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Core Connections

I’ve just returned from a trip to Egypt companioned by 26 other spiritual adventurers hailing from six countries. It’s still too fresh to fully realize the significant influence to come from integrating all that I experienced visiting its ancient pyramids and temples. As with my other travels to special spots, I felt an inexplicable sense of reconnection, likely related to humanity’s ancestral roots; yet it felt more personal than that, as if pieces of my DNA were activating greater individual wholeness as I went about collecting pieces of myself of which I’ve previously been unaware. It must be why I’m drawn to certain areas of the world; why we all are. Others in our group similarly reported such intuited recognitions, expressed in a variety of ways. Since returning to our homes in China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and across the U.S., group members have remained connected through emails affirming our evolving “awakenings”. We share what is showing up in our dreams, as well as the little miracles unfolding in our daily lives. I’m enjoying this extraordinary bond with loving new friends destined to make this journey together. Much gratitude goes to my friend and tour guide Rae Chandran for bringing this group together and collectively guiding us from an energetic perspective. I am equally thankful for Hares Sayed, our Egyptian guide and historian extraordinaire, who brought every hieroglyphic, pharaoh and temple to life with fascinating details and his ability to address all our questions, including people’s fear of Muslims. Now I’m looking forward to my next adventure of mothering our 85 Natural Awakenings publishers at our biennial gathering in Orlando in May. Such events require extra work and investment, but reconnecting in person with our family of franchise publishers and having opportunities to speak our hearts and play together reinforces the important role Natural Awakenings has in each of our communities and why we all do what we do. This month, we celebrate all the mothers in our lives that nurture and support us, especially Mother Earth. I’m reminded of our travel group’s special experience in the Great Pyramid of Giza, held to be at the exact center of Earth’s land mass, the first morning of our trip. We had the privilege of a private 5 a.m. visit, which gifted me with my own felt anchor to Mother Earth. After climbing through long, narrow tunnels to the King’s Chamber, we participated in a ritual ceremony honoring the understanding that what happens here reverberates and ripples throughout the world. I hope you can feel our prayers and intentions for Mother Earth and her entire family. Shukran (thank you),

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newsbriefs Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Available in Bonita


outhwest Medical Thermal Imaging, in Bonita Springs, is offering diagnostic medical ultrasound treatments to enhance early detection of potential ailments and overall health. Treatments are affordable, don’t require a scrip from a physician and are performed by a certified ultrasound technologist using state-of-the-art equipment. The process is painless, radiation-free and only takes a few minutes to half an hour, depending on the region being imaged. A device called a transducer that emits high-frequency sound waves inaudible to human ears is placed on the skin and records the echoes as the sound waves bounce back to determine the size, shape and consistence of soft tissues and organs. All studies are interpreted by holistically minded and board-certified diagnostic radiologist and breast imaging specialist Dr. Thomas Hudson. In case of a positive result, a consultation with him will be provided at no additional charge. Location: Sunshine Plaza & Professional Building, 9148 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 202. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Taryn Kean at 239-949-2011. See ad, page 28.

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greenmonkey Honors Mothers on Their Special Day


oms and their families will be able to experience yoga for free from 1 to 3 p.m., May 14, at greenmonkey, in Naples. Tiffany Smith, a 200-hour RYT yoga teacher and assistant studio manager, will lead the monthly family monkey sprouts workshop that includes meditation, yoga and community. The formal session will last 30 minutes and will begin approximately 30 minutes into the event. Participants can ask questions to support their family’s yoga practice, arrive and depart whenever they like and enjoy special discounts in the boutique during the event. Smith’s says her objective is to “support you and your children’s yoga practice, experience greater community and have fun.” Location: 6200 Trail Blvd. For more information, call 239-598-1938 or visit

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newsbriefs New Natural Awakenings App


he Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brand-new look and updated features. The changes to the free app, which has already been downloaded by more than 40,000 users, will make keeping up with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle easier than ever. New features include the ability to sign up for promotions, updates and newsletters, and a link to the Natural Awakenings website. Users can find local magazines anywhere; search a national directory of healthy and green businesses and resources with products, practitioners and services, complete with directions; view updated national monthly magazine content; read the archives of hundreds of previously published articles on practical, natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living by national experts that are searchable by key words; and view an archive of articles in Spanish. “These upgrades and expanded accessibility will empower people to enjoy healthier, happier and longer lives more easily than ever before,” notes Natural Awakenings founder Sharon Bruckman. “Offering free access to Natural Awakenings’ powerful network of healthy living resources through this exclusive app is another way we can serve our users.” To download the free app, search for Natural Awakenings on Google Play or the Apple app store or visit


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Women’s Wellness Month Savings at Earth Origins Market


n honor of Mother’s Day, May 14, Earth Origins Market is offering savings on some of their women’s wellness products at all 11 locations, including in Fort Myers and Port Charlotte, during the month. MyChelle comprehensive skin care products that are bioactive, ethically sourced and formulated with high-performance ingredients for superior results of natural and healthy skin, are 25 percent off, while certified-USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project-verified and derived from whole foods Garden of Life mykind organic multivitamins are 35 percent off. Earth Origins Market provides many all-natural, organic and vegan products to fit the needs of any lifestyle, along with a full deli that includes smoothies and juices. Locations: Fort Myers, 15121 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 104; Port Charlotte, 2000 Tamiami Tr.. For more information, call Melissa Bystry at 727-385-5281, email or visit See ad, page 51.

Beyond Motion Celebrates Annual Pilates Day


s part of an annual international community event program, Naplesbased Beyond Motion will host a Pilates Day Celebration on May 6. Following a one-hour Pilates class starting at at 10 a.m., there will be two hours of free open house activities featuring 15-minute equipment classes, prizes, demonstrations, snacks and more. Amy Lademann, the co-founder of Beyond Motion, a PMA-CPT, the creator of barre motion (Naples’ original cardio barre class) and the director of their Pilates Teacher Training program, states, “The practice of Pilates can help develop a strong core, increase flexibility and mobility, build strength and improve your endurance. All of our athletes notice a huge shift in their sports performances after just a few sessions.” Admission is free. Location: 11985 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. A. For more information, call 239-254-9300 or visit

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newsbriefs Eyes Wide Open Closes in Bonita


yes Wide Open, started in 2001, has closed its holistic center in Bonita Springs. Director, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, author and reiki master/teacher Silvia Casabianca, based in North Naples, will continue to provide holistic and psychotherapy counseling for individuals and couples. “We achieved almost everything we set up to do to as educators, healers and Silvia Casabianca counselors, with great support from the community,” says Casabianca. “My vision for the center was to offer truly holistic and innovative approaches to alleviate physical or emotional pain and support health and growth, along with providing the community opportunities to get together and connect in meaningful ways.” Casabianca says she looks forward to having more time to do counseling privately, meditate, write, teach, and continue to do her work through Eyes Wide Open LLC, the Cypress Cove Conservancy and the World Café Coalition. For more information, call 239-948-9444, email Mail@ or visit

Griffins Join Unity of Fort Myers


everend Dr. Nicholas Griffin has been hired as transitional minister at Unity of Fort Myers. His first service, The Challenge of Change, following the retirement of longtime Spiritual leader Rev. Jim Rosemergy, will be delivered at 10 a.m., May 7. Along with his wife, Rev. Carole Griffin, he will guide Unity through finding a new minister. She has helped many churches over the years and is a recognized specialist in the field. They have been married for more than 50 years and spent the last 40 years working with churches in 27 states for transitional or temporary support. Nicholas hold graduate degrees in several disciplines, including philosophy and the history of ideas; is a graduate of the University of Oxford, England; and a life member of the Oxford Union, the university’s famed debating society. Location: 11120 Ranchette Rd. For more information, call 239-239-278-1511, email or visit See ad, page 60.

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newsbriefs New Transformative Workshop Series at Goddess I AM


eth Brown-Rinella, owner of the Goddess I AM Healing and Meditation Center, in Naples, is offering a new Transformations: Step into Your Power workshop beginning at 6:30 p.m., May 18, and continuing on a monthly basis. The class is designed to help participants look inside themselves, find their Beth magnificence and learn how to use it daily. Brown-Rinella Topics will include working with manifestation, the soul’s purpose, mission work, universal laws of energy, healing and chakra work, and exploration into the heart of who we are. A workbook and homework will also be provided. Cost: $45. RSVP is suggested to 239-228-6949. See ad, page 53.

Special Offer from Natural Landscaping Company


wo Tired Services, a natural landscaping company based in Bonita Springs, is offering 50 percent savings on initial lawn mowing, weeding or cleanup services booked during May for Natural Awakenings readers. The company uses only electric and manual equipment, producing much less noise and no pollution. Owner Ryan Scofield is a member and volunteer with the Florida Native Plant Society, and certified as an independent service provider by the American Green Zone Alliance. Natural Awakenings readers receive work of up to six hours on a single day with the offer; no previous contract is necessary. For more information, call 239-3028922, email or visit or See ad, page 27.

Reach Your God-Given Potential


he Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, in Fort Myers, will host a free spiritual celebration at 11 a.m., May 7, presented by the Florida Satsang Society, a chartered affiliate of Eckankar, focusing on how to reach our God-given potential. Following a 20-minute Community HU Chant using the ancient, sacred word HU to awaken awareness to higher states of consciousness, there will be five minutes of silent personal contemplation and reflection—a simple spiritual exercise that is said to soothe a troubled heart, bring peace, calm, insight and the recognition of spiritual experiences. People of any background or belief can practice the HU exercise to enhance their spiritual awareness and understanding, and there will be refreshments and conversation. Visitors are welcome to examine a variety of books and also pick up materials and brochures. At 12:30 p.m., there will be a special Internet broadcast of the 2017 ECK Springtime Seminar talk by Sri Harold Klemp, the Mahanta, or living ECK master. Location: 12995 S. Cleveland Ave., Ste. 155. For more information, call 239482-4034 or visit EckankarInFortMyers on Facebook. See ad, page 60.

Celebrate World Labyrinth Day in Estero


he Happehatchee Center, in Estero, will celebrate World Labyrinth Day in conjunction with labyrinth walkers all over the planet, beginning at 12:30 p.m., May 6. Following a presentation about labyrinth history and utilization in the Peace Pavilion, guests will participate in a labyrinth meditative 16

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walk, a closing ceremony, and then enjoy the center’s own herbal grounding tea. Last year, the Happehatchee Center joined with the World Labyrinth Society for more than 200 events in 24 countries. Participants will also gain tips on drawing or building a simple labyrinth. The purpose of this international event is to facilitate group walks at public labyrinth, engage the community and amplify collective spiritual energy. World Labyrinth Day introduces thousands of people to this ancient, meditative tool by organizing lectures, workshops, tours, book readings, art exhibitions and the construction of temporary or permanent labyrinths. Admission is free; donations are welcome. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information, call 860-670-3681 or 239-992-5455, email or visit and

kudos Connie H. Didier-Robinson, a statelicensed master esthetician (CIDESCO Dip.) and an expert holistic therapist with Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, in Naples, is marking her 30th year in the spa beauty and wellness industry. The native of the Caribbean island of Dominica, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Wellness and continues to display a deep Connie H. passion for all things natural and organic. Didier-Robinson During her career, she has developed a signature facial treatment she terms “whole esthetics”, a modality of whole-body skincare that combines the use of organic skincare formulations with holistic techniques that incorporate the human energy field to create homeostasis, an organic process meant to provide deep relaxation and healing. Location: 13240 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 207. For appointments, call 239-514-4494. For more information, visit Organic See ad, page 3. Ada’s Greenleaf Grill has been chosen as the restaurant and food vendor at the new Golisano Children’s Hospital, in Fort Myers. Beginning May 10, it will offer a fast, casual food menu, including robust hot entrees, hearty sandwiches, savory soups and crisp salads, along with breakfast choices served all day long prepared from all-natural and organic ingredients sourced directly from Ada’s Natural Market. Location: 9981 S Healthpark Dr., 2nd Fl. For more information, call 239-939-9600, email HCreighton@HealthyChoice or visit See ad, page 59. natural awakenings

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Grammy-Nominated Flutist David Young to Perform at Unity of Naples


Soul Ascension Meditation, featuring twice Grammy Award-nominated flutist David Young, will be performed from 7 to 9 p.m., June 2, at the Unity of Naples Fellowship Hall. He will be playing two Renaissance flutes simultaneously that have been described by some as “a portal between Heaven and Earth,” and a catalyst associated with out-of-body, music-inspired experiences. Young has sold more than 1 million copies of his 59 albums and CDs of heavenly and healing music, and more than 20,000 healers and healing centers worldwide are said to use his music, reaching 300,000 people daily. Marie Diamond, one of the Nine Earth Mothers who appears in the film The Secret, says, “I had the most profound spiritual experience of my entire life while listening to David performing his Creation CD.” Young has presented more than 350 Soul Ascension Meditations nationwide. The soothing music of his flutes, along with inspired, guided spirit journeying, have been reported as the most profound spiritual experience of their lives. Hundreds of people have said they’ve had visions and encounters with either Jesus, Buddha, Mother Mary, Lao Tzu or Lady Quin Yin. Experiences that people describe run the gamut from deep emotional healings and being shown heavenly worlds to encounters that are slightly humorous. Young feels one of the most important messages that comes through is that the Ascended Masters are reachable and accessible to anybody—they will share their wisdom and love—if we only reach out to them. Suggested love offering: $30 (no one will be turned away). Location: 2000 Unity Way. For more information or to make reservations, call 239-775-3009 or visit See ad, page 28.


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esearchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma. Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil and DHAalgae supplements—in the women’s blood. The health of the babies was monitored for five years and compared with the blood analysis. The children of the mothers given 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during their third trimester displayed an overall 31 percent reduced risk of developing asthma. “Asthma and wheezing disorders have more than doubled in Western countries in recent decades,” explains Professor Hans Bisgaard, of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the hospital. “We now have a preventative measure to help bring those numbers down.”

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Not-So-Speedy Pedaling Boosts Benefits


esearchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Winchester have found that cycling improves brain function. The study tested the cognitive function of 17 physically active men in their 20s before and after two, 30-minute sessions on a stationary bike. The results showed significant cognitive improvements following each session. Biking to work is also a good way to reduce our carbon footprint, but breathing in exhaust fumes and other pollutants is a concern for street cyclists. Alexander Bigazzi, a transportation expert in the department of civil engineering and school of community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia, has studied the relationship between average-speed bicycle travel and inhalation of potentially harmful air. Using a U.S. Census-based computer model of 10,000 people, Bigazzi found that the ideal bicycling speed to inhale the minimum amount of pollution is between 7.5 to 12.5 miles per hour (mph), placing the lowest risk for women at nearly eight mph and for men at just over eight mph. “The faster you move, the harder you breathe and the more pollution you could potentially inhale, but you are also exposed to traffic for a shorter period of time. This analysis shows where the sweet spot is,” says Bigazzi.

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study from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, has linked alcohol consumption with an increased risk of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Using data from three studies, researchers followed 210,252 adults for an average of 18 years each using food-frequency questionnaires to measure alcohol consumption. Comparing the results to instances of melanoma among the participants, they found that each alcoholic beverage consumed on average per day was associated with a 14 percent increased risk of melanoma. An associated conclusion was that individuals that regularly drank alcohol were 73 percent more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma on the trunk of the body than non-drinkers. “The clinical and biological significance of these findings remains to be determined, but for motivated individuals, counseling regarding alcohol use may be an appropriate strategy to reduce risks of melanoma, as well as other cancers,� explains Eunyoung Cho, Sc.D., the study’s lead author and an associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the university.

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Darkfield Microscopy


odern medicine’s theory that germs and microbes cause disease had became the gold standard of medical practice by the 20th century. According to Ty Bollinger, author of The Truth About Cancer, the reason that this theory became so popular is that it simplified the root cause behind all disease and encouraged symptom management through the use of patented pharmaceutical drugs. With the reduction of disease to simple interactions between microorganism and host, environmental contamination and deficiencies in vitamins and minerals were no longer considered factors that seriously impacted health. As medicine progressed beyond germ theory into terrain theory and the delicate balance of the human microbiome, some researchers began to explore the underlying causes of illness using darkfield microscopy and live, whole-blood cell analysis. Darkfield microscopy is a research and educational tool that provides qualitative data previously unavailable to inform self-care programs and nutritional supplement selection, which can help to repair and heal the body. It can also provide insight into that which conventional medicine fails to focus on—what individuals need to maintain a healthy internal ecological terrain, the foundation of good health. It is the state of our inner terrain that directly impacts our health, not the mere presence or absence of germs. The specially adapted microscope projects a dynamic image of live whole blood cells onto a video screen from which a darkfield microscopist skilled in nutritional cell analysis can provide personal education about an individual’s microbiome, including improved digestive, eliminative and immune functions. This tool, in the hands of a skilled professional, can help an individual discover how to achieve the goal of balancing bacteria and other microorganisms. It is not intended for nor capable of diagnosing or treating disease. Brad Ferringo is a darkfield microscopist. For more information about darkfield microscopy, call 239-248-0455 or visit See ad, page 25.


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Latin American Tree Bark Improves Diabetes Markers


study from the University of Prague, in the Czech Republic, has found that extracts from the bark of the Hintonia latiflora, a tree grown in Mexico and South America, can help regulate blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers administered a capsule containing a dry concentrated extract from the plant to 32 subjects with the condition and monitored their blood glucose levels for six months. The subjects experienced an 11 percent decrease in glycated hemoglobin, an indicator that the body can better regulate blood glucose levels during the period, as well as a slight reduction in cholesterol and triglycerides. The researchers also found the natural treatment resulted in a 25 percent reduction in fasting blood glucose levels and a 22 percent reduction in post-meal glucose levels. Liver enzymes showed improved levels in the subjects, as well. No adverse side effects were observed.



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elomeres, located at the end of human chromosomes, protect DNA from deterioration. Multiple studies over the past decade have associated longer telomeres with increased longevity and a slowing of the aging process. A study from Kookmin University, in Seoul, Korea, collected nutrition data from 1,958 men and women between the ages of 40 and 69. The information included a baseline food frequency questionnaire assessing the consumption of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 (folate), C and E, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc, during an 18-month period. Researchers measured the length of the subjects’ telomeres after 10 years in a follow-up examination and compared these results with the nutrition information. The study found an association between longer telomere length and vitamin C, folate and potassium intake in all participants. These nutrients are available in many fruits and vegetables.


Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction In Action


or more than 30 years, Byron Kathleen Mitchell, better known as Byron Katie, has been delivering her simple message regarding how suffering is created and ended. The author of Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, Katie’s transformational method is The Work, which consists of answering “Four Questions”. The only tools it requires are an open mind, a pen and paper. The Four Questions and the turnarounds, which are the way an individual directly experiences the opposite of what they initially believed, allow them to find answers within themselves. “A deep understanding that comes from a place within; from what you can trust, allows you to take ownership of the realization. When people realize the truth for themselves, they have confidence in it. We learn from teachers, but keep in mind that you are the teacher that you have been waiting for,” says Katie. Individuals that engage in Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction as an ongoing practice commonly report alleviation of depression, resolution and even happiness in situations that were once debilitating. They also experience decreased stress in life, with less anxiety or fear, improved relationships, reduced anger, increased mental clarity, more energy and well-being, more peace and the ability to love what is. “When you question a thought, you see around it to the choices beyond suffering. One thought at a time, you transform the way you experience your life,” advises Katie. This form of self-inquiry is also meditative. Anyone with an open mind can do it. Sharon Plover, a certified facilitator of Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction, offers one-on-one personal facilitations and group workshops. For more information about her Jun. 17 workshop or to make an appointment, call 239-4644433 or visit or See ad, page 52.

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Cycling Chicago

Chicago has created 100 miles of new bike lanes in the last five years and plans to add another 50 miles of upgraded lanes with curbs to protect riders from cars by 2019. Beyond that, a series of floating, solar-powered bike paths along the edge of the Chicago River is on the drawing board; each mile of pathway may cost between $5 million and $10 million. The architecture firm SecondShore first proposed the idea. “You look at the river, and while it used to be the main commercial artery in the city, it’s not much of one anymore,” says firm cofounder James Chuck. “This fits with the mayor’s general economic strategy for the city—how to make use of latent infrastructure.” The floating bike paths, named RiverRide, would give pedalers a truly autofree place to ride for part of their commute and connect with existing bike lanes. The system would fill gaps in the network, creating around a 17-mile stretch of continuous bike paths connecting 28 neighborhoods. Floating on concrete pontoons, the paths would use solar power for lighting. Solar panels could also heat the surface so the path doesn’t ice up in winter. Plans call for the path to intersect with river bridges so bikers can cross to the other side.

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Turtle Turnaround

Record Hatchlings Give Hope Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are threatened or endangered because of human activity. A ray of hope now shining from conservation efforts is that nesting sea turtles have posted record numbers of successful hatchlings in South Carolina the last three years, with Georgia and Florida reporting similar results. Decades of helpful efforts are paying off due to increased public awareness of turtlefriendly practices at seaside locations. Heed these rules: 4 Keep lights off on beachfront property during nesting season. 4 Refrain from using flash photography on the beach at night. 4 Keep beaches and oceans clean. Litter such as plastic bags and balloons can cause injury or death when sea turtles mistake them for jellyfish, a favorite food. 4 Respect sea turtles by observing them from a distance. 4 Report dead or injured sea turtles and nest disturbances to 1-800-9225431. Learn more about sea turtle conservation and how to get involved at Find an introductory video at OceanToday.noaa. gov/endoceanseaturtles.


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Claudia Marcelo

A Passion for Decelerating the Aging Process Naturally by Lee Walker


e can’t stop the aging functional medicine physicians have clock, but we can slow generally been told that either nothing is it down,” says Claudia wrong or they’ve been given a diagnosis Marcelo, D.O., the newest addition to but are not physically, mentally or emothe healthcare staff at the Hughes Center tionally improving. My philosophy is that for Functional Medicine, in Naples. As if you are still breathing, there are ways to the founder of Medically Fit & Balimprove the condition of your health and anced, a functional and regenerative quality of life.” medicine practice, Marcelo has been Marcelo enjoys her role of a medicultivating her passion for teaching othcal Sherlock Holmes. “I seek to identify ers about successful aging. Since 2015, the root causes of a current health situshe has been offering patients the most ation from a whole systems perspective. advanced techniques to decelerate the I haven’t abandoned the principles of aging process. conventional medicine, because there is Using customized nutritional plans, a time and place for them. If you have a weight-loss programs, exercise, stress stroke or a heart attack, I’ll be the first to management, sexual wellness protocols, dial 911 to save your life. I do, however, hormone balancing, intravenous nutribelieve that conventional medicine is not Claudia Marcelo tion, detoxification, hyperbaric oxygen equipped with the right tools to prevent, and comprehensive wellness regimens, Marcelo applies the manage or reverse chronic disease,” she says. principles of functional medicine and helps patients change Marcelo speaks about conventional medicine’s lack their lives. Stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapies of tools to deal with chronic illness from personal expeare also tools she finds useful to treat a variety of medical rience. “Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with a chronic conditions, as well as for aesthetics. illness that conventional medicine could not treat. Func Marcelo offers a short explanation of her frontline of tional medicine filled the gap in my care, and now I’m defense for staving off the signs of aging, as well as for sharing my experiences and knowledge with my patients, treating chronic illness. “My philosophy on natural medias well as seeing significant improvements in their health,” cine has been around for more than 2,500 years since the she remarks. Greek physician Hippocrates founded the Hippocratic “I want to help my patients stay healthy and work colSchool of Medicine. ‘Let food be thy medicine and medilaboratively on a personalized approach to their care in cine be thy food,’ was his medical philosophy, which has order to reverse their chronic health conditions. In a nutshell, been pushed aside and forgotten. Thankfully, it has to the functional medicine is a personalized approach to a healthy forefront once again with the introduction of functional lifestyle that can potentially reward an individual with optimedicine, which is basically lifestyle medicine,” says Mar- mal health at any age,” enthuses Marcelo. celo, who is a board certified family and geriatric medi She has partnered with Dr. Pamela Hughes to carry on cine physician. Dr. David Perlmutter’s legacy to change the practice of medi Marcelo grew up in the Tampa Bay area and moved cine to a more holistic and integrative approach where the away to complete her undergraduate studies with honors patient is an active partner in their healing journey. at the University of Chicago. She received a doctorate Marcelo is also an NPC bikini competitor. A fitness and from the New York Institute Technology College of Osteo- figure competition of physique-exhibition events for women, pathic Medicine, in Old Westbury, New York, and comit emphasizes muscle definition rather than size. In any spare pleted her residency and fellowship at Florida Hospital, time, Marcello says she loves to body-build, travel and read. in Orlando. “I’m sincerely passionate about helping patients to Hughes Center for Functional Medicine is located at 800 improve their health and recover from chronic illnesses,” Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. 270, in Naples. For more information, she states. “The majority of individuals who have exhausted call 239-649-7400 or visit See the conventional medical system before they seek help from ad, page 71. natural awakenings

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Taggart Siegel Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution by April Thompson


or more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm. Siegel’s latest film, Seed: The Untold Story, follows global seed keepers from Minnesota to India battling multinational agribusinesses in a quest to protect our agricultural heritage and food sources—ancient seeds passed down through untold generations. Interviews with farmers, ethnobotanists and activists explore the importance of the genetic material that these tiny time capsules carry. Siegel is the founder and executive director of Collective Eye Films, a nonprofit media company in Portland, Oregon. He co-directed and produced this latest offering with documentary filmmaker Jon Betz, with backing from Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei.

Why does the colossal loss of food crop diversity during the past century matter? Up to 96 percent of seed varieties have been lost since 1903. During this period, we have destroyed the infrastructure of traditional agriculture: 10,000 years of seeds saved from families and farmers. It threatens our survival. We 30

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can’t rely on genetically modified seeds to see us through climate changes. We need nongenetically engineered seed varieties like the thousands of different types of rice grown in India to be able to adapt to extreme events like floods and droughts. Universal responsibility to save seeds began to dwindle in the 1920s, when hybrid corn crops came onto the market, promising higher yields; instead of growing crops from seeds saved, borrowed or shared with neighbors, farmers bought seeds from stores. In the 1990s, huge corporations bought up some 20,000 seed companies, and the number of cultivated seed varieties dropped precipitously. Ten agrichemical companies now control more than two-thirds of the global seed market.

How do hybrid seeds differ from open-pollinated seeds?  You cannot save a hybrid seed; if you try to use it, the results are unreliable. Hybrids are engineered to be planted for one year only. With open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, you’re planting reliable seeds saved from year to year, generation to generation, bred for the consistency of their qualities. Indigenous people in Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley, for example, have successfully cultivated local seeds for at least 8,700 years, right up to today. Hybrids require high levels of chemical inputs to produce. Illustrat-

ing the contrast, Hopi corn, grown for thousands of years, requires little water and contains much more protein than today’s commercial crops, without poisoning the land with heavy industrial inputs. The Hopi think of seeds as their children, intimately connected with their heritage and culture, so they protect them. Beyond big, strong crops, farming is a spiritual act.

Why do so many farmers voluntarily choose hybrid seeds, given the troubling issues involved? Most farmers just want streamlined labor and the biggest yield. Often, commodity crops using commercial seeds and chemical fertilizers have the biggest yield and make them the most money, even though severe downsides like the loss of flavor and nutrients mean it’s ultimately not the best result. In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide during the past 20 years to escape onerous debts accrued to purchase industrialized agricultural inputs. An Indian seed salesman interviewed for the film despairs, “The seeds we sell don’t taste good and require so many chemicals that many farmers kill themselves.”

What is the seed-saver movement achieving, and how can everyday gardeners and citizens take action? Seed libraries and banks are critically important because the seeds are adapted to the local environment. Seed libraries have multiplied from only a handful a few years ago to as many as 300 located in towns across America today. Public libraries check out seeds to plant in your garden, asking only that you return harvested seeds for others to enjoy. Farmers can now “back up” their seeds in local seed banks, which are also becoming important educational resources to teach students about these issues. To locate a screening or purchase a DVD of the film, visit Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Celebrate Mother’s Day the 21st-Century Way by Savannah Noir


other’s Day is no longer celebrated the way it was in 1870, when Julia Ward House, an abolitionist and poet, began working to establish a Mother’s Day Peace by dedicating the day to the eradication of war. While today’s commercialized celebration of candy, flowers, gift certificates and lavish meals at restaurants bear little resemblance to Howe’s idea, throughout the years, women have set the day aside for activities such as standing for a world in which every child is safe, honored and nurtured (, greening the planet by planting trees (, and helping to usher in peace by planting Peace Poles ( Even today’s home-cooked Mother’s Day meals are far from traditional. For instance, actress Kerry Washington’s mother was such an enthusiastic

fan of a popular Sunday night HBO Game of Thrones TV series that she prepared her a feast worthy of its name—giant turkey legs, Medieval rice pilaf, grapes and ale. On May 14, whether honoring a birth mom, a mentor or an admired friend, step outside the traditional box and consider treating her to a healthy moveable feast of breakfast in bed and picnic lunch after a morning bike ride or afternoon kayak paddle. Top off the day with a light finger food dinner while enjoying the sunset at the beach—throw in a movie date afterwards. Order meals ahead of time from any one of the area’s healthy dining establishments and pick it up the night before. Less meal preparation time means more precious time can be enjoyed with mom.

Healthy Dining Resources Ada’s Natural Market & Green Leaf Café, 7070 College Pkwy., Ft. Myers. 239-939-9600. AdasMarket. com. See ad, page 59. Body and Soul Café, 9331 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 12, Naples. 239-6823663. Earth Origins Market, 15121 Tamiami Tr. S., Ste. 104, Ft. Myers. 239-2103256. See ad, page 51. Food & Thought 100% Organic Farm Market and Café, 2132 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. 239-2132222. See ad, page 10. Loving Hut, 975 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. 239-254-9490. LovingHut. us/naples. See ad, page 34. Pizza Fusion, 12901 McGregor Blvd., Ste. 5, Ft. Myers. 239-3377979. 2146 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. 239-262-8111. Naples. See ad, page 44. Skinny Pantry, 14261 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 17, Ft. Myers. 239-9355093. See ad, page 16. The Bowl, 1427 Pine Ridge Rd., Ste. 3, Naples. 239-734-3867. See ad, page 43. True Food Kitchen, 5375 Tamiami Tr., Ste. 15, Naples. 239-431-4580. Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Pl., The Mercado, Naples. 239552-5100. WholeFoodsMarket. com. See ad, page 56. Wynn’s Market, 141 9 St. N., Naples. 239-261-7157. Wynns See ad, page 61.


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Women Mobilize to Heal the World by Linda Sechrist


he Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, of Naples, Florida, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each other and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering them to take action and lead. Women who once longed for a culture that would reflect their highest priorities are now creating one

in which they support each other and make a difference,” says Gould. She notes that for centuries, a vast number of women have led and served as change agents. “Unfortunately, the majority of them never made it into the headlines or history books. A prime example—few individuals knew that 12 women ran for president before Hillary Clinton.” In a recent Yes! magazine article, Rucha Chitnis reports that women are rising up to push back against growing

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corporate power, land grabs, economic injustice, climate change and more. Women’s groups and networks offer a paradigm shift, she concludes, exposing links between unbridled capitalism, violence, the erosion of human rights and destruction of the Earth. A woman’s style of leadership in America’s corporate boardrooms, activist-led movements or state and federal government may not be plainly evident. Feminine wisdom’s emerging solutions are compassionate, collaborative and consensus-building, and pursue universal outcomes and group cooperation. They contrast with conventional competitive strategies and solutions, according to The Legislative Effectiveness of Women in Congress study at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, in Nashville. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a medical doctor, Jungian analyst in Mill Valley, California, and author of Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, has been advocating since 2002 for a United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women (5WCW). “Empowered and equal women are the key to peace and sustainability. We need to rise up together and fulfill the Dalai Lama’s words at the Vancouver Peace Summit: ‘It will be up to Western women to bring about peace.’” Bolen’s 5WCW vision joins millennial women worldwide now entering their era of activism with the feminist movement spearheaded by a

boomer generation Women Rising Resources spirit is our bioof women that’s logical and innate forwarded the equalimperative. I see ity and empowerwomen emerging WomensHeartToLeadFilm in unprecedented ment of women this far. To this end, she ways to make this marched in happen,” says Hart. ington, D.C., on The Rising WomAsSheIs January 21 in the en Rising World Million Women’s organization proMarch that globally attracted 5 million vides tools and training to help women participants. “To make human rights and men develop feminine wisdom and women’s rights, we need a united the qualities of potent compassion, deep global women’s movement,” she states. listening, intuition and inclusivity. Hazel Sande Hart, from Orange County, Henderson, an evolutionary economist California, director of the Charter for in St. Augustine, Florida, host of the Compassion International-Women Ethical Markets online TV show and reand Girls sector and president of the searcher of The Love Economy shared in women’s global interfaith organization her book The Politics of the Solar Age: Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Alternatives to Economics, has menHope (SARAH), participated in the Los tored staff members of Rising Women Angeles Women’s March with 750,000 Rising World. Henderson contends that others. “There’s a sense that we’ve to shape a future for the good of all, we had enough. We’re not angry. We are must bring into balance the masculine morally outraged and seeking peaceful and feminine energies and learn to value solutions wrapped in compassion and the long-marginalized qualities of femibased in justice for all. In nearly 15 nine wisdom. years of women’s community building, Henderson’s Love Economy paraI’m convinced that healing our commu- digm reflects the sharing and caring nities with resilience and a regenerative sector not presently reflected in the na-

tion’s gross domestic product. “Women’s unpaid work—raising children, taking care of households, serving on school boards, volunteering, caring for aging parents, etc.—constitutes 50 percent of all production in the U.S. and 70 percent of that in developing countries. This unvalued economic sector underlies and supports the public and private parts of the entire economy,” advises Henderson, who observes that competition cannot be the sole basis for an economy with any expectation of high quality of life on a small planet. In her film, As She Is, producer and director Megan McFeely, of Marin County, California, captures her own journey to understand the collective potential of the feminine and how to live true to its innate knowing. She queries: “Can you imagine what might happen if women here and around the world rose up together and used our power of longing to heal the Earth?” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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The Men Behind Local Women Activists by Linda Sechrist

If we are serious about peace and development, we must take women seriously. Without peace, development is impossible, and without development, peace is not achievable. But without women, neither peace nor development is possible. ~Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former undersecretary general and high representative of the United Nations


f asked to cite of the names of trailblazing female activists that have had the heart to lead campaigns to build awareness and address issues such as poverty, economic justice, labor rights, civil rights, social and environmental justice, a clean energy economy, the elimination of gender stereotypes, peace, women’s rights or political issues, it is highly probable that any one of us in Southwest Florida would recall only the most publicly recognized women. While names such as Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Rosa Parks, Alice Walker, Julia Butterfly or Winona LaDuke are some of the most likely, there are thousands more women that work just as diligently within their communities to support a mosaic of grassroots movements. Grassroots activists dedicate significant time, energy and money to show up and be part of activities before, during and after marches, protests and rallies, gather thousands of petition signatures, listen patiently to opposing viewpoints, tolerate emotional discomfort and stress, educate themselves about complex issues and stay the course without burning out. Family time frequently suffers because there is less energy for balancing personal relationships, marriage and career. One aspect of a feminist’s activism that is rarely addressed is the contributions of her “significant other” that provides a sounding board and understanding, as well as the financial and emotional support that helps to keep them from running out of steam or wearing out. Bill ZiffLevine, Michael Seef and Whitney Smith, the husbands of three local activists—Marjorie Ziff-Levine, Bonnie Michaels and Ann Smith—talked to Natural Awakenings regarding their thoughts on their activist wives and the support they provide them.

Matching the Passion Thermometer “I’m supportive and encouraging of the central themes of Marjorie’s activism, including her environmental advocacy, her participation in the Women’s March in January and her ongoing involvement with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), as well as human trafficking aware36

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ness and her latest Community Café Coalition of Southwest Florida (CCC). A female colleague where I work knitted a pussy hat for me, which I was proud of and gave to Marjorie to take with her to New York,” advises Bill Ziff-Levine. “My wife is not shrinking violet, nor is she afraid to speak her mind. She gets passionate about ideas and challenges me Bill and Marjorie Ziff-Levine to think really hard on topics and issues that she raises. I can match her on the passion thermometer, but my work and the practical world draw on my attention, which keep me from rising as quickly to her level of intensity about issues she is involved in,” says Bill. A lack of private ruminating time and sifting through Marjorie’s expressive language are hurdles that Bill occasionally has to jump over to keep up. “Like most men, I like logical action talk, such as if I take this action today, these three things could happen tomorrow. It’s why I occasionally wish that women would use less emotional and abstract language and speak more concretely so that I would require less processing time. Marjorie insists on the urgency of now, but in my opinion, the sky isn’t falling every day. Every issue can’t be so critical that the world is coming to an end,” he notes. Regardless, I’m grateful that my wife is my moral compass, because often I need to let go of the practicality of something to see the broader humanity of it,” he advises.

Carte Blanche Support “Bonnie and I are of the same activist mindset and have worked together locally in policymaking with the leadership at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. We occasionally attend meetings of the Collier Board of County ComBonnie Michaels and Michael Seef missioners,” says Seef. Bonnie has Seef’s carte blanche support. “She has great judgment and wisdom. She is free to take action wherever she believes she can make a difference. Locally, as past chair of the Environmental Committee for the Collier County League of Women Voters, bird steward for Audubon, president of Collier Citizens for Sustainability, member of Gather the Women and the Cypress Cove Conservancy and Community Café Coalition, I’ve proudly watched her do that. I especially applauded her while I kept the home fires burning while she traveled to Uganda for a week. I admire women like Bonnie, Ann and Marjorie, who are allies for the greater good and stand up for what they believe,” he says. Seef notes that his life as a single man living alone for a number of years before marrying Bonnie freed him of any

Perhaps women activists are the canaries in the coal mine, calling attention to the soulless mindset of a new corporatized order which threatens to marginalize anyone that doesn’t play along with an increasingly destructive worldview. dependence on his wife’s domestic support. “Bonnie and I are equals. Generally speaking though, I think that the ways in which women express their gender through nurturing, receptivity, empathy, tenderness, vulnerability, patience and quiet strength makes them admirable, and sometimes superior, to how males express gender traits such as aggression, competitiveness, independence and lack of emotions,” explains Seef.

Compatible Partnership Whitney’s description of his partnership with Ann reflects a sense of strong and solid compatibility. “We’re in agreement on environmental and social justice issues, as well as women’s rights, which are human rights. I’ve always supported her way of thinking,” he advises. An appetite for reading newspapers since he was 8 years old and magazines such as Time since he was 12 has kept Whitney well-versed in world events, as well as the issues that Ann and other women face, including wanting to find meaningful. “Ann and I met when she was in nursing school and I was studying engineering. After we married in 1963, she counseled women on issues such as planned parenthood, securing jobs to get off welfare and starting a women’s shelter. By 1983, Ann really wanted a good, well-paying job. Although I didn’t hinder her when she got the director of women in mission and ministry for the Episcopal Church USA position, I didn’t like that she traveled 50 percent of the time for three years. That’s when I became mom and dad for our youngest daughter,” recalls Whitney, who continues to support Ann’s challenging

work as a feminist passion-bearer’s locally, nationally role is to recognize and internationally what’s wrong in the through the United world and invoke Nations and many most passionnon-governmental ately what could organizations. be made right. This The Open role is not always Democracy report easy or smooth, circulated at this or guaranteed to Whitney and Ann Smith year’s United Nawin universal aptions CSW noted that the global acplause. It’s the heroic call of every age complishments of the women’s rights to smash old bottles and create new movement over the last five decades wine.” Perhaps women activists are are now in danger due to closed borthe canaries in the coal mine, callders and rising intolerance. Gender ing attention to the soulless mindset justice cannot be achieved without of a new corporatized order which the strength of women in solidarity threatens to marginalize anyone that around the world. Rights groups all doesn’t play along with an increasingly over the globe are challenged to fight; destructive worldview. not just for the causes they support, While men continue to deliberate but for their very existence. Without over whether or not women’s issues the unity and support from more essignificantly impact the global agenda tablished women groups in developed for peace, development and human countries, the movement could slowly rights, it’s comforting to know that there are role models such as Bill, Seef and vanish and lose all the ground gained Whitney who recognize that no human over the last decade.” endeavor is meaningful and worthwhile According to Mary Ann Williamson, author of Tears to Triumph, “The unless it has women at its center.

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NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse


woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson. She recommends foods that assist lactation called galatactagogues, like

Build a Baby-Friendly Body “Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can


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almonds, avocados, legumes, kale and spinach. To increase milk production, add fennel to meals or smoothies, or turn to capsules.

Spark the Spirit

Affirmations can positively state the mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy and birth. Examples include: “Birth is a safe and wonderful experience. Keep Moving with Intention I am choosing the right path for my Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, birth. I trust my body and my inwalking or light jogging three to five stincts. I have all the support I need.” times a week, for 20 minutes a day. Wilson recommends choosing two “Squatting like a child on your haunches to four that resonate, repeating them is a great exercise for childbirth,” she every morning while gazing into the says, noting that 20 squats daily will mirror, placing them on the refrigerastrengthen core muscles. Sitting on an tor door and even having them pop exercise ball instead of a desk chair or up on a smartphone. couch also engages core muscles, while “Meditation prepares you for childimproving posture. birth and can also be soothing during “Regular exercise brings more enlabor by offering tools that push away ergy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this manspirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster tra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Being post-delivery recovery and reduced risk of Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myself, gestational diabetes and high blood presThe connections established breathing out, I smile.” sure during pregnancy,” Bregman finds. To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet between mother and She recommends a prenatal yoga practice room with eyes closed. For women that includes breathing and visualizanew to meditation, Wilson suggests child are much stronger tions. This restorative form of yoga offers lighting a scented or colored candle when she progresses through and noticing the colors and movement gentle stretching, promotes good circulation and naturally supports relief or healof the flame for something physical pregnancy and birth from ing of many possible pregnancy ailments. to focus on. “This calming practice is a natural perspective. “To alleviate physical distress, try important because labor becomes like chiropractic prenatal care,” says Phillips. a meditation,” she says. The mother ~Kristy Wilson Light finger contact from an expericopes through the contraction, then enced practitioner helps realign bony uses her meditation skills to reset, segments and restores the body’s normal tone. “A prenatal refocus and ground herself before the next contraction. expert can adjust so the mom’s body maintains its balance Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers and the baby is free to move.” to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the memexperiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, branes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord. who has a story too,” advises Wilson.

Prepare the Mind

“Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing process and in the postpartum period.” A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that needs to exercise control might seek such assistance for peace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed. “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conversations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

Design a Special Experience Create a Birth Plan

Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for low-Caesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the natural awakenings

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planning keeps him engaged and attuned to her wishes.”

Orchestrate a Childbirth Team

“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

Honor the Postpartum Mother

“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (

Blessing the Birth T

he blessingway ceremony helps a woman prepare mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the work of birthing, opening her to instinctive abilities that will guide her in mothering,” says Donna Miller Watelet, interfaith minister and co-author of Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood. Miller Watelet, a facilitator of dozens of blessingway rituals, shares an example of a nourishing gathering: In a comfortable and safe room, a group of friends circles the mother-to-be, signifying their support. They discuss the intention for the blessingway and invite the mom to symbolically let go of any fears blocking a harmonious experience. Once her fears are emptied out, they fill her up


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with affirmations, appreciations and adornments. Women can gift an object that has meaning to them, such as a bead, flower or scrap of cloth, as a sign of their commitment to her. These gifts will then be fashioned into something lasting, such as a necklace for the mother. The circle may then bind themselves together, each woman wrapping red yarn around her wrist before passing along the skein until everyone is connected. As they discuss this intertwining, they cut the binding yarn and keep the bracelets, a reminder of their caring for the new family. “Finally, we enjoy a feast together,” Miller Watelet says. “Sharing a meal reminds us to bring the intentions of the blessingway back into everyday life.”


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Local Birthing Resources


even babies were born in seven days at the Family Birth Center, in Naples. It feels as though Southwest Florida is becoming more of a family place,” says Cheryl Bernardi, founder of Life Behold. With a finger on the pulse of the local birthing community, Bernardi, a licensed massage therapist and doula who facilitates prenatal yoga classes and birth rehearsals for couples, offers an ever-expanding offerings of local resources for the benefit of new and experienced expectCheryl Bernardi ing mothers.

Cheryl Bernardi, doula, massage therapist, prenatal yoga classes, birth rehearsals for couples, Life Behold, 844 Anchor Rode Dr., Naples, 239248-7931., Birth Place of Naples, 11190 Health Park Blvd., Naples, 239-552-7724. Whitney Brooks, placenta encapsulation specialist, birth assistant, 239571-4433. Tanya Childress, lactation counselor, certified babywearing counselor, child safety passenger technician, 941-208-2171. Geraldine Cirillo, newborn night nanny, 978-204-8405, NightNannies Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd., Ste. 2, Naples; 239594-0400. See ad, page 21. Family Birth Suites, Lee Health Family Birth Suites at Healthpark, 9981 S. HealthPark Dr., 239-343-5000; Family Birth Suites, Cape Coral Hospital, 636 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral. 239-424-2200. Jenn Fischer, doula, 239-223-2023. Stephanie Jones, doula, birth photography, 239-247-3034.

Holistic Moms Network, Monthly meetings, Renaissance Montessori School, 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers. La Leche League, Center Point Community Church (Corner of 66th St. and Golden Gate Pkwy. in classroom area), 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. 2nd Friday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon. La Leche League of Cape Coral, Cape Coral Hospital, 636 Del Prado Boulevard S. (Women’s Center on 2nd floor), Cape Coral. Third Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. La Leche League of Fort Myers, St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd., (Corner of Colonial and McGregor Blvd.), Fort Myers, First Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. Mindful Mammas of SWFL, Facebook. com/groups/1825524107678381, open to all moms. Natural Birth Solutions, hypnobirthing, 5800 Daniels Pkwy, S Fort Myers. 239470-5749. Laurie Owens, lactation consultant, 239-404-4933. Paula Terry, doula, 239-821-3088, Southwest Florida Birth Network Directory, directory. natural awakenings

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The Joys of Grandparenting How to Mindfully Love Little Ones by April Thompson


eing a grandparent can be magical; an opportunity to create both lifelong memories and formative experiences for grandchildren. However, it can also pose challenges that need to be managed mindfully, say experts. For more than 25 years, Patricia Salem, of Louisville, Kentucky, a licensed and board-certified art therapist, has taught mindfulness practices and art therapy in such diverse settings as hospitals and schools. Aiming to help kids and adults learn to harmoniously ease life’s challenges, her work across generations has led her to seek ways to support entire family systems on their individual and familial journey to more mindful living. Her classes focus on skills like cultivating awareness, communication, self-compassion and self-care. “Teaching mindfulness and stress reduction to children is a start; however, teaching parents and grandparents is important, too. Children need reinforcement at home for practices they are learning in order for them to take hold,” says Salem. Carolyn Tucker, a psychotherapist in Atlanta, started offering classes on mindful grandparenting six years ago after witnessing a rise in grandparents seeking therapy. “In working with new


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mothers, I’ve found that a common area of friction is too little or too much support from grandparents. I thought it wise to help prepare them,” says Tucker. She helps grandparents develop realistic expectations of their role. “It’s easy to revert to what you know—the parenting role—so it’s important to set mindful intentions,” she observes. Tucker encourages grandparents to make mindful memories during time spent with the grandchildren. “You can find joy by being still and marveling at a grandchild’s beautiful little hands and dimpled knees while registering how the air in the room feels to create a vivid mental snapshot of the moment. “Parents and kids can become too busy, and grandparents can help them slow down. Lie on the grass together and look at cloud shapes or blow a dandelion. To me, that is the romance of grandparenting, and mindfulness allows the romance to blossom,” she says. Susan Moon, a Berkeley, California, author and grandmother who has practiced Zen Buddhism for nearly 40 years, sees grandparenting as an opportunity to release expectations; this feat can be difficult for parents caught up in their youngsters’ identities. “It’s easier for grandparents to accept

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grandkids for who they are and just be joyful with them. They get to be in the moment with the kids without worrying about the day-to-day details of caregiving that can consume parents.” She explores such ideas in her book This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. Being past their working years, grandparents are often more accepting and peaceful themselves, which can be inspiring for younger generations, adds Salem. For Moon, it’s vital to be mindful of the image of aging that’s projected; “I try to model that old age isn’t tragic, and show the joy in this stage of life,” she says. Yet grandparents also should be mindful of any physical limitations and set boundaries with grandkids as needed. “It’s okay to say, ‘I can’t hang on the jungle gym with you,’ and suggest an alternative,” says Moon. Good relationships with the grandkids begin with maintaining open relationships with their parents, experts note. To do this, consistently engage in compassionate listening. “It can be tempting for grandparents that know what may have worked in raising their own children to react or jump in, but it’s important to avoid giving unsolicited advice,” Salem cautions. At the same time, grandparents can notice aspects a harried parent may miss and, if handled carefully, can provide important insights. “I was known as the ‘fairy mom’, offering magic, art and imagination. I was grateful my own mother was there, too, because one child needed more structure and stability than I was providing,” says Tucker, a mother of four. “She gave me mindful feedback without making me feel like she was trying to usurp my role.” Moon suggests practicing “right speech”—messages that are positive, affirming and loving—with everyone. “It’s important to be humble and recognize the huge job of parents and all they juggle. Let them know that you are there to support them in whatever way you can.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


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reate new memories, but also share old stories. “Kids want to hear about how their parents were as children, and it gives them a sense of history,” advises author Susan Moon. Be open to learning new technology to communicate across the generational divide. “While grandparents learn about the world of social media from their grandchildren, they can also encourage them to cut back on checking their cell phones in favor of interpersonal activities,” says art therapist Patricia Salem. When visiting grandkids, especially if they live in different cities, “Always have some ‘grandma magic’ up your sleeve—like games, puzzles or craft projects that can be collaborated on—to maximize precious time together,” suggests Moon. Invite grandchildren to try out meditation or breathing techniques practiced by their elders. “It can help lessen the stresses they encounter in school and at home,” says Salem. “Be careful to foster cooperation rather than competition in any shifting relationship with a childturned-parent,” advises psychotherapist Carolyn Tucker. Otherwise, it can create chaos, undermine a parent’s confidence and strain relationships. For more advice on being a great grandparent, visit Grandparents natural awakenings

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MASTERING SELF-DEFENSE Staying Aware Avoids Problems by Aimee Hughes


began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of self-defense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida. This aspect of the martial art form seicho jutsu was created by Canadian Daniel Verkerke, Ph.D., as a simple self-defense system to teach and perpetuate nonviolence; he continues to share it with the public, law enforcement, corporations and private security firms in the U.S. and internationally. Nonviolent self-defense is akin to the dynamics of bullfighting. “The matador never matches his strength with the enormous animal; rather, he redirects the energy of the bull with simple and precise movements—counterbalancing— and letting the bull’s energy move past him,” explains Rose. He’s trained everyday people of all ages and walks of life in this approach, in the U.S., UK, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. “As they train, students begin to feel more secure wherever they go, because they are learning how to be safe even in the midst of physical confrontation,” says Rose. “They wind up feeling more empowered as they learn how to neutralize aggression simply and effectively.” Practicing NVS increases balance, coordination, overall flexibility and joint mobility. Its soft, circular, martial arts movements, combined with slow-to-fast linear movements, also enhance cardiovascular health. “Mental and spiritual training includes the awareness and development of a state of being conscious of energy and mind. Everyone’s actions and reactions directly reflect the development of their mind,” says Rose.


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Another nonviolent form of self-defense is Shaolin five animal kung fu, a martial arts style that mimics the characteristics of five animals—the tiger, leopard, snake, crane and dragon. Instructor Lloyd Fridenburg owns Fitness with a Purpose, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he emphasizes the awareness and avoidance concept as the psychological heart of nonviolent self-defense. Fridenburg, founder and senior instructor of the Waterloo Kung Fu Academy, explains, “The concept emphasizes being constantly aware of your surroundings while avoiding obvious areas of potential danger.” He also stresses the importance of proper body language—being able to read that of others, as well as how to diffuse confrontation upfront in how we present ourself. “Martial arts are a two-sided coin,” he says. “There’s the martial aspect, which involves techniques that allow a person to defend him- or herself in a wide range of situations. Then there’s the art aspect, which encompasses a deeper study, encompassing forms of movement and mental, philosophical and meditative techniques.” “Overall health benefits are no different than one might expect of any disciplined fitness regimen,” notes Fridenburg. “However, the nature of a quality martial arts program forces practitioners to focus their entire attention on what they are doing. The mere act of staying grounded in the present moment dramatically reduces stress and sets martial arts practices apart from many other forms of movement.” Tai chi, an ancient, softer style of Chinese martial art,

leverages relaxation, posture and energy work, rather than muscular tension. As a Taoist art, it embodies the way nature works, using minimal effort to accomplish a lot. “Demonstrating tai chi as a form of nonviolent selfdefense is much easier than describing it,” says Aaron D. Nitzkin, Ph.D., of New Orleans, a Tulane University professor, tai chi master and certified medical qigong instructor. “If someone attacks, you don’t resist; you can use tai chi principles to yield to their movements with a natural, circular, continuous motion, turning their own force against them. When you move aggressively against a master, it feels like you’ve just bounced off them and fallen down. In order to win at tai chi fighting, you need to remain completely calm and centered and most of all, listen to your opponent’s energy with your hands, so that you can yield to it and then redirect it.” It’s a profound lesson in interpersonal communication. “My students report stronger immune systems, greater clar ity of mind, better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and greater emotional stability,” says Nitzkin. “Practitioners become much more sensitive to and conscious of the internal condition of their bodies, and even develop the ability to feel bioelectric fields.” Whichever form of nonviolent self-defense suits us, experts advise that students study with a certified and experienced instructor for optimum results and safe practice. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for Longevity Times online. Connect at

The Inner Force Behind All Martial Arts by Lily Viola


igong is Eddie Rose’s favorite class to teach power of qi, which can be adapted to any marat Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs. The tial art. External forms of martial arts such as kasenior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Nonrate, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu and judo were created by infusing an internal energy for manipulating Violence also teaches meditation. “Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system with so many qi to develop more health and strength. aspects to master that I offer my students an anal “Over the years, I studied martial arts. I ogy, which is really the question about how they began with physical, hardcore karate and moved would try to eat an elephant. The image, along with on to kickboxing. They both required athleticism the answer, one piece at a time, demonstrates the and were tough on my body. When you’re young, point that accomplishment of any one aspect takes you can take the blows. At 19, I began studying Eddie Rose years of learning and practice,” says Rose. qigong. As I got older, I began making the cor Rose, a local resident, explains that the word qigong is relation between energy and physicality. I figured out that it made up of two words—qi, the life force that flows through doesn’t have to be all about the physical. When you cultivate all things in the universe, and gong, which means accomthe life force, it enhances the physical movements. Throwing plishment or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. a punch with directed qi behind it packs more forcer. When Joined together, the they describe cultivating energy through dealing with a person on an energetic level you don’t have to a system of integrated moving or stationary physical postures, get physical, although I teach that, too,” says Rose. breath techniques and focused intentions which are practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. Shangri-La Springs is located at 27750 Old 41 Rd., in Bonita Rose, who taught martial arts throughout the world in Springs. For more information about Eddie Rose’s classes, his previous career for corporations and law enforcement, call 239-949-0749 or 239-244-7678. Visit ShangrilaSprings. uses qigong to teach individuals how to cultivate the inner com or natural awakenings

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Florida Academy by Lisa Marlene


s an attorney licensed in Florida, Laurence “L. J.” Zielke offers his legal counsel to the Florida Academy in Fort Myers, which he co-owns. He also teaches the required 10-hour class in Florida Law that students need to obtain their license to practice massage. Equally passionate about law and the spa industry, Zielke advises, “Our curriculum, delivered by experienced instructors, prepares students for success in their fields by blending textbook material and handson instruction with clinic practicums where they build confidence by putting their skills to work on real people.”

and advanced techniques with a curriculum that includes the latest trends in haircutting, coloring and design, as well as hair texture concepts and creating a haircut or style. Nail services such as manicures and pedicures, as well as skin care procedures, are covered, along with marketing and communication skills. Students work with guests on the academy’s upscale salon floor. L. J. Zielke

Massage Therapy A 600-hour massage therapy program covers fundamentals for starting a career, as well as practical hands-on training in a real-world setting that prepares students to administer a skilled Swedish massage. A 900-hour therapeutic massage and allied modalities program includes the entire 600-hour course plus how to use medical devices such as estim machines, near-infrared light therapy and ultrasound. It also includes an introductions to allied modalities such as medical, sports, neuromuscular and trigger point massage, as well as reflexology, hydrotherapy, nutrition and Chinese medicine. Monday through Friday day and evening classes make it possible for students to become licensed massage therapists in approximately 20 weeks. Part-time programs are also available. Classes begin every six weeks.

Cosmetology Florida Academy’s Redken Premiere School cosmetology program insures that students master basic, contemporary

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A 300-hour basic skin care program provides the fundamentals of facials, waxing, bodywrapping and makeup, while the 600-hour professional esthetics program is an intensive course whereupon successful completion of the program and meeting all the course requirements, students are issued a diploma, receive their Florida license as a skin care specialist and a licensed body wrapper, certification in micro-dermabrasion and LED light therapy, certification in Epiwave ultrasonic facials, advanced make-up techniques certification, chemical peels and endermologie. The 900-hour skin care program incorporates all the curricula and certifications associated with the 600-hour skin care program, along with additional certifications in permanent makeup and advanced medical-grade chemical peels. Florida Academy is located at Colonial Center at 4387 Colonial Blvd., in Ft. Myers. For more information, call 239-4892282 or 800-324-9543 or visit See ad, page 31.

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Milk Minus the Moo

Evaluating Alternatives to Dairy by Judith Fertig


hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for store-bought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

Coconut Milk

Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional medicine physician who owns the popular natural health website,, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in mediumchain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about 450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as 48

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manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

Hemp Milk

Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee.

Rice Milk

Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from

system and sex hormone dysfunction ( If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so

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With fresh ingredients, a high-speed blender and a reusable nut milk bag or strainer, we can make our own alternative milk in minutes at home.

Soy Milk

Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine

sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman.

Yields: About 4 cups

Strain the coconut milk through a nut milk bag into a container.

Soak the almonds in salted water for at least 12 hours before blending.

Optional: Add a preferred flavoring.

Yields: About 3 cups

Place hot water, and then shredded coconut, in a high-speed blender, starting on low speed and increasing to high for a total of three minutes.

1 cup raw, unsalted organic whole almonds 1 /2 tsp sea salt 4 cups pure filtered water Sea salt, stevia, agave nectar, honey, a date, vanilla bean or lemon juice

Strain through a nut milk bag to remove any almond skin or pieces.

Coconut Milk 2 cups hot water 1 cup fresh organic, unsweetened, shredded coconut

Almond Milk

Using a high-powered blender, start blending on low and increase to high to reach a smooth milk consistency.

Pour into a container and store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.

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brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

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Herbs that Beat the Heat Favorite Varieties that Flourish in Summer by Barbara Pleasant


ome of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich life with their flavors, fragrances and beauty. It’s not too late to pot up a few herbs or plant them in the garden if we choose varieties that thrive in hot, summer weather.

Reliable Basils

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popularity, as well as heat tolerance,” says Cristina Spindler, owner of the Peconic River Herb Farm, in Calverton, New York. “Basil actually prefers heat.” There are many types, and greenleafed culinary varieties are easy to grow through the summer, provided they’re not allowed to dry out. Two particularly heat-hardy types are purpleleafed varieties such as red rubin and African blue, which debuted in 1983. “Purple basil is shockingly fragrant and beautiful on the plate. Plus, it’s easy to grow in a small space and pro-

duces quickly,” says Lisa Kessler, who for several years has co-owned with her husband, Ben, the White Hills Lavender and Herb Farm, in Dearing, Georgia. “The flowering tops are usable as herbs and as beautiful cut flowers, so don’t toss them away.” “African blue basil flourishes in summer heat and is an especially beneficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators,” says Traci Anderson, who has been running Seminole Springs Herb Farm, in Eustis, Florida, in their family for more than 20 years. Vigorous and heavy-flowering, it can grow to over three feet tall, and usually persists as a perennial in Florida, Texas and other mild winter climates.

Mediterranean Flavors

Rosemary is the most adaptable and heat tolerant of Mediterranean herbs; it can be grown as a perennial where soil doesn’t freeze hard in winter. “My top herb garden choice for the hot, humid conditions in the South is Tuscan blue rosemary, because it is beautiful, easy to grow and is wonderful in all kinds of foods and products,” Kessler says. “It blooms in several seasons and provides bees with off-season food.” Thyme is a top cooking herb, although too much summer rain can lead to mildew and leaf blight. This rarely happens with Summer savory, which

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has a punchy flavor that Spindler describes as “a peppery cross between oregano and thyme that’s perfect on all of the classic summer veggies—squash, green beans, tomatoes and corn.” Kessler recommends oregano as part of our summer planting list. “Let your kids or grandkids have the experience of putting it in the pasta sauce. It’s easy to grow in a small herb garden and will last through the winter in most parts of the South.” An unrelated tropical plant from Africa with strong oregano flavor, the leaves of variegated Cuban oregano are pretty enough to grow alongside flowers, and the plants thrive in humid heat. Cuban oregano readily grows through hot summers, and the plants produce more leaves each time leaf tips are harvested.

Tempting Tropicals

In Central Florida, Anderson recommends culantro, aka Mexican coriander, as a summer herb different from the better-known cilantro. “Culantro equals the flavor of cilantro, but with no bitter or medicinal aftertaste.” A great long-term performer, it continues producing flavorful new leaves even after the plant starts blooming. Anderson also suggests growing West Indian lemongrass for its fragrant leaves and thick stalks. A vigorous, clump-forming grass, lemongrass can be grown in containers anywhere or served as an edible ornamental in landscapes where summers are hot. “Lemongrass enjoys a sunny and moist environment, so it benefits from being near an air conditioner drain or downspout,” she advises.

Growing Tips

Herbs always need watering in hot weather, and pouring from a watering can at the base is far better than bathing the leaves with a hose. Should containers become so dry that they refuse to take up water, place them in a broad dish or pail filled with three inches of water for 30 minutes to rehydrate the roots. Always grow herbs in pots with large drainage holes, so excess water can drain quickly. Make a habit of pinching off a few herbal leaves, crushing them between the fingers and inhaling their fresh aromas. For maximum benefit, repeat daily. Author Barbara Pleasant’s new book, Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year Round, is now available (Storey Publishing). Connect at Barbara

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DECODING DOG BODY TALK Three Signals of Anxiety by Susan Briggs


amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a harmonious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Start by observing the dog’s posture


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when they are relaxed at home. It’s likely that their weight is balanced on all four legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed, loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful bark. Using their visual and audio demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a minute or more, it’s a sure clue that they need more time to process information. Lip licking such as quick flicks of the tongue is meant to appease and may prevent an uncomfortable situation from escalating into anything resembling a confrontation. Dogs do it with each other and with us, too. A look away that avoids direct eye contact likewise signals that a dog is urgently processing their current environment. Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas,

To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. author of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, identifies the lip licking and averting of the eyes as selfcalming behaviors. She affirms, “When dogs are stressed by the environment, they start using calming signals to ease the stress.” When this happens, first try creating more space or distance between the dog and any perceived threat; this may return them to their body language norm. If not, consider using holistic calming aids like a properly mixed lavender essential oil spray or Bach Rescue Remedy Pet flower essences, keeping these well away from their face. Also try mentally engaging the dog with learned cues. A quick game of sit, down, sit plus high-five allows them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. If the pet does not respond to normal cues and continues to display multiple stress signals for an extended period, leave the scene altogether. Their anxiety hasn’t been relieved. If it’s still important that the dog learns to enjoy the troubling environment, work with a professional trainer that uses positive reinforcement tools to aid the transition (see PetProfessionalGuild. com or The trainer will assist in creating a plan that allows the pet to adjust at a pace that allows them to remain comfortable. By observing a dog’s posture, we can be confident of choosing mutually good outings. Susan Briggs, of Houston, TX, is co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun, co-founder of The Dog Gurus and owner of Crystal Canine ( natural awakenings

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When We Set Out Let Spirit Steer Us


by Mark Nepo


eaching me how to steer the 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder is for steering once we’ve set sail.

Our soul is like a sail. Once hoisted, it’s filled by the wind of Spirit, which establishes our course and direction. Our will is our rudder; its job is to follow where the soul filled with Spirit leads, helping to steer our way. When we lean on will to make things

happen, we can grow stubborn, confused or lost. Clear sailing comes when we’re being carried toward a vision greater than our self, feeling wholly alive along the way. Scudding along the sea, my father was living once for all time, feeling the sensation of all life in that moment. We all yearn to live in these moments forever, yet even a taste of aliveness can fill, sustain and refresh us in the midst of daily tasks. We all face times beyond our control when life doesn’t follow our designs and we’re asked to work with life and not fight, curse or hide from it. When insisting on our way, we can get so tangled in our will that we can’t find or feel the wind of Spirit. During these times—when we fear there is no meaning and it seems there’s nothing holding us up—our will can puff, snap and flap about in a desperate attempt to fill what looms as an empty life. But even setting out on the sea, it’s never easy. My father remarked, “It’s always harder to sail toward a fixed point, because you will inevitably have to cross the wind several times to get there.” By contrast, a boat moves its fastest and cleanest when it simply follows the wind. It’s the same when we listen for where life is taking us, instead of busily thinking about where we’re going. Devoting ourselves to experiencing the journey, rather than determining a destination, we discover our way. Like a sail, our life must be out in the open before the wind will show its face. Likewise, Spirit fills us when we can inhabit our true nature. We miss what awaits us if we hover too close to the shore of our past, our family, someone else’s dream for us, or an old identity. To feel the wind in our face, we must leave the shallows and harbors for the deep. Only then will the larger, timeless destination show itself and our soul be filled enough with Spirit that our smaller self will have no choice but to engage in steering us toward all that matters. Adapted excerpt from The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, by Mark Nepo (Atria). Connect at and


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calendarofevents MONDAY, MAY 1 Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442.

SUNDAY, MAY 7 Inaugural Service with Dr Nicholas Griffin – 10am. Unity of Fort Myers welcomes Dr Nicholas Griffin, a certified transitional ministry specialist who will guide the congregation through a period of growth with a lesson titled The Challenge of Change! Love donation. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 2781511 or

TUESDAY, MAY 2 Intro to Wicca – 7pm. New series begins. In this weekly progressive class, learn what wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 Reiki Master Class – 2pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui reiki levels one and two. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, MAY 4 Community Kirtan Jam – 6-8pm. There will be singing, dancing, and playing instruments together led by Katrina Lilly and Allowah in the co-creation of uplifting and inspiring music. Hold space in the Happehatchee Peace Pavilion for this invocation of unconditional peace and unity. Bring children and friends/family. Any instruments are also welcomed and encouraged. $10/love donation, kids/ free. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

FRIDAY, MAY 5 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 9:30am-noon. Thru 6/23. Eight-week stressreduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical Center. Weekly classes and recordings for home practice. Advance registration required. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita. 590-9485. Zumba Fitness Classes –10am & 10:30am. A fusion of Latin and international music dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, fun and effective aerobic workout. Free. NCH Briggs Wellness Center (10am), 399 9th St N, Naples. 624-2750; NCH Whitaker Wellness Center (10:30am), 2330 Immokalee Rd. 624-6870. Art Walk – May 5-6. 6-10pm, Fri; 11am-4pm, Sat. Fourteen art galleries invite locals and visitors to a self-guided walking tour throughout downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park

osteoporosis. Learn how to build balance, strength and spinal extension. Receive tools to start your own home practice. Experience not required. $65. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregistration required: 433-5995.

Eckankar Community HU Chant – 11am. Followed by refreshments 11:30am -12:30pm and special video presentation of 2017 ECK Springtime Seminar talk by Sri Harold Klemp titled Reach Your God-given Potential. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. See news brief, page 16.

Natural Awakenings Editor Linda Sechrist and Dr. Andrew Weil at the new True Food Kitchen restaurant, Waterside Shops, Naples area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists and enjoy the live art demonstrations. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, MAY 6 Reiki for Pets – 9-11am. Bring a dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a five-to-15-minute reiki session for them. Whether they are ill or healthy, animals benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leashed or comfortably crated. Free; donations accepted for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. Qigong Approach to Better Body Mechanics – 9am-6pm. LMT continuing education with Mary Ann Chirichella. $175. 8 CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. See ad, page 31. Pilates Day Celebration – 10am-1pm. An open house with free classes, demos, snacks and more with Beyond Motion. Find out what Pilates will do for your body and mind. 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Ste A, Naples. 254-9300. See news brief, page 13. Weekend Childbirth Education – May 6-7. 10am-3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register/fee: World Labyrinth Day – 12:30pm. Attendees will participate in a labyrinth meditative walk, followed by a closing ceremony, and then enjoy herbal grounding tea. Donation. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. See news brief, page 16. Yoga for Osteoporosis Workshop – 1-3:30pm. Increase bone health and help prevent and reverse

Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. With Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman. Featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 404-9744. Argentine Milonga Dance – 4-8pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

MONDAY, MAY 8 Food Talk: Medicinal Mushrooms – 6:15-7:45pm. Explore an amazing world of medicinal mushrooms, as used in ancient Chinese medicine and now in the modern world. Healthy appetizers offered. $15. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399.

TUESDAY, MAY 9 Diabetes Awareness Event – 5:30pm. Meet the author of Sugar Fairies, Robin Mizwa, enjoy an hour filled with music and laughter. She will autograph a special message on her books just for you. Meet the Guardian Angel Dogs and learn how these special dogs can save a life. For kids ages 2-10. Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd. 821-5051. Picnic ’n’ Flick – 6:30pm. See an inspirational film, Sing Street, and an opportunity to share with the group afterward. Bring food to nosh during the movie and a blanket and pillow. The film, about bullying and youthful angst, illustrates how at the core, we have more in common than what seems to divide us on the surface. PG-13. Love donation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. RSVP: Info@ Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed a newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. The benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. Also learn about challenges and solutions and resources available. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Fee info/register: or Journey Beyond Words – 6:45-8:15pm. Also 5/23.

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Join on a small-group journey through this companion study class for A Course in Miracles. $25/session. Email for questions and special south Ft Myers location details:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 Thyroid Seminar – 11am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 4443106. See ad, page 26. Full Moon Celebration –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Honor the full moon as we recalibrate and set our intentions of peace and harmony for all of humanity. Join with like minded souls setting an intention for the foundation of the new Earth frequencies. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering going to wildlife rescue. Miramar Public Beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N (southern most public beach) off Harbour Dr, Naples. 398-3953.

THURSDAY, MAY 11 Spring Cleaning for the Mind – 6-7:30pm. Clean out the mental clutter, sweep away the emotional cobwebs and clear out fears of the future so you can be present in the moment. With therapist Cicily Santora, LCSW, and yoga teacher Devi Rosado. Refreshments provided by the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Registration required: 261-5405. 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 5/18. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.


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FRIDAY, MAY 12 Women’s Gathering – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion and relationships. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, MAY 13 Lovers Key Turtle Trot 5K Run/Walk – 7am. This unique trail course takes runners through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem on a hardpacked shell path (no beach sand). Finish at the beach pavilion, where refreshments will be served and awards presented. $35/adults or $25/youth (18 and under) by 5/8; $40/race day. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. Register: The Four Agreements Workshop – 10am-4pm. With Eileen Biaglow Chernow, MA, CPC. The group will reference The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz, using meditation, laughter, food and free time. $75 includes lunch. Berkshire Lakes Club House, 495 Belville Blvd, Naples. Register: 856952-1003 or Organic and Sustainable Wine Event – 11am1pm. Sample organic wines from around the world. Ada’s Natural Market, US 41 & College Pkwy, Ft Myers. 939-9600. See ad, page 59. Movement and Breath for Labor – 2-3:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi, with LifeBehold, to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2,

Naples. 248-7931. $25/early bird, $30/door. Register: or

SUNDAY, MAY 14 Monkey Sprouts Mother’s Day Community Event – Free yoga for mom’s all day. For, youngsters, prenatal to preteen, join Tiffany Smith for the monthly family monkey sprouts workshop 1-3pm. Formal session begins at 1:30pm. Meditate, practice yoga, and be in community. Arrive and leave whenever is convenient. Special discounts in the boutique  offered.  Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. See news brief, page 10. Eckankar Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Creative Imagination: God’s Gift to Us. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm. With DamaDe’. A special Mother’s Day kundalini yoga class followed by the sound therapy of the gong while you lie in savasana. $25/preregistered, $30/ day of. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. See ad, page 47.

MONDAY, MAY 15 A New Angle on Sacred Geometry Level I – May 15-16, 10am-6pm. Kevena Vaughan, based in East Lansing, MI, has been studying Sacred Geometry for 25 years, has completed all levels of Esoteric Healing and Seraphim Blueprint. Held at Bonita Shores Club. Text 517-643-2227 or email Chakras and Crystals – 6:15-8pm. The first course in the Show Me Energy Medicine series is an expe-

riential event designed to bring energy medicine into practical understanding and application. It will incorporate science supporting the ancient knowledge and continually evolving energy medicine practices. Open your eyes to the wonder of your own design. $15. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. Full Moon Mondays – 7-8pm. With Gus Komninos. Yoga under the light of the full moon will consist of 108 sun salutes. Komninos leads four groups of 27 sun salutes, beginning with the most accessible version. All levels. $5/advance, $10/door. All proceeds benefit the Naples Art Association. Young Plaza at the von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park St, Naples. 5981938.

TUESDAY, MAY 16 Healthy Home – 6-7pm. Hands-on class for parents and children 5 and up. Learn 21 recipes to make your own safe and effective cleaning solutions. Take home a hand sanitizer you’ll make in class. $10/family. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, Colonial Square Office Park, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 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 5/24. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register:

THURSDAY, MAY 18 Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. Peaceful Mind – 6-7:30pm. Every third Thursday of the month. With William Ward and Peggy Sealfon. Unwind and energize through use of restorative sound (crystal and Tibetan bowls) and integrative relaxation (yoga nidra). $25; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Transformations: Step Into Your Power – 6:30pm. Look inside of yourself, find your magnificence and learn how to use it daily. Topics include working with manifestation, your soul’s purpose, mission work, universal laws of energy, healing and chakra work and more. $45/class. Goddess I AM, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. See news brief, page 16.

FRIDAY, MAY 19 Music Walk – 6-10pm. The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials. Downtown Ft Myers. Eckankar Community HU Chant – 6:45pm.

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Followed by spiritual discussion at 7:30pm. Topic: Spiritual Wisdom on Health and Healing. Vineyards Community Center, 6321 Arbor Blvd, Naples. 482-4034. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 The Men’s Group Gathering – 10am-noon. This gathering for gentlemen includes a featured presenter. Socialize and learn from the talents and expertise of different guest speakers each month. All are welcome including non-Unity members. Love donation. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511 or Women of UniTea Pot-luck Luncheon – 10amnoon. 3rd Sat. Topic: ConnectiviTea! Penny Gillespie will speak on accepting your past to transform your future, connecting to your higher self, each other and embracing your true story. Rosie Beymer will teach how to make a derby hat representing all the different hats we wear as women. Bring a dish to share. Love donation. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511 or Complimentary Reiki Circle –1-2pm. With reiki master Addy Huff. Learn about reiki, its connection to yoga and how it is used for healing purposes. Participants will enjoy a meditation and receive reiki from Huff and other green monkey therapists and teachers. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water, journal and pen. Donations collected with proceeds

going to elementary lunches in East Naples. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. naples-events. Open House – 1:30-4pm. Pick up special discounts, meet the health partners and learn about services: thermal imaging, bioenergetics assessment, live hair analysis, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, massage, IN.FORM health coaching, stress and pain relief, Foundation Training, Power Plate, yoga, qigong and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. BeWellNaples. com. See ad, page 40. Introduction to Food Healing – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of the phytochemicals in foods to reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the food-healing protocols. $25. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. Fundamentals of Yoga – 2:30-4:30pm. With Barbara King. Learn about yoga basics and the principals of yoga philosophy to enhance or jump start your practice. $25/registered, $30/day of. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 2139276.

SUNDAY, MAY 21 Eckankar Community HU Chant –11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Eckankar Spiritual Discussion – Noon. Topic: Spiritual Wisdom on Health and Healing. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Sacred Sound Ceremony – 6:30-8:30pm. With Dana House. Evoke divine will through the em-

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THURSDAY, MAY 25 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. RSVP: New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for the new you envision. Let the singing bowls reveal your piece in the divine plan and carry your requests up into the universe. Wrap yourself in the loving harmonics of the singing bowls. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

FRIDAY, MAY 26 Pet Walk – 6-8pm. The River District Alliance invites well-trained and leashed pets and their owners to enjoy An Evening in the River District, including pet-friendly exhibitors and vendors. Several downtown merchants will also be participating and welcoming pets. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. Downtown Ft Myers. Healing in America’s Community Healing Session – 6:15-8:40pm. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Join 24 guests and 12 healers for this amazing evening of energy healing therapy. $20.

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SATURDAY, MAY 27 Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Purpose Workshop – 2:30-4:30pm. With Blue Zones Project SWFL. Find your true purpose, that unique thing that makes you your best. Free. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276.

SUNDAY, MAY 28 Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. With Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman. Featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 404-9744.

MONDAY, MAY 29 Understanding Your Seven Chakras – 10amnoon. With Julia Szilagy and Bethanny Gonzalez.  Discover and connect with each of your chakras by releasing and restoring through a vinyasa flow, essential oils and nutrition.  $45/preregistered, $50/day of. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples.  213-9276.

TUESDAY, MAY 30 Healing in America Energy Healing Therapy Practice Session – 6:30-8:30pm. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Designed for students, interns and certified HIA healers. Free. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. RSVP required: 692-9120 or  Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 Healing Night Sound Immersion – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Bathe in the loving frequencies of the singing bowls and the healing vibrations of the Himalayan salt. Bring all aspects of self into alignment for your soul’s expansion into oneness. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The Original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953.

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a portal between Heaven and Earth with Grammynominated David Young. The soothing music of his flutes, with inspired, guided spirit journeying, leads participants to a profound spiritual experience. $30 love offering (no one turned away). Unity of Naples, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. See article, page 18.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 Women’s Health Acupressure Protocol Class – 9am-6pm with lunch break. With Alvina Quatrano, LMT, Soul Lightening International. Learn the specific acupoints used and their combinations; the central channel; how to work at interface; how to use this protocol on self and others; a grounding sequence. Then give and receive a session. $175. 8 FL CEUs Fl and NCTMB. Naples. 732-266-5276.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9 ThetaHealing Basic DNA Weekend Class – Jun 9-11. $444 includes Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing book. Private home in Naples. Preregistration required: Karen Coratelli-Smith, licensed ThetaHealing instructor: 692-9120 or Info:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 Healing in America’s Module I Energy Healing Therapy Development Course – Aug 18-20. For those with CE units for nurses and massage therapists. Class offers internship option working towards certified energy healer status. $425. Private home in Naples. Preregistration required: Regional Director, Karen Coratelli-Smith: 692-9120 or ksmith727@

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Fort Myers Quakers – 10:30am. Refresh yourself with silent worship. Iona House, Calusa Nature Center, 3450 Ortiz Ave, Ft Myers. 437-4615. or

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

sunday Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. The Gypsy Sea Witch – 8am-1pm. Vendor booth specializing in the highest-quality crystals, sage, incense, herbs and other spiritual tools. $1 environmental impact fee collected at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 754-4449779. Beginners’ Orientation: An Introduction to Meditation Postures and Techniques – 9:15-10am. Last Sunday. Get to know our style of practice, our


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Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 10-11:30am. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463.

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

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

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.

lineage, ways to practice Open Mind Zen. Cushions and chairs provided. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. 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/youth and family ministry – 10am. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. With Rev Joyce Heist. Study and discuss Science of the Mind principles. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 4556553. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Gentle Yoga –10:30-noon. With Renee Newell. Through mindful yoga postures, learn to move with your breath; learn to do more with less effort. $15/drop-in. Shangri-la Springs, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Children’s Crystal Circle – 11am. With Nikki D. Children ages of 5-17 will explore the world of crystals and meditation and will be able to touch, feel, experience and learn about the magic and history of crystals. Receive a crystal to take home. $10. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 754-444-9779. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find

support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 2-5pm. 2nd Sun. Share in Amma’s blessings; meditation, bhajans, videos of Amma and her teachings. Vegetarian potluck afterwards. Free. Cape Coral. Info: 671-6058 or Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.

monday Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. Chair yoga is gentle, utilizing either one or two chairs rather than a mat. Sit on the chair to perform modified poses or simply stand next to it for support. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga specific self-talk skills. $50/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Reverse the Age of the Spine Series – Noon1pm. Using the Great Yoga Wall with Meredith Musick. For private location in Naples and more info: 269-8846. Introduction to Pilates Reformer – 1-2pm. This group class is designed to introduce new participants and beginners to essential Pilates Reformer exercises. $35 (10 percent off with ad mention). NCH Whitaker Wellness Center, 2330 Immokalee Rd, Ste 1, Naples. Preregistration required: 6246870. 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. Yoga Regulators – 5-6pm. Specialized yoga for active kiddos to improve behavior, focus, and attention through learning self-control and appropriate release of energy. Ages 7-12. $80/4 classes. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Yoga – 5:15pm. Knowledgeable teachers, small groups. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal

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bowls and guided meditation will lead you into relaxation followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message to continue your journey. 100 percent of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani Craft Coffee and Gallery, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257 or

singing Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, a prayer for peace. $15/drop-in. Shangri-la Springs, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.


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. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of nature. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus state park entry fees. DelnorWiggins Pass State Park, 11135 Gulfshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurd-

jieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8:15pm. This informal class will explore the techniques of mindful meditation. Chairs and cushions provided. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 2nd Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615. Chanting and Meditation for Peace – 7:308:30pm. With Renee Newell. Sustained chanting of Om clears your energy centers, so that you can sit more easily for meditation. Then, raise your voice

Transformational Yoga – 9-10am. Life is everchanging; surrender to the transformation and allow the healing to unfold. $50/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Pilates Level I Foundations – 10am-10:50am. With Susan Mann, PT, DPT. Learn the basics to progress your strength, flexibility and balance safely. Fitness for Life, 28811 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. 948-5555. 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. Therapeutics Class – 1-2pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 529-7582. Meditation – 6pm. Donation. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group –





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6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Understanding Y Coed Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program for men and women. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David K: 470-0899 or Linda M: 949-4910. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Ben C Pratt (6 Mile Cypress), Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Tue. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

wednesday 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 Brittany Price. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus park entry fee. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 5981938. Body/Mind/Soul Consultations – 9am-5pm. By appointment. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 10am. 3rd Wed. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn the importance of taking care of yourself, healthy ways to manage stress, relaxation techniques and the importance of connecting with other caregivers. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Wellness Wednesdays – Noon-1pm. Discussions and classes on the topic of the month. Women’s Wellness: breast health, skin care, lymphatic care and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, Colonial Square Office Park, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Schedule: Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30-2:30pm. 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.

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Tai Chi Eight-Form – 2-3pm. With Sondra Dansby. Improve posture, balance, fall prevention, reduce blood pressure and restore emotional balance. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.

A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. IN.FORM Lunch Break – Noon-1pm. A diet and transformation program for better overall health. Enjoy the side effects of weight loss, better gut and cardio health and more energy. $150/13 weeks. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP:

Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Stop living as a victim and learn to love yourself again. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Locally Grown Produce Market – Thru May. 3-6pm. Purple Spoon Culinary, 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs. Info: Art Alive – 5-8pm. 1st Wed. Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours consist of more than 36 professional artists showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the magenta and white art flags in the district. 596-5099. Directions/map: 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. Open Social Dancing – 6:30-7pm, group class ($5); 7-9pm, dancing ($12). Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Crystal Bowl Meditation and Spirit Messages – 7pm. With Nikki D. Recharge your energy, rebalance your chakras, and reconnect to your higher self as well as strengthen your connection with spirit. $15. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corckscrew Rd Estero. Preregister: 754-444-9779 or Nicole@ La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral.

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. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chopag. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 N Tamiami Tr, Ste 205, Naples.

Qigong – Eight Pieces of Brocade –1-2pm. Learn the Eight Pieces of Brocade qigong practice for better circulation, energy, balancing, stress reduction and flexibility. $15/drop-in or $80/8 weeks. Drop in for one free class. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, Colonial Square Office Park, 1032 Goodlette Rd Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. All Souls Episcopal Church, 14640 N Cleveland, N Ft Myers. 585955-3910. Qigong – 3-4pm. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221.

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

Kids Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. With Salima Silverman. Kids practice yoga in a fun interactive environment, learning poses, balance, strength and self-awareness. $10/drop-in. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276.


Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together.

Movement for a Healthy Back – 9-10:15am. With Linda Mundt, E-RYT. Therapeutic yoga and Pilates. $15/drop-in. Integrative Mindfulness, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita. 405-7330. Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846. Stretch and Strength – 11:30-12:30pm. With Sondra Dansby. Using breath, core work, stretching and the resistance of your own body to build strength, it varies each week. $10 (packages available). AHA!

The Edible Gardening Exchange Speaker Series – 5:30pm. Open and informal chat on edible topics. Bring seeds to share. 6:30pm, speaker. BYO cup for coffee and tea. Membership fee: $10; Lee Parks and Rec lifetime membership card required $10. North Fort Myers Rec Center, 2000 N Recreation Park Way. 610-530-8883. Yin/Yoga Nidra Class – 5:30-6:45pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 5297582. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Yoga – 6:15pm. Knowledgeable teachers, small groups. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Silent Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Discussion on presented topic. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491.

friday Pilates Level 2 Equipment Combo – 8-8:50am. Energetic, flowing pace using the Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Spine Corrector to increase flexibility and core strength for improved balance. Fitness for Life, 28811 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. 948-5555. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933.


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


Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560.

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Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Stop living as a victim and learn to love yourself again. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd. Jane: 728-7106. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food for teenagers to connect with established friends or make new ones. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511. Buddhist Meditation and Teachings – 6:307:30pm. With Buddhist Teacher JoAnn Lawrence. Practical teachings and guided meditation to understand the mind, change habits and find relaxation and peace. $10 suggested donation. Must RSVP, seating is limited. 4933 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 200, Naples. 822-5806.

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

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TERESA KENNEDY (MA71100) Therapy of the Gulf (MM21480) 824 Anchor Rode Dr, Naples 928-444-0606 • 239-262-8722

Licensed massage therapist with 14 years of experience. Myofacial orthopedic and sports massage therapist. Educated, trained and worked with patients, including individuals with cancer, in Connecticut. See ad, page 25.


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


239-821-3088, by appt. (Collier & Lee) Trained at the Upledger Institute, Paula utilizes CranioSacral Therapy combined with HeartC en ter ed Th er ap y, S o mato Emotional Release™, Lymphatic Drainage, love and nurturement to foster the healing your body needs. Doula services. MA35358.

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.

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

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 37.

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730

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

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

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 54.



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.

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

A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature several days a week, drumming lessons and healing circles. Peace Pavilion and Historic Happehatchee House are available to rent for ceremonies and events. Happehatchee events calendar link and class descriptions: our-events/.



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


C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 52.

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Licensed teacher and certified practitioner of ThetaHealing and Healing in America. Past Life Regression Counselor and Spiritual Counselor, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Seraphim Blueprint and Esoteric practitioner.


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.


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.


Feldenkrais® ATM® Student Teacher Kinesis Structural Integration Practitioner Licensed Massage Therapist 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Ste D-304, Naples 239-777-2597 • Discover how to move with ease and comfort using Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement®. Private sessions combine touch therapy and movement education. MA26919, MM24629.


239-405-7330 • Creating space for a peaceful mind. More than 10 years creating homes, schools and businesses to enhance relationships, health, clear thinking and project start-up energy. Color and space design. Staging. Clutter clearing.


Inner Essence Health 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, 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 25.

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

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


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


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 53.


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.


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 61.


Come heal with us! We offer many natural healing options – acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR and couples therapy, massage, bodywork, Quantum Energetic, classes (yoga, tai chi, Stretch ‘n Strength), infrared sauna, reiki classes and much more! See ad, page 24.


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

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 52.


630-210-8688, 312-502-1539


Licensed Louise Hay "You Can Heal Your Life" Coach, Workshop Leader, Teacher & Speaker • 239-404-2912 "You can't change what's going on around you until you change what is going on within you." Simple proven wisdom for complex lives. Individual private sessions and weekly group workshops. All sessions in a calm, patient, purposeful environment. Let's talk.


9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 21.


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 59.


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 58.

Specializing in intuitive counsel and psychic work including Akashic records, card readings, connection with loved ones, home and business readings/clearings, energy healing, personal mentoring and angel work with children. Working with individuals that have health concerns, mental stress and/or want to find clarity with their life situations.

Big doesn’t necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren’t better than violets. ~Edna Ferber natural awakenings

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NUTRITION PATTI BADINER, MB-EAT + ONE-ONONE COACHING Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training Instructor 612-718-1416 •

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 53.


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.

Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 •

Fitness for Life of Naples 28811 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs 239-948-5555 Physical therapist and pilates instructor specializing in women's health. Accepting new clients for private pilates and group classes – schedule your appointment today!

Lose the dieting mentality and gain a balanced relationship with food through Mindful Eating. Discover the power of tuning into your body and mind by combining mindfulness meditation practices with eating awareness, and achieve permanent weight management without struggle.




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

AWAKENING THROUGH SYNERGY, LLC Jennifer Colucci 1084 Business Ln, Naples • 239- 529-7582

Brand new healing art space offering therapeutic and Thai massage, yoga therapy and multistyle yoga classes and workshops including Therapeutics, Hatha, Yin/ Yoga Nidra, restorative, Vinyasa-Flow and crystal bowls. MA# 74913. MM# 35896.


2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-9276 •

AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 24.


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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 47.


(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.

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Relationships are precious. Learn how to heal yours with researchbased methods from the Gottman Institute. Reconnect sexually with your partner using sex therapy. Explore individually the issues that are troubling and holding you back. See ad, page 14.

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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!

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

Serving Naples since 1999. Hatha and therapeutic Yoga. Improve posture, breath-work, heal injuries, The Great Yoga Wall®. Massage therapy: sports, Swedish, Lomi Lomi. Nutritional counsel. Gift certificates available. See ad, page 53.

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