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Living Courageously When my first child was born, I wished I could protect him from the inevitable trials and disappointments that would rise up to meet him on his path. So while I tried to shield him and his younger sister from the big things, I also worked to help them build their own means of resilience. Up through my 30s, I felt fairly blessed, facing only an average quota of the “normal” growing pains most of us encounter. But then several midlife biggies came along, including divorce, cancer, my son’s passing and hefty doses of business and financial setbacks. They’re the kinds of things that bring you to your knees, ready to surrender to something bigger and, if ready, to turn to divine intervention and guidance. Such opportunities are where real inner growth takes place as we search for answers and a willingness to heed the right ones. I love April Thompson’s February feature article, “Rising Above Adversity,” on page 36. We are reminded through multiple first-person examples that “Challenges don’t define you. How you respond does.” Strengthening our own “resilience muscle” comes with practice through many avenues. One I particularly like is remembering to find things I am grateful for several times a day. A sincere meditation practice also provides preparation and protection, helping us to regulate our emotions and relax the nervous system. To find the right style of meditation for you, see April’s second article on page 34. Participating in our local Women’s March last month made it crystal clear that if the world is to shift from its current debilitating course, we must rise above the adversity we see and experience. This includes a shift in the fundamental relationship between men and women and recognizing the deeply complementary synergies of masculine and feminine qualities of being. Men and women need each other to create a healthy, balanced society. As societies have shown throughout history, maintaining a patriarchal mode alone will almost inevitably drive us toward division, violence and war. Women’s natural tendency to nurture the higher impulses and initiate conversations across divides helps mitigate polarization and rebalance social culture. In this month that finds a big heart right in the middle of it celebrating LOVE on February 14, I am reminded of how vital healing and opening my heart has always been in strengthening my own resilience in the face of challenges. I’ve found that the more I love and forgive myself and others our flaws, the more peace I feel and can spread to everyone. To a heart-opening month,

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CREW Concert and Silent Eco-Auction in Bonita Springs

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Health and Wellness Services Offered at Babcock Ranch


ew physicians’ offices and a state-of-theart health and wellness center staffed by experts from Lee Health are expected to open at Babcock Ranch, just north of Fort Myers, in April. More than 21,000 square feet of space in the Town Center will provide primary care physicians, rehabilitation services and health and wellness services to residents of the nation’s first solar city and the surrounding community. “We are excited to be the health and wellness partner at Babcock Ranch,” says Larry Antonucci, M.D., Lee Health president and chief executive officer. “We have been entrusted with providing the care for residents of a brand-new community, which is a truly unique opportunity.”   Services will include individual and group exercise, Pilates, massage, mind and body programs, and physical therapy. The facility will feature state-of-the-art energy-efficient cardio and strength-training equipment, a lap pool and a multi-use halfcourt for members. The community’s first primary care and medical specialty services will open this summer, provided by Lee Physician Group. Occupational and speech therapy services will be added as needed.   For more information, visit or See ads, pages 14 and 23.


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he CREW Land & Water Trust will host its 11th annual Concert and Silent Eco-Auction from 5 to 9 p.m., February 24, at Riverside Park, in Bonita Springs. Highlights include opportuniHigh Voltage Band ties to bid on many nature-based items and experiences, and live music by the High Voltage Band, playing a mix of Motown and current hits. The event will feature food from Cherie’s Sweet Treats, Red Roc Cravings, Nonni’s Pizza and Spudz, and Momentum Brewhouse. Last year’s event raised nearly $30,000 to fund environmental education programs, including field trips for third-graders from area schools, classes for students from Florida Gulf Coast University and Nature’s Peace, a program that provides guided walks for people with Alzheimer’s disease and visually impaired guests. “Our concert is our biggest fundraiser each year and is a great opportunity for our members, supporters and the public to come together for a great cause,” explains Brenda Brooks, executive director for CREW Land & Water Trust. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door or $75 for limited VIP Cafe tickets. Location: 10451 Old 41 Rd. For tickets, visit CrewTrust. org or To become a sponsor, email Brenda@ To donate an item or activity to the auction, email

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Sustainability Game Changer Gathering Sessions


he Pachamama Alliance of Southwest Florida will present monthly Game Changer Gathering events from 6:30 to 8 p.m., February 1, and continuing on the first Thursday of every month in Hobart Hall at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers. Working toward greater environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment, the mission of these events is to collaborate with organizations and develop programs for our collective transformation. Participants can participate in a five-week Project Drawdown study group, a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming. By the end of the final Drawdown session, participants will select one or two solutions that they are drawn to and engage with others in their community to research how to create and to implement a project that moves the solutions forward at a local, national and/or policy level. Groups working on solutions in different places around the world will be able to build on one another’s work by sharing results, solution by solution, through Pachamama Alliance’s online community network. Location: 13411 Shire Lane. For more information or to register, visit, or

Real Wine Fair Florida at Food & Thought


he Real Wine Fair Florida 2018, the first event of its kind, will pour out high-quality, organic, biodynamic and minimal intervention wines, sometimes referred to as raw or natural wine, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., February 23, at Food & Thought-The Organic General Store, in Naples. The event


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includes informative presentations on wine and entertainment. The educational walk-around wine tasting event will include an organic menu of food and artisanal cheese paired with wines by region, including Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Chile and the U.S., featuring importer and event co-sponsor Cerdá, Llanos y Cia. Cost: $30. Location: 2132 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information, call 239-354-9966 or 239-213-2222 or visit See ad, page 10.

Yoga Festival Naples at North Collier Regional Park


oga Festival Naples, presented by the Health and Wellness Sanctuary of Southwest Florida, will provide yoga classes and workshops, kirtan activities, meditation and wellness, along with a kids’ fun area, vendors of healthy services and products, food and live music, from 1 to 6 p.m., March 4, at North Collier Regional Park. Many outstanding yoga teachers offering several different styles of yoga will be available to work with practitioners of every level. Event sponsors of the transformational energy, family-friendly event include Naples Yoga Center, Natural Awakenings Collier/ Lee edition and the FloYo yoga studio (formerly greenmonkey). Cost is $25, includes all yoga and meditation activities or $5 without related activities. Location: 15000 Livingston Rd. For more information or tickets, call 239-269-2221 or 239-619-1592 or visit See ad, page 39.

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he Revival Yoga Fitness Studio, Marco Island’s exclusive waterside yoga studio, will host the second annual Marco Yoga Fest from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 10, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. With a mission of bringing neighboring yogis and instructors together, the event will offer a wide variety of enriching activities, including yoga, meditation and tai chi for people of all levels, even those with no prior experience. The fest will bring the local and seasonal community together by offering several classes with instructors from Revival and neighboring studios. Cost: $50 all day pass, $20 for one class or $10 for one class for kids (12 and under). Location: 1101 N. Collier Blvd. For more information or to register, call 239-393-3400, email or or visit See ad, page 42. February 2018


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Intro to Mindfulness and Meditation Classes in Fort Myers


he Florida Community of Mindfulness will present Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation classes from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays from March 12 to April 2 at Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, in Fort Myers. Participants will learn how to cultivate the practice of mindfulness and develop the skills to fully experience life in the present. Instructed by Mary Robinson, the class is for individuals new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as those that want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily practice. The course includes basic instruction and an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.

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Imperial Pkwy Psychic Fair28285 to Assist $5 at the Door Children at Unity of Bonita


Spirits Row ★ Psychic ★ Fair to benefit ★C the Children’s ★ Outreach program will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 24, at Unity For More Informa Church of Bonita. The event, which includes psychic and spiritual counselors, massage, energy, crystal and Tibetan bowl healing, oils, holistic and spiritual gifts, will foster and encourage spiritual growth and healing for children. Visitors can participate in raffles and purchase food to help raise funds for the program. Cost: $5. Location: 28285 Imperial Pkwy. For more information, call 239-825-6682, email or visit See ad, page 62.


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Climate Change Workshop in Naples


Climate Change Workshop led by Dr. Harold Wanless and Dr. John Capece will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., February 17, at the Green Sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Naples. Participants will learn about rising sea levels, flooding, water conservation, storm mitigation, Everglades preservation, fracking, forest fires and carbon emissions. Wanless, chair of the geology department of the University of Miami and former chair of the Miami-Dade Climate Change Task Force, and Capece, president of the Campus Climate Corps and chairman of the Democratic Environmental Caucus, Southwest Florida Chapter, will conduct a hands-on, individualized workshop. Suggested donation: $20 for adults and $5 for students. Optional buffet lunch: $8 for adults, $5 for students. Location: 6340 Napa Woods Way. For more information, email or visit For tickets, visit Lets Continue the Climate Conversation Tickets on

Salt Cave Offers Cannabidiol Foods for Chronic Pain and Anxiety


he Salt Cave, in Naples, is offering cannabidiol (CBD) peanut butter cups and vanilla roasted almond chocolate healthy treats, made with pure, organic, raw chocolate, Himalayan pink salt and infused with full-spectrum, high-grade CBD oil. A natural constituent of hemp oil, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound derived from industrial hemp plants. It offers medicinal benefits including pain and stress relief and aid in sleeping without the feelings of intoxication or lethargy. The therapeutic use of CBD oil may also reduce inflammation, promote cardiovascular health, relieve nausea, help treat seizures and neurological disorders, ease spasms, fight viruses and reduce the side effects of cancer treatments. These vegan edibles also contain essential minerals and trace elements beneficial for optimum health. Location: 4962 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information, call 239403-9170 or visit See ad, page 5.

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Mindful and Music Programs at Integrative Mindfulness


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aulette Grotrian, co-founder of the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness, will be a guest instructor at Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs, offering an eight-week mindful selfcompassion (MSC) program for the first time in Southwest Florida. Following a free introductory talk at 9:30 a.m., February 13, participants Paulette Grotrian will learn how self-compassion can help them work through difficult emotions from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays from February 20 through April 10. A retreat will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 25. The inner critic’s voice can often rob us of our self-confidence and inner peace. MSC participants learn to respond to difficult moments with kindness, understanding and self-care. David Sawtelle Featuring up to 25 continuing education credits for psychologists, dieticians, social workers and mental health professionals, this powerful tool is based on the groundbreaking work of Christopher Gerner, Ph.D., and Kristen Neff, Ph.D. Benefits include lower levels of anxiety and depression, more satisfying personal relationships and greater happiness. In addition, David Sawtelle, former symphony orchestra conductor, professional musician and music teacher, is leading the new Mindful Orchestra Project at Integrative Mindfulness from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. The intimate chamber orchestra program is intended for violin, viola, cello, upright bass, flute, clarinet, bassoon and harp musicians. Music students should bring their own instrument, music stand, and a one-inch, three-ring notebook.


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eyebrows that can endure for one to three years and won’t wash off. Locations: 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste C., Fort Myers; 1201 Piper Blvd., Unit 1, Naples. For more information or an appointment, call 239-333-1450 or visit See ad, page 18.

Services at Unity Church of Bonita Springs


ev. Phil Schlaefer delivers a service rich with messages of inclusivity and open-mindedness for abundant and meaningful living each Sunday at 10 a.m. at Unity Church of Bonita Springs. Associated with the Daily Word magazine and the Silent Unity prayer ministry, Unity appeals to people that seek a church in their lives, but are tired of being labeled as “sinners”. Schlaefer teaches positive thinking, taking very seriously what Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21) It’s a place where people come together to grow their life and make the world a better place through spiritual social action. He has been ministering since 2005 at the church, which is located on four acres of abundant native trees and plants with a walking path. Location: 28285 Imperial Pkwy. For more information, call 239-947-3100, email or visit See ad, page 56.

Grand Reopening and Open House at Trim & Tone MED Spa


fter undergoing four months of repairs due to Hurricane Irma, Trim & Tone MED Spa, in Naples, will host a Grand Reopening and Open House event from 3 to 7 p.m., February 21. Attendees can test out the new IPL (photo facial) and the hydrafacial device through free trail treatments. In addition, participants will be able to experience and learn about the spa’s new and existing services and meet the staff members that are licensed and certified on all devices with more than 11 years of experience. Location: 13020 Livingston Rd., Ste. 16. For more information, call 239-596-5522, email or visit See ad, page 29. February 2018


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Root Causes Adds New Infusion Therapy


oot Causes, in Fort Myers, has added nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) infusion therapy, a unique intravenous process for those interested in anti-aging of the brain or body, as well as individuals with mood disturbances, sleep problems or chronic lack of energy. The practice, one of a few in the U.S. to provide the therapy, is offering a buy one, get one free consultation during February for potential NAD use, not including the actual treatment or other potential health issues requiring a consult. The treatment can help improve impaired concentration, focus, attention deficit disorder, joint pain, energy, chronic fatigue and inflammation. A relative of the B3 vitamin niacin, NAD+ is a co-enzyme found in the energy-producing mitochondria of every living cell, helping to move electrons, convert energy into a usable form and transfer energy between cells. It creates new neurotransmitters, hormones, collagen and more to help cells function optimally. Location: 12734 Kenwood Lane, Ste. 84. For more information or a consultation, call 239-425-2900, email Doreen.RootCauses@ or visit See ad, page 25.

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hante Jayasara, a Theravadan Buddhist monk residing at the Bhavana Society, in West Virginia, will lead three free Bhante Jayasara Meditation Retreats next month in our area. The mindful gatherings, including silent sitting, dharma talks and mindful walking indoors or in outdoor gardens,

will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 3, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples; 2 to 5 p.m., March 4, at the Happehatchee Eco-Spiritual Center, in Estero; and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 5, at the Unitarian Church of Fort Myers. No prior experience is needed to participate in any of these three opportunities to learn and practice mindfulness with a visiting Theravadan (old-style) Buddhist monastic. At the first event, attendees aren’t required to stay the entire time and a vegetarian lunch will be provided. The monk has studied and now teaches with Bhante Gunaratana, author of Mindfulness in Plain English, a 90-year-old founding abbot of the Bhavana Society.

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AHA! Center Adds House of Colour


HA! A Holistic Approach Center, in Fort Myers, is adding House of Colour to its healing modalities. Florida’s first franchise owner and Color and Style Consultant Annette Byman will hold two free presentations from 11 a.m. to noon, February 21, and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., February 28. The UK-based company uses natural light to produce a highly accurate analysis of the best colors and styles for men and women of all ages to harmonize skin, eyes and hair to create the best possible first impression on the people we come into contact with. Individual style classes will be offered in which Annette Byman body architecture is analyzed and clothing and accessories are chosen to accentuate the body’s structure. Contending that color is energy and has physical and psychological effects, House of Colour has won the prestigious Champion & Gold Investors in People award several times in the UK. Byman received her training and certification in London, England.

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A study of more than 50,000 people in the Czech Republic by the Seventh-Day Adventist Loma Linda University, in California, found that those that made breakfast their largest meal of the day had lower body mass index (BMI) levels. Lunch as the largest daily meal showed the next best results. The researchers concluded that timing and frequency of meals play a role in predicting weight loss or gain. The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks were counted as extra meals) and making dinner the day’s largest meal.

Moderate Exercise Guards Against Depression In Exercise and the Prevention of Depression, a study of 33,908 adults in Norway by the University of New South Wales, researchers found that one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of the subjects. The purpose of the study was to address whether exercise protects against new-onset depression and anxiety and if so, the intensity and amount of exercise required. They concluded that regular leisure-time exercise of any intensity provides protection against future depression, but not anxiety. Thus, increasing the population of people exercising may provide public mental health benefits and prevent a substantial number of new cases of depression. 22

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Chocolate and Olive Oil Help Heart Health Cardiologist Rossella Di Stefano, with the University of Pisa, in Italy, led a study of 26 people and determined that eating a combination of dark chocolate and olive oil improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure after 28 days. She says, “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols found in cocoa, olive oil and apples. We found that eating small, daily portions of dark chocolate with added natural polyphenols from extra-virgin olive oil was associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile. Our study suggests that extra virgin olive oil might be a good food additive to help preserve our ‘repairing cells’.”

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Research from the University of Texas at Arlington reported in The FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells. The research also found that zinc deficiency is common among throat cancer patients. Zinc-rich foods include spinach, flax seeds, beef, pumpkin seeds and seafood such as shrimp and oysters.


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Antidepressants in Pregnancy Linked to Autism A study by the University of Bristol, England, of 254,610 young people from Stockholm showed that children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy had more than a 4 percent risk of autism, compared to less than a 3 percent risk in children born to mothers with psychiatric conditions not on antidepressants. Depression is common in women of childbearing age, with 3 to 8 percent of pregnant European women prescribed antidepressants. But with 95 percent of them bearing children without autism, the risks and benefits must be carefully weighed, say researchers.


Mindfulness Reduces Alcohol Cravings In a randomized, double-blind experiment published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, University College London researchers found that among 68 heavy drinkers, just 11 minutes of recorded mindfulness training reduced drinking. Subjects were closely matched with an active control group that was taught relaxation techniques. Seven days later, the mindfulness group on average drank 9.3 fewer units of alcohol, roughly equal to three pints of beer, while the relaxation group showed no drop in alcohol consumption.

THIRD-PERSON SELF-TALK AIDS IN EMOTIONAL CONTROL As reported in Scientific Reports, two studies of 37 and 52 people at Michigan State University have discovered that talking to ourselves in the third person using statements like, “Why is John upset?” instead of, “Why am I upset?” can help improve our ability to control our emotions. Everyone occasionally engages in internal monologue, an inner voice that guides our moment-to-moment reflections. Now, scientists believe that the language used in the process influences actions differently. The premise is that third-person selftalk leads us to think about ourselves similarly to how we think about others, which provides the psychological distance needed to facilitate self-control.

February 2018


global briefs

Range Brutality

Renewable Payoff Germany Undergoes an Energy Renaissance

Last May, Germany’s renewable energy mix of solar, wind, hydropower and biomass generated so much power for a few hours that customers actually got paid for using electricity. The country’s renewable power sources generate 88 percent of total electricity demand, and growing wind power assets alone are expected to make the phenomenon a regular occurrence. When this happens, commercial producers either close power stations to reduce the electricity supply or pay consumers to take it off the grid.

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As we went to press, the fate of 90,000 wild horses and burros depended on Congressional action, as the U.S. Senate and House were hammering out differences in the delayed 2018 spending bill. The Senate version vowed to fund “humane and viable options” to the animal euthanasia allowed in the House bill. Last October, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) achieve its on-range population goal of 26,715 wild horses and burros while also phasing out the use of long-term holding facilities within three years. Killing tens of thousands of healthy animals would “be a betrayal of millions of taxpayers that want wild horses protected as intended in the 1971 Wild FreeRoaming Horses and Burros Act,” says Neda DeMayo, president of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation. BLM has been tasked by Congress with the responsibility of protecting wild horses and other wildlife. The agency has balked at using affordable fertility control, despite ample evidence that it’s a more than 90 percent safe and effective means of population control, critics charge. Instead, it spends 65 percent of its annual budget in capturing, removing and warehousing animals.

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Auto Revolution

China, the world’s largest car market, is planning to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EV), and the decision has sped up competitive development by U.S. automakers. General Motors is promising to launch at least 20 new electric vehicles in the next six years. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” says Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product development. The falling cost of lithium-ion batteries also brings a tipping point into view, observers say. By 2025 it’s possible that electric drivetrains will have no cost disadvantage compared with internal combustion engines. Technology is fast resetting the outlook for what cars can do, how consumers use them and how much an EV will cost. Tesla, Ford and Japanese and European companies are also responding to what’s being called both “the age of electricity”, and “the age of personalized transportation”. 24

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Monsanto Still Gaming the System

Sealife Sanctuary Greenpeace Lobbies to Create Huge Antarctic Preserve

The South Pole is Earth’s last uninhabited outpost, and Greenpeace seeks to establish an Antarctic sanctuary of almost threequarters of a million square miles in the Weddell Sea adjacent to the vast continent that would protect whales, penguins and other wildlife. The nonprofit has called for governments to show greater vision and ambition. Frida Bengtsson, head of the Greenpeace Antarctic campaign, states, “Over the next 12 months, we have an opportunity to make history: to create an Antarctic Ocean sanctuary which would be the largest protected area on Earth.” She notes that it would also ensure healthier oceans that soak up carbon dioxide to moderate climate change. The proposal, submitted by the European Union and promoted by the German government, will be considered in October by the governmental bodies responsible for managing the Antarctic marine environment. It follows the successful adoption of the Ross Sea sanctuary in 2016.

Monsanto, the company that makes the controversial weed killer Roundup, is setting farmer against farmer and state against state with its newest product, dicamba. Amid claims and counterclaims over effectiveness and safety of crops and humans, the debate is shedding new light on how new agricultural products are introduced, tested and regulated. One major difference with dicamba is the gaseous vaporization it uses to treat crops, causing the poison to spread onto neighboring plants via wind. Brad Williams, a Missouri farmer, says that leaves on trees were “so deformed you couldn’t even really identify the differences between them.” The manufacturer claims that proper usage protocols are not being followed. Some farmers agree, while others report crop damage and human health issues. One pivotal point of debate is which federal and state agencies have jurisdiction and the power to set enforceable guidelines. At stake are millions of acres that have already been sprayed, along with the future of non-GMO farms inadvertently contaminated by the dicamba sprayed on genetically modified crops that need the poison to survive.

Bottle Buyback

Britain May Charge Deposit to Reduce Bottle Litter

Britain only recycled 57 percent of the plastic bottles that were sold there in 2016, and is considering charging a deposit fee to reduce litter. Scotland is also introducing a deposit return policy for cans and bottles. Denmark recycles 90 percent and South Australia 80 percent by using deposits as an incentive. UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove says that almost 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans each year, with up to 80 percent washing out to sea from land. Gove is consulting with the industry to determine the advantages and disadvantages of different types of reward and return systems for plastic, metal and glass drinks containers. Britain’s decision to charge a deposit for each plastic bag in 2015 has slashed usage.

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Integrative Rewire the Brain with Subliminal Messages Medicine Includes Many Aspects There is growing evidence that subliminal self-help messages can have a powerful impact on our lives by of Health changing how we think about ourselves and interact therapy briefs

with others, as well as how we understand and experience the world. An article in Psychology Today reports that our unconscious is a lot smarter than we think. “That’s why, if we approach it right, subliminal messages work,” claims Joel Weinberger, Ph.D. “When the data is analyzed, the subliminal message has an effect almost as strong as a year’s worth of school instruction has on reading.” A subliminal message is any message perceived below the threshold of conscious recognition. In a study conducted at the Yale School of Public Health in 2015, researchers exposed a group of older adults to a series of positive subliminal messages. The striking result was that the participants decreased their negative perceptions of aging and exhibited higher levels of physical functioning. Via a study at the University of Kent, subliminal cues have also been found to give high-performance athletes an extra edge. Until a 2007 study at the University College of London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience that used functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI), skeptical scientists doubted the impact of subliminal self-help because they couldn’t observe the effects of the phenomenon on the human brain. In the 2007 study, there is solid evidence that we are also conscious of what we are not attending to, which means that messages we are not even aware of do affect us. It also means that the potential exists to rewire our brains with subliminal messages.

Richardt Ulrich, a Naples-based acupuncturist with hypnosis experience, is the creator of the free ReWired app, which helps users relax, meditate, quit smoking, increase self-esteem and improve athletic performance, as well as other benefits. Available for download at the Apple App Store, any personalized message or a mantra in any language can be recorded by the user and played on a loop in the background while listening to favorite music, podcast or workout mix. For more information or to order, visit See ad, page 38.

Integrative medicine, like functional medicine, has consistently been gaining in popularity. No longer concentrating only on treating a disease, practitioners in this field are taking a whole systems approach to treating the patient, rather than the disease, and taking into account the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. Highly personalized and patient-focused, the relationship between patient and practitioner in integrative medicine is a partnership. Rather than simply making a diagnosis and then determining which drugs or surgery will best treat the condition, an integrative medicine practitioner dives deep into the patient’s biochemistry, as well as their personal and medical history, to learn why they are ill. Using a personalized strategy that considers each patient’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances, integrative medicine uses the most appropriate interventions from an array of disciplines to restore and maintain health and wellness across an individual’s lifetime. Complementary therapies, backed by good science, that may be recommended for an individual might include acupuncture, yoga, massage, detoxing, supplementation, stress management, a plant-based diet and exercise.

Dr. Victor Marcial-Vega practices functional and integrative medicine at the Hughes Center for Integrative Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd., Ste. 270, in Naples. He is board-certified in radiation oncology and integrative medicine. To make an appointment, call 239-649-7400. For more information, visit HughesCenterNaples. com. See ad, inside back cover. 26

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The fascia, a specialized system of the body that consists of a fibrous material similar in appearance to a spider’s web, is virtually a connective superhighway within the body. Fascia is one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In other words, like yarn in a sweater, each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia. Because fascia surrounds and attaches to all structures, it plays an important role in the support and function of the body. In its normal, healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration and has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. Emotional and physical trauma, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery, habitual poor posture, repetitive stress injuries and inflammatory responses have cumulative effects, causing the fascia to lose its pliability and become restricted. Restrictions, which influence comfort and function and present symptoms such as pain, headaches and restriction of motion, are not revealed in standard tests such as X-rays, myelogram or CAT scans. Fascial restrictions, which also affect flexibility and stability, are a determining factor in the body’s ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities. A high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may have undiagnosed fascial problems.

Teresa Kennedy is trained in myofascial release therapy, a safe and effective hands-on technique involving the application of gentle sustained pressure to the myofascial connective tissue. She practices at Therapy on the Gulf, which follows the techniques of leading authority John F. Barnes in myofascial release treatments. Location: 824 Anchor Rode, Naples. For more information or an appointment, call Kennedy at 928-444-0606, or Therapy on the Gulf, 239-262-8722. See listing, page 67.

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Health and Healing Start with a Wellness Mindset by Linda Sechrist


a doctor of natural medicine, but I couldn’t book about massage therapy that pursue it because I had two young boys, and Tasha Perez, a native of Trinidad, the schools that interested me were far away. found in her brother’s room lit My sister’s success with acupuncture treatthe flame of a calling to help others feel ments piqued my interest, and when I was better with massage therapy. Perez, now diagnosed, I wanted another way to deal the owner of Quiet Waters Wellness with the conditions other than prescription Center at Wellbridges, in Bonita Springs, medications. My mom never relied on them. was just a teenager when she first pored She brewed herbs for us when we were sick,” over the photos and descriptions of how advises Perez, who is a recent recipient of a people used their hands to stroke, knead Master of Science Degree in Acupuncture and and tap the body to improve circulation, Oriental medicine from the East West College relieve pain and induce relaxation. “I was of Natural Medicine, in Sarasota. so drawn to the possibility of becoming a During her more than 16 years of pracmassage therapist that I used on my mom ticing in the field of natural health, Perez has what I learned from that one book. Mom learned one sure thing—health and healing planted and raised a substantial amount start with a wellness mindset. “It doesn’t of produce in her garden, which she sold Tasha Perez matter what you choose as your medium for locally in our community. After a long day of planting, weeding or harvesting, I so enjoyed giving her health care, it is your mindset that matters most. ‘Do you want to get well?’ is the first question I ask my clients. I do a massage to alleviate the pain and tiredness in her hands and that because some people hold on to their illness. I don’t feel back. Every time she told me how much better she felt, I was good about taking money from people that don’t want to more inspired to become a professional therapist,” says Perez. get well or who aren’t willing to make the changes that will After Perez finished high school, her parents allowed improve their health and their life,” enthuses Perez, who also her to go to school in the U.S. “I graduated at age 17 and realizes that faith is often part of that mindset. “I could never attempted to enroll in massage school, but because the rule have accomplished what I have in my lifetime without the was that I had to be 18 years old, I instead enrolled at Edison help and protection of God. Going to school while working Community College, which is now Florida SouthWestern and raising two children, studying and writing term papers State College. I stayed for a year and then signed up for the after spending long hours in clinical practice and commutFlorida Academy in Fort Myers,” she relates. “Although I ing between Fort Myers and Sarasota was often more than graduated in 1995, I got distracted by life and didn’t take my I was up for. Adding to the mix were the illnesses that put state boards. I returned to school in 2000 to Florida College my livelihood in jeopardy. I prayed my way through most of of Natural Health in Pompano, where I earned my associate those times and trusted that my outcome would be a positive degree in health sciences. I got my first big job in 2001 at the one. Many people have to get out of their own way and put Ritz-Carlton Resort Spa in Naples. I still work there and see their lives in the hands of a higher power to make it through. clients by appointment at my office in Wellbridges.” I surely did.” Perez pursued her degree in Oriental medicine after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren’s SynQuiet Waters Wellness Center is located at 9200 Bonita Beach drome, another type of arthritis that attacks the muscles and Rd., Ste. 213, in Naples. For more information or to make an causes joint pain. “After years of massage therapy and earning appointment, call 239-246-6622. various certifications, my dream had evolved. I wanted to be


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a nature field study class. These all connect us to nature and our world,” advises Blume.

CITY HOMESTEADING Creating Sustainable Urban Living


by Randy Kambic

omesteading is a broad field. “Along with planting produce, we encourage people to compost, change how they use water, learn about biochar—a long-term soil amendment that returns carbon to the earth—and employ creative economics, including bartering and food-sharing systems,” says K. Ruby Blume, of Grants Pass, Oregon, who founded the Institute of Urban Homesteading, in Oakland, California, a decade ago ( She’s also co-author of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. Blume was recently engaged to invite speakers and coordinate presentation


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content for the three-day online Gardening and Homesteading Skills Summit hosted by The Shift Network. Last October, 20 leading farmers, master gardeners, homesteaders and other experts shared innovative, environmentally friendly advice for providing food and adopting eco-friendly practices. Blume, who grows fruit and vegetables and raises chickens, sheep and bees on 22 acres, plans to launch her Fantastic Farm Store this month, and will offer spring classes at her institute, as well as at the Rogue River Community Center, in southern Oregon. “Everyone should grow their favorite vegetable from seed; think about the animal if eating meat; and take

David Crow, teacher, author of In Search of the Medicine Buddha and founder of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures (, is a leader in research and development of growing herbs for medicine, working from Grass Valley, California. He extols the importance of gardens of all types—backyards, schools, neighborhoods and public spaces. “They can strengthen communities, beautify life and reduce crime,” he says. In his home state, he helped launch The Learning Garden, at Venice High School, in 2001. “It’s an eye-opener for youngsters, and they take pride in ownership.” People without a garden plot can place a pot inside or on a balcony or find a community garden. “Medicinal plants don’t have to be a luxury of the wealthy. You can spend a fraction of the $30 for a drug prescription in growing most of them, and then trade for others with neighbors,” says Crow. He particularly values oregano, thyme, rosemary, lavender and basil. To increase yields, home gardeners may consider daily drip irrigation—a system of tubes positioned just above the soil, with tiny holes spaced at regular intervals. It can conveniently work on a timer with an automatic shutoff during rain. Other benefits include water conservation and better soil structure by avoiding puddles from manual watering. “Drip irrigation can be especially helpful during dry spells, which can run two to four weeks in many climates,” says Robert Kourik (, landscape consultant, horticultural researcher

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and author of Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and Climate, and last year’s Understanding Roots. “It can be effective for virtually any fruit or vegetable, except water crops like rice and cranberries.”

Green Living Carol Venolia, author, speaker and architect in Santa Rosa, California, (ComeHome has designed homes of straw, earth and sustainably sourced and reclaimed wood throughout the West. She consults on greening schools, healing centers, camps and eco-villages, and stresses the benefits of sunlight as in her new e-book, Get Back to Nature Without Leaving Home. She says, “Sunlight’s many wavelengths, shifting directions and intensities render biological effects that keep us functioning well. Watch how it enters your home; changes occur daily and seasonally.” It’s easy to move furniture to align with sunshine. In warmer climates, attach plant trellises or fabric awnings outside windows to filter or direct reflected light. “Add a potted plant to a window and a picture of a natural scene on a wall. Take the time to get out into woodlands,” advises Venolia. She commends Marc Rosenbaum, of South Mountain Company, in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, as a green building leader who “brings a soulful approach, as well as engineering, data and technology efficiencies, to a project.” Along with green building goals like zero net energy, Rosenbaum strives to create homes that are healthy, comfortable, resource-efficient, durable and adaptable by the people that inhabit them. Along with being part of the slow food movement and do-it-yourself trends, Blume believes, “Homesteading gives people the feeling they are making a positive difference by making sustainable changes in their lifestyle and home.” For summit recordings or transcripts and notices of upcoming events like the online annual Plant Medicine Telesummit in March, visit Randy Kambic, an Estero, FL, freelance editor and writer, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings. February 2018



fit body

Be On the Ball Putting Extra Fun into Fitness


by Marlaina Donato

heir playful appearance as a beach ball look-alike makes exercise balls welcome props in home workouts, gyms and yoga studios. “They’re a fun training tool for every age, from children to maturing Baby Boomers,” says Dennis Fuchs, CEO of TheraGear, in Sumas, Washington. “Exercise balls are affordable and offer many benefits, from enhanced mobility to reduced risk of injury and increased athletic performance.” Originally developed by Italian plastic manufacturer Aquilino Cosani in 1963 as a toy called the Gymnastik and then used by British and Swiss physical therapists to help orthopedic patients, the ball has since come a long way to serve fitness needs. Also known as Swiss, stability, balance, physio- and Pilates balls, this colorful piece of equipment can range in size from 14 to 34 inches to be appropriate for a user’s height (

Core Strength Without Strain Stability balls are recommended by fitness trainers and chiropractors for their ability to build core strength and increase flexibility of pelvic muscles without putting unnecessary strain on the back. “The core is a series of muscles used in almost all functional movement; tailored exercises focus both on abdominal and back strength and pelvic and hip stability,” explains Linnea Pond, an exercise instructor at the Pocono Family YMCA, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Using an exercise ball also promotes full body conditioning. “Swiss ball training connects the brain with stabilizer muscles, improving gross motor skills and upper body strength, as well,” Fuchs elaborates. “These versatile training balls help equip an individual to handle the functional demands of sports and everyday life.”

Recovery from Injury and Illness Exercise balls are used in occupational therapy for stroke patients and others recovering from injury. “A stroke deadens part of the brain, and to regain movement in an affected arm or leg, an unaffected part of the brain must take over the lost function. The goal of the therapist is to establish new neural pathways through 32

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repetition and visual reinforcement. We have patients do simple exercises with the ball hundreds of times so these pathways start to form,” explains Bob Schrupp, a physical therapist and founder of Therapy Network, in Winona, Minnesota. One goal for physical and occupational therapists is to help clients perform rehabilitation exercises that also motivate them to continue exercising. While the ball is an excellent tool in clinical settings, Schrupp cautions, “After a stroke, or if you’re older or in poor health, it’s always best to check with your doctor or physical therapist to determine if stability ball exercises are appropriate.”

Pregnant Women and Senior Fitness Balance balls, when used properly, can offer a safe way for pregnant women, children and seniors to stay fit. Exercising with a ball can help older individuals increase flexibility, especially in the hips, with cardiac strengthening as a bonus. Pregnant women can safely increase and maintain abdominal strength as the baby grows, and in doing so, care for muscles that will help them through labor. “Pregnancy can throw a woman off balance, and a growing baby puts pressure on internal organs. Pressing the back on a stability ball against a wall offers support for squats. Sitting on a ball helps maintain good posture and pelvic mobility, and reduces low back pain,” explains Pond. Incorporating the ball into yoga or Pilates routines prompts different muscles into action because it calls on the body’s learned ability to sense and respond to movement, termed proprioception. Pond says, “Proprioception is challenged just from sitting on the ball; there are immediate physical adjustments made to maintain posture and stability. In yoga, the ball is another tool to increase flexibility and balance.”

School and Workplace


Exercise balls are increasingly replacing traditional chairs in classrooms and offices, and teachers are reporting better grades and attention span as a result, while workers appreciate better-toned muscles and enhanced balance. Maintaining good posture by sitting on the ball also increases blood circulation throughout the body, including the brain. Regarding the equipment’s eyecatching appearance, Schrupp sees a helpful bonus: “The ball is a big, colorful reminder to perform your exercises.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at February 2018



Tips for Finding the Right Practice


by April Thompson

ore Americans than ever before are seeking the benefits of meditation, which notably improves mental, physical and spiritual health. Choosing from its many styles and traditions can be daunting for a new meditator, as is figuring out how to incorporate such a practice into a busy life.

Universal Appeal “Meditation is for people of all spiritual backgrounds. As a tool to develop awareness, it can enhance what you already believe and practice,” assures Diana Lang, the Los Angeles author of Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach and a spiritual counselor who has taught meditation for 37 years. For Jackie Trottmann, a Christian author from St. Louis, Missouri, there is no contradiction between a meditation practice and her faith; rather, they complement one another. For her, “Prayer is like talking to God, whereas meditation is listening to God. Before I came to meditation, I had been doing all the talking.” 34

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She came to meditation during a trying period working in sales and marketing. “When a friend gave me a meditation CD, I popped it in after a stressful conference call and felt instantly calmed. Ten years later, meditation has gone beyond quieting the mind; it’s sunk into my heart and spirit,” says Trottmann, who went on to publish her own CDs at “I came to meditation tired of habitual suffering and stress, and wanting to be happier,” says Bill Scheinman, a coach in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which he refers to as “mindfulness practice without the Buddhist jargon.” The Oakland, California, instructor has taught mindfulness in settings ranging from corporations to prisons, drawing from a range of meditative disciplines and 23 years of intensive practice.

Begin Modestly “Millions are seeking more mindfulness through meditation, but don’t know how to go about it,” says Sean Fargo, a Berke-

ley, California, meditation instructor and former Buddhist monk. “The key is to take baby steps, like going to the gym for the first time. Start by practicing a few minutes a day; just pay attention to something such as the sensations of breathing, without judgment.” “Having taught meditation to tens of thousands of people, I would say the most common issue is that beginning meditators don’t think they’re doing it right. It’s important not to judge yourself or have loaded expectations about the experience,” notes Lang. She suggests starting wherever we are right now, adding, “Whatever book, class or teacher you first stumble upon is a clue.” But that doesn’t call for rigidly adhering to a particular type of meditation forever.

Assess Benefits “Shop around and try different things, but at some point, you will begin to discover what works for you,” advises Scheinman. In trying to decide which meditation practice is right for us, “Go with what feels juicy,” says Fargo, who founded, offering 1,500 free mindfulness meditations, worksheets and talks. “You’re more likely to do what feels alive and enlivening.” The act of meditating can be uncomfortable, but the challenges are part of its power. Scheinman remarks. “If you establish a daily practice, eventually, you will become more clear-headed, kinder and happier. That’s how you know your practice is working—not how you feel during meditation itself.” Consistency is key. It’s not effective to only meditate when you feel good, he says.

Overview of Options

Mindfulness practices go by many names, from vipassana to MBSR, and can be done sitting or walking, but all are focused on cultivating moment-to-moment awareness. “Mindfulness is about being aware: deliberately paying attention to body sensations, thoughts and emotions. Focused attention is on the body, heart and mind,” explains Scheinman. Guided visualization differs from most forms of meditation in that the

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meditator is intentionally creating a mental image, typically one of a peaceful, beautiful place. Typically, the goal of a guided visualization is deep relaxation and stress reduction. Mantra meditations involve continuous repetition of a word, phrase or sound, drawing spiritual power from the sound’s vibration, as well as its meaning. Many mantras are uttered in a tradition’s native language, such as shanti, meaning peace in Sanskrit. Teachers like Lang prefer to use mantras in English that meditators can more easily grasp, such as, “Love is the way.” Breathing meditation. Meditation experts say our ever-present breath is a sound foundation for a meditation practice, as well as an easy place to start. “Tapping into the power of our breath is vital; it cleanses our system,” says Trottmann. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

Local Resources for Mindfulness and Meditation Practice AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 239-433-5995. See ad, page 35. Florida Community of Mindfulness, weekly sittings on Sundays 6:30 p.m. Naples and Monday evenings starting March 12 in Ft. Myers. 813-237-0746. FloridaMindfulness. org. See ads, pages 32 and 58. Hummingbird Energy Healing Arts and Boutique, 27785 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs 239-494-6983. HummingbirdEnergy Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste. 102, Bonita Springs. 239-590-9485. See ad, page 21. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 239-325-9210. Open Mind Zen Center, 1250 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 205, Naples. 239-961-2491. February 2018




ADVERSITY How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle by April Thompson

At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks by developing the skills and tools of resilience.


t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “post-traumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, enduring 36

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12 childhood surgeries, losing her mother at age 11 and four years ago, her husband. “All of the struggles and losses brought me here, now,” says Eckhoff. “Nobody ever said life was easy. We have greater appreciation for the things that we had to struggle to achieve.” Choosing self-directedness instead of self-pity in the face of challenges differentiates those that thrive from those that merely survive, observes Catherine Morisset, a life coach from Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in resilience. “It’s taking responsibility for life and managing the way you want to live it. We all have choices, even in the face of difficulty,” she says.

Mastering an Optimal Outlook

“Challenges don’t define you. How you respond does,” remarks Doug Hensch, an executive coach and author of Positively Resilient: 5½ Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles,

and Defeat Anxiety. He attests that having Forces instructors and civilians. They found a growth mindset is vital, focusing on people that rebounded strongly often shared strengths without disregarding areas needcommon attributes, including embracing a ing improvement. spiritual outlook and social network. Maintaining a balanced outlook that’s In 2013, Damon Redd, of Boulder, realistic, yet positive, enables individuals to Colorado, awoke to a severe flooding move on from trauma. For supersurvivors, event, with his home and business burbeing pragmatic serves them far better ied under five feet of mud and water that than a false sense of optimism about bad nearly wiped out his clothing business, situations, Feldman found, Kind Design, overnight. Parents do a saying, “They grieved loss“It was the hardest thing es, but thought realistically disservice to their I’ve ever gone through, about what to do next.” to lose everything I had kids when they “Optimism in the built. It also gave me a try to remove best sense is focusing on new perspective on what’s adversity from their important. It made me the positive without denying the negative, while aware that you can replace lives. When little focusing on what’s in your physical things, but you things go wrong, control,” notes Hensch. rather than rush to can’t replace memories. Martin Seligman, My mind was blown away fix it, let the kids known as the “father of by the support I received.” figure out a solution. positive psychology”, Redd ended up paying found that when people They’ll realize it’s not forward the kindness. “We take setbacks personthe end of the world. cleaned and repaired 1,500 ally, viewing them as pairs of gloves in our in~Doug Hensch permanent, pervasive and ventory that were damaged personal, they develop a that day, and are donating sense of learned helplessness that inhibits them to search-and-rescue teams and ski growth and happiness. “It’s important not patrols. The more good you do, the more to ‘catastrophize’ or generalize a failure and good other people will do,” Redd professes. extend it to other areas of life,” says Dr. Ste Altruism and owning a moral code is ven M. Southwick, a professor of psychiatry another common characteristic of resilient at Yale University School of Medicine who individuals, according to Southwick. Having focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder a purpose is a huge indicator of whether a and resilience. person will rise to the occasion. “You can endure almost anything if you have a mission, or believe what you are doing has meaning. Make Caring Connections It gives you great strength,” he says. Social networks are critical in the face of challenges, resilience experts agree. “When In 2016, Bobbi Huffman lost her high we are wronged or feel unsafe, it’s natural to school sweetheart and husband to suicide withdraw when we should do the opposite,” a few days before Valentine’s Day. As she says Feldman. “It’s also not the number of began to process the tragedy, she saw two friends you have, or even how much time choices ahead: “Drop into a deep depresyou spend with them, that matters. All you sion and give up or focus on our deep love need is at least one person you can count on.” for one another, get into therapy, and make “We are built to be connected with oth- a difference by inspiring, encouraging and ers. It has a significant impact in regulating helping others,” says Huffman. She chose the latter, asking for professtress,” says Southwick, a co-author of Resilsional help and signing up for the 16-mile ience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges, from West Haven, Connecticut. Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention, Over the past two decades, Southwick and in New York City. “Getting into the best his colleagues have studied three groups shape of my life at age 50 became my that have come through harrowing events: passion. As I walked through the night, I being Vietnam War prisoners, Special reflected on our beautiful memories as a


Helpful Organizations provides a supportive space online for survivors of trauma and adversity to share stories, connect with others and get help from experts. Resilience-Project normalizes setbacks and failures as part and parcel of professional and personal growth, and provides Stanford University students and faculty a platform to swap stories and coping strategies. conveys an interactive e-learning platform developed by the University of Texas at Austin to foster a better understanding of resilience and develop related skills.

Films and Books

Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story documents the journey of chef and outdoorsman Eduardo Garcia, whose life changed irrevocably when he was jolted with 2,400 volts of electricity while hiking in Montana. Garcia lost his hand, ribs and muscle mass, but survived the injury with the help of his former partner, and became an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Unbroken depicts the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days on a raft after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. The film is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, herself the survivor of a disabling chronic illness. The 33 tells the true tale of 33 miners trapped inside a mine in San Jose, Chile, for more than two months, the longest such entrapment in history. All were rescued alive. Wild is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her solo hike of 1,000-plus miles on the Pacific Crest Trail without any training, following the loss of her mother and marriage. February 2018


couple. It was an amazing, healing experience,” reflects Huffman. Forgiveness—whether for others or ourself—is another key to help us move forward, reports Feldman. “Often, people can get stuck in blame, but resentment keeps people shackled to the past. If and when a person is ready to forgive, widespread research indicates that it can lead to better health outcomes.”

Strengthening Our Resilience Muscle Experts point out that there isn’t any one perfect formula or single must-have trait for building resilience, and none we can’t develop. Learning a skill like mindfulness is an easy place to start. “Resilient people don’t try to avoid stress, but learn how to manage and master it,” says Southwick. “Mindfulness meditation requires practice, but through it, you can learn to regulate emotions and relax the nervous system.” Eckhoff practices mindfulness several times a day with a one-minute gratitude meditation. “I have five things I am most grateful for. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say them. It brings me focus, reduces stress and reminds me of how lucky I am,” she says. Morisset suggests making incremental changes to strengthen our resilience muscles. “Success builds success and failure builds failure, so do something you know you can accomplish and build on that,” she counsels.


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Writing can also be a good coping tool, according to Hensch. “Just write about your emotions. It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself and how calming it can be.” Good times are the best times to begin “resilience training” notes Hensch. “I sought out a therapist once I had turned the corner after my divorce and was dating someone and my business was taking off. It was precisely because I knew something else would likely happen, and I wanted to be better prepared for it,” he recalls. Applying positive self-talk when something blindsides us helps, as does not expecting to handle things perfectly. “There’s nothing wrong with just staying afloat when you’re in the middle of trauma or adversity. One key to happiness in life is just managing expectations. It’s okay to be anxious, sad and worried at times—in fact, it’s healthy,” says Hensch. Hardships are just that: hard. However, with time and experience, resilient individuals come to trust their ability to get through them, large and small. “Resiliency is not about how you bounce back from a single traumatic event; it’s how you respond every day to the challenges that life presents,” Eckhoff has learned. “Repetitive use of this ‘muscle’ builds strength and enables you to do more and sometimes, the impossible.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

February 2018


Healthy Nails and Younger Looking Hands An anti-aging manicure applied with a warm mitten at Andrea’s Organic Hair Salon & Spa, in Naples, nourishes the skin with a specially blended, lightweight agave nectar with essential oils. “The lacquer nail polish is free of nitrocellulose, toluene, formaldehyde and camphor, and fortified with panthenol and calcium. It strengthens nails without yellowing, dries rock-hard without UV light, wears like gel and removes like polish,” says spa owner Andrea Sorrenti.

Increase Nature’s Neurochemistry

Before (top row) and after images from Raw Hair Organic Salon

Go Beyond Resolutions Local Practitioners Suggest Steps for Structured Health Plans


by Linda Sechrist

ndividuals that take steps to care for themselves and make the changes they desire often find that their self-esteem and emotional well-being also improve, according to Psychology Today. Building a stronger connection between looking and being our best, feeling confident, capable, and empowered can also build self-trust, a factor in The Speed of Trust that author Stephen M. R. Covey considers essential to keeping commitments that we make to ourselves, especially our New Year’s resolutions. For individuals seeking to make 2018 a year of fulfillment, local practitioners suggest easy and fun mini-steps that can boost self-esteem, create self-trust and produce immediate results that encourage more action.

Frame the Face with New Color and Style In Naples salons such as Raw Hair Organic Salon and Salon Zenergy, women and men are asking for new looks that better frame the face and enhance facial features. “Many clients want a new cut, a different color, or both. I’ve had requests for drastic changes, from blonde to chocolate brown, from long hair to short pixies and shades of red. Many young male clients are asking for short sides long top haircuts,” says Melanie Nickels, Raw Hair Organic Salon owner.

The body releases endorphins such as norepinephrine, dopamine, anadamide (the bliss molecule), and serotonin during periods of physical activity, resulting in feelings of well-being. While nearly any kind of physical activity has the potential to release endorphins, dancing is particularly effective. Try a ballroom dancing class at All Star Dance Studio, in Naples or a Zumba class at Paradise Wellness & Event Center. Zumba teacher Raymix-Jose Vargas promises, “You will have a blast.” Explore creativity though art with Paula Brody, a mixed media artist and owner of Inspirations Artists and Design Gallery, in Naples. “Creativity is known for its state of flow and its healing affect,” says Brody.

Clear Internal and External Spaces There are multiple benefits to removing dead skin cells on the face and body, toxins and waste from the colon, clutter in the home and stagnation in the energy field. At Purely You Spa, in Naples, spa owner Jennifer Alvarez Linguidi, recommends the microgreens detox powerdermabrasion facial that not only removes dead skin cells, but also hydrates and smoothens the skin. She says, “Dermaplanning is another technique that exfoliates and removes facial hair. For the body, I suggest dry brushing and an organic sugar scrub that stimulates circulation.” “Clear clutter using feng shui principles. The low, stagnant and confusing energy of clutter drains our personal energy field. Depending on the feng shui area of home where clutter is located, it can influence or block the flow of energy and events in many areas of life,” says Linda Mundt, a Bonita Springsbased feng shui expert.

A Beautiful Smile “It’s never too late for braces,” says Board-Certified Orthodontist Dr. Dennis DiPalma, owner of Bella Braces, in Naples. With different options—nickel-free hypoallergenic braces, standard silver braces, clear ceramic braces, lingual braces and Invisalign, individuals see quick improvements. “Straight teeth result in healthier teeth and gums and spending less time in the dentist chair,” says DiPalma. 40

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"After" image of a laundry room by Feng Shui expert Linda Mundt

Ditch Leaded Lipsticks

Before (left) and after laser resurfacing by Dr. Stephen Prendiville

Maureen Sanders transformational energy work over a period of three months helped Naples resident Patti Silver, whose many years of traditional psychotherapy failed to relieve the overwhelming sense of sadness that she’d lived with all of her life. “In Maureen’s sessions, she shared with me the healing guidance that she received from a higher realm of understanding. This helped me to release the darkness of the past and allowed me to discover joy in my life,” advises Silver.

Zap Energy Draining Allergies with NAET Phyllis Weber, a licensed acupuncturist trained in Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) is the owner of Gulf Coast Acupuncture, in Naples and Fort Myers. NAET views allergies from a holistic perspective and defines them in terms of the allergen’s effect on the energy flow within the body. “A thorough intake and muscle response testing (MRT) indicates specific allergens. While the patient is holding an allergen, I stimulate pressure points along the spine. Another MRT ensures the allergy has been removed. A strong MRT indicates NAET has worked. I apply acupuncture again to solidify the treatment. The allergen must be avoided for 25 hours in order that each of the 12 meridians has a chance to reset,” says Weber.

Detox and Go Organic The ultimate detoxifying and cleansing experience, Panchakarma is a series of five specialized ayurvedic treatments individually designed for each person’s specific constitution and health challenge. “A complete treatment lasts approximately three hours and is recommended on three consecutive days for maintaining health through seasonal changes and seven days for individuals with health challenges,” advises Christina Carlin, who is a licensed massage therapist and ayurvedic practitioner as well as the the owner of Ayurveda Massage & Yoga Institute in Naples Mariesa Copeland, co-owner of Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, and Donald Lippe, a customer service specialist for Nutrition and Body Care at Food & Thought (both in Naples), recommend eating as organic as possible and taking only organic and non-GMO vitamins that provide inner nourishment for visible differences in healthier hair, skin and nails. Both stores carry products with ingredients such as fermented biotin, horsetail, alfalfa, nettles, silica and products that promote the regeneration of collagen.

“According to the Environmental Working Group, the heavy metal lead, a nervous system toxin that can contaminate mineral pigments in lipstick color, has no place in products applied to the lips or anywhere else on the body. “This is why we carry only organic lipsticks and makeup, which customers can try during our free makeovers by makeup artists on February 8, from 3 to 7 p.m.” says Jayne Koedding, owner of Organic Skincare and Bodyworx, in Naples. Sessions are by appointment. There is a $20 charge at the door, which customers get that back with their purchase.

Look Younger Dr. Stephen Prendiville, a facelift expert and the supervising physician for the medical spa services offered at Assuage Spa, in Fort Myers and Naples, is introducing the latest non-invasive procedures to smooth wrinkles and rejuvenate the cheek, jawline and neck during a free luncheon seminar on February 23 at Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club on McGregor Boulevard in South Fort Myers. “These procedures are especially effective when combined with fractionated laser resurfacing, which can reduce or eliminate fine lines, wrinkles and sunspots. The laser beam removes the outer layer of skin while simultaneously heating the underlying dermis. This stimulates growth of new collagen fibers. As the treated area heals, new skin is smoother and firmer,” says Prendiville.

Erase Rosacea Larissa Smolen, owner of Spa de Larissa, in Naples, sees exceptional results in the faces of her clients that use her private-label (Daniel Tibel) professional skincare products that comprise a blend of plants, herbs, fruit enzymes and other ingredients. “Two topical products and my beetroot-based supplement are very effective for the 70 percent of my clients who have mild to severe rosacea. Beetroot is a natural detoxifier, purifies the blood, reduces internal inflammation, calms the skin and is beneficial for fighting boils and pimples. Products also work on eczema,” says Smolen. Painless LED light therapy sends stimulating light into deeper layers of the skin. It can reduce visible signs of aging and help with rosacea. The treatment can stand alone or be part of a facial,” says Eileen Ptat, owner of Simply Divine Skin and Wellness in Naples.

Ballroom dancing class at All Star Dance Studio February 2018


Feel Younger Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), a coenzyme found in all cells, is essential to sustaining life. “A deficiency of NAD, which markedly declines with age, predisposes us to accelerated aging. NAD levels can be restored to higher ranges with NAD+ Infusion Therapy, which can quickly revs up the engine in your cells and improve impaired concentration and focus,” says Doreen DeStefano, a registered nurse, licensed medical esthetician and owner of Root Causes Holistic Health & Medicine and Integrated Skin Care, in Fort Myers.


Local Resources Andrea’s Organic Studio & Day Spa, 6714 Lone Oak Blvd., Naples. 239-514-4707. Andreas-Organic-Hair-Studio-Day-Spa. Assuage Spa Luxury, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, Ft. Myers. 239-333-1450. 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 1, Naples. 239-333-1450. See ad, page 18. Ayurveda, Massage & Yoga Institute, 501 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. A107, Naples. 239-450-6903. See ad, page 6.

“Personalizing and recording motivational and inspirational subliminal messages or a mantra to play on a loop in the background while listening to my favorite music helps me achieve my goal of playing better tennis,” says Richard Ulrich, a Naples-based acupuncturist and creator of the free ReWired app.

Food & Thought, 2132 Tamami Tr. N., Naples. 239-213-2222. See ad, page 10.

Be Accountable to a Coach

Gulf Coast Acupuncture, with locations at 1250 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 301, Naples; 6300 Corporate Center, Ste. 104, Ft. Myers. 239841-6611. See ad, page 21.

Hilde Larson is a certified health and wellness coach and the author of No More Bullshit: Power Up and Grow Free, You Are the Only One You Have Been Waiting For. “I help clients take the first step to empowerment and go from surviving to thriving,” says Larson, who suggests dusting off those 2018 New Year’s resolutions and getting back on track.

Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, 877 91st Ave. N., Ste. 4, Naples. 239-596-9017. See ad, page 33., See ad, page 31. Root Causes Holistic Health & Medicine & Integrated Skin Care, 6700 Winkler Rd., Ste. 2, Ft. Myers. 239-425-2900, See ad, page 25. Linda Mundt Design, 239-405-7330, See listing, page 69. Maureen Sanders, Transformational Energy See ad, page 55. Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, 13240 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 207, Naples, 239-514-4494. See ad, page 3. Stephen Prendiville, M.D., 239-437-3900, Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 302, Naples. 239-3318266. See ad, page 15. Raw Hair Organics, 2940 Immokalee Rd., Unit 4, Naples. 239597-0939. See ad, page 17. See ad, page 38. Simply Divine Skin and Wellness, 1044 Castello Dr., Ste. 102, Naples. 239-989-5995. See ad, page 27. Spa de Larissa, Airport Professional Center, 3811 Airport Rd., N. Ste. 201-B, Naples. Call 239-571-9900 or visit See ads, pages 13 and 19.


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Foods Our Heart Will Love

Top 10 Heart Healthy Choices by Judith Fertig


ow do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning once penned this unforgettable line to her husband and fellow poet, Robert Browning. Let us also count the ways to improve our loved ones’ heart health: Lower blood pressure. Modulate irregular heartbeats. Avoid plaque build-up in arteries. Improve blood flow to the heart. We can love our hearts with 10 superfoods that just might make perfect ingredients for a Valentine’s Day meal, starting with dark chocolate.


Cocoa powder. Cacao’s flavanols lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and act as antioxidants to prevent inflammation. Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, a physician, doctor of public health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, confirms, “Between 400 and 900 milligrams (mg) a day of cocoa flavanols may favorably affect several mechanisms and pathways related to cardiovascular disease prevention.” Not all chocolate is created equal. Manson recommends chocolate with cocoa or cacao as the first ingredient, not sugar. She


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and her colleagues are currently conducting the Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study, a large-scale, randomized study of 18,000 U.S. men and women testing the benefits of ingesting 600 mg per day of cocoa flavanols.



Just one-half cup of berries a day can provide plenty of phytonutrients and antioxidants for decreasing inflammation and preventing heart disease, says Wendy Bazilian, a doctor of public health and registered dietitian in San Diego, and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients. “Whirl them into a breakfast smoothie, add them to a green salad or combine them with dark chocolate for a tasty, heart-healthy dessert,” she advises.



Full of omega-3 fatty acids, wild-caught salmon (about two six-ounce weekly servings) helps reduce systemic inflammation and risk of developing atherosclerosis, hypertension and stroke, according to Dr. Josh Axe, of Nashville, Tennessee. Beyond prevention, omega-3s in oily fish are also

widely known to treat atherosclerosis, normalize heart rhythms and help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as significantly lower the risk of stroke.

protective HDL cholesterol, and protect the inner lining of arteries.

Pumpkin seeds. High in mag-


Avocados. Fresh avocados supply



nesium—about 764 mg per cup— roasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, top the list of heart-healthy nuts and seeds. Magnesium is an important electrolyte that helps the heart fire on all cylinders and not skip a beat. Improvements in lipid profiles can occur with a daily intake of 365 mg, or about a half-cup, of pepitas. Enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds as a snack or scatter them in a salad, bowl of chili or soup for a delicious crunch.


magnesium, plus they’re a good source of potassium, another electrolyte the heart needs for optimum functioning. “You probably know bananas and citrus fruits are top sources of potassium, but I like avocados because they also supply healthy fats,” says Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, a boardcertified cardiologist with the HeartMD Institute, in Manchester, Connecticut.

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Almonds. Sinatra recommends a handful of almonds a day to raise HDL, a form of “good” cholesterol he likens to a “lipid garbage truck” that picks up oxidized “bad” LDL in the bloodstream and carries it to the liver for processing.

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.

Cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil with a high phenol content can help lower blood pressure (via about two tablespoons daily), make more efficient and

Beet Juice.

A 2015 study in the journal Hypertension found that two daily eight-ounce glasses of beet juice can help reduce high blood pressure. Beets contain a natural dietary nitrate found in previous studies to lower high blood pressure. Enjoy beet juice in smoothies, as a tart drink known as a “shrub” (beet juice with raspberry vinegar) or in soups like borscht.

Garlic. Allicin, the

sulfur compound that gives garlic its distinctive aroma, helps keep blood thin and flowing optimally, says Sinatra. The freshest chopped garlic offers the best benefits, according to a study from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.


Pomegranate. Drinking about one cup of pomegranate juice a day for three months can improve blood flow to the heart, reports a study in the American Journal of Cardiology. The ultimate reason of all to keep our hearts in good working order was voiced by Helen Keller: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS ( February 2018


Banishing Body-Image Blues

How Teens Can Learn to Love Their Looks by Amber Lanier Nagle


any young women don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. A 21st-century global study sponsored by Unilever’s Dove brand found that 90 percent of girls from 15 to 17 years old wanted to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, especially their body weight. University of Minnesota research following adolescents for 10 years showed that about half of the female par-

ticipants had dieted in the previous year, twice the number of males. Tracy Anderson, a mother of two and fitness expert, has spent the last 18 years working with women seeking balance in their bodies. In her recent book, Total Teen: Tracy Anderson’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Ruling Your World, she observes, “Teens are depleted

from comparing themselves to the shapes of others and from scolding themselves: ‘I should be thinner, I should be able to fit in those pants, I should be in better shape.’ But looking good on the outside must start with feeling good on the inside.”

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Anderson believes we feel most happy and fulfilled and accomplish the most when our minds are calm, clear and alert. “If young women learn to connect with their mind, identify when their thoughts are anxious or stressed, and practice conscious breathing and meditating to regain a calm, centered state, they’ll be able to rebalance themselves for the rest of their lives,” she says. “By keeping a thought journal for a while and noticing when their thoughts have negative undertones, they can retrain their attitude.” Live a complaint-free day once each week. Every time a negative thought pops up, expel it and focus on a positive aspect of the idea or experience. Also invest a few moments each day feeling thankful for successful aspects of life. “After a while, these exercises become habitual,” says Anderson. “Happy, high-achieving people fill their minds with positive, uplifting thoughts, affirmations and sincere gratitude. It’s widely proven to work.”

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“Most teens can eat junk food all day long and still wake up the next morning ready to take on the world,” Anderson says. But such an unhealthy routine “shapes eating patterns for the rest of their lives, eventually catching up with them.” She strongly believes every young woman should routinely ask herself, “Is this real food?” “A potato is a real food, or whole food, but instant mashed potatoes are processed. A fresh ear of corn is a whole food; corn chips are processed. If you want to feel strong and healthy and look great, eat whole foods,” says Anderson. Also, note how the body responds to eating specific foods. Here again, a journal can help. “Jot down how a food made you feel after 15 minutes, an hour and two hours. Are you alert or sluggish? What


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signals are your stomach and brain sending? It’s useful information to make better ongoing food choices,” Anderson advises. She also advocates drinking plenty of water and eating organic foods when possible, and warns teens against skipping meals or snacks when their developing bodies feel the need for fuel.


Move More

s I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.

food, people, things, situations and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.

Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY.

Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF.

As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me.

As I began to love myself, I quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time.

For some teens, exercise movements don’t feel comfortable or natural, which hinders them from doing healthful exercise. “I’ve found that if a young woman practices exercises for a while privately, she’ll become more comfortable and confident over time,” says Anderson. “It’s like learning a foreign language, musical instrument or any skill. You master the basics first and build on them. With practice, you start feeling more at ease.” In her book, Anderson offers many step-by-step, illustrated workout moves designed to daily tone arms, legs and abs, and increase strength and flexibility. Many incorporate fun dance components that work well with music. “Regular exercise releases endorphins—the hormones that make us feel happier and better about ourselves,” she says. “For young women navigating the emotional ups and downs associated with menstrual cycles and puberty, exercise can be a lifesaver.” Whether it’s yoga, walking, martial arts, dancing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, climbing, skiing, gymnastics or tennis, teens need to find “some kind of movement and activity to become part of their everyday life.” A University of Wisconsin metaanalysis of 77 studies examining women’s body images suggests body dissatisfaction is a risk factor for eating disorders and a significant predictor of low self-esteem, depression and obesity. Helping young women build, strengthen or regain their positive body image and self-esteem works to empower a new generation and enables them to enjoy happier, healthier lives. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (


by Charlie Chaplin

Today I call it RESPECT. As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it MATURITY. As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE. As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it SIMPLICITY. As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health—

Today I discovered that is MODESTY. As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT. As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART. We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know that is LIFE. Chaplin’s World museum, in Switzerland, opened in 2016 ( February 2018


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Mark Rosenfeld’s Secrets for Successful Love Matches by Alison James


ustralian author, speaker and dating coach Mark Rosenfeld knows firsthand the challenges of navigating romantic relationships. After struggling with shyness, he took on a confidence-boosting job as an exotic dancer in 2011, working with men at both ends of the assertiveness spectrum. In this milieu, he gained a better understanding of men’s thoughts and actions related to women. Through his career as a dancer while in his own satisfying relationship, Rosenfeld also personally communicated with about 50,000 women, many of which opened up about their own trials and tribulations with dating. A resident of Brisbane, Rosenfeld launched the website au in 2014, sharing what he’s learned in order to help women stop experiencing frustrations in dating and start attracting healthy, happy relationships. He’s also participated in the conversation at The Good Men Project on what enlightened masculinity means in the 21st century.

What are the greatest misconceptions women have about men?

Why do both genders need to nurture their feminine energy?

Both genders face significant, yet different, challenges, and so believe the other gender has it easier. Men want to feel cared for and heard. Many are terrified to approach a woman; they fear rejection or not being a good enough provider. Often, when a woman perceives that a man needs space, it’s his fears and insecurities that are keeping him from deeper intimacy.

What mistakes do women make in the courtship phase? Women often get ahead of themselves in the dating stage, instead of taking enough time to let things unfold. I tell women 48

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to slow down and date multiple men to counter that tendency. It’s also good to “widen the funnel” and date different types of men, especially if you seem to attract the so-called “wrong” type. Keep deep emotions and commitments out of the courtship phase, while you discover who someone is and if they are right for you.

As a man, I can spend too much time on my masculine energy and be too logical and focused on end results. I can lose a sense of self, presence and connection with the present moment. Meditation is one entry point; I find practicing a martial art is grounding, as is spending quality time with a woman. If an individual spends too much time in either energy, imbalance occurs; everyone has to find their own equilibrium.

What are good ways to practice self-care while seeking and sustaining a relationship? Find activities in your day that make you feel nurtured, happy and good about your-

self. Take care of your health, home and friendships. Exercise some independence. Make your life fulfilling, so that men want to be part of your exciting days.

How can we best navigate the world of online dating and other means of meeting potential mates? It starts with your mindset. If you think you will be on a dating site for three weeks and find a mate, don’t bother. Be prepared to engage for a minimum of six to 12 months. Consider bad dates as reasons to laugh. Think of it as “online introducing”. It’s up to you to quickly get past the chat stage to real communication and real dates. Online potential mates don’t have a “vibe” for you like they do in person. I suggest talking with prospects on the phone and keeping first dates short. Keep an open mind to recognize prospects you might otherwise overlook. Online dating is a supplement, not a substitute, for meeting compatible men or women in real life. You should be tapping networks of friends, family and colleagues to make connections, as well as being open to meeting potential mates at public events.

Which signs indicate that a dating prospect wants to pursue a genuine relationship? Emotional momentum, combined with consistency, is an important sign. Anyone can put in effort for a little while; but do they periodically disappear? No one wants someone they feel a connection with to physically or emotionally wander away, or risk the object of their affection thinking they aren’t interested. Make sure they are reciprocating the effort you put in. Prioritizing is another sign; a person will find a way to see someone they care about. A key third sign is integration. They will want to respectfully integrate you into their world more and more, introducing you to friends, family and work colleagues. Look for this overall pattern to continue over time. It’s vital to let people prove themselves with their actions. Alison James is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C.

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Paradise Wellness & Event Center by Lily Viola


n 2016, Kelly Messmer began seeking answers to her recurring question, “How can I provide people with more solutions to health than just beauty and feeling good about their appearance? While I’d already reached the conclusion that as an esthetician, I was limited to providing only external solutions, my passion to dig deeper for ways to merge beauty and health kept me searching for more comprehensive solutions,” she says. Now the owner of the 8,000-squarefoot Paradise Wellness & Event Center, in Bonita Springs, Messmer and her team of health professionals are excited about the ways they are bringing aspects of health and beauty together in offerings that provide individuals with many possibilities to restore and maintain their health, lose weight, trim, tone and strengthen the body through the use of personal fitness training and professional exercise equipment such as power plates, aerial yoga and bungee fitness, a low-impact workout, breath work, dance, yoga, good nutrition and therapeutic-grade essential oils, as well as massage therapy and the BEMER. The power plate vibrations increase muscle activation to provide a low-impact, high-performance fitness solution. Engineered to activate the body’s natural reflexive response to vibrations,

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the power plate platform moves 25 to 50 times per second to engage muscles in a consistent and controlled manner. “It’s an excellent exercising enhancing machine that can be used by adults of every age and ability,” says Messmer. In aerial yoga, an individual sits on a soft, fabric hammock that looks like a long scarf. Hammocks made out of highdensity nylon material that can support more than 2,000 pounds are held up by support chains and webbing straps that adjust to an individual’s height. Throughout the yoga class, clients do traditional yoga poses or aerial adaptations of traditional poses, using the hammock for support. The positive physical effects of the BEMER’s electromagnetic field therapy, a medical device for the physical stimulation of the vasomotion of precapillary

microvessels in case of impaired microcirculation, on sleep, pain and quality of life of patients with different clinical diagnosis, have been documented and published on PubMed. The menu in the fully equipped beauty salon includes, manicures, Himalayan salt pedicures, ear piercing, LED teeth whitening, organic airbrush tanning, haircuts and blow dry, coloring and facials. The center has plenty of space to offer experts such as Dr. Linell King, author of Mastering Vitality, to present workshops. King is recognized for combining science, behavioral health, and spirituality to transform the lives of individuals. Other clinical nutritionists, functional fitness and elite sports performance trainers associated with the center also offer workshops, classes and presentations. “I’m constantly on the lookout to collaborate with other healthy lifestyle practitioners who enjoy teaching and educating our guests,” says Messmer. Paradise Wellness & Event Center is located at 28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd., in Bonita Springs. For appointments, call 239-253-4862. For more information, visit See listing, page 70.

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Do-Good Dogs Do Almost Anything

Service Animals Train to Help People in Need


by Sandra Murphy

ervice dogs help an aging population live full lives in spite of limitations, no matter the size, age or breed of dog. Plus, hundreds of thousands of canines make living with disabilities both possible and more pleasant.

The Rules “Service dogs don’t eat on duty, and should be on the floor, not put in a handbag or shopping cart,” advises Maggie Sims, project manager for the Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act Center, in Colorado Springs. “If the dog disrupts business, the person can be asked to remove the animal and then return. Emotionalsupport dogs are not provided for by the disabilities act, because the dog does not perform a specific task. “We get calls from people concerned about fake service dogs when owners try to bring them into places where pets generally aren’t allowed. Usually, they’re the ones that behave badly,” Sims says. Service animals are not required to wear a special vest or have documentation. 50

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Educating the Public A motorcycle accident left Matthew Smith dependent on using a wheelchair or crutches. An administrator at Comcast Cable, in Baltimore, Maryland, Smith relies on his pit bull, Jericho, to fetch dropped items, open doors and help him maintain balance. “Gravity is my specialty,” he jokes. “If I fall, he braces me so I can get up. Moving about stresses my shoulders, so Jericho pulls the wheelchair on days when I’m in pain.” Although working service dogs should not be petted or approached, Smith tells Jericho, “Go say ‘Hi,’” if someone asks to approach him. “Pit bulls have an undeserved bad reputation, so I’ll take a minute to let people meet him to change that perception. When Jericho is the subject of conversation, it also takes the spotlight off of me,” he says. Jericho was trained by Apryl Lea, a certified assistance dog trainer for the Animal Farm Foundation’s Assistance Dog Program, in Kingston, New York. She explains, “The pit bulls I train are from shelters, and must be good with people and other

animals and be comfortable in social settings that match the person’s lifestyle.”

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When someone brings a dog into a place of business, we can legally ask only two short questions: “Is this animal needed for a disability?” and “What tasks has the animal been trained to do in relation to the disability?”

“When a counter is too high, a service dog can pass money to the cashier. Dogs will pull a rope to open a heavy door. In the event of seizures or fainting, our dogs react based on location; at home, they find another family member, but in public, will stay with their person,” Lea says. The muscles of a patient with Parkinson’s disease may freeze while walking. Dogs brace against a resulting fall or touch the person to help unfreeze the muscles. Tethered to an autistic child, the dog provides distraction from repetitive behaviors like flapping hands or crying, while keeping the child in a safe area. Some dogs are trained to track the child, as well, in case of escape. Likewise, dogs can give Alzheimer’s disease patients a bit of freedom without getting lost.

Sounding Alerts Hearing dogs alert their hearing-impaired person to the sound of a doorbell or ringing phone. In the car, they’ll nudge the driver with a paw if they hear a siren. Riley the Chihuahua’s job is caring for Jennifer Wise, an aromatherapist and owner of Enchanted Essence, in Toledo, Ohio. Wise has a neurological disease that affects her legs and makes

her prone to falls. “Riley’s trained to bark for help if I am unable to get up,” she explains. “If barking fails, he’ll grab someone’s pant leg or shoelaces and pull in my direction. He’s small, but determined.” Michelle Renard, a stay-at-home mom in Woodstock, Georgia, relies on Mossy, a goldendoodle trained by Canine Assistants, in nearby Alpharetta, to detect high- and lowblood sugar levels. “She’s never wrong,” says Renard.

Comfort and Joy Linda Blick, president and co-founder of Tails of Hope Foundation, in Orange County, New York, observes, “A veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder may not show outward symptoms, but have anxiety. Dogs are trained to turn on the lights, lick their person’s face or apply reassuring pressure by lying across their person’s chest to bring them out of night tremors. “One of our veterans was so uncomfortable in public, it was difficult for him to even speak to the veterinarian about his dog’s torn knee ligament,” Blick explains. “For the sake of the dog, he managed to discuss care, a big step for him.” As Sims states, “True service dogs literally give people with disabilities their lives back.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

Service Dog Resources TO CONTACT AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT CENTERS: Ten centers serve the U.S. and calls are directed to the one closest to the caller. Call 800-949-4232 or visit TO SUPPORT THE TAILS OF HOPE FOUNDATION: This nonprofit provides critical and lifesaving help to veterans, first responders and search-and-rescue teams. Operating on donations, it covers the cost of purchasing a trained dog, as well as lifetime veterinary care when necessary. LEARN ABOUT DOGS TRAINED FOR SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Parkinson’s disease – Davis Phinney Foundation at ForParkinsons Disabled children – Alzheimer’s disease/dementia – Rover. com/canine-caregivers-dementia-alzheimers Sight-impaired – SAMPLE SERVICE-DOG VIDEOS: A pit bull-lab mix that saves a veteran having a seizure: SavesVeteran A pug that helps a veteran with posttraumatic stress: CalmsPTSD

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benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leashed or comfortably crated. Donations support local charities. Kunjani Cafe, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257.


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.

Wellness Circle – A six-week group with Ann Fisher. Learn techniques to improve physical and mental health: mindfulness, relaxation, cognitive-behavioral strategies, movement, and nutrition. Develop your natural capacity to care for yourself, finding greater balance, ease and peace of mind. Register: 781-7718068 or Bio Mat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a Bio Mat Treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye, and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Songwriters at Sunset – 4pm. Original Americana/ acoustic songs and background stories performed by members of the Americana Community Music Association (ACMA). Co-sponsored by FOLKS and the ACMA, the concerts are at the gazebo and end with Lovers Key’s fabulous sunset. Free with paid park admission. 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. Pachamama Game Changer Gathering – 6:30pm. Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida will present an Introduction to the Drawdown Project and begin a four-week study group. Be a part of this next step in conscious evolution towards carbon neutrality and a sustainable future. Hot cider and tea will be served. Bring a dessert. UU Church of Fort Myers Campus. Info: or See news brief, page 12. Diksha Blessing/Meditation – 7pm. With Joanna and Laurie. Experience deep peace, alignment, clarity and relaxation with the monthly Bliss Meditation. The evening will include a guided meditation accompanied by crystal bowls and hands on light blessing called Diksha. $15. The Mystical Moon, Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-3339.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Basic DNA Weekend Class – Feb 2-4. With Karen and David. Includes Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing book. First class in the series. Class offers practitioners authority to practice the work. Private home in Naples. $444. Preregistration required: Karen

Weekend Childbirth Education – Feb 3-4. 10am3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Info/register: or

Women's March, Naples – January 2018 Coratelli-Smith, licensed ThetaHealing instructor: 692-9120 or Info: Contemplative Paintings – Feb 2-28. Silk paintings by Beth Schroeder. Artist reception and talk on February 7 from 4-6:30pm. These works are intended to deepen the meditative experience by being worn or viewed. South Branch Collier Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy, Naples. Info: BethSchroeder@ or Art Walk – 6-10pm. 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. Tea Leaf Reading – The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself and others and receive a free tea leaf reading during this class. A tea party with extras. All materials included. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Become a reiki practitioner. Heal self, support others. Reiki history, precepts, chakras, qigong applied to reiki, hand positions, attunements. $165. 12 FL CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMTs, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. Reiki for Pets – 9-11am. Bring your dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a five-to-15-minute reiki session for them. Whether ill or healthy, animals

ArtFest – Feb 3-4. 10am-5pm. Exceptional art, entertainment and children’s art activities; discover high-quality, Made-in-USA original art by more than 200 artists. Meet the artists, and refresh yourself with delightful food and music. Edwards Dr, Downtown Ft Myers Riverfront. MyRiverDistrict. com/events. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. For Goodness Sake, Marquesa Plaza, 13040 Livingston Rd, Ste 19, Naples. 353-7778 Yoga for Your Back – A Home Practice Workshop – 1-3pm. Learn how yoga can help back care health with Susan Carter. $40. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd., Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995. Crystals and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with your crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Intro to Wicca – 2pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Argentine Milonga Dance – 4-8pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth,

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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.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Diabetes Prevention Program – 4-5pm. Learn about a variety of tools that have been proven to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes. This year-long program with weekly meeting for the first six-months, then once or twice a month for the second six months is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health Park Medical Center, 9981 S Health Park Dr, Ft Myers. Preregister: 424-3127. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: FBCNaples@ or

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration – 11:30am12:30pm. Welcome the Year of the Dog as Certified Consultant Laurie Pawli explains how to bring the greatest benefits for success of 2018. Learn the ceremony to Welcome the Gods of Wealth into your home. $15. Shangri-La Springs Resort & Spa, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Register: Artist Reception and Talk: Contemplative Paintings – 4-6:30pm. Silk paintings by Beth Schroeder on display thru Feb 28. These works are intended to deepen the meditative experience by being worn or viewed. South Branch Collier Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy, Naples. Info: BethSchroeder@ or Feel Relaxed and Supported EFT Tapping – 6:308pm. Also Feb 14, 21 & 28. With Jenny Li Ciconne. An introduction to unlocking your personal journey

to peace and joy, this series will focus on relationships and lights the way to bring the calm success we all seek. $30/session, $150/series of 5. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki Levels I & II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Valentine’s Showcase Open Social Dancing –79pm. $12.Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Bio Mat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a Bio Mat Treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye, and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered 2/15. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Organic Skincare & Bodyworx Open House – 3-7pm. Food, wine and free makeovers with makeup artists Jane Iredale and La Bella Donna by appointment. Mini-facials, store discounts, prizes and $1/ minute chair massage. $20/door (good towards your purchase). 13240 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 207, Naples. Appointments: 514-4494. Managing of Cancer with Nutritional Medicine – 6pm. What to Know Before, During and After Treatment with Dr Victor Marcial-Vega. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. HughesCenterNaples. com. See ad, inside back cover. Breath of Life – Music of the Spheres – 6:30pm. Breathwork and reiki attunements facilitated by Linda Burton. Transformational frequencies and

vibrations provided by Dana House’s dynamic gongs and bowls. Bring a desire to release whatever no longer serves you as well as pillow, blanket, mat. $30. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Ste 2, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 The Heart of Yoga – 1pm. Workshop with Vivek Desai. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessings, prosperity and more. Attendees will make their own personal candle. $30 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Evidence of Eternity – 7pm. With Mark Anthony, the psychic lawyer, fourth-generation psychic medium, bestselling author and media personality. Anthony will connect random audience members with loved ones in spirit. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. See ad, page 7. 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. Storytelling Performance – 7-8:30pm. With Geraldine Buckley, national storyteller. Experience the award-winning Personal Storytelling with a British Charm. $15. Office of Dr Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. 200-6796. Tickets: All Flavors of Love Party – 7-10pm. Dance the night away to music spinning by DJ TYLA V; build your own ice cream sundae from the candy bar; meet new friends. Hosted by Visuality, and open to LGBTQ+ and allies ages 16-24. $5 donation. All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. RSVP on Visuality’s Facebook page. 898-6124. ZOObilee – 7-10pm. Guests ages 21 and up will enjoy delicious cuisine from more than 20 of Naples’ finest restaurants and caterers while exploring the zoo. Evening highlights include animal encounters, live music and more. Presented by Florida Power & Light. Proceeds support Naples Zoo’s operations, education programs, and conservation initiatives.1590 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 262-5409 ext 145.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 The Yoga of Devotion – 1pm. With Vivek Desai.


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Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Storytelling Workshop: Crafting the Personal Story – 9am-6pm. One-day intensive with Geraldine Buckley. Learn to craft compelling and entertaining personal stories from an award-winning National Storyteller. Experience coaching on your story ideas from an expert and unleash the stories you have inside. $75. Office of Dr Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. 200-6796. Tickets: Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Moses and Jesus: Their Forgotten Practice of Yoga Science – 1-3:30pm. Hot Yoga Naples presents Leonard Perlmutter, founder of American Meditation Institute. Attendees will find the talk entertaining and the principles simple to put into action. Answer questions like: Who am I? Why am I here? $95. 6634 Willow Park Dr, Naples. 596-4549. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use it for divination, to find lost objects, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free charts available. Free admission. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Learn How to Play Crystal and Tibetan Bowls – 2-4pm. With Robert Austin. Learn the proper way to make magical and healing music with your bowls from a master. $40. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995. Movement and Breath for Labor – 3-4:30pm. 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. 248-7931. $25/ early bird, $30/door. Register: Spaghetti and Picasso – 5-7pm. Parents and children of all ages and friends will enjoy spaghetti while a local artist guides us in unleashing our inner “Picasso” in a creative art experience. Individual canvas and paint supplies will be provided. $10/ adults, children under 17/free. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am &1pm. With Cathy Blair. Let the loving harmonics of the singing bowls remove any fear of future changes allowing you to move with grace and ease as you embrace your destiny. Bring mat or beach chair/blanket. $20 cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Sacred Sound Ceremony – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience vibrational awakening and profound cosmic connections. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls, 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends. Bring mat, pillow, blanket and musical expression. $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 571-5234.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Protect Your Heart Naturally – 10-11am. Heart disease continues to affect many Americans. Take control to protect your heart through diet, lifestyle and more. Healthy Life Center, 23190 Fashion Dr, Ste 105, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 495-4475.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion – 9:30-10:30am. Join mindfulness teacher Paulette Grotrian, MA, co-founder of the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness, for an introduction to this eight-week program for learning evidence-based practices for working with difficult emotions. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita. 734-276-7707. See news brief, page 16. The Mind/Body Connection: How Our Thinking Keeps Us Sick and How to Train Your Mind – 6:30-8:15pm. Learn how the powerful healing modality called Theta Healing can support rapid emotional and physical healing. One lucky person will be part of the demonstration. $30. RSVP: 277-1399. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered 2/20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal Ceremony – 10am, 1pm or 4pm. Each ceremony will include a champagne toast, full meal catered by Truly Scrumptious, coffee, cake and desserts, dancing, socializing, photo and special gift and door prizes. $100/couple, non-refundable donation. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 708-3590466 or Reiki Master Class – 2pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki Levels I & II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Partner Yoga Workshop – 6pm. With Carla and Kim. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Keeping a True Lent – Feb 14-Mar 28. 6:307:15pm. Come into a deeper understanding and fuller experience of the true spiritual principle and practice of Easter and Lent. Join Rev Clive deLaporte for an interactive teaching and guided meditation.All are welcome. Love offering. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. Holistic Holiday at Sea – Feb 15-25. Join more than 1,800 like-minded vegans during a vacation


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that will nourish your body, stimulate your mind and rejuvenate your spirit. Featuring renowned chefs, teachers and healers, learn the latest in diet and nutrition science, cooking classes, yoga, exotic ports and more. 1-800-496-0989. Protect Your Heart Naturally – 10-11am. Heart disease continues to affect many Americans. Take control to protect your heart through diet, lifestyle and more. Wellness Center Cape Coral, 609 SE 13th Ct. RSVP: 495-4475. Bio Mat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a Bio Mat Treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye, and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Aquarius New Moon Solar Eclipse Celebration –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Receive the full radiation of Aquarius amplified by the solar eclipse to embody the master you are becoming. The solar eclipse will send forth the encodements necessary for the upliftment of humanity. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170. Maya New Moon Manifestation Meditation – 8pm. Join author John Kralovec for a free guided meditation teleconference to connect with the Maya Moon Goddess and Sacred Earth Mother to harness the power of the Divine Feminine, New Moon and Venus to aid in manifestation for the upcoming month and year. Call in free: 319-527-3182.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 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. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A monthly gathering for women over 21. The purpose is to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc, and to have women support and help empower one another and network. There will be fun included after venting in a safe environment. Refreshments served. $5. 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. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Healthy Heart-Tea – 10am-noon. Meets every 3rd Sat. Unity of Fort Myers’ monthly Women of UniTea luncheon features Dr Brian C Taschner, a local cardiologist, who will speak of maintaining a healthy heart through a plant-based diet and other lifestyle approaches. Bring a dish to share and your own place setting. $5 love offering. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 404-4551. The Climate Change Workshop – 10am-4pm. With Dr Harold Wanless and Dr John Capece will

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conduct a hands-on personalized environmental workshop to educate climate change ambassadors. $20/adults, $5/students. Optional buffet lunch: $8/ adults, $5/students. The “Green Sanctuary” Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples, 6340 Napa Woods Way. See news brief, page 15. Mastery Training – Birthing the Golden Age – Feb 17-18. 10am-5pm. With Deborah Mills. Live more deeply into your truth of I AM presence. Upgrade your operating systems and deeply awaken your potential within to live your part of the divine plan for personal and planetary evolution. $275. Lumina Health, 2301 Porter Lake Dr, Sarasota. Register: 941-321-9770 or The Eight Limbs of Yoga – 1pm. With Carla Olla. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Tennis Ball Techniques for Tight Muscles Workshop – 1-3pm. With Sondra Dansby. Learn how to get myofascial relief from tight muscles, aches and pains. $45 includes tennis back packet and instruction booklet. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Preregister: 433-5995 or Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to lay out stones on a crystal grid in your space to enhance and bring in what you choose. Use crystal grids for protection, prosperity, healing, stress relief and connecting to spirit energies and more. Based on using the “flower of life”, also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Food Talk: Mushrooms, Cancer and Immunity – 6:15-7:45pm. Discover which mushrooms are medicinal; which ones really work for different types of cancers; if mushrooms can be part of treatment if someone is on chemo or radiation; how specific mushrooms boost immunity for other health conditions. Explore some of the myths and the real science of medicinal mushrooms. $15. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Series – 9:30amnoon. Eight-week evidence-based program with Paulette Grotrian, MA, co-founder of the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness. Respond to difficult emotions with kindness and emotional resilience. Includes recordings for home practice and half-day retreat. $400. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita. Preregister: 734-276-7707. IntegrativeMindfulness. net. See news brief on page 16 and ad on page 21. Mindfulness Parenting Workshop – 6:30-8pm. This monthly group offers opportunities to practice mindful parenting. Understand being fully present with momentto-moment experiences. Manage emotional triggers and learn to parent from a place of harmony. Avoid power struggles and reactivity by addressing the deeper needs of our children. Child care provided. Love offering. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 784-2044. Energy Flow (Chakra) Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Increase your vitality as you awaken the seven energy

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centers (chakras) of the body in this introductory workshop with Angela Tarquini-Sanders of Mindful Mindz. Learn about each energy center of the body and how to work with them for greater well-being. $45. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 610-804-2035.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 House of Colour – 11am-noon. Also 2/28 from 6:30-7:30pm. Discover how to find your wow colors during this complimentary educational talk with Annette Byman. Learn what it is and how it can assist you in feeling great. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995. Info@AHolisticApproachCenter. com. See news brief, page 19. Open House – 3-7pm. Grand reopening since hurricane Irma. Introducing their new IPL (photo facial) and the Hydrafacial device. Free trial treatments. Trim and Tone Med Spa, 13020 Livingston Rd, Ste 16, Naples. 596-5522. See ad on page 29 and news brief on page 17. 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, Naples. 5940400. Register:

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Bio Mat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a Bio Mat Treatment infused with tourmaline, jade, and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye,

and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Prosperi-Tea and Feng Shui – 1-2pm. Sip a cup of tea and learn how to activate the energy of abundance and prosperity in your home using feng shui based on the front door. $15.Shangri-LaSprings Resort & Spa, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Register: Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. 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. RSVP:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Facial Rejuvenation Seminar – 11:30am. Learn about the latest procedures to smooth wrinkles and rejuvenate the face with facial plastic surgeon Dr Stephen Prendiville. This complimentary seminar includes a light lunch. Free. Space is limited. Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club, 14500 Vista River Dr, off McGregor Blvd, S Ft Myers. Preregister: 437-3900. Real Wine Fair Florida – 5:30-8pm. The educational walk-around wine tasting will include a special menu of organic food and artisanal cheese paired at corresponding stations with real wines by region featuring importer and event co-sponsor Cerdá, Llanos y Cia. $30/person includes food and wine. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Info: 213-2222. See news brief, page 13.

Sacred Sound Circle – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Connect to the divine spark within through the energies of the grace filled gongs and the blissful bowls using 3D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends. Bring your musical creative expressions plus mat, pillow, blanket for comfy body so spirit can soar. $20. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. Sound Healing Concert – 6:30-8pm. With Robert Austin. With more than 50 crystal and Tibetan bowls, Austin opens the door to healing for all levels of consciousness. Feel the healing vibrations of sound that soothe both your ears and your soul. $20. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995. National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)/ The Healing Trust Community Healing Session – 6:30-8:40pm. Non-denominational session with healing members Rev Karen Coratelli-Smith and Rev David Karg. Arrive by 6:15pm. Reservations required. No walk-ins. $20 cash or check. Unity of Naples, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way. Info/ RSVP: 692-9120 or

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Spiritual Tools from the Ancient Maya Indians – Feb 24-25. For self-healing, manifestation, and rising above life’s challenges. Immerse yourself in the deeply spiritual world of the Maya Indians with bestselling authors and master shamanic teachers Molly Larkin and John Kralovec. This workshop uses ceremony and guided meditation

to share ancient spiritual wisdom. Unity of Naples. Info/registration: Experiential Workshop – 9am-5pm. Join Linda Burton, LMHC, and Charles Robinson, LMHC, for a day of transformation. Experience conscious connective breathing, Kai Chi Do and divine energy exchange. Identify your witness state and release attachments that are not serving you. $225. Naples. Linda: 450-2491. Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Reduced price readings; choose from an assortment of wellestablished and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, full chart astrology analysis, oracle card readers, rune caster, mediums, chakra cleansing and alignment, and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Spirits Row Psychic Fair – 10am-5pm. To benefit children’s outreach programs. Psychic and spiritual counselors, massage and energy healing, crystal and Tibetan bowl healing, oils, holistic and spiritual gifts, food and raffles. $5/door. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. Info: 8256682. See ad on page 62 and news brief on page 14. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 3010655. Introduction to Food Healing – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of phytochemicals in foods to

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reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the food-healing protocols. $30. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399.

ing – Mar 2-4. 9am-5pm. With Karen CoratelliSmith and David Karg. Learn the energy healing technique of Harry Edwards, the world-famous UK spiritual healer. This three-day class offers hands-on experience and tools to self-heal and to heal others; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Preregister: 692-9120 or

Ashtanga Full Primary Series – 4pm. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 6929747. CREW Concert and Silent Eco-Auction – 5-9pm. Featured performance by the High Voltage Band, playing a mix of Motown and today’s hits. Bid on a variety of nature-based items and experiences to support local environmental education programs. Food vendors, beer and wine, concert T-shirts available. Tickets: $15/advance, $20/door; $75/ VIP Café tickets. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Tickets: See news brief, page 10. Kirtan – 7pm. With Lee Harrington. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 6929747.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Tea Leaf Reading – The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself and others and receive a free tea leaf reading during this class. A tea party with extras. All materials included. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Mindfulness Foundations II – 7-8:30pm. A follow-up to Mindfulness Foundations, Foundations II is a three-week series for experienced mindfulness practitioners. With Angela Tarquini-Sanders, founder of Mindful Mindz, participants build on their knowledge, insight and experience with meditation through application of the Nine Attitudes of Mindfulness. $195. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 610-8042035.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 4-7pm. With GAEA guides. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and 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. $50/person. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. Cancer Education and Anti-Cancer Foods – 5:457pm. $20. Wellbridges, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP: D-Signed Nutrition: 676-5249. House of Colour – 6:30-7:30pm. Discover how to find your wow colors during this complimentary educational talk with Annette Byman. Learn what it is and how it can assist you in feeling great. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995. See news brief, page 19. 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 pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-3339. Candle Magick – 7pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessings, prosperity and more. Attendees will make their own personal candle. $30 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. 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 Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

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Birth Arts International Doula Certification Workshop – Mar 3-4. Become a Doula – Make Birth Better with instructor Demetria Clark. Learn the essential skills to become an incredible doula and how to run a business that makes it all come together. $450. Hampton Inn, 619 SE 47th Terr, Cape Coral. 336-280-8414. Demetria@BirthArts. com. Meditation Retreat – 10am-4pm. With Bhante Jayasara, a Theravadan Buddhist monk. Vegetarian lunch provided. Come for all or part of the day. Includes silent sitting, Dhamma talk, time for stretching, walking in gardens. No experience needed. Donation basis. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples, 6340 Napa Woods Way. Info/RSVP: Ann: 682-4575 or Yoganni@

SUNDAY, MARCH 4 Yoga Festival Naples – 1-6pm. Express your bliss through meditation, yoga, vendors, food, kids’ fun, wellness and live music. North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Rd, Naples. 269-2221. Tickets: See ad on page 39 and news brief on page 13. Meditation Retreat – 2-5pm. With Bhante Jayasara, Buddhist monk from Bhavana Society, speaking on Impermanence of Life, and Metta (loving kindness for oneself and others). Silent sitting, yoga stretching and mindful walking in lush fiveacre Eco-Spiritual Center. Donation basis. Happehatchee, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Info/RSVP: Ann: 682-4575 or Facebook. com/MindHarmony. See news brief, page 18. POSIpalooza Concert – 7-9pm. Freebo, Harold Payne and Richard Mekdeci join together in a unique musical conversation. These artists perform in a round robin format, engaging in banter, sharing how songs were written and creating impromptu arrangements. CD giveaways, laughter and empowering positive music. Susie Hulcher opens. $20. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd.Tickets/info: 278-1511. See ad, page 60.

MONDAY, MARCH 5 Mindful Meditation Gathering – 6:30-8:30pm. With Bhante Jayasara, a visiting Theravadan Buddhist monk. Includes guided meditation, silent sitting, time for stretching and mindful walking, indoors or outside. Questions and discussion. No experience needed. Donation basis. Unitarian Church of Fort Myers, 13411 Shire Ln. Info/RSVP: Ann: 682-4575 or MindHarmony. See news brief, page 18.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 ThetaHealing Advanced – Mar 9-11. 9am-5pm. With certified trainers, Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Includes advanced belief, feeling and digging work, learn about the seven planes of existence, remembering your future, bending time and

more. $444 includes Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Advanced book and practitioner’s manual. Naples. Preregister: Karen Coratelli-Smith: 692-9120 or

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 Marco Yoga Fest – 8:30am-4pm. This second annual event offers a wide variety of classes, (yoga, meditation, tai chi) for people of all levels. $50/ day pass or $20/class and $10/class for kids (12 and under). St Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1101 N Collier Blvd. 393-3400. See ad on page 42 and news brief on page 13. The Mastery of Love – 10am. With authors don Miguel Ruiz Jr and sons. The Mastery of Love brings harmony into our relationships, especially our most impactful relationship, the one with our selves. This mastery gives us the opportunity to share that harmony with everyone in our life, and to heal any wound that has ever created a division between us. $75/general admission; $125/VIP includes lunch and private gathering with the Ruiz’s. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009.

MONDAY, MARCH 12 Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation – Mar 12-Apr 2. 6-8pm. Learn to cultivate the practice of mindfulness, helping develop the skills to fully experience your life in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Info/ register: See ad on page 32 and news brief on page 14.

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Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at

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.

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:

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.

Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century Koreshan religious settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311. River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $65 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513.


Boardwalk, Bay and Beach Walk – Mon-Sat. 9-11am. Naturalist guided walk exploring one of the most productive ecosystems in nature. Free plus entrance fee for park or beach permit. Clam Pass Park, Seagate Dr & Crayton Rd, Naples.

vironment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11:30am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10am meditation; 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. 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.

Rodes Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, arts and crafts. Supporting the Bonita Springs Lions Club. Rodes Fresh & Fancy Restaurant, 3756 Bonita Beach Rd SW, Bonita Springs.

Unity of Ft Myers Sunday service/youth and family ministry – 10am. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone

Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering en-

Shamatha Meditation and Intro to Tibetan Buddhism Study Group – 4-6pm. Every other Sunday in Naples. Free. Info: Mary: 505-310-3811. Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 4:30-6:30pm. 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. Shakti Flow Yoga – 5:30pm. 1st & 3rd Sun; Aerial Yoga – 2nd & 4th Sun. Experience new body awareness. $6/class; first class is free. GCFFC, 814 Pine Island Rd, Ste 102, Cape Coral. 458-3713. 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. Drum and Dance Circle – 7-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.

monday Pilates I – 7:05am. With Cathy. Beginner Pilates at noon with Gina. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Gentle Hatha Yoga Flow – 9-10am. With David Sawtelle, CYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita. 201-6648. Meditation Class – 9:30-10:30am. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chopag. No experience necessary. $10. Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.


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Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615. Nu Tango Practica – 8-9:30pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. $10. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

tuesday Yoga on the Gazebo – Thru Apr. 9:30-10:30am. Multi-level vinyasa flow yoga with Sandy McShane. $10/class plus park entry fee. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. 592-4809. 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. 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). North Collier Fire Station 45, 1885 Veterans Park Dr, Naples. Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and guided meditation followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message. 100% of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. 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. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061.

Santini Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Featuring artisan foods, locally caught seafood, awardwinning BBQ, arts and crafts. Santini Marina Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. 289-3786. Meditation Class – 8:30-9:30am. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chopag. No experience necessary. $10. Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Guided Walks – Thru Mar. 9am-noon. CREW Marsh Trails, 4600 Corkscrew Rd (CR 850), Immokalee. Registration required: 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. $50. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846. Mid-Day Meditation – Noon-12:30pm. Mindful meditation overlooking the Peace Lake, Kathleen Kerswig guides participants into silent self-reflection. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Pilates Mix – 4pm. With Lisa. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Belly Dance Classes – 6-6:50pm (beginners); 7:508:40pm (intermediate). With Sherry Coffey. Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this

dynamic dance. $60/5-week series. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575. 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. Sacred Sound Circle – 6-8pm. 1st Tue. Medicine music duo, Matt Maclean and Katrina Lilly, co-create a magical expression of song and celebration. Bring your own instruments. $15. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Co-Ed Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-7:30pm. A 12-step program for men and women whose common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Tuesday Evening Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Sitting and walking meditation followed by a study of Buddhist teachings in the Plum Village Tradition. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Hawaiian Hula Classes – 6:50-7:40pm. With Sherry Coffey. Explore authentic dances of the Polynesian islands. $50/month. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave N, Naples. Mary: 216870-0653. 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. Sacred Healing Circle – Thru Feb 20. 7pm. With Denise Exler. 2/6: Relationship Mending; 2/13: How to Make a Prayer Stick; 2/20: Enhancing My Connection to Spirit. $15. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

Moral Monday Meetup – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or PeterSuzanne2@hotmail. com. A Course in Miracles – 6:30-7pm, Q&A for beginners; 7-8:30pm, formal class reading and discussion. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. 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. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7-8:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John the Evangelist Church, 625 111th Ave, N Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653.

February 2018


wednesday Pilates Level I – 7:05am & 6:30pm. With Cathy. Beginner Pilates at noon with Gina. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Guided Walks – Thru Mar. 9am-noon. Bird Rookery Swamp Trail, 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd, Naples. Registration required: Beach Baptist Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am2pm. Large selection of fresh produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, local arts and crafts. Beach Baptist Church, 130 Connecticut St, Ft Myers Beach.

Healing Artisan Jewelry Sage & Incense Aura Photos Crystals Readings/Healing Inspirational Gifts (239) 228-6949 600 Goodlette Road N. Naples FL 34102

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9:30am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St Leo Catholic Church, 28290 Beaumont Rd, Bonita Springs. Sandy: 301938-7503. Exploring Coastal Estuaries – Thru Apr. 10-11am. Naturalist-guided walk explores unique coastal habitats. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Wednesday Morning Book Group – 10-11:30am.

Classes & Events Psychic Development 2 Monthly Psychic Fairs Goddess Gatherings Energy Healings

In a small group setting study and share books on mindfulness practices that create happier and healthier living. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Info: 292-4189. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $55. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. The Mindful Orchestra – 10:30am-noon. With David Sawtelle. Bring your own instrument, music stand and three-ring notebook. $15/class or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita. 201-6648. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Promise #2: “Our self-esteem will increase as we give ourselves approval on a daily basis.” Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course – 6-8:30pm. Eight-weeks. 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Preregistration required: 825-1557. La Leche League – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. Open Social Dancing – 6:30-7pm. Group class. $5. 7-9pm. Dancing. $12. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Evening Meditation – 6:45-7:15pm. Quiet yourself mid-week during this time of calming self-reflection, connecting with one’s own God-self. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful. ~Zig Ziglar

Guided Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chopag. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 N Tamiami Tr, Ste 205, Naples. Spiritual Development Circles – Thru Mar 28. 7-8:30pm. Traditional-style weekly development circle with instruction in meditation and message work. $20. Brooks Executive Suites, 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 716-680-0379 or 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.


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thursday Pilates Level I – 7:30am. With Gina. Pilates Mix at 4pm with Lisa. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Thursday Morning Meditation – 9am. Drop in for sitting meditation as a way to refresh your practice with others of like mind. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Info: 823-4217. Gentle Hatha Yoga Flow – 9-10am.With David Sawtelle, CYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita. 201-6648. Guided Walks – Thru Mar. 9am-noon. Flint Pen Strand Trials, 15970 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs. Registration required: Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. New Image Tabernacle Church, 81 Pondella Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. 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. Pachamama Game Changer Gathering – 6:30pm. 1st Thur. Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida. Be a part of this next step in conscious evolution towards carbon neutrality and a sustainable future. Hot cider and tea will be served. Bring a dessert. UU Church of Fort Myers Campus. Info: HolleyRauen@gmail. com or Drop-In Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Relax, refresh, renourish. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Salsa Night – 7-7:45pm. Group class. 8:30pm. Practica  $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

friday Pilates Level I – 6:15am. With Cathy. All levels Pilates at 11am with Gina. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. St John Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, arts and crafts. Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th St N, Naples Park. Beachcombing and Shelling Lecture – Thru Apr. 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. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Promise #2: “Our self-esteem will increase as we give ourselves approval on a daily basis.” Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd. Jane: 728-7106. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 4-7pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $50. Includes equipment and FL Master Naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. 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.

saturday Guided Nature Walk – Thru Apr. 9am. 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. Rodes Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am2pm. Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, arts and crafts. Supporting the Bonita Springs Lions Club. Rodes Fresh & Fancy Restaurant, 3756 Bonita Beach Rd SW, Bonita Springs. 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. Dallas: 208-610-2096. Lecture Series – Thru Apr. 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. Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. 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. Drum Class/Circle – 3-4pm, class; 4-5:30pm, circle. 1st Sat. With Debo Kumi. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Learn new rhythms for the circle. $10/class; donation/circle. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

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OPPORTUNITIES ADVERTISE HERE – Are you hiring, renting property/office space, selling products, offering services or in need of volunteers? Advertise your personal/business needs in Natural Awakenings classified ad section. To place an ad, email POSITIONS AVAILABLE – in the Natural Awakenings office. Seeking full-time experienced Graphic Designer and part-time Administrative Assistant. See ad on page 8 for more details. SEEKING PERSONAL BUSINESS ASSISTANT – Acting/improv experience useful, not required. My work includes recognizing and energizing potential business projects while confronting boredom and distractions. The opportunity will include creating goals, marketing, managing timelines and supporting focus and personal motivation to empower a senior citizen to continue to produce value to humanity. The initial agreement will include a five-to-10-hour/week work commitment that will be renegotiated as the work relationship develops. Bill: 597-7372. START A CAREER YOU CAN BE PASSIONATE ABOUT – Publish your own Natural Awakenings magazine. Home-based business, complete with comprehensive training and support system. New franchises are available or purchase a magazine that is currently publishing. Call 530-1377 or visit

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

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



Oriental Medicine Naples & Ft Myers • 239-841-6611 Specializing in pain, chronic disorders, overall wellness, allergy treatments (NAET) and kinesiology. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to heal all on its own! AP771. See ad, page 21.

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.

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

BIOFEEDBACK ADVANCED SPIRITUAL STUDY ECKANKAR CENTER & READING ROOM Pinebrook Park, Unit #155 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers 33907 239-482-4034

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 16.


Eckankar, the path of spiritual freedom! Explore your unique relationship with the Divine through a personalized study program. Discover your true nature as Soul!


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. As a physician and educator, visit for blog, newsletter, online study group and courses.



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 ART OF HOLISTIC MASSAGE 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 organic facials. Facial Specialist FB9742820. FL Provider #50-9777 – CEU Classes.

TERESA KENNEDY (MA71100) Specializing in Mystic Astrology, Numerology, Fortune Card Readings and Cartomancy. I have over 30 years experience in making a difference. Phone and email consultations available.

Therapy of the Gulf (MM21480) 824 Anchor Rode Dr, Naples 928-444-0606 • 239-262-8722

Licensed massage therapist with 14 years of experience. Myofacial orthopedic and sports massage therapist. Educated, trained and worked with patients, including individuals with cancer, in Connecticut.

Forgiveness is the final form of love. ~Reinhold Niebuhr February 2018



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).


239-821-3088, by appt. (Collier & Lee) Trained at the Upledger Institute, Paula utilizes CranioSacral Therapy combined with Heart-Centered Therapy, Somato Emotional Release™, Lymphatic Drainage, love and nurturement to foster the healing your body needs. Doula services. MA35358.

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

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


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, M33594.


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.


Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-596-1110 • 239-571-9816 • MA27876 Internationally certified with 30 years licensed nursing experience; offering colonics with stateof-the-art water system. I am a Vodder Lymphatic Specialist enhancing your progress with free sessions on the BEMER micro circulation mat and ionic footbaths. MM13162.


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

Be happy for

this moment. This moment is your life. ~Omar Khayyam

Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, reflexology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER and lymph drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, ear candling, ozone/ oxygen steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, far-infrared sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 60.


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

Upledger Institute instructor. Thirty 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.


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Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • 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 18.


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 35.


A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature several days a week, drumming lessons and healing circles. Events/ceremonies and sacred wedding spaces available in nature. Happehatchee events calendar link and class descriptions:

ENERGY HEALING REV. KAREN CORATELLI-SMITH 239-692-9120 • Certified instructor & practitioner, NFSH-The Healing Trust & ThetaHealing. Past Life Regression Counselor, Shaman Mesa Carrier, CranioSacral therapy, Esoteric Healing, Seraphim Blueprint, spiritual counselor.


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.


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.


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 57.


239-405-7330 • Design for homes, offices, schools, churches – we gain sustenance from the spaces we inhabit. We especially create relationships using color, textures, space design, organizing, artwork, lighting and more.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE 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.


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 • 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 17.


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 35.


PrimeMyBody Independent Affiliate 203-536-1873 • Enjoy the health promoting benefits of hemp without the high. CBD oil is the cannabinoid rich whole plant Hemp extract, legal in all 50 states. Hemp oil provides all of the plant powered wellness benefits of cannabis for the body and brain – without the psychoactive effects of THC.

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 45.


Medium, Teacher, Lecturer, Counselor 716-595-3529 Dedicating his life to help others in their quest for answers in all areas of their life. Available for in-person or phone readings.



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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. CEU classes for health professionals. Call for consultation or further information.

Specializing in intuitive counsel and psychic work including Akashic records, card readings, connection with loved ones, home and business readings/clearings, energy healing, personal mentoring and angel work with children. Working with individuals that have health concerns, mental stress and/or want to find clarity with their life situations.

239-948-9444 •

In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. ~Lee Iacocca February 2018



Coming Next Month

Ethnic Cuisine Plus: Super Spices

March articles include: Healthy Ethnic Cuisine, Really! Just What Are Super Spices? Don’t Forget Your Minerals


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 18.

NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET 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 29.

NUTRITION D-Signed Nutrition 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Family medical nutrition therapy providing individualized programs for every life stage to restore health and wellness. Detox, GI issues, weight management, food sensitivities and allergies.


Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Nutrition is our lifeblood. Healing with food starts with a personalized plan to address inflammation, nutrient insufficiencies, toxic burden and imbalances in the body. See ad, page 27.

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AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 • 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 35.


Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 • Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows the market, offers expert counseling with efficient reliability. She takes the stress out of buying or selling and gets the job done with a smile. Choose Karen for ease and joy in your real estate transaction!


28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd Bonita Springs Professional Park, Ste 11 239-253-4862 • Community of conscious people in our full service spa, yoga studio, power plates, bungees, dance studio, juice bar, personal empowerment workshops, life coaching and essential oils.

YOGA 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. Posture and stretching classes.

Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.

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Managing of Cancer with Nutritional Medicine: What to Know Before, During and After Treatment February 8 at 6:00 PM Hughes Center for Functional Medicine

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February 2018


Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers February 2018  

Southwest Florida (SWFL) Collier/Lee Counties - Natural Health, Green Living Magazine

Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers February 2018  

Southwest Florida (SWFL) Collier/Lee Counties - Natural Health, Green Living Magazine