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newsbriefs Wonder Gardens Celebrates 80th Anniversary
wo events will mark the Everglades Wonder Gardensâ€™ celebration of its 80th anniversary in Bonita Springs. Moonshine and Music will feature live music, light refreshments, animal encounters and other activities that recall the bootlegging history of the venueâ€™s founders Bill and Lester Piper from 5 to 7 p.m., February 19. A celebration will follow the next two days that includes the reading of a proclamation by Bonita Springs Mayor Ben Nelson at 1 p.m. and an educational alligator feeding session at 2 p.m., both on February 20. Attendees can enjoy animal encounters from Bird Gardens of Naples, face painting, anniversary-themed coloring sheets, period games that were popular in 1936 when the Wonder Gardens was founded, a visit from their flamingo mascot and birthday cake served at noon on both days. The 3.5-acre botanical jungle features exhibits of tropical birds and reptiles, including a flamingo pond, alligator pool with 37 alligators, duck ponds, aviary, turtle and tortoise exhibits, butterfly garden, bromeliad garden, orchid trail and gift shop. Cost: $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers for Moonshine and Music tickets. $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for children for regular admission. Location: 2710 Old 41 Rd. For more information or tickets, call 239-992-2591 or visit EvergladesWonderGardens.com by Feb. 17 (Tickets will not be available at the door).
Balanced Health Concierge Opens on Marco Island
alanced Health Concierge LLC is a new, people-centered integrative medical facility at 19 Bald Eagle Drive, Suite B, on Marco Island, that includes most forms of therapies (L-R) Scott Francis, Dr. Ken Kochler, and healing modalities Brad Ferringo in a yearly concierge membership. They will hold a grand opening event from 6 to 8 p.m., February 10, with refreshments, activities for all ages, demonstrations and a raffle for a VIP membership. Instead of incurring the expense of a private concierge doctor, clients can invest in their improved health with both private physicians and wellness included in a yearly membership. The company expects that their unique system can help resolve such issues as stress, fatigue, brain and autoimmune function, hormone and thyroid imbalance, adrenal fatigue, poor digestion and sleeping, chronic inflammation, mood and energy, Lyme disease, joint pain, fibromyalgia and metal toxicity. The staff includes Medical Director Ken Kochler, a doctor of osteopathic medicine; Business Manager Brad Ferringo, a natural doctor, Clinic Manager Scott Francis, a certified physicianâ€™s assistant, and others, providing nutrition; mainstream, functional, naturopathic and homeopathic medicine; telemedicine; acupuncture; bioidentical hormones; anti-aging, diet and lifestyle programs; full-body detoxification; and stress management. House calls will also be available.
For more information or to make an appointment, email info@BalancedHealthConcierge.com or visit BalancedHealthConcierge.com. See ad, page 62.
Magic Under the Mangroves Gala Returns
he 12th annual Magic Under the Mangroves gala fundraiser for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., March 3, in a spectacular tented setting at the conservancy in Naples. Celebrating nature at night and recognizing the ongoing importance of protecting the area’s unique natural environment and quality of life, the event will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent and live auction, and a delicious and sustainable seated dinner provided by Windows Catering, along with an award-winning, green catered dessert. The gala utilizes renewable resources and sustainable practices, including limiting the use of paper promotional materials, along with Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper sources and non-toxic soy inks, low-energy lighting, sustainable cuisine, recycling and waste reduction. Location: 1495 Smith Preserve Way. To RSVP, call 239-403-4218 or visit Conservancy.org.
Valentine’s Eve Concert Fundraiser for CREW
he CREW Land and Water Trust has chosen Valentine’s Eve, February 13, for its annual fundraising concert and silent eco-auction. This year’s concert will feature headliner Sarah Hadeka and Journey tribute band Chain Reaction; gates open at 5 p.m. and the music concludes at 9 p.m., at Riverside Park, in Bonita Springs. Fresh roses will be sold at the event and attendees can bid on a live auction for an on-stage “Sarah-nade”. Executive Director Brenda Brooks notes that all proceeds Sarah Hadeka will support CREW environmental education programs, and the February date will give attendees more time during the season to enjoy their silent eco-auction items, which include boat cruises, guided nature hikes, swamp walks and other natural experiences. Food and adult beverages will be available for purchase. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Online $75 VIP Café tickets include dinner, drinks and private table seating. Location: Old 41 Rd. For more information or advance tickets, visit CrewTrust.org.
Garage Sale Supports House of Gaia
hare the Love, a local market and community garage sale supporting the nonprofit global community House of Gaia, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, February 14, in Naples. Vendors can sell their items while shoppers browse for children’s clothes and toys, arts and craft items, jewelry, gently used household products and more. The event also provides a fun way to save money by upcycling these treasures instead of buying new items. Vendor fee: $25. Location: 1660 Trade Center Way, Stes. 1 and 3. For more information, call 239-272-6152 or email Info@HouseOfGaia.org. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Self-Discovery Workshops and Sessions in Bonita Springs
ae Chandran will provide private, one-hour channeling sessions on March 17, 18 and 21, and lead two workshops from 1 to 6 p.m., March 19, and 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., March 20, at Unity Church of Bonita Springs. For more than 30 years, Chandran has taught workshops of self-discovery in Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Rae Chandran Shanghai, India and Vietnam, and led people to power spots and power vortexes in countries such as Egypt, Israel, Greece and Morocco. The author of DNA of the Spirit and Partnering with Angels and a regular writer for Channeled magazine, Chandran has channeled more than 400 symbols for healing and transformation. Through these tones, he facilitates shifts in DNA to manifest higher frequencies that help participants achieve their lifeâ€™s purpose. Cost: $200 private sessions; workshop prices are $150 for Mar. 19 and $250 for Mar. 20. Location: 28285 Imperial Pkwy. For more information or to register, call 239-340-1036 or email PanguSWF@gmail.com.
Bloemers Joins D-Signed Nutrition in Bonita
-Signed Nutrition has added Carrie Bloemers, a registered and licensed dietitian-nutritionist, to its team in Bonita Springs. With a certificate of training in adult and pediatric weight management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Bloemers will apply functional and integrative nutrition philosophies to her patient care practices in both private Carrie Bloemers counseling and group classes. After earning a degree in nutrition and dietetics from the University of Cincinnati, graduating at the top of her class, Bloemers will complete her Masters of Science degree in Nutrition and Wellness from Benedictine University this spring. A member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Weight Management and Integrative Nutrition Practice groups, she believes there is no perfect diet for everyone and follows an individualized approach to improve the quality of life and health of her patients. Location: 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-676-5249, email Dee@D-SignedNutrition.com or visit D-SignedNutrition.com. See ad, page 43. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Perlmutter and Smith to Speak in Bonita
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oard-Certified Neurologist and prolific author Dr. David Perlmutter, and Jeffrey Smith, founder of The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), will lead a seminar, The Medical Impacts of Eating Genetically Engineered Foods, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., March 19, at Shangri-la Springs, in Bonita Springs. A one-hour reception benefiting the IRT will immediately follow. Perlmutter’s works include New York Times bestsellers Grain Brain –The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers and Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain – For Life. He also serves as medical advisor to The Dr. Oz Show. A world authority on the health dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMO), Smith is also the author of the bestselling books Seeds of Deception and producer of the award-winning film Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives.
Cost: $20 includes Perlmutter’s video on the microbiome and Genetic Roulette movie ($50 value). Location: 27750 Old 41 Rd. For more information or to preregister (required), call 480-255-0604 or visit ResponsibleTechnology. org/events. See ad, page 20.
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Family Constellations Workshop in Bonita
obey Burton, a pediatric occupational therapist, and Rhonda Schladand, a licensed massage therapist and life coach, will lead a Hellinger FamTobey Burton ily Constellations workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 20, at Eyes Wide Open Center, in Bonita Springs. Attendees will explore how ways of belonging and obtaining love in Rhonda Schladand our families when we were children are the root cause of many current difficulties to reveal patterns and new possibilities for support and redirection. Six Florida continuing education units are available for counselors, licensed massage therapists and nurses. Three levels of group participation are offered: representing, constellating and supporting. No knowledge or experience of the work is required. Burton, who moved to the area last year after working with families and children with disabilities in Louisville, Kentucky, for more than 30 years, has trained in Matrix Groupwork, women group dynamics and has facilitated empowerment support groups. A founding member and past president of Womanto-Woman Kentuckiana, Schladand codeveloped The Games We Play workshop and is a co-founder of the Center for Visionary Studies.
Cost: $75. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 204. For more information or to preregister (required), call 239-9489444 or visit EyesWideOpenCenter. com or CenterForVisionaryStudies.com. See ad, page 85.
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newsbriefs Running Events Return to the Everglades
he fifth annual Everglades Ultras off-road running races are set for February 20 in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, in the Everglades. Registration is open for the event’s three separate races: 25 kilometers, 50 kilometers and 50 miles. The latter two are USA Track and Field Florida Association state championships. “This is a unique race venue,” says Race Director Bob Becker. “Runners will experience all the varied environments in the Fakahatchee Preserve, running on raised trails through cypress swamps, grasslands and wooded areas. Given the natural beauty and diverse plant and wildlife in the preserve, many runners carry their camera on race day. This is a race runners return to year after year.” Becker notes that runners, limited to a total of 300, are supported along the way with aid stations manned by park and Friends of Fakahatchee volunteers. An after-race party will be held on the shores of the preserve’s Lake Harmon. For complete entry or volunteer details, call Becker at 954-439-2800, email Bob@ UltraSportsllc.com or visit EvergladesUltras.com.
Purely You Spa Hosts Healthy Lifestyle Class
aples’ organic Purely You Spa will host a Love Yourself: Inside and Outside healthy lifestyle class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., February 29, to discuss the importance of loving ourselves and how food choices impact the way we look and how we feel, encouraging attendees to make better choices for a healthy life. “Aging occurs faster with stress, and by implementing stress relief habits daily, these effects will be prolonged,” says owner Jennifer Alvarez Linguidi. The class will also cover how Jennifer Alvarez to boost the immune system, look fabulous without botox, Linquidi have a healthy 2016 and encourage a balanced quality of life. Attendees will enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, organic fruit and antioxidant green tea. They will also receive a $50 gift certificate to Purely You Spa toward a facial, massage, body treatment, yoga/meditation or manicure/pedicure. Cost: $25. Location: 3066 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 302. For more information or to preregister (required), call 239-331-8266 or visit PurelyYouSpa.com/events.html. See ad, page 17.
newsbriefs Two Nutrition Presentations by Acclaimed Expert
s part of Lee Memorial Health System’s Healthy Lee initiative, internationally recognized nutritional speaker Michael Greger, M.D., will deliver two free presentations in Fort Myers on how nutrition can help prevent, treat and reverse disease, and offer practical advice on proper nutrition. The events will take Dr. Michael Greger place at noon at the Heights Center and 5:30 p.m. at the Lee County District School Board Office, both on February 25. Greger, a founding member and fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and director of public health and animal agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States, has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress and was invited as an expert witness in defending Oprah Winfrey in the infamous “meat defamation” trial. His latest book is How Not to Die. Locations: Heights Center, 15570 Hagie Dr.; school board, 2855 Colonial Blvd. RSVP (required) for each event by calling 239-424-3234. For more information, visit LeeMemorial. org and NutritionFacts.org.
Mastery Training Weekend in Naples
eborah Mills, of the School of Healing and Enlightenment, will conduct a two-day Mastery Training from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 5 and 6, in Naples. This unique experiential weekend in the art of mastery and ascension can be a lifechanging experience for participants. Mastery is a state of living from the Deborah Mills divine within the heart. Releasing the human fabric that has bound the limitless spirit for lifetimes can create the opportunity to reawaken the extraordinary potential within us for personal and planetary evolution. Mills has co-facilitated Mastery Trainings in Mount Shasta for the last five years with the Ascended Masters. A liaison for the Ascended Masters that serve as spiritual guides in the evolution and awakening of the planet, she is also the director of Soul Focused Healing and a gifted healer, medical intuitive and spiritual guide who has been teaching workshops on healing and the awakening consciousness for more than 20 years. Cost: $250 before Feb. 26 and $300 after. For more information including location details or to register, call 239-289-2049, email BWilliams239@msn.com, visit SoulFocusedHealing.com or mail check to Barbara Williams, P.O. Box 1657, Bonita Springs, FL, 34133.
Dr. Sears to Lecture on Brain Health in Estero
r. Bill Sears, author of more than 30 bestselling books and articles on many healthy living topics, will present Brain Health for All Ages, an interactive lecture, at 7 p.m., February 19, at Embassy Suites in Estero. New developments in science and nutrition to help with brain health, attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, post-traumatic stress synDr. Bill Sears drome, depression and anxiety, and preventing Alzheimer’s will be covered. In a career spanning more than 35 years, Sears has appeared on more than 100 television programs, including 20/20, Donahue, Oprah, Dateline and Good Morning America. A meet-and-greet will immediately follow the lecture. Free tickets available on Eventbrite at bit.ly/1LOKQlj. Location: 10450 Corkscrew Commons Dr. For more information, call 239-287-6254, email Heres2Healthy@gmail.com or visit AskDrSears.com. See ad, page 71.
Sleep Wellness Presentation in Bonita Springs
r. Jose Colon, a Lee Physician Group sleep medicine specialist and mindfulness practitioner, will give a presentation, Sleep and Wellness, at 5:30 p.m., February 10, at Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs. Attendees will learn about the effect of sleep disorders on neurocognitive function, weight management and safety, and discover methods to get a better night’s sleep. Colon is board certified in sleep medicine and neurology with special qualifications in child neurology. He completed a neurology fellowship at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tennessee, is a founding member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and a member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and author of several books, including The Sleep Diet, a Novel Approach to Insomnia. Organizers report that chronic insomnia affects between 30 to 40 percent of the population, sleep deprivation can lead directly to weight gain, and males between 30 and 60 years of age have a 25 percent incidence of sleep apnea. Admission is free. Location: 3372 Woods Edge Cir., Ste. 102. For more information or to preregister (required), call 239590-9485, email Madeline@IntegrativeMindfulness.net or visit IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See ad, page 41.
Allow Yourself to Heal Opens in Naples
llow Yourself to Heal, a new opportunity to receive massage and other healing modalities, has opened at 800 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 201, in Naples. Owner and Licensed Massage Therapist Jovanna Giordano brings eight years of experience to her venture. “I’ve always had a passion Jovanna Giordano to help and be of service to someone in need, whether it was physical, emotional or spiritual,” she says. “What I do comes from my heart. I’m just a conduit to bringing light and love to individuals in need.” In addition to regular hours, Giordano is also offering massage parties from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 239253-1742, email JovannaGiordano@hotmail.com or visit Tinyurl.com/Jennifer-GiordanoMassage. See ad, page 75. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Quatrano Leads Acupressure Session Series in Naples
icensed Massage Therapist Alvina Quatrano, of Holistic Healing Arts, will offer Acupressure for Anyone, a free one-hour introductory talk, at 6 p.m., February Alvina Quatrano 2, at the office of Dr. Joel Ying, in the Moorings Professional Building, in Naples. Quatrano, who has been teaching acupressure for Soul Lightening International group since 2004 and is a mentor for the Zero Balancing Heart Association, will then lead an eight-part weekly series from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from February 9 through March 29. The series, which she compares to an acupressure medicine chest, will include topics of self-help, chakra tai chi, Seva stress release compassionate service for others, formulas for harmony and balance, alignment, head and neck, back, abdomen, chest, arms, legs, and cold and flu. “Dr. Aminah Raheem, the originator of the work who had four children, said that it kept them healthier and away from doctors’ offices,” says Quatrano, who is also developing an online class to support her Art of Holistic Massage class and plans to continue the one-hour conversational evenings with seasonal self-help talks, demonstrations and other events. Cost: $60 per class. CEUs are offered for professional massage therapists and flexibility in the order of taking remaining classes after attending the first two. Location: 2335 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 206. For more information or to register, call 732-266-5276. See ad, page 83.
Noted Storyteller Visits Fort Myers for First Time
il Lepp, a nationally renowned storyteller and five-time winner of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, will perform in Fort Myers for the first time from 7 to 9 p.m., February 25, Bil Lepp at the Alliance for the Arts. His outrageous, humorous and family-friendly tall tales have been presented in books of stories, one novel and eight audio collections. Lepp, who won the Storytelling Circle of Excellence Award and the Parents’ Choice Gold Award for his first children’s book, The King of Little Things, has been performed 13 times at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival and on Comedy Central. Previously a minister, Lepp likes to say that he now lies religiously. Tamiami Tale Tellers expect that the appearance of the “king of the tall tale” will help increase awareness and appreciation of storytelling as a viable art form for all ages, not just children.
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newsbriefs Chapman Provides Bowen Technique for Healing
anda Chapman, a massage therapist for 26 years, is providing the Bowen Technique for healing in Naples. She is trained in the therapy that applies light pressure on precise parts of the body, stimulating the muscles and soft tissue. Pioneered more than 40 years ago by Australian Thomas A. Bowen, who described the technique as a method of muscle manipulation, the Bowen Technique is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue movements that can balance the body and stimulate energy flow, empowering self-healing. It may help with sports injuries, including tennis elbow, plus rehab; neck, back, knee and hip pain; headaches; fibromyalgia; digestive disorders; chronic fatigue syndrome; and more. Chapman also offers reflexology and E-Stim electrical stimulation for pain management. Location: 836 Anchor Rode Dr. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-649-4488. See ad, page 39.
Free Nature Walks at Barefoot Beach Preserve
isitors can enjoy free guided nature walks led by area naturalists along the boardwalk through a maritime forest and coastal strand at 9 a.m. Saturdays through the end of April at Barefoot Beach Preserve, in Bonita Springs. The 45-minute educational experience teaches participants about the importance of barrier islands and how our ancestors used Florida’s state tree Jim Truluck and native plant communities, followed by lecture series presentations at 10 a.m. With 342 acres of natural land and one of the area’s last undeveloped barrier islands, Barefoot Beach Preserve is an excellent example of the shifts in habitat that occur within a very narrow strip of land with only slight changes in elevation and moisture, and beach and sand dunes supporting the growth of sea oats, providing nesting sites for sea turtles during the summer months. The park also maintains a tropical coastal hammock of sabal palm, gumbo-limbo and sea grape trees, among many others. The site is also home to the protected gopher tortoise. Location: 503 Barefoot Beach Blvd. meet at the Learning Center. For more information, visit FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org.
Castillo to Create Portrait at Open Mind Zen Naples
pectators can witness an original piece being created by an international artist at Art, Life and Spirituality: An Interactive Experience, with José María Castillo, from 10 a.m. to noon, February 20, at Open Mind Zen Naples. After a short guided meditation, Castillo will create an oil sketch portrait of a volunteer while discussing how it shows the oneness of art, life and spirituality. José María Castillo Castillo studied at the National self-portrait School of Fine Arts, in Lima, Peru. During the 70s, he moved to New York City and became a successful fashion illustrator for exclusive boutiques and stores. During this time, he began to paint portraits and became an art instructor at the Sacred Heart University of Puerto Rico. He also performed demonstrations at several institutes and taught private classes. More recently, Castillo has been teaching at the Von Liebig Art Center, in Naples, where he conducts private portraiture classes. Suggested donation: $25, $20 for members and students. Space is limited and preregistration recommended. Location: 1250 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 205. For more information, call 239961-2491 or visit OpenMindZenNaples.com. See ad, page 16.
lassically trained violinist JamesSteven Farnsworth, who has played for more than 20 years at retirement communities and nursing homes for the benefit of elderly, hospice and Alzheimer’s patients, is now offering Sweet Breeze informal mini-concerts, designed for those with Alzheimer’s JamesSteven Farnsworth with listener disease and individuals that are incapacitated, recuperating or in hospice care. He can provide this affordably priced service in homes, hospitals or other care centers throughout Lee and Collier counties. “Familiar songs played on the violin bring peace of mind and sweet memories of special moments in our life,” says Farnsworth, who also performs for all celebrations and ceremonies of life, including weddings, anniversaries, private parties and end-of-life celebrations. For more information or to arrange for a performance, call 239-384-9491, email Jsf@JamesSteven.com or visit JamesSteven.com/sweet-breeze. See ad, page 23.
North Olga Day Celebration at 31 Produce
elebrate North Olga Day at 31 Produce, in Alva, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., February 6. The free, family-friendly event will include local business and craft vendors, delicious food and a demonstration of the jaws of life, used for emergency rescue in vehicle crashes, from the local fire department. 31 Produce is a local U-Pick farm with more than 15 different varieties available for picking, plus a fresh market, farm animals, gem panning and a restaurant that features field-to-table cooking. Location: 18672 State Rd. 31. For more information, call 239-313-8213, email 31Produce@gmail.com or visit 31Produce.com. See ad, page 65.
Paint at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates
ino’s Picasso will conduct a painting session from 2 to 4 p.m., February 21, at one of the area’s most famous natural and historic landmarks—the massive Mysore fig at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, in Fort Myers. Participation includes entry to the grounds, access to all painting materials, plus a bellini, mimosa, wine and beer cash bar. Prior artistic experience is not necessary. Vino’s Picasso has locations in Fort Myers and Naples. Cost: $70. Location: 2350 McGregor Blvd. For more information or to register, contact the Fort Myers (15250 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 109, 239-288-6953) or Naples locations (2367 Vanderbilt Rd., Ste. 805, 239-432-8750) or visit VinosPicasso.com. See ad, page 27.
Lucky’s Market Opens in Naples
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Mythology Inspires Successful Life Strategies by Lee Walker
Bolen paints vivid ean Shinoda Bolen’s word pictures of Artemis search for an archetypal to set the stage for a myth that best represents reader to resonate with women activists with the inner archetypal traits courage, will and indomithat might be seeking table spirit that cannot be outward expression. A subdued led her to Atalanta, personal connection that a mortal woman in Greek rings true, combined mythology. For Bolen, a with the experience of psychiatrist, Jungian analyst an illuminating moment and author of Artemis: The in which a reader recogIndomitable Spirit in Everynizes something imporwoman, this woman who tant about themselves identified with her protecthat they previously tor, Artemis, goddess of the Jean Shinoda Bolen hadn’t, is defined by hunt and moon, not only Bolen as an “Aha!” moment, when the exemplifies courageous girls, but also unacknowledged archetype can come the women they become. Bolen notes that in today’s world, to life. Artemis’ archetypal grit, passion and persistence to go the distance, survive How have archetypes influenced and win is made visible in Katiss Ever- your life? Archetypal traits, like personality traits, deen, the protagonist in The Hunger can show up early in life. My parents Games trilogy, as well as in Lisbeth sent me off to Girl Scout camp when Salander, the main character in The I was a child. Some of the girls didn’t Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. Julia Butlike camp, got homesick and refused to terfly Hill, an environmental activist who lived for 738 days in a 1,500-year return to the rustic setting. Unlike them, the experience energized the Artemis old California Redwood tree, and Gloria Steinman, founder of Ms. Magazine archetypal pattern in me and I couldn’t wait to return. and spokesperson for feminism, are I learned about archetypes later other examples in addition to female in adolescence. A different kind of characters in videogames, comic experience made me aware of how books and television series. According I had arrogantly taken my achieveto the Jungian psychiatrist and analyst, ments for granted as self-accomplished, these stories and others are vehicles whereas every single one was a gift of for images, feelings and depth that circumstance. I was humbled by the lead a reader or an audience to identify with and learn from the characters. insight and wanted to say thank you by
helping others. This was really my call to service, which set me on my path to becoming a doctor. The capacity to set a goal to be a doctor and stay with it is another Artemis trait that may have activated a domino effect of synchronicities that happened throughout my life. These synchronistic moments that presented the right people and circumstances informed me, helped me to achieve my potential and moved me along on my path of self-realization. Looking inward and reflecting upon these synchronicities is another Artemis trait. What are some of the intentions for your Happehatchee workshop? I want to empower women so they learn to trust their intuitive feelings, their gnosis, which is Greek for spiritual knowledge. This gnosis can inform women of the next steps to take when they sense that they are at crossroads and seeking clarification of what their heart wants to do or what their intuition is telling them. Tuning inward can activate Artemis energy, which can help them feel courageous enough to move forward and trust whatever they are being directed to. I also want the women to learn to use the archetypal gifts of synchronicity and symbols in their dreams. We all need to respect who we were at the beginning of our story. Women who can recall the qualities of their inner child before they were influenced by their families, culture and religion gain insight into their true nature. They learn why they are still standing even though they’ve adapted and persevered in spite of any bad things that have happened to them. This is the indomitable spirit of Artemis in every woman that we will tune into at the workshop.
For more information on the fundraiser Feb. 19 lecture on Artemis: Goddess, Archetype and Source of Meaning and Activism and the weekend workshop Feb. 20 and 21, email Happehatchee@gmail.com. Cost: $100/Fri. lecture. $250/entire weekend. Limit 60 people. 24
Looking for Proof of Heaven? by Linda Sechrist
near-death experience (NDE) prophets have brought us messages while in a seven-day coma of this unconditional love at our turned Dr. Eben Alexander’s very core,” enthuses Alexander. world of academics and neuro Reader response from around surgery upside-down. Only weeks the world to Proof of Heaven has after awakening from the coma proved to Alexander that there is and getting his brain back on line, tremendous interest in NDEs, conthe author of Proof of Heaven: A sciousness and sound meditation. Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Since the book’s release, he has Afterlife was comfortable acknowlbeen speaking on the nature of conedging beyond any doubt that sciousness and reality to a wide vahe had transcended his belief in riety of audiences, from nurses and Dr. Eben Alexander and Karen Newell will present a scientific materialism, which alleges surgeons to corporations, interfaith workshop at Unity of Naples on February 19. how from subatomic particles, atoms, groups and religious groups that molecules and brain cells, consciousness is mysteriously include Jews, Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Buddhists. produced. “My experience left me with a deep knowing that “I’m not some lone wolf working at waking up the physical world is not all that exists, and that the brain medical science and doctors. All types of individuals are doesn’t create consciousness, but merely allows a primordial hungry to hear about the evidence supporting our world as a trickle of it now and then,” says Alexander, who will join his universe where spirit and consciousness drive causality. They partner, Karen Newell, co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, to a are also happy to let go of the simplistic notion of scientific present an experiential discussion and workshop at Unity of materialism, which says that we humans are some random Naples on February 19. accident in the cosmos, that consciousness is a mere electro Newell, an innovator in the emerging field of binauchemical process in the brain and that spiritual experiences ral brainwave entrainment audio meditation, listened to are hallucinations of the brain,” advises Alexander. monotonal sound—not music and singing melodies, but As far as Alexander is concerned, the only concrete and the simple tones produced by crystal bowls, tuning forks, real thing in existence is our consciousness, soul or spirit. gongs, chimes and human chanting—as a way to shut off “Consciousness, spirit, soul and our connectedness to one her monkey mind chatter. Using novel techniques to create another, and all things are actually rock-solid real. The matebrainwave entrainment technology and that blends frequen- rial realm, which is a cleverly wrought illusion, is now being cies, Newell and her business partner Kevin Kossi created dismantled by some materialists who are in a headlong rush Sacred Acoustics as a powerful way of getting past who we to prove that we are all vibrating strings of energy in higher are not and reaching who we are. dimensional space-time,” he says To reach deep states of transcendental “We can all experience this journey by goconscious awareness, including the realms ing within to find the truth of all existence. It Alexander experienced in his NDE, he is our birthright to know that we are deeply listens regularly to Sacred Acoustics recordloved by an infinite power known by many ings. He works closely with Newell and names; Allah, Yahweh, Buddha, Krishna, Kossi to develop the most powerful sounds Jehovah and others. In my NDE, this infinite available to access such expansive states. power was experienced as a paradoxically “I meditate daily for two to three hours to dazzling darkness of brilliant light and the regularly explore many facets of consciousresonance of infinite and eternal Aum,” ness, including the love I experienced during explains Alexander. my coma journey. Karen taught me that consciousness is better associated with love Cost for 7 p.m. workshop is $50. Presenand the heart, rather than trying to isolate tation and VIP reception $125. For more it in the brain and mind. Love is the basis information on Proof of Heaven: Journey of everything. The fundamental fabric and of Science, Spirit and Sound on Feb. 19 at energy of the universe, it is in many ways Unity, 2000 Unity Way, Naples, call 239the proof of heaven. For thousands of years 775-3009 or visit NaplesUnity.org. See ad, and across all cultures, psychics, mystics and page 63.
Cupping is a Powerful Form of Chinese Massage
ost people are familiar with only two aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicineâ€”acupuncture and herbal healing remedies. The third, lessrecognized 3,000-year-old treatment is cupping, a technique that uses small glass cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin. Much like inverse massage, suction in the cups created by putting an inverted cup over a small flame and then placing it immediately on the skin lightly draws the epidermis and superficial muscle layer upward into the cup. The cups generally remain in place for approximately 10 minutes while an individual relaxes. Cupping can be combined with acupuncture or used alone. The suction and negative pressure it provides loosens muscles, encourages blood flow and sedates the nervous system. It can be used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, respiratory conditions and congestion from a common cold. It can also be used to control asthma. Like acupuncture, cupping follows five meridian lines on the back. Cupping these points can help to align and relax qi, as well as address more specific problems. By targeting the meridian channels, cupping works to open them and allow the life energy to flow freely throughout the body, as well as all tissues and organs. Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available, and is believed to affect tissues up to four inches below the skin. Toxins can be released, blockages cleared and veins and arteries refreshed within these four inches. Even hands, wrists, legs and ankles can be cupped, thus applying the healing to specific organs that correlate with these points. Jack Morris, owner of Acupuncture Solutions, located at 6628 Willow Park Dr., Ste. C, in Naples, is an acupuncture physician and advanced cupping specialist. For more information, call 239-293-4005 or Facebook.com/JackMorrisap. See ad, page 35.
Kids Learn Social Skills Through Pretending and Joking
esearch published in the journal Cognitive Science has found that toddlers with parents that played with them using humor and fantasy gained increased skills for learning, imagining and bonding, along with thinking in abstract ways. The researchers tested children between 16 and 24 months old in two phases. The first utilized action play among 25 kids and the second utilized verbal play among 40 children. The parents and children pretended to do activities such as washing their hands with no soap or creating situations using a toy. During the second phase, the children and parents played around jokingly by using words, identifying things in funny ways and making believe they were doing things. The researchers found that joking and pretend play allowed the kids to distinguish cues that helped them communicate and develop skills to understand intentions. The study also found that older toddlers relied more on verbal cues to understand pretending and joking communications.
Relief for Tongue-Tie
ongue-tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition present at birth. The tongue’s range of motion is restricted by an unusually short, thick or tight band of tissue (lingual frenulum) tethered to the bottom of the tongue’s tip to the floor of the mouth. It can affect the way a child breastfeeds and swallows, and later eats. This often-overlooked condition, if not discovered at birth, can also make breastfeeding painful for the mother. The tongue’s movement restriction prevents a baby’s lips from forming a seal and the baby pops off the breast. The tongue is also unable to work in a way that transfers enough milk. In children, tongue-tie can lead to reflux, colic, low weight gain and later speech and dental problems, such as a gap between the front teeth and the more serious conditions of airway concerns like snoring and sleep apnea, which is frequently undiagnosed. Mothers are often in tears because they’ve been told that something is wrong with them, that they have the wrong kind of milk, or that they should give up on breastfeeding and give the baby formula. These women are so relieved to discover that their baby’s tongue-tie can be addressed in the dental office with a simple laser procedure that requires no general anesthesia. The laser numbs the area and stops any bleeding. Mark Corke, DDS, owner of Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr., Fort Myers performs laser procedures for tongue-tie. For more information on the laser procedure performed by Dr. Corke, call 239-936-5442. Visit FortMyersLaserDentist.com. See ad, page 53. natural awakenings
Kids Get Fewer Cavities When Mothers Chew Xylitol Gum
esearch published in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry has concluded mothers that chew natural xylitol gum regularly will significantly reduce oral infections of mutans streptococcus bacteria in their infants. Five research teams and 11 randomized studies of 601 mothers and their children showed 46 percent fewer infections of the bacteria, which is the central species responsible for dental caries and periodontal disease. The studies included children that were 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months old. Other research supports the claim of xylitolâ€™s beneficial nature. A study from the University of Manchester, in England, analyzing data from 4,216 schoolchildren, showed that using toothpaste containing xylitol with fluoride resulted in 13 percent less tooth decay than using toothpaste with fluoride only. Note: Xylitol is toxic to dogs; if ingested, consult a veterinarian.
February is National Childrenâ€™s Dental Health Month
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Adidas Using Plastic Ocean Debris to Make Shoes Athletic shoemaker Adidas has teamed up with New York-based Parley for the Oceans, a multidisciplinary organization with a passion for protecting the oceans, to make footwear out of garbage. Available soon, the soft upper part of the shoe is knitted entirely from waste and debris pulled from the ocean, including yarn and fibers—just some of the estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of trash in the sea. With no extra material left over, nothing goes to waste; the shoes also incorporate illegal fishing nets taken from poachers. Adidas executive Eric Liedtke suggests the technology could move beyond shoes and find its way to T-shirts, shorts and other apparel. A full line of similar consumer-ready products will be integrated into the Adidas line this year. The larger issue goes beyond recycling and repurposing to avoid waste altogether. Plastic takes more than 450 years to decompose, so conservationists and researchers at Parley for the Oceans hope to re-imagine plastics by designing a renewable solution. In cleaning up our oceans, we protect ecosystems, food sources, jobs and local economies. Source: Upworthy
McCormick Going Non-GMO McCormick, the world’s largest spice company, plans to eliminate almost all genetically modified (GMO) ingredients from their product line by 2016. In response to increased consumer demand for healthier options, 80 percent of its overall gourmet herb and spice business in the U.S. will be both organic and non-GMO by 2016, as well as all McCormick-branded herbs, spices and extracts sold in the U.S. They will voluntarily label the updated products to inform consumers as part of a commitment to transparency and consumer education. The first product introduced, a non-GMO vanilla extract, is already available. McCormick also uses steam treatments in its processing to preserve the health benefits of spices instead of the ionizing irradiation used by competitors. Although food radiation is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some studies link it to significant health problems. “Our consumers are increasingly interested in quality flavors with pure ingredients in their food,” says McCormick President and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Kurzius. “Our efforts prove that we are listening to consumers and are committed to continuing to evolve.” Source: NaturalNews.com natural awakenings
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Weather Website Tracks Climate Change A new website, WXshift.org, published by the hybrid science and journalism nonprofit Climate Central, provides climate projections for a specific location along with the day’s weather. In addition to a typical forecast of highs and lows, UV (ultraviolet rays) index, wind and times of sunrise and sunset, it graphically shows if the area indicates a warming uptick and by how much. A 40-year-trend-to-date display offers a projection to 2050 and what the weather will be like for the next generation. Geoff Grant, director of digital media for Climate Central, says, “This is just putting weather and climate data together. There’s no spin to it. The weather is how everyone experiences climate.” WXshift draws from 2,000 weather stations across the country and 100 years of temperature, rain and snow data to create customized climate graphics. Tutorials explain such topics as the difference between dew point and humidity, along with news and information about relevant issues. Source: DailyClimate.org
Young Children Can Unlearn Racial Sterotyping New research by Paul Quinn, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Delaware, and his collaborators across the globe, have found a simple exercise that can undo the unconscious racial biases that may begin to develop as early as infancy. Quinn learned that 3-montholds begin showing a visual preference for the same race they see most often in their daily lives. By 9 months, infants not only distinguish racial categories, but also become less able to tell different individuals apart if they are members of a lessfamiliar race. In the experiment, the scientists morphed together photos of African and Asian faces to create ambiguous images that looked equally African and Asian. As a result, Quinn reports, “At 9 months, they didn’t respond to the differences between the African and Asian categories, but instead they had two less discriminatory broad categories; ‘own race’ and ‘other race’. We think it might be a precursor to an initial ‘in group/out group’ differentiation and suggest that perceptual and social processing of faces may overlap, even in infants.” Source: LaboratoryEquipment.com
Unique Healing Opportunities at the Coolest Spa in Town by Lee Walker
means that we can address numerous health onald M. Repice, DC, owner of Rejuvenachallenges all at the same time. Unlike medications COOL Cryo Spa, in Naples, had a tions, which generally have many side effects, bit of a head start on his chosen field of WBC has positive secondary side effects such as medicine by virtue of his father. “I was inspired more energy, better sleep, softer/tighter skin and to choose the field of natural medicine by my improved mood. In addition, it burns 500 to dad, a retired medical doctor, whose career 800 calories,” says Repice. as a family physician was in full swing during Repice cites LeBron James, of the Clevethe 1960s. In the heyday of practicing general land Cavaliers basketball team, and Peyton medicine, he delivered 200 children and worked Manning, of the Denver Broncos football team, in the emergency room. Today, doctors generally as continuing to spark his curiosity for finding become specialists,” says Repice. new therapies and technologies. He discov Repice’s head start appears to include an ered they were using whole body cryotherapy, insatiable inclination to seek out cutting-edge Ronald M. Repice, DC rather than prescription drugs, to enhance their therapies for his comprehensive wellness clinic. performance and deal with their physical injuIn addition to chiropractic care, he offers counries. “Even martial artists are using this to recover from the seling from a functional medicine perspective on nutrition, fatigue and soreness in their muscles so that they can train supplementation and weight loss and weight management. with the same intensity twice a day. Cryotherapy is perfect Repice’s weight programs include body sculpting fat reduction options such as Lipo-Light and Cavi-Lipo systems, which for my patients with joint replacement, arthritis and fibromyalgia,” says Repice. utilize natural light therapy, as well as ultrasound cavitation. Delighted with any opportunity educate patients and the In addition, the clinic is the first in Southwest Florida to spegeneral public, Repice notes that his enthusiasm for natural cialize in whole body cryotherapy (WBC), which offers nextmedicine has never waned. “Even as an M.D., my father generation rapid recovery and anti-inflammatory benefits was always interested in nutrition and the natural solutions utilizing extreme cold air technology. that he could offer his patients.” In his retirement, he still “Developed in Japan in 1978 to treat rheumatoid arremains engaged. The two collaborate thritis, an inflammatory, autoimmune weekly on their radio show, Rejuvenadisease of the joints, the walk-in cryo tions Health Radio, on Blog Talk Radio spa chamber, cooled by nitrogen mist, every Tuesday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and lowers an individual’s skin surface Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Repice temperature by 30 to 50 degrees Fahralso partners with Euro Spa of Naples, enheit over a period of two to three a medical spa within Rejuvenations minutes. The body, which is in contact COOL Cryo Spa Center. with the nitrogen vapor, responds to As a husband and father of one the rapid lowering in external body daughter age 9 and son age 11, Repice temperature by kicking in the ‘fightdevotes whatever remaining time he has or-flight’ response, which releases after his personal and work life to offering adrenalin and endorphins, as well as his chiropractic services in local nursing cytokines, which are anti-inflammatohome and retirement communities. ry proteins. “I’m always on the lookout for Rejuvenations Inc. COOL Cryo Spa natural remedies that help people feel is located at 1575 Pine Ridge Rd., and look better. I’m investigating a Ste. 6, in Naples. For more informahyperbaric oxygen chamber because tion and appointments, I want targeted treatment call 239-331-5886 or visit therapies that work synergistiCryoNaples.com. See ad, cally with those that I already page 25. have. Multifaceted treatment natural awakenings
actionalert Citizen’s Petition to Stop Water Fluoridation in Collier County
egarding Collier County resident and former Collier County Public Information Officer Camden Smith’s petition to end water fluoridation, residents that attend the February 23 meeting of the Collier County Board of Commissioners will benefit from hearing important facts on outcomes of research conducted on the toxicological data on fluoride by organizations such as the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) as well as from World Fluoridation: A Critical Review of the Physiological Effects of Ingested Fluoride as a Public Health Intervention—a report published in the Scientific World Journal (HindAwi.com). A new international clearinghouse for neurotoxicity of all chemicals, including fluoride, has been recently proposed in The Lancet Neurology medical journal. Smith will add to her case that the health risks of fluoridation outweigh the benefits of cavity prevention. Her testimony will cite statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that address an increase in fluorosis in teens due to water fluoridation as well as the U.S. Surgeon General office’s reason for the needed reduction: “Now Americans have access to more sources of fluoride, such as toothpastes and mouth rinses, than they did when water fluoridation was first introduced in the U.S.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests that the reduction would prevent visible signs of toxic exposure that have shown up as dental fluorosis in approximately 40 percent of American teens. This condition, caused by long-term ingestion during the time that teeth are forming, refers to changes in the appearance of tooth enamel—from chalky lines and splotches to dark staining and pitting According to the IAOMT policy position reached by examining the toxicological data on fluoride over a period of 18 years, “…There is no discernible
health benefit derived from ingested fluoride and the preponderance of evidence shows that ingested fluoride in dosages now prevalent in public exposures aggravates existing illnesses, and causes a greater incidence of adverse health effects. Ingested fluoride is hereby recognized as unsafe, and ineffective for the purposes of reducing tooth decay. Fluoride added to the public water supply, or prescribed as controlled-dose supplements, delivers no discernible health benefit, and causes a higher incidence of adverse health effects.” Additionally, World Fluoridation: A Critical Review of the Physiological Effects of Ingested Fluoride as a Public Health Intervention also supports the position taken by the IAOMT. “The classification of fluoride as a pollutant rather than as a nutrient or medicine is a useful starting point for analyzing the adverse effect of fluoride. No fluoride deficiency disease has ever been documented for humans. Indeed, the basis for setting an ”adequate intake” of fluoride rests on the alleged ability of ingested fluoride to prevent tooth decay. However, since it is now known that the effect of fluoride is topical, the notion of an adequate daily intake is flawed. One of the key concerns about
water fluoridation is the inability to control an individual’s dose of ingested fluoride, which brings into question the concept of the “optimal dose.” Since the 1980s numerous studies have identified that adults and children are exceeding these agreed limits, contributing to a rapid rise in dental fluorosis—the first sign of fluoride toxicity. In 1991, the CDC measured fluoride levels and found that where water is fluoridated between 0.7 and 1.2 ppm overall, total fluoride intake for adults was between 1.58 and 6.6 mg per day, while for children it was between 0.9 and 3.6 mg per day, and that there was at least a six-fold variation just from water consumption alone.” Deborah Post, advanced registered nurse practitioner and owner of WellBridges, Inc., in Fort Myers, advises, “I have been a medical practitioner in Naples since 2004. The level of illness I am currently seeing in my practice is unprecedented and the majority of clients have thyroid problems and autoimmune diseases. The body needs iodine, but two other chemicals, fluoride and bromide, bind and fight for position in the body. Residents deserve the choice of not putting this toxic industrial waste product, which may also be contaminated with lead, arsenic, radio nucleotides, aluminum and other industrial contaminants, in their body when they take a shower. Post also notes that the fluoride added to municipal water supplies is not pharmaceutical grade. “Twentythree studies from four countries indicate that even moderate exposure to fluoride lowers intelligence quotient (IQ). The daily dose of fluoride recommended by the American Dental Association results in the same level of fluoride in our blood, which is shown to cause an eight-point drop in IQ. Poison control must be called if we swallow a quarter milligram of fluoride from toothpaste. Meanwhile just one glass of water can contain
this amount of fluoride,” says Post. To allay concerns that individuals in favor of fluoridation might have regarding its reduction, the Scientific World Journal cites the benefits of using newer non-fluoride approaches such as probiotics, Xylitol and biofilms that show increasing promise in cavity prevention with a strong safety profile in relation to human health. “We drink, bathe in and swim in fluoridated water, which is absorbed by the skin, the largest organ of the body, thus creating a cumulative effect. Shouldn’t Collier County residents be the ones to decide whether they receive fluoride, which the FDA [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] classifies as a drug, or medical treatment in their water?” says Smith, who will present her comments for 10 to 20 minutes prior to comments from the opposition. Afterward, any public speakers may present comments before the board’s discussion. Any member of the public may attend and sign up to be a speaker at the meeting. Location: 3299 E. Tamiami Tr., Bldg. 5, third floor, Naples. For the agenda time, contact Collier County Communications at 239-252-8999.
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esidents that are unable to attend the February 23 meeting are encouraged to write their commissioner to express their thoughts regarding fluoridation. District 1, Donna Fiala, DonnaFiala@colliergov.net District 2, Georgia Hiller, Esq., GeorgiaHiller@colliergov.net District 3, Tom Henning, TomHenning@colliergov.net District 4, Penny Taylor, PennyTaylor@colliergov.net District 5, Tim Nance, TimNance@colliergov.net natural awakenings
Reducing Coffee Shop Waste For many, getting a coffee to go at a favorite spot on the way to work or while dropping the kids off at school and running errands is a weekday ritual. It also warms up the body on cold mornings in northern regions this time of year. The java might taste even better if we reduce the amount of waste traditionally involved. Here are a few ways to better cherish Earth’s resources. Avoid the paper cup; carry a reusable thermos or insulated bottle instead as a matter of routine. Author and activist Beth Terry, in her book Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Habit and How You Can Too suggests both stainless steel beverage containers and mugs. She also recommends glass mason jars and points out that EcoJarz recently began making stainless steel caps and lids instead of plastic. Learn more at MyPlasticFreeLife.com. Terry further cites the unhealthy aspects of continual use of paper cups because, “Many are lined with plastic, and the plastic lids are often the equivalent of Styrofoam.” If caught without a favorite reusable container, Treehugger.com’s Katherine Martinko recommends at least giving an old paper cup one more turn. “It’s not a zero waste solution, but if you’ve already got a paper cup in your car or kitchen, you might as well extend its life. Wash and hand it over the next time you get a coffee,” she suggests. “It will still do the job.” For those that add cream, milk or sugar to coffee, consider the waste involved just in the plastic and wood stirrers provided by the shop that are tossed in the trash after serving their one-time function. “Avoid all of them,” advises Terry. “Carry a clean utensil in the car,” such as a bamboo tableware or a spork (combination spoon and fork). Cutting down or weaning off of dairy, sugar and especially sugar substitutes is another healthful move. 36
readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet Teresa Spano
Life’s mission: To live a happy, healthy, well-balanced life and assist others with the same goals.
sites like Pinterest for healthy recipe blogs. Local causes supported: I support causes that are not currently official programs and consider my speaking engagements as supporting a cause to teach others about their natural healthcare options.
Work: I am a naturopathic consultant at Lee Memorial Health System’s Lee Physician Group (LPG) Integrative Medicine. Proudest Achievements: I’m most proud of changing my diet and lifestyle to make myself healthier and of pursuing a postgraduate doctorate of naturopathic medicine at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. This allows me to pursue a career that gives me the ability to share my passion of helping others to become healthier, as well. Expectations for the Future: Continue my life mission, and to be open to new possibilities, all while adopting more rescue dogs! Favorite app: FitBit. I love tracking my exercise and sleep, while challenging friends and family to the most steps. Favorite websites: I frequently visit TheNatPath.com, local news sites to stay aware of local current events, and I browse
Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: Local events and places highlighted. Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Chef Brooke’s Natural Café. How you invest in your community: I’m publically speaking to educate others on natural healthcare. I try to shop at farmer’s markets and I try to shop as locally as I can overall. Favorite quote: “Let medicine be thy food and let food be thy medicine.” ~Hippocrates What you are doing to be the change you want to see in the world: I’m empowering individuals to take charge of their own health and encouraging them to learn more about preventative healthcare.
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Ancient Grains for Modern Palates Gluten-Free and Eco-Friendly Grains Gain Favor by Judith Fertig
ncient grains are making a comeback. Grown since Neolithic times about 10,000 years ago, varieties of barley, corn, millet and rice have helped assuage the hunger of many communities. Today, yellow millet, dark red wholegrain sorghum, brown quinoa and exotic black rice can help alleviate food shortages. According to Harry Balzer, an expert surveyor of food and diet trends with The NPD Group, concerns about grains and gluten have prompted about a third of Americans to try to cut back on both since 2012. About 1 percent of the population has celiac disease, estimates the Celiac Disease Foundation, but many more prefer not to eat gluten. Many ancient grains are naturally gluten-free, including amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, rice and teff.
“Some think that a grain-free way of eating is healthier and also better for the planet,” says food writer Maria Speck, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, author of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals and Simply Ancient Grains. “But that may be too simplistic, a characteristic of many diet trends.”
Better for Our Health
Whole grains fill us up and provide fiber, both necessary for maintaining optimum digestion and weight, says Kathleen Barnes, a widely published natural health expert in Brevard, North Carolina. Eating more whole grains has been previously associated with a lower risk of major diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, based on studies by the University of Minnesota and Lund University, in Sweden. Qi Sun, assistant profes-
Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible. 38
sor in the Harvard School of Public Health department of nutrition, agrees that whole grains are one of the major healthful foods for prevention of major chronic diseases. He’s the lead author of a new Harvard study of data associating consumption of whole grains with a 9 percent reduction in overall mortality and up to 15 percent fewer cardiovascular fatalities during two 25-yearlong research initiatives that followed 74,000 woman and 43,000 men. The researchers cited substituting whole grains for refined grains and red meat as likely contributors to longer life. “Whole grains are nutritional powerhouses, packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beneficial fiber and even some protein,” observes Speck. With a German father and a Greek mother, she grew up in two cultures where grains are a part of everyday meals. “We eat them because they taste good.”
Better for Local Farmers
Sourcing and eating more organic and GMO-free whole grains (absent modified genetics) can help support local farmers, Speck maintains. Choose barley from Four Star Farms, in Mas-
sachusetts; heirloom grits from Anson Mills, in South Carolina; quinoa from White Mountain Farm, in Colorado; or heirloom Japanese rice from Koda Farms, in California.
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Ancient grains require fewer natural resources to plant, grow and harvest. According to the Water Footprint Network, a pound of beef, millet and rice require 1,851, 568 and 300 gallons of water, respectively, to produce. Substituting grains in diets is a sustainable alternative to meat, and they grow on grasslands that now inefficiently support livestock. According to University of Cambridge Professor of Engineering David MacKay, it takes about 25 times more energy to produce one calorie of beef than one calorie of natural grain. Ancient grains can add variety and flavor to meals and a wealth of them are as close as the gluten-free aisle of a neighborhood grocery or health food store.
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by Maria Speck
t’s best to cook up a batch of ancient grains ahead on the weekend for use during a busy week. To inject more color and flavor, add a pinch of saffron to turn the cooking water golden, or cook the grains in pomegranate juice. Cooked grain keeps in the refrigerator for up to seven days, ready to enhance salads, soups, yogurt or desserts. Amaranth. The seed head of pigweed, amaranth can be baked into a custard or added to a soup. Grown by the Aztecs, iron- and protein-rich amaranth can be popped raw in a skillet like popcorn, and then added as garnish to soups and salads. Buckwheat. The seeds of a plant related to rhubarb and grown in northern
climates, buckwheat can be ground into flour for savory French crepes or simmered whole in soup. Quinoa. Grown at high altitudes, quinoa has become a popular addition to salads or yogurt, as well as its own side dish. Millet. A tiny, drought-tolerant grain, millet can be added to bread dough for texture or cooked as a healthy breakfast with toasted almonds and cardamom. Teff. From Ethiopia, the flour of this tiny grain is fermented and used to make the flatbread known as injera. Try a teff waffle with caramelized pineapple. Source: Adapted from Simply Ancient Grains by Maria Speck. natural awakenings
Cooking with Ancient Grains To make the soup, heat a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Swirl in the oil and wait until it shimmers. Add the onion and ¼ tsp of the salt. Stir occasionally, until the onion just starts to brown at the edges, about 5 minutes.
Buckwheat and Beet Soup 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 11/2 cups chopped red onion (1 medium) 3 /4 tsp fine sea salt 2 tsp minced garlic (2 cloves) 1 /4 tsp dried thyme 3 /4 tsp dried savory or 1/2 tsp more dried thyme 3 /4 cup raw buckwheat groats (not kasha) 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 cups raw shredded beets, preferably red (1 large or 2 small) 1 to 2 tsp honey 1 cup purified water (approximately) 2 tsp sherry vinegar, or more as needed Horseradish Yogurt 3 /4 cup whole milk or 2% Greek yogurt 3 Tbsp retail horseradish, with liquid 1 /4 tsp fine sea salt 1 /4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 40
Stir in the buckwheat groats and cook, stirring occasionally and monitoring, until the grains take on some color, about 2 minutes. Add the broth (beware of splatter), the remaining ½ tsp salt and the pepper and bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan. Decrease the heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the buckwheat is tender, about 15 minutes.
Yields: 4 servings
Photo by Erin Kunkel © 2015
Photo by Erin Kunkel © 2015
Stir in the garlic and the herbs thyme and savory, and then cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Watch closely, so as not to burn the pieces.
While it simmers, prepare the horseradish yogurt topping: Combine the horseradish, salt and pepper in a small bowl and beat until smooth using a fork. Season with more salt and pepper to taste. To finish, stir in the beets and 1 tsp of the honey and then add about 1 cup of water to reach a preferred consistency. Remove the pot from the heat, cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes until the vegetables soften. Add the vinegar and taste for seasoning. Depending on the beets’ sweetness, maybe add another teaspoon of honey and a bit more vinegar to balance it, and perhaps a tad more salt and pepper. The seasoning is forgiving because the topping will bring the flavors together. Ladle the soup into four bowls, garnish with a dollop of the yogurt topping and serve at once.
Cardamom-Infused Black Rice Porridge with Blueberries and Pistachios Yields: 4 to 6 servings Black Rice 3 /4 cup black rice 2 whole green cardamom pods 11/2 cups boiling purified water Porridge 1 cup half-and-half, plus more as needed 3 Tbsp maple syrup, or more as needed 3 /4 tsp ground cardamom 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 4 to 6 Tbsp pomegranate seeds, for garnish 3 Tbsp lightly toasted chopped plain pistachios, for garnish Start the rice the night before: Add the rice and cardamom pods to a large, heavy saucepan. Pour over the boiling water, cover and let sit at room temperature or overnight (or chill, covered, for up to 2 days). The next morning, make the porridge: Add 1 cup of half-and-half, the maple syrup and ground cardamom to the saucepan with the rice, cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Uncover, decrease the heat to retain a lively simmer, and cook, stirring once occasionally, until the rice is tender with a slight chew, 5 to 7 minutes.
Remove the pot from the heat, sprinkle with the feta and cover to allow the cheese to soften. To prepare the shrimp (or tofu), season them with salt and pepper.
Remove the cardamom pods, if preferred. Add the blueberries and simmer gently until they are warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes more.
Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over high heat until it shimmers. Add the shrimp. Cook, undisturbed, until the shrimp or tofu pieces turn golden, 1 to 2 minutes, and then flip them with a spatula and cook until the shrimp are just opaque throughout or the tofu has warmed through, 1 to 2 more minutes, depending on the size.
To finish, add ¼ to ½ cup more halfand-half to reach a desired consistency. Taste for sweetness and adjust with more maple syrup if needed.
Photo by Erin Kunkel © 2015
Divide between 4 to 6 breakfast bowls. Top each bowl with 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds and 1 teaspoon of chopped pistachios. Serve warm.
Greek Millet Saganaki with Shrimp and Ouzo Millet 11/4 cups purified water 3 /4 cup millet 1 bay leaf Pinch of fine sea salt Saganaki 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion (1 small) 1 clove garlic, peeled and slightly crushed 1 small hot green chili, minced (optional) 1 /4 tsp fine sea salt 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1 (28-oz) BPA-free can whole tomatoes, crushed in a bowl 1 /4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 /2 cup green pimiento-stuffed olives, halved if large 4 oz coarsely crumbled Greek feta cheese (about 1 cup), preferably made from sheep’s milk Shrimp 1 lb jumbo shell-on shrimp from a reputable fishmonger, deveined and patted dry (or substitute firm tofu, cut into bite-sized pieces) Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 /3 cup ouzo or other aniseflavored liqueur 1 /4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
To prepare the millet, bring the water, millet, bay leaf, and salt to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan. Decrease the heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
Add the ouzo and cook until it’s syrupy, about 30 seconds. Using a spatula, briskly remove the shrimp from the pan and arrange on top of the millet. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve at once. All recipes adapted from Simply Ancient Grains or Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, by Maria Speck, courtesy of Ten Speed Press.
Remove from the heat and let sit covered for 5 to 10 minutes. Uncover, remove the bay leaf and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, make the saganaki. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until it shimmers. Add the onion, garlic, chili and salt; cook, stirring frequently, until the onion softens and turns light golden, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until it darkens, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes with their juices and the pepper; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Decrease the heat to maintain a light boil and cook, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Stir in the millet and green olives. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust (keeping in mind that olives and feta cheese are typically salty). natural awakenings
Alyssa Milano’s Anti-Aging Secrets Her Natural Lifestyle Choices Keep Her Young by Gerry Strauss
lyssa Milano has grown up, and most of us have grown up with her. From her days as preteen tomboy Samantha Miceli on Who’s the Boss? to witchy woman Phoebe Halliwell on Charmed, the actress has been a vibrant, relatable and beautiful persona we’ve come to know via television. She was even named a UNICEF ambassador in 2004. Today, with a young family, her Touch licensed sports apparel line, and the wisdom that accompanies adulthood, her commitment to a natural, ecofriendly lifestyle has become another hallmark of her life.
and athletic. Tony would bring in a tap dance teacher and Judith a private trainer during lunch breaks. Being tutored on the set, I had no physical education classes or sports activities, so it was super-important for me to see how self-motivated they were to stay fit and in shape. Their example instilled a desire to take care of myself as an adult.
I think everything that you put into your body has a connection to how well we function in daily life. As a mom of two, eating organic is a priority; when organic is not an option, it’s about finding the healthiest accessible choices. I eat tomatoes like other people eat fruit and love papaya. I would put avocado on anything. I also like to cook with healthful herbs and spices like garlic and onions, which is natural for an Italian like me. We keep genetically modified foods out of our house.
As an advocate of breastfeeding, which benefits do you think are especially good for mother and child?
What connection do you see between eating organic foods and maintaining the energy level that your busy life requires?
Which fitness habits embodied by others have you made your own?
In my Who’s the Boss? days, Tony Danza and Judith Light were always active 42
What role does nature play in your daily life?
I love being outside in my organic garden three or more times a week. Also, the kids and I regularly head outside, which is an easy place to keep them happily and healthfully occupied without my having to jump through hoops.
In the beginning, a primary benefit is giving your child quality nourishment, including healthy antibodies and other goodies to support health. As they start eating solids, it’s still about maintaining that intimate connection until they’re ready to be weaned and you’re ready to surrender this last physical bond.
How do you balance family life with your acting career? It’s a hard balance for anyone, especially one who’s detail-oriented and a bit of a perfectionist, like me. The most important thing is to be in the
moment, doing the best I can every day. I’ve also learned to be kind to myself when I’m failing to do so or something is annoying me due to some unfortunate imbalance.
How do you and your husband keep both your friendship and love vibrant? We work hard at maintaining a good and healthy marriage, which can be tested in tough times. I believe that it’s vital to have the ability to laugh; you have to find humor in things, reminding yourself and each other that there is something funny in every daily activity, no matter how mundane or hard. When there’s no time to eat together or be intimate, shared laughter is an easy thing to achieve together. Done daily, it can only make the marriage stronger. We enjoy date nights once or twice a week when my parents take care of the kids. I’ll put on mascara and change out of yoga pants, even if we’re just hanging out together. Then we do little things like asking how each other’s day went and caring about the answer. We also look for ways we can help each other throughout the week.
What actions does your family emphasize in being stewards of the Earth? We try to be as eco-friendly as possible, including having lights on timers, conserving water and being kind to animals. I cannot stress how important it is to visit a farm and organic gardens and orchards with children so that they see where their food comes from. We can’t take good food for granted.
In addition to a naturally healthy lifestyle, what else do you credit for your enduring youthfulness? My secret is happiness. I’ve always said that as long as my laugh lines are deeper than my frown lines, I’m living a good life.
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THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP It Sustains, Nourishes and Supports Us by Judith Fertig
For a reason, a season or a lifetime, friends help us cope with challenges, motivate our best work and celebrate life. Friendships take many forms, crossing generations and self-imposed boundaries, and even spring up between unlikely confidants.
hildhood friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck collaborated on the Oscar-winning screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Fierce tennis competitors Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki like to get together for a gal-pal getaway after a major match. Country music artists Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood married following an 18-year friendship; “We had a lot more in common than I ever dreamed we did,” says Brooks. Rafts of research confirm how friendship enriches us. Carlin Flora, of New York City, spent years as a Psychology Today writer and editor before penning Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are. She notes that among the varied and perhaps unforeseen benefits, friendships can help us “shed pounds, sleep better, stop smoking and even survive a major illness.”
An ongoing, two-decade-plus study of nearly 1,500 seniors by the Flinders University Centre for Ageing Studies, in Australia, found those with a large network of friends outliving others with the fewest friends by 22 percent. The University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center also reports people with five or more close friends as 50 percent more likely to describe themselves as “very happy” than those maintaining fewer confidants. “Friends past and present play powerful and often unappreciated roles in determining our sense of self and the direction of our lives,” says Flora. “Even in a supposedly meritocratic society, friends give jobs and assignments to each other, so having friends that share your career interests and aspirations can get you much farther than you could ever get on your own.”
Make New Friends, Keep the Old Today, making and keeping friends can be challenging, due to distance, frequent life changes, overprotective parenting and substituting social media for more intimate face time. It all makes friendship more fluid than we might realize, says Shasta Nelson, the San Francisco founder of GirlFriendCircles. com, a women’s friendship matching site and author of Friendships Don’t Just Happen: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends, plus the upcoming book, Frientimacy, about deepening such relationships. “Most of us replace half of our close friends every seven years,” says Nelson. Although this might seem alarming, she considers it a natural ebb and flow. “We all need a couple of very close friends, while others that come and go might just be what we currently need—at work or school, among firsttime parents, in a new neighborhood, starting a job, in retirement or during some other life change,” she says. Canadian Greg Tjosvold, a married middle school teacher in Vancouver, Canada, has enjoyed great friendships with women, including his wife, partly because he doesn’t relate to men’s generally competitive nature and interest in sports. But when a close female friend moved away, he wanted to expand his circle to include men. He joined a group called The Barley Brethren that sample craft beers and talk about life. Although not into suds, he values “having a safe and enjoyable place to discuss deep issues, victories and temporary setbacks.” He admits, “That’s over-simplification, though.” Finding a group of men he can feel a part of has validated him, making this unique man still feel like one of the guys. Nelson categorizes the concentric circles of developing friendship as starting with a mutually agreeable acquaintance or contact, and then moving emotionally closer with someone that we find similarities with. Then the original bond can enter the confirmed friend category. A group of friends, like a longtime book club, can constitute a community. The highest level is the committed friend that has evolved into a trusted and valuable life companion.
Sarah Huntsman Reed, a medical counselor in Kansas City, Missouri, has such a lifelong friend. She met Doug Reed, now a pharmacist, when both were in their high school musical, Once Upon a Mattress. Reed had a great sense of humor, Sarah remembers. “He’s still the most honest yet kindest person I’ve met,” she says. Soon, their mothers became friends, too, and the two teens would pair up for family weddings. Then she went to college and married and he moved away; yet they stayed in touch through mutual friends and their moms, catching up in person when he returned to his hometown. Seventeen years after they first met, by which time Sarah was divorced, the two discussed taking their friendship to the next level and soon married. “It was a big decision to commit, because we knew so much about each other,” she says. “But we prefer each other’s company, and it was the best thing we ever did.”
Safety Net In trying times, friends can surround us with positive energy, says Madisyn Taylor, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the spiritual blog DailyOm, in Ashland, Oregon. “The people we love form a protective barrier that buffers and shields us from many of the world’s
Hallmarks of good friendship include staying in touch and being consistently positive and vulnerable, so as we reveal ourselves over time, we can be authentic with each other.
more crippling blows,” including receiving hurtful slights from others. How we make friends has been altered by today’s social landscape, which includes working parents and Amber Alerts. The days of children freely roaming their neighborhood discovering friends to play with are, unfortunately, over, says Jennifer S. White, a Toledo, Ohio, blogger and author of The Art of Parenting: Love Letters from a Mother. “My long-term friendships from childhood were all built around being neighbors and playing together just because we wanted to,” recalls White. With today’s safety concerns and work-life challenges, parents now set up playdates, a more structured, less organic way of fostering childhood friendships, and they must be proactive to ensure success. White has some misgivings about this modern-day approach. “When I think about that one little gleaming seed of truth at the heart of why, it’s often because I don’t think it’s fair that I have to be a popular ‘playdate mom’ for my kid to have some friends.”
Besties and Buddies
Automatic playdates—with siblings—often enhance family ties through lifelong friendships. Sally Ekus is a culinary talent representative in Florence, Massachusetts. Her younger sister, Amelia, is the general manager of Twitter Cafe, in New York City, and lives in Brooklyn. Both foodies have knife-and-fork tattoos. Sally is more into meal ingredients and preparation, while Amelia loves pouring wine and making sure everyone is comfortable. “Together,” says Sally, “we create total hospitality, from lavish Passover seders to Friday nights with friends.” She notes that her sister is the only other person who understands what the world looks like through the Ekus girls’ perspective. Some adults might never meet faceto-face, but become friends via social media. American Jamie Schler, co-owner of the Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, with her native-born husband, says, “Social media [especially Facebook posts] is how I meet and make personal friends and keep in touch on a daily basis. As an expat, this is important because I often feel far from family and friends natural awakenings
that understand me, share common interests and ideas and speak the same language—and I don’t necessarily mean English.” Her high-tech circle ranges from hometown pals to new friends in the food community and political forums. She raves, “It’s a place where I find them all at the same time!” Nelson remarks, “No one is saying Facebook should replace visits, nights out and phone calls, but in a world where most of us wish we felt closer to a few more people, it doesn’t hurt to use every tool at our disposal for creating connections.”
Everyone from contemporary scientists to ancient philosophers agrees that having strong social bonds is probably the most meaningful contributor to happiness. ~Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
He alone has the spirit of making me smile and touching me to the bottom of my soul. ~Joseph Haydn on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, fast friends and musical mentors Differences in age needn’t be a hurdle in forging friendships. Candelaria Silva-Collins, an arts marketing professional in Boston, attended area social gatherings where she regularly encountered a museum director and his wife. “They seemed like a fantastic couple,” she says, and began a friendship with the older woman, despite their being from different generations. “My friend teaches me a lot about being vital and vibrant,” she says.
Becoming friends with people of different ages, languages and social standing gives us a spiritual workout,
advises Nelson. With a master’s degree in divinity, Nelson views friendship as a type of health club in which we develop our empathy, forgiveness and compassion muscles through practice. “Friendships are the way we become better people,” she says. Furthermore, the process, especially with people unlike us, leads to a better world. “Being able to inherently care for people we know makes it easier to do the same for people we’ve not met yet,” says Nelson. World peace happens one friend at a time. Freelance writer Judith Fertig also blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot. com from Overland Park, KS.
How to Make Good Friends by Shasta Nelson
Three Necessary Ingredients
Both friendship and romantic bonds are developed when three things occur: We feel satisfied, which happens when an interaction has more positivity than negativity. We feel safe, which comes when we commit to consistent time with each other. We feel seen, which we experience when we practice revealing ourselves and expressing vulnerability. Hereâ€™s a formula for creating meaningful connections: Positivity + Consistency + Vulnerability = Frientimacy.
It usually takes most people six to eight interactions with someone new before they start feeling like friends. The sooner they schedule such occasions, the sooner the rewards. c Be open to making new friends. c Make the first move; repeat.
To keep a friendship going, remember that it has to have a positivity-to-negativity ratio of at least five-to-one. That means sharing five times more fun and feel-good moments than stressors that can range from disappointments and frustrations to jealousies. By definition, to be and keep a good friend requires that both parties bring satisfying positivity to the relationship. Source: Adapted from Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Intimacy by Shasta Nelson; scheduled for release in March. natural awakenings
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Friendship, a Sweet Elixir of Life by Linda Sechrist
riendship has inspired a plethora of popular quotes that circulate daily on social media. From, “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out,” to, “When it hurts to look back and you’re afraid to look ahead, look beside you… your best friend will be there,” the bonds of this coveted relationship are celebrated all around the world. While we obviously don’t get to choose our family members, we do get to pick our friends, who have been referred to as the siblings God never gave us. With an estimated 1,000 new residents per day migrating to Florida, the Sunshine State undoubtedly has many men and women that are looking to connect with their new potential new best friend. This month, Natural Awakenings takes the work and angst out of the search by querying local individuals about where to go to comfortably interact with possible BFF candidates.
a stranger amidst other strangers with whom she shared group dancing lessons. She bonded over time with with a woman from Toronto, Canada. “Tracey and I had one thing in common—our daughters. We eventually golfed with our husbands and stayed in touch via Facebook when Tracey returned to Canada. We even became grandmothers around the same time,,” says Marino, who now competes in local dance competitions. Deborah Mackerwicz moved to Naples from Boston. “I’ve connected with other dance students because we share the same passion for dancing, which creates a bond that leads to friendship outside the ballroom. Our group feels more like a family. We sometimes meet to dance at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on Sunday nights and a few of us compete together,” says Mackerwicz, who has developed a friendship with Marino.
Friends Beyond the Dance Floor
“Dancing is a great way to meet people and make new friends. Many individuals come alone to our studio, which is why we always politely ask, ‘Do you need partner?’ Sometimes people sign up for private dance lessons first, which means they get to come to group classes, social parties and open dancing sessions,” says Anastasia Wachs, coowner of Arthur Murray Dance Center of Naples. Two years ago, Mary Ellen Marino, a former Massachusetts resident, was 48
Anyone interested in exploring creativity in the way Charlene Orsine does, through painting, may find that becoming a regular at Vino’s Picasso, with locations in Naples and Fort Myers, could have an added benefit—making many friends. “Painting was a catalyst for finding many new friends and creating closerknit friendships with people I had known less intimately. I invited people to meet me for wine and painting and we never failed to share good times. We’ve supported each other through
weddings and other important life events and chat regularly on Facebook since we have all moved out of the area,” says Orsine. Vino’s Picasso owner Mercedes Price-Harry takes great delight in observing her customers—single, married, retired, young and middle-aged—engaged in the building friendships. She has also benefitted personally. “One of our regular customers became a close friend and my business mentor,” says Price-Harry, who notes that Meetup groups have sprung from relationships built at Vino’s Picasso.
Jenny Ciccone is an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) instructor/practitioner who holds regular classes at AHA! A Holistic Approach Center for Health & Harmony, in Fort Myers. The Sanibel Island resident organized and hosts a meet up group at the center, which she started prior to teaching there. The group, with a membership of 80 individuals, shares the intention of supporting each other in becoming more proficient at using the universal healing tool that can provide results for physical and emotional issues. “I continuously explore how to make the Meetups better for the community I describe as lovingly bonded and uplifting,” says Ciccone. Lisa Tomasi’s Meetup, Naples Living Foods Group and its Lee County counterpart, Fort Myers Living Foods Meetup gives 1,000 members monthly opportunities to socialize around events such as potlucks, movie nights, lec-
tures, and food demonstrations. “Many people have made friends during the 192 Meetups we’ve had since 2006. We’ve even had some matchmaking in the group,” advises Tomasi.
mere acquaintances,” says DeBoni, who made a friend that is currently helping him with some landscaping work around his house.
Florida Community of Mindfulness
Friends Beyond the Yoga Mat
Cindy Carfore, owner of AHA! has been watching a community of like-minded individuals grow before her eyes. “Our regular yoga students, who take classes from the same teacher, often stay after class and talk or they go meet at a coffee shop. One woman who comes regularly for chair yoga and massage calls this place her second home,” says Carfore.
A Community of Yogis and Yoginis
When Carla Lisaarla Olla, owner of Love Yoga Center, in Naples, moved to Florida in 2010 she was connected with only one person. “I knew that I could make friends at a yoga studio, so I designed mine with friendships and community in mind. Half my retail space has a sofa, ottomans and a coffee table. There’s always food there, and on special occasions, my mom and I cook
AHA! yoga teacher Sondra Dansby gathering with students after class a big spread for everyone. I’ve made lots of friendships within this community. We support each other’s events and activities such as the CSA that one of us started,” says Olla. Tom DeBoni practices at AHA! nearly every day. “When anyone develops an interest in an activity, occupation or avocation and pursues it avidly, they are bound to encounter others doing the same thing. Friendships naturally develop and become more than
Sean McCabe, a Naples resident, is a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness that meets Sundays at the greenmonkey yoga studio, in Naples. He is also a longtime member of an international organization, the Mankind Project (MKP), which asks men to confront the real issues and to get 100 percent honest about who they are. “Either place is a safe container that offers fertile ground for men with similar interests to meet and become friends,” says McCabe. Once the connection is made, it’s important to be courageous and invite new acquaintances to hang out, keep in touch and continue nurturing the relationship, so it can grow to the next level. Along the way to making new friends let’s also make sure to remember, cherish and celebrate the old and loyal friends that have enriched our lives and made us better people.
World Institute of Natural Nutrition by Linda Sechrist
hile some individuals believe in the idiom, “The third time’s a charm,” it’s highly likely that after a wildly successful first rollout of any entrepreneurial venture, the second time is far more likely to contain the magic of an even larger success. This is undoubtedly what lies in the future for the World Institute of Natural Nutrition (WINN). Founded by Danielle Perrault, Danielle Perrault a registered holistic nutritionist, this Fort Myers branch of the Canadian School of Nutrition, established in 1994, recently opened its online doors to welcome students in Southwest Florida and from all over the world. Showcasing food as medicine, the institute’s overall mission is to teach the principles of natural nutrition worldwide for the benefit of mankind. Perrault, who no longer teaches, wrote much of the curriculum for the Natural Nutrition program, consisting of 20 courses that include the sciences in addition to research and fundamentals of nutrition relevant to each stage of life. Currently, the institute is offering an introductory certificate course in Holistic Nutrition. This two-subject course consists of Fundamentals of Nutrition and Symptomatology I. “We create awareness. When students understand the role of macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, as well as the role of water in their diet, they begin to understand how some dietary habits can undermine health. These comprehensive courses frequently lead to an understanding of the important link between nutrition and preventive medicine. Often, students notice an improvement in their well-being, as well as in that of their family and friends with whom they tend to share their knowledge,” says Perrault. “Upon acquiring the knowledge from these two primary courses, students generally become interested in enrolling in our diploma program,” she states. “Upon completion and successful examination, they qualify for the professional designation certified holistic nutritionist (CHN), and are eligible to sit for the board certification exam through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP.org). World Institute of Natural Nutrition is located at 3403 Hancock Bridge Pkwy., Ste. 1, In North Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-599-2137 or 844-479-5177. Email Info@WinnOrg.com or visit WinnOrg.com. See ad, page 11.
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Functional Dentistry Connects Oral Health to Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease by Linda Sechrist
he focus of functional medicine—whole person health care—easily expands to include dentists trained in oral systemic health. Currently embraced by a small percentage of today’s farsighted dentists and doctors, this relatively new field of prevention and wellness views the mouth as a key portal when considering the status of the whole body. Similar to the way doctors of Oriental medicine assess the heart’s pulse to help diagnose health issues throughout the body, these systemic health dentists consider the gums, tongue, teeth and throat to be key signals of overall health. American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) Executive Director Bobbie Delsasso was a periodontal hygienist for more than 30 years before becoming a consultant and public speaker on the larger perspective. “I taught patients about the importance of good nutrition and alerted them to consult their physician regarding what their mouth health might indicate about
their body’s health,” she says. While the academy educates dental professionals to understand the internal workings of nutrition and what the mouth reveals about overall well-being, “Less than 6 percent of physicians even learn adequate basics of nutrition in medical schools,” she notes.
Cardiovascular Health Links
Beyond nutrition, academy curricula for dentists now include such titles as Arteriology and Vascular Inflammation – The Oral/Systemic Connection, based on a course designed for medical professionals by physician Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, co-founders of the Bale/Doneen Method for the prevention of heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Mike Milligan, a doctor of dental medicine, founder of Eastland Dental Center, in Bloomington, Illinois, and AAOSH president, explains that heart attack and stroke are triggered by an inflammatory process which can be initiated or exacerbated by periodontal
disease and abscessed teeth. Thomas Nabors, a doctor of dental surgery and an authority in molecular analysis and genetic risk assessment for periodontal diseases, provides clinical proof that supports the growing association between medicine and dentistry. “Since our inaugural AAOSH conference [in 2010], Bradley, Amy and Tom have continued to provide the current science and clinical backdrop to the oral/systemic connection to cardiovascular wellness,” says Milligan.
Respiratory Health Links
Other vital advances in oral systemic health involve treating airway concerns such as snoring and sleep apnea. “Snoring is typically caused by muscles and tissues relaxing in the throat and mouth, resulting in decreased space in the airway passage and vibration of tissues. Eventually, individuals can develop sleep apnea, which can also result in hypertension and other problems,” advises Milligan. In sleep apnea, the sleeper’s breathing pauses often or produces hypopnea, slowed or shallow breathing for 10 or more seconds at a time. Fewer than five episodes per hour is normal, with five to 15 considered mild apnea, 15 to 30 moderate and more than 30 severe. Although 20 percent of Americans may have sleep apnea—typically associated with insomnia, tiredness and less oxygen in the body—95 percent of affected individuals go
undiagnosed. To help, Milligan suggests that before going to bed we lower the thermostat in the bedroom and avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, watching television or working on a computer. Improved breathing helps assuage snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, hay fever and nasal congestion. Milligan cites Patrick McKeown’s work, explained in his book The Oxygen Advantage. An authority on the Buteyko Breathing Method, McKeown explains how improved breathing dramatically improves oxygenation, releases more energy and supports lifelong health and well-being. Muscle retraining using orofacial myofunctional therapy can help prevent sleep apnea and also abate temporomandibular joint disorders. This new field is concerned with orofacial functional patterns and postures when teeth are apart, their status 95 percent of each day and night. It also retrains muscles to keep the tongue at the roof of the mouth and the lips together to prevent breathing through the mouth, correct swallowing function and eliminate poor oral habits such as thumb sucking. Three mechanical treatments for sleep apnea include mandibular advancement oral devices used to move the lower jaw forward, a continuous positive airway pressure machine to aid airway functioning, or surgery, which is the last resort. “The real opportunity for catching and preventing this is with children 5 to 10 years old, when their jaws are developing,” says Milligan. He further cites links discovered between the mouth and brain. “Oral spirochetes, which normally live in the mouth, have been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Judith Miklossy, from the International Association for Alzheimer’s, spoke at an AAOSH conference about the link between oral bacteria and dementia, and Garth Ehrlich, Ph.D., professor of microbiology, immunology and otolaryngology at Drexel University College of Medicine, addressed rheumatoid arthritis and certain types of cancers. All of these links are more than enough reasons why good oral hygiene is essential to good health,” says Milligan. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.
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Lee Memorial Health Systems Offers Health by Choice, Not by Chance by Linda Sechrist
ince 2010, Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) in Fort Myers, one of the largest in Florida, has been investing in the creation of a wellness culture focused on prevention. Today, the motto, “Health by choice, not by chance,” reveals a lot about the accountability that 275 LMHS employees accepted when they embarked on a journey to health via the organization’s most successful program, the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP).
CHIP “This affordable, nine-week lifestyle enrichment program, initially implemented in 2012 only for LMHS employees, is designed to reduce disease risk factors through the adoption of better health habits and appropriate lifestyle modifications. The goal is to lower blood cholesterol, hypertension and blood sugar levels, in addition to reducing excess weight. This is done by improving dietary choices, enhancing daily exercise, increasing support systems and decreasing stress, thus aiding in preventing and reversing disease,” says Vice President of Health and Wellness Sal Lacagnina, who notes the results were so encouraging that the program, managed by Lee Health Solutions, a department of LMHS, is now offered to the general public through the Lifestyle Medicine Institute, in Fort Myers. “The original class of 30 LMHS employees and the second class of 50 who completed the program achieved significant improvements in blood pressure, lipids, glucose, weight and more. The participants were amazed with the improvements in energy and an overall feeling of wellbeing,” enthuses Lacagnina.
Healthy Life Center The Healthy Life Center, located in a storefront at Coconut Point, in Estero, is the first of its kind in Southwest Florida. The center offers information, as well as preventive and restorative health and wellness programs, and is staffed by personal health advocates and health guides. This destination makes it simple and easy for individuals to learn about 54
a variety of services and education that supports healthy lifestyles, early detection of disease, chronic disease management and much more. Visitors can take advantage of the center’s on-site wellness library, as well as the wide variety of classes, workshops, screenings and seminars centered on healthy lifestyle options. Staff members can help individuals navigate LMHS healthcare services and assist in scheduling appointments with area physicians and outpatient services, such as physical therapy and diagnostic testing. Wellness-based programs are scheduled daily at the location, which is open seven days a week.
Healthy Lee Healthy Lee’s efforts to improve population health with education and activities around healthy lifestyle choices that enhance health outcomes, as well as delivery, access or value for specific populations, were recently honored by America’s Essential Hospitals with the 2015 Gage Award for Population Health. What began as by convening 38 community leaders to help improve a health care delivery system and the health of residents now consists of a coalition of 300 organizations and a steering committee of 60 community leaders. In the ancient, 3,000-year-old practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the doctor was paid a retainer to keep patients healthy. If a patient became sick, the doctor would not be paid until the patient’s health returned. It appears that healthcare may be at very promising crossroads, moving from the model of sickness and disease care to that of wellness and prevention. Even in a global community, perhaps history can repeat itself. However, this time around, it appears that health for all is a significant part. For more information about Healthy Life Center hours and services, call 239-495-4475. Visit the full online calendar of events at LeeMemorial. org/HealthyLifeCenter. For information on Lifestyle Medicine Institute and CHIP, visit ChipHealth.com.
Effective Listening Practices
by Kay Lindahl
Our Wholehearted Attention Is Our Greatest Gift
Pay attention to the environment. Stop other activities to listen. Clear your desk. Turn off background noise or move to a quiet corner.
by Kay Lindahl
erhaps one of the most precious and powerful gifts we give another person is to really listen to them with quiet, fascinated attention and our whole being; fully present. Deep listening occurs at the heart level, and we must ask ourselves how often we listen to each other so completely. Such listening is a creative force. We expand, ideas come to life and grow and we remember who we are. It brings forth our inner spirit, intelligence, or true self, and opens up the space for us to thrive. Sometimes we have to do a lot of listening before another’s inner being feels replenished. Some people just need to talk and go on and on, usually in a superficial, nervous manner. This often happens because they have not been truly listened to. Patience is required to be a listening presence for such a person long enough that they get to their center point of tranquility and peace. The results of such listening are extraordinary. Some would call them miracles. Listening well takes time, skill and a readiness to slow down to afford time
for reflection and to let go of expectations, judgments, boredom, self-assertiveness and defensiveness. When two people listen deeply to one another, we sense that we are present not only to each other, but also to something beyond our individual selves; something spiritual, holy or sacred. Once we experience the depth of being listened to like this, we naturally begin to listen to be present with another. We notice what occurs when we interrupt someone and when we don’t. We watch what unfolds when another stops speaking and we ask, “Is there anything else?” Listening is an art that calls for practice. Imagine if we all spent just a few minutes each day choosing to practice the art of listening; of being fully present with the person we are with. Being truly listened to and understood yields a sigh of contentment and joy. Kay Lindahl, of Long Beach, CA, is the author of The Sacred Art of Listening, from which this was adapted with permission from SkyLight Paths Publishing.
Be present. Listen with an open, appreciative and curious mind rather than evaluating what’s being said. Put your own agenda aside. Stop talking. One person speaks at a time without interruption. Listen for understanding. No one is required to agree with or believe what they hear. Let empathy and compassion take the lead; put yourself in their shoes. Ask for clarification. It can help a listener understand what’s being expressed. Pause before speaking. Allow the speaker to complete their thought, and then wait a few seconds before responding. Also ask, “Is there anything else?” There almost always is. Listen to yourself. Inquire of your inner voice, “What wants to be expressed next?” Signal that they’ve been heard. Encouraging body language includes empathetic facial expressions, nodding and sympathetic postures. Adapted from The Top Ten Powerful Listening Practices on the author’s website SacredListening.com.
a child learns through yoga how to feel a sense of themselves and begins to understand their self-worth and stand tall in their power, they can begin to regulate their breath and their emotions.” These invaluable skills stay with children through adulthood.
Step into Yoga Together
Mindful Minutes for Little Ones Yoga Helps Kids Focus and Relax by Julianne Hale
merican kids’ school, after-school and weekend schedules now rival the hectic pace of their multitasking parents. Like their adult counterparts, youngsters need time to decompress from the pressures of life and be present in their own skin, and yoga provides the tools to accomplish this. Most adults take to their yoga mat to create harmony in their body and mind, increase flexibility and balance, build muscle tone and strength, and because it makes them feel great. These same benefits apply to children as their developing bodies and minds respond to yoga on a deep level, both on and off the mat.
Start with Watching Breath
“Breathing and mindfulness practices are important for children,” explains Mariam Gates, the Santa Cruz, California, creator of the Kid Power Yoga Program and author of Good Morning Yoga and the upcoming Good Night Yoga. “There is so much that children are not in control of in their everyday lives; to give them a way to physically process their experience, to self-soothe and find their own internal source of strength, is crucial.” 56
“Having kids experience simply paying attention to their breath as it comes all the way in and moves all the way out can serve them well in every area of their lives going forward,” says Gates. In the classroom, it transfers to learning skills benefited by the ability to focus. From toddlers to teens, children can have a difficult time processing and controlling their emotions, which are vital life skills. Carla Tantillo, founder of Mindful Practices, a Chicago-area wellness organization, has found that yoga and the practice of mindfulness help children express themselves in constructive ways. She observes, “In any situation, especially in communities where reactivity, impulsiveness and violent solutions are modeled, yoga empowers children to pause and take a breath so they can own what’s happened, move through it and move on.” “I like yoga because it makes me feel like there is calm all around me,” says 8-year-old Biko Cooper. Dee Marie, the Boulder, Colorado, founder and executive director of Calming Kids, a nonprofit program that integrates yoga into the classroom to foster a nonviolent atmosphere, says, “When
Educators are starting to take notice of yoga’s benefits for children, including those with attention deficit disorders or autism, but yoga practice is still rare among school-age children. As encouragement, “Make it fun,” advises Gates. “It’s essential to create experiences that feel accessible and enjoyable for kids. They must feel empowered to do it themselves and take over the experience.” Six-year-old Carmen Wheeler likes doing yoga with her dad. “Yoga gets me feeling strong and it really calms me down,” she says. Music can help children relax and focus during their practice. Soothing basic instrumentals are good to start; an Internet search for yoga music for kids reveals many options. Parents can assist by incorporating yoga into a child’s daily bedtime ritual. “Do whatever they are willing to do with them,” counsels Marie. “Start by lying on the bedroom floor, doing stretches and focusing on breathing. Then move to the bed and teach some relaxation and visualization techniques.” Marie cautions parents against insisting that their child’s yoga practice mirror their own. “We have to meet children where they are.” Adults think that yoga has to look a certain way, but sometimes children don’t necessarily want to do the postures we’re familiar with. The best teaching reaches each individual child in a way that resonates with them because yoga is a lifestyle, not an exercise regimen,” she says. Yoga novices and parents that prefer specific guidance can take advantage of local studio classes for children and families or use DVDs, online streaming services and instruction books. Kevin Day, age 5, regularly starts his days with a Boat pose. “I like it because you can do it with a friend,” he says. Lisa Flynn, the Dover, New Hampshire, founder and chief executive officer of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms, is optimistic about the future. “In 10 years, I envision social and emotional learning, yoga, and mind-
fulness integrated at every school and mandated by educational policy,” she says. In addition to improved physical, social, emotional and cognitive health and wellness of the students, teachers and parents, she foresees “a positive shift in the overall school climate.” Julianne Hale is a freelance writer and Natural Awakenings franchise magazine editor in Cleveland, TN.
Local Yoga for Kids & Teens BKS Yoga, 2900 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples; 239-213-9276, bksYogaStudio.com. See ad, this page. greenmonkey Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples; 239-598-1938, greenmonkey.com. See ad, back cover. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples; 239-272-6152, HouseOfGaia.org. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples; 239-325-9210, Monarch Wellness.net. See ad, page 30.
Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom by Julianne Hale
hen Scott Frauenheim, director of the Chicago International Charter School (CICS) West Belden, noticed that some students in his kindergarten through eighth grade urban classrooms were not fully engaged, he decided to focus the 2014-2015 school year on mindfulness for both students and faculty. He enlisted the help of Mindful Practices, a Chicago-based school wellness organization founded by Carla Tantillo. Using the strategies Tantillo recommends in her book Cooling Down Your Classroom, teachers were taught to involve students in mindful minutes—short bursts of simple yoga poses, breathing exercises and other techniques—to cultivate
mindfulness. The initiative proved to be powerful and helpful, explains Frauenheim. “Soon students were able to identify areas of personal need throughout the day and cultivate mindfulness within themselves using what they learned.” The program concluded last year, but CICS West Belden teachers and students continue to use designated time to practice mindfulness in the morning and as a classroom mental reset when they notice that students are distracted or unfocused during the day. Mindful Practices’ innovative programs have achieved similar success in other elementary, middle and high schools in the Chicago area.
ease into a renewed social life. According to a Northwestern University study, typical benefits include access to professional matching, a wider range of singles and better communications with potential partners.
ECO-FRIENDLY DATING Going Online Makes it Easier by Avery Mack
mericans are staying single longer these days. Instead of marrying in our early 20s like in the 1960s, today we’re more likely to be upwards of 27 before committing. Careers and family obligations are among the factors causing delays, allowing couples to learn what really matters before they walk down the aisle. “A good partner is someone that en-
courages you to be your authentic self,” says Jill Crosby, host of the online dating website NaturalAwakeningsSingles.com from Mount Shasta, California. “There are always some compromises, but similar core values and respect for each other make a good relationship even better.” Online dating isn’t just for the unmarried, post-college crowd. Widowed and divorced singles also find it a good way to
Dates can still spring from chance meetings, fix-ups by friends and family or workplace encounters, but these generally have the same success rate as finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Adding must-have characteristics such as an ecofriendly lifestyle might land an aspirant in the shallow end of the dating pool unless it is pre-screened by a conscious dating site. Discovering a potential partner via a dedicated online site enables members to refine their list of desired attributes versus deal-breakers, modifying their own profile accordingly. Elements of success stories usually include both prospects keeping an open mind while exploring a mutually compatible dating site. Honest communication is the most vital link in this get-to-know-you venue, but the goal is to meet, not become pen pals. When interest proceeds beyond onsite messaging, texting may follow, which tends to diminish fears of saying the wrong thing that could delay or prevent a more in-depth reply. Textpert, a free app that crowdsources text messages, comes to the rescue with suggested responses by other members to help anyone encountering writer’s block.
Long distance isn’t often a deterrent when love is right. A California vegan that spent four years on multiple vegan dating sites found her match thousands of miles away in New York through NaturalAwakeningsSingles.com. When an eventual first meeting is more than a quick coffee date, prior Skype or FaceTime chats can confirm that the photo is current and messages were more than pickup lines. “Technology has made a tremendous difference in price, accessibility and reach,” says Crosby. “Members now post selfies as headshots, shoot their own videos and can access potential matches anywhere in the world.”
Discerning Kindred Spirits
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find like-minded people. “Natural AwakeningsSingles.com is a safe place to talk about spiritual awakening without someone looking at you like you have three heads. I’ve met a number of people who speak my language,” says Sharmaine Monteith, a sales manager in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “When people care about the environment, it changes who they are and how they live. My profile maps my beliefs and my heart.” A University of Chicago study asked 20,000 people that married between 2005 and 2012 how they met. One third said online; half used another kind of dating service. Another telling statistic showed that those that met at work, in a bar or by blind date were 25 percent more likely to divorce. Researchers think this is because online daters know each other better before meeting. When folks fudge a bit in their profile, it’s mostly about weight and height.
Green Hot Spots
“It’s easier to find a vegan date in the produce aisle of the grocery store than at the beach,” advises April Masini, a New York City author of four relationship books and the AskApril. com advice column. “Whether you’re looking in person or online for dates, focus on the areas where you’d naturally find others who are green like you.” Community gardens, river cleanups and Earth Day celebrations spring to mind. Make a green impression by wearing clothing made of sustainable fabrics and offering a small gift of a fair trade item, organic chocolates or native wildflower bouquet. The choice of going to a locally sourced restaurant will include an eco-friendly ride to get there. A 2014 study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 50 percent of Americans over the age of 16 are unmarried—yet most believe marriage is extremely important. With all the people still looking for love, online meet-ups can dramatically improve success. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com. natural awakenings
Bird-Watching for Beginners Start with a Bird Feeder and Binoculars by Sandra Murphy
or those that love animals but can’t provide a home to a domestic pet, wild birds are just outside the window. Between 50 and 60 million Americans list bird-watching as a hobby. To start, all we need is a bird feeder. For safety and comfort, position feeders near a tree or bush at least 15 feet from windows. Scott Logan, an Audubon Society board member in Sherman Oaks, California, cautions, “Birds stay alert for predators. An unmarked window looks like an escape route. They won’t see the glass.” Products like Window Alert, a decal that reflects ultraviolet rays birds see but humans don’t, can prevent a crash. A book on local birds will describe the best food to attract them, whether residents or just passing through. Bluebirds love mealworms. Hummingbirds like floral nectars and orioles prefer citrus flavors. Cardinals and jays dine on sunflower seeds. Always provide unseasoned, unsalted seeds. In cold weather, also remember to hang homemade suet combining one part organic regular fat peanut butter with five parts organic, nonGMO (genetically modified) corn meal. Pour fresh water in the birdbath daily, change hummingbird nectar every three days and discard moldy seeds and old suet. Feeding year-round doesn’t interfere with migration, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca,
New York. Migration, nest building, feeding a new family and staying warm in colder weather require substantial calories. “American goldfinches are social and will stay to eat,” adds Logan. “Blue jays and titmouses are ‘grab-andgo’ birds.”
Join in the Fun
In Arlington, Texas, Cathy Stein, owner of EclecticDesignChoices.com, will participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count this year from February 12 to 15 (Audubon.org/content/about-greatbackyard-bird-count). “One easy resource for identifying birds is Merlin, the free app from Cornell Lab,” says Stein. “Take the bird’s picture, which is helpful in identifying details that can be overlooked or forgotten otherwise.” Merlin works like facial recognition for birds, comparing eyes, beaks and tails to species in its database by location (Merlin.AllAboutBirds.org). Audubon’s free app includes birdcalls (Tinyurl. com/AudubonFreeBirdApp). Jon Weber-Hahnsberg, a 12-yearold volunteer at the Dallas Zoo, and his seven-member team won last year’s statewide birding competition hosted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department by identifying 72 species in 12 hours. “Now I’m hooked,” he says. “Outside the city, there are snowy egrets, waterfowl, hawks and owls to see.” National wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are suitable birding sites for both
novices and pros. Here are some tips for beginners. Focus on big, easy-to-see birds. Sandhill crane tours are a hit in Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states (fws.gov/refuge/Mississippi_ Sandhill_Crane). Concentrate on birds that travel in flocks. Common redhead ducks migrate in great numbers to the Texas coast each winter (Tinyurl.com/ LagunaAtascosaBirdlife). Look for standouts, birds with characteristics that capture the imagination, like the speed of a peregrine falcon, large wingspan of a California condor or unusual color of Florida’s roseate spoonbills. (Visit fws.gov/refuge/ Cape_Meares and fws.gov/refuge/ JN_Ding_Darling.) In Maine, see puffins at the only colony that allows visitors to go ashore for a close-up look (MaineBirdingTrail. com/MachiasSealIsland.htm). Not a
I think the most important quality in a birdwatcher is a willingness to stand quietly and see what comes. Some people are very competitive in their birding. Maybe they’ll die happy, having seen a thousand species… but I’ll die happy knowing I’ve spent all that quiet time being present. ~Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Memoir
Going to the Birds
refuge, ownership of the island has been disputed for two centuries.
“Keeping a life list of birds you’ve seen, when and where, is not only fun,” says Nate Swick, author of the recent Birding for the Curious, in Greensboro, North Carolina. “It brings back memories of a time and place. Birding takes you places you wouldn’t think of. I’ve bird-watched in local landfills, as well as in India and Central America.” A particularly impressive sight was a shearwater, found 30 to 40 miles into the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast, a species that only comes to land during breeding season. “Each bird has an incredible story,” he says. “Migrating birds that arrive exhausted and hungry after flying hundreds of miles will often look for local birds like chickadees that act as the welcome wagon, showing where food, water and a safe rest area can be found.” Erika Zar, a catalog copywriter in Madison, Wisconsin, happened upon the nearby Horicon Marsh Bird Festival (HoriconMarshBirdClub.com/for-visitors). “Everyone seemed so meditative, hiking in quiet groups. It was peaceful,” she says. “Listing the birds they saw on checklists was like a scavenger hunt for adults.” Zar immediately bought binoculars, but soon traded them for a better pair. “Bird-watching opened my eyes to a new world right in front of me,” she says joyfully. “I’d just never looked or listened closely enough before.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.
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hris Santella, author of Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die, offers these top sighting spots. n Pointe Reyes National Seashore, California, is on a migration route between Alaska and Mexico and renowned as a resting spot for upwards of 500 species. n Tucson, Arizona, welcomes hummingbirds and exotics like the brilliantly plumed elegant trogon from the tropics. n High Island and Galveston, Texas, are the first stop for birds crossing the Gulf of Mexico.
n Cape May, New Jersey, hosts shorebirds year round plus it’s en route to Canada. n Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, in Chatham, Massachusetts, yields sightings of shorebirds such as plover, sandpipers and terns. n Prairie Pothole Region stretching from Iowa to Minnesota, Montana and the Dakotas is especially good for watching waterfowl. n Cleveland, Ohio, near Lake Erie, celebrates hundreds of species flying to Canada in May. “It’s great for anybody with a life list,” says Santella. “You can add scores of species to your list in one day.” In the fall, raptors migrate and Birds AndBlooms.com lists some of the best spots to watch hawks.
n Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, in Kempton, Pennsylvania n Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, in Sausalito, California n Hazel Bazemore County Park, in Corpus Christi, Texas n Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, in Duluth, Minnesota n Florida Keys Hawkwatch, Curry Hammock State Park, in Marathon, Florida n Cape May Hawk Watch, Cape May Point State Park, in New Jersey. As rivers freeze over, eagles migrate south to follow the food supply, often near dams where fish gather. During the spring thaw, they return north to nest. Prime Wisconsin eagle watching sites include Lake Pepin, Necedah Wildlife Refuge, La Crosse, Prairie du Sac refuge, Sauk City and Wyalusing State Park. Alton, Illinois, is also along the Mississippi Flyway for eagles. Florida eagles tend to stay year-round.
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The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am5pm. 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. Introductory Certification Course: Homeopathy for Self-Care – 6:30-8:30pm. With Homeopathic Doctor Brad Ferringo, ND, HD. Learn how to leverage a safe and effective tool for healing self and others. Also, learn how to boost immunity and prepare for the upcoming fall of antibiotics. Syllabus and certificate included. $75. Balanced Health Concierge, 10 Bald Eagle Dr, Ste B, Marco Island. RSVP required: 248-0455.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Introduction to Acupressure for Anyone Series – 6pm. With Alvina Quatrano. Self-care designed for the layman. Discover what acupressure is, where it comes from, how to do it and why, and what happens when applied. Series begins Feb 9. Moorings Professional Bldg, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. Register: 732-266-5276. See news brief, page 20. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls, which help to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Sacred Sounds/Music of Spheres – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Connect to your initiating spark that shines through the holistic resonance of the invocative gongs and grace-filled bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends. Bring pillow, blanket, mat. $20. Peaceful Escapes, 601 E Elkcam Cir, B-3, Marco Island. 571-5234. QuantumHealingSacredSound.com. Childbirth Education Series – 6:30-8:30pm. Fiveweek series begins. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices and more. Breastfeeding class
Integrative Relaxation-Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Nuture your body and mind and release stress from the source. Feel refreshed and empowered to tackle life’s challenges with new solution. Part of the Peaceful Mind series, with rotating teachers each week. $20/drop-in or $60/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Fee/register: 5940400 or NaplesBirthCenter.com. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Aleksandra Eifler guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Lunch and Learn – Noon-1pm. Making Every Minute Count, with Carol Marlow, MA. Gain some insight into managing your time better. Free with lunch purchase. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Deciphering Food Labels – 5pm. With Certified Health Coach Kristi Willems. Learn how processed foods can sabotage your weight-loss efforts; the top controversial food additives; tips to make label reading easier; and how to start with simple changes. $25/drop-in; multi-class discount available. DSigned Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-5249.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing,
Spiritual Development Circle – 6:30-8pm. With Rev Michelle Love. Utilizing proven methods the group learns and takes steps to develop spiritual awareness. For those that are exploring their natural abilities for healing, prophecy and spirit communication. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Light-TheWay.com.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Modular 200-Hr Teacher Training – Feb 5-7. Anatomy of Yoga, with Debi Grilo. This modular training system offers the flexibility to complete the 200-hour training at each student’s own pace and the opportunity to learn with multiple world-class teachers during six weekend modules. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. Bliss Night Out – 6-8pm. Holistic healing evening for eight special guests. Restorative yoga, crystal singing bowls, aromatherapy, healing touch and more. $25. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.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. Women’s Empowerment Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Tamar George, author of Reborn in Time. Tamar leads topics of discussion based on the group’s interests and the intuitive energies of those attending.
Group meditation will be facilitated. $20/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Spirit aLive Jam – 8-10pm. Move to and be moved by live music improvised in a vast range of styles as it encounters your live improvisational movement where there are no wrong moves. Dance to receive, release and renew. $10/person, $5/kids under 12 with adult. Arthur Murray Dance Center, 3339 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Early Morning Sadhana – 4:30-7am. With Dhanwant. A time of meditation, mantra, exercise and prayer to clear the consciousness, before the sun rises, when the world is still and quiet. Tea and light snack served afterwards. Cash donation. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Making Every Minute Count – 9am-noon. With Carol Marlow, MA. Identify time wasters and time savers, conquer paper piles, establish priorities and overcome procrastination and perfectionism. $35; $14/optional lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. North Olga Day – 9:30am-4pm. Community event for this reestablished area. Local businesses, craft vendors and food vendors. Jaws of Life demonstration by the fire department. Local U-Pick farm, animals, gem panning facility and field-to-table restaurant. 18672 State Rd 31, Alva. 313-8213. 31Produce.com. See news brief, page 65. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies of your health relating to digestive dysfunction, liver stress, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalances, lymphocytes, health of white and red blood cells and more. $50 includes DVD and takehome information. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778. Himalayan Salt Stone Hand and Foot Massage – 1-4pm, Sat; Face Massage, 9am-5pm, Sun. With Laurie Messina. CEUs available. $65/Sat, $150/Sun or $200/both. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Register: 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com. Yoga for Golfers – 1:30-3pm. With Lenore Bishop. Learn an effective and accessible yoga practice targeted for a golfer’s unique needs. Learn movements to use before, during and after each golf swing to create optimal performance on the course. $25 or $5 off by 2/5. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to layout 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 the ‘flower of life’ known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Remember the Power and Mystery of Your Forgotten Feminine Self – 2-5pm. With Christina Bronson, CCH, CRFC, life coach, spiritual teacher. Remember and explore the source of your
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Magic Bus Ride – 10-11:30am. With Jamie Shane. Utilizing pranayama and light kundalini-style movements, this workshop will help create a mind-space of exploration and expansion. Donuts will be served after class. $20. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com.
Health Education for Screening and Risk Assessment – 6:30-7:30pm. With Dr Ken Kochler, DO, Scott Francis, PA-C and Brad Frerringo, ND, HD (Can). Learn simple tools and techniques to identify your primary risks (present and future) with inexpensive yet highly advanced testing. $35. Balanced Health Concierge, 10 Bald Eagle Dr, Ste B, Marco Island. RSVP required: 248-0455.
Infinite Possibilities Workshop: Living the Life of Your Dreams – 11am-3:30pm. With Maggie Petraits. Also 2/14, 2/21 & 2/28. This four session course will explore and reveal the truths of the Law of Attraction based upon the book Infinite Possibilites, Living the Life of Your Dreams. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. BYOB Paint Session – 2pm. Customize your own beach hut in this Tween H2O class. BYOB (beer/ wine only) or try something from the wine bar and craft beer selection. $36 includes supplies. 15250 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 109, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953 or VinosPicasso.com.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Rockin’ Crystal Class – 2-4pm. With Beth BrownRinella. Learn about the power of crystals and how to use them to bring balance and healing into your life. Attendees will receive a bag of crystals and handout. $20. Goddess I AM, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949.
Intro to Wicca – 2pm. New series begins. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
Acupressure for Anyone Series: Seva I Self-Care Formula – 5:30-8:30pm. The first of an eight-part series. Required to move forward in the series. Pyramid meditation, awareness journal, history of acupressure and protocol, how energy moves in the body, Acupoint location and touch style, chakra tai chi, importance of self-care. $60. Moorings Professional Bldg, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. Register: 732-266-5276. See news brief, page 20.
The Seven Archangel Healing System – 3-8pm. Healer Elka Boren initiates this powerful Angel Healing System for your own development and to help others. Receive an initiation
Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls which helps to heal and open one’s
heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 2/16. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Menu Planning for Success – 5pm. With Certified Health Coach Kristi Willems. Learn how planning ahead can help one lose weight; how to save time, money, calories and stress; quick prep and cooking tips; ideas for planning for busy weeks. $25/drop-in; multi-class discount available. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-5249. Sleep and Wellness – 5:30-7pm. Presentation with neurologist and sleep specialist Jose Colon, MD, MPH, on the effect of sleep disorders on neurocognitive function, weight management and occupational safety. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregistration required: 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See news brief, page 19. Balanced Health Concierge Grand Opening – 6-8pm. Refreshments, activities for all ages, demonstrations and raffle for VIP membership. 19 Bald Eagle Dr, Ste B, Marco Island. 248-0455. BalancedHealthConcierge.com. See news brief, page 10. Art Reception and Community Night – 6-9pm. Featuring fine art works and artist reception. Live music by Alchemie, live street chalk art by Jane Portaluppi Durand. Butterfly card making with Susan Sholle Martin. Trunk jewelry show, community drum circle and community yoga class. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Mindful Parents – 6:30-8:30pm. With Jill Emmerich. Monthly workshop for parents of kids of all ages and levels of ability to come together, discuss challenges, problem-solve difficult situations, support and teach each other. $30/drop-in, $50/couple; clients: $25, $40/couple; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Guided Meditation – 7pm. Let the stress of the season melt away with a guided meditation. The group will decide which ones to use. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Reiki Master Class – 11am. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Receive certification and attunement. Prerequisite: Reiki I and II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Lunch and Learn – Noon-1pm. Growing Older Gracefully with Carol Marlow, MA. Learn tips on beautiful aging based on this upcoming workshop. Free with lunch purchase. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 2/18. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
Introduction to Personalized Nutrition – 6:307:30pm. With Dr Ken Kochler, DO, and Brad Ferringo, ND, HD (Can). Everyone needs their own personalized nutritional program. Learn the facts and foundational basics that can help one build a healthier future. $35. Balanced Health Concierge, 10 Bald Eagle Dr, Ste B, Marco Island. RSVP required: 248-0455. Practice, Practice, Practice – 6:30-8pm. With Rev Michelle Love. Structured guidance is given to practice and explore natural spiritual abilities of prophecy, mediumistic communication and spiritual healing with students and others willing to receive. Build spiritual contact and increase confidence. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Light-TheWay.com. Sound Therapy-Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With William Ward. Allow the healing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls in concert to soothe your soul and bring your body back into its original balance. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. $20/drop-in or $60/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Trager for Life – 6:30-8pm. With Silvia Casabianca, CPT, LMT. Adopt simple, effortless movements to ease your life. Prevent pain by applying Trager principles. Lesson joint or back discomfort with soft, effortless moves. Improve balance; enhance performance. For body workers and laypeople. $11. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Introduction to Eight-Form Tai Chi Tune-Up – 11:30-12:30pm. Intended for people who can easily walk without help, this series consists of a warm-up, a simple eight-form routine with variations, a subroutine of integrated movements and a cool-down. $75. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995 or AHA@AHolisticApproachCenter.com. Breath of Life/Music of the Spheres – 6:30pm. With Dana House and Linda. Conscious connective breathing, reiki attunements, percussive music and the sounds of gongs and bowls. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. $25. Prana Yoga, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. The Secret of Successful Relationships: How to Use the Law of Attraction to Draw More Love into Your Life – 6:30-9pm. With guest Cary Bayer. For couples and singles. Learn loving tools including, how to fall deeper in love with yourself to magnetize
others and create ideal loving relationships. $30, $50/couple; clients: $25, $40/couple; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Introduction to Oracle Cards –7pm. Learn how to select a deck, clear it, set an intention for it and the different draws one can do. Each card holds useful information that will guide all areas of your life. Also learn how to get the most out of the cards message. $25. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Valentine’s BlackLight Power Vinyasa – 7-8:30pm. With Kim Clayton. Practice with the community you love under the black lights to music all about the thing we can’t live without: love. For those who think “love stinks”, is a “battlefield” or “the sweetest thing”. $25. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan Gorny. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. $11 donation. Healing Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples. 980-3257. FireflyWithin.com.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Relationship Healing Workshop – 9am-1pm. With Reverend Michelle Love. What is a healthy relationship? Learn how to identify unhealthy patterns and learn healthy new ones. Also learn what to do differently in order to heal and have a healthy relationship. $75. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. RSVP by 2/12: 250-4710. Light-TheWay.com. Loving Sound-Inner Spa Day for the Mind – 9:30-11:30am. Immerse yourself into the vibrational healing of crystal and Tibetan bowls with William Ward. Release fears, past hurts and embrace love in all areas of your life. $30, $50/couple; clients: $25, $40/couple; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.com. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, Reiki, biofeedback, pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com.
Thyroid Seminar – 10:30am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-3106. See ad, page 21. Fascia Freedom – 1-2:30pm. Myofascial release, body mobility, injury prevention and healing with Tania Melkonian, YA. CEUs available. $35. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Register: 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.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, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free workshop and charts. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Restorative Yoga and Crystal Bowl Sound Bath – 2-4pm. With Susan Weinman. Immerse within soothing, deeply nourishing and healing sound vibrations resonating from crystal bowls while engaged in relaxing, restorative yoga postures. $25. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Valentine’s Singles Relationship Workshop – 2-5pm. With Nancy Buchanan. Learn what women and men want, learn your love language and your partners and how to understand each other; communication skills that work. $80 or $140/pair. Dinner buffet with wine afterwards for additional cost. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. CREW Valentine’s Eve Concert – 5-9pm. Headliner: Sarah Hadeka and Journey tribute band Chain Reaction. Valentine’s eve touches include fresh roses for sale and an auction for an on-stage “Sarah-nade” for a lucky couple. Proceeds support CREW Land and Water Trusts environmental education programs. $20/at gate, $15/in advance; $75/ VIP Café tickets include dinner, drinks and private table seating. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 657-2253. Tickets: CrewTrust.org. See news brief, page 11.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am & 1pm. With Cathy Blair. Expand into the new frequencies of this ever-changing time. Let the loving harmonics expand your soul into the new light codes to recalibrate, realign and move with grace and peace. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $10. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953.
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Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal Ceremony – 10am & 3pm. Both ceremonies include a champagne toast, full brunch or lunch, coffee, cake and desserts, dancing, socializing, photo, special gift and door prizes. $75/ couple; non-refundable donation. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. Preregister: 708-359-0466 or fjGreenwood@gmail.com. Eckankar Worship Service – 11am. Topic: What is Love? Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Restore and Renew – 1-3pm. With Jennifer Stevens and Melissa Nava. Enjoy a blissfully relaxing restorative yoga practice while a massage therapist assists in releasing stress and tension from the body in this deeply therapeutic workshop. $45/drop-in or $40 by 2/13. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. Tarot Class – 2-3:30pm. With Mary Alice Warren and Claudia Johnson. Learn basic to intermediate tarot skills every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. $25. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Jazz in the Garden – 2-4pm. Featuring The David T. Experience. Bring seating for concert and wear weather-appropriate clothing. No outside food or beverage allowed during special events; food and beverage available at Fogg Café. Members/free. $14.95/adults, $9.95/children (ages 4-14), three and under/free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. Tickets: NaplesGarden.org. Living with an Open Heart-Kundalini Workshop – 2-4pm. With Jessica Hesser. This workshop uses the sacred technology of Kundalini yoga to open, clear and balance the heart chakra, experiencing the infinite love within. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Share the Love! Local Market and Community Garage Sale – 2-5pm. Save money by finding treasures, trading, selling and supporting local business, craft, etc. Children’s clothes, toys, adult clothes, jewelry, crafts, art, all around the world items, up-cycling bags, household items and more. $25/vendor/garage sale space to support our nonprofit. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org. See news brief, page 11. Soaring Sacred Sounds – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls and ancient aromatic blends for helping, healing and transformation personal and planetary. Bring musical creative expression, mat, pillow, blanket. $15. Arthur Murray, 3339 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Introduction to Alignment Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. A five-week course with Brittany Speakman, E-RYT. Learn the correct body alignment and props for basic poses and the breathing techniques that relax the mind and body. Also, learn how to cultivate a home practice. $75 includes yoga block and course material. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995 or AHA@AHolisticApproachCenter.com. Acupressure for Anyone Series: Seva II Compassionate Service – 5:30-8:30pm. The second of an eight part series. Required to move forward in this series. Pyramid meditation, awareness journal and vocabulary of touch, opening and closing a session, acupoints and how to access them, bodywork exchange. $60. Moorings Professional Bldg, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. Register: 732-2665276. See news brief, page 20. Going Gluten-Free the Right Way – 6pm. With Dee Harris, RD. Refreshments provided. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. RSVP: HughesCenterNaples.com. See ad, page 87. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls which help to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Chakra Journey – 6:30-8:30pm. With Bethanny Gonzalez. A seven-month exploration of the chakra system, once a month. Meditation, movement and energy work along with daily affirmations will
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Chakra Balancing – 11am-5pm. With John Cartwright. Chakras are an energetic reflection of your physical and emotional health. They assimilate, receive and express energy from yourself and the universe. Transform harmful emotional energy into positive healing energy. $65/45 minutes. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Lunch and Learn – Noon-1pm. Release Your Creative Potential with soul coach and movement healer Gail Condrick as she explains the calling to be creative and four inner creative allies that everyone shares. Free with lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750
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open and heal the seven main chakras. $20/month. Goddess I AM, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Sound Bowl Meditation – 7-8pm. With Marc Wagner. Designed to clear, cleanse and balance all the energetic centers of the body, clear and balance the mind and remove all toxic energy that has accumulated. Experience healing sound massage and leave feeling refreshed and renewed. $25 or $5 off by 2/15. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Trim and Tone Spa Open House – 3-7pm. Choose one of the following free treatment demonstrations: Exilis Elite, Lunchtime Facial or Ultrasound Facial. Special savings for attendees offered. 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 20, Naples. 596-5522. TrimAndToneSpa. com. See ad, page 15. Stress Management and Self-Care – 5pm. With Certified Health Coach Kristi Willems. Learn how stress can affect weight loss and more; get better control over your schedule and life; simple ways to reduce stress and take care of yourself. $25/drop-in; multi-class discount available. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-5249. Save on Medical Bills – 6:30pm. Dr Gary Gendron, of Nutrition Specialists of Florida, will speak on Customized Nutrition without Expensive Blood Tests. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 947-1177. DoctorGendron.com. See ad, page 2. Transforming Through Life Support Group – 6:30-8:30pm. With Phoebe Houghton, LCSW, and integrative team. Monthly support to share the challenges of life. Discover the brighter side and lessons learned along the way. Experience healthy coping skills to lighten the load. $30, $50/two people; clients: $25, $40/two people; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Rune Casting for Beginners – 7pm. Learn the history, mythology and several methods for casting runestones; based on one of the world’s oldest forms of divination. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. Free. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Register: FBCNaples@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com. Archeological Kayak and Site Tour – 10am-3pm. With GAEA Guides-guided kayak nature tours. Learn about our ancient native Calusa civilization by taking a guided tour of the Calusa Heritage Trail at Pineland Site Complex, then paddle on the grass flats of Pine Island Sound. See a variety of wildlife. $70 includes equipment and entry fee/parking. Bokeelia. RSVP: 694-5513. All About Magick – 11am. Learn the basics of magick, universal laws, glamours, fascinations, spell works and sigils, as well as the dos and don’ts about magick, along with the prerequisites for making changes according to your will. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. ABCs of Yoga – 6-8pm. With Barb Stratton. This all-beginner’s class is a comfortable, safe and stressfree way to take the mystery out of yoga for first-time students of all fitness levels. $10. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. Health Education for Screening and Risk Assessment – 6:30-7:30pm. With Dr Ken Kochler, DO, Scott Francis, PA-C, and Brad Frerringo, ND, HD (Can). Learn simple tools and techniques to identify your primary risks (present and future) with inexpensive, yet highly advanced testing. $35. Balanced Health Concierge, 10 Bald Eagle Dr, Ste B, Marco Island. RSVP required: 248-0455. Spiritual Development Circle – 6:30-8pm. With Rev Michelle Love. Utilizing proven methods the group learns and takes steps to develop spiritual awareness. For those that are exploring their natural abilities for healing, prophecy and spirit communication. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Light-TheWay.com.
Transformational Breath-Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Carrie Sopko. Clear the subconscious and open to higher levels of consciousness and awareness. Release suppressions, repressions and old patterns permanently at a cellular level. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers. 20/ drop-in or $60/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. The God Show – 7pm. With Mark Kolack and the Ascended Masters. Live new age music by Higher Calling. Invocation, spiritual comedy, crystal bowl guided meditation, energy activations, downloads, dancing in the light. $20/love offering. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. The Modern Mystics Academy: 352-362-5417. MarkKolack.com. Sacred Healing Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Dona Matera, MA. Collectively connecting with universal life force is unifying, inspiring and healing. When receiving this rarified source of vital energy which flows through all of life, we are opening to its light and information. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Live Music Candlelight Flow Yoga Class – 7:30pm. With Girish. $25/in advance, $35/door. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 6929747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 64.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Ikebana Show and Exhibit – Feb 19-20. 9am-5pm, Fri; 9am-4pm, Sat. Naples Ikebana International #160 annual show. Enjoy the display of Japanese art of flower arranging that emphasizes form and balance. Members/free. $14.95/adults, $9.95/children (ages 4-14), 3 and under/free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. NaplesGarden.org. Modular 200-Hr Teacher Training – Feb 19-21. With Debi Grilo. This modular training system offers the flexibility to complete the 200-hour training at each student’s own pace and the opportunity to learn with multiple world-class teachers during six weekend modules. Start your training now and live your practice. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 5981938 or greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule.
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Health, Illness and Cultural Competence – Noon-6pm. With Silvia Casabianca, LMHC. Assess behaviors, attitudes and beliefs about how body, health and illness impact intervention outcomes. Differentiate conventional, complementary, alternative medicines, folk healing practices. Identify communication patterns preventing open disclosure from clients. $65. 6 Fl CEUs. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Jean Shinoda Bolen Event Fundraiser – Feb 1921. Compass for Activism on the Path with Heart. Includes wine, tea and cheese reception. Lecture Friday night, Saturday workshop and lunch. Sunday temple Artemisia Healing Circle and light lunch (Bolen will not be present on Sun). $250. Happehatchee, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. See article, page 24. Proof of Heaven: Journey of Science, Spirit and Sound Workshop – 5pm, presentation and VIP reception; 7pm, workshop. With Eben Alexander, MD, best-selling author, and Karen Newell. VIP reception: $125 includes finger foods, refreshments and special seating; workshop only: $50/ticket. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. See ad, page 63. Moonshine and Music – 5-7pm. 80th anniversary celebration kicks off with musical entertainment with Bill and Lester Piper, light refreshments, animal encounters and other fun surprises. $15/members, $25/members. Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Advance tickets by 2/17 only: 992-2591 or EvergladesWonderGardens.com. See news brief, page 10. 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. Brain Health for All Ages – 7pm. Live with Dr Bill Sears, who has been advising busy parents on raising healthier families for more than 35 years and author of more than 30 bestselling books. Free. Embassy Suites, 10450 Corkscrew Commons Dr, Estero. 287-6254. Tickets: bit.ly/1LOKQlj. See news brief on page 18 and ad on page 71. Guided Meditation – 7pm. Let the stress of the season melt away with a guided meditation. The group will decide which ones to use. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Sacred Sound/Sacred Space – 7-9pm. With Dana House. Connect to the divine spark within through the energies of the grace-filled gongs and the blissful bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends to enhance your powers of creative expression and manifest your greatest potential. Bring mat, pillow, and blanket. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. Kirtan with Girish – 8pm. $25/in advance, $35/ door. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 64.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Everglades Wonder Gardens 80th Anniversary Celebration – Feb 20-21. A family fun day featuring activities for kids of all ages. Animal encounters, visiting critters from Bird Gardens of Naples, face painting, anniversary-themed coloring sheets, period
games popular in 1936 and a visit from the flamingo mascot. Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 992-2591. EvergladesWonderGardens.com. See news brief, page 10. Everglades Ultras Race – 6am, 50 mile race; 7:30am, 50 kilometers; 9am, 25 kilometer race. Off-roadrunning race through cypress swamps, grasslands and wooded areas. Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, 137 Coast Line Dr, Copeland. Register: 954-439-2800 or EvergladesUltras.com. See news brief, page 16. Growing Older Gracefully – 9am-noon. With Carol Marlow, MA. Find meaning in life and achieve a grateful attitude. Recognize sabotaging messages and behaviors. Understand the Blue Zone Project and identify the factors that lead to longevity. Create a future full of promise and hope. $35; $14/optional lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. Art, Life and Spirituality: An Interactive Experience – 10am-noon. Josè Marìa Castillo will create an oil sketch to demonstrate the oneness of art, life and spirituality. Begins with a short guided meditation, then, Castillo will ask for a volunteer and create an oil portrait during the discussion. $25 donation; $20/ members and students. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. Register: 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. See news brief, page 22. Anastasia System of Psychic Development Level I – Feb 20-21. 10am-5pm. With Laurie Barraco. More than 70 hours of in-person instruction divided into six courses. Upon completion, students will be capable of psychic readings and using the skills as a foundation to take control of and improving one’s life. $250. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Family Constellations Workshop – 10am-5pm. With Tobey Burton, MS and coach Rhonda Shladand. Identify unconscious limiting emotional and family patterns and live a healthier, more fulfilled life. Break free from past entanglements finding new ways of giving/receiving love. $75. 6 Fl CEUs. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. See news brief, page 14. Spiritual Discussion – 11am. Group discussion. Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. 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. Crystal and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will be demonstrated using the “flower of life” pattern also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. Register: 939-2769.
Stone Jewelry Wire Wrapping – 2-4pm. With Terry Ganley. For beginners. $25. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Day of Mindfulness – 9:30am-3pm. With Sylvia DiLorenzo and Paulette Grotrian. An all-day retreat based on the Jon Kabat-Zinn model includes guided sitting, walking and loving kindness meditations and mindful eating. A day of self-care and healing. $45 includes lunch. Pelican Preserve Town Center, Ft Myers. Register: 768-1458. YogaWithSylvia.net. The Dance of Archetypes for Creatives – 1-4pm. With Gail Condrick, soul coach and movement healer. Three-part series. Explore the archetypal artist, visionary and teacher through creative dance movement, journaling and revelations to honor the talents and unique gifts one offers. $60 or $150/series. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Painting Session – 2-4pm. Paint the massive Mysore fig tree that sits along the Caloosahatchee River at the Edison and Ford winter estates with Vino’s Picasso. Cash bar includes bellini, mimosa, wine and beer. $70 includes all materials and entry to the grounds. 2350 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 288-6953. VinosPicasso.com. See news brief, page 23.
DameDè. A light kundalini class consisting of physical warm-ups, kriya and mantra, followed by the sound therapy of the gong. $25. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 4-7pm. With GAEA guides. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee River and on wild creeks with thousands of birds preparing to roost for the night. Watch the sunset and moonrise. $40 includes equipment and a Florida master naturalist guide. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. GAEAGuides.com. Recovery Yoga – 5:30-7:30pm. With Y12SR certified Michelle Falco. Combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Suitable for trauma, loss, addictions (substances, food, gambling, etc) and other emotional challenges. Stay for Candlelight Yoga afterward. Donation. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.net. 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. Prana Yoga, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 5715234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
Teacher Training Graduation Celebratory Class – 2-3:30pm. Special complimentary community class to celebrate our newest teacher training group. Experience the excitement of the participants as they co-teach a powerful class full of love and fun. Congratulate them on their accomplishment and share their joy. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey.com.
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Full Moon Celebration – 5:30pm. 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 going to wildlife rescue. Horizon Way public beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N off Park Shore Dr, Naples. 398-3953.
missing is sand between your toes in this fun Crab Bake session. BYOB (beer/wine only) or try something from the wine bar and craft beer selection. $36 includes supplies. 15250 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 109, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953 or VinosPicasso.com.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Acupressure for Anyone Series: The Great Central – 5:30-8:30pm. Pyramid meditation, discussion of the spine and energetic movements through it, chakra tai chi, finding acupoints in formula and chakras, bodywork exchange. Prerequisite Seva I and II. $60. Moorings Professional Bldg, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. Register: 732-2665276. See news brief, page 20. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls which helps to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Embracing Your Authentic Self – 6:30-8:30pm. With Beth Brown-Rinella. An ongoing class for those who seek to uncover their own magic within. Guided meditation, journaling and looking at yourself with new eyes will help to bring deeper understanding and strength to your life. Goddess I AM, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Receive certification and attunement. Prerequisite: Reiki I and II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
Full Moon Yoga for the Arts – 7-8pm. A night of yoga under the light of the full moon on the Young Plaza at the von Liebig Art Center. All levels. $5; all proceeds benefit the Naples Art Association. 585 Park St, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/ naples-schedule.
chimes, flutes, kirtan chanting, singing and more. Breath work and gentle stretching may be included. $15-$20 donation. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Register: 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com.
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Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org.
Naples Orchid Society Orchid Show and Exhibit – Feb 27-28. 9am-5pm. In addition to stunning flowering orchid displays, the show includes vendors with a large selection of blooming plants and orchid supplies. Members/free. $14.95/adults, $9.95/children (ages 4-14), three and under/free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. NaplesGarden.org.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Change Your Life Seminar – 6:30-8pm. Positive Thinking Will Never Change Your Life, But This Seminar Will, with David Essel, MS. Learn the steps to be successful in all areas of life: money, love, weight loss, dealing with grief and more. Free. Hyatt Hotel, Coconut Point Rd, Estero. 941-266-7676. TalkDavid.com. See ad, page 51. Free to Laugh – 6:30-8pm. With Jill Emmerich and Michelle Falco. Learn to cope with everyday life challenges through laughter and positive mindfulness. Manage stress through movement, breathing exercises, humor and positive laughirmations. Sponsored by Monarch Therapy and the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Free. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Healthy Living with Type 2 Diabetes – 6:30-8:30pm. With Mary Ann Whalen, LCSW and Michelle Falco, RYT, certified holistic nutritionist. Develop a healthier lifestyle and gain support from others. Monthly group discussion and educational topics include improving your diet and implementing physical activity into your routine. $30/drop-in, $50/two people; clients: $25, $40/ two people; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. All About Magick – 7pm. Learn the basics of magick, universal laws, glamours, fascinations, spell works and sigils, as well as the dos and don’ts about magick, along with the prerequisites for making changes according to your will. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Emotional Intelligence - The Power of Emotion – 9am-noon. With Claudia A Monte, CAM Consulting Group, LLC. Learn how to strengthen your emotional intelligence to better manage your inner self and dynamics with others. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 2/21: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating Disease with Diet – Noon & 5:30pm. With international nutritional speaker Michael Greger, MD. Part of the Healthy Lee initiative. Discussion on the role nutrition plays in preventing, treating and reversing disease and practical advice on how to feed yourself and families using better nutrition. Free. Heights Center, 15570 Hagie Dr, Ft Myers; 5:30pm - Lee County District School Board Office, 2885 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. RSVP desired location: 424-3234. See news brief, page 18. Rune Casting for Beginners – 2pm. Learn the history, mythology and several methods for casting runestones; based on one of the world’s oldest
forms of divination. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. With reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to practitioners, general public. Listen to the body to regain body wisdom; experience a soothing hands-on treatment, practice meditation. Distant healing by request. Tea potluck. Contributions welcome. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Practice, Practice, Practice – 6:30-8pm. With Rev Michelle Love. Structured guidance is given to practice and explore natural spiritual abilities of prophecy, mediumistic communication and spiritual healing with students and others willing to receive. Build spiritual contact and increase confidence. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Light-TheWay.com. Introductory Certification Course: Homeopathy for Self-Care – 6:30-8:30pm. With Homeopathic Doctor Brad Ferringo, ND. Learn how to leverage a safe and effective tool for healing self and others. Also learn how to boost immunity and prepare for the upcoming fall of antibiotics. Syllabus and certificate included. $75. Balanced Health Concierge, 10 Bald Eagle Dr, Ste B, Marco Island. RSVP required: 248-0455. Mayhem and Bottle Rockets – 7-9pm. An evening of storytelling with Bil Lepp, King of the Tall Tale. International star of the storytelling world featured at the National Storytelling Festival, in Jonesborough, TN. Recipient of Storytelling Circle of Excellence award. Five-time winner of the West Virginia’s Liars’ Contest. $15. Alliance For The Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Tickets: 939-2787. ArtInLee.org. See ad on page 73 and news brief on page 21.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Yoga for Golf – 2-4pm. With Barbara King. An afternoon of yoga poses and sequences specifically designed to help your golf game, mixed with champagne, sweet treats and a trunk show with jewelry designer Stacy Vermylen. $30. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Tribute Band Concert – 6-9:30pm. Featuring The US Stones: a tribute band concert to the Rolling Stones. Bring seating and wear weather-appropriate clothing. No outside food or beverage allowed; food and beverage available at Fogg Café. Garden members: $9/adult, $5/child; nonmembers: $17/adult, $7/child. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. Tickets: NaplesGarden.org. Sacred Sound Meditation Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. A variety of sacred sound therapy instruments will be introduced including crystal singing bowls, gongs,
Holistic Holiday at Sea – Feb 27-Mar 5. Experience seven nights on the MSC Divina, one of the mot ecologically friendly and elegant cruise liners on the seas. Bask in gracious Italian hospitality and service while enjoying inspiring lectures and vegan natural foods. Departs from Miami. 877-844-7977. HolisticHolidayAtSea.com. Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, Reiki, biofeedback, pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Flow for Bros – 1-3pm. With Gus Komninos. Flow workshop with resident Brogi geared around the male perspective of yoga. Explore breath work, poses and their physical benefits, then a heated power class. Bring your buddy, father, brother, husband. $45 or $70/BroGo (you & your bro). 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey.com.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Tarot Class – 2-3:30pm. With Mary Alice Warren and Claudia Johnson. Learn basic to intermediate tarot skills every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. $25. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29 Love Yourself Inside and Outside – 5:30-7:30pm. Learn how to make the best food choices, implement stress relief habits, boost immune system and look fabulous without Botox. Light hors d’oeuvres, organic fruit and green tea will be served. $25/person; receive $50 gift certificate. Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 302, Naples. Preregister: 3318266. PurelyYouSpa.com. See news brief, page 16.
plan ahead TUESDAY, MARCH 1 Acupressure for Anyone Series: Harmony and Balance – 5:30-8:30pm. Pyramid meditation,
awareness journal, balance in nature yin/yang, touch style review, harmony self-care balancing formula, harmony balancing formula, nervous system release, deep relaxation release, bodywork exchange. Prerequisite necessary. $60. Moorings Professional Bldg, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. Register: 732-266-5276. See news brief, page 20.
the human fabric that has bound the limitless spirit for lifetimes, reawaken the extraordinary potential within for personal and planetary evolution. $250 before 2/26. Naples. Info: 289-2049. Register: SoulFocusedHealing.com. See news brief, page 18.
Sacred Sounds/Music of Spheres – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Connect to your initiating spark that shines through the holistic resonance of the invocative gongs and grace-filled bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends. Bring pillow, blanket, mat. $20. Peaceful Escapes, 601 E Elkcam Cir, B-3, Marco Island. 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
Heart, Hands and Healing Art – 1-4pm. With Vicki Wagoner. Begins with meditation and a blank canvas, and when the session is over, create your own masterpiece using paints and your hands. During the viewing of each painting, messages are revealed that were created subconsciously during the process. $65. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995 or AHA@AHolisticApproachCenter.com.
THURSDAY, MARCH 3 Magic Under the Mangroves – 5:30-9:30pm. This elegant, eco-chic gala event is the key source of revenue for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and fund a need. Sustainable seated dinner provided by Windows Catering. 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. RSVP: 403-4218. Conservancy.org. See news brief, page 11. The Power of Sisterhood: Women Empowering Women – 6-9pm. A night of fun, fashion, pampering, photography, silent auction, sweet treats hors d’oeuvres and more to benefit The Shelter For Abused Women and Children. Tickets: $60/donation. The Colosseum, 2059 E Tamiami Tr, Naples. Tickets: 595-2080.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5 The Art of Mastery and Ascension Training – Mar 5-6. 10am-5pm. With Deborah Mills, of the School of Healing and Enlightenment. Mastery is a state of living from the divine within the heart. By releasing
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THURSDAY, MARCH 17 Private Channeling – Mar 17-18 & 21. Rae Chandran channels symbols for healing and transformation. Through these tones, Chandra facilitates shifts in your DNA to manifest to a higher frequency to manifest your life’s purpose. $200/one-hour session. Unity of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. Susan Winters: 340-1036 or email@example.com. See news brief, page 13.
28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. Susan Winters: 340-1036 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See news brief, page 13. The Medical Impacts of Eating Genetically Engineered Foods Seminar – 4-7pm. With David Perlmutter, MD, and Jeffery Smith. Reception following seminar. $20 includes Dr Perlmutter’s video on the microbiome and Genetic Roulette movie ($50 value). Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 480-255-0604. ResponsibleTechnology.org/events. See news brief, page 14.
SATURDAY, APRIL 2 The Food & Thought Healing Freedom Summit – Apr 2-3. The summit will shed light on alternative healing, as well as the need for regeneration in our current corporate-dominated agricultural system. Celebrate healthy, sustainable living at this second annual event. 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-2222. FoodAndThought.com. See ad, page 10.
SUNDAY, APRIL 3 YogaCAN – A community yoga class to benefit the Cancer Alliance of Naples. Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd N. 598-1938.
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SATURDAY, MARCH 19 Rae Chandran Workshop/DNA Activation – Mar 19-20. 1-6pm, Sat; 1:30-6:30pm, Sun. Author Rae Chandran has been on the path of self-discovery for more than three decades and through the awakenings and understandings he has had over these years, he will share these truths. Sat: $150/workshop; Sun: $250/DNA Activation. Unity of Bonita Springs,
The Total Health Retreat – Apr 23-30. Learn from leading scientists, medical authorities and chefs how and why to transition to a whole food, plant-based diet while having a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation. Keynote speakers: Dr T Colin Campbell and Dr Caldwell B Esselstyn. Gran Ventana Beach Resort, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. 800-439-1052. GlobalRoots.net. See ad, page 70.
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Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com. Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. Prayer and meditation with Rev Joyce Heist. Reading and discussion based on Basic Principles of the Science of Mind. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 516-909-7624.
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.
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.
David Essel Alive – Get inspired. Join the archived national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra. Tune in 24/7 at DavidEssel.com.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org.
Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks – 9am5pm. Thru 4/10. One-of-a-kind creations built with thousands of LEGO bricks dispersed throughout the garden. Members/free, $14.95/adults, $9.95/ children (ages 4-14), free/3 and under. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 6437275. NaplesGarden.org. Guided Tour, Organic Lunch and Spa – MonFri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am and 2pm, guided tour, $15; 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Tue-Sun: organic spa by appointment. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Yoga in Nature – Tue-Sun. Multilevel yoga classes mornings and evenings. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Happehatchee.org.
sunday Yoga – 7-8am. Gentle, all levels yoga class in the historic, utopian settlement of the Koreshans. $5 donation; free park admission. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311.
that helped establish Estero. $2/adults, $1/children under six. Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Silent Meditation – 10-11am. Meets weekly. Basic instruction on meditation postures and walking meditation for beginners the last Sunday of the month, 9-9:45am. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Yoga in the Garden – 10-11am. With Susie Lentz. Practice in the great outdoors surrounded by beauty of the Naples Botanical Gardens on the Kapnick Caribbean lawn. $10/members; $20/nonmembers. 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. NaplesGarden.org. River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history habitat and habits. $55 includes equipment
Gentle Yoga for Discovering a Path to Peace – 10:30noon. With Renee Newell. Through gentle yoga and stretching, learn to move with awareness and less effort, to be more and do less. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. ‘Pinch’ of History – 11am. Koreshan bread recipes are prepared on historic Dutch oven and woodburning stove at the Cast Iron Café. Free with park admission. Koreshan State Historical Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Intuitive Consultations and Energy Healing – 11am-4pm. With Patrick Giordano. Psychic readings, mediumship, reiki healing and sound therapy. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. 301-0655. Ashtanga Yoga: Full Primary Series – 11:30am. A set sequence of postures as taught by the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. 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.
Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Complimentary Community Yoga – 9am. 1st Sun. With Bobbie Lee. Free. Tailor Made Fitness, 675 Piper Blvd, Ste 2, Naples. 777-0186. BLeeGruninger@comcast.net. Unity of Ft Myers – 9:15am & 11am services. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister. Susie Hulcher, music. Youth ministry. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org. Historic Koreshan Settlement Guided Tour – 10am. Walk the grounds of the utopian community
Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Drum and Dance Circle – 6-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or just listen. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Candlelight Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle and meditative practice lit by candles. For beginners or those looking for some quiet time to focus inward. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net.
monday Peaceful Mind Tai Chi/Qigong – 9am. With Dave Kelley. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 825-7566. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. Gentle chair yoga utilizing one or two chairs rather than a mat. $10; packages available. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995 or AHA@AHolisticApproachCenter.com. Mindful Movement for Everyone – 9:30-10:45am. With Dona Matera, MA. Qigong, yoga, walking meditation and conscious breathing. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Beachcombing and Shelling Lecture – Thru April. 10-11am. Join a naturalist to learn why and what you find on the beach. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita. FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org. Yoga for Anxiety – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class for all levels. Calm your body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills.
$15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net.
tation with John Francis. Based on the teachings of yogi Amrit Desai. Love offering. Unity of Naples Bookstore, 2000 Unity Way. 825-7441.
Yoga on the Lawn – 4:30pm. $5/members, $8/nonmembers. The Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Info: Sarah: 825-0126. Register: GulfShoreYoga.com.
Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
Cooperative Caterpillar Kids Club – 4:305:30pm. With Jill Emmerich. Build social and communication skills. Practice getting along better with others, sharing, taking turns, following directions, healthy expression of emotions. Ages 4 and up. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Sunset Beach Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. With Sue Rokela. All-levels. Visit greenmonkey Facebook page for weather cancelations. $5 plus park entry fee. Proceeds benefit the Friends of DelnorWiggins Pass State Park. 11135 Gulfshore Dr, parking area 3, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule. Chakra Color Meditation – 6-7pm. With Lulu Carter. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Meryl Sykes. Vinyasa yoga class, no experience necessary. $20/class, $90/ five class pack, $150/10 class pack. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 646226-1471. Meryl@RouteYoga.com. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. ACAIntergroup.org. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($30). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. firstname.lastname@example.org. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Yoga Nidra – 7pm. 2nd & 4th Mon. Guided medi-
Guided Meditations – 7-8pm. With JoAnne Lawrence. Two guided meditations and a teaching on the way of inner peace. Chairs provided; BYO meditation cushion. $10/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Gurdjieff/Ouspensky Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org. Hatha Yoga – 7-8pm. With Meryl Sykes. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org. Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 7-8:30pm. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. email@example.com. Crystal Bowls Meditation Class – 7:30pm. With William Ward. A guided meditation with healing energies of the crystal and Tibetan bowls. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those who are in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.
tuesday Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Hatha Yoga – 9am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Yoga for Strength and Flexibility – 9-10am. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle yoga that targets poses to build strength and flexibility for your body. $15/ drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Hatha Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Suzanne Joyce. Postures (asanas) and stretches in combination with breath to develop flexibility and relaxation. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Yoga for the Arts – 9:30-10:30am. With Amy
Voelkl. Outside yoga on the Young Plaza at the von Liebig Art Center. All levels. $20 or $160/10 class pass. 585 Park St, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Empowered Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Discover the strength within through gentle movement and relaxation. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Nia – 11am-noon. With Valeria Hill. Combines marital arts, dance and healing arts. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30pm. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn the importance of taking care of yourself, healthy ways to manage stress, relaxation techniques and the importance of connecting with other caregivers. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 1-2pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Beach Yoga – 4:30pm. Open to all ages and levels. By donation. Located near the Naples pier. Info: Sarah: 825-0126. Register: GulfShoreYoga.com. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Relax, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com.
Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Sacred Teachings of the Elders – 6:30-8:30pm. Thru 2/23. Weekly circles that embody the seven virtues that enrich our lives when embraced. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org.
wednesday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Aleksandra Eifler. Students can enjoy yoga while being surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. $5 plus state park entry fees. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com. Yoga for Well-being – 9:30-10:45am. With Mary Cline Golbitz. Gentle class for beginners or those suffering from chronic illness or injury. Yoga postures, breath work, sound and wellness practices based on ayurveda, qigong and other disciplines. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947.
Exploring Coastal Estuaries – Thru April. 1011am. Naturalist guided walk explores unique coastal habitats. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. FriendsOfBareFootBeach.org. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Emei Qigong – 11am-noon. With Melanie Hope. Slow, easy movements that cleanse, strengthen and balance. Harmonize organ and energy systems and realize many proven health benefits. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Intuitive Consultations and Energy Healing – 11am-6pm. With Patrick Giordano. Psychic readings, mediumship, Reiki healing and sound therapy. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. 301-0655. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Constantly seeking approval from others? You don’t have to. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState.ACAInterGroup.org. Focused Caterpillar Kids Yoga – 5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. Specialized yoga for caterpillars to improve focus and attention through self-control and appropriate release of energy. Ages 4 and up. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.com. Advanced Purna – 5:30-7:30pm. With Meredith Musick. With great yoga wall. Call for directions. Naples. RSVP: 269-8846. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Guided Meditation – 6pm. Quiet mind; relaxed body. Practice conscious focusing; improve physical, mental, emotional health. Donation. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com.
All Levels Yoga – 6-7pm. With Salima Silverman. A yoga class designed for everyone. Great for advanced or first-time students. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Guided Mindfulness Meditation – 6-6:45pm. With Madeline Ebelini, MA, RYT. By donation. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Core Elations Pilates – 6:30pm. With Cara. Unify body, mind and spirit. Bring your own mat. Love donation. Genesis Non GMO Vitamins, 877 91st Ave, Ste 4, Naples. RSVP: 596-9017. Info@GenesisNonGMO.com. Yoga for Anxiety – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class for all levels. Calm your body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Men’s Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew
American Tribal Style Belly Dance – 6-7pm. With Tara Vodihn. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 and 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. The Artist’s Way – 6:30pm. An ongoing study group for discovering your creative self, text by Julia Cameron. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Dennis: 608-345-2726. DennisChurch.com. Laughter Yoga – 6:30-8pm. 4th Wed. With Jill Emmerich. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd floor, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. lllflorida.com. Teen Power Hour – 7-8pm. With Juliana Grilo and Anna Hiller. Teens 13-18 can drop-in and practice with their friends and create new ones in this fun power practice taught by high school seniors and graduates of greenmonkey teacher training. Special $7/drop-in rate. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 5981938 or greenmonkey.com. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those who suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. FamiliesAnonymous.org. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those who are in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.
thursday Gentle Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/ lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Hatha Yoga – 9am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Qigong Movement and Relaxation – 9-10am. With
Peggy Sealfon. Yoga, qigong and integrative relaxation (yoga nidra). $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Coconut Point Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Through 4/28. Offering local produce, cheese, fresh pasta, seafood, baked breads, meats, herbs, organic vegetables, plants, ready-to-eat meals, flowers, soaps, candles and more. 23106 Fashion Dr, Estero. BuyLocalLee.com. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Episcopal Lutheran Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Sally: 948-9162. Yoga for the Arts – 9:30-10:30am. With Aleksandra Eifler. Outside yoga on the Young Plaza at the von Liebig Art Center. All levels. $20 or $160/10 class pass. 585 Park St, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule. World Fusion Dance – 9:30-10:45am. With Winnie Purple. A fun and exciting dance class that incorporates movements from different cultures around the world. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Beach Yoga – 11am. Open to all ages and levels. By donation. Located near the Naples pier. Info: Sarah: 825-0126. Register: GulfShoreYoga.com. Warrior2Warrior: Yoga for Veterans – 11amnoon. With Gary Granza and Keady Gonzalez. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Stretch and Strength – 11:30am-12:30pm. Using breath, core work, stretching and the resistance of your body to build strength, it varies each week. $10. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995 or AHA@AHolisticApproachCenter.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. Caterpillar Kids Club – 5-6pm. With rotating teachers. Develop healthy coping skills from an early age through the use of movement, breath, sound and relaxation. Ages 4 and up. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:156:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples.
298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Vinyasa Flow – 5:45-6:45pm. With Karen Lepree. Sun salutations, movement and stretching. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. $20/drop-in or $60/ four weeks; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 3259210. MonarchWellness.net. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Meditation and Dharma Discussion – 7-8pm. Silent seated and walking meditation followed by open dharma discussion based on presented topic. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. A self-healing system using conscious breath work. $20/drop-in. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
friday Hatha Yoga – 9am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle movement and meditation aided by the naturally therapeutic and serene sounds and sensations of the outdoors. Donation. 3rd Ave N, Naples. Monarch Wellness: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Sue Lovett. Quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind/body awareness and connect with nature. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. LaurieLLL@aol.com. Beachcombing and Shelling Lecture – Thru April. 10-11am. Join a Naturalist to learn why and what you find on the beach. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita. FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org. Ashtanga Yoga Basics – 10:45-11:45am. All levels, modifications offered. Based on the teachings of the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Chakra Connection – 11-11:45am. With Terry Flynn. Designed to connect, open and balance the energy centers and enhance the flow of energy throughout the body. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes.
Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Women only. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 2-3pm. With Dina Radcliffe, E-RYT. Breath work, mindful meditations, stretches and balance work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Constantly seeking approval from others? You don’t have to. Grace Church (enter thru thrift store), 2415 Grand Ave, Ft Myers. Jane: 7287106. FloridaState.ACAIntergroup.org. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:30-4pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3:30-6:30pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. Psychic Faire – 5-8pm. 2nd Fri. Mini-readings: angelic, tarot, mediumship, psychic, past life, animal/pet readings, meet your angels or animal spirit guide. $20/15 min. Goddess I AM, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Slow Flow Glow Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Amy Voelkl. A candlelit slow flow restorative class designed to warm your body, stretch your muscles and deepen your breath. $20/drop-in; regular class packages apply. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 5981938 or greenmonkey.com. 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. Mantra Sound Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Fri. With Johnny Freedom and Isabel Silva. Evening includes kirtan, devotional call and response singing, with crystal singing bowls meditation. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Bonita Springs Drum Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Everyone welcome; kids, dogs, the whole family. Drum, dance, hoop, have fun. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Facebook Page: Drum Circle of Bonita Springs. Massage Party – 7-9pm. With Jovanna Giordano, LMT. 800 Fifth Ave S, Ste 201, Naples. RSVP: 253-1742.
saturday Yoga on the Lawn – 8am. $5/members, $8/nonmembers. The Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Info: Sarah: 825-0126. Register: GulfShoreYoga.com. Aerial Yoga – 9am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic
of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499. Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. firstname.lastname@example.org. Complimentary Boot Camp Class – 9am. 1st Sat. With Dave Kunes. Tailor Made Fitness, 675 Piper Blvd, Ste 2, Naples. RSVP: 412-779-6176 or KunesDave@gmail.com. Guided Nature Walk – Thru April. 9-10am. Free. Naturalist walk through maritime forest and coastal strand. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org. Yoga for Wellness – 9-10am. 1st & 3rd Sat. With Michelle Falco and Peggy Sealfon. Gentle class for all levels. Connect to your true self through mindful movement and increased self-awareness. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. 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. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947.
Lecture Series – Thru April 11. 10-11am. Topics from native plants or animals to photography or exotic plants. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Bch Blvd, Bonita Springs. Schedule: FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Psychic Faire – 11am-4pm. 3rd Sat. Minireadings: angelic, tarot, mediumship, psychic, past life, animal/pet readings, meet your angels or animal spirit guide. $20/15 min. Goddess I AM, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Eckhart Tolle Meditation Group – 2:30pm. Meets 2/13 & 2/27. DVDs, CDs and discussion. Free. Unitarian/Universalist Church, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 249-6916. Happehatchee Drum Circle – 4-5:30pm. 1st Sat. With Dino. Bring your drums and share knowledge and resources as a community of growth to learn traditional and non-traditional style of world rhythms. Donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.
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Rosemary Harris, Lic. Acupuncture Physician Complete Well-Being Center 684 Goodlette Rd N, Naples 34102 239-404-0648 We combine modern medicine with the wisdom of ancient healing utilizing acupuncture, auricular therapy, herbal medicine, cupping, dietary therapy, electrical acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, a therapeutic massage chair and cold laser pain therapy. “We treat you like family!”
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PHYLLIS C. WEBER, AP
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Mary Ann Mugaas, NCR 5051 Castello Dr, Ste 210, Naples 261-8833 Reflexology is a natural system of relaxation based on the principles that the body is reflected on the feet. The application of pressure to these areas promotes circulation, balance and relaxation. Nationally certified. Practicing since 1986. MA24479, MM8962.
HOLISTIC HEALING ARTS Est. 1991 Alvina Quatrano, LMT FL MA 50896 For Info or Appt: 732-266-5276 TheArtOfHolisticMassage.com
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ROLFED IN PARADISE, INC.
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.
NUTRITION SPECIALISTS OF FLORIDA
George Beahan Certified Advanced Rolfer PTX/Egoscue Posture Therapist Avazzia Microcurrent Therapist 239-919-4413• RolfingNaples.com
28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 • DoctorGendron.com
Lasting relief from chronic pain and tightness with improved posture and performance using Rolfing, PTX/Egoscue structural exercises and Avazzia Microcurrent therapy used by professional sports teams. MA50132.
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.
PAULA TERRY, LMT
THE GREENER CLEENER, LLC
239-821-3088, by appt. (Collier & Lee) Trained at the Upledger Institute, Paula utilizes CranioSacral Therapy combined with HeartC en ter ed Th er ap y, S o mato Emotional Release™, Lymphatic Drainage, love and nurturement to foster the healing your body needs. Doula services. MA35358.
STUART WRIGHT, ND
Certified Advanced Rolfer Advanced Cranial Therapist Advanced Visceral Therapist Certified Movement Educator Naturopathic Wellness Consulting By Appointment: 239-272-6443
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 61.
COLON THERAPY CLEANSING SPRINGS INC.
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.
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.
NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN
RB INSTITUTE, INC.
With nine lush, tropical cultivated gardens and native preserve inspired by plants and cultures from around the globe between the 26th latitude North and 26th latitude South, Naples Botanical Garden is a truly unique destination. See ad, page 51.
Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 42.
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C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • RobynBerry.com
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Dr. Michele Pelletiere 9138 Bonita Beach Rd (Sunshine Plaza) Bonita Springs • 239-949-1222
INFINITE STONES, LLC
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 239-561-1981 InfiniteStonesllc.com Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our ware-house. See ad, page 69.
DENTISTRY LASER DENTISTRY
Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • FortMyersLaserDentist.com Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 53.
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 53.
MARK L. STITES, DDS
4444 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 6 Naples 34103 239-263-2636 • DrMarkStites.com Understand that your mouth affects your overall health? Call Dr. Stites. Forty years dedicated of biocompatible, conservative preparations, root canal alternatives and optimal oral health.
ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER HAPPEHATCHEE ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 • Happehatchee.org
A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature Tuesdays through Sundays, drumming lessons and healing circles. Peace Pavilion and meeting rooms are available to rent for ceremonies and events.
ENERGY HEALING CORE STAR – JIM CRABTREE CoreStarEnergyHealing.com 239-597-7372
Graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Jim has conducted more than 9,000 healing sessions, using many techniques to help restructure the energy body and restore health.
239-910-6576 MariaHubbuch@aol.com HarmonizingAmbientEnergy.com Certified teacher and licensed practitioner offering classes and individual healing sessions inperson or distance: ThetaHealing®, Esoteric Healing ® , Seraphim Blueprint ®, Reiki, Axiatonal Alignments.
MAUREEN SANDERS, HOLISTIC ENERGETIC MEDICINE
Healing People & Animals since 2005 MaureenSanders.com • TheHorseShaman.com 239-253-9008 Opening the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved to bring forth wellness, joy and spiritual growth.
ESSENTIAL OILS I LOVE OILS, INC.
Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers 33967 • 239-362-0385 • 586-604-3500 ILoveOils.com Plants defend themselves from threats yet grow and thrive. Let them help you! Learn about essential oils and save money at our free classes.
EYE CARE DR. MARC A. GORDON, OD
Night Owl Vision Associates, PA Inside Super Target by I-75 & Immokalee Rd Appointments: 239-514-4715 Having graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in 2006, I have been providing quality eye care for almost 10 years. See better and live better! Our office takes walk-ins and appointments. Many insurances accepted. FL License: OPC4132. See ad, page 59.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE HUGHES CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE Pamela Hughes, D.O. 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 • HughesCenterNaples.com
Honored to continue the traditions of the retiring Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Hughes, through functional diagnostic medicine and a comprehensive patient-specific approach, will provide adults and children the tools to restore normal body function by locating the root source of their illness or symptoms. See ad, page 87.
ZORAYDA “JIJI” TORRES, MD, ABIHM, IFMCP
Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine Office: 239-444-5636 • UpstreamMD.com Dr. Torres is a board-certified internist with over 17 years of experience and knows the limitations of conventional internal medicine. She is among the few Certified Practitioner M.D.s, trained by the Institute For Functional Medicine. See ad, page 7.
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax DebPost.com Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 59.
HEALTHY DINING FOOD & THOUGHT ORGANIC FARM MARKET & CAFÉ
2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • FoodAndThought.com Open Mon-Sat 7am-8pm. Florida’s only 100% organic market and café. Fresh produce delivered daily. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. See ad, page 10.
KITCHEN41 HEALTHY FOOD
Dine-in/Take-Out/Catering 2500 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 111, Naples 239-263-8009 • Kitchen41.com Homemade, healthy food cooked Sous-Vide, from scratch without any fat or preservatives. Everything gluten-free! Open Mon-Sat 4-9pm. See ad, page 66.
141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • WynnsOnline.com Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 47.
HOLISTIC CENTER AHA! A HOLISTIC APPROACH CENTER 15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com
Come heal with us! From Iyengar and Alignment yoga to Quantum Energetics, CranioSacral Therapy, Rapid Tr a u m a R e s o l u t i o n a n d Acupuncture, we can help. See ad, page 65.
EYES WIDE OPEN CENTER
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Stes 202-204 239-948-9444 • EyesWideOpenC.com Regain Body Wisdom! Looking to eat healthier, reduce stress, recover joy, find purpose in life? Come for counseling & art therapy (individuals, couples & families); Nutrition Education; Medical QiGong; Trager Approach®, Massage, Reflexology; Reiki classes & sessions, and free Reiki circles on 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. CEUs. Call ahead. MM21921.
HYPNOTHERAPY DANIEL OLEXA, CCHT SWFL Hypnotherapy 239-263-4649 SWFLHypnotherapy.com
Break free of limiting beliefs and realize the life you dream of living. Create a powerful mindset and fulfill your potential. You can become a whole new you. See ad, page 43.
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 42.
DOROTHY RODWELL, CLINICAL PSYCHOTHERAPIST
AHA! A Holistic Approach 15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 Forget everything you ever learned about dieting and lose weight naturally with the Virtual Gastric Band. This extremely simple but effective nonsurgical technique works by harnessing the power you hold within yourself to change your life. Flick the switch in your brain and you can stop cravings and change your attitude towards food! See ad, page 65.
LOCALLY-GROWN PRODUCE 31 PRODUCE
18672 SR 31, Alva, FL 33920 239-313-8213 • 31Produce.com Family owned U-Pick Farm. Open all year-round from 9am5:30pm everyday! Farmers’ Market selling our produce along with local farms produce and local artist crafts, crystals and furniture. See ad, page 65.
MEDICAL SPA ASSUAGE SPA
9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • AssuageCenters.com The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 21.
NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET
FOOD CHOICES MAKE A DIFFERENCE
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 46.
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 73.
NUTRITION D-SIGNED NUTRITION, LLC
Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • D-SignedNutrition.com Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 43.
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NUTRITION SPECIALISTS OF FLORIDA 28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 • DoctorGendron.com
State Board Certified Expert and Specialist in Nutrition. We use an individual, customized and systemic approach. Consult, exam and reassessment for optimum results. See ad, page 2.
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THETA HEALING DIANA PALM
ThetaHealing Instructor, Medium Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers • 239-599-4700 ConnectWithTheLight.com Diana is a medical intuitive, medium and healer who specializes in ThetaHealing. She clears hauntings for people and locations. Available by phone or in person.
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.
REALTOR KAREN L. BEATTY, ABR, GRI
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 Klbeatty48@aol.com • KarenBeatty.com Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows the market, offers expert counseling with efficient reliability. She takes the stress out of buying or selling and gets the job done with a smile. Choose Karen for ease and joy in your real estate transaction!
THERMAL IMAGING TARYN KEAN, CCT LEVEL III
Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging 9148 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 202 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239-949-2011 • ThermalClinic.com
Thermography is a non-invasive, painless and radiation-free procedure that can detect abnormal physiology throughout the entire body. It is a screening test used globally in the evaluation of breast health by marking indicators and risk factors for the development or existence of cancer. Early detection and treatment are the keys to better health. Owner Taryn Kean is also an instructor for the American College of Clinical Thermology. See ad, page 51.
YOGA GREENMONKEY YOGA
(formerly Bala Vinyasa Yoga) GreenMonkey.com • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples Two locations: in Central and South Naples. Daily classes for all levels, monthly workshops and private sessions with exceptional teachers, plus awardwinning massage therapy and BV Boutique. 200- and 300-hour Registered Yoga School. See ad, back cover.
MEREDITH MUSICK, E-RYT, LMT
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VIVASANA YOGA EDUCATION & WELLNESS
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