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ugust is an amazing month here in Florida. Yes, it’s warmer and the early mornings are a wonderful quiet time to enjoy the outdoors and commune with nature. I treasure the early sunrises and late sunsets. The large turtles are still coming up on the beach to nest and lay eggs. The deliberate tracks are beautiful to see in the sand. The baby turtles are naturally equipped with their survival instinct to head toward the light of the moon reflecting on the ocean, and onto the next stage in their development. Years later, some of them will be heading back to these same beaches to lay their own eggs. The cycle continues. Yesterday morning, while wading between the sandbar and the shore, I spotted a crab quickly bury itself near my feet. I decided to wait patiently to watch and see if it would reappear. I had my iPhone with me and was at the ready for a photo should the crab feel safe enough to come topside. Sure enough, a few seconds later I saw the claws above sand and snapped a photo. It seemed to pause there for a time, assessing the situation before it scooted away. Wanting to be safe is as primal a feeling as it gets. We are bombarded with so much these days. Safety is embedded into the decisions we make all the time. As a society, recognizing we are part of the whole, we rely on the members around us to be supportive and truthful with varying viewpoints and experiences, all coming together for a wholistic learning process. Our magazine is a guidepost for those who wish to explore a different point of view, pointing the way toward making choices for a healthier lifestyle. We encourage independent thought and share cutting-edge alternative healing methods and more. This month’s issue

takes a look at alternative education. As one who has taught in the public school systems, I appreciate the love and attention that goes into experimenting and implementing progressive learning methods. Our society wins in many ways by creating generations that are better equipped to think outside the box, make positive choices, and follow their guidance on exploring what is of interest to them, thus being better able to help solve major local and global challenges that face us. The feature article on transformative education starts out with a discussion on OST—Open Space Technology, discovered by Harrison Owen. It follows the concept that learning is something that is emergent, or self-organizing. I am implementing this process with a community project I am working on and may report on how transformative it is in one of the fall issues. Speaking of transformation... I love the butterfly artwork on the cover this month. When I first saw it, I must confess, I did not “see” the human profiles within the wings. I named my community project “Butterfly” as I wanted it to be a transformative project. At the moment it’s like the unorganized chaos of the chrysalis; I have the faith that the butterfly will emerge and the cooperative project will take off beautifully. What might you be involved in that you could incorporate the Open Space Technology concept for your meaningful project? Yes, it must mean something. Be on purpose; plan on it.

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new creative culture. Art galleries have opened, artists’ workspaces and studios are now readily available, and non-profits dedicated to the arts have emerged. The community has embraced the mural project and its success has received local, regional and national recognition. To learn more about this project, visit

Downtown Hollywood Mural Project


he Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency, along with community partners, is beautifying the streets of Downtown Hollywood and creating a sense of place and community through the "Downtown Hollywood Mural Project”. Precisely a dozen streetscapes have sprung to life, outdoor murals with bold, colorful and mesmerizing illustrations painted by South Florida artists. The latest work was created by acclaimed graffiti artist Daniel Fila, a.k.a Krave, and can be seen on 21st Avenue and Harrison Street. The sought-out Krave has completed dozens of commissioned murals both near and far, in such notable places as Madison Square Garden, New York; The Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami; and Sandals Resort, Turks and Caicos. Krave, along with local artists David "Lebo" LeBatard, Jessy Nite, Luis Pinto, Michelle Weinberg, Evoca1, Ruben Ubiera, Edward Mendieta, 2alas, and Tati Suarez, has been commissioned to assist in the downtown’s revitalization. Since the project’s inception in 2012, Downtown Hollywood is thriving with a

Kidz Power Playshop Empowers Children


idz Power is providing both guidance and tools to help children find their inner voice, believe in themselves, stand in their own power, and recognize their maximum potential. The primary take-away is to know that he or she cannot change the negatives in the world but can be empowered to handle them. This is accomplished by engaging in exercises which will benefit families over their entire lives. Parents also participate to improve communications with their children. They are asked, “Are you listening to your children and, more importantly, are they listening to you?” Kidz Power facilitator Burge Smith Lyons, founder of Essence of Being, is a trusted educator transforming lives for over 35 years. Numerous testimonials are confirming the Kidz Power motto: “Empowering children to be the best version of themselves.” Kidz Power’s goal is to see children learn and discover the communication tools that will set them free from present

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encumbrances. Kidz Power is waiting for you to sign up or sponsor a child and family who may not be able to afford the playshop. For more information about this transformational event taking place September 20 and 21 in Fort Lauderdale, contact Diana at 954-801-0461. Your donation is tax deductible.

Celebrate National Night Out with Margate Police and Parks and Recreation


ational Night Out, conducted in communities all over the country, showcases law enforcement’s efforts to protect the citizenry. National Night Out is sponsored locally by the National Association of Town Watch and hosted by the Margate Police in concert with Margate Parks and Recreation. Designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, National Night Out generates support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and sends a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime. Enjoy a variety of events and activities, including bike safety, KidsPrint, police and military static displays, animal shows, children’s carnival rides and more. Enjoy free hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, refreshments and giveaways. National Night Out takes place August 5, 7 to 10pm, at the Margate Sports Complex, 1755 Banks Road, Margate. Free parking near the Sports Complex. Natural Awakenings will have a table on-site with current and past issues available. The benefits our local community and communities all over the country derive from National Night Out will certainly extend well beyond the one night. For more information, contact Officer Tony Careccia, 954-972-1232.

newsbriefs “The Sinking World of Andreas Franke” Comes to Lauderdaleby-the-Sea


aunting, captivating, surreal, intriguing are words used to describe the magical art photography of Andreas Franke, whose images of the U.S.S. Vandenberg and the World War II U.S Mohawk off Key West and Sanibel Island, respectively, now beautiful artificial reefs, have brought “new life” to the undersea world of shipwrecks. The creations of this Austrian photographer have inspired people the world over and his work has been seen by millions. This one of a kind art is coming to the Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Today, the wondrous art from these two Florida projects rests silently, awaiting the moment it will be unveiled to bring life from beneath

the waves into the sunlight. On July 25th, during the Bugfest-by-the-Sea event, the Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea will open an exhibition of “The Sinking World of Andreas Franke” with a public reception. Frame ‘N Art by the Sea will host the exhibit in an intimate gallery at 229 Commercial Boulevard. The art will remain on display for the town’s summer events into September, with a closing reception attended by Andreas Franke during Mermaids-by-the-Sea and the World Record dive attempt of Allen Sherrod. See ad page 18.

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and health. She has twenty-five years of European experience using Dr. Temt’s skin care products for outstanding facials. Other services at Unique Holistic Boutique include energy healing, life plans, photographic images of clients’ chakras and meridians, Tesla light body treatments, rebirthing, and Su-Jok therapy. Additionally, the center offers reflexology, Zyto compass galvanic body analysis to reveal needed nutrients, herbal consultations and iridology. The boutique carries La Bella Donna, the purest holistic makeup, and does makeovers for all occasions. Enjoy holistic manicures and pedicures utilizing the most innovative products. The staff at Unique Holistic Boutique are dedicated to their clients’ happiness and satisfaction, assisting in the bolstering of their confidence and evolvement. Come enjoy Open House on Wednesday, August 27, 10 am to 5 pm, and Monday, September 29, 10 am to 5 pm, with free Zyto nutrition testing, free makeovers, and healthy snacks and gifts! Unique Holistic Boutique is located at 200 Lindell Boulevard, Suite 917, Delray Beach, 561-620-8989, See ad page 45.

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xperience a spiritual sensation embraced by a Celtic atmosphere, combined with the power of Universal mantras, medicine melodies and prayer as song. A healing journey where the pure and magical sound of crystal singing bowls, mystic flutes, piano and ethnic percussion merge with Sacred Chanting performed by professional musicians and music healers. Music with the pure intention of love opens the door of manifestation, an infinite state of wellbeing and harmony. Daniela De Mari has studied Sacred Music with Indian singer Anandita Basu and Naada yoga (yoga of sound) with healing sound authority from India, Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar. As a professional in Unitary Reiki (Reiki of Sound ) and certified in different workshops with sound healing authorities like Jonathan Goldman, John Beaulieu and Silvia Nakkach, De Mari

believes in the healing power of music and how it connects us with our true inner selves, leading us to a state of constant well-being and infinite love. Join Daniela De Mari and Breath of Life Band on Sunday, August 24, 4-6pm, for this uplifting performance at Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston, $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Call 954-349-6868 or visit to register. See ad page 50.

New Community Garden Project


he Fruitful Field, Inc., located at Parkway United Methodist Church (UMC), Deerfield Beach, is proud to announce the expansion of operations with a new campus and organic vegetable grow site at Cokesbury United Methodist Church in

Margate. Vegetable crops and fruit trees will be planted on unused lawn space surrounding the Cokesbury property, furthering the non-profit mission of The Fruitful Field (TFF) using organic methods. The goal is to install approximately one-quarter acre of organic vegetable garden space with low volume drip irrigation systems. Additionally, assorted tropical fruit trees will be added to support wildlife habitat. TFF’s mission statement declares, “The Fruitful Field seeks God’s peace and wholeness by caring for the Earth, sharing with those in need, and fostering spiritual health. We model creative and sustainable use of land, provide dynamic hands-on learning opportunities for all ages, and build healthy relationships with the local community and beyond.” For more information on how the Garden Shares Program works, or to make a tax‐deductible donation, go to and click on Cokesbury (Donate bottom of page). To volunteer, email your name and contact information to Eric Gibian, Garden Site Coordinator, at All levels of participation are welcome.

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Nelson Introduces Multiple Relief Modalities at Maplewood Wellness Center


lizabeth Nelson, LAc, RN, LMT and Reiki Master, has partnered with Maplewood Wellness Center in Coral Springs. She treats allergies with NAET® (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques), pain and addictions with acupuncture, and performs therapeutic Swedish massage for relaxation and pain reduction. Nelson is certified and uses the N.A.D.A. (National Acupuncture Detox Association) protocol for addictions, PTSD, and pain. Other modalities she uses include Battlefield Acupuncture for pain and M.P.S. (Microcurrent Point Stimulation). Maplewood Wellness Center is located at 1240 University Drive, Coral Springs. Call for appointment 954-803-4943. See ad page 46.

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Come for the fair, stay for the rave. Yoga Rave is a positive high energy class led by one of South Florida’s superstar teachers. A live DJ will have you feeling the yoga high! Come join us on August 30th, from 1 - 6pm., at Slice, 2600 Glades Circle, Weston, for a yogi-perfect Saturday! Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. A portion of each ticket will go to the Yoga Gangsters, a non-profit organization servicing kids and adults in crisis for over 10 years. For more information and tickets, go to or

Qi Revolution, October 11-14 Fort Lauderdale Convention Center 4-Days Professional Qigong Training Only $149!


igong is about Breath Mastery. The best schools emphasize breathing to remove blockages and build a surplus of energy. Through technical training in abdomen placement, you can increase your body temperature and blood circulation on demand. What if we breathed consciously and deeper all day? Qigong is about getting high naturally. Qi has no side effect except making you feel full of vitality. With focused


practice, most people can move Qi, causing a mild to intense euphoria. Qi being free, abundant, right under our noses makes it the ultimate ally to rise above life’s obstacles and reduce stress. Food is the Key to the Qi! Fruits, vegetables, tonic herbs and medicinal mushrooms contain phytochemicals that unlock our body’s endocrine system and act as spark plugs to the immune system. Many eat the right foods, but throw away the parts with all the “medicine”. For instance, we blend the avocado “with the big seed” in a highpowered blender along with other good tasting fruits and veggies. The avocado seed is tasteless and has more soluble fiber than any food for scrubbing plaque out of the arteries. For more information about this event call 1-800-298-8970 or visit See ad back cover.

Auto Accident and EMC Certifications


IP Medical Consultants specializes in helping auto accident victims obtain the best medical care available for their injuries. The rehabilitation of injuries is just as important as proving the injuries sustained and building a legal case when not at fault. New Florida state regulations require that an injured person see a physician within 14 days of the accident, otherwise they can lose all medical benefits. The medical doctors of PIP Medical Consultants go to chiropractors’ offices in the tri-county area—Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, to see auto accident victims and provide EMC Certification for those who qualify. The EMC Certification is required in order for the injured person to receive the physical therapy they need to recuperate from their injuries. Without this certification, insurance companies can and will reduce benefits to the patient by up to 75 percent based on the new state regulations. Chiropractors are invited to contact PIP Medical Consultants at 954-889-2322 to request their physicians visit your office. Individuals in need of assistance are also welcome to call for referral to qualified facilities. PIP Medical Consultants reminds you, “Drive safely without texting!” See ad this page.

healthbriefs Heelless Shoes May Help Prevent Runners’ Injuries


British study published in Footwear Science analyzed the effects of running in experimental heelless footwear compared with conventional running shoes with reinforced heels. The objective was to see if the heelless footwear would reduce the risk of chronic injury related to the habitual rear-foot strike pattern associated with conventional heeled shoes. Using eight cameras with opto-electric running motion capture technology,12 male runners were tracked at four meters per second. The heelless running shoe resulted in less impact, greater plantar flexion and greater ankle eversion (rolling outward). The researchers concluded that the heelless shoes decreased the risk of chronic running foot injuries linked to excessive impact forces, but concede they may increase injury potential associated with excessive ankle eversion.

Flaxseed Lowers Blood Pressure


ating flaxseed reduces blood pressure, according to researchers from Canada’s St. Boniface Hospital Research Center. They attribute the effect to its omega-3 fatty acids, lignans and fiber. The researchers examined the effects of flaxseed on systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with peripheral artery disease, a condition typically marked by hypertension. Patients consumed a variety of foods that collectively contained 30 grams of milled flaxseed or a placebo each day for six months. The flaxseed group experienced significantly increased plasma levels of certain omega-3 fatty acids and lower average systolic blood pressure (by 10 mmHg) and diastolic blood pressure (by 7 mm Hg). Those in the flaxseed group with initial systolic blood pressure levels over 140 mmHg saw reductions averaging 15 mmHg.

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Medicinal Mushrooms Boost Athletic Performance


esearch from Italy’s Pavia University found two medicinal mushroom species—cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) and reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)—significantly improve race performances and recovery times among competitive cyclists. The researchers studied seven male cyclists that had competitively raced for more than 10 years. For one month, they were given placebo supplements, after which the researchers tested their performance and recovery during races and workouts. Then, for the next three months, the cyclists daily used medicinal mushroom supplementation. The researchers found the mushrooms significantly increased performance and recovery in both workouts and races compared with the placebo period. The two types of mushrooms both boosted testosterone levels and reduced post-workout cortisol levels. The mushroom supplementation also increased their antioxidant status, reducing their risk of exhaustion.

Pine Bark Extract Reduces Perimenopausal Symptoms


esearch published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine confirms that pine bark extract can significantly reduce symptoms of menopause and perimenopause, including restless legs syndrome and hot flashes. For three months, 170 perimenopausal women were given 30 milligrams of Pycnogenol patented pine bark extract or a placebo twice a day. Although a placebo effect was noted, the supplement significantly improved all but two symptoms and was especially effective in improving vasomotor and insomnia/sleep patterns. The severity of symptoms among the Pycnogenol group, as measured by the Kupperman Index, decreased 56 percent more than for the placebo group. In another study, scientists from Italy’s Pescara University gave 70 perimenopausal women a placebo or 100 milligrams of Pycnogenol daily for two months. The supplement group experienced fewer menopausal symptoms and showed improvements with symptoms that include fatigue, insomnia, reduced concentration, memory problems, dizziness, depression and irritability.

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Natural Ways to Treat Summer Earaches


ater-based fun for children can sometimes lead to infections in young ears, which have smaller Eustachian tubes for draining moisture from the ear canal. Combined with heat and humidity, a child’s moist, warm inner ear environment is ideal for symbiotic growth of fungus and bacteria, according to Dr. Neil K. Kaneshiro, a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Seattle. Together, these factors can result in blockages and earaches. Gently cleaning the ears during the summer with a wax-dissolving solution, followed by a careful rinsing, is excellent preventative action. Dr. K.O. Paulose, an expert in ear, nose and throat procedures at the Jubilee Memorial Hospital, in India, advises that the proper treatment of an earache requires killing both fungus and bacteria. A natural way to wholly treat the condition is by administering a couple of drops of an aqueous silver colloid such as Super Neti Juice, from Nature’s Rite, into the ear and then remaining still to let it settle for 10 minutes; this will kill both the fungal and bacterial pathogens. Steven Frank is the founder of Nature’s Rite. For more information, email or visit See ad page 14.

Parents’ Smoking Linked to Artery Damage in Children


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

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Fitness Update

Healthiest U.S. Metro Areas in 2014 The American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) seventh annual American Fitness Index (AFI) ranks Washington, D.C., at the top with a score of 77.3 (out of 100), followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul (73.5), Portland, Oregon (72.1) Denver (71.7) and San Francisco (71). and our neighboring city to the south, Miami FL, ranked 49. Overall, metro areas in 25 states scored 50 or above; the two lowestranking hovered near 25 points. “The AFI data report is a snapshot of the state of health in the community and an evaluation of the infrastructure, community assets and policies that encourage healthy and fit lifestyles. These measures directly affect quality of life in our country’s urban areas,” says Walter Thompson, Ph.D., chair of the AFI advisory board. Find the complete report at

Cycling Rx

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


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Harvesting Fog

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

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True Grit

Why Persistence Counts Some educators believe that improvements in instruction, curriculum and school environments are not enough to raise the achievement levels of all students, especially disadvantaged children. Also necessary is a quality called “grit”, loosely defined as persistence over time to overcome challenges and accomplish big goals. Grit comprises a suite of traits and behaviors that include goal-directedness (knowing where to go and how to get there); motivation (having a strong will to achieve identified goals); self-control (avoiding distractions and focusing on the task at hand); and a positive mindset (embracing challenges and viewing failure as a learning opportunity). A meta-study of 25 years of research by John Hattie and Helen Timperley, professors at the University of Aukland, New Zealand, has shown that giving students challenging goals encourages greater effort and persistence than providing vague or no direction. Students aren’t hardwired for these qualities, but grit can be developed through an emerging battery of evidence-based techniques that give educators a powerful new set of tools to support student success. A famous example of the power of self-regulation was observed when preschoolers that were able to withstand the temptation of eating a marshmallow for 15 minutes to receive a second one were more successful in high school and scored about 210 points higher on their SATs later in life than those with less willpower ( MarshallowStudy). Source:

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

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

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Families preparing for the coming school year will welcome easy ways to stretch the budget while protecting the environment our kids are growing up in. n Buying new clothes can be expensive, and most of today’s synthetic fibers are petroleum-based, while toxic pesticides are commonly used to grow cotton. For healthier alternatives, check labels for clothes made from organic, low-impact or recycled materials such as organic cotton, hemp, bamboo or recycled fibers. Inexpensive options are found in Salvation Army and other thrift store locations, as well as repurposing hand-me-downs among siblings. n Avoid buying all new school supplies. Gently used binders and book bags can last years. Sturdy, simple backpacks skip the cost of faddish brand-name and celebrity products. For supplies that must be replenished, like paper, seek out postconsumer-recycled options. n For lunch boxes, food containers and utensils, look for retro metal, a cloth bag and other alternatives to plastic (which can contain harmful chemicals) and glass (which can break). Beth Terry, in her book, Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (, suggests searching Mighty and, makers of stainless steel, naturally lacquered wood and other non-plastic, durable children’s bowls, cups, plates and utensils.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation outlawing the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads. “Banning microbeads will help ensure clean waters across Illinois and set an example for our nation to follow,” says Quinn. The new law halts the manufacture of personal care products containing microbeads by the end of 2017, the sale of personal care products and the manufacture of over-thecounter drugs by the end of 2018, and the sale of over-the-counter drugs by the end of 2019. At least four other states are considering similar bills. Preliminary studies in the Great Lakes have found millions of microbeads per square kilometer. The non-biodegradable plastic particles that are used as exfoliants in many facial cleansers and soaps

make their way through sewage systems and accumulate in waterways. Once in the water, microbeads, like other plastics, can absorb persistent toxic chemicals and are than mistaken for food by fish and wildlife of all sizes, raising serious concerns about their impact on a variety of species up the food chain. Unilever has announced plans to complete its phaseout of microbeads globally by 2015. Proctor & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, The Body Shop and L’Oreal have announced on their websites plans for gradually eliminating the scrubbing beads from their products and are testing more natural alternatives, like ground seeds or nuts. Consumers that don’t wish to use products with the beads should avoid products that list polyethylene and polypropylene as ingredients, according to the Alliance for the Great Lakes, an advocate for protection of the Great Lakes. For more information, visit

n Healthy afterschool extracurricular activities today typically require driving commutes. Look into carpooling with nearby families to save time and gas, cut vehicle emissions and expand friendships. n Check the school’s eco-practices. Encourage local administrators to conduct recycling programs and to email documents to parents instead of using regular mail. natural awakenings

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Be Happy Now Simple Ways to Quickly Lift Your Spirits by April Thompson


inger-songwriter Pharrell Williams, whose infectious hit song, “Happy,” has spread joy worldwide, seems to know the secret to happiness. More than 1,500 people from 140-plus countries have posted their own happy video spinoffs at, inspired by his daylong music video featuring Los Angeles residents from all walks of life dancing and lip-syncing to the tune. Can happiness really be just a finger snap away? It depends on our unit of measurement—a moment versus a lifetime. Research by such authorities as Psychologist Martin Seligman, Ph.D., director of the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center, suggests that several basic ingredients are keys to long-term happiness, including a sense of purpose, engaging activities, quality relationships and achievable goals. Ultimately, happiness is a subjective state, gauged only by personal perception. Still, there are quick, simple things we can do to shift our mood into a higher gear, according to Jonathan Robinson, author of Find Happiness Now: 50 Shortcuts for Bringing More Love, Balance, and Joy Into Your Life. “Broadly, happiness shortcuts fall into two categories—those that help in letting go of negative emotions and those that help in tuning into or expanding positive feelings,” says Robinson.

“The end result is the same.” Practice gratitude. When the day’s affronts seem excessive, we can reframe them by counting our blessings mentally or in a journal. Review the day with an eye to everything that went right. “Soon, you’ll start to see everything as a gift,” observes Robinson. Pencil it in. Take a few moments at the start of each week to block out a little time every day for happy activities. Pay it forward. It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day, advises Robinson. Give someone a compliment or a piece of chocolate and watch their attitude instantly change, which in turn lifts you into their happy cloud. Sing and dance. Williams applies this secret: Moving our bodies and vibrating our vocal chords helps shake us out of our mental cages. “It’s hard to feel bad when you sing. It’s a choice: You can stay angry for four hours or sing for 15 seconds,” Robinson notes. Don’t underestimate the power of a simple jumpstart to happiness. Research from the University of Arizona shows that as little as a forced smile not only releases stress-fighting neuropeptides and moodlifting serotonin in the brain, it activates a chain reaction of happiness around us. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

This fall, the University of California-Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center will host the first public online course on the Science of Happiness. According to Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., professor of psychology and founding director of the center, the university’s meta-analysis of research indicates that 50 percent of our happiness level is tied to genetics, while only 10 percent stems from our environment. “Therefore, about 40 percent of your happiness is up to you,” remarks Keltner. Students will learn practical, scientifically tested strategies for nurturing their own happiness and tracking progress. Sign up to audit the free course, which has already attracted 40,000 registrants, at

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

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

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


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

Focus on High-Quality Foods Fruits and veggies have a wealth of protective phytochemicals that enhance immune cell function and protect against disease. In a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, kids that ate the most fruit had a 38 percent lower risk of cancer later in life. Berries, cherries, plums and pomegranates are among the most


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

Shore Up with Supplements Probiotics can enhance immune function in children by stimulating white blood cells and reducing inflammation, says Gary B. Huffnagle, Ph.D., a University of Michigan Medical School immunology

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

Stabilize Hormonal Changes “Puberty and adolescence are marked by dramatic shifts in and surges of hormones,” says Dr. Richard Shames, of Sebastopol, California, co-author of Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled? “This is monumental, as far as the developing immune system is concerned. As the immune system is directly linked to hormonal influences, any hormonal imbalance will affect overall immunity.” Shames recommends selenium—a potent antioxidant and general immune booster—to help balance hormones. For children ages 8 to 18, aim for 100 mg per day.

Let ‘em Get Dirty “Once a child has been exposed to dirt and germs, the immune system responds by trying to expel those bacteria from the body, which strengthens immunity,” counsels Jane Sheppard, owner of and founding executive director of the Holistic Pediatric Association. Avoid antibacterial soaps, cleansers and gels; most contain the chemical triclosan, which some researchers suspect

of contributing to development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Instead, use a natural antibacterial gel or make one, by combining witch hazel or alcohol, tea tree oil and lavender essential oil.

Stay in the Sun “The sun is our primary source of vitamin D, which has broad effects on the immune system,” Fuhrman says. “Depending on your skin tone and the local climate, about 15 minutes of full sun exposure a day will lead to natural production of sufficient amounts of vitamin D.” If kids have dark skin or live in a cloudy region, they may need vitamin D supplements—at least 200 IU per day.

Laugh Out Loud “You can give your kids the best food and nutrition, but if they have underlying sadness, their immune system will suffer,” remarks Sheppard. “When you’re happy and when you laugh, your brain releases chemicals that increase immunity.” Lisa Turner is a Colorado-based health writer.

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ith children especially susceptible to germs, chemical sensitivities and allergens, it makes sense to ensure that the child-friendliness of day care facilities extends to their ecological integrity. When Denise Adusei, of New York City, was unable to find a preschool that included all the criteria she sought, she decided to create and direct Peartree Preschool, a yearround day care facility for 2-to-5-year-olds. “An eco-friendly day care environment is more than nontoxic paint, organic food and unscented soaps. It’s what you don’t see, as well,” says Adusei. “We first looked for a building with lots of natural light near Central Park. Manhattan has a high rate of allergens, so we went ahead with a thorough environmental inspection on what looked like an ideal building,” recalls Adusei. Inspectors pulled tiles from the floor, opened walls to check for mold and collected samples. “When they discovered signs of an old oil spill in the basement, we knew it was an unsafe place for children. We kept looking until we found the right building with large windows, near the park and environmentally safe,” she says, noting that her own kids now attend Peartree. Workplace coach Paul E. McGinniss, who also blogs at, says, “Creating a garden onsite and connecting with local farmers or CSAs [community supported agriculture] to provide healthy, fresh foods is a great way to educate kids via a learning activity. New York’s


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

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Holistic Approach to Inflammatory Bowel Disease by Harry Hong, Ph.D. L.Ac.


ana, a 40-year-old woman, came to see me with a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease. While taking Prednisone (10 mg) and several immune suppressants, she was still having abdominal pain and diarrhea with bloody stool every day. Her doctor suggested a piece of her colon would have to be removed and the use of a colostomy bag if her symptoms couldn’t be controlled with current medication. She was very scared. Dana enjoyed her food very much. She was also drinking wine and smoking daily when she came to see me. I explained to her that her lifestyle and dietary habits played an important role in her disease. Without making changes in her life, she indeed would eventually have to have her diseased colon removed. Moreover, other areas of her intestines could develop the same problem in the future. Dana agreed to make some gradual changes. Dealing with a painful divorce and having a small business to run, she tried to use food and drinking to ease her life stress, but the toxins and stress made her body fall apart. She also complained of fatigue, insomnia, headaches and many food sensitivities. After testing for sensitivities and imbalances of her body, I made a lifestyle and dietary plan for her, which included staying away from things such as alcohol and tobacco, rotating her food every five-day cycle, and eating


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smaller meals more often. This was a long-term plan with moderations specifically for her condition. Her holistic treatment plan included three stages of my Individualized Body Mind Therapy (IBMT). The first stage was to stabilize her body and recover the body’s healing ability. I saw her once a month and prescribed homeopathic remedies to recharge her cellular energy and improve the body’s drainage system. I also taught her to perform desensitization procedures daily at home using a kit in my system. The first stage of therapy is crucial for

most of my patients because it involves establishment of a healthy lifestyle and dietary habits. The immune system also needed to be calmed, otherwise she would develop allergies to everything taken in within a few weeks. Once the patient becomes accustomed to the new healthy routine of life, everything falls into place. Dana felt much better after three months with no more bloody stool. The second and third stages of the therapy are detoxification and regeneration stage, respectively. After detoxification of major organs, intestinal Candida and parasites, Dana started to reduce her medications. After two years of ups and downs during medication reduction, she finally became symptom-free without any medications. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of inflammatory conditions of the intestines. The major types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC). Although very different diseases, both Crohn’s and UC share similar symptoms: abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, severe internal cramps/muscle spasms in the region of the pelvis and weight loss. The main difference between Crohn’s and UC is the location and nature of the inflammatory changes. Crohn’s can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from mouth to anus, although a majority of the cases start in the terminal ileum. UC, in contrast, is restricted to the colon and the rectum. Microscopically, UC is restricted to the mucosa (epithelial lining of the gut) while Crohn’s affects the whole bowel wall. IBD is a complex disease that arises as a result of the interaction of environmental and genetic factors. It is increasingly thought that alterations to enteral bacteria can contribute to inflammation in the gut. Conventional treatment for IBD may require immunosuppression to control the symptoms, such as Prednisone and other

anti-inflammatory medications. Severe cases may require surgery, such as colostomy or ileostomy. It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that as many as 1.4 million people in the United States suffer from these diseases. Holistic medicine believes that IBD is a systemic disease that affects not only the digestive tract but the neuroendocrine control of the immune function and the hypothalamuspituitary-adrenal (HPA) system as well. First of all, accumulation of toxins and hyperactive inflammatory immune response are the main causes of the disease. Among the organs affected, the digestive tract is the main toxin source of the body due to dysbiosis, a condition of microbial imbalances such as yeast overgrowth (Candidiasis), pathogenic bacteria and parasite overgrowth and the decline of the beneficial bacteria. Thus, intestinal cleansing and detoxification are necessary to reduce inflammatory response to intestinal lining of IBD. However, the detox functions of many IBD patients have already been impaired, which could be the major reason they develop the disease. Common cleansing and detox protocol may result in strong detox responses such as achiness, headache, fatigue, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort. Thus, a preparation period with balancing and support for liver, kidney and intestinal function with homeopathy and Chinese medicine is necessary for a successful detoxification therapy with natural remedies. Second, many patients with autoimmune diseases such as IBD all have one thing in common—adrenal fatigue syndrome. Before autoimmune attack, most of them have a history of experiencing extreme high stress in their lives, including working long hours, financial difficulties, relationship crisis and other emotional issues. Stresses in life weaken the adrenal system and in turn cause hyperactivity of the immune system. On the other hand, strong immune attack causes severe tissue damage and sometimes the only treatment to ease the autoimmune attack is to use steroids such as Prednisone, which is an adrenal hormone with powerful anti-inflammatory and immune

suppression function. This suggests that the endogenous adrenal hormone such as cortisol in the patient’s body doesn’t function well to control the autoimmune attack. Thus, addressing the adrenal issue for IBD patients is equally as important as addressing the toxin issue. In the meantime, healing of intestinal lining requires adrenal function as well. Many patients with chronic IBD all have a condition called leaky gut syndrome, which describes intestinal hyper permeability. A strong adrenal function helps to heal the leaky gut and ensures a possible complete recovery of the IBD. Lastly, and the most important point, is food allergy and sensitivity which can be a trigger to autoimmune attack. Food allergy involves specific antigen-antibody reaction, while food sensitivity is a neuro-inflammatory response believed to be a less severe stage compared to allergy. Resolving food allergy and sensitivity sometimes is crucial to drive IBD into remission. Unfortunately, there has not been a reliable test to absolutely identify food allergy and sensitivity. An experienced holistic practitioner should be able to help the patient work out a dietary plan based on a combination of clinical observation, analysis of dietary habits, blood antibody test (for food allergy) and electrodermal screening (for food sensitivity). A food elimination and rotation diet is necessary to reduce food stress. A food desensitization technique also helps to reduce food sensitivity and improves absorption of nutrients to the body. Dr. Harry Hong is a licensed acupuncturist specializing in holistic healing for the Highly Sensitive. He teaches highly sensitive people to listen to their body and take charge of their own health. With his own systematic IBMT protocol that includes Chinese medicine, modern homeopathy, energetic testing and allergy desensitization, Dr. Hong helps highly sensitives gain back their immune strength and get their life back. He has offices in both South Florida and Chicago. Dr. Hong does not take any insurance plans directly. Visit or email See ad page 26.

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Runner’s Hi Women and Social Media Revolutionize the Sport by Debra Melani


hether donning colorful tutus or making a marathon a girls’ day out, the current running scene is attracting a broader group of fitness-seekers mindful of the enhanced benefits of a more well-rounded approach. Rather than pursuing fierce competition and personal bests, these runners are focusing on social bonding and overall well-being, likely boosting their fitness success. Two main factors are fueling what’s shaping up as a new running boom: women and social media. “The first running-boom era was malecentric and competitive,” observes Ryan Lamppa, of Running USA. He’s referring to the 1970s, when, largely thanks to 1972 Summer Olympic marathon gold medal winner Frank Shorter and The Complete Book of Running, by James Fixx, many were inspired to hook up Walkmans, lace up sneakers and train for distance races. “Today’s running boom is female-centric, much bigger and more focused on health and fitness and completion, rather than competition.”


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Forget elapsed running time; just cross the finish line and have fun doing it, seems to be a growing mantra. Women’s participation hit an all-time high in recent years, comprising 56 percent of the more than 15.5 million runners finishing U.S. races sanctioned by Running USA in 2012 and 61 percent of U.S. half-marathoners in 2013. “Women tend to be more social and more in tune with their health overall, and that’s definitely a driving force,” Lamppa says. Couple the female factor with social media-driven, nontraditional race events and the result is explosive. “Events are fun, community-centered and sometimes charity-driven,” Lamppa says of the many innovations, from paint-splashing 5Ks to mud-slinging obstacle course action, which attracted 4 million entrants last year.

Boosts Bonding These trends could indicate America’s collective progress toward fitness as studies show the social factor plays a huge motivational role in participation.

“I think running adherence strengthens when there is accountability and social support,” remarks Englewood, New Jersey, sports psychologist Greg Chertok, citing a meta-analysis of data in Sport & Exercise Psychology Review that backs his notion. For example, such social exercise events inspire happiness. “If you are physically close to someone that is happy, eager and optimistic, you are naturally going to share those feelings,” explains Chertok, who is also a spokesman for the American College of Sports Medicine. “Just through social connectedness alone, you’ll gain boosted performance and mood.” As a finisher of two Tough Mudders (an intense obstacle course challenge), Chertok can personally testify to the benefits of camaraderie. “It’s just like if a married couple got stuck in a storm and had to brave the elements; the act of doing something challenging together is very bonding.” Simply joining a recreational

running group—also increasingly popular and often social mediadriven—can bolster success. “When a bunch of individuals work together to pursue a common goal, they are incentivized by the group,” Chertok remarks. “You’ll run at a faster clip or go a longer distance if you are with a group, because each runner values the group and doesn’t want to let members down.”

Brings Balance Mixing things up can also improve running performance and decrease risks of injury, enhancing long-term staying power. One study found that eight weeks of simple strength-training exercises by conditioned runners boosted their running performances over their conditioned, but non-strength-training peers, as noted in the Health & Fitness Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. As for injury prevention, everybody, regardless of sport, needs to

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

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


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

Circle Principle For Owen, like Jack Mezirow, author of the paper, “Core Principles of Transformative Learning Theory,” 20th-century 30

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

English, the Internet’s default language, taught themselves how to use the Web to obtain information through their interactions with each other and the computer. “I agree with what Mitra surmised from his experiment—learning is emergent, which is another word for self-organizing,” remarks Owen. Like Freire, Owen likens traditional education to the “banking” method of learning, whereby the teacher passes information to students that become dependent on someone else rather than learning how to think on their own. Suzanne Daigle, a Sarasota, Floridabased consultant with a Canadian multidisciplinary consulting firm, explains how the OST learning environment changed her life: “My personal transformation began in 2009, when I volunteered to assist another OST facilitator. I was a perfectionist who judged myself harshly and struggled with the question, ‘Who am I to think I can help hold space for leaders to transform themselves through their learning when I have so little experience?’” She notes, “Before such experiences, even though I was a leader in my corporate career, I doubted myself and often believed that what others had to say was more significant and interesting than what I could express.” Now she says she has shed her people-pleasing tendencies and former attempts to control other people’s agendas and discovered the freedom and courage of her own voice. “As an OST facilitator, my life work now occurs in the moments I am collaboratively learning and listening for opportunities to enter into meaningful conversations that can lead to actions,” says Daigle. “I invite others to do the same.”

Co-Learning In a compulsory two-year Theory of Learning class for an International Baccalaureate degree at California’s Granadas Hill Charter High School, math and science educator Anais Arteaga helps students apply two major elements of transformative learning: self-reflection to critique one’s own assumptions and discourse through which they question or validate their judgments. She focuses on the roles that perception, language, reason and emotion play in a student’s learning and decision-making abilities.

“Questions and lively discussions are the basis of the class,” Arteaga says. “We begin with a question and explore what we know, how we know it and any conclusions drawn from the process.” Using a democratic model in which the teacher welcomes critical discussion, Arteaga and her students have mutually discovered that knowledge is not static, but has a history and changes over time. “When we first started the class, it was challenging to accept that in many situations there is no right or wrong, just relativity and a matter of perception. We don’t really know anything for certain,” she remarks.

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

“There is no such thing as a neutral education process. Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate the integration of generations into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” ~ Richard Shaull, ThD

them to seek revenge. Instead, they chose to save lives in their communi- ties using their new skills.”

Mycelium School Ashley Cooper and Matt Abrams, cofounders of the Mycelium School, in Asheville, North Carolina, re-imagined a learning environment for aspiring entrepreneurs and social change agents committed to activating their potential and realizing solutions to today’s challenges. A 12-week learning journey allows individuals to become increasingly adept at learning from and helping each other learn. The curriculum offers minimum structure, significant support and collaboration with others. “In the learning community, individuals are dedicated to a project or life question of their choice,” explains Cooper. Participants’ goals include changing careers, determining the next steps after retirement or how to pursue true passions to make a difference in the world. Cheri Torres, Ph.D., founder of the Asheville-based Innovation Partners

International SE, was one of the earliest participants in the Mycelium Learning experience. She says that she obtained an expanded understanding of the approach that she uses in her work. “The whole systems approach I use with organizational and community leaders enables them to shift from a top-down management model to one that engages everyone and uses the collective intelligence and collaborative efforts of all for the collective good. My own learning journey transformed the level of awareness I bring to my work and the understanding of who I am,” advises Torres. “My original guiding question was, ‘How can I get so clear about my work that I can explain it in plain language?’ Ultimately, my question shifted to what would it be like for me to live and work from a place of wholeness. Through conversations with Ashley and self-reflection, I realized I was not walking my talk within my own mind-body-spirit system. My journey helped me understand that my most effective role in my own life, as well as with clients, is to create the conditions for collective intelligence and collaboration to emerge in service to the whole,” says Torres.

World Café Like OST, the World Café, co-created by Brown and David Isaacs, of Burnsville, North Carolina, creates a transformative learning environment for individuals of all ages. Its primary principles are: set the context, create hospitable space, explore questions that matter, encourage everyone’s contributions, connect diverse perspectives, listen together for patterns and insights and share collective discoveries. Webs of conversation created

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


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Cures in the Kitchen Dr. Mark Hyman is Fed Up with Our National Health Crisis by Judith Fertig


n the groundbreaking new documentary film, Fed Up, Dr. Mark Hyman prescribes a major overhaul of the diets of all family members in communities across America to prevent far-reaching unwanted consequences. Hyman practices functional medicine, which takes a whole-system approach to treating chronic illnesses by identifying and addressing their root causes, starting with poor diet. He is also the bestselling author of a series of books based on The Blood Sugar Solution.

What has your experience with Fed Up shown you about the root cause of many diseases? In Fed Up, I met with a family of five to talk with them about their health and understand the roots of their family crisis of morbid obesity, pre-diabetes, renal failure, disability, financial stress and hopelessness. Rural South Carolina, where they live, is a food desert with nearly10 times as many fast-food and convenience stores as supermarkets. The family’s kitchen was also a food desert, with barely a morsel of real food. There were no ingredients to make real food—only pre-made factory science projects sold in cans and boxes with unpronounceable, unrecognizable ingredient lists. This family desperately wanted

to find a way out, but didn’t have the knowledge or skills. They lived on food stamps and fast food and didn’t know how to navigate a grocery aisle, shop for real food, read a label, equip a kitchen or cook nutritious meals. Their grandmother has a garden, but never taught her children how to grow food, even though they live in a temperate rural area.

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

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

Sugar calories drive food addiction, storage of belly fat, inflammation and fatty liver (now the number one reason for liver transplants). They also disrupt appetite control, increasing hunger and promoting overeating, and are biologically addictive. Sugar calories are the major contributor to heart attacks, strokes, cancer, dementia and Type 2 diabetes. Sugar is a root cause behind the tripling of obesity rates in children since the 1970s. As just one example illustrating government policy culprits, although poor people are disproportionately affected by obesity, the food industry vigorously opposes any efforts to limit the use of food stamps for soda. Every year, the U.S. government pays for $4 billion in soda purchases by the poor (10 billion servings annually) on the front end, and then pays billions more on the back end through Medicaid and Medicare to treat related health consequences that include obesity and diabetes.

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Summer Mini-Getaways Green Travelers Recharge at Spas, Parks and Vineyards by April Thompson


arving out time from crammed calendars for a week or more away from home can pose such a hurdle that more than half of all American workers forfeit hard-earned vacation days every year. Sometimes a long weekend in an inspiring locale is all we need to recharge our batteries.

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Short vacations invite welcome rest and relaxation and are often more sustainable, according to Gary Diedrichs, publisher of the online Green Traveler Guides ( “Airplanes pollute more than any other form of travel. When you take shorter trips by other means, whether bicycle or a hybrid rental car, you’re way ahead environmentally,” says Diedrichs, whose family enjoys road-tripping in an old Mercedes converted to run on recycled vegetable oil. For families, short, sweet trips are also easier to do with the kids in tow. “It’s also an opportunity for parents to reinforce that living sustainably isn’t just something you do at home,” notes Diedrichs. We can prescribe—and reward—ourselves with one of the following mini-vacations, whether it’s a trip to a green spa if we’re stressed or a hike in a park or the woods if we’ve been sedentary. Travel on tracks to trails. Leave behind stressful traffic

and uninspiring highway views by hopping a train to a nearby state or national park. Riders can venture through a variety of terrains without leaving their seats. Amtrak reaches more than 237 national parks and monuments (, many of which offer stunning backdrops for outdoor music festivals. A rail-to-park adventure can rekindle old friendships with faraway, but not forgotten friends. Draw a circle encompassing everyone’s location and pick a park within the perimeter as the meet-up spot, distributing the travel burden equally. Agree beforehand which friends bring which essential camping equipment, food and other provisions so that everyone travels light. Traversing trails is a fun, bonding experience. Go farm to fork. Escape city crowds, live bucolic fantasies and learn about sustainable agriculture during a farm stay. Organic family farms across the country offer overnight accommodations to supplement farming incomes and connect with local consumers. Farm life is about simple pleasures, like waking to a rooster’s call and then digging into a farm-fresh breakfast of free-range eggs, accompanied by homemade bread, cheese, jam and honey. Afterwards, stroll an apple orchard or fragrant field of lavender. Most farms allow guests to pitch in with the chores, maybe feeding chickens, milking cows, picking cherries or making yogurt. Find a place nearby at Renew your spirit. Reconnect with your faith or explore a new spiritual calling with a short stay at a retreat center. Some furnish structured guided sessions, such as vipassanã Buddhism’s silent retreats, at which participants sit in meditation eight hours a day without access to media or other distractions. Other centers assist guests in creating self-directed retreats tailored to personal goals.

Grounds often feature sacred spaces like labyrinths or meditation gardens, providing an inspiring environment to contemplate one’s spiritual journey. supplies a comprehensive listing of possibilities conducive to every spiritual persuasion, from Anglican to Zen, across the country and worldwide. Taste the terroir. A long weekend amidst vineyards can be a refreshing way to simultaneously explore the countryside and refine our wine palate. Along with tastings, some vintners provide tours of their vineyards and cellars, including insights into the characteristics of local terroirs that give each vintage its distinctive taste. Some also have bed and breakfast inns onsite, eliminating the need for a designated driver. The site lists domestic wineries in all 50 states; provides information about biodynamic and organic winemakers. Pamper your body. Visiting a green destination spa is a soothing way to detox from stress while indulging in corporeal treats like a hot stone massage, aromatherapy treatment or rose petal bath. Green spas use natural products such as unbleached organic linens and botanically derived oils, which are gentler on skin. Most practice sustainability in other areas as well, such as water management, energy use and waste reduction. Search for the perfect getaway treat at Numerous farms, spas, parks and vineyards are waiting to be explored; many nearby that we may overlook draw visitors from around the world. “Local travel gives us a chance to dig more deeply into the places that surround us,” says Diedrichs. “We can have fun playing tourists in our own backyards and support sustainable, local businesses we discover along the way.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

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WATER DOGGIES Given a Pool or Lake, Canines Dive Into Action by Sandra Murphy

Water sports for dogs can be done just for fun or to earn recognition. Venues range from a backyard adult or kiddie pool to a lake, river or ocean. All offer healthful exercise for canine bodies and brains.


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ome dogs seem born pool while canine buddies to swim, while othpaddle in another. To preers learn to love it and vent possible squabbles, a few make entertaining company policy allows spectators. It all depends only same-household dogs on temperament, breed and to swim in the same pool. body style plus energy and “Max is a fetching maconfidence levels, as well as niac in the water,” remarks training. Yue. “He doesn’t like to Not all dogs love to dive, but if his ball sinks, swim, says Eileen Proctor, a he’ll go after it. It’s low-imMichelle Yue and Max pet lifestyle expert in Denver, pact, high-exercise playtime Colorado, so proceed cautiously. “One and the only thing I know that will wear of the first things to do is buy a properly out a 2-year-old German shepherd pup.” fitted life jacket that keeps his head out The skill of directed retrieval can be of the water,” she counsels. “Once he is described as advanced fetching. Several used to wearing it, train him to use steps toys or dumbbells are placed on the [like in a pool] to walk into and out of the bottom of the pool and the handler tells water every time.” the dog which item to retrieve. Nautical Michelle Yue, a professional dog nosework is the most challenging—five trainer in Washington, D.C., takes her floating objects like tennis balls or dumdog, Max, to a dog-specific pool twice a mies are launched into the water by month. At the Canine Fitness Center, in another person. The dog must then find, Annapolis, Maryland, Max swims in one indicate and retrieve the one ball his

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person has handled. Other fun options are teaching a pet to tow a raft in the pool or to team swim with his owner. In a more complex aquaagility exercise, the dog swims a circle around his owner as a prelude to both of them swimming a synchronized, zigzag course between floating markers before returning to their starting positions. Ernie, a 95-pound Labrador retriever that lives with Sierra Prause, a marketing assistant, and Jaron Clinton, a search engine content marketer, in Phoenix, Arizona, rides in the storage area of Clinton’s kayak. Ernie came to them at age 4 and has always loved to jump in and swim alongside his owners. “Ernie’s claim to fame is fetching two tennis balls at once,” says Prause. “He wasn’t allowed in the pool at his former home, and now revels in taking a cooling dip after his twice-a-day walks.” Maria Schultz, author of How to SUP with Your Pup, enjoys stand up paddleboarding with her Australian shepherds, Riley and Kona, on rivers near her home in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She and Riley learned together in the living room. “I brought the board home and taught Riley how to hop on and off, where to sit or lie on the board, and to relax,” she relates. “I forgot the living room floor stood still. Riley was surprised when he got on the board on the river to find that it moved.” Riley was a good sport about it; within a week, he knew how to ride along. Kona took several months to get the hang of it. “Have patience, make it fun and all positive,” Schultz advises. “Know what motivates your dog. Riley works for food, Kona for praise.” For the more adventurous, Loews Coronado Bay Resort, in San Diego, offers one-hour surfing lessons for canine guests. Taught by Coronado Surfing Academy instructors, the only requirement is that a dog enjoys water. Of course, board shorts and a bandana are also provided so that Fido gets the full surfer dude experience. Enjoying warm weather and cool water with man’s best friend provides perfect fun for these dog days of summer.



irst, check if area community pools allow dogs for special sessions. Many offer canine swims as fundraisers during off-season periods. Make sure the pet is sociable and wears a life jacket. The best swimmers include breeds used in water rescue or retrieval, such as the Newfoundland, Labrador retriever, Portuguese water dog, poodle and spaniel, as opposed to those with shorter snouts and airways. The stocky bodies and shorter legs of Scotties and dachshunds are also less conducive to water play. Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of Veterinary Services at Petplan Pet Insurance, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, gives three key safety tips: Be alert for signs of tiredness, like trouble staying afloat or struggling to catch their breath; watch for vomiting, diarrhea or fever due to harmful bacteria in some waterways; and don’t let dogs drink from the ocean. Ingested salt water can unbalance electrolytes and lead to dehydration, brain damage, kidney failure and even death. Pet expert Eileen Proctor recommends dabbing sunscreen on pet noses and ears before swimming and putting on the dog’s life jacket before going into, on or near the water. Always ensure that dogs are well-trained to come when called and leave found items and to take a break to rehydrate and rest. Supervise swimming dogs closely and make sure they aren’t drinking the water. If a dog hesitates to enter the

water, leave his non-retractable leash on to reassure him he has assistance if needed, and stay in the pool with him. Establish a cue for entering and leaving the pool and use it before the dog overtires. Don’t allow a pet to climb the pool’s ladder to exit because a paw could slip, causing injury or panic. When boating, pull into a secluded area with no running propellers, active paddling or underwater snags, and keep the pet on a non-retractable lead or trained to swim close by. Rinse fur immediately after every swim to remove chlorine, bacteria, dirt or salt, and then dry the dog’s inner and outer ears.

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ADD and ADHD in Adults and Children by Francine Kanter, CCH, RsHOM(NA), Board Certified Homeopath Practitioner


ymptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Children experience inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity. Adults may experience restlessness instead of hyperactivity and also may have problems with interpersonal relationships and employment. Other symptoms of ADD and ADHD in both children and adults may include: • Difficulty with details and a tendency to make careless mistakes in school, at work or other activities, producing what is often messy • Easily distracted by irrelevant stimuli • Inability to sustain attention on tasks or activities • Difficulty finishing schoolwork or paperwork or performing tasks that require concentration • Frequent shifts from one uncompleted activity to another • Procrastination; disorganized work habits • Forgetfulness in daily activities • Frequent shifts in conversation; not listening to others • Hyperactivity and restlessness may vary with age and development stage ADD and ADHD are often treated using conventional prescription medications. While there is a place for prescription


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medication in certain cases, careful consideration should be taken regarding possible side effects and cautions. There are alternative solutions for ADD and ADHD available. Making simple changes in diet, sleep, exercise and routine can help. Trying more involved approaches, like incorporating relaxation therapies such as guided imagery, meditation techniques or yoga, can be beneficial. There are also many herbal and homeopathic remedies which can help maintain harmony, health, and systemic balance in the brain and nervous system without side effects or sedation. These products are known for their supportive function in maintaining brain, nervous system and circulatory health and well-being. Homeopathy is a very effective alternative medicine to heal ADD and ADHD. It treats the person as a whole—the mental and the physical, and homeopathic remedies are safe and natural, with no side-effects. Francine Kanter, CCH, RsHOM(NA) has been a practicing Board Certified Homeopath Practitioner for 18 years. For more information and to make an appointment call 754-484-7988 or 808-652-2001, email, and visit See ad page 48.


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Dear Karen Kaye, Does anyone really ever recover from divorce, or are we all the “walking wounded” (people who never get past the hurt)? Thanks, Pat


Dear Pat , First of all, the “walking wounded” are not necessarily divorced persons. Married people can be just as stuck and even more so. In fact, the walking wounded persons tend to be wounded no matter what the circumstances. Oftentimes these people who may have been lost or wounded to begin with, find relationships to hide in thinking they will get better. They come to find that this “bandaid” approach to life does not work out and may end up running from relationship to relationship. These individuals never really find

themselves and some stay stuck in one relationship fearing leaving, staying for all the wrong reasons. I realize this may sound bizarre, but any person who has been wounded who does not choose to hide out in drugs, alcohol, food, or a new person has the chance to really meet themselves. It is through the acknowledgement of their emptiness or “hole in their heart” that they might just find themselves. This journey into the pain eventually allows that person to come out the other side knowing that they did not expire. This person will have a renewed trust and love for self.

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8pm. Free and open to the public. SusieQ, as lead artist, will be working with attendees to design a public art project for the NW • Progresso • Flagler Village neighborhood. Come and share your ideas. Mizell Center, 1409 Sistrunk Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 33311. Light refreshments. Questions, call 954.295.2315.

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upcomingevents Wedneday, September 10

Wonderful World of Wicca - 6:30pm–8:30pm. Curious about Wicca as a spiritual path? Join us every Wednesday starting on 9/10/14 thru 12/10/14, for a beginning class on the Wonderful World of Wicca! $20. New Age Books and Things, 4405 North Federal Highway, Oakland Park, FL 33308, Veronica or Chris, 954.771.0026.

Our Plastic Oceans

Respecting our environment requires paying attention to ground we walk on and the streets we use for transportation. By cleaning up our public and private spaces this allows for us to feel better about ourselves. What is not picked up on the land gets washed away into the storm drains that flow through to the waterways and ultimately the ocean. As the plastic breaks down it is consumed or absorbed by our planet’s plants and animals. The oceans, lakes and seas of this sculpture are covered with small plastic pieces picked up from our Fort Lauderdale Beaches. The base represents the oil from which the plastic is made. Our Plastic Oceans is on exhibit at ArtServe through August 15 as part of the RedEye Reboot show at and is on sale. For more information call ArtServe or SusieQ. 20% Discount on all SusieQ artwork to valid Natural Awakenings Network Cardholders.

954.295.2315 • original & custom paintings • mixed media • greeting cards • collaborative works for your special event: wedding, retreats, reunion, conference or convention

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ongoingevents sunday Yoga on the Beach - Classes held daily (7 days/ week) 9:30-10:30 am, weather permitting. $10 Donation. Experience gentle yoga flow outside, in a tropical paradise setting. Copperbeech Yoga & Fitness Inc., Ocean Manor Resort, private patio behind tiki bar, 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Ft. Lauderdale FL 33308, 516.840.1455. Unity Church of Ft Lauderdale Services: 9:30am & 11am. Youth Education/Sunday School at 9:30am serv. Toddler & nursery care at both services. Rev. Tita Calzada, Minister. Unity Church, Wilton Manors. 954.463.4359.

Catholic Mass: The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, Staffed by Franciscan friars. 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm, Wed 7pm) 101 NE 3rd St, Ft Lauderdale, 954.731.8173. Mindfulness (Insight) Meditation – 10:30am– 12pm, Free. Silent group meditation followed by a talk & conversation. 16 NE 4th St, Ft Lauderdale. Call for details. 954.232.8422. Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) – 11am– 12pm, ­Free, Inclusive, unprogrammed worship in the manner of Friends. 2nd Presbyterian Church, Multi-Purpose Rm, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale. 954.682.1433.

Unity of Pompano - Realize Your Higher Self 9:30am Power Hour-Course on The I of the Storm 11am Celebration Service-Inspirational Message & Live Music; 11am Youth K-12; Fellowship; 261 SE 13th Ave, Pompano Beach, 954.946.0857.

ECK Worship Service – 11am–12pm. Free. 2nd Sunday/ Jan 12, (normally First Sunday/month). Experience the Light and Sound of God. Learn about the HU Song Eckankar, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2400 West State Road 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681.

Interfaith Worship Services – 10am (3rd Sun ea mo) Rev. Dr. Lori Cardona. See the image of God in yourself & in everyone around you. 1164 E Oakland Pk Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.632.0605.

Coral Springs Metaphysical Group - 1–3pm (1st & 2nd Sun ea. mo. & 3rd Tues ea. mo) Deep trance channeling. Ask questions. Get answers. 12140 NW 10th St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087

Buddhist Meditation Class - 10–11:30am. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd. 954.537.9191

Reiki Healing Circle & Potluck Full Dinner Social – 5pm, (second Sun ea mo). $4Love. Reiki hosted by Usui Reiki Master Fred Levick in private home in W Broward. RSVP 954.742.2113.

Introductory to Meditation - Gyanpriya - 10am11am. $18. Meditation with simple, systematic progression through practices. Experience a variety of meditation techniques to develop intuition, inner peace and clarity. Thermae HIVE, 3300 E Oakland Park Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale 33308, Kelly,

Free Guided Meditation & Kirtan (Satsang) – 7–8:30pm Meditation followed by uplifting calland-response chanting & music. Yoga Warehouse, 508 SW Flagler Ave, Downtown Ft Lauderdale, 954.525.7726.

954.648.5831. Ft Lauderdale Center for Spiritual Living Services 10:30am Full Celebration Service with Dr. Arleen Bump on relevant topics. Includes musical presentations. 1550 NE 26th St, Wilton Manors, 954.566.2868. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida – Healing Service 10:30am, Worship Service 11am. Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428.


Broward County, Florida


Pre Natal Yoga – 6pm Postures, Breath, Meditation to prepare for birth & motherhood. Modifications given for individual trimester & ability. Doctor’s note req. Red Pearl Yoga, 918 NE 20th Ave, 2nd fl, waterside, Ft Lauderdale. 954.828.1651. Satyananda Yoga - Yoga for the Soul - 9am– 10:15am (Fri 9am, Thurs 7pm). $18. Customized, slow-paced & nourishing classes for inner-outer balance. Asana, pranayama & mediation. All levels Thermae HIVE, 3300 E Oakland Park Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale 33308, Gyanpriya, 954.604.7930. Yin Yoga - Jayne Villimizar - 5:30–6:45pm (Wed 11–12:15am & 5–6:15pm). Yin yoga works the connective tissues of the ligaments, fascia, joints and bones. Thermae HIVE, 3300 E Oakland Park Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale 33308, Jayne, 954.604.7930. Hathaflow Yoga – 6:30pm. Poses are modified to suit students at every level, (Tue Yin Yang; Wed Gentle; Thu Flexible Strength; Fri Donation 7:15pm), Yoga Dynamics, 4996 N Pine Island Rd, Lauderhill, 954.803.3313. Taiji-Qigong Health On Beach – Evenings 6:30– 7:45pm. 1st 3 lessons, $5 (after $7) N. Hollywood at Franklin St & Surf Rd. Inside if rain, phone. Certif. Instr. Raven Cohan 954.927.2836. Call for Website. 32 years teaching. See Thurs. listing. GNOSIS – 7–8pm. Free. Awakening our Consciousness, overcome the Mind (Doubts & Fears). Classes: Meditation, Tarot, Astral travel, Kabbalah. Gnostic Association (call for directions), Fort Lauderdale, Jean & Dan, 941.228.9208. Ho’oponopono Meditation – 7–8:30pm. $Love. Exploring meditation using a Hawaiian practice of clearing resistance. SoulTranSync, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Edward Miller, 954.990.8948.

Tai Chi Classes - 9–10:30am (Wed 6:30–8pm, Sat 10:30am–12pm). First class free. Several classes in the Taoist Tai Chi internal arts of health available. Taoist Tai Chi Society, Sage Plaza, 800 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale, 954.455.2474.

Come on Get Happy – 7–8:30pm. No-Charge, Self-help Educational / Discussion Group: Maintain & achieve self love & happiness with emotional balance & stability. Led by Dr. Lewis Jordan Ph.D., @ SunServe, 2312 Wilton Dr, 2nd Fl, Wilton Manors, 954.306.1493.

Gentle Yoga & Meditation – 10–11:15am. $10 first class. Gentle Hatha will include some standing poses that will warm the body up and some restorative poses that will collectively balance the mind and body, includes meditation. Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston. 954.349.6868.

Tai Chi - 7–8pm (Wed 7–8pm). $18. Taiji quan (tai chi) uses slow, meditative movements to increase coordination and balance and to promote relaxation and internal strength. Thermae HIVE, 3300 E Oakland Park Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale 33308, Kelly, 954.648.5831.

Reiki Circle/Meditation – 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Women’s Support Group: Wonderful Women of Awareness – 7:30–9:30pm. $20/ session, ongoing group–be more aware & committed to your own vision through re-education & support. Karen Kaye, LMHC 954.384.1217.

tuesday Qi Gong for Health & Vitality - 8-9am & 6:307:30pm. $18. Practiced in America as a physical discipline or therapeutic activity.– every person’s experience is unique. Thermae HIVE, 3300 E Oakland Park Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale 33308, Halima, 954.648.5831. Tai Chi/Taoist Chi Kung Meditation – 10am (Tues, Thurs, Sat) and 7–8:30pm (Mon & Wed). For health & longevity in the tradition of masters. A journey of knowledge and refinement. Sifu Andrew Chung. 2831 E Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954.224.9940. Free Bible Study and Soup – Come Break Bread and Enjoy a Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ. 10am–noon, and 6–8pm, Boca Raton, RSVP 561.929.4316. Raja Yoga Meditation – 10:15–11:30am (& 6:30–7:30pm) Free. enjoy the peace & love within. Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd, Roz, 954.962.7447. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group – 1:30pm, Love Offering, Our Lady Queen of Heaven church, 1400 S State Road 7 (East side of State Road 7, North of Commercial.) Dan, 954.970.7088. American Holistic Nurse’s Assn – 7pm, (2nd Tue) Speakers on Holistic topics, Open to the public, Holy Cross Hospital, 4700 N Federal Hwy, Radiation Oncology Conference Rm / Cancer Center, Ft Lauderdale. 954.494.2849. Coral Springs Metaphysical Group – 7pm, (3rd Tue ea mo, also Sun 1–3pm) Free, topics: Numerology, Handwriting, Auras, Near Death, Past Life, Kabbalah, Sondra & Charles Zecher’s Estate, 12140 NW 10 St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087. Reiki Circle & Meditation – 7pm, Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 954.989.6400.

Shamanic Healing Circle – 7pm–8:30pm (1st & 3rd Tuesdays). Donation $10. A Native Caribbean American-Indian Circle honoring the healing energies and elements of mother earth. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St., Suite 244, Wilton Manors, Rev. Tehsonte, 954.530.6006. Release, Relax and Replenish – 7pm–10pm. $10.00 Start the summer with an amazing detox boast. Discover how to keep yourself energized and empowered to nourish your soul. Hollywood Jaycee Hall, 2930 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33021, Mary, 305.389.0554. Family Constellation Therapy – 7–10pm, (2nd & 4th Tuesdays, also 3rd Saturday 2-5pm). $45 1st time; $30 repeating. Revealing & repairing hidden dynamics for personal healing. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th St., Suite 244, Wilton Manors, John Moore, 954.540.9799. Free Usui Reiki Circle – 7:30–9 pm (2nd & 4th Tues). CEU provider classes monthly FL LMT. Center For Optimal Health, 1915 NE 45th St #103, Ft Lauderdale 954.491.6158 RSVP. Yoga for Peaceful Sleep - 8-9pm. 4 classes/$50 A soft, nurturing class for everyone. Gets great feedback from students! Practices induce total relaxation and peace - inside and out. It helps those with insomnia to sleep better. Also at 6:30pm. Yoga for the Soul, 915 NE 20th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, 954.317.9336. Transformational Wellness Workshops – 8–10pm, last Tues ea. month, $5 Donation. Connect though meditation and somatic responses. Explore your journey in holistic wellness soul/mind/body Registration required, limited spots. Pvt. residence, Cooper City FL. Matthew 954.205.9470. Refreshments provided. Wiccan/Pagan Discussion Group – 8–10pm, 2nd Tues ea. month, $5 Donation. Like-minded people welcomed. We honor the seasons, the moon/sun and cyclical nature of all things, internal as well as external Pvt. Residence, Cooper City. Matthew 754.229.9216. Refreshments provided.

wednesday Yoga Excellation Power workout Flow - 8:30– 9:45am (Friday 5–6:15pm). $18. This class is about strength and endurance. Face Challenges with an enhanced mental attitude. Teacher: Marcel AndersHoepgen, Thermae HIVE, 3300 E Oakland Park Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale 33308, Jayne, 954.604.7930.

Laughter Circle – 8:45am. Free. Playful, breathing, stretching & laughing for health & happiness. By Pavilion 4, TY Park, 3100 N Park Rd, Hollywood 954.989.3774. Yoga Basics – 10–11am Fundamentals of posture & breathing for strength, flexibility & stamina. First Class $10. (also Fri 9:45–10:45am), Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston, 954.349.6868. Law of Attraction Meetup Group – 10am-Noon (1st Wed. only). $Love. Sharing techniques to manifest your dreams. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Cynthia Manner, 954.205.4343. Yoga/Reiki Healing Circle – 5–6:30pm Yoga followed by Reiki Healing Circle 6:45–8pm. Donation. Attend Yoga, Reiki, or both. Sabeena Yoga, 7101 W. Commercial Blvd, Suite 4B, Tamarac, Fl, 33319, Shelli August, 954.553.0933. Meditation/Relaxation Class – 5:45–6:30pm, free. Guided meditation & relaxation led by Ina Lee. All levels. George English Park Rec Center, 1101 Bayview Dr. Ft Lauderdale. Call first, 954.463.4733. Movement Meditation - 6-7pm at Point Pleasant Wellness. 19 gentle movements for improved balance, focus and energy. T’ai Chi Chih (not martial art). $160. Next 10 week course begins September 10. Call 954-296-2495 to observe class for free. Sivananada Based Hatha Yoga – 6–7:30pm, Free, Fort Lauderdale Fire Museum, 1022 W Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Contact Pranava 954.663.2081. Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. Reiki Circle – 7:30–8:30pm, $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278.

thursday Rise & Shine Yoga - 7am-8:15am. Donation on sliding scale of $5-$25 per class. Awaken the body, mind & Spirit with Hatha Yoga! I Love Yoga Donation Studio, 2980 Griffin Road, Studio 1, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312, Mary, 754.551.0155.

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Tai Chi-Chi Kung/Tao Yin Classes – 7:30–8:30am (+Fri­, Sat, Sun. am and Mon. night), Near shady lifeguard stand, Franklin St, N Hollywood Beach, Raven Cohan. 954.927.2836. Call for Web, directions. 32 years teaching. See Mon. night listing.

Spiritual Evolution Study Group – 7–8:30pm $10. Ongoing series based on spiritually inspired texts. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G 917.579.3750.

A Course in Miracles Study Group – Artserve, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, 10am–Noon (& Tues). Love Donation, Adam: 954.684.7007.

Law of Attraction Meetup Group – 7–9pm (2nd & 4th Fri. of the month). $Love. Sharing techniques to manifest your dreams. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Cynthia Manner, 954.205.4343.

Prenatal Yoga - 4:45–5:45pm. $18 per class or $15 for 10 class card. Nurture deep relaxation and health through pregnancy. The Bombay Room Yoga Studio, 3354 NE 33rd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, Amy Glenn, 954.567.1110.

Healing & Meditation Service – 7:30pm Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 954.989.6400.

Course in Miracles Evening – 7–8:30pm. Ongoing and innovative study with rotating facilitators. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th St. Suite 244, Wilton Manors, 954.530.6006.

Reiki Circle/Meditation – Hosted by Reiki Masters Mayra & Rose, 7:30pm, $Love, Essentials Complementary Wellness Center, 2104 N Federal Hwy, Ste A, Hollywood. 954.921.7808.

Buddhist Meditation Class – 7:30–9pm. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd, Ft. Lauderdale, 954.537.9191.

Reiki Circle/Meditation - 7:30-8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907.


friday Hatha Yoga for Children & Parents – 3:30– 4:30pm, $120 for 12 weeks. Fun & relaxation! Parent free (& Sat 8–9am), 704 E Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach. 954.480.6789.

Morning Chant for World Peace & Harmony – 7:30am. Free. Chant Om Namo Narayanaya for inner peace & planetary healing. Peace Garden, Yoga Warehouse, 508 SW Flagler Ave, Downtown Ft Lauderdale, 954.525.7726.

Monthly Gallery Night, Meet the Artists, Show & Sale – 6–11pm, (second Friday ea. mo) A great gathering of varied talents. Host/Artist: Michael D. Colanero. Uncommon Gallery, 2713 E Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.336.4305.

Morning Puja – 8:30–9am. Free Swami Sharadananda leads a ritual of reverence to the Divine. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors 33305, Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco, 917.579.3750.

Abraham-Hicks Living In The Vortex - 7- 9pm. $5.00. Dynamic discussions of various Abraham Hicks quotes/processes. Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, Patti Blankenship, 305.546.2526.

Tai Chi/Qigong Basics – 9–10am $10, Qigong practices & guidance on body alignment & proper energy foundation. White Crane Healing Arts Center, 7071 W Commercial Blvd. 2C, Tamarac. 954.721.7252.

Healing Circle, Guided Meditation, & Personal Channeled Message – 7–8pm. $15. 1st & 4th Friday of the month. Tired of being sick and tired? Looking for answers? Goddess TOUCH, Inc., c/o Lisa’s Healing Center, 4301 N. Federal Hwy. #4, Pompano Beach, FL 33064, Carole A. Ramsay, 954.655.5490.

Group Quantum Entrainment Session – Includes mental training & group healing at conclusion. (4th Sat. ea. mo) 10–11:30am. Must pre-register & prepay. Limited spots available. RSVP, call Vondette 954.226.3612.


Broward County, Florida

Tai Chi & Chi Kung/Qigong Meetup – 10am2pm: 10am practice Qigong; 11:15am practice Tai Chi; 12:30pm lunch. Classes taught by Master Jennifer Yu. Classes $15. Lunch about $15-$17. Yu School, S. Palm Beach and N. Broward area. 561.866.0852 reserve or details.

Free Reiki Circle – 10am, New Age Books and Things, 4401 N Federal Hwy, Oakland Park, FL 33308. 954.771.0026. Free Reiki Circle – 10–11am. Divine Love Institute & Gift Shop, 2832 Stirling Rd, #H, Hollywood, FL 33020. Conveniently located just west of I-95 on Stirling Rd, 954.920.0050. Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Broward Libraries – 10:30–11:30am weekly at Dania Beach and Carver Ranches. Hallandale Beach 10:30-11:30am only 1st and 3rd Sat. of the month. Enjoy the peace within. Call Roz for info 954.962.7447. Conscious Aging Forum – 10am–12:30pm (4th Saturday). Donation $20. A monthly Forum 55+ for Re-Inspiring & celebrating our future. Open discussions. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Susan Silverman, 954.530.6006. The Sistrunk Farmers Market – locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours 10am–2pm. EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale; Community Acupuncture – 11am–1pm $30-$40 (also Mon & Wed 4–6pm). Relaxing & effective! Acupuncture treatments in a small group setting. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale 954.713.6118. Psychic Fair – (last Sat. ea mo) 12pm–4pm, $15/15 min reading. Tarot, Astrology, Mediumship/Psychic Readings. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida, Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. Mission of Maitreya – 4–5pm, These sessions are to further explain & clarify the teachings. http:// 954.629.4873. Reiki/Meditation/Discussions – 6pm (+ other topics M-F), Pine Island & I-595 in Broward, directions/info 954.654.3010. Kirtan Sacred Devotional Singing/Chanting – 7–8:30pm, Every Saturday night $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G 917.579.3750. Spiritual Cinema – 7pm–9:30pm (4th Saturday). Donation $10. Inspired Cinema selections, enlivening spiritual discussion, popcorn & drinks. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Rev. Kandi Haggerty, 954.530.6006.

classifieds Classifieds are $4.50 per word for each three month series ($45 minimum charge). EXAMPLE: 10 words = $45 for all three months: Jan., Feb. and March. Submit online at Due date is the 10th of the month. Ads are organized alphabetically within categories.

business opportunities Home Base Business - Simply call the 4 minute pre-recorded call 1.800.444.7309 and then press 1. If interested - email Richard at: Moms - Work From Home. Household products, free of chemicals, great compensation plan! Email or call Tonii 305.469.9616.

for sale or rent Acupuncture/Massage Herbs, Furnished Office for sub-lease, rent one/two rooms, 954.435.5590.

Beautiful Therapeutic Offices & Yoga/Meditation Studio spaces available for rent, day, week, month. Coral Springs, Call 754.484.4492. Classroom and treatment rooms available by the day, week, month. 954.782.6564. Holistic healing therapy office in Plantation for rent. 954.478.2062

PRODUCTS/services Experienced, reliable, and compassionate Doula. Quality new born care. Call Ena Dixon, 301.742.1770.

Smart Meter Shield (FPL) for sale, installation available 954.295.8999,

Paula—Reiki Master, for you & your pets. 954.523.5575. Tibetan Palm Healing for People and Pets. Appointments Martha 954.609.4570.

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Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, Clinic II

Unique Holistic Boutique

1623 South Andrews Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-440-0179

The clinic offers Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine consultation and treatment provided by our team of highly experienced licensed acupuncturists, many of whom are acupuncture faculty of the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. As a Clinic II patient, you can expect to be provided high quality, individualized care that is specifically tailored to your unique needs. See ad page 7.

Vesna Stankovic 561-705-8989 200 Lindell Blvd. # 917 Delray Beach FL 33483 Lisa Ruff 954-415-1871

Hand Poured Organic/ Wildcrafted Therapeutic Essential Oils. Custom Blends and sprays. Tesla Metamorphosis Energy Healing. Iridology Consults with Zyto Analysis and Herbal Suggestions for ailments.


Elizabeth Nelson LAc, LMT 1240 University Drive Maplewood Wellness Center, Coral Springs, FL 33071 954-803-4943

Back In Harmony Chiropractic and Wellness Center, LLC

Acupuncture to reduce pain, allergies (N.A.E.T.) and group acupuncture for addictions (N.A.D.A.). Relaxing Swedish Massage. Some insurances. Call today for an appointment. AP1962, MA28559

Dr. Wei Sheen Chong 6115 Stirling Rd, Suite 205, Davie, FL 33314 954-604-5384

Dr. Bernard Burton, d.c. 2045 N University Dr, Sunrise, FL 33322 954-742-0332

Dr. Bernard Burton is a Holistic Doctor who uses chiropractic, nutrition, applied kinesiology, acupuncture, and craniopathy to find and fix the cause of your symptoms.

COLON therapy Physical Health Complex

Sandra Herrington, OMD, RN, LMT, CT 2544 No. Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale 954-566-0444 Cleansing for health/energy. Constipation, impaction, bowel rehabilitation, digestive disorders, candida detox, nutrition, living foods/ wheatgrass. Individualized plans or Rx followed. Physician/ Instructor administered. Established 1964. Clean, private, caring environment. mm966, ma6884.

Passionate about helping others improve their health naturally. Dr. Chong uses gentle spinal adjustments to remove nerve interference so your body can do the healing.

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought. ~Matsuo Basho


Broward County, Florida

counseling/therapy Healing Hearts Center

Sarah DiPerna, Psy.D., C.Ht., IKYTA 1937 E. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 106 Pompano Beach, FL, 33060 954-560-7629 My approach to healing engages the strengths we each already possess in Mind, Body and Spirit to create lasting happiness, freedom and fulfillment. See ad page 16.

Brent J. Bracco, DDS – Comprehensive Dentistry

Energy Therapy

2467 E. Commercial Boulevard Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-771-5300

Ralph Flores, Certified Reconnective Healing Practitioner™

Do you wait till it hurts to see the dentist? Enhance your smile at our new tranquil, state-of-the-art office. We have been providing wholistic family dental care since 1985. Most insurance accepted. Mon – Thurs, 7:30am – 5pm.

Dental Spa Heart Centered Family Medicine

Rachel Greenberg, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, ACHT 8320 W. Sunrise Blvd. Plantation, FL 33322 954-797-3887 Individual and Family Counseling, Healing for Substance Abuse, Addictions, Sexual Abuse, Depression. Trim-Life Trainer, We i g h t R e l e a s e , S m o k i n g Cessation, Stress Management, Clinical Hypnosis.

KAREN KAYE, LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR 2625 Weston Road, Weston, FL 33331 954-384-1217 Holistic Psychotherapist I work with the whole person (not their defects). I help my clients to become one with their thoughts and actions, teaching clients how to be their own therapist. Adults-Couples-Teens

dental health Atlantic Dental- Rafaella Correa-Pinto DMD 100 NW 17th Ave, Suite 102 Pompano Beach, FL 33069 954-917-0715

General & Cosmetic Dentistry with a Holistic Touch We make you feel at home. Come meet us and become part of our family. Most insurances accepted. See ad page 25.

Dr. Gregory Gertsen, D.D.S. 3640-7 N Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-941-7778

Experience healing beyond anything you’ve read, thought, or dreamt about! Reconnective Healing® is non-touch, comprehensive, and different from other healing methods. Helps eliminate physical, emotional, and mental dis-orders or dis-eases. Call for more information and appointment.


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Mortgages The Zen Way

Jay Robins 954-612-8192

A Holistic approach to financial wellness ~ the mortgage lending and home buying process can be stressful. Watch our video explaining, why and how mortgages work, the Zen way, bringing you clarity, less stress and a peaceful transaction.

Fine art SusieQ Wood

954-630-1610 Discover the world of SusieQ Art, colorful, uplifting, thoughtprovoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Call for an appointment. See ad pages 6 and 41.

gardening The Garden Gate

Sears (N. side), Pompano Citi Centre corner/Copans Road and US1 954-783-GATE (4283) A unique garden center specializing in Florida native plants, butterfly and bird habitats, herbs, orchids, water gardening, organic gardening products, beneficial insects, garden decor and more!

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Lisa’s Healing Center

South Florida’s first 100% gluten-free organic eatery and juicery, offering the best of vegan, vegetarian, grass-fed meats and wild caught fish, that offer healthy foods with healing properties and amazing flavors. Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am – 5 pm.

Wellness Center supporting Mind, Body and Spirit. Various Massage modalities, Reiki, LaHoChi, Edgar Cayce methods, CranioSacral Therapy, Aura Readings, Animal Aura Readings, Animal Communication, Sound T h e r a p y, C r y s t a l H e a l i n g , Spiritual classes, Educational classes, CEU classes, Exercise classes. MM#27808. See ad page 46.

Lisa Smith 4301 N Federal Hwy Suite #4 Pompano Beach, FL 33064 954-782-6564

4520 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-900-3705 and... 1637 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-763-3344

Joey’s Home Bakery – Gluten Free

White Crane Healing Arts

1532 SW 8th Street, Boynton Beach, FL 561-292-4004

7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Ste. 2C, Tamarac, FL 33319 954-721-7252

A Dedicated Fresh Baked, Gluten Free bakery. We Bake Fresh Artisan Breads and Bake Goods Daily. + Vegan, Dairy Free and Paleo.

Over 20 yrs. experience in acupuncture, herbs, nutrition. Over 40 yrs. experience in Qigong. Authentic Taoist Lineage classes/ private lessons in Tai Chi, Tao Yoga, Longevity Breathing & more. Healing & transformation through experience and education.

Hours: 8am till 6pm Tues-Friday; 5pm Saturdays and 4pm Sundays. We and ovens rest on Monday.



Women’s Awareness

Carolyn Zaumeyer, Nurse Practitioner 2021 E. Commercial Blvd., #305 954-791-4475 Gynecology Exams Bio-Identical Hormone Therapies Menopause Evaluation & Treatment Family Planning & Birth Control STD Testing & Treatment Weight Loss Programs Most insurance plans accepted

Francine Kanter, RsHOM (NA), CCH

Board Certified Homeopath Practitioner. Homeopathy relieves PMS, menopause, ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, acne, asthma, seizures disorders, herpes, addictions, eczema, psoriasis, insomnia, stress, digestive problems, recurring cold & flu. Homeopathy will give you a healthy, balanced life.

reflection, which is noblest; Second by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.. ~Confucius Broward County, Florida

Center for Holistic Options, Inc. Pamela Shenk, C.Ht. 4800 Northeast 20th Terrace, Suite 401, Ft Lauderdale 954-771-6226

Hypnosis can help with stress, fears, weight, smoking, confidence, sports, test anxiety, substance abuse, sexual problems, pain management and much more. See ad page 37.

intuitive healer Stefanie Miller

954-562-8813, Davie, FL 33328 Angel Readings In Person, Telephone, or Virtual. Energy Healing to Clear, Heal, Balance & Release with the Archangels. Indigo Child Consultations. Non-Profit Animal Rescue.

LYMPHATIC Therapy Kristen Tyler, CLT

Bayview and Commercial area 305-613-6974

9895 NW 48th Ct., Coral Springs FL 33076 754-484-7988

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by



Electrosound lymphatic decongestive therapy is a gentle way to assist your body to reduce swelling, detoxify, increase your energy and revitalize your entire lymphatic system. See ad page 25.

meditation T’ai Chi Chih

Stu Goldman 954-296-2495 A moving meditation improving health, serenity, creativity and productivity. Adapted to American lifestyles. 20 easy-to-learn movements can be done by anyone regardless of age or physical ability. Daily practice takes 45 minutes. Learn in 10 sessions. NOT a martial art.

MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS Dr. Susan Mendelsohn, Clinical Psychologist

954-294-7036, Delray Beach, 33483 Specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating, relationship counseling, substance abuse, adjustment disorders, mood & anxiety disorders. Providing individual and group therapies.

Life Counseling Center of Broward

Natalie Nesbitt, LMHC 954-592-9023 Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP 954-258-8845 2400 North University Dr., Suite 201 Pembroke Pines FL 33024 We are a practice focused on meeting our clients’ needs. Natalie specializes in couples/relationship counseling. Amanda concentrates on helping clients address anxiety and depression.

natural acupuncture Shudong Wang, M.D. (China) A.P. 4522 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-772-9696

28 years of experience in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and herbs. Professor and clinic Director at Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. See ad page 7.

numerology Soul In Vibration

Katherine McDermott 954-200-4588 Your birthdate is a “contract,” holding information on genetic traits, life purpose, strengths, improvements, etc., and will serve as a road map for your life.

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Natural Eyes of Weston

Green Spot Kitchen

2863 Executive Park Dr. #103 Weston, FL 33331 954-217-2992

1506 E Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334 754-223-5558

We are a modern optometry practice with a nutritional focus, offering great customer service, very thorough eye exams and a unique eyewear collection in a spa-like atmosphere. See ad page 21.

Photon Light energy sauna

Delicious, healthy, fresh food for the more conscious consumer. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and carnivore selections. Monday-Friday: 8am–7pm, Saturday: 11am–5pm.

Red Yabba All Natural Café 12594 Pines Blvd, Suite 105 Pembroke Pines, FL 33027 954-322-1007

Photon Light Spa, LLC

at Harmony Hair and Spa 262 Commercial Blvd, Suite B Lauderdale by the Sea FL 33308 954-303-9585 World’s only heat and light “Energy Sauna” to regenerate cells/nerves, pain, weight loss (700 calories), detox, devitalize pathogens and balances emotions. Nutrition therapy offered.

Think healthy, fresh, vegan, organic, grass fed, wild caught, tasty, Floribbean Cuisine, that’s us! Custom Catering for all occasions. Monday-Friday: 10am–9pm, Saturday: 9am–9pm.

salon Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly StudIo

Psychotherapy A Healing Space

Kris Drumm, LCSW, ACHT 954-549-0263 Uncover and transform limiting and damaging belief systems with individual and group therapies, including heart-centered hypnotherapy and inner child healing. Free one half-hour consultation offered.

Ibana Villasenor 881 E Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33432 561-372-5354

We offer scalp–hair analysis & detox, henna, organic colors, formaldehyde-free keratin. Hair services & products with a truly holistic approach.

relationship coaching Getting What You Want

Susan Sheppard 1230 Crescent Dr., Glendale, CA 91205 818-414-6032, 818-548-0849

Stephen Anthony, abch 2331 Wilton Dr. Wilton Manors 954-564-2323

If you want a significant increase in self esteem and a committed loving intimate relationship within the year, call for a free strategy session! See ad page 38.

Feng Shui hairstyle consultations, American Board Certified Haircolorist, No ammonia / thio haircolor and perming, Hawaiian Keratin Treatment: FormaldehydeFree, environmentally safe. 20% off first visit.

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schools Summit—Questa Montessori School

Chung’s Tai Chi Kung Fu

Sifu Andrew Chung 2831 East Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-224-9940

Judy Dempsey 5451 SW 64th Ave, Davie FL 33314 954-584-3466 A non-denominational Montessori school on a lush 10-acre campus with PE fields, organic vegetable garden, live pond, new gymnasium and pools. Montessori education for prek-3 to 8th grade. Accredited by AISF, AdvancEd/ SACS, MSA, Ai, NCPSA and an AMS full member. Recipient of the Gold Seal Award of Excellence.

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Master Andrew Chung 40 years experience and 30 years teaching Authentic Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Chi Kung Meditation, Tao Yin Yoga, Tui Na & Herbal Nutrition. For Health, Longevity and Rejuvenation.

5500 NW 2nd Ave., #618 Boca Raton, FL 33487 561.866.0852 Tai Chi - Qigong - Chinese HappyHeart - HappyCouple with Master Jennifer Yu, 6th generation disciple of China’s Yang Family Tai Chi. Group and individual sessions available.

Eva Bueno-Johnston 2544 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. The Physical Health Complex 954-566-1119

Stop smoking for good the gentle way. Painless and highly effective. Certified Laser Technician 10 years experience. Let me help you quit without withdrawals or unpleasant side effects.

wholistic physician Dr. Amadi’s Wholistic Health Center Hepsharat Amadi, M.D., L.Ac. 10189 W Sample Rd Coral Springs, FL 33065 954-757-0064 954-757-2612, fax

Spiritual Counselor Angel Workshop, Inc.

Veronica Bedford 954-586-0425

Psychic Readings with Spiritual Love Get answers to all your personal issues. Find out how to live happy as you walk your spiritual path. Parties for all occasions.

spiritual healing Julia George

Luminary ~ Teacher ~ Seer 561-750-9292 Emotional Healing at a Soul Level Conflict Resolution Shadow Work Commit, Transform, and Heal, through the journey within.

Broward County, Florida

Sabeena Yoga

Shelli August 954-553-0933 Elaine Prestigiacomo 561-676-3189 7101 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite 4B Tamarac, FL 33319 Develop strength, flexibility, focus. Bring body, mind, heart and soul into harmony. Yoga: Sivananda (beginner to advanced), Children, Mommy and Me, Prenatal, Meditation, Kirtan. Reiki. Private sessions available.

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tai chi / QiGong

Primary Health Care with a Natural Approach including Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Quantum Biofeedback, Weight Loss, Detoxification, Natural Allergy Treatment, Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies, Supplements, Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling. See ad page 21.

Weston Yoga

2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400 Weston, FL 33327 954-349-6868 Weston Yoga offers a variety of healing modalities, classes, and workshops. 21 regular scheduled classes a week. Beginners to advanced. First class $10.00.

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...

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