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Early packet & shirt pickup at Fit2Run Downtown Main Street Sarasota Friday 12/15 & Saturday 12/16 till 6:00 pm both days; and at the Fit2Run UTC mall store next to Dillard’s Sunday 12/17 through Wednesday 12/20 store hours and Thursday 12/21 till 5:00 pm. All participants receive Jingle Bells, Laces, plus Lighted Clip on flashers. First 1,800 receive a Commemorative Leslie Jordan moisture wicking shirt. Huge post-race party and holiday festival on LWR Main Street with adult beverages. (proper I.D. required) Featured entertainment “Gamble Creek Band.” Fit2Run CLUB members and local running club members receive a $5.00 discount when registering at a Fit2Run location. At the UTC Mall location also receive a FREE Smoothie (Valued at $7.00) when registering.


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

28 PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides


by Linda Sechrist

31 12 HAPPY HOLIDAY TIPS How to Really Enjoy the Season by Dianne Bischoff James


HOLISTIC ATHLETES The New Face of Sports Medicine by Marlaina Donato




Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes by Judith Fertig


40 INSPIRED LIVING Five Ways to Make

the New Year Sparkle

by Kelly Martinsen

42 AWAKE PARENTING Raising Connected, Confident Kids by Judith Fertig


Honor Her Wisdom in New Ways by Avery Mack

46 PETS ¤ MUSIC Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat by Sandra Murphy


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appiest of holidays, dear readers! Last month was focused on gratitude, and this month is all about gathering with our loved ones and looking ahead to an exciting New Year. As we enter this festive and celebratory time, the latest issue of Natural Awakenings is bringing you inspiration and enlightenment to make this season both “merry and bright.” Our theme for this month is on uplifting humanity, nurturing connections and doing our parts to establish peace on earth. In fact, our feature article is about “Nonviolent Conflict Resolution” which delves into how communities join together in times of uncertainty or discord. These communal efforts promote love, compassion, unity, social justice and care for the planet instead of the division that can overtake our media outlets or Facebook newsfeeds. Speaking of harmony, this month’s “Healing Ways” article offers tips for a peaceful holiday to help you access and embrace a sense of inner calm during the season’s characteristic “hustle and bustle.” Self-care is important this time of year, and it’s just as essential to invest in yourself as it is to connect with those around you. This means being mindful of how the body is functioning and giving it the proper nutrients to fuel a busy schedule which can be difficult when faced with pumpkin pies, gingerbread cookies and other indulgences. Our “Conscious Eating” article discusses the benefits of adding local, seasonal produce to holiday meals––complete with recipes to tempt all your friends and family with. And of course, since 2018 is just around the corner, we’re also talking “New Year Inspirations” with ideas on how to become more active and involved in our community. From volunteering at a non-profit organization to participating in an ocean clean-up initiative to donating food or clothing to a homeless shelter, there are numerous ways to make a difference right in our own backyard. Change begins locally, and the New Year is an ideal time to start making an impact. I hope you find enjoyment in these articles and everything else our December issue has to offer. Please send any comments, questions or feedback to I encourage you to keep your loved ones close this season, and thanks for allowing the Natural Awakenings team to partake in your holiday celebrations. We’ll touch base again in 2018!

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newsbriefs Elysian Fields Offers Holiday De-Stressing Tips


f you plan on having family and friends over for the holidays, the mix of energies entering your home can get intense. Remember to cleanse your space energetically before guests arrive and after they leave to help keep your sacred space purified. Smudging with sage or burning copal incense are both time-tested cleansing methods for clearing negative energy and creating balance. Using a diffuser or lighting candles infused with essential oils of lavender, sage, palo santo or cedarwood can help to constantly cleanse the air while people are mixing and mingling.  Create ambiance in your home to boost the positive energy field. Adding an amethyst cluster or selenite lamp to your living or dining room can promote a sense of peace. A lovely violet color, amethyst quartz has been said to promote relaxation and soothe anxiety or depression.  In addition, selenite is known as an “emotional cleanser” for the mind, body and spirit which extends to the outer environment, creating calmness and tranquility. Selenite lamps emit a soothing glow to enhance meditation, concentration and clarity. Positioning a selenite lamp or t-light candle holder in the family zone will instill a sense of peace and harmony.  Here at Elysian Fields, we are fully prepared to outfit your home with the necessities to keep peace and joy pulsing throughout your home this season. Our knowledgeable staff looks forward to assisting you and helping spread holiday cheer!  Location: 1273 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-361-3006 or visit

Are You Looking for More than Just Puppy Love?


uppies are adorable, and they bring happiness into our lives. But certified matchmaker and single’s party host Christy Tromp points out that “puppy love” doesn’t offer the same fulfillment and satisfaction that comes from developing a meaningful and loving relationship with a compatible partner.  Tromp was 19 years old when she landed her first job working for a matchmaking company. “I was so young and naïve back then,” she elaborates. “But I was smart enough to know a good thing when I saw it! I thought, ‘If really works, a company that helps people find love, then it must be the greatest job ever!”  That was 23 years ago. Today, she is a well-known matchmaker who continues to help clients find meaningful relationships and love that endures. Besides one-on-one matchmaking, Tromp also provides image consulting, dating coaching, speed dating parties and relationship seminars. She uses experience in the field to guide her clients, so that when they meet the right person, they have all the tools needed for a healthy relationship.  For more information on matchmaking services and to schedule a consultation, call 941-713-1000 or visit

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Wellness Seminars Kick Off the New Year at CitySide Apartments

Suncoast Singles Holiday Speed Dating Party


Location: 8076 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Cost: $29. Seating is limited. To register, call 941-7131000.

Location: 700 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota. Cost: free for CitySide, $5 for non-residents. RSVP required. To register, email RCarroll@


he holidays are just around the corner, and Suncoast Singles wants you to save the date for their upcoming Holiday Speed Dating Party on December 13, 7:30 p.m. The party will be held at Primo’s Ristorante, and tickets include appetizers, drink specials, prizes, giveaways and over 20 “mini dates” to enjoy throughout the evening. There will even be a table with unique and festive holiday gifts to purchase. In addition, Santa and his helpers will be on-hand to make sure everyone is experiencing the holiday cheer!

itySide Apartments, located in the historic Rosemary District, bring balance to urban life with complimentary Yoga, Zumba, Thai Chi, and Pilates classes. In addition, CitySide now proudly introduces a monthly series of expert Wellness Seminars to its residents and the community. These events reflect CitySide’s mission to reflect the art of a well-rounded urban lifestyle. On January 9, 2018, 6–7 p.m., CitySide Apartments will kick the series off by offering its first wellness talk. With the overload of information on how to lose weight or get healthy, it’s more important than ever to seek out the advice of an experienced expert. The first seminar will be presented by well-known Sarasota Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, Bonni London. London began her career as a personal trainer in New York City in the early 1990’s, motivating and challenging people to achieve their health and fitness goals. You are invited to CitySide’s inviting yoga studio for an empowering seminar “The Ketogenic Lifestyle” Learn how and why adding the proper fats into your diet will boost your energy, mood and metabolism. Lose weight and feel great without those annoying mid-afternoon energy dips!

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I wonder if it could be my teeth? Are they somehow connected to my health? I really want to keep my teeth as long as possible! Yes, you are on the right track! People are suffering with unrecognized and undetected dental infections, toxic metals and structural problems in the jaw that negatively affect the way their teeth come together!

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ive a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Train a man to fish, and he will eat well the rest of his life.” As this proverb teaches, the best gifts improve life. They move people forward with the skills and resources to live well. The pleasurable gift is enjoyable to receive, and the “quick fix” is gratifying, but gifts that train a person how to live well bring more fulfillment. Health and happiness are intertwined with the well-being of mind, body and life. Everyone faces struggles with injuries, stress, traumas, fears, addictions, doubts, losses and more. The most valuable gifts help people achieve health, overcome setbacks, sustain resilience and strength, find balance, and grow into the people they want to become. In this season leading up to a new year, it’s a good idea to seek out gifts that support and enhance others’ goals for greater health and happiness in 2018. So empower your loved ones to reach their best possible selves this holiday season. Empowered 2 Wellness Yoga Therapy offers gift cards for every budget to bring the transformative benefits of mind, body and life to someone special. For more information, call 941-316-6893 or visit


n December 15, 1 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DO., will give a seminar on Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna, her revolutionary anti-aging serum made from real pearls and Chinese herbs without any preservatives. Pearls contain amino acids that retighten muscles and slowly return the face to its younger look with daily use. These amino acids are sensitive, and are destroyed by chemical preservatives which is the reason other commercially available pearl creams don’t offer the same results. Dr. Anna will show photographed results on clients of all different ages. Pearl Cream by Dr, Anna is also available as a muscle tightening body lotion, men’s anti-aging line and sports performance line. Joining Dr. Anna will be Chi Na Master Sifu Michael Stults who has brought his clinical practice to the Pearl Cream store. Chi Na is a secret healing art only taught to highly advanced martial arts practitioners. Sifu Michael has pioneered translating ancient Asiatic healing arts into a functional modern body wisdom tradition that helps people reach higher levels of health and vitality. He will also be talking about the nature of self-care as it relates to longevity, vitality and optimal performance. Location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 941-921-2662 or visit

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newsbriefs Gentle Meditative Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica


n February 17–22, 2018, local yoga teachers Harmony Ananda and Eva Saunders are offering a Gentle Meditative Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica at Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat Center. Both Ananda and Saunders have offered yoga for over 40 years and currently teach at Garden of the Heart Yoga Center in Sarasota. The retreat center offers five-star spa treatments including traditional massage and facials, ayurvedic treatments and consultations, Asian bodywork and acupuncture/cupping procedures, Watsu, bio-energetic healing and more. You can relax in the hammock gardens or around the pool and hot tub, enjoying the scenic mountain views. This retreat will include three optional yoga classes daily with the options of gentle meditative yoga and Yoga Nidra. Beginners are welcome. Deep relaxation to restore the full-range of movement, eliminate pain, and increase flexibility, balance and strength will be the focus. In addition, you will learn many types of meditation–– seated, walking and lying down. Mantra, breath and energy flow, inner smile, mindfulness and guided imagery meditations will be presented too. You will learn ancient breathing practices (pranayama) for increasing energy, balance, healing and calmness. Elaine Silver, local spiritual musician and recording artist, will also offer musical concerts as part of this six-day retreat. The package includes three healthy gourmet meals daily, transportation to and from the San Jose airport, three optional yoga classes daily and evening musical programs, choice of private rooms, a-frames and tenalows, and a group waterfall tour including the animal reserve and botanical gardens. Cost: starting at $1399. For more information, visit

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Illumination in the Garden at Sarasota Center of Light


ach year, Sarasota Center of Light illuminates their healing garden with thousands of twinkling lights for the holiday season. The extensive garden, filled with roses, beautiful landscape, palms, bamboo, walkways, flowers, benches and a fountain, will be transformed into a sanctuary of light and inspiration. Community events are scheduled in the garden during December. Healing in the Garden, an evening of meditation, healing, reflection and connection, will be held on December 9, 7 p.m. Those who attend will experience a guided meditation, receive a healing, gentle inspirational music and be surrounded by the beauty, peace, energy and inspiration of the garden. In this same environment of nature and illumination, Caroling in the Garden is scheduled for December 16, 7 p.m. Musicians will sing carols for everyone to listen and participate in. There will be refreshments and snacks to enjoy as well.  Another illuminating experience this month is the Divine Light Service on Christmas Eve, 7 p.m. You are invited to be a part of the sacred energy and connection of this candlelit service. Those who attend will enjoy wonderful music, an inspirational talk and receive an inspirational message from one of the mediums. The healing garden will be lit and open throughout December to visit. In addition, join us for other events, classes, workshops, mediums and musical events throughout the year.   Location: 852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota.  For more information, call 941-953-6620, email ChurchOffice@ or visit SarasotaCenterofLight. com

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6 Week Series Starting Nov. 12 - Dec. 31

Classes on Meditation Nov. 12, 18, 26, Dec. 17 & 31

Special Holiday Programs Dec. 3 & 24 Two Programs: Kids: K-5, ages 5-10 & Teens: 6-12th, ages 11-17 Youth Ministry Classes are presented on a Love Offering basis during Sunday Services 10:30-11:45am

MindTime Kids at Unity of Sarasota 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota

360 Degree Wellness Announces New Winter Class Schedule


60 Degree Wellness is excited to announce the new winter schedule for alchemy style Tai Chi and Qigong classes. Come experience the tranquility and grace of 5 Element Qigong under the majestic oak trees at Arlington Park. Flow with the inspirational energy of nature as you cultivate both the body and mind within the 90 movement Alchemy Tai Chi form. Discover the benefits of a strong body and peaceful mind through this integrated practice. Alchemy Tai Chi and Qigong integrate the traditional teachings of Eastern Medicine and martial arts, while bringing a contemporary perspective on mindfulness and body awareness. Movements are done slowly, and can be adapted to any fitness


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level, age or body type. From core strength to balance to mental acuity, this practice touches on all of the components essential to mental and physical wellbeing. Classes are offered every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the restorative surroundings of Arlington Park. Qigong and Tai Chi are an integral part of the wellness services offered at 360 Degree Wellness. Along with Japanese style acupuncture treatment, homeopathy, lifestyle education and herbal medicine, these arts of mindful movement are the perfect complement to a healthy body, mind and life.

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newsbriefs Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique


ccording to the Environmental Protection Agency, dental offices are the main contributors of environmental mercury pollution. This problem has become so severe, there is now a mandate awaiting approval that will require all dentists to equip their practices with a mercury scavenging system called an amalgam separator. This amalgam separator collects the material from the fillings for proper disposal which begs a question: if the mercury fillings are considered a severe hazard for the health of our environment, is it possible these fillings could also have a negative impact on the health of a person with the fillings in their mouth? At White Sands Dentistry, we decided to take this scientific research seriously. We have been a mercury-free office, as we discontinued placement of mercury amalgam fillings many years ago. Recently, we decided to become a mercury-safe dental office as well, and we are proud to announce that we have completed certification by the S.M.A.R.T program developed by IAOMT. This removal technique dramatically reduces the amount of mercury exposure. In addition, we now offer a $99 new patient special cleaning, exam, x-rays and nutritional counseling.

Location: 520 48th Street Court E, Bradenton. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-748-9393, email WSDentalManager@gmail. com or visit

Holiday Special at the Brainwave Center


or some of us, the holidays can be daunting, causing undue stress or sadness. Crowded shopping malls, finding the perfect gift, setting up holiday decorations, traveling, holiday bills, entertaining family, unexpected guests––all of these factors can impact how the brain functions. There are several ways to reduce holiday related issues, but have you considered neurofeedback? Your brain regulates everything you do and think. So when overburdened, symptoms can manifest throughout the body––sometimes in surprising ways like an unwanted change in your mood, impulsive shopping, brain fog or sleepless nights. At The Brainwave Center, we utilize neurofeedback programs customized for you, to overcome a variety of issues and experience long-lasting results. Neurofeedback focuses on building new neural pathways and strengthening the brain, rather than patching up symptoms. In fact, the brain has actually relearned a more efficient method of performing. Generally, our clients report improved moods, decreased impulsivity, restored control of anxiety or depression, better mental clarity, more restful sleep and a host of other benefits––all without drugs and harsh side-effects. Get started with our “Peace of Mind” holiday special. During the month of December, we are offering a brain scan, consultation, detailed report and full access to our online assessment tools, all for $199 (valued at $400). For more information, call 941-552-4511 or visit


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Acupuncture Facelift Seminar with Dr. Anna


n December 13, 2 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM and founder of Faces by Dr. Anna, will present a seminar on changing the course of facial aging with her muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift. Her technique reverses aging in the muscles of the face and neck, restoring the original features. Dr. Anna has a database of over 500 clients, and she will show pictures of results for different ages and face types. A nationally board-certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Anna has been practicing in Sarasota since 1998. She has developed her specialty in a muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift, with no needles used on the face. Up to three treatments can be done in one day with a 10-treatment minimum. After the treatments are completed, a one or two treatment touch-up is suggested every 18 months to maintain the lift. Dr. Anna’s work has been nationally televised, and she has been voted Sarasota’s favorite anti-aging practitioner. To see before-and-after pictures visit For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call 941921-2662.

Menstrual Massage: Serious Pampering


ad Science Massage offers a new treatment targeted towards clients who have a uterus. People with a uterus can experience a wide range of symptoms before and during menstruation. These include crankiness, chocolate cravings, back pain, cramps, fatigue and greatly increased stress. Mad Science Massage has launched a PMS/Menstrual Massage treatment to help. The treatment includes essential oil alchemy blends, a weighted hot pack for the abdomen, over 75 minutes of pampering massage, herbal tea and, of course, a selection of gourmet chocolate. Clients can even upgrade to include CBD Oil during their treatment. “This is a serious problem for many,” adds Lizz Pugh, owner of Mad Science Massage. “That time of the month can be extremely stressful. Massage therapy has been proven to reduce stress. And our treatment can help with other symptoms as well.”

“Where Science Meets Nature” Fusion Therapy has taken the immense health benefits of European salt caves and brought them to you in a luxurious, spa setting. Each of our salt rooms is covered from floor to ceiling in thousands of pounds of powerfully therapeutic Dead Sea Salt. Dry salt therapy detoxes the lungs and removes toxins naturally.

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Location: 7357 International Place, Sarasota. Cost: $85. For more information, call 941-777-2997, email LizzPughLMT@ or visit natural awakenings

December 2017


newsbriefs Point Lumineux Offers Customized IV Nutrient Therapy with Lab Diagnostics.


tress and anxiety, sleep issues, dehydration, decreased energy, fatigue, depression, weight issues, headaches and chronic pain––what do all of these have in common? They can be treated with IV Nutrition Therapy. Did you know that, when taking oral vitamins and supplements, the body can only absorb two to four

percent of the nutrients? With IV Therapy, however, the body can absorb between 40 and 60 percent. If you are deficient in any vitamins, minerals or amino acids, taking oral supplements will minimally boost your system, but with IV Therapy, the nutrients are absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Once your levels return to normal, oral therapy will be reintroduced to maintain adequate levels. Stay well during the hectic holiday season Immunity Boost IV Nutrition Therapy. Whether you need enhanced immune function, suffer from a chronic illness and need extra support, or want more energy, this IV is a great place to start. The Immunity Boost IV contains powerful antioxidants like Vitamin B, Vitamin C and glutathione to rejuvenate your metabolic processes and enhance energy––perfect to get you through all those holiday parties. IV Nutrition Therapy can help a number of other symptoms and/or conditions in addition to those listed above.  Location: 2206 Jo An Dr., Suite 4, Sarasota. For more information, call 941217-6828 or visit 18

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Merry and Bright with Abrams Dermatology and ZO Skin Health


n December 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., get your skin sparkling and bright with a FREE Zo Skin Health stimulator peel. Abrams Dermatology’s Aesthetician Catherine Fulton and ZO Skin Health representative Kate Allen will be on-hand for a free skin analysis and free ZO stimulator peel with $100 worth of ZO Skin Care products for only a $100 deposit (valued at $225). The ZO stimulator peel is a no-downtime facial treatment that will leave skin bright, glowing and holiday ready. Location: 3328 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-926-2300, email or visit

Emotional CPR Workshop at Unity of Sarasota


motional CPR is a public health educational program designed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis by three simple processes–– connecting, empowering and revitalizing. This workshop will be offered at Unity of Sarasota on December 9, facilitated by Lauren Spiro, co-founder of the Emotional CPR method and two non-profit mental health organizations. This workshop is appropriate for a diverse audience including those who have experienced emotional crises or their families, healthcare providers and administrators, first responders and law enforcement personnel, among others. No previous training is necessary. Participants will learn to embody the processes involved in effectively supporting a person through an emotional crisis and into healing. The Connecting process involves deepening your listening skills to open up communication, feel the person’s presence and create a sense of safety during the crisis. The Empowering process involves supporting people to discover their passions, purposes and power through collaborative exploration. The Revitalization process involves finding the vital center ––our truth, genuine voice and authentic self which leads to a renewed sense of meaning. Emotional CPR has been endorsed by CARF International, the largest behavioral health accreditation entity in the world, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and others. Suggested Love Offering: $20. For more information on this modality, visit For more information on the workshop, email

Winter Solstice Hands-On Self-Healing Meditation


he Winter Solstice celebrates the longest hours of darkness or the rebirth of the sun, and is believed to hold a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection. Connect with the special energies of this day and be renewed as you are guided through dynamic hands-on energy balancing exercises that you apply to your own body. Profound relaxation, rejuvenation and pain relief are just some of the “side-effects” of this practice. Michelle Giambra, Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner with 20 years of experience, is facilitating two meditations on the day of the Solstice, December 21, in the morning at 11:30 a.m. and in the evening at 6 p.m. Space is limited, so reserve your spot no later than two hours before your chosen start time. Location: Suncoast 810 Central Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-2282972, email, or visit

Richard’s Foodporium Presents Fifth Annual Health Expo


n January 6, 2018, Richard’s Foodporium will present its fifth annual Health Expo, taking place at Robarts Arena in Sarasota. The expo will feature special guest Dr. Michael Murray, a worldrenowned natural doctor and Chief Science Officer of Enzymedica. Dr. Murray will give a talk a 9 a.m., discussing the role enzymes play in the digestion process. Doors open at 8 a.m. The Health Expo will then begin at 10


a.m., featuring supplements and vitamins, natural foods and other wellness items. Also included are like-minded local businesses and non-profit organizations. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit each booth to test and take home samples. There will also be live cooking demonstrations. This year’s benefiting charities are Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch, Child’s Protection Center and Junior Achievement. The event is free, but attendees are welcome to bring donations for the charities. Their needs include canned or dry goods, non-perishable snacks, unwrapped toys, and clothes for babies to teens. Location: 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-587-8237 or email KHowe@

Sarasota County Welcomes Natural Health Improvement Center of Osprey


utrition Response Testing is a technique, utilizing applied kinesiology, that was founded in 1991 by Dr. Freddie Ulan after he almost died from a severe illness. Symptoms in the body are often caused by underlying nutrition deficiencies which lead to organ dysfunction. Decreased function of the organs results in poor absorption, digestion and utilization of vitamins and minerals which causes these symptoms to worsen. Since his full recovery, Dr. Ulan has been teaching this technique to like-minded healthcare providers to fulfill his purpose of helping people look and feel better without the use of drugs and surgery. By using this method, the practitioner can determine which specific areas of the body and organs are nutritionally deficient which helps them determined which area needs the support first, which specific nutrients will help and how much to dose. This is referred to as Designed Clinical Nutrition, designed according to the unique needs of the patient. Nutrition Response Testing is used to improve upon overall health through a safe and natural approach, even if there is a health diagnosis or the patient is on medication. So what does the program entail? Besides taking organic, cold-pressed and highquality supplements, the patients also track their food intake. Dietary recommendations are made on a week-to-week basis in order to maximize the patients’ results. Many people experience relief from problems such as lack of sleeping, headaches, digestive difficulty, poor concentration and other health concerns. Location: 664 S Tamiami Trail, Unit C-2, Osprey. For more information, call 941-2203950, email or visit

Receive Double Discount When You Give the Gift of Harmony and Well-Being


t is said that when you give, in turn, you receive, and this is true with Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu’s double discount throughout December. Give the gift of a private energy harmonizing session to a loved one who is new to Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu. Purchase the gift certificate at a discounted rate and receive a session for yourself at a discounted rate too. If you have never received a session, you can also gift yourself with a session for a discount. Jin Shin Jyutsu is a gentle hands-on healing art known to provide profound relaxation, rejuvenation, pain relief and more. Michelle Giambra of Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu has 20 years of experience in this modality. Her clientele includes those who have been diagnosed with cancer, ALS, Parkinson’s, heart disease, arthritis, depression, chronic fatigue, Lyme disease and more. She also works with individuals who receive sessions for routine health maintenance and women before, during and after pregnancy. Gift certificates and sessions must be purchased by December 31, and used by February 15, 2108. Location: 810 Central Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-228-2972, email, or visit natural awakenings

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Self Hypnosis Course to Start the New Year


he Om Shoppe & Spa is offering a Self Hypnosis Course with certified clinical hypnotherapists Beth A. Snyder and Dani Fox. Prepare for the new year by becoming your own inner hypnotist. Gain the skills necessary to take real action toward your goals and program your deep inner mind for success.  Designed for the general public, this three-part hands-on Self Hypnosis Series is taught by certified clinical hypnotherapists who will share tips, tools and techniques for creating change in the place where change sticks––the subconscious mind. No previous experience with hypnosis is required, just a readiness to transform your life. These classes will take place January 24, January 31 and February 7, 2018, 6:30– 8:30 p.m.

Super Value Nutrition Grand Opening and Discounts n 1977 Doris Shields and her late husband opened their first Super Value Nutrition location on Main Street in Sarasota. Shields’ son Thomas Herman got involved in the family business after retiring from the Sarasota Police Department and, with his month’s retirement this year at age 79, Herman and his wife Julia are operating the 5842 Bee Ridge Road location, along with their new location at 2163 Siesta Drive. Super Value Nutrition has always been known for carrying the highest quality and largest selection in supplements at the lowest prices in town. This, combined with their highly trained and friendly staff, is the reason they have been in business so long. If they don’t have an item in-stock, they will special order it, and they will ship to anywhere in the United States. Don’t forget to visit either location on the first Wednesday of each month for their sale day. Everything in the store is 10-20% off their already discounted prices, and make sure to ask about their rewards program to save even more money. In addition, Super Value Nutrition is having a grand opening celebration on December 6 that you don’t want to miss! For more information, call 941342-1908 (Bee Ridge Rd.) or 941-366-1997 (Siesta Dr.) or visit 20

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Regift or Recycle Smart Phones When replacing holiday purchases of smartphones and other electronic devices, don’t just trash the old ones. Manufacturing electronics consumes many resources and discarded waste can leak harmful chemicals into ecosystems. There are far better ways to redirect and repurpose them. Besides trading in phones for a rebate, another good option is transferring them to an official recycling program that makes sure all components are dealt with properly. Some states offer special provisions. Check the ECycling Central website at Major phone makers and carriers offer recycling programs, and some retailers accept select electronic devices. Best of all, give a device a new life by gifting it. accepts obsolete personal electronic devices by mail; the donor selects a charity to receive the proceeds., and are kindred organizations. lets users find nearby charity recycling initiatives via zip code. It provides scholarships for U.S. children that have lost a parent through warfare or terrorism, feeds malnourished children in Asia, builds low-income housing and donates prepaid calling cards to military personnel. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, other unwanted electronic devices can be recycled so that incorporated copper, steel and glass can be recovered and reused. Other materials like lead (in circuit board solder, glass cathode ray tubes of many TVs and computer screens, and batteries) and mercury (in fluorescent backlights of many flat-panel screen displays) can be captured and recycled, instead of polluting the environment. Small appliances like toasters, coffee makers and clothing irons aren’t considered e-waste and generally aren’t recyclable because they are made of a mix of plastic and metal. Using them for many years helps.

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H oin us for Sip & Shop with Psychic Readers on December 7, 14 and 21st, 5–8 p.m., at Wild Ginger Apothecary. This is perfect for a relaxing night out before the holiday craziness begins. We’ll be open for extended hours, so catch up on holiday shopping, enjoy a free glass of wine (or cup of tea), unwind with adult coloring and even receive an insightful psychic reading. Jillian Louis will be on-site to provide psychic, clairaudient and tarot readings, while Melissa Parks will be offering psychic intuitive readings. In addition, you can also take a beginner’s yoga class at 6 p.m. or a vinyasa flow at 7 p.m. Louis has four decades of professional psychic, clairaudient experience. Her clients span across three continents, and her readings are both direct and accurate. An arts enthusiast, she uses tarot cards as a jump-off point because they are “quite pretty” She is also a practitioner of “Crazy Wisdom” and believes that smiles are the light of the soul. Parks is a psychic and intuitive medium who focuses on physical, mental, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual guidance. Her modalities include chakra healing, removal of cords and negative energies, past and present life soul trauma release, soul retrieval, messages from guides or loved ones, and physical healing. Location: 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota. Cost: $20 (15-minute reading), $5 (first time yoga class). For more information, call 941-312-5630 or visit 22

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GUT BACTERIA IMBALANCE LINKED TO CHRONIC FATIGUE Fifty healthy patients and 50 with chronic fatigue syndrome were tested for bacteria and immune molecules by researchers from Columbia University. They discovered that imbalances in the levels of certain gut bacteria are prevalent in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome, a disorder often accompanied by extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, cognitive issues and insomnia.

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Pink Noise While Asleep Helps Memory


esearchers from Northwestern University have found that acoustic stimulation using pink noise (random sound with more low frequencies than white noise) increases slow-wave brain activity, thus improving sleep-dependent memory retention. Thirteen mature adults completed two nights of sleep; one with the pink noise and one without, in random order. Specific brainwave activity increased during the periods when the pink noise was being delivered, suggesting that it could help older adults preserve some memory functions.

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igh-cacao dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanol, a compound known for its heart health benefits, but less is known about diluted foods such as milk chocolate candy. Harvard researchers followed 55,502 subjects for 13 years, comparing levels of high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to lifestyle traits. They found those eating one to three servings of chocolate a month (including milk chocolate) displayed a 10 percent lower risk of irregular heartbeat than those eating an ounce or less a month. Eating one serving per week of chocolate yielded a 17 percent lower risk and two to six servings a week 20 percent, and then leveled off after eating one or more servings per day. “Eating excessive amounts of chocolate is not recommended, because many chocolate products are high in calories from sugar and fat, and could lead to weight gain and other metabolic problems,” advises Elizabeth Mostofsky, author of the study.


Milk Chocolate Also Benefits Heart Health

The Healing Art of Craniosacral Therapy:

A Firsthand Account Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer, Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings


handicap license plate is attached to the front bumper of a Black SUV but the owner of this vehicle no longer parks in a handicap space—not since discovering the benefits of Craniosacral Therapy. Rewind back to October 2015 when that same person, 54-year-old Don Wilson, began to experience chronic pain in both his chest and back. Twice his doctors misdiagnosed this issue as pneumonia. A couple months later, he awoke with no feeling throughout his body and convulsed into an episode of seizures which he described as being shocked with “10,000 volts.” Upon admission into the emergency room, a neurologist pinpointed the actual source of Wilson’s pain—a strep infection that had gone untreated and subsequently wrapped around his thoracic spinal cord. In response, his entire system was shutting down to the extent where his vertebrae started disintegrating, and an operation to fuse the spine with rods was the doctors’ only course of action. Before prepping Wilson to undergo this procedure, the surgeon informed his wife that he would survive but might never regain the ability to walk. This assumption proved false when he became mobile again, with the assistance of canes and a walker, following two months of physical therapy, but the illness’s repercussions took an immense toll on Wilson’s capacity to function on a regular basis.

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During the first two months of his treatment process, doctors administered chemotherapy to kill the infection, then prescribed narcotic medicine which, until recently, he had been taking ever since. For two years, Wilson experienced numbness in various regions of his body—not to mention, chronic discomfort which the medications reduced temporarily but could not address with permanent results. Following that initial session, Wilson’s pain in the back, hips and neck diminished, his cognitive awareness improved, and his energy was restored. His walking gait stabilized too, and he no longer required a cane for support. Now five sessions later, the progress is even more noticeable, and Wilson has been able to discontinue narcotic usage completely. “I feel sharper and calmer—not so edgy since beginning the treatments with Terry. For the first time in two years, I feel like doing physical activities,” he adds.

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Boston researchers found a reduction in depressive symptoms among people that pracesearchers at Orebro University, in Sweden, tice tai chi via 50 Chineseconducted a review of research reported since Americans diagnosed with 1965 on the incidence of glioma brain cancer with continued use of cell phones. They found that the depression. They were divided highest cumulative exposures to cell phone radiainto three groups. One group tion correlated with a 90 percent increase in the risk of glioma cancer. The risk increased with time; participated in tai chi sesafter 10 years of cell phone use, it increased by 62 sions twice a week and were percent and doubled after 20 years. encouraged to practice the movements at home three times a week. Another group esearchers from the University of Oxford, in the UK, have found that infants that take more dayattended twice weekly deprestime naps tend to develop a larger vocabulary at an sion education sessions and earlier age than their peers by examining sleeping patterns of 246 babies between the ages of 7 months a third served as the control and 3 years for 10 days. Parents also completed a group. After 12 weeks, the tai language analysis at the start of the study and three and six months later to determine how many words chi group reported significant each child understood from a list 416 words typically improvements in depression learned in infancy. Infants that napped more frequently during the day performed symptoms, which better on both understanding and expressing vocabulary than the others. continued after the study was completed, measured at Join Joe Shiel and Janet Nohavec. 24 weeks. Evidential mediums who have held hundreds of demonstrations. Learn techniques necessary for a Medium to sustain their power and energy. This course is not for absolute beginners. Artwork meant to heal, encourage and expand the spirit in everyone!


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PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.

Call to Action

Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed in local milieus of families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces and public places where strangers gather.

Activating Answers

While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a countermovement is convening constructive conversations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation and compromise among local factions that disagree on how to deal with everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated models of conflict resolution a facelift. In The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, Sarah Van Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greens28

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boro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something AfricanAmerican activist and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.

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“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way look like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig, executive director of Commonomics USA,

an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commons-based economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive conversations leading to constructive civic

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A community is a group that can fight gracefully… Chaos is not just a state; it is an essential process of community development. ~Dr. M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace engagement. Breese remarks, “We’re open to working with anyone interested in learning processes that can help bridge divides. We also like sharing stories about what is working.”


The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue ( beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl. com/ManualForConversationCafe); and the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Project ( ltc-models). “To date, we’ve had at least 800 librarians participate in free NCDD webinars,” Breese notes. CC is a simple tool useful in exploring difficult topics and provides a safe space to process different perspectives. “Initial agreement on basic rules includes suspending judgment while listening and seeking to understand others, refraining from persuading or converting and talking only from personal experience,” explains Breese.

One new network member, J. Scott Wagner, author of The Liberal’s Guide to Conservatives, speaks about the importance of using neutral language in dialogue. “I learned from him how words can be emotional triggers and signal one-sided perspectives, leaving some group members feeling angry or excluded because they feel the speaker won’t be open to hearing their perspective,” says Breese. After three tours of the U.S. and hundreds of interviews with conservative individuals, Wagner, founder of the nonprofit Reach the Right, was inspired to use his knowledge of five arenas—neurology/cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity and morality—to help progressives understand conservatives that are not only their political leaders, but also their relatives, partners, friends and managers. He offers a simple explanation for anyone drenched in inaccurate biases. “We inherit unconscious genetic personality characteristics that lead us to develop our ideology, with which we construct our world and align with others that are in agreement. Differences in our personality characteristics are the culprits that create conflict.”

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Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying— even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to do,” observes Kahane.

Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.


orld Café-style conversations used in Conversation Cafés to discuss issues that matter offer a powerful social technology to engage people in meaningful and constructive dialog in corporate, government and community settings. Understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business and organizational life, it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership. Embracing a combination of these guiding principles can foster collaborative exchanges, active engagement and helpful possibilities for action. n Clarify the Purpose n Create a Hospitable Space n Explore Questions that Matter n Encourage Everyone’s Contribution n Connect Diverse Perspectives n Listen for Insights and Share Discoveries Source: Principles

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Jonathan Bender, founder of The Performance of Your Life, a public speaking and personal development business, has been on a lifelong quest of fostering personal growth and societal transformation. His therapeutic classes and workshops demonstrate how to connect, honor and deeply resonate with others, even if they have different worldviews, and how to listen and hear in the same way we want to be heard. Acknowledging the adrenalin rush that’s a common response to fear of conflict, Bender says, “When we learn to be mindful and speak from our entire body, rather than just from our head, we notice that the voice resonates and originates from a much bigger place. This teaches us to cultivate greater awareness of our emotions and how we express them. “Begin by acknowledging an emotion, and then reduce its intensity through slow, deep breaths, paying attention to the correlating physical sensation. Shifting our focus back to the heart allows us to recognize parts of ourselves in the stories of others and come to understand that our personal history is

Intense emotions can become sources of invincible energy with the collective power to build the world we want.


the filter through which we ‘enemyfy’,” says Bender, who speaks and presents publicly, educating audiences and clients about the universally challenging performances of everyday life. According to Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, today’s rugged individualism amid conflicts comprises a crisis of consciousness. “No longer can we settle only on seeing things in opposition to one another; we need to shift our consciousness to be able to see the parts coming together in a new whole. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting world peace.” His observation fits with what Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, believes is the call of our time: “As planetary citizens, we are being called to wake up together.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at

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Sing While We Work Nothing makes meal preparation tasks go faster than crooning along to our favorite carols. Turn up Susan Boyle’s O Holy Night and soon your lungs will be full of air, your heart filled with sentiment, and the turkey stuffed with seasonal goodness will be ready to go into the oven.


Express Feelings in a Healthy Way Family gatherings can sometimes test our boundaries and patience. Avoid repressing feelings by finding a way to speak a personal truth in the moment, in a calm and healthy fashion. It’s better than returning home stewing about what we wish we could or should have said.

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How to Really Enjoy the Season


by Dianne Bischoff James

eelings of comfort and joy can seem elusive when the holiday to-do list looms or runs amok. The season can seem more like an endless burden than a parade of cheerful events and glad tidings. Amidst celebratory chaos, these simple rules will help restore inner peace and create greater happiness.


Eschew Perfection Guests are much more interested in filling their stomachs with great food than judging the scuff marks and wall dings. The perfection of the season is found in the special moments when families and friends sit down together.


Pay Attention to the Smiles The approaching holidays encourage more shared smiles, kind words and thoughtful gestures. While out and about, look for the grins and well wishes. Hold the door open for others and offer a friendly greeting to store clerks. We’ll find ourselves smiling even more, because thoughtfulness is contagious.


Do Nothing for 15 Minutes It’s amazing how refreshed we feel when we take a few minutes to sit in a comfortable chair and simply expe-

rience a moment of stillness. Inner quiet allows the mind to relax and reinvest energy in the body, so we can return to holiday activities with renewed zest.

Assign Roles to Household Helpers The holiday load is lighter when everyone pitches in. Assign specific roles to household members with clear responsibilities, from taking out the garbage to setting the table and washing up.


Leave Some Tasks for Later It’s unrealistic to think the house has to be in perfect order after festive gatherings. After guests leave, put the leftovers in the fridge and watch a movie. Cleanup will feel easier and faster after a good night’s rest.





Give Each Person a Special Gift Think of something thoughtful that both the giver and receiver enjoy doing together and write a promissory note for the shared experience, such as a free backrub, a day spent downtown, a personal manicure or a movie the other person wants to see.

Take Advantage of Extended Shopping Hours To avoid crowds and lines, schedule a late-night power-shopping trip. This is the easiest way to manage a department store visit with sanity, have easy access to the shelves and get immediate service.


Take a Holiday Binge Day Designate a day with no limits and no self-judgment. For anyone that mentally monitors their calories or sweets, claim a binge day out loud with permission for total holiday munching freedom. The next day, we can reinstate discipline.

Express Gratitude at the Table Loving feelings can never be expressed enough, so use the holiday as an opportunity to tell others how important they are to you. Create a heartfelt moment at the table by sharing at least one thing that you’re truly grateful for, and ask everyone else to do the same. Go Outside for Fun in Nature Hiking in a nearby forest preserve, skating, sledding or building a snow fort with the kids not only burns energy, but is emotionally exhilarating for the whole family. Pick an outdoor activity, don appropriate togs, and share in the laughter and serenity of a sparkling winter day. Dianne Bischoff James is a life transformation coach, actor, business consultant and author of The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now. She specializes in facilitating the midlife reboot and lives in Boston, MA.

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cludes a whole food, 100 percent plantbased diet, featuring oats, quinoa and brown rice. “When we give our body its proper fuel, it will function at its optimal level,” remarks Heidrich, who has dedicated her life to re-educating others about diet and investing in her ongoing athletic achievements.

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CHAMPIONING HOLISTIC ATHLETES The New Face of Sports Medicine by Marlaina Donato

From college athletics to Olympic training, sports medicine has a new, holistic face.


oaches and athletes nationwide are attributing quicker recovery time, less inflammation and better focus to a whole body approach to health care. A nutrient-dense diet tailored to individual needs is at the heart of overall fitness. Like Venus Williams and Tom Brady, tennis and football superstars who prefer raw vegan and organic whole foods, respectively, many of today’s outstanding athletes choose to eat clean and incorporate mind-body practices.

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Paralympic snowboard cross racer gold medalist, world champion and International Ski Federation para Nordic World Cup gold medalist Evan Strong, of Nevada City, California, was raised on an organic farm in Hawaii and continues to adopt many holistic practices. “I have a superfood smoothie every day. Liquid food helps me feel lighter and I have more usable energy for training,” says Strong. His regimen also includes organic produce, sprouted grains, occasional raw goat milk products, homeopathic formulas and wildcrafted medicinal herbs. 32

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Strong credits achieving his personal best to a healthy lifestyle and recovery from an automobile accident that led to amputation of his lower left leg as a teen. “After the accident, my family and I opened a raw vegetarian restaurant. We produced as many cultured foods as possible—sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir. Improving my gut health gave me the biggest strides in healing. Yoga and meditation also contributed. It all saved me.” Six-time Ironman triathlete, U.S. Senior Olympic gold medalist and marathoner Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., of Honolulu, attributes surviving stage IV breast cancer primarily to her low-fat vegan diet. Already an avid runner and nutritionally conscious, Heidrich was shocked to hear the diagnosis. “I was 47 years old when I was told the results of the biopsy. I thought I was going to die because of the symptoms I was experiencing,” recalls the 82-year-old, who not only beat multiple malignancies without chemotherapy or radiation, but was the first cancer patient to complete an Ironman Triathlon. This “Ironlady’s” holistic approach in-

Maintaining good habits while traveling can be challenging. Strong adds healthy salts to structure his drinking water and brings along superfoods such as green vegetable powders to use when he can’t access organic produce. To optimize his air quality while away from home, Strong uses a personalized air purifier that creates ozone. San Francisco-based, three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist and world champion Natalie Coughlin remains dedicated to better diet choices without deprivation. “When I travel, I always bring my own snacks. I like dark chocolate-covered almonds, a natural sweet that also supplies protein and fiber. To stay hydrated, I drink herbal teas, especially mint,” says Coughlin, who also incorporates a tart green smoothie every morning with kale, parsley, collards, celery, citrus and frozen pineapple. At home, “I like to be informed about where my meat comes from and how the conditions are for the animal. If I roast a chicken, I will use every part, including the bones, to make a stock,” she says. Her holistic approach includes a consistent yoga regimen, meditation and application of essential oils.

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Even under the best of circumstances, professional athletes encounter difficulties, but when faced with enormous obstacles, the best can get even better. “I’ve faced injuries and illness during pivotal times in my life and career, but I always approached it with the intention to be proactive, rather than being reactive,” advises Coughlin. For Strong, confronting tragedy with the right attitude offers possibility. “Thirteen years ago, I was hit by a car and lost my leg, but now I see that moment as a blessing instead of a curse. It was a hardship that tested



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Ruth Heidrich my limits, but in the end, it propelled me to achieving dreams I didn’t even know I had.” Nearly four decades after her grim diagnosis, Heidrich embodies hope for all of us when she says, “It is never too late to adopt a better way.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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ne of the ways to enhance our mental, spiritual and physical health is to de-clutter our spaces. Clearing the clutter that decorates our lives brings up anxiety when we consider the sheer volume of the task. Yet this task holds the possibility of truly opening our lives to new possibilities. As we let go of the materials that have been clogging our spaces, creating stagnation and negative emotion, we literally make space in our lives for fresh vital energy and opportunities to enter. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, our living spaces can be viewed much like the human body. At times, we are kind to our bodies, taking care to nourish and rest properly. At those times we feel vital and strong, ready to seize the day. Even when we consume substances that we know are not energizing and healthful to us, we still rely upon the body’s own ability to detoxify. The body’s rhythmic activities of inhalation and exhalation reveal this beautiful dance of taking in and letting go from moment-to-moment. This dance sustains and nourishes us. If we continue to inhale without letting the breath go, we become completely restricted. There is no longer any movement possible. Clearing a space is just as important as allowing the breath to flow. In so doing, we release old attachments, obstacles and stagnation from all aspects of our lives. Many people seek to balance the energy, or qi, of their spaces through the use of feng shui adjustments. Such feng shui cures can be amazing enhancements to one’s own home and life. However, the impact of most cures is greatly minimized by the impediment of clutter. Practically speaking, begin by asking yourself the following questions as you review your possessions. • • • •

Is this item essential? Will I die without it? Will I use it, wear it, read it or listen to it in the next three months? Have I read it, used it worn it or listened to it in the last six months? Do I experience great pleasure just knowing I possess it?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, then let it go. Do yourself a favor this season and allow your space to exhale, to breath again. Let go of those piles of magazines and papers. Unload those dead flowers. Release that collection of clothes you’ve been saving for the day when they’ll fit again. Recycle those plastic bags jamming up your cabinet. Donate those piles of old shoes. Throw out those stray screws, nails, twist ties and erasers jamming up the kitchen drawer. Dare I mention the garage? Pardon the cliché, but when in doubt, throw it out. You can be sure, there will always be more and more and more where that came from. Dr. Christina Captain is nationally board-certified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at the Family Healing Center which she founded in 2000. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans. Family Healing Center is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119 or email Dr_Captain@ natural awakenings

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THE GIFTS OF CITRUS Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes by Judith Fertig


inter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts. Winter citrus is full of health benefits, just when we need them most: during the busy holiday season. To start, they help bolster our immune system, guarding against colds or helping us recover faster. Their high vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, content is water soluble. According to a comprehensive study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a daily intake of 400 milligrams of vitamin C can halve the incidence of colds in adults and cut their duration by 14 percent.

The flavonoid hesperidin in citrus helps boost “good” HDL cholesterol and lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, report researchers in the Journal of Nutrition. In a new study in Nutritional Neuroscience, hesperidin in citrus also was found to ameliorate brain deterioration found in Alzheimer’s patients. Other studies further show that the grapefruit diet wasn’t wrong; eating half a fresh grapefruit before each meal can help us lose weight. In a study conducted at the Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, California, and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers put overweight volunteers on an exercise plan for 12 weeks and asked them to eat either half a fresh grapefruit or drink apple juice and pop a placebo pill before each meal. The grapefruit group dropped an average of three-and-a-half pounds, compared to only one-half pound for the apple group.

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Limonoids, an antioxidant found in most citrus, may help guard against stomach, lung, breast and skin cancer, according to the U.S. Agricultural Research Service. Animal and human cell studies found that limonoids—especially those in fresh oranges—harbor potential as anticancer compounds. Another study in Nutritional Neuroscience showed that the volatile compound limonene, found in the rind of a lemon, can enhance memory. As nights grow colder and longer, winter citrus “adds a little sunshine to every meal,” says Jamie Schler, author of the recently released cookbook Orange Appeal: Savory & Sweet. Schler grew up in Florida, surrounded by citrus groves between the Atlantic Coast and Indian River. “Winters meant Dad’s workbench in the garage groaning under the weight of brown paper grocery bags filled to bursting with navels, tangerines, grapefruits, Valencias and tangelos,” writes Schler. “I fondly recall trips in the old green station wagon to the groves on chilly weekend mornings where we could pick them ourselves.” Today, Schler and her husband own and operate the boutique Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, where life’s a feast—especially during citrus season. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Zesty Citrus Holiday Recipes Moroccan Spiced Orange Slices with Orange Blossom Water Orange blossom or orange flower water is available at better grocery stores, kitchen shops, Middle Eastern markets or online. Yields: 4 to 5 servings 5 medium to large navel or large

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Peel the oranges and cut away all of the white pith and outer membrane. Slice each orange across the core into ¼-inch slices, six per orange, reserving any juice that runs off. Push out and discard any spongy white core. Fan the slices in concentric circles, slightly overlapping the fruit, on a large round serving platter.

Chill the oranges for at least 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator before serving.

¼ heaping cup chia seeds 1½ cups dairy or non-dairy milk 2 Tbsp maple syrup, or to taste 1 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice (or other citrus juice) Pinch of sea salt ½ tsp lemon zest Fresh tangerine segments for garnish

When ready to serve, sprinkle the pomegranate seeds, pistachios and mint leaves evenly over the top.

In a bowl, stir together the chia seeds, milk, maple syrup, Meyer lemon juice, salt and lemon zest.

Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Bowl with Tangerines

Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.

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Drizzle the orange blossom water and any reserved runoff juice over the fruit. Using a fine sieve, lightly and evenly dust with cinnamon and a generous drizzle of honey.

blood oranges 3 Tbsp orange blossom water 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp honey or date sugar ½ pomegranate, seeded 1½ to 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios 8 to 10 mint leaves, chopped or torn, for garnish

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Baby Vegetables and Microgreens with Charry Lime Vinaigrette Yields: 4 servings Charry Lime Vinaigrette: Zest of 2 limes Juice from the grilled limes 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp sorghum or maple syrup ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Vegetables: 4 oz baby radishes 4 oz baby carrots, with some of the green top 4 oz baby leeks, trimmed 4 oz baby yellow pattypan squash 2 oz microgreens Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush the radishes, carrots and leeks with olive oil and place in a grilling basket or on a perforated grill rack. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, turning often, until the vegetables have just started to brown at the edges. Zest the limes and set the zest aside. Halve the limes and grill, cut sides down, for 1 to 2 minutes or until they have good grill marks; adds a smoky, caramelized flavor. For the Charry Lime Vinaigrette, squeeze the juice of the grilled lime halves into a bowl. Whisk in the reserved lime zest, rice wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sorghum and olive oil together until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange the vegetables on salad plates and garnish with microgreens. Spoon the vinaigrette over all and serve. Adapted lemon and lime recipes are from Red, White, and ’Que: Farm Fresh Foods for the American Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, permission of Running Press. Adapted orange recipes are from Orange Appeal, by Jamie Schler, permission of Gibbs Smith.

Chinese Health Gem of the Month: De-Stressing for the Holidays

bowel movement processes. 3. Attend a comedy show or meet up with friends and enjoy some old-fashioned laughter. 4. Drink peppermint or chrysanthemum teas. These beverages are ideal for regulating the liver system which is affected by stress. Once the liver is impaired, you can exhibit various types of emotional imbalances such as depression, anger, irritability and anxiety. 5. Visit a toy store and relive feelings and memories from your childhood. Experience those positive energies inside you again and remember what it was like to spend time in the toy store as a child. 6. Avoid alcoholic drinks and sour foods. These will injure the liver which, as previously mentioned, is crucial in enabling you to manage emotions. 7. Purchase a fish tank or visit an aquarium and spend time watching the fish swim. 8. Meditate and practice Qi Gong, Tai Chi or Yoga to help the body to relax and the energy to flow smoothly. 9. Spend time surrounded by nature. Immerse yourself in the outdoors and connect with the beauty surrounding you. This practice will help you become rooted and balanced. 10. Avoid overeating and overdrinking or engaging in activities you will ultimately regret. These will only cause more stress and tension. 11. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy, healthy and exciting 2018!

by Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac.


ow time flies! In the wink of an eye, the Christmas season is right around the corner and upon us already. Besides this being an important religious season, it also represents one of the most commercialized times of year as well. While Christmas is a joyful season, it also creates stress for many people. Decisions need to be made on what gifts to purchase for whom, whether there is enough money for these gifts, whose home to spend the holidays at and more. The season can also be stressful for those without family, who have lost a loved one, or who associate Christmas with unpleasant memories, loneliness and depression. Here are some practical tips for how to cope with the fluctuating emotions that can bear down on anyone during the Christmas holiday season: 1. Take slow walks and breathe deeply. Fresh air is beneficial for the lungs and for relieving both stress and sadness. 2. Eat foods that are easy to digest. Often, stress can affect the gastrointestinal tract, impairing both the digestive and

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hirty years ago, speaker, author and journalist Lynne McTaggart recovered from an illness using alternative approaches to health. Since then, she’s been exploring the frontiers of healing through consciousness and alternative medicine. In the 1990s, McTaggart, who lives in London, started a newsletter called What Doctors Don’t Tell You, now an international magazine and popular platform at that cites thousands of resources showing what works and doesn’t work in conventional and alternative medicine and how to beat chronic conditions naturally. McTaggart’s seven books include The Intention Experiment, The Field, The Bond and most recently, The Power of Eight. Her latest work examines the transformative power of small groups of people sending thoughts together for a common goal.

sending them a well-defined intention, like changing the pH balance of water or healing a war veteran of post-traumatic stress disorder. To date, 26 of those 30 experiments resulted in positive, measurable, mainly scientifically significant effects. We’ve seen the pH of water change by a full pH number and seen seeds grow twice as much as control seeds.

Can you summarize the results of your experiments of healing through collective intentions? We’ve done hundreds of experiments using small and large groups; 30 were tightly controlled scientific studies conducted in conjunction with researchers at institutions such as the University of Arizona, University of California and Penn State University. The experiments have involved all kinds of intentions, ranging from the relatively simple to the impossibly complex. The large-scale intention experiments involved upwards of 25,000 participants remotely logging onto a website to view photos of the targets, sometimes 8,000 miles away, and 38

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We also conducted three peace intention experiments with interesting results: After our eight-day intention for Sri Lanka during its civil war, violence levels fell; the government had won several decisive battles that week; and within a few months that 25-year war was over. We can’t say with certainty that we had a hand in this, but our other peace experiments showed similar results. If it happens a few more times, that becomes compelling.

What conditions were the most conducive to manifesting positive results? Was it intention, the power of the group or altruism? I think it’s a little of all of these. We’ve found that larger groups do not have a larger effect, which brought about the “power of eight” concept. I’ve discovered all that’s needed is a group, whether it’s eight or 8,000. In a group, we seem to lose our sense of individuality and separation from the world. We experience an overwhelming sense of oneness with the other intenders, which may be why our influence then becomes more powerful.

How did the act of sending positive intentions affect the senders? I was most surprised by the rebound effects reported by participants, whom I starting surveying after the Sri Lankan peace experiment. Thousands of extraordinary comments related not only how participants felt during the activity, but also afterwards; they were experiencing major shifts in their relationships, health, careers and well-being. All they had done was sit individually in front of their computer holding an intention, yet they experienced the altered and mystical states of consciousness described by psychologist Abraham Maslow as “peak experiences”. Life University, a large chiropractic university in Atlanta, worked with us to study the brainwaves of partici-

pants in six “power of eight” groups and found that senders had decreased activity in their frontal and parietal lobes, which govern the sense of self. It was like the boundaries between participants were dissolving into a state of oneness. To me, this partly explained the sense of oneness, compassion and love they experienced. Andrew Newberg, director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia, recorded similar effects in Sufi masters, and nuns and monks engaged in prayer and meditation, but only after years of learning certain techniques. My participants, all novices, were primed only by watching a 13-minute YouTube video of me explaining how to send intention in a group. Group intention appears to be a fast-track to the miraculous—no experience necessary.




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INSPIRED LIVING Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle by Kelly Martinsen


nspiration may strike anywhere, at any time. The trick is nurturing the process to appear on demand when we need it most. Often, an inspiration is sparked when we perceive someone being selfless, courageous, physically extraordinary or deliciously creative. However, we don’t need to wait for outside stimulus when we can discover internal stirrings by invoking any of these self-inspiring tips.

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~Oprah Winfrey

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researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and happiness in a large group of American adults, they found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Journal – People often journal as a way to reflect upon their lives. This can be helpfully revealing, but rather than looking back, look forward, using a journal as a blueprint to manifest the most inspired year yet. Write out plans and dreams with the steps needed to achieve them. Gratitude – This is the big one. One way to be and stay inspired is by starting off each day in a state of gratitude. Every morning before getting out of bed, think of at least three things to be grateful for. By doing this, we recognize the blessings we have and greet the day in a positive frame of mind. It’s a perfect way to end each day, too. When someone routinely inquires, “How are you?” answer, “I am grateful.” Our time on Earth is not infinite. With only so many days promised, let’s vow to live them inspired. Kelly Martinsen is publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island and author of the new book A Year of Inspired Living (


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Nasturtium leaves are fermented, seeds and stems pickled and flowers puréed. “I make nasturtium flower coulis, bright orange and spicy, to dollop on freshwater fish,” Russell says. “Stems are minced into grain salads and seeds sprinkled on slabs of beefsteak tomatoes. Leaves, soft from fermentation, wrap around fresh goat cheese, shred into coleslaw or pair with steamed basmati rice.”

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se it up, wear it out, make do or do without,” was the motto of past generations. Today, it’s recycle, repurpose and reinvent. Nostalgia is making a comeback. It’s tempting to revert to successful old-fashioned ways; it’s even better to update the how-to of natural eco-living.

Preserve Food “There are tradeoffs between convenience and environmental impact,” says Kathleen Hanover, executive creative director at Imagine That Creative Marketing Services, in Dayton, Ohio. “I’d love to freeze all of our family’s produce, but after two power outages, I can veggies, too. Steam canners for jams, jellies, tomatoes and high-acid foods use three inches of water and 10 minutes of energy.” Shel Horowitz, a consultant for Green and Profitable and co-author of Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World, joined a food co-op in the 1970s. Today, it has 9,000 members. “I dehydrate 44

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veggies for soup, pasta, stir-fry dishes or as tomato or zucchini chips,” he says. “Onions, shallots, garlic, leeks, celery, kale, hot peppers, tomatillos and fruit were successful; eggplant, cucumbers and rhubarb were not.”

Use It All The Traditional Line menu devised by executive chef Mark Russell, of Great Performances, a sustainability-oriented high-end catering and food service company in New York City, remarks, “Food trends have changed,” noting preserving, freezing, pickling and canning remain sound. He salutes thrifty Depression-era practices. “My grandparents picked dandelion greens to fry in bacon fat,” he says. “A salad with olive oil and fresh tomato is healthier.” Fermented grape leaves can be rolled up into dolmas filled with local grains and feta cheese instead of meat. He also blanches and freezes cauliflower leaves, warmed in butter to serve; he’s then used the whole vegetable.

Containers ease gardening, especially for tomatoes. Hanover repurposes plastic cat litter buckets. “They’re sturdy and hold up in cold weather,” she says. “Alpaca poop fertilizer supplied by a neighbor doesn’t smell and plants thrive.” Ocala, Florida, reiki master and teacher Debi Goldben employs nature’s bounty at home. “Downspouts collect rainwater for the garden, and it’s much better than chemically treated city water,” she says. Some municipalities, including in Colorado, regulate rainwater collection, mandating the size and number of barrels per property “for outdoor use only”.

Sew Up Repairs Anca Gooje, owner of Chid Kala, a natural ingredient lotion maker in Scarborough, Maine, uses colorful patches to repair tears and update the look of her two children’s clothing. She also recompressed their sofa’s inner springs to their original shape by encasing them in fabric. “It was timeconsuming, but only cost a few dollars for fabric,” she relates. “Updating avoided creating more landfill. For a fresh look, I made a new cover.”

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PETS ¤ MUSIC Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat by Sandra Murphy

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ust as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations. “We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,” says Janet Marlow, founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, in Washington Depot, Connecticut. The internationally renowned musician, composer and sound behaviorist has invented species-specific music based on her 30 years of research. Humans hear up to 23,000 Hertz (Hz), which differs substantially from that of many other creatures ( HearingRange.html). A Hertz is a standard unit of frequency set at one cycle per second.

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Marlow found that horses prefer rhythmic pieces matching their natural movements. “When a Tennessee walking horse breeder played music during a birth, the foal and mother recovered faster than usual.” After that, “The horses ran to the barn upon hearing the same music.” Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified Tellington TTouch practitioner in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has enjoyed freestyle performance riding, says, “I liked to play our songs in the barn. Five CD players can keep horses relaxed most Sarasota/Manatee Edition

Rabbits Hear Up to 42,000 Hz “Rescued rabbits like long tones, common in music accompanying yoga or reiki,” Morgan relates. “Long tones hold a chord with layers of notes on top.”

He could tell by the way animals walked that they were keeping time to some Dogs Hear Up to 45,000 Hz “People hear in stereo, animals in kind of music. Maybe it mono,” says Marlow. It’s why dogs tilt was the song in their own their heads left to right—to allow more hearts that they walked to. sound waves into their ears—collecting

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of the day. They don’t like countrywestern music; it’s often sad and in the wrong cadence. Classical music like Bach is calming. When I played Pachelbel’s Canon in D on my flute, my Morgan gelding, Ten Penny Moonshine, listened for hours.”

information from various angles. Sound frequency and intensity keeps an animal alive in nature; they learn to flee in another direction, not analyze. Separation anxiety is often due to a sound the dog doesn’t recognize, Marlow explains. Sound triggers behavior, whether good or bad, as dogs relax or are stressed. Music releases tension from their being ever-vigilant as seen in their posture. To understand what a dog hears, sit or crawl on the floor. Electronic speakers are usually positioned at heights conducive for our ears, not theirs. “For the holidays, my dogs and horses like We Three Kings, The Holly and the Ivy and especially Greensleeves for their baroque roots and repeating patterns,” notes Morgan.

Cats Hear Up to 64,000 Hz Marlow credits her cat, Osborn, with inspiring her interest in music for animals. When Osborn was injured, she visited the veterinary hospital and sang to him to keep him calm. Her home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hospital became her initial testing ground for species-specific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician

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Aquarium Fish Hear Up to 3,000 Hz “Fish are frantic animals that must always anticipate their next meal,” says Sam Williamson, a former marine biologist in Edinburgh, Scotland. “When I started playing classical music at feeding time, I noticed my three betas became calmer. A piece by Benjamin Britten, started two minutes before feeding, led to them expect food only when the music played.”

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Domesticated Birds Hear Up to 8,500 Hz In the wild, birds are part of a flock. At home, they’re often solitary. “Birds are the most musical and communicative of all animals,” remarks Marlow. “Without companionship, birds can get neurotic and pull their feathers out. Provide a sense of the outdoors by including nature sounds in played music.” “Animals need us to be aware of their hearing,” Marlow advises. “Holistic pet people have addressed improved diet and medical procedures. Understanding how music supports their well-being also enables us to better care for them.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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n spite of the numerous advantages that hypnosis can bring to our lives, numerous people still view it as somewhat of a luxury. Even though they would likely pay for other activities with the intention of making themselves feel emotionally better such as retail therapy, nights out, vacations, drinking, smoking or eating take-out food, investing in something such as hypnosis is still considered extravagant or unnecessary by some. Even so, with evidence showing that hypnosis can help with issues such as weight, smoking, worry, despair, fears or sleep just to name a few, can we really afford not to try it?

The Positive Aspects of Hypnosis The conscious mind easily forgets many of our life experiences. However, the subconscious stores just about everything, from the earliest childhood experiences and ordeals right up to the present moment. Hypnosis functions by allowing the hypnotist to guide a client toward reaching the subconscious mind, allowing the chance to deal with and release deep-rooted belief systems or unhelpful patterns of behavior. The possible benefits which can occur from working in this manner are considerable.

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People plagued with habits and self-sabotaging behaviors might face the same situation as “yo-yo” dieters. Irrespective of how vigilantly they attempt to kick the habit, they just seem unable to sustain any permanent changes. This is often because their focus is confused. Smokers, for example, often make use of nicotine substitute products under the assumption that by healing the body of its nicotine fixation, they might be able to stop smoking cigarettes. Yet, given this obsession stems from the subconscious, taking that approach often doesn’t work. If the subconscious is engaged and the root of the addiction is addressed, a smoker’s probabilities of successfully stopping are enhanced drastically. This can be achieved effectively with hypnosis often in just one or two sessions.

Fear and Panic Many people’s lives are wrecked by worry, fear and panic, with some even finding their occupation or educational goals inhibited. The cost of tolerating this anxiety may be considerable, causing a person to reject job offers or drop out of college. However, by collaborating with a hypnotist, this challenge can be faced and settled, with the client getting a new lease of life through acquiring greater social confidence and control over a situation. Therefore, despite the fact that its cost might seem more than you can afford at first glance, the substantial advantages that hypnosis can bring to your life are priceless. Shana Rosenthal, Certified Consulting Hypnotist, states the holiday season is “a stressful and costly time of year. We are all running around trying to make the holidays perfect for our families and friends. It is so important to practice good self-care and not forget to look after ourselves. To enjoy all that this time has to offer, we must make sure that we do not underestimate the pressures of everyday life and the effects they have on our personal well-being. A session or two with a qualified Certified Hypnotist is one of the best value for time and money you can gift to yourself.” Shana Rosenthal is a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, Neuro Linguistic Practitioner and Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner. She is also Stress Management Certified and runs her clinic at Four Pillars, guiding her clients to make profound improvements in their lives. She teaches powerful tools that enable recipients to overcome their issues, enabling self-empowerment, control and ultimately relief. Four Pillars is located at 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call 941-373-3955, email Info@ or visit

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Our New Responsibility by Beata Molnar


used to entertain this dream-fantasy as a child of knocking on people’s doors at Christmastime and being welcomed inside to observe their Christmas trees. I always marveled at the unique designs, personalities and styles that were used to decorate millions of these Frasier firs during the holiday season. How people embellished their trees interested me as much as how they addressed their daily struggles, habits and lifestyle choices. I used to ride the subway in New York and stared at other passengers through my dark-tinted sunglasses. I would observe their faces, attempting to distinguish the meaning from the meaninglessness based on their body language, dress code and projected emotion. Somehow I always knew that other people’s feeling states deeply affected and influenced me. I realized that my own life depended on exposure to happy, healthy, spiritually growing, inspirational and forward-moving personalities. Now, as a wiser adult, I understand these sensations were deeply hidden and only accessible through my subconscious. Nevertheless, I find them essential to leading a well-rounded life with meaning, purpose and, most importantly, a smile on my serious face. 

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We can discuss our problems with authentic honesty, and communities are being formed to support hundreds of issues and causes. Still, I feel that many people exist on the margins, needing to be reached. We somehow must give them access to information, resources, assistance and empowerment to take charge of their own well-being and to change the future of this country for the better. The number of unhealthy people is staggering. Alzheimer’s, heart disease, addiction, diabetes, depression and suicide are on the rise. Many individuals are indeed making positive lifestyle changes, but millions are still uninformed on the basics of wellness and a promised future where debilitating diseases will not prevail. Educational reform might be needed to teach the younger generations about spirituality and the importance of healthy relationships. Nutrition should be introduced into early curriculums as basic requirements. We need to raise our children to nurture healthy souls, brains and emotions. We also need to demonstrate this to our sisters, brothers, neighbors, fellow churchgoers and co-workers. The time is now to shine everything we have learned into the dark corners that still need light and fresh air.  When I was a young girl, I had numerous health issues that made life uncomfortable, and I felt alone, angry, helpless and ashamed. My environment was too clueless, uninformed and preoccupied to help me through a healing shift. Years later, I found out I was actually suffering from a serious case of candida infection. I was already living in New York and had access to the right tools, devices and supportive practitioners to know better. Unfortunately, during my teenage years in Budapest, my parents had no knowledge of the debilitating effects of sugar and wheat products on the human system. So I suffered, as do millions of people today. This is just one example of the many areas of ignorance about how the body reacts to certain negative influences.  I still remember vaguely dreaming up a “magic machine” that could envelop our bodies and take a special scan to determine all that needs to be known. This was before I discovered the miracle of the Biofeedback Scan. You can only imagine how my jaw dropped while attending a holistic expo when a practitioner did a body scan for me. Here was a magic device that was able to measure everything inside me. We looked at organs, hormones, chakras, emotions, spinal health and more. What a

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Inspired Living Let the Starlight In

by Juliette Jones


e all have known the feeling––that bland, tedious, ‘every day is exactly the same’ sensation that sets in as you begin to question whether your path in life is the right one. Self-doubt and lack of motivation are all too common side-effects of modern life that can leave you utterly defeated. However, by actively seeking out sources of inspiration in the world around you and drawing upon the reserves of inspiration that exist within you, it’s possible to breathe joy back into your life and start working towards your dreams.”–– I have an inclination to look at life from outside the box, guided by inner vision and reliance on metaphysical law. An escape from the box, in this case, is about replacing collectively accepted, structured ways of thinking with spacious, often previously unseen approaches to self-discovery, opportunity and problem-solving. “I know nothing with certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” ––Vincent van Gogh The cosmos is an intensely creative place. It creates from its own energy, spinning through subatomic realms through galaxies and beyond. As human beings, we are suspended somewhere in between, absolutely united in the great dance of creation, made out of star-dust to become instruments of consciousness and creative power. Inspired living exists in the realization of a deeper self––the real magic in the essential nature of who we are and the expression of our innate creative capacities in fulfilling ways. There is a holy intelligence that underlies the whole of creation. To think and feel is to exert the power of creation itself. Emotion is energy in motion, and thought gives shape to energy. The extent to which our thoughts and feelings form our experience of health, prosperity and the dynamics of practical life is a discussion taken up today at the leading 52

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edge of both science and spirituality, but is best realized in the laboratory of our own beings. In present day vernacular, we often hear the expression “awesome,” especially as related to things that seem rather trivial. However, I like hearing the word because daily living is awesome, and the universe is unfathomably awesome, although this sort of awareness tends to escape our focus in daily life. An experience involving real awe is not always comfortable. It’s mind-blowing, and can bring us to our knees, set us apart from others or move us beyond established conceptions of reality. It often makes room for expanded awareness, and that’s what makes it significant as an element of inspired living. A powerful inner experience of awe can initiate dynamic transformation of the mind and, ultimately, lead us into greater dimensions of self-knowing and wholeness. I know several people who traveled from Florida to witness the recent total solar eclipse in its path of totality. One of them was moved to a powerful state of awe, followed by what he described as a first-time experience of spiritual realization. I personally didn’t witness the event but made it a point to tune into an NPR cross-country radio broadcast and listened live as the moon passed across the sun. The reaction of crowds ranged from gleeful to sacredly somber, and on that particular day, the evening news was actually inspirational. In 1991, I had the good fortune of meeting Dr. Edgar Mitchell who, at the time, resided in southern Florida. The world immediately recognizes his name as the pilot of the Apollo 14 mission and the sixth man to walk on the moon. Before becoming an astronaut, Dr. Mitchell had been a test pilot with an impressive command of both engineering and aeronautics. After retiring from NASA and the Navy in 1972, Dr Mitchell completed another stellar mission, having launched––along with co-founder Paul Temple––the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a non-profit group dedicated to advancing the conscious evolution of planet earth through the study of how “beliefs, thoughts and intentions affect the physical world.” Dr. Mitchell made his final journey out of this world in February, 2016, on the eve of the forty-fifth anniversary of his lunar landing. “My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity.” ––Edgar Mitchell I met Dr. Mitchell through a guest at a fledgling New Thought church I had founded in Fort Lauderdale. He was gracious to consent to speak at our first fundraiser luncheon. Afterwards, when I thanked him, he recounted a life-transforming moment that took place as he stood on the moon and looked back upon the earth. His words are paraphrased below: “Looking back at earth from the surface of the moon, I experienced a moment of awe, a moment of overwhelming ecstasy––a glimpse of divinity. That small sphere in the vastness of space was home to everyone we love, everything we have ever known, everyone who has ever been. Looking at the earth from that perspective deeply transformed my mind and

prompted my studies in consciousness. The men who went to the moon were technicians, but this experience affected all of them––they returned as humanitarians…and more.” “We are all astronauts on spaceship earth.”––Webbo Ockels, Astronaut European Space Agency In our present era, only a few human beings will travel into space to have an epiphany or reconceive their purpose for being on earth. Clearly, it’s a road less traveled. Long ago, it was told that certain knowledge was not of this world. Departure or retreat from the world has long been a hallmark of spiritual practice, as has taking a long journey as a quest for enlightenment. It appears that space travel is more than a technological accomplishment, but a chapter in the escalating awareness of our own nature and place in the universe. Perhaps that feeling of infinity that we experience when looking at the stars reminds us of where we originated.

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Dealing with Holiday Stress? There’s Fusion Therapy for That!

by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer


he holiday season is a cherished time of embracing traditions, creating memories, and gathering with friends and family members. But while these make for an enriching and meaningful ambiance, the pressures of decorating the home, hosting guests, cooking meals, purchasing gifts and managing social events can undermine that “holiday spirit.” In the midst of balancing these hectic demands, it’s essential to carve out the space to maintain your own wellness and funnel stress through a nurturing outlet. The effects of mental strain on the physiological structure can be arduous and extensive. “When the body is stressed, the muscles tense up reflexively,” enumerates Gena LewisSchibler, LMT and senior partner of Fusion Therapy in Sarasota. “This feeling of tautness can trigger additional reactions within the body and even promote stress-related disorders. For example, both headaches and migraines are often associated with chronic muscle tension concentrated in the shoulders, neck and head. “The heart and blood vessels comprise two elements of the cardiovascular system that work together in providing nourishment and oxygen to the organs. This activity is also coordinated within the body’s response to stress which can increase the heart-rate and emit stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. “Stress also prompts the nervous system’s fight-or-flight response. This is automatic––no matter how efficiently the mind thinks you are coping with stress. The fight-or-flight instinct disrupts the body’s digestion of nutrients and ability to unwind. It also obstructs the ‘feel good’ hormones like dopamine and serotonin. This elevation of stress hormones and blood pressure causes an adverse impact on both the mind and body.” Soothing an overtaxed system is more critical that ever 54

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around this time of year to avoid burnout or sickness as the holidays approach. “Put yourself at the top of that agenda– –‘things to take care of today: me!’ People often fill their schedules with others-focused activities, but you are more equipped to help others once you’ve taken care of yourself. “Remember what the flight crews on airplanes recommend––‘put the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting the passengers around you.’ So be intentional about scheduling time for self-care and bodywork. You deserve to feel healthy and refreshed during the holiday rush. My favorite natural stress relievers are dry salt therapy, massage, bodywork and tons of water. I also find that spending time in nature calms my nervous system,” Lewis-Schibler remarks. While there are diverse, wide-ranging channels for stress management, it’s not enough to just focus on the noticeable symptoms. Lewis-Schibler expounds, “Addressing muscular discomfort is important, but it’s often just a ‘reaction’ to deeper issues in the body caused by trauma which is the reason Fusion Therapy offers a fusion––hence our name––of advanced bodywork modalities. “Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on treatment that reduces tension both in and around the spinal cord which can be a hidden factor in many health challenges. Visceral Manipulation is a technique for the organs and their associated structures which helps to alleviate stress patterns and structural distortions in the body. “Myofascial Release is another hands-on method that decreases tension within the body’s fascial system. Fascia resembles a spider web that extends from head-to-toe without interruption. Stress gradually tightens the fascia, causing the body to lose its normal range-of-motion which results in painful movement. “Lymphatic Drainage Therapy facilitates the removal of toxins, while assisting the body in absorbing nutrients. It stimulates the immune system and aids the nervous system in decongesting the body’s fluid which increases energy, reduces pain and emits ‘happy hormones.’ Neuromuscular Therapy is a specific form of massage designed to break up the fibrotic tissue and release trigger points to treat muscular injuries from sports, car accidents or whiplash. “Energy Work activates the body’s bio-electric system to remove pressure and heavy energy blocks that limit your own natural healing capabilities. In addition, Dr. Bruno Chikly’s Brain Therapy is a non-invasive approach to releasing traumas within the brain, spinal cord and other related pathologies. “We also offer Dry Salt Therapy to both adults and children. This modality has been proven to help with numerous respiratory ailments such as asthma, chronic ear, nose or throat illnesses, bronchitis and sinusitis, emphysema, and allergy, cold or flu symptoms. Dry Salt Therapy also relieves anxiety, mental strain, insomnia and nervous instability. Breathing in micronized salt particles can help the body recover from physical exhaustion and fatigue. It also strengthens the immune system, while promoting relaxation, calmness and mental clarity––all within a span of just 45 minutes.” To make these benefits accessible to our local community during the season’s “hustle and bustle,” Fusion Therapy is

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offering a brand new inventive just for the month of December. “Normally we are closed on Mondays, but throughout this month, we’ll be open for special ‘Massage Mondays’ from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Our menu services include therapeutic massage, relaxing massage, Thai massage and sacred Lomi massage. In addition, our massage, dry salt therapy and other bodywork modalities are still available during our regular hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This expanded schedule is intended to help our clients find more time to unwind and care for themselves,” LewisSchibler adds. As the seasonal festivities––and the obligations that come along with them––kick into high-gear this month, don’t overlook the necessity of prioritizing your own health. Stressful circumstances might threaten to derail this “most wonderful time of the year,” but an investment in well-being can sustain mindfulness, balance and tranquility––even if your list needs to be checked more than twice!

massage therapist and esthetician. Her massage training spans across numerous modalities including pranic healing, aromatherapy, sound healing, Reiki, lymphatic drainage, Craniosacral therapy and physical fitness. She is also a co-owner and senior partner of Fusion Therapy, located at 7069 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-921-7900 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.

ucky Dragon says, Take advantage of holiday decorations to increase Qi (“chi”) in your home this season. Without overdoing it, brighten up the entrance to your home with holiday lights. This will invite positive energy, welcome guests and increase new opportunities. As far as the holiday tree placement is concerned–– either a Christmas tree or Hanukkah bush (as we called it growing up in North Miami)––the fame and reputation or family area are good choices. No matter what you celebrate, have a wonderful holiday season!   Dr. Christina Captain is nationally boardcertified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at the Family Healing Center which she founded in 2000. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans. Family Healing Center is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119 or email Dr_Captain@

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Philip Stein is a Leader in Wearable Sleep Technology by Linda Sechrist


rom computers, cell phones, smart TVs, DVR players and programmable appliances to a seemingly endless list of other electronic gadgets, we are in constant contact with unnatural electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) generated by technology. In today’s 24/7 society, invisible EMFs are inescapable; they permeate our working and living spaces. What we may not know is how they negatively impact our body’s natural sleep-wake cycle: suppressing melatonin, the hormone that controls the natural circadian rhythm, disturbing slumber and even affecting weight gain, according to University of Tel Aviv research. On the brighter side, some new technological products promise to restore balance to the body, including deeper and more restful sleep. From the Philip Stein sleep bracelet, sleep number beds and portable sleep trackers to sleep-related

apps, devices and applications, user-friendly innovations are addressing America’s sleep deprivation problem. “Philip Stein lifestyle accessories such as the sleep bracelet are designed to contribute to a better quality of life. The unique technology inside each one channels beneficial natural frequencies in the environment into your body,” says Will Stein, co-founder and president of the Philip Stein Group. “The result is to help the individual feel centered, balanced, grounded and more easily able to maintain a sense of well-being.” The company defines optimal well-being as a state of harmony achieved through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual alignment. Although natural-frequency technology was developed earlier by a group of engineers and scientists exploring various frequencies’ influence on water, the initial discovery has been attributed to ancient sages in India that intuited them. For example, 7.83 Hz, the frequency of “om”, happens to be Mother Earth’s natural heartbeat rhythm, now known as the Schumann Resonance. Aligned with the brain’s alpha and theta states, this technology of resonating frequencies has been carefully tuned and tested by Philip Stein researchers, technicians and sleep experts. Today, it is at the core of all Philip Stein products. Philip Stein’s tuning technology picks up and channels the beneficial natural frequencies that have always surrounded human beings. “We believe that all organisms have evolved or grown accustomed to these natural frequencies, and our systems are tuned to operate best with them, rather than with the increasing number of manmade frequencies we experience in the modern world,” explains Stein. For more information, visit See ad, this page.

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Beyond “Tofurkey:” How One Local Restaurant Is Reinventing Meatless Holiday Meals by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer


is the season to be feasting. Plates are loaded with turkey and ham, green bean casserole, buttermilk biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy. These delicacies are traditional and cultural touchstones–– the holidays just wouldn’t be complete without them. Right? Not so fast. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, seasonal foods can actually pose a dilemma. You might feel a sense of conflict between engaging with friends and family around the table versus maintaining your own nutritional preferences. This balancing act often leads to anxiety during mealtimes, especially since it can seem like you’re burdening the host with your particular eating habits. The fact is, however, it’s entirely feasible to avoid the intake of meat or dairy without sacrificing the pleasure of sharing a meal with those you cherish. To offer more insight on how to practice healthy, mindful––and plant-based––eating in the midst of the festivities, I spoke with Annette Weinberger, co-owner of Café Evergreen in Nokomis. This local institution specializes in natural, organic, fresh and wholesome dining with a creative seasonal menu––most of which is meatless. If anyone has proof that holiday feasting can be vegan or vegetarian friendly, it’s her!

Natural Awakenings: Do you have any suggestions for making the holiday season less of a hassle for those on a vegan or vegetarian diet? Weinberger: If you adhere to a special diet, minimize the holiday stress by offering to bring an item that fits your specific dietary requirements. An example of this would be a butternut squash casserole which is filling for you and a delicious side dish for everyone else. There are also twists and modifications you can add to certain foods which make them healthier without compromising taste. For instance, serve fresh green beans with cranberries to replace the bacon.

NA: What are some common misconceptions about the difficulty or inconvenience of preparing a meatless and dairy-free holiday meal? Weinberger: Many people assume that preparing meatless and dairy-free meals will make the food taste unsatisfying. To avoid this issue, be generous with the spices or herbs, and cook with healthy fats to satiate both your stomach and brain.

Here’s an example of a meal at Café Evergreen that meets all these requirements: avocado slider on dehydrated onion bread (starter), vegan Reuben sandwich with a side of baked sweet potato fries (entrée) and vegan chocolate mousse (dessert). This meal is both flavorful and substantial for everyone. Also, when some people hear the words “healthy” and “organic,” they get sensitive or nervous because, unfortunately, there are many bland nutritious recipes out there. But sometimes you can just present the food without mentioning it’s healthy, then allow everyone to partake and enjoy. For instance, our roasted cauliflower starter with garlic, walnuts and peas can always win over the toughest skeptics.

NA: What are the some of the most popular vegan or vegetarian dishes on Cafe Evergreen’s seasonal menu during this time of year? Weinberger: Right now, our cranberry kombucha spritzers are in high demand. We start with fresh cranberries slow cook them until tender and allow them to cool. Then, to prepare the drink, we use the fresh cranberry juice added to our raspberry-hibiscus kombucha, and the result is a light, effervescent and refreshing spritzer––the perfect holiday drink! In addition, our vegan squash and pumpkin soup, vegetarian butternut squash ravioli and pumpkin pie dessert made with coconut milk and organic pumpkin filling are all popular items too.

NA: What are some of your favorite meatless holiday recipes that appeal to vegans or vegetarians, as well as the carnivores at your table? Weinberger: I love to get creative with the spices and seasoning. For example, I make a flavorful stuffing with vegetable broth, sautéed garlic, onions, celery, shallots and carrots, then I add a few dashes of turmeric to make it even healthier. I also enjoy whipping up mashed potatoes with olive oil and roasted garlic or baking vegan corn muffins. I season leafy greens with smoked paprika, onions and garlic––my dinner guests don’t even miss the ham! Another favorite entrée is roasted Brussels sprouts with shallots or cook acorn squash filled with quinoa stuffing. And cue the mouth-watering. I’ll have seconds, please! Café Evergreen is located at 801 Tamiami Trail S, Nokomis. To make a reservation, call 941-412-4334. For more information and to view the menu, 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 HealthBeAHippie. features practical tips for embracing an active, nutritious and empowered lifestyle. natural awakenings

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Cultivating the Shen: Energizing the Spirit by Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac.


ou’ve most likely heard the phrase “the eyes are the windows to the soul.” Well, in the Chinese culture, we have a similar expression. We use the phrase in Cantonese “Ngarn Shen” which is translated to “eye spirit.” This means the health of an individual’s spirit is reflected in the eyes. People in the Western world have seen and said it as well––the eyes look “intense,” “listless,” “droopy,” “disinterested,” “scared,” or “determined.” The spirit, therefore, plays an important role in our lives, and can make us full or empty, rich or poor. Total health encompasses three components––the mind, body and spirit. The mind is a control center that tells our physical bodies how to behave. The body is a shell that holds all our soft tissues, muscles, tendons, ligaments, internal organ systems, skeletal system and other components that make up our physical structures. But the drive behind how we function is associated with the spirit. If the spirit is weak, we will become listless, depressed, lethargic, quiet and unmotivated. However, if the spirit is strong, we will exhibit ambition, passion, gregariousness, courage, energy and a zest for life. The spirit determines whether our lives are half full or half empty. Over the course of thousands of years, the Chinese have developed a deep understanding of the spirit and how it works. They have found the spirit is tied to the physical body, and its characteristics impact the health of some of the body’s organs. According to the Chinese, the spirit can be separated into five different categories: • Shen • Hun • Po • Yi • Zhi

The Shen: “Mind”

The Shen is also known as the mind. In Five Element theory, the Shen is associated with the fire element and heart organ system. It is tied to our consciousness, cognitive functions,

mental health, vitality and waking thoughts. The state of the Shen is visible in the eyes. Therefore, a healthy Shen produces bright, shining eyes. The Shen resides in the heart organ where, at night, it goes to sleep. Therefore, if a person thinks too much and the mind is not at rest, insomnia prevails, and the individual will find it difficult to sleep––especially staying asleep after waking up. Here, the eyes will reflect a fatigued and disturbed Shen, appearing listless and dull. This is often observed in people with longterm emotional issues. In addition, manic behavior and panic attacks are often seen in those with heart imbalances. Foods that are beneficial for the heart such as watermelon, bean sprouts and tofu can help. In addition, lying motionless on the floor positioned the back with the limbs spread out can also promote the circulation of Qi to calm the Shen down. Schizophrenics and people with mental disorders are deemed to be suffering from “Shen Jing Ben,” or “Shen Disturbance Sickness,” and are treated accordingly–– and often effectively––with Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture.

The Hun: “Ethereal Soul”

Associated with the wood element in Chinese Five Element theory, the Hun is equivalent to the Western notion of spirit. It is not dependent on a physical being for existence and continues after death. The wood element is tied to the liver organ system which governs emotions. Therefore, imbalances with the liver organ system can impact the Hun, causing both short-term and long-term emotional problems. The Hun is responsible for relationships, loving, kindness, empathy, compassion, tolerance and awareness of suffering. The Hun also serves as a reservoir for ideas that bring meaning into life. Imbalances that affect the Hun can lead to anger, frustration, resentment, unkindness and depression. The individual can also feel cut-off from life. Bipolar tendencies might also settle in. To rectify the Hun, the health of the liver must be addressed. A major part of what affects the liver is stress, so de-stressing through physical exercise can heal the Hun. In addition, avoiding alcohol, fatty foods and sour flavors can help prevent the liver from becoming more imbalanced. Peppermint and chrysanthemum teas are excellent for helping to bring the liver back to balance. Chinese Herbal medicine such as “Xiao Yao San,” when combined with acupuncture, can also restore the liver, and subsequently the Hun, to a homeostatic state.

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The Po: “Corporeal Soul”

The Po is associated with the lungs and exists only during physical life. It is associated with the metal element in Five Elements theory. The fact that humans possess the ability to sense things is tied to the Po. This also allows the individual to respond, both physically and emotionally, to circumstances, take actions, and gauge justice and fairness. In Chinese Medicine, the lungs manage the immune system, and are tied to sadness and grief. These emotions take a toll on the lungs and can injure the Po. This is why grieving people often complain of breathing difficulties or shortness of breath. An individual with Po imbalance will likely show continuous signs of grief and sadness like sighing, shoulders slouched forward, and eyes that appear sad and listless. The individual might also present with a tendency to fall sick easily or be prone to allergies. When the Lungs are strong and balanced, so is the Po, and the individual will be lively, happy and full of zest. But when the lungs are weak and imbalanced, the Po reflects the same. The most effective method to strengthen the lungs is to breathe fresh air that is full of oxygen. Chinese frequent parks early in the morning to take long walks, breathing deeply and slowly to inhale as much oxygen as they can. They call this practice “Shen Wun” in Cantonese, or “Spirit Exercising”. The lungs also detest cold and dryness, so avoiding ice, cold drinks, spicy foods, smoking and dry air will keep the lungs from becoming injured. Foods that are beneficial for the lungs include pears, strawberries, honey and loquat syrup. Cupping therapy, along with Chinese herbal medicine such as Dong Chong Xia Cao (Cordyceps) and acupuncture, are also effective in addressing conditions with the lungs and helping restoring these organs, and subsequently the Po, to balance and health.

The Yi: “Intellect”

In the Western world, one of the primary goals of the mother and father is to foster development of their child’s intelligence. This is no different from the Eastern world. However, the Chinese further subdivide this into “Yi Zhi” which needs to be developed. The Yi

refers to the “intellect,” while the Zhi (which we will discuss later) refers to the “will.” The existence of the Yi allows the individual to reason, analyze and debate. Yi also enables creativity and problem solving. The spleen organ system is tied to the Yi, and both are associated with the earth element in Five Elements theory. When the spleen is impaired, the individual is unable to readily make decisions and instead will become pensive, over-analytical and worrisome. The individual will also likely suffer from digestive problems. When the Yi is strong, the individual shows confidence, intelligence, quickthinking, creativity, and a strong sense of action and decision-making. The eyes look sharp and full of energy. The spleen is also responsible for the production of Qi, so when the Yi is not full, the individual will also present with lethargy and fatigue, showing signs of procrastination and indecisiveness. Raw vegetables and coldtemperature foods are not ideal for the spleen and should be minimally taken or even avoided. The spleen thrives on warm cooked foods, especially foods that are naturally sweet (not cooked with sugar). Raw ginger root and green tea, in particular, strengthen the spleen to assist with digestion. When the spleen is strong, so is the Yi. As a result, the individual will be intelligent, creative and energetic. Moxibustion, Chinese herbal formulas, such as “Gui Pi Wan,” and acupuncture are effective in helping the spleen remain balanced and healthy, producing a strong Yi in the individual.

The Zhi: “Will”

We all have encountered either strongor weak-willed people. The will is tied to the Zhi, and is associated with the water element in Five Elements theory. The Zhi is also connected to the kidney organ system, so functioning kidneys are essential for a healthy Zhi. An individual lacking in Zhi will exhibit fear and hesitancy to make decisions. They will be fearful of taking action or risks, being present and visible, or exhibiting will-power. In China, when a child is presented in the clinic with these tendencies, that child will be treated with Chinese Medicine to tonify and balance the kidneys.

Once balanced, the child will have less inhibition against taking action, and will experience more confidence overall. The kidneys also govern development, so an imbalanced kidney system will present with bone growth and body development issues, back, knee, shoulder or foot pain, and issues with the spinal column. The eyes will show dark circles, and the body can appear bloated with water, showing signs of edema. One can strengthen the kidneys by avoiding either sitting or standing nonstop for an extended period of time, consuming goji berries, almonds, seaweed and other foods that have been shown to benefit the kidneys. An individual with an imbalanced Zhi will lack courage and motivation, present with fear in the eyes, and lose interest in being sociable. With Chinese herbal medicines such as “You Gui Wan” and “Zuo Gui Wan,” Moxibustion and acupuncture, the kidneys can become strengthened, and the Zhi will be conditioned and returned to balance, giving the individual both confidence and will-power. Conclusion The spirit is addressed differently in the East than here in the Western world. For the spirit of the individual to be full and strong, an imbalance must be identified and addressed. Symptoms like depression, fear, lethargy, anger, impatience and more are essential for determining where the imbalance is taking place. Your board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician can help you achieve this, and will then formulate a treatment plan to cultivate your overall spirit and guide its development in the right direction. The result is a much improved quality of life and a brighter outlook on embracing challenges and achieving results. Rene Ng, AP, L.Ac., is a board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist in Sarasota. Depression, cancer care, MS, trauma, insomnia, thyroid issues and pain management are among the health challenges he helps patients address on a daily basis at his clinic near Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Ng is also a four-time winner of Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” award. For more information, call 941-773-5156, email RNG@ChineseMedicalSolutions. com or visit ChineseMedicalSolutions. com.

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Craniosacral Therapy Keeping the Brain Healthy by Terrence B. Grywinski, Advanced Craniosacral Therapy


raniosacral Therapy (CST) has been helping people eliminate pain, headaches and TMJ, while increasing flexibility and mobility, improving energy levels and organ function, and enhancing overall physical and mental health since 1985 when Dr. John Upledger started to teach practitioners this incredible modality. Tad Wanveer, LMBT, CST-D, author of Brain Stars and long-time teacher of Craniosacral Therapy for the Upledger Institute and Dr. John Upledger, researcher, Osteopathic Physician and Surgeon and the developer of CST, have expanded this modality to correct dysfunctions in the brain and the spinal cord. Wanveer’s Brain Stars is a definitive description of the glial cells which form the different areas and functions in the brain and spinal cord. Glial cells support, protect and nourish both neural cells and neural networks, allowing the brain to communicate with the rest of the body. These glial cells form areas of the brain that produce Craniosacral Fluid (CS Fluid) which nourishes each cell in the brain and spinal cord. For our brains to remain healthy, we need a dynamic production CS Fluid which performs the important job of cleansing each cell of metabolic wastes. It also cleanses anything else that enters the brain and the spinal cord from infections, viruses and toxic substances from the blood that penetrate the blood brain barrier. Strokes, concussions, sports injuries and trauma are the most common ways blood gets into the brain. Blood is toxic to both the brain and spinal cord tissue. Immune cells in the brain, astrocytes and microglia, are spurred into action to repair brain bleeds and other traumas, as well as fighting infections and viruses. For the brain to remain healthy, CS Fluid needs to cleanse all the debris. Recent research has found that, while we sleep, CS Fluid also cleanses amyloid plaques that form during waking hours, and are implicated in the development of Alzheimer’s. We know that sports like football and soccer can be injurious to the brain. Most of us have played these sports, and can be walking around unknowingly with some brain injury. Most of us have also experienced some type of trauma to the head or spine. Many of these traumas, over a long period of time, can be injurious to the health of our brains, resulting in serious conditions such as foggy brain, migraines and eventually senile dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, or other brain dysfunctions. The next important function is the drainage of the CS Fluid, carrying the metabolic wastes and any other debris into the lymph system. There are three areas of the brain that function as drainage sites and multiple sites in the spinal cord. Over 50% of the CS Fluid is drained through the nerve roots that come out into the body between the spinal vertebrae. If these nerve root drainage ports are functioning poorly or have a blockage, the brain and spinal cord is bathed in a toxic 62

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slurry. Years of poor drainage might explain the development foggy brain, chronic pain, headaches, migraines, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, as well as other brain dysfunctions. In children, ADD, learning disabilities and possibly some forms of autism can be a result of poor drainage. Craniosacral Therapists, with specialized training, can access the different functions within the brain. This is achieved in the same way we access other traumas in the body–– through fascia (strong connective tissue) which intersperses and envelopes our muscles, attaches our muscles to the bones, and encases all our organs, spinal cord and brain. That fascia extends into the cellular level, and in the case of the brain and spinal cord, into the glia. All the functions of the brain and spinal cord are formed from glial cells. Releasing the fascial stress to the different glial cells helps the brain repair dysfunctions. A Craniosacral Therapist is able to access these glial cells through fascia (connective tissue) to engage the body’s innate ability to correct, reorganize and heal itself and reverse many of these dysfunctions affecting the brain and the spinal cord that seriously affect our state of health and quality of life. The following are some dysfunctions of the brain and the spinal cord, over a period of years, can seriously impair our health. Poor production of CS Fluid impairs the necessary cellular cleansing. Through the glial cells, a Craniosacral Therapist can release the stress on the ventricles within the brain to increase and enhance the production of CS Fluid. By releasing stress in the glial cells, the flow of CS Fluid can be improved throughout the brain and spinal cord, improving the cleansing process. When the drainage ports in the spine become blocked, the nerves that exit into the body to the muscles and organs become irritated from the metabolic waste products and, in turn, refer pain to muscles and organs, often becoming a chronic pain syndrome few therapies seem to help. A specialty trained Craniosacral Therapist can release the stress on the meninges, the outer lining of the spinal cord and stress on the immune repair cells that can be blocking these nerve root drainage ports. In conjunction with working on a couple of other dysfunctions, these drainage ports can be opened. Freeing the nerve roots from the irritation of metabolic wastes and debris will often relieve chronic pain. Good production and freeflow of CS Fluid, along with proper drainage into the lymph system, will improve brain functioning and keep the brain healthier. In fact, clients usually experience an immediate functioning of their brain and a decrease in their chronic pain. Terrence Grywinski has specialized in Craniosacral Therapy since 1994 when he received training at the Upledger Institute. He received specialized training in working with dysfunctions in the brain and the spinal cord earlier this year. Grywinski has seen incredible changes in clients who have very difficult problems since integrating this new training into his therapy providing quick and lasting relief from injury, pain and restriction in the body’s network of connective tissues. His practice Advanced Craniosacral Therapy is located at 1188 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-3218757 or visit

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment, $90/1 hour, $45/30 mins. 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. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,, Blessings from the Unconscious - 7-9 pm. Jungian Analyst Dr. Galin McGowan will show us how one approaches the unconscious as a means of healing, transformation and spiritual enhancement. $15 members/$25 nonmembers. Presented by the C. G. Jung Society of Sarasota. UU Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. Register at, email

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 Psychic Saturday – 10:30am-1pm. Readings and Healings. 15-minute readings $20. Vibrational Healing, Love Donation. Gift certificates available. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave., 941-953-6620, The Auras – 1-3pm. With Rev. Mary-Linn Clarke. Learn about the Energy Field that is part of all living things. Understand how the Human Aura can let us know about the unconscious parts of ourselves as well as a tool for our personal healing and for others. Class Size is limited, call to reserve your spot. $20. 941-479-7234, Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota.

7pm. Come relax and benefit from a guided meditation, hands-on healing, and mental healing for those named by the attendees during the gathering. Many good reports of the healing results have been received from these once a month 45 minute circles conducted by Rev. Yvonne Graham.  Love Offering. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd, Sarasota, 941-266-8435,

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Stress? Lack of energy? Digestive issues? Always getting sick? - Special guest Holly Behan will be doing Live Blood Analysis at Super Value Nutrition on December 6th. Holly is a certified in Live Blood Morphology since 2011 and can help you improve your overall health and point you in the right direction with what supplements you should be taking. Sessions are $50, and appointments are recommended. Super Value Nutrition, 2163 Siesta Drive, 941-366-1997 What if you could ask your body what nutritional supplements it needs? With a ZYTO scan you can! Your body will naturally respond to subtle energetic impulses given off by the ZYTO scanner and measure your responses to a specific library of nutritional products asking your body which it prefers. Scans are $15 and each session takes 15-20 minutes. For a session with Kevin Talmadge on December 6th call 941-342-1908, Super Value Nutrition, 5842 Bee Ridge Road. Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld - 7-9pm. This group will discuss a new spiritual topic each week. We practice an energy healing tool of light each week – Qigong, Reiki IET, etc. Drop-ins to the group are welcome. Please invite your friends also. $15. Molly, 612-384-7903,

Soul Trauma Healing – 4-5:30pm. With Elissa Bentsen. Soul Trauma Healing is rooted in the belief that past life traumas create negative energy when soul places fragment in times of stress or emotional, physical or spiritual pain. Soul traumas carry forward into current life creating emotional, physical or spiritual challenges and blockages. By removing the negative energy and retrieving negative energy, healing occurs. Elissa will explain how past crisis affects you today and restore balance to your Chakras and clearing your life path. Call to reserve your space.$30. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,,

Keys of Enoch Study Group -7-9pm. With Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James. We will explore how The Keys of Enoch works directly with the spiritual truths of our past, present and future. Through music, sacred expressions, higher education and prayer, we will develop a deeper understanding of our cosmic birthright and our ability to co-participate with our spiritual counterparts connected with the Divine. $7. If you are new to the Keys of Enoch please call for information. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,,


The Ultimate Resale Experience-Mystery Shopping Bus Tour Venice- We don’t disclose the shops until you are on the bus! Enjoy boarding a huge A/C motor coach bus while you are treated like a Resale Queen or King, with a yummy catered lunch, snacks, games, laughs, special guests, door prizes, goodie bags and so much more! 60 tickets per bus tour- selling out fast. Pick up at three different locations- 1st-Bahia Vista Mennonite Church, 4041 Bahia Vista, Sarasota, 2nd- Camelot East Manufactured Home Park, 1-75 and Clark, Sarasota, and 3rd-Church of the Nazarene 1535 East Venice Ave, Venice. Only $55.00 for an all day, “shop till you resale drop” event. To purchase e-tickets, call 816-352-0975, or go to: EventBrite. com/e/the-happy-thrifter-mystery-shopping-bustour-venice-tickets-35652225767.

Light Lessons for Ascended Mastery – 6:307:45pm. With Teresa Blackburn and Fred Mayer, PhD, Tama Do practitioner. Learn which one of the Seven Light Rays of Creation is your Primary Soul Ray color and how that has determined your soul’s purpose and best suited careers for this lifetime. Then we will compare the Ray aspects with your Birth Path Number according to numerology to see if you are truly on your Divine Path.  Learn how Light, sound & colors can be used for clearing and healing. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,,

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 Candlelight Meditation and Healing Circle -


Discover Moringa “The Miracle Tree” - 4pm. FREE class about the most nutritious tree on earth

and its unlimited uses for the leaves and nutrientdense seed oil. Used for pain from inflammation, digestive issues, skin irritations, anti-aging, energy & more. Free. The Plant Place, 6611 14th Street West, (Hwy 41), Bradenton, 941-753-6611 Free Pain Elimination Seminar and Demonstration – 6-7pm. Get out of Pain NOW! Are you tired of struggling with pain? Shoulder, back, joint pain, anxiety stress? Or does chronic pain drain you? Have you tried multiple Solutions and still have pain? This is your chance to try the “Get out of pain” method by Heidi.  This technique will balance the energy in the body and delete the discomfort. Join Heidi for a powerful and rewarding experience with a with a non-invasive, no hands technique. Heidi will remove the pain caused by energetic blockages and improve the quality of life.  5355 McIntosh Rd. Suite H, Sarasota, (between Clark Rd. and Ashton Rd.) RSVP, 941-5448388 to be one of the people considered for a free session right at the event! Heidi@LifeBalance.Life, LifeBalance.Life. Essential Oils for Everyday - 7pm. Experience the aromatic qualities of essential oils used for a wide range of emotional and physical applications. They can be used as a single essential oil or in a complex blend, depending on desired benefit. Learn how to use these natural based oils to help maintain a healthy mind and body.  Reservations please, $15 donation.  Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd, Sarasota, 941-2668435, IANDS Sarasota (Near-Death & Transformative Experiences) - 7-8:30pm. Offering education, information, sharing and Q&A for those interested in Spiritually Transformative Experiences & their After Effects - Supportive setting. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue, Sarasota, 941-544-5874. Prayer Circle (New) with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7:30-8:30pm. Join Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon every Thursday for an hour of gratitude, praise and prayer to the Living God, the God of Gods and the King of Kings. Using a myriad names of God, we will offer up prayers of gratitude for the grace and blessings bestowed upon is. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@,

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 Guest Reader, Sherry Lord - 10:30am–5:30pm. Sherry is a Reiki Master, Ordained Reverend, Teacher, Psychic Intuitive and Deeper Trance Channel. She can see angels, guides and auras as well as channel loved ones who have crossed over. Sherry is a versatile channel who can answer your questions, both business and personal, and help you on your spiritual path. 15mins/$40, 30mins/$75, 60mins/$125, *Deep Trance Channel Sessions - 50mins/$175. *Deep Trance Channel sessions, in which Sherry allows Namara, a group of non-physical beings of pure love & light, to speak through her, are 50 minutes and charged at a higher rate. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment, $90/1 hour, $45/30 mins. 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. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@,

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Guided Jin Shin Jyutsu (Hands-On Self-Healing Meditation) - 6-7:15pm. Be renewed as you are guided through dynamic hands-on energy balancing exercises you apply to your own body. Profound relaxation, pain relief, and more. Register by 4pm, December 8. $18/meditation, $60/5 meditations prepay. Cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-228-2972,, Christ Consciousness Light Presentation – 7pm. With Gail Swanson. For the past several years Gail has been photographing hundreds of these manifestations of Christ Consciousness. Come experience thee powerful new energies that are coming to earth to help and aid us in our ascension and of the planet. They are imbued with and radiate light, love, and healing. $20. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,,

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 Community HU Chant – 11am-noon. Need help in dealing with every day or difficult situations? Singing the word HU, a love song to God, can help. Come experience it for yourself by listening or chanting HU with others for 20 minutes. It is for everyone of any background or religious belief. Light refreshments follow. Free, Jacaranda Library, Children’s Activity Rm B, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice, 941-358-0325, Winter Wisdom Psychic Fair at CMF - 11am4pm. Come see what the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018 has in store for you. Relax in this spiritual oasis. Experienced mediums available for your 15 min. reading/$20 donation.  We will also have crystal bowl healer/reader, numerologist, card readers and healers. In time for Christmas- Pendulums, Lotions, Essential oils, Crystals and beautiful hand-made Gifts for sale.   Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota, 941-266-8435, Healing in the Garden - 7pm. Experience a guided meditation, receive a healing, gentle inspirational music and be surrounded by the beauty, peace, energy and inspiration of the brilliantly illuminated garden. Love offering. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620,

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 Art + Asana - 5-6:30 pm.  Join Lisa, Laine, + Lisa for this art-infused, all-levels yoga class, meditation, plus artist talk.  $18. Lisa L Gallery, Towles Court. 941-504-6145, ArtAndAsana.EventBrite. com. Special thanks to sponsor - SRQDC! 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 Biomagnetist and Spiritual Healer - Ralph Serrano - Appointments Only. Ralph Serrano is an Intuitive Biomagnetist and Spiritual Healer. He helps people find their true illness and then helps them through the process of  Biomagnetic Pair Therapy. A new revolutionary, scientific and therapeutic approach to healing that differs from Traditional Medicine, Homeopathy, Herbs and Naturism. It is also a Therapy free of side effects, perfectly compatible with any other traditional or alternative practice. To schedule an appointment and to get further information Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota,, Chi Tao Yoga, December – 9-10am. 11,14 and 18th . Walk in to any class.  Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store, 2721 Mall Drive.  You haven’t done Yoga until you have done Chi Tao Yoga with Sifu Michael


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Stults. He will show you how to access your body wisdom for more health and vitality.  $20 per class. Call 941-921-2662 for more information.

advance. To register call Suncoast Singles at 941713-1000. Primo’s Ristorante located at 8076 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Energy Dynamics in Human Relationships with David Winfree - 7:30–8:45pm. David Winfree gives a gentle introduction to advanced metaphysical knowledge. Learn how the human energy field (aura) impacts human interactions and relationships. $15. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave., 941-953-6620,

Full Spectrum Eminence Annual Open House – 3-6pm. Join us to experience the Eminence Organic Skin Care 2017 Award Winning Products with Kara Pettis. Classes to slow skin aging at 3:30 and 5pm with Eve Plews and balancing your inner and outer beauty with Chuck Pisa at 4 and 4:30 pm. Refreshments, samples and drawings. RSVP 941-952-1200. Full Spectrum, 2106 Bispham Rd, Sarasota.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 Experience John of God, Crystal Light Bed Sessions – With Michele Denise. She is authorized by John of God, and offers crystal light bed sessions and tours to visit John of God in Brazil. The crystal light bed aligns the chakras leaving the person emotionally, physically and spiritually balanced. Available, blessed John of God Crystals and Jewelry. $35/half hour, $65/ per hour. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, for appointment, 828423-1482, Merry and Bright with ZO Skin and Abrams Dermatology - 9am-4pm. Free Skin Analysis with ZO skin care and Esthetician Catherine Fulton and Free ZO Stimulator Peel with $100 deposit and receive $100 worth ZO skin care products. 3328 Beeridge Rd, Sarasota, 941 926-2300, Discover Moringa “The Miracle Tree” 10:30am. FREE class about the most nutritious tree on earth & its unlimited uses for the leaves and nutrient-dense seed oil. Used for pain from inflammation, digestive issues, skin irritations, antiaging, energy and more. Free. The Plant Place, 6611 14th Street West (Hwy 41), Bradenton, 941753-6611 Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 6-7 pm. Come share and/or learn about spiritual experiences such as coincidences, guidance from departed ones or angels, dreams, past lives, soul travel. These topics come from the Spiritual Experiences Guidebook which will be given as a gift to attendees. Free, Gulf Gate Library, Conf. Rm, 7112 Curtiss Ave, Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Mentoring Webinar 8-10pm. Acclaimed evidencebased medium, Suzanne Giesemann shares the latest teachings from her team in spirit. All attendees have a “front row seat” and the opportunity to ask questions. All get a private link to recording. $25. For more information:

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Experience John of God, Crystal Light Bed Sessions – With Michele Denise. She is authorized by John of God, and offers crystal light bed sessions and tours to visit John of God in Brazil. The crystal light bed aligns the chakras leaving the person emotionally, physically and spiritually balanced. Available, blessed John of God Crystals and Jewelry. $35/half hour, $65/ per hour. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, for appointment, 828423-1482, Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld - 7-9pm. This group will discuss a new spiritual topic each week. We practice an energy healing tool of light each week – Qigong, Reiki IET, etc. Drop-ins to the group are welcome. Please invite your friends also. $15. Molly, 612-384-7903, Holiday Speed Dating Party - 7:30 pm. Primo’s Restaurant. Santa and his pretty helpers will be on hand for fun holiday photos and to make sure everyone is having plenty of holiday cheer! Tickets include: appetizers, drink specials, prizes, give a ways, as well as 20 plus “mini dates”. Holiday gifts available for purchase. Limited seating. $29/

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 Guest Reader, Deborah Chadwick - 10am – 6pm. Using a deck of regular playing cards, Deborah is able to communicate with her guides and angels, quickly receiving very specific information for her clients. Throughout her readings, Deborah brings forth humor and healing to aid her clients in achieving a higher level of understanding and focus. 15mins/$30, 30mins/$60, 45mins/$80. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, Prayer Circle (New) with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon - 7-8pm. Join Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon every Thursday for an hour of gratitude, praise and prayer to the Living God, the God of Gods and the King of Kings. Using a myriad names of God, we will offer up prayers of gratitude for the grace and blessings bestowed upon is. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333,, Powerful Group Healing – 7pm. Join international renowned Quantum Healer and Modern-Day Shaman, Bart Smyth, for a transformational healing gathering. This gathering is offered to assist individuals and their loved ones. Bart blends together his alchemical Healing ways working on chronic health challenges, cutting of psychic ties, removal of toxic aggressive energies, clearing of ancestral patterns, traumas, emotional wounds, depression and more. His methods are laced with humor, kindness and neutrality. These group healings are extremely potent and bring forth very powerful shifts in your vitality and well-being on many levels. $20. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@,

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment, $90/1 hour, $45/30 mins. 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. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333,, Sound Fusion – 7pm. With Carol Hall and Ed Russell. $20. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,,

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 Serving Spirit - 9am-4:30pm, Dec 16-17. How-To Course in Evidence-Based Mediumship with acclaimed evidential medium Suzanne Giesemann. She holds nothing back in this course for students at all levels. Learn to connect with those in spirit. The Villages, FL. See: Giesemann.Link/SS-TheVillages. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 3-4 pm.

Have you had dreams of a departed loved one, an out-of- body or near-death experience, wonder about past lives? Learn more with like-minded people. Receive a CD with special techniques given as a gift to all attendees. Free. North Port Library, Juliano Rm, North Port, 941-358-0325, Caroling in the Garden - 7pm. Carolers and musicians will be singing and leading carols for everyone to listen to and participate in. There will be refreshments and snacks to enjoy. Come be a part of the music, fun and inspiration of the season. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave., 941953-6620,

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 Community HU Chant – 10-11am. Come experience for yourself, with others, how your days can be enhanced by chanting the word HU for 20 minutes from your heart to God. You can also do this on your own at any time. It is for everyone of any background or religious beliefs. You are welcome to stay for light refreshments that follow and meet others who love to sing HU. Free, La Quinta Inn, Rm A, 5931 Commercial Way (W of I-75), Sarasota, 941358-0325,

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 Radical Self Care Holiday Showcase – 6-8:30pm. Come and sample teas from around the world with Sifu Michael Stults. Learn about Chi Tao and Chi Na from this modern-day master and how your health can be changed in a positive direction that you can control.  Free. Call 941-921-2662 for more information. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store, 2721 Mall Drive.  Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 6:307:30 pm. Come share and/or learn about spiritual experiences such as coincidences, guidance from departed ones or angels, dreams, past lives, soul travel. These topics come from the Spiritual Experiences Guidebook which will be given as a gift to attendees. Elsie Quirk Library, Conference Rm, 100 West Dearborn St., Englewood. 941-358-0325, Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld - 7-9pm. This group will discuss a new spiritual topic each week. We practice an energy healing tool of light each week – Qigong, Reiki IET, etc. Drop-ins to the group are welcome. Please invite your friends also. $15. Molly, 612-384-7903, Keys of Enoch Study Group -7-9pm. With Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James. We will explore how The Keys of Enoch works directly with the spiritual truths of our past, present and future. Through music, sacred expressions, higher education and prayer, we will develop a deeper understanding of our cosmic birthright and our ability to co-participate with our spiritual counterparts connected with the Divine. $7. If you are new to the Keys of Enoch please call for information. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,,

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 Winter Solstice Hands-On Self-Healing Meditation – 11:30am-12:45pm. The Winter Solstice celebrates the longest hours of darkness or the rebirth of the Sun and is believed to hold a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection. Connect with the special energies of this day and be renewed as you are guided through dynamic handson energy balancing exercises you apply to your own body. Profound relaxation, rejuvenation, and pain relief are just some of the “side effects” of this practice. Register by 9am, December 21. $18/meditation, $60/5 meditations prepay. Cash or check.

Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-2282972,, Winter Solstice Hands-On Self-Healing Meditation - 6-7:15pm. The Winter Solstice celebrates the longest hours of darkness or the rebirth of the Sun and is believed to hold a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection. Connect with the special energies of this day and be renewed as you are guided through dynamic hands-on energy balancing exercises you apply to your own body. Profound relaxation, rejuvenation, and pain relief are just some of the “side effects” of this practice. Register by 4pm, December 21. $18/meditation, $60/5 meditations prepay. Cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-228-2972,, Winter Solstice & World Peace Summit – 7pm. An important call to Lighworkers. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@, Prayer Circle (New) with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon - 7-8pm. Join Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon every Thursday for an hour of gratitude, praise and prayer to the Living God, the God of Gods and the King of Kings. Using a myriad names of God, we will offer up prayers of gratitude for the grace and blessings bestowed upon is. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333,,

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment, $90/1 hour, $45/30 mins. 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. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333,,

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23 Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 11am - noon. Come share and/or learn about spiritual experiences such as coincidences, guidance from departed ones or angels, dreams, past lives, soul travel. These topics come from the Spiritual Experiences Guidebook which will be given as a gift to attendees. Free, Nokomis Community Park Art Room, 234 Nippino Tr., Nokomis. 941-358-0325, Our Famous Monthly Saturday Intuitive and Healing Arts Faire with Readings, Healings and More –  11am-4pm. A monthly event with  Intuitive and Mediumistic Readings, Spirit Artist, Human Design readings, Astrology and Numerology Reports, Tarot, various Card Readings, Reiki energy healings, Emotional Polarity Healing and others. Something for everyone. Call to schedule your favorite Reader or Healer. Walk-Ins Welcome. $20/15 min reading, $40/30 min healing session. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,,

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 ECK Light and Sound Service – 10-11am. What is Spiritual Freedom? Spiritual freedom is growing into a state of more godliness. Becoming more aware of the presence of God. La Quinta Inn, 5931

Commercial Way (W of I-75), rm A, Sarasota, 941358-0325, Divine Light Service - 7pm. You are invited to be a part of the sacred energy and connection of this candlelit service. Those who attend will enjoy wonderful music, an inspirational talk and receive an inspirational message from one of our mediums. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave., 941953-6620, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Cosmic Center – 7pm. One combined service with Revs. Mary-Linn & Thomas Clarke and Rev, Molly Friedenfeld. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333,,

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27 Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld - 7-9pm. This group will discuss a new spiritual topic each week. We practice an energy healing tool of light each week – Qigong, Reiki IET, etc. Drop-ins to the group are welcome. Please invite your friends also. $15. Molly, 612-384-7903,

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 Drumming Meditation Event - 7- 9pm. Drum meditations have been practiced around the world in many diverse cultures. This type of meditation in drumming is surrendering to the rhythm and riding the wave of the vibration created, joining with the vibrational energy of the Universe. Come and enjoy this celebration of the New Year. Bring your drum and lose yourself in the creative rhythm for a healthy & prosperous 2018. $15 donation. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota, 941-266-8435, Prayer Circle (New) with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon - 7-8pm. Join Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon every Thursday for an hour of gratitude, praise and prayer to the Living God, the God of Gods and the King of Kings. Using a myriad names of God, we will offer up prayers of gratitude for the grace and blessings bestowed upon is. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@,

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, The Universal Worship Service -10:30am. This Sunday we expand the venue to include the Burning Bowl and White Stone Ceremonies to celebrate a new beginning in our lives. This will be facilitated with Zan Benham and other members. 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 rotate on leading the services each week. The first Sunday of each month is a children’s service. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839,


SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 Richard’s Foodporium Presents 5th Annual Health Expo -  10am. Richard’s Foodporium will present their 5th Annual Health Expo.  A talk starting at 9am with featured special guest Dr. Michael Murray will discuss the role enzymes play in the digestion process. Doors open at 8am.  The Health

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Expo will begin at 10am and features Supplement, Natural Food, and Health items. Also, included are local businesses and non-profit organizations. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit each booth to test and take-home samples, and watch live cooking demonstrations. This event is family friendly and free to the public. Robarts Arena in Sarasota.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 Demonstration of Mediumship With The Spirit Artist – 7-9 pm. Acclaimed Spirit portrait artist Joseph Shiel joins International medium Janet Nohavec for a gala demonstration of evidential Spirit communication and Spirit art. $30. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-5445874,,

SATURDAY JANUARY 13 The Demonstrating Medium- Advanced Workshop - Join Janet Nohavec, Joe Shiel, evidential mediums who together have conducted hundreds of demonstrations of mediumship. Learn techniques necessary for a medium to sustain the power and energy for demonstrating mediumship. This course is not for absolute beginners. The student should be able to generate a contact with the spirit world from the platform. Discipline and a knowledge of how to expand the contact from first link to a beautiful open flower, much like artwork. $99. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@,

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 New! International Teacher of Esoteric Philosophy William Meader events – Jan 17-20Th. Shine Forth book talk/Esoteric Astrology-Revealer of Souls Intention/The Spiritual Call/Soul Purpose & Seven Rays/The Soul & Creative Destiny. Emergent Light,

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24 Self-Hypnosis Course 3 Part Series - 6:308:30pm. Jan 24th, Jan 31st and Feb 7th . With Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist’s Beth A Snyder and Dani Fox. Get set for the new year by becoming your own inner hypnotist!  Finally, it’s your chance to gain the skills necessary to take real action on your goals in the coming year and program your deep inner mind for success.  Designed for the general public, this 3-part hands-on Self Hypnosis series is taught by certified clinical hypnotherapists who will share tips, tools and techniques for creating change in the place where change sticks - the subconscious mind. $299 For the 3-part series. 941706-3257,

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 Serving Spirit Level Two - 9am-4:30pm, Jan 2728.. Advanced Course in Evidence-Based Mediumship with acclaimed evidential medium Suzanne Giesemann. Learn new tools to expand connections. Prerequisite is Serving Spirit Level One. The Villages, FL. For more information: Giesemann. Link/Level-Two-The-Villages


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sunday Morning Meditation at Garden of the Heart Yoga Center - 8:30-9:30am. Stephen Gillum will lead you through meditation practices including silent, guided, and walking meditation. Suggested Donation $12. Garden of the Heart Yoga Center, 2888 Ringling Blvd., One from the Heart Healing Sessions – 9:3010:15am. Center of Spiritual Awareness healing practitioners offer 15-min sessions to bring a state of wholeness to body, mind, and spirit. Free. Fruitville Rd (Knights of Columbus Bldg), 941-926-7828. Sunday Services Cosmic Center – 10am. Handson Spiritual Healing. 10:30am Open Arms Metaphysical Spiritualist Service: Inspirational lectures and messages from your loved ones and friends on “The Other Side”. Reverends Thomas & Mary Linn Clarke. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941371-9333. Hatha Yoga with Jamie Coffey – 10-11:30am. A creative blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background. The class helps to build strength and increase flexibility. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-9525280, Nia - 10am. With Becky.  Say yes to living well with Nia: a blend of the dance, martial, and healing arts.  Also Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am.  First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, Unity of Sarasota-10:30am. Celebration Service. We honor the Christ Spirit in all. Music: Rob Satori. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-350-3301, Sarasota Center of Light Sunday Morning Celebration Service - 10:30am. We celebrate life in a morning church service that features Vibrational Healing followed by singing, music, a guided meditation, a greeting of the community and an inspirational talk by our Pastor, Rev. Jim Toole.  Feel the energy of the Sanctuary and this Community. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, Sunday Service at CMF – 10:30am. Please join us each Sunday morning for spiritual healing, an inspirational talk, special music and messages from spirit.  Leave refreshed and inspired. Refreshments and fellowship period follows the service.  Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota. 941-266-8435, The Universal Worship Service -10:30am. This is an egalitarian worship service that celebrates all of humanity’s religions and spiritual traditions on a single altar. Scriptures, songs, prayers, chants, and offerings from each religious tradition are accompanied with universalist prayers that honor all faiths as lights serving humanity’s unfoldment. Different officiates/Cherags rotate on leading the services each week. First Sunday of each month is a children’s service. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839,

Cosmic In-Service  Gathering  of  Lightworkers – 12:15pm. A call to Planetary World Servers to Anchor Light and work with our Family of Light  to bridge Heaven and Earth. Rev Molly Friedenfeld. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdws, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, Open Heart Divine Healing Service  –  12:15pm. First Sunday monthly. Through the gathering of the faithful, experience and co-create the Anchoring of Powerful Divine Healing Energies within the Sacred Circle. Expect miracles! Rev Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James. A Spiritual Discussion follows the service at 1:15 with Rev Molly Friedenfeld. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute - 4-6pm. 2nd and 4th Sunday. SaraSangha Insight Meditation Group. Donation, 3-5pm. 3rd Sunday. Good Cause EcoSangha mindfulness approach to climate change. Donation, Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, Unitarian Universalist Church Library, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Sarasota Center of Light Sunday Evening Celebration Service – 7pm. Our evening service is special for the Spirit communication offered by our Pastor, Rev. Jim Toole, one of our mediums, or a guest medium.  Experience the inspiration and joy as we come together for an inspirational talk, singing, music, prayer and celebrating life. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620,

monday Alchemy TaiChi and Qigong - 8:30am. Exercise the mind, body, and spirit in this energy-based movement practice. By donation. Outside @ Arlington Park, 941 525 3752, aware122@gmail. com, Intermediate/Advanced Level Yoga Class – 9am. Led by Gillian Whatmore at Garden of the Heart. Vinyasa and poses that will progress your yoga practice, including inversions like handstand and forearm balance. $18. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, Yoga Classes at Rosemary Court Yoga – 9:3011am and 11:15am-12:45pm. Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole features a blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background and helps to build strength and increase flexibility. 11:15am Ashtanga Yoga with Liana Sheintal Bryant is a physically demanding practice synchronizing breath with movement through a set series of progressive postures to build strength, flexibility and stamina. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, Classical Pilates - 10:15am. With Maggie. Fundamentals of Pilates with alignment, breath, core strengthening, and stretch.  First class is only $5!  Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, Introductory Reflexology Session – Noon5:30pm. One-hour session. $49. Heart and Sole Organics, 1435 S Osprey Ave, Ste 200, Sarasota. 941-228-9724. Transitions Support Group – 5-6:30pm. A support group that helps cope with the reality of traumatic changes. Discover resources & chart strategies to achieve priority goals. Six sessions are recommended. Free. Transition Church, 2215 Sunset Dr, Ste E1, Bradenton. 941-739-7103.

Feldenkrais with Bonnie K – 5:45pm. Ongoing Awareness Through Movement lessons. Improve posture, body/mind connection, self-reliance. $15. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-3602248. 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 Alchemy TaiChi and Qigong - 8:30am. Exercise the mind, body, and spirit in this energy-based movement practice. By donation. Outside @ Arlington Park, 941 525 3752, aware122@gmail. com, Yoga at Siesta Key Chapel - 9:30-11am. Chair yoga 11am-12pm. All levels welcomed. $10. 4615 Gleason Ave., Sarasota, 941-349-1166,, Yoga Classes at Rosemary Court Yoga - 1011:30am, 12-1:15pm, and 6:30-8pm. 10am Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole is a blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background and helps to build strength and flexibility. 12pm Yin Yoga with Stephanie Cole is a passive yoga practice that stretches connective tissue in the body and provides time to remain in the poses for longer periods which increases flexibility. 6:30pm Vinyasa Yoga with Stacey Steig is a vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heatbuilding sequence.  $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-9525280, Drop-In Psychic Intuitive, Tarot, and Astrology - 12-3pm. Psychic Tu/W/F (12-3), Tarot/ Astrology Tu (3-5) and Th (12-3).  Also by appointment and special scheduled events! $20/15 minutes. Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, Anchoring Light Channeled Meditation Charlotte County – 7:45pm. 2nd Tuesday monthly. Reverend Sharon-Elizabeth James. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light since July 2007. Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, Buti Yoga -7pm. With Leila, yoga, tribal dance, and body sculpting class. Also Wednesday at 7pm and Saturday at 9am. First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, Law of Attraction Class Returns- 7-9pm. (No classes, Dec.19, 2017 to Jan. 9, 2018 ) This class takes you to the leading edge of co-creation, working with the Principles of the Laws of Cause/Effect or Sow/Reap. We are entering a study series of intension for living life as masterfully as we can, given our various quirks and preferences. We move forward in our understanding of the Law of  “if you ask it is given.”  $10. At Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. Sarasota. Rev. Zan Benham, 941-9227839., Zen Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Tues & Thurs. Led by spiritual director, Rev Daito Zenei Thompson. Consists of two 20-min meditations, separated by a 5-min walking meditation. Ends with tea & conversation. Free. Sarasota Zen Center, 3947 Clark Rd, Ste A, Sarasota. 941-451-6988.

Intermediate Level Yoga Class – 7:30pm. Led by Cindy Turner at Garden of the Heart Yoga. Work toward a challenging “peak” pose each month, all classes include inversion preps. $18. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota,

wednesday Hands-On Self-Healing Meditation – 1011:15am. Connect with the rejuvenating, harmonious flow of life energy in your body for deep relaxation, pain relief and more. Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Instructor, Michelle Giambra, guides you in sequences of hand placements to revitalize energy centers on your own body. Space is limited. Please preregister. $18/class or 5 classes for $60 (prepay). Cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact Michelle Giambra,  941-228-2972,, Feldenkrais with Bonnie K – 10:45am. Awareness Through Movement classes improve posture, balance, and body awareness. Lessons (in chairs/ on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. $15. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-360-2248. Vinyasa Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 11:30am1pm. A vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heat-building sequence. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, Free Healing Clinic – 4-6:30pm. Our Masters tap into the Divine Source of energy to balance and heal your being. Relax and enjoy this renewing and enlightening experience. Love Donation Appreciated. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995, revpat@, Walking Wednesdays - Starts October 18th at 5:30pm. Walking, body weight exercises, stretching, & meditation. We will meet at Kissing Sailor Statue at the marina.   Please bring a Yoga mat. $15.00.  Space is limited. To register for this walk, call Vicky at You First - Mind Body Fitness Coach/ Trainer, 732- 610-6486. Yoga w/Erinn Earth-6-7:30pm. Exercises, breath infusion, meditation. $10 class/5 for $40. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota. 941-9553301, Sarasota Mindfulness Institute--6-7pm. Drop-in Sitting Meditation group, with instruction & discussion of reading, Donation. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota, SarasotaMindfulness. org/calendar.html. Wednesday Candlelight Healing Service - 7pm. Wednesday evening is dedicated to healing. Receive a Vibrational Healing and join us in a guided meditation.  We share our energy and intentions together in our candlelit sanctuary in a peaceful and loving hour together. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-9536620, The Keys of Enoch Study Group – 7-9pm. 1st and 3rd Weds. Known also as The Book of Knowledge, this is the study of the “code-book” or blueprint for spiritual consciousness with the reality of Divine Intelligence. Written by Dr J J Hurtak. Co-facilitated by Kim Converse and Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James. $7. The Cosmic Cen-

ter of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7:309pm. Join Susan Houliston and guest instructors every Wednesday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills, and each class will end with healings by the “WE” for all those attending. Discussion and refreshments follow. $10 donation is requested. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd., Sarasota. For more information or for description of the program offered for a given date, call Susan at 941266-1696,

thursday Alchemy TaiChi and Qigong - 8:30am. Exercise the mind, body, and spirit in this energy-based movement practice. By donation. Outside @ Arlington Park, 941 525 3752, aware122@gmail. com, Yoga at Siesta Key Chapel - 9:30-11am. Chair yoga 11am-12pm. All levels welcomed. $10. 4615 Gleason Ave., Sarasota, 941-349-1166,, Sarasota Mindfulness Institute--10-11am, Drop-in Qigong, $12 per single class or $10 per class when purchase a one-month pass. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, Yoga Classes with Liana Sheintal Bryant - 1010:45am and 11:15am-12:30pm. 10am Mom + Baby Yoga class is designed for babies 6 weeks to 3 years (but all are welcome!) and offers benefits for both moms and their babies. 11:15am Ashtanga Yoga with Liana Sheintal Bryant is a physically demanding practice synchronizing breath with movement through a set series of progressive postures to build strength, flexibility and stamina. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280,

friday Alchemy TaiChi and Qigong - 8:30am. Exercise the mind, body, and spirit in this energy-based movement practice. By donation. Outside @ Arlington Park, 941 525 3752, aware122@gmail. com, Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 9:30-11am and 11:30am-1pm. A creative blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background. The class helps to build strength and flexibility. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, Feldenkrais Class – 11:30am-1pm. Deepen your awareness of how you move to improve balance, flexibility and posture. Pay as you wish. Longevity Wellness Clinic. SRQ, 941-923-9355. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute -12–1pm. Drop-in Sitting Meditation group, with instruction & discussion of reading, Donation. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, “Lunch Break” Yoga, all Levels, With Kelly – 12-12:45 pm. First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue, 941-312-5630,

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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,


Restorative Thai Yoga - 7pm with Angi. Restorative Yoga with personalized Thai Yoga adjustments.  First class is only $5!  Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue, 941-312-5630,


ACUPUNCTURE/ CHINESE MEDICINE 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!

saturday Sarasota Farmers Market – 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Established in 1979, the market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans. They currently have a full market that includes 70 vendors and 5,000 sq ft of produce and plants. 1592 Main St from Lemon Ave to Selby Five Points Park, Downtown Sarasota. Central Sarasota Year-Round Farmers Market – 8am-1pm, rain or shine. Every agriculture vendor at the market (fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, etc.) is a grower or farmer, not just a reseller. The Florida House, 4454 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota. Mixed level Yoga Class – 9am. Led by Amanda Hansell at Garden of the Heart Yoga. Learn a variety of poses everyone can do, including inversion preps and advanced variations on poses. $18. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, Vinyasa Yoga with Rebecca Harp - 9-10:15am. A vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heat-building sequence. $14/ class, 5/$50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941-952-5280, 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 Donna L. Galloway, 561-346-6296, Free Sleep Consultation at Sleep Organics – 10am-5pm or by appt. Find out how to remedy aches and pains and get better quality sleep. 650 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941-312-5906, Sleep Consultation – Find out how you could be sleeping better at night with a free, no obligation consultation. Top Drawer Furniture, 1955 Northgate Blvd, Sarasota. 941-877-1381.


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

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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.

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


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


Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month (20 word minimum). To place listing, submit online at Or call 941-564-0885 for more information. Deadline is the 15th of the month.

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.

GRIEF AND LOSS BODYWORK HAVE THE HOLIDAY BLUES? Try BMT, Bereavement Massage Therapy, with Leslie Freeman, LMT (941) 735-2963,@ 3811 Alden Way, SRQ, 34232 Lic# MA14624” HOLIDAZE NOT SO MERRY?  Try BMT, Bereavement Massage Therapy, with Jocelyn Nicholas, LMT (941) 650-3848, @ 3811 Alden Way, SRQ, 34232   Lic# MA46904


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


Anne Luther, DVM 3646 Birky St., Sarasota 34232

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



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 Tu-Fri 10-5 and {IN GULF GATE SHOPPING VILLAGE} Sat. 10-3.



650 Central Ave, Suite 5, Sarasota (941) 312-5906

Sarasota’s sleep specialists, featuring the west coast’s largest selection of natural and organic mattresses and bedding, all constructed with non-toxic materials such as organic cotton, wool, and latex.


1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-361-3006 •

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


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.



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


1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-361-3006

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



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.


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

Improving health in Sarasota, one person at a time.

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

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



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

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


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



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



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

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

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

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

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

FURNITURE TOP DRAWER FURNITURE 1955 Northgate Blvd, Sarasota (941) 877-1381

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

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




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



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

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


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Center and Perfect Blend Acupuncture Diana Hebert, AP, DOM, RN, CLT 941-321-7171

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


MARTIAL FUSION® BUDO CENTER 2902 Hyde Park St., Sarasota

A multidimensional training space built and designed for classes, workshops and seminars in Aikido, Kickboxing, Yoga, Qigong and Zen Meditation. We welcome individuals looking to improve their health, longevity, flexibility, vitality, energy, stamina, posture, inner-strength, coordination, power, agility, balance, focus, mental clarity, emotional balance, tranquility and spiritual awareness through a life transforming discipline of holistic fitness and inner development.


Christy Tromp Matchmaking Speed Dating Events Parties
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I have been helping people find meaningful relationships for over 20 years. Give us a call for a free consultation. LIFE IS BETTER WHEN SHARED!


A Mindful Place 2020 Rose St Ste B, Sarasota

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


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

Cafe Evergreen is a natural, organic restaurant. Our menu consists of BICH MAI MASSAGE many organic recipes deNO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED MA 0025928 signed to not only taste Will meet or beat all competitor pricing. 1219 East Ave, Suite 202, Sarasota delicious, but also enNew Client Special 941-724-9992 hance your health. Open 3 Massages for $100 (regular price $65-75) each Customized massage to fit your needs. 7 days a week 11am-9pm. Specializing inMassage sports massage. Avail• Customized to Fit Your Needs able evenings & weekends. New cli• Specializing in Sports Massage ent special 3 massages for $100. NATURAL PET FOOD • Works on-all levels of athletics to alleviate pain


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941-724-9992 713 Honore Ave, Sarasota, 941-378-4367

1219 East Ave, Suite 202, Sarasota,5770 FL 34239 Ranch Lake Blvd, East Bradenton, 753-7297 • MAD SCIENCE MASSAGE Specializing in Hypo-allerLizz Pugh, LMT (MA40424) genic Foods, Frozen Natural 7357 International Place #101, Sarasota Raw Foods, Herbal & Ho941-777-2997 meopathic Remedies, gent & Soap Free Shampoo, CBD Oil Massage, Vitamin Infused Massage, and other Natural Flee Preventatives Skin Care Products, unique treatments. Our muscle Healthy treats, Toys and gifts. mechanics take some insurances for medical massage including Sarasota and Manatee County

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

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


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.


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.


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.



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


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

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


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


5041 Ringwood Meadow, G2, Sarasota 941-371-9333

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

SARASOTA CENTER OF LIGHT 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.

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

VETERINARIAN ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER 3646 Birky Street, Sarasota 941-954-4771

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

YOGA ROSEMARY COURT YOGA 810 Central Ave, Sarasota 941-952-5280

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


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.


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

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


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