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Jonah’s Dream Deborah LaFogg Docherty


eborah LaFogg Docherty’s art combines her passions for nature and painting. “I strive to give people a glimpse of how animals live in the wild—where they live, court, raise their young and survive,” she says. “I paint a picture of a secret world that many never get a chance to see firsthand.” Docherty’s cover painting, Jonah’s Dream, was inspired by the true tale of two Florida fishermen that split open a fish’s stomach and found an infant sea turtle inside. Docherty had the chance to meet the turtle, named Jonah, while it was being rehabilitated at a local marine center. The artist paints in acrylics, oils and pastels, her medium for this piece. Her paintings inspire other artists to try pastels and neophytes to tap into their creativity. “For me, art is all about having fun,” Docherty says. Docherty attended the Paier College of Art in her home state of Connecticut, majoring in illustration and commercial art. After moving to South Florida more than 30 years ago, she joined the Sun-Sentinel, where she wrote and cartooned, and now designs special sections. Docherty lives with her husband and four cats in Boynton Beach, Florida.

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My niece Shawn recently visited sunny Florida from Vail, Colorado, for some beach and family time. She fell in love with the western mountains and moved there eight years ago after earning her degree in environmental policy from Michigan State University, committed to doing her part to keep God’s country as pristine as possible. Today, she manages a compost operation and performs community outreach education on ways we can all reduce, reuse and recycle to lessen our corrosive impact on Mother Earth. We tease her about her passion for going through other people’s garbage. While preparing a family dinner at my home, Shawn noticed that I wasn’t composting, and I apologetically said I needed to get a new compost system. Then she gently questioned an item I was putting into the recycling bin that I assumed was acceptable. She reminded me that when we bury food or organic waste in the landfill, it doesn’t break down, but creates methane more powerful than carbon dioxide. I clarified that the plastic water bottles in my pantry were left by a guest! I’m learning that no matter how green we think we are, we can always step up our game. Shawn loves reading Natural Awakenings each month and is proud that her aunt is part of a nationwide team raising awareness of climate change and other environmental issues. She notes how disheartening it is to make gallant efforts upstream to reduce the impact downstream, only to discover the good is being undone by thoughtless industry and consumerism at the end. Shawn inspires me because she hasn’t given up hope. Organizations like Earth Law ( inspire me, too. These people believe that just as we have human rights, nature, too, has fundamental rights that must be acknowledged. Each ecosystem has the right to exist, thrive and evolve—and nature should be able to defend its rights in court. Earth Law argues that humans and nature are not at odds, but deeply connected and mutually dependent. A wise paradigm shift in law could be of huge help in ensuring our planet’s health. Lisa Marshall’s feature story “Healthy Climate, Healthy People”, on page 36, reminds us that climate change doesn’t just affect Mother Earth, but our own health, as well. We are encouraged that eco-activism is heating up in Southwest Florida. Enjoy our report on all the citizen-led efforts gaining momentum here on page 30. To help you celebrate Earth Day this month, we highlight local events on page 20. NPR recently reported that Generation Z has birthed a strong surge of activists. Let’s join these young leaders in making a commitment and taking steps to improve what we see that’s wrong in the world, starting now. Throughout this month’s issue, you’ll find plenty of ideas on how you can step up your green game. To our beneficent Mother Earth,

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YogaCAN Event Returns to Naples

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Trauma Relief Unlimited Workshop at Wellbridges


rauma Relief Unlimited (TRU), a free workshop on the powerful, safe and effective method for treating anxiety, stress and trauma, presented by Licensed Clinical Social Worker Robert Cicione, will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., April 10, at Wellbridges Health Center, in Bonita Springs. Drawing on his extensive research and clinical experience, Cicione will discuss identifying Robert Cicione post-traumatic stress disorder, how TRU works, its strengths and limitations and what to expect from this breakthrough method, followed by a Q&A session.  The event is appropriate for individuals that have anxiety attacks, nightmares, crying episodes and flashbacks from previous experiences and want to increase and improve health and happiness. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Bonita Springs Assistance Office. Cicione, formerly a visiting research associate at the Brown University Department of Psychology and Neurosciences and a published researcher, will provide this introductory presentation of TRU that has been successfully used to treat more than 4,000 trauma and anxiety survivors in the last 25 years, including survivors of car accidents, physical and sexual abuse, and those that lived through 9/11. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213. For more information or to register, call 239-246-6622 or 401-441-7028, email or visit See ad, page 57.


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he sixth annual YogaCAN event, featuring Rodney Yee, the renowned instructor who rose to national prominence in the early 1990s starring in Gaiam/ Living Arts instructional videos, and his wife, Colleen Saidman Yee, a fellow instructor, owner of Yoga Shanti studios, co-founder of Urban Rodney and Colleen Yee Zen Integrative Therapy and author of Yoga for Life, will present a kickoff party at 6:30 p.m., April 7. The duo will also offer a master class at 8:30 a.m. and an all-levels yoga session overlooking the Gulf at 10:30 a.m., both on April 8, on the lawn of the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. Naples studios collaborating for the event are BKS, Yoga Loft, FLOW-Yo (formerly GreenMonkey), Practice Yoga and Naples Yoga Center. Donation Yoga Naples is also participating. The program supports the Cancer Alliance of Naples, founded by Dr. Joel Waltzer, a Naples dermatologist and yoga teacher at Practice Yoga, who was inspired by Yee’s videos to begin a yoga practice. More than $250,000 has been raised since the program’s inception, helping to cover the non-medical bills for more than 125 cancer patients and their families in both Collier and Lee counties. Along with use of their lawn, the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will offer refreshments. Location: 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. For more information, call Cancer Alliance of Naples at 239-643-4673 or visit and See ad, page 17.


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New Yoga Studio Opens in Naples


ractice Yoga, a new Naples yoga studio owned by Debi Grilo with a full team of experienced yoga teachers, has opened at 5926 Premier Way, Suite 128, in the Magnolia Square shopping center, at the corner of Goodlette and Pine Ridge roads, offering 40 classes per week, with plans to add more. “For me, yoga is so much more than a physical practice,” says Grilo, who has been a leader in creating and developing the area yoga community since 1997 and a committed student since 1986, with a depth of knowledge in traditional yoga asana and philosophy. “It’s a transformational practice, meditation in motion, and a space where I can clear my thoughts, move through energy and connect to source.” Grilo, also a therapist and selfdiscovery coach, notes that the studio— open seven days a week, with private sessions available—regards students as individuals that are welcomed into a community where they will be inspired physically and emotionally by instructors that bring the practice of yoga to life on and off the mat. Class cost: $15 drop-in. Packages are available. For more information, call Hollie Graves at 239-631-1925, email or visit See ad, page 38.


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Four Holistic Healing Classes at Lotus Blossom Clinic


our holistic healing classes will be offered this month at the Lotus Blossom Clinic, in Fort Myers. This full-spectrum approach will incorporate aspects of healing the body, mind and spirit with food, ayurvedic breathing techniques, sound vibrations and the changing Recent class participants of unconscious beliefs. A Path to Well-Being: Clearing Resentments and Finding Peace, with Patti Wilson, will take place at 6:30 p.m., April 2. Wilson will show attendees how use Theta Healings to free themselves of longheld resentments that can rob us of our peace of mind and life energy. Breathing as Medicine takes place at 6:15 p.m., April 5. Kandy Love, Ph.D., a certified yoga teacher, yoga therapist and licensed massage therapist, will create a vibrational experience for the cells with a super-oxygenation technique. Medicinal food consultant and reiki master Deb Martin, coowner of Lotus Blossom Clinic, along with Vickie Gelardi, will present a fermented food class and demonstration of how these foods can boost the immune system, are key in food-healing protocols for many diseases and can help regaining and maintaining radiant health, at 6:15 p.m., April 10. At 6:45 p.m., April 12, Jenny Hong will lead a crystal bowl meditation, sharing the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls and channeling the healing energies of reiki. Cost: $20 for Breathing as Medicine, $40 for fermented food class, $10 for crystal bowl meditation and $30 for a Path to Well-Being. Location: 6710 Winkler Rd., Ste. 2. For more information or to register, call 239-277-1399, email or visit See ad, page 53.

Gilliland Opens New Office in Naples


r. Robert Gilliland, boardcertified in integrative medicine and president of the Florida Natural Health Center, will open his second functional medicine office April 16 at 501 Castello Drive, Suite 217, in Naples. To celebrate the opening, he will offer free pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy sessions from 9 a.m. to noon on opening day on a Dr. Robert Gilliland first-come, first-served basis. PEMF is a non-invasive treatment that uses electrical energy to directly stimulate cellular repair, including recharging stressed and underpowered cells. The practice also provides Hako-Med Horizontal Therapy, natural supplements and more. Original location: 27499 Riverview Ctr. Blvd., Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239-444-3106, email or visit See ad, page 4. April 2018


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Ongoing Two-Part Holistic Health Series in Naples


he nonprofit Firefly Within Foundation and Kunjani Craft Coffee and Gallery have paired up to conduct a free ongoing event series on holistic health and well-being. A holistic health tip is posted each Wednesday on the Kunjani Facebook page and website and a presentation and Q&A session with an expert healthcare provider on the corresponding topic is held on the Saturday of that same week from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at its Naples location. The year-round, ongoing program provides an opportunity for the public to meet practitioners in the community without having to make an appointment for an office visit. Individuals can use the program to determine which modalities and practitioners resonate the best with their own journey of health.

Donations accepted on Sat. will be given to Kunjalini’s chosen nonprofit organization beneficiary per month. Location: 780 Seagate Dr. For more information, call 239-980-3257, email or visit or See Resource Guide listing, page 68.

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Rapid Resolution Therapy Event at AHA!


orothy Rodwell, a licensed psychotherapist at AHA! A Holistic Approach, Center for Health and Harmony, in Fort Myers, will give a presentation on Rapid Resolution Therapy from 11 a.m. to noon, April 11, at the center. The therapy and neuroscience can help provide painless healing Dorothy Rodwell from trauma such as sexual abuse, harassment and violence. Beyond the #MeToo movement is the #MeTooHealing moment, where suffering stops and healing happens. The work of Dr. Jon Connelly and The Institute for Survivors of Sexual Violence form the basis for the work of Rodwell, who has been certified in Rapid Resolution Therapy since 2010. Admission is free. Location: 15971 McGregor Blvd. For more information or to register, call 239-433-5995, email or visit See ad, page 38.

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Raw Hair Organic Salon Celebrates Moms


aw Hair Organic Salon, in Naples, will celebrate moms by offering new customers a 25 percent discount on color and cutting or $15 off any service during April and May. The emporium will also provide a free makeover for a woman in need chosen from nominations submitted beginning this month. The winner will be notified and the makeover provided soon after Mother’s Day. The staff at Raw Hair Organic Salon includes the state’s top-rated board-certified hair colorist, leading curly hair experts trained in Deva and Ouidad styles, the founder of the Raw Curls Academy and internationally trained master stylists. The salon also recently launched a new skin care line called Raw Hair Organic Beauty. Location: 2940 Immokalee Rd., Ste. 4. To nominate someone for a makeover, submit the nominee’s name, contact info and why they deserve a makeover to by May 12. For more information or an appointment, call 239-597-0939. See ad, page 22.

Assuage Spa Event Helps Victims of Human Trafficking


ssuage Spa and Path2Freedom will present a Freedom Fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m., April 12, at the beauty emporium’s Naples location. Chair massages, complimentary skin consultations, hors d’oeuvres, wine, raffles, silent auctions of valuable items and giveaways will highlight the event that supports young victims of human trafficking. Every year, millions of men, women and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the U.S. It’s estimated that human trafficking generates billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking, as the most profitable form of transnational crime. Sharing a focused commitment with its partners, the Path2Freedom organization is committed to serving the needs of child victims through their individual journeys from rescue to restoration. Admission: $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Event location: 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 1. Lee County location: 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-333-1450, email or visit See ad, page 49.


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Wellness Retreat Offers Healthy Lifestyle Options


ee Health’s Wellness Retreat will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 15, 7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m., May 16, and 7 a.m. to noon, May 17, at the Pink Shell Resort, on Fort Myers Beach. This inaugural three-day event will inspire, support and guide participants to explore a healthier lifestyle through nutrition, exercise, self-care and integrated therapies. Participants will have the opportunity to learn health and wellness options that can help them achieve a healthier life balance and better handle the challenges of work demands, family obligations, elder care duties and other stresses of daily living that can lead to chronic stress and illness. Along with several wellness seminars and a keynote address by Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina, Lee Health System medical director of wellness and employee health, the event features meditation, Latin line dancing, nature kayak tours, paddle boarding, tai chi and yoga. Participants can explore alternative medicine options such as integrative medicine, which incorporates acupuncture, massage, nutrition, reiki, amethyst mat treatments and comprehensive personal evaluations that focus on the entire being. In addition, several Lee Health physicians will discuss how a well-rounded integrated approach to sleep, nutrition, stress management and brain health may reduce the incidence of chronic diseases. A holistic approach will be used to provide information and techniques that will empower participants to make small, but powerful changes that can transform their lives through healthier lifestyle and nutrition choices. This view encompasses the whole person—physical, mental, spiritual, behavioral and social—not just symptoms and disease. The retreat will end with a goal-setting session to further inspire attendees to lead a more balanced life. Cost: $425. Location: 275 Estero Blvd. For more information or to register, call Dena or Cheryl at 239-495-4475 or visit Wellness-Retreat. See ad, page 47.

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Celebrate Earth Day Locally and Globally

arth Day, on April 22, will serve again as a galvanizing force on ways to save our planet. With the theme of End Plastic Pollution, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is setting a specific focus this year on the importance of reducing the use of plastics and finding more Earth-friendly alternatives ( The nonprofit notes that of the approximately 300 million tons of plastic annually produced to make bags, bottles, packages and other commodities worldwide, only about 10 percent is successfully recycled and reused. The rest ends up in landfills or as litter, leaching dangerous chemicals into soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike. EDN asks everyone to pledge to switch to sustainable alternatives, subscribe to its newsletter, spread the word via social media, educate and mobilize citizens to demand action, and donate to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution that will engage individuals, companies and governments worldwide. Further, EDN is extending people’s ability to take personal responsibility by self-rating and guiding their involvement via practical toolkits. “People can create and follow a plan to reduce their plastic 20

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footprint and also share that data to help others via the Billion Acts of Green online campaign,” says Valeria Merino, vice president of Global Earth Day, adding that participants will be able to create an ongoing record and track their commitments. The initiative is also providing materials, tips on organizing cleanup events and social media tie-ins. Help Southwest Florida celebrate and forward progress in sustainability efforts by participating in these local Earth Day 2018 events.

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens – Party for the Planet 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 7 One of more than 100 U.S. accredited zoos and aquariums participating in North America’s largest combined Earth Day celebration, the Naples Zoo will host conservation groups and local businesses that will discuss living more sustainably. Guests can enjoy education stations, free Earth-friendly gifts from participating partners and a giveaway of 5,000 native sapling trees. Free to Collier County residents. Location: 1590 Goodlette Rd., Naples. For more information, call 239-262-5409 or visit

8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 14 Collier County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management will accept hazardous household chemicals, rechargeable batteries, paints, used motor oil, tires, fluorescent bulbs, ink cartridges, cardboard, plastics #1-7, mercury-containing devices, aluminum electronics, ballasts and medical sharps and needles for disposal. Also, free tire recycling will be available, along with auto and home products and devices for recycling; free paper shredding by Adera On-Site Security Shredding; and clothing, shoes and books collected by Goodwill Industries for resale. Six Collier County locations: Naples Recycling Drop-off Center, 2640 Corporate Flight Dr., Naples; North Collier Recycling Drop-off Center, 9950 Goodlette Rd. N., Naples; Marco Island Recycling Drop-off Center, 990 Chalmer Dr., Marco Island; Hazardous Materials Collection Center, 3728 White Lake Blvd., Naples; Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave., NE, Naples; Immokalee Transfer Station, 700 Stockade Rd., Immokalee. For more information, call 239-252-7575.

Earth Day Re-Use and Recycle Roundup

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 19 Goodwill Southwest Florida will celebrate Earth Day by encouraging residents to bring gently used clothing, shoes and books, electronics, household items, computers and cell phones to donate. Also, free shredding of documents is offered by Goodwill Secure Shred. Hazardous household chemicals, rechargeable batteries, paints, used motor oil, tires, fluorescent bulbs, ink cartridges, cardboard, plastics #1-7, mercury containing devices, aluminum electronics, ballasts and medical sharps are also accepted for collection by Collier County Solid Waste Management. Location: Naples Towne Centre parking lot, 3579 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. For more information, call 239-252-7575.

Earth Day at the Refuge J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

7 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 21 Visitors can bike or hike Wildlife Drive for free from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free bike rentals provided by Tarpon Bay Explorers. Ongoing Earth-friendly crafts will be offered in the Visitor and Education Center, as well as make-and-take upcycled crafts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a bicycle for the Bike the Refuge Tour at 9:30 a.m. to learn about the refuge’s wildlife and ecology. Visitors can watch Straws, a free film, take home a free paper straw at 1 p.m., and meet Bagzilla, an incarnate reminder of our plastic addiction. The refuge will celebrate the 48th anniversary of Earth Day in partnership with the Ding Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. Location: 1 Wildlife Dr., Sanibel. For more information, call 239-472-1100, ext. 236, or visit

Lee County Great American Clean-Up

8 to 11 a.m., April 21 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. Location sites and event dates vary. For more information or to register, call 239334-3488 or visit

Rain Barrel Workshop and Native Plant Sale

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 21 Choosing native plants for the yard saves time, money and work, as the plants are adapted to our dry winters and hot, rainy summers, plus they attract wildlife. 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 11 a.m. Free admission. $45 for workshop, includes barrel. Preregistration required. Location: Rotary Park Environmental Center, 5505 Rose Garden Rd., Cape Coral. For more information or to RSVP, call 239-549-4606 or visit

Earth Day Buy One, Get One Sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 21 In celebration of Earth Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center will offer buy one, get one free admission.

Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and under 6 free. The discount can’t be combined with other offers. Location: 300 Tower Rd., Naples. For more information, call 239-530-5972 or visit

Conservancy of Southwest Florida Earth Day Festival

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 21 This festival will include many vendors and environmental exhibitors showcasing fun, educational and entertaining family activities and experiences. Visitors can enjoy live music, festival food, crafts, live animal programs and more. Eat, play and learn while experiencing the Conservancy Nature Center buildings and take an electric boat ride, rent a kayak or canoe or walk a nature trail. Cost: free for members, $10 adults, $5 children 3 to 12. Location: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, off Goodlette Rd., Naples. For more information, call 239-430-2466 or visit

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11 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 21 Volunteer to help clean up Eagle Lakes Community Park for Earth Day.

Greater Naples will celebrate Earth Day with the theme Justice for #EachGeneration. Rev. Bob Murphy, the Earth Day speaker, has been involved with the environmental justice ministry for decades. The event features a play performed by fourth- through sixth-graders called Youth vs. Gov, based on the landmark climate lawsuit, Juliana vs. U.S., brought by Our Children’s Trust. Following the service, visitors can join enjoy a refreshment hour with vegetarian options. Information will be available on volunteer opportunities for an environmental education program Water Wise and Hurricane Strong. In addition, Citizens’ Climate Lobby will explain its Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal and gather Constituent Comment Forms to hand-deliver at the annual Citizens’ Climate International Conference and Lobby Day. Location: 6340 Napa Woods Way. For more information, visit, —Continued on next page.

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sustainable and livable place. ~Scott Peters

Location: 11565 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. For more information or to confirm time, call 239-252-3527.

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Noon to 1 p.m., April 22 Peter Bagwell, dōTERRA wellness advocate and Cross Fit coach, will explain the uniqueness of essential oils and why they are so important. His background in engineering helps him break down quality, safety and sourcing issues in an easy-tounderstand manner. Samples and special offers will be available. Location: I Love Oils, Inc, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct., Ste. 303, Fort Myers. For more information or to register, call 239-362-0385 or visit

Cape Coral Seas The Day For Earth Day

1 to 4 p.m., April 22 The Cape Coral Yacht Club will host local environmental groups sharing information in honor of Earth Day. The event will feature a large children’s crafts area (wristband required) and live entertainment. Cost: free. $5 for wristbands. Location: 5819 Driftwood Pkwy., Cape Coral. For more information, call 239-574-0806.

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5 p.m., April 22 This Earth Day concert will feature many music genres, styles and performers. Attendees can peruse information tables from leading Southwest Florida conservation organizations and take in a kids’ art showcase. Cost: free. Location: Cambier Park bandshell, 755 8th Ave. S., downtown Naples. For more information, call 812-345-0230.

Arbor Day Celebration

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 28 This event features native plants and trees for sale, demonstrations and exhibits. Enjoy music, a poster contest, giant slide, free trees and more. Location: Riverside Park, 10450 Reynolds St., off Old U.S. 41, Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239-949-6262 or visit

importantly, don’t pour filtered water into a plastic bottle. Instead, use a glass container without a plastic straw. While it may be challenging to avoid plastics completely at home, applying five simple strategies can help. n Purchase a reusable drinking glass or stainless steel water bottle. Buy one suitable for home and one for the road. Clean out kitchen cabinets and recycle any plastic cups.

It’s Time to Acknowledge that Plastic is a Problem by Pamela Hughes


ithin the past decade, researchers and engineers have made many safety-related improvements in everything from rearview cameras in cars to outlawing dangerous head-to-head contact in football. Yet, the danger of plastic escapes the spotlight. Unless we are aware, it’s easy to overlook the prevalence of plastic in our home, particularly in the bathroom—shampoo and conditioner bottles, soap dispensers, toothbrushes, soap dishes, children’s bath toys, hairbrushes, combs, shavers, toilet brushes, exhaust fan coverings, light switches, toilet paper dispensers and more. It’s also easy to be oblivious to the plethora of plastic in the refrigerator, in the form of a milk or orange juice jug, tub of butter, container of salad dressing, mustard and yogurt, as well as packaged cheese slices and meat. Even healthy items such as strawberries, blueberries and broccoli are packaged in plastic. Many plastics contain Bisphenol A (BPA), an industrial chemical added during the manufacturing process. Because BPA isn’t always sealed into the container, it can mix into food or liquid. Research indicates that high exposure to BPA levels can impact the liver, kidneys and possibly the reproductive, nervous, immune and cardiovascular systems. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared that BPA is relatively safe because humans aren’t

ingesting it in high levels, the organization is partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology program to carry out additional studies examining BPA’s impact on the body. Beyond BPA, there also is BPS (Bisphenol S) and BPF (Bisphenol F), which in more than 32 studies have shown to be compounds as toxic to our endocrine and hormonal system as BPA. Make a choice to use glass as much as possible. Storing food or reheating leftovers in glass or ceramic containers eliminates unnecessary exposure to BPA, BPS and BPF. If there are children in the home, it’s important to begin addressing this issue now. Rather than thinking that they will be okay because they are young and healthy, for their long-term health, buy products from companies that package products in BPA-free containers. Look for the special label, or commit to only purchasing ketchup, mayonnaise and other products in glass bottles. One of the most prevalent sources of plastic in our lives is bottled water. It’s relatively inexpensive, around $5 a case or less, and convenient. Unfortunately, an estimated 60 million water bottles are thrown away daily in the U.S. Even subtracting BPA from the equation, bottled water might not be any better or cheaper than other water sources. Use a whole home filtration system and glass water bottles or a glass water dispenser. Most

n Portion food. Use glass or ceramic containers to store and heat leftovers instead of disposable plastic containers or baggies. Consider taking containers to restaurants for leftovers. n Buy local produce and support local farmers while purchasing fruits and vegetables that are not coated in plastic wrap. n Sip from the glass or upgrade straws, which can pose an unnecessary exposure to plastic. Stainless steel and glass straws are safe alternatives and are now sold online and in many retail stores and supermarkets. n One prevalent way that BPA and other endocrine disruptors get into the body is when plastic is warm, so getting food hot in plastic containers leaches the BPA directly into the food. If drinking water from plastic bottles has sat in the sun, got hot and then cooled, only water plants from that bottle. Decisions today impact our bodies, environment and budget for years to come. On the next trip to the kitchen, spend five minutes taking an inventory of the contents in the refrigerator and cabinets. Awareness ultimately leads to a healthier lifestyle. Pamela Hughes, DO, the founder of Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, located at 800 Goodlette Rd. N., in Naples, provides patients with modern modalities and evidencebased, leading-edge functional and integrative medicine. For more information, call 239-649-7400 or visit HughesCenterNaples. com. See ad, inside back cover. April 2018


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Whole Grains Help Us Eat Less DeryaDraws /

When overweight adults exchange refined grain products such as white bread and pasta for whole-grain equivalents, they tend to feel full sooner, eat less, lose weight and experience a reduction in inflammation, the journal Gut reports. Researchers from Denmark’s National Food Institute and the University of Copenhagen studying 50 adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease found that test volunteers realized these benefits by eating whole grains, and rye in particular.

Ingesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in a recent Australian study of 122 women published in Phytotherapy Research. The herbs were Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort), Paeonia lactiflora (peony) and Tribulus terrestris (tribulus). Menstrual cycles returned to normal duration for 55 percent of the women, and significant improvements occurred in body mass index, pregnancy rates, hormones, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. Subjects also exhibited less depression, anxiety and stress.

High-Fat Diet Risks Multiple Sclerosis Relapse A high-fat diet increases the risk of relapse of multiple sclerosis in children by as much as 56 percent, reports The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. A multi-university study of 219 children also found that each 10 percent increase in saturated fat as a share of total calories tripled the risk of relapse. Inversely, each additional cup of vegetables per week cut the risk of the disease by 50 percent.


Herbs Ease Polycystic Ovary Symptoms

A Harvard study of 325 women undergoing fertility treatments found that those consuming the most produce high in pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach and grapes, were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth compared to women eating the least amount of pesticide-laden produce. Study co-author Dr. Jorge Chavarro suggests that women trying to conceive should eat organic produce or low-pesticide choices like avocados, onions and oranges. 24

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People that get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a new study published in Neurology. Following 321 people over age 60 for 12 years, Australian researchers found that those that developed dementia spent an average of 17 percent of their sleep time in REM sleep, compared to 20 percent for others. It also took them longer to get to that dream-generating stage.

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Maximum-security prison inmates in Oregon that spent an hour a day for a year watching nature videos were involved in 26 percent fewer violent acts compared with fellow inmates, and reported feeling significantly calmer, less irritable and more empathetic. The University of Utah study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, states, “An estimated 5.3 million Americans live or work in nature-deprived venues. Such removal from nature can result in an ‘extinction of experience’ that can further lead to disinterest or disaffection toward natural settings, or even biophobia (fear of the natural environment). People that infrequently or never spend time in nature will be deprived of the numerous physical and emotional benefits that contact with nature affords.”

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Air pollution takes a toll on mental health, University of Washington researchers have concluded. By linking health data for 6,000 people to census tracts, they found that people living in areas with the highest levels of airborne fine particulate matter scored 17 percent higher in measures of psychological distress, including sadness, nervousness and hopelessness. The higher the level of particulates—emitted by car engines, fireplaces and fossil fuel power plants—the greater the impact.

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Nutrigenomics Can Help Shape a Customized Healthy Diet Nutrigenomics, the study of how nutrition impacts human gene expression, is now playing a big part in personalized medicine, particularly in prevention, wellness and the treatment of illnesses. According to Today’s Dietitian, a magazine for nutrition professionals, although nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics fall under the same umbrella, there is a difference. Both study how individual genetic makeup contributes to observed differences in response to diet and how that gene-diet interaction contributes to predisposition to disease. Nutrigenomics goes deeper to the molecular level, where nutrients transmit signals that can be translated


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into changes in gene, protein and metabolite expression. In other words, nutrigenomics looks at what happens in our cells when we eat, don’t eat, or eat too much. Applying nutrigenomics to everyday life as the future of nutrition science offers new tools for a naturopathic doctor as well as a dietitian-nutritionist to design and prescribe diets for individuals based on their genome and their genetic variations, which may ultimately affect health outcomes. More closely aligned with the true meaning of health care, individuals, that decide to be proactive, rather than reactive, about their health are

taking action and having genetic testing done by online companies such as Although genetic testing and analysis is more frequently requested for ancestry purposes, some individuals are choosing to add on the additional cost for reporting genetic health risks that they can take to their dietician or physician for translating and for the purpose of designing a diet and lifestyle to maintain health or prevent the expression of particular genes that could pose future problems.

Teresa Spano is naturopathic doctor and member of the team at Lee Physician Group Integrative Medicine, located at 26800 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 350, in Bonita Springs. She lectures locally on nutrigenomics and personalized medicine. To make an appointment or for more information on local lecture schedules, call 239495-4480.

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Arbor Day More Vital Now than Ever

The 147th annual Arbor Day on April 27 encourages tree planting worldwide to replenish lost tree cover including trees wiped out in the recent fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) is committed to providing 5 million trees in these areas alone. More than 3,400 U.S. communities will participate as an ADF Tree City. Visit for a current list and criteria for new communities to apply. The ADF Alliance for Community Trees ( supports treegrowing programs for 200 nonprofit member groups nationwide via funding, information sharing and forging helpful connections. Trees are much more than aesthetics, says Program Manager Dana Karcher, who most recently welcomed Community Greening, in Delray Beach, Florida, and Outdoor Circle, in Hawaii, into the fold. “Trees clean the air, are a habitat for animals, retain storm water and more.” An affiliated nonprofit program online at encourages tree planting each October. Billings, Montana, earned the latest Arbor Day Celebration Award after 12 elementary schools there engaged in environmental education stations and 180 volunteers planted and pruned trees. Other recent biannual award winners included California’s ReLeaf program and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum. The need was great even before the world’s forests lost 73.4 million acres of tree cover in 2016, a 51 percent increase over 2015, due to poor forest management, climate change-driven drought and fires, says Global Forest Watch. Hopeful global signs: The largest-ever tropical reforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon aims to plant 73 million trees in the next six years on 70,000 acres. A New Zealand participation goal for the Billion Trees Planting Programme targets planting 100 million trees annually for a decade. In July 2017, volunteers in Madhya Pradesh, India, planted 66,750,000 tree saplings in 12 hours, exceeding the previous record by Uttar Pradesh of 50 million in 24 hours, as part of India’s reforestation pledge of 2 billion new trees by 2030. A $10 annual ADF membership fee includes 10, six-inch-tall seedlings to plant or to donate to a national forest. Karcher’s paramount planting tip: “Dig the hole twice as wide and the same depth of the root ball. If it’s too deep, it’ll suffocate. Give roots space to grow.”

Save Wild Horses Campaign Update

The Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget again calls on Congress to lift long-standing prohibitions on the destruction and slaughter of wild horses and burros. The budget seeks to cut approximately $14 million of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program by selling as many as 90,000 federally protected American mustangs for slaughter to avoid management costs and supply foreign markets with horsemeat. So far, citizens have held the line in favor of America’s iconic equine heritage. As Congress discusses appropriations for 2019, we must continue to press our senators and representatives to stand with the 80 percent of Americans that demand protection for these animals. Make your voice heard today via the online form at SaveWildHorsesNow.

Horses make a landscape look beautiful. ~Alice Walker April 2018


Clear Gain

A study published in the journal Science found that forests across Asia, Latin America and Africa release 468 tons of carbon per year, equivalent to nearly 10 percent of the annual U.S. carbon footprint. Thus, tropical forests may no longer be acting as carbon sinks and could be releasing more carbon than they store. Lead author Alessandro Baccini, with the Woods Hole Research Center, in Massachusetts, says, “These findings provide the world with a wake-up call on forests. If we’re to keep global temperatures from rising to dangerous levels, we need to drastically reduce emissions and greatly increase forests’ ability to absorb and store carbon.” Researchers think nearly 70 percent of this loss of carbon storage capacity is caused by small-scale degradation from logging, drought and wildfire. Researchers say that policies to curb deforestation, reduce degradation and restore the integrity of the land could turn forests back into carbon sinks.

Distributed Power Energy Users Control Own Supplies

Some municipalities spend between 20 and 40 percent of their annual budgets on the energy needed to operate wastewater treatment plants. The city of Thousand Oaks, California, has transformed their biggest energy user into an energy generator. Across the U.S., energy users of all sizes are taking control of their power supply and relieving stress from the grid. That’s the idea behind distributed energy. Atlantic Re:think and Siemens have partnered to explore this burgeoning energy revolution. View a video at TheThousandOaksSolution.


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Solar energy is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of countries, with record-setting solar farms being built worldwide. Researchers have been investigating ways to make transparent solar panels that resemble glass that could be used as window panels at the same time as converting the light that shines on them into electricity. “Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” explains materials scientist Richard Lunt, Ph.D., from Michigan State University. “We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices have the potential of generating a similar amount of electricity as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics.” As reported in Nature Energy, his team has developed a transparent, luminescent, solar concentrator that looks like clear glass, covered in small, organic molecules adept at capturing only ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths of light. The visible light that enables human vision isn’t obstructed, so we can see through the cell. If scaled up to cover the billions of square feet of glass surfaces throughout the U.S., it could potentially supply about 40 percent of our country’s energy needs.


Tropical Forests Releasing Excess Carbon

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France Welcomes Beleaguered Climate Researchers

French President Emmanuel Macron awarded 18 climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere millions of euros in grants to relocate to his country for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term. Macron’s “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants are meant to counter Trump’s intent on the climate change front following his declaration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. One winner, Camille Parmesan, of the University of Texas at Austin, who is working at an experimental ecology station in the Pyrenees charting how human-made climate change is affecting wildlife, says that in the U.S., “You are having to hide what you do.”

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Transforming Plastics

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Mobile Trashpresso Turns Trash into Tiles

UK furniture and design company Pentatonic has invented the Trashpresso, a solar-powered, mini-recycling plant that transforms plastic waste into usable architectural tiles. Pentatonic doesn’t use raw goods that create excess waste because they are committed to using materials for their products that incorporate some element of recycling, says co-founder Johann Bodecker. They want their products to be reusable, too, so they don’t use glues, resins, paints or formaldehydes to create them, a philosophy that influences all company decisions. The Trashpresso can be used in offthe-grid places where traditional recycling plants would be impractical. It sorts, shreds and compresses trash into plastic fibers to create fully formed tiles. The invention has attracted the attention of companies that want to reduce their own contribution to plastic waste and ocean pollution. Starbucks UK, for example, has commissioned Pentatonic to turn their coffee shop waste into furniture, including bean bag chairs produced from plastic bottles and cups.

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Just 100 Companies Emit Most Global Emissions

In July 2017, historic new research from environmental nonprofit CDP, in collaboration with the Climate Accountability Institute, revealed in The Carbon Majors Report that 71 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 can be traced to just 100 fossil fuel producers. It’s the first in a series of planned publications to improve transparency and highlight the role companies and their investors could play in tackling climate change. Offenders ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron are among the highest-emitting investor-owned companies. If fossil fuels continue to be extracted at the same rate for the next 28 years as they were between 1988 and 2017, global average temperatures would be on course to rise by 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century, likely causing catastrophic consequences, including substantial species extinction and global food scarcity risks. Read the report at CarbonTop100List. April 2018


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Citizen-Style Climate Action


by Linda Sechrist

isten to the ground. There is movement all around. There is something goin’ down. And I can feel it,” are the lead-in lyrics to the Bee Gee’s 70s hit, Night Fever. Perhaps on Earth Day 2018, grassroots environmental activists that are feelin’ the eco-movement might want to dust off their disco shoes and dance in the streets to celebrate all that’s goin’ down in Collier and Lee County around the impacts of climate change. There is plenty of citizen-led movement to dance about, from water resource protection, sea level rise, growth management and solar energy to regenerative agriculture, and projects that are the result of Diving into Drawdown, a local Pachamama Alliance (PA) Community pilot program in collaboration with author Paul Hawken, editor of Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. (See interview with Paul Hawken on page 39). The five-week Diving into Drawdown course curriculum, facilitated by Fort Myers residents Holley Rauen and Gary Robbins, provided a learning opportunity for 30 Southwest Floridians that explored via videos, presentations, individual research and group interactions, the global warming science, net costs and solutions to draw down greenhouse gases from the atmosphere back to the earth. The book’s solutions, provided by Hawken’s team of 62 researchers, 130 advisors and 49 outside experts, inspired participants to do personal research between sessions and go deeper into solutions with which they resonated.


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“An important aspect of the course, which was piloted in four other U.S. cities, is how it builds a sense of community among participants. Sharing experiences and collaborating on ideas and opportunities for action left all of us feeling connected to a new community of people dedicated to reversing global warming,” says Robbins, who co-facilitates with Rauen a monthly Game Changers event at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers. “I sensed that people left feeling equipped with knowledge and tools for initiating action, as well as a sense of being committed to a clearer path forward. Everyone expressed their enthusiasm for being part of an exciting movement to change the conversation around global warming to one of grounded possibility and engagement,” says Rauen, a former board member at the Happehatchee Center, in Estero, who also facilitates monthly water blessing ceremonies.

Vive la différence

Impressed with Drawdown’s concept of small group-driven activism and participant diversity, Professor Emeritus of FGCU Ecology and Marine Sciences Bill Hammond offered a storied presentation and his intention to network the group with other local organizations that began lending their support, beginning with the screening of Catching the Sun, a film about solar energy. Hammond is adding to the momentum with a proposed educational speaker series at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium, in Fort Myers, where he serves as board of directors chair. He says, “We will

incorporate fun programs for kids, as well as seminars and workshops for adults.” Describing what he believes is different about these grassroots efforts to inform and mentor new leaders, Hammond says, “The national connection to other PA Drawdown groups, also in the piloting stage, and social inclusiveness are as unusual as the combination of FGCU students and alumni, corporate leaders, retired corporate leaders and experienced activists that are on fire to do something now.” He notes that successful concerned citizens activities in Lee County, such as Conservation 20/20 and the Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association, Inc. (Riverwatch), which is now Calusa Waterkeeper, dovetail with Drawdown solutions.

Game On in Lee County

Conservation 20/20 is the vision for balance between necessary growth and development and protected conservation land. Nearly 30,000 acre, including Six Mile Cypress Slough, are protected through Conservation 20/20. These lands protect drinking water, reduce flood risk, protect native wildlife and plant communities, and provide spaces to enjoy nature-based recreation.

Calusa Waterkeeper

Protecting mangroves that are important to fisheries falls under the auspices of John Cassani, a Calusa waterkeeper who Hammond contacted when he learned about the Drawdown group. Cassani’s area of jurisdiction, which he patrols and works to protect and im-

Images (this and previous page) from five-week Diving into Drawdown course with 30 Southwest Floridian participants

prove, includes the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary, Lake Okeechobee, Nicodemus Slough, Charlotte Harbor, Estero Bay and the near-shore waters of Lee County. Cassani and his 12 volunteer Calusa Waterkeeper Rangers are “eyes on the water”, monitoring area waterways for algae blooms, fish kills, illicit discharges and potential health risk problems. “We are a fairly aggressive environmental advocacy organization focused on clean fishable, drinkable and swimmable water. The rangers provide me with their collected water samples, which I examine for enteric bacteria. Presently, we are seeing a lot of bad contamination,” advises Cassani. Local residents can become water rangers by contacting Cassani and applying to participate in an upcoming threeclass training academy starting on April 14. There is no cost and no experience is required. “We encourage folks who live on the water or who can get out in some sort of paddle craft or boat,” says Cassani.


Formerly in corporate finance and planning for Fortune 500 companies and presently a discretionary investment manager, Ensign Cowell’s passion for climate change stirred when he heard David Suzuki’s acceptance speech for the Inamori Ethics Prize at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. His enthusiasm, which was sparked again by Drawdown, went beyond Saturday gathering times and overflowed into online research and new community connections. “I am a newbie to the movement. While I didn’t learn anything about climate change or the environment from my career in finance, I’ve been making up for lost

time by kibitzing with climate change experts such as Dr. Harold Wanless, chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, and John Capece, Ph.D., a member of the Calusa Water Keepers River Watch, as well as Mark Trexler, Ph.D., co-founder of The Climate Web (, the first effort to curate and organize the work of hundreds of individuals and organizations producing insightful and actionable information and knowledge on climate change,” says the Fort Myers resident. “I prefer to be a shrewd climate change activist who is discerning about how to be a presence for change and where to place my efforts. For instance, as a member of the ‘climate change choir’, I have a tag line in my email which declares my personal stance, belief and commitment. This way, my friends and others know where I stand,” enthuses Cowell.

Rippling Effect

Fred Moon’s involvement with Drawdown and his research led him to discover the Climate Leadership Engagement Opportunities (CLEO) Institute, a Miami-based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization exclusively dedicated to climate change education, engagement and advocacy. “Their mission to empower communities across all levels of society with climate science education and their demanding of climate policies from elected leaders impressed me. I could easily see their work dovetailing with that of the Pachamama Alliance, the Southwest Florida Drawdown Initiative and Paul Hawken’s work, because while they highlight the urgency of climate action, they also champion solutions for a resilient

future,” says the Fort Myers resident, who is also a newbie to the grassroots movement. As a board member and donor of the SWFL Community Foundation (SWFLCF), Moon is interested in exploring ways in which the Southwest Florida Drawdown initiative might bring the various programs CLEO has developed to the southwestern part of Florida. “The southwest part of the state shares virtually all of the same impacts from climate change as the southeastern part,” explains Moon.

Coming to a Backyard Nearby

Mandalynn Freeman, a resident of San Carlos Park, is among the FGCU alumni who became interested in implementing several forms of three Drawdown solutions—reduced food waste, plant-rich diet and regenerative agriculture—to expand her Gaia’s Gardeners food forest project, which she initiated in October 2017. “Through practicing permaculture on two Hawaiian farms last summer, I realized the value of having a local food supply, regenerating our soil and doing things sustainably, rather than using toxic pesticides,” notes Freeman, who advises that nature is the guide for her Gaia’s Gardeners of Southwest Florida, a group dedicated to creating a sustainable community based on regenerative gardens. “We are working with homeowners in Lee and Collier counties to create backyard food forests. The homeowner decides what they want to focus on,” says Freeman, who recently led a worm compost workshop. “Workshops on zero waste, soil composition and other subjects are based on what I’ve learned via my FGCU permaculture certification classes.” Representing the Naples chapter of April 2018


Southwest Florida, ECHO Farms, and the Blue Zones Project, among others,” explains Hart.

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Local Catching the Sun screening with Clifford Mitchem (right)

Mandalynn Freeman, Gaia's Gardeners

Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), Amy Clifton’s participation led her to realize how well Drawdown solutions aligned with CCL’s nonpartisan approach to climate education. “I believe that they go hand in hand. In August 2017 I was introduced to Paul Hawken’s Drawdown by a video segment at the CCL monthly meeting. Paul explained that Drawdown focused on solutions, and when we asked where CCL’s advocacy for putting a price on carbon fit in, he replied that CCL’s carbon fee and dividend policy would speed up the pace of all the solutions proposed in Drawdown,” advises Clifton, who notes that CCL meets monthly at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples ( and will help the congregation

celebrate Earth Day based on the theme of Justice for Each Generation.


Colin Hart

Relatively new to Naples, Colin Hart was engaged in climate change activities in his home state of Indiana. As a concerned citizen who was unaware of the Drawdown or Game Changer events, he worked with several local churches and non-profit organizations to attract a wide array of local residents to the Water is Life workshops that he and the Naples United Church of Christ Green Justice Team organized. “I reached out for presenters from local community groups such as Audubon Society, the Conservancy of

The League of Women Voters Environmental Affairs Committee (LWVCollier deals with issues such as water resource protection, growth management, and the impacts of climate change on the environment. To stay abreast of complex issues, monthly committee meetings are held in Naples at the Community Foundation of Collier County, 1110 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 200, on the second Thursday of the month. Meetings feature strategies for issues, knowledgeable speakers or a field trip. The League of Women Voters of Lee County’s Environmental Committee meets on the second Monday of each month at 10 a.m., at the Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, in Fort Myers. It appears that Southwest Florida’s sustainability movement has morphed into a climate change movement, and what was once slow progress is now benefitting from an active base of grassroots citizen involvement. “We can’t wait for the federal, state or local government to take action on climate change. Action needs to happen from the grassroots up,” says Hammond.

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manage community centers, CCC proposes to partner in the effort to continue Gore’s service to the community by raising $203,000 by December 30 to purchase the 10-acre parcel that includes the home, and to create and maintain a community and education center upon it,” explains Davenport, who notes that part of the fundraising efforts include donated artwork from Alaska artist, Judy Swircenski. Worth more than $20,000, it hangs on the walls of the Gore home and is for sale.

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but also to leave green space ypress Cove Conserfor future generations that vancy (CCC) has a provides critical habitat for vision that requires many listed and endanserious fundraising efforts gered species. The property to create a very special comis a well-known wildlife munity center and natural corridor,” says Bobbie Lee park on Naithloriendun, Davenport, CCC board of the 200-acre preserve that Donated artwork by Judy Swircenski directors president. the late Dr. Robert H. Gore available for sale at Cypress Cove III pieced together, parcel by The Benefits of Wildlife Corridors parcel, with his own money. Once used to Wildlife corridors reduce unwanted nurture the relationship between humans wildlife-human encounters and act as a and nature, Gore’s Naithloriendun is buffer between the activities of mankind part of an old growth tropical forest that and nature. Land preservation also proincludes one of Florida’s oldest cypress vides crucial protection against the impact trees, as well as many other Southwest Florida wonders. For decades, Gore invited of natural disasters on the local commuelementary through college-age students to nity. Undeveloped corridors help reduce flooding and facilitate faster drainage of his home to learn about good stewardship excess water. of SWFL’s natural heritage. CCC wants to continue Gore’s legacy and build upon it. CCC Needs to Raise $203,000 CCC is a nonprofit with a mission to purchase and preserve wild lands in South- CCC is working to form a private-public partnership with Conservation Collier to west Florida and a goal to safeguard natupreserve the Gore properties. Throughout ral resources and wildlife, leaving green the county, Conservation Collier acquires space behind for future generations. “After properties of high natural resource value seeing what is happening to our public which must meet specific criteria that lands, we at CCC believe that the only way include rare habitat, aquifer recharge, flood to preserve land for our children’s future is control, water quality protection and listed to own it. Preserving Naithloriendun will species habitat. allow us to not only abide by the wishes “Since Conservation Collier does not of Dr. Gore’s family to continue his legacy,

Gore’s home on the property will be transformed into a community center to facilitate education, leisure activities and events. “The center will help us provide service learning hours for local college students and education programs for all ages on topics such as wellness, gardening, wildlife and biodiversity, sustainable practices and others. We will use the gardens, walking trails and outdoor entertainment areas to allow for connection with and observation of native species and the natural environment,” says Davenport. Maintenance of the property will be facilitated via volunteers, educational programs and activities, as well as special events and continuing contributions.


Proposed gardens for education and leisure include an aloe garden with a variety of healing plants, herb gardens for cooking and medicinal application, an orchid garden and gardens of plants and flowers to attract butterflies and dragonflies that delight children of all ages.


Proposed programs for local school children, college students, families and visitors include health and wellness, nurture in nature, landscape art classes, Project NatureConnect, K-12 programs, service learning hours and biology teacher training. To make a donation or reserve a spot on a public tour conducted on Sundays at 2 p.m., call Bobbie Lee Davenport at 239-777-0186 or email For more information, visit April 2018


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Christina Carlin Walking the Talk with Ayurveda and Yoga by Lee Walker

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. ~Mahatma Gandhi


hile there is no preaching coming from the lips of Christina Carlin, owner of the Ayurvenda Massage and & Yoga Institute, in Naples, there is definitely a lifetime of personally practicing what she teaches. Indeed, Carlin’s life and lifestyle align perfectly to create her calling card for the yogic principles that she teaches one-on-one to her students. Carlin’s practice of the art and science of classical yoga takes place on and off the mat. Dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit, she uses the breath and body to foster an awareness of an intimate connection to the unified


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whole of creation. Practicing the eight limbs of this ancient art—universal morality, personal observances, asanas, breathing exercises, control of the sense, concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness, devotion and union with the divine—is the foundation of Carlin’s life of balance, equanimity, peace, good health and harmony. A love affair with yoga and many years of a consistent daily routine of meditation, breathing exercises, body postures, a neti pot to cleanse her nasal cavities, dry brushing to assist the lymphatic system in carrying away toxins, and abhyanga, a form of ayurvedic massage considered an act of self-love, helped Carlin to slowly create the environment she is content to peacefully live in. “I follow my heart and do what I love, which includes my profession as a massage and therapist, ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher. Every day, I’m on a mini-vacation in my garden sanctuary, where I grow my own organic food and medicinal plants that I use in my ayurvedic facials and panchakarma treatments. I swim, ride my bike and do noncompetitive activities that bring me joy. I adore being outside in nature. I keep my living environment serene by spending time in silence or with like-minded friends and acquaintances that can enrich me and I them. My life is simple but very happy,” explains Carlin. Expressing gratitude for the good fortune of having a conscious clientele that likes to learn and engage in things that improve their health and help them grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually, Carlin says, “My approach is not to overwhelm students by asking them to do things they aren’t capable of. They benefit more from being introduced to new teachings a little at a time. This makes lifestyle changes more manageable.” In walking her talk and living according to what she teaches, as well as providing quality treatments and care, Carlin is modeling a meaningful personal and professional life; one of contentment and joy that her students can create for themselves. “They can see that it is not impossible to have this kind of life, even in today’s chaotic world,” notes Carlin. The Ayurveda Massage and Yoga Institute is located at 501 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. A107, in Naples. To schedule a lifestyle consultation or for more information, call 239-450-6903. See ad, page 6.

Diamond Oaks Village The Anti-Aging Benefits of Active Independent Living by Lisa Marlene


lthough aging is back muscle, which left her inevitable, there laid up for months, opened is a multi-billion her eyes to the realization dollar anti-aging industhat it was time to make try hard at work creating a change. “At that point, I supplements, creams, brain realized that I was isolated exercises and diets trying and my possessions were to postpone it. No matter doing nothing for me. I how long scientists toil in was lonely and knew that I Judy Tryka and Kathleen Horton their laboratories for secret needed socialization, to be “youthanizing” serums, the industry will with people and be involved in fun activities. never be able to replicate the best life-extend- It’s what keeps me from getting depressed. ers that outperform all others in any study. When I told my concierge doctor that I was Social support and engagement are priceless moving here, he jumped up out of his chair anti-aging agents that are proven to result in and started clapping. He knew this was the better brain health, increased feelings of well- best choice for me. I only regret that I waited being and the holy grail of longevity. so long to make such a great, life-changing Those benefits automatically come decision,” she says. with the nirvana of active community Horton is married. “The move here living at Diamond Oaks Village, a unique was the best thing for Larry, a retired apartment community in Bonita Springs engineer. The fact that he doesn’t have to that is designed for active, independent obsess over maintaining a perfect house adults 55 and up. and yard is better for his health. It has given While Judy Tryka and Kathleen him leisure time to make friends and get Horton feel that the luxurious, yet affordinvolved in things that he enjoys. We do able, maintenance-free living, one-and things together and with other couples who two-bedroom spacious floor plans and live here. The village calendar is always upscale amenities are definitely attractive jam-packed with so many great things to factors, the Diamond Oaks Village resident do,” notes Horton, who shares Tryka’s regret ambassadors jump at any opportunity to about waiting too long to make the move to tell visitors about what really influenced an active independent living community. their decisions to call it home. “What people aren’t putting enough A widow for 17 years when she decided importance on is that they could be makto sell her Naples condo, Tryka’s injured ing friends, socializing and having fun

living here. People don’t want to give up their home and seem to think that they have to be on the verge of needing to move into assisted-care living before they start looking at this kind of a lifestyle that offers something for everyone. We know from experience that if they came when they were more in their prime, they could would revel in all the benefits of this place and fully enjoy their golden years,” enthuse both Tryka and Horton. Diamond Oaks Village offers everything under the sun in their award-winning signature Senior Umbrella Network (SUN) program. The seven-pronged model— health and wellness, finance, legal and administrative, education and lifelong learning, fun and recreation, convenience and economies, community and friendship, safety and security—provides residents with an array of services and activities designed to foster and support independent living and to enhance the active-senior lifestyle led by an onsite activities director. “We walk our active, independent living talk here and live up to our tag line, ‘comfort, community, connection’,” says field marketing manager Lisa Wilkinson. “We’re like a cruise ship on land, where friendship, fun and a sense of family are what truly sets us apart. I think everyone at some time in their life has had a dream of going luggage-free to an airport and deciding on the spot to buy a ticket to some exciting destination where they imagine the best of times await. We’re that destination.” Diamond Oaks Village is located at 24110 S. Tamiami Tr., in Bonita Springs. To make an appointment for a personal tour, call 239-676-1259. For more information, visit See ad, page 19.

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Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health by Lisa Marshall


amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced grade-schooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family. But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots. 36

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“I was aware that the weather had changed a lot since I was kid. But it really didn’t hit home until that day that climate change could affect my health and the health of my children personally,” recalls Ahdoot. “I realized it would be a betrayal of my duty as a pediatrician to sit back and do nothing about it.”

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Ahdoot, now a vocal climate change activist, is among a growing number of healthcare professionals that have begun to reframe climate change not as a concern for elsewhere or the future, but as a pressing U.S. public

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health issue today. In one recent survey of 1,200 allergists, 48 percent said climate change is already affecting their patients a “great deal” or a “moderate amount.” In another survey of lung specialists, 77 percent said they were seeing patient symptoms grow more severe due to worsening climate-related air quality. In a sweeping review published last October in The Lancet medical journal, a team of healthcare professionals proclaimed that the human symptoms of climate change are “unequivocal and potentially irreversible,” noting that since 2000, the number of people in the United States exposed to heat waves annually has risen by about 14.5 million, and the number of natural disasters annually has increased 46 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also begun to weigh in with a Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative to help local health departments brace for everything from the hazardous air quality associated with more forest fires to the spread of vector-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile as the range and season of mosquitoes and ticks expands. Meanwhile, groups like the newly formed and expansive Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, to which Ahdoot belongs, are being proactive. Its doctors are greening their offices, swapping cars for bikes, buses or carpooling, lobbying lawmakers and encouraging their patients to undertake measures to prevent the problem from worsening. In the process, they say, they might even improve their own health. “We want the public to understand that climate change is not just about polar bears or receding glaciers in the Arctic, but also about our children and our health here and now,” says Ahdoot.

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Flora and Fauna Issues

During the past century, average temperatures have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with annual increases accelerating in recent years as 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 all set records for ambient heat. Such rising temperatures, combined with increased rain and record-high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, can have a significant impact on plants— both those that irritate or nourish us, says Howard Frumkin, a medical doctor who co-authored the Lancet report and teaches environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Wild, allergy-inducing plants like ragweed and poison ivy are flourishing. Poison ivy is growing faster, larger and more toxic as excess carbon prompts it to produce more of its rash-inducing compound, urushiol. “We are seeing the season for ragweed productivity expanding, with pollen levels rising higher and earlier and lasting longer by several weeks,” advises Frumkin. In 2016, residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, endured a ragweed season that was 21 days longer than in 1990. Other, desirable crops, like grains, do worse in hotter carbonrich climes, producing less protein and other nutrients, Frumkin notes. Meanwhile, bugs are thriving, with longer seasons and wider ranges in which to reproduce. Mosquitoes’ capacity to transmit dengue fever— the world’s fastest-growing mosquitoborne illness—has risen by 11 percent since 1950, more than half of that just since 1990, according to the Lancet report. Further, the tick that carries Lyme disease is now present in 46 percent of U.S. counties, up from 30 percent in 1998. “My physician colleagues used to treat two or three cases a month during tick season,” says Dr. Nitin Damle, a physician at South County Internal Medicine, in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

Five Steps to Take Today


Swap tailpipes for pedals: Bike or walk instead of driving, especially for distances of less than two miles, which comprise 40 percent of all car trips. A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that if everyone did this in just 11 cities in the Midwest, not only would carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fall, but it would extend 1,300 lives and save $8 billion in healthcare costs due to better air quality and less sedentary lifestyles.


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red meat results in five times more climate-warming emissions per calorie than chicken, pork, dairy or eggs, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It also creates 11 times more emissions than the production of potatoes, wheat or rice. Eating less red meat can also decrease an individual’s risk of certain cancers.


Encourage hospitals and doctors’ offices to go green:

The healthcare system is responsible

“Now each of us sees 40 to 50 new cases each season.”

Heat Pollution

Rising heat can also aggravate lung conditions because it promotes the production of ozone, a major lung irritant. With prolonged heat often come wildfires. When one burned for three months in North Carolina in a recent summer, researchers discovered that residents of counties affected by the smoke plume showed a 50 percent increase in emergency trips due to respiratory illness. Like Isaac, more kids are ending up in hospitals due to soaring temperatures, with U.S. emergency room visits for heat illnesses up by 133 percent between 1997 and 2006. Ahdoot recalls a young football player from Arkansas that showed signs of weakness and fatigue during practice, but wasn’t treated right away. He ended

for about 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut. Boston-area hospitals recently slashed their overall emissions by 29 percent in five years.


Plant more trees: As they grow, trees remove carbon dioxide from the air. Being around green space has also been shown to boost mental and cognitive health.


Show compassion: Americans,

per capita, emit six times more CO2 than the global average, according to research by Jonathan Patz, a medical doctor who directs the Global Health Institute at the University of WisconsinMadison. In a TED Talk, he observed that U.S. lower-income populations and those in developing countries are often hit hardest by gaseous emissions. “Those most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change are often the least responsible,” he says. “Doing something about this is a matter of compassion.”

up with heat stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary edema and ultimately required kidney dialysis. “Every summer now, I see the impacts of increasing temperatures and heat waves on kids,” she says. Climate change can also impact mental health, according to a recent review by the American Psychological Association. Exposure to natural disasters can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Plus, according to research institutions including the University of California, San Diego, and Iowa State University, chronic heat, especially at night, can interfere with sleep and even lead to aggressive behavior. Then there’s the worry about what to do about it, and whether it will be enough. “When you talk with people about what is affecting them, climate is definitely one of the things stressing them out,” says Thomas Doherty, Psy.D., a psychologist April 2018


in Portland, Oregon. “There’s a sense of mystery and powerlessness around it that weighs on people.”

Fresh Perspective, New Hope

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~Edith Wharton

Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on imminent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their patients about climate change to mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the real-time benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to urge lawmakers to pass climate-friendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assisting the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at


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Paul Hawken Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming by Linda Sechrist


or author Paul Hawken, a leading environmental entrepreneur working with a coalition of research fellows, advisors and expert reviewers, the climate goal is drawdown, or reversing global warming—the point in atmospheric time when the concentration of greenhouse gases peaks and begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Hawken edited Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, a compendium of the 100 most substantive solutions that already exist.

Are you optimistic about achieving the goal?

Why is drawdown the goal? If we don’t name the goal, we are unlikely to achieve it. To date, language like mitigation, stabilization and reduction has been used to address climate change. These goals are not particularly ambitious and will do little to preserve civilization. Those verbs are about slowing the amount of released gases, but do not reverse them. If you are going the wrong way down a road which heads straight over a cliff, slowing down is not a helpful goal. We need to turn around, and that is what drawdown research is all about.

Why and how did you do the research? We wanted to know if it was game over with respect to global warming, or could we reverse the buildup of greenhouse gases with techniques and practices already underway? We gathered a qualified and diverse group of 70 researchers from around the world to identify, research and model the 100 most substantive existing solutions. They modeled the impact the solutions will have if they continue to scale in a rigorous, but reasonable way, and what the cost and profits would be. All carbon data was based on peer-reviewed science. Economic data came from respected international institutions like the World Bank. The goal of the

tion is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth. Ranked seventh, family planning, particularly in low-income countries, impacts world population. For women to have children by choice rather than chance and to plan their family size and spacing is a matter of autonomy and dignity. Together, these two solutions would account for significant reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. The United Nations estimates a difference between the high and median population projections in 2050 of 10.8 billion versus 9.7 billion. The difference is almost entirely determined by availability of family planning.

book was to present the findings and describe the solutions in ways that fascinated and informed, accompanied by images that enlivened and inspired.

What are the top 10 solutions? The top 10 solutions, in order, are: refrigerant management, wind turbines, reduced food waste, plant-rich diet, tropical forests protection, educating girls, family planning, solar farms, silvopasture—the intentional combination of trees, forage plants and livestock as an integrated, intensively managed system— and rooftop solar. All 100 are listed at

Did any of the solutions surprise you? None of the solutions surprised us, but their rankings did. For example, educating girls, number six, has a dramatic bearing on global warming. Women with more years of education have fewer, healthier, children and actively manage their reproductive health. Educated females realize higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to economic growth. Educa-

Drawdown is not about optimism, hope or pessimism. It is a reality project. The science on climate change is amazing, if not stunning. It is the best problem statement humanity has ever created, which I see as a gift, not a curse. Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere. The Earth is a system, and any system that does not incorporate feedback fails. It holds true for our body, ecosystems, social systems and economic systems. The knowledge of global warming and its potential impacts is creating huge breakthroughs in energy, transport, agriculture, housing, urbanization and materials. If it wasn’t for the science of climate change, we would be destroying our planet faster than we already are. Focusing repeatedly on the problem does not solve the problem. Diagnosis is not prognosis unless we give up. The science of what will happen if we do not act has been here for a long time. What Drawdown points out is that humanity is on the case. The plan we refer to in the book’s subtitle is not our plan; we found a plan being activated by the collective intelligence of humanity. This is a different story than one of gloom and doom. It is a story of innovation, creativity and generosity—that is who we are. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. April 2018


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Changing Our Diet to Cool the Climate

Good Food Choices Enable Global Health


by Judith Fertig

hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a 2017 study published in the journal Climatic Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. National annual health care costs could drop from $93 billion to $77 billion. Direct greenhouse gas emissions could annually drop 489 to 1,821 pounds per person. Such an approach involves considering the related water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint—the energy required to cultivate, harvest and


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transport food—plus processing associated food waste. Here are some top choices.  

Foods that Go Easy on Water

Hydroponic greens are hands-down winners. The Shelton Family Farm, near Whittier, North Carolina, weekly produces 10,000 to 12,000 heads of hydroponically grown Bibb lettuce. The controlled environment and carefully engineered nutrient delivery systems maximize all resources. “It’s an enclosed system that runs 24/7, and it’s highly efficient from a waterusage standpoint because we recycle the water,” says William Shelton Jr., a fourthgeneration family farmer. “The only water that’s actually consumed is what’s taken up and transpired through the plants.” In a moderate climate, energy costs to recycle the water and keep the plants at an even temperature are moderate, as well. Dry-tilled heirloom tomatoes, okra, melons and quinoa are drought-tolerant and only use available rainfall.   

Foods that Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases

Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all

manmade greenhouse gas emissions,” says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like mid-season draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.”   Root crops such as carrots, radishes, potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable

Table, an educational nonprofit that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (

Hopeful Developments

New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets. The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain proven to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat—sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and creator of the film Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline—eat as locally as possible. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

April 2018


In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous. ~Aristotle

Touching the Earth The Healing Powers of Going Barefoot


by Martin Zucker

elanie Monteith, of San Diego, California, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 24 and plagued by symptoms for 14 years. Simple daily tasks became challenging. She relied on walking aids and walls to keep from falling. Eventually, she quit her job. Every day tested her survival skills. Then, in late 2017, Monteith tried grounding and it changed her life. Grounding, also called Earthing,

refers to the discovery of major health benefits from sustained contact with the Earth’s natural and subtle electric charge. Recent research published in the Journal of Inflammation, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Neonatology and Health indicates that grounding stabilizes the physiology in many ways, drains the body of inflammation, pain and stress, and generates greater well-being.   Grounding can be as simple as going

barefoot in nature, including the backyard, for 30 to 60 minutes once or twice a day on surfaces like grass, soil, gravel, stone and sand. If this isn’t practical, special grounding mats and pads are available online for convenient indoor use while sitting or sleeping; people with compromised health often benefit from more time being grounded. The activity restores a primordial electric connection with the Earth that has been lost with modern lifestyles. We wear shoes with insulating, synthetic soles and live and work elevated above the ground. These overlooked lifestyle factors may contribute to increasing global rates of chronic illnesses. Grounding revitalizes us, akin to charging a weak battery, because our bodies operate electrically and our movements and thoughts are based on electrical signals. We are bioelectric beings. Eighteen years of grounding research in a variety of indoor settings, plus grassroots feedback from around the world, clearly show that our bodies operate more effectively when grounded. We sleep better, have less pain, more energy and even look better. Here are some of the documented benefits.

Reduction of chronic inflammation “Inflammation is intimately linked to most chronic and aging-related diseases,” says Gaétan Chevalier, Ph.D., a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego, who has conducted multiple grounding studies. “Grounding seems to be nature’s way to reduce inflammation.”

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Thick, sludgy blood is a common feature of diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. Several grounding studies have demonstrated a significant decrease in blood viscosity and enhanced blood flow. “Grounding represents a potent circulation booster; a simple, yet profound preventive and therapeutic strategy,” says integrative cardiologist Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, of Manchester, Connecticut, co-author of the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!

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Decreased stress Tracy Latz, a medical doctor and integrative psychiatrist in Mooresville, North Carolina, has found, “Patients with anxiety issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and depression, often benefit from grounding.”


Improved vagus nerve function The vagus nerve connects with and regulates key organs, including the lungs, heart and intestines. In one study, doctors at the Penn State Children’s Hospital, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, grounded hospitalized premature infants and documented improved vagal function that could potentially boost resilience and reduce complications. “These babies have a lot of health challenges,” observes Dr. Charles Palmer, former chief of the center’s division of newborn medicine. “It seems that they are more relaxed when grounded.” More research is needed. Within a few months of grounding both day and night, Monteith’s disease symptoms receded dramatically. Her balance and stability improved when standing and walking. She sleeps more deeply and has more energy. An eye issue for which there is no drug subsided. She says her health continues to improve and she looks forward to living each day. Troy Baker, a recovery consultant for special populations and chief program officer of the nonprofit Adapt Functional Movement Center, in Carlsbad, California, who has been overseeing Monteith’s exercise training schedule, has observed a reduction in the effects of multiple sclerosis since she started grounding. “Her body is more fluid, not as stiff. She moves much better, with increased energy and stamina.”     For more information on grounding, visit Martin Zucker, a former Associated Press correspondent, has written about alternative medicine for 40 years and is co-author of the book Earthing.

INDIGENOUS WISDOM Elders Urge Us to Reimagine Life


by Anita Sanchez

irst, 27 indigenous elders from 23 North American tribes, two African tribes, a Tibetan Buddhist and a Sami from Finland gathered at Turtle Mountain, in Dunseith, North Dakota, in 1994. Recently, 13 elders from 10 tribes from Russia, Columbia, South Africa and the U.S. gathered in Kauai, Hawaii. Other such gatherings, too, are participating in a shared prophecy supporting world salvation. They offer humanity four sacred gifts of wisdom rooted in their life experiences. This is our invitation to receive them.

Power of Healing

Power to Forgive the Unforgivable

Power of Hope

Forgiveness is releasing ourselves from the prison of pain, hurt or mistreatment. It takes courage and self-love to do this. The reward of this act is freedom to use our energy to create what is life-giving to our self and the lives of those we touch.

Power of Unity

This is a time for us all to become and remain united and steadfast, repairing the world from the misuse of power and greed. When we choose to stand in the circle of unity, there is strength. Each of us has an important part to play in the circle of life to sustain precious relationships among people, Earth and spirit for ourselves, our children and future generations.

Indigenous elders tailor their healing practices to the whole human being, using good medicine, defined as anything or anyone that brings into positive alignment the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels. Healing can take many forms, based on tradition, the healer, patient and nature, yet four basic elements or practices are consistent: listening, supportive relationships, unconditional love and committing to creative, positive action.

Hope springs from the choice to tap into an infinite energy source. It may not be understood by modern science, but indigenous wisdom keepers behold an inner certainty of something bigger than us all. When we open ourselves to hope, it is possible to release the pressure and desire to try to know something about everything, and instead free our imagination to create expansive possibilities. Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., is a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, coach and author of the new book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, from which this was adapted. For videos and a song, visit April 2018


INTO THE WOODS Nature Helps Kids Build Skills and Character


by April Thompson

movement is afoot to get kids grounded in nature. Wilderness awareness programs, also known as primitive skills or Earth-based education, teach life-changing survival skills that build courage, compassion and camaraderie. “We help youth experience a true aliveness in nature. Kids gain knowledge of the outdoors and increase awareness, confidence and self-reliance, while having fun, positive experiences,” says Dave Scott, founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School (, in Bas-


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trop, Texas. They often go on to enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about natural flora and fauna with their families.

Experiential Learning

Youth engaged with organizations like this one enjoy gaining nature-oriented survival skills, such as making bows, baskets, shelters and fire. “By making a bow out of a particular type of tree, children discover what type of habitat the tree prefers and how to harvest it sustainably. Indigenous skills like animal tracking also help them relate to wildlife and

develop empathy for animals,” says Scott. “When you learn to trust rather than fear nature, you’re more likely to take care of it,” adds Rick Berry, founder of 4 Elements Earth Education (, a Nevada City, California, nonprofit that helps kids and adults connect with planet Earth via immersion in nature. Leaving room for spontaneity and improvisation is important. While infusing indigenous knowledge into their curriculum, wilderness programs emphasize universal principles such as deep understanding of local environments and life’s interconnectedness. “Fire making is for everybody. Shelter making is for everybody. We are all caretakers of the land,” says Berry. Physical and other challenges, such as walking blindfolded through the woods, heighten sensory perception while building confidence. “The landscape is a great teacher with its uneven ground and obstacles, posing an opportunity to learn agility, practice balance and ultimately, expand awareness,” says Simon Abramson, associate director of Wild Earth (, in High Falls, New York.   Nature-immersion programs like Wild Earth’s further help kids sharpen their observation skills through activities like learning to identify birdsongs and trees. During a popular activity called “sit spot”, children learn to sit quietly, listen and observe from a specific location they may revisit over the course of a day or year to witness nature’s varied beauty. Another time, they may try “foxwalking”, creeping silently and slowly, or test their “owl vision”, using peripheral vision. For younger kids, instructors may incorporate such skills into a game like “coyote or rabbit,” where by staying still, they can avoid detection by a predator. Kids learn to listen both to nature and their own inner voice, which can be challenging in the midst of dominating peers and authority figures. “We build on the tradition of vision quest, in taking time to get quiet in nature and hear what the heart is saying,” says Berry. Activities may be patterned after natural cycles of the seasons, the four directions and diurnal rhythms. On a bright morning, emphasis is on high-energy, outward-facing activities; day’s end brings a pause to reflect, glean and share what participants have made and learned.

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Lasting Life Lessons

Mother Nature’s lessons can be hardearned, but the outdoor trials that kids experience are often their most honored and memorable moments. Whether youths try out a wilderness program for a season or stay on for years, Earth-based learning can have an enduring impact. They help foster healthy relationships not only with the Earth, but with other people, according to Samuel Bowman, a program coordinator with the Wilderness Awareness School (Wilderness, in Duvall, Washington. Team-driven activities like building a communal shelter can help kids learn how to work through conflict, listen to

others and appreciate differences. “The kids that have come through our programs prove to be creative problemsolvers prepared to handle just about anything. They have focus and commitment, and tend to be service oriented,” observes Abramson, noting that 60 percent of their instructors are alumni. “Thinking back on kids we’ve worked with, you can often see their wilderness journey reflected in their paths as adults, how they are making choices with their heart and pursuing their passions,” concludes Berry. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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hese resources will help parents and educators connect with quality, nature-based learning.

Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature ( is an inspirational publication for teachers, mentors and parents based on ancient worldwide cultural wisdom, including mythic animal stories, nature-based ceremonies and survival tools. The Tracker School (, founded by wilderness expert Tom Brown in 1978, offers 75 classes on wilderness survival skills and a list of tracker clubs and affiliates across North America and beyond. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children is another respected resource.

Children & Nature Network (ChildrenAnd connects children, families and communities with nature through evidence-based resources and tools, broadbased collaboration and grassroots leadership. This international initiative was co-founded by Richard Louv, renowned author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Earth Skills Alliance (EarthSkills is a collective of youth program leaders dedicated to Earth skills instruction. Its annual conference and other platforms share best practices and experiences.

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Gardening ASANAS Yoga Poses to Stay Pain-Free


by Marlaina Donato

ardening is good for body and soul, but long hours and repetitive movements can negatively impact even the fittest body. While stiffness and pain patterns might manifest in the lower back, shoulders, legs and hands, performing a few yoga poses can lessen pain, increase flexibility, boost stamina and prevent injury. “Every action needs a counter action for structural balance to be maintained. Repetitive movements can tighten fascia, restrict movement and compromise nerve impulses,” explains Asheville, North Carolina, yoga teacher and back care specialist Lillah Schwartz, author of Healing Our Backs with Yoga: An Essential Guide to Back Pain Relief. “What goes into spasm tends to remain in spasm,” observes Schwartz, who has helped many people overcome back pain and other chronic structural issues. Practicing yoga before, during or after spending time outside also promotes mind-body awareness which helps us tune into our body’s natural rhythms and prevent physical problems in the first place. Here are some basics to consider when working in the garden.

Be Aware

Great agility and strong muscles cannot compensate for being in one position too long, over-reaching or fatigue. “Listen to your body’s messages such as, ‘It’s time for a rest,’ or, ‘That’s too heavy,’” recommends Schwartz. Remember to take regular breaks to rest, stretch and drink water. 46

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4. Standing Scissor Twist (Parivrtta Hasta Padasana) standing close to and bracing against a wall or fence

5. Locust pose (Salabhasana) 6. Squat Pull Spinal Traction (Ardha Malasana in traction)

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Take a Breath

“Conscious breathing involves both the body and the mind. Long, slow inhalations and exhalations help us tune into our body,” says Schwartz. “Using long breaths when stretching in the garden can help muscles find relief.” To reduce pain:



n Stop and breathe. Take slow, deep breaths with a pause (inhalation retention) between inhalation and exhalation. n Don’t resist the pain or allow self-judgment. n Wait for a release.

Enjoy Being Outside 5.


Strike a Pose

Bringing mindfulness to garden work not only helps prevent injury, but helps make it a more enjoyable experience. Here are a few more tips.

Doing yoga regularly will condition the body, but incorporating asanas, or poses, while gardening can be both a fun and practical way to avoid overstressing certain muscle groups and keep the spine and hamstrings supple. Using props in the garden environment such as fences, a wall or a chair can provide convenient support. Feel free to perform all poses before or after gardening, and all except numbers one and five in the garden.

n If rising early, begin time in the garden with a Warrior 1 pose while facing east.

1. Downward Facing Dog pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) with

n Stop to drink some water and take pleasure in the garden’s beauty and bounty.

feet placed against a support

2. Warrior 1 pose (Virabhadrasana I) 3. Straddle Forward Fold pose (Prasarita Padottanasana)

n Be mindful of feeling the breeze when it brushes the skin and pause to breathe deeply. n Notice the music of the birds or other pleasing sounds in the surrounding environment.

Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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iving green isn’t difficult or expensive. Start small, one room at a time.

In the Kitchen Defrosting trays have been available for a while, and although they aren’t a miracle solution, they are eco-friendly and easy to clean; thawing most meats, seafood and vegetables usually takes just 30 to 60 minutes. It’s one way to avoid using the microwave. Most cutting boards of sustainable bamboo or cork originate in China, creating a big carbon footprint. Glass boards are breakable and hard on knives. Consider planet-friendly boards made of recycled cardboard and food-grade plastic combined with flax husks. A countertop convection oven set about

25 degrees lower circulates heated air to cook food 25 to 30 percent faster and more evenly than a conventional oven; it uses less energy and has fewer emissions. Foods come out crispier, which also makes for great veggie chips. A conventional oven is still best for soufflés, breads or cakes that rise as they bake. Replace chemical-coated nonstick pans, disposable parchment paper and aluminum foil with reusable, eco-friendly, U.S. Food and Drug Administrationapproved silicone mats. They are easy to clean, affordable and available in many

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sizes and shapes. Run the dishwasher when full and at night. Off-peak hours won’t cut the electric bill, but are more efficient for the power plant, reducing its energy footprint. Skip the garbage disposal to save water and energy. Use food waste for plant-nurturing compost. Plastics numbered 1, 3, 6 or 7 are prone to leaching into food or drinks. Recycle or repurpose those already on hand to store craft items, small toys or office supplies.

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In the Bathroom Instead of air freshener sprays, hang petand child-safe plants. Use fast-drying towels up to four times before washing. Hand towels see more frequent use, so change every other day. Longer wear makeup stays longer on a washcloth; to prevent reintroducing germs to the face, use a facecloth only once. All-natural cleaning products are easy to find or make. For some tips, see Tinyurl. com/LovelyEcoLoo.

In the Bedroom From sheets and bedding to a fluffy robe, choose eco-friendly organic cotton in white, or colored with environmentally safe, non-metallic dyes. Blue light from a smartphone, computer, tablet or TV can foster sleeplessness. “I keep all devices out of my bedroom and block all unnatural light,” says Leslie Fischer, an eco-minded mom and entrepreneur in Chicago, who reviews mattresses for adults and babies at SustainableSlumber. com. “I sleep on a fantastic mattress that won’t fill my room with pollution.” A good pillow is a necessity. Citrus Sleep rates the Top Ten Eco Options at Mattresses should be replaced every eight years. In the U.S., an average of 50,000 end up in landfills each day. California law requires manufacturers to create a statewide recycling program for mattresses and box springs. An $11 recycling fee, collected upon each sale, funds the Bye Bye Mattress program. Connecticut and Rhode Island also recycle them. “An alternative is extending mattress use with a topper,” says Omar Alchaboun, founder of topper-maker Kloudes, in Los Angeles.

What and Where to Recycle Find out where and what to recycle at Enter the item and a zip code or call 1-800-cleanup. Going green is money-saving, environmentally wise and coming of age, which makes eco-friendly products easier to access. Earth Day is a perfect time to make simple changes that can have long-lasting and far-reaching results. Connect with the freelance writer via April 2018


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Nature’s Remedies How Animals Self-Medicate by Sandra Murphy

Every species embodies a solution to some environmental challenge, and some of these solutions are breathtaking in their elegance. ~Linda Bender, Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals


rom birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of self-medication is called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal, pharma for drug and cognosy for knowing). At home, a dog or cat that eats grass is practicing it to eliminate parasites or hairballs. Donald Brightsmith, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University, directs the Tambopata Macaw Project in the lowlands of southeastern Peru, studying the many macaws and other parrots that gather clay to eat as a supplement. First thought to help remove toxins from their bodies, clay adds needed sodium to their diet, researchers now believe. A pregnant elephant in Kenya’s Tsavo


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Park was observed by ecologist Holly Dublin, Ph.D., to travel miles to find a tree not normally eaten. Four days later, the elephant gave birth. Dublin discovered that Kenyan women make a drink from the same leaves and bark to induce labor. While studying Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Sabangau peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, primatologist Helen MorroghBernard, Ph.D., of the University of Exeter, UK, observed an orangutan chew the leaves of a plant that were not part of its usual diet until it formed a lather. The orangutan spit out the leaves and used the lather much like humans apply a topical pain reliever. While animals have been known to eat certain plants when ill, hers may be the first sighting of an animal creating a salve.

Nearby villagers grind the leaves to make a balm for sore muscles and inflammation. Morrogh-Bernard believes humans learned this topical application from apes and passed it down through the generations. In the Red Sea, bottlenose dolphins rub against bush-like gorgonian corals covered by an outer layer of antimicrobial mucus that may protect them from infection, according to dolphin researcher Angela Ziltener, of the University of Zürich, Switzerland. “It’s amazing how much we’ve learned, but forgotten,” says Ira Pastor, CEO at Bioquark Inc., in Philadelphia, a life sciences company developing biologic products to regenerate and repair human organs and tissues. “We live with other organisms which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than humans. No other species tries to cure with any single solution. Nature employs multiple options. We’re not appropriately imitating nature yet. We need to do more.” Cindy Engel, Ph.D., of Suffolk,

We feel the answers for the future will be found in the past, not in chemical factories. ~Ira Pastor England, author of Wild Health: Lessons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom, says, “Animals rely on plants to provide them with the essentials of life, making their health intimately dependent on plant chemistry to provide everything they need to grow, repair damage and reproduce.” She continues, “Wild animals carry diseases that affect livestock and humans. It’s sensible to explore why they’re successful in fending off the worst effects in order to find ways to improve our own health, instead of just trying to eradicate the disease. We can learn from behavioral selfhelp strategies animals employ.” Accomplishing this is more difficult than ever, she believes, because today’s severely shrink-

ing habitat makes it hard to find truly wild animals and plants. “Over the last 100 years, we’ve done a horrible disservice to all life by destroying habitat and exploring only a small percentage of what nature has to offer,” agrees Pastor. “As patents expire, pharma has to change. It’s important to develop botanicals. We’re advised to vary our diet and exercise, yet take the same dose of the same pill daily. We’ve studied dead organisms under microscopes, but living organisms, even as small as microbes, can communicate helpful positive reactions.” Western medicine has strayed from what nature offers to keep us healthy. Now is the time to take care of both the planet and all living beings on it. “We’ve discarded thousands of years of evidence,” says Pastor. “We cannot destroy the bounty of possibilities.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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Breathing as Medicine – 6:15-7:30pm. Experience the power of pranayama using life force breathing with Kandy Love, PhD, and certified yoga teacher. Create a vibrational experience for your cells with this super-oxygenation technique and unleash healing and life force energy that can last for hours. $20. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. See news brief, page 13.

Intro to Wicca – 2pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

MONDAY, APRIL 2 Intro to Zen – 7-8:15pm. Four-week course with Laurie Lyons. Also 4/9, 4/16 & 4/23. This new course offers a broad overview of Zen Buddhism. Learn the history, fundamental teachings and meditation techniques to implement into your daily life right away. For beginners-to-experienced. $16/ drop-in or $50/course. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. Register/ info:

TUESDAY, APRIL 3 Usui Reiki Level II – 2pm. 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.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 Jivamukti Workshop – Apr 4-8. With advanced certified instructor, Julie Kirkpatrick. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 6929747. See ad, page 25. Your Body, Your Health: EFT Tapping – Also, 4/11, 4/18 & 4/25. With Jenny Li Ciconne. Tap into your body for reconnection, balance and activate healing. Begin practicing this skill in earnest to find greater peace and health. $30/session or $99/4 sessions. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 2771399. Jenny: 851-5415. Healing Service – 6-7:30pm. With John of God casa guides, Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Experience the energy of unconditional love and create the vortex for releasing and healing with the entities of light, those that work with John of God at The House of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in Abadiania, Brazil. Bring a sealed bottle of water to have it blessed. $20 love offering. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 692-9120.

Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered 4/11. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, APRIL 5 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Renew and Heal Intro Event – 2-3:30pm. Learn about a weekend healing retreat offered by Tamara Johnson, intuitive spiritual energy healer and Timothy Harvey, teacher and speaker for selfdevelopment. Free. Unity of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. Info: Register: RetreatsForHealing. com. See ad, page 22. Songwriters at Sunset – 5:15pm (beach BBQ); 6:15pm (concert). Original Americana/acoustic songs and background stories performed by members of the Americana Community Music Association (ACMA). Co-sponsored by FOLKS and the ACMA, the concerts are at the gazebo and end with Lovers Key’s fabulous sunset. Free with paid park admission. 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. The Master Battery: How to Keep Your Gut Running Optimally – 6-8pm. Learn how to keep your gut healthy and happy with Deborah J Post, ARNP. A three-course, organic, locally sourced dinner with wine will be served during the lecture. $68. Purple

Breath of Life – Music of the Spheres – 6:30pm. Breathwork and reiki attunements facilitated by Linda Burton. Transformational frequencies and vibrations provided by Dana House’s dynamic gongs and bowls. Bring a desire to release what no longer serves you as well as pillow, blanket, mat. $30. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Ste 2, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Meditation Class – 10-11am. With D Renee Sarra AP, DOM. Peace, relaxation, and stillness will bring you to what’s important in your life.  $10/ class. Integrative Medicine Office, 26800 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 350, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 495-4480. Jivamukti Open Class – 11am-12:30pm. With advanced certified instructor, Julie Kirkpatrick. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. See ad, page 25. Reiki Circle – 7pm. With Pam Bzoch. Through meditation within the circle you will connect to the universal life force to remove blockages to healing and receive messages from your guides. $25. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. 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. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered 4/20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Art Walk – Apr 6-7. 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

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Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists and enjoy the live art demonstrations.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Reiki for Pets – 9-11am. Bring your dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a five-to-15-minute reiki session for them. Whether ill or healthy, animals benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leashed or comfortably crated. Donations support local charities. Kunjani Cafe, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. The Bhagavad Gita for Modern Life – 9:30am3pm. With Anna Withrow. Embrace purpose and action. $30. Bring a lunch. House of Prayer Retreat Center, Beacon Executive Suites, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers. Register: Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Party for the Planet – 10am-3pm. 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. Guests can enjoy education stations, 5,000 native sapling trees will be given away and more. Collier County residents are admitted free the first Saturday of the month. Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 262-5409 or See article, page 20.

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Weekend Healing Retreat – Apr 7-8. 10am6:30pm, Sat; 12:30-6:30pm, Sun. Renew and heal with Tamara Johnson, intuitive spiritual energy healer and Timothy Harvey, teacher and speaker for self-development. $300/preregistered, $333/door. Unity of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. Info/ register: See ad, page 22. Labyrinths – 2pm. Learn the history, kinds and uses for the labyrinth. Also learn how to make your own labyrinth. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP. 939-2769. Yoga for Osteoporosis Part IV – 1-3pm. With Susan Carte, CIYT. This workshop will build on what you have learned previously in the series. Expand your home practice with a third sequence of asanas to improve bone health. Previous attendance in I, II or III is not required but must have yoga experience. $50. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995. Movement and Breath for Labor – 3-4:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi with LifeBehold to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. $25/early bird, $30/door. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 248-7931. Register: YogaCAN Kick-Off Party – 6:30pm. With Rodney and Colleen Yee join local yoga studios to raise awareness for the Cancer Alliance of Naples. Location: TBA. Register: CancerAllianceOfNaples. org. See news brief on page 10 and ad on page 17.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 YogaCAN – 8:30am (master’s class); 10:30am (all-levels yoga session). Rodney and Colleen Yee


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and local yoga studios unite to raise donations for the Cancer Alliance of Naples to provide financial support to Collier and Lee County residents being treated for cancer. Includes refreshments. 643-4673 ext 203. Naples Beach Hotel, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd N. Register: See news brief on page 10 and ad on page 17. Crystal Bowl Meditation –10am & 1pm. With Cathy Blair.  Relax into the loving harmonics of the crystal singing bowls. Let the whispers of your soul inspire you to fulfill a dream close to your heart. Bring beach chair or mat and blanket. $20 cash or check.  The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Eckankar Light and Sound Service –11am. Topic: Love, the Keystone of Heaven. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers.482-4034. Sacred Sound Ceremony – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience vibrational awakening and profound cosmic connections. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls, 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends. Bring mat, pillow, blanket and musical expression. $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 571-5234.

MONDAY, APRIL 9 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.

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 Trauma Relief Unlimited (TRU) Class – 6-7pm. Robert Cicione, LCSW will discuss a powerful, safe and effective method for treating anxiety, stress and trauma. Cicione will draw on his research and clinical experience to explain how this method works, its strengths and limitations and what one can expect from this breakthrough method. Free. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 246-6622. See news brief, page 10. Fermented Food Class and Demo – 6:157:45pm. Known for boosting the immune system, fermented (cultured) foods are also key in food healing protocols for weight loss, allergies, depression/anxiety, gastrointestinal and autoimmunity, etc. Participants will make time-and-tastetested sauerkraut and super-yummy dill pickles and take their own jars home, already fermenting. $40. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. See news brief, page 13. 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.

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laxation techniques like hand massage. Get a special scented hand lotion. Diamond Oaks Village, 24110 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-1259. #MeToo Healing Movement Lecture – 11amnoon. Where Suffering Stops and Healing Begins presented by Dorothy Rodwell, licensed clinical psychotherapist. What comes after speaking out? Learn how Rapid Resolution can help heal from this trauma. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. RSVP: 433-5995. See news brief, page 15. Eckankar Sound of Soul – 5pm. Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave, Naples. 482-4034.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Freedom Fundraiser – 5-7pm. Offering chair massage, complimentary skin consultations, hors d’oeuvres, wine, raffles, silent auction items, and giveaways. Proceeds benefit Path2Freedom. $15/ advance, $20/door. Assuage Spa, 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 1, Naples. 201-4762. See news brief, page 16. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Also 4/26. With Jenny Hong. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Hong will also channel the healing energies of

reiki. $10. RSVP: See news brief, page 16.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13 National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)/ The Healing Trust Energy Healing Therapy Training – Apr 13-15. 9am-5pm. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Learn the energy healing technique of Harry Edwards, the world-famous UK spiritual healer. Receive hands-on experience and tools to self-heal and to heal others; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Preregister: 692-9120 or Psychic Fair – 5-8pm. Mini-readings with some of Naples’ most experienced psychics and healers. Services include: mediumship, tarot, reiki, angel, past-life, chakra balancing, intuitive, body scanning, oracle angel, and more. $30/20 min. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Pre-Hurricane Season Roundup – 8:30am-2pm. Collier County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management will offer free tire recycling; auto and home products and devices for recycling; free paper shredding; and clothing, shoes and book donations. Locations: Naples Recycling Drop-off Center, 2640 Corporate Flight Dr; North Collier Recycling Dropoff Center, 9950 Goodlette Rd N, Naples; and Marco Island Recycling Drop-off Center, 990 Chalmer Dr; Hazardous Materials Collection Center, 3728 Whit Lake Blvd, Naples; Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave NE, Naples; Immokalee Transfer Station, 700 Stockade Rd. 252-7575. See article, page 20.

Weekend Childbirth Education – Apr 14-15. 10am-3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included.  The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Info/register: or Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Eckankar Sound of Soul –11:30am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, dowse and test energy fields and chakras. Free; free charts available. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15 Taurus New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Anchor the new you upon the earth as you step into your self-mastery. Be the beacon of light you came here to be by sharing the gifts of your soul’s essence fulfilling your destiny. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

MONDAY, APRIL 16 PEMF Therapy Sessions – 9am-noon. Dr Gilliland is offering free PEMF therapy sessions at his new functional medicine office in Naples. First come, first serve basis. 5051 Castello Dr, Naples. 444-3106. See ad on page 4 and news brief on page 13. Military Monday Movement and Open House – 4:30pm. Celebrate our veterans, their spouses, widows and families with free music, champagne reception and dinner. Learn about free available Veteran’s Assistance programs. Diamond Oaks Village, 24110 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 676-1259. Walk Your Way to Well-Being – 6pm (doors open at 5pm). Join Blue Zones Project’s co-founder, Dan Buettner, who will share lessons from around the world on how to live a longer, healthier, happier life, plus Q&A. Join a walking group, receive a free Tshirt and win prizes, including copies of Buettner’s new book, Blue Zones of Happiness! Florida Gulf Coast University, Alico Arena, 10501 FGCU Blvd S, Estero.

TUESDAY, APRIL 17 Psychic Development – 5:30-7:30pm. Learn about energy, how to protect ourselves, our spirit helpers and how to trust when the energy flows. Hone your intuitive abilities by understanding the basics. $40. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 2286949. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste


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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 Youniversity Lunch and Learn – 10am. Diamond Oaks Village featuring Prather & Swank PA, AAG, and Griswold Home Care. Topics include life care planning, reverse mortgages and independent living.  Free light lunch courtesy of Diamond Oaks Village. 24110 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-1259. Tea Leaf Reading – The Art of Tasseography – 2pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself and others and receive a free tea leaf reading during this class. A tea party with extras. All materials included. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Open House – 4-7pm. Introducing their new IPL (photo facial) and the Hydrafacial device. Free trial treatments. Trim and Tone Med Spa, 13020 Livingston Rd, Ste 16, Naples. 596-5522. See ad, page 48. Introduction to Cancer Care and Prevention – 5:45-7pm. With nutrition, lifestyle and other modalities. $20/person. Well Bridges, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-5249 or 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: Spring Showcase Open Social Dancing –7-9pm. $12. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304- 9013.

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. Earth Day Re-Use and Recycle Roundup – 9am4pm. Residents may bring gently used clothing, shoes and books, electronics, household items, computers and cell phones to donate. Also, free shredding of documents is offered by Goodwill Secure Shred. Hazardous household chemicals, rechargeable batteries, paints, used motor oil, tires, fluorescent bulbs, ink cartridges, cardboard, plastics #1-7, mercury-containing devices, aluminum electronics, ballasts and medical sharps are accepted for collection by Collier County Solid Waste Management. Naples Towne Centre parking lot, 3579 Tamiami Tr E. Info: 252-7575. See article, page 20. BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Open House Event – 2-7pm. Food, wine and free makeovers with makeup artists Jane Iredale and La Bella Donna by appointment. Mini-facials, store discounts, prizes and $1/minute chair massage.

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$20/door (good toward your purchase). Organic Skincare and Bodyworx, 13240 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 207, Naples. Appointments: 514-4494.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Podiatry Workshop – 11:30am. With Mederi Caretenders featuring doctors from Family Foot and Leg Center. Diamond Oaks Village, 24110 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 676-1259. Music Walk – 6-10pm. The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials. Downtown Ft Myers. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A monthly gathering for women over 21. The purpose is to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc, and to have women support and help empower one another and network. There will be fun included after venting in a safe environment. Refreshments served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within – 7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Earth Day at the Refuge – 7am-4pm. Visitors can

bike or hike Wildlife Dr for free from 7am-4pm (free bike rentals). Ongoing Earth-friendly crafts from 10am-2pm. Bike the Refuge Tour at 9:30am. Watch Straws, a free film, at 1pm. Meet Bagzilla, an incarnate reminder of our plastic addiction. JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel. Info: 472-1100 ext 236 or See article, page 20. Lee County Great American Cleanup – 8-11am. Part of the nationwide Great American Cleanup effort, projects include community gardens, habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, litter-free events, litter cleanups, landscape maintenance and planting, playground/park equipment restoration and tree plantings throughout Lee County. Location of sites and event dates vary. Info/register: 334-3488 or great-american-cleanup.html. See article, page 20. SpelLIFE Women’s Wellness Summit – 8am12:30pm. The Power of Food: What is your “gut” instinct? Featuring David Perlmutter, MD, Chris Edwards, Pamela Hughes, DO, Caroline J Cederquist, MD and Frank A Corvino. $65/general admission; includes light breakfast and entry into two breakout sessions; $100/VIP; includes reserved seating and private luncheon. Tickets/info: See ads, pages 7 and inside back cover. Healthy Kids Day – 9am-1pm. An annual, nationwide initiative designed to inspire all youth, parents, and caregivers – regardless of membership status – to get active and make healthy choices over the summer and beyond. Bring the entire family for activities, games, arts and crafts, wellness classes and more. Free. Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd.

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Rain Barrel Workshop and Native Plant Sale – 9am-1pm. Choosing native plants for your yard saves time, money and work as the plants 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 11am) and the sale. Free admission; workshop: $45 includes barrel. Rotary Park Environmental Center, 5505 Rose Garden Rd, Cape Coral. Info/register: 549-4606 or Earth Day at Rookery Bay – 9am-4pm. In celebration of Earth Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center will offer buy one, get one free admission. $5/adults, $3/children ages 6-12, under 6/free. Cannot be combined with other offers. Must pay at door. 300 Tower Rd, Naples. Info: 530-5972 or See article, page 20. Earth Day Festival – 10am-4pm. Featuring guest speakers, live music, festival food, exhibits, crafts, live animal programs, boat rides and more. Members/free, $10/adults, $5/children 3-12. Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, off Goodlette Rd, Naples. 430-2466 or Conservancy. org/events/earthday. See article, page 20. Eckankar Spiritual Skill Shop – 10:30am-noon. Topic: Discover Your Innate Ability to Soul Travel. Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Rd, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Earth Day Clean Up – 11am-1pm. Volunteer to help clean up Eagle Lakes Community Park for Earth Day. 11565 Tamiami Tr E, Naples. Info/ confirm: 252-3527. See article, page 20. ClariTea: Journey of Conscious Living –10am-

noon. Women of Unity of Ft Myers’ monthly luncheon and tea will feature Maria Amaro-Slaughter, who will share Five Lessons of the Journey of Conscious Living. Bring a dish to share and your own place setting. $5 love offering. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 404-4551. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Mini-readings with some of Naples’ most experienced psychics and healers. Services include: mediumship, tarot, reiki, angel, past-life, chakra balancing, intuitive, body scanning, oracle angel, and more. $30/20 min. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.

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Intro to Food Healing Workshop – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of foods to reverse diseases and create radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the Conquering Any Disease Food-Healing System and our new probiotics section. $30. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. See news brief, page 13. Crystals and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with your crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Eckankar Springtime Seminar – 11:30am. With Harold Klemp, spiritual leader of Eckankar. Potluck and video showing. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Earth Day Gems – Today’s Essential Oils – Noon1pm. With Peter Bagwell. Learn about unique essential oils and why they are so important today. Bagwell’s background in engineering helps him break down issues of quality, safety and sourcing in easy-to-understand language. Samples and special offers available. I Love Oils, Inc, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. RSVP: 362-0385. See article, page 20.

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Cape Coral Seas The Day For Earth Day – 1-4pm. Local environmental groups will be on hand to share information in honor of the 48th anniversary of Earth Day. There will also be large children’s craft area (wrist band required) and entertainment. Free; $5/wrist band. Cape Coral Yacht Club Beach, 5819 Driftwood Pkwy. 574-0806. See article, page 20. Water is Life: Earth Day 2018 Concert – 5pm. Free concert featuring a variety of genres, styles and performers; information tables from leading SW Florida conservation organizations; kid’s art showcase, celebrating our Earth and the idea that “water is life”. Cambier Park Bandshell, 755 8th Ave S, Downtown Naples. 812-345-0230. See article, page 20. The Goddess Ball – 7-9pm. Featuring an interactive theater presentation: Millennium Song: A Story of the New Earth in Ceremony, Music and Dance. Goddess attire preferred. $20. Paradise Wellness and Event Center, 28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Ste 11, Bonita Springs. Info: 253-4862. See ad, page 16.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 A Path to Well-Being: Clearing Resentments and Finding Peace – 6:30-8pm. Resentments can stick around for years, robbing us of our peace of mind and life energy. Come, learn and receive Theta Healings to free yourself from this burden.

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$30. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. See news brief, page 13.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Arbor Day Celebration – 10am-1pm. This event features native plants and trees for sale, plus demonstrations and exhibits. Enjoy music, poster contest, giant slide, free trees, and more. Riverside Park, 10450 Reynolds St, off Old US 41, Bonita Springs. Info: 949-6262 or CityOfBonitaSprings. org. See article, page 20.

Guided Mindfulness Meditation – 7-7:30pm. 30-minute guided group meditation with mindfulness teacher Angela Tarquini-Sanders, of Mindful Mindz. Free. Love donations accepted. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 610-804-2035.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 9393339. Healing Night Sound Bathe – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Bathe in the loving frequencies of the singing bowls and the healing vibrations of the Himalayan salt. Bring all aspects of self into alignment for your soul’s expansion into oneness so you may revitalize your life force. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 Fashion Show and Luncheon – Presented by Diamond Oaks Village and Chico’s. Seating is limited. 24110 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 676-1259.

Meditation Class – 10-11am. With D Renee Sarra AP, DOM. Peace, relaxation, and stillness will bring you to what’s important in your life. $10/class. Integrative Medicine Office, 26800 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 350, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 495-4480. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. With GAEA guides. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise. Includes all equipment and a Florida master naturalist as your guide. $50/person. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)/ The Healing Trust Community Healing Session – 6:30-8:40pm. Non-denominational session with healing members Rev Karen Coratelli-Smith and Rev David Karg. Arrive by 6:15pm. Reservations required. No walk-ins. $20 cash or check. Unity of Naples, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way.  Info/ RSVP: 692-9120 or

Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Reduced price readings; choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, full chart astrology analysis, oracle card readers, rune caster, mediums, chakra cleansing and alignment, and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 3010655. IAM-20 Meditation Technique – Noon-3pm (beginners); 2-3pm (experienced). Learn this powerful meditation technique created by Amma. Bring a towel and yoga mat. $10/beginners; $5/experienced. House of Prayer Retreat Center, Beacon Executive Suites, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Conference Rm, Ft Myers. Register:

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 FUNdraiser Fair – 11am-2:30pm. Enjoy games, arts and crafts, face painting, bounce houses, music, and items to purchase including a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and food. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Altars 101 –1-3pm. Learn how to make an in-home altar, what makes it up, and how to switch it out for the year. Hands-on creation part of the class. Bring items and work with provided items. $40. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Wesak Full Moon Celebration – 6:45pm. With Cathy Blair. Receive the blessings of Lord Buddha as we anchor the new vision for a peaceful and loving humanity. Joining together we will bring down the light of an all inclusive world for the upliftment of Mother Earth. Bring beach chair or blanket. Love offering goes to wildlife rescue. Miramar Public beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N (southernmost beach) off Harbour Dr, Naples. 398-3953.

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TUESDAY, MAY 15 Wellness Retreat – May 15-17. Join Lee Health physicians and natural health experts as they support and guide you to a healthier lifestyle through nutrition, exercise, self-care and integrated therapies. Fort Myers Beach. Info: 495-4475. See article on page 18 and ad on page 47.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Kids Yoga Teacher Training – Jun 8-10. Enroll by 5/1 and save $75. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter. com. See ad, page 25.


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Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311.

Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at Yoga in Nature – Several days a week; see website for schedule. Multilevel yoga classes. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Boardwalk, Bay and Beach Walk – Mon-Sat thru Apr. 9-11am. Naturalist guided walk exploring one of the most productive ecosystems in nature. Free plus entrance fee for park or beach permit. Clam Pass Park, Seagate Dr & Crayton Rd, Naples.

sunday Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee.

Rodes Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, arts and crafts. Supporting the Bonita Springs Lions Club. Rodes Fresh & Fancy Restaurant, 3756 Bonita Beach Rd SW, Bonita Springs. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11:30am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10am meditation; 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers Sunday service/youth and family ministry – 10am. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering,

a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. 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. Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19thcentury Koreshan religious settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311. River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $60 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Shamatha Meditation and Intro to Tibetan Buddhism Study Group – 4-6pm. Every other Sunday in Naples. Free. Info: Mary: 505-310-3811. Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 4:30-6:30pm. 2nd Sun. Share in Amma’s blessings; meditation, bhajans, videos of Amma and her teachings. Vegetarian potluck afterwards. Free. Cape Coral. Info: 671-6058 or Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum and Dance Circle – 7-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.

monday Power Yoga – 6:30-7:30am. With Amy Voelkl, ERYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 6311925. Qigong Class – 9-10am. No experience necessary. $7/class. East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Dr, Naples. 601-2966.

Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. Chair yoga is gentle, utilizing either one or two chairs rather than a mat. Use the chair to sit on or simply stand next to it for support. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Meditation Class – 9:30-10:30am. Guided


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Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chodar. No experience necessary. $10. Sanibel Island Cinema, 535 Tarpon Bay Rd. Yoga in the Gazebo – Thru Apr. 9:30-10:30am. Multilevel vinyasa flow yoga with Sandy McShane. $10/class plus park entry fee. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. 592-4809. Beachcombing and Shelling Lecture – Thru Apr. 10-11am. Join a naturalist to learn why and what you find on the beach. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). North Collier Fire Station 45, 1885 Veterans Park Dr, Naples. Drawing, Painting, Sculpting – 4-5pm. Ages 4-6. $85/6-weeks. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Art Social Inclusion – 5-6pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Stretch Class and Guided Meditation – 5:306:30pm. Relieve stress and tension with 30-minutes of stretching followed by 30-minutes of guided iRest meditation. $15. The Pilates Scoop, 12980 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 917-886-1256. Community Drum Circle Social Inclusion – 6-6:30pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7-8:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John the Evangelist Church, 625 111th Ave, N Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653. 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 & 5th Mon. $10. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

tuesday Sunrise Yoga – 6-7am. All levels. Includes vinyasa, balance, and posing. Mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks and sanitizing spray available at no extra cost. $10. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Santini Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 8am-1pm. Featuring artisan foods, locally caught seafood, award-winning BBQ, arts and crafts. Santini Marina Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. 289-3786. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. Includes

equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Align and Flow Level I – 10:15-11:15am. With Sue Rokela, ERYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 631-1925. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846. Mid-Day Meditation and Discussion – Noon1:30pm. With Rev Clive deLaporte. Optional halfhour meditation plus interactive discussion based on the lesson from the previous Sundays’ message. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Belly Dance Classes – 6-6:50pm (beginners); 7:508:40pm (intermediate). With Sherry Coffey. Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this dynamic dance. $60/5-week series. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575. All-Level Yoga – 6-7pm. With Dr Susan Pataky. Asana, pranayama and meditation for a safe, yet effective yoga experience. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Co-Ed Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-7:30pm. A 12-step program for men and women whose common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Adult Silent Sustained Drawing Class – 6:30-7:45pm. Ages 14 and up. $100/6-weeks. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Tuesday Evening Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Sitting and walking meditation followed by a study of Buddhist teachings in the Plum Village Tradition. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers.

Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and guided meditation followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message. 100% of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. Moral Monday Meetup – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or A Course in Miracles – 6:30-7pm, Q&A for beginners; 7-8:30pm, formal class reading and discussion. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church

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Hawaiian Hula Classes – 6:50-7:40pm. With Sherry Coffey. Explore authentic dances of the Polynesian islands. $50/month. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575.

foot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave N, Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653.

Wednesday Morning Book Group – 10-11:30am. In a small group setting study and share books on mindfulness practices that create happier and healthier living. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Info: 292-4189.

La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Tue. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers.

wednesday Qigong Class – 9-10am. No experience necessary. $7/class. East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Dr, Naples. 601-2966. Beach Baptist Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am2pm. Large selection of fresh produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, local arts and crafts. Beach Baptist Church, 130 Connecticut St, Ft Myers Beach. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9:30am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St Leo Catholic Church, 28290 Beaumont Rd, Bonita Springs. Sandy: 301-938-7503. Exploring Coastal Estuaries – Thru Apr. 10-11am. Naturalist-guided walk explores unique coastal habitats. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Bare-

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

Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947.

Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $55. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Magge Camuti, RYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 631-1925. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. La Leche League – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. Open Social Dancing – 6:30-7pm. Group class. $5. 7-9pm. Dancing. $12. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Meditation and Book Study – 6:30-8pm. Following a half-hour meditation, Rev Clive deLaporte hosts a seven-week series on Living

Originally, by Robert Brumet. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Bachata Dance Class – 7-8pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. Guided Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm.  Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chodar. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 N Tamiami Tr, Ste 205, Naples. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653. Salsa Dance Class – 8-9pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples.

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thursday Sunrise Yoga – 6-7am. All levels. Includes vinyasa, balance, and posing. Mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks and sanitizing spray available at no extra cost. $10. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Thursday Morning Meditation – 9am. Drop in for sitting meditation as a way to refresh your practice with others of like mind. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Info: 823-4217. Gentle Hatha Yoga Flow – 9-10am.With David Sawtelle, CYT.  $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita. 201-6648. Basic Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. The emphasis of this class will be on the practice of posture with focus on alignment, using props, Sanskrit names, breathing and meditation. Beginners or any level student. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. New Image Tabernacle Church, 81 Pondella Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910.


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Drawing, Painting, Sculpting – 4:30-5:30pm. Ages 6-10. $90/6-weeks. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Middle School Art – 5:45-6:45pm. Ages 11-14. $90/6-weeks. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Pachamama Game Changer Gathering – 6:30pm. 1st Thur. Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida. Be a part of this next step in conscious evolution towards carbon neutrality and a sustainable future. Hot cider and tea will be served. Bring a dessert. UU Church of Fort Myers Campus. Info: HolleyRauen@gmail. com or Drop-In Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Relax, refresh, re-nourish. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Salsa Night – 7-7:45pm. Group class. 8:30pm. Practica $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

friday St John Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, arts and crafts. Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th St N, Naples Park. Beachcombing and Shelling Lecture – Thru Apr. 10-11am. Join a naturalist to learn why and what you find on the beach. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388. Therapeutic Yoga – Noon-1pm. With Laurie Orlando, ERYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 631-1925. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $50. Includes equipment and FL Master Naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food for teenagers

to connect with established friends or make new ones. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511. Bellydance Class – 7-7:45pm & 8-8:45pm. With Ansuya. Group class specials. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 273-2167.

saturday Guided Nature Walk – Thru Apr. 9am. Free. Naturalist walk through maritime forest and coastal strand. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. Power Yoga – 9-10am. With Debi Grilo, ERYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 631-1925. Rodes Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, arts and crafts. Supporting the Bonita Springs Lions Club. Rodes Fresh & Fancy Restaurant, 3756 Bonita Beach Rd SW, Bonita Springs. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Dallas: 208-610-2096. Lecture Series – Thru Apr. 10am. Topics from native plants or animals to photography or exotic plants. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Bch Blvd, Bonita Springs. Schedule: Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947.

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OPPORTUNITIES ADVERTISE HERE – Are you hiring, renting property/office space, selling products, offering services or in need of volunteers? Advertise your personal/business needs in Natural Awakenings classified ad section. To place an ad, email SEEKING PERSONAL BUSINESS ASSISTANT – Acting/improv experience useful, not required. My work includes recognizing and energizing potential business projects while confronting boredom and distractions. The opportunity will include creating goals, marketing, managing timelines and supporting focus and personal motivation to empower a senior citizen to continue to produce value to humanity. The initial agreement will in-

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

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Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513.

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Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market.

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Adult Special Needs Yoga – 1-2pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Drum Class/Circle – 3-4pm, class; 4-5:30pm, circle. 1st Sat. With Debo Kumi. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Learn new rhythms for the circle. $10/class; donation/circle. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Holistic Health and Wellbeing Series – 3-4:30pm. Firefly Within Foundation will post a holistic health tip on the Kunjani website every Wednesday. The following Saturday a health partner will expand on the topic and take questions at Kunjani Coffee Shop. Donation. 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. FireFlyWithin. org,

that will be renegotiated as the work relationship develops. Bill: 597-7372. START A CAREER YOU CAN BE PASSIONenings magazine. Home-based business, complete with comprehensive training and support system. zine that is currently publishing. Call 530-1377 or visit

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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



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

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

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Certified Advanced Rolfer Advanced Cranial Therapist Advanced Visceral Therapist Certified Movement Educator Naturopathic Wellness Consulting By Appointment: 239-272-6443


Over 30 years excelling in quick pain relief. Specializing in back pain, structural integration & alignment, all joint-pain-related issues, mobility improvement, sports injuries, non-chiropractic spinal release. MA36890.

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

All phases of dentistry for optimum health, holistic, bio-compatible dentistry: sedation dentistry, removing of toxic metals, replacing them with bio-compatible materials, laser dentistry for painless surgeries and extractions, Zirconia/ceramic implants, natural bone augmentation/ Plasma Rich Growth Factor, oral DNA testing and add gums to receding gums. See ad, page 52.


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

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

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


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



Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 59.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 49.


Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, reflexology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER and lymph drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, ear candling, ozone/ oxygen steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, far-infrared sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 12.

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

HAPPEHATCHEE ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 •

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth. ~Muhammad Ali


Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach Telehealth Coaching: 518-423-1399 Personalized health coaching based on functional medicine. Helping you achieve better sleep, nutrition, stress management, movement and weight reduction. Complimentary first session. Trained in IFM/ Bredesen ReCODE protocol.

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

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


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


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


2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • Open Mon-Sat 7am-8pm. Florida’s only 100% organic market and café. Fresh produce delivered daily. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. See ad, page 10.

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141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 •


Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 59.


Offering many natural healing options in a single location: acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR, EMDR, couples therapy), energy work, therapeutic massage, full-spectrum infrared sauna, classes (yoga, tai chi, stretch ’n strength), workshop, retail therapy and more. See ad, page 38.


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


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


Amanda Laukaitis Certified Holistic Health Coach 978-257-3238 •

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

Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 62.


9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 49.


7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market-prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 26.


Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Nutrition is our lifeblood. Healing with food starts with a personalized plan to address inflammation, nutrient insufficiencies, toxic burden and imbalances in the body. See ad, page 60.

Amanda holds a certificate in PlantBased Nutrition and a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics. She helps busy women who want to transform their bodies using a plantbased diet easily transition with personalized coaching programs.

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. ~William Shakespeare 70

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AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 • Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 38.


Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH15322) AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 • Kim St. Clair is a licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Doctorate in Psychology. She has been working with all age groups since 2003 and specialized in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR was originally created to treat PTSD but has expanded to be an effective generalized treatment with quick and lasting results. See ad, page 38.


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

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

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


5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples 34109 239-631-1925 • Practice Yoga is committed to delivering the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga. Practice Yoga offers a wide variety of classes appropriate for all levels, including Power Vinyasa, Align and Yin. See ad, page 38.

April 2018


Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers April 2018  

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

Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers April 2018  

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