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Enlightened Parenting Life seemed so much simpler when I was a kid growing up in the 1950s and 60s in a small Midwest town where everyone knew or knew of everyone else. My seven siblings and I biked around town safely without a second thought—and without the need for cell phones to keep our busy parents updated on our whereabouts. When my husband and I moved to Naples in the early 80s to raise our two kids, many of the personal support networks of the past were absent, and life called for different strategies. Eventual divorce then brought a new slew of unsettling, complex issues to deal with. I’ve always turned to mentors, books and workshops to help bring a loving consciousness to my personal and parenting journeys. As with any parent, daily interactions with my children provided an honest gauge for the inner child healing work I still had to do. In the early 90s I had the opportunity to receive 600 hours of training capped by certification in alchemical hypnotherapy. This modality focuses on rescuing the inner child from trauma, neglect and emotional pain in the past, usually played out in some way in the present. It was enlightening to so powerfully connect with my own inner child, sometimes still waiting to be rescued and loved. This ongoing connection continues to guide my daily interactions with both others and myself. As any parent knows, raising children practically demands continual personal and spiritual growth on our part. I’m reminded of a loving e-letter I wrote my grown daughter Alina after a visit a few years ago. I had realized I was projecting my fears about losing my son and my desires for her success in a way that wasn’t always healthy or helpful. I apologized and stated my intention to free her of my agenda and instead wholly acknowledge the incredible, wise, powerful woman she is today. I now trust that she is on her own perfect journey without imposed expectations (although I still have permission to mother her). I felt a great shift take place when I hit the send button. Our already great relationship has since transformed into an empowering new level of mutual trust, openness and freedom. She started sharing more deeply with me, inviting my input and also valuing it more because she asked for it. As I continue to think of her as powerful and capable, she shines even brighter when we’re together. Mostly, we just have fun! I hope you are as inspired as I am by this month’s special features centered on Enlightened Parenting (pages 40 to 45). We are blessed to have so many resources to support us all in our individual journeys. Always let your inner child out to play,
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Intracellular Health and Wellness Testing Presentation in Bonita
Back-to-School Open House at Keiser University
rospective students can explore the more than 100 degree programs available at Keiser University at the Back-to-School Open House from 5 to 8 p.m., August 5. The academically centered event at the Fort Myers campus will focus on specific employment opportunities. Keiser Universityâ€™s hands-on approach helps individuals gain a competitive advantage as they further their education. The open house will showcase the schoolâ€™s resources and invite prospective students to learn about degree programs in career fields such as health care, business, legal studies, culinary arts and information technology. Interactive classroom activities and lab demonstrations with students, faculty and alumni will also be held. With more than 16 campuses throughout Florida, plus online enrollment, the university continually monitors workplace trends to assist students with job placement. Its educational foundation is focused on providing the critical training skills and quality academic education students need to gain employment after graduation. Location: 9100 Forum Corporate Pkwy. For more information, call 888-8448404, visit KUOpenHouse.com or visit KeiserUniversity.edu.
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free Intracellular Health and Wellness testing presentation will be held at 6 p.m., August 12, at the office of Dr. Steven Coleman, in Bonita Springs. Coleman, who specializes in internal medicine, functional and nutritional medicine and regenerative medicine (platelet therapy and stem cell therapy), will be joined by Carrie Simon, of Spectra Cell Laboratories, in leading the event. Topics include how health and vitality begin at the cellular level, and that unbalanced levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can lead to health issues such as fatigue; reduced ability to handle stress; increased susceptibility to chronic inflammatory conditions such as diabetes or osteoporosis; and lessened immune system function that can lead to colds, flu and more serious illnesses. A Q&A will follow the presentation.
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Bala Vinyasa Yoga Now Known as greenmonkey
ala Vinyasa Yoga (BVY) has merged with East Coast yoga leader greenmonkey and is moving forward with a unified vision to expand and grow greenmonkey’s concept worldwide. The transformation of the BVY studios in Naples and South Naples is complete. Their student-centric yoga programs are rooted in research in collaboration with the University of Miami to offer the most optimal health and well-being for participants. Launching in Naples this November, greenmonkey’s new, first-of-its-kind 200-hour Modular Teacher Training program lets students customize their certification with six flexible modules available at different times and locations. The program is meant to revolutionize the way people think about yoga practice to better learn in an environment that works within their own lifestyles. Co-owned by former BVY owner Kiersten Mooney and Michael Block, former owner of its Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale locations, greenmonkey is now the largest yoga organization in South Florida, with five locations, including Coral Gables, employing more than 150 people, including 100 yoga teachers, with nearly 15,000 visits per month across their studios. Area locations: 6200 Trail Blvd. N. and 1800 Tamiami Tr. E. For more information, call 239-598-1938, email Kiersten@ greenmonkey.com or visit greenmonkey.com. See ad, back cover.
Nutrition and Wellness Classes in Bonita Springs
ertified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Kristi Willems will present the Lose and Learn series of four nutrition and wellness classes from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays this month at D-Signed Nutrition’s location in the Riverview Suites, in Bonita Springs. Participants will learn how to find a healthy lifestyle that will work for them. Class topics include Why Diets Don’t Work on August 6, Deciphering Food Labels on August 13, Portion Control and Mindful Eating on August 20 and Conquering Cravings on August 27. Willems’ presentations encourage participants to lose weight for good with a foundation of healthy living. While weight loss does take time, students will gain the tools needed to do it by eating healthy foods without deprivation or being on a strict diet. Cost: $100 series. Individual classes are available, although attending all is encouraged. Location: 27499 Riverview Center Blvd. For more information or to register, call 239-4444204, email Kristi@D-SignedNutrition.com or visit D-SignedNutrition.com. See ad, page 67. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Goddess I AM Moves to Larger Location
he Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center is moving to a space that is twice its original size in the same Naples plaza at 600 Goodlette Road North on August 1. The move allows the studio to accommodate its growing clientele and offer more events, classes and retail product sales. Grand opening events will celebrate the move, featuring an evening with Candyce Strafford at 7 p.m., August 21, and a party from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the following day with entertainment, psychic readings, raffles, sales and light snacks. The new space will feature a private reader and healing rooms; local aesthetics business Blissful Beauty and rental space for special events. Gaia’s Healing Gifts will have space to create organic, therapeutic-grade essential oil blends and sprays. Goddess I AM owner Beth Brown-Rinella is also planning a Red Tent Retreat, a women’s empowerment weekend encouraging inner knowing, creativity, joy and connection to the sisterhood of women, in September. For more information, call 239-228-6949, email BethTheGoddess @yahoo.com or visit GoddessIAM.com. See ad, page 72.
Special Yoga Classes at Purely You Spa
he all-organic Purely You Spa, in Naples, is offering yoga classes focused on core strengthening and alleviating back pain at 8:30 a.m., August 29, and at 7 p.m., September Laura Grabinkski 18. Laura Grabinski, one of the spa’s expert instructors, will lead attendees through a series of postures to strengthen the core and back, improve posture and balance, and calm the mind. “As we age, the core muscles naturally weaken, which puts extra weight on the spinal vertebrae and the muscles in the back,” says Director Jennifer Alvarez Linguidi. “The result of this weakening typically induces lower back pain and may degenerate discs. Strengthening our core muscles helps create greater structural balance and prevents back pain.” All attendees will receive complimentary aromatherapy and a $50 gift certificate toward their first private yoga session. The spa also provides organic anti-aging facial treatments, massage, airbrush tanning and body treatments. Cost: $18, includes antioxidant green tea and organic fruit; free for Purely You Spa members. Location: 3066 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 302. For more information or to register, call 239-331-8266, email Info@PurelyYouSpa.com or visit PurelyYouSpa.com. See ad, page 17.
I Can Do It! Conference in Orlando
ore than 30 thought leaders and experts will be on hand at the I Can Do It! Hay House Conference starting at 7:30 p.m., September 18, and all day beginning at 9 a.m., September Louise Hay Wayne Dyer 19 and 20, at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando. Featured speakers include Dr. Wayne Dyer, who will deliver the Friday evening keynote address; Dr. Brian Weiss, regarded by many as the worldâ€™s foremost expert in past-life regression; Dr. Robert Holden, co-author with Louise Hay of the new book Life Loves You; Pam Grout, Kyle Gray, Nick Ortner, Dr. Joan Borysenko, Anita Moorjani and Joe Dispenza, a doctor of chiropractic. Presentation and workshop topics include Healing Emotional and Physical Pain, Health Secrets, Positive Thinking, Nutrition, Meditation, Angel Guidance, Past Lives, Intuition, Creativity, Self-love, Life Changes, Standing at the Crossroads, Forgiveness and Living Your Truth. Cost: $275 to $375; special prices for one- or two-day attendance and pre-conference workshops. Location: 9400 University Blvd. For more information or to preregister, call 800-654-5126 or visit HayHouse.com.
Naples School of Thought Consciousness Events
any healthful and healing topics will be covered in a series of presentations by the Naples School of Thought Consciousness at the Florida Coastal Professional Center this month. The showcase of experts is being coordinated by Barbara Cook & Associates. The Science of Light Medicine will be presented twice, from 3 to 5 p.m., August 2 and 30. Hosted by Cook, a pioneer in the Barbara Cook field, this presentation covers the biology of light and its positive effects on the body and mind. Other events include Steering Your Ship with the Tide, from 6 to 8 p.m., August 7; Pet Foods, led by Dr. Anja G. Kordon, founder of Animal Oasis, from 6 to 8 p.m., August 14; The Toxicity of Our Digital Environment, which also features Kordon, from 3 to 5 p.m., August 16; Bringing Heaven to Earth, from 6 to 8 p.m., August 21; Surviving and Thriving, from 3 to 5 p.m., August 23; and Thought Consciousness, from 6 to 8 p.m., August 28. Cost: $10-15 per event. Location: 801 Anchor Rode Dr., Ste. 203. For more information, call 239-777-4578 or visit BiolightMedicine.com. See ad, page 26. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Buddhist Monk to Discuss Compassion for All Beings
he Florida Community of Mindfulness will present a free public discussion, Compassion for all Life: Changing our Relationship with Non-Human Beings, with visiting monk Geshe Thupten Phelgye at 6:30 p.m., August 30, at greenmonkey yoga studio, in Naples. The event will cover our relationship with animals; the nature of domesticated animals; the effects of animal husbandry on the planet; our diet in relation to the world; how to move toward a plant-based diet; and more. Geshe Phelgye, a well-known Tibetan Buddhist teacher and former elected representative in the Tibetan Geshe Thupten Phelgye government-in-exile, has both lived the Buddhist principles and promoted universal compassion and peace worldwide in his 40-plus years as a Buddhist monk. He came to the U.S. at the invitation of Gonzaga University as their first global scholar in residence. Its law school helped his Universal Compassion Foundation organization register as a nonprofit. Location: 6200 Trail Blvd. N. For more information, call 239-598-1938, email Info@ FloridaMindfulness.org or visit FloridaMindfulness.org and greenmonkey.com. See ads, pages 68 and back cover.
Master Healer Relocates to Fort Myers
ecently moved from Northern California, Kenton David Bell combines a fresh approach in ancient wisdom, new energies and solution perspectives at his home office at 17731 Ficus Court, in North Fort Myers, where he offers transformational healing and spiritual life coaching. With two decades of experience helping thousands of individuals in public, private and corporate settings to transform and heal, he offers a free 15- to 20-minute consultation, giving Kenton David Bell clients the opportunity to find out if they want to invest in his services in the future. Bell characterizes his work as “allowing the new to unfold from within you. This is the new spirituality for the new frequencies that are gracing the planet at this time” from an amalgam of clairvoyance, channeling, deep intuition and soul communication. “This approach opens up the pathway and supports you in developing the tools to move you forward in a clear and comprehensive manner,” explains Bell. “This is about power. When we are truly in our power, which is accessing the energies that create our reality, we become the architect of our experience in masterful ways.” For more information, call 239-997-1623, email Kenton@KentonBell.guru or visit KentonBell.guru. See ad, page 22.
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Multifaceted Healer Moves to Naples
athy Hall, a licensed massage therapist, Rolfer, InstinctBased Medicine System-certified coach, medical intuitive and soul awakening energy healer, Kathy Hall recently moved from Orlando to Naples and is providing services and treatments via her Hidden Wholeness practice. Hall claims to give new clients “more hope in their life and a new direction to look for help in whatever they feel they are dealing with that is keeping them stuck in their life.” She says, “My work is very intuitively based. I have an extensive background in the physical anatomy, having been a massage therapist for over 20 years, and worked with all types of medical professionals. I also have been an energy healer/medical intuitive for almost 20 years and have helped thousands reach a balance in their lives and to become the most authentic you they could be. My work can begin from a purely physical level, with massage or restructuring Rolfing, or at the emotional level, dealing with weight, career or relationships issues or physical injuries or illnesses.” Location: 501 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. C210. For more information or to make an appointment, call 407-538-3044, email Kathy@HiddenWholeness.com or visit HiddenWholeness.com. See ad, page 65.
Stress 101 Lecture at Hodges University
s part of Continuing Adult Education at Hodges University, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Deborah J. Post will present a lecture, Stress 101: Balancing the
Hormone Havoc and Rebuilding the Engines, from 1 to 3 p.m., August 13, at the university’s North Naples campus. The Bonita Springs-based practitioner will discuss the mechanisms of stress, how our bodies do and don’t adapt well to it and how to optimize healthy stress adaptation. She will also provide expert advice on how to support the body long-term with normal and abnormal levels of stress, and how knowing more about how the body works enables individuals to prevent chronic conditions and disease. Location: 2655 Northbrooke Dr. For more information, call Tirarah Pardue at 239-598-6143, email TPardue@Hodges.edu or visit Hodges.edu/lifelonglearning. See ad, page 38.
Cormier Relocates, Offers Unique Recreation
n his 15th year in Naples, Doctor of Oriental Medicine Alfred Cormier, a licensed primary care physician, has moved his Cormier Health Center office to 4947 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 206, in Liberty Plaza. Along with providing acupuncture, Chinese herbs, mesotherapy, prolotherapy and low-level laser treatments during regular hours, he is now offering private, one-hour tai chi rouli (ball) lessons at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. by appointment. A certified international coach trained by Master Tong Bao Min, in Beijing, Cormier says the recreation, in which clients use rackets to hit plastic balls filled with sand, can help with weight loss, neck, shoulder and arm arthritis, general stiffness and improve balance and overall strength. Cost: $60 lesson; clients get two rackets, two balls, a racket bag and Cormier’s instructional DVD after the first lesson. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239530-3997 or visit Prolopuncture.com. See ad, page 51.
newsbriefs Yoga Therapy Workshop in Cape Coral
ntroduction to Yoga Therapy Principles, an experiential workshop led by Dr. Kausthub Desikachar, will take place from September 23 to 26 at the Center for Spiritual Living, in Cape Coral. Dr. Kausthub The son and student of TKV Desikachar Desikachar and grandson of Krishnamacharya will be traveling from India to conduct the seminar that will include presentations, discussion and experiential practices of yoga therapy. The course will provide an overview of the yoga therapy process and its remarkable benefits as a valuable, noninvasive form of healing from mental or physical health issues. Medical yoga therapy doesn’t stop with just curing physical illness, but extends holistic healing to those seeking relief from any problem—physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Committed students of yoga and yoga therapists will be able to experiment with and gain further understanding of the therapeutic tools of yoga therapy in the classical tradition. Cost: $559. Location: 406 SE 24th Ave. For more information or to register, call 239-265-4367, visit YogaAndMassageCapeCoral.com or FloridaYogAcademy.com. See ad, page 31.
Assuage Spa Coming to Naples
ssuage Spa, which has been offering many ancient practices and exotic techniques from around the world in Fort Myers for two years this month, is expanding to Naples. The new location is expected to open in either late August or early September at 1201 Piper Boulevard, Unit 1, at the corner of Immokalee and Airport roads. Manager Andrea Martin describes the space as “a new spa experience with a global vibe inspired by pleasure. The ambiance of your beautiful surroundings has been tailored to set the stage for pleasure.” Fort Myers location: 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste C. For more information, call 239-333-1450, email Andrea@AssuageCenters. com or visit AssuageCenters.com. See ad, page 21.
Essel to Lead Weight-Loss Course
opular motivational speaker David Essel will lead a four-week course, Weight Loss Now and Forever, from 7 to 7:30 p.m., beginning August 26, at Premiere Executive Centers, in Fort Myers. The program dispels myths about long-term weight loss and will also be available anywhere via teleconference.
Topics include the most important amino acids to take to stop food cravings, the causes of emotional eating and how to stop them, the best exercises for long-term weight loss and the myth of weight gain and genetics. In addition, Essel will conduct three free seminars this fall on positive thinking, creating a more passionate love life and increasing income and financial security. Cost: $120. Location: 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd. For more information or to register, call 941-266-7676 or visit TalkDavid.com. See ad, page 47.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Talk and Course
egistered Yoga Teacher Madeline Ebelini, the founder of Integrative Mindfulness, will give two free introductory presentations on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at 5:30 p.m., August 27, and at 10 a.m., August 28, at Integrative Mindfulness, in the Fountains Professional Madeline Park, in Bonita Springs. Ebelini Attendees will learn about the next eight-week, evidence-based course in mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, beginning in October. MBSR can help individuals develop their own personal mindfulness practice that can improve sleeping, listening, relationships and moods, reduce automatic reactivity and more. Location: 3372 Woods Edge Cir., Ste. 102. For more information or to register (required), call 239-590-9485 or visit IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See ad, page 30.
kudos The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is currently expanding its von Arx Wildlife Hospital to accommodate a new outdoor wildlife rehabilitation area, allowing the hospital to care for a greater number of animals. Major supporters Dolph and Sharon von Arx have announced the Conservancy’s receipt of a $500,000 state grant to help fund the project, and they pledged a matching gift. “As our organization embarks on the next half-cen tury, the need for replacing and expanding our outdoor wildlife rehabilitation and recovery spaces is urgent,” says Lynn Slabaugh, board chair of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Location: 1495 Smith Preserve Way. For more information, call 239-262-0304 or visit Conservancy.org. To support the expansion, call 239-403-4205 or email PaulS@Conservancy.org. natural awakenings
Call for Worldwide Protection from Wi-Fi Radiation
n May, 190 scientists from 39 nations appealed to the World Health Organization (WHO) to “exert strong leadership in fostering the development of more protective EMF guidelines…” The letter was developed by a committee that included professors from Columbia University, Trent University, the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley. It was then signed by a host of university professors and researchers from around the world. The directive cited several key studies that have shown that radiation from electromagnetic fields—even low-frequency radiation— is a possible cause of cancer. The WHO adopted a classification for extremely low-frequency electromagnetic radiation in 2002 and in 2011 classified radiofrequency (RF) radiation within its Group 2B—a “possible human carcinogen.” The letter points out that while WHO has accepted these classifications, there have been no guidelines or standards created by the agency or in conjunction with other agencies. It recommends a convening of the United Nations Environmental Programme and the funding of an independent committee to explore practical means of regulating the widespread and uncontrolled expansion of wireless technologies throughout our environment. The appeal also calls for the protection specifically of children and pregnant women and a strengthening of regulations placed on technology manufacturers. Berkeley, California, set a precedent on May 12 by acknowledging the health risk posed by RF radiation and adopting the Right to Know Ordinance, requiring electronics retailers to warn customers about the potential health risks associated with it. It reads, “If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is on and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation.” The ordinance requires that the notice be displayed in stores that sell mobile phones.
Glyphosate Self-Testing Now Available
he Feed the World Project has partnered with the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to offer public testing for a chemical that is now ubiquitous in conventional food production: glyphosate. At $119, the test can check levels of this chemical in tap water, urine and soon, breast milk. “For decades now, the public has been exposed, unknowingly and against their will, to glyphosate, despite mounting evidence that this key active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is harmful to human health and the environment,” says OCA International Director Ronnie Cummins. “Monsanto has been given a free pass to expose the public to this dangerous chemical because individuals, until now, have been unable to go to their doctor’s office or local water-testing company to find out if the chemical has accumulated in their bodies or is present in their drinking water.” The testing comes on the heels of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) announcement in March that glyphosate is a possible carcinogen and questions the validity of the industry claims from laboratory animal testing that the acceptable daily intake of glyphosate is .3 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day. The WHO report notes, “The socalled safe levels of glyphosate exposure have never been tested directly to determine if indeed they are really safe to consume over the long term. Instead, the ‘safe’ levels are extrapolated from higher doses tested in industry studies.” The test is available at FeedTheWorld. info/glyphosate-testing-test-yourself.
DIY Recipe Keeps Indoor Air Fresh
he traditional Dog Days of Summer, described in The Old Farmerâ€™s Almanac as the period between July 24 and August 24, take their toll on Southwest Florida homes in terms of closed doors and windows, which results in stale air. Rather than using a commercial aerosol freshener that only disguises lingering cooking smells and other odors, it is possible to create natural sprays and cleaning products that freshen air by destroying or inhibiting the growth of mold and other fungi common to Florida. A combination of essential oils such as lemongrass, patchouli and sweet orange, combined with distilled water, becomes an inexpensive, non-toxic and effective air freshener, as well as an operative cleaning agent that can be used on countertops and sinks. Refreshing on a humid day, the spray has natural pest control properties. 4 oz water 5 drops patchouli 4 drops sweet orange (or grapefruit) 4-5 drops lemongrass Pour into a glass or aluminum spray bottle. The Greener Cleener, LLC, uses natural cleaning products. Call 239-404-7102. See ad, page xx.
Pistachio Nuts Help Sad Music Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and Artery Health Can Lift Our Mood A
study from Free University, in Berlin, has determined that listening to sad music may actually lift our mood. The researchers conducted a survey of 772 people, 44 percent of which were musicians, asking each subject about their emotional responses after listening to sad music. While 76 percent felt nostalgic, more than 57 percent of the respondents indicated peacefulness, more than 51 percent felt tenderness, almost 39 percent had feelings of wonder and 37 percent experienced a sense of transcendence. Fewer than half—45 percent—said they experienced sadness when listening to the morose melodies. The researchers pointed out that people often tend to listen to sad music as a source of consolation, and the music often provides a means for improving moods and emotions.
new study published in the journal Nutrition found that eating pistachio nuts may improve cholesterol parameters, increase glycemic (blood sugar) control, decrease artery stiffness and improve overall blood vessel health. The study tested 60 adults with poor cholesterol lipid levels. They were randomly split into two groups—one (control) was given lifestyle modifications (LSM) while the other was given LSM and consumed 40 grams (about 1.5 ounces) of shelled pistachios per day for three months. Compared to the control group, the pistachio group’s levels of high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) increased significantly, while their low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) levels went down significantly. Along with lower fasting blood sugar, the pistachio group showed better artery health, established by measuring vasodilation (the flexibility of the arteries to expand and contract). This, together with pulse-wave velocity testing, can indicate artery stiffness, which has been linked to hypertension and an increased risk of heart disease in general.
Produce Produces Heftier Newborns
review of research from the Center for Chemical Regulation and Food Safety finds that the quantity of food consumed by pregnant women for increasing a babyâ€™s birth weight is less important than what types of foods she eats.After systematically analyzing 11 relevant studies, the researchers found that higher birth weightsâ€”associated with better brain development during later yearsâ€”are linked with the amount of fruits and vegetables a mother eats during pregnancy. Using seven studies, researchers found that low vegetable consumption during pregnancy resulted in more than three times the risk of giving birth to a child with low gestational weight. Other studies found a correlation between higher fruit consumption by expectant mothers and a higher birth weight of babies. Much of the research showing these relationships occurred in developed countries where a conventional Western diet is prevalent.
healthbriefs CONSTIPATED KIDS HELPED BY TUMMY MASSAGE
esearch from the University of Washington has determined that chronic constipation in children may be relieved with abdominal massage. The research involved 25 parents and their children with learning needs and physical disabilities. The parents were trained by specialists in abdominal massage. Following the training, the parents massaged the abdomens of their children for 20 minutes per day. The study found that abdominal massage relieved constipation in 87.5 percent of the children and reduced laxative use. In addition, the therapy resulted in better diets for 41 percent of the children and improved the parent-child relationship in many cases.
Happy Couples Sleep Closer Together
esearchers from the UK’s University of Hertfordshire conducted a study that measured the relative relationship satisfaction between couples and their sleeping proximity. More than 1,000 people were surveyed for the study. The researchers found that 55 percent of couples that typically faced each other but did not touch while sleeping were satisfied with their relationship. Of those that slept back-to-back but didn’t touch, 74 percent were satisfied with their relationship and those that slept in the same direction, but didn’t touch, had a 76 percent satisfaction rate. Even better, 94 percent of those that touched while sleeping, regardless of their relative positions, reported being satisfied. The closer the couples slept, the happier their relationships were reported to be.
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Not Just for Kids Any More Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, by Johanna Basford, are two of the most popular titles on sale at Amazon.com—and both are coloring books for adults. Featuring detailed black-and-white drawings of the flora and fauna that surround illustrator Basford’s Scottish home, Secret Garden has sold nearly 1.5 million copies. Fans include Hollywood celebrities such as Zooey Deschanel, and when National Public Radio asked listeners for feedback, many indicated, “I thought I was alone.” The consensus is that adults are seeking to get in touch with their inner child. Beyond the nostalgic charm of coloring books, it’s also a good way for grownups to unwind and reflect. “So many people have told me that they used to do secret coloring when their kids were in bed,” says Basford. “Now it is socially acceptable, it’s a category of its own.” For a sample coloring gallery, visit JohannaBasford.com.
Adopt the pace of nature— her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Carbon Dioxide Levels Go Through the Roof
Diaper Discovery Mushrooms Grow on Disposables
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) notes that as of March, the global monthly average for carbon dioxide, the most prevalent heat-trapping gas, crossed a threshold of more than 400 parts per million (ppm), the highest in about 2 million years. “It’s both disturbing and daunting from the standpoint of how hard it is to slow this down,” says NOAA chief greenhouse gas scientist Pieter Tans. “Carbon dioxide isn’t just higher, it’s increasing at a record pace, 100 times faster than natural rises in the past.” In pre-human times, it took about 6,000 years for carbon dioxide to rise 80 ppm, versus 61 ppm in the last 35 years, Tans says. Global carbon dioxide is now 18 percent higher than it was in 1980, when NOAA first calculated a worldwide average.
Disposable diapers are mostly indestructible, but a group of researchers led by Rosa María Espinosa Valdemar, at Mexico’s Autonomous Metropolitan University, Azcapotzalco, has found a way to degrade the soiled garments by growing mushrooms on them. Disposable diapers can last for hundreds of years in landfills because they contain not only the plant-based material cellulose that mushrooms consume, but also non-biodegradable materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene and the superabsorbent gel sodium polyacrylate. The scientists grew the oyster mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus, on a substance made from used diapers and were able to reduce the diaper’s weight and volume by up to 80 percent. For the experiment, the researchers only used diapers containing liquid waste. They sterilized and ground up the garments; mixed them with lignin from the remains of pressed grapes, coffee or pineapple tops; covered the mixture with commercially available fungus spores; and kept it in a plastic bag for three weeks. The resulting mushrooms had similar amounts of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals as in commercial yeast. They’re not intended for human consumption, but could be used as a supplement in cattle feed. Source: ScienceDaily.com natural awakenings
globalbriefs Crab Crisis
Valuable Horseshoe Species Going Extinct The horseshoe crab, which is not really a crab, but belongs to the taxonomical class Merostomata among arthropods, is about to join the long list of endangered species. Their potential extinction poses a major threat to pharmaceutical, clinical and food industries seeking the secrets to the speciesâ€™ survival over more than 250 million years with minimal evolution, enduring extreme temperature conditions and salinity. Individuals are able to go without eating for a year. Commonly found living in warm, shallow coastal waters on the sea floor, horseshoe crabs play an important ecological role. A continuing decrease in their population will affect other species, especially shorebirds that feed on the eggs, destabilizing the food chain. Sea turtles also feed on adult horseshoe crabs. Scientists worldwide want to include the invertebrate in schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1974, labeling them as an endangered species. Enforcement will include monitoring for improper uses of horseshoe crabs. Source: EndangeredSpeciesInternational.org
The Nuttiest Biogas Around Turkey, one of the world’s largest producers of pistachios, has begun using tons of the shells to produce biogas (methane) as an alternative energy source instead of dumping them in landfills. The country even plans to power its first eco-city using this unconventional fuel. The planned 7,900-acre metropolis is expected to house 200,000 people in Gaziantep Province. This southern region near the Syrian border is the heart of Turkey’s pistachio production, yielding more than 50 percent of the country’s nuts. “When you plan such environmentally friendly systems, you take a look at the natural resources you have,” explains Seda Muftuoglu Gulec, a Turkish green building expert. “If the region was abundant in wind power, we would use wind energy.” If the project goes forward, construction will start within two years and be completed within two decades. A pilot phase will focus on a 135-acre piece of land and, if successful, expand into the entire city. It may inspire other agricultural regions to look at what they typically consider waste as an energy source. For more information, visit Tinyurl.com/ PistachioPoweredCity.
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globalbriefs Fracking Halt
Earthquakes Derail Dutch Gas Production Gas production by fracking in the Loppersum, Netherlands, area of the Groningen natural gas field, Europe’s largest, was suspended by a Dutch court after a home was damaged by earthquakes linked to the operation. Nette Kruzenga, cofounder of Groningen Centraal, one of two groups seeking an immediate halt in Groningen gas production, says, “It is clear the judge said that the situation around Loppersum is dangerous.” The actions of Dutch officials are different than in the U.S., where many people acknowledge the same problem while others deny its existence. States that tend to cite the danger are those that have experienced damaging earthquakes, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Ohio and Virginia. Deniers include big-fracking states such as California, Colorado and Texas. In states that have reduced new injections and scaled back current operations, earthquakes have abated.
At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. ~Jane D. Hull
Solar Timeshare Buying Kilowatts from Each Other
Yeloha, a new, Boston-based, peer-to-peer solar startup, allows anyone to go solar, even if they live in a rented apartment, have a roof blocked by a shady tree or don’t have the funds to buy panels. Customers can sign up for the service either as a “sun host” or “sun partner”. Potential sun host homeowners have a roof suitable for solar, but can’t afford panels. Yeloha will install the panels for free in exchange for access to the solar power the panels create. Sun hosts also get about a third of the electricity created by the panels for free, translating to lower monthly power bills. The remaining power is distributed to the sun partners—customers that want to go solar, but don’t have a proper roof or own their home. Sun partners can buy as many solar credits as they’d like from Yeloha at a price that’s less than what they’d normally pay to their utility. The service is currently operating in Massachusetts only, but has plans for expansion across the country. For more information, visit Yeloha.com/ sunhost.
ecotip Trendy Transit
More Americans Hop on Buses and Trains More people today are embracing the many benefits of commuting by public transit. Beyond the good feelings of reducing their carbon footprint and avoiding the stress of traffic, they are meeting and conversing with fellow passengers, reading, working via mobile devices or simply relaxing. Total U.S. mass transit trips topped 2.7 billion in the third quarter of 2014, a 1.8 percent rise from the same period in 2013, according to the American Public Transportation Association. This represents “a dramatic change in public opinion as more people are demanding public transportation services,” according to President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. Many communities are responding by improving the operations and scope of their mass transit systems. Oklahoma City’s bus and metro system was acquired by Embark (EmbarkOK.com) in 2013. In April 2014, it launched the first phase of changes, including increased frequency of bus routes to reduce both passenger waiting and travel times. Since then, ridership has increased 8 percent. Beginning last January, two crosstown bus routes began operating until midnight. For Andre Small, late-night service means he can ride to and from his home and the restaurant where he works. “I would take the afternoon bus to work, but then have to walk four miles home when my shift ended at 11 p.m.,” says Small. “Carrying my tips in cash late at night didn’t feel safe. Bus service until midnight is a lifesaver.” Bus ridership in Indianapolis reached a 23-year peak last year, totaling nearly 10.3 million passenger trips, and a new downtown transportation center is expected to open this year. IndyGo, the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo.net), plans to offer the nation’s largest electric bus fleet, rolling out the first vehicles by fall, with a fleet of 21 by year’s end. Capitol Metro launched two special MetroRapid bus routes in Austin, Texas, in 2014, and new bus and rail transportation centers opened last year in Denver and Anaheim, California. New streetcar projects are underway in Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, Tucson and Washington, D.C.
readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet Deborah Chesna
Life’s mission: Embrace my journey of holistic health with love and respect for others, while creating awareness that healthy lifestyle choices can prevent disease and preserve the environment. Sharing this knowledge with others is important to me as we all work together to find positive solutions for real world problems. Work: As the Healthy Communities Program consultant at the Florida Department of Health, in Collier County, I continue to advocate for including such things as a more active transportation system into planning the design of our communities. By promoting a more comprehensive transportation system, we can create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists. Proudest achievements: Community involvement on environmental councils to achieve population-based solutions by passing legislation for the five-cent return on bottles and cans, which worked to clean up the environment. Expectations for the future: Restoring a more holistic approach to sustainable living by bringing communities together in a cohesive neighborly environment. This gives residents an opportunity to care about each other, actively conserve resources and protect our wildlife and environment. Favorite App: Raindar. I love watching Florida weather patterns. Favorite website: SmartGrowthAmerica.org. Local causes supported: Conservancy of Southwest Florida, United Way, St. Matthews House, Gulf Coast Runners, Southwest Florida Urban Land Institute, Naples Velo, Naples Pathways Coalition. Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: The magazine enforces a holistic approach to health. Reading articles and learning new avenues gives me more choices for optimal health, further research and becoming more informed. Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Seasons 52 and The Local. How you invest in your community: Volunteering my time and participating in not-for-profit organizations that make a difference in the community. Favorite quote: “Life can be understood only looking behind, but can be lived only looking ahead.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard. What you are doing to be the change you want to see in the world: Leading by example, with health at the forefront of my decisions for humanity and the planet. Eat unprocessed foods, make extra efforts to always recycle, reuse whenever possible, stay disposable-free to eliminate waste and avoid buying things that will be thrown into the landfill.
Speaking with Strangers The Simple Pleasures of Connecting by Violet Decker
echnology tends to isolate us from others, but science points to the real value in reaching out. On average, we come into contact with more than 100 people a day, but often may not make any real connection with them. On a typical college campus, it’s rare to see a student not plugged in while walking from class to class. Saying “Hi” to an acquaintance or complimenting someone in passing is nearly impossible. These little day-to-day interactions could provide a steady source of simple pleasures for all if we regularly made the most of such opportunities. Part of the reason we intentionally isolate ourselves might be the false belief that we’ll be happier by doing so, according to a recent University of Chicago study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. When subway riders were asked how they thought they would feel if they spoke to a stranger, nearly all of them predicted that the ride would be “less pleasant” than if they kept to themselves. After the ride, however, the results were unanimous: Those that spoke to another person reported having a more positive experience than those that sat in silence.
Parents teach children not to talk to strangers, but as adults, we miss a lot if we don’t. Even small talk can make a big difference in the quality of our day. It’s easy to try it to see if we don’t end up with a smile on our face. It’s ironic that young people spend hours each day on social networking sites, texting others and making plans with friends so they won’t sit alone at night, yet are getting worse at making such connections face-to-face. Even seated at the same table, conversational eye contact is becoming a lost art, another casualty of technology. Talking with others correlates with better communication skills, too. A 20-year study from Stanford University concluded that its most successful MBA graduates were those that showed the highest interests and skills in talking with others. So, instead of shying away from chatting with a fellow commuter or asking a cashier how her day is going, say “Hello.” It’s bound to make everyone’s day better. Violet Decker is a freelance writer in New York City. Connect at VDecker95@gmail.com.
Betty Ann Murphy Captures Our Best Side by Linda Sechrist
etty Ann Murphy, owner of Extreme was designated Salon of the Year in 1998 Extensions and Eyelashes, in Naples, by Modern Salon magazine.” wasn’t planning to attend any hairA master stylist, color expert and styling academy or school for beauty after advanced eyelash extension expert, Murgraduating from high school. While she phy is the creator of the Visage Beauty had teenage daydreams of becoming a Consultation—a one-on-one, hour-long flight attendant with an adventurous lifeinteractive beauty consultation that uses style, her parents had other ideas. Murphy computer science to analyze a series fondly recalls, “I was one of seven chilof facial measurements. She got the dren. The girls in our family were expectidea while working with Diana Ross. “I ed to be teachers. My dad wanted me overheard her talking on the phone about to attend Framingham State University, an HBO special she was filming. The Betty Ann Murphy once known as a school for teachers. He conversation was about making sure the thought I’d make a great home economics camera operators directed their lenses to teacher because I was good at cooking and sewing. When it her best side. That planted a seed about visually drawing the came time to enroll, there was no liberal arts degree offered, eye to a woman’s best side, and I began to study the scientific so he said, ‘Just check off history. I did.” evidence behind it,” explains Murphy, who notes that styling, After college, Murphy taught school for a while, but lashes and makeup are organized around balance, symmetry eventually felt drawn to study acting in New York City. When and cooling or warming the face. that dream didn’t come to fruition, she returned to Massachu- Murphy’s Visage Beauty Consultation eliminates the setts. “I was trying to get a job in airline reservations when trial and error of finding the right frame for the face. She my aunt suggested I enroll in school to become a hairstylist, takes a digital photo and uploads it to the computer, which because I had a real knack for styling my blow-dry hairstyle,” then measures the face in five different directions. Dependshe explains. “I did, but didn’t get all my hours in before ing on the natural hair growth pattern and placement of the moving to Las Vegas, where I actually finished school and got eyes, the computer determines which style best frames the my certification. The fun part started when I began working face and makes the eyes the focal point. “It’s an in-depth, as a manicurist at Caesar’s Palace. I got to work on a number more serious salon consultation for cut, style, hair color and of the stars—Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Linda Carter—and othmakeup. Some women have referred to it as the $99 facelift,” ers who performed there.” she quips. Murphy remained in Vegas for five years, during which she married, became a mother, and divorced. “I moved back Studio 37 Xtreme Lashes and Hair is located at 501 to Massachusetts and opened my first salon, which I owned, Goodlette Rd., Ste. B-104, in Naples. To make an appointand eventually relocated two doors away. It was a very sucment or get more information, call 239-263-5434 or visit cessful salon for 26 years. Out of all the salons in the U.S., I Studio37XtremeLashesAndHair.com. See ad, page 41.
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They Love Healthy Food They Make Themselves by Judith Fertig
n less than a generation, childhood obesity has risen substantially, most notably in the United States, according to the article “Child and Adolescent Obesity: Part of a Bigger Picture,” in a recent issue of The Lancet. The authors attest that modern culture’s promotion of junk food encourages weight gain and can exacerbate risk factors for chronic disease in our kids. When concerned parents have a picky child bent on eating only French fries, they could enroll them in healthy cooking classes that offer tastings and related hands-on experiences for youths from preschoolers through teens. Here, children are encouraged to try more foods, eat healthier and learn about meal preparation, plus sharpen some math, geography and social skills. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Leah Smith, the mother of two elementary school children, founded Kids Kitchen and Chefs Club, in Austin, Texas, in 2011. She offers classes for chefs (ages 3 to 6), junior chefs (5 to 11) and senior chefs (11 to 14). Kids learn how to make dishes such as yogurt parfait popsicles with healthy grains clusters or roasted
tomato soup with homemade croutons. “I’m a firm believer that teaching kids about which foods are good for us, and why, will positively influence their lifelong eating habits,” says Smith. “Start right, stay right.” Elena Marre, also the mother of two elementary school children, faced the challenge of a picky eater in her family. In 2007, she started The Kids’ Table, in Chicago, and solved her own problem along the way. Says Marre, “It’s amazing how often I hear a child complain about not liking red peppers, dark leafy greens or onions at the beginning of a class. It’s so rewarding when that same child is devouring a dish made with those three ingredients at the end.” Healthy kids cooking classes provide a fresh way to combat poverty, according to the Children’s Aid Society, in New York City. The group started Go!Chefs in 2006 at community schools and centers throughout the city and knows how to make it fun with Iron Chef-style competitions. “When offered a choice between an apple and a candy on two consecutive occasions and with most having chosen
the candy the first time, 57 percent of students in the Go!Kids health and fitness program chose the apple the second time, compared to 33 percent in the control group,” says Stefania Patinella, director of the society’s food and nutrition programs. In Minnesota’s Twin Cities region, “We do a lot of outreach with Head Start, community schools and organizations like scout troops,” says Chef Ani Loizzo, Whole Foods Market’s culinary instructor at the Whole Kids Club Kitchen Camp, in Lake Calhoun. “We have many kids that know about organic and biodynamic farming and we talk about that in class. We might focus on a healthy ingredient like tomatoes in a one-hour class or explore the culture of Greece or Mexico through food in a longer session.” Loizzo loves the natural curiosity that kids bring to cooking classes. “Sparking an interest in exploring ingredients and flavors can also lead to learning how to grow a garden and interest in the environment,” she says. For children in areas where such cooking classes aren’t yet offered, there are still fun ways to involve them in healthy meal preparation. Maggie LaBarbera of San Mateo, California, started her Web-based company NourishInteractive.com in 2005 after witnessing the harmful effects of teenage obesity when she was an intensive care nurse. It offers educational articles for parents and free downloadable activities that engage children with healthy foods. “Every positive change, no matter how small, is a step to creating a healthier child,” says LaBarbera. “Together, we can give children the knowledge, facts and skills to develop healthy habits for a lifetime.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.
Starter Recipes for Kids
Yogurt Parfait Ice Pops with Healthy Grains Clusters Yields: 4 servings
4 ice pop molds 1 cup granola (use non-GMO, gluten-free Kind bars) in small pieces 1 cup organic fresh fruit such as raspberries, kiwi, mango and strawberries cut into small pieces 2 (6-oz) cartons organic dairy or non-dairy yogurt
Put dates into a medium bowl, cover with lukewarm purified water and set aside to soak for 10 minutes. Drain dates and reserve soaking liquid. In a food processor, purée dates with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the soaking liquid, honey, oil, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth. (Discard the remaining liquid.) Add bananas and purée again until almost smooth. Transfer to a stainless steel bowl and stir in peanuts and cacao nibs. Cover and freeze, stirring occasionally, until almost solid—4 to 6 hours. Let ice cream soften a bit at room temperature before serving.
Adapted from a recipe by Leah Smith for Kids Kitchen and Chefs Club, in Austin, Texas
Raw Banana Ice Cream Yields: about 1 quart
20 pitted dates, roughly chopped 2 Tbsp raw honey 2 Tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 /8 tsp ground cinnamon 4 cups sliced very ripe organic bananas 1 /2 cup raw peanuts, coarsely chopped, optional 2 Tbsp cacao nibs
Cheesy Lasagna Rolls Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Adapted from a recipe from Whole Foods Market, Lake Calhoun, Minnesota
photo by Stephen Blancett
Layer ingredients in each ice pop mold like a parfait. Put a sprinkle of granola in first, and then layer yogurt and fresh cut fruit. Add another spoonful of granola to top it all off and freeze the pops for at least 4 to 6 hours.
Nut Butter Granola Bars Yields: 8 bars
2¼ cups rolled oats 1 /4 cup shredded coconut (without added sugar) 1 /2 cup applesauce 1 /3 cup nut butter (almond or peanut) 1 /4 tsp baking soda 1 /2 cup raw honey or maple syrup 1 Tbsp milk or almond milk 3 Tbsp chocolate chips Preheat the oven to 350° F. Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix wet ingredients into a separate bowl; it may help to heat the nut butter a little first. Combine the wet and dry contents.
Adapted from a recipe by Kensey Goebel for Kids Kitchen and Chefs Club, in Austin, Texas
photo by Stephen Blancett
Courtesy of TxKidsKitchen.com
ere’s a sampling of healthy snack food recipes that kids love to make—and eat—in class and at home.
photo by Stephen Blancett
Line a 9-by-13-inch pan with parchment paper. Bake for about 25 minutes. Let them cool completely before cutting. Store in a plastic container separated by parchment paper. They should keep for about two weeks and may be refrigerated.
Sea salt 1 /2 lb (8 to 10) uncooked lasagna noodles Organic olive or coconut oil 1 cup ricotta cheese 11/2 cups prepared marinara sauce 11/2 cups packed baby spinach 1 /2 cup shredded mozzarella Preheat oven to 400° F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add noodles and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain well and gently transfer to a clean surface. Oil the inside of a small roasting pan or casserole dish and set it aside. Working with one noodle at a time, spread with about 2 tablespoons each of the ricotta and marinara, then top with spinach. Starting at one end, roll up the noodle snugly, and then arrange it in the pan either seam-side down or with the rolls close enough to hold each other closed. Pour the remaining marinara over assembled rolls, sprinkle with mozzarella and bake until golden and bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. Adapted from a recipe from Whole Foods Market
The Vaccine Push Mandatory Laws vs. Personal Choice by Linda Sechrist
ront-page headlines Mandatory vaccines legislation is largely due about questionable to 169 cases of measles pose the latest research, corporate reported between January manipulations, purchased 4 and April 17, encomaffront to politicians, medical coverpassing 20 states and citizens’ right to the District of Columbia, ups and whistleblower reports have left Americans all traced to a traveler informed selffeeling hoodwinked and infected overseas that government. skeptical. According to a then visited a California new Pew Research Center amusement park. study, the public doesn’t trust the in Common sense and independent formation they’re fed on issues such as research counters the stance that would genetically engineered crops and now, rob individuals of their moral right to mandatory vaccines. conscientious, philosophical and person The current state of distrust of al-belief exemption from being subjected scientific statistics and their impact on to vaccines. Hard evidence in a plethora our lives doesn’t bode well for lawmak- of published studies further identifies geers attempting to build consensus for netic factors that could cause the develuniform mandatory vaccination interopment of adverse effects to vaccines. vention. The current rush to pass such Yet, “There is no available evidence
on vaccines’ effectiveness that is placebocontrolled, plus the health effects of vaccines in combination have never been studied, certainly not the 69 total doses of 16 types of vaccines given to children starting 12 hours after birth through age 18,” says Sayer Ji, a member of the National Health Federation board of governors and founder of GreenMedInfo.com. “Vaccine risks for anyone can range from zero to 100 percent, depending upon one’s genes, microbiome DNA, environment, age and health at the time of vaccination and the type and number of vaccines given,” advises Barbara Loe Fisher, president and co-founder of the nonprofit National Vaccine Information Center, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia. “Vaccines are not safe or effective for everyone because we’re not all the same and we don’t all respond the same way to pharmaceutical products,” says Fisher. She notes that responses to infectious diseases and the risk for complications can also vary, depending upon similar factors. Among the most prominent warnings on vaccine ingredients, concerned doctors, researchers and medical whistleblowers cite dangers of the toxin thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines and vaccine adjuvants such as aluminum gels or aluminum salts added to elicit a stronger immune response against the germ the vaccine introduces into our body. Leading books citing telling research include Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Dr. Mark Hyman; Vaccines: What CDC Documents and Science Reveal, by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny; Vaccine Epidemic, by Louise Kuo Habakus; and Science for Sale, by David L. Lewis, Ph.D. Top film documentaries include Shots in the Dark; Vaccination: The Hidden Truth; Trace Amounts; The Greater Good; and Vaccine Nation. Bought: The Hidden Story Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma and Your Food resulted from two years of investigative research in disaster medical management by Toni Bark, now an integrative physician. In interviews with practicing doctors, research scientists, former pharmaceutical sales representatives, attorneys and others, Bark exposes serious conflicts of interest. These include vaccine research funding, hiring between
pharmaceutical and Vaccines are not System, operated by the U.S. Centers for Disease chemical industries and responsible for Control,” says Tenpenny. their government regulat“Underreporting is a ing agencies, sponsored the eradication substantial problem. It’s scientific propaganda of diseases such as estimated that less than used to silence critics, and large-scale corruption polio and smallpox. 1 percent of all adverse events from drugs and within the billion-dollar vaccine industry. Plus, it ~U.S. Centers for Disease vaccines are reported.” VaccineResearchLibrary. points out problems with Control database com cites 7,200 journal the National Childhood articles and studies that expose the harm Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 that Concaused by vaccines. gress passed to give drug manufactur “Knowledge is empowering and ers, the government and physicians personal discernment is priceless. protection from lawsuits arising from The facts challenge the health claims injuries caused by childhood vaccines. by government health agencies and “Since 1988, thousands of chilpharmaceutical firms that vaccines are dren and adults in America that have perfectly safe,” says Ji. “Public doubt, suffered brain inflammation and other distrust and skepticism are rational and long-recognized vaccine reactions have been collectively awarded $3 bil- natural consequences.” lion in vaccine injury compensation. For more information, visit the National There are thousands more that have Vaccine Information Center at nvic.org been unable to secure federal comand the coalition of citizen advocates pensation for their vaccine injuries,” at NationalHealthFreedom.org. reports Fisher. “At least 25,000 to 30,000 reports of Connect with writer Linda Sechrist at vaccine reactions are filed annually with ItsAllAboutWe.com. the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting
What to Ask Before Vaccinating
accines are pharmaceutical products that carry risks. The National Vaccine Information Center encourages parents to become fully informed about the potential risks and disease complications for their own children and pose these questions to one or more trusted healthcare professionals before making a decision. n Am I, or my child, sick right now? n Have I, or my child, had a bad reaction to a vaccination before? n Do I, or my child, have a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, neurological disorders, severe allergies or immune system problems? n Do I know the disease and vaccine risks for my child or myself? n Do I have full information about the vaccine’s side effects? n Do I know how to identify and report a vaccine reaction? n Will I have a written record, including the vaccine manufacturer’s name and lot number, for all vaccinations? n Am I convinced that I have the right to make an informed choice? Visit nvic.org for information on recognizing vaccine-reaction symptoms. natural awakenings
ENLIGHTENED PARENTING Tips for Raising Confident and Loving Kids by Meredith Montgomery
seen firsthand, “If you have a connection with your kids, you can have a lot more influence on them.” Noting that sometimes children feel like their parents love them, but don’t necessarily like them, Martin Establishing Values emphasizes finding ways Shelly Lefkoe, co-author My dad always of Chicken Soup for the to identify with their intold me it was my terests. “I love cars, and Soul: Guide to Effective Parenting, believes that school, my choice, my dad used to invite children learn what we me on test drives when my grades, my life. I was a kid. Both of my model as important values. She tells her daughIt made me want to parents took time to ters they should treat her connect with me, which take responsibility. had a huge impact on with dignity and respect both because she’s their our relationship.” ~Casey Martin mother and, “That’s how Christine Carter, you treat people and that’s how I treat Ph.D., a sociologist with the University them.” Honesty is also a high priority in of California Greater Good Science their household. Center, recognizes the importance of Minneapolis college student Casey talking explicitly about values. When Martin often joins his father, Kirk, in we see kids doing something we value, presenting Calm Parenting workshops ask them how it made them feel, she for parents, teachers and students advises. “Teens don’t necessarily know around the country. In growing up, he’s that their parents value character over ueled by unconditional love, parenting with presence embraces all potential connections between parents and their children.
grades,” Carter says, “particularly if parents tend to monitor grades more than aspects of a child’s character. What do you talk about more—their achievements or their character? If it’s the former, consider that you unintentionally might be sending the wrong message.”
Overprotection of children by what’s termed helicopter parenting, can cause a disabling sense of entitlement where kids begin to believe, possibly unconsciously, that they are entitled to a difficulty-free life, Carter observes. “There’s an epidemic of cheating because students don’t want to try hard, and they expect to be rescued,” she says. “Although it’s terrifying to let our kids fail, when we don’t let them experience difficulty, they see mistakes as being so awful they must be avoided at any cost. To gain mastery in any arena, we must challenge ourselves, even if that means making mistakes.” “We lose sight that we’re not raising children, we’re raising adults,” says Malibu, California, marriage, family and child therapist Susan Stiffelman, author of Parenting with Presence: Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids. “Empower them to cope with ups and downs. Help them know and trust themselves by not legislating their opinions and by allowing them to experiment.” Children often struggle with transitions, especially when things don’t go as planned. Martin recommends, “When kids throw tantrums or argue to get out of a challenging situation that’s causing them anxiety, help them work through it. Tell them that you know they’re feeling anxious, that you’ve felt that way before, too, and then help by giving them something specific to do or focus on.” Independent outdoor play has been proven to help kids learn to exert self-control. America’s children aren’t allowed to roam freely outside to experience nature as previous generations did. In Last Child in the Woods, author Richard Louv cautions against being limited by modern factors such as restrictive subdivision covenants and media-induced fear. “There are risks outdoors, but there are huge psychological, physical and spiritual risks in
raising future generations If you can’t explain “Children need under protective house affection, attention, something to a arrest,” he says. acknowledgment Louv prefers what’s and unconditional love, 5-year-old, you called a hummingbird not discipline. When don’t really approach: “Humyou punish kids, they mingbird parents don’t feel absolved: ‘I did understand it; hover over their kids with something bad, I got they make you nature flash cards; they punished, now we’re stand back and make even,’” says Lefkoe. think about space for exploration and When they get caught what you know. problem solving through doing something they independent play, while shouldn’t be doing, she ~Armin Brott remaining nearby, ready recommends (with chilto zoom in at a moment’s dren as young as 5) asknotice if safety becomes an issue.” ing them, “What are the consequences Armin Brott, host of San Francisco’s of your actions? Do you want to live Positive Parenting radio program, rewith them? Your goal with this converminds parents to increase opportunities sation should be that your child walks for independence as youngsters grow. away feeling like they made a mistake, “Test a child’s ability to handle more but it was a great learning opportunity.” freedom by providing the opportunity As kids mature and are faced with to prove that they can. If they succeed, potentially dangerous scenarios, “You it’s a confidence builder. If not, it allows don’t want them worrying about what them to see for themselves that they’re their friends will think; you want them not ready yet.” thinking about the consequences,” says Lefkoe.
The first eight years of a child’s life are the most formative, effecting personal beliefs that will shape the adult that they’ll become, including impediments to fruitful self-expression. A healthy conversational relationship can foster connection and security while respectfully teaching children right from wrong. Lefkoe suggests managing parental expectations while considering what serves the child best in the moment. When a child tries to tell Mom something when she’s distracted, the child may conclude that what they say is unimportant. Instead, the mother can acknowledge the importance of what the child has to say and how she looks forward to listening once she’s freed up before eventually giving the child her full attention. Parents can serve as a safe haven for kids. Stiffelman says, “Allow them to speak the truth without being corrected or shamed. If they tell you they’d like to do something you don’t approve of, resist the urge to react with immediate advice and talk to them about their decision-making process. Be present enough for them to let them hear themselves think out loud.”
Navigating the Teen Years
The intense journey of adolescence is about discovering oneself and how to reach full potential. Carter says, “I had to constantly remind myself that this is their journey, not mine, and that it’s going to sometimes be dark and difficult.” “The more power you give kids, the less they feel the need to test the universe,” says Lefkoe, who reminds parents that while it’s relatively easy to control young children, rebellious teenagers are harder to handle when they feel they have something to prove to an overbearing parent. Offering calculated risk-taking opportunities that don’t involve drugs and alcohol is beneficial in the teen years. “You want them to know how to handle freedom and be responsible once they are on their own,” she says. “When I got my driver’s license, I always came home before curfew,” says Martin. “I learned that if I could control myself, my parents didn’t feel the need to control me, which gave me a ton of power in my life.” Brott observes that as the parenting role changes, “We can offer to help, but it’s equally important to learn to let go and admire the young adults they’re becoming.” natural awakenings
Teens desperately want to not feel like a kid, adds Stiffelman. “They may tell you to back off, but stay present and engaged—like wallpaper. The more you ask their opinion or invite them to teach you something, the more they’ll feel your support.” With sex education, the authors of The New Puberty, Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Louise Greenspan and Adolescent Psychologist Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., emphasize the importance of being approachable from a young age, so kids naturally turn to their parents when sensitive questions arise. “It shouldn’t be about having ‘the talk’; it’s about maintaining an ongoing conversation,” says Greenspan. “Body odor is a good starting point in talking about body issues because it’s not intimidating and can be comfortably addressed by either parent.” Avoid rushing into subjects they’re not ready for by focusing on answering the questions that are posed, while offering a glimpse into the near future. Deardorff says, “Pubertal changes happen over time, so be patient. Parents have a lot of anxiety and anticipation about puberty. When you start to see the first signs, you don’t have to communicate everything all at once.” Consider throwing a puberty party or a health workshop for a son or daughter and their friends. Invite a parent that is comfortable with the subject matter—a nurse, physician or teacher— to get the conversation started. “Fight the urge to emotionally or physically
withdraw,” counsels Deardorff. “Sharing activities is a form of communication, too.”
Kids as Teachers
“By paying attention, we can learn a lot of skills from our kids,” says Brott. Generally, youngsters have a greater tolerance for other people’s mistakes and opinions than adults, and tend to be more laid back. They regularly teach spiritual lessons about giving and receiving love and happiness in ways we never imagined. Through all the inevitable challenges, Stiffelman notes, “When parenting with presence, we orient ourselves with whatever good, bad or difficult moment is unfolding and bring more of our self—our heart, consciousness, understanding and compassion—to hold steady as the seas get rocky. Children offer us opportunities to confront the dark and dusty corners of our minds and hearts, creating conditions to call forth the kind of learning that can liberate us from old paradigms.” It all allows us to lead more expansive and fulfilling lives as we open ourselves to more of the love, learning and joy that the adventure of parenting can bring. When we embrace the healing and transformation that is being offered through parenting with presence, the rewards can be limitless. Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).
Conscious Parenting Resources The Body Book for Boys by Rebecca Paley, Grace Norwich and Jonathan Mar The Care and Keeping of You: the Body Book for Younger Girls by Valorie Schaefer The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls by Cara Natterson Father for Life: A Journey of Joy, Challenge and Change by Armin Brott Holistic Mom’s Network HolisticMoms.org 42
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv The New Puberty by Louise Greenspan, M.D., and Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D. Parenting the Lefkoe Way TheLefkoeWay.com Parenting with Presence by Susan Stiffelman Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents by Christine Carter
10 STEPS TO FAMILY HAPPINESS by Christine Carter
appier kids are more likely to become successful, accomplished adults. Looking at the science can show what works in raising naturally healthy, happy kids.
all feelings are okay, even though bad behavior isn’t.
Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First. How happy parents are dramatically affects how happy and successful their kids are.
Teach Self-Discipline. Self-discipline in kids is more predictive of future success than intelligence or most anything else good. Start teaching it by helping kids learn ways to distract themselves from temptation.
Build a Village. The breadth and depth of our positive relationships with other people is the strongest predictor of human happiness. Expect Effort and Enjoyment, Not Perfection. Parents that overemphasize achievement are more likely to have kids with higher levels of depression, anxiety and substance abuse compared to others. Praise effort, not natural ability. Choose Gratitude, Forgiveness and Optimism. Optimism is so closely related to happiness that the two are practically interchangeable. Teach preteens to look on the bright side. Raise their Emotional Intelligence. It’s a skill, not an inborn trait. Parents can help by empathizing with children facing difficult emotions and helping them identify and label what they are feeling. Let them know that
Form Happiness Habits. Turn these happiness skills, plus the positive skills parents already have, into habits.
Enjoy the Present Moment. We can be super-busy and deeply happy at the same time by deeply experiencing the present moment. Rig their Environment for Happiness. Monitor a child’s surroundings so that the family’s deliberate happiness efforts have maximum effect. Eat Dinner Together. This simple tradition helps mold better kids and makes them happier, too. Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents and The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work. She is a senior fellow at the University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. Learn more at ChristineCarter.com. natural awakenings
of programs that focuses on five main goals: promoting safe and engaging environments, creating positive learning environments, using effective discipline, creating clear and reasonable expectations, and self-care for parents.
Transforming Ourselves to Empower Our Children Southwest Florida Centers Offer Several Classes For Healthy Parenting by Linda Sechrist
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Kimberly Rogers, owner of Monarch Therapy, in Naples, believes that the popularity of parenting classes reflects the many discoveries in neuroscience that are proving how the brain is influenced by the environment and our reaction to the environment, with a direct link to physical and emotional responses. “I’ve been particularly impressed with how eloquently Daniel Siegel, a neuropsychiatrist, explains this in Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive, as well as in The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive. I highly recommend this reading to all of the parents who bring me their children and those who enroll in our classes, as well. It’s easy to learn about what Daniel teaches in his YouTube videos on the subject,” says Rogers. There is also more research identifying the impact of different parenting styles on children. The good news is that neuroscience now proves that previous ideas of the brain being fully developed and not changing past our early 20s is not accurate; we can actually rewire or restructure past patterns of unhealthy functioning in our brains in order to function in a healthier manner if we choose to do so. This is a trickle-down benefit for moms and dads. When they re-parent themselves and rewire their brains, their children reap the benefits. This concept is the focus of Dr. Shefali Tsabary’s book Conscious Parenting: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children. Tsabary consistently brings up poignant and thought-provoking aspects such as learning to appreciate with great humility the power parents have to lay the first layer of cement in the foundation of a child’s mind. “Are you living mindfully and consciously,
transforming paradigms, or are you stagnantly regurgitating patterns of your past parenting simply because that’s the way it was done to you?” she asks. The concepts of neuroplasticity, mindfulness and transforming paradigms are what inspired Rodgers to create Mindful Expressions, Mindful Parents and Peaceful Mind classes for adults. “It helps parents to focus on themselves, self-regulate and become better and more consistent role models for their children, who learn well from example. Adults who are in touch with their inner child tend to better express themselves and their needs. They are clearer about who they are, and thus better parents. If we aren’t fully connected with our self, we can’t fully connect with others, including our children,” advises Rogers.
House of Gaia Community Learning Center Now with 3,500 square feet of userfriendly kid and adult space, House of Gaia Community Learning Center, in Naples, has grown to accommodate events, workshops and classes focused on parents and kids. The recent Journey Into Self-Discovery and Transformation was aimed at adults looking to shift self-sabotage into clarity and freedom, giving them strategies for positive change. In addition to Positive Parents Training, House of Gaia offers an important ongoing support group, provided in collaboration with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, which is part of the Lee Memorial Health System. “We are a nonprofit caring community, here for the long run to support children and families. From our original Outside the Box concept housed in 1,200 square feet, we’ve continued to answer a demand for programs that benefit children, who are our future, and the people who nurture their growth,” advises Lulu Carter, House of Gaia founder.
TMC Productions TMC Productions, in Fort Myers, offers a series of courses and is a source of learning and growing. One that particularly appeals to parents is Creating Cooperative, Responsible Children (CCRC) that occurs for three hours on six
consecutive Tuesday nights. “We give parents tools to raise their children in the most healthy loving and functional way. One of the traditional behavioral modification systems of reward and punishment that parents have used is basically a system that nurtures addictions later in life. This system generates kids that become adolescents looking for instant gratification and living in fear of punishment. Kids don’t want gold stars. They want to be acknowledged, recognized and seen for who they are,” explains Tina Crumpacker, TMC Productions founder and creator of the parenting course. CCRC also teaches parents learning tools that acknowledge and encourage their children. Rather than rescuing children, their understanding of the relationships between cause and effect is their best opportunity for learning important lessons. “Natural consequence is the best teacher for character building and behavior modification in children. We teach parents about a child’s internal motivation, which is a better acknowledgement of their successes. For example, a child who didn’t keep his or her agreement to contribute by taking out the trash would get to do one of the parent’s chores. The consequences of, “I did this for you, now you do this for me,” is a better internal motivator for the child than the punishment of no television,” remarks the author of The Journey to You, who notes that there are a total of six modes of behavior modification covered in the classes. One very important thing to keep in mind when parenting is that there is no such thing as perfection. “Relax and enjoy parenting. You can correct mistakes and still raise an awesome child who is empowered to thrive in the world,” advises Rogers.
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People change over time and so do symbols. A symbol that means one thing in society today can easily change. Very little is truly timeless.
Think Before You Ink
~Gregory Hall Piercings to try to reach school-aged kids before they even consider body art.
How to Make Body Art Safe and Reversible by April Thompson
ew things in life are more permanent than a tattoo. Yet those most likely to change their life course—in careers, relationships or fashion styles—are also most inclined to get inked. Nearly 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 have at least one tattoo, according to a Pew Research Center poll.
“If you change your hairstyle or look often, you probably aren’t a good candidate for a tattoo, because of the limited flexibility to change that decision,” says Dr. Gregory Hall, a primary care physician in Cleveland, Ohio. Hall created the website ShouldITattoo.com to help inform others after seeing so many patients that regretted the tattoos of their youth. Hall has also authored Teens, Tattoos, &
The Millennial generation, which is getting inked in record numbers, is also the leading demographic for ink removal. More than half the tattoos removed by medical professionals in 2013 were for people between 19 and 34 years old. Removal often costs many times more than being tattooed, sometimes requiring a dozen or more sessions over several months. Beyond the likelihood of changing one’s mind about a tattoo, Hall cites employment, discrimination and health concerns in urging teens to decline getting inked or pierced. Employers have the legal right to reject a job candidate because of a tattoo—a challenging fact of life for young people to reconcile when they’re still undecided on a career path. Different branches of the military have their own restrictions on body art, which can include the tattoo’s size, placement and subject, while some companies ban tattoos and piercings altogether. The commitment of a tattoo never interested Lauren Waaland-Kreutzer, 25, of Richmond, Virginia. “I don’t know how I’m going to age and who I’ll be in five years,” she says. Two days after turning 18, however, she got her nose pierced, a decision she hasn’t regretted, even though it’s affected her employment. “While I was working my way through college, I gave up slightly better paying jobs in order to keep my piercing,” she says. Her current employer, a local nonprofit in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is piercing-friendly, but she has friends that have to cover their tattoos and piercings at work; a former classmateturned-lawyer even had to remove a small star tattoo from her wrist. While piercings are more revers-
ible than tattoos, they are also more prone to certain health risks. Tongue and cheek piercings can accelerate tooth decay, according to Hall, and the risk of infection can be high, especially if it impacts cartilage. “Some skin rejects piercings, and you can end up with permanent scars,” he adds.
The good news is there are more natural, less permanent alternatives for young adults to adorn and express themselves, including custom-made temporary tattoos, plus magnetic and clip-on jewelry that are indistinguishable from a permanent piercing. Temporary tattoos work to try out the look before possibly committing. Henna tattoos, an import from India, are another popular alternative, although Hall has seen many patients develop allergic reactions to this plant-based ink, so it’s always best to test on a small spot first. Permanent organic inks fade more over time, a downside for someone that keeps a tattoo for life, but “come off beautifully” in a removal process compared to the standard heavy metal inks, reports Hall. Also, “We just don’t know yet what impact the heavy metals may have on people’s immune systems down the road,” he says. “Organic inks are much safer.”
The Toxic Truth About Tattoos by Anya Vien
he spike in popularity of tattooing that began a couple of decades ago in America and Europe continues to spread worldwide. Those considering getting one will do well to carefully review the options and the health dangers related to traditional tattoos. Tattoo inks contain heavy metals, and red inks often contain mercury. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any tattoo pigments for injection into the skin. Tattoo parlors are regulated by states and municipalities, but the FDA doesn’t require manufacturers to release ink ingredients. The lack of regulation is unsettling, as some 45 million Americans have been inked. Many tattoo ink pigments are industrial-grade colors suitable for printer ink or automobile paint, and the FDA warns that it may possibly cause infections, allergic reactions, keloids (fibrous scar tissue), granulomas (response to inflammation, infection or a foreign substance) and potential
complications connected with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The carrier solution used in tattoo inks also contains harmful substances such as denatured alcohol, methanol, antifreeze, detergents, formaldehyde and other toxic aldehydes. A study in the journal Medicine by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, in Dallas, links commercial tattoos to the spread of hepatitis C. Dr. Robert Haley, a preventative medicine specialist and former U.S. Centers for Disease Control infection control official, comments, “We found that commercially acquired tattoos accounted for more than twice as many hepatitis C infections as injection-drug use. This means it may have been the largest single contributor to the nationwide epidemic of this form of hepatitis.” Anya Vien is the owner of Living Traditionally.com, focusing on naturally healthy and sustainable living.
State laws vary regarding age criteria, some allowing tattoos at any age with parental consent. Hall’s tattoo website has a downloadable contract to encourage kids to talk with their parents before making a decision, regardless of the need for consent. Name tattoos, even those of loved ones, are among the tattoos most likely to be removed later in life. Hall saw this with a young man that had the names of the grandparents that raised him tattooed on his hands. He said, “I still love them, but I’m tired of looking at them and I have got to get them off me.” A Harris Interactive poll revealed that a third of company managers would think twice about promoting someone with tattoos or piercings—a more critical factor than how tidy their workspace is kept or the appropriateness of their attire. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com. natural awakenings
will still be there tomorrow, and there’s always another yoga class I can take.
Shining On with Yogi Taylor Harkness by Linda Sechrist
aylor Harkness is a former paramedic that came to yoga via the sport of rock climbing. His students and social media followers adore his steady doses of inspiration, laughter and honesty. Harkness will present five Shine On yoga workshops at The Yoga Loft, in Naples, from September 11 to 13. Why is your approach to yoga so joyous? Many facets of life are serious. As adults, we have bills, taxes, work and responsibilities. Life gets serious and we stop playing. We take ourselves too seriously, forget to laugh at our mistakes and stifle the learning process. I’ve found that we can do a lot more, and push ourselves to new levels when we’re laughing and having a good time, rather than when we’re caught up in our mental stuff. If we take a breather, relax and add a smile, we’ll go farther. Where do you turn for inspiration? I look for inspiration in just about everything. One of my mottos is, “There’s a lesson here somewhere.” I can watch a show about crocodiles and think, “Look at how adventurous those videographers are,” and start contemplating adventure and what it takes to
be courageous. When I see a billboard about princess-cut diamonds, I might think about royalty and how unfair and harsh it is to place ourselves above others, and that we are all equal. I get inspired in the process of thinking and exploring those kinds of thoughts. While I might want to turn my brain off after a long day at work, it’s more energizing to get the creative juices flowing by engaging in conversations with people who make me think differently or who encourage and support me. I also read books that spark my interest. As a traveling yogi, how do you prevent burnout? I’m currently working on this. Traveling is hard on the body. It’s even harder to be away from home, my loved ones and my routine. The people I meet on my trips keep me fueled and charged. When I do get home, I try to unplug. To stay well-rounded with my interests, I mix things up. I’ve recently started Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I’m also a rock climber, and my boyfriend and some friends and I just went camping last weekend. It’s really important to step away from the mat. I can turn off my phone, watch a movie, take a nap or even go read by the pool. The work
Who are your teachers, and why is it important to study with more than one? My first teacher was Tymi Howard, who has a unique way of pushing everyone to his or her limits. I learned so much about asana and challenging myself. From there, I began to soak up other styles, allowing every class, whether from a senior instructor or a fresh trainee, to teach me something. I worked alongside Kathryn Budig. I still work with Jason Crandell. Both are talented and well-known teachers. Not everyone has to be worldrenowned to offer something pivotal. Some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned were in classes led by moms who teach one class a week, or gym buff types who incorporate varied movements. I practice frequently, but not often enough to grow bored. I practice with different instructors and styles to keep my mind open and my body on its toes, wanting more. Variety has a lot to offer the mind and the body. How has the study of anatomy had such an impact on your approach to yoga? I want to be able to move freely, dance, run and play with my grandkids well
Taylor Harkness (in all three photos above)
into ages where others are thinking, “He’s way too old for that.” Having a firm grasp on how our beautiful body works is important in order to know how to keep it mobile and healthy. Good habits in our yoga practices lead to strong, able bodies. Bad habits or misalignment lead to injury. Repeated injury leads to broken bits and pieces. Do you dream of someday prescribing yoga and meditation as a means of combining them with primary health care? In my opinion, that would be better than most prescriptions written today. We are victims of our own advancement. Got a headache, stomach ache or high cholesterol? Take a pill. Many people think yoga translates into vegan, abstinent, super-flexible monk types. The biggest lesson I’ve learned from yoga is that moderation and mindfulness are key. I eat humanely raised, organic, local meat. It’s good for the animal, the environment, the economy and me. I enjoy alcohol in moderation and choose brands that follow sustainable practices. Meditation has been shown to ease depression, increase efficiency and lead
to better mental and physical health. It’s scary to think we are in control of 99 percent of our health, because that comes with responsibility. I believe we should explore what we’re responsible for with functional medicine professionals who rely on lifestyle changes before prescribing drugs. In my opinion, what we all need is a good dose of yoga and meditation, more vacation time, family time, good healthy food and a pay raise—the list goes on. If you could leave just one message with your students, what would it be? You’re good enough. We’re told too
often that we’re not skinny enough, rich enough, good looking enough or smart enough. The media is saturated with these messages to entice your subconscious into buying products to supplement your flaws. You are more than your wrinkles or rolls. You’re more than your ADD, chipped front tooth or lazy eye. We spend way too much time and energy on negative thoughts. We all have them. It takes practice to shift the shaping and wiring of our brain to focus on the good and really important things, but we can do it. This is what Shine On and my classes are all about. It’s the message behind everything I do.
Taylor Harkness will present five Shine On yoga workshops at The Yoga Loft, in Naples, from September 11 to 13. For more information on the workshops, call 239-260-7725 or visit YogaLoftNaples.com. See ad, page 53.
Joe Dispenza on The Power of Thought Alone to Heal by Kathleen Barnes
ost of us are familiar with the placebo effect, when actual healing occurs after the only prescription a patient ingests is a sugar pill that the individual believes is medicine. Researcher and Chiropractor Joe Dispenza, of Olympia, Washington, knows the value of the placebo effect from personal experience. When his spine shattered during a 1986 triathlon race as his bicycle was hit by an SUV, he had a good mental picture of what had happened. Consulting doctors proclaimed a bleak prognosis and offered a risky surgical procedure as his only chance of walking again. He left the hospital against the advice of his physicians and spent the next three months mentally—and physically—reconstructing his spine. His story is one of hope for healing for others, detailed in his latest book, You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter.
How did your pivotal healing take place? For two hours twice a day, I went within and began creating a picture of my intended result: a totally healed spine. Nine-and-a-half weeks after the accident, I got up and walked back into my life fully recovered—without having had a body cast or surgeries. I resumed my chiropractic practice 10 weeks out and was training and lifting weights again while continuing my rehabilitation regimen at 12 weeks. Now, in the nearly 30 years since the accident, I can honestly say that 50
I rarely experience any back pain.
How does your approach differ from mind over matter? It’s the same. So many people have been conditioned into believing that mind and body are separate things. There is never a time when the mind isn’t influencing the body and vice versa. The combination is what I call a state of being.
How does the placebo effect work? Think about the idea of giving somebody a sugar pill, saline solution or a false surgery. A certain percentage of those people will accept, believe and surrender—without analysis—to the “thought” that they are receiving the real substance or treatment. As a result, they’ll program their autonomic nervous systems to manufacture the exact same pharmacy of drugs to match the real substance or treatment. They can make their own antidepressants and painkilling medicines. Healing is not something that takes place outside of you.
Can you cite examples of disease in which self-healing has been scientifically validated? There is amazing power in the human mind. Some people’s thoughts heal them; some have made them sick and sometimes even hastened their death. In the first chapter of You Are the Placebo, I tell a story about one man who died after being told he had cancer, even though an autopsy revealed
he’d been misdiagnosed. A woman plagued by depression for decades improved dramatically and permanently during an antidepressant drug trial, despite the fact that she was in the placebo group. A handful of veterans that participated in a Baylor University study, formerly hobbled by osteoarthritis, were miraculously cured by fake knee surgeries. Plus, scientists have seen sham coronary bypass surgeries that resulted in healing for 83 percent of participants (New England Journal of Medicine). A study of Parkinson’s disease from the University of British Columbia measured better motor coordination for half of the patients after a placebo injection. They were all healed by thought alone. The list goes on. I’ve personally witnessed many people heal themselves using the same principles of the placebo response, once they understood how, from cancers, multiple sclerosis, lupus, thyroid conditions and irritable bowel syndrome.
How can an ordinary person make that quantum leap and find healing? Many of us are now recognizing that rather than live in the past, we can create our own future. It requires changing some longstanding conditioned beliefs and the willingness to step into an unfamiliar, uncomfortable, unpredictable state that is consistent with living in the unknown. This happens to be the perfect place from which to create change. I recommend a meditation that creates physiological changes in the brain and at the cellular level, from 45 to 60 minutes a day. Changing Beliefs and Perceptions meditations are available on my website or individuals can record themselves reading the texts printed in the back of my book. As we exchange self-limiting beliefs we begin to embody new possibilities. Joe Dispenza is chairman of Life University Research Council and a faculty member for the International Quantum University for Integrative Medicine, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Visit DrJoeDispenza.com. Connect with natural health books author Kathleen Barnes at KathleenBarnes.com.
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If paint, glue, chalk or markers have a strong odor or the label says, “Use in a well-ventilated area,” it’s toxic.
GREEN ARTS Tips for Finding Safe Eco-Supplies by Avery Mack
reative energy is contagious,” says Kim Harris, co-owner of Yucandu, a hands-on craft studio in Webster Groves, Missouri. As one client crafter commented, “Art is cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun.” It doubles the pleasure when we trust the nature of our supplies. Arts and crafts stir the imagination, spur creativity and are relaxing. Yet, for some, allergies, chemical sensitivities and eco-consciousness can make choosing materials a challenge. Manufacturers are not required to list heavy metals, toxic preservatives or petroleum-based ingredients, even when they’re labeled “non-toxic”. User- and environment-friendly
alternatives may be difficult to locate, but are worth the effort. After working with paint, glue, chalk and modeling dough, children may lick their fingers and be reluctant to wash hands thoroughly. Retirees with newfound time for hobbies may also have weakened immune systems at risk to chemical exposure. Everyone benefits from minimizing exposure to toxins.
For greeting cards, scrapbooking or mixed media, paper provides background, texture, pattern and color. Tree-free paper uses agricultural residue or fibers from bananas, coffee and tobacco, and EcoPaper.com researchers anticipate similar future use of pine-
apples, oranges and palm hearts. Labels can be misleading. White paper has been bleached. Processed chlorine-free (PCF) means no bleaching occurred during this incarnation of the paper. Totally chlorine-free (TCF) papers are as advertised. Paper is called recycled if it’s 100 percent postconsumer-recovered fiber—anything less is recycled content.
For most projects, purchased glues are more convenient, longer lasting and easier to use than homemade. White glue and white paste, called “library paste”, are best with porous items like wood, paper, plastic and cloth. It takes longer to dry and needs to be held in place, but there are no fumes. “Jewelry is wearable art, so for mine, I primarily use water-based, nontoxic glues and sealers that simply wash off my hands,” advises Nancy Kanter, owner and designer of Sparkling Vine Design, in Thousand Oaks, California. Examples include Elmer’s Washable and Mod Podge. Airplane glue, rubber cement, spray adhesive and epoxy all emit toxic fumes. Instant glue (cyanoacrylate) likewise bonds fast to fingers; toxic, foul-smelling acetate (used in nail polish remover) is needed to remedy the situation.
Water-based tempera paint is easy to use; Chroma brand tempera removes some of the hazardous ingredients. “I use water-based, non-toxic acrylic paints and wine to paint recycled wine corks for my designs,” says Kanter. “This avoids harsh fumes and chemicals.” Note that acrylic paint can contain ammonia or formaldehyde. Oil paint produces fumes and requires turpentine, a petroleum-based product, to clean brushes. Aerosol spray paint is easily inhaled unless protective equipment is used. 52
Markers and Crayons
“Give kids great supplies and they’ll make great art,” maintains Harris. “They’ll also be respectful of how much they use.” Go for unscented, water-based markers, especially for younger children that are as apt to draw on themselves as on paper. Soy crayons are made from sustainable soybean oil, while retaining bright colors. Dustless chalk is preferred by some. Colored eco-pencils are another option. Beware of conventional dry erase markers, which contain the neurotoxin xylene; permanent markers emit fumes. Wax crayons are made with paraffin, a petroleum-based product.
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For knit or crochet projects, choose recycled silk and cotton or bamboo, soy silk from tofu byproducts, or natural, sustainable corn silk. Sheep’s wool, organic cotton or alpaca fibers, raw or hand-dyed with natural colors, are environmentally friendly. Rayon is recycled wood pulp treated with caustic soda, ammonia, acetone and sulfuric acid. Nylon, made from petroleum products, may have a harmful finish.
Canvas is typically stretched on birch framing, a sustainable wood. Look for unbleached, organic cotton canvas without primer. Runoff from an organic cotton field doesn’t pollute waterways. Experiment with homemade modeling clay. Many tutorials and photos are available online. Commercial modeling clay contains wheat flour, which can cause a reaction for the gluten-sensitive. For papier-mâché projects, recycle newsprint and use white glue, thinned with water. Premade, packaged versions may contain asbestos fibers. Eco-beads with safe finishes vary from nuts and seeds to glass and stone. For grownups that like to create their own beads, realize that polymer clays contain vinyl/PVC. In making artistic expression safe, being conscious of the materials used is paramount. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.
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Swimming in Nature Splashing Safely in Lakes and Oceans by Lane Vail
ostonian avid open-water swimmer Kate Radville is delighted that water constitutes 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. “The controlled environment of a swimming pool is convenient,” she says, “but splashing around outside in the beautiful summer sunshine is undeniably liberating.” Enthusiasts are both attracted by the rugged beauty of wild water and humbled by its power, but without proper skill or knowledge, swimming in natural settings can be risky. “Millions of dollars are annually spent on advertising, tourism and beach restoration
projects to bring people to water,” says Dave Benjamin, executive director of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, “yet, the American Red Cross finds that 54 percent of Americans lack basic water emergency lifesaving skills.” Maximize enjoyment and safety in the open water by heeding basic guidelines. Be Weather Wise. Check the forecast before heading out and be conscious of any sudden climate changes. Leave the water or the area in the event of thunder or lightning. Tall buildings or mountains may block the view of the sky, and storms can pop up quickly, so
Benjamin recommends using a batterypowered portable radio or smartphone app for weather updates. Wind and atmospheric pressure shifts can stir up waves for hours, so hesitate before returning to the water after a storm. Glean Information. “I can’t think of a time I’ve jumped into water I knew nothing about,” says Radville. “Some research prior to swimming is definitely advisable.” Renowned coach Steven Munatones, founder of the World Open Water Swimming Association, suggests walking along the beach to look for caution signs, surf conditions boards, flags, buoys, rope lines and available rescue equipment, plus emergency callboxes that pinpoint one’s location if cell phone service is weak. Even seemingly pristine waters can be contaminated by harmful bacteria, algal blooms or runoff pollutants after rain. “Chat with local beachgoers, swimmers, boaters or fishermen about current swimming conditions in designated areas,” counsels Munatones, and check social media sites like Facebook and area online swimming forums. Steer Clear. Be mindful of hidden underwater hazards, ranging from sharp objects to submerged construction, which can create turbulent water and strong undercurrents. Swim in lifeguardprotected areas away from windsurfers, jet skiers and boaters that may not hear or see swimmers, adds Munatones. Respect Marine Life. Munatones advises giving marine life, however beautiful, a wide berth. “I’ve swum around the world with all sorts of intriguing sea life,” he says, “and these are wild animals, not the friendly ones you see in marine parks.” Stop swimming and watch the animal until it’s moved on.
Be Water Wise. Water temperature, depth and movement, which fluctuate with rain, tides and wind, can also make conditions unpredictable, so research a destination beforehand. Pockets of cold water within an otherwise tepid mountain lake could induce a gasp response or hyperventilation, says Munatones, and prolonged immersion increases risk of muscle impairment and hypothermia. Likewise, an unexpected drop in the water floor may provoke panic. “Physically, someone capable of swimming in three feet of water can also swim in 300 feet,” says Munatones. “But mentally, deep water can feel spooky.” Rip currents are powerful streams that flow along the surface away from the shoreline. They may be easily spotted from the beach, but often go unnoticed by swimmers. “A potentially fatal mistake is allowing a ‘fight-or-flight’ response to kick in and trying to swim against the current, because rips are treadmills that will exhaust your energy,” cautions Benjamin. Instead, flip, float and follow the safest path out of the water, a technique that conserves energy and alleviates stress and panic, he says. Watch for Waves. Swim facing oncoming waves and dive under the powerful white foam, coaches Munatones. “Feel the swell wash over you before coming up to the surface.” If knocked off balance by a wave, relax, hold your breath and wait for the tumbling to cease. Swim toward the light if disoriented under the water, and make sure your head is above any froth before inhaling. “Your lungs are your personal flotation device that keep the body buoyant,” says Benjamin. “Lay back and focus on your breathing.” While Coast Guard-approved flotation devices should be worn by children at all times, they are not substitutes for supervision, says Rob Rogerson, a lifeguard and ocean rescue training officer in Palm Beach County, Florida. “Parents must watch swimming and non-swimming children vigilantly.” “The power of the open water is immense,” says Munatones. “Be respectful, always.”
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isa and Keith Banks, owners of Movement 4 Life, in Fort Myers, have added balance-promoting tai chi exercises to their menu of prevention and wellness services. “Lisa and I trained in tai chi in order to specifically help local seniors reduce their risk of falling so that they can live independently longer. Statistics show that each year about onethird of adults aged 65 years or older fall, and 20 to 30 percent of these individuals suffer moderate to severe injuries such as bruises, hip fractures and head traumas,” explains Keith. Tai chi, often referred to as moving meditation, involves slow and continuous coordinated motions that shift weight and body alignment in a circular, flowing manner. This gentle form of exercise, synchronized with deep breathing, originated in China as a martial art. It has the potential to reduce blood pressure; improve muscular strength, balance and postural control; improve sleep quality; reduce depression; and enhance mental well-being. “In other words, tai chi improves the overall quality of life,” say the Banks. The results of a randomized controlled trial of 256 physically inactive individuals aged 72 to 92 that partici-
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Animal Talk They Have Lots to Say If We’d Only Listen by Sandra Murphy
Some people talk to animals. Not many listen, though. That’s the problem. ~A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
Brave New World In less than 10 years, we’ll see a universal translator for communicating with dogs and cats, predicts Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D., professor emeritus of biological sciences at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff. Just like language apps change, for example, a French phrase into English, the device would translate barks into “Put on Animal Planet,” or meows to “Feed me tuna.” Computers will foster better understanding between humans and animals. David Roberts, a computer science assistant professor, and his team at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a collar to send wireless instructions to dogs via vibrations. Multiple sensors return information about the dog’s heart rate and more, which is especially helpful for service dogs taught not to show stress or distress. Even without such technology, we can all enjoy improved relationships with animals, domestic and wild, by learning to listen. Veterinarian Linda Bender, an animal advocate in Charleston, South Carolina, and author of Animal Wisdom, says, “We all have the ability to understand animals. It gets trained out of us around age 7. It’s not about doing, it’s about being, a connection through the heart.” Meditation quiets the mind from daily concerns, allowing us to stay open, listen and be aware. 60
Everyday Examples Author Frances Hodgson Burnett captures the essence of this childlike sensibility in A Little Princess: “How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul.” In Portland, Oregon, intuitive Melissa Mattern relates examples supporting Burnett’s premise from her own experiences. “My newest cat, Rocket, beat up my other cats and ran amok. Nothing helped until I took a class in animal communication.” She asked her other cats what to do. “They were clear that I should have consulted them before bringing Rocket into the house,” she says. “I asked Rocket if he would like another home and the picture of a chef’s hat popped into my mind. When we found the perfect home for Rocket, the man was a chef whose only other pet is a turtle that lets Rocket sleep with him. Everyone is happy with the results.” Charli, a 14-year-old pointer, travels the world with her family. Her owner, Cynthia Bowman, shares one of her favorite stories: “As we planned our move to Spain, Charli got ill. I explained, ‘We want you to go too, but if you can’t, tell me.’ A picture of a smoked ham popped into my head. I didn’t understand, but Charli got well and went along,” she says. “In our new Gipuzkoa neighborhood, a deli sells hams, just like I pictured. I can’t explain how Charli knew.” It becomes a matter of trust. “Thoughts or mind pictures can be easy to dismiss or mistrust as imagination,” she comments. “Every species has something they do best. With humans, it’s problem solving and advanced thinking. We’ve separated ourselves from nature. We need to remember we’re all interconnected,” Bender says. “When we learn to tune into ourselves, be heart-centric and radiate compassionate energy, it makes us irresistible to other creatures.”
Exotic Tales Wild animals communicate with David Llewellyn. As a writer of outdoor/nature blogs, he’s traveled full time in a 30-foot RV since 2002. “They don’t understand words, but go by what’s in your soul. I’ve picked berries with black bears and met a mountain lion and her two cubs
Nobody experiences magic unless they believe in it. ~Linda Bender
We all have the ability to understand animals. It gets trained out of us around age 7. It’s not about doing, it’s about being, a connection through the heart. ~Veterinarian Linda Bender along a trail without ever being harmed,” he says. “Often, hikers are told, ‘Make yourself look big and scream.’ I say ‘Hello,’ comment on the day and thank them for letting me share their space.” Staying calm is vital. Bender agrees. Grabbed by an orangutan at a wild animal trafficking rescue project, “She twisted my arm and could have easily broken it,” Bender recalls. “Fear is picked up as a threat so I tried to radiate calm. It was intense, but she gradually let go. With animals, you attract what you give. Better communication means better understanding leading to improved behavior on everyone’s part.” Communication and understanding among human, domestic and wild animals not only makes life more interesting, it can save lives. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouis FreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.
Animal Linguists “Everyone is born with the power to communicate with other species, and although it is long lost for many people, it can be regained for the benefit of all beings on Earth,” says Penelope Smith, author of the Animal Talk and When Animals Speak book series. Meet colleagues of this “Grandmother of Interspecies Communication” via Tinyurl.com/Animal CommunicatorsDirectory.
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ostering better understanding between humans and animals is possible if we follow Maureen Sanders’ advice of listening to them with our hearts. Sanders, a local practitioner who communicates with animals via her energetic healing, notes that animals often act from unconditional love and endless forgiveness. “This is why the first step in opening up communication with domestic or wild animals is to forget your own agenda; release any expectations and be equally selfless in listening for their needs with an unconditional love. Animals have unique personalities and do not all behave in the same way. This is why it is necessary to work with their individual characteristics and abilities,” explains Sanders. Animals instinctively know if we are trustworthy. When they believe we have their best interests at heart and are not demanding something unreasonable from them, they willingly open up and communicate with words, images and feelings. It’s up to us to learn to trust and believe in the images and feelings we receive. “It’s not only important to witness their behavior and body language, but also to understand that they could be mirroring us to help us become aware of areas we need to work on. Sometimes working on our own personal growth issues, self-love and self-healing can help the animal,
and vice versa,” advises Sanders, who offers other important tips to communicate effectively with animals from her many personal experiences. n Put yourself inside the animal’s mind and body, and then reflect upon what you feel and how the world around you appears from their perspective. n Let go of the need to be right. We all have something to learn. n Turn off distracting electronics such as cell phones, TV or the radio. n Clear the mind of cluttered and chaotic thoughts. n Get centered with mindful meditation, even if only for five to 10 minutes. n Observe their eyes to see what emotion or message they are emanating. n Expand your inner and outer vision. Look through your higher, soul-based self, rather than your personality. “The more we become one with all of the natural world, the greater our skill will be to communicate with animals. Releasing any imposed limitations that prohibit or constrict our understanding of the web of energy that connects all things goes a long way in animal or human communication,” advises Sanders. For more information, call 239-2539008 or visit TheHorseShaman.com.
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 4 Mixed Media Art Class – 11am-1pm. With Lisa Estrada. An easy and fun class using an eight-by-10 canvas, paint, paper, stamps and empowering messages. $35. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of a variety of the seven bowls which helps to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: NaplesBirthCenter.com. 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. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. All levels. Find clarity and ease, gain strength and stability, release tension and stress through yoga, breath work and mindful meditation. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. Green Monkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or GreenMonkey.com.
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games and activities. $20; $70/four sessions; $15/ current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Creative Caterpillar Kids Club – 2:30-3:30pm. With Jill Emmerich, BCaBA. Improve self-confidence, social support and healthy expression of emotions through art and creative expression. $20; $70/four sessions; $15/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Back-to-School Open House – 5-8pm. This academically centered event will focus on specific employment opportunities. Students can receive training in more than 100 university degree programs. Keiser University, 9100 Forum Corporate Pkwy, Ft Myers. 888-844-8404. KUOpenHouse or KeiserUniversity.edu. See news brief, page 10. Celebration of Art & Nature – 6-9pm. Featuring the photographic works of the Naples Digital Photography Club, based on the theme of water. Art opening, live music by Alchemie, live street chalk art by Jane Portaluppi Durand, community drumming circle, community yoga class, henna painting, jewelry trunk show, intuitive readings. Light snacks and drinks available. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Carolyn Beauchamp, certified clinical hypnotherapist. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken
through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or CarolynBeauchamp@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 6 Toddler Thursday – 9:30-10:30am. Veggies made fun with Lily, Healthy Eating Specialist. Kidfriendly and mom-approved. Free. Whole Foods Market, Lifestyle Center, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 552-5100. WholeFoodsMarket.com. Reiki Master Class – 2pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the Reiki experience. Receive certification and attunement. Prerequisite Reiki one and two. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. The Very Best You: Learn and Lose Series – 6pm. Also meets 8/13, 8/20 & 8/27. With Health Coach Kristi Willems. Learn a foundation of healthy living that can help you lose weight for good and have a personalized meal plan upon completion. $100/ four sessions, all inclusive. D-Signed Nutrition, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 8/5: 444-4204. See news brief, page ##. Spirit Sound Healing Circle – 7-8:30pm. An evening of song and devotion with Johnny Freedom and Isabel Silva. Chant the names of the Hindu gods and goddesses that are truly aspects of our own divine inner selves. Evening includes crystal singing bowls, drums, gongs, flutes and call-and-response chanting. $10. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 Acutonics Sound Healing Workshop – Aug 7-9.
With Lynn Wedekind, MEd. Learn the theory and techniques of the Acutonics Healing System through the use of precision calibrated planetary tuning forks applied to the body through acupuncture points, meridians and sacred geometry. $450. Acupuncturists (NCCAOM): 24 PDAs; Bodyworkers (NCBTMB): 26 hrs. Ft Myers. Register/info: 360-808-7170 or TuneIntuit@gmail.com. The Naples School of Thought Consciousness: Steering Your Ship with the Tide – 6-8pm. Tools for navigating the world wide sea of choices and opportunities. Release that which no longer serves, allowing for a new bloom. $10. Florida Coastal Professional Center, 801 Anchor Rode Dr, Ste 203, Naples. 7774578. Schedule/details: BioLightMedicine.com. Tea Leaf Reading: The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself and others. Attendees will receive a free tea leaf reading. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 Emotional Intelligence: The Energy of Emotion – 9am-noon, workshop; Noon-12:30pm, organic lunch (optional). With Claudia A Monte, CAM Consulting Group. Learn the role emotions play in your wellness spectrum. Learn the connection between your cognitive and emotional intelligences to sustain positive relationships and avoid energy drains. $60/ workshop; $14/lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Reiki Clinic – 9am-noon. Private 45-minute sessions with skilled Reiki practitioners. Great opportunity to experience deep peace and relaxation, reduce stress, balance chakras. Volunteers make it affordable. $11 ($75 value). 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Freedom to Be: Movement and Relaxation Workshop – 9:30-11am. With Peggy Sealfon and Michelle Falco. Reclaim your power by breaking through challenges with movement and relaxation. For stress, anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, recovery, divorce, grief/loss. $20. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Shamanic Reiki Certification Course – 10am4pm. With Bethanny Gonzalez. An eight month course designed to introduce the eight levels of healing including Reiki energy, crystals, essential oils, rattles, journeying and energy clearing. $150/class; package price available. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of amazing readers and healers offering many services including: readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot,
palm readings, Reiki, biofeedback, pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Stability from the Inside Out – 1:30-3pm. With Christina Pandiscio. Connection to our core is the foundation for expansion both on and off the mats. Participants will be guided through a series of poses that create stability and awareness of their physical foundation and core-stabilizing muscles. $30; $5 off by 8/7. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. GreenMonkey.com. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, dowse and test energy fields and chakras. Free, includes charts. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: The Truth About Spiritual Awareness. SW Florida Eckankar Center, 16387 S Tamiami Trl, Ste H, 2nd floor, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Awakening to Animal Communication Workshop – 2-4pm. Animal Communicator, Jennifer Crumbliss will help take your relationship with animals to a new level by learning to bridge the communication gap. Learn more about your pets, how to communicate and how to experience animals’ perspectives. Bring a printed photo of your pet, living or passed. $25. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Soaring Sacred Sounds – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls and ancient aromatic blends for helping, healing, and transformation personal and planetary. Bring musical creative expression, mat, pillow, blanket. $15. Arthur Murray, 3339 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
MONDAY, AUGUST 10 Soul Sisters Middle School Girls Group – 2:304pm. With Jill Emmerich, BCaBA. Build peer support, communication skills and self-confidence through creative self-expression. $20; $70/four sessions; $15/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Cloth Diapering – 5-6pm. Learn cloth diapering basics: how they are better for your baby, the environment and your bottom line. See different styles
and brands. Learn how to wash them, travel and what to do with the mess. $5; returned as a credit for EcoBaby and Home Store. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Info/register: NaplesBirthCenter.com.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 11 Channeling Gallery Format – 6:30-8pm. An evening of healing and enlightenment with Beth Brown-Rinella. $20. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. All levels. Find clarity and ease, gain strength and stability, release tension and stress through yoga, breath work and mindful meditation. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 Social Caterpillar Kids Club – 1-2pm. With Jill Emmerich, BCaBA. Peer cooperation, communication and problem-solving skills through structured games and activities. $20; $70/four sessions; $15/ current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Creative Caterpillar Kids Club – 2:30-3:30pm. With Jill Emmerich, BCaBA. Improve self-confidence, social support and healthy expression of emotions through art and creative expression. $20; $70/four sessions; $15/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Intracellular Health and Wellness Testing Presentation – 6pm. With Dr Steven Coleman and Carrie Simon. Topics will include how health and vitality begin at the cellular level and that unbalanced levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can lead to health issues. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. 9240 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 2217, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 908-4711 or Tennis7CK@gmail. com. See ad on page 42 and news brief on page 10. Community HU – 6-7pm. Chanting and singing a love song to God. Eckankar Center, 16387 S Tamiami Trl, Ste H, 2nd floor, Ft Myers. 482-4034. New Moon Kundalini Yoga – 6:30-8pm. Kundalini Yoga in an incredible yoga that integrates all of the most powerful and potent yogic techniques into one practice to tune your nervous and glandular system and give you spiritual strength. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy
work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the Reiki experience. Receive certification and attunement. Prerequisite Reiki one and two. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Carolyn Beauchamp. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or CarolynBeauchamp@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 13 Matanzas Pass Preserve and Hurricane Bay Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. With GAEA Guides. Wander in America’s only mangrove forest. See birds, dolphins, manatees and more. Includes equipment and a Florida master naturalist as your guide. $55. Ft Myers Beach. RSVP: 694-5513. Teens and Tweens in the Kitchen – 12:30pm. Bento Box Lunch. Whole Foods Market, Lifestyle Center, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 552-5100. WholeFoodsMarket.com. Stress 101: Balancing the Hormone Havoc and Rebuilding the Engines – 1-3pm. With Deborah J Post, MSN, ARNP. This lecture will look at the mechanisms of stress and how the body does and doesn’t adapt well and how to optimize healthy stress adaptation. Hodges University, 2655 Northbrooke Dr, Naples. 598-6143. See news brief, page 14. 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 8/20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Goddess Circle – 7pm. With Pam Bzoch. Explore and connect with the energy of the divine feminine. The evening includes a sacred altar dedicated to a different Goddess each month, guided meditation, discussion and sacred altar keepsake. $25. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 239-301-0655.TheMysticalMoon.com.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 The Naples School of Thought Consciousness: Pet Foods – 6-8pm. Dr Anja G Kordon, DVM, founder of Animal Oasis, Inc, and licensed veterinarian in Europe and USA, will answer FAQs about pet foods. $15. Florida Coastal Professional Center, 801 Anchor Rode Dr, Ste 203, Naples. 777-4578. Schedule/details: BioLightMedicine.com.
Breath of Life/Music of the Spheres – 6:30pm. Journey from the superficial daily experience to the depths of your heart and soul with Dana House and Linda. Conscious connective breathing, Reiki attunements, percussive music and the sounds of gongs and bowls. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. $25. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 2620811. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing, prosperity and more. Make your own personal candle. $30 includes supplies. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 16 The Naples School of Thought Consciousness: Cross Currents – 3-5pm. With Barbara Cook and Dr Anja Kordon, DVM. Discussions about the serious digital environment we live in and the toxicity of crossing currents. $15. Florida Coastal Professional Center, 801 Anchor Rode Dr, Ste 203, Naples. 7774578. Schedule/details: BioLightMedicine.com.
MONDAY, AUGUST 17
Psychic Development – 7pm. With Laurie Barraco. Learn how to use your natural psychic abilities the way spirit intended. Various tools of divination and how to use them will be discussed. Topic: Pendulums. $20. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com.
Spiritual Intuitive Readings – 11am-4pm. With published author Dona Lynn Hudgins, author of Peacefound and Chalice of Pleiades. Readings are timely, gentle and knowing on the deepest levels and are always given in total trust of their awakening properties. $20/20 minutes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15
Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. Mondays. All levels. Find clarity and ease, gain strength and stability, release tension and stress through yoga, breath work and mindful meditation. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
Weekend Childbirth Education – Aug 15-16. 10am-3pm, Sat; 12-4pm, Sun. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: NaplesBirthCenter.com. Anastasi System of Psychic Development – Aug 15-16. 10am-5pm. With Laurie Barraco. Level Two: Expand Your Psychic Abilities to See, Feel and Work with Energy and Auras. Learn easy-to-follow exercises and visualizations. $250. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 239-301-0655.TheMysticalMoon.com. Thyroid Seminar – 10am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Fatigue, unexpected weight gain, thinning hair, always feeling cold, anxiety, night sweats, morning headaches, brittle nails, brain fog? Discover natural solutions to correct your thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid and why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-3106. See ad, page 21. ABCs of Yoga 1-3pm. With Amy Voelkl. This allbeginner’s class is a comfortable, safe and stress-free way to take the mystery out of yoga for first-time students of all fitness levels. $10. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or GreenMonkey.com. Crystal and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the “flower of life” pattern also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S
TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of a variety of the seven bowls which helps to heal and open ones heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: NaplesBirthCenter.com.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19 Zero Balancing I – Aug 19-22. With Carla Van Arnam. Learn the intellectual and practical framework of the art and science of Zero Balancing. Detailed study guide, clear presentations, demonstrations and practice sessions. $795. 25 CE. Inner Light
Center, 4810 Hickory Woods Dr, Naples. Register: 352-318-8974. Can Commonly Prescribed Drugs Actually Make it Easier to Kill Another Human Being? – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. Over the years, there have been more deaths attributed to “unstable” people that most folks thought were “fine”. What drugs have these people been taking in common that may help us understand their behavior? Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600. DebPost.com. Natural Brain Enhancement for Teen’s Optimal Development – 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron, of Nutrition Specialists of Florida. Whole Foods Market, Mercato, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. RSVP: 947-1177. DoctorGendron.com. See ad, page 2. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. Free. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: FBCNaples@gmail.com. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Carolyn Beauchamp, certified clinical hypnotherapist. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or CarolynBeauchamp@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 20 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com. Higher Calling in Concert – 7pm. A transformational evening with local New Thought Band Higher Calling woven with music, poetry, masters meditation, energy activation, New Age comedy, mime and dance. $20. Unity of Naples, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way. Mark Kolack: 352-362-5417. MarkKolack.com. Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Reiki master Pam Bzoch, owner of Saith Seren. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
and hands-on activities for kids and families. Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 552-5100. WholeFoodsMarket.com. Magic Squares – 2pm. Learn how to construct and use magic squares (talisman) for personal empowerment. Free; materials included. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 21 Goddess I AM Grand Opening – Aug 21-22. Moved to a larger, expanded space. Offering psychic readings, raffles, entertainment, local art and more. Light snacks will be provided throughout the day. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 2286949. GoddessIAm.com. See news brief, page 12. Complimentary Multi-Level Gentle Hatha Yoga – 9-10am. With Sarah Greeley. An indoor relaxing class designed to improve health, performance and mental activity. Free. Bring yoga mat, wear comfortable clothes and an empty stomach. Florida Blue Coconut Point, 8041 Plaza Del Lago Dr, Estero. Info: 825-0126 or LifestyleEnrichmentServices.com. Movement and Breath for Labor Workshop – 6-7:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi, LMT, Birth Doula. Experience hands-on practical labor run-through. Practice movement, breathing, self-hypnosis techniques for pain management. Effective advice for pushing phase. $25/prepay or $30/door. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. Preregister: 248-7931 or LifeBehold@gmail.com. LifeBehold.com. The Naples School of Thought Consciousness: Bringing Heaven to Earth – 6-8pm. A place of being and renewing what it is we know. The outside world gets crazy, but when seen from within the path is better navigated for your own personal destination. $10. Florida Coastal Professional Center, 801 Anchor Rode Dr, Ste 203, Naples. 777-4578. Schedule/ details: BioLightMedicine.com. 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. Sacred Sound/Sacred Space – 7-9pm. With Dana House. Connect to the divine spark within through the energies of the grace-filled gongs and the blissful bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends to enhance your powers of creative expression and manifest your greatest potential. Bring mat, pillow, and blanket. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
The Naples School of Thought Consciousness: Surviving and Thriving – 3-5pm. When we apply what we know in the company of others who know, a synergy arises, blessing the days and the thoughts that occupy the days. $10. Florida Coastal Professional Center, 801 Anchor Rode Dr, Ste 203, Naples. 777-4578. Schedule/details: BioLightMedicine.com.
MONDAY, AUGUST 24 Thermography Scans – 10am-5pm. Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging offers Thermography scans at Bennett Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 7130 Estero Blvd, Ste 1, Ft Myers Beach. RSVP: 949-2011. Aligning Personality with Soul – 1:30-3pm. Four-class series with Dona Matera. Identify and transform unconscious self-limiting beliefs, unifying outer and inner for authenticity, self-acceptance and practical decision making that resonates through your whole being. $85. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 Guided Meditation – 7pm. Let the stress of the season melt away with a guided meditation. The group will decide which ones to use. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Weight Loss Now and Forever – 7-7:30pm. With David Essel, MS. Four-week course that will shatter the myths around long-term weight loss. Learn about important amino acids to stop food cravings, the cause of emotional eating and hot to stop it and exercise. $120. Premier Executive Center, 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd, Ft Myers. 941-2667676. TalkDavid.com. See ad on page 47 and news brief on page 16. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Carolyn Beauchamp, certified clinical hypnotherapist. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or CarolynBeauchamp@gmail.com. Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-9pm. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. Healing and messages from the emissaries of light and Archangel Michael. $22. Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ft Myers. 939-3339.
Complimentary Multi-Level Gentle Hatha Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Sarah Greeley. An indoor relaxing class designed to improve health, performance and mental activity. Free. Bring yoga mat, wear comfortable clothes and an empty stomach. Florida Blue Coconut Point, 8041 Plaza Del Lago Dr, Estero. Info: 825-0126 or LifestyleEnrichmentServices.com.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 27
Complimentary Laughter Club – 6:30-7:30pm. With Jill Emmerich, certified Laughter Yoga leader in partnership with Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Fourth Monday of every month. Free. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com.
Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing, prosperity and more. Make your own personal candle. $30 includes supplies. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25 Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience
Stress-Less Serenity Zone – 9-10am. A workshop in movement and relaxation to live fearlessly. Feel empowered and revitalized in 60 minutes the last Thursday of the month. $15/drop-in, $50/four classes or $10/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com.
Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 5:30-6:30pm. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon KabatZinn at U Mass. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of amazing readers and healers offering many services including: readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, Reiki, biofeedback, pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Back to School Bash – 11am-2pm. Providing 200 free lunches (while supplies last) for local children
Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See news brief, page 17. Bat Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. Visit a lovely creek in the wilderness; part of an estuary system with many plants and animals. At dusk see the bats come out of their hiding places. Learn about these very interesting, ancient and important creatures from a certified Florida master naturalist guide. $40. GAEA Guides, North Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. GAEAGuides.com.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 10-11am. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon KabatZinn at U Mass. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See news brief, page 17. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. With GAEA guides. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee River and on wild creeks with thousands of birds preparing to roost for the night. Watch the sunset and moonrise. $40 includes equipment and a Florida master naturalist guide. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. GAEAGuides.com. The Naples School of Thought Consciousness: Thought Consciousness Open Discussion – 6-8pm. Every thought affects the pH of our brain and body; how are you adjusting your thoughts to a healthy body, life and benevolent outcomes to all situations and conditions? $10. Florida Coastal Professional Center, 801 Anchor Rode Dr, Ste 203, Naples. 777-4578. Schedule/details: BioLightMedicine.com. Full Moon Sacred Sounds: Honoring the Temple – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Experience the energy of vibrational awakening, cosmic connection. Sacred sounds of the empowering gongs and bowls accelerate energetic healing, spiritual awakenings and immersion into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. $15. Anahata, 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 262-0811. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. Psychic Development – 7pm. With Laurie Barraco. Learn how to use your natural psychic abilities the way spirit intended. Various tools of divination and how to use them will be discussed. Topic: Spirit Guides. $20. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 29 Yoga for Core Strengthening and Back Pain – 8:30am. With Laura Grabinski. A series of postures to strengthen the core and back, improve posture and balance and calm the mind. $18. Enjoy complimentary aromatherapy and a $50 gift certificate towards a private yoga session. Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 302, Naples. Register: 331-8266 or Info@ PurelyYouSpa.com. See news brief, page 12. Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. BYOB Paint Session – 3-5:30pm. Guided paint session. Customize an Edison Banyon on a 20-by20-inch canvas. BYOB (beer/wine only) or try something new from the wine bar/craft beer selection. $42 includes art supplies. Vinos Picasso, 15250 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 109, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953. VinosPicasso.com.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 The Naples School of Thought Consciousness – 3-5pm. The science of light medicine offers an understanding of light as medicine. Light enters the body affecting tissue, systems and every cell. Like the sunlight of God to Earth that nourishes all things, light enters and updates these same systems for perfect healthy alignments. Testimonials and demonstrations. $10. Florida Coastal Professional Center, 801 Anchor Rode Dr, Ste 203, Naples. 7774578. Schedule: BioLightMedicine.com.
workshops. Harkness is a yoga teacher inspired by his medical background which fostered his passion for anatomy and the complex working of the body. $45/workshop or $200/weekend. Yoga Loft, Naples. Register: 260-7725 or YogaLoftNaples.com. See ad on page 53 and article on page 48.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Mastery of Creating and Delivering Impactful Workshops – Sept 18-19. With Kiersten Mooney. Learn to develop world-class workshops, programs and studio challenges in this mastery level course that offers 10 continuing education hours and is eligible for 10 hours toward 300-hour teacher training. $175. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 598-1938. GreenMonkey.com. Yoga for Core Strengthening and Back Pain – 8:30am. With Laura Grabinski. A series of postures to strengthen the core and back, improve posture and balance and calm the mind. $18. Enjoy complimentary aromatherapy and a $50 gift certificate towards a private yoga session. Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 302, Naples. Register: 331-8266 or Info@ PurelyYouSpa.com. See news brief, page 12.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 The Eighth Annual Peace Day in the Park – 10am-6pm. In honor of the International Day of Peace featuring local artisans, vendors, yoga, live music, pet adoptions, meditations, craft’s and workshops. Bring canned goods for local charities. Free. Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Pl, Cape Coral. SWFL4Peace@email.com. See ad, page 33.
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Compassion for All Life: Changing our Relationship with Non-Human Beings – 6:30pm. Public talk with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Geshe Thupten Phelgye addressing the suffering of animals destined for slaughter, effects of animal husbandry on the planet and moving toward a plant-based diet. Free. greenmonkey yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: FloridaMindfulness.org. See news brief, page 14.
Introduction to Yoga Therapy Workshop – Sept 23-26. With Dr Kausthub Desikachar, son and student of TKV Desikachar and grandson of Krishnamacharya. Includes presentations, discussion and experiential practices of yoga therapy. $559. Center for Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 265-4367. FloridaYogAcademy.com. See ad on page 31 and news brief on page 16.
Yoga Teacher Training 2016 – With Suzy Goldberg, E-RYT. This course is designed for those passionate about practicing yoga. The curriculum provides the tools to deepen your personal practice and the tools to share your yoga experience as a teacher. $3,000. Ruby & Pearl’s, 6420 Plantation Park Ct, Ste 104, Ft Myers. Register: 768-1021. RubyPearlYoga@gmail.com. See ad, page 35.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Taylor Harkness Weekend: Shine On, Come As You Are – Sept 11-13. 10:30am-5pm. Five
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vironment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org.
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Rivers and Creek Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. Mangrove forest and nesting birds. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. firstname.lastname@example.org. uunaples.org.
Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at SouthFloridaAl-Anon.org. Guided Tour and Organic Lunch – Mon-Fri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am & 2pm, guided tour, $15; 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Yoga in Nature – Tue-Sun. All levels. Mindful movement, breath work and meditation in nature. Bring mat and wear comfortable clothes. Props available. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.
sunday Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588.
Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister. Susie Hulcher, music. Youth ministry. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering en-
Gentle Yoga for Discovering a Path to Peace – 10:30noon. With Renee Newell. Through gentle yoga and stretching, learn to move with awareness and less effort, to be more and do less. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 3:30-5pm. Do you find yourself leaning towards people you can “pity” or “rescue”? YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState.ACAInterGroup.org.
Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. Green Monkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org.
skills, improve focus, self-control, self-regulation. $20, $70/4 sessions or $10/current clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210.
Restorative Yoga – 6:15-7:30pm. With Rachel. $18. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com.
Love Flow Yoga – 4:45-5:45pm. With Emily. $18/ drop-in. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com.
Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. Green Monkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org.
Qigong for Everyone – 5:30-6:30pm. With Dona Matera. Standing, or sitting if needed, with slow movements to harmonize physical health. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum and Dance Circle – 7-9:30pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.
monday Mindful Movement Qigong Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Francis Reilly. Qigong, yoga, breath awareness and guided relaxation. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated power vinyasa yoga class for grownups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Yin Harmony Yoga – 4-5:15pm. With Sue Lovett. A quiet, insightful yoga practice with roots in meridian theory of Chinese medicine and mindfulness training. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Calm Caterpillar Kids Club – 4:30-5:30pm. With rotating teachers. Ages 4-12 build positive coping
Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Meryl Sykes. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples, choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. ACAIntergroup.org. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard W Rosen. $195 plus materials ($30). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. email@example.com. David Essel Alive – 6-9pm EST. Get inspired. Join the national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. Tune in at DavidEssel.com. Guided Visualization: Healing the Past – 6:307:30pm. With Kathy Hall. An ongoing process that leads through the doorway of your past to connect you to your present and help you move into the future of your dreams. $20. Conscious Choices, The French Quarter, 501 Goodlette Rd N, Ste C210, Naples. RSVP: 434-5855. Mindful Expressions – 6:30-8pm. Explore creative approaches for self-awareness and healing. Embrace your inner child and connect with joy in the present moment. Fourth Mon is free Laughter Club. $20; $70/four sessions; $15/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity
of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Gurdjieff/Ouspensky Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of GI Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org. Conscious Community Class – 7-9pm. Online class on a variety of topics providing insight for personal and career growth through the power of transforming the subconscious mind via hypnosis. Classes are live, with a chance to be interactive and ask questions. tfioh.com. Hatha Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. With Meryl Sykes. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. firstname.lastname@example.org. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. For those who have a loved one with an addiction, Nar-Anon meetings may help you cope. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.
tuesday Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Hatha Yoga Level I/II – 9-10:15am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Kundalini Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Jessica Hesser. Asana-based kriyas, pranayama and meditations. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Carol: 676-7793. 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.
CALM (Connecting Amazing Local Moms) – 10:30am-noon. With Andrea Press, PsyD. Creating connection during transition to motherhood. Babies 12 months and younger welcome. $20; $70/four sessions; $15/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Nia – 11am-noon. With Valeria Hill. Combines marital arts, dance and healing arts. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Prenatal Yoga – 11am-noon. With Meryl Sykes. Membership required. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 597-3148. GreaterNaplesYMCA.com. Mini Pet/People Energy Readings – Noon-2pm. 2nd & 4th Tue. With Jennifer Crumbliss. Receive guidance to the right path of healing for you and your pet. Bring a picture of pet (passed or living). Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Love Rocks! Mixed Level Flow Class – 4:455:45pm. With Kristen. $18/drop-in. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 6929747. LoveYogaCenter.com. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Quiet your mind, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. All Levels Yoga – 6-7pm. With Salima Silverman. A yoga class designed for everyone.
Great for advanced or first time students. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Multi-Level Gentle Hatha Yoga – 6-7pm. July 7-28. With Sarah Greeley. Bring yoga mat, wear comfortable clothes and an empty stomach. $15. Alico Family Golf, 16300 Lee Rd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 825-0126 or LifestyleEnrichmentServices.com. Health Starts Here Cooking Classes – 6:307:30pm. Weekly with Lily, Healthy Eating Specialist. 8/11: Healthy Snacking; 8/18: Veggie-based Family Meals; 8/25: Vegan Grill. $10. Whole Foods Market Lifestyle Center, 9101 Strada Pl, Naples. Preregister: 552-5100. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 6:30-8pm. Do you find yourself leaning towards people you can “pity” or “rescue”? YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState.ACAInterGroup.org. 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/Self-Talk for Anxiety, Depression and Trauma – 6:30-8pm. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Calm your body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $20; $70/four sessions; $15/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Love
offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org. Evening Slow Flow Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. With Megan. $18/drop-in. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com.
wednesday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Aleksandra Eifler. Students can enjoy yoga while being surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. $5 plus state park entry fees. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. GreenMonkey.com. Yamuna Body Rolling Class – 9-10am. Self-massage techniques to create space back into the body and tone muscles. Call to reserve balls. $20. Arthur Murray Dance Center, Naples. Patti: 649-0814. Yoga for Well-being – 9:30-10:45am. With Stephanie Brinkerhoff. Gentle class for beginners or those suffering from chronic illness or injury. Yoga postures, breath work, sound and wellness practices based on ayurveda, qigong and other disciplines. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 676-7793.
Advanced Purna – 5:30-7:30pm.With Meredith Musick. With great yoga wall. Call for directions. Naples. RSVP: 269-8846.
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.
Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org.
Emei Qigong – 11am-noon. Slow, easy movements that cleanse, strengthen and balance. Harmonize organ and energy systems and realize many proven health benefits. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Breathing techniques, relaxation, pain management. $15/dropin or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Bonita Springs. LifeBehold.com.
Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those who suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. FamiliesAnonymous.org.
Empowered Parents – 6:30-8pm. With Jill Emmerich, BCaBA. Eight sessions. Learn positive and effective behavior management skills for kids of all ages and levels of ability. $200 or $160/current clients for eight weeks. Monarch Therapy, Naples. Preregister: 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com.
Love Flow Yoga – 11am-noon. With Susan. $18/ drop-in. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. Lunchtime Meditations – 12:15-1pm. With Joann Lawrence. Two guided meditations and a teaching on the way of inner peace. $10/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Do you find yourself leaning towards people you can “pity” or “rescue”? Dry Palms Foundation Building, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState.ACAInterGroup.org. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated Power Vinyasa Yoga class for grownups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. BVYoga.com.
Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. 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. ArtsAnonymous.org. Hand Drumming Class – 6:30-8pm. With Marc Wagner. $15/class. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s
Center, 2nd floor, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. LLLFlorida.com. A Course in Miracles – 7-8pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Readings and interpretation. Everyone is welcome. Love offering. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita. 272-5456.
Yoga – 7:15am & 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/ lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Gentle Yoga – 9am-10am. Free. For Goodness Sake Organic Market, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. Register: 353-7778. Multi-Level Gentle Hatha Yoga – 9-10am. With Sarah Greeley. Bring yoga mat, wear comfortable clothes and an empty stomach. $15. Alico Family Golf, 16300 Lee Rd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 8250126 or LifestyleEnrichmentServices.com. Hatha Yoga Level I/II – 9-10:15am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Warrior2Warrior: Yoga for Veterans – 11amnoon. With Gary Granza and Keady. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. 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. Teen Yoga – 5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. Free your mind from the stress of teen life with a blend of stretching, strengthening and relaxation. $20, $70/four weeks or $10/clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Vinyasa Flow – 5:45-6:45pm. With Karen Lepree. Sun salutations, movement and stretching. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Satsang, meditation, tea potluck and receive healing. Love offering. Eyes Wide Open Center, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. $20, $70/four weeks or $10/clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948.
La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. A self-healing system using conscious breath work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Spiritual Connection, Guided Meditation and Messages – 7-9pm. With Candyce Strafford, psychic/medium. Connect to higher consciousness, be more intuitive and feel better. Love offering. Naples. 949-3387. Canbria@aol.com.
friday Yoga/Self-Talk for Anxiety, Depression and Trauma – 9-10am. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Calm your body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $20; $70/four sessions; $15/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Hatha Yoga Level II – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Sue Lovett. Quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind/body awareness and connect with nature. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. LaurieLLL@aol.com. Chakra Connection – 11-11:45am. With Terry Flynn. Designed to connect, open and balance the energy centers and enhance the flow of energy throughout the body. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Co-Dependents Anonymous – 12pm. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 2-3pm. With Dina Radcliffe. Breath work, mindful meditations, stretches and balance work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Yoga for Sobriety – 5:15-6:30pm. With guest teachers. A judgment-free zone to work on your inner and outer well-being. Free. Mats and towels for rent or BYO. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 5981938. BVYoga.com. 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 the Healer/Reiki Healing Circle – 6:308pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Special Reiki circle for healers and Reiki practitioners. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.
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Mantra Sound Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Fri. With Johnny Freedom and Isabel Silva. Evening may include crystal singing bowls, drums, guitars, gongs, flutes and kirtan. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Women’s Sacred Circle – 7pm. 3rd Fri. With Dolores Gozzi. Celebrate the divine feminine through ritual, ceremony, meditation, prayer and sharing openly in love and trust. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. 2nd Fri. With Dan Gorny. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of Reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. $11 donation. Healing Quantum Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples. 980-3257. FireflyWithin.com.
CLASSES MASSAGE THERAPIST – Receive all 24 CEUs in one class, including Florida mandatory hours. Two classes to choose from. Ellie Sandler: 9850262. CEUFlorida.net.
FOR RENT STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE – Beautiful, quiet, 630-sq-ft for groups and classes. South Bonita/North Naples. Hourly/half/full-day/evenings. Photos: bit.ly/ IMstudio. Madeline@IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
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Yoga Nidra – 8-9am. Guided meditation with Meryl Sykes. Membership required. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 597-3148. GreaterNaplesYMCA.com. Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. email@example.com. Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. ArtInLee.org. 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. Prenatal Yoga – 10-11am. With Meryl Sykes. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Purna Power Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Carol 676-7793. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Eckhart Tolle Meditation Group – 3pm. Meets 8/1, 8/15, & 8/29. DVDs, CDs and discussion. Free. Unitarian/Universalist Church, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 249-6916. Drum Circle – 5:30-7:30pm. 2nd Sat. With Marc Wagner and friends. $15 suggested donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.
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Patricia Acerra, LAc, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM), CCht 2335 9th St N, #303B, Naples 34103 239-659-9100 • HealthAndBeautyClinic.net Supporting your goals toward peace, wellness and personal growth in mind, body and spirit using traditional and Esoteric Acupuncture and Interpersonal and Transpersonal Hypnotherapy, NLP and holistic psychology. Serving Naples since 1994.
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE DR JOEL YING, MD
2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 • JoyHealthWellness.com Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. Yoga, tai chi, meditation classes.
ACUPUNCTURE CENTER OF NAPLES Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP, OMD (China) 5683 Naples Blvd, Naples 34109 P: 239-513-9232 • F: 239-513-9293 Drcenacupuncture@gmail.com
Licensed acupuncture physician with 28 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Experienced in pain management, women’s health, insomnia, migraines, digestion issues and much more. See ad, page 12.
ASTROLOGY BOB MULLIGAN
239-261-2840 • TheAstrologyCompany.com Picture Plan for your future. Understand your past. Have a blueprint for your life. Bob is a professional astrologer with over 40 years’ experience in achieving success for his clients. Confidential and Objective. Astrology Consulting. See ad, page 71.
AXIS NATURAL MEDICINE ACUPUNCTURE/PSYCHOTHERAPY John E. Patton, Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Licensed Mental Health Counselor 1063-1065 Fifth Ave N, Naples 239-262-6828
Specialty: acupuncture, psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, meditation—wellness through maintenance and prevention. Indigestion, hormone imbalance, pain, headaches, anxiety, depression, detoxification. AP488/MH2616.
ACUPUNCTURE/TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Rosemary Harris, Lic. Acupuncture Physician Complete Well-Being Center 684 Goodlette Rd N, Naples 34102 239-404-0648 We combine modern medicine with the wisdom of ancient healing utilizing acupuncture, auricular therapy, herbal medicine, cupping, dietary therapy, electrical acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, a therapeutic massage chair and cold laser pain therapy. “We treat you like family!”
ACUPUNCTURE 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 25 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 23.
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, lymphatic drainage, acupoint injection therapy and B 12 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. We bill insurance for you. AP2378, MM29338.
DR. HU PAN, A.P.
Office in Naples & Ft Myers 239-821-4482 PanAcupuncture.com 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 24.
PHYLLIS C. WEBER, AP
Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples & Ft Myers Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 18.
CHRISTINA CARLIN, AYURVEDIC PRACTITIONER
Ayurveda Clinic, Massage & Yoga Therapy 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd N, Ste A107, Naples, 34102 • 239-450-6903 Practicing holistic medicine since 1987. Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, specializing in highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle consultations, Massage and individual Yoga sessions for chronic and acute problems. Pancha Karma, Shirodhara and skin care. Ayurveda and Yoga Study program available. MA0023929, MM0008584, FB0716888. See ad, page 6.
BIOFEEDBACK FIREFLY WITHIN, LLC
Karin S Wolfe, CBT 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs 239-980-3257 • FireflyWithin.com FireflyBiofeedback@gmail.com Certified Biofeedback Technician by the Natural Therapies Certification Board. Testing nearly 7,000 patterns in your body, mind and spirit, and providing energy to the most imbalanced areas creating a space for healing. A consultation and report is provided with each session. CBT#5563.
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BODYWORK LILLIAN DENG, LMT
Offices in Naples & Fort Myers 239-263-7089 MA66792 Lillian Deng is proficient in Chinese Message, Shiatsu, and Swedish Message. She specializes in pain management, relaxation, and weight loss with over 20 years of experience in medical therapy and 10 years of experience in massage therapy. See ad, page 24.
FEET FIRST REFLEXOLOGY
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.
Mary Ann Mugaas, NCR 5051 Castello Dr, Naples 261-8833
Reflexology is a natural system of relaxation based on the principles that the body is reflected on the feet. The application of pressure to these areas promotes circulation, balance and relaxation. Nationally certified. Practicing since 1986. MA24479, MM8962.
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.
HOLISTIC HEALING ARTS Est. 1991 Alvina Quatrano, LMT FL MA 50896 For Info or Appt: 732-266-5276 TheArtOfHolisticMassage.com
Enjoy a relaxing and healing massage to suit your needs. Integrating a lifetime of experience. Swedish, Zero Balancing, Process Acupressure, Reflexology, Reiki, Sports, Cranio-Sacral, Pregnancy and facials. Facial Specialist FB9742820. FL Provider #50-9777 – Classes.
ROLFED IN PARADISE, INC.
Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100, Ft Myers RolfedInParadise@gmail.com • 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions, or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152, MM28692, MM66086.
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. Doula services. MA35358.
RB INSTITUTE, INC.
C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • RobynBerry.com Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 12.
CRYSTALS & MARBLE INFINITE STONES, LLC
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NUTRITION SPECIALISTS OF FLORIDA 28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 • DoctorGendron.com
Uniquely qualified, Expertise in Nutrition, Certified Sports Physician. Palmer graduate with 28 years experience. Integrative Chiropractic with Nutrition to effectively reduce pain in the body. Getting you back to enjoying sports and leisure. See ad, page 2.
CLEANING SERVICE THE GREENER CLEENER, LLC
Business & Residential Green Cleaning Services Naples • 239-404-7102 • TheGreenerCleener.com Karma@TheGreenerCleener.com Let us take care of your mess while you do what you do best. Offering summer specials, group discounts and familyfriendly personal services. Do not confuse familiarity with safety. Call today for a free estimate. See ad, page 57.
COLON THERAPY CLEANSING SPRINGS INC.
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DENTISTRY LASER DENTISTRY
Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • FortMyersLaserDentist.com 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 57.
WILLIAM E. LOVETT, DDS
860 111th Ave N, Ste 5, Naples 239-593-4911 • RestorativeDentist.com Dedicated to mercury-free dentistry for over 25 years, preserving teeth and gums for a lifetime, high quality restorative dentistry, and preventative measures with cancer patients during radiation and chemotherapy. See ad, page 11.
ROGER J. PINT, MPH, DMD
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 BonitaDentalStudio.com Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 28.
ECO SPIRITUAL-CENTER HAPPEHATCHEE CENTER
8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 • Happehatchee@gmail.com Happehatchee.org A sanctuary for peace and healing with weekly Reiki, Kirtan or Women’s Sacred Circles. Yoga in nature, eco-demonstrations, labyrinth and plant nursery. Historic Girl Scout House. Beautiful Peace Pavilion and meeting rooms available to rent for workshops and life ceremonies.
ENERGY HEALING CORE STAR – JIM CRABTREE CoreStarEnergyHealing.com 239-597-7372
Graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Jim has conducted more than 9,000 healing sessions, using many techniques to help restructure the energy body and restore health.
Leon & Suzie Favreau 2 locations in Fort Myers Sf5549@hotmail.com • 603-723-5175
A unique spiritual healing experience that combines hands off energy healing with intuitive information. Healing can take place on physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual levels.
MAUREEN SANDERS, HOLISTIC ENERGETIC MEDICINE
Healing People & Animals since 2005 MaureenSanders.com • TheHorseShaman.com 239-253-9008 Opening the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved to bring forth wellness, joy and spiritual growth.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE HUGHES CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE Pamela Hughes, D.O. 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 • HughesCenterNaples.com
Honored to continue the traditions of the retiring Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Hughes, through functional diagnostic medicine and a comprehensive patient-specific approach, will provide adults and children the tools to restore normal body function by locating the root source of their illness or symptoms. See ad, page 79.
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax DebPost.com 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 38.
HEALTHY DINING FOOD & THOUGHT ORGANIC FARM MARKET & CAFÉ
2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • FoodAndThought.com
HYPNOTHERAPY CONCERNED HEALTH ALTERNATIVES Lynn D. Thomas, RN, CHt, Director Certified Medical Clinical Hypnotherapist & Energy Practitioner 239-494-1363 • HypnosisBasics.com
Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 62.
LIFE COACH/PERSONAL GROWTH
Open Mon-Sat 7am-8pm. Florida’s only 100% organic market and café. Fresh produce delivered daily. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. See ad, page 10.
8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers 33907 239-939-4769 • tmc4.com We offer life coaching and personal growth courses for self awareness, breakthrough, leadership, couples or parenting. Free vision workshops monthly, call for dates. Since 1992. See ad, page 35.
141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • WynnsOnline.com Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 24.
MEDICAL SPA ASSUAGE SPA
9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C Ft Myers 33919 239-333-1450 • AssuageCenters.com The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 21.
HOLISTIC CENTER EYES WIDE OPEN CENTER
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Stes 202-204 EyesWideOpenC.com • 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.
NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET ADA’S NATURAL MARKET
7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 AdasMarket.com
INTEGRATIVE HEALING CENTER Monarch Therapy 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples 34103 239-325-9210 • MonarchTherapy.com
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“ Tr a n s f o r m , E m e rg e , Become…” Empowering children, families, adults. specializing in stress, anxiety, trauma, adjustment to life challenges. professional counseling/psychotherapy, yoga, laughter yoga, Transformational Breath®, sound therapy, integrative relaxation.
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Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D InnerConnectionsPT.com Naples: 239-398-3154
Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 HealthNaturallyToday.com 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 66.
Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years of experience. Holistic practice focusing on personal empowerment and teamwork. Craniosacral therapy, fascial mobilization, lymphatic drainage. Energy balancing, structural manual therapies with customized exercise. See ad, page 6.
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Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 67.
NUTRITION SPECIALISTS OF FLORIDA 28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 • DoctorGendron.com
Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows t h e m a r k e t , o ff e r s e x p e r t counseling with efficient reliability. She takes the stress out of buying or selling and gets the job done with a smile. Choose Karen for ease and joy in your real estate transaction!
THERMAL IMAGING TARYN KEAN, CCT LEVEL III
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.
Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging 9148 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 202 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239-949-2011 • ThermalClinic.com A proactive approach to health providing thermography as preventative screening. Thermography is a painless, noninvasive test without radiation detecting of abnormal physiology throughout the whole body, and establishment of risk factors for the development or existence of breast cancer. See ad, page 51.
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