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y boys fondly remind me of an incident that happened when they were young, when a big kid on the park playground was pushing all the other kids around. After watching the bully make a few shoves, I felt my “mother hen” instinct kick in when he forced my youngest off the jungle gym. Of course, the boys describe it more like a “mother lion” than a hen, but I recall gently removing that young man from the play area as I let him know how I felt about his behavior. The boys were at an age where my intervention probScott & Daralyn ably embarrassed them, but they certainly got the point. I Chase used to tell them that I would die for them any day—and I don’t think they ever doubted me. I do believe that if your children are going to trust you, they need to know that you always have their best interest at heart. As the boys got a little older, however, my message to them was a bit more nuanced: “I would die for you. But I won’t live for you.” The quote had stayed with me since I first read it in The Fountainhead, and I found that it encapsulated my own philosophy of parenting. While my boys knew that I loved them even when they broke my heart, they also knew that I expected them to take ownership of their actions. I think children must feel they are in charge of their lives and the outcome of their decisions, good or bad. Maybe that is what makes them accept responsibility for their choices, overcome imperfect parenting and at the same time feel empowered. The thought would stop my kids in their tracks, as they pondered the “grown-up” decisions and choices they needed to make if it was really up to them to live their own lives. When they would have adolescent temper tantrums or lash out in anger, I would say, “You know, you’re really too old to be acting like that. You’re only a few years from getting your driver’s license and going to high school. How are you going to look acting like that when you’re driving down the road or in front of older kids?” It was a very effective way to get them to imagine what kind of people they wanted to be and to take control of their actions, for their future. Helping children feel empowered is our theme this month, as we look at creative ways parents can encourage kids to develop their own sense of worth. Our feature article, “Growing Up Empowered,” offers tips for allowing kids to step into their best selves. We were delighted to learn of a nationally recognized program taking place in Escambia County that does just that. The student poetry contest offered by the West Florida Literary Federation is taking our community and parents by surprise, as you’ll read in the heartwarming story “Poetry Matters.” Please take a moment to share this local inspiration with others so they can join in. It’s critical that we continue to grow these vital programs, which are developing our next generation of leaders and innovators. As you embrace back-to-school time, rely on the month’s issue as your goto resource for creative solutions to make it a positive school year with lots of growth, brilliance and empowerment! Live life inspired,

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newsbriefs Referral-Free Manual Physical Therapy Practice in Fort Walton Beach


anual physical therapist Kimberly M. Prucha has opened a new clinic in Fort Walton Beach, BioDynamic Manual Therapy, offering a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and treatment of chronic and acute conditions. The clinic is unique, Prucha says, because patients can schedule a manual physical therapy appointment without a doctor’s referral. Sessions range from a 60-minute treatment ($100) to a 75-minute evaluation ($135). There is a 10 percent military discount. “I limit my number of daily appointments to remain focused on delivering high-value, highKimberly M. Prucha quality care,” she says. “The patient has my undivided, one-on-one attention at every appointment. Each patient’s treatment plan is customized for his or her specific needs and is not influenced by third parties such as insurance companies.” Among the acute problems Prucha treats are back or neck pain, dizziness, jaw pain, and injuries to the shoulder, hip, knee, ankle and foot. She also assesses and treats chronic conditions. Patients are encouraged to call and inquire about a particular condition. “My goal is to provide holistic, hands-on therapy from a whole-person perspective to determine the location of movement limitations that contribute to the symptoms,” she says. “Treatment is directed toward the causing factors in order to relieve symptoms at their root level.” BioDynamic Manual Therapy is located at 90 Beal Pkwy., Ste. A-1, Fort Walton Beach. A Destin location will be opening soon. For more information, contact Prucha at 850-797-0636 or, or visit

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merald Coast Dental Spa is celebrating 10 years of dentistry in Bay County, and Dr. Tara Griffin says the recent addition of Dr. Maria GrossoWooldridge to her team will allow the growing practice to offer additional services to patients. “Maria brings her dental skills and a wealth of knowledge in restorative implants, bone and tissue grafting, periodontal surgery and Cerinate Smile Design,” Griffin says. “Her continued education and passion for learning makes her the perfect fit for Emerald Coast Dental Spa, a dentistry that is always on the cutting edge of new technology with Dr. Maria Grosso-Wooldridge excellence in care and comfort for patients.” “Dr. Maria,” who speaks fluent Spanish, English, French, Italian and Portuguese, began practicing general dentistry in 1994 in Miami. “I am honored to join Dr. Griffin and her professional team and look forward to providing quality care for our patients,” she says. Emerald Coast Dental Spa is located at 3135 Thomas Dr., Panama City Beach. Its hours of operation are Monday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit 10

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Saturday Farmers’ Market Opens in Niceville


iane Kolopanas, who operates two vibrant farmers’ markets on the Emerald Coast—the 30A Farmers’ Market in Rosemary Beach and the Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market in Miramar Beach—is now taking that magic touch to Niceville. That Farmers’ Market at Palm Plaza will operate Saturdays year round from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the goal of becoming a weekend destination for locals and visitors alike. Kolopanas will co-own the market with Melissa Miller, with whom she also co-owns 30A Events. Located at 1003 C John Simms Parkway, That Farmers’ Market will offer freshfrom-the-farm produce, dairy, honey, eggs, grass-fed beef, chicken, pork products and sausages; homemade salsas, jams, preserves, pickled veggies, BBQ sauces, marinades, pastas and sauces; ready-to-eat foods, artisan breads, tomato pies, fruit pies and desserts (some organic and gluten-free) from around the world; and a variety of flavored teas and cold-pressed organic juices. It will also carry the kind of non-food items Kolopanas’s customers are used to, such as organic soaps, lotions and sunscreens, and all-natural pet treats. “We will be adding arts and crafts to the market, like beautiful leather and pearl jewelry, so there is something for everyone,” she says. For more information, or to inquire about becoming a vendor, call Diane Kolopanas at 850-499-4697 or Melissa Miller at 678-481-2463, or email Visit the market on Facebook at That Farmers’ Market at Palm Plaza Niceville Florida.


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Felicia McQuaid Teaches “Yoga of Action” in Nashville


elicia McQuaid, a local business owner, author, yoga teacher and motivational speaker, will expand her reach to Nashville on August 20 when she teaches a daylong program, The Yoga of Action: Change Yourself, Change the World, at the Scarritt-Bennett Center. McQuaid describes the yoga of action as the path of the modern-day spiritual warrior. “Spiritual warriors are individuals who understand and want to further develop themselves as a path to authentic and long-term changes on this planet,” she says. “This is an important time, for what we do now shapes the future for generations to come. Humanity, the planet, our families and our comFelicia McQuaid munities are calling out for change. This change elicia McQuaidis empowered through the four principles of the spiritual warrior: faith, courage, compassion and equanimity.” The program runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and consists of two sessions, each of which includes a lecture, yoga practice and guided meditations. “The morning session is designed to awaken the heart of the warrior with the principles of faith and courage,” McQuaid says. “The yoga practice will break down and break through the blocks of the heart. The afternoon session is designed to assist individuals to a more soulful understanding of who they truly are. Individuals will be guided to dive deep into the inner world with a quieter, reflective yoga practice rich with breath work and illuminating meditations.” The cost of the full-day event is $99, with hotel accommodations starting at $55. “Nashville is a great place to explore and take time away,” McQuaid says. Connect with Felicia McQuaid locally through her weekly video blogs or through private healing sessions at the Healing Clinic in downtown Fort Walton Beach. For more information, visit

Sand Sea and Spirit More Than a Vacation


he holistic and wellness event Sand Sea and Spirit will celebrate 26 years of gathering likeminded people from around the world, including many from the Gulf Coast, September 10-20 in Orange Beach, Alabama. Presenters, vendors and visitors to the event share ways to stay healthy and balanced at every level: individually, locally and globally. The gathering features demonstrations of healing modalities and wholesome nutrition, the sharing of wisdom and experience, and lots of laughter. Activities include daily tai chi, yoga and meditations. Workshops cover a variety of topics, from health to creativity to sustainability. A complete list of events, vendors and presenters, along with details about attending, is available at Those interested in attending, presenting or vending should contact facilitator Karen Rollins at 337-794-0062 or Like Sand Sea and Spirit on Facebook for the latest information on events, presentations, workshops and activities. 12

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review of 21 clinical trials has found that just one daily serving of legumes can facilitate an average drop of threequarters of a pound over a six-week period. Published in the journal Obesity, the research analyzed results from studies that tested a total of 940 men and women eating about three-quarters of a cup of beans, lentils, chickpeas and other legumes each day. The subjects reported feeling nearly one-third fuller on average after eating about 5.6 ounces of these foods with their meals, compared with a control group’s diet. These beneficial legumes may also reduce body fat percentages. According to senior study author and physician John Sievenpiper, Ph.D., of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center and the University of Toronto, “Ninety percent of weight-loss diets fail, resulting in weight regain, which may be due in part to hunger and food cravings. Knowing which foods make people feel fuller longer may help them lose weight and keep it off.”

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Delayed Kindergarten Reduces Attention Deficit


elaying kindergarten enrollment for one year shows significant mental health benefits for children, according to a Stanford University study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Reviewing results from a mental health survey completed by more than 35,000 Danish parents, the researchers saw that youngsters held back from kindergarten for as little as one year showed a 73 percent reduction in inattentiveness and hyperactivity for an average child at age 11, compared to children enrolled the year earlier. Measuring inattentiveness and hyperactivity reflect a child’s ability to selfregulate. The generally accepted theory is that young people that are able to stay focused, sit still and pay attention longer tend to do much better in school. “This is some of the most convincing evidence we’ve seen to support what U.S. parents and policymakers have already been doing—choosing to delay entry into kindergarten,” says Stanford Graduate School of Education Professor Thomas S. Dee. In addition to improved mental health, children with later kindergarten enrollment dates also exhibited superior emotional and social skills. The number of U.S. children entering kindergarten at age 6 instead of 5 has progressively increased to about 20 percent, according to the study. Many parents are opting to delay kindergarten enrollment for a year to give their children a leg up in physical and emotional maturity and social skills.

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esearch from the UK University of Leeds has confirmed that drinking just one glass of grape juice a day increases spatial memory and driving abilities. The researchers attribute the brain boosting benefits to the polyphenols in the grapes. The study followed 25 healthy mothers between the ages of 40 and 50. Each had young children and worked more than 30 hours a week. The mothers drank 12 ounces of Concord grape juice every day for 12 weeks and had their driving skills tested before and after the study period using a computer simulator. Louise Dye, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Leeds and senior author of the study, notes, “This research is very promising, as it suggests that the cognitive benefits associated with Concord grape juice are not exclusive to adults with early memory decline. We saw these benefits even after the grape juice was no longer being consumed, suggesting a long-term effect of dietary flavonoids.” 16

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study from the University of Texas has found that increased breastfeeding decreases ear infections among nursing children. The researchers followed 367 babies between 1 and 12 months old from 2008 through 2014. The scientists analyzed family history traits of smoking, ear infections, breastfeeding and formula feeding. Nose and throat mucosal samples were taken throughout the study period to identify infections, and parents informed the researchers whenever the baby experienced an infection. The study was led by Dr. Tasnee Chonmaitree, a pediatrics professor from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. “We clearly showed that frequent upper respiratory infections, carriage of bacteria in the nose and lack of breastfeeding are major risk factors for ear infections,” he states. “Prolonged breastfeeding was associated with significant reductions in both colds and ear infections, a common complication of colds.”

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Climate Change Favors Some Birds over Others Decades of data show that climate change is manipulating the way avian species move across continents. For instance, the orchard oriole is losing prime habitat in the South, but gaining more up north. Thousands of species worldwide face the same dilemma. Specific birds need a particular habitat, such as open spaces or groves of trees, and some of their traditionally preferred spots are becoming unlivable. England’s Durham University ecologist Phillip Stephens, along with researchers from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the U.S. Geological Survey, have compiled nearly half a century’s worth of occurrence data from thousands of citizen scientists. Birders submitted their observations to the Pan-European Common Birds Monitoring Scheme and the North American Breeding Bird Survey for 145 terrestrial bird species native to Europe and 380 species native to the United States. “We used that information to generate a prior expectation for whether the species would’ve been advantaged or disadvantaged by climate change,” says Stephens. The predictions were compared with actual bird abundance data from 1980 through 2010, and the populations that were expected to lose suitable habitat declined, while those expected to find their habitats improve increased. He states, “Recent climate change has already favored one set of species over another.” Read the report at


Hope for a New Generation Despite being less confident than their elders, a new study by, in Montreal, reveals that Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) are an ambitious and tenacious generation that continues to prove potential critics wrong. Labeled by some as self-entitled, arrogant and immature from being coddled by hovering parents, the company’s research says that Millennials are not afraid to push themselves to achieve lofty goals, work hard or take on difficult challenges. Collecting data from 1,035 people that took their Ambition Test, the researchers looked at the differences between Millennials, Generation X (born between 1960 and 1980) and Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1960) in terms of their levels of aspiration, persistence and sense of self-efficacy. The study reveals that while Millennials lagged a little behind the other two generations on some factors related to ambition, the potential of these young adults should not be underestimated. “One can argue that Millennials’ hopeful and determined nature is a case of idealism,” explains Ilona Jerabek, Ph.D., president of PsychTests. “Some have just started out in the workforce, so they’re eager to prove themselves, which could also mean that at some point they’ll be blindsided by the reality of what it’s like to be out there in the real world.” 18

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Low-Cost Jewelry May Harbor Cadmium In recent years, the European Commission has banned cadmium in all jewelry sold in Europe, but those shopping for low-cost jewelry in North America from popular fashion chains may be wearing products made with cadmium, a heavy metal that can be particularly toxic for kids. There are no known risks for people that wear contaminated jewelry, but swallowing or chewing on a piece containing high concentrations of the toxic metal could allow it to seep into the body. James Van Loon, director of risk management at Health Canada’s consumer product safety branch, says that children’s bodies more readily absorb the toxic metal, and because they are more likely to put things in their mouths, jewelry that is marketed to those under 15 should contain virtually no cadmium. Dr. Gérald Zagury, who performed tests and has published several studies on heavy metals in jewelry, says one sample contained the highest amount of cadmium ever reported in Canada for such a product. “It’s pretty close to pure cadmium,” he says. According to Health Canada, cadmium is cheap and melts at a lower point than more commonly used zinc, lowering energy costs for product makers. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, cadmium is a known carcinogen that can also lead to kidney failure, bone loss and other complications in those that are chronically exposed over time. Source:


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POETRY MATTERS Poetry Contest Offers Rare Insight into Students’ Lives by Charlotte Crane


oetry matters. It empowers the alphabet and can change lives. It rhymes with the world. Teachers and students at schools participating in the West Florida Literary Federation (WFLF) student poetry program are discovering just that—as in some cases youngsters barely out of kindergarten win prizes, while in others parents read their children’s works and realize that, until now, they barely knew them. Susan Lewis, who has directed WFLF’s student poetry contest for the past seven years, saw what poetry can mean to family relationships when she received a call from the father of a third-grade poetry prizewinner. He asked to her to read his daughter’s poem aloud, and only then did

he learn how the child felt about her parents’ divorce. “He was so grateful that he now knew,’’ Lewis says. “He felt she was reaching out, finally.’’ In another case, the mother of a young man with Asperger syndrome cried when Lewis informed her that her son’s poem was a winner, and then by reading it, shared his thoughts concerning his disability that he had communicated through poetry. Said the mother, through tears, “I had no idea.” Founded in the mid-1980s by poet Ora Wills, WFLF and the Friends of the Library, the contest attracted 415 entries this past year, from just shy of a dozen Escambia County schools; 35 poems were judged winners. The contest has grown significantly, from 270 entries

Founded in the mid1980s by poet Ora Wills, WFLF and the Friends of the Library, the contest attracted 415 entries this past year, from just shy of a dozen Escambia County schools. last year, and it could grow even more as it becomes better known: Escambia County alone has 51 public schools and 32 private schools, and schools in neighboring counties are likely to become interested in the contest once they are aware of it. Teachers of participating classes note that poetry writing is an aid to education. “I really do love it for students who struggle with prose. It takes away some of the limits and conventions— makes it more of an art form,’’ says Jill Robinson, a sixth- and seventh-grade teacher at Episcopal Grade School. “One of the best things it does is encourage the students to really explore their own ability to create without limit; there are no real restrictions on what a poem has to be, or feel like.’’ All 50 students in Robinson’s classrooms participated in the poetry contest; seven were winners. Cynthia Sarikaya, who teaches 10th grade English at Tate High School, says 130 of her students participated in the 2015 contest. “I think they will have a new appreciation for poetry now,” she says, “and some will realize they have a skill that they didn’t realize they have.’’ One of her students, Jeremiah Hodge, wrote a story about bullying to tie in with this year’s contest theme, “When I’m Alone’’—even though, he says, “I have never been bullied except by my little brother, and I have never bullied anybody.” But he’s had friends

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anielle Masters cal industry,” she has been on says, “and I found both sides of myself researching the traditional healthand educating myself care equation—as a about natural alternacollege student majortives to healing.” ing in nursing, and That personal as a patient battling quest led her to anorexia, polycysyoga—first as a tic ovary syndrome student, then as a (PCOS) and then stage teacher. She found I cervical cancer. the practice so transFrom both sides, she formative that she says, she drew the began piling up cersame conclusion: the tifications (children’s most powerful healing yoga, beginner tools are the ones that through advanced nature gives us. yoga, chair yoga …) Danielle Masters Inspired by her in her enthusiasm to own experience and personal faith, share the experience. “Before I knew and drawing from her broad training it, I was teaching the gifts of yoga in natural wellness practices—she’s to people of all ages all over Palm a certified registered yoga teacher, Springs, California, and loving life,” certified herbalist, holistic nutritionist she says. “All the while, my love and and consultant for Neal’s Yard Rempassion for herbal health and holistic edies—Masters has built a diverse, nutrition was evolving.” devoted clientele who rely on her to Then came the diagnosis of help them reach their physical and cervical cancer. For Masters, who had spiritual potential through positive already been diagnosed with PCOS lifestyle changes. as a result of her 10-year battle with “Some of my clients have been anorexia, which caused a hormonal movie stars, famous football players imbalance, it was a turning point. and musicians, not to mention the “I took this as a life-changing opgrandma next door,” she says. portunity to truly practice all that I had Masters is now a proud Panhandle learned holistically, in order to finally resident, serving the Panama City, overcome the eating disorder once and Panama City Beach and 30-A comfor all and the medical diagnosis natumunities. But she began her wellness rally,” she says. “Six months later, after journey in Palm Desert, California, much prayer and integrating an herbal where she attended college to become supplementation program with organic a registered nurse. It didn’t take long nutrition and the practice of yoga, I was for her to grow disenchanted with informed by the doctor that there was Western medicine’s drug-heavy focus. absolutely no sign of any cancerous cells “During my studies I began in my body … I was completely healed.” realizing that I did not agree with the Her remarkable recovery culminatpharmaceutical practices in the medied in 2009, when she and her husband,

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ince the Dr. Spock days, tantrumprone toddlers, temperamental middle schoolers and out-of-control teens have had harried parents rushing to bookstores, where manuals on child rearing are some of the biggest sellers. Over the decades, the problems inherent to parenthood have remained the same, while new problems wrought by social and technological changes have emerged. There have been as many solutions to those problems as there are authors, but in general they’ve all encouraged better verbal communication between parent and child, often accompanied by a carrot or stick formula, and sometimes with strict biblical underpinnings. Local author Arlene Karian includes none of these elements in her parenting book, Mentoring Your Child to Win. Instead, she focuses solely on the parent, who she believes shapes the child’s attitude and coping skills without saying a word. It’s the unspoken communication between them that is the emphasis of Karian’s book—the subtle messages every parent sends by example. “By consistently and systematically raising (his or her)

consciousness,” she writes, “[the parent] becomes a living role model, positively affecting the behavior and consciousness of the child, eliciting the child’s best self as a result.” Karian bases that theory on her own example: as a single mom on welfare, she couldn’t offer her son material things or opportunity, but she could offer him her best self. Her son, Stephan, would grow up to found Great American Products, the Destin-based nutritional health company, and become a multimillionaire. Mentoring Your Child to Win follows Stephan’s path to success, as well as the parallel path Karian took as a mother determined to see her son succeed despite their family’s challenges. Her transformation into Stephan’s mentor was both deliberate and organic—a mental and spiritual process that took shape as she lived it. Now, almost 40 years after becoming a parent, Karian has codified that process into a “blueprint for raising extraordinary kids.” It includes seven steps—some involving a specific practice, such as “centering,” and some requiring a shift in attitude or perspective—designed to transform a

parent into a highly effective mentor, the well-balanced parent of a wellbalanced child. As she explains it, “Mentoring is … a conscious decision, with specific proactive steps, to guide the child and adult within a safe, psychological environment, to tap into the child’s potential and to find their passion and life’s meaning.” What today’s parents will find especially encouraging about her book is that the solution she offers is entirely within a parent’s control. It transcends pervasive technology; changing social and cultural norms; the influence of the media; failing neighborhoods and schools; and the challenges of poverty and lack of opportunity. That said, it is a process, not a pill. It requires motivation and dedication on the part of parents—a willingness to invest mental effort for the benefit of their child—and the big payback is not immediate, but long-term. But as Karian and her son have seen, excellent results are worth the wait. Copyright 2013 by Arlene Karian LifePath Books. $9.99, 152 pages ISBN: 1494283042

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GROWING UP EMPOWERED Helping Kids Step into Their Best Selves by Judith Fertig


he plugged-in, stressed-out world that challenges adults can be even more difficult for teens in the throes of hormones, peer pressure and a selfie culture. Parents can help their children thrive and become empowered individuals by nurturing desirable character traits such as resourcefulness, resilience, perseverance, self-reliance, independence, empathy and social competence. Child psychologist Michele Borba, Ed.D., of Palm Springs, California, is a former classroom teacher and the mother of three grown children who dispenses advice at Her main parenting focus is character education, as reflected in her latest book, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. “Tune in to what your kids love,” advises Borba. “Then find learning experiences that help them develop traits they need to be happy, productive adults.” 28

This positive parenting approach— accentuating youthful desires and strengths, instead of deficiencies and weaknesses—helps young people develop a secure footing in life. “Kids are driven by their hearts,” observes Borba. “A positive parent doesn’t do the cookie-cutter approach, as in, ‘That’s what worked for other kids in the neighborhood,’ nor even reference what the parent did as a teen.” Teens also impose upon themselves, thinking that being trendy, beautiful, rich and famous are valuable life goals. “The positive parent looks at each child as an individual, listens to what really makes them light up, and then supports that.”

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fulfillment and greatness. Corporate leaders praise its programs for helping participants relate, communicate and perform well. Josselyne HermanSaccio, a Landmark program leader in New York City, remarks, “Every one of us has a dream, yet too many of us choose our path with fear, disguised as practicality. Our kids might get the message that, ‘You don’t do your dream as your career.’” That thought can leave anyone feeling like something is missing. After putting off her own career as a singer and ultimately deciding to go for it, Herman-Saccio recorded That’s What Love Can Do with her group Boy Krazy. The song rose to the top of the pop charts in 1993. That empowering experience helped her decide to help others—including her own three children—fulfill their dreams. Today, Herman-Saccio leads the Landmark Forum for adults, and the company also offers a version of the course for 13-to-17-year-olds, an interactive, three-day program in cities across the U.S. It helps teens first understand their existing patterns of thoughts and behaviors and then move forward to create new possibilities and face new challenges and discover a new level of power, freedom, self-expression and peace of mind. For a teen to register, a parent or legal guardian must register for or have completed the organization’s adult forum and provide permission. Teens planning for life after high school get help identifying their career passion at schools such as Upland Hills School, in Oxford, Michigan. Its emphasis on experiential learning culminates in a senior project the teen produces, whether it’s writing a novel, building a storage shed or volunteering at the local senior citizen center. Each must someway contribute to the community. Beginning with the student’s dream, they must work their way through obstacles, setbacks and all the steps required to bring a dream to reality.

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Sometimes parents need to address a teen’s longing for friends and social connections. For youths that especially need to nurture their social skills, such

as high-functioning kids with autism or Asperger’s syndrome, film school might be an answer. At the Joey Travolta Film School and summer camp, in Lafayette, California, kids work together to make a movie; they start with a script, create sets, operate the camera, act and direct. At the Hunter School, in Romney, New Hampshire, kids dealing with attention challenges can nurture mindbody awareness, energetic mindfulness and sensory integration. It all helps them get to know themselves and relate better to others. Outdoor skills can help teens develop healthy risk-taking behaviors, as well as teach resilience, perseverance and self-reliance. SheJumps (SheJumps. org), in Salt Lake City, offers young women 6 to 18 years old an opportunity to master outdoor living skills, boost confidence and encourage leadership via collaborating with strong female role models. Fun activities include mountain biking, skiing and trailblazing.


Over time, experiential learning can help youths develop leadership skills. Lander, Wyoming’s National Outdoor Leadership School, a gap-year program for high school graduates taking a year off before college, offers courses lasting two weeks, several months or even a full year. Activities include sea kayaking, Alaskan mountain and glacier climbing and wilderness medicine. Teens already on track and wanting to develop additional leadership skills can tap into motivational speaker and self-help author Tony Robbins’ annual Unleash the Power Within youth leadership program event. Groups of youths

14 to 17 years old collectively participate to create individual breakthroughs, move beyond fears and limiting beliefs, accomplish goals and realize true desires. Application requirements include a good academic record, at least 20 hours of community service and a guidance counselor’s recommendation. Robbins maintains, “Grow and give is what life is all about.”

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A way for youngsters 5 to 19 years old to become empowered is by joining a 4-H group in urban, suburban or rural areas. If we envision a farm kid raising a calf to show at the state fair, that’s still one facet of today’s 4-H, but far from the entire scope. Founded in 1902, 4-H is a global nonprofit dedicated to learning by doing; specialties now range from computer science and graphic design to leadership, healthy living and the performing arts. Positive mentoring by adults and developing community spirit ground 4-H clubs, camps and programs. Research by Tufts University’s Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development and America’s land-grant colleges and universities shows that people with a 4-H background are more likely to give back to their communities than others (see Tinyurl. com/YouthDevelopmentStudy). For Grammy-winner Jennifer Nettles, of Nashville, 4-H meant learning to perform at an early age, even flying to Chicago to do it. “I don’t know that I would be where I am today without 4-H,” she says. “Mentors there help you. They helped me with the skills of performing and learning about being on stage; they also taught me the importance of giving back.”

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Growing food for themselves and others can be a great adventure for teens, while fostering resourcefulness, perseverance and ecological awareness. Seventeenyear-old Katie Stagliano launched Katie’s Krops, in Summerville, South Carolina, several years ago based on her desire to fight hunger by growing food for people that need it. Today, the enterprise offers grants for youth in any area to start and maintain a local garden, provided they give away the produce to the hungry.

The initiative has grown to more than 50 gardens around the U.S. Both Mobile Urban Growers, in Mobile, Alabama, and Closer to Earth, in Oklahoma City, empower youth through exercising organic gardening skills, environmental and food justice advocacy and personal mentorship. Empowering experiences for teens don’t have to cost a lot or involve travel. “Dream big, but start small. Look around your own backyard, in your community,” says Borba. “Teens can learn to pay it forward in all kinds of ways. They can get together with their peers and take on a doable project to help others. They may even need to start by learning to self-regulate and manage stress by getting away from their phones and instead being outside getting exercise.” Casual family activities can provide opportunities for conversations about what teens want in life or what they’re worried about, and that opens the door for adults to step up to help mentor and empower their children. “Boys are more likely to talk while they’re doing something, like shooting baskets with you in the driveway,” observes Borba. “Girls are more likely to talk if it’s one-on-one.” Positive parents actively listen and then clarify what they heard from their teens, says Herman-Saccio. This information helps point the way forward, to more interactive dialogue, brainstorming, problem-solving, helpful experiences and eventually, youth empowerment.  Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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Tea Wellness classes and tastings of fair trade heirloom varieties are a big draw at Light of Day Organics, in Traverse City, Michigan. They’re taught by founder and horticulturist Angela Macke, a registered nurse. It’s the only dual-certified organic and Demeter Biodynamic commercial grower of tea plants in North America. The Boiron Medicinal Garden at

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the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, emphasizes the importance of plants in homeopathy. Maggie Saska, plant production specialist with the research farm, explains, “Walking tours with educational signage in the garden let visitors know which species to look for when planting their own organic healing garden. Plants from a store may not be organically grown or of the correct species,” although a nursery may afford more options. Christophe Merville, D.Pharm., Boiron USA director of education and pharmacy development, attests that many familiar plants can offer benefits beyond beauty, such as reducing stress, promoting healing or easing congestion. He cautions, “People think plants are naturally safe, but they can be dangerous. St. John’s wort extract, for example, can relieve mild depression, but interacts with prescription medicines. It also reacts to light, so users may experience rashes from sun exposure. “Lemon balm can be made into an antioxidant tea. It can be grown in a garden, on a balcony or indoors, and combines well with chamomile or lavender. We like it for helping to relieve anxiety or to improve mental performance.” Merville suggests steeping German chamomile tea for relaxing sleep. He says breathing in the steam helps a stuffy nose. When used as a compress, it can relieve pain and itch from rashes. “Don’t drink too much or make it too concentrated,” he warns, because of its blood-thinning properties. Saska and Merville recommend that enthusiasts take classes, work with an herbalist and find a good reference book. Merville prefers Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal for beginners. Vicki Nowicki, founder of Liberty Gardens, in Downers Grove, Illinois, observes, “The world is seeing the first generations that don’t have a relationship with the land or know how to grow their own food.” Its seed-lending library, classes and tours, along with other healing gardens throughout the country, aim to get everyone back to basics including going outside. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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ccording to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as many as 50 million Americans are affected by seasonal or year-round nasal allergies. Additionally, 56 million suffer from eczema, psoriasis or rosacea. Prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs may help, but aren’t a cure. Salt therapy can be a gentler, all-natural solution for easing associated symptoms. While eating too much salt is bad for the body, breathing it is a healthy activity. The Greek word for salt is halos, and halotherapy provides a welcome alternative to conventional pills, sprays and injections. In the mid-1800s, after salt mine workers in Poland were found to have a low rate of respiratory illness, the Wieliczka Salt Mine Health Spa was established on the site of a mine to treat clinic patients for asthma and allergies. That pioneering facility is still in operation. “In the beginning, I think salt therapy was seen as a time-consuming novelty. Now, holistically minded people are more supportive,” says Clay Juracsik, owner of the St. Louis Salt Room, in Maplewood, Missouri. The room’s walls are covered in salt, with blocks of backlit Himalayan 32

pink salt at floor level. Clients wear disposable booties to walk through inches-deep, loose, mineral-rich Dead Sea salt to reclining chairs. The lights dim, soft music plays and salt, rich in negative ions, infuses the air for a 45-minute session. “We have a second, smaller room where the walls and floor are not salted, so a child and parent can move around or play without disturbing others. Our youngest client was 2 weeks old,” says Juracsik. With the help of specially designed machines and software, microscopic salt particles one to five microns in size are circulated through the air to be deeply inhaled. As a natural anti-inflammatory agent, salt helps reduce swelling of throat tissues and nasal passages, making breathing easier for individuals suffering from such respiratory ailments as allergies, asthma, bronchitis and sinusitis. “True halotherapy is based on using 99 percent pure sodium chloride in the halogenerator,” says Leo Tonkin, co-founder of the Salt Therapy Association, in Boca Raton, Florida. “Dead Sea, Himalayan or other salts can be used as décor.”

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While eating too much salt is bad for the body, breathing it is a healthy activity. The Greek word for salt is halos, and halotherapy provides a welcome alternative to conventional pills, sprays and injections.

“My husband, Gary, had three sinus surgeries before he discovered a salt room during a trip to London and had a eureka moment,” relates Ellen Patrick, owner of four Breathe Easy salt rooms in New York City and nearby Westchester County. “A client’s 4-year-old son tells Mom when he needs a treatment to ‘make his nose work better,’” reports Lisa Cobb, owner of Luxury on Lovers, in Dallas, Texas. “He uses a salt bed similar in style to a tanning bed and large enough for his mother to be with him for a 20-minute treatment. Pilots and flight attendants like salt rooms to counteract the recirculated air on planes. Athletes use them to increase lung capacity. A treatment works like a visit to the ocean.” A recent pilot study conducted at The Salt Room, in Orlando, Florida, and published in the International Journal of Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine, concluded, “Halotherpy is associated with improvement in symptoms of sinus disease in cystic fibrosis and should be explored as an adjunct treatment.” Salt’s anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties may also reduce skin swelling and itchiness, and even acne, without drying the skin. Increased lung capacity aids blood circulation, which also helps improve skin health. Salt room operators note that frequent treatments are needed during early stages of therapy or during acute outbreaks of conditions, but can be reduced to a maintenance level over time. Juracsik remarks, “The best success I’ve seen is with respiratory ailments like bronchitis and pneumonia. We don’t need a new, fancy pill for every

For a list of U.S. salt rooms, see SaltSpaLocations. illness. Salt is historically proven to be a natural and effective way to improve respiratory health.” Options go beyond basic treatments. “Meditating in the salt room allows double relaxation,” comments Patrick. “Salty yoga is one of my favorite therapies because clients can exercise and breathe easier at the same time. Another option comprises a sound bath, during which crystal bowl music creates a vibration similar to piano notes to quiet and focus the mind during a salt session.” Salt treatments can be experienced regularly, seasonally or as needed. For those free of respiratory issues, a salt room visit provides a refreshing way to relax, sit, chill and breathe. Patrick views it as a form of stress management to increase well-being. Connect with the freelance writer via

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Walking helps heart health and diabetes. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking program launched last fall, the risk of heart disease and diabetes can be significantly reduced via an average of 22 minutes a day of brisk walking. “Physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain cancers, osteoporosis, cognitive decline and even depression,” says Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of the division of preven-

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health director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, reports that walking improves children’s learning ability, concentration, moods and creativity. Even lifelong walkers are moved to walk more by using a pedometer to track their steps and distance traveled, says Dr. Lauren Elson, a physical medicine and rehabilitation instructor at Harvard Medical School, who is also the medical editor of the recent Harvard Special Health Report Walking for Health ( A meta-review of 26 studies found that using the device raised physical activity levels by nearly 27 percent, adding about 2,500 steps per day. Most stores that sell exercise equipment offer inexpensive pedometers, while smartphone

The moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow. ~Henry David Thoreau users can download an app such as Moves, Breeze or Pedometer++. Apple’s iOS includes the free app Health. Walking leads to meaningful exchanges. Social connections and honest conversations between two people can be aided by walking outside instead of sitting inside. Clay Cockrell, a licensed clinical social worker in New York City, began walking with clients 12 years ago. He notes that casual venues like parks have been especially helpful for

men. “They sometimes have a more difficult time making eye contact in sessions. Outside, they are looking where they are going, looking at nature, other people—the pressure is less. My own health has improved, as well,” he says. He shares ideas with the public and other therapists at to maximize the benefits. He sees moving the body forward along a path as a metaphor for moving forward in life. Adds Habash, “We believe that engaging in health should be simple and fun, like putting one foot in front of the other at every opportunity.” Randy Kambic is an Estero, FL, freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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ilmmaker Barnet Bain’s credits include writer/director of Milton’s Secret, due out this fall, starring Donald Sutherland and Michelle Rodriguez and based on Eckhart Tolle’s book, producer of the Oscarwinning What Dreams May Come, executive producer of the Emmyaward nominee Homeless to Harvard and writer/producer of The Celestine Prophecy movie. Now, as author of The Book of Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love, and Work, he offers tools that everyone can use to develop a creativity practice designed to move us beyond our unconscious hand-me-down worldview, escape mental and emotional straightjackets and unlock great reservoirs of imagination. In so doing, we discover we can create anything we like; from a work of art to a fulfilling relationship.

Why is creativity so vital now? More than ever before, the nature of human consciousness today is making it apparent that we live inside stories and are pushing up against their edges. Strategies we’ve used to try to attain control, success or empowerment—structured ideas about how the world works, false assurances and guarantees about life— may not be working. As a result, we are mired in anxiety, stress and crises. It all offers us the opportunity to wake up to a larger truth that supersedes everything else: We must discover where our true safety resides, in building newly intelligent relationships within, as well as with

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Why do we need an internal sense of safety? Safety found within shows up in our experiences of the world. As we become increasingly reliant on and confident in our creative skills to survive and thrive, we give ourselves the gift of resilience in chaos. Humanity’s creativity must be awakened in order to meet the challenges of a changing world and effectively address problems that appear to have too few solutions. The same inner awareness and skill set that give birth to the creative process can be applied to all aspects of life. Only through creative acts can we rise above unworkable paradigms, group thinking and earlier conditioning to create new and more fluid stories that grow from revised thoughts, beliefs, choices and attitudes that mature from the inside out. Deep, compassionate understanding of how we arrived at this point allows us to shed restrictions. It begins with facing the whys and wherefores of our most intimate consciousness.

How do male and female energies play into this? Everyone possesses both masculine and feminine energies; neither is better or less valuable than the other. Doing and acting characterize masculine energy, which makes things. It builds, structures, orders and files. Being

characterizes the feminine, womb-like energy, pregnant with possibilities and subsequent manifested outcomes. The capacities to imagine, feel and receive also are feminine. In the dance with the masculine, the harmony of these feminine qualities is the primal desire for and the impulse of creativity itself. When the masculine and feminine energies are balanced and intimately joined, they express the ability to act, create, manifest, build and bring order. When we learn how to balance them, we become more creative and effective, individually and collectively. We are better at meeting challenges and responding to opportunities.

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recovery that includes creating a toolkit to help restaurants safely recover leftover meals. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture recently set a goal of slashing food waste in half by 2030, with several supporting bills approaching the floor in Congress. The EPA food recovery hierarchy calls for reducing food waste first and foremost, with recovering food to feed people or animals as a fallback and utilizing landfills only as a last resort. “It’s one thing to set goals, but to realize those reductions in food waste, we have to change our behavior,” says Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It). Farms and households are the two largest generators of food waste, according to Bloom, whose blog at offers dozens of beneficial tips for keeping food out of the trash bin. Fighting food waste starts before we go to the grocery. Bloom recommends consumers organize cupboards to know what’s already in stock, plan meals and stick to the shopping list. Post-purchase, easy tips include serving smaller portions, freezing leftovers and sharing surplus with friends and neighbors. Bloom’s website fans contribute more ideas like mixing veggie scraps into pet food or making them into soup stock. Using a smaller refrigerator keeps shoppers from bulking up while saving energy costs. The battle against wasted food needs to start at home, where small steps add up to big change. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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healthykids drop in original thinking that happens as students move into early adolescence,” reports Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind. Creativity isn’t only child’s play; parents also could do well to infuse their own lives with its discoveries and delights. “Through creativity, parents can reawaken a sense of wonder and joy, and nurture characteristics like patience,” says Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children.




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hether it’s playing dress-up, making forts from sofa cushions or drawing pictures, creative moments can define and distinguish a happy childhood. Yet it’s not all just fun and games, according to experts. Childhood creativity, nurtured both in the classroom and at home, is crucial for developing qualities such as sound decision-making, flexible thinking and mental resiliency. Analyzing more than 150 studies across the fields of psychology, neuroscience, education and business management, the Center for Childhood Creativity, in Sausalito, California, found many important life skills are affiliated with a creative upbringing. The resulting white paper, Inspiring a Generation to Create, underscores that rather than simply being an innate trait, creativity can be taught. “Creativity should be an integral part of every child’s education. The research shows that we can avoid the

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Cameron wrote the book in part to guide her own daughter, actress and film director Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, in her creative journey through motherhood. While many such works focus on art projects for kids, Cameron’s book emphasizes activities that put creative fuel in the parental tank. For example, she recommends parents take up the ritual of “morning pages”; writing three pages  of stream-of-consciousness thoughts the first thing each morning. Jean Van’t Hul, author of The Artful Parent, started a daily sketchbook practice for herself and to set an example for her kids. “I like that the kids see me creating regularly and they’ve joined in a couple times. I also want to get over my self-limited belief that I’m not a good artist,” remarks Van’t Hul, who blogs at

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A family ritual, like a bedtime story or relationship with a pet, can be re-imagined to inspire household members to co-create together. “Instead of always reading to my kids, we take turns making up stories by ‘giving’ each other three things, like an airplane, a shovel and a pair of pants, which we have to use in a story,” says Nicole Corey Rada, a working mother of two in Richmond, Virginia. “Sometimes, we pretend our pets are having conversations, and use different voices and accents to express what they might

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Every child and parent is creative. Exercising our creativity is an act of faith. ~ Julia Cameron be saying, given their circumstance at the time. This is a family favorite; we laugh constantly.” Mark Runco, Ph.D., a University of Georgia professor of gifted and creative education, founder of the Creativity Research Journal and advisor to the Center for Childhood Creativity, notes the importance of balancing unstructured and structured activities, creating space for both individual expression and creative collaboration. To foster the former, Van’t Hul encourages “strewing”, which she refers to as “the art of casually yet strategically leaving invitations for learning and creativity out for kids to discover on their own.” Invitations to play could be a basket of non-toxic blocks, a recycled-paper sketchpad opened to a blank page or some nature finds from a walk in the woods. As an example of the latter, Cameron suggests that parents lead kids on a weekly creative expedition, allowing the kids to choose a new place to aimlessly explore such as a park, bookstore, pet shop or museum. According to the author, that sense of shared adventure, fostered in a safe space, naturally nurtures the creative process, both for now and the future. “If you make art the center, insisting that kids be creative, they may feel a sense of pressure,” advises Cameron. “If you make inspiration the center, it spills over into art.”

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hen encountering a bird or animal that appears to be abandoned, take only minimal steps to help. “People mean well but a lot of rescues we see, didn’t need help,” says Lacy Campbell, wildlife care center operations manager for the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon. Make sure the animal is away from traffic or predators, and then call a local wildlife rehabilitator before taking further action, especially if the animal is injured.

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Baby squirrels can fall out of the nest. “Leave him at the base of the tree,” says Jennifer Keats Curtis, author of the children’s book Squirrel Rescue. “Mom will rebuild the nest before coming to get her baby. If it’s cold, put it in a box with a towel. Once squirrels have been treated as a pet, they can’t be released.” Tiny, not-yet-feathered nestlings should be returned home; it’s a myth that human scent poses a problem. If the nest is out of reach or can’t be located, make one with a box and soft cloth. Put it in the tree, so the parents can resume feeding. Leave the area so as not to frighten them. “After young robins, scrub jays, crows and owls leave the nest, they

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typically spend up to a week on the ground before they can fly,” says Campbell. “At night, the parents will escort the fully feathered fledglings to safety beneath a bush.” In parks, ducks and geese may nest away from the water. Mama will lead her babies to the pond, even across busy streets. If it’s safe, stop the car to halt traffic, act as their crossing guard, and then resume driving. A box turtle operates on innate GPS. “It lives in an area the size of a football field,” explains Curtis. “It will go onward, no matter how many times people try to redirect it. If injured by a car or lawn mower, the shell can be mended by a rehab center.” Bunnies eat at dusk and dawn. Inbetween, the nest may look abandoned. “Wild baby rabbits are difficult to keep alive if injured,” says Curtis. “At sundown, see if mom returns; if not, they need a wildlife rehab expert.” A lone, young raccoon is either old enough to climb a tree by itself or the mother will carry it. If we feed a raccoon, it will become a beggar. Opossums are dramatic actors. When cornered, they hiss and fall over and play dead in a coma-like state for up to four hours. Check back later. If a mother possum has been killed by a

The best outcome for injured animals is rescue, rehabilitation and return to the wild. car, call a rehab official to check her pouch for potential babies. “If you find a young deer fawn or moose calf, leave it. The mother comes back several times each day to nurse,” advises Amanda Nicholson, director of outreach for the Wildlife Center of Virginia, in Waynesboro. “Its coloring helps it remain undetected by predators.”

Other Unexpected Encounters “Don’t feed wild animals or leave out food or accessible comestible trash. Bobcats, wolves, bears and coyotes will avoid people unless food is involved,” cautions Jennifer Place, program associate for Born Free USA, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. “Wild animals protect their space, food and young, so stay on marked trails when hiking and never turn your back on them.” For unexpected meetings, stay

calm. “Make sure there’s an escape route for the animal,” says Place. “With foxes or coyotes, throw sticks or small rocks, but don’t hit the animal. Make yourself look large and yell.” With snakes, sidestep away slowly for more than six feet before walking in the other direction. Bears require a different response. “Speak in a low voice so the bear realizes you are not prey. Never climb a tree,” says Place. “Bears know the terrain, can run faster than a horse and can climb trees, too. Sidestep away, remaining carefully upright, calm and unthreatening. If the bear moves toward you, keep talking until he moves away. Running kicks in its prey drive.” Yellowstone Park regulations require visitors to stay 25 yards away from most wildlife and 100 yards away from bears and wolves. Selfie photos with animals can result in injury or death for humans and animals through carelessness; safety depends on good judgement, respect and common sense. Friends of wildlife know beforehand how to contact local rehabilitators if there’s an emergency, observe before taking action, and protect pets. “Always

Wildlife Transport Tips If a wild animal is injured, wear heavy gloves in its vicinity to avoid being bitten or scratched. Completely cover the animal with a blanket so it stays relatively calm, and place it in a carrier for transport to a rehabilitation facility. A warm hot water bottle can help ward off shock. Do not give the animal water, milk or food. Time is of the essence to ward off dangers of stress. Wild animals can carry disease without appearing to be ill. Fleas, ticks and mites are likely, so keep injured wildlife away from pets and children. leash dogs when going into the yard at night and keep cats indoors,” says Place. “Peaceful co-existence allows for the safety of both people and animals, domestic and wild.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 Weight Loss – 6:30-7:30pm. Join this talk on fat, where it comes from and how to reduce it in your body. Bring your friends and improve the chance of winning a free Aromatouch technique to get you started on your wellness journey, and a Slim & Sassy bottle of oil. 8218 Riverside Landing Way, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 Pregnancy, Labor & Delivery, Baby Care with Essential Oils – 2-3pm. A short class about using essential oils in dealing with the many discomforts of prenancy, the birthing process, and new baby care. Ever’man Cooperative, 315 W Garden St, Pensacola. 850-499-3670. PereiraProduceAnd Kombucha 101 – 5:30-6:30pm. Learn how easy and inexpensive it can be to make your own living pro-biotics, Kombucha (fermented sweet tea with no sugar left) and apple cider vinegar. Also, why living pro-biotics are so important for your health. $10, includes Scoby to get started. . Pereira Produce & Health, 2109 Casa de Oro St, Navarre. 850-4993670.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 Back to School with Essential Oils – 6:30-8pm. This special workshop will go through all of the information of a basic class with additional information geared towards getting ready for the school year. Focus, better behavior, aiding memory - all are possible with just a diffuser and a few oils. Pereira Produce & Health, 2109 Casa de Oro St, Navarre. 850-4993670.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 Back to School Naturally – 6:30-8:15pm. Complimentary Zyto scans will be available at this event. All the essential oils information of a basic class with additional information geared to the upcoming school year. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 Cancer Support with Essential Oils – 6:307:30pm. This class will cover the possibility of supporting cancer treatment and recovery with essential oils. Each person attending will receive the protocol used successfully with local customers. This gift of the earth is said to break down petrochemicals in our livers and tissues. Pereira Produce & Health, 2109 Casa de Oro St, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 Aromatherapy for Animals – 11am-12pm. This class will give you a broad overview of how essential oils can be utilized on our animal friends and which oils are safe to use. Recipes for blends for different ailments will be discussed in detail. Ever’man Co operative, 315 W Garden St, Pensacola. 850-4993670. Emotional Aromatherapy – 5-6:30pm. Learn how our limbic system allows essential oils to affect


change quickly in our emotions to help stay calm and balanced. Participants get a sample of emotional aromatherapy oils and a hand-out detailing the emotional aide numerous common essential oils can provide. 3624 Pearl Ct, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

Antiques Appraisal Fair – 9am-2pm. Bring your antique, vintage and artistic treasures for expert information and value estimate. Funds support the sponsoring nonprofit organization, Pensacola Historic Preservation Society. $5/entry, includes evaluation of one item; $3/each additional item. Garth’s Antiques, 3930 Navy Blvd, Pensacola. 850375-4287.



Naturally Simple Hormone Balance – 6-7:15pm. A discussion of the ins and outs of hormones and a new approach to controlling fluctuations, imbalances, hot flashes, chronic fatigue and other female concerns naturally. Each participant receives a sample of Clary Calm to help start their journey to wellness. 8th Element Wellness, 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, Fort Walton Beach. 850-499-3670.

Digestive Tract: Healing and Preventing Problems – 6-7:30pm. Healthy intestine bring health to all parts of you. This event focuses on transforming the health of our GI tract as well as common digestive ailments; with Alice McCall. Teleconference with Alice McCall. $20. Reservations: 850-585-5496.

Lion’s Gate Meditation with Alice McCall – 6-7:30pm. This powerful Lion’s Gate meditation event garners the next level of Star Gate light codes to accelerate and support your personal evolution. Teleconference with Alice McCall. $20. Reservations: 850-585-5496.

Essential Oils for Cooking and Cleaning – 11am1pm. Learn to utilize essential oils in creating numerous easy appetizers, and how to make glass cleaner and multipurpose cleaner to clean up the kitchen, and other kitchen uses for your essential oils. $10, ingredient cost. 253 College Ave, Defuniak Springs. 386-479-7632. PereiraProduceAnd Health.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 Healthy Happy Hour – 6-7pm. This months event presented by Kris Wyatt a personal trainer from Hands On Fitness. Learn expert tips on self care techniques and nutrition; light snacks and healthy beverages provided, plus several door prizes. $15. 8 th Element Wellness, 90 Beal Pkwy NW, FWB. RSVP, Christie: 850-598-7515. Weight Loss – 6-7pm. Join this talk on fat, where it comes from and how to reduce it in your body. Bring your friends and improve the chance of winning a free Aromatouch technique to get you started on your wellness journey, and a Slim & Sassy bottle of oil. Rejuvatrim Aesthetics, 210 E Intendencia St, Pensacola. 850-499-3670.

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specialevent Hand Reflexology with Essential Oils – 5:307:30pm. Class will be discussing the history of reflexology, supporting body systems with hand reflexology, and getting the most out of reflexology with essential oils. Also, techniques to complete hand reflexology on yourself or others. $20, including all materials. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23 Healthy Can Be Simple – 6-7:15pm. Learn how easy and inexpensive it can be to switch your body care products, cleaners and over-the-counter medicines to healthy, natural solutions for pennies per use. Each attendee will receive a free trio sample of essential oils. 8th Element Wellness, 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, Fort Walton Beach. 850-499-3670.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25 Emotional Aromatherapy – 6-7pm. Learn how our limbic system allows essential oils to affect change quickly in our emotions to help stay calm and balanced. Participants get a sample of emotional aromatherapy oils and a hand-out detailing the emotional aide numerous common essential oils can provide. Rejuvatrim Aesthetics, 210 E Intendencia St, Pensacola.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 Natural Support for Athletes – 6:30-7:30pm. Delve into supporting an athlete’s training naturally by discussing nutrition recommendations, supplement recommendations, herbal assistants, and essential oil relief in this class designed to help each athlete reach new heights in their training. $12 including all materials. $12. Navarre Living

oils. $10, ingredient cost. Pereira Produce & Health, 2109 Casa de Oro St, Navarre. 850-499-3670. Pereira


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Interested vendors contact Sam 2hawks 850-981-9847 Reiki Level II Practitioner Training – 9:30am3:30pm. Continuing training and attunement for those ready to begin work as a Reiki practitioner, or just deepen their own knowledge and abilities. The class focuses on the mental/emotional causes at the root of disease in any form. CEUs for massage therapists; level I Reiki a pre-requisite. $260. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St, Bldg 1, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771. Essential Oils for Cooking and Cleaning – 1:303:30pm. Learn to utilize essential oils in creating numerous easy appetizers, and how to make glass cleaner and multipurpose cleaner to clean up the kitchen, and other kitchen uses for your essential oils. $10, ingredient cost. 5840 Pescara Dr, Milton. 850499-3670. Pereira Essential Oils for Cooking and Cleaning – 6-7:30pm. Learn to utilize essential oils in creating numerous easy appetizers, and how to make glass cleaner and multipurpose cleaner to clean up the kitchen, and other kitchen uses for your essential

Be amongst people of like mind, thought and action. This wonderful spiritual event will feature holistic workshops and lectures, social events and gatherings, holistic services that include massage and energy work, community meals, lunch or supper. Come for the day or come to stay. Interested vendors and presenters contact Karen Rollins. 337-794-0062. Facebook/Sand Sea and Spirit.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Fall Into the St\illness Retreat – 11/3-11/6. The retreat features the dynamic duo of Stowe Good – Grammy nominated Karen Taylor-Good and bestselling author and singer/songwriter Stowe Daily – as keynote presenters. Meditation, workshops, bonfires, outstanding food, fellowship and relaxation are some rewards of this retreat in the serene seaside woods of Camp Beckwith. Registration ends Oct 16. $140/retreat fee and lodging. Unity of Pensacola, 716 N 9th Ave, Pensacola. 850-438-2277.



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wednesday Gentle Flow Yoga – 10-11:30am. Beginner based therapeutic movement combined with breath awareness and guided meditation. Healing for the body, mind and soul. Taught by master teacher, Felicia McQuaid. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St, Bldg 2, FWB. 850-217-2771. Restorative Yoga – 11am-12pm. In restorative yoga, props are used to support the body, allowing you to open your body, releasing tension and stress. Appropriate for all students; no prior yoga experience required. $12. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-684-1065. Yoga for the Spirit – 6-7pm. Yoga class combining postures of hatha yoga and spiritual awareness of the breath and energy. For those wishing to bring peacefulness and balance to their life. $15. Light Energy Dancing, 348 Miracle Strip Parkway, Ste 27, Fort Walton Beach. 850-543-1970.



Full Moon Group Meditation Intro/Workshop – 6-7:30pm. 3rd Sun. A dynamic, scientific service to the world in cooperation with the Masters of Wisdom. Very simple, powerful method of strengthening your spiritual connection. Free. Everman’s Co-op Educational Center, 315 West Garden St, Pensacola. 850-417-7294.

Synergy Yoga – Beginner, Yin and Gentle – 9-10am. Synergy yoga is an eclectic blend of alignment based hatha, vinyasa, vini yoga, kundalini, yin, restorative and meditation. Teachers have years of experience and are focused on health and wellbeing for everyday people. North West Florida Ballet Annex, 310 Perry Ave SE, behind main academy, FWB. 850-225-9188.

monday Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Prepare for the birth of your baby and work to alleviate pregnancy-related discomforts by practicing gentle, modified yoga poses and breathing exercises. Appropriate at all stages of pregnancy. $12. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-684-1065. Meditation on Twin Hearts – 6-6:45pm. Experience the peacefulness attained by beginning meditation appropriate for all levels. Followed by an optional energy/Pranic healing clinic. $10. Light Energy Dancing, 348 Miracle Strip Parkway, Ste 27, Fort Walton Beach. 850-543-1970. Synergy Yoga Flow at Northwest Florida Ballet – 6-7:30pm. Synergy yoga is an eclectic blend of alignment based hatha, vinyasa, vini yoga, kundalini, yin, restorative and meditation. Teachers have years of experience and are focused on health and wellbeing for everyday people. North West Florida Ballet Annex, 310 Perry Ave SE, behind main academy, FWB. 850-225-9188. Synergy


Kids Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Your child will gain body awareness, improved concentration, self-confidence, and self –love. They will learn tools to help them cope with life changes and stressors. Recommended for ages 5-10. $15/drop in, $80/6 week session, $40/ siblings. Sunshine Yoga, 211-E Main Street, Destin. 850-687-8603. Ballroom/Latin Dance Class – 6-6:45pm. Have fun moving and grooving. Call to get updates on styles taught this month. $15. Light Energy Dancing, 348 Miracle Strip Parkway, Ste 27, Fort Walton Beach. 850-543-1970. Vinyasa Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. Pure movement, breath and intense focus that will make you feel destressed and ready for a relaxing evening. $18/ drop in, packages available. Sunshine Yoga, 211E Main Street, Destin. 850-687-8603. Sunshine Yoga for Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. This class begins with a gentle yoga practice to prepare for meditation; designed for 45 minutes of movement and breathing with a 10-20 minute meditation at the end. Students are invited to sit in meditation to their capacity. No yoga experience necessary. $12. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-684-1065.

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Aerial Yoga – 6-7:15pm. The yoga swing is used to deepen and enhance traditional yoga postures. Build strength and discover new depths with balance, stability and mobility. No experience is necessary. $16. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy. 850-684-1065. Candlelight Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Melt stress away in the soothing glow of candlelight. Experience a creative flow sequence with a focus on warming and relaxing the body so that the mind can unwind and let go. $18/drop in, packages available. Sunshine Yoga, 211-E Main Street, Destin. 850-687-8603. Essential Oils Introduction and Instructional Class – 6-8pm. 2nd and 4th Wed. Instructional

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thursday Intro to Ashtanga Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. The primary series of Ashtanga yoga is a set of sequenced postures designed to bring strength, flexibility and endurance to the body. It is a design to purify the body through breath and to invoke stillness of the mind. Temp 95-98°. $15, $10/military, student. Hot Yoga Om, 222 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771. Healthy Happy Hour – 6-7pm. 2nd Thu. A premier member of the healthy living community provides cutting-edge concepts on health and ultimate wellness. Topics include hypnosis, acupuncture, massage and essential oils, and energy healing; light snacks and healthy beverages provided. $15. 8 th Element Wellness, 90 Beal Pkwy NW, FWB. RSVP, Christie: 850-598-7515.

friday Yoga for Meditation – 9-10:15am. This class begins with a gentle yoga practice to prepare for meditation; designed for 45 minutes of movement and breathing with a 10-20 minute meditation at the end. Students are invited to sit in meditation to their capacity. No yoga experience necessary. $13. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-6841065. Restorative Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Connect to breath and find rest and relaxation in a series of passive, supported yoga postures designed to restore and rejuvenate body and mind. Appropriate for all students, no prior yoga experience required. $13. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-684-1065.

saturday Meditative Coloring – 10-11am. Coloring is a form of active meditation. Bring your own supplies and join other adults for an hour of quiet, meditative coloring. There are free printable mandalas online. Love offering. Fellowship Hall, Unity of Pensacola Metaphysical Bookstore, 716 N 9th Avenue, Pensacola. 850-438-2277.

ART GALLERY, PICTURE FRAME SHOP AND PHOTO STUDIO – for Sale in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Turn Key operation, fully equipped and ready to go. Huge inventory of art, supplies and equipment valued at over $200,000 (building not included). Lease available for qualified buyer. Priced for a quick sale at $30,000! This is the perfect time to buy into this and reap the benefits of the summer season! Owner retiring. Call 850376-8324. HOSTEL BUSINESS FOR SALE – Successful hostel for sale in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Centrally located to nearby restaurants, stores, shopping, etc. Only 3 miles from the beach! Great for a couple or individual who wants to live on the premises and enjoys meeting people from all over the world! Owner leaving the country. Asking $30,000 (does not include real estate). Long term property lease available (must qualify). Call 850-376-8324. NYR ORGANIC – FLEXIBLE, FUN, HOMEBASED BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY – Join an environmentally conscious, ethically grounded company. NYR Organic is the social selling division of Neal’s Yard Remedies, the UK’s leading brand for award-winning certified organic skincare, beauty and aromatherapy products for 35 years. To learn more about this cutting-edge, grass-roots business opportunity call: 850-866-8950 or email: See ad, page 9.

COOKWARE FOR SALE WORLD’S FINEST HEALTHY COOKING SYSTEM BY SALADMASTER – Service and information for healthy cooking in W.FL, & AL Coast. Saladmaster by Healthsource. C. Maples: 256-412-4896.

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Car, insurance and valid Drivers License required.Call Scott 850-687-0825 or email RETAIL SALES ASSOCIATE – part time possible full time in Navarre. Devoted to Health and Healing with a background in this field. Contact Esther Turn, Esther’s Garden of Healing. 850-684-3230.

ROOM RENTALS MEDICAL OFFICE SPACE FOR SALE BY OWNER – Custom finished medical office space in the Heart of Destin. 8 treatment rooms, conference room, large reception area, office space, 3 restrooms, kitchen. Serious inquiries only to: OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE – 8th Element Wellness is looking for a reliable, enthusiastic Health care practitioner who wants to rent space and be a complimentary addition to our team. Room for rent in calm environment at 90 Beal Pkwy in Ft Walton Bch. If interested, please call Christie at 850-598-7515 or Alex at 850-582-2285. THE SPIRITUAL DIMENSION HOSTEL FWB – Walking distance to many amenities, Bike rentals, Beds as low as $25 per night. Couples - $35; Private room $50. 850-376-8324.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare 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 or call 850-687-0826.

ACUPUNCTURE REBECCA FREEMAN, AP, MAOM 1180 Eglin Pkwy NE, Shalimar 850-902-2536 • 850-651-0160


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.


Raquel Skidmore, MD 850-640-1530 756 Harrison Ave, Panama City 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 to prescribe medical marijuana. See ad, page 36.


John S Kovar, DC 29 G Miracle Strip Hwy SW, FWB 850-244-1200 •

Author and successful entrepreneur, Arlene Karian shares tips on raising productive and winning children. A single, former welfare Mom, raised a Multi-Millionaire Kid utilizing 7 Breakthrough Keys and shares them with you in this enlightening book. See ad, page 20.


Janice Skene 114-B Benning Dr, Destin • 850-837-2690 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 11.

PUREGRESSIVE BEAUTY 205 Kelly Ave, Unit B, FWB 850-226-6609

The Emerald Coast’s premier organic hair salon featuring organic hair care and hair color products made with the highest quality plant extracts & organic ingredients, free of harmful chemicals. See ad, page 38.

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.

Using ancient wisdom to holistically treat today’s illnesses. Specializing in: Women’s Health including painful or heavy periods, fertility, pre- and post-natal care, peri-menopause and beyond.


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

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 35.


8th Element Wellness, LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-225-4031 Highly skilled therapist specializing in deep tissue and medical massage. Experience deep relief from pain along with a sweet sense of relaxation. MA81403. See ad, page 35.

MED-SPA OF DESTIN & SANDESTIN Destin: 850-351-0600 Sandestin: 850-267-6727

Our Licensed Massage Therapists have treated thousands of clients in both medical and spa settings. We offer Swedish, deep tissue, sports, medical and cold stone therapy.


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 32.



Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Calhoun Chiropractic 16600 Back Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach • 850-230-1288



Janet Hardy, LMT Board Certified Myofascial Release Therapist Expert Level Santa Rosa Beach • 850-231-9131

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In her 21+ years of massage therapy Janet has found the John F. Barnes’ Approach® to be the most effective and holistic treatment for the relief of pain and optimal health. MA17333. See ad, page 14.

205 Kelly Ave NE, Ste A, FWB 850-736-5700 •

Screening with thermography can detect abnormalities in the very earliest stages of diabetes cardiovascular, breast thyroid, hormonal digestive, and TMJ. Also offering personalized healthcare assessments and organic botanical supplements.


211-E Main St, Destin 850-687-8603 • At Sunshine Yoga we teach kids through discussion, movement, song and expression. In kids yoga, children learn yoga postures, selflove and respect for all living things.


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

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

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.


John S Kovar, DC 29 G Miracle Strip Hwy SW, FWB 850-244-1200 • 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.



Destin: 850-351-0600 Sandestin: 850-267-6727


(Formerly Skindeep) Cindy Butler, Owner/Therapist • 850-269-1414 Body & Mind Wellness Services including colonics, total body detox footbath, skin rejuvenation treatments, infrared sauna, transcendental meditation training, Lifestyle transition coaching, Proven weight-loss program. MA49032/MM27113.


Danielle Masters, Independent Consultant 850-866-8950 Award-winning, certified organic, nonGMO, cruelty-free, fair trade skincare, bath & body, hair care, cosmetics, essential oils, mama & baby, spa, herbal remedies, superfoods, teas, supplements, gifts & more by Neal’s Yard Remedies. Discover ethical organic health and beauty with no nasties. See ad, page 7.


Intuitive Spiritual Center 700 Beal Pkwy, Unit D, FWB • 850-533-6565 Fort Walton’s newest eclectic intuitive center. Locally made crafts by local artisans. Intuitive readings, jewelry, paintings, incense, crystals, pottery, semi-precious stones, wind chimes, diaper cakes, hand-painted furniture. See ad, page 30.


Experience the benefits of Cryotherapy, a wholebody exposure to sub-zero temperatures used to promote the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response, release endorphins, reduce pain and promote overall health.

Cryotherapy is a natural, safe alternative to prescription drugs that treats migraine headaches, musculoskeletal pain, inflammation and acute injuries while regulating blood flow and promoting relaxation.


Tara Griffin, DMD 3129 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach 850-249-9331 A dedicated team of compassionate, caring professionals committed to be the premier dental spa in Northwest Florida. Enhancing smiles, prolonging youth and changing lives in a relaxing calm environment. General and restorative dentistry, fillings, crowns, no mercury See ad, page 15 (Panama City).


IAOMT Protocol 225 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • 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.


106 Wright Pkwy SW, FWB 850-243-1534 Healthy digestion, well aligned physical structure, proper breathing and a good nights sleep begin with a healthy mouth. We treat snoring, sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. Plus crowns,teeth whitening, bridges,veneers, implant restorations, aligner orthodontics, cleanings, digital X-ray imaging, CO 2 Laser periodontal treatment. No mercury fillings. See ads, pages 15 and 37.

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. ~Fred Rogers natural awakenings

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DINING SYNERGY ORGANIC JUICE BAR AND CAFÉ 120 Miraclestrip Pkwy SE 850-865-4919

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


A sim ple step-by-step method of applying therapeutic-grade essential oils topically to produce a profound whole body experience. Benefits include stress management, immune support and autonomic balance. Provided by wellness advocate certified in the ArōmaTouch Technique.



850-499-4697 • 3 Locations: Rosemary Beach Town Center, on 30 A 9am-1pm Sundays (Year Round) Thursdays (Memorial Day-Labor Day) Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, on Hwy 98 9am-1pm - Saturday (Year Round) That Farmers’ Market at Palm Plaza 1003 C John Simms Pkwy, Niceville 9am-1pm - Saturday (Year Round) Serene, beautiful, distinctive and exclusive is the best way to describe the 30A Farmers’ Market Family. European and coastalinspired markets feature local farmers, makers, bakers, and specialty vendors in an inviting market experience. See ad, page 17.


4463 Commons Dr W, Destin 850-460-8720 Experience the ultimate state of relaxation through flotation in a Epsom salt water tank. Relive stress, enhance healing, deepen meditation along with many other healthy benefits. Call to book your session. See ad, page 34.

Call the Oil Lady! 100% Therapeutic Essential Oils. Young Living uses their Seed to Seal process, from the farm to your home at competitive prices.


As doTERRA Diamonds, we facilitate an oily community on the Emerald Coast and nationwide. With help from our band of aromatic misfits, we show both oil lovers and business builders how to rock their oil journey from Day O n e w i t h b e g i n n e r ’s a n d continuing ed classes both locally and online. See ad, page 4.


2227 Ferdon Blvd, Crestview 850-682-8893 • Find us on Facebook Knowledgeable staff and cutting edge digital health assessments. Dairyfree and gluten-free food items, supplements, homeopathic solutions and anti-aging products, plus delicious nutritional smoothies. See ad, page 38.

ESTHER’S GARDEN OF HEALING 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-684-3230

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 43.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~Scott Adams 50

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339 Racetrack Rd NW, Ste 3 850-863-5811 • Hours: M-F 9-6, S 10-4, Closed Sun Natural and organic foods. Largest selec-tion of herbs and supplements in the area. Enjoy our new fresh juice bar, open weekdays 10-4. Knowledgeable and personable staff. See ad, page 2.

HOMEOVITALITY USA Virginia Biasizzo, NDTP 617-990-6979

An entirely new concept in health promotion, based on results of the Human Genome Project. Targets gene intelligence that produce the body’s natural proteins proven to enhance supreme vitality for all ages of people and pets. See ad, page 56.

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

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, glutenfree, vegetarian, vegan and raw food classes are available. See ad, page 5.


15500 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Unit 420 850-588-7575 • Panama City Beach’s most complete health food store. Quality supplements, vitamins & minerals, organic food, and more. We have gluten free, non-GMO, dairy free and vegan products at everyday low prices. See ad, page 37. (Panama City).


Dr Cosimo Ricciardi 341 Racetrack Road NW, FWB 850-862-4119 120 E Redstone Ave, Ste A, Crestview 850-682-6522 Since 1983 committed to providing the most up-to-date foot and ankle care for your family, we have natural and traditional methods for treating foot and ankle pain such as laser treatment, stem cell treatments, custom orthotics and orthotic sandals and provide naturopathic relief for peripheral neuropathy. See ad, page 13.


DFAACAP, Diplomate ABIHM 4641 Gulfstarr Dr, Ste 106, Destin 850-243-9788 Board certified in neurofeedback and integrative medicine. Simkin specializes in Integrative Psychiatry (complementary and alternative assessments and interventions) and qEEG Z Score LORETA neurofeedback (an advanced neurofeedback which typically allows far fewer sessions).


Transformational Energy Healer/Counselor BS Psychology, MBA, Hypnotherapist 850-585-5496 • Phone sessions to heal serious health issues, unwanted patterns, and more. Authored Wellness Wisdom on natural health and healing; inspired by her journey with cancer.



Rodney Soto, MD


We are a virtual wellness clinic dedicated to providing services via a HIPAA compliant telemedicine software that empower people to better track, manage and improve their own health. With the help of genomics, lifestyle metrics and nutritional science, Genestyle Medical will help you customize your individualized roadmap to reach your goals and enhance your wellness and longevity. See ad, page 6.



NITIN BAWA, MD Destin: 850-424-7320 Fort Walton Beach: 850-586-7890 Santa Rosa Beach: 850-534-4170 General medicine with a holistic wellness approach and specialized services in bioidentical hormone therapy, weight loss, food allergies, nutritional analysis and antiaging procedures. Most insurance accepted.

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 to prescribe medical marijuana. See ad, page 36.

FOUNDATIONS MEDICAL CENTER Kyle Chavers, MD 870 Mack Bayou Rd, Ste D, SRB 850-660-6701

We treat the condition; not just the symptom! In-depth, patientcentered office visits for general health, chronic conditions, nutritional support , laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques. Currently accepting new patients. See ad, page 37.

Felicia McQuaid 850-217-2771

Certified Advanced Angel Reader through Doreen Virtue. Connect with your Angels to receive love filled guidance and clarity about specific questions and areas of life. Sessions available in person or via skpe or facetime. See ad, page 55.




222 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Unit A Downtown Fort Walton Beach 850-217-2771 •

90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-420-5819

Hot Yoga Om features Far Infrared Heat, Radiant Heat, Radiant Life. Daily classes, amazing teachers. Your first class is $5. Experience it for yourself. See ad, page 55.

HYPNOSIS DCC HYPNOSIS & HYPNOSIS TRAINING CERTIFICATION Deana Cooper Chapman Hypnosist and Hypnosis Training 850-261-3596 •

Cleans and detox. Improve circulations and skin purifications. Lower blood pressure, boost metabolism and lose weight while you relax. Wellness spa features a variety of therapeutic massage including deep tissue and sports massage. Other modalities, energy therapy, chakra balancing, hypnotherapy. 10% Military discount. See calendar for group workshops on nutrition, alternative medicine, suppliments and essential oils. See ad, page 35.


Raquel Skidmore, MD 850-522-9719 105 Jazz Dr, Panama City


90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-420-5819

Wellness spa features a variety of therapeutic massage including deep tissue and sports massage. Other modalities, energy therapy, chakra balancing, hypnotherapy, plus infrared sauna. 10% Military discount. See calendar for group workshops on nutrition, alternative medicine, suppliments and essential oils. See ad, page 35.


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. Also offering Certified Hypnosist Training Program.

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

Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else. ~George Halas natural awakenings

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34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Unit #132 Destin • 850-650-8500 99 Eglin Pkwy, Unit #5B, Uptown Station FWB • 850-301-2000 Looking for professional, customized massages and facials? Our professional massage therapists and estheticians will customize massage and facial to fit your needs. Make Massage Envy your spa. Two convenient locations in Destin and Fort Walton Beach. See ad, page 5.

MED-SPA OF DESTIN & SANDESTIN Drew Zinecker, LMT MA77480 Destin: 850-351-0600 Sandestin: 850-267-6727

Swedish, sports & medical massage as well as stretching, Kinesio taping and hydrotherapy. We also treat amputees and those who have had surgical procedures such as joint replacements and spinal fusions.

MATTRESS — ORGANIC GOOD MORNING MATTRESS CENTER 850-549-3104 7160 N Davis Hwy, Pensacola

The only true organic mattress in Northwest Florida, no flame retardants or flame retardant barriers, no memory foam or polyurethane foam, no soybean or biobased foam (polyurethane foam with soybean oil mixed in), no synthetic latex rubber, no harmful glues or adhesives, no GMO cotton or other GMO fibers, no shoddy insulator pads. See ad, page 23.


Pilates Core Training 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 • Myofascial release treats the entire myofascial mind/body complex, eliminating the pressure of the restricted myofascial system (the straight-jacket) that causes painful symptoms. LMT # MA64267.


Janet Hardy, LMT Board Certified Myofascial Release Therapist Expert Level Santa Rosa Beach • 850-231-9131 In her 21+ years of massage therapy Janet has found the John F. Barnes’ Approach® to be the most effective and holistic treatment for the relief of pain and optimal health. MA17333. See ad, page 14.

MED-SPA OF DESTIN & SANDESTIN Drew Zinecker, LMT MA77480 Destin: 850-351-0600 Sandestin: 850-267-6727

A natural treatment that promotes wellness and homeostasis in soft tissue. Myofascial release is key to relaxation and rehabilitation and is included in all massage services as well.

THE HEALING CLINIC OF FORT WALTON BEACH Laura Tyree 850-217-2771 • MA68035


184 Brooks St, Ste 1 • 850-217-2771 Well-being and balance await you. Therapeutic massage, Reiki, myofascial release, transformational healing. Whether you need a deeper touch or more gentle approach we can help. Balance for body, mind and spirit. See ad, page 55.

Laura is a highly skilled therapist under the John Barnes technique. Under her extraordinary care clients find relief from long held pain and tension that lasts. This gentle technique of quiet pressure and stretching relieves pain from the restriction of connective tissue. See ad, page 55.


An entirely new concept in health promotion, based on results of the Human Genome Project. Targets gene intelligence that produce the body’s natural proteins proven to enhance supreme vitality for all ages of people and pets. See ad, page 39.


DFAACAP, Diplomate ABIHM 4641 Gulfstarr Dr, Ste 106, Destin 850-243-9788 Board certified in neurofeedback and integrative medicine. Simkin specializes in Integrative Psychiatry (complementary and alternative assessments and interventions) and qEEG Z Score LORETA neurofeedback (an advanced neurofeedback which typically allows far fewer sessions).


Heather Del Castillo 831-244-0114 • A certified health hoach reviews your health history, set goals, and holds you accountable to achieve them through a customized holistic program that can include diet, exercise, motivation, and detoxing your home. Free initial consultation. See ad, page 41.


850-866-8950 • As a Certified Herbalist and Holistic Nutrition Consultant, Danielle’s goal is to create for you a personalized health & wellness program, which will promote a life of vibrant health, harmony, and balance from the inside-out. See ad, page 7.

Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. ~Albert Einstein 52

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Rodney Soto, MD A virtual wellness clinic dedicated to providing services via a HIPAA compliant telemedicine software that empower people to better track, manage and improve their own health. With the help of genomics, lifestyle metrics and nutritional science, Genestyle Medical will help you customize your individualized roadmap to reach your goals and enhance your wellness and longevity. See ad, page 6.



Ariix brands offer superior quality products with no compromise on quality. We use the best raw ingrediants from all over the world. Manufactured in the US Free parties and classess. See ad, page 14.

MED-SPA OF DESTIN & SANDESTIN Destin: 850-351-0600 Sandestin: 850-267-6727

Barbara Bruni, Owner 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 •

PRANIC HEALING LIGHT ENERGY DANCING 348 Miracle Strip Pkwy, #27 (behind IHOP) FWB Call or Text 850-543-1970

A serene space for meditation, healing and spirituality. Offering weekly group meditations, healing clinics, yoga combined with energy healing, private pranic healing sessions, and pranic healing training. Be happy, be well, be blessed. See ad, page 21.


Master Reiki Teacher THE Healing Clinic of Fort Walton Beach 850-217-2771 Felicia McQuaid has been offering Reiki healing services since 2005. She offers regular trainings in all levels of Traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho and Karuna Reiki. Felicia is known for her insight, grace and compassion while working with students and clients. MA61060. See ad, page 55.


Danielle Masters, Independent Consultant 850-866-8950 Award-winning, certified organic, nonGMO, cruelty-free, fair trade skincare, bath & body, hair care, cosmetics, essential oils, mama & baby, spa, herbal remedies, superfoods, teas, supplements, gifts & more by Neal’s Yard Remedies. Discover organic with no nasties. See ad, page 7.


Tara Griffin, DMD 3129 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach 850-249-9331

106 Wright Pkwy SW, FWB 850-243-1534 Healthy digestion, well aligned physical structure, proper breathing and a good nights sleep begin with a healthy mouth. We treat snoring, sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. Plus crowns, teeth whitening, bridges, veneers, implant restorations, aligner orthodontics, cleanings, digital x-ray imaging, CO2 Laser periodontal treatment. No mercury fillings See ads, pages 15 and 29.


We provide organic medical grade treatments and products as well as our own private label brand of skin care products. In addition to facials, our estheticians perform microneedling – a natural anti-aging treatment.


Mat, gyrokensis and equipment classes, or private sessions for a personalized experience. Website lists instructors, class schedule and prices.




Pilates Core Training 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 • Myofascial release treats the entire myofascial mind/body complex, eliminating the pressure of the restricted myofascial system (the straight-jacket) that causes painful symptoms. LMT # MA64267.

TEACHER TRAINING PILATES AND BEYOND TEACHER TRAINING SCHOOL Barbara Bruni, Owner 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 •

450-hours comprehensive training covering the fundamentals of movement, complete repertoire on the mat equipment, and includes modification movements for osteoporosis, knee and hip replacements and other various special needs. Registered with Pilates Method Alliance Registry of Schools.


Created to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) with a dental appliance. We serve you to treat the following sleep disorders: sleep apnea, sleep disorders, CPAP alternatives, oral appliance therapy. See ad, page 15 (Panama City).

HEND-RX NUTRITION & LABORATORIES 205 Kelly Ave NE, Ste A, FWB 850-736-5700 •

Screening with thermography can detect abnormalities in the very earliest stages cardiovascular, breast thyroid, hormonal digestive, diabetes, TMJ. Also offering personalized healthcare assessments and organic botanical supplements.

Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken. ~Albert Camus natural awakenings

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Scott Ewing, DC 705 W John Sims Pkwy 4900 Bayou Blvd, Ste 112 844-441-THIN (8446) ARN ABOUT THIS UNIQUE




PLANNED JUST FOR YOU! O f f e r i n g

In-home personalized private yoga instruction for individuals, couples, & groups. Private yoga classes with Danielle may be the best way for one to begin yoga and develop a lifestyle yoga practice. Over 12 years of private yoga teaching experience. See ad, page 7.

Using NRF Technology to create a weight-loss plan just for you. Lose 20-40 lbs in 40 days. No strenuous dieting, no hunger, no cravings. Target hormonal imbalance and raise metabolism. Get started today.

348 Miracle Strip Pkwy, #27 (behind IHOP) FWB Call or Text 850-543-1970

yoga, meditation, energy and Pranic Healing, ballroom dancing and personal training. Specialty classes available, yoga for PTSD and Dance for Parkinson’s. Join us in our light filled, relaxing space. See ad, page 21.

Scott Ewing, DC, NutriMost Niceville

705 West John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 844.441.THIN MELISSA SHALONGO, NAVARRE LIVING YOGA



RYT 500, E-RYT 200, RCYT 706-372-6088

In-home professional, private yoga instruction. Learn the fundamentals of asana, pranayama, meditation and yogic philosophy to create an enriching, personal practice that is both safe and sustainable. Over 600 hours of private teaching experience including children, the injured, and the elderly. See ad, page 21.

Navarre Living Yoga and Health Center 8162 Navarre Pkwy 850-684-1065 • Rodney Soto, MD

A virtual wellness clinic dedicated to providing services via a HIPAA compliant telemedicine software that empower people to better track, manage and improve their own health. With the help of genomics, lifestyle metrics and nutritional science, Genestyle Medical will help you customize your individualized roadmap to reach your goals and enhance your wellness and longevity. See ad, page 6.

A full service yoga studio with classes for all levels and all ages, including: Hot yoga, yin yoga, restorative and gentle yoga, prenatal yoga, aerial yoga, meditation, yoga teacher training, private yoga, reiki, massage, ayurvedic consultation and more. MM#25136. See ad, page 15.

Visit our website to see how you can start losing weight today!


YOGA STUDIOS DRAGONFLY YOGA STUDIES 184 Brooks St, SE, Bldg 2 Downtown FWB • 850-244-0184

Serene environment for the study and practice of hatha yoga. Certified instructors. Owner/ Director Laura Tryee, E-RYT 500. See ad, page 55.

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

Wellness spa features a variety of therapeutic massage including deep tissue and sports massage. Other modalities, energy therapy, chakra balancing, hypnotherapy, plus infrared sauna. 10% military discount. See calendar for group workshops on nutrition, alternative medicine, supplements and essential oils. See ad, page 35.


222 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Unit A Downtown Fort Walton Beach 850-217-2771 • Hot Yoga Om features Far Infrared Heat. Radiant Heat. Radiant Life. Daily classes, amazing teachers. Your first class is $5. Experience it for yourself. See ad, page 55.


211-E Main St, Destin 850-687-8603 • Experience traditional yoga in a comfortable and inviting space where you will strengthen your inner spirit and deepen your yoga practice. Sunshine Yoga offers classes for all styles and levels.

SYNERGY YOGA AND WELLNESS Amy Likins, RYT, Holistic Nutrition Specializing in Personal Wellness 850-243-7492

Yoga for health and wellness, beginner and intermediate. Offering nutrition programs for cancer and immunity, juicing, detox and cleansing, weight loss, digestive health, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and cooking lessons. See ad, page 5.

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