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Farmers’ Market Paul Arsenault Naples artist Paul Arsenault’s vibrant paintings reflect a rhythm and pattern that distinguish his contemporary, impressionist style. Their depiction of the essence of everyday life in coastal communities benefits from his passion for history and storytelling. Farmers’ Market originated across the street from his family’s historical residence during a Saturday Third Street South Farmers’ Market. “I love the treasure hunt for an image and returning home with an artful story that engages the viewer,” says Arsenault. “People say, ‘I’ve lived here all my life and like how you see it with fresh eyes.’” After graduating from the Art Institute of Boston, he began a stint as a deck hand on a research vessel. Landing in Florida, he signed off the ship to launch a painting career in 1974. Painting trips have taken him to the Caribbean, Americas, Asia, Australia, South Pacific and Europe. His paintings hang in public and private collections around the world. The Arsenault Gallery is located in Crayton Cove, in Olde Naples, Florida. For more information, call 239-2631214 or visit 8

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isiting the ever-more-plentiful farmers’ markets this time of year begs for enjoyment of their local labors of love. Paul Arsenault’s painting, Farmers’ Market, on our cover represents a favorite spot of mine in Naples, a city lovingly represented throughout his local gallery, which I love to visit. I met Paul, a notable environmental steward, in 1982, when he was a patron of my Rainbow Café health food bar, where I juiced fresh veggies and served wraps topped by alfalfa sprouts grown in my commercial sproutery. My sprout production was located in the same Crayton Cove building where the Arsenault Gallery is today, once again showing how we’re all interconnected. Speaking of interconnectedness, recently I attended a talk by Will Tuttle, author of The World Peace Diet, while working on this month’s Animal Welfare and Healthy Eating issue. He drove home for me, again, how inextricably interwoven these two issues are. Steeped in years of research, Tuttle examines how animal agriculture has laid a violent foundation for worldwide environmental devastation, epidemic human disease and cruel disregard for animal life. He advocates humankind’s return to the garden and a simpler way of being, to cooperating with the cycles of nature, nurturing the dominance of herb-, fruit-, nut- and seed-bearing plants. In so doing, we may reclaim our feminine intelligence, which Tuttle defines as the ability to make connections, by which we may remember who we truly are and celebrate our connections to the Earth, each other and all living things. Tuttle backs his view with numerous reports pointing to the extreme inefficiency and associated pollution of animal agribusiness (e.g., we feed cows 16 pounds of corn and soybeans to yield one pound of beef). I agree with him that the single most powerful action we can take to benefit personal and planetary health is to eat less meat. Shifting to a plant-centered diet becomes easier as those embracing a more conscious, compassionate diet now have many more options not only in grocery shopping but also when eating out. This month’s Healthy Eating Guide, on page 40, shows where to find whatever our palate desires. When I recently hosted a vegan catered party, my guests, vegan or not, commented on how tasty everything was. I’m excited to again have the opportunity to hang out with 2,000 compassionate, loving vegans on the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise this month. Last year, I was inspired to fine-tune my diet to a new level of health and vitality while getting to joyfully unplug and float about the ocean. Their coconut bliss ice cream parties are the best. Maybe I’ll send notes from the ship in next month’s letter. I invite you to not only support, but also be supported by the bounty of resources you’ll find in this month’s issue, including practitioners and business owners working hard to make your home and world a compassionate, healthy place to live. Compassionately yours,

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Championship Runner to Speak on Vegan Diet at Skinny Pantry

The Return of Grand Qigong Master Ou Wen Wei


he originator of the healing power of Pangu Shengong (PGSG), Grand Qigong Master Ou Wen Wei will return to the area this month. Events include a Spiritual Cultivation lecture from 9 to 10 a.m., Foundational Qi Cultivation Form session from 10:30 a.m. to noon, NonMoving Form session from 1 to 2:15 p.m., and Qigong Healing Skill Development from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., all on March 14. The following day, he will host Intuition Development from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and Advanced ConMaster Ou densed Form session, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All events will take place at Unity Church of Bonita Springs. He will offer private healing treatments from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., March 12 and 13, at 822 Anchor Rode Drive, in Naples, and a Moving Form Instructor’s Course teachers’ training from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 13, at a private location in Naples. Ou presented the PGSG system to 450 doctors at the Institute of Functional Medicine 2013 annual international conference, representing a milestone for complementary medicine. This is the 12th year that area resident Susan DeFlavis Winters has brought Ou to our area. She specializes in Chinese energetic medicine, is recognized as a leading PGSG instructor worldwide and conducts year-round, weekly healing support group meetings. A medical qigong therapist (China), she’s currently studying to become a doctor in medical qigong (China).   Unity Church location: 28285 Imperial Pkwy. For more information or to register, call Winters at 239-340-1036, email or visit See ad, page 17.


im VanOrden has been shattering the myths and misconceptions that surround a plant-based diet by excelling during the last 10 years as a long-distance runner while following a vegan diet. Tim VanOrden He will discuss his experiences from 7 to 8:30 p.m., March 3, at the Skinny Pantry, in Fort Myers. Named U.S. Masters Runner of the Year four times, the winner of 10 U.S. Trail Running championship titles at 10K, 15K, half, marathon and 50K distances, VanOrden has inspired people worldwide to improve their health and change their lives. In addition, he has achieved top-10 finishes in the world championships of stair climbing, snowshoe racing and mountain running. Admission is free. Location: 14261 S. Tamiami Trl., Ste. 17. For more information or to RSVP (requested), call 239935-5093 or visit See ad, page 22.

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Hughes to Take Over Perlmutter Health Center


eginning March 1, Dr. Pamela Hughes and the Hughes Center for Functional Medicine will take over the operations of the Perlmutter Health Center, in Naples, for the retiring Dr. David Perlmutter. To celebrate this change, the Hughes Center will host a Grand Opening Celebration from 5 to 8 p.m., March Dr. Pamela Hughes 31. Guests can meet the staff, enjoy food, drinks, gift packages, information sessions and enter into a drawing for a custom vitamin package for one year. The staff, including Dr. Carol L. Roberts and Registered Dietician Dee Harris, will remain in place, along with their current products and services, including hyperbaric therapy and a patient-centered approach. New patients are welcome. “Dr. David Perlmutter has been a pillar in the medical community, leading the way in functional medicine and neurology worldwide,” says Hughes, who is fellowshiptrained in functional medicine by the Metabolic Medicine Institute (MMI) and currently pursuing an advanced fellowship with MMI and the Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine Masters Degree at the University of South Florida. “The opportunity to continue his traditions and genuine patient care is an honor.” Location: 800 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. 270. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-571-6585, email or visit See ad, page 87.

Heal Your Life Workshops in Naples


icensed Heal Your Life teacher Valorie Morris will conduct workshops in a practice that follows the principles of self-love, self-compassion and self-acceptance through personal awareness at 7 p.m., March 19 and 20, at The Inn of Naples. These events typically sell out and guests may choose which date they would like to attend. Valorie Morris Morris says that participants will “learn daily routines that help them on their journey to healing on many levels and will have breakthroughs to wonderful new life experiences that are joyous and abundant.” A Naples resident, Morris teaches the fundamentals of Louise Hay through workshops, seminars and private sessions. Location: 4055 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information or to register (required), call 239-404-2912. See ad, page 21. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Seize the Day to Improve Memory and Brain Health


ertified Health Coach and speaker Christine Sullivan, of Seize the Day Wellness, will present The Fountain of Youth is Between Your Ears, at 6 p.m., March 4 and 25, at the House of Gaia, in Naples. Attendees will learn why people of all ages should take steps to protect and strengthen their brain to improve their mental power and reduce Christine Sullivan future risk of dementia. Sullivan will discuss which foods and lifestyle habits harm the brain and which help this vital organ, pointing to research that shows that a brain-healthy diet and lifestyle choices both reduce the risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and improve present-day creativity, cognition and mood. “My mother recently passed away from Alzheimer’s disease, so this is personal for me,” says Sullivan. “I’m doing everything I can to protect my brain so I’ll be healthy for my young daughter. Everything that’s good for your brain is also good for your overall health and happiness. It’s a ‘no brainer’ to take action once you understand the science.” Cost: $10. Location: 1660 Trade Center Way. For more information or to register, call Sullivan at 239-2502592, email or visit, which offers a free guide, 7 Secrets to a Better Brain. See ad, page 25.


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Vivasana Yoga Launches Training Program


ivasana Yoga of Naples, founded by yoga trainer and treatment industry veteran Monique Danielle, is launching its inaugural, all-inclusive residential yoga teacher training program on June 5. To celebrate, Vivasana is offering a $1,900 founders special discount for students that enroll in the teacher train- Monique Danielle ing program (a $3,500 value) by the end of March, along with a year-long, postgraduate interactive online teacher development program (a $1,200 value). The all-inclusive fee for Vivasana’s two-week, Yoga Alliance-approved residential teacher training program includes the training manual, uniform (T-shirts), wholesome food and accommodations at a three-plus-acre, waterfront facility in Naples. The program balances ancient wisdom with modern research to create a psychologically informed curriculum. With Vivasana Yoga’s integrated system, yoga teachers and wellness practitioners that include Licensed Clinical Therapist Michelle Klinedinst; Danielle, a E-RYT-200 traumasensitive yoga teacher; and E-RYT-500 yoga teacher Lisa Anne, utilize time-honored yoga, meditation and mindfulness modalities within a framework informed by evidencebased practices. Going beyond down dog, mantras and sivasana, Vivasana helps students understand how ancient practices relate to modern concepts of neuroplasticity, the relaxation response, effects of traumatic stress and essential components of yoga for self-growth. For more information, call 239-444-8160, email Monique@ or visit See ad, page 61.

Planet Earth Festival at Shangri-La


he Planet Earth Festival, featuring art, food, music, wildlife photography, vendors, wildlife exhibits, kids’ activities and more, will be held at 1 p.m., March 28, at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs. The event brings attendees of all ages back to nature to enjoy and celebrate Mother Earth in a creative and fun environment. Presented by the Responsible Growth Management Coalition and Preserve Our Paradise, the festival follows in the rich tradition of Earth Day festivals held for many years at Koreshan State Historic Site, in Estero, and Riverside Park, in Bonita Springs. Chief event organizer Bobbie Lee Davenport reports that there will be a greater emphasis on Earth art and photography, plus 100 percent organic food served. A drum circle will begin at about 5 p.m. with music and dancing continuing into the evening. Free, $5 parking fee. Location: 27750 Old 41 Rd. For more information, call 239-777-0186 or email BLeeGruninger@ See ad, page 51.

Savings Days at New Fort Myers Market


arth Origins Market is open at 15121 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 104, in Fort Myers, offering weekly discounts on their natural and organic products. All food, supplements, body care, cosmetics and more are 10 percent off on Tuesdays, and significant savings on specified essential items are available on Saturdays. The market also operates a fresh salad bar, hot bar and café. “We take the definition of natural seriously,” says Kelly Parsons, marketing manager. “We review our foods and dietary supplements to assure they do not contain any artificial ingredients used to preserve, color, emulsify, stabilize or solidify them. Our body care products and cosmetics are also screened to ensure they contain the safest ingredients available.” For more information, call 239-210-3256 or visit See listing, page 40.

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newsbriefs Upcycle! Art Fest Returns to Sanibel


ore than 25 artists working in all media from around the U.S. will be selling works of art using repurposed and re-envisioned materials at the second annual Upcycle! Art Fest, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 1 and 2, at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Visitor and Education Art by Kevin Webb Center, on Sanibel Island. The event will feature works on display, judging and sales; a silent auction of select artists’ works; makeand-take crafts for kids and adults; and other environmental activities. “Last year’s inaugural one-day Upcycle! brought thousands of art appreciators to look Art by Judy Farley and buy,” says ‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society Executive Director Birgie Miller. “This year, we added another day and are anticipating an even bigger event.”

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Free. Location: 1 Wildlife Dr. For more information, call 239-472-1100, ext. 233 or visit

The Vagina Monologues to Benefit Project HELP


s part of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities, Project HELP, Collier County’s only state-certified rape and crisis center, will present The Vagina Monologues at 8 p.m., April 7, at the Sugden Community Theatre, in Naples. For the fourth year, local actresses will donate their time to perform the funny and poignant monologues that celebrate female empowerment. A wine and hors d’oeuvres cocktail hour, featuring silent auction and fund-a-need tables, begins at 7 p.m., preceding the 90-minute play. Guests are encouraged to wear black with red accents such as belts and hats, which are the play’s signature colors. Tickets: $35 in advance; $45 at the door. Location: 701 Fifth Ave. S. For more information and tickets, call 239-649-1404 or visit

Pet Lovers Gala at Naples Botanical Garden


he Humane Society Naples will host the 15th annual Pet Lovers Gala from 7 to 11 p.m., March 13, at the Naples Botanical Garden. The event benefits pets awaiting their forever homes at Southwest Florida’s premier no-kill pet shelter, adoption center and humane animal clinic, and includes cocktails, fine dining and live music by Alan James and The Powerhouse Band, performing pro bono. One highlight is the recognition


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of Pet Lovers Award winners, given annually to individuals and agencies for exemplary service to pets in need. Guests are encouraged to bring their dogs or cats to the event. Location: 4820 Bayshore Dr. For more information, including VIP sponsorship and registration, call 239-623-1880, ext. 18, or visit

Spring Return of Mystic Faire


ew and returning vendors and experts will offer their artistic wares and health services at a Mystic Faire from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 21, at Etudes Dance Studio, in Naples. Now in its 10th year, the event will feature massage, Reiki, animal communications, tarot, mediums, angel portraits, feng shui, crystals, candles, incense, spiritual art, books, jewelry, Native American art and drums, angel art and mandalas, plus refreshments in a large food court. Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets for door prizes will be donated to the Family to Family organization and the Freedom Waters Foundation. Guests can bring canned goods that will be donated to the St. Matthews House food bank. Cost: $5, free for 12 and under. Location: 3285 Pine Ridge Rd. For more information, call 239-949-3387, email Canbria@ or visit See ad, page 76.

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newsbriefs Guatemalan Music Concert in Estero


Cost: $15. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information or tickets, call 239-992-5455, email Happehatchee@ or visit

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Trim and Tone Spa Offers Treatment Demonstrations


rim and Tone Spa, in Naples, will host demonstrations of many new health and beauty techniques from 3 to 7 p.m., March 25. Non-surgical facelifts, skin tightening and rejuvenation for the entire body, radio-frequency Exilis Elite, muscle stimulation microcurrent for face and ultrasonic Epiwave facial treatments will all be exhibited. Discounts on the demonstrated treatments will be available and attendees can enter to win the grand prize of a free treatment of their choice. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Location: 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 20. For more information or to RSVP (requested), call 239-596-5522. See ad, page 15.

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obrevivencia Bitzma, a Mayan rock band from San Ildefonso Ixtahuacan, Huehuetenango, Guatemala, will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 6, at the Happehatchee Center, in Estero. Singing in indigenous languages that include Mam, Achi, Kakchikel and Spanish, the group will share traditional Guatemalan music inspired by the Mayan cosmovision of harmony and equilibrium. The concept of sobrevivencia, or survival, means to respect and preserve indigenous cultures and languages, especially Mam, and to fight for equal rights for indigenous people. Through their music, the band share this goal.

Organic Lunches at Shangri-La Springs


hangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, now serves organic lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., weekdays. The healthy meals are also available before or after special programming for those participating in yoga or mindfulness classes, crystal bowl events, weekend workshops or monthly celebrations of art and nature. As much food as possible is derived from organic gardens on the property and locally sourced organic food in order to support local farmers and the added benefits of farm to table dining. Lunch diners save $5 on the regular price of $15 for guided history tours of Shangri-La Springs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Group private organic luncheons and events can be arranged. Location: 27750 Old U.S. 41 Rd. For more information, call 239-949-0749 or visit See ad, page 39.

Busy March Schedule at Integrative Mindfulness


full array of healthy activities will take place this month at Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs. Dina Radcliffe, registered yoga teacher (RYT), will teach Candlelight Yoga Flow at 7 p.m. Mondays and Chair Yoga at 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Susan Lovett, an experienced registered yoga teacher (EYRT) and licensed massage therapist (LMT) will teach Mindful Yoga at 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, plus massage therapy, acupressure and restorative yoga by appointment. Michele Lynn Gugliotta, RYT, will instruct Mindful Yoga at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Mary Cline Golbitz, EYRT, LMT, teaches Mindful Yoga at 9 a.m. and Yoga for Wellness at 1 p.m. Thursdays, plus massage therapy by appointment. The center’s founder, Madeline Ebelini, RYT, will host her next eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program beginning from 6 to 8:30 p.m., March 26. In addition, Lovett will host a Gentle Yoga for Self-Care weekly series throughout April that requires preregistration. “We like to say we’re ‘not your daughter’s yoga studio,’” says Ebelini, “as our clientele tends to be baby boomers and seniors who are interested in learning how to have a safe and healthy yoga or mindfulness practice in a beautiful and peaceful environment that caters to beginners, seniors and people with specific physical concerns.” Location: 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste. 103. For more information, call 239-5909485 or visit See ad, page 14.

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newsbriefs Metal-Free Options for Dental Work


r. Roger Pint, of Bonita Dental Studio, is offering free consultations throughout the month for metal-free options for long-span dental bridges, as well as traditional crown and bridge work. In addition to being a practical solution, this option works well for cosmetic patients because it does not leave a dark rim around the gum margins, as some traditional metal crowns with a porcelain bake can. Ceramics are typically limited to single or three-unit crowns and bridges. The high-strength, durable and metal-free ceramic zirconia—a biomaterial that’s unlike traditional ceramics that can be brittle and prone to fracturing—is available for longer-span bridges of four units and more. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 111. For more information, an appointment or free consultation, call 239-676-8730, email or visit See ad, page 47.

Reiki Course Offered at Avow in Naples


vow is offering a Reiki Level 1 course, taught by Reiki masters Marianne Appleby and Cathy Colleleta, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 25, at its Naples campus. Attendees will learn how to connect to the source of Reiki energy and awaken their healing abilities. Through interactive lectures, attunements, practicing techniques and the experience of energy flow, participants will develop the understanding necessary to work with Reiki energy in order to bring themselves others into physical, emotional and spiritual balance. Cost: $100, includes lunch and snacks. Location: 1095 Whippoorwill Lane. For more information, call 239-280-5996, email or visit See ad, page 57.

YogaCAN Fundraiser for Cancer Alliance of Naples


our leading local yoga teachers will come together for YogaCAN to raise funds for the Cancer Alliance of Naples, at 11 a.m., March 29, at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Inspired by a benefit class and silent auction that Bala Vinyasa Yoga (BVY) of Naples held for the alliance in fall 2013 when one of its students was diagnosed with breast cancer, the event features a benefit class slated to be led by Kiersten Mooney, from BVY, Michael Schaeffer, from Yoga Loft, Jacqueline Gleason, from Naples Yoga Center, and Carla Olla, from Love Yoga. “Since that event [that raised nearly $35,000], the idea has resonated that the larger Naples yoga community is also touched by this disease, and might welcome the chance to support this outstanding organization,” says Mooney. “My hope is for this to be a day when the local yoga community can come together for the greater good.” A silent auction will be held before and after the collaborative class that will be held on the facility’s beautiful grounds. Minimum donation: $20. Event location: 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. For more information, call 239-598-1938 or 239-643-4673, or visit or See ad, back cover.


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Special Offers at New BKS Yoga Studio


he BKS Yoga Studio, which opened in January at 2900 Tamiami Trail North, in Naples, is offering special ways for the community to experience what Barbara King and Jill Rodriguez describe as a “very soft, welcoming atmosphere for anyone looking for a place to start or grow their yoga journey, from a devoted yogi to the student trying their very first class to a visitor only in town for the weekend.” A $20 daily drop-in provision allows students to bring in a first-time friend for free and get their next class for free. A new student package of $75 for 30 days of unlimited yoga (a savings of more than $70), allows participants to try all the different classes at a discounted rate. Classes taught by the top professional instructors in town with a genuine care for student’s safety, practice and wellbeing, include Basic Play for the beginner or those looking to re-establish their practice; Doga, or Dog Yoga, for those that want to spend some extra bonding time with their pet; plus breathing, meditation, power, hatha, kundalini, gentle and kids’ sessions. There’s also a unique retail space for jewelry and apparel that’s sold exclusively in the studio, along with massage or Thai yoga sessions with one of their certified licensed massage therapists. For more information, call 239-213-9276, email or visit

Exploring Life in Pakistan for Women and Girls


t. Monica’s Episcopal Church, in Naples, will host Alice Garrick, executive director of Women Development and Service Society (WDSS) of the Diocese of Raiwind, Church of Pakistan, from 2 to 4 p.m., March 28. Her presentation will focus on life in Pakistan for women and girls. Alice Garrick “One of the many actions that Alice and everyone involved in their work as Christians in a Muslim country must take is to transform their culture of violence. WDSS has numerous women’s empowerment programs which are greatly needed in a country where women are seen as less than men,” says Rev. Kathyrun M. Schillreff, rector of St. Monica’s Episcopal Church. The event is sponsored by the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, an Episcopal women’s organization. Scarves, stoles, handbags, jewelry and clothing made by the women and girls of Pakistan will be available for purchase. Location: 7070 Immokalee Rd. For more information, call 239-591-5440. natural awakenings

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Ginkgo Biloba Calms ADHD, Boosts Memory


esearchers from Germany’s University of Tübingen’s Center for Medicine tested the Ginkgo biloba extract EGb761 on 20 children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in a clinical trial. The children were given up to 240 milligrams (mg) of the extract for between three and five weeks. Before, during and after the treatment, the scientists evaluated the children by testing the brain’s electrical activity, along with other ADHD-related tests. Those that had received the extract exhibited significant improvement in ADHD symptoms. A study from Liberty University, in Virginia, previously examined 262 adults ages 60 and over with normal memory and mental performance and found that the same Ginkgo biloba extract improved their cognitive scores. Half of the study participants were given 180 mg of the extract daily and half were given a placebo. Standardized tests and a subjective, self-reporting questionnaire found the Ginkgo resulted in significant cognitive improvements among the older adults.



he bacteria E. coli now causes 75 to 95 percent of all urinary tract infections, and research from Iowa State University has confirmed that such occurrences are linked to factory farms that use antibiotics. The findings support a study previously completed by scientists from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and George Washington University that shows a strain of antibiotic-resistant E. coli called ExPEC, an extra-intestinal pathogen, was genetically traceable to factory-farmed animals receiving certain antibiotics. The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System reports that 75 percent of chicken and turkey, 59 percent of ground beef and 40 percent of pork meats tested were contaminated with E. coli, and that the strains were predominantly multi-drug resistant.

Meditation Minimizes Migraines


esearchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine found that mindfulness meditation significantly reduced the number and duration of migraines among 19 episodic migraine patients. Ten were given eight weeks of mindfulness classes with instructions for adding personal meditation in-between sessions. The other nine received typical migraine care. Those in the meditation group experienced an average of 1.4 fewer migraines per month, which averaged nearly three hours less than the ones experienced by those in the control group. Pain levels of the headaches reported by those in the meditation group averaged 1.3 points lower on a scale of one to 10. 20

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Even Modest Drinking Raises Risk of Heart Disease


ontrary to the hypothesis that moderate drinking can be heart-healthy, a new study published in the British Medical Journal indicates that even light to moderate drinking increases the risk of heart disease. In a large, randomized meta-study, researchers examined patient data from 261,991 European adults derived from 56 studies. Participants were classified as non-drinkers, light drinkers, moderate drinkers or heavy drinkers. The researchers also used a gene variation to determine alcohol intake—a genetic marker that indicates low alcohol consumption of less than 10 milliliters (about a third of an ounce) per week. They found that those with the gene variation—and thus are virtually non-drinkers—had a significantly lower risk of heart disease, including stroke and hypertension, and that even light drinking significantly increased heart disease risk. The researchers concluded: “These findings suggest that reductions of alcohol consumption, even for light to moderate drinkers, may be beneficial for cardiovascular health.”

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he trendy nail polish color that perfectly complements a stylish outfit waiting to be shown off is hiding a secret: it’s brimming with chemicals that are not only bad for the environment, but also for the body. While no nail polish is completely natural, there are brands that are free of the three toxic chemicals that the Environmental Working Group (EWG) considers to be of most concern: toluene (provides the smooth finish), formaldehyde (a hardener) and dibutyl phthalate (gives flexibility and moisturizing sheen). According to EWG, toluene affects the central nervous system and can cause headaches, dizziness and fatigue. It is also a possible reproductive and developmental toxin. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen that can also irritate the eyes, nose and throat and lead to skin irritation and dermatitis, an allergic rash. Dibutyl phthalate is a developmental and reproductive toxin; exposure can affect thyroid function. In utero exposure is linked to reproductive problems in baby boys and decreased sperm count. Thanks to a decade of pressure by EWG, the 2004 Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and a low-profile study by the Centers for Disease Control that indicated the prevalence of dibutyl phthalate in individuals’ bodies, especially women of childbearing age, the toxic trio is slowly being phased out. Visit for a list of nail product companies that are “threefree”; that is, they do not use toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate. When visiting nail salons and spas, ask if the brands they use are three-free.

Source: Wild Orchid Salon and Spa, 809 Walkerbilt Rd., Ste. 1, Naples. 239-8258827. The salon uses three-free nail products. See ad, page 26. 22

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Wild Thyme Kills Breast Cancer Cells


study published in the Nutrition and Cancer Journal reveals that the herb thyme is more than a cooking spice. Scientists tested a methanol extract of Thymus serphyllum—also referred to as wild thyme—on two types of breast cancer cells and found that it was able to kill them in laboratory testing. The testing also found the extract to be safe for healthy normal breast cells. The researchers state that wild thyme may provide the means for a promising natural cancer treatment.


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Register Receipts Low Risk for BPA


esearch from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health has determined that handling cash register receipts, common in credit card transactions, can increase exposure of the hormone disruptor Bisphenol A (BPA), but that exposure is well within limits considered safe when the receipts are handled under normal conditions. The researchers tested 121 people exposed to the synthetic chemical through their skin and found their average BPA urinary excretion levels averaged 2.6 micrograms (mcg) per liter. The researchers then had test subjects handle thermal paper three times every five minutes, simulating a store cashier’s handling of receipts. The researchers found those that handled the thermal paper during the simulation test had an average increase in their BPA urinary excretions of just under 0.2 mcg per liter per kilogram of body weight. The researchers noted that this was still 25 times lower than the European Food Safety Authority’s proposed temporary tolerable daily intake of 5 mcg per liter per kilogram of body weight per day. Primary sources of BPA exposure are plastics used in water bottles and many other consumer goods.

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

Cultivating Youth

Farming Seeks to Recruit a New Generation With an aging population of farmers, it’s clear that agriculture needs to attract more young people, because half the farmers in the U.S. are 55 or older. But for much of the world’s youth, agriculture isn’t seen as being cool or attractive—only as backbreaking labor without an economic payoff and with little room for career advancement. However, with some effort, young farmers can explore contemporary career options in permaculture design, biodynamic farming, communication technologies, forecasting, marketing, logistics, quality assurance, urban agriculture projects, food preparation, environmental sciences and advanced technologies. “Increased access to education and new forms of agriculture-based enterprises means that young people can be a vital force for innovation in family farming, increasing incomes and well-being for both farmers and local communities,” says Mark Holderness, executive secretary of the Global Forum for Agricultural Research. The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (, in Massachusetts, trains young farmers in how to run a small farm operation, from business planning to specialized advanced workshops in livestock and healthy food. Likewise, the Southeastern New England Young Farmer Network ( hosts free social and educational events that bring together farmers of all ages and experience levels to network and collaborate. Source:


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Frack Attack

Drilling Poisons Both Water and Air Major concerns about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as a means of extracting natural gas have centered on how toxic fracking fluids and methane injected into the ground can pollute water supplies. Now a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Health attests how fracking adversely impacts air quality, too. Lead author David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at New York’s University at Albany, is concerned that fracking sites show potential to develop cancer clusters in years to come. The study found eight different poisonous chemicals in groundwater near wells and fracking sites throughout Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wyoming at levels that exceeded federal limits, including levels of benzene and formaldehyde, both known carcinogens. Approximately half of the air samples Carpenter analyzed exceeded federally recommended limits. Benzene levels were 35 to 770,000 times higher; hydrogen sulfide levels were 90 to 60,000 times higher; and formaldehyde levels were 30 to 240 times above a theoretically safe threshold. “Cancer has a long latency, so you’re not seeing an elevation in cancer in these communities [yet],” says Carpenter. “But five, 10, 15 or more years from now, elevation in cancer incidence is almost certain to happen.”

Feeding the World

UN Lauds Small-Scale, Sustainable Agriculture A recent publication from the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Trade and Environment Review 2013: Wake Up Before it is Too Late, includes contributions from more than 60 experts around the world. They are calling for transformative changes in food, agriculture and trade systems to increase diversity on farms, reduce use of fertilizer and other inputs, support smallscale farmers and create strong local food systems. The report includes in-depth sections on the shift toward more sustainable, resilient agriculture; livestock production and climate change; the importance of research and extension; plus the roles of both land use and reform of global trade rules. The report’s findings contrast starkly to the accelerated push for new free trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the U.S./EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which will strengthen the hold of multinational corporate and financial firms on the global economy. Neither global climate talks nor other global food security forums reflect the urgency expressed in the UNCTAD report to transform agriculture. Source: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (

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globalbriefs Holy Batastrophe!

Wind Turbines a Kill Zone for European Bats Bats are vital natural pest controllers, saving the use of millions of pounds of pesticides by eating insects, but many species are declining across Europe, despite being protected, because wind turbines are seriously harming their populations. “It’s most common in migratory species, with around 300,000 bats affected every year in Europe alone. Bats are found dead at the bottom of these turbines. One option is to reduce turbine activity during times of peak migration,” says Richard Holland. Ph.D., of Queen’s University Belfast, co-author of a study published in Nature Communications that sheds light on the problem. Scientists have discovered the first known example of a mammal to use polarization patterns in the sky to navigate in the greater mouseeared bat. The study demonstrates that the bats use the way sunlight is scattered in the atmosphere at sunset to calibrate the internal magnetic compass that helps them to fly in the right direction. Holland says, “Bees have specially adapted photoreceptors in their eyes, and birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles all have cone cell structures in their eyes which may help them to detect polarization, but we don’t know which structure these bats might be using. Anything we can do to understand how they get about, how they move and navigate will be a step forward in helping to protect them.” Source: Natural Environment Research Council (


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How to Find and Fix Leaking Pipes While municipal water main breaks make news, it’s just as important to be watchful at home. According to the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a typical home annually loses more than 2,000 gallons of water due to leakage. SNL Financial, an industry analysis firm in Charlottesville, Virginia, recently reported that water leaks cause $9.1 billion in annual homeowner policy property losses. Sensing a less-than-stellar water flow or seeing a leak from a faucet or mold or damp spots on walls and ceilings can indicate possible water pipe problems.  Copper water lines can develop tiny leaks over time when the water supply is too acidic. Also, clogs can develop, regardless what lines are made of, from lime and rust accumulations, stressing sections and especially fittings. Particularly vulnerable are 45-to-65-year-old homes, the length of time corrosion-resistant coatings on interior and exterior pipes generally last ( Fortunately, if repairs are needed, most builders group water lines in predictable places; bathrooms are often stacked one atop another in multi-floor houses for easier placement of supply and drain lines, so work can be localized and focused. Instead of costly copper, many plumbers have switched to PEX—a tough and flexible polyethylene—that doesn’t require fittings or react to acid, like copper does. Repairs typically consist of replacing specific pipe sections as needed. Ask a visiting plumber to inspect all exposed plumbing lines to maximize the value of the service call. Here’s a simple way to check for leaks: Turn off all water by closing internal and external water valves and don’t use the toilet. Record the current reading of the water meter, and then wait 20 minutes. Record the reading again and wait another 15 minutes. If the meter indicates an increase during this period, it’s probably from a leak. Another option is to install an automatic water leak detection and shutoff system. According to, 20 to 35 percent of all residential toilets leak at some time, often silently, sending wasted water onto both household water and sewer bills. Flapper valves improperly covering the exit from the tank are the most common problem, and they can easily be replaced.

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readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet Mike Bauer

Life’s mission: To live a meaningful, purpose-filled life Work: Natural resources manager for the city of Naples Proudest Achievements: My proudest personal achievement is my family; my wife and I have been married for 35 years and have four beautiful children, ages 33, 30, 25 and 20. Each is healthy, well-adjusted and successful and contributing to the world in their unique way. Professionally, I got the city pointed in the right direction to restore Naples Bay. Expectations for the Future: With the continual decline of our environment through the deterioration of our air, water and soil, as well as the fact that generally speaking, money will always be more important than protecting the environment, my expectations for the future are not positive. In my opinion, there are several significant factors that are negatively influencing the environmental problems that we face, such as the negative impact that big money is having on American politics as a result of Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Also, not enough individuals are waking up locally or globally to take actions that produce an environmentally sound and safe planet, and more people are living to work instead of working to live. Favorite APP: WeatherBug


Favorite websites: for local and national weather. for staying in touch with a few of my high school friends. Local causes supported: I support the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, and Rookery Bay’s Team Ocean by getting them involved with city projects such as creating rain gardens and oyster reefs, as well as planting the shoreline of local ponds. Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: The ads. When I read them, I realize that there are individuals in the area that think like I do. Most frequented healthy food restaurant: My wife and I share meal preparation at home. We rarely eat in restaurants. Recently, we began observing our own Meatless Mondays. How do you invest in your community? I speak publicly to encourage individuals to create rain gardens in yards, parks or schools or on commercial properties. These informally landscaped depressions capture storm water runoff, the number one water pollutant, from rooftops, driveways and sidewalks, allowing time for the water to soak into the ground. Favorite quote: “Temporary economic gains should be considered in relation to long-term environmental needs.”—Dali Lama What are you doing to be the change you want to see in the world? Raising awareness of the need to protect and restore our natural environment, which is essential to the future prosperity of Southwest Florida.


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Behind the Scenes on Planet Earth with Gordon Davidson by Lee Walker


how we can help each other become more enlightened human beings. I’ve also explored many different spiritual traditions and had a consistent, deep meditative practice for most of my life, which ultimately led me to contact with higher spiritual beings.

ordon Asher Davidson, the author of The Transfiguration of Our World: How a Light Alliance is Transforming Darkness and Creating a New Earth, will lead a talk at 7 p.m., March 13, at Unity Church of Bonita, and a daylong seminar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 14, at the Bonita Shores Club. Davidson, the founding director of the Social Investment Forum, has offered clients deep spiritual guidance and transformational consulting for more than 20 years. He co-founded the Center for Visionary Leadership with his wife, Corinne McLaughlin, with whom he also coauthored two books, Practical Visionary and Spiritual Politics. Natural Awakenings asked Davidson about his views on light, darkness and the unfolding of Earth and humanity. What prompted you to explore the spiritual dimensions of light and darkness? Several very powerful experiences at a young age opened the door for me into beautiful realms of light. As a result, I


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experienced how we are all interconnected and ultimately one with all the life around us. I have a lifelong interest in and passion for spiritual questions regarding why we are here, what happens to us when we die and

What can you tell us about the forces of light and darkness throughout history? Earth was created to be a beautiful, garden planet, with all of its abundance available to nurture the evolution of life. Throughout history, this has been the foundation of teachings by spiritual masters of all traditions. Every spiritual master has offered lighted teachings encouraging humanity to make a free choice to follow the ways of love and service, which brings harmony and joy, as well as spiritual and material fulfillment. However, humanity’s ability to choose either the way of light, love and the good of all or the way of darkness, selfishness and control allows every individual to experience the karma of his or her choices and learn why the higher

spiritual path is best. Thus, we have had the struggle between light and darkness for a very long time. How is a higher plan for Earth unfolding? Earth and humanity are intended to evolve into a lighted civilization where the energetic frequencies of love, sharing and higher purpose are the organizing principles. This requires a complete reorganization of the planet, which is occurring steadily as human beings are awakening and demanding a more enlightened political, economic and social order. The revelation of corruption and wrongdoing in many institutions is creating transformation with major political and economic reforms, and reorganization is steadily being implemented behind the scenes. This will eventually emerge into the full light of human understanding. What are the most useful things we each can do to assist this unfolding process? We can hold this higher plan in our consciousness every day, seeing it fully realized on Earth. We can meditate individually or in groups and direct lighted ideas and vision for humanity’s positive future into the mental field of humanity. We can share these ideas with whomever might be open to them. We can raise our vibrational frequency to live in a continuous state of love and joyful expectancy as much as possible, and we can support lighted individuals and groups to take positions of leadership to guide and transform world systems. It is also important to provide practical assistance to those in the greatest need in the world. We need to change the world atmosphere from fear and insecurity to relaxed goodwill, as well as to ensure the world’s people that they will be safe, respected and provided for, so they can build creative, joyful lives. Event details: $15 for Bonita talk at 28285 Imperial Pkwy., Bonita Springs; $95 for seminar at 315 West Ave., Bonita Springs. For registration and more information, visit See ad, page 53. natural awakenings

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Hughes Center for Functional Medicine Opens by Linda Sechrist


y age 14, a young “leftie” occurred before emails, cell from Tunkhannock, Pennphones and Skype. They corsylvania, was already responded via old-fashioned, imagining her life as a doctor. handwritten letters. “We have “Tunkhannock is not a town. both treasured and kept every It’s a one-stoplight borough letter,” recalls Hughes, whose with a population of less than first assignment after residency 2,000 residents,” quips Dr. was as teaching faculty at Pamela Hughes, who opened Womack Army Medical Center, the Hughes Center for Funcat Fort Bragg, North Carolina. tional Medicine (formerly The Eventually deployed to Iraq, Perlmutter Health Center) in she served as an emergency Naples, March 1. medicine physician for the Hughes not only used her 28th Combat Support Hospital. left-handed advantage in high Hughes and her husband, who school as the “class athlete”, was then a team commander Dr. Pamela Hughes (center) and staff she also turned it into collatfor special forces, served overeral, using it to fund a portion of her higher education with a seas at different times. “While I was there, he was back home scholarship for southpaw college students. at Fort Bragg. Due to primarily David’s job, we were apart for Board certified in family medicine and fellowship five of the first 10 years of our marriage,” she recollects. trained in functional medicine by the Metabolic Medical In March 2008, David suffered severe injuries when his Institute (MMI), Hughes puts concerned minds to rest revehicle was thrown by a blast from an improvised explosive garding her acquisition of Dr. David Perlmutter’s practice. device in Afghanistan. He was evacuated by air to Germany, She explains, “Dr. Perlmutter is not retiring from medicine, where Pamela went to join him, and eventually flown to only from clinical practice. He will continue to teach, write Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, and do research, as well as provide functional neurology Maryland, and then to the Tampa Polytrauma Rehabilitaconsultation. Even though I have renamed the practice, I am tion Center, in Florida. His pain management and treatment retaining his staff and continuing to offer all the same funcfor nerve issues and spinal cord rehabilitation provided the tional tests, therapies and pharmaceutical-grade, non-GMO catalytic moments that turned Pamela in the direction of supplements. The opportunity to continue his traditions and functional medicine. genuine patient care is an honor.” Not wanting to rely on morphine and valium, which A small-town girl that pursued a big dream, Hughes negatively affected David’s ability to do physical therapy, relates that babysitting the child of a physician provided the the couple found effective alternatives. Attention to small inspiration for a career that fits her caring nature like a glove. details, like wrinkled sheets that caused discomfort, made a difference. David’s physical therapist corrected his foot “The doctor in my hometown who inspired me reminds me drop (a type of abnormal gait) with a Bioness neuromusof David Perlmutter. He, too, was a wonderful family man cular electro-stimulation system, a Tempur-Pedic bed and with a good heart. Time that I spent shadowing him in his an Ekornes stressless chair. He also used supplements, practice confirmed for me that I wanted to provide the same including the Rhodiola rosea herb and methylsulfonylgenuine care that he did,” says the graduate of the Philadelmethane (MSM). phia College of Osteopathic Medicine, who recently moved “I love functional medicine because it’s proactive; it from Tennessee to Naples with her husband and their 4-yearallows me to use protocols that complement traditional old son Brodie. medicine and focus on health and wellness. I am so blessed. Another source of financial support for Hughes’ mediDavid will soon be starting his new career in land surveying, cal education was the military, where she received a health I have a new practice and our son loves the Florida weather professional scholarship. After medical school, she served in the military for six years of active duty and two years of inac- because he can play outside all year,” enthuses Hughes. tive service. “During my third year of medical school, while serving at Tripler Army Medical Center, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Location: 800 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. 270. For more I met my husband, David, who was a graduate of The Citadel information or to make an appointment, call 239-6497400, email or visit and an infantry officer at the time,” says Hughes. See ad, page 87. The first years of the couple’s long-distance relationship


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The Earth Diet Liana Werner-Gray on Simple Eating by Lane Vail

How did you discover the Earth Diet? Six years ago, I was completely addicted to junk food and chronically sick, tired, bloated and miserable. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with a golf-ball-sized precancerous tumor that I decided to take a serious look at my life and make a change. I began to blog about my journey into self-healing through natural foods and my readers held me accountable to sticking with it. I also started creating healthy recipes that delivered my favorite junk food flavors so I didn’t feel deprived. Slowly, I stopped craving artificial junk foods and started craving natural versions of those flavors. Within three months, the tumor disappeared. I had demonstrated that I could undo the damage of toxic junk food by restoring proper nutrition into my cells and knew that by going back to nature, I could experience healing. Now people from around the world have testified that The Earth Diet has helped them heal ailments from A to Z. 36

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Why is it important to define our eating plan? Everyone on the planet is on a diet; it’s just a matter of which one. Are you on a junk food diet or a disorderly eating diet? Most people deprive themselves at some point and end up binging later. Having a name for the lifestyle I wanted to live helped me commit to it. When you’re lost and disconnected from nature and your body, you need rules and guidelines. Day one, eat this; day two, eat that. The Earth Diet’s rules and guidelines helped me to break a disempowering addiction to junk food. After following the guidelines for a while, the whole lifestyle becomes natural and choices become easy. photo by Roxxe NYC Photography


iana Werner-Gray, an Australian-born beauty queen, actress and environmentalist, lectures worldwide on healthy eating and is supported by a corps of nutrition coaches. Her book, The Earth Diet, describes a nature-based eating and lifestyle plan that has helped thousands realize greater vitality, harmony and peace.

How can busy people prepare and eat fresh foods more frequently? Try making a huge batch of smoothies or vegetable juice on a Sunday; put a few servings in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. Then, take one to work each day. Fresh is best, but a thawed frozen juice is better than nothing. Also, simplify eating. I grew up in Australia’s Outback, alongside aboriginal people that ate “mono foods”—singular, whole, raw foods sourced directly from nature, and they had slim, resilient and healthy bodies. Eating mono foods gives the digestive system a break; we feel en-

ergized because the body doesn’t have to break down a complicated meal. Try, for example, eating a watermelon for lunch or an avocado for dinner.

Name some foods we’d be surprised to read about in The Earth Diet. My readers especially enjoy the chicken nuggets, burgers, gluten-free cookie dough, cashew cheesecake and vegan ice cream. The raw chocolate balls are popular, made with just three ingredients: almonds or sunflower seeds ground into flour, cacao powder and a favorite natural sweetener like maple syrup, honey or dates. Sometimes I add salt, mint, coconut or vanilla. I make a batch in 10 minutes and keep them in the freezer so I can have chocolate whenever I crave it.

Transforming the way we eat can be overwhelming; what are some simple first steps for the novice? Lemon water is incredibly powerful. It’s high in vitamin C, so it boosts the immune system, and it’s energizing, alkalizing and detoxifying. Just squeeze the juice of a lemon into two cups of water first thing in the morning and drink. I also recommend eating a whole, raw, mono food in its natural state every day, like a banana, orange or strawberries. Eat something that hasn’t been sliced, diced, processed and packaged. Lastly, practice eating only when hungry and eat what you’re craving in the most natural way possible (for example, upgrading from conventional pizza to organic store-bought brands to raw homemade pizza). On Sunday I woke up and made a big brunch for friends; we had organic eggs, salsa, herbal tea and organic cookies. For dinner, I ate an avocado. That’s all I was craving, and it ended up balancing out my day. If you’re craving chocolate, there’s a reason. If you’re craving a smoothie for dinner, have one. You can both fulfill cravings and nourish and love your body at the same time. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at natural awakenings

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The New Healthy Cuisine Good-to-Go Eats by Judith Fertig


atie Newell, a blogging Kansas City mother of two who fights inflammation from several autoimmune diseases, is rigorous about the fresh, unprocessed food she buys. After noticing adverse symptoms from dining at a restaurant, Newell initially thought that eating out was no longer an option for her. Today, she happily ventures out for the occasional restaurant meal, knowing that the healthy food landscape is changing. “I look to restaurants owned by local chefs that use local and sustainable ingredients and prepare everything from scratch,” she says. From higher-end dining to fast-food joints, food trucks and vending machines, we now have even more choices for fresh, seasonal, organic, local, sustainable, tasty nutrition when we’re on the go. It’s because entrepreneurial chefs and fitness buffs are responding to customer demand for healthy eating options away from home.


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Range of Restaurants

London’s celebrated Chef Yotam Ottolenghi, founder of several restaurants and takeout emporia and author of bestselling cookbooks Plenty and Jerusalem, says that “healthy” can happen simply by putting the spotlight on plants. Ottolenghi’s cuisine is known for celebrating vegetables, fruits and herbs. He says, “That attitude, I think, is a very healthy attitude to eating.” At Gracias Madre, a plant-based vegan Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles and San Francisco, high style doesn’t mean chandeliers and rich cream sauces. The brainchild of Executive Chef Chandra Gilbert, also director of operations for the Bay Area’s vegan Café Gratitude, it serves organic, local and sustainable fruits and vegetables and bold flavor without excessive calories. She says, “I’m inspired by what I want to eat that tastes good and makes me feel good, and I want to affect this planet—to create health and vibrancy all the way around.”

From higher-end dining to fast-food joints, food trucks and vending machines, we now have even more choices for fresh, seasonal, organic, local, sustainable, tasty nutrition when we’re on the go. True Food Kitchen, a partnership between Dr. Andrew Weil and restaurateur Sam Fox, offers “honest food that tastes really good” at Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., locations. For lunch, diners might sip sea buckthorn, pomegranate, cranberry or black tea along with their quinoa burger or organic spaghetti squash casserole. Newell and her family gravitate towards SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, touting recipes developed by James Beard Awardwinning Chefs Michael Smith and Debbie Gold, who partnered with entrepreneur Gail Lozoff to create the first healthy, high-style pizzeria in 2005. Today it offers traditional and gluten-free pizza topped with fresh and organic (whenever possible) ingredients at locations in Dallas, Omaha, the Kansas City metro area and Orange County, California. Even at fast-food restaurants, healthy choices are increasingly available. “Unforked, Panera Bread and Chipotle do a great job being transparent about what’s in their food,” says Newell. Before venturing out, she often checks the company’s website for specific nutrition information.

Meals on Wheels– Food Trucks

A burgeoning fleet of creatively conceived food trucks takes healthy eating to local customers in U.S. cities. In addition to preparing organic, plantbased foods, The Green Food Truck, in Culver City and San Diego, California, recycles used vegetable oil, composts produce scraps and offers recyclable servingware. Josh Winnecour, founder of the Fuel Food Truck, in Asheville,

North Carolina, cites losing 50 unwanted pounds as his incentive for serving nutrient-dense, made-from-scratch food to his clientele.

New Generation Vending

Most hospitals, universities, schools and corporations appear to espouse healthy eating—until the offerings in their vending machines reveal the opposite. Ethan Boyd, a student at Michigan State University, noted this disconnect. “While dining halls strive to serve healthy options,” he says, “there are 40 vending machines on MSU’s campus that spit out junk food.” Sean Kelly, CEO of HUMAN Healthy Vending (Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition), had a similar, “Oh, no,” moment at his New York City gym when he was a university student. Today, Kelly’s franchise model allows local operators to supply individual machines with better options from organic fresh fruit to hot soup. “Our vision is to make healthy food more convenient than junk food,” he says. Entrepreneurs Ryan Wing and Aaron Prater, who also have culinary training, recently opened Sundry Market & Kitchen, in Kansas City, Missouri. In their update on a neighborhood market, they sell takeout foods like red lentil falafel and citrus beet soup. “I think people want to eat local food and better food, but they want it to be convenient,” observes Wing. “The bottom line is we want to make it simple to eat good food.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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Mmm… That’s Good

Our Local Healthy Dining Guide

From farmers’ markets to takeout, family style or fine dining, healthy dining options abound throughout Lee and Collier counties. Natural Awakenings recently taste-tested the following venues, where fresh, healthy food is also delicious. Bon appétit. ADA’S NATURAL FOODS MARKET & GARDEN CAFÉ 7070 College Pkwy., Ft. Myers 239-939-9600

Enjoy an array of wraps and sandwiches; gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian fare and freshly made soups and bakery items with gluten-free options in pies, cookies, muffins, cakes and breads. Full-service organic juice and smoothie bar. See ad, page 49.

BACK TO NATURE ORGANIC MARKET & CAFÉ 1217 SE 47th Terr., Cape Coral 239-549-7667

CHEF BROOKE’S NATURAL CAFÉ 1850 Boy Scout Dr., Ste. A106, Ft. Myers 239-332-2433

Get some “love in your tummy” with organic, homemade foods that tempt with simple combinations and complex flavors. Enjoy glutenfree options, superfoods, smoothies and a juice bar.


Asian, American, Caribbean, Thai, Southwest, Creole, Home-Style. Certified in nutrition for anyone on diet restrictions and anyone who wants to be healthy. See ad, page 66.


Improving the world, “one human sprout at a time,” Back to Nature features an organic juice and smoothie bar and offers raw superfood smoothies.

1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 26, Naples 239-631-2500 Local and farm-to-table fresh, Florida-inspired, plant-based modernist cuisine. Enjoy fine dining in a casual setting, as well as a six-day subscription for rotated boxed meals that include a main dish and a soup or salad. See ad, page 55.


821 Fifth Ave. S., Naples 239-430-6555 2338 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples 239-231-3060 Made-to-order highly nutritious fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies and wellness shots, as well as delicious food and snack alternatives.


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15121 Tamiami Tr. S., Ste. 104, Ft. Myers 239-210-3256 Explore a variety of flatbreads, sandwiches, wraps, salads, hot entrées and organic soups made from all natural ingredients. Enjoy freshly prepared juice and smoothies, made with organic produce.

EPIPHANY GLUTEN FREE BAKERY 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste. 406, Naples Monday–Saturday 8am-6pm 239-398-4428

Delicious paleo bread and rolls in many flavors, sandwich bread and rolls, gingerbread cookies, coconut chocolate chip cookies, paleo chocolate chip cookies, bodacious brownies and paleo raspberry swirl brownies. See ad, page 29.


Pavilion Shopping Center, 819 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples 239-514-3333 Café welcomes guests with a casual, warm atmosphere and a menu that offers many healthful, organic choices as well as locally-roasted Panther Coffee. Sip a fruit smoothie at breakfast or enjoy a freshly pressed Panini at lunch. See ad, page 59.

FOOD & THOUGHT 100% ORGANIC FARM MARKET AND CAFÉ 2132 Tamiami Trl. N., Naples 239-213-2222

Open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Florida’s only 100 percent organic market and café. Fresh produce delivered daily. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every day, menu items are prepared from scratch. Smoothies and juices are made with no ice, water or sugar. Soups are made with reverse-osmosis water. See ad, page 10.

FOR GOODNESS SAKE ORGANIC MARKETPLACE & CAFÉ 9118 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs 239-992-5838 7211 Radio Rd. (Berkshire Commons), Naples • 239-353-7778

Smoothies are made with refreshing blends of organic fruit juices and superfoods. Freshly squeezed organic fruit and veggie juices are made from local produce. Salads and sandwiches.



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GREENS! New Ways to Prepare these Nutritional Powerhouses by Nava Atlas

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or seasonal eaters, farm market shoppers and members of community supported agriculture, vegetable greens have become a normal part of everyday diets. Recognized as the most nutrient-rich group of veggies, they deliver multiple benefits. Greens are a top source of vitamin K, essential to bone health, and are abundant in vitamins A, B (especially folic acid) and C. They deliver considerable antioxidants and chlorophyll, widely known to protect against cancer, and are anti-inflammatory, according to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a family physician in Flemington, New Jersey, who specializes in nutritional medicine. Fuhrman notes, “The majority of calories in green vegetables, including leafy greens, come from protein, and this plant protein is packaged with beneficial phytochemicals. They’re rich in folate and calcium, and contain small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.” Hardy greens, like kale, chard and collards, are good sources of accessible calcium. Only about 30 percent of calcium from dairy products is absorbed, but according to Registered Dietitian Ginny Messina, “For certain leafy green vegetables, rates are considerably higher. We absorb between 50 and 60

percent of the calcium in cruciferous leafy green vegetables like kale and turnip greens.” Tasty and versatile, greens can add interest and value to every meal. Here’s how. Smoothies and juices. Spinach tastes so mild in smoothies and juices that we barely know it’s there. Kale and collards add a mild greens flavor. A big handful or two of spinach or one or two good-size kale or collard leaves per serving is about right. Greens blend well with bananas, apples, berries and pears. A high-speed blender is needed to break down kale and collards; a regular blender is sufficient for spinach. An online search for “green smoothies” will turn up many recipes. Use “massaged” raw kale in salads. Rinse and spin-dry curly kale leaves stripped from their stems, and then chop into bite-sized pieces. Thinly slice the stems to add to another salad or lightly cooked vegetable dishes or simply discard. Place the cut kale in a serving bowl. Rub a little olive oil onto both palms and massage the kale for 45 to 60 seconds; it’ll soften up and turn bright green. Add other desired veggies and fruits and dress the mixture.

A favorite recipe entails tossing massaged kale with dried cranberries, toasted or raw cashew pieces, vegan mayonnaise and a little lemon juice. Massaged kale also goes well with avocados, apples, pears, Napa or red cabbage, carrots, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. It can alternatively be dressed in ordinary vinaigrette, sesame-ginger or tahini dressing. Add hardy greens to stir-fries. The best stir-fry greens are lacinato kale, collards or chard. Rinse and dry the leaves, and then strip them from the stems. Stack a few leaves and roll them up snugly from the narrow end. Slice thinly to make long, thin ribbons and then cut them once or twice across to shorten; adding thinly sliced stems is optional. Add the strips to the stir-fry toward the end of cooking. They blend well with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, bok choy, asparagus and green beans. Soy sauce, tamari and ginger add flavor. Use leafy spring greens in salads. Look beyond lettuce to create invigorating warm-weather salads. Use lots of peppery watercress (a nutritional superstar), baby bok choy, tender dandelion greens, tatsoi and mizuna (Japanese greens are increasingly available from farm markets). Combine with baby greens and sprouts, plus favorite salad veggies and fruits for a clean-tasting and cleansing repast. Learn to love bitter greens. Add variety to the meal repertoire with escarole, broccoli rabe and mustard greens. These mellow considerably with gentle braising or incorporation into soups and stews. Heat a little olive oil in a large, deep skillet or stir-fry pan; sauté chopped garlic and/or shallots to taste. Add washed and chopped greens, stir quickly to coat with the oil, and then add about a quarter cup of water or vegetable stock. Cover and cook until tender and wilted, about five minutes. Traditional additions include raisins and toasted pine nuts, salt and pepper and a little apple cider vinegar. Nava Atlas is the author of the recent book, Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes, from which this was adapted. Visit



ealth foodies can step it up a bit by discovering how to make delicious raw kale salads—sometimes referred to as massaged kale salads. Literally massaging this hardy green with olive oil, salad dressing or mashed avocado softens it for easier chewing, brightens the color and improves its flavor. A favorite kind of kale for salads is curly green kale. Lacinato kale works well, too, as long as it isn’t too large and tough prior to massaging. Even when kale isn’t the main leafy green in a salad, adding a few prepared leaves can up the nutrient value of any kind of green, grain or pasta salad. For each of the following recipes, start with a medium bunch of kale (about eight ounces), or more or less to taste. Finish each salad with sea salt and freshly ground pepper, if preferred.

Southwestern-Flavored Kale Salad

To the massaged kale, add two or three medium-sized fresh ripe tomatoes, a peeled and diced avocado, one to two cups cooked or raw fresh corn kernels, some red bell pepper strips and optional chopped green or black olives. Flavor with freshly squeezed or bottled lime juice, a little olive oil and some chopped cilantro. To up the protein for a main dish, add some cooked or canned, drained and rinsed, black or pinto beans and then sprinkle pumpkin seeds over the top.

Mediterranean Kale Salad

To the massaged kale, add two or three medium-sized chopped fresh ripe tomatoes, strips of sun-dried tomato, plenty of bell pepper strips and chopped or whole cured black olives. For protein, add a cup or two of cooked or canned, drained and rinsed, chickpeas. Top with thinly sliced fresh basil leaves.

Kale and Avocado Salad

Add a peeled and diced avocado, plus thinly sliced red cabbage to taste, sliced carrots, diced yellow squash, halved red and/or yellow fresh grape tomatoes and sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Optionally, add a little more olive oil in addition to that used for massaging and some freshly squeezed or bottled lemon or lime juice.

Asian-Flavored Kale Salad

Massage the kale with dark sesame oil instead of olive oil as an option. Add a medium-sized red bell pepper, cut into narrow slices, three stalks of bok choy with leaves, sliced (or one sliced baby bok choy) plus one or two thinly sliced scallions. Dress with a sesame-ginger dressing. Optional additions include some crushed toasted peanuts or cashews, steamed or boiled and chilled corn kernels and about four ounces of baked tofu, cut into narrow strips. All recipes courtesy of Nava Atlas, author of Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life With More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes; used with permission.

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into the pet’s testicles causes them to atrophy. It’s less invasive, with a lower chance of infection and less pain, and reduces testosterone. For feral cat populations where traps haven’t worked, megestrol acetate, derived from progesterone, added to food acts as birth control to slow or stop colony growth.” Treatment of laboratory animals has also improved. “There have been three significant changes since 1984,” says Cathy Liss, president of the nonprofit Animal Welfare Institute, in Washington, D.C., founded in 1951 ( “General housing conditions are better, the number of government-owned chimpanzees has decreased and laboratories no longer obtain dogs and cats from random sources, so no stolen pets end up in labs.”

MISSION: ANIMAL RESCUE Big and Small, They Need Our Help by Sandra Murphy


very creature in the animal kingdom has an essential purpose, yet through human interference, animal life overall has become so imbalanced as to signal a tipping point for Earth. Extreme care for the rapidly growing population of a relative handful of pet breeds stands in stark contrast to trending extinction of dozens of other species. Fortunately, in addition to the efforts of dedicated volunteers, conservationists and supportive lawmakers, every one of us can make a real difference.

Home Pet Rescues

Zack Skow started by volunteering with a nearby dog rescue organization. He became director, and then in 2009 founded his own nonprofit, Marley’s Mutts (, in Tehachapi, California, pulling many kinds of dogs out of Los Angeles shelters. “A lot of rescues are breed-specific; I think mutts deserve an equal chance,” says Skow, now the executive director. “Small dogs get adopted faster, so we 44

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get the larger mixes, including pit bulls and Rottweilers.” Currently, the facility continues to expand its services, working with pet foster homes; providing medical care for severely abused animals in need of rehabilitation and socialization; and managing visits to prisons, mental health facilities and schools. “We take in who we can help. To see a dog triumph over tremendous odds gives people hope,” says Skow. Recently, volunteers pulled 70 dogs from Los Angeles shelters, fostered them for a month and then transported them east to adoption facilities where conditions were less crowded. Spay/neuter is the best solution to pet overpopulation, says Ruth Steinberger, national founder of Spay First, headquartered in Oklahoma City ( From 20 years of experience, she explains that in locations and situations in which surgery is impractical, “We’ve had great results using calcium chloride in ethyl alcohol, done under sedation. A slow infusion

She reports that animals now are subject to only one experiment, retired for adoption instead of being euthanized, and furnished with natural living conditions on-site—vertical space, an enriched environment with mental and physical stimulation, interaction with other animals and appropriate food and bedding. “Most lab animals are rats and mice,” says Liss. “Any animal has the capacity to suffer. It’s up to us to treat them humanely.”

Farm Animal Stewardship

“Animals become ambassadors,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary’s three locations in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Los Angeles and northern California ( and author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food. “People are distanced from food sources. Once you learn that sheep love to be petted and pigs like belly rubs, you know an animal as an individual. The best way to help is to share information, farm animal videos and plantbased recipes, so people can see that going meatless is about far more than just eating produce.”

Musician Sir Paul McCartney, author of The Meat Free Monday Cookbook, took the message to schools in 2012. Now students around the world participate in meat-free lunch programs. The adult initiative of going meatless for one or more days extends to 35 countries on six continents. Pigs, cows, horses, peacocks and an alpaca live in harmony at local nonprofit Cracker Box Palace Farm Animal Haven, in Alton, New York (CrackerBox, which spurs recovery from illness, neglect or abuse. “People get animals without doing research on their care or habits. That’s how we got the peacocks—they have a bloodcurdling scream,” says Farm Manager Cheri Roloson, who rents out their goats as nature’s landscapers to clear brush. Mistreated animals also provide therapy for returning military veterans and abused children at Ranch Hand Rescue, in Argyle, Texas (RanchHand Kids find it easier to talk about their experiences with an animal that has also endured cruel treatment, like Spirit, a horse that received precedent-setting surgery to repair a leg that had improperly healed after being broken by a baseball bat. Conscious chicken farms, too, are making an impact. “Chickens can be well-treated and have a healthy, decent life,” says Jason Urena, marketing manager with NestFresh, which operates 20 small farms and five processing plants, concentrated in Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Texas to reduce its carbon footprint ( Starting with cage-free hens, the Denver company grew based on nationwide customer requests for certified cage-free, free-range, organic, pastureraised and nonGMO (genetically modified) eggs. “We’re the first in the country to offer certified non-GMO eggs,” attests Urena. He explains that in the process for certification, feed is inspected at every step, from planting seed (usually corn

“Pets are considered property, and until that changes, it’s harder to make a difference. Farm animals have no rights at all. Animals are sentient beings with rights commensurate with the ability to feel pain and even be valued members of the family. They deserve far more than a property classification.” ~Diane Sullivan, assistant dean and professor, Massachusetts School of Law

or soy) to storage in silos and mill grinding, to allow traceability for potential problems and avoid cross-contamination.

Wildlife Habitat Preservation There are few places on Earth that humans haven’t impacted fragile ecosystems. Loss of habitat and lack of food sources are critical issues. Bats are a bellwether for the impact on wildlife from human-induced diseases. The Wildlife Conservation Society studies the loons in New York’s Adirondack Mountains to monitor their exposure to disease and pollution. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is to use conservation and education to protect present and future wildlife. Of the 410-plus species of mammals in the United States, 80 are on the endangered species list, reminiscent of the bison that used to number in the millions,

but now mostly exist in small bands on private and public lands. NWF aims to build on the bison restoration efforts achieved to date (now numbering tens of thousands) by reintroducing them onto more public lands, reservations and protected habitats, and likewise build up populations of other wild threatened and endangered animals. Its programs feature green corridors to give native species a home and migrating species a rest stop. “The important message is not how many species have gone off the list, but how many didn’t go extinct,” says David Mizejewski, a celebrity naturalist for NWF. “It’s important to understand species require different ecosystems. When we quit draining swamps and rerouting rivers and leave them alone in a proper habitat, alligators will come back. Eagles have fewer young, so it’s not easy for them to recover.” The success in restoring populations of the bald eagle, our national symbol, during the second half of the last century was significant. Measures

What You Can Do 4 Volunteer to walk a dog, foster a cat, make phone calls or help with shelter paperwork. 4 Spay/neuter pets and consider adopting before shopping at a pet store. 4 Donate to support rehabilitation of an abused animal. 4 Pick up litter, especially harmful in and near waterways. 4 Be a conscious consumer and don’t let factory farm prices influence decisions. 4 Tell companies what is accept able or not via purchases, emails and phone calls. 4 Lobby politicians to support worthy animal causes.

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The 1966 Animal Welfare Act improved the lives of many commercial animals, but more laws are needed. See 274/animal-welfare. that included banning the poisonous DDT pesticide that contaminated their food and affected reproduction, improving native habitats and prohibiting hunting of the bird allowed its removal from the endangered list in 2007. They are still protected by the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Another raptor, the peregrine falcon, has adapted to urban living in order to survive. Nests adorn tops of buildings and pigeons are a plentiful food supply. Bears, mountain lions and wolves have been dwindling, hunted as dangerous, a nuisance or for sport. With fewer of these natural predators, whitetailed deer can overpopulate their habitat and starve. Deer and other displaced animals may migrate into suburban areas in search of food, prompting hurtful human reactions to reduce their numbers. The American Bear Association provides safe, seasonal habitats for black bears ( Located near Orr, Minnesota, the 360acre sanctuary also hosts white-tailed deer, bald eagles, beavers, mink, pine martens, fishers, timber wolves, red squirrels, bobcats, blue jays, owls, ducks, songbirds and ravens. Among movements to protect smaller endangered and threatened animals, the American Tortoise Rescue lobbies for legislation to ban the importation of non-native species ( “Turtles and


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bullfrogs are imported as pets or as food, and many end up in streams or lakes, where they kill native species,” says co-founder Susan M. Tellem, in Malibu, California. “They can carry salmonella, parasites and tuberculosis,” she explains. Unfortunately, a California law passed to limit importation was revoked within weeks due to claims of cultural bias by politicians lobbying for Asian food markets that sell live turtles and bullfrogs. As the only Association of Zoos and Aquariums-certified wolf facility in the world, The Endangered Wolf Center, in Eureka, Missouri, has been breeding and reintroducing wolves into the wild for 40 years ( Founded by zoologist and television host Marlin Perkins and his wife, Carol, they helped increase both the Mexican gray wolf population from nine to 235 in managed care, plus at least 75 in the wild, and the red wolf population from 14 to 160 in managed care, with more than 100 in the wild. Every pack of Mexican gray wolves roaming the Southwest and 70 percent of North Carolina red wolves can be traced back to the center. Wildlife protection laws vary by state. Key conservation successes typically begin with local and regional initiatives promoted by farsighted individuals that care enough to get the ball rolling and back it up with supportive legislation. Christian Samper, Ph.D., CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society, observes, “Zoos and aquariums help the public better understand the natural systems that make all life possible. The hope is that what people understand, they will appreciate and what they appreciate, they will work to protect.” One person’s care can make a difference. For an animal, it can mean life itself. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouis natural awakenings

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Did You Know… n San Francisco’s SPCA is one of many organizations that offer free or low-cost spay/neuter for specific breeds most frequently seen in shelters, like pit bulls, and special programs offer free surgeries. Find locations at n One female dog can produce litters of up to 10 pups twice a year; cats can have three litters a year of up to five kittens each. n An estimated 2.7 million healthy shelter pets remain unadopted each year, yet only about 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters or rescues, according to The Humane Society of the United States. n Factory farms account for 99 percent of farm animals, yet less than 1 percent of donated money directly assists them, reports Animal Charity Evaluators, in San Diego. The highly rated Mercy for Animals, dedicated to prevention of cruelty to farmed animals, reports, “Despite the fact that these are the most abused animals in the United States, they actually have the fewest number of advocates.” n Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires Zoo, was recognized as a “non-human person” unlawfully deprived of her freedom by Argentine courts. “This opens the way not only for other great apes, but also for other sentient beings that are unfairly and arbitrarily deprived of their liberty,” says Paul Buompadre, an attorney with the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights. “The question is not ‘Can they reason?’ or ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’” says Barry MacKay, director of the Animal Alliance of Canada. “That to me is the ultimate question.” 48

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Brigid’s Crossing Foundation by Lisa Marlene


rigid’s Crossing Foundation, a locally owned, nonprofit cat rescue and holistic sanctuary in Naples, is making a real difference in the rescue and care of homeless, sick and abandoned cats in Collier County. Co-founder Heather Burch, a Naples resident, dedicated conservationist and animal lover, advises that the sanctuary for the homeless felines is really comprised of several private donor properties where the best possible care, medical attention, food and shelter is provided. “We’re unique because we make the transition for cats from one home to another without the trauma of time in cages, pens or cramped rooms,” says Burch. She relates a lost pet reality. “One in three pets go missing during its lifetime. Without proper ID, 90 percent

never return home. A microchip for dogs and cats gives the best protection with a unique permanent ID that can never be removed or become impossible to read. We team up with HomeAgain, who provides microchips which monthly unite 14,000 pets with the people that love them.” Burch urges anyone with a furry companion to microchip and register with “They provide a link to a permanent listing in their national lost pet database,” she notes. “Two-leggeds complete their owner information, which must be kept up to date, and manage their four-leggeds’ profile that includes a photo for a lifetime of anytime/anywhere pet recovery. A lost pet is taken to an animal shelter or veterinary clinic and scanned for a microchip. The unique code,

stored with the pet’s profile and linked to owner contact information, is utilized by HomeAgain’s specialists that not only send out lost pet alerts and provide members with a list of animal shelters and veterinary clinics in their area, but also provide personal guidance throughout the process of finding the lost pet. Owners can call local rescue centers to see if their described pet matches any recently brought to the facility. Brigid’s Crossing microchips rescued felines, provides adoption services and invites fostering, as well as sponsorship, of a special needs feline. Volunteers are always needed at the Shabby Cat retail store, located at 963 Fourth Avenue North, in Naples. Proceeds support animal rescue efforts. “We invite volunteers to play with cats, talk to possible new family and help with cleaning, feeding and paperwork,” says Burch. For more information, call Brigid’s Crossing Foundation, Bonita Springs, 239-5918425 or email; Shabby Cat, 239-6019,, See ad, page 71.

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LIFESAVING ACTS Protecting Animals at Home and Abroad by Sandra Murphy


ach year, more dogs, cats and other pets end up in shelters as lost, stray or owner-surrendered than leave them for a new home. What can be done to reverse this trend?

How to Help

Immediate steps: Have a vet implant a tiny RFID (radio frequency identification) microchip. It’s safe, affordable and helps reunite the owner with a lost pet. Spay/neuter pets to avoid unwanted litters. Spread the word: Only about 30 percent of household pets come from shelters or rescues, according to the ASPCA. To help, suggest that shelters post photos in the lobby, supported by a note about each animal’s good points and special needs to entice potential adopters. Also share YouTube videos that celebrate adoption and advocate controlling the pet population (see and Volunteer: The Motley Zoo, in Redmond, Washington, provides medical care and behavioral training for ill, injured, neglected, abused and unwanted animals mainly from overflowing shelters. About half of its 150 volunteers foster pets; others plan educational events or handle administrative tasks. “Each person has a specialty,” says Jamie Thomas, executive director. “We match fosters and animals to get the best results.” No kill shelters are becoming more common, even though they require uncommon commitment. As part of implementing effective procedures and infrastructure, shelter leadership works to secure the support and involvement of the community. By joining together to implement lifesaving programs and treat each life as precious, a shelter can transform a community. Find a no kill shelter primer at Tinyurl. com/NoKillReform.

In Faraway Lands

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of the most urgent and dramatic perils topping the lengthy endangered species list. Elephants are hunted for their ivory tusks. “China is the largest consumer of ivory, but the United States is second,” says Jeff Flocken, J.D., North American regional director with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), headquartered in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts ( “Every year, 35,000 elephants are killed; an average of one every 15 minutes.” Northern white rhinos once freely roamed East and Central Africa south of the Sahara. Until 1960, there were more than 2,000; today, only five exist—one in the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, one in a Czech Republic zoo and three at a wildlife conservancy in Kenya. Imported as pets or show attractions, “There are between 10,000 and 20,000 big cats in private hands in America at facilities/businesses not accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums,” says Carson Barylak, with IFAW’s Washington, D.C., office. “There are more tigers in private possession in the U.S. than in the wild.” Pangolins eat ants and termites. Hunted for meat and their scales (used in Asian medicines), they are one of the world’s most endangered mammals (see SavePangolins). Thirty years ago, the world population of lowland gorillas numbered 240. Thanks to the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the population has grown to an estimated 880 ( is supported by Led by Ruth Keesling, the project has shown the inestimable value of the species. “Once you’ve looked into the eyes of a gorilla, you’re forever changed,” says her son Frank, in Denver, Colorado.

How to Help

Make saving animals a priority. Contact legislators. Be a lawabiding consumer—don’t buy ivory or other endangered-animal products. Support conservancy groups. Share information. Donate time and money. “IFAW is working to advance legislation to prohibit private ownership of big cats in the U.S. The bill received bipartisan support and we hope to see it become law,” says Barylak. “We’ve asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban direct contact with big cats. It’s harmful to the animals and the people that handle them.” Annual running events with participants donning gorilla costumes raise funds and awareness. Following the Austin, Texas, event in January, runs will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 29 and in Denver, Colorado, on November 1. “Another way to help gorillas is to recycle cell phone and computer batteries. Coltan [tantalite] is used to make batteries—13 percent of the world’s supply of coltan is in the park area of the Congo,” says Frank Keesling. Barriers to improving the lives of animals can be overcome and banished when we believe it’s possible and everyone helps. The animals are counting on us. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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MYTHS Seven Common Maxims that Can Cause Harm by Leslie Perry Duffy


e’ve heard them time and time again: fitness tips that guarantee we’ll meet our goals if we follow them. The truth is that some can hurt more than help. Here are seven fitness myths that are best to ignore. No pain, no gain. It’s true that


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what we put into our workout has a direct impact on results. However, this doesn’t mean workouts should be painful. If something hurts during exercise, try a different move instead that targets the same muscle group to see if the feeling persists; adjust the form in

case improper execution is the culprit or give it a rest and return when ready. Muscle soreness can be expected after a tough workout and can persist for a day or two afterward. Try not to confuse soreness or the discomfort felt from fatigued muscles during a workout with pain. In the presence of an injury, it’s often best to modify activities that contribute to the pain or refrain from workouts pending expert medical advice. “Working through the pain” might actually make things worse in the long run. Never exercise a sore muscle. Muscle soreness is a sign that the muscles are changing. It’s okay to feel sore for a day or two after a workout. If it appears that the body’s stability or ability to maintain proper form will be affected by the soreness, then wait another day. However, if soreness isn’t severe, working out may actually help to relieve it by warming the muscles and stimulating blood flow. A few good activity choices for sore muscles after lifting heavy weights the day before include light cardio, stretching, yoga and light resistance training. Lifting weights makes women look bulky. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Building big, bulky muscles requires testosterone—and lots of it. Men typically have 20 to 30 times more testosterone than women. For women, strength training is well-known to be key in toning and sculpting muscles, maintaining healthy joints and

bones, boosting metabolism and even improving mood and confidence. Don’t be afraid to pick up heavier weights. To lose a belly, crunch the abs. Yes, abdominal exercises strengthen the core muscles. However, if we carry a layer of fat on top of those muscles, the belly will remain. To lose a belly, continue regular ab work while focusing on cardio exercises, strength training moves for the whole body and eating properly. The best time to work out is in the morning. The best time to work out is whenever it fits into our schedule. The more exercise, the faster the results. Not true. When it comes to working out, an appropriate balance of hard work and rest is the best option. Overusing the body actually prevents muscles from growing, resulting in decreased strength, endurance and metabolism (i.e., caloric burn). Plus, becoming overly fatigued often leads to sloppy form, which may lead to injury. Listen to the body and rest at least one day a week or more if a break is needed. Reduce calorie intake to lose weight. The body needs enough fuel to function, especially if it is regularly working hard. Eating less is not always the answer to losing weight. If we’re not eating enough, the body may think it’s starving, which causes it to store fat instead of burning calories, so eating too infrequently or not enough can sabotage weight-loss efforts. Eating smaller, more frequent meals allows the body to metabolize calories more effectively.

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Muscle Activation Techniques Correct Imbalances by Lillie Viola


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A Practical Guide to Composting Pick the Best Option for You by Tracy Fernandez Rysavy


ard and food waste make up 25 percent of the garbage destined for municipal landfills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pick the right composter and this organic waste will easily turn into rich—and free—garden fertilizer, saving landfill space and reducing the volume of greenhouse gases generated by anaerobic decomposition. Unless using a specialized bin, maintain a roughly 50/50 compost mixture of “brown” and “green” organic waste for ideal results. Green waste is moist, such as fruit and vegetable peels; brown waste comprises dry and papery material, including grass clippings.

Low-Maintenance Pile

Good for: People that want something simple, don’t need fertilizer immediately and have extra outdoor space; average to large households with yard waste. Maintaining a compost pile is as easy as its name implies—simply toss organic yard and kitchen waste into a pile in the yard. Aerating or turning the compost with a pitchfork or shovel will provide quicker results, but waste will also decompose if left alone. Within six to 24 months, all of the waste will decompose aerobically into compost. Once a year, composters can dig out the finished compost from the bottom. This method won’t work for households that don’t generate yard waste because a pile of 100 percent green waste will attract pests.

Holding Bin

Good for: People that want a low-maintenance option that’s more attractive than a pile; average to large households with yard waste. Make a bin out of wood or buy a plastic holding bin, which can contain up to 75 gallons. One with insulated sides may allow decomposing to continue in colder weather.

Tumbling Barrel

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average households with yard waste. These barrel-shaped containers are turned with a hand crank, making aerating and speeding up decomposition a breeze. Some manufacturers promise results in as little as two weeks. Due to the barrel’s relatively smaller size and capacity, getting the balance between brown and green waste right is critical for optimal results, and users will need to wait for one batch of compost to finish before adding more organic waste.

Multi-Tiered Boxes

Good for: People looking for low maintenance, but quicker results than a pile or bin; average to large households with yard waste. Multi-tiered composters are a series of stacked boxes with removable panels to allow the organic waste to move downward throughout the decomposition cycle. Finished compost comes out of a door at the bottom. Because the boxes are smaller than a large pile or bin, compost will “cook” faster; some users report their first batch took just four to six months. Collectively, stacked boxes are often comparable in size to a large holding bin, so they can compost a large amount of waste.

Worm Bin

Good for: People that want to compost indoors; apartment dwellers and small households that don’t generate yard waste. For everyone that has wanted to compost, but had insufficient outdoor space, a five-or-10-gallon bucket and some red worms could be the answer. Worm composting, or vermicomposting, is so compact that a worm bin can fit under most kitchen sinks. Because red worms are so efficient—each pound of them will process half a pound of food scraps daily—a worm bin doesn’t need aeration and won’t smell or attract pests. Note that worms won’t process brown waste, meat, dairy or fatty foods.

Green Cone

Good for: People that just want to dump their kitchen waste and be done with it; those that want to compost fish or meat; households that don’t generate yard waste. Solarcone Inc.’s Green Cone system will handle up to two pounds of kitchen waste daily, including meat, fish and dairy products. It won’t compost brown waste. Users bury the bottom basket in the yard, and then simply put green waste together with an “accelerator powder” into a cone hole in the top. According to Solarcone, most of the waste turns into water. Every few years, users need to dig a small amount of residue out of the bottom that can be added to a garden. Tracy Fernandez Rysavy is editor-inchief of the nonprofit Green America’s Green American magazine, from which this article was adapted (

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nsure that the compost pile retains a moisture content similar to a wrungout sponge. To moisten, add green waste; to reduce moisture, add brown waste. Turn compost to get air to the aerobic bacteria and speed the process. Wear gloves and a dust mask to protect against allergens. Decay generates heat, so a pile should feel warm. If not, add green waste. Decomposition occurs most efficiently when it’s 104 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit inside the pile; use a compost thermometer. Keep a small container in the kitchen to easily collect green food scraps. Store it in the freezer to keep unpleasant smells and flies at bay. The best time to start composting is during warmer months. Alternately layering green and brown waste, using the “lasagna method” in colder months, readies the pile to decompose as soon as the weather warms. Consider stockpiling summer yard waste ingredients. Be aware that low-maintenance composting won’t kill weed seeds, which can then get spread around the garden. A highly managed compost pile will kill some weeds through the generated heat. Put weeds out for municipal yard waste collection where there’s a better chance they’ll be destroyed. Contributing sources: U.S Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Composting Council

WHAT TO COMPOST Do compost: 4 Fruit and vegetable scraps 4 Grass clippings, twigs, leaves and wood chips 4 Eggshells (broken into small pieces) 4 Coffee grounds and tea bags 4 Unbleached coffee filters, paper and cardboard Don’t compost: 4 Pet waste 4 Meat and dairy (except in Green Cone device) natural awakenings

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Gary Null

The People’s Advocate by Linda Sechrist


or more than 40 Dennis Kucinich, Robert years, Gary Null, Reich, Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., an interDavid Korten and others nationally recognized to examine the influence expert in the field of of corporate globalization health and nutrition, has and expose the destrucspoken out for voicetive nature of our modern less Americans. As an financial system and the advocate, Null has done social cost of predatory extensive research and economic policies instireporting on AIDS, the tuted by America’s new genetically engineered elite class.” seeds of Monsanto and Null advises that DuPont, discarded and Americans need to be Gary Null forgotten American vetaware that the War on erans, the U.S. Food and Poverty, declared 50 Drug Administration “war on health”, years ago by President Lyndon Johnson, the causes and treatment for autism, has been a dismal failure and that our hidden facts about childhood vaccinanation is descending into developing tion, the hijacking of the democratic nation status. “This is the uncomfortprocess by corporations, and other able side of charity that can no longer important issues of our times. be ignored. The film challenges each of Null, a Naples/New York City us to ask a tough question: ‘Could I be resident, is fearless, outspoken, direct part of the problem?’” remarks Null. and passionate about educating the He doesn’t hold back about why American public. He is just as ardent he thinks Americans have not protested about partnering with recognized and en masse against poverty in the way knowledgeable experts that have facts that citizens in the Arab world have and research to support their testimony. been civilly disobedient in large-scale Null has completed more than 300 indemonstrations and protests demanding vestigative reports, written 70 books on social justice and political freedoms. healthy living and produced more than “The American public is too comfort100 full-feature documentary films and able,” argues Null. “We have suffering. television programs on natural health, We have poverty. We have children self-empowerment and the environwho are hungry, but we don’t have chilment. He also hosts The Gary Null dren dying on the streets from starvaShow, the country’s longest-running tion. The individuals who are promising nationally syndicated health radio talk that things will get better in this counshow, heard daily on the Progressive try are the very individuals who are Radio Network ( supporting big banks and Wall Street. Null’s latest full-length documenWe’ve been lulled into a false sense tary, Poverty, Inc., exposes the rise of that there are people who are looking poverty in the U.S. and developing naout for our interest. Unfortunately, with tions. “The West has positioned itself as few good exceptions, such as former the protagonist of development, giving U.S. Representative from Ohio, Denrise to a vast, multibillion dollar poverty nis Kucinich, Senator Bernie Sanders of industry—the business of doing good,” Vermont and former U.S. Congressman says Null. “I drew from more than 200 Ron Paul, from Texas, the vast majorinterviews, carefully accruing engrossity of our leaders and people in our ing, in-depth interviews with activists legislature are looking out for their own such as Chris Hedges, Ralph Nader, interests and the interests of those who


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support them financially.” Null, who views civil disobedience as a good means of protest, suggests that it can take many forms. “For example, I only eat organic and buy my food locally from a farmers’ market. When I grow my own organic produce or purchase from local sources, rather than corporatized markets, which buy their produce from commercial farms, I’m protesting. When I buy non-brand names, refuse to shop at Wal-Mart, eat at McDonalds, buy Coca Cola or processed sugar, I’m protesting. When I do not keep my money in Bank of America, but rather in a small bank that I trust, I am protesting. Protesting isn’t just about marching in the streets. We protest when we vote with our wallets, especially when we only buy products and services from socially responsible companies and divest ourselves of investments in corporations that harm the environment. When we do these things, we are registering a protest that is valid,” he says For more information, visit

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Reflexology Presents Unique Therapeutic Opportunities by Lee Walker


erves are the communication lines of the body, according to Daniel Howell, Ph.D., a professor of biology at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia, who writes about the effects of footwear on foot anatomy in The Barefoot Book. Howell notes that natural biofeedback occurs between the brain and the estimated 100,000 to 200,000 exteroreceptors in the soles of each foot. Peripheral nerves, he explains, originate from the brain and spinal cord, extend to the skin, muscles and tissues, and relay information in the form of electrical impulses. This communication plays a big part in the work of reflexologists, which use their

thumbs to apply alternating pressure on reflex points located on the feet. “If you’re feeling out of kilter, don’t know why or what about, let your feet reveal the answer; find the sore spot, work it out,” is the advice of Eunice D. Ingham, who worked as a physiotherapist under Dr. Joe Shelby Riley. In the 1930s, she researched and documented the theories and thumb, finger and hand techniques that became the signatures of the Ingham Method of reflexology, still used today by reflexologists throughout the world. The Original Works of Eunice D. Ingham, published in 1984, includes her first book, Stories the Feet Can Tell Thru Reflexology, which correlates the

connections between specific organs and glands with reflex areas in the feet. A reflexologist’s experienced hands and thumbs, which travel over feet dusted with non-talcum powder, pick up on textures such as grittiness, sponginess, lumps, hard spots or a callus formation. Responses to reflexology vary widely, from feelings of calm and sleepiness to a sense of renewed energy and rejuvenation. The more frequently an individual experiences reflexology, the more likely they are to notice overall benefits such as stress reduction, relaxation and pain management. Reflexology sessions are ideal for individuals with foot problems or for those that stand on their feet for much of the day, such as nurses, hairstylists, bartenders and waitresses. A typical 60-minute session requires only the footwear to be removed, and may include work on the feet, hands and outer ears. Sessions can relax the entire body, help increase circulation and relieve emotional stress. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings and host of the online Metabolic Revolution Summit. Visit her website for a free audio sample. Local Resources Assuage, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, Fort Myers. 239-333-1450. Gulf Coast Reflexology/Breathe-aSigh-of-Relief, Naples Center, 800 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. 140, Naples. 239-384-5952. Feet First Reflexology, 5051 Castello Dr., Naples. 239-261-8833. Happy Feet, 4661 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. 239-465-0708. Stillwater Spa, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, 5001 Coconut Rd., Bonita Springs. 239-444-1234. CoconutPoint. Ultimate Relaxation, Coastland Center Mall, 1986 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. 239793-8888.


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n unattended mind is like a neglected garden. Potting soil is incredibly receptive to any seeds introduced to it. It has absolutely no discretion when it comes to playing host to seeds; it says, “Yes” to all of them. So it is with our mind, which is amazingly receptive to whatever suggestions are dropped into it. It has been said that the subconscious mind cannot take a joke. Whatever is introduced to it, it takes as serious instruction to grow that thoughtseed into a full-blown plant, be it a flower or a weed. When we pause to consider how many thought-seeds are blown, dropped or purposely planted in our mind on a daily basis, it may prompt us to tend to our mental garden with more regularity. These may come from media, negative conversation or overheard comments. The subconscious mind hears it all and takes it personally. The only way to avoid this type of mind pollution is to be consciously focused on what we want to have planted and growing in our flower box called life. It’s a 24/7 proposition to keep it weeded as thousands of mental seeds constantly pour in. A good full-time gardener plants thought-seeds about their self and others that are rooted in reverence and lovingkindness and skillfully nurtures them. Others will then receive nothing but benefit from the seeds we drop along the way.

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Flowers and Trees Artist Reception – 6-9pm. Featuring the original art works of Julie Carlson, Sheila Stilin, Christi Vadnais. Live street chalk art by Jane Portaluppi Durand. Live piano and flute with eighttime Grammy award winner Kat Epple. Community drum circle, yoga, kirtan and sound healing by “In the Bhav Project”. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

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. Telepathic Healing – 2-6pm. Continues 3/8 & 3/15. Learn to gently help heal diabetes, surgeries, injuries with the power of your mind and spirit in 12-hour training with Genai and Richard Wachs, Naples master healers. $180. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Preregister: 298-4839.

MONDAY, MARCH 2 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. Mini Sessions – 5:30-9pm. With psychic Candyce Strafford. Daniela’s Restaurant, Wiggins Pass Plaza, 13500 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 514-4414.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3 Four Weeks to a Healthier You Series – 11am. With Kristi Willems, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Four-week series. Learn the proper way to fuel your body, portion control and mindful eating, stress management and self-care and menu planning for success. $100/series includes a 30-minute individual follow-up. The Riverview Suites, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-4204. Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 26. Psychic and Healing Fair – 5-8pm. Psychic readings, healing, tarot readings, crystals and related

With Christine Sullivan, of Seize the Day Wellness. Learn why and how to improve your memory and brain power. Discover which foods are harmful and how a brainhealthy lifestyle helps. $10. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 250-2592. SeizeTheDayHealth. com/brain. See news brief, page 25.

products available. Infinite Stones, 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers. RSVP: Debbie: 678-717-8584. Crossing Over – 7pm. Live with John Edward, psychic medium. Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe St, Ft Myers. Tickets: 1-800-514-3849 or Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or Tim VanOrden Presentation – 7-8:30pm. Tim VanOrden, US Masters Runner of the Year, will shatter the myths and misconceptions that surround a plant-based diet. Learn how a vegan athlete can excel in sports and improve your health. The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 17, Ft Myers. RSVP: Terry Foster: 935-5093. TheSkinnyPantry. com. See news brief, page 10.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 Animal Tracks Preschool Program – 10-11:30am. Preschoolers will learn to look for tracks and signs animals leave behind in nature. Story, game, hike and craft. $5. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. Preregister: 533-7440 or The Fountain of Youth Between Your Ears – 6pm.

Full Moon Sacred Sounds: Honoring the Temple – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Experience the energy of vibrational awakening, cosmic connection. Sacred sounds of the empowering gongs and bowls accelerate energetic healing, spiritual awakenings and immersion into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. $15. Anahata, 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 262-0811. Questions You’re Not Allowed to Ask About Vaccines – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. With all the news about vaccines, learn which questions to ask your doctor. Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5 Florida Storytelling Festival – Mar 5-8. Storytelling concerts, workshops, story swaps and a storytelling cruise. Younger audiences will listen, learn and tell in the Youthful Voices Family Fun Tent. Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora, FL. 800-327-1796. Oxbow Kayak Clinic – 9-11am. Learn the basic techniques of paddling. All ages and abilities. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. BYO drink, sunscreen, binoculars, clothing and shoes that can get wet. $25 includes equipment. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. 694-0398. Reiki Level I – 2pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, aura, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Full Moon Celebration – 5:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Honor the moon, Mother Earth and the divine creator. Heal the waters of the planet. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering goes to wildlife rescue. Horizon Way Public Beach, on Gulf Shore Blvd N off Park Shore Dr, Naples. 398-3953. Magic Under The Mangroves – 5:30pm. A fundraising event to help protect Southwest Florida’s water, land, wildlife and future. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, sustainable dinner, silent auction and Fund-A-Need. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, Naples. 403-4218. Practice, Practice, Practice – 6:30-8pm. Rev Michelle Love provides structured guidance as one practices and explores their natural spiritual


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abilities of prophecy, mediumistic communication and spiritual healing. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Good Food/Bad Food – 6:30-8:30pm. With Deb Post, ARNP. Learn how the multibillion marketing machine influences your purchases, creating the illusion of “good” foods. Learn to read and understand hidden info on labels, make better food choices, prevent illness. $11. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6 Jenn Pike Workshop – Mar 6-8. Topics include: Ignite the Fire Within; The Metabolic Firestarter; Cortisol, Insulin, Sugar and Stress; Treat Your Body Like the Goddess It Is. Ruby and Pearls, 6420 Plantation Park Ct, Ste 104, Ft Myers. 768-1021. See ad, page 57. Crystal Bowl Sound Bath – 6:30-8pm. With Sue Lovett. Experience good vibrations. $20. Limited space. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Mayan Music: Sobrevivencia Bitzma in Concert – 6:30-8:30pm. Sobrevivencia is a Mayan rock band from Guatemala. Hear Guatemalan music, inspired by the Mayan cosmovision of harmony and equilibrium in a variety of indigenous languages. $15. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 9925455. See news brief, page 16. Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-8:45pm. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. Healing and messages from the emissaries of light and Archangel Michael. Goddess I AM Healing and Art Center, Empire Plaza, Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.



Ocean of Sound – 8:30am-Noon. With William Ward. Using Tibetan bowls, Ward will create sound that resonates deep within to facilitate feelings of connection and peace. Institute for Evolving Spirituality at Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Mary Ann Whalen:

Poverty, Inc. Documentary – A private screening of Poverty, Inc., hosted by Gary Null. Free. Naples. Preregister: 646-926-5422. See article, page 64.

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. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart, of Stewart Analysis, nutritional microscopist and wellness educator. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies of your health relating to digestive dysfunction, liver stress, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalances, lymphocytes, health of white and red blood cells and more. $50 includes DVD and personal score sheet. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778. Backbends and Beyond – 1-3pm. With Gus Komninos. Open your heart and change your perspective by exploring backbends and inversions. Learn tools to create skill and ease between bending backwards and turning upside-down. Bring mat, towel and water. $30 or $5 off by 3/6. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. Mini Readings – 1-9pm. With Candyce Strafford. Petunias of Naples, 825 5th Ave S, Naples. RSVP: 403-3550. Crystal and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am & 1pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher levels of awareness to begin to experience the multidimensionality of your heart. Let the loving harmonics expand your soul into the new light codes. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $10. Winterview Ct, 2960 Immokalee Rd, Ste 3, Naples. 398-3953. Spiritualist Church Service – 10-11:30am. With Rev Michelle Love. A traditional Spiritualist Church service. Includes greetings from spirit, a healing session, and an inspirational talk. Donation. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Book Signing with Sandi Badash – 11am. Ancient Rights: A Woman’s Journey, by Sandi Badash, fuses modern romance and Native American wisdom with a bold message for all women to bear allegiance to their true self and stay focused on pursuing the life they crave. Unity of Naples Bookstore, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Learning from Others - the Polishing of Soul. SW Florida Eckankar Center, 16387 S Tamiami Trl, Ste H, 2nd floor, Ft Myers. 482-4034. The Art of Gentle Yoga – 1:30-3:30pm. With Cesar Rios. Take your connection between breathing and movement to the next level; pranayama techniques, combined with strengthening and balancing poses will prepare your body for deep powerful stretching, leaving your mind and body refreshed, reenergized and present. $35. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809.

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Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Breath of Life/Music of the Spheres – 6:30pm. Journey from the superficial daily experience to the depths of your heart and soul with Dana House and Linda. Conscious connective breathing, Reiki attunements, percussive music and the sounds of gongs and bowls. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. $25. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 2620811.

Acupressure: Self Care for Wellness – 1112:30pm. Continues 3/16, 3/23, 3/30. This series blends the ancient healing arts of Chinese medicine, yoga and mindfulness. Experience a needleless acupuncture treatment. Acupressure, yin yoga, qi-gong-inspired movement, breathing techniques and more. $75. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

TUESDAY, MARCH 10 Oracle Card Class – 6-8pm. With Beth Brown Rinella. Open yourself up to the wonders of divination by learning to read oracle cards. Learn a straightforward and simple way to understand the messages of the cards as they relate to your questions. $20. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 2286949. Painting and Pints – 6:30pm. Guided paint session. Full bar and food available. $36 includes art supplies. Dublin Ale House Pub, 1708 Cape Coral Pkwy W, Cape Coral. RSVP: 288-6953 or

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 Karmic Clearing Meditation – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Prepare for the upcoming Pluto/Uranus square by releasing the karma from your subtle bodies through the loving harmonics of the singing bowls. This will allow for a smoother transformation during this chaotic time. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 403-9170. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 3/17. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, MARCH 12 Grand Qigong Master Ou Wen Wei – Mar 12-15. Wei is the originator of one of the most powerful forms of qigong, known to improve wide range of conditions and diseases. Qigong healing treatments (call for location) and workshops will be conducted. Unity Church, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. Preregister: Susan DeFlavis Winters: 340-1036. See ad on page 17 and news brief page 10. Cypress Creek Kayak Tour – 9-11am. Learn the basic techniques of paddling. All ages and abilities.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. BYO drink, sunscreen, binoculars, clothing and shoes that can get wet. $25 includes equipment. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. 694-0398. Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 3/19. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Pendulum Class – 6:30pm. With Donna Payne. Four-person minimum. $30 includes pendulum. Infinite Stones, 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers. RSVP: Debbie Randolph: 678-717-8584. Spiritual Development Circle – 6:30-8pm. With Rev Michelle Love. Utilizing proven methods the group learns and takes the necessary steps to develop spiritual awareness. Attendees will explore their natural abilities for healing, prophecy and spirit communication. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Reiki/Sacred Sounds Healing Circle – 7pm. Sisters of the Circle will present a Reiki and Sacred Sounds Healing Circle with crystals, Tibetan and crystal bowls and voices. Gather for universal meditation and healing. Bring a mat or blanket, open heart and thoughts. Love donation. Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13 Evening Psychic Faire – 5-8pm. Every 2nd Fri. Mini-readings with experienced readers. Tarot, angel and pet readings, meet your spirit animal, past lives and more. $20/15-20 min. Goddess I AM Healing &

The Transfiguration of Our World: How a Light Alliance is Transforming Darkness and Creating a New Earth – 7pm. An introductory talk with authors Gordon Asher Davidson and Corinne McLaughlin. Learn about practical tools to co-create with higher energies through presentations, meditations and experiential processes. $15. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. See ad on page 53 and article on page 33. Guiltless Deserts Cooking Class – 7-8:30pm. Surrender your taste buds to naturally sweetened desserts. Learn how to use healthy alternatives to dairy, wheat and sugar in an array of mouthwatering recipes. $45. The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 17, Ft Myers. Terry Foster: 935-5093. Pet Lovers Gala – 7-11pm. The Humane Society Naples’ 15th annual Pet Lovers Gala to benefit pets awaiting adoption. Cocktails, fine dining, furry fun and entertainment. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-1880 ext 18. HSNaples. org. See news brief, page 14.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 Costa Rica Yoga and Surf Adventure Retreat – Mar 14-20. With Jennifer Colucci, owner of Awakening Through Synergy and partner in 3rd Eye Yoga Surf Adventures. Villa Shambalah, Playa Negra, Costa Rica. Elisa Perez: 805-626-8400. Holistic Holiday at Sea – Mar 14-21. Life-transforming discussions on the benefits of a plantbased diet and other health and wellness activities with a community of 1,700 fellow passengers takes place aboard the luxurious, eco-friendly, Italian MSC Divina. More than 130 classes on food preparation, yoga, Pilates, meditation and other topics related to natural well-being. Departs from and returns to Miami. 1-800-496-0989. Inner Spa for the Mind – Various integrative practitioners collaborate in creating a unique day of healing every 2nd Saturday of the month. Therapeutic modalities include sound therapy, yoga, integrative relaxation, breath healing and creative expression. Times, teachers, classes and fees vary. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With Silvia Casabianca, RM. Become a Reiki practitioner. Heal self, support others. History, principles, energetic anatomy, healing vs curing, hand positions, attunements. $165. 12 Fl CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMs, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. Preregister: 948-9444. March in the Park – 9am-3pm. A fundraising event for the Garden Club of Cape Coral. Vendors, plant sale and garden art. Master gardeners available for questions and speakers. Children’s creative projects, raffle, drawings, food and music. Jaycee Park, Cape Coral. 257-2654.


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The Transfiguration of Our World: How a Light Alliance is Transforming Darkness and Creating a New Earth – 10am-5pm. A seminar with authors Gordon Asher Davidson and Corinne McLaughlin. Learn practical tools to co-create with higher energies through presentations, meditations and experiential processes. $15. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. Preregister: WorldTransfiguration. com. See ad on page 53 and article on page 33. Live Cell Analysis – 11:30am-3:30pm. Through one drop of blood, see the condition of your red and white blood cells, the activity of your white blood cells, results of toxicity, the presence of fungus and many other findings. $50. The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 17, Ft Myers. RSVP: Terry Foster: 935-5093. Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to lay out stones on a crystal grid in your space to enhance and bring in what you choose. Used for protection, prosperity, healing, stress relief, connecting to spirit energies and more. Based on using the “flower of life” known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108. Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. From Hellville to Wellville – 2-4pm. Your Body’s 100 Trillion Cells: Feed ’em and Clean ’em. Eating In The Raw-Naples presents a review of Dr Robert Morse’s, ND, D.SC, MH 40-plus years’ experience and perspective on the simplicity of health. Morse believes dis-ease is an illusion without causative understanding and his protocol saves thousands of lives. $10. Naples Ballroom Company, 1644 Trade Center Way, Naples. Linda: 518-522-8191 or

SUNDAY, MARCH 15 Soaring Sacred Sounds – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls and ancient aromatic blends for helping, healing and transformation personal and planetary. Bring mat, pillow, blanket. $15. Arthur Murray Dance Center of Naples, 3339 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234.

TUESDAY, MARCH 17 Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 26.

T he love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.

~Gertrude Jekyll

Crystal Bowl Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher states of joy and peace through the loving harmonics of the singing bowls. Open your heart to receive more love. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $10. Peaceful Escapes, 601 E Elkcam Circle, Marco. 398-3953.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 Detox Diets: Do they Work? – 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron, of Nutrition Specialists of Florida. Free. Whole Foods Market, Mercato, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. RSVP: 947-1177. DoctorGendron. com. See ad, page 2. Why Am I Packing on the Pounds? – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. Looking in the mirror and frustrated with the body? Learn some reasons why it’s going on easy and coming off hard. Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600.

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Community HU – 7pm. Chanting and singing a love song to God. Eckankar Center, 16387 S Tamiami Trl, Ste H, 2nd floor, Ft Myers. 482-4034.

FRIDAY, MARCH 20 Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 10-11am. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon KabatZinn at U Mass Medical Center. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485.

Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Cooking with Essential Oils – 7-8:30pm. Dr Michelle Brown, of Alternative Natural Healthcare ,will discuss the health benefits of using essential oils in cooking. Learn to add a unique dimension to your meals. Please note: not all oils can be ingested. $15. The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 17, Ft Myers. RSVP: Terry Foster: 935-5093. Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-9pm. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. Healing and messages from the emissaries of light and Archangel Michael. $22. Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ft Myers. 939-3339.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19 Fishing Home School Program – 8-10am. Home school students will learn to identify Florida fish, about sustainable fishing and test their casting skills in the Caloosahatchee. All fishing equipment and bait will be provided. Ages 8-18. $5/student and parking fee. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. 694-0398. The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-6pm. Nutritional Blood Evaluation with Brandi Stewart. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies of your health relating to digestive dysfunction, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalance, health of red and white blood cells and more. $50 includes appointment recorded on DVD and personal score sheet. Sunshine Discount Vitamins, 2608 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 436-6659. 10 Ways to Nourish Yourself – 12pm. With Kristi Willems, integrative nutrition health coach. Sometimes stress and lack of sleep can lead to poor eating,

moodiness and poor health. Learn the importance of taking care of the whole self and 10 tips to wellbeing. The Riverview Suites, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-4204. Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 5:30-6:30pm. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stressreduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical Center. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. BYOB Matlacha Paint Session – 6pm. Guided paint session. $50 includes art supplies. Leoma Lovegrove’s Studio, 4637 Pine Island Rd NW, Matlacha Island. RSVP: 288-6953 or Kinesiology Muscle Testing Class – 6pm. Space is limited. $30. Sunshine Discount Vitamins, 2608 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 436-6659. Practice, Practice, Practice – 6:30-8pm. Rev Michelle Love provides structured guidance as one practices and explores their natural spiritual abilities of prophecy, mediumistic communication and spiritual healing. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Reiki Master Pam Bzoch. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Love Yourself - Heal Your Life Workshop – 7-10pm. With Valorie Morris, licensed Heal Your Life Teacher. Foster a sacred time of love, healing, connection and transformation and learn to fall in love with your life. Inn of Naples. 404-2912. See ad on page 21 and news brief on page 11.

Shamanic Reiki Healing Clinic – 6pm. Meet our newest shamanic Reiki healing graduates as they utilize their newly acquired skills. Sessions offered at discounted rates and monitored by teaching staff. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Sacred Sound/Sacred Space – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Connect to the divine spark within through the energies of the grace-filled gongs and the blissful bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends to enhance your powers of creative expression and manifest your greatest potential. Bring mat, pillow, and blanket. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. Regain Body Wisdom (1/4): Holistic Anatomy – 6:30-8:30pm. With author, Reiki Master, Silvia Casabianca, LMHC. Understand the intelligence of the body; how organs communicate. Learn to listen to the body and recognize symptoms as symbols. $15. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. Preregister: 948-9444. Sunset/Super Moon/Spring Equinox Gathering – 6:45pm/arrive; 7:38pm/sunset. A powerful time to be on the Earth to visualize for peace and manifestation. Free. Miramar Beach, US 41 to Harbour Dr, left on Gulf Shore Blvd N, Naples. 412-389-0679. 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. Love Yourself - Heal Your Life Workshop – 7-10pm. With Valorie Morris, licensed Heal Your Life Teacher. Foster a sacred time of love, healing, connection and transformation and learn to fall in love with your life. Inn of Naples. 404-2912. See ad on page 21 and news brief on page 11. Spring Equinox New Moon Solar Eclipse Sound Bath – 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. A 33 crystal bowl attunement allowing your DNA to shift upward into the Universal Truths of unity, truth and integrity. A multidimensional experience for the up-liftment of humanity. Bring pillow, mat, and blanket. $25 cash/ check. Winterview Ct, 2960 Immokalee Rd, Ste 3, Naples. RSVP: 398-3953.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Reiki Clinic – 9am-12pm. Unique opportunity to receive a private 45-minute Reiki session by a volunteer practitioner at an affordable rate (value $75). Reduce stress, boost stamina, recover peace and balance. $11 fee offsets center’s costs. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. Preregister: 948-9444. Medium vs Psychic: What’s it all about? – 9am1pm. Rev Michelle Love will share the many ways that spirit communicates. Learn the difference


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between a medium and a psychic and how to tell if you are one. Also learn how to enhance your natural ability to receive communication from spirit and those that have crossed over. $75. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Mystic Faire – 10am-6pm. Several psychics and healers to choose from. New vendors and food court. Door prizes with raffle proceeds going to local charities. Bring canned goods for local food banks. $5/cover at door, free/12 and under. Etudes Dance Studio, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. 9493387. See ad on page 76 and news brief on page 15. Psychic Faire – 11am-4pm. Mini-readings with experienced readers. Tarot, angel and psychic readings, meet your spirit animal, past lives and more. $20/15-20 min. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. ABCs of Yoga – 1-3pm. With Amy Voelkl. Beginner level yoga class for new students. Students will receive a studio orientation focused on a step-by-step breakdown of poses and alignment before a class. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, dowse and test energy fields and chakras. Free, includes charts. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. New Moon Sacred Sound – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Set forth your intentions to manifest the highest and greatest good for yourself and the cosmos with the elevating frequencies of the dynamic gongs and the ethereal bowls. Bring pillow, blanket and

mat. Suggested $15 donation. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234.

Students will also receive four weekly emails with inspirational messages and practical information. Free. Register:



Principles of Asana Alignment – 1-5:30pm. With Steven Weiss MS, DC, RYT. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. See ad, page 48.

Chelation and Detox Methods to Save Your Life – 11am-noon, seminar; noon-1pm, discussion and healthy organic lunch. Heavy metals contribute to loss of vision, cardiovascular disease, memory problems and other serious health issues. Learn how to reverse these problems. Free. Healing the Eye and Wellness Center, 2666 Swamp Cabbage Ct, Ft Myers. RSVP: 588-0477. See ad, page 35.

MONDAY, MARCH 23 Integrate Aromatherapy into Your Life – 9am12pm. With Candace Newman MAT, LMT, the Oil Lady. Explore self-care with true aromatherapy and pure essential oils as microcosms of holistic medicine for sleep, stress, colds/flu and more. $55. Three CE hrs for NCBTMB 451025-09. The Historic Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora, FL. Register: 352-602-7218 or Laughter Club – 6:30-7:30pm. With Jill Emmerich, certified Laughter Yoga leader and in partnership with Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. 4th Monday of every month. Free. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. Functional Medicine Lecture – 7pm. Jiji Torres, MD, will speak on the increased benefits of combining functional medicine with conventional internal medicine. Free. The Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107. RSVP: 594-9355.

TUESDAY, MARCH 24 Online Meditation and Tapping Class – 8:30pm. An interactive, live mindfulness/breathing lesson and group guided meditation/tapping session online.

Open House – 3-7pm. Information and demonstrations on non-surgical facelift, skin tightening and rejuvenation for the entire body, award winning and FDA approved radio frequency Exilis Elite, muscle stimulation MicroCurrent for your face, ultrasonic Epiwave facial treatment. Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Trim and Tone Spa, 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 20, Naples. 596-5522. See ad on page 15 and news brief on page 16. The Fountain of Youth Between Your Ears – 6pm. With Christine Sullivan, of Seize the Day Wellness. Learn why and how to improve your memory and brain power. Discover which foods are harmful and how a brain-healthy lifestyle helps. $10. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 250-2592. See news brief, page 12. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Experience newly channeled healing and rejuvenating crystalline sound frequencies and the Himalayan salt. Restore your spirit and rejuvenate your body in the loving frequencies of light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 403-9170.

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Reiki Level I – 7pm. Learn hands on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, aura, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, MARCH 26 Caloosahatchee to Hickey’s Creek Kayak Trip – 9am-3pm. Paddlers should be in good physical condition and/or experienced for a five-mile roundtrip paddle on the Great Calusa Blueway. BYO drink, lunch, sunscreen, binoculars and clothing/shoes that can get wet. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. $40/pp, kayaking equipment included. Campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. Register: 533-7440. Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing, prosperity and more. Make your own personal candle. $30 includes supplies. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course – 6-8:30pm. Week one of internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness, meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 590-9485. Spiritual Development Circle – 6:30-8pm. With Rev Michelle Love. Utilizing proven methods the group learns and takes the necessary steps to develop spiritual awareness. Attendees will explore their natural abilities for healing, prophecy and spirit communication. $20. Light The Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 250-4710. Goddess Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Reiki Master Pam Bzoch. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course – 9:30am-Noon. Week one of internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness, meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge

Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 590-9485. Movement and Breath for Labor Workshop – 6-7:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi, LMT, Birth Doula, E-RYT. Experience hands-on practical labor runthrough. Practice movement, breathing, self-hypnosis techniques for pain management. Effective advice for pushing phase. $25/prepay or $30/door. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 248-7931. Preregister: Spirit Live Jam – 7:30-9:30pm. Unwind inner tension and return to your peace and sound self through creative movement and the accompaniment of live music from a vast range of musical styles. Wear clothes to move in, bare feet or dancing slippers. Adults: $15/cash donation or $25/couples, $12.50/student ID. Arthur Murray Dance Center, 3339 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. Amala:

SATURDAY, MARCH 28 Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. 25 min for $25. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Past-Life Regressions – 11am-5pm. Past-life regressions or psychic/mediumship sessions with Candyce Strafford. Goddess I AM, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Restore and Renew – 1-3pm. With Laure Orlando and Jennifer Colucci. Enjoy a blissfully relaxing restorative yoga practice while a massage therapist assists in releasing stress and tension from the body in this deeply therapeutic workshop. $45/drop in or $40/preregistered/paid by 3/27. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. Planet Earth Festival – 1-5pm. Celebrate Mother Earth. Art, food, music, wildlife photography, vendors, including wildlife exhibits, environmental presentations, kids’ activities and more. Drum circle at 5pm with dancing until after dark. $5 parking. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 7770186. See ad on page 51 and news brief on page 13.

SUNDAY, MARCH 29 Yoga Day – 10am. Begins with a 75-minute Vivasana yoga practice, followed by 45 minutes of yoga nidra. Tea and veggie lunch at noon. The day closes

with a one hour interactive lesson by Vivasana faculty. Vivasana Center, Naples. Register: 444-8160 or YogaCAN – 11am. A community wide benefit for the Cancer Alliance of Naples. The Naples Beach Hotel, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd N, Naples. Info: 5981938. See ad on back cover and news brief on page 18. Life in Pakistan for Women and Girls – 2-4pm. Listen to the story of Alice Garrick, executive director. Scarves, stoles, chasubles, handbags, jewelry and clothing made by the women and girls of Pakistan will be available for purchase. St Monica’s Episcopal Church, 7070 Immokalee Rd, Naples. 591-4550. See news brief, page 19.

MONDAY, MARCH 30 Live Music Yoga Class – 7:30pm. With internationally acclaimed recording artist Girish. $25 in advance. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. Preregister: 692-9747. See ad, page 48.

TUESDAY, MARCH 31 Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 26. Grand Opening Celebration – 5-8pm. Food, drinks, gift packages, informational sessions, meet the staff. Enter to win a custom vitamin package for a year. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd N, Ste 270, Naples. 571-6585. See ad on page 87 and news brief on page 11.

plan ahead WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 Upcycle! Art Fest – Apr 1-2. 9am-4pm. A showcase of fine art and crafts made from recycled and repurposed material. Featuring 28 artists and art sale, silent auction, make and take activities, informational area to learn more about the importance of recycling and protecting our lands, waters and wildlife. JN Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. 472-1100 ext 233. See news brief, page 14.

FRIDAY, APRIL 3 Silence and Sound Yoga Retreat – Apr 3-5. A threeday restorative retreat. Participants will practice and live alternately in silence and in sound on a lush three-plus-acre canal-front property. $400 includes program, dorm/tent accommodations, whole food and course materials. Vivasana Center, Naples. 4448160. Preregister by 3/20:

TUESDAY, APRIL 7 Gentle Yoga for Self-Care – 9-10:30am. Four-week series continues 4/14, 4/21, 4/28. With Susan Lovett. Gentle movement, breathing, sound, acupressure and meditation. Increase body/mind awareness and release tension. $75. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge


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Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 590-9485. Vagina Monologues – 7pm. Presented by Project HELP, Collier County’s only state-certified rape and crisis center. Local actresses donate their time to perform the funny and poignant monologues that celebrate female empowerment. Wine, hors d’oeuvres cocktail hour featuring silent auction and fund-a-need tables followed by play at 8pm. Wear black with red accents. $35/advance or $45/door. Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave S, Naples. 649-1404. Tickets: See news brief, page 14.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 Cataracts Seminar – 11am-noon, seminar; noon1pm, discussion and healthy organic lunch. Learn new information about how to reverse cataracts without dangerous surgery. Free. Healing the Eye and Wellness Center, 2666 Swamp Cabbage Ct, Ft Myers. RSVP: 588-0477. See ad, page 35.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11 Reiki Level II Retreat – Apr 11-12. 8:30am5:30pm. With Silvia Casabianca, RM. Focus: shifting ego to soul perspective. Build powerful affirmations; learn three symbols for emotional/ mental/distance healing. Prerequisite: Reiki I. $265. 18 FL CEUs, LMTs, nurses, LMHC, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. Preregister: 948-9444.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Spirit Live Jam – 7:30-9:30pm. Unwind inner tension and return to your peace and sound self through cre-

ative movement and the accompaniment of live music from a vast range of musical styles. Wear clothes to move in, bare feet or dancing slippers. Adults: $15/cash donation or $25/couples, $12.50/student ID. Arthur Murray Dance Center, 3339 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. Amala:

noon, seminar; noon-1pm, discussion and healthy organic lunch. Learn why some Type-2 diabetes therapies are dangerous and what can be done. Free. Healing the Eye and Wellness Center, 2666 Swamp Cabbage Ct, Ft Myers. RSVP: 588-0477. See ad, page 35.



Integrate Aromatherapy into Your Practice – Apr 20-21. 9am-5pm. With Candace Newman, MAT, LMT, the Oil Lady. For massage therapists, health practitioners and anyone willing to learn. 12 CE hrs for NCBTMB 451025-09. The Historic Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora, FL. Register: 352-602-7218 or

Touch with Oils Hand Massage Instructor Course – May 15-17. 9am-5pm. With Candace Newman, MAT, LMT, the Oil Lady. For health practitioners that want to be part of Candace’s team of hand massage instructors. 18 CE hrs for NCBTMB 45102509. The Historic Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora, FL. Register: 352-602-7218 or



Reiki Level I Course – 9am-5pm. Learn how to connect to healing energy and awaken healing abilities through interactive lectures, attunements, practicing techniques and experiencing energy flow. $100 includes lunch and snacks. Avow campus, 1095 Whippoorwill Land, Naples. 280-5996. AvowCares. org. See ad on page 57 and news brief on page 18.

Residential Teacher Training – June 5-20. A yoga alliance approved program that balances ancient wisdom with modern research to create an integrated system for students to utilize time honored yoga and energy modalities within a framework informed by evidence based practices. Register by 3/31 to save $1,900. Vivasana Center, Naples. See ad on page 61 and news brief on page 12.

SATURDAY, MAY 2 Journey into the New Energies – May 2-3. 9am5pm, Sat; 9am-2pm, Sun. Ed Kuiper, accomplished teacher and author will lead a workshop on 3rd, 4th and 5th dimensional energy. $225. Kuan Yin Sanctuary, 2380 8th NE, Naples. 207-512-5645.

TUESDAY, MAY 5 Hidden Dangers of Diabetes Treatment – 11am-

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Magical Journey Retreat – Sept 24-Oct 3. Experience the authentic spiritual and cultural wonders of Peru, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Macchu Picchu. Optional yoga classes offered each day with Naples Yoga Center owner Jacqueline Glasgow. 592-4809. Details: NaplesYogaCenter. com. See ad, page 23.

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700.

Shelling in the Ten Thousand Islands – 8am-2pm. An approximately 20-minute scenic boat ride to a barrier island. Choose from a 1.5-hr to 3.5-hour trip. Goodland Boat Park, Goodland. Info/RSVP: 249-9878.

Guided Tour and Organic Lunch –11am & 2pm, guided tour. $15. 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Mon-Fri. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560.

church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314.


Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100.

Traditional Meditation – 8am. Learn traditional meditation and the Five Tibetan Rites to reduce stress, improve health and rejuvenate yourself. Ayurveda Massage & Yoga Institute, 501 Goodlette Rd N, Ste A107, Naples. Register: 450-6903.

Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009.

Beach Yoga – 8:45-10am. With Caryn Gallagher. All levels. Bring a large beach towel. Ideal shade area behind highrise at Sea Gate/North Gulf Shore Public Beach, Naples. CC Yoga: 312-505-9642.

Yoga in the Garden – 10-11am. With Susie Lentz. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at Naples Botanical Gardens. All levels, rain or shine class. $10/members, $20/ nonmembers, includes admission. 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938.

Unity of Ft Myers – 9:15am and 11am service. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister. Susie Hulcher, music. Youth ministry at 11am. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

Manatee Kayak Tour on Rivers and Creek – 10am-2pm. Get up-close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513.

Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A

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. Science of Mind Spiritual Study Group – 10:3011:30am. Based on the Science of Mind book, This Thing is You, by Ernest Holmes. Donation. Happehatchee Nature Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455.

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

Yoga in Nature – 9-10:15am, Tue-Sat. All levels. Mindful movement, breath work and meditation in nature. Bring mat and wear comfortable clothes. Props available. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 9925455.

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

Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 3:30-5pm. Regain personal identity and self-approval. YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Mindfulness Meditation Classes – 5:30-7:30pm. Crystal-clear mindfulness meditation instruction and Buddhist philosophy. UUCFM, 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 910-6598. Drum Circle – 6-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948.

monday Morning Meditation – 9:30am. With Monique Danielle of Vivasana Center. 15-minute group skype meditation. Free. Meditation and Movement – 9:30-10:30am. Meditation, self-inquiry, slow flowing asana, including gentle stretches and strength building. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Mindful Movements – 9:30-10:45am. With Francis Reilly. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Beachcombing and Shelling Lecture – Thru April. 10am. Free. Entrance fee without park permit. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a


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non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated Power Vinyasa Yoga class for grown-ups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Caterpillar Kids Club – 4:30-5:30pm. With rotating teachers. Ages 5-12 build positive coping skills, improve focus, self control, self-regulation. $20, $70/4 sessions or $10/current clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Energize pelvis, practice pain management and breathing for birth. $15. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 248-7931. 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. Five-week class with Richard W Rosen. $195 plus materials ($20). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 6:30pm. 12step meeting. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Ft Myers. Rob: 948-9162. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 590-9485. Gurdjieff Fourth Way Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of GI Gurdjieff with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet at Unity Church of Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Conscious Community Class – 7-9pm. Online class on a variety of topics providing insight for personal and career growth through the power of

transforming the subconscious mind. Classes are live with a chance to be interactive and ask questions.

tuesday Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles, while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Beach Yoga – 8:45-10am. With Caryn Gallagher. All levels. Bring a large beach towel. Ideal shade area behind highrise at Sea Gate/North Gulf Shore Public Beach, Naples. CC Yoga: 312-505-9642. Mindful Yoga – 9-10:15am. With Susan Lovett. $15/drop in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 5909485. Guided Nature Walk – Thru May. 9-11am. 1st Tue. Explore natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park, Alva. Info: 822-5212. Guided Nature Walk – Thru May. 9-11am. 3rd Tue. Walk through natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva. Info: 694-0398. Santini Sunrise Fresh Market – 9am-1pm. Live music. Optional pet food donation for Find a Home/ Give a Home Island Pet Rescue. Santini Marina Plaza, 7225 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. 443-8810. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Tue. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Summit Church, 19601 Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy, Ft Myers. 489-3095. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Carol: 676-7793.

Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. YoPiBa – 11:15am-12:30pm. With Susie Birchenough. A combination of yoga, Pilates and Barre. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. Health Q&A – Noon-2pm. Personal health questions answered by Dr Gary Conner, ND, DCH, CNC. Sunshine Discount Vitamins, 2608 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 436-6659. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 1-2pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/ drop in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 590-9485. The Art of Bel Canto – 4-5pm. Group voice lessons with Dino Valle, director of SWFL Italian Opera. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Quiet your mind, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Breathing techniques, relaxation, pain management. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Bonita Springs. Family Drumming Event – 6pm. 1st Tue. With Cheryl Lynn Patton. BYO drum or borrow an available drum from Africa, Cuba, Brazil, etc. For parents and children of all age. $10 per family. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. RSVP: 272-6152.

Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513.

Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 6:30-8pm. Regain personal identity and self-approval. YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106.

Nia – 10:30-11:30am. With Valerie Hill. Limit 15 people. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

Men’s Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899.

All Levels Yoga – 11am-Noon. With Tania Melkonian. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No

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dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue of the month. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

wednesday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527.

Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated Power Vinyasa Yoga class for grown-ups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Chakra Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Warm up with The Five Tibetan Rites, followed by yoga sequences to balance and revitalize the chakras. $15. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Sunset Beach Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Candice Oligney. Take your practice outdoors at DelnorWiggins State Park. Enjoy yoga while being surrounded by the beauty of nature. $5 plus state park entry fees. Naples. Info: 598-1938 or Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. 1st Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009.

Yamuna Body Rolling Class – 9-10am. Self-massage techniques to create space back into the body and tone muscles. Call to reserve balls. $18. Arthur Murray Dance Center, Naples. Patti: 649-0814.

Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732.

Mindful Yoga – 9-10:15am. With Michele Lynn Gugliotta. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 590-9485.

ARTS Anonymous – 6:30-8pm. Only requirement is a desire to develop creative potential. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Dennis: 608-345-2726.

Meditation and Movement – 9:30-10:30am. Meditation, self-inquiry, slow, flowing asana, including gentle stretches and strength building. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Healing Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Mary Cline Golbitz. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Exploring Coastal Estuaries – Thru April. 10am. Guided walk. Free. Entrance fee without park permit. 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: 676-7793. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Shake, Rattle and Roll – 11am-12pm. Parent and baby yoga class in the garden. For babies 4 weeks to crawling. $18/drop-in or $56/four-class pass. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Urantia Book Study Group – 11:45am-1:15pm. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. 989-4052. Lunchtime Meditations – 12:15-1pm. With Joann Lawrence. Series: Courage of a Spiritual Warrior. Companion Book: The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz. $10/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Regain personal identity and self-approval. Dry Palms Foundation Building, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. With Heather Pilling and


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A Course in Miracles – 7-8pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Readings and interpretation. Everyone is welcome. Love offering. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita. 272-5456. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 1st & 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968. Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 7:30pm. 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 1360 Royal Palm Sq Blvd, Ft Myers. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968.

thursday Beach Yoga – 8:45-10am. With Caryn Gallagher. All levels. Bring a large beach towel. Ideal shade area behind high-rise at Sea Gate/North Gulf Shore Public Beach, Naples. CC Yoga: 312-505-9642. Gentle Yoga – 9am-10am. Free. For Goodness Sake Organic Market, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. Register: 353-7778. Mindful Yoga – 9-10:15am. With Mary Cline Golbitz. $15/drop in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 590-9485. The McGregor Fresh Market – 9am-1pm. A fresh and artsy market with a twist. Faith United Methodist Church, 15690 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 443-8810. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Helen: 992-4864. Hatha Yoga and Meditation – 9:30-10:30am. With Johnny. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749.

Yoga for Veterans – 10:30-11:30am. 2nd & 4th Thurs. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Gentle Yoga – 12:45-1:45pm. With Cory. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. Yoga for Wellness – 1-2:15pm. With Mary Cline Golbitz. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 590-9485. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Church of Christ, 368 Herron Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Vinyasa Flow – 5:30-6:30pm. With Karen Lepree. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. New Hope Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 5:30-6:45pm. New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3825 McGregor Blvd, Room 106, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Mindful Teens – 5:45-6:45pm. With rotating teachers. Build positive healthy coping skills, improve self-regulation. $20, $70/4 sessions or $10/current clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. YoPiBa – 6-7pm. With Susie Birchenough. A combination of yoga, Pilates and Barre. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Reiki Master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Satsang, meditation, and receive healing. Contribute tea or crackers. Love offering. Eyes Wide Open Center, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. Ecstatic Dance – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st Thur. With Andrea Bowes. Move to a playlist that will rise and fall like a wave. Wear comfortable and moveable clothing. Bring water. $15. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 and 3, Naples. RSVP: 272-6152. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5001 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350.

Peaceful Mind – 7-8:30pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. $20, $70/four weeks or $10/clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Spiritual Connection, Guided Meditation and Messages – 7-9pm. With Candyce Strafford, psychic/medium. Connect to higher consciousness, be more intuitive and feel better. Love offering. Naples. 949-3387.

friday Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Sue Lovett. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Beachcombing and Shelling Lecture – Thru April. 10am. Free. Entrance fee without park permit. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Meditation – 10am. Journey as Beth guides participants to high vibrational places of healing and light. $5. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Co-Dependents Anonymous – 12pm. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 2-3:15pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3:15-6:15pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. Yin/Yang Happy Hour Yoga – 5-6pm. With Michele Gugliotta. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Yoga for Sobriety – 5:15-6:30pm. With guest teachers. A judgment-free zone to work on your inner and outer well-being. Free. Mats and towels for rent or BYO. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 5981938. 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. Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. Receive the combined healing energy of Reiki, restorative yoga and crystal bowls in nature. Dress appropriately for the weather;

bring mat, flashlight and blanket. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.


Mantra Sound Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Fri. Evening may include crystal singing bowls, drums, gongs, flutes, kirtan, chanting and more. Bring yoga mat, blanket and pillow. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

Fee for classifieds is a minimum charge of $20 for up to the first 20 words and $1 for each additional word. To place an ad, email NAclassifieds@ Women’s Sacred Circle – 7-9pm. 3rd Fri. For healing, empowerment and spiritual development. $10 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

FOR RENT ROOM FOR RENT – Available for massage or similar in luxury office space near Park Shore and


Pelican Bay, Naples. One month free with year lease.

Outdoor Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Through May. Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, NW corner of Airport Rd and Vanderbilt Beach Rd, N Naples. 273-2350. Guided Nature Walk – Thru April. 9-10am. Free. Entrance fee to the park without permit. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. Hot Power Vinyasa Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Jacqueline Glasgow. Push beyond the boundaries and create an empowered life. $16/drop-in. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. Guided Nature Walk – Thru May. 9-11am. 1st Sat. Walk through natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Caloosahatachee Regional Park, Alva. Info: 694-0398. Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. La Leche League – 10am. 3rd Sat. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Lee County Public Library, Lehigh Acres. 823-8219. Lecture Series – Thru April 11. 10am. Topics from native plants or animals to photography or exotic plants. Free. Entrance fee to the park without permit. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Bch Blvd, Bonita Springs. Schedule: Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Carol 676-7793. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Eckhart Tolle Meditation Group – 3pm. Meets 3/21. DVDs, CDs and discussion. Free. Unitarian/Universalist Church, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 249-6916. David Essel Alive – 6-9pm EST. Get inspired. Join the national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. Tune in at

$370/month. 398-5578.

OPPORTUNITIES SEEKING F/T HEALING ARTS ADVOCATE – Licensed and bilingual preferred, who has experience in trauma-informed recovery modalities, including art therapy, meditation, biofeedback, etc., with knowledge of dynamics of domestic violence. See job description at 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.

PRODUCTS IGNITE YOUR DIVINE SPARK – With Genai Ellen’s vibrational alchemy for healing and empowerment. 750 flower, star and sacred site essence waters, custom blends, shamanic chants, spiritual messenger and guide. Great gift ideas, too. 2984839.

SERVICES ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR NEXT STEP? – Healers, meditators, yoga teachers/students and intuitives find support for your spiritual development with Genai Ellen Wachs, master healer, spirit singer, channel and spiritual teacher. In person or by phone. 298-4839. PRIVATE COUPLES MASSAGE LESSONS – With Lyn Sinclair, BA, LMT #MA63331. Tailored to achieve maximum results with minimum effort. 961-1645.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit. ACUPUNCTURE CENTER OF NAPLES


Patricia Acerra, LAc, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM), CCht 2335 9th St N, #303B, Naples 34103 239-659-9100 • Supporting your goals toward peace, wellness and personal growth in mind, body and spirit using traditional and Esoteric Acupuncture and Interpersonal and Transpersonal Hypnotherapy, NLP and holistic psychology. Serving Naples since 1994.

ACUPUNCTURE/PSYCHOTHERAPY John E. Patton, Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Licensed Mental Health Counselor 971 Michigan Ave, Naples 34103 239-262-6828

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


Rosemary Harris, Lic. Acupuncture Physician Complete Well-Being Center 684 Goodlette Rd N, Naples 34102 239-404-0648 We combine modern medicine with the wisdom of ancient healing utilizing acupuncture, auricular therapy, herbal medicine, cupping, dietary therapy, electrical acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, a therapeutic massage chair and cold laser pain therapy. “We treat you like family!” See ad, page 48.

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

New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 25 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 21.


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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 22.


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


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


Graydon Snow, AP, DOM Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Keri Garcia, LMT – Massage 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100; Ft Myers: 239-288-0900 All Natural Primary Care. Providing acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage therapy, biopuncture and B12 injections to treat pain, stress, insomnia, fibromyalgia, asthma and more. Come in for a free consultation to learn how we can help you feel well again. AP2378, MM29338.


24850 Burnt Pine Dr, Ste 2, Bonita Springs 239-949-6002 • Providing high quality and affordable health care for all ages. Treatment options include acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal medicine and nutritional counseling. AP3481, MA35260, MM32778.


Office in Naples & Ft Myers 239-821-4482 Dr. Pan graduated from the department of acupuncture in Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and post-graduated from Tongji Medical University. He is proficient in both Eastern medicine and Western medicine with over 25 years of experience. See ad, page 47.


239-261-2840 • Picture Plan for your future. Understand your past. Have a blueprint for your life. Bob is a professional astrologer with over 40 years’ experience in achieving success for his clients. Confidential and Objective. Astrology Consulting. See ad, page 77.


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


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


Certified Advanced Rolfer™ Member – The Rolf Institute, since 1995 Member – The International Association of Structural Integrators, since 2004 2335 Tamiami Tr N, #206, Naples 239-825-8555 You can stand straighter, breathe deeply, move more easily with Rolfing®. Injuries, repetitive strain, even favorite sports and hobbies can create chronic tightness and pain; Rolfing unwinds patterns of pain and restriction. Call for free initial consultation and brief sample of the technique. MA32084/MM29763.


Offices in Naples & Fort Myers 239-263-7089 MA66792 Lillian Deng is proficient in Chinese Message, Shiatsu, and Swedish Message. She specializes in pain management, relaxation, and weight loss with over 20 years of experience in medical therapy and 10 years of experience in massage therapy. See ad, page 47.

FEET FIRST REFLEXOLOGY Mary Ann Mugaas, NCR 5051 Castello Dr, Naples 261-8833

Reflexology is a natural system of relaxation based on the principles that the body is reflected on the feet. The application of pressure to these areas promotes circulation, balance and relaxation. Nationally certified. Practicing since 1986. MA24479, MM8962.

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

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


Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, 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, MM28692, MM66086.

NUTRITION SPECIALISTS OF FLORIDA 28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 •

Uniquely qualified, Expertise in Nutrition, Certified Sports Physician. Palmer graduate with 28 years experience. Integrative Chiropractic with Nutrition to effectively reduce pain in the body. Getting you back to enjoying sports and leisure. See ad, page 2.


Business & Residential Green Cleaning Services Naples • 239-404-7102 •


George Beahan Certified Advanced Rolfer Egoscue Postural Alignment Specialist Board Certified Structural Integrator Advanced Myoskeletal Therapist 239-919-4413 • Advanced Rolfing techniques & Egoscue structural exercises used to provide lasting relief from chronic pain & sports injuries. Improves alignment athletic performance,balances golf swing. MA50132.

Let us take care of your mess while you do what you do best. Offering summer specials, group discounts and familyfriendly personal services. Do not confuse familiarity with safety. Call today for a free estimate. See ad, page 70.


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


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

Internationally Certified with 30 years Licensed Nursing experience; offering a new dimension of colonics with stateof-the-art water system. Massage with Vodder trained Lymphatic Specialists. Facials, Body Wraps, and Far-infrared Sauna. MM13162.



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

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


Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Lymph Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/ Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 26.


Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 678-717-8584: Debbie Randolph for Crystals 561-541-3437: Dominique Fuentes for Granite


Dr. Michele Pelletiere 9138 Bonita Beach Rd (Sunshine Plaza) Bonita Springs • 239-949-1222 N.S.A. Practitioner level III. “Healing waves” release tension throughout the body, increasing wellness and quality of life, promoting new strategies for a healthy spine and nervous system.

Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our ware-house. See ad, page 63.

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HEALTHY DINING 239-597-7372


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 27.


860 111th Ave N, Ste 5, Naples 239-593-4911 • Dedicated to mercury-free dentistry for over 25 years, preserving teeth and gums for a lifetime, high quality restorative dentistry, and preventative measures with cancer patients during radiation and chemotherapy. See ad, page 11.


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 47.


8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 • A sanctuary in nature with weekly Healing Circles and Yoga Hours every Tuesday thru Saturday at 9am and Wednesday thru Thursday at 6pm. The Peace Pavilion and Girl Scout Meeting Room are available to rent for ceremonies and classes. See website for info on becoming a member.


Naples Abundant Health Chiropractic Greentree Shopping Ctr, 2310 Immokalee Rd 239-287-7450 Techniques which include Chakra Color/Sound Tuning, Brazilian Light Energization, Crystal and other energy therapies (e.g., John of God crystal bed) are designed to release energy blocks and improve physical energy/health. Doctor of Metaphysics, Delphi University.


Graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Jim has conducted more than 9,000 healing sessions, using many techniques to help restructure the energy body and restore health.


Leon & Suzie Favreau 2 locations in Fort Myers • 603-723-5175

A unique spiritual healing experience that combines hands off energy healing with intuitive information. Healing can take place on physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual levels.


Terry Hiduke, Reconnective Healing Foundational Practitioner & ReconnectionCertified Practitioner 239-691-9112 • Reconnective Healing® is a holistic health philosophy of returning the body mind and spirit to an optimal state of balance by directly tapping into the universal healing intelligence.

1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 26, Naples 34110 239-631-2500 Your gourmet, raw vegan dining destination! Our menu is 100% gluten free. Experience flavors that pop. Discover how delicious healthy food can be. See ad, page 55.


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.


Dine-in/Take-Out/Catering 2500 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 111, Naples 239-263-8009 • Homemade, healthy food cooked Sous-Vide, from scratch without any fat or preservatives. Everything gluten-free! Open Mon-Sat 4-9pm. See ad, page 39.


141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 •


Healing Mind, Body & Spirit since 2005 • 239-253-9008 Maureen’s work opens the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved, spiritual growth is achieved and a more joyous life is possible.

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, page 87.

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 33.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Stes 202-204 • 239-948-9444 Regain Body Wisdom! Looking to eat healthier, reduce stress, recover joy, find purpose in life? Come for counseling & art therapy (individuals, couples & families); Nutrition Education; Medical QiGong; Trager Approach®, Massage, Reflexology; Reiki classes & sessions, and free Reiki circles on 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. CEUs. Call ahead. MM21921.

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INTEGRATIVE HEALING CENTER Monarch Therapy 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples 34103 239-325-9210 •

“ Tr a n s f o r m , E m e rg e , Become…” Empowering children, families, adults. specializing in stress, anxiety, trauma, adjustment to life challenges. professional counseling/psychotherapy, yoga, laughter yoga, Transformational Breath®, sound therapy, integrative relaxation.

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 26.


239-272-2583 Phone readings also available. Align your unique soul connection through the guidance of healing words infused with vibrational attunements of higher wisdom for your present need and personal transformation.


8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers 33907 239-939-4769 • We offer life coaching and personal growth courses for self awareness, breakthrough, leadership, couples or parenting. Free vision workshops monthly, call for dates. Since 1992. See ad, page 57.


18500 State Rd 31, Alva, FL 33920 239-313-8213 • Family owned U-Pick Farm. Open all year-round from 9am5:30pm everyday! Farmers’ Market selling our produce along with local farms produce and local artist crafts, crystals and furniture. See ad, page 57.





9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C Ft Myers 33919 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 25.

Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste 214 Bonita Springs • 239-444-4204 Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 25.




28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 •

Lucy Finch Certified Crystal Healer Seraphim Blueprint Teacher 532 Park St, Naples 34102 239-430-0654 Stand in the healing center surrounded by chakra balancing crystals and receive refreshing reenergizing relief. Enjoy the eclectic variety of jazzy jewelry, art and specimen rocks, crystals and healing tools. See ad, page 32.


State Board Certified Expert and Specialist in Nutrition. We use an individual, customized and systemic approach. Consult, exam and reassessment for optimum results. See ad, page 2.



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


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 49.

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


Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 Improve your health naturally. Hormone testing. Bio-Identical Hormones. Powerful healing herbs and supplements. Male/ female anti-aging and sexual problems. Want to feel better? Call now! See ad, page 79.

All gardening is

landscape painting. ~William Kent


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, 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 28.

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1722 Del Prado Blvd S, Ste 12, Cape Coral 239-573-9200 • Specializing in painless, noninvasive treatment promoting a natural approach to healthy living. Gentle homeopathic management for foot and ankle problems. Traumeel, Prolo Therapy. Boardcertified.


Psychotherapy/Counseling/Life Coaching 2335 Tamiami Tr N, #206, Naples 239-595-3199 • Looking for support and guidance through a challenging situation? Ready for a fresh start? Let me help you fulfill your true potential, accomplish your goals and live your dreams.


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

YOGA GREENMONKEY YOGA POWERED BY BALA VINYASA • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples

New South Naples location. Baptiste Power Vinyasa Affiliate studio. 200- and 300hour Registered Yoga School (RYS). Daily classes, monthly workshops and private sessions with excep-tional teachers, plus massage therapy and BV Boutique. See ad, back cover.


Master Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist 239-269-8846 Positively change your life physically and mentally using time-tested, classical Hatha yoga and Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi bodywork. Specializing in therapeutic yoga and The Great Yoga Wall®. See ad, page 20.


Teacher Training/CEs/Privates/Corporate • 239-444-8160 We balance ancient wisdom with modern research to create psychologically informed teacher trainings, CEs, private sessions and workshops designed for deep, physical and emotional transformation. See ad, page 61.

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. ~Helen Keller


Collier/Lee Counties

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Natural Awakenings Naples/Ft Myers March 2015  

Southwest Florida (SWFL) natural health, green living magazine

Natural Awakenings Naples/Ft Myers March 2015  

Southwest Florida (SWFL) natural health, green living magazine