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Sacred Travels

Recently, when I twice ran into a friend that I rarely see and it felt synchronistic, I decided to pay attention. Susan Winters’ stories of her first pilgrimage tour to Israel last year stirred something deep within. So I called tour guide, Rae Chandran, to explore joining him, Susan and others for this year’s quickly approaching July tour of the Holy Land. Today, having just returned, I understand it will take time to integrate the experiences and impacts on me of this trip I felt destined to take. The journey had the perfect ingredients: six strangers from different religious backgrounds and countries with a desire to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and experience this foundational piece of humanity’s ancestry. Our guide, Rae, a native of India, now lives in Japan; Halo hails from Seoul, Korea; and Yizhao from Singapore, China; Egor is a Russian residing in Naples part-time. These were our companions, along with local Israeli tour guide Emiko and our driver, Hooda. We all became close during 10 action-packed days together. There is much I could write about, including a magical night in the desert, my first camel ride and floating in the Dead Sea. But no trip to Israel feels complete without a visit to Jerusalem’s famous Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, nicknamed for the sounds echoing off its stones made by the scores of male and female pilgrims which Jewish tradition requires be separated along its face by a long wooden fence. Three major world religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam—have been

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battling for control of this site for more than 1,000 years while the city has been attacked at least 50 times. A beautiful tradition invites worshippers to write a prayer on a piece of paper and place it in a crack between stones. Every few days, a caretaker collects and buries them on the Mount of Olives in a 2,000-year-old cemetery. Each thus becomes an “eternal prayer”. I left a paper prayer filled with everything I wail about… my losses, weaknesses and fears. My rational mind suggested I should cry along with the others, but as I looked within my heart, I found that my recorded sadnesses had been replaced by joy! As I touched the ancient Wall that has absorbed countless troubles over the centuries, I felt compelled to ask, “How are you?” My mind expected to hear, “I’m so tired of all this drama and everyone wailing day and night. It doesn’t have to be this way and isn’t what the Divine intended.” But the Wall answered, “I am whatever people need me to be.” Then I just felt love from the Wall. The Wall is Love I realized… like the Divine. I gave it my love, joy and deep gratitude. I knew that it’s time for a new story for mankind, starting with me. I thought about the more commonplace walls that keep me from loving myself and others or from expressing my authentic self including any that hold me back because of fears and doubts. I committed to breaking down such walls whenever possible. Then I thought about our visit to the Jordon River which divides Israel and Jordon, and the armed soldiers we spotted on both sides watching people being baptized in its waters. I also recalled the huge mural on a wall in Bethlehem, in Palestine, showing a Peace Dove wearing a bulletproof jacket. As I left, I recited one of the most powerful one-word prayers in the world, the Hebrew Shalom. Its rich meaning includes peace, completeness, wholeness and oneness. Shalom is what the Middle East needs. It’s what the world needs. It’s what I need. Peace,

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newsbriefs Studio One Naples Launches Monthly Tai Chi Workshops

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Yang-style tai chi workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, August 27, at Studio One Naples. Coco Waldenmayer, who trained in Northern Shaolin Kung Fu with the late Master Choi of Los Angeles, will lead this workshop, the first in a monthly series. Research has shown that tai chi can help increase mobility, flexibility, balance, coordination and strength; reduce stress and enhance memory. Attendees will learn Coco Waldenmayer about the Yang style’s history and philosophy, fundamentals, physical and mental benefits and how the studio instructs in a traditional practitioner-centric way so that individuals can develop a lifelong practice suited to them. Enrollment for tai chi classes beginning in September starts this month. Students can choose from three-, six- or 12-month durations, or purchase packages of 10 or 20 classes. Cost: $10 with preregistration or $15 at the door. Location: 4184 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information or to register, call 239-214-3464, ext. 4, email Coco@StudioOneNaples.com or visit StudioOneNaples.com. See ad, page 52.

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Yin Stretch and Yoga Nidra Workshop in Bonita

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egistered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman will conduct a Yin Stretch and Yoga Nidra workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m., August 4, at Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs. Yin Yoga is a slow-paced, meditative style with poses, or asana, that are held for longer periods —often five minutes or more per pose—that apply gentle, sustained stretching to increase circulation and improve flexBob Newman ibility. Yoga nidra is an ancient systematic form of guided visualization and relaxation that includes sleep improvement and a profound sense of joy. Since undergoing an angioplasty and two stents in 2012 after cardiologists found his main coronary artery was 97 percent blocked, the 73-year-old has completed several rigorous yoga teacher trainings and credits yoga and a healthy lifestyle for his fitness, happiness and passion for helping others. He has dedicated his life to raising awareness about yoga and the practice’s ability to aid in recovery from illness and transform lives. Cost: $15. Location: 3372 Woods Edge Cir. For more information or to preregister, call 239-404-9744, email YogaWithBob@ aol.com or visit IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See ad, page 21.


Open House at Keiser University

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Back-to-School Open House will take place from 5 to 8 p.m., August 3, at the Keiser University Fort Myers campus. Potential students can learn about the programs available at the university and the career opportunities that can come from completing them. The event features presentations and hands-on activities highlighting many of the 100-plus associate, bachelor’s and master’s programs focused on growing fields that include health care, sport management, business, legal studies, criminal justice, technology and psychology. Keiser’s “students first” philosophy is highlighted by the flexible class schedule, which includes the opportunity to take one class at a time, with day, evening and online scheduling options to fit any busy lifestyle. The unique approach includes career placement services and financial assistance for those that qualify. Location: 9100 Forum Corporate Pkwy. For more information, call 1-888-8448404 or visit kuOpenHouse.com.

Musick Offers Vermont Getaways Next Month

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eredith Musick, a Naples-based master yoga practitioner and licensed massage therapist, is hosting two different yoga and outdoor getaways to scenic Wilmington, Vermont, next month. Along with four days of classical hatha yoga, guests will enjoy trail hiking, communal meditation and stretching, organic meals and more on a 130-acre farm from September Meredith Musick 14 to 18 and September 21 to 25. Self-care and nutritional tips, dharma discussions and therapeutic bodywork and massages will also be provided. Cost: $995.50 before Aug. 15 or $1,095 after (airfare not included). Additional discounts are available for double occupancy lodging. For more information or to register, call 239-269-8846 or email Info@FoxMeadowRetreat.com. See ad, page 37.

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ndividuals that suffer from respiratory illness, allergies or chemical sensitivities can now purchase an EnviroKlenz unit to address chemical triggers in homes or businesses that cause reactions. Previously available only to commercial clients, individuals can purchase a unit for the first time in our area at the company’s Fort Myers location or online. The unit removes toxins without releasing any chemicals into the environment or using any masking agents or essential oils. Backed by a 30-day, money-back guarantee, the EnviroKlenz technology holds 40 patents on the removal and neutralization of chemical odors and volatile organic compounds (VOC). The system provides two-stage filtration by removing particulates of up to .3 microns with its medical-grade HEPA filter and by neutralizing chemical odors and VOC at the source with its earth mineral technology. Cost: $649, includes a filter and three replacements ($300 value). Location: 13421 Parker Commons Blvd., Ste. 102. For more information, a free consultation or to place an order, call 239330-6176 or visit EnviroKlenz.com. See ad, page 26.

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Rahl Begins Teaching Feldenkrais Classes at Her Studio

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tudent teacher JoAnn Rahl, owner of Conscious Posture Movement Studio, in Naples, is offering Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes at 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays this month JoAnn Rahl and September. A licensed massage therapist and structural integration practitioner, Rahl recently completed the first half of her third year of an 800-hour, fouryear Feldenkrais teacher training program and is now qualified to teach to large groups or in private sessions. “Diversity is important in every area of life,” she says. “When you become aware of how you move, you learn that you have more choices, more options, and your movements become more diverse and you become more empowered. The emphasis is not pushing through pain, but feeling your way out of pain with gentle, gracefilled movements.” Location: 501 Goodlette Rd., Ste. D-304. For more information, call 239-777-2597, email JARahl@comcast.net or visit JoAnnRahl.com. See ad, page 30.

Learn “The Way” at TAE Healthy Aging Center

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octor of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture Physician Terri Evans, of TAE Healthy Aging Center, will lead a three-part Who Are You – “The Way” workshop from 6 to 10 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesdays starting this month at her practice in Naples. The first presentation, The Mind – Critical Thinking – Reach Your True Potential, will take place on August 16 and 23, followed Terri Evans by The Body – The Wisdom Within and Love Consciousness – The Power Within on each of the next two Tuesdays, respectively. Participants will have the opportunity to discover their purpose, passion, place, true self and “The Way” through developing an understanding of what it means to be human. This process includes unraveling the layered perceptions from parents, friends, teachers, religious leaders, bosses and societal expectations, and then tapping into each participant’s individuality. Location: 11983 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 100A. For more information, cost and availability, call 239-430-6800, email taeHealthyAging@gmail.com or visit WhoAreYou-TheWay. info. See ad, page 23. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs MassageLuXe Opens in Bonita Springs

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assageLuXe will host a grand opening special at its new location at 3300 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 129, in Bonita Springs, beginning August 15. New customers can purchase a one-hour massage or luxe facial, including a 15-minute hydroluxe massage, for $35 ($89 value) for one month. Treatments and services will be provided at the practice for reducing stress, easing sore muscles, detoxifying and relaxation. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-992-5893, email RCofield@MassageLuxe.com or visit MassageLuxe.com. See ad, page 53.

New and Improved Pressing Method for Seed Oils

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ynergistic Nutrition, based in Greer, South Carolina, offers seed oils that are undamaged, unoxidized and purer using a new method of pressing to create supplementation that can help increase energy and improve many health issues, including indigestion, irregularity, colitis, Crohn’s disease, Candida and acne. User testimonials, including from Andreas Wecker, an Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics from Germany who pioneered the method of greatly reducing his Crohn’s disease symptoms and Candida by using coriander and flaxseed oils, can be viewed on the company’s website. The process produces oils that can last for more than one year at room temperatures and have been tested to experience only 0.01 percent oxidation after two years. For more information and place orders, visit SacredSeedOils.com. See ad, page 25.

Storytelling Skills Workshop in Naples

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he Create Your Personal Stories: Touching Hearts, Changing Minds workshop, led by Dr. Joel Ying and area storyteller Mary Lou Williams, will take place from 7 to 8 p.m., August 17, at the North Collier Government Center, in Naples. Sponsored by the Toastmaster Academy, which advances public speakJoel Ying ing skills, this free event highlights the art of crafting and telling personal stories, an essential skill for effective public speaking and reaching listeners’ emotions. Attendees will learn techniques to uncover and select

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Receive a free treatment with the purchase of a package! the most suitable personal tales, along with the use of logic, facts, feelings and more in preparing and delivering stories. Participants will create a personal story and tell it, and the event will conclude with a storytelling presentation. Location: 2335 Orange Blossom Dr. For more information, call 239-200-6796 or email Office@JoyHealthWellness. com. Also visit TheMoth.org.

Zen Dialogue and Meditation Retreat in Naples

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ensei Al Rapaport, director of the Open Mind Zen (OMZ), in Melbourne, Florida, will lead a Zen Dialogue and Meditation Retreat from 7 to 9 p.m., August 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 13, and 10 to 11:30 a.m., August 14, at OMZ Naples. A method of opening a relationship with parts of the self that are disowned and those that we are aware of, but not clear about, Zen dialogue helps participants get in touch with the reasons behind their actions and helps integrate body and mind while revealing life purpose. No previous experience with meditation is required. Rapaport, who has practiced and taught Zen and Kundalini Meditation for 40 years, produced the Buddhism in America conferences in several U.S. cities as president of Open Mind Productions. He is the author of Open Mind Zen: A Guide to Meditation, the editor of Buddhism in America and is a member of the White Plum Asangha, the American Zen Teachers Association and the Lay Zen Teachers Association.

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newsbriefs Dress Collection Party Supports PACE Center for Girls

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he all-organic Purely You Spa, in Naples, will host Love that Dress, a dress collection party to benefit the PACE Center for Girls, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., August 3. Guests can receive free mini-makeovers and massages, obtain skincare and self-care tips from experts and take a tour of the spa. Attendees will also receive an organic product and a $25 gift certificate toward any spa service of more than $65. “It’s extremely rewarding to support the young women in Southwest Florida to have the opportunity to excel in their future,” says Jennifer Alvarez Linguidi, owner of Purely You Spa. “Helping PACE raise funds for the young ladies allows for educational, counseling, training and advocacy programs. We are so excited to help make a difference in the lives of these young women.” Attendees can bring a dress to donate or pay $10 at the door. Location: 3066 Tamiami Tr. N., Agostino’s Village Sq. Plaza, Ste. 302. For more information or to RSVP (requested), call 239-331-8266, email Info@PurelyYouSpa.com or visit PurelyYouSpa.com. See ad, page 17.

Crystal Bowl Meditations on Tuesdays at Mystical Moon

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aurie Barraco, owner of The Mystical Moon, is offering hour-long crystal bowl meditation at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Mystical Moon location in Bonita Springs and on the second and fourth Tuesdays at its Fort Myers facility. With more than 15 years of experience facilitating these meditations, Barraco has witnessed the transformation that Laurie Barraco many have experienced as a result of the soothing and healing vibrations. “The crystal bowl meditation is an excellent way to relax, unwind, fill up your cup with light and reconnect to your higher power,” she explains. “Each individual’s experience is different. Some experience a physical healing, some have an emotional release and for some, their intuition is stronger and clearer after a crystal bowl meditation.” Cost: $10. Locations: 8951 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Ste. 255; 8890 Salrose Ln., Ste. 107. For more information, call 239-301-0655, email info@TheMysticalMoon. com or visit TheMysticalMoon.com. See ad, page 71.

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Four Diet and Nutrition Classes in Bonita

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ntegrative Health Coach Kristi L. Willems will lead Within a Health Habits Jumpstart: 30 Days to a New You, a series of classes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays next month at D-Signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs. The separate diet and nutrition classes include Quality versus Quantity on September 7, Eating to Fuel Your Body on September 14, Planning Ahead on September 21 and Find What Moves You on September 28. Although not mandatory, participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions to gain maximum benefits. With education and tools for longterm success, participants will learn how to implement lasting changes without diets or deprivation. They will be able to boost their energy, possibly lose weight and have a group to motivate and hold them accountable. Cost is $75 for all or $20 per class. Location: 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300. For more information or to register, call 239-239-676-5249, email Hannah@D-SignedNutrition.com or visit D-SignedNutrition.com. See ad, page 39.

kudos Beth Brown-Rinella, owner of Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, in Naples, recently added Erik Nelson to her staff as a massage therapist. Formerly with the Salt Cave, Nelson offers massage alchemy, a blend of hands-on energy work and massage that uses energy movement to release energies trapped in the muscles and other parts of the body. Location: 600 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste 104. For more information or an appointment, call 239-228-6949. See ad, page 60.


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Health Benefits of Hemp Seed

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ccording to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, non-drug varieties of Cannabis sativa, collectively recognized as hemp, have been sources of food, fiber and medicine for thousands of years. This particular study notes that hemp seed oil deserves serious consideration in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries because of its bioactive compounds, particularly a lipid profile with an abundance of linolenic acid, a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid, oleic, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid, a plant-based omega-3 and gammalinolenic acid, which supports the normal function and growth of cells, nerves, muscles and organs throughout the body. Hemp is an excellent food source. Easily digestible hemp seeds, which are about 25 percent protein, are commercially known as “hemp hearts�. Two to three tablespoons provide approximately 11 grams of protein, complete with the amino acids lysine, methionine and cysteine. Also rich in minerals such as potassium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc, the soft and creamy hemp heart has a slightly nutty flavor that is enjoyable in smoothies and salads. Hemp seeds contain numerous heart-healthy compounds, including the amino acid arginine, a precursor to nitric oxide in the body. Shown to enhance blood flow and help maintain optimal blood pressure, nitric oxide signals the smooth muscle cells in blood vessels to relax so they dilate and blood flows more freely. This helps arteries remain plaque-free. Inadequate nitric oxide increases the risk for coronary artery disease. Gamma-linolenic acid in hemp seeds is anti-inflammatory. Additional research has also shown hemp seeds may help reduce blood pressure, decrease the risk of blood clots and boost post-heart attack recovery. Sunshine Discount Vitamins is located at 2608 Tamiami Trl. N., in Naples. For more information, call 239-436-6659 or visit Vitamin-Discounts.com.

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Yamuna Body Rolling

Keeping the Body Free and Functioning

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egardless of age or physical limitations, nearly everyone can benefit from Yamuna Ball Rolling (YBR), which helps to keep the body well-aligned, toned and flexible, with a good range of motion. Developed by Yamuna Zake, who has dedicated her life to understanding how the body works, YBR has been referred to as a form of self-massage, which works on each part of the body by rolling a ball of the appropriate size and firmness from the buttocks to the calf; from the tailbone up to the skull; from the abdomen up to the collarbone; from the collarbone out to the shoulder joint; and so on. Designed by Zake, floor routines release muscles by allowing personal body weight and gravity to work together so that the body sinks into the ball. When sitting on a ball and sliding the body along to follow the path of a muscle from its attachment to a bone by a tendon to where it ends, muscles release naturally, helping to relieve tension and allow the body to return to natural alignment. This helps prevent injuries. YBR gives individuals the opportunity to work on themselves and free their body of restrictions and eliminate stress and tension anytime and anywhere. This provides for improved mobility and flexibility. Intuitive Movement offers Yamuna Body Rolling in Naples. For more information, visit PattiIntuitiveMovement.com.

Cutting-Edge Food Intolerance Testing

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he new paradigm in healthcare and medicine involves personalized prevention and wellness. In taking such an approach to improving health, it is essential to know how food plays a role in the body if we are to use “food as medicine�. By using the results of an Alcat cellular biological response test to determine which foods and other substances are triggering unwanted inflammation and its related health issues, a physician or health practitioner can help individuals design a personalized nutrition plan that is truly a healing diet. Recent scientific discoveries have revealed increasingly deeper levels of understanding regarding the way food interacts with our immune system. Although our interactions with foods are usually beneficial, they can also be detrimental—even with foods that have previously been determined as healthy. When the immune system mistakes a particular food as a harmful invader, this induces chronic inflammation, which is the underlying cause of disease, as well as accelerated aging. Long-term exposure can even trigger autoimmunity, when the immune system attacks our own tissues and bodily structures. It is estimated that upwards of 70 to 80 percent of our U.S. population has food some intolerance, characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders and behavioral issues. Unfortunately for most people, food intolerance symptoms are often identified as individual problems and treated as such. This approach targets the symptoms and does not address the cause. When complying with the Alcat test results, many clinical symptoms associated with food sensitivity may be substantially improved or possibly prevented. The Alcat Test does not detect food allergies. Yollo Wellness, located at 3840 Colonial Blvd., Ste. 2, in Fort Myers, offers Alcat testing. For more information, call 239275-0039 or visit YolloWellness.com. See ad, page 55.

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Delayed Kindergarten Reduces Attention Deficit

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elaying kindergarten enrollment for one year shows significant mental health benefits for children, according to a Stanford University study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Reviewing results from a mental health survey completed by more than 35,000 Danish parents, the researchers saw that youngsters held back from kindergarten for as little as one year showed a 73 percent reduction in inattentiveness and hyperactivity for an average child at age 11, compared to children enrolled the year earlier. Measuring inattentiveness and hyperactivity reflect a child’s ability to selfregulate. The generally accepted theory is that young people that are able to stay focused, sit still and pay attention longer tend to do much better in school. “This is some of the most convincing evidence we’ve seen to support what U.S. parents and policymakers have already been doing—choosing to delay entry into kindergarten,” says Stanford Graduate School of Education Professor Thomas S. Dee. In addition to improved mental health, children with later kindergarten enrollment dates also exhibited superior emotional and social skills. The number of U.S. children entering kindergarten at age 6 instead of 5 has progressively increased to about 20 percent, according to the study. Many parents are opting to delay kindergarten enrollment for a year to give their children a leg up in physical and emotional maturity and social skills.

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healthbriefs A Healthy Tan Without the Last Rays of Summer

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rofessional cosmeceutical spray tanning solutions, only offered at spas, are proprietary formulas which use the finest botanical ingredients available. They can produce a safe, all-natural tan by combining ingredients such as purified water, droxyacetone (DHA), saccharum officinarum, whole leaf aloe vera, sodium benzoate (benzoic acid) and potassium sorbate (sorbic acid). Purified water has been filtered down to a specific micron (particle) size with 99 percent of all minerals, chemicals, chlorine, sediment and elements removed. DHA is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved simple carbohydrate compound that is derived from plant sources such as beet sugar. It causes a natural tanning of the skin when applied at the right concentration. Saccharum officinarum, the botanical name for cane sugar, is processed at specific temperatures and concentrations, enabling it to create a natural, safe bronzing effect to the skin. Whole leaf aloe vera (Barbadensis) extract contains active nutrients, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals for optimal skin health. It also contains more than 75 nutrients and 200 active compounds. Benzoic acid is a naturally occurring compound with antimicrobial properties that is found naturally in cranberries, prunes, greengage plums, cinnamon, ripe cloves and apples. Sorbic acid, derived from the oil of the unripe rowan berry (sorbapple or mountain ash berry), is used to prevent bacteria and mold growth. Professional cosmeceutical tanning solutions allow increased absorption into the skin, enhance color, extend the life of the tan for generally about four days and offer the golden bronze color that can make even sunbathers envious. Cosmeceutical spray tanning is offered at Organic Skincare and Bodyworkx, 13240 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 207, in Naples. For more information, call 239514-4494 or visit OrganicSkincareAndBodyworx.com. See ad, page 3.

Grape Juice Boosts Memory and Driving Skills

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esearch from the UK University of Leeds has confirmed that drinking just one glass of grape juice a day increases spatial memory and driving abilities. The researchers attribute the brain boosting benefits to the polyphenols in the grapes, The study followed 25 healthy mothers between the ages of 40 and 50. Each had young children and worked more than 30 hours a week. The mothers drank 12 ounces of Concord grape juice every day for 12 weeks and had their driving skills tested before and after the study period using a computer simulator. Louise Dye, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Leeds and senior author of the study, notes, “This research is very promising, as it suggests that the cognitive benefits associated with Concord grape juice are not exclusive to adults with early memory decline. We saw these benefits even after the grape juice was no longer being consumed, suggesting a long-term effect of dietary flavonoids.�

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bdominal adhesions, or bands of fibrous tissue that can develop naturally between tissues and organs as a result of surgery, are a condition being reported by physicians at an increasingly alarming rate. Of the more than 1.3 million surgeries performed annually in the U.S., 90 percent of individuals that undergo an abdominal surgery for the removal of the gallbladder, as well as an appendectomy, hysterectomy, tummy tuck or Cesarean section (C-section), develop a scar and abdominal adhesions which later become evident with the onset of chronic abdominal pain or cramping. While Western medicine recommends no action or a laparoscopic surgery to decrease adhesions, there is now an alternative non-invasive procedure known as Scar Release Therapy (SRT), which incorporates the Dolphin Neurostim, a gentle protocol of direct DC microcurrent. When applied to each side of visible scars, the microcurrent of the Dolphin Neurostim enters deep into skin tissue, helping to electrically “repolarize� or release the thickened scar tissue, as well as release fascia and muscles impinged by the scarring. As a result, increased circulation helps the lymphatic system remove dead cells from the body and encourages blood flow, as well as healing to the area. This process returns mobility, improves appearance and decreases pain at the site of the scar and anywhere else in the body that scar may be affecting. In many cases, relief can be felt with one application Although abdominal scars are the most problematic because they can affect digestion and result in small bowel obstruction, anyone that has had breast reduction or augmentation may also benefit from SRT. It is also possible to have scar tissue from moles and injuries that did not result in surgery (falls, whiplash, repetitive strain, carpal tunnel, sprains, etc). Fibromyalgia sufferers and epileptics may find relief by releasing scars. SRT is offered at The Center for Natural Healing, 4632 Vincennes Blvd., Ste. 104, in Cape Coral. For more information, call 239-542-5600. Or visit TheCenterForNaturalHealing.biz. See ad, page 49.

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study from the University of Texas has found that increased breastfeeding decreases ear infections among nursing children. The researchers followed 367 babies between 1 and 12 months old from 2008 through 2014. The scientists analyzed family history traits of smoking, ear infections, breastfeeding and formula feeding. Nose and throat mucosal samples were taken throughout the study period to identify infections, and parents informed the researchers whenever the baby experienced an infection. The study was led by Dr. Tasnee Chonmaitree, a pediatrics professor from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. “We clearly showed that frequent upper respiratory infections, carriage of bacteria in the nose and lack of breastfeeding are major risk factors for ear infections,” he states. “Prolonged breastfeeding was associated with significant reductions in both colds and ear infections, a common complication of colds.”


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Walk the Talk with Cruelty-Free Shoes With a wealth of luxury faux alternatives available in today’s market, shoe lovers can obtain the quality footwear they desire without incurring the usual environmental and human health costs. Vegan leather is an animal-friendly alternative to real leather, derived from synthetic materials. No cow, sheep, goat or any other animal is killed in order to make vegan leather shoes, and for most people, that’s a good enough reason to choose it over the “real” thing. Provided that we pick the right maker, it also boasts the added advantage of being far more eco-friendly and sustainable than conventional leather. Elizabeth Olsen, founder of the luxury vegan shoe brand Olsenhaus, says, “The only difference is the materials—one uses a dead animal’s skin preserved in toxic chemicals; the other is made from a mixture of natural and manmade materials that are better for animals and the environment.” Twenty times more energy is used to create a leather hide than what is required for synthesized material. Conventional leather tanning involves treating animal skins with large quantities of toxic chemicals, including mineral salts, lead, cyanide and formaldehyde. This process wreaks havoc on our environment and the people that work in or live near tanneries, where chemical exposure can cause sickness or even be lethal. Olsen cautions that just because a shoe is vegan doesn’t mean it’s been made in an eco-friendly way. She uses natural and manmade materials such as linen, cotton, cork, wood, imitation leathers and recycled faux suede in her vegan shoe line. To assess the quality of vegan leather shoes, she advises, “Shoppers can feel the material and look at the grain to see if it’s faux; with faux, the grain will show a repeating pattern. Also, look for labels noting materials either inside or on the bottom of shoes.” Olsen notes that an online search for vegan fashion will yield everything from adult couture to baby clothes. Several websites and blogs report on the latest vegan products. She especially likes GirlieGirlArmy.com for vegan lifestyle and fashion.

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

Show Stopper

Circuses Cease Exotic Animal Acts The Ringling Brothers Circus made good on a promise to retire their last contingent of performing elephants to the Center for Elephant Conservation, in Polk City, Florida, with the last such show streamed worldwide in May. While Ringling will retain the services of tigers, lions, leopards, horses, camels, dogs and kangaroos, the Mexican Congress has voted to prohibit exotic animals under big tops across their country. That means no more tigers jumping through hoops, elephants used as props or monkeys dressed in tiny outfits. The bill requires circuses to report the wildlife they own, which would then be made available to interested zoos. Source: The New York Times

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Fiction Readers Have More Empathy The love of books may begin at any age, but for most, it starts in childhood. Now, scientists are studying the effects of reading on the brain with MRIs, polls, surveys and experiments. The results indicate that readers of fiction are more empathetic toward others. By engaging with a story, they are temporarily placing themselves in a character’s shoes, thus fostering empathy in real life, and literary reading amplifies this effect. According to a Stanford University study, reading a challenging book also helps us become smarter, as well as more empathetic. By attempting to tackle harder books, we create new connections in our minds that we might not have done otherwise. Neuroscientist Bob Dougherty remarks, “The right patterns of ink on a page can create vivid mental imagery and instill powerful emotions.” David Comer Kidd, author of another related study, observes, “Like opening a window to let fresh air into our home, literature opens up our minds to the myriad ideas that we wouldn’t be able to experience on our own. We can pause to analyze the experiences depicted as if they were our own, expanding our experience of the world.”

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Green Serenity Sikkim Now a Wholly Organic State

Sikkim, the northeastern Indian state located between Bhutan and Nepal, has rid its agricultural land of pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified crops and other artificial inputs on around 75,000 hectares, or about 300 square miles, of agricultural land, making it its country’s first organic state. Instead, farmers use natural alternatives such as green manure and compost. Twelve years ago, the Pawan Chamling-led government decided to make Sikkim an organic farming state through a declaration in the legislative assembly. After the entry of chemical inputs for farmland was restricted and their sale banned, farmers had no option but to go organic. Source: TheHindu.com


Toxic Trinkets

Low-Cost Jewelry May Harbor Cadmium In recent years, the European Commission has banned cadmium in all jewelry sold in Europe, but those shopping for low-cost jewelry in North America from popular fashion chains may be wearing products made with cadmium, a heavy metal that can be particularly toxic for kids. There are no known risks for people that wear contaminated jewelry, but swallowing or chewing on a piece containing high concentrations of the toxic metal could allow it to seep into the body. James Van Loon, director of risk management at Health Canada’s consumer product safety branch, says that children’s bodies more readily absorb the toxic metal, and because they are more likely to put things in their mouths, jewelry that is marketed to those under 15 should contain virtually no cadmium. Dr. Gérald Zagury, who performed tests and has published several studies on heavy metals in jewelry, says one sample contained the highest amount of cadmium ever reported in Canada for such a product. “It’s pretty close to pure cadmium,” he says. According to Health Canada, cadmium is cheap and melts at a lower point than more commonly used zinc, lowering energy costs for product makers. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, cadmium is a known carcinogen that can also lead to kidney failure, bone loss and other complications in those that are chronically exposed over time. Source: EWG.org

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globalbriefs Scrambling Species

Climate Change Favors Some Birds over Others Decades of data show that climate change is manipulating the way avian species move across continents. For instance, the orchard oriole is losing prime habitat in the South, but gaining more up north. Thousands of species worldwide face the same dilemma. Specific birds need a particular habitat, such as open spaces or groves of trees, and some of their traditionally preferred spots are becoming unlivable. England’s Durham University ecologist Phillip Stephens, along with researchers from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the U.S. Geological Survey, have compiled nearly half a century’s worth of occurrence data from thousands of citizen scientists. Birders submitted their observations to the Pan-European Common Birds Monitoring Scheme and the North American Breeding Bird Survey for 145 terrestrial bird species native to Europe and 380 species native to the United States. “We used that information to generate a prior expectation for whether the species would’ve been advantaged or disadvantaged by climate change,” says Stephens. The predictions were compared with actual bird abundance data from 1980 through 2010, and the populations that were expected to lose suitable habitat declined, while those expected to find their habitats improve increased. He states, “Recent climate change has already favored one set of species over another.” Read the report at ClimateChange.Birdlife.org.

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globalbriefs LOL TTYL Hope for a New Generation

Despite being less confident than their elders, a new study by PsychTests. com, in Montreal, reveals that Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) are an ambitious and tenacious generation that continues to prove potential critics wrong. Labeled by some as self-entitled, arrogant and immature from being coddled by hovering parents, the company’s research says that Millennials are not afraid to push themselves to achieve lofty goals, work hard or take on difficult challenges. Collecting data from 1,035 people that took their Ambition Test, the researchers looked at the differences between Millennials, Generation X (born between 1960 and 1980) and Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1960) in terms of their levels of aspiration, persistence and sense of self-efficacy. The study reveals that while Millennials lagged a little behind the other two generations on some factors related to ambition, the potential of these young adults should not be underestimated. “One can argue that Millennials’ hopeful and determined nature is a case of idealism,” explains Ilona Jerabek, Ph.D., president of PsychTests. “Some have just started out in the workforce, so they’re eager to prove themselves, which could also mean that at some point they’ll be blindsided by the reality of what it’s like to be out there in the real world.”

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environmentallyspeaking Environmentally Speaking is intended to alert, inform and educate residents of Collier and Lee counties about threats to our unique and delicate Southwest Florida ecosystem.

Southwest Florida Clean Water Movement leader John G. Heim continues to demonstrate through August to complete his 90 consecutive days to educate the public regarding the harmful effects of the Lake Okeechobee discharges. Residents can support Heim by joining him daily at 5 p.m. atop the Fort Myers Bridge (Mantanza Pass). For updates, visit Facebook.com/ groups/SWFLcleanwater.

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Don’t swim with toxic algae blooms. A new research study published in the Journal of Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, suggests that a toxin produced by blue-green algal bloom could be linked to a number of neurological conditions. If the results of the study are proven, the toxin, beta-MethylaminoL-alanine (BMAA)—a cyanobacterial neurotoxin found in contaminated seafood and shellfish, drinking water supplies and recreational waters—may be a major factor in understanding Lou Gehrig’s disease. It would also be identified as the first significant environmental factor that can be linked to the rapidly increasing rate of Alzheimer’s in the UK. Scientists warn that if left unchecked, algae blooms could harm pets that play in the lake, fish or other wildlife. Dense blooms in 2013 killed more than 120 manatees. People are also advised to avoid swimming in water with algae blooms, as it can be harmful if ingested. For information on the ethnobotanist Paul Alan Cox and the facts regarding BMAA, visit ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3295368.

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Love the Everglades Movement Summer Symposium 2016 on August 6, 7, and 14 is sponsored by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and the Global Indigenous Group, a student organization at Florida International University. With Giving Back to the Everglades as a theme, the event is intended to raise awareness and organize positive community engagement at the local, regional, national and global levels for restoring the Everglades ecosystem. The movement bridges the talents, imaginations and energy of the diversity of South Florida. Activists, artists, teachers, politicians, clergy, business and media are encouraged to join the Love the Everglades movement. The event is free with registration. For symposium locations, times and registration, visit LoveTheEverglades.org/ summer-symposium-2016.html. The Big Sugar Summit 2, held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 20, at the Embassy Suites West Palm Beach, 1601 Belvedere Road, in West Palm Beach, is sponsored by Florida chapters of the Sierra Club. The sugar industry’s influence and impact on Florida and its citizens is felt from the Panhandle to the Keys. There is no more powerful lobbying force than Big Sugar at the local, state or federal levels. Experts from around the country and the world will pull the curtain back on the sugar industry and empower Floridians. Register for the event at sierraclub. tfaforms.net/59. Vote Yes on Amendment 4 on August 30. By casting a yes vote on Amendment 4, all Floridians will have an opportunity to lower the cost of energy. If passed, the proposed amendment will exempt solar systems from the burdensome tangible personal property tax for a period of 20 years. For more information, visit YesOn4.org.


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Salt Air in the City Salt Rooms Soothe Allergies and Skin Conditions by Avery Mack

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ccording to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as many as 50 million Americans are affected by seasonal or yearround nasal allergies. Additionally, 56 million suffer from eczema, psoriasis or rosacea. Prescriptions and overthe-counter drugs may help, but aren’t a cure. Salt therapy can be a gentler, all-natural solution for easing associated symptoms. While eating too much salt is bad for the body, breathing it is a healthy activity. The Greek word for salt is halos, and halotherapy provides a welcome alternative to conventional pills, sprays and injections.

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In the mid-1800s, after salt mine workers in Poland were found to have a low rate of respiratory illness, the Wieliczka Salt Mine Health Spa was established on the site of a mine to treat clinic patients for asthma and allergies. That pioneering facility is still in operation. “In the beginning, I think salt therapy was seen as a time-consuming novelty. Now, holistically minded people are more supportive,” says Clay Juracsik, owner of the St. Louis Salt Room, in Maplewood, Missouri. The room’s walls are covered in salt, with blocks of backlit Himalayan pink salt at floor level. Clients wear disposable booties to walk through inches-deep,

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loose, mineral-rich Dead Sea salt to reclining chairs. The lights dim, soft music plays and salt, rich in negative ions, infuses the air for a 45-minute session. “We have a second, smaller room where the walls and floor are not salted, so a child and parent can move around or play without disturbing others. Our youngest client was 2 weeks old,” says Juracsik. With the help of specially designed machines and software, microscopic salt particles one to five microns in size are circulated through the air to be deeply inhaled. As a natural anti-inflammatory agent, salt helps reduce swelling of throat tissues and nasal passages, making breathing easier for individuals suffering from such respiratory ailments as allergies, asthma, bronchitis and sinusitis. “True halotherapy is based on using 99 percent pure sodium chloride in the halogenerator,” says Leo Tonkin, co-founder of the Salt Therapy Association, in Boca Raton, Florida. “Dead Sea, Himalayan or other salts can be used as décor.” “My husband, Gary, had three sinus surgeries before he discovered a salt room during a trip to London and had a eureka moment,” relates Ellen Patrick, owner of four Breathe Easy salt rooms in New York City and nearby Westchester County. “A client’s 4-year-old son tells Mom when he needs a treatment to ‘make his


nose work better,’” reports Lisa Cobb, owner of Luxury on Lovers, in Dallas, Texas. “He uses a salt bed similar in style to a tanning bed and large enough for his mother to be with him for a 20-minute treatment. Pilots and flight attendants like salt rooms to counteract the recirculated air on planes. Athletes use them to increase lung capacity. A treatment works like a visit to the ocean.” A recent pilot study conducted at The Salt Room, in Orlando, Florida, and published in the International Journal of Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine, concluded, “Halotherapy is associated with improvement in symptoms of sinus disease in cystic fibrosis and should be explored as an adjunct treatment.” Salt’s anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties may also reduce skin swelling and itchiness, and even acne, without drying the skin. Increased lung capacity aids blood circulation, which also helps improve skin health. Salt room operators note that frequent treatments are needed during early stages of therapy or during acute outbreaks of conditions, but can be reduced to a maintenance level over time. Juracsik remarks, “The best success I’ve seen is with respiratory ailments like bronchitis and pneumonia. We don’t need a new, fancy pill for every illness. Salt is historically proven to be a natural and effective way to improve respiratory health.” Options go beyond basic treatments. “Meditating in the salt room allows double relaxation,” comments Patrick. “Salty yoga is one of my favorite therapies because clients can exercise and breathe easier at the same time. Another option comprises a sound bath, during which crystal bowl music creates a vibration similar to piano notes to quiet and focus the mind during a salt session.” Salt treatments can be experienced regularly, seasonally or as needed. For those free of respiratory issues, a salt room visit provides a refreshing way to relax, sit, chill and breathe. Patrick views it as a form of stress management to increase well-being. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.

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ccording to the European Respiratory Review: The Respiratory Professional’s Quarterly Update on Medicine, Science and Surgery, climate change poses a serious threat to respiratory health by “directly promoting or aggravating respiratory diseases or by increasing exposure to risk factors for respiratory disease.” Citing climate change as a factor in the increase of pollen and allergens produced by plants, mold proliferation and the concentrations of outdoor ozone, as well as particulate air pollution that is a complex mixture containing dust, pollen, smoke and liquid droplets, the review notes that at particular risk are individuals with asthma, rhinosinusitis (infection or irritation in the sinus lining), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and respiratory tract infections. The populations most affected include infants, children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. In European countries, the benefits of salt therapy for adults have long been noted for respiratory and skin conditions. Today, dry aerosol halotherapy (salt therapy), which is 100 percent natural, safe and effective, is also highly recommended for children with these health challenges. Research results published in Europe PubMed Central show that 85 to 95 percent of children became symptom-free after only a few therapy sessions, and parents noted that even after 10 to 12 months, significant improvement continued. Additionally, regular medication was reduced by 65 to 75 percent. “Children can begin salt therapy as early as six months,” says Dariusz Klentak, co-owner of the Salt Therapy Grotto, in Naples. The Salt Therapy Grotto located in Cambridge Square Offices at 3443 Pine Ridge Rd. Unit 102, Naples, features the Kids Salt Cave, which is especially designed for children to play as they would on a beach, while reaping the benefits of salt therapy. For more information, call 239-598-0990 or visit SaltTherapyGrotto.com. See ad, back cover.

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Local Physicians and Health Practitioners Are Patient Educators by Linda Sechrist

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n the evolving world of Western medicine, there have been many contradictory study results, changes to protocols and U.S. Food and Drug Administration recalls of approved prescription drugs that proved more harmful than helpful. In retrospect, since the Golden Age of Greece, there has never been one debate, study or change to the earliest definition of “doctor”, a derivative of the Latin word docere, which means to teach. From such early times, doctors were charged with not only diagnosing conditions and performing medical tests, but also with the responsibility of teaching patients about more than their medical conditions. According to Dr. Kevin Pho, a physician of internal medicine whose positive influence on the subject of health care is conveyed via his newsletter and website, KevinMD.com, a doctor’s office isn’t the ideal place for patient education. “Anxiety interferes with cognitive function, especially memory, making it difficult not only to process medical information, but to remember it. Medical information can be complex and difficult understand, especially in a foreign and uncomfortable medical environment such as a doctor’s office. More importantly, patients forget 40 to 80 percent of medical information conveyed by health care practitioners immediately and half of the information retained is incorrect.” Educating individuals about the health of their body is a necessity today. This is likely due to the lack of health classes in public education and the fact that the majority of adults know little about anatomy and physiology or what it takes to maintain health and wellness. Health education has now come full circle. Local doctors and health practitioners are stepping back into this role and offering the public and patients lecture series, cooking classes and workshops in locations throughout Collier and Lee County.

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In 2014 David and Deb Martin, owners of Lotus Blossom Clinic, in Fort Myers, began offering a series of classes with content based on Conquering Any Disease, a book by David Martin Jeff Primack, a qigong master trained in food healing from an Asian perspective. “We are certified in Jeff’s Food Healing Sciences and teach the basic food class, which covers a variety of topics and introduces the general concepts. We cover things such as phytochemicals [plant chemicals] and their benefit to the body. An example is how the glutathione in asparagus helps the liver with detoxing,” says David Martin, a doctor of Oriental medicine (DOM) and Florida licensed acupuncture physician. The Martins also discuss foods that benefit other organs such as the prostate, gallbladder, and heart. “We include an important section on misunderstandings about fats. Deb Martin Although participants might know that coconut oil is good for them, we can tell them why,” says Deb. Before participants leave class, the Martins ask them to make a plan for doing just two things to improve their health. “Our clients and students have had great success. Some clients have lost weight. Others have increased their bone density and lowered their blood pressure. People come to the class for 1,000 reasons, and the beauty of it is that we can help them all to improve their health. Even those that have a lot of knowledge and already eat well learn something,” she says.

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For four years, Robert Gilliland, DC, founder of the Southwest Florida Natural Healing Center, in Bonita Springs, has offered seminars on health issues involving the Dr. Robert Gilliland thyroid, diabetes and neuropathy. Gilliland, who is trained in functional medicine, recently added information on his latest protocol, pulsed electromagnetic frequency (PEMF) therapy, to his seminars. “Few in my audiences have ever heard of PEMF, even though there have been more than 2,000 studies conducted on it,” says Gilliland. Audients that become patients are prescribed blood work and other test results used by Gilliland to design a 90-day program with appropriate dietary changes and neutraceuticals. He also recommends 30, one-hour PEMF sessions. “This literally rewinds the cells back to a time when they were healthy,” he says. Teaching a class at Hodges University is one of Deborah Post’s favorite activities. The board-certified advanced registered nurse practitioner and founder of Deborah Post Wellbridges, in Bonita Springs, first began offering lectures on health, nutrition, balancing hormones, insulin resistance and other subjects at Food &Thought Organic Market and Restaurant, in Naples, as well as “lunch and learn” occasions at gated communities. “I can’t cover everything in one patient visit, so I began thinking about lectures that would teach people how


to create health and wellness. Today, I’ve broadened my lectures to include the concept of investing in health and waking people up to the understanding that they are never going to get real health from sick-care services, which are basically the only thing offered by insurance providers,” says Post. The idea of teaching health-related subjects in local school appeals to Post. “I would love to teach students. A 12-year old with an enthusiastic contagion for something that sparks their interest will use their powers of persuasion to motivate their parents. Mom and Dad do the shopping, so if kids are motivated to eat healthy, they are going to persuade their parents to do the same,” she says. Jim Occhiogrosso, a natural health practitioner and founder of Health Naturally, in Fort Myers, uses a weekly newsletter as an educational tool for his long-distance Jim Occhiogrosso clients. He also lectures at health food stores and in local communities on subjects such as the causes of osteoporosis, cancer and other chronic conditions. “I’ve been doing this years and still find that people are so wrapped in the present medical paradigm that it takes quite a while for them to understand the concepts of wellness and prevention,” explains Occhiogrosso. Pamela Hughes, DO, owner of Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, in Naples, notes that the reception to free lectures presented at her office location Dr. Pamela Hughes has been excellent. “During season, we offered lectures on numerous subjects such as fatigue, thyroid, sleep, diet and a few others. Several of the topics hit a home run, particularly the one on the specific nutrients and lifestyle changes that allow for better quality of

sleep,” says Hughes, who later welcomed several attendees as patients. It’s always good to see them apply what they’ve learned and how it improves their life,” she notes. Hughes is investigating additional avenues that will provide better information about health and functional medicine for the public. “My long-term goal is to find time to set up lectures for schools, parents and kids. I feel that the key to long-term health is starting younger,” she says. Carol Roberts, M.D., who also practices at Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, has been teaching for many years. “I teach people how to get and stay healthy. Dr. Carol Roberts Almost everything that I teach I wrote 16 years ago in Good Medicine: A Return to Common Sense,” quips Roberts, who names her number one teaching reward as the light of an, “Aha!” moment she sees in someone’s eyes. Fielding questions sparks Roberts’ enthusiasm. “While the majority of individuals ask about how to treat their conditions, I do get other questions. For example, someone might ask why a big-name clinic says a particular vitamin is bad, when it’s really beneficial or why bioidentical hormones are safe to take. In nearly every class, someone asks why some doctors say that vitamins are a waste of money,” explains Roberts, who advises that the number of lecture attendees varies from 12 to 20 and the audience is diverse. “I’ve had massage therapists, acupuncturists and chiropractors at the lectures,” she notes. Dee Harris, a registered, licensed and certified dietitiannutritionist and owner of D-Signed Nutrition in Bonita Springs, loves to work with groups. She leads a Dee Harris monthly cancer

educational group to help empower patients through lifestyle and nutrition education in relationship to cancer treatment and prevention. “The diagnosis of cancer is a stressful event and many patients proceed with fear.” Harris contends that there is no place for fear and stress while going through a health crisis or healing process. Education is key. “The group is not a substitute for medical care and it isn’t a place for individual counseling. It is a place where patients enjoy being together, learn and implement healthy changes from their interaction and sharing, which is a different dynamic than depending only on an office visit,” explains Harris, who is trained in functional medicine. The information Harris offers in her groups and public lectures covers lifestyle changes that help to insure that genes for inherited disease don’t get turned on. Detox pathways, considered important due to the amount of toxins in food, water, air and home environments, are another focus along with the significance of high quality neutraceuticals that support the body’s biochemistry, as well as the connection between the gut microbiome and the brain. “I have patients report that their doctors discourage them from taking supplements because it results in expensive urine. I assure them that each individual has different nutritional needs, which is not met with food alone. Many conventional physicians are not experts in nutrition because of lack of nutrition and lifestyle training in medical schools.” notes Harris. In 1991, when Terri Evans opened TAE Healthy Aging, in Naples, she was already embracing Thomas Edison’s philosophy about the doctor of the future that would Terri Evans give no medicine, but rather interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. As a DOM and Florida licensed acupuncture

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physician, Evans adapted the philosophy to her career and invested heavily in continuing education to become certified in Chinese herbology, homeopathy, acupuncture face lift, hand acupuncture, Biological Terrain Science, acupuncture injection therapy, cold (low level) laser, functional blood chemistry, functional endocrinology and nutrition. Evans used her knowledge, education and experience to develop Magnify Your Health, an educational program she offers her patients. “The human body does an amazing balancing act every day, constantly striving for middle ground. Magnify Your Health allows me to educate and collaborate with patients. Together, we measure how their body is responding to stressors, as well as the food strategies, lifestyle habits and supplementation they use to return their body to balance. Disease happens when our bodies can no longer juggle our stressors and becomes imbalanced,” says Evans. Concerned that the informa-

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tion age provides too much medical information for individuals to digest and assimilate, particularly from the Internet, Evans notes that her patients are often confused. “People need to learn critical thinking and have the guidance of a knowledgeable practitioner. I offer both in my latest threepart series which covers the mind, a journey through human consciousness, critical thinking, the body and the wisdom within, and the power of love and connecting with the true self,” explains Evans. Educating patients and the public in a group setting is a win-win situation for everyone. People get to learn about their body, what health really is and why the new focus on prevention and wellness is so significant. What may be the best part is that they get to have a dialogue with an expert that lasts far longer than any office visit.

Local Resources Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd., Ste. 2, Fort Myers. 239-277-1399.

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AcupunctureInFortMyers.com. See ad, page 37. Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, 27499 Riverview Ctr. Blvd., Bonita Springs. 239-444-3106. swfthyroid.com. See ad, page 49. Wellbridges, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 113, Bonita Springs. 239-4815600. DebPost.com. See ad, page 15. Health Naturally, 239-652-0421. HealthNaturallyToday.com. See ad, page 17. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd., Ste. 270, Naples. 239-649-7400. HughesCenter Naples.com. See ad, page 79. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300, Bonita Springs. 239676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com. See ad, page 39. TAE Health Aging, 11983 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 100A, Naples. 239-430-6800. DrTerriEvans.com. See ad, page 23.


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Barnet Bain on How Creativity Can Save the World Fresh Thinking Challenges Rigid Mindsets by Linda Sechrist

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ilmmaker Barnet Bain’s credits include writer/director of Milton’s Secret, due out this fall, starring Donald Sutherland and Michelle Rodriguez and based on Eckhart Tolle’s book, producer of the Oscarwinning What Dreams May Come, executive producer of the Emmy-award nominee Homeless to Harvard and writer/producer of The Celestine Prophecy movie. Now, as author of The Book of Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love, and Work, he offers tools that everyone can use to develop a creativity practice designed to move us beyond our unconscious hand-me-down worldview, escape mental and emotional straightjackets and unlock great reservoirs of imagination. In so doing, we discover we can create anything we like; from a work of art to a fulfilling relationship.

Why is creativity so vital now? More than ever before, the nature of human consciousness today is making it apparent that we live inside stories and are pushing up against their edges. Strategies we’ve used to try to attain control, success or empowerment—structured ideas about how the world works, false assurances and guarantees about life— may not be working. As a result, we are mired in anxiety, stress and crises. It all offers us the opportunity to wake up to a larger truth that supersedes everything else: We must discover where our true safety resides, in building newly intelligent relationships within, as well as with 38

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others, using capacities beyond logic and reason.

Why do we need an internal sense of safety? Safety found within shows up in our experiences of the world. As we become increasingly reliant on and confident in our creative skills to survive and thrive, we give ourselves the gift of resilience in chaos. Humanity’s creativity must be awakened in order to meet the challenges of a changing world and effectively address problems that appear to have too few solutions. The same inner awareness and skill set that give birth to the creative process can be applied to all aspects of life. Only through creative acts can we rise above unworkable paradigms, group thinking and earlier conditioning to create new and more fluid stories that grow from revised thoughts, beliefs, choices and attitudes that mature from the inside out. Deep, compassionate understanding of how we arrived at this point allows us to shed restrictions. It begins with facing the whys and wherefores of our most intimate consciousness.

How do male and female energies play into this? Everyone possesses both masculine and feminine energies; neither is better or less valuable than the other. Doing and acting characterize masculine energy, which makes things. It builds, structures, orders and files. Being


characterizes the feminine, womb-like energy, pregnant with possibilities and subsequent manifested outcomes. The capacities to imagine, feel and receive also are feminine. In the dance with the masculine, the harmony of these feminine qualities is the primal desire for and the impulse of creativity itself. When the masculine and feminine energies are balanced and intimately joined, they express the ability to act, create, manifest, build and bring order. When we learn how to balance them, we become more creative and effective, individually and collectively. We are better at meeting challenges and responding to opportunities.

How does chauvinism block creativity? Chauvinism, an elevation of masculine over feminine energy, would separate us from our feelings. It does violence to femininity and castrates legitimate masculinity. The mildest trace of such subordination diminishes and reduces primal creative energies to second place, so that nothing new can arrive. Civilization suffers from this systemic disorder to the degree that we believe our needs won’t be met unless we are controlling or relying disproportionately on action principles. A culture that elevates doing over being is ignorant of how to pop the clutch and shift into neutral, and so keeps driving down the same road without hope of changing direction. When spirituality was more alive inside religious traditions, we honored the sanctity of the Sabbath and the importance of putting aside doing in order to be intimate with the mystery of life. It’s what breathes new life into our thoughts and feelings, arousing body, mind and spirit to new heights. Every creator understands that all creativity is a gift of the feminine energy and a gift of the gods. Integrative masculine energies are always constellated around such a gift. Allowing ourselves to become intimate with a greater state of being rather than doing, we open ourselves to receiving a new relationship with life. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com. natural awakenings

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GROWING UP EMPOWERED Helping Kids Step into Their Best Selves by Judith Fertig

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he plugged-in, stressed-out world that challenges adults can be even more difficult for teens in the throes of hormones, peer pressure and a selfie culture. Parents can help their children thrive and become empowered individuals by nurturing desirable character traits such as resourcefulness, resilience, perseverance, self-reliance, independence, empathy and social competence. Child psychologist Michele Borba, Ed.D., of Palm Springs, California, is a former classroom teacher and the mother of three grown children who dispenses advice at MicheleBorba.com/blog. Her main parenting focus is character education, as reflected in her latest book, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. “Tune in to what your kids love,” advises Borba. “Then find learning experiences that help them develop traits they need to be happy, productive adults.” 40

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This positive parenting approach—accentuating youthful desires and strengths, instead of deficiencies and weaknesses—helps young people develop a secure footing in life. “Kids are driven by their hearts,” observes Borba. “A positive parent doesn’t do the cookie-cutter approach, as in, ‘That’s what worked for other kids in the neighborhood,’ nor even reference what the parent did as a teen.” Teens also impose upon themselves, thinking that being trendy, beautiful, rich and famous are valuable life goals. “The positive parent looks at each child as an individual, listens to what really makes them light up, and then supports that.”

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and greatness. Corporate leaders praise its programs for helping participants relate, communicate and perform well. Josselyne Herman-Saccio, a Landmark program leader in New York City, remarks, “Every one of us has a dream, yet too many of us choose our path with fear, disguised as practicality. Our kids might get the message that, ‘You don’t do your dream as your career.’” That thought can leave anyone feeling like something is missing. After putting off her own career as a singer and ultimately deciding to go for it, Herman-Saccio recorded That’s What Love Can Do with her group Boy Krazy. The song rose to the top of the pop charts in 1993. That empowering experience helped her decide to help others—including her own three children—fulfill their dreams. Today, Herman-Saccio leads the Landmark Forum for adults, and the company also offers a version of the course for 13-to-17-year-olds, an interactive, three-day program in cities across the U.S. It helps teens first understand their existing patterns of thoughts and behaviors and then move forward to create new possibilities and face new challenges and discover a new level of power, freedom, self-expression and peace of mind. For a teen to register, a parent or legal guardian must register for or have completed the organization’s adult forum and provide permission. Teens planning for life after high school get help identifying their career passion at schools such as Upland Hills School, in Oxford, Michigan. Its emphasis on experiential learning culminates in a senior project the teen produces, whether it’s writing a novel, building a storage shed or volunteering at the local senior citizen center. Each must someway contribute to the community. Beginning with the student’s dream, they must work their way through obstacles, setbacks and all the steps required to bring a dream to reality.

Emotional Literacy/Healthy Risk-Taking Sometimes parents need to address a teen’s longing for friends and social connections. For youths that especially need to nurture their social skills, such


as high-functioning kids with autism or Asperger’s syndrome, film school might be an answer. At the Joey Travolta Film School and summer camp, in Lafayette, California, kids work together to make a movie; they start with a script, create sets, operate the camera, act and direct. At the Hunter School, in Romney, New Hampshire, kids dealing with attention challenges can nurture mindbody awareness, energetic mindfulness and sensory integration. It all helps them get to know themselves and relate better to others. Outdoor skills can help teens develop healthy risk-taking behaviors, as well as teach resilience, perseverance and self-reliance. SheJumps (SheJumps. org), in Salt Lake City, offers young women 6 to 18 years old an opportunity to master outdoor living skills, boost confidence and encourage leadership via collaborating with strong female role models. Fun activities include mountain biking, skiing and trailblazing.

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Over time, experiential learning can help youths develop leadership skills. Lander, Wyoming’s National Outdoor Leadership School, a gap-year program for high school graduates taking a year off before college, offers courses lasting two weeks, several months or even a full year. Activities include sea kayaking, Alaskan mountain and glacier climbing and wilderness medicine. Teens already on track and wanting to develop additional leadership skills can tap into motivational speaker and self-help author Tony Robbins’ annual Unleash the Power Within youth leadership program event. Groups of youths

14 to 17 years old collectively participate to create individual breakthroughs, move beyond fears and limiting beliefs, accomplish goals and realize true desires. Application requirements include a good academic record, at least 20 hours of community service and a guidance counselor’s recommendation. Robbins maintains, “Grow and give is what life is all about.”

Service to Others

A way for youngsters 5 to 19 years old to become empowered is by joining a 4-H group in urban, suburban or rural areas. If we envision a farm kid raising a calf to show at the state fair, that’s still one facet of today’s 4-H, but far from the entire scope. Founded in 1902, 4-H is a global nonprofit dedicated to learning by doing; specialties now range from computer science and graphic design to leadership, healthy living and the performing arts. Positive mentoring by adults and developing community spirit ground 4-H clubs, camps and programs. Research by Tufts University’s Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development and America’s land-grant colleges and universities shows that people with a 4-H background are more likely to give back to their communities than others (see Tinyurl. com/YouthDevelopmentStudy). For Grammy-winner Jennifer Nettles, of Nashville, 4-H meant learning to perform at an early age, even flying to Chicago to do it. “I don’t know that I would be where I am today without 4-H,” she says. “Mentors there help you. They helped me with the skills of performing and learning about being on stage; they also taught me the importance of giving back.”

Sustainable Sustenance

Growing food for themselves and others can be a great adventure for teens, while fostering resourcefulness, perseverance and ecological awareness. Seventeenyear-old Katie Stagliano launched Katie’s Krops, in Summerville, South Carolina, several years ago based on her desire to fight hunger by growing food for people that need it. Today, the enterprise offers grants for youth in any area to start and maintain a local garden, provided they give away the produce to the hungry.

The initiative has grown to more than 50 gardens around the U.S. Both Mobile Urban Growers, in Mobile, Alabama, and Closer to Earth, in Oklahoma City, empower youth through exercising organic gardening skills, environmental and food justice advocacy and personal mentorship. Empowering experiences for teens don’t have to cost a lot or involve travel. “Dream big, but start small. Look around your own backyard, in your community,” says Borba. “Teens can learn to pay it forward in all kinds of ways. They can get together with their peers and take on a doable project to help others. They may even need to start by learning to self-regulate and manage stress by getting away from their phones and instead being outside getting exercise.” Casual family activities can provide opportunities for conversations about what teens want in life or what they’re worried about, and that opens the door for adults to step up to help mentor and empower their children. “Boys are more likely to talk while they’re doing something, like shooting baskets with you in the driveway,” observes Borba. “Girls are more likely to talk if it’s one-on-one.” Positive parents actively listen and then clarify what they heard from their teens, says Herman-Saccio. This information helps point the way forward, to more interactive dialogue, brainstorming, problem-solving, helpful experiences and eventually, youth empowerment.  Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

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EARTH GUARDIANS Kids Say No to Global Warming by April Thompson

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t age 6, climate change activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez gave his first speech to a packed crowd in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Raised in the Aztec tradition, he was taught that as indigenous people, they are descendants of the land and inherit a duty to protect it. “I felt such sadness that my generation inherited this crisis to clean up. That night, I saw that those emotions could be channeled into action and my voice could make a difference,” says Martinez, founder and youth director of the nonprofit Earth Guardians. Ten years later, his impassioned message has sparked a global movement. More than 2,000 “youth crews” from Bhutan to Brazil are fighting climate change and improving their communities in other ways. These activists aren’t yet old enough to vote, but are still making their voices heard by global policymakers. On their behalf, Martinez delivered a plea to representatives from 192 countries at the United Nations General Assembly meeting on climate change last year, asking for stronger measures to protect both the planet and its people. He particularly pointed to the ever-increasing “climate refugees” that have lost their homes to rising oceans and other havoc caused by Earth’s warming trend. Although Martinez serves on President Obama’s youth council, he

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and 20 other young plaintiffs filed a landmark lawsuit earlier this year against the federal government for failing to protect its citizens from climate change. The plaintiffs are seeking a court order requiring America’s president to establish a national plan to decrease atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to “safe” levels by 2100. At home, Martinez is working with Boulder County community and environmental organizations to locally eliminate pesticides from parks, charge for plastic bags at retail, regulate coal ash emissions and ban fracking. EarthGuardians.org offers many ways anyone can plug into the movement, whether taking individual actions to lighten our carbon footprint, creating school gardens or signing its Silence into Action pledge, inspired by Martinez’s younger brother Itzcuauhtli’s 45-day silence strike for climate action. “The most important thing you can do is educate yourself. Whatever makes you come alive, use that passion to make a difference,” says Martinez, whose performances as a pianist and hip-hop artist inform and enliven music festivals worldwide. “Together, we can create a legacy we can be proud to pass on to the next generation.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.


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healthykids drop in original thinking that happens as students move into early adolescence,” reports Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind. Creativity isn’t only child’s play; parents also could do well to infuse their own lives with its discoveries and delights. “Through creativity, parents can reawaken a sense of wonder and joy, and nurture characteristics like patience,” says Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children.

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Ways to Spark a Child’s Creativity by April Thompson

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hether it’s playing dress-up, making forts from sofa cushions or drawing pictures, creative moments can define and distinguish a happy childhood. Yet it’s not all just fun and games, according to experts. Childhood creativity, nurtured both in the classroom and at home, is crucial for developing qualities such as sound decision-making, flexible thinking and mental resiliency. Analyzing more than 150 studies across the fields of psychology, neuroscience, education and business management, the Center for Childhood Creativity, in Sausalito, California, found many important life skills are affiliated with a creative upbringing. The resulting white paper, Inspiring a Generation to Create, underscores that rather than simply being an innate trait, creativity can be taught. “Creativity should be an integral part of every child’s education. The research shows that we can avoid the

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Cameron wrote the book in part to guide her own daughter, actress and film director Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, in her creative journey through motherhood. While many such works focus on art projects for kids, Cameron’s book emphasizes activities that put creative fuel in the parental tank. For example, she recommends parents take up the ritual of “morning pages”; writing three pages of stream-of-consciousness thoughts the first thing each morning. Jean Van’t Hul, author of The Artful Parent, started a daily sketchbook practice for herself and to set an example for her kids. “I like that the kids see me creating regularly and they’ve joined in a couple times. I also want to get over my self-limited belief that I’m not a good artist,” remarks Van’t Hul, who blogs at ArtfulParent.com.

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A family ritual, like a bedtime story or relationship with a pet, can be re-imagined to inspire household members to co-create together. “Instead of always reading to my kids, we take turns making up stories by ‘giving’ each other three things, like an airplane, a shovel and a pair of pants, which we have to use in a story,” says Nicole Corey Rada, a working mother of two in Richmond, Virginia. “Sometimes, we pretend our pets are having conversations, and use different voices and accents to express what they might be saying, given their


Every child and parent is creative. Exercising our creativity is an act of faith. ~ Julia Cameron circumstance at the time. This is a family favorite; we laugh constantly.” Mark Runco, Ph.D., a University of Georgia professor of gifted and creative education, founder of the Creativity Research Journal and advisor to the Center for Childhood Creativity, notes the importance of balancing unstructured and structured activities, creating space for both individual expression and creative collaboration. To foster the former, Van’t Hul encourages “strewing”, which she refers to as “the art of casually yet strategically leaving invitations for learning and creativity out for kids to discover on their own.” Invitations to play could be a basket of non-toxic blocks, a recycled-paper sketchpad opened to a blank page or some nature finds from a walk in the woods. As an example of the latter, Cameron suggests that parents lead kids on a weekly creative expedition, allowing the kids to choose a new place to aimlessly explore such as a park, bookstore, pet shop or museum. According to the author, that sense of shared adventure, fostered in a safe space, naturally nurtures the creative process, both for now and the future. “If you make art the center, insisting that kids be creative, they may feel a sense of pressure,” advises Cameron. “If you make inspiration the center, it spills over into art.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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Florida’s August Getaways by Lynn Sullivan

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he month of August is mostly known for its hot, languid days and nights, rather than for one of the word’s dictionary meanings; “inspiring reverence and admiration”. Although few individuals consciously think of the month in terms of an “august performance”, it definitely inspires at least one very good thing, vacations—particularly family vacations intended for making memories that last beyond the ringing of school bells. For families that are interested in laid back short or long “fresh air” getaways that allow for outdoor fun and the enjoyment of our state’s natural beauty, there are excellent opportunities that provide for wildlife viewing, appreciating magnificent sunrises or sunsets, picnics and shelling on exquisite beaches, kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, fishing and scuba diving. Pick from any of these activities that the whole family can enjoy and head for any of these five uniquely different Florida state or county parks, which provide campsites or cabins. Bahia Honda State Park, with its railroad history and oceanside camping, is located near the original Flagler Railroad to Key West. Located on Big Pine Key on the Overseas Highway route to Key West, the park offers cabins, three camping areas with a total of 80 sites, restrooms/showers and two boat ramps for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy fishing, hiking/nature trails, bicycling and birding. Florida Caverns State Park is 46

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in Marianna, Florida (Panhandle). There are 35 camping sites, restrooms/ showers and a boat ramp. In addition to guided tours to the rare Florida caverns that any spelunker will enjoy exploring, activities include bicycling, birding, fishing, horse/equestrian trails and hiking/nature trails. Fort Desoto Park, near St. Petersburg, is in the Pinellas County Park System. Covering 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands, it was named by Trip Advisor as America’s Top Beach in 2009. The park has more than seven miles of waterfront, 238 family camping sites with restrooms/showers and a historic Spanish fort. Activities include the beach, bicycling, birding, fishing, hiking and nature trails. There is also a boat ramp. Myakka River State Park is in Sarasota, Florida. One of the oldest and largest state parks, there are a total of 96 camping sites with restrooms/showers. Activities include bicycling, birding, camping, fishing and hiking/nature trails. Dry Tortugas National Park, located approximately 70 miles west of Key West, offers a distinctively different camping experience. In this remote access camping area with an abundance of marine life and birds, as well as the 19th-century Fort Jefferson, sites are primitive and for the experienced camper only. Campers must bring everything they need to camp, including water, and take it all back when they leave. Fort Jefferson housed Dr. Samuel Mudd, the doctor found guilty for conspiracy and harboring John

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Wilkes Booth after his assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Mudd was sentenced to life imprisonment at Fort Jefferson, but pardoned in 1869 by President Andrew Johnson, in part for his lifesaving work during a yellow fever epidemic at the military prison. While Florida boasts more natural springs than any other state, all of which are listed at FloridaSprings.org, the closest for Collier and Lee country residents is the only warm mineral water springs in the state. Warm Mineral Springs, in North Port, is the largest of its type in the world, with a nearly constant water temperature of 87 degrees. Its surface is a round pond 1.4-acres in circumference. Owned by the city of North Port, there is no onsite camping. In the majority of Florida’s natural springs, the water stays at a constant 68 to 70 degrees. At Ginnie Springs, located on the south side of the Santa Fe River in the town of High Springs, the 72-degree water is perfect for river tubing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba and cave diving. Wilderness campsites and some with electricity are available, as well as overnight rental cottages, picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, river tubing and volleyball. Lynn Sullivan is the founder of TRAVEL with EASe services inc. Call 239-3373272 or visit TravelWithEaseSvcs.com. For information on all FL state parks, visit FloridaStateParks.org.


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Nature is my medicine.

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Heal Body and Spirit by Sandra Murphy

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir Renew

Since ancient times, gardens have been employed as a place of healing for body and spirit. Japanese healthcare providers prescribe shinrin-yoku, meaning, “walking in forests to promote health” or “forest bathing”. Its intent is to use sight, sound and smell to connect with nature through stress-reducing, meditative walks. Based on a program created by the Morikami Japanese Gardens, in Delray Beach, Florida, Washington state’s Bloedel Reserve, on Bainbridge Island, conducts Strolls for Well-Being. Participants sign up for a free, 10-week session of 12 self-guided walks and three group meetings. A companion workbook is provided to encourage journaling on themes such as forgiveness, gratitude and joy. “Public gardens are a safe place where people can focus and do the work,” says Erin Jennings, with Bloedel. “We see people that wish to reflect and refuel or simply be more aware and intentional in life.” With 150 acres of natural woodlands and landscaped areas, ranging from a moss garden to a bird marsh, participants can take as much time as they need. 48

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Bees are an integral part of any flowering garden, and Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, in Floyd, Virginia, sustainably hosts 30 hives on six acres adjacent to a field planted with buckwheat, mustard, sunflowers and clover for its biodynamic beekeeping. An orchard on the property dovetails with an organic farm next door. Tours, talks, plant sales, food and music enhance the hospitality. Hope Hill Lavender Farm, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, adds lavender to soap, sugar scrubs, lotion and essential oil. “It takes 11 pounds of hand-picked fresh blossoms to make one ounce of essential oil,” says Troy Jochems, coowner with his wife, Wendy. A member of the mint family, lavender adds distinctive flavor and fragrance to both sweet and savory dishes (find recipes at HopeHillLavenderFarm.com). Visit the farm on summer weekends through mid-August and plan to partake of the annual lavender festival next June. In Glen Allen, Virginia, visitors enjoy a cool serving of lavender lemonade or honey ice cream at Lavender Fields Herb Farm after a stroll through

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Tea Wellness classes and tastings of fair trade heirloom varieties are a big draw at Light of Day Organics, in Traverse City, Michigan. They’re taught by founder and horticulturist Angela Macke, a registered nurse. It’s the only dual-certified organic and Demeter Biodynamic commercial grower of tea plants in North America. The Boiron Medicinal Garden at the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, emphasizes the importance of plants in homeopathy. Maggie Saska, plant production specialist with the research farm, explains, “Walking tours with educational signage in the garden let visitors know which species to look for when planting their own organic healing garden. Plants from a store may not be organically grown or of the correct species,” although a nursery may afford more options. Christophe Merville, D.Pharm., Boiron USA director of education and pharmacy development, attests that many familiar plants can offer benefits beyond beauty, such as reducing stress, promoting healing or easing congestion. He cautions, “People think plants are naturally safe, but they can be dangerous. St. John’s wort extract, for example, can relieve mild depression, but interacts with prescription medicines. It also reacts to light, so users may experience rashes from sun exposure. “Lemon balm can be made into an antioxidant tea. It can be grown in a garden, on a balcony or indoors, and combines well with chamomile or lavender. We like it for helping to relieve anxiety or to improve mental performance.” Merville suggests steeping German chamomile tea for relaxing sleep. He says breathing in the steam helps a stuffy nose. When used as a compress, it can relieve pain and itch from rashes. “Don’t drink too much or make it too concentrated,” he warns,


Americans’ Inside Story  Only 12 percent of U.S. adults go outside nearly every day, 8 percent several times a week and 6 percent only once or twice a week. Two percent never venture outside.  When U.S. adults take time out of doors, just under a third spend more than an hour there and almost a quarter spend at least 30 minutes while the rest average five to 10 minutes or less.  Thirty-eight percent of Americans 55 years and over invest at least an hour outside each day, compared to 25 percent of those under 35. Source: National Recreation and Park Association because of its blood-thinning properties. Saska and Merville recommend that enthusiasts take classes, work with an herbalist and find a good reference book. Merville prefers Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal for beginners. Vicki Nowicki, founder of Liberty Gardens, in Downers Grove, Illinois, observes, “The world is seeing the first generations that don’t have a relationship with the land or know how to grow their own food.” Its seed-lending library, classes and tours, along with other healing gardens throughout the country, aim to get everyone back to basics including going outside. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.

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Naples Botanical Garden Designed to Help People Connect with Nature by Lee Walker

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here is a strong body of research confirming that direct contact with nature improves mental health and helps psychological and spiritual development. Among the benefits of a peaceful encounter with nature are stress reduction, a sense of coherence and belonging, improved self-confidence and self-discipline, and a broader sense of community. Although humans are generally inclined to find all gardens and nature soothing and restorative, some gardens are specifically designed to make people feel better. “Naples Botanical Garden is all about helping people to feel better by connecting them with plants. Our Lifelong Learning programs span the subjects of garden and horticulture, art, nature and birding, and health and wellness,” says Andrea Grace, Naples Botanical Garden’s Adult Education Manager. The hospitable space of the Buehler Enabling Garden also invites individuals, regardless of their physical or sensory abilities, to enjoy the benefits of many of the garden’s plants and flowers. This particular garden as well as the programming for it are run by the coordinator, Taylor Burnham. The Naples Botanical Garden’s wide variety of Lifelong Learning and therapeutic programs gives individuals numerous therapeutic ways to connect with nature, whether it’s digging in the dirt, appreciating or drawing botanical illustrations or growing food. “Whatever way that you choose to connect with plants can be a healing experience that comes through the joy of learning something new, sharing experiences with a community of like-minded people or through guided tours that teach you how to unwind and appreciate nature. The garden has a place for all of these things,” notes Grace. Beginning again in the fall, local residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a lecture, workshop or specialized tour of the garden in Lifelong Learning programs such as Tropical

Fruit 101 classes, which include a horticulture lecture as well as a cooking demonstration; a Kokedama (Japanese moss balls) Workshop where participants make a garden craft, or Fragrance Gardening for the senses. Additionally, a Botanical Illustrations series offers students the opportunity to learn drawing techniques in the garden. Fairy Gardening provides a form of horticulture therapy as well as Zentangle, which is a meditative experiences. Nature and birding tours of the garden preserve areas are available during the fall and in tourist season. Some classes and lectures—Yoga and Tai Chi, Walking Meditation, Food as Medicine, Natural Home and Body Products Workshop—focus on health and wellness. Many individuals consider the beauty of nature to be in the eyes of the beholder. This perspective is possibly far too shallow, for our relationship with nature has likely been a core element of human nature throughout our evolution. In one study, researchers found that more than two-thirds of people choose a natural setting to retreat to when stressed. In another study, 95 percent of individuals interviewed said their mood improved after spending time outside, changing from depressed, stressed, and anxious to more calm and balanced. Based on these statistics, Andrea Grace, the Naples Botanical Garden adult education manager’s long-term goals for the gardens make a lot of sense. “We are working to make health and wellness one of the more important things here at Garden. Few people think of using the Garden in this way, but we want to change that so that visitors and members think of the Garden as a self-help sanctuary,” says Grace. For information about the Naples Botanical Garden, located at 4820 Bayshore Dr., in Naples, call 239-643-7275. Visit NaplesGarden.org. See ad, page 27.

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A GOOD FOOD FIGHT Keeping Food Out of the Trash Bin by April Thompson

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s much as 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. is wasted, even as one in six Americans goes hungry. Instead of feeding people better, we are feeding the city dump. Of all types of trash, food consumes the most space in our municipal landfills, followed by plastic and paper. Rotting food then releases harmful methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. While food waste is a big problem, social entrepreneurs see a big opportunity. Around the country, they are working to reduce, recover and rethink discarded food valued at more than $160 billion a year. In the process, they are not only cutting food costs, but also creating jobs and fighting climate change. University of Maryland College Park alumna Cam Pascual co-founded the nonprofit Food Recovery Network (FRN) after watching hundreds of pounds of food hit the trash in her campus dining hall every night. Pascual and her colleagues mobilized a volunteer network to shuttle leftovers from the university to soup kitchens, donating 200 meals a night to feed the hungry. In the last five years, FRN has recovered more than 1 million pounds of food from 184 campuses in 42 states, proving that ingenuity and philanthropy can together fight the food waste travesty. “There are two major barriers to recovering leftover food; one is awareness, like helping businesses to understand the laws that protect them from liability,” says Pascual, the organization’s current director of innovation and operations. “The other is the labor involved. Universities are the perfect ecosystem for food recovery because college students have flexible schedules and are community service-minded, offering a ready supply of volunteers.”

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Food waste reduction can be engineered in ways less noticeable to consumers, such as doing away with dining hall trays or using smaller plates. ~Cam Pascual The latest FRN initiative is a certification program to verify that farms and restaurants are engaging in food recovery that includes creating a toolkit to help restaurants safely recover leftover meals. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture recently set a goal of slashing food waste in half by 2030, with several supporting bills approaching the floor in Congress. The EPA food recovery hierarchy calls for reducing food waste first and foremost, with recovering food to feed people or animals as a fallback and utilizing landfills only as a last resort. “It’s one thing to set goals, but to realize those reductions in food waste, we have to change our behavior,” says Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It). Farms and households are the two largest generators of food waste, according to Bloom, whose blog at WastedFood.com offers dozens of beneficial tips for keeping food out of the trash bin. Fighting food waste starts before we go to the grocery. Bloom recommends consumers organize cupboards to know what’s already in stock, plan meals and stick to the shopping list. Post-purchase, easy tips include serving smaller portions, freezing leftovers and sharing surplus with friends and neighbors. Bloom’s website fans contribute more ideas like mixing veggie scraps into pet food or making them into soup stock. Using a smaller refrigerator keeps shoppers from bulking up while saving energy costs. The battle against wasted food needs to start at home, where small steps add up to big change. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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onathan Bloom speaks to college students around the U.S. explaining how fighting food waste requires changing beliefs and behaviors about food. “Recognize that taste should trump appearance, and don’t be so concerned with superficialities,” is a leading message. He cites replicable countermeasures like Hungry Harvest and Imperfect Produce, both predicated upon giving “ugly produce” a second chance. Based in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco’s Bay Area, respectively, these businesses offer low-cost home delivery of surplus produce, much of which is rejected for not meeting grocery stores’ high cosmetic standards. Here are more examples of the community pioneers working to divert food from overstuffed landfills to people. Daily Table (DailyTable.org) purchases excess food from growers, manufacturers and supermarkets to provide healthy food at fast-food prices for populations in need. The Dorchester, Massachusetts, retail grocery store offers fresh produce and grocery items, plus ready-to-cook and grab-n-go prepared meals. Fruitcycle (TheFruitcycle.com) makes healthy dried snacks from produce that would otherwise be tossed. The Washington, D.C.-area business also provides jobs for formerly incarcerated, homeless or otherwise disadvantaged women. Food Cowboy (FoodCowboy.com) reroutes food rejected by distributors. Truck drivers use a mobile app to communicate availability of such produce and find a charity or compost site to accept it. Re-Nuble (Re-Nuble.com) transforms food waste into affordable, organic fertilizer for hydroponic growing, thus contributing a solution to hunger. BluApple (TheBluApple.com) makes a plastic, fruitshaped device that can triple the shelf life of refrigerated food. It absorbs ethylene, a naturally occurring gas that accelerates spoilage.

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JUST WALK 22 Minutes a Day Boosts Well-Being by Randy Kambic

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ven mainstream media have picked up on the many physical and mental benefits of walking, including weight loss, reduced stress, increased energy and better sleep, and that’s only the beginning. These additional compelling effects may well catalyze us to consistently step out for a daily walk, understanding that cumulative steps count, too. For more inspiration, check out this month’s race walking at the Summer Olympics. Walking helps heart health and diabetes. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking program launched last fall, the risk of heart disease and diabetes can be significantly reduced via an average of 22 minutes a day of brisk walking. “Physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain cancers, osteoporosis, cognitive decline and even depression,” says Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of the division of preventive medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Can you imagine if there was a pill that could simultaneously have all those benefits? Everyone would be clamoring for it.” Walking reduces anxiety and clears thinking. The results of a national survey of nearly 3,000 women between the ages of 42 and 52 published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that those that walked as

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part of a regular physical activity showed fewer signs of depression compared with inactive women. The more physical activity a woman logged, the less likely she was to exhibit such symptoms, suggesting that moderate-to-intense levels of exercise may help protect against mental illness. The survey further revealed that 85 percent believe walking helps reduce any present anxiety and feelings of depression, while two-thirds reported that walking stimulates their thinking. Walking facilitates doctor-patient communication. Columbus, Ohio-based Walk with a Doc (WalkWithADoc.org) helps organize free walking events each month via 230 chapters nationwide. They’re led by physicians and other healthcare authorities. “It’s a casual forum in which to communicate and also learn about the health benefits of walking,” says Executive Director Rachael Habash, who’s aiming for 350 chapters by year’s end. When doctors emphasize the benefits of exercise, patients tend to listen. Walking boosts life performance. “Until the late 1960s, 90 percent of America’s children that lived up to a mile away walked to school. Today, that figure is 30 percent,” says Sheila Franklin, of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, in The Walking Revolution documentary (scroll to the video at


The moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.

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~Henry David Thoreau EveryBodyWalk.org). Experts warn that less walking by youngsters can create sedentary habits and lead to shortened life spans. Daily walks to school boost cognitive performance in students, according to Mary Pat King, the National Parent Teacher Association director of programs and projects. Dr. Richard Jackson, a pediatrician, professor and chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at University of California, Los Angeles,. and former environmental health director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, reports that walking improves children’s learning ability, concentration, moods and creativity. Even lifelong walkers are moved to walk more by using a pedometer to track their steps and distance traveled, says Dr. Lauren Elson, a physical medicine and rehabilitation instructor at Harvard Medical School, who is also the medical editor of the recent Harvard Special Health Report Walking for Health (Health.Harvard.edu/walk). A meta-review of 26 studies found that using the device raised physical activity levels by nearly 27 percent, adding about 2,500 steps per day. Most stores that sell exercise equipment offer inexpensive pedometers, while smartphone users can download an app such as Moves, Breeze or Pedometer++. Apple’s iOS includes the free app Health. Walking leads to meaningful exchanges. Social connections and honest conversations between two people can be aided by walking outside instead of sitting inside. Clay Cockrell, a licensed clinical social worker in New York City, began walking with clients 12 years ago. He notes that casual venues like parks have been especially helpful for men. “They sometimes have a more difficult time making eye contact in sessions. Outside, they are looking where they are going, looking at nature, other people—the pressure is less. My own health has improved, as well,” he says. He shares ideas with the public and other therapists at WalkAndTalk. com to maximize the benefits. He sees moving the body forward along a path as a metaphor for moving forward in life. Adds Habash, “We believe that engaging in health should be simple and fun, like putting one foot in front of the other at every opportunity.”

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HANDLE WILD THINGS WITH CARE How to Help Injured Animals by Sandra Murphy

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hen encountering a bird or animal that appears to be abandoned, take only minimal steps to help. “People mean well but a lot of rescues we see, didn’t need help,” says Lacy Campbell, wildlife care center operations manager for the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon. Make sure the animal is away from traffic or predators, and then call a local wildlife rehabilitator before taking further action, especially if the animal is injured.

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Baby squirrels can fall out of the nest. “Leave him at the base of the tree,” says Jennifer Keats Curtis, author of the children’s book Squirrel Rescue. “Mom will rebuild the nest before coming to get her baby. If it’s cold, put it in a box with a towel. Once squirrels have been treated as a pet, they can’t be released.” Tiny, not-yet-feathered nestlings should be returned home; it’s a myth that human scent poses a problem. If the nest is out of reach or can’t be located, make one with a box and soft cloth. Put it in the tree, so the parents can resume feeding. Leave the area so as not to frighten them. “After young robins, scrub jays, crows and owls leave the nest, they 56

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typically spend up to a week on the ground before they can fly,” says Campbell. “At night, the parents will escort the fully feathered fledglings to safety beneath a bush.” In parks, ducks and geese may nest away from the water. Mama will lead her babies to the pond, even across busy streets. If it’s safe, stop the car to halt traffic, act as their crossing guard, and then resume driving. A box turtle operates on innate GPS. “It lives in an area the size of a football field,” explains Curtis. “It will go onward, no matter how many times people try to redirect it. If injured by a car or lawn mower, the shell can be mended by a rehab center.” Bunnies eat at dusk and dawn. Inbetween, the nest may look abandoned. “Wild baby rabbits are difficult to keep alive if injured,” says Curtis. “At sundown, see if mom returns; if not, they need a wildlife rehab expert.” A lone, young raccoon is either old enough to climb a tree by itself or the mother will carry it. If we feed a raccoon, it will become a beggar. Opossums are dramatic actors. When cornered, they hiss and fall over and play dead in a coma-like state for up to four hours. Check back later. If a mother possum has been killed by a


The best outcome for injured animals is rescue, rehabilitation and return to the wild. car, call a rehab official to check her pouch for potential babies. “If you find a young deer fawn or moose calf, leave it. The mother comes back several times each day to nurse,” advises Amanda Nicholson, director of outreach for the Wildlife Center of Virginia, in Waynesboro. “Its coloring helps it remain undetected by predators.”

Other Unexpected Encounters “Don’t feed wild animals or leave out food or accessible comestible trash. Bobcats, wolves, bears and coyotes will avoid people unless food is involved,” cautions Jennifer Place, program associate for Born Free USA, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. “Wild animals protect their space, food and young, so stay on marked trails when hiking and never turn your back on them.”

For unexpected meetings, stay calm. “Make sure there’s an escape route for the animal,” says Place. “With foxes or coyotes, throw sticks or small rocks, but don’t hit the animal. Make yourself look large and yell.” With snakes, sidestep away slowly for more than six feet before walking in the other direction. Bears require a different response. “Speak in a low voice so the bear realizes you are not prey. Never climb a tree,” says Place. “Bears know the terrain, can run faster than a horse and can climb trees, too. Sidestep away, remaining carefully upright, calm and unthreatening. If the bear moves toward you, keep talking until he moves away. Running kicks in its prey drive.” Yellowstone Park regulations require visitors to stay 25 yards away from most wildlife and 100 yards away from bears and wolves. Selfie photos with animals can result in injury or death for humans and animals through carelessness; safety depends on good judgement, respect and common sense. Friends of wildlife know beforehand how to contact local rehabilitators if there’s an emergency, observe before taking action, and protect pets. “Always

Wildlife Transport Tips If a wild animal is injured, wear heavy gloves in its vicinity to avoid being bitten or scratched. Completely cover the animal with a blanket so it stays relatively calm, and place it in a carrier for transport to a rehabilitation facility. A warm hot water bottle can help ward off shock. Do not give the animal water, milk or food. Time is of the essence to ward off dangers of stress. Wild animals can carry disease without appearing to be ill. Fleas, ticks and mites are likely, so keep injured wildlife away from pets and children. leash dogs when going into the yard at night and keep cats indoors,” says Place. “Peaceful co-existence allows for the safety of both people and animals, domestic and wild.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 1 Dog Days of Summer – Aug 1-31. 8am-3pm. The family and the family dog both have the opportunity to visit the gardens and enjoy the canine-friendly atmosphere. One dog permitted per adult. Dogs must remain on their leash and be up-to-date on vaccinations and registration. Summer admission discount for non-member dogs: $4.95. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 6437275. NaplesGarden.org. Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. Be Radiant: Renewal – 5:15-6:15pm. With Lizz. A Kundalini class for renewal; focusing on letting go of attachments and resentments and the selfempowerment to move forward. Donation, with all monies going directly to Lizz’ teacher training. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 2139276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Essential Oils Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about the healing properties of essential oils. Free. The Center for Natural Healing, 4632 Vincennes Blvd, Cape Coral. RSVP: 542-5600.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic

Dress Collection Party – 5:30-7:30pm. Purely You Spa, Naples’ certified organic spa, hosts a dress collection party benefiting PACE Center for Girls Love that Dress event. Complimentary mini-makeovers, mini-massages and skin care consultations. Take a tour of the spa and receive helpful skincare tips along the way. Receive a special organic gift and $25 gift certificate toward any spa service over $65. Donate a dress or $10 at the door. 3066 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 302, Naples. RSVP by 8/1: 331-8266. PurelyYouSpa.com. blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.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. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 Keiser University Open House – 5-8pm. Potential students can learn about the resources available

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 Simultaneous Breath and Sound Integration – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With Carrie Sopko and William Ward. Allow the healing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls in concert to soothe your soul and bring your body back into its original balance, while using the breath to help clear the subconscious and open to higher levels of consciousness and awareness. Client discounts available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Yin Stretch and Yoga Nidra Workshop – 6:308pm. Join Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman for this 90-minute workshop featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita. 404-9744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See news brief, page 10.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 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.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 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. Loving Relationships: Meditation Retreat – 10am-4pm. Meditation, Dharma talk, discussion/ Q&A, blessings; private consultations. Guest Buddhist monk, Bhante Dhammawansha. Sponsored by Conscious Choices. $75. Consultations: $50/30minutes. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 434-5855 or Info@ConsciousChoices.net. MindBodyCAN – Noon-5pm. This family-friendly event will provide cooking demonstrations, fitness activities, health screenings, live music and more. There will also be health and wellness support for cancer survivors and those affected by cancer. All proceeds support the programs and services through Cancer Alliance of Naples. Artis–Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples. Vendor/sponsorship/info: Hayley Hansen: HayleyHansen@nyu.edu.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7 Namaste Nutrition – 1:30-3pm. Explore your body from the inside out with Certified Holistic Nutrition Health Coach and Yoga Instructor, Julia. Enjoy a slow flow vinyasa class followed by a nutrition information session. $25. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com.

MONDAY, AUGUST 8 Five Steps to a Healthier Life – 6-7:30pm. With Gus Komninos, yoga instructor and Michelle Joy Kramer, integrative nutrition health coach. Discover the fundamentals of yoga and the importance of adding greens to your diet. Learn a quick and easy way to prepare a superfood smoothie on-the-go. $45, $5 discount by 8/7. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/ naples-schedule. Essential Oils Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Sick and tired of being sick and tired? Free. The Center for Natural Healing, 4632 Vincennes Blvd, Cape Coral. RSVP: 542-5600.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 Yoga Therapy Mix – 9:30-10:45am. With Ann. A mixed-level gentle yoga class perfect for beginners or more advanced students. Drop-ins welcome. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10 Hypnosis Clinic – 10am-2pm. With Linda Cupit, APRN, certified hypnotist. Experience a safe, natural and effective approach to unconscious mind that could change unwanted habits, reduce anxiety. Enhance your ability to imagine and concentrate, increase productivity. Shortened session. $25. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 202, Bonita Springs. By appointment: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Thyroid Seminar – 11am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 4443106. See ad, page 40. Art Reception and Community Night – 6-9pm. Rhythm and Rhyme Art Reception: featuring the original works of David Acevedo and Ignacio Aileron. Live painting by Acevdeo; live music by Alchemie; live street painting by Jane Portaluppi Durand; live dulcimer music by Debo Sylla. Organic dinner served 5-8pm. Beer and wine bar. Trunk jewelry show, butterfly card making, community drum circle and yoga class (6:30-7:30pm). Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Parent Support Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. With Jill Emmerich. Monthly workshop for parents of kids of all ages and levels of ability to come together, discuss challenges, solve difficult problems, support and teach each other. $30, $50/2 people; clients: $25, $40/2 people; members/free. Call for eightweek group dates. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement with this class. Prerequisite Reiki I and II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Introduction to Access Consciousness – 7-8pm. What if you had the tools and processes to create your life the way you knew you were always meant to live? Access Consciousness uses practical techniques that include your being and your body to change anything that isn’t working in your life. Free. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-3317465. KristinaAston.AccessConsciousness.com.

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muscles, detoxify or just relax. 3300 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 129, Bonita Springs. 992-5893. MassageLuXe. com. See news brief, page 14. Essential Oils Today – 6-7:30pm. Learn what essential oils are, how to apply them and the best method for purchasing. Samples and special offers available. I Love Oils Training Center, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. RSVP: 586-6043500. ILoveOils.com.

Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. 2nd & 4th Thur. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail.com. LotusBlossomClinic.com.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 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 Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Psychic Faire – 5-8pm. Offering mini-readings with experienced readers. Angelic, tarot, mediumship, psychic, past-life and readings, plus meet your angels, meet your animal spirit guide. $20/15 mins (cash only for services). Shop in Naples’ largest metaphysical store. Appointments welcome. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. 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. Zen Dialogue and Meditation Retreat – Aug 12-14. 7-9pm, Fri; 10am-5pm, Sat; 10am-11:30am, Sun. Experience facilitated Zen Dialogue exercises as well as Selves in a Box, a method that employs cards that are drawn from a deck. Silent meditation will also be incorporated. $55 suggested donation; $45/OMZN members and students. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. Register: OpenMindZenNaples.com. See news brief, page 15.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 Inner Spa Day – 9-11am. Soothe your summer soul. Breeze through the summer while centering your mind, body and soul. Explore and experience Monarch programs for personal growth specific to adults, teens, children and families. $30, $50/2 people; clients: $25, $40/2 people; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Salt Therapy Grotto’s Open House – 10am-noon. Tour the beautiful salt caves and spa, meet the staff and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and relaxation. 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. RSVP required: 598-0990. SaltTherapyGrotto.com. Weekend Childbirth Education – Aug 13-14. 10am3pm, Sat; noon-4pm, Sun. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: NaplesBirthCenter.com. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services, including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, reiki,

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 biofeedback and pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Conscious Cash Creation – 1-5pm.  Would you like to create and generate more money in your life? Whether you are in debt and struggling, or just want more ease around money, come learn tools and processes to change any money situation. Class special: $175 ($250 value). Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Register: 305-331-7465. KristinaAston.AccessConsciousness.com. Introduction to Food Healing – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of the phytochemicals in foods to reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the food-healing protocols. $25. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Kundalini Morning Sadhana – 4:30-7am. With Dhanwant. A morning of meditation, mantras, exercise and prayer done when the world is quiet, before the sun rises. Tea and light snack served following class. $15-$20 suggested donation. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Introduction to Food Healing – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of the phytochemicals in foods to reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the food-healing protocols. $25. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Simple Soy Candle Co Open House – 6-9pm. The launch event will encompass Simple Soy Candle Co’s Fall Collection and will be open to the public. See a showcase of current assortment, wine, craft beer, light appetizers and cake. Wine and Design Studio, 13650 Fiddlesticks Blvd, Ste 102, Ft Myers. RSVP for a gift upon arrival at Facebook.com/ SimpleSoyCandleCo. SimpleSoyCandleCo.com.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 Crystal Bowl Sound Immersion –10am & 1pm. With Cathy Blair. Prepare for the next round of eclipses. Let the loving harmonics move you into theta waves of joy and realignment with the upcoming New Light Codes. Bring mat or beach chair, pillow and blanket. $15. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Eckankar Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Living Life with Grace and Love. Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034.

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Chakra Balancing – 11am-5pm. With John Cartwright. Chakras are an energetic reflection of your physical and emotional health. They assimilate, receive and express energy from yourself and the universe. Transform harmful emotional energy into positive healing energy. $65/45 minutes. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Laughter Yoga and Mindfulness – 4:30-6pm. With Jill Emmerich and Michelle Falco. Learn to cope with everyday life challenges through laughter and positive mindfulness. Manage stress through movement, breathing, humor and positive laughirmations. Sponsored by Monarch Wellness and the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. With GAEA guides. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. It’s summer and some of these birds are still nesting. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise. Includes all equipment and a Florida master naturalist as your guide. $40/ person. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. Who Are You – ‘The Way’ Workshop: Part I – 6-10pm. With Terri Evans, DOM, AP. A threepart workshop to discover your true self through developing an understanding of what it means to be human and then tapping into your individuality. Part I: Critical Thinking – Reach Your True Potential. Part I continues on Tue, Aug 23. TAE Healthy Aging Center, 11983 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 100A, Naples. 430-6800. WhoAreYou-TheWay.info. See ad on page 23 and news brief on page 13. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Deb Post, ARNP. Health is the most sought-after goal in life, come learn how to create more. Learn about creating health without pharmaceuticals. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 209, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 560-8334. 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.


Self-Care Stretches for Busy Professionals – 6:45-7:45pm. Every 3rd Tues. Learn four simple stretches to make part of your every day, to stay ahead of routine upper-back, neck and shoulder tightness and pain. Combined with deep breathing for muscle relaxation. $15. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: Larry@LarryWitzleben.com. LotusBlossomClinic.com.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17 Mantras and Miracles Kundalini Yoga – 6-7:30pm. With Lizz Cohoon (Das Simran Kaur). Align with your highest potential using kundalini yoga, breath and mantra, mantra, mantra. $20. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangrilLaSprings.com. Create Your Personal Stories: Touching Hearts, Changing Minds – 7-8pm. Dr Joel Ying, MD and Mary Lou Williams guide you through crafting and telling your own personal stories. Everyone has a story to tell. North Collier Government Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Dr, Naples. 200-6796. Office@ JoyHealthWellness.com. See news brief, page 14. Double Pyramid Activation Workshop – 7pm. With Robert Austin. Experience the seven-foot and nine-foot pyramid placed over one another while holding the ancient Egyptian healing rods of Isis. The pyramid will be infused with healing stones as well as selenite while experiencing the vibration of the crystal bowls. Limited to eight participants; reservation and payment in advance. $20. 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. Whole Foods Market, Mercato, 9101 Strada Pl, Naples.

Register: 774-5433 or LifeStrengthNaples.com. Satsang with Prem Sadasivananda – 7:30-9pm. Topic: Quest for Happiness. $25/advance, $35/ door. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 61.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com. Junior Ranger Adventure: Sea Turtles – 10am. Join a park ranger to explore the fascinating life of the sea turtles that visit each summer. Learn about their nesting behavior and find out what you can do to help protect them. For kids ages 6 and up. Free with park admission. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. Preregister: 463-4588. Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 8/25. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Cancer Education Group – 5-6pm. Dee Harris, RD will discuss alternative therapies for the treatment of cancer such as Budwig, Gerson, enzyme therapy, Rife Frequency and energy work. Topics covered will also include the benefits of juicing, safe brands to use and healthy recipes. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. 676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com.

Candlelight Yin Yoga with Crystal Bowls – 6-7:15pm. With Marcie. A relaxing and restorative class, often with live music. Drop-ins welcome. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Evie Breedlove-Mangapora, ARNP. Health is the most sought after goal in life, come learn how to create more. Learn about creating health without pharmaceuticals. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 209, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 560-8334. Transformational Breath – Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Carrie Sopko. Clear the subconscious and open to higher levels of consciousness and awareness which you can integrate into your everyday life. Release suppressions, repressions and old patterns permanently at a cellular level. Part of the Peaceful Mind series, with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Celebration –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Honor the moon, Mother Earth and the divine creator. Heal the waters of the planet. Receive the wisdom teachings and radiation of this lunar eclipse. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering going to wildlife rescue. Horizon Way public beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N off Park Shore Dr, Naples. 398-3953.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 Themed Organic Dinner at Shangri La Springs – 4-8pm. The 3rd Fri of the month with Chef Pyro. From the ocean to you. Seven-course meal or order off the menu. Enjoy your dinner in the beautiful garden view dining room or under the giant Mysore

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fig tree. Organic, fresh, locally grown ingredients. Vegan, vegetarian and protein options. 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Reservations required: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. See ad, page 39. Essential Oils Today – 6-7:30pm. Learn what essential oils are, how to apply them and the best method for purchasing. Samples and special offers available. I Love Oils Training Center, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. RSVP: 586-6043500. ILoveOils.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. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan Gorny. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. $11 donation. Healing Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples. 980-3257. FireflyWithin.com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 All Levels Yoga – 8:30-9:30am. With Tania. An energetic class suitable for all levels of experience. Drop-ins welcome. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com. Access Consciousness BARS Class – 10am-6pm. Learn the Access BARS, 32 points on the head that when lightly touched start to clear all of the limitations you have about different areas of your life and body. Get relief from sadness, pain, stress, insomnia, money, relationship, sex, health, weight and anxiety issues and more. $300. Be Well Natural Health

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 21 Recovery Yoga – 4:30-6pm. With Y12SR-certified Michelle Falco. Combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Suitable for trauma, loss, addictions (substances, food, gambling, etc) and other emotional challenges. Stay for candlelight yoga afterward. By donation. Monarch Wellness. Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.com.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24 Clean Eating, Clean Living – 6:30-7:30pm. This course will discuss what clean eating is and how it can benefit your health. Other topics to be covered include removing toxins from your home environment and how what you put in or on your body can negatively impact your health. $20/person. DSigned Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. 676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com. Simple Easy Every Day Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Wednesdays thru September 14. Four-week beginner series with certified instructor Kathy Hurst. $175 includes book and guided audio for home practice. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 580-7700. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Crystal Bowl Meditation –7pm. With Cathy Blair.

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Combine the healing therapies of the Himalayan Salt and the alchemical singing bowls. Release the old and make way for your spiritual expansion. Restore your spirit and rejuvenate your body in the loving frequencies of light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 8/31. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25 Introduction to Mindful Meditation – 11am. With Tracy Turner. Gather in the Salt Grotto surrounded by healing energies of salt and sound for group meditation. Set an intention and sit in silence to explore your inner being. Dress comfortably and arrive early. Free. 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. RSVP required: 598-0990. SaltTherapyGrotto.com. Restorative Sound – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With William Ward. Allow the healing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls in concert to soothe your soul and bring your body back into its original balance. Part of the Peaceful Mind series, with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 3259210. MonarchWellness.net. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. 2nd & 4th Thur. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail.com. LotusBlossomClinic.com.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 Pet Walk – 6-8pm. Every 4th Fri. The River District Alliance invites well-trained and leashed pets and their owners to enjoy an evening in the River District, including pet-friendly exhibitors and vendors. Several downtown merchants will also be participating and welcoming pets. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. Downtown Ft Myers. FortMyersRiverDistrictAlliance.com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 Tai Chi Workshop – 10am-noon. Learn the history and philosophy; physical and mental benefits; styles and fundamentals; and how we teach. September classes forming now. $10/preregistered, $15/door. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. StudioOneNaples.com. See news brief, page 10. 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. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services, including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, reiki, biofeedback and pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com.

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Community HU Chant – 11am. Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Be Well Natural Health Partners Open House – 11am-4pm. Stop in with your questions. Enjoy classes, demos, special offers and samples. Meet the health partners and learn about services: thermal imaging, hypnotherapy, essential oils, energy healing, massage, lymphatic drainage, foundation training, fitness, yoga, qigong and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. BeWellNaples.com. See ad, page 42. Access Consciousness Energetic Face Lift Class – 11am-6pm. Learn the Energetic Facelift, a non-invasive light touch, dynamic energy transformation system that naturally lifts sagging skin, diminishes wrinkles and revives skin. People have reported permanentlooking results after 20 sessions. $250. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-3317465. KristinaAston.AccessConsciousness.com. ABCs of Yoga – 1-3pm. With Amy Voelkl. ABC’s of Yoga (all beginners 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. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/ naples-schedule. Garden Pests, Problems and Solutions – 2-4pm. With Deana Bess. Discouraged by gardening pests and diseases? Tired of mosquito bites? Learn about natural solutions to these common gardening challenges. Food & Thought Café, 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 231-2222. FoodAndThought.com.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 Introduction to Mindful Meditation – 10am. With Tracy Turner. Gather in the Salt Grotto surrounded by healing energies of salt and sound for group meditation. Set an intention and sit in silence to explore your inner being. Dress comfortably and arrive early. Free. 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. RSVP required: 598-0990. SaltTherapyGrotto.com. Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm. With DamaDe’. A light kundalini class consisting of physical warmups, kriya and mantras, followed by the sound therapy of the gong. $25. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com.

MONDAY, AUGUST 29 Essential Oils Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about the healing properties of essential oils. Free. The Center for Natural Healing, 4632 Vincennes Blvd, Cape Coral. RSVP: 542-5600.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30 Who Are You – “The Way” Workshop: Part II – 6-10pm. With Terri Evans, DOM, AP. A threepart workshop to discover your true self through developing an understanding of what it means to be human and then tapping into your individuality. Part II: The Body – The Wisdom Within. TAE Healthy Aging Center, 11983 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 100A, Naples. 430-6800. WhoAreYou-TheWay. info. See ad on page 23 and news brief on page 13. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Deb Post, ARNP. Health is the most sought-after goal in life, come learn how to create more. Learn about creating health without pharmaceuticals. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 209, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 560-8334. 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.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31 Skin Care Seminar – 6pm. With Dr Michael Tick, ND, PhD, FACMT, CTN. Dr Tick shares his wealth of knowledge in skin/health from his 35 years of pioneering research in this field. Salt Therapy Grotto, 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. RSVP required: 598-0990. SaltTherapyGrotto.com.

plan ahead TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Who Are You – “The Way” Workshop: Part III – 6-10pm. With Terri Evans, DOM, AP. A three-part workshop to discover your true self through develop-

ing an understanding of what it means to be human and then tapping into your individuality. Part III: Love Consciousness – The Power Within. TAE Healthy Aging Center, 11983 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 100A, Naples. 430-6800. WhoAreYou-TheWay.info. See ad on page 23 and news brief on page 13.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 World Day of Prayer Celebration – 7pm. Discover the power within, unleash your divine potential. Opens with a beautiful service in the sanctuary, followed by a 24-hour prayer vigil. Concludes with a closing ceremony on Thu, Sep 8, at 7pm. All faiths welcome to join in this sacred prayer activity. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Yoga Retreats – Sept 14-18 or Sept 21-25. Hosted by Meredith Musick, LMT, and Master Yoga. Four days of classical hatha yoga, local trail hiking, communal meditation and organic meals in scenic Wilmington, VT. $995.50 by 8/15 or $1,095 after. Room with a friend for additional discount. 2698846. Info@FoxMeadowRetreat.com. See ad on page 37 and news brief on page 11.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Listen In: Silent Exploration of The Doshas and Ayurveda Silent Day Retreat – 8am-8pm. Honor silence and nourish your body/mind through mindful movement in asana, intentional breathing through pranayama and sitting in stillness in meditation, going deeper throughout the day. Ayurvedic organic lunch, dinner and refreshments will be provided, in addition to other activities to enliven and create awareness. $225 or $195 before 8/18. Joyful Yoga and Spa, 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 947-9845. JoyfulYoga.com. Ninth Annual Peace Day in the Park – 10am6pm. Family and pet friendly event. Meditations, yoga, workshops, live music and dancing, arts, crafts, raffles, kid activities and food. Inspiring and creative local vendors, pet adoptions and more. Food and blood drive. Free. Jaycee Park, Cape Coral. Info: 560-5224 or swfl4Peace@email.com. See ad, page 43.

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River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $55 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com. Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. Prayer and meditation with Rev Joyce Heist. Reading and discussion based on Basic Principles of the Science of Mind. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 516-909-7624. 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. uunaples@earthlink.net. uunaples.org.

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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.

Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311.

Yoga in Nature – Several days a week; see website for schedule. Multilevel yoga classes. $10/ drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Happehatchee.org. David Essel Alive – Get inspired. Join the archived national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra. Tune in 24/7 at DavidEssel.com. Dog Days of Summer – Aug 1-31. 8am-3pm. The family and the family dog both have the opportunity to visit the gardens and enjoy the canine-friendly atmosphere. One dog permitted per adult. Dogs must remain on their leash and be up-to-date on vaccinations and registration. Summer admission discount for non-member dogs: $4.95. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 6437275. NaplesGarden.org. Guided Tour, Organic Lunch and Spa – MonFri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am and 2pm, guided tour, $15; 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Tue-Sun: organic spa by appointment. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.

Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. 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 Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, senior minister. Youth ministry also at 10am. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 2781511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Silent Meditation – 10-11am. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Newcomers

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org. Gentle Yoga for Discovering a Path to Peace – 10:30am-noon. With Renee Newell. Through gentle yoga and stretching, learn to move with awareness and less effort, to be more and do less. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Ashtanga Yoga: Full Primary Series – 11:30am. A set sequence of postures as taught by the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.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. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948.

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Candlelight Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle and meditative practice lit by candles. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or just listen. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.

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Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing – 7pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. StudioOneNaples.com.

Sound Healing, Yoga Healing – 10am. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com.

Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.

Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/ drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 1-2pm. With JoAnn Rahl. Gentle movement classes, become more comfortable, move with less effort and learn how increased mental awareness and creativity accompany physical improvements. $15. Conscious Posture Studio, 501 Goodlette Rd N, Ste D-304, Naples. RSVP: 777-2597.

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Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). Fire Station 48, 16280 Livingston Rd, Naples. MiraclesAmongUs.org.

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Working Toward Wellness Support Group – 5:307pm. With Patrick Hendry. For people living with a mental diagnosis and still working in the community. The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida, 2335 9th St N, Ste 404, Naples. 703-489-5742 or phendry@MentalHealthAmerica.net.

of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. ~Sophia Loren

Meditation Mondays – 5:45-6:30pm. Find peace of mind in universal meditation and self-healing with experienced teacher, Genai. Donations welcome. Kunjani Craft Coffee & Gallery, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 298-4839. AllOnePeace.com. 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 Rosen. $195 plus materials ($30). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. rictra@earthlink.net. 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 and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org.

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Guided Meditations – 7-8pm. Discover how to practice the way of peace in the midst of our busy modern lives. Includes two guided meditations and a teaching on the way of inner peace. $10/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Gurdjieff/Ouspensky Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org. Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 7-8:30pm. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. swflcf@live.com. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

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. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Yoga for Strength and Flexibility – 9-10am. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle yoga targeting poses to build strength and flexibility for your body. $15/ drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Tai Chi – 9:30am. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. StudioOneNaples.com. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385.


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. Everyday Fitness and Sustainable Pain Relief – 10:30am. Weekly classes in foundation training. Get healthier; eliminate aches and pains, while getting stronger than ever. Half-hour class. $89 month (first class free). Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Harry Grimm: 227-0021. Mindful Motion and Meditation – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Meditative class to tune into a deep inner mind/body connection. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 10:30am-noon. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn to cope and feel less isolated while making connections with others. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Nia – 11am-noon. With Valeria Hill. Combines marital arts, dance and healing arts. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30pm. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn the importance of taking care of yourself, healthy ways to manage stress, relaxation techniques and the importance of connecting with other caregivers. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Connected Warriors: Complimentary Yoga for Veterans – 5-6pm. 2nd & 4th Tue. With Gary Granza and Keady Gonzalez. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Veterans/free, $10/drop-in/general public. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.

Michelle Falco. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/ drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net.

and recharged. $15/drop-in, $50/4 classes; client discount available, members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net.

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.

Reading at the Refuge – Thru Aug 6. 10am. Attendees of each 45-minute reading and crafts session learn about a refuge animal and make a take-home craft related to it. JN ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. 472-1100, ext 236. DingDarlingSociety.org.

Bachata – 7pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. StudioOneNaples.com.

Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947.

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.

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.

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

Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Find yourself helping people you can “rescue”? Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState. ACAInterGroup.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.

wednesday Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Aleksandra Eifler. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus state park entry fees. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Mind/Body Renewal – 9-10am. With Peggy Sealfon. Combines yoga, qigong and integrative relaxation (yoga nidra) to help you feel refreshed

Cooperative Caterpillar Kids Club – 5-6pm. Every other Wed; check schedule. With behavior specialist Jill Emmerich, BCaBA. Build social and communication skills including sharing, taking turns, following directions and healthy expression of emotions. Ages 4 and up. $15/drop-in or $50/ four classes; client discount available; members/ free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.com. Focused Caterpillar Kids Yoga – 5-6pm. Every other Wed; check schedule. With Salima Silverman. Specialized yoga for children to improve focus and attention through self-control and appropriate release of energy. Ages 4 and up. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.com. Gentle Yoga and Meditation – 6pm. Yoga prepares body for meditation. Learn breathing and relaxation techniques; reduce stress. Donation. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church,

Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Relax, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Guided Mindfulness Meditation – 6pm. With Madeline Ebelini, MA. 30-minute guided practice with readings, discussion and Q&A. By donation. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Nonviolent System: Peace in the Midst of Violence – 6-7pm. With Eddie Rose. Learn how to avoid and redirect an attack, rather than to strike back and escalate an attack. These principles can also be applied to verbal and/or energetic aggression. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Yin Yoga – 6-7:30pm. A slow, gentle restorative technique allowing the body to become more flexible while relieving stress, tension and pain. $17/drop-in or $60/monthly pass. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. BeWellNaples.com. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 6:30-7:30pm. With

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Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. 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. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. lllflorida.com. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. FamiliesAnonymous.org. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those who are in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.

thursday Gentle Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/ lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. World Fusion Dance – 9:30-10:45am. With Winnie Purple. A fun and exciting dance class that incorpo-

rates movements from different cultures around the world. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Indigo Trail Hike – Thru Aug 6. 10am. Join refuge naturalists as they lead a one-hour tour to the Wildlife Education Board to identify and discuss ecosystem’s plants, mammals, birds and reptiles. Bring water, sunscreen and bug spray. JN ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. 472-1100, ext 236. DingDarlingSociety.org. Everyday Fitness and Sustainable Pain Relief – 10:30am. Weekly classes in foundation training. Get healthier; eliminate aches and pains, while getting stronger than ever. Half-hour class. $89 month (first class free). Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Harry Grimm: 227-0021. Connected Warriors: Complimentary Yoga for Veterans – 11am-noon. With Gary Granza and Keady Gonzalez. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Veterans/free, $10/drop-in/general public. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 1-2pm. With JoAnn Rahl. Gentle movement classes, become more comfortable, move with less effort and learn how increased mental awareness and creativity accompany physical improvements. $15. Conscious Posture Studio, 501 Goodlette Rd N, Ste D-304, Naples. RSVP: 777-2597. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. All Souls Episcopal

Church, 14640 N Cleveland , N Ft Myers. 585955-3910. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Calm and Confident Caterpillars Kids Yoga – 5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. Special class for children ages 4-12 struggling with anxiety, fears, shyness and self-doubt. Day/time to be determined based on interest. $15/drop-in, $50/4 classes. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. The Edible Gardening Exchange Speaker Series – 5:30pm. Open and informal chat on edible topics. Bring seeds to share. 6:30pm, speaker. BYO cup for coffee and tea. Membership fee: $10; Lee Parks and Rec lifetime membership card required $10. North Fort Myers Rec Center, 2000 N Recreation Park Way. 610-530-8883. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 4th Thurs. With reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Satsang; support each other, offer or receive reiki. Potluck. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Info: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of transformational breath, restorative sound, yoga and integrative relaxation. $20/drop-in or $60/four weeks; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. 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. Intro to Latin – 7pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. StudioOneNaples.com. 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. Meditation and Dharma Discussion – 7-8pm. Silent seated and walking meditation followed by open dharma discussion based on presented topic. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Salsa – 8pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. StudioOneNaples.com.

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friday Family Beach Walk – Thru Aug 6. 9am. The onehour program convenes at Gulfside Park to explore the refuge’s Gulf-front Perry tract. City parking fees apply. Bring water, sunscreen and bug spray. JN ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. 472-1100, ext 236. DingDarlingSociety.org. Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Ann Marina. Quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind/body awareness as we connect with the nurturing energy of nature. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.

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Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 2286949. GoddessIAm.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.

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. Meditation – 10am. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Open and Volunteer Day – 10am-4pm. Free tours. Lend a hand with organic gardening, painting, sacred space maintenance. Share vegetarian/ vegan potluck lunch. Meditate in the serenity of the Happehatchee Center. 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee@gmail.com. Happehatchee.org. Ashtanga Yoga Basics – 10:45-11:45am. All levels, modifications offered. Based on the teachings of the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Women only. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162. Free Class Fridays – Noon-7pm. Join Be Well Health Partners for free classes about: energy, essential oils, self hypnosis, healthy habits, eating for wellness, fitness, relaxation and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. Schedule: BeWellNaples.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. Chair Yoga – 2-3pm. With Dina Radcliffe, E-RYT. Breath work, mindful meditations, stretches and balance work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Find yourself helping people you can “rescue”? Grace Church (enter thru thrift store), 2415 Grand Ave, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState.ACAIntergroup.org. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. 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. Slow Flow Glow Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Amy Voelkl. A candlelit slow flow restorative class designed to warm your body, stretch your muscles and deepen your breath. $20/drop-in; regular class packages apply. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 5981938 or greenmonkey.com. Red Tent Women’s Gathering – 6-9pm. 4th Fri.

Bonita Springs Drum Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Everyone welcome; kids, dogs, the whole family. Drum, dance, hoop, have fun. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Facebook Page: Drum Circle of Bonita Springs. Messages and Meditation – 7:30pm. With Deborah Noonon. Open discussion. Guided meditation, followed by spirit messages. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com.

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Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. swflcf@live.com. Complimentary Boot Camp Class – 9am. 1st Sat. With Dave Kunes. Tailor Made Fitness, 675 Piper Blvd, Ste 2, Naples. RSVP: 412-779-6176 or KunesDave@gmail.com. Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. ArtInLee.org. A Day of Healing – 9:30am-noon or 1:30-4:30pm. 3rd Sat. With Dolores Gozzi. Enjoy a class or group healing and meditation; varies each month. $35. The Pines, 8192 College Pkwy, Ste b 37 & B 38, Ft Myers. 826-6960. NaturesCycles.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527.

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Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947.

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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. Open and Volunteer Day – 10am-4pm. Free tours. Lend a hand with organic gardening, painting, sacred space maintenance. Share vegetarian/ vegan potluck lunch. Meditate in the serenity of the Happehatchee Center. 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee@gmail.com. Happehatchee.org. Wildlife Wonders – Thru Aug 6. 11am. Every other Sat. Refuge education staff lead this indoor program about the mysteries of manatees, alligators, crocodiles and birds in the Visitor and Education Center auditorium. JN ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. 472-1100, ext 236. DingDarlingSociety.org. Happehatchee Drum Circle – 4-5:30pm. 1st Sat. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email NAadvertising@naturalawakeningsmag.com to request our media kit. DR. ROBERT MURDOCH, BOARDCERTIFIED ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN

ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE/CUPPING

Jack Morris, AP, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM) Advanced Certified Cupping Specialist, MPS Certified • 239-293-4005 Specializing in long- and short-term pain issues, detoxification, cupping (reverse pressure therapy), migraines and TMJ, menses irregularity, PMS and infertility, smoking cessation and PTSD. See ad, page 29.

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 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.

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AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers, 33908 239-433-5995

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

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 11.

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.

AYURVEDA 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.

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BIOFEEDBACK FIREFLY WITHIN, LLC

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

BODYWORK 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 201 8th St S, Ste 307, 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, MM33202 (Naples), MM29338 (Ft Myers).

ROLFING NAPLES

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

PAULA TERRY, LMT

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


STUART WRIGHT, ND

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

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

With nine lush, tropical cultivated gardens and native preserve inspired by plants and cultures from around the globe between the 26th latitude North and 26th latitude South, Naples Botanical Garden is a truly unique destination. See ad, page 27.

CHIROPRACTOR NETWORK CHIROPRACTOR

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

COLON THERAPY CAPE CORAL COLONICS

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

CLEANSING SPRINGS INC.

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

RB INSTITUTE, INC.

ENERGY HEALING

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

CORE STAR – JIM CRABTREE

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 56.

CRYSTALS & MARBLE INFINITE STONES, LLC

Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 239-561-1981 InfiniteStonesllc.com Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our ware-house. See ad, page 61.

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 25.

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 22.

ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER HAPPEHATCHEE ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 • Happehatchee.org

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

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.

MARIA HUBBUCH

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

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.

ESSENTIAL OILS I LOVE OILS, INC.

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

FELDENKRAIS JOANN RAHL,

LMT – Conscious Posture, Feldenkrais – Student Teacher Trainee, Kinesis Myo-Fascial Integration Practitioner 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Ste D-304, Naples 239-777-2597 • JoAnnRahl.com Learn to work smarter not harder using Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement. Use a flexible mind to create a flexible body. Discover how a gentle touch can yield strong results. MA26919, MM24629. See ad, page 30.

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FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE EVIE BREEDLOVE-MANGAPORA, ARNP Inner Essence Health 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-777-4647 • InnerEssenceHealth.com

Dedicated to educating and coaching you to achieve your optimal health and wellness. Fatigue, thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, digestive disorders, diabetes. Custom wellness plans. See ad, page 30.

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, inside back cover.

ZORAYDA “JIJI” TORRES, MD, ABIHM, IFMCP

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

WELLBRIDGES, INC

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 15.

YOLLO WELLNESS

3840 Colonial Blvd, Ste 2, Ft Myers 33966 239-275-0039 • YolloWellness.com Wendy Law is a wellness advocate that will empower you to take control of your health and wellness using FDA-approved modalities and testing. See ad, page 55.

HEALTHY DINING FOOD & THOUGHT ORGANIC FARM MARKET & CAFÉ

2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • FoodAndThought.com 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.

WYNN’S MARKET

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 45.

HOLISTIC CENTER AHA! A HOLISTIC APPROACH CENTER 15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com

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

EYES WIDE OPEN CENTER

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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 56.

DOROTHY RODWELL, CLINICAL PSYCHOTHERAPIST

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

LIFE COACH VALORIE MORRIS, LIFE COACH

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

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NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET ADA’S NATURAL MARKET

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

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Serving Naples since 1999. Hatha and therapeutic Yoga. Improve p o st u r e , b r e a th - w o r k , h e a l injuries, The Great Yoga Wall®. Massage therapy: sports, Swedish, Lomi Lomi. Nutritional counsel. Summer special: 3 for 2. See ad, page 37.

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