hoshal, who has provided in-depth client counseling for over 16 years. Kari’s readings bring forward information on past life talents and tendencies, as well as, the new direction for the Soul’s Mission for the current lifetime. She works with clients on current life issues to create a plan of action together based on planetary transits. Kari


grew up in Latin America and Egypt where she explored ancient spiritual traditions from a young age. Kari’s free in-depth monthly astrology column is available by email and on her Facebook page: Kari Noren-Hoshal. 60mins/$90. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Eckankar Invites You to Experience HU, the Sound of Soul – 11am-noon. Chanting HU can help bring peace, calm, and harmony into your life, regardless of your religion, culture, or walk of life. There will be 15-20 minutes of chanting followed by 2-5 minutes of quiet contemplation, then a discussion and light refreshments. Free. Jacaranda Library, Children’s Activity Rm, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice, 941-358-0325. Eckankarblog.org/soundof-soul/Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Psychic Readings with Sheri Avera – 11am-7pm. Sheri is a talented Psychic/Medium who offers readings using the glided tarot deck. Appointment Recommended, Walk-ins Welcome. $60/30 minutes, $100/1 hour. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Dr, Sarasota, 941-822-8056. Creating Magical Protection Box with Annie Eng - 2-5pm. A Higher Wisdom teaching Series. Psychic attacks can come from various levels and sources. Annie Eng, a student of Arcane Knowledge will share these sources, the dynamics involved and what you can do about it especially as you move further onto your Spiritual Path. Sometimes these disruptive energies impact your auric field, other times it drains your energy and disrupts your mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. In this workshop, you will learn how to create a box of protection for you and your love ones. You will learn to use the highest sacred names of God in Hebrew, calling down the archangels and orders of angels according to kaballah to shield you and your love ones from dark forces and negative entities. Registration required. $20. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 13

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. Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational.org. Guest Reader, Desiree - 12:15pm–4:45pm. Desiree’s practical, straightforward reading style will leave you feeling clear and empowered. She combines her 20 years of experience with the Tarot, and her deep love and enthusiasm for semi-precious stones, as tools for your growth. Her emphasis is on self-actualization. Often times, Desiree can pick up on family members and loved ones who have crossed over. She is proud to be continuing her work as a third-generation reader and does so with a gentle style and a touch of cosmic comedy. 15mins/$30, 30mins/$50. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com.

MONDAY, MAY 14

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

perfectly compatible with any other traditional or alternative practice. To schedule an appointment and to get further information, Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Guided Hypnosis - 11:30-12:30pm. Led by Shana Rosenthal, Certified Consulting Hypnotist.Come and relax like you have never felt before; power your intentions deep into your subconscious mind and set yourself up for an amazing week. This group session is typically offered 2x a month at Four Pillars and is enhanced with Aromatherapy. The 4th Monday is Memorial Day. $20. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221 & Suite 203, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Learn Yoga, a Four-Part Series with Angelena Craig - 3-4:15pm, Mondays May 14, 21, 28, and June 4. For those new to yoga, the four week, gentle, class will instruct you in all the parts of yoga including breathing and relaxation exercises, and with a focus on learning and practicing the basic asanas (postures). Each week we review last week’s class and then add on new poses, knowing you have a good understanding of what a yoga practice can do for you. The series is for anyone, no matter size, flexibility or age, if you can easily get up and down off the floor. 4 classes/$100, preregistration is encouraged- go to PineappleYogaStudio.net. Pineapple Yoga Studio, 517 S. Pineapple Ave Sarasota, 941-210-3739. ANewAgingMovement.com. Essential Mixologist - 7-9pm. Led by Marley French and Laurel James. Learn how to elevate your cocktails and unleash your inner alchemist using health enhancing, natural ingredients and simple techniques. “The Essential Mixologist” is filled with 22 original essential oil infused cocktail recipes that your taste buds will love! Books will be available for purchase at the event. You’ll get to taste recipes prepared by bartender Tiffany Hollman. Advance Tickets/$10 with a chance to win a free copy of The Essential Mixologist, $15/at the door. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221 & Suite 203, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth James July 16, since 2007. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

TUESDAY, MAY 15

Introducing Healer Beverly McCaw -Create a more harmonious life, experience greater physical well-being, reign in your light! With Rev. Beverly McCaw RN, BSN, CMLC, MCS. “I am here to hold a safe space for you to heal, shift, and feel the change on ALL levels, to love & accept yourself fully, to access more joy flowing free in who you are.” Offering high vibrational energy facilitation, master of crystal surgery, spiritual master life coach teacher, Reiki master teacher, transformation facilitator, matrix energetics, access consciousness bars, crystal grids, postural alignment therapy, Bemer Machine sessions; for scientific proven circulation facilitation ReignbowLight.com, 727-282-4787. Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living Oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum.

Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl. Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook, https://www. facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. Experience John of God, Crystal Light Bed Sessions – 9am-6pm. With Michele Denise. She is authorized by John of God and offers crystal light bed sessions and tours to visit John of God in Brazil. The crystal light bed aligns the chakras leaving the person emotionally, physically and spiritually balanced. Available, blessed John of God Crystals and Jewelry. $35/half hour, $65/ per hour. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, for appointment, 828-4231482, Michele@crystalhealingbed.com. “Get Out of Pain Now”-Heidi Korsch, Energy Integrator and Reiki Master -1pm. Balance the energy in your body, find blockages, and delete your pain in a matter of minutes. $15. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Road, 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Medical Cannabis & Holistic Wellness Event – 5:30pm. Please join us for our informational event with Trulieve & Surterra! Get answers to your questions, obtain product knowledge, and speak with our doctors in reference to cannabis consultations - now available to clients who qualify at Point Lumineux! We are excited about this educational seminar sponsored by Trulieve & Surterra, because we want to provide our community with knowledge on the process of medical marijuana & the dispensary of the products. Dr. Jonathan Roberti of Juice Plus will be here to show you how you can incorporate more fruits, vegetables and fiber into your diet! Food and wine will be provided! -10% off CBD products the night of the event. Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive Suite 4, Sarasota, 941-217-6828, PointLumineux.com. Arbonne Nutrition - 7-8:30pm. Led by Mari Burleson. Join Mari for a fun and informative healthy happy hour with Arbonne Essentials. Vegan and gluten-free certified products developed with premium blends of vitamins, minerals, botanicals, antioxidants, enzymes, prebiotics, and probiotics for maximum product effectiveness. Quality and Delicious! Smoothie tasting, refreshing energy drinks, soothing detox tea. Let’s get ready for summer! Free. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221 & Suite 203, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16

Have you Tried Hot Stone Massage and Been Disappointed? Mad Science Massage & Spa is introducing a “try it” day for Elemental Synergy Stone Massage. Call for details. 7357 International Place Suite 101, Sarasota, 941-676-3433, MadScienceMassage.com. Experience John of God, Crystal Light Bed Sessions – 9am-6pm. With Michele Denise. She is authorized by John of God and offers crystal light bed sessions and tours to visit John of God in Brazil. The crystal light bed aligns the chakras leaving the person emotionally, physically and spiritually balanced. Available, blessed John of God Crystals and Jewelry. $35/half hour, $65/ per hour. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, for appointment, 828-4231482, Michele@crystalhealingbed.com. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 6:307:30pm. Come share and learn more about spiritual experiences such as coincidences, guidance from departed ones or angels, dreams, past lives, and soul travel. These topics come from the Spiritual Experiences Guidebook which will be given as a gift to attendees. Free. Elsie Quirk Library, Conference Rm, 100 West Dearborn St., Englewood. 941-3580325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Conversations of Light & 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,

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Reiki IET, etc. Drop-ins welcome. Please invite your friends also. $10. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@ VioletWisdom.com. Having it All: Mastering Prosperity Through Metaphysics, Part 2 – 7pm-9pm. By creating a treasure map and then putting it somewhere you will see it every day, you will help manifest all that you desire. Your treasure map will be a constant reminder of where you intend to be. Appealing to you on both conscious and subconscious levels, a dream board keeps your mind focused on your goal, your attention on your intentions, a constant reminder that this is your life, and you are on the path you choose! Be proactive instead of reactive! With Divya Melissa Shirring. Part 1 is Wed, May 9. Come to either or both! $25, $39/both days. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 17

Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living Oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl. Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook, https://www. facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. 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 focus. 15mins/$30, 30mins/$60. 45mins/$80 Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Interiorology - 6:30-8pm. Led by Laurel James. Interior Design Wellness for you Mind, Body, and Home with essential oils.  In this class learn how to clear and create your space so that it reflects the true you. You will take away design principles from Laurel’s Interiorology book and experience color stones and aromas of essential oils. $10 in advance/$15 at the door. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221 & Suite 203, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Astro Chat – 7-8pm. Would you like to work with an ancient symbolic language that will facilitate your own integration, develop your intuition and has the ability to bring deep understanding to all your relationships? That’s Astrology! Liz D’Aste has been practicing in the field of Astrology for 35 years and holds a degree with the Huber Astro-Psychological Institute UK branch. Liz will be presenting an Astro Chat on your Sun Sign. Donation. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Dr, Sarasota, 941-822-8056. Bentley’s House Pet Loss Support Group – 7-8pm. Free support group for any type of pet grief. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota, 941-955-3301. Prayer Circle with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7:30-8pm. Join Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon every Thursday for an hour of gratitude, praise and prayer to the Living God, the God of Gods and the King of

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FRIDAY, MAY 18

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. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Astrology Consultations with Liz D’Aste -11am-7pm. Astrology is a powerful tool for selfdevelopment and gaining self-knowledge. Working alongside the Law of Attraction, a birth chart can show where tension builds up, preventing our desires from manifesting. Your first consultation includes an hour reading and a color copy of your birth chart. Also included is either ‘The Sky Within’ report introducing you to your planets or some notes on the upcoming influences we will have discussed during our consultation (to be emailed to you) – your choice. First consultation/$140, $120/future updates. Appointments recommended. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Dr, Sarasota, 941-822-8056.  Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. $60/1 hour, $30/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com. “10 Best Tips to Save Money on your Prescription Medications.”  - 12pm. Lunch & Learn. You are invited to learn easy ways to save on your prescription medications.  Whether you, a family member or friend is faced with high co-pays, medications not on plan, or no drug coverage there are solutions to help you save and get the medication you need. Elite Health, 1281 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941.549-8455. Gift from The Higher Self – 6-9pm. Back by popular demand, in this special, limited attendance workshop, Cristo will invoke your higher self to give you a gift of healing and transformation. During Cristo’s public and private meditations with clients, the higher selves or Augoeides of clients have spontaneously appeared and delivered special messages of healing and transformation. These messages assume the form of a glowing orb that is delivered from the hand of your higher self into your auric field. These messages are unique to each person and carry with them significant healing potential in the form of advanced energy work. Call 1-941-217-6828 and reserve your spot today! Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive Suite 4, Sarasota, 941-217-6828, PointLumineux.com. Deep Trance Demonstrations with Eric Cargill - 7-9pm. Join Eric at the Chapel for a fascinating experience of deep trance work in which his guides and other loved ones will come through to speak and answer questions from those in attendance. Eric has become one of England’s most evidential Trance Mediums. Limit is 40 people, reservations required. $30 Sarasota Center of Light, 941-9536620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.

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SATURDAY, MAY 19

Intuitive Arts Fair - 10:30am–5:30pm. Elysian Fields has been offering this long-standing Intuitive Arts Fair for over 2 decades! Come try one of our professional and seasoned readers for an intuitive reading, featuring: Catherine, Christine, Skye, and Stephanie. No appointments made by phone. First come, first served. 30mins/$35. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Learn to Read the Human Energy Field – 11am5pm. In this two-day workshop, each participant will be informed of his receptive intuitive faculty as perceived clairvoyantly by Cristo. This workshop will consist of a series of in-depth, interactive dialogs; three major initiations to extend the intuitive capabilities of those who are present; and practice under the direct supervision of Cristo. In this twoday workshop, Cristo will discuss the cultivation and use of the intuitive faculties, drawing upon compelling analogies as well as illustrations of the human energy field that reveal the mechanics of the intuition. A significant portion of time will be dedicated to the role that the chakras, as well as the Central Channel, play in the function of the intuition. The initiations will consist of the activation of several major chakras that facilitate the expansion of the intuition. Call 1-941-217-6828 and reserve your spot today! Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive Suite 4, Sarasota, 941-217-6828, PointLumineux.com. Mama Mia – Psychic Faire – 11am-4pm. Celebrating mothers, the female, the parent, the child, and the “mama” in us all. 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! We will also offer Healings with our certified Reiki healers. Healings are also 15 minutes, and both are only $25. $5 Admission. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Psychic Readings with Tammy Shea – 11am7pm. Tammy is a talented intuitive, oracle card reader, lightworker, spiritual medium and psychic. Appointment Recommended, Walk-ins Welcome. $60/30 minutes, $100/1 hour. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Dr, Sarasota, 941-822-8056. ‘Shall We Trance’ Workshop with Eric Cargill and Gerald O’Hara – 1-5pm. Davis Hall. We acknowledge Trance mediumship is a journey that a medium can undertake over many years. This workshop is for healers and mediums as much as inspirational speakers. If you are interested in deepening your links with your helpers, to allow deepening states of consciousness to develop, then this is the workshop for you. $50. Sarasota Center of Light, 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. Shaman Journey – 2-5:30pm. We relax, breathe and settle into the subtleness of the New Year, leaving this past year behind us. We find delights of New Beginnings in this twilight, deep in the essence of our Winter’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/ advance, $30/at door. Rev. Zan Benham aka Butterfly Deerwoman, 941-922-7839. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, Zan@Woman-Spirit.com, Woman-Spirit.com. Spiritual Exploration Discussion – 3-4 pm. Explore the Worlds of Light and Sound. The God Worlds can best be described as planes of reality. Each plane corresponds to a certain state of consciousness and vibration. Receive a CD with special techniques - given as a gift to all attendees. Free.


North Port Library, Juliano Rm, 13800 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/ EckankarInSarasota.

SUNDAY, MAY 20

Mommy and Me Spa Pamper Day at Mad Science Massage & Spa - Come in for a massage or facial and your 5+ year old will receive a Free treatment after yours! Choose from an age-appropriate facial or massage. Appointment required. 7357 International Place Suite 101, Sarasota, 941-6763433, MadScienceMassage.com. Eckankar invites you to experience HU, the Sound of Soul – 10-11am. Chanting HU can help bring peace, calm, and harmony into your life, regardless of your religion, culture, or walk of life. There will be 15-20 minutes of chanting followed by 2-5 minutes of quiet contemplation, then a discussion and light refreshments. Free. La Quinta Inn, Rm A, 5931 Commercial Way (W of I-75), Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Eckankarblog.org/sound-of-soul/ Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Reiki Level 1 Training – 10am-5pm. Led by Pat Crawford, RN, Reiki Master/Teacher. Reiki is Japanese healing energy work that promotes deep relaxation, releases stress and anxiety, reduces pain, improves sleep, and increases energy — empowering you to be your own healer. Enroll in a Reiki Level 1 training, and learn how to use Reiki to balance body, mind and spirit — for yourself and your family/friends. Class size is limited, so register early! $140 (includes full sized textbook), Level II will follow. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221 & Suite 203, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Sunday Services with Eric Cargill and Gerald O’Hara – 10:30 am and 7 pm. International Mediums Eric Cargill and Gerald O’Hara will give the talks at both services and Spirit messages at the evening service. Join us for the connection, inspiration and energy of our services and visitors. Sarasota Center of Light, 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. Learn to Read the Human Energy Field – 11am5pm. The second day of this two-day workshop, each participant will be informed of his receptive intuitive faculty as perceived clairvoyantly by Cristo. This workshop will consist of a series of in-depth, interactive dialogs; three major initiations to extend the intuitive capabilities of those who are present; and practice under the direct supervision of Cristo. In this two-day workshop, Cristo will discuss the cultivation and use of the intuitive faculties, drawing upon compelling analogies as well as illustrations of the human energy field that reveal the mechanics of the intuition. A significant portion of time will be dedicated to the role that the chakras, as well as the Central Channel, play in the function of the intuition. The initiations will consist of the activation of several major chakras that facilitate the expansion of the intuition. Call to reserve your spot today! Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive Suite 4, Sarasota, 941-217-6828, PointLumineux.com. Discover Your Sacred Creature Teachers - 2-4pm. Robin Wind will use Seneca and Mohawk traditions and medicine cards in this workshop to identify your Animal Totem. Through guided meditation and student participation we will discover the incredible insight and healing power by these totems, and how to use them day to day on your spiritual journey.  Please bring a notebook. $25 donation. Reservations suggested. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota., 941-2668435, CMFsarasota.org.

MONDAY, MAY 21

Guest Reader, Hazel Tarr - 10:30am–5:30pm. Hazel Tarr specializes in Animal Communication Readings. From an early age, Hazel realized her strong spiritual connection with all animals and sensed her ability to communicate with them. She

loves being able to communicate with the animals and sharing with their humans what they want us to know. She is able to communicate with both living and transitioned pets. She has studied with Carol Gurney of the Gurney Institute for Animal Communication, as well as local animal communicators to further hone her gift. Please bring a photo of the pet, if available. Well-behaved, leashed/crated pets are welcome! 20mins/$25. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Addressing Addictions with Natural Medicine - 7-8:30pm. Led by Shana Rosenthal & Dr. Rene Ng. Certified Hypnotist Shana Rosenthal of Four Pillars and Board-Certified/Licensed Acupuncture Physician Rene Ng (AP, L.Ac) of Chinese Medical Solutions Acupuncture and Healing Center are teaming up to offer a seminar on addictive disorders and undesirable habits such as smoking, alcohol, overeating, etc. In this seminar, you will learn how these addictions affect the body and why addictions and habits form. Furthermore, you will also learn how Hypnosis combined with Chinese Medicine/ Acupuncture form a powerful ally in helping to effectively address and manage these disorders and habits. $25. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221 & Suite 203, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth James July 16, since 2007. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

Reiki IET, etc. Drop-ins welcome. Please invite your friends also. $10. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@ VioletWisdom.com. Monthly Anchoring Light Channeled Meditation, Venice/Nokomis – 7pm. With Rev. Dr. SharonElizabeth James. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light every Monday since July 16, 2007! Love Offering. Villa Terra Mar, 218 Pocono Trail East, Nokomis. The Loving Relationship Training – 7pm-9pm. Find a deeper understanding of the relationships in our lives. What makes them work and not work? What are the patterns we need to understand to free ourselves from common problems we experience in relationships? What are the practices available to aid us to achieve perfection in the relationships we are in now? What will awaken us to realize our Higher Self? With Divya Melissa Schnirring. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. REIKI III Master Share – 7-9pm. Masters of all lineages to come together to share, expand, enhance and brush up on their Reiki. Wear comfortable clothes. $5 Suggested Donation. Rev. Zan Benham, 941-922-7839. Enlightenment Center at Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd. Sarasota. Zan@ Woman-Spirit.com, Woman-Spirit.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 24

Introducing Healer Beverly McCaw -Create a more harmonious life, experience greater physical well-being, reign in your light! With Rev. Beverly McCaw RN, BSN, CMLC, MCS. “I am here to hold a safe space for you to heal, shift, and feel the change on ALL levels, to love & accept yourself fully, to access more joy flowing free in who you are.” Offering high vibrational energy facilitation, master of crystal surgery, spiritual master life coach teacher, Reiki master teacher, transformation facilitator, matrix energetics, access consciousness bars, crystal grids, postural alignment therapy, Bemer Machine sessions; for scientific proven circulation facilitation ReignbowLight.com, 727-282-4787. Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living Oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl. Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook, https://www. facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. ‘Linking with Spirit’ Workshop – 7:30-9:30pm. Eric Cargill and Gerald O’Hara at Davis Hall. We will guide participants through a process of building a message from Spirit that identifies the personality behind the message that is recognizable and therefore validates the content of any guidance or advice that is given. Beginners and more advance students are welcome. $30. Sarasota Center of Light, 941953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.

Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living Oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl. Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook, https://www. facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. 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. Cool Sculpting Event – 5:30pm. Point Lumineux · Sarasota - Join us for a Cool Night Out at Point Lumineux on April 24th! Our CoolSculpting rep, is coming to perform demonstrations on a few different procedures and to sit in on scheduled consultations to answer any additional questions you may have! We’ll have a raffle to win up to two free cycles, a $1,500. value, and we’ll offer special pricing to anyone who signs up for CoolSculpting procedures that evening. RSVP and learn everything you need to know about CoolSculpting! Call to schedule your consultation and reserve your spot today! Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive Suite 4, Sarasota, 941-217-6828, PointLumineux.com. Prayer Circle with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7:30-8pm. Join Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon every Thursday for an hour of gratitude, praise and prayer to the Living God, the God of Gods and the King of Kings. Using a myriad names of God, we will offer up prayers of gratitude for the grace and blessings bestowed upon is. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

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FRIDAY, MAY 25

TUESDAY, MAY 22

Conversations of Light & 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,

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only. RSVP required. 7357 International Place Suite 101, Sarasota, 941-676-3433, MadScienceMassage.com. Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. $60/1 hour, $30/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Cosmic Photography with Gail Swanson - 7-9pm. A Higher Wisdom Teaching Series. Christ Consciousness Light Presentation - these light images are imbued with and radiate love, healing and remembrance. They come to us at this time to help us assimilate the higher energies that are streaming in. Come experience a magical light journey, a sacred Mary Magdalene anointing and a powerful meditation of remembrance. Each person will receive exactly what they need. $20. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 26

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. Eckankar invites you to experience HU, the Sound of Soul – 11am-noon. Chanting HU can help bring peace, calm, and harmony into your life, regardless of your religion, culture, or walk of life. There will be 15-20 minutes of chanting followed by 2-5 minutes of quiet contemplation, then a spiritual discussion and light refreshments. Free. New Location: Port Charlotte Public Library, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte, 941-358-0325, Eckankarblog.org/ sound-of-soul/Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 11amnoon. Come share and learn more about spiritual experiences such as coincidences, guidance from departed ones or angels, dreams, past lives, and soul travel. These topics come from the Spiritual Experiences Guidebook which will be given as a gift to attendees. Free. Nokomis Community Park Art Room, 234 Nippino Tr., Nokomis. 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Psychic Readings with Sheri Avera – 11am- 7pm. Sheri is a talented Psychic/Medium who offers readings using the glided tarot deck. Appointment Recommended, Walk-ins Welcome. $60/30 minutes, $100/1 hour. Inquire Within Goddess Shoppe, 6283 Lake Osprey Dr, Sarasota, 941-822-8056. Healing Yourself, Your Lineage and The Human Condition Through the Metamorphic Field – 2-4pm. With Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James. We are all aware of physical, mental and emotional patterns that run through families generation after generation. These” Tribals” can come in the form of a genetic disorder, mental propensities or emotional tendencies that run through generations causing dis-ease in all its forms and on a larger scale, the Human Condition as we know it. Based on the Hermetic Principles and numerous Ageless Wisdom Teachings, and her own personal experience and the consequent Higher Guidance that came from it, Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth offers guidance on how to tap into

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our own abilities to heal ourselves our lineage and humanity through the metamorphic field. Ridding Dis-ease once and for all! Dress Comfortably. $20. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

about ways to reduce acne and inflammation in young skin with product demos and complementary assessments. RSVP required. Mad Science Massage & Spa, 7357 International Place Suite 101, Sarasota, 941-676-3433, MadScienceMassage.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 27

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Talk - 6:308:00pm. Want to try Kundalini Yoga, a dynamic and comprehensive system for rejuvenation and relaxation? This is a no-risk way to learn what it has to offer. Jiwan Shakti will chat with you about what his 27 years of practice have meant to him and could mean to you. Tea and light snacks available. Free! RSVP text/call, or just drop in. Sacred Pathways Sarasota, 2831 Ringling Blvd., Suite B-108, 407227-4111. SacredPathwaysSarasota.com. Conversations of Light & 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 welcome. Please invite your friends also. $10. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@ VioletWisdom.com.

ECK Light and Sound Service – 10-11am. HU: The Key to a Happier Life.By singing or chanting HU, you can raise your state of consciousness to a level where political, family, and social issues no longer throw you out of balance. It will also help you enjoy a happier and more contented life. Free. La Quinta Inn, 5931 Commercial Way (W of I-75), Rm A, Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/ EckankarInSarasota. Full Moon Mixer & Drum Circle – 7pm- 8:30pm. Become one with the rhythm of the drums! At this social and spiritual event, we are celebrating life, unity, and the positive energies of the full moon. Come and learn the basics of improvisational drumming! Feel free to bring your own drum or other percussion instrument so you can get with the vibration in whatever way feels best for you. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know our students and teachers. We will begin with a mixer at 7pm for all who would like to socialize, and the drum circle will be from 8-9pm. 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. Sarasota, 941-953-6620.

MONDAY, MAY 28

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

TUESDAY, MAY 29

Introducing Healer Beverly McCaw -Create a more harmonious life, experience greater physical well-being, reign in your light! With Rev. Beverly McCaw RN, BSN, CMLC, MCS. “I am here to hold a safe space for you to heal, shift, and feel the change on ALL levels, to love & accept yourself fully, to access more joy flowing free in who you are.” Offering high vibrational energy facilitation, master of crystal surgery, spiritual master life coach teacher, Reiki master teacher, transformation facilitator, matrix energetics, access consciousness bars, crystal grids, postural alignment therapy, Bemer Machine sessions; for scientific proven circulation facilitation ReignbowLight.com, 727-282-4787. Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living Oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl. Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook, https://www. facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. Teen Acne Facials - The first day out of school for the summer is perfect to start a good habit. Learn

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THURSDAY, MAY 31

Cheryl Valdebenito, Ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Services offered include local hands on/off sessions with Reiki, and anointing with the Young Living Oils, including Raindrop Technique®. Emotional clearing through the application of the Aroma Freedom Technique™. Other healing tools may be utilized in personal sessions: Amethyst BioMat, QuantumWave laser, crystals, and dowsing with pendulum. Distance Reiki sessions as well as working with animals are also available. For more information, pricing, Rev. Cheryl, 469-999-1094,  Cheryl.Valdebenito@gmail.com, Facebook,  https:// www.facebook.com/LightandLifeEnergy/. Yoga Class – 9am. With Pauline Dimitry. Awakening for the Heart-Body-Mind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. Accepting New Students. $10. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-822-0263. Prayer Circle with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7:30-8pm. 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.

PLAN AHEADS

FRIDAY, JUNE 1-3

Release Your Jaw, Your Voice, TOUCH TO INFORM Seminar - Friday 6:30-9pm, Saturday 9:30-5pm, Sunday 9:30-4pm. 15 CEs for LMTs. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, 941-360-2248, Bonnie@FeldenkrasInSarasota.com, FeldenkraisInSarasota.com/event/release-your-jaw-your-voice-2/.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6

Live Blood Analysis - First Wednesday of every month at Super Value Nutrition. We are taking appointments for June 6th. Call 941-342-1908 to make an appointment or for any other questions about Live Blood Analysis. Sessions/$50 for 30 minutes. Super Value Nutrition, 5842 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, 941-342-1908.

THURSDAY JUNE 7

IANDS – 7-8:30pm. Near death study and support group of Sarasota. IANDS Affiliated Groups serve


near-death experiencers by providing understanding and information to those who have had such experiences. Groups also offer education and discussion of near-death and related experiences in a supportive setting. With Sue Lanier, Carol Vengroff. Meets first Thursday of every month. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19-21

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

on going events

sunday Morning Meditation at Garden of the Heart Yoga Center - 8:30-9:30am. Stephen Gillum will lead you through meditation practices including silent, guided, and walking meditation. Suggested Donation $12. Garden of the Heart Yoga Center, 2888 Ringling Blvd., GardenofTheHeartYoga.com. One from the Heart Healing Sessions – 9:3010:15am. Center of Spiritual Awareness healing practitioners offer 15-min sessions to bring a state of wholeness to body, mind, and spirit. Free. Fruitville Rd (Knights of Columbus Bldg), 941-926-7828. Sunday Services Cosmic Center – 10am. Hands-on Spiritual Healing. 10:30am Open Arms Metaphysical Spiritualist Service: Inspirational lectures and messages from your loved ones and friends on “The Other Side”. Reverends Thomas & Mary Linn Clarke. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333. ccosl.com. Hatha Yoga with Jamie Coffey – 10-11:30am. A creative blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background. The class helps to build strength and increase flexibility. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-9525280, RosemaryCourt.com. Nia - 10am. With Becky. Say yes to living well with Nia: a blend of the dance, martial, and healing arts.  Also Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am.  First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Unity of Sarasota-10:30am. Celebration Service. We honor the Christ Spirit in all. Music: Rob Satori. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-350-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Kai is Soulful and Fun Dance Movement – 10:3011:30am. Led by Kelly Atkins. All ages welcome. $15 drop in. Soul Studios, 3303 Bahia Vista Ave., Sarasota, KaiMoves.com. Social Emotional Learning & Mindfulness for Elementary Kids – 10:30am. During Sunday School at Unity Church. Donation. 3023 Proctor Rd., MindTimeKids.com. 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 weekly egalitarian worship service celebrates all of humanity’s religions and spiritual traditions on a single altar. Scriptures, songs, prayers, chants, and offerings from each religious tradition are accompanied with universalist prayers that honor all faiths as lights serving humanity’s unfoldment. Different officiates/Cherags rotate on leading the services each week. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839, RisingTideInternational.org. Open Heart Divine Healing Service – 12:15pm. First Sunday monthly. Through the gathering of the faithful, experience and co-create the Anchoring of Powerful Divine Healing Energies within the Sacred Circle. Expect miracles! Rev Dr. SharonElizabeth James. A Spiritual Discussion follows the service at 1:15. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333. ccosl.com. Cosmic In-Service Gathering of Lightworkers – 12:15pm. 2nd through 4th Sunday monthly. A call to Planetary World Servers to Anchor Light and work with our Family of Light to bridge Heaven and Earth. Rev. Eric Watrous (2nd Sunday of the month), Rev Molly Friedenfeld (3rd Sunday of the month), Rev. Lea Chapin (4th Sunday of the month). Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdws, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, ccosl.com. Sarasota Center of Light Sunday Evening Celebration Service – 7pm. Our evening service is special for the Spirit communication offered by our Pastor, Rev. Jim Toole, one of our mediums, or a guest medium.  Experience the inspiration and joy as we come together for an inspirational talk, singing, music, prayer and celebrating life. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.

monday Intermediate/Advanced Level Yoga Class – 9am. Led by Gillian Whatmore at Garden of the Heart. Vinyasa and poses that will progress your yoga practice, including inversions like handstand and forearm balance. $18. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, GardenofTheHeartYoga.com. Yoga Classes at Rosemary Court Yoga – 9:3011am and 11:15am-12:45pm. Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole features a blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background and helps to build strength and increase flexibility. 11:15am Ashtanga Yoga with Liana Sheintal Bryant is a physically demanding practice synchronizing breath with movement through a set series of progressive postures to build strength, flexibility and stamina. $14, 5/$50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. Buti Yoga -10:30am, Tuesday 7pm, Thursday 7pm, Saturday 9am. With Leila, yoga, tribal dance, and body sculpting class. Also Wednesday at 7pm and Saturday at 9am. First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Introductory Reflexology Session – Noon-5:30pm. One-hour session. $49. Heart and Sole Organics, 1435 S Osprey Ave, Ste 200, Sarasota. 941-2289724. HeartAndSoleOrganics.com. Transitions Support Group – 5-6:30pm. A support group that helps cope with the reality of traumatic changes. Discover resources & chart strategies to achieve priority goals. Six sessions are recommended. Free. Transition Church, 2215 Sunset Dr, Ste E1, Bradenton. 941-739-7103. RevDCT@Verizon.net. Feldenkrais with Bonnie K – 5:45pm. Ongoing Awareness Through Movement lessons. Improve posture, body/mind connection, self-reliance. $15. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Shamanic Reiki – 6-9pm. Enhance your Reiki practice using shamanic skills taught by Kelly Stewart. Incorporate natural elements, explore alternate realities, and find expanded ways of working with universal life force energy. Receive shamanic

protection and rites. Previous Reiki training certificate required. $50/session, $199 prepaid for entire 5-class series. $35/session retakes. Class series given consecutively. No need to take in order. RSVP Required. Sacred Pathways Sarasota, 2831 Ringling Blvd. B-108, 941-322-7284, StarLightworker.com. Traditional ‘Home Circle” Evidential Mediumship – 7-8:30pm. Spiritualists have sat in home circles since their very beginnings. It was the way they developed their relationship with the spirit and refined their spirit within. Today, we know that everyone has the potential to develop, and many a developing (as well as well developed) medium still sits in circle. Sitting in circle increases our spiritual abilities and offers the developing and well-developed medium alike the opportunity to continue increasing their spiritual potential. Facilitated by Sharon Hill. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Develop Your Innate ESP – 7-8:30pm. Be encouraged in a safe and nurturing environment while exploring the adventure of spiritual development. Some of the topics we will explore will include: Chakra Exploration, Breathing and Consciousness, Dowsing and Divining: Mastery of The Pendulum, The Shaman’s Way, Learn to Journey and Enter Altered States of Consciousness, Past Life Regression and ReBirthing, Extra Sensory Awareness, Etheric and Astral Planes, Laws of Attraction, Energy, Aura Perception. This is a continuing circle. Come to any or all. With Divya Melissa Schnirring. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave. 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 TaiChi and Qigong - 8:30am. Exercise the mind, body, and spirit in this energy-based movement practice. By donation. Outside @ Arlington Park, 941 525 3752, aware122@gmail.com, 360DegreeWellness.com. Kai is Soulful and Fun Dance Movement – 9:3010:30am. Led by Kelly Atkins. All ages welcome. $15 drop in. Soul Studios, 3303 Bahia Vista Ave., Sarasota, KaiMoves.com. Yoga at Siesta Key Chapel - 9:30-11am. All levels welcomed. Chair yoga 11-12pm. $10. 4615 Gleason Ave. 34242. 941-349-1166. Yoga Classes at Rosemary Court Yoga - 1011:30am, 12-1:15pm, and 6:30-8pm. 10am Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole is a blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background and helps to build strength and flexibility. 12pm Yin Yoga with Stephanie Cole is a passive yoga practice that stretches connective tissue in the body and provides time to remain in the poses for longer periods which increases flexibility. 6:30pm Vinyasa Yoga with Stacey Steig is a vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heat-building sequence. $14 or 5/$50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. Pilates on the Roller with Weights – 10:3011:30am. With Kelly Atkins. $15 beg/interm - no experience needed. Soul Studios, 3303 Bahia Vista Ave., Sarasota, KaiMoves.com. Drop-In Psychic Intuitive, Tarot, and Astrology - 12-3pm, Tues through Sat. Psychic, Tarot/ Astrology. Also by appointment and special scheduled events! $20/15 minutes. Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Law of Attraction Class - 7-9pm. This class takes you to the leading edge of co-creation, working with the Principles of the Laws of Cause/Effect or Sow/

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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. Psychic Practice Circle – 7-9pm. Come together with likeminded individuals to practice your intuitive abilities in a supportive and caring atmosphere.  This is not a class, but rather an opportunity to advance and share your sacred gifts in friendly environment.  Each session will be preceded by a brief meditation and blessing.  Open to all regardless of experience.  Join us for one, any, or all weeks!  Facilitated by Dawn Freeman. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave. Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Intermediate Level Yoga Class – 7:30pm. Led by Cindy Turner at Garden of the Heart Yoga. Work toward a challenging “peak” pose each month, all classes include inversion preps. $18. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, GardenofTheHeartYoga.com. Healing Certification Classes – 7:30–9pm. Beginning January 9. This healing program offers a focused, well-rounded curriculum and practicum. Students may complete the curriculum for certification or attend individual classes. $15. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.

Prayer/Meditation - 7-8pm. Respite of Positive Prayer/Music/Silence. Love offering. Unity of Sarasota.org, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota, 941-955-3301. Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7:30-9pm. Join Susan Houliston and guest instructors every Wednesday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills, and each class will end with healings by the “WE” for all those attending. Discussion and refreshments follow. $10 donation. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd., Sarasota. For more information or for description of the program offered for a given date, call Susan at 941-266-1696, CMFsarasota.org. Tarot Practice Circle – 7-8:30pm. The Tarot is a wonderful tool that can cultivate your intuition. We will find together unique ways to play with some of the meanings to strengthen one’s knowledge of most of the symbols and other pictograms within each deck of cards. This workshop will offer a bit of education, advice and practice to further your knowledge of the Tarot. Come with your favorite deck of Tarot cards! Facilitated by Barbara Harrison. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

wednesday

Alchemy TaiChi and Qigong - 8:30am. Exercise the mind, body, and spirit in this energy-based movement practice. By donation. Outside @ Arlington Park, 941 525 3752, aware122@gmail.com, 360DegreeWellness.com. Yoga at Siesta Key Chapel - 9:30-11am. All levels welcomed. Chair yoga 11-12pm. $10. 4615 Gleason Ave. 34242. 941-349-1166. Yoga Classes with Liana Sheintal Bryant - 1010:45am and 11:15am-12:30pm. 10am Mom + Baby Yoga class is designed for babies 6 weeks to 3 years (but all are welcome!) and offers benefits for both moms and their babies. 11:15am Ashtanga Yoga with Liana Sheintal Bryant is a physically demanding practice synchronizing breath with movement through a set series of progressive postures to build strength, flexibility and stamina. $14 or 5/$50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class - 6-7:30pm. Small class limited to about half a dozen souls; emphasis on meditation, not physical yoga. Light yoga warmups, then between 26 and 62 minutes of meditation. No experience necessary; you can sit in a chair if needed. This is traditional Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. $11/class. RSVP, text/call or just drop in. Sacred Pathways Sarasota, 2831 Ringling Blvd., Suite B-108, 407-227-4111, SacredPathwaysSarasota.com.

Authentic Movement Dance Freestyle Movement – 9:30-10:30am. facilitated by Kelly Atkins. Move how you like, great music. $15. Soul Studios 3303 Bahia Vista Ave., Sarasota, KaiMoves.com. Feldenkrais with Bonnie K – 10:45am. Awareness Through Movement classes improve posture, balance, and body awareness. Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. $15. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Vinyasa Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 11:30am1pm. A vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heat-building sequence. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. Opt for Light LLC – 12pm-3pm. Now offering In-light LED light therapy sessions at Wild Ginger Apothecary. 6557 Superior Ave., 928-301-0717, SerentiyStations.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. Automatic Writing – 6-7pm. Automatic writing is a method of communicating with those that have passed on. No experience necessary, just the intention to learn. We teach easy techniques to give you a firsthand experience in being a pen-pal with those who are now in spirit. Facilitated by Barbara Harrison. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Freestyle Latin Dance Classes - 6:45-7:45pm. Variations of Salsa, Cha Cha, Merengue..., $10. Soul Studios, 3303 Bahia Vista, Sarasota, Contact Allison, 941-544-2788. Prayer/Meditation -7-8pm. Respite of Positive Prayer/Music/Silence. Love offering. Unity of Sarasota.org, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota 941-955-3301. Wednesday Candlelight Healing Service - 7pm. Wednesday evening is dedicated to healing. Receive a Vibrational Healing and join us in a guided meditation.  We share our energy and intentions together in our candlelit sanctuary in a peaceful and loving hour together. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.

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friday 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. Kai is Soulful and Fun Dance Movement – 9:3010:30am. Led by Kelly Atkins. All ages. $15. Drop in. Soul Studios, 3303 Bahia Vista Ave., Sarasota, KaiMoves.com. Opt for Light LLC – 10am-1pm. Now offering In-light LED light therapy sessions at Wild Ginger Apothecary. 6557 Superior Ave., 928-301-0717, SerentiyStations.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 Weekly Drop-in Sit.

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– Noon. Enjoy meditating with others & topic discussion. Universalist Unitarian, 3975 Fruitville, Sarasota. Lift Your Spirits – Social Event– 5-6pm. You are invited to socialize, mix and mingle! Have you ever wondered about the spiritual world? Let’s get to know one another in an informal setting. Get together with others who share your interests, in a casual atmosphere over tea, coffee or drinks. Network, build friendships, compare experiences, learn and engage with others in the Spirit community. Discuss your goals. Talk with facilitators, staff or students to find out more about The Spirit University. Free. Primo Ristorante. 8076 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-544-5874 Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com An Evening of Reiki Healing – 6-7pm. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. These brief sessions are offered through non-touch, with the practitioner’s hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front of the torso and sometimes limbs to a fully clothed recipient. If you have never experienced Reiki, now is the time to try it. Facilitated by Barbara Harrison. $15 Suggested donation. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave. Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, TheSpiritUniversity.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.

saturday Sarasota Farmers Market – 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Established in 1979, the market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans. They currently have a full market that includes 70 vendors and 5,000 sq ft of produce and plants. 1592 Main St from Lemon Ave to Selby Five Points Park, Downtown Sarasota. Central Sarasota Year-Round Farmers Market – 8am1pm, rain or shine. Every agriculture vendor at the market (fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, etc.) is a grower or farmer, not just a reseller. The Florida House, 4454 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota. CentralSarasotaFamersMarket.com. Mixed level Yoga Class – 9am. Led by Amanda Hansell at Garden of the Heart Yoga. Learn a variety of poses everyone can do, including inversion preps and advanced variations on poses. $18. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, GardenofTheHeartYoga.com. Vinyasa Yoga with Rebecca Harp - 9-10:15am. A vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heat-building sequence. $14/ class, 5/$50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. Bradenton Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Over thirty-five vendors offering locally-grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the s of local artists, craftspeople and musicians. 1005 1st Ave W, Bradenton. 941-932-9440. RealizeBradenton.com/our_vendors. 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.


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

ACUPUNCTURE FACELIFT FACES BY DR ANNA

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

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

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

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

DONNA THORSEN, AP, DOM, BA.

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

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

360 DEGREE WELLNESS

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

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

FAMILY HEALING CENTER, PA

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

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

APOTHECARY

WILD GINGER APOTHECARY

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

Strictly shopnontoxic, natural, organic health + beauty . Now offering hemp CBD, sage, gifts, learn cards, metaphysical tools, essential oils, jewelry, and more! move Visit Studio + Lounge for class6557 SUPERIOR AVENUE • SARASOTA, FL • 34231Open Tu-Fri 10-5 es + events. {IN GULF GATE SHOPPING VILLAGE} and Sat. 10-3.

941.312.5630 • WILDGINGERAPOTHECARY.COM

BOOKSTORE/GIFT SHOPS

SRQDC

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

Improving health in Sarasota, one person at a time.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY AND LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE

TERRY SCHIBLER, LMT MA11621

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

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

CRYSTALS 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.

THE CRYSTAL CAVE

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

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

ELYSIAN FIELDS

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

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

DENTISTRY FLORIDA INTEGRATIVE DENTISTRY

CHIROPRACTORS GENTLEBAY SARASOTA CHIROPRACTIC

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

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


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

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


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WHITE SANDS DENTISTRY

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




BETH A. SNYDER HYPNOSIS & MINDFUL COACHING

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

ENERGY HEALING HEALING ROOMBLUE LIGHT ENERGY HEALING

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



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

HYPNOTHERAPY

Beth A. Snyder, CCHT 941-228-8020 bethsnyderhypnosis@gmail.com

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

INTEGRATED WELLNESS ELITEHEALTH MEDICAL CENTER

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

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

FACIALS/REFLEXOLOGY

HEART AND SOLE ORGANICS

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

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

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

FELDENKRAIS METHOD®

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 941-3602248.

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SUNCOAST LYMPHEDEMA THERAPY CENTER

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. 



MASSAGE THERAPY

Bich Mai Massag BICH MAI MASSAGE NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED

MA 0025928 Will meet or beat all competitor pricing. 1219 East Ave, Suite 202, Sarasota New Client Special 941-724-9992

Customized massage to fit your needs. 3 Massages for $100 (regular price $65-75) eac Specializing in sports massage. Avail• Customized Massage to Fit Your Needs able evenings & weekends. New cli• Specializing Sports Massage ent special - 3 in massages for $100.

• Works on all levels of athletics to alleviate pai and prevent injury • Medical Insurance Accepted

Licensed Massage Therapist MA 0025928

941-724-9992

1219 East Ave, Suite 202, Sarasota, FL

MAD SCIENCE MASSAGE

Lizz Pugh, LMT (MA40424) 7357 International Place #101, Sarasota 941-777-2997 • MadScienceMassage.com

CBD Oil Massage, Vitamin Infused Massage, and other unique treatments. Our muscle mechanics take some insurances for medical massage including Sarasota and Manatee County

JIN SHIN JYUTSU®

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

LYMPHATIC THERAPY

JUICE BAR

CROP JUICE BAR & CAFE

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

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

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MATCHMAKING SUNCOAST SINGLES

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



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




NATURAL FOOD CAFE EVERGREEN

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

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

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.

NATURAL PET FOOD HOLISTIC FOR PETS

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

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

NEUROFEEDBACK THE BRAINWAVE CENTER 


1440 Main St., Sarasota
 941-552-4500
• BrainwaveSarasota.com



We offer Brain Mapping and Neurofeedback Training. Non-drug, Non-invasive relief for anxiety, depression, ADHD, Trauma, and more. Free consultation. Retrain Your Brain & Enjoy Life!


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.

SUPER VALUE NUTRITION

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

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

PET SUPPLIES

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.

HOUSING FOR RENT. Pool, Country Club privileges, no smoking or drinking. Cable & utilities included. Ideal for nurse or business person. Rent Negotiable, 941-206-5760, 941-780-5241.

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.

SPA AND WELLNESS FOUR PILLARS

San Marco Plaza 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221 Lakewood Ranch, Fl 941-373-3955 8• 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 S o u n d Wa v e A t t u n ementTM, 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.

HOLISTIC FOR PETS

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

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SARASOTA CENTER OF LIGHT

852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota 941-953-6620 • sarasotacenteroflight.com

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



UNITY OF SARASOTA

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

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

VETERINARIAN ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER

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

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

YOGA ROSEMARY COURT YOGA

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

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

GARDEN OF THE HEART YOGA

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

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

WILD GINGER APOTHECARY: STUDIO + LOUNGE

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

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

941.312.5630 • WILDGINGERAPOTHECARY.COM

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