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letterfrompublisher Living Mindfully Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose in the present moment and nonjudgmentally. ~Jon Kabat-Zinn
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I’ve often felt a bit envious when my friend Linda talks about her week-long silent meditation retreats and regular mindfulness practice. I can feel her calm focus whenever she visits; meanwhile, I’m multitasking and jumping subjects, coping with my overscheduled life. I’ve worked with an array of mindfulness and meditation practices through the years with good success. This year, I was ready to take it to a new level and went in search of fresh support. During a recent visit, Linda shared why she’s a fan of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program that Jon Kabat-Zinn developed in 1979 for chronically ill patients unresponsive to traditional treatments. Soon after, I noticed that local trainer Madeline Ebelini’s eight-week class was starting the next week. Without pausing to weigh the commitment of engaging in new daily practices during the height of Southwest Florida’s busy tourist season, I jumped in with both feet. Thinking, thinking… breathing; this is what I noticed during Madeline’s guided group meditations, bringing awareness to my busy mind, churning like a machine on autopilot. I’m often not even aware of all the inner commotion. Madeline kept reminding us that there is no need to judge anything, including ourselves; just lovingly bring our attention back to the present with our breath. It was one of several daily practices I’ve been refining since the 1970s, all enhanced for me as the course unfolded. During class, we practiced cultivating mindfulness while sitting, walking and doing yoga, as well as at home going about our lives, including eating, brushing teeth and unloading the dishwasher. Learning how to be present in our lives helps keep us from being hooked by automatic tendencies to judge, fix or want things to be other than as they are. For more on the class, see Linda Sechrist’s article “The Benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” on page 42. I loved the fun and tender rewards discovered in exchanging stories with others in the group about how big and little things were changing in our lives by bringing new awareness to each moment. Our perspectives and responses to everything from irritation with traffic to interactions with mates were shifting. The highlight for me arrived during the one-day silent retreat at the end of the course. Held primarily outdoors in a beautiful nature setting, the luxury of shutting out the busy world for calm silent observation all day allowed new kinds of insight and understanding to emerge. I closed the session revitalized on all levels, as refreshed as if I’d been on a perfect vacation. I am continuing these daily practices and now feel more present in my life from moment to moment, which I count as my real meditation. I expect my deeper awareness will enhance my experience while visiting Egypt’s pyramids this month; look for highlights in next month’s letter.
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newsbriefs Monarch Wellness Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
onarch Wellness will celebrate its fifth anniversary as an integrative wellness provider with Open House events at both Naples locations on April 29. Celebrations will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at 12264 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 202, and 3 to 6 p.m. at 843 Myrtle Terrace. Attendees can meet the professionally trained and experienced counselors, along with other staff members and wellness practitioners that are compassionate and focused on providing effective, evidenced-based treatment. Visitors can try Monarch Wellness’s services, including gentle yoga, laughter yoga, children’s yoga, restorative sound (crystal and Tibetan bowls), meditation and guided relaxation. Coupons for a full class, along with raffles for continuing services, will be available at the event. Initially launched as Monarch Therapy nine years ago, the staff changed the name to Monarch Wellness and expanded services to promote holistic health and supplement professional counseling/psychotherapy and wellness coaching, focusing on assisting individuals and families relieve stress and anxiety, resolve emotional trauma, adjust to life challenges and transform in healthy ways. For more information or to RSVP, call 239-231-3208 or visit MonarchWellness.net. See ad, page 23.
Violet Bell to Perform at Happehatchee Center
tirring folk-soul music will fill the air at the Happehatchee Center, in Estero, when the Durham, North Violet Bell Carolina-based Violet Bell duo, known for their intimate acoustic tunes and psychedelic revelry, performs from 7 to 9 p.m., April 13. A past winner of the Floyd Festival’s On the Rise contest, vocalist Lizzy Ross was awarded the Carolina Music Award for best rock female and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council. Multi-instrumentalist Omar Ruiz-Lopez, who has also played with Jonathan Byrd, Crystal Bright and the Durham Symphony Orchestra, plays violin, guitar, cello and mandolin, as well as stellar vocal harmonies. Cost: $15 suggested donation or free for Happehatchee members. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information, call 239-992-5455 or visit Happehatchee.org.
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newsbriefs Eyes Wide Open Center Hosts Spiritual Events
everend Lorraine Meyer, founder of Healing Arts, Miami, will present One True Love: Accessing Lorraine Meyer the Akashic Records, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 8, at Eyes Wide Open Center, in Bonita Spring. The center will also host a free introduction to the study of Kabbalah by the members of the North Miami Beach Kabbalah Centre at 6:30 p.m., April 24. Meyer, a reiki master/teacher, certified hypnotist through the International Association of Counselors and Therapists, member of the World Reiki Ministry and ordained minister of the Universal Life Church, combines teachings of Integrative Breathwork, reiki and Akashic Records. The Kabbalah Centre, a nonprofit organization that makes the principles of Kabbalah understandable and relevant to everyday life, provides students with spiritual tools based on Kabbalistic principles to improve their lives and the lives of others. Founded by Rav Yehuda Ashlag in 1922, the Centre now has locations in more than 40 cities worldwide, as well as an extensive online presence. Cost: $165 before Apr. 4/$195 after; 6.5 continuing education units for healthcare providers. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Ste. 204. For more information, call 239-948-9444 or visit EyesWideOpenCenter.com.
National Walking Day Event in Naples
lue Zones Project is partnering with the city of Naples, local schools and organizations to encourage everyone to walk for at least 30 minutes on April 5 as part of National Walking Day. A one-mile community group walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the bandshell at Cambier Park, in Naples. Walkers will head north on 8th Street to showcase the recent redevelopment project along Central Avenue (a partner project between Blue Zones Project and the city of Naples completed last fall that improved the walkability and bike-ability of this central corridor) and end at the Garden of Hope and Courage at the NCH downtown campus. Walkers will receive a Blue Zones Project T-shirt and be entered into a $1,000 prize drawing. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served to participants after the walk is finished. Walk start location: 755 8th Ave. S. For more information, visit SouthwestFlorida.BlueZonesProject.com.
Lecture on Groening’s Teachings in Cape Coral
atjaz Lesjak, M.D., will give a free presentation of a healing method based on the teachings of the late German mystic Bruno Groening at 7 p.m., April 25, at the Tony Rotino Senior Center, in Cape Coral. A member of the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends, an association of people that have experienced help and healing through a natural divine healing Bruno Groening power, Lesjak will discuss these documented healings and teach participants (1906-1959) how to absorb a divine healing stream that is available to everyone, regardless of social background, nationality or religion. Groening (1906-1959) spoke to crowds of seekers in 1950s postwar Germany, urging a return to a belief in God and goodness. During these talks, mass healings of even chronic and incurable illnesses were claimed to have occurred, including multiple sclerosis, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and drug addiction. The healings are said to continue even today. The Bruno Groening Circle of Friends is a nonprofit organization that operates on voluntary donations. Physicians like Lesjak volunteer and travel giving lectures in their free time without remuneration. Location: 5817 Driftwood Pkwy. For more information, call 414-852-2222 or visit Bruno-Groening.org. See ad, page 20. natural awakenings
newsbriefs True Food Kitchen Opens in Naples
rue Food Kitchen, the popular restaurant brand from Fox Restaurant Concepts founder Sam Fox and integrative medicine expert and author Dr. Andrew Weil, has opened its first Florida location at the Waterside Shops, 5415 Tamiami Trail North, in Naples. The health-driven culinary destination offers a signature spring menu, featuring seasonal dishes and cocktails. Inspired by the principles of Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet, True Food Kitchen merges nutrient-rich ingredients with a flavor-forward menu that rotates regularly to let guests experience great-tasting ingredients at the peak of their freshness and flavor. Dishes include Spaghetti Squash Casserole, Inside Out Quinoa Burger and Scottish Steelhead, along with flavorful bowls, pizzas and antioxidant-packed desserts, freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices, seasonal cocktails, wine and a selection of local beers. The open-kitchen concept brings guests closer to the team’s culinary craft, while the outdoor patio features fireside dining. Open daily for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and dinner, the full-service restaurant caters to nearly every food preference with a variety of gluten-free, naturally organic, vegetarian and vegan offerings. For more information, call 239-431-4580 or visit TrueFoodKitchenNaples.com.
Yoga Event Supports Pets with Cancer
oga enthusiasts can spend time in downward facing dog, cat pose and other favorite asanas while raising money for The Brodie Fund to help pets fight cancer in a Warrior Pose for Pets event from 1 to 2 p.m., April 22, at BKS Yoga Studio, in Naples. All proceeds will go to cancer treatment and veterinary care of pets with cancer. Participants can also visit with pet vendors at the studio before and after class or purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a gift basket. Cost: $20 donation and $5 raffle tickets. Location: 2900 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information, call 239-213-9276, email Info@bksYogaStudio.com or visit bksYogaStudio.com. See ad, page 73.
Ramanand to Lead Three Events Special Moving Sale Ramanand, of the Mata at Altered Elements Bramachari Amritanandamayi Center, in Wash-
ington, D.C., will host three evenings of spiritual discourse, devotional music and meditation from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m., April 3, at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs; from 6 to 9 p.m., April 4, at House of Gaia, in Naples; and from 6 to 8:30 p.m., April 5, at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, in Fort Myers. The events will feature humorous, engaging and inspirational spiritual talks about renowned peace advocate Amma (Mother), sharing her message of selfless service and love. Ramanand will also lead devotional singing accompanied by several 14-to-16year-old musicians traveling with him and the audience. He will conduct meditations and conclude the evenings with a chant for world peace.
Admission is free. Locations: 27750 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs; 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste. 1 and 3, Naples; and 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. For more information or to register, call 480-290-0231, email Kessel.Joyce@ gmail.com or visit Amma.org, EmbracingTheWorld.org or AmmaDC.org.
ltered Elements, with two locations in Naples, is holding a special sale of its inventory of jewelry, crystals, mineral rocks, antiques, photos, metaphysical tools and more at its downtown 532 Park Street location through late April as it plans to close that facility and focus completely on its location at 5630 Yahl Street. Displays of items will be added to the latter location which will continue to host classes, meditations, Tibetan bowl events and more. They have been operating on Park and Yahl streets for the last nine and four years, respectively. “Help us move by having us not move so much,” is how owner Lucy Finch describes the sale. “It’s time to consolidate and expand our activities on Yahl Street. We have loved being downtown and meeting new people including Natural Awakenings readers.” For more information, call 239-430-0654 or email AlteredElements@hotmail.com.
newsbriefs Rev. Rosemergy’s Final Service at Unity of Fort Myers
fter a 41-year career with Unity churches, Reverend Jim Rosemergy’s final service before retiring as pastor of Unity of Fort Myers will take place at 10 a.m., April 23. The minister, spiritual teacher, spiritual councilor and author of more than a dozen books ranging from practical prosperity to spiritual teachings suggests ways people of any denomination or none can use basic and common truths from Christianity and many other religions to navigate life in the world. Jim Rosemergy The church says in a statement, “This is a bittersweet time for the Unity of Fort Myers family and our global Unity kin. We are sorry to have Jim and his lovely wife Nancy leave as our beloved leaders, but we are very excited for them, as they are going to travel, like most of us hope to upon retiring. We extend our blessings of safe journeys and look forward to their eventual return as members of Unity of Fort Myers in their new capacity. Our send-off message to them: ‘Wherever your path takes you, remember, “You are here.”’” Location: 11120 Ranchette Rd. For more information, call 239-278-1511, email Office@UnityOfFortMyers.org or visit UnityOfFortMyers.org. See ad, page 76.
Classes Available for Massage Therapists in Fort Myers
he Florida Academy, in Fort Myers, is providing continuing education classes for massage therapists to maintain their licensure by the state. Practitioners must renew their licensure every other year by taking 24 hours of courses which must be completed by August 31. Florida Academy has been providing continuing education classes since 1990, and offers many nationally approved course offerings. Continuing education helps massage therapists remain current on best practices, ethics and the latest trends. Location: 4387 Colonial Blvd., Ste. 100. For more information, call 239-489-2282, email LJ@Florida-Academy.edu or visit Florida-Academy.edu. See ad, page 37.
YogaCAN Returns to Naples Beach Hotel
oga leaders from greenmonkey and the Yoga Loft will co-teach an empowering group yoga class for all levels, including beginners, to raise funds for the Cancer Alliance of Naples at the fourth annual YogaCAN event starting at 9:30 a.m., April 23, at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Doors open at 8 a.m. A simultaneous kids’ class will also be held. Following yoga, there will be a silent auction and nutritional refreshments provided by local businesses. Event supporters also include House of Flyte and Monarch Wellness. The program that started in 2013 as JaneCAN annually raises more than $60,000 and attracted 250-plus participants last year. The alliance, formed in 2002, helps more than 100 Collier and Lee county families a month with financial assistance, resources and more support, plus provides cancer support groups, nutritional programs and a cancer resource library. Cost: $40 donation before event, $50 at the door, $10 kids. Location: 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. For more information or to register, call 239643-4673, ext. 203, email Jodi@ CancerAllianceOfNaples.org or TiffanySmith@GreenMonkey.com or visit CancerAllianceOfNaples.org or any participating yoga studio.
YOLLO Wellness Offers Free Magneceutical Health Immersion Session
OLLO Wellness, of Fort Myers, is providing a free first session of the Magneceutical Health Magnesphere whole-body immersion system this month. The one-hour treatment uses precise, low-level electromagnetic fields (EMF) to enhance relaxation and reduce pain, inflammation, migraines, depression or digestive issues without drugs or painful surgery. EMF treatments are specifically tuned for particular types of tissue that play a role in each clientâ€™s health profile. Patients do not require anesthesia or sedation and can remain awake, but many become so relaxed that they end up napping during the session. Three to six initial sessions are suggested in the first two weeks and follow-up schedules are developed based upon each patientâ€™s response. Location: 3033 Winkler Ave., Ste. 170. For more information or an appointment, call 239-275-0039, email Wendy@ got-o2.net or visit YolloWellness.com. See ad, page 67.
Drinking More Water Improves Food Intake
uopeng An, Ph.D., a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studied the hydration and dietary habits of more than 18,300 American adults and found that drinking more water each day can impact the overall calories and nutritional value of food consumed. Reviewing data from four parts of the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, in which participants were asked to recall their food and drink intake during two non-consecutive days, An determined the percentage of plain water drunk by each person. He found an association between a 1 percent increase in the subjects’ daily intake of plain water and an 8.6-calorie reduction in food intake. An also discovered a slight reduction in foods high in fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol with the change. Participants that increased their plain water consumption by one to three cups reduced their calorie intake by 68 to 205 calories per day. The same increase in water correlated with a daily reduction in sodium intake by 78 to 235 milligrams, five to 18 grams less sugar and seven to 21 milligrams less cholesterol.
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Barefoot Running Improves Technique
arefoot running has become a popular activity for athletes, and with the right training, can be a helpful tool for many runners. A recent study from the University of Jaén, in Spain, confirms the benefits of barefoot running. Researchers set out to determine what types of changes a 12-week program of barefoot running would produce in foot strike patterns, inversion, eversion and foot rotation. Thirty-nine recreational athletes with no experience in barefoot running participated. Twenty formed the experimental group, with 19 serving as a control group. Researchers determined each runner’s low, high and comfortable running speed and conducted pre- and post-running tests using cameras to document foot strike patterns. The experimental group’s training consisted of a progressive increase in the duration and frequency of barefoot running, while those in the control group performed the same progressive running program with their shoes on. The experimental group showed significant changes in foot strike pattern, with a tendency toward a mid-foot strike at all speeds. They also displayed changes in foot rotation and inversion toward a more centered strike at the lower speed, supporting the notion that progressive barefoot training can help athletes trying to change their foot pattern to a mid- or front-foot strike.
Sedentary Kids Lag in Reading Skills
study from the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio, has found that less active boys perform worse in reading and arithmetic classes than their more active counterparts. Researchers studied 89 boys and 69 girls ages 6 to 8 and measured their sedentary time and moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) time using a heart rate monitor, movement sensors and body fat percentages. The subjects’ arithmetic and reading skills were calculated using standardized test scores. Comparing the data, the researchers found that higher levels of MVPA were associated with higher reading fluency in grade one and that lower reading levels were associated with more sedentary time in grades one through three. A significantly stronger correlation was discovered when male subjects were the focus. Sedentary boys that spent less time engaged in MVPA displayed consistently poorer scores in both reading fluency and comprehension than their peers. For girls, more sedentary time was associated with better arithmetic scores.
Tai Chi Eases Chronic Neck Pain
study from Harvard Medical School, in Boston, has found that tai chi, a low-impact exercise and movement meditation, can help relieve chronic neck pain. Researchers divided 14 participants, 18 years or older, with ongoing neck pain into three randomized groups. One received 12 weeks of tai chi instruction, one performed group neck exercises and one received no treatment. “The study results showed that 12 weeks of tai chi was more effective than no treatment for benefiting pain levels, disability, quality of life and postural control in persons with chronic neck pain,” explains Peter M. Wayne, Ph.D., co-author of the study; he’s also the founder of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The group neck exercise subjects experienced results that were similar to those in the tai chi group, suggesting that the two paths are equally effective.
Chelation Cuts Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
esearchers from the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach, concluded in a 2016 review of research that chelation therapy using agents such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) can significantly reduce risk of cardiovascular events. The review highlighted research showing that heavy metals such as cadmium have been linked with increased cardiovascular disease risk, and chelation therapy has been shown to effectively remove heavy metals from the body. Of particular interest was a study that specifically tested the effectiveness of chelation therapy on reducing cardiovascular events. The randomized, double-blind study involved 1,708 patients ages 50 and up that had experienced a heart attack at least six weeks prior. Half were given 40 infusions of a 500 milliliter chelation solution with EDTA. The other half received a placebo. Researchers measured deaths, heart attacks and strokes, along with other heart conditions and subsequent hospitalization for an average period of 55 months. They found that the chelation therapy reduced heart attacks and strokes by 23 percent and reduced hospitalization for heart attacks by 28 percent.
Sage Linked to Cognitive Health
2016 review from Australia’s Murdoch University, in Perth, confirms the cognitive benefits of consuming plants in the Salvia genus, particularly sage. Cognition includes processes associated with attention, memory, judgment, evaluation, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. Researchers discussed the theory that an accumulation of amyloid-ß peptide (Aß) in the body is responsible for some cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s patients. Studies have shown that sage can protect mice against Aß-induced neurotoxicity, thus helping to preserve cognition. The researchers also highlighted acetylcholine (ACh), a neurotransmitter believed to play an important role in attention, learning, memory and motivation. ACh enzyme inhibitors help prevent alterations in ACh, preserving these functions. In vitro and animal studies show that some species of salvia are effective ACh enzyme inhibitors. In addition, animal studies have shown that sage extracts can reduce depression and anxiety. Both of these conditions can contribute to a decrease in cognitive function. Further research is needed to determine the extent of the effect and safe dosage.
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he Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Foundation estimates that 10 percent of Americans suffer from an irresistible urge to move the legs that can cause difficulty in falling or staying asleep. According to Tufts University, nocturnal leg cramps—sudden, painful, involuntary contractions of the muscles in the leg—affect middleaged individuals, and up to 70 percent of the elderly. They suggest holistic remedies of: hydrating with six to eight glasses of water daily; eating a diet that provides magnesium, calcium, potassium and vitamins A and E; cutting back on sugar and caffeine; and regular exercise and leg stretches. According to Master Herbalist text, “The Complete Medicinal Herbal,” Native Americans rubbed Rosemary on their legs to enhance the suppleness of their muscles. Cramp bark was named for the way it relaxes skeletal muscle spasms. Mexican Wild Yam and Sage relax tight muscles and relieve cramping. Peppermint, Lavender and St. John’s wort are useful in relieving the over-sensitivity of the sympathetic nervous system. Using these herbs in your decoction will help to reduce discomfort and irritation while helping to flush waste products. A simple water decoction of these roots, herbs and bark can be applied to aching muscles to relax cramps, settle restless legs and quell over-active nerves. “Thirty year’s experience has shown that when bananas, supplements and water don’t work… these herbs will do the trick,” says Master Herbalist, Steven Frank. Contact Steven Frank of Nature’s Rite Remedies at 888-465-4404 or SteveF@ NaturesRiteRemedies.com. See ad, page 46.
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ryotherapy has been around for centuries in many forms. The combination of a Greek term, cryo, meaning cold, and therapia, meaning healing, it was developed in Japan in the 1970s and popularized throughout Europe in the 1980s. Whole body cryotherapy was introduced as an alternative to cold-water immersion or ice packs. Initially used in more than 50 European hospitals and medical clinics, it transitioned to athletic training rooms and spas as the public discovered the effectiveness in relieving soreness, muscle pain and inflammation, while stimulating circulation and collagen development. As doctors in Europe prescribed cryotherapy for psoriasis and eczema, non-medical service providers in the U.S. adopted it for health, as well as beauty treatments that
consist of a chemical-free, 10-minute application of cold air, which targets cellular activity, clearance of toxins and the enhancement of collagen activation for a fresher and tighter radiance. Cryotherapy facial rejuvenation is a standalone option or it can be added on to a threeminute full body or localized cold air therapy treatment. Cold air therapy in the whole body chamber uses dry, fresh, oxygenated air without moisture (humidity) or wind chill. It is not painful like an ice bath or immersion. The process rejuvenates the body, skin and mind. US Cryotherapy is located at 2349 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste. 504, in Naples. For more information, call 239-325-9050 or visit USCryotherapy.com.
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The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has established the world’s second-largest (1.3 million-square-mile) shark sanctuary, which bans commercial fishing throughout, and has also expanded the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary. The possession, trade and sale of sharks and shark products are also prohibited in these areas as is the use of fishing gear such as wire leaders for targeting sharks. Worldwide, about 100 million sharks are killed each year in commercial fisheries. Nearly 30 percent of all known shark species assessed by scientists are now threatened with extinction. Sharks are particularly vulnerable to overfishing because they mature and reproduce slowly. Many Pacific island nations have established shark sanctuaries, recognizing the valuable ecosystem and economic roles that healthy populations provide. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora recently added 13 shark and mobula ray species to its list, a step toward ensuring sustainable and legal trade of these species.
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Ocean Sanctuaries Expand in Pacific
Phasing Out Plastic Film Food Wrappers Many grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, even though thin, plastic films are not efficient at preventing spoilage. Some plastics are also suspected of leaching harmful compounds into food. Researcher Peggy Tomasula, D.Sc., is leading a U.S. Department of Agriculture team developing an environmentally friendly film made of the milk protein casein that addresses these issues. She states, “The protein-based films are powerful oxygen blockers that help prevent food spoilage. When used in packaging, they could prevent food waste during distribution along the food chain.” Plastic six-pack rings are renowned for their negative impact on wildlife and the environment. Now the Saltwater Brewery, in Delray Beach, Florida, is making edible six-pack rings for beer cans that are 100 percent biodegradable. Constructed of barley and wheat ribbons from the brewing process, they can be safely eaten by animals that come into contact with the refuse. Company President Chris Gove notes, “We hope to influence the big guys and inspire them to get on board.” Source: American Chemical Society
Traffic Pollution Chokes Big Cities Worldwide When air pollution blanketed Paris for three days, authorities called it the worst bout in 10 years and made public transit free. For the fourth time in 20 years, the city instituted a system based on alternating odd and even license plate numbers to keep certain vehicles off city streets, effectively cutting daily traffic in half; it’s the first time the ban’s been maintained for consecutive days. “Cars are poisoning the air,” says Paris city hall transport official Herve Levife. “We need to take preventive measures.” Three other cities—Athens, Madrid and Mexico City—will ban diesel engines by 2025 as part of a similar effort. Beijing, China’s capital city, has such dirty skies from cars and coal that protective masks are commonplace despite emissions restrictions and power plant closures, partly due to pollutants from neighboring regions. Paris leads the world in monthly car-free days, but several large metro cities participate in an international car-free day each September 22, including Washington, D.C., Seattle and Long Island, New York. Source: EcoWatch.com
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In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, the tiny hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life sucking sap and eventually killing the tree. The bug is one example of an expanding horde of insects draining the life out of forests from New England to the West Coast. Aided by global trade, a warming climate and drought-weakened terrain, this invasion represents one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the U.S. Scientists say they are already driving some tree species toward extinction and causing billions of dollars a year in damage, with the situation expected to worsen. Today’s connected world enables foreign invaders to cross oceans in packing materials or on garden plants, and then reach American forests to rapidly expand their ranges. According to a new study in Ecological Applications, scientists say several species of hemlock and 20 species of ash could become nearly extinct in coming decades. Such destruction would eliminate a critical sponge to capture greenhouse gas emissions, a natural shelter for birds and native insects and a reliable food supply for bears and other animals. Dead forests also increase the danger of wildfires.
Growing Organics Toxin-Free Farmlands Rise to 4.1 Million Acres
Teen Finds Drought Solution in South Africa Kiara Nirghin, a South African teenage girl and recent winner of the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa, is pioneering a new technology to fight drought. The Holy Web, her super-absorbent polymer, can store reserves of water hundreds of times its own weight. Drought remains one of South Africa’s main challenges, with at least eight provinces requiring regular food relief. The project is designed to help farmers in dry areas build large water reservoirs for an adequate and regular supply of water for irrigation. “I wanted to minimize the effect that drought has on the community, and the main thing it affects is the crops. That was the springboard for the idea,” says Nirghin. Her invention uses recycled and biodegradable waste products such as avocado skins and orange peels to make the polymer sustainable, affordable and environmentally friendly. Source: CNN
Insects Assault America’s Forests
According to data service Mercaris, the U.S. had a record 4.1 million acres of organic farmland in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms reached 14,979, including 1,000 startups. The top states in organic cropland after California, with 688,000 acres, are Montana, Wisconsin, New York and North Dakota. Montana hosted a 30 percent increase to 417,000 acres in 2016, adding 100,000 acres since 2014 and 50 new organic farms. In assessing the positive trend, Scott Shander, a Mercaris economist, says, “With today’s lower commodity grain prices, farmers are looking to add value and meet consumer demands. The global market is dictating U.S. prices. Demand for organic corn and soybeans is still growing strongly, but production is not growing as fast, so more of the production will be international.” Source: MercarisCompany.com
Stand Up March for Science this Earth Day Concerned citizens will unite on April 22 for a March for Science in Washington, D.C., and locations around the world to champion robustly funding and publicly communicating science for the common good as a pillar of freedom and prosperity. The group is calling on political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based standards in the public interest. The focus will showcase science as a tool to find answers and influence decisions at all levels, from astronomy to zoology, including environmental science and climate change. Jacquelyn Gill, Ph.D., was part of the original group sparking the idea of a March for Science via her initial tweet. “We know how to keep our air and water clean, and the outcomes of the research should inform the policy,” says Gill, an assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine. Caroline Weinberg, a New York City science writer and program cochairwoman, says, “Within hours, satellite marches were popping up around the country, then the world.” Organizers report several hundred established event locations and the number continues to grow. To join or create an event, visit MarchForScience.com/ satellite-marches.
more information, call the Info ZooLine at 239-262-5409 or visit NaplesZoo.com.
Earth Day Re-Use and Recycle Roundup
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 13
Think Earth Day Every Day by Sandra Murphy
he federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year, is the first law in U.S. history to include language that supports environmental education. Plans call for it to be integrated with current state standards, graduation requirements, teacher development and assessment, funding sources and policy action steps. EducationWorld.com offers lesson plan ideas for students. For example, students from third grade through high school might collect their household junk mail and explore ways to reduce it. Those in kindergarten through eighth grade may create a binder of information on endangered species that includes maps, animal facts and threats to their survival, exploring causal interconnections throughout the planet. Students can also build a cafeteria compost pile or find ways to improve their school’s recycling program. Kathleen Rogers, president of the nonprofit Earth Day Network, on EarthDayNetwork.org, says, “We need to promote environmental consciousness into our children’s curricula so
they are able to analyze problems, think critically, balance needs and take informed action.” Earth Day isn’t just one day. Aware citizens can take a rewarding action every day. Help Southwest Florida celebrate and forward its progress toward sustainability at these local Earth Day 2017 events.
The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens WILD for the Planet 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 1 One of more than 100 U.S. accredited zoos and aquariums participating in North America’s largest combined Earth Day celebration, conservation groups and local businesses with a green focus will discuss living more sustainably. Kids will get free Earthfriendly gifts from participating partners and guests can test their skills at the Trash Challenge, plant a seed to take home and more. Free for Collier County residents. Location: 1590 Goodlette Rd., Naples. For
Goodwill Industries will celebrate Earth Day by encouraging area residents to bring clothing, electronics, shoes, books, household items, computers and cell phones to donate. Free shredding of documents is offered by Goodwill Secure Shred and residents can discard unused, unnecessary or expired medicines with safe disposal provided 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, 3579 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. For more information, call 239-9952106 ext. 2213 or 239-252-7575.
Earth Day Presentation and Guided Walk on Sanibel 11 a.m., Friday, April 21 Participants can enjoy a guided trail walk through the interior wetlands and mid-island ridges of the Center Tract while listening to a discussion of native habitats, natural and cultural history, and preservation efforts. Meet at the Nature Center and proceed to the trails. Cost: $5 for non-members and free to members and children. Location: Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Rd., Sanibel. For more information, call 472-2329 or visit Blog.sccf.org.
House of Gaia Can’t Stop the Feeling 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 21 Children, ages 6 to 12, can celebrate Earth Day in style with a Glow Dance. Hosted by a DJ, participants can dress up and enjoy face painting, music, dancing and celebrate life together. Parents can drop kids off or stay. Healthy snacks will be available. Cost: $10 per child and $5 for each ad-
ditional siblings. Location: 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste. 1, Naples. For more information, call 239-272-6152 or visit HouseOfGaia.org.
Park Environmental Center, 5505 Rose Garden Rd., Cape Coral. For more information or to RSVP, call 239-5494606 or visit CapeParks.com.
Pepper Ranch Preserve Guided Hike
Arbor Day Celebration
9 a.m., Saturday, April 22
Featuring native plants and trees for sale, the Arbor Day Celebration includes demonstrations and exhibits. Visitors can enjoy live music, a poster contest, a giant slide, free trees and free ice cream for the first 50 kids.
The 2,512-acre Conservation Collier preserve property was acquired to help protect and restore the native habitats for the benefit of wildlife, providing aquifer recharge and nature-based education and recreation for residents. Cost: free. Location: 6315 Pepper Rd., Immokalee. For more information or to register, call 239-252-2961.
Lee County Great American Cleanup 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 22
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 22
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 CityOfBonitaSprings.org.
Earth Day Buy One, Get One Sale
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 the 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.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 22
Location of sites and event dates vary. For more information or to register, call 239-334-3488 or visit klcb.org/greatamerican-cleanup.html.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 22
Rain Barrel Workshop Native Plant Sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 22 Choosing native plants for the yard can save time, money and work because they are adapted to our dry winters and hot, rainy summers. Rain barrels save money and resources by gathering and storing rainwater safely for yard watering. Lee County master gardeners will answer questions at the workshop (until noon) and the sale. Admission is free; workshop: $45 includes barrel. Advance registration and payment is required. Location: Rotary
In celebration of Earth Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center will offer buy-one, get-one-free admission. Cost: $5 for adult and $3 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Cannot be combined with other offers. Location: 300 Tower Rd., Naples. For more information, call 239-530-5972 or visit RookeryBay.org.
Celebrate Earth Day at Naples Botanical Garden Origami in the Garden is on exhibit through April 23.
10 to 10:30 a.m. at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. The refuge will celebrate the 47th anniversary of Earth Day in partnership with the Ding Darling Wildlife SocietyFriends of the Refuge. Along with many fun Earth- and family-friendly activities, attendees can enjoy the appearance of Bagzilla, a “bag monster” dressed in the average person’s annual plastic bag consumption. A Birds of the Refuge Program will take place in the Crossdike Pavilion from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Location: 1 Wildlife Dr., Sanibel. For more information, call 239-472-1100, ext. 236, or visit DingDarlingSociety.org.
Conservancy of Southwest Florida Earth Day Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 22 Visitors can enjoy local entertainment, keynote lectures, conservation speakers and children’s presentations at this event, featuring many vendors and environmental exhibitors. Activities include exploring the Conservancy Nature Center buildings, taking an electric boat ride, renting a kayak or canoe or walking a nature trail. Free admission for members, $10 for non-member adults and $5 for children 3 to 12. Location: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, off Goodlette Rd., Naples. For more information, call 239-430-2466 or visit Conservancy.org/events/earthday. —Continued on page 32.
Cost: Free for members and children 3 and under. $14.95 for non-member adults and $9.95 children ages 4 to 14. Location: 4820 Bayshore Dr. For more information, call 239-643-7275 or visit NaplesGarden.org.
Earth Day at the Refuge at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 22 Visitors can bike or hike Wildlife Drive for free from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., watch Bag It! Is Your Life Too Plastic?, a free film, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and participate in a family craft and story from
We won’t have a
society if we destroy the environment. ~Margaret Mead
Earth Day Events —Continued from page 31.
Musical Earth Day Program 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 22 Led by educator, musician and Calusa Nature Center volunteer Carolyn Stanley, children from 3 to 12 years old will sing songs, make rhythm instruments and draw pictures while learning how to care for the environment and why trees are essential for our survival. Sponsored by Fort Myers Quakers, registration starts at 10 a.m. Cost: $5 for children, $10 for adults and free for first 50 children age 3 to 12. Location: 3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-275-3435 or visit CalusaNature.org.
Koreshan Farmers’ Market and Native Plant Sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, April 23 Native plant experts from the Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will answer questions and give advice on using native plants in landscaping, the fertilizer ordinance and invasive plant species. Local fresh produce, seafood, honey, arts and crafts, pickles and olives, fresh mozzarella cheese, native plants and trees are available for purchase. Cost: $1 environmental impact fee. Location: 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. For more information, call 239-273-8945 or visit fnpsCoccoloba.org.
Invasive Species Presentation 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 26 Annisa Karim, of Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species, will give a presentation on combating invasive plants and animals, along with an introduction to regional efforts and reporting options. Admission is free. Location: Interpretive Center, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, 7751 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 239-533-7557 or email SloughConnections@gmail.com. 32
Persistent redness? • PimPles? ViSibLe bLooD VeSSeLS?
The Heart of the Wild Reveals Our Spiritual Life
by Terry Tempest Williams
t was standing inside I learned early Nothing. I was held in a Timpanogos Cave (a darkness so deep that my on we live by eyes seemed shut even national monument) as an 8-year-old child that marked wild mercy. though they were open. All me. Hiking to the entrance I could hear was the sound of the cave with our church group, we of water dripping and the beating heart were ushered in by a park ranger. Imof the mountain. mediately, the cool air locked inside the I don’t know how long I stood inside mountain enveloped us and we wore Timpanogos Cave before our church it as loose clothing. Immense stalacleader realized I was missing, but it was tites and stalagmites hung down from long enough to have experienced how the ceiling and rose up from the floor, fear moves out of panic toward wonder. declaring themselves teeth. We were Inside the cave, I knew I would be found. inside the gaping mouth of an animal What I didn’t know was what would find and we were careful not to disturb the me—the spirit of Timpanogos. beast, traversing the cave on a narrow To this day, my spiritual life is found constructed walkway above the floor so inside the heart of the wild. I do not fear as not to disturb its fragility. But it was it, I court it. When I am away, I anticipate the Great Heart of Timpanogos Cave my return, needing to touch stone, rock, that captured my attention. water, the trunks of trees, the sway of When everyone else left the chargrasses, the barbs of a feather, the fur left ismatic form, I stayed. I needed more behind by a shedding bison. time to be closer to it, to watch its redWallace Stegner, a mentor of mine, orange aura pulsating in the cavernous wrote: “If we preserved as parks only space of shadows. I wanted to touch those places that have no economic the heart, run the palms of my hands on possibilities, we would have no parks. its side, believing that if I did, I could And in the decades to come, it will not better understand my own heart, which be only the buffalo and the trumpeter was invisible to me. I was only inches swan that need sanctuaries. Our own away, wondering whether it would be species is going to need them, too. It cold or hot to the touch. It looked like needs them now.” ice, but it registered as fire. Suddenly, I heard the heavy door Excerpts from The Hour of Land: A slam and darkness clamp down. The Personal Topography of America’s group left without me. I was forgotNational Parks by Terry Tempest Wilten—alone—locked inside the cave. liams, reprinted with permission. Learn I waved my hand in front of my face. more at CoyoteClan.com/index.html.
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ifty-four percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and rarely experiences nature directly. This statistic, which is expected to increase by 66 percent by 2050, points to a potential problem—urban dwelling could be detrimental to our mental health. Science has proven that people that spend a lot of time in nature are generally healthier and experience positive perks such as improved short-term memory, restored mental energy, stress reduction, improved concentration, sharper thinking and creativity, and improved mental health overall. Our brain naturally syncs with nature, which in turn creates wonderful benefits such as those enjoyed by local residents Don
McCumber and Anne Reed. For 25 years peace of mind and a sense of well-being have been the side effects that McCumber has experienced while kayaking in Florida’s wild places. A certified Florida coastal master naturalist and member of the Paradise Coast Paddler’s Club, he is a guide for Everglades Area Tours, which provides education-based guided boating, kayaking and walking trips that depart from Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Isle of Capri, Marco Island and Pine Island. “Woodkayaker” has plenty of stories to spin about tours he has led for newbie and seasoned kayakers. These include how surprisingly gentle mamma alligators are with their babies and how he captained a team of local kayakers
that paddled alongside Diana Nyad, a 64-year old endurance swimmer who completed a historic Cuba-to-Florida 110-mile, 53-hour swim in 2013. McCumber’s ability to bring Florida’s unique ecosystem to life can only be acquired from years of experience and intimate encounters. He names the vegetation, reptiles and orchids of every season, as well as the wood storks, cormorants, roseate spoonbills, brown pelicans, egrets and other birds for his charges as they paddle through mangrove tunnels and sawgrass marsh on the Turner River Kayak Trail, in the Big Cypress Preserve. “People are amazed to get so close to nature and observe the natural behavior of our wildlife. Last spring, I took a video of a male alligator making an amorous pass at a female. He circled around her several times, swam up behind her, raised his right front leg, spread his claw like fingers and stroked her back. Then the two swam off together. It was a tender moment that few humans get to observe,” says McCumber, who has also kayaked in Canada, Yellowstone National Park, areas of Maine and Ecuador. Reed is the communications
Baby gators at CREW
Roseate spoonbill at Bird Rookery Swamp
Kids hiking at Bird Rookery Swamp trails
Erik Weihenmayer, author of No Barriers, is totally blind, yet has climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents, saying, "Don, I can hear the alligator breathing!"
Walk, Kayak or Run
on Southwest Florida’s Wild Side by Lily Viola
photos by Anne Reed
photo by Don McCumber
Science has proven that people that spend a lot of time in nature are generally healthier and experience positive perks such as improved short-term memory, restored mental energy, stress reduction, improved concentration, sharper thinking and creativity, and improved mental health overall.
Pair of great egrets
photo by Don McCumber
strategist for CREW Land & Water Trust, use, but require special use permits for a nonprofit organization coordinating horseback riding or primitive camping. land acquisition, land management and Solar powered talking tail posts educate public use of the 60,000-acre Corktrail-goers about observing safety rules. screw Regional Ecosystem Watershed. Geocaching on part of CREW property The CREW project spans the Corkscrew allows visitors to participate in the Marsh, Bird Rookery Swamp, Flint Pen recreational activity of hunting for and Strand, Camp Keais Strand and Corkfinding hidden object by means of GPS screw Swamp Sanctuary; all wild places coordinates posted on a website. with trails where Reed and her three To continue enjoying Florida’s wild daughters—14, 9 places by kayak, and 7—enjoy hiking, bike, on foot or in biking and running. a tent means taking Reed and her action to protect daughters, native the 2 million-acre Ohioans, find comfort wetland ecosystem in exploring CREW’s of the Everglades marsh hiking trails, cythat extends from press dome trails and central Florida to bird rookery swamp the southern end of trails with volunteers. the Florida main“We are all outdoor land and the Florida Baby gator enthusiasts, and were Keys. Sign the “Now familiar with the wildlife in Ohio and or Neverglades” declaration (Glades northern Michigan, but we didn’t have Declaration.org) to support the 200snakes or alligators. Florida’s wildlife felt plus respected Everglades scientists that dangerous to us until we learned about believe increased storage, treatment native reptilian, avian and mammalian and conveyance of water south of Lake species from volunteers leading field Okeechobee is essential to stop the trips. We lost our fear, gained respect damaging discharges to coastal estuarand experienced a twinge of nostalgia ies, restore the flow of clean, fresh wafor home when we saw unexpected red ter to Everglades National Park, Florida maple trees,” recalls Reed. Bay and the Florida Keys, improve the No boardwalk exists on the 13-mile health of Lake Okeechobee and protect loop of CREW’s bird rookery swamp the drinking water for 8 million Floridtrail. “Visitors are likely to see an alligaians living in Monroe, Miami-Dade, tor crossing their path while they are Broward and Palm Beach counties. busy looking at wildflowers, butterflies, otters, red shouldered hawks and wadFor more information, email NowOr ing birds such as the stately great egrets Never@GladesDeclaration.org. For and snowy egrets, as well as limpkins more information on CREW and Everfeeding on apple snails,” says Reed. glades Area Tours, visit CrewTrust.org CREW trails are designated multiand EvergladesAreaTours.com.
Great egret showing off his plumage
Dr. David Cooper leading a hike at CREW marsh trails
Night-scented orchids (Epidendrum nocturnum) natural awakenings
photos this column: by Don McCumber
photo by Anne Reed
Inner Essence Health
Works to Help People Enjoy Life, Not Just Live it by Lee Walker
orking in a primary care your mechanic, because you know there is medical practice where a problem,” she explains. health practitioners had Declaring that she doesn’t heal anyincorporated integrative medicine gave one, Breedlove explains confidently that Evie Breedlove Mangapora a head start the body heals itself. “I guide, educate and in what was to become her true callencourage patients regarding how they ing—practicing functional medicine. can support their body’s innate healing Influenced by good mentors that were process with neutraceuticals, supplements, ahead of their time in using practices nutrition, good sleep habits and other such as vitamin C infusions, Breedlove, lifestyle changes that include the right atan advanced registered nurse practitiotitude and mindset, which are all aspects ner, benefitted from expertise and expeof functional medicine, she says. rience that now serves the patients she “My mom’s positive attitude of, ‘I’m treats at Inner Essence Health, located going to do this my way,’ amazed me. Afwithin the offices of Wellbridges Health ter she shared her diagnosis, I assumed the Center, in Bonita Springs. fetal position in my bed for three days. I When her mother was diagnosed didn’t care that I only felt like wearing my with breast cancer, Breedlove exhaustyoga pants or pajamas when I drove my Evie Breedlove ed every conventional medical resource children to school. It was my mom’s lack to which she had access in Michigan, where she lived then. of ‘Why not me?’ attitude and her desire for quality of life “I consulted a traditional oncologist, formulated a treatment rather than quantity of life that lifted me up and out of bed,” plan and flew to Florida. When I explained to my mom that recalls Breedlove, who connected with Wellbridges owner the plan included chemotherapy and radiation, she refused Deb Post at a nurse practitioner meeting while temporarily to implement it. Mom had already consulted with Dr. Teresa living in the area and supporting her mother. Sievers, in Bonita Springs, because she didn’t want to suffer “I was already in my functional medicine fellowship the damaging effects of conventional treatments and was with the Institute and understood what Deb talked about. determined to find out why she had cancer and what she We stayed in touch afterwards and eventually discussed could do to prevent it from reoccurring. When she told my setting up an office at her place of business,” exme about what Teresa recommended, I decided I would plains Breedlove. go fully prepared with all my questions to my mom’s next “I believe that with today’s insurance, high deductibles doctor’s appointment. I left that appointment with in-depth motivate individuals to become more proactive with their knowledge that not only benefited my mom, but also her health. I see individuals striving to achieve an optimal quality treatment plan and my future. I enrolled at the American of health, instead of living up to a ripe old age in a wheelAcademy of Anti-Aging Medicine/Medical Metabolic Instichair. People seek me out to help with concerns about belly tute, where Teresa got her training. Today, my mom is enjoy- fat, weight gain, stress, fatigue, thyroid conditions, hormone ing good health. She eats only organic, threw out her toxic imbalances and sleep disturbances,” advises Breedlove. chemical housecleaning products, perfumes and makeup. “They want good health to be a strong foundation for their She has no regrets, enjoys her grandchildren and apprecilife, rather than living dependent on pharmaceuticals. I love ates her healthy lifestyle. Sometimes she acts younger than I to help people make healthy lifestyle choices and achieve do,” enthuses Breedlove. their goals, which is why I also give free monthly presenta Breedlove lets her patients know that she is a firm betions in the community on various health topics such as liever in a time and place for conventional health care, medi- my Hormones and Your Health on April 19 at 6:30 p.m., at cations and surgery. She also informs them that she believes Wellbridges Health Center.” in using the protocols of functional medicine to determine the underlying causes of their health challenges. “Symptoms Inner Essence Health is located at 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., are your body’s red warning flags. Think of the ‘check engine’ Ste. 113, in Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239light on your car. When it lights up, you immediately call 777-4647 or visit InnerEssenceHealth.com. See ad, page 22. 36
Naples, benefits from local collaborations. “Patient referrals come from NCH Healthcare System, plastic surgeons, dentists, chiropractors and internal medicine physicians,” says Mitchell, who is also certified in orthopedic massage, as well as manual lymphatic drainage (MLD).
Medical Massage in Southwest Florida
Specialized Skills for Special Populations by Linda Sechrist
n Southwest Florida, specialty certificheck every two years. Approved procate programs representing advanced viders, such as Geri Ruane, one of four education and training within a mofounding directors of Oncology Masdality qualified as therapeutic massage sage Alliance (OMA), in Austin, Texas, and bodywork are benefitting masoffer beginning and advanced weekend sage therapists and their clients. Often workshops. considered as requirements for specific populations—pregnant women, seOncology Massage niors, athletes, infants, cancer patients Ruane clarifies the essential aspects and survivors—some outcome-based of an oncology massage therapist’s specialty modalities are referred to as (OMT) skill set. “A properly trained “medical massage”. therapist has an informed understandSpecialty techniques are taught ing of the disease itself and the many by continuing education providers ways it can affect the human body; approved by the National Certificathe side effects of cancer treatments, tion Board for Therapeutic Massage & such as medications, surgery, chemoBodywork, a nonprofit organization therapy and radiation; and the ability that provides an accredited, voluntary to modify massage techniques in orcertification beyond entry-level state lider to adapt accordingly. Hospitals in LMT, pFT, MLD/cDpD.C., now censure. As a result, specialty therapies 35 states and Washington, CertifiedtheraLymphedema are delivered by trained massage offerTherapist massage therapy Compression Bandaging pists according to a national standard of to individuals during • OncOlOgy care certified excellence for working in collaboration cancerPractitiOner treatment.” • Medical Massage • lyMPh drainage with doctors, chiropractors, wellness Trained in oncolo• MyOfascial release centers, retirement care communities • sPOrts Massage gy massage at Memo• active isOlated stretching and other medical settings. rialtheraPy Sloan Kettering • craniOsacral To maintain their status,822 therapists Cancer Center in New Anchor Rode Drive, Naples, FL 34103 must complete 24 hours ofBy continuing York293-0960 City, Christina AppoiNtmeNt (239) • firstname.lastname@example.org MA49769 MM22673 education and 100 hours ofbestbodymassage.com work expe- Mitchell, owner of Christina Mitchell rience, and pass a criminal background Best Body Massage in
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“I know how to assess and treat soft tissue musculoskeletal orthopedic conditions that include everything from a frozen shoulder or whiplash injuries to carpal tunnel, tennis/golfers elbow, plantar fasciitis rotator cuff tears, back spasms and pain,” says Mitchell. Orthopedic massage can incorporate myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, thermal modalities, trigger point release and muscle energy technique (MET) that uses the gentle muscle contractions of the patient to relax and lengthen muscles and normalize joint motion. “No one modality is ever the answer, which is why I am trained in several techniques. Sometimes I need to use Somato-Emotional Release Therapy (SER) because there is a body-mind connection that involves releasing an emotional aspect of the physical problem,” explains Mitchell.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Assuage Spa, in Fort Myers and Naples, offers post-mastectomy massage that helps women to alleviate postoperative pain and edema by assisting in the flow of Tehjan lymph, blood and Prendiville oxygen to promote the removal of toxins. “It also helps reduce scar adhesions and scar visibility,” says spa co-owner Tehjan Prendiville. Robyn Berry, LMT, owner of the RB Institute, in Fort Myers is certified in MLD, as well as CranioSacral Release, SER and visceral manipulation. “My training in the MLD method developed by Bruno Chikly, MDXPW is the technique I use to detect and palpate the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. Developed in Germany,
this technique is for the treatment of lymphedema, an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery, most often for Robyn a mastectomy,” says Berry Berry, who notes that scientific studies have proven that the immune system is supported and even boosted as a result of receiving regular MLD treatments. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, up to 25 percent of breast cancer patients with surgery that includes removal of lymph nodes in the area of the armpit eventually develop lymphedema. It can also occur if lymph nodes are removed in other types of surgery—melanoma, colon, prostate or bladder cancer. Melinda Cribbs, LMT, at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, also offers MLD, which incorporates gentle rubs, strokes, taps or pushes to the skin in directions so that accumulated lymph fluid drains through proper channels. For effectiveness, LMD is generally performed once a day four or five times a week for two to four weeks. “The lymphatic system does not have a pump. Unlike our circulatory system, it relies greatly on movement, either by massage or exercise. As we age, lymph, a colorless fluid containing white blood cells that bathes the tissues and drains through the lymphatic system into the bloodstream, moves slower through our system,” says Cribbs. Shangri-La Springs also offers CranioSacral, geriatric, deep tissue, prenatal and postnatal massage.
Prenatal Massage Prenatal massage is offered at Naples and Fort Myers locations such as Assuage Spa, Purely You Spa and by Alvina Quatrano, LMT. Considered Alvina complementary care Quatrano that women can experience throughout their pregnancy, it is a healthy way to reduce stress, promote overall wellness and
relieve the normal discomforts of pregnancy—backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headache and edema. Prenatal massage also reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension and relieves depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes. Therapists take into consideration a woman’s physiology during pregnancy and use adaptive positioning for the purpose of comfort during massage.
Other Options Although not named under the category of medical massage, sports massage, deep tissue, CranioSacral and myofascial masTabatha sage, as well as neuPetersen romuscular active release techniques, like that offered at Naples Massage & Neuromuscular by owner Tabatha Petersen, as well as Meredith Musick, a LMT and yoga teacher in Naples, are Meredith among the most effecMusick tive specialty therapies that massage professionals choose to train in so they can customize therapies that offer the greatest relief for clients. Teo Nikolov, owner of CURA Holistic Health and Massage Center, in Naples, is not only trained in sports massage, deep tissue massage and myofasTeo cial release, but also Nikolov the modalities of reiki and qigong. He has developed his own holistic massage therapy that combines them to help clients achieve their therapeutic goals in optimal time. “Many of my local clients that have been with me more than a decade have regular appointments to keep their chronic Jennifer Colucci pain issues at bay and
prevent new injuries,” says Nikolov. At Awakening Through Synergy, in Naples, Jennifer Colucci, LMT, has combined Thai massage, yoga, Pilates and physical therapy to cater more to individuals and provide relief by stretching and releasing facia. “Many of clients with conditions ranging from neuropathy, impingement syndrome and herniated disc to chronic pain have had good results with my synergistic Thai yoga therapy,” she says. Client referrals, testimonials and letters of recommendation are a massage therapist’s best friends. At Organic Skincare & Bodyworx in Naples, Ermin Luis’ clients Ermin appreciate the relief Luis that his customized massages bring. He blends several styles he is trained in—deep tissue, trigger point, myofascial, and craniosacral therapy. He is also certified in shiatsu, Swedish, prenatal and sports massage. A recent client emailed to express gratitude. “I have used physical therapy, acupuncture, and spinal epidurals to relieve pain in my back caused by bulging discs and arthritis. It wasn’t until I began having massages with you that I found relief for my daily discomfort.” Such testimonials are proof that specialty training certifications are an added value to clients as well as any massage therapist’s skillset.
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Naples Massage & Neuromuscular A Multi-Modality Clinic Without A Clinical Feel by Lisa Marlene
rom the age of 5, ART, similar to deep Tabatha Peterson, tissue massage techniques owner of Naples and myofascial release, Massage & Neuromusworks by manipulating cular, knew for certain soft tissue, thereby reducwhat she wanted to do ing stress placed on joints when she grew up. “I and nerves. It is much wanted to work in masmore targeted than massage therapy,” says the sage, breaks up adhesions former resident of Onor restores proper tissue tario, Canada. “Today, it function, and is customgives me joy to be doing tailored to the patient. what I love. I get a great Lower back pain, carpal Sensory deprivation tank deal of satisfaction from tunnel syndrome, bursitis, listening attentively to clients who tell me about their tennis elbow, sciatic nerve pain, shoulder pain (includpain and in providing them with quick resolution which ing frozen shoulder), shin splints and plantar fasciitis are helps them to move forward in life,” says Petersen. generally relieved by ART treatments. Using her 10 years of experience in active re“Most are these conditions are the result of overused lease techniques (ART), and 22 years of experience in muscles, which contribute to scar tissue formation, tears, medical and sports massage, Peterson is living out her pulls, strains and inflammation. The goal of active release childhood vision. The graduate of the Canadian College technique is to restore normal mobility and ‘glide’ between of Massage and Hydrotherapy completed a two-year, muscular tissue and nerves. It can also help push joint fluid in-depth, 2,500-hour program focused on medical and throughout the body and stimulate the lymphatic system, sports injury therapies, closely following European which helps lower inflammation,” says Peterson. guidelines. Additionally, Peterson has motor vehicle Flotation therapy is recognized for releasing horaccident rehabilitation expertise, as well as proficiency mones, undoing the effects of stress, and increasing in pre- and post-surgical massage therapy, sports injury blood flow. An hour in a sensory deprivation tank can massage, and a Selective Functional Movement Assessimprove myriad conditions, including stress, chronic ment certification. pain, jet lag, anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure, A multi-modality clinic without a clinical feel, headaches, pre-menstrual tension, postnatal depression Naples Massage & Neuromuscular offers a wide array of and insomnia. “In addition, the effects of flotation have massage therapy services, including Thai massage, mialso enabled many individuals to benefit from increased graine treatment, myofascial release, Swedish massage, fertility, flexibility, agility and sports performance. We pregnancy massage and more. The facility also offers two often have clients combine it with one of our specialized floatation chambers, known as sensory deprivation tanks. massage services for an unparalleled therapeutic and Active release technique (ART) is a type of soft tissue relaxing experience,” explains Peterson. therapy that helps relieve tight muscles and nerve trigger points, greatly reducing joint stress or muscular pains. Naples Massage & Neuromuscular is located at 5926 “I’ve visited ART practitioners for years to help me overPremier Way, Ste. 134, in Naples. For more information, come a number of muscle- and joint-related injuries,” call 239-325-9410 or visit NaplesMassage.net. See ad, says Peterson. page 27.
MBSR group practicing Awareness of Breath meditation
The Benefits of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction by Linda Sechrist
housands of inditeacher, having completed viduals throughout professional training the U.S. have turned through both the Center for to the simple practice of Mindfulness in Medicine, Mindfulness-Based Stress Health Care and Society at Reduction (MBSR) for the University of Massachureasons that vary from relief setts Medical School and of chronic pain and stress the Center for Mindfulness to dealing with illness, at the University of Caliimproving academic or athfornia San Diego. In 2010, letic performance, healing she completed MBSR in Madeline Ebelini from trauma and becoming Mind-Body Medicine with better leaders. Even politicians such Jon Kabat-Zinn, the program’s founder. as Congressman Tim Ryan, author of A She is also a registered yoga teacher. Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice The practice of mindfulness is the Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve intentional cultivation of the innate Performance and Recapture the Americapacity for non-judgmental, momentcan Spirit, are finding that the benefits to-moment awareness. Increasingly of MBSR apply to current challenges recognized as a healing and wholethat affect our lives, communities and some way to live, the MBSR comsociety as a whole. bination of a variety of mindfulness In Southwest Florida, hundreds of meditation practices, gentle stretching local residents such as retired physician and simple yoga strengthens inborn Jim Bova and his wife, Kathy, as well as internal resources, which naturally flow Sara Barry, a local middle school teach- into everyday experiences and interacer, have benefitted from the eight-week tions. MBSR practitioners respond to mindfulness program offered at Integra- life more thoughtfully by choice and tive Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs. less automatically by habit, experience Founder Madeline Ebelini holds a less negative judgment and anger, enjoy Master of Arts degree in Transpersonal better sleep, moods and energy levels, Psychology and is a trained MBSR and notice improvement in emotional 42
well-being. Additionally, in learning to listening attentively, they often benefit from improved relationships, acceptance of things as they are, wise action and changes that arise from a place of alignment, rather than denial. “Practices included in the MBSR program that I teach originated in a healthcare setting as possible solutions for individuals whose physicians informed them that there was nothing more that they could do to help them deal with chronic pain. Those who participated in the earliest MBSR programs learned to differentiate between psychological pain and physical pain. In letting go of the psychological pain, they gained a better quality of life,” says Ebelini. Since 2002, a great deal of brain research, such as Alterations in Brain and Immune Function Produced by Mindfulness, published in Psychosomatic Medicine in 2003, has revealed the effects of eight-week mindfulness training on brain and immune function that occurred during a three-month and three-year follow up with individuals practicing MBSR. Other important studies showed a reduction in the incidence of other medical disorders such as anxiety, depression and the lowering of elevated blood pressure. Bova first learned about mindfulness while reading Kabat-Zinn’s Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, in which he mentions that he made many personal notes. In the fall of 2015, Jim and Kathy committed to the eight-week course that includes a one-day silent retreat. Both agreed that they didn’t want to wait until they had catastrophic medical issues to deal with, and the decision proved to be a prophetic. “2016 was not a good year for either of us. Kathy had to have a second orthopedic surgery on her ankle and was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. I had a stroke. We also had to euthanize our amazing dog that was our companion for more than 14 years,” says Jim, who notes that mindfulness practices helped him and Kathy navigate those challenging situations. “I am thankful that Jon introduces medical science to support the importance and value of mindfulness.
The brain science that is eloquently explained in the book lends the necessary credibility that makes mindfulness a non-denominational practice of stress reduction, which enhances health and life,” explains Jim, who has cardiovascular disease. “I appreciate that my practice allowed me to reduce my stress level, which is one of my risk factors. I’ve also been able to reduce the dosage of my medication.” Jim and Kathy meditate and use aspects of mindfulness practice now nearly every day, although he notes that when they travel, setting aside the time is more challenging. He describes how mindfulness is useful while driving in traffic. “Drawing in a deep breath and scanning my body to become fully aware of how it is feeling are the steps before I assume the mental position of observing without judgment. Mindfulness has been a very positive experience that has enhanced our lives,” advises Jim, whose grandson and granddaughter are students at the same charter school that provides a mindfulness meditation as an aspect of every school day. “I think about how this
will positively affect students’ ability to listen in class, resolve conflicts, reduce stress levels during tests and have better relationships. I also think about how it would have helped me in medical school, as well as throughout my entire medical career.” Barry was interested in meditation long before her September 2016 enrollment in Ebelini’s class. She felt that MSBR would be emotionally helpful for the personally stressful times that she was experiencing. As a parent of a 6-year-old son, she also thought that mindfulness could help her to be more present with him, as well as her students. “At Madeline’s recommendation upon completion of the eight-week course, I enrolled in the online mindful educators course. Both courses helped me have better relationships with my students. By learning to adopt a curious beginner’s mind, I am able to avoid prejudging students whose behavior is defiant and disruptive. A beginner’s sense of curiosity allows for more listening, patience, and wonder about what is going on with students, rather than reacting to their disruptive be-
havior, which actually occurs less and less,” clarifies Barry. “In the mindfulness educator course, the teacher talked about consciously creating or setting the container within which students experience a calm attitude and respond to the presence that they unconsciously sense,” advises Barry. In Mindful Nation, Ryan describes encounters with teachers that have implemented mindfulness programs in schools. “They tell great stories about the difference mindfulness makes in their classroom and about how they are able to avoid burnout by increasing their resilience. In essence, mindfulness can be a powerful tool in boosting our children’s educational experience and in improving our health as a nation,” says Ryan. Integrative Mindfulness is located at Woods Edge Cir. in Bonita Springs. For more information on the free Apr. 14 MBSR introductory information talk at 9:30 a.m., call 239-590-9485. For more information, visit Integrative Mindfulness.net. See ad, page 23.
ECO YARDS Turning Lawns into Native Landscapes by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko
raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another non-native species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate labor-intensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. 44
Before replacing a lawn, determine the desired result. It may simply be achieving a low-maintenance, lawn-free yard; growing food like vegetables, herbs, fruit or nuts; or supplying ample flowers for a fresh weekly bouquet. Other benefits might include increasing privacy, dining al fresco, escaping into nature or even sequestering carbon dioxide to reduce climate change. To be successful, choices must be appropriate to the climate, plant hardiness zone, local zoning ordinances and homeowner association rules. Also consider the soil quality and acidity, moisture content and whether plantings will be in full sun or shade, or both.
From the Midwest to New England, “Wild ginger makes a nice, low groundcover with heart-shaped leaves in shade or part shade, where lawn grass often struggles,” suggests Pam Penick, of Austin, Texas, author of Lawn Gone: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. “Pennsylvania sedge, a low, grassy, meadow-like groundcover, can also work. For areas with full sun, bearberry, an evergreen creeping shrub with red berry-like fruit in fall, or prairie dropseed, a beautiful prairie grass with sparkling seed heads in fall, might be worth trying.” “Stick with the Carex family of plants, the sedges, for a native meadow,” echoes Greenlee. “They vary in color, texture and height. Follow nature’s lead and create a tapestry of commingled plants. Start slow and add flowering plants like Queen Anne’s lace, daisies, asters and poppies.”
Hot and Humid Subtropics
In sunny and well-drained areas of the South, Penick suggests Gulf muhly, an ornamental grass. “Its fall blooms resemble pink cotton candy floating above its green leaves.” In Florida, flowering sunshine mimosa with fernlike leaves and other natural groundcovers are low maintenance. “Basket grass is a low, evergreen grass-like plant with long, spaghetti-type
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The right regional native plants often include grasses and ferns, herbaceous plants like flowering perennials and woody ones like shrubs, vines and trees. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and help preserve a sense of place. “Work with a professional landscaper in your area, ideally a member of the Association for Professional Landscape Designers,” advises Greenlee. Tap a local university extension service, master gardener and garden club for local expertise, often available at no or low cost via classes or club membership.
leaves that puddle around it, suitable for shade or partially shaded areas,” advises Penick. “It’s slow to grow, but highly drought-tolerant and nicely covers a dry slope or spills over a retaining wall. Texas sedge makes a lowgrowing, meadowy alternative that’s evergreen and needs mowing only once every year or two.” Moss is a fine option for shady and moist areas. “If moss is naturally colonizing a patch of yard, allow it to fill in where the lawn doesn’t want to grow,” Penick counsels. “It makes a springy, evergreen groundcover needing only brief misting to keep it looking good during dry periods.”
Mediterranean and California Coast
Plentiful sunshine, rare frosts and modest rainfalls make many California coastal areas perfect for growing lots of plants, rather than plots of water-thirsty turf. “For full sun, work with California yarrow, purple sage, Indian mallow, white sage, lupines and California sagebrush,” recommends Charlie Nardozzi, of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, author of Foodscaping. “In shade, try mountain yarrow, mimulus monkey flower, California honeysuckle, California flannel bush and coyote mint.” “Blue grama grass is native to many states, and buffalo grass is native to states west of the Mississippi River in the right places,” adds Greenlee. They’re especially suited for meadows established in drought-prone regions.
Rainy Marine Areas
“For sunny areas, try goat’s beard, penstemon, beach strawberry, mock orange and huckleberry,” says Nardozzi, who
covers gardening nationally at GardeningWithCharlie.com. “For part shade, experiment with gooseberry, red flowering currants, western amelanchier, deer fern, trillium and wild ginger.” Adding some clover to a traditional lawn may eliminate the need for fertilizers while retaining some turf, says Erica Strauss, of Gamonds, Washington, in her Northwest Edible Life blog. “When the clover loses leaf mass from mowing, its roots die off to compensate and nitrogen enters the soil for neighboring plant roots to use.” White clover works well for those on a budget; microclover costs more and is even better. For shady, north-facing or boggywet areas, Strauss recommends sweet woodruff. Moss is another option.
Semi-Arid, Steppe and Desert Climes
“If you crave a lawn but want to go native, Habiturf is perfect for the hot, dry Southwest,” says Penick. Developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin, Texas, it’s a mix of several native turf grasses, looks like a shaggy traditional lawn and can be occasionally mowed on a high setting to keep it neat. Once established, it needs far less water than traditional turf. “Silver ponyfoot grows well in many regions as an annual; as a perennial, it needs mild winters,” Penick continues. “Native to western Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, it likes good drainage, gravelly soil and full-to-part sun.” Xeriscaping—landscaping that requires little to no water—is especially prevalent in hot, dry regions. Plant picks typically include cactus, succulents, agave and herbs like rosemary or sage. John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.
More EcoYard Ideas Edible Landscaping
A kitchen garden represented by any kind of edible landscaping replaces some turf grass with produce. Carefully designed and maintained, it can be as attractive as any other garden space. “According to GardenResearch.com, 30 million U.S. households, about 25 percent, participated in vegetable gardening in 2015,” reports Dave Whitinger, executive director of the National Gardening Association, owned by Dash Works, in Jacksonville, Texas. “To integrate edibles into a landscape, first assess the locations of sunny and shady spots,” says garden consultant Charlie Nardozzi. “Then, identify plants suited to the growing conditions that will fit in those areas. Mix in edibles with flowers, shrubs and groundcovers to keep the yard beautiful.” For urban areas, he recommends raised beds and containers as a good way to integrate edibles, bringing in clean soil and moving containers to the sunniest spots in the yard. “We have 3,000 raised beds in Milwaukee,” says Gretchen Mead, executive director of the Victory Garden Initiative, which helps install edible landscapes. “We went from about 35 new kitchen gardens eight years ago to more than 500 each year now.” The easy-to-build raised beds go on top of or in place of turf lawns. For Midwestern residents, Mead recommends beginning with six crops that can be started as transplants, like tomatoes or broccoli, and then growing a couple of plants from seed, like zucchini or green beans.
“Water-saving gardens use less of this precious resource through appropriate plant choices, rain-conserving features, berming and terracing to slow runoff, water-permeable hardscaping and smart irrigation practices,” says Pam Penick, author of The Water-Saving Garden. “Regardless of where you live, natural awakenings
saving water is a priority for everyone. Drought is a growing problem in the Southwest and West, but also affects the Midwest, Southeast and even New England.” “Rain gardens help absorb, retain and use rainfall, preventing it from draining into the sewer,” agrees Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, with Colorado’s Denver Botanic Gardens. “Rain barrels collect water from gutters and downspouts so there’s more control in time and method of distribution, including perhaps drip irrigation.” According to the Groundwater Foundation, in Lincoln, Nebraska, rain gardens can remove up to 90 percent of problematic nutrients and chemicals and up to 80 percent of sediments from rainwater runoff. Compared to a conventional lawn, they allow 30 percent more water to soak into the ground.
Hardscaped areas are used far more frequently than the turf lawn they
replace as we move through spaces like walkways, patios, fountains, decks and grilling areas to enjoy the outdoors. “Plant people can get excited about planting but forget to leave ample space for patios and paths, often resulting in an overgrown, pinched look for seating areas and other places meant to be inviting,” cautions Penick. “It can also be
easy to underestimate how large plants can grow in a few years. Plan ahead for these ‘people spaces’ and install them before establishing garden beds.” Landscapers recommend being generous with this technique without paving over paradise. “Plants will spill and lean over hardscaping, so it won’t feel too large once your garden is filling in,” says Penick. “To address runoff and allow rainwater to soak into the soil, use water-permeable paving wherever possible: gravel, dry-laid flagstone or pavers; even mulch for casual paths.”
Non-Toxic Options for a Backyard Oasis by Ryan Scofield
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How to Create Helpful Home Habitats We watch the graceful flight of colorful butterflies and appreciate their crucial role as pollinators. Establishing butterfly gardens or accommodating them in yard plantings increases food sources radically threatened by reductions in blossomrich landscapes due to development, intensive agriculture, insecticides and climate change. The National Wildlife Federation (nwf.org) reports that butterflies are particularly attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blossoms that are flat-topped or clustered for landing or hovering, with short flower tubes that present easy access to nectar. Regional planting. In the Southeast, goldenrod, with its arching, yellow flowers, appeals to Buckeye species. Tiger Wing, Dainty Sulphur and Malachite lead the way in Florida. Some other suitable plants and trees for attracting butterflies, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center (Wildflower.org) are yarrows, red and white baneberries, and red, scarlet and soft maples in the Northeast; Butterfly and Honey daisies, Indian Mallow, American Century and Husiache, in the Midwest; and Giant, Ground, Subalpine and Noble firs, Vine Maple and Columbian Monkshoods in the Northwest. Inspiring individual efforts. Care2.com reports that California Academy of Sciences aquatic biologist Tim Wong cultivated California Pipevine plants in his backyard butterfly home four years ago upon learning that it is the primary food for California Pipevine Swallowtails in the San Francisco area. Starting with just 20 caterpillars, he was able to donate thousands of the swallowtails to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens last year and has grown more than 200 plants. Milkweed. Populations of iconic Monarch butterflies have plummeted 90 percent in the past 20 years, reports the National Wildlife Federation, primarily due to decline of 12 native milkweed species. They need support for their annual 2,000-plus-mile migration from the U.S. Northeast and Canada to central Mexico and back. Joyce Samsel, curator of the Florida Native Butterfly Society (FloridaNativeButterflies.org), notes that the Florida Monarch stays south of Tampa year-round. Learn about milkweed host plant growing conditions at Tinyurl.com/LocalMilkweedByState. Find milkweed seeds via MonarchWatch.org. Donate to help. Adopt milkweed habitat land through an Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org) program by donating $35 for one acre up to $350 for 10 acres. Their goal is to retain and protect 2 million acres.
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Tony Juniper on How Thriving Ecosystems Sustain Prosperity by Randy Kambic
eading environment advocate and author Tony Juniper has been an Earth champion for three decades, imploring humanity to urgently understand that we need nature to thrive. His recently reissued book What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Does Grow on Trees, first published in 2013, won the Independent Publishers Living Now gold medal. It warns about the severe environmental cost of poor land planning; informs how birds, coral reefs, rain forests and other flora and fauna help preserve and sustain our quality of life; pushes for new recycling laws; and seeks to make children early enthusiasts. Formerly executive editor of Friends of the Earth, he serves as president of the Wildlife Trust, in Great Britain, teaching faculty of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, and is sustainability advisor to Prince Charles, a noted conservationist.
Why do you believe that economic growth and conservation can coexist? We are measuring economic growth crudely with no sense of quality. One country can have 2 percent gross domestic product growth and at low environmental cost, whereas another measuring similar growth might be both causing massive environmental destruction and concentrating the generated wealth among small numbers of people. We need to grow economies in ways that protect the environmental services that create opportunities for
growth in the first place. It’s a major challenge for a world hell-bent on simplistic, crude measures of economic performance. In the Ivory Coast, where I recently visited, many poor rural people grow cocoa. One way to expand its economy is to produce more cocoa at the expense of tropical rain forests, which ultimately destroys the economy because forests are a major source of rainfall. Extended droughts caused by deforestation reveal that kind of growth is self-defeating. We need a more sophisticated approach, with the economy becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of ecology, not the other way around.
Are true eco-cities and ecosuburbs feasible? We can design much more livable areas for the protection and health of wildlife, nature and residents. Nature also has a major bearing on the costs of a country’s healthcare system. A number of population level studies, including from the Netherlands, reveal how people with access to green space feel better and experience higher levels of well-being, especially in mental and psychological health. Many Western countries are seeing increased incidences of depression, anxiety and other psychological problems that can be reduced through greater access to open areas, green spaces and wildlife. We can expect massive increases in urban areas worldwide in the next 40 years. There’s an opportunity now to plan in integral ways to make these places better for everyone. Failing to
What can citizens do to trengthen U.S. environmental policies? First, every election has candidates we can vote for that are more or less knowledgeable and clued into environmental issues. Second, we can exercise power in our purchasing choices. Some companies take leadership positions on environmental and sustainability issues; others don’t. With some research, shoppers can find the best companies to patronize, like those that prioritize low-carbon emissions, resource efficiencies and environmental protection policies. Many of them are advocating for more sensible, longterm environmental policies. In the U.S., one of the biggest pushbacks to the new administration will be from progressive companies that know the future has to be green; buying from these businesses strengthens their role and influence. Third, we can add to the people’s collective voice by joining campaigns and backing Earth-conscious organizations like the National Audubon Society, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and Sierra Club.
Why do you believe it’s important to instill basic ecological principles in youngsters? In the future, if fewer people understand the implications of climate change, ecosystem degradation, loss of wild animals and rampant toxic pollution, it’ll be even harder to embed adequate responses. The next generation should know how this planet works. Our world doesn’t succeed just on the basis of technology. It’s being run on microorganisms, the actions of forests, seas, soils and everything in the natural world. People that don’t know this can do a lot of damage. When more young people know the basics, it’s more likely they’ll behave in ways that reflect them. Progressive urbanization, with ever fewer people having direct experience of how nature works, is already an issue, so investing in our youth now will pay dividends in their future. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings. natural awakenings
Eggs-pert Advice How to Buy Good Eggs from Happy Hens by Judith Fertig
anice Cole, the author of Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, knows how delicious a really fresh egg tastes. She keeps three chickens she calls “the girls” in the backyard of her suburban Minneapolis home. “Jasmine, a white Silkie, lays small, beige-colored eggs; Keiko a black and white Ameraucana and Silver Wyandotte cross, green eggs; and Peanut, a brown, feathery Cochin mix, brown eggs,” relates Cole. Cole has learned a lot about the natural lives of chickens. They need 14 hours of sunlight to produce eggs and lay about one per day. Chickens must be protected from predators, locked up at night in their coop for optimal well-being and let out in the morning to roam. Here are some tips for buying the freshest, most delicious and humanely raised chicken eggs.
How to Read an Egg Carton
Deciphering the language on an egg carton is a first step. Diet affects flavor. “Eggs from pasture-raised chickens allowed to roam—eating grass, worms and bugs in the backyard or a pasture—will look and taste better than eggs from chickens limited to an inside space eating chicken feed,” says Cole. 50
“Pasture-raised eggs will have a fresh herbaceous, or grassy, flavor with an ‘egg-ier’ essence.” “Look for the terms organic, free range or ideally, pastured or pasture-raised,” advises Adele Douglass, in Herndon, Virginia, executive director of Humane Farm Animal Care (CertifiedHumane.org). “USDA Organic” is a U.S. Department of Agriculture label confirming that the food the chicken ate was certified organic. “Non-GMO” indicates a diet free of genetically modified ingredients. “Free-range”, another USDA label, means the chicken had continuing access to the outdoors. “Pasture-raised” assures that the chicken roamed outdoors daily, eating what they wanted; the ideal scenario. “Cage-free” is a USDA-regulated designation ensuring that the chickens were allowed to roam freely about within their building to get food and water. “Natural” has no real meaning says Douglass; the term invokes no USDA regulation and nothing about actual farming practices. “Certified Humane” or “Animal Welfare Approved” means that each free-range hen has at least two square feet of outdoor space; it’s the most desirable designation, says Douglass. When farmers want to raise egglaying chickens, they need to provide
physical conditions similar to those Cole affords, but on a larger and more efficient scale, usually without the love. In regions where 14 hours of daylight are not a given, farmers use artificial lighting. When snow is too deep for the birds to venture out and it’s too cold for bug life, farmers supply indoor coops and feed. How well and humanely they do this is up to consumers to find out.
Eating one egg a day, or moderate consumption, will not raise cholesterol levels in healthy adults, concludes a 2012 review in the journal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. While egg yolks contain cholesterol, they also possess nutrients that help lower the risk for heart disease, including protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin and folate, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. A study by Kansas State University researchers published in the 2001 Journal of Nutrition also found that phosphatidylcholine, another substance in eggs, can decrease the amount of cholesterol the body absorbs from them. Plus, eggs are great sources of micronutrients and antioxidants, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered and licensed dietitian and wellness manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, in Ohio. “I’ve always been a huge proponent for eggs. As lean sources of protein, they help us stay full, are easy to prepare and can be part of a healthy eating regime because they’re packed with free-radical- and inflammation-fighting antioxidants.” Kirkpatrick adds, “Eggs also help protect eyes. Their nutrient-rich yolks, like leafy green vegetables, are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that studies have repeatedly shown help protect against macular degeneration.” Ideally, all chickens would be treated like Cole’s “girls.” For now, the best most of us can do is choose “Pasture-Raised,” “Organic” and “Certified Humane”. Getting to know more about the farmers that produce our eggs is even better. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).
Eggs to Trust
ere’s Humane Farm Animal Care’s Adele Douglass’ short list of sources for well-raised eggs. Kirkland Signature Organic Eggs, at Costco, are Certified Humane. While not pasture-raised, they’re cage-free. Costco has partnered with several small family farms throughout the country, which guarantees peace of mind for Costco and gives these smaller purveyors a steady stream of business. Vital Farms, of Austin, Texas, supplies eggs to stores throughout many of the southern and western states. They specialize in PastureRaised and Certified Humane eggs, produced by about 90 family farms. Recently, they pioneered a process to make “culling” (killing non-egg-bearing male chicks) more humane. Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, headquartered in Monroe, New Hampshire, works with more than 30 family farms in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Their eggs are Organic and Certified Humane, as the chickens live in spacious barns with outdoor access. “Most of the year, they roam outside our barns as they please on organically grown grass amid clover and wildflowers,” says owner Jesse Laflamme. “At the same time, we also have to ensure our hens are safe from predators and communicable diseases from wild birds.”
Cultivating a Deep Sense of Connection
Local Resources Offer Ways to Honor Diversity by Linda Sechrist
Our misperceived worldviews are the stuff in the dark contending to keep their place. Even though it’s an uncomfortable process, nonetheless, we invite all that is in the dark to come into light. We examine it and see it for what it is—worldviews that no longer serve us. Release them and create space for something new,” advises Clevenger.
If you are willing to look at another person’s behavior toward you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with Affinity Circles Rosemergy advises, “In our two Affinity themselves, rather than a statement about your value as a Circles that meet once a week, there are person, then you will, over a period of time, cease to react ground rules for conduct in creating a consciousness of compassion and affinat all. ~Yogi Bhajan ity for one another. In these small groups
ccording to Ai-jen and Kelsang Chopag, Poo, founder and diresident teacher at Samurector of the National drabadra Kadampa BudDomestic Workers Alliance, dhist Center, in Fort Myers, “There are times we have to offer their thoughts about have conflict, and tension mindsets, practices and has to exist to bring someprocesses that can lead us thing else into being. But in the direction of healing they have to coexist with a divides. deep sense of connection and shared destiny.” Rev. Diane Scribner Clevenger Using Quantum In tumultuous times, Truths to Prime the it is the norm to wallow in Well of Worldviews divisiveness and to blame, “Our present environbemoan, ridicule and vilify ment calls us to recognize views that don’t align with quantum truths—we are our own. As fear and stress all interconnected, there abound, a cycle of conflict is no degree of separation leaves less opportunity for and we are responsible for trust, empathy and compasour thoughts, words and sion; the foundation of love. actions. What we do has Bringing disparate great rippling effects,” says groups and individuals Clevenger. She uses a metaRev. Jim Rosemergy together to offer them ways phor of pumping an abanto see their interdependoned well for water to explain what dence and interconnections as a source can happen when opposing worldview for change is happening throughout the concerns are first encountered and U.S. in a growing movement among expressed, even in a safe environment. groups that are interested in building “Priming an old well brings up muddy a shared destiny and a more collective undrinkable water. This represents our sense of humanity, even in the face constricted thoughts of blame, shame, of opposition. The National Coalition disbelief and doubt. This is no time to for Dialogue and Deliberation and the stop pumping and proclaim that the World Café Community Foundation are well isn’t working. Be curious, and nobringing people together across divides tice the conditions clouding the water. to tackle tough challenges and achieve Continue pumping, knowing that clean, cooperative action. clear, life-giving water will follow. Locally, Unity of Naples Reverend “We are all called to participate Diane Scribner Clevenger, Unity of Fort now in the process of spiritual chemiMyers Reverend Jim Rosemergy, Gottcalization, a metaphysical term used by man Couples Therapist Peggy Walsh, Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity.
of eight to 12 individuals that gather under a topic or activity that interests them, only ‘I’ statements and taking ownership of thoughts and feelings is allowed in conversations or when expressing concerns. There is no monopolizing the group’s time and attention, or interrupting when someone is speaking.” According to Living in the Heart: The Affinity Process and the Path of Unconditional Love, by Paul Ferrini, at the outset of a meeting, people gather in a circle and hold hands, while a facilitator reminds them, “All of us are here to create a safe, loving, non-judgmental space where we can open our hearts and move through our fears. Let’s take a few moments now to silence and become emotionally present, connect with each other in our hearts and remember why we have gathered together.” “Speaking from the heart, gratitude, compassion and compromise are foundational for building a collective consciousness in this type of dialogue, which is why we intervene with a heart check whenever language gets confrontational. We say out loud, ‘heart check’, and the group observes 30 seconds of silence,” says Rosemergy, who cites one incidence of a heart check. “An individual became aggressive and used too much rhetorical language. We had a heart check three times in a row until they realized what they were doing and stopped using the same language and behavior.”
Gottman-Rapoport Intervention Exercises Walsh offers the example of the Gottman-Rapoport Intervention exercise
in which she has couples The Wisdom engage. It was developed of Buddha by John Gottman from the Chopag, an ordained pioneering work of Anatol Buddhist monk, uses Rapport, an international his light, humorous and peace negotiator with practical delivery of the highly successful conflict Buddha’s teachings to resolution techniques. “Beoffer wisdom for experifore engaging in any perencing a sense of consuasion, both individuals nection and shared desare required to interview tiny. “World peace and Peggy Walsh each other extensively happiness are grassroots about the partner’s posimovements that have to tion and to summarize and start within each person. validate that position in a We each have to learn manner which lets them how to be happy within,” feel they were understood. he says. The speaker is tasked with There are two types of talking honestly about their problems—inner probfeelings and beliefs. No lems that we can control blaming, criticism or ‘you’ and outer problems that statements are allowed. The we can’t always control. listener is encouraged to We don’t have to solve an Kelsang Chopag take notes in order to sumouter problem to be happy. marize and reflect back what is heard,” We simply accept it as is. Acceptance is says Walsh, who notes that validation the most fundamental way to move forand communicating understanding ward from place of being happy, rather and empathy doesn’t mean that the than from a place of rejecting what is. parties agree. No judgment, debate or “We can solve our inner problems valuation. Just acceptance.” through the practice of equalizing self
and others, which simply means believing that everyone’s happiness is just as important as our own. In time, this practice leads to a feeling of deep connection,” notes Chopag. Now is the time to engage spiritual principles and remember that we are the light of the world. This light can shine through much brighter when we see ourselves in each other with an emerging worldview capable of transforming the world.
Local Resources Samudrabadra Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6338 Presidential Ct., Ste.105, Fort Myers. 239-454-5572. MeditationIn FortMyers.org. Peggy Walsh, Fort Myers. 718-2086986. PWalshFlorida@comcast.net. See ad, page 14. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd., Fort Myers. 239-278-1511. UnityOf FortMyers.org. See ad, page 76. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 239-775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. See ad, page 67.
Races Beckon Beginners by Aimee Hughes
’ve run in cities, rural areas and suburbs. I’ve run while deployed to military bases in the Middle East, in cities on four continents, in blazing heat and winter snowstorms,” says Maria Cicio, a licensed professional counselor candidate and marathoner in Grove, Oklahoma. “I’ve been running regularly for 25 years, mostly injury-free, and have found what works best for me.” For beginners, Cicio recommends starting with a 5K race. “There are a hundred reasons why a full marathon would not be fun for a beginner, but trail running, charity races and 5K road races are perfect,” she says. Cicio attests the physical health benefits come from the training and preparation more than from the race itself. “You can run for many years before deciding to run an official race, in which case you’ll probably have already experienced increased cardiovascular health, improved muscle tone and strength. “Running your first race can focus your running and turn it into training. You might increase your daily or weekly mileage, depending on the planned length of the race, or add some speed work to your regular running routine. When I’m training for a race, I’m more in tune with what my body needs; I also sleep better,” she says. The mental benefits are what keep many people running, even after the physical ones seem to plateau, advises Cicio. “Running means regular exercise, so it can improve our general mood. While numerous studies show this to be true, the best evidence comes from runners themselves.” Almost everyone has heard of a runner’s high, even if we haven’t experienced it ourselves. It’s long been accepted that endorphins released during exercise create a feeling of euphoria after a satisfying workout. Recent research on mice
by the Central Institute of Mental Health at the University of Heidelberg Medical School, in Germany, suggests that it might be natural endocannabinoids that lighten our mood and contribute to the high. Meditation master Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, in Halifax, Canada, teaches an online course, The Art of Mindful Running. He points out that running, or doing any physical activity, in a meditative state can deepen, train and enhance the mind. “Within 20 to 30 minutes, you have an opportunity to work with your mind. Instead of just spacing out or trying to get exercise, you can actually say, ‘I am going to be present, I am going to relate to my breathing and my movement a little bit,’” says Mipham. “This is healthy both for the mind and the body.” Those looking for an alternative to running on concrete and asphalt find that trail running ups the fun factor while nature nurtures us. “While I’d always loved running races, the roads rarely changed. Even the same trail tends to change daily, with a new puddle or a log to jump or crawl over, or a new offshoot. The natural running landscape is full of surprises,” says Nikki Partridge, an avid trail runner, American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and Stott Pilates instructor in Auburn, California. “Trail running healed me,” says Partridge. “I always had some injury from running: tendonitis, sprained ankles, runner’s knee, pulled hamstrings, illiotibial band syndrome, shin splints or plantar fasciitis. I became a walking encyclopedia on injury and recovery. But the trails saved me. I no longer pronated when I ran, I had no more tendonitis from running on canting sidewalks—even my knee pain disappeared—my balance improved and my body was happy.” When winding down after a race, carve out ample time for recovery and reflection. “I always ask myself what I liked about how it was organized, course conditions, support staff and the after-party, and then look for another race that fits my preferences,” says Cicio. “Consider taking a vacation around a particular race that interests you or find a local road race the next time you travel. For a modest fee, you get to run a race and typically luck into a T-shirt, food and party camaraderie.” The running world can open our eyes to new places, good people and greater self-awareness, along with physical fitness. Spring is a good time to lace up our shoes and begin the expansive journey. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for LongevityTimes online. Connect at Aimee@LongevityTimes.com.
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arth’s oceans shelter more than a million species, employ millions of people and feed billions more. Their complex ecosystems increasingly face critical challenges, including acidification, overfishing and pollution. Inspiring us all, youths nationwide are stepping up with bold, creative actions benefiting present and future generations to show us how we too, can do our part. Sean Russell, 24, of Englewood, Florida, was exposed to ocean wonders in junior marine conservation summer camps and 4-H programs. Volunteering with Mote Marine Laboratory’s dolphin research program, in Sarasota, Russell was struck by how improperly dis-
carded fishing line entangled and killed dolphins and other wildlife. At 16, he launched the Stow It—Don’t Throw It Project to promote portable receptacles made from repurposed tennis ball containers for anglers to stash used fishing line for later safe disposal on shore. More than 21,000 containers have been distributed nationwide to date. While earning a bachelor’s degree in biology, Russell launched the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit to harness youth enthusiasm for related issues. Six summits have convened hundreds of concerned young change-makers and adult professionals. “Young people learn about current threats to marine
life and become inspired by peers sharing ideas and successes,” says Russell. Planning and skill-building sessions fuel action, often assisted by microgrants to help kick-start community projects. Russell is also involved with the nonprofit EarthEcho International, which activates young leaders through peer-to-peer networks. One recent campaign, 3T4E, encouraged youth worldwide to pick up three pieces of trash on November 1 and document their efforts. Nearly 2 million social media impressions later, they’ve reached youth in 24 states, in 19 countries and on six continents, according to Executive Director Mia DeMezza. Founded by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau, the Washington, D.C., EarthEcho shares service learning stories that record steps young people are taking to mitigate local waterway issues. In a virtual classroom field trip series, they can explore issues such as oceanic dead zones and acidification through dynamic multimedia presentations. “These young people are going to inherit the problems we’ve created, and deserve a seat at the table,” says DeMezza. Given the opportunity, youth can play a key role in conservation, research and policy making for Earth’s oceans. “I look at youth not as leaders of the future, but leaders of today,” says Russell. Daniela Fernandez, 23, is one of
the youth leaders working to bridge the generational divide on ocean conservation issues. An undergraduate at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., she was invited to a 2013 United Nations (UN) meeting to address the state of the world’s oceans. When she inquired if they had social media outlets to share their discussions, she discovered they did not. The 2016 Christopher Benchley Ocean Award winner relates, “I returned to campus with a sense of urgency about the issues I learned about, which led me to start a nonprofit to connect Millennials with the oceans.” The resulting Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA) has since hosted three global ocean summits with participants from more than 30 colleges and universities, learning directly from leaders in government, science, business and policy. Summit-watch parties at embassies around the world enabled Millennials to submit questions and comments online. Consequently, Secretary of State John Kerry’s office partnered with SOA to incorporate a youth component in the state department’s 2016 Our Ocean Conference. The SOA, recognized by the United
Nations as a game-changing initiative, has catalyzed 30 chapters on U.S. campuses, with plans to expand to Britain, Chile and Spain. Actionable steps include advocating for college curricula on ocean health. Already, the alliance has helped sway global policy, gathering 30,000 signatures petitioning that ocean conservation be included in UN sustainable development goals. It also mobilized youth advocating for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, America’s first marine monument (measuring a bit larger than Yellowstone National Park), off of Cape Cod, created by former President Obama in 2016. Russell and Fernandez agree that rallying around solutions is key to engaging youths and adults alike. “You can talk about the problems all day long, but it’s solutions that inspire people to take action,” says Russell. Fernandez adds, “Often, people feel helpless in the face of big issues, but if you give them a simple way to help, they will get behind it.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
What We Can Do Now Everyone has a part to play in keeping oceans clean and healthy. Here are some ways concerned individuals of all ages can help. Do away with disposable plastics. Use reusable alternatives to singleuse plastics such as plastic bags, water bottles, to-go containers, takeaway cups and straws, all of which clog the oceans and endanger 600 aquatic species due to ingestion or entanglement. Green what drains. Anything that washes down the drain can end up in waterways. Avoid dumping chemicals like paint, oil and solvents and opt for non-toxic cleaning products like DIY cleaners made from vinegar and baking soda, which are safe for people and the seas. Eat smart. Per a 2016 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report, nearly a third of commercial fish stocks are now fished at dangerously unsustainable levels. Find best choices on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s downloadable sustainable seafood guide and app at SeafoodWatch.org when dining or shopping, and ask seafood eateries and fish counters to carry ocean-friendly selections. Reduce fertilizers. Fertilizer runoff from gardens and commercial agriculture eventually end up in oceans, leading to “dead zones” with low levels of oxygen that kill aquatic life. Cut energy use. Carbon dioxide from fossil fuel consumption is turning oceans acidic, which is particularly harmful to coral reefs. Use energy-efficient appliances and vehicles, opt for renewable energy plans from local utilities and bike, walk and take public transit.
Sea Change Youth worldwide are engaging in innovative ways to activate their communities and combat ocean pollution. Pédrisson and Emmanuelson Bernard, of Carrefour, Haiti, won the 2016 Millennium Oceans Prize for a win-win solution to urban waste, ocean pollution and unemployment. During Haiti’s rainy season, the city’s streets carry trash to the sea. The brothers developed a waste management system and mobilized community youth to help keep the streets clean, in turn protecting the waters upon which the island community depends. Students from Borrisoleigh, Ireland, won the EurOcean Foundation’s European Mário Ruivo Prize for a marine trash-fighting solution called Bags with Tags, in December. Laura Hutchinson and Antoinette Atik designed stylish totes to curb the use of plastic bags, including magnetic tags for easier retrieval from waterways; they worked with local stores to distribute them at points of sale. In another 2016 Professor Mário Ruivo Prize finalist effort, students from the island of Malta developed a way to keep waste from falling out of the usually open trash bins serving local ferries that transport 4 million passengers annually by collaborating with town officials to place three marine-friendly containers near the ferry departure point. Such student initiatives demonstrate how simple solutions, driven by passionate advocates, can improve our troubled waters.
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ENZYME THERAPY FOR PETS A Key to Good Health
nzymes are among the most commonly used supplements for cats and dogs because they are widely beneficial. They support digestive health and enhance nutrient absorption, as well as reduce inflammation and boost overall wellness. A nutrition school adage states, “If you have a question on your exam and don’t know the answer, put down ‘enzymes’ and you’ll likely be correct.” The point is that enzymes made by the body for specific functions are essential to life because they affect nearly every physical or biological process. Enzymes help normal, healthy pets use nutrients and support the righting of gastrointestinal disorders, whether involving simple vomiting, diarrhea, chronic or complete constipation, anal
sac disorders or inflammatory bowel disease, regardless of cause. Because sick pets often suffer from reduced appetite and impaired digestion, enzyme supplements are often added to a dietetic regimen to improve their nutritional status. Helpful enzymes include proteases, carbohydrases (like amylase) and lipases that break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats, respectively. Digestive enzymes are highly specific both to the type of food they act upon and the conditions under which they work. They can be derived from pancreatic, plant or microbial sources (bacteria or fungi). While pancreatic enzymes activate mainly in the small intestines (being inactive in the stomach’s lower pH environment), plant and microbial enzymes begin digesting foods in the stomach immediately after ingestion and likely even on the food being prepared, if the enzymes are added several minutes before they are eaten. Enzymes from microbial and plant origins have a broader spectrum of activity because they are stable and active through a wide pH range of 3.0 to 8.0. Enzymes may be helpful for pets with inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, dermatitis, allergies, asthma and cancer. In such cases, they should
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Enzymes help normal, healthy pets use nutrients and support the righting of gastrointestinal disorders, whether involving simple vomiting, diarrhea, chronic or complete constipation, anal sac disorders or inflammatory bowel disease, regardless of cause. not be administered with food, because otherwise they will be “used up” before the pet digests the food. It’s also possible to use enzyme supplementation to reduce excessive shedding because enzyme supplementation is widely recognized to increase the absorption of nutrients, some possibly involved in controlling hair growth. Some of these nutrients may be used in thyroid hormone synthesis, which can positively affect hair growth and reduce shedding. A novel use for enzymes is to help pets practicing coprophagia, or the eating of their own or another animal’s feces. Adding the proper enzymes to the diet is believed to curb this problem, which could result from a nutrient deficiency caused by incomplete digestion and absorption. For pets with behavioral coprophagia, enzyme supplementation is unlikely to help the problem but will still benefit the pet’s overall health. The recommended dose by breed and weight is based upon experience, the label of a specific product and directions provided by the family veterinarian. Using enzymes according to a professional’s advice is safe, with rare to nonexistent side effects. Talk to the pet’s doctor about the best enzyme products to address individual needs and keep them healthy. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit PetCareNaturally.com. natural awakenings
SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Moving Sale – Altered Elements is holding a special sale of its inventory of jewelry, crystals, mineral rocks, antiques, photos, metaphysical tools and more through the end of this month as it plans to close the facility and focus completely on its location at 5630 Yahl St. 532 Park St, downtown Naples. 4300654 or AlteredElements@hotmail.com. See news brief, page 15. Seraphim Blueprint Level VI – Apr 1-2. Participants are now ready for grace and union with the divine. They will begin to feel a real need to absorb beauty and feel closer to source. $225. Prerequisite: SB V. In person or via teleconference. Maria Hubbuch: 910-6576 or Mutu@aol.com. HarmonizingAmbientEnergy.com. Reiki for Pets – 9-11am. Bring a dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a five-to-15-minute reiki session for them. Whether they are ill or healthy, animals benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leashed or comfortably crated. Free; donations accepted for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. FireflyWithin.org. WILD for the Planet – 9am-1pm. Conservation groups and local businesses with a green focus will inform on living more sustainably. Kids will get free Earth-friendly gifts from participating partners. Take the Trash Challenge, plant a seed to take home, and more. Free for Collier County residents. Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 262-5409. NaplesZoo. com. See article, page 30. Beyond Trigger Points – Apr 1-2. 9am-6pm. LMT continuing education with Cathy Cohen. 16 CEUs. $250. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. See ad on page 37 and news brief on page 16. Adelante! Going Forward Together – 9:30am3pm. Celebrate paradise – using our common wisdom, let’s shape a vision that will help us build a better future for all. Begins with conversational circles to gather the collective wisdom from the participants, followed in the afternoon with selforganizing action circles. Free and open to all. St Monica’s Episcopal Church, 7070 Immokalee Rd, Naples. CircleConnections.com. 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. Weekend Childbirth Education – Apr 1-2. 10am3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2.
594-0400. Register/fee: FBCNaples@gmail.com. NaplesBirthCenter.com. 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. Twists, Binds and Arm Balances – 10:30am12:30pm. With Gus Komninos, greenmonkey yoga. Practice offers the ability to strengthen the lower back and core, with elements of detoxing from within. Starts with a heating flow, twisting at the core, while maintaining focus on breath and alignment, and then incorporates binds and challenging but fun arm balances. $45. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-events. Healthy Hips and Shapely Shoulders – 1-3pm. With Marni Task. $25/advance, $30/day of. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 22.
SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Eckankar Spiritual Discussion – 11am. Topic: Spiritual Wisdom on Life after Death. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Annual Unity Youth Ministry Silent Auction and Fundraiser Fair – 11am-2pm. Bring the children and enjoy face painting, crafts, games, a bounce house, music, jewelry, food, and a silent auction. Unity is a self-financed organization supporting the youth of Southwest Florida. They welcome all young people and their parents or guardians to join for an afternoon of family fun with lots of activities. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. YouthAndFamilyMinistry@yahoo.com. Yoga Festival of Naples – 1-8pm. Fun for the whole family: meditation, yoga workshops, kirtan, music, vendors, kids yoga, food. Sponsored by the Health and Wellness Sanctuary of Southwest Florida. North Collier Regional Park, 1500 Livingston Rd, Naples. Eventbrite.com/e/yoga-festival-naplestickets-31754074291. Intro to Wicca – 2pm. New series begins. In this weekly progressive class, learn what wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Argentine Milonga Dance – 4-8pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com.
MONDAY, APRIL 3 Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. The Elephant: An Evening of Storytelling – Stories You’ll Never Forget! – 7-9pm. Ten storytelling performers and a dynamic emcee will captivate and entertain with personal stories, folk tales, tall tales, fractured tales and more. Moving stories, laughter, and fun. $20. Sugden Theatre (Tobye Studio), 701 Fifth Ave S, Naples. Box Office: 263-7990. OpenDreaming.com/the-elephant. Amma Spiritual Talk – 7:15-9:30pm. With Bramachari Ramanand. An evening of spiritual discourse, devotional music and meditation centered on Amma (Mother), known throughout the world: sharing her message of selfless service and love. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 480-290-0231. Amma.org. See news brief, page 15.
TUESDAY, APRIL 4 The Seasoned Circle Series – 1pm. Threemonth series – Hope is Not a Plan. Part III: Capturing Our Own Legacy – the process of life review and writing our narrative presented by Linda Sechrist, of Natural Awakenings magazine. Free. Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 N Tamiami Tr, Naples. 597-1043. ChristusVictorFl. org. See ad, page 65. Amma Spiritual Talk – 6-9pm. With Bramachari Ramanand. An evening of spiritual discourse, devotional music and meditation centered on Amma (Mother), known throughout the world: sharing her message of selfless service and love. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 480-290-0231. Amma.org. See news brief, page 15. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Doris Miriam. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Picnic ’n’ Flick – 6:30pm. See an inspirational film, Pride, and an opportunity to share with the group afterward. BYO food to nosh during the movie and a blanket and pillow if you so desire. The film, based on a true story, shows the viewer what can be accomplished with cooperation, respect, and the power of true solidarity. Rated R (mild). Love donation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. RSVP: Info@HouseOfGaia.org. Meetup.com/TreeSisters-of-the-Sacred-Forest-ofSouthwest-Florida. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed a newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. The benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. Also learn about challenges and solutions and resources available. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Fee info/register: FBCNaples@gmail.com or NaplesBirthCenter.com.
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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 4/11. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. 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 5 Movement for Neck and Shoulder Relief – 9:3010:45am. With experienced movement teacher Linda Mundt, E-RYT. Therapeutic yoga and strengthbuilding Pilates. Learn skills you can do at home. $15/drop-in. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 405-7330. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. National Walking Day – 5:30-7:30pm. Blues Zones Project is partnering with the city of Naples, local schools and organizations in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero to encourage everyone in the community to walk for at least 30 minutes. One mile group walk meets at Cambier Park at the bandshell and will culminate at the Garden of Hope and Courage at the NCH downtown campus. 755 8th Ave S, Naples. SouthwestFlorida.BlueZonesProject.com. See news brief, page 13. Amma Spiritual Talk – 6-8:30pm. With Bramachari Ramanand. An evening of spiritual discourse, devotional music and meditation centered on Amma (Mother), known throughout the world: sharing her message of selfless service and love. All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 480-290-0231. Amma.org. See news brief, page 15.
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Movement for a Healthy Back – 9-10:15am. With experienced movement teacher Linda Mundt E-RYT. Therapeutic yoga and strength-building Pilates. Learn skills you can do at home. $15/drop-in. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 4057330. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Monkey Sprouts Community Event – 4-5:30pm. With Tiffany Smith. This event is for parents and children prenatal to preteen. Meditate, practice yoga and connect with community. Bring questions and suggestions to support you or your child’s yoga practice. Attendees may come and go as they please, but there will be a 30-minute formal practice at 4:30pm. Free with current greenmonkey package. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey. com/naples-events. Songwriters at Sunset Concert – 5:30pm. Hear original music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate Bluebird Café style on the beach in the gazebo and enjoy a Lover’s Key sunset. Free concert admission with park entry fee. $8/parking fee (2-8 people), $4/single person/vehicle, $2/pedestrian/ bicyclist. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. FriendsOfLoversKey.org. Usui Reiki Level II – 7pm. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled universal life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki
Level One. $50. The Labyrinth 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
FRIDAY, APRIL 7 Healing in America Certified Energy Healing Therapy Development Level I Class –Apr 7-9. Contact credits for massage therapists and nurses. $425. Private home in Naples. Karen CoratelliSmith regional director: 692-9120 or kSmith727@ comcast.net. Info: HealingInAmerica-Southeast.org. Art Walk – Mar 3-4. 6-10pm, Fri; 11am-4pm, Sat. Fourteen art galleries invite locals and visitors to a self-guided walking tour throughout downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists and enjoy the live art demonstrations. FortMyersArtWalk.com. Healing Sound Concert – 7-8:30pm. With Nathan Dyke. Experience sounds and vibrations in your body as Dyke plays a variety of indigenous instruments in an intuitively guided sound healing concert. Each person will experience the vibrations on their own bodies. $20. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 8 Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – 9am-3pm. LMT continuing education with Tony Kicklighter. 6 CEUs. $125. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. See ad on page 37 and news brief on page 16. One True Love: Accessing Akashic Records – 10am-5pm. With Lorraine Meyer, RM. Akashic
records, “book of life”, a collection of events and knowledge encoded on etheric plane, could be accessed to expand awareness and enhance your life. $195. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. SilviaCasabianca. com. See news brief, page 12. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services, including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, reiki, biofeedback and pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Open House – 11am-4pm. Topic: You vs Pain. Enjoy classes, demos, special offers and samples. Meet the health partners and learn about services: thermography, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, massage, IN.FORM health coaching, stress and pain relief, Foundation Training, yoga, qigong and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. BeWellNaples.com. See ad, page 21. Complimentary Reiki Circle – 1-2pm. Reiki master Addy Huff will explain the practice of reiki, how it is similar to the yoga philosophy and how it is used for healing purposes. Participants will enjoy a meditation and will receive reiki energy from experienced practitioners. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water, journal and pen. Donations collected with proceeds going to Parkside Elementary lunches in East Naples. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-events. Experiential Meditation Course – 1-4pm. With Bill McLaughlin. Learn the mind/body connection method for stress mastery and peak performance.
Stop negative habits and emotions at their source. $20. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 287-3458. ExperientialMeditation.org. See ad, page 33. Movement and Breath for Labor – 2-3:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi, with LifeBehold, to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 248-7931. $25/early bird, $30/door. Register: LifeBehold@gmail.com or LifeBehold.com. Feldenkrais ATM – Soften Your Shoulders – 2:304:30pm. With JoAnne Rahl. Learn moves to antidote the 21st-century forward head posture and computer slump and pain. $25/early registration, $30/day of. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Laughter Yoga and Mindfulness – 3:30-5pm. With Jill Emmerich and Michelle Falco of Monarch Wellness. Learn to cope with everyday life challenges through laughter and positive mindfulness. Sponsored by Monarch Wellness and the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Free. Lowdermilk Park, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. Kirtan – 7pm. With Rick Franz. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 22.
SUNDAY, APRIL 9 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am, 1pm & 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Relax, revitalize and recalibrate through the loving harmonics of the crystal singing bowls. Find your peaceful center so you move through your days with grace and ease while shining your light. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $20 cash or check. The Original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Eckankar Worship Service – 11am. Topic: God’s River of Love. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 4824034. See ad, page 76. Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. With Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman. Featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 404-9744. Integrative Mindfulness.net.
MONDAY, APRIL 10 Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. With GAEA Guides - guided kayak nature tours. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise. Includes all equipment and a Florida master naturalist as your guide. $40/person. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. Is Your Thyroid in Distress? – 6:15-8pm. Learn about the signs and symptoms of thyroid disease and a seriously-out-of-balance gut which may be at the bottom of your fatigue, hair loss, weight loss issues, severe allergies and more. $15. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Full Moon Mondays – 7:30-8:30pm. With Gus Komninos. Yoga under the light of the full moon
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TUESDAY, APRIL 11 Journey Beyond Words – 5:45-7:15pm. Also 4/25. Join on a small-group journey thru this companion study class for the Course in Miracles. $25/session. Email for questions and special south Ft Myers location details: Deb@LotusBlossomClinic.com. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Lindsey Kay. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Full Moon Celebration – 6:45pm. With Cathy Blair. Honor the full moon as we recalibrate and set our intentions of peace and harmony for all of humanity. Join with like minded souls setting an intention for the foundation of the New Earth frequencies. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering going to wildlife rescue. Miramar Public Beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N (southernmost public beach) off Harbour Dr, Naples. 398-3953.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 Movement for Neck and Shoulder Relief – 9:3010:45am. With experienced movement teacher Linda Mundt, E-RYT. Therapeutic yoga and strengthbuilding Pilates. Learn skills you can do at home. $15/drop-in. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 405-7330. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Spiritual Communion Prayer Service – 6:457:15pm. Meditate during this special Prayer Service for the celebration of Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper. Love donation. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org.
THURSDAY, APRIL 13 Usui Reiki Level II – Learn long distance healing method using channeled universal life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki Level One. $50. The Labyrinth 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Movement for a Healthy Back – 9-10:15am. With experienced movement teacher Linda Mundt, E-RYT. Therapeutic yoga and strength-building Pilates. Learn skills you can do at home. $15/drop-in. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 4057330. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Earth Day Reuse and Recycle Roundup – 9am4pm. Collier County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management will host a free pharmaceutical takeback by Drug Free Collier’s Operation Medicine Cabinet; free tire recycling; auto and home products and devices for recycling; free paper shredding by Goodwill Secure Shred; and clothing, shoes and books collected by Goodwill Industries for resale. Goodwill Towne Centre, 3579 E Tamiami Tr. 2527575. See article, page 30.
Alienated Grandparent Anonymous (AGA) – 5-6pm. Provides information and support for grandparents that have been cut off from access to their grandchildren. Collier County Regional Library, Central Ave and 7th St, Naples. Info@AGA-FL. org. AGA-FL.org. The Autism Epidemic – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. The Center For Disease Control says one out of 50 children will fall into the autism spectrum. We will look at the multiple causal factors that potentially contribute to this devastating diagnosis and what can be done to prevent it. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 231-8354. Violet Bell Live – 7-9pm. Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez, based out of Durham, NC, make folk-soul music that sings in your bones. Multiinstrumentalist Omar Ruiz-Lopez elevates the music with violin, guitar, cello, mandolin, and stellar vocal harmonies. $15/tickets; members/free. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 9925455. Happehatchee@gmail.com. Happehatchee. org. See news brief, page 10.
FRIDAY, APRIL 14 Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 9:30-10:30am. With Madeline Ebelini, MA, RYT. Preview of internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Free. Advance registration requested. Integrative Mindfulness, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102 Bonita. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Satya Prema Ethereal Arts – 7:30-9:30pm $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com. Good Friday Candlelight Service – 5-6pm. Join for a sacred candlelight service on Good Friday reflecting on one’s own spiritual transformation. Love donation. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Women’s Gathering – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion and relationships. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SATURDAY, APRIL 15 Chronic Tension Headaches – 9am-3pm. LMT continuing education with Tony Kicklighter. 6 CEUs. $125. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. See ad on page 37 and news brief on page 16. Psychic Development for Kids – 10-11am. With Paulette McDaniel. A monthly class for children to learn more about spiritual gifts and how to use them and most importantly, they will learn they are not alone in their uniqueness. $15. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-3339. Women of UniTea and The Men’s Group – 10amnoon. 3rd Sat. Monthly luncheon where ladies socialize and learn from the talents and expertise of different guest speakers each month. A gathering for the gentlemen also includes a guest speaker each month. Bring a dish to share. Love donation. Unity
of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511 or Office@UnityOfFortMyers.org. Thyroid Seminar – 11am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 4443106. See ad, page 28. 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. CenterOfEternalLight.com. Freedom and Balance in the Hips – 1:30-4:30pm. With Meredith Musick. An all levels yoga workshop for athletes and yogis alike, to improve overall pelvic/hip balance to unleash the power of the spine. $35/early registration, $40/day of. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. See ads, pages 32 and 73.
SUNDAY, APRIL 16 Easter Sunrise Service – 7-8am. Gather outside at the beautiful gazebo beside Peace Lake on our sacred campus for the annual Easter Sunday Sunrise Service will be facilitated by Licensed Unity Teacher Christina Bowman. Socialize afterwards in our Friendship Hall enjoying coffee and refreshments, then plan to stay for the Easter Flower Service in the Sanctuary. Love donation. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Easter Flower Service – 10-11:15am. During this traditional Easter Service, celebrate your personal
resurrection with flowers, blessings and personal reflection. This sacred event with be Rev Jim Rosemergy’s last Easter teaching before his retirement. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. See news brief, page 16. Gentle Plus Yoga Nidra – 10-11:30am. With Susan Weinman. A 60-minute gentle yoga class, suitable for all levels, followed by 30 minutes of yoga nidra, a form of guided meditation. $20/ drop-in or regular class packages apply. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com.
TUESDAY, APRIL 18 Rune Casting for Beginners – 2pm. Learn the history, mythology, as well as several methods for casting the rune stones. Experience this exciting class on one of the world’s oldest forms of divination. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Doris Miriam. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 Movement for Neck and Shoulder Relief – 9:3010:45am. With experienced movement teacher Linda Mundt, E-RYT. Therapeutic yoga and strengthbuilding Pilates. Learn skills you can do at home. $15/drop-in. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains
Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 405-7330. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Stress, Hormones and Health Event – 6:30pm. With Evie Breedlove-Mangapora. For those who are tired of being sick and tired. Free $10 gift card to Food & Thought for the first 10 to RSVP and attend. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 777-4647. See ad, page 22. Healing Night Sound Immersion – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Bathe in the loving frequencies of the singing bowls and the healing vibrations of the Himalayan salt. Bring all aspects of self into alignment for your soul’s expansion into oneness. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The Original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Numerology for Beginners – 7pm. Learn how to use numbers as a stepping stone to your spiritual development. Learn how your power number and your birth number can give insight to your spiritual progression. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769 Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register: FBCNaples@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, APRIL 20 Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the
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office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com. Movement for a Healthy Back – 9-10:15am. With experienced movement teacher Linda Mundt, E-RYT. Therapeutic yoga and strength-building Pilates. Learn skills you can do at home. $15/drop-in. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 4057330. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Peaceful Mind – 6-7:30pm. Every third Thursday of the month. With William Ward and Peggy Sealfon. Unwind and energize through use of Restorative Sound (crystal and Tibetan bowls) and Integrative Relaxation (yoga nidra). $80/4 classes. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. Decluttering Tag Sale – 6:30pm. Help us get rid of things no longer required or not selling. All kinds of stuff, including books, massage equipment, candles, CDs. Nominal prices. Bring tea or crackers for meet and greet and buy cool stuff. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204. Preregister: 948-9444. SilviaCasabianca.com.
FRIDAY, APRIL 21 Earth Day Presentation/Guided Walk – 11am. Guided trail walk through the interior wetlands and mid-island ridges of the Center Tract with discussion of native habitats, natural and cultural history and preservation efforts. Meet at the Nature Center and proceed to the trails. $5/nonmembers; members and children free. Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, 3333 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel. 472-2329. Blog.sccf.org. See article, page 30. Gaia Earth Day – Can’t Stop the Feeling – 6-8pm. Celebrate Earth Day in grand style with a Glow Dance party with DJ for children 6 to 12 years old. Shine in the dark; dress up, face painting, music, dancing and celebrate life together. Parents can drop kids off or stay. Healthy snacks will be available. $10/child, $5/siblings. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Info: 272-6152 or HouseOfGaia.org. See article, page 30.
Lee County Great American Cleanup – 9am-noon. Part of the nationwide Great American Cleanup effort, projects include community gardens, habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, litter-free events, litter cleanups, landscape maintenance and planting, playground/park equipment restoration and tree plantings throughout Lee County. Location of sites and event dates vary. Info/register: 334-3488 or klcb.org/ great-american-cleanup.html. See article, page 30. Music Walk – 6-10pm. The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials. Downtown Ft Myers. RiverDistrictEvents.com. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. FireflyWithin.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With Silvia Casabianca, reiki master. Become a reiki practitioner. Heal self, support others. Reiki history, precepts, chakras, qigong applied to reiki, hand positions, attunements. $165. 12 FL CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMTs, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. SilviaCasabianca.com. Pepper Ranch Preserve Guided Hike – 9am. The 2,512-acre Conservation Collier preserve property was acquired with the goals of protecting and restor-
Rain Barrel Workshop and Native Plant Sale – 9am-noon, workshop; 9am-1pm, plant sale. Shop for native plants and learn how rain barrels save money and resources by gathering and storing rainwater safely for yard watering. Lee County master gardeners will answer questions at the sale and workshop. Free admission; $45/workshop includes barrel. Rotary Park Environmental Center, 5505 Rose Garden Rd, Cape Coral. Register: 549-4606 or CapeParks.com. See article, page 30. Arbor Day Celebration – 9am-2pm. This event features native plants and trees for sale, along with demonstrations and exhibits. Enjoy live music, poster contest, giant slide, free trees, and free ice cream to the first 50 kids. Riverside Park, 10450 Reynolds St off Old US 41. 949-6262 or CityOfBonitaSprings.org. See article, page 30. Earth Day BOGO – 9am-4pm. In celebration of Earth Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers buy one, get one free admission. Cannot be combined with other offers. Must pay at door. $5/adults, $4/children ages 6-12, under 6 free. 300 Tower Rd, Naples, Register: 530-5972 or RookeryBay.org. See article, page 30. Earth Day at Naples Botanical Garden – 9am5pm. Origami in the Garden is being exhibited until 4/23. Members and children 3 and under free, $14.95/adults, $9.95/ children ages 4-14. 4820 Bayshore Dr. 643-7275 or NaplesGarden.org. See article, page 30. Prenatal Massage – 9am-6pm. LMT continuing education with Mary Ann Chirichella. 8 CEUs.
$175. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. See ad on page 37 and news brief on page 16.
children, $10/adults, free for first 50 children age 3-12. Calusa Nature Center, 3450 Ortiz Ave and Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. CalusaNature.org. See article, page 30.
Earth Day at the Refuge – 10am-1:30pm (programs); 7am-7pm, Wildlife Drive is open free to bikers and hikers ($5/vehicle). Schedule: 1010:30am, Family Craft and Story or Gators and Crocs Program; 11-11:45am, Bag it!: Is Your Life Too Plastic? film showing; 1-1:30pm, Birds of the Refuge Program. JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel Island. 472-1100. See article, page 30.
Warrior Pose for Pets – 1-2pm. Spend time in downward facing dog, cat pose and all your other favorite asanas while raising money for the Brodie Fund to help pets fight cancer. Enjoy pet vendors at the studio before and after class, purchase raffle tickets for gift baskets. $20/donation & $5/raffle tickets. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. See news brief, page 14.
Conservancy of Southwest Florida Earth Day Festival – 10am-4pm. Vendors and environmental exhibitors, local entertainment, keynote lectures, conservation speakers and children’s presentations. Experience the Conservancy Nature Center buildings, take an electric boat ride, rent a kayak or canoe or walk a nature trail. Members free, $10/adults, $5/children 3- 12. 1495 Smith Preserve Way, off Goodlette Rd, Naples. 430-2466 or Conservancy. org/events/earthday. See article, page 30.
Introduction to Food Healing – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of the phytochemicals in foods to reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the food-healing protocols. $25. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com.
Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of our experienced readers and healers offering many services: readings/astrology, mediumship, tarot/ palm readings, reiki. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Bonita Springs, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. Musical Earth Day Program – 10:30-11:30am. Led by Carolyn Stanley. Geared for ages 3 to 12, there’ll be music and other activities related to water and trees. Children will sing songs, make rhythm instruments and draw pictures while learning how to care for the environment and why trees are essential for our survival. Sponsored by Fort Myers Quakers. $5/
SUNDAY, APRIL 23 Fourth Annual YogaCAN – 8am, doors open; 9:30am, classes begin. Local yoga leaders unite to raise donations for the Cancer Alliance of Naples. Providing financial support to Collier and Lee County residents being treated for cancer. Includes yoga class and refreshments afterwards. $40/donation ahead, $50/door, $10/kids. 643-4673, ext 203. Naples Beach Hotel, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd N, Naples. Register: CancerAllianceOfNaples.org. See news brief, page 16. Koreshan Farmers’ Market and Native Plant Sale – 8am-1pm. Local fresh produce, seafood, honey, arts and crafts, pickles and olives, fresh mozzarella cheese, native plants and trees available for purchase. Native plant experts from the Coccoloba
Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will be on hand to answer questions and give advice. $1 environmental impact fee. 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 273-8945 or FNPSCoccoloba.org. See article, page 30. Rev Jim Rosemergy’s Swan Song – 10-11:15am. Rev Jim Rosemergy is retiring after 41 years teaching Unity Principles and spiritual ways of living, and 11 years at Unity of Fort Myers. Join us as we honor this highly respected teacher, distinguished author of over a dozen books and world-renown spiritual leader during his final Sunday Service of his illustrious career. Love donation. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers. org. See news brief, page 16. Eckankar Community HU Chant –11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Relax and Restore – 2-4pm. With Marjorie McShand and Katie Mulligan. An extended restorative yoga style workshop including aromatherapy, hands-on adjustments and relaxing head/hand/foot massages. $45/early registration, $50/day of. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Sacred Sound Ceremony – 6:30-8:30pm. $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com.
MONDAY, APRIL 24 Foundations of Kabbalah – 6:30pm. With North Miami Beach Kabbalah Center. Acquire rarely seen perspective by which you can significantly improve quality of life and the world around. Learn roots of most powerful Kabbalah secrets. Integrate spiritual
Blvd, Ft Myers. RSVP: 533-7557 or SloughConnections@gmail.com. See article, page 30.
principles into daily routine. Free. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. SilviaCasabianca.com. See news brief, page 12.
New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for the new you envision. Let the singing bowls reveal your piece in the divine plan and carry your requests up into the universe. Wrap yourself in the loving harmonics of the singing bowls. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The Original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.
TUESDAY, APRIL 25 Numerology for Beginners – 2pm. Learn how to use numbers as a stepping stone to your spiritual development. Learn how your power number and your birth number can give insight to your spiritual progression. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
THURSDAY, APRIL 27
The Skinny on Weightloss – 6pm. With Dr Claudia Marcelo. Successful strategies for a new you. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. HughesCenterNaples.com. See ad, page 87. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Lindsey Kay. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. There is No Incurable – A New Path to Health for Body and Soul – 7pm. Dr Matjaz Lesjak MD, a member of the Medical Scientific Group of the Bruno Gröening Circle of Friends will present lectures about spiritual healings, medically verifiable. Free, donations appreciated. Tony Rotino Senior Center, 5817 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral. 414852-2222. Bruno-Groening.org. See ad on page 20 and news brief on page 13. 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. HouseOfGaia.org.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 Eckankar Community HU Chant – 6:45pm. Vineyards Community Center, 6321 Arbor Blvd, Naples. 482-4034. Eckankar Spiritual Discussion – 7:30pm. Topic: Spiritual Wisdom on Life after Death. Vineyards Community Center, 6321 Arbor Blvd, Naples. 482-4034. Invasive Species Presentation – 7pm. Annisa Karim of SW Florida Cooperative Invasive Species will give a presentation on combating invasive plants and animals, an introduction to regional efforts and reporting options. Free; seating is limited. Interpretive Center, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, 7751 Penzance
Open House – 3-7pm. Free makeovers by Jane Iredale and La Bella Donna (by appointment), free 10-minute mini-facials (cleanse and moisturizer), $1/minute chair massage, free food, wine and prizes drawn every hour. 15 percent off storewide. $20/door (refunded with purchase). Organic Skincare and Bodyworx. 13240 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 207, Naples. 514-4494. OrganicSkincareAndBodyworx.com. Acupuncture: Ancient Medicine for Today’s Patient – 5:30-6:30pm. With Naples premier classical homeopath and doctor of Oriental medicine Dr Julia A Eastman, DOM, CCH. Informative program for adults – yoga class provided for children in attendance. Q&A to follow. $10/yoga class. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. RSVP: 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org. Thyroid Demystified – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. Many patients hear from their doctor that their thyroid lab work is within normal limits. Yet the symptoms of hypothyroid persist and no one listens. Attendees will learn why they may be right and how to understand their thyroid and what labs tell the real story. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 231-8354.
Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail.com. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Rune Casting for Beginners – 7pm. Learn the history, mythology, as well as several methods for casting the rune stones. Experience this exciting class on one of the world’s oldest forms of divination. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. John of God and The House of Saint Ignatius of Loyola 2018 Journey Discussion and Movie – 7-9pm. With John of God Casa Guides Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Learn about the John of God, the man, The Entities of Light, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, and the spiritual journey opportunity. Private home in Naples. Reservations required: Karen: 692-9120 or kSmith727@ comcast.net. Naples Storytelling Guild – 7-9pm. Community of storytellers and storylisteners. Bring a story, or just come to listen. Practice stories, get feedback, have fun. Office of Dr Joel Ying. Free. 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. OpenDreaming.com/naplesstorytelling-guild.
FRIDAY, APRIL 28 Healing in America’s Community Healing Session – 6:15-8:40pm. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Join 24 guests and 12 healers for this amazing evening of energy healing therapy. $20. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Reservations required: Karen: 692-9120 kSmith727@ comcast.net. Pet Walk – 6-8pm. The River District Alliance invites well-trained and leashed pets and their owners to enjoy An Evening in the River District, including pet-friendly exhibitors and vendors. Several downtown merchants will also be participating and welcoming pets. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. Downtown Ft Myers. FortMyersRiverDistrictAlliance.com.
SUNDAY, APRIL 30 Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. With Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman. Featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 404-9744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm. With DamaDe’. A Kundalini yoga class followed by the sound therapy of the gong while you lie in savasana. $25/early registration, $30/day of. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com.
plan ahead SATURDAY, MAY 6 World Labyrinth Day – 12:30pm. Attendees will participate in a Labyrinth meditative walk followed by a closing ceremony, and then enjoy herbal grounding tea. Donation. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.
TUESDAY, MAY 9 Picnic ’n’ Flick – 6:30pm. See an inspirational film, Sing Street, and an opportunity to share with the group afterward. Bring food to nosh during the movie and a blanket and pillow if you so desire. The film, about bullying and youthful angst, illustrates how at the core, we have more in common than
what seems to divide us on the surface. PG-13. Love donation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. RSVP: Info@HouseOfGaia.org. Meetup.com/TreeSisters-of-the-Sacred-Forest-ofSouthwest-Florida.
SATURDAY, JUNE 3 Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Dig Deeper Advanced Weekend Class – Jun 3-4. With Karen and David. Class offers practitioner’s authority to practice the work. Prerequisite: ThetaHealing Basic and advanced courses. $444. Private home in Naples. Preregistration required: Karen Coratelli-Smith licensed ThetaHealing Instructor: 692-9120 or kSmith727@comcast.net. Info: ThetaHealing.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 9 ThetaHealing Basic DNA Weekend Class – Jun 9-11. $444 includes Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing book. Private home in Naples. Preregistration required: Karen Coratelli-Smith, Licensed ThetaHealing instructor: 692-9120 or kSmith727comcast.net. Info: ThetaHealing.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 John of God and The House of Saint Ignatius of Loyola Spiritual Journey – Aug 12-27. With John of God casa guides Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Join for an enlightenment opportunity of a lifetime in Abadiania, Brazil. Everything is taken care of for you. Set your intentions for healing of emotions, mind, body and soul. Travel is from Miami to Brazilia, transfers, R&B, Casa donation all included. Info/register: 692-9120 or KSmith727@ comcast.net.
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 Art and the Consciousness of Oneness – 10amnoon. With Jose Maria Castillo. This monthly interactive workshop includes lecture, meditation, observing sketch, as well as sketching by participants. $25 or $20/OMZ members/students. Supplies required. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. Register: 961-2491 or OpenMindZenNaples.com. 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. Monarch Wellness Open House – 1-6pm. Join in celebrating their five year anniversary as an integrative wellness practice. Sample wellness classes and meet their professional counselors and wellness teachers. Free. Drop by South/East Naples location, 1-3pm at 12264 Tamiami Tr E, Ste 202, Naples; Central Naples location, 3-6pm at 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. RSVP: 231-3208. See news brief, page 10.
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daily 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 SouthFloridaAl-Anon.org. Yoga in Nature – Several days a week; see website for schedule. Multilevel yoga classes. $10/ drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Happehatchee.org. David Essel Alive – Get inspired. Join the archived national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra. Tune in 24/7 at DavidEssel.com.
sunday Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. The Gypsy Sea Witch – 8am-1pm. Vendor booth specializing in the highest-quality crystals, sage, incense, herbs and other spiritual tools. $1 environmental impact fee collected at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 754-444-9779. Nicole@TheGypsySeawitch.com. TheGypsySeaWitch.com. Beginners’ Orientation: An Introduction to Meditation Postures and Techniques – 9:15-10am. Last Sunday. Get to know our style of practice, our
lineage, ways to practice Open Mind Zen. Cushions and chairs provided. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers Sunday service/youth and family ministry – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, senior minister. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. 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. NaplesUnity.org. Yoga at the Garden – 10-11am. With Susie Lentz, of greenmonkey yoga. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of the Naples Botanical Gardens on the Kapnick Caribbean lawn. $10/members, $20/nonmembers (includes admission to the Garden). 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 10-11:30am. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent
seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $55 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com. Fort Myers Quakers – 10:30am. Refresh yourself with silent worship. Iona House, Calusa Nature Center, 3450 Ortiz Ave, Ft Myers. 437-4615. FortMyersQuakers.org or FtMyers.Quakers@gmail.com. Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. With Rev Joyce Heist. Study and discuss Science of the Mind principles. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. email@example.com. 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. 4556553. Office@uunaples.org. uunaples.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org. Children’s Crystal Circle – 11am. With Nikki D. Children ages of 5-17 will explore the world of crystals and meditation and will be able to touch, feel, experience and learn about the magic and history of crystals. Each student will receive a crystal to take home. $10. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 754-444-9779. Nicole@ TheGypsySeaWitch.com.TheGypsySeaWitch.com. 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. Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 2-5pm. 2nd Sun. Share in Amma’s blessings; meditation, bhajans, videos of Amma and her teachings. Veg-
etarian potluck afterwards. Free. Cape Coral. Info: 671-6058 or Kessel.Joyce@gmail.com. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. 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. FloridaMindfulness.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum and Dance Circle – 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.
monday Nature’s Peace at CREW – Thru Apr. 2nd Mon. An award-winning series of programs for early-stage Alzheimer’s patients or persons that are visually impaired and their caregivers at the CREW Bird Rookery Swamp trail. Free. 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd W, Naples. For Alzheimer’s patients/caregivers, register: 262-8388. For visually impaired persons/caregivers, register: 430-3934. CrewTrust. org/natures-peace. Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. Chair yoga is gentle, utilizing either one or two chairs rather than a mat. Sit on the chair to perform modified poses or simply stand next to it for support. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.
and with ease which cultivates strength, balance and awareness. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and guided meditation will lead you into relaxation followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message to continue your journey. 100 percent of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani Craft Coffee and Gallery, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257 or FireflyWithin.org. Strength Class – 6-7pm. This coed, full-body conditioning class changes with a monthly theme for a completely unique workout each time. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 2549300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. 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. ACAIntergroup.org. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. Sunset Beach Yoga – 6:45-7:45pm. With Sue Rokela. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of nature. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus state park entry fees. DelnorWiggins Pass State Park, 11135 Gulfshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org.
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. NaplesUnity.org. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org. Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8:15pm. This informal class will explore the techniques of mindful meditation. Chairs and cushions provided. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 2nd Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. email@example.com. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615. Nu Tango Practica – 8-9:30pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com.
Shelling and Beachcombing Talk – 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. FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga specific self-talk skills. $50/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. Reverse the Age of the Spine Series – Noon-1pm. Using the Great Yoga Wall with Meredith Musick. For private location in Naples and more info: 269-8846. 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. MiraclesAmongUs.org. Yoga Regulators – 5-6pm. Specialized yoga for active kiddos to improve behavior, focus, and attention through learning self-control and appropriate release of energy. Ages 7-12. $80/4 classes. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. Yoga – 5:15pm. Knowledgeable teachers, small groups. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. Slow-flow mixed with restorative. You’ll be guided to move with your breath
Therapeutics Class – 1-2pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 529-7582. AwakeningThroughSynergy.com.
Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. Small classes to suit your needs. Boost physical/emotional well-being. Gain balance, strength. $18. Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. SilviaCasabianca.com.
Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Relax, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $18. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com.
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.
Transformational Yoga – 9-10am. Meditative class to tune into a deep inner mind/body connection. $50/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 2313208. MonarchWellness.net.
Meditation – 6pm. Donation. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221.
Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Brittany Price. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus park entry fee. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 5981938. greenmonkey.com.
Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846. MeredithMusick.com. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Pilates Level I Foundations – 10am-10:50am. With Susan Mann, PT, DPT. Learn the basics to progress your strength, flexibility and balance safely. Fitness for Life, 28811 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. 948-5555. 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. Foundation Training – 10:30-11am. With Harry Grimm. Correct your posture, strengthen your core and avoid back and neck pain at any age. Golfers and desk jockeys alike can improve their game and end their pain. First class free. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, Colonial Square Office Park, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 227-0021. BeWellNaples.com. 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, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
FUNdamentals of Yoga – 6-7pm. With Ellen Duff. An introduction to yoga that will help to slowly build strength, flexibility and great technique. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. “Understanding Y” Coed Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program for men and women. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David K: 470-0899 or Linda M: 949-4910. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Ben C Pratt (6 Mile Cypress), Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Tue. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. lllFlorida.com. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. 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. HouseOfGaia.org.
Body/Mind/Soul Consultations – 9am-5pm. By appointment. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Pilates Bootcamp Class – 9:30-10:30am. More than a Pilates mat class; get your heart pumping and body moving with this challenging cross-conditioning class. Beginners welcome. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tl N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 10am. 3rd Wed. 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. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Exploring Coastal Habitats Walk – Thru April. 1011am. Naturalist guided walk exploring one of the most productive ecosystems in nature. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. FriendsOfBareFootBeach.org. 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. Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30-2:30pm. Facilitated by Rick Hart.
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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. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. If your parents were alcoholics/addicts, let’s overcome that upbringing. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Locally Grown Produce Market – Thru May. 3-6pm. Purple Spoon Culinary, 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs. Info: ChefKristina.com. Wellness Wednesdays – 4-5pm. April topics: You vs Pain. Drop-in to learn tips from our health partners on what you can do to avoid or reduce pain with thermography, Foundation Training, acupuncture, massage and qigong. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, Colonial Square Office Park, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Schedule: BeWellNaples.com. Confident Caterpillars – 5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. Children ages 5-12 learn healthy coping skills, build self-confidence and enjoy fun exercise. $80/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 2313208. MonarchWellness.com. Art Alive – 5-8pm. 1st Wed. Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours consist of more than 36 professional artists showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the magenta and white art flags in the district. 596-5099. Directions/map: NaplesArtDistrict.com. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Barre Motion Class – 6-7pm. Naples’ original Pilatesbased, cardio barre class. This high-energy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. Restorative Yoga – 6-7pm. With Linda Mundt, ERYT. $15/drop-in. Integrative Mindfulness studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circ, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 405-7330. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Creating Harmony Meditation Class – 6:30pm. With Carol May. Open your qi, connect to your still point and in turn create balance, peace and joy. Love donation. Ancient Touch, Sunshine Professional Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 208, Bonita Springs. 223-5107. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. Open Social Dancing – 6:30-7pm, group class ($5); 7-9pm, dancing ($12). Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com. Crystal Bowl Meditation and Spirit Messages – 7pm. With Nikki D. Recharge your energy, rebalance your chakras, and reconnect to your higher self as well as strengthen your connection with spirit. $15. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corckscrew Rd Estero. Preregister: 754-444-9779 or Nicole@ TheGypsySeaWitch.com.TheGypsySeaWitch.com.
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La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. lllflorida.com.
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. FamiliesAnonymous.org. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chopag. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 N Tamiami Tr, Ste 205, Naples. MeditationInNaples.org. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.
thursday Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. Small classes to suit your needs. Boost physical/emotional well being. Gain balance, strength. $18. Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. SilviaCasabianca.com. Mind-Body Renewal – 9-10am. With Peggy Sealfon. Combining yoga, qigong and integrative relaxation (yoga nidra). Feel refreshed and recharged. $50/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846. MeredithMusick.com. Stretch and Strength – 11:30-12:30pm. With Sondra Dansby. This hour-long class does a little with every part of the body. Using breath, core work, stretching and the resistance of your own body to build strength, it varies each week. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. All Souls Episcopal Church, 14640 N Cleveland, N Ft Myers. 585955-3910. Qigong – 3-4pm. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. IN.FORM Meetings – 4-6pm. Learn how to fit better habits into your busy life and enjoy the side effects of weight loss, better gut and cardio health and more energy. Different topic each week for 13 weeks, in-
lowed by spirit messages. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com.
cludes half-hour of qigong or other exercise. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP: BeWellNaples.com/In-form-mtgs. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. The Edible Gardening Exchange Speaker Series – 5:30pm. Open and informal chat on edible topics. Bring seeds to share. 6:30pm, speaker. BYO cup for coffee and tea. Membership fee: $10; Lee Parks and Rec lifetime membership card required $10. North Fort Myers Rec Center, 2000 N Recreation Park Way. 610-530-8883. Yin/Yoga Nidra Class – 5:30-6:45pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 5297582. AwakeningThroughSynergy.com. Peaceful Mind – 6-7pm (weekly except 3rd Thur). With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of restorative sound, integrative relaxation, meditation group and peaceful mind yoga. $50/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Therapy, Naples. Preregistration required: 2313208. MonarchWellness.net. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Yoga – 6:15pm. Knowledgeable teachers, small groups. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Salsa Night – 7-7:45pm, group class ($8); 8-9:30pm, salsa party ($12). Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com. Silent Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Discussion on presented topic. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Messages and Meditation – 7:30pm. With Deborah Noonon. Open discussion. Guided meditation, fol-
friday Pilates Level 2 Equipment Combo – 8-8:50am. Energetic, flowing pace using the Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Spine Corrector to increase flexibility and core strength for improved balance. Fitness for Life, 28811 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. 948-5555. Barre Motion Class – 9:30-10:30am. Naples’ original Pilates-based, cardio barre class. This highenergy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. Shelling and Beachcombing Talk – 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. FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Laurielll@aol.com. Ding Darling Lecture Series – Thru Apr 14. 10am & 1pm. Photographic presentations will feature birds and other wildlife and their habitat during the lecture series. Book signings will follow most lectures. Arrive one hour early to assure seating. JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. Info/schedule: DingDarlingSociety.org. Historic House Open/Guided Tour – 10am-4pm. Meditate in the peace and serenity of the Happehatchee Center. Volunteer or become a member. Hands-on and docent positions available for community members of all ages. Free tours. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455 or Happehatchee@gmail.com. Happehatchee.org. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. If your parents were alcoholics/ addicts, let’s overcome that upbringing. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd. Jane: 728-7106. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. IN.FORM Friday – 3-4pm. Learn about this revolutionary body transformation program that starts with gut and cardio health. Supplements combined with 13 weeks of free coaching can help one gain health and ditch fat. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Jo: 250-9312. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. 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. UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food for teenagers to connect with established friends or make new ones. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Buddhist Meditation and Teachings – 6:307:30pm. With Buddhist Teacher JoAnn Lawrence. Practical teachings and guided meditation to understand the mind, change habits and find relaxation and peace. $10 suggested donation. Must RSVP, seating is limited. 4933 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 200, Naples. 822-5806. JoAnnLawrence@gmail.com.
saturday Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. firstname.lastname@example.org. Barre Motion Class – 9:30-10:30am. Naples’ original Pilates-based, cardio barre class. This highenergy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. 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. Naturalist Guided Walk – Thru April. 10am. Free. Naturalist walk through maritime forest and coastal strand. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org. Barefoot Beach Preserve Lecture Series – Thru Apr. 10am. Featuring different speakers each week. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Bch Blvd, Bonita Springs. Schedule: FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Hip Hop – 10-11am. $15 or $100/10 classes. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com. 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. Historic House Open/Guided Tour – 10am4pm. Meditate in the peace and serenity of the Happehatchee Center. Volunteer or become a member. Hands-on and docent positions available for community members of all ages. Free tours. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455 or Happehatchee@gmail.com. Happehatchee.org. Drum Class/Circle – 3-4pm, class; 4-5:30, circle. 1st Sat. With Debo Kumi. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Learn new rhythms for the circle. $10/class; donation/circle. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee@gmail.com Happehatchee.org.
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Jack Morris, AP, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM) Advanced Certified Cupping Specialist, MPS Certified 6628 Willow Park Dr, Ste C 1032 Goodlette Rd (Colonial Square) 239-293-4005 Specializing in long- and short-term pain issues, detoxification, cupping (reverse pressure therapy), migraines and TMJ, menses irregularity, PMS and infertility, smoking cessation and PTSD.
ACUPUNCTURE/PSYCHOTHERAPY John E. Patton, Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Licensed Mental Health Counselor 1063-1065 Fifth Ave N, Naples 239-262-6828
Specialty: acupuncture, psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, meditation—wellness through maintenance and prevention. Indigestion, hormone imbalance, pain, headaches, anxiety, depression, detoxification. AP488/MH2616.
ACUPUNCTURE CARE OF NAPLES Charles Caccamesi, Acupuncture Physician, DOM 501 Goodlette Rd N, Unit D100, Naples 239-877-2531
New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 26 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 43.
ACUPUNCTURE CENTER OF NAPLES Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP, OMD (China) 5683 Naples Blvd, Naples 34109 P: 239-513-9232 • F: 239-513-9293 DrCenAcupuncture@gmail.com
Licensed acupuncture physician with 28 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Experienced in pain management, women’s health, insomnia, migraines, digestion issues and much more. See ad, page 12.
DR. ROBERT MURDOCH, BOARDCERTIFIED ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers, 33908 239-433-5995
An acupuncture physician since 1986, Dr. Murdoch has devoted his life to helping people recover from mild and severe injury and illness. Also utilizing functional medicine, he has worked in hospitals and has treated patients of all ages and states of health. In addition to television and radio appearances, Dr. Murdoch has authored three books and has been published in the British Medical Journal, Red Flags, and Acupuncture Today.
PHYLLIS C. WEBER, AP
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 32.
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE DR JOEL YING, MD
2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 • JoyHealthWellness.com Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate board-certified internal medicine, natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. Blog, newsletter and online courses at LivingThePresentMoment.com.
AYURVEDA CHRISTINA CARLIN, AYURVEDIC PRACTITIONER
Ayurveda Clinic, Massage & Yoga Therapy 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd N, Ste A107, Naples, 34102 • 239-450-6903 Practicing holistic medicine since 1987. Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, specializing in highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle consultations, Massage and individual Yoga sessions for chronic and acute problems. Pancha Karma, Shirodhara and skin care. Ayurveda and Yoga Study program available. MA0023929, MM0008584, FB0716888. See ad, page 6.
BIOFEEDBACK FIREFLY WITHIN, LLC
Karin S Wolfe, CBS 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs 239-980-3257 • FireflyWithin.com Info@FireflyWithin.com Certified Biofeedback Specialist by the Natural Therapies Certification Board. Testing nearly 7,000 patterns in your body, mind and spirit, and providing energy to the most imbalanced areas creating a space for healing. A consultation and report is provided with each session. CBS#5563.
BODYWORK HOLISTIC HEALING ARTS Est. 1991 Alvina Quatrano, LMT FL MA 50896 For Info or Appt: 732-266-5276 HolisticHealingArts.info
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.
TERESA KENNEDY (MA71100) Therapy of the Gulf (MM21480) 824 Anchor Rode Dr, Naples 928-444-0606 • 239-262-8722
Licensed massage therapist with 14 years of experience. Myofacial orthopedic and sports massage therapist. Educated, trained and worked with patients, including individuals with cancer, in Connecticut. See ads, pages 20 and 47.
ROLFED IN PARADISE, INC.
Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 5100 N Tamiami Trl, Ste 126, Naples 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100, Ft Myers RolfedInParadise@gmail.com • 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions, or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152, MM35843 (Naples), MM29338 (Ft Myers).
PAULA TERRY, LMT
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.
STUART WRIGHT, ND
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.
RB INSTITUTE, INC.
C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • RobynBerry.com 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.
CRYSTALS & MARBLE INFINITE STONES, LLC
Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 239-561-1981 InfiniteStonesllc.com Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our ware-house. See ad, page 77.
NETWORK CHIROPRACTOR Dr. Michele Pelletiere 3411 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 302, Bonita Springs • 239-949-1222
N.S.A. Practitioner level III. “Healing waves” release tension throughout the body, increasing wellness and quality of life, promoting new strategies for a healthy spine and nervous system.
COLON THERAPY CAPE CORAL COLONICS
Kelly Swan, Licensed Colon Therapist 4720 SE 15th Ave, Ste 209, Cape Coral 239-549-7559 Colon hydrotherapy is an ancient art used to support natural healing. Releasing dormant toxins may improve issues with constipation, diarrhea, skin and overall wellbeing. MA77085, MM33594.
CLEANSING SPRINGS INC.
Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-596-1110 • 239-571-9816 • MA27876 CleansingSprings.com 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.
Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • FortMyersLaserDentist.com 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 40.
ROGER J. PINT, MPH, DMD
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 BonitaDentalStudio.com 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 28.
ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER HAPPEHATCHEE ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 • Happehatchee.org
A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature several days a week, drumming lessons and healing circles. Peace Pavilion and Historic Happehatchee House are available to rent for ceremonies and events. Happehatchee events calendar link and class descriptions: Happehatchee.org/ our-events/.
ENERGY HEALING REV. KAREN CORATELLI-SMITH 239-692-9120 HealingInAmerica-Southeast.org HugsForHappiness.com KSmith727@comcast.net
Licensed teacher and certified practitioner of ThetaHealing and Healing in America. Past Life Regression Counselor and Spiritual Counselor, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Seraphim Blueprint and Esoteric practitioner.
CORE STAR – JIM CRABTREE CoreStarEnergyHealing.com 239-597-7372
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 MariaHubbuch@aol.com HarmonizingAmbientEnergy.com Certified teacher and licensed practitioner offering classes and individual healing sessions inperson or distance: ThetaHealing®, Esoteric Healing ® , Seraphim Blueprint ® , Reiki, Axiatonal Alignments.
MAUREEN SANDERS, HOLISTIC ENERGETIC MEDICINE
Healing People & Animals since 2005 MaureenSanders.com • TheHorseShaman.com 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.
ESSENTIAL OILS I LOVE OILS, INC.
Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers 33967 • 239-362-0385 • 586-604-3500 ILoveOils.com Plants defend themselves from threats yet grow and thrive. Let them help you! Learn about essential oils and save money at our free classes.
FELDENKRAIS JOANN RAHL
Feldenkrais® ATM® Student Teacher Kinesis Structural Integration Practitioner Licensed Massage Therapist 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Ste D-304, Naples 239-777-2597 • JoAnnRahl.com Discover how to move with ease and comfort using Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement®. Accelerate your healing by combining private sessions with public classes/workshops. Check website and ongoing events for class times. MA26919, MM24629.
FENG SHUI LINDA MUNDT DESIGN
239-405-7330 • LindaMundt.com Linda@LindaMundt.com Creating space for a peaceful mind. More than 10 years creating homes, schools and businesses to enhance relationships, health, clear thinking and project start-up energy. Color and space design. Staging. Clutter clearing.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE EVIE BREEDLOVE-MANGAPORA, ARNP
Inner Essence Health 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-777-4647 • InnerEssenceHealth.com Dedicated to educating and coaching you to achieve your optimal health and wellness. Fatigue, thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, digestive disorders, diabetes. Custom wellness plans. See ad, page 22.
HUGHES CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE Pamela Hughes, D.O. 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 • HughesCenterNaples.com
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.
ZORAYDA “JIJI” TORRES, MD, ABIHM, IFMCP
Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine Office: 239-444-5636 • UpstreamMD.com Dr. Torres is a board-certified internist with over 17 years of experience and knows the limitations of conventional internal medicine. She is among the few Certified Practitioner M.D.s, trained by the Institute For Functional Medicine. See ad, page 12.
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax DebPost.com Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 64.
HEALTHY DINING FOOD & THOUGHT ORGANIC FARM MARKET & CAFÉ
2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • FoodAndThought.com Open Mon-Sat 7am-8pm. Florida’s only 100% organic market and café. Fresh produce delivered daily. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. See ad, page 10.
141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • WynnsOnline.com Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 68.
HOLISTIC CENTER AHA! A HOLISTIC APPROACH CENTER 15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com
Come heal with us! We offer many natural healing options – acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR and couples therapy, massage, bodywork, Quantum Energetic, classes (yoga, tai chi, Stretch ‘n Strength), infrared sauna, reiki classes and much more! See ad, page 25.
EYES WIDE OPEN CENTER
9200 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Stes 202-204 239-948-9444 • SilviaCasabianca.com Regain body wisdom! Innovative, holistic support to reduce stress and anxiety, improve lifestyle, find life purpose or simply cultivate wellness for self, the community or the planet. Psychotherapy, couples counseling, parenting guidance. Reiki, qigong, Bach Flowers and Trager Approach®. Massage and CEU classes for health professionals. All levels yoga. Call for assessment. MM21921.
HYPNOTHERAPY CONCERNED HEALTH ALTERNATIVES Lynn D. Thomas, RN, CHt, Director Certified Medical Clinical Hypnotherapist & Energy Practitioner 239-494-1363 • HypnosisBasics.com
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.
INTUITIVE CONSULTATION HEATHER FAUN BASL
630-210-8688, 312-502-1539 GraceAngels.com Heather@GraceAngels.com Specializing in intuitive counsel and psychic work including Akashic records, card readings, connection with loved ones, home and business readings/clearings, energy healing, personal mentoring and angel work with children. Working with individuals that have health concerns, mental stress and/or want to find clarity with their life situations.
LIFE COACH VALORIE MORRIS
Licensed Louise Hay "You Can Heal Your Life" Coach, Workshop Leader, Teacher & Speaker • 239-404-2912 "You can't change what's going on around you until you change what is going on within you." Simple proven wisdom for complex lives. Individual private sessions and weekly group workshops. All sessions in a calm, patient, purposeful environment. Let's talk.
MEDICAL SPA ASSUAGE SPA
9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • AssuageCenters.com 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 24.
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NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET ADA’S NATURAL MARKET
7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 AdasMarket.com 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 65.
NATURAL HEALTH JAMES OCCHIOGROSSO, MH
Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 HealthNaturallyToday.com 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 71.
NUTRITION PATTI BADINER, MB-EAT + ONE-ONONE COACHING Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training Instructor 612-718-1416 • PersonalWeigh@gmail.com
Lose the dieting mentality and gain a balanced relationship with food through Mindful Eating. Discover the power of tuning into your body and mind by combining mindfulness meditation practices with eating awareness, and achieve permanent weight management without struggle.
D-SIGNED NUTRITION, LLC
Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • D-SignedNutrition.com 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 18.
KAREN L. BEATTY, ABR, GRI
Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D InnerConnectionsPT.com Naples: 239-398-3154
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 Klbeatty48@aol.com • KarenBeatty.com
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.
Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows t h e m a r k e t , o ff e r s e x p e r t counseling with efficient reliability. She takes the stress out of buying or selling and gets the job done with a smile. Choose Karen for ease and joy in your real estate transaction!
PILATES SUSAN MANN, PT, DPT
Fitness for Life of Naples 28811 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs 239-948-5555 Physical therapist and pilates instructor specializing in women's health. Accepting new clients for private pilates and group classes – schedule your appointment today!
PSYCHOTHERAPY GOTTMAN METHOD COUPLES THERAPY AND SEX THERAPY Peg Walsh, MS, CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs 34135 718-208-6986 • FtMyersTherapy.com
Relationships are precious. Learn how to heal yours with researchbased methods from the Gottman Institute. Reconnect sexually with your partner using sex therapy. Explore individually the issues that are troubling and holding you back. See ad, page 14.
DOROTHY RODWELL, LMFT & RTR THERAPIST
AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 25.
YOGA AWAKENING THROUGH SYNERGY, LLC Jennifer Colucci 1084 Business Ln, Naples • 239- 529-7582 AwakeningThroughSynergy.com
Brand new healing art space offering therapeutic and Thai massage, yoga therapy and multistyle yoga classes and workshops including Therapeutics, Hatha, Yin/ Yoga Nidra, restorative, Vinyasa-Flow and crystal bowls. MA# 74913. MM# 35896.
BKS YOGA STUDIO
2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-9276 • BKSYogaStudio.com Variety of yoga classes daily, monthly workshops, child care and kids’ yoga. Massage, Thai yoga bodywork and private yoga sessions with master instructors. See ad, page 73.
(formerly Bala Vinyasa Yoga) GreenMonkey.com • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples Two locations in Central and South Naples. Daily classes for all levels, monthly workshops and private sessions with exceptional teachers, plus awardwinning massage therapy and boutique. 200- and 300-hour Registered Yoga School. MM#19486.
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