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have had the pleasure and the joy of having my mom back in my home with me after 15 years of being across the country from each other. It wasn’t easy for her at first. I talked her into trading her granny-phone for a smart phone, which she still declares is not smart at all. (In frustration, she told the AT&T manager, “This phone is dumb. I believe it needs to go back to school.“) Let’s just say technology is not her thing. We spent our first three months Scott and Daralyn together training her on all the devices in her new home. Chase My mom is very healthy for her age, even after a bout with cancer 10 years ago. Recently she began joining me for yoga classes, bike rides and gym workouts, which led to her discovering the benefits of juicing, essential oils and sports massages. Mom’s mental capacities are outstanding. She has a Harvard vocabulary that our whole family appreciates, and she loves to read and watch intelligent, educated discussions on TV. But all the focus on arguments, violence and hate began weighing on her heavily, causing her sleepless nights and depression. Church and daily prayers became her refuge, and then her spiritual curiosity began to develop even more. She became intrigued with her true purpose here and how she could genuinely enjoy this part of her life. Then one day she came to me and said, “Did you know everything has energy—an actual vibration?” It was clear she was realizing a deeper understanding of her own connection to the world and her spirituality. Over the past few months, I have been in awe of her awakening and renewed dedication to positive thinking, gratitude and selflessness. I have often looked at aging in terms of stages of development. We develop physically in our first trimester of life, mentally in our second trimester and then, as we fight to maintain our bodies and brains, we often move on to all that is left to develop: our spirituality. Just in time, we are witnessing this stage with the aging baby boomers. As quickly as that generation begins to unveil the meaning of life, discover their true connection with each other and develop their contribution to the greater good, our younger generation appears to be going in the opposite direction—another thought my mother and I recently discussed. It’s more important than ever that our aging population experiences the awakening, as they will be the catalyst to the change in future generations. Every morning, Mom and I have a beautiful array of conversations that open our hearts and warm our souls. And after each one, it seems like nothing else in the world matters more. Although many of you are on great missions toward making a difference, I can only encourage you to reach out to your elders—pray for them and share your joy with them—and value these small gestures as some of the most important things you can do with your time here. Look to our September issue for a plethora of positive information and helpful tools. Grab a couple of magazines this month—pass around a little hope and happiness. Those of you with a love of technology can also connect with us at and on social media. With love for discovery and growth, we wish for all people the greatest awakening.

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study from Nagasaki University, in Japan, has found that reducing salt in the diet can cut down on the number of trips to the bathroom during the night. Researchers followed 321 men and women with high-salt diets and sleep problems for 12 weeks. Of the subjects, 223 reduced their salt intake from 10.7 grams per day to 8 grams and the remaining 98 increased their salt intake from 9.6 grams per day to 11 grams. The nighttime urination frequency rate for the salt reduction group dropped from 2.3 times per night to 1.4 times, while the increased salt group’s rose from 2.3 to 2.7 times per night.



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The Aurora Organic Dairy pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colorado, are home to more than 15,000 cows—more than 100 times the size of a typical organic herd. It is the main facility of the company that supplies milk to Walmart, Costco and other major retailers. They adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic regulations, but critical weaknesses exist in the inspection system the government uses to ensure that food is organic; farmers are allowed to hire their own inspectors to certify them, and thus can fall short of reaching standards without detection. Organic dairies are required to allow the cows to graze daily throughout the growing season rather than be confined to barns and feedlots. Although the USDA National Organic Program allows for an extremely wide range of grazing practices that comply with the rule, Aurora was observed onsite and via satellite imagery by the Washington Post as having only a small percentage of the herd outdoors on any given day. The company disputes the data. U.S. organic dairy sales amounted to $6 billion last year; although it is more expensive to produce, the milk may command a premium price of 100 percent more than regular.


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Congress might consider authorizing the U.S. Department of Energy to encase much of the nuclear waste at the Washington state Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s largest waste repository, in a cement-like mixture, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. It states that when burying the waste, cement would be less expensive and faster than vitrification, an alternative process currently used to turn the waste into glass logs. A $17 billion vitrification plant, one of the federal government’s most expensive construction projects, is intended to separate much of the waste into high- and low-level radioactive material, but construction has stalled over design and safety concerns. After the highly radioactive waste is immobilized in the glass logs, it would theoretically be shipped to an as-yet-nonexistent national repository proposed for Yucca Mountain, in Nevada. The 56 million gallons of waste in question is left over from plutonium production for nuclear weapons since World War II, and the site itself has a history of leaks. The Department of Energy likes the cement burial, but state officials believe the best way to safely deal with the waste and protect the environment is by turning it into glass. Source:

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Monsanto Faces New Scandal The Monsanto agrochemical company,long cited for its ubiquitous toxic Roundup herbicide and pro-genetically modified organism (GMO) science, is reeling from the disclosure of internal communications that indicate it suppressed knowledge of the potential dangers of its herbicide and received insider help from U.S. regulators. Many documents have been made public by attorneys involved in a personal injury case involving cancer, just one of hundreds pending (reference nonprofit U.S. Right to Know at Attorney Brent Wisner states, “These [documents] show that Monsanto has deliberately been stopping studies that look bad for them, ghostwriting literature and engaging in a whole host of corporate malfeasance. They have been telling everybody that these products are safe because regulators have said they are safe, but it turns out that Monsanto has been in bed with U.S. regulators, while misleading European regulators.” Monsanto is currently seeking to merge with Germany’s Bayer AG, another industry giant, but the deal is subject to government review. It remains to be seen if these revelations will interfere with the process or prompt other actions by such regulating bodies as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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The Egyptian fruit bat is a highly social mammal that roosts in crowded colonies. A machine learning algorithm helped decode their squeaks, revealing that they speak to one another as individuals. The research appears in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers at Tel Aviv University, in Israel, discovered that the bats exchange information about specific problems in four categories. Ramin Skibba, at Nature, notes that besides humans, only dolphins and a handful of other species are known to address individuals, rather than making broad, general communication sounds. Studies allow that it may eventually be possible to understand nuanced communications in other species.

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The Canadian Coast Guard is testing milkweed pods as a source of potential environmentally friendly insulation in partnership with Encore3, a manufacturing company in Québec, Canada, in prototype parkas, gloves and mittens. The plant is roughly five times lighter than synthetic insulation and hypoallergenic. The Farm Between, in Cambridge, Vermont, harvests the plants and sends the material to Encore3. Co-owner John Hayden says, “Milkweed is grown as an intercrop between the rows in our apple orchard to increase biodiversity and provide a host plant for monarch caterpillars. Monarch populations are in serious decline, and the two things we can do to help on the land we steward are to not use pesticides and provide milkweed habitat.”

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Lasers Stamp Prices on European Produce Food retailers are aiming to cut plastic and cardboard packaging by ditching stickers on fruits and vegetables, instead using high-tech laser “natural branding” and creating huge savings in materials, energy and CO2 emissions. Pilot projects are underway in Europe with organic avocados, sweet potatoes and coconuts. The technique uses a strong light to remove pigment from the skin of produce. The mark is invisible once the skin is removed and doesn’t affect shelf life or produce quality. The laser technology also creates less than 1 percent of the carbon emissions needed to produce a similar-sized sticker. Source: The Guardian 16

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Innovative, moveable mini-houses, tents and wagons are gaining advocates amid a trend toward traveling light with style. Designs range from the functional to the outlandish, and also encompass forms of transport from tugboats to tractors. The four-wheeled Collingwood Shepherd Hut wagon has a shingled exterior and wood-burning stove. Some options can provide ready shelter during a crisis or protection in extreme weather. The Rapid Deployment Module temporary dwelling can be assembled in an hour; DesertSeal’s inflatable, lightweight tent can ward off extreme heat. The experimental Camper Kart turns a shopping cart into a mini-home with a roof, sleeping deck and storage, all of which can be folded right back into the cart. The Portaledge is a small hanging tent that climbers can affix to a rock face and sleep in safely partway up the rock. Golden Gate 2 camper features a rounded timber frame, portholes and a spot for a surfboard. Find fun pictures at articles/mobile-architecture-tiny-houses.


CANNABINOIDS Most-Studied Therapeutic Compounds on the Planet by Linda Sechrist Hundreds of abstracts published on the results of cannabis research can’t be wrong. The links to 567 of them posted on, give viewers the opportunity to click their way to research that demonstrates the wide range of healing attributes and therapeutic properties of Cannabis sativa. This important herbaceous species, which was used in conventional medicine until the 1930s, is a virtual treasure trove of phytochemicals, antioxidants, essential oils and cannabinoids—a class of diverse chemical compounds that act on specialized receptor cells that repress neurotransmitter release in the brain. In 2016, Frontiers in Plant Science named cannabis “the plant of the thousand-and-one molecules.” From the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, in Germany, to Israel’s prestigious Hebrew University, in Jerusalem, which opened a cannabis research center and joined a consortium of 19 research teams at local academic institutions to study cannabinoids, the compounds of Cannabis sativa have become the most studied group of compounds on the planet. One of the most active of these cannabinoids is cannabidiol. Referred to as CBD, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration legalized it in 2014 and categorized it as a supplement.

It was the discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) by Israeli chemist Raphael Mechoulam, a leading pioneer in cannabis research at Hebrew University, that first alerted medical science to the largest receptor system in humans, and the fact that the human brain produces its own cannabinoids that stimulate this receptor system. This revelation is essentially what legitimized the study of a substance previously only on the margins of scientific research. The reason that Cannabis sativa works so efficiently is because of the human body’s ECS and its series of receptors that are configured only to accept cannabinoids, especially tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Until recently, the focus was largely on THC, because of its mind-altering effects. That focus has now shifted, due to the fact that CBD, the major non-psychoactive component of Cannabis sativa, has acquired a long list of medical benefits. According to a 2013 study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent, and is therefore a potential remedy for the treatment of neuro-inflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety and schizophrenia.

“To activate the body’s endocannabinoid system, an individual needs to consume a minimum of 20 milligrams of CBD per day. We suggest front loading for four to five days to activate the system by taking 20 milligrams three times per day. Then find the milligram strength that works for the specific condition. Begin with more than needed to get desired results. After you get relief, reduce the strength and frequency to find the dosage that works best for the individual condition,” says Walter Wright. He is the Marketing Director for Wright Marketing & Consulting, and a spokesperson for Sunshine Global Services, a producer of premium, highly researched hemp CBD and skincare products backed by a minimum of three independent lab tests and field testing. They are the first in the Eastern United States to achieve a completely THC-free (no traces) phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil. Some scientific reports even demonstrate that CBD benefits include antiproliferative, pro-apoptotic effects that inhibit cancer cell migration, adhesion and invasion. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics found that CBD selectively and potently inhibited the growth of different breast tumor cell lines and exhibited significantly less potency in non-cancer cells. In the future, it is possible that cannabis-based remedies may take their rightful place in the worldwide pharmacopeia once again. In the meantime, with the proliferation of CBD products in health food stores and online, it is important to research the quality and potency of what is offered. Read labels and look for thirdparty International Organization for Standardization (ISO) lab testing for purity, as well as supercritical CO2 closed-clod extraction, a non-toxic and environmentally friendly botanical oil extraction method. Laboratories that are ISO-accredited have demonstrated that they are technically competent and able to produce precise and accurate test and/or calibration data. For more information about CBD, call 800-334-1236 or visit

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Looking New and Shiny Live! Juice Bar and Music Venue Set to Open in Pensacola’s Historic Downtown by Marina Christina Quirk


rchival photos of Pensacola show a city of bustling seaports and a variety of Industrial, French Colonial, Victorian and Spanish-inspired buildings intermingled with lush trees, white quartz sands and emerald-green waters. Spring Street now lives where naturally fed waterways once flowed, and Garden Street was once a dusty gravel road. Much of that landscape changed as Pensacola grew into the cultural and entrepreneurial hub that it is now, but local business owner Ric Kindle says he’s determined to restore and revitalize part of the city’s historic downtown.


Kindle is renovating a building at 532 Garden Street and will open a restaurant, juice bar and event space there in the fall. He says Live! Raw Juice Bar & More, a venture centered around mindfulness, will bring something new to the Pensacola scene while preserving a bit of the city’s history. “Between our unique, healthconscious menu and our flexible event space, we’re committed to supporting the community through art, food, music and education,” he says. “We’re pleased to provide a refreshed community atmosphere through this historic building.”

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The area has prominent ties to the development of the city, he notes. The corner of Garden and Coyle Streets was the active site of the Frisco Railroad for many years, until the building there was demolished in 1966. Years later, the Garden Street Car Wash was constructed on the site; that business is still fondly remembered by longtime Pensacola residents. As CEO of Live!, Kindle says he’s thrilled about extending the life of this historically significant area. “The transformation is underway and the excitement is building,” he says. “I’m so excited to provide a venue that serves fresh foods, host art shows and book live music in our community.” Kindle’s new venture is in keeping with his track record as an active contributor to the Pensacola community through a variety of outlets, including hosting art shows, organizing festivals, and participating in philanthropic endeavors, yoga and sound healing. Live! is a perfect manifestation of his passions and experience, he says, adding, “I am looking forward to having a space to share those community experiences. The hard work makes it all worth it, and we are so close.” While renovations are being made with an eye toward protecting Pensacola’s architectural history, he says, both the restored building and its operations are being designed to protect the city’s environmental future. Live! will use completely biodegradable “to-gowear” made of cornstarch, or reusable bamboo, stainless or glass for purchase. The building is also being remodeled to be as ecofriendly and as possible, with extra insulation for the most energyefficient operation of its mechanical systems. Kindle hopes to compost as much as possible in order to have a steady supply of “some really amazing dirt elixir.” A grand opening for the venue is being planned for this fall. To stay updated on the progress of Live! Juice Bar & More, follow it on social media and visit Marina Christina Quirk is a freelance writer and content developer in the Gulf Coast area.


ecotip Retired Volunteers Keep National Parks Humming Retirees are volunteering at hundreds of nationally protected lands. They staff visitor centers, do maintenance, clean up debris and remind visitors to keep food items secure from wildlife. Last year, volunteers outnumbered National Park Service staff about 20 to one, expanding the financially strapped agency’s ability to serve hundreds of millions of visitors. Nearly a third of them are 54 and up, contributing to the 7.9 million service hours worked in 2015 by all 400,000 volunteers. Volunteer opportunities also exist at National Wildlife Refuge sites, fish hatcheries and endangered species field offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Sallie Gentry, volunteer coordinator for the Southeast Region, based in Atlanta, notes that Georgia’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has a dozen designated spots for motor homes in its Volunteer Village. She says most volunteers are local retired residents whose working hours vary while RV volunteers commit to 20 hours a week for at least three months. In return, they get free hookups for electricity, sewage, propane and water. “They have skills they want to contribute, but are also looking for a social outlet,” notes Gentry. Cookouts and potlucks are common. She also cites the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, an important migratory stop especially for songbirds, as a place with great appeal. “We supply uniforms, training, tools and orientations,” says Gentry. “It’s a mutually beneficial investment.” She suggests that individuals apply for specific sites at least a year in advance. Megan Wandag, volunteer coordinator for the USFWS Midwest Region, based in Minneapolis, cites the popular Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, in Bloomington, and the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, near Des Moines, as “oases near urban areas.” USFWS Southwest Region volunteer coordinator Juli Niemann highlights the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, in central New Mexico, that has 18 recreation vehicle spots and an average occupancy duration of five months. “It’s a prime wintering place for sandhill cranes.”

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Moving Easily into the Golden Years with Structural Integration by Kevin Lucas


he golden years can bring many wonderful things: career maturity and success; deep, connected relationships with family and friends; an understanding of life that younger people just can’t match. But aging gracefully can be a bit tougher physically. Fatigue; achy joints; stiff, tight muscles, fascia and connective tissues; and balance, coordination and endurance problems have millions of people seeking help restoring their more youthful bodies.

Aging and Limitations

According to physical therapist Adriaan Louw, PhD, author of Therapeutic Neuroscience Education, chronic pain—often an unfortunate side effect of aging—can also lead to appetite changes, weight gain, nerve sensitivity, sleep disturbance, posture issues, fatigue and depression. A 2015 study in the American Journal of Neuroradiology reveals that every decade of age is accompanied by a greater rate of bulge and deterioration in the spinal discs: 20

Disc bulge/herniation n 30% of 20-year-olds n 60% of 50-year-olds n 84% of 80-year-olds Disc degeneration n 37% of 20-year-olds n 80% of 50-year-olds n 96% of 80-year-olds When the body starts experiencing many of the issues listed above, the brain kicks into overdrive to protect the body from further injury. The nervous system becomes heightened and sensitized, causing tissues throughout the body to over-contract. This compensation process can lead to many other physical issues.

Changing the Story of Pain Structural Integration offers people who are looking to stay vibrant, dynamic and healthy an opportunity not only to regain some of the strength, flexibility, balance and coordination of their younger years, but also to help change the story of pain that their brain has created.

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According to Drs. David Butler and Lorimer Moseley, authors of Explain Pain Supercharged, there are three keys to decreasing and changing the story of pain and the compensation patterns people tend to experience with age: 1) education; 2) graded exposure—moving in ways the brain and body feel are safe; 3) awareness and exploration—using various textures, pressures and touch to change the brain and connective tissues. The purpose of Structural Integration is not just to free or manipulate the connective tissues, but also to help people become more aware of, connected to and in control of every aspect of their body. In order for the body to be as healthy and functional as possible, all its parts need to work together effortlessly. Injury, hobbies, illness and stress can cause the body to compensate and fight itself, and this happens to a greater degree as we age.

Focus on Connective Tissues Today there are many amazing therapies and tools for treating specific issues or areas of the body, but we often fail to focus on the body working together as a whole. Stress, injury and age can actually cause the brain to change the messages it sends to connective tissues. So connecting—or reconnecting—the nervous system with the connective tissues is key to restoring youthful movement. Structural Integration accomplishes this task in a very effective way. SI practitioners use their hands, fingers and elbows in a completely pain-free way, working with a client’s connective tissues, skin, muscles and fascia to change the nervous system. This safe, comfortable method of connective tissue manipulation allows the brain to adjust the tension within the connective tissue. Once the nervous system begins to calm down, entering a state of more balanced tension, the client has an opportunity to improve his or her movement and posture—which brings us to the second reason Structural Integration can be profoundly helpful. As a result of chronic holding patterns from pain, a fear of pain and agerelated limitations, or a job or hobby, our aging body begins to move in ways that are often less than ideal, changing our posture and making it hard for us to move easily and effortlessly. With

the tension within the client’s connective tissues now eased, the practitioner teaches him or her how to move more effectively and efficiently. Therefore, each of the 10 SI sessions includes individualized movement education. The series of movements build upon themselves every week, so with every session the client is moving better and more easily than the week before.

Self Care through SI

The third piece of SI, which is one of its most important aspects, is the education in self-care that comes with this life-changing process. The SI practitioner’s goal is to empower and equip clients with simple yet highly effective tools and techniques so they can help themselves the moment they experi-

ence pain or discomfort. As they move through each of the 10 sessions, the practitioner pairs different self-care techniques for each region of the body. This enables the clients to address issues as they happen instead of having to rely on the therapist to treat them. The goal is to educate and equip clients to help themselves as much as possible. This single aspect of SI can be life changing. It can save an incredible amount of time and money, as clients are now empowered to do more for themselves. They can begin to cut the apron strings of dependency that come from thinking that the only way to feel and move better is to have someone else fix them. At the end of the 10-session pro-

cess, clients have gained a phenomenal education about their body, movement and self-care, which allows them to truly be empowered, living the quality of life they want as they move into and through their golden years. Kevin Lucas, a licensed massage therapist and board certified Structural Integrator, specializes in working with people who have severe conditions such as scoliosis, Parkinson’s, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease and chronic pain, as well as with athletes at all levels. He is the founder of Neuro Movement Integration and the creator of Relief Through Rolfing and has a working collaborative at Pilates Core Training in Pensacola. For more information, call 509-844-4742 or visit



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Aging with Passion and Purpose Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse


ant to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, in Durango, Colorado, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

Savor Self-Acceptance

While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that identify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relationships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do. 22

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Fill the Funnel of Friends

For older people, relationships offer foundational connections; but as we age, friends may drift away, relocate or die. “Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire. “Notice opportunities for interacting and connecting,” advises Shae Hadden, co-founder of The Eldering Institute in Vancouver, Canada. Talk with the checkout person at the grocery store or smile at a stranger walking her dog.

Cultivate a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs about aging shape our experiences. A Yale University study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those less so inclined. Connecting with positive role models helps us release limiting beliefs and embrace an attitude of gratitude instead. Other life lessons can be gleaned from observing how negativity affects people physically, emotionally, and socially. Holding onto regrets traps us in the past zapping energy and self-worth; it also keeps the best in us from shining out says Pevny. He suggests a simple letting-go ceremony, with friends as witnesses. If possible, hold it in a natural outdoor setting.

Understand Our Life Stories

Creating our own life review helps us acknowledge and understand our most significant experiences and reminds us of all we’re bringing to our elder journey. Pevny offers these approaches: n Develop a timeline, dividing life into seven-year sections. For each, write about the strongest memories and most influential people. n Consider what matters most, from people and values to challenges and dreams. n Write to children and grandchildren, sharing tales of our life’s most significant events and lessons. n Record key stories on audio or video.

Explore the Arts

The changes that aging brings can mire elders in depression and isolation. “Older people need to be brave and resilient,” says Susan Perlstein, of Brooklyn, New York, founder emeritus of the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C., and founder of Elders Share the Arts, in New York City. “To age creatively, we need a flow of varied experiences, exploring new activities or reframing longtime interests from a fresh perspective.” Expressive arts can engage people’s minds, bodies and spirits. A George Washington University study shows that people engaged in the arts are happier and healthier. Perlstein understands this firsthand, having begun taking guitar lessons in her 70s. Motivated to play simple songs for her new granddaughter, she subsequently learned to play jazz and blues tunes and joined a band. “I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people, learning new things and enjoying a rich life.”


At one of his conscious aging retreats, Pevny created a fire circle. Mike, 70, had been a dedicated long-distance runner for most of his life. Now plagued with mobility issues, Mike decided to let go of regrets. He brought a pair of running shorts into the circle and talked about what the sport had meant to him—its joys, challenges and camaraderie. Then he tossed the shorts into the fire, telling his friends, “I am letting go so I can find a new purpose and passion.”

The answers can lead to fresh settings, including local community centers and places of worship. Many universities have extension classes for lifelong learners. State arts councils support programs, and museums and libraries host helpful activities. Shepherd Centers encourage community learning and Road Scholar caters to elders that prefer to travel and study.

Discover a Purpose Older people are our Upon retirement some people feel greatest resource. We need purposeless and lost. They yearn for to nurture them and give something that offers up excitement, energy and joy. Hadden invites people them a chance to share to be curious and explore options. “We’re designing our future around what they know. ~Susan Perlstein, founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts Musician John Blegen, of Kansas City, Missouri, was 73 when he realized his lifelong secret desire to tap dance. When Blegen met the then 87-year-old Billie Mahoney, Kansas City’s “Queen of Tap,” he blurted out his wish and fear of being “too old.” She just laughed and urged him to sign up for her adult beginner class. He asked for tap shoes for Christmas and happily shuffle-stepped his way through three class sessions. “Tap class inspired me, encouraged me and gave me hope,” he says. “Now I can shim sham and soft shoe. It’s a dream come true.” To unearth the inner artist, ask: n Which senses do I most like to engage? n Do I enjoy looking at art or listening to music? Do I like sharing feelings and experiences? If so, a thrill may come from writing stories or plays, acting or storytelling. n As a child, what did I yearn to do; maybe play the piano, paint or engineer a train set? Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality. n How can I reframe my life in a positive way when I can no longer do activities I love? If dancing was my focus before, how do I rechannel that energy and passion? If puttering in the garden is too strenuous, what other outdoor interests can I pursue?

who we are and what we care about now,” she says. Try keeping a journal for several weeks. Jot down issues and ideas that intrigue, aggravate and haunt. After several weeks, reflect on the links between concerns that compel and those that irritate. Perhaps we’re intrigued by a certain group of people or a compelling issue. “A concern points to problems and people you want to help,” Hadden observes. This can range from lending a hand to struggling family members, maintaining our own health, volunteering for a literacy project or working to reduce world hunger. “Choose what inspires you to get out of bed each day, eager to move into action.”

Develop Inner Frontiers

People in their elder years may still be measured by midlife standards, which include physical power, productivity and achievement. “They come up short in the eyes of younger people,” dharma practitioner Kathleen Dowling Singh remarks. “But those standards do not define a human life.” Rather, aging allows us to disengage from the pressures of appearances and accomplishments. As we release judgments and unwanted habits, we can increase our feelings of spirituality and peace. “When doors in the outer world seem to be closing, it’s time to cultivate inner resources that offer us joy and meaning. We have the beautiful privilege of slowing down and hearing what our heart is saying,” says Singh, of Sarasota, Florida.

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Meditation is one way to deepen spiritually as we age. “Sit in solitude, gather your scattered thoughts and set an intention,” Singh suggests. “A daily practice shows what peace, silence and contentment feel like. As you become more comfortable, add time until you’re sitting for 20 to 40 minutes.”

Acknowledge Our Shelf Life

“We cannot speak about aging and awakening without speaking about death and dying,” Singh believes. “We need to confront our mortality.” Meditating on the coming transition opens us up to the blessings of life. We can ask ourselves deep questions such as, “What am I doing? What do I want? What does this all mean? What is spirit?” Singh believes such searching questions are vital. None of us knows how much Earth time we have to awaken to a deeper, fuller experience of the sacred.

Help the World In today’s world of chaos and crisis, the wisdom of elders is more important than ever. “Older people need to be engaged, using their insights to help the Earth, community and world,” Pevny says. Creative aging is about improving the future for subsequent generations. In 2008, longtime educator Nora Ellen Richard, 70, of Overland Park, Kansas, wanted to be of greater service. She

respect, appreciation and celebration, and says, “As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned how vital it is to nurture the world I am in.” Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor and dementia advocate. Her newest book is Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together. Connect at

Nearly three-quarters of America’s adults believe they are lifelong learners. It helps them make new friends and community connections and prompts volunteerism.

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asked herself, “What if I housed a foreign student?” and found the International Student Homestay Program. She embarked upon an exploration of cultures from around the world without leaving home. Today, Richard has hosted more than a dozen female students and each relationship has expanded and enriched her life. “We talk about politics, food, religion and cultures; we even pray together,” Richard says. She points to memorable moments of bonding and

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FABULOUS FAN FARE Healthy Tailgating Foods to Cheer For by Judith Fertig


at, play, party… and repeat. We may call it tailgating, fangating, homegating, a watch party or simply eating with friends before a big game. According to the American Tailgaters Association, in St. Paul, Minnesota, an estimated 50 million Americans tailgate annually.

Whether we’re on the road or at home, making the menu healthy is a winning strategy for hosts and guests. Here, two experts divulge their winning ways. Says Debbie Moose, author of Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home, Ivy League schools like Princ-

eton and Yale claim credit for pregame picnics that 19th-century sports fans packed into their horse and buggy for local road trips. Moose lives in the tailgate trifecta of the North Carolina triangle, home to Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest universities. She enjoyed discovering that University of Washington sports fans from the Seattle area like to sail to their chosen picnic spots, while University of Hawaii folks grill fish on hibachis in Honolulu. Moose naturally prefers healthy, Southern-style fare such as deviled eggs and marinated green bean salad, which can be served hot, cold or at room temperature. “At the game or at home, your guests will be moving around, so go for foods that can be eaten with one hand,” she suggests. She also plans her menu around color, universal appeal and variety because it’s healthier than just serving a mound of barbecued chicken wings and a big bowl of potato chips. She likes recipes that can do double duty; her black bean summer salad with cherry tomatoes and corn can function as a colorful side dish or as a salsa for nonGMO blue corn chips. “Recipes that you can do ahead of time make things easier on game day; just pull them from the fridge and go,” says Moose. Daina Falk, of New York City, grew up around professional athletes because her father, David Falk, is a well-known sports agent. Excitement-generating

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sports are in her blood and inspired her to write The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook. She knows that most of the tailgating in her area takes place for football and baseball games and NASCAR races. On, Falk serves up tips for every fangating/homegating occasion, from the Kentucky Derby to the Super Bowl. “Keep your menu interesting,” says Falk. “I always like to feature a dish for each team. For instance, if you’re hosting an Alabama versus Washington watch party, you could feature an Alabama barbecue dish with white sauce and oysters or other fresh seafood. Both dishes are characteristic of the local foods in the universities’ respective hometowns.” Falk recommends buying more local beer than needed to make sure not to run out. Game day guests can get hot and thirsty, indoors or out. Supply lots of filtered water in non-breakable containers. For easy entertaining, Falk recommends biodegradable dishes and cups. “Whenever there are a lot of people in one room, especially when they’re drinking, a glass will likely be broken,” she says. “Save yourself cleanup and the risk of glass shards by committing to temporary cups and plates that are Earth-friendly and compostable.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Healthy Tailgating Recipes Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place the sliced onions in a colander over the sink. In a small bowl, stir together the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper until combined. Stir in the garlic. Set aside. When the water comes to a boil, add the green beans. Cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or just until the beans are bright green; do not overcook. Pour the beans and hot water over the onions in the colander. Rinse under cold running water to cool down. Drain well for a few minutes.

Crowd-Pleasing Marinated Green Beans Yields: 8 servings This simple salad is easy to double or triple. Make it the day before the game and refrigerate. ½ large red onion, thinly sliced 1 /3 cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup herb-flavored white wine vinegar or regular white wine vinegar Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed, but left long

Place the beans and onions in a large bowl or large re-sealable plastic bag. Pour the dressing in and mix with the vegetables. Refrigerate four hours or overnight, stirring or shaking occasionally. Let come to room temperature before serving. Courtesy of Debbie Moose, Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home.

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Chilled Red Bell Pepper Soup Yields: 4 small servings Quadruple this recipe to make soup for a larger gathering. Serve in small sipping cups—cold for games in hot weather or hot for games in cold weather.

Black Bean Summer Salad Yields: 8 side dishes or 4 light meals This salad is easily doubled to feed a crowd. 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and well drained 5 or 6 green onions, white and green parts, chopped 1 large sweet banana pepper, seeded and chopped 1½ cups halved cherry tomatoes 6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp lime juice 2½ Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp chili powder Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 /3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves In a large bowl, toss together the corn, black beans, green onions, banana pepper and tomatoes.

1 red bell pepper, stemmed ½ cup low-fat Greek or dairy-free yogurt ¼ yellow onion 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1 small/mini-cucumber ¼ cup rice vinegar 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard 4 large garlic cloves 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil Garnish: Flat leaf (Italian) parsley (minced optional) Roasted and salted pumpkin seeds Blend all main ingredients, except garnish, in a high-speed blender into purée. Serve topped with the parsley and a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds. Adapted from Daina Falk’s

Vegetarian-Friendly Barbecue Cauliflower Nuggets Yields: 8 appetizer servings Plant-based barbecue is a home run or touchdown. 1 head of cauliflower 1 cup all-purpose or gluten-free flour 1 Tbsp barbecue spice blend 1 cup nut milk of choice 1 cup tomato-based barbecue sauce Accompaniment: Dipping sauce of choice Preheat the oven to 450° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse and separate cauliflower florets into small- to medium-sized pieces.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, chili powder, salt and pepper.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the barbecue spice, flour and nut milk until smooth.

Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat them all. Then stir in the cilantro.

Dredge each piece of cauliflower in the batter before placing it on the baking sheet.

Refrigerate from 1 to 3 hours to let the flavors come together.

Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Brush the cauliflower with barbecue sauce and return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes.

Note: If using frozen corn, drain it well and lightly sauté in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil before adding it to the salad. This removes moisture that may make the salad watery.

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Different approaches to yoga abound, and part of staying motivated may include exploration of a variety of traditions as individual needs change due to lifestyle, health, interests or simple curiosity. Yee reminds us to go with the flow and follow how we feel in the moment. “Different schools of yoga exist because each offers something different. There is a form for all of our moods and a practice for how you feel at any given time.” Reflecting on how his own practice has evolved through the years, Yee recollects, “In my 20s and 30s, my yoga practice was arduous, including three to four hours of strong, physical work and a half hour of pranayama [breath work]. Then for 20 years, it involved a lot of teaching. Over the past 17 years, my practice has become more subtle, with a focus on sequencing and meditation; it’s about how to do this all day long in the context of my body and my life; about being both centered and in the world. In some way, we’re always doing yoga, as we already take 20,000 breaths a day. From a philosophical and ethical point of view, yogis have no choice but to practice.” Because many American women have found their way to a yogic path, men often assume it’s primarily a women’s niche. But yoga has been a male practice for nearly 2,500 years in other countries. Yee encourages men to not feel intimidated. “Why not try something that can help you improve your business, family life and even your golf game?” he queries. While Yee believes in a no-pressure approach, he also suggests inviting ways to foster consistency. “If you are just beginning, set aside a half-hour before going to bed or get up a half-hour earlier. Also note that pain is less to be avoided than learned from.” Wisdom can come from dedication to a yoga practice. Yee’s philosophy is, “You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass counsels, ‘Be here now.’ Train yourself to bring body, mind and heart together and fully drink from that.” Learn more at Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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Chronic pain sufferers often find relief through floating because the lessened gravity allows the body to fully relax. The accompanying serenity releases the brain’s natural endorphins, which act as natural painkillers, into the bloodstream, reports Hutchison. The sheer tranquility of floating can alleviate some mental health issues. “We’ve hadd several people with post-traumatic stress disorder. One man has returned six times and says he’s advanced more in the last three months while floating than he did in the prior five to 10 years,” says Andy Larson, owner of Float Milwaukee. Athletes also appreciate floating because it shortens injury recovery periods through enhancing blood flow, helping to heal sore muscles. The way it facilitates a calm state ideal for implanting ideas into the subconscious mind enables them to better visualize improved performance.

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What is meant by nonduality? ZB: Nonduality is the philosophical, spiritual and scientific understanding of fundamental oneness in which there is no separation. Through quantum mechanics, Western science has reached an understanding of what Eastern mystics have long understood. Duality, generally determined in terms of opposites such as self and other, conscious and unconscious, illusion and reality, as well as separation between the observer and the observed, is an illusion. Nonduality is the understanding that our identifying with common dualisms avoids recognition of a deeper reality. Until recently, human sciences have ignored the problem of consciousness by calling it the “hard problem”. This has led to our present fragmented worldview rife with chaos, conflict and crises. It may be time for scientists to accept the discoveries of the mystics and consider consciousness intrinsic to every observed scientific phenomenon. Understanding that consciousness is the key to the universe, reality and ourselves may be the missing link in bridging science and spirituality.

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ported by an open mind and a nondogmatic inquiry; while science seeks to understand our external reality and spiritual thinkers seek to understand our inner, personal experience of consciousness, these seemingly different disciplines rarely come together in open dialogue. It became more evident that we weren’t looking for scientific answers or proof of what spiritual wisdom traditions teach, but rather to expand the questions asked of both science and spirituality. Open-ended questions arise such as: What if space and time are just useful maps and quantum mechanics is pointing us to a deeper reality more mysterious than we can ever imagine? What if science and spiritual-

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lenty of people are pretty, but haven’t yet learned how to be beautiful. They have the right look for the times, but they don’t glow. Beautiful women glow. That’s because beautiful is not about how we look on the outside; it is about what we’re made of and being “full of beauty” on the inside. Beautiful people spend time discovering what their idea of beauty is on this Earth. They know themselves well enough to know what they love, and they love themselves enough to fill up with a little of their particular kind of beauty each day. When we are with a beautiful woman, we might not notice her hair, skin, body or clothes, because we’ll be distracted by the way she makes us feel. She is so full of beauty that some of it overflows onto us. We feel warm and safe and curious around her. Her eyes typically twinkle a little and she’ll look at us closely—because a beautiful, wise woman knows that the quickest way to fill up with beauty is to soak in another’s beauty. The most beautiful women take their time with other people; they are filling up. Women concerned with being pretty think about what they look like, but women concerned with being beautiful think about what they are looking at, taking in the loveliness around them. They are absorbing the whole beautiful world and making all that beauty theirs to give to others. Source: Adapted excerpt from Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton (Flatiron Books). She’s the founder and president of the nonprofit Together Rising. Read more at natural awakenings

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or youngsters at Tiny Trees Preschool, in Seattle, nature is their classroom— rain or shine; tuition even includes a rain suit and insulated rubber boots. At Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool, in Milwaukee, children use downed wood to build forts and fires. Students of Vermont’s Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) program use spray bottles of colored water to spell words in the snow.

Forest Schools Based on the publicly funded forest kindergarten model used by Scandinavian countries since 1995, Tiny Trees encompasses seven urban park locations throughout the city, ranging from 15 to 160 acres. With no buildings, playgrounds or commercially produced furniture and 30 percent less overhead, “We can make exceptional education affordable,” remarks CEO Andrew Jay. “Most of the day is spent exploring the forest. If children see salmon in the 40

stream, we observe them from a bridge, and then search out the headwaters to see where they’re coming from,” explains Jay.

Nature Preschools The launch of Earth Day in 1970 and America’s nature center movement in the 1960s yielded another immersive nature-based model that includes indoor learning. The preschool at the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designcertified Schlitz Audubon Nature Center includes three nature-focused indoor classrooms and three outdoor areas— two with manmade structures like a slide and picnic tables, and one left completely natural. Founding Director Patti Bailie says the children spend most of their day outside and teachers can take them beyond the play areas to explore 185 acres of prairie, forest, wetlands and lakefront beach habitats.

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ECO currently collaborates with seven Vermont public schools from preschool to high school, offering year-long programs for students in inquiry-based outdoor learning for up to four hours a week. “We immerse ourselves in nature with a 10-minute hike into the forest,” says program coordinator Melissa Purdy. Students first learn safety protocols and how to set up camp. Introducing skill-appropriate tools, preschoolers whittle sticks, third-graders build teepees and lean-tos, and high school students build bridges across streams.

Building Resiliency Sharing space with insects and plants requires special safety protocols and preparation, but the injury rate of outdoor learning is no higher than that of indoor schools. “Children are building risk literacy—they climb trees, but only to safe heights; they step on wet rocks, but learn how to do so without falling,” says Jay. Classrooms without walls work because students have a sense of freedom within reasonable boundaries. “In winter, we dress warmly and do more hiking to generate body heat. We use picnic shelters in heavy rains. Children don’t have anxiety about the future—rain means puddles to splash in and snow means building snowmen,” says Jay.

Developing the Whole Child Outdoor learning naturally creates knowledge of local ecosystems, environmental stewards and a sense of place, but teachers also observe many other developmental benefits. At the Magnolia Nature School, at Camp McDowell, in Nauvoo, Alabama, Madeleine Pearce’s agile and surefooted preschoolers can hike three miles. Located in a rural county with

a 67 percent poverty rate, the school partners with Head Start to secure tuition-free opportunities for families. Pearce attests how exploring the 1,100-acre property fosters language skills. “With less teacher instruction, children have more time to talk freely with each other.” Instead of loudly calling kids in, Purdy uses bird calls or a drum, which fosters a sense of peace and respect. During daily sit time students observe themselves as a part of nature. “As birds sing and wildlife appears, children see the rewards of quiet and stillness, so self-regulation becomes natural,” agrees Bailie. Bailie sees how children in forest kindergartens express better motor skills, physical development and cognitive abilities than those restricted to traditional playgrounds. Natural playscapes change with the season, are sensory-rich and provide extra oxygen to the brain—all factors that correlate to brain development. Such benefits are reported in Brain-Based Learning by Eric Jensen, Brain Rules by John J. Medina and the Early Childhood Education Journal.

Parents and teachers often describe nature preschool students as being more observant, confident, inquisitive and engaged. Outdoor preschools also foster microbial exposure, essential for healthy immune system development. “Without this exposure, children are at increased risk for developing allergies, asthma, irritable bowel disease, obesity and diabetes later in life,” says B. Brett Finlay, Ph.D., author of Let Them Eat Dirt, which cites supporting science. Kindergarten readiness is a goal of all preschools, but Pearce doesn’t believe a traditional academic focus is required. “By putting nature first, children are socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten,” she says. “They know how to conquer challenges and are ready to take on academics.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving

OUTDOOR PLAY “We are innately connected to nature, but need to provide opportunities to make that connection,” says Patti Bailie, former assistant director of Antioch University’s nature-based Early Childhood certificate program, in Keene, New Hampshire. Here’s how. Get wild at home. Hang bird feeders, grow wildlife-attracting plants, start a compost pile and designate an area of the yard for natural play where kids can dig and the grass isn’t mowed. Explore a forest instead of a playground. Without swing sets and toys, children create imaginative play, build forts and climb trees. Incorporate active transportation into the family routine. Walk, bike or paddle. Rain gear and flashlights enable rainy and after-dark explorations. Join a family nature club. At, connect with other families that value and use the natural world for playing, growing and learning via their Natural Families Forum.

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ow is a good time to buy a solar system and get off the grid. Solar photovoltaic prices have fallen 67 percent in the last five years, reports Alexandra Hobson with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). It’s a boom period for solar—a record 14.8 gigawatts were installed last year in the U.S. Solar represented 39 percent of all new electric capacity added to the grid in 2016, surpassing natural gas (29 percent) and wind (26 percent). In the first quarter of this year, solar and wind together comprised more than half of all new U.S.

power generation. The Solar Investment Tax Credit was extended for five years at the end of 2015, so homeowners and businesses can qualify to deduct 30 percent of the installed cost from their federal taxes. Also, there’s no upper limit on the prices for the qualifying panels. There are 1.3 million solar systems in the U.S. now, with a new one added every 84 seconds. Some 260,000 people currently work in the industry, double the figure of 2012. California is the leader in installed capacity, followed by North Carolina,

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In 2016, the average residential solar system produced seven kilowatts, at an average installed cost of $3.06 per watt, according to Hobson. A system costing just over $21,000 before taking the income tax credit yields a final net cost of $15,000. “It’s a perfect marriage for residential customers,” says Bill Ellard, an energy economist with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). “The systems will produce electricity for about five cents per kilowatt-hour year-round compared to the average electric price of 10.34 cents per kilowatt hour tracked in March 2017.” New solar panel designs coming online mean even greater savings. Panels with built-in micro-inverters are cutting home installation costs for large central units (although their longterm, all-weather durability isn’t clear yet). A breakthrough at Japan’s Kobe University means single solar cells could achieve 50 percent efficiency, up from the 30 percent formerly accepted as the upper limit. Ugly panel frames may also be a thing of the past. More aesthetically pleasing frameless panels are expected this year from big players like SolarWorld, Canadian Solar and Trina Solar, with adapted mounting hardware. Producers like Prism Solar and DSM Advanced Surfaces are also working on frameless clear panels, with cells bound between panes of glass. These attractive clear panels are highly resistant to fire and corrosion. Tesla, which recently acquired SolarCity, is marketing tempered glass photovoltaic shingles that integrate with

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For an average household electric load of 600 kilowatt-hours per month, for example, a daily dose of five hours of direct sunlight and four-kilowatt system will likely meet demand. For households with higher usage, especially in the South and West, bigger installations are the norm. “Solar system sizes have been growing fairly steadily as the price has come down,” Hobson notes. Thanks to Google Earth, solar installers usually know if a property has the right conditions; avoiding the fee for an onsite inspection. Houses with a southern orientation within 40 degrees of direct southern exposure are golden. Those with flat roofs work well because the panels can be tilted for maximum effect. Adjustable panels can also be adapted to the best angle per season. Panels can’t be in shade for a significant part of the day. Rooftop installers can work around vent pipes, skylights and chimneys. If major obstructions are a problem, ASES suggests a ground-mounted array or solar pergola, a freestanding wooden frame to mount panels. Solar systems heat swimming pools, too, offering huge operational savings over conventional heaters. They start at around $3,500 and average $5,500, compared to an average $2,664 for a fossil-fuel heater, reports Determine if a state has net metering laws, which make it easy to sell excess power from a whole-home system back to the grid. Check for local tax subsidies on top of the federal 30 percent. The beauty of solar is that once the system is in place, operating costs are negligible. The lifespan of today’s panels is two decades and the payback is just two to three years.

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to increase lymphatic flow to optimize the immune system. Begins with breath awareness, meditation, a gentle five¬directional spinal warm up, followed with supported, energized movement, a restorative cool down and savasana. Instructor is certified in y4c method with knowledge and awareness of the special needs of cancer patients and survivors. Free. Dragonfly Yoga Studio, 184 Brooks St, Ste. 2, FWB. 850-244-0184.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Stop the Drill! Protecting Florida’s Coasts from Offshore Drilling – 6:30-7:45pm. Join 350 Pensacola for the latest on the renewed threat to the Gulf of Mexico from offshore drilling for oil and gas, and how citizens can help to protect the Gulf. Both Escambia County and City of Pensacola recently issued resolutions opposing drilling off the FL coast. Presented by Erin Handy, campaign organizer at 350 Pensacola at Facebook. com/350pensacola/. Free. Bayview Senior Center, 2000 E. Lloyd St., Pensacola. 850-687-9968.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training this Fall – 5:308:30pm. 9/17 – 6/18. Become a confident, knowledgeable teacher of the sacred practice of yoga. Tuition includes 200-hrs of Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training with qualified yoga instructors as well as 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, Bhakti and more. $2,850. Sunshine Yoga, 211-E Main Street, Destin. Call Kim, 850-687-8603.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Full Moon: Restorative: Candlelight Yoga – 6pm. Provided by Laura Tyree and as great as it sounds. Restorative yoga, beautiful studio, ambient music, candlelight, and you. All levels of practice welcome. Pre-register or just walk in. $18 or your current package. Dragonfly Yoga Studio, 184 Brooks St SE, Bldg 2, Fort Walton Beach. 850-244-0184.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Community HU Chant – 9:30-10am. Expand your awareness, open your heart. Free. Unitarian Universalist Lobby, 9888 Pensacola Blvd. (Hwy. 29), Pensacola. 850-862-0446. Joanie920@gmail. com. Aromatherapy for Animals – 2-3:15pm. An overview of how essential oils can be utilized on our animal friends and which oils are unsafe to use and how to apply. Safe and effective recipes and alternatives for treating your best friend’s ailments. Ever’man Co-operative, 315 W Garden St, Pensacola. 850-499-3670. Bike Pensacola’s September Slow Ride – 4:306pm and 6-7:30pm. September Slow Ride is a


monthly social ride among the historic homes, parks, and tree-lined streets of downtown Pensacola. Monthly rides are designed for people with any kind of bike and any skill level. Rides last about one hour and ten minutes, plus, a great party after the ride with food, beverage, and good times. Free. Gulf Power Co, One Energy Place, Pensacola. 850-6879968. BikePensacola/. Rollerball Mentality Make-N-Take – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to effectively and economically apply a few essential oils for everyday situations—and a few not so every day. Then practice creating a few roller balls for ready-to-go and on-the-go applications. Free class. $5 pre rollerball with essential oils and carrier is $5. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Healthy Skin Event with Alice McCall – 3-4:30pm. This healing meditation will transform the root causes of a variety of skin issues. Also, good for prevention and anti-aging. Teleconference; $20. via Teleconference, Res. Req. 850-585-5496.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Holistic Brain Health – 3:15am-3:15pm. Our brains are in control of more than we realize. Mood swings, brain fog and so many more daily struggles can be supported using essential oils in our daily lives. Safe and effective protocols help support those that are suffering needless battles within this realm, including children and the elderly. Facebook Event for your convenience. Link:http:// 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@ Yoga4Cancer Class – 1-2:15pm. Starts 9/11th. A research-based, specialized yoga methodology addressing the specific physical and emotional needs left by cancer and its treatments. Designed

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Introduction to THETA Healing – 5:30-6:30pm. Felicia McQuaid: Certified ThetaHealer® & Teacher explains the core principles and how it works. Created by Vianna Stibal in 1995 during her own personal journey back to health, this technique applies focused prayer and the THETA brain wave to make permanent changes from the core level of everyone. One lucky attendee will receive an intuitive reading. Free. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St. Ste 1, FWB. 850-217-2771.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Detoxification & Body Wrap – 6:30-8:30pm. Begin to detox with an essential oil body wrap while you learn more about a gentle quarterly cleanse. Check in for waistline measurements before and after to experience how others have loss the average 1-2 inches and sometimes more, in less than an hour. $10 including wraps. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670. PereiraProduceAndHealth.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Introduction to the Sanskrit Language – 10:45am-3pm. 9/16 & 9/17. Introduction to the ancient Sanskrit Language with master teacher, Rhonda Kuster. Learn the Sanskrit alphabet, correct pronunciation of common yoga poses, the eight limbs of Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Yamas and the Niyamas. $75 sat. only $108 both sat/sun. Dragonfly Yoga Studies. 184 Brooks St, Ste 2, FWB. 850.240.0184. DragonflyYoga. Animal Healing Clinic – 11am-3pm. Healing session involves a dialogue with the pet owner and a 20-min body-scan and balancing session for the pet. Helps with anxiety/depression, abdominal and diet issues, cancer, re-occurring physical issues, joint pain, kidney issues, behavioral issues. Practitioners trained in ThetaHealing® and Reiki with Felicia McQuaid. The Res. Req. Free. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St. Ste 1, FWB. 850-217-2771.

ECK Light & Sound Service – 11am-noon. The Shield of Love in Everyday Life, Experience HU, the most beautiful prayer. Free. Hampton Inn, 7710 Navarre Pkwy (Hwy 98), Navarre. 850-862-0446. Live Without Limits—A Free Talk with Sivan Garr – 3:30-5pm. Sivan Garr visit the area for a limited time with a powerful and dedicated enlightenment guide that enables transformative healing and spiritual awakenings within the lives of others. For more than 20 years, with precision and mastery, Sivan vividly translates your soul’s own wisdom to truly become you. Free. Synergy Organic Juice Bar and Cafe, 120 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach. 850-865-4919.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Cleansing Your Gut – 6:30-8pm. We spend a great deal of time washing our bodies, brushing our teeth and cleaning our homes, now learn how to effectively and easily clean our hard-working organs and digestive track. Digestive Cleansing does not have to be scary. $5 at the door. Private Residence, 100 Alexander Ave, Atomre. 850-380-4943.



Naturally Simple Pain Relief – 5:45am-5:45pm. Explore natural options for pain relief including herbal assistants, essential oils including options that support lowering the inflammatory response and bringing the body back into homeostasis and thereby relieving pain. Facebook Event for your convenience. Link: 850-4993670.

Spiritual Ascension Event with Alice McCall – 9:30-11:30am. This educational event will address the journey from victim to empowered and provide clarity regarding who you really are. Teleconference; $20. via Teleconference, Res. Req. Alice@ 850-585-5496.

Healthy Skin Naturally – 8:15pm. What you put in your body, but because your skin is your largest organ, it is equally important as what you put on your body. Learn the benefits and ease of natural skin care. Plus, clean, toxin free Savvy Mineral makeup. Try toxin-free, skin healing and nurturing personal care products enhanced with pure essential oils. $5 at the door. Unity of Pensacola Fellowship Hall, 716 North 9th Ave, Pens. 850-380-4943.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification at Navarre Living Yoga – 4-5pm. 9/17-4/18. An 8-month certification program led by Melissa, Kathy, Willow, Kaylen, and other NLY teachers. Yoga teacher training is a perfect opportunity to dive into your own personal practice, study the ancient wisdom and philosophy of yoga, and learn how to safely teach yoga postures. Navarre Living Yoga is a registered 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified school. $2,400/ monthly payments available. Kathy at 850-346-3577 or Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-3463577. Kombucha 101 – 6:30-7:45pm. Learn how easy and inexpensive it can be to make your own Kombucha (fermented sweet tea with no sugar left), and apple cider vinegar, a cheaper and more effective way to get your pre-biotics. Includes a recipe to make pro-biotic root beer flavored Kombucha. 10$ includes starter SCOBY. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670. DianaPereira@live. com.

Yoga Nidra Meditation and Restorative Class – 5-7pm. Yoga Nidra Meditation and Restorative with Paris for a gentle, non-heated, slow practice to expand the breath and relax the mind. Taking time for self-care and self-relaxation. Wear comfortable clothes and bring your pillow. $25. Hot Yoga Om Studio, 222 Miracle Strip Pkwy, FWB. 850-4309434. Organic Living on a Budget – 6:30-8:15pm. Discover how to feed a 7-person family healthy, organic, non-GMO meals for $800 or less per month. Topics cover food, body care, household cleaners and more. Start saving immediately. Door Prize is one $30 Essential Oils Gift Certificate for creating DIY Natural Cleaners. $15. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670. PereiraProduceAndHealth.

plan ahead SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 Cancer Support with Essential Oils – 6:30-8:15pm. Discover the possibility of supporting cancer treatment and recovery with essential oils. Less than 1% of all plant species on earth have been exhaustively studied for medicinal value, making essential oils one of the most obvious places to search for new approaches to cancer treatment. Each person attending will receive the protocol successfully used by many local customers. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Hemp Oil Informational Lecture – 7-8:30pm. Learn about NanoEnhanced Hemp/CBD oil, grown with European standards, CO2 extracted, non-toxic Nano-emulsified for 6-10 times more absorption, non-psychoactive (0-.025% THC), and now, legal in 50 states. Mix and mingle with chocolate and samples of this CBD oil and stay for a presentation, if you like. Free. Dragonfly Yoga Studies. 184 Brooks St, Ste 2, FWB. 850-244-0184. Tyree.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Basic DNA: THETA Healing 1 – 10am-5pm. In this 3-day training you will receive a hands-on foundation to the ThetaHealing techniques. Learn how to shift your brain consciously to a theta state and change beliefs on all four levels - core, genetic, history and soul levels. Choose your new beliefs and consciously create your life, health and success with Felicia McQuaid, the only certified teacher of Theta Healing in the Florida Panhandle. $400. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St. Suite 1, Downtown FWB, Fort Walton Beach. 850-2172771.

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exercises, myofascial release stretches and body rolling. Release restrictions causing pain, fatigue and stiffness then align and strengthen with Pilates. $15 drop in, $10/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates ZUMBA Fitness Class – 5:15-6:15pm, Mon & Thurs. 9-10am, Sat. Shrink everything but your smile. Let the music free your body. The ultimate dance fitness party will groove you into shape. Licensed ZUMBA® Instructor - Ivelysse Reed, Member of ZUMBA® Instructor Network (ZIN). $5 or Punch Card 6 Classes/$25. Frisbee Fitness Studio, 119 Truxton Avenue, Fort Walton Beach. 850-461-2220. Email or website Pilates Intermediate Equipment Class – 5:306:30pm. Challenging exercises for those who have a foundations in the Pilates fundamentals. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836.

sunday 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training this Fall – 9am5pm. 9/17-11/18. 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training this fall with Laura Tyree and guest Instructors, meeting once a month. This is a 300-Hour supplemental, you must be a 200-Hour certified yoga teacher to attend. Go deeper into yoga with Dragonfly s advanced yoga teacher training program also available for advanced student not interested in receiving certification but would like to increase the knowledge and dedication to the practice. $3,200. 850-240-0184. Dragonfly Yoga Studies 184 Brooks St, Ste 2, FWB. Community Yoga Class – 4:30-5:30pm. Free Yoga class to introduce our newest teachers at Dragonfly Yoga, with donations for this class going to The Southern Dog Rescue. Beginning with breath, meditation and then a multi-level Vinyasa flow, cool down and savasana. Free. Dragonfly Yoga Studio, 184 Brooks St, Ste 2, FWB. 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.

monday Pilates Modified Equipment Class – 8:30-9:30am. For those with conditions such as ostoporosis, disc pathologies, arthritis and joint replacements. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Young at Heart Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Regardless of age or physical condition, a regular yoga practice can help build strength and increase flexibility. Includes standing and seated postures using blocks, blankets and other props to stretch and strengthen your body and relax your mind. $6. Navarre Living


Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy, 850-684-1065. . $6. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy. 850-684-1065. Pilates Equipment Class – Noon-1pm. For those individuals who have attended an intro to equipment class, or have prior experience on Pilates equipment. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Yoga4Cancer Class – 1-2:15pm. A researchbased, specialized yoga methodology addressing the specific physical and emotional needs left by cancer and its treatments. Designed to increase lymphatic flow in order to optimize the immune system. Begins with breath awareness, meditation, a gentle five¬directional spinal warm up, followed with supported, energized movement, a restorative cool down and savasana. Instructor is certified in y4c method with knowledge and awareness of the special needs of cancer patients and survivors. Free. Dragonfly Yoga Studio, 184 Brooks St, Ste. 2, FWB. 850-244-0184. Energize Yoga – 2:30-3:30pm. And Thurs. This vinyasa flow class will get your heart pumping and challenge your muscles, while maintaining focus on proper alignment and breathing. Appropriate for students familiar with basic yoga asanas and alignment, with enough of a challenge for more experienced students as well. $12. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-684-1065. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Prepare for the birth of your baby and work to alleviate pregnancyrelated discomforts by practicing gentle, modified yoga poses and breathing exercises. Appropriate for expectant mothers at all stages of pregnancy. $12. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-684-1065. NavarreLivingYoga@gmail. com.

tuesday Pilates Multi-Level Mat Class – 8:30-9:30am. For those who have basic understanding of fundamentals of Pilates mat. Uses a variety of different props; stability balls, rollers, rings, etc. to strengthen and increase flexibility. $15 drop in, $10/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates Beginning Level Mat Class – 9:4510:45am. Increase strength and flexibility and love how your body feels after just one hour of corrective movement exercises. $15 drop in, $10/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training this Fall – 5:30–8:30pm. Sept 2017 - June 2018. Learn how to become a confident, knowledgeable teacher of the sacred practice of yoga. Your tuition includes 200 hours of Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training with qualified yoga instructors as well as 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, Bhakti and more! Contact Kim for more information. . $2,850. Sunshine Yoga, 211-E Main Street, Destin. 850-687-8603. Kids Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Kids love yoga too. Your child will gain body awareness, improved concentration, self confidence, and self-love.They will learn the importance of health as well as tools to help them cope with life changes and stress. Recommended for ages 6-12. $50 per month / $15 drop-in. Sunshine Yoga , 211-E Main St, Destin. 850-687-8603.

Capstone Happenings – 5-9pm. 5pm (Yoga) 7pm (Reiki Healing) with Ben Orr . Donation Fee. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave, Panama City. 850747-9224.

Meditation – 6pm. Meditation offers innumerable benefits for your body, mind and spirit. The rest you gain in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep. Reverend Jamie Sanders leads. Love Offering. Unity of Pensacola, 716 North 9th Ave, Pensacola. 850438-2277.

Pilates Multi-Level Mat Fusion Class – 5:156:15pm. And Thur. 8:30am. A fusion of Pilates mat

Thought Technology Techniques – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st & 3rd Tues, with Tali Cluxton. 2nd & 4th Tues,

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Pensacola Mom-Baby Circle – 10-11:30am. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thurs. A mother-led, doula-facilitated play group for moms and their little ones ages newborn-3. Old Thyme Remedies, 2475 E. Nine Mile Rd, Pens. 850-324-5393. BellyToCradle@gmail. com. Kids Nia: Movement, Dance, Play – 4-4:45pm. Kids Nia is fun, mindful movement that incorporates martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts. A fun and playful way for kids to express themselves while moving their body in a creative and natural way encouraging listening, balance, and coordination. 4 and older. $5. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy. Yogateen – 4:30-5:30pm. Begins 9/14. Yoga for children ages 9 - 14. An Energize class with a fun, young adult format. $10. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 8506841065.

with Meda Arbour (Urantia Study). Donation Fee. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave , Panama City. 850-747-9224. Honor Military Yoga Class – 7-8:15pm. Honoring those who serve, have served, and family members holding DOD ID’s - US Armed Forces welcome for free. All others may join for a drop-in fee of $12. Beginners welcome and multi-level Hatha yoga class with breath awareness, meditation, sun salutations, restorative cool down, and savasana. Come build strength, flexibility, and clarity of the mind with those that serve this country. Free. Dragonfly Yoga Studio , 184 Brooks St. SE, Bldg 2, FWB. 850-218-2575. Meditation for World Peace – 7-9pm. Crystal Cottage Peace Center, as we meditate for World Peace and Sharing. Music, massage therapy, intuitives and Reiki. Crystal Cottage Peace Center, 7338 Highway 2301, Panama City. 850-763-4504. Free Twin Hearts Meditation and Healing Clinic – 7:15-8:15pm. Promoting stress reduction and general wellness. Protocols for most physical and emotional ailments. Thanks for bringing canned food for Manna. Free. Ever’man’s Natural Foods community Room, 315 W Garden St, Pensacola. 850-433-2042.



2 Aerial Yoga Classes – 9:30-10:45am. 6-7:15pm. Explore yoga using an aerial yoga swing to deepen and enhance traditional yoga postures. Suitable for any skill level and it will offer physical benefits to enrich your yoga practice. Challenge yourself and come have fun on the swings while you build strength and discover new depths with balance, stability, and mobility. Max of 8 students. No previous aerial or yoga experience is necessary. $16. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy. 850-6841065. Pilates Modified Equipment Class – 9:4510:45am. For those with conditions such as osteoporosis, disc pathologies, arthritis and joint replacements. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850287-5836.

Gyrokenisis Mat Class – 2-3pm. This movement system allows the entire body to be worked through spinal movement. Gently works the joints and muscles through rhythmic and undulating movements. $15 drop in, $10/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-2875836. Transmission: Group Meditation for the New Age – 2pm. Dynamic, scientific, group meditation; both a world service (Karma yoga) & a very potent technique of personal development (Laya yoga). Simple, non-denominational. Free. always free. Ever’mans Cooperative and Café/Education Center, 327 W Garden St, Pens. Yogamentary – 3:45-4:45pm. Begins 9/13. Yoga for children ages 4 - 11. Asana, pranayama, and guided imagery fused with creativity, literature and music. $10. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-684-1065. Pranic and Meditation – 6:30-8:30pm. Pranic Healing and Twin Hearts Meditation. Enjoy the cleansing, de-stressing, and peace of the Life Force Energy Healing with MarVin Corbin. Donation Fee. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave, Panama City,. 850-747-9224.

thursday Pilates Multi-Level Mat Fusion Class – 8:309:30am. And Mon. 5:15pm. A fusion of Pilates mat exercises, myofascial release stretches and body rolling. Release restrictions causing pain, fatigue and stiffness then align and strengthen with Pilates. $15 drop in, $10/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates Beach Yoga – 9:30am-10:30am. THE Healing clinic offers a 60-minute held outdoors on Okaloosa Island along the peaceful water’s edge for an energizing yoga practice. Young Living essential oils are included in the practice to deepen and enhance the experience. Bring your mat, towel and water. Mats available for purchase. $5 1st class, $10 drop-in. $20 1st class and mat. The Gulf Restaurant, 1284 Marler Ave, Okaloosa Island, FWB. 850-217-2771.

Beginner Yoga Classes at Dragonfly – 5:306:45pm. Back to school with beginner yoga classes with Kat. $18 drop-in or $40/5 classes. Dragonfly Yoga Studio, 184 Brooks St. SE, Bldg 2, FWB. 850-244-0184. Astrology / UFO Exploration – 7-9pm. 1st & 3rd Thu. Discover Yourself Through Astrology with Vayla Nugyn. 2nd Thu. UFO Exploration with Jill Tomlinson. Donation Fee. Capstone House, 1713 Beck Ave, Panama City. 850-747-9224.

friday Slow Flow and Meditation – 9-10:15am. A gentle, slow-paced yoga class for a simple practice to build flexibility and strength, as you clear your mind and relax your body in preparation for a nourishing seated meditation. All levels class, and those new to yoga and experienced students who want a slower paced, less strenuous class. This class may include gentle asana, restorative and yin poses, and breathing techniques (pranayama). Each class will end with a 10- to 15-minute seated meditation. $13. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-684-1065. NavarreLivingYoga@gmail. com. Pilates Modified Equipment Class – 9:4510:45am. For those with conditions such as osteoporosis, disc pathologies, arthritis and joint replacements. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850287-5836. Restorative Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Take some time Friday evenings for self care. In restorative yoga, props are used to support the body, allowing you to open your body through passive stretching. When supported with props, the body relaxes and opens, releasing tension and stress. This class is appropriate for all students. No prior yoga experience required. $13. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-684-1065. NavarreLivingYoga@ Entrepreneurial Consultion – 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. 8507634504.

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classifieds Submit classified entries online only at The submission form is located on the Advertising web page or call 850-687-0826. $20 for 20 words, $1 per extra word, per month. Due date is the 15th of the month prior to month published. COMMERCIAL KITCHEN RENTAL RENTAL SPACE TO START A FOOD BUSINESS – Commercial kitchen for lease hourly. YourProKitchen is a shared, licensed, culinary incubator that will help you start or grow your own food business. We will help with licensing, safety certification and insurance. Chefs have 24-hour access to a beautiful fully-equipped commercial kitchen located in Panama City Beach. Go to or call 850-527-1085. Energy Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. 4th Fri. 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. Crystal Cottage, 7338 Highway 2301, Panama City. 850763-4504. 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. Computer & Technology Classes – 7-9pm. 2nd Fri. A new topic each week. Crystal Cottage, 7338 Hwy 2301, Panama City. Michael: 850-889-1088.

saturday Pilates Advanced Equipment Class – 7:458:45am. For those with a strong core and strong foundation in the Pilates fundamentals. Challenging exercises using the reformer, tower, jumping board and Pilates chair. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates Beginning Equipment Class – 9-10am. Learn the basics of reformer and tower exercises along with alignment fundamentals. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. ZUMBA Fitness Class – 9-10am and 5:15-6:15pm, Mon & Thurs. 9-10 Sat. Shrink everything but your smile. Let the music free your body. The ultimate dance fitness party will groove you into shape. Licensed ZUMBA® Instructor - Ivelysse Reed, Member of ZUMBA® Instructor Network (ZIN). $5 or Punch Card 6 Classes/$25. Frisbee Fitness Studio, 119 Truxton Avenue, Fort Walton Beach. 850-461-2220. Email or website Intro To Pilates – 10:15-11:15am. Learn the basics of Pilates exercise, including use of the reformer and basic alignment fundamentals. $25 account rate /$30 Drop-in. Limited to 6. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates


EMPLOYMENT WANTED AN EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER FOR PRIVATE CARE – Personable, trained individual with references. Not an Agency. Transportation to appointments or for personal needs like shopping. Light housekeeping and laundry assistance. In your home care, assist with dressing, prepare light meals. Flexible hourly fees. Available from Penscola through Destin. Please call for an interview 518-222-5563.

EVENT SPACE UNITY OF PENSACOLA FACILITY RENTAL AVAILABLE – Beautiful historical sanctuary that seats up to 300 and/or our Fellowship Hall with tables, chairs and stage for up to 65. For more information, call 850-438-2277.

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: officespacefor

HELP WANTED ALTERNATIVE HEALTH PRACTITIONERWANTED – for a growing and expanding health and wellness establishment. Therapist rooms and retails space is available. Seeking a knowledgeable and experienced nutritionist, herbalist, homeopathic, ayurvedic or oriental medicine, acupuncturists. 850684-3230. Email EsthersGardenOfHealing@live. com. COMPREHENSIVELY TRAINED PILATES 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

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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 ESTABLISHED EXPANDING ORGANIC PRODUCE SHARES – Every other Friday pick-up at Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Parkway. Call or email by Monday prior to for updated produce list and reserve. $55. 850-684-3230. Email Facebook. com/EsthersGardenOfHealing1. 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

SERVICES 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 SMUDGING AND HOME ENERGY CLEARING – A house is like a sponge where energies transpire and become absorbed in the elements – negative emotions accumulate over time – especially in older homes. Clearing the energies creates a harmonious environment. In addition to the smudging, Alex uses different methods to lift, brighten and circulates higher positive feelings. Alex - 850-582-2285.

TREATMENT ROOM RENTAL PRACTITIONERS – looking for a reliable, enthusiastic alternative health care practitioner to share meeting/workshop space and treatment rooms. Join a well established, growing wellness center and participate in ongoing educational, marketing and promotional programs. 8th Element Wellness, 90 Beal Pkwy, FWB. Please call Christie at 850-5987515 or Alex at 850-582-2285.

communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit or call 850-687-0826.


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.

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 9.


609 W Chase St, Pensacola 850-582-0177 • Providing an organic solution to beauty in a world full of chemicals. Organic Salon Systems gives you clean and healthy hair with ammonia free hair color and chemical free styling products. See ad, page 39.


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 6.


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 36.

VERITY & VICTORIA NATURALS 8123 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-490-3853


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 30.

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 36.




Can benefit those with anxiety or depression, increase well being, mental focus and concentration. L.I.F.E. System biofeedback a quantum device is designed to reduce stress, restore balance and allow the mind, body and spirit to heal naturally. Teresa is a biofeedback practitioner. See ad, page 33.

Providing the best CBD oil and hemp products in North America. Hemp oil extracts & tinctures, food, personal hygiene, soap, mouth wash, skin care. Go online to order or visit our store. See ad, pages 4 and 6.

11525 Hutchison Blvd, Ste 103, PC 850-775-4913

Teresa Brown-Konell 1211 E Strong St 850-776-1076


339 Racetrack Rd NW, Ste 3 850-863-5811 • Hours: M-F 9-6, S 10-4, Closed Sun


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 10.

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 36.

Providing the largest selection of CBD oils, tinctures, sprays, softgels, balms, and vape liquid, in the area, including high dose options for pain, anxiety, sleep, and much more. See ad, page 2.



Comprehensive birth support for the whole family, including doula care, childbirth education, and placenta encapsulation in the Greater Pensacola area. See ad, page 4 (Pensacola Edition).

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211-E Main St, Destin 850-687-8603 •

DR. TONY SALAMAY, DC, MS, FASA 520 N MacAurthur Ave, Panama City 850-785-9372

Treating conditions through chiropractic, functional neurology and clinical nutrition such as fibromyalgia and thyroid issues. We treat the root causes and not just masking your symptoms. Always accepting new patients. See ad, page 3.

At Sunshine Yoga we teach kids through discussion, movement, song and expression. In kids yoga, children learn yoga postures, selflove and respect for all living things.


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


(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.

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

HENARD FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr Karen Henard-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.


Pregnancy and pediatric-focused chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage therapy in Pensacola. Dr. Kaitlin M. Ross, born, raised and educated in the Pensacola community earned her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic. See ad, page 4 (Pensacola Edition).


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 12.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY SHARALEE HOELSCHER, RCST Certified Rolfer (MA34039) Registered Craniosacral Therapist 850-450-8508

Get out of pain once and for all. Treat the source, not the symptom. Enjoy moving freely in a more organized, comfortable and balanced body. See ad, page 12.


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.



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.

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 25.


Young Living Educator, Sponsor #327923 850-380-4943 Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of therapeuticgrade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal consultations, in-home classes, household products, health supplements, diffusers, group presentations and business training. See ad, page 15 (Pensacola Edition).

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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 39.

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850-499-4697 • 3 Locations: 30Avenue at Inlet Beach 12805 Highway 98 E, Inlet Beach 9am-1pm Thursdays (Year Round) 30A Farmers’ Market at Palm Plaza 1003C John Sims Parkway, Niceville Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, on Hwy 98 600 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach 9am-1pm Saturdays (Year Round) Rosemary Beach Town Center, on 30 A 28 S. Barrett Square, Panama City Beach 9am-1pm Sundays (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 29 (Emerald Coast and Panama City Edition).


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 32.


3101 E Cervantes St, Pensacola 850-454-4082 It’s time to take better care of yourself. Start by doing nothing. Experience float therapy and start living life without pain, anxiety and stress. We provide efffective wellnes with state-of-the art science and technology with Wholebody Sonic Vibe, infrared sauna, float therapy and magnesphere magnetic resonance therapy. See ad, page 35.

FOODS & SUPPLEMENTS ALTERNATIVE HEALTH FOOD STORE 5533 Highway 90 850-994-3606 Alternative Health Food Store Since 1998.

An educated and friendly staff, quality vitamins and supplements.Essential oils for a healthy lifestyle. Natural holistic health assessments­—iridology, tongue and fingernail assessment, reflex nutrition assessment—by appointment, $60. See ad, page 43 (Pensacola Edition).


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 31.

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 25.

EVER’MAN COOPERATIVE GROCERY & CAFE 315 W Garden St, Pensacola 850-438-0402 •

Natural and certified organic products, vitamin supplements, local and organic produce, whole-some baked goods, hot deli lunches, environmentally friendly products, and educational classes and events. Mon-Sat, 7am-9pm; Sun, 10am-7pm. See ad, page 4 (Pensacola Edition).



Theresa Ellis and Beth Workman 2475 E 9 Mile Rd, Ste E, Pensacola 850-912-6996 • Offers more than 200 varieties of loose herbs, top brands of essential oils, tools and accessories, herbal formulas and homeopathics, ionic foot detox and infrared sauna. Kangen water is also available. See ad, page 42.


In the Publix Shopping Center 634 W 23rd St, PC 850-763-8871 Olive Leaves is here to provide you with the finest quality fresh, natural, organic and whole foods, nutritional products, body care products and health information in a fun comfortable clean, safe environment. See ad, page 26.

PENSACOLA NATURAL FOODS, INC 916 W Michigan Ave, Unit C, Pensacola 850-433-8583

1 0 % o ff v i t a m i n s , h e r b s , homeopathics. 10% off groceries for military. 15% off bulk special orders. Natural, organic groceries. Dairy-,gluten- and nitrate-free foods. Organic wine, beer, jewelry, gift items. See ad, page 19.


Mundy and Diana Pereira 850-499-3670 or via Facebook A holistic approach incorporating nutrition, herbalism, and essential oils to find renewed vitality and energy. Offering, complimentary health consultations with personalized recommendations. certified Aromatouch sessions, wellness educational classes throughout NW Florida. Organic produce share program with a flexibity, non-committal service available weekly via Facebook or our website.

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

339 Racetrack Rd NW, Ste 3 850-863-5811 • Hours: M-F 9-6, S 10-4, Closed Sun Natural supplements, herbs, skincare, and essential oils plus organic/specialty foods. In-store 100% organic café (weekdays 9-4) w/ juices, smoothies, etc. Very knowledgeable staff. See ad, page 2.

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 25.

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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 Edition).


1211 E Strong St, Pensacola 850-206-1853 Experienced intuitive medium, public speaker and author. Find peace, healing and renewal of energy through energetic clearing, past life regression and spiritual counseling. Consultations in person or by phone. See ad, page 33.

HEALING PATH WITH ALICE MCCALL Transformational Energy Consultant Hypnotist, MBA Ordained Minister 850-585-5496 •

Phone sessions to support your transformation of unwanted life patterns, health issues and more. Author of Wellness Wisdom, on natural health and healing inspired by her own transformation of breast cancer, as well as Living With Trust.

FOUNDATIONS MEDICAL CENTER Kyle Chavers, MD 4467 Commons Dr W, Ste F-G, Destin 850-269-9000

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 (Emerald Coast and Panama City Edition).


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 11.

DR. TONY SALAMAY, DC, MS, FASA 520 N MacAurthur Ave, Panama City 850-785-9372

Treating conditions through chiropractic, functional neurology and clinical nutrition such as fibromyalgia and thyroid issues. We treat the root causes and not just masking your symptoms. Always accepting new patients. See ad, page 3.


Theresa Ellis and Beth Workman 2475 E 9 Mile Rd, Ste E, Pensacola 850-912-6996 • Offering more than 200 varieties of loose herbs, top brands of essential oils, tools and accessories, herbal formulas and homeopathics, ionic foot detox and infrared sauna. Kangen water is also available. See ad, page 42.


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 33 and 43.



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 9.


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 11.


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 38.

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 36.

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 34.

Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere. ~Blaise Pascal

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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 36.

Capstone House • Mystic Festival Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1713 Beck Ave. in Panama City


Upcoming Programs: CAPSTONE HOUSE FUTURISTIC Various Kinds of CENTER Intuitive LEARNING August 19th 1PM until 3PM, “Mind over Mood” Join us for a fun and informative afternoon as we discuss how emotions like love, hate and grief release chemicals in the brain instantly affect your mood and health. We will look at simple things you can implement to minimize how you react to emotional triggers. Sept 9th Capstone Mystical Festival Sept 15th, 6:30 PM “Beyond Native American dreams” Speaker Ben W. Liggin Sr. will speak about NW Florida Native American’s learn about their history, culture, art, music, and their struggles. Sept. 16th 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM “Easy Guide to Meditation” find out how to truly meditate hosted by Jul’s Constantine. Sept. 16th 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM “Spirit Guides and How to Work with them” hosted by Jul’s Constantine. Sept 22nd 6:30 PM “Beyond E.P.I.C” Christy McBee will be speaking on the E.P.I.C. team from Life Management. Sept 23rd 6:30 PM Psychic Fun Night: Come take advantage of our psychics who are coming together to do mini readings for anyone who comes in! Sept. 29th 6:30 “Beyond the Renaissance” Speaker Marcel Hildebrand will take you on a journey back into the renaissance era along with a demonstration. October 14th 6:30 PM Capstone’s Anniversary Party everyone is welcome to Join us.

Readings Intuitive 1713 Beck Ave,Guidance Panama City Aura Interpretations 850-747-9224 Crystals and Jewelry for sale Refreshments additional charge

Offers; readings, channeling, pranic healing, meditations, Pranic face lift and body sculpting, reiki, spiritual growth and awareness classes, thought technology, Urantia study, astrology, exploring UFO’s. See ad, page 31.

Weekly Classes Monday: 5pm Yoga and 7 PM Reiki Tuesday: 6:30pm odd weeks Thought Technology and even weeks Urantia Wednesday: 6:30pm Pranic Healing & Meditation Thursday: 7:00pm 1st and 3rd Astrology 2nd UFO Friday: 6:30pm Beyond Series $15 includes dinner



All events have different cost so please visit our website for more information on these, and future events.

850-324-5393 For more information, call 850-747-9224 or email $5 donation at the door.

Comprehensive birth support for the whole family, including doula care, childbirth education, and placenta encapsulation in the Greater Pensacola area. See ad, page 4 (Pensacola Edition).


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 36.



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.


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 38.


34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy, #132 Destin • 850-650-8500 99 Eglin Pkwy, #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 38.


Pilates Core Training 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 • Myofascial release treats the entire myofascial mind/body complex, eliminating the pressure of the restricted myofascial system (the straight-jacket) that causes painful symptoms. LMT # MA64267. See ad, page 21.


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 34 and 43.

PHYSICIAN EMERALD COAST RHEUMATOLOGY Aymen A. Kenawy, MD 850-215-6400 3890 Jenks Ave, Lynn Haven/PC

Aymen A. Kenawy, M.D., FACP, FACR, Board Certified Rheumatologist specializes in the treatment of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, stem cell and infusion therapy. See ad, page 24.



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 10.

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 9.


Barbara Bruni, Owner 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 • Mat, gyrokinensis and equipment classes, or private sessions for a personalized experience. Website lists instructors, class schedule and prices. See ad, page 21.

Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness. ~Indra Devi natural awakenings

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Gulf Breeze Proper 221 Gulf Breeze Pkwy • 850-932-3424 Downtown Pensacola 426 S Palafox • 850-607-2772

Personalized In-Home Care for your Loved Ones

Join us at Pure to experience the largest Pilates studio on t h e c o a s t . Va r i e t y o f equipment and mat classes are offered 6 days a week. Tone your core with Pure.

ROLFING SHARALEE HOELSCHER, RCST Certified Rolfer (MA34039) Registered Craniosacral Therapist 850-450-8508

Get out of pain once and for all. Treat the source, not the symptom. Enjoy moving freely in a more organized, comfortable and balanced body. See ad, page 12.

Bridging the gap, giving you piece of mind with compassionate care. Affordable • Experienced Flexible • Private Care Transportation to appointments Light Housekeeping including laundry Light meal preparation


$27 spa treatments performed by Melissa Cundiff licensed cosmetologist/esthetician instructor. Call or text for your personalized appointment today. See ad, page 18 (Emerald Coast and Panama City Editions).

For personal and reliable care from educated staff call to discuss your needs!

Gammy's IN-HOME CARE (518) 222-5563

Serving Navarre, Gulf Breeze, FWB, Destin, South Walton (30A) NOT AN AGENCY



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 (Emerald Coast Edition).


Jamie Sanders, Minister 716 N 9th Ave, Pensacola 850-438-2277 • Unity of Pensacola offers spiritual teachings that empower abundant and meaningful living. We provide philosophy that is spiritual, not religious, and love-based, not fear-based. Rev. Jamie Sanders offers spiritual counseling. See ad, page 29.


Pilates Core Training 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 • Myofascial release treats the entire myofascial mind/body complex, eliminating the pressure of the restricted myofascial system (the straight-jacket) that causes painful symptoms. LMT # MA64267. See ad, page 21.

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: antiaging 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 10.

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. See ad, page 21.

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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 25.

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 34 and 43.

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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 38.


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 11.









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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.

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