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Four Hearts Mac Worthington Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, cover artist Mac Worthington cites a number of powerful influences on his bold art, from a creative upbringing to his experiences in the military. Worthington’s father, John “Jack” Worthington, was well-known for his bronze sculptures; specifically, busts of movie stars and sports figures in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in Canton. His mother, Marion Worthington, was skilled in enameling and silver work. Serving in the jungles of Vietnam at age 19, Worthington interpreted the emotive experiences of war into powerful expressions of art, further influenced by the music of the 1960s. A self-taught welder, Worthington uses steel, iron and aluminum to create massive outdoor sculptures. Worthington has participated in more than 100 exhibits across the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain and Germany. He maintains a prominent gallery in the arts district of Columbus, Ohio, as well as a sculpture park at his private estate in rural Delaware County. View the artist’s portfolio at MacWorthington.com. 8
reveled in a bliss-filled meditation this morning, which isn’t always the case. Some days, I struggle to let go of a busy mind in order to be present in the moment. I’m glad that with my New Year’s resolve to be more disciplined with a daily meditation practice, my pathway into stillness and divine presence has become a bit easier. Sometimes, like this morning, I am in sore need to have my cup refilled. Intense focus on print deadlines and other pressing priorities pulling me every which way have left me feeling off balance. I’m also missing my mom, who recently passed, and feel a lonely yearning to hear her voice. Plus, I ask, “Where’s my soulmate to greet me each morning and fill my loving cup?” Filling up my own cup with inspiration, benevolence and peace during meditation always reminds me of how we are all connected and that love is the necessary glue holding us all together. In fact, love is all there really is. So why do so many of the relationships that color our lives, nation and world seem more problematic and conflict-ridden than ever? Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle teaches in his book The Power of Now that relationships are not here to make us happy or fulfilled. If we seek our salvation through them, we’ll be disillusioned again and again. But if we accept that each relationship is here to make us conscious, instead of happy, then it becomes a key to our spiritual practice. Tolle suggests that whenever a romantic or other partnership is not working and brings out the “madness” in both participants, we should be glad that what was lying unconscious is being brought to light for healing. “We were born to love,” states Barbara Fredrickson, author of Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become. “It’s vital to our health and happiness, affecting our brains and bodies at the cellular level.” Love, she points out, is less a smooth, solid path than momentary experiences of connection. With the big-hearted love celebration of Valentine’s Day headlining February, we shine a special light on love in our Enlightened Relationships issue. Writer Judith Fertig’s feature article, “Happily Coupled: Creating Loving Relationships that Work,” illustrates the value of consciously fostering deep connections in couples’ own words (page 44). Today’s romantic partnerships rarely look like anything most of our parents or grandparents knew; each generation creates its own models that better express authentic, individual styles of love. It warms my heart to look through these pages and see photos of loving friends and the shared wisdom of people I’d like to meet. It reminds me that we are all on this journey together, and each of us has the power to help create a more loving world. Here’s to spreading the love,
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36 CHANGE YOUR ENERGY How to Transform Your Life by Panache Desai
44 HAPPILY COUPLED Creating Loving Relationships that Thrive by Judith Fertig
48 CONSCIOUS DATING Jill Crosby on Looking for Love Online
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newsbriefs Discover Your Soul Signature with Panache Desai in Naples
Godwin to Lead Conflict Resolution Seminar in Bonita
ontemporary thought leader and Naples resident Panache Desai will discuss his new book, Discovering Your Soul Signature, at 7 p.m., February 6, at Unity of Naples. Participants will discover how to change the energy that surrounds them, find the harmony that comes with self-acceptance and discover their life’s purpose. Recently introduced on Panache Desai Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday, Desai’s book features a 33-day path of meditations—short passages to be read in the morning, noon and night to dismantle the emotional burden that holds us back and open us up to changing our lives. Through this distilled, practical and inspiring book, he invites readers to live a life of authenticity, rediscover purpose and passion and believe in the possibility of all things. An hour-long VIP reception with Desai will take place prior to the event and copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing.
lan Godwin, who is certified in alternative dispute resolution and a licensed psychologist, will lead Tired of the Drama?, a seminar, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., February 19, at the Eyes Wide Open Center, in Bonita Springs. Attendees will learn effective strategies that can be used to recognize and counter manipulation by others while setting healthier relational Alan Godwin boundaries. The seminar will be interactive and is helpful and suitable for both mental health professionals and the general public. Godwin has dedicated his life to helping individuals, couples, churches and workers develop better ways of handling conflict. He serves on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate Counseling Department of Trevecca University, in Nashville, Tennessee; speaks nationally on training mental health professionals in conflict resolution, the therapeutic process and dealing with manipulators; and authored the book, How to Solve Your People Problems: Dealing with Your Difficult Relationships, which explains how and why conflict goes badly and how to improve it.
Location: 2000 Unity Way. For more information or to register (required) for the VIP reception, call 239-775-3009 or email Support@PanacheDesai.com. See ad on page 17 and article on page 36.
Cost: individual $25, couple $45. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 202. For more information, call 239-948-9444 or visit EyesWideOpenC.com or PeopleProblems.org.
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Wagner Offers Hypnotherapist and Life Coach Training Program
arc Wagner, a board-certified instructor of hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, will conduct an intensive eight-day instructional program for hypnotherapist and life coach guild-certification based on Neuro-Linguistic hypnotherapy from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., February 22 to 28, and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., March 1, at the Mindful Life Academy Holistic Marc Wagner Wellness Center, in Bonita Springs. In addition to a good income by becoming practitioners, Wagner says the program will help attendees “become a recognized therapist in a growing field that can truly help people overcome various issues from anxiety, addiction, weight management, allergies, personality issues and patterns and much more.” Cost: $2,790. Mention of ad provides a $200 discount. Location: 9120 Bonita Beach Rd. For more information or to register, call 239-784-9559, email Marc@MarcJWagner.com or visit MarcJWagner.com. See ads, pages 23 and 43.
Two Events Support Nature at Conservancy of Southwest Florida
n exclusive event for patron-level supporters of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., February 8, at the historic Keewaydin Club, on Keewaydin Island. The event features a variety of island barbecue foods from Russell’s Clambakes, a splendid view of the beach and live music. The Conservancy’s signature annual fundraising event, Magic Under the Mangroves, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., March 5, at the Conservancy Nature Center, in Naples. Presented by Northern Trust, this highly anticipated event features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet seated dinner, live entertainment and both silent and live auctions of unique items and experiences. Nature Center location: 1495 Smith Preserve Way. For more information or to make a reservation, call 239-403-4218 or email nikkied@Conservancy.org. For patron packages and reservations forms, visit Conservancy.org.
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newsbriefs Unique Weight-Loss Program Begins this Month
Bruna Returns to Naples with Many Events
arol L. Roberts, M.D., a holistic medical doctor at the Naples-based Perlmutter Health Center, will offer a unique Lighten Up Naples! weight-loss program, starting with a free introductory lecture at 6 p.m., February 4, at Devoe Cadillac, in Naples. The program continues on seven consecutive Wednesday Carol Roberts sessions at 6 p.m., beginning February 5, at an undisclosed location. A specialist in hormone balancing and weight loss, Roberts uses hCG hormone therapy to achieve rapid weight loss in the program, which includes four sessions of hypnotherapy that address the emotional component of overeating. This scientifically designed program features a group meeting every week in which participants share their experiences and Roberts discusses the reasons for weight gain and the cure for cravings in disabling the triggers of overeating and reducing fatigue and depression. No appetite suppressants are involved, only natural aids to weight loss. Class size will be limited to 12 participants for maximum individual attention. Classes will be added as needed to accommodate more people.
ohn (Chophel) Bruna, former Buddhist monk, co-founder of the Mindful Life Program and director of the Way off Compassion Foundation, travels extensively, teaching workshops and leading retreats. He will visit Naples for the fourth time this month, offering proJohn Bruna grams and individual sessions focused on bringing positive change and progress to peopleâ€™s lives. Bruna will teach Mindful Living: How to Transform Your Life with Attention and Intention, at 7 p.m., February 19, at the Anahata Holistic Healing and Spiritual Center, in Naples; and The Wisdom of Compassion, at 7 p.m., February 24, at Unity Church of Bonita Springs. He will share a meditation and dharma talk as part of his weekly LiveStream offering at 7:30 p.m., February 25, at Anahata. The Mindful Life Program mindfulness course will be offered for the first time in Naples on February 21 and 22 at the Anahata Center. This program combines meditation training with practical, accessible and universal skills, integrating four key areas of mindfulness: concentration, wisdom, values and an open heart.
Free, donations accepted to Humane Society Naples. Devoe Cadillac location: 4100 Tamiami Trail N. To RSVP for intro lecture, call 941-202-4149. For more information, including location for Wed. sessions and to register, call 239-649-7400 or visit PerlHealth.com. See ad, page 14.
Locations: Anahata Center,1065 5th Ave. N.; Unity of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. For more information or to register for the mindfulness course, call Anahata at 239262-0811 or visit MindfulLifeProgram.org or WayOfCompassion.org. To schedule an individual session, call Laura at 970-633-0163.
Poorman Expands Vocal Lesson Programs
ish Poorman, a professional vocal performance and acting coach, is expanding private vocal lessons for all ages at her private studio in Naples. She recently introduced ACTeen for teenagers ages 13 Tish Poorman to 18, a class that uses voice and acting as a way to express creativity and help mentor young adults to give back to the community through free performances at nonprofit organizations. Previously a professional singer and radio and television writer and personality, Poorman was the founder of both the first children’s theater in Collier County in 1988 and Children for the Arts, which provides after-school theater programs for children and teens. She has worked with hundreds of vocal and acting clients of all ages, two of which have appeared as finalists on The Voice and American Idol, plus others that have pursued careers in entertainment. “Singing lessons are not only inspiring and uplifting, but also a very healthy way to relieve stress, depression, anxiety and other problems related to stress and behavioral problems,” says Poorman. “You don’t have to be a great singer to take advantage of what vocal sessions can provide. They promote self-esteem, build confidence, inspire and produce feelings of joy by using your voice. Why sing the blues when you can sing the blues away?” Location: 1338 Westlake Blvd. For more information and to make appointments for lessons, call 239-571-3305 or email SeeTishRun1@aol.com. See ad, page 50.
Commitment to Love Ceremony at Unity of Naples
nity of Naples will host a Commitment to Love ceremony open to all couples, officiated by Rev. Diane Scribner Clevenger, at 2 p.m., February 14, in the church sanctuary. Celebrating marriage equality, the ceremony will honor the sacred love in all committed relationships— couples declaring or renewing commitments; married couples renewing their vows; and couples to be legally married that may independently exchange their vows and wedding rings and be officially joined together in marriage. A reception in Fellowship Hall will immediately follow the ceremony. Costs: married couples $50; wedding couples $200. Location: 2000 Unity Way. For more information, call 239682-2587 or email Weddings@NaplesUnity.org. See ad, page 77. natural awakenings
Florida Storytelling Festival in Mount Dora
he 31st annual Florida Storytelling Festival, including storytelling concerts, workshops, story swaps, a cruise on Lake Dora and the Youthful Voices Family Fun Tentâ€™s children activities, will be held beginning at 7 p.m., March 5, and all day March 6, 7 and 8 at the historic Lakeside Inn, in Mount Dora. Featured performers include Sheila Kay Adams, an Appalachian storyteller and musician known for her humorous presentations; Christopher Agostino, who combines storytelling with his mastery of face painting; Cheryl Floyd, publisher of the Volusia/Flagler edition of Natural Awakenings, who infuses her Cajun roots into every tale she tells; Hank Mattson, known as The Cracker Cowboy Poet, delivering poetry that brings to life the history and mystery of Florida cowpunchers; and Lucrece Louisdhon-Louinis, who dances, drums and sings stories of her Caribbean culture. Tell and Talk sessions, which allow attendees to interact with featured performers, will take place on March 6 and 7, along with the Swappinâ€™ Ground Competition, where winners present their own stories during the Saturday night concert. For more information, call 800-3271796 or visit flstory.com.
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Revision Procedure for Newborns at Laser Dentistry
he staff at Laser Dentistry, in Fort Myers, can check on the potential need for revision procedures for newborns born with a lip- or tongue-tied condition. If there is a need, a laser is used to perform the procedure in the office. If overlooked, these conditions can cause mastitis, decrease milk supply, make breastfeeding painful and possibly lead to speech, dental and other health problems for the child. The procedure does not require sedation or an operating room. After it is finished, new mothers are encouraged to follow up with a lactation consultant familiar with post-revision exercises, as it may take time to see improvement with the latch because the baby will need to learn how to use their tongue properly. Many mothers report that nipple pain subsides within the first few days after revision and the need for reflux medication decreases.
Location: 1550 Matthew Dr. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-936-5442, visit FortMyersLaserDentist.com or see the Tongue Tie Babies Support Group on Facebook. See ad, page 25.
Vow Renewals at Lovers Key Tradition Continues
ove is always in the air at Lovers Key State Park, on Fort Myers Beach, especially on Valentineâ€™s Day. Interested couples can gather for a special sixth annual Vow Renewal Ceremony at either 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. at the gazebo. Both ceremonies include a champagne toast, brunch or lunch, coffee and cake, socializing, photos, door prizes and parting gifts. The event has sold out in past years, so couples should register early. Cost for couples: $75 non-refundable donation to the Friends of Lovers Key, Inc. Location: 8700 Estero Blvd. For more information or to register, call 708-359-0466 or email FJGreenwood@gmail.com.
newsbriefs Partnership Healing Introductory Sessions in Fort Myers
uzie and Leon Favreau, practitioners in Partnership Healing, will introduce the unique spiritual healing experience that combines hands-off energy healing with intuitive information to participants at two events this month in Fort Myers. The couple will conduct mini-healing and reading sessions of up to 15 minutes each between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., February 15, at the Yoga with Sylvia Studio, and February 28, at the Health and Harmony Center. During a regular 45-minute session, a partnership Leon and Suzie Favreau is created with Leon, who channels energy, Suzie, who channels information, and a client lying on a massage table. The client receives a healing that can take place on physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual levels, along with a copy of messages from spirits related to the healing. Leon and Suzie prefer not to discuss the client’s issues before the session and they ask that scented products be avoided. The couple has been married since 1977 and recently moved to Fort Myers from New Hampshire. Cost: $15 introductory session. Locations: Yoga with Sylvia Studio, 11300 Lindberg Blvd., Ste. 111; Health and Harmony Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd. For more information or to make an appointment for a regular session, call 603-7232595 or email SF55449@hotmail.com.
New Yayso Yoga Course in Fort Myers
ayso Yoga, a new form of yoga that improves physical strength and balance and develops clarity, focus, confidence and self-acceptance, is now being offered mornings and evenings, plus as a warm-up for kickboxing and martial arts classes at David Gallaher’s Gung Fu Institute, in Fort Myers. Gallaher, the grandmaster of the Institute, developed the style because he saw gaps in traditional yoga styles and wanted to teach a form that is more personalized. Yayso Yoga is based on the eight “limbs of yoga” with a clear connection to ayurvedic theory, allowing participants to experience the full therapy of yoga. It concentrates on three main attributes: mental, physical and spiritual. Gallaher combined traditional yoga and other fitness theory, creating a fusion yoga that promotes physical fitness and emotional growth and is also appropriate for both children and adults at any fitness level. “My goal is to have my students physically and spiritually energized; to actively use their core to attain strength and balance; and also to access higher levels of awareness through the alignment of body, breath and mind,” says Gallaher. “Yayso Yoga means ‘God yoga’ and is rooted in the spiritual realm. My classes teach the importance of connecting the mind with the body so that there’s a balance of qi (life energy).” Cost: Introductory offer one month of eight classes for $59.95, women’s unlimited, including kickboxing, $99 per month. Location: 17433 Alico Center Rd., Unit 3. For more information, call 239-482-4300, email YaysoYoga@ gmail.com or visit YaysoYoga.com or GungFuInstitute.com. See ad, page 72.
Monarch Therapy Celebrates Anniversary at New Location
o celebrate its third anniversary as an integrative center and the centerâ€™s relocation to 843 Myrtle Terrace, in Naples, Monarch Therapy will conduct a free open house event from 3 to 7 p.m., February 21. Attendees can experience a sampling of services; tour the new space; meet the team; learn about modalities focused on empowerment, emotional healing and wellness; and participate in raffles for trial services, with proceeds sponsoring families of special needs teens and young adults to participate in self-care/relaxation classes. Guests can experience Inner Spa Days for the Mind from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. Held each second Saturday of the month, this class features the soulful healing music of kirtan, followed by the sound therapy of crystal and Tibetan bowls. Beginning as a solo private practice six years ago and then as an integrative center, Monarch Therapyâ€™s new location allows the center to offer professional counseling and supportive services for ages 4 and up. Cost: $20 Inner Spa Days, $10 for current clients. For more information, call 239-325-9210 or visit MonarchTherapy.com.
newsbriefs Many New Flavors, Accessories at City Vapor
ity Vapor & E Cig Fort Myers has added 13 new flavors to its all-natural Organic Blend E liquid, made without added chemicals or propylene glycol. The business is also carrying a new line of Japanese-made batteries and tanks made by Kiojin and has added vapor mods, including Kayfun, Manhattan, Stingray, Cartel, Tree of Life and AR, all with high-quality raw copper connectors, along with complementary atomizers. Natural, organic and chemical-free blended E liquids at City Vapor are made in this country, contain U.S. Food and Drug Administration-registered ingredients and are sealed for protection. Location: 3547 Cleveland Ave. For more information, call 239-560-9181, email CityVaporSeven7@yahoo.com or visit CityVaporFtMyers.com. See ad, page 70.
Nature Is Gift Eco Store Open in Edison Mall
he Nature Is Gift Eco Store is open in the Edison Mall at 4125 Cleveland Avenue, Suite 1425, in Fort Myers. This distinctive store features eco-friendly, handmade and natural towels, blankets, quilts and other items. The store offers many unique products such as Turkish bath towels, Turkish pestemal towels, Indian handmade quilts, Indian block-printed tablecloths, ecofriendly yoga mats and bags, bee candles and designer umbrellas. For more information, call 239-936-0505 or email Contact@NatureIsGift.com. See ad, page 71.
Open House at New Center in Naples
he Complete Well-Being Center, a new acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice, is opening at 684 Goodlette Road North, Rosemary Harris in Naples. The center will host an open house event to showcase their offerings from 2 to 6 p.m., February 12. Attendees can see and experience mini-treatment demonstrations of acupuncture, cupping, a state-of-the-art massage chair, free cold laser treatment for pain or an herbal recommendation for any health issues. Refreshments will be served. Dr. Rosemary Harris, MPM, a licensed acupuncturist and head of the practice, says the event will let people â€œfind out about alternative treatments and discover how acupuncture and TCM can help keep them healthy and feeling and looking younger.â€? For more information or to RSVP (required), call 239-404-0648 or email DrpfsHarris@gmail.com. See ad, page 28.
newsbriefs NatureConnected Journey Initiates Return to Wholeness
anet Weisberg will offer NatureConnected Journey, a 10week experiential course, each Sunday beginning March 1 with the exception of April 5. Weisberg a Certified Peace Ambassador and Traumatologist with an M.S. in Applied EcoPsychology will guide and support participants as they explore the open spaces in Nature. “From my NatureConnected experiences, I’ve been able to connect to my natural senses and bond with the wonders of life and nature that nourish and unite us,” explains Weisberg. “We are part of this profoundly perfect stream of life. While our biological inheritance has prepared us for connecting and understanding the wholeness of life and how it is sustained, we can only begin to experience such an epiphany by connecting deeply with all of our senses,” says Weisberg. “I believe that it’s time to embrace a psychology that identifies mind, body, spirit and nature as a singular relationship. NatureConnected experiential learning is designed to ‘reconnect the dots,’” she explains. For more information about the course, call Weisberg at 239280-8229 or email Janet@53Senses.com; or Shelly Stauber RewildTheChild Founder, Facilitator at 239-249-4805 or email ShellyStauber@gmail.com.
Eye Wellness Center Relocates, Offers Free Seminars
ealing the Eye and Wellness Center is moving this month to a larger location at 2666 Swamp Cabbage Court, in Fort Myers. To celebrate, the practice will present three free seminars from 11 a.m. to noon. Ten Essentials to Save Your Vision will take place on February 18; Chelation and Other Detox Methods on March 25; Dr. Edward C. and Can Cataracts be Reversed without Kondrot Surgery? on April 8. Each seminar will be followed by a healthy, organic lunch. Attendees will receive a free copy of Dr. Edward C. Kondrot’s bestselling book, 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, along with a free heavy metal test and cardiovascular screening. Kondrot is the head of the practice and the world’s only board-certified ophthalmologist and board-certified homeopathic physician. The center provides proven and effective alternative and homeopathic treatments for eye conditions, including macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. Kondrot’s seminars and programs have become the standard in alternative therapies for eye disease. For more information or to register (required), call 352-588-0447, email Info@HealingTheEye.com or visit HealingTheEye.com. See ad, page 37.
Healthy Lifestyle App Now Available for Android
he Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brand-new look and updated features. The free app, already downloaded by more than 40,000 iPhone users, is now available on the Android platform. Natural Awakenings makes staying in touch with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle easier than ever. Find products, practitioners and services dedicated to healthy living, plus articles on the latest practical, natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living by national experts with fresh perspectives and inspired ideas. New features include the ability to sign up for promotions, updates and newsletters, as well as convenient links to the Natural Awakenings website and webstore. Find a local magazine; a national directory of healthy, green businesses, resources and services, complete with directions; updated national monthly magazine content; archives of hundreds of previously published articles that are searchable by key words; and an archive of articles in Spanish. “These upgrades and expanded accessibility will empower people to enjoy healthier, happier and longer lives wherever they are more easily than ever before,” notes Natural Awakenings founder Sharon Bruckman. “Offering free access to Natural Awakenings’ powerful network of healthy living resources through this exclusive app is another way we can serve our users.”
New Way to Exercise the Upper Body
r. Brian Foltz has created the Ex-O-Wrist to exercise the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders and neck. This unique device increases strength, flexibility and range of motion in the upper body. The adjustable, 13-ounce tension exerciser is suitable for strength building, endurance training or rehabilitation therapy. It is available in both plastic and wood. For more information or to order, call 614-425-2111, email Exowrist@att.net or visit Exowrist.com. See ad, page 32.
kudos After experiencing a midwifery assistant workshop at The Farm, in Summertown, Tennessee, last fall, Paula Terry, LMT, is now offering doula services in our area. The Farm midwives have been delivering babies since the caravan of buses with Stephen and Ina May Gaskin, author of the book Spiritual Midwifery, arrived in 1971. Terry trained at the Upledger Institute and also provides craniosacral therapy combined with heart-centered therapy, Somato Emotional Release and lymphatic drainage treatments.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-821-3088, email Paula.DoulaLove@gmail.com or visit DoulaLove.org.
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LARGE STUDY EXPANDS VIEW OF SODIUM INTAKE
ietary Guidelines for Americans, published by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, recommends that people 50 years old and younger keep their sodium intake lower than 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day, while those over 50 keep sodium ingestion below 1,500 mg. However, a large international study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals a different story. Measuring levels of sodium and potassium excreted in the urine of 101,945 people between 35 and 70 years old from 17 low, middle and high-income countries, Canadian scientists found that consuming less than 3,000 mg of sodium per day was associated with a 77 percent increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Consuming between 3,000 and 6,000 mg of sodium daily was linked to lower risks of both cardiovascular disease and earlier mortality, while consuming more than 7,000 mg daily was associated with a 54 percent increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The researchers added that current guidelines for sodium consumption have been based upon shorter studies that showed only modest results. They also determined that daily consumption of 1,500-plus mg of potassium related to a significantly reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and earlier mortality. Consuming less than 1,500 mg was linked to increased risk.
Calcium and Vitamin D May Help Prevent Dental Decay
study from Argentina’s Buenos Aires University has linked dental caries to low levels of calcium and vitamin D. Dental status and caries risk were assessed by determining the number of decayed, missing and filled teeth, the amount of plaque and the sugar intake of 106 women of the average age of 24. Calcium levels were deficient among nearly 60 percent of the women, 70 percent had low blood levels of vitamin D, 72 percent consumed soft drinks daily and all of them presented gingivitis (gum disease). The third with the highest caries scores and decayed or missing teeth had significantly lower calcium intake and vitamin D levels and significantly higher intake of protein and soft drinks, plus significantly higher plaque and sugar intake compared with the rest of the women. The researchers concluded that low calcium intake is associated with a high risk of dental caries and a greater severity of oral disease. “Adequate nutritional status of calcium and vitamin D could be an additional factor that may help preserve good oral health,” they state.
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A HEALTHY APPROACH TO INTESTINAL MAINTENANCE
mall intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition in which too many and the wrong kinds of bacteria inhabit the small intestine, or small bowel, usually due to another condition that interferes with normal intestinal activity. Bacteria are allowed to stay overlong and multiply or even spread backward from the colon into the small intestine. The results may include constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, fatigue and even anemia, because iron and vitamin B12 are absorbed here. Allopathic medicine usually kills off the overgrowth with antibiotics that tend to stay in the intestinal tract. The small intestine is then reseeded with healthy probiotics to establish the proper balance of gut bacteria essential to the absorption of nutrients and the production of some natural vitamins. Steven Frank, founder of Nature’s Rite, advises that as a more natural alternative, some naturopathic practitioners are using an enhanced aqueous silver colloid to kill off the overgrowth before reseeding. According to the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, after using either technique, it helps to ingest herbs such as plantain, licorice, marshmallow and slippery elm bark, as well as aloe, to heal the damage. For more information, call 888-4654404 or visit NaturesRiteRemedies.com. See ad, page 67.
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Marriage is Good for the Heart
esearch from the New York University School of Medicine found that married people have significantly less cardiovascular disease (CVD) than those that are divorced, widowed or otherwise single. The study used data on the rates of CVD from the health surveys of more than 3.5 million men and women collected at 20,000 U.S. medical centers. Married people under 50 had 12 percent lower incidence of heart disease than single people. Married couples between 51 and 60 years old had a 7 percent lower risk, while those over 60 had a 4 percent lower risk. The results were presented at the 2014 scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology. Researcher and cardiologist Jeffrey Berger recommends that doctors show increased diligence for single patients: â€œIf one of my patients is recently widowed or divorced, Iâ€™m increasingly vigilant about examining them for signs of any type of cardiovascular disease and depression,â€? he says.
Satisfaction with Friendship is Hard to Come By
study conducted by Edge Research and Sea Change Strategies found that less than a quarter of Americans are fully satisfied with their friendships, and almost two-thirds lack confidence in even their closest friends. Seniors (70 and over) and millennials/Gen Ys (16 to 34) are more likely to be extremely satisfied than Gen X-ers (35 to 49) or baby boomers (50 to 69), indicating the existence of a midlife friendship slump. The research was based on a self-reported survey of 1,016 Americans ages 16 and up. Across all demographics, people that report they have more close friends feel happier and are more fulfilled than those that say they have few or no friends. The majority also prefer deeper friendships with fewer friends over just having more friends. Qualities that most people look for in friends are loyalty, honesty, goodness and reliability in a crisis. Among the attributes considered least important are similar political or religious views and physical attractiveness, which ranked last. The use of social media appears unrelated to the number or quality of friendships or overall friendship satisfaction. People that attend religious services at least once a week are twice as likely to be completely satisfied with their friendships than those that rarely or never attend such services. The researchers concluded, â€œThose seeking more fulfillment from their friendships should invest disproportionate time and energy in the relationships they consider close.â€? natural awakenings
Functional Medicine Restores Bodyâ€™s Balance by Lisa Marlene
ccording to a report of the data most recently available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2012, nearly half of all adults in the U.S. suffered with one or more complex, chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity and arthritis. The statistic, which indicates a failure of our countryâ€™s conventional approach to healthcare, has ushered in the growth of the field of functional medicine. A growing number of traditional medical professionals, including physicians and nurse practitioners, are joining the ranks of chiropractors, acupuncturists and naturopaths that are disenchanted with approaches that treat only symptoms, rather than investigating and addressing underlying physiological imbalances in the body. Together, they are building a bridge between traditional pharmaceutical/surgical intervention and complementary therapies. With this functional approach, root causes of chronic health problems can be modulated naturally with lifestyle changes such as improved nutrition, physical activities and exercise and nutritional supplementation, as well as medication, if and when it is necessary. Armed with a detailed health history, information from a physical examination and the results of laboratory tests that may include analyses of blood, saliva, urine, hair and other cellular tests, a functional medicine practitioner determines how the body is coping with the daily onslaught of stressors that are interfering with its innate ability to maintain homeostasis, or balance. Understanding factors and mechanisms that have contributed to a health
problem allows for powerful insights into how harmony can be restored. These insights can also assist in preventing a recurrence or the development of new problems. As a result, functional treatment can not only relieve current symptoms, but also aid in a thorough recovery, subvert potential disease and slow the progression of degenerative conditions.
Functional Medicine Local Resources Robert Gilliland, DC. Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, LLC, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd., Bonita Springs. 239-444-3106. BonitaSpringsPEMF.com, SWFThyroid.com. See ad, page 24. Dee Harris, RDN. D-Signed Nutrition, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd., Ste. 214, Bonita Springs. 239-444-4204. D-SignedNutrition.com. See ad, page 25. Deborah Post, MSN, ARNP. Wellbridges, Inc., 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 113, Bonita Springs. 239-481-5600. DebPost.com. See ad, page 27. Carol Roberts, M.D. Perlmutter Health Center, 800 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. 270, Naples. 239-649-7400. PerlHealth. com. See ad, page 14. Zorayda â€œJijiâ€? Torres, M.D. UpstreamMD, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd., Ste. 255, Bonita Springs. 239-444-5636. UpstreamMD.com. See ad, page 7.
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Batteries that Last 1,000 Years A group of Swedish researchers has discovered an unconventional way to give new life to rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from iPhones to electric cars, using pine resin and alfalfa seeds. The researchers plan to take up to two years to improve the chemistry of the product, and claim that the recycled batteries could last up to 1,000 years, according to researcher David Brandell. It has been estimated that demand for the batteries from automobile manufacturers could explode up to 400 percent in the next six years. The researchers see the technology as a global antidote to current methods for recycling manufactured Li-ion batteries that are energy-intensive and require toxic materials to manufacture. Source: EnvironmentGuru.com
2014 Global Peace Index The world has become less peaceful over the last seven years, according to the 2014 Global Peace Index. It measures peace in 162 countries according to 22 indicators that gauge both the absence and fear of violence. This is the seventh year the index has been produced. Results from the 2014 Global Peace Index show that since 2008, 111 countries have deteriorated in levels of peace, while 51 increased. Europe retains its position as the most peaceful region, with 14 of the top 20 most peaceful countries. The world has become significantly less peaceful over the last year, mainly due to a rise in terrorist activity, conflicts being fought, and refugees and other displaced people. As for the human toll, 500 million people live in countries at risk of instability and conflict, 200 million of whom live below the poverty line. The global economic impact of violence reached $9.8 trillion last year, equal to twice the total gross domestic product of Africa. Visit VisionOfHumanity.org to explore the interactive peace map and download the report. Watch a video at Tinyurl.com/GlobalPeaceVideo.
When Chicago University psychologists surveyed 20,000 people that were married between 2005 and 2012, they found that a third had met online. Half of them met through Internet dating, the rest via chat rooms and social networking sites. Of all the couples still married, those that met online rated themselves happier.
European Eco-Cooperation Linking Oceans and Human Health
EurOcean 2014, convened by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Marine Board, the European Commission and three Italian partner institutions—the National Research Council, National Inter-university Consortium for Ocean Science and the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics—has issued the first of 18 priorities cited in a declaration that adds momentum to a European Marine Board report, Linking Oceans and Human Health (Tinyurl.com/ OceansAndHealth). Participants identified four high-level policy goals: valuing the ocean; capitalizing on European leadership; advancing ocean knowledge; and breaking scientific barriers. Newly discovered toxic nanoparticles and swelling microplastic marine pollution, with concerns emerging about higher seawater temperatures incubating chemical carcinogens, pose several new perils to human health. Jan Mees, chair of the European Marine Board, states, “To truly progress our knowledge, European scientists across a broad range of disciplines and domains must make a quantum leap towards holistic approaches and integrated research on a scale that will help us to much better understand, protect, manage and sustainably exploit the seas and oceans that surround us. This is a grand challenge; not just in Europe, but for human society as a whole.” Source: Eurocean2014.eu 34
GMO Pushback Hawaii Lobbies for Anti-GMOÂ Laws
The Aloha State enjoys a year-round growing season, with multiple harvests annually. Last year, the Hawaiian island of Kauai passed genetically modified organism (GMO) farming restrictions, but they were overturned in court. Now, Maui County, which includes the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Lanai and Molokai, has approved a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops. The majority of Monsantoâ€™s GMO corn seed sold to farmers in Argentina, Brazil and the U.S. comes from its Maui operation. If the law stands, Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, another biotech firm with operations in Maui County, will need to seek alternatives. Lawsuits have already been filed by both opponents of the ban and proponents that want rigorous enforcement built in. Michael Lilly, former attorney general of Hawaii, expects the new law to be struck down like the previous Kauai attempt on grounds that state law supersedes it, although appeals in that case are underway. Meanwhile, an injunction has stalled the whole process. The message from anti-GMO forces is that although giant firms have deep pockets and many options, staunch determination to stem the tide of GMO crops worldwide may eventually bear the sweet fruit of victory. Source: Grist
Change Your Energy How to Transform Your Life by Panache Desai
ow would you define energy? Is it the caffeinated overdrive feeling that gets you through the day, or the electrical current charging your laptop? Whether you are currently in the midst of a challenging crisis or are perpetually plateaued, you have the ability to shift whatever is going down by amping up or expanding your energy. If you are content with everything in your life, then you have nothing to worry about. Keep doing what you’re doing. However, if you are ready to start playing with possibility, these three surefire solutions will change your energy and transform the way you experience yourself and your life.
Go With The Flow
After sleeping through the alarm clock, your children missed the bus, so you drove them to school. While running into the office late for a meeting with your boss, you realize you left the lunch boxes on the kitchen counter. You could spend the entire day at work blaming yourself for being a bad mother or you can learn how to go with the flow. Your emotions are energy in motion, naturally wanting to move through your body. The optimal state is flow. Anytime you judge your feelings as bad or wrong—anger, embarrassment, sadness or fear—that judgment inhibits the flow of energy. If you shut down the emotions you deem as negative, over time you turn off your energetic flow, which creates heaviness and stagnation inside your body. How do you get in the flow? Self-acceptance opens you up, allowing emotional energy to move. Get into the habit of feeling and loving 36
every emotion as it arises until it subsides. So when you begin to beat yourself up for getting angry—or having any other negative emotion—stop, slow down and breathe until the intensity of the feeling diminishes. The conscious recognition of your breath anchors you in present-moment awareness and opens the flow of energy.
Be In The Company Of The Truth
The people in your life can have a significant impact on your energy, some for the worse—the complainer sister, the creepy coworker, that ex-boyfriend with the road rage. Whenever you spend time with any of these folks, you feel depressed, exhausted and drained. But a midweek phone call from your best friend, a date night with your husband or a long walk with the dog makes everything feel right with the world again. Vibrational energy can be tangibly felt, and people are just like tuning forks. A tuning fork creates a sound wave that vibrates a pure tone at a single frequency. If you have two tuning forks and strike one, the vibration will carry to the other, and both will vibrate at the same tone. When you are in proximity to someone with a higher vibrational resonance, your energy will accelerate. The more time you spend with people who prefer to complain or judge or engage in power struggles, the more likely it is that you will vibrate at the level of judgment and criticism. Your energy will decelerate, and you will feel exhausted, stressed and drained. What are you getting out of spending time with people who drag
you down? What’s the real reason you choose to have lunch with Debbie Downer? Perhaps she makes you feel better about yourself because she seems worse off than you. It’s time to take responsibility for the individuals you want to spend time with and how you want to show up in the world. By being with openhearted and truly authentic people, you become a catalyst for your own transformation.
Accept Everything (For Three Minutes)
When you connect to a place of stillness, you access a state of allowing for that precious pause—you leave the hamster wheel of doing. However, this is not a pass to sit on your sofa and snooze the day away. This is an invitation to allow energy to flow that may have gotten inadvertently stuck. Your goal is three minutes of absolute relaxation and profound acceptance every day. You can do this before you get out of bed each morning, in the shower or out in the hallway after a stressful situation. Start by saying to yourself, “I accept...” Then, fill in the blank with whatever is going on in your life in that moment. By making this a daily practice, you take yourself out of self-judgment, begin to recognize the sacredness of yourself and restore your true nature. Naples resident Panache Desai travels the globe providing experiential programs and inspired-living workshops as well as producing a monthly live webcast series empowering people to free themselves from pain, suffering, sadness and self-limiting beliefs. To learn more, visit PanacheDesai.com.
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TMC Productions Facilitates Powerful, Authentic Living bySavannah Noir
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Best Ways to Enjoy Greener Indoor and Outdoor Fires Our inclination to position ourselves near fire is a year-round lure nationwide. Yet, the traditional ingredient in both indoor fireplaces in the north and outdoor fire pits in the south should give shivers to the eco-minded. In addition to causing considerable air pollution, wood smoke contains carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and fine particulates that can aggravate asthma, allergies and other health conditions. Eco-friendly firelogs—many made of recycled biomass products like compressed wood sawdust, ground nutshells and other ingredients—provide low-emission and petroleum-free alternatives to cordwood. According to GreenAmerica.org, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends manufactured logs over wood to cut air pollutants. Major manufacturers noted by ApartmentTherapy.com include Java, which uses coffee grounds; Energy Log briquettes made from recycled mill waste; and TerraCycle, ShredMaster Ltd. and CleanFlame, all of which use recycled and repurposed cardboard. In addition to producing greater heat, some of these logs even produce a natural crackling sound without throwing sparks. Inserts—basically a stove that fits into existing fireplaces—provide a genuine fireside feeling, but with green benefits. An EPA-certified stove or insert is built to burn cleaner and more efficiently, dramatically reducing fine particle emissions and pollution over older models. However, while a propane gas stove insert burns even cleaner and is easier to operate, it uses nonrenewable fuel. Consider wood pellet models that burn ultra-compressed wood and biomass of olive, corn and cherry pits. Outdoor steel fire pits that can burn firelogs have grown popular in warmer regions, and equipment manufacturers have responded. Tripods suspend swivel and free-standing grills over the pit for direct cooking or to hold cast iron kettles. Special outdoor tables also afford a gathering spot around friendly flames. Avoid gas and electric models as eco-no-nos. If real wood is a must, be selective. Firewood that looks a little rough is more likely to come from over-mature trees of the kind that can be removed without affecting the health of its forest (WoodHeat.org). Product packages of Pioneer Processors firewood attest that it “never uses endangered wood species and always purchases from well-managed forests.”
readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet Patrick Nolan
Work: Fox 4 News anchor, Amrit Method yoga instructor and yoga nidra facilitator. Proudest Achievement: While TV news broadcasting is notorious for the turnover of reporters and news anchors, I’m proud that I’ve been a part of Fox 4 News and the Southwest Florida community for 12 years. Another proud achievement was receiving the Peace Award, given to me by a domestic violence group for my reporting on the law and violence against women. Expectations for the Future: I let go of expectations whenever they pop into my head so that I can better enjoy the present moment. Favorite APP: Yogi Says Favorite websites: NPR.org, Politico.com Local causes supported: Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida, Laces of Love, St. Matthew’s House, Drug Free Collier, David Lawrence Foundation, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Relay For Life, Florida Native Plant Society and Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support, Inc. Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: I like reading about what other individuals in the community are doing to find their way to better health; it gives me ideas for my own lifestyle. As the anchor for a medical segment at Fox 4, the magazine provides me with opportunities to stay current on local health trends. Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Brooke’s Natural Cafe, Fort Myers. Her tempeh tacos are the best food on the planet. How do you invest in your community: In my role at Fox 4, I work to find out the facts and report the story from different perspectives. There’s no better investment than seeking and sharing the truth with my community. I also do what my dad says is the first step to demonstrating to anyone that you love them—show up. I show up every chance I get in our community. This can range from teaching yoga to special needs adults to moderating a community forum on mental health. Favorite quote: “Our deepest fear is not that are we inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”—Marianne Williamson What are you doing to be the change you want to see in the world? As a journalist and news anchor, I’m dedicated to giving a voice to the voiceless in our community. As a yoga teacher, I listen to my internal voice and encourage students to do the same. Both can be challenging and deeply rewarding. natural awakenings
communityspotlight Physician Finds Solutions in Functional Medicine by Linda Sechrist
t wasn’t just family tradicis Hospital, in Evanston, tion that nudged Zorayda Illinois,” says the mother “Jiji” Torres, M.D., owner of two. of Upstream Medical Con Upon her arrival in sultants, PLLC, in Bonita Naples, Torres began pracSprings, to enroll in medical ticing traditional medicine school. “Even though my at the Naples Cleveland mom is a general practitioClinic. Between 2008 and ner, my dad is a surgeon and 2011, she was alarmed my sister is a pediatrician, by what seemed to be an Zorayda “Jiji” Torres I didn’t feel pressured into epidemic of autoimmune becoming a doctor. Instead, it felt very diseases, bowel and digestive problems, natural to me because I’d already enjoyed chronic fatigue and mood disorders. assisting in a number of my dad’s surger“Many of the drugs given to these patients or procedures performed did not help ies while I was in high school,” says the significantly or carried with them a lot of native of the Republic of the Philippines. adverse effects. Their conditions persisted Torres, a board-certified internist with 17 years of clinical experience, and and progressed. Frustrated with the ineffectiveness of my allopathic knowledge her husband relocated to Naples from Cleveland, Ohio, in 2001. “My husband and background, I began researching other possibilities to help my patients trained in cardiovascular anesthesia at regain their health,” she recalls. the Cleveland Clinic there. We moved “This led me to discover functional when the Cleveland Clinic in Naples medicine, something that is still only hired him,” advises Torres, who finished taught as a mere elective in very few her bachelor of science in public health medical schools today. This is unfortuand doctor of medicine degrees at her nate, because as I learned from reading country’s prestigious University of the Eat to Live, by Joel Fuhrman, nutrition, Philippines. “I completed my residency which I was exposed to very little in training in internal medicine at St. Fran-
medical school, is extremely important to our health,” remarks Torres, who became a diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine. Another influential book that shifted her direction as a physician is The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First, by Mark Hyman, M.D. When Torres discovered as a convert to functional medicine that it was exceedingly difficult to combine with conventional internal medicine in her multispecialty group practice, she resigned. “The majority of doctors are trained in allopathic medicine, just as I was initially. They are slow to change,” she notes. “A doctor who gets his or her training from a prestigious medical school and hospital where they never hear anything about functional medicine, doesn’t expect to learn of other methods from any institution outside the one they highly respect. Basically, this is why medical schools need to expose doctors much earlier to this field and that of integrative medicine,” explains Torres, who is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine. Functional medicine is not yet taught in most medical schools and residencies, so many providers are unaware of its existence or what it even means. Torres believes that consumers should begin demanding coverage for functional medicine consultations from their insurance carrier, advising, “This is a life-changing option that is important to have if we want to lessen the burden of chronic disease in this country and worldwide. Functional medicine is highly scientific, makes a lot of sense and actually bridges the gap between research and clinical practice. It finds the root causes of diseases and tackles them. While it is slowly reaching more doctors, The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio just opened a Center for Functional Medicine, the first of its kind in tertiary referral centers. This is definitely a great start.” For Torres, functional medicine is just the perfect niche. “This is the art and science of healing that addresses care of the whole person—body, mind and spirit—which is in alignment with my personal values.” Upstream Medical Consultants, PLLC, is located at 27499 Riverview Center Blvd., Ste. 255, Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239-444-5636 or visit UpstreamMD.com. See ad, page 7.
Happily Coupled Creating Loving Relationships that Thrive by Judith Fertig
“To be fully seen by somebody… and be loved anyhow— this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
t the conclusion of her bestselling memoir, Eat Pray Love, author Elizabeth Gilbert had fallen in love with Jose Nunes (called Felipe in the book), a Brazilian living in Indonesia. The divorced Gilbert, reluctant to have her heart broken again, had vowed never to remarry… yet ultimately changed her mind when U.S. immigration law presented her with multiple choices: marry so they could live together in this country, stay single and live as ex-pat partners or say goodbye to Nunes. Gilbert chose a marital partnership that suits the shared life they want: honest and, after years of travel, settled in one place. She says, “For the first time in my life, living in a small town with a lovely husband in an old house with
a big garden and several pets, I feel absolutely rooted in a way I have never experienced before and never would have imagined even desiring. But it is what we want—at least for now—and we’re relishing that stability.” Gilbert records the process of going from two global wanderers falling in love to a married couple sharing domestic chores in her follow-up memoir, Committed: A Love Story.
The spark that ignites such a partnership is love, which is “primarily about connection,” says Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., a positivity expert and author of Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become. “It’s vital to our health
and happiness, affecting our brains and bodies at the cellular level. “We were born to love,” emphasizes Fredrickson, who also serves as a psychology professor and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “The evidence comes from research that shows how our brain and nervous system are designed to enhance our chances of experiencing it.” When we share positive emotions with another person, experience a synchrony between their biochemistry and behaviors and ours, plus exhibit mutual care, love can bloom, whether we stay happily single or decide to pursue a committed relationship. She calls this triple-action sequence “positivity resonance”. Love, she observes, is less a smooth, solid path than momentary experiences of connection.
Making Love Last
The more areas of connection we have with our partners, the more opportunities we have to positively resonate every day, adds Frederickson. Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D., a psychology professor at California’s Santa Clara University and adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, agrees. “Long-term relationships, like marriages, are partnerships in living,” according to Plante. “The vast majority of the time couples are together they’re not having hot sex, but are sharing a practical day-to-day life together.” Shared activities aren’t always exciting or glamorous. Raising children, working, managing a home, cooking and cleaning, shopping, being with friends and family and the rest of regular daily living is where the rubber meets the road in relationship satisfaction, observes Plante. “If couples aren’t compatible in these areas, then the connection and attraction will inevitably atrophy, tensions emerge and too often, relationships fracture and fall apart.” Compatibility means different things to different people, and requirements can change as individuals in a romantic partnership change over time. Compatibility also means agreement
that the relationship is worth the effort to nurture and sustain it.
Partnering Life’s Dance
Five couples in different stages of loving partnerships share how they make their special relationships work. The key to them all is shared values. Doing everything together. For newlyweds Drs. Josh and Chelsea Axe, of Nashville, Tennessee, a mutual commitment to vigorous wellness and physical fitness keeps them together. Says Josh, “The healthy lifestyle I have chosen to live is so important that I need someone who is able to not just agree, but also partner with me.” Married in 2012, the two chiropractic physicians went on to co-found the BurstFIT interval training program and meld their professional, as well as personal, lives. Chelsea notes, “There is truth to the phrase, ‘Couples that sweat together, stay together.’ When working out together, you share a specific energy you create while pushing yourself to your mental and physical limits. You have your partner right there doing it alongside you, knowing they’re supporting you; so when you each break through a mental or physical barrier in your workout, you step over together into a strength and confidence that carries over into your marriage. Being a part of each other’s goals and the struggles to reach them unifies us.” Remarks Josh, “I feel like we can both be successful individually, but when we’re a team, the outcome is synergistic.” Chelsea adds, “It’s never a mindset of ‘me.’ It’s always ‘us.’” Balancing work and play. Barbara and Bob Unell, of Leawood, Kansas, dated as teenagers, went their separate ways in college and then found each other again in their early 20s. “We went on a blind date in 1968 and both belted out songs on the car radio,” recalls Barbara. “I thought he had a great sense of humor and was fun to be with. All these years later, it feels like we’re still dating. We’re crazy about each other.” Both Barbara and Bob describe themselves as enthusiastic, playful, entrepreneurial, altruistic and geared toward creative projects, whether undertaken together or separately. “We’re both, ‘Let’s
“Seventy-five to 80 percent of all chemistry evaporates within six to eight months unless the relationship is significantly undergirded by deeper and more durable compatibility.” ~Neil Clark Warren try this,’ sort of people,” says Barbara with a laugh. When the Unells had twins, now grown, they realized there was no national publication addressing how to parent multiples, so they launched Twins magazine in 1984. Bob founded and managed an advertising agency while Barbara wrote bestselling parenting books, but the whole family traveled together on her speaking engagements. In response to becoming a breast cancer survivor, Barbara founded the nonprofit Back in the Swing in 2000 to support survivorship care at cancer centers. When they needed additional staff, Bob joined the team in 2009. One of the biggest things that Barbara has learned from Bob is, “You can make work fun.” “Although we come from different backgrounds, Bob and I know the power of mutual respect, trust and kindness,” reflects Barbara. “Part of our connection is that we have shared history and never take each other for granted.”
Making long-distance work. Lisa Ekus, who runs the full-service culinary talent agency The Lisa Ekus Group, in Hatfield, Massachusetts, had been married twice and already raised her two children when she met Atlanta Chef Virginia Willis. They got to know each other through culinary events and to their surprise, fell in love. Over the past six years they’ve evolved a relationship that works for them—keeping a deep personal connection, but maintaining separate residences. Cookbook author Willis gardens, develops recipes and writes for her Food Network blog, “Down Home Comfort,” at Ekus’ New England compound in the summers; Ekus travels to the South during cold months. They also meet up as often as they can at conferences, food and wine festivals and other events during the rest of the year. “We are both smart, professional women who love what we do, have strong ethics and a high level of self-expectation in how we work,” says Ekus. “We are also best friends and work together professionally. The respect we have for each other and our work is instrumental in our relationship.” “We often joke about the North/ South, fast/slow cultural difference,” Ekus notes. “I’m more spontaneous; Virginia is more thoughtful in her responses. I tend to move fast and focus on checking off items, while Virginia is more about the journey and being in the moment. It often makes us each take stock and consider what we’re doing and saying.” They make the geographic separation work despite its inherent longdistance complications via consistent communication, saying good morning and good night every day by phone and texting often. They hold regular agent/author meetings to make professional plans and personal calendar meetings at least weekly, recognizing and respecting what is important to each of them. Bridging the age gap. Karen and Dick Eagle, from St. Louis, Missouri, are 16 years apart in age, but are close in the ways that count. Both are strongminded and still vie to get their own way even after 30 years of marriage. “We argue over the stupidest things,
and then resolve our “Marriages based on back and easy to be with, I can relax,” says disagreements and a mutual desire to Susan. Michael, on realize how good we have it,” says Karen. serve and inspire grow the other hand, always seemed to fill a room. What first atcontinually in richness Jake helps Susan with tracted them to each other—and keeps and beauty, and are chores around the property and she is them together—is a a benediction to all always there cheering love of playful fun and good times with who know of them.” him on from the front row when he performs friends. Karen reat local venues. marks, “I knew Dick ~ Meher Baba was ‘the one’ when he jumped flat-footed over a wingback Cultivating Care chair at a friend’s house. That showed Working out as a couple, sharing a me that he was young at heart.” creative project or making a gour Making ends meet. Eleven years met meal together can do more than ago, when family therapist Susan Frankkeep partners feeling connected. lin lost her husband, Michael, a univerShared activities also keep the positive sity college professor, she felt bereft and experiences ongoing and resonating. overwhelmed. The pair had owned a “That special bond and the commitcountry property near Cleveland, Ohio, ments people often build around it where they boarded horses. Susan realare the products of love, the results of ized, “I couldn’t keep the many smaller moments in which up with everything on love infuses you,” mainmy own,” and Jake tains Fredrickson. Such Marshall, a musician moments not only friend of Michael’s, accumulate, but offered to help. Over can also be stored time, Susan and Jake in memory and became close, and banked to feed a they now live relationship during together. the tougher times. Although “Love is someJake is a great thing we should supporter in many re-cultivate every ways, he’s not in day,” she says. A a position to help loving partnership financially. Susan is always a work depends on her late in progress. husband’s insurance and pension benefits, which Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from she would lose if she Overland Park, KS. remarries. “Jake is so laid
eil Clark Warren, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and co-founder of the eHarmony relationship website, believes there are at least 29 personality dimensions—such as anger management skills, intelligence, feelings about children, energy and ambition—that comprise who we are and play a role in maintaining a relationship. Key personality dimensions include interests and activities, guiding principles and philosophies, expressions of emotional experience, tendencies toward togetherness and separateness, goals and familial and other relationships. Warren suggests categorizing desired qualities in a mate into three lists: non-negotiables, qualities that are top priority and deal breakers; semi-negotiables that are important, yet flexible secondary priorities; and negotiables that are subject to tradeoffs for more important qualities.
Conscious Dating Jill Crosby on Looking for Love Online by S. Alison Chabonais
ill Crosby, owner and founder of the Conscious Dating Network, has focused on spiritual development and meditation for more than 30 years. Working as a director for the granddaddy of the original onsite photo/video dating companies, which included interviewing 6,000-plus singles, sparked a desire to create a venue for spiritually conscious singles to meet. So, 15 years ago, she created her flagship online dating site, SpiritualSingles.com. NaturalAwakeningsSingles.com, launched two years ago as part of the network, shares the same database of members as SpiritualSingles.com and many affiliated conscious dating sites in the network. Today, the Conscious Dating Network is the largest of its kind. From Mount Shasta, California, Crosby leads a team of specialists that care for members’ needs and provide a loving, inspiring site for singles to meet their beloveds.
How has online dating continued to evolve and what trends do you see now? The stigma about meeting someone online has completely dissolved as success stories have become so common. It’s like shopping online—you can look at many different varieties and styles to find exactly what you are looking for, rather than physically searching store after store hoping to find something you like. Technology has made a tremendous difference in price, accessibility and reach. Today, members post selfies as headshots, shoot their own videos and can access potential matches anywhere in the world. 48
I used to think longdistance relationships didn’t stand a chance. However, with Skype and a willingness to relocate, many of our success stories start as longdistance connections. Video chatting is a great way to assess common values and get to know someone on a deep level before traveling to meet in person.
What distinguishes conscious dating sites like Natural AwakeningsSingles.com from mainstream sites? Natural Awakenings Singles is a niche dating site for those that are conscious, spiritual and green. Singles with specific interests, passions and lifestyles usually prefer niche dating sites because they allow for more targeted search results, provided that the member database is large enough. Our database of more than 90,000 members globally is considered large for a niche. Mainstream sites may have more members; however, they require far more time and effort in sorting through profiles to find those with whom we might have something in common. Natural Awakenings Singles is also much more generous than conventional pay models, in that free members can read and reply to personal messages and live instant messages sent from subscribing members. Most mainstream sites make members pay to read and reply to messages. Our primary goal is for our singles to become couples—to facilitate the tremendous amount of success our members experience, we do many things differently.
Have you seen any overall differences in the success stories the Conscious Dating Network facilitates? Yes, our members usually connect on a deeper, “soul-to-soul” level and tend to understand that chemistry comes in all shapes and sizes. Our success story couples oftentimes have the feeling that they are destined to be together. We encourage members to listen to their inner guidance in regard to whom to contact, be grateful in advance and stay in their divine flow. When members tune in and act from this space, miracles happen. Many of our “destined” couples go on to do amazing projects together, like opening retreat centers, writing books, facilitating workshops, starting intentional communities, creating nonprofit organizations and other beautiful ventures that neither of them would have necessarily done alone. The power of two seems to be exponentially greater.
What have proved to be your all-time favorite tips for online dating success? By healing past traumas, loving and forgiving ourselves, and embodying our divine presence as much as possible, deep-seated feelings of unworthiness fall away and we emanate our true radiance, thus magnetizing a partner equally empowered and awake. When we are in a place of personal power, there is no being shy or procrastinating. Imagine how it would be once you have met the love of your life, and focus on those feelings while browsing and reading profiles. When you notice a strong inner nudge to contact someone, do it. If it’s not mutual, that’s OK; don’t take it personally. That’s part of the beauty of online dating; the pool is large, and when the feeling and knowingness is mutual, you might just be starting a life together. “In-joy” the process, be positive and choose to make it a fun adventure! Joining NaturalAwakeningSingles. com includes access to all members of all the Conscious Dating Network sites. S. Alison Chabonais is the national content editor for Natural Awakenings magazines.
FITNESS FINDS Locate the Best Workout Space for You
by Debra Melani
ix years ago, Sherry Salmons, of Oak Ridge, Illinois, was perplexed by her “glowing, smiling, energetic” neighbor that worked full time while raising three young children, yet never seemed drained. Finally, she asked: “What’s your secret?” The answer was a life-changing visit by Salmons to a nearby holistic fitness studio. Lucking into good recommenda-
tions can whittle down the multitude of choices available at 32,000 U.S. health clubs and studios, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association. With the dual trends of niche studios and low-cost fitness centers fueling a diverse burst in workout options, club-seekers should apply their sleuthing skills before deciding on something that can prove so pivotal to their health.
Think Outside the Box
ne of the latest trends for health-seekers is joining more than one club. Mixing it up can be a good way to go, says Jim White, owner of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios, in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia. “A lot of people are leaving the big-box gyms for more of an a la carte menu,” White says. “I have a client that strength trains with me in the mornings and then goes to spinning, barre and yoga studios in the afternoons.” Up to 90 percent of small studio members belong to more than one club, according to the 2014 International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association’s annual industry trend report. That can both lessen monotony and provide a wellrounded fitness routine, White says.
Clue #1: Location and hours. If a facility isn’t near home or work, people won’t go, says Jim White, an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) health fitness specialist, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. “Our time is so valuable that going to the gym can’t be a hassle.” Check online and list nearby facilities and hours, scratching off any that aren’t open at convenient times. Clue #2: Know what you need. Some people have absolute necessities for fitness success. “For instance, avid swimmers need a pool,” says Grace DeSimone, an ACSM personal trainer in New York City. “That’s going to reduce their choices considerably.” Other nonnegotiable provisions might be a yoga studio, indoor track or child care. Clue #3: Gym rat or newbie? A fitness facility that costs pennies a day might seem like an obvious choice, but not if our fitness level and knowledge are near zero. “A lot of people don’t know what to do in a gym,” observes White, who owns personal training studios in Virginia. “We’re especially for those who want their hands held or want to see results fast.” Niche studios focused on modalities from kick boxing to dance therapy can offer added guidance. DeSimone notes that other reputable facilities will likewise have accredited trainers, often at a low cost. Larger facilities also may offer more options for a newbie to try out before settling on what they like, she says. Clue #4: Take a test drive. Make use of trial periods and guest passes. “Get a feel for the culture,” says Chris Freytag, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise and a personal trainer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “People are more likely to stay motivated in an environment that inspires them and with people that motivate them,” Freytag says. During on-site visits, do we feel at home among kindred spirits our own age? Is the facility clean and secure? Clue #5: Look at the equipment. If the gym doesn’t have the equipment we want to use, whether it’s Pilates or TRX equipment, free weights or Kettlebells, then move on. A gym worth joining will have plenty of up-to-date equipment
that follows the latest fitness trends and works properly, says White. Clue #6: Investigate the staff. Checking out the staff is key for those seeking specialized guidance, such as yoga, martial arts or personal training. Look for trainers and instructors available to help that are certified by a reputable program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Investigating key employees’ backgrounds, including acupuncturists and massage therapists, is crucial. Clue #7: Sign with caution. Avoid signing long-term, complicated contracts, which are rare these days, DeSimone counsels. “Don’t be overwhelmed by a high-pressured sales pitch; just stand your ground, because those people are at your service.” White recommends making sure the price includes expected services; feel free to negotiate, especially with initial fees. Understand all policies, especially cancellation clauses, and use a credit card, which is easier to correct if
problems arise, adds DeSimone. Although Salmons was lucky, with her neighbor’s recommendation leading her to her perfect studio, people should investigate to find their ideal fit. “It starts when you walk in the door,” Salmons says about her attraction to The Balance Fitness Studio. “The space is open, exposed and it’s got this very clean, feng shui energy.” Not a traditional, iron-pumping, music-blasting gym fan, Salmons prefers Pilates, but participates in all of the studio’s offerings, including massage, acupuncture and nutrition classes. While finding the right club has boosted her fitness level, she notes that the real magic has come in the form of revitalized energy. “It’s changed me in all aspects of my life. When I leave, I feel mentally focused, emotionally balanced and refreshed. It’s kind of transformational.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra Melani.com or DMelani@msn.com.
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A Chat with Psychic Medium John Edward by Linda Sechrist
s a well-known psychic medium, lecturer and author of eight books, John Edward relies on more than his five senses for gathering information. His highly developed extra-sensory perception (ESP)—a term coined by Duke University researcher J.B. Rhine—affords Edward the ability to acquire information by paranormal means, independent of any known physical sense or deduction from previous experience. Edward’s personal mission as a medium enables him to help individuals become more comfortable with the idea of death. Additionally, his personal readings bring individuals hope by reuniting them with those they love that have crossed over. On his internationally syndicated Crossing Over with John Edward television show, which aired live from 1999 to 2004, and his current John Edward Cross Country television show, which has been broadcast since 2006, Edward’s deeply compelling and occasionally humorous approach has earned him a loyal following. A professional medium requires a well-developed psychic capacity and essential, less obvious aptitudes that many of us would find nearly impossible. These range from unquestionable trust in an invisible world and the capability to suspend judgment to the need for control, healthy self-esteem and solid grounding, as well as a lack of fear about death and a deep sense of compassion. Just as important are the willingness to be open to multiple possibilities without choosing one, acceptance of and comfort with the unknown and an ability to see the bigger picture.
Natural Awakenings caught up with Edward to glean some insight into the man and his latest endeavors.
What motivated you to master the aptitudes of a professional medium? I have a deeply rooted sense of empathy and compassion that can only be satiated by helping others who are in the grips of deep emotional pain due to the loss of a loved one.
Do you use any of these aptitudes in your personal life? No. I have a very normal life of eating, sleeping, writing, playing with my kids and dogs and hanging out with my wife. In fact, like millions of individuals, I’ve wrestled with bad eating habits and weight gain. In my childhood, food was a big part of our Italian household. I was a finicky eater, so my mom, grandma and aunts fattened me up with the foods that I loved: white bread, Drake’s Devil Dogs, Hostess Cupcakes and Pepsi in my milk. It was the only way I would drink it. Unfortunately, I drank a lot of diet soda over the years and damaged my hypothalamus, which I am now in the process of healing with supplements. My weight yo-yoed until I was 40. The weight-loss tricks quit working, my metabolism slowed down and my weight crept up faster than ever before. My friends and family dared me to do Weight Watchers. I accepted the challenge to show them that it wouldn’t work. The 25 pounds I dropped made me realize that the program works because it made me aware and accountable for my choices. When I lecture now and people tell me that I
got skinny, I respond: “No, I got smart, accountable and aware of what I put into my body.” Few individuals realize that if they don’t drop the fork and join the gym, their fat, like energetic clutter, takes up space in their energy field. I am more aware of my physical and energetic health now than ever before, and I take better care of myself. I make better and more informed choices. For example, I had my mercury fillings removed and replaced.
Have your lifestyle changes affected your ability to do readings? Today, when I travel, instead of raiding the hotel mini-bar before I do readings, I have a Weight Watcher brownie and a stevia cola instead of my old faithful—a Hershey bar and a diet soda—which once provided my secret energy boost before taping a show. Although my lifestyle changes aren’t reflected in my ability to do readings, they have made a noticeable difference in my physical body. It’s the instrument that has to stay in tune for the energy to come through it.
What is your latest Evolve program about? It’s a one-year membership that allows me to interact globally with members. Each month, five members are randomly chosen for live, one-on-one readings. Five more are selected to receive two free tickets to a live group reading in their area, and another five receive an appreciation pack. Additionally, there are other benefits. Members appreciate the supportive community that they are part of. Visit JohnEdward.net for more info.
Local John Edward Event: Tuesday, March 3 Crossing Over – 7pm. Live with John Edward. Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe St, Ft Myers. Tickets: 1-800-514-3849 or JohnEdward.net. See ad, page 31.
The Food & Thought 2015 Health Freedom Summit by Linda Sechrist
he late Frank Oakes, Southwest Florida’s beloved Obi-Wan Kenobi of organic gardening, was a man with a mission to Frank Oakes promote self-reliance, which includes growing and eating healthy food. His legacy lives in Food & Thought—The General Store, where he generously shared his wisdom with anyone that needed it. Oakes’ family, protégés, friends and admirers, along with nationally and locally recognized health professionals and educators, will pay tribute to his legacy, mission and spirit through the Food & Thought 2015 Health Freedom Summit, from February 20 to 22. On opening night, through a presentation, The High Cost of Cheap Food or The Price of Everything, The Value of Nothing, and a short film, Frank Oakes: Awakening of an Organic Prophet, attendees will hear from many of the individuals that Oakes inspired to take control of their health and well-being. Organized by the store’s management team, the event clearly depicts and honors Oakes’ personal mission to promote health freedom. In addition, presentations, panel discussions and an original play, A Tale of Two Agricultures, are a few highlights of the circus-themed event, Robert Scott where two separate stages Bell set up on the midway between The General Store and Thoughtful Threads offer attendees a menu of healthy lecture choices. Broadcast media personality Robert Scott Bell is the ringmaster; he will preside over the event, lead a panel discussion, Health Freedom and Health Empowerment, and present his own talk, Health Sovereignty—Unlock the Power to Heal: Accelerating Gut Recovery for Reversal of Immune-Defi54
ciency, Allergies, Autism, Cancer and More. Bell will broadcast live from the event on Sunday. The event’s featured speaker is Jeffrey M. Smith, author of Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of Jeffrey M. the Genetically EngiSmith neered Foods You’re Eating. He is also the producer of a feature-length documentary, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, and the executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology. Smith will discuss The High Stakes Game of Genetic Roulette. Participants will learn about Chinese internal organ massage from Vaisháli, a faculty member at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and Vaisháli the Kripalu Center for Health & Yoga, who will also speak on “You Are What You Love.” Useful knowledge about The Joy of Disease and the role that herbs play in the process of restoring and maintaining health will be dispensed by Clinical Herbalist Dean Martens, founder and president of Herbs of Light, Inc. Professor Kathleen Delate, a professor of agronomy and horticulture at Iowa State University, known for her work on organic agriculture, Kathleen will explain her research Delate in How Organic Farming Can Feed and Save the World. Ken Rohla, a researcher and natural health educator certified by Hippocrates Health Institute, will lecture on The Art of Staying Ken Rohla Healthy in an Era of GMOs, Geoengineering, and Biowar-
fare, as well as How to Grow Your Own Nutrient-Dense Superfoods for Pennies. Rohla specializes in rejuvenation and cellular regeneration using cutting-edge science and ancient wisdom. Julia Craven, who educates practitioners and consumers for Veriditas Botanicals, will lead two talks: Superior Potency Therapeutic Essential Oils Julia Craven Through Organic and Biodynamic Cultivation and Therapeutic Use of Essential Oil. Cherie Soria, the founder of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, and her colleague Dan Laderman, a raw foods pioneer, will present Raw Dan Food for Cooked Food Laderman Lovers. Soria has been and Cherie teaching the art of Soria gourmet raw foods for more than 40 years. Let Food Be Thy Medicine is the title of a lecture by Sayer Ji, researcher, author and founder of GreenMed Info.com, the world’s Sayer Ji most widely referenced, evidence-based natural health resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. Deborah Post, an advanced registered nurse practitioner and the founder of Wellbridges, Inc., will discuss Toxicity Body Burden and ChemiDeb Post cal Sensitivities. Registered Nurse Susan Winters, a shamanic healer and a master in the healing arts of qigong, will demonstrate and discuss Qigong and Chinese Susan Winters Energetic Medicine.
Organized by the store’s management team, the event clearly depicts and honors Oakes’ personal mission to promote health freedom. Osteopathic physician Pamela Hughes, the new owner of Perlmutter Health Center, will explain How Functional Medicine Can Empower You. Donald Mayfield, doctor of Oriental medicine, will explain the disrupting impact of toxins on the body in Homotoxicology: Donald Mayfiled Getting Well. For those interested in sprouting or eating nutritionally dense foods, Chris Lindsey, The Sprout Queen, will talk about Sprouting for Life. Registered Nurse Rene Oswald will highlight the many benefits of vegan fermentation in Supersonic Sauerkraut. From Theresa Severs, Rene Oswald M.D., attendees will discover Why We Don’t Heal: The Mind/ Body/Spirit Connection. The Importance of Maintaining a High Vibrational Frequency is the topic of a talk by Interfaith Reverend Christopher Macklin, founder of Christopher Christopher Macklin Macklin Ministries Inc., the summit’s sponsor. The nonprofit, interfaith ministry embraces divine healing, unconditional love and compassion. Prior to the summit, The Arsenault Art Gallery, located at 764 12th Avenue South, in Naples, will present An Evening with Jeffrey Smith on February 19 at 6:30 p.m. Organic wines and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Food & Thought is located at 2132 Tamiami Tr. N., in Naples. For more information on speakers and the event schedule, call 239-213-2222 or visit FoodAndThought.com. See ads, pages 10 and 39. natural awakenings
Eco Feng Shui Tips to Bring More Positive Energy into Your Home by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist
ments since its origins 3,000 hen we’re hungry “Feng shui ago—can activate our for change, we is the original eco- years rethinking the arrangement, may feel the imscience.” uses and tone of each room pulse to spruce up our living spaces. Rooms that feel clut- ~ Will LeStrange while bringing beneficial green changes home. tered, drab and unappealing drag on our energy. Applying the basic inspired tenets of the ancient Feng Shui Basics Chinese art and science of feng shui can When considering how to apply feng transform and re-energize any space, shui principles, it helps to have a improving the way we feel. trained practitioner make a map, or Translated as “wind and water,” bagua, analyzing how energy, or chi, feng shui—which has been creating moves through a building. They will healthy and harmonious environ-
Color Me Feng Shui
ere’s a quick primer on the colors associated with each of the five natural elements and ways to bring them into a home. Seek a balance of all five in each room, appropriate to its use. Wood Water Earth Metal Fire
green, brown blue, black earth tones, soft yellows/oranges white, gray red, purple, bright yellows/oranges
living plants, wood, flowers water features, running fountains, glass brick, tile, ceramics rocks, stones sunlight
determine ways to air you breathe.” If “Feng shui is about help chi flow and adding plants isn’t making our built settle in appropriate feasible, she recomplaces to support all environments in mends picking up aspects of life. Recomsome fresh flowers sync with nature and mended alterations each week. Rememnatural cycles.” typically start with ber to change the furniture placement, water every day and ~ Alisa Rose Seidlitz color choices and key dispose of the flowers accessorizing. Sample at the first sign of bagua maps are available online for wilting (dying flowers bring negative referencing. energy). While a complete feng shui treatment may require major revamping, Banish Toxic Materials we can also take some low-cost steps “Healthy indoor air quality is an essential to immediately create more harmony aspect of good feng shui,” attests Alisa while eliminating toxins that are unRose Seidlitz, an eco feng shui consulhealthy and disrupt the energy flow. tant/designer, certified green building and interiors professional and owner of Bring in Green Ambiance Eco, in Berkeley, California. “Bringing natural elements into a space “Materials used inside our homes, such will aid the circulation of chi, help as cleaning products and furnishings, can achieve a balance and yield an indoor either contribute significantly to poor air environment of peace and calm,” says quality or support positive feng shui.” feng shui practitioner Maureen Cala Indoor air quality is significantly mia, owner of Luminous Spaces, in St. impacted by furnishings and décor. James, New York. When seeking out the cleanest, green Feng shui categorizes the natural est options, pay special attention to: elements as water, metal, fire, earth and Cleaning products. Safely discard wood, reflected in items like stones, toxic cleaning chemicals by taking plants and water features, as well as art them to hazardous waste pickup sites. and wall decorations and paint colors. Many household jobs can be done with Filling a home with living plants is vinegar and baking soda. favored by many feng shui experts. Paint. Revisions in wall, trim and “Surround yourself with green furniture colors quickly freshen a room plants, including cuttings from the yard,” and bring new energy, especially when advises Debra Duneier, a feng shui mas- they align with Earth’s natural eleter practitioner, certified eco-designer ments. Avoid conventional paint, which and author of EcoChi: Designing the contains dangerous volatile organic Human Experience, in New York City. compounds (VOC) that off-gas into the “They bring energy and life force into air. Look for widely available zero-VOC your home, while also filtering the brands. Other options include display-
ing art or colorful wall hangings. Flooring. Many toxins lurk in conventional carpeting and adhesives used to lay wood or tile floors. Look for natural wool rugs, reclaimed wood and zero-VOC floor adhesives. Preserve resources and alter the energy in a space by repurposing reclaimed materials for rehab projects. For good feng shui, smudging with dried sage cleanses any negative energy leftover from previous owners. Furnishings and fabrics. Mainstream furniture is typically treated with toxic flame retardant, so always ask how furniture has been treated before purchasing. Seek out nontoxic and natural materials like natural rubber mattresses and hemp or organic cotton shower curtains and window coverings.
Follow Your Joy Feng shui is multifaceted, but at its center is a search for balance and harmony. When making changes at home, it’s good to know we can follow our instincts and add things that bring us joy. Feng shui experts provide guidance in choosing colors and elements, but each of us is ultimately the best judge of what feels best for our own space. “I often ask my clients: What kind of message are you sending yourself?” says Duneier. “You can use your space to send yourself a message of a beautiful, abundant and healthy life.” Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist, a writer from Tucson, Arizona, also freelances for GreenAmerica.org.
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GRIEF Remedies to
Heal the Heart by Kathleen Barnes
rief can arrive suddenly with the death of a loved one, serious illness, loss of a job, parental dementia or decaying relationship. In any case, it takes a toll. “Grief encompasses all of our thoughts and feelings. Mourning is when we put them into action by talking, crying, perhaps doing rituals,” explains Tracy Riley, a licensed clinical social worker and grief counselor in Jacksonville, Florida. “Grief isn’t something that’s over when you wake up one day,” Riley counsels. “It’s ridiculous when an employer gives you three days off and
then expects everything to be fine.” She notes that time helps heal all wounds, but even a decade after losing a loved one, the pain can remain and life is never the same, although most of us learn to live with loss and move forward. “Some things can’t be fixed,” concludes Megan Devine, a psychotherapist in Portland, Oregon, and author of the audio book, When Everything is Not Okay, who blogs at RefugeInGrief. com. After witnessing the drowning death of her fiancé, she says, “I didn’t need to hear platitudes that everything would be OK. I needed something
An unexpected death and any emotional shock is an extreme stressor that causes the adrenal glands to release a flood of adrenaline. Tina Erwin, La Mesa, California author of The Lightworker’s Guide to Healing Grief, explains, “If you get a shock when someone close to you dies, your adrenal glands are blown out almost instantly and you are overwhelmed with adrenaline, much like we often see in people with post-traumatic stress disorder. You need to rebalance your body chemistry.” Intense grief can sometimes show up as chest pain, a classic sign of heart attack, due to a temporary disruption of the heart’s normal pumping action from a surge in stress hormones, according to the National Institutes of Health. Yet Imperial College London scientists now have found that a recognizable “broken heart syndrome” may temporarily protect the heart from being overwhelmed with adrenaline. “Healing the physical side of grief ultimately helps healing on an emotional level, too,” says Erwin. To assist herself following the death of her 6-yearold niece from a sudden infection, she uses several Bach flower remedies for trauma—Rescue Remedy, to rebalance the flood of adrenaline; Star of Bethlehem, for shock and loss; and Mimulus, for fear and anxiety. “Combining a few drops of each of these in a water bottle or tea several times a day helps you regain a feeling of balance,” Erwin says. She also likes drinking bloodcleansing noni juice to help wash adrenaline out of the body, and taking salt baths enhanced with lavender essential oil to literally “wash away the darkness.”
Riley views art and music therapy, plus journaling (a “personal roadmap” that helps chart her progress), as powerful healing tools. She’s also seen firsthand how animals can play a key role through the mourning process. Her miniature schnauzer intuitively approaches her clients that are anxious and grieving and gives them permission 58
to pet him. “It puts people at ease,” she says. “Then they can talk more freely about their pain.” Numerous studies, starting in the 1980s, show that stroking a furry pet lowers blood pressure.
Charting a Personal Course
For the bereaved (literally defined as “torn apart”), the symptoms of grief are meant to slow us down, advises Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition, in Fort Collins, Colorado, and author of numerous related books, including Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart. Society expects bereaved people to “carry on, keep their chins up, be glad they had him/her as long as they did or else be grateful that our loved one’s pain is over”—all platitudes that are more hurtful than helpful, says Wolfelt. Mourning takes time, but it also requires a social context, he explains. “It’s the shared response to loss. If you isolate yourself, you are grieving, not mourning. You can’t do this on your own. It’s bigger than you.” For those that feel stuck or unable to move forward, experienced grief counselors may be able to help.
Helping a Mourning Friend
ere’s comforting advice from grief advocate Megan Devine for friends yearning to soothe a bereaved friend. Don’t try to fix it: Don’t say anything that tries to fix the unfixable, and you’ll do fine. It’s an unfathomable relief to have a friend that doesn’t try to take the pain away. Grief belongs to the griever: You have a supporting role, not the central role, in a friend’s grief, which is an entirely personal experience. Anticipate, don’t ask: Don’t say, “Call
me if you need anything,” because your friend won’t call; not because they don’t need support, but because identifying a need, figuring out who might fill it, and then reaching out to ask is beyond their energy level, capacity or interest. Instead, make concrete offers of practical assistance in doing normal tasks or chores for the friend and deliver on them. Be willing to witness searing pain: Simply be quietly present. Acknowledge their state and stick with simple truths: “This hurts. I love you. I’m here.”
Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous health books, including Ten Best Ways to Manage Stress. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
Wynn’s Market Looks Out for Customers by Lee Walker
ver since Don Wynn opened the Sunshine Super Market on Fifth Avenue in 1948, the Wynn family has been recognized by Neapolitans for their choices in top-of-the-line groceries, produce, meats and baked goods. Now located on Ninth Street, Wynn’s Market continues to uphold that same level of quality. Always responsive to customer demand, the market embraces the increasing environmental and health concerns of its patrons: in every department, more than 30 percent of Wynn’s products are certified natural or organic. “Continuing research has shown that organic and natural products help maintain soil and water quality in the areas where they are produced, while also providing consumers with pure and chemical-free tastes,” remarks Jacquie Roecker, Wynn’s Market organic food specialist. Wynn’s natural and organic trend is also notable in both cold case and warm, prepared deli offerings, which include heart-healthy meals prepared from recipes that follow American Heart Association guidelines. “We have begun by offering three heart healthy entrees every week. Our intention is to build the variety as our seasonal traffic increases.
My goal is eventually to have a rotating menu that features as many as 20 items, including several organic soups,” says Brenda Melillo, deli manager. So far, heart-healthy selections such as sesame ginger pork patty with grilled pineapple, white bean and potato gnocchi, and pork tenderloin with wild mushrooms have developed a customer following that rivals longtime cold case favorites like poached salmon, quinoa and kale salad. “I’m sure that our stuffed turkey meatloaf with a side dish of brown rice will remain a customer favorite,” comments Melillo, who has a 14-year background in the field. “I relocated to Naples nearly three years ago specifically to be Wynn’s deli manager. The Rhode Island community where I previously lived and worked was very heart conscious, and I wanted to make sure that Wynn’s followed that trend, because it’s the direction that a large percentage of our healthconscious population is embracing,” Melillo advises. Wynn’s Market is located at 141 Ninth St. N., Naples. For more information, call 239-261-7157 or visit WynnsOnline.com. See ad, page 28.
EASE ADHD NATURALLY
Nine Ways to Help Restore Calm and Focus by Jenna Blumenfeld
lthough experts aren’t certain why it occurs, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 3 to 5 percent of school-age children, causing symptoms such as inattentiveness, frenetic activity, anxiety and forgetfulness. Kids with ADHD typically respond to drug prescriptions designed to provide calm and focus, but some carry unpleasant side effects like appetite changes and muscle spasms. Experts suggest considering these natural options to complement an afflicted child’s integrative treatment plan. Nutritionist Sara Vance, owner, Rebalance Life, San Diego, California. Up omega-3s. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that recent studies show kids with behavior problems have low blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient vital for brain health. Children’s daily diets should contain omega3-rich foods, such as chia, hemp, nuts and fatty fish. For children 12 and older, supplement with fish oil containing 1,200 milligrams (mg) of (DHA) docosahexaenoic acid and (EPA) eicosapentaenoic acid combined. Try magnesium. Low levels of magnesium, also known as the calming mineral, are associated with restless legs, anxiety and irritability—all of which can exacerbate ADHD. For kids ages 4 to 8, start with 130 mg of magnesium in the morning. If the child has trouble sleeping, another dose before bed may help. Reduce the dose if loose stools occur.
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dopamine. Deficiency can impair nerve cell communication, hindering memory, focus and attention. Encourage a child to eat B-packed organic foods like eggs, poultry, bell peppers, yams and spinach, and sprinkle B-vitamin-rich nutritional yeast on dishes like noodles and soup. Naturopathic Doctor Laurie Brodsky, e-consultant, DrLaurieND.com, New York City. Give up gluten. Gluten is a complex, gooey conglomeration of many proteins that sticks to the digestive tract, often stimulating behavioral issues. When gluten inflames a child’s digestive system, brain inflammation likely occurs, as well. Look for gluten-free pasta, bread, crackers and cookies made from rice, quinoa, flaxseed and non-GMO (genetically modified) corn. Pair fats with food. Healthy brain function requires a proper ratio of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats to the more common inflammatory omega-6 fats (found in canola, soybean and corn oils). Encourage balance by eating omega-3 foods at mealtime, when the gallbladder releases bile into the digestive system, allowing better omega-3 absorption. Avoid processed foods. High-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors such as Yellow 5, Blue 1 and Red 40 are linked to increased hyperactivity in children. Choose whole, real foods like whole grains and organic meats, vegetables and fruits. Use maple syrup rather than white sugar to sweeten foods— it’s full-flavored, so a little goes a long way. Behavior Specialist Margit Crane, educator, GiftedWithADD.com, Seattle, Washington. Lead by example. Parents have more power to handle their child’s ADHD than they think. Model the desired behaviors—if children are not allowed to eat in the living room, the rule should apply to the whole family. Maintaining consistent rules is vital. Set boundaries. Many parents and teachers believe that boundaries for ADHD-laden kids, that are often sensitive by nature, may be harsh or limiting. But these children actually thrive with boundaries. Rather than offer kids unlimited choices, give them two or three options. This helps a child feel safe. Regard a troubled child as scared, rather than angry—this will enable parents and caregivers to speak to them with compassion. Work with teachers. Some children with ADHD may have trouble fitting into traditional schools. When speaking with teachers, use collaborative words such as “partnership” to obtain healthy cooperation. Teachers have an entire class to attend to, not just this child; address them with respect and understanding, and everyone will ultimately benefit. Jenna Blumenfeld is the senior food editor at New Hope Natural Media, in Boulder, Colorado. Copyrighted 2014. Penton Media. 114554:1214BN.
HAPPY MEALS Eating Healthy Foods Fights Off Depression by Lane Vail
dvertisements for antidepressants abound, yet a recent analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the benefits of treating mildly or moderately depressed individuals with these drugs “may be minimal or nonexistent” compared with a placebo. Most physicians agree that at least part of the prevention of and recovery from depression can be addressed through diet. “Every molecule in the brain begins as food,” says Dr. Drew Ramsey, author of The Happiness Diet and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. “Food choice is the biggest puzzle piece patients have under their control.” Ramsey describes the modern American diet as being overwhelmed with highly processed foods, refined carbohydrates, omega-6 fats and sugar. His food philosophy serves as an overall prescription for mental health:
“Eat food that comes from farms and not factories; simple, recognizable human food.” Registered Dietitian Kathie Swift, an integrative clinical nutritionist in Lennox, Massachusetts, and author of The Swift Diet, agrees that food is powerful medicine. She recommends a balanced, flexitarian diet founded on plants, but including high-quality, animal-sourced foods. Just shifting our processed-foods to whole-foods ratio yields an improved mood, Swift says, which continues to motivate dietary change.
Recent science suggests a deeper meaning to the “gut feeling” adage. Bacteria in the gut and neurochemicals in the brain communicate intimately and bidirectionally via the vagus nerve, explains Swift. Altering the gut’s microbial population, whether from chronic stress, antibiotic overuse or nutritional
Folate, or vitamin B9 is particularly important to healthy nervous system functioning. A meta-analysis of 15,000 people reported in the Journal of Epidemiology associated low folate with a higher risk of depression. Dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and Swiss chard are high in B vitamins, as are beets, eggs, lentils, beans and whole grains; helpful fruits include papaya, avocado and berries. deficiencies, can change brain chemistry and thereby influence mood, mental clarity and sleep, she says. In 2013, Canadian researchers altered both the neurochemicals and behavior in mice by switching their intestinal microbiota; anxious mice given the microbes of intrepid mice became braver, and vice versa. Another small study in the British Journal of Nutrition showed a decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms in volunteers taking probiotics for a month. Essentially, says Swift, “We have a brain in the belly,” which must be nourished by both prebiotics (soluble fiber) and probiotics (fermented food). “Fiber is the quintessential substance to feed the lovely community of bugs in the gut,” says Swift, “while fermented foods interact with resident bacteria and give them a boost.” She recommends a variety of vegetables as a primary source of fiber, especially legumes, along with fruits, nuts, cheese and the occasional gluten-free whole grain. Probiotic foods include fermented vegetables, kefir, yogurt with live active cultures and apple cider vinegar.
Most psychiatric medications target feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, says Ramsey, but the body also manufactures these chemicals naturally during the methylation cycle, a B-vitamin-dependent neurological process. “B vitamins are superstars of the brain,”
Ramsey says. “Think of them as lubrication for the brain’s gears.” Folate, or vitamin B9 is particularly important to healthy nervous system functioning. A meta-analysis of 15,000 people reported in the Journal of Epidemiology associated low folate with a higher risk of depression. Dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and Swiss chard are high in B vitamins, as are beets, eggs, lentils, beans and whole grains; helpful fruits include papaya, avocado and berries.
“It’s a horrible notion that fat is bad,” says Ramsey. Swift agrees, noting, “We need a major renovation and reeducation of this important neuro-nutrient.” The integrity of a neuron cell membrane, which Swift describes as “a beautiful and fluid layer of lipids,” is crucial for brain health because it dictates communication among neurotransmitters. “The fat we eat becomes the fat of our cell membranes,” she says. “So nourish your membranes with adequate amounts of the right types of fat.” Long-chain omega-3s (DHA) docosahexaenoic acid and (EPA) eicosapentaenoic acid build and protect neurons, help prevent cognitive decline with age and can boost overall mood and mental performance, says Ramsey. A study in the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry found that treating depressed patients with omega-3 EPA was as equally effective as Prozac. “DHA and EPA are the two most important fats for brain health on the planet, period,” states Ramsey. Foods rich in omega-3s include fatty seafood like salmon, mussels and oysters, plus sea vegetables, walnuts, flaxseed and grass-fed beef. For vegetarians and vegans, Ramsey recommends an algal DHA supplement. Focusing on feeding the brain doesn’t preclude staving off heart disease, obesity or diabetes. “Follow the rules of eating for brain health,” Ramsey says, “and you’ll also be slim, energized, focused and resilient.” It’s all a recipe for happiness. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at DiscoveringHomemaking.com.
It’s All About the Balance by Lillie Viola
he key to maintaining optimal digestive and immune health depends largely on sustaining an optimal balance between the different species of bacteria. This can be done effectively with a healthy diet that includes prebiotics and probiotics. Prebiotics are a special form of soluble dietary fiber found in many fruits and vegetables; sources include apple skins, bananas, onions, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, chicory root, yams and lentils. Prebiotic fibers promote digestive health and appetite control and may improve mineral absorption and immunity to disease. Probiotic foods, such as fermented dairy products and sauerkraut, and probiotic supplements contain live bacteria that assist in maintaining or restoring the balance of healthy gut bacteria. This balance may be more important than most people realize. When the gut’s delicate microflora populations are in balance, communication between the bacteria in the gut and neurochemicals in the brain takes place via the vagus nerve, which extends from the brain stem to the abdomen. Scientists such as Helen Papaconstantinos, a research specialist at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, in Toronto, Canada, and Michael Gershon, Ph.D., an expert in the nascent field of neurogastroenterology at New York–Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia University Medical Center, are discovering that this enteric nervous system is more complex than previously thought. Interfacing with the parasympathetic control of the heart and digestive tract, this “brain in the belly” is an extensive network of neurons lining the gut that regulate the chemical levels in the digestive system so that the intestines can process food and keep track of what types of nutrients are being gained from ingested foods. Gut microflora imbalances are the result of stress, antibiotic overuse
and nutritional deficiencies. The consequence is a change in brain chemistry, which impacts mood, mental clarity and sleep. “Even though the science of probiotics and prebiotics might seem new to the general public, the idea of eating fermented foods for health benefits has Dee Harris been around for centuries,” says Dee Harris, a registered, licensed dietitian/ nutritionist and owner of D-Signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs. “Our ancestors, especially of European descent, knew their value and ate them to avoid digestive problems. Today’s gut problems are largely the result of the standard American diet, which is devoid of prebiotics and probiotics. Overuse of antibiotics, as well as the consumption of a class of over-thecounter medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI), has contributed significantly to the problem. PPIs block the production of stomach acid and create an alkaline environment in the stomach and small intestine, which are supposed to be acidic.” Harris explains one of the negative, trickle-down effects of changing the pH environment. “Bacteria, which live in the alkaline environment of the large intestine, migrate upward to find a new home in the small intestine, resulting in an overgrowth of good and bad bacteria where it doesn’t belong. Maintaining a proper gastric pH and eating probiotic and prebiotic foods, as well supplementing with fiber and probiotics, are essential for our health,” advises Harris, who is also a practitioner of functional medicine. D-Signed Nutrition, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd., Ste. 214, Bonita Springs. 239-444-4204. D-SignedNutrition.com. See ad, page 25.
ing on for dear life?” Is your breath short, are your shoulders tight; do you feel a fist in your solar plexus or an elephant sitting on your chest? These are indications that you’re aligned with some struggle. By softening and breathing into the tight places, you can open into life and better align with ease and grace.
Strengthen the Curiosity Muscle
What’s in Your Way? Obstacles Point the Path to Wholeness and Healing by Deborah Shouse
ince childhood, Mary O’Malley always thought that something bad was about to happen and experienced a continuous dread that gnawed her insides. Over the years, she tried to eat, drink and medicate away the anxious feelings plaguing her, and sought help from group therapy, hypnotherapy and psychiatrists. Then in 1972, in her late 20s, O’Malley attended a yoga workshop that helped advance her quest to let go of struggles and embrace life. Later, when she met Stephen Levine, whose teaching is influenced by Buddhism,
he conveyed, “There’s nothing in you that needs to be fixed,” and invited her to view her own issues with curiosity and compassion. The transformational insights learned along her journey shared in her book, What’s In the Way Is the Way, include simple tools for those that need to move beyond struggles to live in the present with more peace, ease and joy.
Train as a Tightness Detective Ask this internal question when feeling stressed: “In what aspect of life am I hold-
Whenever O’Malley experienced inner gnawing, she tuned into her body and inquired about the dread: “How big is it and how deep does it go? Does it have a flavor?” The more she questioned, the more curiosity and attention she brought to the emotion and the freer she felt.
Turn Curiosity into Compassion
O’Malley learned to more accurately self-report her feelings. Instead of, “I am afraid,” she learned to assess; “Dread is here.” Then she cultivated compassion, treating the dread as her friend signaling the need for a solution. She acknowledged and listened to the stricken and paralyzed parts of herself, knowing they were separating her from joy because they needed to be heard and understood.
Step Outside Struggle to Embrace Humility
O’Malley believes that struggle is humanity’s core compulsion. We develop a story about the difficulty of life and heroically fight against myriad injustices. Yet making a U-turn in perspective to see them as challenges is tailor-made to help us recognize and achieve separation from our individual struggles in favor of a better way of experiencing life. “The dictionary misses the full meaning when it defines humility as ‘lowliness, meekness, submissiveness,’” O’Malley believes. “True humility is a state of great availability, and from this kind of openness we can reconnect with the joy of being fully alive.” She now discovers gifts embedded in every single challenge. Deborah Shouse blogs at DeborahShouseWrites.wordpress.com.
When Your Pet Passes A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing
by Julianne Hale
pet’s love is extraordinary because it is unconditional. It doesn’t have expectations, pass judgment or try to leverage guilt. It is rich in loyalty, trust and adoration. Domestic pets provide warmth, companionship and love, as well as purpose, fun and conversational gambits for family members. For lonely hearts, they are a lifeline, providing a physical, emotional and spiritual connection to life that may prove critical to survival and happiness. Loving pets seem like an endless source of happiness while with us, but few outlive their owners. Loss is as much a part of having a pet as potty training. For some, the loss of a dog or cat is debilitating and the grieving process can take months. Rev. Gary Kowalski, author of Goodbye, Friend and a Unitarian Universalist minister in Santa Fe, New Mexico, contends that the depth of the relationship that we develop with pets emerges from the time we spend with them every day—exercising, feeding, grooming and even sleeping with them. The relationship is pure and uncomplicated, and the pain of separation can be especially intense and profound. The challenge of pet loss is often complicated by the difficult decision to euthanize an aged or suffering animal. “One of the hardest things about having a dog is that sometimes you have to decide to end its life,” says Jon Katz, of upstate New York, a New York Times bestselling author of many books about dogs, including Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die. “Our job as pet owners is to be an advocate for our pets, making sure they do not suffer. Don’t poison the joy that you shared with your pet with guilt over your decisions,” he says. Katz recommends taking photos of pets and making intentional memories in the time leading up to parting to encourage closure. The same kind of rituals we use to honor and say goodbye to other family members can likewise help ease the pain of a pet’s passing. Owners can gather with loved ones and friends to celebrate the life of their pet with a burial ceremony or memorial. Kowalski likes adding meaningful words. His book includes a variety of readings that pet owners can use in their rituals taken from poems, literature, the Bible and other sacred texts. When a human friend or family member dies, compassion and empathy flows from everyone we meet, but many may not
be aware of, or understand, the depth of grief associated with a pet’s death. “Some people feel embarrassed or don’t understand that mourning a deceased pet is a normal process,” explains Julia Harris, a pet bereavement counselor from Ellijay, Georgia, and author of Pet Loss: A Spiritual Guide. Support is essential during times of grief, and it can be difficult to find an understanding friend to discuss it with. Several online communities are devoted to providing support. An Internet search of “pet loss support” yields a wealth of online resources. In the same way that the belief in an afterlife comforts people of many faith traditions when a person passes, the possibility of the same destiny for pets can offer comfort. “Perhaps one of the most common questions I am asked is whether or not animals have a soul,” explains Harris. “I encourage people to know that the soul, like love, is eternal. It leaves the physical body, but the loving relationship continues.” While there’s no standard timeline for the grieving process, it’s important to keep perspective. Excessive grief can lead to depression. “If the grief is interfering with life and your work, then you may need to seek professional help,” advises Katz. Not even a parent is capable of providing the purely unconditional love we receive from pets. Kowalski views it as a sacred connection, observing that through the unconditional love and acceptance that we receive from our pets, we get a little glimpse of what God’s love must look like. Julianne Hale is a writer and editor for Natural Awakenings and blogs about family life at AnotherGrayHair.WordPress.com.
Helping Children Cope
or many children, the loss of a beloved pet is their first exposure to death, and age-appropriate honesty is the best policy for helping them through this difficult time. Rev. Gary Kowalski advises parents and caregivers to reassure kids that the death of an animal is not something they have to fear, and let them know that the animal is not in pain, is not sleeping and is in a peaceful place. He cautions parents against speaking euphemistically about death to young children. Involving children in the planning of a memorial service for a pet can be therapeutic. Let them talk openly about their favorite memories together and their sadness. Bereavement counselor Julia Harris encourages parents to share stories from their faith traditions that address afterlife. “These stories can help your child best understand that God continues to watch over their pet,” she contends. “This provides a sense of security that the pet is safe and remains with your child in spirit and memory.”
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Create Your Vision in 2015 – 1:30-5:30pm. With Megan McShane. Examine your values and beliefs, discover your life’s mission and receive the tools to achieve your goals through the power of visualization, focus and integration while creating a vision board. $40 includes supplies. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. 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.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour on the Caloosahatchee – 3:30-6:30pm. See thousands of birds, sunset and moonrise. Lots of nesting birds flying in to roost for the night. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. Full Moon Sacred Sounds: Honoring the Temple – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Experience the energy of vibrational awakening, cosmic connection. Sacred
sounds of the empowering gongs and bowls accelerate energetic healing, spiritual awakenings and immersion into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. $15. Anahata, 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 262-0811. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. 28 Days to a New You – 7-8pm. With Kim Clayton. Five studios take on 28 days of yoga, meditation, inquiry, balancing diet, community and connection. Daily emails, weekly meetings, private Facebook group. $199 includes unlimited yoga during the program. ($49 add-on for auto-pay members). 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. BVYoga.com. See ad, back cover. Three-Day Juice Cleanse – Feb 2-4. With Jennifer Winter, holistic nutritionist. Meet 7:30pm, Feb 2 for Q&A and to receive packet. Receive instructions, recipes, healthy eating advice, group emails for support and guidance. Meet Feb 4 at 8:30pm to review cleanse and discuss diet. $99 early bird or $129 day of event. Naples Yoga Center,
Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page ##. Self-Healing Workshop – 4:30-6pm. Dr Michele Pelletiere will discuss the benefits of reorganizational healing and network spinal analysis. Free. 9138 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-1222 or BackToWellBeing.com. Full Moon Celebration – 5pm. With Cathy Blair. Honor the moon, Mother Earth and the divine creator. Heal the waters of the planet. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering goes to wildlife rescue. Horizon Way Public Beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N off Park Shore Dr, Naples. 398-3953. Psychic and Healing Fair – 5-8pm. Psychics, healers and crystals and related products available. Snacks and beverages also available. Infinite Stones, 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers. Debbie: 678-717-8584. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to work while breastfeeding. Learn the benefits, techniques for positioning and latching on, timing and frequency of feeds. Also learn about challenges, solutions and resources available. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Fee info/register: NaplesBirthCenter.com or FBCNaples@gmail.com. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. First Tue of the month. 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. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Space Cadets Preschool Program – 10-11:30am. Preschoolers will participate in hands-on activities to learn about the universe. Read a story about the stars, make a space suit, blast off to find the planets on a planet hike and play games. $5 per preschooler. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. Preregister: 533-7440 or LeeParks.org. Introductory to the Lighten Up Program for Weight Loss – 6pm. With Carol L Roberts, MD. Learn the reasons for weight gain, the cure for cravings, fatigue and depression and a program to facilitate permanent weight loss. Devoe Cadillac, 4100 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 941-202-4149. PerlHealth.com. See ad on page 14 and news brief on page 12. Celebration of Art and Nature: Flower and Trees Artist Reception – 6-9pm. Featuring the works of Julie Carlson, Sheila Stilin and Christi Vadnais. Live street chalk art by Jane Portaluppi Durand, live piano
and Native American flute by Alchymie. Community drum circle, community yoga, kirtan and sound healing. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Guided Meditation – 7pm. Let the stress of the season melt away with a guided meditation. The group will decide which ones to use. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Florida Mental Health Counselors Association Conference – Feb 5-7. Silvia Casabianca, director of the Eyes Wide Open holistic center in Bonita, will be a featured speaker. Her presentation, Regaining Body Wisdom: Rewiring the Brain through Touch and Movement, will cover how applying the principles can be essential to help a person lead a healthier life. Orlando Marriot. flmhca.org. Oxbow Kayak Clinic – 9-11am. Learn the basic techniques of paddling. All ages and abilities. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. BYO drink, sunscreen, binoculars, clothing and shoes that can get wet. $25 includes equipment. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. 694-0398. LeeParks.org. Mastery of Teaching Restorative Yoga – Feb 5-6. 12-5pm. With Debi Grilo. This 10-hour restorative yoga teacher training will give yoga teachers the basic tools needed to lead a restorative practice. Be prepared for lecture, discussion, practice and practice teaching restorative poses. RYT continuing education credit. Bring mat, snack, water, journal and pen. $175/drop-in or $160/preregistered. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 2/12.
The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Book Signing Event: Learn to Connect to Your Inner Self – 2-5pm. With Indira Dyal-Dominquez, author of YOU: A Spiritual Being on a Spiritual Journey. Learn the tools to connect, listen, trust, and act to gain direct access to your inner self. Guided exercises will be facilitated to help shift an area of your life from worry to peace. Bring pen and paper. Vegan raw food appetizers provided. Free. 671 Myrtle Rd, Pine Ridge Estates, Naples. RSVP: 269-3808. Lighten Up Program for Weight Loss – 6pm. With Carol L Roberts, MD. Meets Wednesdays through March 12. See Feb 4 listing. Learn the reasons for weight gain, the cure for cravings, fatigue and depression. Achieve rapid weight loss in seven weeks with hCG hormone therapy. Group meetings and four hypnotherapy sessions included. Naples. Preregister: 941-202-4149. PerlHealth.com. See ad on page 14 and news brief on page 12. Practice, Practice, Practice – 6:30-8pm. Rev Michelle Love provides structured guidance as one practices and explores their natural spiritual abilities of prophecy, mediumistic communication and spiritual healing. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Light-TheWay.com.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Loving Couples Course – Feb 6-8. With instructors Tina and Pete Crumpacker, who have been married 30 years. Couples will learn how to create closeness instead of distance from their disagreements. Learn tools to create intimacy, understanding and acceptance instead of withholding, expectations and resentment. Beacon Executives Suites, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers. Info/tuition: 939-4769. TMC4.com. Bird Beaches and Mangrove Creeks Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. A protected wild area of shallow waters,
lots of birds and a variety of creatures, including dolphins and manatees. $50 per person, includes all equipment and a FL master naturalist guide. At Bunche Beach and San Carlos Bay with GAEA guides. RSVP required: 694-5513. Happy Fascia Hour – 5:45-6:45pm. With Tania Melkonian. A Myofascial Release class offered the first Friday of every month. Learn techniques to help break down scar tissue, increase circulation, reduce chronic pain and improve range of motion. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Planting Peace: Words and Music for an Awakening World – 6:30pm. An evening of uplifting original music and a lecture by Dr Will Tuttle about his acclaimed best-seller The World Peace Diet. Complimentary refreshments served. Donations accepted. Unity Church, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. 278-1511. Crystal Bowl Sound Bath – 6:30-8pm. With Sue Lovett. Experience good vibrations. $20. Limited space. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Discovering Your Soul Signature Book Presentation – 7pm. Change the energy that surrounds you, find the harmony that comes with self-acceptance and discover your life’s purpose by attending a presentation on the book, Discovering Your Soul Signature with author Panache Desai. VIP reception with Panache prior to the event. Book available for purchase and signing. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Register: 775-3009 or Support@PanacheDesai.com. See ad on page 17, news brief on page 10 and article on 36.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Skills for Awakening – 8:30am-Noon. Ramgiri Braun, PhD in transpersonal psychology, founder of
Kashi Ashram, will facilitate this program. Institute for Evolving Spirituality at Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Ft Myers. RSVP: Mary Ann Whalen: MaryWha@gmail.com. Reflexology Class – 9am-3pm. With lunch break. Release stress from the whole body through the hands and feet. $100. Six CEUs. Holistic Healing Arts, Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276. Muscle Activation Techniques Lecture – 12-1pm. With Jay Weitzner, MS, MATcs, RTS, of Symmetry Precision Fitness. Discover the missing link to your body’s pain, discomfort and tightness and learn what to do about it. Whole Foods Market, Naples. 9402121. NoFadsAllFitness.com. Bel Canto, Live Opera – 12-3pm. With SWFL Italian opera singer Dino Valle. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. The Four Agreements – 1-3:30pm. Explore reallife scenarios using the ancient tools presented in Don Miquel Ruiz’s book as a means to transform your personal relationships. Create new levels of happiness, freedom and love through discussion, journaling and a slow flow restorative practice. $50. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com. Mini Readings – 1-9pm. With Candyce Strafford. Petunias of Naples, 825 5th Ave S, Naples. 403-3550. Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to lay out stones on a crystal grid in your space to enhance and bring in what you choose. Used for protection, prosperity, healing, stress relief, connecting to spirit energies and more. Based on using the “flower of life” known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108. Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am, 1pm and 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher levels of awareness to begin to experience your multidimensionality. Let the loving harmonics expand your soul into the new light codes. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $10. Winterview Ct, 2960 Immokalee Rd, Ste 3, Naples. 398-3953. Spiritualist Church Service – 10-11:30am. With Rev Michelle Love. A traditional Spiritualist Church service. Includes greetings from spirit, a healing session, and an inspirational talk. Donation. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Light-TheWay.com. ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Graceful Change Will Keep You Spiritually Young. SW
Community HU – 7pm. SW Florida Eckankar Center, 16387 S Tamiami Trl, Ste H, 2nd floor, Ft Myers. 482-4034.
Florida Eckankar Center, 16387 S Tamiami Trl, Ste H, 2nd floor, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Goddess Empowerment Workshop – Noon-5pm. Tamar George will lead participants to a deeper understanding of personal power and how to embrace it. Call for cost. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Baptiste Yoga Intensive – 1-6pm. Create a strong foundation and explore a new kind of strength, vitality, freedom and power. Combines physical practice, meditation practice and self-inquiry used as tools for transformation. Bring yoga mat, towel, water and journal. Yoga Alliance CEUs available. $50. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Raw Chocolate Cooking Class – 3-5pm. $49/pp. The Cider Press Café, 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 26, Naples. 631-2500. CiderPressCafe.com. Patron Fundraiser Event – 4-7pm. Support the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s work in protecting our water, land, wildlife and future. Featuring a variety of island barbeque foods from Russell’s Clambakes, view of the beach and live music. Keewaydin Club, Keewaydin Island. Info/RSVP: 4034218 or Conservancy.org. See news brief, page 11.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 2/17. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 The Key to Health Starts in the Gut – 4:305:30pm. With Dee Harris, RD, LDN, CED, IFMcertified practitioner. Learn how the gut is the key to health. D-Signed Nutrition, Riverview Suites, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-4204. The Myths of Heart Disease – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. The causes of heart disease are changing. Learn how to work through all the conflicting information. Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600. DebPost.com.
Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the Reiki experience. Certification and attunement provided. Prerequisite Reiki I and II. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Cypress Creek Kayak Tour – 9-11am. Learn the basic techniques of paddling. All ages and abilities. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. BYO drink, sunscreen, binoculars, clothing and shoes that can get wet. $25 includes equipment. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. 694-0398. LeeParks.org. Open House Party – 2-6pm. Wine and snacks with mini-treatment demonstrations. Learn about alternative treatments and how acupuncture and TCM can keep people healthy and feeling younger. Experience a cold laser treatment for pain or an herbal recommendation for a health issue. Free. Complete WellBeing Center, 684 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP by 2/10: 404-0648. www.CompleteWellBeingCenter. com. See ad on page 28 and news brief on page 18. Movie Night: GMO OMG – 6-8pm. Co-sponsored by Pelletier Healing Center. Movie and discussion. Free. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins and More, 877 91st Ave N, Ste 4, Naples. Preregister: 596-9017 or BackToWellBeing.com. The Mystics Journey Workshop – 6-8pm. With Mark Kolack. Discover a deeper clarity of your lingering or current life challenges with humor, awakening exercises, transformational processes, energy downloads, healing meditations, guided imagery, celebratory movement, empowering affirmations and joyful toning. $30. Unity of Naples, The Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 352-362-5417. MarkKolack.com. Spiritual Development Circle – 6:30-8pm. With Rev Michelle Love. Utilizing proven methods the group learns and takes the necessary steps to develop spiritual awareness. Attendees will explore their natural abilities for healing, prophecy and spirit communication. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Light-TheWay.com.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Mini Readings – 10am-2pm. With Candyce Strafford. $25/15 minutes. Island Dance Academy, 2 Marco Lake Dr, Marco Island. 949-3387. See ad, page 78.
Evening Psychic Faire – 5-8pm. Mini-readings with experienced readers and Henna tattoos. $20/1520 min. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Happy Hour emPower – 5:45-6:45pm. With Suzy Keir. Meets once a month. A power vinyasa class in a heated room. Incorporates music, inspiration and joy. $16/drop-in or regular class package. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Breath of Life/Music of the Spheres – 6:30pm. Journey from the superficial daily experience to the depths of your heart and soul with Dana House and Linda. Conscious connective breathing, Reiki attunements, percussive music and the sounds of gongs and bowls. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. $25. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 2620811. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. Candle Magick – 7pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing, prosperity and more. Make your own personal candle. $30 includes supplies. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14 ShareCare: Learn to Heal with Touch – 9am4:30pm. With Dr Joel Ying, MD. Learn the power of touch to heal yourself and others. Learn basics of craniosacral therapy as taught by Dr John Upledger. $125 or $220/pair. 2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 200-6796. JoyHealthWellness.com. Love at Lovers Key: 6th Annual Vow Renewal Ceremony – 10am or 3pm. Vow renewal ceremony for couples at the gazebo on the beach. Champagne toast, brunch or lunch, coffee and cake, socializing, photo, door prizes and parting gifts. $75/couple. Lovers Key State Park, Ft Myers Beach. Preregister: 708-359-0466. FriendsOfLoversKey.org. See news brief, page 15.
Cider Press Café, 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 26, Naples. 631-2500. CiderPressCafe.com. Inner Spa Day for the Mind – 4:45-6:30pm. Special Valentine’s event. Kirtan soulful music healing followed by sound therapy (crystal and Tibetan bowls). $20 or $10 for current clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Meal in the Field – 6pm. Bring a covered dish to share for a potluck in the field. Bring family, friends and stories to tell. 8200 Immokalee Rd, East of Gulf Coast High School, Naples. Text your RSVP: 269-7341.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Mini Healings/Mini Readings – 11am-3pm. With Leon and Suzie Favreau of Partnership Healing. 10-15-minute session that combines hands-off energy healing with intuitive information. Yoga with Sylvia Studio, 11300 Lindberg Blvd, Ste 111, Ft Myers. 603-723-2595. See news brief, page 16. ABCs of Yoga – 1-3pm. With Amy Voelkl. A beginner-level class for new students. A studio orientation focused on a step-by-step breakdown of poses and alignment to build a solid foundation for practice will be provided before class. $10. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Forrest “Fire” – 1:30-3:30pm. Four-part Forrest Yoga workshop. Part III: Rooted in Strength: Connect to the power in your legs and use them to boldly embody your strength. All ages and levels. $30. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com.
Soaring Sacred Sounds – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls and ancient aromatic blends for helping, healing and transformation personal and planetary. Bring mat, pillow, blanket. $15. Arthur Murray Dance Center of Naples, 3339 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 10am. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical Center. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Healthy Happy Hour – 5:30-7:30pm. With licensed holistic health professionals Pat Acerra and Karen Beatty. Learn a simple to follow, affordable organic, vegan, nutritionally dense system of cleansing toxins out of the body and losing weight. Free. A Health and Beauty Clinic, Moorings Professional Bldg, 2335 9th St, Ste 303B, Naples. RSVP: 450-3985. MyPurium.com/HealthAndBeauty.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 30.
Weekend Childbirth Education – Feb 14-15. 10am-3pm, Sat; 12-4pm, Sun. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. For fee or to register click on classes at NaplesBirthCenter.com. The Unresolved Thyroid Seminar – 1pm. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC, DM(P). Learn about a drug-free alternative. Free. Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-3106. See ad, page 24. Commitment to Love Ceremony – 2pm. Officiated by Rev Diane Scribner Clevenger. Celebrate marriage equality in Florida and honor the sacred love in all committed relationships. Couples may declare or renew their commitment. Married couples can renew their vows. Reception will follow. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Dorothy: 6822587 or Weddings@UnityOfNaples.org. See news brief, page ##. Crystal and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern also know as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Valentine’s Day Dinner Specials – 4-9pm. Reservations recommended. Walk-ins welcome. The
Weigh Less, Live More – 12pm. With Kristi Willems, integrative nutrition health coach. Learn 10 tips to lose weight without being on a diet and still feel satisfied. $20. D-Signed Nutrition, Riverview Suites, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-4204.
relevant ecological and health-related issues. Vendors from organic food, body care and nutritional supplement companies will offer information and special promotions. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-2222. FoodAndThought.com. See ad on page 39 and article on page 54.
Crystal Bowl Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher states of joy and peace through the loving harmonics of the singing bowls. Open your heart to receive more love. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $10. Peaceful Escapes, 601 E Elkcam Circle, Marco. 398-3953.
Astronomy for Amateurs – 6:30pm. Learn how to find stars, constellations and planets. Bring binoculars, water, bug spray, a flashlight and a lawn chair or something to sit on. Free. Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park, 17980 Palm Beach Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 822-5212 or LeeParks.org.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Ten Essentials to Save Your Vision Seminar – 11am-Noon, seminar; Noon-1pm, discussion and healthy organic lunch. With Dr Edward Kondrot. Learn the 10 essentials to save your sight and how to reverse serious eye problems. Free. Healing the Eye and Wellness Center, 2666 Swamp Cabbage Ct, Ft Myers. RSVP: 588-0477. See ad on page 37 and news brief on page 20. Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 5:30pm. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical Center. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Look Before You Flush Seminar – 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron of Nutrition Specialists of Florida. A talk about that nobody wants to talk about. Don’t lose your body’s clues. Whole Foods Market, Mercato, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. RSVP: 947-1177. DoctorGendron.com. See ad, page 2. New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for yourself, envision for self, Mother Earth and all of humanity. Let the singing bowls carry your requests up into the universe. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 403-9170. Nutrition Class – 7pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. Free. The Family Birth Center, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. Preregister: FBCNaples@gmail.com. Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-9pm. Healing and messages from the emissaries of light and Archangel Michael. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. $22. Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ft Myers. 939-3339.
Archery Home School Program – 2-4pm. Homeschool students will learn about the history of archery, about archery equipment and practice shooting with a bow and arrow. Facilitated by a National Archery in the Schools (NASP) trained instructor. All equipment provided. Parental supervision required. Ages 8-18. $5/student. Parking fee. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva. Preregister: 533-7440 or LeeParks.org. Kinesiology Muscle Testing Class – 6pm. Space is limited. Sunshine Discount Vitamins, 2608 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 436-6659. An Evening with Jeffrey Smith – 6:30pm. Meet the founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) and Food & Thought Health Freedom Summit headliner, Jeffery Smith. Learn about IRTs educational efforts for people to live a healthier, GMO-free lifestyle. Organic wines and non-GMO hors d’oeuvres will be served. Arsenault Art Gallery, 764 12th Ave S, Naples. Info: 263-1214. Practice, Practice, Practice – 6:30-8pm. Rev Michelle Love provides structured guidance as one practices and explores their natural spiritual abilities of prophecy, mediumistic communication and spiritual healing. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Light-TheWay.com. Tired of the Drama? Seminar – 6:30-8:30pm. With Dr Alan Godwin. Learn to recognize and counteract manipulation while setting healthy boundaries. Explore people’s motivations to relate through drama. Gain abilities needed to solve the inevitable problems occurring in close relationships. $25/individual or $45/ couple. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. See news brief, page 10.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Mindful Living: How to Transform your Life with Attention and Intention – 7pm. A talk by John Bruna, co-founder of the Mindful Life Program. Donation. Anahata Holistic Healing and Spiritual Center, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. 262-0811. MindfulLifeProgram.org.
The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or have questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com.
Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the Reiki experience. Certification and attunement provided. Prerequisite Reiki I and II. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-6pm. Nutritional Blood Evaluation with Brandi Stewart. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies of your health relating to digestive dysfunction, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalance, health of red and white blood cells and more. $50 includes appointment recorded on DVD and personal score sheet. Sunshine Discount Vitamins, 2608 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 436-6659.
Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Reiki Master Pam Bzoch. Focus on the solar plexus. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Health Freedom Summit – Feb 20-22. A variety of health commentators will speak on timely and
Sacred Sound/Sacred Space – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Connect to the divine spark within through the energies of the grace filled gongs and the blissful bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends to enhance your powers of creative expression and manifest your greatest potential. Bring mat, pillow, and blanket. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. BYOB Paint Session – 7pm. Guided paint session. BYO beer/wine and light snacks. $36 includes art supplies. Susanne’s Dance Fitness Studio, 1400 Colonial Blvd, Ste 27, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953. VinosPicasso.com. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of Reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Health Freedom Summit – A variety of health commentators will speak on timely and relevant ecological and health related issues. Vendors from organic food, body care and nutritional supplement companies will offer information and special promotions. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-2222. FoodAndThought.com. See ad on page 39 and article on page 54. Self-Help Acupressure – 9-12pm. Learn the Seva Stress Release Protocol for self-care, addressing a wide range of needs, including general relaxation and well-being or extreme shock and stress. Demonstration and hands-on practice. Includes chakra tai chi. No previous bodywork experience required. $60. 3 CEUs. Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276. Seva/Stress Release Protocol – 9am-12pm & 1-4pm. Developed by Aminah Raheem and process acupressure teachers. Learn acupoints to help yourself and others. No prior experience needed. $120. NCBTMB and FL six CEUs. Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276. Dreams and Intuition Class – 9am-1pm. Michelle Love will share types of dreams and how to understand them. Learn about the intuitive dream connection and how to benefit from those experiences. Learn the language of dreams and intuition. $75. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. RSVP by 2/20: 250-4710. Light-TheWay.com. MLP Mindfulness Foundation Course – Feb 21-22. 9am-6pm, Sat & Sun. With John Bruna, cofounder of the Mindful Life Program (MLP). Course combines meditation training with practical, accessible and universal skills that empowers individuals to engage life with attention and intention. $250, scholarships available. Anahata Holistic Healing and Spiritual Center, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. 262-0811.
Register: MindfulLifeProgram.org. Open House – 10am-Noon. Learn about skin care services and Annemarie Borlind natural beauty products from Germany. Free skin analysis and free samples. Skin…A Wellness Retreat, 806 Anchor Rode Dr, Naples. 250-5812. TheBeautyOfBeingWell.com. See news brief, page 17. Monthly Psychic Faire – 11am-4pm. Mini-readings with experienced readers. $20/15-20 min. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. 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. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, dowse and test energy fields and chakras. Free, includes charts. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Monarch Open House/Anniversary Celebration – 3-7pm. Experience a sampling of classes, tour the new space, meet the team and learn about services focused on empowerment, emotional healing and wellness. Free. Raffle for trial services, proceeds benefit special needs families. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. See news brief, page ##. “All They Need Is Love” Celebration – 6-11pm. Fourth annual fundraiser to benefit Naples Cat Alliance. Help provide medical care, food, and housing at the free roaming, no-kill shelter. Cash bar, silent auction, raffle items, dinner, desserts, dancing and
New Moon Sacred Sound – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Set forth your intentions to manifest the highest and greatest good for yourself and the cosmos with the elevating frequencies of the dynamic gongs and the ethereal bowls. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. Suggested $15 donation. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Childbirth Education Series – 6:30-8:30pm. Fiveweek series. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. For fee or to register click on classes at NaplesBirthCenter.com.
Healing Ceremony – 6-8pm. With Bethanny Gonzalez. A sacred circle to heal the wounds that impact your life. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.
The Wisdom of Compassion – 7pm. A talk by John Bruna, director of the Way of Compassion Foundation. The combination of wisdom and compassion is a powerful method that empowers individuals to develop their inner resources, cultivate genuine happiness and remove suffering – for self and the lives of others. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. Free will donation. WayOfCompassion.org. See news brief, page 12.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Health Freedom Summit – A variety of health commentators will speak on timely and relevant ecological and health related issues. Vendors from organic food, body care and nutritional supplement companies will offer information and special promotions. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-2222. FoodAndThought.com. See ad on page 39 and article on page 54.
Kirtan – 7-9pm. With David Newman. Call-andresponse chanting that fills the heart with joy. No experience necessary. $25/in advance, $35/day of event. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. To register click on workshops at LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 41.
Hypnotherapist/Life Coach Training Program – Feb 22-Mar 1. With Marc Wagner, board-certified instructor for hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. An eight-day instructional program for hypnotherapist and life coach guild-certified based on Neuro-Linguistic hypnotherapy. $2,790. Mindful Life Academy, 9120 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 784-9559. MarcJWagner.com. See ad on page 23 and news brief on page 11.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Grand Opening – Feb 25-28. Stop by to register for free prizes, including one month of free classes ($300 value). Mindful Life Academy Holistic Wellness Center, 9122 Bonita Bch Rd, Bonita Springs. 676-5009. MindfulLifeAcademy.com. See ad, page 43.
Yoga and Fascia Release: Working Trigger Points and Soft Tissue – 1:30-3pm. With Tania Melkonian. Gentle yoga sequences, fascia release
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Mini Healings/Mini Readings – 11am-3pm. With Leon and Suzie Favreau, of Partnership Healing. 10-15-minute session that combines hands-off energy healing with intuitive information. Health and Harmony Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 603-7232595. See news brief, page 16.
Satsang – 12:30-2:30pm. With David Newman. An informal talk about the spiritual path as it relates to bhakti, or the yoga of devotion. No experience necessary. $15 suggested donation. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. To register click on workshops at LoveYogaCenter. com. See ad, page 41. Got Milk? The Detrimental Facts – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. Our love affair with milk is ending and the facts are disturbing. Evidence is surfacing that milk consumption may not be helpful, but might be detrimental to our health. Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600. DebPost.com. BYOB Paint Session – 6pm. Guided paint session. $42 includes art supplies. Leoma Lovegrove’s Studio, 4637 Pine Island Rd NW, Matlacha Island. RSVP: 288-6953. VinosPicasso.com. Love and Relationship Seminar – 6:30-8pm. With David Essel, MS. For those who are struggling in a current relationship or single, frustrated and don’t know why. Stillwater Spa, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, 5001 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs or teleconference. TalkDavid.com. For coupon, see ad on page 55. Phi Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Experience newly channeled healing and rejuvenating crystalline sound frequencies and the Himalayan salt. Restore your spirit and rejuvenate your body in the loving frequencies of light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 403-9170. Tea Leaf Reading: The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. A tea party with extras. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself and others. Also receive a free tea leaf reading during this class. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Meditation and Dharma Talk – 7:30pm. With John Bruna, director of the Way of Compassion Foundation. Donation. Anahata Holistic Healing and Spiritual Center, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. 262-0811. WayOfCompassion.org.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Caloosahatchee to Hickey’s Creek Kayak Trip – 9am-3pm. Paddlers should be in good physical condition and/or experienced for a five-mile roundtrip paddle on the Great Calusa Blueway. BYO drink, lunch, sunscreen, binoculars and clothing/shoes that can get wet. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. $40/pp, kayaking equipment included. Campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. Register: 533-7440. LeeParks.org.
Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing, prosperity and more. Make your own personal candle. $30 includes supplies. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Book Signing Event: Learn to Connect to Your Inner Self – 5-8pm. With Indira Dyal-Dominquez, author of YOU: A Spiritual Being on a Spiritual Journey. Learn the tools to connect, listen, trust, and act to gain direct access to your inner self. Guided exercises will be facilitated to help shift an area of your life from worry to peace. Bring pen and paper. Vegan raw food appetizers provided. Free. 671 Myrtle Rd, Pine Ridge Estates, Naples. RSVP: 269-3808. Spiritual Development Circle – 6:30-8pm. With Rev Michelle Love. Utilizing proven methods the group learns and takes the necessary steps to develop spiritual awareness. Attendees will explore their natural abilities for healing, prophecy and spirit communication. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Light-TheWay.com. Goddess Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Reiki Master Pam Bzoch. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Book Signing – 4-7pm. With Linda Beauragard, author of I Gave Myself Cancer, I Can Take It Away. Free. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28 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 min for $25. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769.
Past-Life Regressions – 11am-5pm. Past-life regressions or psychic/mediumship sessions with Candyce Strafford. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Sports Performance Workshop for Tennis Players and Golfers – 1-3pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Increase your knowledge of the mechanics and workings of your body and mind and improve your game, performance and your life. Based on the Amrit Method of integrated yoga. $30/in advance, $35/day of event. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Register: LoveYogaCenter.com. Healthy Happy Hour – 3-5pm. With licensed holistic health professionals Pat Acerra and Karen Beatty. Learn a simple to follow, affordable organic, vegan, nutritionally dense system of cleansing toxins out of the body and losing weight. Free. A Health and Beauty Clinic, Moorings Professional Bldg, 2335 9th St, Ste 303B, Naples. RSVP: 450-3985. MyPurium.com/HealthAndBeauty.
plan ahead SUNDAY, MARCH 1 The Return to Whole Course – Mar 1-May 3. 8-11am or 3-6pm. With Janet Weisberg. A 10-week experiential journey to an open space where truth lives, 54 senses thrive and all possibilities are possible. $500/pp or $800/couple or friend. Naples. 280-8229 or Janet@53Senses.com. See news brief, page 20.
TUESDAY, MARCH 3 Crossing Over – 7pm. Live with John Edward, psychic medium. Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe St, Ft Myers. Tickets: 1-800-514-3849 or JohnEdward.net. See ad on page 31 and article on page 52.
THURSDAY, MARCH 5 Florida Storytelling Festival – Mar 5-8. Storytelling concerts, workshops, story swaps and a storytelling cruise. Younger audiences will listen, learn and tell in the Youthful Voices Family Fun Tent. Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora, FL. 800-327-1796. FLStory.com. See news brief, page 14. Magic Under The Mangroves – 5:30pm. A fundraising event to help protect Southwest Florida’s water, land, wildlife and future. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, sustainable dinner, silent auction and Fund-A-Need. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, Naples. 403-4218. Conservancy.org. See news brief, page 11. Good Food/Bad Food – 6:30-8:30pm. With Deb Post, ARNP. Learn how the multibillion marketing machine influences your purchases, creating the illusion of “good” foods. Learn to read and understand hidden info on labels, make better food choices, prevent illness. $11. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6 Jenn Pike Workshop – Mar 6-8. Topics include: Ignite the Fire Within; The Metabolic Firestarter; Cortisol, Insulin, Sugar and Stress; Treat Your Body Like the Goddess It Is. Ruby and Pearls, 6420 Plantation Park Court, Ste 104, Ft Myers. 768-1021. RubyAndPearls.com. See ad, page 61.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7 Ocean of Sound – 8:30am-Noon. With William Ward. Using Tibetan bowls, Ward will create sound that resonates deep within to facilitate feelings of connection and peace. Institute for Evolving Spirituality at Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Mary Ann Whalen: MaryWha@gmail.com. Muscle Activation Techniques Lecture – 12-1pm. With Jay Weitzner, MS, MATcs, RTS, of Symmetry Precision Fitness. Discover the missing link to your body’s pain, discomfort and tightness and learn what to do about it. Whole Foods Market, Naples. 9402121. NoFadsAllFitness.com.
SATURDAY, MARCH 14 Costa Rica Yoga and Surf Adventure Retreat – Mar 14-20. With Jennifer Colucci, owner of Awakening Through Synergy and partner in 3rd Eye Yoga Surf Adventures. Villa Shambalah, Playa Negra, Costa Rica. Elisa Perez: 805-626-8400. 3rdEyeYogaSurfAdventures.com. Holistic Holiday at Sea – Mar 14-21. Life-transforming discussions on the benefits of a plant-based diet and other health and wellness activities with a community of 1,700 fellow passengers takes place aboard the luxurious, eco-friendly, Italian MSC Divina. More than 130 classes on food preparation,
yoga, Pilates, meditation and other topics related to natural well-being. Departs from and returns to Miami. 1-800-496-0989. HolisticHolidayAtSea.com. See ad, page 69.
SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Mystic Faire – 10am-6pm. Several psychics and healers to choose from. New vendors and food court. Door prizes with raffle proceeds going to local charities. Bring canned goods for local food banks. $5/cover at door, free/12 and under. Etudes Dance Studio, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. 949-3387. OneWorldOneLight.org. See ad, page ##.
MONDAY, MARCH 23 Integrate Aromatherapy into Your Life – 9am12pm. With Candace Newman MAT, LMT, The Oil Lady. Explore self-care with true aromatherapy and pure essential oils as microcosms of holistic medicine for sleep, stress, colds/flu and more. $55. Three CE hrs for NCBTMB 451025-09. The Historic Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora, FL. Register: 352602-7218 or OilLadyAromatherapy.com.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 Chelation and Detox Methods to Save Your Life – 11am-Noon, seminar; Noon-1pm, discussion and healthy organic lunch. Heavy metals contribute to loss of vision, cardiovascular disease, memory problems and other serious health issues. Learn how to reverse these problems. Free. Healing the Eye and Wellness Center, 2666 Swamp Cabbage Ct, Ft Myers. RSVP: 588-0477. See ad on page 37 and news brief on page 20.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 Cataracts Seminar – 11am-Noon, seminar; Noon1pm, discussion and healthy organic lunch. Learn new information about how to reverse cataracts without dangerous surgery. Free. Healing the Eye and Wellness Center, 2666 Swamp Cabbage Ct, Ft Myers. RSVP: 588-0477. See ad on page 37 and news brief on page 20.
MONDAY, APRIL 20 Integrate Aromatherapy into Your Practice – Apr 20-21. 9am-5pm. With Candace Newman, MAT, LMT, The Oil Lady. For massage therapists, health practitioners and anyone willing to learn. 12 CE hrs for NCBTMB 451025-09. The Historic Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora, FL. Register: 352-602-7218 or OilLadyAromatherapy.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 15 Touch with Oils Hand Massage Instructor Course – May 15-17. 9am-5pm. With Candace Newman, MAT, LMT, The Oil Lady. For health practitioners that want to be part of Candace’s team of hand massage instructors. 18 CE hrs for NCBTMB 45102509. The Historic Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora, FL. Register: 352-602-7218 or OilLadyAromatherapy.com.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Magical Journey Retreat – Sept 24-Oct 3. Experience the authentic spiritual and cultural wonders of Peru, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Macchu Picchu. Optional yoga classes offered each day with Naples Yoga Center owner Jacqueline Glasgow. 592-4809. Details: NaplesYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 33.
Yoga Lab – 11:30-12:45pm. With Meredith Musick. Hatha yoga level 2-3. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato, Naples. 269-8846. YogaLoftNaples.com.
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Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 3:30-5pm. Regain personal identity and self-approval. YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState.ACAInterGroup.org.
daily Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at SouthFloridaAl-Anon.org.
Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org.
Shelling in the Ten Thousand Islands – 8am-2pm. An approximately 20-minute scenic boat ride to a barrier island. Choose from a 1.5-hr to 3.5-hour trip. Goodland Boat Park, Goodland. Info/RSVP: 249-9878. ReelKindFishing.com.
sunday Traditional Meditation – 8am. Learn traditional meditation and the Five Tibetan Rites to reduce stress, improve health and rejuvenate yourself. Ayurveda Massage & Yoga Institute, 501 Goodlette Rd N, Ste A107, Naples. Register: 450-6903. Unity of Ft Myers – 9:15am and 11am service. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister. Susie Hulcher, music. Youth ministry at 11am. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org.
Mindfulness Meditation Classes – 5:30-7:30pm. Crystal-clear mindfulness meditation instruction and Buddhist philosophy. UUCFM, 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 910-6598. Info@MeditationFtMyers.com. Yoga in the Garden – 10-11am. With Susie Lentz. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at Naples Botanical Gardens. All levels, rain or shine class. $10/members, $20/ nonmembers, includes admission. 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Manatee Kayak Tour on Rivers and Creek – 10am-2pm. Get up-close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Gentle Vinyasa Flow – 10:15-11:15am. With Meredith Musick. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato, Naples. 269-8846. YogaLoftNaples.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.
Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com.
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.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. email@example.com. uunaples.org.
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 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.
Science of Mind Spirit Study Group – 10:3011:30am. Based on the Science of Mind book, This Thing is You, by Ernest Holmes. Donation. Happehatchee Nature Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455. Happehatchee.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org.
Drum Circle – 6-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 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.
monday Yayso Yoga – 8-9am. Improve physical strength and balance; develop clarity, focus, confidence and selfacceptance. $16/drop-in or $59/month. 17433 Alico Center Rd, Ste 3, Ft Myers. 482-4300. YaysoYoga.com. Mindful Movements – 9:30-10:45am. With Francis Reilly. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Beachcombing and Shelling Lecture – 10am. Thru April. Free. Entrance fee without park permit. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita. fobbp.org. Sweet Breeze for the Elderly – 1-6pm. Violinist James Steven Farnsworth performs beautiful and well-known music for the invalid, hospice and Alzheimer patients at home. Free. Naples and Marco Island. RSVP: 384-9491. Mindful Teens – 3-4pm. With rotating teachers. Build positive healthy coping skills, improve selfregulation. $20, $70/4 sessions or $10/current clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Caterpillar Kids Club – 4:30-5:30pm. With rotating teachers. Ages 5-12 build positive coping skills, improve focus, self control, self-regulation. $20, $70/4 sessions or $10/current clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210.
YoPiBa Class – 5-6:15pm. With Susie Birchenough. A combination of yoga, dance exercises, Pilates, barre, toning and breathing. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Adult Children of Alchoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples, choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. ACAIntergroup.org. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard W Rosen. $195 plus materials ($20). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. firstname.lastname@example.org. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 6:30pm. 12step meeting. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Ft Myers. Rob: 948-9162. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Gurdjieff Fourth Way Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of GI Gurdjieff with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet at Unity Church of Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org.
tuesday Good Morning OM Yoga – 8-9:15am. With Karen Lepree. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles, while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Beach Yoga – 8:45-10am. With Caryn Gallagher. All levels. Bring a large beach towel. Ideal shade area behind high-rise at Sea Gate/North Gulf Shore Public Beach, Naples. CC Yoga: 312-505-9642. YogaNaplesFl.com. Guided Nature Walk – 9-11am. 1st Tue. Thru May. Explore natural plant communities. Limit 25
participants. Free with paid parking. Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park, Alva. Info: 822-5212. Guided Nature Walk – 9-11am. 3rd Tue. Thru May. Walk through natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva. Info: 694-0398. Santini Sunrise Fresh Market – 9am-1pm. Live music. Optional pet food donation for Find a Home/ Give a Home Island Pet Rescue. Santini Marina Plaza, 7225 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. 443-8810. Mindful Yoga Flow with Meditation – 9:3010:45am. With Lynda Artesani. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Tue. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Summit Church, 19601 Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy, Ft Myers. 489-3095. lllflorida.com. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Carol: 676-7793. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Nia – 10:30-11:30am. With Valerie Hill. Limit 15 people. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Guided Tour and Organic Lunch – 11am & 2pm, guided tour. $15. 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Tai Chi – 11am-Noon. With Dr Joel Ying, MD. Chen-style exercise and moving meditation. Beginners welcome. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. LoveYogaCenter.com. All Levels Yoga – 12:30-1:30pm. With Tania Melkonian. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. 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. The Art of Bel Canto – 4-5pm. Group voice lessons with Dino Valle, director of SWFL Italian Opera. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Quiet your mind, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Family Drumming Event – 6pm. 1st Tue. With Cheryl Lynn Patton. BYO drum or borrow an available drum from Africa, Cuba, Brazil, etc. For parents and children of all age. $10 per family. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. RSVP: 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org. Prenatal Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Breathing techniques, relaxation, pain management. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Bonita Springs. LifeBehold.com. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 6:30-8pm. Regain personal identity and self-approval. YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState.ACAInterGroup.org. Men’s Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue of the month. 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. Metaphysical Energy Class – 7:30pm. With Jay Higgins, Medium. An interactive class based on spirit guides, energies and how to connect with them. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com.
wednesday Yayso Yoga – 8-9am. Improve physical strength and balance; develop clarity, focus, confidence and self-acceptance. $16/drop-in or $59/month. 17433 Alico Center Rd, Ste 3, Ft Myers. 482-4300. YaysoYoga.com.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527.
Shake, Rattle and Roll – 11am-12pm. Parent and baby yoga class in the garden. For babies 4 weeks to crawling. $18/drop-in or $56/four-class pass. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Yamuna Body Rolling Class – 9-10am. Self-massage techniques to create space back into the body and tone muscles. Call to reserve balls. $18. Arthur Murray Dance Center, Naples. Patti: 649-0814.
Urantia Book Study Group – 11:45am-1:15pm. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. 989-4052. UrantiaBook.me.
Healing Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Mary Cline Golbitz. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Exploring Coastal Estuaries – 10am. Thru April. Guided walk. Free. Entrance fee without park permit. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. fobbp.org. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 676-7793. Personalized Yoga Class – 10-11am. With Raquel Austin, 31 years teaching experience. Small group. Drop-ins welcome. $15. 1644 Trade Center Way, Naples. 566-2284. NegrilYoga.com. 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. Guided Tour and Organic Lunch – 11am and 2pm, guided tour. $15. 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Lunchtime Meditations – Noon-12:45pm. With Joann Lawrence. Series: Courage of a Spiritual Warrior. Companion Book: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. $10/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Sweet Breeze for the Elderly – 1-6pm. Violinist James Steven Farnsworth performs beautiful and well-known music for the invalid, hospice and Alzheimer patients at home. Free. Naples and Marco Island. RSVP: 384-9491. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Regain personal identity and self-approval. YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState.ACAInterGroup.org. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Mindful Power Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Gary Granza. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Sunset Beach Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Candice Oligney. Take your practice outdoors at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. Enjoy yoga while being surrounded by the beauty of nature. $5 plus state park entry fees. Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. 1st Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Medical Qigong – 6:30pm. With Silvia Casabianca. Meditation and exercises. Holistic system that supports health and healing. Free for Eyes Wide Open students/clients. Eyes Wide Open, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. ARTS Anonymous – 6:30-8pm. Only requirement is a desire to develop creative potential. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Dennis: 608-345-2726. ArtsAnonymous.org. A Course in Miracles – 7-8pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Readings and interpretation. Everyone is welcome. Love offering. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita. 272-5456. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 1st & 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968. Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 7:30pm. 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 1360 Royal Palm Sq Blvd, Ft Myers. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968.
Healing Circle – 7:30pm. With Deborah Noonon. Receive healing energies from gifted spiritual healers. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com.
thursday Positively Yoga – 8-9am. With Susie Birchenough. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Gentle Yoga and Relaxation – 8-9:30am. With Peggy Sealfon. Traditional hatha (movement), raja (stillness) and guided relaxation. $20, $70/4 sessions or $10/current clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Beach Yoga – 8:45-10am. With Caryn Gallagher. All levels. Bring a large beach towel. Ideal shade area behind high-rise at Sea Gate/North Gulf Shore Public Beach, Naples. CC Yoga: 312-505-9642. YogaNaplesFl.com. Gentle Yoga – 9am-10am. Free. For Goodness Sake Organic Market, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. Register: 353-7778. The McGregor Fresh Market – 9am-1pm. A fresh and artsy market with a twist. Faith United Methodist Church, 15690 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 443-8810. YoPiBa – 9:15-10:30am. With Susie Birchenough. A combination of yoga, dance exercises, Pilates, barre, toning and breathing. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Susie: 315-730-7182. YoPiBa.com. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Helen: 992-4864. Yoga for Veterans – 10:30-11:30am. 2nd & 4th Thurs. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Guided Tour and Organic Lunch – 11am & 2pm, guided tour. $15. 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Church of Christ, 368 Herron Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Vinyasa Flow – 5:30-6:30pm. With Karen Lepree. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. New Hope Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 5:30-6:45pm. New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3825 McGregor Blvd, Room 106, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Satsang, meditation, and receive healing. Contribute tea or crackers. Love offering. Eyes Wide Open Center, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Ecstatic Dance – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st Thur. With Andrea Bowes. Move to a playlist that will rise and fall like a wave. Wear comfortable and moveable clothing. Bring water. $15. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade
Center Way, Ste 1 and 3, Naples. RSVP: 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org.
27750 Old 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. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948.
Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3:15-6:15pm. 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.
La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5001 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Peaceful Mind – 7-8:30pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. $20, $70/four weeks or $10/clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Spiritual Connection, Guided Meditation and Messages – 7-9pm. With Candyce Strafford, psychic/medium. Connect to higher consciousness, be more intuitive and feel better. Love offering. Naples. 949-3387. Canbria@aol.com. Messages and Meditation Class – 7:30pm. With Deborah Noonan. Group discussion, guided meditation and spirit messages. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com.
friday Restorative Yoga – 9-10am. With Sue Lovett. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Beachcombing and Shelling Lecture – 10am. Thru April. Free. Entrance fee without park permit. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. fobbp.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. Meditation – 10am. Journey as Beth guides participants to high vibrational places of healing and light. $5. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Personalized Yoga Class – 10-11am. With Raquel Austin, 31 years teaching experience. Small group. Drop-ins welcome. $15. 1644 Trade Center Way, Naples. 566-2284. NegrilYoga.com. Gentle Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Meredith Musick. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato, Naples. 269-8846. YogaLoftNaples.com. Co-Dependents Anonymous – 12pm. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 2-3:15pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs,
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Outdoor Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Through May. Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, NW corner of Airport and Vanderbilt Beach Rd, N Naples. 273-2350. Guided Nature Walk – 9-10am. Thru April. Free. Entrance fee to the park without permit. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. fobbp.org. Hot Power Vinyasa Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Jacqueline Glasgow. Push beyond the boundaries and create an empowered life. $16/drop-in. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Guided Nature Walk – 9-11am. 1st Sat. Walk through natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Caloosahatachee Regional Park, Alva. Info: 694-0398. Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. ArtInLee.org. 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. La Leche League – 10am. 3rd Sat. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Lee County Public Library, Lehigh Acres. 823-8219. Lecture Series – 10am. Thru April 11. Topics from native plants or animals to photography or exotic plants. Free. Entrance fee to the park without permit. 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. Carol 676-7793.
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Ayurveda Clinic, Massage & Yoga Therapy 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd N, Ste A107, Naples, 34102 • 239-450-6903 Practicing holistic medicine since 1987. Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, specializing in highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle consultations, Massage and individual Yoga sessions for chronic and acute problems. Pancha Karma, Shirodhara and skin care. Ayurveda and Yoga Study program available. MA0023929, MM0008584, FB0716888. See ad, page 6.
BIOFEEDBACK FIREFLY WITHIN, LLC
Karin S Wolfe, CBT 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs 239-980-3257 • FireflyWithin.com FireflyBiofeedback@gmail.com Certified Biofeedback Technician 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. CBT#5563.
BODYWORK LAURA BARNES
Certified Advanced Rolfer™ Member – The Rolf Institute, since 1995 Member – The International Association of Structural Integrators, since 2004 2335 Tamiami Tr N, #206, Naples 239-825-8555 You can stand straighter, breathe deeply, move more easily with Rolfing®. Injuries, repetitive strain, even favorite sports and hobbies can create chronic tightness and pain; Rolfing unwinds patterns of pain and restriction. Call for free initial consultation and brief sample of the technique. MA32084/MM29763.
LILLIAN DENG, LMT
Offices in Naples & Fort Myers 239-263-7089 MA66792 Lillian Deng is proficient in Chinese Message, Shiatsu, and Swedish Message. She specializes in pain management, relaxation, and weight loss with over 20 years of experience in medical therapy and 10 years of experience in massage therapy. See ad, page 35.
FEET FIRST REFLEXOLOGY Mary Ann Mugaas, NCR 5051 Castello Dr, Naples 261-8833
Reflexology is a natural system of relaxation based on the principles that the body is reflected on the feet. The application of pressure to these areas promotes circulation, balance and relaxation. Nationally certified. Practicing since 1986. MA24479, MM8962.
HOLISTIC HEALING ARTS Est. 1991 Alvina Quatrano, LMT FL MA 50896 For Info or Appt: 732-266-5276 TheArtOfHolisticMassage.com
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 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, 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, MM28692, MM66086.
George Beahan Certified Advanced Rolfer Egoscue Postural Alignment Specialist Board Certified Structural Integrator Advanced Myoskeletal Therapist 239-919-4413 • RolfingNaples.com Advanced Rolfing techniques & Egoscue structural exercises used to provide lasting relief from chronic pain & sports injuries. Improves alignment athletic performance,balances golf swing. 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.
NUTRITION SPECIALISTS OF FLORIDA 28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 • DoctorGendron.com
Uniquely qualified, Expertise in Nutrition, Certified Sports Physician. Palmer graduate with 28 years experience. Integrative Chiropractic with Nutrition to effectively reduce pain in the body. Getting you back to enjoying sports and leisure. See ad, page 2.
CLEANING SERVICE THE GREENER CLEENER, LLC
Business & Residential Green Cleaning Services Naples • 239-404-7102 • TheGreenerCleener.com Karma@TheGreenerCleener.com Let us take care of your mess while you do what you do best. Offering summer specials, group discounts and familyfriendly personal services. Do not confuse familiarity with safety. Call today for a free estimate. See ad, page 70.
COLON THERAPY 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.
STUART WRIGHT, ND
C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • RobynBerry.com
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.
Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Lymph Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/ Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 56.
CRYSTALS & MARBLE INFINITE STONES, LLC
Dr. Michele Pelletiere 9138 Bonita Beach Rd (Sunshine Plaza) 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.
Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 678-717-8584: Debbie Randolph for Crystals 561-541-3437: Dominique Fuentes for Granite 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 55.
CORE STAR – JIM CRABTREE
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 25.
WILLIAM E. LOVETT, DDS
860 111th Ave N, Ste 5, Naples 239-593-4911 • RestorativeDentist.com Dedicated to mercury-free dentistry for over 25 years, preserving teeth and gums for a lifetime, high quality restorative dentistry, and preventative measures with cancer patients during radiation and chemotherapy. 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 35.
ECO SPIRITUAL-CENTER HAPPEHATCHEE CENTER
8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 • Happehatchee@gmail.com Happehatchee.org A sanctuary in nature with weekly Healing Circles and Yoga Hours every Tuesday thru Saturday at 9am and Wednesday thru Thursday at 6pm. The Peace Pavilion and Girl Scout Meeting Room are available to rent for ceremonies and classes. See website for info on becoming a member.
ENERGY HEALING REV. SUSAN ARCY, SPIRITUAL ENERGY PRACTITIONER
Naples Abundant Health Chiropractic Greentree Shopping Ctr, 2310 Immokalee Rd 239-287-7450 Techniques which include Chakra Color/Sound Tuning, Brazilian Light Energization, Crystal and other energy therapies (e.g., John of God crystal bed) are designed to release energy blocks and improve physical energy/health. Doctor of Metaphysics, Delphi University.
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.
Leon & Suzie Favreau 2 locations in Fort Myers Sf5549@hotmail.com • 603-723-5175
A unique spiritual healing experience that combines hands off energy healing with intuitive information. Healing can take place on physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual levels.
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 ads, pages 10 and 39.
KITCHEN41 HEALTHY FOOD
Dine-in/Take-Out/Catering 2500 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 111, Naples 239-263-8009 • Kitchen41.com Homemade, healthy food cooked Sous-Vide, from scratch without any fat or preservatives. Everything gluten-free! Open Mon-Sat 4-9pm. See ad, page 29.
WYNN’S MARKET RECONNECTIVE HEALING®
Terry Hiduke, Reconnective Healing Foundational Practitioner & ReconnectionCertified Practitioner 239-691-9112 • TheReconnection.com Reconnective Healing® is a holistic health philosophy of returning the body mind and spirit to an optimal state of balance by directly tapping into the universal healing intelligence.
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 28.
HOLISTIC CENTER EYES WIDE OPEN CENTER
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Stes 202-204 EyesWideOpenC.com • 239-948-9444
MAUREEN SANDERS, THE HORSE SHAMAN
Healing Mind, Body & Spirit since 2005 MaureenSanders.com • TheHorseShaman.com 239-253-9008 Maureen’s work opens the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved, spiritual growth is achieved and a more joyous life is possible.
HEALTHY DINING THE CIDER PRESS CAFÉ
1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 26, Naples 34110 239-631-2500 CiderPressCafe.com Your gourmet, raw vegan dining destination! Our menu is 100% gluten free. Experience flavors that pop. Discover how delicious healthy food can be. See ad, page 25.
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.
INTEGRATIVE HEALING CENTER Monarch Therapy 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples 34103 239-325-9210 • MonarchTherapy.com
“ Tr a n s f o r m , E m e rg e , Become…” Empowering children, families, adults. specializing in stress, anxiety, trauma, adjustment to life challenges. professional counseling/psychotherapy, yoga, laughter yoga, Transformational Breath®, sound therapy, integrative relaxation.
Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it’s your responsibility to love it or change it.
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 56.
INTUITIVE READINGS ANNE DANCU INTUITIVE, MEDIUM
239-272-2583 Phone readings also available. HealingWordsCreativeSpirit@gmail.com HealingWordsCreativeSpirit.com Align your unique soul connection through the guidance of healing words infused with vibrational attunements of higher wisdom for your present need and personal transformation.
Intuitive Readings • 518-350-4712 Jeannie@JeannieThomma.com JeannieThomma.com Offering intuitive readings for g r e a t e r c l a r i t y, f o c u s a n d happiness. Receive private guidance that inspires action and offers pathways for creating meaningful change in your life. See ad, page 60.
LIFE COACH/PERSONAL GROWTH TMC PRODUCTIONS
8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers 33907 239-939-4769 • tmc4.com We offer life coaching and personal growth courses for self awareness, breakthrough, leadership, couples or parenting. Free vision workshops monthly, call for dates. Since 1992. See ad, page 20.
LOCALLY-GROWN PRODUCE 31 PRODUCE
18500 State Rd 31, Alva, FL 33920 239-313-8213 • 31Produce.com Family owned U-Pick Farm. Open all year-round from 9am5:30pm everyday! Farmers’ Market selling our produce along with local farms produce and local artist crafts, crystals and furniture. See ad, page 61.
D-SIGNED NUTRITION, LLC
9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C Ft Myers 33919 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 27.
Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste 214 Bonita Springs • 239-444-4204 D-SignedNutrition.com Medical nutrition therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. See ad, page 25.
NUTRITION SPECIALISTS OF FLORIDA
28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 • DoctorGendron.com
Lucy Finch Certified Crystal Healer Seraphim Blueprint Teacher 532 Park St, Naples 34102 239-430-0654 Stand in the healing center surrounded by chakra balancing crystals and receive refreshing reenergizing relief. Enjoy the eclectic variety of jazzy jewelry, art and specimen rocks, crystals and healing tools. See ad, page 18.
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 43.
State Board Certified Expert and Specialist in Nutrition. We use an individual, customized and systemic approach. Consult, exam and reassessment for optimum results. See ad, page 2.
PHYSICAL THERAPY 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.
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 79.
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax DebPost.com Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 27.
Obstacles are what you see when you take your eye off the goal. ~Chris Burke
JOHN J. ADLER, DPM
1722 Del Prado Blvd S, Ste 12, Cape Coral 239-573-9200 • ccfootdr.com Specializing in painless, noninvasive treatment promoting a natural approach to healthy living. Gentle homeopathic management for foot and ankle problems. Traumeel, Prolo Therapy. Boardcertified.
PSYCHOTHERAPY JILL WHEELER, MA, LMHC, RYT
Psychotherapy/Counseling/Life Coaching 2335 Tamiami Tr N, #206, Naples 239-595-3199 • WellfitInstitute.com Looking for support and guidance through a challenging situation? Ready for a fresh start? Let me help you fulfill your true potential, accomplish your goals and live your dreams.
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!
SMOKING CESSATION CITY VAPOR FORT MYERS
3547 Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers 33901 239-362-3551 CityVaporFtMyers.com Stepping out at social or business functions to smoke? Sneaking a smoke at work? Tired of the smell? Vaping offers a healthier alternative most anywhere. See ad, page 70.
YOGA GREENMONKEY YOGA POWERED BY BALA VINYASA bvYoga.com • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples
New South Naples location. Baptiste Power Vinyasa Affiliate studio. 200- and 300hour Registered Yoga School (RYS). Daily classes, monthly workshops and private sessions with excep-tional teachers, plus massage therapy and BV Boutique. See ad, back cover.
MEREDITH MUSICK, E-RYT, LMT
Master Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist MeredithMusick.com 239-269-8846 Positively change your life physically and mentally using time-tested, classical Hatha yoga and Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi bodywork. Specializing in therapeutic yoga and The Great Yoga Wall®. See ad, page 60.
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. ~Mother Teresa
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