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Welcome to a new year! January is a natural time to contemplate the state of our life and initiate new possibilities, yet how quickly a fresh, “new me” attitude can sink into oblivion beneath the tasks and challenges of everyday life. I like to record my intentions for the new year both in a journal and on a vision board for maximum impact, and prominently place the board where I see it often. Seeing the images throughout the day provides powerful messages to my conscious and subconscious mind, which attracts marvelous outcomes. Researchers know that visualization works; Olympic athletes are among those that have long used it to improve performance. Psychology Today reports that the brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavy weights are similarly activated when the athlete only imagines (visualizes) lifting weights. The secret to creating a vision board that works is to focus on images and words that express how we want to feel, not only the people and things we want in our lives. The more we can experience the desired feeling now, the more effective the exercise becomes. My last vision board had a big heart in the center that radiated out to everything else, evoking a felt reminder to bring an open, embracing heart to all I do. I inevitably include representations of nature walks, yoga poses, healthy, luscious food and people laughing together. Yours may include uplifting photos, quotes, inspiring passages and even multimedia pieces that make you feel good and embrace the good you desire. Anyone that has radiant health on a vision board likely understands the individual responsibility involved in creating it. Practicing prevention measures and improving personal habits along with working with a professional trained in natural and integrative healthcare helps to set you on the right course. Instead of popping pills to cover symptoms, many of today’s functional medicine practitioners are investigating and using less-invasive, more effective ways to identify and treat the root causes of distress. This month’s special Health and Wellness issue articles, including Lisa Marshall’s “The Rise of Functional Medicine” on page 44, and Linda Sechrist’s “Functional Medicine is the Basis of 21st Century Healthcare” on page 48, provide a timely reminder of how a challenging health condition or crisis can redirect us to either get back on track or find a new and better track for repairing, restoring and sustaining health. I was fascinated to read the stories from the pioneering local health practitioners Linda interviewed who, failing to find solutions in mainstream medicine, found their way to functional medicine. They have learned firsthand the effectiveness of dietary supplements, allergen-free diets, exercise, mind-body practices and toxin avoidance as their primary tools. I attribute my own progressive health track to an early interest in natural health care. It’s a path that affords greater self-care and well-being on all levels. Kudos go to all our Natural Awakenings advertisers that selflessly contribute their talents and resources to our community, together offering a whole-person approach to well-being that encompasses body, mind and spirit. We’re in good hands. To a healthy and miraculous year,
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newsbriefs Access Consciousness Bars and Energetic Facelift Classes
ertified Access Consciousness and Body Process Facilitator Kristina Aston will lead an Access Consciousness Bars class from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., January 9, at Hampton Inn Naples Central and on January 23 at the Best Western in Fort Myers. An Energetic Facelift class will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., January 30, at Hampton Inn Naples Kristina Aston Central. Aston will also offer a free introductory Access Consciousness Bars class from 7 to 8 p.m., January 13, at the Best Western. The Access Bars are 32 points on the head that when lightly touched can provide relief from emotional, insomnia, self-esteem and anxiety issues and more. Energetic Facelift is a non-evasive, dynamic, light-touch, energy transformation system that naturally lifts sagging skin, diminishes wrinkles and revives skin. Aston also plans to host a four-day Foundation Class for attendees of the January classes that want to “dig deeper and unlock the limitations and capacities leading to greater awareness of what one can create, making one more conscious in every area of life. These powerful tools and processes can tackle just about any life issue,” she says. Costs: $300 Access Consciousness Bars, $250 Energetic Facelift. Continuing education credits are available for both classes. Locations: Hampton Inn, 3210 Tamiami Tr. N.; Best Western, 8955 Daniels Pkwy. For more information or to register, call 305-3317465, email AccessKristina@gmail.com or visit KristinaAston. AccessConsciousness.com. See ad, page 55.
Author Eben Alexander to Speak at Unity of Naples
ew York Times bestselling author Eben Alexander, M.D., and Karen Newell, co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, will lead an experiential discussion and workshop that explores science, spirit and sound at 7 p.m., February 19, at Unity of Naples. Attendees will have to opportunity to process, ask questions and Eben Alexander discuss how to integrate the insights from meditation into daily living. In 2008, Alexander, while in a week-long coma due to severe bacterial meningitis, experienced a journey that ran counter to all conventional science. As detailed in his book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, sound provided the crucial engine for traversing spiritual dimensions. Alexander will share stories about Karen Newell his inner journey, essential lessons and how science is expanding to acknowledge the fundamental importance of consciousness, leading to a synthesis of science and spirituality. Newell will describe tools developed by Sacred Acoustics that can be used to explore connections to inner knowing and the deeper realities of our existence. She will lead attendees on an experiential journey with sound to discover that answers lie within us all.
Cost: $50. $125 VIP seating includes a presentation and reception with the speakers, plus refreshments at 5 p.m. Location: 2000 Unity Way. For more information or to register, call 239-775-3009 or visit NaplesUnity.org. See ad, page 65.
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New Acupuncture Practice in Naples
eteran Acupuncturist Jack Morris has opened Acupuncture Solutions, in Naples. The full-time healthcare facility, specializing in gentle Japanese acupuncture, cupping and microcurrent treatments, is located at 6628 Willow Park Drive, Suite C. The practice focuses on treating menses issues, facial rejuvenation, depression and anxiety, automobile and sports injuries, smoking cessation, post-traumatic stress disorder, back pain, migraines and orthopedic conditions. Morris has been state and nationally certified since 1993 and is also a certified advanced cupping therapist.
Cost: $85 and up. For more information or an appointment, call 239-293-4005, email NaplesAcupunctureSolutions@gmail.com or visit Facebook.com/jackmorrisap. See ad, page 18.
Yoli Better Body System Offered
ort Myers-based independent distributor Mariah Bakke is offering free, at-home consultations on the Yoli Better Body System, a selection of transformational, natural products and a healthy eating plan. “Many are gaining more energy and mental clarity and diminishing general aches and pains, all with the side-effect of losing seven to 15 pounds in their first week,” says Bakke. In addition to weight loss, Bakke’s customers have seen positive results with Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, gout, acid reflux and other conditions. She claims that the products and diet plan helps with blood sugar support, pH, digestive function, immune function, detoxification, hydration, restoration of nutrients and biorhythms of the body. For more information or a consultation, call 712-790-6637, email MCBakke@ gmail.com or visit mcBakke.Yoli.com. See ad, page 24.
Love Relationship Workshop at Shangri-La Springs
ancy Buchanan will host a Love Relationship interactive workshop from 2 to 5 p.m., January 23, at ShangriLa Springs, in Bonita Springs. Attendees will learn what both women and men want, how to determine each partner’s love language to increase mutual understanding, communication skills that work and putting the spark back into relationships. Nancy Buchanan Participants will have the opportunity share their five most important relationship needs with others. A relationship counselor for more than 25 years, Buchanan has appeared on many television and radio shows and written numerous articles. She has also been trained in neuro-linguistic skills. Her programs include inner child work and reworking emotional blocks, self-esteem and stress management. Cost: $65 for preregistration by Jan. 15, $75 at the door and $120 for couples. Location: 27750 Old U.S. 41 Rd. For more information, call Buchanan at 941330-4831 or Shangri-La at 239-949-0749, or visit ShangriLaSprings.com. See ad, page 55.
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newsbriefs Holistic Natural Nutrition Course Offered in Fort Myers
he World Institute of Natural Nutrition (WINN), an affiliate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) based in Fort Myers, is offering an Introduction to Holistic Nutrition course by distance learning. The certificate course, consisting of the fundamentals of nutrition and symptomatology, leads to a diploma program in natural nutrition, a professional designation and eligibility for board certification with the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. More than 7,000 people worldwide have graduated from WINN and CSNN programs in holistic natural nutrition over more than 20 years. Location: 3049 Cleveland Ave., Ste. 130. For more information, including cost, call 239-479-5185, email Info@ winnOrg.com or visit winnOrg.com. See ad, page 11.
Biofeedback Detox Sessions at Happehatchee Center
arin Wolfe, of Firefly Within, will conduct detoxifications with the LIFE Biofeedback System from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 16, at the Happehatchee Center, in Estero. This system can detect toxin imbalances in the body, including vaccines, and send the required balancing energy to assist in eliminating them. After each 15-minute sessions, clients will receive a record of the toxins Karin Wolfe identified and information about their balance levels. Young Living Essential Oils representatives can answer questions about the role oils play in supporting the immune system. “Winter is when all kinds of additional toxins enter us, including vaccinations, parasites, alcohol, caffeine, food and mental toxins,” says Wolfe. “Now is the time to help the body rid itself of these items to keep it in a balanced state, which is also a state of healing.” Participants should arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time to complete a client information form. Cost: $15. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information or to preregister (required), call 239-980-3257 or email FireflyBiofeedback@gmail.com. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Tanza Workshop in Bonita Springs
zveta DaVinci, an international leader and coach in Tanza, a free-flowing, dancelike movement that combines music, guided meditation, laughter and kundalini rising, will lead a Tanza Workshop session from 7 to 9 p.m., January 14, at the Eyes Wide Open Center, in Bonita Springs. “Experience a profound physical, emotional and mental detox in just two hours of this joyful workout,” says DaVinci, who has honed her transformative healing methods through workshops, vision quests, seminars and training programs around the world during the past two decades. “Tanza will help Tzveta DaVinci shift your outlook and attitude and gain a sense of lightness and peace by awakening to a deeper level of you. Let the rhythm set you free.” Her work integrates healing traditions that include African shamanism, Hawaiian energy healing, the teachings of the school of mysticism of the Indian philosopher Osho, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, family constellations, sound, energy and creative hypnosis. Cost: $29. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 204. For more information, call 239-948-9444 or visit EyesWideOpenC.com.
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atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) welcomed three new publishers to a December training session at the corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The NAPC staff spent several days with these entrepreneurs, discussing the ins and outs of publishing a new Natural Awakenings edition in the Dominican Republic and taking over publication of the existing Western Michigan and North Central Florida magazines. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest, free, local, healthy living lifestyle publications in the world, serving nearly 4 million readers each month via 95 magazines published in cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. “Living a conscious lifestyle that supports our well-being and the sustainability of Planet Earth has become more important than ever,” says Bruckman. “Our dedicated family of publishers, supported by loyal advertisers, connects readers with the resources they need to create a healthier, happier world that works for all living things.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is published or to learn more about franchising opportunities, call 239-530-1377 or visit NaturalAwakenings.com. See ad, page 76.
newsbriefs Free Seminar by Essel in Estero
avid Essel, author of the newly released Positive Thinking Will Never Change Your Life… But This Book Will!, will host a free seminar at 6:30 p.m., January 27, at the Hyatt David Essel Hotel in Coconut Point Mall, in Estero. With a philosophy is supported by six New York Times bestselling authors that appear in Essel’s book, along with four other success experts, including Naples resident Ray Higdon, Essel will discuss what it takes to be successful in all areas of life. “Positive thinking will never change your life,” says Essel. “After books like The Secret and The Law of Attraction were released, people wanted to believe that if they thought a certain way they could attract the best lover or millions of dollars. It never worked.” Attendees will learn the steps needed to change their lives now, change the inner workings of the mind and create the life they desire. Location: Coconut Point Rd. For more information, call 941266-7676, email TalkDavid@aol.com or visit TalkDavid.com. See ad, page 63.
Essential Oils Training Center Opens in Fort Myers
Love Oils, Inc., will host a grand opening of its training center from 3 to 6 p.m., January 2, at 17030 Alico Commerce Court, Suite 303, in Fort Myers. Free monthly basic and advanced classes will begin later this month. Attendees will learn about essential oils, powerful extracts derived from flowers, trees and other plants that have been used for centuries as food flavoring and for beauty and health care. Students will learn how oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness needs. Co-owners Peter and Susie Bagwell previously ran an innovative day spa in the Detroit area that used oils to enhance massage services and offered wellness programs to help patrons enjoy the oils at home after each visit. They moved to Fort Myers in 2010, where Susie ran an essential oil business. For more information, call 586-604-3500, email Susie@ ILoveOils.com or visit ILoveOils.com.
Adonis Co-Housing Presentation in Naples
donis Autism, Inc., will present their vision for Osprey Village, a planned co-housing community in Naples, from 10 a.m. to noon, January 9, at the Covenant Presbyterian Church. Terry Kays will facilitate the discussion with stories from families that have chosen to live in co-housing, covering the problems that such housing can solve, which people it might be most suited for and why. Refreshments will be provided. Osprey Village’s vision is a safe, eco-friendly, co-housing community with an extended family atmosphere where parents can raise families and members with disabilities can thrive. The community includes work, recreation, education and training for individuals with autism and other disabilities, as well as providing long-term care for parents and their loved ones as they age. Organizers believe that by providing a community of support for families, the adult disability housing problem can be solved with affordability and sustainability on a grassroots level. The village is scalable because all funding is local and based upon the common model used to fund home loans. Location: 6926 Trail Blvd. For more information or to register (requested), email Debby@AdonisAutism@gmail.com or visit AdonisAutism.org.
newsbriefs New Wellness Center to Open in Bonita
he Hummingbird Wellbeing Center and Boutique, a holistic co-op community with art, sound, movement and meditation inspired by nature, ayurveda and Chinese medicine, will hold a free grand opening from 1 to 6 p.m., January 8, at 27785 Old 41 Road, in Bonita Springs. Participants can tour the center, meet practitioners, teachers and other staff and sample new classes and other offerings. A free gift and refreshments will be available for attendees. For more information, call 239-4946983 or visit HummingbirdWellbeing Center.com. See ad, page 65.
D-Signed Nutrition Hosts Open House
ee Harris, registered and certified dietitian and nutritionist and owner of D-Signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs, will host a free open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., January 13. Attendees can learn about the programs and services offered, meet the staff, take a tour of the new office, enter a raffle for prizes and enjoy light appetizers, wine and drinks. D-Signed Nutrition provides unique, individualized and personal functional medicine, nutrition and lifestyle approaches to support clients in their health and wellness goals.
Location: 3532 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300. For more information, call 239676-5249, email Dee@D-SignedNutrition.com or visit D-SignedNutrition. com. See ad, page 27. 18
Simple, Easy, Everyday Meditation Method Classes
ertified Instructor Kathy Hurst, a graduate of the McLean Meditation Institute, in Sedona, Arizona, will lead four weekly sessions of the Simple, Easy, Every Day (SEED) Meditation method from 6 to 7:30 p.m., starting January 13, at the Integrative Mindfulness studio, in Bonita Springs. Suitable for all experience levels, participants will learn balancing breath and body awareness techniques, breath awareKathy Hurst ness meditation, the Heart-Centered Breath, Silent Sound (mantra) meditation, mindfulness and PeaceFinder practices. “The scientific research supporting the benefits of having a meditation practice continues to grow, with brain imaging and other methods confirming the psychological and physiological benefits of meditation,” says Hurst. “Knowing about meditation will not give you the benefits. Doing it will.” Cost: $175 introductory price for all four sessions, includes audio recordings for home practice and book. Limited to 15 participants Location: 3372 Woods Edge Cir., Ste. 102. For more information or to register (advised), call 239-580-7700, email Kathymvh1@gmail.com or visit IntegrativeMindfulness. net. See ad, page 39.
BKS Yoga Studio Celebrates First Anniversary
KS Yoga Studio, in Naples, will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a Love, Light and Laughter event from 6 to 8 p.m., January 14. Following a free class that is open to everyone (attendees are encouraged to wear white or light-colored clothing), participants can enjoy hors d’oeuvres drinks, music, vendors and specials. Barbara King, owner and master instructor, says the studio will have regular classes on that morning with juice samplings from Joyful Juicing, snacks and trunk shows for students to enjoy between classes. Location: 2900 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information or to register for anniversary celebration (requested), call 239-2139276, email Jill@bksYogaStudio.com or visit bksYogaStudio. com. See ad, page 59.
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newsbriefs Unique Healing Session at Unity of Naples
hetaHealer and Reiki master Kristen Tenpenny will host a unique healing meditation infusing crystal and Tibetan sound bowls with ThetaHealing elements at 6 p.m., January 7, at the Unity of Naples Fellowship Hall. This event is intended to raise the vibration level of participants, allowing them to step more fully into their highest Kristen Tenpenny life possible. “The New Year inspires a lot of new choices and for people to reflect on their lives and find direction in the chaos of life,” says Tenpenny. “It’s encouraging and a strong message of hope in the darkness and that no one is alone in this feeling.” Tenpenny says that previous participants have declared they were vibrating for days after the class and felt clear and free. She provides transformational healing via phone and online sessions. Cost: $25, sliding scale available. Location: 2000 Unity Way. For more information, call 863-608-0668, email TenpennyK@yahoo.com or visit KristenTenpenny.com. See ad, page 23.
Free Vision Screenings in Naples
ndependent Optometric Physician Dr. Marc A. Gordon, president of Night Owl Vision Associates, will begin offering free vision screenings from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Marc Gordon Thursdays beginning January 26 in the Super Target store in Naples. He is also providing special rates for both comprehensive eye and contact lens examinations. With 10 years of experience and graduating with honors in 2006 from Nova Southern University College of Optometry, Gordon contends that vision screenings will provide essential information on the overall health status of the patient’s eyes. Location: On Immokalee Rd, off I-75. For more information, call 239-5144715 or email NightOwlVision2020@ gmail.com. See ad, page 23.
Thermography Meet and Greet on Fort Myers Beach
pecialists from Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging will be on hand for a free meet and greet about the health benefits of breast and full-body thermography screening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 13, at Bennett Chiropractic and Wellness Center, on Fort Myers Beach. Scanning will be provided by appointment during the event and the staff be available to answer any questions that guests may have about thermography. Fees for scanning are arranged when making appointment. Location: 7130 Estero Blvd., Ste. 1. For more information or an appointment, call 239-9492011, email Taryn@ThermalClinic.com or visit ThermalClinic.com. See ad, page 61.
Total Health Experience in the Dominican Republic
he Caribbean Health Retreat Total Health Experience will take place from April 23 to 30 at the Grand Ventana beach resort, in Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic. Participants will learn from leading scientists, medical authorities and chefs about transitioning to a whole food, plant-based diet while enjoying a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation. Keynote speakers include Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study; Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease; Dr. Kathryn Hayward, co-founder of International Integrators; and Dr. Bruce Monger, member of NASA’s Ocean Biology at Cornell University. Four plant-based easy cooking classes will be led by Chef Del Sroufe, author of the acclaimed Forks over Knives Cookbook, and Ann Esselstyn, author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, will discuss healthy diets. A separate buffet, following the guidelines of The China Study, will feature several delicious plant-based dishes. Most participants will lose two to three pounds, lower serum cholesterol and reduce blood pressure in the first week by following the diet plans. The retreat also includes yoga classes, beach walks, swimming, local excursions, networking and social opportunities with likeminded people. For more information, call 800-4391052 or visit GlobalRoots.net. See ad, page 51. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Memberships Available at Happehatchee Center
everal options are available for individuals and families wishing to become annual members of the Happehatchee Center, in Estero. Options range from $30 to $5,000 levels to experience many activities and support the mission of the five-acre eco-spiritual center, located on the Estero River, that is home to the Happehatchee Historic House, two labyrinths, a food forest, the screened Peace Pavilion, nature walks and more. The center promotes spiritual awareness through diverse classes, healing circles and special events. Membership offers discounts, gifts, two passes to twice-a-year special Member Days, and helps support the free programs that aid children and women in need and maintain a presence in the new Village of Estero planning process. Happehatchee’s board members have assisted in the formation of a task force to help protect and preserve the ecosystem of the Estero River and to save the last remaining old-growth trees from Happehatchee to Koreshan State Historical Site. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information, call 239-992-5455, email Happehatchee@gmail.com or visit Happehatchee.org. See article, page 34.
New Year New You Healthy Lifestyle Class
urely You Spa, in Naples, will host a New Year… New You! healthy lifestyle class from 10 a.m. to noon, January 16, to help attendees get on the path to a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. Founder and owner of the organic spa Jennifer Alvarez Linguidi is offering this motivating program that will cover important topics including food as fuel and medicine, the importance of organic choices, useful shopping strategies, anti-aging skincare techniques, an alternative to Botox, reducing and coping with stress and creative ways to make every day healthy. Participants will receive a $50 gift certificate toward a facial, massage, body treatment, yoga/meditation or manicure/pedicure.
Cost: $25 per person or $12.50 for spa members. Location: 3066 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 302. For more information or to preregister (required), call 239-331-8266 or visit PurelyYouSpa.com/events.html. See ad, page 17. 22
Organic & Natural Health Association Conference in Cape Coral
he Organic & Natural Health Association (ONHA) will host its inaugural national conference January 26 and 27 at the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. Members, spouses and guests will have the opportunity to network and engage in mission-focused activities while learning about the latest developments in the field. The association’s board meeting will take place on the first day, followed by cocktails and a hosted dinner. The second day features breakout morning business sessions with topics that include execution of the ONHA research agenda, including related tax and legal issues; a presentation by Organic & Natural’s new lab partner, Health Research Institute; a discussion on the association’s definition of “natural”; and an update on legislative and regulatory activities. ONHA creates and promotes transparent business practices to safeguard access to organic and natural food, products and services. The nonprofit trade association’s founding board members include Todd Harrison, of Venable, LLP; and Charles Brown, national counsel for Consumers for Dental Choice, founder and president of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry and former attorney general of West Virginia. To become a member and participate in the national conference, call 202-6601345 or visit OrganicAndNatural.org.
newsbriefs Vivasana to Host Yoga Celebration Fundraiser
Yoga Heals celebration and fundraiser, hosted by Vivasana, will be held from noon to 4 p.m., January 24, at Vivasana’s three-plusacre facility in Naples, with all proceeds going to Project Help and the Naples Shelter for Abused Women. Activities include a gentle VivaRelease (pranayama, asana and meditation) class; a mindful eating exercise and vegetarian lunch using locally sourced produce and a simple menu created by Vivasana’s registered dietitian and eating disorder specialist; a discussion of current research on the damage that stress and trauma inflict upon the nervous system; a full yoga nidra practice; and take-home art therapy activities presented by Vivasana’s art therapy program developer. “We will share and demonstrate how Vivasana Yoga and the integrated modalities that we incorporate into our yoga system are designed as a self-help tool to manage systemic disharmony,” says Monique Danielle Funk, owner of Vivasana. Cost: $45 in advance, $50 day of event. Limited to 15 attendees. Attendees receive a 25 percent coupon for any Vivasana Botanics purchase. Location: Near intersection of Collier Blvd. and Pine Ridge Rd. For more information or to register, call 239-444-8160 or visit Vivasana.net. See ad, page 20.
Living Well Chiropractic, in Estero, collected 405 pounds of non-perishable food items and cash donations for Interfaith Charites Vivian Ebert of South Lee County on November 17 as part of a celebration with clients, staff, families and friends of the practice’s five years of serving patients. “We are extremely pleased with how much food was collected and how many people came together to help us celebrate,” states owner Vivian Ebert, a doctor of chiropractic, honored in 2011 as the Chiropractic Physician of the Year in Southwest Florida by the Florida Chiropractic Association. “We couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift.” Location: 10020 Coconut Rd., Ste. 134. For more information or an appointment, call 239-498-2225 or visit LivingWellfl.com.
Feel Young, Live Long
esearch published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found people that feel younger than their years have a lower incidence of earlier mortality. Conducted by scientists from the UK’s University College London, the research analyzed data from 6,489 people and measured their self-perceived age with the question, “How old do you feel you are?” Then, over more than eight years, the scientists tracked the number of deaths from all causes. Almost 70 percent of those that averaged a little over 65 reported feeling at least three years younger than their chronological age. Only a quarter said they felt close to their age and about 5 percent said they felt more than a year older. The research found that deaths among those that felt younger were 14 percent, while more than 18 percent of those who felt their own age and more than 24 percent of people that felt older died during the follow-up period. The research further found that individuals that felt at least three years younger were less likely to die later from heart disease or cancer. These relationships prevailed even when other health and lifestyle factors were eliminated. Co-author Andrew Steptoe, Ph.D., says, “We expected to find an association between self-perceived age and mortality. We didn’t expect that the relationship would still be present even when wealth, other socio-demographic indicators, health, depression, mobility and other factors were taken into account.”
Vitamin E and D Supplements Hinder Alzheimer’s and Falls Among Elderly
wo common vitamins are making headlines in medical research. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that supplementation with vitamin E may reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The five-year study followed 561 Alzheimer’s patients and included a placebo and the pharmaceutical drug memantine. Those that took vitamin E had a reduced progression of the disease compared to both a placebo group and the memantine group. Also, researchers from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that vitamin D supplementation reduced the risk of falling for elderly folks. The study had a vitamin D supplement or a placebo delivered through a Meals-on-Wheels program to 68 people. The subjects were given blood tests and their history of falls was measured. Diaries revealed that the individuals taking vitamin D supplements fell less than half the number of times than the placebo group.
Leave Them at the Door: Shoe Soles Harbor Risky Bacteria
esearch from the University of Houston has determined that a species of bacteria that has become resistant to many antibiotics might be tracking into homes on the soles of shoes. More than a third of randomly tested homes were contaminated with Clostridium difficile bacteria, and 40 percent of doorsteps were also infected with the bacteria. Depending upon the strain, C. difficile can cause intestinal infections, inflammation and severe diarrhea. Study author M. Jahangir Alam, Ph.D., comments, “Shoes are contaminated from diverse sources, and we are regularly contaminating our doorsteps by shoes.” The researchers tested three to five household items within 30 houses in Houston, Texas. They collected 127 environmental samples— from 63 shoe bottoms, 15 bathroom surface samples, 12 house floor dusts and 37 other household surfaces They found that 41 of them harbored C. difficile and nearly 40 percent of the shoes were positive for the bacteria. They also found that a third of the bathroom surfaces harbored the bacteria, a third of house dust and 19 percent of other surfaces maintained the bacteria. The cause of many intestinal disorders, this bacteria species has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics and many household cleaning products.
Biostimulation Brings Benefits of Exercise Without the Work
iostimulation is a form of advanced micro-technology that utilizes electrical impulses to rejuvenate and reshape the body, tone and strengthen muscles, and reduce pain. It can also be used for a non-surgical facelift, passive exercise and as a form of physical therapy. The functions of our body are controlled by neurological electrical impulses transmitted naturally by the brain to specific organs. Biostimulation therapy imitates these impulses through adhesive pads attached to the skin in order to produce a range of results. These electrical impulses simulate the muscles to contract and relax in a pattern similar to normal exercise, but with a lower risk of strain or fatigue. The impulses, delivered in a series of biologically coded frequencies, instantly stimulate skin, fat, muscle and connective tissue, as well as the circulatory and lymphatic system. Each area is instantly effectived to slim, tighten, tone, lift, firm, shape and rejuvenate. The combination of the unique electrical signal and the intensive, deep rotation of frequencies activate and stimulate muscle groups that usually cannot be reached with regular exercise. Electrotherapy has been used and refined in European health centers and spas for more than a century. Professional athletes also use electrical muscle stimulators to help supplement their fitness exercise routines or as a means of maintenance when they are unable to work out because of muscle injury or lack of time. The Salt Cave, located at 4692 Tamiami Tr. N., in Naples, offers biostimulation. For more information, call 239-403-9170 or visit SaltCaveNaples.com. See ad, page 32.
PLAYING OUTSIDE BEFORE LUNCH SPURS KIDS TO EAT HEALTHIER
esearchers from Brigham Young University and Cornell University have determined that simply moving recess to precede lunch significantly increases studentsâ€™ consumption of fruits and vegetables at lunch. The researchers tested firstthrough sixth-graders from seven schools in Utah for 14 school days. In three schools, recess was switched from after to just before lunch. In the other four schools, recess still followed lunch. Published in the journal Preventative Medicine, research found that when recess was just prior to lunch, students ate 54 percent more fruits and vegetables. Moving recess also resulted in 45 percent more kids eating at least one serving of fruits and vegetables during school-provided lunches. The researchers concluded that results show the benefits of holding recess before lunch and suggest that if more schools did this, there would be significant increases in fruit and vegetable consumption, particularly among students that eat school lunch as part of the National School Lunch Program.
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Drive-Thru Vegan Amy’s Opens Organic Fast Food Restaurant California now hosts the nation’s first Amy’s Organic DriveThru restaurant, in Rohnert Park, with a vegetarian menu sporting veggie burgers, salads and dishes served in both regular and vegan varieties. Ingredients are sustainably grown and GMO-free (no genetically modified ingredients). The company’s signature frozen pizzas have been popular for years in health food and grocery stores nationwide, and now Amy’s first restaurant is serving them hot, with toppings ranging from spinach and diced tomatoes to a choice of mozzarella cheese or vegan “cheeze”. While some other fast food restaurants import almost all of their products from factory farming operations and give nothing back to the community, Amy’s Drive-Thru grows produce sustainably on its own roof. Amy’s Kitchen, a familyowned, privately held organic frozen food company, reportedly pays workers a living wage with health benefits. On the inaugural restaurant’s popularity, Manager Paul Schiefer remarks, “It’s given us a lot of hope that this is a concept that works.”
Puppy Cuddles Students De-Stress by Petting Dogs At least three universities in England have offered puppy rooms to stressed students. More than 600 students signed up last year in Bristol alone. Gordon Trevett, from the University’s Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health, says, “Every year I see students fretting about their exams, and I thought this would be a great way to ease the stress and take their minds off it. People with dogs have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without a dog, and we know that playing with a dog can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.” Jo Woods, from the Bristol Students Union, says, “It’s important to do fun and different things to destress during exams, and cuddling a puppy is a perfect way to release some endorphins.” Source: BBC 28
Sci-Fi Solution Beaming Solar Power to Earth from Space A great deal of solar power falls on our planet, but a lot more misses us and goes off into space. Scientists at JAXA, Japanâ€™s space administration, have made a major breakthrough in accurate wireless power transmission on Earth that bodes well for solar space technology. The team beamed 1.8 kilowatts of power, enough to power an electric tea kettle, more than 50 meters to a small receiver without any wires whatsoever. The researchers were able to accomplish this task by first converting the electrical energy to microwaves, and then beaming them to a remote receiver before converting them back into electrons. The programâ€™s goal is to harness a constant supply of solar energy directly from space using orbital solar farms, and then beam that energy for use on Earth. Solar power generation in space has many advantages over current technology, including the constant availability of energy regardless of the weather or time of day. Source: Global.jaxa.jp
Eastern Practices Penetrate U.S. Corporate Culture Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini has introduced free yoga and meditation classes for employees of the health insurance giant, and more than 13,000 are participating. On average, they experienced a 28 percent reduction in their stress levels, 20 percent improvement in sleep quality, 19 percent reduction in pain and 62 minutes per week of extra productivity. “We have this groundswell inside the company of people wanting to take the classes,” says Bertolini. “It’s been pretty magical.” He sells the same classes to businesses that contract with Aetna. Google now offers emotional intelligence courses for employees and General Mills has a meditation room in every building on its Minneapolis corporate campus. Even conservative Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs are teaching meditation on the job. Some programs, from yoga sessions for factory workers to guided meditations for executives, are intended to improve overall well-being; others to increase focus and productivity. Most aim to make employees more presentminded, less prone to make rash decisions and generally nicer people to work with. More than 21 million individuals now practice yoga nationwide, double the number from a decade ago, and nearly as many meditate, according to the National Institutes of Health. Source: MindfulYogaHealth.com 30
GMO Labeling Endorsed by Physicians Even as the federal government pursues H.R. 1599, aka the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) act, mainstream medicine is urging the government to abandon its resistance to GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling. They are bolstered by a recent announcement by the World Health Organization that glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer) is probably carcinogenic in humans. The genetic engineering ends up making crops resistant to the herbicide so more must be applied. According to contributing doctors from Harvard, Mt. Sinai Medical Center and the University of Wisconsin reporting in the New England Journal of Medicine, “GM crops are now the agricultural products most heavily treated with herbicides, and two of these herbicides may pose risks of cancer.” A recent notice in the same journal, “GMOs, Herbicides and Public Health,” reports: “The application of biotechnology to agriculture has been rapid and aggressive. The vast majority of the soy and [feed] corn grown in the United States are now genetically engineered. Foods produced from GM crops have become ubiquitous.” Sixty-four countries, including Russia and China, have already adopted transparency in labeling laws, but U.S. Big Food and Big Ag lobbyists have stonewalled efforts domestically.
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After passing the state House and Senate, California Senate Bill 792 was approved by Governor Jerry Brown on October 11. The unprecedented law mandates vaccines for adult childcare workers and volunteers, including all individuals working in private and public school early childhood education programs, with no religious exemptions permitted. SB 792 reads, â€œCommencing September 1, 2016, a person shall not be employed or volunteer at a day care center if he or she has not been immunized against influenza, pertussis [whooping cough] and measles. Each employee and volunteer shall receive an influenza vaccination between August 1 and December 1 of each year.â€? The same regulations also apply to family home day care workers and volunteers. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in a loss of licensing for the facility/center. For more information, visit Tinyurl. com/californiasb792. Let California lawmakers hear what the people want via Legislature.ca.gov.
Alternative Natural Healthcare by Lee Walker
ichelle Brown, a doctor of Oriental wellness needs of her patients, Brown injects medicine, licensed acupuncture natural therapeutic substances such as homeophysician and owner of Alternative pathic remedies or vitamins into acupuncture Natural Healthcare, in Bonita Springs, speaks points. “By stimulating powerful acupuncture enthusiastically about her personal medipoints with proven natural substances, we can cal history with acupuncture. “Acupuncture affect the body on a deeper level and create a treatments eliminated my need for seven healing climate. AIT is particularly effective for medications prescribed for asthma and althe resolution of acute and chronic pain in the lergies. I didn’t need anything else to show body, particularly the shoulder, back, knee and me the indisputable evidence that I needed neck,” explains Brown. to pursue a career as a licensed acupuncture Not only does Brown carry a complete physician and doctor of oriental medicine,” line of doTERRA certified pure, therapeuticsays Brown, who is recognized as a primary grade essential oils, she also teaches regular care physician in the state of Florida. Since classes on how to use them for a more hoopening her practice, the certified acupunclistic approach to wellness that compliments ture detox specialist has added other healing acupuncture treatments which encourage the protocols and modalities such as homeobody to promote natural healing and impathic injection therapy, herbal medicine, prove function. Michelle Brown the application of therapeutic essential oils Microneedling therapy, also known as for wellness, microneedling, and most recently, multi-wave collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive skin rejuvelocked system (MLS) laser therapy. nation procedure involving the use of a device that contains Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine based fine needles that are used to puncture the skin, creating a on Samuel Hahnemann’s doctrine that like cures like. controlled skin injury. Results can include a reduction in scars “This means that a substance that causes the symptoms of and pore size, as well as improved texture and firmness. a disease in healthy people will cure similar symptoms in The MLS laser treats pain, inflammation and arthritis. individuals who are sick,” advises Brown. Homeopathic Thisw Class IV laser is a U.S. Food and Drug Administrationremedies are chosen for patients by considering the totality cleared non-surgical device that uses two wavelengths in the of their symptoms, personal traits, physical and psychological invisible infrared spectrum to treat arthritis pain, as well as state, as well as their life history. Brown carries a full line of back, hip, knee, shoulder and heel pain, numbness, carpal Chinese herbal medicine, as well as homeopathic remedies, tunnel, tingling and other problems. which she also uses in homeopathic injection therapy. Acupuncture point injection therapy (AIT), sometimes Alternative Natural Healthcare is located at 16517 Vanderreferred to as biopuncture, is an integrative therapy that blends bilt Dr., Ste. 3, in Bonita Springs. For more information, call the best of Traditional Chinese Medicine with conventional and 239-947-6234 or visit AlternativeNaturalHealthCare.net. See homeopathic medicine. Employing this technique for specific ad, page 36.
I want Happehatchee to be seen as a Mecca, an island of hope, a place of peace and tranquility in a crazy and hectic world. I see it as a place that will be known for truly catering to all in our community, keeping in mind their needs and nurturing their spirits. ~Happehatchee Center Founder Ellen Peterson [1923-2011]
Holley Rauen playing yogi in the food forest
Happehatchee Center A Gem in Florida’s Time Capsule by J. F. Walker
olding Ellen Peterson’s 2006 vision statement in her hands lights up Holley Rauen’s heart and brings a smile to her lips. “Reading it leaves me with the feeling that although Ellen didn’t live to see her vision for the eco-spiritual center come to full fruition, her spirit is pleased with the solid progress we’ve made, particularly in the last two years,” says Rauen, who serves as vice president of the Happehatchee Board of Directors. The five-acre property alongside the Estero River belonged to the Gulfcoast Girl Scout Council before becoming Peterson’s private residence. “We are now an official Lee County Historic Preservation Site and a 501(c) 3 nonprofit spiritual organization, which was one of Ellen’s primary goals,” advises Rauen. Even with all the updates—plant nursery, edible food forest, butterfly gardens, composting toilets, peace pole, two meditation labyrinths, Peace Pavilion and river access—walking on the grounds largely shaded by a bamboo forest and sprawling live oak trees gives visits a sense of a Florida oasis that existed long before the area’s real estate boom. Following another Peterson directive, affordable yoga
and meditation classes are available six days a week at the Peace Pavilion. To underwrite their low-cost programming and cover operating costs, Happehatchee is now fundraising. “We offer several levels of memberships with exclusive benefits such as special membership days twice a year (March 20 and November 6 with music and refreshments), for-membersonly labyrinth walks, and the opportunity to hold parties and events on property, as well as other perks,” explains Rauen. Members of the board and advisory committee continue adding to the momentum of Peterson’s ecological activism to preserve the land and the river. The recently formed Estero River Task Force is working closely with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to preserve 100 feet on both sides of the Estero River for turtle habitat. “We’re also supporting the efforts of Estero Council of Community Leaders, Estero Village Council, and the Stone Crab Alliance, which are all working together to secure home rule and a ban on fracking in Estero,” advises Rauen. Florida Gulf Coast University students volunteer regularly to work on a number of projects, such as the edible food forest and an organic medicinal herb garden. A 2009 FGCU graduate, Julie Gerhard, volunteered to construct one of the labyrinths. Now she is the Happehatchee executive director and lives on property. “Volunteering here in this unique place impacted my life and opened my eyes to how important it was to get involved with my community and find out what it had to offer. Now I get to enjoy reconnecting with FGCU and the students who are here to learn about ecological and sustainable practices such as permaculture,” advises Gerhard. Peterson, who was known throughout South Florida as a feisty and fiery environmental activist who fought fiercely for the protection of natural resources and wildlife, would have been especially delighted that Happehatchee is hosting Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., a Jungian storyteller, analyst and author of Artemis: Goddess, Archetype, and Source of Meaning in Activism. “Registration for Jean’s workshop, Compass for Activism on the Path with Heart, from February 19 through 21, is open now. Everyone here is looking forward to this workshop, which is our first big fundraising effort,” notes Rauen. For more information about the Happehatchee Center, located at 8791 Corkscrew Rd., in Estero, call 239-992-5455 or visit Happehatchee.org.
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Life’s mission: To explore metaphysical and spiritual topics and arenas; experience firsthand as much as is feasible and share my “Aha!” moments via the written and/or spoken word to as many people as want to read or hear what I have discovered. Work: In 1973, I created Ruby Slippers Inc., my public relations and communications company. I also design and craft Swarovski jewelry and wholesale it under the brand Jillerly Jewelry. Proudest Achievements: My three grown children, Lara, Kara and Mark, are my very proudest moments. In the realm of career, I was the most successful service-based franchise owner among a field of 2,580 franchises in the U.S. and Canada and received the number one franchise and franchisee award multiple times. Expectations for the Future: I expect that more and more people will become acutely aware of the pernicious toxicity of GMO-laced foods and will effectively demand a cessation of the production of these poisonous, so-called foods. Monsanto will be forced to change its evil ways. Favorite APP: MapQuest, Amazon and Ebay. Favorite websites: EarthClinic.com, TolmanMainPress.com Local causes supported: Avow Hospice, domestic violence awareness
Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: I love that NA has succeeded in being a free publication in the arena of body/ mind/spirit when no one else in the country has. Being in public relations, I keep track of publications across the country. Natural Awakenings has no equal—not even a distant cousin. I love the forum Natural Awakenings provides for alternative ways of thinking, being and living. Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Food & Thought Café and The Local. How you invest in your community: Contributing my writing and broadcasting services, as well as PR savvy, to organizations and causes that benefit. Favorite quote: “If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right!” Henry Ford What you are doing to be the change you want to see in the world: As much as possible, I relentlessly search for what’s highest and best, and remind myself how innately wonderful and divinely good human beings are. I love the quote from Anais Nin: “We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.” She also wisely said, “When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.”
Good Reasons to Try Acupuncture Thousands of Studies Show Healing Results by Kathleen Barnes
he ancient Chinese art of acumation, as well as bringing many other puncture is gaining popularity body processes into normal function. in modern Western medicine for Brevard, North Carolina, licensed many reasons. “There’s lots of research master acupuncturist Paul Buchman, to support the effectiveness of acupuncadds, “Acupuncture differs from conture for a wide variety of conditions,” ventional Western medicine in many says Thomas Burgoon, a medical doctor ways, primarily in that when it treats who practices internal medicine in West a disease on the physical level, it also Chester, Pennsylvania, and is president has far-reaching effects on our mental, of the American Academy of Medical emotional and spiritual aspects.” Acupuncture, an asChronic back sociation of doctors of pain: Chronic low The U.S. Library of medicine and osteoback pain affects 80 Medicine database pathic medicine that percent of us at some lists more than 23,000 time and is the seconduse acupuncture in conjunction with constudies on acupuncture. most common cause ventional treatments. of disability in AmeriAcupuncture treatments typically can adults, according to a University involve the nearly painless insertion of of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study very thin needles to stimulate the body’s published in the Journal of the American natural repair and regulation mechanisms Medical Association. based on the fundamental Chinese mediA recent study of Australian cine principle that the inside of the body patients arriving in Melbourne hospital can often be treated from the outside. emergency rooms complaining of low Burgoon explains that acupuncture works back pain found that those treated with by stimulating and releasing the body’s acupuncture experienced as much pain natural pain relievers, including endorrelief in an hour as those given drugs. phins, producing the feel-good brain “When I treat a person for low back chemical serotonin and relieving inflampain, I always take pulses in several parts
Find an acupuncturist at MedicalAcupuncture.org/ FindAnAcupuncturist and mx.nccaom.org/ FindAPractitioner.aspx of the body, and then take into account many factors, including age, gender and life situation,” says Buchman. “The underlying causes of the pain may be different in a 20-something student with a stressful academic load than a 50-something woman that’s a recent empty nester redefining her future,” he explains. When researchers at China’s Central South University reviewed 13 studies on acupuncture and low back pain, they concluded that comprehensive treatment plans that involve acupuncture are urgently needed. Headache: Acupuncture has long been used to relieve the pain of migraines and tension headaches. Australian research published in EvidenceBased Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that 16 acupuncture sessions cut in half the number of days that patients experienced migraines, significantly reducing pain. “Acupuncture is a must-try therapy for anyone with migraines or chronic or tension-type headaches,” says Burgoon. He notes that Aetna Insurance Company policy considers acupuncture among accepted, medically necessary treatments for migraines, chronic low back pain, knee osteoarthritis, postoperative dental pain and nausea associated with surgery, pregnancy and chemotherapy. Asthma and allergies: More than 25 million Americans have asthma, including 6.8 million children. Danish research published in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine showed that 10 acupuncture sessions given over a three-month period reduced asthma symptoms and use of inhaled steroids, but only when acupuncture was ongoing. Benefits diminished when treatments were discontinued. German researchers at Berlin’s Charité University Medical Center found similar effects for seasonal allergies by comparing it with the effects of antihistamines and sham acupuncture. “Patterns of bad health get more ingrained in our body systems as we get
older,” says Melanie Katin, a licensed acupuncturist specializing in treating children in New York City and professor at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. “If we can catch an illness in a child’s first seven or eight years, we may be able to prevent it from becoming chronic in adulthood.” Digestive problems: Acupuncture has been found to be effective for treating colic in babies, irritable bowel syndrome, morning sickness and postoperative nausea caused by anesthesia and chemotherapy treatments, verified in research from Australia’s University of Sydney on patients after surgery for metastatic liver cancer. Several other studies, including one from the Milwaukee’s Medical College of Wisconsin, show that acupuncture rebalances the nervous system and restores proper digestive function, while relieving pain. The World Health Organization review of research notes how acupuncture relieved gastrointestinal (GI) spasms better than atropine injections, and also recommends acupuncture for relief of nausea. “Acupuncture helps calm down an overactive GI tract and stimulates an underactive one,” explains Burgoon. Acupuncture is a non-pharmaceutical remedy for many health problems, Burgoon says. “I fell in love with acupuncture when I discovered I could use it to treat some problems that nothing else helped. I almost never prescribe any medications. Instead, I help people get off pharmaceuticals.” Kathleen Barnes is author of many natural health books, including The Calcium Lie 2: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
No Needles Needed for Kids by Kathleen Barnes
cupuncture can be helpful for children, especially in treating asthma, allergies and childhood digestive disorders, including colic, says Melanie Katin, a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in treating children in New York City. “Acupuncture for children rarely involves the use of needles. Since their qi (life force) flows very close to the surface of their skin, it doesn’t require a lot of movement to get things flowing in the right direction,” she explains. Acupuncture for kids typically involves light, fast brushing of the skin to encourage a healing circulation of energy. Katin teaches parents to continue treatments at home. She explains that it’s still technically acupuncture, not acupressure, which would involve prolonged stimulation of the body’s energy meridian sites. Sometimes she includes the use of small instruments for tapping or brushing the skin and tuning forks to stimulate the meridian points. She remarks, “The kids love it.”
NATURALLY Plus Strategies for Prevention by Meredith Montgomery
n The Autism Revolution, Pediatric Technology and Massachusetts General Neurologist and Neuroscientist Hospital Medical Imaging facility. Martha Herbert approaches autism “While autism is often thought of as as a whole-body condition that can a genetic disorder, it’s the result of a geneimprove, rather than be a static, lifelong environment interaction where genes are genetic brain disorder. corrupted,” explains Psychiatrist Robert “It’s the way the brain is shifted Hendren, who is currently partnering in into acting when faced developing the Center with a combination of Experts agree that a for Autism Spectrum stressors—some, but Disorder and Neurodenatural foundation velopmental Disorders not all of which are genetic—at a vulnerable for health begins with at the University of Calipoint in development,” fornia, San Francisco. breastfeeding infants says Herbert. NonAccording to the genetic challenges can U.S. Centers for Disease to support natural come from the immune Control and Prevention, immunity, and then autism is the fastestsystem, nutrition, the environment and ensuring children’s growing developmental stress. “Addressing disability, now affecting diets are rich in them can make a one in 68 children and profound difference in nutrients at all ages. one in 42 boys. Autism the condition; maybe Speaks (AutismSpeaks. even turning it around.” org) defines autism spectrum disorder Herbert directs the Treatment Re(ASD) as a group of complex brain search and Neuroscience Evaluation of development disorders characterized by Neurodevelopmental Disorders (TRAN- difficulties in social interaction, verbal SCEND) program at a joint Harvard and nonverbal communication and University, Massachusetts Institute of repetitive behaviors. 40
Many experts agree that in some cases, autism can be prevented. “Prevention needs to start early—preconception is ideal,” says Dr. Kenneth A. Bock, of Bock Integrative Medicine, in New York, and author of Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies. Emphasizing omega-3 essential fatty acids, folic acid and probiotics during pregnancy can be beneficial, and it’s important to avoid iron deficiency, which has been tied to higher rates of autism, Hendren counsels. Results from a recent University of California, Davis study published in Environmental Health Perspectives reveals increased rates of autism among children of women that live close to pesticide-treated fields during pregnancy, particularly during the second and third trimesters. Hendren says, “Living near heavily sprayed fields can be very detrimental. Living close to freeways or downwind of coal-fired power plants is also associated with autism.” If heavy metal toxicity in blood is confirmed, chelation therapy is often used to remove metals, although Hendren advises against using it for the general treatment of ASD. “Chelators pull out mercury, along with other metals, a process that can be harmful. Instead, think about diet and nutritional supplements that can help detoxify the body more safely,” he explains. Bock says, “It’s not enough to detoxify, we have to remove and prevent exposure to neurodevelopmental toxins.” Herbert suggests avoiding toxic household products, electromagnetic exposure from devices such as cell phones and baby monitors, which can lead to stress, sleep disruption and cell health problems, as well as antibiotic overuse, which can disrupt the gut microbiome, increasing vulnerability to exposure to other harmful chemicals. Herbert notes some parents observe that their child became autistic after a vaccination but there are also autistic children that are vaccine-free; still others become so after facing other stresses such as illness or trauma. “We need to focus on the underlying vulnerabilities and keep children strong and resilient so they can handle life’s
Relax your attachment to expectations and realize that your child sees, hears and feels the world differently than you. Broaden your perspective and make every choice a healthy choice. ~Martha Herbert challenges to their health and immune systems,” she says.
Currently, the only treatment that has been proven to consistently improve the core symptoms of ASD is behavioral therapy designed to foster language, socialization and academic skills. While effective, this approach is time- and staff-intensive. With the rise and prevalence of autism in the past decade, more parents are turning to complementary and alternative treatments (CAM). Hendren reports that the best researched and safest CAM therapies for treating autism include melatonin to improve sleep, omega-3 fatty acids to ease hyperactivity and possibly improve socialization, multivitamins to supplement a limited diet or poor appetite and methyl B12
injections to protect against oxidative stress. Massage therapy has also proven effective in increasing connectivity with others and reducing over-arousal, while reducing ASD symptoms. Research remains in its infancy, but other CAMs deemed acceptable for a professionally monitored trial include B6 and magnesium supplements to correct metabolic aberration, folic acid for improvements in core symptoms, probiotics to ease gastrointestinal distress and iron supplementation for a deficiency. Although clear benefits have yet to be backed by scientific evidence, many parents of children with ASD report that behavior improves with a diet free of the proteins gluten (found in wheat, barley and rye) and casein (found in dairy). Other parent-endorsed diets include anti-yeast, anti-hyperglycemia, specific carbohydrate, low-oxalate and specific food reaction regimens. A review article in the journal Autism Research and Treatment notes that acupuncture, exercise, and musicand animal-assisted therapy have all been reported as helping to reduce a variety of ASD functional and behavioral symptoms. From sound-dampening headphones that offset loud noises to structuring the environment to anticipate transitions, removing stressors can help reduce the debilitating characteristics of ASD. “This improves abilities to learn and interact with others, but we also don’t want to
Creating Calm Islands by Carolyn Dalgliesh
ensory kids, like those living with autism spectrum, sensory processing, anxiety or attention deficit disorders, are often highly affected by the design of their physical environments. Here are some tips for removing daily stressors for a more supportive home environment. Identify the common sensory challenges for the child so the family can create spaces that support them. Kids may struggle with regulating their emotions, initiating tasks, maintaining focus, rigid rules, lack of flexibility or being consistently overwhelmed. Less is more because these kids
are often more sensitive to environmental stimuli. Tone down the color scheme of their bedroom and playroom, and maintain uncluttered spaces. Clearly defined and labeled areas in certain rooms can help them know what to expect and how to use each space appropriately. Define areas and tasks with visual aids to foster more focused, calm and flexible interactions. Consider creating a designated dressing area with hooks that hold the next day’s clothes and a laundry hamper. This provides a visual routine to follow and structural aids to help complete the task successfully.
Easy-on-Kids Cooking Beyond Gluten-Free, Casein-Free by Melody Handley The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook by Pamela Compart and Dana Laake The SCD for Autism and ADHD: A Reference and Dairy-Free Cookbook for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by Pamela Ferro and Raman Prasad Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis shelter them from having a chance to learn the rules of social interaction in real-world situations,” advises Hendren. Because autism is a heterogeneous disorder with numerous subtypes, the best individualized combination of treatments can be challenging to identify and can often change throughout one’s life. Bock reminds families that even with a successful treatment plan, “A parent’s love is the final element that brings these recovering children out of darkness into light.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving HealthyPlanet.com). Create a space to escape and regulate when they return home anxious, overwhelmed or ready to explode; a zone to help them feel calm and connected again. Dark and quiet spots are best, like the corner of a closet, bottom bunk, under a desk or even a cardboard box “cabin”. Add a flashlight, favorite books, beanbags, heavy or weighted blankets, handheld sensory toys and something that taps into the child’s current fascination. Carolyn Dalgliesh is the founder of Systems for Sensory Kids & Simple Organizing Strategies in North Kingstown, RI, and author of The Sensory Child Gets Organized. Connect at CarolynDalgliesh.com.
Bruce Lipton on the Epigenetics Revolution Our Beliefs Reprogram Our Genetic Destiny by Linda Sechrist
ruce Lipton, Ph.D., author of The Biology of Belief and The Honeymoon Effect, is a stem cell biologist and internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. He is a visiting fellow lecturer on immunology at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and participated in the Foundation for Conscious Evolution’s seventh Worldwide Meeting on Human Values, in Mexico. His research explains the interplay between individual consciousness and body biology.
Why do you start with epigenetics as a foundation for health? Many people, programmed with the concept of genetic determinism, believe that genes in the fertilized egg at conception determine character and fate. Unable to pick our DNA genes, we are powerless to control our life, so that the only option is seeking help from someone in the biomedical community to fix our genes. I introduced a new vision about the understanding of genes a half-century ago that is now the new science of epigenetics. Epi- means “above”. Here, we can realize control by regulating the environment in which we live and our perception of it, making us the master of our own genetics rather than a victim of heredity.
Do you believe epigenetics is the future of medicine? Epigenetics is a revolution in our knowledge and awareness of heredity. This new concept of biology is so big that 42
it promises radical change capable of revolutionizing civilization. Its dynamics are equivalent to the leap from Newtonian physics to quantum physics, which led to everything from computers and cell phones to Martian rovers. We are freed to abandon the belief that genes cause cancer, for instance. In changing our lifestyle, beliefs and perceptions, we also change our genetic expression. Remember, this works because how we individually interpret our world is translated by the brain into chemical information that adjusts the behavior and genetics of cells to complement our perception. We could live in the healthiest environment, but if our mind perceives it as threatening and non-supportive, our biology will become less healthy and can generate disease. The cells’ response is based on the brain’s information, which actually is only an interpretation. Personal perceptions and the way we live, including our spiritual nature, adjust genes to manifest either a functional state of health or one of dysfunction.
Where is the “self” that makes people different? No two people are the same biologically. If I inject my cells into another human, their immune system will recognize it as “not-self” and begin to eliminate them. On the surface of virtually all our cells are thousands of protein receptors that function like miniature antennae. They read and respond to environmental signals similar to the larger receptors on the skin’s surface, such as the eyes, ears and nose.
Each human also possesses a unique set of “identity” receptors, a subset of which are called “self-receptors” by the biomedical community, found on nearly all of our cells, with the primary exception of red blood cells. Self-receptors are unrelated to the cell’s function contributing to muscle, bone, brain or heart. Conventional medicine studies the physical aspect of self-receptors as being the source of “self” but overlook the environmental signals they receive. In other words, individual identity is linked to the signals received by the antennae. When I reached this point in my research, I realized that we can’t die, because our real identity is represented by the invisible environment-derived “broadcast”, which might legitimately be referred to as spirit. My personal identity signal is received by each of my 50 trillion cells endowed with the unique set of “Bruce” self-receptors. While my physical body is like a TV, the “spiritual broadcast” representing the Bruce Show is an eternal, energetic element of the environment.
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What is entrainment and why is it important today? A group of heart cells in a Petri dish will each beat to its own vibrational frequency. After a couple of days, they start beating in synchrony, because the stronger heart cells control the tempo. The other cells organize their behavior to entrain with the more powerful one. This happens in women’s college dormitories when residents start the school year with different menstrual cycles, but later experience entrainment, with their cycles beginning and ending about the same time. They link to a pulse and a beat, just like the heart cells. Humans become entrained to a higher force that’s an invisible broadcast of energy in harmony or in discordance. As more of us hold the intention for living a life of love and peace, the broadcast of that harmonic energy amplifies and those not yet there will eventually entrain to the stronger signal. This is the shift we need to make for conscious evolution to occur. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com. natural awakenings
medical system and got nothing,” says Mills. With functional medicine, “In a very short time, they had me feeling nearly 100 percent.”
The Rise of Functional Medicine New Paradigm Gets to the Root Cause of Disease by Lisa Marshall
y the end of 2014, Trina Mills, of Parker, Arizona, had given up on conventional medicine. She’d been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder 17 years earlier and taken medication ever since without feeling her symptoms of fatigue, muscle aches and stomach problems ever fully subside. She’d visited endocrinologists, gastroenterologists and a half-dozen other specialists, each of which offered a different diagnosis and prescribed a different drug. At one point, she had her gallbladder removed. At another, her doctor suspected she had bleeding in her brain and sent her for a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan. Some thought she was a hypochondriac; others said she was depressed. “I would tell them, ‘I’m just depressed that you can’t figure out why I’m so sick,’” she says.
Weighing a skeletal 82 pounds, the 54-year-old mother of three finally wrote out a living will and braced for the inevitable. Then she heard of a new Center for Functional Medicine opening at the prestigious, century-old Cleveland Clinic. As the first clinic of its kind to open at an academic medical center, it promised to look at the underlying causes of disease, while focusing on the whole person, rather than isolated symptoms. Intrigued, Mills caught a flight to Ohio and soon was offering up 30 tubes of blood, stool and saliva samples, as well as an exhaustive life history. One year later, thanks to a series of personalized diet and lifestyle changes, she’s 10 pounds heavier and feels better than she has in decades. “I spent a lot of years and money in the traditional
In the 25 years since nutritional biochemist Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., of Gig Harbor, Washington, coined the term, this science-based, whole-body approach to addressing chronic disease has gained widespread traction. More than 100,000 physicians—60 percent of them medical doctors—have trained with the Institute for Functional Medicine he founded in Washington and New Mexico, and numerous medical schools have added its tenets to their curricula. More naturopaths and chiropractors are also distinguishing themselves with a functional medicine emphasis. “It is not alternative medicine at all,” stresses Bland, whose latest book, The Disease Delusion, details how functional medicine can curb chronic diseases like arthritis, diabetes, dementia, and heart disease, which constitute 78 percent of U.S. health care costs. “It’s the basis of 21st-century health care,” he says. For most of the 20th century, conventional medicine centered on a singular objective: Arrive at a diagnosis and treat it with drugs or surgery. Then, the alternative medicine movement proffered a toolbox of more natural therapies, including acupuncture, herbs and massage to address these same diagnoses. The 1990s brought integrative medicine, a best-of-both-worlds approach. “While all of the above have merit, they lack the necessary guidance to help practitioners determine which tools work best for which patient,” says Dr. Mark Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine. “Alternative therapies and conventional treatments are tools. We need a new map that can teach us how to skillfully use those tools,” maintains Hyman. “That map is functional medicine.” Because one chronic disease such as diabetes can have dozens of underlying causes, or one culprit such as a genetic predisposition or exposure to toxins can lead to multiple chronic conditions, functional medicine focuses on systems, rather than organs, and origins, rather than diseases. “It’s about listening
to the patient’s story in a different way, where the objective is not simply about arriving at a diagnosis,” explains Bland.
Ferreting Out Key Clues
Key to discovering the underlying origins of a health issue are a host of new gene, blood and gut health tests. “They allow us to look under the patient’s ‘metabolic hood’ at the genetic and biochemical factors influencing health,” says Naturopathic Doctor Kara Fitzgerald, who heads up a functional medicine clinic in Newtown, Connecticut. For instance, certain genes influence how a person burns and stores fat. Depending on which variant a patient has, based on a genetic test, they might be guided toward a higheror lower-fat diet. Those genetically prone to difficulty in metabolizing the amino acid homocysteine (an excess of which can raise the risk of heart disease) might be advised to take folic acid supplements. If a patient displays intractable gut problems, rather than simply look for blood or pathogens in the stool, Fitzgerald also looks at the DNA of their gut microbiome, mapping out which strains of good bacteria are present or absent and prescribing prebiotics, probiotics or whole foods to promote a healthful balance. For another patient with thinning hair and aching joints, she might use specialized blood tests to look for micronutrient deficiencies, signs of allergies or certain autoantibodies—proteins produced by the immune system that mistakenly attack one’s own tissues—
that might herald a brewing autoimmune disorder. “Research shows that predictive autoantibodies can show up in the blood 10 or even 20 years before an autoimmune disease such as Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis makes itself known,” says Fitzgerald, pointing to a seminal review published in 2007 in Scientific American: “If a patient with mild, early-stage symptoms is proactive with diet and lifestyle changes, they may be able to fend it off.” High-tech tests aside, Bland stresses that what’s most important is “a tool that has been largely lost in medicine today: Knowing how to listen to the patient.” In a typical exam, Fitzgerald thoroughly inspects often neglected body parts, including the tongue and fingernails, which can hold important clues to underlying health. She asks about past emotional trauma which might trigger chronic disease, and inquires about what environmental toxins and harmful chemicals both the patient and their birth parents may have been exposed to. One example might be a patient exposed to cigarette smoking in utero having a bias toward an allergic disease. If their parents grew up in a period of famine, they might have inherited a genetic disposition for rapid weight gain. “She spent two-and-a-half hours with me,” in her initial consultation, recalls 52-year-old Lauren Zambrelli, of Long Island, New York, who credits Fitzgerald for helping her tame her multiple sclerosis into remission. “It was like having a sister for a doctor.”
Lobby for Change To lobby for consistent insurance coverage of more complementary therapies, check out these resources. CoverMyCare (CoverMyCare.org). This national grassroots advocacy campaign, a project of the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium, aims to support the proper full implementation of Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act, which states that insurers cannot leave licensed practitioners like naturopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists or Oriental medicine practitioners out of their provider networks. It still lacks enforcement at the state level, although Oregon and Rhode Island recently passed legislation to fix the existing loophole; California, Hawaii, Minnesota and New Mexico are working to do the same. American Sustainable Business Council (Tinyurl.com/Integrative Reimbursement). The organization recently launched a campaign to urge insurers to cover integrative practices.
DIY Testing W
hile most practitioners recommend that patients consult with a physician to interpret their test results, several companies offer gene, blood and microbiome lab testing directly to consumers. Here are a few options to consider. uBiome, Inc. (Ubiome.com): Send in swab samples from gut, mouth, nose, genitals and/or skin and the company will genetically sequence the DNA of resident bacteria and send findings back within six weeks, identifying good and bad varieties present, deficiencies, and how that personal microbiome compares to others with similar lifestyles, such as smokers, vegans, meat-eaters, etc. It’s also possible to test a client’s microbiome over time to see if dietary changes implemented to change gut health are working. WellnessFX (WellnessFX.com): Visit an affiliated diagnostic lab to submit blood samples with results posted within a week on a secure website. Different packages targeting weight loss, sports performance, heart health or women’s health issues look at different biomarkers in the blood, such as levels of certain micronutrients, hormones or signs of inflammation. Clients can request an online consultation with a doctor or dietitian to interpret the results. Pathway Genomics (Pathway. com): The company’s DNA Insight Genetic Health and Wellness Tests use genetic material taken from saliva to analyze genetic markers. Ordered via a licensed practitioner, online or through a smartphone app, clients receive a kit, send in a sample and get results within three weeks. The Pathway Fit tests snapshot 75 genetic markers related to metabolism and sports performance. Others look for genes that influence nutrient absorption, heart health or hormonal function.
Functional medicine doctors don’t shy away from prescription drugs when necessary, but they do lean decidedly toward the lower-tech modalities, using dietary supplements, allergen-free diets, exercise, mind-body practices and toxin avoidance as their primary tools. “We basically take out the bad stuff from the body and put in the good stuff,” says Hyman. Maintaining good health is priceless, but without conventional insurance coverage, it can be expensive. While Mills’ doctor visits were covered by insurance (which is rare), she spends roughly $1,000 a month on supplements to address her diagnosed leaky gut syndrome, nutrient deficiencies and mercury poisoning. Zambrelli has paid thousands out of her own pocket, too. Some people worry that, like most conventional physicians, some functional medicine practitioners place too much emphasis on expensive tests and too little on the most crucial and affordable remedy—self-care. “Functional medicine as a concept is an important step forward,” says integrative medicine pioneer Dr. James Gordon, founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. “However, some practitioners do a lot of tests and prescribe a lot of supplements and work on cleaning out the gut, but neglect the psychological, spiritual and social issues. That concerns me.” Bland and Hyman concede that some practitioners over-test, but say that will fade over time as they learn to better discriminate which ones are useful for specific patients. Several efforts also are underway to get more functional medicine providers and the acupuncturists,
Learn More Online Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine Tinyurl.com/Center4 FunctionalMedicine Dr. Kara Fitzgerald’s blog DrKaraFitzgerald.com/blog Functional Forum FunctionalForum.com Dr. Mark Hyman’s blog DrHyman.com/blog Institute for Functional Medicine FunctionalMedicine.org massage therapists and nutritionists they work with covered under the Affordable Care Act, which expressly emphasizes a need for more preventive medicine. Viewing the big picture, Bland believes that functional medicine is just what the country needs to save on exploding healthcare costs. Rather than spending dollars on extraordinary measures to save heart attack victims or diabetics in emergencies, we can prevent such dire situations by identifying underlying problems sooner and halting their progression. In the meantime, some patients are finding priceless relief. “Am I poorer right now? Yes,” says Mills. “Am I healthier? Way. It’s been so worth it.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO, who specializes in health care. Connect at LisaAnn Marshall.com.
Functional Medicine is the Basis of 21st-Century Healthcare Local Health Practitioners Find New Ways to Make Healing Real by Linda Sechrist
ccording to a 2008 survey of 12,000 physicians, The Physicians’ Perspective: Medical Practice, reported in The Wall Street Journal, there is little meaning or satisfaction for doctors in the present managed healthcare model, with fixed fees and the 15-minute office visit meant strictly to zero in on a patient’s “chief complaint”. In our dysfunctional healthcare delivery system, now run on an invisible time clock, one thing is clear—primary care physicians are as frustrated as their patients. Doctors are struggling with their professional ideals and feel that they cannot give the level of care that their noble profession called them to give and medical school trained them for. Growing disenchantment with a medical system indifferent to the needs of patients and doctors is leading physicians to turn to a new model that can compel the individual that has given 11 to 14 years of their life to higher education for training in conventional Western medicine and spent an average of $420,000 to pay off a medical school debt over 30 years to invest even more time and money in learning to practice functional and integrative medicine. This personal decision marks a moment of conversion and a desire to return to their highest value—to practice real medicine and heal—the calling that led them to the hallowed halls of medical school in the first place. Despite following “evidence-based” diagnostics and treatment recommendations by esteemed bodies of clinicians, Dr. Jiji Torres, founder of Upstream MD, in Dr. Zorayda Torres Bonita Springs,
witnessed growing numbers of patients being diagnosed with mood disorders, inflammatory arthritis, cancers, hypothyroidism, neurologic and autoimmune diseases, diabetes, heart disease and many others. As a board-certified internal medicine physician with 17 years of clinical experience, Torres gave her best to caring for and treating patients by applying what she learned from her education and training in conventional medicine. “Eventually, I became frustrated that conventional mainstream medicine alone was not serving my patients well. In 2011, after watching documentaries such as Food Matters and Food, Inc., as well as reading many books on health and nutrition, my husband and I made improvements in our diet for a few months and saw some positive physical and mental changes,” she says. This new and revived interest in creating health through nutrition led Torres to join the Institute For Functional Medicine (IFM) and become a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM), a relatively new art and science of healing that addresses care of the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Board certified in family medicine and fellowship trained in functional medicine by the Metabolic Medical Institute (MMI), Dr. Pamela Hughes, owner of Hughes Center for Dr. Pamela Hughes Functional Medicine, in Naples, had her conversion moments in 2008. Her husband, David, suffered severe injuries when his vehicle was thrown by a blast from an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. David’s pain management and
treatment for nerve issues and spinal cord rehabilitation provided the catalytic moments that turned Pamela in the direction of functional medicine. “At Walter Reed and Tampa PolyTrauma Center ,we quickly learned that David did not like the way pain medication made him feel. He also couldn’t fully participate in his recovery as he was so sedated. He chose pain over medication,” she relates. “David’s father, who had been using alternative therapies on himself for years, suggested some treatment options. This sent me on a search for literature supporting these treatments and supplements that took away David’s pain. I found so much information that I began to suspect that there had to be more to alternative therapies. This made me question all the traditional methods I had been practicing for so long.” David’s physical therapist corrected his foot drop [a type of abnormal gait] with a Bioness neuromuscular electrostimulation system, a Tempur-Pedic bed and an Ekornes stressless chair. He also used supplements, including the Rhodiola rosea herb and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). “I love functional medicine because it’s proactive; it allows me to use protocols that complement traditional medicine and focus on health and wellness,” says Hughes. In 1987, Dee Harris, owner of D-Signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs, was shocked when her husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma and given a life Dee Harris expectancy of two years. Harris was then the mother of two children, ages 5 and 7, and working as consulting conventional dietician in
Locally, it’s obvious that new models of functional and integrative medicine are reawakening the medical professional’s passion for healing. They are also igniting hope for future change that will likely be driven by a grassroots movement of patients demanding that insurance providers cover some of the costs. Connecticut’s skilled nursing facilities. Although Harris, a registered, licensed dietitian-nutritionist and certified IFM practitioner, initially looked at alternative solutions for her husband, she eventually needed them for herself after being diagnosed with autoimmune disease that developed as a result of stress. The Harrises implemented lifestyle changes, aromatherapy, vitamin therapy, stress management techniques and spiritual exercises that accompanied her husband’s experimental immunotherapy. Reactions from over-the-counter and prescription medications were catalysts for Harris’ search to find more alternative ways of healing, as well as the root cause of illnesses. “When I discovered IFM, I signed up for the five-day course Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice. It recharged my love of nutrition and dietetics and re-taught me nutrition and medicine in a way that I could actually make a difference in my patient’s lives,” advises Harris. Ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune condition, led Dr. Robert Gilliland, DC, owner of Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, in Bonita Springs, to choose Dr. Robert Gilliland a career in health care. Lacking answers from his medical specialists, Gilliland set out to find his own in traditional medicine studies. He quit two years later after learning that Western medicine wasn’t looking for a viable solution to his condition. “My doctors kept giving me more and more drugs, so I looked to alternative medicine, which I saw was on the right track. Even that didn’t provide all the answers I was looking for,” explains Gilliand. A final switch to functional and 48
integrative medicine provided Gilliand with the best of both worlds, allowing him to become symptom-free and eliminate all medications. “I embraced the testing from traditional medicine with a few tweaks. Instead of running minimal tests to diagnose a disease or condition, functional testing looks for the underlying cause of the condition or disease. This means running tests that aren’t considered ‘medically necessary’ and using functional ranges rather than traditional ranges to gain a better understanding of a person’s health. After identifying the underlying causes, I can use natural therapies, including diet, supplements and others to address underlying issues,” he says. At age 26, while working in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, Deborah Post first noticed her joint aches and pains. The adDeborah Post vanced registered nurse practitioner and owner of WellBridges, in Bonita Springs, watched her condition progress and waited, knowing that all women on her mother’s side of the family suffered from idiopathic joint disease. “I grew up looking at the swollen, distorted hands of my mom and grandmother,” says Post, whose laboratory tests eventually indicated rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, two autoimmune diseases. Prescribed drugs for a lifetime, Post rebelled and changed her lifestyle of swing shifts, 10 to 12 cups of coffee a day, incredible stress (open heart ICU unit) and gobs of cheese and dairy. She stopped eating dairy products and cut back on coffee. “Three weeks later, the swelling in my hands went down and I could walk to the bathroom at night
without severe pain. I never looked back or looked at health and healing in the same way,” she says. When Post first heard about functional medicine 20 years later, she enrolled in the learning modules. “I was jazzed up to hear validation for what I had seen and felt for years. I was also happy to learn that I wasn’t the only weirdo that felt our current pathology management style of medicine is more dysfunctional than the sick patients we treat,” she quips. At Balanced Health, in Marco Island, the team of Dr. Ken Kochler, DO, and Brad Ferringo, a Canadian licensed homeopath also trained in naturopathy, practice Dr. Ken Kochler integrative medicine together with eight colleagues. Kochler is also trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. The two have completed numerous IFM certificate programs, including some with Dr. Jeffrey Bland, and have studied numerous integrative modalities. For 10 years, they worked together using the first form of video telemedicine (iChat). “I worked in the emergency room in internal medicine and emergency medicine for nearly 15 years. Finally, a strong intuition started nagging me. I became increasingly uncomfortable with the suppressive and narrow selection of options and tools. I knew there had to be more I could learn to help people in transforming their health,” says Kochler. “Ken and I created Balanced Health because we both wanted to disrupt the status quo and move toward a personcentered integrative model. Our full team of health Brad Ferringo professionals works collaboratively with each person, addressing their needs first. Then the appropriate tools, modalities or methods are selected for their specific needs,” remarks Ferringo.
Ferringo comments on a health field which he believes has become a tools-centered model where from a diagnosis, doctors decide what people need without knowing anything about their lifestyle or eating habits. “I observed that practitioners were subjecting patients to the same processes and tools without first understanding them deeply and meaningfully,” he says. “People who weren’t getting better did the familiar, desperate ‘clinic hop’ while they looked for answers.” A holistic approach to pain management won out over Western medicine’s prescription pad in the search to deal with sports-related injuries that Dr. Gary Gendron, Dr. Gary Gendron DC, suffered during his college years. Gendron, the owner of Nutrition Specialists of Florida, in Bonita Springs, advises, “I was amazed at how quickly I felt better without downtime or side effects. As a result, I was motivated and inspired to help others using a natural approach. After a few years of practicing, I had the same clinical results that were documented by D. D. Palmer’s early works. The body has an ongoing ‘circuitry’ that responds internally to external stimuli, whether chemical or electrical. There is a feedback loop that is often unaddressed by many practitioners.” Gendron, a diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, treats nutrition from an Eastern approach (as opposed to a Western approach) using Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) and prescribes a customized plan of care. “Although I have used other methodologies such as blood testing and func-
I love functional medicine because it’s proactive; it allows me to use protocols that complement traditional medicine and focus on health and wellness. –Pamela Hughes, M.D.
tional medicine, I prefer NRT because I trust the body’s innate intelligence. I believe if given the proper nutrients, the body can heal itself. I can attest I have never felt better in my life as I do now utilizing the same program I use for my patients,” he remarks. Dr. Carol Roberts, who practices at Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, answers the question of how a doctor gets radicalized beyond what he or Dr. Carol Roberts she learns in medical school: “However helpful and scientifically based that education is, it leaves out a lot. In my case, I was a board-certified ear, nose and throat surgeon, highly trained and credentialed, constantly telling my patients, ‘We don’t know what causes your problem.’ Apply that to the spectrum of chronic illness—thyroid malfunction, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and especially cancer—as well as everything else that can happen to people, and you have a system that is satisfied with a label we call a ‘diagnosis’ and a knee-jerk response of which drug or surgery to offer.” Roberts says, “It became increasingly clear to me that no one was working on elucidating the underlying causes of these problems. Are our scientists stupid? Certainly not; it’s just that the funding sources for their research are biased towards the status quo of drugs and surgery.” Another realization that led Roberts to go guerilla was that medical school had not taught her how to get and stay healthy. “I did not know what to do to maintain my own functional body-mind. Nutrition was ignored; exercise at that time was not encouraged—‘Not enough evidence.’ Meditation and yoga were not yet legitimatized as ‘stress management’ techniques,” she remarks. Not surprising, the same practices that keep a person healthy can be used to get someone healthy when they have a problem. “The tools for healing were within the patient’s grasp, not just at the pharmacy
or the hospital,” says Roberts, who notes that she could only maintain her integrity by following the leads of the nutritionists, the fitness buffs, the herbalists and the meditators. “This is why I’ve been ‘outside the black bag’ for more than two decades. I call it ‘good medicine’ that works,” she enthuses. Locally, it’s obvious that new models of functional and integrative medicine are reawakening the medical professional’s passion for healing. They are also igniting hope for future change that will likely be driven by a grassroots movement of patients demanding that insurance providers cover some of the costs. It’s the next natural step after patients discover that this practice of medicine, which meets their doctor’s needs, is the same that meets theirs for health and well-being.
Resources Balanced Health, 19 Bald Eagle Dr., Ste. B, Marco Island. 239-248-0455. BalancedHealthConcierge.com. See ad, page 62. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300, Bonita Springs. 239676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com. See ad, page 27. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd., Ste. 270, Naples. 239-649-7400. Hughes CenterNaples.com. See ad, page 87. Nutrition Specialists of Florida, 28315 S. Tamiami Tr, Ste. 101, Bonita Springs. 239-947-1177. Doctor Gendron.com. See ad, page 2. Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd., Ste. 255, Bonita Springs. 239444-3106. SWFThyroid.com. See ad, page 21. UpstreamMD, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste. 255, Bonita Springs, 239-444-5636, UpstreamMD.com. See ad, page 7. Wellbridges, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 113, Bonita Springs. 239-4815600. DebPost.com. See ad, page 46.
Key Signs We’re Approaching a Defining Moment by Dennis Merritt Jones
ur authentic self is constantly trying to get our attention so it may be more fully expressed. When we set our intention to genuinely evolve, we naturally begin to pay attention and see how redefining moments appear as needed. They are drawn to us sequentially to support us in the process of staying the course on our pilgrimage, each one a perfectly aligned portal in space and time, opening and closing, creating whatever experience is required to guide us to heightened awareness of our authentic self. While the possible circumstances that preclude such a moment are limitless, there are key signals to watch for. When they pop up, it helps immensely to stay engaged in the moment, rather than zipping past them on to another distraction. Rather, consider ways in which this might prove to be a pivotal point forward in our life journey. n Moments that challenge our ego and moments that our ego challenges us n Unexpected events n Times of significant loss n First-time experiences n Discontentment n Disappointment n Experiencing someone or something that instantly inspires us to grow n Birth of a loved one n Death of a loved one Personal growth and evolution can be motivated by either inspiration
or desperation. Both may prompt us to ask big questions of ourselves and the universe that cause us to dig deep. The deeper we dig, the closer we come to merging with our truest self. We know the answers to such questions are correct because they will lead to actions that honor life—like harming no one, including ourself— and affirm the presence of a prevailing power for good that lies within; a power that guides, protects and sustains us. Satisfying answers seek only the highest and best of us and bless all. They connect our mind, heart and soul, moving us forward on the path of wholeness as a fulfilled and joyfully self-expressed person. When we are impelled to ask an important question of our self and the universe, don’t rush the process and are willing to embrace the answer we receive, it pushes a reset button as to what defines us. It brings us an enhanced sense of authentic wholeness. The lesson is that when redefining moments appear, we must be open and prepared to go where we had no plans of going—because that’s where our bliss awaits us. Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D., is the author of Your (Re)Defining Moments, the source of this essay. He has contributed to the human potential movement and field of spirituality as a minister, teacher, coach and lecturer for 30 years. Learn more at DennisMerrittJones.com.
Get Healthy in the Blue Zone
n 2014, NCH Healthcare System led the launch of a Blue Zones Project in Southwest Florida. The 10-year strategic plan to promote healthier lifestyles and empower individuals to make better decisions is now moving ahead with the assistance of hundreds of volunteers under the direction of Deb Millsap, executive director. More than 12 years of public health service and 17 years of working in hospitalbased wellness programs prepared Millsap for directing the movement to transform Collier county communities into healthier, happier places to live, work and play. Blue Zone Projects are based on the “Power 9”. The specifics of these nine longevity lifestyle characteristics—move naturally 30 minutes five times a week, eat more plants, less meats and processed foods, drink red wine in moderation (one glass per day), have a sense of purpose, take time to relieve stress, participate in a spiritual community, make family a priority, and be surrounded with those who share Blue Zone values—are fully detailed in Dan Buetnner’s Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. The author of the New York Times
by Savannah Noir
bestseller discovered them in 2004 when he teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people had reached the age of 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the U.S. in general. In Sardinia, Okinawa, America (Loma Linda, California), Greece and Costa Rica, Buettner gathered valuable information on the lifestyles of these individuals . While scientific studies suggest that only approximately 25 percent of how long we live is dictated by genes, according to other research, such as that done by Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief, the other 75 percent is determined by lifestyle and the everyday choices we make. Establishing a “personal Blue Zone” is a good first step on the path to longevity and good health. In 2009 Blue Zones partnered with AARP and the United Health Foundation to apply the Power 9 principles to the town of Albert Lea, Minnesota.
Participants there added an estimated 2.9 years to their average lifespan while healthcare claims for city workers dropped 49 percent. Blue Zones are now being created in cities and businesses across the country. In January 2015, the Collier County school board approved a local initiative that includes the potential for redesigning cafeterias to highlight healthier foods and limiting access to vending machines. “Small changes and healthier choices, whether made individually or in workplaces, restaurants, grocery stores, schools, homeowners associations and faith-based groups within the county’s seven zip codes—34101, 34102, 34103, 34105, 34108, 34109 and 34110—can raise the well-being for the total population,” says Millsap, who enthuses about the financial rewards for companies that adopt the Blue Zone Power 9. “Studies show that workers become more productive and heath care costs decrease. It’s not a quick fix to re-engineer health and vitality back into our lifestyles, but doing so sure holds a lot of promise,” notes Millsap. To learn more about the project, visit SouthwestFlorida.BlueZonesProject.com.
SUPER SOUPS New Twists on Old Favorites Heal, Nourish and Soothe by Judith Fertig
inter season soups on chilly days can warm us, both body and soul. Whatever our food preferences or time constraints, some new twists on traditional favorites will satisfy everyone’s taste buds—with an accent on healthy pleasure. Here’s where to start. Reinventing the past. From her Colorado mountain home, Jenny McGruther, author of The Nourished Kitchen, celebrates the wisdom of traditional foodways, making nutrientdense, healing soup broth from bones, water, vegetables and seasonings. McGruther’s twist is to make it in a six-quart slow cooker. Once her family has dined on organic roast or rotisserie chicken, she simmers the bones with purified water, a bay leaf or two, a few whole peppercorns and a few chopped organic vegetables like onion, carrot and celery
on the low setting for 24 hours. Then she ladles the broth through a coffee strainer into another container, refreshes the slow cooker with more water and simmers the bones and seasonings for another 24 hours. Eventually, the broth will have less flavor and color, and that’s when McGruther starts all over again. “I call this perpetual soup,” she says. She blogs at NourishedKitchen.com. Slowing it down. With homemade broth on hand, it’s easy to make the Italian winter staple of Tuscan Vegetable Bean Soup. Cookbook authors and slow cooker experts Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss, from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, love to make this when they’re working on a cookbook deadline. They simply use what they have in the refrigerator, freezer or pantry. “With a soup like this you can always substitute one vegetable for
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another, adjusting the recipe to what you enjoy and have on hand,” advises Moore. The pair blogs at PluggedInto Cooking.com. Speeding it up. Sometimes, we need a single serving of homemade soup fast. Award-winning recipe developer and cookbook author Camilla Saulsbury, of Nacogdoches, Texas, whips up a Pumpkin Sage Soup that can simmer in a saucepan within minutes, ready to be enjoyed in a mug. Saulsbury uses organic canned pumpkin, full of vitamins, which can vary in sweetness. “If needed,” she suggests, “add a drizzle of maple syrup to enhance the flavor of the soup.” Making “bisque” in a highspeed blender. Karen Adler is an avid grower of organic tomatoes in her Kansas City garden. When the seasonal harvest comes to an end, Adler grills or oven roasts the tomatoes, along with organic peppers and onions, and then freezes them, ready to make Roasted Tomato Bisque any time of the year. “My secret to a light bisque without using cream is to blend all the roasted vegetables together with a high-speed blender to give it body. A swirl of extra-virgin olive oil at the end finishes ensuring the satisfying flavor,” she says. Going cold. Douglas McNish, head chef at Toronto’s raw and vegan restaurant Raw Aura, serves a popular Lemon, Cucumber and Dill Soup, which is easy to make in a food processor. “This soup is amazing this time of year, when most of our diets may be lacking in healthy fats and trace minerals,” says McNish. Warming up. Two cookbook authors teamed up across many miles to write 300 Sensational Soups. Meredith Deeds lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while Carla Snyder resides in Cleveland, Ohio. They’ve mutually discovered the naturally warming properties of curry powder in Curried Coconut Chickpea Soup. Snyder observes, “A good soup nourishes the heart, as well as the stomach, spreading a feeling of satisfaction and contentment.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.
SOUP’S ON! Tasty Recipes for Winter Meals with grated Parmesan cheese. Garnish if desired with additional minced basil. Adapted from PluggedIntoCooking.com, by Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss
Pumpkin Sage Soup Yields: 1 serving
Tuscan Vegetable Bean Soup
/4 cup ready-to-use chicken or vegetable broth 2 /3 cup pumpkin purée (not pie filling) 1 /4 tsp dried rubbed sage 3 Tbsp half-and-half, whole milk or coconut creamer Salt and freshly ground black pepper 3
Yields: 6 servings 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 large yellow onion, chopped 3 carrots, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 cup frozen, cut green beans 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 can (14.5 oz, BPA-free) diced tomatoes, with liquid 4 cups bone broth or 1 carton (32 oz) vegetable broth 2 tsp Italian seasoning 1 /8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional Salt and pepper, to taste 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli 1 can (15 oz, BPA-free) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 2 Tbsp minced fresh basil, plus additional for garnish Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
In a saucepan, bring the broth, pumpkin and sage to a simmer over medium-high heat. In the mug, stir broth, pumpkin and sage until blended. Stir in cream and heat for 1 minute more. Season it to taste with salt and pepper before pouring into a mug. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds. Adapted from 250 Best Meals in a Mug, by Camilla V. Saulsbury
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add onions, carrot and celery and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Stir in the green beans and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, vegetable broth, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Heat, covered, until boiling, and then reduce heat to a simmer and cook 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in broccoli, cannellini beans and minced basil. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are as tender as desired. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle natural awakenings
Add fine dry or gluten-free bread crumbs and sliced green onion for garnish Preheat the oven to 425째 F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Arrange the tomatoes, bell peppers and onion on the baking sheets and drizzle with the two tablespoons of olive oil. Roast for 30 minutes or until soft and browned at the edges.
Yields: 8 servings 4 large beefsteak tomatoes, sliced 2 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced 1 large red onion, peeled and sliced 2 Tbsp plus 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 /4 cup red wine vinegar 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp hot pepper sauce Bone broth or vegetable broth, if necessary
In a food processor fitted with its metal blade, process cucumber, lettuce, water, dill, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour or up to 3 hours. Serve garnished with a dollop of vegan sour cream, if preferred, and additional dill. Adapted from Eat Raw, Eat Well, by Douglas McNish
Adapted from The Gardener and the Grill, by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig
Lemon, Cucumber and Dill Soup Yields: 2 servings 2 cups chopped peeled, seeded cucumber
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Roasted Tomato Bisque
Transfer to a Vitamix or similar blender. Add the remaining half-cup olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and hot pepper sauce and blend until smooth. Add a little bone broth or vegetable broth if the soup is too thick. Serve each bowl with a sprinkling of breadcrumbs and thinly sliced green onion.
/2 cup chopped romaine lettuce /4 cup filtered water 1 /4 cup chopped fresh dill fronds 1 clove garlic 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 /2 tsp fine sea salt 1
Coconut Curried Chickpea Soup Yields: 6 servings 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp curry powder 1 lb small, red-skinned potatoes, 1 /2-inch diced 4 cups vegetable stock 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk 1 /2 tsp salt 2 cans (each 14 to 19 oz, BPA-free) chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 zucchini, 1/2 -inch diced 1 Tbsp packed light brown or date sugar 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice 2 cups (about 3 oz) packed baby spinach Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Toasted shredded coconut for garnish In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until softened, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add curry powder and sauté another 10 seconds. Add potatoes and stir to coat. Add stock and coconut milk; cook for 10 minutes. Add chickpeas and zucchini; cook another 10 minutes, or until potatoes and zucchini are tender. Stir in brown sugar and lime juice. Add spinach and stir until wilted. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into heated bowls and garnish with coconut. Adapted from 300 Sensational Soups, by Carla Snyder and Meredith Deeds natural awakenings
Connecting “within” through free and inspired body movement is the power of conscious dance.
The Power of Conscious Dance Creative Movement Connects Body, Mind and Spirit by Gail Condrick
A growing tribe of movers and shakers are discovering and unleashing their power in conscious dance, a combination of moving meditation, soul-stirring music, self-expression and sweat.
ost are familiar with the performance or competitive dance world of learned steps. Conscious dance is a non-competitive, body-based way of raising consciousness. There’s no wrong way to move and your shape and measurements don’t matter,” says Mark Metz, of Berkley, California, founder and executive director of the Dance First Association (DFA) and publisher of the Conscious Dancer Magazine and UpShift Guide. The group identifies more than 100 forms of conscious dance, ranging from ecstatic dance to somatic movement therapy. Commonalities include body awareness, barefoot movement, inspiring global music and minimal structure facilitated by leaders. With 1,000 DFA studio locations, many are finding the power of conscious dance suits their search for movement with purpose beyond improved fitness as it’s practiced in drug- and alcohol-
free club-style events and ecstatic dance experiences, as well as dance fitness programs. “It’s about honoring body intelligence and paying attention to the body and mind-body connection,” says Metz. “The modalities mentioned most often are 5Rhythms, Soul Motion, Open Floor, JourneyDance, and the Nia Technique,” says Metz. A brief look at three of them shows how each has its own style.
5Rhythms In St. Petersburg, Florida, 22 women have gathered to seek the bliss promised by 5Rhythms, one of the original conscious dance forms, founded by the late Gabrielle Roth. “Find your flow. Feel your connection to the Earth through your feet and release your head,” guides facilitator Amber Ryan, of New York City, who travels the world for dance sessions. “Use your body as a gateway into the now.” For two hours, dancers move freely and individually,
swaying, sensing and interacting in an experience called “the wave”, intended to move energy through the body, release emotions and heal the psyche. It’s based on Roth’s premise that, “Each of us is a moving center, a space of divine mystery. Though we spend most of our time on the surface in daily ordinary existence, most of us hunger to connect to this space within, to break through to bliss, to be swept into something bigger.”
JourneyDance Toni Bergins, from the Massachusetts Berkshires, is a frequent presenter at the Kripalu Center and Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. After years of studying and teaching movement, drama, creative visualization and gestalt techniques, she combined them in creating JourneyDance. More than 400 trained facilitators now offer it in 60- or 90-minute classes worldwide based on the philosophy, “Move into a new story!” Every class includes visualization, creative movement, affirmations and evocative music, all working together to release emotions and connect with spirit. “You learn to love your body, expand your emotional intelligence, clear your mind and connect with your inner source,” explains Bergins. “You express yourself, infuse life with creativity and connect with a dancing community.” Participants engage in a ritual journey of physical transformation, cleansing the body through breath, sweat and expression. In this safe space, “Dancers discover their power and personal heart medicine, their true essence,” says Bergins.
Nia Technique For those that prefer more structure, the Nia Technique is the original barefoot mind-body-spirit fitness practice, activating sensation and awareness in a workout adaptable for everybody. More than 2,600 instructors in 51 countries offer 60-minute classes where enthusiasts move the way the body is built
to move, reaping cardiovascular fitness and therapeutic benefits while having joyful fun. Dancers, guided by instructor’s moves, feel the rhythm of the music and ground themselves in spirit, equipping themselves to take the selfhealing experience into everyday life. “Nia has always blended form and freedom,” says Debbie Rosas, of Portland, Oregon, co-founder and creator of the technique. “We are now introducing new FreeDance classes to bring what we have learned through Nia to embody consciousness in new ways, conditioning the whole body and nervous system. It’s an invitation to move in free, unbound, unstructured ways to offset the tendency we have to move less as we age.” Dancers move to music designed to animate each chakra through an eight-stage process via a Nia DJ. They’re guided to listen to body feedback through sensation, release emotions and relish being in the present moment. “Regardless of how you act, dress or think, the way you feel inside reveals the most accurate truth of oneself and this is reflected in dance,” says Rosas. “Moving without interference allows your unconscious creative self to shine. You can connect to the sacred artist within; the one that holds a palette with endless colors, shapes and possibilities.” She sees life as ultimately a free-style dance into the self that supports a philosophy of “Love your body, love your life”. “Dance is in everyone’s family tree, a universal message,” says Metz. “In conscious dance, you disconnect from gadgets and reconnect with yourself and others around you. People need that.” Gail Condrick is a Nia faculty member, retreat leader and archetypal soul coach in Sarasota, FL. Connect at GaelaVisions.com.
Dance Sites DanceFirst.com 5Rhythms.com JourneyDance.com NiaNow.com OneDanceTribe.com OpenFloor.org SoulMotion.com
Dance Your Inner Beauty Out by Linda Sechrist
In many shamanic societies, if you came to the medicine man disheartened, dispirited or depressed, they would ask you: “When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted with stories?” ~ Gabrielle Roth
hungering to con Capoeira is a Brazilnect inwardly with ian art form involving spirit, break through rhythm, movement and to bliss or dance into personal expression. a state of conscious“Although the details of ness that is more body Capoeira’s origins and awareness than thought early history are still processing allows the debated, it is known that little self to connect African slaves played a with the larger self. crucial role in its develAlthough these are all opment,” advises Hill. good reasons to dance, Some of Purple’s they aren’t the only world fusion dance motivation for individuValeria Hill and Winnie Purple moves originate in the als that feel the need to Pacific Islands of New move their body to the rhythm of music Zealand, Hawaii, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and that inspires everything from graceful to Tahiti. Others such as reggae, rumba, primal movements. calypso, bachata, plena, mambo, and In Bonita Springs’ Shangri La danzon are from the Caribbean, while Springs and Hummingbird Wellbeing others such as tango, paso doble, salsa, Center & Boutique, Valeria Hill and and bumbia come from South America. Winnie Purple guide dance movements Purple also blends in dance moves from that inspire free expression and personAfrica, Spain and Celtic lands, as well al interpretation. “We’re focused on the as Middle Eastern belly dancing and simple joy of movement,” say Hill, a Odissi, one of the eight classical dance Nia instructor, and Purple, a Polynesian forms of India. dance trained aerobic instructor. Purple describes her fusion of dance Hill notes that by itself, Nia promoves as a mixture of tribal and ethnic vides a good mind-body fusion workout. dancing. “I’ve noticed that individuals in “Integrating any of its 52 joyful movethis area who are interested in dancing ments into my solo wellness dancing, aren’t really interested in the pure steps. which includes some martial arts, tai chi They are more interested in disconnecting chuan, samba and capoeria, moves free, from thinking to dance for the sheer joy heady thoughts and allows the body to and freedom of moving and flowing to fully express itself or for spirit to move the music, as well as giving the body the the body. The added benefit is that while opportunity to express its inner beauty. we are connecting to the earth in our For more information on Hummingbird bare feet, dancing in places surrounded by the beauty of nature, we are improvWellbeing Center, located at 27785 Old ing flexibility, which helps with joint U.S. 41 Rd., in Bonita Springs, call 239stiffness and pain,” she says. 494-6983 or visit Hummingbird Samba, a lively, rhythmical solo WellbeingCenter.com. See ad, page 65. dance that originated in Brazil, is most For more information on Shangri-La often recognized around the world as a Springs, 27750 Old U.S. 41 Rd., Bonita symbol of that country and the Carnival in Springs, call 239-949-0749 or visit Rio de Janeiro, Hill’s home dancing turf. ShangrilaSprings.com. See ad, page 55. natural awakenings
It’s important to implement the antiinflammatory diet, take supplements and reduce stress. You can control rosacea, but it’s not known yet if it can be cured,” says Deborah Post.
Listening to Our Skin Talk by Susan Day
he skin, which speaks of deeper imbalances and issues inside the body, talks in rashes, eczema, psoriasis, pimples, acne and even herpes—all outer symptoms that merely reveal inner imbalances. For Southwest Floridians that suffer with a common, but often misdiagnosed and misunderstood skin disorder known as rosacea (pronounced roh-zay-sha), there may be answers forthcoming. Local health practitioners and skin experts are exploring the possibility that the increasingly widespread malady affecting more than 16 million Americans may be an autoimmune disorder. In a National Rosacea Society survey regarding the non-life threatening condition characterized by redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, 95 percent of rosacea patients indicated that they were unaware of signs or symptoms prior to being diagnosed by a dermatologist. This may be due to the lack of medical research on the flushing or redness that can flare up, go into remission and return, only to become persistent and involve pus-filled pimples resembling acne, small visible blood vessels and skin thickening, generally around the nose. Although oral and topical medications are most frequently prescribed by dermatologists, Dee Harris, owner of D-signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs, discloses that when her patients follow an anti-inflammatory diet and remove processed foods that contain additives and dyes, grains and sugar, the condition subsides. ““Looking upstream for gastric issues, especially the lack of hydrochloric acid, which is needed for digestion, may cause rosacea breakout,” advises Harris. When her son presented with symptoms she suggested stress management, avoiding processed foods, eliminating sugar, gluten and dairy as well as limiting alcohol. For supplementation, she recommended 1000 milligrams of quality eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) fish oil, as well as taking a quality multivitamin, additional vitamin D3 and 58
30-to-50-billion colony forming units (CFU) probiotics. Deborah Post, ARNP, owner of Well Bridges, in Fort Myers, agrees with dermatologists that address rosacea by first calming the skin with topical solutions, and she affirms Harris’s addressing the gut. Beyond this, she indicates that stress and antibiotics trigger any autoimmune disorder. “Although rosacea can affect all segments of the population, individuals with fair skin who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk. The disorder is more frequently diagnosed in women, but more severe symptoms tend to be seen in men. Genetic testing can also reveal a predisposition to the condition,” says Post, who notes that she suggests her patients refrain from drinking alcohol and coffee, which agitate a malfunctioning immune system. Larissa Smolen, owner of Spa de Larissa, in Naples, formulates her own line of private label professional skincare products (Daniel Tibel) to help support and maintain the results that her clients achieve in her spa. “Two topical products and one supplement are very effective for the 70 percent of my clients who have mild to severe rosacea. They also work on eczema,” says Smolen. Based on a blend of plants such as calendula, herbs, fruit enzymes and other ingredients formulated by Smolen and the laboratories she works with, the topical products soothe the skin. The flower petals of the calendula plant (Calendula officinalis) have high amounts of plant-based antioxidants that protect cells from being damaged by free radicals and appear to fight inflammation and bacteria. Azulene is the active ingredient of chamomile and works to soothe and repair skin, keeping it soft and healthy. Her beetroot-based supplement contains powerful antioxidants which protect the body from free radicals. A natural detoxifier that purifies the blood and makes the skin glow, beetroot juice reduces internal inflammation, calms the skin and is beneficial for fighting boils and pimples. Following the directives of Harris and Post, Smolen’s products work well to calm the skin first. “At the same time, it’s important to implement the anti-inflammatory diet, take supplements and reduce stress. You can control rosacea, but it’s not known yet if it can be cured,” says Post. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300, Bonita Springs. 239-676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com. See ad, page 27. Wellbridges, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 113, Bonita Springs. 239-481-5600. DebPost.com. See ad, page 46. Spa de Larissa, Airport Professional Center, 3811 Airport Rd., N. Ste. 201-B, Naples. Call 239-571-9900 or visit FacialSpaDeLarissa.com. See ad, page 13.
The Right Vet for Your Pet
Animals Thrive with Gentle, Safe and Natural Approaches by Shawn Messonnier
et parents have many criteria to consider when choosing a healthcare provider for their prized pet, and among the most vital is trying to find a doctor that uses holistic therapies, because the advantages are many. Wellness care is more than vaccines. While many conventional vets consider giving vaccines and flea medications to all of their patients to be their best form of wellness care, holistic vets know these arenâ€™t always necessary and can potentially be harmful. Instead, true wellness care involves careful consideration of proper diet, blood titer testing instead of vaccines, natural parasite control when appropriate and a heavy dose of diagnostic testing (blood, urine, fecal) to monitor organ function, check for parasites, screen for disorders of the urogenital system, liver and pancreas and early screening for cancer and other inflammatory conditions. Thereâ€™s also a full physical check for common diseases like dental and heart disease and tumors. Individualized prescriptions for a proper diet and supplements to maintain health are big reasons many owners prefer a holistic vet. Natural treatments include disease prevention. Many pets treated via a more natural approach have an easier experience with occasional illness than those that donâ€™t enjoy this specialized care. Natural therapies can quickly restore an ill pet to his homeostatic balance without the side effects often associated with multiple drug doses.
A team approach is expected. A holistic practice is a team effort, and the family doctor will suggest options for care, helping an owner decide on the best therapies for each pet. A fuller range of options is available. While holistic vets prefer a more natural approach, they know that if necessary, conventional therapies can sometimes be an appropriate complement if they follow holistic principles, which means infrequent use of low-dose medications and only when absolutely needed. In general, most conditions can be treated successfully without drug therapy, extending the health and life of the patient and reducing medical costs. Gentler anesthesia means quicker recovery. A naturally balanced and gentler approach means less drugging if anesthesia becomes necessary, close monitoring of an anesthetized pet, a smooth and quick recovery for prompt discharge from the hospital and natural forms of follow-up treatment to control post-operative pain and inflammation. New hope rises for the hopeless. Many pets are brought to holistic doctors after conventional care has failed to help them. Some have been turned away by practitioners of conventional medicine because their cases are diagnosed as â€œhopelessâ€?. Holistic vets and pet parents alike experience considerable satisfaction in helping to give a joyful pet a whole new lease on life. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit PetCareNaturally.com.
Oils Training Center, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. 586604-3500. ILoveOils.com. See news brief, page 16.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 1
Night Lights in the Garden – Jan 2-3. 6-9pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Adults: $17/nonmember, $9/members; children: $7/nonmembers; $5/members ages 4-14; 3 and under, free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 6437275. Tickets: NaplesGarden.org.
Big Dave’s Polar Plunge – 9am. Event follows Dave Cranor’s 5K. Proceeds go to Drug Court Kids. First 100 participants donating $20 receive an event shirt. No wet suits allowed. Lowdermilk Park, entrance at North end of park, Naples. Big Dave: 435-0939. Register: GCRunner.org.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 3
New Year’s Day Gentle Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Erin McCormack. Ease into the new year with gentle stretches, flow and breath awareness. $20 or regular class packages apply. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/ naples-schedule. Customer Appreciation Day – 10am-5pm. Vendors, raffles, discounts and free samples. 10 percent off entire order (excludes sale items) at our monthly sale day and blood cell analysis (by appointment). For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Bch Rd, Bonita Springs. 992-5838. Power Vinyasa Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. With Jenny Deeley. Sweat it out for the new year with a heated power vinyasa class. $20 or regular class packages apply. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 5981938. greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 2 Theta Healing/Sound Bowl Massage Sessions – 9am-9pm. In person one-on-one sessions with ThetaHealer and Reiki master Kristen Tenpenny. Twenty minutes to one hour available. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Preregister: 863-608-0668. KristenTenpenny.com. See news brief, page 20. 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. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies of your health relating to digestive dysfunction, liver stress, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalances, lymphocytes, health of white and red
Magic Bus Ride – 10-11:30am. With Jamie Shane. Utilizing pranayama and light kundalini-style movements, this workshop will help create a mind-space of exploration and expansion. Donuts will be served after class. $20. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. blood cells and more. $50 includes DVD and takehome information. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778. Chakra Cleansing and Clearing – 11am-5pm. Astrally become clean for the new year. Also balancing your chakras and adding protection included. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 939-2769. My Yoga/My Home – 1-4pm. With Michelle Ploog. Tap into the home within your heart during a 45-minute yoga flow. Then, experience your world transformed by applying the principles of yoga to your home. $45. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 5981938. greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. Mini Readings – 1-9pm. With Candyce Strafford. Petunias of Naples, 825 5th Ave S, Naples. RSVP: 403-3550. Dowsing – 2pm. With Ross. Learn what dowsing is and how to use this method for finding objects underground, testing energy fields, spirit energies and more. Also learn the different tools used for dowsing. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. I Love Oils Grand Opening – 3-6pm. Attendees will learn about essential oils; powerful extracts made from flowers, trees and other plants. I Love
Intro to Wicca – 2pm. New series begins. 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. BYOB Paint Session – 4pm. Paint a lotus and customize it with your own colors to make it unique. BYOB (beer/wine only) or try something from the wine bar and craft beer selection. $36 includes supplies. 15250 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 109, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953 or VinosPicasso.com. Pictures: VinosPicassoFM@hotmail.com.
MONDAY, JANUARY 4 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. Lunch and Learn – Noon-1pm. Making 2016 Your Best Year Yet with Carol Marlow, MA. When your dreams are on hold for later, Marlow will share information to gently guide attendees in the direction of their true path. Free intro lecture with lunch purchase. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Mini Readings – 5:30-9pm. With psychic Candyce Strafford. Daniela’s Restaurant, Wiggins Pass Plaza, 13500 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 514-4414.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 5 Sacred Sounds/Music of Spheres – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Connect to your initiating spark that shines through the holistic resonance of the invocative gongs and grace-filled bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends. Bring pillow, blanket, mat. $20. Peaceful Escapes, 601 E Elkcam Cir, B-3, Marco Island. 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. 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. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Carolyn Beauchamp. Participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. RSVP required: 300-1633 or CarolynBeauchamp@gmail.com.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6 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.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 7 All About Magick – 2pm. Learn the basics of magick, universal laws, glamours, fascinations, spell works and sigils, as well as the dos and don’ts about magick, along with the prerequisites for making changes according to your will. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 5:30-6:30pm. Introduction to internationally 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. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Healing Meditation – 6pm. ThetaHealer and Reiki Master Kristen Tenpenny leads a unique healing meditation infusing crystal and Tibetan sound bowls with ThetaHealing downloads. $25/person; sliding scale honored. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Info: KristenTenpenny.com. See news brief, page 20. Movie Night – 6pm. That Sugar Film documentary on the dangers of sugar, which are even found in ‘healthy’ labeled foods and their effects on one man’s health. Free. Genesis Non GMO, 877 91st Ave N, Ste 4, Naples. RSVP: 596-9017. Psychic Fair – 6-9pm. Infinite Stones, 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers. 561-1981. InfiniteStonesLLC.com. See ad, page 69. Spiritual Development Circle – 6:30-8pm. With Rev Michelle Love. Utilizing proven methods the group learns and takes steps to develop spiritual awareness. For those that are exploring their natural abilities for healing, prophecy and spirit communication. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center,
5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. LightTheWay.com.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 Modular 200-Hr Teacher Training – Jan 8-10. Unleash the Teacher Within with Debi Grilo. This modular training system offers the flexibility to complete the 200-hour training at each student’s own pace and the opportunity to learn with multiple world-class teachers during six weekend modules. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 10-11am. 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. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Mangrove Mazes of Matlacha Pass Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. Guided kayak nature tours with GAEA guides. Visit Nature’s Cathedrals and with lots of birds, fish and critters in these mysterious tunnels. $50 includes equipment and a FL Master Naturlist as your guide. Matlacha. RSVP: 694-5513. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center Grand Opening – 1-6pm. A holistic co-op community inspired by nature, Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. Experience sample classes and meet teachers. Free gift. 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com. See news brief on page 18 and ad on page 65.. 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – Jan 8-May 29. 6-9pm, Fri; 10am-6pm, Sat & Sun. Meets every other weekend. This comprehensive training covers: yoga philosophy, alignment, chakras, anatomy and physiology, chanting, Sanskrit, assists and much more. $3,500; payment plans available. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 6929747. LoveYogaCenter@aol.com. Breath of Life/Music of the Spheres – 6:30pm. With Dana House and Linda. Conscious connective breathing, Reiki attunements, percussive music and the sounds of gongs and bowls. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. $25. Prana Yoga, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. Psychic Development – 7pm. With Laurie Barraco. Learn how to use your natural psychic abilities the way spirit intended. Tools of divination and how to use them will be discussed. Topic: Animal Spirit Guides. $20. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Women’s Empowerment Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Tamar George, author of Reborn in Time. Tamar leads topics of discussion based on the group’s interests and the intuitive energies of those attending. Group meditation will be facilitated. $20/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 Early Morning Sadhana – 4:30-7am. With Dhanwant. A time of meditation, mantra, exercise and prayer to clear the consciousness, before the sun rises, when the world is still and quiet. Tea and light snack served afterwards. Cash donation. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Making 2016 Your Best Year Yet – 9am-noon.
With Carol Marlow, MA. Attendees with learn to: empower themselves to reach for the stars; identify blockages and self-defeating behaviors; create a motto for living life fully; develop a support network to stay focused. $35; $14/optional lunch. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Theta Healing/Sound Bowl Massage Sessions – 9am9pm. In person one-on-one sessions with ThetaHealer and Reiki master Kristen Tenpenny. 20 minutes to one-hour available. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Preregister: 863-608-0668. KristenTenpenny.com. Inner Spa Day for the Mind – 9:30-11:30am. Healthy You! New Year’s intentions with Peggy Sealfon. Set positive intentions to draw into your life throughout the year. Feel refreshed, motivated and connected to your inner guidance leading your true path. Call for special pricing; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Adonis Co-Housing Presentation – 10am-noon. Adonis Autism will present their vision for Osprey Village, a planned co-housing community for individuals and families with autism and other disabilities. Refreshments provided. The Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6926 Trail Blvd, Naples. Debby.AdonisAutism@gmail.com. AdonisAutism. org. See news brief, page 16. Access Consciousness Bars Class – 10am-6pm. The Access Bars are 32 points on the head that when lightly touched start to clear all of the limitations in different areas of your life and body. Attendees will learn simple tools and this energy transformation system for creating the life they desire. $300. Hampton Inn Naples Central, 3210 Tamiami Tr N. 305-331-7465. KristinaAston.AccessConsciousness.com. See news brief, page 10. Weekend Childbirth Education – Jan 9-10. 10am3pm, Sat; 12-4pm, Sun. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: NaplesBirthCenter.com. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, Reiki, biofeedback, pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Thyroid Seminar – 10:30am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-3106. See ad, page 21. Psychic Development – 11am. New series of 10 classes begins; meets twice a month. Enhance your psychism or learn your strengths and weaknesses if you are already psychic. $20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Spiritual Wisdom Discussion – 11-noon. Topic: Spiritual Wisdom on Dreams. Learn techniques to help remember and interpret your dreams and gain a deeper understanding and how it can assist. Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Muscle Activation Talk – Noon. Learn how Muscle Activation Technique can help your body’s pain; joint pain to mobility issues - old issues or new. Symmetry, 1750 J&C Blvd, Ste 10, Naples. NoFadsAllFitness.com.
Winter Seasonal Tune-Up – 1-4pm. With Sue Lovett. Gentle yoga, acupressure, sound and herbs for winter health. $55. 3 YA CEUs available. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com.
Bring musical creative expression, mat, pillow, blanket. $15. Arthur Murray, 3339 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealingSacredSound.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.
Naples School of Thought Consciousness – 6pm. With Barbara Cook, pioneer in light medicine. Our consciousness is stimulated as our bodies resume their perfect patterning in light; become the person you’re waiting for. $15. 801 Anchor Rd Dr, Ste 203, Naples. RSVP: 777-4578. Schedule: BiolightMedicine.com.
New Moon Celebration – 5pm. With Cathy Blair. The Capricorn new moon integrates the new third eye frequencies so we may focus on our path and be of service. Set an intention for the use of this energy for Mother Earth and all her life forms. Let the singing bowls carry your requests up into the universe. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 Eckankar Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Reflecting on the Blessings of God. Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Jazz in the Garden – 2-4pm. Featuring All That Jazz Quartet. Bring seating for concert and wear weather-appropriate clothing. No outside food or beverage allowed during special events; food and beverage available at Fogg Café. Members/free. $14.95/adults, $9.95/children (ages 4-14), three and under/free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. Tickets: NaplesGarden.org. Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm. With DameDè. A light kundalini class consisting of physical warm-ups, kriya and mantra, followed by the sound therapy of the gong. $25. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Restorative Yoga and Sound Healing – 2-4:30pm. Experience yoga poses designed to relax your nervous system while listening to the healing sound vibrations of Robert Austin’s Tibetan and crystal bowls. Space is limited. $45. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995 or AHA@AHolisticApproachCenter.com. 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.
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The Inversion Method – 6-7pm. With Andrea Sanchez and Hanna Riley. Three-week immersion toward deeper understanding of handstand, forearm stand and headstand. Each hour-long mini-workshop will visit the mental and physical components of these thrilling inversions. $25/class or $69.99/full series. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. RawLuck Dinner Event – 6-9pm. Meet and socialize with like-minded people to share a monthly gathering that focuses the fabulous flavors of a raw plant-based diet. No fees or dues, just bring a raw, organic, plant-based dish to share. Please attend fragrance free. Naples. RSVP required: LindaRawFood@gmail.com.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 12 Introduction to Alignment Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. A five-week course with Brittany Speakman, E-RYT. Learn the correct body alignment and props for basic poses and the breathing techniques that relax the mind and body. Also, learn how to cultivate a home practice. $75 includes yoga block and course material. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995 or AHA@AHolisticApproachCenter.com. Sacred Teachings of the Elders – Jan 12-Feb 23. 6:30-8:30pm. These weekly circles embody the seven virtues that enrich our lives when embraced and helps one stay on a sacred path. Each circle will be devoted to one of the sacred teachings and will engage the associated power animal with that teaching. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. 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 I. $50. 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 Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Carolyn Beauchamp. Participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. RSVP required: 300-1633 or CarolynBeauchamp@gmail.com.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 Thermography Screening Meet and Greet – 10am-2pm. Learn about the health benefits of breast and full body thermography screenings with Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging. Free; scans available by appointment for a fee. Bennett Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 7130 Estero Blvd, Ste 1, Ft Myers Beach. Taryn Kean: 949-2011. ThermalClinic.com. See news brief, page 20. Cultivating Divinity: Leadership Models for Women – Jan 13-15. 1:30-4:30pm. With Wah! This retreat is designed to bring women together to share, sing, talk, breathe and immerse themselves in higher energies. Wah! uses breathing, toning, singing, light meditation, self-inquiry and discussion to develop models of leadership and spirituality for women. $225. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter. com. See ad, page 64. D-Signed Nutrition Open House – 4:30-6:30pm. Learn about the services and programs offered, meet the staff and see the new office location. Light appetizers and wine will be served. Enter drawings to win prizes. 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. 6765249. D-SignedNutrition.com. See news brief, page 18. The Science of Light Medicine – 6pm. With Barbara Cook, researcher and pioneer of light medicine. Introductions and demonstrations in Light as Medicine, a non-invasive approach with 97 percent efficacy rate. Be your own healthcare provider. $15. 801 Anchor Rd Dr, Ste 203, Naples. RSVP: 7774578. Schedule: BiolightMedicine.com. Simple Easy Every Day (SEED) Meditation Class – Jan 13- Feb 3. 6-7:30pm. Four-week series with certified meditation instructor Kathy Hurst. Includes book and guided audio recordings. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 580-7700. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See news brief, page 19. Angel Art Opening and Drum Circle – 6-9pm. Featuring the fine art works of Levi Hayes and Bonnie Hawley. Live music by Alchemie, live street
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chalk art by Jane Portaluppi Durand. Butterfly card making with Susan Sholle Martin. Trunk jewelry show, community drum circle and community yoga class. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Decoding Your Bodies Clues for Anti-AgingA Custom Approach – 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron, of Nutrition Specialists of Florida. Refreshments will be served. Free. 28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 947-1177. DoctorGendron.com. See ad, page 2. Mindful Parents – 6:30-8:30pm. With Jill Emmerich. Monthly workshop for parents of kids of all ages and levels of ability to come together, discuss challenges, problem solve difficult situations, support and teach each other. $30/drop-in, $50/couple; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. All About Magick – 7pm. Learn the basics of magick, universal laws, glamours, fascinations, spell works and sigils, as well as the dos and don’ts about magick, along with prerequisites for making changes according to your will. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Introduction to Access Consciousness Bars Class – 7-8pm. The Access Bars are 32 points on the head that when lightly touched start to clear all of the limitations in different areas of your life and body. Attendees will learn simple tools and this energy transformation system for creating the life they desire. Free. The Best Western, 8955 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 305-331-7465. KristinaAston.AccessConsciousness.com.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 Lunch and Learn – Noon-1pm. What is Emotional Intelligence? with Claudia A Monte, CAM Consulting Group. By understanding the connection between our cognitive and emotional intelligences, we can quiet our minds; make effective decisions and manage relationships constructively. Free with lunch purchase. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
bksYogaStudio.com. See news brief, page 19. Practice, Practice, Practice – 6:30-8pm. With Rev Michelle Love. Structured guidance is given to practice and explore natural spiritual abilities of prophecy, mediumistic communication and spiritual healing with students and others willing to receive. Build spiritual contact and increase confidence. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Light-TheWay.com. 28 Days to a New You – Jan 14-Feb 11. 7-8pm; weekly meetings. With Kim Clayton. Experience community and connection through yoga, meditation, acts of kindness, weekly meetings, a balancing diet and more. $199 includes unlimited yoga; $49 additional for monthly autopay members. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 5981938. greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. Tanza: Let the Rhythm Set You Free – 7-9pm. With Tzveta DaVinci. Music, free-flow movement, laughter, meditation, kundalini rising, dynamic transformation. Release, rejuvenate, refresh; experience a profound physical, emotional and mental detox. $29. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. See news brief, page 14.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 200-Hour Residential Yoga Teacher Training and Retreat – Jan 15-31. Psychologically informed, trauma-aware yoga teacher training. Includes daily intense practicums in nature with yoga postures, breath work, meditation, guided relaxation, nada yoga, yoga nidra and more. $3,500/tuition, $300/registration, $150/materials. Partial tuition scholarships available. Naples. Register: 444-8160. Vivasana.net. Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks – Jan 15-Apr 10. All-new sculptures featured at the Gar-
den. These one-of-a-kind creations are built with thousands of LEGO bricks. Members/free. $14.95/ adults, $9.95/children (ages 4-14), 3 and under/free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. NaplesGarden.org. See ad, page 35. Bliss Night Out – 6-8pm. Holistic healing evening for eight special guests. Restorative yoga, crystal singing bowls, aromatherapy, healing touch and more. $25. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com. Nourishing Our Bodies Potluck and Lecture – 6:30pm. With internationally acclaimed speaker and award-winning author Karen Ranzi, MA. Community potluck before the lecture. Bring a raw vegan organic dish to share with 12 people. Love donation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 641-5559. Naples School of Thought Consciousness – 7pm. Your Secret Messages and Numerology with Suzanne Dumont. Numbers have been the great depictions of many masters through time. Learn how the numbers in your life aid and assist your journey. $20. 801 Anchor Rd Dr, Ste 203, Naples. RSVP: 777-4578. Schedule: BiolightMedicine.com. Tea Leaf Reading: The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for self and others. Receive a tea leaf reading during class. A tea party with extras. $30 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Mantras and Miracles Kundalini Yoga – 7-8:30pm. With Jessica Hesser. Light kundalini yoga, lots of breath and mantra, mantra, mantra. All levels welcome; no experience necessary. $20/ drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Usui Reiki Level II – 2pm. 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 I. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Why Diets Don’t Work and What Does – 5pm. With Certified Health Coach Kristi Willems. Learn: why one diet doesn’t work for everyone; what to focus on adding in; the myths and why your yo-yo diet journey isn’t your fault; simple things to start the process. $25/drop-in; multi-class discount available. 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com. Essential Oils Class – 6pm. New Year, New You introductory class. Free gift for attendees. Genesis Non GMO, 877 91st Ave N, Ste 4, Naples. RSVP required: 596-9017. Info@GenesisNonGMO.com. BKS Yoga Studio One-Year Anniversary Celebration – 6-8pm. Opens with a celebration class followed by hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music, vendors and specials. Wear white or light-colored clothes. Regular class schedule in the morning with juice samplings from Joyful Juicing, snacks and trunk shows between classes. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 213-9276.
Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan Gorny. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of Reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. $11 donation. Healing Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples. 980-3257. FireflyWithin.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.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 Dream Workshop – 9am-1pm. With Rev Michelle Love. Information on the different types of dreams and what they mean will be shared. The art of dream interpretation is explored and how to understand dreams will be discussed. Learn how intuition and dreams work together. $75. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. RSVP by 1/15: 250-4710. Light-TheWay.com. Phone/Online Remote Readings – 9am-9pm. ThetaHealing sessions available with ThetaHealer
and Reiki master Kristen Tenpenny. 20 minutes to one hour available. Preregister: 863-608-0668. KristenTenpenny.com. New Year New You Class – 10am-noon. With Jennifer Alvarez Linquidi. Program topics include: food as fuel and medicine; the importance of organic choices; useful shopping strategies; antiaging skincare techniques; alternative to Botox; reducing and coping with stress; creative ways to make every day a healthy day. $25/person, $12.50/ members. Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 302, Naples. Preregister: 331-8266. PurelyYouSpa. com. See news brief, page 22. You’ve Got Soul Mail: Creative Journaling for the Body, Mind and Spirit – 10am-noon. Saturdays through Feb 6. With Susan Sholle-Martin. Using meditation, guided imagery, art-making with watercolor crayons and expressive writing to find your inner voice and vision. $95/course; $30/supplies. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Detoxification with Biofeedback – 10am-4pm. With Karin Wolfe. The LIFE Biofeedback System will detect imbalances in the toxins in your system and send the required energy that will assist the body to rid itself of these toxins. $15/15 minute session. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero.
Preregister: 980-3257 or FireflyBiofeedback@ gmail.com. See news brief, page 13. Meditation and Intuition – 10am-4pm. With Dona Matera, MA. Meditation ripens us in becoming a clearer vehicle of intuitive perception. We’ll explore these subjects through a number of enjoyable practices. Matera is a longtime meditator who enjoys helping others find their own peace, clarity and intuitive directions. $114 includes organic lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Get a spiritual “tune-up” with gifted readers and healers. Psychic readings, mediums, healers, 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. “Take Off Your Legs” Workshop – 12:30-3:30pm. With Dan Nevins. Listen to Nevins share his story about service in combat, the loss of both of his legs, overcoming a traumatic brain injury and his yoga journey. Discover where you need to “take off your legs” in your own life and the possibilities through meditation, inquiry and asana practice. $65 or $5 off by 1/15. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. ABCs of Yoga – 1-3pm. With Barbara Stratton. 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. 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey. com/naples-south-schedule. Scrying Into the Looking Glass – 2pm. Learn how to use a crystal ball or a mirror to get intuitive visual information. Cleansing and preparing of the tools will be discussed as well as different techniques used for scrying and how to interpret messages. Bring your own crystal ball, crystal or mirror or borrow one from the center. $20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Free Spirit Splash Painting Class – 2-4pm. Wear something that can get paint on it. Take home your own creation. $30 includes supplies. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com. Restorative Yoga and Crystal Bowl Sound Bath – 2-4pm. With Susan Weinman. Immerse within soothing, deeply nourishing and healing sound vibrations resonating from crystal bowls while engaged in relaxing, restorative yoga postures. $25. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Naples School of Thought Consciousness – 6-7:30pm. With Janet Weisberg, MS, Applied EcoPsychology. Weisberg will speak the truths forgotten, offer opportunities for Earth to teach and bring communities together to learn and share the truths of who we are. $20. 801 Anchor Rd Dr, Ste 203, Naples. RSVP: 777-4578. Schedule: BiolightMedicine.com. Kirtan with Wah! – 7:30-9:30pm. Wah! is known for her sultry grooves, festival appearances and meditative savasana music. $25/advance, $35/ door. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 64.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am & 1pm. With Cathy Blair. Continue to interface with the influx of the wisdom light codes. Open your pineal gland to receive the information for your expansion of
consciousness. Let the loving harmonics of the bowls lift you into the arms of the mother creation. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $10. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Yoga with Wah! – 11:30-1:30am. Deep and healing yoga, focused on self-healing techniques, breathing practices and standard asana. The one thread that runs through all these offerings is her heartfelt spiritual presence. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter. com. See ad, page 64.
MONDAY, JANUARY 18 BYOB Paint Session – 6:30pm. Featuring a fun and whimsical celestial painting. BYOB (beer/wine only) or try something from the wine bar and craft beer selection. $36 includes supplies. 15250 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 109, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953 or VinosPicasso. com. Pictures: VinosPicassoFM@hotmail.com.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 19 Chakra Balancing – 11am-5pm. With John Cartwright. Chakras are an energetic reflection of your physical and emotional health. They assimilate, receive and express energy from yourself and the universe. Transform harmful emotional energy into positive healing energy. $65/45 minutes. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Naples School of Thought Consciousness – 6-7:30pm. Muscle Response Testing (MRT) with Sandy Davis. Learn the basic skills to determine which foods, supplements and products are beneficial by using MRT. $30/RSVP or $35/door. 801 Anchor Rd Dr, Ste 203, Naples. RSVP: 777-4578. Schedule: BiolightMedicine.com.
Mini Zero Balancing (ZB) Introduction – 6-8pm. A powerful hands-on method for aligning body energy with body structure developed by osteopath and acupuncturist Dr Fritz Smith. Learn the benefits and effects, pyramid meditation, concepts of energy and structure, demonstration. Everyone will experience ZB. $25. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center and Boutique, 27785 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 494-6983. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Info/register: NaplesBirthCenter.com. Crystal Bowl Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Bathe in the sounds of cosmic love through the nurturing harmonics of the crystal singing bowls. Move into higher states of joy and peace. Open your heart to receive more love. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $20. Peaceful Escapes, 601 E Elkcam Cir, Marco. 398-3953. 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 1/26. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Sound Bowl Meditation – 7-8pm. With Marc Wagner. Designed to clear, cleanse and balance all the energetic centers of the body, clear and balance the mind and remove all toxic energy that has accumulated. Experience healing sound massage and leave feeling refreshed and renewed. $25 or $5 off by 1/19. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule.
Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Carolyn Beauchamp. Participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. RSVP required: 300-1633 or CarolynBeauchamp@gmail.com.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 Trim and Tone Spa Open House – 3-7pm. Choose one of the following free treatment demonstrations: Exilis Elite, Lunchtime Facial, Ultrasound Facial. Special savings for attendees offered. 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 20, Naples. 596-5522. TrimAndToneSpa. com. See ad, page 15. Fueling Your Body Properly – 5pm. With Certified Health Coach Kristi Willems. Learn: why what we eat matters; how food effects how we look, feel and age; focus on thriving; the basics of protein, carbs and fat; food journaling. $25/drop-in; multi-class discount available. 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com. ABCs of Yoga – 6-8pm. With Liz Ross. This allbeginner’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. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. Transforming Through Life Support Group – 6:30-8:30pm. With Phoebe Houghton, LCSW, and integrative team. Monthly support to share the challenges of life. Discover the brighter side and lessons learned along the way. Experience healthy coping skills to lighten the load. $30/drop-in, $50/ two people; client discount available. Monarch
Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. 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. 5940400. Register: FBCNaples@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 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. 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 1/28. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3:30-6:30pm. With GAEA guides. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee River and on wild creeks with thousands of birds preparing to roost for the night. Watch the sunset and moonrise. $40 includes equipment and a Florida master naturalist guide. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. GAEAGuides.com. Naples School of Thought Consciousness – 6pm. Shift your life and mind with Carmen Topper, MS in counseling. Learn basic spirituality principles to turn defeat into victory, lack into prosperity, fear into faith and resentment into love. $30. 801 Anchor Rd Dr, Ste 203, Naples. RSVP: 777-4578. Schedule: BiolightMedicine.com. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Evening Series – 6-8:30pm. Eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and
scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Weekly classes, materials, recording for home practice. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregistration required: 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Spiritual Development Circle – 6:30-8pm. With Rev Michelle Love. Utilizing proven methods the group learns and takes steps to develop spiritual awareness. For those who are exploring their natural abilities for healing, prophecy and spirit communication. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Light-TheWay.com. Sacred Healing Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Dona Matera, MA. Collectively connecting with universal life force in unifying, inspiring and healing. When receiving this rarified source of vital energy which flows through all of life, we are opening to its light and information. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Galleria, Libro, Soirée – 7-8:45pm. Michael Browne exhibits water-inspired abstract paintings. Marilu Holmes will read passages of her book What’s in the Way of Your Happiness? Healthy food samples and a truly meaningful social experience. Free. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 Modular 200-Hr Teacher Training – Jan 22-24. This Enlightened Practice: Yoga History, Philosophy and Meditation Module with Debi Grilo. This modular training system offers the flexibility to complete the 200-hour training at each student’s own pace and the opportunity to learn with multiple world-class teachers during six weekend modules. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule.
Somatic Healing Workshop – Jan 22-24. 9am6pm. With David Quigley of The Alchemy Institute of Hypnosis, in Santa Rosa, CA. CEU credits for nurses and other healing arts professionals. The Inn of Naples, 4055 Tamiami Tr N. Carolyn Beauchamp: 300-1633 or Paul Radunz: 612-817-8186. Register: AlchemyInstitute.com. Phone/Online Remote Readings – 9am-9pm. ThetaHealing sessions available with ThetaHealer and Reiki master Kristen Tenpenny. 20 minutes to one hour available. Preregister: 863-608-0668. KristenTenpenny.com. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Morning Series – 9:30am-noon. Eight-week stressreduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Weekly classes, materials, recording for home practice. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregistration required: 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Movement and Breath for Labor Workshop – 6-7:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi, LMT, birth doula. Experience hands-on practical labor run-through. Practice movement, breathing, self-hypnosis techniques for pain management. Effective advice for pushing phase. $25/prepay or $30/door. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. Preregister: 248-7931 or LifeBehold@gmail.com. LifeBehold.com. Tribute Band Concert – 6-9:30pm. Featuring The Motowners: a tribute band concert to the sound of Motown. Bring seating and wear weather-appropriate clothing. No outside food or beverage allowed; food and beverage available at Fogg Café. Garden members: $9/adult, $5/child; nonmembers: $17/adult, $7/ child. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. Tickets: NaplesGarden.org. See ad, page 35. Touching with Love: Simple and Effective Neck and Back Massage – 6:30-8:30pm. With Kandy Love, LMT. Learn how to position yourself and how to use your hands efficiently to ease stress and tension. Bring sheet, pillow and towel. Ladies wear a bathing suit top. $55/for two. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995 or AHA@AHolisticApproachCenter.com. Psychic Development – 7pm. With Laurie Barraco. Learn how to use your natural psychic abilities the way spirit intended. Tools of divination and how to use them will be discussed. Topic: Clairvoyance. $20. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.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.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, Reiki, biofeedback, pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Access Consciousness Bars Class – 10am-6pm. The Access Bars are 32 points on the head that when lightly touched start to clear all of the limitations in different areas of your life and body. Attendees will
learn simple tools and this transformation system for creating the life they desire. $300. The Best Western, 8955 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 305-331-7465. KristinaAston.AccessConsciousness.com.
the waters of the planet. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering going to wildlife rescue. Horizon Way public beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N off Park Shore Dr, Naples. 398-3953.
Restore and Renew – 1-3pm. With Jennifer Stevens and Melissa Nava. 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. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey.com/ naples-schedule.
Meow Masquerade Fundraiser – 6-10pm. With Naples Cat Alliance. Festive New Orleans themed evening with auction and raffle items, interactive games and a prize for the most spectacular mask. Decadent food stations, cash bar and dessert station. $20/ticket. Windstar on Naples Bay, 1700 Windstar Blvd, Naples. Pam Reed: 370-2437. cPamRide@comcast.net.
Crystal and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will 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. Acupressure for Jet Lag and Insomnia – 2-4pm. With Alvina Quatrano. Acupressure provides a simple way to work with the ebb and flow of energy in the body to work with jet lag and insomnia. $25. 2 CEUs for FL and NCBTMB MTs. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com. Love/Relationship Workshop – 2-5pm. With Nancy Buchanan. Attendees will learn: what woman and men want; learn your love language and your partners and how to understand each other; communication skills; putting the passion and sparks back into your relationship. $65/by 1/15, $75/door; $120/couple or pair. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Full Moon Celebration – 4:45pm. With Cathy Blair. Celebrate the great awakening under the Leo full moon. Seed the collective with the reunion of body, mind and spirit through group intention. Bless
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, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 5715234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 Israel Yoga Retreat – Explore the beauty and rich culture of Israel with Kiersten Mooney. Delve deeper into your yoga in the spiritual epicenter of the world and enjoy exclusive tours to colorful markets and historical locations. Daily yoga and meditation. Five-to-seven-day options. greenmonkey.com. Yoga Heals Celebration and Fundraiser – Noon4pm. Gentle VivaRelease class, mindful eating exercise and vegetarian lunch. Current research regarding the damage that stress and trauma inflict on the nervous system will be discussed. Concludes with yoga nidra. $45/in advance; $50/day of event. All proceeds benefit Project Help and Naples Shelter for Abused Women. Vivasana’s 3+ acre facility, Naples. Preregister: 4448160 or Vivasana.net. See news brief, page 24. Yoga for Runners – 2-4:30pm. With Brittany
Speakman, E-RYT. Learn tips to avoid injuries, a before and after running yoga routine and poses to balance areas commonly imbalanced in runners. $50. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995 or AHA@AHolisticApproachCenter.com.
MONDAY, JANUARY 25 Lunch and Learn – Noon-1pm. Grandparenting Survival Skills with Carol Marlow, MA. Today many grandparents are raising a second family. This lunch will tap into some help for grandparents that must manage this unexpected responsibility. Free intro lecture with purchase of lunch. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 26 Organic & Natural Health Association National Conference – Jan 26-27. Network, engage in mission-focused activities and enjoy the natural and lush surroundings of the resort destination. Organic & Natural is dedicated to creating and promoting transparent business practices that safeguard access to organic and natural food, products and services. Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. Membership/participate: Karen Howard: 202-660-1345. OrganicAndNatural.org. See news brief, page 23. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls which helps to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Cer-
tified Clinical Hypnotherapist Carolyn Beauchamp. Participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. RSVP required: 300-1633 or CarolynBeauchamp@gmail.com. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. 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 and 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27 Portion Control and Mindful Eating – 5pm. With Certified Health Coach Kristi Willems. Discover eight ways to get a better handle on portion control without feeling deprived. Learn what mindful eating is and how it can help with weight loss; mindless eating triggers and solutions; portion distortion. $25/drop-in; multi-class discount available. 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com. Essential Oils Class – 6pm. New Year, New You roller ball remedy class. Learn how essential oils can help attendees begin a new life style for wellness. Make and take home a roller ball remedy. $10. Alternative Natural Healthcare, North Bay Village, 26381 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. 209-4210. Thyroid Health Lecture – 6pm. With Dr Pamela Hughes. Feeling fatigue? Can’t lose weight? It may be your thyroid. Refreshments provided. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. RSVP: HughesCenterNaples.com. See ad, page 87. Change Your Life Seminar – 6:30pm. Positive Thinking Will Never Change Your Life, But This Seminar Will, with David Essel, MS. Learn the steps to be successful in all areas of life: money, love, weight loss, dealing with grief and more. Free. Hyatt Hotel, Coconut Point Rd, Estero. 941-2667676. TalkDavid.com. See ad on page 63 and news brief on page 16. Healthy Living with Type 2 Diabetes – 6:30-
8:30pm. With Mary Ann Whalen, LCSW and Michelle Falco, RYT, certified holistic nutritionist. Develop a healthier lifestyle and gain support from others. Monthly group discussion and educational topics include improving your diet and implementing physical activity into your routine. $30/drop-in, $50/two people; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Crystal Bowl Celebration – 7pm. Set intentions for the new you to create in 2016. Let the singing bowls transform beyond your present situations while the Himalayan salt clears the subtle bodies. Bring beach chair or mat, pillow and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170. Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-9pm. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. Healing and messages from the emissaries of light and Archangel Michael. $22. Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ft Myers. 939-3339.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 28 Acupressure for Jet Lag and Insomnia – 6-8pm. Reset your body clock; iPhone app available. Acupressure provides a simple way to work with the natural ebb and flow of energy in the body. Learn about horary points; where they are and when to use them. A pamphlet describes the exact points and times to use. Donation. 2 CEUs available; Fl and NCBTMB MTs. Naples. Register: Alvina: 732-266-5276. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to practitioners, general public. Learn about Reiki or deepen your practice. Listen to the body to regain body wisdom; experience a soothing hands-on treatment, practice meditation. Distant healing by request. Tea potluck. Contributions welcome. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Practice, Practice, Practice – 6:30-8pm. With Rev Michelle Love. Structured guidance is given to practice and explore natural spiritual abilities of prophecy, mediumistic communication and spiritual healing with students and others willing to receive.
Build spiritual contact and increase confidence. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Light-TheWay.com.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 Three-Day Body Cleanse and Lifestyle Retreat – Jan 29-31. Nutritional health screenings personalizes cleansing and build up formulas, monitored therapeutic hydrotherapy, health and cooking classes. Individualized suggested follow-up. Naples. 941-200-1028. Facebook.com/3DayBodyCleanse. Yin and Thai Yoga – 6-8pm. With Jamie Shane. Sink into deep yin style yoga poses as Shane works the magic of Thai massage. Release tension, root into yourself and let the day go. $45. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 Planet Mandala Workshop – Jan 30-31. With Mavis Gewant. Learn the role of colors and planets, how to use the Vedic Square to create mandalas and how to make a mandala based on your personal numerology. $125. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter. com. See ad, page 64. Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Become a Reiki practitioner. Heal self, support others. Reiki history, principles, energetic anatomy, healing vs curing, hand positions, attunements. $165. 12 FL CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMTs, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Grandparenting Survival Skills – 9am-noon. With Carol Marlow. Attendees will learn to: manage the stress of raising a second family; create systems to improve family communications; accept their new roles with confidence and renewed energy; develop strategies that promote positive behaviors and academic performance. $35; $14/optional lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Intuition Workshop – 9am-1pm. With Rev Michelle Love. Information about the natural role of intuition will be shared. Recognizing intuition and knowing what to do with it will be discussed. Techniques to engage and utilize intuition will be given. Symbolism and dreams will be touched upon. $75. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. RSVP by 1/29: 250-4710. Light-TheWay.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. Access Consciousness Energetic Face Lift Class – 10am-6pm. A non-evasive light touch energy transformation system that naturally lifts sagging skin, diminishes wrinkles and revives skin. People have reported permanent looking results after 20 sessions; learn this dynamic energy process for yourself in class. $250. Hampton Inn Naples Central, 3210 Tamiami Tr N. 305-331-7465. KristinaAston. AccessConsiousness.com.
Yoga for Osteoporosis – 12:30-2pm. A five-week series with Brittany Speakman, E-RYT. Learn how to safely and effectively increase your bone density through a series of strength building yoga poses. Handouts for home practice provided. Previous yoga experience or permission from teacher required. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995 or AHA@ AHolisticApproachCenter.com. Foam Rolling for Anyone with a Human Body – 1-3:30pm. With Danny Porcelli and Hanna Riley. Working with a foam roller, learn the basics of self-myofascial release. Foam rolling hydrates and mobilizes soft tissue structures to reinvigorate and support healthy range of motion and muscle tone. $55/drop-in or $50 by 1/29. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey.com/ naples-schedule.
plan ahead WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Sleep and Wellness – 5:30-7pm. Presentation with neurologist and sleep specialist Jose Colon, MD, MPH, on the effect of sleep disorders on neurocognitive function, weight management and occupational safety. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregistration required: 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Jean Shinoda Bolen Event Fundraiser – Feb 19-21. Compass for Activism on the Path with Heart. In-
cludes wine, tea and cheese reception. Lecture Friday night, Saturday workshop and lunch. Sunday temple Artemisia Healing Circle and light lunch (Bolen will not be present on Sun). $250. Happehatchee, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Proof of Heaven: Journey of Science, Spirit and Sound Workshop – 5pm, presentation and VIP reception. 7pm, workshop. With Eben Alexander, MD and best-selling author, and Karen Newell. VIP reception: $125 includes finger foods, refreshments and special seating; workshop only: $50/ticket. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity. org. See ad on page 65 and news brief on page 10. Brain Health for All Ages – 7pm. Live with Dr Bill Sears, who has been advising busy parents on raising healthier families for over 35 years and author of more than 30 bestselling books. Free. Embassy Suites, 10450 Corkscrew Commons Dr, Estero. 287-6254. Tickets: bit.ly/1LOKQlj. See ad, page 73.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Teacher Training Graduation Celebratory Class – 2-3:30pm. Special complimentary community class to celebrate our newest teacher training group. Experience the excitement of the participants as they co-teach a powerful class full of love and fun. Congratulate them on their accomplishment and share their joy. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey.com.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Mayhem and Bottle Rockets – 7-9pm. An evening of storytelling with Bil Lepp, King of the Tall Tale. International star of the storytelling world. Featured at the National Storytelling Festival in
Jonesborough, TN. Recipient of Storytelling Circle of Excellence Award. Five-time winner of the West Virginia’s Liars’ Contest. $15. Alliance For The Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Tickets: 939-2787. ArtInLee.org. See ad, page 73.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Holistic Holiday at Sea – Feb 27-Mar 5. Experience seven nights on the MSC Divina, one of the most ecologically friendly and elegant cruise liners on the seas. Bask in gracious Italian hospitality and service while enjoying inspiring lectures and vegan natural foods. Departs from Miami. 877-844-7977. HolisticHolidayAtSea.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23 The Total Health Retreat – Apr 23-30. Learn from leading scientists, medical authorities and chefs how and why to transition to a whole food, plant-based diet while having a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation. Keynote speakers: Dr T Colin Campbell and Dr Caldwell B Esselstyn. Gran Ventana Beach Resort, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. 800-439-1052. GlobalRoots.net. See ad on page 51 and news brief on page 21.
TUESDAY, MAY 31 Interconnectedness: the Soul of Holistic Nursing – May 31-Jun 5. The American Holistic Nurses Association 36th annual conference. Learn about holistic nursing practice, education and research from different types of healthcare and nursing experts. Workshops, speakers, networking and exhibitors. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Bonita Springs. Register: ahna.org/ conference/registration.
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Intuitive Consultations and Energy Healing – 11am-4pm. With Patrick Giordano. Psychic readings, mediumship, Reiki healing and sound therapy. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. 301-0655. Ashtanga Yoga: Full Primary Series – 11:30am. A set sequence of postures as taught by the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com.
daily 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.
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.
David Essel Alive – Get inspired. Join the archived national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra. Tune in 24/7 at DavidEssel.com. Guided Tour, Organic Lunch and Spa – MonFri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am and 2pm, guided tour, $15; 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Tue-Sun: organic spa by appointment. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Yoga in Nature – Tue-Sun. Multilevel yoga classes mornings and evenings. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Happehatchee.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. Silent Meditation – 10-11am. Meets weekly. Basic instruction on meditation postures and walking meditation for beginners the last Sunday of the month, 9-9:45am. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com.
Yoga – 7-8am. Gentle, all levels yoga class in the historic, utopian settlement of the Koreshans. $5 donation; free park admission. Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311.
Yoga in the Garden – 10-11am. With greenmonkey yoga. Practice in the great outdoors surrounded by beauty of the Naples Botanical Gardens on the Kapnick Caribbean lawn. $10/members; $20/nonmembers. 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. NaplesGarden.org.
Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311.
River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history habitat and habits. $55 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513.
Complimentary Community Yoga – 9am. 1st Sun. With Bobbie Lee. Special New Year format. Free. Tailor Made Fitness, 675 Piper Blvd, Ste 2, Naples. 777-0186. BLeeGruninger@comcast.net.
Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com.
Unity of Ft Myers – 9:15am & 11am services. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister. Susie Hulcher, music. Youth ministry. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org.
Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. Prayer and meditation with Rev Joyce Heist. Reading and discussion based on Basic Principles of the Science of Mind. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 516-909-7624.
Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone 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. Historic Koreshan Settlement Guided Tour – 10am. Walk the grounds of the utopian community that helped establish Estero. $2/adults, $1/children under six. Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. 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.
Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 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 – 7-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or just listen. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.
monday Pilates Reformer – 8am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499. Aerial Yoga/Pilates Reformer – 9am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499. Peaceful Mind Qigong – 9am. With Dave Kelley. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 825-7566. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
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. 455-6553. email@example.com. uunaples.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 – 10:30noon. 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. ‘Pinch’ of History – 11am. Koreshan bread recipes are prepared on historic Dutch oven and wood-
Mindful Movement for Everyone – 9:30-10:45am. With Dona Matera, MA. Qigong, yoga, walking meditation and conscious breathing. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Aerial Yoga/Pilates/Cadillac – 10am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499. Beachcombing and Shelling Lecture – Thru April. 10-11am. Join a Naturalist to learn why and what you find on the beach. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita. FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org. Yoga for Anxiety – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class for all levels. Calm your body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.com. Cooperative Caterpillar Kids Club – 4:305:30pm. With Jill Emmerich. Build social and communication skills. Practice getting along better with others, sharing, taking turns, following directions, healthy expression of emotions. Ages 4 and up. $20/drop-in or $60/four classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.com. Sunset Beach Yoga – 5-6pm. With Sue Rokela. Alllevels. Visit greenmonkey Facebook page for weather cancelations. $5 plus park entry fee. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. 11135 Gulfshore Dr, parking area 3, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Meryl Sykes. Vinyasa yoga class, no experience necessary. $20/class, $90/ five class pack, $150/10 class pack. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 646226-1471. Meryl@RouteYoga.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 Rosen. $195 plus materials ($30). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Yoga Nidra – 7pm. 2nd & 4th Mon. Guided meditation with John Francis. Based on the teachings of yogi Amrit Desai. Love offering. Unity of Naples Bookstore, 2000 Unity Way. 825-7441. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Guided Meditations – 7-8pm. With JoAnne Lawrence. Two guided meditations and a teaching on the way of inner peace. Chairs provided; BYO meditation cushion. $10/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Gurdjieff/Ouspensky Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org. Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 7-8:30pm. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Beginner’s Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. With Meryl Sykes. No experience necessary. $20/class, $90/ five-class pack, $150/ 10-class pack. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 646-226-1471. Meryl@routeyoga.com. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. email@example.com. Crystal Bowls Meditation Class – 7:30pm. With William Ward. A guided meditation with healing energies of the crystal and Tibetan bowls. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those who are in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.
tuesday 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. Hatha Yoga – 9am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Yoga for Strength and Flexibility – 9-10am. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle yoga that targets poses to build strength and flexibility for your body. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.com. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. 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. Empowered Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Discover the strength within through gentle movement and relaxation. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.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. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30pm. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn the importance of taking care of yourself, healthy ways to manage stress, relaxation techniques and the importance of connecting with other caregivers. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. 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 – 1-2pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Beach Yoga – 4:30pm. Open to all ages and levels. By donation. Located near the Naples pier. Info: Sarah: 825-0126. Register: GulfShoreYoga.com. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Relax, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 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. Guided Mindfulness Meditation – 6-6:45pm. With Madeline Ebelini, MA, RYT. By donation.
Yoga for Well-being – 9:30-10:45am. With Mary Cline Golbitz. 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: 405-1947. Exploring Coastal Estuaries – Thru April. 1011am. Naturalist guided walk explores unique coastal habitats. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. FriendsOfBareFootBeach.org. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Core Elations Pilates – 6:30pm. With Cara. Unify body, mind and spirit. Bring your own mat. Love donation. Genesis Non GMO Vitamins, 877 91st Ave, Ste 4, Naples. RSVP: 596-9017. Info@GenesisNonGMO.com. Yoga for Anxiety – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class for all levels. Calm your body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.com. 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. 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 and 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.
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. Emei Qigong – 11am-noon. With Melanie Hope. Slow, easy movements that cleanse, strengthen and balance. Harmonize organ and energy systems and realize many proven health benefits. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Intuitive Consultations and Energy Healing – 11am-4pm. With Patrick Giordano. Psychic readings, mediumship, Reiki healing and sound therapy. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. 301-0655. Focused Caterpillar Kids Yoga – 5-7pm. With Salima Silverman. Specialized yoga for caterpillars to improve focus and attention through self-control and appropriate release of energy. Ages 4 and up. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.com. Advanced Purna – 5:30-7:30pm. With Meredith Musick. With great yoga wall. Call for directions. Naples. RSVP: 269-8846. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church,
Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Meditation – 6pm. With Cici. Quiet mind; relaxed body. Practice conscious focusing; improve physical, mental, emotional health. Donation. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Ra-African Dance – 6pm. With Lulu Carter, queen mother of Torgome. Ultimate energy dance, fusion dance moves from Africa to Brazil. $12. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 and 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.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. 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. The Artist’s Way – 6:30pm. An ongoing study group for discovering your creative self, text by Julia Cameron. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Dennis: 608-345-2726. DennisChurch.com. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd floor, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. lllflorida.com. 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. Teen Power Hour – 7-8pm. With Juliana Grilo and Anna Hiller. Teens 13-18 can drop-in and practice with their friends and create new ones in this fun power practice taught by high school seniors and graduates of greenmonkey teacher training. Special $7/drop-in rate. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 5981938 or greenmonkey.com. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those who suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related
wednesday Pilates Reformer – 8am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499. Aerial Yoga/Pilates/Cadillac – 9am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499. 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 Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. 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.
behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. FamiliesAnonymous.org. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those who are in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.
thursday Gentle 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. Hatha Yoga – 9am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Qigong Movement and Relaxation – 9-10am. With Peggy Sealfon. Yoga, qigong and integrative relaxation (yoga nidra). $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.com. Coconut Point Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Through Apr 28. Offering local produce, cheese, fresh pasta, seafood, baked breads, meats, herbs, organic vegetables, plants, ready-to-eat meals, flowers, soaps, candles and more. 23106 Fashion Dr, Estero. BuyLocalLee.com. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Episcopal Lutheran Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Sally: 948-9162. World Fusion Dance – 9:30-10:45am. With Winnie Purple. A fun and exciting dance class that incorporates movements from different cultures around the world. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Beach Yoga – 11am. Open to all ages and levels. By donation. Located near the Naples pier. Info: Sarah: 825-0126. Register: GulfShoreYoga.com. Warrior2Warrior: Yoga for Veterans – 11amnoon. With Gary Granza and Keady Gonzalez. 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. Yoga on the Lawn – 4pm. $5/members, $8/nonmembers. The Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Info: Sarah: 825-0126. Register: GulfShoreYoga.com. Caterpillar Kids Club – 5-6pm. With rotating teachers. Develop healthy coping skills from an early age through the use of movement, breath, sound and relaxation. Ages 4 and up. $12/drop-in or $45/four classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.com. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. 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. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. $20/drop-in or $60/four weeks; client discount available. 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. Meditation and Dharma Discussion – 7-8pm. Silent seated and walking meditation followed by open dharma discussion based on presented topic. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. A self-healing system using conscious breath work. $20/drop-in. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Spiritual Connection Guided Meditation and Messages – 7-9pm. With Candyce Strafford, psychic/medium. Connect to your higher consciousness,
feel yourself grow and receive a message from your guides/angels. Love offering. Naples. 949-3387.
friday Hatha Yoga – 9am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle movement and meditation aided by the naturally therapeutic and serene sounds and sensations of the outdoors. Donation. Lowdermilk Beach, Naples. Monarch Wellness: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. 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. Beachcombing and Shelling Lecture – Thru April. 10-11am. Join a Naturalist to learn why and what you find on the beach. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita. FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org. Happehatchee Volunteer Day – 10am-4pm. Lend a hand with organic gardening, painting. Share vegetarian/vegan potluck lunches. Meditate in the serenity of the center. Free tours. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Ashtanga Yoga Basics – 10:45-11:45am. All levels, modifications offered. Based on the teachings of the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.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. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Women only. 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, E-RYT. Breath work, mindful meditations, stretches and balance work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and Reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3:30-6:30pm. 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.
– 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947.
trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market.
Slow Flow Glow Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Amy Voelkl. A candlelit slow flow restorative class designed to warm your body, stretch your muscles and deepen your breath. $20/drop-in; regular class packages apply. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 5981938 or greenmonkey.com.
Lecture Series – Thru April 11. 10-11am. Topics from native plants or animals to photography or exotic plants. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Bch Blvd, Bonita Springs. Schedule: FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org.
Happehatchee Volunteer Day – 10am-4pm. Lend a hand with organic gardening, painting. Share vegetarian/vegan potluck lunches. Meditate in the serenity of the center. Free tours. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.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.
Postnatal Yoga – 10-11am. With Meryl Sykes. Vinyasa yoga class, no experience necessary. $20/ class, $20/five class pack, $150/10 class pack. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. Preregistration required: 646-226-1471. Meryl@ routeyoga.com.
Eckhart Tolle Meditation Group – 2:30pm. Meets 1/16 & 1/30. DVDs, CDs and discussion. Free. Unitarian/Universalist Church, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 249-6916.
Mantra Sound Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Fri. With Johnny Freedom and Isabel Silva. Evening includes kirtan, devotional call and response signing, with crystal singing bowls meditation. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Bonita Springs Drum Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Everyone welcome; kids, dogs, the whole family. Drum, dance, hoop, have fun. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Facebook Page: Drum Circle of Bonita Springs.
saturday Yoga on the Lawn – 7:45am. $5/members, $8/nonmembers. The Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Info: Sarah: 825-0126. Register: GulfShoreYoga.com. Aerial Yoga – 9am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499. Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. firstname.lastname@example.org. Complimentary Boot Camp Class – 9am. 1st Sat. With Dave Kunes. Special New Year format. Tailor Made Fitness, 675 Piper Blvd, Ste 2, Naples. RSVP: 412-779-6176 or KunesDave@gmail.com. Guided Nature Walk – Thru April. 9-10am. Free. Naturalist walk through maritime forest and coastal strand. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org. Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. ArtInLee.org. Pilates Mat – 9:30am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499. Yoga for You – 9:30-10:30am. 1st & 3rd Sat. With Michelle Falco and Peggy Sealfon. Gentle class for all levels. Connect to the joy and beauty of your true self through mindful movement and increased self-awareness. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Aerial Yoga – 10am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499. 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. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps
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. 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
Happehatchee Drum Circle – 4-5:30pm. 1st Sat. With Marc Wagner. All levels welcome. Bring your drums and shakers. $15 suggested donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Multi-Level Gentle Yoga – 4:30pm. With Sarah, Yoga Therapist. Pranayama, deep stretching; flow through gentle asanas. Therapeutic Bodywork Center of Ft Myers, 6202 Presidential Ct, Ste B. Info: Sarah: 825-0126. Preregistration required: GulfshoreYoga.com.
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ACUPUNCTURE/ORIENTAL MEDICINE Dr. Arthur Teubner, AP, DOM 5th Ave, Naples • 239-451-3282 ArthurTeubner.com
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ACUPUNCTURE/PSYCHOTHERAPY John E. Patton, Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Licensed Mental Health Counselor 1063-1065 Fifth Ave N, Naples 239-262-6828
Specialty: acupuncture, psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, meditation—wellness through maintenance and prevention. Indigestion, hormone imbalance, pain, headaches, anxiety, depression, detoxification. AP488/MH2616.
Rosemary Harris, Lic. Acupuncture Physician Complete Well-Being Center 684 Goodlette Rd N, Naples 34102 239-404-0648 We combine modern medicine with the wisdom of ancient healing utilizing acupuncture, auricular therapy, herbal medicine, cupping, dietary therapy, electrical acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, a therapeutic massage chair and cold laser pain therapy. “We treat you like family!”
ACUPUNCTURE CARE OF NAPLES Charles Caccamesi, Acupuncture Physician, DOM 501 Goodlette Rd N, Unit D100, Naples 239-877-2531
New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 25 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 28.
ACUPUNCTURE CENTER OF NAPLES Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP, OMD (China) 5683 Naples Blvd, Naples 34109 P: 239-513-9232 • F: 239-513-9293 Drcenacupuncture@gmail.com
Licensed acupuncture physician with 28 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Experienced in pain management, women’s health, insomnia, migraines, digestion issues and much more. See ad, page 32.
DR. ROBERT MURDOCH, BOARDCERTIFIED ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers, 33908 239-433-5995
An acupuncture physician since 1986, Dr. Murdoch has devoted his life to helping people recover from mild and severe injury and illness. Also utilizing functional medicine, he has worked in hospitals and has treated patients of all ages and states of health. In addition to television and radio appearances, Dr. Murdoch has authored three books and has been published in the British Medical Journal, Red Flags, and Acupuncture Today. See ad, page 59.
PHYLLIS C. WEBER, AP
Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples & Ft Myers Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 14.
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE DR JOEL YING, MD
2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 • JoyHealthWellness.com Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. Yoga, tai chi, meditation classes.
AYURVEDA CHRISTINA CARLIN, AYURVEDIC PRACTITIONER
Ayurveda Clinic, Massage & Yoga Therapy 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd N, Ste A107, Naples, 34102 • 239-450-6903 Practicing holistic medicine since 1987. Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, specializing in highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle consultations, Massage and individual Yoga sessions for chronic and acute problems. Pancha Karma, Shirodhara and skin care. Ayurveda and Yoga Study program available. MA0023929, MM0008584, FB0716888. See ad, page 6.
BIOFEEDBACK FIREFLY WITHIN, LLC
Karin S Wolfe, CBS 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs 239-980-3257 • FireflyWithin.com FireflyBiofeedback@gmail.com Certified Biofeedback Specialist by the Natural Therapies Certification Board. Testing nearly 7,000 patterns in your body, mind and spirit, and providing energy to the most imbalanced areas creating a space for healing. A consultation and report is provided with each session. CBS#5563.
BODYWORK LAURA BARNES
Certified Advanced Rolfer™ Member – The Rolf Institute, since 1995 Board-Certified Structural Integrator 2335 Tamiami Tr N, #206, Naples 239-825-8555 You can stand straighter, breathe deeply, move more easily with Rolfing®. Injuries, repetitive strain, even favorite sports and hobbies can create chronic tightness and pain; Rolfing unwinds patterns of pain and restriction. Call for free initial consultation and brief sample of the technique. MA32084/MM29763.
CORRECTIVE BODY THERAPY, LLC 2575 Northbrooke Plaza Dr, Ste 204 Naples 34119 • 239-596-7756 CorrectiveBodyTherapy.com
We realign body posture through the use of therapeutic services including Structural Integration, massage and CPT. Visit us online for more details! MM34131, MA62926, MA77112.
FEET FIRST REFLEXOLOGY Mary Ann Mugaas, NCR 5051 Castello Dr, Naples 261-8833
Reflexology is a natural system of relaxation based on the principles that the body is reflected on the feet. The application of pressure to these areas promotes circulation, balance and relaxation. Nationally certified. Practicing since 1986. MA24479, MM8962.
HOLISTIC HEALING ARTS Est. 1991 Alvina Quatrano, LMT FL MA 50896 For Info or Appt: 732-266-5276 TheArtOfHolisticMassage.com
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ROLFED IN PARADISE, INC.
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PAULA TERRY, LMT
THE GREENER CLEENER, LLC
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STUART WRIGHT, ND
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COLON THERAPY CLEANSING SPRINGS INC.
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C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • RobynBerry.com
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Healing People & Animals since 2005 MaureenSanders.com • TheHorseShaman.com 239-253-9008 Opening the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved to bring forth wellness, joy and spiritual growth.
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9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 BonitaDentalStudio.com Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 43.
ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER HAPPEHATCHEE ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 • Happehatchee.org
A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature Tuesdays through Sundays, drumming lessons and healing circles. Peace Pavilion and meeting rooms are available to rent for ceremonies and events.
ENERGY HEALING CORE STAR – JIM CRABTREE CoreStarEnergyHealing.com 239-597-7372
Graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Jim has conducted more than 9,000 healing sessions, using many techniques to help restructure the energy body and restore health.
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EYE CARE DR. MARC A. GORDON, OD
Night Owl Vision Associates, PA Inside Super Target by I-75 & Immokalee Rd Appointments: 239-514-4715 Having graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in 2006, I have been providing quality eye care for almost 10 years. See better and live better! Our office takes walk-ins and appointments. Many insurances accepted. FL License: OPC4132. See ad, page 23.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE HUGHES CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE Pamela Hughes, D.O. 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 • HughesCenterNaples.com
Honored to continue the traditions of the retiring Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Hughes, through functional diagnostic medicine and a comprehensive patient-specific approach, will provide adults and children the tools to restore normal body function by locating the root source of their illness or symptoms. See ad, page 87.
ZORAYDA “JIJI” TORRES, MD, ABIHM, IFMCP
Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine Office: 239-444-5636 • UpstreamMD.com Dr. Torres is a board-certified internist with over 17 years of experience and knows the limitations of conventional internal medicine. She is among the few Certified Practitioner M.D.s, trained by the Institute For Functional Medicine. See ad, page 7.
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 46.
HEALTHY DINING FOOD & THOUGHT ORGANIC FARM MARKET & CAFÉ
2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • FoodAndThought.com Open Mon-Sat 7am-8pm. Florida’s only 100% organic market and café. Fresh produce delivered daily. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. See ad, page 10.
KITCHEN41 HEALTHY FOOD
Dine-in/Take-Out/Catering 2500 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 111, Naples 239-263-8009 • Kitchen41.com Homemade, healthy food cooked Sous-Vide, from scratch without any fat or preservatives. Everything gluten-free! Open Mon-Sat 4-9pm. See ad, page 66.
141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • WynnsOnline.com Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 27.
Certified teacher and licensed practitioner offering classes and individual healing sessions inperson or distance: ThetaHealing®, Esoteric Healing ® , Seraphim Blueprint ® , Reiki, Axiatonal Alignments.
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HOLISTIC CENTER AHA! A HOLISTIC APPROACH CENTER 15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com
Come heal with us! From Iyengar and Alignment yoga to Quantum Energetics, CranioSacral Therapy, Rapid Tr a u m a R e s o l u t i o n a n d Acupuncture, we can help. See ad, page 59.
EYES WIDE OPEN CENTER
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Stes 202-204 239-948-9444 • EyesWideOpenC.com Regain Body Wisdom! Looking to eat healthier, reduce stress, recover joy, find purpose in life? Come for counseling & art therapy (individuals, couples & families); Nutrition Education; Medical QiGong; Trager Approach®, Massage, Reflexology; Reiki classes & sessions, and free Reiki circles on 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. CEUs. Call ahead. MM21921.
HYPNOTHERAPY CONCERNED HEALTH ALTERNATIVES Lynn D. Thomas, RN, CHt, Director Certified Medical Clinical Hypnotherapist & Energy Practitioner 239-494-1363 • HypnosisBasics.com
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 74.
DOROTHY RODWELL, CLINICAL PSYCHOTHERAPIST
AHA! A Holistic Approach 15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 Forget everything you ever learned about dieting and lose weight naturally with the Virtual Gastric Band. This extremely simple but effective nonsurgical technique works by harnessing the power you hold within yourself to change your life. Flick the switch in your brain and you can stop cravings and change your attitude towards food! See ad, page 59.
LIFE COACH/PERSONAL GROWTH TMC PRODUCTIONS
10251 Metro Pkwy, #121, Ft Myers 33966 239-939-4769 • tmc4.com We offer life coaching and personal growth courses for self awareness, breakthrough, leadership, couples or parenting. Free vision workshops monthly, call for dates. Since 1992. See ad, page 60.
LOCALLY-GROWN PRODUCE 31 PRODUCE
18672 SR 31, Alva, FL 33920 239-313-8213 • 31Produce.com Family owned U-Pick Farm. Open all year-round from 9am5:30pm everyday! Farmers’ Market selling our produce along with local farms produce and local artist crafts, crystals and furniture. See ad, page 61.
MEDICAL SPA ASSUAGE SPA
9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • AssuageCenters.com The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 21.
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NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET ADA’S NATURAL MARKET
7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 AdasMarket.com Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market- prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 54.
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 75.
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D-SIGNED NUTRITION, LLC
Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • 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 27.
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NUTRITION SPECIALISTS OF FLORIDA 28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 • DoctorGendron.com
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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.
PHYSICAL THERAPY Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D InnerConnectionsPT.com Naples: 239-398-3154
REALTOR 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!
TARYN KEAN, CCT LEVEL III
Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging 9148 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 202 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239-949-2011 • ThermalClinic.com
Thermography is a non-invasive, painless and radiation-free procedure that can detect abnormal physiology throughout the entire body. It is a screening test used globally in the evaluation of breast health by marking indicators and risk factors for the development or existence of cancer. Early detection and treatment are the keys to better health. Owner Taryn Kean is also an instructor for the American College of Clinical Thermology. See ad, page 61.
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ThetaHealing Instructor, Medium Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers • 239-599-4700 ConnectWithTheLight.com Diana is a medical intuitive, medium and healer who specializes in ThetaHealing. She clears hauntings for people and locations. Available by phone or in person.
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.
Certified Theta Healer, Reiki Master, Yoga Teacher • 863-608-0668 TenpennyK@yahoo.com KristenTenpenny.com Empowering you through powerful insight given in a theta brain state to free you from blocks or limitations to experience your highest life possible. See ad, page 23.
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 43.
VIVASANA YOGA EDUCATION & WELLNESS
Teacher Training/CEs/Privates/Corporate Vivasana.net • 239-444-8160 We balance ancient wisdom with modern research to create psychologically informed teacher trainings, CEs, private sessions and workshops designed for deep, physical and emotional transformation. See ad, page 20.
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