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Fall into the Stillness Spiritual retreat for renewal

November 14 –16, 2014 Camp Beckwith, Alabama Far enough away to come together!

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Location: Camp Beckwith Fairhope, Alabama Friday Night Keynote: Rev. Donna Johnson, Ceo of Unity Worldwide Ministries Retreat Music: Jack Fowler, Recording Artist and Rerformer Presentations/Activities: Led by Rev. Darby Neptune, Rev. Jamie Sanders, and Rev. George Schmidt Retreat Fee: $115 Room Fee:

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Connect and become centered for the holidays at an adult spiritual retreat on a beautiful bayfront property, surrounded by live oaks and the gentle waves of the shoreline. Guests may choose the type of accommodation that best suits their interests and pricing and enjoy nature walks, canoeing/ kayaking and the labyrinth. The affordable retreat fee includes use of the grounds, meals, speakers, musician and sacred circle leaders, plus a commemorative T-shirt and tote bag. During free time, take advantage (for a reduced extra fee) of the John of God Crystal Light Bed, yoga, massage, and qigong, or relax in a hammock, walk the shore and chat with new friends. This is a time for renewal of mind, body and spirit!

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newsbriefs Everything for the Home and the People In It

T contact us 850-460-3266, office 888-228-8238, toll free 888-370-0618, fax P.O. Box 945 Destin, Florida 32540 PUBLISHER Daralyn Chase Publisher@NWFNaturally.com CO-PUBLISHER/ DIRECTOR OF ADVERTISING Scott Chase, (ext. 702) Scott@NWFNaturally.com EDITOR Martin Miron STAFF WRITERS Thomas Masloski Karen Roganov NATIONAL AD SALES 239-449-8309 FRANCHISE SALES 239-530-1377 © 2014 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback.

SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are available by sending $36 (for 12 issues) to the above address or order online at NWFNaturally.com. Natural Awakenings is printed on recycled newsprint with soybased ink.

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he 15th annual Emerald Coast Home Show will be held September 13 and 14, at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, with more than 100 booths consisting of home show vendors, retail vendors, home-based businesses and health care vendors offering free health evaluations and advice. Visitors will enjoy free beverages and more than $10,000 in door prizes and giveaways. Brava Hair Studio is giving free haircuts to support the Gulf Coast City Church volunteer group, which will hold a public church service at the event at 9 a.m. Sunday. Sponsors include Ecoview Windows, Advanced Dermatology, Bath Fitter, Brava Hair Salon, Buy This Kitchen, Coastal Dermatology, Computer Heroes, CJ Signs and Design, Defined Interiors, Healthsource FWB South, Hometown Contractors, K2 Media, Spacewalk, The Ticket Sports Network, WJHG TV, Wright Parkway Dental and Natural Awakenings magazine. Admission is free. Booth spaces are still available. For more information or to register for a space, visit EmeraldCoastHomeShow.com or call Wes Fell at 850-837-2807.

Hairstylist Gone Health Nut

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ormer hairstylist Kimberly Thornell, a senior stylist and an in-salon coach at an Aveda salon in Destin for six-and-a-half years, has had a wonderful experience getting healthy and fit using a nutritional cleansing and replenishing super-food system. Now she is available to help clients be healthier, too. Her daily regimen is a solution for weight loss, energy, performance and beautiful aging. It’s organic, quick and designed to fit all ages. Thornell had always been a healthy eater, but says, “Since the makeup of food has changed so drastically in recent years and is now nutritionKimberly Thornell ally deprived, it means that our bodies are full of toxins. So in order to make sure we get the essential nutrients and minerals, it’s necessary to take a supplement, and luckily the one we promote sources the best ingredients from around the globe. It is natural, organic and patented.” Thornell and her husband have substituted one meal a day and released 50 pounds together through this simple lifestyle modification. “We say ‘released’ instead of ‘lost’ because we have no intention of finding the weight again,” says Thornell playfully. Thornell is focused on individual goals that target individual lifestyles, and can be reached at 850-797-1331 or NateAndKimThornell@yahoo.com.

Correction Energy Light Dancing is a wellness center and does not offer ballroom dancing, as reported in our June issue. We regret the error.

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eople will be swarming from 10 a.m. to noon, August 16, at Plaza De Luna, in Pensacola to save the bees. Our bees are in crisis and need our help. This swarm will help build public awareness on how harmful toxic pesticides have contributed to deadly colony collapse disorder. Sponsored by Save Our Bees, the swarm will proceed from the Plaza toward the Palafox Market. Homemade signs are encouraged and you can even come dressed as a bee. Together we can make a difference! Bee the change you wish to see in the world. Admission is free. Location: 900 S. Palafox St., Pensacola. For more information, call 251-223-1477 or visit on.fb.me/1vbe6ey.

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New Children’s Books Address Wildlife Issues

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oreen Ingram writes children's books about endangered wildlife (specifically great apes and big cats), conservation and sanctuary life for these animals after rescues. Two were written to help Chimp Eden, a Jane Goodall sanctuary in South Africa. Another was written to help a big cat sanctuary in Arizona called Keepers of the Wild. Fifty percent or more of book sales go to these sanctuaries and more. The beautiful artwork is done by former Gulf Breeze student Josh Green. Each book has been written to encourage empathy and understanding for endangered wildlife and their declining habitats by telling their stories of abuse and eventual rescues by some very special sanctuaries. Ingram is also developing a Great Apes board game to go along with the series of sanctuary books. She states, “Children and adults learn how devastating it would be for these animals to lose their homes and be sold to humans as pets or for entertainment purposes. As they read the books, they will also learn about the different animals habitats, eating habits, habitat destruction and conservation, physical descriptions of endangered wildlife and more.” For more information, call 850-3846743, email Doreen.Ingram@att.net or visit MySanctuaryBooks.com.

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newsbriefs Dog Daze are Coming Soon

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he Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce is seeking vendors for the 2014 Dog Daze celebration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 11, at its new location in Liza Jackson Park. Regular applications must be received no later than October 3 and be paid in full to be guaranteed space at the festival. A $50 late fee will be applied to applications taken after October 3. For more information, call fees, regulations and applications, call Rachelle Graves at 850-244-8191, email RacjelleGraves@fwbchamber.org or visit fwbchamber.org.

Epiphany Skincare is Expanding its Market

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uddy Bowman, the first Quantum Light Energy coach in the state of Florida, has been awarded a business service contract with the Twelve Oaks Recovery Center in Navarre, Florida. He will provide Light Energy Therapy sessions to their patients in the Resilience program, which primarily addresses the debilitating effects of chronic stress and offers a wide range of effective treatment protocols. Bowman states that a June 2014 study by the Harvard Medical School confirms that chronic stress leads to heart attack and stroke and there is a definite link between stress and the immune system. He says, “My goal at Twelve Oaks will be to significantly improve the quality of life for my clients by helping to increase their circulation, protect their telomeres and reduce their inflammation, pain and stress.” Bowman voluntarily teaches a 12-hour Light Energy Therapy course for the Center for LifeLong Learning at the UWF Fort Walton Beach campus. Light for Life has conducted more than 600 client sessions in just their first two years in practice.

fter 20 years of perfecting her craft, Katrina Madden had an epiphany that her skill and product was worthy of a business. Today she is following her dream using her many years of experience, as well as all natural and organic ingredients, to handcraft soaps here on the Emerald Coast. Epiphany Skincare, LLC products are all natural with no preservatives, fillers, petroleum or phthalates. Some of the most popular bars are Oatmilk Bar, Yogurt Bar, Purple Haze and Good Morning Sunshine. Madden has diligently worked to expand her business from selling at local farmers’ markets and flea markets to retail sales in stores throughout the Florida Gulf Coast. As a teenager, she was fascinated by the art of soap making and soon began inventing beautiful soap creations in her parents’ kitchen. What started as a hobby soon became her life’s passion, because she realized she was helping people relieve symptoms of a variety of skin conditions.

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New Waiest Qigong Program Reduces Stress

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aiest Qigong is a new home study program that encompasses concepts of meditation from many different cultures and brings them into one organized structure, incorporating mental and physical exercises. It offers a toolbox to help better understand experiences, control emotions and formulate better decisions. Users select the tools that work for them to have a happier, healthier existence at different stages of life. The program is specifically designed to help individuals learn how to relieve pain and stress, increase energy and strength, heighten flexibility and power, restore balance and focus, forge mental discipline and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Waiest Qigong conforms itself to the practitioner. As we age and gain life experience, our perceptions change and the tools we need to exist change. The program includes three manuals, a CD, a DVD, a set of beautiful mala beads blessed by monks, Nag Champa incense, Waiest Order membership and a Waiest spirit warrior certificate of completion opportunity. For more information, call 888-353-9414 or 850-248-8997 and visit Waiest.com. See ad, page 15.

The All Natural Organic Plant Fertilizer— Nature’s Fluid

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ature's Fluid, a new all natural organic micronutrient fertilizer solution, is easy to use and makes fruits and vegetables taste better than store-bought varieties grown with chemicals. Nature’s Fluid cannot be overused and cause burning or mutation of roots and leaves and is perfectly suited for even first-time gardeners. This micronutrient solution also promotes rapid seed germination in as little as two days. Anyone can grow amazing plants every time when using it as directed. With Nature’s Fluid’s guaranteed analysis, the fertilizer is ready for plants to take up right after applying it. Within three to four hours it enters the plant, quickly mobilizing nutrients to show a response within 24 hours, giving struggling plants the boost they need. In many cases, it will even keep plants from dying. For more information, call 903-571-1787. See ad, page 5.

There’s More than One Way to Rub a Foot

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ayne Haynes, an American Reflexology certified reflexologist, has studied the art for 13 years and recently returned from studying at the Thai Institute, in Arlington, Virginia. Thai foot reflexology adds a combination of creams and oils and a traditional Thai foot massage stick. It also works up past the ankle to the knee. Thai foot massage also incorporates a unique way to wrap each foot with towels and has a sequence for working the feet and lower legs through the towels. Wayne will be teaching the basics of Thai foot reflexology at the Wellness Rocks monthly event hosted by Natural Awakenings at Everman's August 14, to enable participants to build routines of their own routine. Cut toenails and bring a towel to wrap the feet. Oil and lotion will be provided or BYO. The Thai foot massage stick is available at Amazon.com/Thailand-Thai-FootMassage-Stick/dp/B001S0JYS0 for $3.99. Wet wipes will be provided to clean the feet. Bring a partner or work with someone in class. This class is for fun and will not train one to be a reflexologist. For more information about this event contact Haynes at 850-305-9714 or visit WellnessRocksNaturally.com.

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Tough Family Life Linked to Chromosome Aging

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hen Princeton University researchers analyzed data from a representative sample of 40 African-American boys enrolled in the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study that followed children born in major U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000, they determined that those that lived through 9 years of age with less-stable families, such as parents with multiple partners and harsh or hostile parenting styles, had a higher probability of having shorter telomeres compared with other children. Telomeres were, on average, 40 percent longer among children from stable families. Telomeres are the segments of DNA at either end of a chromosome that protect the ends from deterioration or fusion with neighboring chromosomes. Shorter telomeres can decrease life expectancy by reducing the number of times our cells can divide, and scientists are discovering that a person’s living environment may lead to the condition. Using large cohort (age group) study data from the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety, another group of researchers from Amsterdam’s Vrije University found significantly shorter telomere length among those with higher stress markers; the shorter length was also associated with aging approximately 10 years faster. In addition, the scientists observed significantly shorter telomere length among people with depressive symptoms lasting longer than four years; the shorter length correlated with both longer and more severe depression.

Parents’ Smoking Linked to Artery Damage in Children

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esearchers from Australia’s University of Tasmania have found that children exposed to the secondhand smoke of their parents will likely face abnormally thickened carotid arteries later in life. The finding, published in the European Heart Journal, followed 3,776 children that participated in the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study and the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study. The children were divided into groups according to whether neither parent smoked, one parent smoked or both parents smoked. Questionnaire results were combined with ultrasound testing to correlate exposure during childhood with the health of carotid arteries, and researchers concluded that the effects are pervasive even 25 years later. Those exposed to two parental smokers as children had significantly greater thickness of inner carotid artery walls than did children with non-smoking parents. Their arteries also showed signs of premature aging of more than three years compared to children of nonsmokers. The researchers wrote, “There must be continued efforts to reduce smoking among adults to protect young people and to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease across the population.”

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Pine Bark Extract Reduces Perimenopausal Symptoms

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Healthiest U.S. Metro Areas in 2014 The American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) seventh annual American Fitness Index (AFI) ranks Washington, D.C., at the top with a score of 77.3 (out of 100), followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul (73.5), Portland, Oregon (72.1) Denver (71.7) and San Francisco (71). Overall, metro areas in 25 states scored 50 or above; the two lowest-ranking hovered near 25 points. “The AFI data report is a snapshot of the state of health in the community and an evaluation of the infrastructure, community assets and policies that encourage healthy and fit lifestyles. These measures directly affect quality of life in our country’s urban areas,” says Walter Thompson, Ph.D., chair of the AFI advisory board. Find the complete report at AmericanFitnessIndex.org.

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Trenton to Chicago via Eco-Outrigger Margo Pellegrino, a homemaker, mother of two and healthy oceans advocate from Medford Lakes, New Jersey, will begin a 1,600-mile journey from nearby Trenton to Chicago, Illinois, by outrigger canoe on August 13 as part of Blue Frontier Campaign’s ocean explorers project. During her two-month trip, she’ll meet with local environmental groups and the media to raise awareness of the urgent need to clean America’s waterways. “All water and everything in it ends up in the ocean,” Pellegrino says. “Plastics and chemicals are particular problems, but soil runoff during floods and heavy rains also impact the ocean and marine life.” During previous paddles, Pellegrino saw firsthand the effects of dumped industrial waste in the waterways she traversed. She notes that nationally, oil rig operators have federal permits to dump 9 billion gallons of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, waste into the ocean each year. On Pellegrino’s first trip in 2007, she paddled nearly 2,000 miles up the Atlantic Coast, from Miami, Florida, to Maine. In 2009, she partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to go from Miami to New Orleans, Louisiana, to build support for a Healthy Oceans Act (OnEarth.org/author/healthyoceanspaddle). In 2010, she canoed along the Pacific coastline from Seattle, Washington, to San Diego, California. Next summer, Pellegrino plans to paddle down the Mississippi River. Follow her upcoming trip at Miami2Maine.com or on Facebook.

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Doctors Order Up a Bike for Patients The Prescribe-a-Bike program (Tinyurl.com/Prescription Bikes) allows doctors at Boston Medical Center, in Massachusetts, to write low-income patients prescriptions for a one-year membership to Hubway, the city’s bike-sharing system, for $5, which is $80 less than the regular charge. A free helmet is part of the deal. According to The Boston Globe, one in four Boston residents is obese, and Kate Walsh, chief executive of Boston Medical Center, believes the program can help. “Regular exercise is key to combating this [obesity] trend, and Prescribe-a-Bike,” she says, “is one important way our caregivers can help patients get the exercise they need to be healthy.” Source: The Atlantic Monthly

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Airports Establish Bee-Friendly Acres The Common Acre is a nonprofit partnering with the airport serving Seattle, Washington, and the Urban Bee Company (UrbanBee.com) to reclaim 50 acres of vacant land to plant native wildflowers as pollinator habitat for hummingbirds, butterflies and disease-resistant bee colonies. A GMO-free (no genetic modification) wildflower seed farm is also in the works. Bees present no threat to air traffic and the hives discourage birds that do pose a danger to planes. Beekeeper Jim Robins, of Robins Apiaries, in St. Louis, Missouri, rents an area with a plentiful supply of white Dutch clover, and Lambert Airport views his enterprise as part of its sustainability program. O’Hare Airport, in Chicago, the first in the U.S. to install hives, is rebuilding to its full complement of 50 hives after losing about half of them to 2014’s extreme winter. It’s a project that could be a model for airports everywhere—using inaccessible scrubland to do something revolutionary, like supporting a local food system. One hundred foods make up 90 percent of a human diet, and bees pollinate 71 of them. Learn more at CommonAcre.org.

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Simple Device Provides Safe Water in Africa The WarkaWater tower is providing an innovative new way to harvest safe drinking water, normally an onerous task in Ethiopia and many other parts of Africa. Obtaining water via repeated trips to the nearest source is extremely time-consuming and what’s collected is often highly contaminated and harmful to drink. Also, this task is commonly carried out by females, putting them in danger of sexual harassment or worse enroute. The towers, inspired by the native warka tree, are a vertical bamboo system that harvests potable, clean water from the air through condensation, using a fog-harvesting fabric that can collect up to 25 gallons of safe drinking water per day. Each tower costs about $550, and can be built in a few days by village residents using locally available materials. Source: Inhabitat.com natural awakenings

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many genres of music, including local artists performing folksy-blues, bluegrass, upbeat songs, positive guitar music and much more to bring people together. Families can visit the Kids’ Zone to discover games, crafts and face painting, or stop in the Information Zone to view offerings from local student organizations and outreach books for prisoners or learn about solar power to run a car and more. The Visual Art Zone features painting, jewelry, sculpture and clothing art. “It’s about smiles, laughter, community and keeping our child likeness alive,” says Kindle. “We are celebrating the children of the world, because they are the ones who are going to make it a different place.” Emagine-Nation.com, a worldwide, web-based learning community,


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Learning that Transforms Hearts and Minds Rethinking How We See Our World Changes Everything by Linda Sechrist

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n the 30 years since Harrison Owen introduced Open Space Technology (OST), it has been used hundreds of thousands of times by three-quarters of the world’s countries. Whether a few people gather in a circle to share ideas and brainstorm personal issues or thousands discuss a bulletin board of topics around tables, OST is a safe, informal venue for transformative learning. Guided by purpose-based, shared leadership, it allows individuals focused on a specific task to freely speak their thoughts and be heard. It also encourages breakout groups to mine for more information—learning individually, as well as collectively, and self-organizing in order to concentrate on more complex topics. “Boeing engineers used OST to learn how to redesign airplane doors and young Egyptians used it to strategize for their Arab Spring,” as examples, comments Owen.

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Café, learning is transformation, the keystone of life, and the essence of meaningful education. “The circle principle contains the predictability of fresh, emerging thoughts and learning that never occurred previously,” explains Owen. He points to an experiment regarding children’s capacity for selflearning initiated by Sugata Mitra, Ph.D., the former science director of an educational technology firm in India. On the outside wall of the building where he worked, Mitra installed a computer facing a New Delhi slum where most children were unschooled and illiterate and had never seen a computer. He turned it on and told children they could play with it. Via a noninvasive video camera, he watched 7-to-13-year-olds discover how to use the computer and teach each other how to play music and games and draw using Microsoft’s Paint program. Repetition of the experiment in other impoverished sections of India yielded similar results. Wherever he established an Internet connection, children that could not read English, the Internet’s default language, taught themselves how to use the Web to ob-

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tain information through their interactions with each other and the computer. “I agree with what Mitra surmised from his experiment—learning is emergent, which is another word for selforganizing,” remarks Owen. Like Freire, Owen likens traditional education to the “banking” method of learning, whereby the teacher passes information to students that become dependent on someone else rather than learning how to think on their own. Suzanne Daigle, a Sarasota, Florida-based consultant with a Canadian multidisciplinary consulting firm, explains how the OST learning environment changed her life: “My personal transformation began in 2009. Even though I was a leader in my corporate career, I doubted myself and often believed that what others had to say was more significant and interesting than what I could express.” Now she says she has shed her people-pleasing tendencies and former attempts to control other people’s agendas and discovered the freedom and courage of her own voice. “As an OST facilitator, my life work now occurs in the moments I am collaboratively learning and listening for opportunities to enter into meaningful conversations that can lead to actions,” says Daigle. “I invite others to do the same.”

Co-Learning

In a compulsory two-year Theory of Learning class for an International Baccalaureate degree at California’s Granadas Hill Charter High School, math and science educator Anais Arteaga helps students apply two major elements of transformative learning: self-reflection to critique one’s own assumptions and discourse through which they question or validate their judgments. She focuses on the roles that perception, language, reason and emotion play in a student’s learning and decision-making abilities. “Questions and lively discussions are the basis of the class,” Arteaga says. “We begin with a question and explore what we know, how we know it and any conclusions drawn from the process.” Using a democratic model in which the teacher welcomes critical discussion, Arteaga and her students have mutually discovered that knowl


edge is not static, but has a history and changes over time. “When we first started the class, it was challenging to accept that in many situations there is no right or wrong, just relativity and a matter of perception. We don’t really know anything for certain,” she remarks.

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Katia Petersen, Ph.D., is the executive director of education at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), headquartered in Petaluma, California. She codeveloped the tools, practices and 22 lessons in the pioneering organization’s Worldview Explorations (WE) project. Founded on 40 years of IONS research, WE engages everyone in age-appropriate ways in reflecting upon long-held assumptions and how beliefs create the lens they see through, ultimately improving how they understand and respond to the world. “When individuals understand the power of offering their story and are open to the worldview stories of others, they no longer focus attention on differences and limitations,” says Petersen. “They realize that everyone has their own truth. “WE’s transformative learning experiences draw from the heart and soul of individuals, rather than stuffing heads with ideas and perspectives, which serves them well as they embody and apply these tools and practices in their daily lives.” She cites a particularly powerful moment for a group of young people she worked with. “A student was killed in a drive-by shooting two weeks before their certification. The transformative moment came when they said that their new awareness and capacity for compassion and understanding would not allow them to seek revenge. Instead, they chose to save lives in their communities using their new skills.”

World Café

Like OST, the World Café, co-created by Brown and David Isaacs, of Burns-

ville, North Carolina, creates a transformative learning environment for individuals of all ages. Its primary principles are: set the context, create hospitable space, explore questions that matter, encourage everyone’s contributions, connect diverse perspectives, listen together for patterns and insights and share collective discoveries. Webs of conversation created around actual or occasionally virtual tables resemble those found in coffeehouses. “Conversation is a core meaningmaking process, and people get to experience how the collective intelligence of a small or large group can become apparent,” says Brown. After several rounds of conversation on one or more topics, participants offer their harvest of key insights, learning and opportunities for action with the full group gathered to reflect together on their discoveries. “World Café provides an environment in which you are comfortably drawn forward by the questions you are asking together. When enough diversity is present, varied perspectives are offered and people feel listened to and free to make their contribution,” observes Brown. What participants learn in this setting creates the climate of conditions that support the kinds of transformations that can change lives. Brown remarks, “When it happens to me, I feel like my brain cells have been rearranged. I know something in the collective, as well as the individual, has been evoked, so that something never before imagined becomes present and available.” Transformative learning has been compared to a sea journey without landmarks. Adventurous individuals that are open to traversing its highly engaging processes can emerge as autonomous thinkers, capable of contributing fresh, new ideas that just might transform the world we live in. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout We.com for the recorded interviews.

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Creative educational initiatives offer more flexible programs of study than traditional institutions. First introduced into the United States in the latter part of the 20th century, today there are thousands of such facilities operating according to their own lights. Yet many share certain distinguishing characteristics including emphasis on close studentteacher relationships, diverse experiential learning and development of student decision-making skills aided by peer and parental support. All aim to prepare and equip students for future success both inside and outside the classroom.

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At age 3, kids at the Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School, in Maryland, are gaining early math and motor skills, plus an appreciation for healthy foods, in unique and innovative ways. “The children roll out a long mat containing 1,000 beads that they use to learn to count by twos, fours and 10s,” says Jenny Smolen, development coordinator and grant writer for the school. “When it’s time for multiplication and division, they’re prepared.” The school is located in a food desert—fresh, unprocessed food isn’t readily available—so the kids plant 24

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Waldorf School alumna Jocelyn Miller, an account manager at Matter Communications, drives 45 minutes from Newburyport, Massachusetts, to take her three children to the Cape Ann Waldorf School, in Beverly. “On bad weather days, I wonder why I make the drive, but the smiles when we arrive are worth it,” she says. There, her children spend time outdoors regardless of the weather. Indoors, they draw illustrations to bolster lessons on history and geography. Second-graders work in three-hour blocks of time, rather than the traditional 45 minutes. Third-grade students recently spent three weeks studying Greek mythology. Older students play in an orchestra and learn German and Spanish. They also knit; the craft builds manual dexterity and helps children learn to plan, correct mistakes, be creative, visualize the finished product and mindfully create something useful or decorative. Middle school and high school students at the Waldorf School of Garden City, in New York, universally participate in seasonal sports—baseball, softball, basketball and soccer. The emphasis on the values of teamwork and sportsmanship complement development of skills. The school’s policy is, “You don’t have to be a superstar to get playing time,” noting that the quality of athletic teams is consistently strong. The school also brings some green into the city with a horticultural program that fully cultivates a quarteracre field. Its steady harvest of fruits, vegetables, herbs and grains includes lettuce, beans, spinach, broccoli, kale, corn, oregano, thyme, rosemary, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. A new greenhouse keeps produce growing through winter months. Students at Conservatory Prep High School, in Davie, Florida, were tasked with finding a way to walk on water in order to explore principles of flotation and buoyancy. After researching and experimenting with each of a series of materials, they analyzed what went wrong, worked to fix it and then tried again. “We did the testing at our onsite pool,” says Wendy Weiner, Ed.D., the school’s founder and principal and a Waldorf alumna. “We saw some pretty


Children at Wisconsin’s Montessori School of Waukesha learn to baste; spoon beans or rice from bowls; cut paper, draw, paint or paste cutouts; and sew or embroider using a three-finger grip. funny results, but they eventually invented a pair of shoes that worked. Of course, they were pretty big shoes.”

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Homeschooling provides another option. Parents don’t need to know all about a subject with organizations like Bridgeway Academy’s homeschool curricula at hand. This Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, institution provides easy access to tools and support for families nationwide. “We’re a kindergartento-12th-grade provider,” says Jessica Parnell, academy president. “Teachers in a school setting have to teach

standardized subjects, in certain ways, to the whole class. We use customized learning to inspire and excite children individually. We help parents discover their child’s learning style, personality and ideal learning environment.” Materials provided include instructor guides, user-friendly websites and interactive games and other activities. “It gives kids the freedom to explore, learn and discover,” Parnell adds. “This is how you grow a lifelong learner.”

Un-Schooling

Un-schooling, another pioneering approach, is a method of homeschooling in which children pursue areas that interest them, eat foods they enjoy, rest when needed, choose friends of all ages or none at all and engage their world in unique, powerful and self-directed ways. Suzanne Strisower, a life and career coach in Oroville, California, has written a commoncore, standards-based curriculum for un-schoolers. “It’s a yearlong program for ages 15 and up designed to enable a student to realize his career path and life’s purpose,” she says.

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“There’s an explosion in online learning, too,” observes Bob Bowdon, executive director of nonprofit Choice Media, an education news service at ChoiceMedia.tv, produced in New York City. School kids in some states are able to opt out of a class at school if they feel the teaching style is holding them back, instead tapping online teachers available in a virtual school setting. Louisiana’s Department of Education’s Jump Start program partners high schools and local companies to offer students one-day-a-week internships apprenticing in trades. “It’s real-world, on-the-job training,” says Bowdon. Thanks to such innovative approaches to school curricula and technology, parents and children have more options than ever before for learning. Instead of memorizing information until the next test and then forgetting it, more learning is customized and hands-on, because children that learn by doing, remember. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouis FreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.

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arving out time from crammed calendars for a week or more away from home can pose such a hurdle that more than half of all American workers forfeit hard-earned vacation days every year. Sometimes a long weekend in an inspiring locale is all we need to recharge our batteries. Short vacations invite welcome rest and relaxation and are often more sustainable, according to Gary Diedrichs, publisher of the online Green Traveler Guides (GreenTravelerGuides.com). “Airplanes pollute more than any other form of travel. When you take shorter trips by other means, whether bicycle or a hybrid rental car, you’re way ahead environmentally,” says Diedrichs, whose family enjoys road-tripping in an old Mercedes converted to run on recycled vegetable oil. For families, short, sweet trips are also easier to do with the kids in tow. “It’s also an opportunity for parents to reinforce that living sustainably isn’t just something you do at home,” notes Diedrichs.

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We can prescribe—and reward— ourselves with one of the following minivacations, whether it’s a trip to a green spa if we’re stressed or a hike in a park or the woods if we’ve been sedentary. Travel on tracks to trails. Leave behind stressful traffic and uninspiring highway views by hopping a train to a nearby state or national park. Riders can venture through a variety of terrains without leaving their seats. Amtrak reaches more than 237 national parks and monuments (AmtrakToParks.com), many of which offer stunning backdrops for outdoor music festivals. A rail-to-park adventure can rekindle old friendships with faraway, but not forgotten friends. Draw a circle encompassing everyone’s location and pick a park within the perimeter as the meet-up spot, distributing the travel burden equally. Agree beforehand which friends bring which essential camping equipment, food and other provisions so that everyone travels light. Traversing trails is a fun, bonding experience.


Go farm to fork. Escape city crowds, live bucolic fantasies and learn about sustainable agriculture during a farm stay. Organic family farms across the country offer overnight accommodations to supplement farming incomes and connect with local consumers. Farm life is about simple pleasures, like waking to a rooster’s call and then digging into a farm-fresh breakfast of free-range eggs, accompanied by homemade bread, cheese, jam and honey. Afterwards, stroll an apple orchard or fragrant field of lavender. Most farms allow guests to pitch in with the chores, maybe feeding chickens, milking cows, picking cherries or making yogurt. Find a place nearby at FarmStayUS.com. Renew your spirit. Reconnect with your faith or explore a new spiritual calling with a short stay at a retreat center. Some furnish structured guided sessions, such as vipassanã Buddhism’s silent retreats, at which participants sit in meditation eight hours a day without access to me-

dia or other distractions. Other centers assist guests in creating self-directed retreats tailored to personal goals. Grounds often feature sacred spaces like labyrinths or meditation gardens, providing an inspiring environment to contemplate one’s spiritual journey. RetreatFinder.com supplies a comprehensive listing of possibilities conducive to every spiritual persuasion, from Anglican to Zen, across the country and worldwide. Taste the terroir. A long weekend amidst vineyards can be a refreshing way to simultaneously explore the countryside and refine our wine palate. Along with tastings, some vintners provide tours of their vineyards and cellars, including insights into the characteristics of local terroirs that give each vintage its distinctive taste. Some also have bed and breakfast inns onsite, eliminating the need for a designated driver. The site WineriesByState.com lists domestic wineries in all 50 states; KennUncorked.com provides information about biodynamic and organic winemakers.

Pamper your body. Visiting a green destination spa is a soothing way to detox from stress while indulging in corporeal treats like a hot stone massage, aromatherapy treatment or rose petal bath. Green spas use natural products such as unbleached organic linens and botanically derived oils, which are gentler on skin. Most practice sustainability in other areas as well, such as water management, energy use and waste reduction. Search for the perfect getaway treat at GreenSpaNetwork.org. Numerous farms, spas, parks and vineyards are waiting to be explored; many nearby that we may overlook draw visitors from around the world. “Local travel gives us a chance to dig more deeply into the places that surround us,” says Diedrichs. “We can have fun playing tourists in our own backyards and support sustainable, local businesses we discover along the way.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.

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What results did the family see when they changed their eating habits? I got the whole family cooking, washing, peeling, chopping, cutting and touching real food—onions, garlic, carrots, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, salad greens, even asparagus. After 12 months, the mother had lost 100 pounds and was off of blood pressure medication, and because the father had lost 45 pounds, he finally qualified for a kidney transplant. The son originally lost 40 pounds, but because he was stuck in a toxic food environment at school and only able to get a job at a fast-food eatery, he gained much of it back. I’m happy to report that he is now working to get back on track.

How is sugar a primary factor in creating obesity? Of some 600,000 processed food items on the market, 80 percent contain added sugar. Sugar calories act differently from fat or protein calories in the body.


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ment. Everyone should know where their food comes from,” he says, echoing another day care cornerstone. In Madison, Connecticut, Tina Pascoe, a registered nurse, attorney and health consultant, co-founded Nurses for Day Care, a nationwide program. The staff finds that many children are sensitive to dye additives in mustard or ketchup, certain oils in soap, paint or cleaning fumes and fire-retardant chemicals embedded in new rugs and carpeting. “We push for the whole school to go green, not just the classroom, with the sensitive or allergic child in mind,” she says. “We’re willing to do whatever it takes, like providing special menus, banning perfumes and smoking, and only using disinfectant wipes or bleach during nighttime cleaning.” Pascoe personally works with about 80 facilities throughout the state. The Cottages at Michaels Learning Center, in Sarasota, is Florida’s first school to earn a Level Three Green School and green infant care certification from the National Green School Coalition and operates the city’s only certified green infant care program. Children from 6 weeks through kindergarten benefit. The school even conducts regular radon testing. Owner and Director Michelle Ireland assesses, “It’s cause and effect. One of the things we teach the children is how our actions have an impact on the world.” Mark Stedelbauer, vice president of marketing at eWater Advantage, in Raleigh, North Carolina, strives to inform day care administrators about the value of using electrolyzed water instead of cleansers. An electrical current that runs through a blend of ordinary tap water and minerals changes the basic nature of water. A lower pH creates a disinfecting solution; a higher pH results in a degreaser. Both solutions clean and kill germs without fumes, residue or allergy triggers. “Often, the combined cost of the electricity, water and mineral supplements used is less than what would be spent on multiple cleaning products,” Stedelbauer points out. It can be created by the half-gallon in a toaster-sized unit onsite and has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture (for use on meat) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (for use on produce). Also, electrolyzed water won’t harm skin or clothing. Creative Minds Learning Centers’ six locations are recognized by the Oregon Program of Quality as among the top 25 schools in the state. They buy renewable energy from wind, solar and biomass sources. At the school, they compost, plant sustainable gardens, collect rainwater and recycle. Nature preschools in the U.S., nearly 30 sites and growing, use a community nature center as a regular part of their learning program (Tinyurl.com/NaturePreschools). Generally, the children are outdoors for 45 to 90 minutes per day, weather permitting, and flexible activities allow them to investigate their own interests safely. Daily explorations build valuable skills like observation, sorting and experimentation. Children experiencing green day care see firsthand how healthy, environmentally sound choices can help make their present and future safe. Telling their parents about their school experiences is a natural bonus. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@mindspring.com.

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We love our seafood, a delicious source of lean protein. The latest data reports U.S. annual consumption to be more than 4.8 billion pounds of it, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with the average American eating 3.5 ounces of seafood a week. About half of the catch is wild-caught and half farmed. How do we know which fish and shellfish are safe to eat and good for ocean ecology?

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he best approach is to choose seafood carefully. Oil spills, waste runoff and other environmental disasters can compromise the quality of seafood with toxic contaminants like mercury and other heavy metals and industrial, agricultural and lawn chemicals. These pollutants can wash out from land to sea (and vice versa). As smaller fish that have eaten pollutants are eaten by larger ones, contaminants accumulate and concentrate. Large predatory fish like swordfish and sharks end up with the most toxins. Beyond today’s top-selling shrimp, canned tuna, salmon and farmed tilapia, more retailers and restaurants are also providing lesser-known seafood varieties like dogfish and hake as alternatives to overfished species such as 32

sea bass and Atlantic cod. These newto-us, wild-caught fish can be delicious, sustainable and healthy.

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An outstanding resource for choosing well-managed caught or farmed seafood in environmentally responsible ways is Seafood Watch, provided through California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium. Information on the most sustainable varieties of seafood is available in a printed guide, updated twice a year. The pocket guide or smartphone app provides instant information at the seafood counter and restaurant table. Online information at SeafoodWatch.org and via the app is regularly updated. The Blue Ocean Institute, led by MacArthur Fellow and ecologist Carl

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Safina, Ph.D., supports ocean conservation, community economics and global peace by steering consumers and businesses toward sustainably fished seafood. It maintains a data base on 140 wild-caught fish and shellfish choices at BlueOcean.org. Hoki, for instance, might have a green fish icon for “relatively abundant” and a blue icon for “sustainable and well-managed fisheries,” but also be red-flagged for containing levels of mercury or PCBs that can pose a health risk for children. As species become overfished, rebound or experience fluctuating levels of contaminants, their annual ratings can change.

Choices Good for Us

To help make choosing easier, Seafood Watch has now joined with the Harvard School of Public Health to also advise what’s currently safe to eat. Entries on their list of “green” fish, which can shift annually, are low in mercury, good sources of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and caught or farmed responsibly. If the top-listed fish and shellfish aren’t locally available, look for the Seafood Safe label, started by EcoFish company founder and President Henry Lovejoy, which furnishes at-a-glance consumption recommendations based upon tests for contaminants. Labels display a number that indicates how many four-ounce servings of the species a woman of childbearing age can safely eat per month. (Find consumption recommendations for other demographics at SeafoodSafe.com.) Expert-reviewed independent testing of random samples of the fish currently monitors mercury and PCB levels. Lovejoy advises that other toxins will be added to the testing platform in the future. “My dream is to have all seafood sold in the U.S. qualify to bear the Seafood Safe label, because consumers deserve to know what they’re eating,” says Lovejoy. “We need to be a lot more careful in how we use toxic chemicals and where we put them.”

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Some retailers also provide details on their seafood sourcing. Whole Foods, for example, offers complete traceability of the fish and shellfish they carry, from fishery or farm to stores. Their fish,


wild-caught or farmed, frozen or fresh, meet strict quality guidelines in regard to exposure to antibiotics, preservatives and hormones. They also display Seafood Watch and Blue Ocean Institute ratings at the seafood counter. Wise seafood choices feed and sustain our families, foster a healthier seafood industry, support responsible local fisheries and keep Earth’s water resources viable. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

SUPERB SEAFOOD According to Seafood Watch and the Harvard School of Public Health, the Super “Green” list includes seafood with low levels of mercury (below 216 parts per billion [ppb]) and at least 250 milligrams per day (mg/d) of the recommended daily consumption of omega-3 essential fatty acids. It also must be classified as a Best Choice for being caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways at SeafoodWatch.org.

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n Atlantic mackerel (purse seine, U.S. and Canada) n Freshwater Coho salmon (tank system farms, U.S.) n Pacific sardines (wild-caught) n Salmon (wild-caught, Alaska) n Salmon, canned (wild-caught, Alaska) The “honorable mention” list includes seafood that contains moderate amounts of mercury and between 100 and 250 milligrams per day (mg/d) of the recommended daily consumption of omega-3s. It also must be classified as a Best Choice for being caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways at SeafoodWatch.org.

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Super-Immunity for KIDS Simple Ways to Boost a Child’s Long-Term Health by Lisa Turner

We’d love it if our kids had fewer sick days away from school, but what if by bolstering their immune systems now, we could also protect them from serious diseases going forward?

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uring childhood, when the immune system is still developing, there’s a great opportunity to set the stage for improved health and resilience,” says Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a family physician and nutritional researcher in Flemington, New Jersey, and author of Disease-Proof Your Child. “A healthy diet and lifestyle can help kids avoid common childhood illnesses like colds, ear infections and allergies, as well as ensure greater resilience against disease later in life.”

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the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, kids that ate the most fruit had a 38 percent lower risk of cancer later in life. Berries, cherries, plums and pomegranates are among the most powerful immune-boosting fruits. For veggies, eat more dark leafy greens, tomatoes, carrots and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. Also emphasize whole grains and healthy fats such as those found in nuts, seeds and avocado, advises Fuhrman. Sugar-laden calories depress the infection-fighting activity of white blood cells, says Dr. Alan R. Gaby, of Concord, New Hampshire, author of the textbook, Nutritional Medicine. Even natural sweeteners such as honey and juice have similar effects when consumed in excess, he says. Try healthy options like pomegranate and kiwi fruit salad; trail mix with raw almonds; dried cranberries and air-popped popcorn; and hummus with red pepper strips and baby carrots for dipping.

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Food allergies and sensitivities can suppress the immune system by increasing inflammation in the body and call for consultation with a health specialist. “Whenever there is extra inflammation, the body has less available energy to keep the immune system functioning as well as it should,” says Dr. Fred Pescatore, a New York author of The Allergy & Asthma Cure. “It’s like putting the wrong type of gasoline in the car; it hinders your performance.”

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Probiotics can enhance immune function in children by stimulating white blood cells and reducing inflammation, says Gary B. Huffnagle, Ph.D., a University of Michigan Medical School immunology research professor and author of The Probiotics Revolution. They are especially protective against allergies, diarrhea and respiratory tract infection. Start with yogurt: Serve with cereal; mix with mashed bananas and freeze in ice cube trays for a cool treat; or make smoothies with unsweetened, non-dairy yogurt and frozen berries. Or consider a Lactobacillus acidophilus supplement; aim for 5 billion CFUs per day of Lactobacillus or bifidobacterium. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), an ayurvedic herb, boosts immunity by supporting and balancing adrenal function, says Dr. John Douillard, Ph.D., a Boulder, Colorado, chiropractor, ayurvedic physician and author of Perfect Health for Kids. The adrenal glands produce cortisol, and overproduction of this “fight-or-flight” hormone can dampen immunity. Ashwagandha is particularly helpful for preventing colds and can also be used when kids are stressed or tired. For children ages 6 to 12, give 500 milligrams per day with breakfast; children over 12 can take 1,000 mg a day.

Stabilize Hormonal Changes

“Puberty and adolescence are marked by dramatic shifts in and surges of hormones,” says Dr. Richard Shames, of Sebastopol, California, co-author of Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled? “This is monumental, as far as the developing immune system is concerned. As the immune


Tell kids they’ll get sick, and chances are it’ll happen. Instead, nurture an attitude of wellness and help them learn they have control over their own health. system is directly linked to hormonal influences, any hormonal imbalance will affect overall immunity.” Shames recommends selenium—a potent antioxidant and general immune booster—to help balance hormones. For children ages 8 to 18, aim for 100 mg per day.

Let ’em Get Dirty

“Once a child has been exposed to dirt and germs, the immune system responds by trying to expel those bacteria from the body, which strengthens immunity,” counsels Jane Sheppard, owner of HealthyChild.com and founding executive director of the Holistic Pediatric Association. Avoid antibacterial soaps, cleansers and gels; most contain the chemical triclosan, which some researchers suspect of contributing to development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Instead, use a natural antibacterial gel or make one, by combining witch hazel or alcohol, tea tree oil and lavender essential oil.

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hether donning colorful tutus or making a marathon a girls’ day out, the current running scene is attracting a broader group of fitness-seekers mindful of the enhanced benefits of a more well-rounded approach. Rather than pursuing fierce competition and personal bests, these runners are focusing on social bonding and overall well-being, likely boosting their fitness success. Two main factors are fueling what’s shaping up as a new running boom: women and social media. “The first running-boom era was male-centric and competitive,” observes Ryan Lamppa, of Running USA. He’s referring to the 1970s, when, largely thanks to 1972 Summer Olympic marathon gold medal winner Frank Shorter and The Complete Book of Running, by James Fixx, many were inspired to hook up Walkmans, lace up sneakers and train for distance races. “Today’s running boom is femalecentric, much bigger and more focused on health and fitness and completion, rather than competition.” Forget elapsed running time; just cross the finish line and have fun doing it, seems to be a growing mantra. Women’s participation hit an all-time high in recent years, comprising 56 percent of the more than 15.5 million runners finishing U.S. races sanctioned by Running USA in 2012 and 61 percent of U.S. half-marathoners in 2013.

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“Women tend to be more social and more in tune with their health overall, and that’s definitely a driving force,” Lamppa says. Couple the female factor with social media-driven, nontraditional race events and the result is explosive. “Events are fun, community-centered and sometimes charity-driven,” Lamppa says of the many innovations, from paint-splashing 5Ks to mud-slinging obstacle course action, which attracted 4 million entrants last year.

Boosts Bonding

These trends could indicate America’s collective progress toward fitness as studies show the social factor plays a huge motivational role in participation. “I think running adherence strengthens when there is accountability and social support,” remarks Englewood, New Jersey, sports psychologist Greg Chertok, citing a meta-analysis of data in Sport & Exercise Psychology Review that backs his notion. For example, such social exercise events inspire happiness. “If you are physically close to someone that is happy, eager and optimistic, you are naturally going to share those feelings,” explains Chertok, who is also a spokesman for the American College of Sports Medicine. “Just through social connectedness alone, you’ll gain boosted performance and mood.”


As a finisher of two Tough Mudders (an intense obstacle course challenge), Chertok can personally testify to the benefits of camaraderie. “It’s just like if a married couple got stuck in a storm and had to brave the elements; the act of doing something challenging together is very bonding.” Simply joining a recreational running group—also increasingly popular and often social media-driven—can bolster success. “When a bunch of individuals work together to pursue a common goal, they are incentivized by the group,” Chertok remarks. “You’ll run at a faster clip or go a longer distance if you are with a group, because each runner values the group and doesn’t want to let members down.”

Brings Balance

Mixing things up can also improve running performance and decrease risks of injury, enhancing long-term staying power. One study found that eight weeks of simple strength-training exercises by conditioned runners boosted their running performances over their conditioned, but non-strength-training peers, as noted in the Health & Fitness Journal of

the American College of Sports Medicine. As for injury prevention, everybody, regardless of sport, needs to cross-train, advises Mindy Caplan, a wellness coach in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “In any sport that you engage in, you end up working certain muscles the same way all the time. Then those tighter muscles start to pull on the joints and without stretching, you end up with problems.” Moving the body in different ways helps, and working on stretching and flexibility can elongate muscles and protect tendons and joints. “The new runner of this second running boom has much more information about training, health and fitness, and injury prevention,” says Lamppa, who occasionally cross-trains by biking and includes some yoga-related stretching as part of his regular routine. “You have to have balance in your running as in your life. If you can get to that point, you will get a very positive response from your body and mind.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra Melani.com or DMelani@msn.com.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 Level One Reiki Training – 11am-5pm. The focus of level one reiki training is self-care. Learn history, energy anatomy and understanding of reiki energy as a healing modality, receive attunement. $250/ manual included. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St, Bldg 2, Fort Walton Beach. Register: 850-217-2771. YoginiFelicia@yahoo.com. FeliciaMcQuaid.net.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31 Transform Your Neck Meditation – 3-4pm. Address the emotional density stored within your neck to improve your alignment and range of motion and alleviate pain. Teleconference with Alice McCall. $15. Reservations: 850-585-5496. AliceMcCall@ earthlink.net. HealingPath.info.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 5 Make Body and Hair Care Products – 6:308:30pm. No reason to settle for mass produced shampoo with preservatives that can harm you. Learn how quick and easy it can be to make your own shampoo, facial toner, facial cleanser and much more using common herbs you may already have on hand. $20. Esther's Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-684-3230. EsthersGardenOfHealing@live.com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9 Young Ladies Body Care Class--1pm-2:30pm. For girls 8 and up, the class teaches creating and using natural body care products. The girls will make/ use clay facial masks, do nails with synthetic free polish, and making a body butter to take home. Prepayment only to hold a spot. $12. Esther's Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-684-3230. EsthersGardenOfHealing@live.com.

MONDAY, AUGUST 11 Reiki Kids – 9am-12pm. Children will learn reiki, a powerful awareness and self-care tool, in way tailored to them. They will learn to use reiki to deal with stress, illness, worries and fears. $65. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St, Bldg 1, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771. YoginiFelicia@yahoo.com. TheHealingClinicFWB.com.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 12 New Perspectives Healing Meditation – 6-7pm. Connect with the bigger picture of your life – finding hope and joy within each day. Receive the broader view of your life – aiding you to become a possibility creator. Teleconference with Alice McCall. $15. Reservations: 850-585-5496. AliceMcCall@ earthlink.net. HealingPath.info.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15 Cooking to Decrease Inflammation – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Get your vitality back, say good-bye to feeling sluggish and lose unwanted pounds. Class shows how a diet regimen can lead to inflammatory illnesses such as thyroid, heart disease and fibromyalgia. Try foods such as homemade chocolate and quinoa pilaf . $25. Esther's Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-684-3230. EsthersGardenOfHealing@live.com.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15 Meeting the Archangels – 5:30-7:30pm. Learn which angel is which, what she stands for, and to con-

Natural Remedies from the Kitchen – 6:30-8pm. Have you fallen ill around midnight and not had the remedy for the ailment? This class details foods you probably have on hand and what remedy each is useful for. Also, common spices and their remedial uses. $15. Esther's Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-684-3230. EsthersGardenOfHealing@live.com.

nect with angels in a more conscious way. The class includes a group meditation and a reading with Archangel Ariel. $25/advance, $30/day of. The Healing Clinic of Fort Walton Beach, 184 Brooks St, Bldg #1, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771. YoginiFelicia@ yahoo.com. TheHealingClinicFWB.com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 Yin Yoga Workshop – 1-3pm. The Yin style of yoga targets the deep connective tissues of the body by holdng postures for longer periods of time. This workshop includes a 90 minute asana practice, deep relaxation, pranayama and meditation. $30. The Yoga Junkie Studio, 1157 John Sims Pkwy, Niceville. 850-279-6980. YogaJunkieStudio@gmail.com. YogaJunkieStudio.com.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17 Meditation – 4:30-5:30pm. Ever wanted to know more about meditation and what you can expect? We’ll answer all your questions. Stay after and enjoy the free Twin Hearts meditation. Free. Light Energy Dancing, 348 Miracle Strip Pkwy (behind IHOP) #27, FWB. 850-543-1970. LightEnergyDancing.com.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 19 Candida Basics – 6:30pm-8pm. The fungus Candida Albicans can cause fatigue, digestive problems, abdominal pain, sinus problems, fibromyalgia, headaches and a host of other diseases. Learn how a nutritional/herbal regimen can eliminate suffering and do so much more. $10. Esther's Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-684-3230. EsthersGardenOfHealing@live.com.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21 Future Lives Workshop – 6-7:30pm. Explore what we perceive as future lives to learn more about ourselves, heal ourselves, and embrace our soul’s evolution. Leading edge content. Teleconference with Alice McCall. Reservations: 850-585-5496. AliceMcCall@earthlink.net. HealingPath.info.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31 Dynamic Core Strength – 2-4pm. Core strength represents the balance between contraction and release. We cultivate dynamic strength to cultivate the ability to take risks in our extremities on the mat. All levels are welcome. $25/advance, $30/day of. The Yoga Junkie Studio, 1157 John Sims Pkwy, Niceville. 850-279-6980. YogaJunkieStudio@ gmail.com. YogaJunkieStudio.com.

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Reiki Master Practitioner – 9am-4pm. Information on master symbol, attunement to the master level of energy, additional symbols. Extensive information along with techniques and practice to enhance your growth and development. $300. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St, Bldg 1, Fort Walton Beach. Register: 850-217-2771. YoginiFelicia@yahoo. com. FeliciaMcQuaid.net.

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ACUPUNCTURE REBECCA FREEMAN, AP, MAOM 60 2nd St, Ste 202, Shalimar 850-902-2536 • 850-651-0160 RebeccaFreeman08@yahoo.com

Caring and compassionate masters of acupuncture and Oriental medicine acupuncture. More than 12 years’ experience relieving all types of pain, including: headaches, female problems, digestive problems and more. See ad, page 12.

INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE INSTITUTE Sheila Mohammed, MD, MSPH, PhD Board Certified • 850-736-8401 4542 Alba St, Pace

Physician applied acupuncture. A safe and effective treatment for general and specific conditions including pain management from neck, shoulder and back conditions, and as an alternative to pain medications. See ad, page 31.

KOVAR CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS CENTER

John S Kovar, DC 29 G Miracle Strip Hwy SW, FWB 850-244-1200 • DrKovar.com Experience the many benefits of acupuncture. Restoring health naturally to patients for more than 30 years, Dr. Kovar also offers chiropractic care, nutrition response testing with designed clinical nutrition, and massage. See ad, page 30.

DR SHERYL ROE Acupuncture Physician Navarree • FWB • Destin 850-225-3460 • DrSRoe.com Acupuncture works! Learn how it can work for you at the Navarre, Destin or Mary Esther. Treating all types of pain, addiction, sleep disorders, stress, fibromyalgia, PTSD. Feel better soon.

AIR CONDITIONING EMERALD AIR SERVICES, L.L.C. HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING

Director, Holistic Practitioner (MA61060) THE Healing Clinic Fort Walton Beach, LLC 850-217-2771 • TheHealingClinicFWB.com Felicia is a transformation healer that offers a unique blend of reiki/ massage therapy sessions. Her insight and understanding in the language of energy will amaze you. See ad, page 17.

CHRISTIE MORGAN, LMT

850-244-2665 112 Beal Parkway SW, FWB EmeraldAirFWB.com

To greatly improve system e f f i c i e n c y, e q u i p m e n t performance, and longevity, eliminate filter-changing inconveniences and provide you home with the purest, healthiest air. Choose Everclean Green. See ad, page 3.

BEAUTY

8th Element Wellness LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-598-7515

Specializing in Pain Management Massage and a blend of Therapeutic Massage Techniques with focused intention to de-stress the body and mind. MA50499. See ad, page 6.

DONALD MORGAN, LMT

SALON VEDAT

Janice Skene 114-B Benning Dr, Destin • 850-837-2690 SalonVedat@gmail.com • SalonVedat.com Organic Salon Systems started a revolution of healthier, natural, organic, better performing professional products. Beauty without sacrificing health. Coloring and smoothing treatments for silky, healthy hair. No SLS, ammonia, parabens, plastics. See ad, page 17.

8th Element Wellness LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-420-5819 Helping clients relax and rejuvenate with Therapeutic Massage, Hot Stone Massage and Pregnancy Massage in a safe and caring environment. MA57307. See ad, page 6.

LAURA TYREE

Holistic Practitioner (MA68035) THE Healing Clinic Fort Walton Beach, LLC 850-217-2771 • TheHealingClinicFWB.com

BODYWORKERS CHRIS GAINES, LMT

8th Element Wellness LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-974-0928 Specializing in compassionate Deep Tissue Massage; combining deep relaxation and deep specific work to address physical, mental, and emotional trauma. MA56647. See ad, page 6.

ALEXANDREA MCALLASTER, LMT 8th Element Wellness LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-582-2285

FELICIA MCQUAID

Dedicated to a heart centered practice specializing in Healing Touch Energy Therapy, Chakra balancing and Neuromuscular pain management with focus on neck release and low back pain. MA59372. See ad, page 6.

Laura’s hands share experience, knowledge, clarity and grace. She specializes in massage and LED light therapy. She also specializes in raindrop technique with Young Living oils. See ad, page 17.

CHIROPRACTIC BLUEWATER CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTER

April Lee, DC 4400 Hwy 20 E, Niceville 850-897-1177 • BluewaterChiropractic.com Natural and holistic healthcare. Offering chiropractic care, lumbar decompression, physical therapies, massage therapy, nutritional education and supplementation. Allow the body to heal the way it was designed.

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HENARD FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr Karen Henard, DC 4566 Hwy 20 E, Ste 205, Niceville 850-897-1105 • HenardChiro.com

A second generation chiropractor, Dr. Henard is committed to chiropractic wellness for the family, improving health naturally. More than 16 years’ experience in pediatrics, sports and automobile injuries. Most insurance and affordable cash plans.

DENTISTRY DR DAYTON HART, DMD

IAOMT Protocol 225 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL 36535 251-943-2471 • DrDaytonHart.com Free book: Mercury Free Dentistry. Ozone, laser no-suture gum surgery, test for compatible materials, cavity-causing bacteria. Examine for gum disease bacteria. Laser cavity diagnoses, saliva, ph check, oral galvanic screening; no fluoride. See ad, page 6.

KOVAR CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS CENTER

John S. Kovar, DC 29 G Miracle Strip Hwy SW, FWB 850-244-1200 • DrKovar.com Practicing locally for over 30 years, expertise in treating pain conditions, auto injury and restoring health naturally through nutrition response testing, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, massage and chiropractic wellness care. See ad, page 30.

CLOTHING SHANGRI-LA VINTAGE BOUTIQUE 124 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE, FWB 850-862-4LUV Shangrila-Vintage.com

The Panhandle’s largest selection of authentic vintage clothing and accessories from 1920’s thru 1980’s. Be earth-conscious and earth -friendly with our one of a kind pieces. See ad, page 16.

ENERGY CONSERVATION EMERALD AIR SERVICES, L.L.C. HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING 112 Beal Parkway S.W., FWB EmeraldAirFWB.com • 850-244-2665

To greatly improve system e f f i c i e n c y, e q u i p m e n t performance, and longevity, eliminate filter-changing inconveniences and provide you home with the purest, healthiest air. Choose Everclean Green. See ad, page 3.

GULF COAST INSULATION Serving the Emerald Coast 850-685-9709 GulfCoastInsulation.com info@GulfCoastInsulation.com

Locally owned and operated company committed to providing quality installation and products making homes and businesses healthier, more comfortable, and less expensive to operate. Call or click for a free estimate and consultation. See ad, page 26.

COLONIC SKINDEEP CLINIC WELLNESS CENTRE

Cindy Butler, Owner/Therapist 4012 Commons Dr W, Ste 120, Destin 850-269-1414 • SkinDeepDestin.com Colonics, ionic footbaths, infrared saunas. Organic non-surgical facelift, weight loss (lose 20 lbs in 40 days), body wraps, massage, teeth whitening, airbrush tan, makeovers.

COMPOUNDING PHARMACY EMERALD COAST COMPOUNDING PHARMACY

Pharmaceuticals Built For You 1719 S County Hwy 393 • Santa Rosa Beach 850-622-5800 • ECCPharmacy.com Pharmaceutical compounding formulates your prescriptions to meet your individual needs. Providing compounding for hormone and thyroid replacement t h e r a p y, d e r m a t o l o g y, p a i n management and other areas. Regina Jaquess, Pharm D. See ad, page 19.

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FOODS & SUPPLEMENTS BODY-B-HEALTHY

2227 Ferdon Blvd, Crestview 850-682-8893 Find us on Facebook Knowledgeable staff and cutting edge digital health assessments. Dairy-free and gluten-free food items, supplements, homeopathic solutions and anti-aging products, plus delicious nutritional smoothies. See ad, page 2.

ESTHER’S GARDEN OF HEALING, LLC 8184 Navarre Pkwy • Navarre 850-499-3670 EsthersGardenOfHealing@live.com

A unique establishment specializing in 150+ bulk herbs, 40+ loose teas, homeopathic remedies and our herbal skincare line. Find us on Facebook for an updated schedule of our weekly workshops. See ad, page 27.

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GOLDEN ALMOND HEALTH FOOD STORE

339 Racetrack Rd NW, Ste # 3 850-863-5811 • GoldenAlmond.com Hours: M-F 9-6, S 10-4, Closed Sun Natural and organic foods. Largest selection of herbs and supplements in the area. Enjoy our new fresh juice bar, open weekdays 10-4. Knowledgeable and personable staff. See ad, page 7.

QIVANA

Ann Kief, Qivana Representative TryTheQ@gmail.com 850-622-2345 • TryTheQ.com Science-based all-natural nutritional product systems used by gold medal Olympians, professional athletes and medical doctors with proven results you can measure. Try TheQ, it’s good for you. See ad, page 26.

SYNERGY ORGANIC JUICE BAR AND CAFÉ 120 Miraclestrip Pkwy SE 850-865-4919 SynergyOrganicCafeFWB.com

Juice Bar and Café offers farm-to-table meals prepared with regionally sourced organic produce and pantry items; glutenfree, dairy-free. Whole food cooking, juicing, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and raw food classes are available. See ad, page 5.

HEALING ARTS ALICE MCCALL, BS PSYCHOLOGY, MBA, HYPNOTIST Cellular Level Energy Healer, Spiritual Coach 850-585-5496 • HealingPath.info WellnessWisdomHealing.com

Phone sessions to transform health issues, serious diseases, unwanted patterns. 12 year successful track record. Authored Wellness Wisdom on natural health and healing.

HOLISTIC MEDICINE NITIN BAWA, MD

Panama City: 850-534-4170 Santa Rosa Beach: 850-534-4170 Destin: 850-424-7320 • DrBawa.com

General medicine with a holistic wellness approach and specialized services in bio-identical hormone therapy, weight loss, food allergies, nutritional analysis and antiaging procedures. Most insurance accepted. See ad, page 2.


EMERALD WATERS

Mauricia Stanton, PhD, ARNP, BC 850-279-6815 1005 College Blvd W, Ste B, Niceville Dr. Stanton, a PhD in Natural Health, sees patients for all types of health concerns. Specializing in women’s care and children 12years and up. Always accepting new patients. Find on Facebook. See ad, page 28.

GULF COAST HOLISTIC PRIMARY CARE Raquel Skidmore, MD 850-640-1530 756 Harrison Ave, Panama City GulfCoastHolisticPrimaryCare.com

At GCHPC, your health comes first. A philosophy that joins holistic and conventional medical care where we treat the whole human…. mind, body and spirit. Prescreening for Medical Marijuana. See ad, page 9..

INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE INSTITUTE Sheila Mohammed, MD, MSPH, PhD Board Certified • 850-736-8401 4542 Alba St, Pace

A holistic, caring physician combining traditional medicine with Oriental medicine; orthopedic medicine; holistic p a i n r e h a b i l i t a t i o n . We understand the patient’s physical, mental and financial difficulties and offer focused approaches to healthcare. See ad, page 31.

HYPNOSIS DEANA COOPER CHAPMAN

Hypnosis and Life Coaching CCH, CNLP 850-261-3596 Deana@deanacooperchapman.com

The mind is the most powerful gift we have. Using Hypnosis, NLP and Life Coaching you can improve, change or accept anything you truly desire. Reach your full potential. Two locations: Navarre Healing Arts & 8th Element Wellness FWB.

KAREN INGA

Hypnosis and Life Coaching, QHHT 850-533-3642 IngaHypnosis.com Be guided to an infinitely knowledgeable and powerful aspect of yourself through hypnosis. Ask, believe, allow and receive the healing from within that is the creative force from above. No judgments passed. Free evaluation. See ad, page 18.

BLUEWATER CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTER

INTUITIVE ARTS TERESA BROWN

April Lee, DC 4400 Hwy 20 E, Niceville 850-897-1177 • BluewaterChiropractic.com

3 W Garden St, Pensacola 850-206-1853 TeresaBrown.net

Sports and rehabilitation massage therapy. Natural and holistic healthcare. Chiropractic care, lumbar decompression, physical therapies, nutritional education and supplementation. Allow the body to heal the way it was designed.

Experienced intuitive medium, public speaker, and author. Find peace, healing and renewal of energy through energetic clearing, past life regression and spiritual counseling. Consultations in person or phone.

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LIGHT THERAPY

Denise Williams, Owner/Therapist 417 Racetrack Rd, NW, FWB 850-314-6642 • ItsAllAlboutYouSpa.com

LIGHT FOR LIFE

Buddy Bowman Quantum Light Energy Coach 28 Racetrack Rd NW Inside Grace-Bowman Orthodontics 850-582-4929 • BuddyBowman.com Healing light and energy photons reduce stress and bring bodies into balance. Promotes natural healing, as the body was designed and nature intended. Inside GraceBowman Orthodontics. Painless, convenient, noninvasive, drugfree. See ad, page 23.

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MASSAGE THERAPY

A full-service day spa dedicated to client care and wellness. Specialties are medical, pregnancy and Thai massage along with detox body treatments, anti-aging facials, Brazilian waxing and mani/pedi’s. See ad, page 13.

SHANNON FAULK, LMT, ESTH, NT

Ocean Elements Day Spa, Lic# MM19166 850-598-7945 90 Spires Ln, #8-A, Santa Rosa Beach

8TH ELEMENT WELLNESS LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW Ste A1, FWB 850-420-5819

True Holistic Spa

Wellness spa features a variety of therapeutic massage modalities, energy therapy, chakra balancing, skincare, hypnotherapy and acupuncture HERBella with Dr.Apothecary & Wellness Sheryl Roe. Also available at Ocean Elements Day spa for group events, bridal Massage therapy • Organic facials • Rain Drop Therapy massage parties, couples massage, girl’s day outings Organic Herbs & essential oils • Natural nail services and workshops. See ad, page 6.

Holistic & Organic, Massage, Facials, Peels, Natural Nails, Gentle Waxing, Body Treatments. Reiki, Crystal and Aromatherapy Sessions.Ear Candling. Mlis Detoxification and Wellness. Call for Appointment.

Cold pressed organic plant oils • Aromatherapy • Reiki All Products free of paraben, synthetic dyes, harmful chemicals, perfumes and irritants. All products are vegetarian based, some are vegan and gluten-free.

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SOURCE INSTITUTE OF MASSAGE THERAPY & BODYWORK 30 Beal Pkwy, FWB 850-598-3633 • Source-Institute.com

Massage therapy classes day or evening, full or parttime available. License in as little as five months . National exam pass rate 100% for 42 months. GI Bill & MYCAA accepted. License #3720. See ad, page 14.

RETREATS SAND, SEA AND SPIRIT RETREAT Orange Beach Alabama Sept 27-Oct 7th 337-794-0062 SandSeaAndSpirit.com SandSeaAndSpirit@gmail.com

More than “Just a Vacation”, experience holistic workshops and lectures, social events and gatherings of like-minded people. Come for the day or come to stay, all are welcome. See ad, page 33.

MEDITATION THE ZEN CENTER • WAIEST QIGONG of Panama City 3901 W Hwy 390 • 850-248-8997 TheZenCenter.net • Waiest.com

A unique location offering meditation, qigong and other relaxation and stress relief disciplines, Aromatherapy and Yoga supplies, loose leaf exotic teas, herbs and Holistic products & gifts. See ad, page 15.

PHYSICAL THERAPY ORTHOPEDIC SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY CENTER, LLC Bob Seton, PT 12671 Hwy 98 W, Ste 213, Destin 850-650-4186 • TherapyBob.com

SCHOOLS BEACHSIDE SCHOOL OF MASSAGE AND BEAUTY 362 Beal Pkwy #201, FWB, 850-226-7874 beachsidemassageschool.com

Explore the possibilities of a new career massage therapy, skin care or nail specialty. Now enrolling new students. See ad, page 35.

CAREER INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND ESTHETICS

1008 Airport Rd, Unit C, Destin 850-543-4919 • CareerInsituteDestin.com CareerInstituteDestin@gmail.com. Career Institute offers a comprehensive program in nail care, skin care and massage. Enroll today! A l so , o ff e r CES a n d student clinics for all programs. See ad, page 20.

Innovative pain treatment, different than anything you’ve tried before! Specializing in primal reflex release therapy. Find relief today from injuries, arthritis, headaches, muscle strain, postsurgical pain. See ad, page 37.

PROLOTHERAPY INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE INSTITUTE Sheila Mohammed, MD, MSPH, PhD Board Certified • 850-736-8401 4542 Alba St, Pace

Prolotherapy is the missing link in treating chronic pain by repairing traumatized ligaments throughout the body. We offer a variety of treatments, minimally invasive pain management. See ad, page 31.

SOURCE INSTITUTE OF MASSAGE THERAPY & BODYWORK 30 Beal Pkwy, FWB 850-598-3633 • Source-Institute.com

Massage therapy classes day or evening, full or part-time available. License in as little as five months. National exam pass rate 100% for 42 months. GI Bill & MYCAA accepted. License #3720. See ad, page 14.

SKIN CARE OCEANA NATURALS, LLC Michael J Russ 866-242-3776 PureSunscreen.com

MelanSol is certified chemical-free skin care that brings hope and peace of mind to everyone who wants to enjoy a safe relationship with the sun. See ad, page 25.

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RITUALS SKIN & BODY CARE BY CHARLI Charli Williams, Med. Aesthetician 12115 Panama City Beach Pkwy 850-596-2454

Experience ultimate skin and body care by a professional. Offering Microdermabrasion, European Facials, Peels, Lash & Brow Tinting, Waxing Body treatments and wraps by a State Board Certified professional. See ad, page 6, Panama City Edition.

SPA TREATMENTS IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU

Denise Williams, Owner/Therapist 417 Racetrack Rd NW, FWB 850-314-6642 ItsAllAlboutYouSpa.com A full-service day spa dedicated to client care and wellness. Specialties are medical, pregnancy and Thai massage along with detox body treatments, anti-aging facials, Brazilian. See ad, page 13.

SPIRITUAL CENTERS UNITY IN FORT WALTON BEACH 1797 Hurlburt Rd, FWB 850-864-1232 • UnityInFWB.org

We w e l c o m e a l l interested in seeking an inner awareness of God. We promote love, joy and peace through our thoughts, words and deeds. See ad, page 4.

UNITY OF PANAMA CITY

1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City 850-769-7481 PanamaCityUnity@knology.net Committed to helping people find the way to their own understanding and experience of God and offering positive, practical resources for an abundant and meaningful life. See ad, page 4.

WATER EMERALD COAST CULLIGAN

Serving Florida Panhandle from Pensacola to Panama City 888-320-5531 • EmeraldCoastCulligan.com Your complete resource for questions, concerns, water testing needs. Treating water on the Gulf Coast for more than 60 years. Providing soft, conditioned water to the highest quality drinking water. See ad, page 35.


WELLNESS CENTER LIGHT ENERGY DANCING

348 Miracle Strip Pkwy #27, FWB Text 850-543-1970 LightEnergyDancing.com

New wellness center located just steps from the water. Offering Pranic Healing, yoga, Young Living essential oils, and a meditation garden. Join us for free Twin Hearts meditation on Sundays at 5:30 pm. Coming soon: on-site massage therapy and acupuncture. See ad, page 16.

INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE INSTITUTE Sheila Mohammed, MD, MSPH, PhD Board Certified • 850-736-8401 4542 Alba St, Pace

Providing a holistic approach to weight loss by combining Eastern and Western Medicine to achieve a balanced program. We understand the physical, mental and financial difficulties of patients and offer focused approaches to healthcare. See ad, page 31.

YOGA STUDIOS

NITIN BAWA, MD

General medicine with a holistic wellness approach and specialized services in bio-identical hormone therapy, weight loss, food allergies, nutritional analysis and antiaging procedures. Most insurance accepted. See ad, page 2.

Serene environment for the study and practice of hatha yoga. Certified instructors. Owner/ Director Laura Tryee, E-RYT 500. See ad, page 40.

Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. ~Nelson Mandela

Beginner’s welcome. Learn how to paddle, enjoy the benefits of yoga, and experience sun-kissed bliss. Weekly classes, private lessons, parties, retreats. Fun, sun, fitness and adventure. Let your soul shine. See ad, page 7.

211-E Main St, Destin 850-687-8603 • SunshineYogaStudio.com

Downtown FWB 850-244-0184 • (MM16502) DragonFlyYoga.com

Panama City: 850-534-4170 Santa Rosa Beach: 850-534-4170 Destin: 850-424-7320 • DrBawa.com

239-560-6667 • Shanda Beste 30APaddleboardYoga.com InnerChiWellness.com

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STANDUP PADDLEBOARD YOGA SOUL SHINE SUP YOGA

This cozy yoga studio located in the heart of Destin offers a variety of classes to suit the whole family. Owner/Instructor Kim Mosby, RYT 200. See ad, page 23.

YOGAJUNKIE STUDIO

850-279-6980 1157 John Sims Parkway, Niceville YogaJunkieStudio.com

Yoga, HOT yoga, Warm yoga and Prenatal yoga- Gentle, beginners, Pilates, Hatha and Flow. Kristy Souto and Teri Harnett owners previously at Barefoot Yoga. See ad, page 35.

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