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A Fresh Look at Oral Health Natural Strategies for a Healthy Mouth

Beyond the Expected

Health Issues that Chiropractic Care Helps


Deep Breathing Helps Students Cope

The Art of the Nap

Unplugging From Life Without Apology

October 2019 | Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte Edition | October 2019


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October 10th- “Astrology Signs of the Zodiac” w/ Kari NorenHoshal th October 16 - “All Is Well” Book Signing w/ Madelyn Balitz October 19th- Intuitive Arts Fair w/ Deni, Erika, Kathy & Terry October 24th- The Middle Pillar Meditation w/ Elaine Koemel

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Contents 31 THE ART



Unplugging From Life Without Apology


A Holistic Approach to Oral Health




Chiropractic Care Yields Unexpected Results


the Importance of Doing Nothing


Global Movement on Fast Track



Meditative Training Helps Kids Thrive



Best Friends Waiting for Homes

DEPARTMENTS 13 news briefs 24 community

spotlight 31 inspiration 36 healing ways 38 wise words

42 conscious

eating 44 healthy kids 46 natural pet 50 calendar 51 classifieds 56 resource guide

Natural Awakenings is a family of more than 70 healthy living magazines celebrating 25 years of providing the communities we serve with the tools and resources we all need to lead healthier lives on a healthy planet.


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utumn is here, friends—the official season of colorful leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters—well, at least up North where I’m from! Here in the Sunshine State, cool and breezy weather is not often on our forecast, but this is still the perfect time of year to slow down, breathe deeply, feel nourished and be conscious of how best to support your health. In this issue of Natural Awakenings, we hope to enrich and inspire with all sorts of trends in holistic wellness that will keep you energized and refreshed in the midst of this vibrant new season. Our feature article for the month is on the benefits of “Oral Health” from a natural and holistic perspective. Many people are starting to choose alternative forms of dental care because they are safer, less invasive and use fewer toxins than mainstream dentistry. This article emphasizes the importance of a consistent oral health regimen too, as bacteria in the mouth can also be a factor in the development of heart issues, Alzheimer’s and inflammatory conditions. Another holistic modality we want to turn the spotlight on this month is chiropractic which is explored in our “Healing Ways” article. In most cases, chiropractors are known as the specialists you visit to “snap” your neck or back into realignment, but chiropractic treatments are more comprehensive than just a quick spinal adjustment. This modality addresses the whole body as one integrated unit and seeks to find the root cause of pain in order to alleviate it from all the affected joints, tissues and organ systems. Chiropractic has even been found to provide relief for health concerns such as asthma, migraines, TMJ and impaired digestion. Next, our “Conscious Eating” article focuses on a recent global trend called the Slow Food movement which has gained traction in more than 150 countries who share a passion for nutritious, sustainable and ethically-based sources of food. In essence, this is the opposite of “fast food” culture which has dominated the Western diet for much too long, and is the culprit of many chronic diseases. Slow Food, however, is interested in the stories and origins behind where food comes from, how it’s prepared and what benefits it has to offer. For example, think: local, seasonal and nutrient-dense produce like hearty squash, vine-ripe tomatoes, aromatic herbs, crisp oranges and earthy mushrooms just waiting for you at the farmer’s market. Finally, we invite you to set aside time this month to unplug from the distractions of social media, the 24-hour news cycle and all those mobile device updates that clamor for your attention. Instead, our “Wise Words” column takes you back to basics with the “Importance of Doing Nothing.” This article gives you permission to be consciously unproductive, turn your awareness inward and reconnect with nature. This is vital for both physical and mental wellness, and it can be a life-saver as you prepare for the holiday season just around the corner. As usual, this is merely scratching the surface of all the inspiration you will find tucked inside these pages. Feel free to send any comments, questions or feedback to Publisher@—and might I recommend treating yourself to a pumpkin spice latte as you curl up on the couch to read this month’s issue? Just a festive, fall-ish idea!

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news briefs

Eliminate Stubborn Fat and Tighten Crepe-y Skin with Cryoskin


ryoskin works by using subzero temperatures to eliminate body fat. We utilize this science to provide slimming, skin tightening, toning, cellulite and facial treatments with non-invasive results. Cryoskin slimming helps our customers lose inches off their stomach, love-handles, thighs and other areas. Toning sessions help to diminish cellulite, tone the body and tighten the skin. Toning is effective for the face, neck and cleavage areas because it reduces the look of crepe-y skin. Our treatments are neither painful nor invasive, and there is no downtime. We are so confident in this process that if you book a stomach slimming session, and you do not measure at least half an inch less after the session, then your treatment is free. Why should you pick Cryoskin at Cryo Studio Sarasota? Aside from in New York, where the Cryoskin headquarters is located, we are the only studio in the Eastern United States that has a Master Elite Certified trainer on staff. This means you will not find any other business with more knowledge and technique for these treatments than we have. We specialize in Cryoskin treatments, and we do not offer any other services or treatments which is the reason we are experts. During this month, Natural Awakenings readers will receive $150 off any five-pack of treatments, as well as a free consultation. Location: 3800 S Tamiami Trail, Suite 26, Sarasota. For more information, call 941241-7358. or visit

If Your Walls Could Talk, What Would They Say?


ll homes, walls, spaces and yards hold living energy—often disruptive. If you struggle to sell a home or feel off-balance in your home, learn why, when and how to clear your space, as well as the best tools to use for the job.
 Don’t spend another night worrying about when your house might sell, and don’t waste your time feeling stuck or stagnate in your own space. Learn to transform that negative, heavy energy into lighter, healing and more helpful energy. Join spiritual mentor, intuitive executive coach, best-selling author and podcast host Lara Jaye on October 17, 10 a.m. to noon, or 4–6 p.m., for a workshop on how to remove this stuck energy. This workshop will benefit realtors looking to purchase or sell a home, as well as anyone who wants to clear their house of remnants from a divorce, death, or another stressful and traumatic event. In addition, Salt of the Earth will debut their new line of crystal elixir essence drops to infuse in your cocktail of choice at this event. Space is limited, so please register in advance to secure your attendance. To reserve a spot for $50, visit For more information, visit

RETRACTION: Please note the news brief on page 17 of the September 2019 edition of Natural Awakenings Sarasota edition labeled Conscious Sedation Dentistry contains an error. Dr. Hal Huggins is not a practitioner of White Sands Dentistry, although the practice follows his techniques. October 2019


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What Do Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls Do?


ost of the people have seen singing quartz crystal bowls being played at events, yoga centers and various holistic gatherings. The sound of these crystal bowls is enchanting, peaceful and divine. We find these instruments in healing centers, hospitals, birth centers, yoga studios and more. Listening and tuning in to the sound of these frequencies creates an immediate shift in mood, and even our breath slows down and becomes deeper. Mitchell Gaynor, M.D., director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at the Strang-Cornell Cancer Prevention Center and author of Sounds of Healing, uses these bowls with his patients. The crystal bowls are made from pure crushed quartz and heated to about 4000 degrees in a centrifugal mold. Upon cooling down, each bowl will choose its musical note. How do these crystal devices heal? We are 70% water, and our bones have a crystalline structure, so we are primed to receive these healing frequencies from the crystal. Playing these instruments creates an entrainment between our bodies and the sound. These balanced singing bowls will trigger a relaxation response which kicks the parasympathetic nervous system into gear. Each of these bowls also has a musical note that corresponds to certain energy centers-chakras in the body, and can be also correct imbalances in certain organ systems. These crystal bowls can be played as instruments or placed on the human body for a deeper and more profound healing. If you have questions about these sound healing crystal bowls, contact Beata Molnar. She is an energy healer and biofeedback technician who uses a large collection of these crystals in her practice in the Healing Room. She also does group sound healing. Location: Aaron Ct., Sarasota. For more information, call 941586-9539 or visit CreateBalanceAndHealing. 

Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna Anti-Aging Seminar


n October 18, 1 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM, will present a seminar on Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna, revolutionary anti-aging serum made from real pearls and Chinese herbs without any preservatives.

Cannabis Social Event Held at Point Lumineux


id you happen to make it to Point Lumineux’s first ever Cannabis Social? If not, here’s a recap of the event. With local support directly from our partnering dispensaries, we kicked off the social with enjoyment and education to build awareness of the benefits of cannabis in our community. Medical marijuana not only heals and helps patients with all sorts of levels of relief, but it also has the ability to bring people together. An increasing number of people have started to understand the true benefits of becoming a “cannabis connoisseur.” Our new patients can signup for a consultation with an initial price of just $99, plus the annual fee to the state of $77.75. We also offer a doctor transfer special for just $47 if you want to find a new doctor closer to home or feel more at home in our office. In addition, don’t miss our next free cannabis informational event on October 10, 5:30 p.m. Location: 2206 Jo An Dr., Suite 4, Sarasota. For more information or to register for the event, call 941-217-6828 or visit

Pearls contain amino acids that retighten muscles and slowly return the face to its younger look with daily use. Dr. Anna will 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 and to make seminar reservations, call 941-921-2662 or visit AGE 32

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re you interested in taking your Reiki practice to its highest potential? We are offering a “Holy Fire® III Reiki and Karuna® Reiki Master and Teacher” class. Toni Merrick and Steve O’Connor have been teaching this class since the Holy Fire Energy became available in 2014. You will learn nine new symbols and become attuned to their corresponding energies. These energies are both powerful and gentle to provide purification, healing, empowerment and guidance. Holy Fire® III Reiki is noticeably more refined and comes from a higher level of consciousness. These energies work continuously, even when you are not thinking about them, to spontaneously heal issues as they come up. These energies always respect free will, and they heal both deeply and quickly without distress. One of the main effects is a feeling of being loved. These energies help to develop all the personality traits that are healthy for a person to have such as love of self and others, kindness, patience, confidence, vitality, enthusiasm, optimism, trust, joy and peace, to name a few. This class will be offered on November 1, 6–9 p.m., and November 2–3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: River Wilderness, Parrish. Prerequisite: must have been a Reiki Master for six months. Cost: $350 (sliding scale) includes manual, snacks and vegan lunches. Early bird special: $75 discount if you register by October 15th. For more information and to register, call 207-831-9876 or email

Dr. Anna’s Acupuncture Facelift and Necklift Seminar


Snatam Kaur and Band Perform in Sarasota Sarasota is once again honored to have Snatam Kaur return to Sarasota’s Riverview Performing Arts Center on October 23. Snatam’s concert tours bring her joyous, uplifting music to audiences everywhere as she performs compositions from her Grammy-nominated album Beloved and much-beloved songs from her rich catalog of classic world devotional CDs. “The concert is an opportunity for people to be awakened to the power of mantra,” she explains, “to fall in love with mantras and be healed by them. With these concerts, I hope to connect people with these mantras, so they get a sense of their own intrinsic light and love. I know for myself that chanting together in these settings is super healing and powerful for relieving stress, tension and that feeling of being overwhelmed which I think is common for in this day and age. It’s a way for people to come and find that sense of peace again.” Snatam Kaur is an American singer, peace activist and author raised in the Sikh and Kundalini Yoga tradition. She has an amazing ability to transform traditional chants of India into a contemporary sound that appeals to the modern ear and awakens an ancient yearning in the soul. Her latest CD Beloved is a sound medicine tool kit—each track has a specific healing effect.  Sponsored by Elysian Fields in Sarasota, The Village Mystic in Bradenton, Unity of Sarasota and The Call and Response Foundation. To purchase tickets, visit For more information, call 941356-1989, email

n October 16, 2 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM and founder of Faces by Dr. Anna, will present a seminar on facial rejuvenation at any stage in the aging process with her muscle tightening acupuncture facelift and necklift technique. Dr. Anna’s results are unique in that all the muscles of the face and neck are retightened proportionally along the route they aged. She will show photographed results on people of all different ages and face types from her database of over 500 people who range from 28–96 years old. A nationally board-certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Anna has been practicing in Sarasota since 1998. She has developed her specialty in a muscle tightening acupuncture facelift and necklift with no needles used on the face. Up to three treatments can be done in one day with a 10-treatment minimum. After the treatments are completed, a one or two treatment touch-up is suggested every 18 months to maintain the lift. Dr. Anna’s results have been nationally televised, and she has been voted Sarasota’s favorite anti-aging practitioner. Location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. For more information, to make seminar reservations or to schedule a free consultation, call 941-921-2662 or visit

International Medium Bill Coller Visits During Sarasota Center of Light’s 70th Anniversary


n November, Sarasota Center of Light will celebrate its 70th anniversary and welcome world-renowned medium Bill Coller. He will share mediumship, present workshops, and deliver talks and spirit messages at the Sunday Celebrations. Come be part of this experience during and after the 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. evening celebrations on November 3. Coller will offer “An Evening of Mediumship” on October 25, 7 p.m., a workshop on “Developing Your Sensitivity” on October 29, 7:30 p.m., and an “Akashic Records” workshop on October 31, 7:30 p.m. He will also give the inspirational talk on October 27, 11 a.m., as well as both the talk and spirit messages at 7 p.m. He will also offer private readings. “Music and Messages” returns to the center October 6, 7 p.m., with music from Mindy Simmons and spirit messages from mediums between songs. Other events scheduled in October are a “Meditation Workshop,” an “ACIM Discussion Group” and a “Basic Mediumship” series. In addition, “An Elegant Evening with Spirit in the Enchanted Garden” is scheduled on November 16. Attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and receive messages from mediums during this wonderful evening. Please check the NA calendar and our website for details, costs and locations of these events and others that are scheduled. Join us for services, extensive education programs, events, visiting mediums and musical events during the year. Location: 852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-953-6620, email or visit October 2019


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Medical marijuana uses the marijuana plant or chemicals in it to treat diseases or conditions. It’s basically the same product as recreational marijuana, but it’s taken for medical purposes.

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he Akashic Records are known as the “Book of Life in the Bible” by American prophet Edgar Cayce. They record the soul’s journey of past, present and future. An Akashic Records Reading consists of opening the records of the soul and asking that information be given. This will offer valuable guidance to move through the patterns in your current life to create opportunities for growth and support right now. Akashic Records Readings are like accessing a library of information. The “reader” might stop and pause in order to collect and center the information that is provided by the guides and channeled through to you. You can change your future by accessing the information in the “Records” to gain wisdom for any situation. Nine Facts about the Akashic Records The Akashic Records are a living field of light. The Akashic Records are the library of all that is or all that could be. The Akashic Records are like a film library that allows instant access. One can view the past along with probable futures. All versions of the reality are available. Generally, one views a single timeline for one person or group at a time. Probable futures allow for informed decision-making. The Akashic Records are located in an environment outside the 3D world we know. Interest in the Akashic Records is fueled by a dispensation that allows access to this realm from within the 3D reality by Guides. *Some material taken with permission from Maureen St. Germain, founder of the Akashic Records Guides International. For more information, call 941-361-3006 or visit

How to Lower Your Cancer Risk as You Age


he probability for developing and surviving cancer can be affected by how a person lives today. Cancer is now the leading cause of death across much of the globe. Known and suspected environmental and dietary factors are catalysts, but the strongest risk factor is age. In fact, by age 60, the average risk for cancer development is one person in every 28, according to the National Cancer Institute. Some other factors that can increase the risk of cancer are alcohol, hormone therapy, unhealthy weight, race, genetics, breast density, chronic stress, not enough physical activity and low testosterone. Everyone needs to become more aware of lifestyle risk factors and better at self-care as we grow older because science also correlates stress and lifestyle management to reduced risk and morbidity. People who seek help to manage their stress and participate in daily moderate exercise have a lower risk of cancer by as much as 40 percent. Empowered 2 Wellness Yoga Therapy of Sarasota can help people integrate mindbody exercises into their existing lives. According to the Preventative Medicine Research Institute, those who develop stress recovery practices and a social support system to promote healthy diet, mental perspective, relationships and daily movement lower the risk and raise their survival odds. For those already with cancer, Yoga Therapy’s adaptive approach allows participation in yoga’s benefits in all phases of treatment. It reduces anxiety and sleep disturbances, lessens dependence on pain medications, recovers fatigue, moves oxygen and lymph to eliminate inflammation and creates a sense of empowerment Empowered 2 Wellness Yoga Therapy provides mind-body practices to lower risk and contributes cancer support to Manatee Memorial Hospital’s BC Survival Support Group. For more information and to schedule a free private consultation, call 941-316-6893.

Eckankar Open House Celebration


ou are invited to join the celebration as Eckankar marks the one-year anniversary of its beautiful Eckankar Center & Reading Room of Sarasota on October 5, noon to 3 p.m. This will be an uplifting afternoon that offers something for everyone. You will have the opportunity to spin the Spiritual Wisdom Wheel to gain insight into a question, listen to the HU (a way to open your heart) and receive a complimentary HU CD, check out the book selection in the Reading Room & lending library, watch a video of Sri Harold Klemp (the Spiritual Leader of Eckankar) as he shares timeless wisdom, participate in spiritual conversations, and receive free material about Eckankar and how it can enhance your life. You won’t want to miss this fun-filled, spiritual opportunity to share your personal insights with others and have the opportunity to ask questions in a safe space. Feel free to drop by with family and friends to join in the celebration. Light refreshments will be provided. Location: 3650 Webber St., Suite F, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-358-0325 and visit or

Uncommon Divination Techniques and The Addams Family Psychic Fair


he ability to gain spiritual insight into the self, environment and other people is something we all possess. The Spirit University invites you to seek out this insight at our Divination Weekend on October 12–13. At this event, you will learn techniques to hone the powers inside of yourself and broaden your perspective of what is possible. Some topics covered at this all-day event will include Palmistry, Candle Readings, Destiny Cards, Kinesiology, Bibliomancy, Pendulum Charts, Numerology, Séance Parlour and Angel Attunement. We are also hosting an Addams Family Psychic Fair on October 18–19, 7–10 p.m., where you will experience spiritual and mysterious fun. Psychic readers will be on-hand to answer your questions of what’s to come, or connect with a loved one who has crossed over and find out what message they desire to impart. Come in your “Wednesday” best for our costume contest, join a paranormal investigation and attend a séance. Readings are 15 minutes and cost only $25 per reading. Healers will also be available using a variety of methods for the body and soul. Location: 373 Braden Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-544-5874, email or visit

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Thermography Demonstration at Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition


oin Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM, AP, in welcoming Yevette Sutter, RN, CCT for complimentary Thermography demonstrations on October 16, 1 p.m. Digital Infrared Imaging (DITI) cameras detect abnormal cellular changes without the use of radiation. Every person deserves the earliest look at their health status, rather than waiting for any potential diseases to become advanced before diagnosis. Thermography is excellent as a complementary procedure to conventional imaging.  The Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition will host Yevette Sutter on a monthly basis, so that both Sarasota and the surrounding area residents can have access to these services.    Location: 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119. 

Dr. David Cifra, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist  


r. Cifra is bringing this medical break-through technology to the Sarasota area!   Dr. David Cifra, D.C. now has a practice at 2415 University Parkway, Bldg. 3 in Sarasota. Dr. Cifra brings to the area an unparalleled ability to diagnose and treat spinal disc disorders using Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression. He received advance training in Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression last year in an exclusive award ceremony held at the national training center for Disc Centers of America in Decatur, Illinois. This invitation only event was extended to some of the most specialized physicians in the country dedicated to the study of spinal disc disease and its Non-Surgical options using Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression. This program is administered by the International Disc Education Association, Disc Centers of America, and the International Medical Advisory Board on Spinal Decompression.  The International Medical Advisory Board on Spinal Decompression is comprised of ten Medical Physicians and 10 Chiropractic Physicians who have national Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression University based certification and have demonstrated an exemplary level of excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal disc disorders. Masters status in Non-Surgical Decompression is elite status and is only awarded to a handful of doctors each year.  This certification is considered the gold standard in training and research of the latest and most effective options for treating Spinal Disc Disorders including symptoms such as low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, numbness, tingling, pins and needles to name a few.  Dr Cifra is committed to providing first class care to patients who want to avoid narcotics, epidural injections, and unnecessary surgeries. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression provides safe, gentle, and effective relief for upwards of 90% of patients that qualify for care.  With this procedure there is no pain, no drugs, and no surgery. “All You Have To Lose Is The Pain.”  Dr. Cifra is accepting appointments to treat patients - call today for a FREE consultation.    Location: 2415 University Parkway, Bldg. 3, Sarasota. To make an appointment or for more information call 315-345-7390, visit current website or  20

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Why Equine Therapy after Abuse?


rauma is prevalent and can have a devastating impact on the community. Research indicates that in Florida alone, one in three women and one in five men have experienced sexual violence, and 38% of women and 29% of men have experienced domestic violence (NISVS, 2017). To address this trauma, Resilient Retreat and InStride are conducting a study to evaluate whether and how equine therapy is helpful for survivors. Abuse in one’s lifetime (e.g. domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, trafficking, stalking) can have adverse effects on a victim’s well-being. Continuous exposure to the stress of abuse can negatively affect the brain and body. These negative effects can lead to PTSD, anxiety, and depression that extends far beyond the abuse. Equine therapy seeks to help survivors with some of these challenges after the experience of abuse such as reclaiming mindfulness, trust, confidence, communication skills and reconnection with others. Research has also suggested that survivors reported fewer symptoms of depression, PTSD, and general anxiety after completing equine therapy (Kemp et al., 2014; Staudt & Cherry, 2017). Resilient Retreat is looking for 20 survivors of abuse who can dedicate time to complete six sessions of equine therapy (14 hours). If you are 18 or older and have experienced some kind of abuse in your lifetime equine therapy might be an ideal fit for you. There is no cost to you for participation. To see if you qualify, call 941-343-0039 or visit For more information on equine therapy, call 941-412-9333 or visit

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Meditation and Neurofeedback: Effortless Awareness.


cientists have come to recognize the emotional and health benefits of a balanced and centered mind attained through meditation. The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) demonstrated a more than threefold increase in adult meditation practice between 2012 and 2017. However, learning how to meditate can be difficult or even intimidating. The advantage of adding neurofeedback to mindfulness and meditation techniques is that mental training can be accomplished in a shorter time, working directly with the brain’s inherent neuroplasticity. A study at Yale University back in 2011 showed the benefits of combining meditation and neurofeedback. The study indicated that neurofeedback can help patients learn how to meditate correctly to increase the therapeutic benefit of the practice. Neurofeedback training acts as a mental compass, showing the way into mind states that can be difficult to reach without guidance. Then, after some practice, you can achieve this on your own. In addition, we have found that distractions or worries that once took you out of a meditative state become easier to overcome. As you grow more consistent with your meditation practice, and it starts to feel more effective. Generally, our clients at The Brain Wave Center, report improved moods, decreased impulsivity, restored control of anxiety or depression, enhanced mental clarity, more restful sleep and other benefits—all without drugs and harsh side effects. We can also provide psychotherapy, nutrition counseling, light therapy and more to help you rediscover well–being. For more information and to schedule a free consultation, call 941552-4500 or visit

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Feng Shui for the Fall

by Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA, AP Lucky Dragon says: “Use these tips to make a smooth transition from summer into fall.” n the fall, yang energy quiets down, and yin energy elevates. It’s a perfect time to slow your activity level down and reflect upon the next phase. Just as summer beckons you outside for pleasures in the hot Florida climate, fall invites you to come inside, pour a cup of tea, open a book and stay a while. Likewise, you should return your focus to within, as less social time and more inner reflection is called for in this season. To ensure a smooth transition from the summer into fall, incorporate more colors of red, orange, yellow and brown in your home décor. Use pumpkins, as they not only add a fall ambience, but are regarded as lucky charms in Feng Shui. These orange, oval gems attract material wealth. Pumpkins are also seen as protection against negative energy, so placing a few outside your front door is a refreshingly crisp idea. No wonder this is a tradition at Halloween. Apples are another excellent fall fruit to symbolize peace. Adding a bowl of red apples to your table this season also represents that your table is never empty, meaning you’ll have an abundance of energizing food all season long. In addition, remove dead leaves from your gutters and roof because they represent dead chi accumulating on top of your home. Trim back any large limbs that overhang your house, as they symbolize extra “weight” on your shoulders. Clear all expired boxed foods and old spices from your pantry.  This will open to new energies and opportunities. Finally, does feng shui excite you? Then, stay tuned to this feng shui 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 Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition 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. Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119.


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bout 15 years ago, when Dr. Martina Mallery received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Southern California and became a licensed dentist, she was just on the threshold of a remarkable career trajectory. This relocated her from the West Coast of Orange Country, where she practiced in a major corporate setting, to the Gulf Coast of Bradenton, where she transitioned to the private sector and opened White Sands Dentistry. A native of the former Czechoslovakia who studied to become a dietary nurse in Prague before her immigration to the United States, Dr. Mallery’s passion has always been healthcare, but it was not until 2016 that she chose to separate from the model of conventional mainstream dentistry and embrace a more holistic biological approach instead. “Holistic dentistry is still on the fringes, but the public awareness of it continues to grow, and I predict it will eventually be the norm,” Dr. Mallery explains. “I first began to take notice of holistic biological dentistry as a result of pressure from my patients who

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refused to have fluoride treatments due to the chemical toxicity. I viewed their concern as an opportunity to research and learn about new scientific methodologies in oral medicine, and this information urged me to convert my practice from mainstream to holistic biological—a transition of two years.” This process included becoming an active member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Holistic Dental Association, International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine and Holistic Network International. Her practice is also the only dental office in Manatee County to earn a SMART certification which stands for “safe mercury amalgam removal technique.” In fact, this elimination of both fluoride and mercury from the dental procedures and materials she uses is what distinguishes Dr. Mallery’s modus operandi. “These chemicals are not biocompatible with the human body which can lead to chronic disease in certain susceptible individuals. So holistic dentistry seeks to minimize that exposure,” adds Dr. Mallery. Her practice tackles this mission with a two-pronged method of conservative treatment and preventative education. “I teach my patients about the importance of making sure their mouths and bodies are protected from toxins in the environment. This includes organic nutrition, naturopathic remedies and biocompatible modalities like ozone therapy which uses ozone gas to disinfect and revitalize the teeth, gums and surgical sites.” She continues, “I also focus more effort and attention on a patient’s health over financial gain. Rather than a quick and invasive dental crown preparation, I want to spend the time necessary to rebuild a tooth and restore its function, using composite resin material to preserve as much of a healthy tooth structure as possible. Teeth are organs connected to the rest of the body—they contain their own blood supply, nervous system and lymphatic drainage— so I care for each patient’s teeth meticulously and ethically.” As a result, her office is metal-free since these elements can impair both immune and brain function over time. In addition to finding safer alternatives, Dr. Mallery also offers dental-material biocompatibility testing for her patients to help minimize a negative reaction to the materials before any dental work takes place in order to prioritize their well-being. “I am especially committed to the safe and environmentally sound removal of mercury, as dental practices are the numberone mercury polluters. The dental amalgam fillings often used to treat cavities are made of 50% mercury which is the second most dangerous toxin to humans after radioactive plutonium. So when a patient receives one of these fillings, a trace amount of mercury is vaporized on a recurring basis and released into the bloodstream where it can bioaccumulate in the organs and cause numerous chronic—or even terminal—diseases in some people,” she warns. Another mainstream procedure that Dr. Mallery cautions against is root canal therapy, in which an infected or abscessed tooth is embalmed in the mouth, so it can be preserved without needing to be extracted. However, this dead tooth harbors unsafe bacteria and pressures the immune system into overdrive which

can lead to cancers or autoimmune disorders in individuals who are susceptible. “I make a point to educate my patients on the science behind why root canals can be harmful in the long run, and I offer biological extraction as a more holistic option instead. This procedure removes the infected tooth, along with its periodontal ligament, which otherwise prevents the bone from regenerating completely and causes chronic entrapment of bacteria in the extraction site,” Dr. Mallery clarifies. As with her entire approach, this technique is natural, effective and so much healthier than its more widely-known counterpart. For those who are interested in learning more about the benefits of holistic biological dentistry, Dr. Mallery confirms there has been a recent trend in the exponential increase of science-backed research and data accessible to the public. “I recommend starting with ‘Root Cause,’ ‘Evidence of Harm’ and ‘Fluoride Deception’ as informative documentaries you can watch on YouTube. Or you can find scientific resources, articles or videos on and” These are websites for the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, respectively. Dr. Martina Mallery is the owner of White Sands Dentistry. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, then earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California. She has been a dentist for more than a decade, and her practice is located at 520 48th Street Ct. E, Bradenton. To schedule an appointment, call 941-7489393, email or visit 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 features practical tips for embracing an active, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.

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Fascia therapy is able to help with gut symptoms in much the same way that it helps joint and muscle pain. Fascia is the fibrous connective tissue that covers all other tissues, from muscles and bones to blood vessels and all internal organs.

Fascia Therapy and Gut Health by Eric Winder, DC


he world has become more familiar with fascia therapies, but most of what people hear about is related to muscle and joint pain. However, for some of my patients, the main relief they experience is with gut symptoms. Fascia (fibrous connective tissue) restrictions in the trunk and pelvic areas of the body can lead to tension and discomfort of the digestive organs. Treating these restrictions can help digestion and organ function and relieve the associated pain. A few months ago, a patient, whom I will refer to as Edith, was showing improvements in the treatment of her hip and lower back injuries from a previous fall. With this successful pain reduction from her injuries, she wondered if I could help with a chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) that caused her nearly constant abdominal pain. I was able to answer, “Yes.” I explained to Edith that sometimes gut symptoms can either be caused or worsened by fascia restrictions in the trunk and pelvic area. In her case, a careful examination revealed tender, restricted fascia in the upper abdominal muscles and along her left lower rib cage. My staff and I


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released the restrictions with fascia therapies which used gentle stretching pressure to free this normally pliable and flexible connective tissue. One week later, Edith reported that both the abdominal pain and her frequent trips to the bathroom were gone. At her one-month follow-up, her IBS symptoms had still not returned.  Fascia therapy is able to help with gut symptoms in much the same way that it helps joint and muscle pain. Fascia is the fibrous connective tissue that covers all other tissues, from muscles and bones to blood vessels and all internal organs. It is everywhere in the body and makes up 20% of all tissue. It is also interconnected as a complex structural web. Fascia can become abnormally restricted due to “wear and tear” in the form of injuries, chronic tension, inflammation or repetitive stress. Because fascia interconnects throughout the body, a restriction at one point can affect other areas too. There are millions of nerve endings in the fascia that can become irritated when fascia is restricted or distorted. This can cause referred pain and tension to nearby muscles and joints. It can also refer tension and irritation into the abdominal organs, especially when the restrictions are in the abdominal muscles, the muscles of the

rib cage, or in the fascia of the hips and pelvis. Relieving these restrictions can stop the referred pain and tension which then reduces or relieves symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, bloating and pain. I have seen many patients get significant relief through fascia therapy for digestive problems that range from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, gastric reflux, and chronic nausea to constipation, ulcerative colitis and Chron’s Disease. While there are multiple different causes for those conditions, and some more complex than others, fascia therapy should be considered when conventional therapies are unable to provide relief. Fascia restrictions might play no role at all in digestive problems, or they can be the primary cause, or one of several contributing factors. The only way to know is with careful examination of the fascia in the related areas of the trunk and pelvis. For those who not receive adequate relief for chronic gut issues, fascia therapy is an important option to consider. You are invited to attend an evening program on October 30, where you can learn in-depth about fascia, why it is important, and how to solve fascia problems when they create gut symptoms. Dr. Eric Winder will discuss case examples, provide a treatment demonstration and hold a Q&A session following the presentation. Attendees are invited to arrive at 6:50 p.m. for refreshments, and the program itself will take place from 7–8 p.m. This free event is located at 3131 S Tamiami Trail, #102, Sarasota. To RSVP, call 941-957-8390. Dr. Eric Winder has 22 years in practice, and focuses on relieving pain and restoring alignment and motion through fascia release therapies without forceful manipulation. For more information, visit  

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Joint Pain, Mobility and Acupuncture by Dr. “Cheech” Hill, DOM


ould acupuncture be the natural joint and body movement remedy you have been searching for? What actually causes joint discomfort and pain with body movement? This is triggered by inflammation which can be caused by many factors such as injury, repetitive use, poor diet, or

autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease and bursitis. Joint pain can happen at any age, but it becomes more common as you grow older. Acupuncture can restore the body back to balance naturally—in particular, if you want to avoid OTC drugs and pain

relievers. It is equally effective on all joints, whether you have a throbbing wrist or achy knees. How about general stiffness and stiff joints? In a 2004 study conducted by Dr. Brian Berman, Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, found that after 26 weeks, patients who received real acupuncture felt significantly less pain and functioned better—as measured by how far they could walk in six minutes—than their counterparts who received sham acupuncture. So how does acupuncture relieve that pain and stiffness? Dr. Berman explains that a well-placed needle initiates a cascade of events which produce a signal that travels along the spinal cord to the brain and triggers a release of neurotransmitters called endorphins and enkephalins which scientists believe reduce the sensation of pain. Research also shows that inserting an acupuncture needle induces the production of cortisol, a hormone that helps control inflammation. Acupuncture can stimulate the activity of other pain-relieving chemicals in the body as well. Researchers do know that it can encourage the flow of chemical and electrical information through the body— or block that flow—thereby moderating the perception of pain. It has also been shown to inhibit proteins that increase inflammation and can strengthen weak muscles or relax tense ones. You could infer that acupuncture diminishes pain by “untying muscular straitjackets, releasing tight, spasmed, shortened muscles to their resting state.” There are more than 2,000 acupunc-

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ture points that connect to the meridians. Stimulating those points with needles, it is said, will correct the flow of qi and alleviate pain. Acupuncture does not work for everyone. It can also take three or more sessions before the symptoms begin to improve, and benefits usually last a month or so, after which a follow-up treatment is necessary. Certain forms of osteoarthritis might respond better than others to acupuncture. Patients with OA of the knee and spine appear to have the most success. One advantage that acupuncture has over nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and other OTC medications is its relative lack of side-effects. This modality is safe, and the side effects are usually positive results in the body. What exactly happens during a treatment? To start, during a 50–90-minute treatment, an acupuncturist will ask you a series of questions about your joint pain and your general health. Acupuncture is generally painless, though you might feel a fleeting prick, as the needles are placed. They are positioned at specific points that open meridian pathways where energy is said to flow through the body. You will be left to rest for 60 minutes, and clients fall asleep during that time. You can experience a decrease in pain, and will likely feel calmer and more relaxed during the next few days. With each treatment, these effects will last longer as the body starts to heal. Generally, the longer a condition has manifested, the longer it will take to treat it. Acupuncture with diet and lifestyle changes can bring about an improvement in joint health and body mobility. Be proactive in caring for your health. With that in mind, we look forward to helping you with acupuncture, Chinese herbals, thermography, nutrition, massage, Functional Chemistry Lab Analysis and Nutritional DNA analysis.

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Beauty Buzz: Chemical-Free Skincare Is Coming Your Way by Point Lumineux Staff e have some exciting news to share at Point Lumineux, and we wanted to spill it here first! In our esthetics department, we have always used and promoted skincare products that are plant- and essential oil-based, oncology friendly, nontoxic and fabulous on the skin. While the product lines we carried were effective, our hearts have been pulled strongly towards another line—and to carry only this line exclusively. So introducing—drum roll please—RoseMira Organics!  RoseMira skincare is an independent woman-owned company that makes practitioner caliber formulations deeply rooted in Dr. Mira Herman’s years of working with herbs, nutrition and medicine. The RoseMira difference is simple—use the



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best ingredients to be found. They never use additives, alcohol or any preservatives. RoseMira maintains a minimum standard of 98% organic, 90% vegan—they do use honey—and there is no animal testing in any of the ingredients they source. Chemical-free skin care is now widely recognized as a critical component of cultivating strong immune function and a healthy lifestyle. All of RoseMira’s products can be used with confidence, knowing they are firmly committed to the highest standards of personal care and integrity. All of RoseMira’s products are made small-batch by hand in California. RoseMira is a member of PETA, Leaping Bunny Certified, Green America Seal of Approval holder and labeled “Champion” by the EWG in the campaign for safe cosmetics.   So who is behind RoseMira? The founder is Dr. Mira Herman who was an herbalist before studying Chinese medicine and Acupuncture. Her years of study and a successful medical practice have evolved into RoseMira Organic’s holistically scientific approach to plant-based treatments for your skin.

If an ingredient does not have a specific function for improving your skin’s health, it does not become part of a formula because this line does not use fragrances or fillers of any kind. RoseMira never uses additives, alcohol or preservatives, and this brand is committed to being certified “cruelty-free” which includes every ingredient, both in the formula and package. RoseMira uses ingredients like Acai Berry oil, aloe vera gel, apple pectin, argan oil, avocado oil, buriti oil, Calendula, carrot seed and root oil, chamomile oil, fig botanical, frankincense, lavender flower, marula oil, rose, rosehip seed, sacha inchi oil and tuberose absolute. This is just a short list of all the euphoria inducing ingredients used. Please feel free to give us a call or stop by and speak with Rhi, our esthetician, who can answer any questions you might have about RoseMira. Point Lumineux is located at 2206 Jo An Dr., Suite #4, Sarasota. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 941-217-6828 or visit



The Art of the Nap Unplugging From Life Without Apology


by Marlaina Donato

hildren, four-legged family members, Thanksgiving overeaters and the occasional squirrel on a branch have mastered an art that eludes most of us, and they engage in it without a shred of guilt. Defying our cultural habit of constantly being on the go and embracing the respite can be an active meditation, an invitation to cultivate uncommon stillness. Answering the siren’s call of a nap might very well be one of the most beneficial acts of self-care we can give ourselves. Both body and psyche crave chill-out times for good reasons. Using study subjects ranging from NASA pilots to emergency room staff, curling up for a 20- to 30-minute siesta has been clinically proven to lower

blood pressure, boost immunity, improve motor skills and enhance job performance and creativity. Power naps—the short-but-sweet kind—give us the opportunity to nourish the most neglected part of life, the inner life. Rest-fueled “me-time” can be a daily ritual punctuated with both practical and aesthetic inspiration. Choosing a spot drenched in inviting natural light or close-curtained tranquility and reserving a favored pillow, chair or luxurious coverlet can usher in blissful time-out. Adding the presence of aromatherapeutic essential oils like lavender, Roman chamomile or tangerine or a vase of simple fresh flowers can signal the ever-diligent sympathetic nervous system to cut back on overtime. Dropping down into

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We look at the underlying causes for gum disease and cavities: Is it your diet, or hormonal changes or acid reflux?

Mouth Matters A Holistic Approach to Oral Health T

by Ronica O’Hara

he mouth is the doorway to the body,” so the saying goes, and today we know just how true that is. Years ago, the biannual trip to the dentist was typically a simple “drill-andfill” operation, with other health concerns not given a second glance. Now, emerging research shows that when we neglect basic oral care—even that annoying task of nightly or post-meal flossing—we endanger our heart, lungs, kidneys and even our brains by allowing the buildup of pernicious bacteria in our gums. In April, University of Louisville School of Dentistry researchers reported that the bacteria P. gingivalis, which flourishes in gum disease, was found in brain samples of deceased Alzheimer’s patients— and that inflammation, swelling and bleeding in gums can transport the bacteria from the mouth into the bloodstream simply through chewing or teeth-brushing. The study also linked the bacteria to rheumatoid arthritis and aspiration pneumonia. 32

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Advanced gum disease also increases the risk of cancer by 24 percent, especially lung and colorectal cancers; quadruples the rate of kidney disease; and increases the risk of strokes, coronary artery disease, diabetes and pre-term births, other studies show. These findings have sobering implications for the nearly half of the American adults over age 30 and 70 percent of adults 65 and older with gum disease. “Science has proven that a healthy mouth is a healthy body,” says San Francisco holistic dentist Nammy Patel, author of Age With Style: Your Guide to a Youthful Smile & Healthy Living.

Body, Mind, Teeth

It’s part of the reason for the fresh interest in holistic dentistry, sometimes called biologic dentistry. “We look at the entire body, not just the mouth,” says Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, of Wrigleyville Dental, in Chicago, and president of the Holistic Dental Association (HDA), based in Coral Gables, Florida. Holistic dentists abstain from toxic

materials, remove amalgam fillings, may be wary of root canals and focus on minimally invasive procedures—some of which may be high-tech and cutting-edge, such as lasers to clean teeth and gums, ozone therapy to slow the growth of infections and air abrasion to “sandblast” away small areas of tooth decay. Holistic dentists work closely with a wide range of other complementary practitioners. “We look at the underlying causes for gum disease and cavities: Is it your diet, or hormonal changes or acid reflux?” Patel explains. That may mean prescribing a head massage, acupuncture session, meditation lessons or dietary counseling. They may run blood tests for biocompatibility of materials and incorporate approaches from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, herbology, homeopathy, iridology, craniosacral therapy and energy medicine. They will look for signs of sleep apnea and often treat it. However, with the added tests and consultations, they tend to be more expensive, with many procedures not covered by dental insurance. Their numbers are small: Only 391 of 199,000 American dentists belong to the HDA, or about one in 500. Yet the natural health movement that drives holistic dentistry is having an effect on the profession at large. Many dentists nationwide, pressured by patients and aided by new technology, are abandoning toxic and invasive options for less harmful methods. Controversial mercury amalgam fillings are being edged out by less toxic options like resin composites that match teeth color; the amount of mercury sold in the U.S. for dental amalgams fell by half between 2001 and 2013. Conventional dental X-rays, which in a Yale study published in the American Cancer Association journal Cancer were linked to non-cancerous brain tumors, are yielding to computerized digital X-rays with a fifth of the radiation: As many as two out of


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three dentists have switched over. And aided by computer imaging software and 3-D printers, dentists are fabricating new crowns, implants, bridges and dentures right in the office, instead of using what Austin, Texas, dentist David Frank calls “intrusive analog [gooey impressions] that left patients feeling claustrophobic, highly anxious and consistently worried about gagging.”

We look at the entire body, not just the mouth. ~Bernice Teplitsky

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Dialogue With Dentists

When visiting a dentist, whether holistic or not, it’s wise to be prepared with a natural health mindset. Some questions to ask are:

What are you filling the cavity with? Just say no to amalgam, a mixture

of heavy metals, of which about half is elemental mercury that slowly releases toxic vapors. Plus, “Heavy metals can leak into the enamel tubes of the teeth causing the teeth to appear gray or dark blue and making them brittle over time,” warns Los Angeles cosmetic dentist Rhonda Kalasho. Instead, ask for relatively nontoxic options such as porcelain or composite resins, which can be made of materials such as silica, ceramic, plastics and zirconium oxide. Some composite resins contain the endocrine disrupters Bis-GMA or BPA; for extra protection, ask for one that doesn’t, or ask the dentist to use a rubber dam to prevent swallowing it.

Should I have my amalgam fillings removed? Holistic dentists like Patel

give a strong yes. “The problem arises with mercury when you chew or brush your teeth. The abrasion creates heat and causes the mercury to off-gas. Those vapors get swallowed and go into your body, where they’re stored—and that creates significant health hazards—because we’re talking about a known poison,” she says. Other dentists disagree about removal, citing its risks: Holistic pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil, for example, writes that removing amalgam fillings is often unnecessary, costly and stressful, and recommends exchanging them for composite resin only when they break down.

Do I really need antibiotics? Oregon State University researchers found in a study this year of 90,000 patients that the

Toothpaste: Study the labels and be wary of the following ingredients: fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan and sodium hydroxide. These ingredients are a plus: baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), green tea, Eucalyptol, menthol, tea tree oil and vitamin D.

antibiotics often prescribed by dentists as prevention against infection are unnecessary 81 percent of the time, and contribute to antibiotic resistance. Typically, patients didn’t have the precise cardiac conditions that warranted the extra caution.

Is a root canal the best option?

Some holistic dentists counsel against root canals, citing the risk of long-term health problems caused by lingering bacteria, and advocate the use of herbs, laser therapy or extractions instead. “If root canals were done 20 to 30 years ago, it is definitely a problem, because there were not enough technological advances to clean out all the bacteria which could cause chronic health complications,” says Patel. “Nowadays, depending on the tooth root, canals can be 99.9 percent cleaned by lasers.”

Back to the Basics

Considering the stakes, preventive care is all-important and there are many natural options to guarantee robust oral health. At the natural health store or drugstore, consider the following options:

Toothbrush: Electric toothbrushes reduced plaque 21 percent more and gingivitis 11 percent more after three months compared to manual toothbrushes, reported a review of 56 studies involving 5,068 participants. Those that rotate rather than brush back-and-forth clean slightly better.

are coated with toxic, Teflon-like perfluorinated polymers linked to kidney and testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis and hormonal disruptions. A recent study found higher levels in women using those flosses. Instead, use the old-fashioned nylon kind or try out new flosses made of biodegradable silk or bamboo or those infused with antimicrobial tea tree oil. Or, consider a water flosser, which Canadian researchers found were 29 percent more effective at plaque removal than string floss.

Mouthwash: Mouthwashes containing alcohol significantly raise the risk of throat cancer, Australian researchers found. Instead, opt for super-healthy green tea as a mouthwash, as well as a drink. Studies show that it protects teeth from erosion and promotes healthy gums. Another simple option is warm salt water, using one cup of water and one-half teaspoon of salt. A 2017 study by the Cochrane medical study organization found it is virtually as effective as the prescription antiseptic mouthwash chlorhexidine in reducing dental plaque and microbes. Pulling: An ancient Ayurvedic remedy, this involves swishing a spoonful of organic coconut oil around the mouth and through the teeth for 10 to 20 minutes. The oil’s lauric acid, a natural antibacterial, has been found in studies to reduce plaque formation and fungal infections, as well as the strains of bacteria linked to bad breath and irritated gums. Taking care of our teeth and gums is simply worth the daily time and trouble to facilitate long-term health. “Your oral care should be taken just as seriously as watching your diet,” advises Kalasho. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@ October 2019


National Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Day by Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA, AP


cupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed annually on October 24 since its initial commemoration on October 24, 2002. This is part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of both Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. What Is Acupuncture? Acupuncture, a single modality in the complete medical model of Oriental Medicine, is between 4,000 and 6,000 years old. The World Health Organization recognizes over 43 common disorders that Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can effectively treat. These include respiratory disorders such as asthma and allergies; musculoskeletal disorders such as joint pain and arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders such as acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome; gynecological disorders such as painful menstruation, menopausal symptoms and infertility; urinary disorders such as incontinence and sexual dysfunction; psychological disorders such as depression; skin disorders; endocrine disorders, and complimentary treatments to chemotherapy and radiation. This list only represents some of the disorders that can be effectively addressed with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. How Does Acupuncture Work? One aspect of Traditional Chinese Medical Theory, on which Acupuncture is based, is the theory of qi (chi) and meridians. Qi is the vital substance that animates the human body and enables all its systems and organs to function properly. Qi must be in ample supply and must flow smoothly without obstruction through the meridians. Meridians are pathways that qi flows through. Each meridian is connected to an organ, and has several branches throughout the body. 34

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Imagine these meridians are streams off a larger river, and the water that flows through these streams is the qi flowing through the meridian pathways. Now imagine the trees lining the banks of the streams have fallen and blocked the flow of the water through the stream. If we think of this as the qi being blocked, then we have a stagnation or stoppage of the flow of qi. This stagnation of qi translates into pain or system dysfunction. Acupuncture and herbs allow practitioners to manipulate the flow of qi in the body to relieve pain and restore the organ system from dysfunction. If you have a neck injury from a car accident, and it results in pain, then theoretically, the qi in your neck is blocked, and an acupuncture treatment should help to relieve the pain by restoring the smooth flow of qi. A more scientific theory on acupuncture’s mechanism of action is that it is based on a series of responses by the nervous, hormonal and vascular systems of the body. The common Acupuncture effects include the secretion and regulation of neuro-hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, enkephalin and endorphins. The production of these substances creates a balance at the biochemical level of the body, and can imbue a feeling of peace and wellness. There are several well reviewed studies that support Acupuncture’s efficacy in the treatment of low backpain, opioid addiction and chemotherapy-induced neuropathy. In fact, Acupuncture works so effectively that physical therapists often attempt to include it in their practice. This is called dry needling (except it looks much like Acupuncture), and the current training consists of a weekend course. If you are concerned about the public safety of this, please write, call or visit your state legislator’s office to express your concern. What Are the Credentials of Acupuncture Physicians? Here in the state of Florida, Acupuncture physicians are required to complete a

five-academic year course of study after meeting the mandatory prerequisites for acceptance which results in a Master’s degree. Then after completing the required didactic and clinical coursework, four national board examination tests must be passed, and malpractice insurance must be obtained before a license will be issued. Chapter 457 of the Florida code describes Acupuncture physicians as primary care practitioners who can order and utilize laboratory testing. Acupuncture physicians are regulated under the same federal laws and rules of the healthcare privacy act. Specialization in the form of a doctoral degree is now the terminal degree in the field. Individuals with a doctoral degree utilize the initials DAOM. Who Has Received Acupuncture? Nearly one in 10 adults (approximately 20 million people) in the United States has received Acupuncture, and 60 percent agree they would readily consider Acupuncture as a treatment option, based on the findings of a national survey from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Nearly half (48%) of the individuals surveyed who had received acupuncture reported they were “extremely or very satisfied” with the treatment. The truth is that you miss all the shots you do not attempt to make, so why not seek out a qualified, licensed practitioner and explore Acupuncture for yourself? is the national accrediting body for Acupuncture Physicians. Visit this website to find a board-certified practitioner in your area. Dr. Christina Captain is nationally board-certified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition 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. Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119.


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Spinal Solutions Chiropractic Care Yields Unexpected Results



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hiropractors are often perceived as back pain specialists, but optimal chiropractic care treats the whole person from the inside-out, starting with the nervous system. This means practitioners can address many conditions that transcend typical expectations. The human spinal column sports 31 pairs of nerves, some corresponding directly to digestive, reproductive and respiratory organs, which might explain why regular spinal adjustments and other chiropractic techniques can be helpful for seemingly unrelated conditions like asthma, chronic headaches, hormonal imbalances and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. A scientific review of 179 published papers focusing on various non-musculoskeletal conditions shows benefits of fullbody chiropractic treatment for asthma, infantile colic and cervical vertigo. Results are also promising for middle ear infections in children and pneumonia in seniors. Clinical evidence suggests the nervous system is a cohesive factor in achieving overall wellness. “In chiropractic and holistic philosophy, the body is considered a self-healing organism,” explains chiropractic physician and applied kinesiologist Marc Terebelo, of the Chiropractic Wellness Center, in Southfield, Michigan. “The nervous system controls the body, so issues in the toes or fingers may be caused by spinal issues in the neck and low back. 36

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Likewise, bladder and menstrual cycle problems can be caused by injury to the low back or pelvic regions.” William J. Lauretti, a New York Chiropractic College professor in Seneca Falls, concurs with the benefits of holistic treatment. “Chiropractors view the body as an integrated unit, and problems in one area might affect a seemingly unrelated area,” he says. “Most chiropractors have a wide variety of treatment approaches to offer, including advice on nutrition, lifestyle, stress management and exercise.”

Chiropractic and Digestion

It’s worth noting that the nerves that innervate important digestive anatomy—from the salivary glands to the stomach down through the intestinal tract—branch off the spinal cord at various levels of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. “This means that chiropractic adjustments given to [the] neck, mid-back, lower back and sacrum are important to optimal digestive function,” says chiropractor Sean Cailteux, of Exodus Health, in Shawnee, Kansas. In his practice, Lauretti has observed better digestion as a positive side effect to regular adjustments. “I’ve had a few patients over the years who reported improvement in digestive problems after chiropractic treatment of the mid- and low back. In some of those cases, the improvement was serendipitous, because the patient didn’t discuss their digestive

symptoms initially, only after they noticed the improvement.”

Hope for Headaches and TMJ Dysfunction

Chronic tension headaches and migraines can become the norm for too many individuals, but chiropractic care—including spinal adjustments, nutrition advice and addressing emotional causes such as stress and anxiety—can be key in reducing pain and getting to the root of the problem. “Technically, only headaches with a list of very particular characteristics can be properly diagnosed as migraines,” Lauretti explains. “The cause of many cases of chronic, long-term headaches is often from poor function of the muscles and joints in the neck.” These types of headaches often respond well to treatment focused on restoring normal function to the neck, he says. TMJ disorders can cause painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms, including facial and tooth pain and locking of the jaw. Chiropractic treatments often provide reliable relief. “The TMJ is a very important joint in the body, with thousands of neuroreceptors. TMJ involvements can cause headaches, particularly around the ear or side of the head, vertigo, tinnitus and other hearing issues,” says Terebelo. Cailteux notes that aside from experiencing jaw pain and headaches, someone suffering from TMJ disorder may have difficulty chewing, and may experience an audible clicking of the jaw with movement. “Chiropractic adjustments can be particularly helpful, especially when delivered to the TM joint and the neck. Gentle, softtissue manipulation of the muscles and tendons of the jaw, specifically the masseter, temporalis and pterygoid muscles, is also a highly effective treatment.” For a true holistic approach and lasting success, Lauretti offers this advice: “Look for a doctor who is willing to work as part of your healthcare team and who’s willing to refer you for specialty care when appropriate.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at

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Jenny Odell on the Importance of Doing Nothing by Julie Peterson


enny Odell, a visuWhat is the al artist and writer “attention econbased in Oakland, omy” and why California, is known do you believe for her creative use of second-hand imagery it’s important to from Google Maps, resist it? YouTube, Craigslist and The attention economy other online sources. includes anything deHer work has been signed to capture and exhibited locally and direct human atteninternationally, and tion. The entire history was featured in Time of advertising has been LightBox, WIRED, The about exploiting attenEconomist and tion. But the attention The Atlantic. Both social media and economy takes on Odell, who has new dimensions with been teaching internet the cult of productivity something like social art and digital design are seductive, and when media, whose notifiat Stanford University we’re caught up in them, cations, pop-ups and since 2013, says she is we don’t question them. design are aimed at compelled by the ways keeping someone on in which attention a platform…[contributing] to a general (or lack thereof) leads to consequential feeling that one needs to be always on… shifts in perception. Her new book, How participating… available. to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Someone who participates deeply Economy, proposes that we use our in the attention economy is liable to attention to rebel against the seductive be kept in a loop of anxiety, fear and pull of 24/7 availability and manipulation shallow reaction. Ironically, this feeling by algorithms. She tells us that redirecting our atten- drives them back toward the attention economy, creating an unhealthy spiral of tion toward nature allows us to gradually attention that could be more meaningremake our lives and forego the mentality fully directed elsewhere. that tells us that we must have a constant return on investment. True productivity, What inspired you to in the end, may very well be connected rethink conventional wisdom to our role in the environment and our about productivity, progress understanding of happiness, and to make and the mentality that we must those connections, we must put our attention to doing nothing. have a constant return on our 38

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investment—including how we spend our time and where we direct our attention?

Right after the election, in late 2016, a warehouse fire in Oakland claimed the lives of many artists. I became aware of how difficult it was becoming to step away and process anything, not to mention mourn. I found that it was only by stepping away that I was able to ask questions about what it was I really wanted and how I could act meaningfully. Both social media and the cult of productivity are seductive, and when we’re caught up in them, we don’t question them. Understanding anything requires perspective and standing outside of it; productivity is no different. Temporarily ascending to a broader, removed view, you might find that you’re struggling in all the wrong ways, or in the wrong direction.

How is “doing nothing” different from meditation?

It certainly shares some of the same goals. But whereas certain forms of meditation emphasize physical stillness, “doing nothing” for me includes things like wandering and observing.  

What is the relationship between our well-being and being unproductive for a part of each day?

When we’re caught up in the idea of productivity, we’re often not thinking about our own well-being. And yet, the “unproductive” part of one’s day is likely the one in which you remember to take care of yourself or even listen to the needs of your mind and body at all.

How do we go about challenging the forces that are disconnecting us from nature and each other?

I think the first step is simply a movement of attention. Addictive as social media may be, it is not difficult for me to move my attention from that to what is happening in physical space. Sometimes this leads to

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meeting other people; I’ve had great conversations with strangers when we were both peering up at the same tree, looking at the same bird.

What do you hope people will take away from the message of your book?

I hope it creates a space in which someone might begin to look at the ways they currently direct their attention and how they might want to change that. I also hope it helps people find each other. Rediscovering one’s bio-region or local history is a great way to meet others who might not exist within your social media bubble. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Reach her at

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Slow Food Takes Root Global Movement on Fast Track by April Thompson


he global Slow Food movement is fast gaining momentum, uniting more than 100,000 people in 150 countries with a shared passion for delicious food and a moral conviction about the people and places that sustain it. It satisfies foodies’ hunger for a deeper appreciation and understanding of their meals’ origins, from farm to fork. “The key principles of Slow Food are good, clean and fair,” says Laura Luciano, a board member for Slow Food USA and Slow Food Governor for New York State. “It’s the opposite of fast food, where you are in and out with no idea where your food comes from or the stories behind it.” Fair, says Luciano, means fair to farmers, and paying a fair wage to workers picking and growing food. “Fair also incorporates principles of equity, inclusion and justice. Good means good for the climate, the Earth and us as individuals. Clean means not using GMOs and pesticides in the food,” she explains. Slow Food has its roots in Italy, where food and wine journalist Carlo Petrini took up the cause in 1986 to halt the homogenous fast food chains encroaching on the country’s

rich, diverse food culture. Slow Food USA has taken off since its founding in 2000 with 150 chapters boasting 6,000 members nationwide. Many convene annually at Slow Food Nations, a food festival for all in Denver, to swap stories, share strategies, celebrate victories and of course, break bread together. The backbone of the movement is its local chapters. “Food has a regional identity, connected to history, culture and family,” says Luciano, whose blog Out East Foodie shares the stories of her Long Island edibles. For Bob Quinn, an organic wheat farmer in Big Sandy, Montana, and the founder of the heirloom grain company Kamut International, the Slow Food movement has been a kind of welcome homecoming and acknowledgment of his company’s efforts to protect workers and nourish consumers. “To me, Slow Food is a return to the roots of agriculture and the soul of organic, because it focuses on the food—the end purpose of agriculture—rather than profits and yields that are the focus of the industrial food system,” says Quinn, author of Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food. “Slow

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food offers an appreciation for farmers’ efforts to improve the soil and the nutrition, flavor and aroma of the foods we grow.” The Slow Food movement also connects producers like Quinn with chefs like Steven Satterfield, author of Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons and board vice president of Slow Food’s Atlanta chapter. “As a chef, Slow Food to me means honoring your ingredients and going out of your way to get the freshest, most sustainable, seasonal ingredients,” says Satterfield, who came to Slow Food early in his career as a young line cook interested in the provenance of food and protecting its cultural heritage. At Miller Union, Satterfield’s awardwinning Atlanta restaurant, all dishes are made from scratch, mainly from farms in the region, to support seasonal eating and local growing. Satterfield’s dishes also feature traditional Southern varieties from Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, a catalog of more than 200 culturally significant foods in danger of extinction. One Miller Union favorite is a hummus made from sea island red pea and benne seeds, an ancient variety of sesame originally brought by slaves from Africa to the South Carolina coast and cultivated in hidden gardens as a staple food. Beyond engaging diners, chefs and producers, Slow Food also campaigns for big-picture policy changes, like farmto-school programs to introduce fresh produce and get kids excited about healthy eating, says Luciano. “Eating is a political act. The choices we make speak volumes about what we stand for,” says Luciano. “We talk about joy and justice. There is the joy in food and the justice and stories behind it. Slow Food tries to marry both of those worlds.” Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance writer April Thompson at

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Savory Slow Food Recipes Glazed Bok Choy with Citrus and Star Anise

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full meal.

One of the qualities I love about bok choy is how easily the crisp rib absorbs the flavors of whatever it is cooked with. If it is not closely monitored, however, its tender leaves wilt quickly and the rib may turn mushy. I address this issue by quickly pulling the bok choy from the pan when it just begins to turn tender and succulent, allowing the sauce to reduce and intensify on its own. This recipe is perfect with a rice dish or with a delicate fish that could be poached in the cooking liquid for a

If you come across the orange, green or purple cauliflower varieties, mix them together for a stunning presentation. Yields: 4 to 6 servings 2 Tbsp whole-grain mustard 1 small garlic clove, minced 1 tsp kosher salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium head cauliflower, washed and trimmed into bite-size florets Heat the oven to 400° F. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil.

Yields: 4 servings

Toss the cauliflower in the mustard mixture to coat.

1 cup chicken or vegetable stock 1 orange, quartered, seeds removed 1 lemon, quartered, seeds removed 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 4 star anise pods 12 black peppercorns 1 tsp kosher salt 4 small bok choy, halved and washed

Spread in a baking dish in a single layer and roast until it’s just tender and lightly browned on the edges, 20 to 25 minutes. Excerpted from the book Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons, by Steven Satterfield.

Simmer the stock in a large, wide skillet or shallow braising pan over medium heat. Squeeze the citrus into the pan, then drop in the peels. Add the butter, star anise, peppercorns and salt, and bring back to a simmer. Place the halved bok choy cut-side-down in the pan in a single layer. Continue to simmer over medium heat until the bok choy is tender, but still has texture and bright color, about 4 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the bok choy and set aside, but leave the citrus peels and spices in the pan. Continue to simmer until the broth is reduced by half or more. Taste the sauce for seasoning, then at the last minute, return the cooked bok choy to the glaze and reheat all the way through.

Mustard-Roasted Cauliflower Cauliflower and mustard are both members of the genus Brassica, so it’s not surprising that the seed of the mustard plant is compatible with its big-headed cousin. Try it for yourself in this incredibly simple vegetable roast, which makes a terrific side dish with fish or fowl and is also hard to stop eating straight out of the pan.

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If every 8-year-old is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation. ~Dalai Lama


Meditative Training Helps Kids Thrive


by Ronica O’Hara

hen I feel like I really want to get angry and yell, I sometimes, like, take deep breaths. My brain slows down and I feel more calm and I’m ready to speak to that person.” Those self-aware words come from a 5-year-old Los Angeles girl in the film Just Breathe. A 9-year-old boy in a tough British neighborhood forgets about “all the scary stuff ” when he does “petal breathing”—opening and closing his fingers in time with his breath. “If I concentrate on

my breathing, the worrying thoughts just go ‘pop’ and disappear,” he confided to The Guardian newspaper. This is the effect that mindfulness training in the classroom often has on students, and it’s key to why it’s happening all over the world—not just in the U.S. and the UK, but in more than 100 countries, including Australia, Taiwan and India. What started a few decades ago as a small experiment in progressive schools is rapidly gathering speed as emerging research documents the strong positive effects of

mindfulness on developing brains. A 2015 meta-review from researchers at the University of Melbourne, in Australia, which evaluated 15 studies in six countries involving 1,800 students, showed three broad outcomes: higher well-being, better social skills and greater academic achievement. They were more optimistic, self-accepting and happier, more likely to help others, more able to focus on lessons and be creative, and less likely to be angry, anxious or disobedient. “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally,” is how it’s described by Jon Kabat-Zinn, whose pioneering research at Harvard in the 1980s helped kick off mindfulness as a scientifically based, nonsectarian approach to a calmer, clearer mind. It has spread since then into business, health care and professional sports, as well as schools: Googling “mindfulness in education” brings up 116 million links. “Mindfulness offers children the skills they need today to meet the age-old challenges of growing up within the new context of social media and often absurdly high expectations,” says holistic doctor Amy Saltzman, co-founder and director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education. Mindfulness is now being taught in urban, suburban and rural schools in 50 states. Such programs can be low- or no-cost, structured in many ways, taught any time and conducted without special equipment—important for cash- and time-strapped schools. As a grassroots movement, mindfulness programs run the gamut. Hundreds


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of schools and districts nationwide have incorporated into curricula such evidence-proven mindfulness programs as those developed by, Learning and, which often involve teacher training and structured lessons. Sometimes mindfulness is simply a grade school teacher ringing a bell signaling five minutes of silence, giving children something to focus on with closed eyes: a sound, a bite of fruit, a stuffed animal. A middle school teacher may use a five-minute guided app meditation from Calm or Headspace to settle down students after lunch. Some schools offer moments of silence during the day, a quiet room to go to or an optional class in mindfulness. Others find that teaching mindfulness during “detention” has a soothing effect, offering oft-traumatized kids a rare feeling of peace. “Because everyone has distractions and strong emotions, learning to observe these inner experiences with curiosity and openness is an important part of all children’s education,” says psychologist Patricia Broderick, Ph.D., founder of Learning2Breathe, a mindfulness curriculum for junior and senior high school students. Schools sometimes use parental consent forms to counter concerns about any potential religious implications. Often, a school’s program expands organically as one impassioned teacher draws in others. “The one single factor that determines a program’s effectiveness is the depth and consistency of personal practice of those teaching it,” says Saltzman. In fact, a University of Wisconsin 2013 study found that teachers that practiced a guided meditation 15 minutes a day for eight weeks had less anxiety, stress and burnout during the school year; those conditions worsened in the control group. In Middleton, Wisconsin, high school counselor Gust Athanas has watched as mindfulness exercises have made students calmer, kinder, more focused and feel closer to each other and to teachers: “A number of students have told me it’s the part of the school day they look forward to the most!” Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural health writer. Connect at

October 2019


They are often the most devoted pets because they know they’ve been rescued. ~Emily Bach

Paws to Consider Best Friends Waiting for Homes


by Julie Peterson

ade Breunig, of Buckeye, Arizona, had lost his marriage, his job and his house. To combat depression, he went to the local animal shelter to adopt the first cat that “talked” to him. As if on cue, a 2-year-old black cat yowled persistently. During the adoption, Breunig learned that “Bubba” had been scheduled to be euthanized. He was saving a life. Fourteen years later, Bubba died, and Breunig knew he would miss the mischievous, playful companion that loved car rides more than most dogs. Crying, but surrounded by his second wife and kids, he realized, “I didn’t save Bubba’s life. He saved mine.”

ordinator at Bishop Animal Shelter, in Bradenton, Florida, has many inspiring stories about adopted shelter animals. “They are often the most devoted pets because they know they’ve been rescued,” she says. The outdated myth that shelter pets are incorrigible, unlovable animals with behavioral issues no longer holds. Family circumstances—a change of job or residence, death, divorce or illness—can land a confused and well-loved dog or cat in a shelter. Others become accidental strays or are unceremoniously dumped by uncaring owners. Bishop, a no-kill shelter, places about 100 pets every month, showcasing them on social media, news outlets and at outreach events.

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No-Kill Initiative

The benefits of the human/animal bond are manifold, supported by an army of studies that speak to pets’ ability to reduce stress, improve mood and even reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Research into animal-assisted therapy compiled by the University of California, Los Angeles, details the positive mental, emotional and physical effects of this natural modality. Anyone looking to lower blood pressure, ease anxiety or secure companionship can find it all at their local shelter, where homeless dogs and cats are eager to oblige. Emily Bach, public relations and event co46

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Shelters share success stories of animals that get a “forever home”. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands don’t and are euthanized. Best Friends Animal Society, in Kanab, Utah, is working to change this. By partnering with animal welfare organizations and shelters, Best Friends has a goal to “Save Them All” through an initiative to make all of the nation’s shelters “nokill” by 2025—which means 90 percent of shelter animals might be saved. Euthanasia will be reserved for failed rehabilitation or when an animal has no chance of recovery from an illness or injury.

In 1984, when Best Friends was founded, about 17 million animals died in U.S. shelters annually. As of August 2019, that number is down to 733,000, a nationwide save rate of 76.6 percent. Historically, no detailed data was kept on shelters. “For decades, we have worked in the dark to end shelter killing because we lacked accurate information about the problem we were trying to solve,” says Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends. The organization recently launched the community lifesaving dashboard (, a database that anyone can access to help save shelter pets. “With a better understanding of where the trouble spots are and the profile of animals being killed in a community, we can better deploy our collective resources for the greatest lifesaving impact.” Part of the success of the no-kill movement involves increased awareness that kindness toward all species is important. Bach points out that shelter animals are also the lower-cost option for people that want pets; most are vaccinated and neutered before they are adopted out and are often already trained.

Getting Ready to Adopt

Before jumping in to help save them all by adopting, potential pet parents should research breeds, crunch numbers and think ahead. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests considering several issues:

Lifestyle: Dogs live 10 to 15 years, cats

up to 20. Pets should fit the family now and in the future.

Money: Pets require training, food, toys, equipment, medical exams and treatment.

Breeds: Not all dogs and cats will be a

good match for every home. Personality is key.

Safety: Pet-proofing a home includes

removing potential dangers and preventing accidental escape through windows, doors or fences. Not everyone can adopt, but anyone can help. Shelters accept donations and most have a wish list of items. Volunteers are a core need at shelters, and it’s work that can quench the thirst for spending time with animals without adopting any of them. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Contact her at

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 Meditation + Acupuncture for Weight Loss - 7-8pm. Join International Best-selling author/ Spiritual Mentor Lara Jaye and Molly Rhoads from Rhoads to Health Acupuncture on the 1st Tuesday each month for a healing and mindfulness event. Align your mind, body, and spirit to live a more fulfilled, meaningful and inspired life. $30. Salt of the Earth, 4037 Clark Road, Sarasota. To reserve your spot, go to More info? Email


Inspirational Rock Painting - 7-9pm. Artist and intuitive Tammy Kubiak will work with students to utilize their intuition to bring inspiration to paint an inspired image on a rock for themselves and classmates. Using your inspiration, you will paint an image, a quote, a message or whatever you are guided to do. You will be surprised and pleased with your creations.  $20 donation. All supplies are provided. Reservations are suggested, 941-266-8435. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204, Sarasota., Facebook: CMF of Sarasota.


Learn Energetic Healing with REIKI 1 - 10am2pm. Class size is limited, so pre-registration required. Workshop includes: Reiki 1 Certification and Attunement, Aura Clearing, Hand Positions, Self-Treatment, Healing Others, Body Scanning, Develop your Practice, Reiki in Hospitals Obtain a clear understanding of what energy healing is, how it works and how you can make it work for you. Upon completion you will receive a Reiki 1 Certificate. Enable yourself to fully claim the healing power within you by attending this one-day seminar. With Barbara Harrison. $118/advance, $138, ATD, $18 Manual separate. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, The Mystical Lives of Animals - 10am-3pm. Whether you are a beginner or looking to refine your skills, you will gain knowledge and practical experience in communicating with animals. As a group, Barbara will help you skillfully, ethically and completely navigate communications to uncover compassionate solutions to benefit an animal or human companion. Please bring photos and questions about your living pets and those who have crossed over. With Barbara Goodfriend. $59. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Psychic Saturday – 10:30am-1pm. Readings and Healings. 15-minute readings/$20. Vibrational Healing, Love Donation. Gift certificates available. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 941953-6620, ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room of Sarasota “1 Year Open House Celebration” -Noon-3pm. You are invited to stop by the Eckankar Center and Reading Room. We will be showing videos featuring the worldwide leader of Eckankar, share ECK music, and have a Wisdom Wheel you can spin to find the wisdom revealed where it stops for you. We will also have complimentary refreshments and a free CD and other free materials that inform about Eckankar and what it can do to enhance your life. 3650F Webber St. Sarasota, 941-358-0325,


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Joseph Lobrutto Live! Divine Affirmation Meditation - 1pm. Join Joseph LoBrutto III, known as a Spiritual Healing Medium, for a fun and relaxing workshop on meditating to become a healthier and happier you. The Universe is made of pure energy; it’s a vibration. The meditations are relaxing but at the same time they are fine-tuning your mind & energy field to focus on things you want and need in your life. $29. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Shaman Journey - 2-5:30pm. We enter Fall, the time of withdrawal known as the Looks Within Time. This is a time for self-reflection, preparedness and insight. It is said that the Shaman stand in the shadows of this gate offering us an opportunity to go deeper within to seek out answers and understanding. 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 before us for guidance, clarity, insight and healing, RSVP. $25/advance, $30/ATD after 4pm on 10/4. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, Rev. Zan Benham aka Butterfly Deerwoman, 941-9227839,, Joseph Lobrutto Live! Contact Your Angels & Spirit Guides - 4pm. Joseph will put class participants into a deep trance using hypnosis. His Spirit Guides will work through him manipulating the energy field around each student causing their vibrational frequency to increase and move higher into the Alpha State, thereby causing a strong connection. You will connect with your Higher Self, Angels, and Spirit Guides and some will meet loved ones on the other side. $29. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com,


ECK Light and Sound Service - 11am-noon. Are You Looking for a Sign from God? If you are looking for a sign from God, look no further than within arm’s reach. Signs from God are around you; open your eyes to see them. LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 812 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte, 941-358-0325, Vibration-Raising TSU Community Potluck - 121:30pm. Come to a get together of light minds and hearts in a casual environment with a welcoming group. Bring your favorite dish. This event will be held directly after the Sunday Celebration (10:30am12pm). Bring your instruments if you wish to join in. You’ll find people to connect with through spirit, music, and food. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, REIKI 2 Certification - 12:30-4:30pm. Reiki 2 teaches distance healing; Pre-registration is required. Learn unique methods of sending Reiki including use of crystals and photographs. A concise section on animal healing is included. Time will be allotted for practice. The class will begin with a short review of Reiki 1 fundamentals. Wear comfortable clothing. Prerequisite is Reiki 1 Certification. With Cathy Zapsalis. $136/advance, $156/at door. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Joseph Lobrutto Live! Divine Energy Healing 1pm. Joseph is a channel for the Healing Masters. These energies come from The Source – also known as “Life Force Energy”. This is the power that can awaken the natural, self-healing, abilities within a person. This is the force that can bring about a state of natural relaxation. This fresh, healing energy that Joseph is transferring to you replaces your depleted energy. The only physical contact needed is where you have psychical trauma to your body. $29. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@,

Joseph Lobrutto Live! Intimate & Personal Messages & Answers - 3:30pm. Limited to 15 people only; everyone will receive a Mediumistic or Psychic Reading at this event. Joseph’s readings are delivered by answering specific questions through his psychic abilities. He can see what life has in store for his clients and help them choose a path that leads to the best outcome in your life. If Joseph is unable to connect to your family you may ask 2 life questions. $99. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Music and Messages - 7pm. Enjoy an evening of music performed by a wonderful musician and performer, Mindy Simmons and Spirit Messages offered by Mediums between musical selections. Sarasota Center of Light Sanctuary, 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 941-953-6620, Joseph Lobrutto Live! Transfiguration Séance 7:30pm. Limited seating. If you have doubts, skepticism or phobia of darkened rooms this event is not for you. This event fills up quickly and it is important to register early. Guides may show themselves. Witnesses have seen Native Americans, Asians, Ascended Masters and even some described as looking extraterrestrial. $29. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@,


ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room of Sarasota Open - 11am-1pm. If you have a true desire to experience God for yourself, Eckankar can help you reach that goal. Discover a better understanding of your true spiritual purpose. Greeters can answer questions and the complimentary materials you can choose provide information on how Eckankar can enhance your life. 3650F Webber St. Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Manifest Money Quickly - 6-8pm. Unleash the Power of the Universal Force! Have you ever set an intention for money, a relationship, or success? Discover the secret of what it takes to manifest abundance quickly. Find out how the law of opulence works to bring you what you desire. Access your conscious manifestation power quickly and to its fullest extent. With Shirley Smolko. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@,


Timeless Teachings with Caroline & Paul Crawford - 7-9pm, every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Inspired and channeled from Infinite Intelligence. As you discover the deeper secrets of universal laws and share in the energy of these advanced teachings, you will feel the calling and purpose of your soul to reach higher vibrations with the collective consciousness, expanding your understanding and awareness. As you live in greater harmony with the Universal Laws, conveyed directly from Infinite Intelligence, you will be in awe at the synchronicity that unfolds in your life. They bring a sense of ease, optimism and stronger connection to your divinity. $15. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333,


Learn to do Angel Intuitive Readings - 6-8pm. Using Angel Oracle Decks: Learn how to work with the Angelic realm in this introductory class. Tune into the Angelic Realm around you. Learn what your angel guides have to say. This will be an interactive class introducing you to your angel guides, learning ways of reading angel oracle cards, and give and receive messages! Recommended deck for this class is the Archangel Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue. With Laura Romeiro. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@,

Shining Soul Club - 8pm EST via conference line, Oct 9 and Oct 23 (2nd and 4th Wed each month) with insightful, intuitive and leading-edge spiritual guidance, meditations, healing and energy clearing guiding you to create a life aligned with your spirit and values. $5 to get started. More info? Email


Salt Bed + Healing with Lara Jaye - All-day. Light language intuitive energy sessions. Prepare to release stuck emotions, be filled with higher vibrational energy, and have a renewed meaning to live a more fulfilled life. Feel lighter, energized, focused, decreased stress, and expanded intuition. $125/session. All day - must schedule in advance at Salt of the Earth Sarasota, 4037 Clark Road, Sarasota. More info? Email Free Medical Cannabis Educational Event - Sponsored by Muv, Trulieve, Surterra - 5:307pm. Please join us for our informational event. Here, you will find answers to your questions, obtain product knowledge, and speak with our doctors in reference to consultations – now available to clients who qualify at Point Lumineux! We are excited about this educational seminar sponsored by Muv, Trulieve & Surterra. We hope to see you there! Event Sponsors Muv, Trulieve & Surterra will be providing food! Call 941-217-6828 to register, Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive, Ste 4, Sarasota. Laugh-Firmations - 6-7pm. We initiate laughter as exercise along with child-like playfulness. We combine it with yogic breathing (Pranayama) which helps to oxygenate the blood. Affirmations are used to focus on positive thoughts and beliefs. The simple act of focusing on the sources of meaning and purpose in our lives is incredibly effective at lowering defenses and changing behavior. With Jean Marcley. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, “Astrology Signs of the Zodiac w/ Kari NorenHoshal - 6:30-8:30pm. Evolutionary Astrologer, Kari Noren-Hoshal, is bringing her popular Astrology Signs of the Zodiac class to Elysian Fields. This is part one of a four-part series that she has taught online and in Baltimore, Maryland for the last 16 years. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 once a month on a Thursday at Elysian Fields. In this class you will understand the 12 signs of the zodiac and how each evolves from the sign before it to form a series that describes all basic functions of human activity from entrepreneurship to romance, from religion to family life. Each month we will discuss 2 zodiac signs, using our astrology charts and those of famous people to better understand the characteristics, the talents and the pitfalls of each sign. October 10th is Aries/Taurus. Elysian Fields, 1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-361-3006, Info@ Animal Communication Study Group - 6:308:30pm. We will be utilizing what we learned about communicating with animals in the October 5th Mystical Lives of Animals seminar. In this study group we will be focusing on practicing of communicating with animals. With Barbara Goodfriend. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, Sierra Club’s General Meeting - 7pm. Speaker Becky Ayech, an environmental and community activist, is currently the president of the Environmental Confederation of SW Florida, an umbrella organization with members from 7 counties. Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room of Sarasota Open - 3-6pm. If you have a true desire to experience God for yourself, Eckankar can help you reach that goal. Discover a better understanding of your true spiritual purpose. Greeters can answer questions and the complimentary materials you can choose provide information on how Eckankar can enhance your life. 3650F Webber St. Sarasota, 941-358-0325,

classifieds SERVICES HOUSECLEANING. Enjoy your free time and let us do what we do best: Housecleaning to your healthy satisfaction. Call Paula for a free estimate 941-320-4052. READINGS. Akashic Record Readings done by Betty L in person or phone. Also, at Elysian Fields on Oct 26th. Call 941-725-0630 for information.

Crystal & Tibetan Bowls Concert - 7-8:30pm. Robert Austin and special guest MOM JENNIE will be performing this concert at our NEW LOCATION. Experience relaxation on a deep level with this concert of over 50 singing bowls. Let the vibrations of the bowls integrate into your body and Let Your Spirit Soar! Bring a blanket, cushions and pillows if you like. $20 donation. Reservations requested by calling Robert at 941-475-2187 or 941-822-9046. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204. CMFSarasota. org, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota.

Sound of Soul. Woodmere Park Classroom B2, 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, 941-358-0325,

Divination Weekend - 10am-5pm. The use of interpretive tools can help relay guidance through your innate intuition. Explore many uncommon techniques of discovering and interpreting otherwise hidden knowledge using our extra sensory perception. Palmistry Chiromancy, Applied Kinesiology, Cartomancy, Go to Heaven Workshop, Angelic Attunement, Seance Parlour, Numerology, Pallomancy and Chartomancy, Carromancy and Pyromancy, Amathomancy - All at The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@,



Healing Haunted Houses 101 - 10am-5pm. Did you grow up in a haunted house? Are you interested in paranormal investigation as a hobby or career? If you said yes to any of the above, then this six-hour workshop is for you! You will come away from this workshop with the basic tools and understanding that you need to start investigating and healing haunted houses today. Includes workbook and certificate upon completion from The Venetian Medium, LLC. Lunch break at 1pm. With Shirley Smolko. $59.95. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Where the Heart is… - 10am-2pm. Emotional Navigation and clearing for the Empathic Soul. Identifying and learning to triage emotional needs, learning to understand what issues you own and which ones you don’t since they all feel the same, basic energetic anatomy, basic physical and energetic heart anatomy, clearing through the heart, creating an enhanced mission statement of the soul. Bring a bag lunch if you’d like. With Carolyn Green, RN “The Energy Nurse.” $49/ advance, $54/ATD. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Breast Health - Preventive Treatment & Management - 11am-12:30pm. Join us for a Free, Fun & Educational Event to learn tips on how to be proactive in maintaining healthy breasts. Experienced & talented speakers, including June Drennon with Tampa Bay Thermography, will be sharing their knowledge. Free event, Gift Bags & Light Refreshments. Info & registration, 941-954-0300. Gabriel Center for Wellness, 2886-B Ringling Blvd., Gold Tree Plaza, Sarasota. Experience HU, the Sound of Soul - 11am-noon. NEW EVENT & LOCATION Chanting HU can bring you peace, calm, and harmony, 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. Visit for a video and further explanation of the

The Séance Parlour - 7- 8:30pm. Limited Seating. Experience and try some of the “old-time” physical mediumship techniques. Those on the “other side of life” work through a medium and cause something to happen on our physical plane. It takes considerable time and dedication to effectively develop the energies and harmony needed to produce phenomena and a physical bridge with the “other side” that we can all experience. With Victoria Ackerman and Others. $25. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,,

Pistis Sophia Monthly Study Group - Third Sunday of the month starting October 13. Study the Gnostic Gospel of the Pistis Sophia. Information from the Risen Christ in the story of the world and what to do to Ascend to the Higher Paradise worlds. Study includes sacred ceremony. $20. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333,


ACIM Discussion Groups - 5:15-6:30pm. With Joan Volpe. Deepen your understanding of Metaphysical principles through a study of A Course in Miracles (ACIM). Become more aware of how we create our own reality by understanding the teachings of the Course. Once we actually accept our true identity and release the myths that bind us, we will experience a miracle. $10. Learning Center, Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 941953-6620,


“All Is Well” Book Signing w/ Madelyn Balitz 1-3pm. For more than fifteen years, hospice professional Madelyn Balitz has cared for people nearing their final days and been a cornerstone of support for their loved ones. She poured herself into All is Well: Understanding the End of Life, Caregiving, and Hospice Care with compassion, personal stories, and courage. Readers will come to understand the special needs of the dying and those who care for them. Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement in the 1960’s, said: “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.” In All is Well, Balitz illustrates both what it means to live fully, and to die peacefully. Elysian Fields, 1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-361-3006, ECK Wisdom on Spiritual Freedom - 6-7pm. What Is the Secret of True Freedom? Are you everything you want to be? You came into this life to spread your wings and live in freedom– heart, mind, and Soul! We will be discussing various tools described in the new book ECK Wisdom on Spiritual Freedom, which will be given, as a gift, to attendeesECKANKAR Center and Reading Room, 3650 F Webber St., Sarasota, 941-358-0325,

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 House Clearings and Crystal Elixir Cocktails Workshop - 10am-noon, and 4-6pm. If you’re struggling to sell a home or feeling off balance in your home, come learn how to clear your space with Lara Jaye-a master of moving stuck energy from people, homes, land, and businesses. $50. At Salt of the Earth Sarasota, 4037 Clark Road, Sarasota. To reserve your spot: More info? Email Mediumship Development - 7-8:30pm. A 5-week Course: If you would like to learn how to develop your mediumship ability, this class is perfect place to get started. Psychic Medium Victoria Ackerman teaches you how to unlock your abilities and provides the key for learning. Students are carefully guided and monitored during each exercise and practice with others. Her in-depth, comprehensive curriculum incorporates teaching methods which compliment many learning styles. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@,


ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room of Sarasota Open - 3-6pm. If you have a true desire to experience God for yourself, Eckankar can help you reach that goal. Discover a better understanding of your true spiritual purpose. Greeters can answer questions and the complimentary materials you can choose provide information on how Eckankar can enhance your life. 3650F Webber St. Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Addams Family: Evening Psychic Fair and Open House - 7-10pm. Come for a kooky, spooky, and groovy good time as we welcome you to our Addams Family Psychic Fair! Two haunted evenings for you to experience a variety of spiritual and mysterious fun. 13+ psychic readers will be on hand to answer your burning questions for only $25/reading. Come in your “Wednesday Best” for our Costume Contest, join in on a Paranormal Investigation, and attend a fascinating, spine-tingling Séance. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums - 7-9pm. On this night, at our new location at 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, a number 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. $10 donation is requested. More info @ 941-266-8435., Facebook: CMF of Sarasota.


First Watch 5K Run Around Downtown - Part of First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon weekend run festival. $35-$45; includes tech shirt, medal, postrace continental breakfast and invite to post-race half marathon party on Oct 20th. Five Points Park, 61 N. Pineapple, Intuitive Arts Fair - 10:30am-5:30pm. With Deni, Erika, Kathy & Terry. No pre-booking. First come - first served! Spots fill FAST! $25/15 minutes. Elysian Fields, 1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-361-3006, Heartfelt Women’s Yoga Experience - 1-4pm. Gentle Yoga, Mandala Rock Painting, Mindfulness Exercise, Restorative Yoga to finish. Light refreshments provided. $45. Please reserve at 423 N Lemon Ave, Sarasota, 941-374-3665, or email,


Sarasota/Manatee Edition

Addams Family: Evening Psychic Fair and Open House - 7-10pm. Come for a kooky, spooky, and groovy good time as we welcome you to our Addams Family Psychic Fair! Two haunted evenings for you to experience a variety of spiritual and mysterious fun. 13+ psychic readers will be on hand to answer your burning questions for only $25/reading. Come in your “Wednesday Best” for our Costume Contest, join in on a Paranormal Investigation, and attend a fascinating, spinetingling Séance. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@,

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon/Relay/10K - Depending on distance cost includes shirt, medal, swag bag, First Watch breakfast buffet, beer garden and post-race party and awards. $65-$145. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail. Experience HU, the Sound of Soul - 10-11am. Chanting HU can bring you peace, calm, and harmony, 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.Visit for a video and further explanation of the Sound of Soul. ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room, 3650F Webber St., Sarasota, 941-358-0325,

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room of Sarasota Open - 11am-1pm. If you have a true desire to experience God for yourself, Eckankar can help you reach that goal. Discover a better understanding of your true spiritual purpose. Greeters can answer questions and the complimentary materials you can choose provide information on how Eckankar can enhance your life. 3650F Webber St., Sarasota, 941-358-0325, EckankarInSarasota. Join us for a Cool Night Out at Point Lumineux - 5-7pm. CoolSculpting Event - Sponsored by Allergan. We will be performing demonstrations on a few different procedures and you will be given the opportunity to sit in on scheduled consultations to answer any additional questions you may have. This is a Free Event! 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. Also, we’re so excited to announce we’re now offering financing through Green Sky Financing. RSVP and learn everything you need to know about the CoolSculpting procedure. Call 941-217-6828 to schedule your consultation and reserve your spot today! Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive, Ste 4, Sarasota. Therapeutic Healing Course - 6:30-8:30pm. This course takes it a little further than Reiki! We believe we can converse with healing physicians on the other side of life. They can work through our healers to produce the healing energies and more. You will learn to communicate with these spirit healers to achieve mental, physical and spiritual health. 3 weeks. With Mary Linn Clarke. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Art of Meditation – 7-8:30pm, and Oct 28th. With Kathy Sun. Join Kathy Sun who has 20 years of experience in training and teaching meditation to learn to calm the mind and gain inner wisdom.  In these classes you will examine popular forms of meditation, gain actual experience meditating, and answer any questions you may have. $10. Learning Center, Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 941-953-6620,

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22 Prosperity and Abundance Manifestation 7-8pm. Manifest abundance and develop heart centered business. Help our community build bridge to manifest their spiritual dreams in our business environment and monetize on their gifts. Here we will combine spiritual philosophies of giving and receiving, abundance mindset with practical knowledge of our financial businesses’ world, to better connect these worlds and create true energetic and monetary flow. With Kathy Sun. $10 The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com,


Snatam Kaur Returns to Sarasota’s Riverview Performing Arts Center - Sarasota is honored to have Snatam perform songs from her Grammy-nominated album Beloved and her rich catalog of classic world devotional CDs. Tickets available online at More information available at or call 941-356-1989.


“The Middle Pillar Meditation” w/ Elaine Koemel - 6:30-8:30pm. This profound meditation centers on the Cauldrons or Spheres of Light within the Middle Pillar or Central Channel of the Kabbalistic “Tree of Life”. It takes you through the spheres of light (called cauldrons) of your Ketheric or Causal Body (the highest frequency blueprint for your physical form). The Cauldrons form along your central vertical axis. Just as the Chakras are spinning vortices of energy that are receptors for information and vehicles of expression connecting your Physical Body to your Etheric Body, the Cauldrons are pulsing spheres that transmute interdimensionally as the bridge that connects the Ketheric/Akashic dimensions of our Soul with the Etheric/Body of our personality. When the light flows down and fills these spheres it provides us a fountain of source energy to resource profound healing and evolution. Elysian Fields, 1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941361-3006, Meditation Techniques and Practice – 7-8pm. Meditation is a wonderful way to calm down the mind and gain inner wisdom. An overview of different forms of meditation, including simple breathing, mindfulness, topic-driven such as loving kindness and compassion, chakra balancing, and on the nature of mind. Following will be an explanation of these practices, actual meditations for you to gain hands-on experiences, followed by Q&A. With Kathy Sun. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Releasing Embedded Emotions Past & Present 7-8pm. Depressed? Are you in pain? Experiencing illness? Overwhelmingly sad? Often anxious? Some or all these symptoms may be caused by a hidden emotion which has resided in your body as a result of an event or trauma. By using healing energy and with your readiness to release them, we do some energy work and they are gone. With Ann Bliss. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, Women’s Circle with Crystal Kubis (Fireheart) 7pm. 4th Thursdays of the Month. Women’s Circle: Women Ignited: An Intimate Ceremony Circle with Chrystal Kubis (FireHeart). Ignite your soul with a sacred gathering where together we will learn to build and balance our feminine fire, so we can move as a transformational force of love out in our community and in the world. This will be a funfilled evening of inspiration, support, ceremony and celebration. $20. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333,

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room of Sarasota Open - 3-6pm. If you have a true desire to experience God for yourself, Eckankar can help you reach that goal. Discover a better understanding of your true spiritual purpose. Greeters can answer questions and the complimentary materials you can choose provide information on how Eckankar can enhance your life. 3650F Webber St. Sarasota, 941-358-0325, An Evening of Mediumship - 7pm. With Bill Coller. Bill will bring evidential and meaningful messages from spirit loved ones to those in attendance. While he will do his best to connect with as many people as he can, not all who attend will receive a message. $15 Suggested Love Offering. Sanctuary of Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 941953-6620 Art in the Dark - 7-9pm. For this night, Tammy Kubiak will help all to use their intuition, along with different artistic tools in a darkened room, to let go and create a spiritual work of art. Tools used this night will include string, marbles, paint, and canvas. The evening will start with a guided meditation to speak with our teachers and creative guides, to ask that they work with us to give us needed messages through our art. There will be a discussion share and the night will end with a grounding and snacks. $20 donation. All art supplies will be provided. Reservations are suggested, 941-266-8435. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, at our new location: 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota., Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.


Art of Meditation Workshop - 10am-12pm. Meditation is a skill and practice that can enhance and sharpen the mind while soothing the body. Scientific studies have shown that meditation can reduce stress, controls anxiety, promotes emotional health, enhances self-awareness, lengthens attention span, can generate kindness, may help fight addictions, may reduce aging memory loss and enhances cognitive & problem-solving skills. Learn how to meditate and get started on this valuable and soul-affirming path. With Kathy Sun. $25. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Reincarnation - 10am-12pm. In this class, we will explore the aim of reincarnation and its purpose: why do Spirits choose to come back to live on Earth? What are the roles of heredity and reason? What is the Law of Karma? We will also explore why we don’t remember our past lives, and how, despite this, our souls sometimes remember those we have encountered in previous lives. With Mary Linn Clarke. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Celestial Mystical Fair - 11am-4pm. Come and learn what Summer has in store for you. Relax in this spiritual oasis. Experienced mediums available. A 20 min. reading for a $25 donation.  We will also have crystal bowl healer/reader, numerologist, card readers and healers working. Spirit drawings by Diane Marshall for $35.  Plus, we will offer pendulums, homemade essential oil health blends and crafts plus other hand-made gifts for sale. Come for the fun and to benefit from any one or several of the services being offered. More info, 941-266-8435. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, at our new location: 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota., Facebook is CMF of Sarasota. Experience HU, the Sound of Soul - 11am-noon. Chanting HU can bring you peace, calm, and harmony, 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. Visit for a video and further explanation of the Sound of Soul. Mid County Regional Library, Meeting Room B, 2050 Forest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, 941-358-0325, The Kabbalah Tree of Life - 11am-3pm. A Map To Inner Peace & Understanding: Regardless of one’s religious affiliation, this ancient mystical teaching provides a clear cut tool for understanding oneself and resolving personal issues. This class provides a basic understanding of all the elements found on the Tree of Life. There will be a half hour break for lunch. With Gail DiNoia. $25. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@,

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 The Universal Service - 10:30am. This weekly egalitarian worship service will be officiated by Rev. Zan. Services celebrate all of humanity’s religions and spiritual traditions on a single altar. Scriptures, songs, prayers, chants, and offerings from each religious tradition are accompanied with universalist prayers that honor all faiths as lights serving humanity’s unfoldment. Different officiates/Cherags rotate on leading the services each week. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, Rev. Zan, 941-922- 7839, ECK Light and Sound Service - 11am-noon. Recognizing the Guidance of Divine Spirit. Sometimes the Holy Spirit may work in a gentle way. It may give you a nudge, a feeling of how to act, what to do, which dentist to see–something down to earth. ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room, 3650F Webber St., Sarasota, 941-358-0325, EckankarInSarasota.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 How to Refine Your Sensitivity - 7:30pm. With International Medium, Bill Coller, Join Bill as you learn to refine the sensitivity of your connection with yourself, your intuition and Spirit. Experience better clarity focus and awareness while deepening your relationship with yourself and Spirit. All are welcome. $20. Learning Center, Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 941-953-6620

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30 Learn In-Depth About Fascia - 7pm. With Dr. Eric Winder. You are invited to attend an evening program where you can learn in-depth about fascia, why it is important, and how to solve fascia problems when they create gut symptoms. Case examples will be discussed, a treatment demonstration will be provided, and a Q&A session will follow the presentation. Arrive at 6:50pm for refreshments, and the program itself will take place from 7-8 p.m. Free. RSVP, 941-957-8390. GentleBay Chiropractic, 3131 S Tamiami Trail, #102, Sarasota,

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 How Do Akashic Records Connect to My Work as a Medium? – 7:30pm. With International Medium, Bill Coller. Bill will take you on a journey of exploration into the sacred wisdom of Akashic Records and their connection to mediumship. Learn how to work with these universal records that contain all knowledge including past life information. All are welcome. $20. Learning Center, Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 941953-6620


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 ThetaHealing® Basic DNA Seminar - 10am-6 pm, Nov 1st-3rd. Are you ready to experience breakthroughs in your life? Let go of stubborn habits, psychological patterns, and difficult life circumstances. Must pre-register. For more info, 406-600-4138, email,

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Abundance & Prosperity Workshop – 10am12pm. Abundance and prosperity are things we can actively create. In this workshop you will learn valuable tools to break out of a “I don’t have enough __” mindset to attract what you need and to get what you want! You will learn how to make your visions become reality and how to recognize opportunities Stop holding yourself back and take the step to true abundance & security. With Kathy Sun. $25 The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, Laughter for Joy & Health – 11am-12:30pm. Come and enjoy this enlightening experience, where you become one with a vibration of bliss! You may leave feeling rejuvenated, stress-free, and with tools to engage laughter everywhere you go. With Josie Melcher, Certified International Laugh Teacher. Laughter: decreases the negative effects of stress, boosts the immune system, relaxes and massages internal organs, increases oxygen to the organs and raises your vibrational frequency. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,,

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3 Vibration-Raising TSU Community Potluck - 121:30pm. Come to a get together of light minds and hearts in a casual environment with a welcoming group. Bring your favorite dish. This event will be held directly after the Sunday Celebration (held from 10:30am to 12:00pm). Bring your instruments if you wish to join in. You’ll find people to connect with through spirit, music, and food. Bring a dish to share if you like. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@,

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Isha Kriya Meditation – 7-8pm. A simple and powerful guided meditation called Isha Kriya, designed by Sadhguru who a world-renowned yogi. Enhance clarity, improve health, heighten focus and energy, have greater prosperity and a state of peacefulness and joy. In this meditation workshop, you will learn the methods to utilize Isha Kriya wherever you go. This life-changing practice might be exactly the relaxation and concentration tool you are seeking. Every 1st Tuesday. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Meditation + Acupuncture for Energy - 7-8pm. Join International Best-selling author/Spiritual Mentor Lara Jaye and Molly Rhoads from Rhoads to Health Acupuncture on the 1st Tuesday each month for a healing and mindfulness event. Align your mind, body, and spirit to live a more fulfilled, meaningful and inspired life. $30. At Salt of the Earth Sarasota, 4037 Clark Road, Sarasota. To reserve your spot, More info? Email

October 2019


on going events

sunday Sunday Morning Wake up Class - 9am. Think outside the box and find new answers. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Unity of Sarasota - 10-10:15am. Meditation Service and Daily Word. 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota, 941-955-3301, 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.  All classes only $10! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6557 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, Sunday Service at CMF - 10:30am.  At our New Location. Please join us each Sunday morning for spiritual healing, an inspirational talk, special music and messages from spirit. Leave refreshed and inspired to start the new week. Refreshments and fellowship period follow the service.  Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota, 941-2668435,, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota. Sunday Celebration - 10:30am-12pm. Join us for a beautiful celebration each Sunday in the Spiritualist tradition. We begin with healings at 10:30am, followed by inspirational trance lectures at 11am. Each service is ended with inspiring and uplifting Spirit Messages. We invite people of all faiths and backgrounds. With Rev. Mary Linn Clarke and Rev. Thomas Clarke. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, 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, Unity of Sarasota- 10:30am. Uplifting service with music and inspiration with Rev. Dr. Suzi Schadle. All Welcome! 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, Sunday Morning Celebration Service - 11am. (Spiritual Healing available 10:30–11am). We celebrate life in an uplifting and inspirational morning service that includes singing, music, a guided meditation, greeting of the community and an inspirational talk by Rev. Jim Toole.  Vibrational Healing 10:30 – 11am in the sanctuary. Enjoy the energy, fellowship and inspiration of this Spiritual Community. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, Cosmic In-Service Gathering of Lightworkers - 12:15pm. Open Heart Divine Healing Service with Rev Sharon-Elizabeth James (1 st Sunday of the month). Rev. Eric Watrous, Connecting with Angels, Masters and Teachers (2nd Sunday of the month), Rev. Lea Chapin, Celestial Messages Service (3rd Sunday of the month), Rev. Mary Gemming, Ph.D., Ascended Master Teachings (4th Sunday of the month). Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, Energetic Haling Receive or Share – 1-2pm. October 6, 20 (1st and 3rd Sundays of each month). Do you feel like you need a pick-me-up before heading into a new work week? Are you looking for stress reduction or improved health and wellness? Healers will offer their energetic healing skills. You


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will can practice your own techniques and receive a healing as well. Healing Volunteer needed to practice and heal others, please contact Helen our Project Coordinator, Projects@TheSpiritUniversity. com. With Richard Powell and others. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, 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. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Music and Inspiration. All are welcome! 3023 Proctor Rd. 941-955-3301,

monday Drop-In Psychic Intuitive, Tarot, and Astrology - 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday, Sat 12-4pm. Psychic, Tarot/ Astrology. Also, by appointment and special scheduled events! $25/15 minutes. Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6557 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, 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. Paganism 101 - 6:30-8pm. Ever wondered what paganism is? What are their practices? Holidays? What exactly is “magick”? A series of classes to answer questions, dispel myths, and teach you on how to connect with your inner witch presented by Pagan high-priestess Helen Greene. This 12-week course is designed give students a solid foundation with a new topic each week including practical exercises to enhance ones’ spiritual life. Please come join us and discover what natures’ power has to offer. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Pub Theology - 6:30-8pm, the 2nd Mon. of the month. Enjoy a Spiritual discussion, Meets at Pub 32, 8383 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Vinyasa Flow Yoga - 6:30pm, Mondays and Wednesdays. All-levels welcome, only $10. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue in Gulf Gate, 941-312-5630, Advanced Readings Practice Circle - 7-8:30pm. Do you have any Psychic or Mediumship Reading experience? Would you like to be a part of a dynamic Practice Circle? Learn from each other, encourage, aide each other’s progress. This practice circle is a place for you to work on your natural abilities in a supportive setting with fellow psychic readers. Open to all who have had some prior training or instruction in performing psychic or mediumship readings. With Kathy Gutierrez and Daniel Densing. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, Joyful Findings: Intuition and More - 7pm. With Melissa Parks. Explore ways of finding and living your joy, through tapping into your intuition and healing abilities. Live your truth! $20. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Ave in Gulf Gate, Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7-9pm, Mondays and Tuesdays. At our New Location. Join Susan Houliston and guest instructors every Monday 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 attending. Discussion and refreshments follow. $10 donation is requested. Please refer to the CMF website for description of the programs offered for each weekly class or call Susan at 941-266-1696. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 203-C, Suite 204, Sarasota.  Basic Yoga Class - 7:15pm. Learn the basics of hatha yoga including standing, seated, and reclined poses. No prior yoga experience is needed. $18 drop in/ or new student package. Garden of the Heart Yoga,, 941-341-9781 for more info. Intermediate Healing Class Series - 7:30-9pm, 8/5-9/30.  Explore a full spectrum of topics including chakras, color, meditation, breath, sound, alternative modalities and more during this 10-week series.  A basic knowledge of healing needed to take this class series.  Please contact Rev. Jim for questions and details. $15/class. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620,, 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,

tuesday Exploring Your Dreams - 9:30-11:30am, Oct 1st, 8th, 15th. Spiritual Guides in Dreams, Researching Past Lives via Dreams, and Prophetic Dreams are a few of the topics which will be discussed. Attendees will receive a gift book on Dreams. FGCU Conference Room, 117 Herald Court Square, Suite 211, Punta Gorda, 941-358-0325, EckankarInSarasota. Energetic Chakra Balancing - 5:30-7pm. Do you have difficulty concentrating, sleep problems, feeling helpless, not able to express yourself, lack motivation, close off to others, not able to accomplish goals? The 7 chakras in the body are energy centers that have a direct impact on your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and regulate bodily systems, influencing everything from emotional processing to resistance to disease. Using a variety of modalities, Barbara works to clear energetic blockages and find alignment balance. Facilitated by Barbara Harrison. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, An Evening of Reiki Healing - 7-8pm. Reiki is a 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. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Mastering the Law of Attraction - 7-9pm. This class takes you to the leading edge of co-creation, working with the Principles of the Laws of Cause/ Effect or Sow/Reap. This is a study and support group for living life as masterfully as we can, given our various quirks and preferences of life. 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., Psychic Practice Circle - 7-9pm. Come together with like-minded individuals to practice your psychic and mediumship skills. Develop and expand your intuitive abilities in a supportive and caring atmosphere. This is not a class, but rather an opportunity to advance and share your sacred gifts in friendly environment. Each session will be preceded by a brief meditation and blessing. Open to all regardless of experience. Join us for one, any, or all weeks! With Shirley Smolko. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Sierra General Meeting Notice - 7pm, 3rd Tuesday of the month. The public is invited to the Charlotte Sierra Club’s monthly meeting, always on the third Tuesday of each month (except during the summer). Meeting at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Bldg., 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, 941-423-2713. Stones, Crystals, & Their Mysteries - 7-8pm. Stone vibrations and effects on the body and spirit. Combine health practices and crystals for body and spirit. Find the right stone for your spirit. Practice with meditation and focus techniques to enhance tranquility. Learn how to use stones and crystals coupled with psychic skills. Learn the gifts of the Earth, crystals and stones that may enhance your health and wellbeing. Gain the confidence to use crystal and stones daily. With Cathy Zapsalis. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@,

wednesday Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 9:45 and 11am. Awareness Through Movement class at 9:45am to improve posture, balance, and body awareness. Ongoing Awareness Through Movement at 11am. 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. Shining Soul Club - 8pm EST via conference line, Oct 9th and Oct 23rd (2nd and 4th Wed each month). Experience insightful, intuitive and leading-edge spiritual guidance, meditations, healing and energy clearing guiding you to create a life aligned with your spirit and values. $5 to get started. More info, Connect with Your Inner Stillness Mudra Meditation - 11:30am-12:30pm. In this guided meditation format, you will hold mudras (finger poses) to ease tension & stress; quiet your mind; connect with your inner joy & serenity; and, more! In 1912, Jiro Murai used these mudras to prove that they release circulation blockages & he was cured of a terminal illness. This was the beginning of Jin Shin Jyutsu® as we know it today! Register by 10am, the day of the meditation. Special rate: Only $10! Cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, 820 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-2282972,, Exploring Your Psychic Potential - 2:30-4pm. Discovering different psychic and intuitive practices is made fun in this dynamic, exploratory class! This is a great opportunity to learn new techniques, as well as to share your own experiences and methods with your peers. With Barbara Harrison. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,,

Creative Manifestation - 4-5pm. Through simple step-by-step exercises learn to see things in new ways. Learn how to receive intuitive connections, messages and creativity from another dimension or your higher consciousness. Learn to harness your sixth sense for answers and enlightenment by tuning your light source brighter. This class is for everyone. A Daytime class. With Barbara Harrison. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, 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, Yoga - South Gate Community Ctr - 4:30-5:30pm, Gentle Yoga, 6-7:15pm, Mixed Level Yoga. $10. 3145 Southgate Cir., Sarasota, Automatic Writing - 6-7pm. Build a channel to the “other side” while communicating through pen and paper. Learn to open your mind and listen to the communication of your guides, loved ones, angels and those who have gone beyond and now wish to communicate. We teach easy techniques to give you a first-hand experience in being a pen-pal with those who are now in spirit. Barbara Harrison will share the techniques of Automatic Writing. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,, Vinyasa Flow Yoga - 6:30pm. All-levels welcome, only $10. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue in Gulf Gate, 941-312-5630, A Course in Miracles Study Group - 7pm. With Molly Friedenfeld. Discover the peace that resides within you, illuminating the pathway for souls to remember their inner wisdom and brilliance, gather in a sacred circle, spiritual discussion and illuminations from the book, meditation, sharing and understanding the lessons from the workbook A Course in Miracles assists us with detaching from judgment and attachments of this world in order to “be in this world but not of it.” $10 donation. To register, Inspirational Music for a Mid-Week Uplift - 7pm. Join us for a mid-week high. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Tarot Practice Circle - 7-8:30pm, To become a good Tarot reader you need to practice in a safe environment with no judgments. The best kind of practice is with a warm loving community of friends who share your interests and passion for the Tarot. This workshop will offer a bit of education and advice to further your knowledge of the Tarot. You will receive a reading and deliver one. Come with your favorite deck of Tarot cards! With Barbara Harrison. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Join us at Unity of Sarasota for an hour of music, meditation and a short message. 023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, Wednesday Candlelight Healing, Intention and Meditation Service (New Format) - 7pm. Please join us Wednesday evening for the new format of our Healing, Intention and Meditation service. Receive a Spiritual Healing, create healing requests and intentions and join us in a meditation. We share our energy and intentions together in our candlelit sanctuary in a truly a sacred and divine hour of gentle, peaceful, reflection and connection. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620,

thursday NEW! Restorative Yoga - 2pm.Give your body the opportunity to deeply relax & rejuvenate with supported restorative poses held for a longer time. $18 Drop/or use a class pass. Garden of the Heart Yoga,, 941-341-9781 for more info. Conversation with Yourself – 6-9pm. Transformative Journaling: Learn how to frame and answer your own questions. You’ll enter your subconscious and explore your relationships with others and the meanings you’ve given to events, your body, feelings, dreams and spiritual promptings. Please bring a loose-leaf binder, lined 3-hole punched paper, a pen and at least 10 dividers. With Dr. Toni LaMotta. $30/week, $100/4 weeks. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@, Pet Grief - 7pm, 3rd Thurs of the month. A safe place to express your grief. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Sound Bath Meditation - 7pm. Join for a relaxing hour sound event with Ece, Only $10. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue in Gulf Gate, 941-312-5630, Uniting with the Hierarchy of Masters - 7-9pm. With Mark Libowitz. Building the rainbow bridge between heaven and earth. From the unreal to the real. From separation to oneness & joy – aligned group endeavor – circle around the flame. We are a Group of dedicated people who are striving for union and expression of our Higher Self; the experience of wholeness. Our circle reaches into the realms of the hierarchy of masters who are fully dedicated to serving humanity and the divine plan for human and planetary evolution. The Masters especially seek to empower the advancing servers and are guiding us toward our personal and collective freedom; the central purpose of life at this time. $10-20 love donation. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, Basic Mediumship Classes – 7:30-9pm, every Thursday (Oct 3rd-Oct 24th, then 3 weeks in November). With Rev Jim Toole. This will be a 7-week series of classes that will be the basis of learning to connect with and communicate with Spirit personally and for working with others. These classes will be informational, experiential and the first of a series of certification curriculum classes. $15.  Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620,

friday Yoga at Colonial Oaks Community Ctr! - 9-10am. Gentle/Beginner $10, 5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd. Mats available. Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11am-7pm. 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,,

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Tai Chi with Reuben Fernandez - 2pm. The main principle of tai chi is internal relaxation. Tai Chi is known as an internal martial art. The power and energy do not depend on muscle power, strength or speed, rather power comes from internal relaxation and release of Chi. In this class we will focus on developing a tai chi body the basic warm up exercises and the Chen form as well as Chi Gung for its health benefits…. Reuben D. Fernandez. Tai Chi and Chi Gung has been ongoing for the past 15 years. Presently he is instructing in Venice, Sarasota and Bradenton. To register, Lift Your Spirits - Social Event - 5-6pm. You are invited to socialize, mix and mingle! 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. After that, attend a class or workshop! See you there! Primos’s Italian Restuarant 8076 N Tamiami Trail Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. 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,

friday The Tour de North Port – October 20, 2019 Sponsored by People for Trees, Inc. The Tour de North Port is a scenic on-road organized bicycle ride that features the beautiful pine flatwoods and oak tree canopies of North Port and the parks that border the Myakkahatchee Creek. It is NOT a race! Riders choose to complete a 15, 35, or 65 mile loop. Includes FirstWatch breakfast, catered lunch, homemade pies by Pie-licious Bake Shoppe, fully-stocked rest stops with homemade snacks, mobile Support And Gear by Louie’s Bicycles and Real Bikes of Venice. $45 pre-registration closes online Friday, Oct. 18 @midnight. (on-site registration $50) The first 400 to register will receive a ride t-shirt, “got shade?” sunglasses, and a goodie bag. Breakfast/pre-registration check-ins/on-site registrations start at 7AM Group Starts begin @8AM Imagine School, 2757 Sycamore St. North Port 34289 More information and to pre-register: • (941) 468-2486 Proceeds benefit People for Trees, Inc., a non-profit native tree advocacy group since 1997. Event sponsors: Louie’s Bicycles, FirstWatch Daytime Café, Natural Awakenings of Sarasota, ROI Media, Jim Dodson Law, T’s Plus, Keller Williams/Patricia Bonnell, Real Bikes/Venice, Bayfront Health, Bicycles International, DurtiRunners, Earth Café, Beautiful Ponds, Southern Self Storage, Heron Creek Animal Hospital, Allamanda Garden Club

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Sarasota Farmers Market - 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Established in 1979, the market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans. They currently have a full market that includes 70 vendors and 5,000 sq ft of produce and plants. 1592 Main St from Lemon Ave to Selby Five Points Park, Downtown Sarasota. Central Sarasota Year-Round Farmers Market - 8am-1pm, rain or shine. Every agriculture vendor at the market (fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, etc.) is a grower or farmer, not just a reseller. The Florida House, 4454 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota. 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. 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 Pat & Rev Donna, 941-492-4995, What is The Third Testament? – 10am. Introduction to The Third Testament by Martinus. Live Stream with live chat. Free. 941-462-3177,


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

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


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

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


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

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.



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




6309 Center Ring Rd., Near WholeFoods UTC Sarasota 941-224-6716

An eco-friendly salon studio that specializes in authentic naturally derived and organic products and services. Our high performance hair care, color and smoothing services go beyond conventional methods and are healthier and safer for you and the environment.


2965 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota 941-706-2778

Quantum biofeedback wellness center offers multiple energetic modalities for stress reduction and health enhancement. Lotus Stress Relief uses the FDA-registered LIFE biofeedback technology to balance Physical Health, Emotions, Brainwaves and Psychological well-being. Devices include Bicom, LIFE System and InLight. New client special $20 off your first visit!



Residual Strain Therapy Eric Winder DC Offices in Sarasota and Venice, FL 941-957-8390 •

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



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

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.


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

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



Celebrating 27 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. Come in and meet the new owners.

Celebrating 27 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. Come in and meet the new owners.

1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-361-3006 •


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

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

1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-361-3006 •


Dick Chapman 2401 University Pkwy # 204, Sarasota 941-893-5968

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.

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



Our holistic & biological dental practice offers fluoride-free, mercury-free and mercury-safe procedures, Huggins Protocol, biological extractions, jaw-bone cavitation/NICO revisions, Ozone Therapy, holistic dental hygiene protocols, phase-contrast microscopy, homeopathic support, metal-free restorations, dental material biocompatibility testing, detoxification protocols and nutritional counseling all the while taking highly conservative and preventative approach.


Beth A. Snyder, CCHT 941-228-8020

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 or call 941.228.8020. Feel better now!



HEALING ROOM, ENERGY HEALING, BIOFEEDBACK STRESS MANAGEMENT, PEMF Treatments to balance over a thousand conditions! Infrared Inversion, Sound Immersion with the Singing Bowls 

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,


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

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



Goddess Healing with Susan
6283 Lake Osprey Dr., Sarasota 

Waxela (wa-shay-la) Sananda 512-585-9265 call or text

Through Waxela’s process you will expand your intuitive abilities and gain confidence in your spiritual gifts. Upgrade your frequency with Light Code Activations while integrating your soul’s wisdom and wealth.

Susan Milligan is a Physician Assistant, Reiki Master, and graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing specializing in Energy Healing and Past Life Regression.


5250 17th Street Unit 106 941-203-5347 

 Non Invasive Aesthetics


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

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


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Medical Marijuana E v a l u a tions,
BioTE® Bioidentical Hormone R e p l a c e ment 

Medspa specializing in eyebrow Microblading, eyelash extensions, non-surgical micro needling face and neck lifting, CryoSkin fat freezing, facials, chemical peels. Dr Boyle specializes in BioTE® hormone replacement, weight loss injections, Marijuana evaluations, Botox and injectables, as well as pain management.


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

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.


4016 Cattleman Drive, Sarasota 941-929-4378

CBD American Shaman is dedicated to bringing wellness to the world through ultra-concentrated terpene rich CBD oil derived from all natural, high quality industrial hemp.


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

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.


1440 Main St., Sarasota

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!


1882 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota 941-929-0884 •

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


2163 Siesta Drive Sarasota, 941-366-1997 5842 Bee Ridge Rd. Sarasota, 941-342-1908

Sarasota’s original discount Vitamin store, family owned since 1977! Lowest prices and best selection in town!


Dr. David Cifra, DC Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist 315-345-7390

Medical Breakthrough Technology! Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist, Dr. David Cifra, DC.Advanced procedure for patients who have back and neck pain and want to avoid narcotics, epidural injections,and unnecessary surgeries. Over 90% effective. No pain, No drugs, No surgery. Call today 315-345-7390. FREE CONSULTATION.


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

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


4801 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-706-3257 •,

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.


852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota 941-953-6620 •

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.


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

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.


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

Community for health + wellness shop offering Yoga, Pilates, Nia, Buti Yoga, and more. Classes and workshops learnfor every interest/age/ skill level, offered daily + weekly.  Classes are all $10. Daily Psychic move Intuitive + Tarot Readers.  Event 6557 SUPERIOR AVENUE • SARASOTA, FL • 34231 spaceVILLAGE} rental available. {IN GULF GATE SHOPPING




Certified Clinical Thermographer 2008. Prevention is better than early detection. Knowledge is power: Know your risk factors to make corrections and avoid developing pathology. Call for location convenient for you.


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

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

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