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Dear Home When guests arrive at my modest home, they often comment on what a peaceful, lovely oasis I’ve created. Some know how much TLC it needed two years ago when I discovered it in one my favorite Naples neighborhoods. Looking around, I recall the decisions that went into selecting flooring, cabinets, colors, furnishings and landscape plantings. The biggest change was allowing fresh energy to move through the property and pausing to intuit what this special place and I wished to be, feel and express in this collaborative haven. At the time, I was on a quest for more peace in my life. Having already moved twice that year, I’d come to recognize how much precious time I was spending moving stuff around; at the same time, I found myself resisting the release of many things that had already served their purpose. Such stuff was not only cluttering my house, it was cluttering my mind. So I loved discovering Marie Kondo’s book The LifeChanging Magic of Tidying Up, which is striking a chord with thousands of people around the world, permanently changing their lives for the better. You’ll find April Thompson’s interview with the author on page 50. Kondo lays out a radically fresh, two-pronged approach. First, put your hands on each item you own and ask yourself if it sparks joy; if it doesn’t, thank it for its service and pass it along for use by someone else. Second, once only your

most joy-giving belongings remain, put every item in a place where it’s visible, accessible and easy to use and put back. Following the recommended method of sorting a single category at a time, I began with clothing. More than half of my former clothes have since found new homes, and what’s left is hung or folded Kondo-style, which means no messy piles or overcrowded closets—even my socks seem happier. So far, I’ve worked my way through half of the designated categories, with the end goal of living in a space that contains only things that speak to my heart. Now, when I arrive home after being away, I feel impelled to say, “Hello house. I love you.” Because I do! Lifelong tidying expert Kondo holds that when we put our house in order, we put our affairs and our past in order, too. As a result, we see more clearly what we need in life and what we don’t; what is best for us to do or not do. May this month’s Everyday Sustainability issue, timed to honor Earth Day, remind us all of the beauties and benefits of caring for our own home and what it teaches us about caring for Mother Earth, our collective home. When we clear our lives of unwanted stuff, we naturally want to stay clear of toxins in our food and water and every other aspect of our dear abode. It also clears the way for us to act powerfully in the larger world. I recommend starting by taking a barefoot beach walk and telling the Gulf of Mexico how much you love her. To sparking joy,

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newsbriefs Changes to Health Freedom Summit Activities


everal changes have been made to the lineup and content of presentations at the second annual Food & Thought Health Freedom Summit, from April 1 to 3, in Naples. Marty Mesh, executive director of the Florida Organic Growers Association, along with filmmaker Shelley Rogers, will be on hand for a screening of the 60-minute documentary, What’s ‘Organic’ About Organic?, at 8:15 p.m., April 1. The film delves into what happens when a grassroots agricultural movement evolves into a booming international market, revealing the hidden costs of conventional agriculture. Mesh will share personal recollections of Frank Oakes’ contributions to the association and what made him a dynamic and persuasive advocate. Both of these events follow the scheduled presentation on Global Agriculture and Your Brain, by Dr. David Perlmutter, New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain and frequent guest on the Dr. Oz show, at 6:30 p.m. Doctor of Oriental Medicine Alfred Cormier will discuss how stem cell therapy can help to avoid surgery and drugs, along with acclaimed author and natural health practitioner Vaishãli’s views, natural health tips and practices at 10 a.m., April 2. In addition, Janet Weisberg, a Project NatureConnect practitioner, facilitator and guide, certified traumatologist and licensed massage therapist, will deliver the summit’s closing presentation, instead of Vaishãli, at 6:30 p.m., April 3. Location: 2132 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information, call 239-595-7347, email or visit See ad, this page.


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Jamfest Returns to Bonita Springs


he fourth annual Jamfest, providing live music, art, food, camping and more, will take place from May 6 to 8 at Summerland Ranch, in Bonita Springs. Participants are encouraged to bring musical instruments and paintbrushes to the event. Along with outstanding bands performing on multiple stages, the event features acoustic, open mic and jam sessions. Artists will showcase their work at this event and visitors can enjoy live artist renderings, henna artists, a wall for everyone to paint on and face painting. The property features beautiful trails for walking, and warm-water showers are available for campers. Cost: $30 weekend pass, $20 for day pass. Location: 27501 Kent Rd. For more information or to reserve camping, call 239-692-3739 or visit

An Evening of Storytelling at Sugden Theatre


en outstanding storytellers—including locals Dr. Joel Ying, Mary Lou Williams, Tashahara Jallad and Rhonda Brazina—will perform personal stories, along with tall, fairy, folk and fractured tales, at StorySlam at Sugden Theatre: An Evening of Storytelling, from 7 to 9 p.m., April 4, in the theatre’s Toynbee Hall, in Naples. Co-sponsored by Storytellers of the Round Table and the Naples Advanced Toastmasters, a nonprofit group supporting public speaking and leadership in the community, the event will facilitate an intimate connection between the teller and the audience, evoking emotion, captivating attention and building community. Storytelling is not only for children; it is appropriate for all ages. The oral tradition has brought people together for centuries as one of the original forms of entertainment. Stories have the healing power to capture emotion and create change in a culture and a community. Cost: $15. Location: 701 Fifth Ave. S. For more information or tickets, call 239263-7990, or visit or

Southwest Florida Sustainability Summit in Estero


any experts in health care, business, government and city planning will share important news and developments at the Southwest Florida Sustainability Summit from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 28, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, in Bonita Springs. Mary Lou Benecke, former vice president of public affairs and corporate communications for Dow Corning, will serve as the keynote speaker. Other presenters include Dr. Bill Hammond, Brian West, William Mejia and Glenn Hasek. The theme for this year’s event is Healthy People, Healthy Planet and Healthy Profit: The Key to SWFL Sustainability, and the title sponsor is the city of Bonita Springs. New activities include an electric and hybrid car showcase and a celebrity game show hosted by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Earnest Graham. Visitors can also peruse a sustainable art showcase featuring many reused, revised and recycled pieces, more than 20 vendors and more. Cost: $65. Location: 5001 Coconut Rd. For more information or tickets, visit

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newsbriefs Naples Mattress Offers Organic Products


aples Mattress, in North Naples, is the only retailer in our area to offer 100 percent certified-organic mattresses and sleep accessories from Organic Mattresses, Inc. (OMI) mattresses and sleep accessories. Along with natural latex mattresses, accessories offer customers the opportunity extend their organic or natural lifestyles into their bedrooms and get better sleep. The company claims that OMI products are the only mattresses that Oprah Winfrey recommends in O magazine. Offering financing of up to 48 months with no interest and no money down, Naples Mattress provides free pickup of old mattresses and delivery of new systems. Location: 13800 Tamiami Tr. N., at U.S. 41 and Old 41. For more information, call 239-597-5333 or visit or See ad, page 21.

Guitar Duo to Debut New Music/Art Concept


he acclaimed area guitar duo of Bruce Hecksel and Julie Patchouli, known as Terra Guitarra, will perform at 8 p.m., April 22, at the Center for the Performing Arts, in Bonita Springs. Attendees can enjoy their new Julie Patchouli and animated, multimedia, music/art Bruce Hecksel experience and listen to the debut of a new, original Landscape of Guitar concept, a fitting tribute to Earth Day that suggests the land around us “sings” to life alive with vibration and energy. While listening to fiery Spanish guitar pieces like Malagueña, attendees will view a colorful backdrop of lush, vibrantly painted landscapes based on the flowing music and three-dimensional guitar birds flying through mountains and over rivers, cities and oceans, all with guitar themes. The duo has issued two top-five albums, including Firelight (nominated Best Instrumental Album of 2015), and has been cited by Zone Music Reporter as one of the top nuevo-flamenco groups in the world. The Chicago Tribune described the group as performing “songs about harmony and healing [that] inspire the human spirit.” Cost: $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Location: 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. For more information or tickets, call 239-495-8989, email or visit natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Juicelation Grand Opening in Naples


uicelation, Naples’ first organic juice lounge, according to co-owners and nutritional therapists Alexandra DiCicco and Sebastian Mancera, is open at 4947 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 104. To celebrate, a Grand Opening event will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., April 14. Featuring 20 percent discounts on all sales, live acoustic music, contests and guest speakers. The event will offer visitors the opportunity to sample raw juices, smoothies, immunity shots and kombucha. Juice servings are 100 percent organic, plant-based and made from scratch in handcrafted, small batches every day. Along with working with local farmers and following a recycling policy, the store provides custom cleanses and detox programs. Juicelation premiered at Naples farmers’ markets in July 2014 and continues at the Shoppes at Vanderbilt and Third Street South on Saturdays and at Pine Ridge and Livingston on Sundays. The co-owners had a grander vision when they created it. “It’s more than juice for us,” they say. “We want to be a part of the bigger picture. There’s a health crisis happening and the culprit is the commercial food industry. We need to do everything we can to help the disconnection between diet and nutrition.” For more information, call 239 529-2290, email or visit

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Discounted Biofeedback Sessions in Naples


onica Robles, M.D., of Naples, is providing biofeedback sessions at a discounted rate this month. The alternative, non-invasive treatment for multiple Monica Robles psychological conditions can be purchased for $40 instead of the usual $60. Robles attests that biofeedback is a viable option for those that don’t want to use medications and are seeking help with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, headaches and migraines, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue and concentration lapses. Robles specializes in adult, adolescent and child psychiatry, and speaks both Spanish and English. Location: 2335 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 408. For more information or an appointment, call 239-784-2297 or email See ad, page 26.

Sound Healer to Perform in Bonita


ound Healer Felicia Rose will sing her inspiring songs and chants in a participatory performance from 7 to 9 p.m., April 29, at the Hummingbird Felicia Rose Wellbeing Center and Boutique, in the historic district of Bonita Springs. The musician and traveling muse will perform traditional chants and original music. Rose encourages participants to join in and sing her moving songs and kirtan chants, sound healing and her story of turning her own pain around with sound. Cost: $20. Location: 27785 Old 41. For more information or to register (recommended), call 239-494-6983 or visit See ad, page 11.


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newsbriefs Free Yoga in Fort Myers for Breast Cancer Survivors


ourney Beyond the Diagnosis, a free yoga class for breast cancer survivors, takes place on an ongoing basis from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, in Fort Myers. Taught by Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and breast cancer survivor Maggie Tanzer, sessions take into consideration the specific, individual needs of breast cancer survivors, including initial immobility from surgery and other cancer treatments. Maggie Tanzer The supportive and restorative poses can aid in recovery by providing nurturance and helping to maintain a positive attitude and calm mind. This is not a medical class, and those interested should consult with their doctor prior to attending. Location: 15971 McGregor Blvd. For more information, call 239-433-5995, email or visit

Upcoming Group Programs at Monarch Wellness


he staff of Monarch Wellness, in Naples, will present a free Community Wellness event with information about upcoming programs from 6:30 to 8 p.m., April 6. Visitors will learn about steps they can take to become more involved with their own well-being and healing. Information will be provided about the Transforming and Empowering Women Support Group, which builds emotional support, provides strategies to lighten the load and become empowered while sharing encouragement, validation and growth through life’s challenges. Visitors can also learn about the Abortion Healing Support Group, providing support through the grief process and healthy ways to move forward with forgiveness and self-compassion. Both of these groups are led by Licensed Clinical Social Worker Phoebe Houghton. Other options include Weight Release, a hypnotherapy-based group with Trim-Life as a therapeutic approach to emotional eating, led by Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Anna Noble; Healthy Living with Type-2 Diabetes Support Group, led by both Mary Ann Whalen, LCSW, and Michelle Falco, a certified holistic nutritionist, providing support, cognitive behavioral therapy and education on dealing with diabetes issues; a Falco-led Nutritional Transformation Support Group, focusing on exchanging old eating habits for new, healthier options; and Adoptive Family Support Group, led by Jenna Waterbury, LCSW, which covers atypical behaviors and developmental milestones, unexpected learning and behavioral challenges, communicating with professionals and more. Location: 843 Myrtle Terr. For more information or to preregister (required), call 239-325-9210, visit or See ad, page 24.

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Angel Codes for Peace Class at Unity of Naples


andra McGill and Lee Shook, two local Seraphim Blueprint angel healing teachers, will present Angel Codes for Peace at 7 p.m., April 22, at Unity of Naples. Sharing a simple statement with attendees that will release the power Sandra McGill (left) to help heal our planet, and Lee Shook the duo believes that when people come together to be in a circle with a spiritual center, a place for healing and peace is created for ourselves and the world. Since hearing the angel messages, it has become the mission of McGill and Shook to share with others. The duo believes that every man, woman and child has the power to make dramatic changes for Gaia and humanity. “How often have you wanted to do more, but believed that just one person could not make a difference?” they ask. “Now is the time to awaken to your individual power and responsibility to relieve the suffering of our human family, our animals and our environment on Earth.” Love donation requested. Location: 2000 Unity Way. For more information, visit See ad, page 22.

Essel to Hold Free Better Body Teleconference


opular author and professional speaker David Essel will present a free seminar on ways to improve physical fitness and appearance at 6:30 p.m., April 27, via teleconference. Joined by figure competitor Tracie Cyganiak, the two will share weightDavid Essel loss, body toning, diet and exercise tips to get bodies beach summer ready. Essel’s new book, Positive Thinking Will Never Change Your Life… But This Book Will! The Myth of Positive Thinking, The Reality of Success, to which Cyganiak contributed, has been endorsed by six New York Times bestselling authors and is available at He is listed by Psychology Today as one of the top U.S. counselors and life coaches. “Summer is approaching, bathing suit weather,” says Essel. “Let’s start now to learn how to get the body we have always wanted.” Teleconference number: 712-432-0800, pin no. 901142. For more information, call 941-266-7676, email TalkDavid@ or visit See ad, page 57. natural awakenings

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Hormone Imbalance Seminar at Food & Thought


dvanced Registered Nurse Practitioners and functional medicine specialists Deb Post, with Wellbridges, Inc., in Bonita Springs, and Evie Breedlove-Mangapora, of Inner Essence Health, will conduct a free seminar on stress, hormones and health at 6:30 p.m., April 14, at Food & Thought, in Naples. They will offer expert advice on how hormone imbalances may affect individuals looking to lose weight, experiencing brain fog, feeling wired yet tired, having difficulty sleeping, dealing with night sweats and hot flashes and other issues. The speakers contend that stress and hormone imbalances are the primary reason many people don’t wake up feeling great and ready to tackle the day, and that these conditions affect people more than many people imagine. The company will also have a booth at the Food & Thought Freedom 2016 Summit on April 1 and 2. Locations: Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Tr. N.; Wellbridges, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 113. To RSVP (required), call 239-777-4647. For more information, call Post at 239481-5600 or Breedlove-Mangapora at 239-777-4647 or visit or See ad, page 51.


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newsbriefs Microcurrent Point Stimulation Therapy in Cape Coral


andace TranterCool and Noneen O’Rafferty are offering microcurrent point stimulation (MPS) and scar release The Center For Natural therapy (SRT), Healing staff acupuncture, Emotion Code, massage, shiatsu, reiki classes and treatments and Bowen Therapy at the Center for Natural Healing, in Cape Coral. MPS Therapy, the therapeutic protocol developed for the Dolphin Neurostim, a handheld stimulation device, is the first integrative therapy developed exclusively to sympathetically deregulate the autonomic nervous system and fight chronic pain by locating and applying concentrated DC microcurrent to therapeutically active acupuncture and trigger points to relax muscles, calm the nervous system and release endorphins. The duo attest that when the organ that the emotional tension and stress is coming from is located and acknowledged by the patient, the pain will decrease, and that MPS-SRT treatments, along with the Emotion Code, massage acupuncture and more, will repolarize tissues and release negative, unhealthy feelings. Results are typically noticeable after one treatment. The center also offers organic and non-GMO nutrition products, including VIM’s OHH-Mega, VIM Super Food, D-3 Bottle of Sunshine and The Royal Flush. Location: 4632 Vincennes Blvd. For more information, call 239-542-5600, email or visit or See ad, page 22.


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newsbriefs Iris Analysis at the Food & Thought Health Freedom Summit


olistic Iridologist Laura James, a member of the International College of Iridology, will be at the 2016 Food & Laura James Thought Health with client Freedom Summit from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 2 and 3, in Naples. She will take iris photos that will then be enlarged and carefully examined to provide a soft tissue analysis. Those interested in this service should call ahead to schedule an appointment or visit James at her table at the Summit. Iridology is a 3,000-year-old science and practice, performed today by imaging both eyes with a specialized digital camera. The process investigates cells, fluid and soft tissue, providing a road map of one’s strengths and weaknesses, and can also show lymphatic and chemical accumulations. Holistic iridology is not used for diagnosis; it is a means of assessment for predispositions, conditions and levels of health. James is also a detoxification specialist, placing emphasis on diet, detoxification and regeneration. Cost: $100 for analysis ($125 value). Location: 2132 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. For more information or an appointment, call 239-431-9172, email or visit See ad, page 30.

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newsbriefs Success Secrets of Spiritual Entrepreneurs Workshop


EARTbiz Consulting will present The Success Secrets of Spiritual Entrepreneurs, an after-hours introductory business workshop with spiritual and business coach, author, speaker and trainer Mark Kolack, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., April 27, at Altered Elements Studio, in Naples. Entrepreneurs, small business owners, sole proprietors, Mark Kolack managers, leaders, healers, artists, coaches and others in attendance will learn how to create more time, money, health, peace, fun, impact and value in their work and personal lives. A Naples resident for the last two years with more than 30 years of experience, Kolack is also a yogi, meditation teacher, performance artist and musician. He claims the session will teach attendees to create a spiritual business culture, ignite the invisible X factor in their business, manage employee issues from a spiritual standpoint and bring authenticity into the work environment. Cost: $30, includes healthy foods. Location: 5630 Yahl St., Ste. 1. For more information or to register (requested), call 352-362-5417, email or visit See ad, page 33.

Discounted Exams at Synergy Nutrition of Naples


r. Anthony Memmo, owner of Synergy Nutrition of Naples, is offering a discounted exam to new patients this month. Individuals suffering with digestive issues or other health concerns can visit the office for $79 ($100 value) during April Memmo experienced digestive concerns for nearly 20 years without resolution. Through his research and understanding of the physiology of digestion, he was able to find a solution to his own condition and using his education, clinical experience and a natural approach, Memmo has been able to help many people discover solutions to their digestive issues. A doctor of chiropractic certified in nutrition therapy, Memmo says, “We feel that we can help the community find solutions to many of the health concerns that people are experiencing by using a natural approach to uncover and address the true underlying issues.� Location: 13020 Livingston Rd., Ste. 14. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-2633330, email or visit See ad, page 30. 24

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Indoor Pollution Solutions with Naples Rug Spa


o combat allergens, indoor pollutants and bacteria this spring, Naples Rug Spa is offering a a free area rug cleaning with the purchase of one cleaning throughout the month. The cleaning process consists of a 14-foot automated rug duster which removes embedded soil that regular vacuums can’t reach, a 1,200-gallon full-submergence tub and an 18-foot centrifuge system that extracts 95 percent of Shelli Mehri water from a rug in three minutes. Shelli Mehri, whose husband Moeen has been in the Oriental rug business for more than 30 years, says, “I believe in traditional hand washing of fine Orientals, but the capabilities of these machines to mimic the gentle process is unbelievable.” Location: 4081 Mercantile Ave., Ste. B. For more information or a demonstration, call 239-206-1481 or visit See ad, page 5.

Pilates and Barre Combined at Naples Studio


arre Fusion Pilates Studio, which opened in January in Naples, is offering both Pilates Reformer and Barre Class Combo sessions that are unique to our area, according to owner Lisa T. Daniel. Open to all ages and levels, these high-energy classes are safe and effective. In addition to combo classes, the studio offers a several Barre classes, including Booty, Ballet, Zen, Senior and Lisa T. Daniel Cardio, as well as private appointments Monday through Saturdays. All teachers are Pilates-trained and Daniel has 25 years of experience teaching the practice. Location: 13040 Livingston Rd, Ste. 2, in Marquesa Plaza. For more information, call 239-231-4178, email or visit See ad, page 64.

Wei Joins Liu’s Acupuncture Center


riental Medicine Doctor, acupuncturist and Medical Doctor (China) Tianyi Wei has joined the staff at Liu’s Acupuncture Center, with locations in Naples and Fort Myers. Her presence will increase the practice’s capacity to provide treatment for pain management, chronic disease, menstruation, balance whole body condition and more. A board-certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture and Oriental herbs by the National Certification Commission for Oriental Medicine, Wei finished her training at the Nanjing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in gastroenterology, nephrology, orthopedics, acupuncture, neurology, gynecology, radiology and others.

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kudos Teddianne Wantz, of Naples, has recently been certified as a Foundational Reconnective Healing practitioner. Reconnection healing, the interaction of the fully comprehensive frequencies of energy, light and information, is recognized as an advanced form of energy healing that can bring optimal balance and healing of body, mind and spirit.

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For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-253-8458 or email or visit See ad, page 16. Moorings Park retirement community, in Naples, has been named a Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite for its commitment to helping area residents achieve healthier lifestyles. Blue Zones Project is a community-bycommunity well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks. In collaboration with NCH Healthcare System and Healthways, Moorings Park established an employee-led well-being advisory committee and developed specific communications, objectives and metrics for measuring progress, social events to encourage employee well-being and incentives to promote participation. Employees formed Walking Moais, Potluck Moais and art and painting groups to help build stronger relationships within the workplace and made their campus 100 percent smoke-free. For more information, call 239-624-2312 or visit

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ustainable art is being taken to unique and ultra-distinctive levels and forms by Joe Thompson, who lives with his wife and three children on Merritt Island, Florida. He uses 100 percent recycled and repurposed materials to create fine paintings and sculptures that are collected both nationally and abroad. A self-taught, full-time artist since 2008, Thompson’s paintings are done on recycled doors—or doors owned by clients that are sent to him—and his paint comes from landfills. All sculptures are either found objects or reclaimed steel. Some of his more intriguing commissioned works include a kinetic wind sculpture depicting a marlin chasing bait fish at Port Canaveral, near Cocoa Beach and a life-size

female form consisting of more than 7,500 trampoline springs. “When I started, I didn’t have a budget,” explains Thompson. “It’s great that materials have fit into my art world and it all became fine art to me. To me, art is sacred. I’m often inspired first by the old materials I see, like old tools or scrap metal.” Thompson believes his works can inspire others that have a passion for attaining goals that may seem out of reach. “When someone wants something bad enough, they can make it happen. There are opportunities everywhere, but we have to wake up to see them,” he says. To inquire about commissions, call 321-292-0514 or email jjthmpson@ To view his portfolio, visit See ad, page 29.

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Chelation Therapy Finds Wider Applications


n 1893, French-Swiss chemist Alfred Werner developed the theory of coordination compounds, known today as chelates. After receiving a 1913 Nobel Prize for reclassifying inorganic chemical compounds, Werner went on to write an account of the process by which metals bind to organic molecules, the basis for chelation chemistry. Germany later put Werner’s discovery to use in the manufacture of industrial paints that required the elimination of heavy metal contamination. Eventually, German chemists invented a safe amino acid known as ethylenediaminetetraacedic acid (EDTA), now used in chelation therapy. The intravenous infusion may include vitamins, magnesium and a saline solution, according to an individual’s needs. From the 1940s to the 1980s, experimentation and research led to the application of EDTA and chelation therapy in the treatment of individuals with bodily tissues that had an accumulation of mercury and lead, resulting in elevated blood pressure and risk of heart disease and neurodegenerative conditions. The only side effects patients experienced from chelation therapy were relief from arteriosclerosis, chest pains, arthritis, memory loss and the inability to concentrate. By 1973, the American Academy for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM), formerly the American Academy of Medical Preventics was formed to educate physicians and promote the utilization of EDTA chelation therapy in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. During the past 50 years, more than 1 million patients have undergone chelation therapy for a wide range of circulatory problems. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 800,000 patients receive EDTA treatment each year specifically for atherosclerosis at their own expense. At present, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration only approves the therapy for the treatment of heavy metal poisoning. “Mercury attacks the nervous system, kidneys and heart. The presence of heavy metals in the body helps free radicals to form. This can lead to the buildup of plaque in the arteries, as well as irregularities in heart rhythm, arthritis-like joint pain, chronic fatigue, motor dysfunction and the decline of mental acuity,” says Gary Gallo, M.D., with the Chelation Center of Naples. A recommended series of 30 treatments, which can only be administered by a physician, is accompanied by comprehensive testing before, during and after chelation. Resource: The Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd., Ste. 107, Naples. For more information, call 239-594-9355. See ad, page 46.


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Fracking Fluids Found Toxic to Health


n analyzing 1,021 chemicals contained in fluids and wastewater used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for oil or natural gas, a Yale University study found that at least 157 of the chemicals—including arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde and mercury—are associated with either developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity or both. Of the total identified chemicals, 925 were used in the hydraulic fracturing process, 132 in fracking wastewater and 36 were present in both. The scientists utilized the REPROTOX database in the Chemical Abstract Service registry and then reviewed the available research, including human and animal studies. Toxicity data wasn’t available for 781 of the chemicals

used in fracking. Among the other 240 chemicals, 103 were reproductive toxins. An additional 95 were developmental toxins. Another 41 have been found to be both reproductive and developmental toxins. The researchers further suggested that at least 67 of the chemicals be prioritized in drinking water testing. Senior author and Professor of Public Health Nicole Deziel, Ph.D., adds, “This evaluation is a first step to prioritize the vast array of potential environmental contaminants from hydraulic fracturing for future exposure and health studies. Quantification of the potential exposure to these chemicals, such as by monitoring drinking water in people’s homes, is vital for understanding the [associated] public health impact.”

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mpower yourself in your healing journey by uncovering the root cause of symptoms. Iridology is an amazing science of soft tissue analysis! It is man’s greatest tool for investigating cells, fluids and soft tissue. Iris patterns express the individual makeup of each human body, showing its strengths and weaknesses, both genetically and as a result of accumulations in the tissues of the body. Iris analysis is performed by taking a picture of both eyes with a specialized digital camera. It is painless and non-invasive.

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Tai Chi Eases Effects of Chronic Disease


review of research from the University of British Columbia tested the effects of tai chi exercise upon people with four chronic diseases: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, osteoarthritis and cancer. Dr. Yi-Wen Chen and his team analyzed 33 studies of more than 1,500 people that participated in tai chi. The research also tested the effects of the practice on general health, including walking speed, muscle strength, speed in standing up from a sitting position, quality of life, symptoms of depression and knee strength. The heart disease patients among the subjects showed a reduction in depression symptoms, and all shared a reduction of muscle stiffness and pain, increased speeds in both walking and standing from a sitting position and improved well-being. “Given the fact that many middle-aged and older persons have more than one chronic condition, it’s important to examine the benefits of treatment/exercise interventions across several co-existing conditions,” says Chen.

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multi-center study from the University of Salamanca, in Spain, has found that consuming even one kiwi fruit (Actinidia deliciosa) per week will significantly boost cardiovascular health. The researchers tested 1,469 healthy people throughout Spain. The volunteers were given dietary questionnaires and underwent testing for cholesterol lipids and inflammatory markers for heart disease. The researchers determined that those that ate at least one kiwi fruit per week had significantly lower triglycerides and fibrinogen (a marker for inflammation), and higher HDL-cholesterol levels. Higher levels of HDLcholesterol are associated with reduced incidence of atherosclerosis. The researchers concluded: “Consumption of at least one kiwi a week is associated with lower plasma concentrations of fibrinogen and improved plasma lipid profile in the context of a normal diet and regular exercise.”



esearchers from the University of Melbourne determined that taking a quick break and looking at natural colors can significantly increase attention, focus and job performance. The researchers tested 150 university students that were randomly selected to view one of two city scenes consisting of a building with and without a flowering meadow green roof. The two views were experienced as micro-breaks, a 30-second period that can be taken every 40 minutes. Both groups were tested before and after viewing the scene for sustained attention spans, along with a performance test upon completing a task. Subjects that looked at the scene with the verdant roof had significantly longer attention spans and fewer errors in doing their tasks. natural awakenings

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Whey is Top Source for Natural Glutathione Production


he mother of all antioxidants, master detoxifier and maestro of the immune system is glutathione, according to Mark Hyman, M.D., author of Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health. The most important molecule we need to stay healthy, prevent aging, cancer, heart disease, dementia and other health issues is produced by our body. However, a poor diet, pollution, toxins, medications, oxidative stress, trauma, infections, electromagnetic radiation and aging deplete this tri-peptide found inside every cell. The most critical and integral part of our detoxification system, toxins stick onto glutathione, which carries them into the bile and stool for elimination. Oral glutathione supplements, which are poorly absorbed into the bloodstream, are not recommended. Boosting the production of this essential factor in body’s energy utilization can be done with vigorous aerobic exercise and a diet of foods rich in sulfur-containing amino acids such as broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower and watercress. The overall top food for maximizing glutathione is high-quality whey protein. It must be cold pressed, derived from grass-fed cows and free of hormones, chemicals and sugar. Quality whey provides all the key amino acids for glutathione production (cysteine, glycine and glutamate) and contains a unique cysteine residue (glutamylcysteine) that is highly bioactive in its affinity for converting to glutathione. The Yoli Better Body Systems offers high-quality, allnatural whey protein. For more information, call Mariah Bakke, a Yoli independent distributor, at 712-790-6637 or email See ad, page 70.


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therapybrief Auricular Therapy Complements Acupuncture Treatment


uricular therapy is a technique within Traditional Chinese Medicine widely used to treat addictions, mood disorders, headaches, obesity and pain, as well as musculoskeletal and central nervous system disorders. This healing practice dating back to the third century uses the outer ear, considered by doctors of Oriental medicine as a microcosm of the body. Consistent with the brain map discoveries of Canadian neuroscientist Dr. Wilder Penfield, microsystem maps of the body that exist on the surface, or sensory cortex, of the brain are projected onto different areas of the body. This particularly applies to the auricle (outer ear). Treatment takes advantage of the body’s own control center, the brain, and is performed by needling respective points on the ear. All signals induced by ear acupuncture travel through the part of the brain known as the diencephalon to the corresponding body parts. If necessary, the body is also needled with surgical stainless steel, gold-or silverplated needles that are inserted only a millimeter under the skin. Most often, small, metal-plated magnetic beads or vaccaria seeds are used in the outer ear with adhesive plaster for longer-lasting self-stimulation of up to two weeks. Generally done in conjunction with other modalities such as acupuncture, bodywork or herbal medicine, auricular therapy is most often used to help individuals deal with and recover from substance abuse. The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association protocol, generally administered only on one ear without acupuncture on any other body parts, also helps with the emotional, physical and psychological attributes involved in addictions.

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April 2016



DARK Act Defeated Senate Vote Reflects Citizen Demands

The Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act, was defeated in the U.S. Senate in March, representing a major victory for consumers. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) spearheaded the large-scale citizen opposition to a bill that would have outlawed all state-level labeling laws of genetically modified (GMO) food ingredients nationwide; it was intended to keep consumers in the dark about the genetically engineered content of their food. Scott Faber, EWG senior vice president for government affairs, says, “Consumers have made their voices heard to their elected representatives in the Senate and they said clearly, ‘We want the right to know more about our food.’ We remain hopeful that congressional leaders can craft a national mandatory compromise that works for consumers and the food industry.” Organic Consumers Association reports that an alternative to the DARK act is being proposed that still could preempt state GMO labeling laws. So they recommend that consumers stay vigilant to ensure the DARK act remains defeated. The development is evidence that the EWG Just Label It campaign is on the right track, and the group plans to support the recently introduced Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act targeting a national mandatory standard for GMO labeling. Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives for Consumers Union, explains, “This bill finds a way to set a national standard and avoid a patchwork of state labeling laws, while still giving consumers the information they want and deserve about what’s in their food.” Sources: Natural News, Environmental Working Group, Organic Consumers Association 34

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Community Initiatives Secure Local Eco-Rights

While America will choose its next president this November, voters in Oregon may also vote on the right to local community self-government, enabling protection of citizens’ fundamental rights and prohibiting corporate activities that violate them. The Oregonians for Community Rights group, formed by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), submitted a constitutional amendment proposal to the secretary of state in January as a prelude to a larger signature-gathering effort to qualify the measure for the state ballot. Concurrently, the CELDF is supporting other community initiatives on various topics that may inspire other regions to also be active at the grassroots level. For example, Oregon’s Coos County Protection Council is currently finishing its signature gathering to place a Right to a Sustainable Energy Future ordinance on a special ballot in May. It would protect citizens’ rights to clean air and water and the production of sustainable, localized energy, instead of county approval of several potential non-green energy projects. Oregon’s Columbia County Sustainable Action for Green Energy is gathering signatures for a Right to a Sustainable Energy Future ordinance for its November ballot that would protect the county from fossil fuel projects like coal and oil trains and a proposed methanol plant, and close two natural gas power plants by 2025. Other state groups are seeking to have November ballots in Lane and Lincoln counties include bans on aerial pesticide spraying. A Lane County group has filed a local food system charter amendment that would ban GMO (genetically modified) crops locally. “Community rights are driven by the people in the community, not by any organization targeting potential activism,” says Kai Huschke, Northwest and Hawaii community organizer of the CELDF, which has supported 200-plus separate community initiatives. Particularly active states have included New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania. “Organizing typically comes about due to a localized threat. It means settling into a long-term battle to change the structure of government, having resolve and organizing beyond just a ballot vote.” Learn how to take local action at

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Local Earth Day Events The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens – Party for the Planet 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 2 Party for the Planet, the national Association of Zoo and Aquariums annual Earth Day event, is one of the largest Earth Day celebrations on record. It includes several family-friendly conservation activities at the Naples Zoo.

Celebrating Earth Day Locally and Globally by Meredith Montgomery


epresentatives from nearly every country on Earth gathered in Paris for the 2015 United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the Paris Agreement a triumph for people, the planet and multilateralism. The signing ceremony is set for Earth Day, April 22, at UN headquarters, in New York City. For the first time, every country has pledged to curb their emissions, strengthen resilience to related impacts and act internationally and domestically to address climate change. Other key elements aimed at achieving a state of climate neutrality—having a zero carbon footprint—before the century’s end include transparency, accountability and a plan for developed countries to support climate action in developing countries. “A big part of the Paris agreement focuses on reduced use of gas, coal and oil, but there is also a focus on preserving trees and expanding forests,” says

Earth Day Network (EDN) spokesperson Timothy McHugh, referring to this year’s Earth Day theme of Trees for Earth. This year also kicks off a fouryear countdown to the environmental campaign’s 50th anniversary on Earth Day 2020. “By that mark, we hope to have planted 7.8 billion trees—approximately one tree for every person on the planet. Trees are vitally important because they soak up carbon and clean the air,” McHugh explains. In addition to countering climate change and pollution, EDN’s global tree planting seeks to support communities and local economies, protect biodiversity and inspire environmental stewardship. From global leaders convening at the UN to people participating in community events close to home, billions of the world’s citizens will celebrate our precious home planet this year. To join the worldwide observance, find an event online at or participate in one or more of the local events listed here.

S ustainability, ensuring the future of life on Earth, is an infinite game, the endless expression of generosity on behalf of all. ~Paul Hawken 36

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Location: 1590 Goodlette Rd., Naples. For more information, call the Info ZooLine at 239-262-5409 or visit

Planet Earth Festival A Cypress Cove Conservancy Event 1 p.m. to sunset, Saturday, April 2 Presented by Cypress Cove Conservancy and the Responsible Growth Management Coalition, the 15th annual Cypress Cove Earth Fest is a free event featuring organic foods, kayak and canoe rides on Estero River, live musical performances, local art and wildlife photography, kids activities and presentations on nature, conservation and yoga. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to sit on. The event includes a presentation by Janet Weisberg on Project Nature Connect at 1:30 p.m., followed by a talk from Cypress Cove Conservancy on Preservation of Southwest Florida Lands at 2:30 p.m. Visitors can participate in a Vivasana Yoga for Rebalancing Systemic Disharmony class at 3 p.m. and a drum circle at 5:30. Cost: $5 for parking. Location: Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. For more information, call 239-777-0186 or visit

Conservancy of Southwest Florida Earth Day Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 16 This festival includes vendors and environmental exhibitors showcasing educational and entertaining family activities. Visitors can enjoy guest speakers, live music, a raffle, an art contest, live

animal programs, face painting, crafts and festival food. Activities include electric boat rides, kayak and canoe rentals and walking on the nature trail.

For more information, call 239-9952106 or 239-252-5354.

Cost: free for members, $10 adults, $5 children 3 to 12. Location: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, off Goodlette Rd., Naples. For more information, call 239-430-2466 or visit events/earthday.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 22 This event features free tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Earth Day to Arbor Day Exhibition to Support Cypress Cove Conservancy 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 20 Bobbie Lee Davenport, founder of Cypress Cove Conservancy (CCC), will speak at 6 p.m. at a wine and cheese reception at Arsenault Studio and Banyan Arts Gallery, in Naples. All donations go to support CCC. CCC is dedicated to purchasing vital natural habitat for wildlife and is raising money to purchase an important 200-acre piece of land known as a crossing for listed and endangered species. The goal is to open a nature center that the public can enjoy with beautiful walking trails and to offer educational programming for children and adults. Donations accepted. Location: 1199 Third St. S. For more information or to RSVP (requested), call 239-263-1214.

Goodwill Industries Earth Day Re-Use and Recycle Roundup 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 21 Goodwill Industries will celebrate Earth Day by encouraging area residents to bring clothing, electronics, shoes, books, household items, computers and cell phones to donate. In addition, Free shredding for residents and businesses is offered by Goodwill Secure Shred and residents can rid medicine cabinets and homes of unused, unnecessary or expired medicines with safe disposal by Drug Free Collier’s Operation Medicine Cabinet. Hazardous household chemicals, rechargeable batteries, paints, used motor oil and fluorescent bulbs are also accepted for collection by Collier County Solid Waste Management. Location: Goodwill Towne Centre parking lot, 3759 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples.

Celebrate Earth Day at Naples Botanical Garden

Cost: Free for members and children 3 and under, $14.95 adults, $9.95 children ages 4 to 14. Location: 4820 Bayshore Dr. For more information, call 239-6437275 or visit

Pre-Hurricane Season Household Hazardous Waste Roundup 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 23 Collier County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management will host a free pharmaceutical take-back by Drug Free Collier’s Operation Medicine Cabinet; free tire recycling; auto and home products and devices for recycling; free paper shredding by Adera On-Site Security Shredding; and clothing, shoes and books collected by Goodwill Industries for resale. Four Collier County locations: Ave Maria, 4817 Ave Maria Blvd.; Naples Recycling Drop-off Center, 2640 Corporate Flight Dr., Naples; North Collier Recycling Drop-off Center, 9950 Goodlette Rd. N., Naples; and Marco Island Recycling Drop-off Center, 990 Chalmer Dr., Marco Island. For more information, call 239-252-7575.

Arbor Day and Fruit Tree Sale in Bonita Springs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 23 This event features plants and fruit trees for sale, along with demonstrations and exhibits. Location: Riverside Park, 10450 Reynolds St. off Old U.S. 41. For more information, call the Tree Advisory Board Liaison at 239-949-6262 or visit

Earth Day at the Refuge J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 23 There’ll be plenty of fun and free family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, trail hikes, guided programs and much more. Location: 1 Wildlife Dr., Sanibel. For more information, call 239-472-1100, ext. 236, or visit

Gaia Earth Day 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 24 House of Gaia will host this Earth Day celebration that includes educational activities about gardening, environmental awareness and healthy eating, along with music, art, yoga and local vendors. Location: 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste. 1 and 3, Naples. For more information, call 239-272-6152 or visit

Lee County Great American Cleanup 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 23 Keep Lee County Beautiful recruits volunteers, site captains, area managers and local sponsors to foster unity and strengthen bonds through beautification and improvement efforts across Lee County and is part of the nationwide Great American Cleanup effort. Projects may include community gardens, habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, litter-free events, litter cleanups, landscape maintenance and planting, playground/park equipment restoration and tree plantings.

EARTH DAY April 22

Location of sites and event dates vary. For more information or to register, call 239-334-3488 or visit natural awakenings

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How Kristina Aston Found a Home in the Universe by Tanya Crouse


efore she found the and you can achieve all your practice and tools of goals.’ As a result, I became Access Consciousness, certified in many different Kristina Aston was conductmodalities. Initially, I was ing her own lifelong search enthused and excited to for the one thing that would learn the new technique. I make her feel at home in the immersed myself in it and universe. “From childhood, I after months or years of the sought a sense of belonging. practice, I would realize that I After I found the pragmatic wasn’t getting results. I felt as tools of this modality, I though there was something stopped,” says the Access wrong with me,” she says. Consciousness certified fa Aston doesn’t like to Kristina Aston cilitator, who teaches classes name specific modalities and offers one-on-one sessions at Be that she’s experienced and been certified Well Natural Health Clinic, in Naples. in, but she does like to joke about them. Aston recalls that the relentless “I’ve exhausted every different system search for the next thing or person there is. I played by rules of the reality I with the answers about how to live was living in, went to school, got good a more fulfilling life had its seeds in grades, graduated and got a job. None her youth. “I always just wanted to go of that ever brought fulfillment. I’ve been home. When I was little and at home organized, aligned, adjusted, activated, in my bedroom, the thought, ‘I want to reactivated, attuned, reset, rebirthed, go home’ would pop into my head. I’d regressed, reconnected, toned, downsay to myself, ‘But wait a minute, I am loaded and cleansed,” she quips. in my home! Where is it I want to go?’ Inspired by the Buddha’s comI was convinced that there had been mitment to sit under the Bodhi tree to a big mistake, because I was where I meditate until he became enlightened, didn’t belong,” explains Aston. Aston determined that she would com For at least 20 years, Aston learned mit to giving up her quest. “I stopped modality after modality. “Each time I going to workshops, quit reading and thought I found what I was looking for decided to just be. After one year, a friend whenever a teacher said, ‘Master this recommended that I listen to an online


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recording of an Access Consciousness facilitator who sounded extraordinarily happy with her life. I listened to it again, which I didn’t generally do. I signed up for her next teleseries, which resulted in me listening to a call with the co-founder, Dane Heer, Ph.D. He spoke in terms of results achieved through tools that worked with a whole living system, as well as the body-mind-spirit connection. His explanations appealed to me in ways that I hadn’t heard before,” advises Aston. Until Aston put into practice what she learned from Access Consciousness, nothing changed significantly. “I now have the feeling that I have a purpose and I belong here. I’m happy and fulfilled, as well as joyfully teaching others how to use tools that empower them to look at the stories they are trapped in. They use the tools to discover the thoughts, feelings emotions, projections and fantasies about how things are supposed to be, and how to trust that they know they know,” notes Aston. Access Consciousness’s pragmatic, simple tools allow Aston’s class participants and private clients to change what isn’t working in their life. “Everyone has an issue that they want to change— health, money, career, relationships, weight loss, parenting, etc. Rarely does anyone have life totally managed. Rather, they are trapped in a story and locked into a reality that they keep repeating. I meet them where they are and they empower themselves to create their own reality, based on what they want,” says Aston. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd., Naples. For more information, call 305-331-7456 or visit Kristina See ad, page 18.

Probiotics 101 by Nancy Smith


en years ago, no one could have guessed that medical science would now be studying the health benefits of live bacteria strains and microorganisms such as yeasts, or that researchers would tell us that our body is home to billions of bad, as well as good, bacteria that are beneficial to health. And none could have foreseen the marketing of countless commercial brands of dietary supplements containing live, active cultures of friendly bacteria known as probiotics. Recommended for helping to boost the immune system and ease everything from irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease to antibiotic-associated diarrhea and even skin conditions such as eczema, as well as mood disorders such as depression, it is important to be knowledgeable about purchasing probiotics. To offer consumers clarity, Natural Awakenings checked with local health food stores and health professionals regarding effective shelf-stable probiotics, what’s the most important information on the label and which is better—refrigerated or non-refrigerated.

Take Probiotics Daily One important fact that Dee Harris, a registered dietitian/ nutritionist and owner of D-Signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs, conveys to her patients when recommending probiotics is that Dee Harris microorganisms are transient visitors just passing through. “This is why probiotics or fermented foods must be taken daily. Reading the label on shelf-stable brands is important. We look for both potency and multi-strains on the label. We are learning that certain strains are targeted to do different things, so it is best to get advice from a professional. But generally, look for a multi-strain species with at least 10 billion CFUs,” notes Harris. While she doesn’t believe there is

a right or wrong answer in the controversy over shelf-stable or refrigerated, she does advise that there are benefits to individualized unrefrigerated packets are better. “Keeping air and moisture out helps to keep them sterile and potent. Even if you buy shelf-stable in a bottle, it’s best to store them in the refrigerator, where they are less susceptible to contamination. The individually packaged non-refrigerated probiotic by Xymogen that we carry in our office is easier to travel with,” says Harris. She suggests Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics or Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotics, both with 50 billion CFUs, for patients that want the convenience of ordering online or over the counter.

Bargain Brands Aren’t Bargains Consumers should expect on average to pay $10 to $12 for every 10 billion CFUs. “Cheap brands are bargains because they generally have far less CFUs and/or fewer strains,” says Harris.

Children’s Probiotics “When my daughter-in-law had a caesarean-section birth, I gave my grandchildren one-quarter teaspoon of powdered probiotics every day,” says Harris, who emphasizes that parents should read labels to be sure that powdered or chewable probiotics have no added sugar, sugar substitutes such as sucrose, GMOs, gluten, soy or alcohol. She notes that the powdered form Garden of Life Raw Probiotics for Kids is reliable. Dr. Brian Thornburg, a board-certified concierge pediatrician in Naples, recommends probiotics for all babies fresh from the womb, particularly those born via caesarean section. He cites a 2015 article in Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics to emphasize the importance of giving probiotics to infants. “Researchers were able to prove that probiotic supplementation given to infants in their first month was able to affect immunologic responses to environmental exposures by supporting healthy gut microbiota, and

could therefore be used to prevent the development of Type 1 Diabetes among children at increased genetic risk. In other words, they proved that an unhealthy gut microbiome is Dr. Brian Thornburg capable of activating genes. Shelf-stable powdered probiotics, consisting of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium bacteria, can be sprinkled on the mother’s nipple or mixed with formula,” says Thornburg, who recommends Ther-Biotic Probiotics by Klaire Labs, which can be purchased through a physician and online.

Trusted Shelf-Stable Probiotics Knowledgeable experts at health food stores such as Food & Thought, Sunshine Discount Vitamins and Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, in Naples, as well as Ada’s Natural Market, in Fort Myers, are in agreement with Harris and Thornburg regarding the most trusted brands of shelf-stable probiotics, which they recommend.

Resources Ada’s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy., Fort Myers; 239-939-9600. See ad, page 54. D-Signed Nutrition, Bonita Bay Executive Center, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300, Bonita Springs. 239676-5249. See ad, page 27. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamami Tr. N., Naples. 239-213-2222. FoodAnd See ad, page 10. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, 877 91st Ave. N., Ste. 4, Naples. 239-596-9017. See ad, page 16. Sunshine Discount Vitamins, 2608 Tamiami Trl. N., Naples; 239-4366659. See ad, page 28. Thornburg Pediatrics, 5500 Bryson Dr., Ste. 301, Naples. 239-348-7337. natural awakenings

April 2016



Edible Heirlooms Old-Fashioned Fruits and Veggies Return to the Table by Avery Mack


f the 7,500 varieties of apples in the world, 2,500 are grown in the U.S., but only 100 commercially. As of the 1990s, 70 percent were Red Delicious; more recently they’re being replaced with Gala, Granny Smith and Fuji types from taller, thinner trees that can be planted more compactly for easier harvesting, yet are more sensitive to disease and require trellis supports. Mass-produced fruits and vegetables have been modified over the years to make them look appealing and ship well, while sacrificing taste. Consumers in search of health-enhancing nutrients and robust flavor can find them by instead connecting with the past through food and flowers. “Heirloom seeds have remained intact and unexposed to commercial pesticides,” says Jere Gettle, owner of Baker Creek Seed Company, in Mansfield, Missouri. “They’re reliable—plants grown now will be the same next year; not so with hybrids.” This cleaner, tastier alternative to the status quo 40

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is typically packed with more good vitamins than good looks. Heirloom produce often also delivers a unique regional flavor, such as Vidalia onions or Hatch chile peppers.

Exemplary Fruits

Fine restaurants like to feature Yellow Wonder wild strawberries because they taste like cream. The fragrant Baron von Solemacher strawberry, an antique German Alpine variety, is small and sweet, red and full of flavor; it’s been around since the Stone Age. For pies and preserves, pair them with Victorian rhubarb, which dates back to 1856. Eat only the rhubarb stalks; the leaves contain poisonous oxalic acid. Aunt Molly’s ground cherry (husk tomato) hails from Poland. “It’s sweet, with a hint of tart, like pineapple-apricot,” says Gettle. “The Amish and Germans use them in pies. Their high pectin content makes them good for preserves. Heirlooms send people in search of old recipes and they end up creating their own variations. It’s food as history.”

Valuable Vegetables

Trending this year are purple veggies like the brilliantly colored Pusa Jamuni radish. Pair it with bright pink Pusa Gulabi radishes, high in carotenoids and anthocyanins, atop a stunning salad with Amsterdam prickly-seeded spinach’s arrow-shaped leaves, a variety once grown by Thomas Jefferson. Add a fennellike flavor with Pink Plume celery. Brighten salsas using the Buena Mulata hot pepper, a deep violet that ripens to a sweet red. Serve with pink pleated Mushroom Basket tomatoes or Lucid Gems, with their black/orange peel and striking yellow/orange flesh. Purple tomatillos are sweeter than green varieties and can be eaten right off the plant. “Purple sweet potatoes are found in Hawaii, but aren’t common on the mainland,” explains Gettle. “Molokai Purple sweet potatoes keep their deep purple color even when cooked, and are much higher in antioxidants than the orange variety.” To be novel, serve the Albino beet. Baker Creek’s customers use it raw in salads, roasted or fried and don’t let the greens go to waste. Monique Prince, a clinical social worker in Chester, New Hampshire, grows heirloom organic radishes, greens, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers and pumpkins in eight raised beds. She received Ganisisikuk pole beans (seventh-generation seeds) and Abnaki cranberry runner beans from a Native American client. Rather than eat the bounty, she’s accumulating the seeds to save the varieties.


Heirlooms extend to trees and bushes. The droughtresistant Fourwing Saltbush has a deep root system and provides cover for songbirds in the West. ~BBB Seed


Thai basil loves summer heat. Make batches of pesto, then freeze it in ice cube trays for later. Christina Major, a nutritionist in Trevorton, Pennsylvania, grows heirloom herbs that include borage, with its edible flowers, and marshmallow, which is a decongestant when added to tea. Her 300-squarefoot garden supplies summer veggies such as scarlet runner beans, more than 50 kinds of perennial herbs for year-round use and heirloom raspberries, gooseberries and blackberries “that are eaten as fast as they’re picked,” she says. Heirloom enthusiasts like to ex-

change seeds to try new varieties. “From December to March, traders swap seeds and plot their gardens,” says Major. “I got 20 kinds of tomatoes by connecting with other traders on Facebook.”


Of 400,000 flowering plants in the world, 20 percent are in danger of extinction. “Instead of marigolds and petunias, consider old-fashioned annuals. Trying new things is fun,” says Gettle. Four O’clocks, familiar to many Midwesterners, come in several colors and are easily cultivated from their abundant seeds. The succulent Ice plant, with its white-pink flowers, looks like it was dipped in sugar; its edible leaves taste like spinach. Black Swan’s burgundy poppies have a frill-like edge, while Mother of Pearl poppies offer subtle watercolors. “Save seeds, share with neighbors and pass them on to the kids,” advises Gettle. “They’re evidence of our culture.” Connect with the freelance writer via

Look for Non-GMOs The Non-GMO Project label on U.S. food products assures consumers they have no genetically modified ingredients. Now a few seed companies are starting to display the butterfly label, as well. “As demand for non-GMO choices continues to rise, farmers are seeking more non-GMO seed,” says Megan Westgate, executive director of the Non-GMO Project. “Similarly, smaller farms and home gardeners are choosing to plant more organic and non-GMO varieties.” High Mowing Organic Seeds, in Wolcott, Vermont, is the current leader, with 700 Non-GMO Projectverified seeds. Company President Tom Stearns explains, “We continue to hear about GMO concerns from our customers and while we are certified organic, that doesn’t say anything about GMO contamination.” His team helped develop a verification program for seeds because they wanted third-party verification of their claims. “We’d spent a huge amount of time

implementing preventative measures and did GMO testing, but felt this wasn’t enough,” he notes. Stearns reports that there are many more genetically engineered plants than most people realize. “Some 40 GMO plant species include petunia and endive,” he says. Plus, “Contamination risks exist even when a GMO crop isn’t commercially approved, like when GMO wheat escapes field trials.” Source:

Homegrown Heirloom Cookery

Vegan Tuscan Kale Soup Yields: 4 servings   1 /3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 /2 cup finely chopped celery 1 /2 cup finely chopped onion 1 /2 cup finely chopped carrot 1 /4 cup finely chopped fresh purple basil leaf 1 lb ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and finely chopped 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaf 1 lb waxy boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 lb lacinato kale, washed and cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips 1 /2 cup dry cannellini beans, cooked until tender 2 qt vegetable stock Sea salt to taste   Heat olive oil in a heavy soup pot over medium-high heat and sauté the celery, onion, carrot and basil until they’re almost soft, about 8 to 10 minutes.    Add tomatoes and continue cooking until their liquid has almost cooked out, about 20 minutes more.  Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible. natural awakenings

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Add in the thyme and boiling potatoes, sautéing them for another 5 minutes.

Cover and boil gently for 20 minutes.

Add kale and reduce heat to low, cooking until wilted, about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and let stand for 2 to 3 hours or until the peppers are completely soft.

Add the stock and cooked beans, return heat to high and bring to a boil.

Purée to a smooth creamy consistency using a blender.

Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour.

Reheat in a clean preserving pan and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes, and then adjust the heat factor with additional pepper to taste.

Serve with toasted slices of bread. Source: Adapted from Mediterranean Vegetables by Clifford Wright.

Pour into sterilized jars and seal. Source: Adapted from a recipe courtesy of William Woys Weaver.

Salsa Morada Yields: Five cups (five 8-oz jars) 11/2 lb sweet green peppers, seeded and chopped 8 oz Violet Buena Mulata hot peppers, seeded and chopped 1 cup organic sugar 11/2 Tbsp pickling salt 2 Tbsp powdered fair trade unsweetened chocolate 11/2 cup vinegar (preferred variety) 2 tsp ground coriander 1 Tbsp ground hot chile pepper (optional) Place the green pepper, Buena Mulata, sugar, salt, chocolate, vinegar and coriander in a heavy preserving pan.

Vegan Eggplant, Chickpea and Spinach Curry Yields: 4 to 6 servings /2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, in all; 2 Tbsp reserved 11/2 lb eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes 2 Tbsp fresh ginger paste 2 hot green chiles, deseeded and minced 2 tsp whole cumin seed 1 /4 tsp asafoetida resin 2 cup tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1 Tbsp coriander seed, ground 1 tsp paprika 1 /4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 /4 tsp cayenne pepper

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan and increase the heat to medium-high. Add the ginger, chiles and cumin, and fry until the cumin seeds have turned brown. Add the asafoetida and stir fry for another 15 seconds. Add in the tomatoes, coriander, paprika, black pepper, cayenne and turmeric. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the oil separates from the tomato sauce, about 10 minutes. Add water and bring the sauce to a boil.

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1 tsp turmeric 1 /2 cup filtered water 2 cup cooked chickpeas 1 lb fresh spinach, coarsely chopped 2 tsp sea salt 1 /4 cup chopped cilantro leaf 1 tsp garam masala

Serve warm with brown rice or naan flatbread. Source: Adapted from Lord Krishna’s Cuisine by Yamuna Devi.

readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet Laura Casey

Life’s mission: To make an impact upon this world, and always live with purpose. I believe that those who live their lives with true purpose find true satisfaction and contentment in life. Work: Registered nurse (RN, BSN). I am currently working on my master’s and doctorate to become a family nurse practitioner. Proudest Achievements: Raising my beautiful daughter and going to college at middle age to accomplish my educational goals. Expectations for the Future: To become a compassionate and exceptional nurse practitioner who always remembers the importance of treating the person as a whole, and to always remember to listen. Favorite App: Fit Bit is my new-found love. It allows me to challenge myself with activity (steps), and to track my sleep quality. Favorite websites: is my favorite for shopping, Facebook for keeping in touch with family and friends, for spiritual talks, and nderf. org for near-death experience stories. I am fascinated by reading about people’s spiritual experiences from all walks of life. Local causes supported: I donate frequently to Second Act,

who help shelter battered women and children, and to Gulf Coast Humane Society. Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: I love to read and learn about natural health practitioners in our community and the diversity of holistic care available. Most frequented healthy food restaurant: I prefer to make my own healthy food at home. How you invest in your community: Every day I go to work as a nurse, I invest in my community through caring, compassion and love for my patients. I also spend time as a thyroid patient educator. As a Hashimoto thyroid patient myself, I can give firsthand information on thyroid health and treatments, as well as the importance of integrating naturopathic and holistic care within your lifestyle. Favorite quote: It is what it is, and everything has a purpose. What you are doing to be the change you want to see in the world: I am making life changes and becoming a nurse practitioner to be able to make an impact upon this world. My goal is to give back, starting within my own community. I think the most important thing we can do as healthcare practitioners is to teach and encourage others to take responsibility for their own health. This starts with prevention such as healthy lifestyles, education and integrating natural health into daily life.

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EVERYDAY SUSTAINABILITY Practical Ways We Can Help Out the Planet by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko


or many Americans, living more sustainably has become a natural part of their daily routine as they consistently recycle, eat healthy and use energy more efficiently. It’s just what they normally do every day. Every one of them had to start somewhere, growing their efforts over time to the point that nearly every activity yields better results for themselves, their family, their community and the planet. It might begin with the way we eat and eventually expand to encompass the way we work.

New American Way

“The sustainability movement is large and growing in the U.S.,” says Todd Larsen, with Green America, a grassroots nonprofit organization harnessing economic forces to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. “Half a million people turned out in New York City to march for action on climate change. People also are working in their local communi44

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ties to oppose fracking and pollution, and to support green building and clean energy. Many businesses now include sustainability as a core business practice, including the 3,000 certified members of Green America’s Green Business Network.” This month, Natural Awakenings profiles the experiences of representative individuals from around the country that are helping to both make the world more sustainable and their own lives richer and more meaningful. From growing and cooking family food and line-drying laundry to powering their business with renewable energy, their approaches are as varied as the places they call home.

First Steps

“Many people start with something small at home, particularly if they’re concerned about the impacts on their family’s health,” says Larsen. “More Americans are approaching sustainability first through food. It’s relatively

easy to change spending habits to incorporate more organic, fair trade and non-GMO [genetically modified] foods, and with the growth of farmers’ markets nationwide, people are able to buy local more easily.” A focus on food quality is how Wendy Brown and her husband and five children launched their eco-journey just outside of Portland, Maine. “We started thinking about where our food came from, how it was grown and raised and what we could do to ensure that it was better,” says Brown. “What we don’t grow or forage ourselves, we try to purchase from local farmers.” Living more simply during the past decade has helped the family cut debt and become more financially stable. “Our entry point to sustainable living was to grow tomatoes on the steps of an apartment that Kelly and I once called home years ago,” echoes Erik Knutzen, who, with his wife Kelly Coyne, have transformed their 960-square-foot Los Angeles bungalow into an oasis where they grow food, keep chickens and bees, brew, bake and house their bikes. Gabriele Marewski’s journey also started with what she ate. “I became a vegetarian at 14, after reading Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappé,” says Marewski, who in 1999 turned an avocado orchard in Homestead, Florida, into Paradise Farms. “Forty-seven years later, I’m still a strict vegetarian. I believe it’s the single most important statement we can make about saving the planet.” Marewski’s five-acre farm showcases certified organic micro greens, edible flowers, oyster mushrooms and a variety of tropical fruits marketed to Miami-area chefs. Her farm also offers Dinner in Paradise farm-to-table experiences to raise funds for local nonprofits providing food for underprivileged city residents, and bed-andbreakfast lodging. Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology offers a free online course, Sustainability in Everyday Life, based on five themes: energy, climate change, food, chemicals and globalization. “People can make a difference by making responsible choices in their everyday life,” says Anna Nyström Claesson, one of the three original teachers.

Consume Less

“Every step toward sustainability is important and in the right direction,” explains Gina Miresse, with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), which will again host the world’s largest energy fair in June in Custer, Wisconsin. “It’s easy to start at home by adopting one new practice and sticking with it until it becomes a habit; then add a second practice and so on. This keeps people from getting overwhelmed.” We might, for example, switch to non-toxic home cleaning products when current products are used up. “There’s no need to throw everything in the trash and replace it all immediately—that would partially defeat the purpose of sustainability,” says Miresse. Green America, which suggests green alternatives to many products in online publications at GreenAmerica. org, recommends a congruent strategy. “We see people first change the way they purchase their food, move to reduce their purchases overall and green those they make, and then make their home more energy-efficient,” remarks Larsen. “Next, they consider walking and biking more.” Pamela Dixon explains, “On a day-to-day basis, it’s really about the products we use, like transferring to eco-friendly cleaners and yard maintenance, recycling electronic devices, paying bills electronically and receiving statements via email.” She and her husband, David Anderson, own Dave’s BrewFarm, in rural Wilson, Wisconsin, where they grow herbs, hops, raspberries and apples on 35 acres. “A 20-kilowatt wind generator supplies our electricity, and we use geothermal for heating and cooling,” adds Dixon. Due to career opportunities involving teaching principles of sustainability, the Wisconsin couple is in the process of selling the BrewFarm to move to La Crosse. “At our new home, we’re replacing the windows and appliances with more energy-efficient ones. We also chose our neighborhood so we can walk or bike to local grocery co-ops. We prefer to repair things when they break rather than buying something new, recycle everything the city will accept, compost food scraps and buy clothes at secondhand stores.”

When the MREA Energy Fair began 27 years ago, the majority of attendees were interested in learning about first steps, such as recycling, relates Miresse. Today, sustainability basics ranging from fuel savings to water conservation are familiar, and they’re focused on revitalizing local economies. “Folks are now considering more ambitious practices such as sourcing food directly from local farmers, producing their own solar energy and incorporating energy storage, driving an electric vehicle or switching to more socially responsible investing.” The fair’s 250 workshops provide tools to help in taking their next steps on the journey to sustainability. Knutzen and Coyne’s passion has evolved from growing food into a larger DIY mode. “Cooking from scratch is something I prefer to do,” comments Knutzen. “I even grind my own flour.” Library books provide his primary source of inspiration. The Brown family likely echoes the thoughts of many American families. “We have many dreams, but the stark reality is that we live in a world that requires money,” says Wendy Brown. An electric car or solar electric system, for example, is a large investment. “The biggest barriers were mental blocks because we ‘gave up’ previous lifestyle norms,” she says. “Most people we know have a clothes dryer and can’t imagine living without one. Line-drying is just part of the bigger issue of time management for us, because living sustainably and doing things by hand takes longer.”

Each Day Counts

“The biggest and most positive impact I have comes from my general nonwaste philosophy,” advises Brown. “I try to reuse something rather than throwing it away. I’ve made underwear out of old camisoles and pajama pants from old flannel sheets. I reuse elastic from worn-out clothing. My travel beverage cup is a sauce jar with a reusable canning lid drilled with a hole for a reusable straw. Such examples show how we live every day.” Marewski’s love of travel doesn’t interfere with her sustainability quest. “When I travel, I like to walk or bicycle across countries,” she says. “It gives me a closer connection to the land and spontaneous contact with interesting

Next Steps to Sustainability Green America Midwest Renewable Energy Association Browsing Nature’s Aisles by Eric and Wendy Brown ECOpreneuring by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs by Wendy Brown The Urban Homestead and Making It by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen

people. I’m building a tiny home on wheels that’ll be completely self-sufficient, with solar, composting toilet and water catchment to reduce my footprint even further.” “Last August, I started a tenuretrack position in the school of business at Viterbo University,” says Dixon, who emphasizes how students can pursue sustainability in business and life. “I teach systems thinking, complex systems change and globally responsible leadership, all of which have a sustainability component.” She’s also faculty advisor to Enactus, a student organization focused on social entrepreneurship and making a positive impact on the community. “The best part of how we live is when my daughters make everyday eco-minded choices without even realizing it,” observes Brown. “I can see how remarkable it is, because I have the perspective of having lived differently. But for them, it’s just the way things are done. I think in that way, I’ve succeeded.” Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko’s ecojourney is captured in their books, ECOpreneuring, Farmstead Chef, Homemade for Sale, Rural Renaissance and Soil Sisters. Every day, they eat from their organic gardens surrounding their farm powered by the wind and sun. natural awakenings

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Water is the foundation of life.



WATERS Our Precious Freshwater Supplies Are Shrinking by Linda Sechrist


irtually all water, atmospheric water vapor and soil moisture presently gracing the Earth has been perpetually recycled through billions of years of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. As all living things are composed of mostly water and thus a part of this cycle, we may be drinking the same water that a Tyrannosaurus Rex splashed in 68 million years ago, along with what was poured into Cleopatra’s bath.


Perhaps this mythological sense of water’s endlessness or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration images from outer space of a blue planet nearly three-quarters covered by water makes us complacent. Yet only 2.5 percent of Earth’s water is not salt water and of sufficient quality to be consumable by humans, plants and animals. Vulnerable to the demands of humanity’s unprecedented population ex-

Clean drinking water is rapidly being depleted all around the world.

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plosion, careless development and toxic pollution and other contamination, we must reexamine this precious resource. Sandra Postel, founder of the Global Water Policy Project, who has studied freshwater issues for more than 30 years, says, “Communities, farmers and corporations are asking what we really need the water for, whether we can meet that need with less, and how water can be better managed [through] ingenuity and ecological intelligence, rather than big pumps, pipelines, dams and canals.” Seeking to reclaim lost ground in the protection of our water and wetland resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the 2015 Clean Water Rule. The new regulations are needed to restore the strength to the 1972 Clean Water Act that has been weakened by the courts and previous administrations. Notably, within hours of activating the regulation, the EPA was served with lawsuits from corporate polluters, and within weeks, more than 20 state attorneys general filed suit against it. Today the legal battle continues over whether the new regulation will be allowed to stay in force or not. “Every day, local, state and federal governments are granting permission to industries to pollute, deforest, degrade and despoil our environments, resulting in serious effects on our planet and our bodies,” says Maya K. van Rossum, a Delaware Riverkeeper and head of the four-state Delaware Riverkeeper Network. Under van Rossum’s leadership the network has created a national initiative called For the Generations advocating for the passage of constitutional protection for environmental rights at both the state and federal levels. It was inspired by a legal victory secured by van Rossum and her organization in 2013 in a case titled Robinson Township, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. vs. the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which used Pennsylvania’s Constitutional Environmental Rights Amendment to strike down significant portions of a pro-fracking piece of legislation as unconstitutional. Until this legal

victory, Pennsylvania’s constitutional environmental rights amendment was dismissed as a mere statement of policy rather than a true legal protection. “Each individual process of fracking uses on the order of 5 million gallons of freshwater water mixed with chemicals for drilling and fracking operations, introducing highly contaminated wastewater into our environment,” explains van Rossum. “Every frack increases the chances of carcinogenic chemical leakage into the soil and water sources.” In the pioneering Pennsylvania case, the court’s ruling made clear that the environmental rights of citizens aren’t granted by law, but are inherent and rights that cannot be removed, annulled or overturned by government or law. “Even more significant, the court stated that these environmental rights belong to present generations living on Earth today and to future generations,” enthuses van Rossum. She also cites that although America’s Declaration of Independence includes several inalienable rights, our federal constitution and those of 48 states fail to provide protection for three basic needs required to

enjoy them—the right to pure water, clean air and healthy environments. Van Rossum’s audiences are shocked to learn that clean water isn’t enforced as a human right. Threatened by myriad environmental, political, economic and social forces, and contamination from carcinogenic pesticides, toxic herbicides, chemical warfare and rocket fuel research materials plus heavy metals like mercury and lead, an era of clean water scarcity already exists in parts of our own country and much of the world. Episodic tragedies like the 2015 Gold King Mine wastewater spill near Silverton, Colorado, and Flint, Michigan’s current lead-laced drinking water crisis raise public awareness. “The technologies and know-how exist to increase the productivity of every liter of water,” says Postel. “But citizens must first understand the issues and insist on policies, laws and institutions that promote the sustainable use and safety of clean water.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

Freshwater Needs Spur Fresh Thinking United Nations World Water Development Report Food & Water Watch on Corporate Takeover of Water Public Citizen on How to Protect Our Public Right to Clean Water Privatization U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Roster of Contaminated Water Cleanup Sites Clean Water Rule Call to Action

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Southwest Florida Clean Water Movement Takes Action Clean Water as a Human Right by Linda Sechrist


ohn G. Heim, the leader of the Southwest Florida Clean Water Movement and other activists that began demonstrating nonstop in November for 60 days on the Fort Myers Beach Bridge have continued to demonstrate and are fully committed to persist in their rallying efforts. “We will demonstrate every week at a different bridge in Southwest Florida for as long as it takes to educate the public on how the toxic discharges are destroying the Caloosahatchee River, estuary and local Gulf waters, and why we need to get our Lee County Commissioners to urge the Army Corp of Engineers to stop the Lake Okeechobee discharges. We also want them to urge Governor Rick Scott to honor the voter’s will to use Amendment One funds for acquisition of 153,000 acres of land (still under option with US Sugar until 2020) south of the lake, where the water can be sent for filtering purposes before flowing into the Everglades,” says Heim. At present, the discharges are flowing into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers, as well as the Indian River lagoon. The polluted water is destroying fragile ecosystems and devastating the tourism economy, as well as posing an immediate public safety crisis. “These discharges extend 30 miles offshore and are reaching as far south as Bonita Springs and Naples. For the first time in history, they have reached Marco Island,” advises Heim. The Southwest Florida Clean Water Movement (SWFLCWM) has 10,000 supporters throughout the state. “Anyone interested in joining us in our demonstrations can become a member of our Facebook group ( groups/SWFLcleanwater) and check our schedule. We undoubtedly will be demonstrating all through 2016, since 48

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our rainy season will impact the discharges even more,” notes Heim, who recently went to Washington, D.C., to speak with congressional representatives regarding the discharges. He met with Congressman Curt Clawson R-FL, who cosponsored with Senator Bill Nelson D-FL, bipartisan emergency legislation to expedite repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike (by 2020). Since Heim began meeting in November with the members of the newly formed Southwest Florida Mayor’s Coalition on Water Quality—Fort Myers, Sanibel, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers Beach—he notes that no action has been taken on requests for a press conference or the demands for water testing in the areas where water is now murky and brown. “We call the sludge line of brown water, which is visible in aerial photographs, the ‘line of death’, because wherever it flows, more dead fish, stingrays, sharks, conch and starfish are washing up on the shore. Unfortunately, we aren’t making any progress on our demand, and the Health Department of Lee County will only test for e-coli in bird droppings. Our only choice is to use the crowdfunding money we raised to pay for testing, which costs approximately $500 for each particular item. Due to the high cost, our requests have to be very specific,” explains Heim. Heim is also asking for political transparency—full disclosure of campaign funds—to see which local official’s campaign is funded by the sugar industry, which he believes is back pumping polluted water from their fields into the lake. This is illegal per the 1972 Clean Water Act. “With the help of the Internet, our

Southwest Florida Clean Water Movement is being supported by people throughout the U.S. We filmed a video of the line of death and posted it. In one week, we had a million hits to our Facebook page. Even Alan Farago, Huffington Post’s writer and environmental activist, mentioned us in his February 16 blog post,” comments Heim, who refutes any rhetoric by mainstream media, local mayors and the sugar industry suggesting the situation is being over exaggerated and does not pose a risk to human health. “Hundreds of us who work and live along this coast have acute respiratory issues such as bronchitis. We had red tide for a month during discharges. It’s an insult to anyone concerned about the health risk of the chemicals and harmful agents in our waterways that are causing massive fish kills,” says Heim. Southwest Florida’s economy, natural beauty and quality of life are intricately linked to how water resources are managed. “All the different groups such as Captains for Clean Water, Politics of Florida Water, Stonecrab Alliance,, Anglers for Everglades Restoration and any other groups need to network together toward a solution. We all want clean water, and we are more likely to get it if we work together. There is power in numbers,” says Heim, who suggests that concerned supporters and citizens attend the Food & Thought Health Freedom Summit in Naples on April 2 to learn from the Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum about the For the Generations initiative of the Delaware River Waterkeeper Network. The mission of this initiative emerged as the result of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that upheld the inalienable right of humans to pure water, clean air and a healthy environment. The initiative is for the pursuit and procurement of state constitutional-level environment protection of environmental rights. Presently, protection at this level exists only in Pennsylvania and Montana. For more information, call 407-4606452, or email LowTideFilms@gmail. com. Visit Also visit for the event schedule.


Earth Song

Mother Nature’s Rhythms Restore the Soul by Susan Andra Lion


other Earth’s gentle hand is the secure cushion that warms us on long nights and sings comforting messages through endless days, protecting us even when things seem amiss. Take in her lovely presence. Embrace her consistent wisdom. Know that her dreams are ours and ours hers, connected by timely, comforting songs. It’s time to step away from the manicured lawns, concrete walks and well-planned gardens. An open door beckons us to the sparkling air out there to listen to the grasses breathe and murmur. Prairie grasses roll on and on through curvaceous hills and flat-edged fields, undeterred by human attempts to control their rippling arpeggios. We are asked to just listen. Be alone with the music of the grasses and be in harmony with the hum of the universe. Mother Earth’s apron is laden with flowers; simple, ever-present reminders that we are loved. She tempts us to take some time off, shed our shoes and settle into the lyrical realms of her strong body. The trees reach to the depths of the earth, deep into the mystery of lavender waters, and simultaneously throw their arms to the heavens, connecting all things living. The wind hears the prevailing songs that weave in and out of these lovely courtiers of the forest. In listening to their unerring stories, we let their siren songs sigh into our soul. It’s time to play in Earth’s garden and see her for who she is—today. Don’t hesitate. Go, play, linger, breathe and be one with the present moment. Adapted from Just Imagine Trees, a coloring book for all ages, by Susan Andra Lion. natural awakenings

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Marie Kondo on the Joy of Tidying Up

Simplicity Invites Happiness into Our Lives by April Thompson

a hunger for order and simplicity. She’s now released a companion book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. Kondo’s principles, including vertically stacking clothing and using special folding methods for socks, can seem quirky, yet her approach gets results. Kondo claims a nearly zero percent “clutter relapse” rate among clients because they’ve become surrounded only by things they love. photo by Ichigo Natsuno


apanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo helps us discover happiness through tidiness. Already perusing home and lifestyle magazines by age 5, she spent her childhood “tidying” up her surroundings rather than playing with toys. The organizing system Kondo went on to develop, the KonMari method, defies most long-held rules of organizing, such as installing clever storage solutions to accommodate stuff or de-cluttering one area at a time. Her New York Times bestseller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has been published in 30 countries, demonstrating that her methods speak to universal desires, including

How can we begin to get and stay organized? It’s not about a set of rules, but acquiring the right mindset for becoming a

tidy person. Think in concrete terms, so that you can picture what it would be like to live in a clutter-free space. Start by identifying your bigger goal. Ask yourself why you want this, repeating the question to get to the root of the answer. As you explore the reasons behind your ideal lifestyle, you’ll realize that the ultimate reason is to be happy. Then you are ready to begin. I recommend cleaning out and organizing your entire space in one go-around. When completed, the change is so profound that it inspires a strong aversion to your previously cluttered state. The key is to make the change so sudden that you experience a complete change of heart. By discarding the easy things first, you can gradually hone your decision-making skills, including knowing who else can use what you don’t need. I recommend starting with clothes, then move to books, documents, miscellaneous items and finally anything with sentimental value.

Is it important to touch every single object in the decision process? At one point in my life, I was virtually a “disposal unit”, constantly on the lookout for superfluous things. One day, I realized that I had been so focused on what to discard that I had forgotten to cherish the things I loved. Through this experience, I concluded

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that the best way to choose what to keep is to actually hold each item. As you do, ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” When you touch something, your body reacts, and its response to each item is different. The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own—identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude and bidding them farewell and good wishes for their onward journey—is a rite of passage to a new life.

Must keepsakes be included? Mementoes are reminders of a time that gave us joy, yet truly precious memories will never vanish, even if you discard the associated objects. By handling each sentimental item, you process your past. The space we live in should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.

What do you recommend for organizing what remains after a purge? The secret to maintaining an uncluttered room is to pursue simplicity in storage, so that you can see at a glance what you have. My storage rules are simple: Store all items of the same type in one place and don’t scatter storage space.

How does this process change us and our relationship to things? Through it, you identify both what you love and need in your home and in your life. People have told me that decluttering has helped them achieve lifelong dreams, such as launching their own business; in other cases, it has helped them let go of negative attachments and unhappy relationships. Despite a drastic reduction in belongings, no one has ever regretted it, even those that ended up with a fifth of their earlier possessions. It’s a continuing strong reminder that they have been living all this time with things they didn’t need. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at natural awakenings

April 2016


Acupuncture Treatment for Chronic Illness Local Residents Shed Light on their Use of Acupuncture by Linda Sechrist


he practice of acupuncture, an aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has been an important part of health and wellness in Chinese culture for as long as 5,000 years. Used in China’s hospitals, acupuncture first gained the attention in the U.S. when James Reston, a New York Times reporter, traveled to China as part of an advanced team prior to President Richard Nixon’s 1971 visit. Reston suffered an acute attack of appendicitis, was admitted to a Peking hospital and underwent an emergency appendectomy. Reston was so impressed with acupuncture treatments for his postoperative pain that he wrote about it in the New York Times, opening an important window on complementary medicine. 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. Nearly 20 years later, 2016 research data on acupuncture use estimates that nearly 20 million Americans over the age of 18 have not only tried acupuncture at some time in their life, but have been very satisfied with the results. Clearly, according to Christina S. Herlihy, Ph.D., chief executive officer for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), there is a need for continued research and public education so that more people can access and benefit from the system of TCM. Not willing to wait another two millennia for modern medicine to arrive at the same conclusions explained in the Chinese Huang Di Nei Jing, an ancient text presenting a complete view of the workings of the human body and a comprehensive medical system for the diagnosis and prevention of disease, as well as the preservation of health and life, Jingduan Yang, M.D., has taken matters into his own hands. Founder of the Tao Institute of Mind and Body Medicine, this leading physician, 52

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board-certified psychiatrist and international expert on classic forms of TCM has been educating medical students as director of the Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture Program at the Jefferson Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, in Philadelphia. Now Yang is reaching a wider audience with his book Facing East: Ancient Health + Beauty Secrets For The Modern Age, in which he makes an important comparison. “Classical Chinese medicine is like the wise elder statesman worthy of our reverence and attention, while modern medicine is more like a young whippersnapper racing to catch up,” says the faculty member of the Center for Integrative Medicine of University of Arizona.” With such time-tested results being put to use by an experienced academic and medical professional such as Yang and the many local acupuncturists in Southwest Florida, many individuals are considering acupuncture as more than a placebo effect and using it as serious medicine for resolving the root cause of chronic illnesses. Natural Awakenings turned to the patients of local acupuncturists to learn how it helps them. Back and hip pain: At 80 years young, Marco Island resident Betsy Perdichiczzi wasn’t willing to accept the doctor’s prognosis to simply tolerate her arthritic Betsy Perdichiczzi back and hip pain. Initially, she tried massage for relief. Although it helped temporarily, the pain

returned. After Perdichiczzi met an acupuncturist several times at her daughter’s karate events, she felt comfortable making an appointment. “I’m pain-free, feel 10 years younger and have recently enrolled in karate exercise lessons, as well as the tai chi classes he recommended,” enthuses Perdichizzi. Sinus issues: A suggestion that acupuncture might help his back pain and seasonal sinus issues prompted Naples resident Joel Whittenhall, founder of a local community bank, to schedule an appointment for acupuncture, which provided relief from both issues and allowed him to get off pain medications that he used occasionally. “I’ve been going every three weeks for a treatment for the last two years. After I’m needled and lying on the table, I get the best 30 to 45 minutes of sleep,” says Whittenhall. Dystonia: Fran Smith had a different reason for using acupuncture—dystonia, a neurological voice disorder that can cause the voice to break up or to have a tight, strained, quality. “Before I was going for regular acupuncture treatments, I could barely be understood across the bridge table,” says the competitive player, who also uses acupuncture and massage for wellness. Digestive problems, bronchitis and headaches: Sue Goldsberry has used acupuncture for numerous reasons, including bronchitis, headaches and digestive problems. “I’ve gone in with a horrible headache and got immediate relief,” she advises. Bell’s palsy, shingles and celiac disease: The image of having needles stuck in her skin didn’t appeal to Debra Jones when her chiropractor referred her to an acupuncturist 14 years ago. “I fainted whenever I had blood drawn, but we hoped for the best. I showed up for my first office visit with painful shingles in my ears, a paralyzed face and problems with the medications I was taking. During the first appointment, which lasted two hours, needling

unfroze Jones’s face. She could smile and wink again. “Since then, I’ve gone for numerous health issues, nutritional advice and alleviating stress. Sometimes it only takes a few treatments to correct issues,” she says. Jones jokingly refers to herself as Humpty Dumpty. “Acupuncture always puts me back together again, even when I broke my toe and my foot was casted up to my ankle. Only my toes could be treated. My doctor said that he’d never seen a casted foot that didn’t swell or turn black and blue. At the end of eight weeks, he put me into a boot wrap and told me that I didn’t even need physical therapy,” says Jones. Stress: Using acupuncture to maintain her chiropractic adjustments has helped Kathy Meyer immensely. “I didn’t have to schedule chiropractic appointKathy Meyer ments as often and I noticeably made more progress. Now I use acupuncture to sleep better, boost my immune system and manage my stress and adrenal fatigue,” says Meyer. MRSA and fibromyalgia: A brown recluse spider bit Beverly Morris during the cleanup after Hurricane Charlie. She was seriously ill for approximately seven years, suffered from serious pain, as well as the skin infections Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA). When she finally went to an acupuncturist, the first three months were the most difficult. “I went weekly for an hour. As I began feeling better, she recommended other holistic things and prescribed two rounds of blood work three months apart. The results were used to design my herbal program. Everything worked and I began feeling better. Although MRSA never goes away, she succeeded at putting it into a dormant state. Autoimmune disease, allergies, fertility and neuropathy: Consistently for 15 years (with a three-year break), Camden Smith

Camden Smith relied on her acupuncturist’s second specialty, Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET) to help her with a host of allergies, autoimmune disease, neuropathy and Type 1 Diabetes. Virtually a walking miracle, Smith suffered with early onset of menopause at age 36. Thanks to acupuncture, NAET and a holistic autoimmune physician, she got pregnant at age 39 and is now the mother of a beautiful baby girl born on February 18. “Anyone who says acupuncture and NAET are witchcraft should see me and my daughter,” says Smith. Stress, balancing hormones and fertility: Reading articles on alternative medicine introduced Lenka Spiska to TCM, which she has been using for 12 years. Lenka Spiska “After many years and thousands of dollars spent on every possible fertility procedure and drug, I turned to a knowledgeable acupuncturist. She helped me to be able to conceive my first child and successfully make it through the second pregnancy. I’ve used acupuncture to balance my hormones and energy, as well as for keeping my body healthy despite the ravages of stress. Laura Casey, a registered nurse, successfully recovered from an autoimmune disease with NAET acupuncture treatments. “Nothing natural is a quick fix. It’s about discipline and a healthy lifestyle. I enter private homes and independent living facilities, and even though I am exposed to a lot of germs from working in pediatrics and with our aging population, I rarely get sick. For prevention and wellness, I rely on acupuncture and homeopathy,” says Casey. Rosacea, cancer, arthritis and weight loss: Acupuncture has helped Reggi Wilson alleviate rosacea symptoms, navigate her cancer treatments and achieve weight loss. First introduced to it 40 years ago through an Herbalife distributor, Wilson recently returned to using acupuncture regularly to maintain an internal sense of calm and peace. Healing and wellness strategies: Fran Smith, who continues to play com-

petitive bridge, believes that the majority of individuals are timid when it comes to TCM’s healing and wellness strategies. “It’s too challenging for most people to accept that needling the toe can help the ear. Our society unfortunately connects the dots between drugs and cures, when in fact they only mask symptoms. When you’re desperate, it’s easy to get lured into thinking that pharmaceutical chemicals can solve every problem. It’s just not true,” she says. Perhaps the scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla was right when he proposed that the day science begins to study non-physical phenomena it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. As Yang suggests, let’s hope discovering the science behind the components of TCM doesn’t take as long as it has for us to discover it. In the meantime, we have knowledgeable acupuncturists that in the state of Florida are considered primary care physicians.

Local Acupuncture Resources Patricia Acerra, AP, 2335 9th St. N., Ste. 303B, Naples; 239-659-9100. Acupuncture Care of Naples, Charles Caccamesi, DOM, AP, 501 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. D100, Naples. 239-877-2531. See ad, page 24. Acupuncture Center of Naples, Xiu Qiong Cen, OMD, AP, 5683 Naples Blvd., Naples. 239-513-9232. See ad, page 31. Acupuncture Solutions, Jack Morris, AP, 6628 Willow Park Dr. Ste. C, Naples. 239-293-4005. JackMorrisAP. See ad, page 61. Alternative Natural Healthcare, Michelle Brown, AP, 26381 S. Tamiami Tr., Bonita Springs. 239-947-6234. See ad, page 42. Arthur Teubner, AP,DOM, Fifth Ave. S., Naples. 239-451-3282. natural awakenings

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Balanced Health, 19 Bald Eagle Rd., Ste. B, Marco Island. 239-248-0455, Complete Well-Being Center, Rosemary Harris, AP, 684 Goodlette Rd. N., Naples; 239-404-0648. Gulfcoast Acupuncture, Phyllis C. Weber, AP, 6300 Corporate Court, Ste. 104, Fort Myers; 1250 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 301, Naples; 239-841-6611. See ad, page 14. Healing Arts Center, John E. Patton, AP, LMHC, 1063-1065 Fifth Ave. N., Naples; 239-262-6828. HealingArtsCenter Liu’s Acupuncture Center, Tianyi Wei, MD, OMD, 803 Myrtle Terr., Naples; 239-403-9077. Zhongwei Liu, OMD, AP, 8971 Daniels Ctr. Dr., Ste. 304, Fort Myers, 239-2989076. See ad, page 6. TAE Healthy Aging Center, Terri Evans AP DOM, 3811 Airport Rd. N, Naples; 239-430-6800. See ad, page 62. The Center for Natural Healing, Candace Tranter-Cool, 4632 Vincennes Blvd. Ste. 104, Cape Coral. 239-452-5600. See ad, page 22.


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Millennials’ Take on Fitness

They Like Short, Social and Fun Workouts by Derek Flanzraich


illennials are a big deal. Most businesses view them as trendsetters for good reason: Born between the early 1980s and early 2000s, they make up 25 percent of the population and represent $200 billion in annual buying power. Like the baby boomers before them, they also have the power to profoundly influence other generations, both young and old. Millennials have largely rejected previous fitness trends and instead paved a new path to health and wellness. In doing so, they’ve transformed both the business of fitness and the idea of what it means to be healthy. They’ve created a more personalized approach that encompasses the values of their generation.

What They Are Millennials are a fast-paced, wellinformed group. They devour news and information as soon as it’s released and then share it with others, usually via social media. This quick turnover cycle has led to an “out with the old, in with the new” mentality in many aspects of life. For a generation that strives to be trailblazers, things quickly become outdated. Millennials are always seek-

ing new ways to get fit and eat healthy, even if it means creating something unique to them. The Internet has allowed these young adults to find more like-minded people than ever before. They grew up with constant connectivity, which has allowed them to build larger communities of friends online as well as locally, and keep everyone apprised of their fitness goals and progress. Millennials’ overscheduled lives mean they value shorter, quicker and more convenient options, especially in regard to workouts and healthy meals. They are more likely than any other age group to track their own health progress and use technologies such as health and fitness apps which monitor such data as steps, heart rate and caloric intake as a complement to their fitness routines. Being healthy means more than weight loss or looking good to them. For this pivotal generation, health is increasingly about living a happier life.

What They Like Millennials’ values and unique approach to health have fostered the growth of innovative fitness movements, health-focused stores and restaurants

and alternative medicine. Here are the three biggest trends making an impact on the wellness industry. What’s hot: Shorter, full-body workouts that are also fun. What’s not: Steady-state cardio exercises as a starting point for losing weight and improving health. It’s been increasingly shown that steady-state cardio workouts may be the most effective way to lose weight, but they also lack widespread appeal. Instead of sticking to a traditional treadmill, many millennials have flocked to workout regimens that regularly switch exercises or use high-intensity interval training, such as Zumba, SoulCycle and CrossFit. What’s hot: A more holistic approach to health. What’s not: Diets that emphasize rapid weight loss.  Millennials don’t believe that weight is the major indicator of health as much as previous generations have. Instead, they increasingly think of weight as just one among many key components of a healthy lifestyle. A higher percentage define being healthy as having regular physical activity and good eating habits. What’s hot: Alternative workouts that are customizable, fun and social. What’s not: Inflexible gym memberships and daily attendance. Instead of hitting the gym, young adults tend to prefer new forms of fitness that can be personalized to their needs. They like obstacle races such as Tough Mudder, fun and distance runs like The Color Run, at-home fitness workouts like P90X, and bodyweight regimens. As a group, millennials are redefining wellness and changing how following generations will view health. Their preferences for fun, personalized workouts and holistic wellness have fueled trends with far-reaching implications for the food, tech and healthcare industries, and that’s just the start. Derek Flanzraich is an entrepreneur on a mission to help the world think about health in a healthier way. He is the founder and CEO of Greatist, a New York City-based media startup working to make healthy living cool. natural awakenings

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Farm-to-Hospital On-Site Farms Grow Organics for Patients by Judith Fertig


ost people would agree with the results of a 2011 study by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: Typical hospital food is full of the dietary fat, sodium, calories, cholesterol and sugar that contribute to the medical problems that land many in the hospital in the first place. The study’s dietitians further found that some hospitals house up to five fast-food outlets. Because studies from institutions such as the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the University of Maryland show that a poor diet


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contributes to a host of illnesses and longer recovery time after surgery—all of which increase healthcare costs—it befits hospitals to embrace healthier eating. Now, a dozen pioneering hospitals have their own on-site farms and others are partnering with local farms, embracing new ways to help us eat healthier, especially those that most need to heal. “In a paradigm shift, hospitals are realizing the value of producing fresh, local, organic food for their patients,” says Mark Smallwood, executive director of the nonprofit Rodale Institute,

in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. It recently partnered with St. Luke’s University Hospital, in nearby Bethlehem, to help support operations of the hospital’s 10-acre organic farm that yields 30 varieties of vegetables and fruits served in hospital meals to support patient recovery. New mothers are sent home with baskets of fresh produce to help instill healthy eating habits. “Organic fruits and vegetables offer many advantages over conventionally grown foods,” says Dr. Bonnie Coyle, director of community health for St. Luke’s University Health Network. She cites the higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants as contributing to a reduced incidence of heart disease and some cancers and a lowered risk for other common conditions such as allergies, and hyperactivity in children. Hospital farms also benefit the environment and facilitate other healing ways. Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Ann Arbor’s hospital farm, created in 2010 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, is a win-win-win solution. “We can model the connection between food and health to our patients, visitors, staff and community,” says hospital spokesperson Laura Blodgett. Their Health Care Without Harm pledge commits the hospital to providing local, nutritious and sustainable food. The farm repurposed some of the hospital’s 340-acre campus, eliminating considerable lawn mowing and chemicals. Today, its organic produce also supplies an on-site farmers’ market. Most recently, collaboration with a rehab hospital treating traumatic brain injuries resulted in a solar-heated greenhouse to continually produce organic food using raised beds and a

Ferris-wheel-style planting system that enables patients to experience gardening as agritherapy. “Patients love the hands-on healing of tending the garden,” says Blodgett. Another innovative hospital is Watertown Regional Medical Center, in rural Wisconsin. Its farm, located behind the 90-bed hospital, raises 60 pesticidefree crops a year, including vegetables, herbs and even edible flowers. “We believe that food is medicine,” says Executive Chef Justin Johnson. He also serves his healthier fare to the public via special dinners in the hospital’s café, celebrating spring and fall harvests. In Arcata, California, Mad River Community Hospital’s designated farmer, Isaiah Webb, tills six plots and two greenhouses to supply organic carrots, beets, tomatoes, basil, potatoes, sweet corn, artichokes, squash, pumpkins, lettuce, blueberries, apples and strawberries to patients and guests. An inhouse work/share program encourages hospital employees to volunteer gardening time for a share of the produce. A three-way partnership of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Fletcher Allen Health Care and Central Vermont Medical Center, all in the Burlington area, combines community supported agriculture (CSA) and physicians’ prescriptions for healthier eating. Diane Imrie, director of nutrition services at Fletcher Allen, comments, “If we want to have a ‘well’ community, they have to be well fed.” Paid student farmers from 15 to 21 years old grow and harvest eight acres of fruits and vegetables for selected doctor-recommended patients in the 12-week-growing season program. Patients gain an appreciation of healthy eating that remains with them, thus decreasing their need for acute medical care. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farm-to-institution programs like these both provide healthy food to hospital patients and help develop sustainable regional food systems. We all benefit from such healing ripples in the healthcare pond. Judith Fertig is the author of awardwinning cookbooks, including The Gardener and the Grill; she blogs at from Overland Park, KS.

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Stealing Back Our Precious Time Local Spas Can Lift Evidence of Age from the Face by Lily Viola


o matter how many millions of beauty perspective, acupuncture is a From light chemical dollars that we spend on antivaluable ally for the face. According aging creams and restorative to Teri Evans, acupuncturist, doctor facial peels that refresh surgery, we can never overcome gravity, of Oriental medicine and owner of the skin, crystal-free which is at the heart of all wrinkles, sagTAE Healthy Aging, in Naples, facial ging skin and drooping eyelids. While rejuvenation acupuncture (FRA) promicrodermabrasion, it’s true that no topical applications are vides benefits beyond skin-deep. “FRA, microcurrent and stronger than Father Time, non-invasive a specific system for the face, turns skin tightening and toning technology back the clock and takes years off your ultrasound, the effects does offer excellent temporary fixes that appearance. By systemically treating the of aging, wrinkles and last on the average from two to 10 years, whole body via the energetic channels depending on the procedure used, as damaged skin can now be of the face, its muscular structure also well as an individual’s genetics and type benefits. FRA can reshape patterns of managed via what skin of skin. aging, reduce lines and wrinkles, im Matching our more inner youthful prove complexion and provide a natural specialists have labeled spirit and a younger face without the use acupuncture facelift,” says Evans. the lunchtime facelift. of invasive surgeries and the attendant Michelle Brown, a licensed weeks of swelling and skin discoloracupuncture physician and owner of ation is no longer a tall order to fill, thanks to the variety of Alternative Natural Healthcare, in Bonita Springs, offers painless, safe and non-invasive facial treatments that take skin needling, also called dermarolling, and micro-needling advantage of radio frequencies and ultrasound vibrations. therapy. “I apply skin rollers with fine surgical steel needles From light chemical facial peels that refresh the skin, crys- directly to the upper dermis in a crisscross motion. It stimutal-free microdermabrasion, microlates the collagen and elastin production. Needling uses the current and ultrasound, the effects body’s natural healing process to stimulate collagen deposits of aging, wrinkles and damaged while preserving the epidermis,” advises Brown. skin can now be managed via what Tehjan Prendiville, owner of Assuage Spa Luxury, skin specialists have labeled the with locations in Fort Myers and Naples, recommends Ullunchtime facelift. This term, which therapy, a non-surgical skin rejuvenation procedure that uses has emerged within the last five or ultrasound to target the deep foundational layer of skin. The six years, generally refers to facial only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved device rejuvenations and mini-lifts that for facial tightening and brow elevation, it produces gradual are the result of minimally invasive tightening and firming results for a natural lift of the skin over procedures and quick recovery time. Intense Pulse Light times. Natural Awakenings turned Therapy, another nonto local spa owners and estheticians surgical skin rejuvenation to learn more about such anti-aging procedure that tightens measures and quick uplifts. and firms skin, also uses At Spa de Larissa, in Naples, ultrasound. “Diamond the Vita Lift Non-Surgical Face Lift is Microdermabrasion is a an electro-lifting “workout” for the good addition. This gentle 55 muscles of the face. Very effecmechanical process of tive for sagging skin, Vita Lift uses an exfoliation removes the electrochemical, bipolar microcuroutermost surface of the rent that targets specific muscles. A skin, diminishes fine lines, customized facial is included. “Add- lightens skin discoloration ing a Vita Peel and microdermabrafrom sun damage and sion prior to this treatment provides rejuvenates dull-looking a jumpstart by removing the top skin,” she says. Before (top photo) and layers of skin and regenerating the At Andrea’s Organic after treatment at epidermis,” says Larissa Smolen, Hair Studio & Day Spa, Before (top photo) and after Assuage Spa Luxury, spa owner. in Naples, LED “light” Exilis treatment at Naples From an anti-aging and ageless Therapy is a painless, Trim & Tone Spa, Naples


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of collagen to firm and even relaxing skilled in anti-aging proskin-care treatlift naturally. “The spa cedures for the face, the ment that plumps also offers skin needling real defense for staving off up aging skin by and LED light therapy,” the appearance of aging is boosting collagen advises spa owner to eat right, drink plenty production. “LED Elizabeth Havens. of water, exercise and get works by sending To reduce the fine enough sleep. energy-producing lines of aging, Organic packets of light Skincare & Bodyworx Resources into deeper layers in Naples also offers LED Alternative Natural of the skin. Red light therapy, numerous Healthcare, light stimulates facials and crystal free 26381 S. Tamiami Tr., the fibroblasts microdermabrasion that Bonita Springs. 239-947that produce colreturn a more youthful Before (top photo) 6234. AlternativeNatural lagen, giving skin appearance. “They are and after treatment See ad, a plump look, all pain free and there at Trim & Tone page 42 while minimizis no recovery time,” Spa, Naples ing fine lines, says Jayne Koedding, Before (top photo) and after Andrea’s Organic Studio & wrinkles and sun damage,” explains spa spa owner. treatment at Alternative Day Spa, 6714 Lone Oak owner Andrea Sorrenti. Trim & Tone Spa, Natural Healthcare, Naples Blvd., Naples. 239-514 Radio frequency facial rejuvenain Naples, offers two 4707. NaplesOrganic tion energy penetrates deep into the different non-surgical See ad, page 26. skin and affects the deeper dermis and facelifts. One combines microcurrent subcutaneous layers, causing tightening and the Ultimate Ultrasonic EpiWave Assuage Spa Luxury, 9407 Cypress Lake and improvements to the underlying treatment, which provides exfoliation Dr., Ste. C, Ft. Myers. 239-333-1450. tissue structure. It treats the forehead without the irritation and inflammation 1201 Piper Blvd. Unit 1, Naples. 239(lifts brows and tightens the forehead generally associated with microdermskin), under the eyes (thickens skin and abrasion. Microcurrent, applied to each 333-1450. See ad, page 20. muscle group of the face and neck, tightens and lifts the upper cheek skin), mimics the electrical impulses of the cheeks (lifts slightly and diminishes body to lift and tone and contour jowls, Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, 13240 enlarged pores), mid-face, jaw line (diTamiami Tr. N., Ste. 207, Naples. 239minishes jowling and sagging along the double chins and droopy eyelids. It increases blood flow, as well as collagen, 514-4494. OrganicSkinCareAnd jaw line), and neck (tightens skin and See ad, page 3. and diminishes capillaries, dark circles diminishes wrinkling of the neck). Purely You Spa, in Naples, a cer- and puffiness. Results are cumulative Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Tr. N., tified organic spa, uses a powerful sys- over a series of six to 12 treatments. Ste. 302, Naples. 239-331-8266. “My facelift specialty combines tem of red light therapy to encourage See ad, page 17. two devices with powerful technolocollagen production and healing that is ideal for tightening pores, promoting gies, ultrasound vibrations and radio Skin Renewal Systems, 1000 N. Collier collagen regeneration and diminishing frequency energy. Exilis Elite, recogBlvd., Ste. 11 and 13, Marco Island. 239nized by New Beauty magazine as the the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles 394-1083. See “best skin-tightening device”, is a nonand age spots. “It generally takes six ad, page 19. invasive, non-surgical, skin-tightening treatments of 10 to 15 minutes each to achieve desired results, with mainte- instrument that causes collagen to Spa de Larissa, Airport Professional contract for smoother skin and visible nance treatments every 45 to 60 Center, 3811 Airport Rd. N., Ste. 201-B, reduction of facial days thereafter,” rewrinkles. Exilis rejuve- Naples. 239-571-9900. FacialSpaDe marks spa owner See ads, pages 13 and 25. nates the production Jennifer Alvarez. Skin Renewal of collagen for even Tae Healthy Aging Center, 11983 Systems, on Marco more skin tightening. Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 100A, Naples. 239Island, helps skin look We see immediate reyounger and more sults when treating the 430-6800. See vibrant with numerous face, neck, and arms,” ad, page 62. varieties of facial advises spa co-owner Trim & Tone Spa, 1201 Piper Blvd., services, which include Shelle Misiorowski. Ste. 20, Naples. 239-596-5522. the Microcurrent Non While SouthAcupuncture facelift treatment See ad, Surgical Facelift, which west Florida offers at Alternative Natural page 15. promotes the production numerous skin experts Healthcare, Naples natural awakenings

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The Uses of Thermography to Maintain Wellness


by Lee Walker

rteries dilate, blood flow increases and capillaries become more permeable in the presence of chronic inflammation, which causes heat in the body. Although we may not be able to see it on the surface, internal temperature changes are the earliest indicators of disease and dysfunction. Fortunately, inflammation, which makes us aware of issues that we might not otherwise acknowledge, can be detected by thermal imaging. This harmless and painless screening tool uses digital infrared heat map technology to detect potential disease and pinpoint pain and injury sites. A thermal fingerprint with a spectrum of colors that indicates an increase or decrease in the amount of heat emitted from the surface of the body sets a thermogram apart from ultrasound and X-rays. Thermal imaging is sensitive to variations in the vascular, muscular, neural and skeletal systems. Physiological (functional) changes can occur seven to 10 years prior to anatomical (structural) alterations, allowing for a rapid clinical diagnosis of problems, often before symptoms appear. According to Kim Lemons, owner of Suncoast Thermal Imaging, in Cape Coral, and Taryn Kean, owner of Southwest Thermal Imaging, in Bonita Springs, the logic of using thermal imaging to create a history of physiological changes that occur over time is why more women and men are scheduling a full-body thermogram as a part of a proactive prevention and wellness approach to health. “X-rays, ultrasound and mammography show the internal structure of the body, but miss things such as active inflammation, which is an aspect of all illnesses, particularly cancer. A thermogram, which doesn’t use any radiation, provides valuable information to justify additional testing by a physician,” says Kean. This is why individuals that want to know if they have potential health issues before they manifest into full-blown symptoms use a thermogram to monitor their health, particularly those with a history of disease in their family. “Rather than ordering an extensive battery of expensive tests when the physician sees an area of abnormal sensitivity, they can order specific tests,” advises Lemons. A full-body thermogram, which starts just below the brain, extends to the feet. In the skull, sensitivities that could be indicators of allergies, sinus problems, TMJ, gum disease and infected teeth are detectable. Scanning the neck can


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reveal inflammation in the carotid arteries, as well as the functional levels of the thyroid and immune system. “A recent client had imaging done three months apart. The color in the immune area had changed, indicating her immune system was suppressed. She had been sick with the flu in-between appointments,” says Lemons. Screening the body cavity can be beneficial for noting sensitivities that may indicate heart problems, osteoporosis, arthritis, herniated discs and lung dysfunction. In the abdomen, where irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis and Crohn’s disease occur, thermography can pick up high-sensitivity areas. Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, bursitis, varicose veins and poor circulation are also detectable, along with nerve compression and neuropathy in the feet. Lemons and Kean agree that when these conditions are addressed early on, restoring health is much more likely. For prevention, Lemons and Kean recommend a full body scan every two years and a breast scan annually. They suggest thinking of a thermogram as a finger pointing to a potential health problem that needs to be addressed. Suncoast Thermal Imaging is located at 308 S.E. 43rd Ln., in Cape Coral. For more information, call 239-540-1002, email or visit See ad, page 35. Southwest Thermal Imaging is located in the Sunshine Plaza & Professional Center, 9148 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 202, in Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239-949-2011or visit See ad, page 73. natural awakenings

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aples Dog Center & Salon has been doing business in Naples since 2004. Linda and JC Nall, owners of the facility, exited enjoyable careers in the electronics industry to do what they love—caring for and interacting with dogs and people—fulltime. Before moving to Naples from California, Linda, whose favorite pastime was raising, training and handling horses and dogs at competitive events, decided to become a professional groomer, because the activity was already an essential part of preparing the animals for shows. Her background in animal science and nutrition, which she studied at University of California at Davis, provided the perfect foundation for working with clients on their furry companion’s behavioral issues. She is certified in biofeedback and Healing Touch, which she provides in stress-relief biofeedback sessions for dogs and horses. Naples Dog Center’s grooming process combines soothing bathing massages with natural solutions such as aromatherapy, homeopathic remedies, herbs, therapeutic clays and calming remedies. All cleaning and disinfecting solutions, as well as shampoos, are natural and pH balanced. JC’s role is the operation of the store and researching the best-quality foods and treats to offer four-legged friends. “We will never compromise your pet’s natural well-being, which

is why we offer only the best in nutrition, natural remedies, herbs, tinctures, whole food supplements and treats. We carry the best we can find in natural foods—fresh-frozen raw diets, raw meaty bones, custom prepared cooked and raw diets, kibble, canned, packaged and recipes for home-prepared meals. We also ship to our customers when they are away, ” says JC, an ardent researcher. Linda notes that she is grateful that the work done at the center is meaningful and spiritually uplifting. She cites one of many incidents that have occurred in the grooming salon, an open environment where dogs move about freely. “A dog had a seizure here,” she says. “When we saw what was happening, we dimmed the lights and quieted the entire room. He wouldn’t lie down, so I stood over him to make sure he was okay. While he was seizing, the other 22 dogs all gathered in circle to quietly watch. When his seizure was over and he regained his confidence, he pulled himself up and slowly went around the circle to touch the nose of every dog. I could tell hundreds of these stories, and each one makes me smile when I remember the special moments.” Naples Dog Center & Salon is located at 630 Tamiami Tr. N., in Naples. For more information, call 239-530-3647 or visit See ad, page 21.

calendarofevents FRIDAY, APRIL 1 Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 10-11am. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon KabatZinn at U Mass. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Bliss Night Out – 6-8pm. With Sue and Mary. Restorative yoga, crystal singing bowls, aromatherapy, healing touch and more. $25. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center and Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 464-6983. The Food & Thought Healing Freedom Summit Pre-event – 6:30pm. Activities emceed by Michael Montelone, Cade Copeland, DC and Laura Grammatico honor Frank Oakes for sharing his wisdom and mission in promoting health freedom. Dr David Perlmutter presents on Global Agriculture and Your Brain. What’s Organic about ‘Organic’? documentary showing at 8:15pm. 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-2222. See news brief and ad on page 10. 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. Spirit Live Jam – 7:30-9:30pm. Arthur Murray Dance Center, 3339 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 9198501.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2 Mastermind-Advances in Integrative Homeopathy – With Brad Ferringo, of Balanced Health. This session provides scientific evidence and gives a peek into the return of this powerful healing art and how it can help people and practitioners alike get precision

living system with countless tools and techniques to assist you in knowing what you know, beyond what you have been taught is “right” in this reality. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Tr, Naples.  305-3317465. Party for the Planet – 9am-1pm. The national Association of Zoo and Aquariums (AZA) annual Earth Day event is one of the largest Earth Day celebrations on record. Enjoy a variety of family-friendly conservation fun at the Naples Zoo. 1590 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Info ZooLine: 262-5409. See article, page 36.

performance, prevention and assist with difficult cases. Visit the Balanced Health booth Apr 2-3. Held at the Food & Thought Health Freedom Summit, 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Info/session times: 248-0455 or The Food & Thought Healing Freedom Summit – Apr 2-3. This year’s summit will shed light on alternative healing, as well as the need for regeneration in our current corporate-dominated agricultural system. Celebrate healthy, sustainable living at this second annual event. 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-2222. See ad, page 10. SpelLIFE Women’s Wellness Summit – 9amnoon. Keynote speaker: Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD, TED Talk presenter and author of My Stroke of Insight. Dr Pamela Hughes, DO, will present Hormones and Your Brain: What’s Your Connection? Also featuring five breakout sessions on topics related to the Eight Dimensions of Wellness. $50. St John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave, Naples. 598-2296. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Be Well Natural Health Booth – Apr 2-3. 10am8pm. Meet Kristina Aston, certified Access Consciousness facilitator at the Health Freedom Summit. Access Consciousness is a pragmatic, whole life

Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies in your health relating to digestive dysfunction, liver stress, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalances, lymphocytes, health of white and red blood cells and more. $50 includes DVD and takehome information. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778. Iris Analysis – 10am-7pm. With Laura James, holistic iridologist. Receive a road map of strengths and weaknesses; lymphatic and chemical accumulations. By appointment at the Food & Thought Health Freedom Summit. 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 431-9172. See news brief, page 22. Planet Earth Festival – 1pm. The 15th annual Cypress Cove Earth Fest features: organic foods, kayak and canoe rides, live musical performances, local art and wildlife photography, kids activities, presentations on nature, conservation and yoga, drum circle at 5:30pm. Free admission; $5/parking fee. Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 777-0186. See article, page 36. Chakra Balancing with Essential Oils and Shamanic Healing – 1-3pm. With Denise Exler. Participate in a relaxing guided protocol while applying essential oils to assist you in balancing and gently restoring your seven energy centers, one at a time. There will also be drumming, a shamanic healing technique to help restore positive energies. $25. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 4646983.

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Meeting Your Guardian Angel – 1-3pm. With Susan Dintino. Learn about these amazing beings of light that protect us and guide us each and every day. A guided meditation to introduce your angel or angels will be facilitated. $25. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655.  Mini Readings – 1-9pm. With Candyce Strafford. Petunias of Naples, 825 5th Ave S, Naples. RSVP: 403-3550.

SUNDAY, APRIL 3 YogaCAN – 9am, lawn opens; 11am, class begins. A community yoga class to benefit the Cancer Alliance of Naples. Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd N. 598-1938. Magic Bus Ride – 10-11:30am. With Jamie Shane. Utilizing pranayama and light kundalini-style movements, this workshop will help create a mind-space of exploration and expansion. Donuts will be served after class. $20. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Infinite Possibilities: Discovering how to Live the Life of your Dreams – 10am-4:30pm. With Maggie Kyle Petraits. This daylong course will explore and reveal the truths of the Law of Attraction and how to use it to change your life and live the life of your

dreams. $95 includes lunch, goodie bag supplies and workbook. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister by 4/1: 949-0749. Intro to Wicca – 2pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Infinite Possibilities Teen Workshop – 2-5pm. With Kelly Stoks. For teens 13 and up. Utilizing videos and exercises to examine your current thought patterns and belief systems see what may not be serving you and install new thoughts and beliefs, rewriting your subconscious programming, to live a happier life. $45/per teen, 10 percent discount for siblings. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 770-317-6146. Parent Workshop: Positive Communication – 2-5pm. We will understand and learn about the role of a parent as well the impact on the positive communication on a relationship with children and teens. $25/person or $40/couple. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. RSVP: 272-6152. La Milongita – 4-8pm. Argentine tango dance party and group class workshop. Arthur Murray Dance Center, 3339 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 919-8501.

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MONDAY, APRIL 4 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. Mini Readings – 5:30-9pm. With psychic Candyce Strafford. Daniela’s Restaurant, Wiggins Pass Plaza, 13500 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 514-4414. Vitamins, Minerals, Oh My! – 6pm. Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Kristi Willems will discuss some of the vital vitamins and minerals our bodies need to thrive; what they are, where to find them and how to get enough. $25/drop-in; multi-class discount available. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-5249. Gris Gris Bags – 7pm. With Maria. Learn what a gris gris bag is, what it’s used for and how to use it. Used for prosperity and protection, these bags are already infused with energies for that purpose. Create your own or purchase one already infused at a reduced rate. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. StorySlam: An Evening of Storytelling – 7-9pm. Ten local tellers tell their tales. Laughter and tears, joy and sadness, fun and excitement. Stories for all ages entertain, captivate and connect. $15. Sugden Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave S, Naples. Tickets: Toastmasters-StorySlam box office: 263-7990 or StorySlam. See news brief, page 11.

TUESDAY, APRIL 5 Gris Gris Bags – 2pm. With Maria. Learn what a gris gris bag is, what it’s used for and how to use it. Used for prosperity and protection, these bags are already infused with energies for that purpose. Create your own or purchase one already infused at a reduced rate. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls, which help to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6 Simple Easy Every Day Meditation Class – 6-7:30pm. Four-week series with certified meditation instructor Kathy Hurst. Includes book and guided audio recordings. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 580-7700. Community Wellness – 6:30-8pm. Join the Monarch Staff as they promote and discuss information about the individual groups they are offering: Transforming and Empowering Women; Healthy Living w/ Type 2 Diabetes Support Group; Weight


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Release; Adoptive Family Services; Nutritional Transformation Support Group; Abortion Healing Support Group; and Positive Behavior Support Group. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. See news brief, page 16.

soul and bring your body back into its original balance. This is part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. $20/drop-in, $60/4 classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 3259210.

Introduction to Access Consciousness – 7-8pm. What if you had tools and processes to create your life the way you were meant to live? Access Consciousness uses practical techniques that include your being and your body to change anything that isn’t working in your life. Free.  Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-3317465.

Super New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for the new you envision for you, Mother Earth and all of humanity. Let the singing bowls carry your requests up into the universe. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 (cash or check). The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170. 


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Morning Series – 9:30am-noon. Eight-week stressreduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Weekly classes, materials, recording for home practice. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregistration required: 280-9095.

Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 4/14. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Evening Series – 6-8:30pm. Eight-week stressreduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Weekly classes, materials, recording for home practice. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregistration required: 280-9095. Psychic Fair – 6-9pm. Infinite Stones, 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers. 561-1981. See ad, page 74. Restorative Sound – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With William Ward. Allow the healing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls in concert to soothe your


Weight Loss the Functional Way – 11:30am-1pm. With Carrie Bloemers and Kristi Willems. Bloemers and Willems will discuss the most overlooked barriers to weight loss and how they work together as a team to help you reach your individual weight loss and health goals. Free. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 239-676-5249. Psychic and Medium Gallery – 7-9:30pm. With world-renowned professional psychics Jill M Jackson and Allison Hayes. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Info/tickets:

SATURDAY, APRIL 9 Reiki II – 8:30am-5pm. $175 includes textbooks. Prerequiste: Reiki I certification. The Center for Natural Healing, 4632 Vincennes Blvd, Cape Coral. 542-5600. Healing Through Sound and Movement - Inner Spa Day – 9-11am. Sweep away the emotional cobwebs of the past, clear out the fear clutter of the future and organize your thoughts and feelings so you can be present. $30, $50/pair; clients: $25, $40/ pair; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. Mystic and Medium Workshops – 9am-6pm. With world-renowned professional psychics Jill M Jackson and Allison Hayes. Altered Elements Studio, 5630 Yahl St, Naples. Info/RSVP: Relationship Workshop – 10am-4pm. With Dona Matera, MA. The essential information offered has the  potential  to elicit change overnight. Regardless of current circumstances, one can transmute blame and victimhood into compassion and freedom. $114 includes organic lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister by 4/7: 949-0749. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, reiki, biofeedback, pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Reiki Class Level II: Introduction to Medical Intuition – 10am-5pm. With Lenka Spiska. Healing is moved up a notch. The chakras of the hands


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in Level 1 Reiki were only partially open and now the energy can be fully accessed via the level two attunement. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Preregistration required: 992-5455. Access Consciousness Bars Class – 10am-6pm. The Access Bars are 32 points on the head that when lightly touched start to clear all of the limitations you have about different areas of your life and body. Learn simple tools and this energy transformation system for creating the life you desire. $300. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032  Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-331-7465.  KristinaAston.Access Reiki I Workshop and Attunement – 11am-5pm. With Sue Lovett. This introductory class includes lecture, discussion and experience.  In addition to receiving a reiki level one energy attunement, students will learn about the history of reiki and how to use reiki energy for plant and animal healing and self-care. Meditation, chakra balancing and crystal bowl sound healing included. $125. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 239-464-6983. Restorative Yoga and Crystal Bowl Sound Bath – 2-4pm. With Susan Weinman.  Be immersed in soothing, deeply nourishing, and healing sound vibrations of the crystal bowls while relaxing in restorative postures.  $25. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. SURJ Youth Movie Event – 2:30pm. Sponsored by Showing Up for Racial Justice SWFL, Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot, tells the story of the 1965 Selma voting rights struggle through the eyes of teachers and students that were at the forefront of the movement. Free. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 239-272-6152. Taste of Freedom Masquerade Party – 6-9:30pm. Bringing awareness of human trafficking in our local communities and celebrating the empowerment of its survivors. Proceeds benefit SWFL Regional Human Trafficking Coalition. $75/ticket. Scanlon Lexus, Ft Myers. Tickets:

SUNDAY, APRIL 10 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am & 1pm.  With Cathy Blair. Move into higher levels of awareness as you begin to experience the multidimensionality of your heart. Let the loving harmonics expand your soul into the new light codes. Bring pillow, mat and blanket.  $10. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Eckankar Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Taking Responsibility for Our Actions. Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Healthy Spine/Happy Organs – 1-3pm. With Becky Titmus. Work out the kinks, wring out the toxins. This class will evolve from gentle spinal undulations to deep twists and backbends. Not for pregnant women. All levels. $20/in advance, $30/ day of workshop. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter. com. See ad, page 67. Tarot Class – 2-3:30pm. With Mary Alice Warren and Claudia Johnson. Learn basic to intermediate tarot skills every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. $25. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE

Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. Jazz in the Garden – 2-4pm. Featuring The Swingtide Combo. Bring seating for concert and wear weather-appropriate clothing. No outside food or beverage allowed during special events; food and beverages available at Fogg Café. Members/ free. $14.95/adults, $9.95/children (ages 4-14), three and under/free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. Tickets: Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm. With DamaDe’. A light kundalini class consisting of physical warm-ups, kriya and mantras, followed by the sound therapy of the gong. $25. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Free to Laugh – 4:30-6pm. With Jill Emmerich and Michelle Falco. Learn to cope with everyday life challenges through laughter and positive mindfulness.  Manage stress through movement, breathing, humor, and positive laughirmations. Sponsored by Monarch Wellness and the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 3259210. Mystic and Medium Lectures – 6:30-9pm. With world-renowned professional psychics Jill M Jackson and Allison Hayes. Altered Elements Studio, 5630 Yahl St, Naples. Info/RSVP:

MONDAY, APRIL 11 Mystic and Medium Private Readings – Apr 11-13. With world-renowned professional psychics Jill M Jackson and Allison Hayes. Altered Elements Studio, 5630 Yahl St, Naples. RSVP: Fearless Flight – 6-8pm. With Melanie Solis. Explore the world of arm balances. Solis will take you step by step through the asana to give you the tools you need to deepen a sustainable arm balance practice. Have no fear and fly. $45, $5 off if registered by 4/10. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 239-598-1938.

TUESDAY, APRIL 12 Stillness and Stretch: Restorative Yoga Series – 2:30-3:30 pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. Four-week series, Tuesdays thru May 3. A therapeutic form of yoga using props like bolsters, blankets and yoga blocks for the benefits of longer held passive stretching. $100 space limited. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 280-9095. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls which helps to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Childbirth Education Series – 6:30-8:30pm. Fiveweek series. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Fee info/register: or

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 Lunch and Learn – Noon-1pm. Topic: Become Your Own Healer. Join for lunch and learn with soul coach and movement healer Gail Condrick as she offers body conscious tips to animate your inner healer to find more comfort in your “now” body. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. Eating, Exercise, Energy and Metabolism – 6pm. Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Kristi Willems will discuss the foods that fuel for an optimal metabolic rate for energy and weight loss. $25/drop-in, multi-class discount available. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-5249. Art Reception and Community Night – 6-9pm. Featuring fine art works and artist reception. Live music by Alchemie, live street chalk art by Jane Portaluppi Durand. Butterfly card making with Susan Sholle-Martin. Trunk jewelry show, community drum circle and community yoga class. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. The Deal and Deliver Class – 6-10pm. Learn tools and processes for changing the way you communicate with your spouse, romantic partner, children, co-workers, neighbors, friends and most importantly yourself. $175. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-331-7465. Dolce far Niente – 6:30-7:30pm. Bring yoga mat, small pillow and blanket. $20. The Center for Natural Healing, 4632 Vincennes Blvd, Cape Coral. 542-5600. Mindful Parents – 6:30-8:30pm. With Jill Emmerich. Monthly workshop for parents of kids of all ages and levels of ability to come together, discuss


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challenges, problem solve difficult situations, support and teach each other. $30, $50/pair; clients: $25, $40/ pair; members/free. Call for eight-week group dates. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 4/20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, APRIL 14 Juicelation Grand Opening Celebration – 8am8pm. Serving organic cold pressed juice with no preservatives. 20 percent off all day. Free shot for the first 50 customers, door prizes and guest speakers. Buy a juice and enter to win a restorative cleanse package. 4947 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 529-2290. See news brief, page 14. Cancer Education Group – 5pm. Moderated by Dee Harris, RD, LDN, CDE. Topics include: stress response and cancer, alternative treatments of acupuncture and meditation, supplements that help your immune system, and nutrition tips on why consider a low carbohydrate diet. Free. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. Preregister by 4/7: 676-5249. Cypress Cove Conservancy (CCC) Presentation – 6pm. Bobbie Lee Davenport, founder of CCC, will present important environmental issues concerning water resources and wild life habitat, the CCC initiative and fundraising efforts. Grab a bite to eat and get informed. Free. Food & Thought Café, 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 777-0186. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Deb Post, ARNP and Evie Breedlove-Mangapora, ARNP. Learn how hormone imbalance could be robbing your zest for life. Learn the secret to feeling yourself again;

restorative sleep – wake up refreshed; clear the brain fog – superb working memory; trim the belly fat; get your mojo back. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 777-4647. See news brief, page 18. Integrative Relaxation – Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Nurture your body and mind and release stress from the source. Feel refreshed and empowered to tackle life’s challenges, with new solutions where before there were only problems. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. $20/drop-in, $60/4 classes, client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 3259210.

FRIDAY, APRIL 15 Earthways Shamanic Path Gathering 2016 – Apr 15-17. 3pm, Fri to 2pm, Sun. Gathering for people interested in core shamanism for educational, spiritual and networking purposes. Includes great speakers and opportunities for shamanic meditations. Rustic overnight camping included. $120 (by 4/10) includes meals and camping. $132 at the gate. Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, 13411 Shire Ln. Sirenia Vista – Back Waters of Matlacha Pass Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. With GAEA Guides. Wander through some fascinating mangrove creeks, see many birds, manatees and dolphin. Learn about the critters and the ecology of the estuary. Eat lunch on the water in this tranquil area. $50/ person includes all equipment and a Florida master naturalist guide. Cape Coral. RSVP: 694-5513. The Devil’s Trap – 7pm. Learn how to make a trap to keep negativity away from your home. Made drawn upon parchment and enclosed in laminate to

be placed under doorway rugs, beds or anywhere appropriate. $25 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan Gorny. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. $11 donation. Healing Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples. 980-3257. An Evening in Italy – 7-10pm. Arthur Murray Dance Center, 3339 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 9198501.

SATURDAY, APRIL 16 Anastasi System of Psychic Development Level II – Apr 16-17. With Laurie Barraco. Expand your psychic abilities to see, feel and work with energy and auras through various, easy-to-follow exercises and visualizations. This is an essential component in this six-part series used by professional psychics the world over. $250; advanced registration, receive $50 off. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. Reiki I – Apr 16-17. 8:30am-5pm. $175 includes textbooks. Prerequisite: open heart. The Center for Natural Healing, 4632 Vincennes Blvd, Cape Coral. 542-5600. Picking up the Pieces: Dealing with Loss – 9amnoon. With Carol Marlow, MA. Attendees will learn to: pick up the pieces when they feel broken; identify and understand the stages of loss; identify and manage tasks of grieving; apply coping skills to ease the pain. $35, optional lunch $14. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 9490749. Thyroid Seminar – 10:30am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-3106. See ad, page 34. Weekend Childbirth Education – Apr 16-17. 10am3pm, Sat; 12-4pm, Sun. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: Conservancy of Southwest Florida Earth Day Festival – 10am-4pm. A variety of vendors and environmental exhibitors showcasing educational and entertaining family activities: guest speakers, live music, raffle, art contest, live animal programs, face painting, crafts and festival food. Take an electric boat ride, rent a kayak or canoe or walk a nature trail. Free/members, $10/adults, $5/children 3 to 12, free/under age 2. 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. 430-2466. Conservancy. org/Events/EarthDay. See article, page 36. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Get a spiritual “tune-up” with gifted readers and healers. Psychic readings, mediums, healers, tarot readings, jewelry, books, candles, sage, crystals, incense, angels. $25/25 minutes. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. I Believe I Can Fly – 2-4pm. With Julia Szilagyi. An arm balance workshop; learn the foundations of arm balances, proper alignment, which muscles are doing the work and how to take flight in your practice. $25. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276.

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For the Love of A – Autism Art Awareness – 2:304:30pm. The main purpose of this event is autism awareness. Open the door to further present our ins and outs as we raise our kids with certain challenges and so much potential. Yadira Calderon put together a short film, Just Autism... No Panic Right! and it was selected for the World Arts Film Festival in Jacksonville, Oct 2015. Free. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

SUNDAY, APRIL 17 Infinite Possibilities: Discovering how to Live the Life of your Dreams – 10am-4:30pm. With Maggie Kyle Petraits. This daylong course will explore and reveal the truths of the Law of Attraction and how to use it to change your life and live the life of your dreams. $95 includes lunch, goodie bag supplies and workbook. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister by 4/15: 949-0749. Community HU Chant – 11am. Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. The Dance of Archetypes for Healers – Animating Your Inner Healer – 1-4pm. With Gail Condrick, soul coach and movement healer. Explore your innate capacity for self-healing through movement exercises, journaling and revelation to honor the talents and unique gifts you bring to the world. $60. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Recovery Yoga – 5:30-7:30pm. With Y12SR certified Michelle Falco. Combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Suitable for trauma, loss, addictions (substances, food, gambling, etc) and other emotional challenges. Stay for Candlelight Yoga afterwards. Donation. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210.

TUESDAY, APRIL 19 Chakra Balancing – 11am-5pm. With John Cartwright. Chakras are an energetic reflection of your physical and emotional health. They assimilate, receive and express energy from yourself and the universe. Transform harmful emotional energy into positive healing energy. $65/45 minutes. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 Thermography Presentation – 11am. With Taryn Kean with Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging. Learn about the benefits of thermography and body screening and why physiologic testing is important as part of a proactive approach to health. Bennett Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 7130 Estero Blvd, Ste 1, Ft Myers Bch. RSVP by 4/18: 949-2011. Cape Coral Colonics Open House – 1-4pm. Meet Kelly Swan, Colon Therapist, and put your fears to rest when you enter the tranquil space for healing your colon.  Free 15 minute BioMat and abdominal massage available when you call ahead to schedule. 4720 SE 15th Ave, Ste 209, Cape Coral. 549-7559. Trim and Tone Spa Open House – 3-7pm. Choose one of the following free treatment demonstrations: Exilis Elite, Lunchtime Facial or Ultrasound Facial. Special savings for attendees offered. 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 20, Naples. 596-5522. TrimAndToneSpa. com. See ad, page 15. Live Music Yoga Class – 6pm. With Carla Olla and Christina Ortega. $18/drop-in; class package applies. A love donation for the music is optional and appreciated. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter. com. See ad, page 67. Let’s Talk Medical Marijuana – 6pm. With Dr Carol Roberts. Refreshments provided. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. RSVP: HughesCenterNaples. com. See ad, inside back cover. Supermarket Shopping: A Virtual Tour – 6pm. Learn how to navigate the grocery store with a solid plan of attack. Integrative nutrition health coach Kristi Willems will help you create a plan, discuss which aisles to avoid and how to read labels. $25/ drop-in, multi-class discount available. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-5249. Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. Free. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Register:

Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls, which help to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655.


Usui Reiki Level II – 7pm. Learn long distance healing method using channeled life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite level one. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2760.

Goodwill Industries Earth Day Re-Use and Recycle Roundup – 9am-4pm. Donated clothing, electronics, shoes, books, household items, computers and cell phones go to Goodwill Industries. Free shredding for residents and businesses. Rid medicine cabinets and homes of unused, unnecessary or expired medicines with safe disposal by Drug Free Collier’s Operation Medicine Cabinet and bring hazardous household chemicals, rechargeable batteries, paints, used motor oil and fluorescent bulbs for collection by Collier County Solid Waste Management. Goodwill Towne Centre parking lot, 3759 Tamiami Tr E, Naples. 995-2106 or 252-5354. See article, page 36.

Sound Bowl Meditation – 7-8pm. With Marc Wagner. Sound bowl meditation is designed to clear, cleanse and balance all the energetic centers of the body, clear and balance the mind and remove toxic energy that has accumulated. Experience healing “sound massage” and leave feeling refreshed and


renewed. $25 or $5 off if registered by 4/18. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 239-598-1938. greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule.

The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442.


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Eat Fat, Lose Weight – Noon-1pm. Light lunch and presentation, followed by a Q&A session with CynoSure representatives and health coach. Learn about the newest fat dissolving treatment, SculpSure, as well as kick-start a new health and wellness plan. Assuage Spa, 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 1, Naples. 201-4762. See ad, page 20. The Devil’s Trap – 2pm. Learn how to make a trap to keep negativity away from your home. Made drawn upon parchment and enclosed in laminate to be placed under doorway rugs, beds or anywhere appropriate. $25 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Healthy Perfume – 4pm. Learn how to make your own perfume using certified pure grade essential oils. $10 (take home your own bottle). Alternative Natural Healthcare, 26831 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 128, Bonita Springs. 947-6234. Mantras and Miracles – 6-8pm. With Jamie Shane. Clear out blocks and make space for new evolutions. Light kundalini yoga, lots of breath and mantra, mantra, mantra. All levels; no experience necessary. $20/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Transformational Breath - Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Carrie Sopko. Clear the subconscious and open to higher levels of consciousness and awareness. Release suppressions, repressions and old patterns permanently at a cellular level. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers. $20/drop-in, $60/4 classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. Sacred Healing Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Dona Matera, MA. Collectively connecting with uni-


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FRIDAY, APRIL 22 2016 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Judging – The public is invited to attend the judging of the Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Contest at JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in celebration of Earth Day. Refuge Visitor and Education Center, 1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel Island. Info: 239-472-1100, ext 236. Earth Day at Naples Botanical Garden – 9am5pm. Free tours begin at 11am and 2pm. Free/ members, $14.95/adults, $9.95/children ages 4-14, free/children 3 and under. 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. 239-643-7275. See article, page 36. Tarot Readings – 3pm-7pm. With Jamie Shane. An evening of readings and seeking answers and directions to questions you may be facing.  $35/30 minutes.  BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. By appointment: 213-9276. Pet Walk – 6-8pm. Every 4th Fri. The River District Alliance invites well-trained and leashed pets and their owners to enjoy an evening in the River District, including pet-friendly exhibitors and vendors. Several downtown merchants will also be participating and welcoming pets. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. Downtown Ft Myers. Wesak Full Moon Celebration – 6:45pm. With

Cathy Blair. Celebrate the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha. The heavens open pouring forth divine love and wisdom blessing and illuminating the hearts and minds of mankind. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering going to wildlife rescue. Horizon Way Public Beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N off Parkshore Dr, Naples. 398-3953. Angel Codes for Peace Gathering – 7-7:30pm. Join Sandra McGill and Lee Shook in a circle of peace for us and the planet. Know that you can make a difference. This event will include a prayer activation that will release the power to help heal Gaia and a suggested ongoing practice to give back. Calling all Earthkeepers. Love Heart donation. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 455-1455. See news brief, page 17. Patchouli and Terra Guitarra – The Landscape of Guitar – 8pm. The harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel, the guitar brilliance of the Gipsy Kings and the colors of Van Gogh - taking art of guitars to a new dimension in an animated multimedia 3D concert. $15-$20. Center for Arts, Bonita Springs. 495-8989. See news brief, page 13.

SATURDAY, APRIL 23 Neuromuscular Repatterning for Optimal Health – Apr 23-24. 8:30am-6pm. With Silvia Casabianca, LMT, CTP. Help patients break pain and restriction patterns; integrate body-mind. Draws from Trager, Feldenkrais, Somatics, Movement Therapy, neuroscience. Assessment; body-mechanics; full-body movement. $265. 18 FL CEUs, nurses, LMTs. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. Caribbean Health Retreat – A Total Health Experience – Apr 23-30. Learn from leading scientists, medical authorities and chefs how and why to transi-

tion to a whole food, plant-based diet while having a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation. Keynote speakers: Dr T Colin Campbell and Dr Caldwell B Esselstyn. Gran Ventana Beach Resort, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. 800-439-1052. Pre-Hurricane Season Household Hazardous Waste Roundup – 8:30am-2pm. Pharmaceutical take-back; tire recycling; auto and home products and devices for recycling; paper shredding by Adera On-Site Security Shredding; and clothing, shoes and books collected by Goodwill Industries for resale. Free. Locations: Ave Maria, 4817 Ave Maria Blvd; 2640 Corporate Flight Dr, Naples; 9950 Goodlette Rd N, Naples; and 990 Chalmer Dr, Marco Island. 239-252-7575. See article, page 36. Lee County Great American Cleanup – 9amnoon. Projects may include: community gardens, habitat restoration, and invasive plant removal, litter-free events, litter cleanups, landscape maintenance and planting, playground/park equipment restoration, tree plantings. Location of sites and event dates vary. Info/register: 239-334-3488 or great-american-cleanup.html. See article, page 36. Arbor Day and Fruit Tree Sale – 9am-3pm. There will be plants and fruit trees for sale, along with demos and exhibits. Riverside Park, 10450 Reynolds St on Old US 41, Bonita Springs. Info: Tree Advisory Board Liaison: 949-6262 or See article, page 36. Earth Day at the Refuge – 10am-3pm. There’ll be plenty of fun and free family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, trail hikes, guided programs and much more. JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel. Info: 472-1100, ext 236 or See article, page 36. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of

Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. Register: 239-272-6152. Conscious Cash Creation – 1-5pm. Learn tools and processes to create and generate more money in your life. For those who are in debt and struggling, suffering from lack mentality or well off or even a millionaire. $175. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Register: 305-331-7465.

readers and healers offering many services, including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, reiki, biofeedback, pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. Yin Harmony Spring Retreat – Wood Element Tune-Up – 1-4pm. With Sue and Mary. Balance your meridian energy specific to Spring. Includes restorative yoga, mindful movement, breath work, acupressure points and meditation to balance and encourage wellness. Learn about seasonal crystals, aromatherapy, sound and food as supporting elements. $55. Hummingbird Well-being Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 464-6983. See ad, page 11. Partner AcroYoga Playshop – 1-3pm. Ali and Alan will facilitate two forms of yoga that utilize a partner. This playshop is open to all and one need not have a partner to participate. Get a great workout while challenging yourself to trust and support your partner to “fly”. $35/person, $60/couple. House of

Scrying – Into the Looking Glass – 2pm. Learn how to use a crystal ball or a mirror to get intuitive visual information. Cleansing and preparing of the tools will be discussed as well as different techniques used for scrying and how to interpret messages. BYO crystal ball, crystal or mirror or borrow one of ours. $20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Didgeridoo Workshop – 3:30-5:30pm. Learn the basics of the didgeridoo, as well as tips and tricks to take with you on your journey to playing this instrument. Also, learn some very useful yogic breathing and vocal exercises. $30/person or $70 includes didgeridoo starter kit (preregistered by 4/9). House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. Preregistration required: 272-6152.

SUNDAY, APRIL 24 Basics of Astrology – 2-3:30pm.With MaryAlice Warren and Claudia Johnson. 2nd & 4th Sun. Each student will receive a copy of their birth chart to follow. In addition to learning Astrology you will be learning about yourself. The planets, the signs, and the houses will be presented in detail. $25. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 107, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655.

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Gaia Earth Day – 2-5pm.There’ll be educational activities about gardening, environmental awareness and healthy eating along with music, art, yoga and local vendors. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia. org. See article, page 36.

MONDAY, APRIL 25 Full Moon Monday – 8-9pm. Yoga for the Arts outside on the Young Plaza at the von Liebig Art Center - a night of yoga under the light of the full moon. All levels. $5. All proceeds benefit the Naples Art Association. 585 Park St, Naples. 239-5981938.

TUESDAY, APRIL 26 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls which helps to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 Healthy Living with Type 2 Diabetes – 10:30amnoon. With Mary Ann Whalen, LCSW and Michelle Falco, RYT, certified holistic nutritionist. Develop a healthier lifestyle and gain support

from others. Monthly group discussion and educational topics include improving your diet and implementing physical activity into your daily routine. $30, $50/pair; clients: $25, $40/pair; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. Have a Better Body Teleconference – 6:30pm. With David Essel. Learn how to get the body you have always wanted. Tracy Cyganiak, who went from plump to bathing suit ready, will share how anyone can do the same. Tips on the best diet and effective exercises will be discussed. Free. Tune in at 712-432-0800, Pin 901142. See ad on page 57 and news brief on page 17. Rest and Recovery Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Stretches and exercises that are most beneficial to back care. Bring yoga mat, small pillow and blanket. $20. The Center for Natural Healing, 4632 Vincennes Blvd, Cape Coral. 542-5600. The Success Secrets of Spiritual Entrepreneurs – 6:30-8pm. An after-hours introductory business workshop with spiritual and business coach, author, speaker and trainer Mark Kolack. Create a spiritual business culture and ignite the invisible X Factor in your business; manage employee issues from a spiritual standpoint; bring your authenticity into your business. $30, includes healthy foods. Altered Elements Studio, 5630 Yahl St, Ste 1, Naples. Preregistration required: 352-362-5417. See ad on page 33 and news brief on page 24. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Bathe in the healing minerals of the Himalayan salt, activated and charged by the harmonic frequencies of the singing bowls. Create a field for healing and rejuvenation. Bring beach chair and blanket.  $25

(cash or check). The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170. Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-9pm. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. Healing and messages from the emissaries of light and Archangel Michael. $22. Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ft Myers. 939-3339.

THURSDAY, APRIL 28 Southwest Florida Sustainability Summit – 8am1:30pm. Bringing together experts in healthcare, business, government and city planning to talk about redefining the trajectory of Southwest Florida’s future. Keynote Speaker: Mary Lou Benecke. Sustainable art showcase, electric and hybrid car show, celebrity game show and more than 20 vendors. $65 includes breakfast and lunch. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Estero. Tickets: Usui Reiki Level II – 2pm. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite level one. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2760. Essential Oils Class – 4pm. Learn how to make natural remedies with essential oils. Take home a roller ball remedy. $10. Alternative Natural Healthcare, 26831 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 128, Bonita Springs. 947-6234. Movement and Breath for Labor – 6-7:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi, of LifeBehold. Prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. $25/early bird, $30/door. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 248-7931. Register: Bat Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. With GAEA guides. Visit a lovely creek in the wilderness of North Fort Myers. This is part of our estuary system, with many plants and animals. At dusk, see the bats come out of their hiding places. Learn about these very interesting, ancient and important creatures from your certified Florida master naturalist guide. $40/person includes equipment. RSVP: 694-5513. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. With RM Silvia Casabianca. Open to practitioners, general public. Experiencing it is best way to know what reiki is. Listen to the body, regain body wisdom; meditate: experience soothing hands-on treatment, practice. Distant healing by request. Tea potluck. Contributions welcome. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 9489444. Meditation, Art and Writing for a Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With Susan Sholle-Martin. Connect with your soul through a visual and verbal message of beauty, wisdom and truth that comes from within each person. This message from our soul has thought-centered words and intuitive, feelingcentered visual images. Part of the Peaceful Mind series. $20/drop-in, $60/4 classes; client discount available, members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 3259210.

FRIDAY, APRIL 29 Special Kirtan/Concert with Felicia Rose – 7-9pm. Felicia Rose is a musician and traveling muse who performs traditional chants and original music. She is a sound healer and has been called a “pure enchantress of song”. A unique opportunity to


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hear her and participate in kirtan with her. $20. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Register: 464-6983. See news brief, page 14.

Release stress from the whole body through the feet and hands. Great for couples, friends, family, nurses, anyone.  $100. Naples. Register: Alvina: 732-266-5276.  



Wellfit ToTu Peru 5K Run – 7:30am, run; 9am, yoga class. Wear a tutu and run to benefit the Wellfit Girls program. Proceeds support empowerment and leadership training for local girls culminating in an expedition to Peru. Fun prizes and kid friendly. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938.

Ansuya’s Bellydance Goddess Show – 8pm. Featuring international bellydance star Ansuya and her dance troupe Gypsy Sugar, plus more than 30 performers from around the world. More fun and dancing at the after party. Appetizers and drinks available for purchase. $20/ticket. The Stage, 9144 Bonita Bch Rd, Bonita Springs. Tickets: BellydanceGoddessShow.eventbrite. com. See ad, page 20.

Advanced Reiki Training – ART Practitioner – Apr 30-May 1. 8:30am-4pm, Sat; 9am-1pm, Sun. $225 includes textbook. Prerequisite: Reiki II certification. The Center for Natural Healing, 4632 Vincennes Blvd, Cape Coral. 542-5600. Garden Gives Back Day – 9am-5pm. Bring a nonperishable food item and save on regular Garden admission to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. Garden members earn one free adult admission beyond what their usual membership provides and non-members receive $5 off general admission (offer valid 4/30 only). Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 6437275. Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Access Consciousness Energetic Face Lift Class – 11am-6pm. A non-invasive light touch energy

transformation system that naturally lifts sagging skin, diminishes wrinkles and revives skin. Learn this dynamic energy process for yourself. $250. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305331-7465.

plan ahead FRIDAY, MAY 6 Jamfest Local Music and Arts Camping Festival – May 6-8. Gather with people who are dedicated to creativity. Express your individuality, connect with others and support local talent. Experience camping, music, art, food, vendors, activities and nature. Bring your instruments and paintbrushes. $30/weekend pass, $20/day pass. Summerland Ranch, 27501 Kent Rd, Bonita Springs. 692-3739. See news brief, page 10.

SATURDAY, MAY 7 Introduction to Reflexology – 9:30am-3pm.

THURSDAY, MAY 26 Access The Greatness of You – Five Days of Phenomenal Change – May 26-30. 10am-6pm. Five-day class starts with Access Bars, a dynamic energy transformation system that clears limitations about different areas of your life and body. Days 2-5; Foundation Class: learn foundational tools and processes to unlock issues most people have been unable to resolve for years. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-331-7465.

FRIDAY, JULY 15 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – July 15-31. Immerse yourself in inspiration and possibility – accredited yoga teacher certification in just 17 transformative days. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. See ad, back cover.

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

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

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Guided Tour, Organic Lunch and Spa – MonFri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am and 2pm, guided tour, $15; 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Tue-Sun: organic spa by appointment. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Yoga in Nature – Tue-Sun. Multilevel yoga classes mornings and evenings. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule:

sunday Yoga – 7-8am. Gentle, all-level yoga class in the historic, utopian settlement of the Koreshans. $5 donation; free park admission. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311.

Yoga in the Garden – Thru Apr 17. 10-11am. With Susie Lentz. Hosted on the Kapnick Caribbean Garden Lawn. Arrive 15 minutes early. $10/members, $20/nonmembers (includes admission to the Garden). Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $55 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513.


Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks – 9am5pm. Thru 4/10. One-of-a-kind creations built with thousands of LEGO bricks dispersed throughout the garden. Members/free, $14.95/adults, $9.95/ children (ages 4-14), free/3 and under. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 6437275.

Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 9612491.

Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. Prayer and meditation with Rev Joyce Heist. Reading and discussion based on Basic Principles of the Science of Mind. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 516-909-7624. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. Historic Koreshan Settlement Guided Tour – 10am. Walk the grounds of the utopian community that helped establish Estero. $2/adults, $1/children under 6. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. Silent Meditation – 10-11am. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Newcomers welcome. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Gentle Yoga for Discovering a Path to Peace – 10:30am-noon. With Renee Newell. Through gentle yoga and stretching, learn to move with awareness and less effort, to be more and do less. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ‘Pinch’ of History – 11am. Koreshan bread recipes are prepared on historic Dutch oven and woodburning stove at the Cast Iron Café. Free with park admission. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Ashtanga Yoga: Full Primary Series – 11:30am. A set sequence of postures as taught by the late Sri K

Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Complimentary Community Yoga – 9am. 1st Sun. With Bobbie Lee. Free. Tailor Made Fitness, 675 Piper Blvd, Ste 2, Naples. 777-0186. Hatha Yoga Gentle Flow – 9-10am. With Hwasoon Kim, CYT. Beginner-friendly. This meditative class proceeds slowly to increase flexibility, concentration, strength and relaxation. Florida Yoga Academy, 3046 Del Prado Blvd, Ste 2B, Cape Coral. 834-7859. Unity of Ft Myers – 9:15am & 11am services. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister. Susie Hulcher, music. Youth ministry. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. 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.

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Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Candlelight Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle and meditative practice lit by candles. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210.

Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Beachcombing and Shelling Lecture – Thru April. 10-11am. Join a naturalist to learn why and what you find on the beach. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/ drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). Fire Station 48, 16280 Livingston Rd, Naples. Belly Dancing – 5:15pm. All levels. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP required: 214-3464. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Meryl Sykes. Vinyasa yoga class, no experience necessary. $20/class, $90/ five class pack, $150/10 class pack. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 646226-1471.

Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or just listen. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.

Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState.


Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($30). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061.

Pilates Group Classes – 8:40am, 9:45am, 11am, noon, 4:20pm & 6:30pm. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Sahaja Sadhana and Yoga Nidra – Thru Apr 15. 9:30-10:45am. With Suzanne Joyce. Begins with pranayama and moves through gentle hatha based postures then integrative restoration or iRest Yoga Nidra. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La

Intro to Flamenco – 6:15pm. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP required: 214-3464. Sunset Beach Yoga –6:45-7:45pm. With Sue Rokela. All-levels. Visit greenmonkey Facebook page for weather cancelations. $5 plus park entry fee. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. 11135 Gulfshore Dr, parking area 3, Naples. 598-1938. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Yoga Nidra – 7pm. 2nd & 4th Mon. Guided meditation with John Francis. Based on the teachings of yogi Amrit Desai. Love offering. Unity of Naples bookstore, 2000 Unity Way. 825-7441.


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Guided Meditations – 7-8pm. With JoAnne Lawrence. Two guided meditations and a teaching on the way of inner peace. Chairs provided; BYO meditation cushion. $10/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Gurdjieff/Ouspensky Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Hatha Yoga – 7-8pm. With Meryl Sykes. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 7-8:30pm. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those who are in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

tuesday Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Yoga for Strength and Flexibility – 9-10am. With Michelle Falco, RTY. Gentle yoga targeting poses to build strength and flexibility for your body. $15/ drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210.

Rhythm Dance Class and Ballroom Party – 7-7:45pm, class; 8-10pm, party. Complimentary beverages and snacks. $25/person. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464.

Hatha Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Suzanne Joyce. Postures (asanas) and stretches in combination with breath to develop flexibility and relaxation. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095.

Yoga for the Arts – 9:30-10:30am. With Amy Voelkl. Outside yoga on the Young Plaza at the von Liebig Art Center. All levels. $20 or $160/10 class pass. 585 Park St, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule.

Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Healing Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Meditative class to tune into your mind/ body connection for healing. $15/drop-in or $50/ four classes; client discount available; members/ free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 10:30am-noon. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn to cope and feel less isolated while making connections with others. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Nia – 11am-noon. With Valeria Hill. Combines marital arts, dance and healing arts. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30pm. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn the importance of taking care of yourself, healthy ways to manage stress, relaxation techniques and the importance of connecting with other caregivers. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 1-2pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Lil Twisters - Pilates and Yoga – 4-5pm. For ages 3-9. One hour of fun, games, poses, songs, meditation and more. $12/child. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Tuesday Talks and Ask the Expert Booth – 4-7pm. With Balanced Health. Complimentary sessions. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 2480455. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Relax, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444.

classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/ drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Men’s Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Spiritual Connection Guided Meditation and Messages – 7-9pm. With Candyce Strafford, psychic/medium. Connect to your higher consciousness, feel yourself grow and receive a message from your guides/angels. Love offering. Naples. 949-3387. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

wednesday Barre Classes – 8:40am, 9:45am, 4:20pm & 5:30pm. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Aleksandra Eifler. Students can enjoy yoga while being surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. $5 plus state park entry fees. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. Yoga for Well-being – 9:30-10:45am. With Mary Cline Golbitz. Gentle class for beginners or those suffering from chronic illness or injury. Yoga pos-

tures, breath work, sound and wellness practices based on ayurveda, qigong and other disciplines. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Exploring Coastal Estuaries – Thru April. 1011am. Naturalist guided walk explores unique coastal habitats. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Emei Qigong – 11am-noon. With Melanie Hope. Slow, easy movements that cleanse, strengthen and balance. Harmonize organ and energy systems and realize many proven health benefits. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Were your parents alcoholics/addicts? Overcome that upbringing. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Cooperative Caterpillar Kids Club – 5-6pm. Every other Wed; check schedule. With Behavior Specialist Jill Emmerich, BCaBA. Build social and communication skills including sharing, taking turns, following directions and healthy expression of emotions. Ages 4 and up. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Focused Caterpillar Kids Yoga – 5-6pm. Every other Wed; check schedule. With Salima Silverman. Specialized yoga for children to improve focus and attention through self-control and appropriate release of energy. Ages 4 and up. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical

Bellyfit - Women’s Holistic Fitness – 6pm. Bellydance, bollywood, African dance, yoga. $18/drop-in (discount packages available).Yoga Bird, 1400 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 936-6940. zanawing@ Guided Mindfulness Meditation – 6pm. With Madeline Ebelini, MA, RYT. By donation. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. Nonviolent System: Peace in the midst of Violence – 6-7pm. With Eddie Rose. Learn how to avoid and redirect an attack, rather than to strike back and escalate an attack. These principles can also be applied to verbal and/or energetic aggression. $15/drop-in or $120/10

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crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. Meditation for Joy – 6:30-7:30pm. Guided meditation to release stress and tension. Bring more joy into life. Bring optional yoga mat or towel. $10. Office of Dr Joel Ying, MD, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. Transforming and Empowering Women Support Group – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st & 3rd Wed for ages 50 and up; 2nd & 4th Wed for ages 20-49. With Phoebe Houghton, LCSW and integrative team. Support to share the challenges of life. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. Preregistration required: 239-325-9210. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd flr, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral.

mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Zen Barre Class – 8:40am. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Qigong Movement and Relaxation – 9-10am. With Peggy Sealfon. Yoga, qigong and integrative relaxation (yoga nidra). $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Coconut Point Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Through 4/28. Offering local produce, cheese, fresh pasta, seafood, baked breads, meats, herbs, organic vegetables, plants, ready-to-eat meals, flowers, soaps, candles and more. 23106 Fashion Dr, Estero.

Smooth Dance Class – 7pm. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464.

Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Episcopal Lutheran Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Sally: 948-9162.

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.

World Fusion Dance – 9:30-10:45am. With Winnie Purple. A fun and exciting dance class that incorporates movements from different cultures around the world. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749.

Teen Power Hour – 7:15-8:15pm. With Juliana Grilo and Anna Hiller. Teens 13-18 can drop-in and practice with their friends and create new ones in this fun power practice taught by high school seniors and graduates of greenmonkey teacher training. Special $7/drop-in rate. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 5981938 or

Tai Chi in the Garden – Thru Apr 14. 10-11am. Energy-flow exercise on the Performance Lawn with Karen McNeil. Arrive 15 minutes early. Wear hat, stable, firm shoes and sunscreen. $10/garden members, $20/members (includes admission to the Garden). Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275.

Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those who are in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.

Warrior2Warrior: Yoga for Veterans – 11amnoon. With Gary Granza and Keady Gonzalez. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

thursday Hatha Yoga Gentle Flow – 8:15-9:15am. With Hwasoon Kim, CYT. Beginner friendly. This meditative class proceeds slowly to increase flexibility, concentration, strength and relaxation. Florida Yoga Academy, 3046 Del Prado Blvd, Ste 2B, Cape Coral. 834-7859. Gentle Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/ lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. All Souls Episcopal Church, 14640 N Cleveland Ave, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Journey Beyond the Diagnosis – 3-4:30pm. With Maggie Tanzer. Free yoga class for breast cancer survivors. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill

Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Calm and Confident Caterpillars Kids Yoga – 5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. Special class for children ages 4-12 struggling with anxiety, fears, shyness and self-doubt. Day/time to be determined based on interest. $15/drop-in, $50/4 classes. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Ter, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. The Edible Gardening Exchange’s Speaker Series – 5:30pm. Open and informal chat on edible topics. Bring seeds to share. 6:30pm, speaker. BYO cup for coffee and tea. Membership fee: $10; Lee Parks and Rec lifetime membership card required $10. North Fort Myers Rec Center, 2000 N Recreation Park Way. 610-530-8883. Vinyasa Flow – 5:45-6:45pm. With Karen Lepree. Sun salutations, movement and stretching. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. $20/drop-in or $60/ four weeks; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 3259210. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Meditation and Dharma Discussion – 7-8pm. Silent seated and walking meditation followed by open dharma discussion based on presented topic. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. A self-healing system using conscious breath work. $20/drop-in. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Messages and Meditation – 7:30pm. With Deborah Noonon. Open discussion. Guided meditation followed by spirit messages. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700.

friday Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle movement and meditation aided by the naturally therapeutic and serene sounds and sensations of


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the outdoors. Donation. 3rd Ave N, Naples. Monarch Wellness: 325-9210. Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Leigh Longstreth. Quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind/body awareness as we connect with the nurturing energy of nature. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. 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. Ashtanga Yoga Basics – 10:45-11:45am. All levels, modifications offered. Based on the teachings of the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. BoHo Boutique Trunk Show – 11am-2pm. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center and Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. 494-6983. HummingBird Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Women only. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162. Baby Care Class – Noon-2:30pm. 1st Fri. Thru July. Baby care teaches parents what to expect to help parents feel prepared and confident for their baby’s arrival. $25 includes book. Naples YMCA, Wynn’s Café Conference Room, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. Register: 989-7332. Kristin.Millet@ Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 2-3pm. With Dina Radcliffe, E-RYT. Breath work, mindful meditations, stretches and balance work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Were your parents alcoholics/ addicts? Overcome that upbringing. Grace Church (enter thru thrift store), 2415 Grand Ave, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3:30-6:30pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. Slow Flow Glow Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Amy Voelkl. A candlelit slow flow restorative class designed to warm your body, stretch your muscles and deepen your breath. $20/drop-in; regular class packages apply. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 5981938 or

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. Bonita Springs Drum Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Everyone welcome; kids, dogs, the whole family. Drum, dance, hoop, have fun. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Facebook Page: Drum Circle of Bonita Springs. Dance and Class Party – 7-7:45pm, class; 8-10pm, party. 2nd & 4th Fri. Salsa, meringue and bachata. Complimentary beverages and snacks. $25/pp. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464.

saturday Pilates and Barre Combo Class – 8:30am. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. Complimentary Boot Camp Class – 9am. 1st Sat. With Dave Kunes. Tailor Made Fitness, 675 Piper Blvd, Ste 2, Naples. RSVP: 412-779-6176 or Guided Nature Walk – Thru April. 9-10am. Free. Naturalist walk through maritime forest and coastal strand. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. FriendsOf

Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Lecture Series – Thru April 11. 10-11am. Topics from native plants or animals to photography or exotic plants. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Bch Blvd, Bonita Springs. Schedule: Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Happehatchee Drum Circle – 4-5:30pm. 1st Sat. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Sacred Sounds in the Presence of Gaia – 5-6:30pm. Join Dana as we serenade the spirits of nature and are serenaded in return as the crickets and gnomes respond to the gongs and the birds and the fairies sing with the bowls. $20/donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

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


Jack Morris, AP, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM) Advanced Certified Cupping Specialist, MPS Certified • 239-293-4005 Specializing in long- and short-term pain issues, detoxification, cupping (reverse pressure therapy), migraines and TMJ, menses irregularity, PMS and infertility, smoking cessation and PTSD. See ad, page 61.


Patricia Acerra, LAc, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM), CCHt, HAPM • 2335 9th St N, #303B, Naples 34103 239-659-9100 • Empowering and inspiring you to change habits, release energetic blocks, create and reach goals. Just be happy! Over 20 years’ experience blending esoteric acupuncture, hypnotherapy, subconscious behaviorist, nationally board-certified Holistic Alternative Psychology Master and more. Free 30-minute consultation.

ACUPUNCTURE/ORIENTAL MEDICINE Dr. Arthur Teubner, AP, DOM 5th Ave, Naples • 239-451-3282

Brings 32 years experience treating a wide variety of conditions including facial rejuvenation/antiaging. Honored to now service patients in South Florida.

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

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


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

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

New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 25 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 24.

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 31.

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

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


Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples & Ft Myers Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 14.


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


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


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

BODYWORK CORRECTIVE BODY THERAPY, LLC 2575 Northbrooke Plaza Dr, Ste 204 Naples 34119 • 239-596-7756

We realign body posture through the use of therapeutic services including Structural Integration, massage and CPT. Visit us online for more details! MM34131, MA62926, MA77112.


Mary Ann Mugaas, NCR 5051 Castello Dr, Ste 210, Naples 261-8833 Reflexology is a natural system of relaxation based on the principles that the body is reflected on the feet. The application of pressure to these areas promotes circulation, balance and relaxation. Nationally certified. Practicing since 1986. MA24479, MM8962.

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

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


Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100, Ft Myers • 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions, or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152, MM28692, MM66086.


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.

BOTANICAL GARDEN NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples 239-643-7275 / 877-433-1874

With nine lush, tropical cultivated gardens and native preserve inspired by plants and cultures from around the globe between the 26th latitude North and 26th latitude South, Naples Botanical Garden is a truly unique destination. See ad, page 63.


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


George Beahan Certified Advanced Rolfer PTX/Egoscue Posture Therapist Avazzia Microcurrent Therapist 239-919-4413• Lasting relief from chronic pain and tightness with improved posture and performance using Rolfing, PTX/Egoscue structural exercises and Avazzia Microcurrent therapy used by professional sports teams. MA50132.


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

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

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



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


Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-596-1110 • 239-571-9816 • MA27876 Internationally Certified with 30 years Licensed Nursing experience; offering a new dimension of colonics with stateof-the-art water system. Massage with Vodder trained Lymphatic Specialists. Facials, Body Wraps, and Far-infrared Sauna. MM13162.


C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 70.


Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 239-561-1981 Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our ware-house. See ad, page 74.




Let us take care of your mess while you do what you do best. Offering summer specials, group discounts and familyfriendly personal services. Do not confuse familiarity with safety. Call today for a free estimate. See ad, page 69.

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 57.

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

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

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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 67.



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.


4444 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 6 Naples 34103 239-263-2636 •


Understand that your mouth affects your overall health? Call Dr. Stites. Forty years dedicated of biocompatible, conservative preparations, root canal alternatives and optimal oral health.


A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature Tuesday through Sunday, drumming lessons and healing circles. Peace Pavilion and Historic Happehatchee House are available to rent for ceremonies and events.


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


239-910-6576 Certified teacher and licensed practitioner offering classes and individual healing sessions inperson or distance: ThetaHealing®, Esoteric Healing ® , Seraphim Blueprint ® , Reiki, Axiatonal Alignments.

Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers 33967 • 239-362-0385 • 586-604-3500

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 7.

Plants defend themselves from threats yet grow and thrive. Let them help you! Learn about essential oils and save money at our free classes.


Night Owl Vision Associates, PA Inside Super Target by I-75 & Immokalee Rd Appointments: 239-514-4715 Having graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in 2006, I have been providing quality eye care for almost 10 years. See better and live better! Our office takes walk-ins and appointments. Many insurances accepted. FL License: OPC4132. See ad, page 51.



9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 51.


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.

Inner Essence Health 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-777-4647 •

Dedicated to educating and coaching you to achieve your optimal health and wellness. Fatigue, thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, digestive disorders, diabetes. Custom wellness plans.


Dine-in/Take-Out/Catering 2500 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 111, Naples 239-263-8009 • Homemade, healthy food cooked Sous-Vide, from scratch without any fat or preservatives. Everything gluten-free! Open Mon-Sat 4-9pm. See ad, page 56.

Sustainability, ensuring the future of life on Earth, is an infinite game, the endless expression of generosity on behalf of all. ~Paul Hawken 84

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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 86.


Come heal with us! From Iyengar and Alignment yoga to Quantum Energetics, CranioSacral Therapy, Rapid Tr a u m a R e s o l u t i o n a n d Acupuncture, we can help.


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

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

Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 70.


AHA! A Holistic Approach 15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 Forget everything you ever learned about dieting and lose weight naturally with the Virtual Gastric Band. This extremely simple but effective nonsurgical technique works by harnessing the power you hold within yourself to change your life. Flick the switch in your brain and you can stop cravings and change your attitude towards food!


Private Sessions by phone 612-207-2188 ThetaHealing® instructor, medium and medical intuitive. Clear beliefs for improved health, relationships and finances. See website for classes and events offered at Center of Eternal Light.



18672 SR 31, Alva, FL 33920 239-313-8213 • Family owned U-Pick Farm. Open all year-round from 9am5:30pm everyday! Farmers’ Market selling our produce along with local farms produce and local artist crafts, crystals and furniture. See ad, page 72.


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 20.


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 54.


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Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 Improve your health naturally. Hormone testing. Bio-Identical Hormones. Powerful healing herbs and supplements. Male/ female anti-aging and sexual problems. Want to feel better? Call now! See ad, page 68.

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Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 27.

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

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


WALTER NICHOLS, PERSONAL CHEF Lee & Collier County 239-898-5469

I have over 25 years of experience in kitchens from Arizona to Florida. I offer conventional, paleo and gluten-free menus. Let me do the cooking!



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

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

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~George Bernard Shaw


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!


Area Rug Cleaning Specialist 4081 Mercantile Ave, Ste B Naples 34104 239-206-1481 · At NRS we use a new technology that provides organic rug cleaning that is safer for your home. Our facility is suitable for all types and fibers including wool, silk and viscose rugs. See ad, page 5.


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


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


Master Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist • 239-269-8846 Positively change your life physically and mentally using time-tested, classical Hatha yoga and Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi bodywork. Specializing in therapeutic yoga and The Great Yoga Wall®. See ad, page 69.


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