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letterfrompublisher A Colorful New Year

When I first met with feng shui consultant Linda Mundt for an introductory session at my home, I wondered what her personal questions about every area of my life had to do with painting walls. As we walked through my house looking at beige everywhere, I observed that it felt a bit boring but “comfortable.” Linda concluded that I needed to reintroduce more passion into my daily life. With thoughtful and intuitive responses to my answers, this color magician worked up a score of new colors for my life that I’d never considered. A core principle of feng shui holds that our home mirrors what’s happening within us. Its purpose is to align our environment with who we are and where we want to go next. Linda’s questions helped me realize how a heavy workload had taken over my life. I was also grieving personal losses and needed extra nurturing. I welcomed the help in getting out of own way; from being boxed in by the past and feeling unbalanced. As I explored this Chinese art of placement and use of the elements wood, fire, earth, metal and water to facilitate the flow of qi, or energy, I became excited by the idea of better harmonizing my personal energy with my home’s energy and experiencing the results. Yet, once the painters started, I felt unsettled and even agitated as beige living room walls yielded to vibrant oranges. Something unknown stirred within, and for a while I felt twinges of regret, wondering, “What have I done?” I’d allowed myself to color outside the lines of my old life. Gradually, I began shifting my perspective and embracing the unexpected colors spread throughout my house, opening myself to see how they might nurture and support me going forward. Then life started changing. The following year yielded hoorays for more playtime, new relationships, better balance and fresh passion. Linda has since guided me in coloring three other homes and two Natural Awakenings offices. Each new space and cycle in my life has called for its own combination of colors, its distinctive energy seeking expression. What fun! Linda shared more feng shui tips for positioning furniture, using plants and clearing clutter. I’m now more careful about what I bring into my home and how I maintain it. I’ve discovered that everything has energy and we can help guide its movement to flow more freely. Visitors often comment how good they feel in my home. After a couple of my friends painted their houses white recently, I asked Linda about this trend and it’s long-term effect. Read her response on page 42. What’s your dream for getting unstuck in the new year? I encourage you to color outside the lines in new ways. You’ll find great resources in this issue for taking small and bold steps for recreating yourself in 2017. Whether you start by painting an accent wall, taking a new class or losing weight and running a marathon, we’re here to support you in living your passion and inspiring others to live theirs. Happy New Year,

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newsbriefs Crown of Eternity to Perform at Happehatchee Center

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s part of their national tour, Crown of Eternity will perform a Sound Journey from 6 to 8 p.m., January 28, in the Peace Pavilion at the Happehatchee Center, in Estero. The group has played their multiple gongs, bells and singing bowls at Sat Nam Fest, Bhakti Fest, the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and many yoga studios and wellness centers throughout the country. The event includes a brief introduction, pranayama and an extended relaxation, followed by a closing meditation. While attendees are in relaxed positions, Mike Tamburo plays the gongs and bells while Gallina Tamburo walks the space and plays the singing bowls on each attendee’s body for a few minutes, creating a deeply rejuvenating vibrational experience. Tickets: $20 in advance for Happehatchee members or $25 at the door. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information or to register, call 239992-5455, email Happehatchee@gmail.com or visit Happehatchee.org.

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he first SWFL Veg Fest, a free event that highlights the health, animal welfare and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 29, at Centennial Park, in downtown Fort Myers. Featured speakers include Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study ; Dr. Hans Diehl, founder of the Complete Health Improvement Program; and Nelson Campbell, producer/director of the movie Plant Pure Nation. Hosted by APlantBasedDiet.org, the event will raise awareness and advocacy for the use of food as medicine. Attendees can peruse vendors, animal rescues, food and entertainment. Plant-Powered Movement, a 5K and fun walk, will begin at 8 a.m. Location: 2000 W. First St. For more information, email Info@swflVegFest.org or visit swflVegFest.org. See ad, page 57.

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Ultrasound Scans Added at Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging

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outhwest Medical Thermal Imaging, in Bonita Springs, has added breast ultrasound to the thermography services it provides. As another avenue for breast screening and early detection without invasive testing or radiation, this combination of physiology testing (thermography) and structural testing (ultrasound) can result in increased detection rates compared with either test on its own. No prescription is required for the affordable ultrasound scans performed by a certified ultrasound technologist. Studies will be interpreted by holistically minded, Board-Certified Diagnostic Radiologist and Breast Imaging Specialist Thomas Hudson. If there is a positive result, a consultation with him will be provided at no additional charge. “We have always educated our clients on the importance of regular thermal screening combined with structural testing,” says Taryn Kean, a level III certified clinical thermographer. “While we have had the thermography part covered, where to send clients for ultrasound has always been the question that hasn’t been easily answered. The addition of ultrasound to our center is the perfect fit.” Location: 9148 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 202. For more information or an appointment, call 239-949-2011, email Taryn@ThermalClinic.com or visit ThermalClinic.com. See ad, page 63.

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newsbriefs New Stem Cell Treatment in Miami

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he Center for Regenerative Medicine, based in Miami, is offering a new, cutting-edge treatment for patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, as well as stroke patients. As one of the few practices in the U.S. now utilizing patients’ own stem cells, the center reports seeing improvements in and reversals of many debilitating symptoms related to these conditions, including loss of memory, language, focus and attention, visual perception, reasoning, judgment and mood. The center has been using stem cell therapy and techniques with other nonsurgical procedures for more than 17 years, enabling thousands of athletes, dancers and others from all over the world to experience pain relief and recovery from sports injuries and lessen the effects of arthritis and osteoarthritis, along with other benefits. Cost: Free phone consultation for Natural Awakenings readers. Location: 1001 NE 125 St. For more information or an appointment, call 305-866-8384 or visit ArthritisUSA.net. See ad, page 29.

Storytelling Event Comes to Alliance for the Arts

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recounting narratives that include personal stories, folktales, fractured fairytales and tall tales, was first held last April to a sold-out audience at the Sugden Theatre, in Naples. Performances will include, “What’s in a Name,” by Tashahara Jallad, “Left Behind,” by Rhonda Brazina, “Billy the Best Friend,” by Dr. Joel Ying, “The Talking Dog,” by Dwight Elam, “The New School Mascot,” by Lisa Leonhardt and “Martina the Beautiful Cockroach,” by Marilyn Graham. Tickets are $15. Location: 10091 McGregor Blvd. For more information or tickets, call 239-939-2787, email StorytellersRT@ gmail.com or visit ArtInLee.org. See ad, page 30.

Pelletiere Family Chiropractic Hosts Open House at New Location

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elletiere Family Chiropractic will host an Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 21, to celebrate its new location at 3411 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 302, in Bonita Springs. Attendees can take advantage of speMichele Pelletiere cial offers, meet Dr. Michele Pelletiere, enjoy chair massage and reconnective healing sessions with Licensed Massage Therapist Cathy Curtis and experience ear acupuncture with Lim Bee Lan. Refreshments will be served. For more information or an appointment, call 239-949-1222, email MichelePelletiere@gmail.com or visit BackToWell Being.com.

Zephyrhills Doctor Offers Tips on Reversing Macular Degeneration

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r. Edward Kondrot, a boardcertified ophthalmologist with Healing The Eye Wellness Center, in Zephyrhills, is presenting three events focused on helping to reverse macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. He will host the Kondrot Eye Program from January 17 to 20, the Stem Cell Program Edward Kondrot on January 19 and 20 and Get Started with Microcurrent on January 23 and 24, all from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A free report on recent and ongoing studies and findings is available from The Eye Wellness Center for those that cannot attend. Kondrot has written seven books on eye diseases and sees his work as a way to help prevent further blindness. Location: 40122 Mason Rd. For more information, call 800430-9328, email Info@HealingTheEye.com or visit StemCell Special.org or NationalEyeReport.org. See ad, page 48. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Grand Reopening and New Name and Location for Local Spa

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fter serving clients for 10 years as Trim and Tone Spa, the business has changed its name to Trim & Tone Med Spa and moved. To celebrate, a Grand Reopening event will take place from 3 to 7 p.m., January 25, at the new location, 13020 Livingston Road, Unit 16, Shelle Misiorowski in the Marquese Plaza, in Naples. Attendees can meet Medical Director Dr. Emilia Murray and new Medical Aesthetician Alana Weaver. Special discounts are available and visitors can learn about owner Shelle Misiorowski’s upgraded and new services like the award-winning Exilis Ultra Body contouring and skin tightening laser. She is the first and only provider of this service on Florida’s west coast. Murray is a concierge internist and has also been trained and certified in Botox and filler injections. Misiorowski and Weaver are trained and certified laser technicians. For more information or an appointment, call 239-5965522, email TrimAndToneSpa@gmail.com or visit TrimAndToneSpa.com. See ad, page 15.

Monarch Wellness Opens Satellite Office in Naples

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he integrative team of Monarch Wellness has opened a second location in Naples to better serve the entire Collier County community. Providing private counseling and wellness programs by appointment, the office is located at 12264 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 202, in the Equestrian Professional Center. Several licensed therapists are available at both locations. In addition to ongoing classes and private sessions, professional counseling, wellness classes and groups for all ages, the main location will present a monthly workshop with Wellness Coach Peggy Sealfon from 6:30 to 8 p.m., January 4. Topics include ways to stretch New Year’s resolutions to setting intentions that can last a lifetime and experiential exercises to support understanding and provide an ideal way to begin to attain them. Main location: 843 Myrtle Terr. For more information or to register (required), call 239-231-3208 or visit Monarch Wellness.net. See ad, page 32.

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newsbriefs Raw Hair Organics Hosts Salon Celebration

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aw Hair Organics will host a Salon Celebration: Health and Beauty Extravaganza from 3 to 6 p.m., January 22, at its Naples location. Participants can experience organic products, enjoy free giveaways, prize drawings and organic foods and wines; peruse handmade items and learn about healthier lifestyle options from noted speaker and writer Brenda Newberry, the author of Navigating Your Landscape: Finding Your Path Using a Manual Compass. Newberry, who has also appeared in many magazines including BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur and Inc. 500, along with authoring several books, will discuss her inspirational journey in overcoming stage 4 tongue cancer and provide advice on dealing with life’s challenges. Location: 2940 Immokalee Rd. For more information, call 239-597-0939. See ad, page 41.

New Weight-Loss Program at AHA! in Fort Myers

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orothy Rodwell, a licensed marriage family counselor, certified psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, is now providing the virtual gastric band Dorothy Rodwell (VGB), a simple weight-loss program pioneered in the UK by renowned hypnotherapist Sheila Granger at AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, in Fort Myers. Clients can take advantage of Rodwell’s New Year’s special and purchase a four-week program of this non-surgical technique that uses the power of hypnosis to retrain individuals to be satisfied with less food for the discounted price of $400. VGB allows clients to eat what they want in smaller portions without feeling deprived, miserable or hungry. Safe and effective, this program provides a long-term solution to weight issues. Participants report looking at food with a new perspective. Rodwell has been practicing since 2003 and introduced VGB into her practice in January 2015 after being certified in VGB with Granger. Location: 15971 McGregor Blvd. For more information or an appointment, call Rodwell at 239-851-7166 or AHA! at 239-433-5995, email DRodwell@ EmbarqMail.com or AHA@AHolistic ApproachCenter.com, or visit AHolistic ApproachCenter.com. See ad, page 11.

Journey Beyond Words Class Offered in Fort Myers

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in Miracles book, at 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., January 10, at the Parker Lakes Grove subdivision, in Fort Myers. The study continues on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. “As you begin to experience A Course in Miracles, you will find yourself entering a new world of unchangeable love, unshakable peace and childlike joy—a world of absolute freedom and peace,” says Bronson, who represents the Universal Heart Leadership’s Personal Growth and Self-Actualization program. “All it takes to enter that world is your own willingness to reconsider, to challenge every belief you now hold,” she adds. “Advanced or novice, come home to your inner, pure self-awareness beyond fear and doubt, aligned with your higher self or divine blueprint.” Cost: $25 per session; $47 for two sessions; $125 for six sessions. Location: 14651 Lake Olive Dr. For more information or to register, call Deb Martin at 303-929-4972.

Hoch Launches Third Year with Special Offer

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o kick off her third year of practicing locally, Dr. Christine Hoch, of Fort Myers Chiropractic Studio, is offering a $50 discount to all new patients that mention Natural Awakenings. Originally from the Chicago area, the chiropractor, acupuncturist and functional medicine practitioner has been helping patients through natural healing methods since 1993. “Anything more than a 10-minute wait to see your doctor for a scheduled appointment is too long,” she says. “If you feel rushed with your doctor and unable to ask the important questions about your health, your time is too valuable to wait weeks for an appointment and then spend an hour or more in the waiting room, or if you’re looking for handson care that doesn’t involve more medications, then my practice is a great fit.” She adds that patients sometimes need access to physicians outside of the office to answer questions or to reinforce what was previously established. “I understand that things come up from time to time, and an appointment may need to be changed. A phone call isn’t always the best option either, so my staff and I are available via text and email, as well.” Location: 8971 Daniels Center Dr., Ste. 304. For more information or an appointment, call 239-243-8735, email DrHoch@FortMyersChiroStudio.com or visit FortMyers ChiroStudio.com. See ad, page 14.

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newsbriefs Special Offer at Awakening Through Synergy Assuage Spa Luxury wakening Through Synergy, in North Naples, is offering Offers Specials A therapeutic and Thai massages, as well as yoga therapy on Ultherapy sessions, at the discounted rate of $65 for one hour and $90 for 90 minutes for new clients between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays through February 14. These sessions, along with ongoing $10 donation yoga classes and workshops in yin, hatha, restorative, gentle and therapeutics, will be held in a new healing arts area within the business’s original space. Yoga classes take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Jennifer Colucci Thursdays and Fridays and at 5:30 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday. Crystal Bowl and Kunda-Flow Gong bath workshops are offered monthly. Owner Jennifer Colucci, a licensed massage therapist and a registered yoga teacher-200, has been practicing massage for 20 years and teaching yoga for almost five. Location: 1084 Business Ln., off of Collier Center Way and Old 41. For more information or an appointment, call 239-529-7582, email AwakeningThrough Synergy@gmail.com or visit AwakeningThroughSynergy.com.

Unity of Naples to Screen 12 Powers Movie

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nity of Naples will show the 12 Powers movie at 7 p.m., January 20. Charles Fillmore’s spiritual classic The Twelve Powers of Man comes to life in this exciting documentary directed by New York Times bestselling author and award-winning filmmaker James Twyman.  More than 30 well-known Unity ministers share their insights on each of the powers, including Rev. Ed Townley, who also produced the film. The movie follows Twyman as he James Twyman travels to Syria to host a synchronized meditation that millions of people from around the world participated in on February 1, 2016. This is the first of three films Twyman is producing for Unity over the next several years. The series is entitled A Sound Called Unity. The next will be based on the Five Basic Principles of Unity and nearly every Unity church worldwide will host the films. Tickets: $10. Location: 2000 Unity Way. For more information or tickets, call 239775-3009 or visit NaplesUnity.org. See ad, page 46.

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ssuage Spa Luxury, in Naples and Fort Myers, is offering reduced prices for ultherapy treatments, a non-invasive procedure that uses focused Before Ultherapy ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production and lift skin on the neck, under the chin and on eyebrows. Now also U.S. Food and Drug Administration-cleared to improve the After Ultherapy appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage, ultherapy is being provided at $500 off full face, $350 off neck and décolletage combination, and $250 off lower face regular treatments. Delivering focused ultrasound to the skin’s foundational layer without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin with toxins or needles jumpstarts regeneration to build new collagen for a fresher, more youthful appearance without the risks associated with more invasive procedures. Some patients see an initial effect right after their treatment and the best results appear over two to three months as new collagen works to lift, tighten and smooth skin. While ultherapy won’t duplicate the results of a facelift, it is an option for those not ready for surgery, as well as those wishing to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery. Locations: 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 1, Naples; 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C., Fort Myers. For more information or an appointment, call 239-333-1450. See ad, page 34.

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newsbriefs Skinny Pantry Hosts Award-Winning Author for Weight-Loss Course

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K Mueller, author of the award-winning Eight to Your Ideal Weight book, will lead a four-week course on how to get off sugar, lose weight and feel and look younger, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning January 10 and the next three Tuesdays of the month at the Skinny Pantry, in Fort Myers. An online course is also available beginning January 15. Mueller, who recently relocated to our area, has given keynote addresses to many Fortune 500 companies worldwide and her five other books have won Best Self-Help Book of the Year awards several times. “My books are about an eight-step happiness formula that works like a roadmap,” she says. “When I realized that sugar was keeping me from fully working my own process, I got serious, learned how to stop sweet cravings for good, and then had to share this good news with the world.”   She classifies her weight-loss program as “simple and easy: no pills, no counting calories or points and no shakes or special foods. Because of that, it is a program for life. Once you’re on it, you’ll never want to go off.”

Cost is $97 per person; includes take-home material. Location: 14261 S. Tamiami Tr. For more information or to register (recommended), call 239-935-5093. For online course information, call 402-212-3033, email info@8ToGreat.com or visit 8ToYourIdealWeight.com. See ad, page 24.

Self-Discovery Workshops and Sessions with Chandran

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ae Chandran will provide private, onehour channeling sessions from January 11 to 13 in Naples and lead three other events, including a free introducRae Chandran tory lecture to DNA Activation workshops from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., January 13; DNA Level I: Activation of Our DNA from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m., January 14; and DNA Level II from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m., January 15, all at Unity Church of Bonita Springs. For more than 30 years, Chandran has taught workshops of self-discovery in Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai, India and Vietnam and led people to power spots and vortexes in countries such as Egypt, Israel, Greece and Morocco. The author of DNA of the Spirit and Partnering with Angels and a regular writer for Sedona Journal magazine, Chandran has channeled more than 400 symbols for healing and transformation. Through these tones, he facilitates shifts in DNA to manifest higher frequencies that help participants achieve their life’s purpose. Chandran is also hosting small group tours to Egypt from April 1 to 10, and to Israel in July. Cost: $250 for private sessions. Workshop prices are $250 for Jan. 14 and $400 for Jan. 15. Location: 28285 Imperial Pkwy. For more information or to register, call 239-340-1036 or email PanguSWF@gmail.com. See ad, page 25.

Bell Products Now Sporting New Helpful Packaging

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ell Lifestyle Products Inc., in South Haven, Michigan, which offers 60 natural health products in 10 different categories, is rolling out new, color-coded

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packaging for their dietary supplements lines. Each color designates the wellness category of the product and features a more distinctive and appealing look. The new packaging displays an image of the predominant herb that gives each formulation its uniqueness and describes the product benefits and the Bell Lifestyle money-back guarantee prominently. Customers can see all of the new color codes and packaging features across Bell Lifestyle’s website and catalog. Now sold in more than 80 countries, Bell Lifestyle Products has been selling quality natural supplements since 1996. For more information, call 800-3337995, email Info@BellLifestyle.com or visit BellLifestyle.com. See ad, page 66.

Gluten-Free Cooking Classes at The Good Life

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aurie Richardone, founder of LR Kitchen, will present A Taste for All Seasons cooking classes at 6 p.m., January 13, 18 and 27, at The Good Life, in Naples. Specializing in Laurie seasonal gluten-free Richardone cookery, along with traditional cooking, she will discuss creative and healthful culinary arts with participants. Richardone contends that glutenfree diets can promote many health benefits, including increased energy, improved cholesterol levels and digestion. Born into a family of restaurateurs, she has been exploring gluten-free cooking techniques and recipes for many years. A former cooking teacher in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Richardone is now a private chef and is currently writing a seasonal glutenfree cookbook. Location: 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste. 176. For more information or to register, call 239-514-4663. For more information on private classes or special dinners, call 239-302-6972 or email Laurie@LRModernAlchemy.com. See ad, page 27.

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newsbriefs Classes and Movie Screening at Wellbridges Health Center

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ellbridges Health Center, in Bonita Springs, is conducting Cleaning Up the Holidays and Starting the New Year Healthy, a series of classes held in four weekly sessions beginning at 6:30 p.m., January 17, and at 10 a.m., January 21. Participants can choose which date and time best suits their schedules for this class, which teaches them how to clean up both themselves and their environment. Topics include supplemental support, improving alertness, reducing belly fat and bloating, clearing the skin and helping participants wake up refreshed. In addition, the center will host a free screening of Vaxxed: From Cover Up to Catastrophe, a movie presented by InnerEssence that features Dr. Andrew Wakefield and Del Bigtree, at 7 p.m., January 25. The film, which was removed from viewing by the Tribeca Film Festival, explores the vaccine debate and fraud accusations against the Centers for Disease Control, the measles mumps rubella vaccine controversy and the power of Big Pharma. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213. For more information or to RSVP for movie by Jan. 23 (requested), call 239-481-5600 or 239-777-4647, email DebPost@DebPost. com or Evie@InnerEssenceHealth.com, or visit DebPost.com. See ad, page 51.

National Speaker Addresses Healing a Divided Nation

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aryl Walters, a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship and an interfaith activist, will present her free inspirational and practical lecture, After an Election: Healing and Unifying Power of Divine Love, at 2 p.m. on January 15 at the Christian Science Society of Bonita Springs. The 40-plusyear practitioner of Christian Science healing helps solve Maryl Walters personal and national problems through talks and workshops across North America and writing for the Christian Science Sentinel and the Christian Science Monitor. “We look forward to learning how prayer can be powerful and effective in healing divisions and bringing families and communities together,” says David Hall, president of the Bonita Springs Christian Science Society. “It is time to come together as Americans and heal the divisions that have

occurred,” says Walters, who has a master’s degree in theological studies and participates in Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim dialogues sponsored by the National Council of Churches. “Attendees will learn we can all experience the power of divine love and trust that the government is in God’s hands.” Location: 11551 E. Terry St. For more information, call 239-910-3673.

kudos Licensed Massage Therapist Teresa Kennedy joined Therapy on the Gulf, in Naples, last month, working on weekends and some evenings. She also attended a myofascial release Teresa Kennedy pelvic seminar with owner Tony Hansen and staffer Candace Van Ree at the Sanibel Harbor Marriott Island Resort in October. Kennedy has been a myofascial, orthopedic and sports massage therapist for 14 years. She was educated, trained and worked with patients, including individuals with cancer, in Connecticut for years. Therapy on the Gulf follows the techniques of leading authority John F. Barnes in myofascial release treatments. Location: 824 Anchor Rode. For more information or an appointment, call 239-262-8722, email TherapyOnThe Gulf@yahoo.com or visit Myofascial Release.com. See ad, page 24.

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kudos The US Cryotherapy Wellness Center, in Naples, celebrated its one-year anniversary as the first locally owned and operated location in November and also recently promoted Chris Miller to assistant manager. Parent company US Cyrotherapy, providing chemical-free, all-natural Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC), now operates nine centers nationwide, with nearly 30 more expected to open in 2017, and reports they have performed so far nearly half a million successful cold air therapy treatments. WBC is a low-cost, non-medical, drug-free alternative to reduce pain and improve range of motion that result from inflammation. The body rejuvenation (whole body and localized cold air therapy treatments) addresses pain and inflammation and the facial rejuvenation promotes healthier skin by stimulating collagen development, tightening pores and improving circulation. These services are available in threeminute and six-minute sessions, respectfully. Location: The Shoppes at Galleria, 2349 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste. 504. For more information an appointment, call 239-325-9050, email at Naples@USCryotherapy.com and or visit usCryotherapy.com. See ad, page 43.

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Rae Chandran Workshops & Sacred Tours Rae Chandran is a spiritual teacher, channel, author of numerous books, and a healer born in India now residing in Tokyo, Japan. He regularly conducts workshops around the world on Sound Healing, Creation Codes and Sacred Geometry, Healing Symbols, DNA Activation, and how to Channel. Rae is the author of four books (DNA of the Spirit – Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) Partnering with Angels and Dance of Hands.

DNA Activation & Sound Healing

There are 12 strands of DNA in a physical body and much more on an etheric level. To fully understand and realize who we are, one must fully activate all 12 strands of our DNA. Within your consciousness there is the ability to talk to your DNA, to control and work with it and to become part of it. When you give instructions to your DNA and it starts to respond, you will awaken to your multidimensionality which is your true essence. Friday, January 13, 2017, 7:30-8:30pm FREE Introductory Lecture to DNA Activation Workshops Saturday, January 14, 2017, 1:30-7:30pm DNA Level I: Activation of our DNA Learn ancient Tones and Mudras, and receive Channeled teachings from Ascended Masters, Guides and Angels. Activate DNA strands.

Egypt & Israel Tours 2017

Rae specializes in hosting small group tours to places of sacred spiritual power throughout the world. These tours are not mere vacations, but spiritual expeditions to places that hold high spiritual energy and can help us discover and awaken our spiritual self. These tours have enriched the lives of many and have given participants wonderful friendships and memories that last a lifetime. April 1 – 10, 2017 Sacred Pilgrimage to Egypt 10 days / 9 nights Cost: $3,800-$4,200 (airfare not included) This unique tour offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Egypt with a custom guided program that combines nature, history, adventure and spiritual experiences in some of the most magnificent spots in the world. Spiritual Retreat in Israel – July 2017 Meditations, Initiations and Channelings

Sunday, January 15, 2017, 1:30-7:30pm DNA Level II: Learn how to use Tones and Mudras specifically to heal others. Channeled teachings. Activate DNA strands.

Join Natural Awakenings publisher Sharon Bruckman and Naples medical qigong practitioner Dr. Susan Deflavis Winters on these life-changing tours of Egypt and Israel with this very special guide.

Location for workshops: Unity Church of Bonita Springs 28285 Imperial Pkwy., Bonita Springs.

To register for workshops or tours or for more information, call Susan Deflavis Winters at 239-340-1036 or visit Panguswf@gmail.com

January 11-13 Private Channeling Sessions held in Naples $250 for one hour Workshop Costs: DNA Level 1 $250 DNA Level 2 $400 Advance discounted price if registered for both days: $450

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Exercise in Midlife Helps Preserve Mental Sharpness

Early-to-Bed Kids at Less Risk of Obesity

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esearch from the Ohio State University College of Public Health, in Columbus, suggests that the risk of childhood obesity, a growing concern in the U.S., can be reduced by putting children to bed before 8 p.m. The researchers examined reports from mothers of 977 4-and-a-half-year-old children born in 1991 regarding their typical weekday bedtimes. The answers were divided into three categories: 8 p.m. or earlier, between 8 and 9 p.m. and later. Responses were compared to the obesity levels of the same children at an average age of 15. Of the group with the earliest bedtime, comprising about 25 percent of the subjects, only one in 10 were obese, compared to 16 percent of those with childhood bedtimes between 8 and 9 p.m., representing 50 percent of the subjects. The youngsters that went to bed the latest reported a 23 percent obesity rate, the highest overall. Dr. Meena Khan, a sleep medicine specialist at the university’s Wexner Medical Study Center, comments about the challenge of maintaining proper bedtimes: “Kids do well with a schedule and a routine.”

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study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in July confirms that physical activity in midlife can help reduce the chances of developing cognitive impairment in old age. Scientists studied data on the physical activity levels from 3,050 twins in Finland given questionnaires in 1975 and 1981. A phone interview more than 25 years later served as a follow-up cognitive evaluation, and the subjects were divided into three categories: cognitively impaired, suffering mild cognitive impairment or cognitively healthy. Individuals that participated in vigorous physical activity when they were middleaged displayed lower levels of cognitive impairment compared to those that did less vigorous exercise.

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Early Job Satisfaction Supports LongTerm Health

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esearchers from Ohio State University, in Columbus, started with data from 6,432 participants in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, conducted in 1979, to study the impact that early job satisfaction has upon health as we age. The new study examined reports of job satisfaction on a scale of one (dislike very much) to four (like very much) for participants between the ages of 25 and 39. Then they compared the responses to mental and physical health reports measured after the participants turned 40. Those that reported low job satisfaction throughout their 20s and 30s exhibited higher levels of emotional problems, depression, sleep problems and excessive worry. Individuals that started out satisfied with their jobs but became less satisfied over time also faced sleep and anxiety difficulties, but exhibited less depression. The participants that reported increasing job satisfaction in their 20s and 30s reported fewer mental health problems. The correlation between physical health after 40 and early job satisfaction was not as strong, but university associate professor of sociology Hui Zheng notes, “Increased anxiety and depression could lead to cardiovascular or other health problems that won’t show up until they are older.”


Technology that Turns the Palm of the Hand into Portal to Pain Relief

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nfusing heat into the circulatory system can reduce blood thickness (viscosity) and increase microvascular circulation. Thinner blood facilitates more efficient flow through the skeletal muscles on its route to the smaller vasodilated capillaries. New technology that uses a vacuum chamber and a microprocessor to manage an application of negative pressure and safe continued infusion of heat into the circulatory system works in concert with this process. It also takes advantage of a unique arrangement of blood vessels (arteriovenous anastomosis) (AVA) in the palm of the hand. This clinically tested and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved Class II medical device technology manipulates the AVAs to act as natural portals that safely increase the temperature and volume of blood flowing through the higher volume vessels thus increasing whole-body microcirculation from a single contact point. When dilated and distended, the blood flow through an AVA can be 1,000 times more than the smaller capillary. An increase in microvascular circulation enhances oxygen delivery and nutrition to the skeletal muscles while carrying away toxins. The result is healthier, more relaxed muscles throughout the entire body. The muscular relaxation brought about by warmed, reducedviscosity blood rapidly circulated to all the organs and muscle tissues, enhancing oxygen and nutrient delivery. Increasing the core body temperature is hypothesized to enhance enzyme function for those with low core body temperature. To date, the technology has been clinically proven for pain relief from arthritis, as well as muscle and joint pain. It has anecdotally been shown to be effective for a wide range of healthy challenges from fibromyalgia, migraines and plantar fasciitis to high blood pressure, diabetes and Lyme disease, as well as Raynaud’s syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome. Holistic Health Solutions, located at 4947 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 204, in Naples, offers the this advanced vascular circulation enhancement technology (AVACEN 100). To schedule an appointment or for more information call Richard Campanella at 239-566-1210 or email HolisticHealthSolutions@ gmail.com. See ad, page 4. natural awakenings

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Be Kind to Your Body and Your Hair with Organic Hair Color by Yvette Lynn

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he National Cancer Institute estimates and contain biodynamic, organic ingredients that one-third of women over age with reduced amounts of other chemicals used 18 and approximately 10 percent of in traditional hair color. This is better for the men over age 40 use some type of hair dye. health of the hair, the client and the stylist,” While classifications for modern hair coloexplains Melanie Nickels, a board certified rants range from permanent and semi-perhair colorist and owner of Raw Hair Organic manent to temporary, 80 percent of current Salon, in Naples. marketed products are permanent hair dyes, According to Joe and Terry Graedon, foundwhich include colorless chemicals called ers of The People’s Pharmacy who help NPR aromatic amines and dye couplers. These listeners make wise decisions about their health react with each other in the presence of hyby providing essential health information about drogen peroxide to form pigment molecules. medical and alternative treatments, “For the Darker colors are the result of using higher general public, hair dye doesn’t seem to be a big concentrations of the chemicals. risk, but we cannot say there is zero risk. We are With more than 5,000 different chemimore concerned about hairdressers, since they cals used in hair dye product, some of which are routinely exposed to these products.” are reported to be carcinogenic (cancer-caus “I didn’t switch to organic products just ing), it’s only natural that the public wants to for my clients. I did it after my husband was Melanie Nickels with client know if there is a link between hair dye and diagnosed with cancer. That’s when I became different types of cancer. To date, although the Working Group aware of the dangers of exposing myself and my clients to of the International Agency for Research on Cancer has not toxic chemicals,” says Nickels, who notes that she also has proven any link, the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) hair color options without paraphenylenediamine (PPD), recommends avoiding or limiting dark permanent hair dyes which is the pigment in hair color. This option is particularly and chemical hair straighteners. beneficial for individuals with allergies. In the 1970s, when manufacturers changed the components in dye products to eliminate some of these chemicals, Raw Hair Organic Salon is located at 2940 Immokalee Rd., some went a step farther to offer organic and ammonia-free Ste. 4, in Naples. For appointments, call 239-597-0939. hair color as a healthier option. “While not 100 percent orFor more information, visit RawHairOrganics.com. See ads, ganic, the products that I use in my salon are ammonia-free pages 41 and 55.

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Utilizing stem cells to reduce and reverse the debilitating symptoms of neuro-degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, stroke, Alzheimer’s and other dementia, The Center for Regenerative Medicine in Miami is at the forefront of medicine with a new and effective ffective treatment program. ff If you or someone in your family suffers ffers from ff the symptoms of one of these diseases, contact The Center at 305.866.8384 or email info@ arthritus-usa.com for a FREE CONSULTATION.

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Hair Removal for Sensitive Skin

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air removal isn’t new. Today’s methods are the result of a slow evolution from early cavemen that scraped facial or body hair with a shell, sharp rock or flint blade to the Roman Empire, where hair removal was done with pumice stones, razors and tweezers. Far less painful, the first commercial hair removal cream appeared on retail shelves in 1972. While the options for hair removal have increased—shaving, waxing, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared home laser devices—sugaring, first used by ancient Egyptians, has had staying power. Less uncomfortable than waxing, which uses products made of petroleum-based resins that stick to the surface to which they are applied, a natural paste made from sugar, lemon and water never adheres to live skin cells. When it is removed, the skin is gently exfoliated of dead cells, leaving behind freshened skin. The all-natural, ecofriendly, biodegradable and water-soluble sugaring paste is safe for sensitive skin types because it can be rinsed away. It does not need to be heated, so there is no potential to burn the skin. A trained aesthetician individually applies a sugar application, which is only used once and then disposed of. A few sessions may be necessary before hair is completely removed. Sugar in the City Skin and Beauty Loft, located at 1063 5th Ave. N., in Naples, offers sugaring, facials and body treatments. For an appointment, call 239-330-0396. For more information, visit SugarInTheCityNaples.com. See ad, page 24.

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Intravenous Vitamin Nutritional Therapy Bypasses Digestion

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ntravenous vitamin (IV) nutritional therapy is a method of delivering a safe and healthy dose of natural vitamins and minerals directly into the circulatory system. For an infusion, vitamins are added to a solution containing the same salt concentration as the blood to aid absorption. Immediately available for cellular absorption IV therapy bypasses the digestive tract to deliver doses that may not be tolerated with oral supplementation. A renewed interest in intravenous nutrition among clinicians and researchers is leading to an increase in the usage of IV vitamin therapy among physicians and certified healthcare practitioners such as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP) and Registered Nurses with a Bachelor of Science degree (RN-BSN) in Nursing, such as Doreen DeStefano, owner of Integrated Skin Care and Root Causes Holistic Health and Medicine, in Fort Myers. “Nutritional medicine pioneer Linus Pauling proposed IV vitamin C for treatment of cancer and reported improvement in symptoms as well as prolongation of life. Although his safe and effective approach to nutrient repletion has been underutilized largely because of a lack of controlled trials, I believe that this is due to a general lack of nutrition education in conventional medical training, which is mainly centered on pharmaceuticals,” says DeStefano, who notes that preclinical studies and trials of intravenous vitamin C have been conducted on respiratory distress syndrome, cancer and fatigue as recently as 2016. A large percentage of Americans are deficient in many important nutrients, including individuals that avoid fast food and eat relatively well. “Industrialized agriculture has increased food yields at the cost of nutrient loss from the soil. As a result our produce and grains contain fewer nutrients. Additionally, the use of antibiotics, hormones and commercialized livestock feed has also decreased the quality of our food supply. Eating nutrient-deficient foods is contributing to chronic lifestyle-related diseases,” says DeStefano, who has recently morphed her skincare business into what offers her the opportunity to apply more of her knowledge and experience as a RN-BSN. “Although I am also a licensed esthetician, I noticed that I was working more with clients from a functional, anti-aging medicine perspective intended to address the root cause of health challenges and that the IV therapy and naturopathic approaches were having a significant impact on the health of clients. It seemed natural to expand the name of the business to reflect that.

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Lobster Liberation Monks Free Creatures from Certain Doom

A handful of monks from the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society living on Canada’s Prince Edward Island spent a day buying up all the live lobsters they could find at the local fish market, and then chartered a boat. Once out to sea, they recited a brief prayer over their writhing cargo and set them loose in the Atlantic. “The whole purpose for us is to cultivate this compassion toward others,” says one of the monks. “It doesn’t have to be lobsters, it can be worms, flies, any animals; it can also be driving slower, so we don’t run over little critters on the street.” One participant, Victoria Fan, says, “It’s rethinking the way you normally see these creatures. Their happiness is as important as your happiness, their suffering is as important as your suffering.”

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News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Eat Safer

Website Screens Packaging for Toxin Although food manufacturers have pledged to voluntarily eliminate bisphenol A (BPA)—an endocrine disruptor linked to developmental problems in fetuses, infants and children—in their packaging materials, it’s still found in the lining of many canned goods. Recent testing by an advocacy group found BPA in 70 percent of nearly 200 samples, including products from Campbell and Kroger, which have joined the pledge. “It’s in beer, coffee, tea, energy drinks and aerosol cans for whipped cream... it’s everywhere,” says Samara Geller, a database and research analyst with the Environmental Working Group (EWG). According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, BPA is safe at the levels people are exposed to via canned foods, but many consumers would rather not take the risk. Consequently, EWG created a new tool to help consumers avoid the 16,000 products that may have BPA in their packaging. The numbers listed on package UPC codes can be compared against the database at Tinyurl.com/EWG-BPALookup. “Our main goal was to get this out quickly to as many people as possible,” says Geller. “The UPC code is really your best defense to finding out what they’re talking about,” because product names can change. 32

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Protecting Pollinators

Maryland Bans Bee-Killing Pesticides Maryland is the first state in the nation to pass strict restrictions on pesticides thought to be responsible for significant reductions in bee populations with enactment of its Pollinator Protection Act. Maryland lost more than 60 percent of its hives in 2015, each containing up to 20,000 honeybees, making it one of the states with the highest recorded declines. The national average is about 42 percent, yet across the country, farmers and gardeners are still using pesticides linked to colony collapse disorder. Globally, more than one-third of the world’s food supply could be at risk if these and other pollinators are lost. Neonicotinoids are one potent class of systemic pesticides introduced to agriculture in the 1990s that have been linked to bees’ demise. In recent years, pesticides such as Knockout Ready-to-Use Grub Killer, Ortho Bug B Gon, and All-In-One Rose & Flower Care have been made available to consumers and beekeepers have noticed a corresponding increase in bee deaths. The Maryland law bans the use of neonicotinoids by everyday consumers that have been spraying home gardens and trees with these deadly pesticides. Farmers and professional gardeners are exempt from the law. A similar law is awaiting the governor’s signature in Connecticut. Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture has not officially recognized the well-researched link, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing it. Source: BeyondPesticides.org natural awakenings

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Reforesting India

Massive Tree-Planting Against Climate Change Indian officials report that volunteers planted more than 49 million trees on a single day in 2016, surpassing the 2013 world record of 850,000 in Pakistan. An estimated 800,000 volunteers worked for 24 hours planting 80 species of saplings raised in local nurseries along roads, railways and other public land. The effort is part of the commitment India made at the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015. The country agreed to spend $6 billion to reforest 12 percent of its land and bring the total forest cover to 235 million acres by 2030, or about 29 percent of its territory. Trees sequester carbon dioxide from the air and reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. India has experienced substantial loss of its forest cover in recent centuries as people cut down trees for firewood, pasture and development. Still, saplings need water and care and are susceptible to disease. Mortality rates can reach 40 percent after such massive tree plantings. Other countries are also replanting trees. Last December, African nations pledged to reforest 100 million hectares (386 square miles). A wide range of stakeholders from countries to companies also signed on to the non-binding New York Declaration of Forests that month, with the goal of halving deforestation by 2020 and ending it by 2030. Source: National Geographic 34

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Spot Cleaning Rugs the Right Way by Savannah Noir

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olidays present lots of opportunities for hosting parties and celebrating fun times with family and friends. This merry-making means more foot traffic from visitors and the increased possibility of staining our treasured area rugs with colorful drinks and gooey foods. According to Michelle Mehri, co-owner of Naples Rug Spa, even the toughest stains from red wine, red cranberry sauce and even orange pumpkin pie can be spot-cleaned with care. “Forget any of the off-the-shelf stain removers. They cause permanent damage. In our cleaning process, whenever we apply our natural enzymes to a client’s rug that has had a retail stain remover product used on it, the stain becomes

permanent,” says Mehri, who describes the best home method for removing stains. Blot with a dry, white rag to absorb as much remaining liquid or goo from the spill as possible. Soiled areas that have dried before being discovered should be vacuumed first. “Wool fiber has a Zlike design. Attacking a stain by overly rubbing or scrubbing breaks down the wool fiber, which never comes back,” explains Mehri. “It loses its bounce and becomes matted. It’s better to blot the stain until it’s as dry as possible, and then spray it with a mixture of onequarter teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap mixed with a quart of tepid water. Then blot again.” Often considered investment

pieces more than accessories that contribute to the comfort and style of living spaces, priceless area rugs can harbor unhealthy allergens, germs and bacteria that may, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, either cause or aggravate 50 percent of all respiratory illnesses. This is another reason that Mehri cautions against using commercial stain removers. “Commercial stain removers leave behind chemical residue. Pets walk or lie on the residue, which is absorbed into their paws or skin,” she advises. “It also affects indoor air quality, recognized as a significant component that contributes to our health. Humans and pets with asthma and allergies are impacted.” Mehri also notes that area rugs should be cleaned annually. “We stand behind our technology, which even removes the worst stains on re-dyed areas that have been damaged in the past,” says Mehri, who notes that she spent five years researching the market to find the cutting-edge technology she uses. Naples Rug Spa is located at 4081 Mercantile Ave., Ste. B, in Naples. For more information, call 239-206-1481, email Questions@NaplesRugSpa.com or visit NaplesRugSpa.com. See ad, page 28.

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environmentallyspeaking Environmentally Speaking is intended to alert, inform and educate residents of Collier and Lee counties about threats to our unique and delicate Southwest Florida ecosystem.

Stop the Sabal Trail Pipeline

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onstruction is underway for the $3.2 billion, 515-milelong interstate Sabal Trail transmission pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorized this project of Duke Energy, NextEra Energy and Spectra Energy which runs from central Alabama through southwestern Georgia and into central Florida. In Alabama, Georgia and Florida, opposition to controversial construction of the pipeline, which will transport natural gas obtained via fracking, continues to grow. In Florida and Georgia, environmentalists, water protectors and citizens are drawing attention to the pipeline’s threat to

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the regions’ sensitive porous limestone bedrock, aquifers, water quality and desecration of sacred Indian tribal sites. In the aquifer, water runs through the bedrock and flows not only through small pores, but also through extensive underground caves. When under pressure, water can bubble up to the surface in a multitude of freshwater springs throughout the region, which makes it easy to imagine how contamination to the limestone aquifer in one area can spread rapidly and widely. Additionally, recent research by the University of Georgia maps the prevalence of sinkholes. Water consumption is estimated to double during the next half-cen-

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tury due to urban sprawl and the growth of Florida’s population that is expected to reach 34 million by 2070. With the future of Florida’s fragile water supply already under scrutiny by the University of Florida, the Florida Department of Agriculture and the smart-growth group 1,000 Friends of Florida, the risk to water supplies has been deemed dramatic and currently unsustainable in the state’s most heavily populated areas, including South and Central Florida. A sit-in to stop the drilling under the Suwanee River for the crossing of the pipeline is planned for Jan. 15 at Suwannee River State Park, 3631 201st Path, in Live Oak. For more information on this event and campsites for activists at the Water is Life Camp in Branford and Crystal Water Camp in Kissimmee, visit Facebook. com/stopsabaltrail.


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Blue Zones Project Promotes Health and the Built Environment by Linda Sechrist

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oday’s primary public health problems are chronic diseases, rather than the infectious diseases that plagued America in a past century. Additionally, the dispersal of populations to suburban areas and the separation between residential and business areas—measures urged 100 years ago to improve public health—are now contributing to chronic health problems. The spread-out design of suburbs has increased reliance on the automobile, which contributed to a sedentary lifestyle and obesity. The built environment, shaped by law and governmental decisions, significantly affects everyone’s health. According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in Boston, what can be built in which location is regulated by a complex set of local, state and federal laws drawn up without the input and insight from public health advocates. The school’s Nature, Health, and the Built Environment program, which notes that lacking access to nature contributes to the emotional and physical stress of urban life, also encourages growing cities to design neighborhoods and commons that promote human health. Their research, which reveals that city dwellers rely on urban parks to provide a space for recreation, relaxation and restoration, also suggests that even small amounts of daily contact with nature can help us think more clearly, reduce our stress and improve our physical health. “Southwest Florida’s Blue Zones Project applauds the city of Naples for applying Blue Zones inspired connectivity in their Third Avenue South and Central Avenue road projects. The Naples Blue Zone Marquee Project, currently underway, will connect the Gordon River Greenway to

Naples Beach by means of Central Avenue. Connecting destinations not only increases safety, but also makes walking and biking more desirable, shifting reliance to a more bike- and pedestrian- friendly environment. This makes communities healthier and more active places to live,” says Deb Logan, Blue Zones project executive director for Southwest Florida. The new Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park, located in eastern Collier County, is now in the planning stages under the direction of Collier County Parks and Recreation. The park’s top amenities will include walking and biking paths, which are the most requested amenities by local citizens. “Our collective journey to rediscover the wholeness of our nature requires an intimate direct sensory connection with nature. It’s the single most important cooperative action we are asked to engage in at this moment to reestablish appropriate optimism for the future. The new park and greenway will give us more opportunity to do engage with Nature,” says Applied EcoPsychologist and nationally Certified NatureConnect facilitator Janet Weisberg, who helps individuals to re-engage all their senses and activate the whole brain. Funded by the NCH Healthcare System, the Blue Zones Project now encompasses Collier County, as well as the communities of Bonita Springs and Estero. Since the community kick-off in November 2015, the project has been helping nearly 8,000 individuals and more than 230 worksites, schools, restaurants, grocery stores, homeowners’ associations, faith-based organizations, clubs and small businesses that have personally pledged to implement Blue Zone best practices that result in a healthier lifestyle, lower health costs and increased well-being. Upcoming restudies in Collier county regarding zoning and the built environment include the rural fringe mixed-use district, Golden Gate Estates, Immokalee and the Rural Lands Stewardship Area (RLSA), which is a critical area for wildlife habitat, flow-ways, agriculture, etc. For more information on the Blue Zones Project, visit SouthwestFlorida.BlueZones.com. For more information on Project NatureConnect, email Janet@53Senses.com or call 239-280-8299.

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Orchidia Spa is a Dream that Came True by Lisa Marlene

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hile earning her medical and suraging Medicine and American Academy of gery degree, Dr. Carolina Young Procedural Medicine. Ortiz was already dreaming of Young devised her current weight-loss opening a medical spa to help people look program after working with many patients. and feel good about themselves. “The city It features a combination of physician suin Colombia where I grew up is famous for pervised care to help patients not only lose aesthetic procedures,” says the owner of weight, but also educate them about how Orchidia Med Spa, in Fort Myers. to change their lifestyle and translate what After graduating from the Universidad they learn into a healthy way to live and Libre, in Cali, and throughout her residency enjoy optimal health. “Patients have a perat Franklin Square Hospital, in Baltimore, sonalized trainer who goes to their house Young’s dream continued to gather strength. and helps them to develop and follow an “I wanted to focus on non-surgical proceexercise regimen,” says Young, who opened dures mostly because I couldn’t see myself her spa in 2014. Dr. Carolina Young Ortiz standing for hours in the operating perform Other services offered include facial ing surgical procedures on patients. I was more interested rejuvenation with platelet-rich plasma, fillers, chemical in how I could help my patients to stay healthy, keep peels, micro-needling, Botox and mesotherapy, as well their weight down and stave off the aging process. As I as a non-surgical option for improving the appearance of learned and worked in all the different medical specialties severe fat/folds below the chin, known as a double chin. at Franklin Square Hospital, I continued to feel that I was “I love my work because there is always some new missing the connection that I had with medical aesthetics procedure or product to learn about. I do all the proceand I knew that I wanted to help improve an individual’s dures myself and particular enjoy expanding into more self-image and self-esteem,” explains Young. integrative medicine and offering services such as intra Young’s postgraduate experience, which began with venous vitamin therapy,” enthuses Young. running a successful weight management and aesthetics “The flower of my native country is the orchid. I clinic in Houston, Texas, expanded while she delivered wanted to be reminded of it, which is why I named my primary care medicine to veterans through the Office of spa Orchidia. The spelling is a cross between English and Veterans Services, in Cape Coral. Spanish because I wanted everyone, including my fam Now trained and experienced in wellness mediily, friends and the Latino community to feel invited and cine, anti-aging, weight loss, bioidentical hormones and comfortable here,” she explains. aesthetic procedures, Young is a member of the American Academy of Family Medicine, American Academy of Orchidia Spa is located at 4966 Royal Gulf Circle, in Ft. Aesthetic Medicine, International Association of PhysiMyers. For more information, call 239-333-8809 or visit cians in Aesthetic Medicine, American Academy of AntiOrchidiaMedspa.com. See ad, page 54.

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tions like insight, judgment, impulse control and empathy, fully mature last; it’s no coincidence that teens struggle in these areas, according to Jensen. The plasticity of the teenage brain is optimal for learning and adaption, but without the frontal lobe feedback, it’s a challenge for them to moderate the heightened emotions, novelty seeking and sexual impulses adolescents are also experiencing. “We expect teenagers to act rationally, but there are many reasons why their brains aren’t taking them there,” says Jensen. “Acknowledging this can lower frustration levels for everyone.”

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TEEN BRAIN What Kids Need from Us to Grow Wise by April Thompson

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eer pressure and body consciousness are universal challenges facing teens and their parents. Experts find that by modeling healthy habits and maintaining open lines of communication, adults can help foster healthy independent thinking and responses to inevitable situations.

Respect Developing Capacities

Some teen struggles are literally all in their heads, according to Dr. Frances

Jensen, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, in Philadelphia. “The brain is the last organ to mature, and isn’t fully complete until young people reach their late 20s. This allows the brain to adapt to its environment, which can be both good and bad,” says Jensen, author of The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults. Compounding the challenge, the frontal lobes, responsible for higher func-

Create a Safe Haven

Teens learn more from experience than lectures, so parents should facilitate positive experiences and influences at home, advises Carla Atherton, director of The Healthy Family Formula, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, which fosters family well-being by holistically addressing root causes of poor health. Such activities can include regularly preparing meals together and going for family walks, rather than eating dinner in front of the TV. “Doing everything you can to connect with kids while they are in an environment you can control gives them a good foundation they can take into the world,” says Atherton, the mother of three teens. Parents have to give trust to gain kids’ trust stresses educator Naomi Katz, of Galilee, Israel, author of Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman. “Create an environment where kids feel like they don’t have to hide or lie about anything,” Katz says. She also encourages parents to empower adolescents in decision making: Rather than telling them not to try drugs or alcohol “because I said so,” provide them real facts to help them draw their own conclusions.

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In today’s hyper-connected world, Katz observes, “Social dynamics can get really confusing and painful and impact kids in far-reaching ways. We used to come home from school and be away from those issues until the next day; now that break doesn’t come because of social media and smartphones.” 40

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Katz recommends encouraging journaling or other forms of selfexpression to help teens unplug and reflect. Breathing exercises can help calm nerves and allow them to think more clearly in tough social situations before they react. Katz also suggests teens set aside time each week for a feel-good activity like playing sports or music, to give them a reliable source of pleasure and accomplishment, no matter what else is going on in their lives.

Stay Alert to Signs

Despite a parent’s best efforts, kids can and will make unhealthy choices, and parents need to be prepared to manage the consequences. If a child is suspected or found to be engaging in dangerous or addictive behaviors like self-harming or an eating disorder, it’s important to address these immediately, seeking professional help if needed, counsels Katz. Jensen remarks that it’s easier to learn unhealthy patterns when the brain is malleable, and addictive behaviors are harder to eliminate than if they are acquired as an adult. The signs of unhealthy behaviors can be subtle, so it’s important to recognize cues without making flash judgments or placing blame, says Atherton, For example, a parent that notices her teen eating differently or obsessed with working out should consider initiating a conversation with him or her about body image. Talking to teens about images in the media can help them gain a more balanced and positive self-perspective. “You can tell your kids, ‘These advertising images are trying to sell you someone’s idea of a perfect look, but it’s not reality,’” says Atherton. For whatever issues teens are trying to cope with, parents need to cultivate their own sense of inner calm; to be the rock that they can cling to. “Caring adults need to give teens a periodic frontal lobe assist,” says Jensen. “It helps when we share more details and insights about how we organize our lives and make decisions. Modeling the rationality and empathy that teenagers may lack can be an effective counterbalance.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com. natural awakenings

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Color Your Life Happy with Feng Shui by Linda Mundt

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ased on the elements of nature— wood, fire, earth, water, and metal—Traditional Chinese Medicine and its sister science, feng shui, embrace the concept that every thing matters. These elements are expressed throughout our lives in everything we own, from something as small as a paper clip to things as large as an automobile, as well as the clothes we wear and in all that we pursue and long for. An intuitive feng shui practitioner that hears a client express a want or longing for a new kitchen, bath, or home, should ask what the individual is longing for beneath that desire for the thing. The list of human longings is endless and depending on the thing, answers vary widely from better relationships to more space for gathering friends and family together, better health, or a special place for children to do homework. Color is one powerful way to express our longing. Although Feng Shui work may involve moving furniture, picking new fabrics, choosing flooring and countertops, selecting lighting and artwork, the most challenging and confronting choice for individuals is selecting wall color. Tendencies in our political conversations and media since 2014 make it no surprise that white—the color of metal energy, which is cold, unbending, inflexible and precise—is the current trend in decorating. Because there is no bad feng shui—only imbalance—accountants and bookkeepers without strong metal energy wouldn’t get hired. Without a strong dose of metal, we would likely be wildly disorganized. While there is no quick answer, balance is the key. Individuals with too much metal energy may need the red of fire, which melts metal. Fire is the energy of aggression, impulsiveness, and moving fast. Too much fire energy, which gets used up in the presence of water, might require watercolors such as the colors of the sea—blues, bluegreens and very dark tones.

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Earth tones, which include browns, yellows, and oranges, are also a possibility. For someone who’s too earthy (tending towards depression), wood energy might be the ticket towards balance because wood displaces earth. The science of color is complicated. Everyone is a combination of all five elements, with some elements more in balance one day than perhaps another. A home generally needs more than one energy or color to bring it into balance. This can be done with the five elements. Feng Shui is not a formula nor is it crystals, mirrors, plants, or rules in a book. These may be useful in working in a home or office, but they do not go to the heart of the human longing for something deeper. It is our longing that an intuitive feng shui consultant works with. The process involves decoding an individual and the space and then recreating the space to move those that live there in a new direction. Living in a culture caught in the midst of extremes, we might all benefit by approaching life from a feng shui perspective to find the soft heart that brings us together. Feng Shui can make us pioneers in personal relationships and bring balance back to our communities. Learn about feng shui and other related topcs beginning January 15 at free, public Sunday talks from 7 to 8 p.m. at Open Mind Zen Center, 1250 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 205, in Naples. Linda Mundt, an intuitive feng shui consultant for 12 years, recently relocated to the Naples area from Madison, WI. To schedule a consultation call 608-255-0651 or 239-405-7330. For more information, email Linda@LindaMundt.com or visit LindaMundt.com.


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still more we can do. Here are some common weight-loss saboteurs and what to do about them.

SABOTEURS Tackling Obesity’s Hidden Causes by Lisa Marshall

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at less, move more. These words have been the cornerstone of diet advice for decades, leading millions of Americans to greet the new year with vows to cut calories and hit the gym. In all, one in five U.S. adults are dieting at any given time, according to the international market research firm The NPD Group, and 57 percent would like to lose 20 pounds or more. Yet few will reach that goal. One survey of 14,000 dieters published in the International Journal of Obesity found that only one in six had ever been able to lose 10 percent of their body weight and keep it off for a year. Another study, published in the last year in Obesity, followed up with 14 contestants from the 2009 TV reality show The Biggest Loser and found that despite efforts to keep their eating and exercise habits on track, 13 had regained significant weight since the com44

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petition. Four are heavier now than before participating on the show. Diet experts say the battle of the bulge has been exceedingly hard to win for one clear reason: We’re oversimplifying the solution and underestimating the saboteurs. “We’re learning that it’s not as simple as calories-in and calories-out,” says Dr. Pamela Wartian Smith, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, physician specializing in functional and nutritional medicine and author of Why You Can’t Lose Weight. Research reveals that everything from food allergies to hormone imbalances and disruptions in gut bacteria can subtly undermine the best-laid weight management plans. Working out too much or eating too little can also backfire. Even a mean boss or a cold workplace cubicle can factor in. Certainly, diet and exercise are key, experts emphasize. Yet, if we’re doing all the right things and still seeing disappointing numbers on the scale, there’s

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Bite into a food we’re sensitive to and our body switches into “fight-or-flight” mode. It stores fat and water, releases histamines that widen blood vessels and inflame tissue, and cranks out stress hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine that make us want to eat more of that food. “You literally get a high so that you crave more,” says Smith. She notes that unlike true allergies, which can prompt an immediate reaction, food intolerances often manifest subtly over several days. When we are repeatedly exposed to a food we’re sensitive to, we feel bloated and sluggish, regardless of the calorie count. Allergy medications can also prompt weight gain, in part by boosting appetite. One study by Yale researchers found people that regularly ingested antihistamines like Zyrtec and Allegra were far more likely to be overweight than those not using them. What to do: First, cut out the mostcraved foods. “If someone tells me they just cannot live without cheese, I assume they are allergic to it,” says Smith. Or, try an elimination diet. Ban common allergens like milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and gluten (if possible, try sticking to only rice and lamb—two hypoallergenic foods— for four days). Then reintroduce other foods slowly and monitor the results.

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To combat seasonal allergies naturally, try vitamin C, quercetin and butterbur supplements.

Underperforming Thyroid

The thyroid serves as a key metabolism regulator, dictating how efficiently the heart beats and muscles contract, how quickly the body turns nutrients into energy, and how well we burn off stored fat. When thyroid hormone production falls, metabolism can also decrease by as much as 40 percent. Yet as many as four in 13 women suffer from a thyroid hormone deficiency, says Toronto naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner, author of the new book The Hormone Boost. “You can diet and exercise until you are blue in the face, but if your thyroid is out of balance, you won’t achieve the body you’re looking for,” she says. “It’s a common cause of weight gain.” What to do: Get tested for levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and, if possible, T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine) also. TSH signals the thyroid to make more T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone that is converted into T3, the form the body is able to use. Abnormal blood levels of any of these can impact metabolism adversely, and a TSH test alone may be unable to identify a problem, caution Smith and Turner. In some cases, medication may be required. Otherwise, move to embrace lifestyle habits that reduce stress levels, because the stress hormone cortisol can inhibit thyroid function. Get eight hours of sleep; sleep deprivation also impairs thyroid function. Eat lots of fiber, which helps the body eliminate excess estrogen and other thyroid-damaging metabolic byproducts. Also, stock up on foods containing tyrosine (almonds and avocadoes), and selenium (Brazil nuts). In some cases, if an iodine deficiency is at play, a doctor may suggest iodine supplements or iodine-rich foods like kelp and sea bass.

Imbalanced Gut

The trillions of microorganisms in our gut have a profound impact

on our ability to maintain a healthy weight, says Dr. Raphael Kellman, a New York City physician practicing functional medicine and author of The Microbiome Diet. “The gut bacteria are the gatekeepers of the calories that enter our body,” he explains. Research shows that certain species of bacteria aid in the metabolizing of carbohydrates, while others help break down fats and protein. Some turn on genes that fight inflammation; others influence how well the body responds to insulin. Diversity and balance of helpful bacteria species are keys to health. “If changes in the percentages of certain bacteria occur, the microbiome loses its ability to help us maintain a healthy weight,” says Kellman. In one landmark 21st-century study by University of Colorado researchers, swapping the gut bacteria of a skinny mouse with that of an obese one made the skinny mouse gain weight. What to do: Go easy on antibiotics, which can wipe out gut bacteria diversity. Load up on fermented foods like kim chi, sauerkraut, kefir and yogurt. Eat lots of inulin-containing plant fiber to give desirable bacteria something to chew on, and consider taking a probiotic supplement until weight loss and health goals are achieved.

Overdoing Diets

As The Biggest Loser contestants learned, losing too much weight too fast can bring metabolism to a screeching halt; the body, coaxed into starvation mode, moves to conserve fuel and store fat. “If you try to lose weight by drastically slashing calorie intake and going crazy on the cardio machines, you’ll do more harm than good,” says Turner. Performing intense cardiovascular exercise such as running, cycling or swimming for more than 45 minutes can natural awakenings

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make cortisol levels surge, accelerating muscle loss and impairing the immune system. That’s counterproductive because muscles burn calories at rest, too. Consistent over-exercise can also prompt the stressed body to respond in a fight-or-flight fashion, storing more belly fat and leading to the “skinny but fat” body composition common among models and marathon runners, she says. Skipping meals can prompt the key thyroid hormone T3 to fall off too, further slowing metabolism. Plus, six weeks into a restrictive weight-loss pro-

gram, levels of the feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin also start to decline, killing motivation and fueling cravings. The result is a weight plateau or even weight gain. What to do: Unless walking, limit workouts to 40 minutes, advises Turner. Instead of slogging away at a steady pace on the treadmill, try intervals (short, high-intensity efforts separated by brief rest periods), which have been shown to boost both fat burning and cardiovascular fitness. For example: five-minute warm-up, one-minute run

at fast pace, one-minute run at moderate pace, repeat 10 times, five-minute cooldown. Also, incorporate strength training into three workouts each week. Include some fat, protein and carbohydrates with every meal. If insisting on counting calories, shoot for 450 to 500 per meal and 150 per snack for women; 500 to 600 per meal and 200 to 300 per snack for men. Every week to 10 days, enjoy a carb-loaded “cheat meal” such as pancakes or pasta; it supports any languishing thyroid and feel-good hormones, gives associated neurotransmitters a jump-start and keeps us from feeling deprived.

Dark, Cold, Stressful Workplaces

Alan Hedge, Ph.D., a workplace design researcher with Cornell University, in New York, says women, who tend to have less muscle and body hair to provide natural warmth, are at particular risk of packing on pounds due to an overly cold environment. “When the body is cold, it adapts by laying down insulation, which is fat,” he says. Even without eating extra calories, if we’re constantly cold at work, as 31 percent of women are according to a recent CareerBuilder survey, we tend to gain about a pound or two per year, says Hedge. Other research, conducted at Northwestern University, in Illinois, shows that workers exposed to more light in the morning weigh about 1.4 pounds less on average than those toiling in windowless cubicles. The suspected reason is that morning light triggers a cascade of hormones that positively impact appetite and metabolism. Another study, by Ohio State University researchers, found women that experienced a stressful event at work or elsewhere and then ate a fat- and calorie-laden meal the next day burned 100 fewer calories from that meal than non-stressed workers. What to do: At work, move the desk toward a window or at least take a walk every morning. Bring a space heater, extra sweater or hot tea fixings. After an ultra-stressful workday, eat especially healthfully that night. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com. 46

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Natural Slimming Supplements Ashwaghanda root: While research is scarce, this Indian herb is traditionally believed to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol (which can boost belly fat storage). It’s also believed to boost conversion of the thyroid hormone T4 to the more metabolically active thyroid hormone T3. Doctor of Naturopathy Natasha Turner recommends 500 to 1,000 milligrams (mg) twice daily. Chromium: This mineral plays a key role in enhancing insulin’s action in the body. Numerous studies by U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers and others suggest that taking chromium supplements can stabilize blood sugar, potentially reducing the cravings and energy slumps that come with glucose spikes and dips. Research on chromium’s impact on body composition and weight has been mixed. Turner recommends 200 to 400 micrograms (mcg) daily. Curcumin: This golden spice, found in turmeric, curbs painful joint inflammation from over-exercising, and has been shown by Tufts University and Columbia University researchers to improve fat metabolism in mice.

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L-carnitine: Helps the body use fat for fuel more efficiently and also can be used as an energy booster before cardio or strength training. Dr. Pamela Wartian Smith recommends 500 to 1,000 mg daily. Omega-3 fatty acids: In addition to being potent anti-inflammatory agents, the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA have been associated with greater weight and fat loss when added to a diet and exercise program, according to studies in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the International Journal of Obesity. Prebiotics: These undigested fibers provide food for good gut bacteria to keep the digestive system and metabolism on track. Probiotics: These are generally believed to promote healthy gut bacteria so that the body metabolizes food more efficiently. One recent study in the British Journal of Nutrition followed 125 obese men and women throughout a 12-week diet, followed by a 12-week maintenance period, and found that the women taking probiotics containing the bacterial strain Lactobacillus rhamnosis lost significantly more weight during the diet than women that didn’t; plus, they continued to lose weight during the maintenance period. The men studied did not show similar results. Selenium: Selenium is critical for the conversion of inactive T4 to active T3 that the body can make use of. Smith recommends 100 to 200 mcg daily.

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Surprise the Palate with Delicious Gluten-Free Dishes by Lee Walker

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aurie Richardone gets a great deal of enjoyment when her recipes make mouths water and taste buds dance. The biggest delight for this private chef and owner of LR Modern Alchemy is the one she gets from demonstrating how her gluten-free dishes challenge participants in her cooking classes to detect the difference between gluten-free and conventionally prepared recipes. Richardone, a former New York City resident, debunks the myth of tasteless gluten-free monthly at The Good Life, in Naples. “Living gluten-free for eight years has meant that while I did get to leave behind my chronic stomach aches and headaches, I didn’t have to abandon delicious appetizers, entrees, treats and snacks. It just meant that I had to do research, read labels and unleash my intuition when experimenting with spices, flours and moistening ingredients,” says Richardone, whose world travels introduced her to flours such as chestnut, garbanzo and almond. Growing up in an Italian family,

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Laurie Richardone Richardone enjoyed pasta, pastries and bread. Her grandmother and father, who was a chef in several New York restaurants, taught her about the importance of simplicity and using only the freshest, local, seasonal ingredients. “The challenge of living gluten-free became nonexistent when I learned about other flours that were longtime staples in Italian cooking. Wheat is only one possibility. The others are lower in carbohydrates, higher in protein and leave you feeling lighter and completely satiated,” advises Richardone.

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“In my opinion, many restaurants that offer gluten-free alternatives don’t prepare those dishes with the same love and attention. This unfortunately supports the myth. Through awareness and education, I’m doing my part to show others that gluten-free can exceed even the highest expectations and the most educated palette,” she explains. “It’s definitely not a lesser cuisine,” advises Richardone, whose January 13 class, Treasures of the Mediterranean, includes recipes for the menu of shitakke mushroom risotto with tarragon crème fraiche, portobello fries drizzled with truffle aioli, scallops provencal, scallops with lemon zest mache and moist almond and coconut cake with caramelized apples and Chantilly cream. For private in-home classes and dinners, call Laurie Richardone at 239-302-6972 or email Laurie@LRModernAlchemy.com. To register for classes with Laurie at The Good Life, visit GoodLifeNaples.com. See ad, page 28.


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Holistic Dermatology Inner Health, Radiant Skin by Linda Sechrist

Holistic skin care practices are simple, healthy and sustainably good for people and the planet because they follow nature’s example.

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edical Doctor Alan M. Dattner, a 35-year pioneer in the field of holistic dermatology, faithfully follows nature’s principles in supporting skin health. His book Radiant Skin from the Inside Out: The Holistic Dermatologist’s Guide to Healing Your Skin Naturally maps out how skin reflects the body’s healthy or unhealthy organs and systems. Finding the internal root cause of problems on the skin, the body’s largest organ, takes time to investigate. Dattner, who practices in New York City and

New Rochelle, New York, and considers himself a “skin detective”, says that although his forensic work continues to expand, he still begins his sleuthing by compiling a detailed and comprehensive history that yields clues for solving health puzzles and points him in the direction of what’s causing problems. Some patients with acne also have symptoms of bloating, gastrointestinal issues or chronic bowel disease. Others may have traveled to another country where they contracted diarrhea from a parasite or foreign bacteria

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that upset their intestinal microbiome. Skin outbreaks can also be the result of food sensitivities or food allergies. “I make patients aware of the issues underlying their skin problems so that they understand the connection between internal health and skin. Then they can make conscious food choices,” says Dattner. Diet is a critical aspect of healthy skin. Food sensitivities can cause inflammation that can show up on the skin, he explains. Dattner incorporates several diagnostic techniques and remedies from other medical traditions, including herbal, homeopathic and ayurvedic. A tongue diagnosis he uses is taken from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). He uses Applied Kinesiology to refine his therapeutic choices as the results align with his knowledge of dermatology, immunology and integrative medicine. Janice MacKenzie, acupuncture practitioner, teacher and author of Discovering the Five Elements: One Day at a Time, views the skin as a third lung, because it breathes. “If the organs of elimination aren’t working well—large intestine, liver and kidney—then toxins leave through the skin, another organ of elimination,” says MacKenzie, who practices in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. “When constipation leaves toxins to be reabsorbed into the blood and recirculated through the liver, the body, out of desperation, seeks ways to get rid of toxins through the skin. This can result in eczema, psoriasis, rashes, boils and acne,” notes MacKenzie. In TCM, the facial redness of rosacea originates in a heating of the blood caused by toxicity. An inflammatory condition of excess energy and toxicity

in the stomach travels upward through the stomach energy meridian that runs from the eye to the second toe. It’s supposed to flow downward through the mouth, throat and intestines and out. Elina Fedatova, cosmetic chemist, aesthetician, owner of spas in Chicago and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and formulator of Elina Organics, addresses skin as an aspect of a whole healthy body. Her product line is created wholly from organic plant extracts and essential oils, made in batches every two weeks. These purely natural products can be ingested without harmful effects. “Formulas are made using holistic principles and adjusted for each season,” says Fedatova. She agrees with Dattner, “Protecting skin from the inside with a nutritious diet that benefits the entire body is vital, as important as keeping the skin’s surface clean.” In caring for skin from the outside, a gentle exfoliation that can be done at home three times a week using a honey mask is the first step. Skin cells produced in the deepest layer gradually push their way to the epidermis every 30 days and die. Dead cells pile up unevenly and give the skin’s surface a dry, dull appearance. Treatment serums, moisturizing lotions and eye and neck creams are necessary elements of a complete facial skin care regimen, as is a natural sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. “Using skincare practices and products that follow nature’s example are the perfect external complement to good internal health,” says Fedatova. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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value coverage that includes annual wellness exams, phone or virtual appointments and educational classes, plus followups and urgent care at minimal costs. The U.S. mainstream fee-for-service approach, whether paid by insurance or cash, has been criticized for encouraging unnecessary tests and procedures because doctors are paid for services performed. To maintain income, they typically shorten appointments to increase the number of patients they see. Lewis emphasizes, “Time is the valuable factor in DPC—healthy lifestyle changes, which can prevent or reverse 70 percent of health concerns, cannot be communicated in 10 minutes.”

Medical Cost-Sharing

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For generations, Christian communities have operated health care sharing ministries (HCSM) to collectively share the cost of each other’s medical bills as an alternative to outside insurance. Members are exempt from current Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) mandates. Liberty HealthShare, a nonprofit HCSM chartered by the Mennonite church, believes that everyone has the right to practice religion as they see fit. Their members share a commitment to personal health and sharing in the burden of health expenses with others that have these values. “Many in the functional and integrative medical arenas also believe in these principles,” says Tom Blue, of Richmond, Virginia, a director with The Institute for Functional Medicine. “Cost sharing feels very familiar; you present your card to your provider, but there’s no set network of providers, which is favorable for those seeking more progressive forms of care.” Expanding upon this model, Blue worked with the company to create its Liberty Direct program (LibertyDirect.org). Individuals pay an annual membership fee plus a monthly share amount. After fulfilling their annual unshared amount of out-of-pocket expenses (similar to a deductible), participants’ healthcare costs—including approved naturopathic and alternative treatments—can be submitted as expenses to be shared by the group. Liberty Direct provides financial advantages to DPC practitioners and patients by subsidizing membership fees; it favors nutrition over chronic prescription dependence by reimbursing physician-prescribed nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical expenses under the same terms. Members must be in good health with a lifestyle that helps sustain wellness, including good nutrition, exercise and abstinence from tobacco use and drug and alcohol abuse. The program also accepts approximately 7 percent of applicants on provisional terms when pre-existing conditions such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes can be improved through lifestyle changes. They pay an extra fee per month to cover the cost of a health coach; when they achieve their goals, they become full members paying regular rates.

Complementary Care Alternatives to Insurance Cost Less by Meredith Montgomery

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he latest National Health Interview Survey available, from 2012, shows an annual expenditure of $30.2 billion in out-of-pocket costs for complementary health approaches, benefiting 33 percent of adults and 12 percent of children, and representing about 10 percent of out-of-pocket U.S. healthcare costs. Insurance rarely covers complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in full. As provider networks shrink, premiums rise and the future of healthcare reform remains uncertain, health-conscious consumers yearn for innovative ways to afford this kind of care.

Membership-Based Care

When Dr. Chad Krisel worked at an urgent care center, he saw up to 55 patients a day. Since opening Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville (IntegrativeAsheville.org), in North Carolina, with Dr. Brian Lewis, he averages 12 patients a day. His team provides a membership-based practice in a payment model known as direct primary care (DPC). Endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, DPC is broadly accessible. By applying simplicity, sustainability, quality and collaboration, their integrative practice provides comprehensive care for less than what many pay for phone service. “DPC removes traditional financial incentives and conflicts of interest because membership fees fund us. Our only incentive is to help and heal patients,” Krisel explains. Paying for memberships out-of-pocket (often electing high-deductible plans) or via a health-sharing plan, clients 52

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“The economics are staggering,” says Blue, who used to pay $760 a month for insurance with a $12,400 deductible and now pays a monthly share of $449 with a family unshared amount of $1,500. HCSMs are affordable because of restricted overhead budgets. Plus, they appeal to naturalhealth conscious clients and can decline unsuitable applicants. “This concept of communal cost sharing works—Liberty’s share amounts decreased in 2013 and have not changed since,” comments Blue.

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Told she was past medical hope, Kari Gray, of Kahului, Hawaii, sought to heal from cancer using natural medicine. “When thousands of dollars spent for natural protocols were denied reimbursement by my insurance company, I saw that the system needs to change,” Gray recalls. CAM therapies still deemed “unproven” by traditional insurance companies gave Gray a second chance at life. Following remission, she began a 20-year search for alternative medicine insurance. Finding none, in 2014, she created GreenSurance (MyGreenSurance.com). Serving people that proactively care for their health and prefer natural medicine as primary care, GreenSurance developed an evidence-based and science-backed list

of 40-plus covered CAM modalities, including thermography, energy therapy, biofeedback, essential oils and homeopathy. It also covers conventional medical and emergency care. Enrollees of the member-owned organization are supplied third-party payer information for provider direct billing once the member’s out-of-pocket amount is met. They use any state-licensed provider and the program is often more affordable than traditional insurance. GreenSurance is currently investing resources to broaden consumer access to the tax advantages of a health spending account (HSA). H.R. 1752 would allow enrollees in any healthcare-sharing program to open an HSA. “Simply, we’re a co-op whose members empower us to create an exempt program that protects members from ACA penalties and traditional health insurance,” says Gray. “More, we’re a grassroots movement for change.” Krisel notes, “Doctors too, are livid about the current status of America’s healthcare system. Be vocal about what’s important to you. The more voices heard in Washington, the more change we’ll see.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).

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Know What a Policy Covers

Before using a complementary or integrative service, inquire about specifics: Sometimes preapproval or a referral is required to qualify; coverage may be limited to a certain network of practitioners; verify visit limits or the number required; and get details of out-of-pocket costs. Keep insurance-related communications records, including notes on calls and copies of bills, claims and letters, to help with any claim disputes.

Explore Available Options

Ask the insurance provider about coverage of CAM approaches, including whether a rider or supplement to the standard plan is required to cover them. Inquire about discount programs, such as when members pay for fees and out-of-pocket costs, but at a lower rate. State insurance departments and professional associations for

complementary health specialties may know which insurance companies cover specific CAM approaches.

Ask Practitioners About Payments

When seeing a complementary or integrative practitioner, clarify payment and insurance details before the first visit. Learn the cost of initial and follow-up appointments; how many appointments are needed; additional costs such as for tests, supplements or equipment; and if they offer an income-based sliding scale. Also confirm which insurance plans are accepted and if the patient or provider files claims. When insurance doesn’t cover a service, inquire about installment plans and discounts for cash payments. Jeanette Dietl/Shutterstock.com

onventional insurance rules adversely affect Americans’ consideration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). According to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, acupuncture, chiropractic and massage therapy use increased over the prior decade, but only among those without insurance. For those with progressive policies, coverage for CAM approaches is usually only partial.

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Flexible spending accounts offered by some employers allow participants to set aside pretax dollars for health-related expenses. Health savings accounts can be established by individuals with high-deductible health plans to save for medical expenses. Contributions are tax-deductible and interest is tax-free. Source: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health natural awakenings

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ollowing up on the success of her bestselling book Honest Medicine: Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for LifeThreatening Diseases, Julia Schopick plans to spread awareness of the efficacy of low-dose naltrexone (LDN) in treating autoimmune and other ailments later this year with a new book co-authored with professional writer Don Schwartz. Her first book, endorsed by many leading integrative health practitioners, earned the top National Indie Excellence Award for Alternative Medicine. It taps into nearly 200 scientific studies, with her research into innovative treatments driven by a quest that she and her late husband both believed added 15 years to his life after a terminal prognosis at age 40.

The former English teacher at Long Island University and Virginia State University, now an Oak Park, Illinois resident, has contributed to the American Medical Association publication AM News, writes online and print guest columns and shares her journey in media interviews.

What are some of the most significant natural alternatives you report on in Honest Medicine? The ketogenic diet is one standout because it was the standard of care for children with epilepsy in the 1920s— until pharmaceutical companies began to produce lucrative anti-seizure medications; then its use diminished through a lack of proponents in the medical field. Its use was revived in

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the 1990s due to the efforts of Jim Abrahams, a Hollywood writer/director, father of a child with epilepsy and one of my heroes. I found small studies that proved that the ketogenic diet successfully stops children’s seizures nearly 70 percent of the time. This highly effective alternative has none of the negative side effects of anti-seizure drugs. Most doctors aren’t in favor of the diet approach and instead often prescribe affected children up to three or four meds as an easier option. The diet follows Hippocrates’ dictum, “Let food be thy medicine.” Another standout is intravenous alpha lipoic acid, pioneered since the 1970s by Dr. Burt Berkson, who used it mainly for end-stage liver disease and diabetic neuropathy. He saved many people from needing liver transplants with infusions of this powerful, versatile antioxidant.

Did anything surprise you? I chose to include effective treatments that are non-toxic and inexpensive. I didn’t realize that several of them were effective for many different conditions. For example, LDN has been used since the mid-1980s to treat autoimmune diseases, of which there are more than 100; it also treats some cancers and AIDS. Research shows good results for conditions as varied as multiple sclerosis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and


Parkinson’s, because all of them have an autoimmune component if they are not directly autoimmune diseases. Similarly, the ketogenic diet is now being studied as a treatment for cancers, especially brain tumors, brain injuries, autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Intravenous alpha lipoic acid is also used to address autoimmune diseases, some cancers and other conditions.

Are you finding that people are increasingly moving away from drugs and, if so, why? Yes. The norm used to be that patients followed their doctors’ orders without question, which routinely entailed prescription drugs. Today, people are realizing that drugs often come with horrendous side effects. Consider, for instance, that ads for some injectible treatments for autoimmune diseases caution against side effects of cancers, including lymphomas. A side effect of some multiple sclerosis drugs is a serious brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML. People are listening closely, reading and researching their health issues, and don’t want risky side effects, especially when safer options are available.

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In dealing with chronic illnesses, how crucial is it for caregiver and patient to maintain a positive, optimistic attitude? Multiple studies, like those referenced in Mind Over Medicine, by Dr. Lissa Rankin, and Radical Remission, by Kelly Turner, Ph.D., show that a positive state of mind is crucial to healing. One of the benefits I report in my book is that patients and caregivers will do even more research looking for alternatives when doctors tell them nothing else can be done. And many find healing treatments; there are many such cases reported in my book. I like the African proverb, “When you pray, move your feet.” Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. natural awakenings

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avid and business infrastrucDeborah tures that support Martin, and empower co-owners of Lotus individuals. She is Blossom Clinic, actively involved in a holistic health health care educacenter in Fort Mytion and marketing ers, work together for Lotus Blossom as advocates of the Clinic. Deborah is basic simple tenets certified in Conquerof health: Build iming Any Disease, a munity, nip illness in science-based food the bud, use lifestyle healing system, and changes to restore is the creator of a David and Deborah Martin health, consider the food healing workbig picture, look within for the root shop series available at the clinic. cause of the problem rather than She partners with larger outreach just treating symptoms; and consider infrastructures to provide these foodfood as medicine to help the body healing, empowering workshops. heal itself. The clinic’s Gaia’s Food Farmacy For 20 years, David, a doctor of food experts offer private consultaOriental medicine and acupuncture tions regarding the medicinal uses physician, has been treating paof foods, target specific health goals tients and focusing on chronic pain, with primarily plant-based diets and anxiety and stress. Using effective create food plans for individuals usand often unique combinations of ing ancient medicinal plant knowlhealing modalities to assist people edge backed by modern science. The in regaining their health, he draws also offer personal shopping services from ancient and modern modalities to help individuals find the foods they such as acupuncture, acupressure, need at affordable prices. herbal and homeopathic remedies, Lotus Blossom Clinic, which has therapeutic massage, Live Blood four private rooms, also offers other Cell Analysis and other functional therapies such as massage, energy tests, as well as Native American work, polarity therapy and a crystal spiritual traditions. His specialties healing bed experience. also include infertility, addiction, chronic disease and grief treatment. Lotus Blossom Clinic is located at Deborah, a reiki master and 6710 Winkler Rd., Ste. 2, in Fort proponent of all things related to Myers. For more information, call the mind-body-spirit connection, is 239-277-1399 or visit Acupuncture focused on creating and maintaining InFortMyers.com. See ad, page 65.

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Functional Medicine for Pets Why the Best Vets Use It by Shawn Messonnier

Why Functional Medicine The system of medicine practiced by most vets is geared toward acute care of a severe trauma or a climax in illness that necessitates urgent diagnosis and treatment. They typically apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or perform surgery to treat the immediate problem or symptom. This approach works well for pets experiencing a crisis, but isn’t appropriate for restoring health when animals have chronic disorders. It also doesn’t help them to at least live comfortably with incurable problems without the side effects often caused by extensive administration of medications. Conventional veterinary science lacks

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the proper tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases, it doesn’t take into account an individual’s unique genetic makeup or exposure to toxins such as too many vaccines, drugs or environmental chemicals. Functional medicine always focuses on the unique nature of the patient; there is no “one treatment fits all” mentality. Functional medicine vets are specifically trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet and naturopathic remedies to both treat and prevent these illnesses. They can ably help the increasing number of pets suffering from complex, chronic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies, arthritis, seizures, bowel and bladder problems and immune system disorders. Functional medicine best addresses these concerns because it involves understanding the origins, prevention and treatment of ailments and emphasizes customized care. The goal is to promote health as a positive force well beyond the absence of disease. It’s possible for many pets to appear to be healthy while specialized, noninvasive testing shows underlying issues that must be addressed if illness is to be prevented. Conventional medicine either doesn’t offer such testing or ignores minor abnormalities, placing the pet at risk for developing serious and potentially irreversible problems.

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any pet owners have chosen functional medicine for their own care, so they logically turn to it for their four-legged family members, as well. Most veterinarians are still unfamiliar with this approach to pet health care and may even discourage its use because they see it as being out of synch with conventional ideology. Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging patients and doctors in a partnership designed to improve health. This evolved practice better addresses individual needs than a traditional approach that focuses on illness and treating disease rather than restoring overall health. By shifting from an allopathic platform to a more holistic, patient-centered one, functional medicine addresses the whole pet, not just a set of symptoms.

in the pet’s history, physiology and lifestyle that might lead to problems. All of the diagnostic and treatment modalities are based upon proven scientific principles and follow evidence-based medicine to yield the best results in terms of total function. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “holistic” or “complementary” healing methods. The focus is on prevention through nutrition, diet and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets and detoxification programs, using drugs only when necessary as a last, rather than a first, resort. This whole-pet approach allows doctors to choose whichever therapies are best for each patient. Holistic vets see many patients for which conventional medicine has proven ineffective. Sometimes conventional doctors back away from offering treatment, either because the pet is “too old,” the treatment is “too expensive” or the results are unlikely to be “satisfactory.” Functional medicine can help many of these so-called hopeless cases, return pets to health and often heal disease after principles of functional medicine have been consistently applied to the pet’s everyday lifestyle. Finding a functional medicine vet is challenging, but worth the effort. Focusing on the individual needs of a pet ensures the optimum chance for achieving and sustaining proper health. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit PetCareNaturally.com.


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of spirits. It appears that all mediums have psychic ability, but not all psychics have mediumistic ability. It doesn’t mean one gift is superior to the other—just different. While psychics and mediums are sensitive to frequency, they simply tune into different stations. This can be compared to the difference between AM radio and FM radio.

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ark Anthony, the “psychic lawyer”, is a well-known, fourth-generation psychic medium, attorney, paranormal expert and bestselling author. He makes a strong closing argument in his book Evidence of Eternity: Communicating with Spirits for Proof of the Afterlife, for quantum science that makes it possible for deceased loved ones to communicate from the afterlife. On February 10 at 7 p.m., Anthony will connect random audience members with loved ones in spirit at Unity of Naples. What science is there for explaining after-life communication? According to Dr. Jeffrey Long, founder of the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation, the largest database of neardeath experiences in the world, the conclusions of near-death experience studies is that consciousness survives physical death. What we are continues to exist independently of our physical body. Today’s studies regarding the survival of consciousness are a scientific effort to answer the question of what happens when we die. Unfortunately,

our ability to perceive is extremely limited while we are in physical form and we are trying to understand the infinite from a finite perspective. I believe that light represents a human’s perception of what can only be described as the spiritual energy of God and that we are all cells in the infinite body of God. Matter is energy. Energy is light. We are energetic light beings temporarily housed in bodies. In the form we are in, it is not possible to fully comprehend what the other side is truly like. We aren’t equipped to receive information in the form of energy from beings that are completely energy. It’s like an old dial-up modem on a computer that is trying to receive energetic transmissions that are faster than a higher-speed Internet. The terms psychic and medium are often used interchangeably. Is there a difference? Both of these abilities refer to a person who is sensitive to frequencies. Psychics are sensitive to the energy of a person, place or thing. They align their brainwave frequency with energy that transcends our concept of time. Mediums perceive the energy

How do you prepare yourself to be clear vessel for inter-dimensional communication? I don’t drink, smoke or do recreational drugs. I try to exercise at least four days a week eat a healthy diet, pray and meditate daily. I do have a weakness for dark chocolate. I believe that sugar and high-fructose corn syrup dull and lower brainwave frequency, which is something I can’t afford because being a medium demands a lot of energy, especially during gallery readings. What do situational awareness and spiritual situational awareness mean? The messages transmitted by God and from the Other Side are all around us—if we are listening. Spiritual situational awareness is the perception of what is happening around you spiritually. It involves being open to contact from spirits. This type of awareness is highly beneficial because it can alter the course of your life. The challenge is recognizing the contact, accepting its reality and trusting its guidance. Fortunately, my parents taught me about spiritual situational awareness. Both of them had psychic abilities and could perceive spirits. From a young age, I was trained to pay attention to the seen and unseen worlds around me. Situational awareness is the perception of what is happening around you in all directions at any given moment. This perception provides guidance for what course of action to take next. This is a skill that is highly valued by police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and members of the military because it provides the ability to make snap judgments which save lives. Admission is $50. Unity of Naples is located at 2000 Unity Way, in Naples. For tickets, call 239-775-3009 or order at NaplesUnity.org. See ad, page 46.

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SKY HIGH A Simple Gaze Invokes the Infinite by Sandy C. Newbigging

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magine being outside on a sunny day, looking at a clear, blue sky. It’s natural to feel calm and wonderful while contemplating this expansive view. Then a solitary bird flies across our field of vision. Noticing it takes our attention away from the stillness of the sky to instead track its movement as it flies by. Then we start thinking about the bird: “I wonder where it’s coming from and going? Why is it alone? Has it lost its mate?” At that point, we are no longer feeling calm, but concerned.  Inside of each of us, right now, there is a “big blue sky” of awareness with all kinds of “birds” flying around, including thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and anything in the external world that catches our attention.  Attaining a consistent inner calm is possible by learning to be more interested in and attentive to the conscious awareness that is calmly observing what’s going on in our thinking, emotions, bodily sensations and life. We can live permanently engaged with this awareness and the inner dominion it contains instead of being helplessly caught up in the content of our own or others’ thinking or emotion, which are often conditioned by the world to be more negative than positive. As we mature in this skill, we discover that such awareness is always still, silent, peaceful, powerful, unlimited and infinite. It reflects who we really are as opposed to who we think we are. Through practice, it becomes our natural way of being and we awake to an excellent way of living To experience this, try the Gently Alert Attention Wide Open (GAAWO) technique. Look at something that’s straight ahead while simultaneously letting the gaze gently open up wider, looking neither left nor right, using passive peripheral vision. Now do the same with up and down, so gentle alertness encompasses an even greater scope. As we do this, we will likely notice that our thoughts are stilled and we feel more present, calm and quiet than a moment earlier. This simple technique works for everyone. By playing with it regularly, we can discover that a sense of peace never leaves us; rather, we leave our innate, peaceful center when we focus on and feel the to and fro movements of our mind. Exchanging typical thinking for staying in a conscious state of awareness helps us to unchain our being from limiting views and perspectives, so that we live more freely. Sandy C. Newbigging is the creator of Calmology principles and techniques, including the transformative GAAWO. He offers a 12-week Calmology foundation course at CalmClan.com. Connect at SandyNewbigging.com.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 Movement and Breath for Labor – 6-7:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi, with LifeBehold, to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 248-7931. $25/early bird, $30/door. Register: LifeBehold@gmail.com or LifeBehold.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 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.

MONDAY, JANUARY 2 Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442.

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Unity By The Lake Classes: A Recent Revelation – Jan 3-Mar 28 (weekly). 12:30-1:30pm. With Rev Jim Rosemergy. Based on his book A Recent Revelation, Rev Jim will share his experiences, wisdom and immeasurable guidance. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org.

Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training 212% Program (MB-EAT) – Jan 5-Feb 23. 6-8pm. Eightweek session. Lose the diet mentality and gain a189% new relationship with food. Forget words like diet, will 132% power, guilt and deprivation, and discover a more balanced and harmonious relationship with food. $395. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 612-718-1416.

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.

Songwriters at Sunset Concert – 3:45pm. Come hear original music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate Bluebird Café style on the beach in the gazebo and enjoy Lovers Key sunset. Free concert admission with park entry fee. $8/parking fee (2-8 people), $4/single person/vehicle, $2/pedestrian/ bicyclist. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. FriendsOfLoversKey.org.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4 Art Alive – 5-8pm. Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours consists of more than 36 professional artists showcasing their recent works of art and demPantone 322 C Pantone their 179 C mediums. Meet the artist, party and onstrating bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the magenta and white art flags in the district. 596-5099. Directions/map: NaplesArtDistrict.com.

Restorative Sound – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With William Ward. Allow the healing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls in concert to soothe your soul and bring your body back into its original balance. Part of the Peaceful Mind series, with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net.

Setting Intentions Rather than Resolutions – 6:30-8pm. With Peggy Sealfon. An empowering and creative approach to setting intentions; illuminate your true path to personal greatness and get in alignment with your life’s mission statement. Includes experiential exercises. $25/person, $40/2 people; clients: $20/person, $30/2 people. Monarch

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Introduction to Nutrition and Services – Noon1pm. Come learn about basic nutrition and health, their philosophy and services provided. Book a comprehensive initial visit at this time and receive a free, high-quality multivitamin for the month. DSigned Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 1/3: 676-5249.221% DSignedNutrition.com. 216%

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Art Walk – Jan 6-7. 6-10pm, Fri; 11am-4pm, Sat. Fourteen art galleries invite locals and visitors to a self-guided walking tour throughout downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists and enjoy the live art demonstrations. FortMyersArtWalk.com.

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White Pelican Festival – Jan 7-8. Welcome these gigantic snowy birds to their winter home in our backyard. Boat trips to see the rare avians, musical guests, arts and crafts, Native American foods, raffles, informative talks, guided walking tours. Gala 136% 65% dinner Saturday with Chief Billie. Smallwood Store, 360 Mamie 116% 62% St, Chokoloskee. RSVP boat tours: 6952989 or SmallwoodStore.com. 95%

45% Reiki for Pets – 9-11am. Bring your dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a five-to-15-minute 86% 46% reiki session for them. Whether they are ill or 62% healthy,39% animals benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leashed or comfortably crated. Free; donations accepted for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. FireflyWithin.org.

Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew Retreat – 9am5pm. Certified Amrit Yoga facilitator Tonya will teach a powerful technique to restore peace, reduce stress, quiet the restless mind and enter deep levels of relaxation. $125. Buckingham Yoga Barn, 4295 Orange River Loop Rd, Ft Myers. 772-485-0605. BalancedInLife.com. Taiji Workshop – 10am-noon. Find out if taiji is for you. $25/preregistered, $35/door. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464, ext 0. StudioOneNaples.com/taichi. See ad, page 49. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market.

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Weekend Childbirth Education – Jan 7-8. 10am3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register/fee: FBCNaples@gmail.com. NaplesBirthCenter.com. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies in your health relating to digestive dysfunction, liver stress, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalances, lymphocytes, health of white and red blood cells and more. $50 includes DVD and takehome information. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778. Thyroid Seminar – 11am. 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: 4443106. See ad, page 34. Experiential Meditation Course – 1-4pm. Meditation in Action for Super Clarity, Control and Creativity, with stress and meditation expert Bill McLaughlin. $19. Open Mind Zen Center, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 287-3458. Preregister: ExperientialMeditation.org/naples-live-course. Seminole Chief Gala Dinner – 6pm. Gala dinner and meet and greet with renown Seminole leader Chief James E Billie. Experience delicious food, live music and a movie entitled The Life of James E Billie. Part of the White Pelican Festival. $50/ ticket with cash bar. Smallwood Store and Museum, 360 Mamie St, Chokoloskee. 695-2989. SmallwoodStore.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 Eckankar Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Spiritual Exercises, a Tool for Life! ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. With Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman. Featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 404-9744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Intro to Wicca – 2pm. 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.

Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 2-4pm. The debut meeting of the SW Florida Amma Satsang is free and open to all to attend. There’ll be meditation, songs and videos which share the devotion and dedication to Amma and her teachings. Cape Coral. Info: 671-6058.

Food Talk: Probiotics for WADA – 6:15-8:15pm. A discussion on science-based answers for weight loss, allergies, digestion and women’s issues (WADA). $15 includes samples of probiotic foods. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com.

Restoring Eye Patterns: Clearing Trauma in Five Minutes – 3:30-5pm. With Connie Bettinger. Learn how to muscle-test for answers and then learn the importance of eye re-patterning and trauma releasing. $25. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N (Empire Plaza), Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com.

Solar Education Presentation – 6:30-8:30pm. Find out about solar power and what Amendments 4 and 1 mean to Florida and your electricity. Hosted by Clean Renewable Energy Worldwide (CREW). Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 218-1354. OwnTheSwitch. com/SWFLSolar.

Unity Works at Work –5:30-7pm. A networking event where actively employed or retired business professionals and entrepreneurs share their unique skills, talents and expertise while offering their products or services. Guest speakers will share how they enjoy the benefits of applying Unity spiritual principles to their professional life. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org.

MONDAY, JANUARY 9 Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Linda Mundt, E-RYT 500, Alignment Yoga, 40 years experience. Find joint, back and neck health. Regain core strength and stability. Recover from injury or surgery. $15 donation. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 405-7330. Spiritual Economics –10am-noon & 7-9pm. Based on two books Spiritual Economics, by Eric Butterworth, and Prosperity by Charles Fillmore, attendees may experience a shift in consciousness from lack to abundance. Discussions of the reading material, personal realizations and practical ways can help enhance one’s own prosperity. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3:30-6:30pm. With GAEA guides. Dates are picked for optimal viewing of the moonrise and the sunset. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. $40/person. Includes all equipment and a Florida master naturalist as your guide. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. GAEAGuides.com. Journey within Meditation – 6-7pm. With Firefly Within. Begin the evening with relaxation techniques that will lead you into a guided meditation followed by reiki energy healing. All donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani Craft Coffee and Gallery, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257 or FireflyWithin.org.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 1/17. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Journey Beyond Words Study Class – 5:457:15pm. Also 1/24. Six sessions, every 2nd and 4th Tues, Jan-Mar. Join this small-group journey thru this companion study class for the Course in Miracles, written by Brent Haskell, PhD, DO. $25/session. South Ft Myers. Info/location: Deb@ LotusBlossomClinic.com. See news brief, page 16. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. 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. The benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. Also learn about challenges and solutions and resources available. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Fee info/register: FBCNaples@gmail.com or NaplesBirthCenter.com. Weight Loss Course – 7-8:30pm. Four-week course with MK Mueller, author of Eight to Your Ideal Weight book. Learn how to get off sugar, release weight and feel and look younger. $97/ person. Or take the course online starting Jan 15. Skinny Pantry, 14261 S Tamiami Tr, Ft Myers. Info/ register: 935-5093. Online course: 402-212-3033. 8ToYourIdealWeight.com. See ad on page 24 and news brief on page 20.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 Private Channeling – Jan 11-13. Rae Chandran channels symbols for healing and transformation. Through these tones, he facilitates shifts in your DNA to manifest to a higher frequency to manifest your life’s purpose. $250/one-hour session. Unity of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. Susan Deflavis Winters: 340-1036 or Panguswf@gmail. com. RaeChandran.com. See ad on page 25 and news brief on page 20. Wah! Yoga Class/Workshop/Kirtan – Jan 11-14. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter@aol.com. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 67. Mindful Yoga – 10-11am. With Linda Mundt, E-RYT 500, alignment yoga, 40 years experience. Mindfulness increases body memory, gives more immediate and longer-lasting results. Acquire awareness of newfound strength and flexibility. All levels. $15 donation. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 405-7330. Detoxing with Foods – 11am. ALCAT test is a lab based immune stimulation test which a patient’s white blood count are challenged with various foods, medicinal herbs, molds, chemicals and more. These identify harmful immune system reactions. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. Brain Vitality – 2-4pm. With Ann Marina. Learn simple techniques to boost your brain: hand and eye movements, “crossovers” with arms and legs, breathing techniques and a little yoga/tai chi. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Meditation Course – 3pm. Four-week course begins. Workbook and CD included. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Innerlight@ aol.com. See ad, page 59. 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 Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregistration required: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Simple Easy Everyday Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Wednesday thru Feb 1. Four-week class series with certified instructor Kathy Hurst. Includes book and guided audio recordings. $175. Integrative Mindfulness, in The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Register: 580-7700. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Art Reception and Community Night – 6-9pm. Natures Eye Art Reception: featuring the original works of Peggy Macnamera, Megan Kissinger and Ed Takacs in the Great House. Live music, street painting, dulcimer music, photo booth, Calusa storytelling, poetry, trunk jewelry show, butterfly card making and drum circle. Beer and wine bar. Organic dinner: 5-8pm. Yoga: 6:30-7:30pm. Local film screening: 7:30-9pm. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Evie Breedlove-Mangapora. Learn how hormone imbalance could be robbing your zest for life. Free $10 gift card to Food & Thought for the first 10 to RSVP and attend. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213,

Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 777-4647 or 5608334. See ad, page 31. Community Yoga Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Enjoy yoga surrounded by lush nature and community drumming. Beginners to advanced for the whole family. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Mini Spa Treatments – 6:30-7:30pm. Free minitreatments include massage, facials and energy work on a first-come first-served basis. Tips for therapists recommended. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Calusa Storytelling – 6:30-8pm. The Calusa Indians gathered water at the Bonita Spring and regarded it as a sacred place. Calusa John will share his experiences and research into the Calusa Indians and the Spaniards. See demonstrations of their indigenous technologies. Hear the haunting sound of the horse conch horn. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Community Drumming Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. With Mark Wagner. Show your community spirit and be a part of a family-oriented unity of rhythm and love on the beautiful grounds of Shangri-La Springs. Great for beginners, dancers, hoopers and musicians. Free. 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Parent Support Circle – 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, $50/2 people; clients: $25, $40/2 people; members/free. Call for eight-week group dates. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 1/18. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Retirement – Jan 11-Mar 22 (weekly). 7:30-8:30pm. Facing retirement, Unity of Fort Myers’ minister Rev Jim Rosemergy will share significant spiritual insights that impacted his life and ministry over the past 40 years. From these insights, one may recognize one’s own experiences, and grow through awakening to one’s own awareness. Love donation. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org.

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Intercessions of Knowing: Channeling I – 7:309:30pm. Eight-week Mastery Program with Roy Burns. Learn the foundation and building blocks of spiritual development and activation to become a channel. Receive energetic attunements and pragmatic tools bringing access to intuition, healing abilities and space of unconditional love. $240 or $35/class. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N (Empire Plaza), Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 All About Spells for Beginners – 2pm. Learn what a spell is and what they should and should not be used for, along with the prerequisites in learning to cast spells and the many forms of constructing one. Discover some of the methods for success with your spell work and to serve your highest good. Bring a notebook. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

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Qigong Course – 2:30pm. Six-week course begins. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Innerlight@aol.com. See ad, page 59. Full Moon Celebration – 5pm. With Cathy Blair. Honor the first full moon of the year as we recalibrate and set our intentions for 2017. Join with likeminded souls setting an intention for the foundation of the New Earth frequencies. 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. Kunda-Glow – 5:30-7:30pm. With Pamela. Be the Light in the Dark, a fun evening of Kundalini yoga, body paint and black lights. Wear light-colored clothing; body paint provided.  $20.  BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Integrative Relaxation – Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Nurture your body and mind and release stress from the source. Feel refreshed and empowered to tackle life’s challenges, with new solutions. Part of the Peaceful Mind series. $80/4 classes. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 3259210. MonarchWellness.net. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Also 1/26. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail.com. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Full Moon Meditation – 7-8pm. With Mark Wagner. Find peace and improve your sense of wellbeing through a mix of guided meditation, chanting and the healing vibrations of the singing bowls. $15/ drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Energy Clearing and Drum Blessings –Jan 12-Feb 16. 7-9pm. Six consecutive Thursdays. Experience a divine shift through the work of the rattle, drum, crystals and essential oils. $15 donation. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 The Yoga Body – Jan 13-15. With greenmonkey yoga faculty. Anatomy, physiology and biomechanics module. Part of the 200-hour teacher training module series (enrollment in the 200-hour program not required to attend). Participants will gain unique insight into the yoga practice and science behind

the greenmonkey method. $695. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-events. 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 KabatZinn at U Mass. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregistration required: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Kava Party – 11am. Come taste kava from Fiji with your group of friends. Free. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. Special Reiki Level I: For Caregivers – Noon3pm. Part I of II. With Silvia Casabianca, reiki master. Become a reiki practitioner: add soothing, relaxing treatment for those going through a chronic, debilitating or terminal condition. Reiki history, principles and chakra system. $11. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Naples. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. A Taste for all Seasons Cooking Class – 6pm. Mediterranean Treasures: The Tuscan Kitchen meets the South of France with Laurie Richardone, of LR Kitchen. The Good Life, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Ste 176, Naples. Register: 514-4663. See ad on page 27 and news brief on page 21. Essential Oils and Fitness – 6:30pm. Learn to use essential oils to help elevate your fitness routine and weight management. Free. I Love Oils Training Center 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. RSVP: 689-3649. ILoveOils.com. Women’s Gathering – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion and relationships. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. DNA Activation Workshop Intro Lecture – 7:308:30pm. With Rae Chandran, spiritual teacher, channel, author of numerous books and a healer in India, now residing in Tokyo. Learn about upcoming DNA Activation workshops in this introductory lecture. Unity of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. Susan Deflavis Winters: 340-1036 or Panguswf@ gmail.com. RaeChandran.com. See ad on page 25 and news brief on page 20.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 Introduction to Meditation – 9-10am. With Aimee Boglio. A sound healing guided meditation with

the instrument called “the cathedral”. Create a new journey in your life manifesting and empowering your mind. Free. Salt Therapy Grotto, 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. RSVP: 598-0990. SaltTherapyGrotto.com. Never Diet Again Live – 9am-4pm. Learn how to earn $100 for every pound you lose. Join the number one bestselling author of Mastering Vitality, Dr Linell King, MD, and find out the number one secret to losing the pounds; double your energy, feel great and more. $97/seat deposit (refunded at the door). Vineyards Country Club, 400 Vineyards Blvd, Naples. Preregister: 612-888-4825. Kashima@ LinellKingMD.com. Esoteric Healing Part I – Jan 14-16. 9am6:30pm. Learn energy healing; activate your inner knowing; heal yourself, loved ones, pets: physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually. Beginners and experienced healers benefit from this expanded understanding. $444. Harmonizing Ambient Energy, Naples. 910-6576. MariaHubbuch@aol.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 and pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Rae Chandran DNA Level I: Activation of DNA – 1:30-7:30pm. With Rae Chandran. Learn ancient tones and mudras and receive channeled teachings from ascended masters, guides and angels. Activate DNA strands. $250. Unity of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. Susan Deflavis Winters: 340-1036 or Panguswf@gmail.com. RaeChandran.com. See ad on page 25 and news brief on page 20. Laughter Yoga and Mindfulness – 4:30-6pm. With Jill Emmerich and Michelle Falco. Learn to cope with everyday life challenges through laughter and positive mindfulness. Manage stress through movement, breathing, humor and positive laughirmations. Sponsored by Monarch Wellness and the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am, 1pm & 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Expand into the new frequencies of these ever-changing times. Allow the singing bowls to lift you into your highest frequency of self-love the soothing balm of peace, joy and transformation.  Bring pillow, mat and blanket.  $20 (cash or check).  The Original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953.

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Trager for Daily Life: Go for Freedom – 6:30pm. With Silvia Casabianca, LMT, CTP. Find the possibilities of self-care exploring totally free, mindful movement. Feel your weight; explore moving freely while standing, sitting and lying. Pause and observe. Reeducate your neuromuscular system. $11. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com.

Rae Chandran DNA Level II – 1:30-7:30pm. With Rae Chandran. Learn how to use tones and mudras specifically to heal others. Channeled teachings. Activate DNA strands. $400. Unity of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. Susan Deflavis Winters: 340-1036 or Panguswf@gmail.com. RaeChandran. com. See ad on page 25 and news brief on page 20. Healing a Divided Nation – 2pm. Maryl Walters, a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship and interfaith activist, will present an inspirational and practical lecture, “After an Election: Healing and Unifying Power of Divine Love”. Learn how prayer can be powerful and effective in healing divisions and bringing families and communities together. Free. Christian Science Society of Bonita Springs, 11551 E Terry St. 910-3673. Hatha-Thai Yoga – 2-4pm. With Jamie and Trisha. Enjoy a hands-on hatha class with Thai style adjustments. Improve poses, release energy blocks and loosen tight muscles.  $45/early registration, $50/after 1/13. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Recovery Yoga – 4:30-6pm. With Y12SR-certified Michelle Falco. Combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Suitable for trauma, loss, addictions (substances, food, gambling, etc) and other emotional challenges. Stay for candlelight yoga afterward. By donation. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Creating Space for a Peaceful Mind Feng Shui – 7-8pm. Public talk with Linda Mundt, MFA, 12 years experience. Discover what kinds of energy are available as we work on our spaces. Donations accepted. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 405-7330.

MONDAY, JANUARY 16 Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Linda Mundt, ERYT 500, alignment yoga, 40 years experience. Find joint, back and neck health. Regain core strength and stability. Recover from injury or surgery. $15 donation. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 405-7330. Benefits of Turmeric and Tasting Party – 11am. Learn how to mix this golden paste with my special recipe like no other on the market. Instant results. 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 2750039. See news brief, page 20. Full Moon Mondays – 6-7pm. With Gus Komninos. Yoga under the light of the full moon will consist of 108 sun salutes. Komninos leads four groups of 27 sun salutes, beginning with the most accessible version. All levels. $5/prior, $10/door. All proceeds benefit the Naples Art Association. Young Plaza at the von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park St, Naples. 5981938. greenmonkey.com/naples-events.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 Stem Cell Program – Jan 19-20. 9am-4pm. With Dr Edward Kondrot, MD. Healing The Eye Wellness Center, 40122 Mason Rd, Zephyrhills. 800-4309328. StemCellsSpecial.org. NationalEyeReport. org. See ad on page 48 and news brief on page 13. La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Self-Care Stretches for Busy Professionals – 5:306:30pm. Learn four simple stretches to make part of your every day, to stay ahead of routine upper-back, neck, and shoulder tightness and pain. Combined with deep breathing for muscle relaxation. $15. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Let’s Talk: Resolve Depression – 6pm. With Dr Carol Roberts. Understand the causes and learn about natural treatment options. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. RSVP: HughesCenterNaples. com. See ad, page 87. New Year’s Health Class – 6:30pm. Cleaning Up the Holidays and Starting the New Year Healthy, a series of classes held in four weekly sessions. Topics include supplemental support, improving alertness, reducing belly fat and bloating, clearing the skin and helping participants wake up refreshed. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. 481-5600. DebPost.com. See news brief, page 22.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 Mindful Yoga – 10-11am. With Linda Mundt, ERYT 500, Alignment Yoga, 40 years experience. Mindfulness increases body memory, gives more immediate and longer lasting results. Acquire awareness of new-found strength and flexibility. All levels. $15 donation. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 405-7330.

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Walk and Learn – Noon-12:45pm. Q & A with Jennifer Barrell. Learn the ins and outs of feeding your children and grandchildren. Wear your tennis shoes and come walk the Bonita Bay trails. Kids in strollers and dogs on leashes welcome. Bring your questions and get the facts about nutrition as you exercise. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 1/17: 676-5249.

Kondrot Eye Program – Jan 17-20. 9am-4pm. With Dr Edward Kondrot, MD. Healing The Eye Wellness Center, 40122 Mason Rd, Zephyrhills. 800-430-9328. StemCellSpecial.org. NationalEyeReport.org. See ad on page 48 and news brief on page 13.

A Taste for all Seasons Cooking Class – 6pm. Small Plates Big Flavor. Savor the big bundles of flavor in this nouvelle cuisine with Laurie Richardone, of LR Kitchen. The Good Life, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Ste 176, Naples. Register: 514-4663. See ad on page 27 and news brief on page 21.

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. Shangri-

Mantras and Miracles Kundalini Yoga – 6-7:30pm. With Lizz Cohoon (Das Simran Kaur). Align with your highest potential using kundalini yoga, breath and mantra, mantra, mantra. $20/dropin. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.

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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 One. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2760. Food as Medicine in Cancer Care and Prevention – 5-6:15pm. Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE, IFM-CP teaches this free educational class every month. This month, learn how to properly use foods for cancer care and prevention. D-Signed Nutrition, Estancia Tower, 4801 Bonita Bay Blvd, Social Room, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 11/18: 676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com. Meditation – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to improve your meditation practice at home with short discussions and practice with William Ward. This is part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. $80/4 classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 Pilates Teacher Training Program – With Amy Lademann. Three-weekend course thru June. Learn more about the foundation of Pilates. This course will explore from beginner to advanced level Pilates mat exercises, the foundation to the Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training program through Beyond Motion. 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Ste A, Naples. 2549300. See ad, page 69. Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com. ThetaHealing Basic DNA Practitioner’s Class – Jan 20-22. 9am-5pm. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg, licensed ThetaHealing trainers for Vianna Stibal, THInk, International. $444 (payment plans available). Naples. Info/register: 692-9120 or KSmith727@comcast.net. Meal Planning and Prep for Success – 11am-noon. During this informative class integrative nutrition health coach Kristi Willems will discuss how to set yourself up for success through preparation. She will also present meal-planning ideas and offer strategies for avoiding dietary slip-ups in order to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. $20. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 1/18: 676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com.


Free Class Friday – Noon-4pm. Classes include intros to qigong, Foundation Training, self-hypnosis, acupressure, food combining, alternative testing and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. BeWellNaples.com. Music Walk – 6-10pm. The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials. Downtown Ft Myers. RiverDistrictEvents.com. The Twelve Powers of Man Movie – 7pm. Charles Fillmore’s spiritual classic The Twelve Powers of Man comes to life in this exciting documentary directed James Twyman. Over 30 well-known Unity ministers with share their insights on each of the twelve powers. $10. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Tickets: 775-3009 or NaplesUnity.org. See news brief, page 18. Eckankar Community HU Chant – 7pm.Vineyards Community Center, 6321 Arbor Blvd, Naples. 482-4034. 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. National Storyteller Geraldine Buckley – 7-8:30pm.  Experience the unique British charm of this storyteller who has been called a bit Auntie Mame – a bit Bette Davis. She believes that the shortest distance between two hearts is a story. And you will too, after hearing hers. Join her on a magic carpet ride at the office of Dr Joel Ying, MD. $15/ticket. 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. 267-6480. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. $11 donation. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. FireflyWithin.com. Eckankar Spiritual Discussion – 7:45pm. Topic: Have you Had a Spiritual Experience? Vineyards Community Center, 6321 Arbor Blvd, Naples. 482-4034.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 Art Fest Naples – Jan 21-22. Browse and purchase fine art that includes paintings in oil and acrylic, watercolors, drawings in graphite and pastels, art photography, blown glass, turned wood pieces, sculptures, metal works, ceramics and pottery, fiber art, handcrafted fine art jewelry and more. Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Blvd. 634-2337. ArtFestNaples.com. Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. Silvia Casabianca, reiki master. 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. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. New Year’s Health Class – 10am. Cleaning Up the Holidays and Starting the New Year Healthy, a series of classes held in four weekly sessions. Topics include supplemental support, improving alertness, reducing belly fat and bloating, clearing the skin and helping participants wake up refreshed. Wellbridges Health Cen-

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ter, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. 481-5600. DebPost.com. See news brief, page 22. Conscious Aging Workshop – 10am-12:30pm. Explore the psycho-dynamics of aging and discover the gold nuggets in the Golden Years with Dr Joe Spano and Vera Lindabury. Love offering. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Fellowship Hall. 775-3009 or NaplesUnity.org. Creating Dreams by Unlocking the Subconscious Seminar – 10:30am-4:30pm. A healing and manifestation seminar combining Quantum Tapping, HeartMath and Ho’oponopono with Dr Garland Landrith. She will teach how to tap on acupuncture points using Emotional Freedom Technique for positive purposes. $75. The Mystical Moon Bonita Springs, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. Pelletiere Family Chiropractic Open House – 11am-2pm. Visit the new office location; meet Dr Michele Pelletiere and the practitioners. Receive special offers, experience sample services and enjoy some food and drinks. 3411 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 302, Bonita Springs. 949-1222. BackToWellBeing. com. See news brief, page 13. Art Alive – 11am-4pm. Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours consists of more than 36 professional artists, who will be showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the magenta and white art flags in the district. 596-5099. Directions/map: NaplesArtDistrict.com. Be Well Natural Health Clinic Open House – 11am-4pm. Drop-in with your questions. Enjoy classes, demos, special offers and samples. Meet the health partners and learn about services: ther-

mal imaging, hypnotherapy, essential oils, energy healing, massage, lymphatic drainage, foundation training, fitness, yoga, qigong and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. BeWellNaples.com. See ad, page 51. 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. Getting Wild! Benefit – Noon-4pm. Wine, beer and munchies tasting with donations to benefit Shy Wolf Sanctuary education; in the store with some animal guests. Lucky’s Market, 3815 Tamiami Tr E, Naples. 330-3012. LuckysMarket.com. Introduction to Food Healing –1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of the phytochemicals in foods to reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the food-healing protocols. $25. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Yoga for Golfers – 2-3:15pm. With Susie Lentz. Join Susie, a yogi and experienced golfer, in this informative workshop to learn an effective and accessible yoga practice targeted for a golfer’s unique needs. This practice will strengthen, lengthen and stretch key muscle groups for optimal performance on the course. $30, $25/prepaid by 1/20. Bring yoga mat, water and a five iron. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 5981938. greenmonkey.com/naples-events. Spinal Health: Flexibility and Stability – 2:305pm. With JoAnn. Develop additional flexibility and ease of movement in your spine through gentle, yet active, mindful approach of Feldenkrais lessons. $30/early registration, $35/after 1/20. BKS Yoga

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 Myofascial Components of Neck and Shoulder Pain – Jan 22-23. With Pete Whitridge. Refine your touching skills and gain new confidence; teach your clients to work with you during therapy; eliminate chronic pain by working below the client’s pain threshold. $275. 18 CE hours. Naples (near I-75). Lee Whitridge: 772979-5828 or BlueMoonies@juno.com. Eckankar Community HU Chant –11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. With Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman. Featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 404-9744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm. With DamaDe’. A kundalini yoga class followed by the sound therapy of the gong while you lie in savasana. $25/early registration, $30/ after 1/20. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Salon Celebration: Health and Beauty Extravaganza – 3-6pm. Enjoy an afternoon meeting new friends, experience organic products, taste organic foods and wines, shop for handmade gifts and learn about healthier lifestyle options. Guest speaker and author Brenda Newberry will share her life testimony of overcoming stage 4 tongue cancer. Raw Hair Organics, 2940 Immokalee Rd, Ste 4, Naples. 597-0939. See ads on pages 41 and 55, and news brief on page 16. Creating Space for a Peaceful Mind Feng Shui – 7-8pm. Public talk with Linda Mundt, MFA, 12 years experience. Discover what kinds of energy are available as we work on our spaces. Donations accepted. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 405-7330.

MONDAY, JANUARY 23 Microcurrent Program – Jan 23-24. 9am-4pm. With Dr Edward Kondrot, MD. Healing The Eye Wellness Center, 40122 Mason Rd, Zephyrhills. 800-430-9328. StemCellSpecial.org. NationalEyeReport.org. See ad on page 48 and news brief on page 13. Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Linda Mundt, E-RYT 500, Alignment Yoga, 40 years experience. Find joint, back and neck health. Regain core strength and stability. Recover from injury or surgery. $15 donation. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 405-7330. Presence in Healing – 5-6:30pm. Mondays thru Feb 13. Four-week series with physical therapist, integrative practitioner and body worker Sara Pierce, MA, PT, BCTMB. Multiple modalities us-


ing mindfulness and movement. $60. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 266-9162. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Meal Planning and Prep for Success – 6:307:30pm. Integrative nutrition health coach Kristi Willems will discuss how to set yourself up for success through preparation. Receive meal-planning ideas and learn strategies for avoiding dietary slipups. $20. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 1/20: 676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 Salt Therapy Yoga Class – 9-10am. Yoga in the salt cave with Laura Grabinski. $25/person. Salt Therapy Grotto, 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. RSVP: 877-1293. SaltTherapyGrotto.com.

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Trim and Tone Med Spa Re-Opening Event – 3-7pm. Meet Medical Director Dr Emilia Murray and new Medial Aesthetician Alana Weaver; learn about Shelle Misiorowski’s upgraded and new services; and enjoy discounts. Marquese Plaza, 13020 Livingston Rd, Ste 16, Naples. Info: 596-5522. TrimAndToneSpa.com. See ad on page 15 and news brief on page 14.

StorySlam 2017: An Evening of Storytelling – 7-9pm. Join ten local storytellers for an evening of laughter, tears, joy, sadness, fun and excitement. Hear personal tales, tall tales, folk tales, historical tales and experience the range and power of storytelling. The Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Bvld, Ft Myers. $10/members. $15/ nonmembers. Tickets: 939-2787. ArtInLee.org. See ad on page 30 and news brief on page 12.

Movie Night – 7pm. Featuring Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, directed by Dr Andrew Wakefield and produced by Del Bigtree. Educate yourself about the vaccine debate and fraud accusations against the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC), the MMR vaccine controversy and the power of Big Pharma. Free. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd,

SEVA I: Stress Release for Self-Care Acupressure for Anyone – 9am-noon. Pyramid meditation; awareness journal; history of acupressure; history of this particular protocol; how energy moves in the body; acupoint location and touch style; chakra tai chi; importance of self-care. $60. 3 CEUs for MTs FL & NCBTMB. Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276. HolisticHealingArts.info. SEVA II: Compassionate Service – 1-3pm. Acupressure for anyone. Pyramid meditation; awareness journal; vocabulary of touch, opening and closing a session; acupoints and how to access them; bodywork exchanges of SEVA Stress Release Formula. Prerequisite: SEVA I. $60. 3 CEUs for MT’s FL & NCBTMB. Naples.Alvina 732-266-5276. HolisticHealingArts.info. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.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 One. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2760.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25 Mindful Yoga – 10-11am. With Linda Mundt, E-RYT 500, alignment yoga, 40 years experience. Mindfulness increases body memory, gives more immediate and longer lasting results. Acquire awareness of new-found strength and flexibility. All levels. $15 donation. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 405-7330. Micronutrient Testing – 11am. Let a micronutrient test to tell you how much of each vitamin you need to take. Take the guess work out. Free Live Cell Analysis, free magnesphere session, seven free blood draws when you establish as a new client. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. Mindful Meditation – 2-4pm. 4th Wed. With Ana Marina. Learn ways to stay focused and grounded in the moment. Explore the benefits of meditation and how to maintain a regular practice. Includes silent sitting, moving, stretching and walking mindfully, followed by brief discussion. Shangri-La Springs,

Healing Night Sound Immersion – 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Bathe in the loving frequencies of the singing bowls and the healing vibrations of the Himalayan salt. Bring all aspects of self into alignment for your soul’s expansion into oneness. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 (cash or check). The Original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 398-3953.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 Organic Skincare and Bodyworx Event – 3-7pm. Free makeovers (by appointment), free 10-minute mini-facials (cleanse and moisturizer), $1/minute chair massage, free food, wine and prizes drawn every hour. $20/door (refunded back with purchase). 13240 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 207, Naples. 514-4494. OrganicSkincareAndBodyworx.com. Goddess Gathering – 6pm. With Jamie Shane. Delve into the mystery and power of one Goddess per month, setting sacred space and teaching ceremony so you can honor the Goddess within at any time. Shane is a teacher, practitioner and astrologer, among many other talents. $25. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N (Empire Plaza), Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Evening Series – 6-8:30pm. Eight-week stressreduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Weekly classes, materials, recordings for home practice. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregistration required: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Peaceful Mind Yoga – 6:30-8pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Combines a gentle practice of yoga with a relaxation segment to soothe the soul. This is part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. $80/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. All About Spells for Beginners – 7pm. Learn what a spell is and when they should and should not be used for, along with the prerequisites in learning to cast spells and the many forms of constructing one. Discover some of the methods for success with your spell work and to serve your highest good. Bring a notebook. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. An Evening of Kirtan with Devayani – 7-8:30pm. Experience the bliss of devotional chanting as we unify the heart, mind and spirit. $20. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. GirijaQ@aol.com.

Naples Storytelling Guild – 7-9pm. Community of storytellers and story-listeners. Practice stories, get feedback, have fun. Free. Office of Dr Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. 200-6796. OpenDreaming.com/naples-storytelling-guild.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Morning Series – 9:30am-noon. 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, recordings for home practice. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregistration required: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of our experienced readers and healers offering many services: astrology, mediumship, tarot/palm readings, reiki. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Bonita Springs, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. Spa Seminar – 11:30am. Light lunch and presentation, followed by Q&A session with Dr Prendiville, of Assuage Spa. He will explain the benefits of prelift and other aesthetic procedures. Also, learn the latest information on minimal incision surgeries, injectable facelifts, wrinkle reduction, skin smoothing techniques and SculpSure (fat-dissolving treatment). Trianon Bonita Bay Hotel, 3401 Bay Commons Dr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 201-4762. AssuageCenters. com. See ad, page 34. Creative Hat Workshop – 1-4pm. With Debra Rapoport, a visual artist, hat maker, fashion/style speaker, workshop facilitator and advanced style star from New York. Create your own designer hat using paper towels. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. RSVP: 285-1736. Info: Jerrine Varila: JerrineV@comcast.net. A Taste for all Seasons Cooking Class – 6pm. Celebrating Fusion – creating traditional dishes from cultures around the world with non-traditional ingredients with Laurie Richardone, of LR Kitchen. The Good Life, 2355 Vanderbilt Bch Rd, Ste 176, Naples. Register: 514-4663. See ad on page 27 and news brief on page 21. Intro to Family Constellations – 6-7:30pm. Coach Rhonda Shladand and Tobey Burton discuss Hellinger’s method of breaking limiting emotional and family patterns as an alternative therapy drawing from family systems, existential phenomenology and Zulu’s family relationships. Free. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Pet Walk – 6-8pm. The River District Alliance invites well-trained and leashed pets and their owners to enjoy An Evening in the River District, including pet-friendly exhibitors and vendors. Several downtown merchants will also be participating and welcoming pets. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. Downtown Ft Myers. FortMyersRiverDistrictAlliance.com. Healing in America: Energy Healing Therapy Community Healing Session – 6:15-8:40pm. This session is non-denominational. Reservations are required to attend. $20. Unity of Naples, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way. Info/register: Karen CoratelliSmith, southeast regional director: 692-9120 or KSmith727@comcast.net.   Sacred Sound Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. With

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Sue Lovett. A variety of sacred sound vibration instruments will be integrated monthly including crystal singing bowls, gongs, chimes, flutes, kirtan chanting, singing and more. Breath work and gentle stretching may be included. Bring blanket, pillow, etc. $20/advance, $25/door. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. New Moon Celebration –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for the new you, envision for 2017.  Let the singing bowls reveal your piece in the divine plan and carry your requests up into the universe. Bring beach chair and blanket.  $25 (cash or check).  The Original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 Chakra Workshop – 9:30am-1pm. Healing through ancient energy fields. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Innerlight@aol.com. See ad, page 59. Art and the Consciousness of Oneness – 10amnoon. Also 2/25 & 3/25. Experience art as spirituality, and spirituality as art with renowned artist Jose Maria Castillo. Not sequential, so attend any one or all three dates. No experience necessary. Bring own supplies. $20/session. 1250 Tamiami Tr, Ste 250, Naples. Info/ register: 961-2491 or OpenMindZenNaples.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. Family Constellations Workshop – 10am-5pm. With Tobey Burton MS and Coach Rhonda Shladand. Identify and release unconscious limiting emotional and family patterns. Live more fulfilled life. Break free from past entanglements; find new ways of giving/receiving love. $95. 6 FL CEUs. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. 11th Annual Empty Bowls Naples – 11am-2pm. Guests get to select a unique one of a kind bowl created by local community members, which they get to keep as a reminder of those that often go hungry in our local community, and sample an array of soups donated and prepared by 46 area chefs representing local restaurants and country clubs. $20 donation. Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave S, Naples. EmptyBowlsNaples.org. Monkey Sprouts Prenatal Workshop – 1-3pm. With Tiffany Smith. This interactive workshop will help attendees find support from the monkey sprout community while you practice meditation, breath work, stretches, yoga flow and relaxation. $30, $25/ prepaid by 1/27. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Preregister: 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-events. Happy Hips – 2:30-4:30pm. With Matt. A slow flow yoga class saturated with hip openers, long holds and relaxed breathing. $25/early registration, $30/ after 1/27. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Crown of Eternity Tour: Sound Healing Meditation – 6-8pm. Crown of Eternity will perform a sound journey with gongs, bells and singing bowls that includes intro pranayama and a very long extended relaxation and closing medita-


tion. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. See news brief, page 10. An Evening of Kirtan with Devayani – 7-8:30pm. Experience the bliss of devotional chanting as we unify the heart, mind and spirit. $20. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. GirijaQ@aol.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 2017 SWFL Veg Fest – 10am-4pm. Discover healthy, plant-based foods in Southwest Florida. Find local sources of eco-friendly and cruelty-free products. Learn about the science behind the benefits of a plant-based diet. Food vendors and samples, entertainment, cooking demos, kid zones, food competitions, animal adoptions, free bike valet and special guest speakers. Centennial Park, Ft Myers. swflVegFest.org. See ad on page 57 and news brief on page 10.

balance, strength and spinal extension. A Yoga for Osteoporosis book will be included with practice sequence and modifications for all levels of ability. $65 (includes book). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Register: 433-5995.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Evidence of Eternity with Mark Anthony – 7pm. Mark Anthony, the psychic lawyer, is a fourthgeneration psychic medium, best-selling author and media personality. During his presentation, he will connect random audience members with loved ones in spirit. Evidence of Eternity is a bestseller which brings his years of experience, wisdom and spiritual study together. $50/ticket. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Tickets: 775-3009 or NaplesUnity. org. See ad, page 46.

Creating Space for a Peaceful Mind Feng Shui – 7-8pm. Public talk with Linda Mundt, MFA, 12 years experience. Discover what kinds of energy are available as we work on our spaces. Donations accepted. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 405-7330.

The Lego Method of Tale Telling Workshop – 7-9pm. With Bil Lepp, King of the Tall Tale. In this exclusive workshop, Bil shows how to tell several short stories within the body of a larger tale to form one relatively coherent, interlocking piece. $15/ members, $20/non-members. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Tickets: 9392787. ArtInLee.org.

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Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Linda Mundt, ERYT 500, alignment yoga, 40 years experience. Find joint, back and neck health. Regain core strength and stability. Recover from injury or surgery. $15 donation. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 405-7330.

Bil Lepp Presents Fortune Cookies – 2pm, matinee; 7pm, evening. 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 Liars’ Contest. $10/members, $15/nonmembers. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Tickets: 939-2787. ArtInLee.org.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31 Impact Day – 7am-9pm. 10 percent of total sales are donated to YMCA of Greater Naples health education. Lucky’s Market, 3815 Tamiami Tr E, Naples. 330-3012. LuckysMarket.com. Health Fair – 5-8pm. Join for samples, gift bags, games, junior deputy training course and more as we partner with the YMCA and Collier Sheriff’s Department. Lucky’s Market, 3815 Tamiami Tr E, Naples. 330-3012. LuckysMarket.com.

plan ahead SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing Class – Feb 4-5. 10am-5:30pm, Sat; 10am-5pm, Sun. With Margaret Ann Lembo, author of Chakra Awakening, The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones and The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing. $250 (non-refundable). 13 CEUs. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N (Empire Plaza), Naples. Preregister: 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Healing in America’s Certified Energy Healing Therapy Development Level I Class – Feb 17-19. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Learn the work of the great healer Harry Edwards and the Healing Trust. $425 (payment plans available). Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Info/preregister: 692-9120 or KSmith727@comcast.net.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Process Acupressure I: Gateway To Soul – Feb 23-26. With Regina Rosenthal, PT. Fundamental

psycho-spiritual process skills are taught for working with the body and consciousness simultaneously as data arises from the body during bodywork. Chakra tai chi and consciousness related to the chakras. $795. 24 CEUs MT’s FL & NCBTMB. Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276. Naples. Register: SoulLightening.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 6929747. Info/application: LoveYogaCenter@aol.com. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 67.

FRIDAY, MARCH 10 ThetaHealing Advanced – Mar 10-12. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg, licensed ThetaHealing trainers for Vianna Stibal, THInK, International. Preregistration required. $444 (payment plans available). Naples. Info/register: 6929120 or KSmith727@comcast.net.

SATURDAY, MARCH 11 Holistic Holiday at Sea Cruise – Mar 11-18. Seven-night cruise on the environmentally friendly ship MSC Divina, featuring world-renowned chefs, teachers and healers. Lectures, workshops, cooking and boot camp classes. Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and ship’s menu food options. Swim, snorkel and kayak in the Caribbean. Departs from Miami. 800-496-0989. Info@HolisticHolidayAtSea.com. HolisticHolidayAtSea.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 25 Past-Life Regression Experiential Class – 10am3:30pm. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg, licensed counselors with the Academy of Professional Hypnosis. $50. Preregistration is required. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Info/ register: 692-9120 or KSmith727@comcast.net.

SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Sacred Pilgrimage to Egypt – Apr 1-10. With Rae Chandran. This unique tour offers a once-in-alifetime opportunity to experience Egypt with a custom guided program that combines nature, history, adventure and spiritual experiences in some of the most magnificent spots in the world. $3,800-$4,200 (airfare not included). Susan Deflavis Winters: 340-1036. Panguswf@gmail.com. RaeChandran. com. See ad on page 25 and news brief on page 20.

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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.

Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com.

Yoga in Nature – Several days a week; see website for schedule. Multilevel yoga classes. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Happehatchee.org.

Guided Tour, Organic Spa and Gift Shop – Mon-Fri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am & 2pm, guided tour, $15; organic spa by appointment, 10am3pm (off hours available). Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Organic Lunch and Meals to Go – Mon-Fri. 11am-2pm, lunch. 2nd Wed: 5-8pm, dinner. Garden to table, pasture to table and ocean to table. Organic, fresh, locally grown ingredients. Vegan, vegetarian, protein options. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Reservations: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.

sunday Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Lions Club Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am2pm. Fresh produce, unique food items, indoor seafood market, arts and crafts and beach items. Rodes Restaurant, 3756 Bonita Bch Rd SW, Bonita Springs. 289-3786. 41Markets.com. Beginners Orientation: An Introduction to Meditation Postures and Techniques – 9:15-10am. Get

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. to know our style of practice, our lineage, ways to practice Open Mind Zen. $10 suggested dontation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. 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. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers Sunday Service/Youth and Family Ministry – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, senior minister. Join before the service for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.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. Yoga at the Garden – 10-11am. With Susie Lentz, greenmonkey yoga. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of the Naples Botanical Gardens on the Kapnick Caribbean lawn. $10/

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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. 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.

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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. uunaples@earthlink.net. 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 – 10:30am-noon. With Renee Newell. Through gentle yoga and stretching, learn to move with awareness and less effort, to be more and do less. $15/dropin or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Group – 1:45-3:45pm. With dharma teacher Mary Tracy Sigman. Come explore practical Buddhism for everyday life. Service includes chanting from the Lotus Sutra, dharma study, circle of compassion and a short closing meditation. All are welcome. UUCFM, 13411 Shire Ln, Rm 1, Ft Myers. Info: 239-292-3182. 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. Candlelight Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle and meditative practice lit by candles. $50/4 classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. 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 Nature’s Peace at CREW – Thru Apr. 2nd Mon. An award-winning series of programs for early-stage Alzheimer’s patients or persons that are visually impaired and their caregivers at the CREW Bird Rookery Swamp trail. Free. 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd W, Naples. For Alzheimer’s patients/caregivers, register: 262-8388. For visually impaired persons/caregivers, register: 430-3934. CrewTrust.org/natures-peace. Tai Chi – 8:30am. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. StudioOneNaples.com. Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. Chair yoga is gentle, utilizing either one or two chairs rather than a mat. Sit on the chair to perform modified poses or simply stand next to it for support. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.

Sunset Beach Yoga – 5-6pm. With Sue Rokela. Students can enjoy yoga while surrounded by the beauty of nature. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus state park entry fees. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, 11135 Gulfshore Dr, Naples. 5981938. greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. Yoga – 5:15pm. Knowledgeable teachers, small groups. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Meditation in Motion – 6-7pm. Yoga flow with Brian Healy. Stretch, relax and reconnect with your inner source of wellbeing. All levels. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Strength Class – 6-7pm. This co-ed, full-body conditioning class changes with a monthly theme for a completely unique workout each time. $18/dropin. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.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. Positive Behavior Program – 6-7:30pm. With Salima Silverman and Jill Emmerich. Eight-week program. Ages 5 and up. Learn effective parenting and behavior management skills, while children develop self-control, cooperation skills, and healthy expression of emotions. Two adults/two children. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. 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. rictra@earthlink.net. 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. Foxtrot – 7pm. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. StudioOneNaples.com. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion 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. Silent Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Newcomers welcome.  $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Yoga Nidra – 7:15-8:15pm. Guided meditation with Brian Healy. Quiet the mind, relax the body, let go of deep seated tension. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.

Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Linda. Returning to yoga after an injury or surgery may best be accomplished by the transitional stage of chair yoga. $15/donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.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. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Four-week series. Learn tools to develop your own personal methods to use at home. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Vinyasa Yoga – 12:15-1:15pm. With Raimonda Kerikaite. Traditional and therapeutic yoga style for beginners and seasoned yogis. Ends with restorative, relaxing savasana. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). Fire Station 48, 16280 Livingston Rd, Naples. MiraclesAmongUs.org.

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Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. swflcf@live.com. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those 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. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Mindful Movement and Meditation – 9-10am. Meditative class to tune into a deep inner mind/body connection. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846. MeredithMusick.com. C3 Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Fresh produce, food vendors and arts and crafts. Community Congregational Church (C3), 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 289-3786. 41Markets.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. Simplicity of Foundation Training – 10:30-11am. Eliminate back and neck pain naturally. Take your health and fitness to a new level with these painrelieving, injury-reducing techniques. First class

free. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Harry Grimm: 227-0021. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Four-week class. Learn tools to develop your own personal methods to use at home. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 10:30am-noon. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn to cope and feel less isolated while making connections with others. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Nia – 11am-noon. With Valeria Hill. Combines marital arts, dance and healing arts. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 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, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. ( 2809095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Yoga Class – 1-2pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 529-7582. AwakeningThroughSynergy.com. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 2-3pm. With JoAnn Rahl. Gentle movement classes; discover how to move easily with less pain. Regardless of age or condition increase your ability to learn and improve. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. 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. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Tai Chi – 5:30pm. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. StudioOneNaples.com. Yoga Class – 5:30pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 529-7582. AwakeningThroughSynergy.com. Meditation – 6pm. Donation. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. FUNdamentals of Yoga – 6-7pm. With Ellen Duff. An introduction to yoga that will help to slowly build strength, flexibility and great technique. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Qigong – 6-7pm. With Eddie Rose. Tiger flower qigong is an eclectic form of qigong that encompasses Taoist energy arts, meditation and other forms of qigong. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. ShangriLa Springs, Long House, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.

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Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Doris Miriam. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or a pillow. $10.  The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. 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. Hand Drumming Class – 6:30-8pm. With Marc Wagner. For beginners and intermediate levels. Learn the basics of hand drumming, African and Caribbean beats and rhythms. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Ben C Pratt (6 Mile Cypress), 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.

wednesday 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 Brittany Price. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus park entry fee. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 5981938. greenmonkey.com. Beach Baptist Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Beach Baptist Church, 130 Connecticut St, Ft Myers Bch. 41Markets.com. Body/Mind/Soul Consultations – 9am-5pm. By appointment. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Pilates Bootcamp Class – 9:30-10:30am. More than a Pilates mat class; get your heart pumping and body moving with this challenging cross-conditioning class. Beginners welcome. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tl N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. Yoga for Well-Being – 9:30-10:30am. With Mary Cline Golbitz. Gentle class; perfect for beginners, those suffering chronic illness or injury and anyone who wants a gentle meditative yoga class. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs,


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Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947.

Mat Pilates – 5:30-6:30pm. With Melanie Pefinis. A unique method of body conditioning that uses the body as an integrated system. A series of strengthening and stretching moves, based on both ballet and yoga. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, long house, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.

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. Mindful Yoga – 10-11am.  Alignment Yoga with Linda Mundt, E-RYT 500. Mindfulness increases body memory, gives more immediate and longerlasting results. All levels. $15 donation. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 405-7330. 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. Yang Style Tai Chi – 11am-noon. With Suzanne Jefferies. A fun, gentle way to relax, reduce stress, improve balance and feel great. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. If you fear people or authority figures, you don’t need to anymore. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Locally Grown Produce Market – Thru May. 3-6pm. Purple Spoon Culinary, 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs. Info: ChefKristina.com. Confident Caterpillars – 5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. Four-week class. Children ages 5-12 learn healthy coping skills, build self-confidence and enjoy fun exercise. $80/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.com. Art Alive – 5-8pm. 1st Wed. Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours consists of more than 36 professional artists, who will be showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the magenta and white art flags in the district. 596-5099. Directions/ map: NaplesArtDistrict.com. Yoga Class – 5:30pm. Awakening Through Synergy,

Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Barre Motion Class – 6-7pm. Naples’ original Pilates-based, cardio barre class. This high-energy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. Vinyasa Yoga – 6-7pm. With Ellen Duff. Flow yoga style with poses that run together and become like a dance. The breath acts as an anchor to the movement as you flow from one pose to the next in time with an inhale or exhale. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Gentle Yoga and Meditation – 6:30pm. Yoga prepares body for meditation. Learn breathing and relaxation techniques; reduce stress. $18. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.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. East Coast Swing – 7pm. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. StudioOneNaples.com. Power Play – 6:30-7:45pm. Combines movement and fun and will leave you feeling exhilarated and energized. All levels. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, long house, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. lllflorida.com. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related

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 in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 6913653. Dance Party – 8pm. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. StudioOneNaples.com.

thursday 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. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Mind-Body Renewal – 9-10am. With Peggy Sealfon. Gentle movement and integrative relaxation/Amrit Yoga Nidra to restore and revitalize. $50/4 classes. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846. MeredithMusick.com. 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. Simplicity of Foundation Training – 10:30-11am. Eliminate back and neck pain naturally. Take your health and fitness to a new level with these pain relieving, injury reducing techniques. First class free. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Harry Grimm: 227-0021. Chair Yoga – 11am-noon. With Sue Lovett. A gentle form of yoga while sitting comfortably in a chair or standing using a chair for support. $15/ drop-in or $120/10-class pass. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Connected Warriors: Complimentary Yoga for Veterans – 11am-noon. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Slow, gentle movement with long savasana/rest. Veterans free, $10/ drop-in/public. Shangri-La Springs, Long House,

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27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Stretch and Strength – 11:30-12:30pm. With Sondra Dansby. This hour-long class does a little with every part of the body. Using breath, core work, stretching and the resistance of your own body to build strength, it varies each week. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Yoga Class – 1-2pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 529-7582. AwakeningThroughSynergy.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. All Souls Episcopal Church, 14640 N Cleveland, N Ft Myers. 585955-3910. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 2-3pm. With JoAnn Rahl. Gentle movement classes; discover how to move easily with less pain. Regardless of age or condition increase your ability to learn and improve. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Qigong – 3-4pm. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Eight Pieces of Brocade Qigong – 4-5pm. Introduction to qiqong, basic stances and eight pieces to brocade. Variations for beginner and advanced students. Drop-in for free class on Jan 4. $10/class/paid series or $15/drop-in. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. BeWellNaples.com. Shangri-La Lounge and Dinner Service – 5-8pm. Enjoy live local original music, organic wine and locally brewed Momentum beer on tap. Musical acts in a variety of musical styles. Organic dinner service available. Spa is open. Tour the lush property. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:156:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. The Edible Gardening Exchange Speaker Series – 5:30pm. Open and informal chat on edible topics. Bring seeds to share. 6:30pm, speaker. BYO cup for coffee and tea. Membership fee: $10; Lee Parks and Rec lifetime membership card required $10. North Fort Myers Rec Center, 2000 N Recreation Park Way. 610-530-8883. Yoga Class – 5:30pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 529-7582. AwakeningThroughSynergy.com.

Brew Yoga – 6-7pm. With Diana Holding. Passive poses held 3-5 minutes to release connective tissue holding patterns in the body. Enjoy a nice cold brew while changing poses. All levels. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.

Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com.

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009.

Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Michelle Falco, RYT of Monarch Wellness. Gentle movement and meditation aided by the naturally therapeutic and serene sounds and sensations of the outdoors. By donation. 3rd Ave N Beach, Naples. Info/preregister: 2313208. MonarchWellness.net.

Yoga – 6:15pm. Knowledgeable teachers, small groups. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221.

St John Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. About 40 vendors including three produce stands and arts and crafts. Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 11th Ave N, Naples Park. 289-3786. 41Markets.com.

Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 4th Thur. With Silvia Casabianca, reiki master. Open to reiki practitioners and receivers. Meditation, brief healing session and potluck. Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of transformational breath, restorative sound, yoga and integrative relaxation. $80/4 classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Therapy, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. 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. Let Your Yoga Dance – 7:15-8:15pm. With Elaine Camarda. A self-expressive dance through the chakras. Music is upbeat, energetic and soulful as attendees sing and connect with their spiritual energy centers. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Messages and Meditation – 7:30pm. With Deborah Noonon. Open discussion. Guided meditation, followed by spirit messages. $15. Center of Eternal

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Barre Motion Class – 9:30-10:30am. Naples’ original Pilates-based, cardio barre class. This highenergy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. Restorative Yin Yoga and Crystal Singing Bowls – 9:30-10:45am. With Sue Lovett. Gentle, reflective class combines two complementary , intermingling styles of yoga, yin and restorative. Ends with crystal singing bowl meditation. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.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. 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. 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. Yoga Class – 1-2pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 529-7582. AwakeningThroughSynergy.com. Chair Yoga – 2-3pm. With Dina Radcliffe, ERYT. Breath work, mindful meditations, stretches and balance work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. If you fear people or authority figures, you don’t need to anymore. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd. Jane: 728-7106. 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.

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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. Shangri-La Lounge and Dinner Service – 5-8pm. Enjoy live local original music, organic wine and locally brewed Momentum beer on tap. Musical acts in a variety of musical styles. Organic dinner service available. Spa is open. Tour the lush property. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Yoga Class – 5:30pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 529-7582. AwakeningThroughSynergy.com. 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. Vino-Yasa Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Diana Holding. Soothing wine yoga class for all levels and all bodies. Sip pinot, stretch, strengthen and smile. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.

saturday Sunrise Yoga –7-8am. With Konrad Umpenhour, greenmonkey yoga. Students can enjoy yoga at sunrise in the beautiful, serene setting of The Pointe at the Naples Bay Resort Hotel, surrounded by palm trees and tranquil water. All levels class. Check Facebook page for weather cancelations. $20/drop-in. 1500 Fifth Ave S, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. swflcf@live.com. Lions Club Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am2pm. Fresh produce, unique food items, indoor seafood market, arts and crafts and beach items. Rodes Restaurant, 3756 Bonita Bch Rd SW, Bonita Springs. 289-3786. 41Markets.com. Barre Motion Class – 9:30-10:30am.  Naples’ original Pilates-based, cardio barre class. This highenergy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. A Day of Healing – 9:30am-noon or 1:304:30pm. 3rd Sat. With Dolores Gozzi. Enjoy a class or group healing and meditation; varies each month. $35. The Pines, 8192 College Pkwy, Ste B 37 & B 38, Ft Myers. 826-6960. NaturesCycles.com. 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. Guided Nature Walk – Thru April. 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.

Lecture Series – Thru April 11. 10am. 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. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. 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.

Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Soul Sisters Middle School Group – Noon1:30pm. With Jill Emmerich. Eight-week series. Helping girls navigate through the challenges of adolescence. Build self-confidence, peer support, communication and socialization skills, problem solving skills and self-expression through creative activities. $320. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 2313208. MonarchWellness.net.

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PRODUCTS EARTHLITE ELECTRIC TABLE – Excellent condition. Hardly used. Original retail price: $3,500—asking $1,200. Call Phyliss: 403-0800.

RETREATS SPIRITUAL RETREATS TO EGYPT AND ISRAEL – Meditations, initiations and channeling with Rae Chandran. Join Natural Awakenings Publisher Sharon Bruckman and Naples medical qigong practitioner Dr. Susan Deflavis Winters on these life-changing tours of Egypt and Israel with this very special guide. 340-1036 or Panquswf@ gmail.com.

SERVICES THE HEALING VIOLIN – Violinist and music therapist JamesSteven Farnsworth brings beautiful music to the elderly and clients with disabilities in Lee and Collier counties. Forty-minute sessions are $60 in Naples. Tele/text 510-292-7786. JamesSteven.com/TheHealingViolin. 

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email NAadvertising@naturalawakeningsmag.com to request our media kit. DR. ROBERT MURDOCH, BOARDCERTIFIED ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN

ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE/CUPPING

Jack Morris, AP, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM) Advanced Certified Cupping Specialist, MPS Certified • 239-293-4005 Specializing in long- and short-term pain issues, detoxification, cupping (reverse pressure therapy), migraines and TMJ, menses irregularity, PMS and infertility, smoking cessation and PTSD. See ad, page 35.

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.

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 26 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 30.

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 12.

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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.

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 16.

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.

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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 HOLISTIC HEALING ARTS Est. 1991 Alvina Quatrano, LMT FL MA 50896 For Info or Appt: 732-266-5276 HolisticHealingArts.info

Enjoy a relaxing and healing massage to suit your needs. Integrating a lifetime of experience. Swedish, Zero Balancing, Process Acupressure, Reflexology, Reiki, Sports, Cranio-Sacral, Pregnancy and facials. Facial Specialist FB9742820. FL Provider #50-9777 – Classes.

ROLFED IN PARADISE, INC.

Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 5100 N Tamiami Trl, Ste 126, Naples 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100, Ft Myers RolfedInParadise@gmail.com • 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions, or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152, MM35843 (Naples), MM29338 (Ft Myers).

ROLFING NAPLES

George Beahan Certified Advanced Rolfer PTX/Egoscue Posture Therapist Avazzia Microcurrent Therapist 239-919-4413• RolfingNaples.com Lasting relief from chronic pain and tightness with improved posture and performance using Rolfing, PTX/Egoscue structural exercises and Avazzia Microcurrent therapy used by professional sports teams. MA50132.

PAULA TERRY, LMT

239-821-3088, by appt. (Collier & Lee) Trained at the Upledger Institute, Paula utilizes CranioSacral Therapy combined with HeartC en ter ed Th er ap y, S o mato Emotional Release™, Lymphatic Drainage, love and nurturement to foster the healing your body needs. Doula services. MA35358.


STUART WRIGHT, ND

Certified Advanced Rolfer Advanced Cranial Therapist Advanced Visceral Therapist Certified Movement Educator Naturopathic Wellness Consulting By Appointment: 239-272-6443 Over 30 years excelling in Quick Pain Relief. Specializing in Back Pain, Structural Integration & Alignment, All Joint Pain Related Issues, Mobility Improvement, Sports Injuries, Non- Chiropractic Spinal Release. MA36890.

CHIROPRACTOR NETWORK CHIROPRACTOR Dr. Michele Pelletiere 3411 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 302, Bonita Springs • 239-949-1222

N.S.A. Practitioner level III. “Healing waves” release tension throughout the body, increasing wellness and quality of life, promoting new strategies for a healthy spine and nervous system.

COLON THERAPY CAPE CORAL COLONICS

Kelly Swan, Licensed Colon Therapist 4720 SE 15th Ave, Ste 209, Cape Coral 239-549-7559 Colon hydrotherapy is an ancient art used to support natural healing. Releasing dormant toxins may improve issues with constipation, diarrhea, skin and overall wellbeing. MA77085, MM33594.

CLEANSING SPRINGS INC.

Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-596-1110 • 239-571-9816 • MA27876 CleansingSprings.com Internationally Certified with 30 years Licensed Nursing experience; offering a new dimension of colonics with stateof-the-art water system. Massage with Vodder trained Lymphatic Specialists. Facials, Body Wraps, and Far-infrared Sauna. MM13162.

RB INSTITUTE, INC.

C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • RobynBerry.com Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 79.

CORE STAR – JIM CRABTREE

CRYSTALS & MARBLE

CoreStarEnergyHealing.com 239-597-7372

INFINITE STONES, LLC

Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 239-561-1981 InfiniteStonesllc.com Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our ware-house. See ad, page 77.

DENTISTRY LASER DENTISTRY

Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • FortMyersLaserDentist.com Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 11.

ROGER J. PINT, MPH, DMD

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 55.

ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER

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.

MARIA HUBBUCH

239-910-6576 MariaHubbuch@aol.com HarmonizingAmbientEnergy.com Certified teacher and licensed practitioner offering classes and individual healing sessions inperson or distance: ThetaHealing®, Esoteric Healing ® , Seraphim Blueprint ® , Reiki, Axiatonal Alignments.

MAUREEN SANDERS, HOLISTIC ENERGETIC MEDICINE

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.

ESSENTIAL OILS I LOVE OILS, INC.

Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers 33967 • 239-362-0385 • 586-604-3500 ILoveOils.com Plants defend themselves from threats yet grow and thrive. Let them help you! Learn about essential oils and save money at our free classes.

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 several days a week, drumming lessons and healing circles. Peace Pavilion and Historic Happehatchee House are available to rent for ceremonies and events. Happehatchee events calendar link and class descriptions: Happehatchee.org/ our-events/.

ENERGY HEALING REV. KAREN CORATELLI-SMITH 239-692-9120 HealingInAmerica-Southeast.org HugsForHappiness.com KSmith727@comcast.net

Licensed teacher and certified practitioner of ThetaHealing and Healing in America. Past Life Regression Counselor and Spiritual Counselor, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Seraphim Blueprint and Esoteric practitioner.

FELDENKRAIS JOANN RAHL

Feldenkrais ATM-Student Teacher Kinesis Myo-Fascial Integration Practitioner Licensed Massage Therapist 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Ste D-304, Naples 239-777-2597 • JoAnnRahl.com Discover how to move more easily with less pain using Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement. Learn how a gentle touch can yield strong results. Use a flexible mind to create a flexible body. MA26919, MM24629.

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3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers 33916 239-275-0039 • YolloWellness.com

LINDA MUNDT DESIGN

239-405-7330 • LindaMundt.com Linda@LindaMundt.com Creating space for a peaceful mind. More than 10 years creating homes, schools and businesses to enhance relationships, health, clear thinking and project start-up energy. Color and space design. Staging. Clutter clearing.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE EVIE BREEDLOVE-MANGAPORA, ARNP

Inner Essence Health 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-777-4647 • InnerEssenceHealth.com Dedicated to educating and coaching you to achieve your optimal health and wellness. Fatigue, thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, digestive disorders, diabetes. Custom wellness plans. See ad, page 31.

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, inside back cover.

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 12.

WELLBRIDGES, INC

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, 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 51.

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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.

WYNN’S MARKET

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 71.

HOLISTIC CENTER AHA! A HOLISTIC APPROACH CENTER 15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com

Come heal with us! We offer many natural healing options – acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR and couples therapy, massage, bodywork, Quantum Energetic, classes (yoga, tai chi, Stretch ‘n Strength), infrared sauna, reiki classes and much more! See ad, page 11.

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.

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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.

LIFE COACH VALORIE MORRIS

Licensed Louise Hay "You Can Heal Your Life" Coach, Workshop Leader, Teacher & Speaker • 239-404-2912 "You can't change what's going on around you until you change what is going on within you." Simple proven wisdom for complex lives. Individual private sessions and weekly group workshops. All sessions in a calm, patient, purposeful environment. Let's talk.

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 34.

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 49.

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 76.


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Lose the dieting mentality and gain a balanced relationship with food through Mindful Eating. Discover the power of tuning into your body and mind by combining mindfulness meditation practices with eating awareness, and achieve permanent weight management without struggle.

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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 18.

PHYSICAL THERAPY INNERCONNECTIONS

Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D InnerConnectionsPT.com Naples: 239-398-3154

Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years of experience. Holistic practice focusing on personal empowerment and teamwork. Craniosacral therapy, fascial mobilization, lymphatic drainage. Energy balancing, structural manual therapies with customized exercise. See ad, page 6.

Peg Walsh, MS, CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs 34135 718-208-6986 • FtMyersTherapy.com

AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 11.

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 t h e m a r k e t , o ff e r s e x p e r t 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!

RUG SPA NAPLES RUG SPA, LLC

Area Rug Cleaning Specialist 4081 Mercantile Ave, Ste B, Naples 34104 239-206-1481 · NaplesRugSpa.com At NRS we use a new technology that provides organic rug cleaning that is safer for your home. Our facility is suitable for all types and fibers including wool, silk and viscose rugs. See ad, page 28.

YOGA AWAKENING THROUGH SYNERGY, LLC Jennifer Colucci 1084 Business Ln, Naples • 239- 529-7582 AwakeningThroughSynergy.com

Brand new healing art space offering therapeutic and Thai massage, yoga therapy and multi-style yoga classes and workshops including Therapeutics, Hatha, Yin/Yoga Nidra, restorative, Kunda-Flow and crystal bowls. MA# 74913. MM# 35896.

BKS YOGA STUDIO

2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-9276 • BKSYogaStudio.com Variety of yoga classes daily, monthly workshops, child care and kids’ yoga. Massage, Thai yoga bodywork and private yoga sessions with master instructors. See ad, page 36.

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 boutique. 200- and 300-hour Registered Yoga School. MM#19486.

MEREDITH MUSICK, LMT, E-RYT 2000 239-269-8846 MeredithMusick.com

Serving Naples since 1999. Hatha and therapeutic Yoga. Improve posture, breath-work, heal injuries, The Great Yoga Wall®. Massage therapy: sports, Swedish, Lomi Lomi. Nutritional counsel. Gift certificates available. See ad, page 31.

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