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don’t think the Dominican nuns at St. Paul’s Catholic School would have placed me at the top of their “most likely to succeed” list during the 12 years I was divinely assigned to their charge. For the most part, my inner fire was barely kindled in this type of teaching environment, although I did like spelling bees. I also admit to sustained curiosity about the sisters’ devotional way of life and often apparently unsuitable temperament for managing a room full of rambunctious kids. Luckily, I found social interactions with my peers of immense interest! Still, I felt safe in this sheltered community of large Roman Catholic families that placed great importance on attending to our spiritual lives. Sometimes I muse that perhaps leading all the marching processions around the church and schoolyard even encouraged my leadership skills. As the shortest girl in the class, I was always at the front of every line, so I had to know where we were going and what we were going to do. In college, when I finally reconnected with my innate curiosity to learn, I found it hard to settle on just one major. Philosophy, psychology and fine arts all sparked my interest. At the same time, my avid interest in natural living ignited a lifetime of exploring everything from healthy diet alternatives to natural methods of healing. After graduation, my personal life continued to fuel more interests than I had the time to satisfy. Being pregnant with my first child brought a fresh set of priorities in my quest as I first focused on having a healthy pregnancy and natural childbirth. Even with my second child, the learning curve never slowed. When it came to my children’s education, I longed to find an ideal holistic learning environment able to nurture their unique talents and abilities, like the ones Sandy Murphy explores in “Schools that Rock,” on page 40. Linda Sechrist’s feature article, “Learning that Transforms Hearts and Minds,” on page 36, shares inspiring examples of other innovative approaches available to both children and adults. A growing number of progressive educators are proving how such engaging processes can lead to the kinds of free-thinking expression of fresh, new ideas capable of transforming our world. Today, my overloaded bookshelves tell the story of an independent learning journey through the years, representing subjects I never encountered in school, like childrearing, meditation, nutrition, organic gardening, yoga, sustainable living, loss and grief, and spiritual enlightenment. Publishing Natural Awakenings for the past 20 years has provided further daily opportunities to immerse myself in cutting-edge information pertinent both to today’s crucial issues and to how each of us can live a live we love. Our readers know that learning is one of life’s ongoing joys, whatever our passions. Opening up new pathways of thinking or being through joining a Meet-up group, learning a new language, beginning a meditation practice or whatever lights our fire, enriches our lives. As students head back to school this month it feels like a good time to discover where our next learning adventure awaits. Whatever you do, find something that lights you up …you never know where it might take you. Happy adventuring,

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newsbriefs Skinny Pantry Hosts Two Events at New Location


he Skinny Pantry will partner with Eco-Baby and Home to host The Big Latch On at 10 a.m., August 2, at its new location at 14261 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 17, at the Park Shops at Andrea Lane, in Fort Myers. This celebration of World Breastfeeding Week is one of many registered locations around the world where women will “latch on” (breastfeed) their children simultaneously. Following The Big Latch On, The Skinny Pantry will host a So You’re Not Vaccinating, Now What? presentation by John “Doc” Edwards, of Mama’s Chiropractic Clinic, at 11 a.m. Topics include what the nature of disease looks like, the risks of serious complications and how they compare with other conditions, the timeline of the natural course and how symptoms can be treated. A question and answer session will follow. For more information, call the Skinny Pantry at 239-9355093, email or visit; email or visit; call Edwards at 239-5496262, email or visit See ad, page 20.

Everglades Wonder Gardens Celebrates First Anniversary


verglades Wonder Gardens, in Bonita Springs, is celebrating its one-year anniversary under new management by offering Collier and Lee county residents half-price admission through August 31. The three-and-a-half-acre botanical jungle features new and refurbished tropical bird, turtle, tortoise and other reptile exhibits, flamingo and duck ponds, an alligator pool with 40 gators, a butterfly house, orchids, an extensive new bromeliad garden, five large staghorn ferns, old-growth kapok, shaving brush and African mahogany trees and more. After taking over management last summer, awardwinning landscape photographer John Brady installed an art gallery of his large color and black-and-white prints of Florida, which feature Everglades flora and fauna, in the main entrance area near the gift shop. Regular admission: $12.95; $10.95/seniors 65 and older; $7.95/children 3 to12. Location: 27180 Old 41 Rd. Free parking. For more information, call 239-992-2591 or visit

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Pizza Fusion Celebrates Five Years in Fort Myers


izza Fusion is celebrating five years of service to Fort Myers at both the Naples and Fort Myers locations by offering evening specials throughout the month. Free Cheese Pizza Mondays, available at both restaurants, includes another cheese pizza of the same size as any purchased signature pizza, and Date Night Thursdays features two free glasses of house wine, draft beer or Boylan’s all-natural cane soda with the purchase of any large signature pizza. Free Wine Tuesday includes a complimentary bottle of wine (up to $19) with the purchase of any large signature pizza in Fort Myers, while the Naples location will provide half-off on wine on Tuesdays. The Fort Myers restaurant will offer one personal cheese pizza per child age 12 and under (limited to two children) with purchase of any large signature pizza on Wednesday nights, which is Family Feast Night in Naples, featuring two larges pizzas (cheese or pepperoni) and a full Fusion Salad for $24.99. Pizza Fusion offers an organic, artisan menu of handmade pizza sandwiches, salads and desserts, including gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free entrees and desserts, plus organic, gluten-free beers, locally brewed craft beers and wines sourced from organic and sustainable wineries. Specials available dine-in only (excluding Mon. in Fort Myers) after 4 p.m. Locations: 12901 McGregor Blvd., Ste. 5, Fort Myers, 239-337-7979; 2146 Tamiami Trail N., Naples. For more information, call Fort Myers at 239-337-7979 or Naples at 239-262-8111 or visit See ad, page 43.

Ortiz Launches Meditation Practice in Naples


elicita Ortiz has opened Inner Peace Resolution, a new counseling service, in Naples. To introduce herself and her practice to the community, Ortiz will lead two free meditation classes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., August 28 (in Spanish) and September 4 (in English). A licensed clinical social worker and interfaith minister with more than 20 years of social service experience, Ortiz is accepting appointments for individual, family or group psycho-spiritual counseling to help clients learn to relax their body and calm their mind. Location: 2900 14th St. N., Ste. 2, Naples. For more information, to register for the free classes or to make an appointment, call 239-537-8248, email or visit See ad, page 13.


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newsbriefs Foundation Training Sessions to Relieve Back Pain


arry Grimm, of SWFL Health and Self Defense, in Naples, who recently completed training and certification in Foundation Training from developer Dr. Eric Goodman, will lead free introductory sessions to this approach to relieving back pain at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday in North Naples. Participants will learn how a series of simple postures can constitute a natural way to relieve back pain in just five to 10 minutes a day. Attendees will have the opportunity to enroll in weekly small group classes or receive personal instruction. Foundation Training is a safe and effective program of simple, transformative exercises that can help change movement patterns that are causing pain. While all can benefit, the program is well suited for elite athletes looking to improve their performance and individuals searching for a more natural form of pain relief.

Class fee: $79 for one month of four classes. Location: 1330 Rail Head Blvd. and other select locations. For more information, call 239-227-0021, email HGrimm63@ or visit See ad, page 20.


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Aquaponic Integrated Edible Garden at Local Restaurant


quaponics On-Site Training for Communities (AOSTC) is establishing its first aquaponic integrated edible garden at the Real Macaw Restaurant, in Naples. A pilot project, the garden is the first installation of its kind in the United States. In addition to the availability of fresh, synthetic-free food, aquaponic classes, tours and special events will be available to the community. The chemical-free food will be grown using the fundamental principle of aquaponics, combining the natural cycles of fish and plants in a garden adjacent to the restaurant, along with two satellite systems in the main dining area. The culinary herbs and vegetables will be harvested fresh and incorporated into a daily, made-to-order menu by the chef at the Real Macaw. “The synergy between aquaponics and restaurants is a natural progression that flows,” says AOSTC owner Jaime Guerra. “The restaurant environment completes the loop in the farm-to-table concept. I anticipate replicating this concept in other restaurants in the future.” Location: 3275 Bayshore Dr. For more information, call 239732-1188. See ad, page 59.

Gulfcoast Chinese Medicine Offers Expanded Hours


ulfcoast Chinese Medicine, in Naples and Fort Myers, has extended their treatment hours. President of the practice, Dr. Hu Pan, an experienced licensed acupuncture physician, is now available by appointment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Offering healing and organic services for health and well-being, Pan provides Dr. Hu Pan treatment for pain management, injuries, stroke restorations, depression and anxiety, infertility, weight management, hypertension, diabetic complications, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and alternative treatments for cancers. Pan graduated from the Department of Acupuncture at Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and did postgraduate studies at Tongji Medical University, one of the foremost medical schools in China. Locations: 2670 Horseshoe Dr. N., Ste. 202, Naples; 8981 Daniels Center Dr., Unit 206, Fort Myers. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-821-4482, email or or visit See ad, page 21.

Power Strip Available at Alternative Natural Healthcare


lternative Natural Healthcare, in Bonita Springs, is one of the first healthcare clinics in the area to provide the Power Strip pain-reduction device. Dr. Michelle Brown is offering free samples of the mini-infrared patch, made with Korean red ginseng, marine phytoplankton, silver and elemental germanium, during August on a one-per-person basis. Arrangements can also be made to become a part-time distributor of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration class one medical device.

Cost: $15 each at the facility or order via website for volume discounts. Location: 16517 Vanderbilt Dr. For more information, call 239-947-6234, email DrMSBdap@ or visit See ad, page 45. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs A Health & Beauty Clinic Offers Hypnotherapy Classes


s part of a new partnership, A Health & Beauty Clinic, in Naples, will host classes toward career diplomas sanctioned by The Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy (TFIOH). Clinic owner Patricia Acerra, a member of the Anahat Patricia Acerra Education Group, Inc., and an alumnus of the Institute who added hypnotherapy to her acupuncture, skin care and massage practice several years ago, says that enrollment for fall session classes beginning in September has begun. A blended instruction approach features 70 percent online training and 30 percent hands-on, clinical training in protocols and techniques. The flexible online classes take place from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, beginning next month (classes can be emailed if students are unavailable during these times), and clinic sessions will begin from October 17 to 19. Free, live, online introductory classes are offered at 7 p.m. Mondays for potential students to learn about the program. Hypnotherapy offers a unique opportunity to serve others through mind, body and spirit care. TFIOH was the state’s first licensed school offering career diplomas in hypnotherapy, including clinical and transpersonal hypnotherapy. Location: 2335 9th St. N., Ste. 303B. For more information or to register, call 800-551-9247 or visit See ad, page 67.

Bellabaci Cupping Massage Therapy Workshop


arrie Ann Wiedemann, national director of training and sales, will present a Bellabaci cupping massage therapy workshop offering Level 1 eight-continuing education unit national certification from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., August 24, at the Hampton Inn & Suites, in Cape Coral. Organizers say that while Bellabaci cupping is very popular internationally, it is relatively new to massage therapists in the United States. The workshop will introduce massage therapists to a unique and fun method that works deeply, yet also saves strain on hands and wrists. Cost: $225. Location: 619 SE 47th Terr. For more information or to register, call 267-357-3525, email CarrieWiedemann@ or visit See ad, page 33. 12

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Urantia Book Study Group Meetings


new series of studies and discussions of The Urantia Book is underway in a study group led by James Leese from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Unity of Fort Myers. “This is not a book of religion as we think of religion,” says Leese. “It’s a book of spirit, where religion is born within the human heart and soul. This is known as a ‘revelation’. I’m hopeful that [more people will] take part in one of the most amazing journeys of a lifetime. If they are ready for this, they will know it is right. The immediate benefit of those who ‘get it’ is usually a surge of spiritual energy and an opportunity for a unique fellowship with other of like minds and spirits.” “It makes a meaningful connection with the Bible, but fills in the gaps and corrects the distortions and discrepancies the Bible has offered people for hundreds of years,” he adds. “Once read and understood, all confusion regarding the Bible is gone. Whereas the Bible tells us about Jesus the person, it doesn’t tell very much about his actual teachings and how he lived. Over 700 pages of the Urantia Book of part IV fills that gap.” Admission is free. Individual meetings to explain The Urantia Book can also be arranged. The study group meetings are not a function of the church. Location: 11120 Ranchette Rd. For more information, call 239-989-4052, email UrantiaBook@ or visit See ad, page 64.


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Take Action to Save the Bees


n celebration of National Pollinator Week, the Global Swarm to Save the Bees campaign is calling for a day of action on August 16. Participants can take an active role in fighting the use of insecticides, including neonicotinoids (known as neonics) made by Bayer and genetically engineered, herbicide-tolerant Roundup Ready and Bt products made by agribusiness giant Monsanto, that have been implicated in the surge of colony collapse disorder among bees, by signing a petition or donating money to the organization. Bee colonies began disappearing in the U.S. one year after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allowed these insecticides to be used in 2004. For more information, sign a petition or make a donation, visit

Local Trio Launches New Web Coaching Company


hree local female health educators and licensed massage therapists are launching a new online web coaching company,, on August 1. Culminating two years of research, writing and designing, Cathy Cohen, Kandy Love and Lauren Jump created this month-long online motivational program for improving hand and wrist health. Individuals suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tenosynovitis, De Quervain’s syndrome, arthritis and those that may be prone to strains from cumulative stress traumas may benefit. The program, which promotes self-care for correction and prevention of hand and wrist ailments, includes proven stretches, lifestyle tips and reviews of healing tools. Cohen’s personal experiences with carpal tunnel syndrome and the methods she used to successfully reverse the problems of her hands and wrists form the core of the program. The three women have pooled more than 60 years of combined experience to create this emailed video program to share how to experience pain-free living. Cost is $97. For more information and to order the program, visit


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A Hot Summer Tip to Freshen Indoor Air


lorida’s hot and humid summer months are the time when home air-conditioning units run 24/7. Closed doors and windows can result in a house that may contain lingering food and pet odors. For individuals interested in eliminating unwanted smells, Mother Nature offers some help—aromatic essential oils, which are safe, non-toxic and eco-friendly. Lavender, tea tree, citrus and peppermint make great room air fresheners. However, lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), with its light, fresh, citrus aroma and earthy undertones, is a favorite among sustainable, eco-friendly cleaning companies for its antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties. A bonus is that lemongrass is also known to alleviate stress, anxiety and insomnia. Its main chemical component is citral, an aromatic compound that accounts for the lemon scent of the oil and is also used in many perfumes. Lemongrass oil has myriad applications. To eliminate airborne bacteria, diffuse it or mix one to two drops per ounce in a spray bottle to use as desired. The oil is an insect repellant when diffused or applied to skin topically with a cotton ball to repel biting insects as needed. To help repel fleas from pets, add several drops to dog shampoo or rub over fur. Source: The Greener Cleener, 239-404-7102. See ad, page 35.

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Tough Family Life Linked to Chromosome Aging


hen Princeton University researchers analyzed data from a representative sample of 40 AfricanAmerican boys enrolled in the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study that followed children born in major U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000, they determined that those that lived through 9 years of age with less-stable families, such as parents with multiple partners and harsh or hostile parenting styles, had a higher probability of having shorter telomeres compared with other children. Telomeres were, on average, 40 percent longer among children from stable families. Telomeres are the segments of DNA at either end of a chromosome that protect the ends from deterioration or fusion with neighboring chromosomes. Shorter telomeres can decrease life expectancy by reducing the number of times our cells can divide, and scientists are discovering that a person’s living environment may lead to the condition. Using large cohort (age group) study data from the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety, another group of researchers from Amsterdam’s Vrije University found significantly shorter telomere length among those with higher stress markers; the shorter length was also associated with aging approximately 10 years faster. In addition, the scientists observed significantly shorter telomere length among people with depressive symptoms lasting longer than four years; the shorter length correlated with both longer and more severe depression.



esearchers from Australia’s University of Tasmania have found that children exposed to the secondhand smoke of their parents will likely face abnormally thickened carotid arteries later in life. The finding, published in the European Heart Journal, followed 3,776 children that participated in the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study and the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study. The children were divided into groups according to whether neither parent smoked, one parent smoked or both parents smoked. Questionnaire results were combined with ultrasound testing to correlate exposure during childhood with the health of carotid arteries, and researchers concluded that the effects are pervasive even 25 years later. Those exposed to two parental smokers as children had significantly greater thickness of inner carotid artery walls than did children with non-smoking parents. Their arteries also showed signs of premature aging of more than three years compared to children of nonsmokers. The researchers wrote, “There must be continued efforts to reduce smoking among adults to protect young people and to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease across the population.”

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Pine Bark Extract Reduces Perimenopausal Symptoms


esearch published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine confirms that pine bark extract can significantly reduce symptoms of menopause and perimenopause, including restless legs syndrome and hot flashes. For three months, 170 perimenopausal women were given 30 milligrams of Pycnogenol patented pine bark extract or a placebo twice a day. Although a placebo effect was noted, the supplement significantly improved all but two symptoms and was especially effective in improving vasomotor and insomnia/sleep patterns. The severity of symptoms among the Pycnogenol group, as measured by the Kupperman Index, decreased 56 percent more than for the placebo group. In another study, scientists from Italy’s Pescara University gave 70 perimenopausal women a placebo or 100 milligrams of Pycnogenol daily for two months. The supplement group experienced fewer menopausal symptoms and showed improvements with symptoms that include fatigue, insomnia, reduced concentration, memory problems, dizziness, depression and irritability. Moist Paleo Sandwich Bread • Paleo Pancake and Baking Mix • Paleo Brownies Bodacious Brownies • Sweet Breads and Cakes • Chewy and oh, so good Cookies

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Flaxseed Lowers Blood Pressure


ating flaxseed reduces blood pressure, according to researchers from Canada’s St. Boniface Hospital Research Center. They attribute the effect to its omega-3 fatty acids, lignans and fiber. The researchers examined the effects of flaxseed on systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with peripheral artery disease, a condition typically marked by hypertension. Patients consumed a variety of foods that collectively contained 30 grams of milled flaxseed or a placebo each day for six months. The flaxseed group experienced significantly increased plasma levels of certain omega-3 fatty acids and lower average systolic blood pressure (by 10 mmHg) and diastolic blood pressure (by 7 mm Hg). Those in the flaxseed group with initial systolic blood pressure levels over 140 mmHg saw reductions averaging 15 mmHg.

Listen Up: Natural Ways to Treat Summer Earaches


ater-based fun for children this time of year can sometimes lead to infections in young ears, which have smaller Eustachian tubes for draining moisture from the ear canal. Combined with summer’s heat and humidity, plus frequent immersions in aquatic settings, a child’s moist, warm inner ear environment is ideal for symbiotic growth of fungus and bacteria, according to Dr. Neil K. Kaneshiro, a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Seattle. Together, these factors can result in blockages and earaches. Gently cleaning the ears during the summer with a wax-dissolving solution, followed by a careful rinsing, is excellent preventative action. If an oral antibiotic is taken for an existing infection, note that it will only kill the bacteria, possibly leaving fungus to foster a recurrence. Dr. K.O. Paulose, a world-class expert in ear, nose and throat procedures at the Jubilee Memorial Hospital, in India, advises that the proper treatment of an earache requires killing both fungus and bacteria. Unlike oral antibiotics, it is administered only into the affected ear so it doesn’t upset the entire body and immunity system. An easy, natural way to wholly treat the condition is by administering a couple of drops of an enhanced aqueous silver colloid such as Super Neti Juice, from Nature’s Rite, into the ear and then remaining still to let it settle for 10 minutes; this will kill both the fungal and bacterial pathogens. In the Book of Silver Testing, co-authors S.R. Frank, G. Clark and A. Cornelious concur that this treatment may be repeated every hour and can eliminate the infection within one day with no adverse consequences to the child. Steven Frank is the founder of Nature’s Rite. For more information, email SteveF or visit See ad, page 33. natural awakenings

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Medicinal Mushrooms Boost Athletic Performance


esearch from Italy’s Pavia University found two medicinal mushroom species—cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) and reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)—significantly improve race performances and recovery times among competitive cyclists. The researchers studied seven male cyclists that had competitively raced for more than 10 years. For one month, they were given placebo supplements, after which the researchers tested their performance and recovery during races and workouts. Then, for the next three months, the cyclists daily used medicinal mushroom supplementation. The researchers found the mushrooms significantly increased performance and recovery in both workouts and races compared with the placebo period. The two types of mushrooms both boosted testosterone levels and reduced post-workout cortisol levels. The mushroom supplementation also increased their antioxidant status, reducing their risk of exhaustion.


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British study published in Footwear Science analyzed the effects of running in experimental heelless footwear compared with conventional running shoes with reinforced heels. The objective was to see if the heelless footwear would reduce the risk of chronic injury related to the habitual rear-foot strike pattern associated with conventional heeled shoes. Using eight cameras with optoelectric running motion capture technology,12 male runners were tracked at four meters per second. The heelless running shoe resulted in less impact, greater plantar flexion and greater ankle eversion (rolling outward). The researchers concluded that the heelless shoes decreased the risk of chronic running foot injuries linked to excessive impact forces, but concede they may increase injury potential associated with excessive ankle eversion.

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Eco Strategies for Back-to-School Prep Families preparing for the coming school year will welcome easy ways to stretch the budget while protecting the environment our kids are growing up in. n Buying new clothes can be expensive, and most of today’s synthetic fibers are petroleum-based, while toxic pesticides are commonly used to grow cotton. For healthier alternatives, check labels for clothes made from organic, low-impact or recycled materials such as organic cotton, hemp, bamboo or recycled fibers. Inexpensive options are found in Salvation Army and other thrift store locations, as well as repurposing hand-medowns among siblings. n Avoid buying all new school supplies. Gently used binders and book bags can last years. Sturdy, simple backpacks skip the cost of faddish brand-name and celebrity products. For supplies that must be replenished, like paper, seek out postconsumer-recycled options. n For lunch boxes, food containers and utensils, look for retro metal, a cloth bag and other alternatives to plastic (which can contain harmful chemicals) and glass (which can break). Beth Terry, in her book, Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (, suggests searching Mighty and, makers of stainless steel, naturally lacquered wood and other non-plastic, durable children’s bowls, cups, plates and utensils. n Healthy afterschool extracurricular activities today typically require driving commutes. Look into carpooling with nearby families to save time and gas, cut vehicle emissions and expand friendships. n Check the school’s eco-practices. Encourage local administrators to conduct recycling programs and to email documents to parents instead of using regular mail.

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Fitness Update

Healthiest U.S. Metro Areas in 2014 The American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) seventh annual American Fitness Index (AFI) ranks Washington, D.C., at the top with a score of 77.3 (out of 100), followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul (73.5), Portland, Oregon (72.1) Denver (71.7) and San Francisco (71). Miami ranked 26th. Overall, metro areas in 25 states scored 50 or above; the two lowest-ranking hovered near 25 points. “The AFI data report is a snapshot of the state of health in the community and an evaluation of the infrastructure, community assets and policies that encourage healthy and fit lifestyles. These measures directly affect quality of life in our country’s urban areas,” says Walter Thompson, Ph.D., chair of the AFI advisory board. Find the complete report at

Cycling Rx

Doctors Order Up a Bike for Patients The Prescribe-a-Bike program ( Bikes) allows doctors at Boston Medical Center, in Massachusetts, to write low-income patients prescriptions for a one-year membership to Hubway, the city’s bike-sharing system, for $5, which is $80 less than the regular charge. A free helmet is part of the deal. According to The Boston Globe, one in four Boston residents is obese, and Kate Walsh, chief executive of Boston Medical Center, believes the program can help. “Regular exercise is key to combating this [obesity] trend, and Prescribe-a-Bike,” she says, “is one important way our caregivers can help patients get the exercise they need to be healthy.” Source: The Atlantic Monthly

Dirty Waters

Trenton to Chicago via Eco-Outrigger Margo Pellegrino, a homemaker, mother of two and healthy oceans advocate from Medford Lakes, New Jersey, will begin a 1,600-mile journey from nearby Trenton to Chicago, Illinois, by outrigger canoe on August 13 as part of Blue Frontier Campaign’s ocean explorers project. During her two-month trip, she’ll meet with local environmental groups and the media to raise awareness of the urgent need to clean America’s waterways. “All water and everything in it ends up in the ocean,” Pellegrino says. “Plastics and chemicals are particular problems, but soil runoff during floods and heavy rains also impact the ocean and marine life.” During previous paddles, Pellegrino saw firsthand the effects of dumped industrial waste in the waterways she traversed. She notes that nationally, oil rig operators have federal permits to dump 9 billion gallons of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, waste into the ocean each year. On Pellegrino’s first trip in 2007, she paddled nearly 2,000 miles up the Atlantic Coast, from Miami, Florida, to Maine. In 2009, she partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to go from Miami to New Orleans, Louisiana, to build support for a Healthy Oceans Act (OnEarth. org/author/healthyoceanspaddle). In 2010, she canoed along the Pacific coastline from Seattle, Washington, to San Diego, California. Next summer, Pellegrino plans to paddle down the Mississippi River. Follow her upcoming trip at or on Facebook.


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True Grit

Why Persistence Counts Some educators believe that improvements in instruction, curriculum and school environments are not enough to raise the achievement levels of all students, especially disadvantaged children. Also necessary is a quality called “grit”, loosely defined as persistence over time to overcome challenges and accomplish big goals. Grit comprises a suite of traits and behaviors that include goal-directedness (knowing where to go and how to get there); motivation (having a strong will to achieve identified goals); self-control (avoiding distractions and focusing on the task at hand); and a positive mindset (embracing challenges and viewing failure as a learning opportunity). A meta-study of 25 years of research by John Hattie and Helen Timperley, professors at the University of Aukland, New Zealand, has shown that giving students challenging goals encourages greater effort and persistence than providing vague or no direction. Students aren’t hardwired for these qualities, but grit can be developed through an emerging battery of evidence-based techniques that give educators a powerful new set of tools to support student success. A famous example of the power of self-regulation was observed when preschoolers that were able to withstand the temptation of eating a marshmallow for 15 minutes to receive a second one were more successful in high school and scored about 210 points higher on their SATs later in life than those with less willpower ( MarshallowStudy).

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In New York City, the Spectra gas pipeline that went online in 2013 is delivering more than just energyefficient, clean-burning natural gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale. It’s also piping radioactive radon gas that’s contaminating commercial and residential boilers, ovens, stoves, dryers and water heaters at 30 to 80 times baseline levels—well above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency safe level for radiation exposure. According to Dr. Sheila Bushkin-Bedient, with the University of Albany, New York, “While it may be possible to remove other components of raw natural gas such as ethane, propane, butane and pentanes at natural gas processing centers, it’s not possible to remove radioactive substances such as radon. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers and the second-leading cause among smokers and indirect (secondhand) smokers.” The Spectra conduit is one of hundreds of pipelines and fossil fuel infrastructure projects across the country being quickly approved by the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission. Citizens should demand that elected officials connect the dots and halt the uncontrolled rush to drill new sites regardless of safety concerns and let them know people are alarmed by the possibility of radioactive gas entering their communities. To learn more, visit MariasFarm 24

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Chiropractic is Just the Start at Nutrition Specialists by Linda Sechrist ot many chirowithout the use of drugs practors offer a and surgery, I knew I lending library found my calling,” says filled with books on Gendron, who is also a health, a waiting room certified clinical nutriwith a TV playing edutionist and diplomate of cational videos about the American Clinical the benefits of good Board of Nutrition. nutrition and nutritional Local residents supplements or fun that attend informative tasting events where paseminars in Naples at tients gather to try new, Whole Foods Market or healthy dishes. For Dr. Food & Thought may Gary Gendron Gary Gendron, a chifind Gendron’s face ropractic physician, graduate of Palmer familiar. A regular presenter at both College of Chiropractic and owner of stores, he is dedicated to educating the Nutrition Specialists of Florida, in Bogeneral public, as well as his patients, nita Springs, all of these perks are part about how to take responsibility for of a normal day’s work. their health and create a relationship Since 1986, Gendron has been in which the doctor acts as a guide or practicing his special blend of nutrition- facilitator of good health. focused chiropractic, which piqued his Gendron listens closely for what interest while studying for his Bachelor interests his patients. “Their needs are of Biological Science degree at Florida important to me, so I ask them regularly State University. “Throughout my what they want to learn more about. younger years, I was always interested They have asked for such things as more in health and wellness, and I played detailed information on genetically various sports. I was naturally inclined modified foods, gastrointestinal probtoward a health profession, and when lems, digestion, fibromyalgia and the I did my research and discovered that hormonal system, as well as clarification chiropractic was an approach that of conflicting media reports regarding treated the whole person and helped the value of eating well and taking nutripeople from a conservative perspective tional supplements,” he states.


“I don’t bombard them with information, but rather use a gradient approach, just as I do with my treatment and nutritional plans. For example, if a patient tells me that they are drinking six, two-liter diet cokes a week, I don’t say, ‘Stop drinking those immediately.’ Rather, I suggest that they cut back by drinking one less per week until they have completely eliminated soda from their diet,” he explains. During visits, Gendron recommends books from his lending library and gives patients literature about how the body works and what it needs to stay healthy. “Eventually, a light bulb goes on, and invariably every patient says, ‘Why didn’t anybody tell me this before?’ notes Gendron. “I smile and tell them that doctors educated in allopathic medicine don’t know this because nutrition is downplayed in medical school. According to a 2006 report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a survey conducted in 126 U.S. medical schools revealed that students received only 23.9 contact hours of nutrition instruction during medical school. It also noted that most graduating medical students continue to rate their nutrition preparation as inadequate.” Gendron’s wife, Dr. Karen Yale, a chiropractor and acupuncturist, also practices at Nutrition Specialists of Florida. Location: 28315 S. Tamiami Trail, Ste. 101, Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239-947-1177 or visit See ad, page 2.

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by April Thompson


arving out time from crammed calendars for a week or more away from home can pose such a hurdle that more than half of all American workers forfeit hard-earned vacation days every year. Sometimes a long weekend in an inspiring locale is all we need to recharge our batteries. Short vacations invite welcome rest and relaxation and are often more sustainable, according to Gary Diedrichs, publisher of the online Green Traveler Guides ( “Airplanes pollute more than any other form of travel. When you take shorter trips by other means, whether bicycle or a hybrid rental car, you’re way ahead environmentally,” says Diedrichs, whose family enjoys road-tripping in an old Mercedes converted to run on recycled vegetable oil. For families, short, sweet trips are also easier to do with the kids in tow. “It’s also an opportunity for parents to reinforce that living sustainably isn’t just something you do at home,” notes Diedrichs.


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We can prescribe—and reward— ourselves with one of the following minivacations, whether it’s a trip to a green spa if we’re stressed or a hike in a park or the woods if we’ve been sedentary. Travel on tracks to trails. Leave behind stressful traffic and uninspiring highway views by hopping a train to a nearby state or national park. Riders can venture through a variety of terrains without leaving their seats. Amtrak reaches more than 237 national parks and monuments (, many of which offer stunning backdrops for outdoor music festivals. A rail-to-park adventure can rekindle old friendships with faraway, but not forgotten friends. Draw a circle encompassing everyone’s location and pick a park within the perimeter as the meet-up spot, distributing the travel burden equally. Agree beforehand which friends bring which essential camping equipment, food and other provisions so that everyone travels light. Traversing trails is a fun, bonding experience.

Go farm to fork. Escape city crowds, live bucolic fantasies and learn about sustainable agriculture during a farm stay. Organic family farms across the country offer overnight accommodations to supplement farming incomes and connect with local consumers. Farm life is about simple pleasures, like waking to a rooster’s call and then digging into a farm-fresh breakfast of free-range eggs, accompanied by homemade bread, cheese, jam and honey. Afterwards, stroll an apple orchard or fragrant field of lavender. Most farms allow guests to pitch in with the chores, maybe feeding chickens, milking cows, picking cherries or making yogurt. Find a place nearby at Renew your spirit. Reconnect with your faith or explore a new spiritual calling with a short stay at a retreat center. Some furnish structured guided sessions, such as vipassanã Buddhism’s silent retreats, at which participants sit in meditation eight hours a day without access to me-

dia or other distractions. Other centers assist guests in creating self-directed retreats tailored to personal goals. Grounds often feature sacred spaces like labyrinths or meditation gardens, providing an inspiring environment to contemplate one’s spiritual journey. supplies a comprehensive listing of possibilities conducive to every spiritual persuasion, from Anglican to Zen, across the country and worldwide. Taste the terroir. A long weekend amidst vineyards can be a refreshing way to simultaneously explore the countryside and refine our wine palate. Along with tastings, some vintners provide tours of their vineyards and cellars, including insights into the characteristics of local terroirs that give each vintage its distinctive taste. Some also have bed and breakfast inns onsite, eliminating the need for a designated driver. The site lists domestic wineries in all 50 states; provides information about biodynamic and organic winemakers.

Pamper your body. Visiting a green destination spa is a soothing way to detox from stress while indulging in corporeal treats like a hot stone massage, aromatherapy treatment or rose petal bath. Green spas use natural products such as unbleached organic linens and botanically derived oils, which are gentler on skin. Most practice sustainability in other areas as well, such as water management, energy use and waste reduction. Search for the perfect getaway treat at Numerous farms, spas, parks and vineyards are waiting to be explored; many nearby that we may overlook draw visitors from around the world. “Local travel gives us a chance to dig more deeply into the places that surround us,” says Diedrichs. “We can have fun playing tourists in our own backyards and support sustainable, local businesses we discover along the way.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

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readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet LiRa Bennett Life’s mission: To offer a radiant smile to all; to serve with love and compassion, consciously in presence, feeling the connectivity of all living things; and to live the journey with gratitude, acceptance and serenity. Work: My partner, Gretchen Ross, and I established a nonprofit, PR Restorative Yoga, that offers a free, gentle, restorative yoga program, providing a safe and loving space that encourages recovery from cancer. Classes focus on calmness, gentle movement, breath work and mediation techniques. Our goal is to softly touch, nurture and encourage each of these courageous individuals. We are grateful that George McDermott joined us two years ago to add his expertise to the program. I am certified to present the HeartMath De-Stress workshops. HearthMath is a science-based tool that captures accurate heart rhythm information and provides real-time feedback so that one can more effectively calm the nervous system and manage stress. I teach and share yoga in several communities throughout Naples. My newest venue with my partner Nora Morris was presenting a yoga retreat in Costa Rica. There are many more to come. Proudest achievements: I have a son and daughter that I love very much. Professionally, knowing that the restorative classes and HeartMath sessions create a space to experience peace for those recovering from dis-ease. Local causes supported: PR Restorative Yoga (, 100 Women Who Care (, House of Gaia (


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Expectations for the future: No expectations, just acceptance for all beings. Favorite app: HeartMath and Spotify. Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: I am so grateful for the interconnectivity that Natural Awakenings provides through their calendar of community events and the vast quality of articles that enhance our wellness through healing, nutrition and other aspects of our daily living. Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Organically Twisted Food Truck and Food & Thought. How do you invest in your community? By buying locally and promoting sustainability as much as possible. Favorite quote: “We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.”—Herman Melville What are you doing to be the change you want to see in the world? Promoting and living sustainably and loving in oneness as much as I can in every moment.


Intense Pulse-Light Therapy by Lee Walker


ne of the latest ways to keep visible signs of aging at bay is intense pulse-light therapy (IPL). Growing numbers of dermatologists are now using this resurfacing technique rather than lasers to delete fine to moderate lines and wrinkles, remove unwanted facial hair anywhere on the body and to erase a variety of pigment problems, including sunspots. IPL has even been noted to tighten up unsightly pores and diminish signs of facial redness caused by the spider veins and acnelike outbreaks that trouble individuals with rosacea. IPL systems are based on the same principles as lasers, although they deliver many wavelengths in each pulse of light, rather than just one. The light energy IPL produces is absorbed into the skin’s particular target cells through its chromophores, the part of the molecule responsible for color. The light energy is actually converted to heat energy, which causes damage to the specific target area. Most IPL systems use filters to refine the energy output for the treat-

ment of certain areas. This enhances penetration without using excessive energy levels and enables targeting of specific chromophores. IPL therapy targets the dermis, (lower layers of skin) without affecting the epidermis (top layers). The results are not as dramatic as microdermabrasion, a type of resurfacing where both the dermis and epidermis are injured to produce a much more noticeable overall outcome. The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime. A client can often have the procedure done during their lunch break and return to work immediately afterwards. IPL treatments are relatively painless compared to other facial rejuvenation techniques. The sensation has been likened to a light pinch or the snap of a rubber band. Throughout the treatment session, a patient must wear protective eyewear. Source: Assuage Spa, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, Fort Myers. 239-3331450. See ad, page 35.


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Cures in the Kitchen Dr. Mark Hyman is Fed Up with Our National Health Crisis by Judith Fertig


n the groundbreaking new documentary film, Fed Up, Dr. Mark Hyman prescribes a major overhaul of the diets of all family members in communities across America to prevent far-reaching unwanted consequences. Hyman practices functional medicine, which takes a wholesystem approach to treating chronic illnesses by identifying and addressing their root causes, starting with poor diet. He is also the bestselling author of a series of books based on The Blood Sugar Solution.

What has your experience with Fed Up shown you about the root cause of many diseases? In Fed Up, I met with a family of five to talk with them about their health and understand the roots of their family crisis of morbid obesity, pre-diabetes, renal failure, disability, financial stress and hopelessness. Rural South Carolina, where they live, is a food desert with nearly10 times as many fast-food and convenience stores as supermarkets. The family’s kitchen was also a food desert, with barely a morsel of real food. There were no ingredients to make real food—only pre-made factory science projects sold in cans and boxes with unpronounceable, unrecognizable ingredient lists. This family desperately wanted to find a way out, but didn’t have the 30

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knowledge or skills. They lived on food stamps and fast food and didn’t know how to navigate a grocery aisle, shop for real food, read a label, equip a kitchen or cook nutritious meals. Their grandmother has a garden, but never taught her children how to grow food, even though they live in a temperate rural area.

What results did the family see when they changed their eating habits? I got the whole family cooking, washing, peeling, chopping, cutting and touching real food—onions, garlic, carrots, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, salad greens, even asparagus. After 12 months, the mother had lost 100 pounds and was off of blood pressure medication, and because the father had lost 45 pounds, he finally qualified for a kidney transplant. The son originally lost 40 pounds, but because he was stuck in a toxic food environment at school and only able to get a job at a fast-food eatery, he gained much of it back. I’m happy to report that he is now working to get back on track.

How is sugar a primary factor in creating obesity? Of some 600,000 processed food items on the market, 80 percent contain added sugar. Sugar calories act differently from fat or protein calories in the body.

Sugar calories drive food addiction, storage of belly fat, inflammation and fatty liver (now the number one reason for liver transplants). They also disrupt appetite control, increasing hunger and promoting overeating, and are biologically addictive. Sugar calories are the major contributor to heart attacks, strokes, cancer, dementia and Type 2 diabetes. Sugar is a root cause behind the tripling of obesity rates in children since the 1970s. As just one example illustrating government policy culprits, although poor people are disproportionately affected by obesity, the food industry vigorously opposes any efforts to limit the use of food stamps for soda. Every year, the U.S. government pays for $4 billion in soda purchases by the poor (10 billion servings annually) on the front end, and then pays billions more on the back end through Medicaid and Medicare to treat related health consequences that include obesity and diabetes.

What are the consequences if we don’t attack the problem of poor diet now? The costs of a poor diet are staggering: At the present rate, by 2040, 100 percent of the nation’s federal budget will go for Medicare and Medicaid. The federal debt soars as our unhealthy kids fall heir to an achievement gap that limits America’s capacity to compete in the global marketplace. At the same time, having 70 percent of young people unfit for military service weakens national security. In a detailed scientific analysis published in The New England Journal of Medicine, a group of respected scientists reviewing all the data affecting projected life spans concluded that today’s children are the first generation of Americans ever that will live sicker and die younger than their parents. Health issues due to poor diet comprise a national crisis. They threaten our future, not just for those fat and sick among us, but all of us. For more information on Fed Up, visit Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS. natural awakenings

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Cider Press Café

2014 Open Table Diner’s Choice Winner by Savannah Noir


oodies that appreciate savoring plant-based, modernist cuisine will enjoy a dining experience at the Cider Press Café. Located in North Naples, the café specializes in Floridainspired fare and uses the freshest and highest quality local and organic ingredients prepared using the latest techniques. Food temperatures are kept below 117 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure the maximum flavor and freshness, while preserving the nutrients and enzymes in the food. Executive Chef Johan Everstijn, Sous Chef Susan Dunn and General Manger Roland Strobel create a unique, sophisticated and healthful dining experience in a casual, elegant setting. Beautifully presented starter plates, entrées and desserts please the


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eye as much as the palate. Local and farm-to-table fresh fusion foods are influenced by several of the world’s food culture traditions. Choosing is the challenge, with appetizers such as cheesy kale chips, pineapple kimchi dumplings in a mango habanero sauce, a Thai lettuce wrap with a spicy pineapple sauce and coconut spring rolls with an almond Caribbean jerk sauce. Everstijn’s special appetizer, Seminole corn chowder made with cashew cream, is a customer favorite. Enticing main dishes with nutbased sauces and nut “cheeses” provide healthier alternatives to their cholesterol-laden counterparts while remaining just as scrumptious. Try chipotle enchiladas with macadamia crema

fresca, garden lasagna with an herbed cashew ricotta and basil walnut pesto or churrasco with smoked nut and Portobello quenelles (poached dumplings) and chimichurri sauce. Everstijn’s take on pad Thai includes sea tangle (kelp noodles), zucchini noodles and spicy tamarind sauce, served with mixed vegetables sprinkled with tamari almonds. Coffee and tea are available, and the menu boasts an impressive selection of wine, beer and hard ciders. On the healthier side are kombucha in a variety of flavors, freshly squeezed lemonades and juices, as well as smoothies and coconut water in the shell. The refurbished apple press, an authentic piece of American history from 1869, previously owned by Strobel’s father and the inspiration for the restaurant’s name, is on display in the entrance. The café’s bright modern interior is designed by the architecture firm of Dyehouse and Comeriato using American-made products, sustainable materials and historical farming artifacts. Hours: lunch, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner, 4 to 9 p.m.; happy hour, 3 to 6 p.m.; happy after-hours, 9 p.m. to close. Location: 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 26, Naples. For reservations and more information, call 239-631-2500 or visit See ad, page 49.

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Painting Credit: Boldness by C.M.Rose

The Human Energy Field


by Carol L. Roberts

adio waves, cosmic rays, neutrino bursts, cell phone carrier waves, ultraviolet light and sound are all invisible, but very real, physical phenomena. Similarly, the human energy field is invisible, but very real. Our language reflects our ability to sense this mysterious but palpable phenomenon. We say things like, “I feel so energized today,” “My energy is so low, I can hardly move,” or “The energy in the room shifted as soon as she walked in.” Most people feel energy, and some people can see it. Others monitor their energy consciously with practices such as Reiki, tai chi, qigong and yoga to better control their life. But some people deny that energy exists, even though their lives depend on it. Medical school disappoints many medical students because it does not address the most fundamental question: what’s the difference between alive and dead? In fact, it is this very energy that makes a person alive one moment and dead the next. Brainwaves, electrical activity in the heart and the muscles, breathing, thinking and consciousness itself are obvious manifestations of the living human energy field. While many doctors witness more deaths than they care to remember, few of them speak about the moment of death when the energy field seems to retreat from the body, package itself in a neat little invisible dot and simply leave. Perhaps the best word for this condensed human energy is the spirit that rolls itself up and leaves as a puff of


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intangible but totally real smoke. Cultures that are more reflective than ours have studied the human energy field by exploring the sensations it produces in the body and observing where emotions reside; fear in the kidneys, anger in the liver and love in the heart, for example. In China, physicians map the energy field with acupuncture meridians. In India, they identify seven major energetic vortices, called chakras. These constitute the energy anatomy of a living human, along with the direction of flow and the blockages that can cause physical illness if not relieved. Learning to consult the body in emotional situations can prevent acting out blindly. Feelings can be diffused once identified, denial becomes tougher and interactions can become more conscious through recognizing and dealing with emotions early, rather than letting the pressure build until the top blows off. Meditation is the royal road to healthier emotional expression. There’s more to us than chemistry; there’s physics, too. Studying the location of energy and its movement in our own body can be enlightening and it’s also good preventative medicine for body and spirit. Dr. Carol Roberts, M.D., practices internal medicine at the Perlmutter Health Center, 800 Goodlette Rd., N., Ste. 270, in Naples. For more information, call 239649-7400. See ad, page 14.

The Human Energy Field With Carol Roberts, M.D. Thursday, August 28 at 6:30 p. m. Perlmutter Health Center 800 Goodlette Rd. N., Suite 270, Naples

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Learning that Transforms Hearts and Minds Rethinking How We See Our World Changes Everything by Linda Sechrist


n the 30 years since Harrison Owen introduced Open Space Technology (OST), it has been used hundreds of thousands of times by three-quarters of the world’s countries. Whether a few people gather in a circle to share ideas and brainstorm personal issues or thousands discuss a bulletin board of topics around tables, OST is a safe, informal venue for transformative learning. Guided by purpose-based, shared leadership, it allows individuals focused on a specific task to freely speak their thoughts and be heard. It also encourages breakout groups to mine for more information—learning individually, as well as collectively, and self-organizing in order to concentrate on more complex topics. “Boeing engineers used OST to learn how to redesign airplane doors and young Egyptians used it to strategize for their Arab Spring,” as examples, comments Owen.

Circle Principle

For Owen, like Jack Mezirow, author of the paper, “Core Principles of Transformative Learning Theory,” 20th-century Brazilian educator Paulo Freire and 36

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Juanita Brown, cofounder of The World Café, learning is transformation, the keystone of life, and the essence of meaningful education. “The circle principle contains the predictability of fresh, emerging thoughts and learning that never occurred previously,” explains Owen. He points to an experiment regarding children’s capacity for self-learning initiated by Sugata Mitra, Ph.D., the former science director of an educational technology firm in India. On the outside wall of the building where he worked, Mitra installed a computer facing a New Delhi slum where most children were unschooled and illiterate and had never seen a computer. He turned it on and told children they could play with it. Via a noninvasive video camera, he watched 7-to-13-year-olds discover how to use the computer and teach each other how to play music and games and draw using Microsoft’s Paint program. Repetition of the experiment in other impoverished sections of India yielded similar results. Wherever he established an Internet connection, children that could not read English, the Internet’s default language, taught themselves

how to use the Web to obtain information through their interactions with each other and the computer. “I agree with what Mitra surmised from his experiment—learning is emergent, which is another word for self-organizing,” remarks Owen. Like Freire, Owen likens traditional education to the “banking” method of learning, whereby the teacher passes information to students that become dependent on someone else rather than learning how to think on their own. Suzanne Daigle, a Sarasota, Florida-based consultant with a Canadian multidisciplinary consulting firm, explains how the OST learning environment changed her life: “My personal transformation began in 2009, when I volunteered to assist another OST facilitator. I was a perfectionist who judged myself harshly and struggled with the question, ‘Who am I to think I can help hold space for leaders to transform themselves through their learning when I have so little experience?’” She notes, “Before such experiences, even though I was a leader in my corporate career, I doubted myself and often believed that what others had to say was more significant and interesting than what I could express.” Now she says she has shed her people-pleasing tendencies and former attempts to control other people’s agendas and discovered the freedom and courage of her own voice. “As an OST facilitator, my life work now occurs in the moments I am collaboratively learning and listening for opportunities to enter into meaningful conversations that can lead to actions,” says Daigle. “I invite others to do the same.”


In a compulsory two-year Theory of Learning class for an International Baccalaureate degree at California’s Granadas Hill Charter High School, math and science educator Anais Arteaga helps students apply two major elements of transformative learning: self-reflection to critique one’s own assumptions and discourse through which they question or validate their judgments. She focuses on the roles that perception, language, reason and emotion play in a student’s learning and decision-making abilities.

“Questions and lively discussions are the basis of the class,” Arteaga says. “We begin with a question and explore what we know, how we know it and any conclusions drawn from the process.” Using a democratic model in which the teacher welcomes critical discussion, Arteaga and her students have mutually discovered that knowledge is not static, but has a history and changes over time. “When we first started the class, it was challenging to accept that in many situations there is no right or wrong, just relativity and a matter of perception. We don’t really know anything for certain,” she remarks.

Worldview Explorations

Katia Petersen, Ph.D., is the executive director of education at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), headquartered in Petaluma, California. She co-developed the tools, practices and 22 lessons in the pioneering organization’s Worldview Explorations (WE) project. Founded on 40 years of IONS research, WE engages everyone in age-appropriate ways in reflecting upon long-held assumptions and how beliefs create the lens they see through, ultimately improving how they understand and respond to the world. “When individuals understand the power of offering their story and are open to the worldview stories of others, they no longer focus attention on differences and limitations,” says Petersen. “They realize that everyone has their own truth.” Through small groups and conversations, participants unpack how the program has influenced them by answering questions that explore what inspired, surprised and changed the way they perceive the world. “WE’s transformative learning experiences draw from the heart and soul of individuals, rather than stuffing heads with ideas and perspectives, which serves them well as they embody and apply these tools and practices in their daily lives,” notes Petersen. She cites a particularly powerful moment for a group of young people she worked with. “A student was killed in a drive-by shooting two weeks before their certification. The transformative moment came when they said that

“There is no such thing as a neutral education process. Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate the integration of generations into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” ~ Richard Shaull, ThD

their new awareness and capacity for compassion and understanding would not allow them to seek revenge. Instead, they chose to save lives in their communities using their new skills.”

Mycelium School

Ashley Cooper and Matt Abrams, cofounders of the Mycelium School, in Asheville, North Carolina, re-imagined a learning environment for aspiring entrepreneurs and social change agents committed to activating their potential and realizing solutions to today’s challenges. A 12-week learning journey allows individuals to become increasingly adept at learning from and helping each other learn. The curriculum offers minimum structure, significant support and collaboration with others. “In the learning community, individuals are dedicated to a project or life question of their choice,” explains Cooper. Participants’ goals include changing careers, determining the next steps after retirement or how to pursue true passions to make a difference in the world. natural awakenings

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Cheri Torres, Ph.D., founder of the Asheville-based Innovation Partners International SE, was one of the earliest participants in the Mycelium Learning experience. She says that she obtained an expanded understanding of the approach that she uses in her work. “The whole systems approach I use with organizational and community leaders enables them to shift from a top-down management model to one that engages everyone and uses the collective intelligence and collaborative efforts of all for the collective good. My own learning journey transformed the level of awareness I bring to my work and the understanding of who I am,” advises Torres. “My original guiding question was, ‘How can I get so clear about my work that I can explain it in plain language?’ Ultimately, my question shifted to what would it be like for me to live and work from a place of wholeness. Through conversations with Ashley and self-reflection, I realized I was not walking my talk within my own mind-body-spirit system. My journey helped me understand that my most effective role in my

own life, as well as with clients, is to create the conditions for collective intelligence and collaboration to emerge in service to the whole,” says Torres.

World Café

Like OST, the World Café, co-created by Brown and David Isaacs, of Burnsville, North Carolina, creates a transformative learning environment for individuals of all ages. Its primary principles are: set the context, create hospitable space, explore questions that matter, encourage everyone’s contributions, connect diverse perspectives, listen together for patterns and insights and share collective discoveries. Webs of conversation created around actual or occasionally virtual tables resemble those found in coffeehouses. “Conversation is a core meaningmaking process, and people get to experience how the collective intelligence of a small or large group can become apparent,” says Brown. After several rounds of conversation on one or more topics, participants offer their harvest of key insights, learning and opportunities for action with the full group gathered to reflect together on their discoveries.

“World Café provides an environment in which you are comfortably drawn forward by the questions you are asking together. When enough diversity is present, varied perspectives are offered and people feel listened to and free to make their contribution,” observes Brown. What participants learn in this setting creates the climate of conditions that support the kinds of transformations that can change lives. Brown remarks, “When it happens to me, I feel like my brain cells have been rearranged. I know something in the collective, as well as the individual, has been evoked, so that something never before imagined becomes present and available.” Transformative learning has been compared to a sea journey without landmarks. Adventurous individuals that are open to traversing its highly engaging processes can emerge as autonomous thinkers, capable of contributing fresh, new ideas that just might transform the world we live in. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interviews.

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Children at Wisconsin’s Montessori School of Waukesha learn to baste; spoon beans or rice from bowls; cut paper, draw, paint or paste cutouts; and sew or embroider using a three-finger grip. It strengthens the muscles they will need later to practice writing skills.

Schools that Rock Innovators Blaze Creative Paths by Sandra Murphy

Creative educational initiatives offer more flexible programs of study than traditional institutions. First introduced into the United States in the latter part of the 20th century, today there are thousands of such facilities operating according to their own lights. Yet many share certain distinguishing characteristics including emphasis on close studentteacher relationships, diverse experiential learning and development of student decision-making skills aided by peer and parental support. All aim to prepare and equip students for future success both inside and outside the classroom.


At age 3, kids at the Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School, in Maryland, are gaining early math and motor skills, plus an appreciation for healthy foods, in unique and innovative ways. “The children roll out a long mat containing 1,000 beads that they use to learn to count by twos, fours and 10s,” says Jenny Smolen, development coordinator and grant writer for the school. “When it’s time for multiplication and division, they’re prepared.” The school is located in a food desert—fresh, unprocessed food isn’t readily available—so the kids plant 40

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seeds to grow in pots until it’s time to transplant them to the garden. “Before the seed-to-table program, the kids didn’t know what fresh tasted like. Now they go home and ask for vegetables for dinner,” says Smolen. The school also has six chickens that supply fresh eggs, and two beehives produced 100 pounds of honey last year that was sold to raise funds. The school is free of charge to Baltimore city students chosen by lottery. Currently, 330 students from diverse backgrounds ages 3 through 13 attend, with 1,000 names on the waiting list.


Waldorf School alumna Jocelyn Miller, an account manager at Matter Communications, drives 45 minutes from Newburyport, Massachusetts, to take her three children to the Cape Ann Waldorf School, in Beverly. “On bad weather days, I wonder why I make the drive, but the smiles when we arrive are worth it,” she says. There, her children spend time outdoors regardless of the weather. Indoors, they draw illustrations to bolster lessons on history and geography. Second-graders work in three-hour blocks of time, rather than the traditional 45 minutes. Third-grade students recently spent three weeks studying Greek mythology. Older students play in an orchestra and learn German and Spanish. They also knit; the craft builds manual dexterity and helps children learn to plan, correct mistakes, be creative, visualize the finished product and mindfully create something useful or decorative. Middle school and high school students at the Waldorf School of Garden City, in New York, universally participate in seasonal sports—baseball, softball, basketball and soccer. The emphasis on the values of teamwork and sportsmanship complement development of skills. The school’s policy is, “You don’t have to be a superstar to get playing time,” noting that the quality of athletic teams is consistently strong.

The school also brings some green into the city with a horticultural program that fully cultivates a quarter-acre field. Its steady harvest of fruits, vegetables, herbs and grains includes lettuce, beans, spinach, broccoli, kale, corn, oregano, thyme, rosemary, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. A new greenhouse keeps produce growing through winter months. Students at Conservatory Prep High School, in Davie, Florida, were tasked with finding a way to walk on water in order to explore principles of flotation and buoyancy. After researching and experimenting with each of a series of materials, they analyzed what went wrong, worked to fix it and then tried again. “We did the testing at our onsite pool,” says Wendy Weiner, Ed.D., the school’s founder and principal and a Waldorf alumna. “We saw some pretty funny results, but they eventually invented a pair of shoes that worked. Of course, they were pretty big shoes.”


Homeschooling provides another option. Parents don’t need to know all about a subject with organizations like Bridgeway Academy’s homeschool curricula at hand. This Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, institution provides easy access to tools and support for families nationwide. “We’re a kindergarten-to-12th-grade provider,” says Jessica Parnell, academy president. “Teachers in a school setting have to teach standardized subjects, in certain ways, to the whole class. We use customized learning to inspire and excite children individually. We help parents discover their child’s learning style, personality and ideal learning environment.” Materials provided include instructor guides, user-friendly websites and interactive games and other activities. “It gives kids the freedom to explore, learn and discover,” Parnell adds. “This is how you grow a lifelong learner.”


Un-schooling, another pioneering approach, is a method of homeschooling

Teachers, students and parents at Weinacker’s Montessori School, in Mobile, Alabama, apply daily, weekly, monthly and yearly logs of goals and work plans to track progress. All of this can be adjusted as kids discover new topics they want to learn more about. in which children pursue areas that interest them, eat foods they enjoy, rest when needed, choose friends of all ages or none at all and engage their world in unique, powerful and self-directed ways. Suzanne Strisower, a life and career coach in Oroville, California, has written a commoncore, standards-based curriculum for un-schoolers. “It’s a yearlong program for ages 15 and up designed to enable

a student to realize his career path and life’s purpose,” she says.

Online Tutorials

“There’s an explosion in online learning, too,” observes Bob Bowdon, executive director of nonprofit Choice Media, an education news service at, produced in New York City. School kids in some states are able to opt out of a class at school if they feel the teaching style is holding them back, instead tapping online teachers available in a virtual school setting. Louisiana’s Department of Education’s Jump Start program partners high schools and local companies to offer students one-day-a-week internships apprenticing in trades. “It’s real-world, on-the-job training,” says Bowdon. Thanks to such innovative approaches to school curricula and technology, parents and children have more options than ever before for learning. Instead of memorizing information until the next test and then forgetting it, more learning is customized and hands-on, because children that learn by doing, remember. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouis

Standout Schools Help Inner-City Kids Shine New York City students participating in The Young Women’s Leadership of East Harlem School are motivated to think about where, not if, they will attend college. The first three all-girl graduating classes boasted 100 percent college enrollment with the help of the Young Women’s Leadership College Bound Initiative, which funds a full-time college counselor at several of the city’s public high schools. The majority of the students are the first in their families to attend college. Harlem Village Academy Charter School, in Manhattan, ranks highest among all public, non-selective high schools in New York City in terms of college enrollment. Because many

children enter it as fifth-graders with a first grade reading ability, they typically receive extracurricular, phonics-based reading instruction, attend a homework club and have access to outside tutors. Performance generally improves throughout middle school, and 90 percent of the students stay in the Harlem Village Academies (HVA) network through high school. The class of 2012 had a 100 percent graduation rate compared with a 60 percent average for the city’s high schools. Nationally, only 8 percent of low-income students graduate from college, but 88 percent of all HVA high school graduates starting with its first senior class in 2011 have remain enrolled in college classes.

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ith children especially susceptible to germs, chemical sensitivities and allergens, it makes sense to ensure that the child-friendliness of day care facilities extends to their ecological integrity. When Denise Adusei, of New York City, was unable to find a preschool that included all the criteria she sought, she decided to create and direct Peartree Preschool, a yearround day care facility for 2-to-5-year-olds. “An eco-friendly day care environment is more than nontoxic paint, organic food and unscented soaps. It’s what you don’t see, as well,” says Adusei. “We first looked for a building with lots of natural light near Central Park. Manhattan has a high rate of allergens, so we went ahead with a thorough environmental inspection on what looked like an ideal building,” recalls Adusei. Inspectors pulled tiles from the floor, opened walls to check for mold and collected samples. “When they discovered signs of an old oil spill in the basement, we knew it was an unsafe place for children. We kept looking until we found the right building with large windows, near the park and environmentally safe,” she says, noting that her own kids now attend Peartree. Workplace coach Paul E. McGinniss, who also blogs at, says, “Creating a garden onsite and connecting with local farmers or CSAs [community supported agriculture] to provide healthy, fresh foods is a great way to educate kids via a learning activity. New York’s Hudson Valley, where I live, has a farm to school move-

ment. Everyone should know where their food comes from,” he says, echoing another day care cornerstone. In Madison, Connecticut, Tina Pascoe, a registered nurse, attorney and health consultant, co-founded Nurses for Day Care, a nationwide program. The staff finds that many children are sensitive to dye additives in mustard or ketchup, certain oils in soap, paint or cleaning fumes and fire-retardant chemicals embedded in new rugs and carpeting. “We push for the whole school to go green, not just the classroom, with the sensitive or allergic child in mind,” she says. “We’re willing to do whatever it takes, like providing special menus, banning perfumes and smoking, and only using disinfectant wipes or bleach during nighttime cleaning.” Pascoe personally works with about 80 facilities throughout the state. The Cottages at Michaels Learning Center, in Sarasota, is Florida’s first school to earn a Level Three Green School and green infant care certification from the National Green School Coalition and operates the city’s only certified green infant care program. Children from 6 weeks through kindergarten benefit. The school even conducts regular radon testing. Owner and Director Michelle Ireland assesses, “It’s cause and effect. One of the things we teach the children is how our actions have an impact on the world.” Mark Stedelbauer, vice president of marketing at eWater Advantage, in Raleigh, North Carolina, strives to inform day care administrators about the value of using electrolyzed water instead of cleansers. An electrical current that runs through a blend of ordinary tap water and minerals changes the basic nature of water. A lower pH creates a disinfecting solution; a higher pH results in a degreaser. Both solutions clean and kill germs without fumes, residue or allergy triggers. “Often, the combined cost of the electricity, water and mineral supplements used is less than what would be spent on multiple cleaning products,” Stedelbauer points out. It can be created by the half-gallon in a toaster-sized unit onsite and has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture (for use on meat) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (for use on produce). Also, electrolyzed water won’t harm skin or clothing. Creative Minds Learning Centers’ six locations are recognized by the Oregon Program of Quality as among the top 25 schools in the state. They buy renewable energy from wind, solar and biomass sources. At the school, they compost, plant sustainable gardens, collect rainwater and recycle. Nature preschools in the U.S., nearly 30 sites and growing, use a community nature center as a regular part of their learning program ( Generally, the children are outdoors for 45 to 90 minutes per day, weather permitting, and flexible activities allow them to investigate their own interests safely. Daily explorations build valuable skills like observation, sorting and experimentation. Children experiencing green day care see firsthand how healthy, environmentally sound choices can help make their present and future safe. Telling their parents about their school experiences is a natural bonus. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via natural awakenings

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Super-Immunity for KIDS Simple Ways to Boost a Child’s Long-Term Health by Lisa Turner

We’d love it if our kids had fewer sick days away from school, but what if by bolstering their immune systems now, we could also protect them from serious diseases going forward?


uring childhood, when the immune system is still developing, there’s a great opportunity to set the stage for improved health and resilience,” says Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a family physician and nutritional researcher in Flemington, New Jersey, and author of Disease-Proof Your Child. “A healthy diet and lifestyle can help kids avoid common childhood illnesses like colds, ear infections and allergies, as well as ensure greater resilience against disease later in life.”

Focus on High-Quality Foods

Fruits and veggies have a wealth of protective phytochemicals that enhance immune cell function and protect against disease. In a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, kids that ate the most fruit had a 38 percent lower risk of cancer later in life. Berries, cherries, plums and pomegranates are among the most powerful immune-boosting fruits. For veggies, eat more dark leafy greens, tomatoes, carrots and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. Also 44

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emphasize whole grains and healthy fats such as those found in nuts, seeds and avocado, advises Fuhrman. Sugar-laden calories depress the infection-fighting activity of white blood cells, says Dr. Alan R. Gaby, of Concord, New Hampshire, author of the textbook, Nutritional Medicine. Even natural sweeteners such as honey and juice have similar effects when consumed in excess, he says. Try healthy options like pomegranate and kiwi fruit salad; trail mix with raw almonds; dried cranberries and air-popped popcorn; and hummus with red pepper strips and baby carrots for dipping.

Pinpoint Allergies

Food allergies and sensitivities can suppress the immune system by increasing inflammation in the body and call for consultation with a health specialist.

“Whenever there is extra inflammation, the body has less available energy to keep the immune system functioning as well as it should,” says Dr. Fred Pescatore, a New York author of The Allergy & Asthma Cure. “It’s like putting the wrong type of gasoline in the car; it hinders your performance.”

Shore Up with Supplements

Probiotics can enhance immune function in children by stimulating white blood cells and reducing inflammation, says Gary B. Huffnagle, Ph.D., a University of Michigan Medical School immunology research professor and author of The Probiotics Revolution. They are especially protective against allergies, diarrhea and respiratory tract infection. Start with yogurt: Serve with cereal; mix with mashed bananas and freeze in ice cube trays for a cool treat; or make smoothies with unsweetened, non-dairy yogurt and frozen berries. Or consider a Lactobacillus acidophilus supplement; aim for 5 billion CFUs per day of Lactobacillus or bifidobacterium. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), an ayurvedic herb, boosts immunity by supporting and balancing adrenal function, says Dr. John Douillard, Ph.D., a Boulder, Colorado, chiropractor, ayurvedic physician and author of Perfect Health for Kids. The adrenal glands produce cortisol, and overproduction of this “fight-or-flight” hormone can dampen immunity. Ashwagandha is particularly helpful for preventing colds and can also be used when kids are stressed or tired. For children ages 6 to 12, give 500 milligrams per day with breakfast; children over 12 can take 1,000 mg a day.

Stabilize Hormonal Changes

“Puberty and adolescence are marked by dramatic shifts in and surges of hormones,” says Dr. Richard Shames, of Sebastopol, California, co-author of Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled? “This is monumental, as far as the developing immune system

Tell kids they’ll get sick, and chances are it’ll happen. Instead, nurture an attitude of wellness and help them learn they have control over their own health. is concerned. As the immune system is directly linked to hormonal influences, any hormonal imbalance will affect overall immunity.” Shames recommends selenium—a potent antioxidant and general immune booster—to help balance hormones. For children ages 8 to 18, aim for 100 mg per day.

Let ’em Get Dirty

“Once a child has been exposed to dirt and germs, the immune system responds by trying to expel those bacteria from the body, which strengthens immunity,” counsels Jane Sheppard, owner of and founding executive director of the Holistic Pediatric Association. Avoid antibacterial soaps, cleansers and gels; most contain the chemical triclosan, which some researchers suspect of contributing to development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Instead, use a natural antibacterial gel or make one, by combining witch hazel or alcohol, tea tree oil and lavender essential oil.

Stay in the Sun

“The sun is our primary source of vitamin D, which has broad effects on the immune system,” Fuhrman says. “Depending on your skin tone and the local climate, about 15 minutes of full sun exposure a day will lead to natural production of sufficient amounts of vitamin D.” If kids have dark skin or live in a cloudy region, they may need vitamin D supplements—at least 200 IU per day.

Laugh Out Loud

“You can give your kids the best food and nutrition, but if they have underlying sadness, their immune system will suffer,” remarks Sheppard. “When you’re happy and when you laugh, your brain releases chemicals that increase immunity.” Lisa Turner is a Colorado-based health writer. natural awakenings

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Safe & Sustainable

SEAFOOD Navigate Today’s Best Choices Using Updated Guides by Judith Fertig

We love our seafood, a delicious source of lean protein. The latest data reports U.S. annual consumption to be more than 4.8 billion pounds of it, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with the average American eating 3.5 ounces of seafood a week. About half of the catch is wild-caught and half farmed. How do we know which fish and shellfish are safe to eat and good for ocean ecology?


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he best approach is to choose seafood carefully. Oil spills, waste runoff and other environmental disasters can compromise the quality of seafood with toxic contaminants like mercury and other heavy metals and industrial, agricultural and lawn chemicals. These pollutants can wash out from land to sea (and vice versa). As smaller fish that have eaten pollutants are eaten by larger ones, contaminants accumulate and concentrate. Large predatory fish like swordfish and sharks end up with the most toxins. Beyond today’s top-selling shrimp, canned tuna, salmon and farmed tilapia, more retailers and restaurants are also providing lesser-known seafood varieties like dogfish and hake as alternatives to overfished species such as sea bass and Atlantic cod. These newto-us, wild-caught fish can be delicious, sustainable and healthy.

Choices Good for Oceans

An outstanding resource for choosing well-managed caught or farmed seafood in environmentally responsible ways is Seafood Watch, provided through California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium. Information on the most sustainable varieties of seafood is available in a printed guide, updated twice a year. The pocket guide or smartphone app provides instant information at the seafood counter and restaurant table. Online information at and via the app is regularly updated.

The truth is that no one fish can be seen as a sustainability darling, because if it is, it’s sure to be overfished. ~ The Blue Ocean Institute, led by MacArthur Fellow and ecologist Carl Safina, Ph.D., supports ocean conservation, community economics and global peace by steering consumers and businesses toward sustainably fished seafood. It maintains a data base on 140 wild-caught fish and shellfish choices at Hoki, for instance, might have a green fish icon for “relatively abundant” and a blue icon for “sustainable and well-managed fisheries,” but also be red-flagged for containing levels of mercury or PCBs that can pose a health risk for children. As species become overfished, rebound or experience fluctuating levels of contaminants, their annual ratings can change.

Choices Good for Us

To help make choosing easier, Seafood Watch has now joined with the Harvard School of Public Health to also advise what’s currently safe to eat. Entries on their list of “green” fish, which can shift annually, are low in mercury, good sources of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and caught or farmed responsibly. If the top-listed fish and shellfish aren’t locally available, look for the Seafood Safe label, started by EcoFish company founder and President Henry

Lovejoy, which furnishes at-a-glance consumption recommendations based upon tests for contaminants. Labels display a number that indicates how many four-ounce servings of the species a woman of childbearing age can safely eat per month. (Find consumption recommendations for other demographics at Expert-reviewed independent testing of random samples of the fish currently monitors mercury and PCB levels. Lovejoy advises that other toxins will be added to the testing platform in the future. “My dream is to have all seafood sold in the U.S. qualify to bear the Seafood Safe label, because consumers deserve to know what they’re eating,” says Lovejoy. “We need to be a lot more careful in how we use toxic chemicals and where we put them.”

Retail Ratings

Some retailers also provide details on their seafood sourcing. Whole Foods, for example, offers complete traceability of the fish and shellfish they carry, from fishery or farm to stores. Their fish, wild-caught or farmed, frozen or fresh, meet strict quality guidelines in regard to exposure to antibiotics, preservatives and hormones. They also display Seafood Watch and Blue Ocean Institute ratings at the seafood counter. Wise seafood choices feed and sustain our families, foster a healthier seafood industry, support responsible local fisheries and keep Earth’s water resources viable. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

SUPERB SEAFOOD According to Seafood Watch and the Harvard School of Public Health, the Super “Green” list includes seafood with low levels of mercury (below 216 parts per billion [ppb]) and at least 250 milligrams per day (mg/d) of the recommended daily consumption of omega-3 essential fatty acids. It also must be classified as a Best Choice for being caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways at

The Best in July 2013

n Atlantic mackerel (purse seine, U.S. and Canada) n Freshwater Coho salmon (tank system farms, U.S.) n Pacific sardines (wild-caught) n Salmon (wild-caught, Alaska) n Salmon, canned (wild-caught, Alaska) The “honorable mention” list includes seafood that contains moderate amounts of mercury and between 100 and 250 milligrams per day (mg/d) of the recommended daily consumption of omega-3s. It also must be classified as a Best Choice for being caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways at

More Healthy Choices

n Albacore tuna (troll- or pole-caught, U.S. or British Columbia) n Sablefish/black cod (Alaska, Canadian Pacific)

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Barbecue Fare with a Local Flair by Linda Sechrist


he warm summer months are like mythic sirens beckoning families and friends to fire up the grill for a backyard barbecue and gather around the picnic table under the shade of swaying palm trees. Rather than wreaking havoc on a generally sensible eating plan, local sources such as Wynn’s Market, in Naples, and Ada’s Natural Market, in Fort Myers, offer a few suggestions for lightening up cookout fare that will still allow for plenty of savory enjoyment on a carefree summer day. Ever since Wynn’s Market opened Naples’ very first refrigerated meat case in 1950, the store has offered highquality cuts of meat. Today, grillmasters can choose from an array of meats that include grass-fed options, USDA Prime beef, certified Angus beef, organic and free-range Bell & Evans chicken and all-natural Chairman’s Reserve pork. “It’s important to have good marbling in any cut of meat, because that’s what guarantees great tenderness and flavor,” advises Kevin Grimes, Wynn’s meat department manager. For grilling, he recommends New York strip, rib eye, porterhouse, sirloin and tenderloin steaks. For ground beef, an 80/20 lean-tofat ratio or Kobe ground sirloin will make juicy hamburgers. For chicken and turkey, a lean-to-fat ratio of 93/7 is best for grilling. Fresh seafood on the grill, Gulf shrimp, wild-caught salmon and freshly caught Gulf delicacies like grouper and snapper are always a hit. “A lot of our suppliers will call us when the boats come in, and that’s how we can offer the freshest selection possible” says Grimes. “We have one supplier of wild-caught salmon and halibut from the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon that overnights us some of the most beautiful, fresh products. Doesn’t get any better than that unless you catch it yourself.” At Ada’s Natural Mar48

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ket, which specializes in a good selection of organic options, Winfield Lenz, executive chef and deli manager, makes an assortment of side dishes on-site that complement any type of grilled meat, poultry or seafood. “I fire-grill fresh veggies daily over applewood and beechwood chips,” she describes. “Then they are seasoned gently with olive oil, salt, pepper and herbs.” Lentz also makes two varieties of quinoa salad. The Mediterranean-style version is seasoned with artichoke hearts and a mild olive oil dressing. Southwestern quinoa is oil-free and tossed up with salsa, onion, black beans and cilantro. Another great accompaniment is the Greek garbanzo bean salad, made with olives, feta cheese, artichoke hearts, peppers and onions and organic beans. The spinach/mushroom and the roasted red pepper chicken sausage is also made on-site using only cagefree, hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken. Ada’s is prepared for summer. “We’re a convenient stop on the way to the beach,” says Lentz. The store has a special picnic case that has everything from cruelty-free, hormonefree, prepared pork ribs and uncured, nitrate-free hot dogs to potato salad. It’s a ready-to-go picnic. Anyone can stop by, make their selections and be on their way to a summer outing in the backyard or at the beach. The market even sells natural sunscreens without preservatives. Wynn’s Market, 141 Ninth St. N., Naples, 239-2617157. See ad, page 53. Ada’s Natural Market. 7070 College Pkwy., Fort Myers, 239-939-9600., Market. See ad, page 29. Photos: Upper photos of Ada’s Natural Market; lower photos from Wynn’s Market.

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One-of-a-Kind Salt Cave in Naples by Linda Sechrist


ince 2009, the benefits of spending time in the unique microclimate found in salt rooms, salt mines or salt caves have been slowly becoming recognized by Neapolitans, thanks to The Salt Cave, in Naples. “I’m pleased at how local residents have embraced halotherapy and speleotherapy, which were rediscovered in Eastern Europe during the 19th century when a Polish physician noted that salt miners seldom had respiratory diseases,” remarks owner Andrea Geresdi. “This therapy is now prescribed by physicians and therapists in Europe to improve their patients’ symptoms of asthma and bronchitis, as well as insomnia and chronic ear-nosethroat conditions such as allergies and


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sinusitis. Additionally, it has been used to help improve dermatological disorders such as acne, neurodermatitis and psoriasis. I personally believe it is an excellent tool for detoxifying the body.” The Salt Cave’s 3,800 square feet of space contains a one-of-a-kind, 625-square-foot salt cave created by Geresdi and her family. The floor, walls and ceiling of the cave are covered with fine, pink crystal salt mined from the Himalayan Mountains. Inside, visitors experience a microclimate that replicates exactly what is found within natural underground salt caves; 40 to 50 percent humidity, a temperature of 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and an aerosol of salt particles ranging from one to five micrometers in diameter.

During a 45-minute session in the cave, clients sit in relaxed positions on comfortable chairs and listen to calming music while the salt aerosol emerges from the Iiris Automatic Digital Generator, a relatively recent technology. The remaining space at The Salt Cave is designated for private therapy rooms, yoga and sacred geometry classes, crystal bowl meditations, energy and bodywork sessions and lectures and seminars. Location: Heritage Court, 4962 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. For more information, call 239-403-9170, email or visit See ad, page 18.

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Runner’s Hi Women and Social Media Revolutionize the Sport by Debra Melani


hether donning colorful tutus or making a marathon a girls’ day out, the current running scene is attracting a broader group of fitness-seekers mindful of the enhanced benefits of a more well-rounded approach. Rather than pursuing fierce competition and personal bests, these runners are focusing on social bonding and overall well-being, likely boosting


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their fitness success. Two main factors are fueling what’s shaping up as a new running boom: women and social media. “The first running-boom era was malecentric and competitive,” observes Ryan Lamppa, of Running USA. He’s referring to the 1970s, when, largely thanks to 1972 Summer Olympic marathon gold medal winner Frank

Shorter and The Complete Book of Running, by James Fixx, many were inspired to hook up Walkmans, lace up sneakers and train for distance races. “Today’s running boom is female-centric, much bigger and more focused on health and fitness and completion, rather than competition.” Forget elapsed running time; just cross the finish line and have fun doing it, seems to be a growing mantra. Women’s participation hit an all-time high in recent years, comprising 56 percent of the more than 15.5 million runners finishing U.S. races sanctioned by Running USA in 2012 and 61 percent of U.S. half-marathoners in 2013. “Women tend to be more social and more in tune with their health overall, and that’s definitely a driving force,” Lamppa says. Couple the female factor with social media-driven, nontraditional race events and the result is explosive. “Events are fun, community-centered and sometimes charity-driven,” Lamppa says of the many innovations, from paint-splashing 5Ks to mud-slinging obstacle course action, which attracted 4 million entrants last year.

Boosts Bonding

These trends could indicate America’s collective progress toward fitness as studies show the social factor plays a huge motivational role in participation. “I think running adherence strengthens when there is accountability and social support,” remarks Englewood, New Jersey, sports psychologist Greg Chertok, citing a meta-analysis of data in Sport & Exercise Psychology Review that backs his notion. For example, such social exercise events inspire happiness. “If you are physically close to someone that is happy, eager and optimistic, you are naturally going to share those feelings,” explains Chertok, who is also a spokesman for the American College of Sports Medicine. “Just through social connectedness alone, you’ll gain boosted performance and mood.” As a finisher of two Tough Mudders (an intense obstacle course challenge),

Chertok can personally testify to the benefits of camaraderie. “It’s just like if a married couple got stuck in a storm and had to brave the elements; the act of doing something challenging together is very bonding.” Simply joining a recreational running group—also increasingly popular and often social media-driven—can bolster success. “When a bunch of individuals work together to pursue a common goal, they are incentivized by the group,” Chertok remarks. “You’ll run at a faster clip or go a longer distance if you are with a group, because each runner values the group and doesn’t want to let members down.”

Brings Balance

Mixing things up can also improve running performance and decrease risks of injury, enhancing long-term staying power. One study found that eight weeks of simple strength-training exercises by conditioned runners boosted their running performances over their conditioned, but non-strength-training peers, as noted in the Health & Fitness Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. As for injury prevention, everybody, regardless of sport, needs to cross-train, advises Mindy Caplan, a wellness coach in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “In any sport that you engage in, you end up working certain muscles the same way all the time. Then those tighter muscles start to pull on the joints and without stretching, you end up with problems.” Moving the body in different ways helps, and working on stretching and flexibility can elongate muscles and protect tendons and joints. “The new runner of this second running boom has much more information about training, health and fitness, and injury prevention,” says Lamppa, who occasionally cross-trains by biking and includes some yoga-related stretching as part of his regular routine. “You have to have balance in your running as in your life. If you can get to that point, you will get a very positive response from your body and mind.”

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ell-conditioned runners focus on diet, particularly when health foods can put some punch in their pace. Registered Dietician Kelly Pritchett, Ph.D., a University of Georgia assistant professor of sports nutrition and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, shares benefits of two foods that are currently popular with runners. Tart cherries are loaded with flavonoids, antioxidants with powerful anti-inflammatory effects. One study of runners in the Hood to Coast 197-mile relay race from Mount Hood to Seaside, Oregon, found that cherry juice notably decreased muscle damage and soreness in runners compared with a group imbibing a placebo drink. The runners drank 10.5 ounces

of Montmorency cherry juice twice a day for seven days prior to the race and every eight hours on race day (Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition). Make sure juices are 100 percent cherry juice. Beet roots contain nitrates, vasodilators that relax the blood vessels, allowing them to pump more efficiently and increase exercise efficiency. Researchers found that runners eating beets rather than a placebo ran an average of 3 percent faster. According to the study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 200 grams of baked beetroots or an equivalent nitrate dose from other vegetables should be consumed one hour before exercise. Nitrates are also found in spinach, broccoli, fennel, leeks and celery.

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WATER DOGGIES Given a Pool or Lake, Canines Dive Into Action by Sandra Murphy

Water sports for dogs can be done just for fun or to earn recognition. Venues range from a backyard adult or kiddie pool to a lake, river or ocean. All offer healthful exercise for canine bodies and brains.


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ome dogs seem born in another. To prevent posto swim, while others sible squabbles, company learn to love it and policy allows only samea few make entertaining household dogs to swim in spectators. It all depends the same pool. on temperament, breed and “Max is a fetching mabody style plus energy and niac in the water,” remarks confidence levels, as well Yue. “He doesn’t like to as training. dive, but if his ball sinks, Not all dogs love to he’ll go after it. It’s low-imswim, says Eileen Proctor, a pact, high-exercise playtime Michelle Yue and Max and the only thing I know pet lifestyle expert in Denver, Colorado, so proceed cautiously. that will wear out a 2-year-old German “One of the first things to do is buy a shepherd pup.” properly fitted life jacket that keeps his The skill of directed retrieval can be head out of the water,” she counsels. described as advanced fetching. Several “Once he is used to wearing it, train toys or dumbbells are placed on the him to use steps [like in a pool] to walk bottom of the pool and the handler tells into and out of the water every time.” the dog which item to retrieve. Nautical Michelle Yue, a professional dog nosework is the most challenging—five trainer in Washington, D.C., takes her floating objects like tennis balls or dumdog, Max, to a dog-specific pool twice mies are launched into the water by a month. At the Canine Fitness Center, another person. The dog must then find, in Annapolis, Maryland, Max swims in indicate and retrieve the one ball his one pool while canine buddies paddle person has handled.


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Other fun options are teaching a pet to tow a raft in the pool or to team swim with his owner. In a more complex aquaagility exercise, the dog swims a circle around his owner as a prelude to both of them swimming a synchronized, zigzag course between floating markers before returning to their starting positions. Ernie, a 95-pound Labrador retriever that lives with Sierra Prause, a marketing assistant, and Jaron Clinton, a search engine content marketer, in Phoenix, Arizona, rides in the storage area of Clinton’s kayak. Ernie came to them at age 4 and has always loved to jump in and swim alongside his owners. “Ernie’s claim to fame is fetching two tennis balls at once,” says Prause. “He wasn’t allowed in the pool at his former home, and now revels in taking a cooling dip after his twice-aday walks.” Maria Schultz, author of How to SUP with Your Pup, enjoys stand up paddleboarding with her Australian shepherds, Riley and Kona, on rivers near her home in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She and Riley learned together in the living room. “I brought the board home and taught Riley how to hop on and off, where to sit or lie on the board, and to relax,” she relates. “I forgot the living room floor stood still. Riley was surprised when he got on the board on the river to find that it moved.” Riley was a good sport about it; within a week, he knew how to ride along. Kona took several months to get the hang of it. “Have patience, make it fun and all positive,” Schultz advises. “Know what motivates your dog. Riley works for food, Kona for praise.” For the more adventurous, Loews Coronado Bay Resort, in San Diego, offers one-hour surfing lessons for canine guests. Taught by Coronado Surfing Academy instructors, the only requirement is that a dog enjoys water. Of course, board shorts and a bandana are also provided so that Fido gets the full surfer dude experience. Enjoying warm weather and cool water with man’s best friend provides perfect fun for these dog days of summer.



irst, check if area community pools allow dogs for special sessions. Many offer canine swims as fundraisers during off-season periods. Make sure the pet is sociable and wears a life jacket. The best swimmers include breeds used in water rescue or retrieval, such as the Newfoundland, Labrador retriever, Portuguese water dog, poodle and spaniel, as opposed to those with shorter snouts and airways. The stocky bodies and shorter legs of Scotties and dachshunds are also less conducive to water play. Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of Veterinary Services at Petplan Pet Insurance, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, gives three key safety tips: Be alert for signs of tiredness, like trouble staying afloat or struggling to catch their breath; watch for vomiting, diarrhea or fever due to harmful bacteria in some waterways; and don’t let dogs drink from the ocean. Ingested salt water can unbalance electrolytes and lead to dehydration, brain damage, kidney failure and even death.

Pet expert Eileen Proctor recommends dabbing sunscreen on pet noses and ears before swimming and putting on the dog’s life jacket before going into, on or near the water. Always ensure that dogs are well-trained to come when called and leave found items and to take a break to rehydrate and rest. Supervise swimming dogs closely and make sure they aren’t drinking the water. If a dog hesitates to enter the water, leave his non-retractable leash on to reassure him he has assistance if needed, and stay in the pool with him. Establish a cue for entering and leaving the pool and use it before the dog overtires. Don’t allow a pet to climb the pool’s ladder to exit because a paw could slip, causing injury or panic. When boating, pull into a secluded area with no running propellers, active paddling or underwater snags, and keep the pet on a non-retractable lead or trained to swim close by. Rinse fur immediately after every swim to remove chlorine, bacteria, dirt or salt, and then dry the dog’s inner and outer ears.

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inger-songwriter Pharrell Williams, whose infectious hit song, “Happy,” has spread joy worldwide, seems to know the secret to happiness. More than 1,500 people from 140-plus countries have posted their own happy video spinoffs at, inspired by his daylong music video featuring Los Angeles residents from all walks of life dancing and lip-syncing to the tune. Can happiness really be just a finger snap away? It depends on our unit of measurement—a moment versus a lifetime. Research by such authorities as Psychologist Martin Seligman, Ph.D., director of the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center, suggests that several basic ingredients are keys to long-term happiness, including a sense of purpose, engaging activities, quality relationships and achievable goals. Ultimately, happiness is a subjective state, gauged only by personal perception. Still, there are quick, simple things we can do to shift our mood into a higher gear, according to Jonathan Robinson, author of Find Happiness Now: 50 Shortcuts for Bringing More Love, Balance, and Joy Into Your Life. “Broadly, happiness shortcuts fall into two categories— those that help in letting go of negative emotions and those that help in tuning into or expanding positive feelings,” says Robinson. “The end result is the same.”

Practice gratitude. When the day’s affronts seem excessive, we can reframe them by counting our blessings mentally or in a journal. Review the day with an eye to everything that went right. “Soon, you’ll start to see everything as a gift,” observes Robinson. Pencil it in. Take a few moments at the start of each week to block out a little time every day for happy activities. Pay it forward. It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day, advises Robinson. Give someone a compliment or a piece of chocolate and watch their attitude instantly change, which in turn lifts you into their happy cloud. Sing and dance. Williams applies this secret: Moving our bodies and vibrating our vocal chords helps shake us out of our mental cages. “It’s hard to feel bad when you sing. It’s a choice: You can stay angry for four hours or sing for 15 seconds,” Robinson notes. Don’t underestimate the power of a simple jumpstart to happiness. Research from the University of Arizona shows that as little as a forced smile not only releases stress-fighting neuropeptides and mood-lifting serotonin in the brain, it activates a chain reaction of happiness around us. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

This fall, the University of California-Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center will host the first public online course on the Science of Happiness. According to Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., professor of psychology and founding director of the center, the university’s meta-analysis of research indicates that 50 percent of our happiness level is tied to genetics, while only 10 percent stems from our environment. “Therefore, about 40 percent of your happiness is up to you,” remarks Keltner. Students will learn practical, scientifically tested strategies for nurturing their own happiness and tracking progress. Sign up to audit the free course, which has already attracted 40,000 registrants, at 56

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So You’re Not Vaccinating. Now What? – 11am. With John “Doc” Edwards, of Mama’s Chiropractic Clinic. Session 3, The Infant Series: Hep B, Rotovirus, PCV, Hib. An educational session and Q&A for parents that have decided not to vaccinate their children. Free. The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 17, Ft Myers. 935-5093.

Study Sanskrit with Manorama – Aug 1-3. Enjoy Manorama’s playful and dynamic style of sharing the Sanskrit alphabet. During this weekend of personal and spiritual exploration, combined with intensive Sanskrit study, Manorama will guide the student on the path of Luminous Soul, sacred sound as light. $170, includes both days and course materials. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. See ad, page 54. In-Store Demonstration – 10:30am-3pm. Free taste sampling and free entry for raffle baskets. Live blood cell analysis, special offer $50. In one drop of blood learn the health of your body and what challenges it is dealing with. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 992-5838. Bird Beaches and Mangrove Creeks Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. A protected wild area of shallow waters, lots of birds and a variety of other creatures, including dolphins and manatees. $50 per person, includes all equipment and a FL master naturalist guide. At Bunche Beach and San Carlos Bay with GAEA guides. RSVP required: 694-5513. Talk on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 2-3pm. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress reduction course using mindfulness, gentle yoga and scientifi c research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical Center. Free. 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. RSVP: 590-9485.

Mini Readings – 1-9pm. With Candyce Strafford. Petunias of Naples, 825 5th Ave S, Naples. 403-3550.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 Nature Walk with Bird Patrol – 8:30am. See birds in native vegetation with experienced bird patrol guides pointing out the species, hot spots and crucial nesting area for many birds. Arrive a few minutes after 8am for intro and to sign waiver. Free with paid parking. $1/hour or $5/all day. Lakes Regional Park, shelter A7 (near train station), 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Ft Myers. 533-7580. The Big Latch-On – 10am. Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. Groups of breastfeeding women come together at registered locations around the world to “latch on” (breastfeed) their child or children at a set time. A free one-hour seminar, So you’re not vaccinating. Now What? will follow. See other listing under 08/02. The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 17, Ft Myers. 935-5093. or Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck

Scrying – Into The Looking Glass – 2pm. Learn how to use a crystal ball or a mirror to get intuitive visual information. Cleansing and preparing of the tools will be discussed as well as different techniques used for scrying and how to interpret messages. If you have your own crystal ball, crystal or mirror you are welcome to bring it, if not, borrow one of ours. $20. The Labyrinth 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3 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. Psychic Development – 1-4pm. An ongoing workshop. Topic: Crystals and how to work with them, Oracle readings and Meditation. $45. Goddess I AM Healing, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. Info: 228-6949.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 4 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am5pm. Dr Mark 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. Mini Readings – 5:30-8:30pm. With Candyce Strafford. $20/10 minutes. Daniela’s Restaurant, 13500 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 514-4414.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 5 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 17. Healing Qigong – 6:30-8pm. With medical qigong instructor Susan DeFlavis Winters, RN. Qigong strengthens the immune system, promotes health and prevents the development of disease. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. 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. Film Society Summer Series – 7pm. Featuring the film Chinatown. $25 includes pre- and postscreening discussions, one movie ticket, choice of beverage, savory bites and sweet treats. Silverspot Cinema at Mercato, 9188 Strada Place, Naples. Tickets: 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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 Things That Make Us Lose Weight? – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. We have been increasingly programmed to buy stuff that is “quick and easy”. Let’s look at how that’s going. Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600.

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Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 8/13. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 7 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.


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Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour on the Caloosahatchee – 6-9pm. See thousands of birds, sunset and moonrise. Lots of nesting birds flying in to roost for the night. $40 includes all equipment

and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. Dzogchen Meditation Intro Talk – 7pm. With Keith Dowman, renowned translator of Tibetan Buddhism and Dzogchen master. The Yoga of the Now – The Deep Heart’s Core, will be presented. $25 (no one turned away for financial reasons). Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 703-887-4993. 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.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9 Dzogchen Meditation Sessions – Aug 9-10. With Keith Dowman, renowned translator of Tibetan Buddhism and Dzogchen master. The Yoga of the Now – The Deep Heart’s Core, will be presented. Dowman will point out instructions of Dzogchen, our true nondual condition. Practical meditation instructions on discovering our “natural state” will be discussed. $200 (no one turned away for financial reasons). Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 703-887-4993. Reiki Clinic – 9am-12pm. Unique opportunity to receive a private, 45-minute Reiki session by a volunteer practitioner for $11 (value $75). Reduce stress, boost stamina and recover peace and balance. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. RSVP: 948-9444. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 11:30am-3:30pm. 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. 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. Foam Rolling for Anyone With A Human Body – 1-3pm. With Dr Danny Porcelli and Hanna Riley. Learn a technique called self-myofascial release. Working with a foam roller, you will learn the basics of this enhancing self-care modality that will benefit you whether you’re an athlete, a yogi, or if you think your body has become shaped like your office chair. Bring your own foam roller. $45. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 5981938 or 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. 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.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 10 ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Learning to Live Within the Spiritual Laws of Life. SW Florida Eckankar Center, 16387 S Tamiami Tr, Ste H, 2nd floor, Ft Myers. 482-4034.

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 self-realization 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. See ad, page 26.

Full Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Honor the moon, Mother Earth and the Divine Creator. Heal the waters of the planet. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering going to wildlife rescue. Horizon Way Public Beach on Gulfshore Blvd N, off Parkshore Dr, Naples. 398-3953.

MONDAY, AUGUST 11 Intro to Mixed Media Canvas Art – 12-3pm or 6-9pm. Two separate classes. Learn to make layered inspirational canvas art. Make an 8-by-10 picture to take home. See event pictures at the Goddess I Am FB page. Space is limited to six people. $30. Goddess I AM Healing, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. Info: 228-6949.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 12 Art Opening and Full Moon Drum Circle – 6-9pm. “Flight” art opening featuring the works of Kathy Spalding, Tim Parker and Danielle Branchaud with community drum circle and Interactive Art Painting. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. See ad, page 19.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13 Smart Foods Smart Children – 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron, of Nutrition Specialists of Florida. Learn how toxic exposure can cause ADHD, learning

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15 disabilities and other health-related issues. Whole Foods at Mercato, Naples. Limited seating. RSVP: 947-1177. See ad, page 2. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Combine the healing therapies of the Himalayan salt and the alchemical singing bowls. Restore your spirit and rejuvenate your body in the loving frequencies of light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 403-9170.

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.



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.

Reiki Master Class – 2pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the Reiki experience. Certification and attunement with this class. Prerequisite Reiki I and II . $50. The Labyrinth 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

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.

NYC Yoga Teacher Training Open House – 6:308pm. Naples Yoga Center fall teacher certification course begins Sept 13. This is a dynamic, vinyasa teacher certification program led by studio director Jacqueline Glasgow, E-RYT200, RYT 500, certified yoga therapist, along with senior NYC teachers.

Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free charts available. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

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Yoga For Your Core – 1-2:30pm. With Susie Lentz. The foundation for all yoga postures begins with connecting with your core. Join for a heated yoga practice that will teach you to move from your core to assess powerful posture, stability and strength. $25. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or

MONDAY, AUGUST 18 Talk on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 5:30-6:30pm. 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.

Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to lay out stones on a crystal grid in your space to enhance and bring in what you choose. Crystal grids are used for protection, prosperity, healing, stress relief, connecting to spirit energies and more. Based on using the flower of life or as some call it, sacred geometry. Free. The Labryinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 19 Crystal Bowl Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher states of joy and peace through the loving harmonics of the singing bowls. Open your heart to receive more love. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $10. Peaceful Escapes, 601 Elkcam Circle, Marco. 398-3953.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20 Community HU Sing – 3pm. Join in singing this love song to God. The Grind Coffee House, 16250 Summerlin Rd, Ste 101, Ft Myers. Info: 482-4034. Introduction to Mindfulness – 6-7pm. Wednesdays through Sept 10. With Samantha Banks. Learn the benefits of mindfulness mediation and cultivate more peace and less stress. A four-week introductory series on the basics of mindfulness. $100. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. RSVP: 590-9485. Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the Reiki experience. Certification and attunement with this class. Prerequisite Reiki I and II . $50. The Labyrinth 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark 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. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. Sunshine Discount Vitamins, 2608 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. 436-6659. 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 8/28. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.


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Living to 100 – 6:30pm. With Ashley Crampton, DC. Adapt your personal culture to transform your life with Maximized Living, a global movement changing the way people view and manage their health. Live longer and healthier while you serve your soul’s purpose. $11 includes food samples. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. RSVP: 948-9444. Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Pam Bzoch. Focus: throat chakra. Meditation and Reiki to clear and balance the chakra, enabling us to find our voice and creative expression. $20. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. See ad, page 19.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22 Non-Surgical FaceLift Seminar – 3-5pm. There are numerous ways to look young again. Learn the latest advancements in facial rejuvenation from SWFL’s facial expert. Free. Prediville Facial Plastic Surgery, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste A, Ft Myers. Space is limited. RSVP: 437-3900. Introduction to EFT Tapping – 7-9pm. With Pam Spera. A free introductory event to explain the benefits of Emotional Freedom Technique and to discuss the upcoming class series. Goddess I AM Healing, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. Info: 228-6949.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23 Smart Foods Smart Children – 1pm. With Dr Gary Gendron, of Nutrition Specialists of Florida. Learn how toxic exposure can cause ADHD, learning disabilities and other health related issues. Food & Thought Organic Market, Naples. Limited seating. RSVP: 947-1177. See ad, page 2.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 Bellabaci Method of Modern Cupping Workshop – 9am-6pm. This workshop will introduce massage therapists to a unique and fun method that clients will love and therapist will love, as it aids in working deeply, yet also saves strain on hands and wrists. Level 1 certification, eight CEs national certification. $225. Hampton Inn & Suites, 619 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral. 267-357-3525. See ad on page 33 and news brief on page 12.

MONDAY, AUGUST 25 Mindful Eating With Heart – Introductory Webinar – 6-7pm. Research shows diets, restriction and self-criticism keep us stuck in unhealthy patterns with food, emotions, stress and weight. Informational webinar on a new program in mindful eating, body awareness, meditation, self-compassion and integrative health coaching. Live online. Free. Register: 590-9485 or New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for the new you, envision for you, Mother Earth and all of humanity. Let the singing bowls carry your request up into the universe. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 403-9170.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27 Change Your Life Now! Workshop – 6-8pm. With David Essel. Why do we procrastinate, struggle with money or love, hang on to unhealthy habits or addictions, sabotage our own success and keeping weight off or go after your dreams? Learn how to create a path for success and release the negative thoughts and beliefs and reinvent yourself. Hyatt Regency Stillwater Spa, Estero. 433-9111. See ad, page 31.

followed by special meditation services throughout the day and a healthy lunch. Chaplains will be on duty to companion those participants who would like to pray with someone. Nature walk in silence, a labyrinth meditation, sacred poetry writing from spiritual guidance, several modalities of prayer and meditation demonstrations, special music and closing with a shamanic sacred fire ceremony. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

What Are We Throwing Away? – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. Our aversion to imperfect is costing us more than we know. What is the real cost of food we throw away and some options to create a better way? Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600.

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. Complimentary Meditation Class – 5:30pm. With Rev Felicita Ortiz, LCSW. Experience inner peace. In Spanish. Free. Inner Peace Resolution, LLC, 2900 14th St, Ste 2, Naples. Preregister: 537-8248. See ad, page 13. The Human Energy Field – 6:30pm. With Dr Carol L Roberts, a Harvard-educated medical doctor in practice at Perlmutter Health Center. Donations to benefit Humane Society of Naples. 800 Goodlette Rd N, Ste 270, Naples. RSVP: 649-7400. See article, page 34.


to be determined. Goddess I AM Healing, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. Info: 228-6949.

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Naples Yoga Center Teacher Certification Course – Sept 13-Dec 5. 8am. Runs for seven weekends. Because diversity is at the heart of Naples Yoga Centers approach to yoga, our trainings will feature input from a variety of NYC senior teachers with strong backgrounds in diverse styles of yoga. This dynamic and empowering vinyasa training program is yoga alliance approved. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, N Naples. 592-4809.


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 self-realization 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. See ad, page 26.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 29 Reiki Retreat – Aug 29-31. With Reiki Master Silvia Casabianca. Small group of Reiki practitioners meet to share experiences, healing hands, meditation, yoga at the beach and healthy vegetarian food. Bonita Springs. Call for details and cost: 948-9444.

Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. In one drop of blood learn the health of the body and what challenges it is dealing with. $50 special. In-store demonstrations, free taste sampling and free entry for raffle baskets. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 992-5838.



Complimentary Meditation Class – 5:30pm. With Rev Felicita Ortiz, LCSW. Experience inner peace. Free. Inner Peace Resolution, LLC, 2900 14th St, Ste 2, Naples. Preregister: 537-8248. See ad, page 13.


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.

Happehatchee Center Open House – 9am-5pm. Meet the instructors and staff, paint a critter on the eco-murals and sample the different class and workshop offerings. Drum Circle at 4pm. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

Sacred Wrapping Class – 1-3pm. With Bethanny Gonzalez. Learn how to create a wire-wrapped sacred crystal pendant. All materials provided. Price

World Day of Prayer: Let Your Light Shine – 7:30am. A day-long prayer vigil in honor of World Day of Prayer. Begins with a healthy breakfast,


Peace Day in the Park – 10am-6pm. Family- and pet-friendly event. Meditations, yoga, workshops, live music and dancing, arts, crafts, raffles, kid activities, food, inspiring and creative local vendors, K-9 charity walk, pet adoptions and more. Food drive and blood drive. Jaycee Park, Cape Coral. 5605224. See ad, page 57.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 Healing In America’s Certified Energy Healing Therapy Development Workshop – Oct 3-5. Level 1 of 3. With Internationally known author Molly Larkin and Rev Karen Coratelli-Smith. Learn transformational self-healing techniques for yourself and others, experience hands-on energy therapy and more. CEUs for nurses and massage therapist. $425 for Level 1. Naples. Rev Karen: 692-9120 or for class brochure and registration.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Bryan Kest Master Class – 12-3pm. Bryan Kest is an internationally recognized American yoga teacher known as the creator of Power Yoga and the founder of Santa Monica Power Yoga, in Santa Monica, California. He has led yoga classes, retreats and workshops worldwide. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, N Naples. 592-4809. See ad, page 39.

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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.


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.

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:



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.

Gentle Vinyasa Flow – 9-10am. With Meredith Musick. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato. Naples. 269-8846.

Yoga Class – 10am. Stretching and meditation. $10. Thomas Edison Congregational Church, 1619 Llewellyn Dr, Ft Myers. 244-7717.

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. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister. Susie Hulcher, music. Children’s ministry. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 2781511. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. Rivers and Creek Tour from Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve – 10am-2pm. Mangrove forest and nesting birds. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463.


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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Yoga Lab – 10:30am-12pm. With Meredith Musick. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato. Naples. 2698846. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 3:30-5pm. Give yourself what you needed that you didn’t get growing up. YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Mindfulness Meditation Classes – 5:30-7:30pm. Crystal-clear mindfulness meditation instruction and Buddhist philosophy. UUCFM, 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 910-6598. Drum Circle – 6-9pm. 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.

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. Gentle Movement and Meditation – 11am12:30pm. With JoAnn Rahl, BCSI. Explore a gentle way of finding options in your movement patterns to release old habit energy and discomfort. $15. Conscious Posture, 501 Goodlette Rd, Ste D-304, Naples. Preregister: 777-2597. 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. 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. Yoga – 6:30pm. With Marjorie McShand. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Chair yoga. By appointment only. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444.

A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009.

Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. Intro to Foundation Training Sessions – 5:30pm. With Harry Grimm. A safe and effective exercise program created to help you change the movement patterns that are hurting you. 1330 Rail Head Blvd, N Naples.227-0021.

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.

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.

Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. 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. Meditation – 7:15-8:15pm. From the beginner to the advanced practitioner, everyone will benefit from the meditation techniques introduced by Laurie Lyons. Donation. Naples Yoga center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, N Naples. 592-4809. Glow with the Flow – 7:30-8:30pm. With Nico Sanchez. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938.

tuesday Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles, while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. RSVP: 948-9444. Dance the NIA Technique – 10am. With Sandy Contento. Find your joy in movement while heal-

ing. $10. Pelican Marsh Fitness Center, Naples. 249-0022.

Complimentary Meditation – 5:30-6:30pm. Join us for an exploration of the teachings of the Buddha in his own words, as recorded in the Mahjima Nikaya. Free. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. 992-5838.

La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Tue. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Summit Church, 19601 Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy, Ft Myers. 489-3095.

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 6:30-8pm. Give yourself what you needed that you didn’t get growing up. YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106.

Women’s Overeaters Anonymous – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Carol: 676-7793.

Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938.

Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513.

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.

Yoga Class – 4:30-6:30pm. Kundalini Yoga targets specific energy systems in the body. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700.

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.

Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm and 6:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Quiet your mind, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Eyes

Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009.

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Power Yoga Basics – 7-8pm. With Gus Komnios. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938.

Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. 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.

Budukon Inspired Flow – 7-8am. Led by Gary Granza, this Budokon-inspired yoga practice is fun, dynamic and powerful, with emphasis on core strength. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, N Naples. 592-4809. Complimentary Yoga – 8:30-9:30am. Gentle flow yoga classes are structured around rejuvenating and energizing the body while calming the mind, preparing you for a productive day. Free. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. 992-5838. 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. 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. Baby & Me – 9-10am. With Lizz Cohoon. Ages 6 weeks to 1 year. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or Yamuna Body Rolling Class – 9-10am. $18. Selfmassage techniques to create space back into the body and tone muscles. Call to reserve balls. Arthur Murray Dance Center, Naples. Patti: 649-0814. Peace and Harmony: Gentle Yoga – 9-10:15am. Balance and restore energy at all levels as you tune into the healing vibration of nature utilizing all your senses. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothes. $10. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 676-7793.

Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Art & Nature Day – 10am-4pm. Tour the historic property and buildings. $10/adults, kids free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. 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. Urantia Book Study Group – 11:45am-1:15pm. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. 989-4052. Happy Yoga – 6pm. Yoga, dancing, hula hoops and meditation (all heart-openers). $10. Thomas Edison Congregational Church, 1619 Llewellyn Dr, Ft Myers. 244-7717. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. 1st Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Kundalini Yoga – 6-7:15pm. With Jessica Hesser. Open to all levels, classes are a unique blend of yoga postures, dynamic movement and breathing techniques. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamimai Trl, N Naples. 592-4809. Power Yoga Basics – 6-7:15pm. With Nico Sanchez. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples

ARTS Anonymous – 6:30-8pm. Only requirement is a desire to develop creative potential. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Dennis: 608-345-2726. 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. 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. Glow with the Flow – 7:30-8:30pm. With Ewa McLane. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938.

thursday Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Helen: 992-4864. Dance the NIA Technique – 10am. With Sandy Contento. Find your joy in movement while healing. $10. Pelican Marsh Fitness Center, Naples. 249-0022. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Church of Christ, 368 Herron Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. 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. New Hope Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 5:30-6:45pm. New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3825 McGregor Blvd, Room 106, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Nia Class – 6-7pm. $15. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. 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. Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Ewa McLane. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938. 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.


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Co-Dependents Anonymous – 12pm. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Sally: 948-9162.

all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513.

Toddler and Me – 3:30-4:15pm. With Lizz Cohoon. Ages 1-4. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or

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

Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. 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. Healing Circles – 6:30-9pm. Reiki Healing Circle, 1st Fri. Sacred Sound Healing Circle, 2nd Fri, Women’s Sacred Circle, 3rd Fri. Spirit Drum Circle, 4th Fri. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455. 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. Power Yoga Basics – 7-8pm. With Gus Komninos. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938. Peaceful Mind – 7-8:30pm. Relax, release and reset. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. With rotating teachers. $20, $70/four weeks or $10 for clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. 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.

friday 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. Peace and Harmony: Gentle Yoga – 9-10:15am. Balance and restore energy at all levels as you tune in the healing vibration of nature utilizing all your senses. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothes. $10. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. 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. 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. Vinyasa Flow – 10:15-11:15am. With Meredith Musick. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato. Naples. 269-8846.

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. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Every 3rd Sat. Offering some of Naples most experienced readers/healers. Call to make appointments. Walk-ins welcome. Goddess I AM Healing, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Dixieland Concerts – 1-3pm. Through September. Sponsored by the Naples Jazz Society. Free. The Norris Center, 755 8th Ave S and 8th St S, downtown Naples. 213-3058. David Essel Alive – 6-9pm EST. Get inspired. Join the national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. Tune in at

saturday Epiphany Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Bakery – 8am-1pm. Enjoy samples of all products. Indoor farmers’ market at The Shoppes at Vanderbilt, NW Corner of Vanderbilt Beach and Airport Rd. 3984428. Indoor Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. The Shoppes at Vanderbilt, NW corner of Airport and Vanderbilt Beach Rd, N Naples. 273-2350. 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. Power Vinyasa Yoga – 9-10am. Challenging yet accessible, power vinyasa flow is led by Certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor Jacqueline Glasgow. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, N Naples. 592-4809. Peace and Harmony: Gentle Yoga – 9-10:15am. Balance and restore energy at all levels as you tune in the healing vibration of nature utilizing all your senses. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothes. $10. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455. Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. Quilting for Healing and Empowerment – 9:30am-11:30am. With Mary Ann Whalen, LCSW. For individuals healing from trauma. Create a quilt symbolic of empowerment. Monarch Therapy, Naples. Register for next start date: 325-9210. 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-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Lee County Public Library, Lehigh Acres. 823-8219. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Carol 676-7793. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes

classifieds Fee for classifieds is a minimum charge of $20 for up to the first 20 words and $1 for each additional word. To place an ad, email NAclassifieds@ FOR RENT OFFICE SPACE – Space for rent on Anchor Rode Dr, in Naples. $700/mo. Call Christina: 293-0960. MASSAGE ROOM FOR RENT – Part-time office in North Naples. Monday-Friday after 3:30pm and full-time Saturdays and Sundays. $300 per month. 216-0759.

FOR SALE LONGEVITY RESOURCES STEAM CABINET – Has capability to add ozone generator kit. $800. Originally $2,300. Pat: 659-9100.

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ACUPUNCTURE Acupuncture/Hypnotherapy

Patricia Acerra, LAc, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM), CCht 2335 9th St N, #303B, Naples 34103 239-659-9100 • 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.

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

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 34.


Axis Natural Medicine

Graydon Snow, AP, DOM Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Keri Garcia, LMT – Massage 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100; Ft 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.

Dr. Hu Pan, A.P.

Office in Naples & Ft Myers 239-821-4482 Dr. Pan graduated from the department of acupuncture in Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and post-graduated from Tongji Medical University. He is proficient in both Eastern medicine and Western medicine with over 25 years of experience. See ad, page 21.

PHYLLIS C. WEBER, AP Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples 239-936-4199, Ft Myers

Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 17.

astrology BOB MULLIGAN

239-261-2840 • 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.

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.

Rolfed in Paradise, Inc.


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

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 • 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.

ree the child’s potential and you will transform him into the world. ~Maria Montessori natural awakenings

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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 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.


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.


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


Business & Residential Green Cleaning Services Naples • 239-404-7102 Let us take care of your mess while you do what you do b e s t . O ff e r i n g s u m m e r specials, group discounts and family-friendly personal services. Do not confuse familiarity with safety. Call today for a free estimate. See ad, page 35.


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


C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Lymph Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/ Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 62.


Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 678-717-8584: Debbie Randolph for Crystals 561-541-3437: Dominique Fuentes for Granite Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our warehouse. See ad, page 24.


Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 23.


860 111th Ave N, Ste 5, Naples 239-593-4911 • 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 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 38.


8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 A sanctuary in nature with weekly healing circles, yoga and personal growth classes. The beautiful Peace Pavilion and Bamboo Studio are available to rent for ceremonies and workshops. Home to the Mangrove Gathering Eco- Cafés and the Happe Summer Eco-Camp.


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 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

Healing Mind, Body & Spirit since 2005 • 239-253-9008 Maureen’s work opens the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved, spiritual growth is achieved and a more joyous life is possible.


1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 26, Naples 34110 239-631-2500 Your gourmet, raw vegan dining destination! Our menu is 100% gluten free. Experience flavors that pop. Discover how delicious healthy food can be. See ad, page 49.


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


Ft Myers: 12901 McGregor Blvd, Ste 5 239-337-7979 • and Naples: 2146 Tamiami Tr N 239-262-8111 • 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 43.


141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 53.


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


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

Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 29.

aLTeReD eLemeNTS

Lucy Finch Certified Crystal Healer Seraphim Blueprint Teacher 532 Park St, Naples 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 47.


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aWaKeN TO The TaROT WITh KIm 1342 Royal Palm Square Blvd, Ft Myers 239-910-0883 by appointment only

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.


239-272-2583 Phone readings also available. Align your unique soul connection through the guidance of healing words infused with vibrational attunements of higher wisdom for your present need and personal transformation.


7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market- prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 29.


Certified Holistic Health Practitioner 5385 Park Central Ct, Naples 239-595-1670 • 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.


18500 State Rd 31, Alva, FL 33920 239-313-8213 • 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 63.


Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 Improve your health naturally. Hormone testing. Bio-Identical Hormones. Powerful healing herbs and supplements. Male/ female anti-aging and sexual problems. Want to feel better? Call now! See ad, page 60.


aSSUage SPa

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax

9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C Ft Myers 33919 239-333-1450 • The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 35.

Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 19.

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NUTRITION SPeCIaLISTS OF FLORIDa 28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 •

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.


Naples • Bonita Springs • Estero • Ft Myers 239-398-9123

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.


Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D 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.

JOhN J. aDLeR, DPm

1722 Del Prado Blvd S, Ste 12, Cape Coral 239-573-9200 • Specializing in painless, noninvasive treatment promoting a natural approach to healthy living. Gentle homeopathic management for foot and ankle problems. Traumeel, Prolo Therapy. Boardcertified.


LIU’S aCUPUNCTURe CeNTeR Dr. Jiang Wei, MA70602 803 Myrtle Terr, Naples 239-298-2886

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.


JILL WheeLeR, ma, LmhC, RyT

Psychotherapy/Counseling/Life Coaching 2335 Tamiami Tr N, #206, Naples 239-595-3199 • 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.

BaLa VINyaSa yOga • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples New South Naples location. Baptiste Power Vinyasa Affiliate studio. 200and 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 49.

ReaLTOR KaReN L. BeaTTy, aBR, gRI

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


3547 Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers 33901 239-362-3551 Stepping out at social or business functions to smoke? Sneaking a smoke at work? Tired of the smell? Vaping offers a healthier alternative most anywhere. See ad, page 34.

BIJa yOga

1250 Tamiami Tr N, #205, Naples 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 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 35.

meReDITh mUSICK, e-RyT, LmT

Master Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist 239-269-8846 Positively change your life physically and mentally using time-tested, classical Hatha yoga and Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi bodywork. Specializing in therapeutic yoga and The Great Yoga Wall®. See ad, page 23.


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Southwest Florida - Naples / Fort Myers Healthy Living, Healthy Planet Magazine - Special Transformative Education Issue

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