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Reimaging Me

Gratitude Kisses Lori Portka A former counselor and educator, fine artist Lori Portka delights in the favorite things that inspire her: nature, traveling, animals, yoga and friends. She lets her art pour out in boldly rendered images that burst from each canvas via saturated pastels, paints, chalks and inks to forge a visceral connection between artist and viewer. “I make artwork that is a reflection of gratitude and joy in the world,” says Portka, whose expressive works fulfill her mission of spreading happiness through art. A personal loss led Portka to begin painting again at 30-something for the first time since the 10th grade, a process she says has opened her heart even more deeply. Inspired by Australian photographer and filmmaker Hailey Bartholomew’s documentary, 365 Grateful, about living on the sunny side of life, Portka embarked upon her own project, A Hundred Thank-Yous, creating and giving away 100 paintings to 100 people that have touched her life, she says, “in a beautiful way.” “I feel like I am on the right path, doing what I am supposed to do,” she explains. “Art feels like home to me.” View the artist’s portfolio and follow her blog at 8

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I’ve noticed that if my morning begins badly, the tone can steer my entire day. From the time I wake up, my mind flips the “on” switch and the monologue starts up… about stuff I have to do, worries and happy or dreaded anticipation. Gremlins of negativity can lead to paralysis by analysis as I sometimes mentally rehearse what I can’t do before I’ve actually done anything yet. Whatever is going on in my life is internally interpreted, ruminated and regurgitated in my thinking all day long, much of which shows up externally one way or another. Focusing on positive, uplifting, empowering thoughts sets the tone for a whole different kind of day. Athletes know that visualizing success supports success because they have spent countless hours mentally rehearsing the desired outcome. Likewise, exhaustively visualizing and mentally rehearsing potential failure breeds failure. I’m glad I am learning to be more consistently vigilant about observing what my unfiltered subconscious hatches so I can catch thoughts and turn them around to what I wish to experience. When I do this, my day reflects a lighter, more joyful flow and breeds more positive thoughts. Helpful resources abound to help seekers “get your head on straight,” as I say. The latest neuroscience research and proven positive psychology principles show that simply viewing combinations of positive images and words in helpful sequences for a few minutes can influence our thoughts and experiences throughout the day. I was honored to have Kim Serafini, founder and CEO of Mind Power Technology, interview me recently to create a Natural Awakenings video session for their self-training program, MindPT, an accelerated learning tool that helps prime the mind to start each day on a grateful, positive note. Serafini has been dubbed the “goddess of gratitude”, and after spending a couple of hours together, I discovered why. The good news for you is that our work together has resulted in a free offer to readers to view our uplifting session as often as you like. Just download their app to your smartphone or computer to watch the series of scientifically selected images, positive statements, sounds and music all reinforcing our mission theme: feel good, live simply, laugh more. Please see page 27 for more details. This month’s issue of Natural Awakenings is filled with resources for making your life a more joyful, empowered experience. We’ll even assist you in finding your next love (see our Valentine’s Day discount for Natural Awakenings’ singles online dating site on page 48) or transforming the way you might relate to your mate (see article on page 50). We also explore how life’s ultimate transition can be lovingly planned and reimagined in Linda Sechrist’s feature article, “Sacred Passage: Conscious Dying as a Transformative Healing Journey,” on page 44. As 2017 unfolds, we hope that perspectives in these pages help support and guide your path along an ever happier and healthier journey. The blessing of being in Southwest Florida this time of year gives us all a head start! Enjoy the journey,

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newsbriefs Renowned Storyteller Returns to Fort Myers


il Lepp, known as “The king of the tall tale” and one of the world’s funniest storytellers, will conduct a workshop from 7 to 9 p.m., February 10, and perform from 2 and 7 p.m., February 11, at Alliance for the Arts, in Fort Myers. The outrageous and humorous tall tales delivered by the former minister have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and walks of life, as Bil Lepp well as many awards, including the Storytelling Circle of Excellence Award, the Parents’ Choice Gold Award for his first children’s book and the West Virginia Liars’ Contest five times. According to Duke Divinity magazine, “With Lepp, the sorry, low-down lie becomes a grand and glorious creation, a verbal sculpture in which a hundred small fibs, stretchers, falsehoods and prevarications are piled together, shaped and molded into one stunning, awe-inspiring cathedral of flapdoodle and bull.” His first-ever booking at the Alliance last February sold out and a matinee performance was added and sold to near capacity. He has performed 13 times at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and on Comedy Central. Cost: $10 for members or $15 for non-members for performance. $15 for members and $20 for non-members for the workshop. Location: 10091 McGregor Blvd. For more information or to register, call 239-939-2787 or visit ArtInLee. org or See ad, page 70.

Live Music at Shangri-La Springs


he elegant lounge and dining room at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, now feature free, live, original music performances from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Organic farmto-table dinner service is available from 5 to 8 p.m., with discounted beer and wine from 5 to 6 p.m. While listening to music from pop, alternative, jazz, Latin fusion, Celtic and world artists, as well as local talent, guests can enjoy Momentum Beer on tap, organic wine and a lighter organic bar menu. Location: 27750 Old U.S. 41. For more information, call 239-949-0749 or visit See ad, page 61.

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Permaculture Convergence Comes to Estero


lorida Edible Landscaping will conduct the South Florida Permaculture Convergence from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., February 18 and 19, at the Happehatchee Center, in Estero. The program includes workshops on wild medicinal and edible plants, wood-fired oven building, medicinal tinctures and ferments, tropical fruit, the yoga of plants and many other subjects related to edible and useful plants in South Florida.   A live performance by Lobo Marino, a visiting duo playing percussion instruments and singing, will also take place. The goal of the event is to build relationships between people interested in permaculture and strengthen resiliency as a community.  Tickets: $120, includes all activities and meals. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information or to register, call 239-992-5455 or visit Happehatchee. org or

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Firefly Within Partners with Kunjani to Offer Healing Events


irefly Within is hosting weekly meditations and monthly reiki sessions for people and pets at Kunjani Craft Coffee and Gallery, in Naples. The proceeds from these donation-based events go to a different local charity each month. Other events include Journey within Meditation, a guided meditation featurKarin Wolfe ing crystal bowls, reiki and a personal message for each participant, from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Reiki for Pets sessions in the courtyard from 9 to 10 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. In addition, Connect to the Healer Within, a meeting of like-minded people exploring the healer inside each of us, followed by individual reiki sessions, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. the third Dan Gorny Friday of each month. Co-owned by Karin Wolfe and Dan Gorny, Firefly Within also provides quantum biofeedback, individual reiki sessions and essential oils. Bringing these many services together in a central location provides participants a convenient way to give back to the community based on what they can afford, while caring for and enriching themselves. Location: 780 Seagate Dr. For more information, call 239980-3257, email or visit or

Eco Lawn and Landscaping Service in Bonita Springs


wo Tired Services, based in Bonita Springs, is open and providing homeowners with environmentally friendly lawn services featuring reduced air and noise pollution. Complete lawn and landscaping work is available, including mowing, edging, trimming and leaf removal using bicycle-powered, gas- and emissionfree electric and manual equipment. Ryan Scofield Owner Ryan Scofield, a full-time cyclist who sold his car in 2013 and switched to a bicycle for primary transportation, can also pick up and deliver ordered items for residents using his trailer-hitched bicycle. He is currently taking additional landscaping education courses and other related topics to expand his expertise. For more information, call 239-302-8922, email Ryan@ or visit See ad, page 62. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Unity of Naples Hosts Bestselling Author Mark Anthony


ark Anthony will discuss and sign his bestselling book, Evidence of Eternity, at 7 p.m., February 10, at Unity of Naples. Bringing his many years of experience, wisdom and spiritual study together, the book is an uplifting journey into the afterlife, removing the fear and superstition that surround spirit contact. The book presents scientific eviMark Anthony dence, as well as theories concerning life after death, spirit communication (both human and animal), karma and reincarnation. Combining his gifts as a psychic medium with his experience as an attorney, Anthony’s positive, personable demeanor is an uplifting influence for people coping with the aftermath of a life-threatening, lifechanging or life-ending trauma. Many of his clients have benefited from his insights and with his guidance, found the inner strength to reject drugs, alcohol and other self-destructive behaviors. Admission is $50. Location: 2000 Unity Way. To purchase tickets, call 239-775-3009 or visit For more information, visit

You Are What You Eat Presentation


ntegrative nutrition health coach Eva Aspegren will present a talk, You Are What You Eat, from 6 to 7 p.m., February 16, at Eyes Wide Open Center, in Bonita Springs. Topics include the limitations of the current definition of health; nutrition’s role in overall mind-body health; Eva Aspegren bio-individuality; primary and secondary foods; the benefits of a whole food, clean diet; necessary lifestyle changes to reach optimal health; the importance of detoxing body, mind and environment; and the importance of personal care. The founder of Crave2Live Health and Wellness consultancy offers practical advice, education and information, Aspergren provides a unique, integrative approach that includes listening to the body and self-care strategies using natural approaches to heal and stay healthy. Her health coaching programs help individuals and groups identify and explore what needs balancing by looking at the individual as a whole. Cost: $15 before Feb. 10 and $22 after. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 204. For more information or to register, call 239-948-9444 or visit


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newsbriefs Allstar Dance Studio Offers Valentine Party and Lessons


llstar Dance Studio, which opened last month at 4910 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 118, in Naples, will hold a Valentine dance party at 7 p.m., February 8, and a St Patrick’s Day dance party at 7 p.m., March 17. Operated by owner Roman Gomez, manager and professional dancer Anastasia Wachs, and professional dance instructor Andrea Marta, the studio will also host a weekly open social dance and group lessons from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Instructors at the studio teach many dancing styles, including Latin and smooth ballroom for all levels; even for complete amateurs and those without a partner. Instruction can help those preparing to be light on their feet for a wedding, birthday, anniversary or other special occasion, or as a fun, ongoing activity to socialize and meet new friends. For more information, call 239-304-9013, email or visit See ad, page 35.

BKS Yoga Studio Celebrates Second Anniversary


KS Yoga Studio, in Naples, will host a second anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., February 11, with blended classes featuring two instructors each. A Hatha and Restorative class will kick off the celebration from 10 to 11:15 a.m., followed by Gentle and Meditation from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and Vinyasa and Kundalini from 1 to 2:15 p.m. In addition, the studio will offer $1-per-minute chair massages and 30-minute private tarot readings for $40. The first 50 guests will receive goodie bags sponsored by Saks & Capitol Grill. Special class package discounts will be offered in the boutique. Cost: $20. Location: 2900 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information, call 239-2139276, email or visit See ad, page 35.

AHA! Offers Bio Acoustical Utilization Device Sessions


sychotherapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Dorothy Rodwell is offering treatments using the Bio Acoustical Utilization Device at AHA! A Holistic Approach Dorothy Center, in Fort Myers. Rodwell A new option in our area, the treatment uses sound to disrupt the pattern of the brain that is causing a specific problem. A one-hour session can have a significant positive impact on food triggers, anxiety, burnout, pain, anger, stress and mental fatigue. Cost: $100 per session. Location: 15971 McGregor Blvd. For more information or an appointment, call 239433-5995 or Rodwell at 239-851-7166 or email See ad, page 32.


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The Seasoned Circle Events at Christus Victor Lutheran Church


hree free Seasoned Circle events will be held at the Christus Victor Lutheran Church, in Naples, during the next three months. The event trio kicks off with a screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline film, Being Mortal, based on the bestselling book by Atul Gawande, M.D., at 1 p.m., February 21. Avow’s Mark Beland will present a Five Wishes living will discussion at 1 p.m., March 20, and Linda Sechrist, senior staff writer with Natural Awakenings, will present Capturing Our Own Legacy, the Process of Life Review and Writing Narratives, at 1 p.m., April 4. “Aging is not a disease, but a continuous process for every human being,” says Sherry Slater, the church’s director of senior ministry. “To age well and with grace requires skills and resources that can be acquired through an intentional learning process. It’s essential that individuals continue to engage in a lifelong process of spiritual growth and development.” Location: 15600 N. Tamiami Tr. For more information, call 239-597-1043, email or visit See ad, page 24.

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newsbriefs Enjoy Healthy Food that Helps Prevent Cancer


dvanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Deborah Post and chef Kristina San Filippo, of the Purple Spoon Culinary, will lead a How to Bulletproof You and Your Home Against Cancer event from 6 to 8 p.m., February 3, at the Purple Spoon, in Bonita Springs. Attendees will enjoy an informative lecture and a live preparation of a three-course dinner of healthy, local and Kristina San Filippo sustainably food with wine. Post and San Filippo will also give tips on creating a healthy home in the safest manner possible and protecting all family members from the devastating disease. Cost: $68. Location: 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr. For more information or to register (recommended), call 239-908-3842, email or visit chef Kristina on Facebook.

Free Talk on the Power of Stillness


arissa Snorek-Yates, a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, will present a free inspirational talk, The Healing Power of Stillness, at 2 p.m., Larissa February 26, at the Snorek-Yates First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Naples. As a practitioner of Christian Science healing, Snorek-Yates helps people solve many problems through the power of prayer and understanding their spiritual identity. She daily proves, “There’s no dark situation that the light of Christ— the inspiration that comes from God to each one of us—cannot penetrate.” Location: 649 Central Ave. For more information, call the Christian Science Reading Room at 239-261-7054 or the church at 239-262-1510.

Chair Yoga Classes in Bonita Springs


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hair yoga classes led by Registered Yoga Teacher Dina Radcliffe have returned to Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs. Instruction in the unique style of adapting yoga positions and poses through creative uses of a chair for additional support and stability will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesdays. With a chair replacing a yoga mat and becoming an extension of the body, specific movements stretch the abdomen, back, sides, arms and legs, improving posture and balance. Chair yoga is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and physical conditions. Cost: $15 or $120 for 10 classes. Location: 3372 Woods Edge Cir., Ste. 102. For more information or to register, call 239280-9095 or visit IntegrativeMindfulness. net. See ad, page 37.

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New Natural Residences in Homeopathy Event, Classes at House of Gaia West Palm Beach


r. Julia A. Eastman, a prominent Naples classical homeopath, acupuncture physician and doctor of Oriental medicine, will present An Evening of Homeopathy from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., February 23, and a series of six weekly Introduction to Homeopathy, Homeopathy First-Aid classes from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning March 9, at House of Gaia, in Naples. A kids’ yoga class will be offered on February 23 for parents that want to bring their children. Dr. Julia A. Easton will discuss using and home-prescribing homeopathic Eastman remedies for family members, friends or pets, choosing a homeopath for constitutional care and pursuing further homeopathy studies. Attendees will learn the foundation of classical homeopathic laws, theories and concepts; the structure of receiving and prescribing acute care; and 30 commonly used first-aid and acute care homeopathic remedies. Costs: Love donation requested for Feb. 23 class. $250 for series, $120 for home remedy kit ($245 value) and $10 for kids’ yoga class. Location: 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste. 1 and 3. For more information or to register, call 239-272-6152 or visit or See ad, page 67.


eveloper Ben Benson, of Ocean Land Trust, is offering property in a nearly 10-acre West Palm Beach gated sanctuary emphasizing natural and wildlife features. The largely unspoiled natural property includes large residences, a wildlife pond and mature landscaping, with more than 200 palm trees and frequent sightings of egrets, cranes, owls, migratory birds, otters and other animals. This private, secure community is close to all the area’s renowned beaches and cultural attractions. “The Palm Beach area in Florida is one of the fastest-growing areas nationwide, with its spectacular climate, beaches, culture and healthy lifestyle,” says Benson. “Given its popularity and intensive development, it’s almost impossible to find larger unspoiled natural properties like this one.” For more information, call 561-2840199, email OceanLandTrust@yahoo. com or visit See ad, page 4.

kudos Sayer Ji, founder and director of GreenMed (GMI), launched an upgrade to the resource for complementary and alSayer Ji ternative medicine information last month. The upgrade represents a one-year effort to redo the entire user experience and improve functions on the site, which receives a million visits per month and sends 100 million 20

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emails of free content supporting evidence-based, natural medicine per year. Ji hopes to increase the database by 70 percent to 100,000 abstracts by the end of 2017, as well as create the first GMI application for iPhone and Android users. For more information or to become a new member, visit the website or email Jay Weitzner, of Symmetry, in Naples, recently became an American Council on Exercise certified medical exercise specialist (CMES). With expertise workJay Weitzner ing on musculoskeletal issues, his clients range from teens to seniors and sedentary people to professional athletes. The designation, which helps bridge the gap between the medical and exercise fields, is making it easier for physicians to recognize the role medical exercise plays in improving movement, joint and muscle issues, and reducing pain. “The CMES designation adds credibility to my 22 years in the fitness industry, as its entire focus is working with special populations,” says Weitzner. “My specialty is working with people that don’t move well and consequently don’t feel well, so it’s a perfect complement.” Location: 1750 J&C Blvd. For more information or an appointment, call 239-941-2121. Email or visit NoFadsAllFitness. com. See ad, page 2.

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Infants Breathing Bad Air May Suffer as Teens



study from the Karolinska Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Stockholm, analyzed data on air pollution exposure and lung function in the first and 15th years of life among 2,415 adolescents in Sweden. The researchers focused on nitrogen oxide in vehicle exhaust and particulate matter from road erosion, using road traffic, topography and weather conditions to classify pollution levels. They compared this data to the level of difficulty the teens experienced getting air through their peripheral airways, termed “resistance”. The study found that breathing problems increased for teenagers each time their exposure as infants to such pollution increased by 10 micrograms per cubic meter, with the strongest association occurring in male subjects with asthma at age 16. The same increase was not present in relation to their exposure to traffic pollution as teenagers. Lead author Erica S. Schultz, Ph.D., says, “An increasing number of studies demonstrate the importance of airway periphery for lung health. It’s concerning that the effect from the first year of life seems to be long-lasting, although we don’t yet know the full clinical implications.”


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Reflexology and Imagery Relieve Preoperative Anxiety


nticipating surgery can be stressful, and many patients suffer from preoperative anxiety, which can cause serious health complications such as hypertension, rapid pulse and sugar metabolism changes. Israeli researchers from the University of Haifa have found that complementary medicine, combined with standard use of antianxiety drugs prior to entering the operating room, can significantly reduce preoperative anxiety levels and improve outcomes. Researchers divided 360 preoperative patients ages 17 and up into three groups: those receiving standard care for preoperative anxiety; those receiving standard care along with complementary therapy, featuring acupuncture, reflexology, individual guided imagery or a combination of the latter two; and those receiving standard care combined with generic guided imagery via a recording. Anxiety levels were measured preoperatively before and after the intervention on a scale of one to 10, with scores of four or more constituting intermediate or higher-level anxiety. The study found that complementary therapy in combination with standard care produced a 60 percent reduction in anxiety, with the mean score dropping from 5.54 to 2.32. Combining standard care with reflexology and guided imagery provided the best relief, reducing anxiety by an average of 4.22 points. Patients receiving only standard care experienced a slight rise in their average anxiety level.

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Fenugreek Eases Menopause


Chinese Herbs Lessen Postpartum Blues

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February 21st @ 1pm: Free Screening & Discussion of the PBS Frontline Film “Being Mortal” based on the bestselling book by Atul Gawande, MD March 20th @ 1pm: Presentation of “Five Wishes” a Living Will Presentation by Mark Beland with AVOW April 4th @ 1pm: “Capturing Our Own Legacy” presented by Linda Sechrist, Editor/Sr. Staff Writer with Natural Awakenings magazine. – The process of life review & writing OUR Narrative! Join us for these FREE Programs Presented by Christus Victor Lutheran Church Senior Ministries and AVOW of Naples 15600 N. Tamiami Trail in North Naples For more information contact: Sherry Slater, Director 239-597-1043 • Collier/Lee Counties

study from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, in Beijing, reports that Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) can be an effective treatment for patients with postpartum depression. Traditional Chinese Medicine advocates herbal treatments based on underlying issues. Researchers analyzed data from 47 clinical trials encompassing 3,795 participants between the ages of 18 and 43 suffering from postpartum depression. The study pooled results into three categories: CHM versus placebo, CHM versus routine treatments (antidepressants) and CHM plus routine treatments versus only routine treatments. The study found that using Chinese herbs combined with antidepressants is the most effective approach, noting that CHM is a safe, effective alternative for patients unable or unwilling to take antidepressants.

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randomized, double-blind study from the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Science and Research, in Bangalore, India, has found that an extract of fenugreek husk (FHE) called FenuSMART can provide relief from common symptoms of menopause, including night sweats, insomnia, headaches, hot flashes and mood swings. Researchers studied 88 menopausal women between the ages of 45 and 58. Half were given one gram of FHE per day for 90 days while the other half received a placebo. The study measured the impact the supplement had on the subjects’ menopausal symptoms through weekly telephone sessions. At the study’s end, approximately 32 percent of the women in the FHE group reported no hot flashes, while the placebo subjects saw the frequency of theirs reduced from three to five per day to one or two. Additionally, the subjects that took FHE experienced a 57 percent reduction in night sweats, a 68 percent abatement of mood swings, a 75 percent drop in insomnia and 58 percent fewer headaches.

Sacred Pilgrimage to Egypt with Rae Chandran

March 31 – April 9, 2017 10 days / 9 nights Cost: $3,800 - $4,200 (airfare not included)


his magical retreat offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Egypt with a custom guided program led by internationally renowned channeler and author Rae Chandran that combines nature, history, adventure and spiritual experiences in some of the most magnificent spots in the world. Experience daily channelings, meditations, intention ceremonies, activations and initiations in power spots guided by Chandran. Some of the places that will be visited include the Great Pyramids (private two-hour visit), Initiation in King’s chamber, Sphinx, Temple of Sekhmet and 7 Gates (private visit), Channeling in Abydos, Sakkara and Memphis, Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple, Hathor Temple, Alabaster Mosque, Coptic Church and the Cairo Museum, Isis Temple, Temple of Horus and Komombo Temple and many more.

Chandran is a teacher, channeler and energy healer. He 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 shares these truths to all the people he comes in contact with. He teaches these truths through the various workshops he conducts in many parts of the world like Japan, USA, Brazil, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Shanghai, India and Vietnam. He also leads people to power spots and power vortexes in countries like Egypt, Israel, Greece and Morocco. Chandran is the author of five books. The content of all of these books is completely channeled.

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September 2016 survey from Packaged Facts, a division of Market Research Group, LLC, showed that as much as 20 percent of the U.S. adult population is cutting back on supplement use due to consumption of fortified foods. Despite this trend, nutritional supplement sales nationwide are projected to increase by $1.5 billion in just two years to $16 billion in 2018. Fortified foods contain extra nutrients added by manufacturers such as cereal fortified with iron, milk with added vitamin D and pasta enhanced with folic acid. While the original intent of these additives was to improve nutritional deficiencies in people without access to foods that naturally contain these nutrients, consequences now include an overabundance of particular nutrients for some and poor food choices due to a dependence on fortified foods for others. Ingesting naturally occurring nutrients in unfortified foods allows each nutrient to be absorbed together with the other vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients contained in that food, enabling them to work together within the body, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

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esearchers from the David Grant Medical Center, at Travis Air Force Base, in Fairfield, California, have found that oral doses of aloe vera can reduce fasting blood glucose and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), which indicates the average glucose level over the previous three months, in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Data from nine clinical studies that included 89 diabetes patients were analyzed. Findings suggest that patients with a fasting blood glucose level of more than 200 milligrams per deciliter experienced the greatest benefits from the aloe vera.

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A recent study from the University of Western Australia has found that plants regularly react to and emit sounds through a series of clicks produced by their roots, and that such inter-flora communication may be essential to their survival. Evolutionary biologist Monica Gagliano, who made the discovery, listened to the roots of young corn plants and found that they regularly produced sounds in the range of 220Hz, a frequency audible to the human ear. Plants have been shown to influence each other in many ways through nanomechanical oscillations on a molecular scale. Gagliano remarks, “Scientists also know that plants use volatile chemicals to communicate with each other.” Another biological research team under the direction of Professor Olaf Kruse, Ph.D., scientific director of the Center for Biotechnology at Germany’s Bielefeld University, has shown that green algae not only engages in photosynthesis, but also has an alternative source of energy: It can draw it from other plants (Nature Communications). Gagliano comments, “Considering that entire forests are all interconnected by networks of fungi, maybe plants are using fungi the way we use the Internet.”

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Nearly 2 billion wooden pallets are currently in circulation in the U.S., consuming around 50 percent of the country’s annual hardwood harvest and representing more than 90 percent of the world’s shipping waste. PalletSmart, in Fort Worth, Texas, has been making furniture, home decor and custom projects out of repurposed pallets and other reclaimed material since 2012. Company co-founder John Zaskoda says, “As with any business, we are looking to grow, but want to be smart about it. For now, we are staying put, taking custom residential and commercial orders and producing top-notch furniture.” He sees the endeavor as proof that with hard work and consistency it’s possible to make trash into treasure. Source: 30

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Fungus Among Us Genetically Altered Mushrooms Approved for Consumption

Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) is a new method of editing genomes of farm animals and food crops. White button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) that have been genetically modified to delay the natural browning process are the first CRISPRedited organisms to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Yinong Yang, a plant pathologist from Penn State University, crafted the modified mushrooms by targeting the family of genes responsible for the browning effect seen in produce when sliced and exposed to oxygen. Yang was able to reduce the browning enzyme’s work by 30 percent and was granted approval from the USDA because no foreign or altered DNA was integrated into the mushroom genome. The department only assesses whether there’s a risk that the new modified variety of an organism could become a weed or “pest” to other plants. The mushrooms may still be subject to Food and Drug Administration or Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine are in discussions about developing a new set of rules for the biotech industry in the next five to 10 years. Source: natural awakenings

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Abandoned and lost fishing gear such as traps, crab pots and nets litter the ocean floor in coastal areas worldwide, continuing to attract, entrap and kill fish and other marine life. The Associated Press reports that global nonprofits, governments and companies are engaged in efforts to retrieve and recycle as many of the items as possible to protect the environment, save marine life and reduce hazards to marine navigation. A 2009 United Nations report estimated there are 640,000 tons of discarded fishing nets deep below the ocean surface worldwide. Recommended solutions include degradable panels on traps that break down and allow trapped marine life to escape. International agreements prohibit dumping fishing equipment at sea; yet in England, small vessels can amass landfill charges of roughly $700 per year, giving them an incentive to ditch broken gear. Pascal van Erp, a Dutch diver alarmed by the amount of equipment he’s encountered, founded the Ghost Fishing Foundation to tackle the issue. He says, “It’s found in all seas, oceans and inland waters at all depths, along the beach and under the sand. I don’t think the problem can be resolved completely, but we can keep it from getting worse by showing the problem to the public and the authorities.” Industry experts and scientists estimate that commercial fishermen annually lose about 10 percent of their traps due to bad weather. 32

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o Doreen DeStefano, RN-BSN, health of the skin,” she says. This handshealth is like a complex jigsaw on experience was all the encouragement puzzle with lots of moving pieces. she needed to enroll in a program that Solving previously intractable problems would lead to a career in natural health and getting all the puzzle pieces to fit and nursing. Her education and in-depth together so that function is restored naturesearch turned up information about alrally when the body heals itself is what ternative and complementary modalities she finds rewarding about her work. in the field of natural health that benAs the owner of Root Causes Holistic efited her clients. Health & Medicine and Integrative Skin Many of DeStefano’s clients have Care, in Fort Myers, DeStefano also been happy to discover that following Doreen DeStefano enjoys her partnering relationship with her customized plans for good nutrition, patients that appreciate their role in the model of holistic supplementation and IV vitamin therapy clears up other more health care that she practices. serious health concerns. “I have enjoyed all the opportunities “It’s all about teamwork and patients acknowledging to share in my clients’ moments for celebrating the return of their responsibility for their health. When it’s working well, their health. It took my noticing that functional, anti-aging I get to see patients that are overjoyed and grateful to have medicine, IV therapy and naturopathic approaches were hava new lease on life,” says DeStefano, whose comprehensive ing a significant impact on the health of clients to understand approach to optimal health goes beyond the conventional that it was time to change the name of my business to reflect medical model focused largely on removing symptoms. this,” advises DeStefano. In DeStefano’s holistic healthcare model, the patient and DeStefano is now working on an advanced registered provider work together to accomplish mutually agreed upon nurse practitioner degree. Taking care of business throughout results. “I don’t just listen with one ear to what a patient says, the week, she studies on weekends. “I have two more years determine what I’m going to do and hand over a prescripto complete my education. What I would really love to see tion. My process begins with our dialogue. My patients leave is an institute of higher education offer is a curriculum for a with homework, which means that have shown me their will- holistic nurse practitioner, but conventional medicine hasn’t ingness to make a concerted effort to make dietary changes, advanced that far yet. It’s feels good to role model it while I take supplements and remain committed to their customized dream it can happen,” says DeStefano. plan for several months,” she explains. In 2004 DeStefano opened Integrated Skincare. As the Root Causes Holistic Health Medicine and Integrative enthusiastic licensed esthetician was able to observe her cliSkincare are located at 12734 Kenwood Lane, Ste. 84, in ent’s results her beliefs were affirmed. “I intuitively knew how Ft. Myers. For more information, call 239-425-2900 or visit much the internal health of the body actually dictates the See ad, page 16.

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Sustainably Stylish Home Relax into Nurturing Furnishings by April Thompson


e all relish a cozy nest, whether that means lightfilled views, the embrace of form-fitting sofas and chairs or plush rugs that snuggle bare feet. A beautiful, comfortable home that reflects our personal style and embodies our values can be achieved by learning the origin of furnishings and investing in sustainably made pieces that will stand the test of time, say experts. “Furnishing a home ethically doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort or style,” says JD Doliner, a business consultant in Charlotte, North Carolina. Doliner’s home is graced with 18th- and 19th-century antiques, organic cotton mattresses, comfy custom-made chairs from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood and handmade wool rugs certified childlabor-free by GoodWeave. “They give me peace of mind as a humanitarian and environmentalist,” she says.

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Debbie Hindman, marketing director for Associates III Interior Design, in Denver, is working with increasingly knowledgeable clients like Doliner asking for sustainably sourced products. Manufacturers, in turn, are upping transparency about product origins, realizing it can provide a competitive edge, she notes. 36

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“We look at the story behind a product and make sure that it aligns with both our company’s and clients’ values,” says Hindman, a co-author of Sustainable Residential Interiors. “We ask questions like, ‘Are workers paid a fair wage? Was the product made with local materials? What is the story behind the company’s founding?’” The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers partners with businesses and informs consumers to increase environmentally responsible choices in the marketplace. Its 400 members commit to sustainability and transparency in their business practices and submit an annual action plan showing such efforts. Headquartered in Edenton, North Carolina, the council strives to minimize industry carbon emissions and remove unsustainable materials and harmful chemical ingredients from residential and commercial furnishings. “The residential furnishings industry frequently takes raw materials from one continent, processes and manufactures on another to be consumed on yet another, leaving a huge environmental footprint,” says Susan Inglis, the council’s executive director. As the third largest consumer of wood, these manufacturers bear significant responsibility for preserv-



ing the world’s forest ecosystems and fighting deforestation, reports Inglis.

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To make informed decisions, furniture shoppers need to ask how, where, from what and by whom a potential purchase is made. Lisa Beres, a healthy home expert and former interior designer in Newport Coast, California, and author of Just Green It! advises not taking product claims at face value. Ask if the product has earned a certification like the Global Organic Textile Standard for fabrics or GreenGuard, which verifies low levels of chemical emissions. Not all natural products are sustainably produced; cotton, for example, is one of the most heavily sprayed crops. Look for certified organic cotton as a responsible textile choice. Beres also suggests renewable fiber sources like bamboo or hemp. “Natural latex is a sound alternative to foam fillers, offering good support and dust mite resistance,” says Beres. Specific animal-based products like down feathers used in bedding can provoke allergies and be produced inhumanely, Beres cautions. Products certified to the Responsible Down Standard, which protects the wellbeing and welfare of geese tapped for their manufacture, offer a humane choice for fluffy down comforters. Look for well-crafted furniture made from locally sourced, reclaimed

or FSC-certified wood instead of particleboard, which usually contains formaldehyde and may be made from unsustainably harvested wood. Sustainable furnishings are both better for the planet and can make a home distinctive. Natural pieces like a countertop made from reclaimed, rough-hewn wood provide a unique beauty that mass-manufactured pieces can’t match and also showcase the material’s natural form and feeling. Her firm promotes durable, timeless pieces over trendy furnishings that a client might discard in a few years. When it’s time to retire a piece of furniture, find a new home for it, whether by donating to a charity or reselling through a consignment store. While cutting corners on home furnishing choices can be tempting, especially when shopping on a budget, remember that today’s quality pieces may become tomorrow’s cherished heirlooms. “Some will spend money on the latest gadget, but hesitate to invest in a great piece of furniture or a quality mattress they’ll spend much of their life sitting or sleeping on,” says Beres. “It’s not a splurge; you’re investing in your health and protecting Earth’s precious resources. It all comes full circle.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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oday’s mass-produced furniture may contain hidden chemicals such as formaldehyde-based adhesives, flame retardants and other volatile organic compounds (VOC) linked to serious health issues. Researchers from the Natural Resources Defense Council found 45 toxic chemicals in indoor dust, 10 of which were present in at least 90 percent of households sampled. “These chemicals enter the air as materials in the furnishings break down,” explains healthy home expert Lisa Beres. “Because we spend an average of 90 percent of our lives indoors, the exposure to harmful chemicals is troubling.” Beres advises shoppers to be wary of synthetic fabrics, which not only consume nonrenewable resources like petroleum, but may also contain toxic dyes, heavy metals or chemicals like Teflon. Foam and other fillings in mattresses, sofas and chairs are often a hidden source of off-gassing VOCs. The Sustainable Furnishing Council’s seal of approval and member list at are a good place to start to find companies committed to offering healthier alternatives that include transparency and responsibility in their manufacturing practices. natural awakenings

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of an anaerobic oral bacteria carried in saliva that’s the leading cause of tooth decay; early interceptive treatment to avoid crowding of teeth; and consulting a nutritionist.


Kids Do Best with Holistic Dentistry by Linda Sechrist


ccording to a 2012 New York Times story, “Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities,” more dentists nationwide are recommending that children be administered general anesthesia at hospitals due to the severity of decay. Such extensive dental work on children is largely preventable. Wise parents encourage their children to develop healthy habits such as brushing teeth at least twice a day; eating fewer sugary


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snacks and brushing afterwards; limiting fruit juice intake to four ounces a day; and sucking on bacteria-killing xylitol lollipops. Such a routine combined with an initial dentist visit by their first birthday can reduce dental costs, including hospital treatment for extreme decay that can cost thousands of dollars. Other ways to reduce the too-common incidence of six to 10 childhood cavities include breastfeeding only until baby teeth erupt; avoiding transmission

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Andie Pearson, a doctor of dental medicine and owner of Gaimed Dental Spa, in Wilmette, Illinois, tells mothers that in the descent through the birth canal, their baby ingests the bacteria necessary to digest breast milk. As teeth later emerge, their gut bacteria also become able to digest solid food. “By the time a child has all 20 baby teeth, between 18 and 30 months, they no longer have the microbial ecology for digesting breast milk and should be weaned. Researchers from the University of CaliforniaBerkeley have found that the more frequently a mother breastfed her child beyond the second birthday during the day, the greater the child’s risk of severe early tooth decay,” says Pearson. Development of facial muscles and bone structure is dependent on chewing and gnawing. “Teething rings facilitate chewing that builds stronger teeth and creates better alignment,” she explains. If childhood tooth growth is delayed, Pearson often suggests a chiropractic adjustment if all other developmental areas are normal. “It can help the body relax so that teeth erupt naturally,” she advises.

Mouth-to-Mouth Susan Maples, a doctor of dental surgery and owner of Total Health Dentistry, in Holt, Michigan, notes that Streptococcus mutans is the leading reason children are hospitalized today. “Cavities are formed when the rate of decay of the teeth caused by the lactic acid produced by the bacteria exceeds the rate of repair initiated by the phosphate and calcium ions in saliva,” she explains. The unwanted bacteria is transmitted through saliva, which is why adults should avoid licking spoons or tasting foods before offering them to children between the ages of 1 and 3. “This type of bacteria thrives on sugar, so children shouldn’t have lots of sugary drinks and sweet treats,” says Maples. Mouth kissing presents a similar risk.

Early Intervention

Kris Kammer, a doctor of dental surgery and owner of Gums of Steel Oral Hygiene Transformation, in Middleton, Wisconsin, learned early in his career to avoid mercury amalgam fillings and early extractions of bicuspids for orthodontic purposes, and that xylitol reduces buildup of plaque bacterial biofilm on teeth. A study published in the Journal of Dental Research, supported by findings of a metastudy appearing in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dentistry “shows that regular use of xylitol over six months significantly reduces the Streptococcus mutans population,” he says. He also suggests early interceptive treatments which can be performed by general dentists. “Parents don’t need to wait for children’s teeth to come in crooked and crowded. These issues can be addressed with a removable appliance that expands the arch in the roof dome, influences bone growth and makes room for incoming teeth,” says Kammer. Early proper diet may also help prevent crowding of teeth as well as malocclusion, or misalignment of upper and lower teeth, according to Pearson.

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Role Modeling “Parents play a pivotal role in their children’s dental hygiene. They influence how their children care for their teeth, behave in the dentist’s office and feel about dental visits,” advises Pentti Nupponen, a doctor of dental medicine and owner of the Halifax Center for Holistic & Cosmetic Dentistry, in Halifax, Pennsylvania. Children should be made familiar with dentistry and taught that they are responsible for their dental hygiene from around age 1. Nupponen explains his gentle method: “I encourage mothers to bring their children along for dental appointments so that they can watch me from their mother’s lap. Generally, by the time they are alone in my chair, they aren’t frightened.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at natural awakenings

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Good Hygiene Reduces Children’s Cavities

Local Dentists Suggest Behavior Modification by Yvette Lyn


t may be chalhabits. Changing Minimizing the overall lenging to habits falls under the imagine the category of behavior time during the day scene described modification. We when the mouth is at a begin modifying bein the opening paragraph of a New by suggesting more acidic level, gives haviors York Times article that parents minimize about preschoolthe child’s exposure the teeth a chance to ers as young as time. An example 2-and-a-half years re-mineralize. This is good would be drinking old that undergo juice and finishing it for the whole body. general anesthesia in one setting. The and surgery for the purpose of taking same thing can be done with food by X-rays and having a pediatric dentist discouraging the eating of processed perform extractions, root canals, fillings foods while watching TV, playing video and crowns. Hopefully, this vision is games or reading. Minimizing the powerful enough to motivate parents overall time during the day when the to pursue ways to keep tooth decay at mouth is at a more acidic level, gives bay in their young child. While local the teeth a chance to re-mineralize. dentists Roger Pint, DMD, owner of This is good for the whole body. ParBonita Dental Studio, in Bonita Springs, ents who use this transition tool notice and Mark Corke, DDS, owner of Laser a difference and ultimately are able to Dentistry, in Fort Myers, note that this change these habits and food choices may be challenging, they offer suggesover time,” says Pint. tions that can help parents to form good According to Corke, who embrachabits in their children early enough to es a holistic philosophy, another way avoid a mouthful of cavities. to avoid childhood cavities is to have “With my young patients, I ema newborn evaluated for a possible lip phasize the importance of minimizing and tongue-tie even before they leave an acidic environment, which means the hospital or soon afterwards. “In consuming less processed foods and my opinion, there is only one way that sugary drinks, including juice. Parents breastfeeding can lead to dental decay. control the development of their child’s If a lip and tongue-tie is present, it


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creates a pocket where the breast milk will lie directly on baby teeth. It can also contribute to decay because the tongue is not free to help move food and keep the teeth clean. A child may dislike brushing his or her teeth because it hurts when the brush touches it,” explains Corke, who believes that a mother can breastfeed her child for as long as she wishes. Corke performs the lip and tonguetie exam at any age. When it is present, he uses his dental laser to revise the tie with a simple procedure that takes only a few minutes. “A baby doesn’t need sedation to put them to sleep for the procedure,” he says. “Before baby bottles became popular, tooth decay in baby teeth was rare. Baby bottle syndrome, caused by putting a baby to bed with a bottle or long-term exposure to a bottle during the day, is characterized by severe decay. Bottles filled with formula containing high-fructose corn syrup and/or other sweeteners, soda and juice should never be used as a pacifier. Allowing a baby to suck for hours at a time on a sippy cup filled with sugary fluids can have the same result,” advises Corke. Bonita Dental Studio is located at 9200 Bonita Beach Rd. Ste. 111, in Bonita Springs. For more information call 239676-8730 or visit BonitaDentalStudio. com. See ad, page 39. Laser Dentistry is located at 1550 Matthew Dr., in Fort Myers. For more information call 239-936-5442 visit See ad, page 39.

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Lighting a Candle for the Next Generation by Kathy Khatib


nrolling a child in a Montessori school, where students learn to think critically, work collaboratively and act boldly, may be the equivalent of lighting a candle for the next generation. Acquiring such a valuable skill set for the 21st century is perhaps why more than 4,000 Montessori schools dot the American landscape and thousands more can be found on six continents. Since 1907, the Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, has been a child-centered educational approach with a view of the child as someone that is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. Based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood, her revolutionary approach has been time tested with more than 100 years of


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success in diverse cultures throughout the world. The approach is recognized for valuing the human spirit and the development of the whole child— physical, social, emotional and cognitive. Montessori hallmarks include multiage groupings that foster peer learning and uninterrupted blocks of work time, as well as guided choices of work activity. Younger children learn from older children and older children reinforce their learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered. This arrangement mirrors the real world, where individuals work and socialize with individuals of all ages and dispositions. The teacher, child and environment create a learning triangle that encourages independence, freedom within limits and a sense of order. Through individual choice, the child makes use of what the environment offers to develop themselves, interacting

with the teacher when support and/or guidance is needed. As students develop, Montessori teachers match appropriate lessons and materials to sensitive periods when learning is most naturally absorbed and internalized. Students also learn and master lessons through sensory-motor activities, working with specially designed learning materials that develop cognitive powers through direct experience—seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching and moving. In elementary years, the child continues to organize thinking through work with the Montessori learning materials and an interdisciplinary curriculum while passing from the concrete to the abstract. Thus begins the application of knowledge to real-world experiences. This organization of information—facts and figures—prepares the child for the world of adolescence, when thought and emotion evolve into understanding more abstract, universal concepts such as equity, freedom and justice; values for the 21st century. Kathy Khatib is the founder and director of The Garden School of Naples, a Montessori preschool located at 6051 Bayshore Dr., in Naples. The school opens Aug. 15. For information on enrollment, call 239-424-9084, email or visit See ad, page 69.

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PASSAGE Conscious Dying as a Transformative Healing Journey by Linda Sechrist


hen properly viewed, the thresholds of all of life’s transitional moments can be both emotionally and spiritually rewarding. Whether it involves marriage or birth, job loss or illness, gleaning insight from the experience can yield fresh perspective on how to live life more fully today, if we remain mindful and lovingly attentive through the process. Like birth, death is a transition we can wisely prepare for. In recent years, compassionate individuals and grassroots movements have emerged to help us conduct ourselves, heal and grow from losing a loved one or face our own passing. An increasing number of initiatives support a new model in palliative care that treats death not as a failure, but an expected aspect of 44

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the human experience. Each in its own way advocates for a grace-filled passage supported by dignified, caring and compassionate practices.

Profound Shift

The Conscious Dying Institute, in Boulder, Colorado, aims to restore death and dying to its natural place in the sacred circle of life. Its end-of-life literacy curriculum and certificate training programs are helping to create a new, wisdombased culture of healing teachers and end-of-life doulas that serve among the frontline caregivers and companions providing the comfort people want and need most. Founded by Tarron Estes, a healing artist, poet, Caritas coach and transformational learning educator, the institute is grounded in love, spiritual


openness, compassion and a universal field of consciousness. “Training is open to nurses, physicians, clinicians, caregivers, family members, healthcare teams and anyone else interested in exploring what it means to die consciously,” says Estes. It attends to the provider’s inner awakening and helps them strengthen their ability to give spiritual, emotional, physical and practical care to anyone, helping to relieve pain, regardless of diagnosis. “Rather than curative care, it’s all about seeking to increase precious, meaningful moments, a sense of spiritual sanctity, beauty, interconnectedness and appreciation of life for the families and patients they serve. An end-of-life doula at bedside assures that families and loved ones can focus on what is most important,” explains Estes, who believes that our true nature lives within us as an unblemished jewel. Helping individuals become comfortable talking about death is the work of Dr. Karen Wyatt, of Dillon, Colorado, founder of the End of Life University, an online interview series with end-of-life care experts. She provides a trustworthy loving environment in monthly death cafés. The author of What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of Dying expands the conversation through related articles and podcasts at Death cafés benefit from Wyatt’s experience as a hospice doctor. “There is never an agenda. Of the 10 to 12 people that generally join in, one is always a new caller, recently awakened to the idea of conscious dying or their own mortality. They’re seeking information and someone to talk to because family and friends aren’t interested. Some already embracing their mortality wish to explore their thoughts with others. Some callers join just to listen,” advises Wyatt. Because death in the West has become a commercialized, medical event with funeral home packages the norm, Wyatt recommends the National Home Funeral Alliance to those interested in a deeper understanding of options and resources for a gentler model. The nonprofit, grassroots movement and its members, such as Sacred Crossings, in Los Angeles, seek to restore the lost

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For more than 40 years, philosopher, psychologist and physician Raymond Moody’s life work has been acknowledging the mysteries and validating the unexplainable events at the end of life. His seminal bestseller Life After Life appeared in 1975. Lisa Smartt’s mentorship by Moody led them to co-found She’s also authored Words at the Threshold, a study of the nonsensical, metaphorical and paradoxical language and visions of the dying. Moody and Smartt agree that by better understanding the unique language patterns related to end of life we can share more deeply and build bridges with our beloveds throughout the dying process. “When we do so, we offer greater support to the dying and ameliorate our own experience of loss as they cross the threshold,” remarks Smartt. Like William Peters, founder of the Shared Crossings Project, in Santa Barbara, California, they caution that compassionate etiquette during events at death is important. “Assume that levels of awareness exist in the dying so that our energy and presence are felt and our voices heard,” advises Moody. “Respect your words and actions, regardless of the person’s state of consciousness. Be a compassionate listener and validate their vision. Don’t pretend to intellectualize or explain anything.”

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art and healing ritual of a home funeral by preserving the rights of families to provide home after-death care. Supporting and educating interested families is the mission of Sacred Crossings founder Rev. Olivia Rosemarie Bareham. The certified death midwife and home funeral guide draws from her experiences as an auxiliary nurse and hospice volunteer to assist families with end-of-life planning, death midwifery and arrangements for an at-home vigil and funeral, as well as cremation and burial choices. “We also offer sacred singing to help ease a loved one’s transition. Music by a bedside soloist or choir before, during and after death can be deeply relaxing and comforting, and even provide pain relief,” advises Bareham.

We rediscover that in order to die well, we must live well. Dying gracefully is the result of a mindful, day-to-day journey—a culmination of informed choices, honest discussions and deference to the hallowed fragility of nature’s life-death cycles. ~William Rosa Dianne Gray, president and executive director of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation, also owns Hospice and Healthcare Communications. “The dying often wish to leave here surrounded by peace and harmony. They choose to let go of contentiousness and often wish family members would do the same, which is facilitated by mapping out Advance Directives according to the final wishes of the patient,” says Gray. Questions she frequently addresses in public talks and Death Over Dinner party conversations include: the necessity of finishing unfinished business; bringing closure to unresolved relationship issues; finding words to express our compassion; soothing the sense of impending loss; and managing to take only love with us to the other side, yet leave enough of it behind to help loved ones through their grieving process. She cautions that no matter how well we plan for death, things don’t always go as planned.

“Sometimes no matter how many advance care conversations have taken place, discord can dismantle the best laid plans. It requires the tough work of compassionate communications. Friends and families need to remember that this is the patient’s end-of-life experience, not theirs. It is possible to find peace in the midst of conflict, understanding that the one leaving overwhelmingly wishes for a peaceful passing, including peace within the family.”  The Death Over Dinner initiative, founded by Michael Hebb in 2013, has been hosted by groups in more than 20 countries to help people engage in conversations on “how we want to die”—the most vital and costly discussion Americans aren’t having (

Practical Plans

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and its 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy program offer a free downloadable national Guide to Financial Decisions: Implementing an End-ofLife Plan at It includes basic descriptions of issues that arise as we age beyond retirement and details the critical documents needed for the individual, dependents, property, assets, estate planning, wills and trusts. It also addresses issues related to advance, treatment and do-not-resuscitate directives, insurance, types of funerals and costs, and Social Security, Medicare and veterans’ benefits. Guidelines suggest consulting with a certified public accountant or personal financial planning specialist. The latest innovation is the blessing of a living funeral, a celebration of life while the honoree is present to hear the eulogies, praises and farewells before they depart. provides a downloadable Five Wishes document, a popular advance directive, or living will that covers personal, spiritual, medical and legal aspects. It’s easy to use and can serve as a family guide to prompt conversations about personal care preferences in the event of serious illness. New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich wrote about how Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy chose to spend his final weeks in pursuit of a “good ending.” As death approached,

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Writing Our Legacy


by Linda Sechrist

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n their books Caring for the Dying and Having the Last Say, authors Henry FerskoWeiss and Alan Gelb, respectively, advocate reviewing our life and writing a short narrative to explore its value as we approach our final act of Earth’s play. Processing experiences from the past and what they mean at this juncture presents us an opportunity to achieve greater clarity and integrate them in a positive way in our life story. According to Fersko-Weiss, it has the power to reduce depression, increase life satisfaction, promote acceptance of self and enhance integrity of spirit, no matter what phase of life we are in. The harvesting of life experiences should reflect our true humanity—flaws and all—and what we’ve learned through mistakes and failures, as well as triumphs. Conveying a compelling mythic family story, values we’ve lived by and our embrace of meaningful relationships will help the people we know understand that, for all its difficulties and complexities, life is worth living. Our narrative, whether recorded as an essay or scripted video, becomes an act of praise for the gift of the life we’ve led, imperfect as it may have been. It can also serve as a potential keepsake that passes along life lessons and values from one generation to another. Gelb suggests that summing up what’s most important to us in 500 to 1,000 words can be an experience to savor and enjoy at a reflective time in life, an opportunity to capture our legacy and even serve as our own eulogy. When we want a loved one no longer here to feel near to us and hear them one last time, it’s a way for them to literally have the last say, he adds.

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Kennedy told friends that he wanted to take stock of his life and enjoy the gift of his remaining days with the people he loved most. As a result, he continued enjoying his morning ritual of reading newspapers while drinking coffee, playing with his dogs, watching James Bond movies with his wife and holding family dinners and sing-alongs near nightly. He reveled in his bedside view of Nantucket Sound, sailed when he could and ate lots of his favorite ice cream. His mantra was, “Every day is a gift.” “As our time winds down, we all seek comfort in simple pleasures—companionship, everyday routines, the taste of good food, the warmth of sunlight on our faces,” remarks Boston’s Dr. Atul Gawande in Being Mortal. “If we strive in our final months for independence, companionship, mindful attention, dignity, wisdom, joy, love and freedom from pain, we have the power to make those days less miserable, confusing and frightening.” In these many ways, we can manage to gently embrace and tenderly navigate life’s final transition with grace and love.


In the O-Zone Oxygen Therapy Heals a Host of Ills


s safe and trusted as hyperbaric (high pressure) oxygen therapy, ozone therapy also harnesses the healing power of oxygen. Since the 1950s, its popularity has increased around the world. Today, more than 45,000 physicians in 50 countries administer ozone therapy to address ailments ranging from endodontic infections and herniated disk pain to arterial plaque and Lyme disease. According to the American Academy of Ozonotherapy, the widespread medical use of ozone began in Germany and has since spread across Europe as an alternative treatment for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The academy notes that allopathic physicians caution against ozone therapy largely due to misinformation and a lack of understanding regarding its efficacy, side effects, expense and safety, even though published international studies as well as U.S. clinical trials have shown it can be used instead of more expensive and dangerous methods such as surgery or pharmaceuticals. Therapeutic ozone has a sound safety record and no toxic effects have been observed from proper clinical use (Journal of the American Medical Association). Occasional reported side effects are slight

weakness, dizziness or drowsiness for short periods of time during or after treatment. Rare allergic skin reactions like nettle rash are possible with local applications, although occurrences are mild and quick to resolve. Ozone is an oxidant. Ozone therapy, like exercise, creates health benefits by delivering measured doses of oxidative stress that activate the body’s internal antioxidant systems. The primary natural enzyme in ozone therapy is superoxide dismutase, which stimulates another enzyme called telomerase that keeps DNA young by maintaining the telomere at the end of each DNA strand. A study from Cuba’s University of Havana of herniated disc patients found that ozone therapy provided both oxidative protection and pain relief. Such properties make medical ozone therapy a safe and effective treatment for many infections. It’s been shown to be particularly effective for sinus and endodontic infections (Iranian Endodonics Journal), osteonecrosis of the jaw, ear infections, hepatitis (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine), cystitis, HIV, intestinal and blood infections and Lyme disease. Staff of the Sophia Health Institute, in Woodinville, Washington, report remarkably fast results treating such chronic complex infections by

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following intensive intravenous (IV) ozone protocols, with individualized systemic support. Ozonotherapy is a prime treatment for infections, especially viral. Leading experts in oxidative therapy Dr. Robert Rowen, who practices in Santa Rosa, California, and Dr. Howard Robins, director of The Healing Center, in New York City, had good success administering treatment during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. In addition to many patients helped, “It’s been reported that ozone therapy rapidly cured five patients with Ebola during the outbreak,” says Rowen. Ozone therapy is now used to relieve arthritis, neuropathy, degenerative joint and disk disease, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. A pilot study led by the Universidad de Granada, Spain, saw improvement in the physical and depressive symptoms of fibromyalgia. “Ozone is also effective in treating osteoarthritic knees and, via injection, arthritic hips,” says Rowen. Other individuals describe their experiences of overcoming various diseases using ozone therapy at RobertRowenMD/videos. One of the most impressive evidence-based applications is relief from the pain of herniated disks, particularly lumbar. More than one meta-analysis deemed ozone treatment an effective and extremely safe procedure, with pain and functional outcomes equal to or better than surgery and far lower complication rates (less than 0.1 percent), along with significantly shorter recovery times (Pain Physician; American Journal of Neuroradiology). According to the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine, oxygen/ozone therapy used in dentistry offers three fundamental forms of applications to treat oral tissue—ozonated water, ozonated olive oil and oxygen/ozone gas. Ozonated water and olive oil have proved to be an ideal delivery system. Non-toxic and simple to generate, ozone therapy is coming of age as a viable option for both the treatment and prevention of illnesses. Valerie Burke is a freelance health writer in Olympia, Washington, versed in integrative medicine with a master’s degree in nursing science.

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sychologist Ty Tashiro reports in The Science of Happily Ever After that only three in 10 couples remain in healthy, happy marriages. Psychologist John Gottman, in New York City, has studied couples for four decades seeking to understand successful relationships. He and his psychologist wife, Julie, founded The Gottman Institute that helps couples build and maintain loving, healthy relationships based on scientific studies. Using data from his Love Lab at the University of Washington, John separated thousands of couples into two groups: masters (still happy after six years) and disasters (separated or chronically unhappy in their marriages). One of Gottman’s studies watched 130 newlywed vacationing couples and found that partners regularly made bids for connection, requesting responses from their mate. Choices to “turn toward” or “turn away” revealed the level of engagement and respect in the relationship. Couples that divorced within six years had shown “turn toward” bids a third of the time while couples still together responded to their partner’s emotional need nine times out of 10. An integral element is the spirit couples bring to the relationship: kindness and generosity or contempt, criticism and hostility. “There’s a key habit of mind that the masters have,” Gottman explains. “They are scanning the social environment for things they can appreciate and express thanks for. Disasters are scanning for partners’ mistakes.” People focused on criticizing miss 50 percent of positive things their

partners are doing and see negativity when it’s absent. Deliberately ignoring their partner or responding minimally to opportunities for small moments of emotional connection devalues and kills a relationship. Kindness, conversely, glues couples together, making each partner feel cared for, understood, validated and loved. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that the more someone receives or witnesses kindness, the more they will be kind themselves, creating upward spirals of love and generosity. Practicing kindness during a fight is vital. Letting contempt and aggression spiral out of control during a conflict can inflict irrevocable damage. “Kindness doesn’t mean that we don’t express anger,” Julie explains, “But it informs how we choose to express it. You can either throw spears or explain why you’re hurt and angry, which is the kinder path.” Kindness can also solidify the backbone of a relationship by being generous about our partner’s intention and avoiding misinterpreting what’s motivating their behavior. “Even if it’s executed poorly, appreciate the intent,” Tashiro advises. Clearly, if we want to have a stable, healthy relationship, exercise kindness early and often and let a spirit of generosity guide happy years together. Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. Connect at EmilyEsfahaniSmith. com or on Twitter @emesfahanismith.



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Transforming the Way Women Relate to Men An Interview with Alison Armstrong by April Thompson


or 25 years, relationship expert Alison Armstrong has worked to evolve society by changing the way women relate to men. Her yearning to understand the opposite sex was born from personal challenges, including a failed marriage in her 20s. She began studying men on her own, at the age of 30, beginning with the question, “What if men are responding to women?” What started out as a personal inquiry has become a lifelong pursuit and she’s shared her findings with millions of men and women worldwide. Armstrong, co-founder and CEO of PAX Programs, addresses gender differences, sexuality and relationships. She has written three books, including The Queen’s Code, and speaks to interpersonal insights through workshops, webinars and teleclasses, including free recordings and articles at Armstrong and her second husband have been happily married for 23 years and now live in Colorado.

Which core differences between men and women cause everyday misunderstandings? The biggest source of mischief is denying that differences exist at all. Both men and women tend to assume that each is a version of the other, which creates significant misunderstandings. We interact 50

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with our partners by doing or saying what works for us. When that doesn’t get the response we’re expecting, we usually draw incorrect conclusions and act in counterproductive ways. For example, men and women relate to feelings differently. Women often make life decisions based on their feelings about something or someone. To men, who tend to rely on facts and set aside feelings, this approach can seem irrational, and relating to women as irrational has predictably bad outcomes.

Where does a couple best start to heal the communication divide? The most powerful thing men and women can do is to address misunderstandings with openness and curiosity rather than assuming we know why our partner did or said something. We should ask ourselves, “What if there’s a good reason for that?” Don’t assume that what’s true for her is also true for him, and vice versa. Once a couple chooses to give each other the benefit of the doubt, a few simple changes can further open up communication. Saying “I need” instead of “I want” will make a huge difference. Because being “needy” is considered unattractive, women avoid this word, not realizing that it connects with a man’s instinct to provide. When asking for something, it’s important to say what it would

provide us. For him, there needs to be a reward equal to or greater than the energy he’ll have to expend. Years ago, I described to my husband in colorful detail the experience of falling into the toilet in the middle of the night; he took it upon himself to make sure that never again happens to the women he loves.

What’s the secret to navigating partners’ differing needs and drives for physical intimacy? The secret is to stop leaving our sex lives to the whims of biology, or making decisions based on whether we “feel like it.” Waiting for a time when both partners feel like it, the kids are at Grandma’s and we’re not too tired leads to sex happening too rarely. Delicious sexual partnerships begin when we decide to stop waiting and instead work on creating the circumstances that put us in the mood. One example is learning to offer “dessert”. Using the desire for food as a metaphor for the desire for sex, we’re often trying to eat together when only one partner is hungry. But dessert sounds delicious anytime; examples might be massage or kissing or other physical activities. Find out what reliably perks up a partner’s interest and put that on the menu.

How can a woman satisfy a man’s desire to provide without sacrificing her independence? American culture tells women that being low-maintenance matters most. Yet, when we allow our partners to fulfill our needs, it can help us unlock our own greatness, as well as theirs. Men are driven to provide for their loved ones and denying them such opportunities takes away their life’s pursuit, which can be emasculating. By asking for what we need, women create opportunities for partnership, satisfaction and fulfillment for both partners. When we allow the men in our life to contribute to us and learn to receive graciously, we discover that it doesn’t diminish our power. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

Gottman Method Couples Therapy Addresses Frequent Issues by Linda Sechrist


eggy Walsh, a boardwant, you are annoyed certified clinical that they don’t know by nurse specialist, now. If they don’t ask, offers Gottman Method you are angry that they and Emotionally Focused only think of themselves Couples Therapy in Fort and not what you want. Myers. Walsh is expeIt is a no-win situation,” rienced in counseling explains Walsh. that is based on doctors “In the Gottman Julie and John Gottman’s Method, we point that knowledge and wisdom. out the negative sentiPeggy Walsh “Gained from John’s 40 ment override, but don’t years of clinical research studying more go after it directly, as it doesn’t change than 3,000 couples and Julie’s years as that way. The real remedy comes from an expert therapist, the Gottmans saw verbalizing appreciation and giving the basis for a lasting couple relationacknowledgments. This is what slowly ship as a strong friendship. Their model begins to shift it. It is an emotional of seven practical principles that make state that feels like a legitimate way of for a healthy, lasting relationship is cap- thinking,” notes Walsh. tured in the image of a Sound Relation “In order to move couples into posiship House,” says Walsh. tive sentiment override, we also work at Gottman Method Couples Therapy rebuilding the friendship and have the involves building love maps (knowing a couples do things together that they like. partner’s world), sharing fondness and We encourage fun. When the couple admiration, treating the small moments focuses on what they appreciate and like of everyday life as the building blocks about each other, the negativity softens of relationship, learning to listen and and they realize that they need to accept validate each other, turning toward each the whole package,” clarifies Walsh, other’s bids for attention, establishing who finds it personally meaningful to reliable ways to repair their relationship use the short-term cognitive/behavioral when there is conflict or disconnection, therapy and psychodynamic principles and distinguishing when conflicts are that she is trained in to help individuals. solvable and when they are perpetual. “We work together on building It proposes that 69 percent of every and restoring friendship, mastering couple’s issues are perpetual, meanconstructive conflict, identifying shared ing they cannot be solved, but can be goals and meaning as well as life understood, appreciated and lived with. dreams. Couples learn communication Walsh agrees with relationship skills, self-esteem and boundary setting. expert and author Alison Armstrong’s Since nearly all of life takes place in reperspective that giving a partner the lationship which requires good listening benefit of the doubt and assuming that skills, I particularly enjoy helping them a disturbing behavior or communicalearn to listen, as well as paraphrase tion has some good reason. “In the and validate each other so that they Gottman Method, we call this being both feel they were heard. This allows in positive sentiment override. This them to work as a team to create the is wise, but harder than it sounds if life they want,” says Walsh. a couple or one partner is locked in negative sentiment override. When a For more information or to make an person is in this frame of mind, it feels appointment with Walsh in Ft. Myers, like the partner can’t do anything right. call 718-208-6986 or email PWalsh For example, if they ask what you See ad, page14. natural awakenings

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Natural Awakenings' Healthy Dining Guide Mmm… That’s Good


rom takeout to family-style or fine dining, healthy dining options abound throughout Lee and Collier counties. Natural Awakenings recently taste-tested the following venues, where fresh, healthy food is also delicious. Bon appétit.

Ada’s Natural Market & Green Leaf Café 7070 College Pkwy., Ft. Myers 239-939-9600 Enjoy an array of wraps and sandwiches; gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian fare and freshly made soups and bakery items with gluten-free options in pies, cookies, muffins, cakes and breads. Full-service organic juice and smoothie bar. See ad, page 57. Back to Nature Organic Market & Café 1217 SE 47th Terr., Cape Coral 239-549-7667 “Improving the world, one human sprout at a time,” Back to Nature features an organic juice and smoothie bar and offers raw superfood smoothies. Body and Soul Café 9331 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 12, Naples 239-682-3663 Blue Zone certified with high-quality, organic, plant-based, gluten-free, peanutfree and soy-free breakfast, lunch and nutritious body bowls, as well as smoothies, weekly meal plans and cleanses prepared by a certified nutritional fitness coach and culinary graduate. 52

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Chef Brooke’s Natural Café 1850 Boy Scout Dr., Ste. A106, Ft. Myers 239-332-2433 Get some love in your tummy with organic, homemade foods that tempt with simple combinations and complex flavors. Enjoy gluten-free options, superfoods, smoothies and a juice bar. Delicious Raw Juice Bar 821 Fifth Ave. S., Naples 239-430-6555 2338 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples 239-231-3060 8925 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 60, Naples 239-734-3634 Made-to-order highly nutritious fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies and wellness shots, as well as delicious food and snack alternatives. Earth Origins Market 15121 Tamiami Tr. S., Ste. 104, Ft. Myers 239-210-3256 Explore a variety of flatbreads, sandwiches, wraps, salads, hot entrées and organic soups made from all natural ingredients. Enjoy freshly prepared juice and smoothies made with organic produce. See ad, page 63.

Epiphany Gluten Free Bakery Neighborhood Organics, 2359 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste. 406, Naples 239-273-2350 Custom Cakes: Delicious paleo bread and rolls in many flavors, sandwich bread and rolls, gingerbread cookies, coconut chocolate chip cookies, paleo chocolate chip cookies, bodacious brownies, paleo raspberry swirl brownies and custom cakes for all occasions. Fit & Fuel Bicycle Café 819 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., adjacent to Naples Cycler in the Pavilion Shopping Center, Naples 239-514-3333 Café welcomes guests with a casual, warm atmosphere and a menu that offers many healthful, organic choices, as well as locally roasted Panther Coffee. Sip a fruit smoothie at breakfast or enjoy a freshly pressed PANINI at lunch. Food & Thought 100% Organic Farm Market and Café 2132 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples 239-213-2222 Florida’s only 100 percent organic market and café. Fresh produce delivered daily. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menu items prepared from scratch. Smoothies and juices are made with no ice, water or sugar. Soups are made with reverse-osmosis filtered water. See ad, page 10. For Goodness Sake Organic Marketplace & Café 9118 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs 239-992-5838 7211 Radio Rd., (Berkshire Commons), Naples (market only) 239-353-7778 Sandwiches, salads, smoothies and juices made to order and with the freshest ingredients. Freshly squeezed organic fruit and veggie juices made from local produce.

Juicelation 4947 Tamiami Tr., Ste. 104., Naples 239-529-2290 Freshly picked and locally sourced organic juice concoctions made daily from hundreds of juice recipes or customized. Home delivery or market pick-up: Thursday at Naples Italian American Foundation Farmers’ Market, Saturday at Third Street South Farmer’s Market and Shoppes of Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market, Sunday/Pine Ridge Road Farmers’ Market and The Village at Venetian Bay Green Market. Joyful Juicing 10915 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Ste. 1091, Bonita Springs 239-908-6879 Varieties of fresh cold-pressed juices and smoothies are created with nutrient-dense organic fruits and vegetables (sourced locally when possible). Choose from 40 recipes formulated by top raw food chefs, functional medicine doctors and a nutritionist. Delivery or pick-up at “grab and go” Naples and Estero locations, as well as at a juice truck parked outside office buildings, hospitals and other venues. Kitchen 41 2500 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 111, Naples 239-263-8009 Dinner only. Hot and cold appetizers, salads and soups, as well as pasta, fish and meat courses. The healthy restaurant uses a Sous Vide method of cooking with no grease, preservatives, MSG or GMOs. Loving Hut 975 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples 239-254-9490 Experience gourmet, plant-based American, Chinese, Indian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine made with vegan ingredients. Appetizers, salads, soups, noodles and rice dishes are all prepared fresh daily. See ad, page 73.

Pizza Fusion 12901 McGregor Blvd., Ste. 5, Ft. Myers 239-337-7979 2146 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples 239-262-8111 Pizza Fusion offers gourmet pizza, organic, gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free entrees, desserts, beers and wines and eco-friendly dining. Dine-in, take-out, delivery within five-mile radius. See ad, page 43. Nature’s Garden Organic Café & Juice Bar 2089 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples 239-643-4959 Sample homemade health foods and beverages at the deli and juice bar. Organically Twisted (Store and Food Truck) 13040 Livingston Rd., Ste.10, Naples Food Truck Locations: Collier County Court House Farmers' Market (Fridays, 11am-2pm) 3315 Tamiami Tr. E, Naples 239-302-8669 Shangri-La Springs 27750 Old U.S. 41 Rd., Bonita Springs 239-949-0749 Enjoy an organic lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and an organic dinner Thursday and Friday and every second Wednesday of the month. Attendees of classes, programs, workshops or events can enjoy lunch in the dining room or picnic under a magnificent tree on the grounds. See ad, page 61. Skinny Pantry 14261 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 17, Ft. Myers. 239-935-5093 Enjoy paleo-compliant “grab-and-go” meals and vegan muffins. Gluten-free options. See ad, page 18.

The Bowl 1427 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste. 3, Naples 239-734-3867 Healthy, delicious acai and pitaya bowls and smoothies made with organic and local ingredients that people can feel good about eating. Kombucha and cold-brew coffee on tap. See ad, page 22. The Local 5323 Airport Rd. N., Naples 239-596-3276 Farm to table and sea to table cuisine. Locally sourced ingredients. Organic salads, grass-fed beef, grains and noodles, flatbreads, sandwiches, pastas. Gluten-free options. Beer and wine. Tropical Smoothie Café Locations in Naples, Estero, Ave Maria, Ft. Myers and Cape Coral Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a variety of fresh wraps, sandwiches, salads and flatbreads in addition to real fruit smoothies. Whole Foods Market 9101 Strada Pl., The Mercado, Naples 239-552-5100 A wide variety of foods prepared by trained team members under the supervision of an experienced chef include natural and organic ingredients purchased locally when possible. No artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives or trans fats. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 65. Wynn’s Market 141 9 St. N., Naples 239-261-7157 Fresh, quality, heart-healthy meals and favorite comfort foods. Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 68.

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FIT FOR LIFE How to Stay Healthy, Flexible and Strong by Aimee Hughes


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hen thinking about the best forms of exercise as we enter midlife and beyond, we should first clarify some myths and preconceptions,” says Michael Spitzer, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, biochemist, fitness expert and author of Fitness at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond. “In our society, there’s a mindset that once we pass our 40th year, it’s all downhill from there. Our metabolism slows and we gain weight, lose mobility and flexibility, deal with more aches and pains, experience shortness of breath and the list goes on.” According to Spitzer, this all can happen, but it’s more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than destiny. “Research with older people at both rehabilitation and nursing centers tells us that the human body wasn’t designed to begin a major decline in function until age 70, barring major illness or accidents along the way. Most of individual decline is due to lifestyle choices, not nature’s plan.” 54

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Spitzer teaches his clients that weight training is essential for every age group. “After age 30, most people lose between 0.5 to 1 percent of lean muscle fiber per year, which directly affects the basal metabolic rate. Much like a car engine, the more lean muscle mass we have, the more energy our ‘engine’ uses, even when idling. If not prevented, by age 50, for example, we may have lost as much as 20 percent of the lean muscle fiber we had when we were 30.” He also recommends regular cardiovascular exercise. “Do a good round of cardio inside your target heart rate zone for 30 minutes at least three times a week. It’s vital for lung and heart health, the primary benefit of cardio exercise as opposed to just burning calories.” “For those in their 40s, I recommend high-intensity interval training such as burst training, along with a mind-body practice like power yoga or budokon,” says Nelson Pahl, of Northfield,

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Minnesota, managing editor of Longevity Times. “Vinyasa yoga, tai chi and cycling are ideal during our 50s, while hatha yoga, tai chi, or qigong and hiking work well in our 60s.” “Most of my clients are 70 and up,” notes Gwyneth Jones, an active aging specialist at the Carriage Club, in Kansas City, Missouri, who also trains physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists and movement educators. “They enjoy mixing up their daily exercise routines and look forward to the support and encouragement of their classmates. Discussions include lighthearted wordplay and questions about anatomy and physiology.” Pahl urges everyone at every age, “Consume only whole foods, always.” He rarely drinks alcohol and begins every day with yoga and qigong. “Also, be sure to stay well hydrated,” adds Jones. “This will keep your joints healthy, skin clear and moist, digestion more efficient and detoxification of organ systems more effective. Add fresh lemon if you like.” Physical fitness is only one aspect of aging gracefully. Spiritual growth lifts and lightens any mental and emotional load, while supporting physical well-being. Spitzer also recommends, “Reading, learning to play a musical instrument, crafting activities, computer strategy games or doing other activities that require concentration or new problemsolving skills; all help the mind stay tuned up and sharp.” It’s always healthy to break out of normal routines and comfort zones, venture into new worlds, volunteer and do what makes our heart soar. Jones advises, “Choose activities that feel good, refreshing, include people you enjoy, and are done in pleasant environments. Don’t forget to revel in sunshine or a good book on a rainy day. Listen to music, play music, sing and dance every day.” Maturity brings benefits we can embrace with delight when we bring loving attention and happy novelty to life. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at

NO ROCKET SCIENCE NECESSARY for Fitness Goals at Age 40, 50, 60 and Beyond by Linda Sechrist


ason Weitzner, a certified medical exersonal experience. “Before turning 40, I never cise specialist and owner of Symmetry, in thought about gaining weight or maintaining Naples, and Evie Breedlove-Manapora, an muscle, but things changed. Through conadvanced registered nurse practitioner and tinuing education for my profession, I was owner of Inner Essence Health, in Bonita fortunate to learn that the type of foods I ate Springs, couldn’t agree more with the perwere more important than counting calospective of fitness expert Michael Spitzer, ries,” she says. author of Fitness at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond. As an educator and a coach who helps Weitzner’s personal experience with individual’s achieve optimal health and clients has led him to see firsthand that wellness, Breedlove checks her clients’ aging is a mindset definitely not carved in hormone levels, including insulin, cortisol Jay Weitzner stone. “In my personal experience and and thyroid, to determine what needs to working with clients, I’ve seen that their be rebalanced. history is more important than their number “Hormones play a big part in our health, of birthdays. While a client tells me that and like dominoes, when one falls, they they are 25, 45 or 75, this might give me a are all affected. For instance, roller coaster general idea of their maximal potential, but blood sugar increases estrogen and insulin as a medical exercise specialist who will be levels, which not only increase the fat in our working with them, it offers me as very little abdomen and vital organs, but also make extra help. What best serves the client’s outit extremely difficult to lose weight. A diet come and our working relationship is my including vegetables, lean, organic, grass-fed practice of letting their answers to my quesprotein and healthy fats like avocados and tions guide me in terms of what to do and coconut makes us feel fully satisfied, which what to avoid. Such questions that I conmeans that your body won’t be craving sugEvie Breedlove tinue to ask them as we progress together ary snacks and refined carbohydrates for a Mangora include, ‘What are your capabilities, limitaquick boost of energy. Instead, it will thrive tions, and goals? and What are you currently capable on the whole, real foods consumed during meals. Balof doing?’ Past and current injuries are also important. ancing insulin through a proper diet, self-care and exIn other words, the individual’s physical state needs ercise generally allows for the easy shedding of pounds constant consideration,” explains Weitzner. without extra effort,” notes Breedlove. The fitness goal of gaining and retaining muscle never Balancing hormones naturally can also be done changes. “Because we lose muscle as we age, we need to by reducing stress levels, which lowers blood cortisol, add as much as we can in youth and keep as much as we getting enough sleep and eating healthy fats, supplecan when we are older. When training to add and/or keep menting with adaptogenic herbs and improving gut health, along with other things such as bioidentical muscle, I ask questions so that I know where to begin, hormones, if needed. “Health doesn’t require rocket what to include and avoid, and how to progress workscience, it requires common sense and a use-it-orouts. This also applies for increasing bone density and improving cardiovascular and respiratory health. Although lose-it attitude. Just eat real food,” enthuses Breedlove. individuals consider many problems they face during older ages as ‘older-aged problems’, what they really need Symmetry is located at 1750 J&C Blvd., Ste. 10, in Naples. For more information, call 239-940-2121 or visit to recognize is that the seeds of these problems are often See ad, page 2. sown in their youth,” says Weitzner. Breedlove specializes in customized wellness plans to deal with chronic fatigue syndrome, weight loss, thy- Inner Essence Health is located at 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., roid disorders, hormone imbalances, digestive disorders Ste. 113, in Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239-777-4647 or visit See ad, and diabetes. Her interest in lifestyle as an instrument page 36. to slow down the hands of time is the result of her per-

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Everyone Follows their Own Path at Mystical Moon by Lee Walker


doubling its size. The move to the Salrose Lane etaphysical gifts, books and other location was made after her 2013 lease ended. related items appreciated by individuBonita Springs opened in June 2015 to serve cusals walking a variety of spiritual paths tomers that didn’t want to drive to Fort Myers. are the specialty of The Mystical Moon, located Pleased with the sense of community that in Fort Myers and Bonita Springs. The success has developed around Mystical Moon, Barraco of this unique store can largely be attributed hosts events that give customers a reason to unto word of mouth, excellent customer service plug from the outside world and come together. and the popularity of its owner, Laurie Barraco, “Other times, people just pop in just to say hello, who is dedicated to helping others learn how to chat and find out what’s going on. I love to see develop their intuitive abilities. Laurie Barraco people bump into one another serendipitously,” “I have a strong desire to support and remarks Barraco. empower individuals who choose to do this, Mystical Moon’s online community and social network because it’s much better for them to follow their own light gives its 800 members the opportunity to hang out and chat, than to depend on that of others. Mystical Moon’s team of or watch and interact with Barraco’s weekly live stream, gifted healers and readers, are equally dedicated to helping cohosted by Jodi LaMure, on topics such as power animals members of our community to gain clarity, peace and guidor the subject of Carolyn Myss’ book, Sacred Contracts. ance within the walls of our beautiful store or via phone or “We have a great time. Many of our members write blogs Skype,” says Barraco, author of Psychic Development 101. An intuitive channel and certified instructor of the Anas- and share photos, as well as stories. Visitors can apply to be tasi System of Psychic Development, Barraco offers a Psychic granted access,” she explains. Development Mentorship Program, as well as numerous Mystical Moon is located at 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste. 107, in meditation CDs, videos and online courses. Fort Myers (239-939-3339); and 8951 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. Barraco opened the first Mystical Moon, in Island Park, 255 in Bonita Springs (239-301-0655). For more information, in December 2007. Within a year, she needed more space visit See ad, page 78. and expanded the store into an empty adjacent retail space,


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by Barbara Pleasant


ast, fun to grow and packed with flavor and nutrition, tender young microgreens can go from seed to table in as little as a week. Close cousins to edible sprouts, microgreens are grown in potting soil or seed-starting mixes instead of plain water. They customarily grow beyond the sprout stage until they have produced a true leaf or two. After that, harvesting is a simple matter of snipping off fresh greens. “You don’t need a green thumb to grow microgreens, only patience and persistence,” says Mark Mathew Braunstein, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, author of Microgreen Garden. Even first-timers can expect good results. For example, the thin shoots grown from popcorn taste like a more vibrant form of sweet corn, and pea shoots work well in wraps, salads and virtually any Asian dish. Like high-fiber wheatgrass, “Microgreens are great for juicing, either by themselves or mixed with other veggies,” says Rita Galchus (aka Sprout Lady Rita), proprietor of The Sprout House, in Lake Katrine, New York, which sells organic seeds for microgreens and sprouts. “You can add a handful of microgreens to a smoothie to ramp up the nutrition without changing its taste or texture,” she notes.

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The seeds of dozens of plants from alfalfa to wheat can be grown as microgreens. If seeking to maximize nutrition, put red cabbage and cilantro on the planting list. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Quality Laboratory, in Beltsville, Maryland, tested the nutritional properties of 25 microgreens; red cabbage, cilantro, garnet amaranth and green daikon radish had the highest concentrations of vitamin C, carotenoids, and vitamins K and E, respectively. Microgreens generally provide three times as much nutrition per weight as the same food eaten in its mature state. “People underestimate the intense flavor of microgreens 58

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Microgreens grow so fast that there’s little time for them to run into trouble. Commercial growers use large trays, but home gardeners can also use pretty coffee mugs or tofu boxes rescued from the recycling bin. Drainage holes in the container bottoms work well when growing beets or other slow-sprouting seeds, but are less important for fast-growing sunflowers or wheat. Work only with organic seeds. Seeds sold for sprouting or bulk grains from a local health food store cost much less than the larger, robust seeds produced for gardening. Soak seeds in water overnight to jump-start germination. Place an inch or so of potting soil or seed-starting mix in the container, and then scatter the plump seeds on top. “A common beginner’s error is to sow seeds too thickly,” says Braunstein. Sown seeds should not touch each other, with most spaced about one-quarter-inch apart. Spritz with water and cover with a plate or plastic wrap. At the first signs of sprouting, water and move the pot to a sunny spot near a bright window or within two inches of a bright grow light. Dribble in small amounts of water to maintain moisture over the next few days. To harvest, cut in bunches about one-half inch above the soil line. Microgreens store well in the refrigerator for a couple of days, but are best eaten fresh. For both beginners and experienced gardeners, growing microgreens provides a close-up look at seed germination, one of nature’s miracles. Award-winning garden writer Barbara Pleasant’s new book Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year Round, will be out next month from Storey Publishing.

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and might try planting mustard greens or radish varieties even if they don’t like spicy flavors,” say Elizabeth Millard, an organic farmer in Northfield, Minnesota, and author of Indoor Kitchen Gardening. For beginners, large seeds that sprout quickly such as sunflowers, buckwheat and snow peas are good choices because they produce big, robust sprouts with mild flavor. Many people also grow microgreens for their pets. “Cats tend to prefer mild, sweet-tasting microgreens such as red clover, alfalfa and flax seed,” advises Galchus. “They also love grasses grown from hard wheat, whole barley and rye. Cats cannot digest the grass, but use it to bring up indigestible matter that might be lodged in their stomachs.”

Just because a wine claims to come from organic grapes does not mean it’s made naturally. If it’s made with industrial/ cultured/commercial yeasts to begin fermentation, it is not natural, regardless of how the grapes were grown.



merica’s love affair with wine has grown so dramatically since the late 1980s that in many households, it has become a regular item on the dinner table. Along with this popularity has been the development of new science and technology for growing grapes and making wine. Although this advancement may seem like an obvious benefit, an increasing number of winemakers, sommeliers and wine lovers are questioning whether the advances have resulted in a net good for enthusiasts, as well as more casual wine drinkers. The development of the Natural Wine Movement, a recent phenomenon, is evidenced on the wine lists of restaurants in cities such as Boston, New York and San Francisco. While this movement is relatively new in the U.S., natural wines have been celebrated abroad in Paris, London, Tokyo and Copenhagen, Denmark, where Noma, one of the world’s best restaurants, serves them exclusively. According to Raw Wine, an independent wine fair that showcases growers with fundamental farming and cellar philosophies that make natural wines possible, the scene is exploding, with approximately 400 natural wine producers just in France. Despite the novelty, natural wines have been with us since the first grape was crushed for the purpose of making wine, some 8,000 years ago. Unlike today’s conventionally made wines, Old World wines contained no additives such as packets of yeasts, vitamins, enzymes, Mega Purple (concentrate) or powdered tannins. Also missing was reverse osmosis and cryo-extraction for force-freezing grapes to extract sweeter concentrated juice. Ancestral growing and production methods began to disappear in the 1950s and 60s as the petrochemical industry searched for new markets after WWII. Their targeting of agriculture in general and grape growers in particular resulted in producers using chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides as solutions to solve virtually every viticultural challenge, thus making it a standard practice. Throughout the

years, chemically treated vineyards required higher and higher doses of chemicals, and wine growers suffered the highest incidence of cancer among all French agricultural workers. Such farming and environmental impacts, coupled with the teaching of naturalist winemaker Jules Chauvenet in the 1970s, spurred a new generation of French winemakers to reformulate wines the ancestral way, without additives during fermentation, altering the wine’s structure with manipulations in the cellar, filtering or fining the wines with foreign agents such as egg whites and gelatin from fish bladders, and with minimal or no sulphur dioxide at bottling. The results of their efforts inspired other farmer/winemakers. Paris wine bars and restaurants eagerly jumped on board to help to spur interest and demand, thus birthing the Natural Wine Movement. Natural wines made with only organic grapes are of particular interest to individuals that have difficulty drinking conventionally made wine. “Anecdotal evidence suggests that natural wines induce fewer side effects than their conventional counterparts,” according to Raw Wine. It is possible that the rebirth and rediscovery of natural wine is the most exciting development in wine since Burgundian growers such as Henri Gouges and the Marquis d’Angerville decided to bottle their own wine by domain (place of origin) instead of selling it off in barrels to middlemen to be blended and frequently altered. It is perhaps a blessing for wine drinkers that winemakers once again care about what is in their bottles and make the kind of wines they want to drink. But budding oenophiles must still be cautious researchers that do their homework before shopping. Just because a wine claims to come from organic grapes does not mean it’s made naturally. If it’s made with industrial/cultured/commercial yeasts to begin fermentation, it is not natural, regardless of how the grapes were grown. Peter Rizzo is the founder and proprietor of Natural Wines, located at 4949 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 102, in Naples. The store is dedicated exclusively to wines from smaller producers in Europe and America. For more information, call 239-228-5890 or visit Natural Wines Naples on Facebook. See ad, page 21. natural awakenings

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Their Gentle Empathy Helps Us Heal by Sandra Murphy


hysical therapists have long used horses to help patients improve balance or strengthen core muscles. Now they’re helping to teach empathy. Given a horse’s significant size, sometimes distracting surroundings and the need for safety, humans need to learn the animal’s non-verbal cues, and to regulate their own. Close interaction without riding is proving to be helpful for those dealing with addictions, trauma and grief, and for employees to improve their communication and teamwork skills. Kelly Wendorf and Scott Strachan, co-founders of Equus, in Santa Fe, work with both individuals and organizations. Strachan emphasizes, “This isn’t magic. Horses reflect our feelings back to us. If we’re nervous, the horse will be more skittish.” “We’ve had executives arrive with cell phones firmly in hand and leave holding soggy tissues instead,” comments Wendorf. “For them, it was unexpectedly emotional.” For addicts caught up in a debilitating cycle, “Equine therapy gets the brain firing in a new direction,” says Constance Scharff, Ph.D., director of


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addiction research at Cliffside Malibu, in California. “Patients may say they’re fine when they’re not, but you can’t lie to a horse. They have boundaries; if you’re angry, a horse won’t tolerate your behavior and will walk away.” Scharff notes, “Equine therapy is complementary to psychotherapy medicine, and one tool we use in approaching addiction. Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be the underlying issue, so we can address it, to understand why the person became an addict.” Wendorf relates the story of an 18-year-old client facing body image issues. “Five horses approached her and touched her with their noses on her arms and legs. Where they touched was where she had been cutting herself to try to relieve her emotional pain.” “People feel a powerful connection when they let down their defenses and a horse responds,” says Sheryl Jordan, equestrian director at Salamander Resort & Spa, in Middleburg, Virginia. “Our Equi-Spective life lessons program brings self-awareness and the power to better



Horses help bring back memories for clients with dementia. ~Hearts & Horses, Loveland, Colorado, nonprofit therapeutic riding facility control emotions. During the session, they may hug, pet and cry on the horse, but they leave the corral smiling.” The program teamed up with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) serving bereaved military families. Kelly Griffith, a surviving sister of U.S. Marine Corps Major Samuel Griffith, points to the power of equine therapy in a video at Equi-SpectiveVideo. Susan Wight, a former professional steeplechase rider and ambassador for TAPS in Leesburg, Virginia, says, “My husband was my riding coach. When he passed away, I was numb when facing decisions, but at the session, it felt like one of the horses was the one to choose. The initial flood of emotions and memories from being around horses again wasn’t pretty, but empathy is a specific language, and I’m grateful for the opportunity. Horses are a huge part of my life.” At Ranch Hand Rescue Counseling Center & Animal Sanctuary, in South Argyle, Texas, founder Bob Williams considers animal therapy a ministry. “We rescue abused and neglected farm animals, including horses that come into play when patients are not responding to usual therapies,” he says. “It’s important for damaged people to learn to live in the light, and our partnering with the special needs animals helps put them on the emotional path to health.” The rescue’s mission is to provide hope, healing and a sense of security for children and adults that have suffered severe trauma such as abuse, domestic violence and witnessing violent death ( RanchHandRescueVideo). Riding Beyond’s four-session program, in Ashland, Oregon, is free to women recovering from the rigors of breast cancer treatment. Expenses are covered by donations from the community. German research published in the journal Psycho-Oncology reported

that 82 percent of participating breast cancer patients studied displayed symptoms of PTSD following diagnosis. “They often don’t want to touch or be touched, and have trouble with friendships and intimate relationships; issues that can cripple a woman’s life,” says Trish Broersma, founding director and a certified therapeutic riding professional at Riding Beyond (Tinyurl. com/RidingBeyondVideo). “The medical team that saved their lives doesn’t treat these issues.” The first client, unfamiliar with

horses, met Mystic, who touched her on the site of the former tumor. She says, “Even weeks later, when I brought her image to mind when stressed, sad or even happy, it brought feelings of contentment, peace and well-being.” Horses have been serving humans in many ways for centuries. Equine therapy shows they have even more to give if we are open to receive. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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calendarofevents WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 28 Days to a New You – Feb 1-28. 6:30-7:30pm, Wed. Community and connection through yoga, meditation, acts of kindness, weekly meetings, a balancing diet and more. The six steps to liberation include: six classes a week, daily 10-minute meditation, daily acts of kindness, one day of self-enjoyment, eating for vitality, daily journaling. $249 includes unlimited yoga. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. naples-events. Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement with this class. Prerequisite: Reiki I and II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Gluten-Free, Vegan Cooking Boot Camp – 7-9pm. Four-week series on Wednesdays. Wow friends and family with newfound culinary skills. Breakfasts, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks. $160/all classes or $45/class. Must be prepaid to secure a spot. Class is limited to 12 participants. Body & Soul Café, 9331 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Register: 682-3663. A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Retirement – Feb 1-Mar 22. 7:30-8:30pm (weekly). Facing retirement, Unity of Fort Myers’ minister Rev Jim Rosemergy will share significant spiritual insights that impacted his life and ministry over the past 40 years. From these insights, we may recognize our own experiences and grow through awakening to awareness. Love donation. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Songwriters at Sunset Concert – 4pm. Hear original music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate Bluebird Café style on the beach in the gazebo and enjoy a Lover’s Key sunset. Free concert admission with park entry fee. $8/parking fee (2-8 people), $4/single person/vehicle, $2/pedestrian/ bicyclist. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training Program (MB-EAT) – Feb 2-Feb 23. 6-8pm. Lose the diet mentality and gain a new relationship with food. Forget words like diet, will power, guilt and deprivation, and discover a more balanced and


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monkey yoga faculty. Yoga history, philosophy and meditation module. This module gives participants the depth and richness of the ancient practice of yoga while making it relevant in our world today. Participants will learn how to incorporate this knowledge into living and teaching through conversation, storytelling and inspiration. $695. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Customer Appreciation Day – 10am-5pm. Live blood cell analysis by appointment, free samples, and a chance to win a raffle bag. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. 992-5838.

harmonious relationship with food. $395. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 612-718-1416. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Evie Breedlove-Mangapora. Learn how hormone imbalance could be robbing your zest for life. Free $10 gift card to Food & Thought for the first 10 to RSVP and attend. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 777-4647. See ad, page 36. Restorative Sound – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With William Ward. Allow the healing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls in concert to soothe your soul and bring your body back into its original balance. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. $80/4 classes; pick four 1.5 hr classes. Expires in 4 months. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. The Untethered Soul – Feb 2-Mar 23 (weekly). Ellen Barron, licensed Unity teacher, facilitates this study group of spiritual teacher Michael Singer’s book The Untethered Soul. Explore how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization. Child care available. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Intro to Drumming – 7pm. Learn to drum and get into a group rhythm. No experience is necessary. Drums are provided. Limited to six participants. $15/person. Six Mile Cypress Slough, 7751 Penzance Blvd, Ft Myers. 503-4515. Creative-Connection-swfl.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 The Enlightened Practice – Feb 3-5. With green-

Reiki Master Class – 2pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement with this class. Prerequisite: Reiki I and II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Bulletproof Against Cancer – 6-8pm. Enjoy a live cooking presentation of healthy food with chef Kristina San Filippo while learning how to create a healthy home inside and out with Deborah J Post, ARNP. Three-course dinner includes wine and sustainably raised locally sourced food with lecture. $68. 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 908-3842. See news brief, page 18. Art Walk – Jan 6-7. 6-10pm, Fri; 11am-4pm, Sat. Fourteen art galleries invite locals and visitors to a self-guided walking tour throughout downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists and enjoy the live art demonstrations. Crystal Intentions Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. With Margaret Ann Lembo. Learn how to read gemstones for insight and personal development. This is way too much fun and sparkly, too. $25/prepaid, $30/ door. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 228-6949. Spirit Live Jam Dance – 7:30-9:30pm. $10. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Reiki for Pets – 9-11am. Bring a dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a five-to-15-minute reiki session for them. Whether they are ill or healthy, animals benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leashed or comfortably crated. Free; donations accepted for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck

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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 in your health relating to digestive dysfunction, liver stress, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalances, lymphocytes, health of white and red blood cells and more. $50 includes DVD and takehome information. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778. Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing Class – Feb 4-5. 10am-5:30pm, Sat; 10am-5pm, Sun. With Margaret Ann Lembo, author of Chakra Awakening, The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones and The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing. $250 (non-refundable). 13 CEUs. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N (Empire Plaza), Naples. Preregister: 228-6949. Seraphim Blueprint Healing – 10am-6pm. Connect with angels and allow activation of healing within yourself. A relaxed day of receiving energy healing. Learn to send this beautiful energy to others for health and healing: physically, emotionally and mentally.  $180.  In-person in Naples or via teleconference. 910-6576. Yoga Posture Alignment – Noon-5pm. With Dr Steven Weiss. Understand the power of alignment for creating a healthy lower back, pelvis and legs and its role in yoga therapy. $95. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276.


Yoga for Osteoporosis Workshop – 1-3:30pm. With Susan Carter, certified Iyengar teacher. Learn the tools to start your own home practice to build balance, strength and spinal extension. A Yoga for Osteoporosis book will be included with practice sequence and modifications for all levels of ability. $65 (includes book). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Register: 433-5995. Movement and Breath for Labor – 2-3:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi, with LifeBehold, to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 248-7931. $25/early bird, $30/door. Register: or Andean Despacho Ceremony – 4-7pm. With Carey Stokes. Experience ancient ceremony, receive luminous energy field cleansing, receive ancient Andean


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initiation rite, bring the power of your prayer to the world and restore harmony and balance to your life and much more. $45 or $35/by 2/3. Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Super Bowl Platters –Vegan, gluten-free Super Bowl platters available for pre-order. Buffalo cauliflower, stuffed peppers, chips and queso and more. Body & Soul Café, 9331 Tamiami Tr N Naples. 682-3663. Eckankar Spiritual Discussion –11am. Topic: Spiritual Wisdom on Prayer, Meditation, Contemplation. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Yoga Posture Alignment – Noon-5pm. With Dr Steven Weiss. Understand the power of alignment for creating a healthy lower back, pelvis and legs and its role in yoga therapy. $95. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Argentine Milonga Dance – 4-8pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. Spiritual Economics –10am-noon & 7-9pm. Based on two books Spiritual Economics, by Eric Butterworth, and Prosperity by Charles Fillmore, attendees may experience a shift in consciousness from lack to abundance. Discussions of the reading material, personal realizations and practical ways can help enhance one’s own prosperity. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Lunch and Learn Dining Event – 11am-12:30pm. Nurture Yourself First workshop series with Certified Nutrition Therapist Suzanne Jefferys. Includes: a three-course, organic meal provided by ShangriLa; 75-minute workshop; a raffle ticket for gift basket drawing ($300 value). Bring a guest and receive an extra raffle ticket for yourself, plus your guest gets a ticket. $49.95/person. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 239-949-0749.

Turmeric Event – 2-3pm. Take home the products you make. $25. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039.

$20. Peaceful Escapes, 601 E Elkcam Cir, B-3, Marco Island. RSVP: 571-5234.

Alienated Grandparent Anonymous (AGA) Support Group – 4-6pm. Provides information and support for grandparents who have been cut off from access to their grandchildren. Collier County Regional Library, Central Ave & 7th St, Naples.

Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule.

Food Talk: Probiotic Food-Making – 6:15-8:15pm. Come prepared to do some food preparation. Everyone goes home with a tasty and healing probiotic food or drink. $20/prepaid. For special instructions and class location: Jumpstart to Healthy Living Part I: Eating to Fuel Your Body – 6:30-7:30pm. Join Kristi Willems, integrative nutrition health coach, as she discusses the basics of protein, carbs and fats, and how to switch your focus on thriving, not depriving yourself to become the healthiest version of you. $20. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP/payment by 2/3: 676-5249.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 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 2/14. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Sacred Sound Attunement – 6:30pm. With Dana House and other cosmic counterparts. Connect to your initiating spark that shines through the holistic resonance of the invocative gongs and the grace filled bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends to enhance your powers of creative intention. Bring pillow, blanket and mat.

Introduction to Esoteric Healing – 7-8:15pm. With Katie Mulligan. An informative talk about the human energy field and centers of the body. How the esoteric healing modality can help to heal, balance and promote health in all areas of life. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. or

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Cooking Class – 6pm. Sweet and Savory Tastes of the Season with Laurie Ricardone. The Good Life, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Ste 176, Naples. Register: 514-4663. Art Reception and Community Celebration – 6-9pm. “Bright Light” Reception: featuring the original works of Michael Monroe, Pat Zalisko, Dawn Scandale in the Great House. Live music, street painting, dulcimer music, photo booth, Calusa storytelling, poetry, trunk jewelry show, butterfly card making and drum circle. Beer and wine bar. Organic dinner: 5-8pm. Yoga: 6:30-7:30pm. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Community Yoga Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Enjoy yoga surrounded by lush nature and community drumming. Beginners to advanced for the whole

family. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Mini Spa Treatments – 6:30-7:30pm. Free minitreatments include massage, facials and energy work on a first-come, first-served basis. Tips for therapists recommended. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Calusa Storytelling – 6:30-8pm. The Calusa Indians gathered water at the Bonita Spring and regarded it as a sacred place. Calusa John will share his experiences and research into the Calusa Indians and the Spaniards. See demonstrations of their indigenous technologies. Hear the haunting sound of the horse conch horn. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Community Drumming Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. With Mark Wagner. Show your community spirit and be a part of a family-oriented unity of rhythm and love on the beautiful grounds of Shangri-La Springs. Great for beginners, dancers, hoopers and musicians. Free. 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Parent Support Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. With Jill Emmerich. Monthly workshop for parents of kids of all ages and levels of ability to come together, discuss challenges, problem solve difficult situations, support and teach each other. $30, $50/2 people; clients: $25, $40/2 people; free for members. Call for eight-week group dates. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 2313208. 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 2/15. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

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Valentine Dance Party – 7pm. $12. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 3049013. See news brief, page 16. Living the Present Moment Online Study Group: The Four Elements – 7-8pm. Join Dr Joel Ying for a teleconference. Learn how fire, water, earth and air bring you into deeper presence. Get info and register for free with coupon code AWAKENINGS at 200-6796.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Introduction to Nutrition and Services – Noon1pm. A free monthly class for new clients and patients that have not experienced the services at D-Signed Nutrition. Learn about basic nutrition and health, their philosophy and services provided. Book a comprehensive initial visit at this time and receive a free, high-quality multivitamin for the month. 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 3/7: 676-5249. Ouija Board Class – 2pm. Learn the history of the “talking board” and the mythology and misconceptions surrounding this divination tool, as well as the many different types of boards and ideas on how to make your own from simple materials. Learn how to use it effectively and safely to contact positive spirit. Receive written materials, and hands-on experience. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. ~Gerard de Nerval

Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 4-7pm. With GAEA Guides - Guided Kayak Nature Tours. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise. Includes all equipment and a Florida Master Naturalist as your guide. $40/person. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. Unity Works at Work –5:30-7pm. A networking event where actively employed or retired business professionals and entrepreneurs share their unique skills, talents and expertise while offering their products or services. Guest speakers will share how they enjoy the benefits of applying Unity spiritual principles to their professional life. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Shaman Speaks: Awaken Who You Truly Are – 6-7:30pm. With Minazali Bhinji, LMT. A shift in the energy of the Earth is occuring. Breath out your limiting beliefs. Open heart, center self and become the shift. $20. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Also 2/23. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Celebration – 5:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Honor the first lunar eclipse of the year as we recalibrate and set our intentions of peace and harmony for all of humanity. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering going to wildlife rescue. Miramar Public Beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N, (southern public beach) off Harbor Dr, Naples. 398-3953. Fall in Love with Food – 5:30-8:30pm. Free wine,


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beer and food tasting. Lucky’s Market, 3815 Tamiami Tr E, Naples. 330-3012. Integrative Relaxation – Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Nurture your body and mind and release stress from the source. Feel refreshed and empowered to tackle life’s challenges, with new solutions where before there were only problems. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. $80/4 classes; pick four 1.5 hr classes. Expires in 4 months. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Evidence of Eternity with Mark Anthony – 7pm. Mark Anthony, the psychic lawyer, is a fourthgeneration psychic medium, best-selling author and media personality. During his presentation, he will connect random audience members with loved ones in spirit. Evidence of Eternity is a bestseller which brings his years of experience, wisdom and spiritual study together. $50/ticket. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Tickets: 775-3009 or See news brief, page 14. The Live Art Game – 7pm. This lively game gives people a chance to try out painting in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Together, create a masterpiece in two hours. No artistic skills needed. All materials provided. $20/person. Studio 1084, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 503-4515. Women’s Gathering – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion and relationships. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Full Moon Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7-8:15pm. With Mark Wagner. Find peace and improve your sense of well-being through a mix of guided meditation, chanting and healing vibrations of the singing bowls. $15/person. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. The Lego Method of Tale Telling Workshop – 7-9pm. With Bil Lepp, king of the tall tale. In this exclusive workshop, Bil shows how to tell several short stories within the body of a larger tale to form one relatively coherent, interlocking piece. $15/ members, $20/non-members. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Tickets: 9392787. See ad on page 70 and news brief on page 10.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Reiki Clinic – 9am-noon (by appointment only). If you’re curious about reiki, experience a session at a discounted rate to see if it’s for you before committing to reiki treatment. Caring volunteers offer 45-minute private sessions for $11 ($95 value). Limited space. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Feldenkrais: Soften Your Shoulders – 10am12:15pm. With JoAnn Rahl, Feldenkrais Awareness and Movement Teacher Trainee. Experience how to release tension and relieve pain from head, neck and shoulders in a gentle, mindful way. Limited to six students. $25/early, $30 after 2/10. Conscious Posture Studio, 501 Goodlette Rd N, Ste D-304, Naples. 777-2597.

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BKS Yoga Studio Two-Year Anniversary – 10am2pm. Offering special blended classes, taught by two instructors. First 50 guests receive goodie bags sponsored by Sake & Capital Grill. Special class package discounts and markdown in boutique. $20/drop-in. $1/min chair massages and $40/30 min private Tarot readings. 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 2132-9276. See news brief, page 16. Weekend Childbirth Education – Feb 11-12. 10am-3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register/fee: Happehatchee Open House –10am-4pm. Guests are invited to attend free classes, guided eco tours, reiki healing, drumming and more. The park will be filled with vendors, music, food, laughter and peace. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services, including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, reiki, biofeedback and pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Thyroid Seminar – 11am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 4443106. See ad, page 31. Complimentary Sweets for the Family – Noon-2pm. Enjoy free coffee, cookies and candy, while decorating cards in the café. Lucky’s Market, 3815 Tamiami Tr E, Naples. 330-3012. Powerful You! Workshop – 1-2pm. With Author Julie Frizzi, greenmonkey yoga.  Stress relief tools for families and book signing. Books and journals will be available for purchase. $5. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Experiential Meditation Course – 1-4pm. Learn The MirrorMind Method of Unprecedented Clarity, Control and Creativity. With stress and meditation expert Bill McLaughlin. $29. 287-3458. Info/preregister: Bil Lepp – King of the Tall Tale – 2pm & 7pm. Storytelling performance with Bil Lepp, nationally renowned storyteller and five-time winner of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. Matinee and evening performance will be different. Tickets: $10/members, $15/nonmembers. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 939-2787. See ad on page 70 and news brief on page 10. Laughter Yoga and Mindfulness – 3:30-5pm. With Jill Emmerich and Michelle Falco. Learn to cope with everyday life challenges through laughter and positive mindfulness. Manage stress through movement, breathing, humor and positive laughirmations. Sponsored by Monarch Wellness and the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Free. Lowdermilk Park, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Valentine’s Date Night Cooking Class – 7-9pm. Bring your sweetie in for a hands-on class where you will learn to cook a full vegan, glutenfree Valentine’s meal and take it home with


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you. $65/person or $120/couple. Body & Soul Café, 9331 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 682-3663.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am, 1pm & 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Expand into the new frequencies of these ever changing times. Allow the singing bowls to apply the healing balm of self-love for your transformation. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $20 (cash or check). The original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Eckankar Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Finding Joy and Love in the Light and Sound of God. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. With Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman. Featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 404-9744. Sacred Sounds Full Moon – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls, 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends for helping, healing, transformation personal and planetary merging into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. Bring your own musical creative expressions as well as mat, pillow, blanket. $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. Sacred Sound Ceremony – 6:30-8:30pm. $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Clay Event – 2-3pm. Take home the products that you make. $10. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. Full Moon Mondays – 6-7pm. With Gus Komninos. Yoga under the light of the full moon will consist of 108 sun salutes. Komninos leads four groups of 27 sun salutes, beginning with the most accessible version. All levels. $5/prior, $10/door. All proceeds benefit the Naples Art Association. Young Plaza at the von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park St, Naples. 5981938. Jumpstart to Healthy Living Part II: The Secrets to Your Success – 6:30-7:30pm. We know we need to plan ahead, and make sure we don’t skip meals. Integrative nutrition health coach Kristi Willems will lead this informative class to help participants create their own meal plan. $20. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP/ payment by 2/10: 676-5249.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal Ceremony – 10am & 3pm. Champagne toast, full brunch or lunch, coffee, cake and desserts, dancing, socializing, photo as well as a special gift and door prizes. $75/couple, non-refundable donation to Friends of Lovers Key, Inc. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. Preregister: 708-359-0466 or Celebration of Love Organic Dinner – 5:30pm, 6:30pm & 7:30pm seatings. Enjoy a special organic

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Valentine’s menu, live music and a glass of bubbles at $45/person. Share each other’s company under the giant Mysore fig tree or make a reservation in the spa for an exclusive couple’s night of romance including a couple’s massage, use of the steam room, infrared sauna and private dining under the stars. Reservations suggested. Shangri- La Springs, Bonita Springs. Info/reservation: 949-0749. Journey Beyond Words – 5:45-7:15pm. Also 2/28. 2nd & 4th Tue thru Mar. Join on this small-group journey thru this companion study class for the Course in Miracles, written by Brent Haskell, PhD, DO. $25/session. Email for questions and special south Ft Myers location details: Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Walk and Learn – Noon-12:45pm. Q&A with Jennifer Barrell. Learn the ins and outs of feeding your children and grandchildren. Wear your tennis shoes and come walk the Bonita Bay trails. Kids in strollers and dogs on leashes welcome. Bring your questions and get the facts about nutrition as you exercise. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 2/14: 676-5249. Mantras and Miracles Kundalini Yoga – 6-7:30pm. With Lizz Cohoon (Das Simran Kaur). Align with your highest potential using kundalini yoga, breath and mantra, mantra, mantra. $20/drop-

in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Pros and Cons – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. Aging isn’t optional, but is it necessary to be efficient at it? What are hormones that we can optimize and slow the aging down a bit and is it safe? Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. 231-8354 or 481-5600. EFT Tapping Class: Feel Relaxed and Supported – Feb 15-Mar 15. 6:30-8pm. Five-week class. Experience the power of EFT Tapping on stress release, clearing the fear, suppressed feelings and unaware limiting beliefs at subconscious level. EFT is also referred as needle-free emotional acupuncture or energy medicine. $149/advance payment required. For special instructions and class location: Deb@ Natural Anti-Aging Strategies to Improve Brain Health – 6:30-8pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Learn how simple life choices can impact the brain and how mindful strategies can expand brain capacity. With the rapid increase of Alzheimer’s and dementia, this workshop can be useful in changing debilitating behaviors regardless of age. $30/workshop, $50/2 workshops, $90/4 workshops; client discount available. Monarch Wellness. Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Eckankar Community HU Chant – 7pm.Vineyards Community Center, 6321 Arbor Blvd, Naples. 482-4034. Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family.    Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register:

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Eckankar Spiritual Discussion – 7:45pm. Topic: Finding Spiritual Wisdom from Your Dreams. Vineyards Community Center, 6321 Arbor Blvd, Naples. 482-4034.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. FortMyers All About Spells for Beginners – 2pm. Learn what a spell is and when they should and should not be used. Learn the prerequisites to cast spells and the many forms of constructing one. Discuss some of the methods for success with your spell work and to serve your highest good. Bring a notebook. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Dental Care with Cancer Care – 5-6:15pm. Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE, IFM-CP teaches this free educational class every month. February’s session will focus on the relationship with dental health and cancer care and prevention. D-Signed Nutrition, Estancia Tower, 4801 Bonita Bay Blvd, Social Room, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 2/15. 676-5249. You Are What You Eat – 6-7pm. With Eva Aspegren, integrative nutrition health coach, MBA, MSC. Expand definition of health. Explore nutrition’s role in mind-body; bio-individuality; primary/secondary foods; benefits of whole, clean foods for optimal health, detoxing body-mind and environment. $15. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs.

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help attendees find support from the monkey sprout community while you practice meditation, breath work, stretches, yoga flow and relaxation. $30, $25/ prepaid by 2/17. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Preregister: 598-1938.

Meditation – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to better your meditation practice at home with short discussions and practice with William Ward. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. $80/4 classes; pick four 1.5 hr classes. Expires in 4 months. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. The benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. Also learn about challenges and solutions and resources available. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Fee info/register: or Gathering to Create Joy in your Life – 7-9pm. With Kathleen D’Orsi, licensed psychotherapist. Come together to discuss our longing in this lifetime and our evolutionary path. Refreshments will be served. Free. Naples. RSVP: 732-672-5069.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Healing in America’s Certified Energy Healing Therapy Development Level I Class – Feb 17-19. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Learn the work of the great healer Harry Edwards and the Healing Trust. $425 (payment plans available). Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Info/preregister: 692-9120 or Free Class Friday – Noon-4pm. Classes include intros to qigong, Foundation Training, self-hypnosis, acupressure, food combining, alternative testing and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. Cooking Class – 6pm. Treasures of the Mediterranean with Laurie Ricardone. The Good Life, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Ste 176, Naples. Register: 514-4663. Funky Glo-Ga – 6-7:30pm. With Julia.  A fun evening of good music, glow-in-the dark body paint, black lights, glow sticks and greatest hits vinyasa flow.  $20/early registration, $25/after 2/16.  BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Music Walk – 6-10pm. The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials. Downtown Ft Myers. 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. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. $11 donation. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Inaugural Southwest Florida Permaculture Convergence – Feb 18-19. This weekend-long

program includes workshops on wild medicinal and edible plants, wood-fired oven building, medicinal tinctures and ferments, the yoga of plants, and many other exciting subjects related to edible and useful plants of South Florida. $120/ticket. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 9925455. See news brief, page 12. Parenting Simply: Happy Relationships and Psychological Health – 9:30am-12:30pm. Join Dr Thornburg, pediatrician father of eight children, writer and lecturer to discuss parenting from a new perspective. The talk will focus on strategies that parents can use to help their children better understand themselves and others. $25/ticket. BayFront Inn, 1221 Fifth Ave S, Naples. Preregister: 3487337. Psychic Development for Kids – 10-11am. With Paulette McDaniel. A monthly class for children to learn more about spiritual gifts and how to use them and most importantly, they will learn they are not alone in their uniqueness. $15. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-3339. Women of UniTea and The Men’s Group – 10amnoon. 3rd Sat. This monthly luncheon’s theme for the ladies: CreativiTEA and Artistry. Christina Bowman will help women unlock their inner artist and allow imagination and creativity to be their guide. A gathering for the gentlemen includes a guest speaker each month. Love donation. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511 or Office@ Detox Program – 11am-1pm. A detox program will assist the body to naturally cleanse itself by creating the right conditions. Improve your memory, increase your energy and be less stressed in your daily life. $35. Health and Wellness Sanctuary of Naples. Register: 269-2221. Art Alive – 11am-4pm. Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours consists of more than 36 professional artists, who will be showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the magenta and white art flags in the district. 596-5099. Directions/map: Be Well Natural Health Clinic Open House – 11am-4pm. Drop-in with your questions. Enjoy classes, demos, special offers and samples. Meet the health partners and learn about services: thermal imaging, hypnotherapy, essential oils, energy healing, massage, lymphatic drainage, foundation training, fitness, yoga, qigong and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. See ad, page 37. Monkey Sprouts Prenatal Workshop – 1-3pm. With Tiffany Smith. This interactive workshop will

Sacred Music Concert – 6:30-8pm. Chant or Be Enchanted with Felicia Rose. She is a traveling muse, awakening hearts through songs of longing for the divine with mystical guitar rhythms and crystal vocals that ignite, uplift and inspire. Participate in simple English and Sanskrit chants, or let your soul be washed with angelic sound. $25/ person. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Eden Energy Medicine Workshop Series – Feb 18 (101)-Feb 19 (102). 8:30am-4:15pm. Learn to heal the body by activating its natural healing energies and restoring energies that may be weak, blocked, disturbed or out of balance. Combining ancient practices with contemporary scientific understanding enables application to physical, emotional issues promoting joyful living and wellness. $150/per course includes organic lunch and snacks. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Register: 949-0749, ext 3. Restore and Renew Workshop –1-3pm. With Addy Huff and Laurie Orlando. Enjoy a relaxing restorative yoga practice while a massage therapist works their magic. Restorative yoga is a very gentle and introverted form of yoga where your body finds rest in prop-supported yoga postures and your awareness moves to your breath. $45, $40/prepaid by 2/18. green monkey yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Preregistration recommended: 598-1938. greenmonkey. com/naples-events/. Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm. With DamaDe’. A kundalini yoga class followed by the sound therapy of the gong while you lie in savasana. $25/early registration, $30/ after 2/17. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Recovery Yoga – 4:30-6pm. With Y12SR-certified Michelle Falco. Combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Suitable for trauma, loss, addictions (substances, food, gambling, etc) and other emotional challenges. Stay for Candlelight Yoga afterwards. By donation. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Turmeric Event – 2-3pm. Take home the products you make. $25. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. Presence in Healing –5-6:30pm. Mondays thru 2/13. Four-week series with physical therapist, integrative practitioner, and body worker Sara Pierce, MA, PT, BCTMB. Multiple modalities using mindfuness and movement. $60. Space limited. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 207- 266-9162. Jumpstart to Healthy Living Part III: Eating in the Real World – 6:30-7:30pm. Kristi Willems, integrative nutrition health coach, will teach you how to balance the realities of your hectic schedule

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with the necessity of eating well for optimal health. She will discuss how to choose healthy meals in restaurants and while traveling. $20. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP/payment by 2/17: 676-5249.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Chakra Balancing – 11am-5pm. With John Cartwright. Chakras are an energetic reflection of your physical and emotional health. They assimilate, receive and express energy from yourself and the universe. Transform harmful emotional energy into positive healing energy. $65/45 minutes. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. The Seasoned Circle Series – 1pm. Three-month series – Hope is Not a Plan. Part I: free screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline film Being Mortal based on the bestselling book by Atul Gawande, MD. Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 N Tamiami Tr, Naples. 597-1043. ChristusVictorFl. org. See news brief, page 17. Ouija Board Class – 7pm. Learn the history of the ‘talking board’ and the mythology and misconceptions surrounding this divination tool, as well as the many different types of boards and ideas on how to make your own from simple materials. Learn how to use it effectively and safely to contact positive spirit. Receive written materials as well as hands on experience. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Trim and Tone Med Spa Open House – 3-7pm. Meet Medical Director Dr Emilia Murray and new Medial Aesthetician Alana Weaver; learn about Shelle Misiorowski’s upgraded and new services; and enjoy discounts. Marquese Plaza, 13020 Livingston Rd, Ste 16, Naples. Info: 596-5522. See ad, page 15. Join at Our Table – 6pm. Good friends, good food and good conversation with Laurie Ricardone. It’s the perfect time of the year for winter salads paired with savory red wine reduction sauces. The Good Life, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Ste 176, Naples. Register: 514-4663. Healing Night Sound Immersion – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Bathe in the loving frequencies of the singing bowls and the healing vibrations of the Himalayan salt. Bring all aspects of self into alignment for your soul’s expansion into oneness. Bring beach chair and blanket.  $25 (cash or check). The original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Living the Present Moment Online Study Group: Three Simple Steps – 7-8pm. Join Dr Joel Ying for a teleconference. Learn three simple steps to living the present moment. Get info and register for free with coupon code AWAKENINGS at 200-6796.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Process Acupressure I:  Gateway To Soul – Feb 23-26. With Regina Rosenthal, PT. Fundamental psycho-spiritual process skills are taught for working with the body and consciousness simultaneously as data arises from the body during bodywork. Chakra tai chi and consciousness related to the chakras. $795. 24 CEUs MTs FL & NCBTMB. Naples. Alvina: 732266-5276. Register:


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Organic Skincare and Bodyworx Event – 3-7pm. Free makeovers (by appointment), free 10-minute mini-facials (cleanse and moisturizer), $1/minute chair massage, free food, wine and prizes drawn every hour. $20/door (refunded back with purchase). 13240 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 207, Naples. 514-4494. An Evening of Homeopathy – 5:30-6:30pm with Q&A to follow. With Naples’ premier classical homeopath and doctor of Oriental medicine Dr Julia A Eastman, DOM, CCH. This informative program is for adults; a special kids’ yoga class will be offered for parents that want to bring their offspring. $10/yoga class. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia. org. Cardiovascular Disease: Prevention is Key – 6pm. Learn about the hidden risks your doctor may not tell you. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. RSVP: See ad, page 87. Goddess Gathering – 6pm. With Jamie Shane. Join for an evening of ceremony and exploration of the Goddess Selene. Gather her power and work to enhance your own experience. $25. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Peaceful Mind Yoga – 6:30-8pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Combines a gentle practice of yoga with a relaxation segment to soothe the soul. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. $80/4 classes; pick four 1.5 hr classes. Expires in 4 months. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 2313208. Tea Leaf Reading – The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself as well as others. Receive a free tea leaf reading during this tea party with extras. All materials included. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Naples Storytelling Guild – 7-9pm. Community of storytellers and storylisteners. Practice stories, get feedback, have fun. Office of Dr Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. Free. 200-6796.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Live Your Practice – Feb 24-26. Yoga as a lifestyle and well-being module. In this innovative module participants will gain the tools to take their practice and teaching into every aspect of life. With the comprehension and embodiment of the eight branches of holistic living and well-being participants will discover and have the capacity to integrate what it is to Live Your Practice. $695. green monkey yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey. com/naples-events. Love Your Body Dining Event – 5-8pm. With Certified Nutrition Therapist Suzanne Jefferys and chef Pyro Rodriqez. Learn the secrets to eating to shrink your waist, shed fat and release inflammation, and then enjoy the chef’s gourmet three course meal with nourishing foods. $75/plate. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Pet Walk – 6-8pm. The River District Alliance invites well-trained and leashed pets and their owners to enjoy An Evening in the River District, including pet-friendly exhibitors and vendors. Several

downtown merchants will also be participating and welcoming pets. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. Downtown Ft Myers. Healing in America: Energy Healing Therapy Community Healing Session – 6:15-8:40pm. This session is non-denominational. Reservations are required. $20. Unity of Naples, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way.  Info/register: Karen CoratelliSmith, Southeast Regional Director: 692-9120 or Sacred Sound Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. With Sue Lovett. A variety of sacred sound vibration instruments will be integrated monthly including crystal singing bowls, gongs, chimes, flutes, kirtan chanting, singing and more. Breath work and gentle stretching may be included. Bring blanket, pillow, etc. $20/advance, $25/door. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Improv for Wellness – 7pm. Improv is “play” for adults. In this evening event, we leave our cares behind and enjoy a hilarious round of improvisation. Just one rule: Don’t think – improvise. $15/person. Studio 1084, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 503-4515.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Feldenkrais: Soften Your Shoulders – 10am12:15pm. With JoAnn Rahl, Feldenkrais Awareness and Movement teacher trainee. Experience how to release tension and relieve pain from head, neck and shoulders in a gentle, mindful way. Limited to six students. $25/early, $30 after 2/24. Conscious Posture Studio, 501 Goodlette Rd N, Ste D-304, Naples. 777-2597. Chakra Workshop – 10am-1pm. With Melissa Wallace, RYT. Reduce stress and restore peace within the mind and body. Learn how chakras affect our physiological map. Explore how meditation, pranayama and yoga help cleanse our spirits. $35. Buckingham Yoga Barn, 4295 Orange River Loop Rd, Ft Myers. 789-5860. Register: 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 our experienced readers and healers offering many services: readings/astrology, mediumship, tarot/ palm readings, reiki. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Bonita Springs, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. Nutrition Course – 11am-1:30pm. Prepare quick and healthy meals with take home recipes. Find the best diet for your specific constitution. $45. Health and Wellness Sanctuary of Naples. Register: 2692221. See ad, page 43. Yoga RX – 12:30-3pm. A dynamic and interactive workshop that uses yoga remedies and fascial release techniques to prevent injuries and create more mobility in the body. All levels. $40/preregister. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Tr N. 5924809. Introduction to Food Healing –1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of the phytochemicals in foods to reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the food-healing protocols. $25. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. Mantras and Miracles – 2:30-4:30pm. With Lizz.  A slow flow yoga class saturated with hip openers, long holds and relaxed breathing . $25/ early registration, $30/after 2/24. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Eckankar Community HU Chant –11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. With Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman. Featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga ex-

perience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 404-9744. The Healing Power of Stillness – 2pm. Public lecture with Larissa Snorek-Yates. She helps people solve all kinds of problems through the power of prayer and understanding their spiritual identity. Free. First Church of Christ, Scientist, 649 Central Ave, Naples. 262-1510. See news brief, page 18.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Five-Day Cleanse Special – Feb 27-Mar 3. Recalibrate your metabolism, reset your taste buds, get more energy, slim down and look your best. $200. Body & Soul Café, 9331 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 682-3663. Live Cell Event – 2-3pm. See a demonstration of a live cell analysis and how it could relate to you. Free. Limit five participants. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. New Moon Solar Eclipse Celebration –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for the new you envision. Let the singing bowls reveal your piece in the divine plan and carry your requests up into the universe. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 (cash or check).  The original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Pathology Management or Prevention – How Do You Want Your Health Care? – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. This is the question that determines your health and the choices you make to enjoy a long life. Come hear how each of these approaches to medicine differ and why and how to get what you want from the system. Wellbridges

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Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. 231-8354 or 481-5600. 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.

plan ahead WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 CD Release Concert – 7-9.30pm. Marc J Wagner and friends playing the music you love. $18/ticket. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. Info:

FRIDAY, MARCH 3 First International Grandparent Alienation Conference – 9am, meet and greet; 10am-4pm, conference. Leading international expert presentations. Free admission; donations welcome. Lunch provided. 6 CLE credits (attorneys – approval from FL State Bar); 5 CEU credits (mental health providers). $50/ training fee. Continuing education for licensed mental health professionals and psychologists provided by the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida, provider #BAP-307, expires 3/18). Naples Daily News Bldg, Community Rm, Main Fl. Preregistration required:

SATURDAY, MARCH 4 First International Grandparent Alienation

Conference –10am-2pm. An informal time for grandparents to share stories with each other. Presentation by Amanda, president/founder of Alienated Grandparent Anonymous (AGA). Free admission; donations welcome. Lunch provided. Community Foundation of Collier County, 1110 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Naples. Preregistration required: Info@

THURSDAY, MARCH 9 Introduction to Homeopathy/Homeopathic First Aid – Mar 9-Apr 13. 5:30-8:30pm, weekly on Thurs. With Dr Julia A Eastman, DOM, CCH. For those who are interested in homeopathy, but need to know more before deciding to use remedies with their family members; choose a homeopath for constitutional care; or pursue the in-depth study of homeopathy. $250. $120/home remedy kit (optional). House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. See news brief, page 20.

MONDAY, MARCH 20 The Seasoned Circle Series – 1pm. Three-month series – Hope is Not a Plan. Part II: presentation of Five Wishes, a Living Will by Mark Beland with AVOW. Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 N Tamiami Tr, Naples. 597-1043. ChristusVictorFl. org. See news brief, page 17.



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

Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction (IBSR) – The Work of Byron Katie Experiential Workshop – 9am-2pm. With Sharon Plover. The beliefs that underlie shame, blame, worthlessness and more can be questioned with this process, allowing for new insights, new perspectives and options that are kinder, more peaceful and empowering. Beacon Manor Executives Suites, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers. 464-4433.

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 St Patrick’s Day Dance Party – 7pm. $12. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. See news brief, page 16.

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Sacred Pilgrimage to Egypt – Apr 1-10. With Rae Chandran. This unique tour offers a once-in-alifetime opportunity to experience Egypt with a custom guided program that combines nature, history, adventure and spiritual experiences in some of the most magnificent spots in the world. $3,800-$4,200 (airfare not included). Susan Deflavis Winters: 3401036. See ad, page 25.

TUESDAY, APRIL 4 The Seasoned Circle Series – 1pm. Three-month series – Hope is Not a Plan. Part III: Capturing Our Own Legacy – the process of life review and writing our narrative presented by Linda Sechrist, of Natural Awakenings magazine. Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 N Tamiami Tr, Naples. 597-1043. See news brief, page 17.


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John of God and The House of Saint Ignatius of Loyola Spiritual Journey – Aug 12-27. With John of God casa guides Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Join for an enlightenment opportunity of a lifetime in Abadiania, Brazil. Everything is taken care of for you. Set your intentions for healing of emotions, mind, body and soul. Travel is from Miami to Brazilia, transfers, R&B, Casa donation all included. Info/register: 692-9120 or KSmith727@ 

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Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $55 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513.


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

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

Fort Myers Quakers – 10:30am. Refresh yourself with silent worship. Iona House, Calusa Nature Center, 3450 Ortiz Ave, Ft Myers. 437-4615. or 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.

Yoga in Nature – Several days a week; see website for schedule. Multilevel yoga classes. $10/ drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: David Essel Alive – Get inspired. Join the archived national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra. Tune in 24/7 at

sunday Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. 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. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski.

Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers Sunday Service/Youth and Family Ministry – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, senior minister. Join before the service for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. 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. Yoga at the Garden – 10-11am. With Susie Lentz, of greenmonkey yoga. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of the Naples Botanical Gardens on the Kapnick Caribbean lawn. $10/ members, $20/nonmembers (includes admission to the Garden). 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 10-11:30am. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind

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. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Group – 1:45-3:45pm. With dharma teacher Mary Tracy Sigman. Come explore practical Buddhism for everyday life. Service includes chanting from the Lotus Sutra, dharma study, circle of compassion and a short closing meditation. All are welcome. UUCFM, 13411 Shire Ln, Rm 1, Ft Myers. Info: 239-292-3182. Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 2-5pm. 2nd Sun. Share in Amma’s blessings; meditation, bhajans, videos of Amma and her teachings. Vegetarian potluck afterwards. Free. Cape Coral. Info: 671-6058 or Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 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. 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. Treat yourself to this gentle and meditative practice lit by only candles. For those looking for some quiet time to focus inward. $50/4 classes; pick four 1-hr classes. Expires in a month. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or just listen. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.


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monday Nature’s Peace at CREW – Thru Apr. 2nd Mon. An award-winning series of programs for early-stage Alzheimer’s patients or persons that are visually impaired and their caregivers at the CREW Bird Rookery Swamp trail. Free. 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd W, Naples. For Alzheimer’s patients/caregivers, register: 262-8388. For visually impaired persons/caregivers, register: 430-3934. CrewTrust. org/natures-peace. Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. Chair yoga is gentle, utilizing either one or two chairs rather than a mat. Sit on the chair to perform modified poses or simply stand next to it for support. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. 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. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Learn tools to develop your own personal methods to use at home. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $50/4 classes; pick four, 1-hour classes. Expires in a month. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. AshtangaYoga – 11am-noon. With Briana Beauvoir. Ashtanga primary series to develop a solid foundation of asana and alignment. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Strength Class – 6-7pm. This co-ed, full-body conditioning class changes with a monthly theme for a completely unique workout each time. $18/dropin. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. 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. Positive Behavior Eight-Week Program – 6-7:30pm. With Salima Silverman and Jill Emmerich. Ages 5 and up. Mindful Parenting Group focuses on effective parenting and behavior management skills, while children develop self-control, cooperation skills, and healthy expression of emotions in the Mindful Caterpillars Group. 2 adults/2 children. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. 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. Yin Yoga – 6:30-8pm. Slow, gentle restorative technique allowing the body to become more flexible while relieving stress, tension and pain. Bring yoga mat. $15/class, $12/monthly advance payment. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, Colonial Square Office Park, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Carolyn: 300-1633. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009.

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. Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Guided practices may include watching the breath, body scans, walking meditation, and metta (a practice designed to cultivate compassion for self and others). Chairs and cushions provided. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Yoga Nidra – 7:15-8:15pm. Guided meditation with Brian Healy. Quiet the mind, relax the body, let go of deep seated tension. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a

Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). Fire Station 48, 16280 Livingston Rd, Naples. Sunset Beach Yoga – 5:15-6:15pm. With Sue Rokela. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of nature. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus state park entry fees. DelnorWiggins Pass State Park, 11135 Gulfshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. Yoga – 5:15pm. Knowledgeable teachers, small groups. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. Slow-flow mixed with restorative. You’ll be guided to move with your breath and with ease which cultivates strength, balance and awareness. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Journey within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and soft meditation music will lead you into relaxation followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message to continue your journey. 100 percent of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani Craft Coffee and Gallery, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257 or Meditation in Motion – 6-7pm. Yoga flow with Brian Healy. Stretch, relax and reconnect with your inner source of wellbeing. All levels. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, Long

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relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

ers. 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.

Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. Small classes to suit your needs. Boost physical/emotional well being. Gain strength. $18. Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Mindful Movement and Meditation – 9-10am. Meditative class to tune into a deep inner mind/body connection. $50/4 classes; pick four 1 hr classes. Expires in a month. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846. 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. Pilates Level I Foundations – 10am-10:50am. With Susan Mann, PT, DP. Learn the basics to progress your strength, flexibility and balance safely. Fitness for Life, 28811 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. 948-5555. Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 10:30am-noon. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn to cope and feel less isolated while making connections with others. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. 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 caregiv-


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Chair Yoga – 1-2pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Therapeutics Class – 1-2pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 529-7582. 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. Meditation – 6pm. Donation. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. FUNdamentals of Yoga – 6-7pm. With Ellen Duff. An introduction to yoga that will help to slowly build strength, flexibility and great technique. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Doris Miriam. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras.  Bring a blanket and/or a pillow. $10.  The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco. Learn tools to develop your own personal methods to use at home. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-

talk skills. $50/4 classes; pick four 1 hour classes. Expires in a month. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Coed Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program for men and women. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Ben C Pratt (6 Mile Cypress), Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Tue. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. 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.

wednesday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Brittany Price. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus park entry fee. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 5981938. Body/Mind/Soul Consultations – 9am-5pm.

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Pilates Bootcamp Class – 9:30-10:30am. More than a Pilates mat class; get your heart pumping and body moving with this challenging cross-conditioning class. Beginners welcome. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tl N, Naples. 254-9300. 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. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Yang Style Tai Chi – 11am-noon. With Suzanne Jefferies. A fun, gentle way to relax, reduce stress, improve balance and feel great. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. If you constantly seek approval from others, you don’t need to anymore. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Locally Grown Produce Market – Thru May. 3-6pm. Purple Spoon Culinary, 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs. Info: Confident Caterpillars – 5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. Four-week class. Children ages 5-12 learn healthy coping skills, build self-confidence and enjoy fun exercise. $80/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Art Alive – 5-8pm. 1st Wed. Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours consists of more than 36 professional artists, who will be showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the magenta and white art flags in the district. 596-5099. Directions/ map: Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009.








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Barre Motion Class – 6-7pm. Naples’ original Pilates-based, cardio barre class. This high-energy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. 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. Group Dance Class – 6:30-7pm. $5. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 3049013. Power Play – 6:30-7:45pm. With Erika Cooper. Combines movement and fun and will leave you feeling exhilarated and energized. All levels. $15/

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drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, long house, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. Open Social Dancing – 7-9pm. Dance, eat and be merry. $12. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.

thursday Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. Small classes to suit your needs. Boost physical/emotional well being. Gain strength. $18. Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Mind-Body Renewal – 9-10am. With Peggy Sealfon. Combining yoga, qigong and integrative relaxation (yoga nidra) to help you feel refreshed and recharged. $50/4 classes; pick four 1 hour classes. Expires in a month. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846. Stretch and Strength – 11:30-12:30pm. With Sondra Dansby. This hour-long class does a little with every part of the body. Using breath, core work, stretching and the resistance of your own body to build strength, it varies each week. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. All Souls Episcopal Church, 14640 N Cleveland, N Ft Myers. 585955-3910.

Qigong – 3-4pm. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Shangri-La Lounge and Dinner Service – 5-8:30pm. Enjoy live local original music, organic wine and locally brewed Momentum beer on tap. Musical acts in a variety of musical styles. Organic dinner service available. Spa is open. Tour the lush property. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. The Edible Gardening Exchange Speaker Series – 5:30pm. Open and informal chat on edible topics. Bring seeds to share. 6:30pm, speaker. BYO cup for coffee and tea. Membership fee: $10; Lee Parks and Rec lifetime membership card required $10. North Fort Myers Rec Center, 2000 N Recreation Park Way. 610-530-8883. Qigong for Vitality – 5:30-6pm. Includes introduction to qigong, basic stances and eight pieces of brocade. Variations will be taught for beginner and advanced students. First class free; $15/dropin or $80/8 weeks. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, Colonial Square Office Park, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP required: 250-9312. Yin/Yoga Nidra Class – 5:30-6:45pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 5297582. Soul Yoga Flow – 6-7pm. With Briana Beauvoir. Combines powerful asanas, with creative, flowing transitions, all to the beat of funky, uplifting playlists. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Yoga – 6:15pm. Knowledgeable teachers, small groups. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Relax, release, reset. Unwind and energize through use of restorative sound, integrative relaxation, meditation group and peaceful mind yoga. $80/4 classes; pick four 1.5 hour classes. Expires in four months. Client discount available. Monarch Therapy, Naples. Preregistration required: 2313208.

Salsa Night – 7-7:45pm, group class ($8); 8-9:30pm, salsa party ($12). Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Silent Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Discussion on presented topic. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491.

friday Pilates Level 2 Equipment Combo – 8-8:50am. Energetic, flowing pace using the Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and spine corrector to increase flexibility and core strength for improved balance. Fitness for Life, 28811 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. 948-5555. Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Michelle Falco, RYT of Monarch Wellness. Gentle movement and meditation aided by the naturally therapeutic and serene sounds and sensations of the outdoors. By donation. 3rd Ave N Beach, Naples. Info/preregister: 2313208. Barre Motion Class – 9:30-10:30am. Naples’ original Pilates-based, cardio barre class. This highenergy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. 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. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Ding Darling Lecture Series – Thru Apr 14 (except Feb 10). 10am & 1pm. Photographic presentations will feature birds and other wildlife and their habitat during the lecture series. Book signings will follow most lectures. Arrive one hour early to assure seating. JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. Info/schedule: 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. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. If you constantly seek approval from others, you don’t need to anymore. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd. Jane: 728-7106. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 4-7pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equip-


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ment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. Shangri-La Lounge and Dinner Service – 5-8:30pm. Enjoy live local original music, organic wine and locally brewed Momentum beer on tap. Musical acts in a variety of musical styles. Organic dinner service available. Spa is open. Tour the lush property. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food for teenagers to connect with established friends or make new ones. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511. 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.

saturday Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. Barre Motion Class – 9:30-10:30am. Naples’ original Pilates-based, cardio barre class. This highenergy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Guided Nature Walk – Thru April. 10am. Free. Naturalist walk through maritime forest and coastal strand. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. Lecture Series – Thru April 11. 10am. Topics from native plants or animals to photography or exotic plants. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Bch Blvd, Bonita Springs. Schedule: Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947.

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

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. Historic Walking Tours – 1pm. Join tours describing the Calusa, Koreshan, Girl Scout and Happehatchee history on the unique five acres. The peaceful grounds of the sanctuary include different ecosystems with ponds, oak hammocks, chattering bamboo groves, edible forest area, a butterfly garden, and a labyrinth, and especially, the banks of the Estero River. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

I’m not interested in my legacy. I made up a word: ‘live-acy.’ I’m more interested in living. ~John Glenn

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Jack Morris, AP, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM) Advanced Certified Cupping Specialist, MPS Certified 6628 Willow Park Dr, Ste C 1032 Goodlette Rd (Colonial Square) 239-293-4005 Specializing in long- and short-term pain issues, detoxification, cupping (reverse pressure therapy), migraines and TMJ, menses irregularity, PMS and infertility, smoking cessation and PTSD. See ad, page 20.

ACUPUNCTURE/PSYCHOTHERAPY John E. Patton, Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Licensed Mental Health Counselor 1063-1065 Fifth Ave N, Naples 239-262-6828

Specialty: acupuncture, psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, meditation—wellness through maintenance and prevention. Indigestion, hormone imbalance, pain, headaches, anxiety, depression, detoxification. AP488/MH2616.

ACUPUNCTURE CARE OF NAPLES Charles Caccamesi, Acupuncture Physician, DOM 501 Goodlette Rd N, Unit D100, Naples 239-877-2531

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

ACUPUNCTURE CENTER OF NAPLES Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP, OMD (China) 5683 Naples Blvd, Naples 34109 P: 239-513-9232 • F: 239-513-9293

Licensed acupuncture physician with 28 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Experienced in pain management, women’s health, insomnia, migraines, digestion issues and much more. See ad, page 12.

DR. ROBERT MURDOCH, BOARDCERTIFIED ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers, 33908 239-433-5995

An acupuncture physician since 1986, Dr. Murdoch has devoted his life to helping people recover from mild and severe injury and illness. Also utilizing functional medicine, he has worked in hospitals and has treated patients of all ages and states of health. In addition to television and radio appearances, Dr. Murdoch has authored three books and has been published in the British Medical Journal, Red Flags, and Acupuncture Today.


Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples & Ft Myers Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 16.


2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 • Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. Yoga, tai chi, meditation classes.


Ayurveda Clinic, Massage & Yoga Therapy 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd N, Ste A107, Naples, 34102 • 239-450-6903 Practicing holistic medicine since 1987. Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, specializing in highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle consultations, Massage and individual Yoga sessions for chronic and acute problems. Pancha Karma, Shirodhara and skin care. Ayurveda and Yoga Study program available. MA0023929, MM0008584, FB0716888. See ad, page 6.


Karin S Wolfe, CBS 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs 239-980-3257 • Certified Biofeedback Specialist by the Natural Therapies Certification Board. Testing nearly 7,000 patterns in your body, mind and spirit, and providing energy to the most imbalanced areas creating a space for healing. A consultation and report is provided with each session. CBS#5563.

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

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


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


George Beahan Certified Advanced Rolfer PTX/Egoscue Posture Therapist Avazzia Microcurrent Therapist 239-919-4413• 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.


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.

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


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


Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 •

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

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


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 39.



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

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 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 39.



Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-596-1110 • 239-571-9816 • MA27876 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.


C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • 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 62.

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HAPPEHATCHEE ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 •

A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature several days a week, drumming lessons and healing circles. Peace Pavilion and Historic Happehatchee House are available to rent for ceremonies and events. Happehatchee events calendar link and class descriptions: our-events/.


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


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 Certified teacher and licensed practitioner offering classes and individual healing sessions inperson or distance: ThetaHealing®, Esoteric Healing ® , Seraphim Blueprint ® , Reiki, Axiatonal Alignments.


Healing People & Animals since 2005 • 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.


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


Feldenkrais ATM-Student Teacher Kinesis Myo-Fascial Integration Practitioner Licensed Massage Therapist 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Ste D-304, Naples 239-777-2597 • Discover how to move more easily with less pain using Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement. An interdisciplinary approach combining massage, myo-fascial release, structural bodywork and n e u r o - m u s c u l a r t h e r a p y. MA26919, MM24629. See ad, page 33.


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


Inner Essence Health 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-777-4647 • Dedicated to educating and coaching you to achieve your optimal health and wellness. Fatigue, thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, digestive disorders, diabetes. Custom wellness plans. See ad, page 36.

HUGHES CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE Pamela Hughes, D.O. 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 •

Honored to continue the traditions of the retiring Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Hughes, through functional diagnostic medicine and a comprehensive patient-specific approach, will provide adults and children the tools to restore normal body function by locating the root source of their illness or symptoms. See ad, inside back cover.


Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine Office: 239-444-5636 • Dr. Torres is a board-certified internist with over 17 years of experience and knows the limitations of conventional internal medicine. She is among the few Certified Practitioner M.D.s, trained by the Institute For Functional Medicine. See ad, page 12.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax 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 64.




Licensed Louise Hay "You Can Heal Your Life" Coach, Workshop Leader, Teacher & Speaker • 239-404-2912

2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • 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.


141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 •

"You can't change what's going on around you until you change what is going on within you." Simple proven wisdom for complex lives. Individual private sessions and weekly group workshops. All sessions in a calm, patient, purposeful environment. Let's talk.


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 68.


Come heal with us! We offer many natural healing options – acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR and couples therapy, massage, bodywork, Quantum Energetic, classes (yoga, tai chi, Stretch ‘n Strength), infrared sauna, reiki classes and much more! See ad, page 32.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Stes 202-204 239-948-9444 • Regain body wisdom! Innovative, holistic support to reduce stress and anxiety, improve lifestyle, find life purpose or simply cultivate wellness for self, the community or the planet. Psychotherapy, couples counseling, parenting guidance. Reiki, qigong, Bach Flowers and Trager Approach®. Massage and CEU classes for health professionals. All levels yoga. Call for assessment. MM21921.

HYPNOTHERAPY CONCERNED HEALTH ALTERNATIVES Lynn D. Thomas, RN, CHt, Director Certified Medical Clinical Hypnotherapist & Energy Practitioner 239-494-1363 •

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 66.


9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • 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 31.


7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 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 57.


Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 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 70.

NUTRITION PATTI BADINER, MB-EAT + ONE-ONONE COACHING Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training Instructor 612-718-1416 •

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

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Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • 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 20.


Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D 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.





Fitness for Life of Naples 28811 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs 239-948-5555 Physical therapist and pilates instructor specializing in women's health. Accepting new clients for private pilates and group classes – schedule your appointment today!



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

Relationships are precious. Learn how to heal yours with researchbased methods from the Gottman Institute. Reconnect sexually with your partner using sex therapy. Explore individually the issues that are troubling and holding you back. See ad, page 14.

AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995

mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. ~Swami Sivananda

At NRS we use a new technology that provides organic rug cleaning that is safer for your home. Our facility is suitable for all types and fibers including wool, silk and viscose rugs. See ad, page 46.



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Area Rug Cleaning Specialist 4081 Mercantile Ave, Ste B, Naples 34104 239-206-1481 ·

Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 32.


Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 • Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows t h e m a r k e t , o ff e r s e x p e r t counseling with efficient reliability. She takes the stress out of buying or selling and gets the job done with a smile. Choose Karen for ease and joy in your real estate transaction!

Jennifer Colucci 1084 Business Ln, Naples • 239- 529-7582

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


2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-9276 • Variety of yoga classes daily, monthly workshops, child care and kids’ yoga. Massage, Thai yoga bodywork and private yoga sessions with master instructors. See ad, page 35.


(formerly Bala Vinyasa Yoga) • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples Two locations in Central and South Naples. Daily classes for all levels, monthly workshops and private sessions with exceptional teachers, plus awardwinning massage therapy and boutique. 200- and 300-hour Registered Yoga School. MM#19486.

MEREDITH MUSICK, LMT, E-RYT 2000 239-269-8846

Serving Naples since 1999. Hatha and therapeutic Yoga. Improve posture, breath-work, heal injuries, The Great Yoga Wall®. Massage therapy: sports, Swedish, Lomi Lomi. Nutritional counsel. Gift certificates available. See ad, page 32.

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. ~Joseph Campbell 86

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