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Around Town Whether you’re visiting Southwest Florida for the week or season or live here year-round, we’re happy to say this is the place to be. Everything is juiced up in the winter months, and along with the crowds, we’re blessed with abundant opportunities to enjoy the good life. Luckily, we have three yoga festivals over the next month to help us chill out in-between trying to do everything else. That’s my plan! As a co-sponsor for the Yoga Festival Naples on March 4 at the North Collier Regional Park, I’ll be at our Natural Awakenings booth, on a yoga mat or enjoying healthy food, live music, activities and friends. I hope to see you there. On March 10, we travel to the annual Marco Yoga Fest and wrap up with a beautiful Tigertail Beach sunset afterwards. If you’re not a yoga fan, try out tai chi, meditation and other tools to bring more of the Om vibe into play in your life. I highly recommend it. Our office staff can’t wait to bring our mats to join 500 yogis on the front lawn of The Naples Beach Hotel in early April with the renowned Rodney Yee and his wife, Colleen. Come be inspired to age as gracefully as they are. Natural Awakenings is a happy co-sponsor of this annual YogaCAN event benefitting the Cancer Alliance of Naples (page 20). Eating right has everything to do with a healthy vibe, and the SpellLife Women’s Wellness Summit on The Power of Food will host national and local speakers here in April to help us step it up. See page 21. Millions of people worldwide benefitted from the simple, yet powerful wisdom found in Don Miguel Ruiz’s book The Four Agreements. Vigilant practice of any of these principles can prove a powerful tool for transformation. I know them by heart from activating them when I most needed them, and the benefits continue to resonate in my life: Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best. You’ll find the details of his Mastery of Love workshop on April 7 in a special local appearance with his sons on page 31. If you are ready to step it up or reboot your life even more this month, you have the right resource in your hands. Our 2018 Healthy Dining Guide starts on page 44. Plus, we’re celebrating the world’s healthiest ethnic cuisines with recipes on page 38. As always, we list many pages of calendar events in both Lee and Collier counties with art and dance classes, free concerts, climate change workshops, songwriter gatherings, storytelling performances and more beginning on page 53. Amidst the flurry of activities, remember to do what yogis do: Take a deep breath and release it slowly… often… and bring your attention to the present moment. Life happens one breath at a time. Don’t miss it. Blissfully,

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Climate Change Workshop in Naples

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Ruiz Family Conducts Workshop at Unity of Naples

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he Mastery of Love, a workshop led by Don Miguel Ruiz Jr., and Don Jose Ruiz, will be held beginning at 10 a.m., March 10, at Unity of Naples. The Ruiz family will share their experiences of the Toltec tradition that’s the basis of the book The Mastery of Love. The event will illuminate don Miguel Ruiz (lower right) and sons the fear-based beliefs and don Miguel, Jr. (left) and don Jose assumptions that have undermined love and lead to suffering and drama in our relationships, how to heal emotional wounds, recover the freedom and joy that is our birthright, and restore the spirit of playfulness that is vital to loving relationships. They will also address how to be more aware of what might confuse us; how agreements have created our reality; letting go of fear about beliefs and embracing unconditional love; and making new agreements that are in tune with our authentic self. Don Miguel Ruiz, a native of Mexico, is a renowned spiritual teacher and internationally bestselling author who has spent 30 years guiding others to personal freedom through his profound insights regarding the nature of human reality. General admission is $75; VIP, including lunch and private gathering with the Ruiz family, is $125. Location: 2000 Unity Way. For more information or to register, call 239-775-3009 or visit See ad, page 23.


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he Ocean Water is Life: The Impact of a Changing Climate, part of a current Earth Day 2018 SWFL Workshop Series, will be held at 5:30 p.m., March 15, at the Mayflower United Church of Christ, in Naples. The event is presented in partnership with the department of environmental protection. Topics include how our changing climate is threatening our coastline; that more than half our wetlands and water systems are threatened; contaminated water claims more than 3 million lives annually; and more on how we can take action.

Admission is free. Location: 2900 County Barn Rd. For more information, call 812-345-0230 or email

Purely You Spa Celebrates Eighth Anniversary


urely You Spa, in Naples, will celebrate eight years of being an eco-certified organic spa with several special ways to experience its products and services this month. Customers can receive $15 in savings on any Eminence organic skincare product and a free gift when buying two Eminence products. In addition, save $20 on two services the same day or bring a friend to enjoy one of them. Other $99 anniversary package specials on treatments and services are also being offered. Location: 3066 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 302. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-331-8266 or visit PurelyYouSpa. com. See ad, page 15.

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Brain Fair at South Regional Library


onprofit Miracles Among Us, Inc., will present its third annual Brain Fair to help those coping with the stress and function challenges of recovering from brain injuries, from noon to 4 p.m., March 10, at the South Regional Library of Collier County, in Naples. The educational event will feature a Brain Minders puppet show provided by the Pilot Club of Naples; Ike Alama-Francis, former NFL player with the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins; bike helmet giveaways, speakers and presentations by experts in brain health, vendors, door prizes, kids’ events; and more. Organizers say there are more than 12,000 documented cases of people with brain injuries residing in Collier and Lee counties, exemplifying the need to provide research and educational opportunities. Attendees can share and understand information to avoid frustrating results of missed or delayed diagnoses of brain injury. Fielding numerous calls and assisting families in need of assistance has been a focus of founders Suzan Berg, a brain injury survivor, and her husband, Allan Berg. Admission is free, donations accepted. Location: 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy. For more information, call 239-529-5284, email or visit


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Screenagers Screening at Mental Health Symposium


he David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive nonprofit mental health and addiction recovery treatment center serving children, adults and families, along with its education partners, the Naples Children & Education Foundation and Collier County Public Schools, will present the fifth annual Sound Minds Mental Health Delaney Ruston Symposium from 3 to 5 p.m., March 24, at Moorings Presbyterian Church, in Naples. It will feature a showing of physician, parent and filmmaker Delaney Ruston, M.D.’s award-winning documentary film Screenagers, followed by a two-hour, solution-centered VIP reception with the film’s Executive Producer Lisa Tabb, who has 25 years of experience in TV and other media, with wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music in an intimate setting. Lisa Tabb Screenagers probes the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts the messy struggles over social media, video games, Internet addiction and academics. The symposium is designed to bring parents, grandparents, healthcare professionals, educators and kids together for a meaningful dialogue that leads to personal revelation and powerful positive change. The event is appropriate for children 10 years old and up. Cost: $10 suggested donation/person for the symposium; CEUs available for professionals. VIP reception: $125. Location: 791 Harbour Dr. For more information, sponsorships and tickets, call 239-354-1445, email or visit

Women’s Empowerment Event at Barre Fusion


den Myers, a Thinking into Results consultant and coach, will deliver a presentation, The Power of a Woman’s Self-Image, at 6 p.m., March 15, preceded by a meet-and-greet with snacks and refreshments at 5:30 p.m. at Barre Fusion, in Naples. Attendees will learn what the external world is saying about our selfimage, how to improve it and feel more empowered. Myers has dedicated more than 20 years to helping people focus on what makes them feel happy and fulfilled. She’s committed to helping women stay strong and accomplished in all they desire in life. Admission is free. Location: 13040 Livingston Rd., Ste. 2. For more information, call 239-231-4178 or email See ad, page 16. March 2018


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Theta Healing Event at Wellbridges Health Center


atti Wilson, MA, MEd, spiritual coach and Theta Healing practitioner, will conduct a free workshop and demonstration on The BodyMind Connection: How Patti Wilson our Thinking Keeps Us Sick and How to Use Your Mind to Heal Your Body, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 15, at the Wellbridges Health Center, in Naples. Attendees will learn how the mind impacts our emotional and physical health; how the Theta Healing process can help develop awareness and insight into our own blockages, boost our journey to greater wellness; and how limiting thoughts and feelings can be altered to produce rapid personal growth and physical healing. “At the root of all disease are limiting beliefs and fears that hold us back in our lives and ultimately affect our health and well-being,” says Wilson. “Without our awareness, our bodies express these negative thoughts and emotions which often bring a subconscious purpose to the illness. When we solely focus on physical treatment approaches for a given illness, we can miss powerful healing opportunities to bring the body-mind-spirit into balance.” Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to be donated to the Bonita Springs Assistance Office. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213. For more information, call 239-599-4224, email or visit See ad, page 57.

Special Alchemical Healing Workshop at Mystical Moon


haman Nicki Scully, founder of Shamanic Principles, Ltd., who combines shamanic practices with energetic healing principles of alchemy, will lead an Alchemical Energy Healing workshop


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based on Alchemical Healing, one of her nine books, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., March 16; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 17; and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 18, at the Mystical Moon, in Bonita Springs. Participants will be guided through a series of initiatory steps toward mastery of a powerful healing form that allows accessing the universal life force energy; develop a working relationship with spirit allies from the animal, plant and mineral realms; and utilize the healing power of the five elements to reach level one of Alchemical Healing. Furthermore, the workshop is the basis to advance further in the practice of learning psychic surgery, distant healing and elemental balancing in following the Alchemical Healing path. This is a rare opportunity as Scully only teaches one to two workshops per year and lives in Eugene, Oregon. Copies of Alchemical Healing can be purchased prior to the workshop. Cost: $325. Seating is limited to 25. Location: 8951 Bonita Beach Rd. SE. For more information or to register, call 239-301-0655, email or visit See ad, page 63.

A Religious Solution to Universal Health


osé de Dios Mata, a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing, will deliver a free lecture, Divine Love: the Answer to Universal Health, at 2 p.m., March 25, at the Christian Science Society of Bonita Springs. He will explore the Biblical basis of knowing God as divine love, whose José de Dios Mata law Jesus taught and practiced in his healing ministry, and his emphasis on the relevance of Jesus’ command to, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and the worldwide healing impact this can have. Mata further points to the work of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science and author of the textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures to understand and practice the laws of love by which Jesus healed, and for more people to have access to this discovery. Mata also speaks internationally on the subject as a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. He and his wife have residences in Badajoz, Spain, and Elsah, Illinois. “We encourage everyone to come and learn how the power of God can impact worldwide healing,” says David Hall, president of the Bonita Springs Christian Science Society. Location: 11551 E. Terry St. For more information, call 239-910-3673.

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Raw Hair Organics Launches New Product Line


aw Hair Organics, a Naples-based leader in natural and organic hair and beauty products, recently launched RH Organics Beauty, a high-quality, anti-aging natural and organic skin care line. The associated products consist of such premium ingredients as plant-based stem cells and peptides. They attest that RH Organics produces superior results at a highly affordable price. They also offer Raw Curls, Paw Paws and Rodz Grooming for Men natural and organic product lines, and a team of internationally trained master stylists.

Location: 2940 Immokalee Rd., Ste. 4. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-597-0939 or visit See ad, page 18.

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r. Stephen Prendiville, of Assuage Centers, will host a seminar on the latest advances in both facial rejuvenation and injectables from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 23, at the Bonita Bay Club, in Bonita Springs. He will also introduce facial plastic surgeon Dr. James L. Newlon, who will join Prendiville’s practice on March 1. Dr. James L. Newlon (left) and Dr. Stephen Prendiville A light lunch will be served. The immediate benefit for those that choose to have one or more self-improvement procedures in facial enhancement is a more refreshed, younger look. Newlon is double board-certified by the American Board of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

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March 2018


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March Madness Event at Organic Skincare & Bodyworx


rganic Skincare & Bodyworx, in Naples, will host a March Madness event from 2 to 7 p.m., on March 15. Attendees will have opportunities to get makeovers from makeup artists Jane Iredale and La Bella Donna by appointment, along with mini-facials, chair massages, discounts on other services and products. Refreshments and wine will be served. The emporium provides six product lines of organic skincare and facials, plus three lines of makeup. They also offer lymphatic drainage, waxing and non-chemical spray tanning. Admission is $20 at the door. $1/minute for chair massages. Location: 13240 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 207, Naples. For more information or to register, call 239-514-4494 or visit See ad, page 3.

Spring Return of the Mystic Faire


ore than 60 psychics, healers and vendors will offer their artistic wares and health services at the 13th biannual Naples Mystic Faire, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 17, at Etudes Dance Studio. The return of the largest psychic fair in Southwest Florida 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, mandalas and refreshments in a large food court. Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets for door prizes will be donated to the New Vision Learning Center, and attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for the St. Matthews House food bank. Cost: $5, free for 13 and under. Location: 3285 Pine Ridge Rd. For more information, call 239-949-3387, email or visit See ad, page 65.


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Shamanic Introductory Workshop at Goddess I AM


haman Mona Rain will lead an introductory workshop in shamanic practices from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 11, at Goddess I AM, in Naples. The event is particularly suitable for those wishing to live in harmony with nature, Mother Earth and the sacredness of their own mesa. The objective is to help attendees to become part of a worldwide Pachakuti mesa tradition practice of crosscultural shamanic arts for personal and planetary renewal. This offering is rich in profound wisdom teachings from the direct lineages of the central highlands (Cusco area) and northern Peruvian traditions, as originated by don Oscar Miro-Quesada, an altomisayoq adept, of Lima. Cost: $144 by Mar. 3; $166 thereafter. Location: 600 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. 103. For more information or to register, call 239-2286949, email or visit GoddessIAM. com. See ad, page 64.

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Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee Say Yes to YogaCAN by Lisa Marlene


he love, concern and community support for the families and individuals that receive financial assistance from the Cancer Alliance of Naples (CAN) has been visible since the first YogaCAN event in 2013. Founded by Dr. Joel Waltzer, a Naples dermatologist and yoga teacher at Practice Yoga Studio, in Naples, the grassroots fundraising event for CAN initially attracted 200 enthusiastic yogis. That yoga session resulted in a generous outpouring of $30,000 in donations—a combination of individual contributions, silent auction sales and local vendor sales. YogaCAN 2018, taking place on the lawn of the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on April 8, gives Waltzer the opportunity to come full circle from his earliest days of learning how to practice yoga by following the instructions of a Rodney Yee video. Yee, an American yoga instructor who rose to national prominence in the early 1990s when he began starring in a series of Gaiam/Living Arts yoga instructional videos and DVDs, will share this year’s YogaCAN teaching stage with his wife, Colleen Said-


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man Yee, a yoga instructor and owner of Yoga Shanti studios, cofounder of Urban Zen Integrative Therapy and author of Yoga for Life. “Joel and I are over the moon with excitement that Rodney and Colleen said yes to YogaCAN. This gives local yogis the opportunity to experience a depth of yoga teaching by two of the most recognized yoga masters who live yoga on and off the mat,” says Debi Grilo, yoga teacher and founder of Practice Yoga in Naples. “We’ve expanded YogaCAN this year to three events with Rodney and Colleen— a kick-off party at 6:30 p.m. on April 7 and a master’s class at 8:30 a.m. on April 8. Following the tradition that we’ve established, they will also lead an all-levels yoga session on the hotel lawn overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at 10:30,” explains Waltzer. The Naples studios collaborating on the event are BKS, Yoga Loft, FLOW-Yo, formerly GreenMonkey, Practice Yoga, and Naples Yoga Center. Donation Yoga Naples ( is also helping us. “It takes a huge volunteer team to pull off this event, which

is about raising awareness and money for CAN, which covers the non-medical bills for cancer patients,” advises Waltzer, who is looking forward to sharing the events with a record-breaking 500 yogis. “It’s our event’s fifth anniversary, and I’m hoping that Rodney and Colleen will help us set a record for attendance.” Since 2013, YogaCAN and the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, which contributes refreshments and their lawn, has helped to raise more than $250,000. Every dollar goes to the more than 125 individuals and families in Collier and Lee counties, which the nonprofit CAN supports. For more information, call Cancer Alliance of Naples, 239-643-4673 or visit and See ad, page 17. YogaCAN 2018 takes place on the lawn of the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on April 8. Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee events at YogaCAN: Kickoff Party Sat. 4/7 6:30 p.m. Master Class Sun. 4/8 8:30 a.m. Main Event All Levels Class Sun. 4/8 10:30 a.m.

SpelLife Women’s Wellness Summit

Helping to Grow Local Interest in Prevention and Wellness by Lee Walker


lthough the visual signs of weight and height that mark a child’s growth are symbolically different from those signaling growth in the people’s movement toward prevention and wellness in Western medicine, there are similarities. Here in Southwest Florida, there is a noticeable increase in the number of prevention and wellness activities that involve public health organizations, as well as individuals. Recently attracting the most media attention is the Blue Zones Project, a community-wide well-being improvement initiative helping individuals to make healthier choices, and Lee Health’s medically based fitness centers and Healthy Life Centers in Estero and Cape Coral that offer a variety of services and education supporting healthy lifestyles, early detection of disease and chronic disease management. The latest activity organized by private citizens is the SpelLife Women’s Wellness Summit, an annual event that has been connecting people since 2015 with community resources that empower individuals to live a healthier, richer life. “We’ve had different themes each year. In 2015 it was Food Fitness and Finance, in 2016 we presented Brain Power, in 2017 we focused on Be(you)tiful Inside and Out, and this year, it’s The Power of Food: What’s Your Gut Instinct? Our keynote speaker is Dr. David Perlmutter. Our four breakout sessions include Alternative Therapies: Fact or Myth,” says Jill Rapps, vice president and certified financial advisor for Ciccarelli Advisory Services, Inc. Rapps co-founded the summit with her sister, Gaynell Anderson, a doctor of physical therapy, who she also collaborated with to create A Europhic Living Foundation, which handles summit profits that are donated to local charitable organizations “Our speakers and exhibitors showcase the eight dimensions of wellness—

spiritual, physical, environmental, leisure, local, intellectual, financial and emotional—which is the origin of our acronym, SpelLife. One of our volunteers thought of it,” explains Rapps. She notes that the event, which initially attracted 150 attendees and established a local following, was the result of a suggestion for gathering local women, sharing knowledge and presenting fresh, new ideas. The 2017 summit attracted 350 people. “In 2017, we had attendees from Florida’s east coast, as well as New York. The 100 percent volunteer and nonprofit organization, organized locally by A Europhic Living Foundation and e’Bella Magazine, as well as other sponsors such as Natural Awakenings, is prepared to attract 250 attendees this year,” advises Rapps, who notes that this is the maximum occupancy number for the NHC Telford Center. This year’s profits go to the Senior Friendship Health Center, which provides for the medical and dental needs of underserved seniors. As a financial advisor, Rapps listens to her client’s concerns regarding the exorbitant cost of health care. “The majority of individuals have no idea what the cost of their health care will be over their lifetime. They are learning that long-term, it is less costly to practice preventive measures, which are what the summit focuses on,” remarks Rapps. SpelLife Women’s Wellness Summit will be held on Apr. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the NCH Telford Center, located at 350 7th Ave., in Naples. General admission is $65; VIP $100. For more information and tickets, visit or See ad, page 7.

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Gooseberries are Good for the Gut Researchers from Malaysia’s Islamic Science University tested 30 patients with gastrointestinal issues, dividing them into three groups. One received lactose, a placebo; another group was given omeprazole, an over-the-counter remedy; and the third Phyllanthus emblica Linn, an ayurvedic treatment for gastrointestinal issues also known as Indian gooseberry. The research found the herbal treatment resulted in less pain, vomiting, sleep loss and other issues. Participants’ intestinal walls also showed signs of significant healing. The researchers concluded, “Findings indicate that the ethanolic extract of P. emblica fruits has gastroprotective effects in humans that justify its traditional use.” 22

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Research from Duke University Medical School indicates that eating red meat and poultry increases risk for Type 2 diabetes. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Singapore Chinese Health Study followed 63,257 adults between ages 45 and 74 for an average of 11 years each. It was determined that meat and poultry consumption increased diabetes incidence by 23 and 15 percent, respectively.


Leafy greens, which are rich in vitamin K, have again been shown to provide outsized benefits for heart health. Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University found that a reduced intake of vitamin K1 leads to more than triple the risk of an enlargement of the heart’s left ventricle, which reduces blood pumping volume, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Researchers followed diet records for 766 participants ages 14 to 18 and monitored their vascular structure and functionality. When compared to those with the highest intake of vitamin K1 from foods such as spinach, cabbage and other leafy, green vegetables, those with the lowest intake were more likely to experience vascular enlargement.

Eating Meat Raises Diabetes Risk

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DETERS ALZHEIMER’S According to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers discovered the risk of dementia can be halved by engaging in physical activities like walking, dancing and gardening, which significantly improve brain volume in the hippocampus region and the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes. The scientists studied 876 participants for 30 years and completed a longitudinal memory test of the patients, which were 78 years old on average, and followed up with MRI brain scans. They recorded their physical activity and logged caloric output every week. Two other studies found that any exercise that raises our heart rate and produces sweating for a sustained period will benefit cognitive health as we age. One meta-analysis of 36 studies from Australia’s University of Canberra found that exercise improved cognition by an average of 29 percent for those older than 50; another small group study from Germany’s Otto von Guericke University, in Magdeburg, specifically showed that dancing benefits seniors’ cognition.


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Healthy Beautiful Natural Nails According to, an environmental news website, the majority of cute, colorful little bottles of nail polish lined up on retail and salon shelves are filled to the brim with hazardous chemicals. Some nail polish brands contain as many as 30 harsh ingredients that are not only be bad for the environment but also bad for the body, as they release harsh fumes and cause nails to become brittle. Although no nail polish is completely natural, the most important thing to look for on a bottle label is “3-free”. This means that the polish doesn’t use toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or formaldehyde, which are all known carcinogens. Some brands may describe themselves as “5-free” because they contain neither resin nor camphor, as well.

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Wind Harvest

Renewable Energy Subsidies Lag Far Behind

The G20 nations, comprising the world’s biggest economies, provide four times more public financing to support fossil fuels than renewable energy, says a report from the environmental coalition Oil Change International ( TalkIsCheapOilReport). This took place even though German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced climate change as the heart of the agenda at the Hamburg summit in July 2017. The public financing—in soft loans and guarantees from governments along with huge fossil fuel subsidies—makes coal, oil and natural gas cheaper to use in the short run because both the front-end and back-end costs are undisclosed.

Grassroots Gumption

Sweet Potato Project Encourages Enterprise

The Sweet Potato Project, started by journalist Sylvester Brown, Jr., will work in partnership with St. Louis University and a small cadre of local nonprofits called the North City Food Hub to hold culinary, small business, horticulture, restaurant management, and land-ownership classes and business incubator opportunities this spring. The goal is to enable at-risk youths in North St. Louis to grow food and make money through food packaging and distribution. The project encourages people to become innovative, selfsufficient players in today’s expanding global economy. Brown says, “Success doesn’t always mean you’ve made a lot of money; it can also mean you’ve survived poverty or managed to create something.” 24

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Uncontrolled Lice Threaten Fish Industry

A surge in parasitic sea lice that attach themselves to and feed on salmon, killing or rendering them unsuitable for dinner tables, is disrupting salmon farms in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Norway and Chile. Wholesale prices for the species have already increased 50 percent over last year, leading to higher consumer prices for everything from salmon fillets and steaks to more expensive lox on bagels. Scientists and fish farmers are working on new ways to control the pests. Fish Farmer magazine states that losses by the global aquaculture industry could be as high as $1 billion annually. The only hope is to develop new methods to control the spread of the lice, which are naturally present in the wild, but thrive in the tightly packed ocean pens used for fish farming.

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Hywind, the first floating wind farm in the UK, is located 15 miles offshore of Peterhead, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Its five turbines with a 30-megawatt capacity will provide clean energy to more than 20,000 homes to help meet the country’s ambitious climate change targets. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says, “The government’s commitment to the development of this technology, coupled with Statoil’s [lithium] battery storage project, Batwind, positions Scotland as a world center for energy innovation.” Hywind is operated by Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co.


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community spotlight

Jennifer Barrell

A Passion for Research and Nutrition Therapy by Lee Walker


ennifer Barrell began honing her natural to clinical conditions such as gut health, food talent for research and finding solutions that allergies and sensitivities, as well as other health can restore an individual’s health when her challenges. She also helps individuals succeed in first child was born with digestive issues. “The personalized weight management programs. doctors wanted to put my daughter on acid “My passion is helping people to increase their reflux medication when she was only 1 week gut diversity. While certain strains of probiotics old. That didn’t feel right to me, so I told them target particular symptoms, they can’t be taken to hold off until I found a better answer,” says with the end goal being re-inoculating the gut. the certified nutrition specialist and licensed diProbiotics are transient. In order to reestablish a etitian/nutritionist, who is also the most recent healthy, diverse microflora, you need large quantiaddition to the staff at D-Signed Nutrition, in ties of specific fibers, or prebiotics, and polypheBonita Springs. nols, which are found in all the beautiful red, Barrell’s search for solutions that would purple and blue foods we eat,” advises Barrell. help her daughter, now 6 years old, led her to a Depending on the state of the gut, it takes different path. “After discovering the principles time to reestablish a healthy ecosystem, but it of functional medicine, I told my husband can be done. “Strengthening the gut strengthens Jennifer Barrell that I would study until I understood how to the patient’s immune system naturally and the prevent disease within our family, or if I didn’t have the answers, body becomes more resistant and stronger. Neurotransmitters I would surely know by then what expert to call,” advises Barrell, also tend to balance in this process. Order can be restored once who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology the gut is healed and functioning properly with all the billions of from Central Connecticut State University, in New Britain, and key microflora that can be destroyed by stress, poor diet, irregular later earned her Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition sleep patterns, lack of physical exercise or too much exercise,” and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States, explains the Naples resident. in Portland, Oregon. “Where there is a will, there is a way,” says Barrell. “I have the Today, along with the principles of functional medicine, will, resources and a community of practitioners that I can refer Barrell applies her 10 years of experience as a chef and more than out to when necessary. An individual simply must have the desire eight years as an educator in the classroom and administration, to make beneficial changes and to understand that healing is a to nutrition education and nutritional counseling for prevenprocess that we go through together.” tion and anti-aging. Combining her passion for science with a love of cooking, she can not only identify clinical issues, but also D-Signed Nutrition is located at 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300, develop personalized medical nutrition therapy, as well as lifestyle in Bonita Springs. For information call 239-676-5249 or visit and meal plans. Barrell’s focus is on family nutrition as it relates See ad, page 54.

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The Path to Acupuncture Mastery by Linda Sechrist


sking a local acupuncturist to recall the most common comments that patients ask about their profession or a treatment include, “Did you have to go to school for this?” and “Does this stuff actually work?” While these queries may be interpreted as amusing, in reality, they point to a deeper issue—a lack of understanding and public awareness about this proven approach to prevention, wellness and the treatment of pain, as substantiated by statistics published in PubMed. Only 6 percent of Americans are using acupuncture as a complementary and alternative approach to conventional treatment for a specific health condition. In 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released proposed changes to its blueprint on pain treatment education. The guidelines now recommended that doctors and other healthcare providers receive information about chiropractic care and acupuncture as therapies for a multidisciplinary approach to pain management that might help patients avoid prescription opioids. Yet to the majority of individuals, as well as traditionally trained physicians, an acupuncturist’s skills and knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acquired through a formal and rigorous education, remains a mystery.

Required Education

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light on an acupuncturist’s education. “The 3,048-hour curriculum for a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree combines classroom and practical study that includes the philosophy, theory and clinical application of Oriental and Western medicine. Oriental medicine courses cover classical diagnostic approaches, acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, tuina medical massage and qigong exercise therapy,” explains Perez,” who holds a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the East West College of Natural Medicine, in Sarasota. “Additionally, Western biomedicine courses cover tools for diagnosing and executing a complementary approach to healthcare. Courses include biological sciences, anatomy and physiology, diagnostic skills, pharmacology and nutrition. We also learn Japanese acupuncture and alternative therapies such as homeopathy. Prior to admission in a college of natural medicine, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree,” she says.

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine “The curriculum in a college of natural medicine prepares the graduate to sit for four examinations—Acupuncture Point Location, Biomedical, Chinese Herbology, and Foundations of Oriental Medicine,

offered through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM),” says Ellen Teeter, executive director of the Florida State Oriental Medical Association. The NCCAOM is the only national organization that validates entry-level competency in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) through professional certification. NCCAOM certification or a passing score on the NCCAOM certification examinations are documentation of competency for licensure as an acupuncturist by 47 states plus the District of Columbia, which represents 98 percent of the states that regulate acupuncture. Teeter points out that the nonprofit American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) is devoted to teaching, research, and the practice of Oriental medicine as it relates to the treatment of reproductive disorders. “Acupuncturists who specialize in this field complete continuing education courses such as TCM for Complex Infertility Conditions: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Autoimmune and Premature Ovarian Failure, which are offered by ABORM-approved providers. In order to be ABORM certified, acupuncturists must be licensed two years prior to sitting for the certification examinations, as well as accumulate 45 hours of ABORM-approved continuing education units [CEU].”

Licensing and Insurance

The Florida Board of Acupuncture ensures that every acupuncturist practicing in this state meets minimum requirements for safe practice. The board also tracks continuing education credits. Compliance is verified by the Florida Board of Health at the time of license renewal. “We are all required to have a city, county and state acupuncture license, as well as insurance,” says Charles Caccamesi, DOM and owner of Acupuncture Care of Naples. This graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture, in Boston, indicates that his annual cost for all of this is about $1,300. “Additionally, I renew my license through NCCAOM every four years for $280.

This allows me to practice in any of the 48 states that recognize NCCAOM,” says Caccamesi, who estimates that throughout his 28 years of practice, he has invested $200,000 in his profession.

Continuing Education

“Just as medical doctors are required to take continuing education courses to maintain their license, we are also. Acupuncturists must take a minimum of 30 hours in continuing education classes every two years. Studying Florida laws and rules for acupuncture is a mandatory class to stay current with any changes. I’ve elected to study things such as how to interpret lab tests, as well as the effects of ionizing radiation used in dental X-rays and mammograms. I also studied other subjects that relate to my profession,” says Cacamessi. “Internships are also available, and some states require them. Often, these are summer travel programs. I completed a three-week internship in China, along with other students. We treated patients in a hospital setting and earned CEUs. I also completed a weeklong cadaver dissection class and earned CEUs,” says Phyllis Weber, owner of Gulf Coast Acupuncture, with offices in Naples and Fort Myers. In 1997, the National Institutes of Health formally recognized acupuncture as a mainstream medicine healing option, documenting its safety and efficacy for treating a range of health conditions. “Acupuncture isn’t just for managing pain. It’s particularly effective for autoimmune disorders, anxiety, sleep disorders, posttraumatic syndrome disorder (PTSD), multiple sclerosis or any kind of neurological disorder, which is why CEUs are offered on these subjects,” advises Weber.

Doctor Referrals

Diane Renee Sarra, a doctor of Oriental medicine (DOM), is part of Lee Physician Group’s Integrative Medicine team. Heather Auld, M.D., and Teresa Spano, a naturopathic consultant, collaborate to achieve the best outcomes for patients. “A good example of how we work together is one where Teresa is having a patient do a detox or a weight-loss program. She refers

In 1997, the National Institutes of Health formally recognized acupuncture as a mainstream medicine healing option, documenting its safety and efficacy for treating a range of health conditions. the patient to me and I do auricular therapy [ear acupuncture],” says the graduate of East West College of Natural Medicine.

Acupuncture and Children

Richard Murdoch is a DOM who practices at AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, in Fort Myers, on Tuesdays and Fridays. A graduate of The College of Traditional Acupuncture in England, Murdoch has CEUs and certifications in health issues such as in Western medicine’s approach to the treatment of breast cancer, as well as in homeopathy and acupuncture injection therapy, which stimulates the acupuncture point for a much longer period of time, thus enhancing the therapeutic effect. “I see a lot of children and adults with gastrointestinal issues. I alleviate their symptoms and get to the root cause of their issues not only with acupuncture, but also with nutritional functional medicine testing, nutritional therapy and herbal therapy,” says the author of Asthma: If I Can Recover You Can Recover.

More Than Acupuncture

David Martin, DOM, a Florida licensed acupuncture physician and co-owner of Lotus Blossom Clinic, in Fort Myers, teamed up with his co-owner and wife Deb to offer a series of classes based on Conquering Any Disease, a book by Jeff Primack, a qigong master trained in food healing from an Asian perspective. Certified in Primack’s Food Healing Sciences, the Martins teach the basic food class, which covers a variety of topics such as phytochemicals (plant chemicals) and their benefit to the body, as well as specific organs such as the prostate, gallbladder and heart. One example is how the glutathione in asparagus helps the liver with detoxing,” says David.

“Our clients and students have experienced everything from weight loss to increased bone density and lower blood pressure. People come to the class for 1,000 reasons, and the beauty of it is that we can help them all to improve the quality of their health and life beyond the use of acupuncture,” notes David.

Treating Imbalances

“While I treat imbalances that are the result of whatever organ or system is not functioning properly in the body, I am required to take CEUs in the study of diseases and medical errors that can happen,” says Teri Evans, DOM and owner of Tae Healthy Aging, in Naples. “Throughout my 26-year career, I have also invested a minimum of $200,000 in my education. Because Florida doesn’t allow teachers to demonstrate any techniques without a Florida license, many of us have to fly out of state in order to learn protocols that help patients.” “The practice of acupuncture as an aspect of TCM has been an important part of health and wellness in Chinese culture for an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 years. “In China, an individual might have a daily day treatment in a community acupuncture clinic until their issue is resolved. TCM could be integrated into the present healthcare system as serious medicine, as well as for wellness strategies that can resolve the root causes of chronic illnesses,” advises Evans.

Dry Needling

Dry needling should not to be confused with the TCM technique of acupuncture. “All of us who have invested in formal and continuing education are concerned that the medical board continues opening the door for other types of healthcare professionals to take only a 100-hour certificate March 2018


course in dry needling rather than requiring them to be fully trained in this complex field of medicine that takes years to master,” says Evans. Watering down a multifaceted approach to resolving the root causes of chronic illness guarantees a less than desired result and gives the impression that acupuncture doesn’t work.

Local Resources

Acupuncture Care of Naples, 501 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. D100, Naples. 239-877-2531. See ad, page 16. Acupuncture Center of Naples, Xiu Qiong Cen, OMD, AP, 5683 Naples Blvd., Naples. 239-513-9232. AcupunctureCenterOf See ad, page 12. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd., Ft Myers. 239-433-5995. See ad, page 35. Gulf Coast Acupuncture, Phyllis C. Weber, AP, 6300 Corporate Court, Ste. 104, Ft. Myers; 1250 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 301, Naples; 239-841-6611. See ad, page 54. Lee Physician Group Integrative Medicine, Renee Sara, 239-495-4480. See ads, pages 14 and 51. Liu’s Acupuncture Center, Tianyi Wei, M.D., OMD, 803 Myrtle Terr., Naples; 239-4039077. Zhongwei Liu, OMD, AP, 8971 Daniels Ctr. Dr., Ste. 304, Fort Myers, 239-2989076. See ad, page 6. Lotus Blossom Clinic Holistic Healing Center, 6710 Winkler Rd., Ste. 2, Fort Myers. 239-277-1399. See ad, page 53. Quiet Waters Wellness Center at Wellbridges, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213, Naples. 239-246-6622. TAE Healthy Aging Center, Terri Evans, AP, DOM, 11983 Tamiami Trl. N. Ste. 100-A, Naples; 239-430-6800. See ad, page 40. 30

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On March 10, at the Mastery of Love retreat at Unity of Naples, don Miguel and his sons, don Miguel Ruiz Jr. and don Jose Ruiz, will share their experience of the Toltec tradition that is the basis of the book. We teach in common ways these Toltec tools that help to heal the emotional body.

Why are these Toltec tools for unlearning so important now? don Miguel Ruiz (lower right) and sons don Miguel, Jr. (left) and don Jose

Learn How to Master Love with the don Miguel Ruiz Family


by Linda Sechrist

n The Mastery of Love, author don Miguel Ruiz illuminates the fear-based beliefs and assumptions that undermine love and lead to suffering and drama in our relationships, as well as how we are able to heal our emotional wounds, recover the freedom and joy that our birthright and restore the spirit of playfulness that is vital to loving relationships. On March 10, at the Mastery of Love retreat at Unity of Naples, don Miguel and his sons, don Miguel Ruiz Jr. and don Jose Ruiz, will share their experience of the Toltec tradition that is the basis of the book.

What will participants in the Mastery of Love workshop learn? We explain tools from the Four Agreements. Our interactions with our audience indicate to us which specific tools we should teach to help people overcome their old habits. Many of the tools are for unlearning the old stories, behaviors and belief systems that are the foundations of the way humans operate. These need to be released so that people can experience self-love. Although we already have everything we need to love ourselves, we just need to release old habits of thought that we unconsciously use in our relationships to suppress ourselves, friends and family members.

The dream of life is different in each of us because of our past experiences. It has become more of a nightmare with the media constantly showing us only the duality of life, the positive and negative, love and hate and other polarities. These dualities show up in films, in television shows, newspapers, magazines and books. Where we direct our attention—on the positive or the negative—creates the dream of the future, which only exists now in our imagination. It’s essential to understand that we each have the powers of attention and choice. While we can’t change the dream of society or the dream of the planet created by the collective dream of billions of dreamers, we can be impeccable with our word, attention and choice. We can awaken and realize that we are pure love and have the power to choose to speak from the heart in our interactions and relationships with the people we care about. This is how we begin to master love.

Does the power of our choices and attention impact future generations? Our children are artists of the spirit. As masters of love, we can choose to teach them to practice their own art, rather than someone else’s. Artist’s live and create from their heart. Keeping the flame of love alive in our children and each other can mean a better future for the planet. Mastery of Love, March 10 at 10 a.m., Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. General admittance tickets $75. VIP tickets at $125 include lunch and private gathering with don Miguel Ruiz Jr. and don Jose Ruiz. For information, call 239-775-300 or visit and See ad, page 23.

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Fruit Snippets Stray grapes, a half-finished peach, overripe bananas, wrinkly berries and the core of a pineapple can all go in the freezer, and then into a smoothie.

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FRUGAL FOODIE Practical Uses for Aging Produce


by Judith Fertig

hen Jacques Pépin was growing up in France during World War II, he watched his mother use every scrap of food to meet the family’s needs, and then send him to live with a farmer in summer so her growing son could eat fresh from the farm. Today, the internationally renowned PBS-TV chef and cookbook author carries these sensibilities forward at his home and studio in Madison, Connecticut. “In Europe, and certainly in France, healthy food is much more expensive,” he says. “In America, a chef may have the person that washes dishes also prepare salads. With lettuce, he’ll cut off the whole top, cut out the heart and throw out the rest.” U.S. restaurant kitchens mirror home kitchens, where the average family throws away a quarter of the food they buy, wasting an average of $2,200 a year. These scraps mean wasted food and money at home, plus misspent resources to grow and transport the food. According to a report by the National Resource Defense Council, “Getting food to our tables eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land and swallows 80 percent of the fresh 32

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water consumed in the United States.” To save money and also live better, here are just some of many easy ways to use up every bit of fresh produce we buy.

Asparagus Ends

Self-described “frugal foodie” Diana Johnson, of Auburn, Washington, never lets asparagus ends go to waste. With the help of a blender, she turns them into a creamy asparagus soup—minus the cream—that her family loves (

Broccoli, Swiss Chard and Spinach Stems

Thrifty cooks know the magic of quick pickles. Recycle the brine from pickles and pack thinly cut stems of broccoli, Swiss chard and mature spinach into the jar until covered with the brine, then seal and refrigerate. In a few days, these quick pickles will be ready for snacking and sandwiches.

Carrot and Beet Tops

Very fine carrot tops can be used like parsley. With a food processor or high-speed blender, transform them into a favorite pesto

Freeze what’s left in the bottle in ice cube trays, suggests Anisha Jhaveri, a film writer and wine lover in New York City. It can add flavor to soups and stews, sauces and desserts like wine-poached pears.

Lemon Peels The limonene in lemon peels is a natural cleaner and degreaser, says blogger Jill Nystul, of Salt Lake City, Utah. She makes her own Citrus Vinegar All-Purpose Cleanser by simply packing lemon peels in a jar and topping with vinegar. See how at

Vegetable Peels and Trimmings Instead of throwing out onion skins, carrot peels, celery leaves and tough leek stems, collect them in a freezer bag over time and store in the freezer. When enough has accumulated to fill a pot, make homemade vegetable stock, suggests Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle ( how-to-make-perfect-vegetable-stock-for). At home, Pépin makes “fridge soup” once a week. “Whatever is left in the fridge—carrots, lettuce, a piece of leftover meat or whatever else I made the other day—goes into the soup,” says Pépin. “We finish it with some vermicelli or polenta or good bread.” A delicious meal, shared with family and friends, makes frugality festive. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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or salsa verde recipe, suggests Registered Dietitian and nutritionist Madeline Basler, of Long Island, New York. One of her go-to’s is her Earth Day Carrot Top Pesto (Tinyurl. com/CarrotTopPestoRecipe). Beet greens can be sautéed like spinach, in a little extra-virgin olive oil with garlic, as a veggie side.

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Shop smart. Plan meals for the week with a detailed shopping list, suggests Madeline Basler, a certified dietitian nutritionist in Long Island, New York.


Save, transform and eat leftovers. “Eat down the fridge,” counsels Kim O’Donnell, a chef and cookbook author in Portland, Oregon. Turn leftovers into frittata, sandwich fillings, pasta sauces and soups. In this way, we’re not eating quite the same meal again.

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Store food in safe, sealable glass containers, so it’s easy to see. Avoid clutter in the refrigerator and freezer; if we can’t see it, we won’t eat it.

Treat expiration and sell-by dates as just guidelines. There is wiggle room in both, advises Bloom.


Donate extra pantry items to food banks and places that provide hot meals for those in need.


Preserve the bounty of the garden. Learn how to make quick pickles, pasta sauces and foods to freeze.


Join a food exchange. Emily Paster, cofounder of Chicago Food Swap, helps farmers, foragers, home cooks, gardeners, bakers and canners trade or barter their produce and products.


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Sunshine on Our Shoulders

Makes Us Happy and Healthy by Kathleen Barnes


ver since skin cancer scares penetrated the national psyche in the mid-1980s, Americans have been conditioned to cover up and slather on sunscreen when we leave the house. Now experts say we haven’t been doing ourselves a favor, even when strictly using all-natural formulas. We’ve been blocking the sun’s life-giving rays, essential for the body’s production of vitamin D, and possibly prompting a host of health problems.

Safe Exposure Update

“Ninety percent of the vitamin D we get comes from the sun, and exposing arms and legs for a few minutes a day is enough for most people with no risk of skin cancer,” says Registered Nurse Sue Penckofer, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Nursing at Chicago’s Loyola University. She’s the lead researcher for the Sunshine 2 Study, a clinical trial investigating the vitamin’s vital role in relieving depression.

“Every tissue and cell of your body requires vitamin D to function properly,” says Michael Holick, Ph.D., a medical doctor who has pioneered vitamin D research at the Boston University Medical Center. A 40-year professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, he’s a fervent advocate of sensible sun exposure. “Vitamin D is actually a hormone, essential for bone and muscle health. It plays a significant role in reducing the risk of infectious diseases, including cardiovascular problems and certain cancers, contributes to brain function and memory, and elevates mood, all while reducing early mortality,” explains Holick, author of The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem. Yet, he says, about half of all Americans are among the 1 billion people worldwide that are vitamin D deficient. Published vitamin D research in the U.S. National Library of Medicine turns up 74,486 studies and citations dating back to 1922, with nearly half done in the past 10 years; 478 of the total were authored or co-authored by Holick or cited his research. His work confirms that sensible sun exposure and supplementing with natural vitamin D3 brings vitamin D levels to the optimal 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). New research from the University of Surrey, in the UK, found D3 twice as effective in raising vitamin D levels as D2, which is often synthetically produced. While the human body manufactures vitamin D as a response to sun exposure, eating certain foods like fatty fish, egg yolks and cheese can help. Fortifying foods with the vitamin is controversial. “It’s interesting that the right sun exposure will correct D deficiency rapidly, but won’t create an excess. Our bodies stop producing the hormone vitamin D once we have enough,” says Dr. Robert Thompson, an obstetrician, gynecologist and nutrition specialist in Anchorage, Alaska, and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know.

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At least 10 hours a week outdoors in sunshine is crucial for children under 6 for development of healthy eyes. Otherwise, the risk of myopia increases, which in turn lends risk for cataracts and glaucoma in adulthood. ~University of Sydney Adolescent and Eye Study of 2,000 children times a week for most people. He adds, “Everyone needs 1,500 to 2,000 international units of vitamin D3 [supplements] a day year-round, and obese people need two to three times that much, because their ability to manufacture vitamin D is impaired.” Penckofer’s research confirms that fair-skinned people absorb the sun’s rays easily and quickly, while darker-skinned people have a natural sunblock, so they need much longer sun exposure to absorb the UVB rays that trigger the production of vitamin D. She remarks that inadequate vitamin D is a possible explanation for the greater risk of high blood pressure observed in African-Americans. Holick contends that anyone living north of Atlanta, Georgia, cannot get enough winter sun exposure to maintain optimal vitamin D levels. “While vitamin D can be stored in the body for up to two months, a winter-induced deficiency is a convincing explanation for the seasonal affective disorder that strikes many in northern states in January, just two months after the weather turns too cold to get sufficient sun exposure,” explains Penckofer. “In Alaska, we eat lots of fatty fish and take D supplements in winter. We know there’s no chance we’re getting the D we need from the sun, even when we’re sunbathing in negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures,” quips Thompson. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food Is Medicine: 101Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at March 2018


The World’s Healthiest Cuisines What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating by Judith Fertig


mericans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish supersized into a whole meal. “We’ve Americanized dishes to the extent that they don’t have their original health benefits,” says Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician in the San Francisco Bay area and author of The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World—Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You. Here are five popular—and healthy— world cuisines, known for their great dishes, star ingredients and health-enhancing practices.

Traditional Japanese

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Add dried seaweed to this list. Beyond sushi, it’s a delicious ingredient in brothy soups, where it reconstitutes to add a noodle-like quality, slightly smoky flavor and beneficial minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. A study in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition linked the longevity of Okinawan residents to eating seaweed, a staple of macrobiotic diets. New York City culinary instructor and cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo prefers dried wakame seaweed, readily available in the U.S. Practices. Shimbo grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where her mother helped her surgeon father’s patients by preparing foods that helped them recover quickly. Shimbo believes wholeheartedly in Ishoku-dogen, a Japanese concept often translated as, “Food is medicine.”

South Indian

Ingredients. South India—including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana—offers many plant-based dishes that feature coconut, rice and spices such as turmeric, known for decreasing inflammation, according to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Varieties of dried split peas called dal [dal is singular and plural] are used in vegetable curries and ground to make the gluten-free savory crepes known as dosa or puffy white idlis for a snack or breakfast. South India native and current Minneapolis resident Raghavan Iyer, teacher, consultant and author of many cookbooks, including 660 Curries, says, “One technique that gives vegetable dishes a lift is dry-frying or toasting whole spices. It adds complexity and nuttiness.” Simply heat a cast iron skillet, add the whole spices and

Shimbo says, “I eat fairly well, treating food as blessings from nature that keep me healthy and energetic. I do not often indulge in expensive, rich foods.” She prefers eating foods in season and small portions, listening to what her body craves. When feeling the need for minerals and vitamins, she makes a brothy soup with just a little dried wakame, which reconstitutes to four times its dried volume. A second practice supporting healthy well-being is hara hachi bu, or “Eat until your stomach is 80 percent full.” It requires self-discipline to eat slowly and decline more food. But this restraint supports a widely accepted fact that “It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to receive the message that the stomach is full. If we eat slowly, we get the message at the right time, even if we want a few more bites. If we eat too quickly, by the time our brain sends the message, we have probably eaten too much,” says Shimbo. One Great Dish: Japanese soups offer nutrition and flavor in a bowl. Shimbo’s Eata-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup in her cookbook The Japanese Kitchen: 250 Recipes in a Traditional Spirit can be made with chicken or vegetable broth. Other healthy ingredients like sesame oil, fresh ginger, scallions and garlic boost its health benefits.


dry fry until spicy aromas arise; then add them to a dish. Practice. South Indian meals usually comprise many small, highly flavored, colorful, plant-based dishes served with rice. They yield a pleasant aroma and sensation of fullness without overdoing it, says Iyer. One Great Dish: A vegetable/legume curry such as tamata chana dal, or smoky yellow split peas is simple to make. Iyer cooks dried, yellow, split peas with potatoes and turmeric, then dry-fries dried chilis and spices, and purées them in a blender for a no-fat, vegan and glutenfree dish. In Iyer’s view, “The epitome of comfort food is a bowl of dal and rice.”

Garden-to-Table Italian

Ingredients. There’s American-Italian, as in pizza with pepperoni and double cheese, and then there’s real Italian dishes dating back to the Etruscans. Healthy Italian starts with the love of growing things. Whatever grows in the garden is best, served simply with extra virgin olive oil; a recent Temple University study found it preserves memory and wards off Alzheimer’s. Eugenia Giobbi Bone, co-author of Italian Family Dining: Recipes, Menus, and Memories of Meals with a Great American Food Family, says, “My palate was formed with the flavors of homegrown foods. Cooking in central Italy is all about bringing out the flavor of a few very fresh, well-grown ingredients. That means primarily seasonal eating, with lots of vegetables and little meat in summer, the opposite in winter. There isn’t a lot of fuss to the culinary style, which instead depends on interesting, but simple combinations of foods and techniques.” Practice. Italian families’ view of healthful garden-to-table includes the exercise attained from gardening. “We have a good work ethic in our family,” remarks Bone, who lives in New York City and Crawford, Colorado. “We are of the mentality that physical work is satisfying, even when it is hard.” From her father’s family, Bone has learned to break a meal into small courses and to eat heavier during the day and lighter at night because this helps maintain a healthy weight, according to many studies including one published in the UK journal Diabetologia.

One Great Dish: Dress up pasta with a seasonal vegetable sauce, such as caponata, an eggplant and tomato mixture, or include primavera via spring vegetables and basil, or arrabbiata, featuring tomatoes and red pepper flakes.


Ingredients. “So much about Lebanese cuisine is ‘on trend’ with our tart and sour flavors from lemon, sumac and pomegranate molasses, a wide array of vegetarian and vegan dishes, plus a tradition of pickling, called mouneh, and yogurt and cheesemaking,” says food blogger Maureen Abood, author of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen. “Lebanese cuisine is extraordinarily healthy, fitting squarely into the Mediterranean diet.” Abood lives in East Lansing, Michigan, where she loves to use summer cherries and berries in her Lebanese-inspired dishes. According to Abood, another reason why Lebanese food is so popular is that Lebanese immigrants to the U.S. now outnumber the native population of their mother country. Practice. Gathering to share food is a hallmark of Lebanese hospitality. “The Lebanese style of eating includes maza; many small shared plates of remarkable variety,” says Abood. “Food as medicine” is also a Lebanese practice, according to a study in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. One Great Dish: “Many of my favorite Lebanese dishes are plant-based,” says Abood. “We love to stuff everything from cabbage to summer squash to grape leaves with vegetarian fillings, and cook them in a garlic or tomato broth. Every week, we make and eat mujaddara, a lentil and rice or bulgur pilaf with deeply caramelized onions.” Pair with any Lebanese salad, such as one she makes with sweet cherries and walnuts for “a perfectly healthy and crazy-delicious meal.”


Ingredients. Vietnamese cooking emphasizes fresh herbs and leafy greens, green papaya, seafood, rice and condiments. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that green or unripe papaya contains more healthy

carotenoids (lutein, beta-carotene and lycopene) than tomatoes or carrots. Practice. The preferred style of Vietnamese cooking is steaming or simmering, using less fat. It also encourages communal eating, with each diner dipping an ingredient into a cooking pot. Cooked foods are accompanied by fresh salad greens, including herbs served as whole leaves. One Great Dish: Vietnamese hot pot is a favorite of Andrea Nguyen, whose Vietnamese family emigrated to California. Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors, blogs about food at VietWorldKitchen. com and now lives near San Francisco, California. “This is a slow, cook-it-yourself kind of meal. Set it up, relax with some organic wine or beer and enjoy. Flavors develop and the hot pot transforms as you eat,” she says. “At the end, you’ll slurp up the remaining broth and noodles.” See French Bonus: While croissants and triple-crème brie might not seem part of an ideal diet, rediscover two healthy practices from the French: Eat less and eat together. Ongoing studies at Cornell University show that we eat less if offered less. When researcher Paul Rozin, Ph.D., a psychology professor with the University of Pennsylvania, compared portions in Paris, France, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Philly portions were 25 percent larger. It’s also reflected in the two countries’ cookbook recipes. Rozin further found that French diners spent more time eating those smaller portions—perhaps explaining the French paradox: Most French eat rich foods and drink wine, yet don’t get fat. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS ( March 2018


Cook-It-Yourself Ethnic Recipes

Eat-a-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup

Yields: 4 servings

Smoky Yellow Split Peas (Tamatar Chana Dal) This vegan and gluten-free recipe traces its roots to Southeast India, where roasting spices to yield nutty-hot flavors creates a layered experience. Yields: 6 cups 1 cup yellow split peas  1 lb potatoes (Yukon gold or russet), peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes  ¼ tsp ground turmeric  2 to 4 dried red cayenne chiles (like chile de arbol), stems discarded  1 Tbsp coriander seeds  1 tsp cumin seeds  1 medium-size tomato, cored and diced  2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems  1½ tsp coarse kosher or sea salt   Measure the peas into a medium-size saucepan. Cover with water and rinse the grains by rubbing them in-between fingertips. Drain and repeat three to four times until the water, upon rinsing the peas, remains fairly clear. Measure and pour 4 cups of water into the pan and bring it to a boil over mediumhigh heat. When some foam arises, scoop it out and discard it.   Add the potatoes and turmeric to the peas, stirring once or twice. Lower the heat to 38

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medium-low and cover the pan. Stew the mélange, stirring occasionally, until the peas are tender, but still firm-looking and the potatoes are cooked, 20 to 25 minutes. While the peas and potatoes cook, preheat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan feels hot (a palm held close to the bottom usually feels the heat within 2 to 4 minutes), sprinkle in the chiles, coriander and cumin.

1 Tbsp sesame oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp peeled and julienned ginger 3 scallions, both green and white parts, cut into thin disks 4¼ cups chicken or vegetable broth ¼ cup sake 1 Tbsp instant wakame sea vegetable, soaked in cold water for 2 minutes and drained 1 Tbsp white sesame seeds, toasted in a skillet Tamari to taste Ground white pepper to taste In a medium pot, heat the sesame oil over medium heat until it’s hot, but not smoking. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the white part of the scallions, reserving the green part, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Toast the spices, shaking the pan very frequently, until the chiles blacken and smell smoky-hot and the seeds turn reddish brown and smell strongly aromatic (nutty with citrus undertones), 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the chicken broth and sake, then bring the mixture to a boil. Add the wakame and the sesame seeds. Season the soup with a few drops of tamari and ground white pepper, and add the green part of the scallions.

Transfer this spice blend to a blender jar and plunk in the tomato. Purée, scraping the insides of the jar as needed, to make a smooth, reddish brown paste with a smoky aroma. Once the peas are cooked, scrape the spicy, well-seasoned tomato paste into the pan. Stir in the cilantro and salt.   Set the heat to medium-high and vigorously boil the dal, uncovered, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to mingle and the sauce to slightly thicken, 12 to 15 minutes. For a thicker sauce, mash some of the peas and potatoes with the back of a spoon. Serve warm.

After a few strong stirs, serve piping hot in individual bowls.

Recipe courtesy of Raghavan Iyer (

Recipe of Hiroko Shimbo from The Japanese Kitchen; permission from Quarto Publishing Group USA.

photos by Stephen Blancett

This soup satisfies a body’s call for a dish rich in minerals and vitamins.

Cherries with Parsley, Walnuts and Pomegranate Vinaigrette This salad combines fresh summer fruits from the U.S. and Lebanon. Pomegranate molasses is a bottled condiment available at Middle Eastern markets and specialized grocers. Yields: 8 servings 1 qt sweet cherries, pitted and halved ⅓ cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped 2 tsp pomegranate molasses Juice of ½ lemon 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Pinch kosher salt

Pasta with Caponata Try adding a sliced avocado or a can of tuna fish packed in olive oil. Yields: 4 servings Caponata: 2 Tbsp olive oil ¾ lb eggplant, peeled and diced (about 2 cups) 1 celery rib (about ½ cup) 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 1 small tomato, coarsely chopped (about ½ cup) 2 Tbsp capers packed in vinegar 2 Tbsp wine vinegar 2 tsp natural sugar, optional 1 Tbsp pine nuts Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Pasta: ¾ lb farfalle or penne pasta 1 can tuna packed in olive oil, drained (optional) 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan 2 Tbsp julienned fresh basil leaves For the caponata, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the eggplant and cook over medium-high heat, for 15 minutes, until lightly browned, mixing often.

Remove the eggplant with a slotted spoon and add the onions and celery to the skillet. Lower the heat and sauté, stirring occasionally. When the celery is tender, in about 10 minutes, add the tomatoes. Cover and continue to cook, mixing the vegetables together, for 10 minutes more. Add the eggplant. Drain the capers and soak them in cold water for 15 minutes. Rinse and blot on a paper towel. In a small pan, heat the vinegar and natural sugar together. As soon as the mixture boils, add desired amount of capers and pine nuts, then salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 1 minute, and then add to the eggplant mixture. Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes. Adjust the seasoning.

In a decorative small salad bowl, combine the cherries, walnuts and parsley. In a small prep bowl, whisk the pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, olive oil and salt until it emulsifies. Dress the salad with the vinaigrette and serve immediately, or later, at room temperature. Recipe courtesy of Maureen Abood (

Transfer to a large serving bowl. The dish is best at room temperature, but can be cold. For the pasta, bring a big pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook until al dente, drain and pour over the caponata. Add the tuna if desired. Toss gently and garnish with the Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Recipe courtesy of Eugenia Bone (Kitchen March 2018



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SPICE UP HEALTHY COOKING Six Seasonings with Surprising Payoffs by Amber Lanier Nagle


pices add a punch of extra flavor to our favorite dishes, but they also possess proven health and wellness properties. From regulating blood sugar to reducing inflammation to helping control appetite, behold the magnificent six.

Garlic (Allium sativum)

“There’s a lot of evidence that suggests garlic supports heart health,” says Rosalee de la Forêt, a clinical herbalist and author of Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition tracked the blood pressure of 79 patients with uncontrolled hypertension and found that the mean systolic blood pressure of those consuming two 240-milligram capsules of aged garlic extract a day for 12 weeks significantly decreased compared to those taking one capsule or a placebo. 40

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“Garlic may also reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu when taken at the onset of symptoms and each day afterwards,” says de la Forêt, citing a study published in Clinical Nutrition. “I mince a clove and mix it with honey to make it easier to swallow.”

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Dr. Lipi Roy, a clinical assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine and blogger at, considers turmeric the golden spice of life. “In addition to its role in Indian and Asian cuisine, turmeric is used in traditional Indian medicine to treat common ailments like stomach upset, ulcers, flatulence, arthritis, sprains, wounds and skin and eye infections,” she says. A study published in Oncogene concluded that curcumin (the active ingredient

Herbs are not spices although the term spice is sometimes used to encompass them all. An herb is the leaf of a plant when used in cooking. Spices can be buds, bark, roots, berries, seeds or any other part of a plant, and are often dried. ~McCormick Science Institute in turmeric) was a more potent anti-inflammatory agent than aspirin or ibuprofen. Try adding a little turmeric and ground black pepper to soups, salads and sauces.

Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Used in India for 4,000 years, black pepper may be the most popular spice of our era. “Black pepper can increase the amount of nutrients your body absorbs from other food and spices,” says de la Forêt. A study published in Plant Medica concluded that subjects consuming a small amount (20 milligrams) of an extract of black pepper showed an increase of retained curcumin in their bodies. For maximum benefits, grind whole peppercorns directly onto food at mealtime.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia and Cinnamomum verum) “One of cinnamon’s super powers is that it may help regulate blood glucose in patients with Type 2 diabetes,” Roy says. In a study published in Diabetic Medicine,

subjects taking two grams of cinnamon daily for 12 weeks exhibited much better blood sugar control. Roy suggests sprinkling it on oatmeal, apples, pumpkin pie and brownies. Roast chicken flavored with cinnamon and other spices is another treat.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

“Ginger is a rhizome people have traditionally used medicinally to help with digestive issues, including upset stomachs and nausea,” says Karen Kennedy, of Concord, Ohio, a horticulturist and educator at the Herb Society of America. In a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers concluded that gastric emptying and relief was more rapid after subjects with frequent or severe stomach upsets ingested 1.2 grams of ginger. Ginger is also linked to increased circulation and reduced inflammation. A study published in Phytotherapy Research noted that this spice also worked in alleviating migraines equal to the pharmaceutical sumatriptan (Imitrex). According

to a study in the journal Arthritis, it’s an effective tool in the battle against rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger adds a zing of healthy flavor to hot teas and stir-fried veggies such as broccoli, green beans, carrots or mushrooms.

Paprika (Capsicum annuum)

A common spice added to Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Indian cuisine, paprika is rich in natural carotenoids (the orangey pigment in many plants with antioxidant power) and capsaicin, both of which may decrease mortality from chronic illnesses. Another benefit of this capsaicincontaining spice is its ability to control appetite. In research published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, participants that consumed red pepper spice had a slightly higher core temperature and energy expenditure after a meal than the control group. The study further suggested that those that consumed capsaicin-containing spices like paprika ate fewer calories per day and had less interest in food. “Paprika is a great salt alternative, too,” says Roy. “Too often, people think they are craving salt, but they aren’t. They are craving flavor, and paprika gives a nice kick to chili, salad, grilled cheese and so many other foods.” Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (

March 2018


Food is the Body’s Fuel and Medicine by Pamela Hughes


ost children learn in school about the Food Guide Pyramid, an easy-to-read chart intended to simplify the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s suggested servings for each of the primary food groups. Today, all packaged food products feature a nutrition facts panel so that consumers can see a simple breakdown of calories, fat grams, cholesterol and other important data, based on a 2,000-calorie diet that is intended to be consumed 100 percent by day’s end. However, few individuals follow these rules to the T. In fact, they shouldn’t, because every person has a unique footprint that stems from genetics, lifestyle choices, exposures and stressors on the body, both mental and physical. Everyone has different caloric and dietary needs. A marathoner, for instance, needs a completely different diet than a sprinter. An individual with a family medical history that contains a long list of Alzheimer’s patients should not load the dinner plate with the same items as someone with ancestors that had a clean bill of health. Whenever a functional medicine physician sees a patient for the first time, they collect far more information than just height, weight and blood pressure. These numbers are helpful, but so is a patient’s medical history. Patients often view comprehensive history forms as cumbersome, or even daunting. On the other hand, a functional medicine physician sees them as clues offering explanations of an individual’s current state of health and possible indicators of what’s to come. In functional medicine, unraveling a patient’s medical history and peeling back layers of overall health allows the physician to begin assessing whether nutrition is contributing to any health concerns. While genetics and exercise are key factors in overall health, food is our body’s fuel and a powerful medicine when integrated into a medical treatment plan created by a licensed professional. A patient complaining of joint pain, for instance, could have symptoms stemming from an old sports injury or perhaps be developing arthritis, but too little vitamin C in one’s diet also can cause joint and muscle aches. A thorough medical evaluation, paired with a detailed 42

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nutritional analysis, can help make that determination. Rather than prescribing acetaminophen for joint pain, simply eating strawberries and Brussels sprouts on a regular basis or adding a splash of lemon to a glass of filtered water might be the prescription. Adding cilantro to an individual’s diet can help treat hormone and thyroid problems. Garlic stimulates the liver, which produces enzymes that filter toxins from the digestive system. Trimming consumption of red meat and eliminating soda reduces the risk of kidney disease. Other dietary adjustments can target neurological and brain health, gastric disorders, food allergies, weight management, vascular disease and other ailments. Functional medicine is a cellular-based approach to medical care that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Nutrition is a cornerstone of functional medicine, and cannot be overlooked when diagnosing a problem. Too much or too little of any item can cause problems. A dinner of baked chicken, whole grain pasta and steamed broccoli, with fresh fruit for dessert, comprises a healthy meal many dietitians would recommend, but it isn’t always what is best for each person’s health, nor does anyone want to eat the same meal day after day. That’s why this field of medicine offers nutritional strategies for dining out and tips for maintaining a healthy diet while on vacation. Ultimately, the patient holds the key to their healing and well-being, which is why it’s critical that they feel empowered to take control of their health through the right combination of diet, exercise and lifestyle. Pamela Hughes, DO, the founder of Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, located at 800 Goodlette Rd. N., in Naples, provides patients with modern modalities and evidence-based, leading-edge functional and integrative medicine. For more information, call 239-649-7400 or visit See ad, inside back cover.

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Natural Awakenings Healthy Dining Guide


Mmm… That’s Good

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

Body and Soul Cafe

Ada’s Natural Market & Green Leaf Café

7070 College Pkwy., Fort 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 27.

Back to Nature Organic Market & Café 1217 SE 47th Terr., Cape Coral 239-549-7667

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Shop the web store online to order for free delivery to home/office locations in Fort Myers and Naples on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Also Saturdays at Third Street South Farmers Market, in Naples. Blue Zone-certified with highquality, organic, plant-based, gluten-free, peanut-free and soy-free breakfast, lunch and nutritious body bowls, as well as smoothies, weekly meal plans and cleanses prepared by a certified nutritional fitness coach and culinary graduate.

Chef Brooke’s Natural Café

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



1850 Boy Scout Dr., Ste. A106, Fort Myers 239-332-2433 Get some love in your tummy with organic, homemade foods that tempt with simple combinations and complex flavors. Enjoy gluten-free options, superfoods, smoothies and a juice bar.

Made-to-order, highly nutritious fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies and wellness shots, as well as delicious food and snack alternatives.

Earth Origins Market

15121 Tamiami Tr. S., Ste. 104, Fort 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

Neighborhood Organics, 2359 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste. 406, Naples 239-273-2350 • Custom cakes: Delicious paleo bread and rolls in many flavors, sandwich bread and rolls, gingerbread cookies, coconut chocolate chip cookies, paleo chocolate chip cookies, bodacious brownies, paleo raspberry swirl brownies and custom cakes for all occasions.

Food & Thought Organic General Store and Café 2132 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples 239-213-2222

Florida’s only 100 percent organic market and café. Fresh produce delivered daily. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menu items prepared from scratch. Smoothies and juices are made with no ice, water or sugar. Soups are made with reverse-osmosis filtered water. See ad, page 10.

Pizza Fusion

Tropical Smoothie Café

Sandwiches, salads, smoothies and juices made to order and with the freshest ingredients. Freshly squeezed organic fruit and veggie juices made from local produce.

Pizza Fusion offers gourmet pizza, organic, gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free entrees, desserts, beers and wines and eco-friendly dining. Dine-in, take-out, or delivery within five-mile radius. See ad, page 43.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a variety of fresh wraps, sandwiches, salads and flatbreads in addition to real fruit smoothies.


Purple Spoon

Waterside Shops 5375 Tamiami Tr., Ste. 15, Naples 239-431-4580 •

9118 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs 239-992-5838

4947 Tamiami Tr., Ste. 104., Naples 239-529-2290 Freshly picked and locally sourced organic juice concoctions made daily from hundreds of juice recipes or customized. Home delivery or market pick-up: Thursday at Naples Italian American Foundation Farmers’ Market, Saturday at Third Street South Farmers’ Market and Shoppes of Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market, Sunday/Pine Ridge Road Farmers’ Market and The Village at Venetian Bay Green Market.

Kitchen 41

2500 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 111, Naples 239-263-8009 Dinner only. Hot and cold appetizers, salads and soups, as well as pasta, fish and meat courses. The healthy restaurant uses a sous vide method of cooking with no grease, preservatives, MSG or GMOs.

Living Vine Organic Café

1400 Colonial Blvd, Ste. 59, Fort Myers 239-936-2510 Family owned and operated organic café offering plant-based foods. Sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, vegan and vegetarian specials, smoothies, wheat grass, juices and organic coffee.

Nature’s Garden Organic Café & Juice Bar 2089 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples 239-643-4959

Sample homemade health foods and beverages at the deli and juice bar.

12901 McGregor Blvd., Ste. 5, Fort Myers 239-337-7979

Locations in Naples, Estero, Ave Maria, Fort Myers and Cape Coral

True Food Kitchen

25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr., Bonita Springs 239-908-3842 •

A health-driven, seasonal restaurant merging nutrient-rich ingredients with a flavorforward menu for lunch and dinner that rotates regularly Guests experience a variety of gluten-free, naturally organic, vegetarian and vegan offerings with fresh ingredients. Renowned physician Dr. Andrew Weil helped establish True Food Kitchen on a set of simple and exhaustively researched principles known as the Anti-Inflammatory Diet.

All foods prepared using locally sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible. All meat and seafood ingredients are sustainably raised and humanely harvested selections. No GMO ingredients used at cooking events or sold in the store. Ingredients not available from a local source are an organic certified or sustainably produced selection. Catering, pickup, weekly farm-to-table dinners with preset menu and communal seating, and private culinary events. Locally grown market 3 to 6 p.m. only on Wednesday.

Whole Foods Market

9101 Strada Pl., The Mercado, Naples 239-552-5100 A wide variety of foods prepared by trained team members under the supervision of an experienced chef include natural and organic ingredients purchased locally when possible. No artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives or trans fats. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 61.

The Bowl

1427 Pine Ridge Rd., Ste. 3, Naples 239-734-3867 1200 Central Ave., Naples 239-231-3324 Healthy, delicious acai and pitaya bowls and smoothies made with organic and local ingredients that people can feel good about eating. Kombucha and cold-brew coffee on tap.

Wynn’s Market

141 9 St. N., Naples 239-261-7157 Fresh, quality, heart-healthy meals and favorite comfort foods. Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 18.

The Local

5323 Airport Rd. N., Naples 239-596-3276 Farm to table and sea to table cuisine. Locally sourced ingredients. Organic salads, grass-fed beef, grains and noodles, flatbreads, sandwiches, pastas. Gluten-free options. Beer and wine.

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For Goodness Sake Organic Marketplace & Café

March 2018


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Trim & Tone Back and Even Better as a Med Spa by Yvette Lynn


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Vive Le Curl by Lisa Marlene


n Curl Talk: Everypersonality of its own. I love thing You Need to making women feel as if Know to Love and their curls are a gift,” quips Care for Your Curly, Kinky, Ademaj, whose experience Wavy or Frizzy Hair, auhas taught her that every thor Ouidad Wise explains curl is unique, with its own that through every revoludistinctive needs. “As a tion—French, industrial Ouidad-certified stylist, I and sexual, women have understand how to cut and beaten their curls into substyle curly hair with the mission instead of allowing curve and slicing technique Mida Ademaj tresses to remain in their natural, wavy state,” at the curvature of the curl pattern. The says Mida Ademaj, who recently opened a result is all defined curls that fall gently into new studio, H&M Hair Salon, in Naples, each other like puzzle pieces, encouraging Throughout the centuries, the secret to curl definition and creating more managecurly hair obedience has been a wide range able hair.” of salves, irons and rollers that reshaped Ademaj helps women understand their every strand, either flattening natural curls curl type and keep their hair healthy, with or creating artificial ones. While Marie Anno bulk or frizz, by directing them to the toinette started the craze with the painstakright products. “With the right curving and ingly perfect ringlet, the hairstyles of today’s slicing cutting technique, and the signature television and movie starlets such as Debra rake-and-shake styling method, women Messing, Nicole Kidman and Julia Louisleave my salon with beautiful, curly hair Dreyfus have put an end to it. These beauthat they are delighted with,” she advises. ties proudly show off their curls in different Ademaj is Vidal Sassoon-trained and styles, perhaps thanks to the knowledge and organic color certified. Her new salon is expertise of Quidad, who teaches and certialso Quidad-certified. fies other stylists such as Ademaj. Trained and certified in 2007 by QuiH&M Hair Salon is located in the Heritage dad, known as the “queen of curl”, Ademaj Court Plaza, 5020 Tamiami Tr. N. Ste. 102, previously worked for 12 years at Salon in Naples. To make an appointment call Zenergy, in Naples. “I love cutting curly hair 239-298-2569. For more information, email because it is lively and fun, with a life and See ad, page 34. Coastland Center Mall ~ Now at mall entrance 3, outside by Sears


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eekend warriors, wounded warriors, professional and amateur athletes, as well as individuals that are preparing to switch or take up a new fitness routine, are finding the value in consulting a certified medical exercise specialist (CMES)/muscle system care provider (MSCP). Natural Awakenings interviewed Jay Weitzner, owner of Symmetry Muscle Care, in Naples, to learn how a MSCP/CMES helps individuals to improves their physical mobility

ponent of the movement and position. In other words, just because a client gets into a position with no apparent problem doesn’t mean that they can handle that position with greater forces. Consider standing versus jogging. Both place challenges on the feet, calves and hamstrings. Just because a client can stand or even walk without discomfort doesn’t mean that they can handle jogging or running. We investigate an individual’s entire movement performance spectrum.

How is this modality different than other practitioners?

How do you help clients get back to an active lifestyle?

A CMES/MSCP won’t be distracted by where the pain is. We say, “position and motion, not symptom location.” When clients describe the spot that hurts, we acknowledge that, but we aren’t led by it. Rather, the location of the unwanted sensation gives us a lot of information. We don’t treat pain—we focus on the movements and positions that are problematic for the client to perform and maintain. We also look at the time and force com-

We give individuals specifics regarding what to do physically and what to avoid so they can remain as active as possible while they are returning to their accustomed activity level. Many clients come to me with very general instructions from fitness trainers, physical therapists, chiropractors or other health practitioners. These range from, “Don’t lift anything over five pounds and avoid all running, but any kind of elliptical is fine,” to “Only use body weight exercises, but don’t lift weights.” These are inadequate instructions because they are not individualized to the client. The road back to health and movement needs to be as specific to the individual as possible. In many cases, a person can lift much more than five pounds in many positions and only needs to reduce the load in some specific positions. Eliminating running may or may not be the best move, but giving ellipticals a free and clear pass

can be problematic. We figure out specifically what you can and cannot do well, leveraging what you can do and improving what you can’t do, which helps to avoid similar future situations.

Does an individual’s physical history play a role in their present situation? We don’t blame the “straw that breaks the camel’s back”. While we consider the event or events that you believe got you into the situation where your activity has been affected, we also examine the events that previously affected your physical body. People mistakenly blame the thing that happened right before the injury. That’s how people come up with conclusions such as “Running is bad for me,” or “I shouldn’t move that way anymore.” It may not have been the last thing that happened that got you into the situation. It might be everything that preceded it and the last thing that happened to you. Symmetry Muscle System Care is located at 1750 J&C Blvd., Ste. 10, in Naples. To schedule a consultation or for more information, call 239-940-2121 or visit See ad, page 2.

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Crunchy Nutrition Animals Will Love espite their small size, sprouts pack a nutritional wallop with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and protein. Dogs, birds, horses and even cats enjoy the crunch, as well as the health benefits.


Notorious for being picky eaters, cats might balk at sprouts being added to their regular diet. Rather than upsetting the status quo, grow sprouts like alfalfa or barley on a handy windowsill for grazing. “My cats prefer self-serve,” observes veterinarian Carol Osborne, owner of the Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic, in Ohio. “Now they leave my house plants alone.” Both cats and dogs may show improved gastric intestinal health as a result.

Dogs Dogs are more accepting of new content in their food bowl. “Add just a few sprouts so a dog gets used to the slightly bitter taste. Once acclimated, one-eighth to one50

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quarter cup daily per 20 pounds of the pet’s weight is the rule of thumb,” says Osborne. She counsels against serving Fido onion, garlic, corn or mushroom sprouts. Peas, sunflowers, radishes, alfalfa and clover are suggested; they are all tasty and easy to grow.

Birds “We encourage people to make their own sprouts. It’s easy to get quality seeds for legumes or grains from Whole Foods, or,” says Ann Brooks, president of the all-volunteer Phoenix Landing Foundation, in Asheville, North Carolina. They provide educational activities and facilitate adoption of birds, from parakeets to macaws. Sprouts from the store can be risky, because of bacteria, she cautions. “If not growing your own, the only one I recommend is the organic

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crunchy mix from Be sure to get the freshest date possible.” “One of my favorite sprouts is mung beans, because they appear in two days or less. Birds like the crunch,” says Brooks. “Sprouts are safe to leave in the cage all day because they are live foods.”

Horses When adding sprouts to a horse’s regular diet, it’s important to balance the intake. “A lot of barns feed forage three times a day. I know of a couple that feed one meal of sprouts and the other two of hay,” says Clair Thunes, Ph.D., a consulting equine nutritionist with Summit Equine Nutrition in Sacramento, California. “Several companies sell systems for large-scale growing.” The sprouts grow with matted roots in what is called a biscuit, weighing about 18 pounds. Difficult to mix with other feed, the biscuits are fed separately, roots and all.

Instead of sprouting one kind of seed per jar, consider creating a mix. “Because of sporadic drought conditions, the idea of growing your own fodder became more popular, thinking it might make forage supply more dependable and possibly cheaper after initial startup costs,” Thunes explains. “Owners have a sense of control over what the horse eats, there’s less reliance on a supplier and the seeds are less expensive than hay. Due to moisture and nutritional differences, you can’t swap sprouts and hay pound for pound. It’s best to consult a veterinarian or nutritionist.” Sprouts contain a lot of moisture and have an inverted calcium phosphorus ratio that has to be accounted for she says. Horses enjoy barley, sunflower and flax sprouts for variety. The high moisture content may help reduce the risk of intestinal impaction and resulting colic.

Good for All “Sprouts are a healthy form of nutrition and a hip way for both pets and people to enjoy greens,” says Osborne. “They’re a great go-to powerhouse of nutrition, often more nutritious than the adult plant.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

Sprouting Tips 4 Always use organic seeds. and are additional sources. 4 Seeds sprout in water or soil. Avoid direct sunlight. 4 Practice good hygiene to avoid bacteria. Rinse seeds several times a day to prevent mold. Once the sprouts show a bit of green, dry them to remove excess moisture before refrigerating. 4 Refrigerate for up to a week for peak freshness, but no longer. 4 Use a mix of seeds or one kind at a time. Discard any seeds that don’t sprout with the rest. 4 Sunflower seeds produce a particularly high volume of sprouts.

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Ilona Selke on the

Power of Dreaming Big by April Thompson


or 30 years, international bestselling author, teacher and speaker Ilona Selke has inspired thousands of people worldwide to create a more fulfilling life by discovering the power of their consciousness. She’s the author of six books, including Dream Big: The Universe is Listening and The Big Secret, co-authored with Jack Canfield. Her Living from Vision course, available in six languages including Chinese, teaches how to use the power of visualization to tap into our highest potential and deepest dreams in order to manifest miracles. Born in the Himalayas to German parents, Selke spent her first three years in Afghanistan speaking Persian and German, and then grew up in Germany. She moved to the U.S. at age 20 to study philosophy, where she met her husband and partner, Don Paris. The couple spent 25 years studying and communicating with dolphins in natural waters, experiences shared through her books Wisdom of the Dolphins and Dolphins, Love and Destiny. They split their time between a geodesic dome home on a Northwest Pacific island and the Shambala retreat center they founded in Bali.

What is key to manifesting our dreams and desires? It’s a four-step process. First, form a clear description in your mind, positively framed and based on your passion. No matter how big the dream, if you are behind it heart and soul, you will manifest miracles. Next, imagine the scenario as if it has already happened. The third and most vital step is to feel the feeling of your fulfilled wish as if it has already manifested. 52

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Fourth, create a metaphorical image that represents the feeling. By applying this method, our clients have manifested a desired pregnancy, funding for an overseas orphanage and redemption of a suicidal teen. In the latter case, the young man went on to focus on his dream of learning jazz piano well enough to play benefit concerts for children being treated for cancer.

Which universal principles are at work behind manifestation? We live in a conscious, interactive universe, and it is listening. Our Western scientific mindset may not support the idea, but thousands of years of mystical teachings, as well as new understanding via quantum physics, teach that the observer is an intri-

cate part of what appears to be solid matter. In practice, it means we can communicate intentionally with the universe. When we learn to do so, it responds to us.

How do our thoughts affect our reality? All our thoughts, subconscious as well as conscious, affect how things manifest around us. If we have contradictory beliefs, it is hard to manifest things. For example, if we say we want money, but somehow believe that money is dirty, evil or undeserved, then we are pushing and pulling against ourselves. It’s important to dive into our subconscious mind and heart, and deal with the negative feelings that dwell there, such as hurt, sadness and trauma. Make this a daily activity—cleaning your emotional being. Eventually, your subconscious and conscious mind as well as the superconscious will all point in one direction and you will see your desired results. We guide people to build their success, aspirations and dreams in alignment with their deepest values as well as their purpose in life. Uniting purpose and direction is tremendous fuel for moving in the direction of your dreams.

Why does choosing goals aligned with our purpose make them manifest more easily? Personal goals and inner purpose are not always aligned for everyone. However, when you take time to become aware of your deepest dreams, you may find that a part of your purpose is embedded in them. Be aware that many people confuse their larger life purpose with their talents. Our talents are what we love to do, what we are good at. Yet our deeper purpose actually is to shine more light and share more love. That is the common true root to our purpose. My suggestion is to read books that share success stories from those that are living on purpose and provide step-by-step instructions on how to get there. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

calendar of events

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.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Solar Energy for Southwest Florida – 10:30am1pm. Following a screening of the film Catching the Sun, Clifford Mitchem, Calusa Sierra Club executive board member and independent energy adviser for CREW, will lead a discussion on how to accelerate the growth of solar energy use and answer questions. $5 donation. Includes light lunch. Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, 13411 Shire Ln. RSVP: BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Songwriters at Sunset – 4pm. Original Americana/ acoustic songs and background stories performed by members of the Americana Community Music Association (ACMA). Co-sponsored by FOLKS and the ACMA, the concerts are at the gazebo and end with Lovers Key’s fabulous sunset. Free with paid park admission. 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. Virgo Full Moon Celebration –5:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Free yourself of limiting beliefs and heal the wounds within your heart. Releasing the past makes way for the new you emerging. Bring beach chair or blanket. Love offering goes to wildlife rescue. Miramar Public beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N (southernmost beach), off Harbour Dr, Naples. 398-3953. Diksha Blessing/Meditation – 7pm. With Joanna and Laurie.  Experience deep peace, alignment, clarity and relaxation with a guided meditation accompanied by crystal bowls and a hands-on light blessing called diksha. $15. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2 National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)/ The Healing Trust Energy Healing Therapy Training – Mar 2-4. 9am-5pm. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Learn the energy healing technique of Harry Edwards, the world-famous UK spiritual healer. Receive hands-on experience and tools to self-heal and to heal others; physically, mentally,

emotionally and spiritually. Preregister: 692-9120 or Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners – 1011am. Also 3/16 & 3/30. With Renee Sarra, AP, DOM. Learn who you are and how to be still. Peace, relaxation, and stillness will bring you to what’s important in your life. $10/class. Integrative Services, 26800 Tamiami Tr, Ste 350, Bonita Springs. 495-4480. Art Walk – Mar 2-3. 6-10pm, Fri; 11am-4pm, Sat. Fourteen art galleries invite locals and visitors to a self-guided walking tour throughout downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists and enjoy the live art demonstrations. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Birth Arts International Doula Certification Workshop – Mar 3-4. Become a Doula – Make Birth Better, with instructor Demetria Clark. Learn the essential skills to become an incredible doula and how to run a business that makes it all come together. $450. Hampton Inn, 619 SE 47th Terr, Cape Coral. 336-280-8414. Demetria@BirthArts. com. Reiki for Pets – 9-11am. Bring your dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a five-to-15-minute reiki session for them. Whether ill or healthy, animals benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leashed or comfortably crated. Donations support local charities. Kunjani Cafe, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257.

Meditation Retreat – 10am-4pm. With Bhante Jayasara, a Theravadan Buddhist monk. Vegetarian lunch provided. Come for all or part of the day. Includes silent sitting, dharma talk, time for stretching and walking in gardens. No experience needed. Donation basis. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples, 6340 Napa Woods Way. Info/ RSVP: Ann: 682-4575 or Live Blood Cell Analysis –10am-5pm. For Goodness Sake, Marquesa Plaza, 13040 Livingston Rd, Ste 19, Naples. 353-7778. Yoga for Osteoporosis III – 1-3pm. With Susan Carter, CIYT. Expand your home practice with a third sequence of asanas to improve bone health. Previous attendance in one and two is not required but must have yoga experience. $40. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995. Wand Construction – 2pm. Make your own wand using local materials available. Choose from willow, oak or orange woods. Learn the history of the wand, what it is used for and how to cleanse and empower it. $30 includes materials (BYO embellishments such as crystals and gems). The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4 Yoga Festival Naples – 1-6pm. Express your bliss through meditation, yoga, vendors, food, kids’ fun, wellness and live music. North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Rd, Naples. 269-2221. Tickets: 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. Meditation Retreat – 2-5pm. With Bhante Jayasara, Buddhist monk from Bhavana Society, speaking on Impermanence of Life, and metta (loving kindness for oneself and others). Silent sitting, yoga stretching and mindful walking in lush five-acre eco-spiritual center. Donation basis. Happehatchee, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Info/RSVP: Ann: 682-4575 or Yoganni@ Argentine Milonga Dance – 4-8pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

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POSIpalooza Concert – 7-9pm. Freebo, Harold Payne and Richard Mekdeci join together in a unique musical conversation. These artists perform in a round robin format, engaging in banter, sharing how songs were written and creating impromptu arrangements. CD giveaways, laughter and empowering positive music. Susie Hulcher opens. $20. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. Tickets/info: 278-1511. See ad, page 46.

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Symposium on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias – 8am-12:15pm. Experts will share information about reducing the risk of dementia through nutrition and lifestyle changes; enhancing dementia care through music; and evaluating prevention therapies. Free admission; $50/CEUs. FGCUs Cohen Center Ballroom, Ft Myers. 4373007. Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. Mindful Meditation Gathering – 6:30-8:30pm. With Bhante Jayasara, a visiting Theravadan Buddhist monk. Includes guided meditation, silent sitting, time for stretching and mindful walking, indoors or outside. Questions and discussion. No experience needed. Donation basis. Unitarian Church of Fort Myers, 13411 Shire Ln. Info/RSVP: Ann: 682-4575 or Yoganni@

TUESDAY, MARCH 6 Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessings, prosperity and more. Attendees will make their own personal candle. $30 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Sacred Sound Circle – 6-8pm. Hosted by medicine music duo, Matt Maclean and Katrina Lilly, who cocreate a magical expression of song and celebration. Bring your instrument(s). $15. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 Keeping a True Lent – 6:30-7pm. Wednesdays for four weeks. Come into a deeper understanding and fuller experience of the true spiritual principle and practice of Easter and Lent. Join Rev Clive deLaporte for an interactive teaching and guided meditation. All are welcome. Love offering. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511 or Office@ Feel Relaxed and Supported EFT Tapping – 6:308pm. Also Mar 14, 21 & 28. With Jenny Li Ciconne. An introduction to unlocking your personal journey to peace and joy, this series will focus on relationships and lights the way to bring the calm success we all seek. $30/session, $150/series of 5. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered 3/14. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.


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THURSDAY, MARCH 8 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Nutrigenomics: Have Your Food Control the Destiny of Your Genes – 5pm. With Teresa Spano ND, CNS. Learn how the foods you eat can either promote or prevent conditions from occurring. Free. Wellness Center Cape Coral, 609 SE 13th Ct. RSVP: 495-4475. Breath of Life – Music of the Spheres – 6:30pm. Breathwork and reiki attunements facilitated by Linda Burton. Transformational frequencies and vibrations provided by Dana House’s dynamic gongs and bowls. Bring a desire to release what no longer serves you as well as pillow, blanket, mat. $30. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Ste 2, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. Cancer Prevention: Key Lifestyle Choices and Natural Medicine – 6:30-8pm. With Vickie, Deb and Dr David. Free. Ada’s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Also 3/22. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail. com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 ThetaHealing Advanced – Mar 9-11. 9am-5pm. With certified trainers Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Includes advanced belief, feeling and digging work, learn about the seven planes of existence, remembering your future, bending time and more. $444 includes Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Advanced book and practitioner’s manual. Naples. Preregister: Karen Coratelli-Smith: 692-9120 or Orchids in the Park – Mar 9-11. 10am-5pm, Fri; 9am-5pm, Sat; 10am-3pm, Sun. 2018 Orchid Show and Sale. Enjoy free orchid lectures and classes Saturday. Rare and exotic orchids available from nationally acclaimed growers. AOS judging and awards on hundreds of exhibits and entries. North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Rd, Naples. 269-6389. Reiki Level I – 7pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, auras, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification available upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP.939-2769. The Cannibinoid Alternative: Copaiba Essential Oil – 7-8:30pm. Join Peter Bagwell for a comparison of popular cannibinoid sources, and a look at essential oils as a superior alternative. I Love Oils Training Center, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. RSVP: 689-3649.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 Marco Yoga Fest – 8:30am-4pm. This second annual event offers a wide variety of classes, (yoga,

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meditation, tai chi) for people of all levels. $50/ day pass or $20/class and $10/class for kids (12 and under). St Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1101 N Collier Blvd. 393-3400. March in the Park – 9am-3pm. This plant and garden art sale is a major fundraiser of the Garden Club of Cape Coral. More than 35 vendors include native plants, perennials succulents and subtropicals; clay flower pots, gemstones and jewelry; photo cards and hand-sketched pictures; speakers, a kid’s booth and drawings. Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Place, Cape Coral. The Mastery of Love – 10am. With authors don Miguel Ruiz Jr and sons. The Mastery of Love brings harmony into our relationships, especially our most impactful relationship, the one with ourselves. This mastery gives us the opportunity to share that harmony with everyone in our life and to heal any wound that has ever created a division between us. $75/general admission; $125/VIP includes lunch and private gathering with the Ruizes. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. See news brief on page 10 and article on page 23. Weekend Childbirth Education – Mar 10-11. 10am-3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included.  The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Info/register: or Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Brain Fair – Noon-4pm. An educational event

with a Brain Minders puppet show, bike helmet giveaway, speakers and presentations by professionals in the brain health field, vendors, door prizes, a children’s table and more. Special guest former NFL player Ike Alma-Francis. Free. South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy, Naples. See news brief, page 12. Food Addicts (FA) Information Session – 1:30pm. A community information meeting for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Everyone is welcome. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd S, Cape Coral. 333-6545. Crystals and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with your crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Jazz on the Green – 5-9pm. Featuring saxophonist Jeff Rupert. The dazzling music will serenade the sunset over a crowd dressed all in white and dining on heavy hor d’oeuvres, local craft beers and wine. This fundraising event will benefit Make-A-Wish of Southern Florida. Top Rocker Field, Ft Myers. Kirtan – 7-9pm. With Rick Franz. $20. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 6929747. See ad, page 21.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Crystal Bowl Meditation –10am & 1pm. With Cathy Blair. Relax into the loving harmonics of the crystal singing bowls. Let the whispers of your soul inspire you to fulfill a dream close to your heart. Bring beach chair or mat and blanket.  $20 cash or check.  The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953.

Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am. Topic: Past Lives, Present Opportunities. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Shamanism Workshop: The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition – 11am-6pm. With Shaman Mona Rain. Learn how to create your own personal healing mesa and deepen your understanding of ceremonial reverence and earth-honoring rituals. $144/ by 3/3 or $166/thereafter. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Ste 103, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAM. com. See news brief, page 19. Sacred Sound Ceremony – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience vibrational awakening and profound cosmic connections. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls, 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends. Bring mat, pillow, blanket and musical expression. $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 571-5234.

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 13 Why Can’t I Sleep Like a Baby? – 10am. With Teresa Spano, ND, CNS. We all know we need sleep, but what happens when you can’t? Find out how you can get your coveted sleep back. Free. Wellness Center Cape Coral, 609 SE 13th Ct. RSVP: 495-4475. Protection for Home and Business – 2pm. Learn protection spells for specific areas of your life (business, personal, and the home) to set up a protective barrier to keep negativity out. This is also called preventative magick (to prevent attack on all levels). $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples.  594-0400. Info/register: FBCNaples@ or

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 Nutrigenomics: Have Your Food Control the Destiny of Your Genes – 10am. With Teresa Spano, ND, CNS. Learn how the foods you eat can either promote, or prevent conditions from occurring. Free. Healthy Life Center at Coconut Point, 23190 Fashion Dr, Ste 105, Estero. RSVP: 495-4475. Why Can’t I Sleep Like a Baby? – 10-11am. With Teresa Spano, ND, CNS. Explore the factors that keep us awake, and way to combat them. Healthy Life Center, 23190 Fashion Dr, Ste 105, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 495-4475. Open House – 4-7pm. Introducing their new IPL (photo facial) and the Hydrafacial device. Free trial treatments. Trim and Tone Med Spa, 13020


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Eckankar Sound of Soul Event – 5pm. Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave, Naples. 482-4034. Storytelling Performance: Hidden Treasures: A Celebration of Stories – 7-8:30pm. Noa Baum, award-winning Israeli-born storyteller, presents an uplifting and entertaining program of traditional and personal stories, connecting us with hidden treasures and timeless wisdom. $15. Office of Dr Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. 200-6796. Tickets: St Patrick’s Day Showcase – 7-9pm. Open social dancing. $12. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15 Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. March Madness Event – 2-7pm. Food, wine and free makeovers with makeup artists Jane Iredale and La Bella Donna by appointment. Mini-facials, store discounts, prizes and $1/minute chair massage. $20/ door (good toward your purchase). 13240 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 207, Naples. Appointments: 514-4494. See ad on page 3 and news brief on page 18. Climate Change Workshop – 5:30pm. Ocean Water is Life: The Impact of a Changing Climate, presented in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection with a focus on sea level rise, pollution, warming and acidification. Part of the Earth Day 2018 Water is Life workshop series and concert. Mayflower United Church of Christ, 2900 County Barn Rd, Naples. 812-345-0230 or See news brief, page 10. The Power of a Woman’s Self-Image – 5:30pm. With Eden Myers. Meet and greet with snacks and refreshments followed by presentation on how to improve your self-image. Free. Barre Fusion Pilates Studio, 13040 Livingston Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 231-4178 or See news brief, page 13.

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Aging in Reverse – 5:30-6:30pm. With Heather Auld, MD, FACOG, ABOIM. Stop your cells from aging to live healthier and longer. Babcock Ranch, The Lake House, 14750 State Hwy 31, Babcock Ranch. RSVP: 495-4475. Food Talk: Health and Longevity – Live Long and Prosper – 6:15-7:45pm. Identify steps you can take to help ensure a longer and healthier life. Discover science from this century based on the Blue Zone studies and other newly released evidence supporting many lifestyle choices, modalities, foods and supplements. $15. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. The Body-Mind Connection Workshop – 6:308:30pm. How our Thinking Keeps Us Sick and

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How to Use Your Mind to Heal Your Body, with Patti Wilsom, MA, Med, spiritual coach and Theta Healing practitioner. Learn how the mind impacts our emotional and physical health; and a demo on the benefits of Theta Healing. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. 599-4224 or See news brief, page 14.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 Alchemical Energy Healing Workshop – Mar 16-18. 5:30-9:30pm, Fri; 9:30am-6pm, Sat; 9:30am4pm, Sun. Author Nicki Scully combines shamanic practices with energetic healing principles of alchemy based on her book Alchemical Healing. Develop a working relationship with spirit allies from the animal, plant and mineral realms; and utilize the healing power of the five elements. $325/person. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. Register: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon. com. See news brief, page 14. Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners – 1011am. Also 3/16 & 3/30. With Renee Sarra, AP, DOM. Learn who you are and how to be still. Peace, relaxation, and stillness will bring you to what’s important in your life. Limited space. $10/class. Integrative Services, 26800 Tamiami Tr, Ste 350, Bonita Springs. 495-4480. Music Walk – 6-10pm. The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials. Downtown Ft Myers.

Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A monthly gathering for women over 21. The purpose is to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc, and to have women support and help empower one another and network. There will be fun included after venting in a safe environment. Refreshments served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within – 7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 Acceptabili-Tea! Dance with Destiny – 10amnoon. This monthly women’s tea luncheon features Georgia Shakti-Hill, an author, TV host and public speaker. Her purpose is always to empower those with whom she shares her message. Bring a dish to share and your own place setting. $5 love offering. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 4044551.

1-3pm. With Lizz Cohoon. In this workshop, you will be lead through an hour of physical postures coordinating breath and movement followed by a crystal bowl sound bath, meditation, breathing and chanting. $40. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 4335995. A Journey Through the Chakras – 1-4pm. With Carla. $30. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. See ad, page 21. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free; free charts available. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Movement and Breath for Labor – 3-4:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi with LifeBehold to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 248-7931. $25/ early bird, $30/door. Register:

Naples Mystic Faire – 10am-6pm. More than 60 psychics, healers and vendors. Largest psychic fair in Southwest Florida. $5/entry fee, 13 and under/ free. Bring canned food for local food banks. Etudes Dance Studio, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. 9493387. See news brief on page 18 and ad on page 65.

Pisces New Moon Celebration –7pm. With Cathy Blair. As you become one with the ocean of creation rest and recalibrate in preparation for the Spring Equinox. Release the pain of the past, purify your body and stand in your truth as Pisces radiates his ascension light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

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Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered 3/27. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Spring Equinox Sound Immersion –7pm. With Cathy Blair. The vernal equinox offers a potent rarified portal of light for the ascension of humanity and Mother Earth. Enter the wheel of 2018 as the master you came here to be and shine your light of truth. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Space is limited: RSVP: 398-3953.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 Tea Leaf Reading – The Art of Tasseography – 2pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself and others and receive a free tea leaf reading during this class. A tea party with extras. All materials included. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Nutrition Class –7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register:

THURSDAY, MARCH 22 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Breath of Life – Music of the Spheres – 6:30pm. Breathwork and reiki attunements facilitated by Linda Burton. Transformational frequencies and vibrations provided by Dana House’s dynamic gongs and bowls. Bring a desire to release whatever no longer serves you as well as pillow, blanket, mat. $30. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Ste 2, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. Protection for Home and Business – 7pm. Learn protection spells for specific areas of your life (business, personal, and the home) to set up a protective barrier to keep negativity out. This is also called preventative magick (to prevent attack on all levels). $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Naples Storytelling Guild – 7-9pm. Community of storytellers and story-listeners. Bring a story, or just come to listen. Discover the power of storytelling to connect, inspire, and entertain. Office of Dr Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23 Facial Rejuvenation Seminar – 11:30am. Light lunch and presentation followed by Q&A with Dr Prendiville. Learn the benefits of the pre-lift and other aesthetic procedures. Free. Bonita Bay Country Club, 26660 Country Club Dr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 201-4762. See news brief on page 16 and ad on page 33. Reiki Level I – 2pm. Learn hands on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, auras, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and

certification available upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Quiet the Mind: Tapping Acupuncture Points into Stillness – 2-3pm. With Dr Sarra. Learn to activate acupressure points that will energize, balance and calm the mind. This process will prepare the mind for beginners to be still enough to learn how to meditate without agitation. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a blanket or yoga mat. Healthy Life Center at Coconut Point, 23190 Fashion Dr, Ste 105, Estero. RSVP: 495-4475. Heart, Hands and Healing Art – 6-8pm. With intuitive Vicki Wagoner. Begins with a meditation, a blank canvas and lots of paint choices; using only your hand, you paint what comes to you – no brushes, rule or artistic abilities are required. Messages are revealed that were created subconsciously during the painting and Wagoner will discuss these, if desired. $55 includes materials. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995. Sacred Sound Circle – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Connect to the divine spark within through the energies of the grace filled gongs and the blissful bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends. Bring your musical creative expressions plus mat, pillow, blanket for comfy body so spirit can soar. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita

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Cancer and Immunity Workshop – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of phytochemicals in foods to reverse immune diseases such as cancer, psoriasis, allergies, and more. Enjoy generous samples from the cancer/immunity food-healing protocol. $30. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to lay out stones on a crystal grid in your space to enhance and bring in what you choose. Use crystal grids for protection, prosperity, healing, stress relief and connecting to spirit energies and more. Based on flower of life, known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Come Play with Me – 2-4pm. With Dana House. Gongs, crystal or Tibetan bowls, soul notes; learn everything you ever needed to know about playing. Bring your own bowl, use one of ours, or buy one on-site. $20. Hummingbird Energy Healing Arts and Boutique at Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Downtown Bonita Springs. RSVP: 571-5234. Sound Minds Mental Health Symposium – 3-5pm. Explore the Impact of the Digital Age on Children’s Mental Health, hosted by the David Lawrence Center. Featuring a screening of physician, parent and filmmaker Delaney Ruston, MD’s award-winning documentary, Screenagers, followed by an engaging, solution-centered discussion with the film’s Executive Producer Lisa Tabb. $10 donation. VIP reception from 5-7pm ($125). Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. Tickets: See news brief, page 13. Heart, Hands and Healing Art – 6-8pm. With intuitive Vicki Wagoner. Begins with a meditation, a blank canvas and lots of paint choices; using only your hand, you paint what comes to you – no brushes, rule or artistic abilities are required. Messages are revealed that were created subconsciously during the painting and Wagoner will discuss these, if desired. $55 includes materials. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25 Divine Love: The Answer to Universal Health – 2pm. With José de Dios Mata. Learn how the power of God can impact worldwide healing. Mata will explore the Biblical basis of knowing God as divine love, whose law Christ Jesus taught and practiced in his healing ministry. Christian Science Society of Bonita Springs, 11551 E Terry St. 910-3673. See news brief, page 15.

TUESDAY, MARCH 27 Mindfulness Foundations – 7-8:30pm. Four-week series. Tuesdays through April. Mindfulness teacher Angela Tarquini-Sanders combines scientific research, formal and informal meditation practices, discussion and activities to help you realize the benefits of a mindfulness meditation practice. $225. Limited to 12 participants. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102 Bonita Springs. 610-804-2035.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic


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SUNDAY, APRIL 8 YogaCAN – 8:30am master’s class; 10:30am alllevels yoga session. Rodney and Colleen Yee and local yoga studios unite to raise donations for the Cancer Alliance of Naples to provide financial support to Collier and Lee County residents being treated for cancer. Includes refreshments. 643-4673 ext 203. Naples Beach Hotel, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd N. Register: See ad on page 17 and article on page 20. blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 9393339.


Healing Night Sound Bathe –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Bathe in the loving frequencies of the singing bowls and the healing vibrations of the Himalayan salt. Bring all aspects of self into alignment for your soul’s expansion into oneness. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)/ The Healing Trust Energy Healing Therapy Training – Apr 13-15. 9am-5pm. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Learn the energy healing technique of Harry Edwards, the world-famous UK spiritual healer. Receive hands-on experience and tools to self-heal and to heal others; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Preregister: 692-9120 or



BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Lee County Great American Cleanup – 8-11am. Part of the nationwide Great American Cleanup effort, projects include community gardens, habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, litter-free events, litter cleanups, landscape maintenance and planting, playground/park equipment restoration and tree plantings throughout Lee County. Location of sites and event dates vary. Info/ register: 334-3488 or

FRIDAY, MARCH 30 Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners – 1011am. Also 3/16 & 3/30. With Renee Sarra, AP, DOM. Learn who you are and how to be still. Peace, relaxation, and stillness will bring you to what’s important in your life. Limited space. $10/class. Integrative Services, 26800 Tamiami Tr, Ste 350, Bonita Springs. 495-4480.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31 Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Reduced price readings; choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, full chart astrology analysis, oracle card readers, rune caster, mediums, chakra cleansing and alignment, and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Libra Full Moon Celebration – 6:30pm. With Cathy Blair. A time of introspection so you may gain the clarity of purpose before moving forward. Bring balance back into your relationships. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering goes to wildlife rescue. Miramar Public Beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N (southernmost public beach), off Harbour Dr, Naples. 398-3953.

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SPELLIFE Women’s Wellness Summit – 8am12:30pm. The Power of Food: What is your “gut” instinct? Featuring David Perlmutter, MD, Chris Edwards, Pamela Hughes, DO, Caroline J Cederquist, MD and Frank A Corvino. $65/general admission; includes light breakfast and entry into two breakout sessions; $100/VIP; includes reserved seating and private luncheon. Tickets/info: See ad on page 7 and article on page 21. Earth Day Festival – 10am-4pm. Featuring guest speakers, live music, festival food, exhibits, crafts, live animal programs, boat rides and more. Members free, $10/adults, $5/children 3- 12. Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, off Goodlette Rd, Naples. 430-2466 or

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Water is Life: Earth Day 2018 Concert – 5pm. Free concert featuring a variety of genres, styles and performers; information tables from leading SW Florida conservation organizations; kid’s art showcase, celebrating our Earth and the idea that “water is life”. Cambier Park Bandshell, 755 8th Ave S, Downtown Naples. 812-345-0230. See news brief, page 10.

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

sunday Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311.

River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $65 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. 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.

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 – Several days a week; see website for schedule. Multilevel yoga classes. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule:

Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century Koreshan religious settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11:30am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10am meditation; 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100.

Power Yoga – 9-10am. With Virginia Heyburn, ERYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 6311925.

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

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

Unity of 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.

Shamatha Meditation and Intro to Tibetan Buddhism Study Group – 4-6pm. Every other Sunday in Naples. Free. Info: Mary: 505-310-3811. Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 4:30-6:30pm. 2nd Sun. Share in Amma’s blessings; meditation, bhajans, videos of Amma and her teachings. Vegetarian potluck afterwards. Free. Cape Coral. Info: 671-6058 or Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Shakti Flow Yoga – 5:30pm. 1st & 3rd Sun; Aerial Yoga – 2nd & 4th Sun. Experience new body awareness. $6/class; first class is free. GCFFC, 814 Pine Island Rd, Ste 102, Cape Coral. 458-3713. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum and Dance Circle – 7-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.

monday Pilates I – 7:05am. With Cathy. Beginner Pilates at noon with Gina. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Gentle Hatha Yoga Flow – 9-10am. With David Sawtelle, CYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita. 201-6648. Meditation Class – 9:30-10:30am.  Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chodar. No experience necessary. $10. Sanibel Island Cinema, 535 Tarpon Bay Rd. Yoga in the Gazebo – Thru Apr. 9:30-10:30am. Multilevel vinyasa flow yoga with Sandy McShane. $10/class plus park entry fee. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. 592-4809.


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Beachcombing and Shelling Lecture – Thru April. 10-11am. Join a naturalist to learn why and what you find on the beach. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita. Align and Flow – 10:15-11:15am. With Debi Grilo, ERYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 6311925. Strength and Balance – Noon-1pm. With Laurie Orlando, ERYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 631-1925. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). North Collier Fire Station 45, 1885 Veterans Park Dr, Naples. Drawing, Painting, Sculpting – 4-5pm. Ages 4-6. $85/6-weeks. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Art Social Inclusion – 5-6pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Stretch Class and Guided Meditation – 5:306:30pm. Relieve stress and tension with 30-minutes of stretching followed by 30-minutes of guided iRest meditation. $15. The Pilates Scoop, 12980 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 917-886-1256. Community Drum Circle Social Inclusion – 6-6:30pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and guided meditation followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message. 100% of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061.

Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

your personal creativity. $60 includes supplies. True Joy Studio/Jerrines World, 6240 Shirley St, Ste 201, Naples. Registration required: 285-1736 or

Nu Tango Practica – 8-9:30pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. $10. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

Pilates Mix – 4pm. With Lisa. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178.

tuesday Power Yoga – 6:30-7:30am. With Amy Voelkl, ERYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 6311925. Santini Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Featuring artisan foods, locally caught seafood, awardwinning BBQ, arts and crafts. Santini Marina Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. 289-3786. Guided Walks – Thru Mar. 9am-noon. CREW Marsh Trails, 4600 Corkscrew Rd (CR 850), Immokalee. Registration required: Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Align and Flow Level I – 10:15-11:15am. With Sue Rokela, ERYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 631-1925. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846. Mid-Day Meditation and Plug In and Plug Up Class – Noon-12:30pm. Optional half-hour meditation plus interactive discussion based on the lesson from the previous Sundays’ message. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Collage et Trois – 1-4pm. Opening and exploring

Belly Dance Classes – 6-6:50pm (beginners); 7:508:40pm (intermediate). With Sherry Coffey. Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this dynamic dance. $60/5-week series. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575. All-Level Yoga – 6-7pm. With Dr Susan Pataky. Asana, pranayama and meditation for a safe, yet effective yoga experience. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Sacred Sound Circle – 6-8pm. 1st Tue. Medicine music duo, Matt Maclean and Katrina Lilly, co-create a magical expression of song and celebration. Bring your own instruments. $15. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Co-Ed Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-7:30pm. A 12-step program for men and women whose common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Adult Silent Sustained Drawing Class – 6:30-7:45pm. Ages 14 and up. $100/6-weeks. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Tuesday Evening Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Sitting and walking meditation followed by a study of Buddhist teachings in the Plum Village Tradition. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Hawaiian Hula Classes – 6:50-7:40pm.  With Sherry Coffey. Explore authentic dances of the Polynesian islands. $50/month. House of Gaia, 1660

Moral Monday Meetup – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or PeterSuzanne2@hotmail. com. A Course in Miracles – 6:30-7pm, Q&A for beginners; 7-8:30pm, formal class reading and discussion. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7-8:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John the Evangelist Church, 625 111th Ave, N Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653.

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Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave N, Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Tue. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers.

wednesday Pilates Level I – 7:05am & 6:30pm. With Cathy. Beginner Pilates at noon with Gina. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Guided Walks – Thru Mar. 9am-noon. Bird rookery swamp trail, 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd, Naples. Registration required: Beach Baptist Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am2pm. Large selection of fresh produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, local arts and crafts. Beach Baptist Church, 130 Connecticut St, Ft Myers Beach. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9:30am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St Leo Catholic Church, 28290 Beaumont Rd, Bonita Springs. Sandy: 301-938-7503. Exploring Coastal Estuaries – Thru Apr. 10-11am. Naturalist-guided walk explores unique coastal habitats. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps

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

– 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Wednesday Morning Book Group – 10-11:30am. In a small group setting study and share books on mindfulness practices that create happier and healthier living. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Info: 292-4189. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $55. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Magge Camuti, RYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 631-1925. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. La Leche League – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. Open Social Dancing – 6:30-7pm. Group class. $5. 7-9pm. Dancing. $12. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Evening Meditation – 6:45-7:15pm. Quiet yourself mid-week during this time of calming self-reflection, connecting with one’s own God-self. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Bachata Dance Class – 7-8pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples.

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

Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. Guided Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chodar. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 N Tamiami Tr, Ste 205, Naples. Spiritual Development Circles – Thru Mar 28. 7-8:30pm. Traditional-style weekly development circle with instruction in meditation and message work. $20. Brooks Executive Suites, 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 716-680-0379 or Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653. Salsa Dance Class – 8-9pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples.

thursday Pilates Level I – 7:30am. With Gina. Pilates Mix at 4 pm with Lisa. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Thursday Morning Meditation – 9am. Drop in for sitting meditation as a way to refresh your practice with others of like mind. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Info: 823-4217. Gentle Hatha Yoga Flow – 9-10am.With David Sawtelle, CYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita. 201-6648. Guided Walks – Thru Mar. 9am-noon. Flint Pen Strand Trials, 15970 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs. Registration required: Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846. Yinyasa – Noon-1pm. With Aleksandra Eifler, RYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 631-1925. Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Health Class – Noon3pm (drop-in). With Samantha Lee, Ayurvedic practitioner. Discover how to use different foods, herbs, spices and oils based on individual body dosha to maintain healthy weight, heal and prevent further disease. $30. Genesis Non-GMO, 877 91st Ave N, Naples. Register: 307-7659 or Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. New Image Tabernacle Church, 81 Pondella Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Drawing, Painting, Sculpting – 4:30-5:30pm. Ages 6-10. $90/6-weeks. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:156:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together.


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Align and Flow – 5:45-6:45pm. With Hanna Riley, ERYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 6311925. Middle School Art – 5:45-6:45pm. Ages 11-14. $90/6-weeks. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Healing Circle – 6:30pm. 1st & 3rd Thurs. Join for meditation and experience healing to your body, mind and soul. Reduce stress, restore vitality, clarity and use your personal gifts. $15. True Joy Studio/Design Your Life, 6240 Shirley St, Ste 201, Naples. 285-1736. Pachamama Game Changer Gathering – 6:30pm. 1st Thur. Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida. Be a part of this next step in conscious evolution towards carbon neutrality and a sustainable future. Hot cider and tea will be served. Bring a dessert. UU Church of Fort Myers Campus. Info: HolleyRauen@gmail. com or Drop-In Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Relax, refresh, renourish. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Salsa Night – 7-7:45pm. Group class. 8:30pm. Practica  $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

friday Pilates Level I – 6:15am. With Cathy. All levels Pilates at 11am with Gina. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Power Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Mollie Graves, ERYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 6311925. St John Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, arts and crafts. Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th St N, Naples Park. Beachcombing and Shelling Lecture – Thru Apr. 1011am. Join a naturalist to learn why and what you find on the beach. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples.

saturday Guided Nature Walk – Thru Apr. 9am. Free. Naturalist walk through maritime forest and coastal strand. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. Rodes Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, arts and crafts. Supporting the Bonita Springs Lions Club. Rodes Fresh & Fancy Restaurant, 3756 Bonita Beach Rd SW, Bonita Springs. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Dallas: 208-610-2096. Lecture Series – Thru Apr. 10am. Topics from native plants or animals to photography or exotic plants. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Bch Blvd, Bonita Springs. Schedule: Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19thcentury religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Yinyasa – 10:30-11:30pm. With Sue Rokela, RYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 631-1925. Adult Special Needs Yoga – 1-2pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Drum Class/Circle – 3-4pm, class; 4-5:30pm, circle. 1st Sat. With Debo Kumi. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Learn new rhythms for the circle. $10/class; donation/circle. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388.

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Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 4-7pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $50. Includes equipment and FL Master Naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food for teenagers to connect with established friends or make new ones. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511.


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community resource guide


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

New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 26 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 16.

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

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

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

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


Oriental Medicine Naples & Ft Myers • 239-841-6611 Specializing in pain, chronic disorders, overall wellness, allergy treatments (NAET) and kinesiology. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to heal all on its own! AP771. See ad, page 54.

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

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


2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 • Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. As a physician and educator, visit for blog, newsletter, online study group and courses.


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


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

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

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


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



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.

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

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Certified Advanced Rolfer Advanced Cranial Therapist Advanced Visceral Therapist Certified Movement Educator Naturopathic Wellness Consulting By Appointment: 239-272-6443 Over 30 years excelling in quick pain relief. Specializing in back pain, structural integration & alignment, all joint-pain-related issues, mobility improvement, sports injuries, non-chiropractic spinal release. MA36890.


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

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




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

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

COLON THERAPY CLEANSING SPRINGS INC. Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-571-9816 • MA27876

Internationally certified with 30 years licensed nursing experience; offering colonics with stateof-the-art water system. I am a Vodder Lymphatic Specialist enhancing your progress with free sessions on the BEMER micro circulation mat and ionic footbaths. MM13162.


C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, reflexology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER and lymph drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, ear candling, ozone/ oxygen steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, far-infrared sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 12.

Yolanda Cintron, DMD 2021 E Commercial Blvd., Ste 208 Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-938-4599 •

All phases of dentistry for optimum health, holistic, bio-compatible dentistry: sedation dentistry, removing of toxic metals, replacing them with bio-compatible materials, laser dentistry for painless surgeries and extractions, Zirconia/ceramic implants, natural bone augmentation/ Plasma Rich Growth Factor, oral DNA testing and add gums to receding gums. See ad, page 4.


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 33.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 35.

Life’s short. Anything could happen, and it usually does, so there is no point in sitting around thinking about all the ifs, ands and buts. ~Amy Winehouse Collier/Lee Counties

8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 •

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





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


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


Healing People & Animals since 2005 • 239-253-9008

Opening the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved to bring forth wellness, joy and spiritual growth.


Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers 33967 • 239-362-0385 • 586-604-3500 Southwest Florida's primary resource for essential oils, educational classes, kits, diffusers and more. Check our website to RSVP for classes and special events.


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

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

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


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


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 57.



141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 •


Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 18.


Offering many natural healing options in a single location: acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR, EMDR, couples therapy), energy work, therapeutic massage, full-spectrum infrared sauna, classes (yoga, tai chi, stretch ’n strength), workshop, retail therapy and more. See ad, page 35.

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 46.

BARRY WOLFSON, MS, DIRECTOR Hypnosis Counseling Center Washingtonia Palm Way, Ft Myers • 908-303-7767

With 31 years of experience, Hypnosis Counseling Center utilizes hypnotherapy in private and group settings. We specialize in weight loss, stress and smoking. Office in Fort Myers. See ad, page 25.


239-948-9444 • Regain Body Wisdom! Innovative, holistic support to reduce stress and anxiety, improve lifestyle, find life purpose or simply cultivate wellness for self, the community or the planet. Psychotherapy, couples counseling, parenting guidance. CEU classes for health professionals. Call for consultation or further information.


Medium, Teacher, Lecturer, Counselor 716-595-3529


PrimeMyBody Independent Affiliate 203-536-1873 •

Dedicating his life to help others in their quest for answers in all areas of their life. Available for in-person or phone readings.

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


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.

Variety’s the very spice of life; that gives it all its flavor. ~William Cowper

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Climate Health Update plus: Healthy Home Our Readers are Seeking: Solutions Benefitting Our Climate, Healthy Household Products & Services

Natural Care First

plus: Personalized Medicine


9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 33.


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 27.


D-Signed Nutrition 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 •

Our Readers are Seeking:

Integrative Physicians & Alternative Healing Providers & Services

Family medical nutrition therapy providing individualized programs for every life stage to restore health and wellness. Detox, GI issues, weight management, food sensitivities and allergies.

Livable Communities plus: Natural Beauty

Our Readers are Seeking: Home & Garden Improvement Products & Services & Natural Beauty Aids


Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Nutrition is our lifeblood. Healing with food starts with a personalized plan to address inflammation, nutrient insufficiencies, toxic burden and imbalances in the body. See ad, page 54.


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Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH15322) AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 • Kim St. Clair is a licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Doctorate in Psychology. She has been working with all age groups since 2003 and specialized in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR was originally created to treat PTSD but has expanded to be an effective generalized treatment with quick and lasting results. See ad, page 35.


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


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

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

Serving Naples since 1999. Hatha and therapeutic Yoga. Improve posture, breath-work, heal injuries, The Great Yoga Wall®. Massage therapy: sports, Swedish, Lomi Lomi. Nutritional counsel. Posture and stretching classes.

AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 • Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 35.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

March 2018


Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers March 2018  

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

Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers March 2018  

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