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he current popularity of female characters like Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games and Princess Merida in Brave— strong women who refuse to be subdued or victimized—might seem like a modern phenomenon, but the archetype has ancient roots. Atalanta, the famous hunter and runner in ancient Greek mythology, began life abandoned on a mountaintop, left to die there because she was a girl. Found and raised by hunters, she challenged the Calydon Boar and courageously drew first blood. Before a man Scott and Daralyn Chase could claim her as his bride, she demanded, with confidence, that he beat her in a footrace. Atalanta exemplifies today’s girls, who resonate with the passion and persistence to go the distance, survive and succeed, becoming women who will not only discover the indomitable spirit in themselves, but also recognize and encourage it in each other. Our feature article, “Heart-Based Leadership,” describes how strong women like these are taking action and leading movements for positive change around the world. Every May, Natural Awakenings honors women and Mother’s Day. That’s not hard in our community, where you don’t have to look far to find women who, enlightened by their own health journeys, provide services for women seeking to take their well-being into their own hands. Just last month, one of those women, Lori Poelstra, M.D., opened a holistic wellness center where women can explore mind-body practices that have an empowering and strengthening value beyond that of traditional Western medicine. Read all about it on page 24. In keeping with that theme, our article “Natural Motherhood” (page 26) delivers a message of intuitive and spiritual empowerment for embarking on the magical journey of motherhood, and on page 22, local doula Amber Roman explains how new moms can have healthier recoveries through cuttingedge placenta encapsulation, and how the doulas in her practice have expanded natural childbirth options for women in the Pensacola area. And anyone who has a baby or is expecting one should plan to attend the World’s Greatest Baby Shower, being presented by Healthy Start on May 25 in Fort Walton Beach. Details are on page 28. Start empowering yourself today by reaching out to the women who provide services, classes and workshops that you find right here in Natural Awakenings. Keep moving forward, and let passion and compassion continue to be your driving force. Happy Mother’s Day, and here’s to all women—you continue to better our world!

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ands Across the Sand—an international movement protesting invasive and damaging energy industry practices such as offshore and deep-water drilling—will come to Pensacola Beach and Santa Rosa Beach, among other coastal communities worldwide, on May 20. Coordinated inland events, Hands Across the Land, will take place across the United States and other countries as well. Founded in 2010, Hands Across the Sand/Land grew into an international movement after the BP oil disaster in April of that year. People came together to join hands, forming symbolic barriers against spilled oil, and to stand against the impacts of other forms of extreme energy. Now there’s a rising tide of grassroots activism advocating for a clean energy future over the dangerous and dirty fuels of the 20th century. Global movements like Hands Across the Sand are one way to bring the message of clean energy to local and world leaders, says founder Dave Rauschkolb. “We don’t have to drill our way to energy independence—in fact, we can’t,” he says. “What we can do is support clean domestic energy solutions to meet our energy needs with our own resources and our own people. When activists organize hundreds of events and join hands, that creates a powerful image to send to our elected officials.” Hands Across the Sand in Pensacola Beach, sponsored by 350 Pensacola, will protest offshore drilling. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at 20 Casino Beach Boulevard. For more information, contact Christian Wagley at or 850-687-9968. The Santa Rosa Beach event, protesting offshore drilling, pipelines and fracking, will begin at noon at the Ed Walline Public Beach Access at the intersection of Route 393 and County Road 30A. For more information, contact Nancy Meehan at or 850-660-1132. For more information, visit


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ronman 70.3 Gulf Coast—a grueling 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and marathon-length (26.2-mile) run— will take place May 13, at Panama City Beach. An Ironman Triathlon, one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation, is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. Fifty competitors in the race will be offered a slot in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, set for September 9 and 10 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The race will begin with an openwater swim along the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico, followed by an outand-back bike ride through the rural areas of Bay County and Panama City Beach. Much like Ironman Florida, the bike course is flat and fast, for athletes looking to obtain a personal best. The 13.1-mile run will feature some of the most picturesque beachfront areas in the area, with a spectacular finish at the Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort. The first Ironman took place in February 1978, when John and Judy Collins organized the first endurance triathlon around the island of Oahu, Hawaii. “Whoever finishes first, we’ll call the Ironman,” John Collins reportedly said, and the Ironman triathlon has been one of the world's most popular endurance events ever since. Not only is the distance gruel ing, but there’s a time limit for each segment. Most Ironman events allow participants 17 hours to complete all three legs of the race. The race begins at 7 a.m. The swim must be complete in 2 hours and 20 minutes; the bike ride must be done by 5:30 p.m.; and the marathon must be finished by midnight. Registration for Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast at


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Project Birth Center Pensacola Promotes Maternal Choices


he Global Big Latch On, a worldwide, coordinated event in which women gather to normalize breastfeeding by nursing their babies en masse in the supportive company of family, friends and community, will be take place August 5. Locally, a major participant in this event is Project Birth Center Pensacola (PBCP), a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to bringing a maternity-focused health center to the Pensacola area. With cesarean rates rising and more education on safe birth alternatives available, more families are choosing out-of-hospital birth. There’s increasing demand for more childbirth choices in the Pensacola area too, and so PBCP’s mission is to rally the community to expand local access to midwifery care as well as safe locations for birth outside the hospital. “For the past several years, families have struggled to locate midwives able to provide any out-of-hospital birth choices in Pensacola. This is something this project commits to changing,” says PBCP Vice President Jen Chendea. This year, PBCP is working on several community outreach events, including participation in free clinics offering women’s health care, and the Global Big Latch On, in an effort to expand not only exposure of the project, but awareness of the project’s goals, which are not directed only at birth. “Since birth starts with pregnancy, it is vital that women are healthy and strong before pregnancy, to reduce pregnancy risk factors,” Chendea says. “Women may be unable to access or afford well-woman care prior to pregnancy, increasing their risk factors for prematurity and other pregnancy- and birth-related complications. Improving access to women’s health care will improve birth outcomes for moms and babies. So this project is not just about birth, but about healthy women and families.” For more information or to help, visit PBCP on Facebook or PensacolaBirth

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he annual Lionfish Removal & Awareness Day—a familyfriendly combination of festival and tournament, with activities for divers and landlubbers alike—will be held May 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Plaza De Luna in Pensacola. Lionfish, which have venomous spines that are very painful, are native to the Indo-Pacific, but are now established in the waters along the southeast coast of the United States, in the Caribbean and in parts of the Gulf of Mexico. While the exact cause of their presence here is unknown, it’s likely that humans helped. Experts speculate that people have been dumping unwanted lionfish from home aquariums into the Atlantic Ocean for up to 25 years. Since lionfish are not native to Atlantic waters, these carnivores have very few predators. They feed on small crustaceans and fish, including the young of important commercial fish species such as snapper and grouper. How lionfish will affect native fish populations and commercial fishing industries has yet to be determined, What is known is that non-native species can dramatically affect native ecosystems and local fishing economies. Experts are still studying these invaders to better understand their role in, and potential threat to, Atlantic Ocean ecosystems. However, researchers with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have concluded that invasive lionfish populations will continue to grow and cannot be eliminated using conventional methods. The annual Lionfish Removal & Awareness Day is an opportunity for Floridians to take the task into their own hands. Divers removed 8,089 lionfish from Florida waters during the two-day tournament last year.

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ourish, a women’s mini-retreat featuring yoga classes, satsang, special meals and self-care activities, will be held at Navarre Living Yoga on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 12 through 14. Led by Kathy Tabb and Natalie Davidson, the weekend event is scaled down to fit most women’s busy schedules, because regardless of their age or stage in life, women tend to be givers, Tabb says. “Women don’t always have the luxury of taking time to go on a retreat,” she says. “So we’re bringing the retreat to them. They can come to the studio for a weekend to unplug and get nourished—a gift they give themselves so they can continue to give to others.” The tentative retreat schedule begins Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., with restorative yoga, dinner and satsang; continues Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with open-level vinyasa yoga, a lunch-n-learn and self-care activities; and finishes Sunday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. with yin yoga, a Mother’s Day brunch and a closing ceremony. “This is a weekend to honor women,” Davidson says. “If you are a mom with children in the home, a mom with grown children, a daughter who has lost her mom, a grandmother living away from her children and grandchildren, a sister who has helped raise her sibling, a woman struggling with infertility, a stepmom, an aunt, a friend—we celebrate you all and hold space for you to take much-needed ‘me time.’” Satsang, expected to be part of the Friday-night schedule, is a way of seeking enlightenment as part of a group. Satsang means “gathering together for the truth” or “being with the truth” in Sanskrit. The mini-retreat costs $185 and requires a nonrefundable deposit of $100. For further information or to sign up, email or call the studio at 850-346-3577.

im Mosby of Sunshine Yoga and Kristy Souto of Yoga Junkie Studios and their daughters are inviting other mother-daughter teams to join them on a special yoga retreat June 9 to 11 at Adventures Unlimited in Milton. The retreat is geared for girls ages 7 to 14 and their moms, but all ages are welcome, as are aunts, grandmothers or other female role models. “We designed this retreat for mothers and daughters to break barriers, build bridges and strengthen their bond while creating memories to last a lifetime,” Mosby says. The retreat will involve individual and partner yoga practices, themed discussions, walks in the woods and trust-building exercises. No yoga experience is necessary. The setting and accommodations have “a camping atmosphere with all the comforts of home,” she says. “Each room has hardwood floors, high ceilings, large windows and is furnished with antiques. Each room is air conditioned with a private bath, and four of the rooms have gas fire places. A small refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker is in each room as well.” Shared accommodations hold two mother-daughter teams per room. Private accommodations are available for an additional $125. All meals are included, with healthy vegetarian and meat options, and special arrangements for those with food allergies or specific dietary needs. Activities will include an opening ceremony, campfire gatherings, daily yoga classes, guided meditation, a ropes challenge course, a mala-making craft and a closing circle. Optional activities available after the retreat for an additional fee include canoeing, kayaking and zip lining. Participants also have the option to stay extra nights for an additional fee. The cost for the weekend is $450 per mother-daughter team plus $125 for each additional child. The deadline for registration is May 30. To register or for more information, visit or call Kristy Souto at 850-678-8498.

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IVE! Juice Bar and More!—a multidimensional venue with an all-raw menu and juice bar; stages for musicians, poets and other performers; and a space for local artists to display their work— is set to open August 25. Inspired by similar venues in New Orleans and other cities, Pensacola local Ric Kindle is spearheading this endeavor to support the community through art, food, music and education, and he has launched a GoFundMe for those who 12

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share his vision and want to help bring it to fruition. Kindle, who teaches yoga and puts on local events and festivals, is well known around town. He is often seen tending to his community garden or delivering fresh veggies to friends. “I understand the value of a space for health-conscious folks in this area,” he says. “LIVE! will be a place for people to practice mindfulness through conscious eating, drinking and community involvement.”

That vision begins with a juice bar that delivers the health benefits of a variety of fresh, organic ingredients. “LIVE!’s menu will include several detox juices that help with digestion and the replenishment of healthy vitamins, nutrients and minerals that store-bought juices lack,” Kindle says. The live juice and raw food menu is being created by holistic chef Sara Yarbrough, who has a master’s degree in medical nutrition therapy from Stony Brook University and is also a musician, gong alchemist and raw foods instructor. “Our aim is to be different than most raw restaurants you find,” she says. “Of course you’ll find juices, salads, bowls and snacks on the menu, but we are looking to elevate raw plant-based foods to the next level. You aren’t just choosing it for the vibrancy, raw enzymes and probiotics that living foods offer. You are also choosing it for the flavor, the love and care that go into the preparation, the beautiful presentation and the satisfaction of having an absolutely incredible meal while having the confidence and empowerment that come from doing something better for yourself.” As for the ingredients, LIVE! will source its fruits and veggies from local gardens, markets, farms and other regional vendors whenever possible, Kindle says. “It is a community endeavor through and through, aiming to empower the local while giving visitors a healthy, colorful, delicious experience to remember.” In keeping with its name, LIVE! will also have a living wall inside on which herbs will grow to be used in juices.

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LIVE! will be located at 532 Garden Street—often referred to as “the old car wash off Garden.” Kindle used the space to host the art and music series Curated Compassion: Tolerance, Part II, benefiting local nonprofits such as the Children’s Home Society, the Beacon Shelter for Women and Children, and Westgate School. Turning this historic 1950s build-

ing into a useful space for community health and wellness as well as a haven for patrons of the arts will provide the opportunity for people of all walks of life to come together, he says. “People may come for the music and discover the delicious benefits of raw eating. Or they may come to grab a juice or one of Sara’s delectable raw creations and end up staying and dancing to the live music.” Among the educational events and entertainment planned for LIVE! are monthly art exhibitions and nonprofit fundraisers, as well as stage performances several times a week. Kindle also envisions the space as a headquarters for nutrition, meditation and yoga classes. Students will feel right at home at LIVE!, where they can feed their bodies and their brains,” he says. The venue will feature a rooftop deck with seating and a second stage where customers and performers can enjoy sunshine and sunsets while they eat, drink and listen to live music. “I’m really excited to bring this space to Pensacola,” Kindle says. “I feel the time is right for something like this. The combination of conscious food, art and music sounds like the perfect formula for success. The response we’re hearing from the community is already overwhelming—I can’t wait for opening day. In fact, I’ve already had someone call to try and order a juice.” For updates, visit LIVEPensacola. us. To donate, visit LivePensacola. Emmalee Sutton is a local poet, dance instructor and creator of eco-friendly, nature-based jewelry at Mariposa Mamma. She is director of content strategy and development for a digital marketing company based in Pensacola, and curator of Earth Conscious Pensacola, a Facebook Group and community movement dedicated to environmental activism and education.

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he emotional crash some women experience after childbirth used to be dismissed as the “baby blues.” Now postpartum depression is recognized as a sometime debilitating mental health disorder likely connected to a sudden drop in hormone levels. As more women explore their options for postpartum wellness, placenta encapsulation—the process of dehydrating, powdering and preserving a woman’s placenta in capsules—is growing in popularity, says Amber Roman, a Pensacola doula and childbirth educator. “Placenta capsules, which a woman will take two or three of per day, are thought to contain the hormones and nutrients lost during childbirth,” Roman says. “The loss of hormones and nutrients can cause unpleasant postpartum symptoms, including mood swings, low thyroid function and decreased 22

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eople who come to Manifest Mind Body Medicine seeking a natural, integrative approach to better health won't just find expert guidance in Lori Poelstra, M.D.—they'll also find a source of personal inspiration. That's because Poelstra, the center's medical director, has used the same natural approach to foster her own physical and emotional health as she balances her multiple roles of doctor, entrepreneur, wife and mother of four young children. "The greatest change to my life came after integrating Ayurvedic and

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learning about other cultures," she says. "In college I was privileged to do research in the Peruvian Amazon, learning from the shamans and local people about herbs, and their medicinal healing practices." She went to medical school because she loved science and she loved helping people, and becoming a doctor would allow her to do both. But her medical school and post-graduate training were traditional, and she didn't revisit alternative medicine until she began struggling with significant health issues herself. That's when she decided to try integrative techniques to complement her current, westernized treatments. "Once I experienced the tremendous, life-changing results myself, I wanted to continue my education and share this with the community to help them as well," she says. So Poelstra continued her study of alternative medicine at the Deepak Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, earning certifications in Perfect Health Ayurveda and Primordial Sound Mediation instruction, and the Ayurveda Healing Institute in Santa Cruz, California, where was certified in Vedic counseling. Her specialized training makes Manifest Mind Body Medicine stand out among local medical practices, she says. "Our business is unique because of the in-depth knowledge, diverse background and personal experience that I am able to bring to our clients and patients. We are the only Chopra-certified center in the area. We strive to bring the most up-to-date, evidence-based knowledge and treatments that are rooted in ancient, time-tested tradition."

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Poelstra credits those traditions not only for helping her restore her health, but also for helping her stay healthy and balanced through a singularly challenging time in her life. Building a medical practice from the ground up meant leaving academia—she had been an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine—and learning about business, contracts, finance, accounting, legal issues and personnel management. And her evolving focus on integrative medicine meant she was also constantly furthering her education. "It was a tremendous amount of research, learning and hard work," she says. She did all these things while being her children's primary caretaker, without the benefit of extended family in the area. "My husband tries his best to

help as he can, but he's even busier than I am," she says. "It has been very challenging as a woman to balance a career, business, children, marriage and myself, but I wouldn’t change a thing." Poelstra follows a simple, natural prescription for life balance: meditation, yoga and healthy Ayurvedic eating. She also tries to maintain mindfulness and gratitude, which in turn leads to happiness and success. "My philosophy of life is to live in the present moment, which is the only thing we ever have. When we dwell too much in the past, we can create anger, and if we live too much in the future, we can experience anxiety. My personal mission is to live mindfully; to constantly strive to recognize and fulfill my purpose in life; and, most important, to always be thankful for everything that comes to me—the good and the bad."

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So far it's been good. Poelstra's husband and their children, who now range in age from 6 to 12, have grown into a supportive team, and Poelstra knows she can count on them as she continues to expand her skills and practice. Eventually she wants to focus more on children, teaching them about healthy eating habits and lifestyles, mindfulness, and meditation from an early age. "I receive a lot of satisfaction from knowing that I am contributing to my community and helping to make other people's lives a little better," she says. Manifest Mind Body Medicine is located at 155 Crystal Beach Dr., Destin. For more information, call 850-974-9242 or visit

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NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse


woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

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Build a Baby-Friendly Body “Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can


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Affirmations can positively state the mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy and birth. Examples include: “Birth is a safe and wonderful experience. Keep Moving with Intention I am choosing the right path for my Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, birth. I trust my body and my inwalking or light jogging three to five stincts. I have all the support I need.” times a week, for 20 minutes a day. Wilson recommends choosing two “Squatting like a child on your haunches to four that resonate, repeating them is a great exercise for childbirth,” she every morning while gazing into the says, noting that 20 squats daily will mirror, placing them on the refrigerastrengthen core muscles. Sitting on an tor door and even having them pop exercise ball instead of a desk chair or up on a smartphone. couch also engages core muscles, while “Meditation prepares you for childimproving posture. birth and can also be soothing during “Regular exercise brings more enlabor by offering tools that push away ergy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this manspirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster tra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Being post-delivery recovery and reduced risk of Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myself, gestational diabetes and high blood presThe connections established breathing out, I smile.” sure during pregnancy,” Bregman finds. To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet between mother and She recommends a prenatal yoga practice room with eyes closed. For women that includes breathing and visualizachild are much stronger new to meditation, Wilson suggests tions. This restorative form of yoga offers a scented or colored candle when she progresses through lighting gentle stretching, promotes good circulaand noticing the colors and movement tion and naturally supports relief or healpregnancy and birth from of the flame for something physical ing of many possible pregnancy ailments. to focus on. “This calming practice is a natural perspective. “To alleviate physical distress, try important because labor becomes like chiropractic prenatal care,” says Phillips. a meditation,” she says. The mother ~Kristy Wilson Light finger contact from an expericopes through the contraction, then enced practitioner helps realign bony uses her meditation skills to reset, segments and restores the body’s normal tone. “A prenatal refocus and ground herself before the next contraction. expert can adjust so the mom’s body maintains its balance Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers and the baby is free to move.” to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the memexperiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, branes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord. who has a story too,” advises Wilson.

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“Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing process and in the postpartum period.” A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that needs to exercise control might seek such assistance for peace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed. “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conversations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

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Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for low-Caesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the natural awakenings

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“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

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“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (

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he blessingway ceremony helps a woman prepare mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the work of birthing, opening her to instinctive abilities that will guide her in mothering,” says Donna Miller Watelet, interfaith minister and coauthor of Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood. Miller Watelet, a facilitator of dozens of blessingway rituals, shares an example of a nourishing gathering: In a comfortable and safe room, a group of friends circles the mother-to-be, signifying their support. They discuss the intention for the blessingway and invite the mom to symbolically let go of any fears blocking a harmonious experience. Once her fears are emptied out, they fill her up with affirmations, appreciations and adornments. Women can gift an object that has meaning to them, such as a bead, flower or scrap of cloth, as a sign of their commitment to her. These gifts will then be fashioned into something lasting, such as a necklace for the mother. The circle may then bind themselves together, each woman wrapping red yarn around her wrist before passing along the skein until everyone is connected. As they discuss this intertwining, they cut the binding yarn and keep the bracelets, a reminder of their caring for the new family. “Finally, we enjoy a feast together,” Miller Watelet says. “Sharing a meal reminds us to bring the intentions of the blessingway back into everyday life.”


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he Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, of Naples, Florida, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each other and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering them to take action and lead. Women who once longed for a culture that would reflect their highest priorities are now creating one in which they support each other and make a difference,” says Gould. She notes that for centuries, a vast number of women have led and served as change agents. “Unfortunately, the majority of them never made it into the headlines or history books. A prime example—few individuals knew that 12 women ran for president before Hillary Clinton.” In a recent Yes! magazine article, Rucha Chitnis reports that women are rising up to push back against growing corporate power, land grabs, economic injustice, climate change and more. Women’s groups and networks offer a paradigm shift, she concludes, exposing links between unbridled capitalism, violence, the erosion of human rights and destruction of the Earth.

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A woman’s style of leadership in America’s corporate boardrooms, activist-led movements or state and federal government may not be plainly evident. Feminine wisdom’s emerging solutions are compassionate, collaborative and consensus-building, and pursue universal outcomes and group cooperation. They contrast with conventional competitive strategies and solutions, according to The Legislative Effectiveness of Women in Congress study at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, in Nashville. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a medical doctor, Jungian analyst in Mill Valley, California, and author of Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, has been advocating since 2002 for a United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women (5WCW). “Empowered and equal women are the key to peace and sustainability. We need to rise up together and fulfill the Dalai Lama’s words at the Vancouver Peace Summit: ‘It will be up to Western women to bring about peace.’” Bolen’s 5WCW vision joins millennial women worldwide now entering their era of activism with the feminist movement spearheaded by a boomer generation of women that’s forwarded the equality and empowerment of women this far. To this end,


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began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of self-defense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida. This aspect of the martial art form seicho jutsu was created by Canadian Daniel Verkerke, Ph.D., as a simple self-defense system to teach and perpetuate nonviolence; he continues to share it with the public, law enforcement, corporations and private security firms in the U.S. and internationally. Nonviolent self-defense is akin to the dynamics of bullfighting. “The matador never matches his strength with the enormous animal; rather, he redirects the energy of the bull with simple and precise movements—counterbalancing— and letting the bull’s energy move past him,” explains Rose. He’s trained everyday people of all ages and walks of life in this approach, in the U.S., UK, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. “As they train, students begin to feel more secure wherever they go, because they are learning how to be safe even in the midst of physical confrontation,” says Rose. “They wind up feeling more empowered as they learn how to neutralize aggression simply and effectively.” Practicing NVS increases balance, coordination, overall flexibility and joint mobility. Its soft, circular, martial arts movements, combined with slow-to-fast linear movements, also enhance cardiovascular health. “Mental and spiritual training includes the awareness and development of a state of being conscious of energy and mind. Everyone’s actions and reactions directly reflect the development of their mind,” says Rose.


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Another nonviolent form of self-defense is Shaolin five animal kung fu, a martial arts style that mimics the characteristics of five animals—the tiger, leopard, snake, crane and dragon. Instructor Lloyd Fridenburg owns Fitness with a Purpose, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he emphasizes the awareness and avoidance concept as the psychological heart of nonviolent self-defense. Fridenburg, founder and senior instructor of the Waterloo Kung Fu Academy, explains, “The concept emphasizes being constantly aware of your surroundings while avoiding obvious areas of potential danger.” He also stresses the importance of proper body language—being able to read that of others, as well as how to diffuse confrontation upfront in how we present ourself. “Martial arts are a two-sided coin,” he says. “There’s the martial aspect, which involves techniques that allow a person to defend him- or herself in a wide range of situations. Then there’s the art aspect, which encompasses a deeper study, encompassing forms of movement and mental, philosophical and meditative techniques.” “Overall health benefits are no different than one might expect of any disciplined fitness regimen,” notes Fridenburg. “However, the nature of a quality martial arts program forces practitioners to focus their entire attention on what they are doing. The mere act of staying grounded in the present moment dramatically reduces stress and sets martial arts practices apart from many other forms of movement.” Tai chi, an ancient, softer style of Chinese martial art,

leverages relaxation, posture and energy work, rather than muscular tension. As a Taoist art, it embodies the way nature works, using minimal effort to accomplish a lot. “Demonstrating tai chi as a form of nonviolent selfdefense is much easier than describing it,” says Aaron D. Nitzkin, Ph.D., of New Orleans, a Tulane University professor, tai chi master and certified medical qigong instructor. “If someone attacks, you don’t resist; you can use tai chi principles to yield to their movements with a natural, circular, continuous motion, turning their own force against them. When you move aggressively against a master, it feels like you’ve just bounced off them and fallen down. In order to win at tai chi fighting, you need to remain completely calm and centered and most of all, listen to your opponent’s energy with your hands, so that you can yield to it and then redirect it.” It’s a profound lesson in interpersonal communication. “My students report stronger immune systems, greater clarity of mind, better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and greater emotional stability,” says Nitzkin. “Practitioners become much more sensitive to and conscious of the internal condition of their bodies, and even develop the ability to feel bioelectric fields.” Whichever form of nonviolent self-defense suits us, experts advise that students study with a certified and experienced instructor for optimum results and safe practice. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for Longevity Times online. Connect at

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hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for storebought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

Coconut Milk

Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional medicine physician who owns the popular natural health website,, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in mediumchain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about 34

450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

Hemp Milk

Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee.

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Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

Soy Milk

Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction ( If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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Taggart Siegel Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution by April Thompson


or more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm. Siegel’s latest film, Seed: The Untold Story, follows global seed keepers from Minnesota to India battling multinational agribusinesses in a quest to protect our agricultural heritage and food sources—ancient seeds passed down through untold generations. Interviews with farmers, ethnobotanists and activists explore the importance of the genetic material that these tiny time capsules carry. Siegel is the founder and executive director of Collective Eye Films, a nonprofit media company in Portland, Oregon. He co-directed and produced this latest offering with documentary filmmaker Jon Betz, with backing from Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei.

Why does the colossal loss of food crop diversity during the past century matter? Up to 96 percent of seed varieties have been lost since 1903. During this period, we have destroyed the infrastructure of traditional agriculture: 10,000 years of seeds saved from families and farmers. It threatens our survival. We

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can’t rely on genetically modified seeds to see us through climate changes. We need nongenetically engineered seed varieties like the thousands of different types of rice grown in India to be able to adapt to extreme events like floods and droughts. Universal responsibility to save seeds began to dwindle in the 1920s, when hybrid corn crops came onto the market, promising higher yields; instead of growing crops from seeds saved, borrowed or shared with neighbors, farmers bought seeds from stores. In the 1990s, huge corporations bought up some 20,000 seed companies, and the number of cultivated seed varieties dropped precipitously. Ten agrichemical companies now control more than two-thirds of the global seed market.

How do hybrid seeds differ from open-pollinated seeds?  You cannot save a hybrid seed; if you try to use it, the results are unreliable. Hybrids are engineered to be planted for one year only. With open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, you’re planting reliable seeds saved from year to year, generation to generation, bred for the consistency of their qualities. Indigenous people in Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley, for example, have successfully cultivated local seeds for at least 8,700 years, right up to today. Hybrids require high levels of chemical inputs to produce. Illustrat-

ing the contrast, Hopi corn, grown for thousands of years, requires little water and contains much more protein than today’s commercial crops, without poisoning the land with heavy industrial inputs. The Hopi think of seeds as their children, intimately connected with their heritage and culture, so they protect them. Beyond big, strong crops, farming is a spiritual act.

Why do so many farmers voluntarily choose hybrid seeds, given the troubling issues involved? Most farmers just want streamlined labor and the biggest yield. Often, commodity crops using commercial seeds and chemical fertilizers have the biggest yield and make them the most money, even though severe downsides like the loss of flavor and nutrients mean it’s ultimately not the best result. In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide during the past 20 years to escape onerous debts accrued to purchase industrialized agricultural inputs. An Indian seed salesman interviewed for the film despairs, “The seeds we sell don’t taste good and require so many chemicals that many farmers kill themselves.”

What is the seed-saver movement achieving, and how can everyday gardeners and citizens take action? Seed libraries and banks are critically important because the seeds are adapted to the local environment. Seed libraries have multiplied from only a handful a few years ago to as many as 300 located in towns across America today. Public libraries check out seeds to plant in your garden, asking only that you return harvested seeds for others to enjoy. Farmers can now “back up” their seeds in local seed banks, which are also becoming important educational resources to teach students about these issues.


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The Joys of Grandparenting How to Mindfully Love Little Ones by April Thompson


eing a grandparent can be magical; an opportunity to create both lifelong memories and formative experiences for grandchildren. However, it can also pose challenges that need to be managed mindfully, say experts. For more than 25 years, Patricia Salem, of Louisville, Kentucky, a licensed and board-certified art therapist, has taught mindfulness practices and art therapy in such diverse settings as hospitals and schools. Aiming to help kids and adults learn to harmoniously ease life’s challenges, her work across generations has led her to seek ways to support entire family systems on their individual and familial journey to more mindful living. Her classes focus on skills like cultivating awareness, communication, self-compassion and self-care. “Teaching mindfulness and stress reduction to children is a start; however, teaching parents and grandparents is important, too. Children need reinforcement at home for practices they are learning in order for them to take hold,” says Salem. Carolyn Tucker, a psychotherapist in Atlanta, started offering classes on mindful grandparenting six years ago after witnessing a rise in grandparents seeking therapy. “In working with 38

new mothers, I’ve found that a common area of friction is too little or too much support from grandparents. I thought it wise to help prepare them,” says Tucker. She helps grandparents develop realistic expectations of their role. “It’s easy to revert to what you know—the parenting role—so it’s important to set mindful intentions,” she observes. Tucker encourages grandparents to make mindful memories during time spent with the grandchildren. “You can find joy by being still and marveling at a grandchild’s beautiful little hands and dimpled knees while registering how the air in the room feels to create a vivid mental snapshot of the moment. “Parents and kids can become too busy, and grandparents can help them slow down. Lie on the grass together and look at cloud shapes or blow a dandelion. To me, that is the romance of grandparenting, and mindfulness allows the romance to blossom,” she says. Susan Moon, a Berkeley, California, author and grandmother who has practiced Zen Buddhism for nearly 40 years, sees grandparenting as an opportunity to release expectations; this feat can be difficult for parents caught up in their youngsters’ identities.

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“It’s easier for grandparents to accept grandkids for who they are and just be joyful with them. They get to be in the moment with the kids without worrying about the day-to-day details of caregiving that can consume parents.” She explores such ideas in her book This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. Being past their working years, grandparents are often more accepting and peaceful themselves, which can be inspiring for younger generations, adds Salem. For Moon, it’s vital to be mindful of the image of aging that’s projected; “I try to model that old age isn’t tragic, and show the joy in this stage of life,” she says. Yet grandparents also should be mindful of any physical limitations and set boundaries with grandkids as needed. “It’s okay to say, ‘I can’t hang on the jungle gym with you,’ and suggest an alternative,” says Moon. Good relationships with the grandkids begin with maintaining open relationships with their parents, experts note. To do this, consistently engage in compassionate listening. “It can be tempting for grandparents that know what may have worked in raising their own children to react or jump in, but it’s important to avoid giving unsolicited advice,” Salem cautions. At the same time, grandparents can notice aspects a harried parent may miss and, if handled carefully, can provide important insights. “I was known as the ‘fairy mom’, offering magic, art and imagination. I was grateful my own mother was there, too, because one child needed more structure and stability than I was providing,” says Tucker, a mother of four. “She gave me mindful feedback without making me feel like she was trying to usurp my role.” Moon suggests practicing “right speech”—messages that are positive, affirming and loving—with everyone. “It’s important to be humble and recognize the huge job of parents and all they juggle. Let them know that you are there to support them in whatever way you can.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


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Create new memories, but also share old stories. “Kids want to hear about how their parents were as children, and it gives them a sense of history,” advises author Susan Moon. Be open to learning new technology to communicate across the generational divide. “While grandparents learn about the world of social media from their grandchildren, they can also encourage them to cut back on checking their cell phones in favor of interpersonal activities,” says art therapist Patricia Salem. When visiting grandkids, especially if they live in different cities, “Always have some ‘grandma magic’ up your sleeve—like games, puzzles or craft projects that can be collaborated on—to maximize precious time together,” suggests Moon. Invite grandchildren to try out meditation or breathing techniques practiced by their elders. “It can help lessen the stresses they encounter in school and at home,” says Salem. “Be careful to foster cooperation rather than competition in any shifting relationship with a child-turned-parent,” advises psychotherapist Carolyn Tucker. Otherwise, it can create chaos, undermine a parent’s confidence and strain relationships.

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DECODING DOG BODY TALK Three Signals of Anxiety by Susan Briggs


amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a harmonious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Start by observing the dog’s posture when they are relaxed at home. It’s 40

likely that their weight is balanced on all four legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed, loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful bark. Using their visual and audio demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a minute or more, it’s a sure clue that they need more time to process information. Lip licking such as quick flicks of the tongue is meant to appease and may prevent an uncomfortable situation from escalating into anything resembling a confrontation. Dogs do it with each other and with us, too. A look away that avoids direct eye contact likewise signals that a dog is urgently processing their current environment. Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas, author of On Talking Terms with Dogs:

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“Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Calming Signals, identifies the lip licking and averting of the eyes as self-calming behaviors. She affirms, “When dogs are stressed by the environment, they start using calming signals to ease the stress.” When this happens, first try creating more space or distance between the dog and any perceived threat; this may return them to their body language norm. If not, consider using holistic calming aids like a properly mixed lavender essential oil spray or Bach Rescue Remedy Pet flower essences, keeping these well away from their face. Also try mentally engaging the dog with learned cues. A quick game of sit, down, sit plus high-five allows them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. If the pet does not respond to normal cues and continues to display multiple stress signals for an extended period, leave the scene altogether. Their anxiety hasn’t been relieved. If it’s still important that the dog learns to enjoy the troubling environment, work with a professional trainer that uses positive reinforcement tools to aid the transition (see PetProfessionalGuild. com or The trainer will assist in creating a plan that allows the pet to adjust at a pace that allows them to remain comfortable. By observing a dog’s posture, we can be confident of choosing mutually good outings. Susan Briggs, of Houston, TX, is co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun, co-founder of The Dog Gurus and owner of Crystal Canine (

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ome of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich life with their flavors, fragrances and beauty. It’s not too late to pot up a few herbs or plant them in the garden if we choose varieties that thrive in hot, summer weather.

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“I place basil as the number one herb in popularity, as well as heat tolerance,” says Cristina Spindler, owner of the Peconic River Herb Farm, in Calverton, New York. “Basil actually prefers heat.” There are many types, and greenleafed culinary varieties are easy to grow through the summer, provided they’re not allowed to dry out. Two particularly heat-hardy types are purpleleafed varieties such as red rubin and African blue, which debuted in 1983. “Purple basil is shockingly fragrant and beautiful on the plate. Plus, it’s easy to grow in a small space and produces quickly,” says Lisa Kessler, who

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for several years has co-owned with her husband, Ben, the White Hills Lavender and Herb Farm, in Dearing, Georgia. “The flowering tops are usable as herbs and as beautiful cut flowers, so don’t toss them away.” “African blue basil flourishes in summer heat and is an especially beneficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators,” says Traci Anderson, who has been running Seminole Springs Herb Farm, in Eustis, Florida, in their family for more than 20 years. Vigorous and heavy-flowering, it can grow to over three feet tall, and usually persists as a perennial in Florida, Texas and other mild winter climates.

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Rosemary is the most adaptable and heat tolerant of Mediterranean herbs; it can be grown as a perennial where soil doesn’t freeze hard in winter. “My top herb garden choice for the hot, humid

conditions in the South is Tuscan blue rosemary, because it is beautiful, easy to grow and is wonderful in all kinds of foods and products,” Kessler says. “It blooms in several seasons and provides bees with off-season food.” Thyme is a top cooking herb, although too much summer rain can lead to mildew and leaf blight. This rarely happens with Summer savory, which has a punchy flavor that Spindler describes as “a peppery cross between oregano and thyme that’s perfect on all of the classic summer veggies—squash, green beans, tomatoes and corn.” Kessler recommends oregano as part of our summer planting list. “Let your kids or grandkids have the experience of putting it in the pasta sauce. It’s easy to grow in a small herb garden and will last through the winter in most parts of the South.” An unrelated tropical plant from Africa with strong oregano flavor, the leaves of variegated Cuban oregano are pretty enough to grow alongside flowers, and the plants thrive in humid heat. Cuban oregano readily grows through hot summers, and the plants produce more leaves each time leaf tips are harvested.

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In Central Florida, Anderson recommends culantro, aka Mexican coriander, as a summer herb different from the better-known cilantro. “Culantro equals the flavor of cilantro, but with no bitter or medicinal aftertaste.” A great longterm performer, it continues producing flavorful new leaves even after the plant starts blooming. Anderson also suggests growing West Indian lemongrass for its fragrant leaves and thick stalks. A vigorous, clump-forming grass, lemongrass can be grown in containers anywhere or served as an edible ornamental in landscapes where summers are hot. “Lemongrass enjoys a sunny and moist environment, so it benefits from being near an air conditioner drain or downspout,” she advises.

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Herbs always need watering in hot weather, and pouring from a watering can at the base is far better than bathing the leaves with a hose. Should containers become so dry that they refuse to take up water, place them in a broad dish or pail filled with three inches of water for 30 minutes to rehydrate the roots. Always grow herbs in pots with large drainage holes, so excess water can drain quickly.

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eaching me how to steer the 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder is for steering once we’ve set sail. Our soul is like a sail. Once hoisted, it’s filled by the wind of Spirit, which establishes our course and direction. Our will is our rudder; its job is to follow where the soul filled with Spirit leads, helping to steer our way. When we lean on will to make things happen, we can grow stubborn, confused or lost. Clear sailing comes when we’re being carried toward a vision greater than our self, feeling wholly alive along the way. Scudding along the sea, my father was living once for all time, feeling the sensation of all life in that moment. We all yearn to live in these moments forever, yet even a taste of aliveness can fill, sustain and refresh us in the midst of daily tasks. We all face times beyond our control when life doesn’t follow our designs and we’re asked to work with life and not fight, curse or hide from it. When insisting on our way, we can get so tangled in our will that we can’t find or feel the wind of Spirit. During these times—when we fear there is no meaning and it seems there’s nothing holding us up—our will can puff, snap and flap

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about in a desperate attempt to fill what looms as an empty life. But even setting out on the sea, it’s never easy. My father remarked, “It’s always harder to sail toward a fixed point, because you will inevitably have to cross the wind several times to get there.” By contrast, a boat moves its fastest and cleanest when it simply follows the wind. It’s the same when we listen for where life is taking us, instead of busily thinking about where we’re going. Devoting ourselves to experiencing the journey, rather than determining a destination, we discover our way. Like a sail, our life must be out in the open before the wind will show its face. Likewise, Spirit fills us when we can inhabit our true nature. We miss what awaits us if we hover too close to the shore of our past, our family, someone else’s dream for us, or an old identity. To feel the wind in our face, we must leave the shallows and harbors for the deep. Only then will the larger, timeless destination show itself and our soul be filled enough with Spirit that our smaller self will have no choice but to engage in steering us toward all that matters. Adapted excerpt from The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, by Mark Nepo (Atria). Connect at and


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TUESDAY, MAY 9 Auric Field Healing Meditation with Alice McCall – 6-7:30pm. Meditation event to clear and repair all 12 auric field layers. Important for health and protection. Teleconference. $20. Reservations Required. Alice@ 850-585-5496.

FRIDAY, MAY 12 Hand Reflexology with Essential Oils – 6:307:30pm. Two- hour class to discuss the history of reflexology, supporting body systems with hand reflexology, and getting the most out of reflexology with essential oils plus teaching techniques to complete hand reflexology on yourself or loved ones to maximize your essential oil use. Free. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

MONDAY, MAY 1 Perfect Health­– An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Workshop – 6:30-7:30pm. A 5-session Deepak Chopra developed workshop given on Thursdays to teach the basic principles of Ayurveda, the Science of Life. By practicing the techniques learned, you will be able to reduce stress, identify your mind-body personality, improve your digestion and sleep patterns, release emotional toxicity, restore vitality, and re-awaken the senses. $395. Manifest Mind Body Medicine, 155 Crystal Beach Dr., Destin. 850-974-9242.

TUESDAY, MAY 2 Essential Oils Education – 5:30-6:45pm. free monthly community gathering to learn and share information about Young Living essential oils. May Highlight is essential oils for digestive health. Free. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St. Suite 1, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771.

SATURDAY, MAY 6 Paws and Pilates – 9am-3pm. Pilates day classes will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis with pre-registration opening on Monday, May 1. Classes are complimentary with a donation to the Pensacola Humane Society. The Pensacola Humane Society wish list can be found online at Monetary donations for the Pensacola Humane Society will also be accepted. Free. Pure Pilates, 426 South Palafox , Pensacola. 850-607-2772. Primordial Sound Meditation Instruction – 12-4pm. Four-session Deepak Chopra developed workshop over three Mondays to teach the Primordial Sound Meditation technique. Simple and easy technique for stress relief. Best tool to experience higher levels of consciousness and connectivity with the universe. $350. Discounts available. Manifest Mind Body Medicine, 155 Crystal Beach Dr., Destin. 850-974-9242.

Structural Integration Massage CEU Course – 12-5pm. 12 CEU Hours; Florida and Nationally Certified. Dynamic fascial release techniques. Pelvic Stabilization & Postural assessments to identify root causes of pain. Active engagement techniques and PNF stretching utilized to enhance structural balance. Fascia and how it effects movement & pain in the human body. Emphasizes proper body mechanics for the therapist and most importantly pain-free techniques for the client. The objective of this 12 hour hands-on class is to stabilize the pelvis, release and lengthen soft tissues along defined fascial meridians. $145. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-684-1065. navarrelivingyoga@gmail. com. Cooking with Essential Oils – 5:30-7pm. Prepare a refreshing spring dinner utilizing essential oils to provide both a culinary and health conscious experience. End with a coconut tangerine whipped cream fruit salad and Lavender Lemonade. $5. Pereira Produce & Health, 2109 Casa de Oro St, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

SUNDAY, MAY 7 Natural Gardening with Essential Oils – 2-3pm. Protect the harvest from Florida pests using essential oils and natural pesticides. Create natural DIY sunscreen, bug spray, and after sun solutions. Free. Esther’s Garden of Healing. 8184 Navarre Pkwy. , Navarre. 850-499-3670.

SATURDAY, MAY 13 Nourish - A Mini Retreat for Women – Kathy Tabb and Natalie Davidson are providing a weekend retreat to “nourish” every woman. Activities included from Friday evening throughout Sunday afternoon of Mother’s Day weekend. $175 if paid before April 14; $185 if paid afterwards. Registration will close May 8. For further questions, please email or call (850) 684-1065. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. .

FRIDAY, MAY 19 Natural Support for Athletes – 6:30-7:30pm. Discuss nutrition and supplement recommendations, herbal assistants, and essential oil relief for the athlete that wishes to train naturally. Free. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 Reiki for Animals – 10:30am-2:30pm. Learn how to effectively share Reiki with animals that are calling for healing. Course covers sharing Reiki with animals, animal communication, appropriate boundaries for animals, treating domesticated vs. wild animals, hand positions, distance Reiki treatments, Chakra systems and reading cues and signals. Pre-requisite: Level One Usui Reiki training. $135. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St. #1, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771. TheHealingClinicFWB@ Naturally Simple Pregnancy & Baby Care – 5:30-7pm. Class details how to use essential oils in dealing with the many discomforts of pregnancy, the birthing process, and new baby care. Create complimentary essential oils roller balls to assist in supporting body systems. Demonstrations on natural diaper cream, baby powder, baby wash, baby wipes and other important baby care necessities. Free. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

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TUESDAY, MAY 23 Ear Healing and Prevention Meditation with Alice McCall – 6-7pm. Focuses on transforming the emotional/belief density held in your ears. Teleconference. Reservations Required. Email alice@ healingpath. $15. 850-585-5896. alicemccall@

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SATURDAY, MAY 27 Kombucha 101 – 11am-12pm. Learn how to make Kombucha (fermented sweet tea) and apple cider vinegar. Participants will leave class with a recipe to make pro-biotic root beer flavor for Kombucha. Free. Ever’mans Co-operative, 315 W Garden St, Pensacola. 850-499-3670.

TUESDAY, MAY 30 Cleaning with Thieves – 7-8:45pm. Discuss how to use Thieves essential oil to replace the cleaning products currently in your home with natural options. $5.00 at the door. Unity of Pensacola Fellowship Hall, 716 North 9th Ave, Pensacola. 850-380-4943.

upcoming FRIDAY, JUNE 2 Naturally Simple Hormone Balance – 6:307:30pm. Discuss the main hormones and a new approach to controlling fluctuations, imbalances, hot flashes, and chronic fatigue naturally. Other female concerns will also be covered. Free. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training – 5:30-8:30pm. Sept. 2017 - June 2018. Tuition includes 200 hours of Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training with qualified yoga instructors. Includes unlimited yoga classes at Sunshine Yoga for the duration of the course. Studies include Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy & Physiology, the Chakra System, an introduction to styles including Ashtanga, Prenatal/ Postnatal, Kids Yoga and Bhakti. $2,850. Sunshine Yoga, 211-E Main Street, Destin. 850-687-8603. DIY Candle Basics – 6:30-7:30pm. Standard candles are petroleum based with synthetic scents. Learn how to create your own soy wax candles with essential oils. Bring your favorite container to turn into a candle for this hands-on workshop. $10. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 504-499-3670.



Full Moon Group Meditation Workshop – 6:157:30pm. 3rd Sun. A dynamic, scientific service to the world in cooperation with the masters of wisdom. Very simple method of strengthening your spiritual connection. Followed by group meditation. Free. Everman’s Co-op Educational Center, 327 West Garden St, Pensacola.

Yoga Flow with Essential Oils – 9-10am. Outdoors Yoga event with THE Healing Clinic by the water’s edge. Young living essential oils are included in the practice. All levels of practice are welcome. Cash or check for payment. Bring Yoga mat, towel and water. $12 drop/ $10 Military. The Gulf Restaurant, 1284 Marler Ave., Okalooosa Island (sound side), Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771.

monday Energize Yoga – 9-10:15pm. Vinyasa flow class, to get hearts pumping and challenge muscles while maintaining focus on alignment and breathing, is appropriate for students familiar with basic yoga, with a challenge for experienced students as well. $13. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy. 850-684-1065. Mommy and Me Yoga – 12-1pm. This mommy and baby gentle yoga class is designed to build strength and flexibility in your post-pregnancy body and is a supportive and nurturing environment for new mothers and babies ages 6 weeks to 12 months. $12. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy. 850-684-1065. Yoga for the Spirit – 6:15-7pm. 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 Suite 27, Fort Walton Beach. 850-543-1970.

Kids Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Your child will gain body awareness, improved concentration, selfconfidence, and self-love. They will learn tools to help them cope with life changes and stressors. Recommended for ages 6-11. $15/drop in or $50/ month, $80/6 week session, $40/siblings. Sunshine Yoga, 211-E Main Street, Destin. 850-687-8603. Meditation for World Peace – 7-9pm. Meditate for world peace and sharing. Music, massage therapy, intuitives and reiki. Crystal Cottage Peace Center, 7338 Highway 2301, Panama City. 850-763-4504. .


Yoga with Essential Oils – 10-11:15am. Students go through a specific set of Yoga postures. Young Living essential oils are used. Intention of class is to teach safe and proper alignment. All levels of practice welcome. Drop-in Fee. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St. Bldg 2.850-217-2771 or

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Ballroom/Latin Dance Class – 6:15-7pm. Call to get updates on style of the month. $15. Light Energy Dancing, 348 Miracle Strip Parkway Suite 27, Fort Walton Beach. 850-543-1970. Healing Meditation – 7-7:45pm. Guided meditation with a focus on bringing peacefulness and healing into the body. Perfect for all levels. $10. Light Energy Dancing, 348 Miracle Strip Parkway Suite 27, Fort Walton Beach. 850-543-1970.

thursday Beach Yoga with Essential Oils – 9:30-10:30am. Outdoors Yoga event with THE Healing Clinic by the water’s edge. Young living essential oils are included in the practice. All levels of practice are welcome. Cash or check for payment. Bring Yoga mat, towel and water. $12 drop/ $10 Military. Cash or Check. The Gulf Restaurant, 1284 Marler Ave., Okaloosa Island (sound side), Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771. Energize Yoga – 2:30-3:30pm. Vinyasa flow class, to get hearts pumping and challenge muscles while maintaining focus on alignment and breathing, is appropriate for students familiar with basic yoga, with a challenge for experienced students as well. $12. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy. 850-684-1065.

friday Computer & Technology Classes – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Fri. A new topic each week. Crystal Cottage, 7338 Hwy 2301, Panama City. Michael: 850-889-1088. Energy Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Certified practitioners sharing energy healing each month using a variety of techniques, including reiki, pendulum, quantum touch, stones and others. Call in advance for the technique of the month. Love offering $10. Crystal Cottage, 7338 Highway 2301, Panama City. 850-763-4504. Entrepreneurial Consultation – 6:30-8:30pm. For those interested in starting or growing a business. Discussions on a variety of business strategies and models for the upcoming economic climate. Crystal Cottage, 7338 Highway 2301, Panama City. 850763-4504.

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FOR SALE 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:

HELP WANTED COMPREHENSIVELY TRAINED PILATE’S INSTRUCTOR WANTED – Join Barbara Bruni’s team at her busy studio, Pilates Core Training, Pensacola. The studio encompasses a warm and caring environment for clients specializing in Pilates, Gyrotonics, Myofascial Release and Structural Integration. Minimum of three years Pilates experience required; preferably trained in Contemporary Pilates with a rehabilitation background. Must be a team player with the ability to retain and recruit new clients. Send resume to

MASSAGE THERAPIST FT/PT – Flexible Schedules, Benefits, Clean, supplied, professional environment, so you can focus on doing what you love. Massage Envy in Pier Park, Destin and Fort Walton Beach, Destin, 850-650-8500. FWB, 850-301-2000 Panama City Beach, 850-563-0070 MM#35714, 36004, 36005.

PRODUCE SHARES F R ES H O R G A N IC PR O D U C E C O- O P SHARES – Only 3 shares remain available, biweekly pick-ups conveniently located off Racetrack Rd in FWB. $50. Email Marlice@EmeraldCoast

ROOM RENTALS 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.

SERVICES ESSENTIAL OILS AROMATOUCH – A simple step-by-step method of applying therapeutic-grade essential oils topically to produce a profound whole body experience. Benefits includ estress management, immune support and autonomic balance. Provided by wellness advocates certified in the ArōmaTouch Techniques. 8th Element Wellness, FWB. 850-225-4031. MYOFASCIAL RELEASE FOR HEALTH MAINTENANCE – Janet Hardy, LMT, BCTMB, John F. Barnes’ expert Myofascial Release therapist is now offering treatment for many womens’ health issues. For more information, please call 850-2319131or email CaringTouch

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Offering exclusively created natural skincare, body care, and bath products, both for sale and for all spa services including manicures, pedicures, specialized facials, personalized massage, waxing, and make-up instruction. Pet and children’s services are also available. All products are cruelty free without animal testing. See ad, page 5.

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.


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


The Path to Recovery and Restoration 4709 Scenic Dr, Pensacola 850-471-8550 A premier NAD treatment center restoring wellness at the cellular level. Effectively treating PTSD, depression, addiction, alcoholism, anxiety, chronic fatigue, stress, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer and Parkinson Disease. See ad, page 9.

ANTI-AGING SKIN AND VEIN WELLNESS CENTER Richard Adelman, MD 738 Harrison Ave, Panama City 850-747-8346

Board certified physician focusing on anti-aging treatments, skin rejuvenation, age management, weight management and veins. See ad, page 23.

AYURVEDA MEDICINE MANIFEST – MIND BODY MEDICINE Dr. Lori Poelstra, MD 155 Crystal Beach Dr, Ste A120, Destin 850-974-9242

A holistic healing clinic offering Ayurveda integrative medicine counseling, Dr. Deepak Chopra developed–––Primordial Sound Meditation instruction, and educational workshops. Manifest integrates ancient, time-tested principles for health and wellbeing with the most up-to-date, evidence-based research and information to care for the whole person—body, mind and spirit. See ad, back cover.


Author of Peace Within, Michael DeMaria is an Integrative psychologist, poet, author, speaker and 4-time Grammy nominee with over 33 years of guiding others on their life journeys. He is also a meditation/ mindfulness/yoga teacher who integrates creativity (music, poetry, art, movement, etc.) in the healing process.


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 5.

8123 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-490-3853


Janet Hardy, LMT Board Certified Myofascial Release Therapist Expert Level Santa Rosa Beach • 850-231-9131 In her 22+ 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 20.

ALEXANDREA MCALLASTER, LMT 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 21.


8th Element Wellness, LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-225-4031 Highly skilled therapist specializing in deep tissue, medical massage, and Aromatouch sessions. Personalized treatments including essential oils. Experience deep relief from pain along with the sweet sensation of relaxation. MA81403. See ad, page 21.

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.

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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 21.


(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.


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.



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 31.


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.

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

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.

HENARD FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr Karen Henard-Carter, 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.


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. See ad, page 32.

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.


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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 43.


The Path to Recovery and Restoration 4709 Scenic Dr, Pensacola 850-471-8550 A premier NAD treatment center restoring wellness at the cellular level. Effectively treating PTSD, depression, addiction, a l c o h o l i s m , a n x i e t y, chronic fatigue, stress, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer and Parkinson Disease. See ad, page 9.

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 33.


Esther’s Garden of Healing Navarre 850-460-3328

A si m p l e s te p - b y - s te p 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.

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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 11.


4463 Commons Dr W, Destin 850-460-8720 Experience the ultimate state of relaxation through flotation in a epsom salt water tank. Relieve stress, enhance healing, deepen meditation along with many other healthy benefits. Call to book your session. See ad, page 7.


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 4.


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

NATURES HEALTH FOOD STORE 760 Baldwin Ave, DeFuniak Springs 850-892-2356

Offering a variety of vitamins, herbs, essential oils, essential oil accessories, personal care products, and food products. Partnered with Essentially Blessed Produce to bring fresh organic produce shares on a bi-weekly basis. For promotions and produce share information, visit Facebook page @NaturesHealthDFS. See ad, page 35.

ESTHER’S GARDEN OF HEALING 8184 Navarre Pkwy Navarre FL 32566 850-865-7014

Offering complimentary health consultations with recommendations including nutrition, essential oils, and natural remedies. Additionally carrying vitamins, tinctures, essential oils, natural body care products, health foods and homeopathics. See ad, page 3.

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 33.


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 15 (Panama City).


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.


Center For Intregrative and Holistic Medicine 528 W Baldwin Rd, Panama City 850-522-1522 Functional Medicine practice for women and children. Fellowship trained and American Board Certified in integrative and holistic medicine. Fellowship trained in integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil. See ads, pages 16 and 29.

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 15.


Board Certified Gynecologist 1118 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, GB 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-916-7766 Board Certified Gynecologist MD, offering full GYN services and proud to feature MonaLisa Touch Laser, a non-invasive treatment for symptoms of low hormones or menopause. Stop suffering and start living. Call for appointment. Offices in Gulf Breeze and Navarre. See ad, page 13.

MANIFEST – MIND BODY MEDICINE Dr. Lori Poelstra, MD 155 Crystal Beach Dr, Ste A120, Destin 850-974-9242

A holistic healing clinic offering Ayurveda integrative medicine counseling, Dr. Deepak Chopra developed - Primordial Sound Meditation instruction, and educational workshops. Manifest integrates ancient, time-tested principles for health and wellbeing with the most up-to-date, evidence-based research and information to care for the whole person—body, mind and spirit. See ad, back cover.

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Sheila Mohammed, MD, PhD 4507 Furling Ln, Ste 213, Destin 850-281-8186 Dr. Sheila, now certified to prescribe medical marijuana, specializes in pain care practices based on the body’s ability to heal itself to cure pain using forms of regenerative orthopedic medicine such as major auto-hemotherapy, prolotherapy, prolozone therapy, ozone cancer treatments, intravenous vitamins treatments, chelation therapy, neural prolotherapy, prologel treatments, platelet-rich plasma and stem cell treatments. See ad, page 20.

HOLISTIC SPA 8TH ELEMENT WELLNESS, LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-301-0081

Wellness spa features a variety of therapeutic massage including deep tissue and sports massage styles. Other modalities include: 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 21.


443 Grace Ave, Panama City 850-303-3669

Enjoy Earthfriendly, socially responsible, holistic day spa with a unique earthy style, warm and welcoming to all. Our treatments are from sustainable, organic, and naturally derived ingredients, handcrafted for every guest. We have services to balance everyone’s needs. Lic #31358/# 69341. See ad, page 27.


Board Certified Gynecologist 1118 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, GB 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-916-7766 Board Certified Gynecologist MD, offering full GYN services and proud to feature MonaLisa Touch Laser, a non invasive treatment for symptoms of low hormones or menopause. Stop suffering and start living. Call for appointment. Offices in Gulf Breeze and Navarre. See ad, page 13.



222 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Unit A Downtown Fort Walton Beach 850-430-9434 • 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 41.

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

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. See ad, page 19.


Cleans and detoxes. Improve circulations. 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 styles. Other modalities, energy therapy, chakra balancing, hypnotherapy. 10% Military discount. See calendar for group workshops on nutrition, alternative medicine, supplements and essential oils. See ad, page 21.

INSTRUCTOR (YOGA) PRIVATE YOGA SESSIONS & HEALTH COACHING BY KIM DEMOSS Navarre area or Mobile Group/Individual Sessions 727-420-4279

Offering private individual and group yoga sessions or health coaching to assist in reaching personal goals. Personalization included in each session based on needs of client utilizing therapeutic essential oils. Certified trauma sensitive yoga instructor. Sessions available at private studio in Navarre or at location of choice. See ad, page 31.

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INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE MANIFEST – MIND BODY MEDICINE Dr. Lori Poelstra, MD 155 Crystal Beach Dr, Ste A120, Destin 850-974-9242

A holistic healing clinic offering Ayurveda integrative medicine counseling, Dr. Deepak Chopra developed–Primordial Sound Meditation instruction, and educational workshops. Manifest integrates ancient, time-tested principles for health and wellbeing with the most up-to-date, evidence-based research and information to care for the whole person—body, mind and spirit. See ad, back cover.


Certified Advanced Angel Reader through Doreen Virtue. Connect with your Angels to receive lovefilled guidance and clarity about specific questions and areas of life. Sessions available in person or via skpe or facetime. See ad, page 10.


Wellness spa features a variety of therapeutic massage including deep tissue and sports massage styles. Other modalities include: 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 21.


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.


34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Unit #132 Destin • 850-650-8500 99 Eglin Pkwy, Unit #5B, Uptown Station FWB • 850-301-2000 Pier Park, 15801 L C Hilton Jr Dr #120, Panama City Beach • 850-563-0070 Looking for professional, customized massages andfacials? 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. MM#35714, 36004, 36005 See ad, page 23.

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

Swedish, sports and 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.


184 Brooks St, Ste 1 • 850-217-2771 Wellbeing 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 10. 10.



Author of Peace Within, Michael DeMaria is an Integrative psychologist, poet, author, speaker and 4-time Grammy ® nominee with over 33 years of guiding others on their life journeys. He is also a meditation/mindfulness/ yoga teacher who integrates creativity (music, poetry, art, movement, etc.) in the healing process.

MANIFEST – MIND BODY MEDICINE Dr. Lori Poelstra, MD 155 Crystal Beach Dr, Ste A120, Destin 850-974-9242

A holistic healing clinic offering Ayurveda integrative medicine counseling, Dr. Deepak Chopra developed–Primordial Sound Meditation instruction, and educational workshops. Manifest integrates ancient, time-tested principles for health and wellbeing with the most up-to-date, evidence-based research and information to care for the whole person—body, mind and spirit. See ad, back cover.


Janet Hardy, LMT Board Certified Myofascial Release Therapist Expert Level Santa Rosa Beach • 850-231-9131 In her 22+ 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 20.

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.


Laura Tyree Snyder 850-642-1015• MA68035 Hot Yoga Om, FWB Laura is a highly skilled therapist trained 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 41.

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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 29.

PAIN MANAGEMENT MANIFEST – MIND BODY MEDICINE Dr. Lori Poelstra, MD 155 Crystal Beach Dr, Ste A120, Destin 850-974-9242

A holistic healing clinic offering Ayurveda integrative medicine counseling, Dr. Deepak Chopra developed–Primordial Sound Meditation instruction, and educational workshops. Manifest integrates ancient, time-tested principles for health and wellbeing with the most up-to-date, evidence-based research and information to care for the whole person—body, mind and spirit. See ad, back cover.


Sheila Mohammed, MD, PhD 4507 Furling Ln, Ste 213, Destin 850-281-8186 Dr. Sheila, now certified to prescribe medical marijuana, specializes in pain care practices based on the body’s ability to heal itself to cure pain using forms of regenerative orthopedic medicine such as major auto-hemotherapy, prolotherapy, prolozone therapy, ozone cancer treatments, intravenous vitamins treatments, chelation therapy, neural prolotherapy, prologel treatments, platelet-rich plasma and stem cell treatments. See ad, page 20.


Rubina Azam, MD 528 W. Baldwin Rd, Panama City 850-522-1522 Functional medicine practice for women and children. Fellowship trained and American Board Certified in integrative and Holistic Medicine Fellowship trained in integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil. See ads, pages 16 and 29.

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PHYSICIAN SKIN AND VEIN WELLNESS CENTER Richard Adelman, MD 738 Harrison Ave, Panama City 850-747-8346

Board certified physician focusing on anti-aging treatments, skin rejuvenation, age management, weight management and veins. See ad, page 7.

THE SPA NAVARRE Jessica Glenn 1814 Alpine Dr, Navarre 850-226-2260

Located inside the Kat House Salon. Offering a non-toxic, natural alternative to standard beauty treatments that pamper both the body and the mind. Services offered include: anti-aging facials, manicures & pedicures, anti-aging skin treatments, hot stone massage, waxing and more. Packages available for those that desire “not a treatment but an experience”. See ad, page 7.


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 10.



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 43.

SKINTRENZIXS SKINCARE CENTER 348 Miracle Strip Pkwy 205-718-2611

$27 spa treatments performed by Melissa Cundiff licensed cosmetologist/esthetician instructor. Call or text for your personalized appointment today. See ad, page 7.

SKINCARE (ORGANIC) MED-SPA OF DESTIN & SANDESTIN Destin: 850-351-0600 Sandestin: 850-267-6727

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.


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

450-hour 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 School.


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Functional Medicine practice for women and children. Fellowship trained and American Board Certified in integrative and holistic medicine. Fellowship trained in integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil. See ads, pages 16 and 29.

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 41.


222 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Unit A Downtown Fort Walton Beach 850-430-9434 • Hot Yoga Om features far infrared heat, radiant heat, radiant life. Daily classes, amazing teachers experience it for yourself. See ad, page 41.


Navarre Living Yoga and Health Center 8162 Navarre Pkwy 850-684-1065 • 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 13.


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 33.

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Natural Awakenings Panama City May 2017  

Celebrate the natural birthing process, learn how to assist your pet with anxiety, and evaluate numerous dairy free milk options for the bes...

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