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I love the way the Universe demonstrates its Divine intelligence for the greater good. A single nugget of inspiration can open up a whole new possibility. More than two decades of witnessing transforming connections and synchronicities through publishing Natural Awakenings continues to deepen my appreciation for this vehicle as an adept platform for facilitating awakenings, healings and transformations in countless lives. When Editor Linda Sechrist suggested that we introduce our staff to readers and how this magazine has improved their lives, I didn’t realize how heartwarming their stories would
be. We’re happy to share them here and on page 32. I’m reminded again of the incredible, finely tuned orchestra of cultural creatives we have gathered together. All passionately play their part in keeping the wheels turning to keep the vision alive—not only for this flagship edition, but also in assisting franchise teams around the U.S. responsible for keeping our 95 publishers rolling along. David and Leize Perlmutter, who grace this month’s cover, are among our treasured colleagues in educating our world toward a better state of being. Dr. Perlmutter contributed an article in our inaugural issue in 1994 and you can catch their latest leaps forward on pages 54 and 55 and on PBS in August. As always, throughout this month’s issue you’ll find plenty of ways to connect with the people, information and resources equipped to help you keep your life rolling along well. This month’s focus on Food Democracy speaks to the
vital importance of local and national food independence as communities work to rebuild our local food systems based on family farms and environmentally friendly farming methods. There’s a revolution afoot, and it’s going to take each of us taking action to regain vital control of our widely corrupted food supply (page 40). I’m look forward to joining forces with GMO-expert Jeffrey Smith in my family’s home state of Michigan this month at Neil Young’s concert, The Monsanto Years (page 27) created to bring awareness to all of the dangers GMOs pose to people and the planet. We hope you join us in both meaningful and fun summertime activities, some of them highlighted on page 52. Happy summering,
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aving the honor of introducing my colleagues to readers this month in our local feature story presented an opportunity to reflect on my own 11-year tenure with Natural Awakenings and how much of my life has been shaped by this work and the valued relationships that result. As the senior staff writer for our nationwide franchise family of magazines and editor of the Naples edition, I’ve interviewed more than 2,000 professional health practitioners and spiritual thinkers. Cherished memories of these conversations with some of the most brilliant minds and vibrant spirits of our era come to mind each time I can share with others what I’ve learned from them, whether in person or print. They are all pioneering experts in the fields of healthy living, personal growth, spirituality or natural medicine, with much to teach us. As the manager of editorial training and the company’s national director of
community outreach, I enjoy connecting one-on-one with our network of publishers around the country. When I visit with them in their hometowns, they often introduce me to local area practitioners. My awakening journey began in 1989 while reading Barbara Brennan’s Hands of Light when I realized that the body is capable of healing itself. Deepak Chopra’s Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine later stirred my interest in the science of it all and years later, I was awed by the opportunity to interview Dr. Chopra, whom I consider a “book mentor”. I wish there were a richer spiritual vocabulary to express how my paradigm of living as a spiritual being having a human experience has been shaped by interviews with authors such as Jill Bolte Taylor (My Stroke of Insight), Dr. Eben Alexander (Proof of Heaven), Anita Moorjani (Dying to be Me) and Dr. Raymond Moody (Life
After Life) plus, most recently, Dr. David Perlmutter (Brain Maker) and his wife, Leize De Mara Perlmutter. I am thankful for the invisible life path that opened up 26 years ago and led me to this place of deep learning, profound relationships and the opportunity to share my gift of storytelling with our readers every month. Being showered with blessings beyond my wildest imaginings stirs my heart and brings tears of gratitude. Thank you all for gifting me with a thoughtful window into a better world. Cheers,
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newsbriefs Partnership Creates New Meal Plans at The Skinny Pantry
he Skinny Pantry, in Fort Myers, has collaborated with Twisted Fork to provide more healthy choices for takeout meals, along with weekly and monthly meal plans. Skinny with a Twist options start at five meals per week and include a family-style option, all offering affordable, healthy food for those that want to eat whole foods, but don’t have time to cook or prepare every meal. Both Terry Foster, who opened The Skinny Pantry health and specialty food emporium in 2008, and Lisa White Jacobs, who launched Twisted Fork earlier this year, are passionate foodies with extensive knowledge about specialty diets, food intolerances and sports nutrition, including vegan/vegetarian, low-carbohydrate, diabetic-safe and paleo lifestyles, with an emphasis on digestion efficiency. Their approach incorporates natural, naturopathic, integrative and functional nutrition. “My recommendations are tailored specifically to each unique person to reach their optimum health and ultimately lead to a longer, healthier and happier life,” says White Jacobs, a chef and nutritionist who was designated by the American Dietetic Association as Young Dietitian of the Year in 2000. Location: 14261 S. Tamiami Trl., Ste. 17. For more information, call 239-9355093, email Terry@TheSkinnyPantry.com or visit TheSkinnyPantry.com. See ad, page 53.
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Anniversary Event and Yoga Training at Love Yoga Center
irector Carla Olla will lead two events at Love Yoga Center, in Naples, this month. The facility will celebrate its fifth anniversary from 10 a.m. to noon, July 4, and will launch a 200-hour teacher training program on July 31. The birthday event features a free yoga class, followed by snacks and music. The yoga teacher training is suitable both for those ready to take their practice to the next level or for individuals interested in becoming a teacher. Training cost is $3,400, including books, materials and free classes. Payment plans are available. Location: 4949 Tamiami Trl. N., Ste. 204. For more information or to register, call 239-6929747, email LoveYogaCenter@aol.com or visit LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 64.
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Crazy Fingers Revives Grateful Dead Music in Naples
romising a reunion of Deadheads along with younger fans, Crazy Fingers, regarded by many as our regionâ€™s premier Grateful Dead tribute band, will perform from 6:30 to 9:45 p.m., July 25, at the Norris Community Center, in downtown Naples. A Happiness Hour featuring opportunities to socialize and colorful merchandise from Shakedown vendors will begin at 5 p.m. and a post-event party location will be revealed at the concert. Cost: $35 reserved seats. Limited VIP sponsorship packages of eight tickets available at http://eventbrite.com/e/gratefuljamnaples-tickets-16824902737. Location: 755 8th Ave. S. For more information, call 239-784-8002, email UrbanFoodNow@ gmail.com or visit Tinyurl.com/gratefuljam. See ad, page 27.
Moringa Energy Life Adds Two New Products
oss and Aylin Hagen, co-founders and owners of Moringa Energy Life, have added Moringa Energy Powder, with a newly formulated taste, and Moringa Turmeric Soap, with pure virgin coconut oil, cold-pressed moringa seed oil and turmeric, to their product line. The powderâ€™s ingredients include organic moringa leaf and seed powder, amla fruit powder, ginger root powder, cardamom seed powder and Stevia leaf. Their new soap, ideal for all types of skin, helps condition, rejuvenate and revitalize skin health and improve the natural glow and texture by providing antibacterial, antimicrobial and antioxidant benefits. The companyâ€™s Moringa oleifera and amla fruit is a fair trade item grown from organic soils, ensuring the most nutritious, pure, chemical- and pesticide-free and superior quality plants. The plants are ethically hand harvested at the ideal growing stage and naturally cool dried to retain their maximum nutritional potency and vivid green color. Moringa, regarded by some as the most nutritious tree on Earth, provides essential amino acids, antioxidants, protein, phytonutrients and minerals, plus vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B3, C and E, iron, fiber and calcium. For more information, call 239-246-1731, email Healthy@ MoringaEnergyLife.com or visit MoringaEnergyLife.com or Facebook.com/moringaenergylife. See ad, page 31. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Healing the Healers Reiki Circle at Happehatchee Center
he first of the new Healing the Healers Reiki Circle sessions will take place at 7 p.m., July 24, and continue on the fourth Friday of each month at the Happehatchee Center, in Estero. Lenka Spiska, a licensed massage therapist, medical intuitive, quantum healer and intuologist, will lead the events to support those that serve and empower others to heal and rise above their health struggles. “Healers are not only the bodyworkers, physicians, nurses and therapists, but also the teachers, farmers, Lenka Spiska consultants and others that are encouraging our modern culture towards wholeness,” says Spiska. “To be effective healers, we must acknowledge the need to nurture and treat ourselves with healing energy, as well.” Reiki can be defined as a non-physical healing energy made up of life force that is guided by the higher intelligence, or spiritually-guided life force energy. The Reiki practitioner will scan over the body of a comfortably clothed client at different heights until sensing a change in the energy field. The practitioner then channels healing energy to the recipient. Reiki can be administered to someone in any position, and is said to reduce anxiety and pain, increase relaxation, reduce fatigue, reduce blood pressure, support the immune system and help release toxic emotions. $15 donation requested. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information, call 239-992-5455, email Happehatchee@gmail.com or visit Happehatchee.org.
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Prescription for Happiness: The Work of Byron Katie Events at PB Light Center
ylvia Dreiser Farnsworth, of Active Embrace Coaching, will lead a free event, Prescription for Happiness: Introduction to The Work of Byron Katie, from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m., July 31, at PB Light Center, in Naples. Those that want to deepen the experience of increasing happiness and ease in their lives can attend a special workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., August 1, that includes a lunch break. Attendees will be able to understand what The Work of Byron Katie can do for them and learn the tools to do The Work themselves without any further help. The Work of Byron Katie is a process of identifying and questioning negative thoughts and undoes them to allow the mind to return to its true awakened, peaceful and creative nature. “I’d love to show you how to use The Work for yourself to cut through stress, dissatisfaction and anger and to bring back to you more happiness and peace of mind,” says Dreiser Farnsworth, a certified facilitator for The Work. “The goal of the workshop is that at the end you are able to use The Work on your own to bring more clarity and happiness back into your life.” Workshop cost: $29 to $49 sliding fee. Location: 2121 Heritage Trl. To register for either event, visit ActiveEmbrace.com/events. For more information, call 239-384-9457, email TheWorkWithSylvia@gmail.com or visit TheWork.com.
Travel Services Firm Expands Website Capabilities
RAVEL with EASe Services, Inc., has upgraded its website, providing an expanded travel brochure section. The Fort Myers-based company has also expanded its availability, meeting with clients during normal working hours, as well as weekday evenings and weekends to make travel arrangements to visit many exotic worldwide locations. TRAVEL with EASe, which has been providing personal travel consulting since 1992, can save clients money and streamline choices so they are knowledgeable about their destination and agenda once they arrive. The company works with clients at a time and place convenient to them, and there are no hidden charges or service fees. “It’s very easy for people to narrow down by name of country and tour and cruise operator,” says owner and Master Cruise Counselor Lynn Sullivan about their new web features. For more information, call Sullivan at 239-337-3273, email tvlEase@aol.com or visit TravelWithEasesvcs.com. See ad, page 50.
Transform to Health and Wellness at Monarch Therapy
ntegrative health center Monarch Therapy, in Naples, is offering classes for all ages this month and in August. The blend of integrative, health-and-wellness-focused approaches with licensed therapists and holistic practitioners provides healthy options for summer fun with a purpose. For ages 4 and up, the Caterpillar Kids Club (CKC) series is expanding into three classes: Calm CKC, including yoga and sound relaxation to improve focus and self-regulation; Social CKC, focusing on social skills; and Creative CKC, allowing for creative self-expression. Teen options include Teen Yoga, Teen Breath and a Soul Sisters Middle School Girls Group. Adults can unwind in Peaceful Mind, Mindful Expressions, Yoga/Self-Talk for Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Stress-Less Serenity Zone, Inner Spa Day for the Mind sessions and free Laughter Yoga on the fourth Friday of each month. Parent-focused classes include Empowered Parents and CALM (Connecting Amazing Local Moms). Costs: up to $20. Location: 843 Myrtle Terr. For more information, call 239-325-9210 or visit MonarchTherapy.com. natural awakenings
newsbriefs New Private Yoga Teacher Arrives in Naples
eryl Sykes, of Route Yoga, who recently moved to Naples from New York City, is offering private yoga sessions by donation this month and in August. A 200-hour certified teacher with a specialty in prenatal yoga, Sykes has trained as a doula and received instruction in restorative yoga, yoga nidra and prannassage Meryl Sykes yoga body work. Private sessions allow for more time to focus on physical and spiritual personal transformation and can take place in the comfort and convenience of the student’s home or in a rented studio space. For more information or to make arrangements for lessons, call 646226-1471, email Meryl@RouteYoga.com or visit RouteYoga.com. See ad, page 21.
Firefly Within Services Now at Healing Quantum Light Center
iofeedback, Reiki and Energy Sharing evenings are now being offered at the Healing Quantum Light Center, in Naples. Karin Wolfe, owner of Firefly Within, is Karin Wolfe offering biofeedback and Reiki sessions each Monday and by appointment during the energy sharing evenings, Connect with the Healer Within is held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Friday of each month, beginning July 10. “We are trying to reach as many people as possible to offer them alternative wellness options,” says Wolfe. “By offering our services and events at the Healing Quantum Light Center, we are in a beautiful center surrounded by nature, and it minimizes the drive for our Naples clients.” Location: 4810 Hickory Wood Dr. For monthly updates and to sign up for a newsletter, visit FireflyWithin.com or Facebook.com/fireflywithin. For more information, call 239-980-3257 or email FireflyBiofeedback@gmail.com.
n last month’s news brief on YogaFit, in Naples, the new studio’s street address was Johanna and misstated. It is Brandt Myers located at 8855 Immokalee Road. We apologize for the error. For more information, call 239206-0084 or 239-206-0826, email Naples@YogaFitStudios.com or visit Facebook.com/yogafitnaples.
Yoga Teacher Expands with Public Classes
arah Greeley, who has been conducting yoga classes at residential communities and corporations for residents and employees throughout our area for more than five years, is expanding her offerings with the launch of her Lifestyle Enrichment Services, providing free and paid yoga programs to the public. Free, twice-a-month group yoga sessions led by Greeley will be held in the Florida Blue retail Sarah Greeley office in the Coconut Point Mall, in Estero, from 9 to 10 a.m., beginning July 17, and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting July 20, through the rest of the year. She is also providing indoor group classes from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursdays at the Alico Family Golf Center, in south Fort Myers. Greeley also plans to offer international wellness retreats in the near future. Cost: $15 classes at Alico Golf Center. For more information or to register for paid classes (requested), call 239-825-0126, email Sarah@LifestyleEnrichmentServices.com or visit LifestyleEnrichmentServices.com or Facebook.com/lifestyle enrichmentservices. See ad, page 29.
kudos Meredith Musick, an experienced registered 500-hour yoga teacher and licensed massage therapist, recently attended an Intermediate/Therapeutic Purna Yoga Certification Training at Triad Yoga, in Greensboro, North Carolina, under the guidance of master teacher, Aadil Pahlkivala, founder of the style, from Bellevue, Washington. Meredith Musick â€œI loved the precision of Iyengar and the power in ashtanga. After many years of practicing both, Aadil and Purna caught my mat and gave me the bridge to go deeper into the spiritual and lifestyle philosophies while practicing the physical yoga,â€? says Musick. Musick, who has been practicing privately in Naples since 1999, specializes in postural imbalances and spinal rehabilitation and hatha yoga and teaches classes at BKS Yoga Studio. For more information, call 239-269-8846 or visit MeredithMusick.com. See ad, page 25. natural awakenings
Social Isolation Linked to Earlier Death
ew research from Brigham Young University indicates that social interaction decreases the risk of premature death. Scientists conducted an analysis of actuarial health research from 1980 to 2014 that included more than 3 million people. The study found living alone increased the risk of death by 32 percent, while perceptions of greater social isolation and elevated loneliness showed 29 percent and 26 percent increased risks of early mortality, respectively. The results were consistent among both men and women, but the impact of feelings of isolation or loneliness caused a higher degree of mortality risk for individuals under the age of 65. The mortality rates among the lonely and isolated were comparable to those of individuals that smoked 15 cigarettes a day or were alcoholics. Lead researcher Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., further noted, â€œThe effect of this is comparable to that of obesity, something that public health takes very seriously.â€?
Eating Peanuts Early On Reduces Allergy Risk
eanut allergies in Western countries have doubled during the past decade. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine may help reverse this trend. Researchers found that introducing peanuts during early childhood can actually decrease the risk of developing a peanut allergy later in life. The researchers followed 640 children with a high risk of food allergies, beginning when they were between 4 and 11 months old. Half the children were fed peanuts, while the other half were not given any. All were tested for sensitivities to peanuts prior to and at the end of the study period, which averaged five years. The research found that nearly 14 percent of those that avoided peanuts had a peanut allergy at the end of five years; seven times more than the 2 percent of those that were fed peanuts and displayed subsequent sensitivity.
Herbs for Performance, Enhancement and Recovery
utdoor summer activities can sometimes leave the body a bit bruised and battered. While the tendency is to take extra care of ourselves only after the damage has been done, taking a proactive approach by using herbs to prepare for exertion can cut down on post-workout pain, improve athletic performance and help recovery. Before heading outside to work out, Nature’s Rite Founder Steven Frank recommends using sweet marjoram for muscle cramp relief, peppermint leaf to improve circulation and witch hazel to lubricate muscle fibers. Penelope Ody’s The Holistic Herbal Directory suggests that using these herbs can also cut down on discomfort during strenuous physical activity. Devil’s claw can be applied to provide joint relief. According to Andrew Chevallier’s Natural Health Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, applying juniper berry to flush lactic acid from muscles and white willow bark for pain relief can help to offset effects of pushing the body harder than usual during exercise. After the workout is complete, Ody’s Natural Health Complete Guide to Medicinal Herbs recommends the application of comfrey to increase fibroblast activity for building new muscle fibers and repairing micro-tears in tendons, as well as Arnica montana to break up micro-clots to clear the way for recovery while easing pain. Frank says, “Each of these herbs, roots and bark can be combined in a water decoction to provide the right preparation for outdoor activities. The mixture should be sprayed on or wiped on large muscle groups and joints for maximum effectiveness.” For more information, email SteveF@NaturesRite Remedies.com or visit MyNaturesRite.com/blog. See ad, page 67.
The Moringa Tree Provides Nature’s Superfood
ew trees have been scientifically studied as much as Moringa oleifera. Recognized as a superfood in India, China, Asia, West Indies and the Philippines as well as subtropical areas of the U.S., its bark, root, leaves, flowers and seeds have medicinal, nutritional and culinary value. Moringa’s medicinal qualities are helpful in treating a wide variety of ailments such as joint pain, constipation, headache and fluid retention along with conditions like diabetes, thyroid disorders, anemia and asthma, and others. Recognized by the National Institutes of Health in 2007 as the “botanical of the year,” various studies have proven that Moringa’s seeds are highly effective in water purification. In addition, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center recognizes Moringa’s anti-cancer properties. They write: “In vitro and animal studies indicate that the leaf, seed and root extracts of moringa have anticancer, hepatoprotective (prevent against liver damage) hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal effects. They may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease, stomach ulcers, help lower cholesterol levels, and promote wound-healing.” Studies regarding the nutrient content of Moringa’s leaves reference 92 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, 36 antiinflammatories, 18 amino acids, 9 essential amino acids and 13 essential vitamins and minerals. It contains seven times the vitamin C in oranges, four times the calcium in milk, four times the vitamin A in carrots, three times the potassium in bananas and two times the protein in yogurt. It also has more chlorophyll than any other dark green leafy vegetable. Available at local health food stores or online, the dried leaf powder can be brewed as a tea or sprinkled onto soups, porridge, pastas, bread, smoothies and juices. In Africa it is mixed into baby formula. Fresh, tender leaves can be cooked like spinach, floated atop soups and stews or added to rice and other grains. Add flowers to salads. Parbroil young pods or prepare them like asparagus or green beans. The seeds in mature pods can be cooked like peas or roasted like nuts. Contact Moringa Energy Life, 239-437-0072, MoringaEnergyLife.com. See ad, page 31.
La Sous Vide Offers New Dimension to Traditional Cooking
ccording to Marketing Charts, a company that provides marketing professionals with the latest trends and data, 8 out of 10 adults watch TV cooking shows. Whether it’s the culinary wizardry of novice or master chefs on the Cooking Channel or Food Network, this large viewing audience is proof that individuals are interested in different varieties of food, as well as ways to prepare it. One gourmet but healthy cooking method often overlooked on shows and in restaurants is sous vide. Pronounced “soo-veed,” this technique has been the secret of great chefs for decades. Sous vide, which in French means “under vacuum”, involves cooking food in vacuum-sealed pouches submerged in a unique water oven bath. Through the natural circulation created by the basic physical properties of heat and water, all the water and food in the bath reach the same temperature. The efficient heat transfer capacity of water ensures that no hot spots or cold spots exist once the target temperature is reached. The end result is perfectly cooked food. Sous vide’s precise temperature control makes it possible for food to be equally cooked all the way through. Food is healthier and more nutritious because all the natural juices and vitamins are retained rather than boiled or steamed away. Food cooked sous vide style retains its color and form. Natural flavors are enhanced and no butter or oil is necessary. Thus, every food prepared can be fully appreciated for its own delicious flavor. Resource: Cuisine is prepared sous vide style by Chef Domenico at Kitchen 41, a Sous Vide Bistro, 2500 Tamiami Trl. N., Ste. 111, Naples; 239-263-8009; Kitchen41.com.
Flaxseed Oil Soothes Carpal Tunnel
arpal tunnel syndrome is typically accompanied by pain, numbness and reduced mobility in the hands and wrists. Research published by the Tehran (Iran) University of Medical Sciences in the DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences has determined that the application of external linseed oil—also referred to as flaxseed oil—can reduce pain and increase mobility for syndrome sufferers. The research tested 100 patients with the condition in two groups—one rubbed placebo oil onto their wrists, while the other applied linseed oil daily over a four-week period. Both groups wore wrist splints at night. After the treatment period, those that applied linseed oil experienced a significant drop in pain scores using the Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire and Function Assessment. The same patients also reported an improvement in mobility and function.
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
esearch from the University of Virginia and Emory University has found that just a few minutes of mindfulness meditation a day can significantly reduce high blood pressure among AfricanAmericans. The research included 15 men with high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease in a crossover study that tested each with 14 minutes of mindfulness meditation and compared that with 14 minutes of blood pressure education during two different treatment periods. Results showed that practicing mindfulness meditation reduced systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, mean arterial pressure and heart rate among the patients.
Stress Ramps Up Inflammation
esearch led by Peggy Zoccola, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at Ohio University, has found that dwelling upon events that are stressful can significantly increase inflammatory chemicals in the body. The researchers tested 34 healthy young women giving public presentations for job interviews. Afterward, half were asked to contemplate their performances while the others were asked to think about neutral events and images. While all of the women initially experienced significantly higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), the levels continued to rise for at least one hour afterward for the performanceruminating group, but returned to normal during the same time period for those that pondered neutral thoughts. CRP is produced in the liver and is known to rise following an injury or in a chronic inflammatory condition. “The immune system plays an important role in various cardiovascular disorders such as heart disease, as well as cancer, dementia and autoimmune diseases,” states Zoccola.
No Worries: Cats Naturally Eat Less in Summer
study from the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science has found that cats naturally eat less during the summer, indicating that owners can take such appetite swings in stride. The researchers studied 38 cats for four years. Their collars were implanted with a microchip that recorded the amount as they ate as much as they wanted from a dispenser. The team found that cats ate an average of 15 percent less in hot weather. Their eating decreased from June through August and increased from October to February. Eating levels were intermediate in the spring and fall. Study author Dr. Alex German observed, “Cats are more inclined to comfort eat when it’s cold outside, likely to be due to the extra energy they need to keep warm when out and about.”
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Court Rules GMO Labeling Constitutional In April, a federal court denied a request by powerful food industry groups to block Vermont’s landmark law requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods (GMO).The plaintiffs, including the Grocery Manufacturers Association, had sought a preliminary injunction to stop implementation of Act 120, which passed in May 2014 and will take effect a year from now. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss’ ruling said that the plaintiffs failed to show that they would suffer “irreparable harm” to warrant an injunction, and that the state had established that the act’s GMO disclosure requirement is constitutional. “This important ruling affirms the constitutionality of genetically engineered food labeling, as well as the rights of Vermonters and U.S. citizens across the country,” states George Kimbrell, senior attorney for the Center for Food Safety and counsel in the case. The ruling came shortly after an analysis by the Environmental Working Group found that industry groups spent $63.6 million last year—triple the amount spent in 2013—to defeat GMO-labeling measures. The general consensus is the Vermont case is likely to go to trial.
Community Supported Fisheries Share Bounty of the Sea Community supported agriculture is a growing movement in which subscribers pay farmers for weekly shares of their crops before the growing season starts, benefiting both. The farmers receive an infusion of cash up front and are paid a fair price for the food they produce. Consumers receive fresh food from sustainable, local farms and are often introduced to vegetables and fruits they might not try otherwise. The same concept applies to new community supported fisheries (CSF), which reconnect coastal communities to their local food systems. According to Paul Greenberg, author of American Catch: The Fight for our Local Seafood, 91 percent of the seafood that Americans eat comes from other countries, while one-third of the seafood caught by American fishermen is sold outside our borders. He believes this situation exists because most Americans aren’t willing to pay premium prices for better seafood and domestic fishermen realize better prices overseas. By using the website LocalCatch.org/locator to find nearby CSF programs, pioneering coastal communities can benefit from both supporting sustainable fishing practices and their local environment while still sufficiently feeding their residents. Source: Mother Nature Network
Protein-Rich Insects May Be Food of the Future As the world’s population grows, it makes sense to decrease consumption of animal protein. Approximately 70 percent of agricultural land and 30 percent of the total land on Earth is currently used to raise livestock, the world’s main source of protein. “Insects require less feed, water, land and energy to produce and their production generates substantially lower environmental pollutants, such as pesticides and greenhouse gases,” says Aaron Dossey, Ph.D., owner of All Things Bugs, in Gainesville, Florida, a company that provides protein-rich insect powder for commercial use. “Some insects are as much as 80 percent protein by weight and provide more essential amino acids than most other animal proteins,” reports Dossey. “They are also rich in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids.” For example, on a dry-weight basis, crickets contain as much omega-3 fatty acids as salmon. Florence Dunkel, Ph.D., an associate professor of entomology at Montana State University and editor of The Food Insects Newsletter, states, “Eighty-five insect species in the U.S. are documented as potential food sources; worldwide, there are 1,900 species.” She cites locusts, grasshoppers, crickets, silk moth pupae and beetle and moth larvae among the top insects consumed as food worldwide. Watch a video at Tinyurl.com/ InsectsAsFood. 24
Waterways, Soils and Animals Poisoned with EPA Approval Surface disposal of water produced by oil and gas drilling is forbidden in the Eastern U.S., but allowed in arid Western states for purposes of agricultural or wildlife propagation. The result: Millions of gallons of water laced with toxic chemicals from oil and gas drilling rigs are pumped for consumption by wildlife and livestock with approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA is issuing permits at nearly a dozen oil fields on or abutting the Native American Wind River Reservation, in Wyoming, for surface application of drilling wastewater without even identifying the chemicals in fluids used for hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, let alone setting effluent limits for the contaminants contained within them. Also, monitoring requirements allow water to be tested long after fracking outflow, or maintenance flushing, is completed. The EPA maintains Clean Water Act jurisdiction on tribal lands. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) Executive Director Jeff Ruch states, “Gushers of putrid, grayish water encrusted with chemical crystals flood through Wind River into nearby streams.” PEER is asking the EPA to rewrite the permits to regulate all the chemicals being discharged and to determine whether the produced water is potable for wildlife and livestock. Source: Tinyurl.com/Wastewater FrackingUse natural awakenings
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Lowe’s to Stop Selling Toxic Pesticides Lowe’s Home Improvement says it will begin to eliminate neonicotinoid pesticides, a leading contributor to global bee declines, from its stores. This public commitment is the most significant announcement so far for a retailer of its size. Lisa Archer, a spokesperson for Friends of the Earth, says, “We are pleased Lowe’s is listening to consumer concerns and to the growing body of science telling us we need to move away from bee-toxic pesticides by taking steps to be part of the solution to the bee crisis.” The retailer has pledged to phase out neonicotinoids as suitable alternatives become available, redouble existing integrated pest management practices for suppliers and provide additional materials for educating customers about pollinator health. Source: Tinyurl.com/LowesHelpsBees
Fungi Clean Up Toxic Wastes For waterways, soil or even radioactively contaminated areas, the powerful use of mycelium to sequester contaminants is receiving significant attention. Leading American mycologist Paul Stamets, the pioneering founder of Fungi Perfecti, has been working for years with mycore mediation, using mycelium to clean up waste sites. He holds nine patents on the antiviral, pesticidal and remediative properties of mushroom mycelia. Stamets even has an eight-step plan for cleaning up radioactive poisoning and thinks fungi could remediate radiation at the melted reactor sites in Fukushima, Japan. The Ocean Blue Project (OceanBlueProject.org), based in Corvallis, Texas, uses locally grown oyster mushroom spores lodged in a coffee grounds mixture. Then they create a “bunker spawn” that’s put into a river to restore polluted aquatic habitat. As the mushrooms grow, they break down toxins and remove pollutants from the river. Mycore mediation also helps with weed control. Source: Permaculture.co.uk
Sun-Fueled Energy Booms in Pioneer States Two years in the making, the Topaz Solar Project, the world’s largest, has begun operating in California, powerful enough to supply 160,000 homes using 9 million photovoltaic solar panels installed across 9.5 square miles. Compared to fossil fuel technology, the facility is projected to remove 377,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year; equivalent to taking 73,000 cars off the road. Unlike some solar plants, Topaz requires no water to generate electricity and makes minimal sound because there are no moving parts, so its total environmental impact is minimal. In Hawaii, where 12 percent of homes have solar panels, handling surplus power is putting pressure on the state’s biggest utility, which now wants to reduce what it pays for the energy. Electricity there is pricey, with monthly bills of $600 to $700 not uncommon. The growing popularity of making electricity at home puts new pressures on old infrastructure like circuits and power lines and cuts into electric company revenue. As a result, many utilities are reducing incentives and adding steep fees. “Hawaii is a postcard from the future,” says Adam Browning, executive director of Vote Solar, a policy and advocacy group based in California.
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Rocker Neil Young Celebrates Food Democracy with New Album Tour Legendary musician Neil Young and his new band, Promise of the Real, featuring Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, are calling out agribusiness giant Monsanto’s practices with a new album and summer concert tour. The band’s Rebel Content tour to support their new album The Monsanto Years will kick off on July 5 in Milwaukee and includes Young’s first-ever concert in Vermont, in Essex Junction, on July 19, a state that passed a law requiring food companies to label products that contain genetically modified ingredients. Young, a longtime critic of big agribusiness, has sharply criticized efforts by the Grocery Manufacturers Association to block the Vermont GMO labeling law. “Whatever you think of GMOs,” he maintains, “corporations should not be using massive lawsuits to overturn legitimate, democratic decisions that have strong public backing.” The tour also encompasses Denver, July 8 and 9; Lincoln, Nebraska, July 11; Cincinnati, July 13; Clarkston, Michigan, July 14; Camden, New Jersey, July 16; Bethel, New York, July 17; Wantagh, New York, July 21; Great Woods, Massachusetts, July 22; and Oro-Medonte, Ontario, July 24. Other dates may be added. For more information, visit NeilYoung.com. natural awakenings
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Food Industry Fudges GMO Facts The U.S. Right to Know nonprofit has issued a report, Seedy Business: What Big Food Is Hiding with Its Slick PR Campaign on GMOs (usrtk.org/seedybusiness.pdf). It outlines the food industry’s campaign to manipulate the media, public opinion and politics with disreputable tactics, company-sponsored science and public relations spin. Since 2012, the agrichemical and food industries have mounted a complex, multifaceted public relations, advertising, lobbying and political campaign in the U.S. spending more than $100 million per year to defend genetically engineered food and crops and the pesticides that accompany them, the authors report. The purpose is to deceive the public, deflect efforts to win the right to know what’s in our food via labeling that’s now required in 64 countries and ultimately, to extend their profit stream at any cost to the public for as long as possible. Highlights include a history of the industry’s tactics to conceal information, ensure lack of government policy and testing for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), attack credible scientists and journalists and support untrustworthy advocates and political machinations.
Food Supplies Increasingly Under Siege Three hundred farmers recently took over the building and interrupted a meeting where the Brazil National Biosafety Technical Commission was deciding whether or not to introduce genetically engineered (GE/GM/GMO) transgenic eucalyptus trees into their biosphere. These activists and thousands more around the country have halted plans temporarily, but the assault continues by international corporations bent on patenting and controlling the environment itself. At home, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has already approved the first corporate-sponsored, patented, genetically modified tree, ArborGen’s loblolly pine. Despite outspoken public opposition, the USDA approved it with no public oversight nor assessment of the environmental risks it poses. Grass-fed beef farmers, supplying an alternative that many seek to avoid GMO feed grain, now have to cope with the advent of genetically modified grass. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Monsanto’s exclusive consumer sales agent for RoundUp glyphosate weed killer, intends to conduct field trials at the homes of company employees absent government oversight, because no laws currently prohibit or limit the planting of GMO grass. In February, the government approved the first genetically modified apple for commercial planting. The Arctic apple is part of a growing list of sanctioned GMO fresh produce, including papaya and sweet corn. A gene within the apple is altered so it resists browning and bruising. Many people die or go blind from vitamin A deficiency, so the Gates Foundation has funded research by Australia’s Queensland University of Technology to create a vitamin-enhanced, GMO “super banana”. Testing on humans will take place in the U.S. over a six-week period and researchers aim to start growing the fruit in Uganda by 2020. Sign concerned-citizen petitions at Tinyurl.com/Credo-No-GMO-Trees and Tinyurl.com/Care2-No-GMO-Grass. 28
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The Need to Protect Precious Native Topsoils American states salute their native identities and characteristics in many ways, including official birds and flowers. Home farmers, growers and gardeners can relish that soils also bear official state designations, including New York’s Honeoye, South Carolina’s Lynchburg, Alabama’s Bama, Iowa’s Tama and California’s San Joaquin. All these different types of earth are threatened by widespread use of pesticides, topsoil degradation and other factors that severely hamper their integrity. The U.N. General Assembly declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils, saluting its many roles, including storing and filtering water, providing resilience to drought, participating in the carbon cycle and being the foundation for agriculture. According to The Land Institute, the loss of topsoil is the greatest threat to our food supply. Planting perennial crops, agroforestry, intercropping and other agro-ecological practices can help conserve soils, preventing erosion and protecting water. According to GreenLiving.com, these sustainable practices can help prevent soil erosion: Reduce impervious surfaces. Driveways, patios and lanais allow precipitation to flow freely over them, gaining momentum in the process, to erode topsoil. Use paving stones rather than a concrete slab to allow water to percolate down into the soil. Plant a rain garden. As a shallow depression in the yard, a rain garden collects precipitation washing over impervious surfaces, preventing soil erosion and facilitating growth of wetland plants. Use a rain barrel. Placing a barrel underneath a downspout will collect and store water that runs off roofs, making it available for watering plants even when rain is sporadic. It supports both water and soil conservation efforts. Consider innovative products. Fiber mulch mats—small, biodegradable particles of wood, straw, coconut and other natural plant materials interlocked with mulch—blend with soil to keep moisture in the topsoil by acting as a top coating. (Review representative manufacturers’ products at LandscapePlanet.com and ErosionPollution.com.)
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. ~Albert Einstein
Find the official soil for each state at Tinyurl.com/NativeStateSoils.
readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet David R. Llewellyn
Life’s mission: To bring as much light into the world as possible by refining my own consciousness and helping others refine theirs. Work: As the owner of Spectrum Recovery Solutions, in Estero, I help others to become more awake, aware and deliberate in their lives through various psychological and experiential exercises in individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy and counseling. Proudest Achievements: Recognizing my limitations as an individual human being and inviting a power greater than myself into my process. When I did that, great things began to happen, and continue to happen in my life and in the lives of others with whom I work and play. My business was built and grown on faith and hard work, one day at a time, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the community. Expectations for the Future: That it will be relatively unpredictable, inasmuch as my experience has shown me that just when I think I have figured it out, everything changes. I expect that some individuals will continue to amaze me with their brilliance, loving kindness and depth while others will continue to amaze me with their unconsciousness, mean selfishness and superficiality. Favorite app: Insight Timer for meditation, which has the best sampled Tibetan bowl sounds and a remarkable community of users. Favorite websites: Institute of Heartmath, HeartMath.org; Food Matters, FoodMatters.tv; TED, Ted.com; and Institute of Noetic Sciences, Noetic.org. Local causes supported: Gulfshore Runners, Drug Free Collier, NAMI of Collier County, NAMI of Lee County, Mental Health Association of SW Florida, St. Matthews House. Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: It is a fantastic resource for locating local opportunities, individuals and organizations that support a healthy lifestyle. Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Food & Thought Organic Café, in Naples. How do you invest in your community: I raised my family in Southwest Florida and have a business that serves the mental health needs of Southwest Floridians. I financially support local nonprofit organizations that provide critical services. I am presently designing a not-for-profit organization which will use Dialectical Behavior Therapy to serve members of the community who presently tend to overuse emergency services due to untreated or undertreated mental health issues. Favorite quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” ~Gandhi What you are doing to be the change you want to see in the world: The change in the world starts with me changing me. I show up every day and keep my commitment to do the daily practices that connect me to the Source of my being. I go out into the world and show up as consciously as I am able, remembering to ask the question, “What is the loving response in this situation?” Then, I courageously make that loving response to the best of my ability.
Meet the Behind-the-Scenes Professionals that Make Natural Awakenings Possible by Linda Sechrist
ccording to science, we are the product of a set of genes and their interaction with myriad external influences, including one of life’s most influential factors—our vocation. The way in which we use our special gifts and talents shapes us as do the many ways we view our world and interact with it. When we meet strangers, our first question is generally, “What do you do?” We are less quick to ask about their nonwork activities simply because we seek to satisfy a deeper need to understand one of the most important ways we define others and ourselves—what we do and they do as “work”. Magazines are challenging work. The magnitude of teamwork and talent that it takes to put the Naples/Fort Myers edition together every month for 20plus years, and now for our 95 franchises throughout the country, is beyond the imaginings of most people outside of the industry. This month we felt that readers might enjoy meeting the people behind our pages and learning not only about what they do, but also about how what they do has shaped their lives and is rippling out into our community. S. Alison Chabonais, national editor, who celebrates her 15 years with Natural Awakenings (NA), orchestrates, assigns and edits all national editorial S. Alison Chabonais content that the headquarters team supplies to its 95 franchise publishers around the country. The lifelong environmentalist taps the expertise offered in the magazine for practical steps she can act on. A serious advocate of indoor and outdoor water conservation, she relies on native plants, has no water-hungry lawn and uses rain barrel capture. Chabonais has successfully lobbied 32
Home Team Pest Defense and Accent Cleaning Services to include the option of nontoxic natural products and spearheaded their availability for hundreds of other clients. “It’s lovely to introduce Clorox-oriented cleaners to a healthier way of working,” she says. She favors organic foods, avoids GMOs and relies on the organic hair care products she buys from Raw Hair by Melanie. “Whole Foods, Publix and Fresh Market make shopping for organic more convenient. This winter I also shopped Farmer Mike’s every week and picked strawberries from the field for the first time since I was a young girl,” she comments. “I like that we’ve embraced more spirit-oriented content to balance the emphasis on body and mind and am ever grateful to be part of our community-hearted readership,” she says. Martin Miron and Randy Kambic, freelance editors and writers have been essential to the success of the editorial team— Miron for eight Martin Miron years and Kambic for six. As story artists, they are experts in finessing finished copy and adjusting grammar and punctuation to our house style. Both feel that working for NA makes them part of the solution rather than part of the problem. “The information I glean from reading and writing this magazine makes me think about everyday choices regarding my diet, exercise and carbon footprint more than I ever did in the past,” remarks Miron, who is happy that he gets to apply his prior experience as a professional journalist to more positive topics and viewpoints than those carried by mainstream media. “I believe that our attitude matters and what we think about most is likely to occur. That’s why I am a hard core optimist,” he quips.
Kambic values working with a dedicated and conscientious team of professionals. “I enjoy learning about and helping inform readers regarding Randy Kambic our area’s many beneficial healthy living programs and services,” says Kambic, an outdoor enthusiast who likes to play tennis and follow the local tennis and golf scene. “I also enjoy swimming and visiting eco-friendly places such as the Happehatchee Center, where I can observe wildlife.” C. Michele Rose, our talented graphic artist, has a multitude of gifts that she has been pouring into the aesthetically pleasing magazine’s layouts for C. Michele Rose 12 years. “I completely believe in the NA mission and have been very happy to align my energies with the purpose and passion of the magazine. When I found NA, I was already on the path of natural and healthy living and was looking for a company and people of like mind. Working with people that are consciously striving to live life to its fullest and “lovingest” is where I choose to be,” avers Rose. Stephen Blancett, national art and production manager, has been applying his artistic perspective to NA covers for nearly seven years. He Stephen Blancett eats smart and healthy thanks to the healthy eating and
fitness articles that he reads in NA. “I haven’t been to a fast-food restaurant in years. After going on a diet and achieving my goal of losing 50 pounds in six months I ran into an old friend at an art gallery. He looked at me and said, ‘Wow you look so healthy and happy’. I smiled and replied, ‘I am.’” Blancett’s kitchen pantry was once full of “convenient boxes” of “bakes in 20 minutes” faux foods. “I used to grocery shop once a week and stock up on foods that lasted a week or longer. NA introduced me to the harmful ingredients in processed foods and the philosophy of ‘If your food can go bad, it’s good for you. If it can’t go bad, it’s bad for you.’ Today, I mostly shop daily for only fresh foods at farmers’ markets. Buckingham Farms and 31 Produce are my favorite haunts,” he says. Blancett loves to cook and has been working on a cookbook for more than six years. After becoming enlightened regarding healthier food choices, he started reworking many of his original recipes. Steve Hagewood, senior graphic designer for in-house advertising and marketing has used his talents to help promote the magazine for more Steve Hagewood than four years. He cites NA’s single most significant impact on his life as the connection to a national network of individuals that are making a profound difference in the well-being of humanity, animals and the planet. Hagewood notes that he’s learned much about healthy eating and green living from NA. “The magazine’s positive influence has led me to be more conscious of what I eat and wear as well as how I treat the planet. Thanks to NA, I practice yoga, visit a chiropractor and shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, whose house brands are organic and GMO-free,” he says. Wildlife and animal welfare are Hagewood’s personal interests, evident in his contributions to the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Defenders of Wildlife and National Resources Defense
Council. He also actively participates in petition signing, contacting congressmen and tweeting issues that are not only related to animal welfare, but most all environmental and food regulation. Sharing the knowledge he gains with family and friends is a natural side effect of his work that he considers beneficial for the nation and world. “I’m making up for all of the years of creating advertising campaigns for unhealthy products,” he quips. Lisa Avery, graphic designer/ ad builder, was thrilled to receive an offer to join the NA team in 2014. She thoroughly enjoys assisting advertisers in Lisa Avery marketing their business or service and supporting them in achieving their vision for their brand. “In my opinion, there is no better choice for a company with a conscience when it comes to investing advertising dollars,” she advises. Avery finds the entire staff at NA is a delight to work with. “Each of them shines a bright light and together they share a vision of making the world a better place. And because of them, it is,” says Avery. Amie Delozier has been finance manager in charge of day-today financial operations for six years. A reader of NA during the earliest years of its Amie Delozier publication, she found the calendar and the advertisers a priceless resource. “Connecting each day with a group of likeminded individuals in the workplace is not the typical scenario for most people. These many years later, I feel very fortunate to work here and be part of such a great team,” notes Delozier. A vegetarian for most of her life, Delozier credits her exposure to the publication’s well researched and written content for sparking her desire to move to an even cleaner way of nourishing her body with more local
organic options. “I’ve become hyperaware of GMO foods and avoid them if possible,” she says. Heather Gibbs is our threeyear veteran franchise support manager. A multitalented individual, she juggles a multitude of job responsibiliHeather Gibbs ties and does them all exceptionally well. As a member of the NA family, she explains that her life has been impacted in several ways from her first day to the present and beyond. “NA opened me up to new and different things and brought me back to some of my ideals and values. Most importantly, working here led me to begin my yoga journey. If it wasn’t for CEO Sharon Bruckman’s encouragement and support, I wouldn’t have attended my first yoga class in 2013 and I wouldn’t now be in the process of obtaining my yoga teacher certification through Love Yoga Center’s teacher training program. If someone had told me three years ago that someday I’d be practicing yoga and studying to become a teacher, I’d have laughed and said, ‘Oh, no, you’re confusing me with someone else,’” she says. Kara Scofield, administrative assistant and the voice that greets callers, is responsible for billing and payables, in addition to processing/shipping Kara Scofield NA webstore orders. She splits her time between local magazine tasks and the corporate franchise side of publishing. A new resident in 2001, Scofield, who has been teaching and performing belly dancing for more than 10 years, found her first belly dance class here in the NA calendar. She still prefers perusing our magazine for local service providers, fitness classes, organic food and interesting events before searching Google. Scofield worked as a biologist in the environmental permitting field for several years before moving to dance full-time. After many happy years there,
she wanted to return to a more traditional full-time job, but determined that her work needed to be in alignment with her values and lifestyle. “Unexpected ‘perks’ such as positive working relationships, a healthy office space, and constant exposure to new and exciting information and ideas have become springboards for growth in my own personal life, which is something I never considered might come from my work,” enthuses Scofield. Scofield appreciates being part of a company that has a bigger purpose and is in the business of helping others. “Since the environment is also on our action agenda, I feel I’ve not left that part of me behind,” she notes. Sara Peterson, calendar/classified editor and news brief coordinator has been using her organizational, administrative and customer service Sara Peterson skills in Naples for two years. Previously, she and husband Bill owned Natural Awakenings of West Michigan franchise for two years. “The magazine’s editorial, calendar and advertisers have been with me on my 16-year healing journey, inspiring me to be conscientious of my eating habits and the environment; to take care of my body, mind and spirit in ways that nourish and sustain me, to raise my children with awareness and to be the change I would like to see in the world. Working for NA a portion of this time has been a true blessing. I enjoy working with like-minded people and for a com-
pany that shares my outlook on life and supports my lifestyle,” explains Peterson. She says that NA even helped her meet her soul mate and husband. “After answering a help wanted ad for employment at For Goodness Sake, in Naples, we became colleagues and fell in love. We have three beautiful children, who I birthed naturally at home with a midwife. I chose to breastfeed my children for an extended amount of time, fed them natural and/or organic foods and applied a Waldorf-inspired lifestyle to my kids in their younger years. I also relied on the principles of Rudolf Steiner as I homeschooled them as preschoolers and into kindergarten for my oldest son,” advises Peterson. Christine Miller is the Collier County sales executive. Before joining NA in 2009, she was a total believer in alternative health, choosing to heal Christine Miller her tennis elbow with myofascial release rather than the surgery. Miller knows for certain that we are what we eat and that food is our best medicine. Exercise is a big part of her life. She lifts weights three times a week and does cardio regularly. “I eat organic, real food and avoid sugar, wheat and gluten as much as possible,” she advises. Being in nature is a favorite pastime, which is why Miller finds Sanibel Island so captivating. “Renting a bike and rollerblading throughout the island brings me joy. The Everglades, Six Mile Cypress Slough, in Fort Myers, and the Naples Zoo are my other favorite places
T he thing I remember best about successful people I've met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they're doing and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they're doing, and they love it in front of others. ~Fred Rogers 34
If it’s anything to do with nature, I am in,” enthuses Miller. “Reading and working for NA opened my eyes to meditating and the teachings of Buddha, as well as full moon and drum circles,” Miller shares and advises that her clients enrich her life in many ways. “I love to hear about what everyone has to offer,” she says. Lisa Doyle, Lee County sales account executive, joined NA in late 2012. The fan of NA, since relocating to SWFL from New York in 2001, is grateful to Lisa Doyle work with a company aligned with her values. “NA was the first publication I picked up to learn about what my community had to offer. I am such a believer in this product that the concept of supporting the magazine in Lee County was a no-brainer,” says Doyle, who prefers to shop at local merchants. Since joining NA, Doyle eats 90 percent raw/cooked veggies, no red meat and only wild caught fish and organic chicken. “Before NA, I was a fast-tracker who didn’t take care of myself. After NA, I fell in love with massage, skincare, acupuncture and learning about new and exciting modalities through the magazine,” she notes. Doyle and the other members of our publishing family are in agreement that working for Natural Awakenings allows us to feel that we’re helping the world to be a better place and leaving behind a meaningful legacy. As company cultures go, this one is rare—so is a remarkable staff that thrives and strives at work and beyond to uphold the vision and values of their leadership. While few of our local readers will ever get the opportunity to meet our growing family of franchise-publishers, rest assured that each of the 95 offices is equally as distinctive and devoted as our Southwest Florida headquarters, which published the start-up edition for the entire operation. As the home base and support system for our franchise operation, we can confidently and proudly say that each of our publishers upholds the same ideal of making a difference and leaving a legacy of good work.
Songs of Freedom We All Long for Liberty by Enrique Smeke
he yearning for freedom is like a seed that dwells deep in our hearts—freedom from scarcity, from conflicting relationships, from addictions, from health issues. This yearning for freedom binds the centuries. In the Americas, this clamor can be heard in the words of the national anthems of many countries. The Colombian national anthem mentions the “invisible light of sublime freedom.” The Uruguayan anthem says, “Freedom, that clamor that saved our country.” The Mexican anthem asks that “the echoes resound with voices of unity and freedom.” The Argentine anthem exclaims, “Listen, mortals, to the sacred cry: Freedom,” and the American anthem reminds us that this is “the land of the free.” Mary Baker Eddy proclaims in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Citizens of the world,
accept the ‘glorious liberty of the children of God,’ and be free!” Let the seed in your heart sprout. Water it with gratitude. Accept the liberty to be free as your God-given nature. Yearn to see each other as God’s child, to feel God’s ever-present love and to grow freer and freer from all limitations—and watch as the seed’s tender shoots manifest themselves in improved health, progress and joy in families, friends and the world. Let freedom always be included in your anthem song. From a free podcast series titled Your Daily Lift. Songs of Freedom is by international speaker Enrique Smeke, a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing from Newburyport, MA, and Miami, FL, raised in Argentina. Used with permission of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston (ChristianScience.com/dailylift).
Harris Treats the Person, Not the Disease by Linda Sechrist
raditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), ing with patients. This helps me get to know which values preventive medicine the individual and decide how to treat them over emergency disease intervention, effectively with common sense approaches invested much into developing a complex such as acupuncture, the cold laser, cupand effective understanding of the causes of ping, electro-acupuncture and micro-current disease. The reason for this is likely because therapy,” says Harris. in ancient China a traditional Chinese physi Cupping increases circulation and helps cian’s job was to keep the people of his to move lymph by lifting the fascia of the village healthy. This philosophy is one that muscles. Electro-acupuncture is the application Rosemary Harris, acupuncture physician and of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture owner of The Complete Well-Being Center, needles as a means of stimulating acupoints. in Naples, enthusiastically embraced from Moxibustion is a TCM therapy that uses a dried the moment she began studying TCM at the herb known as artimisia (mugwort) to stimulate Rosemary Harris Acupuncture and Massage College, in Miami. circulation through the points and induce a “The highly prized job of being the smoother flow of blood and qi. emperor’s physician came with a life-and-death stipulation. Low-level cold laser therapy comprises treatment with a If the emperor got sick, his physician was held responsible handheld device that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to and could be executed. This is quite different from today’s interact with tissue. Non-thermal photons of light emitted from medical model of treating diseases,” quips Harris, who the laser penetrate from two to five centimeters into the layworked in human resources management until a midlife ers of the skin to reduce pain and inflammation as well as to epiphany led her to realize that she was “in the right stimulate healing on a cellular level. The device is U.S. Food church, but the wrong pew.” and Drug Adminstration-approved for carpal tunnel syndrome. “The awakening to a need for a deeper sense of fulfill Microcurrent therapy restores normal frequencies within ment led me to switch to something in health care that was the cells and stimulates an increase in adenosine triphosphate more hands-on, personalized and natural,” notes Harris, who (ATP), the energy that fuels all biochemical functions in the holds a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University in body. It also bumps up protein synthesis, which is necessary Public Health Care Policy and Management. for tissue repair. The ensuing enhancement in blood flow and Harris, who opened her first office in Miami, respects decrease in inflammation translates into reductions in pain Western medicine, has a solid knowledge of it, and takes and muscle spasms, as well as increased range of motion. its perspective into account when it’s time to diagnose her “Mind, body and spirit must be in balance for true patients. “But I prefer the Eastern medicine approach of health, which is why I treat the whole unique person warmly treating the person rather than the disease. Every individual and without judgment, rather than just treating the illness or is different. Their personal and work environments are as disease,” notes Harris. unique to them as their mental and emotional states, which is also true of the way their illness affects them. I’m like the Complete Well-Being Center, 684 Goodlette Rd. N., Naples. old-time country doctor who enjoyed spending time talk239-404-0648. CompleteWellBeingCenter.com.
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their community, whether animals are treated humanely, if family farmers and other food workers are paid a living wage and can collectively bargain and whether people have access to safe, healthy food—as well as the right to know what is in their food, how it is produced and where it comes from.” Peck believes that if we want a cleaner environment, healthier people and more vibrant communities, “We need to be citizens that care about bringing democratic accountability, social justice and ecological integrity to all aspects of our food/farm system.”
Local Food Strengthens Communities
Food Democracy By the People, for the People and Toward a Stronger Nation by Melinda Hemmelgarn
o more fully understand the concept of democracy, we can look to some past U.S. presidents. Abraham Lincoln defined it as “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Thomas Jefferson said, “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.” Harry S Truman further recognized that “secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix.” By extension, “food democracy” describes a fair and transparent food system in which people have informed choices and control in determining what and how they eat. It’s what happens when we view people as citizens, rather than consumers, and treat food as a human right, reports the Oakland, California-based Pesticide Action Network (PAN). Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, and member of the Franciscan Earth Corps, defines it as having the freedom to make choices about the integrity of our food from farm to plate, so that we can support the health and well-being of ourselves, 40
the Earth and all organisms that inhabit the ecosystem.
Food Sovereignty Feeds Independence
A PAN report on food democracy describes food sovereignty as the international equivalent of the U.S. movement to re-localize control over our food and farming. It’s rooted in regenerating historically autonomous food systems with, for and by the people. John Peck, Ph.D., executive director of Family Farm Defenders, in Madison, Wisconsin, explains that the term “food sovereignty” was coined about two decades ago by the globally active La Via Campesina, comprised of family farmers, farm workers, fishing folks, hunters, gatherers and indigenous communities around the world. “At its most basic,” Peck says, “Food sovereignty is about reclaiming local democratic control over our food/ farm system from corporate agribusiness.” This way, “Everyone has the right to decide what is grown or raised in
In their report, Deepening Food Democracy, the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), in Minneapolis, describes how U.S. food and farming has increasingly become concentrated, consolidated and controlled by the few. Local food enthusiasts want to take back their food system from industrial, corporate masters that lobby for legislation which denies citizens the right to know how their food is produced or if it contains genetically modified ingredients (GMO). The growing local food movement is as much about returning power to communities, food workers, farmers and farm workers as it is about producing and distributing healthy, sustainably grown food, reports IATP. Anthony Flaccavento, an organic farmer in the Appalachian region of southwestern Virginia, has been working on national food and sustainable farming initiatives for nearly 30 years. In a recent Food Sleuth Radio interview, he described the resulting tremendous, multiple positive impacts of strong local economies, noting that a strong local food system is usually at their center. “Once you have vibrant, diverse local economies,” says Flaccavento, “you have better health, lower crime and incarceration rates—and more civic participation.” Basically, a more democratic food system could help fix many of the maladies ailing our nation today. The steady growth of farmers’ markets, farm to school programs and food policy councils prove that Americans are hungry both for clean food and an enhanced sense of community.
While Flaccavento appreciates conscious consumers that support local food providers, he emphasizes, “Just acting locally isn’t enough. We need to re-engage with bigger social and political debates, as well.”
In a food democracy, everyone is a stakeholder. Not only do people have equal access to food, but they’re informed, active, engaged and participating.
thereby improving children’s diets, health, school performance and future potential. “We are contributing to food democracy by making sure every child we touch, regardless ~Rose Hayden-Smith, author, of income, zip code Sowing the Seeds of Victory and skin color, faith or nation of origin, has access to fresh, healthy, nutritious food that they help Growing Vegetables grow,” says Ritz. and Democracy So far, his Green Bronx Machine After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orcommunity has raised 30,000 pounds leans, Jenga Mwendo knew she had of vegetables. “We’re growing justice,” to leave her high-powered job in New Ritz announced in his March 2015 TED York City and return to her hometown Talk. “My favorite crop is organically in the devastated Lower Ninth Ward. grown citizens—graduates, voters and “My parents raised me to contribute,” students who are eating [better] and livMwendo explains. “My first name ing healthier lives!” means ‘to build’ and my last name means ‘always progressing’.” Kitchen Gardens In 2009, Mwendo founded the Backyard Gardeners Network (BGN), Nourish the World a local nonprofit organization that Roger Doiron is the founder and restores and strengthens what had once director of Kitchen Gardeners Interbeen a thriving, closely knit, self-reliant national (KGI), an online global comcommunity, rich with backyard gardens munity of some 30,000 people in 100 and citizen engagement. Residents countries that are growing some of went to work, recognizing the potentheir own food. He spearheaded First tial of community gardens to revitalize Lady Michelle Obama’s White House their neighborhood and bring affordGarden. Doiron’s campaign to bring a able healthful food to residents, many food garden back to the White House of them suffering from obesity, heart (presidents John Adams, Jefferson and disease and diabetes. The BGN both Jackson all had edible gardens) began revitalized a community garden and in 2008, went viral, took root and the converted a blighted lot into a Guerrilla rest is history. Today, the first lady conGarden, where people of all ages gather tinues to champion garden-fresh food to grow food, share stories, embrace to improve children’s health. their cultural heritage and learn how to From his own 1,500-square-foot become responsible citizens. garden in Scarborough, Maine, Doiron “We bring people together and and his wife harvested 900 pounds of make decisions collectively,” says organic fruits and vegetables worth Mwendo. “The garden is for our com$2,200 in a single season. “Talented munity, by our community.” Undergardeners with more generous soils and standing the value of involving children climates are able to produce even more food in less space,” he says, “but maxiand teens, she adds, “Kids know they mizing production is not our only goal. will be loved here. This is a nurturing We’re also trying to maximize pleasure environment.” and health.” Like Mwendo, Stephen Ritz, a top Doiron believes, “Quality food is 10 finalist in the Varkey Foundation’s central to well-being and is one of the Global Teacher Prize, is reaching youth best ways to unite people of different through food. Based in New York City’s countries and cultures around a comSouth Bronx, one of the country’s poormon, positive agenda.” He’s convinced est school districts, he and his students that kitchen gardens will play a critical are growing vegetables in school, natural awakenings
Food Independence Resources Bioscience Research Project BioscienceResource.org Corporate Accountability International StopCorporateAbuse.org Fair Food Network FairFoodNetwork.org Food Co-op Initiative FoodCoopInitiative.coop Food First FoodFirst.org Food & Water Watch FoodAndWaterWatch.org Food Policy Councils MarkWinne.com/resource-materials Food Sleuth Radio KOPN.org Food Voices: Stories from the People Who Feed Us FoodVoices.org
role in feeding a growing population faced with climate challenges. On July 4, his organization celebrates Food Independence Day as a way to recognize the role of home and community gardens in achieving self-sufficiency.
Saving Seeds, Saving Democracy
Jim Gerritsen operates Wood Prairie Farm with his family in Bridgewater, Maine. He’s dedicated to using organic farming methods to protect the environment and food quality, provide ample harvests and foster good jobs for the next generation of young farmers. As president of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, Gerritsen led a lawsuit against Monsanto in 2011, challenging the validity of seed patents. In a Food Sleuth Radio interview, he explains, “Patented seeds cannot be saved and replanted. To take that right away from farmers was a
terrible mistake on the part of the Supreme Court.” Seed ownership belongs to the people; our seed resource is part of our common heritage. “Genetic engineering was an invention to take away from the commons the ownership of seeds,” he continues. “Regaining control of the seed supply is one of the most pressing battles we have in agriculture.” Gerritsen encourages everyone to plant an organic garden using organic seeds and to advocate GMO labeling. “Let’s let transparency reign, which is a hallmark of a democratic system,” he proclaims. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and nationally syndicated radio host at KOPN.org, in Columbia, MO (Food Sleuth@gmail.com). She advocates for organic farmers at Enduring-Image. blogspot.com.
National Count of Farmers’ Market Directory Listings
Kitchen Gardeners International kgi.org National Family Farm Coalition nffc.net National Farm to School Network FarmToSchool.org Oxfam America “Behind the Brands” BehindTheBrands.org/en-us The Seed Library Social Network SeedLibraries.org Seed Savers Exchange SeedSavers.org Table of the Earth EatLocalSimpleSteps.com Union of Concerned Scientists ucsusa.org
Nationwide tracking of farmers’ markets that listed fewer than 1,800 in 1994 now numbers nearly 8,300 20 years later. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
From Food Consumer to Food Citizen N
ow is the time for all good men and women to become food citizens. Making the transition from being a mere consumer to community citizen requires addressing a set of questions geared to lead to food truth and justice for all. n Where does my food come from? n Who produced it? n Under what conditions was this food grown or produced; were workers treated fairly and animals humanely? n Whatâ€™s in or on my food; am I eating pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, genetically modified ingredients or additives? n What might be the unintended consequences of my food choices for farmers competing against big agribusiness and striving to do the right thing? n How might my choices affect the environment and future generations? n What local, state and national policies stand in the way of a fair and transparent food system?
Harvesting Leftovers Feeds the Hungry by Avery Mack
mericans annually discard more food than plastic—35 million tons in 2012—an amount that’s tripled since 1960, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Most of the waste is fruits and vegetables, seafood, grains, meat and milk. Since waste starts in the fields before it compounds via restaurants, grocers and families, the easiest starting point to reverse this trend is with farmers. “Farming’s a high-risk business. Farmers can’t predict weather, sales or equipment problems, so extra is grown,” explains Laurie Caldwell, executive director of Boston Area
Gleaners, in Waltham, Massachusetts. “Up to 20 percent of U.S.-grown food isn’t harvested. Gleaners save what’s left behind for hungry people in need.”
“Income disparity, economic vulnerability and lack of knowledge leads to unhealthy choices,” adds Caldwell. “The negative consequences become a community burden.” Countering the problem, “We’ve seen a shift in priorities, with food pantries offering fresh, quality food and educating both staff and recipients,” she reports. In 2014, Boston Area Glean-
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ers harvested 34 farms, contributing 177,000 pounds of primarily vegetables encompassing 60 varieties. California’s fruit is abundant because of the state’s year-round growing season. Until the 1960s and the advent of Silicon Valley, this was the world’s largest fruit-producing region. Some of its current apple trees date back to the Gold Rush days. “We glean backyards and orchards here,” says Craig Diserens, executive director of Village Harvest, in San Jose. “Apples, pears, cherries, peaches, plums and apricots, plus citrus fruits—it’s ladderless picking, to protect both volunteers and trees.” Telescoping tools pluck out-of-reach fruit. The nonprofit gleans 15 to 20 times a month via volunteers ages 5 to 90. In 2013, its Harvesting for the Hungry program distributed 245,000 pounds of fruit. The Feeding America West Michigan food bank, headquartered in Comstock, provides more than produce, with donations from manufacturers, wholesalers, restaurants and stores adding meat, dairy, frozen foods and bread. Volunteers repackage donations into usable sizes; do clerical work; pick produce; and sort, pack, store and deliver food. While most of the nonprofit’s yield is distributed through 1,100 food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens, many can’t store perishables. Working with churches, schools and community centers, the organization’s mobile units deliver fresh food directly to recipients, often the same day it is donated. Each unit can carry food for 100 to 200 families. This local Feeding America outreach group serves an estimated 492,000 people each year. The Society of St. Andrew often rescues the “ugly” produce—potatoes not well-shaped for chips, oversized peaches, too-long green beans, too-ripe strawberries and apples that aren’t picture perfect. “Farmers get a tax benefit and people get fresh food,” says Bruce Oland, the Triangle Area coordinator in North Carolina. “Farmers let us know when they’ll harvest a crop and we have a few days to glean what’s left before they replant. We pick anything edible—kale, lettuce, tomatoes, cantaloupe and lots of sweet potatoes.” In a single harvested field, volunteers have gleaned seven tons of sweet potatoes.
More than 50 million Americans, including 17 million children, experience hunger or the risk of hunger every day. TheHungerSite. GreaterGood.com The society’s gleaning and feeding ministry has regional offices in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Additional areas are located in Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio and Pennsylvania (see EndHunger.org). Jason Brown, a former St. Louis Rams’ center with a five-year, $37 million contract, traded his cleats for a tractor. Now in Louisburg, North Carolina, he calls First Fruits Farm home and plans to donate the first fruits of every harvest to food pantries. He learned about farming from YouTube videos, computer searches and other farmers. The first crop on five acres yielded 100,000 pounds of sweet potatoes; Brown gave it all away. With 1,000 acres to farm, he’s set to tackle hunger big time. It doesn’t require a big time commitment to help feed the hungry. Backyard gardeners can start by planting an extra row (Tinyurl.com/PlantRow ForHungry). Since its inception in 1995, the Plant a Row program has collectively turned 20 million pounds of produce into 80 million meals. Offer to pick a neighbor’s excess produce or herbs, and then check with others nearby. Get the kids involved. Volunteer at or make a donation to a soup kitchen. Gather a group of friends, family, members of an organization or congregation to glean or repackage produce one day a month. If a local food pantry can’t accept perishables, leverage social media to spread the word about which day free food will be available at a church or school. Everyone can help. No one should go to bed hungry. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at AveryMack@mindspring.com. natural awakenings
by Judith Fertig
n 1776, the stirring phrase in the U.S. Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—became a rallying cry for American colonists seeking these inalienable rights of self-government. In 2015, those seeking a new way of eating for personal wellness, a more vibrant local economy and a healthier environment are fomenting their own kind of rebellion. “You have to make a conscious decision to change for your own wellbeing, that of your family and your country,” according to former President Bill Clinton. In early 2010, suffering from heart disease, Clinton chose to radically change his meat-lover’s diet to a more plant-based focus. “I wanted to live to be a grandfather, so I decided to pick the diet that I thought would maximize my chances of long-term survival,” he says. Clinton is part of a growing leadership group that espouses a more vegetarian approach to eating, including a federally appointed panel of nutritionists. For the first time since its formation in 1983, the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee this year elected to factor environmental sustainability into its recommendations, noting that a diet lower in animal-based foods is not only healthier,
but has less of an environmental impact. The impetus toward plant-based foods is also stronger than in their last report in 2010.
A bold pioneer in the charge for plantbased eating is PlantPure Nation, a grassroots organization founded by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., the author of the bestselling The China Study, a book that helped persuade Clinton to make his own dietary change. Today, his son, Nelson Campbell, is at the forefront of this food revolution, most recently producing the independent documentary film PlantPure Nation, set to debut nationwide on July 4. Those enticed by the delicious concept of better health for themselves and the planet can also turn to The PlantPure Nation Cookbook, with more than 150 plant-based recipes by Kim Campbell, Nelson’s wife, whom he names “the chef in the family.” “No issue is bigger than the one of plant-based nutrition,” says Nelson. “It’s at the root of our healthcare crisis, affecting the lives of millions of Americans, the vitality of our economy and the solvency of our government. The food we eat has enormous effects on climate, water and soil resources. Our food choices also affect
image courtesy of PlantPureNation.com
VEGGIE NATION REVOLUTION
the way in which food is produced and distributed in this country, equitably or not.” Historically, political revolutions tend to be violently adversarial, but a food revolution can take a more nurturing and inclusive course. “The first step people can take is to change their own diet,” Nelson says. “The next step is to help others do the same. The third is to get involved in the movement.”
New Fourth of July Barbecue
A fun way to help ourselves and our friends and family consider making dietary changes is hosting a plantbased Fourth of July get-together. Kim’s recipes for a smoky “barbecue” sandwich, creamy potato salad and a zesty, colorful bean dish celebrate traditional picnic foods with a twist. They’re also perfect for potluck-style entertaining. “We have often branded this idea of plant-based nutrition as such and such a ‘diet’, and then built these brands around personalities. But in order to make this a more mainstream idea, we need to frame it differently. This concept of plant-based nutrition is a fact of nature; a simple idea that’s accessible to all,” says Nelson. In a 2012 Gallup poll, just 5 percent of U.S. adults identified themselves as vegetarians, plus 2 percent as vegans. It’s a start, Nelson contends, and there are other promising signs. “The local-food movement is blossoming, with farmers’ markets springing up all over the United States,” proclaims the National Geographic special publication The Future of Food (Food.NationalGeographic.com). The number has increased dramatically in the past five years. The editors point to the demand for fresh produce and a desire to invest in local economies as driving this growth. “I love the idea of a movement involving millions of people fixing a problem that industry and government have largely caused,” says Nelson. “Our success may show a new way forward for solving other pressing social problems.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd Lifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.
PlantPure Nation Recipes BBQ Jackfruit
Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth and shiny. The key is to soak the cashews first.
Yields: 4 to 6 servings Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 5 to 7 hours Green jackfruit, a native plant of Asia, is often termed the vegetarian’s meat. The hardest part of this recipe is finding canned green jackfruit (available in most Asian markets). Although fresh green jackfruit is occasionally available, it’s messy, sticky and difficult to cut. Two 20-oz cans green jackfruit in water, drained 11/2 cups barbecue sauce 1 onion, diced 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced (medium pieces) Rinse the green jackfruit thoroughly. Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker at medium heat for 4 to 5 hours. Jackfruit will soften, begin to fall apart and take on the consistency of pulled pork. Use a fork to pull apart the fruit and stir thoroughly. Turn the slow cooker to low heat and cook for another 1 to 2 hours. Kim’s hints: 4 Customize this recipe with a favorite barbecue sauce that has no added oils and a low sodium content. 4 This recipe gets better the longer it’s cooked. Leftovers are good. 4 Serve the barbecue on a whole-grain bun and top with coleslaw.
Creamy Potato Salad Yields: 6 servings Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes
This traditional potato salad has the perfect blend of celery, onions and seasonings.
Southwestern Bean Salad Yields 4 to 6 servings Prep time: 20 minutes 21/2 pounds red potatoes, unpeeled 4 organic celery stalks, thinly sliced 1 /2 red onion, cut in half again and julienned 6 green onions, sliced 1 /2 cup tofu cashew mayonnaise 4 tsp apple cider vinegar 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp agave nectar 1 /2 tsp sea salt 1 /4 tsp freshly ground black pepper Cut the potatoes into half- to oneinch chunks. Place potato pieces in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and boil 5 to 10 minutes; then turn down the heat to medium and cook until tender. Rinse the cooked potatoes in a colander with cold water until they are room temperature. Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients to the potatoes and gently stir thoroughly.
/4 cup raw cashews, soaked in water at least 2 to 3 hours, then dried 7 oz firm tofu 1 /2 tsp sea salt 1 /2 tsp tahini 4 tsp lemon juice 11/2 tsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 21/2 tsp agave nectar 2 Tbsp water 1 /4 tsp xanthan gum (in grocery baking aisle) 1
Seasoned for a Southwestern flavor, the beans, corn and avocado make this a satisfying salad everyone will like. 1 15-oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed 1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup frozen corn, thawed 1 red bell pepper, seeded and medium diced 1 /2 cup diced medium red onion 1 cup halved or quartered cherry tomatoes 1 avocado, pitted and diced 1 /4 cup red wine vinegar 1 /4 cup lime juice 1 Tbsp agave nectar 1 /2 tsp sea salt 1 /2 tsp ground cumin 1 /2 tsp chili powder 2 tsp Sriracha hot sauce 1 /4 cup chopped fresh cilantro Combine the beans and vegetables in a large bowl and feel free to add seasonal vegetables to taste. Blend the vinegar, lime juice, agave, salt, cumin, chili powder and Sriracha in a small bowl. Add more chili powder and Sriracha for a spicier dish. Drizzle over the beans and vegetables and toss to coat. Refrigerate for an hour and then sprinkle with cilantro before serving. natural awakenings
Thai Tofu Wraps Yields: 6 wraps Prep time: 15 minutes
The tofu filling for these wraps is full of Thai flavors, with the perfect combination of peanuts, lime and cilantro.
1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp chili powder 1 /4 tsp sea salt 3 /4 cup salsa (medium hot) 1 /2 cup diced pineapple (fresh, canned or frozen) 3 /4 cup corn (fresh or frozen) 3 /4 cup diced avocado 1 /4 cup sliced green onions
1 14-oz block extra-firm tofu 1 /4 cup natural peanut butter (100 percent peanuts) 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce 11/2 Tbsp lime juice 1 /4 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp Sriracha hot sauce 1 /3 cup small diced red bell pepper 1 /4 cup sliced green onion 1 /4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 6 whole-wheat tortilla wraps 2 cups sprouts
well mixed and the tofu is crumbly.
Kimâ€™s hint: 4 The Thai tofu filling can also be served in a sandwich (e.g., on toasted whole-wheat bread with fresh basil).
Add the quinoa and the water to a pot, bring to a boil over mediumhigh heat, and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook until all liquid is absorbed. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Drain the tofu and gently press between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture.
Caribbean Quinoa Bowl
Lightly steam the kale until bright green. Add to the bowl with quinoa.
In a bowl, combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, garlic powder and Sriracha. Add the tofu, bell pepper, green onion and cilantro and stir with a fork until
Place a portion of the tofu mixture in the center of a whole-wheat tortilla wrap, top with sprouts or favorite veggies and roll up the tortilla.
Yields: 4 servings Prep time: 15 minutes. Cook time: 10 minutes
/2 cup quinoa 1 cup water 4 cups chopped kale 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
Rinse the quinoa thoroughly, which can have a bitter taste otherwise.
Add the beans, cumin, chili powder, salt, salsa, pineapple and corn. Toss until the ingredients are well mixed. Top with the avocado and green onions and serve immediately. Source for all recipes: The PlantPure Nation Cookbook, by Kim Campbell.
Parks maintained by a range of entities are jewels to be discovered, cherished and preserved. teach life lessons. July is America’s Parks and Recreation Month, first designated by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in 1985. NRPA makes it easy to tap into what’s happening in local parks or wherever family members may be traveling. Events around the country can be found by visiting nrpa.org/july.
ADVENTURES IN NATURE Families Create Memories at Nearby Parks by Harriet Shugarman
ere’s how to entertain the kids, keep them healthy and get them outdoors this summer.
Where to Go Traveling to iconic natural wonders like the Blue Ridge Mountains, Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon isn’t the only awe-inspiring way to captivate children’s attention and help them contemplate nature’s beauties. As Brian Ettling, a seasonal ranger at Crater
Lake National Park, in Oregon, likes to remind park visitors, “Find your own sacred place and keep going there; it could be a wooded area by your house or a county, state or local park.” Visits to in-state parks are easy to fit into a family’s summer plans and can generate lifelong treasured family traditions. Participating in programs or other exploratory adventures stimulate creative and critical thinking, challenge outdoor and athletic skills and can even
What to Do Biologist Rachel Carson, the mother of the modern-day environmental movement, wrote, “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” In this addictive digital age, it can sometimes be challenging to find exciting ways to help children connect with nature. Jessica Culverhouse, NRPA senior manager and a volunteer master naturalist, offers ways to channel digital habits. “Free apps like the electronic field guide Leafsnap and mobile games like Agents of Nature can be great tools to engage kids with the outdoors with their technology still in hand,” she says. Another idea is a simple nature scavenger hunt using a smartphone camera. If weekend camping is of interest, in-state parks are convenient and also easy on the budget. The National
Wildlife Federation (NWF) makes the first step easy with tips and suggested activities through their Great American Campout (nwf. org/great-americancampout.aspx). This summer-long celebration of camping encourages everyone to take the pledge to camp, which helps fuel the conversation and initial planning, whether camping in a backyard or local, state or national park. Last year, the Carlson family took the pledge and first camped out in Big Basin State Park, only 20 miles from their home in Santa Cruz, California. “It was an incredible weekend none of us will ever forget; a world away, but right in our backyard!” they cheer. Garden for Wildlife, another popular NWF program, connects people with their local habitats. Girl Scout butterfly heroes in Wyckoff, New Jersey, learned how. “Our troop was looking for a way to provide a community service for their bronze award project,” says Wendy Rosica, co-leader of Troop 94686. “We chose to create a Monarch Way Station garden in a new community park in our neighborhood. Specifically designed as a space for the butterflies to breed and eat during their annual migrations, it’s not only a beautiful addition to the park, but also a positive way for the Girl
Scouts to help area residents learn more about the plight of Monarchs and other pollinators.” National Audubon Society nature centers are an accessible local resource (Audubon. org/audubon-nearyou). Families learn more about native birds and Audubon hiking trails, and naturalist presentations enhance explorations of the region’s habitats. Local native plant and animal species are disappearing at alarming rates and need habitat stewardship by present and future generations (Climate.Audubon.org). Our in-state parks are wellsprings of life from which children and adults can draw throughout our lives, enabling us to discover the splendor and uniqueness of nature right in our own community and backyard. When we see and feel directly what’s at stake, we’ll fight harder and more consciously to protect and preserve it. As Carson eloquently observed in The Sense of Wonder, nature can help us all find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
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In the Good Old Summertime by Lee Walker
estimonials to our culture’s love of summer abound in the more than 151 song titles and lyrics that include the word “summer”. Among these are George Gershwin’s “Summertime,” as well as Garth Brooks “That Summer,” Aerosmith’s “Girls of Summer” and Justin Timberlake’s “Summer Love.” In Southwest Florida’s hottest season, other than singing along to summer songs, we associate summer with less road traffic, blockbuster movies, road trips, picnics, bike rides, kayak paddles, enticing reading and cooler haircuts. In general, we relish the slower pace of summertime living, which allows more time for sunbathing and watching sunsets, as well as selfpampering facials, manicures, pedicures, massage and bodywork at local spas. Discussions about haircuts, humidity, frizz and summer styling aids are something that local salons such as Embrace Your Curls, Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa and Studio 37 Extreme Lashes and Hair have come to anticipate every year. Studio 37 owner Betty Ann Murphy notes, “By Memorial Day, my female clients are talking about how the hair on the back of their neck holds in the intense heat. They ask about stylish shorter cuts and I always give them my best tip: hair should either be short or long enough to pull back in a ponytail. Mid-length styles like a bob cut don’t work. Most clients resort to a cut that works with the natural growth pattern of their hair, as well as their hair texture.” Local spas such as ShangriLa Springs and Stillwater, in Bonita Springs, and La Green Spa and Trim & Tone Spa, in Naples, as well as Assuage Spa, in Fort Myers, report that summertime brings out year-round residents in search of pampering after a long, busy season. “We definitely see an increase in local residents taking time out to rejuvenate themselves with skin and 52
body treatments. Cellulite reduction treatments are much more in demand because it’s time to suit up for the beach and neighborhood pool parties. Light-based therapy for hair reduction and reversing sun damage is also more popular in summer months,” says Tehjan Sherif Prendeville, the owner of Assuage Spa. Thanks to special summer packages offered by most area spas, summer also attracts bridal parties that book spa time for fun and relaxation. Bookstores such as Unity of Naples and Mystical Moon, with locations in Bonita Springs and Fort Myers, are prepared for readers with copies of Michael A. Singer’s latest book, The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection, a follow-up to his The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself. “Singer’s latest book is flying off our shelves. Customers love it as much as his first,” says Dixie Barnes, Unity of Naples bookstore manager. When Did You Die?: 8 Steps to Stop Dying Every Day and Start Waking Up, by Temple Hayes, is also a big seller, perhaps in preparation for Hayes’ appearance as a guest speaker on August 23. Nicole Sandhus, store manager of Mystical Moon, advises that bestselling summer reads include classics such as The Seat of the Soul, by Gary Zukav; Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient; and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives, by Brian L. Weiss; You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay; The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, by Eckhart Tolle; and The Sevenfold Journey: Reclaiming Mind, Body and Spirit Through the Chakras, by Anodea Judith and Selene Vega. Two others also top her list of popular summer reads—Motivation Manifesto: 9 Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power,
by Brendon Burchard, and The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, by Brene Brown. This leisurely time of the year also requires a precautionary measure—protecting our skin. “New research proves that what dermatologists have been telling us about using sunscreen regularly is true. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine that measured lines and coarseness of the skin to determine aging noted that subjects who used sunscreen daily showed 24 percent less skin aging than their counterparts that did not,” says Jayne Koedding, owner of Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, in Naples. Like the Florida Department of Health, Koedding recommends a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa, 6714 Lone Oak Blvd., Naples. Call 239-514-4707 or visit NaplesOrganic HairStudio.com. See ad, page 37. Assuage Spa, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, Fort Myers. Call 239-333-1450 or visit AssuageCenters.com. See ad, page 21. La Green Spa, 4655 Tamiami Trail N., Naples. Call 239-591-4880 or visit LaGreenSpa.net. See ad, page 25. Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln., Ste. 107, Fort Myers; 8951 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 255. Bonita Springs. Call 239-9393339 or visit TheMysticalMoon.com. Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, 13240 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 207, Naples. Call 239-514-4494 or visit OrganicSkinCare AndBodyworx.com. See ad, page 3. Stillwater: A Hyatt Spa, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, 5001 Coconut Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-444-1234. See ad, page 49. Studio 37 Extreme Lashes & Hair, 501 Goodlette Rd., Ste. B-104, Naples. Call 239-263-5434 or visit Studio37 XtremeLashesAndHair.com. Trim and Tone Spa, 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 20, Naples. Call 239-596-5522 or visit TrimAndToneSpa.com. See ad, page 15. Unity of Naples Bookstore, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Call 239-775-3009 or visit NaplesUnity.org. See ad, page 35.
The Gut-Mind Connection David Perlmutter on How Stomach Microflora Affect Brain Health by Linda Sechrist
r. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and recipient of the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to addressing neurological disorders, has recently released Brain Maker, the latest in a series of books on brain health. This medical advisor to the Dr. Oz Show demonstrates how brain problems can be prevented by adopting lifestyle changes that nurture the bacteria living in the digestive system.
Why did you begin your book with the quote, “Death begins in the colon,” rather than “Brain health begins in the gut”? I wanted to draw attention to the real life-or-death issues mediated by what goes on inside the gut. Individuals with an immediate concern for their heart, bones, immune system or brain must recognize that the health of these parts and functions are governed at the level of commensal gut bacteria, the normal microflora that eat what we eat. This relationship is the most powerful leverage point we have for maintaining health.
How were you led to expand from studying the nervous system and brain to investigating gastrointestinal medicine? Early on in my career, I was taught that everything that goes on in the brain stays there. But leading-edge research now reveals that seemingly disparate organs are in close communication, regulating each other’s health. As scientific literature began supporting the notion that gut-related issues 54
have a huge bearing on brain health, and specifically on brain disease, it became important to me to be able to leverage deep knowledge of this empowering information in terms of being able to treat brain disorders.
What is the Human Microbiome Project (HMP)? HMP, launched in 2008 by the National Institutes of Health, is a $115 million exploration of the gut microbiome. In the ongoing research project involving genetic and DNA assessment, researchers are looking at the microbiome array in the gut of individuals suffering from various diseases. They are drawing correlations between emerging patterns in the abnormalities of gut bacteria and specific diseases. For example, autism correlates with an overabundance of the Clostridia species. In diabetes, there are more Firmicutes than Bacteroidetes, which we also see in obesity characteristic of the Western cosmopolitan diet. This is paving the way for interventions designed to restore a normal balance of gut bacteria. An example in my book is Dr. Max Nieuwdorp’s research at the University of Amsterdam, in which he discovered an array of abnormal bacteria that characterize Type 2 diabetes. In the more than 250 individuals diagnosed with diabetes that he treated in a double-blind study, he was able to reverse the disease by inserting a series of fecal material transfers from healthy, lean donors into diabetic patients.
What is the most eye-opening information about the roles played by gut organisms? More than 100 trillion bacteria live in our gut. Plus, there are viruses, yeast species and protozoa. When we factor in their genetic material, it means that an astonishing 99 percent of the DNA in our body is bacterial. It’s humbling to realize they influence all manner of physiology, from our immune system to our metabolism, making vitamins, maintaining the gut lining and controlling inflammation, the key mechanism involved in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and any number of brain degenerative disorders. They also exert influence over the expression of our 23,000 genes, in effect regulating the expression of the human genome. The latest startling discovery— which is so new that it’s not in the book—is that bacterial DNA sequences have now been found in the human genome, meaning we are partly bacterial. It reveals the most sophisticated symbiotic and intimate relationship at the deepest level imaginable. It turns the previous way of thinking about who we are upside-down. Our perceptions of the world, moods, hunger or satiety, even our metabolism, are dictated by gut bacteria, which deserve careful stewarding. They don’t deserve, for example, to be bombarded by the capricious use of antibiotics whenever we have the sniffles.
How can we reestablish good gut health? Better food choices bring about significant changes in our body’s microbiome. By incorporating prebiotic foods such as Jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, garlic, leeks, onions, jicama or Mexican yam, as well as fermented foods such as kimchi, kombucha tea, yogurt and kefir, individuals can reestablish good gut health that helps them gain control over inflammation, the cornerstone of all degenerative conditions. Inflammation originates in the gut. Balancing bacteria and reducing intestinal permeability, which allows substances to leak through the lining of the small intestine into the bloodstream, can reduce it. Visit Linda Sechrist’s website, ItsAllAbout We.com, for the recorded interview.
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An Interview with Leize and David Perlmutter by Linda Sechrist
r. David Perlmutter and Leize De Mara Perlmutter, an Alternative Healing Practitioner, have a successful 28-year marriage and two adult children who are thriving in their careers. Life is an adventure for which they continue to show up. Since the moment they met, they have felt guided to keep opening up and listening for what emerges in the present.
David, what are you doing now that you’ve sold your practice? I’ve been doing many things to promote the game changing concepts in my latest book Brain Maker, which was released on April 28. I filmed a new PBS Brain Maker special, which will air in August. Also, I recently gave an extended lecture on the role of nutrition in health, paticularly how it impacts brain health, to first year medical students at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. I’m puzzled about how I was able to have office hours at the clinic, teach, write Grain Brain, film a PBS show around that, and still get everything done. The time that I once spent at the office now quickly fills up. At this time Leize and I are in a place of transition. We are creating space to allow what needs to emerge and unfold.
Leize, why did you choose to study at the Four Winds Society, Healing the Light Body School? In my early 30’s I became deeply interested in alternative healing modalities, which changed the trajectory for my life’s work. Conversations on my first date with David were all about looking outside the box, about the brain and how there is so much more beyond conventional thinking that we weren’t tapping into. In our relationship, both of us are always looking outside box for more information. Shamanism, energy medicine and Eidetic Imagery, based on the visionary work of Akhter Ahsen Phd., in addition to using Reiki and other modalities were what put me back on my feet after being so ill 25 years ago. Knowing that western medicine didn’t have all the answers was a turning point for David. This time in my life was also the impetus that precipitated my studies in alternative modalities of healing. I had some very profound experiences while studying shamanism and doing my personal research. Years later, David and I went with Alberto and his wife Marcella to the Amazon Rainforest and the Andes Mountains. And, David and Alberto wrote Power Up Your Brain together.
David: We gave a weekend retreat program together in Frankfurt, Germany and the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts. I presented information about the neuroscience of enlightenment. Leize did the experiential hands-on part. As I watched the weekend unfold and took a step back, I recognized that the weekend was about exactly what our marriage was about. Meanwhile participants were having a wonderful experience and being taken to a new place. They were recognizing that the unconscious events influence their conscious perception day to day and that the unconscious events of their past could be reframed. As Alberto says, we can rewrite our history, our story, so that we can perceive reality now in a different way. Leize: For several years we have been doing five-day intensives at the Naples clinic. Participants did a medical evaluation, intravenous glutathione and hyperbaric oxygen treatments with David and the nutritional piece with Dee Harris, a nutritionist/dietitian. The intensive portion with me included shamanic and wellness-coaching sessions to help facilitate positive life changes. In my practice, which includes Eidetic Imagery work and Shamanic Energy practices we are able to look at what unconscious energy patterns are living within us and how they are influencing our life moment-to-moment, and how it is possible to shift the patterns that are not allowing us to reach our fullest potential. David: We were doing everything to pave the way for neuroplasticity, the ability of brain to change its wiring. We set the stage from a chemical perspective for brain to make changes and then put people in the position where they could initiate those changes within a very fertile environment. Leize and I feel a deep sense of gratitude about what we’ve individually been able to accomplish and for what we’ve done together. Visit DrPerlmutter.com and LeizePerlmutter.com.
Savvy Cycling Keep the Hard Knocks Out of Biking by Randy Kambic
eople are biking more than ever. Recreational bicycling ranked second to running as the favorite outdoor activity among both youths (6 to 24 years old) and adults (25-plus) in a recent Outdoor Industry Association study. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) further reports that from 2000 to 2012 the number of Americans biking to work rose from 488,000 to 786,000. This positive trend also means more crowded bike lanes and other pathways challenge the community infrastructure’s ability to keep up, raising safety concerns. Plus, we naturally want to avoid aches and pains while enjoying the myriad benefits of pedaling.
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“Having the right bike for one’s needs that’s properly fitted is crucial,” says Dan Moser, a founder and steering committee member of the BikeWalkLee community coalition and a traffic safety consultant in Fort Myers, Florida. “Use a local bike shop whose mechanics test and adjust the bikes they sell.” A bike mechanic can determine the proper seat height and ideal distance from the handlebars to the seat tube. Back, knee or hip pain may develop if a cyclist has to stretch their legs to get to 56
the pedals, explains Tim Bustos, a bicycling consultant in Pensacola, Florida, and former bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for Davis, California, which earned platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community status, along with Boulder, Colorado, and Portland, Oregon, from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). On the other hand, “A biker doesn’t get proper leg extension if the seat is too low,” he says, possibly leading to leg muscle strains. “The legs should be almost, but not totally extended at the lowest point in the pedaling motion.”
The latest NHTSA study charted 49,000 bicycle accidents in 2012, 1,000 more than the year before. Biking only in daylight and avoiding alcohol could improve those numbers because 48 percent of biker fatalities occur beginning at 4 p.m. and 37 percent involve a driver or bicyclist that has been drinking. Even well-marked bike lanes don’t guarantee safety, so caution is required. Some motorists are careless about entering bike lanes and don’t correctly stop at crosswalks or look behind before opening car doors. David Takemoto-Weerts, a bicycle program coordinator at the University of California, Davis, member of the city’s Bike Transportation Advisory Commit-
tee and LAB-certified instructor, suggests keeping at least five feet from the sides of cars to avoid being hit. Cyclists are wise not to weave in and out of traffic, to signal turns and watch out for runners, walkers and pedestrians as they abide by normal traffic rules and flow. Takemoto-Weerts says that bikers sometimes overlook using the stop signal (left arm extended downward) to alert bikers behind them. Wearing a helmet should be a standard practice. The University of North Carolina’s Highway Safety Research Center, in Chapel Hill, reports that wearing a helmet reduces the overall risk of head injuries by 85 percent. “Cyclists are part of traffic, whether operating on a road, pathway or a combination,” says Moser. “Being acutely aware of one’s surroundings and minimizing distractions, following the rules of the road and pathway, and being prepared to deal with others’ mistakes are all vital.”
Dr. Kim Martin, a certified functional medicine practitioner and chiropractor with North Shore Health Solutions, in Northbrook, Illinois, says that recreational bikers have visited her for knee, hip and neck soreness or strains. In addition to ensuring they’re employing proper leg extension, she advises, “Pedal a little faster in a lower gear; ideally, 75 to 90 revolutions per minute, which is easier on the knees and lessens muscle fatigue than traveling slower in a higher gear.” She explains that the correct seat height facilitates proper alignment of hips and a full rotation; if not, energy is forced outward, stressing the hips. Martin adds that the neck might experience strain from tilting the head up for long periods. “This can occur by wearing a helmet that is too low or forward in the front or poor-fitting eyewear that inches forward down the nose.” Right after a long ride, Martin suggests that riders gently bend downward over their crossed legs a few times, alternately switching legs, and also slowly bending the head up and down, sideways and then in a circular motion for a couple of minutes. “Overall,” she says, “the key is to have fun.” Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.
People Pedal Power
f a community has seen a growth in cycling accidents, has few safety education programs in place or roadway infrastructure isn’t biker-friendly, individuals can take action. Dan Moser, a Southwest Florida transportation safety consultant, suggests forming alliances with non-bikers to approach civic leaders: “Consider including pedestrian accommodations and frame the issue as one of everyone having access to a safe environment, including bike and foot travelers, and the value of recreation and exercise to the community.” Use the criteria found at Tinyurl.com/CommunityBike abilityChecklist to evaluate the quality of the local biking environment. The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program invites communities to apply for technical assistance and receive customized feedback and advice on improving local conditions at BikeLeague.org/bfa. Bikes Belong, a consortium of suppliers and retailers, plus individuals and club members, supports the creation of protected bike lanes and provides community grants and supportive resources at PeopleForBikes.org. Many state highway authorities, police and park and recreation departments conduct bike rules and safety programs for the public. Check for local resources online.
MANIFEST MIRACLES Tap Into the Field of Infinite Possibility by Deborah Shouse
“Something amazingly awesome is going to happen to me today.”
hese are the first words Pam Grout speaks when she rises every morning before dancing her way into the bathroom. She plays a favorite uplifting tune such as Pharrell William’s Happy or Abba’s Dancing Queen and creates a sassy choreography complete with fist pumps, joyous jumps and a little rhythmic strutting. Her easy positive actions take no longer than it would to worry, “How will I get everything done today?” and then trudging into the bathroom feeling fatigued and overwhelmed. Plus, Grout’s playful attitude makes a big difference in the rest of the day’s outcomes.
Grout is the author of two internationally bestselling books, E-Squared and E-Cubed. Both offer readers multiple opportunities to experience a disarmingly simple outlook on life. “There is an infinite force of potentiality in the universe that has our backs and wants to interact with us and guide us,” Grout believes. “There is no absolute reality; we create the reality that serves us and places our attention on what we most want.”
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Tapping a Joyful Reality of Miracles “This little book will prove to you once and for all that your thoughts have power, and that a field of infinite possibilities awaits your claim,” the author writes in E-Squared. “It will help you rewrite the outdated thinking that drives your life.” Nine easy energy experiments will prove that the “field of potentiality,” as Grout calls it, is dependable, predictable and available to all. She equates our connection with the field to plugging in a toaster. We know the energy field is there, but we need to consciously “plug in” to use it. Grout details powerful spiritual principles that help us make everyday life
richer, more meaningful and more fun. Part of her “new curriculum” includes: n Reality is waves of possibility that we have “observed” into form. n We are an energy field, connected with everything and everyone in the universe. n Our universe connection provides accurate and unlimited guidance. n Whatever we focus on expands. n The universe is limitless, abundant and surprisingly accommodating. “Believe in your bones that the universe is bountiful and supportive,” encourages Grout, asking us to first give the “field” 48 hours to send an unexpected gift. Don’t specify the gift, but just ask to receive and recognize the blessing. Set a deadline and then watch what unfolds.
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PURR-FECT PET SITTERS Make Sure Your Pet Enjoys Your Vacation, Too by Sandra Murphy
acations bring rest and less stress, a change of pace and for some, a break from caring for the family pet, made possible by a growing number of professional pet sitters. “I have more peace of mind with a pet sitter rather than a friend. Even if they’ve already had a long day, sitters still properly take care of the pets,” says Christina Pierce, a federal examiner of financial institutions for consumer protection in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Many professional pet sitters are trained to respond to potential health and other issues. Especially with small animals, early recognition of a problem is key.” Pierce used to have chinchillas, and now has a cat she rescued and relocated from Dallas, Texas, plus two adopted former foster rabbits. “A sitter may be excellent, but not know your breed,” advises Rae Bailey, a retiree in Georgetown, Texas, who regularly uses sitters for her Scottie when she travels. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” She notes that dogs are particularly good judges of character, so if one doesn’t like the sitter, simply try another. Pet sitting services use a contract to outline rates, what the sitter will do, the number and duration of daily visits, start and end dates and how the house key is returned when the job is complete. Regular clients may have the sitter keep the key handy. Professional sitters are bonded, insured and backgroundchecked, have experience with a variety of species and breeds, are fairly flexible and love animals. A pre-visit will 60
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introduce pets and sitter to each other and address any relationship concerns and individual needs, such as medications. “I had a diabetic Westie, a big consideration,” says Diane Meadows, a retired paralegal in San Antonio, Texas. “It was huge for me to hand over the keys and my trust, but our sitter was dependable and knowledgeable.” During one visit, her sitter also alerted Meadows to a possible propane gas leak. At the outset, have the sitter meet all the family pets to ensure mutual comfort. Show the sitter where the leash, toys, treats, food and water dishes are kept, supplies for cleanups, the family vet’s location, hours, office and emergency phone numbers and instructions for any security alarm system. Codes can be personalized and deactivated when no longer needed. Sometimes clients request extra services such as collecting the mail and newspapers, watering indoor plants and leaving lights on. Both young and older dogs need three visits a day to avoid household accidents. Cats are usually fine with one. “Cats like to be pampered. A friendly sitter provides the care she’s used to, in familiar surroundings,” says Anne Moss, whose educational website TheCatSite.com originates near Tel Aviv, Israel. “Kitty’s more relaxed and receives a higher level of care than at a boarding Birds, fish, ferrets and facility,” she notes. A pet sitting service reptiles are species offers the added benefit requiring special habitats of backups in case the assigned sitter is sick or that dictate a home stay. delayed. In Huntley, Illinois, Diane Muchow, an adjunct instructor at Computer Systems Institute, explains why she prefers a pet sitting service for her black Labrador mix. “Our first sitter was a one-woman business. One day, she forgot to crate the dogs when she left, and we came home to find the evidence of an accident on our new carpet throughout the house,” Muchow says. “We switched to a professional service.” She sees the primary advantage of professional help as dependability and flexibility. “The service has a website to order the shifts we need, which are confirmed by email,” she notes. “It’s handy when my husband travels and I work.” A kennel isn’t for all dogs, says Scott Mell, an area manager for JoAnn Fabrics in Affton, Missouri. He recalls his Bernese mountain dog’s first and only trip to the local kennel. Upon arrival, she climbed on top of the car rather than go inside. “She was adamant,” he says. “I hired a sitter the next day. She loved her sitter’s visits.” Whether pets need special attention, daily walks, a midday backyard break or multiple visits while the family vacations, a pet sitter can provide excellent care. Many owners like to receive daily text message updates and may even e-retrieve bonus selfies of their happy pets from home. Connect with writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelance Writer@mindspring.com.
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Summer of Love Challenge – 10-week program. Commit to either three or five classes a week. $199 package rate. Green Monkey, 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. GreenMonkey.com.
Bird Beaches and Mangrove Creeks Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. A protected wild area of shallow waters, lots of birds and a variety of creatures, including dolphins and manatees. $50 per person, includes all equipment and a FL master naturalist guide. At Bunche Beach and San Carlos Bay with GAEA Guides. RSVP required: 694-5513. GAEAGuides.com.
Paint What You Want – 2:30-5:30pm. Now that the kids are out of school, bring them in for a creative afternoon of painting. Choose from canvas, coconuts, collector’s boxes and more. For ages 5 and up. Vino’s Picasso, 15250 Tamiami Trl, Ste 109, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953. VinosPicasso.com. Celebration of Art & Nature – 6-9pm. Art opening, live piano and flute by Alchemie, live painting by master sidewalk artist Jane Portaluppi Durand, community drumming circle, community yoga class, henna painting, jewelry trunk show, intuitive readings. Featuring the original art works of Jane Portaluppi Durand and photography by Eileen Laibinis and Gwen Greenglass. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Full Moon Sacred Sounds: Honoring the Temple – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Experience the energy of vibrational awakening, cosmic connection. Sacred sounds of the empowering gongs and bowls accelerate energetic healing, spiritual awakenings and immersion into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. $15. Anahata, 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 262-0811. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. Guided Meditation – 7pm. Let the stress of the season melt away with a guided meditation. The group will decide which ones to use. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Carolyn Beauchamp, certified clinical hypnotherapist. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or CarolynBeauchamp@gmail.com.
inner selves. Evening includes crystal singing bowls, drums, gongs, flutes and call-and-response chanting. $10. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 2 Toddler Thursdays – 9:30-10:30am. Lily, Healthy Eating Specialist, works together with kids to make healthy and allergy-free fresh fruit and coconut whipped cream fruit cakes. Kid-friendly and momapproved. Free. Whole Foods Market, Lifestyle Center, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 552-5100. Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 7/9. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Ocean of Sound Concert – 6:30-8pm. Crystal and Tibetan bowl music with William Ward. Bring a pillow/blanket and mat. $22. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Trager for Daily Life – 6:30-8pm. With Silvia Casabianca, CTP. Playfully learn practical movements and approaches from Trager to lessen joint or back pain by shifting how you move, sensing the body. Improve balance, enhance performance. Open to bodyworkers and laypeople. Free. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Spirit Sound Healing Circle – 7-8:30pm. An evening of song and devotion with Johnny Freedom and Isabel Silva. Chant the names of the Hindu gods and goddesses that are truly aspects of our own divine
Uncorked Friday Wine Tasting – 6-8pm. A unique wine tasting on the first Friday of every month. Uncork Friday with several wines perfectly paired with an array of specialty cheeses. All proceeds benefit a local nonprofit organizations, PAWS Assistance Dogs. $10. Whole Foods Market, Café, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 552-5100.
SATURDAY, JULY 4 Fourth of July Flow Class – 9am. With Jacquline Glasgow and Jim Kurtyka. All levels vinyasa flow class, followed by refreshments from Joyful Juicing, offering raw juices and treats. $16/drop-in or class package. Joyful Juicing at Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Love Yoga Center’s Fifth Anniversary Celebration – 10am-noon. A free yoga class with Love Yoga Center Director Carla Olla, followed by snacks and music. 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See news brief, page 10. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market.
MONDAY, JULY 6 Summer Camp for Blind and Visually Impaired Children – July 6-31. This sixth annual summer camp provides the opportunity for visually impaired children to be out into the community to learn and puts them on an equal playing field with their sighted peers. Girl Scout House, 601 Park St, Naples. 4303934. LighthouseOfCollier.org. The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 7 Intro to Wicca – 7pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. Green Monkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or GreenMonkey.com.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8 Junior Ranger Adventure: Animal Tracks – 1011am. Discover the exciting world of animal tracks with a park ranger. Learn about what animals live in the park and make which tracks. Take a short hike and make your own animal tracks to take home. Kids 6 and up. Free with park admission. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. Preregister: 463-4588. Lunch and Learn Series – Noon-1pm. Topic: The Power of Now with JoAnne Lawrence. The message of Ekhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness. Enjoy this introduction to meditation and the power of mindfulness. Free with purchase of lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Community HU – 6-7pm. Chanting and singing a love song to God. Eckankar Center, 16387 S Tamiami Trl, Ste H, 2nd floor, Ft Myers. 482-4034. When Should We Put Out the SOS? – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. When should we stop out-of-control science? What are these so-called potential threats to humanity we hear about? For years. we have been hearing doomsday forecasts and dismissing them as simply alarmist. What are a few we might want to take more seriously? Food & Thought Café, 2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 4815600. DebPost.com. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
Goals with Soul – 7-8:30pm. With Amy Voelkl. This complimentary workshop, adapted from the book Desire Map, by Danielle Laporte, will help students get clear on their goals and how to support and fuel those goals by discovering core feelings through exercises and journaling. Free. Green Monkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or GreenMonkey.com.
$25. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 2620811. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 7/24. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Carolyn Beauchamp, certified clinical hypnotherapist. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or CarolynBeauchamp@gmail.com.
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Thyroid Seminar – 10am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Fatigue, unexpected weight gain, thinning hair, always feeling cold, anxiety, night sweats, morning headaches, brittle nails, brain fog? Discover natural solutions to correct your thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid and why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-3106. See ad, page 24.
200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – July 10-24. This two-week intensive program is an immersion of transformation and inspiration that will give you the tools to live your life to your fullest potential. For aspiring teachers, current teachers or students interested in deepening their practice. $3,795. Coral Gables. 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Beginners’ Acro on the Beach – 6-8pm. Learn the basics of partnering and flying. Begins with a warmup, partner yoga then learn four basic lunar acro yoga poses. $25/individual; $40/couple. Bija Yoga at Lowdermilk Park, Naples. 200-0680. BijaYogaNaples.com. Breath of Life/Music of the Spheres – 6:30pm. Journey from the superficial daily experience to the depths of your heart and soul with Dana House and Linda. Conscious connective breathing, Reiki attunements, percussive music and the sounds of gongs and bowls. Bring pillow, blanket and mat.
Meditational Sound Bath – 9:30-11am. With William Ward. The divine sounds of the singing bowls helps us to remember our connection that was always there, allowing what is needed in that moment to bring a peace beyond understanding. $20 or $15/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com.
Shamanic Reiki Certification Course – 10am6pm. An eight-month course that meets once per month. Learn Reiki one, two and master, as well as shamanic techniques like journeying, meeting your power animal, essential oils, using tools, spirit releasing, energy work, protection and more. $125/ class; $800/paid in full. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, dowse and test energy fields and chakras. Free,
includes charts. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Yoga and Reiki – 3-5pm. Settle into a slow and deep gentle yoga practice led by Jamie Shane as Jessica Hesser offers Reiki healing. Each pose is chosen to create maximum space and availability for the energy to flow. $20. Bija Yoga, Naples. 200-0680. BijaYogaNaples.com. Paint Your Pet with GCHS – 3-5:30pm. BYOB paint session with Vino’s Picasso, while giving to a great cause, the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Send in a clear headshot of your fur-baby and they will pre-sketch your painting. $55. 15250 Tamiami Trl, Ste 109, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953. VinosPicassoFM@hotmail.com. VinosPicasso.com. Black Light Glow Yoga – 7:30pm. A moderate vinyasa flow class set to the tone of upbeat, energetic music. Glow sticks provided. Body paint artist available from 6:45-7:15pm for those that want an extra glow. $15. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. AnahataNaples.com.
SUNDAY, JULY 12 ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: To Live is to Give. SW Florida Eckankar Center, 16387 S Tamiami Trl, Ste H, 2nd floor, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Soaring Sacred Sounds – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls and ancient aromatic blends for helping, healing, and transformation personal and planetary. Bring musical creative expression, mat, pillow, blanket. $15. Arthur Murry, 3339 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
MONDAY, JULY 13 Aligning Personality with Soul – 7-8:30pm. Three-class series with Dona Matera. Identify and transform unconscious self-limiting beliefs, unifying outer and inner for authenticity, self-acceptance and practical decision making that resonates through your whole being. $85. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 14 Channeling Gallery Format – 6:30-8pm. An evening of healing and enlightenment with Beth Brown-Rinella. $20. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15 Choosing the Right Probiotic Seminar – 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron of Nutrition Specialists of Florida. Free. Whole Foods Market, Mercato, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. RSVP: 947-1177. DoctorGendron.com. See ad, page 2. New Moon Singing Bowl Meditation – 6:307:30pm. With Marc Wagner. The new moon marks a time for new beginnings and cycles of life. The singing bowls and their vibrations will help participants accelerate what they are hoping to manifest in this guided meditation. $25; $5 off by 7/14. Green Monkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or GreenMonkey.com. New Moon Kundalini Yoga – 6:30-8pm. Kundalini Yoga in an incredible yoga that integrates all of the most powerful and potent yogic techniques into one practice to tune your nervous and glandular system
and give you spiritual strength. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Usui Reiki Level II – 7pm. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite level one. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2760. Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. Free. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: FBCNaples@gmail.com. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Carolyn Beauchamp, certified clinical hypnotherapist. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or CarolynBeauchamp@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 16 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com. Usui Reiki Level II – 11am. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite level one. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2760. Tea Leaf Reading: The Art of Tasseography – 1pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself and others. Attendees will receive a free tea leaf reading. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2760. Reclaim Your Power – 6:30-8pm. With Life Coach Ryan Wilaby. Become aware of the power of language. Learn the dos and don’ts necessary to create a fulfilling relationship. Words and belief systems are energy, and their vibrations affect us all. $15. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. A Night to Remember – 7-8:30pm. An inspirational evening of original music, storytelling, poetry, comedy, mime and dance with Mark Kolack. $20
love offering. Info: 352-362-5417. Register: MarkKolack.com. Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Reiki master Pam Bzoch, owner of Saith Seren. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 17 Complimentary Multi-Level Gentle Hatha Yoga – 9-10am. With Sarah Greeley. An indoor relaxing class designed to improve health, performance and mental activity. Free. Bring yoga mat, wear comfortable clothes and an empty stomach. Florida Blue Coconut Point, 8041 Plaza Del Lago Dr, Estero. Info: 825-0126 or LifestyleEnrichmentServices.com. Infant Massage – 1-2pm. Learn skills for helping your baby sleep and enhance bonding, while also improving baby’s physical and emotional health. $15. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: FBCNaples@gmail.com. Appreciate Your Brews: Beer Tasting – 6-8pm. Explore and sample a variety of beer styles and flavors, flawlessly paired with an assortment of cheese. Proceeds benefit a local nonprofit organization. $5. Whole Foods Market, Café, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 552-5100. Thai Massage for Two on the Beach – 6-8pm. Learn a simple sequence to address the needs of any partner in your life. Lover, mother, cousin, friend; this art of touch is a loving way to help anyone feel better in their body and mind. $25/individual; $40/ couple. Bija Yoga at Lowdermilk Park, Naples. 200-0680. BijaYogaNaples.com.
Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of Reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
Psychic Faire – 11am-4pm. Every third Saturday. Psychic readings, intuitive tarot, past life, spirit animal, pet readings, angel readings, Reiki and aura readings and metaphysical store. $20. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com.
Sacred Sound/Sacred Space – 7-9pm. With Dana House. Connect to the divine spark within through the energies of the grace-filled gongs and the blissful bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends to enhance your powers of creative expression and manifest your greatest potential. Bring mat, pillow, and blanket. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Get a spiritual “tune-up” with gifted readers and healers. Psychic readings, mediums, tarot readings, jewelry, books, candles, sage, crystals, incense, angels. $25/25 minutes. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 18 Bamboo Massage Class – 8:30am-6pm. With Michelle Mace. 12 CEUs. $375. 501 Goodlette Rd, Bldg C110, Naples. Register: 352-8200 or My2Feet.com. The Creativity Retreat for Writers – July 18-19. 9am-4pm. With published author Jamie Shane. A creative writing weekend designed to open your creative process, remove writing blocks and to help you find joy in the process. Writing exercises, basic breathing and meditation techniques and an exploration of your personal process will be facilitated. $165 includes organic lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Writers Workshop – 10am-noon. Naples Writers Forum welcomes writers of all levels. Bring 10 copies of a page of your writing or just come. Free. St John the Evangelist Church, Clausen Center, 625 111th Ave N (Immokalee Rd), Naples. Preregister: 949-3621 or GWMelart@gmail.com.
A Well-Oiled Practice – 1:30-3pm. With Amy Voelkl. Participants will learn about the chakras, essential oils and the emotional body while practicing a restorative class that will incorporate those elements. $30; $5 off by 7/17. Green Monkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or GreenMonkey.com. Crystal and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the “flower of life” pattern also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SUNDAY, JULY 19 Ashiatsu Deep Tissue Barefoot Massage Course – July 19-20. With Michelle Mace. 20 Fl CEUs. $550. 501 Goodlette Rd, Bldg C110, Naples. Register: 352-8200 or My2Feet.com.
MONDAY, JULY 20 Mini-Yoga Retreat – July 20-26. A six-day miniimmersion to help attendees deepen their relationship with their practice. $400/week or $100/day. Bija Yoga, Naples. 200-0680. BijaYogaNaples.com. Complimentary Multi-Level Gentle Hatha Yoga – 9-10am. With Sarah Greeley. An indoor relaxing class designed to improve health, performance and mental activity. Free. Bring yoga mat, wear comfortable clothes and an empty stomach. Florida Blue Coconut Point, 8041 Plaza Del Lago Dr, Estero. Info: 825-0126 or LifestyleEnrichmentServices.com. Spiritual Intuitive Readings – 11am-4pm. With published author Dona Lynn Hudgins, author of Peacefound and Chalice of Pleiades. Readings are timely, gentle and knowing on the deepest levels and are always given in total trust of their awakening properties. $20/20 minutes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 Can We Trust What We Read and Hear?: 35 Lies Portrayed as Truths – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. How do we decide if what is heard and seen in the media is true today? Food & Thought Café, 2132 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. 481-5600. DebPost.com. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Carolyn Beauchamp, certified clinical hypnotherapist. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken
through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or CarolynBeauchamp@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 23 Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing, prosperity and more. Make your own personal candle. $30 includes supplies. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 5:30pm. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Store Tour: Metabolism Boosting – 6-7:30pm. A guided store tour dedicated to boosting your metabolism with Lily, healthy eating specialist. Free. Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 552-5100. Bat Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. Visit a lovely creek in the wilderness; part of an estuary system with many plants and animals. At dusk see the bats come out of their hiding places. Learn about these very interesting, ancient and important creatures from a certified Florida master naturalist guide. $40. GAEA Guides, North Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. GAEAGuides.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 24 Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 10am. Introduction to inter-
nationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon KabatZinn at U Mass. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Healing the Healer/Reiki Healing Circle – 6:308pm.With Lenka Spiska. Special Reiki circle for healers and Reiki practitioners. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, Peace Pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. See news brief, page 12. Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. Free. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: FBCNaples@gmail.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 25 Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With Reiki Master Silvia Casabianca. Become a Reiki practitioner. Heal self, support others. History, principles, energetic anatomy, healing vs curing, hand positions, attunements. $165. 12 Fl CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMTs, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com.
Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. ABCs of Yoga 1-3pm. With Amy Voelkl. This all-beginner’s class is a comfortable, safe and stress-free way to take the mystery out of yoga for first-time students of all fitness levels. $10. Green Monkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or GreenMonkey.com. Restore and Renew – 1-3pm. With Jennifer Colucci and Laurie Orlando. Enjoy a blissfully relaxing restorative yoga practice while a massage therapist assists in releasing stress and tension from the body in this deeply therapeutic workshop. $45/ drop-in; $40 by 7/24. Green Monkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or GreenMonkey.com. Grateful Jam – 5-6:30, Happiness Hour, Shakedown Street vendors; 6:30-9:45pm, concert with South Florida’s premier Grateful Dead Tribute Band Crazy Fingers. A secret after-hour party location will be revealed at the concert. Reserved seating: $35/ticket. Norris Community Center, 755 8th Ave S, Naples. Tickets: GratefulJamNaples.EventBrite. com. See news brief, page 11.
SUNDAY, JULY 26 Intro to Kundalini Yoga – 2-4pm. A comprehensive, intensive introduction to the fundamentals of the practice of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Kundalini yoga is a blend of postures, pranayama (breathing techniques), mantra, music
and meditation which teaches the art of relaxation, self-healing and self-discovery. Donation. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
MONDAY, JULY 27 Complimentary Laughter Club – 6:30-7:30pm. With Jill Emmerich, certified Laughter Yoga leader in partnership with Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Fourth Monday of every month. Free. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 28 Rockin’ Crystal Class – Noon-2pm. Learn how to use the gifts of the Earth for healing, balancing, protection and more. Attendees will receive a bag of crystals to take home. $20. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Medical Marijuana: Straight Talk – 5pm. With Pamela Hughes, DO. Refreshments provided. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. See ad, page 79.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 Financial Freedom Now! – 6:30-8pm. With David Essel, MS. Learn how to become the magnet for financial change that you deserve and desire. Free. Premier Executive Center, 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd, Ft Myers or via teleconference: 712-432-0800 PIN # 901142. RSVP: David@DavidEssel.com. See ad, page 45. Candle Magick – 7pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing, prosperity and more. Make your own personal candle. $30 includes supplies. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Carolyn Beauchamp, certified clinical hypnotherapist. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or CarolynBeauchamp@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 30 Stress-Less Serenity Zone – 9-10am. A workshop in movement and relaxation to live fearlessly. Feel empowered and revitalized in 60 minutes once a month. $15/drop-in; $50/ four classes; $10/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com.
Blue Moon-Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. With GAEA Guides. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with thousands of birds preparing to roost for the night. It’s spring and there are several birds nesting. Watch the sunset and moonrise. $40 includes equipment and a Florida master naturalist guide. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. GAEAGuides.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 31 Facial Massage Online Course – Anytime. For LMTs. $25. 8 FL CEUs. My2Feet.com/all-products. LMT State of FL Law, Ethics and Medical Errors Online Course – Anytime. $12. 6 FL CEUs. My2Feet.com/all-products. 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program – Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 204, Naples. Register: Carla Olla: 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See news brief, page 10. Prescription for Happiness: Introduction to The Work of Byron Katie – 6:15-8:30pm. Learn the basics of The Work of Byron Katie and how The Work can bring tangible results in your life. Exercises to practice The Work will be facilitated. Free/love offering. PB Light Center, 2121 Heritage Trl, Naples. 384-9457. RSVP: ActiveEmbrace.com/events. See news brief, page 12. Full Moon Sacred Sounds: Honoring the Temple – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Experience the energy of vibrational awakening, cosmic connection. Sacred sounds of the empowering gongs and bowls accelerate energetic healing, spiritual awakenings and immersion into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. $15. Anahata, 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 262-0811. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. Revisit Past Cords with Angels – 7-9pm. A healing circle with Panama healer Elka Boren opens healing vortex to dissolve past disappointments and emotions with unique source energy, find newfound peace and joy. Group as a whole heals and each person receives individual healing. Specific life questions will be channeled and answered. $30. Anahata, 1063 5th Ave N, Naples. Register: Susanna: 821-9648. UnityAngelHealing.com.
plan ahead SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 Private Healing Sessions – Aug 1-2. Shaman Elka Boren from Panama, gifted since childhood with healing abilities and clairvoyance, has of-
fered healing for 30 years. Boren heals with powerful source energy and geometric grids at the cellular level to remove blocks on all levels (and ancestrally) and powerfully shifts your energy. Naples. RSVP: Susanna Tocco: 821-9648. UnityAngelHealing.com. Prescription for Happiness: The Work of Byron Katie Workshop – 10am-noon; 1:30-4pm. Learn in-depth the step-by-step process of The Work of Byron Katie. Learn how to use The Work on your own to bring clarity and happiness back into your life. Sliding Scale: $29-$49. PB Light Center, 2121 Heritage Trl, Naples. 384-9457. RSVP: ActiveEmbrace.com/Events. See news brief, page 12.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 Seven Archangel Healing System Practitioner and Angel Art Training – 1-6pm. Rev Elka Boren initiates attendees with personalized energetic codes into this powerful Angel Healing System to help others and for your own development. Experience healing initiation from the angels; learn to give colorful, imaginative angel art sessions and angel healings to others. Connect with Archangel Michael and all the Archangels. $350. Naples. Susanna Tocco: 821-9648. UnityAngelHealing.com.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 Healing the Healer/Reiki Healing Circle – 6:308pm.With Lenka Spiska. Special Reiki circle for healers and Reiki practitioners. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. See news brief, page 12.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Healing the Healer/Reiki Healing Circle – 6:308pm.With Lenka Spiska. Special Reiki circle for healers and Reiki practitioners. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. See news brief, page 12.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 2 Yoga Teacher Training 2016 – With Suzy Goldberg, E-RYT. This course is designed for those passionate about practicing yoga. The curriculum provides the tools to deepen your personal practice and the tools to share your yoga experience as a teacher. $3,000. Ruby & Pearl’s, 6420 Plantation Park Ct, Ste 104, Ft Myers. Register: 768-1021. RubyPearlYoga@gmail.com. See ad, page 18.
and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org.
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Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100.
Unity of Ft Myers – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister. Susie Hulcher, music. Youth ministry. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org.
Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at SouthFloridaAl-Anon.org.
Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org.
Shelling in the Ten Thousand Islands – 8am-2pm. An approximately 20-minute scenic boat ride to a barrier island. Choose from a 1.5-hr-to-3.5-hour trip. Goodland Boat Park, Goodland. Info/RSVP: 249-9878. ReelKindFishing.com. Guided Tour and Organic Lunch – Mon-Fri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am & 2pm, guided tour, $15; 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Bring mat and wear comfortable clothes. Props available. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.
Lunch Break Meditation – Mon-Fri. 12:30pm. Reduce stress, improve focus and build energy. Learn the basic techniques to build a regular meditation practice. $8/drop-in. Mindful Life Academy, 9122 Bonita Bch Rd, Bonita Springs. 676-5009. MindfulLifeAcademy.com.
Power Vinyasa – 9-10am. A challenging and inspiring heated vinyasa class led by Matt. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com.
Yoga in Nature – Tue-Sun. All levels. Mindful movement, breath work and meditation in nature.
Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone
Rivers and Creek Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. Mangrove forest and nesting birds. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 4556553. UUNaples@earthlink.net. UUNaples.org. Science of Mind Spiritual Study Group – 10:3011:30am. Based on the Science of Mind book, This Thing is You, by Ernest Holmes. Donation. Happe-
hatchee Nature Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455. Happehatchee.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org. Gentle Yoga for Discovering a Path to Peace – 10:30-noon. With Renee Newell. Through gentle yoga and stretching, learn to move with awareness and less effort, to be more and do less. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 3:30-5pm. Do you feel guilty whenever you stand up for yourself? YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState.ACAInterGroup.org. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. Green Monkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Restorative Yoga – 6:15-7:30pm. With Rachel. $18. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. Green Monkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum and Dance Circle – 7-9:30pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.
monday Vinyasa Class – 8:30-9:30am. With Meryl Sykes. Open level. Membership required. Crunch Gym, 6013 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. 455-1008. Crunch.com. Gentle Yoga and Body Mechanics – 9-10am. With Jacqueline Glasgow. Gentle movement with fascia release and soft tissue work to free the body from limitations. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Mindful Movements – 9:30-10:45am. With Francis Reilly. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Soul Sisters Middle School Girls Group – 2:304pm. With Jill Emmerich, BCaBA. Build peer support, communication skills and self-confidence through creative self-expression. $20; $70/four sessions; $15/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Pilates Yoga Fusion – 3:30pm. Strengthen the core, lengthen muscles and improve flexibility. Combines breath control with a series of upper and lower body postures. $12/drop-in. Mindful Life Academy, 9122 Bonita Bch Rd, Bonita Springs. 676-5009. MindfulLifeAcademy.com. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated power vinyasa yoga class for grown-ups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Yin Harmony Yoga – 4-5:15pm. With Sue Lovett. A quiet, insightful yoga practice with roots in meridian theory of Chinese medicine and mindfulness training. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Calm Caterpillar Kids Club – 4:30-5:30pm. With rotating teachers. Ages 5-12 build positive coping
skills, improve focus, self-control, self-regulation. $20, $70/4 sessions or $10/current clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com Qigong for Everyone – 5:30-6:30pm. With Dona Matera. Standing, or sitting if needed, with slow movements to harmonize physical health. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm or 7:15-8:15pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Energize pelvis, practice pain management and breathing for birth. $15. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 248-7931. LifeBehold.com. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples, choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState.ACAIntergroup.org. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard W Rosen. $195 plus materials ($20). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. email@example.com. David Essel Alive – 6-9pm EST. Get inspired. Join the national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. Tune in at DavidEssel.com. Mindful Expressions – 6:30-8pm. Explore creative approaches for self-awareness and healing. Embrace your inner child and connect with joy in the present moment. 4th Mon is free Laughter Club. $20; $70/ four sessions; $15/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Gurdjieff/Ouspensky Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of GI Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org. Conscious Community Class – 7-9pm. Online class on a variety of topics providing insight for personal and career growth through the power of transforming the subconscious mind via hypnosis. Classes are live, with a chance to be interactive and ask questions. tfioh.com. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 2nd Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. firstname.lastname@example.org. Crystal Bowls Meditation Class – 7:30pm. With William Ward. A guided meditation with the healing energies of the crystal bowls and Tibetan bowls. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. For those who have a loved one with an addiction, Nar-Anon meetings may help you cope. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.
of motion, performance. $15. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com.
Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com.
All Levels Yoga – 6-7pm. With Salima Silverman. A yoga class designed for everyone. Great for advanced or first time students. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527.
Chakra Yoga – 6-7pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Warm up with the five Tibetan rites, followed by yoga sequences to balance and revitalize the chakras. $15. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Aleksandra Eifler. Students can enjoy yoga while being surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. $5 plus state park entry fees. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. GreenMonkey.com.
Multi-Level Gentle Hatha Yoga – 6-7pm. July 7-28. With Sarah Greeley. Bring yoga mat, wear comfortable clothes and an empty stomach. $15. Alico Family Golf, 16300 Lee Rd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 825-0126 or LifestyleEnrichmentServices.com.
Yamuna Body Rolling Class – 9-10am. Self-massage techniques to create space back into the body and tone muscles. Call to reserve balls. $18. Arthur Murray Dance Center, Naples. Patti: 649-0814.
Kids Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated power vinyasa yoga class for grown-ups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Hatha Yoga Level I/II – 9-10:15am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Kundalini Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Jessica Hesser. Asana-based kriyas, pranayama and meditations. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Carol: 676-7793. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. CALM (Connecting, Amazing, Local Moms) – 10:30am-noon. With Andrea Press, PsyD. Creating connection during transition to motherhood. Babies 12 months and younger welcome. $20; $70/four sessions; $15/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. NIA – 11am-noon. With Valeria Hill. Combines marital arts, dance and healing arts. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Integrative Relaxation/Yoga Nidra – 3:304:30pm. With Peggy. $18. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Quiet your mind, improve balance, range
Health Starts Here Cooking Classes – 6:307:30pm. Weekly with Lily, Healthy Eating Specialist. 7/7: Spa inspired Salad, Raw Vegan Cheesecake and Green Smoothie. 7/14: Sprouts! 7/21: Healthy Picnic. 7/28: Healthy Sweets. $10. Whole Foods Market, Lifestyle Center, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. Preregister: 552-5100. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 6:30-8pm. Do you feel guilty whenever you stand up for yourself? YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState.ACAInterGroup.org. Men’s Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Yoga/Self-Talk for Anxiety, Depression and Trauma – 6:30-8pm. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Calm your body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $20; $70/four sessions; $15/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org.
Yoga for Well-being – 9:30-10:45am. With Stephanie Brinkerhoff. Gentle class for beginners or those suffering from chronic illness or injury. Yoga postures, breath work, sound and wellness practices based on ayurveda, qigong and other disciplines. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 676-7793. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Vinyasa Slow Flow and Restore – 10:15-11:30am. With Cory. Gentle movement followed by restorative postures to calm body, mind and spirit. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Lunchtime Meditations – 12:15-1pm. With Joann Lawrence. Two guided meditations and a teaching on the way of inner peace. $10/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Social Caterpillar Kids Club – 1-2pm. With Jill Emmerich, BCaBA. Peer cooperation, communication and problem solving skills through structured games and activities. $20; $70/four sessions; $15/ current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Creative Caterpillar Kids Club – 2:30-3:30pm. With Jill Emmerich, BCaBA. Improve self-confidence, social support and healthy expression of emotions through art and creative expression. $20; $70/four sessions; $15/current clients. Monarch
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Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Do you feel guilty whenever you stand up for yourself? Dry Palms Foundation Building, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 7287106. FloridaState.ACAInterGroup.org. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated Power Vinyasa Yoga class for grown-ups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Advanced Purna – 5:30-7:30pm.With Meredith Musick. With great yoga wall. Call for directions. Naples. RSVP: 269-8846. Guided Meditation – 6pm. With Cici Santiago, RM. Breathing and relaxation exercises; focusing and quieting the mind. Love donation. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. 1st Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Breathing techniques, relaxation, pain management. $15/dropin or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Bonita Springs. LifeBehold.com. Empowered Parents – 6:30-8pm. With Jill Emmerich, BCaBA. Learn positive and effective behavior management skills for kids of all ages and levels of ability. $200 or $160/current clients for eight
sessions. Monarch Therapy, Naples. Preregister: 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd floor, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. LLLFlorida.com. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. Arts Anonymous – 6:30-8pm. Only requirement is a desire to develop creative potential. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Dennis: 608-345-2726. ArtsAnonymous.org. Hand Drumming Class – 6:30-8pm. With Marc Wagner. $10. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. A Course in Miracles – 7-8pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Readings and interpretation. Everyone is welcome. Love offering. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita. 272-5456.
thursday Kids Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated power vinyasa yoga class for grown-ups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. BVYoga.com.
Yoga – 9am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles, while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Gentle Yoga – 9am-10am. Free. For Goodness Sake Organic Market, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. Register: 353-7778. Multi-Level Gentle Hatha Yoga – 9-10am. Begins 7/9. With Sarah Greeley. Bring yoga mat, wear comfortable clothes and an empty stomach. $15. Alico Family Golf, 16300 Lee Rd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 825-0126 or LifestyleEnrichmentServices.com. Power Vinyasa – 9-10am. A challenging and inspiring heated vinyasa class led by Jacqueline Glasgow. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Hatha Yoga Level I/II – 9-10:15am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior Yoga – 11am-noon. With Carla Olla. A mixed level vinyasa flow class. $18. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. Warrior2Warrior: Yoga for Veterans – 11amnoon. With Gary Granza. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Church of Christ, 368 Herron Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Pilates Yoga Fusion – 3:30pm. Strengthen the core, lengthen muscles and improve flexibility. Combines breath control with a series of upper and lower body postures. $12/drop-in. Mindful Life Academy, 9122 Bonita Bch Rd, Bonita Springs. 676-5009. MindfulLifeAcademy.com. Vinyasa Class – 4:30-5:30pm. With Meryl Sykes. Open level. Membership required. Crunch Gym, 6013 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. 455-1008. Crunch.com. Vinyasa Flow – 5:45-6:45pm. With Karen Lepree. Sun salutations, movement and stretching. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Satsang, meditation, tea potluck and receive healing. Love offering. Eyes Wide Open Center, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. $20, $70/four weeks or $10/clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Teen Yoga – 6:30-8pm. With Salima Silverman. Free your mind from the stress of teen life with a blend of stretching, strengthening and relaxation. $20, $70/four weeks or $10/clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No
dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. A self-healing system using conscious breath work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Connect with the Healer Within –7-9pm. 2nd Fri. With Karin Wolfe. Healing Quantum Light Center, Naples. 980-3257. FireflyWithin.com.
friday Hatha Yoga Level II – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Sue Lovett. Quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind/body awareness and connect with nature. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. LaurieLLL@aol.com. Chakra Connection – 11-11:45am. With Terry Flynn. Designed to connect, open and balance the energy centers and enhance the flow of energy throughout the body. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Co-Dependents Anonymous – 12pm. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 2-3pm. With Dina Radcliffe. Breath work, mindful meditations, stretches and balance work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Stretch and Restore Yoga – 3:30-4:30pm. With Becky. $10. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. Yin Yang Happy Hour Yoga – 5-6pm. With Michele Gugliotta. Breathing exercises, a variety of postures and long held yin. Meditation and the healing sounds of crystal bowl. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Yoga for Sobriety – 5:15-6:30pm. With guest teachers. A judgment-free zone to work on your
inner and outer well-being. Free. Mats and towels for rent or BYO. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 5981938. BVYoga.com.
Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513.
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Healing the Healer/Reiki Healing Circle – 6:308pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Special Reiki circle for healers and Reiki practitioners. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Mantra Sound Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Fri. With Johnny Freedom and Isabel Silva. Evening may include crystal singing bowls, drums, guitars, gongs, flutes and kirtan. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Women’s Sacred Circle – 6:30-8pm. 3rd Fri. With Dolores Gozzi. Celebrate the divine feminine through ritual, ceremony, meditation, prayer and sharing openly in love and trust. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.
CLASSES MASSAGE THERAPIST – Receive all 24 CEUs in one class, including Florida mandatory hours. Two classes to choose from. Ellie Sandler: 985-0262. CEUFlorida.net.
FOR RENT SPACE AVAILABLE FOR GROUP MEETINGS/WORKSHOPS – Beautiful, quiet 630-sqft studio in South Bonita/North Naples. Hourly/ half/full-day/evenings. Photos: bit.ly/IMstudio. Madeline@IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
OPPORTUNITIES SEEKING PERSONAL BUSINESS ASSISTANT
Yoga Nidra – 8-9am. Led meditation with Meryl Sykes. Membership required. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 597-3148. GreaterNaplesYMCA.com.
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Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. email@example.com.
distractions. The opportunity will include creating
Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. ArtInLee.org.
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Purna Power Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Carol 676-7793. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Eckhart Tolle Meditation Group – 3pm. Meets 7/11 & 7/25. DVDs, CDs and discussion. Free. Unitarian/Universalist Church, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 249-6916. Open Drum Circle – 5:30-8pm. 1st Sat. With Marc Wagner and friends. $15 suggested donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.
goals, marketing, managing timelines and supporting focus and personal motivation to empower humanity. The initial agreement will include a five-to-10-hour/week work commitment that will be renegotiated as the work relationship develops. Bill: 597-7372. OPENING SOON/SEEKING YOGA INSTRUCTORS – YogaFit Naples is seeking passionate and energetic yoga instructors for their new studio located at 8855 Immokalee Rd, Naples. Must have a passion for yoga; desire to motivate others and a fun, upbeat attitude. Contact: Naples@YogaFitStudios.com.
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NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET ADA’S NATURAL MARKET
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NATURAL HEALTH JAMES OCCHIOGROSSO, MH
Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 HealthNaturallyToday.com Improve your health naturally. Hormone testing. Bio-Identical Hormones. Powerful healing herbs and supplements. Male/ female anti-aging and sexual problems. Want to feel better? Call now! See ad, page 71.
Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 29.
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax DebPost.com Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 21.
D-SIGNED NUTRITION, LLC
Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste 214 Bonita Springs • 239-444-4204 D-SignedNutrition.com Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 66.
NUTRITION SPECIALISTS OF FLORIDA 28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 • DoctorGendron.com
State Board Certified Expert and Specialist in Nutrition. We use an individual, customized and systemic approach. Consult, exam and reassessment for optimum results. See ad, page 2.
Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D InnerConnectionsPT.com Naples: 239-398-3154
Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years of experience. Holistic practice focusing on personal empowerment and teamwork. Craniosacral therapy, fascial mobilization, lymphatic drainage. Energy balancing, structural manual therapies with customized exercise. See ad, page 6.
KAREN L. BEATTY, ABR, GRI
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 Klbeatty48@aol.com • KarenBeatty.com Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows the market, offers expert counseling with efficient reliability. She takes the stress out of buying or selling and gets the job done with a smile. Choose Karen for ease and joy in your real estate transaction!
THERMAL IMAGING TARYN KEAN, CCT LEVEL III
Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging 9148 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 202 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239-949-2011 • ThermalClinic.com A proactive approach to health providing thermography as preventative screening. Thermography is a painless, noninvasive test without radiation detecting of abnormal physiology throughout the whole body, and establishment of risk factors for the development or existence of breast cancer. See ad, page 63.
WELLNESS CENTER MINDFUL LIFE ACADEMY, LLC
9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs 239-676-5009 MindfulLifeAcademy.com One of the most unique holistic wellness centers in Florida. Providing a whole-person approach to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Call for consultation.
Be Creative: Try New Directions to Inspire Connections Advertise in Natural Awakenings’
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YOGA GREENMONKEY YOGA
(formerly Bala Vinyasa Yoga) GreenMonkey.com • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples Two locations: in Central and South Naples. Daily classes for all levels, monthly workshops and private sessions with exceptional teachers, plus awardwinning massage therapy and BV Boutique. 200- and 300-hour Registered Yoga School. See ad, back cover.
MEREDITH MUSICK, E-RYT, LMT
Master Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist MeredithMusick.com 239-269-8846 Positively change your life physically and mentally using time-tested, classical Hatha yoga and Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi bodywork. Specializing in therapeutic yoga and The Great Yoga Wall®. See ad, page 25.
VIVASANA YOGA EDUCATION & WELLNESS
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