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love the month of May, when Mother Earth is wearing her sweet finery. Glorious blooms grace us while enticing fragrances fill the air. It’s the month my daughter Alina winds down her Colorado snowboard season and returns to visit with her mother while hitting the beaches here. Southwest Florida also becomes our base for taking off on travel adventures we both enjoy. After celebrating her 33rd birthday together this year, we’ll begin our road trip north to Asheville for my nephew’s wedding on Lake Lure. Family gatherings around the campfire and hiking some of my favorite mountains are anticipated highlights, as is visiting the area’s Olivette agrihood community. Then it’s on to Michigan to forward progress on the renovation of our family’s lake cottage. With luck, we’ll have an updated bathroom and kitchen this summer. Michigan will be in full bloom, and I look forward to sniffing backyard lilacs and magnolia flowers, and inhaling the scent of the cherry orchard blossoms embroidering Grand Traverse Bay. Nature figures large in my best adventures and Editor Linda Sechrist illustrates what it takes to keep its beauties intact in interviews with six local women activists I greatly admire. We all owe them thanks and support for their tireless, committed work in protecting the Southwest Florida environment that drew us here. Betty Osceola, a member of the Miccosukee Indian

tribe and environmental and social activist, observes in this month’s “Grandmothers Rising for Mother Earth” local feature article, “We are leaving our footprint in time, and our children and grandchild deserve the right to leave theirs. Therefore, as a grandmother, I am a role model showing my grandchildren how to care about the natural world.” We hope that her story and others’ on page 36 will inspire more citizens to action. I know that when I’m with my daughter, who hopes to gift me with grandchildren someday, I become extraordinarily aware of the rapid destruction and decline Mother Earth has experienced just since she was born. I wonder what kind of natural playground my grandchildren will have to explore. May we all make the most of this beautiful month of May and this Women’s Wellness issue, filled with helpful articles on natural ways to enhance our health, vitality and life experience. I encourage you to pick up extra copies to share with the important women in your life. Grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives, children and all family members will benefit from the tips, recipes, products and services focused on keeping them well, naturally. This month, we salute women everywhere that nurture, provide, inspire, protect, love and spread joy to those around them. We salute, too, the men that support them in their good works. Happy May,

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newsbriefs Beyond Motion Starts New Pilates Training Program

Salt Therapy Grotto & Spa Opens in Naples


alt Therapy Grotto & Spa is open at 3443 Pine Ridge Road, Unit 102, in Naples, eyond Motion, in North and will host an Open House Naples, is launching a from 10 a.m. to noon, May new, 450-hour, comprehen7, along with a Mother’s Day sive Pilates Teacher Training special from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Certification course. CerMay 8. Attendees can tour the tificate options also include new facility and enjoy hors Pilates Mat 1, which starts d’oeuvres on Saturday and May 20 and 22, Pilates Mat mothers can experience a free 2 and Pilates Equipment Cersalt cave and infrared sauna tification. All of the training session with each package modules will be completed of both purchased for $50 at the facility on a full line of through the end of the month. Balanced Body equipment In addition, the Grotto is offerwithin their two Pilates suites. ing a 30 percent discount on all services through June 30. The classes will be led Also known as halotherapy, in which tiny salt microparby the studio’s cofounder ticles are blown into a space via a generator, salt therapy and Pilates and Barre Direchas been shown to treat allergies, asthma, sinusitis and other tor Amy Lademann, who has respiratory conditions; stress, headaches, lethargy and demore than 15 years of teaching experience in the discipline. pression; and improve energy, mental acuity and sleep. The Once students complete the program, which meets all of the therapy is provided in two separate artificial caves, with prirequirements of the prestigious Pilates Method Alliance, they marily Himalayan salt from Pakistan, along with others from will be ready to take the national exam. Poland, Japan, Jordan (Dead Sea), Cyprus, France, Morocco, Beyond Motion’s Pilates Teacher Training methodolPortugal, Hawaii, Peru, India and England. ogy takes a contemporary, science-based approach to the The facility also offers a full-spectrum infrared sauna classical method. “We need instructors that are able to deal room, providing heliotherapy—or light therapy—which can with the bodies of today, and for them to understand which treat skin disorders that include psoriasis, Acne vulgaris, ecmovements are important for each client and why,” says zema and neonatal jaundice, as well as providing detoxificaLademann. tion, relaxation, pain relief, weight loss, improved circulation   and skin purification. Location: 11985 Tamiami Tr., Ste. A. For more information, call 239-254-9300, email or For more information, call 239-598-0990 or visit visit See ad on back cover.







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McBride Leads Workshop at Unity of Naples


erry McBride will lead a Create a New Reality for Your Life workshop from 5 to 8 p.m., June 5, at Unity of Naples. Topics include How to Choose and Prioritize Your Values, What Actions You Can Take to Get What You Desire, How to Take Charge of Your Inner Voice, The Image-Making Part of the Brain and Your Imagination and more. McBride will also present Jesus Brought You Freedom and Power at the 10 a.m. service. A well-known speaker in the personal development moveTerry McBride ment, McBride has the ability to deliver complex ideas and simple truths in a way that allows listeners to build their own successful model for maximizing achievement. Cost: $30 for workshop. Location: 2000 Unity Way. For more information, call 239-775-3009. See ad, page 61.

New Weight-Loss Program at D-Signed Nutrition


egistered Dietician Carrie Bloemers and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Kristi Willems, both of D-Signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs, will begin offering Weight Loss the Functional Way, a new weight-loss program, on May 1. Participants can arrange meetings with the experts during the initial six-week individualized and comprehensive program. Clients will receive a nutritional assessment and personalized meal plan by Bloemers, their first 30-day supply of nutraceuticalgrade supplements and support from Willems. “If cutting calories, trying juice fasts, eating prepackaged weight-loss meals or other diets have not worked over the years and you are ready to work with a team of professionals to implement lifelong changes, we can help you achieve longterm success,� says Willems about the program. Cost: $425 (10 percent savings). Location: 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300. For more information or to register, call 239-676-5249, email or visit See ad, page 26.

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newsbriefs Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Treat Inflammation


free presentation on how hyperbaric oxygen therapy and turmeric can help reduce inflammation in the body will take place at 1 p.m., May 20, at YOLLO Wellness, in Fort Myers. YOLLO practitioners use a brand of turmeric that contains five times more curcumin than most others. The practice uses U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medical equipment to provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy, exposing the client to four pounds-persquare-inch of pressure, which allows the oxygen to reach all the fluids in the body, promoting healing, detoxing, anti-aging, regeneration of new cell growth and the slowing of bad cell growth. In addition to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, certified nutritionists and wellness advocates at YOLLO offer thermographic imaging, a non-invasive clinical procedure for detecting and monitoring a number of diseases and physical injuries by showing thermal abnormalities; antigen leukocyte cellular antibody tests and gut health cell science profiles that personalize nutrition and detect deficiencies, disorders, parasites and bacteria; ImPact concussion testing that evaluates five composite scores of memory, verbal, visual motor speed and reaction; and other services. Cost: $50 and up for hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments. Location: 3840 Colonial Blvd. For more information, to RSVP for presentation (requested) or an appointment, call 239-275-0039, email Wendy@ or visit See ad, page 30.


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Mindfulness and Meditation Course at Collier Library


he Mindfulness Institute will host a three-session Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation course from 7 to 8:30 p.m., May 9, 16 and 23, at the Collier Public Library South Regional location, in Naples. The course supports the practice of mindfulness, helping attendees develop the skills and attention required to be fully present to life. It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as individuals that want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. Participants will learn the basics of mindful meditation, including sitting meditation, walking meditation and deep body relaxation. They will also systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations; and establish and maintain a daily meditation and mindfulness practice to help replace feelings of regret, stress and confusion with clarity, peace, joy and optimism.

Cost: $40 for all three classes, $15 reduced rate (sliding scale). Location: 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy. For more information or to register, email Mindfulness-Institute-Leader@ or visit mindfulnessinstitute. See ad, page 42.

Mental Health Awareness Event in Fort Myers


ayday 2016, a free event highlighting Mental Health Awareness Month, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 14, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, in Fort Myers. Exhibitors include the David Lawrence Center and The Willough, in Naples; Katz Counseling and Educational Psychology, in Fort Myers; Riverside Behavioral Center, in Punta Gorda; and Allied Center for Therapy, in Port Charlotte. Teen Challenge, National Alliance on Mental Health and LA Fitness will also be represented. The event includes a baking contest conducted by Just Desserts and fun games for children. A chapel service will take place at the end of the event in remembrance of those that have been lost to suicide. Location: 3950 Winkler Ave. Ext. For more information or to register for the baking contest, call 239-994-3650 or 239274-0143.

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newsbriefs Two Events Highlight SculpSure Treatment


r. Stephen Prendiville will explain the benefits of the fat-dissolving laser treatment SculpSure from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 27, at Assuage Spa Luxury, in Naples, and from 3 to 5 p.m. the same day at Southwest Facial Plastic Surgery Associates. Attendees will learn about the procedure, which has been added to both facilities, that dissolves fat in the abdomen, flanks and other areas. Light Dr. Stephen refreshments will be served and a Q&A session will follow. Prendiville SculpSure is a new approach to non-invasive fat removal that is safe, effective and takes significantly less time than other current treatments. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the world’s first non-invasive, fat-melting device to treat stubborn fat in just 25 minutes, the versatile, hands-free device features a flexible applicator system using a laser to treat multiple body areas without downtime or surgery. Both events will also inform attendees about the latest news in minimalincision surgeries, injectable facelifts, wrinkle reduction and skin-smoothing techniques. Assuage also offers pre- and post-surgery services such as lymphatic drainage and post-mastectomy massage; prenatal massage with approval from their obstetrician for expectant mothers; plus reiki healing and psychotherapy. Locations: 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 1, Naples; 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. A, Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-333-1450, email or visit See ad, page 20.

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New Practice Offers Free Kinesiology Muscle Testing Session


eith L. Minchew, a diplomate of pastoral science, certified nutritional consultant and member of the Pastoral Medical Association, is offering a one-hour introductory muscle testing (kinesiology) session this month at his new Enlightened Health & Vitality Center practice, located at 8891 Brighton Lane, Suite 107, in Bonita Springs. The sessions can yield greater understanding of the uniqueness of the body and uncover what might be the root cause of health issues, helping clients find alternative approaches to improving health and vitality. “Everything has its own energy or vibration, so it’s important to know what influences on our bodies are resonant or dissonant,” says Minchew. “Our bodies are unique. Through our screening process, there may be a specific unresolved fungus, bacteria, parasite, metal, chemical or food stressor that may be the underlying cause of other health challenges. Many times it may show up before it shows up in lab tests.” Admission is free. For more information or to arrange for a session, call 239390-3177, email or visit Enlightened

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newsbriefs Customer Appreciation Event at Organic Skincare & Bodyworx


rganic Skincare & Bodyworx, in Naples, will host a customer appreciation event featuring free makeovers by one of two makeup artists from the Jane Iredale and La Bella Donna lines, from 3 to 7 p.m., May 11. Attendees can enjoy prizes given every hour, free mini-facials, one-dollar-per-minute chair massages and a 10 percent discount on all products, plus wine and food. Location: 13240 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 207. For more information or to make an appointment (recommended), call 239-514-4494 or email Jayne@Organic See ad, page 3.

New Hazel’s Book Club Meeting at LaPlaya


renda Iliff, executive director of Hazelden in Naples and author of A Woman’s Guide to Recovery; and Leslie Robinson, author of Meditation for Street Chicks, will lead discussions of their works at a free meeting of New Hazel’s Book Club from 4 to 6 p.m., May 19, at LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort’s A and B Ballrooms, in Naples. Complimentary copies of the books will be available and light appetizers and beverages will be served. Readers that are interested in mental health, recovery and addiction will appreciate this informal, interactive event sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Attendees may be able to help others in their family or community after reading these books and taking part in the discussion. Location: 9891 Gulf Shore Dr. For more information, call 239-659-2351, email or visit hazelsbookclub.


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Bellydance Goddess Show at The Stage


ore than 30 outstanding area and international performers ranging from advanced students to professionals will take part in the Bellydance Goddess Show at 8 p.m., May 15, at The Stage, in Bonita Springs. Several bellydance styles will be exhibited in both group and solo presentations. “Women of all ages, body types and backgrounds can find mind, body and Ansuya soul empowerment through bellydance,” says original Bellydance Superstars member and organizer of the event Ansuya Rathor, a second-generation instructor, performer, three-time Golden Belly Award winner and the recipient of a Best Cabaret Bellydancer award from the International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance. “Whether participating in or observing bellydance, its magical effects can transport senses to an ecstatic realm.” The show features cabaret-influenced performers of many modern and traditional styles, showcasing Rathor’s students, visiting performers from her retreat, and concludes with performances by her dance troupe, Gypsy Sugar, plus a solo by Ansuya. After the performances, attendees can join the fun on the dance floor.

Cost: $20. Location: 9144 Bonita Beach Rd. For more information, call 239-273-2167, email or visit To order tickets, visit See ad, page 24.

Celebrate World Labyrinth Day at Happehatchee Center


o celebrate World Labyrinth Day, the Happehatchee Center, in Estero, will host a presentation on labyrinths, a group meditative labyrinth walk and a closing ceremony from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., May 7. Herbal grounding tea that is grown at the eco-spiritual center will be served in bowls that were crafted there. Happehatchee’s event is being held in conjunction with the World Labyrinth Society’s annual walks celebrating peace around the world. Additional teas and bowls will be available for purchase.

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newsbriefs Lovers Key Turtle Trot Offers Scenic Run


overs Key State Park, on Fort Myers Beach, will host the 11th annual Lovers Key Turtle Trot 5K Run/Walk, starting at 8 a.m., May 14. The unique and picturesque trail course, sanctioned by the Fort Myers Track Club, will provide runners with a shady, maritime hammock ecosystem on a hard-packed shell surface, with no running on beach sand. The course ends at the beach pavilion, where refreshments will be served and awards presented. Event proceeds will benefit the Friends of Lovers Key, Inc., a volunteer nonprofit group that helps protect, preserve and support the park. The 500 registered racers will receive official event T-shirts and all will get an official race number, course map and general instructions beginning at 7 a.m. on race day. Registration fee: $35 for adults and $25 for 18 and under through May 8. $40 day of race for all entries. Location: 8700 Estero Blvd. For more information or to register, call 239-463-4588 or visit or the park ranger station to pick up a registration form to be mailed back.

Restorative Yoga Series at Integrative Mindfulness


egistered Yoga Teacher Dina Radcliffe will lead a Stillness & Stretch Restorative Yoga Series from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., May 10, 17, 24 and 31, at Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs, enhanced by soft music and full and deep stretches completely supported by props. A therapeutic style that provides physical and mental balance, restorative yoga can be practiced by virtually anyone, regardless of physical state or body type. Practitioners of this yoga style use bolsters, cushions, blankets and yoga blocks that allow poses to be held longer, yielding deep, yet passive stretching. The longer the body is in a state of comfort, the deeper the sense of relaxation. Participants will enhance their flexibility, find out where stress exists and explore a wonderful segue into a meditation practice. Cost: $100 for four-week series. Location: 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste. 102. For more information or to preregister (recommended), call 239-280-9095, email Radders3075@ or visit Integrative See ad, page 45.


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Natural Awakenings Family of Franchises Keeps Growing


atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) welcomed five new publishers to its April training session at the corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The staff spent several days with these entrepreneurs, discussing the ins and outs of publishing new Natural Awakenings editions in Boulder/Fort Collins, Colorado, and Delaware/Chester County, Pennsylvania, and taking ownership of existing magazines in Charlotte, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; and Portland, Oregon/ Vancouver, Washington. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest, free, local, healthy living publications in the world. Franchise publishers collectively serve nearly 4 million readers each month via 95 magazines published in cities across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. “Living a conscious lifestyle that supports our well-being and the sustainability of Planet Earth has become more important than ever,” says Bruckman. “Our dedicated family of publishers, supported by local advertisers, connects readers with the resources they need to create a healthier, happier world that works for all living things.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is published or to learn more about franchising opportunities, call 239-530-1377 or visit See ad, page 66.


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newsbriefs Himalayan Salt Stone Massage Workshop


aurie Messina, owner and developer of Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, will present a workshop and training session from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 14 and 15, at Hummingbird Wellbeing Center, in the historic district of Bonita Springs. The educational, healing and fun event will be her first in our area and provides 16 continuing education units for professional massage therapists. Attendees will learn a new healing modality that can improve sleep and effect deep relaxation and healing energy for the entire nervous system. Himalayan Salt Stone Massage uses salt crystals from one of the world’s most pristine environments: salt caves deep below the Himalayan Mountains. The recipient’s body absorbs the salt stone healing energy and nutrients. Cost: $225 or $200 for Florida State Massage Therapy Association members that register and pay two weeks prior to workshop. Location: 27785 Old 41 Rd. For more information or to register, call 239-494-6983 or visit or See ad, page 26.

Allini Organic Water Offers Free Testing and Samples


o celebrate its opening on May 2, Allini Organic Water Systems is offering free water samples and free testing of consumers’ current water through the end of the month at its new showroom, located at 1498 Railhead Boulevard, in Naples. The company claims to eliminates 99 percent of the chlorine, chloramines, ammonia, pesticides, bacteria, carcinogens and heavy metals that are in our drinking water. Visitors can also witness the water purification process at the showroom and take a bottle of water home in one of the company’s BPA-free water bottles. Allini has operated for the last four years in Mamaroneck, New York, and the last two years in Fort Lauderdale.

For more information, call 239-248-0592, email Salallini or visit See ad, page 7.

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newsbriefs Naples Botanical Garden Celebrates Mother’s Day


aples Botanical Garden offers a lovely venue for celebrating Mother’s Day on May 8. On their special day, mothers and grandmothers will enjoy free admission; the first 200 will receive a complimentary plant; and the Fogg Café will be serving delicious options for breakfast, lunch and in-between. While strolling the spacious grounds, all visitors can enjoy relaxation in a comfy hammock in the Kapnick Caribbean Garden or watching native butterflies in the Pfeffer Butterfly House. Cost: $14.95 for non-mothers, $9.95 for children. Location: 4820 Bayshore Dr. For more information, call 239-6437275 or visit See ad, page 61.

kudos Licensed Massage Therapist Paula Terry completed certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage Applications for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and autoimmune disorders by attending a weekPaula Terry long workshop in Mesa, Arizona, in April. The protocol, taught by Dr. Bruno Chikly, of the Chikly Health Institute, is simple and effective for relieving the pain and fatigue of autoimmune disease. Based in Naples and serving clients throughout Collier and Lee counties, Terry has been working with manual therapies and as a doula locally for 15 years. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-821-3088, email or visit 24

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Magnesium Improves Childbirth for Mother and Newborn


esearch presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists has found that magnesium reduces fevers during childbirth, as well as complications among newborns. The study followed 63,000 deliveries from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in Chicago, between 2007 and 2014. Of these, 6,163 women developed fevers of at least 100.4° F during labor. Of the women that developed fevers, 2,190 received magnesium sulfate intravenously during their labor. Rates of fever at maternity dropped by half, to 4.3 percent, in women that received the magnesium, versus 9.9 percent in those that did not. The rate of newborn complications was also significantly lower among women given magnesium. The study, led by Dr. Elizabeth Lange, an attending physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is the first of its kind to investigate the effect of magnesium on childbirth. “By reducing the incidence of maternal fever, magnesium sulfate therapy may also reduce the incidence of complications in newborns,” says Lange.

Purpose and Meaning Help Seniors Live Longer


study of 9,050 people by researchers at Britain’s University College of London (UCL), Princeton University and Stony Brook University has determined that a sense of purpose and meaning in the lives of older individuals can significantly reduce the risk of earlier mortality. The researchers called this greater sense of purpose “evaluative well-being”. The study followed subjects that averaged 65 years old at the start for eight-anda-half years. During that period, 9 percent of those with the highest levels of well-being died. Among those with the lowest levels of well-being, 29 percent passed away during the same period—a 30 percent higher incidence of earlier mortality. The study was led by Professor Andrew Steptoe, director of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, who explains, “These analyses show that the meaningfulness and sense of purpose that older people have in their lives are also related to survival.” The mechanisms for this effect are still largely unknown. “There are several biological mechanisms that may link well-being to improved health, such as through hormonal changes or reduced blood pressure,” he says. natural awakenings

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Melia Marzollo over photographer Caroline Kaye, based in Cold Spring, New York, has written and produced lifestyle stories for magazines such as More where she was a contributing editor. A storyteller by nature, she has traveled internationally to feature chefs and farmers and their love of food and life. In 2008, Kaye changed her focus to the camera and now spends most of her time on portraits, but her food photography can also be seen in The Food Processor Family Cookbook, by Hudson Valley author Nicki Sizemore.


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

Women Power

Feminists Redefine Senior Housing Fifteen years in the making, the Babayagas’ House—a feminist alternative to a retirement home—has opened in Paris. This self-managed social housing project is run by its community of inspired female senior citizens that want to maintain their independence. “To live long is a good thing, but to age well is better,” says 85-year-old Thérèse Clerc, who initially conceived the project as a means of combating the idea that growing old is an illness and that retirement homes are a kind of prison. “We want to change the way people see old age, and that means learning to live differently,” she says. The five-story building houses 25 apartments located at the center of Montreuil, just blocks away from shops, a movie theater and the metro. The project cost just under $4.4 million and was funded by eight public sources, including the city council. Two similar projects are now underway in Palaiseau and Bagneux.

Noisy Humans

Man-Made Clatter Muffles Nature’s Chorus Kurt Fristrup, a senior scientist at the U.S. National Park Service, states that noise pollution is becoming so pervasive that people are tuning out the natural sounds around them. According to new research, when we leave home, we’re more likely to try ignoring man-made sounds than enjoying Mother Nature’s chorus. Fristrup observes, “We are conditioning ourselves to ignore the information coming into our ears.” The real loss, he believes, is for future generations. “If finding peace and quiet becomes difficult enough, many children will grow up without the experience, and I think it’s a very real problem.” He and National Park Service colleagues have monitored sound levels at more than 600 sites over the past 10 years and found that none were free of human noise pollution. The team’s model of merging data from more remote regions with urban areas gave them an overall sense of the noise pollution across the U.S. Based on their findings, the researchers believe that noise pollution will grow faster than the population, doubling every 30 years. View a map of sound pollution at


Mm-mm Good Campbell’s Endorses GMO Labeling

Campbell Soup Company recently became the first major food corporation to support the mandatory labeling of genetically modified ingredients and will support the enactment of federal legislation to establish a single mandatory labeling standard for foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMO). A company spokesperson says, “With 92 percent of Americans supporting the labeling of GMO foods, Campbell believes now is the time for the federal government to act quickly to implement a federal solution.” The company says that if a federal solution is not reached, it is prepared to label all of its U.S. products for the presence of ingredients derived from GMOs and seek guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and approval by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. The company also has pledged to remove artificial colors and flavors from nearly all of its North American products by July 2018. For more information, visit 28

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Doctors Warn of Fluoride Risks

Collier County Citizen’s Petition to Stop Water Fluoridation by Linda Sechrist


hysician and New York Times bestselling author Mark Hyman, M.D., is calling for a federal investigation of water fluoridation, which is the long-controversial practice of adding fluoride chemicals to drinking water for the purpose of helping to prevent cavities. He is not alone. There is a growing chorus of influential leaders highlighting possible health risks from drinking fluoridated municipal water. “There are numerous mechanisms by which uncontrolled dosing of fluorides through water fluoridation can potentially harm thyroid function, the body and the brain. A malfunctioning thyroid often leads to weight gain. And diabetics and patients with kidney disease are often thirsty, causing them to consume increased amounts of fluorides if they have access to only fluoridated water. Communities of color and the underserved are disproportionately harmed by fluorides because most rely on municipal water sources, many of which continue to add fluoride despite research showing the potential harms and negating the potential benefits,” states Hyman. Decades-long unease with fluoridation is accelerating rapidly with a wave of new studies and media accounts describing how ingested fluorides can potentially be harmful. Key national environmental and social justice activist figures such as Erin Brockovich, Lois Gibbs and Alveda King have called for Fluoridegate scandal hearings and momentum for federal hearings is quickening as impacted constituency groups awaken to the issue. Christopher Hussar, DDS, DO, who practices in Reno, Nevada, is against treating municipal water with sodium fluorosilicate, also used as insecticide. “The majority of European nations discontinued fluoridating water when their research showed that it was

Fluoride works topically, not systemically, which is why it makes no sense to add it to municipal water systems. not as efficacious as was originally proposed,” says Hussar, who agrees with Hyman that fluoride affects thyroid function because it displaces the iodine molecule, the precursor to thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which is supposed to be absorbed by thyroid cells, the only cells in the body that absorb this molecule. Hussar points to the National Institutes of Health statistics. “It’s alarming that 4.6 million people over age 12 have hypothyroidism, a disorder that occurs when the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone to meet the body’s needs. Thyroid hormone regulates metabolism—the way the body uses energy—and affects nearly every organ in the body. The category of silicofluorides, under which fluoride falls, is not one of pharmaceutical-grade fluoride products. Fluoride in particular is a crude industrial waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry and does not undergo any purification procedures. It is also drastically different from its namesake, fluorine, which is a naturally occurring element frequently listed as a trace mineral. Hussar has friends living in Naples. Due to his growing concern for their health, he has submitted a videotaped statement for an upcoming Collier County Commissioner’s meeting ( regarding Collier County resident Camden Smith’s petition to end water fluoridation. Hussar’s testimony will add to that of Paul

Connett, Ph.D., a former senior adviser for the Fluoride Action Network, who plans a brief statement. Connett spent the past 20 years researching the issues of fluoride’s toxicity and the water fluoridation debate first as a professor of chemistry specializing in environmental chemistry and toxicology. In 2010, his research efforts culminated in the publication of The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There. Fluoride works topically, not systemically, which is why it makes no sense to add it to municipal water systems. Connett reports that more than 300 studies have shown that fluoride is neurotoxic. These include 49 studies that have an association with fluoride exposure and lowered IQ in children and 34 animal studies that fluoride lowers their ability to learn and remember in standard maze experiments. In 2015, associations were also found between fluoride levels in water and ADHD. “Although proponents use a long list of endorsements from government agencies and professional bodies that claim fluoridation is safe and effective, these endorsements date back to the 1950s and were made when there was virtually no science on the table. All they represent today is how difficult it is for bureaucracies to change their minds once they have adopted something as a ‘policy’. It’s so sad that when policy is king, science becomes a slave,” advises Connett. Any member of the public may attend and sign up to be a speaker at the Collier County Commissioner’s meeting. Location: 3299 E. Tamiami Tr., Bldg. 5, third floor, Naples. For the agenda time, contact Collier County Communications at 239-252-8999. natural awakenings

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therapybrief Heart Rhythm Coherence Feedback An Educational Tool Used by Mental Health Professionals


n the hands of mental health professionals, Heart Rhythm Coherence Feedback (HRV) is a powerful educational tool that facilitates rapid and profound improvements in individuals with conditions such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which affects between 5 percent and 15 percent of the U.S. population.

HeartMath Coherence-Building Techniques Based on findings and related research on the extensive interactions between the heart and brain, the Institute of HeartMath developed a set of positive emotion-focused techniques that foster physiological coherence which significantly improves ADHD symptoms. These techniques combine a shift in the focus of attention to the area around the heart (where many people subjectively feel positive emotions) with a selfintentional, sincere, positive emotional state such as appreciation. Such a shift in focus and feeling serves to prevent or reduce the stress response and increase heart rhythm coherence, which results in a change in the pattern of cardiac input sent to the cognitive and emotional centers in the brain. The coupling of a more organized pattern with an intentionally self-generated feeling of appreciation reinforces the natural conditioned response between the physiological state and the positive emotion. This subsequently strengthens the ability of a positive feeling shift to initiate a physiological shift toward increased coherence and the experience of a positive emotion. With practice, new coherent patterns become increasingly familiar to the brain and nervous system, thus establishing in the neural architecture a new, stable norm. An HRV feedback system enables physiological coherence to be objectively monitored and quantified, as well as viewed in real time. As users practice coherence-building techniques, they can see and experience changes in their heart rhythm patterns, which generally become more regular, smoother and more wavelike as they enter the coherent mode. This process enables individuals to easily develop an association between a shift to a more healthful and beneficial physiological mode and the positive internal feeling experience that induces such a shift. The coherence level is fed back to the user as an accumulated score in playing one of three colorful on-screen games designed to reinforce coherence-building skills. The system stores results and track progress. Monica Robles, M.D., located at 2335 Tamiami Tr. N. Ste. 408 in Naples, specializes in child, adolescent and family psychiatry. For appointments, call 239-784-2297. See ad, page 22. 30

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Christie Brinkley Shares Her Secrets to Lasting Beauty Why She Still Looks Terrific After 40 Years as a Model by Gerry Strauss


upermodel extraordinaire Christie Brinkley looks as amazing in her 60s as she did when she first graced the cover of Sports Illustrated nearly 40 years ago. In a new book, Timeless Beauty, Brinkley reveals her anti-aging secrets, many of which involve reliance on healthful foods, a positive attitude, exercise and good skin care. Much of what she’s learned is reflected in her line of Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare. Here, she shares some highlights of how she keeps her mind and body healthy.

Why did you become a vegetarian at age 14?  When I was 13, I picked up a book from the nightstand in my parents’ bedroom called Miami and the Siege of Chicago by Norman Mailer. I happened to open to a page with a highly graphic description of Midwest slaughterhouses. What I read turned my stomach because I loved animals and wanted no part in this inhumane system. I swore at that moment I would never eat another piece of meat and have not done so since. For the past 49 years I have enjoyed the resulting good karma in the form of healthful benefits from avoiding the antibiotics, growth hormones and fats associated with a carnivorous diet. 

Was it tougher to maintain your natural standards as your career became filled with travel and tight schedules? After I first became a vegetarian kid living at home, I soon convinced my family to go vegetarian, too. I read a lot of books to learn how to replace meat protein with healthier choices. Through the early years, as I continued to learn about options, I tried many kinds of vegetarian, macrobiotic and vegan approaches. Once I started modeling in seashore locations, it seemed natural to me to add bits of fresh fish and some dairy; so for the most part I have been a lacto ichthyo variation of vegetarian. I raised my children as vegetarians, and recently my daughter, Sailor, and I took the next step to become mostly vegan. I allow myself a little mozzarella and an occasional salmon dish when my body is craving it, because I think we need to listen to what our body needs. After the environmental disasters of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, made worse by toxic dispersants, and the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown that pumped radioactive isotopes into the Pacific, I am extra-cautious about the salmon I choose and don’t eat other

seafood. I’m lucky that as a model, my career has naturally kept me aware of the amount of sugar I consume, limiting its effects on skin and overall health as well as weight.

How much of anti-aging do you believe is tied to mental and emotional health? Growing old gracefully is all about the positive energy that you use to power through your day and project to others. Happiness is a youthful quality and a smile is always our best accessory; it’s also been proven to release feel-good endorphins. When you take good care of yourself by eating right and exercising, you naturally feel better about yourself. If we’re feeling down, stressed or depressed, we’re tempted to eliminate exercise, which is the very thing that could lift us up and make us feel better. The more we move, the merrier we are. 

Because you also recognize the importance of treating the body well from the outside as well as from the inside, what other practices do you apply? With everything we know about how the sun can damage our skin, it’s crucial to use a moisturizer with a broad ultraviolet spectrum blocker of both UVA and UVB rays to prevent wrinkles and hyperpigmented spots. I created my own skin care line that offers an SPF 30 broad-spectrum moisturizer that also defends against infrared rays [IR], which represent more than half of the sun’s damaging rays that reach Earth. IR emissions also come from manmade objects such as computers and cell phones. Beyond that, I wanted a product that takes advantage of our body’s own circadian rhythms, using special peptides that help the body build collagen and elastin as we sleep and repair. Using a gentle exfoliating scrub is also key, a step many people overlook; I’ve included it in my daily skin care routine for 30 years. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at natural awakenings

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Indulge in Green ZZZ’s on an Organic Mattress by Savannah Noir


n the storybook world of Grimm Brothers fairytales such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, mattresses were naturally perfect. Today, if the brothers were alive to rewrite the tale, Goldilocks would be tearing away parts of each mattress to see if they contained a fluffy surface layer of cotton batting containing boric acid, as well as a deeper layer of compressed cotton batting treated with boric acid and antimony. These two popular fire retardants are toxic chemicals that leach into the body. Antimony resembles arsenic and has been linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Boric acid is a pesticide for killing roaches. Undoubtedly, Goldilocks would be looking for a different house with mattresses labeled “organic”. If we heed the advice of Huffington Post Editor in Chief Arianna Huffington, who is also the author of The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time, in rebooting our health, sex life and career by consistently getting seven to nine hours of sleep—an “organic” mattresses will be as important as removing electronic devices from the bedroom, creating bedtime rituals, using a real alarm clock and drinking no caffeinated beverages after 2 p.m.

“Many individuals unknowingly spend one-third of their lives sleeping on the 30 or more chemicals typically found in traditional mattresses, ” advises Jerry Lecompte, owner of Naples Mattress, in Naples, the only local authorized retailer that carries the 100 percent Certified Organicpedic mattresses and sleep accessories recommended by O magazine. The mattresses are handmade by OMI, which operates an organic factory in Northern California. “Their mattresses are so pure that OMI guarantees if you can find a purer mattress, they give you theirs for free. No one else makes that kind of claim,” clarifies Lecompte. Prior to Time magazine’s 2007 “Sleep Goes Green” article, organic sleep systems were a niche market, and the majority of individuals interested in buying them were those that also made regular purchases in health food stores. But things have been changing. Today’s wise consumers are showing an increased interest in purchasing bedding constructed with natural latex, organic wool and organic cotton. These green sleep systems have been emerging as the first choice for shoppers in search of an alternative to traditional mattresses, constructed of mostly synthetic materials such as polyurethane foam and vinyl.

Many individuals unknowingly spend one-third of their lives sleeping on the 30 or more chemicals typically found in traditional mattresses. ~Jerry Lecompte, owner of Naples Mattress A list of overall benefits of organic sleep systems begins with the fact that pure wool is naturally flame retardant, while natural rubber is antimicrobial and mold- and mildew-resistant. Neither rubber nor wool attract dust mites, an added benefit for anyone suffering from allergies. “Many products may be referred to as organic, but it’s still necessary to look for the proper certification; a shopper’s assurance that a purchase is truly organic, not organically produced in one place and artificially processed in another. Stringent standards for organic certification are established at local levels, by private organizations. Certification serves as an industry watchdog seal of approval, and is not the same as government regulation. Certificates of sustainable textiles specify that no pesticides be allowed in fields where cotton grows or where sheep graze,” explains Lecompte. All organic sleep systems such as Royal-Pedic, Vivetique, and Green Sleep’s Vimala, as well as more the affordable green options of Lifekind, Cozypure, EcoChoices and Keetsa, also have to abide by these standards. A night spent enjoying the support and softness of a natural rubber mattress topped with natural wool and cotton is the next best thing to sleeping on a cloud. This type of restful sleep provides a heavenly rest that only angels enjoy— or the occasional Bear family and their sleepy, bold, blonde-headed guest. Naples Organic Mattress is located at 13800 Tamiami Tr. N., at U.S. 41 and Old 41.For more information, call 239597-5333 or visit or See ad, page 21. For more information on organic mattresses, visit,,,,, CozyPure. com, or


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Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. ~Albert Camus

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Improve Indoor Air Quality with Healthy, High-Tech Rug Cleaning by Linda Sechrist


ndoor air quality (IAQ) is now recognized as a significant component that contributes to our health. With statistics from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) showing that the average American spends more than 90 percent of their time indoors, where air pollution can be 100 times higher, it is time to pay attention to one the causes of poor IAQ—keepsake carpets and area rugs. Often considered investment pieces more than accessories that contribute to the comfort and style of living spaces, priceless area rugs can harbor unhealthy allergens, germs and bacteria that may,


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according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, either cause or aggravate 50 percent of all respiratory illnesses. In Southwest Florida, where dust mites thrive in warm, humid weather, the quality of indoor air can be compromised. Tiny, microscopic scavengers that feed on skin shed by people and pets, dust mites can cause big problems, especially for allergy sufferers. Invisible to the naked eye, they can be found even in the cleanest homes. Phil Koehler, an urban entomologist with the Uni-

versity of Florida “The entire process takes materials drop into Institute of Food a collection bin three days, and we stand and the remainder and Agricultural Sciences, explains, behind our technology, is sucked into the “A gram of dust cyclone dust collecwhich even removes the tor,” advises Naples may contain up to 4,800 mites, and Spa owner worst stains and re-dyes Rug an ounce of dust Michelle Mehri, may host 136,000 areas that have been who along with her or more. While you husband, have been damaged in the past,” in the rug business can’t see them, they are busy producing for 30 years. says Michelle Mehri. allergens that can The next step trigger uncomfortable allergic reacis a wash in a tub that holds 1,200 gallons of water and mimics the Old tions in approximately 80 percent of World, gentle motion of hand washing. allergy sufferers.” The gentle agitation removes soil, but Philip Tierno Jr., Ph.D., a clinical does not harm rug fibers. Afterwards, a professor of microbiology and patholcentrifugal system removes 95 percent ogy at NYU Medical School and the of the water in three minutes. “Since author of The Secret Life of Germs, wool and other materials hold up to 10 says research indicates that an avertimes their weight in water, the next-toage carpet probably contains about 200,000 bacteria per square inch, mak- last step is an important one that serves to avoid the possibility of mold. If not ing it 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet dried quickly, mold is a big issue in seat. According to Tierno, rugs are like Florida’s humid climate. botanical and zoological parks where Lastly, the rugs are hung to dry human skin cells, food particles, pollen completely in a special dry room. The and pet dander serve as a buffet for germs that a vacuum cleaner’s suction entire process takes three days, and we and rotating beater brush are incapable stand behind our technology, which of reaching. even removes the worst stains and re With numerous options for rug dyes areas that have been damaged in cleaning such as steam, chemicals, the past,” says Mehri, who notes that industrial vacuuming, as well as others, she spent five years researching the a local company that can pick up and market to find the technology. “This is return the rug after removing embedded so new that even the brand names in particles that a regular vacuum can’t carpet cleaning do not have it up and extract is invaluable. Naples Rug Spa, running yet.” with the newest technology that doesn’t shrink or warp area carpets, provides Naples Rug Spa is located at 4081 pickup and delivery. “Our rug spa Mercantile Ave., Ste. B, in Naples. For technology starts with rubber beaters more information call 239-206-1481, vibrating on the back of the rug on a email rotating, open conveyor grid to loosen or visit See ad, the particles in the pile. The foreign page 5. natural awakenings

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and tireless grandmothers can inspire all of us with their courage and energy.

Painting: Morning Grooming by Martha Paquin

Janet Weisberg

Grandmothers Rising Up for Mother Earth Southwest Florida Grandmothers Use their Hearts and Intuitive Voices to Work Tirelessly for Mother Earth and Future Generations by Linda Sechrist


isters, daughters, nieces, aunts, mothers and grandmothers from diverse cultures, faiths and backgrounds are raising their voices and advocating for an Earth-respecting cultural narrative—one of “restore, respect and replenish”—to replace the narrative of domination, depletion and the destruction of nature. Globally, their voices are being heard as they speak for climate justice, the creation of climate solutions and a just and necessary transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. These words are snippets taken from the declaration and preamble for the Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network (WECAN), a solution-based alliance that works to foster resilient communities and promote a post-carbon energy future, while encouraging societal transformation. Albeit, millions of women are unacquainted with WECAN, yet the or36

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ganization’s guiding principles capture what lies at the heart of all women’s actions that are speaking loud and clear for the rights of nature, indigenous peoples and future generations. Among those who are demonstrating their commitment to move from a future of peril to a future of promise are Southwest Florida grandmothers Janet Weisberg, Dianne Rhodes, Martha Paquin, Holley Rauen, Ann Smith and Betty Osceola. Just as actress Julia Roberts is the voice of Nature in Conservation International’s documentary, Nature is Speaking, these Earth ventriloquists are throwing their voices to give Earth the language and words for awakening humanity to its need to collaborate with Nature, rather than work against it. They are doing it for their children, grandchildren and the generations beyond, as well as all living things on Mother Earth. These fearless

Janet Weisberg was relieved to learn through her training with Project NatureConnect that the 54 senses she used in childhood to communicate with Nature could be restored. For Weisberg, the sensory science and therapeutic remedy for the excessive disconnection of our psyche from nature’s flow was a grand blessing. In exploring nature’s wisdom, this grandmother of 12, from 4 to 22 years old, woke up. “I’d been like everyone else buying things, trying to fit in, feeling separated from what I couldn’t identify and lacking a feeling of wholeness. There was no particular reason for this, as I grew up in a nice home with a great family,” says Weisberg. NatureConnect’s experiential training drew Weisberg back to her greatest pleasure; time outdoors. “As a kid, I enjoyed a connection with nature and played a lot outside. I grew up and lost that connectedness. Through NatureConnect, I learned that our preverbal ancient brain (located in the brain stem, amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamus and thalamus) never loses its 54 senses. In adulthood, combining it with the functioning of the neocortex is essential to a relationship with nature, abstract thinking, imagination, problem solving and a sense of wholeness. In the reengaging of those senses, I returned to wholeness, which I unconsciously had longed for,” she explains. The reality of grandchildren living on a planet where humanity had no clue how to work together toward a sustainable future hit Weisberg hard. “Initially I wept and sobbed, because I

Janet Weisberg with her husband Sam and 12 grandchildren

couldn’t understand why my children wanted to bring babies into the world. Then I had an insight. I’m beholden to my grandchildren and every child born, as well as to the 20- and 30-year-olds who haven’t had children yet. I have a role to play, and I’m not finished until I depart this life. This work brought me to life in my late 60s. I speak now to educate the young and the elders that language isn’t the be-all and end-all. To survive, thrive and create a resilient future, we need super-intelligence, which is what we get when we activate the whole brain,” notes Weisberg.

Dianne Rhodes

Dianne Rhodes Trade deals, pipelines, tar sands, clearcut logging, acid rain, greenhouse gas emissions, poverty, aboriginal reserves, pollution, recycling, sea level rise, solar initiative, fossil fuels, Earth Overshoot Day and any other environmental or social justice terms that are related to climate change find their way into the majority of Dianne Rhodes’ conversations and presentations when she speaks locally and in Saskatchewan, a prairie province in Canada where she summers. This 71-year-old grandmother spends a minimum of three hours daily surfing her trusted websites—, BlueDot.Ca,, (The Climate Reality Project),, EcoWatch. com,, TruthDig. com,, TheEmpire Files.TV, and Inside—for information that mainstream media spins or fails to provide. She also reads books and articles written by expert authors she admires. “Additionally, I educate myself from research provided by respected experts

such as Bill McKibben, George Monbiot, David Suzuki, Guy McPherson, Herman Daily, Bill Rees, Chris Edges, Naomi Kline and Sandra Steingrabber,” says Rhodes. Rhodes has trained with’s leader, Bill McKibben. In 2012, she joined participants from 58 countries that spent three days training with Vice President Al Gore and other climate change experts involved in his nonprofit Climate Reality Project. “He personally trains a diverse leadership corps from a variety of backgrounds to work toward solving the climate crisis,” says Rhodes, who now speaks publicly on the subject. “As a wise elder, I speak as often as possible on rights for all people and especially the next generations who deserve to live on a healthy planet. More than 100 countries have environmental rights in their constitutions. Canada and the U.S. do not. This needs to change. There are organizations such as Our Children’s Trust and the For the Generations, a Delaware Riverkeeper Network initiative that are working on this in the U.S. In Canada, it is the Blue Dot Movement, initiated by the David Suzuki Foundation, that is building the Right to a Healthy Environment city by city until the initiative is strong enough to be included in Canada’s Constitution,” remarks Rhodes, who is leading a volunteer team that is getting petitions signed for presenting to the Saskatoon mayor and city council for signing into law. “My efforts are for the future generations, my grandchildren and especially for my granddaughter Amorell who likes to join me in demonstrations.”

Holley Rauen Holley Rauen is no stranger to social justice and environmental activism, which she considers one issue. The Vice President of Communications at the Happehatchee Center, Rauen is literally the voice of the eco-spiritual center, Estero’s sanctuary for peace and healing. “As mothers, grandmothers and wise women, we have to show up and be the change,” says Rauen. Rauen’s peace and justice activism efforts in her previous San Francisco residence transformed into environmental activism when she moved to

Holley Rauen Florida and jumped into the fray over protecting waterways and the wonders of the Everglades. Feeling compelled to protest the building of a coal-fired power plant in Glades County, she protested with Happehatchee founder Ellen Peterson, Florida Wildlife Federation Outstanding Environmentalist of 2008. “We eventually won through the use of many tactics and strategies, including, one of Ellen’s great ideas—to buy at least one or two shares of stock so I could go into stockowner meetings, stand up and speak the truth,” comments Rauen. Peterson, who fought fearlessly for the environment right up to age 87, taught Rauen that 99 percent of being an effective environmental activist is showing up and being part of the power in numbers. “It’s why despite my age and health challenges, I’m still showing up for things like protecting the Estero River, which is heavily polluted,” says Rauen, who is also a Sierra Club member. As the matriarch of her family, Rauen is mother, aunt, mentor and role model for her 24 nieces and nephews, along with the young Florida Gulf Coast University students who spend time on Happehatchee projects. “The most important thing we can do for our children is to take them outdoors in nature to play. It’s the only real classroom,” she says. Showing up to protect the waters of the Estero River and the easement area, trees and wildlife along its Happehatchee banks means that Rauen regularly attends meetings of the Estero Village Council and collaborates with local groups such as the Stonecrab Alliance. “We worked together to ban fracking. Our most recent collaboration was the Water Blessing Event with clergy from eight different religious traditions and Betty Osceola, as well as Kat Epple natural awakenings

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Martha Paquin and her musical partner Nathan Dyke. It was time to bring spirit into our activism for clean water, the most basic element that gives us all life,” advises Rauen.

Martha Paquin Martha Paquin, an accomplished artist. spends spring and summer months in her Illinois studio home, a seven-acre property, which she refers to as “The Waterfall”. An initiate of the Mandan tribal people’s White Buffalo Cow Society, she has an affinity for indigenous people. “I became friends with Carol Hart, producer/director of the film For the Next 7 Generations, which tells the story of 13 indigenous grandmothers from all around the world who came together to help us create a new way of life that will bring the planet back into balance before it’s too late. When I was a keynote speaker for the world convention of Unity churches in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last year, Carol showed the film and we had a discussion afterwards. In 2013, Paquin, a 10-year veteran delegate to the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), traveled to the UN with a group of indigenous grandmothers from different tribes. “The indigenous wisdom and knowledge they shared on the great law of peace was as soothing as the ceremonies they performed throughout

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New York City. We’ve remained connected through the Facebook page for Grandmothers Circle the Earth Foundation. It is one of many indigenous grandmothers organizations that has formed in fulfillment of a prophecy of a Navajo spiritual elder,” advises Paquin. UNCSW is the intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Paquin purchased her waterfall home located on sacred grounds near Indian mounds to ensure that her grandchildren had a place to learn about nature. “In retrospect, I’ve learned more about nature than they have, and I convey the essence of it through my paintings and photography,” she enthuses.

elders stepping up to listen, speaking from our heart and experience and helping young people on deeper levels to develop a love for the Earth so that they can become environmentalists, too. This type of natural mentoring can be seen in Yemanjá, a documentary narrated by Alice Walker and produced by a friend of mine, Donna Roberts, who wanted the world to see the ecological sustainability and power found in community and faith via the stories of four extraordinary elder female leaders of the Afro-Indigenous Candomblé, the religion of nature that depends on access to the natural world in Bahia, Brazil. Yemanjá helps women to see the spiritual connection to Earth and nature that religious leaders are making. It also shows women as the spiritual leaders Ann Landass Smith and wisdom keepers that we are.” Ann Landass Smith, As a delegate a firm believer that representing nonwomen are the true governmental orgasaviors of their land nizations at UNCand communities, SW for 30 years, points to Professor Smith will roll out Wangari Maathai, her spiritual leaderwho started the ship program based Green Belt Moveon the principles ment in Kenya. “She similar to those of was the first environAndrew Harvey’s Ann Smith with her two grandsons mentalist to win the Academy of Sacred Nobel Peace Prize Leadership and train for work that responded to the need others how to present and facilitate it. for growing and planting trees to bind She says, “Andrew is a great spiritual the soil, store rainwater, provide food teacher and author whose message is and firewood. The more serious issues one of positive spiritual growth, love, behind her work were deeper issues of compassion and listening within. When disempowerment, disenfranchisement women learn to listen within to their inand a loss of traditional values that tuitive voice, we know we are the ones previously enabled women in comto protect the environment because we munities to protect their environment,” are most connected to the elements advises Smith. through our menstrual cycle, giving life The Chipko Movement in India and nurturing.” preceded Maathai’s work. To increase ecological awareness and demonstrate Betty Osceola the viability of people power, women Betty Osceola is a lot of things in addition that believed their land was sacred to being a grandmother—an Everglades went from village to village creating a resident, member of the Miccosuckee human chain with their arms. Women Indian tribe, environmental and social were most affected by the rampant justice activist who opposes the River of deforestation, which led to a lack of Grass Greenway Project (ROGG) as well as fracking and polluting of our waterfirewood and fodder, as well as water ways, and an airboat captain at Buffalo for drinking and irrigation. Tiger Airboat Tours, which she owns and “It is our wisdom and intention to operates with her husband. give voice to the feminine wisdom that Osceola sees herself and her can tip the scale of planetary congrandchildren as makers of history. “We sciousness,” says Smith. “We are wise

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Betty Osceola are leaving our footprint in time and our children and grandchild deserve the right to leave theirs. Therefore, as a grandmother, I am a role model showing my grandchildren how to care about the natural world. In our culture, which is matriarchal, our teachings are passed down orally from generation to generation through women. We believe that in order for our culture and language to survive, it has to be practiced and delivered verbally,” notes Osceola. Osceola’s actions are a way of life and showing her love for the natural world she is connected to. “My grandchildren see and hear me when I am speaking about nurturing and fostering respect for the natural world that they are apart of. They see me doing what I say, which reinforces the lessons. I wouldn’t expect them to understand these concepts as adults if they weren’t exposed to them throughout their childhood,” she says. Because we do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, but rather borrow it from our children, they want to see their wise women elders connected and paying attention to important things such as climate justice and climate solutions. They also want to see us taking action and speaking up to insure a healthy future for our planet. Osceola confirms this with an anecdote from the recent 80-mile Walk for Future Generations she organized to protest the ROGG and protect the Everglades. “For the first time in the Walk for Future Generations demonstrations we had more young people than elders, which is very encouraging. Our youngest walker was still in the womb, while another was five months old. It was good to see grandmothers bringing their grandchildren and mothers giving their unborn children an early start on environmental activism,” quips Osceola. natural awakenings

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SPARK UP YOUR LOVE LIFE Natural Ways to Boost Libido by Lisa Marshall


nderlying health issues aside, a hectic schedule packed with work deadlines, kids’ sporting events and household chores can leave little time for intimacy. Letting that pattern go on too long can become a problem. “There’s a use-it-or-lose-it phenomenon that occurs,” says Dr. Anita Clayton, a University of Virginia psychiatry professor, neurologist and author of Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy. Despite what hyper-seductive female media stereotypes suggest we believe, in the real world, 39 percent of women feel they lack sex drive, and nearly half experience some kind of sexual dissatisfaction, according to a survey of 32,000 women published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. About one in eight women are significantly distressed about it. “The truth is, many of us don’t have great sex lives,” confirms Clayton. Sprout Pharmaceuticals introduced Addyi, aka filbanserin, last fall; the first prescription drug to address low libido in women. Some heralded the controversial medication as “the little pink pill,” seeing it as the female version of males’ blue Viagra pill, which a halfmillion men purchased in its first month on the market in 1998. Yet several


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months after its launch, only about 1,000 women had tried Addyi and many doctors declined to prescribe it, due to its lack of widespread efficacy and possible adverse side effects, including low blood pressure and fainting when combined with alcohol. “This is a complex problem that requires a complex solution,” says Honolulu-based naturopathic physician Laurie Steelsmith, author of Great Sex Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine. “For most women, drugs are not the answer.” She notes that for men, boosting libido is largely a matter of boosting circulation and blood flow to the penis. But for women, desire for lovemaking stems from an interplay of emotional, interpersonal, hormonal and anatomical drivers that make lack of desire harder to “treat”. The truth is that many simple, effective, non-drug approaches exist. As Boulder, Colorado, marriage therapist Michele Weiner Davis puts it, “There’s no reason why a woman wanting a more robust sex life cannot have one.”

Overall Health Check

The number one culprit for low libido in women is subpar physical health, says Steelsmith. “To be capable of fully

enjoying pleasure, you need a healthy body.” Carrying excess weight can both erode self-esteem and lead to reductions in a woman’s natural circulating testosterone, a critical hormone that helps ignite pleasure circuits in the female brain and increase sensitivity in the clitoris. Being underweight can result in fatigue and low sexual energy, diminished production of excitatory brain chemicals and low levels of estrogen, key for keeping a woman moist. Meanwhile, Steelsmith explains, excess stress can prompt the body to “steal” from libido-boosting hormones like progesterone in order to make more of the stress-hormone cortisol. High blood sugar can drive down testosterone, while high cholesterol can clog pelvic blood vessels, dulling sensation. Depression, diabetes and thyroid disorders are other major libido killers, says Clayton. “If you treat them effectively, you may see big improvements.” Women seeking to improve their sexual health should first try to achieve a healthy weight via diet and exercise, Steelsmith says. She recommends an organic diet rich in complex carbohydrates (which keep blood sugar balanced), lean protein (a precursor to desire-related neurotransmitters) and good fats (which help keep vulval tissues lubricated). Exercise—another circulation booster—is also key. Do it before a scheduled hot date for even better results. One 2014 study of 52 women found that those that worked out prior to an anticipated romantic encounter had significantly increased sexual desire.

Pamper Femaleness

Many women avoid sexual encounters for fear of sparking a urinary tract or vaginal infection. This becomes more common after age 40, as estrogen wanes and pelvic tissue thins and dries, leaving it more vulnerable to microbial invaders. Because semen is alkaline, it changes a woman’s vaginal pH, allowing unfriendly bacteria to thrive, says Steelsmith. Her advice: Always go to the bathroom and urinate after intercourse, and use natural lubricants, like vitamin E. For some women, she also recommends low-dose, prescription estrogen cream or suppositories.


If an infection occurs, try to treat it naturally, avoiding antibiotics, which can spark yeast overgrowth. Instead, Steelsmith recommends using tea tree oil, goldenseal, or probiotic douches or suppositories, available online and at health food stores. Kegel exercises are a famous aid, involving clamping down as if interrupting urine flow, before releasing and repeating. This not only help fends off urinary incontinence and infection, it also strengthens and firms pelvic muscles, rendering enhanced enjoyment for both partners.

that’s not spontaneous enough,’” says Weiner Davis. “But even if you put it on the calendar, what you do with that time can still be spontaneous and playful.” While most women assume that they need to be in the mood first, research by University of British Columbia Psychiatrist Rosemary Basson suggests that in some women, desire only comes after physical arousal, especially by a loving partner that takes the time to meet her needs. “I wish I had a dollar for each time someone said to me, ‘I’m not in the mood, but once I get into it, I surprise myself, because I have a really good time,’” says Weiner Davis. She’s not advising women to make love when they really don’t want to, but rather to be open to it even when the circumstances aren’t ideal. “A lot of women feel like the house has to be clean, with the kids asleep and free of distracting noises,” she says. “Sometimes, just do it.”

Is Sex Essential? Make Time for Intimacy

Research has shown that over time, frequent lovemaking actually causes structural changes in certain areas of the brain as new connections form and sex-related regions grow stronger. Stop, and those areas atrophy, making physical intimacy feel awkward once it’s resurrected. A sexless relationship can also be emotionally devastating for the person, often the male, that wants more contact, says Weiner Davis, author of The Sex-Starved Marriage: Boosting Your Marriage Libido. “For the spouse yearning for touch, it is a huge deal,” she says. “It’s about feeling wanted, attractive and loved.” In her practice, she often sees couples that are mismatched in how they wish to demonstrate and receive love. Often, the woman wants to feel close emotionally before she can feel close physically. For the man, physical intimacy is a conduit for opening up emotionally. When both keep waiting to get what they want, the relationship suffers. She counsels couples to deliberately make time to address both partners’ needs. Schedule a long walk or intimate dinner to talk over feelings; also schedule sex. “Some people say, ‘Oh, but

Clayton points out that while 42 percent of women experience either low sex drive or satisfaction, fewer than 12 percent are really bothered by it. “Some women experience great grief and loss about this. They say, ‘It used to be a part of my life and now it’s gone.’” For some in this subset that are unable to find relief via lifestyle changes, she would recommend Addyi, said to boost desire by changing brain chemicals. On the other hand, many women don’t need to take any action at all. “If someone has low sex drive and it doesn’t matter to them or their partner, it’s not a problem.” That said, the benefits of attending to an affectionate, healthy sex life can go far beyond the bedroom, improving overall health and strengthening relationships, notes Steelsmith. Sex burns calories, increases circulation, releases calming and painkilling hormones like prolactin and prompts production of the “bonding hormones” vasopressin and oxytocin. “When you are in a loving relationship and you express that love through your body, physiological changes occur that can help you bond more deeply with your partner,” she says. “The more you make love, the more love you make.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

Five Common Libido Killers Birth Control Pills: Oral contraceptives can boost levels of sex hormone-binding globulin, which attaches to desire-promoting testosterone, making it harder for the body to access it. Antidepressants: Numerous antidepressant medications have been shown to decrease libido, but leaving depression untreated can kill sex drive even more; consider natural alternatives. Smoking: It impairs circulation to genitals. Alcohol: Too much alcohol lowers sexual response. Caffeine: Excess caffeine can erode levels of testosterone, which is vital for driving desire. Sources: Laurie Steelsmith, ND, and research studies

Nature’s Libido-Enhancers L-arginine: Boosts blood flow to sexual organs. Can be taken in supplement form or applied topically. Chinese ginseng (Panax ginseng): Considered a sexual tonic in Chinese medicine for its ability to stabilize sexual energy over time; also used to address vaginal dryness. Epimedium (horny goat weed): Said to stimulate nerves in genitals, support adrenal glands and boost levels of feel-good brain chemicals. Phenylethylamine: Sometimes referred to as the “romance chemical”, this stimulant and mood elevator is naturally released in the brain when we have an orgasm, exercise or eat chocolate; also available in supplement form. Maca: A Peruvian root used for centuries in that country to promote sexual energy, Maca is said to boost production of libido-boosting hormones. Source: Laurie Steelsmith, ND natural awakenings

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One Woman’s Quest for Trust by Linda Sechrist


he mental health career of Peg Walsh, a find the other as they were in trouble,” says Walsh. board-certified clinical nurse specialist and Although other questers returned with compsychotherapist who practices in Bonita plex messages, Walsh’s was simple and profound. Springs and Fort Myers, has been one of unfoldShe heard, “Be still and know I am,” and received ing personal individuation. While Walsh’s earliest some symbols that in the years since the quest, roots went deep into public health nursing, she have come to have more and more meaning. now focuses on Gottman Method Couples Therapy At the encouragement of Animas Institute and and sex therapy certified by the American Associathe suggestion of a friend, Walsh returned to the tion of Sexuality Educators. Her background as a site of her quest one year later. “We were encourvisiting nurse, consultant and training expert for aged to go back in a year and spend one night. Peg Walsh homecare staff has sharpened her communication I wasn’t going to do it until a friend said, ‘You’ve skills that now serve to help couples learn the skills they need got to.’ I took her with me so that she could drive me to the to master their current situation and reinvent their sex life in trailhead, drop me off and send out an alarm if I didn’t return. order to restore passion. From there, I walked through sunshine, intense heat, insect “It’s personally meaningful to use the short-term cogniswarms, rain and sleet. The elevation of 9,000 feet left me tive/behavioral therapy and psychodynamic principles that short of breath. I kept thinking, ‘I will just get as far as I can.’ I I am trained in to help individuals. With couples, I use the made it to same the site where I spent time by the stream and Gottman Sound Relationship House as the paradigm for thought of what author Hermann Hesse used in Siddhartha to understanding long-term committed relationships. We work describe what the Buddha’s liberated eyes saw as he meditated together on building and restoring friendship, mastering by a stream. Later, I slept peacefully during the night,” recalls constructive conflict and identifying shared goals and meanWalsh, who took this as a message to study meditation. ing, as well as life dreams. Couples learn communication Although Walsh feels that her inner directives are subtle skills, self-esteem and boundary setting. Since nearly all of or unconscious, she continues to trust and follow them just life takes place in a relationship, which requires good listenas she did on her quest. “Anyone who goes on a vision quest ing skills, I particularly enjoy helping them learn to listen to does so not just for personal benefit, but also for commuthemselves, as well as each other, and to help them create nity. In my work, I do a lot of listening and validating. I help the life they want,” says Walsh. clients understand that they have to ask for what they want In her earlier years, Walsh’s personal search to create the directly, listen inwardly and trust themselves and the unilife she wanted led her to embark on a three-day nature-based verse. These were all things I experienced during the vision approach to the Journey of Soul initiation, supervised by Animas quest, which was really a metaphor for a lifetime of studying Valley Institute, in Colorado. “Being alone on a vision quest psychology as a way of learning about life and my emofor three days in a Colorado aspen forest was both terrifying tions,” advises Walsh, who also practices from the office of and peaceful. I used a tarp rather than a tent, and woke up to Steven Machlin, in Fort Myers. a touch of morning dew as well as songbirds hopping around. I had a supportive partner. We would let each other know we Peg Walsh, 9990 Coconut Rd., Bonita Springs. Steven were okay by moving stones whenever we went to a nearby Machlin, M.D., 6820 Porto Fino Circle, Ste. 1, Ft. Myers. For stream for daily water. I went in the morning and he in the eveappointments call 718-208-6986 or email PWalshFlorida@ ning. If the stone has not been moved, then we would know to See ad, page 62.


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Eco-Style the Momentous Event It’s summer wedding planning season, and couples can save money and conserve natural resources by planning a simpler, more ecological event. Instead of hosting the reception at a pricey hotel or restaurant, consider moving the ceremony and reception to a serene location like a beach, park or nature center. Local park and recreation departments may collaborate on making arrangements at public facilities, and nominal fees help support their ongoing operations. A natural setting at an eco-conscious hotel is equally well suited to serving healthy, organic food from a local or on-site health food restaurant, caterer or specialty grocer. Here are some more tips. Purchase organic flowers to avoid pesticides and artificial fragrances often containing toxic chemicals. Buying from local growers cuts transportation costs. Choose a wedding gown made of organic and sustainable fibers. Chasing points out that organic farming reduces atmospheric carbon dioxide by using 37 percent fewer fossil fuels than conventional methods. While releasing butterflies or doves may constitute a symbol of love, it can be fatal, especially for the birds, which possess no survival skills in the wild. Also, tossing birdseed over the happy couple, for a time viewed as an improvement on throwing rice, is just as wasteful and messy. Instead, greet the newly hitched lovers by blowing bubbles—it’s inexpensive, childhood fun that won’t harm clothes, animals or the environment. Guests can recycle the wands and bottles, which are available in small sizes for weddings. Show care for other animals by abstaining from balloons. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service notes that balloons that end up in nearby waters or landfills can be mistaken for food and cause stomach blockages for whales, dolphins, turtles and birds. Rather than pay big bucks for a band that consumes electricity, go with one or two local, unplugged musicians such as an acoustic guitar player and flutist. Guests will relish hearing moving, personal renditions of love songs instead of clichéd tunes.

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Small Shifts Can Drop Pounds and Gain Health

pounds in two weeks,” she says, “and I didn’t feel like I was on a diet.” Eating a big salad for lunch is a habit that author Victoria Moran, host of the award-winning Main Street Vegan online radio show, has adopted in her New York City home. She fills a big bowl with leafy greens, in-season vegetables, avocado and a light dressing. “This will set you up for the rest of the day,” says Moran. Pam Anderson, a mainstream food blogger in Darien, Connecticut, agrees. Six years ago, she lost 50 pounds and credits having a big green salad for lunch—one of her many small food habit changes—with helping her maintain a healthy weight, despite frequently testing and sampling recipes.

by Judith Fertig

Food Thought Habits

How to Reboot Your Eating Habits


ur food habits are often just that—mindless, repetitious eating behaviors. Some serve us well; others, not so much. Natural Awakenings asked experts to serve up many doable small changes that can add up to big shifts. According to Brian Wansink, Ph.D., the John S. Dyson professor of marketing at Cornell University and author of Mindless Eating, changing just one lifestyle habit can eliminate two or more pounds each week. By changing up to three habits, we may lose more weight. At a minimum, we will likely improve the quality of the food we eat overall.

Buying Behaviors

Wansink advises that having the only food on our kitchen counter be fruit encourages healthy snacking. At work, he suggests lunching away from our desk to discourage mindless eating. At restaurants, order half-size entrees, and then add a maximum of two items, such as soup and bread, salad and side dish or an appetizer and dessert. He recommends using a food shopping strategy to fill the cart with better food. With hunger sated first, chew on a natural gum while shopping; it discourages buying junk food. Secondly, habitually fill the front of the cart with produce. “We eat what we see,” he says. 44

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Food Choices

Consider starting the day with a new coffee habit. Dave Asprey, of Los Angeles, author of The Bulletproof Diet, uses organic coffee, brews with filtered water and blends the hot coffee with a pat of unsalted, grass-fed butter, a fat high in vitamins and omega-3 essential fatty acids, and a small spoonful of a coconut oil that doesn’t congeal at room temperature. Unlike a drive-through latte with sugar and carbohydrates, he maintains that this type of coffee, “makes you feel energized, focused and full for hours.” Asprey takes a biohacker’s approach to natural biology-based ways to maximize physical and mental performance. New York City writer Chris Gayomali tried Asprey’s recipe for two weeks. Although it didn’t curb his appetite, he says he felt more alert and “ready for life.” Upgrading the foods we love is also possible, says David Wann, of Golden, Colorado, author of Simple Prosperity. “Too often, we economize on food when we should be buying the best quality, freshest organic food we can,” he says. Rebecca Miller, who lives near Kansas City, Missouri, took Wann’s advice and cut costs in other ways instead. To her delight, she found that the fresher, better-tasting food prompted her to eat less, but eat better. “I lost seven

Doing too much for other people and not enough for ourselves can make our internal voice whisper, “I need comfort,” a thought that can generate overeating. In The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great, Anderson suggests we ask ourselves what other triggers are prompting poor food habits. Upon reflection, we can prioritize emotional and physical health with planned, smaller, varied, healthy, delicious meals; it’s a habit that works for her. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., a psychologist in Lake Forest, Illinois, and bestselling author of Better Than Perfect, assures, “If we fall off the healthy eating wagon, it’s not failure, it’s data.” She believes reaching for the chocolate chip cookies in the vending machine after a stressful morning should be viewed from a scientific standpoint, not via our inner finger-pointing judge. “What are the factors that influenced our decision: stress, hunger or a desire for distraction? That’s great information,” says Lombardo. She proposes that we can then prepare to counter a future snack attack with handy healthy bites, a mindfulness break, a quick walk outside or other naturally healthful stress-relievers. Changing our food habits, one at a time, can help us live better going forward.   Judith Fertig is the author of awardwinning cookbooks and blogs at from Overland Park, KS.

All Calories Are Not Created Equal by Lillie Viola


pring temperatures rise parallel with the expectations of Southwest Floridians who dream of fitting into that perfect swimsuit after finishing the latest fad diet. As fickle as the weather, fad diets are lacking in solid science and can’t keep the weight loss promises they promote. “One of the most significant reasons that fad diets are ineffective is because they are largely focused on deprivation and fail to tell the whole story about calories and portion control, two important facets of any weight loss program,” says Anthony Memmo, DC, founder of Synergy Nutrition of Naples.

All Calories Are Not Created Equal

“A patient chose to eat three Oreo cookies rather than one avocado because the chart showed that the cookies had fewer calories. I gave her credit for listening and paying attention to balancing calories, but her choice wasn’t the right tradeoff. That made me dig a little deeper for an explanation that would help her understand why all calories are not created equal,” says Memmo. Avocadoes do have more calories than Oreos. The fact that their nutritional benefits are far different means that their calories are not equal. Although there are additional fats in the avocado that raise its caloric value, they are burned at a slower rate and as a monounsaturated fat they are associated with other health benefits such as increasing the body’s metabolic rate, which can aid in weight loss as well as the reduction in LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase in HDL (good cholesterol). “While comparing calories to calories may seem logical, in this case

a true comparison cannot be made. This ‘no comparison’ applies to other foods as well, which is why the traditional weight loss model has to be revamped,” advises Memmo.

Portion Control When Eating Out

According to the U.S. Healthful Food Council, the average American buys a meal or snack from a restaurant 5.8 times per week. A big mistake in weight loss is over eating, which is easy to do restaurants serve food on big plates. Although it may not look like too much food in comparison to the plate size, it is too much food when compared to what the body needs from one meal. “Eat only the amount your body needs to function until the next meal. Imagine that you have a cup that is the equivalent of putting two hands together, palms up, in the shape of a bowl. All the food that you need to convert into energy until the next meal will fill the cup. Excess food that causes the cup to overflow, from eating too much, gets converted into fat. With the exception of some extreme cases, glucose never leaves the body. It is the body’s currency and what is needed to create energy. The body holds stores it for later. To avoid overeating when dining out, divide the meal in half and take the remainder home to eat later,” advises Memmo, who offers customized nutrition programs to suit every individual’s weight goals. Synergy Nutrition of Naples is located at 13020 Livingston Rd., Ste. 14, in Naples. For appointments call 239-263-3330 or visit

One of the most significant reasons that fad diets are ineffective is because they are largely focused on deprivation and fail to tell the whole story about calories and portion control, two important facets of any weight loss program. ~Anthony Memmo, DC, founder of Synergy Nutrition of Naples natural awakenings

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Nine in 10 North Americans may be iodine deficient. ~ Dr. Robert Thompson

Solutions for a Sluggish Thyroid Keying in on Iodine by Kathleen Barnes


t seems that a common mineral supplement that costs just pennies per day can stimulate an underactive thyroid, restore metabolism to normal levels, curb excess appetite, banish fatigue and generally improve everyone’s health. Mounting scientific evidence shows that iodine may be an answer to many such health woes, especially for women. “The thyroid acts as a throttle, the gas pedal for all metabolic functions in the human body,” says Dr. Richard Shames, of San Rafael, California, author of Thyroid Mind Power. If the thyroid is a driving force of human physiology, then iodine is its key fuel, says Dr. Robert Thompson, of Soldotna, Alaska, author of What Doctors Fail to Tell You About Iodine & Your Thyroid. “Every single cell in your body depends on thyroid hormone, and the thyroid depends on iodine for proper functioning.” “Without sufficient thyroid hormone, we have low energy, slower metabolism, lower immunity to illness and impaired repair and maintenance of bones and joints,” explains Shames. 46

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After testing thousands of patients in his practice, Thompson estimates that 90 percent of North Americans are iodine deficient, citing what he calls “epidemic proportions” of hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) with symptoms comprising obesity, fatigue, brain fog, irregular or absent menstrual periods, hair loss and heat and cold intolerance.

Major Culprits

Estrogen: Hypothyroidism is overwhelmingly a women’s disease, with women five to eight times more likely to suffer from it than men, according to the American Thyroid Association. “Estrogen inhibits the body’s natural ability to absorb and utilize iodine,” says Dr. Jorge Flechas, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, who specializes in thyroid disorders. “We find three periods in life when women need more iodine: at puberty and during both pregnancy and perimenopause or menopause. It’s because estrogen levels tend to fluctuate wildly at those times, neutralizing the ability of iodine gained through select

foods to balance thyroid and other hormones.” Flechas prescribes iodine supplements for most women at all three stages of life. Toxic halogens: Iodine belongs to a group of halogens that includes chlorine, bromine and fluorine, three chemicals that are both toxic to the human body and block its ability to absorb iodine, explains Thompson. “They’re everywhere, in our air, water and food. It’s nearly impossible to avoid them,” reports Shames, a longtime advocate in the movement against the common practice of adding fluoride (a derivative of fluorine) and chlorine to municipal water. Fluoride is also added to many brands of toothpaste. Bromide is part of almost all commercial flour and flour products, as well as soft drinks. Shames offers an historic insight. “Fluoride was once used to slow down an overactive thyroid, as recommended by the physicians’ bible, the Merck Manuals. Now we’re putting it in the water supply and wondering why we have a mushrooming epidemic of low thyroid incidence.” Food: “So-called ‘iodized’ salt doesn’t contain much usable iodine, and neither does pink Himalyan sea salt,” Shames cautions. We’ve known that our soil is deficient in essential minerals such as iodine since at least 1936, when a special U.S. Senate report concluded that our soil was already severely depleted. “This simply means that when we grow produce, the plants cannot extract these vital nutrients from the soil for us—including iodine—if those nutrients aren’t there in the first place,” says Thompson. If anything, he adds, U.S. soils have become even more sterile in the 80 years since the report and, “Factory farming and the use of genetically modified (GMO) crops, Roundup herbicide and synthetic chemical fertilizers have undoubtedly worsened the situation.”

Sources of Iodine

It’s difficult to include sufficient natural iodine in our daily diet unless we fol-

low a Japanese-style diet that includes lots of seaweed and saltwater fish, says Shames. Other food sources are shellfish, turkey, cheese, yogurt, milk, eggs, legumes, cranberries and strawberries. There is little agreement about the optimal levels of iodine people need. The U.S. Department of Agriculture maintains that we need 150 micrograms a day, but iodine advocates are quick to point out that a person eating a typical Japanese diet (where hypothyroidism, or low thyroid activity, is rare) ingests 12.5 milligrams of iodine each day—83 times the amount recommended by the government. Shames recommends getting an iodine lab test (available without a prescription at to determine exact needs. Thompson recommends potassium iodide and sodium iodide supplements for thyroid health. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including User’s Guide to Thyroid Disorders.

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Having the proper amount of iodine in our system at all times is critical to overall health, yet the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that iodine deficiency is increasing drastically in light of an increasingly anemic national diet of unpronounceable additives and secret, unlabeled ingredients. This deficit now affects nearly three-quarters of the population.

A Growing Epidemic

Symptoms range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and skin and hair problems. This lack of essential iodine can also cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers; and in children, intellectual disability, deafness, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University and the French National Academy of Medicine.

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Exercises to Tone Your Face and Neck by Kathleen Barnes


ravity takes its toll as years pass, and many women find themselves bemoaning crow’s feet, frown lines and turkey necks that make them look older than they feel. Experts point to the loss of “fat pads” in the cheeks, bone loss around the eye sockets and cheekbones and overall weak muscles as potential contributors to facial aging. Natural exercise programs designed to reverse these unpleasant signs of aging comprise a new fitness-for-beauty trend. “Face and neck muscles somehow have been left out of mainstream fitness programs,” observes Denver esthetician and massage therapist Grace Mosgeller, who addresses this void with her series of eight FaceFitnez audio and video exercises. “If you tone the muscles of your face and neck, the skin attached to those muscles firms and tones as well, creating a natural youthful look.” Muscular stress—the good kind—is at the core of facial fitness, says Mosgeller. She cite’s Wolff’s Law, a well-known medical theory that bone grows and remodels in response to the tension or muscle engagement put on it. “Regular facial exercise works the muscles to correct the loss of both muscle tone and bone density and build collagen. It might be called the equivalent of push-ups, pull-ups and abdominal tucks for the face.” Carolyn Cleaves, owner of Carolyn’s Facial Fitness, in Seabeck, Washington, near Seattle, a former college professor, developed a facial exercise program for herself upon detecting early signs of aging. With the help of two primary care physicians, she designed a routine that includes 28 basic exercises that target all 57 facial muscles. “As we get older, we lose the underlying layer of fat just beneath the skin, and as a result, we look old and tired,” says Cleaves. She agrees that exercising the face actually helps rebuild lost bone, enlarges the muscles and also builds collagen. A study from the University of Rochester, in New York, confirms that loss of bone mass can start in women as early as age 40. It starts in men 16 to 25 years later. Mosgeller’s facial exercises work to fade wrinkles and lines and firm up sagging flesh, yielding visible results in as little as two weeks of dedicated training. She says, “Within six to nine months, it’s possible to look five to 10 years


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Regular facial exercise works the muscles to correct the loss of both muscle tone and bone density and build collagen. ~Grace Mosgeller, esthetician and massage therapist younger than when you started.” Her claims are verified by Dr. Carol Lipper, in Denver, who states, “I’ve done the exercises and they work. The trouble is compliance. It’s a lot of work.” She confirms that she saw improvement in her droopy eyelids after just two or three weeks of adhering to Mosgeller’s workouts. “It seems that every three months or so, I see another leap in results and a younger look,” adds Cleaves of those using her program. Here are a few crucial areas to target, with just a few of these experts’ recommended remedies. Cleaves’ Crow’s Feet Eliminator: Place fingertips on top of the head, thumbs resting near the corners of the eyes. Shut eyes tightly and slide thumbs toward the temples for a count of five. Repeat 10 times. Mosgeller’s Rx for Droopy Eyelids: Place index finger on top of a closed eyelid, and then lift fingers up and slightly to the outside. Blink hard and hold. It’s preventive, as well as curative, says Mosgeller, so those over 45 should repeat this 100 times a day, while younger individuals should repeat 20 to 50 times a day. Mosgeller’s Frown Line Eraser: Pull brows apart with fingers and hold for two seconds. Repeat 50 to 100 times up to six times per week. This is meant to relax and tone the muscles, not build them. Cleaves’ Turkey Neck Buster: Tilt the head back slightly. With palm facing the neck, grasp under the chin with a wide-open hand and slowly slide hand down to the collarbone; hold there while counting to 10. Repeat five times daily. Kathleen Barnes is author and publisher of many natural health books. Connect at

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May 2016



Tips for the Best Yard Sale Ever How to Profitably Give Unwanted Stuff a New Life by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist


ach American discards an average of 4.4 pounds of personal garbage a day according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Half of what we toss can be recycled. A yard sale can both clear out the clutter and keep reusable items in circulation.

Assemble Merchandise

In assembling merchandise from all around the house, make it a family affair, with everyone contributing things to consider together. Before putting any item in the “keep” pile, ask: How long have I lived with this? How often did I need it? How often will I use it now and in the future? Check with neighbors and friends to see if they want to join in a multifamily sale likely to draw more potential buyers.


Getting the word out is essential. Place a yard sale listing in a local newspaper, either for free or a small fee. Free online posting is available at and Also, post flyers (on recycled paper) seven to 10 days before the sale along busy streets in the community. 50

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On the event day, make sure that large, bright signs in the neighborhood lead buyers to the sale. Reuse cardboard from old boxes to save money and recycle signs and flyers afterwards. Cindy Skrzynecki, of Minneapolis, who has monitored the phenomenon, notes, “Shoppers tend to equate the size of a sign with the size of a sale, so a few large, well-placed signs may draw more people to you than several smaller signs.” Skrzynecki says that holiday weekends or weekends that coincide with popular local events are excellent because, “You’ll provide a fun activity for people that stay in town.”

Set Up

How items are displayed is important. Here’s how to make old stuff as attractive as possible to buyers. The cleaner the better. Make sure all items are presentable. Make items visible. Arrange a display that’s catchy and organized. Use tabletops and bookcases; even improvised surfaces can work, such as plywood atop buckets. Show clothing effectively. Hangers are better than folded piles that get messy.

Does this thing work? Have an extension cord handy so people can test electrical devices, and provide a measuring tape for furniture and other large items. Have batteries on hand for testing items like flashlights or electronic games. Label things that don’t work and price accordingly for those that know how to fix things or strip parts. Ensure the price is right. All items should be clearly priced via a small sticker; buyers quickly tire of asking and sellers may not recall earlier answers. For multiple sellers, use a different colored sticker for each, remove the stickers as items sell, and use the totals from the stickers to divide profits at day’s end. Use creative labeling. Provide buyers with uses for odd items. Sunny Wicka, author of Garage Sale Shopper, says, “Sales can be made solely by

Where to Unload the Unsold Electronics Industries Alliance Environment Consumer Education Initiative—Many organizations will refurbish and donate used electronics to charities and nonprofits that can use them. Those that recycle ancient or broken equipment can be found at—This service matches business and household item donations with the wish lists of nonprofits that provide pick-ups. Goodwill Industries—Check the yellow pages or to find a nearby donation site and store; 85 percent of profits support employment services. The Salvation Army—Check the yellow pages or SalvationArmyUSA. org to find the organization’s nearest donation site (by zip code) or schedule a pickup (click Ways You Can Help); 100 percent of profits from sales fund its service programs. Vietnam Veterans of America— Pick-ups usually can be scheduled the same week; accepts a full range of household items for use by veterans’ families (

Half of what we toss can be recycled. A yard sale can both clear out the clutter and keep reusable items in circulation. suggesting a novel use.” Also spark the shopper’s imagination by combining art supplies—like old magazines, papers, markers, paints and knickknacks—on a table labeled “Great for Art!” or group household items, crates and blankets labeled “Going Away to College?” Prepare for early birds. Yard sale pros arrive early to scour sales for the best deals. Be prepared to bargain or else make it clear that prices are fixed via a few friendly signs. After the initial rush, consider accepting bargain offers. During the final hour, consider cutting prices in half.

Ready, Set, Sell

Summer and early fall are good times for yard sales. Make it exceptional, a place where people will have fun and want to hang around (more browsing time often means more purchases). Play upbeat music, set up a children’s play area and maybe a kids’ lemonade stand as cool drinks help keep shoppers refreshed and cheerful. Consider sharing the fruits of family hobbies such as homemade items, plant cuttings or herbs in hand-painted clay pots and cut flowers. Shoppers appreciate such personal touches.

Arrange for the Aftermath Arrange a charity donation pick-up beforehand to truck away leftover items. The Salvation Army and Vietnam Veterans of America regularly move still useful items into welcoming homes. For those that enjoy throwing yard sales, consider organizing charity yard sales in the community. Engage a local place of worship, neighborhood association or school to help people recycle their old stuff while also raising funds for worthy causes. Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist is a frequent contributor to Green American magazine (, from which this was adapted. For more tips, visit natural awakenings

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If you only talk to people like you, you’ll never learn anything new.


~Albert Einstein viduals of all ages lead richer and more rewarding lives.

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Seniors, Teens and Tykes Enriching Programs Unite the Generations by Linda Sechrist


n intergenerational programs throughout the U.S. and in Europe, thousands of “youngers” and “elders” are building bridges that were forged naturally before family members spread out and many retirees departed for warmer climes. Based on a U.S. adult population of 41 million people 65 years and older and 74 million youths up to the

age of 17, the current generation gap is already unprecedented. By 2030, those numbers will increase to 72 million and 80 million, respectively, according to the international nonprofit Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Along with Generation Waking Up, Wiser Together and others, it’s working to foster better social cohesion in ways that help indi-

Providing nurturing opportunities for individuals to look at life through the eyes of others with dissimilar experiences that have led them to different assumptions and perspectives on life can be helpful. Broadening everyone’s relationship scope to include “May-December” friendships creates the potential for the kind of lifechanging possibilities experienced by a troubled young man named Harold when he struck up a surprising friendship with a life-loving woman as old as his grandmother in the film Harold and Maude. In real life, “I had the blessing of growing up in an intergenerational family,” says Yvette McGlasson, director of port revenue for the PPI Group, in Pompano, Florida. The 17-year veteran of the cruise industry is a former Holland America cruise director whose career at sea launched her into work as a director of events for age-restricted (55-plus) gated communities such as Del Webb Lake Providence, near Nashville. “As a child, I was told I had to listen to my elders as a sign of respect. The many memorable times spent with

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my grandparents, my mother’s friends and a great aunt who lived to 101, soon turned my resignation into an active desire to spend time with my elders. Their experiences and wisdom were fascinating and I understood that their shared life lessons could prove invaluable to me,” says McGlasson. The experience inspired her to develop a multigenerational “grandparents at-large” partnership with an elementary school across the street from the Del Webb community. The school principal recognized that residents would be valuable mentors, able to fill an emotional void for the latchkey kids of working parents, plus foster a deeper appreciation for their elders among the children. “In this paradigm of mentorship, young people are mentoring their elders and elders are mentoring young people and together, we’re co-creating something new,” says Joshua Gorman, the founder of Generation Waking Up, based in Oakland, California.

Facilitating Connections

Since launching their first multigenerational initiative at the Shambhala Institute in 2004, partnering across age groups has been at the forefront of Juanita Brown and David Isaacs’ work as co-founders and hosts of the World Café global learning community. “We cultivate collaboration through conversations that matter in order to leverage the unique gifts of every generation in addressing humanity’s most critical issues,” says Brown.

Such conversations—in which elders and young people give up the cultural and societal norms and habits that shape so much of their thinking—offer both groups opportunities to discern the possibilities inherent in mutual insight, innovation and action. When a young Clarissa Tufts, program coordinator and family liaison for the SelfDesign Learning Community, in British Columbia, was working on her master’s degree from the SelfDesign Graduate Institute, she sought out mentor Anne Adams, a faculty member in her 70s who worked with Tufts for 18 months. “Anne’s earliest statements, ‘I’m here to support you in being the best you can be’ and ‘I get energized by talking with young people and hearing

their ideas,’ felt good and let me know that we were both benefitting from our relationship and building something together,” says Tufts. Stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations evokes the vibrancy, energy and productivity that occur when people cross-pollinate ideas and perspectives. It can also provide a sense of purpose, improve confidence and social skills, create solutions to societal challenges, help resolve emotional and behavioral problems and lift depression, all enhancing productive engagement in life. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

Multigenerational Cohousing by Linda Sechrist


aving regular positive interactions with family and friends and being involved in several different social networks can help older adults be healthier, according to recent research published by the American Psychological Association. This fact inspired the intergenerational living model embodied by Cleveland’s Judson Manor retirement community. Resident students attending the Cleveland Institutes of Art and Music teach older residents how to use comput-

ers for email, social media and Skype, with unlimited personal access included among the amenities associated with the affordable housing. These neighbors from different generations also join in art projects and attend movies together. This innovative approach helps solve the housing crisis faced by many cities while addressing social issues of isolation as the young people spontaneously converse with seniors about their studies, activities and other happenings in the outside world.

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Stressed-Out Pets Natural Ways to Calm Fear and Anxiety by Sandra Murphy

associated with fear of the veterinarian and even normally mellow pets can get upset. Irregular work hours undermine established routines. Pet or human health issues, plus household drama, add special reasons to fret. Pets separated from their litters too early can experience anxiety as adults.

Stress Less Strategies


hile most American pets live on easy street, with meals, treats, exercise outings and affection provided, the good life also poses challenges—dogs and cats can get stressed. “Basic stress is fearbased. Separation or isolation anxiety requires in-depth training,” says JennaLee Gallicchio, a certified separation anxiety trainer who uses scientific and hands-off techniques at her All Stars Dog Training, in Bedminster, New Jersey. She authors a bestselling series that was launched with The Secret to Getting Your Dog to Do What You Want. A drug like Reconcile, the pet version of Prozac, looks like a quick fix, but can bring many harmful side effects. Laurel Braitman, Ph.D., of Sausalito, California, bestselling author


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of Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves, estimates that 70 million U.S. dogs are given the same drugs their humans use for anxiety or depression. Considering the potential dangers, such drugs should only be used briefly as a last resort with veterinary supervision to ensure the proper dosage based on age, size and temperament. There are more natural and safer alternatives.

Common Stressors

Dogs hear sounds at four times the distance we do; cats hear even better. Thunderstorms, fireworks, traffic, TV, music and children can unnerve them. Add in a new home, baby, another pet or anticipation of car rides

“Let your dog have a space where he can retreat when he’s had enough,” advises Dr. Carol Osborne, owner of Ohio’s Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic. She recommends Bach’s Five Flower Formula, diluted chamomile essential oil or a pet-safe tincture of the Chinese herb skullcap for additional relief. Dogs like routine. “Regular exercise helps, including two, 20-minute daily walks. A tired pet is a happy pet,”

Signs of Pet Stress 4 Aggression toward people or other animals 4 Digestive problems 4 Excessive barking/meowing 4 Forgetful of housetraining 4 Increased sleep 4 Isolation 4 Loss of appetite 4 Pacing 4 Pulling out fur

Osborne says. “Walks can eliminate stress and anxiety by 50 percent for you both.” “Cats need exercise that mimics hunting; cats stare and plan, stalk or chase, pounce and grab,” says Marci Koski, certified by the Animal Behavior Institute and owner of Feline Behavior Solutions, in Vancouver, Washington. “An indoor cat’s prey drive can be met with interactive toys.” A place to climb or hide and a window with a view will help as will periodic playtime catching moving toys; with nothing to catch, a laser pointer’s red dots are frustrating for a cat and a potential danger to its eyes. “Two of my large dogs were anxious during a three-day power outage,” says Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition blogger at, in Marysville, Washington. “I add Ewegurt, a sheep’s milk yogurt, to their food to calm them when needed.” Clicker training rewards desired behaviors. “Ralphie, an Italian greyhound mix, was protective, but also fearful; before going outside, we’d practice sit, stay and come using a click/treat. Now he sees other dogs without reacting,” relates Katrina Wilhelm, a naturopathic physician and owner of, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It works when someone knocks on the door, too. Soothing music covers the sounds of storms and fireworks, counsels Lisa Spec-

tor, an award-winning concert pianist in Half Moon Bay, California, who creates the Through a Dog’s Ear clinically tested music series to relieve pet anxiety, inclusive of cats. “Although many holistic animal lovers want natural stress relievers, few think of auditory options,” she says. Getting kitty into her carrier to go to the vet isn’t always easy. London’s Simon Tofield, animator and cartoonist for Simon’s Cats videos and books, suggests making the crate comfy and leaving it out so the cat gets used to it; keeping it out of reach of curious dogs at the vet’s office; and only opening it upon arrival in the exam room. His local vet staff explains more at

New View

“Stressors for dogs and cats are different. As a veterinarian, I explain situations from the animal’s perspective,” says Jennifer Quammen, with the Grants Lick Veterinary Hospital, in Butler, Kentucky. “I say, ‘From the cat’s point of view…’ As the animal advocate, I feel it’s my professional obligation.” “We bring pets into our world and expect them to adjust. Dogs, in particular, try so hard,” says Spector. They need our attention, shared activities and most of all, our understanding. Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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Picture Your Future Creating a Vision Board Makes Dreams Real


by Jayne Morris

ision boards, a powerful tool for transformation, comprise a collage of pictures, phrases, poems and quotes that visually represent what we would like to experience more of in life. Building one works to uncover hidden desires and inner guidance that help clarify the details of a roadmap to our future. Anyone can create one in a few hours. The layout may be intuitive, placing pieces where feelings direct; circles within circles like a mandala; or in titled, pie-shaped segments arranged in the form of a wheel. Board basics: Choose a large piece of poster board, corkboard or canvas the size of an unfolded newspaper. Gather pens, scissors, glue or pins, sticky tape and a current selfie. Gather 10 to 20 magazines ranging from women’s and men’s fashion, health and fitness to hobbies, house and

A vision board clarifies our deepest desires. garden and travel, including animals representing specific character traits. Pick topics that resonate, uplift and inspire, energize or bring relaxation. Beauty salons, libraries and community centers like to clear out old issues; an alternative is to assemble images by using a computer. Prepare a space: Find a quiet, relaxing spot, free of disturbances and distractions. Mindset magic: Let go of ought-tos, shoulds and musts. Rest assured that feeling the desire to be good, to do good or have something good in our life means we can make it happen, even if we do not yet know how. Flick, snip and stick: Have fun seeing what jumps out and catches your attention while riffling through the magazine pages. Clip and place these images in a pile, and then sort out those that feel really right. Arrange: Experiment with the positioning and relationships of words and images until it feels good. Take a photograph as a reference. Affix pieces either so they can be repositioned or permanent, leaving spaces to symbolize an openness to receiving more ideas. Purpose Statement: Play with words that describe desired values and qualities to eventually shape an inspiring affirmation representing cherished personal aspirations for the year ahead. Place this next to the selfie and other key personal photos in the center of the board and reinforce its verity by daily repeating it. Pride of place: Prominently display the board where it will be visible throughout the day. The more time we spend with our board, the more movement we’ll make toward our goals and the faster they’ll become our reality. Activate: Sit with the board and connect with its opportunities. Visualize being, doing, having and experiencing everything shown, as if they are already an intimate part of daily life. This living, breathing idea grows with us, and a companion gratitude journal can support us in acknowledging our progress. Jayne Morris is the author of Burnout to Brilliance: Strategies for Sustainable Success, from which this was adapted. Learn more at

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calendarofevents SUNDAY, MAY 1 Magic Bus Ride – 10-11:30am. With Jamie Shane. Utilizing pranayama and light kundalini-style movements, this workshop will help create a mind-space of exploration and expansion. Donuts will be served after class. $20. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276.

Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 5/11. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Spiritual Discussion – 11am. Topic: Understanding Life After Death. Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Intuitive Abstract Art Workshop – 1-3pm. With Therese Winter. Create a painting connected to your own energy and intuition. By beginning with gentle yoga movement and guided meditation we tap into your own intuition and creativity to create a painting. $75 includes supplies ($65 for the first four students). Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Register: 239 464-6983.

MONDAY, MAY 2 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442.

TUESDAY, MAY 3 Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a

three-step completion process that frees you of past hurt, to stop re-creating people from your past and deep healing that attracts richer relationships. $25/ person or $40/pair; client discount. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210.

comfortable and supportive environment. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule. 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. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls, which help to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 Community Wellness – 6:30-8pm. How To Be At Peace With Anyone, with Cary Bayer. Bayer offers a

Introduction to Access Consciousness – 7-8pm. What if this reality has lied to you your entire life? Hear about tools and processes to create your life the way you were meant to live. Access Consciousness uses practical techniques that include your being and your body to change anything that isn’t working in your life. Free. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-331-7465.

THURSDAY, MAY 5 Is It Really Possible to “Think” Your Way to Success? – 6:30pm. Seminar via teleconference with David Essel, MS, and special guest, New York Times bestselling author Dianne Collins. 712-432-0800, pin number 901142. See ad, page 51. Simultaneous Breath and Sound Integration – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With Carrie Sopko and William Ward. Allow the healing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls in concert to soothe your soul and bring your body back into its original balance, while using the breath to help clear the subconscious and open to higher levels of consciousness and awareness which you can integrate into your everyday life. $25/drop-in, $20/clients. Monarch Wellness. Naples. 325-9210. Diksha Blessing with Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7pm. With Joanna Salerno and Laurie Barraco. Experience deep peace, alignment, clarity and relaxation. Includes a guided meditation accompanied by crystal bowls and a hands-on light blessing called Diksha, transference of divine light directly into the brain. $15. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339.

FRIDAY, MAY 6 Jamfest Local Music and Arts Camping Festival – May 6-8. Gather with people who are dedicated to creativity. Express your individuality, connect with others and support local talent. Experience camping, music, art, food, vendors, activities and nature. Bring your instruments and paintbrushes. $30/weekend pass, $20/day pass. Summerland Ranch, 27501 Kent Rd, Bonita Springs. 692-3739. National Public Gardens Day – 9am-5pm. Receive 50 percent off regular admission to the Garden this day only by downloading the coupon online. Coupon must be presented at time of ticket purchase. Regular admission applies without coupon. Members/free, $14.95/ adults, $9.95/children 4-14, 3 and under/ free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. Coupon: naples-botanical-garden. Customer Appreciation Day/Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. Free samples, vendors and a chance to win a raffle bag. Live blood cell analysis by appointment. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Bch Rd, Bonita Springs. 992-5838.


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Bliss Night Out – 6-8pm. With Sue and Mary. Restorative yoga, crystal singing bowls, aromatherapy, healing touch and more. $25. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center and Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 464-6983. New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for the new you; envision for you, Mother Earth and all of humanity. Let the singing bowls carry your requests up into the universe. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25/cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

SATURDAY, MAY 7 Introduction to Reflexology – 9:30am-3pm. Release stress from the whole body through the feet and hands. Great for couples, friends, family, nurses, anyone. $100. Naples. Register: Alvina: 732-266-5276.  

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Salt Therapy Grotto Open House – 10am-noon. Gather in the new salt cave and spa and enjoy hors d’oeuvers and relaxation. 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. 598-0990. See ad on back cover and news brief on page 10. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies in your health relating to digestive dysfunction, liver stress, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalances, lymphocytes, health of white and red blood cells and more. $50 includes DVD and takehome information. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778. Access Consciousness Bars Class – 10am-6pm. The Access Bars are 32 points on the head that when lightly touched start to clear all of the limitations you have about different areas of your life and body. Learn simple tools and this energy transformation system for creating the life you desire. $300. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-331-7465. KristinaAston. World Labyrinth Day Walk – 12:30-2:30pm. Happehatchee joins the World Labyrinth Society’s annual walks celebrating world peace in conjunction with other labyrinths all over the planet. Walk followed by closing ceremony with grounding tea served in artisan tea bowls. Additional tea and bowls will be available for purchase. $10 suggested donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. See news brief, page 17. Introduction to the Realms – 1-2:30pm. With Susan Dintino. As a certified realm reader, Dintino will define realms, identify what realm you may be in and explore how a knowledge of realms can assist you in not only understanding yourself, but also in understanding others. $25. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. Nurturing Herbs and Teas – 1-3pm. With Mary. Learn to nurture yourself and relax with plants, herbs, essential oils and meditation. Make your own special tea blend to take home. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Register: 464-6983.

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Yoga for Runners – 1-3pm. With Lenore Bishop. This workshop is designed to help runners develop greater flexibility, fitness and mental focus. The well-rounded sequence includes key poses for areas of the body that are most overused or prone to injury for runners. $30. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938.

SUNDAY, MAY 8 Mother’s Day Yoga Class – Bring your mom to yoga class for free. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter. com. See ad, page 63. Mother’s Day in the Garden – 9am-5pm. The first 200 mothers or grandmothers to check in at the Chabraja Visitor Center will receive a special gift. Mothers and grandmothers enjoy free admission; regular admission for all other guests. Members/ free, $14.95/adults, $9.95/children (ages 4-14), 3 and under/free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. Mothers Day at Salt Therapy Grotto – 10am-4pm. Purchase an infrared sauna and salt cave session package for yourself ($50) and your mother attends for free (valid until 5/31). 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. 598-0990. See ad on back cover and news brief on page 10. Eckankar Worship Service – 11am. Topic: What Does Detachment Really Mean? Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm. With DamaDe’. A light kundalini class consisting of physical warm-ups, kriya and mantras, followed by the sound therapy of the gong. $25. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Complimentary Laughter Yoga and Mindfulness – 4:30-6pm. With Jill Emmerich and Michelle Falco. Learn to cope with everyday life challenges through laughter and positive mindfulness. Manage stress through movement, breathing, humor and positive laughirmations. Sponsored by Monarch Wellness and the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210.

MONDAY, MAY 9 Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Florida Community of Mindfulness/ Naples Mindfulness Institute. Three-week series includes intro, breath, body and finding a stress free, joyful life. $15-$40 sliding scale. Collier County Public Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy, Naples. Register: See news brief, page 13.

TUESDAY, MAY 10 Stillness and Stretch: Restorative Yoga Series – 10:30-11:30am. Four-week series with Dina Radcliffe, RYT. Tuesdays thru May 31. A therapeutic form of yoga using props like bolsters, blankets and yoga blocks for the benefits of longer held passive stretching. $100. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 280-9095. See news brief, page 18. Conscious Cash Creation – 6-10pm. Learn tools and processes to create and generate more money in your life. For those who are in debt and struggling,


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suffering from lack mentality, well off or even a millionaire. $175. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Register: 305-331-7465.

pair; clients: $25, $40/pair; members/free. Call for eight-week group dates. Monarch Wellness. 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 3259210.

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.

Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls which helps to heal and open the heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339.

Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. Free. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Register:


Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 5/19. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SocioDrama and Story in Children’s Group Workshop – May 13-15. 6-9pm, Fri; 9am-5pm, Sat; 9am-4pm, Sun. This professional training offers participants the opportunity to learn adaptations of the sociodramatic method that works well with groups of children ages 5-11. $390. 15 CE. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 272-6152. Preregister:

Healing with Bentonite Clay – 1pm. Eat it, drink it, wear it. Yollo Wellness, 3840 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. Customer Appreciation Event – 3-7pm. Prizes every hour, free mini facials, free make-over’s by the makeup artist from Jane Iredale or La Bella Donna by appointment, wine, food and $1 per minute chair massage. Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, 13240 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 207, Naples. 514-4494. See news brief, page 16. Art Reception and Community Night – 6-9pm. Featuring fine art works and artist reception. Live music by Alchemie, live street chalk art by Jane Portaluppi Durand. Butterfly card making with Susan Sholle-Martin. Trunk jewelry show, community drum circle and community yoga class. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Parent Support Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. With Jill Emmerich. Monthly workshop for parents of kids of all ages and levels of ability to come together, discuss challenges, solve difficult problems and situations, support and teach each other. $30, $50/


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Integrative Relaxation – Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Nurture your body and mind and release stress from the source. Feel refreshed and empowered to tackle life’s challenges, with new solutions where before there were only problems. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers. 20/drop-in, $60/4 classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Goddess Circle – 7pm. With Pam Bzoch. Goddess Circles are a time to explore and connect with the energy of the divine feminine. Evening includes a sacred altar dedicated to a different goddess each month, guided meditation, discussion and sacred altar keepsake. $25. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 3010655.

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SATURDAY, MAY 14 Early Morning Sadhana – 4:30-7am. With Dhanwant.  A morning of meditation, mantras, exercise and prayer done when the world is quiet, before the sun rises. Serving tea and light snack following class. $15-$20 suggested donation. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples.  213-9276. 11th Annual Lovers Key Turtle Trot 5K Run/ Walk – 7am, registration/packet pickup; 8am, race. This unique trail course takes runners through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem on a hardpacked shell path. Refreshments will be served and awards presented. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Lovers Key, Inc. $35/adults, $25/18 and under registered by 5/8; $40/race day. 8700 Ester Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. Info: 463-4588 or FriendsOfLoversKey. org. See news brief, page 18. Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With RM Silvia Casabianca. Become a reiki practitioner. Heal self, support others. Reiki history, principles, energetic anatomy, healing vs curing, hand positions, attunements. $165. 12 FL CEUs, nurses,

MHC, LMTs, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. Inner Spa Day – 9-11am. “Soothe Your Summer Soul.” Quench your thirst for inner peace. Breeze thru the summer while centering your mind, body and soul. Explore and experience Monarch programs for personal growth specific to adults, teens, children and families. $30, $50/pair; clients: $25, $40/pair; members/free. Monarch Wellness. 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. Himalayan Salt Stone Massage Workshop – May 14-15. 9am-6pm. With Laurie Messina. Learn the technique of giving a healing Himalayan salt stone massage and using the stones for selfcare. $225 ($25 discount for FSMTA members with payment in full, two weeks prior to class). 16 CEUs. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 464-6983. See news brief, page 22. Who Am I? – 10am-noon. With Noel Inniss. An investigation into who we think we are as it relates to physical manifestation in our body, or disease. Become more aware to maintain a healthier, painfree body. Learn simple techniques and how to ask the body questions. Wear comfortable clothes for structural analysis. $80. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister by 5/11: 949-0749. Mental Health Awareness Event – 10am-4pm. Exhibitors talking about the services for mental health include local hospitals and therapy services. Teen Challenge will speak about substance abuse. NAMI will share about support in the community. LA Fitness will discuss how exercise can help depression. Psychiatric nurses available for questions. Food donations will be collected. Games and bounce house for kids. Baking contest from 2-3pm. Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3950 Winkler Ave Extension, Ft Myers. 994-3650. See news brief, page 13. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services, including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, reiki, biofeedback and pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Thyroid Seminar – 10:30am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-3106. See ad, page 47. Yoga for Golfers – 1-2:30pm. With Susie Lentz. Join Lentz, a golfer since she can remember, as she shares a yoga practice to take strokes off your game. Learn an effective and accessible yoga practice targeted for a golfer’s unique needs. Bring a mat, water and 5 iron. $30, $5 off if registered and paid by 5/13. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free charts available. Free. The Labyrinth 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

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SUNDAY, MAY 15 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am &1pm. With Cathy Blair. Expand into the new frequencies of this ever changing time. Let the loving harmonics expand your soul into the new light codes so you may recalibrate, realign and move with grace and peace.  Bring pillow, mat and blanket.  $20/cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Recovery Yoga – 5:30-7:30pm. With Y12SR-certified Michelle Falco. Combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Suitable for trauma, loss, addictions (substances, food, gambling, etc.) and other emotional challenges. Stay for Candlelight Yoga afterwards. By donation. Monarch Wellness. Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. Ansuya’s Bellydance Goddess Show – 8pm. Featuring international bellydance star Ansuya and her dance troupe Gypsy Sugar, plus more than 30 performers from around the world. More fun and dancing at the after party. Appetizers and drinks available for purchase. $20/ticket. The Stage, 9144 Bonita Bch Rd, Bonita Springs. Tickets: BellydanceGoddessShow. See news brief, page 17.

MONDAY, MAY 16 Medium Messages thru Mindfulness – 6-7:30pm. With Alaine Pornter. Join Pornter, a sensitive medium, for a lecture and discussion on discovering the art and reasons for seeking and hearing spiritual guidance in your life. Unplug and tune in through meditation to learn “how-to” build connection with your spiritual guides, aura and loved ones. Random audience readings possible. $30, $5 off if registered and paid by 5/ 15. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 5981938.

TUESDAY, MAY 17 Chakra Balancing – 11am-5pm. With John Cartwright. Chakras are an energetic reflection of your physical and emotional health. They assimilate, receive and express energy from yourself and the universe. Transform harmful emotional energy into positive healing energy. $65/45 minutes. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. Let’s Talk Inflammation – 6pm. With Dr Carol Roberts. Inflammation: a preventable cause of insanity, dementia and other disasters. Refreshments provided. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. RSVP: See ad, page 79.


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Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls, which help to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. 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, techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Info/register: Sound Bowl Meditation – 7-8pm. With Marc Wagner. Sound bowl meditation is designed to clear, cleanse and balance all the energetic centers of the body, clear and balance the mind and remove toxic energy that has accumulated. Experience healing “sound massage” and leave feeling refreshed and renewed. $25, $5 off if registered by 5/16. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 5981938.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 Relax with Kava – 1pm. Yollo Wellness, 3840 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. Simple Easy Everyday Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Four-week beginner series with certified instructor Kathy Hurst. Wednesdays thru June 8. $175 includes book and guided audio for home practice. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 580-7700. Messages of Guidance – 6-8pm. With Aiane Portner. A sensitive medium, Portner specializes in receiving messages from loved ones or guided spirits and then delivers life-affirming insight and direction. In this small group setting, each person will receive a reading – limit 10 participants. $70, $5 off registered and paid by 5/18. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 5981938. Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement with this class. Prerequisite: Reiki I and II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, MAY 19 International Plumeria Conference – May 19-

22. The Plumeria Society of America and Naples Botanical Garden jointly host the 2nd International Plumeria Conference. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. Cost/schedule of events: The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. New Hazel’s Book Club – 4-6pm. A read and meet event with Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Receive a complimentary copy of A Woman’s Guide to Recovery, by Brenda Iliff, and Meditation for Street Chicks I, by Leslie Robinson. The authors will facilitate a discussion and light appetizers and beverages will be served. Free. LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, ballroom A&B, Naples. 659-2351. See news brief, page 16. Cancer and the Microbiome – 5pm. We will look at the various lab tests you won’t find at an oncology office. Learn why gut bacteria is important for immune function and cancer treatment and prevention. A discussion on probiotics; the many different strains, what they all mean, how to select a potency and where to get probiotics naturally will be presented. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 5/13: 239676-5249. Transformational Breath – Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Carrie Sopko. Clear the subconscious and open to higher levels of consciousness and awareness which you can integrate into your everyday life. Release suppressions, repressions and old patterns permanently at a cellular level. This is part of the Peaceful Mind series, with rotating teachers each week. $20/drop-in, $60/4 classes, client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210.

FRIDAY, MAY 20 Pilates Mat I Teacher Training Certification – May 20-22. With Amy Lademann. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr, Ste A, Naples. Info: 254-9300. See news brief, page 10. Inflammation, Hyperbaric and Turmeric – 1pm. A presentation on how hyperbaric oxygen therapy and turmeric can help reduce inflammation. Inflammation has been cited in many studies as a factor in many medical conditions and is the result of most types of injuries and other insults to the body. Yollo Wellness, 3840 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers.

RSVP: 275-0039. See news brief, page 12. Yin and Thai Yoga – 6-8pm. With Jamie Shane. Sink into deep yin style yoga poses as Shane works the magic of Thai massage. Release tension, root into yourself and let the day go. $45. Limited to eight students. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Sigils – 7pm. Learn what sigils are and how to use them using several different methods. Sigils can be used for manifestation of many intents. $25, includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan Gorny. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. $11 donation. Healing Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples. 980-3257. Sacred Sound/Sacred Space – 7-9pm. With Dana House. Connect to the divine spark within through the energies of the grace-filled gongs and the blissful bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends to enhance your powers of creative expression and manifest your greatest potential. Bring mat, pillow, and blanket. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749.


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Family Constellations – 10am-5pm. With Coach Rhonda Shladand and Tobey Burton, MS. Break from past entanglements towards new ways of giving/receiving love. Although not psychotherapy, will help you identify unconscious emotional family patterns that prevent a more fulfilled life. $95. 6 FL CEUs. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. Sound Therapy Workshop – 1-3pm. Discover the benefits of sound therapy; learn to play the crystal singing bowls; experience sound bath meditation with restorative yoga. Balance and restore energy at a cellular level with the ancient healing modality of sound therapy. No experience necessary, intuitively guided. $35. Two Yoga Alliance CEUs. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 464-6983. Crystals and Gemstones – 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 also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Goodwill Full Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Celebrate the seeding of the goodwill of humanity. The harmonization of divine love and wisdom opens the hearts of man to tolerance and acceptance. Be the change you choose to be. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering going to wildlife rescue. Horizon Way Public Beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N off Park Shore Dr, Naples. 398-3953.

SUNDAY, MAY 22 Restore and Renew – 1-3pm. With Jennifer Stevens and Melissa Nava. Enjoy a blissfully relaxing restorative yoga practice while a massage therapist assists in releasing stress and tension from the body in this deeply therapeutic workshop. $45, $5 off registered

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 Healthy Living with Type 2 Diabetes – 10:30amnoon. With Mary Ann Whalen, LCSW and Michelle Falco, RYT, Certified Holistic Nutritionist. Develop a healthier lifestyle and gain support from others. Monthly group discussion and educational topics include improving your diet by making healthier nutrition choices and implementing physical activity into your daily routine. $30, $50/pair; clients: $25, $40/pair; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210.

Gaia Ma High Tea Celebration for Mothers – 2-4pm. Join House of Gaia at Kunjani Craft Coffee & Gallery to celebrate Mothers in our community. We will celebrate by offering a beautiful arrangement of herbal tea and sweets. For adults and children eight years and up. $35/mother and child or $25/mom only. Kunjani Craft Coffee & Gallery, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 272-6152. Register: KundaFlow – 2-4pm. With DamaDe’. A 50/50 workshop starting with a 60-minute dynamic flow followed by a 60-minute Kundalini yoga kriya and meditation. Each practice is complete and not blended. $25. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276.

Surviving and Thriving while Going Gluten Free – 6pm. Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Kristi Willems will discuss the impact of gluten on your health, how to identify the difference between gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance. Learn ways gluten is hidden in foods and medications and strategies for coping with gluten avoidance. $20. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. Participants must RSVP by 5/23: 676-5249.

MONDAY, MAY 23 Full Moon Monday – 8-9pm. Yoga for the Arts outside on the Young Plaza at the von Liebig Art Center – a night of yoga under the light of the full moon. All levels. $5. All proceeds benefit the Naples Art Association. 585 Park St, Naples. 239-598-1938.

Crystal Bowl Meditation –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Combine the healing therapies of the Himalayan Salt and the alchemical singing bowls. Restore your spirit and rejuvenate your body in the loving frequencies of light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

TUESDAY, MAY 24 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls which helps to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339.

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Tea Leaf Reading – The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. A tea party with extras. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself and others. Also receive a free tea leaf reading during this class. $30 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

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THURSDAY, MAY 26 Access The Greatness of You – Five Days of Phenomenal Change – May 26-30. 10am-6pm. Five-day class starts with Access Bars, a dynamic energy transformation system that clears limitations about different areas of your life and body. Days 2-5; Foundation Class: learn foundational tools and processes to unlock issues most people have been unable to resolve for years. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-331-7465. Reiki Master Class – 2pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement with this class. Prerequisite: Reiki I and II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Mantras and Miracles Kundalini Yoga – 6-8pm. With Jamie Shane. Clear out blocks and make space for new evolutions. Light kundalini yoga, lots of breath and mantra, mantra, mantra. All levels; no experience necessary. $20/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Movement and Breath for Labor – 6-7:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi, of LifeBehold. Prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. $25/early bird, $30/ door. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 248-7931. Register: Restorative Sound – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With William Ward. Allow the healing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls in concert to soothe your soul and bring your body back into its original balance. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers. $20/drop-in, $60/4 classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210.

FRIDAY, MAY 27 SculpSure Presentation – 11:30am-1pm, Naples; 3-5pm, Ft Myers. Light refreshments and a presentation, followed by a valuable Q&A with Dr Prendiville. Learn the benefits of the newest fat dissolving laser treatment, SculpSure, which dissolves fat in the abdomen, flanks and other body parts. Naples Assuage Spa Luxury, 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 1, Naples; SW Fl Facial Plastic Surgery, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste A, Ft Myers. 333-1450. AssuageCenters. com. See news brief, page 14. Pet Walk – 6-8pm. Every 4th Fri. The River District Alliance invites well-trained and leashed

Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services, including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, reiki, biofeedback and pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655.


pets and their owners to enjoy an evening in the River District, including pet friendly exhibitors and vendors. Several downtown merchants will also be participating and welcoming pets. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. Downtown Ft Myers.

SATURDAY, MAY 28 Reiki Clinic – 9am-noon. Unique opportunity to receive a private 45-minute reiki session by a volunteer practitioner at an affordable rate (value $85). Reduce stress, boost your stamina, recover peace and balance and alleviate pain. $11 fee offsets center’s costs. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 202, Bonita Springs. By appointment: 948-9444. Memorial Day Appreciation Weekend – May 28-30. 9am-5pm. To show our appreciation to our servicemen and women, military personnel (active or retired) will receive free admission to the garden all weekend (ID required); regular admission for all other guests. Members/free, $14.95/adults, $9.95/ children 4-14, 3 and under/free). Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. Weekend Childbirth Education – May 28-29. 10am-3pm, Sat; 12-4pm, Sun. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and align-

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, techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: Jai Ma Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. A night of love and bliss with Missy Balsam and band in celebration of Mother’s everywhere. An evening of connection, community building and heart opening singing. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to participate with a beginner’s mind. Suggested donation: $12 and up. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 272-6152.

plan ahead SUNDAY, JUNE 5 Create a New Reality for your Life – 5-8pm. With Terry McBride. Learn how to weave the tools of choice together so you really experience how you can take charge of your life and move to your dreams. $30. McBride will also speak at the Sunday service at 10am. Topic: Jesus brought you Freedom and Power. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 7753009. See news brief, page 11.

FRIDAY, JULY 15 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Two Week Intensive – July 15-31. This two-week intensive program is an immersion of transformation and inspiration that will give you tools to live your life to your fullest potential. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. Register: 598-1938 or intensive-teacher-trainings.

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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.

David Essel Alive – Get inspired. Join the archived national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra. Tune in 24/7 at

Yoga in Nature – Tue-Sun. Multilevel yoga classes mornings and evenings. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule:

sunday Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Complimentary Community Yoga – 9am. 1st Sun. With Bobbie Lee. Free. Tailor Made Fitness, 675 Piper Blvd, Ste 2, Naples. 777-0186. Hatha Yoga Gentle Flow – 9-10am. With Hwasoon Kim, CYT. Beginner friendly. This meditative yoga


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Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. Prayer and meditation with Rev Joyce Heist. Reading and discussion based on Basic Principles of the Science of Mind. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 516-909-7624.

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

Guided Tour, Organic Lunch and Spa – MonFri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am and 2pm, guided tour, $15; 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Tue-Sun: organic spa by appointment. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Silent Meditation – 10-11am. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Newcomers welcome. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491.

class proceeds slowly to support mental and physical health. BYO yoga mat and beach towel. Donation. Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Pl, Cape Coral. 8347859. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. 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 – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, senior minister. Youth ministry also at 10am. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 2781511. 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.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Gentle Yoga for Discovering a Path to Peace – 10:30am-noon. With Renee Newell. Through gentle yoga and stretching, learn to move with awareness and less effort, to be more and do less. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Ashtanga Yoga: Full Primary Series – 11:30am. A set sequence of postures as taught by the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the natural awakenings

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spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Candlelight Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle and meditative practice lit by candles. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or just listen. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.

monday Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/ drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). Fire Station 48, 16280 Livingston Rd, Naples. Soul Sisters Middle School Group – 5-6:30pm. With Jill Emmerich, BCaBA. Designed to help girls navigate through the challenges of adolescence. Build self-confidence, peer support, communication skills, socialization skills, problem solving skills and self-expression through creative activities. Monarch Wellness. Naples. Preregister: 325-9210. Working Towards Wellness Support Group – 5:307pm. With Patrick Hendry. For people living with a mental diagnosis and still working in the community. The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida, 2335 9th St N, Ste 404, Naples. 703-489-5742 or Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Meryl Sykes. Vinyasa yoga class, no experience necessary. $20/class, $90/ five-class pack, $150/10 class pack. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 646-2261471. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($30). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. Sunset Beach Yoga –6:45-7:45pm. With Sue Rokela. All-levels. Visit greenmonkey Facebook page for weather cancelations. $5 plus park entry fee. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. 11135 Gulfshore Dr, parking area 3, Naples. 598-1938. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009.


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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Guided Meditations – 7-8pm. With JoAnne Lawrence. Two guided meditations and a teaching on the way of inner peace. Chairs provided; BYO meditation cushion. $10/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Gurdjieff/Ouspensky Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Hatha Yoga – 7-8pm. With Meryl Sykes. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 7-8:30pm. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those who are in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

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

able; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210.

required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560.

offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009.

Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385.

Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Relax, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444.

Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

Healing Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Meditative class to tune into your mind/ body connection for healing. $15/drop-in or $50/ four classes; client discount available; members/ free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 10:30am-noon. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn to cope and feel less isolated while making connections with others. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Nia – 11am-noon. With Valeria Hill. Combines marital arts, dance and healing arts. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Tai Chi – 11am-noon. Dr Joel Ying, MD, teaches Chen-style exercise and moving meditation. Beginners welcome. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30pm. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn the importance of taking care of yourself, healthy ways to manage stress, relaxation techniques and the importance of connecting with other caregivers. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral

Guided Mindfulness Meditation – 6pm. With Madeline Ebelini, MA. 30-minute guided practice with readings, discussion and Q&A. By donation. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. Nonviolent System: Peace in the Midst of Violence – 6-7pm. With Eddie Rose. Learn how to avoid and redirect an attack, rather than to strike back and escalate an attack. These principles can also be applied to verbal and/or energetic aggression. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/ drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Men’s Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love

wednesday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Aleksandra Eifler. Students can enjoy yoga while being surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. $5 plus state park entry fees. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. Yoga for Well-being – 9:30-10:45am. With Mary Cline Golbitz. Gentle class for beginners or those suffering from chronic illness or injury. Yoga postures, breath work, sound and wellness practices based on ayurveda, qigong and other disciplines. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Emei Qigong – 11am-noon. With Melanie Hope. Slow, easy movements that cleanse, strengthen and balance. Harmonize organ and energy systems and realize many proven health benefits. $15/drop-in or

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$120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Transforming and Empowering Women Support Group – 12:30-1:30pm. 1st & 3rd Wed for ages 50 and up; 2nd & 4th Wed for ages 20-49. With Phoebe Houghton, LCSW and integrative team. Support to share the challenges of life. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. Preregistration required: 239-325-9210. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Stop living as a victim. Learn to love yourself again. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Cooperative Caterpillar Kids Club – 5-6pm. Every other Wed; check schedule. With Behavior Specialist Jill Emmerich, BCaBA. Build social and communication skills including sharing, taking turns, following directions and healthy expression of emotions. Ages 4 and up. $15/drop-in or $50/ four classes; client discount available; members/ free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Focused Caterpillar Kids Yoga – 5-6pm. Every other Wed; check schedule. With Salima Silverman. Specialized yoga for children to improve focus and attention through self-control and appropriate release of energy. Ages 4 and up. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Gentle Yoga and Meditation – 6pm. Begins May 11. Few minutes of yoga prepares body for meditation, breathing techniques; reduces stress. Donation. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bo-

nita Springs. 948-9444. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. Meditation for Relaxation – 6:30-7:30pm. Guided meditation to release stress and tension for health and wellbeing. Bring optional yoga mat or towel. $10. Office of Dr Joel Ying, MD, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd flr, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. 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. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those who are in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.

thursday Hatha Yoga Gentle Flow – 8:15-9:15am. With

Hwasoon Kim, CYT. Beginner friendly. This meditative yoga class proceeds slowly to increase flexibility, concentration, strength and relaxation. Florida Yoga Academy, 3046 Del Prado Blvd, Ste 2B, Cape Coral. 834-7859. Gentle Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/ lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Qigong Movement and Relaxation – 9-10am. With Peggy Sealfon. Yoga, qigong and integrative relaxation (yoga nidra). $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Episcopal Lutheran Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Sally: 948-9162. World Fusion Dance – 9:30-10:45am. With Winnie Purple. A fun and exciting dance class that incorporates movements from different cultures around the world. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Connected Warriors: Yoga for Veterans – 11amnoon. With Gary Granza and Keady Gonzalez. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Veterans/free, $10/drop-in/general public. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. All Souls Episcopal Church, 14640 N Cleveland Ave, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Calm and Confident Caterpillars Kids Yoga – 5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. Special class for children ages 4-12 struggling with anxiety, fears, shyness and self-doubt. Day/time to be determined based on interest. $15/drop-in, $50/4 classes. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Ter, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. The Edible Gardening Exchange’s Speaker Series – 5:30pm. Open and informal chat on edible topics. Bring seeds to share. 6:30pm, speaker. BYO cup for coffee and tea. Membership fee: $10; Lee Parks and Rec lifetime membership card required $10. North Fort Myers Rec Center, 2000 N Recreation Park Way. 610-530-8883. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. $20/drop-in or $60/ four weeks; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 3259210. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children


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Breath work, mindful meditations, stretches and balance work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Stop living as a victim. Learn to love yourself again. Grace Church (enter thru thrift store), 2415 Grand Ave, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Meditation and Dharma Discussion – 7-8pm. Silent seated and walking meditation followed by open dharma discussion based on presented topic. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. A self-healing system using conscious breath work. $20/drop-in. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

friday Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle movement and meditation aided by the naturally therapeutic and serene sounds and sensations of the outdoors. Donation. 3rd Ave N, Naples. Monarch Wellness: 325-9210. Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Leigh Longstreth. Quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind/body awareness as we connect with the nurturing energy of nature. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Ashtanga Yoga Basics – 10:45-11:45am. All levels, modifications offered. Based on the teachings of the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Women only. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162. Baby Care Class – Noon-2:30pm. 1st Fri. Thru July. Baby care teaches parents what to expect to help parents feel prepared and confident for their baby’s arrival. $25 includes book. Naples YMCA, Wynn’s Café Conference Room, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. Register: 989-7332. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 2-3pm. With Dina Radcliffe, E-RYT.

Slow Flow Glow Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Amy Voelkl. A candlelit slow flow restorative class designed to warm your body, stretch your muscles and deepen your breath. $20/drop-in; regular class packages apply. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 5981938 or Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Bonita Springs Drum Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Everyone welcome; kids, dogs, the whole family. Drum, dance, hoop, have fun. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Facebook Page: Drum Circle of Bonita Springs.

saturday Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. Complimentary Boot Camp Class – 9am. 1st Sat. With Dave Kunes. Tailor Made Fitness, 675 Piper Blvd, Ste 2, Naples. RSVP: 412-779-6176 or Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. A Day of Healing – 9:30am-noon or 1:30-4:30pm. 3rd Sat. With Dolores Gozzi. Enjoy a class or group healing and meditation; varies each month. $35. The Pines, 8192 College Pkwy, Ste b 37 & B 38, Ft Myers. 826-6960. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Happehatchee Drum Circle – 4-5:30pm. 1st Sat. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Sound Healing Circle – 5-6:30pm. 2nd Sat. Evening includes call and response singing with crystal singing bowls meditation. $15/donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

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OPPORTUNITIES FULL-TIME FINANCE MANAGER – Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. is seeking a full-time finance manager in its home office. See page 27 for more details. PROFITABLE AND DYNAMIC WELLNESS BUSINESS FOR SALE – Owner income over $100,000. Still young and growing with multiple streams of revenue, including a retail store, a website that ships nationally and a day spa with treatment rooms. This business specializes in optimizing vital energy balance and wellness organically. Sarasota location. $171,000. Serious inquires only. 386-871-4638. SEEKING HAIRSTYLISTS, ASSISTANTS, FRONT DESK STAFF – Raw Hair Organics has relocated into its new, modern upscale salon and has great opportunities available. Contact Melanie Nickels: 206-0939. SEEKING PERSONAL BUSINESS ASSISTANT – Acting/improv experience useful, not required. My work includes recognizing and energizing potential business projects while confronting boredom and distractions. The opportunity will include creating goals, marketing, managing timelines and supporting focus and personal motivation to empower a senior citizen to continue to produce value to humanity. The initial agreement will include a five-to-10-hour/week work commitment that will be renegotiated as the work relationship develops. Bill: 597-7372. START A CAREER YOU CAN BE PASSIONATE ABOUT – Publish your own Natural Awakenings magazine. Home-based business, complete with comprehensive training and support system. New franchises are available or purchase a magazine that is currently publishing. Call 530-1377 or visit START A CAREER YOU CAN BE PASSIONATE ABOUT – The goal is to make people healthy and wealthy. Home-based business with comprehensive training and support system. For more info, call 240-1947.

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


Jack Morris, AP, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM) Advanced Certified Cupping Specialist, MPS Certified • 239-293-4005 Specializing in long- and short-term pain issues, detoxification, cupping (reverse pressure therapy), migraines and TMJ, menses irregularity, PMS and infertility, smoking cessation and PTSD. See ad, page 18.


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

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

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

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

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

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

ACUPUNCTURE 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 26.

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

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


Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples & Ft Myers Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 11.


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


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


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


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

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. ~Oprah Winfrey 74

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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

With nine lush, tropical cultivated gardens and native preserve inspired by plants and cultures from around the globe between the 26th latitude North and 26th latitude South, Naples Botanical Garden is a truly unique destination. See ad, page 61.

Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 70.




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


Business & Residential Green Cleaning Services Naples • 239-404-7102 • Let us take care of your mess while you do what you do best. Offering summer specials, group discounts and familyfriendly personal services. Do not confuse familiarity with safety. Call today for a free estimate. See ad, page 65.


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


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


Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 239-561-1981 Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our ware-house. See ad, page 63.


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 14.


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 24.


4444 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 6 Naples 34103 239-263-2636 • Understand that your mouth affects your overall health? Call Dr. Stites. Forty years dedicated of biocompatible, conservative preparations, root canal alternatives and optimal oral health.

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



Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers 33967 • 239-362-0385 • 586-604-3500 Plants defend themselves from threats yet grow and thrive. Let them help you! Learn about essential oils and save money at our free classes.


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


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


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.

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

Dedicated to educating and coaching you to achieve your optimal health and wellness. Fatigue, thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, digestive disorders, diabetes. Custom wellness plans. See ad, page 43.

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.


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9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 32.


3840 Colonial Blvd, Ste 2, Ft Myers 33966 239-275-0039 • Wendy Law is a wellness advocate that will empower you to take control of your health and wellness using FDA-approved modalities and testing. See ad, page 30.


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


Dine-in/Take-Out/Catering 2500 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 111, Naples 239-263-8009 • Homemade, healthy food cooked Sous-Vide, from scratch without any fat or preservatives. Everything gluten-free! Open Mon-Sat 4-9pm. See ad, page 54.


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 60.


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


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

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

Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 68.


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


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




The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 20.


Keith L Minchew, D.PSc, CNC, PMA Lic. #2305 8891 Brighton Ln, Ste 107, Bonita Spgs 34135 239-390-3177 • Love to meet you – in May, enjoy a 60-minute free grand opening introductory muscle testing (kinesiology) session. See website for details. By appt: 239-390-3177.

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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 34.


Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 Improve your health naturally. Hormone testing. Bio-Identical Hormones. Powerful healing herbs and supplements. Male/ female anti-aging and sexual problems. Want to feel better? Call now! See ad, page 67.

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

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


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

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



Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 26.

GOTTMAN METHOD COUPLES THERAPY AND SEX THERAPY Peg Walsh, MS, CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs 34135 718-208-6986 •

Relationships are precious, learn how to heal yours. Reinvent your sex life so that the passion returns. If you decide to part, learn to do it powerfully, leaving both whole to love again. See ad, page 62.


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


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


2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-9276 Variety of yoga classes daily, monthly workshops, child care and kids’ yoga. Massage, Thai yoga bodywork and private yoga sessions with master instructors. See ad, page 61.


(formerly Bala Vinyasa Yoga) • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples Two locations in Central and South Naples. Daily classes for all levels, monthly workshops and private sessions with exceptional teachers, plus awardwinning massage therapy and boutique. 200- and 300-hour Registered Yoga School. MM#19486.


Master Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist • 239-269-8846 Positively change your life physically and mentally using time-tested, classical Hatha yoga and Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi bodywork. Specializing in therapeutic yoga and The Great Yoga Wall®. See ad, page 65.


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