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Spring’s spectacular apple blossoms were gracing the high desert mountains of Santa Fe last month when I arrived in New Mexico to attend Gail Larsen’s four-day Transformational Speaking workshop. On the walk to our meeting space the first morning, part of me just wanted to spend the whole day hiking amidst glorious nature. Yet the impetus that had carried me to this point called even louder. The invitation had asked, “Are you ready to stretch to the size of your calling?” Gail opened by saying how 30 years of public speaking and coaching have revealed to her that a compelling communicator lives inside us all. Yet as I sat in our first morning circle with five other women ready to embark on this journey together, I felt intimidated by their apparent familiarity with professional speaking. Allowing my innermost thoughts to take the stage and reflect the truth of who I am, with the goal of establishing an emotional connection, was a tall order; I reminded myself to have fun with it. I learned that we were required to give a short speech every day, and from the first outing, I tended to vacillate between the so-called fun part and panic! Those mountain trails kept beckoning as an oh-so-appealing escape hatch. We kept digging deeper through guided processes while sharing our stories under Gail’s intuitive coaching. Already by the second day, the six participants knew more about each other’s lives, deepest fears and aspirations than many of the people closest to us. It was often painful to watch our own video replays, but highly helpful. The pretenses we had all arrived with had been quickly stripped away as we opened our hearts, spoke our truths and provided loving feedback. Everyone felt themselves shifting their perspective, reporting profound insights and inner healing. I’m glad to report that I at last took the longed-for hike that had been calling to me, feeling it was part of the necessary preparation for my final “big” speech. So much had taken place over the previous days that I needed to integrate what I’d learned, felt and experienced and being in nature helped. Still, I didn’t consider myself completely ready when I stood up to speak on the last day. So I paused, looked at my storyboard Post-its, centered myself and stepped into the sacred ground of my “home zone”. Then I heard my deeper, authentic voice emerging and strong clarity about my core message came across powerfully. I even had periods and pauses at the end of my sentences! Most importantly, I felt that I was connecting with my audience from a heart-centered place and had fun. My new sisters’ stories had transformed them, too, and together we celebrated how we had contributed to one another’s success by all helping to show each of us who we are. “Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, in this month’s feature article by Judith Fertig, “The Healing Power of Story” (page 36). We hope you enjoy reading every page in this special Inspired Living issue. To stretching past limits and soaring,
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newsbriefs Ester Nicholson to Appear at Unity of Naples
enowned teacher, therapist, speaker, vocalist and author Ester Nicholson will discuss transforming addiction into power in a speech at 10 a.m. and a workshop, Expect A Miracle—A Forgiveness, from 1 to 4 p.m., June 8, at Unity of Naples. Featuring elements from her new book, Soul Recovery – 12 Keys to Healing Addiction, the workshop will include advice on how to Ester Nicholson distinguish between healthy anger and resentment; get in touch with and heal core wounds; break spiritual agreements with false beliefs; connect with our inner child in a way that’s loving, compassionate and effective; and truly experience the power of forgiveness and release. “The intersection between a spiritual sense of wholeness and the accountability of the 12-Step process is where we can make the greatest contribution to people’s lives,” says Nicholson. Suggested love offering for workshop: $35. Location: 2000 Unity Way, Naples. For more information, call 239-7753009 or visit NaplesUnity.org.
Youth Summer Camps at House of Gaia
he House of Gaia, in Naples, will offer a series of weeklong summer camps for children ages 4 to 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 16 through August 9. The unique community holistic center, with its integrative outside-thebox program approach for well-being, art and education, includes sessions on such healthful topics as community building, leadership and promoting awareness and actions for world peace. Discounts are provided for the second camper and additional children from the same family. For convenience and flexibility, campers can sign up for individual sessions offered at several different time periods throughout the day or for the entire day. A minimum of six enrolled children are needed to conduct each of the separate sessions. The center also provides a traditional summer camp scholarship program. “We are all building the same caring community,” says Lulu Carter, founder and president of House of Gaia. “We are much more than just a camp—we really want to make a difference in each child’s life.” Costs: starts at $150/camper; more for longer periods. Location: 1660 Trade Center Way. For more information or to preregister (required), call 239-272-6152, email Lulu@ HouseOfGaia.org or visit HouseOfGaia.org.
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Mixing Eco-Adventure with Family Water Fun
amilies can enjoy fun in the water and learn about wildlife this summer with the Ride ‘n Slide combo ticket at Orange Jeep Tours. Available through August 31, the ticket provides one-hour, narrated, eco-adventure tour rides in an open-air Jeep between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and a day at the water park in the town of Ave Maria. Launched in 2012 by Collier Adventures as eastern Collier County’s newest eco-adventure outfitter, Orange Jeep Tours takes passengers through native Florida wetlands and uplands populated with American alligators, Osceola turkeys, red-shouldered hawks, whitetail deer and great blue herons during summer months. The Ave Maria water park features a resort and fitness pool, a kid’s and toddler pool, interactive fountains and a beach volleyball court. Two water slides, open and enclosed, cast sliders into the kid’s pool, replete with an interactive island and more than 40 play features. Combo ticket prices: $30/adult, $20/children 12 and under. Tour starting point: Ave Maria Town Center, 5076 Annunciation Circle, Ste. 104. For more information and reservations, call 239-434-5337 or visit OrangeJeepTours.com.
ReHealth Massage Therapy Opens in Naples
eHealth Massage Therapy, owned by Markus Bischof, who is nationally board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, recently opened at 2500 Airport Road South, in Naples. He is also an integrative neurosomatic therapist with special training in posturology and a certified flexibility coach and Markus Bischof personal trainer. Through Bischof’s study of the art of healing touch and his positive energy, he is able to assist clients with the release of stress and provide emotional relaxation. With his skills and professional massage techniques, he also wants to help clients improve their posture, range of motion, functionality and strength. For more information, call 239-595-9116, email ReHealthMassage@gmail.com or visit ReHealthMassage.com. See ad, page 10. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Restructure Your Programs at Monarch Therapy
onarch Therapy, in Naples, is allowing clients to restructure their programs to include a class, group or workshop at no cost or a reduced rate. Individual talk therapy, play therapy, family and couples counseling, private transformational breath, energy or sound healing and more services qualify for this program. Participants may select from groups and workshops to further enhance their journey of healing. The center is also partnering with its sister website, eFitFamily.com, which focuses on providing information and inspiration to help people live healthier every day through blogs, talk radio and video. Mary Ann Whalen, LCSW, is facilitating Creative Dreams Group, Quilting for Healing and Empowerment and Sandwich Generation Support Group. The newly launched Coping with Stress group is facilitated by rotating teachers Jill Emmerich, William Ward, Carrie Sopko and Peggy Sealfon, and doesnâ€™t require preregistration. Location: 4500 Executive Dr., Ste. 100. For more information, call 239-325-9210 or visit MonarchTherapy.com. See ad, page 18.
New Vegan and Gluten-Free Food Delivery Service
he Vegan Knife has begun preparing and delivering individualized weekly meal plans of vegan and gluten-free food twice a week to area customers. Menu items include faux crab cakes, black rice risotto with kale pesto, sweet potato chili, chocolate cupcakes and more. The menu changes weekly and customers can place their orders online without contracts or a minimum commitment. Owner Julie Butcher formed The Vegan Knife after a diagnosis of food allergies left her facing drastic diet changes. She believes that having a gluten-free and vegan lifestyle need not result in a life devoid of gourmet food. For more information or to place an order, call 810-241-4481 or visit TheVeganKnife.com.
Summer MBSR Course at Integrative Mindfulness
adeline Ebelini, MA, RYT, and founder of Integrative Mindfulness, will give a free introductory talk on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Madeline Ebelini (MBSR) at 5:30 p.m., June 10, and then begin leading an eight-week evidencebased MBSR course beginning June 12 and continuing through August 7. Both the talk and the course, pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinnat, of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, will be held at Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs. Attendees can learn how MBSR, which was recently featured in a Time magazine cover story, can help to develop a personal mindfulness practice to sleep better, experience less automatic reactivity, decrease anxiety, listen better and improve relaxation, be more present and more. Location: 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste. 102. For more information and to register (requested), call 239-590-9485 or visit IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See ad, page 15.
Free Lecture by Dr. DuBois in Estero
ichard E. DuBois, M.D., one of the world’s leading authorities on infectious diseases and aging, will present a free Inspiring Healthy Living lecture from 7 to 8 p.m., June Richard E. DuBois 11, at the Embassy Suites, in Estero. The event will feature Dubois’ five natural ways to avoid getting sick, his top five heart-healthy superfoods and how to avoid the number one killer of men in America. Organizers attest that chronic disease is the chief health concern of the 21st century, yet according to experts, 75 percent of all diseases are preventable. Attendees will learn about the power of whole food nutrition in disease prevention, plus current medical findings on the importance of antioxidants from whole food sources in preventing degenerative disease. Location: 10450 Corkscrew Commons Dr. For more information, call 239287-6254 or email LauraLeeFriday@ me.com. See ad, page 17.
Granite, Marble and Crystals Available in Fort Myers
here’s a new area location to obtain rare granite, marble and crystals from overseas. Infinite Stones LLC, which plans to conduct a Grand Opening event in June, is offering on a wholesale and retail basis what it reports are unique pieces from mines in Brazil and quarries in India at their store, located at 12911 Metro Parkway, in Fort Myers. The business specializes in unique granite specimens, precious stone slabs and crystals by appointment only. For more information, Grand Opening details or to make an appointment, call Debbie Randolph at 678-717-8584 or Dominique Fuentes at 561-541-3437 or visit InfiniteStonesllc.com. See ad, page 43. natural awakenings
newsbriefs How Hypnotherapy Can Change Your Life
ow Hypnotherapy Can Change Your Life is a series of dialogues created by Lynn Thomas, founder of Concerned Health Alternatives, in Bonita Springs. Thomas’s first dialogue, with Shelley Stockwell, author of several books on hypnotherapy that include Denial is Not a River in Egypt, is working in collaboration Lynn Thomas with the Blog Talk Radio program, “Rethinking Health Matters” and GreenMed Radio. “The series is an educational tool for the general public, which is largely unaware of the many benefits of hypnotherapy, my field of expertise for more than 15 years,” explains Thomas. “I have used it successfully to help individuals achieve their personal and professional goals in such areas as smoking cessation, dealing with past trauma, losing weight, managing stress, enhancing sports performance, increasing self-esteem, building confidence and eliminating phobias. It is also a great tool for breaking through a subconscious block to creativity.” For more information, call Concerned Health Alternatives at 239-597-1328 or visit HypnosisBasics.com. Radio stations are available for free at BlogTalkRadio.com/GreenMedRadio. See ad, page 34.
Essex and Byers at Awakening Seminar in Sarasota
orld-renowned metaphysical ability enhancer Jay Essex and medical intuitive/psychic Catherine Byers are scheduled to appear at The Awakening Seminar at the Rejuvenations Center, in Sarasota. A free introductory session from 7 to 9 p.m., June 6, will be followed by lectures from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., June 7, and noon to Jay Essex 7 p.m., June 8. Personal consultations and enhancements can be arranged for June 9 at a discount for event attendees. Essex is regarded internationally as “creation’s historian” for his ability to enhance people’s abilities, DNA and thought functions, both changing and awakening their own metaphysical abilities while increasing their fortitude. Topics include group past-life regressions, spiritual guide and animal messages, crystal energy, medical intuition and healing, relationships and more.
Costs: Jun. 7 lectures: $75, Jun. 8 lectures: $50. Location: 2610 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota. For more information or to make appointments for Jun. 9, call 770-885-5619 or 941-554-8657 or visit SpiritualSymposiums.com or RejuvenationsCenter.com. See ad, page 47. 12
New Happenings at Cape Coral Market
ack to Nature, in downtown Cape Coral, welcomes the summer with many new developments. The organic market is under the new management of Maria Farmer, and Charlie Memoli, a health coach and fitness trainer specializing in weight loss and nutritional counseling, has been added to the staff. The natural vitamin and supplement selections and organic juice bar offerings have been expanded, as well. Initial free consultations with Memoli are available throughout the month. The store hosts free lectures on health issues periodically, reduces prices on selected products on a monthly basis and takes special orders for hardto-find products at no additional charge. â€œOur mission is to help our customers feel their very best,â€? says Farmer, adding that new soups and handmade gelatos are also now on the juice bar menu. Location: 1217 S.E. 47th Terrace. For more information, call 239-549-7667 or visit CapeBackToNature.com. See ad, page 11.
Free Yoga Sessions at Cypress Cove
ypress Cove, in Golden Gate Estates, in Naples, will host its first free, once-a-month Sunday community yoga class at 9 a.m., June 29. Local instructors will lead sessions for all abilities on an open-air deck overlooking a stand of cypress, followed by tea served in a nearby orchid garden. For more information, including directions, and to RSVP, call organizer Bobbie Lee Davenport at 239-777-0186 or email BLeeGruninger@comcast.net.
newsbriefs Florida Massage Trade Show Keynote is Howard Partridge
he Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) will celebrate its 75th anniversary at this yearâ€™s convention from June 26 to 29 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld hotel. This yearâ€™s keynote speaker is Howard Partridge, author of the top-selling books, 7 Secrets of a Phenomenal Life and The 5 Secrets of a Phenomenal Business. Partridge is considered a legacy speaker for renowned motivational teacher and trainer Zig Ziglar. The FSMTA, established in 1939, has been a leader in promoting, protecting, uniting and advancing the field of massage therapy and massage therapy professionals. Conference participants can attend the Success Summit presentation, select courses taught by top educators in the massage industry, shop new products and services at the trade show and enter to win prizes to support the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Massage therapy students and newly licensed massage therapists will also want to attend the free Successful Start program to kickstart their career. A free Medical Hot Topic lecture, open to all participants on the latest in medical marijuana and massage, will be presented by Dr. Adam S. Levine, of Clearwater, Florida, an attorney and founder of the Florida Legal Advocacy Group. To learn more about the Florida Massage convention and trade show, visit myfsmta.org. See ad, page 57.
Learn About Keiser University Programs at June Open House
tart your summer with an informative and fun way to learn how to obtain the necessary skills and highquality academic qualifications to enter or re-enter todayâ€™s workforce. A Keiser Carnival Open House event at the university campus in Fort Myers between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on June 7 is ready to provide valuable information that will put participants on a successful new career path suited to their interests and skills. The community event features activities that include meeting faculty, staff and students. The entire family will enjoy refreshments, music, games and prizes Keiser University, with 14 campuses throughout Florida plus online enrollment, offers associate through doctoral degrees programs in the health care, business, technology and legal fields. Its student-centered system fosters a healthy balance between life, study, work and parenting, comprising a tailored opportunity for individuals from many walks of life looking to further their education. Location: 9100 Forum Corporate Pkwy. For more information or to RSVP, visit KUOpenHouse.com or call 1-888-8448404. Also visit KeiserUniversity.edu.
Yummy Berries Cut Heart Attack Risk by a Third
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ating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack, according to research from the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. The berries contain high levels of powerful flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter buildup of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, the study involved 93,600 women ages 25 to 42 that completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for over 16 years. Those that ate the most berries had a 32 percent reduction in heart attack risk compared with those that ate them once a month or less, even if they ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. “This is the first study to look at the impact of diet in younger and middleaged women,” remarks the study’s lead author, Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., head of the university’s nutrition department. “Even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”
Saw Palmetto Combos Combat Enlarged Prostate
hree studies published in 2013 support the effectiveness of saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) extract for the treatment of prostate inflammation and other symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly called enlarged prostate. In addition, both lycopene, a dietary carotenoid with strong antioxidant value, and selenium, an essential trace element that promotes an optimal antioxidant/oxidant balance, have been shown to exert beneficial effects in BPH. Researchers from Italy’s University of Catania studied 168 patients with prostate enlargement among nine urological medical clinics. Those taking a combination of saw palmetto, selenium and lycopene experienced greater reductions of inflammation markers and reduced risk of prostate cancer after three and six months of treatment. In an Australian study from the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine of patients with BPH, 32 men took an encapsulated formula containing saw palmetto, lycopene and other plant extracts, while 25 men were given a placebo. After three months of treatment, men receiving the herbal formulation experienced a 36 percent reduction in related symptoms, while the placebo group showed an 8 percent reduction. The herbal supplement group also showed a 15 percent reduction in daytime urination frequency and an almost 40 percent reduction in nighttime urination frequency. The long-term effectiveness of saw palmetto supplementation was reinforced in a Russian study of 38 patients with early prostate enlargement. After 10 years of receiving 320 milligrams of saw palmetto extract per day, researchers found no progression of the condition among the patients.
Natural Ways to Control Summer Allergies
arly summer brings waves of pollen to much of the United States. Ragweed, purple loosestrife and other plants bloom and fill the air with allergens, as they have for centuries. More recently, though, the severity and pervasiveness of strong allergic reactions in this country has increased, according to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. When experiencing allergens, the body releases histamines that can trigger sneezing excess mucus flow, congestion and swelling of membranes and tissues. Rather than using nasal sprays—many containing steroids or other synthetic chemicals—to attempt to prevent this response, a more natural spray can work instead. A decoction of herbs like yarrow leaf, horseradish root, elder flower and/or eye bright, when absorbed by the membranes of the nasal passageways, can enter the cells and cause them to produce their own antihistamines. This breaks the cycle of overt symptoms without the user becoming dependent on an unhealthy spray. The Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine states that all these herbs, along with calendula and aloe applied topically for soothing, can bring natural congestion relief. Another approach is to use a spray consisting of an enhanced aqueous silver colloid solution, which can constrict microcapillaries and reduce bleeding. Shrinking nasal tissues reduce swelling and congestion while killing bacteria and fungus. This can support a beleaguered immune system and help prevent a sinus infection—a natural gift of health for the allergy season. Steven Frank, the founder of Nature’s Rite, is also an innovative herbalist. For more information, email SteveF@NaturesRiteRemedies.com or visit MyNaturesRite.com. See ad, page 71.
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healthbriefs A Good Midlife Diet Prolongs Health in Later Years
Harvard Medical School study found that how well women age in their 70s is linked to the way they ate earlier in life. Researchers started with 10,670 healthy women in their late 50s and followed them for 15 years. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the results saw fewer chronic diseases among women that followed diets heavy in plant-based foods during midlife; these women were also 34 percent more likely to live past 70. Those that ate most similarly to the Mediterranean diet had even better outcomesâ€”a 46 percent greater likelihood of living past 70 without chronic diseases. Eleven percent of the subjects qualified as healthy agers, which researchers defined as having no major chronic diseases, physical impairments, mental health problems or trouble with thinking and memory. According to lead author Cecilia Samieri, Ph.D., midlife exposures are thought to be a particularly relevant period because most health conditions develop slowly over many years.
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Tapping Acupressure Points Heals Trauma in Vets
motional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may be an effective treatment for veterans that have been diagnosed with clinical posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. EFT involves tapping on acupressure points while focusing on traumatic memories or painful emotions in order to release them. As part of the Veteransâ€™ Stress Project, an anonymous clinical study comprising more than 2,000 participants, 59 veterans with PTSD were randomly assigned to either receive strictly standard care or also experience six, hour-long, EFT sessions. The psychological distress and PTSD symptoms showed significant reductions among veterans receiving the EFT sessions, with 90 percent matriculating out of the criteria for clinical PTSD. At a six-month follow-up, 80 percent of those participants still had symptoms below the clinical level for PTSD. According to Deb Tribbey, national coordinator for the Veteransâ€™ Stress Project, PTSD symptoms that can be resolved with the combined therapy include insomnia, anger, grief, hyper-vigilance and pain. For more information, visit StressProject.org or EFTForVets.com. natural awakenings
The Benefits of Laser Dentistry
he laser (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) was first used for medical purposes in 1963 to coagulate retinal lesions. By 1967, Dr. Endre Mester, of Semmelweis University, in Budapest, Hungary, was using the first low-level laser to stimulate wound healing in his studies on mice. Today, many medical specialists such as veterinarians, dermatologists, chiropractors and ophthalmologists regularly use low-level laser therapy (LLT). While dentistry has been slower to embrace LLT, which produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy, it is now a valuable tool in the hands of knowledgeable dentists that are aware of the nearly pain-free benefits which have become popular among patients. The most lauded benefit of LLT is that the dentist may not need to use a drill or administer anesthesia, allowing the patient to enjoy a more relaxed dental experience. Additionally, laser procedures are more precise and can reduce symptoms and healing times associated with traditional therapies. LLT also reduces the amount of bacteria in diseased gum tissue and tooth cavities and controls bleeding during surgery. Dental lasers can be used to cover partially erupted wisdom teeth, remove decay from a cavity and prepare the tooth for a new filling, manage gum tissues during impressions for crowns, remove swollen tissues caused by medications, remove inflamed gum tissue and reduce the amount of bacteria within a periodontal pocket, treat abscessed gums and infections in root canals, activate whitening substances that are used to lighten teeth, perform biopsy procedures and remove or reshape excess gum and bone tissues during crown-lengthening procedures. It can also correct speech problems caused by a tongue-tie—a condition that restricts the tongue’s range of motion. Waterlase Dentistry, which uses LLT and a gentle spray of water to perform a wide range of dental procedures, is particularly good for young children. Because LLT does not generate heat, vibration or pressure, the primary causes of pain associated with the use of the traditional dental drill, many dental procedures can be performed with fewer shots, less need for anesthesia and fewer numb lips.
Mark Corke, DDS and Patricia Bachman, DMD, operate Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr., in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-936-5442 or visit FortMyersLaserDentist.com. See ad, page 26.
Mindfulness Meditation Reduces the Urge to Light Up
indfulness meditation training may help people overcome addiction by activating the brain centers involved in self-control and addictive tendencies, suggests research from the psychology departments of Texas Tech University and the University of Oregon. Scientists led by Yi-Yuan Tang, Ph.D., studied 61 volunteers, including 27 smokers, randomly divided into
groups that either received mindfulness meditation training or relaxation training. Two weeks later, after five hours of training, smoking among those in the meditative group decreased by 60 percent, while no significant reduction occurred in the relaxation group. Brain imaging scans determined that the mindfulness meditation training produced increased activity in the anterior cingulate and the prefrontal cortex; regions associated with self-control. Past research led by Tang showed that smokers and those with other addictions exhibited less activity in these areas than those free of addictions. The current study previously determined that myelin and brain cell matter in these two brain regions increases through mindfulness meditation.
Beets Beat Down Blood Pressure
wo small studies have linked beets with lower blood pressure. A study from the University of Reading, in England, served beet-fortified bread or bread without beets to 23 healthy men. Those that ate the fortified bread experienced reduced diastolic blood pressure and less artery stiffness during the six hours afterwards. Australiaâ€™s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute studied 15 women and 15 men, divided randomly into groups that consumed either 500 grams of a placebo juice or beets with apple juice. During the 24 hours after consumption, the researchers noted a statistically significant reduction in systolic blood pressure of four to five points among the men drinking the beet juice.
Unconditional Love Hastens Healing
esearchers from the University of Miami found that compassionate love and faith in a compassionate Higher Power increases healing and reduces disease progression among HIV patients. They studied 177 HIV patients over a 10-year period, tracking biological measures and health behaviors and collecting indepth data interviews. The scientists coded five criteria of compassionate love derived from the Working Model of Compassionate Love, developed by Lynn Underwood, Ph.D. The progression of HIV disease was reduced among patients that gave and received the most compassionate love. These patients exhibited both a greater level of the immune-boosting white blood cells known as CD4+ T helper cells and a reduced HIV viral load, the measure of HIV in the blood.
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Involved Dads Make for Smarter, Happier Kids It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering. The IQ advantage is attributed to the way that fathers interact with their children, with an emphasis on the manipulation of objects like blocks, roughhousing and outdoor activities, rather than language-based activities. A study of Chinese parents found that it was a father’s warmth toward his child that was the ultimate factor in predicting the child’s future academic success. A recent Canadian study from Concordia University provides new insights into a father’s impact on a daughter’s emotional development, as well. Lead researcher Erin Peugnot concluded, “Girls whose fathers lived with them when they were in middle childhood (ages 6 to 10) demonstrated less sadness, worry and shyness as preteens (ages 9 to 13) compared with girls whose fathers did not live with them,” he says. Source: HappyChild.com.au
Scientists Nab Fungicide as Bee Killer Colony collapse disorder, the mysterious mass die-off of honeybees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the U.S., has been well documented, with toxic insecticides identified as the primary culprits. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have expanded the identification of components of the toxic brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen and decimating the bee colonies that collect it to feed their hives. A study of eight agricultural chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by parasites found that bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected. Widely used fungicides had previously been accepted as harmless for bees because they are designed to kill fungus, not insects. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the study’s lead author, states, “There’s growing evidence that fungicides may be affecting the bees on their own, highlighting a need to reassess how we label these agricultural chemicals.” Labels on pesticides warn farmers not to spray when pollinating bees are in the vicinity, but such precautions have not applied to fungicides. Source: qz.com
Connectedness Ranks Above Power and Fame It seems that fame and fortune are less important to us than our connections with fellow human beings, after all. A study conducted by Queendom.com and PsychTests.com in 2012 and 2013 applying their proprietary Values Profile Test with 2,163 people showed they only moderately valued money and power, at best, which took a backseat to social values on a personal level. This revelation comes on the heels of another study on career motivation that similarly showed a drop in participantsâ€™ consuming desire for money and power in the workplace. The researchers at Queendom.com assessed 34 separate facets within six categories of valuesâ€”social, aesthetic, theoretical, traditional, realistic and political. The five top-scoring facets were empathy, family and friends, appreciation of beauty, hard work/diligence, altruism and the importance of helping others. Financial security came in 24th place and power was near last at 29th in importance. Ethics/morals placed 10th. For more information, visit Queendom.com.
Grass Releases Surprising Amounts of CO2 Which emits more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide: a cornfield or a residential lawn? According to researchers at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania, it’s the grass. David Bowne, an assistant professor of biology, published the study results in the Soil Science Society of America Journal. After measuring carbon dioxide released from each setting, the scientists found that urban areas deemed heat islands may have a smaller overall impact than previously thought, compared with suburban developments. Previously, the heat island effect has been perceived as a phenomenon that occurs only in cities, where the mass of paved roads, dark roofs and buildings absorb and concentrate heat, making cities much warmer during hot days than other areas. Both carbon dioxide releases and soil temperature were measurably higher in residential lawns than in croplands and higher temperatures are directly associated with carbon dioxide efflux. Bowne says, “As you increase temperature, you increase biological activity—be it microbial, plant, fungal or animal.” Increased activity leads to more respiration and increased carbon dioxide emissions. Source: Tinyurl.com/ LawnsVersusCorn 26
Nonprofit Works to Lower Student Debt A small nonprofit named SponsorChange.org, recipient of the nationally recognized Dewey Winburne Community Service Award for “dogooders”, is pioneering a way to help college graduates battle student loan debt by applying their skills on behalf of nonprofit community organizations. Researchers at ProjectOnStudentDebt.org say seven of 10 college students that graduated in 2013 owed money on a student loan, each averaging nearly $30,000 in debt. With SponsorChange, graduates with student loan debt sign up to help participating organizations, earning credits while adding work experience and leadership roles to their résumés. Organization donors sign up to reimburse the workers for their time by helping to pay down their student loans through tax-deductible funding. All see specific results for their contributions to worthy causes.
Laws Permit Oil and Gas Drilling in Iconic Public Lands News that the U.S. Department of the Interior will allow drilling for oil and gas in a proposed wilderness area in southern Utah’s Desolation Canyon puts a spotlight on the practice. A report by the Center for American Progress reveals that 42 national parks are at risk, including 12 where oil and gas drilling is currently underway and 30 where it could be in the near future. Among the threatened wild places are iconic American national parklands, including Grand Teton, in Wyoming, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Dinosaur National Monument, in Colorado, Santa Monica Mountains, in California, Glen Canyon, in Arizona, Carlsbad Caverns and Chaco Canyon, in New Mexico, Everglades and Gulf Islands, in Florida, Arches and Canyonlands, in Utah, and Glacier, in Montana. The reality is that all public lands, including national parks and wildlife refuges, are potentially open to oil and gas leasing unless they are designated as “wilderness”, the highest form of land protection designated by the government. Source: The Wilderness Society (Tinyurl.com/NationalParkDrilling)
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Tips to Clean Air Inside a Vehicle We look out for the quality of the air we breathe indoors and out and we aim to drive in the most fuel-conscious manner to keep emissions down. What about the air quality inside our vehicles during necessary hours on the road? The Ecology Center, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, nonprofit, attests that extreme air temperatures inside cars on especially hot days can potentially increase the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and release chemicals and other ingredients from new-car dashboards, steering wheel columns and seats into the interior air. Some manufacturers are responding by greening their interiors: Toyota is using sugarcane to replace plastic; Ford has turned to soy foam instead of polyurethane foam; and Land Rover is tanning its leather with vegetables, not chromium sulfate. Carbon monoxide seeping in from engine combustion can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue and even trigger asthma. The potential exists “if there’s a leak in the system between the engine and the rear of the vehicle and there’s even a small hole in the body structure,” advises Tony Molla, a vice president with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. “Have the exhaust system inspected by a certified technician to make sure everything is secure and not rusted or leaking.” Also have the cabin air filter checked. Part of the ventilation system, it helps trap pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases in air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems and prevents leaves, bugs and other debris from entering the interior, according to the Car Care Council. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend changing it every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. (Find a range of educational information at CarCare.org.) It’s always beneficial to have fresh air entering the vehicle when driving. Open a window slightly or blow the air conditioning on low in the vent position when not in heavy traffic. “Don’t run it on the recycle or max A/C mode for long periods to make sure you’re getting fresh outside air in and flushing out any contaminants in the cabin air,” adds Molla. Using sun reflectors and visors helps keep interior temperatures down. Check local motor vehicle departments for state policies regarding tinted windows, which can reduce heat, glare and UV exposure. It always helps to park in the shade.
Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center Beth Brown-Rinella’s Passion for Studying Consciousness by Lillie Viola
uring her teenage love of the environment years, Beth Brownand need to honor and proRinella, owner of tect the Earth,” says BrownGoddess I AM Healing & Rinella, who opened her Art Center, in Naples, was center in January. just as open to practic After graduating from ing yoga, exploring the college, Brown-Rinella teachings of yoga masmoved from California ters, visiting ashrams and to Austin, Texas, in 1988 studying different apwith her future husband. proaches to spirituality as “I knew Rick was the Beth Brown-Rinella many of her high school right man for me when he classmates. Raised in San Diego, gifted me with a book, Seth Speaks. By California, Brown-Rinella grew up in a then I was into my ‘sponge stage’ in family whose favorite pastimes inlife, where I was absorbing everything cluded scouring areas in several states I could about metaphysics, spirituality to find Native American relics such as and psychic phenomena. Once I found arrowheads and tomahawk heads. As those subjects, I couldn’t read enough a result, her love of rocks and natural or learn and absorb everything fast gemstones, which she uses to make enough. Even though I’ve been on this jewelry, comes naturally. path of discovery for nearly 35 years, “I recall my dad telling me to be my passion for all things related to the sure and turn over rocks in a stream to evolution of consciousness has never see what was under them. He piqued waned,” says Brown-Rinella, who has my and my sibling’s curiosity by telling also studied Soul Memory Discovery us that the silt under the rock could hide with Ellen Kaufman Dosick. The multismall stones or pieces of pottery that had faceted, multi-process healing modality been polished by the constant movement includes sacred ritual and the power of of water. While we explored, he generally language to effect change. told us stories about Native Americans. “My father-in-law set up an apThose family outings also sparked my pointment for me with Ellen. She told
me everything my soul needed to hear so that I would stop reading about other metaphysicians’ theories and start practicing what I had learned. That’s when I began feeling loved, supported and protected by The Universe. I became less fearful and more confident, which encouraged me to begin the work that I’m here to do—helping others to remove the debilitating limitations that block the expression of their higher self. My personal mission in life is to do for others what Ellen has done for me,” advises Brown-Rinella. The Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center is a retail center that also focuses on healing. “Our conscious living store is filled with artwork, books, incense, crystals and natural body products, as well as jewelry, tarot cards and oracle cards. The center also holds a monthly psychic fair, classes and workshops that include everything from jewelry making to journaling, coloring mandalas and psychic development. Our popular women writers series gives local writers two opportunities a month to talk about their personal journeys and their books,” says Brown-Rinella, who notes that she is continually inspired by many of the quotes painted or printed on the artwork. “I love being reminded to embrace the journey and choose hope, because it’s what makes us all come alive,” she comments. Location: 600 Goodlette Rd. N., Naples. For more information, call 239228-6949 or visit GoddessIAM.com. See ad, page 20.
Everglades University An Institution Ahead Of Its Time by Linda Sechrist
uring times of change, institutions of higher learning must do more than simply adapt. To thrive, they must also support the changing environment by developing innovative teaching models and progressive curriculums that serve students as well as the business needs in any new economic climate. This type of action, which is a step toward the ever-changing landscape of the future, was taken by Belinda and Dr. Arthur Keiser in 1998, when they purchased American Flyers College, in Fort Lauderdale. Since 2000, when the Keisers created Everglades University (EU) and relocated the main campus to Boca Raton, two branch campuses have been added—Sarasota and Orlando. At EU, adult learners of diverse backgrounds are provided quality education in a collaborative environment where each individual has the opportunity to achieve personal growth via small class sizes and innovative programs. The university supports the academic endeavor through research, scholarly contribution and service to deliver graduate and undergraduate program on campus and online. The university is known for its degrees in Alternative and Renewable Energy, Crisis and Disaster Management, Construction Management, Aviation Technology
and Aviation Management, as well as Entrepreneurship and Alternative Medicine. “Alternative Medicine, which we offered nearly from the beginning, is now attracting a different type of student,” comments Allied Health Department Chairperson Dr. Deborah Faust. Individuals that enrolled in the online Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Alternative Medicine when it was first offered in 2004 indicated that their interest in this area derived from a positive personal experience. They were also often curious about Traditional Chinese Medicine, a course offered within the curriculum, as a viable option to allopathic medicine. Today, according to Faust, a large percentage of students matriculate from traditional areas of medicine. “We are seeing a trend in students who intend to leave their professions or who want to add alternative medicine to their current practice. This particularly applies to the nurses, who were drawn here to learn how to treat the individual from a mind, body, spirit perspective,” says Faust, who left traditional healthcare to join EU. Richard Delewsky, director of student services and affairs, keeps in touch with students after they graduate to learn if they are working in their chosen field. “Since the inception of our Alternative Medicine program, we have had 776
graduates, who have gone on to do independent consulting, as well as clinician work. Others have enrolled in a Master of Science degree in the medical field or nutrition. Now that wellness programs are being integrated into allopathic medicine, students on a career path to become a doctor come here to learn about alternative medicine before entering medical school,” explains Delewsky. “The mainstreaming of alternative medicine has helped EU graduates. Since high-profile physicians such as Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Mehmet Oz have been educating the general public about alternative and integrative medicine, we’ve had hospitals and clinics approaching us with job opportunities for our graduates,” advises Delewsky. Regarding student demographics, Faust notes that the four-year on-campus and online program appeals to fulltime students whose ages range from late 20s to 60-plus.“Overall, we are very appealing to the mature individual who works full-time and manages a family. Many students have their own yoga studio or own their own wellness center and are looking to round out their knowledge of alterative medicine,” explains Faust. The EU curriculum’s national appeal attracts students not only from the U.S., but also from many countries around the world such as Saudi Arabia, England, Australia, Peru and Canada. “Class content and weekly assignments reside on a web server for online students to complete at their convenience,” advises Faust, who is proud of the university’s accreditation by the Southern Association for College and Schools Regional accreditation, a difficult certification to earn and maintain. A regional accreditation is the highest level that any school can achieve. “From our perspective, credit hours are valuable time and financial investments that students have already made in their education and we honor that concept by considering transfer credits from nationally accredited schools, provided that students are able to fulfill certain requirements,” says Faust. For more information, contact Everglades University, 888-772-6077. Visit EvergladesUniversity.edu. See ad, page 5.
Unleashing Unlimited Potential with Neapolitan Panache Desai by April Thompson
orn into an East Indian family in London, England, Panache Desai grew up steeped in spiritual practices like meditation. Though recognized by spiritual teachers as possessing a special gift, Desai rejected his spiritual foundation as a teenager, trading it for the excitement of London’s rave music scene of the 1990s before moving to America. It wasn’t until he was 22 and living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice Beach that the pain of the way he had rejected his true inner nature
reached a crescendo. In opening himself up to the possibility of the divine, Desai underwent a spiritual awakening that has led him to dedicate his life to helping others make their own journey from self-rejection to contentment. Unaffiliated with any one religious or spiritual tradition, Desai works with simple, yet powerful principles of energy to help free people from selfimposed limitations and unlock their potential. His first book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to
Purpose, Passion & Joy, just released, is a departure from his earlier focus on creating meditation CDs and other audio recordings.
What was the key turning point in embracing your life’s calling? Every time I would visit a spiritual teacher as a kid, they would say, “We’ve been waiting for you.” But I just wanted to be normal and was also skeptical; not every well-intentioned person is necessarily leading you home. I reached a turning point when I knew something had to change. I told myself that if this thing called God really exists and if I’m here to be a messenger, I have to experience it personally. In that moment, I began to undergo a transformation that culminated in a direct experience of the divine; an infinite ocean of energy vibrating with unconditional love. I felt part of what every spiritual teacher has been telling the world for thousands of years: that the true nature of reality is love, a love that expresses itself through all life forms. That experience allowed me to accept my role of helping others see and achieve their potential.
How does the universal energy you speak of affect us and how can we shift our dance with it? We are vibrational beings inhabiting a vibrational universe. Yogis and mystics from traditions throughout time have
known this. The subtlest form of vibration is the soul, which is overlaid by the emotional, with the physical as the outermost layer of energy. Because the emotional layer can accumulate a density that enshrouds our soul’s light and potential, it’s important to address it. Energy is like water—it wants to flow and can shift states at any moment. Judging or rejecting any aspect of our genuine identity disrupts that flow of energy. For example, if instead of being available to feel your anger when it arises you repress or deny it, that accumulating emotion acquires density and over time, becomes rage. But if you can learn to slow down and lean into the emotion, the anger can wash through and out of you and energy again flows freely. By allowing ourselves to acknowledge, experience and release these emotions without judgment, we are clearing the obstacles to our authentic self, what I term one’s “soul signature”.
How is discovering our soul signature related to finding our calling?
The soul signature is our purest potential expressed. You can have a calling to be a writer, but unless you are connected to who you are at the deepest level, your writing won’t have the same impact. Accessing our soul signature is a process. We didn’t end up where we are overnight, and it can take time to get back to that place where we can express our truest selves by working with the techniques of energy transformation described in my book.
What are good first steps for someone newly initiating a spiritual practice? The most powerful tool is our breath. Witnessing and honoring our breath in every moment allows us to transform every day into living meditation. Find free webcasts and author blogs on how individuals live their soul signature at PanacheDesai.com. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com. natural awakenings
readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet Rosie Emery Life’s mission: To tread softly, consciously, gratefully and joyously on this Earth, celebrating each precious moment and the gift of life. Also, to be a living example of kindness and compassion towards all sentient beings. Work: As a singer, songwriter and musician, I have been blessed to write, produce and perform my original songs for children and adults around the world. As an environmental educator, I have developed and presented numerous programs for kids and teachers, including the animated series, The Little Earth Charter. I write an eco-blog for parents and teachers—Earth and Rosie. As a television writer and producer, I have created and produced environmental films and WGCU’s award-winning Curious Kids TV show. I am writing my first novel, inspired by my father’s wartime diary, which he kept during his time as a POW of the Imperial Japanese Army on the Thai-Burma “Death” Railway, as well as a short story written by my mother as she fled the Japanese invasion of Malaya. I plan to physically retrace my parent’s wartime journey, beginning in Thailand, where I will donate my father’s diary to the Thai-Burma Railway Center, in Kanchanaburi. Proudest achievement: Personally, being the mother of two sensitive, loving, conscious human beings. Professionally, the Rainbow Road Tour, the eco-rock music tour I created which traveled across North America for four years, teaching thousands of children how all of life is interconnected.
Expectations for the future: I avoid expectations. However, my vision for the future is of a planet where humans live sustainably and in harmony with all sentient beings. Favorite books: One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Women Who Run With The Wolves, by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Tao Te Ching, by Stephen Mitchell, The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran, Sacred Contracts, by Carolyn Myss, Talks With Ramana Maharshi, by Ramana Maharshi, The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldon, and others. Favorite websites: CropMobster.com, EdibleGeography.com, Naturesacred.org and LittleEarthCharter.org. Local causes supported: 100 Women Who Care (100WomenWhoCareTeam Spirit.org), a local group in Naples started by Marjorie Ziff-Levine. House of Gaia, (HouseOfGaia.org) in Naples. Local green business gatherings that provide networking opportunities for individuals working towards a more sustainable Naples. Favorite things about Natural Awakenings: Calendars that keep me informed on the community events, as well as insightful and informative articles about wellness and natural healing. Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Food & Thought, in Naples. How do you invest in your community? I do what I can to promote Earth stewardship wherever I am. Favorite quote: “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” Joseph Campbell What are you doing to be the change you want to see in the world? Living my truth and showing up wherever and whenever I can.
Mpower Barre Classes Tone, Trim and Sculpt by Yvette lyn
arre exercises, a group of movements performed while clasping a horizontal wooden bar fastened to the wall, were once the exclusive territory of ballerinas. Today, these exercises, which are to the dancer what scales are to the pianist, are available in many fitness and yoga studios, such as Mpower Studio, in Naples, and open to anyone with the goal of a slim, strong and sculpted body. “My Mpower barre class is a super fun, fast-paced workout that strengthens and tones the entire body. You have fun and see results quickly. After just a few classes, you’ll not only feel the burn, you’ll also feel stronger, inspired and motivated to continue. There’s no fancy choreography, just effective exercises for every muscle in your body,” says Mindy Sylvester, owner of Mpower Studio. Sylvester, a fitness expert, used to run, box and bike. “I am a type-A personality, and I get bored easily, which is why I enjoyed the diversity of several different workouts. Then I discovered that barre classes set to some fun background music are effective for trimming, toning and sculpting. And, they can hold my attention. You work your core muscles in every exercise. The movements also work muscles in your legs, arms and buttocks that you never knew you had,” advises Sylvester, who notes that ballet experience is not required. According to Sylvester, the exercises target core and lower body muscles and involve repetitions of small, pulsing movements, lifting and lowering limbs a mere inch or two. Every exercise can be modified to accommodate different skill levels. There is an emphasis on form and alignment, as well as breathing and the mind-body connection. Sometimes, props such as yoga straps, exercise balls and hand weights are used in conjunction with the exercises.
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Today, these exercises, which are to the dancer what scales are to the pianist, are available in many fitness and yoga studios, such as Mpower Studio, in Naples, and open to anyone with the goal of a slim, strong and sculpted body. natural awakenings
THE HEALING POWER OF STORY
How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig
fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing—that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back.
In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.
Power to Heal the Body
How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mindbody benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at SondraBarrett.com, in Secrets of Your Cells, “Our physiol-
ogy responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells— and in the case of long-term sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing—the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s existence. By keeping their larger story in mind, patients can find a wider perspective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.
Power to Heal Emotions
“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide
world who had lost her mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story—and voilà! Millions of people responded to tell me how they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.” They did it by telling their stories, witnessed with loving attention by others that care. “Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. Yet, so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung,” remarks Rankin. “When this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless and out of touch with our life purpose. We are plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved or sick,” says Rankin, who blogs on related topics at LissaRankin.com.
Power to Heal a Family
Sometimes, writing a new story can help keep families connected. Kansas City, Missouri, author and columnist Deborah Shouse took an unplanned and unwanted, yet ultimately rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer’s disease. Shouse discovered that as her mother was losing her memory and identity through dementia, crafting a new narrative helped her family hold it together, a process she details in Love in the Land of Dementia. “You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says, noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse
“By sharing our stories together and finding common ground, we lay the groundwork for world peace and much more.” ~Rev. Patrick McCollum terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at DeborahShouseWrites.wordpress.com. Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”
Power of the Wrong Story
Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at ByronKatie.com. Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones,
believe that version of the story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.
Power to Heal the Community
Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.” Judith Fertig tells stories about food at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.
Honing Your True Story Write the Truth
James Pennebaker and fellow researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that a simple writing exercise can help free people from emotional burdens, as first reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Here’s how to apply it: Every morning for four consecutive days, write down feelings about what is bothersome: Something you are thinking or worrying about too much. Something you feel is affecting your life in an unhealthy way. Something you have been avoiding for days, weeks or years. The idea is to write about the emotions that surround this thing you’re reluctant to admit or speak about. Pennebaker says it’s not necessary to reread what’s written or tell anyone about it. The simple act of writing down emotions surrounding a story begins the process of releasing it and relaxing.
The Moth organization features true stories told live by people of all ages on The Moth Radio Hour, the Internet and at group story “slams” around the world. At TheMoth.org, would-be storytellers find tips on how to craft their tales for a listening audience at live story slams around the world, as well as via web38
casts. They can then record a two-minute story pitch in order to be accepted as a live storyteller during a future slam.
Ask and Answer
Moving through the process Byron Katie calls “the work” uncovers the truth about the stories we are telling ourselves in order to create newer, healthier ones. First, think of a negative thought that’s worrying you, such as “I’m stuck.” Next, ask four questions about it. Is it true? Can I absolutely know it’s true? How do I react—what happens—when I believe that thought? Who would I be without the thought? Now write down honest answers, which might be something like: “I’m not really stuck, I just think I am. Deep down, I know I have the power to move forward, but am unsure about the direction or way to go about it, so I feel anxious. Without the thought of ‘I’m stuck,’ I would feel freer to find a solution.” Then, turn those thoughts around, for example, to, “Really, when I think about it, I feel much freer than when I deny or gloss over my erroneous thought.” When we turn around a specific limiting thought, we can experience the power of letting go of not only a misguided, but ultimately untrue internal story.
The Flourishing Art of Storytelling How Mary Lou Williams Helps Storytelling Thrive Locally
by Savannah Noir
ary Lou Williams considGrand Court Retirement Community, ers herself fortunate to have in Fort Myers. The public is welcome. enjoyed two careers, both “While our members tell stories using of which allowed her to put her deep facial expressions, gestures, body love of literature to optimal use. Wilmovements and eye contact, as well liams’ earlier calling as an English as the appropriate props, everyone teacher and her latest vocation as a refrains from critiquing performances, professional storyteller have allowed because we prefer to nurture the love her love affair with storybook charof stories in each other,” advises Wilacters, such as Ann Shirley, in Anne liams, a board member of the Florida of Green Gables and Tom Sawyer, Storytelling Association. in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Florida Storytelling AssociaFour Tamiami Tale Tellers after their performance to flourish. In fact, favored works of tion’s main event, hosted locally each of Florida history stories contributing to the literature and folk tales are the plums year by the Tamiami Tale Tellers of Fort celebration of Viva Florida 500 (from left to from which Williams squeezes her Myers, is Tellabration, an evening of right): Lisa Leonhardt, Mary Lou Williams, own juicy, fractured fairytales, such storytelling for adults and families that Marilyn Graham and Dwight Elam as Ugly Cindy and the Magic Glass takes place each year the Saturday Slippers or Sleeping Beauty and the Rude Awakening. before Thanksgiving. “We occasionally put on workshops. In In 1993, an Elderhostel weekend at Appalachia UniMarch, by popular demand, we brought Kim Weitkamp to versity, in Boone, North Carolina, proved to be Williams’ do her workshop on how to write and tell personal stories. In first step on the road to professional storytelling. “A profes- 2013, this award-winning storyteller, who is a regular at the sor’s hair-raising Appalachian folklore captivated me, and National Storytelling Festival, presented her Story U workshop. I was hooked. In Appalachian culture, storytelling is not We’re hoping to bring Kim back to give storytelling perforonly the way Appalachian people pass along their hismances in 2015,” advises Williams. Weitkamp is a regular tory; it is also a form of entertainment. When I found out at the National Storytelling Festival, which draws more than about professional storytelling for adults and the National 10,000 listeners, as well as top-notch storytellers. Storytelling Festival, in Jonesborough, Tennessee, I prom In 2013, Tamiami Tale Teller members performed at ised myself that someday I was going to get there. I did in several locations around the state for Viva Florida 500, a state 2006,” she enthuses. initiative commemorating 500 years of Florida history. Wil Williams has been a member of the Tamiami Tale Tellers liams will teach a class on Tall Tales at Hodges University’s of Fort Myers since 2006. Bert and Noel Mac Carry, who Naples campus on August 28. She also has a repertoire of 43 taught storytelling classes at the Alliance for the Arts, in Fort stories to perform for community organizations, libraries and Myers, and Cissie Griffin, of Immokalee, originally started gated communities. the group 25 years ago. Today, Fort Myers residents Marilyn Graham and Lisa Leonhardt co-chair the storytelling guild, For more information, call 239-267-6480 or visit which meets on the third Thursday of every month at the Story-Theatre.com.
All for the Love of Food
by Linda Sechrist
ovies and television are known for glamorizing everything; the latest industry besieged by the Hollywood effect is food and cooking. From a 24-hour cooking channel to reality shows such as The Chew, Hell’s Kitchen, and America’s Test Kitchen, there are myriad opportunities to peer inside a restaurant kitchen and follow on the heels of a gourmet. While being an executive chef often seems like an appealing and exciting career, the truth is that the job is very demanding and can be stressful and physically grueling. In this behind-the-scenes look at what prompted local chefs to choose their profession and take on the significant financial investment of opening a restaurant, we meet Domenico Bosco, co-owner of Kitchen 41; Johann Everstijn, co-owner of Cider Press Café; Jude Lawless, private chef; and Kartik Patel, co-owner of Happiness Healthy Café. Each provides down-to-earth answers that offer a realistic understanding of the inspiration and motivation that lead individuals to don the traditional white chef’s hat and double-breasted coat, which are among the most recognizable items of clothing in the world.
Domenico Bosco, Kitchen 41, Naples Domenico Bosco’s love affair with food began in his mother’s kitchen. “My mom was a great chef, and I learned a lot from her. She created her recipes using only fresh ingredients and never made the same meal twice in a month. Mom’s 40
version of organic was the fresh eggs that she gathered from our hen’s nests at 5:30 a.m., as well as the produce we grew on our land,” explains Bosco. At age 16, encouraged by his father, Bosco enrolled the oldest culinary institute in Italy, Istituto Alberghiero Villa Santa Maria, Abruzzo. The threeyear school has for centuries turned out well-rounded culinary professionals. Kitchen 41 is the first restaurant that Bosco and his wife have owned. “Barbara and I previously worked and helped other people to build their business—we felt it was time to build our own. Our entrepreneurial spirit, high energy level and love for people and food, along with our heartfelt desire to introduce people to the healthiest food possible, keeps us uplifted while we work very long hours every day,” explains Bosco.
Johan Everstijn, Cider Press Café, Naples Johann Everstijn felt the lure of a chef’s life as soon as he was old enough to understand that he loved cooking as much as he did food. “I’m interested in everything about food and feel that the greatest compliment I can receive is when people love what I create. It doesn’t get any better than feeling gratified while doing something I love,” says Everstyn, who studied raw foods for several years at Chicago Raw Gourmet International. He later worked as a private chef, taught classes for other chefs and oversaw the preparation of 500
to 1,000 meals nightly while working with a catering-style food business that prepared meals for wedding receptions and other large functions. Everstijn’s background in the food business earned him a call from American Celebrity Chef Matthew Kenny, who offered him a teaching position at Matthew Kenny Culinary Academy, the world’s first state-licensed raw food educational center, located in Oklahoma City. “He eventually moved me to the position of executive chef at his restaurant 105 Degrees, also in Oklahoma City,” notes Everstijn.
Jude Lawless, Private Chef Jude Lawless, who is certified through the American Fitness Professionals and the Association in Nutrition & Wellness and Sports Nutrition, has been a chef for more than 20 years. A believer in the concept that healthy food is the equivalent of medicine, he presently freelances as a personal chef in order to teach individuals something he wholeheartedly believes in—eating healthy. Lawless’s interest in fitness and preparing healthy foods began in adolescence. “Being a chef was a calling I felt around the age of 12, when I discovered that I liked preparing food. Even today, I still prefer to make meals at home, rather than eat out,” he says. Although Lawless wants his own restaurant, he’s content with his consulting business, which combines his love of food and fitness. “I like showing my clients what foods to eat, which to avoid and how to plan menus, as well as prepare meals in their homes. It’s personally very rewarding,” remarks Lawless, who attended culinary school and worked in more than 15 restaurants, an experience that he says rounded out his education. “I wanted to learn from other chefs,” Lawless comments. “This is one
of the few careers remaining where you can teach yourself and learn on the job. Many successful chefs started their careers by washing dishes in a restaurant when they were teenagers,” he advises.
Kartik Patel, Happiness Health Café, Bonita Springs Kartik Patel is a selftaught chef. The Happiness Healthy Café, which he and his wife, Shavani, opened nearly two years ago, is known for Patel’s unique California twist on the foods and flavors of his East Indian homeland. The Café is Patel’s first foray into restaurant ownership. “Cooking, which has always been my hobby, lets me do what I consider fun—experimenting with fusion dishes that combine different regional and ethnic flavors. Until I got the taste and texture that I wanted, I let my family and friends do the taste testing for everything on our menu,” he says. Before Patel opened the café, he worked in the restaurant business for his brother-in-law. “Shavani and I are vegetarians,” he notes. “The lack of vegetarian restaurants in the area and the dream of owning my own restaurant motivated us to open the Café. I get great pleasure from watching our customers eat delicious vegetarian food and enjoy it,” he says. From preparation to gratification, the most obvious reason for choosing a career as a chef is the love of food. Kitchen 41, 2500 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 111, Naples. Call 239-263-8009 or visit Kitchen41.com. See ad, page 29. Cider Press Café, 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 26, Naples. Call 239-631-2500 or visit CiderCafePress.com. See ad, page 28. Chef Jude Lawless, Call 305-890-7144. ChefJude@hotmail.com. See ad, page 14. Healthy Happiness Café, 3332 Cleveland Ave., Ft. Myers. Call 239-3622075 or visit HappinessHealthyCafeFL. com. See ad, page 19. natural awakenings
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early 30 million TV fans and 800,000 YouTube viewers have seen pop music star Pink’s 2014 Grammy Awards performance of Glitter in the Air. Dressed in a shiny body stocking and high heels, and suspended from the ground by a silky white hammock, she enthralled the audience with not only her vocals, but also her Cirque de Soleil-type AntiGravity yoga performance. Christopher Harrison, a former aerial acrobat and gymnast who found that traditional yoga was too hard on his injured wrists, developed this latest trend, which incorporates weightless yoga poses that strengthen core muscles, stretch tight muscles and relieve pressure on the spine and aching joints. In Naples, Emmy Bromley and Lindy Salvi, at the boutique fitness studio, Emilie Bromley LLC; Meredith Musick, LMT, a yoga teacher with a private studio in the Park Shore area; and Patricia Wilborn, owner of Gyrotonic of Naples LLC, agree that Pink gave a boost to AntiGravity yoga, which is growing in popularity not just because it feels good, but also because it’s fun and adds a touch of adventure to any fitness practice. Bromley, who owns a licensed AntiGravity studio, Salvi and Wilborn personally trained with Harrison. Bromley and Salvi are certified level 2 AntiGravity instructors and Wilborn is level 1 certified. The three women are in agreement that aerial yoga is here to stay as a form of exercise and fitness training.
“The Harrison Hammock is a tool which allows individuals to do things that they may otherwise not be able to do. It offers support and the silk is very forgiving, which aids in monitoring one’s own resistance. People of all ages can benefit from this practice,” says Salvi. “If you can do three sit-ups, you can practice AntiGravity fitness,” says Bromley, who has been AntiGravity certified since 2011. This form of yoga adds diversity to recharge any routine practice of asanas. It is also considered restorative yoga. “The result of experiencing yourself in postures—handstands, yoga inversions and backbends—you never thought possible, is increased confidence,” says Bromley. She notes that restorative yoga is now an aspect of AntiGravity yoga. Wilborn, who began training with Harrison a year ago, introduces her Pilates, Gyrotonics and yoga students to AntiGravity yoga even if it isn’t a class they signed up for. “Every student who is apprehensive or not initially interested is not only amazed that they can suspend themselves, but also that the decompression of their spine relieves the pressure on joints and alleviates chronic back pain. This is because it aligns the spine,” says Wilborn, a former gymnast, who is excited that she can once again do a complete flip in her hammock. “It feels good to do now what I did 20 years ago. Actually, AntiGravity yoga is a great anti-aging tool,” she says. Musick and her yoga students
have been benefiting from reversing gravity since 1999. While she previously used other systems, today she works with the Great Yoga Wall, which uses a system of ropes, pulleys and a comfortable sling. “It reverses gravity on all the body’s organs and systems. While inversion does increase my flexibility, I also benefit from weightlessness in other postures, such as a backbend that I do. With my feet firmly planted on the ground and my hips and pelvis completely supported, I don’t need to work hard to get into or out of postures.” For even the strongest student, the Great Yoga Wall provides great support. “It relieves the weight on the shoulders so they can rotate properly in postures such as downward dog,” explains Musick, who was a horseback rider for many years. “If I had the Great Yoga Wall then, I could have avoided compression from riding dressage. It’s amazing how our body benefits when we take the weight off the spine. Yogis have understood the benefits of reversing gravity for centuries. It’s why they have been doing head and shoulder stands. They were probably amazed if they caught Pink’s glitzy performance, which was beautiful,” says Musick.
Resources Emilie Bromley and Lindy Salvi, 1199 1st Ave. S., Naples, 239-404-8127 or 847-989-8320, Ecore7@comcast.net or Lindyms1@gmail.com. See ad, page 39. Meredith Musick, Naples, 239-2698846, MeredithMusick@me.com, MeredithMusick.com. See ad, page 33. Patricia Wilborn, 3415 Radio Rd., Ste. 104, Naples, 239-290-7499. See ad, page 61. natural awakenings
Notice nature. Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, finds walking outdoors infinitely more engaging than exercising in the gym. Seek out woodsy hikes, scenic waterways or historic downtowns, and “open up to experiencing the world,” she says.
Practice moving meditation. To lighten a heavy mood, “Imagine your chest as a window through which energy, fresh air, sunshine, even rain, can pour into and through you as you walk,” says Dreyer. To ground a scattered mind, she suggests focusing on connecting one’s feet with the Earth.
How to Make Walking Part of Everyday Life
by lane Vail
ippocrates called walking “man’s best medicine,” and Americans agree: According to the U.S. Surgeon General, walking is America’s most popular form of fitness. It’s free, convenient and simple. The Foundation for Chronic Disease Prevention reveals that 10,000 daily steps help lower blood pressure, shed pounds, decrease stress, and reduce the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Here’s how to rev up the routine and stay motivated.
Breathe. Belly breathing calms the parasympathetic nervous system, expands lung capacity and improves circulation. Inhale through the nose, fill the belly and expel through the mouth, advises Asheville, North Carolina, resident Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiWalking. Try new techniques and terrain. “The body is smart and efficient. It must be constantly challenged in safe ways and tricked into burning more calories,” says Malin Svensson, founder and President of Nordic Walking USA. She suggests taking the stairs or strolling on sand to strengthen the legs and heart. 44
Dreyer recommends ascending hills sideways (crossing one foot over the other) to engage new muscles and protect the calves and Achilles tendons. She also suggests walking backwards for 30 steps every five minutes during a 30-minute walk to reestablish proper posture. Push with poles. Compelling the body forward with Nordic walking poles can burn 20 to 46 percent more calories than regular walking, reports Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Svensson explains, “Applying pressure to the poles activates abdominal, chest, back and triceps muscles, which necessitates more oxygen and thereby raises the heart rate.” The basic technique is: plant, push and walk away.
Feel the Earth move under your (bare) feet. Improve mood, reduce pain and deepen sleep by going outside barefoot, says Dr. Laura Koniver, of Charleston, South Carolina, a featured expert in the documentary, The Grounded. “The Earth’s surface contains an infinite reservoir of free electrons, which, upon contact with the body, can neutralize damage from free radicals,” she says.
Make fresh air a social affair. A group walk can boost performance levels of participants, says Dennis Michele, president of the American Volkssport Association, which promotes fun, fitness and friendship through noncompetitive, year-round walking events. Horowitz suggests strolling with friends and sharing sensory discoveries. “A fresh perspective can help tune you into the great richness of ordinary environments often overlooked,” she says. Ditch the distraction of electronic devices. Horowitz views walking texters as “hazards and obstacles, non-participants in the environment.” Australian researcher Siobhan Schabrun, Ph.D., reveals the science behind the sentiment in her recent University of Queensland study. The brain, she found, prioritizes texting over walking, resulting in “slowing down, deviating from a straight line and walking like robots, with the arms, trunk and head in one rigid line, which makes falling more likely.” Walking a dog brings mutual benefits. Dr. John Marshall, chief oncologist at Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, D.C., prescribes dog walking to his cancer patients, asserting it yields better outcomes than chemotherapy. For maximum enjoyment, strive to hit a stride, advises Carla Ferris, owner of Washington, D.C. dog-walking company Wagamuffin.
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Be a fanny pack fan. Fanny packs, unlike backpacks, which can disturb natural torso rotation, comfortably store identification, phone, keys and water, says Svensson. Ferris agrees: “Walks are so much more enjoyable hands-free.” Walk while you work. Much of the independent and collaborative work at Minneapolis finance company SALO emerges as employees walk slowly on ergonomic treadmill desks. “Being up, active and forward-moving on the treadmill benefits productivity,” says cofounder Amy Langer. Alternatively, consider investing in a cordless headset or standing desk. “Most anything you can do sitting, you can do standing, and supporting your own body weight is almost as beneficial as walking,” she says. A study reported in the journal Diabetologia suggests that sedentary time combined with periods of moderate-to-vigorous exercise poses a greater health risk than being gently active throughout the day. Dreyer’s mantra? “The body is wise. Listen when it says, ‘Get up and walk a bit.’” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at WriterLane.com.
Living Off the Land Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family by Avery Mack
Whether it’s membership in a food co-op, tending a backyard garden or balcony tomato plant or foraging in the woods for edibles, living off the land means cleaner, fresher and more nutritious food on the table.
o switch from running to the market to stepping into a home garden for fresh produce, it’s best to start small. Smart gardeners know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a big plot so they plan ahead with like-minded friends to swap beans for tomatoes or zucchini for okra to add variety. If one household is more suited to freezing excess harvests while another cans or dehydrates, more trades are in the offing. Start kids by having them plant radishes, a crop that will give even the most impatient child quick results. “You can’t do everything yourself,” counsels Kathie Lapcevic, a farmer, freelance writer and teacher in Columbia Falls, Montana. “I have a huge garden, expanded now into about 7,000 square feet, that provides 65 percent of what our family eats,” she says. “On the other hand, I can’t imagine life without nut butter and found I can’t grow Brussels sprouts. A few trips to the store are inevitable.” Lapcevic plants non-GMO, heirloom varieties of seeds
in her chemical-free garden. She adds a new variety or two each year and reminds peers that it takes a while to build good soil. Three years ago, she also added pollinator beehives on the property. Their honey reduces the amount of processed sugar the family uses. From Libby, Montana, Chaya Foedus blogs on her store website PantryParatus.com about kitchen self-sufficiency. “Foraging is a good way to give children a full sensory experience,” she remarks. “We turn a hike into a mission to find and learn about specific foods, where they come from and what to do with them.” To start, select one easily identifiable item for the kids to pick. “In Libby, that’s huckleberries,” says Foedus. “Similar to blueberries, they grow on a bush, so they’re easy to see and pick. Huckleberries don’t grow in captivity—it’s a completely foraged economy.” Michelle Boatright, a graphic designer and hunter of wild plants in Bristol, Tennessee, learned eco-friendly ways to forage from a game warden friend. Five years later, her bookcase holds 30 books on edible plants—she brings two with her on excursions. “When in doubt, leave a plant alone. It’s too easy to make a mistake,” she advises. “Know how to harvest, too—take only about 10 percent of what’s there and leave the roots, so it can grow back. “For example, ramps, a wild leek, take seven years to cultivate,” says Boatright. “Overharvesting can wipe out years’ worth of growth. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to harvest ramps in state parks. Mushrooms are more apt to regrow, but leave the small ones.” As for meat, “I was raised to never shoot a gun, but to make my own bows and arrows,” recalls Bennett Rea, a writer and survivalist in Los Angeles, California. “Dad used Native American skills, tools and viewpoints when he hunted. Bow hunting kept our family from going hungry for a few lean years and was always done with reverence. It’s wise to take only what you need, use what you take and remember an animal gave its life to sustain yours.” Rea uses several methods for obtaining local foods. “Living here makes it easier due to the year-round growing season. For produce, I volunteer for a local CSA [community supported agriculture] collective. One hour of volunteering earns 11 pounds of free, sustainably farmed, organic produce—everything from kale to tangerines to cilantro. “Bartering is also an increasingly popular trend,” he notes. “I make my own hot sauce and trade it for high-end foods and coffee from friends and neighbors. Several of us have now rented a plot in a community garden to grow more of our own vegetables. I only buy from stores the items I can’t trade for or make myself—usually oats, milk, cheese and olive oil.” Truly good food is thoughtfully, sustainably grown or harvested. It travels fewer miles; hasn’t been sprayed with toxins or been chemically fertilized; is fresh; ripens on the plant, not in a truck or the store; and doesn’t come from a factory farm. The old saying applies here: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@mindspring.com.
Cooking with Wild Foods Foraging 101 by Chaya Foedus
by Avery Mack
hristopher Nyerges, of Pasadena, California, author of Guide to Wild Food and Useful Plants and Foraging California, has spent 40 years teaching others to find free food safely as part of an ongoing curriculum (SchoolOfSelf-Reliance.com). He knows, “Wherever you live, common weeds and native plants can supplement food on the table.” He particularly likes to use acorns as a food extender, grinding them into a powder and mixing it 50/50 with flour to make bread and pancakes. For greens, he likes lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album), a weed that crowds out native plants, but is easily found, nutritious and versatile. He uses the leaves like spinach and adds the seeds to soup or bread batter. He likens it to quinoa. Nyerges characterizes himself as a lazy gardener. “Forget having a tra-
ditional lawn. Grow food, not grass,” he says. “I like plants that take care of themselves and then of me.” Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) and New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides) are good edible ground covers. Purslane leaves add a lemonpepper crunch. “If the neighbors complain, plant some nasturtiums—they’re pretty and good to eat, too,” he notes. Varieties of cactus, like the prickly pear, are also edible; remove the thorns and cook the pads with tofu or eggs. “I’m all for using technology, but know how to get by without it, too,” Nyerges advises. “There’s no such thing as total self-sufficiency. What we can be is self-reliant and knowledgeable users. Begin by learning and applying one thing.” He’s found, “There aren’t directions to follow; the path to selfreliance is different for each person.”
4 Start small. 4 Get permission before picking on private property. 4 Make sure no chemical fertilizers or pesticides were used. 4 It’s easy to mistake a poisonous lookalike for an edible plant. Learn to identify both before picking. 4 Skip the mushrooms at first—learn from an experienced mushroomer before going solo. 4 Always taste-test at home; the woods are not the place to cope with a surprise allergic reaction. 4 Make a day of it. Enjoy the outdoors, learn more about native plants and invite kindred spirits along on the hunt. Source: Adapted from PantryParatus.com.
COACH High-Tech Boosts Healthy Routines by linda Sechrist
hen President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that the U.S. should commit to sending a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s research advancements, as well as technologies developed outside the space program, are put to good use in everyday life. Of particular interest are products used in fitness workouts. ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, revealed the growing popularity of consumer health
and wellness technologies in its latest market projections for wearable, healthrelated devices. Estimates are that 80 million wearable monitoring devices, including heart monitors and biosensors that read body temperature and motion, will be sold by 2016. When Clint, a global market research firm, conducted its most recent Fitness and Technology Survey, its findings showed technology at work. Based on 745 online interviews with people in seven countries, 72 percent of exercisers embraced some type of technology, including smartphone apps, to support their fitness routines two or more times a week.
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In recent years, amateur and professional athletes have increasingly benefited from technological advances that help them chart, improve upon and customize their fitness routines. Tracking fitness progress and weight loss is now just clicks away with personal devices such as a Wi-Fi scale, which accurately measures weight, body fat percentage and body mass index. Online graphs chart the individual’s progress. While the typical setting for measuring blood pressure and heart rate used to be in a physician’s office, hospital or pharmacy, new digital wrist blood pressure and heart monitors now allow exercise enthusiasts to do it themselves, wherever they are, helping ensure they are not exceeding the safety parameters of their fitness programs. User-friendly digital pocket pedometers and wireless activityduring-sleep wristbands both work in conjunction with a downloaded app to allow self-monitoring. Exercisers can track steps; distances walked cycled or swum; calories burned; total active minutes; and how long and how well they sleep. In some U.S. fitness centers, members have an option of working with an automated, virtual, personal trainer. This almost-do-it-yourself approach to professionally guided fitness begins with a survey of an individual’s lifestyle and goals to create a personalized fitness regimen. Each time exercisers go to the center, they insert a key into a “smart trainer”, generating the day’s 30-minute customized workout. The technology focuses primarily on helping clients manage weight and maintain muscle. Other technologies, such as medical-grade, pneumatic [air] compression boot systems, are facilitating at-home recovery for hip and knee surgery patients and quicker muscle recovery for serious athletes. Air-filled chambers remain inflated as pressure cycles sequentially move from the foot up the leg. The cycles flush out waste and replenish blood supplies to the muscles.
More complex bioanalyzing systems retrieve feedback from the body’s electromagnetic fields, the multiple energy meridians and the frequencies of the body’s cells and organs. More complex bio-analyzing systems retrieve feedback from the body’s electromagnetic fields, the multiple energy meridians and the frequencies of the body’s cells and organs. “Such systems are largely used by chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists and acupuncturists,” says Loran Swensen, CEO of Innergy Development, which owns AO Scan, maker of the Magnetic Resonance Bio-Analyzer. For people that struggle with traditional workouts or physical limitations, whole-body vibration technology may be a solution. “When you stand on the oscillating platform, the body reacts to the vertical vibratory stimulus with an involuntary muscle contraction; depending on the speed, muscles can react up to 23 times per second,” advises Linda Craig, coowner of Circulation Nation, in Greer, South Carolina. Similar platforms are becoming commonplace in chiropractic practices. Consumer applications of medical devices have led to the home use of additional sophisticated technologies like laser therapy. Successfully used for more than 30 years in Europe to treat trauma, inflammation, overuse injuries and cosmetic issues, as well as to provide pain relief and healing, some forms have recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. With 129,397,925 gym members worldwide according to a recent International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association report, it’s safe to predict that consumer demand ensures even more significant technological advances are in our near future. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. natural awakenings
Musician with a Cause Jack Johnson Plans Shows
photos courtesy of Emmett Malloy
with the Planet in Mind by Meredith Montgomery
inger-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson. Then, as he started playing larger venues, “I realized the power of touring to connect our fans with local nonprofits in every town we played.” Johnson and his wife, Kim, also founded two environmentally focused charitable foundations, and during the past five years, all of his tour proceeds have been donated to them, in turn going to hundreds of environmental education nonprofits worldwide. The enabling commercial success began in 2001 when his debut album successfully established this Oahu, Hawaiian’s trademark mellow surf-rocker style. Since then, he’s released five more studio albums, including the most recent, From Here to Now to You. “While I have so much gratitude for the support our music receives, for me, music has always been a hobby, a side thing. It grew into a way to work in the nonprofit world. Being engaged in environmental education almost feels like my real job, and the music’s something we’re lucky enough to provide to fund related causes,” says Johnson. As the size of his audiences grows, so does the size of his potential environmental footprint. On the road, Johnson’s team works with the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance to fuel 50
all tour trucks, buses and generators. Comprehensive conservation efforts including refillable water bottle stations, plus organic cotton T-shirts and reusable or biodegradable food service ware are standard at his shows. “We try to be environmentally conscious every step of the way,” says Johnson. “Our record cases and posters use recycled paper and ecofriendly inks. We record albums in my solar-powered studio. It’s an ongoing learning process and conversation as we find even better ways to do things.” Johnson’s team often requests increased recycling efforts and use of energy-efficient light bulbs at venues, advancing long-term eco-changes everywhere they perform. He explains, “Our thinking is that once they change the light bulbs for us, they’re not going to go back to the old light bulbs after we leave. Many venue managers tell us they have stuck with the improvements because they realize that they’re easy to do.” Marine pollution and single-use plastics are issues high on the musician’s environmental list, but the topic he’s most passionate about is food. In his home state of Hawaii, 90 percent of food is imported. “The idea of supporting your local food system is a big deal in our family and we take that point of view on the road because it’s a vital issue anywhere you go,” he says. At each tour stop, all of the band’s food is sourced within a specific radius. Johnson also works with radio stations to promote regional farming, helping to build community and fan awareness of the benefits of supporting local farms. At home, Johnson has solar panels on the roof and drives an electric car. The entire family, including three children, participates in recycling, worm composting and gardening. “It’s fun to take what we learn at home on the road and bring good things we learn on the road home,” he says. The Swiss Family Robinson is one of the family’s favorite books. “We love figuring out ways to apply ideas,” he remarks. “For our first water catchment system, we got 50-gallon drums previously used for oil and vinegar from a bread bakery and attached spigots. The kids were so excited to watch them fill the first time it rained.” Johnson finds that all of the facets of his life work together. For example, “Music is a social thing for me. I get to share it with people. Surfing is where I find a lot of balance; it’s a more private time. But I also come up with lyrics and musical ideas while I’m surfing.” Johnson’s approach to inspiring all generations to be conscious of the environment is to focus on the fun, because it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the big picture. Understanding that his own kids are among the future stewards of planet Earth, he works diligently to instill values of creativity and free thinking. Johnson reflects, “When I look at things that are in the world now that we would have never dreamed possible when we were growing up, I recognize how much can change in one generation. Looking for answers that aren’t there yet—things nobody’s thought of—that’s what’s going to solve problems.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).
JOURNEY TO MATURITY Setbacks Make Boys Into Men by Nick Clements
e all know hard-charging young men that have their foot planted firmly on the accelerator. They claim that easing off would damage their career and be an admission of failure. They are wrong. Those enjoying early successes can grow up overstressed by trying to stay on the fast track at any cost. These alpha boys are doing what they think others want them to do. In many cases, they are influenced by subtle and overt pressures from parents, peers and celebrity lifestyles, as well as advertising and video games. As a consequence, these men, obsessed with superficial goals, are emotionally stunted, controlling and unable to form long-term relationships. The good news is that if they can recognize these symptoms and want to change, they may be ready to mature into an alpha wolf, a whole different kind of man. An essential catalyst for this change usually comes from experiencing personal wounding: being overlooked for a promotion, feeling redundant, losing a friend or status or perhaps sacrificing a former identity to parenthood. Ultimately, the true test is how he faces such failure and deals with his emotions without labeling himself as weak. The hallmark of mature manhood is how a guy acknowledges his diminishment, not how he manages success. When he stops hiding from himself, signs of his emerging as a mature hero, an alpha wolf, will appear.
He’ll recognize that he makes mistakes, absorb and acknowledge his vulnerability, admit he doesn’t know all the answers and become comfortable with this loss of control. These are the lessons a man must learn to become a more realistic, whole and three-dimensional individual. How he reacts to setbacks and takes responsibility for his actions molds character and helps him take his rightful place in society, rather than a false position. Instead of being obsessed by competing for things and one-upmanship in the material world like an alpha boy, the alpha wolf grows up by adding strong spirituality and compassion to his life skills. He sees the bigger picture, and by viewing people as friends rather than rivals, is better able to forge mature, loving relationships and be a better father. Our sons need to be exposed to emotionally intelligent role models and discussions of attendant values and traits. It’s not a simple or easy path, but it’s an essential process for boys and men that benefits them and everyone in their lives. Nick Clements is an inspirational speaker, workshop leader and author of a trilogy of books on male spirituality and rites of passage, including his recent novel, The Alpha Wolf, A Tale About the Modern Male. He also blogs on masculinity at HuffingtonPost.co.uk/nick-clements. Learn more at Nick-Clements.com. natural awakenings
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Telling Your Pet’s Story Scrapbooks Strut their Stuff by Sandra Murphy
or many, handwritten letters bundled with ribbon, pressed flowers and fading photographs have been replaced by emails, computerized cards and digital images, with the notable exception of scrapbooks. A scrapbook, done right, is a memorabilia treasure chest. Pages are embellished, decorated and personalized to bring memories alive. Pets get to strut their stuff, too. Mary Anne Benedetto, author of Write Your Pet’s Life Story in 7 Easy Steps, in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, says that no matter the species, each pet has special qualities or quirks and a tale to tell. Liisa Kyle, Ph.D., founder of CoachingForCreativePeople.com, in Seattle, Washington, also trains candidates for Guide Dogs for the Blind. “The pup comes to me at 8 weeks old and moves on a year or more later,” says Kyle. “It’s traditional, and a big deal, to give the dog’s new person a gift when the transfer is made. For the first pup, I made a memory book starting from his first days with us. Bright white paper behind each photo highlighted the contrast so the man, who had minimal vision, could see the pictures. People are curious about service animals, so he carries the book to show it around. It’s a fun way to edu-
cate people about the guide dogs program.” Anne Moss, owner of TheCatSite.com, based in Pardes Hana, Israel, says scrapbooking is a recurrent theme in the site’s forums. “Our members tend to be computer savvy and create online pages for their cats. Yet many don’t want to give up the handson experience of scrapbooking; it gives them a special way to preserve memories of or create a long-lasting tribute for their beloved cats.” One member posted about a shadow box she’d made to display favorite toys and photos; another used camping-themed stickers around a
photo of the cat napping in a kitty tent. “I started taking pictures of my Bernese mountain dog, Chance, when he first came to me,” says Yvette Schmitter, an entrepreneurial software programmer in New York City. “We dress in matching costumes like Fiona and Shrek, Princess Leia and Yoda, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It’s a creative outlet after writing computer code all day and a good excuse to play together.” Schmitter places the photos in pre-made greeting cards and has a current mailing list that exceeds 250, including the doorman, neighbors, the vet and groomer, friends and family. “The deli guy told me he looks forward to each holiday just to see what we’ve come up with. That’s what motivates me; our fun photos can make somebody’s day better.” Heather Post, owner of The Etiquette Seed, in Daytona Beach, Florida, specializes in coaching and speaking engagements. When her in-laws traveled to their summer home, she made a scrapbooklet for them. “It showed Sophie, our rescue terrier, at the door, window or in the car, with rhyming captions that said she missed them.” Post sends similar photo “stories” to her daughter, Meghan,
Savvy Scrapbooking by Sandy Murphy Yvette Schmitter keeps her dog’s photo sessions short because, “Chance pouts after 20 minutes.” If a large dog looks intimidating, soften its appearance by adding a bright bandana, hat or goofy sunglasses. Liisa Kyle took weekly photos of a pup to show its growth. Joanna Campbell Slan, author of the Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-n-Craft mystery book series, offers several additional tips. now in college; a cousin’s daughter even took Sophie’s Halloween photo to preschool for show and tell. Whichever forum we choose, stages and phases of a pet’s life can be celebrated with a lock of hair, paw print, obedience school certificate and lots of photos. After all, a pet is part of the family. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouis FreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.
n Take photos from the pet’s eye level instead of from above. n For a dark-haired pet, use a contrasting background; a colorful blanket or pale wall makes it stand out. n Add texture by layering papers and adding trinkets and creative captions. n Notes from a groomer can make a cute addition. n Catalog the words a pet knows on a designated page. Go beyond the obvious command words.
Stand Up Paddleboards Spell Family Fun by Lauressa Nelson
ost kids growing up in Chattanooga have crossed the Tennessee River via the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge; far fewer have been on the river beneath it,” remarks Mark Baldwin, owner of area paddle sports outfitter L2 Boards. Using stand up paddleboards (SUP), he loves guiding adults and children on their own up-close discoveries of the river’s cliffs, caves, fish, turtles and birds. Waterways are enchanting at any age, and SUP recreation naturally tends to inspire creative quests. Its physical and developmental benefits are a bonus. “The stand up paddleboard is the bicycle of the water. Because paddleboarding can be done at any age and fitness level, the whole family can enjoy it together,” says Kristin Thomas, a mother of three in Laguna Beach, California, SUP race champion and executive director of the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association. “Children are fascinated by the play of the water and the motion of the board. Parents can acclimate an infant to flat-water paddling by simply creating a well of towels onboard, with the baby snuggled between the 54
feet, looking up at them,” advises Lili Colby, owner of MTI Adventurewear, near Boston, Massachusetts, which makes life jackets for paddle sports. She notes that U.S. Coast Guard law requires that children 30 pounds and under wear infant life jackets to provide special head and neck support that turns a baby’s face up with an open airway within three seconds of entering the water. It’s a good idea to first practice paddling short distances in shallow waters near the shore. Toddlers are more likely to lean overboard to play in the water, Colby cautions, so engaging in nature-inspired games along the way will help occupy them onboard. “Young children introduced to water sports in the context of positive family interaction typically become eager to paddle on their own,” observes Tina Fetten, owner of Southern Tier Stand Up Paddle Corp., who leads a variety of SUP experiences throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania. “If they are strong swimmers, I bring them on a large board with me and teach them the skills for independent paddling.” Although SUP boards look like
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surfboards, stand up paddling is commonly taught on flat water, making it easier and more stable than surfing. Still, swimming competence and adult supervision are prerequisites to independent paddling according to paramedic Bob Pratt, co-founder of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which leads water safety classes in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. “Parents should outfit all children with a life jacket, Coast Guard-approved for their age and weight, as well as a leash, which attaches to their ankle and the board with Velcro straps,” Pratt says. “If children fall into the water, a tug of the leash enables them to quickly retrieve their largest floatation device, the board.” Experts agree that success is relatively easy, so children build confidence quickly. The sport can be adapted to suit individual needs and positions, including moving from standing to sitting or kneeling, says Fetten, who teaches adaptive SUP lessons in a community pool. As she sees firsthand, “All children, especially those with disabilities, benefit from the empowering feeling of attaining independent success.” “A water-based sport is the healthiest outlet children can have,” attests Wesley Stewart, founder of Urban Surf 4 Kids, a San Diego nonprofit that offers free SUP and surf clinics for foster children. “Being on the water requires kids to focus on what they’re doing and has the ability to clear their minds and give them freedom. It’s like meditation. Plus, SUP is a low-impact, cross-training cardio activity; it works every part of the body.” Beyond the basic benefits, SUP keeps children engaged by offering endless opportunities to explore the geographic and ecological diversity of different types of waterways. SUP activities and levels can grow along with children; teens can try yoga on water, competitive racing and the advanced challenges of surfing. Fitness is a bonus to the rewarding ability to propel one’s self through the water. SUP enthusiast Lauressa Nelson is a freelance writer in Orlando, FL, and a contributing editor for Natural Awakenings.
energy orientation and how it impacts your life, group past-life regressions, spiritual guide and animal messages, crystal energy, medical intuition and healing, relationships and more. Personal consultations and enhancements available. Rejuvenations Center, Sarasota. 770-885-5619 or 941-554-8657. SpiritualSymposiums.com or RejuvenationsCenter. com. See ad on page 47 and news brief on page 12.
MONDAY, JUNE 2 Mini Me Yoga – 10am-12pm. Moms, dads, teachers, caregivers; the daily practice of yoga for children is a wonderful benefit in so many ways. Adults will learn how to bring this yoga practice home to their children. Fun, interactive, easy to learn. $25 and receive a free set of Magick Yoga Cards. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. RSVP: 272-5168.
Birth Story Party – 3pm. Join postpartum moms in the retelling of their birth stories. This storytelling forum is open to any mom that wishes to share her birth story with other moms. A great way to meet new friends. Free. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. RSVP: FBCNaples@gmail.com.
Mini Readings – 5:30-8:30pm. With Candyce Strafford. $20/10 minutes. Daniela’s Restaurant, 13500 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 514-4414.
TUESDAY, JUNE 3 Intro to Wicca – 7pm. 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. With Jennifer Stevens. Whether you have never meditated or have years of experience, this class will provide you the opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen your practice in a supportive and relaxed environment. Free. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 Zyto Scanning – 11am-4pm. With Bethanny Gonzalez. Get scanned and learn your best foods and best essential oils. $30. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Are We Really Too Busy to Eat Good Food? – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. We have been increasingly programmed to eat food that is quick and easy, with little or no cooking required. Let’s look at how that’s going. Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600. DebPost.com. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A
Natural Awakenings’ 20th Anniversary Celebration: Emily Ziff-Levine (left), Sharon Bruckman (center) and Marjorie Ziff-Levine Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 06/20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
THURSDAY, JUNE 5 Reiki Level I – 2pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, aura, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Ancestral Wisdom – 6:30-8pm. With Leonor Reales. Using her indigenous ancestor wisdom from Tayrona culture, Reales leads you on a journey to help you find ways of reclaiming your natural power in facing physical, emotional and spiritual challenges. Free. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 6 The Awakening Seminar – June 6-9. Join worldrenowned awakener Jay Essex and medical intuitive/psychic Catherine Byers to discover your core
SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Reiki Clinic – 9am-12pm. Unique opportunity to receive a private 45-minte Reiki session by a volunteer practitioner at an affordable rate ($75 value). Reduce stress, boost stamina, recover peace and balance. $11 fee offsets center’s costs. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 202, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. NaplesReallyReallyFree.WikiSpaces.com. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 11:30am-4pm. A fascinating journey through one drop of blood. Check the condition of your red and white blood cells, the activity of your white blood cells, results of toxicity, the presence of fungus and many other findings. $45. The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 17, Ft Myers. RSVP: Terry Foster: 9355093. TheSkinnyPantry.com. Be A Yes! Backbending Workshop – 1-3pm. With Andrea Sanchez. Explore how to open your heart by saying yes to life through the freedom of backbends. $30. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com. Zen Breathwork Intensive – 1:30-3:30pm. With Sensei Al Rapaport. Learn a simple technique that often results in substantial deepening of yoga and meditation practice, as well as increased clarity,
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joy and bliss. $30 or $45 if combined with Sunday Zen Mind Training Workshop. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free charts available. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am, 1pm and 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher levels of awareness as you begin to experience your multidimensionality. Let the loving harmonics expand your soul into the new light codes. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $10. Winterview Ct, 2960 Immokalee Rd, Ste 3, Naples. 398-3953. ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Can My Attitude Change the Experiences in My Life? SW Florida Eckankar Center, 16387 S Tamiami Tr, Ste H, 2nd floor, Ft Myers. 482-4034.
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Expect A Miracle: A Forgiveness Workshop – 1-4pm. With Ester Nicholson, author of Soul Recovery – 12 Keys to Healing Addiction. Learn how to distinguish between healthy anger and resentment, get in touch with and heal core wounds, how to break spiritual agreements with false beliefs, how to connect with your inner child in a loving way and more. $35. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. See news brief, page 8. Zen Mind Training Workshop – 2-4pm. With Sensei Al Rapaport. In the fast-paced, frenetic world we live in, it is easy to lose track of what our life is really about. Zen meditation and mind training is a way to counter this tendency by focusing on body sensation and awareness of the present moment. $25 or $45 if combined with Saturday Zen Breathwork Intensive. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 9 Mpower Warrior Sculpt – 9am. Get ready to transform your mind and body with this heart-pumping, muscle sculpting fitness party. Combines segments of strength, power, resistance, cardio, core and yoga and works your entire body and will achieve mind-blowing results. First class is $5. Mpower Studio, 2800 Davis Blvd, Ste 100, Naples. 249-1304. MPowerStudio.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 10 Multi-Level Integrative Yoga – 5:30pm. This all-levels anusara-based class is a therapeutic, alignment-based yoga that focuses on the five principles of alignment. You will enjoy freedom from back and shoulder pain, increased flexibility and strength. Mpower Studio, 2800 Davis Blvd, Ste 100, Naples. 249-1304. MPowerStudio.com. Talk on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 5:30pm. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress reduction course using mindfulness, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical Center. Free. 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. RSVP: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See news brief, page 10.
Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Learn the benefits, techniques for positioning and latching on, timing and frequency of feeds. 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: NaplesBirthCenter.com or FBCNaples@gmail.com.
Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. Advance registration required: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness. net. See news brief, page 10. Full Moon Sacred Sounds: Honoring the Temple – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Experience the energy of vibrational awakening, cosmic connection. Sacred sounds of the empowering gongs and bowls accelerate energetic healing, spiritual awakenings and immersion into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. $15. Anahata, 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 262-0811. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Non-GMO Nutrition Seminar – 6pm. With Dr Gary Gendron. Learn what GMOs are really doing to your health. Attendees receive 10 percent off their purchases night of event. Free. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins and More, 877 91st Ave N, Ste 4, Naples. RSVP: 596-9017. GenesisNonGMO.com. Reiki Level I – 7pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, aura, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Inspiring Healthy Living – 7-8pm. With Richard Dubois, MD. Chronic disease is the public health challenge of the 21st century. Learn about the power of whole food nutrition in disease prevention, as well as current medical literature establishing the importance of antioxidants from whole food sources in preventing degenerative disease. Free. The Embassy Suites, 10450 Corkscrew Commons Dr, Estero. Info/RSVP: Laura Lee: 287-6254 or LauraLeeFriday@me.com. See ad on page 17 and news brief on page 11.
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THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing, prosperity and more. A personal candle will be made. $30 includes supplies. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Meditation: Living the Present Moment – 6-7pm. Dr Joel Ying, MD guides meditation to calm the mind and heal the body. All welcome. $10 donation. 2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 200-6796. JoyHealthWellness.com. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course – 6-8pm. Thursdays through Aug 7. Eightweek stress reduction course in mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical Center. Classes, day retreat, audio recordings. $530. 3372
Seraphim Blueprint Lecture – 7pm. With JoAnn Rahl, Seraphim Blueprint teacher. Learn about the Seraphim Blueprint, a system that teaches how to activate universal energies for healing and selfrealization and sample a taste of the Seraphim healing energies in a peaceful meditative setting. Conscious Posture Studio, 501 Goodlette Rd, Ste D304, Naples. Preregister: 777-2597.
FRIDAY, JUNE 13 Water Life Art Opening and Full Moon Community Drum Circle – 6-9pm. Featuring the works of Christina Wyatt and Karen Swanker. Free. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. See ad, page 19. 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, JUNE 14 Reiki Class – June 14-15. All levels. Anyone can
learn to share Reiki. No special background, knowledge, spiritual belief or unusual gift is required. Manna Reading Center, Ft Myers. Preregister: 941-753-5138. 2014 Naples Cyclery Junior Triathlon – 8am. Triathlon for kids 7-13. $17 entry fee. No child turned away. Presented by T2 Multisport. North Collier Regional Park, Naples. Info: 566-0600. NaplesTriathletes.com. Psychic and Healing Faire – 12-4pm. Naples’ largest ongoing monthly psychic faire. Staff and special guests gather to offer 20-minute appointments at discounted prices. A great way for the community to sample the eclectic offerings at Anahata. Free entry. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. 262-0811. AnahataNaples.com. The Unresolved Thyroid Seminar – 1pm. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC, DM(P). Learn about a drugfree alternative. Free. Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste 255, Bonita. Seating limited; reserve: 444-3106. See ad on back cover. The Power of Letting Go – 1-3pm. With Eve Glore. Discover the secret of how to drop whatever is keeping you from finding your greatest joy and living your most fulfilling life. Learn how to let go of limiting beliefs and patterns such as fear and stress in favor of a new order of consciousness. $65 includes supplies. Drinks and light snacks will be provided. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Preregister required: 233-4818 or ProtectedGate@live.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 15 Remove and Restore – 3:30-5:30pm. With Linda Hutzler and Jacqueline Glasgow. In this workshop we will explore creative gentle flowing movements, leading into restorative yoga poses to restore your greater sense of self. Removing the obstacles that get in the way both physically and emotionally, better allow us to surrender, let go and restore body, mind and soul. $35 preregistration. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 16 Reflexology Class – 9am-3:30pm with lunch break. The ancient art and practice of reflexology uses specific points on the feet and hands to enhance the natural healing abilities of the body’s corresponding organs and glands. Learn these simple, effective techniques for keeping the body in balance. $100. 6 CEUs Fl and NCTMB. Naples. Preregister/Alvina: 732-266-5276.
TUESDAY, JUNE 17 Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and how an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 41. Mpower Barre – 4pm. An addictive, total body workout that will strengthen and tone your muscles. A fusion of a dancer’s workout and muscle strengthening exercises, you will get results fast and have fun doing it. Mpower Studio, 2800 Davis Blvd, Ste 100, Naples. 249-1304. MPowerStudio.com. Medicine Cabinet Makeover – 7:30-8:30pm. With Dr Michelle Brown, acupuncturist. Learn healthier alternatives to over-the-counter drugs and pharmaceuticals. Free. The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 17, Ft Myers. Terry Foster: 9355093. TheSkinnyPantry.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Gentle Yoga – 9am. This class is structured around rejuvenating and healing the body. Yoga props such as blankets, blocks and straps are often used and allow the body to fully achieve each position comfortably, releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles. Mpower Studio, 2800 Davis Blvd, Ste 100, Naples. 249-1304. MPowerStudio.com. Summer Kid’s Yoga – 11am. Wednesdays with Samantha Banks, Kids Yoga instructor. Children love the fun and benefits of yoga such as breath work, meditation, focus and physical movement. Ages 6-10. $15. Drop-ins welcome. Integrative
Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102. Bonita Springs. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Are You Weight-Loss Resistant? – 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron. Learn about common foods, environmental toxins and habits which keep you from losing weight. If you are having trouble losing weight, yet you are eating healthy, learn more. Free. Whole Foods, Naples. RSVP: 947-1177. Vitamin Deficiencies That Lead to Incorrect Diagnosis and Medication – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. Rampant subclinical vitamin deficiencies can lead so many to their medical professionals to prescribe drugs versus correcting the real problems, so how do you know? Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600. DebPost.com. Guided Meditation – 7pm. Let the stress of the season melt away with a guided meditation. The group will decide which ones we use. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Nutrition Class – 7pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Free. The Family Birth Center, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. Preregister: FBCNaples@gmail.com
THURSDAY, JUNE 19 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Corke will give out the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Let the office know if you would like a tour or have questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com. Multi-Level Flow Yoga – 9:15am. This class incorporates an eclectic mix of core work, breath awareness, yogic philosophy and vinyasa flow, a moving meditation to access the mind, body, spirit connection and to energize and enliven the body, as well as strengthen and stretch the muscles. Mpower Studio, 2800 Davis Blvd, Ste 100, Naples. 249-1304. MPowerStudio.com. Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 06/26. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Meditation, Stretching, Breathing Class – 6pm. With essential oils class. $5. Alternative Natural Healthcare, 16517 Vanderbilt Dr, Ste 3, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 947-6234. Energy Healing Cabinet – 6:30-8pm. With RM Silvia Casabianca, LMHC and LMT. Cultivate your health. Explore how aromatherapy, flower essences, pendulums, electromagnetic shields, intuitive qigong and mindful movement can boost your energy and immunity naturally. No lecture, hands-on, demos. $7. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. The Coventina: Water Goddess – 7-8:30pm. A meditation and healing circle with Pam Bzoch working with the spirit of the Springs. $20. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. See ad, page 19. Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-8:30pm. Healing and messages from the Emissaries of Light and Archangel Michael. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. $25. Daniela’s Restaurant, 13500 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. 949-3387.
broken heart, offer solace in times of grief and bring peace and calm. Free. The Grind, 16250 Summerlin Rd, Ste 101, Ft Myers. 482-4034.
FRIDAY, JUNE 20 Mini Readings – 10am-3pm. With Candyce Strafford. $25/15 minutes. Summer Day Market and Café, Marco Island Towne Center. 394-8361. See ad, page 65.
Tea Leaf Reading: The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for personal use and for others. Receive a free tea leaf reading. A tea party with extras. $30 includes supplies. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SATURDAY, JUNE 21 Celebrate Summer Paddleboard Workshop – 8:309:30am. With Andrea Sanchez. Whether you’re new to paddleboarding or have your own board, this class is for anyone looking for a great experience in beautiful surroundings. Space is limited and prepayment and registration required. Additional fees apply for state park entrance. $40 includes board rental or $25 without board. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples. Info: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With Silvia Casabianca. Become a Reiki practitioner to others and self. History, principles, energetic anatomy, healing vs curing, hand positions, attunements. $155. 12 Fl CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMT, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Get a spiritual tune-up with gifted readers and healers. Psychic readings, mediums, healers, tarot readings, jewelry, books, candles, sage, crystals, incense, angels. 25 min/$25. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com. The Unresolved Thyroid Seminar – 1pm. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC, DM(P). Learn about a drugfree alternative. Free. Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste 255, Bonita. Seating limited; reserve: 444-3106. See ad on back cover. Psychic Fair – 1-4pm. Join us on the third Saturday of each month. We gather Naples’ favorite psychics to offer mini readings (15 mins) for you and/or your pets. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Crystal and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Vino Vinyasa – 4-5:30pm. With Jennifer Winter. Vinyasa Flow Yoga followed by wine tasting. Enlighten your mind, work your body and then delight your taste buds. $25 preregistration. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 26 Natural Awakenings’ 20th Anniversary Celebration: Janet Weisberg (left) and Patricia Acerra Mangrove Gathering Eco-Café – 7pm. Hosted by John Kiseda. Gather with local environmentalists to share recent news and actions and dance and drum with Heidi and James’ Natural Spirit. Bring a friend, coffee mug and food to share. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.
MONDAY, JUNE 23 Abiding in Mindfulness: The Body – 6-7:30pm. Listen to recorded lecture by American Buddhist scholar, Joseph Goldstein, on the Satipatthana Sutta. Considered the core of Buddha’s teachings on the four foundations of mindfulness. Followed by meditation and discussion. Donation. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
TUESDAY, JUNE 24 Introduction to Mindfulness – 6-7pm. Tuesdays through July 15. Have you heard the benefits of mindfulness meditation? Want to cultivate more peace and less stress? Four-week introductory series on the basics of mindfulness. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102. Bonita Springs. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Corke will give out the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Let the office know if you would like a tour or have questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com. Community HU Sing – 3pm. HU is an ancient name for God. Singing HU is for people of any belief or background. It can expand your awareness, heal a
Massage Convention and Trade Show – June 26-29. Largest trade show of its kind with outstanding continuing education classes and tons of fun. Sponsored by Florida State Massage Therapy Association. Renaissance Orlando at Sea World, Orlando. myfsmta.org. See ad, page 57. Meditation: Living the Present Moment – 6-7pm. Dr Joel Ying, MD, guides meditation to calm the mind and heal the body. All welcome. $10 donation. 2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 200-6796. JoyHealthWellness.com. New Moon Sacred Sound Intention Evocation – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Align with the still, small voice within that opens through the portal of the sacred sounds of the empowering gongs and blissful bowls. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. Suggested $15 love offering. Light the Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. Seraphim Blueprint Lecture – 7pm. With JoAnn Rahl, Seraphim Blueprint teacher. Learn about the Seraphim Blueprint, a system that teaches how to activate universal energies for healing and selfrealization and sample a taste of the Seraphim healing energies in a peaceful meditative setting. Conscious Posture Studio, 501 Goodlette Rd, Ste D304, Naples. Preregister: 777-2597.
FRIDAY, JUNE 27 Movement and Breath for Labor – 6-7:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi at Aum Yoga Naples to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing activities. $25. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Preregister: AumYogaNaples@gmail.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 28 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 min for $25. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Readings – 11am-6pm. Hour or half-hour long sessions with psychic/medium Candyce Strafford. Saith Seren, 4910 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. 262-7007. The Mastery of Creating and Delivering Impactful Workshops – 1-6pm. With Kiersten Mooney. In this master series you will learn how to develop world-class workshops and programs such as leading themed master classes, specific, focused workshops, all day and weekend immersions, the 40 Days to Personal Revolution Program by Baron Baptiste, creative 30-day challenges. $125. Yoga Alliance CEUs available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Hot Medical Topic Lecture – 12:30-1:30pm. Massage Therapy and Medical Marijuana with Dr Adam Levine. Florida Massage Convention and Trade Show, Orlando. Info/register: myfsmta.org. Are You Weight-Loss Resistant? – 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron. Learn about common foods, environmental toxins and habits which keep you from losing weight. If you are having trouble losing weight, yet you are eating healthy, learn more. Free. Food & Thought, Naples. RSVP: 947-1177.
SUNDAY, JUNE 29 Community Yoga Class – 9am. Experience the beauty of nature on the open air deck. Class taught by our local yoga community. Meets one Sunday of each month. Stay for tea in the orchid garden afterwards. All levels welcome. Free. Cypress Cove, Golden Gate Estates. RSVP/Directions: 777-0186. Unity Through Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. With
Andrea Sanchez. Sanchez just returned from assisting the Africa Yoga Project teacher training in Nairobi, Kenya, and is excited to share her experience and vinyasa class, highlighting the unifying power of yoga. Free. Lululemon at Waterside Shops, 5435 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. Info: 598-1938. BVYoga.com.
plan ahead TUESDAY, JULY 1 The Ultimate Yoga Teacher Training – 290 hours of tactical yoga training taught by Yoga Alliance certified teachers. Ray of Light Yoga designation. School curriculum includes body anatomy, first-aid assistance, teen and adult suicide prevention, family matters counseling, healthy food preparation and consumption, ayurveda and other holistic medicine, yoga philosophy, yoga pedagogy and business ownership skills. $3,900. Raja Ashtanga School of Yoga at Enlight Center, Bonita Springs. Yogi Jivamuktananda: 434-0099. RajaAshtangaYoga.org.
FRIDAY, JULY 11 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – July 11-26. With Kiersten Mooney and Luca Richards. A 200-hour, two-week intensive teacher training certification. Whether you are a student ready to evolve into a teacher, a teacher ready to discover a fresh and impactful way of teaching, or a student ready to dive deeper into your yoga practice, you will find
it here. Bala Vinyasa Yoga Coral Gables, 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Miami. Info: 786-953-7709 or BVYoga.com. See ad, page ##.
SATURDAY, JULY 12 2014 Naples Cyclery Junior Triathlon – 8am. Triathlon for kids 7-13. $17 entry fee. No child turned away. Presented by T2 Multisport. North Collier Regional Park, Naples. Info: 566-0600. NaplesTriathletes.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 18 Open House and The Mindfulness Movie – 6pm. Meet our practitioners, see the studio and watch the documentary film The Mindfulness Movie on the growing body of worldwide brain research establishing the many benefits of mindfulness. Refreshments provided. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. RSVP: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 2014 Naples Cyclery Junior Triathlon – 8am. Triathlon for kids 7-13. $17 entry fee. No child turned away. Presented by T2 Multisport. North Collier Regional Park, Naples. Info: 566-0600. NaplesTriathletes.com.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 28 Tall Tales – 1-3pm. Learn about this quintessential American art form, its history, characteristics and modern expression in storytellers like Garrison Keillor. Free. Hodges University, 2655 Northbrooke Dr, Naples. 267-6480. See article, page 39.
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Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org.
sunday Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister. Susie Hulcher, music. Children’s ministry. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 2781511. UnityOfFortMyers.org.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org. Basket Weaving Class – 1pm. Meets every odd Sunday. Projects include market, spindle-and-egg basket styles and multiple variations. $30-$65, based on project. Sassis Showroom, 2068 J&C Blvd, Naples. Info/RSVP: 449-8417. OrganicEffort.com.
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: SouthFloridaAl-Anon.org.
Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588.
childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. email@example.com. uunaples.org.
Natural Awakenings’ 20th Anniversary Celebration: Kimberly Rodgers (left) and Carrie Sopko Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and
Mindfulness Meditation Classes – 5:30-7:30pm. Crystal-clear mindfulness meditation instruction and Buddhist philosophy. UUCFM, 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 910-6598. Info@MeditationFtMyers.com. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum Circle – 7-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Ft Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.
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Teen Integrative Coping Skills – 7-8:30pm. With Kimberly Rodgers, LCSW, RPT-S and Alison Slater, MSW. Psycho-education and skills practice. Mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal skills and emotion regulation. $800/16 weeks. Monarch Therapy, Naples. Register: 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com.
monday Power Vinyasa Yoga – 7:30-8:30am. Challenging yet accessible, power vinyasa flow is led by both certified power yoga and Baptiste Vinyasa Yoga instructor Jacqueline Glasgow. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, Ste 206, N Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Liz Ross. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Laura Coccomo-Hajjar. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Gentle Movement and Meditation – 11am12:15pm. With JoAnn Rahl, BCSI. Learn how to relax and release chronic discomfort. $15. Conscious Posture, 501 Goodlette Rd, Ste D-304, Naples. Preregister: 777-2597. ConsciousPosture.co. Emotions Anonymous (EA) – 5:30-6:30pm. A 12-step program. Recovery work from emotional difficulties. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Ron: 450-1662. Slow Flow Restorative Yoga – 6-7:15pm. With Nicole Hills. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard W Rosen. $195 plus materials ($20). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Budukon Inspired Flow – 7:15-8:15pm. With Wendy Campbell. Learn components of the Budokon series and weave them together into a flow that will challenge your body and mind. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, Ste 206, N Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com.
Natural Awakenings’ 20th Anniversary Celebration: Lynn Thomas (left) and Candyce Strafford Iyengar Yoga – 6:30pm. With Marjorie. Beginners to advanced. Paced and personalized. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Gurdjieff Fourth Way Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of GI Gurdjieff with readings and discussions. Introductory sessions meet at Unity Church of Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org.
tuesday La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Tue. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Summit Church, 19601 Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy, Ft Myers. 489-3095. lllflorida.com. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Carol: 676-7793. Five Dollar Yoga – 4-5pm. All levels vinyasa flow with Tania Melkonian. $5. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, Ste 206, N Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Quiet your mind, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Melissa Saitta. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at
Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com.
dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Church of Christ, 368 Herron Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910.
Hatha Yoga – 6:30pm. With Chris Neal. All levels. Stretch to improve health, well-being and performance. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com.
Basket Weaving Class – 4pm. Meets every odd Thurs. Projects include market, spindle-and-egg basket styles and multiple variations. $30-$65, based on project. Sassis Showroom, 2068 J&C Blvd, Naples. Info/RSVP: 449-8417. OrganicEffort.com.
Men’s Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899.
Five Dollar Yoga – 4-5pm. All levels vinyasa flow with Jennifer Winter. $5. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, Ste 206, N Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org.
wednesday Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Meditation in Motion Series – 9am, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12pm. Ongoing yoga, tai chi and meditation classes in nature. Bring a mat. $12 class donation/class packages available. Happehatchee Center, Peace Pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. RSVP: 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Baby & Me – 9-10am. With Lizz Cohoon. Ages 6 weeks to 1 year. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com. Yamuna Body Rolling Class – 9-10am. $18. Self-massage techniques to create space back into the body and tone muscles. Call to reserve balls. Arthur Murray Dance Center, Naples. Patti: 649-0814. Art and Nature Wednesday – 10am-4pm. Tour and enjoy the scenic views on the historic property and buildings. $10 admission, under 18 free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, downtown Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. See ad, page 19. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 676-7793. Quilting for Healing and Empowerment – 10am12pm. With Mary Ann Whalen, LCSW. Day/time adjustable based on interest. For individuals healing from trauma. Create a quilt symbolic of empowerment. $150/six weeks. Monarch Therapy, Naples. Register: 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Gentle Movement and Meditation – 11am12:15pm. With JoAnn Rahl, BCSI. Learn how to relax and release chronic discomfort. $15. Conscious Posture, 501 Goodlette Rd, Ste D-304, Naples. Preregister: 777-2597. ConsciousPosture.co.
Natural Awakenings’ 20th Anniversary Celebration: John Patton (left), Cynthia Patton (center) and Karen Beatty Readings – 11am-4pm. Come sit with Shamanic Reiki Master Bethanny Gonzalez to gain greater understanding of what’s going on. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. 1st Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Yoga Class – 6-7pm. Beginner to intermediate. $10. Thomas Edison Congregational Church, 1619 Llewellyn Dr, Ft Myers. 244-7717. Medical Qigong – 6:30pm. With Silvia Casabianca. Meditation and exercises. Holistic system that supports health and healing. Free for Eyes Wide Open students/clients. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 202, Bonita. 948-9444. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. Coral Vet Clinic 9540 Cypress Lake Dr, Ft Myers. 481-4746. ARTS Anonymous – 6:30-8pm. Only requirement is a desire to develop creative potential. Naples. For meeting location, Dennis: 608-345-2726. ArtsAnonymous.org. A Course in Miracles – 7-8pm. 2nd and 4th Wed. We read from the text and give our interpretation. Love offering. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita. 272-5456. A Course in Miracles – 7-8:30pm. With Amy Torres. Discover ways to heal and transform your relationships, dissolve anxiety and depression and more. $25 per class or four for $80. 2800 Davis Blvd, Ste 100, Naples. 249-1304. MPowerStudio.com. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 1st and 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968. Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 7:30pm. 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 1360 Royal Palm Sq Blvd, Ft Myers. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968.
Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Melissa Saitta. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. NIA Classes – 6-7pm. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, downtown Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. See ad, page 19. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 2nd and 4th Thurs. With Reiki Master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Meditation, brief treatment. Contribute healthy snack. Love offering. Eyes Wide Open Center, Bonita. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5001 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Sunset Beach Yoga – 7-8pm. With Amy Voelkl. Bala Vinyasa at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. Info: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Stress-Less – 7-8:30pm. Release, relax and transform. Build your healthy coping skills toolbox using breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. With rotating teachers. $20, $70/four weeks or no cost with other services. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Spiritual Connection, Guided Meditation and Messages – 7-9pm. With Candyce Strafford, psychic/medium. Connect to higher consciousness, be more intuitive and feel better. Love offering. Naples. 949-3387. Canbria@aol.com. Psychic and Spiritual Development – 7:30pm. Discussion, meditation and development exercises. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com.
friday Power Vinyasa Yoga – 7:30-8:30am. Challenging yet accessible, power vinyasa flow is led by both certified power yoga and Baptiste Vinyasa Yoga instructor Jacqueline Glasgow. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, Ste 206, N Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com.
Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Helen: 992-4864.
Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Liz Ross. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No
Meditation in Motion Series – 9am, 10:30am, 11:45am, noon. Ongoing yoga and qigong classes
Surge Training – 8am. Thirty-minute workout outdoors. Dress appropriately. Bring a water bottle. Free. Trinity Chiropractic, 2515 Northbrooke Plaza Dr, Ste 102, Naples. 597-6099 ext 10. MaximizedLivingNaples.com. Epiphany Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Bakery – 8am-2pm. Enjoy samples of all products. The Shoppes at Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market, NW Corner of Vanderbilt Beach and Airport Rd. 398-4428. EpiphanyGlutenFree.com.
Natural Awakenings’ 20th Anniversary Celebration: NA ofﬁce staff (left to right)— Amie Delozier, Stephen Gray-Blanchett, Kristina Long, Sharon Bruckman, Steve Hagewood and Heather Gibbs and Friday night circles (by donation) in nature. Bring a mat. $12 class donation/class packages available. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. RSVP: 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Friday Meditation – 10am. Join for a brief guided journey of self-discovery and serenity with Beth Rinella. Free. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. LaurieLLL@aol.com. Creative Dream Group – 10am-12pm. With Mary Ann Whalen, LCSW. Explore deeper meaning of dreams via creative expression. Journaling, painting, movement, mask-making, etc. $200/eight weeks. Monarch Therapy, Naples. Register: 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Liz Ross. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Co-Dependents Anonymous – 12pm. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Sally: 948-9162. Toddler and Me – 3:30-4:15pm. With Lizz Cohoon. Ages 1-4. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com. 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.
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Meditation in Motion Series – 9am, 10:30am and 11:45am, 12pm, 3:30pm. Ongoing yoga, tai chi, children’s yoga, meditation and drum classes. Bring a mat. $12 class donation/class packages available. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. RSVP: 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. ArtInLee.org. Sandwich Generation Support Group – 9:3011am. With Mary Ann Whalen, LCSW. For adults experiencing stress of caring for aging parents while raising children. Information, emotional support, speakers, relaxation, mindfulness and self-care. $15 drop-in. Monarch Therapy, Naples. RSVP: 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. La Leche League – 10am. 3rd Sat. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Lee County Public Library, Lehigh Acres. 823-8219.
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Patricia Acerra, LAc, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM), CCht 2335 9th St N, #303B, Naples 34103 239-659-9100 • HealthAndBeautyClinic.net Let me assist you in your journey to better health and higher consciousness using traditional and esoteric acupuncture; and clinical and transpersonal hypnotherapy. Serving Naples since 1994.
Axis Natural Medicine
Graydon Snow, AP, DOM Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Keri Garcia, LMT – Massage 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100; Fort Myers: 239-288-0900 All Natural Primary Care. Providing acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage therapy, biopuncture and B12 injections to treat pain, stress, insomnia, fibromyalgia, asthma and more. Come in for a free consultation to learn how we can help you feel well again. AP2378, MM29338.
ACUPUNCTURE/PSYCHOTHERAPY John E. Patton, Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Licensed Mental Health Counselor 971 Michigan Ave, Naples 34103 239-262-6828
Specialty: acupuncture, psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, saliva/urine screening, neurotransmitter imbalance. Therapy for general anxiety, depression, pain management, hormone imbalance, digestion, detoxification. Nutritional supplements, herbs. AP488/MH2616.
Acupuncture Care of Naples Charles Caccamesi, Acupuncture Physician, DOM 501 Goodlette Rd N, Unit D100, Naples 239-877-2531
New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 23 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
Acupuncture Center of Naples Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP , M.D. (China) 5683 Naples Blvd, Naples 34109 P: 239-513-9232 • F: 239-513-9293 Drcenacupuncture@gmail.com
Licensed acupuncture physician with 28 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Experienced in pain management, women’s health, insomnia, migraines, digestion issues and much more. See ad, page 41.
PHYLLIS C. WEBER, AP Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples 239-936-4199, Fort Myers
Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 45.
AYURVEDA Christina Carlin, Ayurvedic Practitioner
Ayurveda Clinic, Massage & Yoga Therapy Naples • 239-450-6903 Practicing holistic medicine since 1987. Specializing in highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle consulations, Massage and individual Yoga sessions for chronic and acute problems. Pancha Karma, Shirodhara and skin care. Ayurveda and Yoga Study program available. MA0023929, MM0008584, FB0716888. See ad, page 4.
BODYWORK Laura Barnes
Certified Advanced Rolfer™ Member – The Rolf Institute, since 1995 Member – The International Association of Structural Integrators, since 2004 2335 Tamiami Tr N, #206, Naples 239-825-8555 You can stand straighter, breathe deeply, move more easily with Rolfing®. Injuries, repetitive strain, even favorite sports and hobbies can create chronic tightness and pain; Rolfing unwinds patterns of pain and restriction. Call for free initial consultation and brief sample of the technique. MA32084/MM29763.
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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE DR JOEL YING, MD
2335 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 JoyHealthWellness.com Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic and integrated approach to health and wellness. My medical practice offers traditional medicine, alternative medicine, wellness coaching, craniosacral therapy and acupuncture. Visit website for yoga, tai chi and meditation classes or call for a consultation today.
astrology BOB MULLIGAN
239-261-2840 • TheAstrologyCompany.com Picture Plan for your future. Understand your past. Have a blueprint for your life. Bob is a professional astrologer with over 40 years’ experience in achieving success for his clients. Confidential and Objective. Astrology Consulting. See ad, page 63.
Enjoy a relaxing and healing massage to suit your needs. Integrating a lifetime of experience. Swedish, Zero Balancing, Process Acupressure, Reflexology, Reiki, Sports, Cranio-Sacral, Pregnancy. FL Provider #50-9777 – Classes.
Rolfed in Paradise, Inc.
Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples 8660 College Pkwy, Ste 230, Ft Myers RolfedInParadise@gmail.com 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions, or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152 MM28692 MM23793.
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PAUlA TeRRY, lMT
239-821-3088, by appt. (Collier & Lee) Trained at the Upledger Institute, Paula utilizes CranioSacral Therapy combined with HeartCentered Therapy, Somato Emotional Release™, Lymphatic Drainage, love and nurturement to foster the healing your body needs. MA35358.
THAI BOdYWORK Of NAPleS 593 104th St, Naples ThaiBodyworkOfNaples.com 419-708-5184 • 239-200-0680
Enjoy a fully-clothed movement and pressure massage that realigns both the physical body and subtle energetic systems. Excellent for yogis, athletes and the chronically stressed.
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Certified Advanced Rolfer Advanced Cranial Therapist Advanced Visceral Therapist Certified Movement Educator Naturopathic Wellness Consulting By Appointment: 239-272-6443 Over 30 years excelling in Quick Pain Relief. Specializing in Back Pain, Structural Integration & Alignment, All Joint Pain Related Issues, Mobility Improvement, Sports Injuries, Non- Chiropractic Spinal Release. MA36890.
CHIROPRACTOR NeTWORK CHIROPRACTOR
Dr. Michele Pelletiere 9138 Bonita Beach Rd (Sunshine Plaza) Bonita Springs • 239-949-1222 N.S.A. Practitioner level III. “Healing waves” release tension throughout the body, increasing wellness and quality of life, promoting new strategies for a healthy spine and nervous system.
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C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • RobynBerry.com Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Lymph Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/ Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 65.
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WIllIAM e. lOVeTT, ddS
860 111th Ave N, Ste 5, Naples 239-593-4911 • RestorativeDentist.com Dedicated to mercury-free dentistry for over 25 years, preserving teeth and gums for a lifetime, high quality restorative dentistry, and preventative measures with cancer patients during radiation and chemotherapy. See ad, page 9.
ROGeR J. PINT, MPH, dMd
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 BonitaDentalStudio.com Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 57.
eCO SPIRITUAl-CeNTeR HAPPeHATCHee CeNTeR
8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928 239-992-5455 Happehatchee.org Happehatchee is a sanctuary nestled in nature with yoga, Tai Chi, personal growth and drumming classes. The beautiful Peace Pavilion, Bamboo Studio and Labyrinth are rentable for ceremonies and workshops. Home of the Mangrove Gathering EcoCafes and the Happe Summer Eco-Camp.
eNeRGY HeAlING ReV. SUSAN ARCY, SPIRITUAl eNeRGY PRACTITIONeR
Naples Abundant Health Chiropractic Greentree Shopping Ctr, 2310 Immokalee Rd 239-287-7450 Techniques which include Chakra Color/Sound Tuning, Brazilian Light Energization, Crystal and other energy therapies (e.g., John of God crystal bed) are designed to release energy blocks and improve physical energy/health. Doctor of Metaphysics, Delphi University.
CORe STAR – JIM CRABTRee CoreStarEnergyHealing.com 239-597-7372
Graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Jim has conducted more than 9,000 healing sessions, using many techniques to help restructure the energy body and restore health.
MAUReeN SANdeRS, THe HORSe SHAMAN
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fOOd & THOUGHT ORGANIC fARM MARKeT & CAfÉ
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Ft Myers: 12901 McGregor Blvd, Ste 5 239-337-7979 • PizzaFusion.com/FortMyers and Naples: 2146 Tamiami Tr N 239-262-8111 • PizzaFusion.com/Naples Pizza Fusion offers gourmet pizza, organic, gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free entrees, desserts, beers and wines, and eco-friendly dining. Dine in, take out, delivery within five-mile radius. Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-9pm. See ad, page 53.
141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • WynnsOnline.com
Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 26.
18500 State Rd 31, Alva, FL 33920 239-313-8213 • 31Produce.com Family owned U-Pick Farm. Open all year-round from 9am5:30pm everyday! Farmers’ Market selling our produce along with local farms produce and local artist crafts, crystals and furniture. See ad, page 60.
eYeS WIde OPeN CeNTeR
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Regain Body Wisdom! Looking to eat healthier, reduce stress, recover joy, find purpose in life? Come for counseling & art therapy (individuals, couples & families); Nutrition Education; Medical QiGong; Trager Approach®, Massage, Reflexology; Reiki classes & sessions, and free Reiki circles on 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. CEUs. Call ahead. MM21921.
9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C Fort Myers, FL 33919 239-333-1450 • AssuageCenters.com The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 49.
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CONCeRNed HeAlTH AlTeRNATIVeS Lynn D. Thomas, RN, CHt, Director Certified Medical Clinical Hypnotherapist & Energy Practitioner 239-494-1363 • HypnosisBasics.com
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Lucy Finch Certified Crystal Healer Seraphim Blueprint Teacher 532 Park St, Naples, FL 34102 239-430-0654 Stand in the healing center surrounded by chakra balancing crystals and receive refreshing reenergizing relief. Enjoy the eclectic variety of jazzy jewelry, art and specimen rocks, crystals and healing tools. See ad, page 37.
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A Tarot reading is a gift to the soul. It provides positive information to encourage you towards spiritual growth and peace. $60/hour and a complimentary Biomat treatment.
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CRISTINA ANSARI, HC
Certified Holistic Health Practitioner 5385 Park Central Ct, Naples FL 239-595-1670 • BogdanaWellness.com Non-invasive, accurate body analysis for heavy metals, parasite, fungus and other health challenges. Pain-free allergy testing and treatment, kinesiology, digestion and thyroid health, nutrition evaluation and individualized diet counseling.
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State Board Certified Expert and Specialist in Nutrition. We use an individual, customized and systemic approach. Consult, exam and reassessment for optimum results. See ad, page 2.
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Offering a unique holistic approach to personal training, helping to improve all aspects of one’s life. Includes: cardio fitness, strength training, yoga, nutrition counseling, life and meditation coaching. Also specializing in sports specific and mental skills training.
PHYSICAl THeRAPY INNeRCONNeCTIONS
Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D InnerConnectionsPT.com Naples: 239-398-3154
Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years 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 4.
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Authentic Original Method of Pilates is taught at our studio. Te a c h e r s a r e a l l classically trained in the Original Method. We offer private, semi-private, and group classes.
Graduate and postgraduate from Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China, with more than 9 years practical experience both in USA and China, Dr.Wei Jiang is a professional tuina and massage therapist of TCM. See ad, page 4.
13010 Metro Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33966 239-910-0638 or 239-561-0295 FitOnMove.com
Dr. Jiang Wei, MA70602 803 Myrtle Terrace, Naples 239-298-2886
JOHN J. AdleR, dPM
1722 Del Prado Blvd S, Ste 12, Cape Coral 239-573-9200 • ccfootdr.com Specializing in painless, noninvasive treatment promoting a natural approach to healthy living. Gentle homeopathic management for foot and ankle problems. Traumeel, Prolo Therapy. Boardcertified.
YOGA BAlA VINYASA YOGA
bvYoga.com • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples New South Naples location. Baptiste Power Vinyasa Affiliate studio. 100and 300-hour Registered Yoga School (RYS). Daily classes, monthly workshops and private sessions with excep-tional teachers, plus massage therapy and BV Boutique. See ad, page 25.
PSYCHOTHeRAPY JIll WHeeleR, MA, lMHC, RYT
Psychotherapy/Counseling/Life Coaching 2335 Tamiami Tr N, #206, Naples 239-595-3199 • wellfitinstitute.com Looking for support and guidance through a challenging situation? Ready for a fresh start? Let me help you fulfill your true potential, accomplish your goals and live your dreams.
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Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 Klbeatty48@aol.com • KarenBeatty.com 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!
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1250 Tamiami Tr N, #205, Naples BijaYogaNaples.com 239-775-0888 Bija Yoga offers Hatha, Kundalini, Yin, Ashtanga, Gentle, Flow and Multi-level Yoga classes in a beautiful, boutique space. All levels welcomed and encouraged.
2800 Davis Blvd, #100, Naples MPowerStudio.com 239-249-1304 Mpower Studio was developed to redesign the concept of living well. We’ve integrated health, fitness, well being, personal development and business development to provide an inspirational environment for you to pursue your personal best. Mpower Studio features Naples’ best yoga classes and barre classes! See ad, page 49.
MeRedITH MUSICK, e-RYT, lMT
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